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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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