The nature of the insulating state in organic superconductors

S. Mazumdar, R. T. Clay, D. K. Campbell

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We review our recent proposal for a unified, microscopic, many-body theory for the 2:1 organic charge transfer solids (CTS), which range from nearly 1D to strongly 2D in electronic character. Our theory predicts an insulating bond-charge density wave (BCDW) ground state in the limit of exact 1/4-filling for all anisotropies, consistent with experimental observations of coexisting density waves in the real materials. For weakly 2D materials, we find that a spin-density wave (SDW) coexists with the BCDW; the resulting BCSDW is again consistent with experiments. In contrast, both in the 1D limit and in the strongly 2D regime the systems can be in the nonmagnetic singlet state. We suggest that slightly away from exact 1/4-filling, commensurability defects can form pairs leading to superconductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-682
Number of pages4
JournalSynthetic Metals
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Mar 15 2001


  • Many-body and quasiparticle theories
  • Metal-insulator phase transitions
  • Organic superconductors
  • Superconducting phase transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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