Excitations of the antiferromagnetic state that resemble antiferromagnetic hedgehogs at large distances but are predominantly superconducting inside a core region are discussed within the context of Zhang’s SO(5)-symmetry-based approach to the physics of high-temperature superconducting materials. Nonsingular, in contrast with their hedgehog cousins in pure antiferromagnetism, these texture excitations are what hedgehogs become when the antiferromagnetic order parameter is permitted to “escape” into superconducting directions. The structure of such excitations is determined in a simple setting, and a number of their experimental implications are examined. © 1998 The American Physical Society.
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Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Goldbart, P., & Sheehy, D. (1998). Antiferromagnetic hedgehogs with superconducting cores. Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 58 (9), 5731-5735. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevB.58.5731