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  1. Spin correlations in electron-doped high-Tc superconductor

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    Fujita, M.

    2007-11-01

    Spin correlations in the electron-doped Pr1-xLaCexCuO4 have been investigated by neutron-scattering and muon rotation/relaxation measurements. The low-enegy spin correlations were found to be in commensurate with the wide superconducting phase, unlike the incommensurate ones in the hole-doped La2-xSrxCuO4. No enhancement of the magnetic order by impurity-doping and applying magnetic fields was observed, although the superconductivity is effectively suppressed, compared to that in the hole-doped system. Distinct impurity and magnetic field effects between the static spin correlation in the electron-doped system and those in the hole-doped systems suggest the different magnetic ground state in the two systems.

  2. Effect of Strong Correlations on the High Energy Anomaly in Hole- and Electron-Doped High-Tc Superconductors

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    Moritz, B.; Schmitt, F.; Meevasana, W.; Johnston, S.; Motoyama, E.M.; Greven, M.; Lu, D.H.; Kim, C.; Scalettar, R.T.; Shen, Z.-X.; Devereaux, T.P.; /SLAC, SIMES

    2010-02-15

    Recently, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) has been used to highlight an anomalously large band renormalization at high binding energies in cuprate superconductors: the high energy 'waterfall' or high energy anomaly (HEA). This paper demonstrates, using a combination of new ARPES measurements and quantum Monte Carlo simulations, that the HEA is not simply the byproduct of matrix element effects, but rather represents a cross-over from a quasi-particle band at low binding energies near the Fermi level to valence bands at higher binding energy, assumed to be of strong oxygen character, in both hole- and electron-doped cuprates. While photoemission matrix elements clearly play a role in changing the aesthetic appearance of the band dispersion, i.e. the 'waterfall'-like behavior, they provide an inadequate description for the physics that underlies the strong band renormalization giving rise to the HEA. Model calculations of the single-band Hubbard Hamiltonian showcase the role played by correlations in the formation of the HEA and uncover significant differences in the HEA energy scale for hole- and electron-doped cuprates. In addition, this approach properly captures the transfer of spectral weight accompanying both hole and electron doping in a correlated material and provides a unifying description of the HEA across both sides of the cuprate phase diagram.

  3. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of an electron-doped high-Tc superconductor, praseodymium lanthanum cerium copper oxide

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    Kunwar, Shankar

    It has been more than two decades since the first high temperature superconductor was discovered. In this time there has been tremendous progress in understanding these materials both theoretically and experimentally. Some important questions however remain to be answered; one of them is the temperature dependence of the superconducting gap which is in turn tied to question of the origin of the pseudogap and its connection with superconductivity. In this thesis, we present detailed Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) spectroscopic studies of an electron doped superconductor, Pr0.88LaCe 0.12CuO4-delta (PLCCO). The electron doped compounds form an interesting venue for STM studies for many reasons. In the hole-doped materials, especially in the underdoped side of the phase diagram, there is mounting evidence of a second gap that survives to high temperatures (high temperature pseudogap) that may have a different origin from superconductivity. This complicates studies of the temperature dependence of the superconducting gap in these materials. In PLCCO however, there is little evidence for a high temperature pseudogap potentially allowing us to address the question of the temperature evolution of the superconducting gap without the complication of a second gap. Secondly, the low Tc of the optimally doped materials makes it easily accessible to temperature dependent STM studies. Finally, while hole-doped materials have been extensively studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), there have been no detailed STM spectroscopic studies on the electron doped compounds. In the first part of the thesis, we investigate the effect of temperature on the superconducting gap of optimally doped PLCCO with Tc = 24K. STM spectroscopy data is analyzed to obtain the gap as a function of temperature from 5K to 35K. The gap is parameterized with a d-wave form and the STM spectra are fit at each temperature to extract the gap value. A plot of this gap value as a function of

  4. Correlation between Fermi surface transformations and superconductivity in the electron-doped high-Tc superconductor Nd2 -xCexCuO4

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    Helm, T.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Proust, C.; Vignolle, B.; Putzke, C.; Kampert, E.; Sheikin, I.; Choi, E.-S.; Brooks, J. S.; Bittner, N.; Biberacher, W.; Erb, A.; Wosnitza, J.; Gross, R.

    2015-09-01

    Two critical points have been revealed in the normal-state phase diagram of the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Nd2 -xCexCuO4 by exploring the Fermi surface properties of high-quality single crystals by high-field magnetotransport. First, the quantitative analysis of the Shubnikov-de Haas effect shows that the weak superlattice potential responsible for the Fermi surface reconstruction in the overdoped regime extrapolates to zero at the doping level xc=0.175 corresponding to the onset of superconductivity. Second, the high-field Hall coefficient exhibits a sharp drop right below optimal doping xopt=0.145 where the superconducting transition temperature is maximum. This drop is most likely caused by the onset of long-range antiferromagnetic ordering. Thus the superconducting dome appears to be pinned by two critical points to the normal state phase diagram.

  5. Spin Dynamics in the electron-doped high-Tc superconductors Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-δ

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    Dai, Pengcheng

    2007-03-01

    We briefly review results of recent neutron scattering experiments designed to probe the evolution of antiferromagnetic (AF) order and spin dynamics in the electron- doped Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-δ (PLCCO) as the system is tuned from its as-grown non-superconducting AF state into an optimally doped superconductor (Tc = 27.5 K) without static AF order [1-3]. For under doped materials, a quasi-two- dimensional spin-density wave was found to coexist with three- dimensional AF order and superconductivity. In addition, the low-energy spin excitations follow Bose statistics. In the case of optimally doped material, we have discovered a magnetic resonance intimately related to superconductivity analogous to the resonance in hole-doped materials. On the other hand, the low energy spin excitations have very weak temperature dependence and do not follow Bose statistics, in sharp contrast to the as-grown nonsuperconducting materials. 1 Stephen D. Wilson, Pengcheng Dai, Shiliang Li, Songxue Chi, H. J. Kang, and J. W. Lynn, Nature (London) 442, 59 (2006). 2 Stephen D. Wilson, Shiliang Li, Hyungje Woo, Pengcheng Dai, H. A. Mook, C. D. Frost, S. Komiya, and Y. Ando, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 157001 (2006). 3. Stephen D. Wilson, Shiliang Li, Pengcheng Dai, Wei Bao, J. H. Chung, H. J. Kang, S.-H. Lee, S. Komiya, and Y. Ando, Phys. Rev. B 74, 144514 (2006).

  6. Muon spin relaxation study of the Cu spin dynamics in electron-doped high- Tc superconductor Pr0.86LaCe0.14Cu1-yZnyO4

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    Risdiana; Adachi, T.; Oki, N.; Koike, Y.; Suzuki, T.; Watanabe, I.

    2010-07-01

    Muon-spin-relaxation (μSR) measurements have been performed for the partially Zn-substituted electron-doped high- Tc superconductor Pr0.86LaCe0.14Cu1-yZnyO4+α-δ with y=0-0.05 and the reduced oxygen content δ=0-0.09 , in order to investigate nonmagnetic Zn-impurity effects on the Cu-spin dynamics. For all the measured samples with 0.01≤δ≤0.09 , it has been found that a fast depolarization of muon spins is observed below 100 K due to the effect of Pr3+ moments and that the μSR time spectrum in the long-time region above 5μsec increases with decreasing temperature at low temperatures below 30 K possibly due to slowing down of the Cu-spin fluctuations assisted by Pr3+ moments. No Zn-induced slowing down of the Cu-spin fluctuations has been observed for moderately oxygen-reduced samples with 0.04≤δ≤0.09 , which is very different from the μSR results of La2-xSrxCu1-yZnyO4 . The possible reason may be that there are no dynamical stripe correlations of spins and electrons in the electron-doped high- Tc cuprates or that the effect of Pr3+ moments on the μSR spectra is stronger than that of a small amount of Zn impurities.

  7. Internal static electric and magnetic field at the copper cite in a single crystal of the electron-doped high-Tc superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 -y

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    Wu, Guoqing; Zamborszky, F.; Reyes, A. P.; Kuhns, P. L.; Greene, R. L.; Clark, W. G.

    2014-12-01

    We report 63 ,65Cu -NMR spectroscopy and Knight shift measurements on a single crystal of the electron-doped high-Tc superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 -y with an applied magnetic field (H ) up to 26.42 T. A very small NQR frequency is obtained with the observation of the spectrum, which shows an extremely wide continuous distribution of it that becomes significantly narrower below 20 K at H ∥c where the superconductivity is completely suppressed, indicating a significant change in the charge distribution at the Cu site, while the corresponding change at H ⊥c is negligible when the superconductivity is present or not fully suppressed. The Knight shift and central linewidth are proportional to the applied magnetic field with a high anisotropy. We find that the magnitude of the internal static magnetic field at the copper is dominated by the anisotropic Cu2 + 3 d orbital contributions, while its weak temperature dependence is mainly determined by the isotropic contact hyperfine coupling to the paramagnetic Pr3 + spins, which also gives rise to the full distribution of the internal static magnetic field at the copper for H ⊥c . This internal static electric and magnetic field environment at the copper is very different from that in the hole-doped cuprates, and may provide new insight into the understanding of high-Tc superconductivity. Other experimental techniques are needed to verify whether the observed significant narrowing of the charge distribution at the Cu site with H ∥c is caused by the charge ordering [E. H. da Silva Neto et al., Science (to be published, 2014)] or a new type of charge modulation.

  8. Ultrasonic attenuation studies in high Tc superconductors

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    Shen, Zhong Cheng; Jiang, Zuo

    2005-04-01

    In this paper a great number of mechanical relaxation spectrum experiment results in the mixed state of high Tc superconductors have been summarized. A new low frequency mechanical relaxation spectrum apparatus have been shown. We pointed out that the mechanical relaxation peaks are attributed to anelastic relaxation processes and the transition of rigidly pinned FLL into a depinned state.

  9. Shock compaction of high- Tc superconductors

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    Weir, S.T.; Nellis, W.J.; McCandless, P.C.; Brocious, W.F. ); Seaman, C.L.; Early, E.A.; Maple, M.B. . Dept. of Physics); Kramer, M.J. ); Syono, Y.; Kikuchi, M. )

    1990-09-01

    We present the results of shock compaction experiments on high-{Tc} superconductors and describe the way in which shock consolidation addresses critical problems concerning the fabrication of high J{sub c} bulk superconductors. In particular, shock compaction experiments on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} show that shock-induced defects can greatly increase intragranular critical current densities. The fabrication of crystallographically aligned Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} samples by shock-compaction is also described. These experiments demonstrate the potential of the shock consolidation method as a means for fabricating bulk high-{Tc} superconductors having high critical current densities.

  10. Peak Effect in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Ling, Xinsheng

    1996-03-01

    Like many low-Tc superconductors, high-quality YBCO single crystals are found(X.S. Ling and J.I. Budnick, in Magnetic Susceptibility of Superconductors and Other Spin Systems), edited by R.A. Hein, T.L. Francavilla, and D.H. Liebenberg (Plenum Press, New York, 1991), p.377. to exhibit a striking peak effect. In a magnetic field, the temperature dependence of the critical current has a pronounced peak below T_c(H). Pippard(A.B. Pippard, Phil. Mag. 19), 217 (1969)., and subsequently Larkin and Ovchinnikov(A.I. Larkin and Yu.N. Ovchinnikov, J. Low Temp. Phys. 34), 409 (1979)., attributed the onset of the peak effect to a softening of the vortex lattice. In this talk, the experimental discovery^1 of the peak effect in high-Tc superconductors will be described, followed by a brief historical perspective of the understanding of this phenomenon and a discussion of a new model(X.S. Ling, C. Tang, S. Bhattacharya, and P.M. Chaikin, cond-mat/9504109, (NEC Preprint 1995).) for the peak effect. In this model, the peak effect is an interesting manifestation of the vortex-lattice melting in the presence of weak random pinning potentials. The rise of critical current with increasing temperature is a signature of the ``melting'' of the Larkin domains. This work is done in collaboration with Joe Budnick, Chao Tang, Shobo Bhattacharya, Paul Chaikin, and Boyd Veal.

  11. High -Tc superlight bipolarons in novel superconductors

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2003-03-01

    Over the last decade, several competing models of high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) have been proposed, none of which have succeeded to explain high values of the superconducting critical temperature Tc without adjustable parameters. Most of the proposed models are based on the short-range electron-electron correlations or/and on a short-range electron-phonon interaction. However, in the cuprates the screening is poor due to the low carrier density, layered crystal structure, and high ionicity of the lattice. Here we develop further a model of HTSC, which explicitly takes into account the long-range origin of both types of interaction [1]. The long-range electron-phonon (Froehlich) interaction binds carriers into real space pairs-small bipolarons with surprisingly low mass but sufficient binding energy, while the long-range Coulomb repulsion keeps them from forming larger clusters. We analytically solve this multi-polaron "Froelich-Coulomb" model of oxides for a zigzag ladder and a perovskite layer [2]. The model numerically explains high Tc values in the cuprates without any fitting parameters. It describes other key features of the cuprates such as the isotope effect on the effective mass, pseudogap, the normal state diamagnetism, anomalous upper critical field, and spectral functions measured in tunnelling and photoemission. We argue that strong coupling of carriers with high-frequency phonons and low Fermi energies is the cause of high critical temperatures of novel superconductors. [1] A.S. Alexandrov, in Models and Phenomenology for Conventional and High-temperature Superconductivity (Course CXXXVI of the International School of Physics`Enrico Fermi'), eds. G. Iadonisi, J.R. Schrieffer and M.L. Chiofalo, (IOS Press, Amsterdam), p. 309 (1998). [2] A.S. Alexandrov and P.E. Kornilovitch, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 14 (2002) 5337. * Mailing address: Department of Physics, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, United Kingdom; E-mail: a

  12. Quaternary borocarbides: Relatively high Tc intermetallic superconductors and magnetic superconductors

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    Mazumdar, Chandan; Nagarajan, R.

    2015-07-01

    Discovery of superconductivity in Y-Ni-B-C (Tc ∼ 13 K) gave rise to the class of quaternary rare earth transition metal borocarbide superconductors. Before the discovery of Fe-based arsenide superconductors, this was the only class of materials containing a magnetic element, viz., Ni, yet exhibiting Tcs > 5 K. Many members of this class have high Tc (>10 K). Tc of ∼23 K in Y-Pd-B-C system equaled the record Tc known then, for intermetallics. Another feature that sets this class apart, is the occurrence of the exotic phenomenon of coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism at temperatures >5 K. Availability of large and electronically 'clean' single crystals and large Ginzburg-Landau (G-L) parameter, κ, have enabled detailed investigation of nonlocal effects of superconductivity. Intermediate value of upper critical field Hc2, has enabled detailed investigation of superconductivity in this class, over the complete H-T plane. This has revealed details of anisotropy of superconductivity (e.g., a fourfold symmetry in the square a-b plane is found) and raised questions on the symmetry of order parameter. After a brief outline of the discovery, this article gives a summary of the materials and highlights of superconducting properties of this class of materials. Interesting results from studies, using various techniques, on YNi2B2C (Tc ∼ 15 K) and LuNi2B2C (Tc ∼ 16 K) are presented, including observation of unusual square vortex lattice and its structural transformation with H and T. With conduction electrons involved in the magnetic order of this class of superconductors, the interplay of superconductivity and magnetism is intimate in these magnetic superconductors. With Tc (∼11 K) > TN (∼6 K) in ErNi2B2C, Tc (∼8 K) = TN (∼8 K) in HoNi2B2C and Tc (∼6 K) < TN (∼11 K) in DyNi2B2C, and with other parameters being favorable as mentioned earlier, this class of magnetic superconductors have become ideal materials to investigate the coexistence

  13. High Tc superconductors - Composite wire fabrication

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    Jin, S.; Sherwood, R. C.; van Dover, R. B.; Tiefel, T. H.; Johnson, D. W., Jr.

    1987-07-01

    The fabrication of fine-wire, composite superconductors consisting of a high-conductivity normal metal shell, such as Ag or Cu/Ni/Au, and a superconducting core of Ba2YCu3O oxide is described. The functions of the normal metal shell and the importance of using the proper diffusion barrier metals are discussed. A resistivity-temperature curve for the composite wire Ag/Ba2YCu3O7 is examined, and the compound inside the finished wire is analyzed using X-ray diffraction. It is observed that the zero-field critical current density of the wire at 77 K is about 175 A/sq cm and the superconducting core is continuous and retains phase composition after wire drawing and heat treatment. The supplying of oxygen to the core of the long wire during heat treatments is studied. The data reveal that it is possible to process ceramic superconductors into a desirable composite wire form.

  14. High-Tc superconductor coplanar waveguide filter

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    Chew, Wilbert; Bajuk, Louis J.; Cooley, Thomas W.; Foote, Marc C.; Hunt, Brian D.; Rascoe, Daniel L.; Riley, A. L.

    1991-01-01

    Coplanar waveguide (CPW) low-pass filters made of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) on LaAlO3 substrates, with dimensions suited for integrated circuits, were fabricated and packaged. A complete filter gives a true idea of the advantages and difficulties in replacing thin-film metal with a high-temperature superconductor in a practical circuit. Measured insertion losses in liquid nitrogen were superior to the loss of a similar thin-film copper filter throughout the 0- to 9.5-GHz passband. These results demonstrate the performance of fully patterned YBCO in a practical CPW structure after sealing in a hermetic package.

  15. Fluxoid motion and resistive transition in high Tc superconductors

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    Matsushita, T.; Ni, B.

    1990-07-01

    Significantly broad resistive transition has been observed in high-Tc superconductors under a magnetic field. A similar broad transition was observed by French et al. (1967) in resistance versus magnetic field characteristics in low-temperature superconductors for various current densities. In this case, the critical current density and the flow resistivity completely determine the overall resistive characteristics. This suggests that the resistive characteristics in high-Tc superconductors may also be determined by these two quantities alone. In fact, the procedure outlined reproduces the commonly observed resistive characteristics. A notable feature determined from this procedure is that a knee exists in the resistance versus temperature curve. This projection corresponds to the irreversibility point; i.e. the temperature at which the critical current density is reduced to zero.

  16. Isotope coefficient in high Tc superconductors

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    Kishore, R.

    1995-10-01

    An exact expression for the isotope coefficient ({alpha}), within the conventional BCS theory, has been derived for any arbitrary electronic density of states and the mass dependence of carrier concentration. It is shown that the effect of the mass dependence of the carrier concentration within the van-Hove scenario (VHS) can explain some anomalous features of {alpha} for La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} based superconductors, not explained by earlier theories based on VHS. These anomalous features are the asymmetry of {alpha} about the optimum concentration (n{sub m}) corresponding to the maximum critical temperature, minimum in {alpha} above n{sub m}, and the value of {alpha} less than 0.5 below n{sub m}.

  17. Measurements of the rf surface resistance of high- Tc superconductors

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Roche, C.T.

    1990-01-01

    An experimental program is being conducted to assess the applicability of high-{Tc} superconductors for use in high power rf and microwave devices. The program involves the measurement of the rf surface resistance of high-{Tc} samples at frequencies between 0.15 and 40 GHz and rf surface magnetic fields as high as 640 gauss. Polycrystalline samples were found to have surface resistances which increase monotonically with rf-field amplitude, saturating at high field at a few percent of the normal-state surface resistance just above {Tc}. 13 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Proximity Effect at Graphene - High Tc Superconductor Junctions

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    Wang, Da; Shih, En-Min; Arefe, Ghidewon; Kim, Youngduck; Edelberg, Drew; Andrade, Erick; Wang, Dennis; Hone, James; Dean, Cory; Pasupathy, Abhay; Department of Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA Collaboration

    The proximity effect is a well-known mesoscopic phenomenon where Cooper pairs from a superconductor (S) enter into a normal metal (N) that is well coupled to it. Since graphene was discovered a decade ago, the proximity effect at superconductor-graphene junctions has been extensively studied and interesting phenomena such as specular Andreev reflection and ballistic transport at graphene Josephson junctions have been observed. However, superconductors used in these experiments to date are of conventional low Tc, such as aluminum(Tc=1.2K), NbSe2(Tc=7K), and MoRe(Tc=8K). Understanding how the proximity effect works between high-Tc superconductors (pnictides and cuprates) and the Dirac Fermions of graphene remains largely unexplored. The chief technical challenge here is to create high-quality junctions between high-Tc superconductors and graphene. In this work, we will introduce a home-made setup that allows us to exfoliate, transfer and encapsulate superconductor-graphene junctions in a well controlled inert atmosphere. Transport measurements of the proximity effect at graphene-iron pnictide(FeSe, FeTeSe) and graphene-cuprate(BSCCO) junctions will be described.

  19. Raman scattering in high-{Tc} superconductors: Electronic excitations

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    Cardona, M.; Strohm, T.; Kircher, J.

    1996-12-31

    Since the discovery of the high {Tc} superconductors Raman scattering has proven to be an excellent technique to characterize them and to investigate basic physical properties relevant to the elusive mechanism responsible for their superconductivity. The authors discuss here several aspects of the technique as applied to superconductivity, including scattering by lattice vibrations, magnetic excitations, and electronic excitations, with particular emphasis on the latter, both in the normal and the superconducting state. 47 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  20. The unconventional electrodynamics of high {Tc} and organic superconductors

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    Timusk, T.; Cao, N.; Basov, D.N.; Homes, C.C.

    1996-12-31

    The combination of lowered dimensionality and electron-electron correlations are responsible for the unusual temperature and frequency dependence of the electrical conductivity of the new superconductors. The authors first review the electrodynamics of two systems, U{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} where conventional Fermi liquid ideas seem to work. Here transport is by free carriers with strongly renormalized masses. On the other hand the electrodynamics of the high {Tc} cuprates and the organic charge transfer salts is unconventional. The high {Tc}`s show a Drude peak with an anomalous temperature and frequency dependent scattering rate for the in-plane conductivity, while normal to the planes they are almost insulating. In the organics, the transport currents are carried by a narrow collective mode coupled to phonons. 44 refs., 7 figs.

  1. Microstructures and critical currents in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Suenaga, Masaki

    1998-11-01

    Microstructural defects are the primary determining factors for the values of critical-current densities in a high {Tc} superconductor after the electronic anisotropy along the a-b plane and the c-direction. A review is made to assess firstly what would be the maximum achievable critical-current density in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} if nearly ideal pinning sites were introduced and secondly what types of pinning defects are currently introduced or exist in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and how effective are these in pinning vortices.

  2. Electronic excitations in electron-doped cuprate superconductors

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    Unger, P.; Fulde, P.

    1995-04-01

    We calculate the electronic single-particle spectrum of an electron-doped cuprate superconductor such as Nd2-xCexCuO4-y. The dynamics of holes in the Cu-O planes is described by the extended Hubbard or Emery model. We consider the system at half-filling (one hole per unit cell, nh=1) and in the case of electron doping where the ground state is paramagnetic. The projection technique of Mori and Zwanzig is applied to derive the equations of motion for the Green's functions of Cu and O holes. These equations are solved self-consistently as in a previous calculation, where we considered the case of hole doping. At half-filling the system exhibits a charge-transfer gap bounded by Zhang-Rice singlet states and the upper Hubbard band. Upon electron doping the upper Hubbard band crosses the Fermi level and the system becomes metallic. With increasing electron doping the singlet band loses intensity and finally vanishes for nh=0. The corresponding spectral weight is transferred to the upper Hubbard band, which becomes a usual tight-binding band for zero hole concentration. The shape of the flat band crossing the Fermi level fits well to angle-resolved photoemission spectra of Nd2-xCexCuO4-y for x=0.15 and 0.22. Furthermore, our findings are in excellent agreement with exact diagonalization studies of 2×2 CuO2 cluster with periodic boundary conditions.

  3. Aspects of nodal quasiparticle transport in high-Tc superconductors

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    Smith, Michael F.

    Various low-temperature thermodynamic and transport properties of high TC superconductors at temperatures well below TC are studied theoretically under the assumption that the low-energy excited states can be regarded as independent Bogolubov quasiparticles near the nodes of the superconducting order parameter. In the limiting case of temperatures well above that corresponding to the impurity scattering rate, a Boltzmann-equation description of the quasiparticle distribution is used to study thermal and electrical transport for several scattering mechanisms. In particular, the dominant scattering mechanism for the relaxation of microwave electrical currents well below TC is identified, and the observed temperature dependence of the microwave conductivity data in optimally-doped YBa2Cu3O7-delta thus explained. The Knight shift and nuclear spin relaxation rate at temperatures well above the impurity scattering rate are also calculated and compared with available data. In the opposite limiting case of temperatures well below that corresponding to the impurity scattering rate, the sound attenuation and electron-phonon heat transfer rate are calculated. A model for the electron-phonon interaction in square-lattice tight-binding materials is developed and used to explain the huge measured anisotropy of the normal-state sound attenuation in the unconventional superconductor Sr2RuO4 and to rule out certain candidates for the order parameter symmetry of this material. A calculation of the electron-phonon heat transfer rate for d-wave superconductors gives the dependence of this quantity on various material parameters. Finally, the result for the electron-phonon heat transfer rate is used to explain the origin of the anomalous downturns in the thermal conductivity that have been observed in both the normal and superconducting state of cuprate superconductors, most notably in Pr2-xCe xCuO7-delta.

  4. Towards a complete Fermi surface in underdoped high Tc superconductors

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    Harrison, Neil

    The discovery of magnetic quantum oscillations in underdoped high Tc superconductors raised many questions, and initiated a quest to understand the origin of the Fermi surface the like of which had not been seen since the very first discovery of quantum oscillations in elemental bismuth. While studies of the Fermi surface of materials are today mostly assisted by computer codes for calculating the electronic band structure, this was not the case in the underdoped high Tc materials. The Fermi surface was shown to reconstructed into small pockets, yet there was no hint of a viable order parameter. Crucial clues to understanding the origin of the Fermi surface were provided by the small value of the observed Fermi surface cross-section, the negative Hall coefficient and the small electronic heat capacity at high magnetic fields. We also know that the magnetic fields were likely to be too weak to destroy the pseudogap and that vortex pinning effects could be seen to persist to high magnetic fields at low temperatures. I will show that the Fermi surface that appears to fit best with the experimental observations is a small electron pocket formed by connecting the nodal `Fermi arcs' seen in photoemission experiments, corresponding to a density-wave state with two different orthogonal ordering vectors. The existence of such order has subsequently been detected by x-ray scattering experiments, thereby strengthening the case for charge ordering being responsible for reconstructing the Fermi surface. I will discuss new efforts to understand the relationship between the charge ordering and the pseudogap state, discussing the fate of the quasiparticles in the antinodal region and the dimensionality of the Fermi surface. The author acknowledges contributions from Suchitra Sebastian, Brad Ramshaw, Mun Chan, Yu-Te Hsu, Mate Hartstein, Gil Lonzarich, Beng Tan, Arkady Shekhter, Fedor Balakirev, Ross McDonald, Jon Betts, Moaz Altarawneh, Zengwei Zhu, Chuck Mielke, James Day, Doug

  5. Liquid-gated superconductor-insulator transition in an electron-doped cuprate

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    Zeng, Shengwei; Huang, Zhen; Bao, Nina; Lv, Weiming; Liu, Zhiqi; Herng, T. S.; Gopinadhan, K.; Jian, Linke; Ding, J.; Venkatesan, T.; Ariando, Ariando

    2014-03-01

    Doping charge carriers will causes the change of cuprates from antiferromagnetic Mott insulators to high-Tc superconductors. Continuous changing of carrier density is necessary to understand the nature of such phase transition, and thus, further our understanding of cuprate superconductors. Electric field-effect doping, especially with electronic double layer transistors (EDLT) configuration which use ionic liquids (ILs) and polymer electrolyte as the gate dielectrics, is a potential avenue for this investigation and it has been shown its effectiveness in inducing phase transition in strongly correlated electron system. Owing to EDLT, superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) has been observed in hole-doped cuprates La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3Oy. Here we use EDLT to tune the carrier density in electron-doped cuprates Pr2-xCexCuO4 ultrathin films and cause the sample evolves from a superconducting state to an insulating state. This present results could be helpful to study SIT between electron- and hole-doped cuprates.

