Abstract
Superconductivity appears in the cuprates when a spin order is destroyed, while the role of charge is less known. Recently, charge density wave (CDW) was found below the superconducting dome in YBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{ y } when a high magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the CuO_{2} plane, which was suggested to arise from incipient CDW in the vortex cores that becomes overlapped. Here by ^{63}Cunuclear magnetic resonance, we report the discovery of CDW induced by an inplane field, setting in above the dome in singlelayered Bi_{2}Sr_{2−x }La_{ x }CuO_{6}. The onset temperature T _{CDW} takes over the antiferromagnetic order temperature T _{N} beyond a critical doping level at which superconductivity starts to emerge, and scales with the pseudogap temperature T*. These results provide important insights into the relationship between spin order, CDW and the pseudogap, and their connections to hightemperature superconductivity.
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Introduction
High transitiontemperature (T _{c}) superconductivity is obtained by doping carriers to destroy an antiferromagnetic (AF) spin ordered Mott insulating phase. Although it is generally believed that the interaction responsible for the spin order is important for the superconductivity^{1}, the electron pairing mechanism is still elusive. This is because the nature of the normal state is still unclear^{2,3}. For example, in the region with low carrier concentration p (0 < p < 0.2), a pseudogap state emerges where partial density of states (DOS) is lost below a characteristic temperature T* well above T _{c} ^{4} or even T _{N} ^{5}. Although the nature of the strange metallic state is still under debate, it is likely connected to both spin and change fluctuations or even orders. In fact, experimental progress suggests that the spin and charge degrees of freedom are highly entangled.
For example, a striped spin/charge order was found around x ~ 1/8 in La_{1.6−x }Nd_{0.4}Sr_{ x }CuO_{4} (LSCO) two decades ago^{6}. More recently, various forms of charge order were reported in many other systems. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+δ′} found a modulation of local DOS in the vortex cores where superconductivity is destroyed^{7}, which was interpreted as due to halos of incipient CDW localized within the cores^{8,9}. Resonant elastic and inelastic xray spectroscopy (RXS) measurements found a shortrange CDW with ordering vectors along the inplane CuO bond directions, q = (~0.3, 0) and (0, ~0.3). The correlation length is \(\xi _{a,b}\) ~ 50 Å for YBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{7−y } (YBCO)^{10,11} and \(\xi _{a,b}\) ~ 20 Å for the other systems^{12,13,14,15,16}. Quite recently, it was suggested by ^{17}O nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in YBCO that such CDW is of static origin^{17}. In Bi_{2}Sr_{2−x }La_{ x }CuO_{6+δ } (Bi2201), most intriguingly, the onset temperature of the shortrange CDW was found to coincide^{12,16} with T* that is far above T _{c} or T _{N} ^{5,18}.
Application of a high magnetic field is useful to diagnose the interplay between various orders in the cuprates. When a high magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the CuO_{2} plane, superconductivity can be suppressed substantially. In YBCO, ^{63}Cu NMR at H = 28.5 T revealed a longrange charge density modulation perpendicular to the CuOchain in the sample with p = 0.108^{19}. RXS also indicated that a high field induces a correlation along the CuOchain direction and modifies the coupling between CuO_{2} bilayers, thus causes a threedimensional CDW^{20,21}. These observations are consistent with early discovery of a Fermisurface reconstruction by quantum oscillations^{22} and a recent report of a thermodynamic phase transition^{23}.
These findings have arisen much interests, but the origin of the CDW and its connection to superconductivity is yet unknown. As the longrange CDW onsets below T _{c}(H = 0) and only emerges when the field is applied perpendicular to the CuO_{2} plane, a widespread speculation is that it is due to incipient CDW in the vortex cores^{7} that becomes overlapped as the field gets stronger^{11,13,24}. In fact, a field as large as 28.5 T applied in the CuO_{2}—plane of YBCO did not bring about any longrange CDW^{19}. Also, the role of the CuO chain is unclear; in Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+δ } without a CuO chain, no longrange CDW was found^{25}.
