"Fidelity study of the superconducting phase diagram in the two-dimensional single-band Hubbard model"

C. J. Jia: B. Moritz, C.-C. Chen, B. Sriram Shastry, and T. P. Devereaux; Phys. Rev. B , 09/09/11.

Additional Authors: B. Moritz, C.-C. Chen, B. Sriram Shastry, and T. P. Devereaux


Extensive numerical studies have demonstrated that the two-dimensional single-band Hubbard model contains much of the key physics in cuprate high-temperature superconductors. However, there is no definitive proof that the Hubbard model truly possesses a superconducting ground state or, if it does, of how it depends on model parameters. To answer these longstanding questions, we study an extension of the Hubbard model including an infinite-range d-wave pair field term, which precipitates a superconducting state in the d-wave channel. Using exact diagonalization on 16-site square clusters, we study the evolution of the ground state as a function of the strength of the pairing term. This is achieved by monitoring the fidelity metric of the ground state, as well as determining the ratio between the two largest eigenvalues of the d-wave pair/spin/charge-density matrices. The calculations show a d-wave superconducting ground state in doped clusters bracketed by a strong antiferromagnetic state at half filling controlled by the Coulomb repulsion U and a weak short-range checkerboard charge ordered state at larger hole doping controlled by the next-nearest-neighbor hopping t. We also demonstrate that negative t plays an important role in facilitating d-wave superconductivity.