  6. Submillimeter residual losses in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Miller, D.

    1993-09-01

    Bolometry was used obtain accurate submillimeter residual loss data for epitaxial films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO), Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}, Tl{sub 2}CaBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (TCBCO), and Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3} (BKBO). We were able to fit the absorptivity measured for Nb films to an Eliashberg strong coupling calculation; excellent agreement resulted between parameters from best fits and measured Residual Resistivity Ratio. Microwave surface resistance measurements made on the same YBCO and TCBCO films are in excellent agreement with submillimeter measurements. Absorptivities for all YBCO films studied are qualitatively similar, increasing smoothly with frequency, with no gap-like features below the well known absorption edge at 450 cm{sup {minus}1}. Losses in YBCO films were fit to a weakly coupled grain model for the a-b plane conductivity. Strong phonon structure was observed in TCBCO films between 60 and 700 cm{sup {minus}1} (2 THz and 23 THz); these losses could not be fitted to the simple weakly coupled grain model, in contrast to the case for other high-{Tc} superconductors where phonon structure observed in ceramics are is absent in epitaxial oriented films and crystals because of electronic screening due to high conductivity of a-b planes. Absorptivity data for the BKBO films all show a strong absorption onset near the BCS tunneling gap of 3.5 k{sub B}{Tc}. Comparison with strong coupling Eliashberg predictions and of a Kramers-Kronig analysis indicate that the absorption onset is consistent with a superconducting energy gap. Effects of magnetic field on residual losses in YBCO films show a resonant absorption feature in vicinity of predicted

  7. Silver sheathing of high-Tc superconductor wires

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    Wu, C. T.; Risch, G. A.; Poeppel, R. B.; Goretta, K. C.; Danyluk, S.; Herro, H. M.

    1990-10-01

    The properties of Ag sheaths on high-temperature super-conductors are examined. Ag is chemically compatible with YBa2Cu3O(x) and Bi-based superconductors can be safely coprocessed with them. Residual stresses created by differences in thermal expansion coefficients are favorable and can be controlled by proper annealing. Although Ag forms low-resistance contact with high temperature superconductors, it is not certain that effective cryogenic stabilization by Ag can occur at 77 K and above.

  8. Gap anisotropy and van Hove singularities in high {Tc} superconductors

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    Bok, J.; Bouvier, J.

    1996-12-31

    The authors compute the superconducting gap {Delta}{sub {rvec k}} using a simple band structure of the CuO{sub 2} planes in the high Tc materials. They suppose that for materials with doping corresponding to maximum {Tc}, the van Hove singularities lie close to the Fermi level as is confirmed by many photoemission experiments. They use a electron-photon interaction with weak screening, they find a strong gap anisotropy. For Bi 2212, {Delta} is maximum along the 100 and 010 directions with values between 20 and 30 meV and minimum along 110 with values between 0 and 10 meV. They use this anisotropic gap to compute the quasi-particle excitations density of states and the tunneling current-voltage I(V) characteristic for N-I-S and S-I-S junctions. This model agrees remarkably well with recent experiments of tunneling spectroscopy in high {Tc} cuprates.

  9. Numerical analyses of levitation force and flux creep on high [Tc] superconductor

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    Tsuchimoto, M.; Kojima, T.; Takeuchi, H.; Honma, T. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering)

    1993-11-01

    Large levitation force and a stable equilibrium are obtained with a permanent magnet and a bulk high [Tc] superconductor (HTSC). Evaluation of the levitation force is important for many applications, such as magnetically levitated vehicles, magnetic bearing, flywheel and linear drive. Levitation force between a permanent magnet and a high [Tc] superconductor is examined by using two numerical methods. The levitation force to vertical direction is calculated by using the critical state model. Stiffness of restoring force to horizontal direction is calculated by using a frozen-in field model. Numerical solutions agree well with experimental results. Dynamic properties of the levitation force are also analyzed by combining the two methods.

  10. Flux lattice melting in the high Tc superconductors

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    Bishop, D. J.; Gammel, P. L.; Schneemeyer, L. F.

    1989-01-01

    One of the important issues for technological application of the high temperature superconductors is their behavior in a magnetic field. A variety of experiments including electrical transport, mechanical oscillators, and magnetic decoration have suggested that these magnetic properties will make applications more difficult than originally anticipated. These experiments and their results are briefly discussed.

  11. Measuring Thermal Diffusivity Of A High-Tc Superconductor

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    Powers, Charles E.; Oh, Gloria; Leidecker, Henning

    1992-01-01

    Technique for measuring thermal diffusivity of superconductor of high critical temperature based on Angstrom's temperature-wave method. Peltier junction generates temperature oscillations, which propagate with attenuation up specimen. Thermal diffusivity of specimen calculated from distance between thermocouples and amplitudes and phases of oscillatory components of thermocouple readings.

  12. Laser surface interaction of high-Tc superconductors

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    Chen, C. H.; Mccann, M. P.; Phillips, R. C.

    1991-01-01

    During the past two years, one of the most exciting research fields in science has been the study of the newly discovered high-T(sub c) metal oxide superconductors. Although many theoretical models were proposed, there is no general agreement on any theory to explain these materials. One of the peculiar features of these high-T(sub c) materials is the noninteger number of oxygen atoms. The oxygen content is extremely critical to the superconductive properties. Take YBa2Cu3O(7-x) as an example. Its superconductive properties disappear whenever x is larger than 0.5. The existence of Cu(+ 3) was considered to account for x less than 0.5. However, results from mass spectroscopy of laser desorbed species indicate that significant quantities of oxygen molecules are trapped in the bulk of these high-T(sub c) superconductors. It appears that these trapped oxygen molecules may play key roles in superconductive properties. Preparation of superconductive thin films are considered very important for the applications of these new superconductors for the electronics industry. Fluorescence spectra and ion spectra following laser ablation of high-temperature superconductors were obtained. A real time monitor for preparation of superconductive thin films can possibly be developed.

  13. Transport anomalies and quantum criticality in electron-doped cuprate superconductors

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    Zhang, Xu; Yu, Heshan; He, Ge; Hu, Wei; Yuan, Jie; Zhu, Beiyi; Jin, Kui

    2016-06-01

    Superconductivity research is like running a marathon. Three decades after the discovery of high-Tc cuprates, there have been mass data generated from transport measurements, which bring fruitful information. In this review, we give a brief summary of the intriguing phenomena reported in electron-doped cuprates from the aspect of electrical transport as well as the complementary thermal transport. We attempt to sort out common features of the electron-doped family, e.g. the strange metal, negative magnetoresistance, multiple sign reversals of Hall in mixed state, abnormal Nernst signal, complex quantum criticality. Most of them have been challenging the existing theories, nevertheless, a unified diagram certainly helps to approach the nature of electron-doped cuprates.

  14. Flux flow and flux dynamics in high-Tc superconductors

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    Bennett, L. H.; Turchinskaya, M.; Swartzendruber, L. J.; Roitburd, A.; Lundy, D.; Ritter, J.; Kaiser, D. L.

    1991-01-01

    Because high temperature superconductors, including BYCO and BSSCO, are type 2 superconductors with relatively low H(sub c 1) values and high H(sub c 2) values, they will be in a critical state for many of their applications. In the critical state, with the applied field between H(sub c 1) and H(sub c 2), flux lines have penetrated the material and can form a flux lattice and can be pinned by structural defects, chemical inhomogeneities, and impurities. A detailed knowledge of how flux penetrates the material and its behavior under the influence of applied fields and current flow, and the effect of material processing on these properties, is required in order to apply, and to improve the properties of these superconductors. When the applied field is changed rapidly, the time dependence of flux change can be divided into three regions, an initial region which occurs very rapidly, a second region in which the magnetization has a 1n(t) behavior, and a saturation region at very long times. A critical field is defined for depinning, H(sub c,p) as that field at which the hysteresis loop changes from irreversible to reversible. As a function of temperature, it is found that H(sub c,p) is well described by a power law with an exponent between 1.5 and 2.5. The behavior of H(sub c,p) for various materials and its relationship to flux flow and flux dynamics are discussed.

  15. Vortices and charge order in high-Tc superconductors

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    Einenkel, Matthias; Meier, Hendrik; Pépin, Catherine; Efetov, Konstantin B.

    2015-03-01

    We theoretically investigate the vortex state of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors in the presence of magnetic fields. Assuming the recently derived nonlinear σ-model for fluctuations in the pseudogap phase, we find that the vortex cores consist of two crossed regions of elliptic shape, in which a static charge order emerges. Charge density wave order manifests itself as satellites to the ordinary Bragg peaks directed along the axes of the reciprocal copper lattice. Quadrupole density wave (bond order) satellites, if seen, are predicted to be along the diagonals. The intensity of the satellites should grow linearly with the magnetic field, in agreement with the result of recent experiments.

  16. Vortices and charge order in high-Tc superconductors

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    Einenkel, M.; Meier, H.; Pépin, C.; Efetov, K. B.

    2014-08-01

    We theoretically investigate the vortex state of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors in the presence of magnetic fields. Assuming the recently derived nonlinear σ-model for fluctuations in the pseudogap phase, we find that the vortex cores consist of two crossed regions of elliptic shape, in which a static charge order emerges. Charge density wave order manifests itself as satellites to the ordinary Bragg peaks directed along the axes of the reciprocal copper lattice. Quadrupole density wave (bond order) satellites, if seen, are predicted to be along the diagonals. The intensity of the satellites should grow linearly with the magnetic field, in agreement with the result of recent experiments.

  17. Strength and flexibility of bulk high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Goretta, K.C.; Jiang, M.; Kupperman, D.S.; Lanagan, M.T.; Singh, J.P.; Vasanthamohan, N.; Hinks, D.G.; Mitchell, J.F.; Richardson, J.W. Jr.

    1996-08-01

    Strength, fracture toughness, and elastic modulus data have been gathered for bulk high-temperature superconductors, commercial 99.9% Ag, and a 1.2 at.% Mg/Ag alloy. These data have been used to calculate fracture strains for bulk conductors. The calculations indicate that the superconducting cores of clad tapes should begin to fracture at strains below 0.2%. In addition, residual strains in Ag-clad (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} tapes have been measured by neutron diffraction. An explanation is offered for why many tapes appear to be able to tolerate large strains before exhibiting a reduction in current transport.

  18. High- Tc superconductor characteristics control by ion implantation

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    Matsui, S.; Matsutera, H.; Yoshitake, T.; Fujita, J.; Satoh, T.

    1989-03-01

    Transition temperature ( Tc) control and annealing effects of YBa 2Cu 3O x and Bi 2Sr 1.4 Ca 1.8Cu 2.2O y superconductor thin films implanted by 200 keV Ne + have been investigated. YBa 2Cu 3 O xTc end points for 0, 1 × 10 14, 1 × 10 15 and 1 × 10 16 ions/cm 2 doses are 75, 71, 62 and 16 K, respectively. On the other hand, Bi 2Sr 1.4Ca 1.8Cu 2.2O y, Tc end points for 0, 1 × 10 12 and 1 × 10 13 ions/cm 2 doses are 78, 76 and 54 K, respectively, c lattice constant increases were observed for the implanted films. It is confirmed that the superconducting characteristics for films, are recovered by anneaing in O 2 atomosphere. Moreover, microcrystal growth caused by annealing the implanted YBa 2Cu 3O x film was observed on the surface.

  19. Predicted midgap states in unconventional superconductors and their numerous implications for high-[Tc] superconductors

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    Hu, C.R. . Dept. of Physics)

    1998-12-20

    A fundamental topological consequence of the unconventional (i.e., non-s-wave) pairing symmetry of high-[Tc] superconductors (HTSC's) is the existence of midgap (quasi-particle) states (MS's) bound to surface,m interfaces and other locations. This prediction by the author has most-likely solved a decade-old puzzle, viz., the ubiquitous observation of a zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) in tunneling experiments performed on HTSC's. There are also numerous other novel consequences of these MS's, predicted by various researchers, including a new Josephson critical current term; an (already observed) low-temperature splitting of the ZBCP due possibly to a spontaneous breaking of the time-reversal symmetry at a sample surface; a new explanation of the paramagnetic Meissner effect; and a giant magnetic moment, etc. Here the author will review the physical origin of the MS's, the several extensions of the original idea and the many novel consequences of these MS's, some of which have been investigated quantitatively and some others only deduced in qualitative terms so far.

  20. Theoretical Analysis on the Band Structure Variance of the Electron Doped 1111 Iron-based Superconductors

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    Suzuki, K.; Usui, H.; Iimura, S.; Sato, Y.; Matsuishi, S.; Hosono, H.; Kuroki, K.

    We perform first principles band calculation of electron doped iron-based superconductors adopting the virtual crystal approximation. We find that when electrons are doped by element substitution in the blocking layer, the band structure near the Fermi level is affected due to the increase of the positive charge in the layer. On the other hand, when Fe in the conducting layer is substituted by Co, the band structure is barely affected. This difference should be a key factor in understanding the phase diagram of the heavily doped electron doped systems LnFeAsO1-xHx.

  1. Feasibility of far-infrared radiation modulators using high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Zhang, Z.M.

    1996-12-31

    The potential of using high-{Tc} superconductors as intensity modulators for far-infrared radiation is investigated in this work. Reflectance and transmittance for several design structures are computed using the published optical constants of the superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and substrate materials. Notable differences in the reflectance and transmittance between the superconducting state and the normal state are illustrated. The best results are obtained based on the reflectance of thin films (10 nm--50 nm thick) on thin substrates (less than 100 {micro}m thick) and for radiation incident on the substrate. This study demonstrates that high-{Tc} superconductive thin films can be used to build far-infrared radiation modulators. Future experimental study is recommended in order to materialize this promising thermooptical device.

  2. Scanning instrumentation for measuring magnetic field trapping in high Tc superconductors

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    Sisk, R. C.; Helton, A. J.

    1993-01-01

    Computerized scanning instrumentation measures and displays trapped magnetic fields across the surface of high Tc superconductors at 77 K. Data are acquired in the form of a raster scan image utilizing stepping motor stages for positioning and a cryogenic Hall probe for magnetic field readout. Flat areas up to 45 mm in diameter are scanned with 0.5-mm resolution and displayed as false color images.

  3. Designs and analyses of flywheel energy storage systems using high- Tc superconductor bearings

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    Sung, T. H.; Han, S. C.; Han, Y. H.; Lee, J. S.; Jeong, N. H.; Hwang, S. D.; Choi, S. K.

    2002-06-01

    A horizontal axle-type flywheel energy storage system was manufactured using high- Tc superconductor bearings. The system running in a vacuum chamber mainly consists of a composite flywheel rotor, superconductor bearings, a motor/generator and its controller. The present system was designed to have an energy storage capacity of 440 W h at its operating speed of 40,000 rpm, which is way above two rigid body mode critical speeds. Rotordynamic analysis was performed on this system. Another flywheel system with vertical axis was conceptualized, which uses a hybrid superconductor bearing set to carry the wheel part load. The models for permanent magnet parts of the bearing set were designed using numerical magnetostatic analysis tool. The vertical magnetic force characteristics of the bearing set were experimentally measured. These results were discussed in regard of application to the flywheel system with a passive hybrid superconductor bearing set.

  4. Electronic structure Fermi liquid theory of high Tc superconductors: Comparison of predictions with experiments

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    Yu, Jaejun; Freeman, A. J.

    1991-01-01

    Predictions of local density functional (LDF) calculations of the electronic structure and transport properties of high T(sub c) superconductors are presented. As evidenced by the excellent agreement with both photoemission and positron annihilation experiments, a Fermi liquid nature of the 'normal' state of the high T(sub c) superconductors become clear for the metallic phase of these oxides. In addition, LDF predictions on the normal state transport properties are qualitatively in agreement with experiments on single crystals. It is emphasized that the signs of the Hall coefficients for the high T(sub c) superconductors are not consistent with the types of dopants (e.g., electron-doped or hole-doped) but are determined by the topology of the Fermi surfaces obtained from the LDF calculations.

  5. Development and study of high-Tc superconductor conductive polymer assemblies

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    Schougaard, Steen Brian

    2002-01-01

    This dissertation presents the development and study of organic polymeric conductor/High-Tc superconductor bilayers, for exploration of the superconductor proximity effect. A major obstacle to this research is the instability of the High-Tc superconductor towards H2O and CO2 as it is necessary to create hybrid structures where the two conductors have intimate contact. For this reason, a study of the corrosion characteristics of the RBa2Cu3O 7 (R=Y, Eu, Nd) series was undertaken. In this study, R=Nd was shown to have enhanced corrosion resistance. In an effort to develop chemical processing methods that allow for the production of intimate contact between the cuprate superconductor and the conductive polymer systems, a study of alkyl amine adsorbed onto the surface of the superconductor is presented. In the electrochemical part of the study, alkyl amine ferrocene adsorbed onto the surface revealed that the amines are strongly adhered to the superconductor while still allowing electrons to pass from the superconductor to the ferrocene moiety. The self-assembled monolayer (SAM) structure of CF3(CF2)3(CH2) 11NH2 atop the superconductor was elucidated by employing several techniques, including atomic scale atomic force microscopy (AFM). A novel multistep bilayer sample preparation protocol is presented involving thin film fabrication by pulsed laser deposition (PLD), patterning by shadow mask ablation, sample thinning by scanning probe and electropolymerization of the polymer. Scanning probe thinning yields a smooth superconductor surface, a known superconductor thickness, and if a blocking layer is employed prior to thinning, the localization of polymer growth. Studies of the response of a bilayer structure of Y0.6Ca 0.4Ba1.6La0.4 Cu3O7/poly pyrrole to polymer redox cycling showed a semi-reversible suppression of transition temperature qualitatively consistent with a combination of corrosion and superconductor proximity effect. Quantitative analysis in the framework of

  6. Anomalous Fermi-Surface Dependent Pairing in a Self-Doped High-Tc Superconductor

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    Chen, Y.

    2010-05-03

    We report the discovery of a self-doped multi-layer high T{sub c} superconductor Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}F{sub 2} (F0234) which contains distinctly different superconducting gap magnitudes along its two Fermi surface(FS) sheets. While formal valence counting would imply this material to be an undoped insulator, it is a self-doped superconductor with a T{sub c} of 60K, possessing simultaneously both electron- and hole-doped FS sheets. Intriguingly, the FS sheet characterized by the much larger gap is the electron-doped one, which has a shape disfavoring two electronic features considered to be important for the pairing mechanism: the van Hove singularity and the antiferromagnetic ({pi}/a, {pi}/a) scattering.

  7. X-ray diffuse scattering experiments on bismuth based high Tc superconductors

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    Comes, R.; Izquierdo, M.; Megtert, S.; Albouy, P. A.; Avila, J.; Valbuena, M. A.; Gu, G.; Abell, J. S.; Asensio, M. C.

    2007-09-01

    A detailed X-ray diffuse scattering study of the recently found two dimensional (2D) displacive short range order (SRO) superstructure, with doubled periodicity along the orthorhombic a direction from the high Tc superconductors Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ (BISCO-2212) is reported. The investigation has been extended to high and low temperatures for optimally doped crystals, to crystals with different doping levels and to the one layer compound Bi 2Sr 2CuO 6+ δ (BISCO-2201). The most striking feature is that both, the intensity of the diffuse scattering and the extent of the 2DSRO vary with doping as the critical temperature, Tc. These findings show that these short range ordering features are of importance for a better understanding of high Tc materials, at least those from the BISCO family.

  8. X-ray diffuse scattering experiments from bismuth based high Tc superconductors

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    Izquierdo, M.; Megtert, S.; Albouy, P. A.; Avila, J.; Valbuena, M. A.; Gu, G.; Abell, J. S.; Yang, G.; Asensio, M. C.; Comes, R.

    2007-03-01

    A detailed X-ray diffuse scattering study of the recently found two dimensional (2D) displacive short range order (SRO) superstructure, with doubled periodicity along the orthorhombic a direction from the high Tc superconductors Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ(BISCO-2212) is reported. The investigation has been extended to high and low temperatures for optimally doped crystals, to crystals with different doping levels and to the one layer compound Bi2Sr2CaCuO6+δ (Bi-2201). The most striking feature is that both, the intensity of the diffuse scattering and the extent of the 2DSRO vary with doping as the critical temperature, Tc. These findings show that these short range ordering features are of importance for a better understanding of high Tc materials, at least those from the BISCO family.

  9. The Electronic Structure of the HighTc Superconductors Obtained by Angle-Resolved Photoemission

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    Campuzano, Juan-Carlos; Randeria, Mohit; Norman, Michael; Ding, Hong

    In conclusion, we hope that we have been able to convey to the readers the exciting new physics that has come out of ARPES studies of the high Tc superconductors. What is really astonishing is the range of issues on which ARPES has given new insights: from non-Fermi liquid behavior with a Fermi surface, to the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter, to the development of a Fermi surface in a doped Mott-insulator and the pseudo-gap phenomena in the underdoped cuprates.

  10. The effect of processing parameters during heat treatment of bulk high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Cha, Y.S.; Dorris, S.E.; Hull, J.R.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1991-04-01

    Plastic extrusion is a promising method for producing the long lengths of high-{Tc} superconductor that will be necessary to meet many potential applications. A crucial phase of the extrusion method is removal of organic constituents. Incomplete removal can leave residual carbon at grain boundaries, which can adversely affect the superconducting properties, whereas excessively rapid removal of the organics can cause the extruded superconductor to disintegrate completely. In this paper, we analyze the effects of the following aspects of organics removal, as they apply to the firing of extruded YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} coils: (1) total pressure in the furnace, (2) oxygen flow, (3) heat conduction, and (4) diffusion of volatile components during removal of organics.

  11. The effect of processing parameters during heat treatment of bulk high- Tc superconductors

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    Cha, Y.S.; Dorris, S.E.; Hull, J.R.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1991-04-01

    Plastic extrusion is a promising method for producing the long lengths of high-{Tc} superconductor that will be necessary to meet many potential applications. A crucial phase of the extrusion method is removal of organic constituents. Incomplete removal can leave residual carbon at grain boundaries, which can adversely affect the superconducting properties, whereas excessively rapid removal of the organics can cause the extruded superconductor to disintegrate completely. In this paper, we analyze the effects of the following aspects of organics removal, as they apply to the firing of extruded YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} coils: (1) total pressure in the furnace, (2) oxygen flow, (3) heat conduction, and (4) diffusion of volatile components during removal of organics.

  12. Emergence of superconductivity in HighTc copper oxide superconductors via two crossovers

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    Chatterjee, Utpal; Norman, Mike; Randeria, Mohit; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Campuzano, Juan Carlos

    2011-03-01

    From our detailed ARPES measurements on BISCO 2212 High Tc Superconductors we found that unlike in conventional superconductors, where there is a single temperature scale Tc separating the normal from the superconducting state, HTSCs exhibit with two additional temperature scales. One is T*, below which electronic excitations are gapped. And the other one is Tcoh, below which electronic states are long-lived. We observed that T* and Tcoh change strongly with doping. They cross each other near optimal doping. There is a region in the normal state where the single particle excitations are gapped as well as coherent. Quite remarkably, this is the region from which superconductivity with highest Tc emerges. Our experimental finding that the two crossover lines intersect is not consistent with a ``single quantum critical'' point near optimal doping, rather it is more naturally consistent with theories of superconductivity for doped Mott insulators.

  13. Dynamical scaling exponents in Josephson networks of high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Prester, M.

    1996-12-31

    Universal aspects of inhomogeneous transport was studied in natural Josephson junction networks. The weak link networks of polycrystalline high-{Tc} superconductors were found perfectly suitable for quantitative investigation of cluster growth phenomena in percolation (or fractal) networks. The authors report the experimental results of their studies of I-V (or I-dV/dI) characteristics of the two high-{Tc} families, YBCO and BSCCO. The onset of dissipation, represented by these characteristics, is interpreted as a critical phenomenon, i.e., as a current-induced phase transition. The cluster growth which underlies this phase transition is analyzed by the use of an appropriate model. The model links the non-Ohmic weak link network with classical Ohmic percolation networks (e.g., random resistor network). As a result, they were able to determine the values of appropriate dynamical exponents (exponent t with high precision, t = 2 {+-} 0.1, and exponent s approximately, s {approx} 0.7), as well as to assign the dissipative ranges inside which the corresponding cluster dynamics takes place. It is therefore concluded that the high-{Tc} weak link networks represent a natural mesoscopic-scale system convenient for systematic investigation of the transport critical phenomena.

  14. Two-dimensional superconductor-insulator quantum phase transitions in an electron-doped cuprate

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    Zeng, S. W.; Huang, Z.; Lv, W. M.; Bao, N. N.; Gopinadhan, K.; Jian, L. K.; Herng, T. S.; Liu, Z. Q.; Zhao, Y. L.; Li, C. J.; Harsan Ma, H. J.; Yang, P.; Ding, J.; Venkatesan, T.; Ariando

    2015-07-01

    We use an ionic liquid-assisted electric-field effect to tune the carrier density in an electron-doped cuprate ultrathin film and cause a two-dimensional superconductor-insulator transition (SIT). The low upper critical field in this system allows us to perform magnetic-field (B)-induced SIT in the liquid-gated superconducting film. Finite-size scaling analysis indicates that SITs induced both by electric and by magnetic fields are quantum phase transitions and the transitions are governed by percolation effects—quantum mechanical in the former and classical in the latter cases. Compared to the hole-doped cuprates, the SITs in the electron-doped system occur at critical sheet resistances (Rc) much lower than the pair quantum resistance RQ=h /(2e ) 2=6.45 k Ω , suggesting the possible existence of fermionic excitations at finite temperatures at the insulating phase near the SITs.

  15. Microstructure of RABiTS-type high-Tc superconductor coated conductors

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    Yang, Chau-Yun

    2000-11-01

    The objective of this dissertation was to characterize quantitatively the microstructure of the high Tc superconductor and buffer layer materials in prototype superconducting coated conductor tapes with the goal of understanding the microstructure-property relationships that determine their suitability for large scale applications of high Tc superconductivity. The coated conductor materials were fabricated by the rolling-assisted biaxially-textured substrates (RABiTS) approach at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. YBa2Cu 3O7-δ (YBCO), a high Tc superconductor, was deposited on various combinations of oxide buffer layers on RABiT metal tape substrates. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy were used in combination to study the microstructure in the superconductor and buffer layers. The electromagnetic properties of the samples were determined in collaborations with researchers in the UW Applied Superconductivity Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Buffer layers deposited by both physical vapor deposition and chemical solution deposition methods showed a wide range of microstructures and surface topographies. Electron-beam evaporated yttia stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) buffer layers were composed of loosely packed, slab- shaped columnar grains with rectangular cross sections and average dimensions of 10nm by 50nm by the film thickness. Magnetron sputtered YSZ had a smooth and featureless surface and a 50nm diameter cell structure defined by the threading dislocations. Solution deposited buffer layers were locally dense, but showed larger scale surface roughness of ~50 nm in some cases. The YBCO films grown epitaxially on these buffer layers had similar microstructures and properties, however. With one exception, the YBCO layers possessed island structures. The average misorientation angles of the boundaries that defined the islands were largely between 2 and 4° in the high critical

  16. Composite Fermions and Quartets in Optical Traps and in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Kagan, M. Yu.; Brodsky, I. V.; Klaptsov, A. V.; Efremov, D. V.; Combescot, R.; Leyronas, X.

