Theory of asymmetric tunneling in the cuprate superconductors

P. W. Anderson, N. P. Ong

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We explain quantitatively, within the Gutzwiller-Resonating Valence Bond theory, the puzzling observation of tunneling conductivity between a metallic point and a cuprate high-Tc superconductor which is markedly asymmetric between positive and negative voltage biases. The asymmetric part does not have a 'coherence peak' but does show structure due to the gap. The fit to data is satisfactory within the over-simplifications of the theory; in particular, it explains the marked 'peak-dip-hump' structure observed on the hole side and a number of other qualitative observations. This asymmetry is strong evidence for the projective nature of the ground state and hence for 't-J' physics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jan 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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