In order to clarify the relationship between the intertwined AF spin order, CDW, pseudogap and superconductivity, we apply high magnetic fields up to 42.5 T parallel to the Cu−O bond direction (Ha or b axis) in Bi_{2}Sr_{2−x }La_{ x }CuO_{6+δ } where the pseudogap spans from the parent AF insulating phase to the overdoped superconducting regime^{5,18}. This material has no CuO chain and the application of an inplane field does not create vortex cores in the CuO_{2} plane. Surprisingly, we discover a longrange CDW that emerges far above the superconducting dome for H _{} > 10 T. We find that such CDW order becomes the successor of the AF order beyond p = 0.107 at which superconductivity starts to emerge. The T _{CDW} takes over T _{N}, but disappears well before the pseudogap closes. Our results indicate that CDW can be well disentangled from other orders.
Results
Evidence for a fieldinduced CDW in underdoped Bi2201
Figure 1a–d shows the ^{63}CuNMR satellite (3/2 ↔ 1/2 transition) lines for four compounds of Bi_{2}Sr_{2−x }La_{ x }CuO_{6+δ } at two representative temperatures at H _{} = 14.5 or 20.1 T. As seen in Fig. 1a, no change between T = 100 and 4.2 K is observed for the optimally doped compound (p = 0.162). However, the spectrum is broadened at T = 4.2 K for p = 0.135 (Fig. 1b), and a splitting ±δf of the spectrum is observed at T = 4.2 K for p = 0.128 and 0.114, as seen in Fig. 1c, d. The spectra at T = 4.2 K for p = 0.128 and 0.114 can be reproduced by a sum of two Gaussian functions. It is noted that at low fields below 10 T, the spectrum shows no appreciable temperature dependence in the whole temperature range. The NMR line splitting indicates a longrange order, as it measures an assemble of nuclear spins over the sample.
Figure 1e shows the field evolution of δf for p = 0.114. The δf grows steeply at H _{} = 10.4 T and saturates above H _{} ~ 14.5 T. Figure 1f shows the temperature dependence of δf for p = 0.114 under various fields. The δf grows rapidly below T ~ 30, 55, and 60 K at H _{} = 11, 13, and above 14.5 T, respectively. These results indicate that a fieldinduced phase transition occurs in the underdoped Bi2201. The results are qualitatively similar to the results found in YBCO where the same transition line splits into two peaks due to the spatial modulation of the NQR frequency ν _{Q} ^{19}.
Next we show that the fieldinduced phase transition is due to a charge order, but not spin order. Figure 2a, b, respectively, shows the temperature dependence of the satellite and the center lines for the sample with the lowest doping p = 0.114. A spectrum broadening is also found in the center line (1/2 ↔ −1/2 transition) at T = 4.2 K, but it is much smaller than the satellite line. Figure 2c shows the temperature dependence of the NMR intensity obtained by integrating the spectrum at each temperature. The intensity has no anomaly above T _{c}, indicating that there is no spin order. For antiferromagnetic insulator p = 0.107 (x = 0.8), the intensity decreases below T _{N} = 66 K because an internal field shifts the peak frequency far away^{5}. Furthermore, a possibility of striped phase formation leading to a wipe out effect found in LSCO^{26} can also be ruled out. It is noted that the possibility of a fieldinduced spindensitywave order has already been ruled out previously for p = 0.162^{27}.
Therefore, the splitting of the satellite line (Fig. 2a) and the broadening of the center line (Fig. 2b) is due to a distribution of the Knight shift \(K_\parallel \pm \delta K_\parallel \) and the NQR frequency as ν _{Q} ± δν as observed in YBCO. Furthermore, the splitting δf _{satellite} = 1.22 MHz is much larger than δf _{center} = 0.271 MHz, indicating that the ν _{Q} change is the main contributor to the observed line splitting. By a simple calculation (Supplementary Note 1), we find that \(\delta K_\parallel \sim 0.05 \pm 0.01\% \) and δν = 2.5 ± 0.2 MHz can reproduce both the satellite and the center lines at the same time (shaded areas in Fig. 2a, b). The relation ν _{Q} = 22.0 + 39.6 p (Supplementary Fig. 1) then yields a holeconcentration distribution \(\delta p\sim 0.06 \pm 0.01\) at the Cu site. Since there is no spin order here (Fig. 2c) as mentioned already, the splitting of the satellite line δf (∝ δp) indicates a fieldinduced longrange charge distribution, i.e., a formation of CDW at low temperature in underdoped Bi2201.
Figure 2d, e shows the temperature dependence of the nuclear spinlattice relaxation rate divided by T, 1/T _{1} T and spinspin relaxation rate 1/T _{2} for p = 0.114 obtained at two different fields. At H = 9 T, both quantities decrease monotonically below T* = 230 K. At H = 13 T, however, a pronounced peak was found in 1/T _{1} T at T _{CDW} = 55 K. Such a peak in 1/T _{1} T is a characteristic of a CDW order^{28}. The 1/T _{2} also shows a sharp decrease at T _{CDW} = 55 K. These results provide further evidence for a fieldinduced CDW phase transition.
HT phase diagram for underdoped Bi2201
To obtain the CDW onset temperature (T _{CDW}) and the threshold field (H _{CDW}) for p = 0.114, we study the temperature dependence of the NMR spectra at various magnetic fields (Fig. 1e, f).
Figure 3 shows the H−T phase diagram for p = 0.114. Remarkably, the longrange CDW state in Bi2201 emerges at a temperature far above T _{c}, in contrast to that in YBCO where CDW appears below T _{c}(H = 0)^{19,24}.
Relationship between CDW and superconductivity
Figure 4a, b shows the Hdependence and Tdependence of the satellite splitting δf which allow us to obtain H _{CDW} and T _{CDW} for various doping levels. Figure 5 shows the hole concentration dependence of H _{c2}, H _{CDW}, and T _{CDW}. The H _{c2} ~ 60 T for p = 0.162 (Supplementary Fig. 5) decreases with decreasing doping level but increasing again at p = 0.114. Although the previous Nernst effect study on three Bi2201 samples (p = 0.12, 0.16, and 0.19) did not take a closer look into the doping range as we did here^{29}, our result is consistent with the results of YBCO^{24} and La_{1.8−x }Eu_{0.2}Sr_{ x }CuO_{4} ^{29}.
The H _{CDW} is slightly lower than that in YBCO, suggesting that CDW has a similar energy scale across different class of cuprates. However, the relationship between H _{CDW} and H _{c2} is completely different from that seen in YBCO where H _{CDW} scaled with H _{c2}. Namely, H _{CDW} was the lowest at the doping concentration where H _{c2} was the smallest there^{24}, which led to the suggestion that CDW can only be seen when the superconducting state is suppressed as the vortex cores become overlapped. In the present case, however, no vortex cores are created in the CuO_{2} plane. In fact, H _{CDW} and T _{CDW} are more related with doping concentration itself as can be seen in Fig. 5, rather than with H _{c2}. Namely, the longrange CDW order is induced more easily closer to the AF phase boundary.
Discussion
In this section, we discuss possible CDW form and the implication of the phase diagram we found. First, the result can be understood by an incommensurate 1dimensional (1D) longrange CDW as follows, as the situation is similar to that observed at the inplane Cu^{2F}site located below the oxygenfilled CuO chain in YBCO^{19}. For an unidirectional CDW state, the wave modulation causes a spatial distribution in the electric field gradient (EFG) and thus the NQR frequency so that ν = ν _{Q} + δνcos(ϕ(X))^{28,30}, where X ( = a or b axis) is the modulation direction. The NMR spectral intensity (I(ν)) depends on the spatial variation of ϕ(X) as I(ν) = 1/(2πdν/dϕ). For an incommensurate order, ϕ(X) is proportional to X, so that the NMR spectrum shows an edge singularity at ν = ν _{Q} ± δν, as \(I(\nu ) = 1/\left( {2\pi \delta \nu \sqrt {1  \left( {\left( {\nu  \nu _Q} \right)/\delta \nu } \right)^2} } \right)\) ^{28,30}. By convoluting a broadening function, a twopeak structure can be reproduced. In such case, the quantity 2δν corresponds to the CDW order parameter^{28}. We emphasize that the value of δp is twice larger than that observed in YBCO^{19}, indicating that a larger CDW amplitude is realized in Bi2201. This difference may arise from the different crystal structure between the two systems. YBCO is a bilayer system while Bi2201 is single layered. When CDW has a different phase between two CuO_{2} planes, the ordering effect would be weakened or even canceled out.
It has been known that magnetic field works to induce a correlation along the CuOchain direction and modifies the coupling between CuO_{2} bilayers in YBCO^{20,21}. In the present case, the shortrange CDW at zero magnetic field^{12,16} could also be modified by H _{} > 10 T to be a long ranged 1D CDW along the Cu−O direction.