    2006-09-07

    We consider a possibility of the creation of composite fermions in optical traps and in high-Tc superconductors. For optical traps we study a model of Fermi-Bose mixture with resonant attraction between particles of different sorts. In this case a pairing between fermion and boson of the type bf is possible. This pairing corresponds to creation of composite fermions. At low temperatures and equal densities of fermions and bosons composite fermions are further paired in quartets. In the 2D case we exactly solve Skorniakov-Ter-Martirosian type of integral equations and find the binding energies of two bosons plus one fermion fbb and two bosons plus two fermions fbfb. For high-Tc superconductors we consider a quartet -- a bound state of two composite holes {delta} =< hh >, where each composite hole h = fb consists of a spinon and a holon bound by the stringlike potential. Our investigations are important for recent experiments on the observation of weakly bound composite fermions and bosons in optical traps in the regime of Feshbach resonance.

  17. NMR investigation of iron-selenide and iron-arsenide high Tc superconductors

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    Imai, Takashi

    2012-02-01

    We have investigated the electronic, magnetic, and superconducting properties of the iron-selenide high Tc superconductor KxFe2-ySez (Tc=33 K) with ^77Se NMR [1]. We will compare the results with those observed for FeSe in ambient and applied pressures (Tc>9 K) [2], and with iron-arsenides [3]. Similarities and dissimilarities will be pointed out, with primary focus on the anomalous normal state properties. Our latest work on KxFe2-ySez was carried out in collaboration with D. Torchetti, M. Fu, D. Christensen, K. Nelson (McMaster), H. Lei, and C. Petrovic (Brookhaven National Lab).[4pt] [1] D. Torchetti et al., PR B83, 104508 (2011).[0pt] [2] T. Imai et al. PRL 102, 177005 (2009).[0pt] [3] F.L. Ning et al., PRL 104, 037001 (2010); JPSJ 78, 103711 (2009).

  18. Critical current measurements of high Tc superconductors in a scanning low temperature cryostat

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    Telschow, K.L.; O'Brien, T.K.

    1991-01-01

    Maintaining uniformity of properties over long distances is one of the fabrication problems encountered with the new high {Tc} superconductors. Uniform properties are crucial in long tapes or wires with high critical current since local nonuniformities can limit the current carrying capacity of the whole piece. Transport critical currents in high {Tc} superconductors are conventionally measured with the contact 4-point probe DC current-voltage technique. This technique requires contact with the sample and and spatially averages over the region between the two voltage contacts. Two techniques have been used to infer the critical state model. The first uses the net magnetization of a suitably shaped sample in an external magnetic field. The second combines a DC magnetic field with AC induced currents to infer spatial flux profiles. The AC magnetization technique offers an advantage in that it is noncontacting; however, it also averages the measurement over a large area and requires that the sample be shaped and positioned such that it exhibits zero demagnetizing factor. This paper describes a measurement technique and a scanning cryostat assembly that are capable of determining local critical current in a tape or wire with high resolution and without any direct sample electrical contact. A small compensated coil was used to induce AC currents in slab-shaped samples. The coil was situated near the surface on one side of the slab. With this method, the AC probe can be used as a noncontacting dissipation probe, replacing the voltage probe in the 4-point contact method, when an externally driven transport current is used, or by itself as a local critical state generator and dissipation detector. The results are shown to be meaningful even when the internal magnetic field is not uniform due to shape demagnetizing effects. 10 refs., 5 figs.

  19. Charge ordering in the electron-doped superconductor Nd(2-x)Ce(x)CuO₄.

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    da Silva Neto, Eduardo H; Comin, Riccardo; He, Feizhou; Sutarto, Ronny; Jiang, Yeping; Greene, Richard L; Sawatzky, George A; Damascelli, Andrea

    2015-01-16

    In cuprate high-temperature superconductors, an antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state can be destabilized toward unconventional superconductivity by either hole or electron doping. In hole-doped (p-type) cuprates, a charge ordering (CO) instability competes with superconductivity inside the pseudogap state. We report resonant x-ray scattering measurements that demonstrate the presence of charge ordering in the n-type cuprate Nd(2-x)Ce(x)CuO4 near optimal doping. We find that the CO in Nd(2-x)Ce(x)CuO4 occurs with similar periodicity, and along the same direction, as in p-type cuprates. However, in contrast to the latter, the CO onset in Nd(2-x)Ce(x)CuO4 is higher than the pseudogap temperature, and is in the temperature range where antiferromagnetic fluctuations are first detected. Our discovery opens a parallel path to the study of CO and its relationship to antiferromagnetism and superconductivity. PMID:25593186

  20. Unconventional charge order in a co-doped high-Tc superconductor.

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    Pelc, D; Vučković, M; Grafe, H-J; Baek, S-H; Požek, M

    2016-01-01

    Charge-stripe order has recently been established as an important aspect of cuprate high-Tc superconductors. However, owing to the complex interplay between competing phases and the influence of disorder, it is unclear how it emerges from the parent high-temperature state. Here we report on the discovery of an unconventional ordered phase between charge-stripe order and (pseudogapped) metal in the cuprate La1.8-xEu0.2SrxCuO4. We use three complementary experiments-nuclear quadrupole resonance, nonlinear conductivity and specific heat-to demonstrate that the order appears through a sharp phase transition and exists in a dome-shaped region of the phase diagram. Our results imply that the new phase is a state, which preserves translational symmetry: a charge nematic. We thus resolve the process of charge-stripe development in cuprates, show that this nematic phase is distinct from high-temperature pseudogap and establish a link with other strongly correlated electronic materials with prominent nematic order. PMID:27605152

  1. Synthesis of high-Tc superconductors at Uppsala University: ceramics and crystal growth

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    Lundström, Torsten; Lönnberg, Bertil; Tergenius, Lars-Erik

    1991-07-01

    Synthetic and process studies of the new high-Tc super-conductors are carried out using the methods of powder technology. The equipment for these studies at the Institute of Chemistry, University of Uppsala is described. The laboratory is equipped with jaw crusher, various mills, powder mixer, spray dryer and several sintering furnaces. The laboratory has excellent facilities for powder characterization, such as a semi-automatic image analyzer, a system for X-ray line broadening analysis, BET apparatus, sample divider and a sieving machine. Single-crystal growth experiments are also reported. Single crystals of YBa2Cu3O7 and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 were grown by the off-stoichiometric method. The largest crystals of YBa2Cu3O7 were obtained with the soaking temperature of 980°C and a cooling rate of 2°C h-1. A soaking temperature of 925°C and a cooling rate of 40°C h-1 produced the largest Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 single crystals. A single crystal examination showed that the structure of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 is incommensurate along the b axis. The lattice parameters were a = 5.40 Å, b = 25.25 Å, c = 30.62 Å.

  2. Inverse correlation between quasiparticle mass and Tc in a cuprate high-Tc superconductor

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    Putzke, Carsten; Malone, Liam; Badoux, Sven; Vignolle, Baptiste; Vignolles, David; Tabis, Wojciech; Walmsley, Philip; Bird, Matthew; Hussey, Nigel E.; Proust, Cyril; Carrington, Antony

    2016-01-01

    Close to a zero-temperature transition between ordered and disordered electronic phases, quantum fluctuations can lead to a strong enhancement of electron mass and to the emergence of competing phases such as superconductivity. A correlation between the existence of such a quantum phase transition and superconductivity is quite well established in some heavy fermion and iron-based superconductors, and there have been suggestions that high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide materials (cuprates) may also be driven by the same mechanism. Close to optimal doping, where the superconducting transition temperature Tc is maximal in cuprates, two different phases are known to compete with superconductivity: a poorly understood pseudogap phase and a charge-ordered phase. Recent experiments have shown a strong increase in quasiparticle mass m* in the cuprate YBa2Cu3O7-δ as optimal doping is approached, suggesting that quantum fluctuations of the charge-ordered phase may be responsible for the high-Tc superconductivity. We have tested the robustness of this correlation between m* and Tc by performing quantum oscillation studies on the stoichiometric compound YBa2Cu4O8 under hydrostatic pressure. In contrast to the results for YBa2Cu3O7-δ, we find that in YBa2Cu4O8, the mass decreases as Tc increases under pressure. This inverse correlation between m* and Tc suggests that quantum fluctuations of the charge order enhance m* but do not enhance Tc. PMID:27034989

  3. Electron pockets in the Fermi surface of hole-doped high-Tc superconductors.

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    LeBoeuf, David; Doiron-Leyraud, Nicolas; Levallois, Julien; Daou, R; Bonnemaison, J-B; Hussey, N E; Balicas, L; Ramshaw, B J; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Adachi, S; Proust, Cyril; Taillefer, Louis

    2007-11-22

    High-temperature superconductivity in copper oxides occurs when the materials are chemically tuned to have a carrier concentration intermediate between their metallic state at high doping and their insulating state at zero doping. The underlying evolution of the electron system in the absence of superconductivity is still unclear, and a question of central importance is whether it involves any intermediate phase with broken symmetry. The Fermi surface of the electronic states in the underdoped 'YBCO' materials YBa2Cu3O(y) and YBa2Cu4O8 was recently shown to include small pockets, in contrast with the large cylinder that characterizes the overdoped regime, pointing to a topological change in the Fermi surface. Here we report the observation of a negative Hall resistance in the magnetic-field-induced normal state of YBa2Cu3O(y) and YBa2Cu4O8, which reveals that these pockets are electron-like rather than hole-like. We propose that these electron pockets most probably arise from a reconstruction of the Fermi surface caused by the onset of a density-wave phase, as is thought to occur in the electron-doped copper oxides near the onset of antiferromagnetic order. Comparison with materials of the La2CuO4 family that exhibit spin/charge density-wave order suggests that a Fermi surface reconstruction also occurs in those materials, pointing to a generic property of high-transition-temperature (T(c)) superconductors. PMID:18033293

  4. Thermodynamics of the magnetic-field-induced "normal" state in an underdoped high Tc superconductor

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    Riggs, Scott Chandler

    High magnetic fields are used to kill superconductivity and probe what happens to system when it cannot reach the ideal ground state, i.e. what is the normal-state ground state? Early work in High-Tc, where the application of magnetic field destroyed the zero resistance state and recovered a resistivity value that connected continuously with the zero field curve, lead people to believe this magnetic-field-induced-state had fully driven the system normal, revealing the true underlying ground state, without any vestige of superconductivity. Many experiments done in this region of phase space have results interpreted as coming from the low energy ground state excitations. With the emergence of ultra-clean crystals in a unique family of hole doped high-Tc superconductors, YBa2Cu3O 7-delta, YBCO, a new and highly unexpected phenomena of quantum oscillations were discovered, and they followed the standard Liftshitz-Kosevich (LK) theory for a normal metal. The results suddenly made the problem of high-T c appear to be analogous to superconductivity in the organics, which is brought about by a wave-vector nesting and Fermi surface reconstruction. The only problem, it appeared, that needed to be reconciled was with Angle Resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy (ARPES) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) data that claimed to see no such Fermi surface, instead only "arcs", a set of disconnected segments in the Brillouin zone which quasiparticle peaks are observed at the Fermi energy, which in a mean field description does not allow for a continuous Fermi surface contour. These two discrepancies led to the "arc vs pocket" debate, which is still unresolved. The other kink in the quantum oscillation armor is that, to this date, quantum oscillations in the hole-doped cuprates have only been seen in YBCO, the only cuprate structure to have CuO chains, which conduct and are located in between two CuO2 superconducting planes in the unit cell. In an attempt to reconcile the "arc vs

  5. Rigid levitation, flux pinning, thermal depinning and fluctuation in high-Tc superconductors

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    Brandt, E. H.

    1991-01-01

    Here, the author shows that the strong velocity-independent frictional force on a levitating superconductor and on any type-II superconductor moving in a homogeneous magnetic field is caused by pinning and depinning of the magnetic flux lines in its interior. Levitation may thus be used to investigate the pinning properties of a superconductor, and friction in a superconductor bearing may be minimized by choosing appropriate materials and geometries.

  6. Phase transition between two kinds of flux-line lattice in high- Tc superconductors in a tilted field

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    Nonomura, Y.; Hu, X.

    2004-10-01

    Structures of flux-line lattices (FLL) in vortex states of high- Tc superconductors in a tilted field are directly studied by Monte Carlo simulations of the three-dimensional anisotropic XY model, where only Josephson couplings are considered between superconducting layers. A nontrivial structural transition between the Josephson-dominant and Abrikosov-dominant FLL phases occurs as the tilting angle of the external field is increased at low enough temperatures. A similar phase transition is observed by varying the anisotropy parameter with a fixed external field. A finite latent heat at the transition point indicates that this phase transition is of first order.

  7. Electron-Doped Sr2IrO4 : An Analogue of Hole-Doped Cuprate Superconductors Demonstrated by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

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    Yan, Y. J.; Ren, M. Q.; Xu, H. C.; Xie, B. P.; Tao, R.; Choi, H. Y.; Lee, N.; Choi, Y. J.; Zhang, T.; Feng, D. L.

    2015-10-01

    Sr2Ir O4 was predicted to be a high-temperature superconductor upon electron doping since it highly resembles the cuprates in crystal structure, electronic structure, and magnetic coupling constants. Here, we report a scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) study of Sr2Ir O4 with surface electron doping by depositing potassium (K) atoms. We find that as the electron doping increases, the system gradually evolves from an insulating state to a normal metallic state, via a pseudogaplike phase, and a phase with a sharp, V-shaped low-energy gap with about 95% loss of density of state (DOS) at EF . At certain K coverage (0.5-0.6 monolayer), the magnitude of the low-energy gap is 25-30 meV, and it closes at around 50 K. Our observations show that the electron-doped Sr2Ir O4 remarkably resembles hole-doped cuprate superconductors.

  8. Sintering of bulk high- Tc superconductors: Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O

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    Goretta, K.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Kaufman, D.Y.; Biondo, A.C.; Wu, C.T.; Loomans, M.E.; Cheesman, M.R.; Poeppel, R.B. ); Nash, A.S. )

    1992-05-01

    Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (2212) and (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (2223) superconductors have orthorhombic crystal structures. They form platelike grains that at high temperatures grow primarily in the a-b planes and not in the c direction. The diffusional properties of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are so anisotropic that 2212 and 2223 cannot, in general, be densified by solid-state sintering. Improved densification can be achieved by application of pressure or by use of transient liquid phases. Most useful bulk Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are composites that contain Ag. The Ag lowers the melting points of the superconductors, which has significant effects on microstructural development. The results of disparate sintering studies are presented and discussed.

  9. Sintering of bulk high-{Tc} superconductors: Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O

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    Goretta, K.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Kaufman, D.Y.; Biondo, A.C.; Wu, C.T.; Loomans, M.E.; Cheesman, M.R.; Poeppel, R.B.; Nash, A.S.

    1992-05-01

    Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (2212) and (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (2223) superconductors have orthorhombic crystal structures. They form platelike grains that at high temperatures grow primarily in the a-b planes and not in the c direction. The diffusional properties of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are so anisotropic that 2212 and 2223 cannot, in general, be densified by solid-state sintering. Improved densification can be achieved by application of pressure or by use of transient liquid phases. Most useful bulk Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductors are composites that contain Ag. The Ag lowers the melting points of the superconductors, which has significant effects on microstructural development. The results of disparate sintering studies are presented and discussed.

  10. Bearing design for flywheel energy storage using high-TC superconductors

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    Hull, John R.; Mulcahy, Thomas M.

    2000-01-01

    A high temperature superconductor material bearing system (38) This system (38) includes a rotor (50) having a ring permanent magnet (60), a plurality of permanent magnets (16, 20 and 70) for interacting to generate levitation forces for the system (38). This group of magnets are a push/pull bearing (75). A high temperature superconductor structure (30) interacts with the ting permanent magnet (60) to provide stabilizing forces for the system (38).

  11. A microscopic two-band model for the electron-hole asymmetry in high-Tc superconductors and reentering behavior

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    Bru, J.-B.; Pedra, W. de Siqueira; Dömel, A.-S.

    2011-07-01

    To our knowledge there is no rigorously analyzed microscopic model explaining the electron-hole asymmetry of the critical temperature seen in high-Tc cuprate superconductors - at least no model not breaking artificially this symmetry. We present here a microscopic two-band model based on the structure of energetic levels of holes in CuO2 conducting layers of cuprates. In particular, our Hamiltonian does not contain ad hoc terms implying - explicitly - different masses for electrons and holes. We prove that two energetically near-lying interacting bands can explain the electron-hole asymmetry. Indeed, we rigorously analyze the phase diagram of the model and show that the critical temperatures for fermion densities below half-filling can manifest a very different behavior as compared to the case of densities above half-filling. This fact results from the inter-band interaction and intra-band Coulomb repulsion in interplay with thermal fluctuations between two energetic levels. So, if the energy difference between bands is too big (as compared to the energy scale defined by the critical temperatures of superconductivity) then the asymmetry disappears. Moreover, the critical temperature turns out to be a non-monotonic function of the fermion density and the phase diagram of our model shows "superconducting domes" as in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. This explains why the maximal critical temperature is attained at donor densities away from the maximal one. Outside the superconducting phase and for fermion densities near half-filling the thermodynamics governed by our Hamiltonian corresponds, as in real high-Tc materials, to a Mott-insulating phase. The nature of the inter-band interaction can be electrostatic (screened Coulomb interaction), magnetic (for instance, some Heisenberg-type one-site spin-spin interaction), or a mixture of both. If the inter-band interaction is predominately magnetic then - additionally to the electron-hole asymmetry - we observe a

  12. Influence of lateral displacement on the levitation performance of a magnetized bulk high-Tc superconductor magnet

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    Liu, W.; Wang, J. S.; Ma, G. T.; Zheng, J.; Tuo, X. G.; Li, L. L.; Ye, C. Q.; Liao, X. L.; Wang, S. Y.

    2012-03-01

    Compared with the permanent magnet, the magnetized bulk high-Tc superconductor magnet (MBSCM) can trap higher magnetic field due to its strong flux pinning ability, so it is a good candidate to improve the levitation performance of high-Tc superconductive (HTS) maglev system. The trapped magnetic flux of a MBSCM is sustained by the inductive superconducting current produced by the magnetizing process and is susceptible to the current intensity as well as configuration. In the HTS maglev system, the lateral displacement is an important process to change the superconducting current within a MBSCM and then affects its levitation performance, which is essential for the traffic ability in curve-way, the loading capacity of lateral impact and so on. The research about influence of lateral displacement on the levitation performance of MBSCM is necessary when MBSCM is applied on the HTS maglev vehicle. The experimental investigations about the influence of lateral displacement on the levitation performance of a MBSCM with different trapped fluxes and applied fields are processed in this article. The analyses and conclusions of this article are useful for the practical application of MBSCM in HTS maglev system.

  13. Momentum-Resolved Electronic Structure of the High-Tc Superconductor Parent Compound BaBiO3

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    Plumb, N. C.; Gawryluk, D. J.; Wang, Y.; Ristić, Z.; Park, J.; Lv, B. Q.; Wang, Z.; Matt, C. E.; Xu, N.; Shang, T.; Conder, K.; Mesot, J.; Johnston, S.; Shi, M.; Radović, M.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the band structure of BaBiO3 , an insulating parent compound of doped high-Tc superconductors, using in situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on thin films. The data compare favorably overall with density functional theory calculations within the local density approximation, demonstrating that electron correlations are weak. The bands exhibit Brillouin zone folding consistent with known BiO6 breathing distortions. Though the distortions are often thought to coincide with Bi3 +/Bi5 + charge ordering, core level spectra show that bismuth is monovalent. We further demonstrate that the bands closest to the Fermi level are primarily oxygen derived, while the bismuth 6 s states mostly contribute to dispersive bands at deeper binding energy. The results support a model of Bi-O charge transfer in which hole pairs are localized on combinations of the O 2 p orbitals.

  14. Magneto-optical studies of magnetization processes in high-Tc superconductors structure.

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    Vlasko-Vlasox, V. K.

    1998-12-02

    Magneto-optical imaging is a powerful tool for nondestructive quality control and scientific research through visualization of magnetic fields around any magnetic flux or current carrying sample. It allows real time observations of domain structures and their transformations in magnetics, static and dynamic field patterns due to inhomogeneous currents in electric circuits and superconductors, and reveals distortions of the fields due to defects. In addition to qualitative pictures showing different details in the intensities of the magneto-optical images, one can obtain quantitative maps of field distributions and retrieve values of the underlying currents or magnetization variations. In this review we discuss the advantages of magneto-optics for studies of superconductors, show its place among other techniques, and report recent results in magneto-optical investigations of high temperature superconductors (HTS).

  15. Experimental study of electrical conduction across high-Tc superconductor-graphene interfaces

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    Perconte, David; Cuellar, Fabian; Martin, Marie-Blandine; Dlubak, Bruno; Piquemal-Banci, Maelis; Bernard, Rozenn; Trastoy, Juan; Moreau-Luchaire, Constance; Seneor, Pierre; Villegas, Javier; Kidambi, Piran; Robertson, John; Hofmann, Stephan

    Proximity-induced superconductivity presents unusual features in graphene (i.e. specular Andreev reflection) due to its particular electronic structure. It has been theoretically discussed that, if a d-wave superconductor is put contact with graphene, the latter will sustain d-wave superconductivity, and further unusual features (such as oscillatory behavior) should be observed in the superconductor-graphene junction conductance. Motivated by these prospects, we experimentally investigate YBCO-graphene junctions. We will show differential conductance measurements as a function of temperature, magnetic field, and graphene doping. The observed behavior will be discussed in the frame of the theory developed in. Work supported by Labex Nanosaclay.

  16. Investigation of low-energy electronic response in high-{Tc} superconductor by Raman spectroscopy

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    Yamanaka, Akio; Asayama, Nobuo; Furutani, Takashi; Inoue, Kuon; Takekawa, Shunji

    1996-12-31

    Low-energy electronic response due to single-particle excitations has been investigated in high-{Tc} copper-oxide Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} single-crystals by Raman scattering spectroscopy. The authors find that the low-energy electronic response in the superconducting phase depends significantly on polarization configuration. For tetragonal B{sub 1g} the suppression of the low-energy spectral weight of the electronic continuum due to an opening of the superconducting gap occurs abruptly below {Tc}, whereas that of the B{sub 2g}-response shows a gradual temperature dependence. The symmetry-dependent superconducting response is basically consistent with the superconducting order parameter having a nodal structure with X{sup 2}-Y{sup 2} symmetry.

  17. 3D modeling of high-Tc superconductors by finite element software

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    Zhang, Min; Coombs, T. A.

    2012-01-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) numerical model is proposed to solve the electromagnetic problems involving transport current and background field of a high-Tc superconducting (HTS) system. The model is characterized by the E-J power law and H-formulation, and is successfully implemented using finite element software. We first discuss the model in detail, including the mesh methods, boundary conditions and computing time. To validate the 3D model, we calculate the ac loss and trapped field solution for a bulk material and compare the results with the previously verified 2D solutions and an analytical solution. We then apply our model to test some typical problems such as superconducting bulk array and twisted conductors, which cannot be tackled by the 2D models. The new 3D model could be a powerful tool for researchers and engineers to investigate problems with a greater level of complicity.

  18. Anisotropy Effect on Levitation Performance of Bulk High-Tc Superconductors Above a Permanent Magnet Guideway

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    Zheng, Jun; Liao, Xinglin; Jing, Hailian; Lin, Qunxu; Ma, Guangtong; Yen, Fei; Wang, Suyu; Wang, Jiasu

    The anisotropy properties of bulk high-temperature superconductors (HTSCs) are taken into consideration for the application of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) Maglev systems, which are especially based on the different flux-trapping capabilities as well as critical current density, Jc, values between the growth section boundary (GSB) and the growth sections (GS) in bulk superconductors. By adjusting the angle between the GSB of bulk HTSCs and the strongest magnetic field position of a permanent magnet guideway (PMG), the levitation force and its relaxation processes are compared at different field-cooling conditions. Experimental results show that the levitation capability and the suppression of levitation force decay can be enhanced by optimizing the GS/GSB alignment of every bulk HTSC above the PMG. Meanwhile, our conclusions may provide references to other HTS maglev systems with small levitation gaps, i.e., superconducting magnetic bearings.

  19. Critical currents and flux creep in melt processed high Tc oxide superconductors

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    Murakami, M.; Gotoh, S.; Koshizuka, N.; Tanaka, S.; Matsushita, T.; Kambe, S.; Kitazawa, K.

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7 crystals fabricated by a quench and melt growth process contain fine Y 2BaCuO 5 particles. These fine precipitates are considered to have three beneficial effects: they suppress crack formation; they promote oxygen diffusion; and they act as pinning centres. Such crystals exhibit larger flux pinning than single crystals and their magnetic behaviour can be understood in terms of the critical state model which has been developed for conventional type II superconductors. Both transport and magnetization measurements gave Jc values exceeding 30 000 A cm -2 at 77 K and 1 T. Flux creep rate is also much smaller than that of single crystals and a value of pinning energy, U, comparable to that of conventional superconductors was obtained. A theoretical estimation of the contribution of 211 precipitates to flux pinning is also presented.

  20. Infrared optical spectra of high-{Tc} superconductors: Assignment and implications

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    Georgiev, M.; Borissov, M.; Mihailov, L.

    1996-12-31

    An overview is presented of experimental and theoretical work that has so far been done to study and understand the optical spectra of high-temperature superconductors. Emphasis is laid on experiments involving single crystals and good textured ceramic samples. The theory has offered a few main suggestions but they have failed to produce the magic formula for understanding the optical response. Further comments are made as regards experimental, theoretical, and practical developments. 75 refs.

  1. p-Orbital Density Wave with d Symmetry in High-Tc Cuprate Superconductors

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    Tsuchiizu, Masahisa; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    Emergence of the nematic density wave is a fundamental unsolved problem in cuprate superconductors. To understand the origin of the nematicity, we employ the recently-developed functional renormalization-group method with high numerical accuracy, and discover the critical development of the p-orbital-density-wave (p-ODW) instability in the strong-spin-fluctuation region. The obtained p-ODW state possesses the key characteristics of the charge ordering pattern in Bi- and Y-based superconductors, such as the wavevector parallel to the nearest Cu-Cu direction, and the d-symmetry form factor with the antiphase correlation between px and py orbitals in the same unit cell. From the beautiful scaling relation between the spin susceptibility and the p-ODW susceptibility, we conclude that the p-ODW is driven by the strong interference between spin and charge fluctuations. It is clarified that the strong charge-spin interference, which is the origin of the nematicity, is the hidden but significant characteristics of the electronic states in cuprate superconductors.

  2. Analysis of the renormalization of the quasiparticle dispersion in high-Tc superconductors

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    Li, Jian-Xin; Wang, Z. D.

    2005-03-01

    Based on the slave-boson approach to the bilayer t-t^'- J model, the renormalization of the quasiparticle dispersion in high-Tc cuprates is investigated by examining both interactions of fermions with spin fluctuations and phonons. It is shown that both interactions can give rise to a kink in the dispersion around the antinodes of the d-wave gap (near (,) and (0,π)). However, three remarkable differences caused by these interactions are found, namely the peak/dip/hump structure in the quasiparticle lineshape, the doping dependence of the quasiparticle weight, and the role played by the interlayer coupling on the formation of the antinodal kink. These differences are suggested to serve as a discriminance to single out the main residual interaction in the superconducting state. A comparison to the recent angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) experiments shows that the coupling to the spin resonance dominates for quasiparticles around the antinodes. ^1National Laboratory of Solid State of Microstructure and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China^2Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China^3The Interdisciplinary Center of Theoretical Studies, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100080, China.

  3. Inhomogeneity of charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder in a high-Tc superconductor

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    Campi, G.; Bianconi, A.; Poccia, N.; Bianconi, G.; Barba, L.; Arrighetti, G.; Innocenti, D.; Karpinski, J.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Kazakov, S. M.; Burghammer, M.; Zimmermann, M. V.; Sprung, M.; Ricci, A.

