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Phase diagram of hole doped two-leg Cu-O ladders


par Didier Poilblanc - 12 février 2008

In the weak coupling limit, we establish the phase diagram of a two-leg ladder with a unit cell containing both $Cu$ and $O$ atoms, as a function of doping. We use bosonization and design a specific RG procedure to handle the additional degrees of freedom. Significant differences are found with the single orbital case ; for purely repulsive interactions, a completely massless quantum critical region is obtained at intermediate carrier concentrations(well inside the bands). For some finite value of direct hopping between oxygen atoms the ground state consists of an incommensurate pattern of orbital currents plus a spin or charge density wave (DW) structure. The experimental relevance of these findings is also discussed. We have calculated the NMR properties like Knight shift and relaxation rate at each atom inside the elementary cell. We make a prediction that different temperature dependance indicates the phase of the measured system.