Second, how about a 2DCDW case? Recent resonant Xray scattering measurement on Bi2201 p ~ 0.11 found a perfect 2D but local (ξ ~ 20 Å) CDW formation along the Cu−O bond direction with the wave vector (Q*, 0) and (0, Q*) (Q* ~ 0.26)^{16,31}. On the other hand, STM measurement suggested a commensurate densitywave with the ordering vectors q _{DW } = (0.25, 0) and (0, 0.25)^{32}. In either case, if such a local CDW becomes long ranged with the same ordering vectors, a spatial distribution of the NQR frequency can be written as ν = ν _{Q} + δν _{ X }cos(ϕ(X)) + δν _{ Y }cos(ϕ(Y)), where X = aaxis and Y = baxis are the modulation directions^{30}. As suggested by RXS and STM measurements, when the CDW amplitudes are equivalent δν _{ X } = δν _{ Y }, such CDWs yield \(I(\nu )\sim  {\mathrm{ln}}[(\nu  \nu _{\mathrm{Q}})/\delta \nu ]/\delta \nu \) ^{30}. In this case, the logarithmic singularity appears at δν = 0^{30}, which is different from the 1D case. It is obvious that we can not explain our experimental results with such 2D CDW. However, if the amplitude for each directions is different, \(\delta \nu _{X(Y)} \gg \delta \nu _{Y(X)}\), two edgesingularities will appear^{30}. It is also interesting to note that if there are CDW domains with modulations ν _{ X } = ν _{Q} + δν _{ X }cos(ϕ(X)) and ν _{ Y } = ν _{Q} + δν _{ Y }cos(ϕ(Y)) in each domain, the NMR lineshape will be the same as in the 1D case.
Third, a 3D CDW will not show two edge singularities in ν _{Q} distribution in any case^{30}. Therefore, we may exclude the possibility of a 3D CDW because, being different from the bilayer YBCO, the long distance between CuO_{2} planes produces no CDW correlation along the caxis in Bi2201^{16} and in our case the magnetic field is applied parallel to the CuO_{2} plane.
We now show in Fig. 6 how the longrange CDW emerges as the magnetic field is increased. As seen in the Hp plane at T = 4.2 K, the fieldinduced CDW emerges for H _{} > 10 T in the underdoped regime. At such high fields, upon increasing doping, the AF state with T _{N} = 66 K at p = 0.107 changes to a CDW ordered state with T _{CDW} ~ 60 K at p = 0.114. Upon further doping to p = 0.162 where the pseudogap persists; however, the CDW order disappears. Although a detailed analysis is difficult, a similar fieldinduced CDW is also found when the magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the CuO_{2} plane (Supplementary Fig. 6). Figure 7 compares the phase diagram with that for YBCO. In YBCO, the shortrange CDW sets in far below T* and the fieldinduced CDW (FICDW) occurs inside the superconducting dome forming a domelike shape^{19}, while in Bi2201 the shortrange CDW sets in right at T* and the FICDW emerges far above the superconducting dome and coexists with superconductivity.
Figure 6 reveals several important things. First and most remarkably, downshifting the T* curve in temperature coincides with the T _{CDW} curve. As can be seen more directly in Fig. 8, T _{CDW} scales with T*. This may suggest that the pseudogap is a fluctuating form of the longrange order found in this work, but more work is needed. Very recently, a polar Kerr effect^{33} and an optical rotational anisotropy measurements^{34} suggested that a possible phase transition takes place at T*. However, we note that the probes used are ultrafast in time scale. In NMR measurements, the time scale is in the 10^{−8} s range which is much slower than the optical measurements^{33,34}, and it is reasonable that T* is seen as a fluctuating crossover temperature. Second, T _{N} is succeeded by T _{CDW} beyond a critical doping level at which superconductivity emerges, pointing to the important role of charge degree of freedom in hightemperature superconductivity. However, the detailed evolution from AF to CDW order under high magnetic fields is unclear at the moment. It is a future task to clarify whether the evolution is a firstorder phase transition or not. The result also calls for further scrutinies of the AF insulating phase. In fact, the entanglement of the spin and charge freedoms^{3,35} was recently found to occur already in the insulating phase itself^{36}. In any case, our results show that CDW order is another outstanding quantum phenomenon that needs to be addressed on the same footing as the AF spin order. Finally, the first demonstration of the ability of using an inplane field to tune the electronic state should stimulate more works that will eventually help to solve the problem of highT _{c} superconductivity.