    2015-09-01

    It has recently been established that the high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconducting state coexists with short-range charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder arising from dopants and strain. This complex, multiscale phase separation invites the development of theories of high-temperature superconductivity that include complexity. The nature of the spatial interplay between charge and dopant order that provides a basis for nanoscale phase separation remains a key open question, because experiments have yet to probe the unknown spatial distribution at both the nanoscale and mesoscale (between atomic and macroscopic scale). Here we report micro X-ray diffraction imaging of the spatial distribution of both short-range charge-density-wave `puddles' (domains with only a few wavelengths) and quenched disorder in HgBa2CuO4 + y, the single-layer cuprate with the highest Tc, 95 kelvin (refs 26, 27, 28). We found that the charge-density-wave puddles, like the steam bubbles in boiling water, have a fat-tailed size distribution that is typical of self-organization near a critical point. However, the quenched disorder, which arises from oxygen interstitials, has a distribution that is contrary to the usually assumed random, uncorrelated distribution. The interstitial-oxygen-rich domains are spatially anticorrelated with the charge-density-wave domains, because higher doping does not favour the stripy charge-density-wave puddles, leading to a complex emergent geometry of the spatial landscape for superconductivity.

  4. Inhomogeneity of charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder in a high-Tc superconductor.

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    Campi, G; Bianconi, A; Poccia, N; Bianconi, G; Barba, L; Arrighetti, G; Innocenti, D; Karpinski, J; Zhigadlo, N D; Kazakov, S M; Burghammer, M; Zimmermann, M v; Sprung, M; Ricci, A

    2015-09-17

    It has recently been established that the high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconducting state coexists with short-range charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder arising from dopants and strain. This complex, multiscale phase separation invites the development of theories of high-temperature superconductivity that include complexity. The nature of the spatial interplay between charge and dopant order that provides a basis for nanoscale phase separation remains a key open question, because experiments have yet to probe the unknown spatial distribution at both the nanoscale and mesoscale (between atomic and macroscopic scale). Here we report micro X-ray diffraction imaging of the spatial distribution of both short-range charge-density-wave 'puddles' (domains with only a few wavelengths) and quenched disorder in HgBa2CuO4 + y, the single-layer cuprate with the highest Tc, 95 kelvin (refs 26-28). We found that the charge-density-wave puddles, like the steam bubbles in boiling water, have a fat-tailed size distribution that is typical of self-organization near a critical point. However, the quenched disorder, which arises from oxygen interstitials, has a distribution that is contrary to the usually assumed random, uncorrelated distribution. The interstitial-oxygen-rich domains are spatially anticorrelated with the charge-density-wave domains, because higher doping does not favour the stripy charge-density-wave puddles, leading to a complex emergent geometry of the spatial landscape for superconductivity. PMID:26381983

  5. Tunneling spectroscopy into high-Tc superconductors: Goals and open questions

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    Cucolo, Anna Maria

    1996-07-01

    Josephson currents, implying Cooper pairs tunneling, and quasi-particle currents, implying single electron tunneling, are discussed in terms of HTS superconducting and normal state properties, respectively. Two examples of Josephson measurements reported in the literature give contradictory indication about the symmetry of the superconducting state in the YBaCuO compound. On the other hand, normal state tunneling characteristics measured both in bismuth oxides and cuprate superconductors, indicate an universal relationship between the slope of the linear DOS and the value of the conductance at zero bias in these materials.

  6. Positron annihilation studies of the electronic structure and fermiology of the high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Smedskjaer, L.C.; Bansil, A.

    1992-09-01

    We discuss the application of the positron annihilation angular correlation (ACAR) spectroscopy for investigating the electronic structure and Fermiology of the high-T{sub c} superconductors, with focus on the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} system where most of the experimental and theoretical work has to date been concentrated. Comparisons between measured 2D-ACAR positron spectra and band theory predictions show a remarkable agreement (for the normal state), indicating that the electronic structure and Fermi surface of this material is described reasonably by the conventional picture.

  7. Positron annihilation studies of the electronic structure and fermiology of the high-[Tc] superconductors

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    Smedskjaer, L.C. ); Bansil, A. . Dept. of Physics)

    1992-09-01

    We discuss the application of the positron annihilation angular correlation (ACAR) spectroscopy for investigating the electronic structure and Fermiology of the high-T[sub c] superconductors, with focus on the YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] system where most of the experimental and theoretical work has to date been concentrated. Comparisons between measured 2D-ACAR positron spectra and band theory predictions show a remarkable agreement (for the normal state), indicating that the electronic structure and Fermi surface of this material is described reasonably by the conventional picture.

  8. Terahertz applications of integrated circuits based on intrinsic Josephson junctions in high Tc superconductors

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    Wang, Huabing; Wu, Peiheng; Yamashita, Tsutomu

    2001-10-01

    Using a newly developed double-side fabrication method, an IJJ stack plus a bow-tie antenna and chokes were integrated in a slice 200 nm thick and singled out from inside a bulk Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x (BSCCO) single crystal. The junctions in the fabricated stack were very uniform, and the number of junctions involved was rather controllable. In addition to this method, which can be used to fabricate integrated circuits based on intrinsic Josephson junctions in high temperature (Tc) superconductors, also reported will be terahertz responses of IJJs, and the possible applications in quantum voltage standard, spectroscopy, and so on.

  9. Microwave (EPR) measurements of the penetration depth measurements of high-Tc superconductors

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    Dalal, N. S.; Rakvin, B.; Mahl, T. A.; Bhalla, A. S.; Sheng, Z. Z.

    1991-01-01

    The use is discussed of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) as a quick and easily accessible method for measuring the London penetration depth, lambda for the high T sub c superconductors. The method uses the broadening of the EPR signal, due to the emergence of the magnetic flux lattice, of a free radical adsorbed on the surface of the sample. The second moment, of the EPR signal below T sub c is fitted to the Brandt equation for a simple triangular lattice. The precision of this method compares quite favorably with those of the more standard methods such as micro sup(+)SR, neutron scattering, and magnetic susceptibility.

  10. Phonon characteristics of high {Tc} superconductors from neutron Doppler broadening measurements

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    Trela, W.J.; Kwei, G.H.; Lynn, J.E.; Meggers, K.

    1994-12-01

    Statistical information on the phonon frequency spectrum of materials can be measured by neutron transmission techniques if they contain nuclei with low energy resonances, narrow enough to be Doppler-broadened, in their neutron cross sections. The authors have carried out some measurements using this technique for materials of the lanthanum barium cuprate class, La{sub 2{minus}x}Ba{sub x}CuO{sub 4}. Two samples with slightly different concentrations of oxygen, one being superconductive, the other not, were examined. Pure lanthanum cuprate was also measured. Lanthanum, barium and copper all have relatively low energy narrow resonances. Thus it should be possible to detect differences in the phonons carried by different kinds of atom in the lattice. Neutron cross section measurements have been made with high energy resolution and statistical precision on the 59m flight path of LANSCE, the pulsed spallation neutron source at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Measurements on all three materials were made over a range of temperatures from 15K to 300K, with small steps through the critical temperature region near 27K. No significant changes in the mean phonon energy of the lanthanum atoms were observed near the critical temperature of the super-conducting material. It appears however that the mean phonon energy of lanthanum in the superconductor is considerably higher than that in the non-superconductors. The samples used in this series of experiments were too thin in barium and copper to determine anything significant about their phonon spectra.

  11. Flux Creep and Giant Flux Creep in High Tc Hg,Pb-based Superconductors

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    Kirven, Douglas; Owens, Frank; Iqbal, Z.; Bleiweiss, M.; Lungu, A.; Datta, T.

    1996-03-01

    Dynamic behavior of the trapped flux in fields of up to 17.5 T was studied in a set of Hg-Pb based superconductors with a Tc in excess of 130 K. Depending on the experimental conditions, both creep and giant flux creep dynamics were observed. Results were analyzed using to standard models such as Anderson-Kim and giant-flux creep models (GFC). The plots of relaxation rate of remnant magnetization versus temperature show a peak below Tc. These results were compared with other Cu-O compounds. A distribution of activation energies was found from the magnetization rate. The activation energy distribution shows a peak around 50 K. The peak determines the temperature where the flux flow rate is a maximum. A universal relation of the resistive behavior was also found as a function of temperature and field. The zero-field/field-cooled results gave a reversibility curve that also obeyed a universal power relation.

  12. Grain orientation in high Tc superconductors by molten salt powder synthesis

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    Gopalakrishnan, Sudhakar; Schulze, Walter A.

    1991-01-01

    The molten salt or the flux method is used to fabricate a grain oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (123) superconductor. Here we suggest a two-stage approach in using the 'green phase', Y2BaCuO5 (211), as seed crystals in the formation of YBa2Cu3O(7-x). The process uses Y2BaCuO5 formed by molten salt synthesis. The Y2BaCuO5 phase was observed to be stable in water and in most of the salt systems. Salt processing can form a small quantity of anisotropic particles of Y2BaCuO5. This material can form the 123 phase when tape cast and sintered in the presence of the required levels of Ba and Cu.

  13. Electron energy spectrum and magnetic interactions in high-Tc superconductors

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    Turshevski, S. A.; Liechtenstein, A. I.; Antropov, V. P.; Gubanov, V. A.

    1991-01-01

    The character of magnetic interactions in La-Sr-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O systems is of primary importance for analysis of high-T(sub c) superconductivity in these compounds. Neutron diffraction experiments showed the antiferromagnetic ground state for nonsuperconducting La2CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6 with the strongest antiferromagnetic superexchange being in the ab plane. The nonsuperconducting '1-2-3' system has two Neel temperatures T(sub N1) and T(sub N2). The first one corresponds to the ordering of Cu atoms in the CuO2 planes; T(sub N2) reflects the antiferromagnetic ordering of magnetic moments in CuO chains relatively to the moments in the planes T(sub N1) and T(sub N2) which depend strongly on the oxygen content. Researchers describe magnetic interactions in high-T superconductors based on the Linear Muffin-Tin Orbitals (LMTO) band structure calculations. Exchange interaction parameters can be defined from the effective Heisenberg Hamiltonian. When the magnetic moments are not too large, as copper magnetic moments in superconducting oxides, J(sub ij) parameters can be defined through the non-local magnetic susceptibility of spin restricted solution for the crystal. The results of nonlocal magnetic susceptibility calculations and the values of exchange interaction parameters for La CuO and YBa2Cu3O7 systems are given in tabular form. Strong anisotropy of exchange interactions in the ab plane and along the c axis in La2CuO4 is obviously seen. The value of Neel temperature found agrees well with the experimental data available. In the planes of '1-2-3' system there are quite strong antiferromagnetic Cu-O and O-O interaction which appear due to holes in oxygen subbands. These results are in line with the magnetic model of oxygen holes pairing in high-T(sub c) superconductors.

  14. Band Structure of the Heavily-Electron-Doped FeAs-Based Ba(Fe,​Co)2As2 Superconductor Suppresses Antiferromagnetic Correlations

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    Sudayama, T.; Wakisaka, Y.; Takubo, K.; Morinaga, R.; Sato, T. J.; Arita, M.; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Mizokawa, T.

    2010-04-01

    In the heavily-electron-doped regime of the Ba(Fe,​Co)2As2 superconductor, three hole bands at the zone center are observed and two of them reach the Fermi level. The larger hole pocket at the zone center is apparently nested with the smaller electron pocket around the zone corner. However, the (π,​0) Fermi surface reconstruction reported for the hole-doped case is absent in the heavily-electron-doped case. This observation shows that the apparent Fermi surface nesting alone is not enough to enhance the antiferromagnetic correlation as well as the superconducting transition temperature.

  15. Stabilization of high Tc phase in bismuth cuprate superconductor by lead doping

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    Gupta, Ram. P.; Pachauri, J. P.; Khokle, W. S.; Nagpal, K. C.; Date, S. K.

    1991-01-01

    It has been widely ascertained that doping of lead in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O systems promotes the growth of high T sub c (110 K) phase, improves critical current density, and lowers processing temperature. A systematic study was undertaken to determine optimum lead content and processing conditions to achieve these properties. A large number of samples with cationic compositions of Bi(2-x)Pb(x)Sr2Ca2Cu3 (x = 0.2 to 2.0) were prepared by conventional solid state reaction technique. Samples of all compositions were annealed together at a temperature and characterized through resistance temperature (R-T) measurements and x ray diffraction to determine the zero resistance temperature, T sub c(0) and to identify presence of phases, respectively. The annealing temperature was varied between 790 and 880 C to optimize processing parameters. Results are given. In brief, an optimum process is reported along with composition of leaded bismuth cuprate superconductor which yields nearly a high T sub c single phase with highly stable superconducting properties.

  16. Coupled bipolarons and optical phonons as a model for high-Tc superconductors

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    Kasperczyk, J.

    1991-01-01

    The coherence length of the new high-temperature superconductors reaches a small value which is comparable to the dimensions of the unit cell of the compound. This means that a pair consists of two holes occupying the same site or two adjacent sites. Such a situation is described by a model of the local-pairs (bipolarons). The origin of local-pairs may come not only from strong enough electron or hole-phonon interaction but also from other interactions. Independent of the specific nature of such local-pairs, they can undergo a Bose-like condensation to the superconducting state at a critical temperature which is usually much lower than the temperature of the pair formation. An interplay of ferroelectric and superconducting properties is considered within the model of hole-like local-pairs interacting with optical phonons. Therefore, researchers extend the usual local-pair Hamiltonian by including a direct interaction between the local-pairs and the optical phonons. These optical phonons are known to play an important role in the ferroelectric transition and they transform into an additional pseudo-acoustic branch at the ferroelectric critical temperature. (This is associated with nonzero electric polarization due to the existence of two separate lattices composed of negative and positive ions, respectively.)

  17. Emission of terahertz electromagnetic waves by vortex flow in high- Tc superconductors

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    Tachiki, Masashi; Iizuka, Mikio; Minami, Kazuo; Tejima, Shogo; Nakamura, Hisashi

    2006-05-01

    Continuous terahertz electromagnetic waves have new applications in scientific and industrial fields such as medicine and information technology. Cuprate high-temperature superconductors have a layer structure, and form a naturally multi-connected Josephson junction system called intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ). In IJJ, there appears a new excitation called the Josephson plasma. Its frequency is in the region of terahertz inside the superconducting energy gap. The excited plasma wave is converted into an electromagnetic wave at sample surfaces. Therefore the IJJ has a great potential to generate terahertz continuous wave. Here we report the results of simulations to find the optimum condition for obtaining the strongest emission power of the terahertz waves. The simulations were carried out using our theory. Since the simulation uses very large-sized coupled nonlinear equations therefore difficult to compute, we used the fastest supercomputer named as Earth Simulator. We found that the quite intense continuous terahertz coherent wave is emitted from a small sample with high-energy efficiency.

  18. Ultrafast momentum-dependent quasiparticle dynamics in high-Tc superconductors

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    Bovensiepen, Uwe

    2013-03-01

    Femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy trARPES facilitates insight into electronic relaxation and electronic structure of non-equilibrium states of matter. Hot electrons and holes relax in metals on ultrafast time scales due to the screened Coulomb interaction. In superconductors the relaxation rates of quasiparticles at energies close to the superconducting gap edge are reduced because of the loss of quasiparticle states near EF. Since in the superconducting state the relaxation of optically excited carriers proceeds partly by Cooper pair reformation, the study of the quasiparticle dynamics bears the potential to analyze the interaction responsible for Cooper pair formation. Results of trARPES will be discussed for optimally doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ in the superconducting state and on EuFe2As2 in the antiferromagnetic state. In the cuprate system we find a predominant excitation of quasiparticles at momenta near the antinode. We show furthermore, that at excitation densities of several 10 μJ/cm2 quasiparticle relaxation is dominated by Cooper pair reformation, which again proceeds near the antinode. In the Fe-pnictide material we monitor a difference in the relaxation rate for electrons and holes near the Fermi momentum, which disappears above the Neel temperature. We conclude that this anisotropic relaxation of electrons and holes is a consequence of the optical modification of the antiferromagnetic order. Analysis of energy transfer from electrons to phonons allows to determine the momentum averaged electron-phonon coupling constant λ. We find values below 0.25 for Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and below 0.15 for EuFe2As2. We acknowledge funding through the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through BO 1823/2, SPP 1458 and the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

  19. MAGLEV: the double benefits of high-Tc superconductors and its development as an aerospace technology

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    Johnson, L.R.; Giese, R.F.

    1988-01-01

    The potential for magnetically levitated (MAGLEV) vehicles is discussed as a means of both inter-city travel and a technology option to relieve the growing problem of air traffic congestion. A brief summary is presented of the two primary maglev concepts: (1) the attractive-force, electromagnetic system (EMS) and (2) the repulsive-force, electrodynamic system (EDS), and continues with a discussion of the advantages, potential for reduced costs and higher reliability, that the newly-discovered, high-temperature superconductors offer for EDS maglev vehicles. A summary of the current status of worldwide maglev research is presented, followed by a discussion of the resurgence of US interest in maglev. An analysis of air-traffic congestion suggests that maglev can substitute for short-to-medium distance air travel. By promoting maglev as an airline technology, airlines can retain their familiar hub-and-spoke systems with maglevs an integral part of the spoke portion. A preliminary analysis suggests that maglev capital costs are likely to be comparable to those of interstate highways, and use of maglevs can declay the need for new airport and construction. For each short-to-medium flight diverted to maglev, an airline can substitute a longer flight. The short-haul flights use an inordinate amount of fuel, which is a major component of airline operating costs. Maglev energy consumption would be significantly less and would not have the emissions associated with petroleum fuel. Finally, passengers should benefit from maglev technology: travel options will be extended, delays will be reduced, and costs for inter-city travel will be reduced.

  20. High-Tc Superconductivity and Raman Scattering Study of the phonon properties of electron doped (transition metal, rare-earth) - Oxygen-Free CaFeAsF and compared with RFeAsO system

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    Sasmal, Kalyan; Hadjiev, Viktor; Chu, C. W.(Paul)

    Quaternary CaFeAsF has ZrCuSiAs-type structure,(RO)δ+ layer in RFeAsO replaced by (CaF)δ+ layer,with tetragonal (P4/nmm)-orthorhombic (Cmma) phase transition at 134K,while magnetic order,SDW sets in at 114K. Partial replacement of Fe with Co/Ni is direct electron doping to (FeAs)δ+ layer.Tc ~15K in CaFe0.9Ni0.1AsF.Substitution of rare earth metal for alkaline earth metal suppresses anomaly in resistivity & induces superconductivity.Tc ~52K in Ca0.5Pr0.5FeAsF.Characterized by resistivity, susceptibility,XRD & EDX-SEM.Upper critical field estimated from magneto resistance.Bulk superconductivity proved by DC magnetization. Hall coefficient RH revealed hole-like charge carriers in parent compound CaFeAsF, while electron-type (RH in normal state is -Ve) for Ca0.5Pr0.5FeAsF.Evolution of Raman active phonons of Ca1-xPrxFeAsF measured with polarized Raman spectroscopy at room temperature from absurfaces of impurity-free microcrystals.Spectra exhibit sharp phonon lines on very weak electronic scattering background.Frequency and symmetry of Raman phonons involving out-of-plane atomic vibrations are found at 162.5 cm-1 (A1 g, Pr), 201 cm-1 (A1 g, As), 215.5 cm-1 (B1 g, Fe), 265 cm-1 (Eg, Fe) and 334 cm-1 (B1 g, F) for Ca0.5Pr0.5FeAsF.Observations are compared with RFeAsO unconventional superconductors also possibly related to magnetic fluctuations

  1. Chemistry of electron doped Ln{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} superconductors

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    Manthiram, A.; Zhu, Y.T.

    1993-10-01

    The electron doped Ln{sub 2{minus}x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (Ln = lanthanide) oxides have intergrowth structures consisting of superconductively active CuO{sub 2} sheets alternating with inactive (Ln, Ce){sub 2}O{sub 2} fluorite layers along the c-axis. Stabilization of such intergrowth structures requires bond length matching across the intergrowth interface. The bond length matching criterion causes a monotonic decrease in the Ce solubility limit from x = 0.24 to x = 0.15 as the size of Ln{sup 3+} decreased from Ln=La{sub 0.5}Nd{sub 0.5} to Ln=Gd. Annealing in N{sub 2} atm of Ln{sub 2{minus}x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} at temperatures above 900 degrees C creates oxygen vacancies and the number of vacancies decreases with increasing Ce content. The value of x at which a semiconductor to superconductor transition occurs in Ln{sub 2{minus}x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} increases with decreasing size of Ln{sup 3+} due to an increasing Madelung energy caused by a decreasing Cu-O bond length.

  2. Determination of the phase diagram of the electron doped superconductor Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2

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    Chu, Jiun-Haw; Analytis, James G.; Kucharczyk, Chris; Fisher, Ian R.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab.

    2010-02-15

    Systematic measurements of the resistivity, heat capacity, susceptibility and Hall coefficient are presented for single crystal samples of the electron-doped superconductor Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2}. These data delineate an x-T phase diagram in which the single magnetic/structural phase transition that is observed for undoped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} at 134 K apparently splits into two distinct phase transitions, both of which are rapidly suppressed with increasing Co concentration. Superconductivity emerges for Co concentrations above x {approx}0.025, and appears to coexist with the broken symmetry state for an appreciable range of doping, up to x {approx} 0.06. The optimal superconducting transition temperature appears to coincide with the Co concentration at which the magnetic/structural phase transitions are totally suppressed, at least within the resolution provided by the finite step size between crystals prepared with different doping levels. Superconductivity is observed for a further range of Co concentrations, before being completely suppressed for x {approx} 0.018 and above. The form of this x-T phase diagram is suggestive of an association between superconductivity and a quantum critical point arising from suppression of the magnetic and/or structural phase transitions.

  3. SPECIAL ISSUE DEVOTED TO THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF ACADEMICIAN N G BASOV'S BIRTH: Interlayer electrodynamics of high-Tc superconductors: an experimental overview

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    Basov, Dmitrii N.

    2002-12-01

    An astonishing feature of underdoped high-Tc superconductors is that the energy scale associated with the formation of superconducting condensate dramatically exceeds the energy gap and appears to be of the interband caliber. This effect can be interpreted in terms of lowering of the electronic kinetic energy at T < Tc and thus points to a mechanism of superconductivity radically departing from the Bardeen — Cooper — Schrieffer (BCS) theory. This nontrivial superconducting state electrodynamics appears to be directly connected to anomalies of cuprates observed in the normal state, including the pseudogap, and to the lack of well-defined quasiparticles.

  4. Quantum-limit linkage of ‘strange’ and conventional metal states of high-Tc superconductors

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    Krusin-Elbaum, L.; Shibauchi, T.; Kasahara, Y.; Okazaki, R.; Matsuda, Y.; McDonald, R. D.; Mielke, C. H.; Hasegawa, M.

    2013-10-01

    The key to the nature of superconducting pairing in high-Tc cuprates lies in understanding the transition to a conventional behavior when they are heavily doped. By using high magnetic fields, we show that the pseudogapped Tl2Ba2CuO6+x becomes a conventional metal at heavy doping in a quantum phase transition, where the pseudogap boundary develops a thermodynamic divergence corresponding to a zero entropy jump. The critical doping point downshifts with magnetic field in unison with the suppression of Tc. This implies that quantum critical fluctuations and magnetic degrees that destabilize the pseudogap are linked to the superconductivity with high Tc.

  5. Inhibition of aqueous degradation of Y1Ba2Cu3O7 - x high-Tc superconductor by nitrogen ion implantation

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    Chaudhari, S. M.; Viswanathan, R.; Bendre, S. T.; Nawale, P. P.; Kanetkar, S. M.; Ogale, S. B.

    1989-11-01

    The influence of 60-keV N+2 ion implantation on the aqueous degradation of the Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x high-Tc superconductor is studied by the small-angle x-ray diffraction technique. Structural depth profiling is performed by registering the x-ray data at several small angles of incidence between 0.3° and 10.0° within Seeman-Bohlin geometry. Examination of samples implanted at a dose value of 3×1017 ions/cm2 and subjected to different aqueous treatments reveals that implantation arrests the degradation process and imparts structural stability to the superconductor. Resistivity temperature data are also provided for specific cases of interest.

  6. Magnetic fluctuations in n-type high-Tc superconductors reveal breakdown of fermiology:Experiments and Fermi-liquid/RPA calculations

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    Krueger, S.D.

    2010-03-02

    By combining experimental measurements of the quasiparticle and dynamical magnetic properties of optimally electron-doped Pr{sub 0.88}LaCe{sub 0.12}CuO{sub 4} with theoretical calculations, we demonstrate that the conventional fermiology approach cannot possibly account for the magnetic fluctuations in these materials. In particular, we perform tunneling experiments on the very same sample for which a dynamical magnetic resonance has been reported recently and use photoemission data by others on a similar sample to characterize the fermionic quasiparticle excitations in great detail. We subsequently use this information to calculate the magnetic response within the conventional fermiology framework as applied in a large body of work for the hole-doped superconductors to find a profound disagreement between the theoretical expectations and the measurements: this approach predicts a steplike feature rather than a sharp resonance peak, it underestimates the intensity of the resonance by an order of magnitude, it suggests an unreasonable temperature dependence of the resonance, and most severely, it predicts that most of the spectral weight resides in incommensurate wings which are a key feature of the hole-doped cuprates but have never been observed in the electron-doped counterparts. Our findings strongly suggest that the magnetic fluctuations reflect the quantum-mechanical competition between antiferromagnetic and superconducting orders.

  7. Quasiparticle tunneling spectroscopy of high {Tc} cuprates

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    Zasadzinski, J.; Ozyuzer, L.; Yusof, Z.; Chen, J.; Gray, K.E.; Mogilevsky, R.; Hinks, D.G.; Cobb, J.L.; Markert, J.T.

    1996-04-01

    Superconductor-insulator-normal metal (SIN) and superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions provide important information on pairing state symmetry and mechanism. Measurements of such junctions on high {Tc} superconductors (HTS) are reported using mechanical point contacts, which generally display the optimum characteristics that can be obtained from HTS native-surface tunnel barriers. New tunneling data on the infinite-layer cuprate, Sr{sub 1{minus}x}Nd{sub x}CuO{sub 2} are reported which show a remarkable similarity to another electron-doped cuprate, Nd{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.85}CuO{sub 4}. In particular, there is a strong, asymmetric linear background conductance that is indicative of inelastic tunneling from a continuum of states. A discussion is given of the anomalous dip feature found in the tunneling and photoemission data on BSCCO 2212. It is shown that a similar feature is found in many cuprate junctions and that this dip scales with the gap energy over a wide range. New data on the single-layer, tetragonal cuprate, Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 6} (Tl2201) are presented and discussed in light of recent published results on the similar compound HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} (Hg1201). The HG1201 data display a low, flat sub-gap tunneling conductance which is consistent with a BCS density of states whereas the T12201 data display a cusp-like feature at zero bias which is more consistent with d{sub x}2-{sub y}2 symmetry.

  8. NMR characterization of sulphur substitution effects in the KxFe2-ySe2-zSz high-Tc superconductor

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    Torchetti, D. A.; Imai, T.; Lei, H. C.; Petrovic, C.

