The discovery of n-type high-temperature superconductors implies an electron-hole symmetry that is missing in two-band descriptions of the copper oxides. At the same time, several peculiar differences between the new electron-carriers and the older hole-carriers cannot be explained within the Cu-based single-band Hubbard model. It is shown that these differences are expected within a dopant-induced valence transition mechanism proposed earlier, in which a first-order valence transition accompanies the antiferromagnetic-superconductor transition in the copper oxides. Based on this theoretical mechanism, a large number of explicit testable experimental predictions are made for the normal state of Nd(Ce)CuO.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering