We show that periodic driving can enhance electron pairing in strongly-correlated systems. Focusing on the strong-coupling limit of the doped Hubbard model we investigate in-gap, spatially inhomogeneous, on-site modulations and demonstrate that they substantially reduce electronic hopping without suppressing super-exchange interactions and pair hopping. We calculate real-time dynamics for the one-dimensional case, starting from zero and finite temperature initial states, and show that enhanced singlet-pair correlations emerge quickly and robustly in the out-of-equilibrium many-body state. Our results reveal a fundamental pairing mechanism that might underpin optically induced superconductivity in some strongly correlated quantum materials.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Physical Review B : Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|Early online date||1 Aug 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Aug 2017|