Local Enhancement of Spin Susceptibility around a Nonmagnetic Impurity in the Normal State of High-Tc Cuprate Superconductors

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We investigate local characters of spin susceptibility around a nonmagnetic impurity in the normal state of high-Tc cuprate superconductors. In a model two-dimensional system with strong antiferromagnetic (AF) spin fluctuations and with an extended impurity potential which is finite not only at the impurity site but also around it, we find that the AF susceptibility and the uniform one are strongly enhanced around the impurity. In particular, the uniform susceptibility which is almost temperature-independent in the clean system remarkably increases with decreasing temperature. We also show that the local enhancement of the susceptibility is due to (1) an increase of the local density of states at the Fermi level near the impurity site, and (2) a mode-mode coupling effect which is caused by the impurity potential. Our results can explain the recent Knight shift measurements in YBa2(Cu1-xZnx)3O6+y and YBa2(Cu1-xLix)3O6+y showing a Curie-Weiss temperature dependence of the uniform susceptibility at (around) the impurities, and also agree with the recent experiments on the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate in Zn-doped YBa2Cu3O6+y and YBa2Cu4O8 which observed anomalous enhancement of the low-energy AF spin fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2054-2060
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Physical Society of Japan
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations
  • High-T-superconductor
  • Nonmagnetic impurity effect
  • Spin susceptibility

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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