Charge-orbital density wave and superconductivity in the strong spin-orbit coupled IrTe2:Pd

Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Mar 16;108(11):116402. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.116402. Epub 2012 Mar 13.


Using transmission electron microscopy, the anomalies in resistivity and magnetic susceptibility at ~262 K in IrTe2 are found to accompany the superlattice peaks with q[over q=(1/5,0,-1/5). The wave vector is consistent with our theoretical calculation for the Fermi surface nesting vector, indicating that the ~262 K transition is of the charge-orbital density wave (DW) type. We also discovered that both Pd intercalation and substitution induce bulk superconductivity with T(c) up to ~3 K, which competes with DW in a quantum critical pointlike manner.