Elasticity-Driven Nanoscale Electronic Structure in Superconductors

Jian Xin Zhu, K. H. Ahn, Z. Nussinov, T. Lookman, A. V. Balatsky, A. R. Bishop

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The effects of long-range anisotropic elastic deformations on electronic structure in superconductors are analyzed within the framework of the Bogoliubov–de Gennes equations. Cases of twin boundaries and isolated defects are considered as illustrations. We find that the superconducting order parameter is depressed in the regions where pronounced lattice-deformation occurs. The calculated local density of states suggests that the electronic structure is strongly modulated in response to lattice deformations, and propagates to longer distances. In particular, this allows the trapping of low-lying quasiparticle states around defects. Some of our predictions can be directly tested by scanning tunneling microscopy experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 31 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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