    2012-04-17

    We present a⁷⁷ Se NMR study of the effect of S substitution in the high-Tc superconductor KxFe2-ySe2-zSz in a temperature range up to 250 K. We examine two S concentrations, with z=0.8 (Tc~ 26 K) and z=1.6 (nonsuperconducting). The samples containing sulphur exhibit broader NMR line shapes than the KxFe₂Se₂ sample due to local disorder in the Se environment. Our Knight shift ⁷⁷K data indicate that in all samples, uniform spin susceptibility decreases with temperature, and that the magnitude of the Knight shift itself decreases with increased S concentration. In addition, S substitution progressively suppresses low-frequency spin fluctuations. None ofmore » the samples exhibit an enhancement of low-frequency antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations near Tc in 1/T₁T, as seen in FeSe.« less

  9. Feasibility of introducing ferromagnetic materials to onboard bulk high-Tc superconductors to enhance the performance of present maglev systems

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    Deng, Zigang; Wang, Jiasu; Zheng, Jun; Zhang, Ya; Wang, Suyu

    2013-02-01

    Performance improvement is a long-term research task for the promotion of practical application of promising high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnetic levitation (maglev) vehicle technologies. We studied the feasibility to enhance the performance of present HTS Maglev systems by introducing ferromagnetic materials to onboard bulk superconductors. The principle here is to make use of the high magnetic permeability of ferromagnetic materials to alter the flux distribution of the permanent magnet guideway for the enhancement of magnetic field density at the position of the bulk superconductors. Ferromagnetic iron plates were added to the upper surface of bulk superconductors and their geometric and positioning effects on the maglev performance were investigated experimentally. Results show that the guidance performance (stability) was enhanced greatly for a particular setup when compared to the present maglev system which is helpful in the application where large guidance forces are needed such as maglev tracks with high degrees of curves.

  10. Evidence for a new excitation at the interface between a high-Tc superconductor and a topological insulator

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    Zareapour, Parisa; Hayat, Alex; Zhao, Shu Yang F.; Kreshchuk, Michael; Lee, Yong Kiat; Reijnders, Anjan A.; Jain, Achint; Xu, Zhijun; Liu, T. S.; Gu, G. D.; et al

    2014-12-09

    In this research, high-temperature superconductors exhibit a wide variety of novel excitations. If contacted with a topological insulator, the lifting of spin rotation symmetry in the surface states can lead to the emergence of unconventional superconductivity and novel particles. In pursuit of this possibility, we fabricated high critical-temperature (Tc ~ 85 K) superconductor/topological insulator (Bi₂Sr₂CaCu₂O₈₊δ/Bi₂Te₂Se) junctions. Below 75 K, a zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) emerges in the differential conductance spectra of this junction. The magnitude of the ZBCP is suppressed at the same rate for magnetic fields applied parallel or perpendicular to the junction. Furthermore, it can still be observedmore » and does not split up to at least 8.5 T. The temperature and magnetic field dependence of the excitation we observe appears to fall outside the known paradigms for a ZBCP.« less

  11. p -orbital density wave with d symmetry in high-Tc cuprate superconductors predicted by renormalization-group + constrained RPA theory

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    Tsuchiizu, Masahisa; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2016-04-01

    The discovery of the charge-density-wave formation in the high-Tc cuprate superconductors has activated intensive theoretical studies for the pseudogap states. However, the microscopic origin of the charge-density-wave state has been unknown so far since the many-body effects beyond the mean-field-level approximations, called the vertex corrections, are essential. Toward solving this problem, we employ the recently developed functional renormalization group method, by which we can calculate the higher-order vertex corrections in a systematic and unbiased way with high numerical accuracy. We discover the critical development of the p -orbital-density-wave (p -ODW) instability in the strong-spin-fluctuation region. The obtained p -ODW state possesses the key characteristics of the charge-ordering pattern in Bi- and Y-based superconductors, such as the wave vector parallel to the nearest Cu-Cu direction, and the d -symmetry form factor with the antiphase correlation between px and py orbitals in the same unit cell. In addition, from the observation of the beautiful scaling relation between the spin susceptibility and the p -ODW susceptibility, we conclude that the main driving force of the density wave is the Aslamazov-Larkin vertex correction that becomes very singular near the magnetic quantum-critical point.

  12. Crystallography, chemistry and structural disorder in the new high-Tc Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O superconductor

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    Veblen, D. R.; Heaney, P. J.; Angel, R. J.; Finger, L. W.; Hazen, R. M.

    1988-01-01

    Diffraction experiments are reported which indicate that the new Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O layer-structure superconductor possesses a primitive orthorhombic unit cell with probable space group Pnnn. The material exhibits severe structural disorder which is primarily related to stacking within the layers. The apparent orthorhombic structure is an average resulting from orthorhombic material mixed with monoclinic domains in two twinned orientations. Two distinct types of structural disorder that are common in materials synthesized to date are also described. This disorder complicates the crystallographic analysis and suggests that X-ray and neutron diffraction methods may yield only an average structure.

  13. Thallium 2223 high Tc superconductor in a silver matrix and its magnetic shielding, hermal cycle and time aging properties

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    Fei, X.; He, W.S.; Havenhill, A.

    1994-12-31

    Superconducting Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} (Tl2223) was ground to powder. Mixture with silver powder (0--80% weight) and press to desired shape. After proper annealing, one can get good silver-content Tl2223 bulk superconductor. It is time-stable and has good superconducting property as same as pure Tl2223. It also has better mechanical property and far better thermal cycle property than pure Tl2223.

  14. Systematic variation of magnetic-field penetration depth in high-Tc superconductors studied by muon-spin relaxation

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    Uemura, Y. J.; Emery, V. J.; Moodenbaugh, A. R.; Suenaga, M.; Johnston, D. C.

    1988-01-01

    The muon relaxation rate (sigma) was measured in the high critical temperature superconductors YBa2Cu3O(x) for x = 6.66, 6.95, 7.0, and La1.85 SrO.15 CuO4 in transverse external magnetic fields 1 is approximately 4 kG. A simple relation is found which connects the transition temperature T(c), the magnetic field penetration depth lambda(L), the carrier concentration n(s) and the effective mass m* as T(c) varies as sigma which varies as 1/lambda(L) squared which varies as n(s)/m*. The linear dependence T(c) varies as n(s)/m* suggests a high energy scale for the coupling between superconducting carriers.

  15. Signatures of the electronic nature of pairing in high-Tc superconductors obtained by non-equilibrium boson spectroscopy

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    Krasnov, Vladimir M.; Katterwe, Sven-Olof; Rydh, Andreas

    2013-01-01

    Understanding the pairing mechanism that gives rise to high-temperature superconductivity is one of the longest-standing problems of condensed-matter physics. Almost three decades after its discovery, even the question of whether or not phonons are involved remains a point of contention to some. Here we describe a technique for determining the spectra of bosons generated during the formation of Cooper pairs on recombination of hot electrons as they tunnel between the layers of a cuprate superconductor. The results obtained indicate that the bosons that mediate pairing decay over micrometre-scale distances and picosecond timescales, implying that they propagate at a speed of around 106 m s−1. This value is more than two orders of magnitude greater than the phonon propagation speed but close to Fermi velocity for electrons, suggesting that the pairing mechanism is mediated by unconventional repulsive electron–electron, rather than attractive electron–phonon, interactions. PMID:24336159

  16. Nd, Ce(fπ)-O(pπ) Hybridization in Nd2-xCexCuO4 and Dynamic Jahn-Teller Pairing in HIGH-Tc Superconductors

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    Johnson, K. H.; Clougherty, D. P.; McHenry, M. E.

    Hybridization of Nd(fπ) and Ce(fπ) orbitals with composite O(pπ)-O(pπ) bonding/ Cu(dπ*)-O(pπ) antibonding orbitals at the Fermi energy (EF) is shown to promote high-Tc superconductivity in Nd2-xCexCuO4. Dynamic Jahn-Teller coupling of these hybrid molecular orbitals to the lattice leads to Cooper pairing as it does in other high-Tc superconductors, such as La2-xSrxCuO4, where O(pπ) character at EF is dominant.

  17. Suppression of the antiferromagnetic pseudogap in the electron-doped high-temperature superconductor by protect annealing.

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    Horio, M; Adachi, T; Mori, Y; Takahashi, A; Yoshida, T; Suzuki, H; Ambolode, L C C; Okazaki, K; Ono, K; Kumigashira, H; Anzai, H; Arita, M; Namatame, H; Taniguchi, M; Ootsuki, D; Sawada, K; Takahashi, M; Mizokawa, T; Koike, Y; Fujimori, A

    2016-01-01

    In the hole-doped cuprates, a small number of carriers suppresses antiferromagnetism and induces superconductivity. In the electron-doped cuprates, on the other hand, superconductivity appears only in a narrow window of high-doped Ce concentration after reduction annealing, and strong antiferromagnetic correlation persists in the superconducting phase. Recently, Pr1.3-xLa0.7CexCuO4 (PLCCO) bulk single crystals annealed by a protect annealing method showed a high critical temperature of around 27 K for small Ce content down to 0.05. Here, by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of PLCCO crystals, we observed a sharp quasi-particle peak on the entire Fermi surface without signature of an antiferromagnetic pseudogap unlike all the previous work, indicating a dramatic reduction of antiferromagnetic correlation length and/or of magnetic moments. The superconducting state was found to extend over a wide electron concentration range. The present results fundamentally challenge the long-standing picture on the electronic structure in the electron-doped regime. PMID:26843063

  18. Suppression of the antiferromagnetic pseudogap in the electron-doped high-temperature superconductor by protect annealing

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    Horio, M.; Adachi, T.; Mori, Y.; Takahashi, A.; Yoshida, T.; Suzuki, H.; Ambolode, L. C. C.; Okazaki, K.; Ono, K.; Kumigashira, H.; Anzai, H.; Arita, M.; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Ootsuki, D.; Sawada, K.; Takahashi, M.; Mizokawa, T.; Koike, Y.; Fujimori, A.

    2016-01-01

    In the hole-doped cuprates, a small number of carriers suppresses antiferromagnetism and induces superconductivity. In the electron-doped cuprates, on the other hand, superconductivity appears only in a narrow window of high-doped Ce concentration after reduction annealing, and strong antiferromagnetic correlation persists in the superconducting phase. Recently, Pr1.3−xLa0.7CexCuO4 (PLCCO) bulk single crystals annealed by a protect annealing method showed a high critical temperature of around 27 K for small Ce content down to 0.05. Here, by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of PLCCO crystals, we observed a sharp quasi-particle peak on the entire Fermi surface without signature of an antiferromagnetic pseudogap unlike all the previous work, indicating a dramatic reduction of antiferromagnetic correlation length and/or of magnetic moments. The superconducting state was found to extend over a wide electron concentration range. The present results fundamentally challenge the long-standing picture on the electronic structure in the electron-doped regime. PMID:26843063

  19. Rare Earth Ion Effects on the Pseudo-Gap in Electron-Doped Superconductors And Possible Nodeless D-Wave Gap

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    Park, S.R.; Leem, C.S.; Roh, Y.S.; Choi, K.J.; Kim, J.H.; Kim, B.J.; Koh, H.; Eisaki, H.; Lu, D.H.; Shen, Z.-X.; Armitage, N.P.; Kim, C.

    2009-05-21

    We report angle resolved photoemission (ARPES) studies on electron-doped cuprate superconductor Sm{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (x = 0.14 and 0.18). A wide energy range scan shows clear 'waterfall' effect at an energy scale close to 500 meV which is consistent with the value found in Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (NCCO) but larger than that from hole-doped superconductors. High resolution results from both dopings show pseudo-gap effects that were observed in NCCO. However, the effects are found to be stronger than that observed in optimally doped NCCO. The overall electronic structure is well understood within a simple model in which a {radical}2 x {radical}2 static order is assumed. Both ARPES and optical measurements give the coupling strengths to the Q = ({pi}/2,{pi}/2) (due to the {radical}2 x {radical}2 order) to be about 0.1 eV, compatible with each other. The effect is strong enough to push the band near the nodal region below the Fermi energy, resulting in possible nodeless d-wave superconductivity where zero energy quasi-particle excitation is inhibited.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of high-{Tc} tapes and coils made from Ag-clad Bi-2223 superconductors

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    Balachandran, U.; Iyer, A.N.; Youngdahl, C.A.; Motowidlo, L.R.; Hoehn, J.G. Jr.; Haldar, P.

    1993-07-01

    Prereacted Pb-doped Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-0 powders were packed into Ag tubes, drawn, rolled, and given intermediate heat treatment to prepare long lengths of Ag-clad Bi-2223 superconductor tapes. With the use of improved process conditions, transport critical current density (J{sub c}) values exceeding 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} at 4.2 K and 27 K, and greater than 4 {times} 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K, were obtained in zero applied field with short tape samples. Detailed microstructural analysis and J{sub c} measurements in applied fields up to 20 T are reported. Rolled tapes were cut into lengths of up to 10 m, and several such tapes were used in parallel to fabricate small superconducting pancake coils by the ``wind-and-react`` technique. Recently, we fabricated a test magnet with six pancake coils, each containing three 10-m lengths of rolled tapes and tested at 4.2, 27, and 77 K as a function of applied fields up to 14.5 T. A maximum generated field of 1.25 T was measured in zero applied field at 4.2 T. Detailed measurements made on the pancake coils and test magnets are reported in this paper.

  1. Mapping the Electronic Structure of Each Ingredient Oxide Layer of High-Tc Cuprate Superconductor Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2 O8 +δ

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    Lv, Yan-Feng; Wang, Wen-Lin; Peng, Jun-Ping; Ding, Hao; Wang, Yang; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John; Gu, Gen-Da; Song, Can-Li; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the mechanism of high transition temperature (Tc) superconductivity in cuprates has been hindered by the apparent complexity of their multilayered crystal structure. Using a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we report on layer-by-layer probing of the electronic structures of all ingredient planes (BiO, SrO, CuO2 ) of Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2 O8 +δ superconductor prepared by argon-ion bombardment and annealing technique. We show that the well-known pseudogap (PG) feature observed by STM is inherently a property of the BiO planes and thus irrelevant directly to Cooper pairing. The SrO planes exhibit an unexpected van Hove singularity near the Fermi level, while the CuO2 planes are exclusively characterized by a smaller gap inside the PG. The small gap becomes invisible near Tc, which we identify as the superconducting gap. The above results constitute severe constraints on any microscopic model for high Tc superconductivity in cuprates.

  2. Primary Phase Field of the Pb-Doped 2223 High-Tc Superconductor in the (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O System

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Cook, L. P.; Kearsley, A.; Greenwood, W.

    1999-01-01

    Both liquidus and subsolidus phase equilibrium data are of central importance for applications of high temperature superconductors in the (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system, including material synthesis, melt processing and single crystal growth. The subsolidus equilibria of the 110 K high-Tc Pb-doped 2223 ([Bi, Pb], Sr, Ca, Cu) phase and the location of the primary phase field (crystallization field) have been determined in this study. For the quantitative determination of liquidus data, a wicking technique was developed to capture the melt for quantitative microchemical analysis. A total of 29 five-phase volumes that include the 2223 phase as a component was obtained. The initial melt compositions of these volumes range from a mole fraction of 7.3 % to 28.0 % for Bi, 11.3 % to 27.8 % for Sr, 1.2 % to 19.4 % for Pb, 9.8 % to 30.8 % for Ca, and 17.1 % to 47.0 % for Cu. Based on these data, the crystallization field for the 2223 phase was constructed using the convex hull technique. A section of this “volume” was obtained by holding two components of the composition at the median value, allowing projection on the other three axes to show the extent of the field.

  3. Synthesis and Structural/microstructural Characteristics of Zn-DOPED Tl-BASED HIGH-Tc Superconductors

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    Yadav, B. S.; Verma, G. D.; Phase, D. M.; Lalla, N. P.; Das, B.

    Bulk superconducting samples of type Tl2Ba2Can-1Cun-xZnxO8 (where n = 2, 3 and x = 0, 0.1, 0.25, 0.50) were prepared by standard ceramic method. The gross structural characteristics/phase identification of the as synthesized samples were carried out by powder X-ray diffraction technique. The microstructural characteristics of these samples were explored by scanning electron microscopic and transmission electron microscopic techniques. The chemical compositions of these samples were determined by energy dispersive analysis of X-rays technique. The powder X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that the lattice parameter "c" vary and "a" showed no regular variation but the gross structure of Tl-2212 and Tl-2223 remain tetragonal with Zn substitution upto 0.50. The transition temperature (Tc) measured by standard four-probe method decreases as x increases from 0 to 0.50. The transport critical density (Jc) values were also measured by standard four-probe method as potential difference of 1 μV/cm appears across the sample by increasing current. The electron microscopic explorations exhibit various structural features (stacking faults and uniform distribution of ZnO nanoparticles) which improve the physical properties (e.g., transport critical current density "Jc") of these superconductors. The observed enhancement in transport critical current densities (Jc) of at least one order of magnitude (from 102 to 103 A/cm2) is due to the uniform distribution of ZnO nanoparticles which act as flux pinning centres.

  4. Emergent nesting of the Fermi surface from local-moment description of iron-pnictide high-Tc superconductors

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    Rodriguez, Jose P.; Araujo, Miguel A. N.; Sacramento, Pedro D.

    2014-07-01

    We uncover the low-energy spectrum of a t-J model for electrons on a square lattice of spin-1 iron atoms with 3dxz and 3dyz orbital character by applying Schwinger-boson-slave-fermion mean-field theory and by exact diagonalization of one hole roaming over a 4 × 4 × 2 lattice. Hopping matrix elements are set to produce hole bands centered at zero two-dimensional (2D) momentum in the free-electron limit. Holes can propagate coherently in the t-J model below a threshold Hund coupling when long-range antiferromagnetic order across the d + = 3d(x + iy)z and d - = 3d(x - iy)z orbitals is established by magnetic frustration that is off-diagonal in the orbital indices. This leads to two hole-pocket Fermi surfaces centered at zero 2D momentum. Proximity to a commensurate spin-density wave (cSDW) that exists above the threshold Hund coupling results in emergent Fermi surface pockets about cSDW momenta at a quantum critical point (QCP). This motivates the introduction of a new Gutzwiller wavefunction for a cSDW metal state. Study of the spin-fluctuation spectrum at cSDW momenta indicates that the dispersion of the nested band of one-particle states that emerges is electron-type. Increasing Hund coupling past the QCP can push the hole-pocket Fermi surfaces centered at zero 2D momentum below the Fermi energy level, in agreement with recent determinations of the electronic structure of mono-layer iron-selenide superconductors.

  5. Exact diagonalization study of the effects of Zn and Ni impurities on the pseudogap of underdoped cuprate high-Tc superconductors

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    Vašátko, Jiří; Munzar, Dominik

    2016-03-01

    The influence of Zn and Ni impurities on the normal-state pseudogap of underdoped high-Tc cuprate superconductors is studied using exact diagonalization of effective t -J -like Hamiltonians describing low energy electronic excitations of the CuO2 plane with some of the copper ions replaced with Zn/Ni. The Ni case Hamiltonian has been obtained by a sequence of approximations from a more complete model involving Cu 3 d , Ni 3 d , and O 2 p orbitals. Our main findings are: (i) The width ΩPG of the pseudogap occurring in the many body density of states, and manifesting itself also in the c -axis infrared conductivity, decreases with increasing Zn concentration as a consequence of a suppression of short range spin correlations. (ii) In the case of one hole and one Ni impurity, the hole is—for realistic values of the model parameters—weakly bound to the Ni site. This causes a slight increase of ΩPG with respect to the pure case. (iii) Based on this result and further results for 1-2 holes and 1-2 Ni impurities, we suggest that in the real Ni substituted CuO2 plane ΩPG is larger than in the pure case due to the binding of the doped holes to the Ni sites and effective underdoping. Our findings clarify the trends observed in the c -axis infrared conductivity data of Zn and Ni substituted (Sm,Nd)Ba2Cu3O7 -δ crystals.

  6. Conditions for observing Shapiro steps in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ high- Tc superconductor intrinsic Josephson junction: Numerical calculations

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    Kitamura, Michihide; Irie, Akinobu; Oya, Gin-Ichiro

    2007-08-01

    Conditions to observe Shapiro steps clearly and stably are studied for an intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ high- Tc superconductors. The current equation normalized by the critical current Ic(T) is solved fully numerically. In the calculations, the quasiparticle tunneling current is evaluated by using the normalized I-V characteristics obtained within the d -wave symmetry superconducting gap, while the Cooper-pair (CP) one is calculated on the basis of the general way in which the coherent and incoherent CP tunneling currents can be correctly calculated within the d -wave treatment and the current due to thermal noises is also simulated by using normal random numbers. It is found that the product SRshunt of the junction cross section S and the shunt resistance Rshunt , and the critical current density Jc are important junction parameters, and moreover, that the current equation of the IJJ with no shunt resistance depends on only a universal curve μ(i0) as a function of the normalized external dc current i0 . Furthermore, the effects of the noise, the normalized CP tunneling currents, the SRshunt product, the normalized amplitude ir of external ac modulation, and the Jc on observing the Shapiro steps are studied. When the IJJ is operated under the condition that the shunt resistance is added and the external ac modulation frequency fr is higher than the plasma frequency fp , it is found that (1) clear and stable Shapiro steps with good responses are obtained within the wide range of ir , (2) the response does not so largely depend on the value of SRshunt , and (3) the response for the high Jc junction is much better than that for the low one.

  7. Se77 NMR investigation of the KxFe2-ySe2 high-Tc superconductor (Tc=33 K)

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    Torchetti, D. A.; Fu, M.; Christensen, D. C.; Nelson, K. J.; Imai, T.; Lei, H. C.; Petrovic, C.

    2011-03-01

    We report comprehensive Se77 NMR measurements on a single crystalline sample of the recently discovered FeSe-based high-temperature superconductor KxFe2-ySe2 (Tc=33 K) in a broad temperature range up to 290 K. Despite deviations from the stoichiometric KFe2Se2 composition, we observed Se77 NMR line shapes as narrow as 4.5 kHz under a magnetic field applied along the crystal c axis, and found no evidence for co-existence of magnetic order with superconductivity. On the other hand, the Se77 NMR line shape splits into two peaks with equal intensities at all temperatures when we apply the magnetic field along the ab plane. This suggests that K vacancies may have a superstructure and that the local symmetry of the Se sites is lower than the tetragonal fourfold symmetry of the average structure. This effect might be a prerequisite for stabilizing the s± symmetry of superconductivity in the absence of the hole bands at the Brillouin zone center. From the increase of NMR linewidth below Tc induced by the Abrikosov lattice of superconducting vortices, we estimate the in-plane penetration depth λab~290 nm and the carrier concentration ne~1×10+21 cm-3. Our Knight shift 77K data indicate that the uniform spin susceptibility decreases progressively with temperature, in analogy with the case of FeSe (Tc~9 K) as well as other FeAs high-Tc systems. The strong suppression of 77K observed immediately below Tc for all crystal orientations is consistent with a singlet pairing of Cooper pairs. We do not however observe the Hebel-Slichter coherence peak of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 immediately below Tc, expected for conventional BCS s-wave superconductors. In contrast with the case of FeSe, we do not observe evidence for an enhancement of low-frequency antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations near Tc in 1/T1T. Instead, 1/T1T exhibits qualitatively the same behavior as overdoped non-superconducting Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 with x~0.14 or greater, where hole bands are missing in

  8. EDITORIAL: PLASMA 2006: The 5th International Conference on the Intrinsic Josephson Effect and Plasma Oscillations in High-TC Superconductors

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    Warburton, Paul; Yurgens, August

    2007-02-01

    The 5th International Conference on the Intrinsic Josephson Effect and Plasma Oscillations in High-TC Superconductors (known as `PLASMA' for short) took place in London from July 17th to 19th 2006. The meeting was organised jointly by the Superconductivity Group of the Institute of Physics and the European Science Foundation network `Arrays of Quantum Dots and Josephson Junctions' (AQDJJ). It was sponsored by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, AQDJJ, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Physics and the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS). The meeting was chaired by Paul Warburton of University College London who wishes to put on record his thanks to the conference sponsors for their generosity, without which the conference could not have taken place. Since the previous PLASMA conference in Tsukuba in 2004 the most significant advance in intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) research has arguably been the observation of macroscopic quantum tunnelling in IJJs. At the time of the conference this had been observed by both the RIEC/NIMS/AIST collaboration in Japan and by Paul M\\"uller's group in Erlangen. We therefore felt that the conference presented an ideal and timely opportunity for the IJJ community to learn from the more established community of researchers on macroscopic quantum phenomena in low-TC superconductors---and indeed vice versa. As a result a number of leading researchers from the field of low-TC Josephson qubit devices gave several illuminating presentations. Other sessions included those on Josephson vortex dynamics in layered systems and terahertz oscillations in IJJs, in addition to a lively poster session on the first evening. The conference was rounded off by an excellent summary of the highlights of the meeting given by Professor Hu-Jong Lee. The conference organisers would like to thank all those who made the meeting possible and contributed to its smooth running. In addition to the international organising

  9. From high-Tc superconductors to highly correlated Mott insulators—25 years of pulsed laser deposition of functional oxides in Leipzig

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    Lorenz, Michael; Hochmuth, Holger; Kneiß, Max; Bonholzer, Michael; Jenderka, Marcus; Grundmann, Marius

    2015-02-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in Leipzig started in 1989 with Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8 high-Tc superconducting thin films grown in a laser-ionization mass spectrometer. Here, we briefly review 25 years of development of advanced PLD processes in Leipzig and their application to high-Tc superconducting, wide-bandgap semiconducting and multiferroic thin films, nanostructures and composites. The first two decades were devoted to large-area and double-sided YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films and hetero- and homoepitaxial ZnO-based films and nanowires, respectively. Based on that, transparent, oxide-based electronic devices are processed with epitaxial n-ZnO:Mg, Ga2O3, In2O3, or TiO2 films. Amorphous oxide films of p-ZnCo2O4 and p-NiO provide p-type counterparts in highly rectifying pn-junction devices and are an environmentally friendly alternative. Magnetoelectric multiferroic composites, and highly correlated iridate thin films are other current hot research topics. PLD appears as one of the most flexible growth techniques for functional oxides on research and demonstrator level.

  10. Trends in orthorhombic crystal field parameters for trivalent rare-earth ions in high-Tc superconductors REBa2Cu3O7-δ - Correct interpretation based on standardization

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    Rudowicz, Czesław; Lewandowska, Monika

    2013-02-01

    Trends in orthorhombic crystal field parameters (CFPs) reported for RE3+ ions in high-Tc superconductors REBa2Cu3O7-δ are considered. The cases of trends based on the CFP sets belonging to different regions of CF parameter space are identified and clarified. The crucial feature of such correlated alternative CFP sets is their intrinsic incompatibility. This makes meaningless direct comparisons of such CFP sets and thus presentations of CFP trends involving a mixture of alternative CFP sets. The aim of this paper is to ascertain that correct interpretation of trends in orthorhombic CFPs must be based on standardization. Examples of graphs inappropriately representing trends in orthorhombic CFPs reported for REBa2Cu3O7-δ compounds are considered and the corrected graphs based on the standardized CFP sets are provided.

  11. Quantum skyrmions and the destruction of long-range antiferromagnetic order in the high-Tc superconductors La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Marino, Eduardo C.; Silva Neto, Marcello B.

    2001-09-01

    We study the destruction of long-range antiferromagnetic order in the high-Tc superconductors La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6+x. The CP1-nonlinear sigma model formulation of the two-dimensional quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet is used for describing the pure system. Dopants are introduced as independent fermions with an appropriate dispersion relation determined by the shape of the Fermi surface. Skyrmion topological defects are shown to be introduced by doping and their energy is used as an order parameter for the antiferromagnetic order. We obtain analytic expressions for the skyrmion energy as a function of doping that allow us to plot, without adjustable parameters, the curves TN(xc)×xc and M(x)×x, for the two compounds, in good quantitative agreement with the experimental data.

  12. Resistivity tensor correlations in the mixed state of electron-doped superconductor Nd2-xCexCuO4+δ

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    Charikova, T. B.; Shelushinina, N. G.; Harus, G. I.; Petukhov, D. S.; Petukhova, O. E.; Ivanov, A. A.

