Symmetry-breaking distortions in superconductors

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01/31/2018 12:00 AM EST

Symmetry-breaking distortions in superconductors

(Top) Ripples extending down the chain of atoms breaks translational symmetry (like a checkerboard with black and white squares), which would cause extra spots in the diffraction pattern (shown as red dots in the underlying diffraction pattern). (Bottom) Stretching along one direction breaks …

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