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Microscopic nature of the charge-density wave in the kagome superconductor RbV₃Sb₅

Jonathan Frassineti1, Pietro Bonfà2*, Giuseppe Allodi2, Erik Garcia3, Rong Cong3, Brenden R. Ortiz4, Stephen D. Wilson4, Roberto De Renzi2, Vesna F. Mitrović3, Samuele Sanna1

1 Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Bologna, Viale Berti-Pichat 6/2, 40127 Bologna, Italy

2 Dipartimento di Scienze Matematiche, Fisiche e Informatiche, Università di Parma, Parco Area delle Scienze 7/A, I-43124 Parma, Italy

3 Department of Physics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912, USA

4 Materials Department and California Nanosystems Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA

* Corresponding authors emails: pietro.bonfa@unipr.it
DOI10.24435/materialscloud:n0-va [version v1]

Publication date: Feb 05, 2024

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Jonathan Frassineti, Pietro Bonfà, Giuseppe Allodi, Erik Garcia, Rong Cong, Brenden R. Ortiz, Stephen D. Wilson, Roberto De Renzi, Vesna F. Mitrović, Samuele Sanna, Microscopic nature of the charge-density wave in the kagome superconductor RbV₃Sb₅, Materials Cloud Archive 2024.22 (2024), https://doi.org/10.24435/materialscloud:n0-va


The recently discovered vanadium-based Kagome metals AV₃Sb₅ (A = K, Rb, Cs) undergo a unique phase transition into charge-density wave (CDW) order which precedes both unconventional superconductivity and time-reversal symmetry breaking. Therefore the essential first step in building a full understanding of the role of CDW in establishing these unconventional phases is to unveil the symmetries and the microscopic nature of the charge-ordered phase. Here, we determine the exact structure of the 2×2×2 superlattice that develops below the charge-density wave ordering temperature (TCDW) in RbV₃Sb₅. We present a comprehensive set of ⁵¹V, ⁸⁷Rb, and ¹²¹Sb nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements and density functional theory simulations of NMR observables to provide a unique site-selective view into the local nature of the charge-ordered phase. The combination of these experimental results with simulations provides compelling evidence that the CDW structure prevailing below 103 K in RbV₃Sb₅ is the so-called inverse Star of David pattern, π-shifted along the c axis. These findings put severe constraints on the topology of these Kagome compounds and thus provide essential guidance for the development of an appropriate theoretical framework for predicting properties of exotic electronic orders arising within the CDW phase.

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Kagome Metal RbV3Sb5 DFT Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance

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2024.22 (version v1) [This version] Feb 05, 2024 DOI10.24435/materialscloud:n0-va