    2016-06-01

    The magnetic-field dependencies of the longitudinal and Hall resistance of the electron-doped compounds Nd2-xCexCuO4+δ in underdoped region with x = 0.14 and with varying degrees of disorder (δ) were investigated. It was established experimentally that the correlation between the longitudinal electrical resistivity and the Hall resistivity can be analyzed on the basis of scaling relationships: ρxy(B) ∼ [ρxx(B)]β. For the totality of the investigated single-crystal films of Nd2-xCexCuO4+δ/SrTiO3 the values of β from 0.8 to 1.55 is found. The observed feature in the electron-doped two-dimensional systems can be associated both with a displaying of anisotropic s - wave or d - wave pairing symmetry and with a pinning due to an essential degree of disorder in the samples under study.

  13. Fracture behavior of an inclined crack interacting with a circular inclusion in a high-TC superconductor under an electromagnetic force

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    Xue, Feng; Zhang, Zhaoxia; Gou, Xiaofan

    2015-11-01

    A simple model is proposed to investigate the interaction problem for a circular nonsuperconducting inclusion embedded in a high-TC superconducting matrix which contains an inclined crack, oriented at an arbitrary angle from the direction of the critical currents. The electromagnetic behavior is described by the critical state, the original Bean model. The perturbation brought upon by the circular inclusion and the crack on the critical current density is assumed to be negligible and not considered in this model. The distribution dislocation technology is applied to formulate the current problem. The stress intensity factors (SIFs) are obtained by solving the formulated singular integral equations. The effects of the crack angle, the elastic modulus, the inclusion-crack distance and the inclusion-crack size on the stress intensity factors are discussed in detail.

  14. Trends in orthorhombic crystal field parameters for trivalent rare-earth ions in high-Tc superconductors REBa₂Cu₃O₇-δ - correct interpretation based on standardization.

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    Rudowicz, Czesław; Lewandowska, Monika

    2013-02-15

    Trends in orthorhombic crystal field parameters (CFPs) reported for RE(3+) ions in high-T(c) superconductors REBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-)(δ) are considered. The cases of trends based on the CFP sets belonging to different regions of CF parameter space are identified and clarified. The crucial feature of such correlated alternative CFP sets is their intrinsic incompatibility. This makes meaningless direct comparisons of such CFP sets and thus presentations of CFP trends involving a mixture of alternative CFP sets. The aim of this paper is to ascertain that correct interpretation of trends in orthorhombic CFPs must be based on standardization. Examples of graphs inappropriately representing trends in orthorhombic CFPs reported for REBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-)(δ) compounds are considered and the corrected graphs based on the standardized CFP sets are provided. PMID:23261624

  15. Energy Gaps in the Failed High-Tc Superconductor La1.875Ba0.125CuO4

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    Not Available

    2011-08-11

    A central issue in high-T{sub c} superconductivity is the nature of the normal-state gap (pseudogap) in the underdoped regime and its relationship with superconductivity. Despite persistent efforts, theoretical ideas for the pseudogap evolve around fluctuating superconductivity, competing order, and spectral weight suppression due to many-body effects. Recently, although some experiments in the superconducting state indicate a distinction between the superconducting gap and pseudogap, others in the normal state, either by extrapolation from high-temperature data or directly from La{sub 1.875)Ba{sub 0.125}CuO{sub 4} (LBCO-1/8) at low temperature, suggest the ground-state pseudogap is a single gap of d-wave form. Here, we report angle-resolved photoemission data from LBCO-1/8, collected with improved experimental conditions, that reveal the ground-state pseudogap has a pronounced deviation from the simple d-wave form. It contains two distinct components: a d-waev component within an extended region around the node and the other abruptly enhanced close to the antinode, pointing to a dual nature of the pseudogap in this failed high-T{sub c} superconductor that involves a possible precursor-pairing energy scale around the node and another of different but unknown origin near the antinode.

  16. High Tc superconductors: The scaling of Tc with the number of bound holes associated with charge transfer neutralizing the multivalence cations

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    Vezzoli, G. C.; Chen, M. F.; Craver, F.

    1991-01-01

    It is observed that for the known high-T(sub c) Cu-, Tl-, and Bi-based superconductors, T(sub c) scales consistently with the number of bound holes per unit cell which arise from charge transfer excitations of frequency approximately = 3 x 10(exp 13) that neutralized the multivalence cations into diamagnetic states. The resulting holes are established on the oxygens. Extrapolation of this empirical fit in the up-temperature direction suggests a T(sub c) of about 220-230 K at a value of 25 holes/unit cell (approximately the maximum that can be materials-engineered into a high-T(sub c) K2MnF4 or triple Perovskite structure). In the down-temperature direction, the extrapolation gives a T(sub c) in the vicinity of 235 K for the Y-Ba-Cu-O system as well as the known maximum temperature of 23 K for low-T(sub c) materials shown by Nb3Ge. The approach is also consistent with the experimental findings that only multivalence ions which are diamagnetic in their atomic state (Cu, Tl, Bi, Pb, and Sb) associate with high-T(sub c) compounds.

  17. NMR Characterization of Sulphur Substitution Effects in the KxFe2−ySe2−zSz High-Tc Superconductor

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    Petrovic C.; Torchetti, D.A.; Imai, T.; Lei, H.C.

    2012-04-17

    We present a {sup 77}Se NMR study of the effect of S substitution in the high-T{sub c} superconductor K{sub x}Fe{sub 2-y}Se{sub 2-z}S{sub z} in a temperature range up to 250 K. We examine two S concentrations, with z = 0.8 (T{sub c} {approx} 26 K) and z = 1.6 (nonsuperconducting). The samples containing sulphur exhibit broader NMR line shapes than the K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2} sample due to local disorder in the Se environment. Our Knight shift {sup 77}K data indicate that in all samples, uniform spin susceptibility decreases with temperature, and that the magnitude of the Knight shift itself decreases with increased S concentration. In addition, S substitution progressively suppresses low-frequency spin fluctuations. None of the samples exhibit an enhancement of low-frequency antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations near T{sub c} in 1/T{sub 1}T, as seen in FeSe.

  18. Effect of particle size and particle size distribution on physical characteristics, morphology and crystal strucutre of explosively compacted high-Tc superconductors

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    Kotsis, I.; Enisz, M.; Oravetz, D.

    1994-12-31

    A superconductor, of composition Y(Ba,K,Na){sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}/F{sub y} and a composite, of composition Y(Ba,K,Na){sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}/F{sub y}+Ag, with changing K, Na and F content, but a constant silver content (Ag=10 mass per cent) was prepared using a single heat treatment. The resulting material was ground in a corundum lined mill, separated to particle size fractions of 0-40 {mu}m, 0-63 {mu}m and 63-900 {mu}m and explosively compacted, using an explosive pressure of 10{sup 4} MPa and a subsequent heat treatment. Best results were obtained with the 63-900 {mu}m fraction of composition Y(Ba{sub 1,95}K{sub 0,01})Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}F{sub 0,05}/Ag: porosity <0.01 cm{sup 3}/g and current density 2800 A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K.

  19. Imaging studies of hole-electron asymmetry observed in a lightly-doped high-Tc superconductor Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2

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    Kohsaka, Yuhki; Hanaguri, Tetsuo; Azuma, Masaki; Takagi, Hidenori; Davis, Seamus

    2005-03-01

    We have reported spectroscopic imaging on the electronic state intervening between the Mott insulator and the d-wave superconductor [1]. The electronic state with |E|<100 meV shows complex spatial modulations with 4a0x4a0 (a0: in-plane lattice constant) correlations. Moreover, the tunneling spectra show characteristic hole-electron asymmetry, which is thought to be related to the approach of the Mott insulator [2]. Here we report on new studies of imaging the 'Mottness' through mapping the asymmetry in tunneling spectra associated with high energies |E|>100 meV. Spectroscopic mapping of the asymmetry reveals strong 4a0x4a0 periodic modulation up to several hundreds meV. However the 4a0/3x4a0/3 component, which appears in the Fourier transform of the checkerboard pattern observed at |E|<100 meV, is negligle. This spatial modulation of the 'Mottness' may indicate that hole density is modulated with the 4a0x4a0 periodicity. This would imply that the 4a0/3x4a0/3 periodicity observed at lower energies may arise from umklapp scattering due to the hole density modulation. [1] T. Hanaguri et al., Nature 430, 1001 (2004). [2] P. W. Anderson and N. P. Ong, cond-mat/0405518.

  20. Resonance in the Electron-doped High-Tc Superconductor Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-?

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    Wilson, Stephen D.; Dai, Pengcheng; Li, Shiliang; Chi, Songxue; Kang, H. J.; Lynn, J. W.

    2006-01-01

    In conventional superconductors, the interaction that pairs the electrons to form the superconducting state is mediated by lattice vibrations (phonons). In high-transition-temperature (high-T{sub c}) copper oxides, it is generally believed that magnetic excitations might play a fundamental role in the superconducting mechanism because superconductivity occurs when mobile 'electrons' or 'holes' are doped into the antiferromagnetic parent compounds. Indeed, a sharp magnetic excitation termed 'resonance' has been observed by neutron scattering in a number of hole-doped materials. The resonance is intimately related to superconductivity, and its interaction with charged quasi-particles observed by photoemission, optical conductivity, and tunnelling suggests that it might play a part similar to that of phonons in conventional superconductors. The relevance of the resonance to high-T{sub c} superconductivity, however, has been in doubt because so far it has been found only in hole-doped materials. Here we report the discovery of the resonance in electron-doped superconducting Pr{sub 0.88}LaCe{sub 0.12}CuO{sub 4-{delta}} (T{sub c} = 24 K). We find that the resonance energy (E{sub r}) is proportional to T{sub c} via E{sub r} {approx} 5.8k{sub B}T{sub c} for all high-T{sub c} superconductors irrespective of electron- or hole-doping. Our results demonstrate that the resonance is a fundamental property of the superconducting copper oxides and therefore must be essential in the mechanism of superconductivity.

  1. Finite gap behaviour in the superconductivity of the 'infinite layer' n-doped high-Tc superconductor Sr0.9La0.1CuO2

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    White, J. S.; Forgan, E. M.; Laver, M.; Häfliger, P. S.; Khasanov, R.; Cubitt, R.; Dewhurst, C. D.; Park, M.-S.; Jang, D.-J.; Lee, H.-G.; Lee, S.-I.

    2008-03-01

    We report on the first small-angle neutron scattering measurements from the flux line lattice (FLL) in the high-Tc cuprate superconductor Sr0.9La0.1CuO2. Using a polycrystalline sample, the scattered intensity decreases monotonically with scattering angle away from the undiffracted beam, independently of the azimuthal angle around the beam. The absence of clear peaks in the intensity suggests the establishment of a highly disordered FLL within the grains. We find that the intensity distribution may be represented by the form factor for a single flux line in the London approximation, with some contribution from crystal anisotropy. Most interestingly however, we find that, over the observed field range, the temperature dependence of the diffracted intensity is best represented by s-wave pairing, with lower limits of the gap values being very similar to the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer value of Δ(0) = 1.76 kBTc. However, a qualitative consideration of corrections to the observed intensity suggests that these gap values are likely to be higher, implying strong-coupling behaviour.

  2. Role of the upper branch of the hour-glass magnetic spectrum in the formation of the main kink in the electronic dispersion of high-Tc cuprate superconductors

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    Geffroy, Dominique; Chaloupka, Jiří; Dahm, Thomas; Munzar, Dominik

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the electronic dispersion of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors using the fully self-consistent version of the phenomenological model, where charge planar quasiparticles are coupled to spin fluctuations. The inputs we use, the underlying (bare) band structure and the spin susceptibility χ , are extracted from fits of angle-resolved photoemission and inelastic neutron scattering data of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6.6 by T. Dahm and coworkers [Nat. Phys. 5, 217 (2009), 10.1038/nphys1180]. Our main results are as follows: (i) We have confirmed the finding by Dahm and coworkers that the main nodal kink is, for the present values of the input parameters, determined by the upper branch of the hourglass of χ . We demonstrate that the properties of the kink depend qualitatively on the strength of the charge-spin coupling. (ii) The effect of the resonance mode of χ on the electronic dispersion strongly depends on its kurtosis in the quasimomentum space. A low (high) kurtosis implies a negligible (considerable) effect of the mode on the dispersion in the near-nodal region. (iii) The energy of the kink decreases as a function of the angle θ between the Fermi surface cut and the nodal direction, in qualitative agreement with recent experimental observations. We clarify the trend and make a specific prediction concerning the angular dependence of the kink energy in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6.6 .

  3. Numerical Study of a Multiorbital Hubbard Model for the Two-Leg Ladder BaFe2S3 High-Tc Superconductor Using the Density Matrix Renormalization Group

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    Patel, Niravkumar; Nocera, Alberto; Alvarez, Gonzalo; Arita, Ryotaro; Dagotto, Elbio

    Iron based high-Tc superconductors have attracted considerable attention because of its unconventional superconducting properties. Here, we analyze the magnetic and pairing characteristics of the recently discovered two-leg ladder material BaFe2S3 that becomes superconducting by applying pressure, using a two-orbital Hubbard model studied via the Density Matrix Renormalization Group technique. The hopping parameters, which spans up-to the 2nd nearest-neighbor rungs, were obtained from the ab-initio downfolded band structure at ambient and high pressures. The magnetic phase diagram at a realistic Hund coupling J / U = 0 . 25 is presented varying the Hubbard U, at select values of the electronic fillings. At half-filling, we find a robust magnetic order in excellent agreement with experiments i.e. antiferromagnetic (ferromagnetic) along the leg (rung) directions. We also discuss a possible tendency for this system to form a paired bound state of holes in a small but finite window of Hubbard U. The symmetries of this tentative paired ground state will be discussed.

  4. 77Se NMR Investigation of the KxFe2−ySe2 high-Tc Superconductor (Tc = 33 K)

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    Petrovic, C.; Torchetti, D.A. Fu, M.; Christensen, D.C.; Nelson, K.J.; Imai, T.; Lei, H.C.

    2011-03-18

    We report comprehensive {sup 77}Se NMR measurements on a single crystalline sample of the recently discovered FeSe-based high-temperature superconductor K{sub x}Fe{sub 2-y}Se{sub 2} (T{sub c} = 33 K) in a broad temperature range up to 290 K. Despite deviations from the stoichiometric KFe{sub 2}Se{sub 2} composition, we observed {sup 77}Se NMR line shapes as narrow as 4.5 kHz under a magnetic field applied along the crystal c axis, and found no evidence for co-existence of magnetic order with superconductivity. On the other hand, the {sup 77}Se NMR line shape splits into two peaks with equal intensities at all temperatures when we apply the magnetic field along the ab plane. This suggests that K vacancies may have a superstructure and that the local symmetry of the Se sites is lower than the tetragonal fourfold symmetry of the average structure. This effect might be a prerequisite for stabilizing the s{sub {+-}} symmetry of superconductivity in the absence of the hole bands at the Brillouin zone center. From the increase of NMR linewidth below T{sub c} induced by the Abrikosov lattice of superconducting vortices, we estimate the in-plane penetration depth {lambda}{sub ab} {approx} 290 nm and the carrier concentration n{sub e} {approx} 1 x 10{sup +21} cm{sup -3}. Our Knight shift {sup 77}K data indicate that the uniform spin susceptibility decreases progressively with temperature, in analogy with the case of FeSe (T{sub c} {approx} 9 K) as well as other FeAs high-T{sub c} systems. The strong suppression of {sup 77}K observed immediately below T{sub c} for all crystal orientations is consistent with a singlet pairing of Cooper pairs. We do not however observe the Hebel-Slichter coherence peak of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 immediately below T{sub c}, expected for conventional BCS s-wave superconductors. In contrast with the case of FeSe, we do not observe evidence for an enhancement of low-frequency antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations near T{sub c

  5. Nuclear magnetic resonance: Its role as a microscopic probe of the electronic and magnetic properties of High-{Tc} superconductors and related materials

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    Suh, Byoung Jin

    1995-12-27

    NMR experiments are reported for Sr{sub 2}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+d}, YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}. NMR studies typify three different aspects of microscopic properties of HTSC. In non-superconducting antiferromagnetic (AF) prototype Sr{sub 2}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, we used NMR to investigate Cu{sup 2+} correlated spin dynamics and AF phase transition in CuO2 layers. In the superconductors, we used NMR both to investigate the electronic properties of the Fermi-liquid in normal and superconducting states and to investigate flux lattice and flux-line dynamics in the superconducting state in presence of magnetic field. A summary of each study is given: {sup 35}Cl NMR was measured in Sr{sub 2}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} single crystals with T{sub N}=257K. {sub 35}Cl NMR relaxation rates showed crossover of Cu{sup 2+} spin dynamics from Heisenberg to XY-like correlation at 290 K well above T{sub N}. A field-dependent T{sub N} for H{perpendicular}c was observed and explained by a field-induced Ising-like anisotropy in ab plane. {sup 199}Hg NMR was measured in HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+d}. Properties of the Fermi-liquid are characterized by a single-spin fluid picture and opening of a spin pseudo-gap at q=0 above {Tc}. Below {Tc}, spin component of Knight shift decreases rapidly in agreement with prediction for d-wave pairing scheme. {sup 11}B and {sup 89}Y NMR/magnetization were measured in YNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C. Temperature dependence of {sup 11}B Knight shift and of the NSLR gave a normal state which agrees with the Korringa relation, indicating that the AF fluctuations on the Ni sublattice are negligible. Opening of the superconducting gap obeys BCS. A NMR approach to investigate vortex thermal motion in HTSC is presented, based on contribution of thermal flux-lines motion to both T{sub 2}{sup {minus}1} and T{sub 1}{sup {minus}1}. Effects are demonstrated in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+d}.

  6. Gauge Model of High-Tc Superconductivity

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    Kui Ng, Sze

    2012-12-01

    A simple gauge model of superconductivity is presented. The seagull vertex term of this gauge model gives an attractive potential between electrons for the forming of Cooper pairs of superconductivity. This gauge model gives a unified description of superconductivity and magnetism including antiferromagnetism, pseudogap phenomenon, stripes phenomenon, paramagnetic Meissner effect, Type I and Type II supeconductivity and high-Tc superconductivity. The doping mechanism of superconductivity is found. It is shown that the critical temperature Tc is related to the ionization energies of elements and can be computed by a formula of Tc. For the high-Tc superconductors such as La2-xSrxCuO4, Y Ba2Cu3O7, and MgB2, the computational results of Tc agree with the experimental results.

  7. Heavy electron doping induced antiferromagnetic phase as the parent for the iron oxypnictide superconductor LaFeAs O1 -xHx

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    Iimura, Soshi; Matsuishi, Satoru; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-07-01

    We perform transport measurements and band structure calculations of electron-doped LaFeAs O1 -xHx over a wide range of x from 0.01 to 0.66. The T2 and √ T dependency of the resistivity are observed at x ˜0.17 and 0.41, respectively. The sign change of RH without opening of the spin-density-wave gap for 0.45 ≤x ≤0.58 and T

  8. Quantum spin correlations through the superconducting-to-normal phase transition in electron-doped superconducting Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-δ

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    Wilson, Stephen D.; Li, Shiliang; Zhao, Jun; Mu, Gang; Wen, Hai-Hu; Lynn, Jeffrey W.; Freeman, Paul G.; Regnault, Louis-Pierre; Habicht, Klaus; Dai, Pengcheng

    2007-01-01

    The quantum spin fluctuations of the S = 1/2 Cu ions are important in determining the physical properties of high-transition-temperature (high Tc) copper oxide superconductors, but their possible role in the electron pairing of superconductivity remains an open question. The principal feature of the spin fluctuations in optimally doped high-Tc superconductors is a well defined magnetic resonance whose energy (ER) tracks Tc (as the composition is varied) and whose intensity develops like an order parameter in the superconducting state. We show that the suppression of superconductivity and its associated condensation energy by a magnetic field in the electron-doped high-Tc superconductor Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-δ (Tc = 24 K), is accompanied by the complete suppression of the resonance and the concomitant emergence of static antiferromagnetic order. Our results demonstrate that the resonance is intimately related to the superconducting condensation energy, and thus suggest that it plays a role in the electron pairing and superconductivity. PMID:17884981

  9. Fabrication Of High-Tc Superconducting Integrated Circuits

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    Bhasin, Kul B.; Warner, Joseph D.

    1992-01-01

    Microwave ring resonator fabricated to demonstrate process for fabrication of passive integrated circuits containing high-transition-temperature superconductors. Superconductors increase efficiencies of communication systems, particularly microwave communication systems, by reducing ohmic losses and dispersion of signals. Used to reduce sizes and masses and increase aiming accuracies and tracking speeds of millimeter-wavelength, electronically steerable antennas. High-Tc superconductors preferable for such applications because they operate at higher temperatures than low-Tc superconductors do, therefore, refrigeration systems needed to maintain superconductivity designed smaller and lighter and to consume less power.

  10. Gate-tuned superconductor-insulator transition in (Li,Fe)OHFeSe

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    Lei, B.; Xiang, Z. J.; Lu, X. F.; Wang, N. Z.; Chang, J. R.; Shang, C.; Zhang, A. M.; Zhang, Q. M.; Luo, X. G.; Wu, T.; Sun, Z.; Chen, X. H.

    2016-02-01

    The antiferromagnetic (AFM) insulator-superconductor transition has always been a center of interest in the underlying physics of unconventional superconductors. However, in the family of iron-based high-Tc superconductors, no intrinsic superconductor-insulator transition has been confirmed so far. Here, we report a first-order transition from superconductor to AFM insulator with a strong charge doping induced by ionic gating in the thin flakes of single crystal (Li,Fe)OHFeSe. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) is continuously enhanced with electron doping by ionic gating up to a maximum Tc of 43 K, and a striking superconductor-insulator transition occurs just at the verge of optimal doping with highest Tc. A phase diagram of temperature-gating voltage with the superconductor-insulator transition is mapped out, indicating that the superconductor-insulator transition is a common feature for unconventional superconductivity. These results help to uncover the underlying physics of iron-based superconductivity as well as the universal mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity. Our finding also suggests that the gate-controlled strong charge doping makes it possible to explore novel states of matter in a way beyond traditional methods.

  11. Anisotropy of the Electron-Doped Infinite-Layer Superconductor Sr0.9La0.1CuO2

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    Kim, Heon-Jung; Park, Min-Seok; Jung, C. U.; Lee, Sung-Ik; Kim, Mun-Seog

    Anisotropy of a c-axis aligned Sr0.9La0.1CuO2 infinite-layer superconductor was studied by measuring the magnetization in different temperature (M(T)) and angle (M(θ)). The M(θ) and the critical temperature as a function of the angle (Tc2(θ)) deduced from M(T) was well described by the anisotropic Ginzburg-Landua theory with a moderate anisotropy value γ≈9. This low value, which is comparable to that of YBa2Cu3O7-δ implied strong interlayer coupling between CuO2 planes. In this compound, the strong interlayer coupling was thought to solely result from the crystal structure without charge reservoir blocks.

  12. Optoelectronic device applications of high [Tc] superconductors

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    Shi, Lei.

    1993-01-01

    Material processing and optoelectronic device applications of high T[sub c] materials are the main topic of this work. This dissertation is organized into three parts. Part I describes the material processing aspects of the HTSCs, YBCO thin films in particular. Pulsed laser deposition and device fabrication processes of high T[sub c] superconducting thin films are studied. 1/f noise measurement of HTSC thin films is also discussed. The deposition of CdS thin films onto YBCO superconducting films are studied. It is the author's effort to hybridize the semiconductor technology into HTSCs. High quality CdS/YBCO heterostructure is obtained. Part II concentrates on the construction of a femtosecond dye laser system and on the introduction of the femtosecond laser spectroscopy. Femtosecond colliding pulse mode-locking (CPM) dye laser has been built and is used to study the femtosecond transient reflectivity of high T[sub c] YBCO thin films and n-type GaAs samples. Part III describes in full detail both theory and experimental results of the optical response measurements on ultrathin YBCO thin films. Several important topics such as thermal diffusion, thermal boundary resistance and optical response in YBCO thin films are addressed. Single laser pulse duractions of 400 ps, 40 ps and 500 fs and a 40 ps pulse train are used in the experiments. A Double-bridge Voltage Correlation Technique is proposed and applied to measure the superconductivity recovery time in ultrathin YBCO films. Ultrafast voltage pulses faster than 40 ps are generated. A quasiparticle generation and recombination mechanism is further supported by two experimental evidences: (1) thickness dependence of the superconductivity recovery time; (2) the relaxation time scale <40ps.

  13. Quantized massive collective modes and massive spin fluctuations in high-Tc cuprates

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    Kanazawa, I.; Sasaki, T.

    2015-10-01

    We have analyzed angle-resolved photoemission spectra of the single- and double-layered Bi-family high-Tc superconductors by using quantized massive gauge fields, which might contain effects of spin fluctuations, charge fluctuations, and phonons. It is suggested strongly that the quantized massive gauge fields might be mediating Cooper pairing in high-Tc cuprates.

  14. Microwave Absorption Studies on HIGH-Tc Superconductors and Related Materials Iv:. Esr as a Probe of Flux Pinning in Y-Ba-Cu-O Superconductors Prepared by the "mpmg" Method

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    Sugawara, K.; Baar, D. J.; Murakami, M.; Kondoh, A.; Yamaguchi, K.; Shiohara, Y.; Tanaka, S.

    The electron spin resonances of both DPPH surface coatings and Y2Ba1Cu1O5 ("211" phase) non-superconducting inclusions have been used to probe the flux pinning in high critical current density Y-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductors prepared by the "MPMG" (Melt-Powder-Melt-Growth) method. The ESR lineshapes for both the surface coatings and the 211 inclusions were observed to broaden when the MPMG samples entered the superconducting state. The excess ESR linewidth for the DPPH coatings was found to increase monotonically with decreasing temperature, as the result of increasing field gradients due to pinned flux. The ESR linewidth of the 211 inclusions had a complicated temperature dependence. This linewidth was less than that of isolated Y2Ba1Cu1O5 below 20 K, possibly due to a lower magnetic ordering temperature, mechanical stress, and/or different composition of the inclusions as compared to isolated Y2Ba1Cu1O5. Strong hysteresis in the ESR linewidths due to flux trapping was observed at low temperatures. Comparisons with the ESR linewidth of DPPH coated on the surface of the samples suggest that this flux trapping is due to strong pinning in the neighborhood of the 211 inclusions.

  15. High Tc superconducting materials and devices

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    Haertling, Gene H.

    1990-01-01

    The high Tc Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-x) ceramic materials, initially developed in 1987, are now being extensively investigated for a variety of engineering applications. The superconductor applications which are presently identified as of most interest to NASA-LaRC are low-noise, low thermal conductivity grounding links; large-area linear Meissner-effect bearings; and sensitive, low-noise sensors and leads. Devices designed for these applications require the development of a number of processing and fabrication technologies. Included among the technologies most specific to the present needs are tapecasting, melt texturing, magnetic field grain alignment, superconductor/polymer composite fabrication, thin film MOD (metal-organic decomposition) processing, screen printing of thick films, and photolithography of thin films. The overall objective of the program was to establish a high Tc superconductivity laboratory capability at NASA-LaRC and demonstrate this capability by fabricating superconducting 123 material via bulk and thin film processes. Specific objectives include: order equipment and set up laboratory; prepare 1 kg batches of 123 material via oxide raw material; construct tapecaster and tapecaster 123 material; fabricate 123 grounding link; fabricate 123 composite for Meissner linear bearing; develop 123 thin film processes (nitrates, acetates); establish Tc and Jc measurement capability; and set up a commercial use of space program in superconductivity at LaRC. In general, most of the objectives of the program were met. Finally, efforts to implement a commercial use of space program in superconductivity at LaRC were completed and at least two industrial companies have indicated their interest in participating.

