"Disorder-induced suppression of charge density wave order: STM study of Pd-intercalated ErTe3"

Alan Fang: Joshua A. W. Straquadine, Ian R. Fisher, Steven A. Kivelson, and Aharon Kapitulnik; Physical Review B, 12/24/19.

Additional Authors: Joshua A. W. Straquadine, Ian R. Fisher, Steven A. Kivelson, and Aharon Kapitulnik

Abstract:

Pd-intercalated ErTe3 is studied as a model system to explore the effect of increasing disorder on an incommensurate two-component charge density wave (CDW). The ordering vectors of the CDW components lie along the two in-plane principal axes of the nearly tetragonal crystal structure. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we show that introducing Pd intercalants (i.e., disorder) induces CDW dislocations, which appear to be associated with each CDW component separately. Increasing Pd concentration has a stronger effect on the secondary CDW order, manifested in a higher density of dislocations, and thus increases the anisotropy (nematic character) of the CDW. Suggestive evidence of Bragg glass phases at weak disorder is also discussed.