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The Pairing Glue in High-Temperature Superconductors

Didier Poilblanc

par Didier Poilblanc - 1er juillet 2008

The question of whether one should speak of a “pairing glue” in the Hubbard and t-J models is basically a question about the dynamics of the pairing interaction. If the dynamics of the pairing interaction arises from virtual states, whose energies correspond to the Mott gap, and give rise to the exchange coupling J, the interaction is instantaneous on the relative time scales of interest. In this case, while one might speak of an “instantaneous glue,” this interaction differs from the traditional picture of a retarded pairing interaction. However, as it is shown here, the dominant contribution to the pairing interaction for both of these models arises from energies reflecting the spectrum seen in the dynamic spin susceptibility. In this case, the basic interaction is retarded, and one speaks of a spin-fluctuation glue which mediates the d-wave pairing.

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For further reading see e.g. Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 237001 (2008)