  16. Epitaxial stabilization of ultra thin films of electron doped manganites

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    Middey, S.; Kareev, M.; Meyers, D.; Liu, X.; Cao, Y.; Tripathi, S.; Yazici, D.; Maple, M. B.; Ryan, P. J.; Freeland, J. W.; Chakhalian, J.

    2014-05-01

    Ultra-thin films of the electron doped manganite La0.8Ce0.2MnO3 were grown in a layer-by-layer growth mode on SrTiO3 (001) substrates by pulsed laser interval deposition. High structural quality and surface morphology were confirmed by a combination of synchrotron based x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. Resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements confirm the presence of Ce4+ and Mn2+ ions. In addition, the electron doping signature was corroborated by Hall effect measurements. All grown films show a ferromagnetic ground state as revealed by both dc magnetization and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements and remain insulating contrary to earlier reports of a metal-insulator transition. Our results hint at the possibility of electron-hole asymmetry in the colossal magnetoresistive manganite phase diagram akin to the high-Tc cuprates.

  17. The effect of a large amount of Ag introduced into the Bi1.84Pb0.34Sr1.91Ca2.03Cu3.06O10+δ (110 K phase) high-Tc superconductor

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    Song, Ki Young; Lee, Min Soo

    2006-12-01

    We synthesized a 50 wt% Ag-doped Bi-110 K phase high-Tc superconductor by a solid state reaction method. The nominal composition of the 110 K phase was Bi1.84Pb0.34Sr1.91Ca2.03Cu3.06O10+δ, which was prepared from powders of Bi2O3 (99.99%), PbO (99.99%), SrCO3 (99.99%), CaCO3 (99.99%) and CuO (99.99%). The synthesized Bi single-phase high-Tc superconductor was pulverized and mixed with Ag powder amounting to 50 wt%. Then the 50 wt% Ag-doped composition was sintered between 830 and 850 °C, and the superconducting properties, such as the structural characteristics, critical temperature (Tc), grain size and the mapping image of the surface were investigated. The critical temperature was about 99 K, independent of the sintering temperature in the range from 830 to 850 °C, and most superconducting grains were sintered in the layer near the surface, while Ag particles were aggregated and sintered as clusters and mostly distributed over an inside layer during the sintering process.

  18. Multiple sign reversal of the Hall effect in electron-doped superconductor Pr0.9LaCe0.1CuO4+/-δ thin films

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    Zhu, Beiyi

    We have investigated the temperature and field dependence of the Hall resistivity of the electron-doped Pr0.9LaCe0.1CuO4+/-δ(PLCCO) superconducting thin films(Tc 0 =22 K). In the low magnetic field region (0.03 ~ 0.1 T), a concrete triple sign reversal of the Hall resistivity ρxy has been observed in the ρxy (T) curve. With the increase of the magnetic field, the Hall resistivity ρxy (T) suffers triple, double, single sign reversal transitions and it will be completely disappear around 4.5 T. We contribute the triple sign reversal to the competition between the hole and the electron carriers in our electron-doped samples and a fourth sign reversal may be expected in the regime of the two-band system.

  19. Direct Pen Writing of High-Tc, Flexible Magnesium Diboride Superconducting Arrays.

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    Xue, Mianqi; Chen, Dong; Long, Yujia; Wang, Peipei; Zhao, Lingxiao; Chen, Genfu

    2015-06-24

    High-Tc , flexible MgB2 -nanowire-based superconducting arrays are fabricated via a direct pen writing method on both copper foils and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates. Such superconducting arrays constitute a new approach for fabricating superconducting devices. The realization of a PDMS-based device demonstrates the potential for expanding this material into other high-Tc superconductor systems, which may lead to novel ways of driving the development of "real-life" applications. PMID:25974155

  20. Research on high Tc superconducting compounds

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    Oliver, Frederick W. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

    Mossbauer research using the 21.54 kev resonance radiation of Eu-151 on the high temperature superconductors Bi(2)Ca(0.5)Eu(0.5)Sr(2)CU2O(x), and EuBa(2)CU(3)O(7-x) is performed. For the Bismuth compound the Mossbauer measurements gave a weak signal at room temperature but improved at lower temperatures. Experimental data indicated that europium is located at only one crystallographic site. Isomer shift measurements were .69 + 0.02 mm/s with respect to EuF(3). The linewidth at room temperature was found to be 2.54 mm/s. This value falls within the values observed by other researchers on Eu based 1,2,3 high-Tc compounds. Our results also show the Eu to be trivalent with no trace of divalent europium present. Superconducting europium based 1,2,3 compounds were prepared and measurements completed. Our results show the Eu to be trivalent with no trace of divalent europium present. These compounds had an average isomer shift of .73 mm/s +/- O.02 for all samples made. One of these was irradiated with 3.5 X 10(exp 16) neutrons and a comparison made of the Mossbauer parameters for the irradiated and non-irradiated samples. Experimental results showed no difference between linewidths but a measurable effect was seen for the isomer shift.

  1. Direct observation of intrinsic Josephson junction characteristics in electron-doped Sm2-xCexCuO4-δ

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    Kawakami, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Minoru

    2007-10-01

    We have investigated the current-voltage (CV) characteristics of the intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) in the electron-doped high- Tc superconductor Sm2-xCexCuO4-δ by using a small mesa structure fabricated on a single crystal surface. It is found that multiple resistive branches, i.e., typical IJJ characteristics, are observed in the CV characteristics when the junction area of a mesa is 10μm2 or less. It is also found that a typical Josephson critical current density Jc is 7.5kA/cm2 at 4.2K for Tc=20.7K . The Josephson penetration depth is experimentally estimated to be 1.0-1.6μm from the size dependence of Jc . Both Jc and Tc are found to decrease with the carrier doping level, as is found for hole-doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ in the heavily overdoped region. These results are discussed in relation to the current locking in terms of the coupled Josephson junction stack model.

  2. Mechanical resonance characteristics of a high-{Tc} superconducting levitation system

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    Sugiura, Toshihiko; Fujimori, Hideki

    1996-05-01

    This research deals with dynamic response of a permanent magnet freely levitated above an excited high-{Tc} superconductor. Evaluation of dynamic characteristics is required in mechanical design of high-{Tc} superconducting levitation systems. Their dynamics is coupled with Type-II superconducting phenomena. By a numerical approach based on some macroscopic models they evaluate mechanical resonance characteristics of a superconducting levitation system. Numerical results show some nonlinear properties and effect of the flux flow in Type-II superconductor, which are observed in experiments or predicted by analyses.

  3. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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    Nakade, Kurama; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Saiwai, Yoshihiko; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Klemm, Richard A.; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2016-03-01

    Using recently-developed THz emitters constructed from single crystals of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, we performed three prototype tests of the devices to demonstrate their unique characteristic properties for various practical applications. The first is a compact and simple transmission type of THz imaging system using a Stirling cryocooler. The second is a high-resolution Michelson interferometer used as a phase-sensitive reflection-type imaging system. The third is a system with precise temperature control to measure the liquid absorption coefficient. The detailed characteristics of these systems are discussed.

  4. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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    Nakade, Kurama; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Saiwai, Yoshihiko; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Klemm, Richard A.; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2016-01-01

    Using recently-developed THz emitters constructed from single crystals of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, we performed three prototype tests of the devices to demonstrate their unique characteristic properties for various practical applications. The first is a compact and simple transmission type of THz imaging system using a Stirling cryocooler. The second is a high-resolution Michelson interferometer used as a phase-sensitive reflection-type imaging system. The third is a system with precise temperature control to measure the liquid absorption coefficient. The detailed characteristics of these systems are discussed. PMID:26983905

  5. Effects of La-doping on crystallinity and dielectric properties of SrAl 0.5Ta 0.5O 3 thin films for high- Tc superconductor multilayer structure

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    Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Wakana, Hironori; Ogawa, Akihiro; Morishita, Tadataka; Tanabe, Keiichi

    2003-10-01

    La xSr 1- xAl 0.5Ta 0.5O 3 (La-SAT) thin films were prepared to examine the effects of La-doping to SrAl 0.5Ta 0.5O 3 (SAT) as intermediate insulating films for high- Tc devices. 300-nm-thick La-SAT films were grown on approximately 10-μm-thick YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) films by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition with the La-doping ratio x of 0-0.2. The La-SAT films with x⩽0.1 exhibited good crystallinity and monotonic lattice contraction with increasing x. 300-nm-thick La 0.2Y 0.9Ba 1.9Cu 3O 7- δ (La-YBCO) films deposited on these La-SAT films had good Tc and Jc values comparable to those for the SAT films without La-doping. On the other hand, the La-SAT film with x≅0.2 changed to have random orientation and a La-YBCO film on the La-SAT film showed much poorer Tc and Jc values. These results suggest that the La solubility limit to SAT exists in the range of x=0.1-0.2, although a monotonic decrease in the dielectric constant with increasing x was observed for all the La-SAT films in the x range of 0-0.2 and low conductance less than 10 -6 S.

  6. Metallic alloy targets for high Tc superconducting film deposition

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    Manini, P.; Nigro, A.; Romano, P.; Vaglio, R.

    1989-02-01

    Many experiments are nowadays conducting worldwide on superconducting films based on the recently developed high Tc superconductor materials (YBCO, BISCO, etc). There are different ways to produce these films, among which sputtering and evaporation are most popular. Normally, use is made of oxides, pure metals or compounds as material sources. In the present paper we describe the fabrication process and the physico-chemical characteristics of various metallic alloy components for both sputtering and evaporation processes which show various advantages in terms of stability, easiness of use, purity, flexibility in composition and shape and allow good process control. Deposition techniques and experimental results obtained on thin films of the new superconductors realized starting from these alloys are also reported.

  7. Modulation effect of interlayer spacing on the superconductivity of electron-doped FeSe-based intercalates.

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    Hayashi, Fumitaka; Lei, Hechang; Guo, Jiangang; Hosono, Hideo

    2015-04-01

    FeSe-based intercalates are regarded as promising candidates for high-critical temperature (Tc) superconductors. Here we present new Na- and Sr-intercalated FeSe superconductors with embedded linear diamines (H2N)CnH2n(NH2) (abbreviated as DA; n = 0, 2, 3, or 6) prepared using a low-temperature ammonothermal method to investigate the effect of interlayer spacing on the superconductivity of electron-doped FeSes. The embedded DA formed a monolayer or bilayer in the interlayer of FeSe. The interlayer spacing between nearest FeSe layers could be tuned from 0.87 to 1.14 nm without significant change in the Na/Sr content or the ratio of Fe to Se. Importantly, bilayer phases Na/ethylenediamine- and Sr/hydrazine-FeSe show improved structural stability compared to that of Na/NH3-FeSe. The series of Na- and Sr-intercalated FeSe samples exhibited nearly the same high Tc values of 41-46 and 34-38 K, respectively, irrespective of rather different interlayer spacing d. The peculiar insensitivity for both series can be ascribed to the negligible dispersions of bands along the c axis; i.e., Fermi surfaces are nearly two-dimensional when d is larger than a certain threshold value (dsat) of ∼0.9 nm. The Fermi surface shape is already optimal for Tc, and a larger d will not enhance Tc further. On the other hand, the difference in Tc between two series may be explained by the higher carrier doping level in Na/DA-FeSes compared to that in Sr/DA-FeSes, resulting in the increased density of states at the Fermi level and superconducting pairing strength. PMID:25768303

  8. Role of hydrogen in the electronic properties of CaFeAsH-based superconductors

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    Huang, Y. N.; Liu, D. Y.; Zou, L. J.; Pickett, W. E.

    2016-05-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of the hydride superconductor CaFeAsH, which superconducts up to 47 K when electron doped with La, and the isovalent alloy system CaFeAsH1 -xFx are investigated using density functional based methods. The Q ⃗=(π ,π ,0 ) peak of the nesting function ξ (q ⃗) is found to be extremely strong and sharp, and the additional structure in ξ (q ⃗) associated with the near-circular Fermi surfaces (FSs) that may impact low energy excitations is quantified. The unusual band introduced by H, which shows strong dispersion perpendicular to the FeAs layers, is shown to be connected to a peculiar van Hove singularity just below the Fermi level. This band provides a three-dimensional electron ellipsoid Fermi surface not present in other Fe-based superconducting materials nor in CaFeAsF. Electron doping by 25% La or Co has a minor effect on this ellipsoid Fermi surface, but suppresses FS nesting strongly, consistent with the viewpoint that eliminating strong nesting and the associated magnetic order allows high Tc superconductivity to emerge. Various aspects of the isovalent alloy system CaFeAsH1 -xFx and means of electron doping are discussed in terms of influence of incipient bands.

  9. High Tc YBCO superconductor deposited on biaxially textured Ni substrate

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    Budai, John D.; Christen, David K.; Goyal, Amit; He, Qing; Kroeger, Donald M.; Lee, Dominic F.; List, III, Frederick A.; Norton, David P.; Paranthaman, Mariappan; Sales, Brian C.; Specht, Eliot D.

    1999-01-01

    A superconducting article includes a biaxially-textured Ni substrate, and epitaxial buffer layers of Pd (optional), CeO.sub.2 and YSZ, and a top layer of in-plane aligned, c-axis oriented YBCO having a critical current density (J.sub.c) in the range of at least 100,000 A/cm.sup.2 at 77 K.

  10. Vortex movement and magnetization of high Tc superconductors

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    Roytburd, A. L.; Turchinskaya, M. J.

    1991-01-01

    The basic characteristics of the thermoactivated vortex mobility in Y1Ba2Cu3O7 are determined by measurement of the kinetics of magnetization in two time regimes. The analysis of the kinetics of the approach of the equilibrium results in the activation energy, while the measurement of the log-creep rate allows determination of the activated moment. It is shown that the movement of vortices can be regarded as the diffusion process.

  11. Dipolar clusters and ferroelectricity in high Tc superconductors

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    Kusmartsev, F. V.; Saarela, M.

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we show that doping of hole charge carriers induces formation of resonance plaquettes (RPs) having electric dipolar moments and fluctuating stripes in cuprates. A single RP is created by many-body interactions between the dopant ion or a charge fluctuation outside and holes inside the CuO plane. In such a process, Coulomb interacting holes in the CuO plane are self-organized into four-particles resonance valence bond plaquettes bound with dopants or polarons located in the spacer layer between CuO planes. Such RPs have ordered and disordered phases. They are ordered into charge density waves (CDW) or stripes only at certain conditions. The lowest energy of the ordered phase corresponds to a local antiferroelectric ordering. The RPs mobility is very low at low temperatures and they are bound into dipole-dipole pairs. Electromagnetic radiation interacts strongly with RPs electric dipoles and when the sample is subjected to it, the mobility changes significantly. This leads to a fractal growth of dipolar RP clusters. The existence of electric dipoles and CDW reveal a series of new phenomena such as ferroelectricity, strong light and microwave absorption and the field induced superconductivity.

  12. Magnetism and electron pairing in high-Tc superconductors

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    Tsang, T.

    1990-01-01

    Correlated wave functions are used for YBa2Cu3O(7-y) where epsilon(d)-epsilon(p) is about 0 for Cu3d- and 02p-electrons. The electrons are delocalized (metallic) for y less than 0.5 with weak and temperature-independent paramagnetism. In contrast, the systems are conventional antiferromagnetic insulators for y greater than 0.6 with a narrow y between 0.5 and 0.6 transition region. These results are in agreement with magnetic and neutron diffraction data.

  13. Magnetic and thermal properties of high Tc superconductors

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    Lee, Wonchoon.

    1990-09-21

    Measurements of the normal state magnetic susceptibility {chi}(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}, and Bi{sub 2{minus}x}Pb{sub x}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10+{delta}} (x = 0.2 and 0.25) were carried out. All {chi}(T) data show negative curvature below {approximately}2{Tc}. The data for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} are in excellent agreement with a new calculation of the superconducting fluctuation diamagnetism. From the analysis, we infer s-wave pairing and microscopic parameters are obtained. For {chi}(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, part of the negative curvature is inferred to arise from the normal state background. We find a strong temperature dependent anisotropy {delta}{chi} {equivalent to} {chi}{sub c} {minus} {chi}{sub ab} and estimate the normal state spin contributions to {chi}(T). The heat capacity C(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} is reported for 0.4 K < T < 400 K in zero and 70 kG magnetic fields. In addition to the feature associated with the onset of the superconductivity at {Tc}, two anomalies in C(T) were observed near 74 K and 330 K, with another possible anomaly near 102 K; the temperatures at which they occur correlate with anomalies in {chi}(T) and ultransonic measurements. The occurrence of the anomaly at {approx equal} 330 K is found to be sample-dependent. The influences of a magnetic field and the thermal and/or magnetic field treatment history dependence of a pellet sample on C(T), the entropy and the influence of superconducting fluctuations on C(T) near {Tc}, and the possible source of the observed intrinsic nonzero {gamma}(0) at low T are discussed.

  14. Grain boundary dissipation in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Gray, K. E.; Miller, D. J.; Field, M. B.; Kim, D. H.; Berghuis, P.

    2000-04-03

    Thin-film and bulk [001] tilt bicrystal grain boundaries (GBs) in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} exhibit a strong dependence of critical current density, J{sub c} on misorientation angle. What was initially difficult to understand was the 30x smaller J{sub c} in bulk GBs which are microscopically more perfect. The authors review an explanation of this zero-field data, which is based on the pinning of Josephson vortices by the meandering found in thin-film GBs. In addition, there is evidence that J{sub c} of GBs does not drop as quickly with applied magnetic field as expected by simple Josephson junction models. The long-wavelength pinning potential due to meandering is less effective at high fields, but Gurevich and Cooley (GC) proposed a new mechanism for an enhanced GB J{sub c} arising from pinned Abrikosov vortices in the banks of a GB which present a static, quasiperiodic pinning potential to pin GB vortices. They find a peak in J{sub c} and an unusual hysteresis which give considerable support to the GC concept. In low fields, the GBs exhibit a larger J{sub c} for field cooling, which is opposite to the usual hysteresis but agrees with GC due to the larger Abrikosov vortex density in the banks. Magnetization data on the same sample are consistent including the identification of the irreversibility field.

  15. Flux pinning and percolation in high-Tc oxide superconductors

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    Matsushita, Teruo; Ni, Baorong; Yamafuji, Kaoru

    Critical current characteristics in quench and melt growth (QMG) processed Y-Ba-Cu-O are investigated by ac inductive measurements. The critical current in these samples is percolative as is observed in sintered materials. However, this percolative behavior is not caused by weak-link grain boundaries but seems to be mainly attributed to layers of nonsuperconducting solidified melt. The experimental result of magnetization critical current density is compared with the theoretical estimate from the effective medium theory. It is also found that the shielding current with very high density flows locally inside the sample. Candidates for the dominant pinning centers in QMG processed samples are also discussed.

  16. High- Tc thin-film magnetometer

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    Miklich, A.H.; Wellstood, F.C.; Kingston, J.J.; Clarke, J. ); Colclough, M.S. ); Cardona, A.H.; Bourne, L.C.; Olson, W.L.; Eddy, M.M. )

    1990-09-01

    We have constructed and tested high-{Tc} magnetometers by coupling a high-{Tc} thin-film Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) to two different high-{Tc} thin-film flux transformers. The SQUID was made from Tl{sub 2}CaBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8+y} films grown on MgO, with junctions consisting of native grain boundaries. The flux transformers were made from YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}, and each had 10-turn input coils and a single-turn pickup loop. The first transformer, which was patterned with a combination of shadow masks and photolithography, yielded a magnetic field gain of about {minus}7.5, functioned up to 79 K, and gave a magnetic field sensitivity B{sub N} (10 Hz) {approx} 3.1 pT Hz{sup {minus}1/2}at 38 K. The second transformer, which was patterned entirely by photolithography, yielded a gain of about {minus}8.7, functioned up to 25 K, and had a sensitivity B{sub N} (10 Hz) {approx} 3.5 pT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 4.2 K. In both cases, the limiting noise arose in the SQUID. 10 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Direct observation of a Fermi liquid-like normal state in an iron-pnictide superconductor.

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    Tytarenko, Alona; Huang, Yingkai; de Visser, Anne; Johnston, Steve; van Heumen, Erik

    2015-01-01

    There are two prerequisites for understanding high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductivity: identifying the pairing interaction and obtaining a correct description of the normal state from which superconductivity emerges. The nature of the normal state of iron-pnictide superconductors, and the role played by correlations arising from partially screened interactions, are still under debate. Here we show that the normal state of carefully annealed electron-doped BaFe(2-x)Co(x)As2 at low temperatures has all the hallmark properties of a local Fermi liquid, with a more incoherent state emerging at elevated temperatures, an identification made possible using bulk-sensitive optical spectroscopy with high frequency and temperature resolution. The frequency dependent scattering rate extracted from the optical conductivity deviates from the expected scaling M2 (ω, T) ∝ (ħω)(2) + (pπkBT)(2) with p ≈ 1.47 rather than p = 2, indicative of the presence of residual elastic resonant scattering. Excellent agreement between the experimental results and theoretical modeling allows us to extract the characteristic Fermi liquid scale T0 ≈ 1700 K. Our results show that the electron-doped iron-pnictides should be regarded as weakly correlated Fermi liquids with a weak mass enhancement resulting from residual electron-electron scattering from thermally excited quasi-particles. PMID:26201499

  18. Subgap Structures in High-Tc Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Müller, Paul

    1998-03-01

    Due to their extremely short coherence length many high-Tc superconductors form natural superconducting multilayers. Adjacent superconducting layers are weakly coupled by the Josephson effect. As a result single crystals act intrinsically as vertical stacks of hundreds of Josephson junctions. We start by summarizing our present state of knowledge, including recent observations of Cherenkov radiation from moving fluxons (G. Hechtfischer, R. Kleiner, A.V. Ustinov, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1365 (1997), and this conference.), and the direct measurement of the (collective) Josephson plasma frequency. We then report on pronounced structures in the current-voltage characteristics of Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O8 single crystals, and of Tl_2Ba_2Ca_2Cu_3O_10 thin films. These structures appear well below the superconducting gap, independent on magnetic field and temperatures up to 0.5 T_c(K. Schlenga, G. Hechtfischer, R. Kleiner, W. Walkenhorst, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 4943 (1996).). We explain these features by coupling between c-axis phonons and Josephson oscillations(Ch. Helm, Ch. Preis, F. Forsthofer, J. Keller, K. Schlenga, R. Kleiner, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 737 (1997).). C-axis lattice vibrations between adjacent superconducting layers are exited by the rf Josephson currents in the resistive state. Our results correspond well to the frequencies of longitudinal c-axis phonons.

  19. Anomalous correlation effects and unique phase diagram of electron-doped FeSe revealed by photoemission spectroscopy.

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    Wen, C H P; Xu, H C; Chen, C; Huang, Z C; Lou, X; Pu, Y J; Song, Q; Xie, B P; Abdel-Hafiez, Mahmoud; Chareev, D A; Vasiliev, A N; Peng, R; Feng, D L

    2016-01-01

    FeSe layer-based superconductors exhibit exotic and distinctive properties. The undoped FeSe shows nematicity and superconductivity, while the heavily electron-doped KxFe2-ySe2 and single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 possess high superconducting transition temperatures that pose theoretical challenges. However, a comprehensive study on the doping dependence of an FeSe layer-based superconductor is still lacking due to the lack of a clean means of doping control. Through angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies on K-dosed thick FeSe films and FeSe0.93S0.07 bulk crystals, here we reveal the internal connections between these two types of FeSe-based superconductors, and obtain superconductivity below ∼46 K in an FeSe layer under electron doping without interfacial effects. Moreover, we discover an exotic phase diagram of FeSe with electron doping, including a nematic phase, a superconducting dome, a correlation-driven insulating phase and a metallic phase. Such an anomalous phase diagram unveils the remarkable complexity, and highlights the importance of correlations in FeSe layer-based superconductors. PMID:26952215

  20. Anomalous correlation effects and unique phase diagram of electron-doped FeSe revealed by photoemission spectroscopy

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    Wen, C. H. P.; Xu, H. C.; Chen, C.; Huang, Z. C.; Lou, X.; Pu, Y. J.; Song, Q.; Xie, B. P.; Abdel-Hafiez, Mahmoud; Chareev, D. A.; Vasiliev, A. N.; Peng, R.; Feng, D. L.

    2016-01-01

    FeSe layer-based superconductors exhibit exotic and distinctive properties. The undoped FeSe shows nematicity and superconductivity, while the heavily electron-doped KxFe2−ySe2 and single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 possess high superconducting transition temperatures that pose theoretical challenges. However, a comprehensive study on the doping dependence of an FeSe layer-based superconductor is still lacking due to the lack of a clean means of doping control. Through angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies on K-dosed thick FeSe films and FeSe0.93S0.07 bulk crystals, here we reveal the internal connections between these two types of FeSe-based superconductors, and obtain superconductivity below ∼46 K in an FeSe layer under electron doping without interfacial effects. Moreover, we discover an exotic phase diagram of FeSe with electron doping, including a nematic phase, a superconducting dome, a correlation-driven insulating phase and a metallic phase. Such an anomalous phase diagram unveils the remarkable complexity, and highlights the importance of correlations in FeSe layer-based superconductors. PMID:26952215

  1. Anomalous correlation effects and unique phase diagram of electron-doped FeSe revealed by photoemission spectroscopy

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    Wen, C. H. P.; Xu, H. C.; Chen, C.; Huang, Z. C.; Lou, X.; Pu, Y. J.; Song, Q.; Xie, B. P.; Abdel-Hafiez, Mahmoud; Chareev, D. A.; Vasiliev, A. N.; Peng, R.; Feng, D. L.

    2016-03-01

    FeSe layer-based superconductors exhibit exotic and distinctive properties. The undoped FeSe shows nematicity and superconductivity, while the heavily electron-doped KxFe2-ySe2 and single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 possess high superconducting transition temperatures that pose theoretical challenges. However, a comprehensive study on the doping dependence of an FeSe layer-based superconductor is still lacking due to the lack of a clean means of doping control. Through angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies on K-dosed thick FeSe films and FeSe0.93S0.07 bulk crystals, here we reveal the internal connections between these two types of FeSe-based superconductors, and obtain superconductivity below ~46 K in an FeSe layer under electron doping without interfacial effects. Moreover, we discover an exotic phase diagram of FeSe with electron doping, including a nematic phase, a superconducting dome, a correlation-driven insulating phase and a metallic phase. Such an anomalous phase diagram unveils the remarkable complexity, and highlights the importance of correlations in FeSe layer-based superconductors.

  2. Tunneling spectroscopy of anisotropic superconductors

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    Kashiwaya, Satoshi; Koyanagi, Masao; Kajimura, Koji; Tanaka, Yukio

    1996-12-31

    Tunneling spectroscopy of normal-insulator-superconductor junction is investigated theoretically. In anisotropic superconductors, differently from the case of isotropic superconductor, the effective pair potentials felt by quasiparticles depend on the direction of their motion. By taking this effect into account, it is shown that the conductance spectra strongly depend on the crystal orientation. Using Green`s function method, local density of states (LDOS) in superconductor is also calculated. The close relation between conductance spectra and LDOS is presented. The calculation is compared with experimental spectra of high-{Tc} superconductors.

  3. Generalized statistics and high- Tc superconductivity

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    Uys, H.; Miller, H. G.; Khanna, F. C.

    2001-10-01

    Introducing the generalized, non-extensive statistics proposed by Tsallis (J. Stat. Phys. 52 (1/2) (1988) 479) into the standard s-wave pairing BCS theory of superconductivity in 2D yields a reasonable description of many of the main properties of high temperature superconductors, provided some allowance is made for non-phonon mediated interactions.

  4. Superconductor as movie star

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    Pool, R.

