We analyze the phase diagram for a system of weakly coupled electrons having an electron- and a hole-band with imperfect nesting. Namely, both bands have spherical Fermi surfaces, but their radii are slightly different, with a mismatch proportional to the doping. Such a model is used to describe the antiferromagnetism of chromium and its alloys, pnictides, AA-stacked graphene bilayers, as well as other systems. Here we show that the uniform ground state of this model is unstable with respect to electronic phase separation in a wide range of model parameters. Physically, this instability occurs due to the competition between commensurate and incommensurate antiferromagnetic states and could be of importance for other models with imperfect nesting.
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 19 Feb 2013|