First-order superconductor-to-insulator transition: Evidence for a supersolid phase Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The superconductor to insulator transition in the presence of long-range Coulomb interactions is studied using Monte Carlo techniques. At integer filling the transition is second order. At half filling we find evidence of a first order transition to a state with non-zero $S_{\pi,\pi}$. No intervening supersolid phase is observed. Off half-filling two separate transitions are found. The transition from the superconducting to a supersolid phase is second order followed by another second order transition between the supersolid and an insulating phase.

publication date

  • April 1, 1996