Methods
Samples
The single crystals of Bi_{2}Sr_{2−x }La_{ x }CuO_{6+δ } (Bi2201, p = 0.114 (x = 0.75), 0.128 (0.65), 0.135 (0.60), and 0.162 (0.40)) were grown by the traveling solvent floating zone method^{37,38}. The hole concentration (p) were estimated previously^{39}. Small and thin singlecrystal platelets, typically sized up to 2 mm−2 mm−0.1 mm, cleaved from an asgrown ingot, were used. The inplane Cu−O bond direction (a or b axis) was determined by Laue reflection. T _{c}(H) is defined at the onset temperature of diamagnetism observed by acsusceptibility measurement using NMR coil. H _{c2} is determined by fitting T _{c}(H) to the WHH formula^{40}.
NMR
The ^{63}CuNMR spectra were taken by sweeping the rf frequency at a fixed field below H = 15 T but they were taken by sweeping the field at a fixed frequency above H = 15 T. Measurements at H = 14.5 T were conducted at Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing, and those below H = 14.5 T were conducted at Okayama University. High magnetic fields above H = 15 T are generated by the Hybrid magnet in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, Florida. For ^{63,65}Cu, the nuclear spin Hamiltonian is expressed as the sum of the Zeeman and nuclear quadrupole interaction terms, \({\cal H} = {\cal H}_{\mathrm{z}} + {\cal H}_{\mathrm{Q}} =  ^{63,65}\gamma \hbar {\mathbf{I}} \cdot {\mathbf{H}}_0(1 + K) + (h\nu _{\mathrm{Q}}/6)[3I_z^2  I(I + 1) + \eta (I_x^2  I_y^2)]\), where ^{63} γ = 11.285 MHz/T and ^{65} γ = 12.089 MHz/T, K is the Knight shift, and I = 3/2 is the ^{63,65}Cu nuclear spin. The NQR frequency ν _{Q} and the asymmetry parameter η are defined as \(v_{\mathrm{Q}} = \frac{{3eQV_{{\mathrm{zz}}}}}{{2I(2I  1)h}}\), \(\eta = \frac{{V_{{\mathrm{xx}}}  V_{{\mathrm{yy}}}}}{{V_{{\mathrm{zz}}}}}\), with Q and V _{ αβ } being the nuclear quadrupole moment and the electric field gradient (EFG) tensor^{41}. The principal axis z of the EFG is along the c axis and η = 0^{42}. Due to \({\cal H}_{\mathrm{Q}}\), one obtains the NMR center line and the two satellite transition lines between \(\left m \right\rangle \) and \(\left {m  1} \right\rangle \), (m = 3/2, 1/2, −1/2), at \(\nu _{m \leftrightarrow m  1} = ^{63,65}\gamma H_0(1 + K) + (\nu _{\mathrm{Q}}/2)(3\mathop {{cos}}\nolimits^2 \theta  1)(m  1/2)\) + secondorder correction. The second term of the right side is the first order term in the presence of quadrupole interaction. Here, θ is the angle between H and EFG. The T _{1} and T _{2} were measured at the frequencies in the center peak (m = 1/2 ↔ −1/2 transition). The T _{1} values were measured by using a single saturating pulse and were determined by standard fits to the recovery curve of the nuclear magnetization to the theoretical function for the nuclear spin I = 3/2^{18}. The T _{2} values were obtained by fits to the spinecho decay curve of the nuclear magnetization I(t) to I(t) = I(0)exp(−2t/T _{2})^{5}.
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Acknowledgements
We thank D.H. Lee, S. Uchida, L. Taillefer, T. K. Lee, M.H. Julien, and S. Onari for useful discussion, and S. Maeda and D. Kamijima for experimental assistance. A portion of this work was performed at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is supported by NSF Cooperative Agreement No. DMR1157490 and the State of Florida. Support by research grants from Japan MEXT (No. 25400374 and 16H04016), China NSF (No. 11634015), and MOST of China (No. 2016YFA0300502 and No. 2015CB921304) is acknowledged.
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G.q.Z. planned the project. C.T.L. synthesized the single crystals. S.K., Z.L., M.K., P.L.K., A.P.R., and G.q.Z. performed NMR measurements. G.q.Z. wrote the manuscript with inputs from S.K. All authors discussed the results and interpretation.
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Kawasaki, S., Li, Z., Kitahashi, M. et al. Chargedensitywave order takes over antiferromagnetism in Bi_{2}Sr_{2−x }La_{ x }CuO_{6} superconductors. Nat Commun 8, 1267 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467017014659
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