A potential all-electronic route to the charge-density-wave phase in monolayer vanadium diselenide
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The transition metal dichalcogenides offer significant promise for the tunable realisation and application of correlated electronic phases. However, tuning their properties requires an understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying their experimentally observed ordered phases, and in particular the extent to which lattice vibrations are a necessary ingredient. Here we present a potential mechanism for charge-density-wave formation in monolayers of vanadium diselenide in which the key role at low energies is played by a combination of electron–electron interactions and nesting. There is a competition between superconducting and density-wave fluctuations as sections of the Fermi surface are tuned to perfect nesting. This competition leads to charge-density-wave order when the effective Heisenberg exchange interaction is comparable to the effective Coulomb repulsion. When all effective interactions are purely repulsive, it results instead in d-wave superconductivity. We discuss the possible role of lattice vibrations in enhancing the effective Heisenberg exchange during the earlier stages of the renormalisation group flow.
Trott , M J & Hooley , C 2021 , ' A potential all-electronic route to the charge-density-wave phase in monolayer vanadium diselenide ' , Communications Physics , vol. 4 , 37 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s42005-021-00544-0
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DescriptionFunding: MJT acknowledges financial support from the CM-CDT under EPSRC (UK) grant number EP/L015110/1. CAH acknowledges financial support from the EPSRC (UK), grant number EP/R031924/1.
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