Quantum impurities in two-dimensional antiferromagnets and d-wave
A very large number of recent experiments have studied the consequences
of replacing the magnetic Cu ions in various correlated electron systems
by non-magnetic Zn or Li ions. Unlike the Cu ions they replace, the non-magnetic
impurity ions have no active unpaired d electron with a fluctuating
spin, and so each impurity effectively creates a static hole in a background
of fluctuating spins: this turns out to be an exquisitely sensitive probe
of the spin wavefunction of the original system and an important playground
for the confrontation of theory and experiment. In the high temperature
superconductors, there is very strong evidence that each non-magnetic impurity
ion actually binds a net S=1/2 moment of Cu spins in its vicinity:
this is most directly evident from site-specific NMR experiments which
have now been carried out at very low temperatures within the superconducting
phase (J. Bobroff et al cond-mat/0010234).
We have argued that this moment formation implies that
the high temperature superconductors are best understood as doped Mott
insulators with confinement of S=1/2 excitations in the Mott
insulating state . Such confining Mott insulators are discussed under a separate category, and we can use similar cartoon pictures to understand the confinement of a S=1/2 near each non-magnetic impurity.
Confinement of a moment near a non-magnetic impurity in a confining Mott insulator. The X's represent the non-magnetic ion. In the top picture, we sketch a trial wavefunction for the ground state within the subspace of short-range singlet bonds: there is a line of defect bonds which costs additional energy per unit length. Eventually the system will prefer to break a singlet bond and create free S=1/2 spins near each impurity, as in the lower picture. See also the cartoon pictures of states without impurities .
The Mott insulator above has a broken translational symmetry associated with bond order.
This order is expected to survive for a finite range of doping, and experimental evidence for such
ordering is discussed under a separate category. The quantum transition where translational symmetry is restored need not coincide with the transition where the moment is eventually screened by the S=1/2
These ideas have been reviewed in a non-technical manner in paper 6.
This picture has also allowed us to develop quantitative theories
of neutron scattering (H.F. Fong et al, Physical Review Letters 82,
1939 (1999) and Y. Sidis et al, Physical Review Letters 84, 5900
(2000)) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (E.W. Hudson et al, Science
88 (1999), S.H. Pan et al, Nature 403, 746 (2000)) experiments
of Zn/Li/Ni impurities, and the results are in good accord with the experiments.
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