    1993-12-03

    Japanese researchers have succeeded in producing a movie of changes in the magnetic flux lattice of a high-Tc superconductor as it is warmed. They used a technique called electron holography, in which electrons are passed through a superconductor, and flux lines are visualized as interference patterns induced by the electrons as they undergo a phase change as they pass to one side or another of the flux lines. The technique will have application in designing superconductors so that they do not lose their superconductivity when exposed to magnetic fields.

  5. Unconventional high-Tc superconductivity in fullerides.

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    Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Prassides, Kosmas

    2016-09-13

    A3C60 molecular superconductors share a common electronic phase diagram with unconventional high-temperature superconductors such as the cuprates: superconductivity emerges from an antiferromagnetic strongly correlated Mott-insulating state upon tuning a parameter such as pressure (bandwidth control) accompanied by a dome-shaped dependence of the critical temperature, Tc However, unlike atom-based superconductors, the parent state from which superconductivity emerges solely by changing an electronic parameter-the overlap between the outer wave functions of the constituent molecules-is controlled by the C60 (3-) molecular electronic structure via the on-molecule Jahn-Teller effect influence of molecular geometry and spin state. Destruction of the parent Mott-Jahn-Teller state through chemical or physical pressurization yields an unconventional Jahn-Teller metal, where quasi-localized and itinerant electron behaviours coexist. Localized features gradually disappear with lattice contraction and conventional Fermi liquid behaviour is recovered. The nature of the underlying (correlated versus weak-coupling Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory) s-wave superconducting states mirrors the unconventional/conventional metal dichotomy: the highest superconducting critical temperature occurs at the crossover between Jahn-Teller and Fermi liquid metal when the Jahn-Teller distortion melts.This article is part of the themed issue 'Fullerenes: past, present and future, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fullerene'. PMID:27501971

  6. EDITORIAL: Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors FOCUS ON IRON-BASED SUPERCONDUCTORS

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    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An

    2009-02-01

    Superconductivity is the most dramatic and clear cut phenomenon in condensed matter physics. Realization of room temperature superconductors, which would lead to the revolution of our society, is an ultimate goal for researchers. The discovery of high Tc cuprate superconductors in 1986 by Bednorz and Müller triggered intensive research worldwide and the maximum critical temperature has been raised above 100 K. Scientific research on this break-through material clarified a new route to high Tc materials, carrier doping to a Mott insulator with anti-ferromagnetic ordering. High superconductivity occurs in the neighborhood of Mott-insulators and Fermi-metals. Such a view, which was completely new, now stands as a guiding principle for exploring new high Tc materials. Many theoretical approaches to the mechanism for cuprate superconductors have been carried out to understand this unexpected material and to predict new high Tc materials. In 2006 a new superconductor based on iron, LaFeOP, was discovered by a group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Iron, as a ferromagnet, was believed to be the last element for the realization of superconductivity because of the way ferromagnetism competes against Cooper pair formation. Unexpectedly, however, the critical temperature remained at 4-6 K irrespective of hole/electron-doping. A large increase in the Tc to 26 K was then found in LaFe[O1-xFx]As by the same group (and was published on 23 February 2008, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society). The Tc of this material was further raised to 43 K under a pressure of 2 GPa and scientists in China then achieved a Tc of 56 K at ambient pressure by replacing La with other rare earth ions with smaller radius—a critical temperature that is second only to the high Tc cuprates. This fast progress has revitalized research within superconductivity and in 2008 there were more than seven international symposia specifically on Fe(Ni)-based superconductors. Through the rapid

  7. High-Tc SQUID Magnetometers for Industrial Applications

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    Diiorio, Mark; Yang, Kai-Yueh; Yoshizumi, Shozo; Haupt, Steven; Haran, Don; Koch, Roger; Lathrop, Dan; Trammel, Hoke

    1998-03-01

    We have developed high-Tc SQUID magnetometers for use in a variety of industrial applications. Relatively inexpensive direct-coupled magnetometers have been developed for low-frequency applications including fetal-magnetocardiography. A manufacturable process has been developed to reproducibly fabricate high-resistance (up to 6 Ω) SNS step-edge junctions with YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x as the superconductor and Ag-Au alloy as the normal metal. Magnetic field sensitivities at 77K of 22 ft/Hz^1/2 at 1 KHz and 32 ft/Hz^1/2 at 1 Hz have been achieved in a well-shielded laboratory environment. Current effort is focused on operation in an unshielded environment using flux dams(Milliken et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 71 1857 (1997)) in conjunction with narrow superconducting pickup coils placed in parallel. An integrated magnetometer process has also been optimized for use in high-frequency applications. The integrated megnetometer utilizes two layers of YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x and one layer of deposited SrTiO_3, all on the same 24 mm x 5 mm substrate. The applications under development include the detection of the explosive material in non-metallic land mines using nuclear quadrupole resonance as well as the non-destructive evaluation of non-metallic composites using nuclear magnetic resonance. For operation in the MHz regime, these applications demand a high quality insulator layer and a robust SQUID that can withstand high current transients.

  8. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device recordings of spontaneous brain activity: Towards high-Tc magnetoencephalography

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    Öisjöen, F.; Schneiderman, J. F.; Figueras, G. A.; Chukharkin, M. L.; Kalabukhov, A.; Hedström, A.; Elam, M.; Winkler, D.

    2012-03-01

    We have performed single- and two-channel high transition temperature (high-Tc) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings of spontaneous brain activity in two healthy human subjects. We demonstrate modulation of two well-known brain rhythms: the occipital alpha rhythm and the mu rhythm found in the motor cortex. We further show that despite higher noise-levels compared to their low-Tc counterparts, high-Tc SQUIDs can be used to detect and record physiologically relevant brain rhythms with comparable signal-to-noise ratios. These results indicate the utility of high-Tc technology in MEG recordings of a broader range of brain activity.

  9. High Tc: The Discovery of RBCO

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    Chu, C. W.

    2007-03-01

    It was said by Emerson that ``there is no history; there is only biography.'' This is especially true when the events are recounted by a person who, himself, has been heavily involved and the line between history and autobiography can become blurred. However, it is reasonable to say that discovery itself is not a series of accidents but an inevitable product of each development stage of scientific knowledge as was also pointed out by Holden et al. (1) The discovery of RBCO (2,3) with R = Y, La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu is no exception. In this presentation, I will briefly recount several events that were crucial to the discovery of RBCO: those before 1986 (4) that sowed the seeds in our group important to our later high temperature superconductivity effort; those in 1986 (5) that were critical to our discovery of the 93 K RBCO soon after the discovery of the 35 K high temperature superconductor by M"uller and Bednorz (6); and those in 1987 when the barrier of the liquid nitrogen boiling temperature of 77 K was finally conquered. 1. G. J. Holton et al., American Scientist 84, 364 (1996). 2. M. K. Wu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 908 (1987). 3. P. H. Hor et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 1891 (1987). 4. C. W. Chu et al., S. S. Comm. 18, 977 (1976); C. W. Chu and V. Diatchenko, Phys. Rev. Lett. 41, 572 (1978); T. H. Lin et al., Phys. Rev. B(RC) 29, 1493 (1984); J. H. Lin et al., J. Low Temp. Phys. 58, 363 (1985). 5. C. W. Chu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 405 (1987); C. W. Chu et al., Science 235, 567 (1987). 6. J. G. Bednorz and K. A. M"uller, Z. Phys. B64, 189 (1986).

  10. Fabrication of sensitive high Tc bolometers

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    Nahum, Michael; Verghese, S.; Hu, Qing; Richards, Paul L.; Char, K.; Newman, N.; Sachtjen, Scott A.

    1990-01-01

    The rapid change of resistance with temperature of high quality films of high T sub c superconductors can be used to make resistance thermometers with very low temperature noise. Measurements on c-axis yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) films have given a spectral intensity of temperature noise less than 4 times 10(exp -8) K/Hz(exp 1/2) at 10 Hz. Consequently, the opportunity exists to make useful bolometric infrared detectors that operate near 90 K which can be cooled with liquid nitrogen. The fabrication and measurement of two bolometer architectures are discussed. The first is a conventional bolometer which consists of a 3000 A thick YBCO film deposited in situ by laser ablation on top of a 500 A thick SrTiO3 thickness and diced into 1x1 mm(exp 2) bolometer chips. Gold black smoke was used as the radiation absorber. The voltage noise was less than the amplifier noise when the film was current biased. Optical measurements gave an NEP of 5 times 10(exp -11) W/Hz(exp 1/2) at 10 Hz. The second architecture is that of an antenna-coupled microbolometer which consists of a small (5x10 cubic microns) YBCO film deposited directly on a bulk substrate with a low thermal conductance (YSZ) and an impedance matched planar lithographed spiral or log-periodic antenna. This structure is produced by standard photolithographic techniques. Measurements gave an electrical NEP of 4.7 times 10(exp -12) W/Hz(exp 1/2) at 10 kHz. Measurements of the optical efficiency are in progress. The measured performance of both bolometers will be compared to other detectors operating at or above liquid nitrogen temperatures so as to identify potential applications.

  11. Link between spin fluctuations and Cooper pairing in copper oxide superconductors

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    Jin, Kui

    2012-02-01

    Although it is generally accepted that superconductivity is unconventional in the high-Tc cuprates, the relative importance of phenomena such as spin and charge (strip) order, superconductivity fluctuations, proximity to Mott insulator, a pseudogap phase and quantum criticality are still a matter of debate. In electron-doped cuprates, the absence of ``anomalousphase in the underdoped region of the phase diagram and weaker electron correlations suggest that Mott physics and other unidentified competing orders are less relevant and that antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin fluctuations are the dominant feature. In this talk, I will report results of low temperature magnetotransport experiments in optimal to overdoped (non-superconducting) thin films of the electron-doped cuprate La2-xCexCuO4 (LCCO). We find that a linear-in-T scattering rate is correlated with the superconductivity (Tc). Our results show that an envelope of such scattering surrounds the superconducting phase, surviving to 20 mK (the limit of our experiments) when superconductivity is suppressed by magnetic fields [1]. Comparison with similar behavior found in organic superconductors [2] strongly suggests that the linear-in-T resistivity in the electron-doped cuprates is caused by spin-fluctuation scattering. Because linear-in-T scattering has also been linked to T% c in some hole-doped cuprates [2], our results suggest a fundamental connection between AFM spin fluctuations and the pairing mechanism of high temperature superconductivity in all cuprates. In addition, I will discuss how quantum criticality plays a significant role in shaping the anomalous properties of the electron-doped cuprate phase diagram. We identify quantum critical scaling in LCCO with a line of quantum critical points that surrounds the superconducting phase as a function of magnetic field and charge doping [3]. [4pt] [1] K. Jin, N.P. Butch, K. Kirshenbaum, J. Paglione, and R.L. Greene, Nature 476, 73 (2011).[0pt] [2] L. Taillefer, Annu

  12. Dynamic Jahn-Teller Coupling, Anharmonic Oxygen Vibrations and HIGH-Tc Superconductivity in Oxides

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    Johnson, K. H.; Clougherty, D. P.; McHenry, M. E.

    A universal dynamic Jahn-Teller (DJT) mechanism for superconductivity and its applications to CuO and BaBiO3 high-Tc oxides are reviewed. Dynamical interconversion between the shallow "double-well" potentials of degenerate delocalized oxygen-oxygen "pπ-bonds" at the Fermi energy (EF) induces anharmonic oxygen vibrations, lattice-electron coupling, and Cooper pairing. This mechanism yields high Tc's and small-to-vanishing isotope shifts for cuprates, where O(pπ)-O(pπ) bond overlap at EF is promoted by Cu(dπ*)-O(pπ) hybridization. It yields lower Tc's and larger isotope shifts for BaBiO3's, where O(pπ)-O(pπ) overlap is small. For vanishing bond overlap at EF, DJT coupling reduces to harmonic phonon coupling in BCS theory. Simple formulae for calculating Tc and isotope shifts for any superconductor from the "real-space" chemical bonding at EF are presented, yielding (Tc)max ≈ 230 K.

  13. Levitation performance of the magnetized bulk high- Tc superconducting magnet with different trapped fields

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    Liu, W.; Wang, J. S.; Liao, X. L.; Zheng, S. J.; Ma, G. T.; Zheng, J.; Wang, S. Y.

    2011-03-01

    To a high- Tc superconducting (HTS) maglev system which needs large levitation force density, the magnetized bulk high- Tc superconductor (HTSC) magnet is a good candidate because it can supply additional repulsive or attractive force above a permanent magnet guideway (PMG). Because the induced supercurrent within a magnetized bulk HTSC is the key parameter for the levitation performance, and it is sensitive to the magnetizing process and field, so the magnetized bulk HTSC magnets with different magnetizing processes had various levitation performances, not only the force magnitude, but also its force relaxation characteristics. Furthermore, the distribution and configuration of the induced supercurrent are also important factor to decide the levitation performance, especially the force relaxation characteristics. This article experimentally investigates the influences of different magnetizing processes and trapped fields on the levitation performance of a magnetized bulk HTSC magnet with smaller size than the magnetic inter-pole distance of PMG, and the obtained results are qualitatively analyzed by the Critical State Model. The test results and analyses of this article are useful for the suitable choice and optimal design of magnetized bulk HTSC magnets.

  14. Doping-dependent charge order correlations in electron-doped cuprates

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    da Silva Neto, Eduardo H.; Yu, Biqiong; Minola, Matteo; Sutarto, Ronny; Schierle, Enrico; Boschini, Fabio; Zonno, Marta; Bluschke, Martin; Higgins, Joshua; Li, Yangmu; Yu, Guichuan; Weschke, Eugen; He, Feizhou; Le Tacon, Mathieu; Greene, Richard L.; Greven, Martin; Sawatzky, George A.; Keimer, Bernhard; Damascelli, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the interplay between charge order (CO) and other phenomena (for example, pseudogap, antiferromagnetism, and superconductivity) is one of the central questions in the cuprate high-temperature superconductors. The discovery that similar forms of CO exist in both hole- and electron-doped cuprates opened a path to determine what subset of the CO phenomenology is universal to all the cuprates. We use resonant x-ray scattering to measure the CO correlations in electron-doped cuprates (La2−xCexCuO4 and Nd2−xCexCuO4) and their relationship to antiferromagnetism, pseudogap, and superconductivity. Detailed measurements of Nd2−xCexCuO4 show that CO is present in the x = 0.059 to 0.166 range and that its doping-dependent wave vector is consistent with the separation between straight segments of the Fermi surface. The CO onset temperature is highest between x = 0.106 and 0.166 but decreases at lower doping levels, indicating that it is not tied to the appearance of antiferromagnetic correlations or the pseudogap. Near optimal doping, where the CO wave vector is also consistent with a previously observed phonon anomaly, measurements of the CO below and above the superconducting transition temperature, or in a magnetic field, show that the CO is insensitive to superconductivity. Overall, these findings indicate that, although verified in the electron-doped cuprates, material-dependent details determine whether the CO correlations acquire sufficient strength to compete for the ground state of the cuprates. PMID:27536726

  15. Doping-dependent charge order correlations in electron-doped cuprates.

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    da Silva Neto, Eduardo H; Yu, Biqiong; Minola, Matteo; Sutarto, Ronny; Schierle, Enrico; Boschini, Fabio; Zonno, Marta; Bluschke, Martin; Higgins, Joshua; Li, Yangmu; Yu, Guichuan; Weschke, Eugen; He, Feizhou; Le Tacon, Mathieu; Greene, Richard L; Greven, Martin; Sawatzky, George A; Keimer, Bernhard; Damascelli, Andrea

    2016-08-01

    Understanding the interplay between charge order (CO) and other phenomena (for example, pseudogap, antiferromagnetism, and superconductivity) is one of the central questions in the cuprate high-temperature superconductors. The discovery that similar forms of CO exist in both hole- and electron-doped cuprates opened a path to determine what subset of the CO phenomenology is universal to all the cuprates. We use resonant x-ray scattering to measure the CO correlations in electron-doped cuprates (La2-x Ce x CuO4 and Nd2-x Ce x CuO4) and their relationship to antiferromagnetism, pseudogap, and superconductivity. Detailed measurements of Nd2-x Ce x CuO4 show that CO is present in the x = 0.059 to 0.166 range and that its doping-dependent wave vector is consistent with the separation between straight segments of the Fermi surface. The CO onset temperature is highest between x = 0.106 and 0.166 but decreases at lower doping levels, indicating that it is not tied to the appearance of antiferromagnetic correlations or the pseudogap. Near optimal doping, where the CO wave vector is also consistent with a previously observed phonon anomaly, measurements of the CO below and above the superconducting transition temperature, or in a magnetic field, show that the CO is insensitive to superconductivity. Overall, these findings indicate that, although verified in the electron-doped cuprates, material-dependent details determine whether the CO correlations acquire sufficient strength to compete for the ground state of the cuprates. PMID:27536726

  16. Computed tomography image using sub-terahertz waves generated from a high-Tc superconducting intrinsic Josephson junction oscillator

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Minami, H.; Kitamura, T.; Watanabe, C.; Ishida, K.; Sekimoto, S.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Shibano, Y.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Marković, B.; Mirković, J.; Klemm, R. A.; Kadowaki, K.

    2014-02-01

    A computed tomography (CT) imaging system using monochromatic sub-terahertz coherent electromagnetic waves generated from a device constructed from the intrinsic Josephson junctions in a single crystalline mesa structure of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ was developed and tested on three samples: Standing metallic rods supported by styrofoam, a dried plant (heart pea) containing seeds, and a plastic doll inside an egg shell. The images obtained strongly suggest that this CT imaging system may be useful for a variety of practical applications.

  17. The unusually high Tc in rare-earth-doped single crystalline CaFe2As2

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    Wei, Fengyan; Lv, Bing; Deng, Liangzi; Meen, James K.; Xue, Yu-Yi; Chu, Ching-Wu

    2014-08-01

    In rare-earth-doped single crystalline CaFe2As2, the mysterious small volume fraction which superconducts up to 49 K, much higher than the bulk Tc ~ 30 s K, has prompted a long search for a hidden variable that could enhance the Tc by more than 30% in iron-based superconductors of the same structure. Here we report a chemical, structural and magnetic study of CaFe2As2 systematically doped with La, Ce, Pr and Nd. Coincident with the high Tc phase, we find extreme magnetic anisotropy, accompanied by an unexpected doping-independent Tc and equally unexpected superparamagnetic clusters associated with As vacancies. These observations lead us to conjecture that the tantalizing Tc enhancement may be associated with naturally occurring chemical interfaces and may thus provide a new paradigm in the search for superconductors with higher Tc.

  18. High-Tc SQUID magnetometer system with active cancellation

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    Kuriki, S.; Oyama, H.; Hayashi, A.; Washio, T.; Fujita, M.; Hirata, Y.

    2002-05-01

    Recent developments of high-Tc SQUIDs have enabled high sensitivity magnetometers to be used in wide range of places, such as laboratory and outdoor fields. At the early stage of developing multichannel system for measurement of magnetocardiogram (MCG) in clinical application, we have fabricated a single channel high-Tc SQUID magnetometer system. The system includes a direct-coupled SQUID with slot structure, a simple magnetically shielded room (MSR), and some active compensation electronics for the purpose of reducing various environmental field noises. A novel active noise cancellation was made by using a combination of a normal conducting detection coil that was horizontally wound in the middle height of the MSR, and two compensation coils that were wound at the top and bottom of the MSR. In addition, adaptive noise cancellation was supplemented by means of adaptive digital filter that was implemented in a digital signal processor. A total noise field attenuation of 50-60 dB was attained at 0.5-100 Hz. Low noise signals from the human heart were measured with a high-Tc SQUID in the noise reduced space in the MSR.

  19. Identification of Liquids by High-Tc Josephson THz Detectors

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    Divin, Y.; Lyatti, M.; Poppe, U.; Urban, K.

    Fast and reliable detection of liquids will be required for future checkpoint screening techniques. Recently, a new electromagnetic-wave concept based on our high-Tc Josephson detectors and Hilbert spectroscopy has been suggested to distinguish between liquids. This technology covers a spectral range of main dispersions of liquids, from a few GHz to a few THz, and thus significantly enhances reliability of identification. The high-Tc detectors, due to a power dynamic range of more than five orders, might guarantee short identification times. Several demonstration set-ups of liquid identifiers, consisting of high-Tc Josephson detectors, integrated in Stirling coolers, and polychromatic radiation sources, have been developed and characterized. Reflection polychromatic spectra of various liquids in plastic containers have been measured at the spectral range of 15-500 GHz with total scanning time down to 0.2 second. Reliable identification of liquids, both benign and threat, within an accuracy of 0.3% was demonstrated using water as a reflectance reference. The reflectance values for 30%H2O2/H2O solution at frequencies of 30 and 100 GHz were practically undistinguishable from that of for pure water, but an increase of the relative reflectance from 1.017 at 282 GHz to 1.033 at 434 GHz has been found. Last circumstance will be used for optimization of the identifiers.

  20. The phase diagram of electron-doped La2-xCexCuO4-δ

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    Saadaoui, H.; Salman, Z.; Luetkens, H.; Prokscha, T.; Suter, A.; Macfarlane, W. A.; Jiang, Y.; Jin, K.; Greene, R. L.; Morenzoni, E.; Kiefl, R. F.

    2015-01-01

    Superconductivity is a striking example of a quantum phenomenon in which electrons move coherently over macroscopic distances without scattering. The high-temperature superconducting oxides (cuprates) are the most studied class of superconductors, composed of two-dimensional CuO2 planes separated by other layers that control the electron concentration in the planes. A key unresolved issue in cuprates is the relationship between superconductivity and magnetism. Here we report a sharp phase boundary of static three-dimensional magnetic order in the electron-doped superconductor La2-xCexCuO4-δ, where small changes in doping or depth from the surface switch the material from superconducting to magnetic. Using low-energy spin-polarized muons, we find that static magnetism disappears close to where superconductivity begins and well below the doping level at which dramatic changes in the transport properties are reported. These results indicate a higher degree of symmetry between the electron and hole-doped cuprates than previously thought.

  1. EDITORIAL: Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors FOCUS ON IRON-BASED SUPERCONDUCTORS

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    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An

    2009-02-01

    Superconductivity is the most dramatic and clear cut phenomenon in condensed matter physics. Realization of room temperature superconductors, which would lead to the revolution of our society, is an ultimate goal for researchers. The discovery of high Tc cuprate superconductors in 1986 by Bednorz and Müller triggered intensive research worldwide and the maximum critical temperature has been raised above 100 K. Scientific research on this break-through material clarified a new route to high Tc materials, carrier doping to a Mott insulator with anti-ferromagnetic ordering. High superconductivity occurs in the neighborhood of Mott-insulators and Fermi-metals. Such a view, which was completely new, now stands as a guiding principle for exploring new high Tc materials. Many theoretical approaches to the mechanism for cuprate superconductors have been carried out to understand this unexpected material and to predict new high Tc materials. In 2006 a new superconductor based on iron, LaFeOP, was discovered by a group at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Iron, as a ferromagnet, was believed to be the last element for the realization of superconductivity because of the way ferromagnetism competes against Cooper pair formation. Unexpectedly, however, the critical temperature remained at 4-6 K irrespective of hole/electron-doping. A large increase in the Tc to 26 K was then found in LaFe[O1-xFx]As by the same group (and was published on 23 February 2008, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society). The Tc of this material was further raised to 43 K under a pressure of 2 GPa and scientists in China then achieved a Tc of 56 K at ambient pressure by replacing La with other rare earth ions with smaller radius—a critical temperature that is second only to the high Tc cuprates. This fast progress has revitalized research within superconductivity and in 2008 there were more than seven international symposia specifically on Fe(Ni)-based superconductors. Through the rapid

  2. Infrared detection with high-{Tc} bolometers and response of Nb tunnel junctions to picosecond voltage pulses

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    Verghese, S.

    1993-05-01

    Oxide superconductors with high critical temperature {Tc} make sensitive thermometers for several types of infrared bolometers. The authors built composite bolometers with YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} thermometers on sapphire substrates which have higher sensitivity than competing thermal detectors which operate at temperatures above 77 K. A 1 x 1 mm bolometer with gold black serving as the radiation absorber has useful sensitivity for wavelengths 20--100 {mu}m. A 3 x 3 mm bolometer with a bismuth film as the absorber operates from 20--100 {mu}m. High-{Tc} bolometers which are fabricated with micromachining techniques on membranes of Si or Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} have potential application to large-format arrays which are used for infrared imaging. A nonisothermal high-{Tc} bolometer can be fabricated on a membrane of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) which is in thermal contact with the heat sink along the perimeter of the membrane. A thermal analysis indicates that the YSZ membrane bolometer can have improved sensitivity compared to the sapphire bolometer for spectrometer applications. The quasiparticle tunneling current in a superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junction is highly nonlinear in the applied voltage. The authors have made the first measurement of the linear response of the quasiparticle current in a Nb/AlO{sub x}/Nb junction over a broad bandwidth from 75--200 GHz. Nonlinear measurements made with these pulses may provide information about the quasiparticle lifetime. Preliminary data from such measurements are presented.

  3. Ultrafast IR detector response in high Tc superconducting thin films

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    Lindgren, Mikael; Ahlberg, Henrik; Danerud, Martin; Larsson, Anders; Eng, Sverre T.

    1991-01-01

    The response from a high Tc superconducting multielement optical detector made of a laser deposited Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film has been evaluated. Several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques were used to establish the presence of the correct phase of the thin film. Optical pulses from a laser diode at 830 nm and from a Q-switched CO2-laser at 10.6 microns were used. The detector responded to 50 ps (FWHM) pulses. A comparison between dR/dT of the film and the response amplitude as a function of temperature indicated a bolometric response.

  4. Complementary Variational Theorems for inhomogeneous superconductors

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    Choy, T. C.

    1997-03-01

    Complementary variational theorems are derived for an inhomogeneous London (local) superconductor in which both the magnetic permeability μ(r) and the London penetration length λ_L(r) vary randomly in space (T.C. Choy, Physical Review B (1997) (to appear)). An essential feature is the close coupling between magnetic and supercurrent polarisation effects, developed self-consistently in this work. Using these theorems and a suitable ansatz for the single particle polarisabilities, we obtained complementary bounds for a composite superconductor near Tc and T=0^circ K. Our results may be important for the empirical study of systems containing magnetic (normal) and superconducting mixtures, including the high Tc oxide superconductors.

  5. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications

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    Goretta, K.C.

    1991-10-01

    Development of useful high-critical-temperature (high-{Tc}) superconductors requires synthesis of superconducting compounds; fabrication of wires, tapes, and films from these compounds; production of composite structures that incorporate stabilizers or insulators; and design and testing of efficient components. This report describes technical progress of research and development efforts aimed at producing superconducting components based on the Y-Ba-Cu, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu, Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu, and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu oxides systems. Topics discussed are synthesis and heat treatment of high-{Tc} superconductors, formation of monolithic and composite wires and tapes, superconductor/metal connectors, characterization of structures and superconducting and mechanical properties, and fabrication and properties of thin films. Collaborations with industry and academia are also documented. 10 figs.

  6. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications

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    Goretta, K.C.

    1992-10-01

    Development of useful high-critical-temperature (high-[Tc]) superconductors requires synthesis of superconducting compounds; fabrication of wires, tapes, and films from these compounds; production of composite structures that incorporate stabilizers or insulators; and design and testing of efficient components. This report describes the technical progress of research and development efforts aimed at producing superconducting components that are based on the Y-Ba-Cu, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu, Bi-Pb-Sr-Ca-Cu, and (TI,Pb)-(Ba,Sr)-Ca-Cu oxide systems. Topics discussed are synthesis and heat treatment of high-[Tc] superconductors, formation of monolithic and composite wires and tapes, superconductor/metal connectors, characterization of structures and superconducting and mechanical properties, fabrication and properties of thin films, and development of prototype components. Collaborations with industry and academia are documented.

  7. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides

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    Gor’kov, Lev P.; Kresin, