On the Origin of a Small Hole Pocket in the Fermi Surface of Underdoped YBa2Cu3O y

  • Lev P. Gor’kov
  • Gregory B. Teitel’baum
Original Paper


The comprehensive experimental studies of the quantum oscillations (QOs) in YBa2Cu3O y (YBCO) lead N. Doiron-Leyraud et al. (Nature Communications 6:6034, 2015) to detection of small hole pockets below the transition into the charge-ordered (CO) phase. Their interpretation of the observed energy spectrum imposes serious constraints for the possible origin of electron and hole pockets—both of them should be due to the Fermi surface (FS) reconstruction at charge ordering with biaxial order parameter. However, the results of recent X-ray experiments which reveal the uniaxial CO in the underdoped YBCO make such interpretation questionable. We show that uniaxial CO parameter in combination with preexisting electron pocket at the Γ-point of Brillouin zone suggests a plausible interpretation of QOs associated with small hole pockets in YBCO.


High Tc superconductors Fermi surface Pseudogap state Charge ordering Quantum oscillations 



The work of L. P. G. was supported by the NHMFL through NSF Grant No. DMR-1157490, the State of Florida, and the U.S. Department of Energy and that of G. B. T. by the Russian Academy of Sciences through Grants RAS 1.2P and RAS IV.2.2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NHMFLFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.L.D. Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics of the RASChernogolovkaRussia
  3. 3.E.K. Zavoiskii Institute for Technical Physics of the RASKazanRussia

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