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Physicists have painted an in-depth portrait of charge ordering -- an electron self-organization regime in high-temperature superconductors that may be intrinsically intertwined with superconductivity itself.

In two complementary studies -- published in Nature Materials last week and Science in March -- University of British Columbia researchers confirm that charge ordering forms a predominantly one dimensional 'd-wave pattern'.

"Everything we can learn about the structure of charge ordering gets us a step closer to understanding how it's intertwined with, and potentially competes with, superconductivity," says Riccardo Comin, lead author of both papers who conducted the research while a PhD student at UBC. Comin is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto.

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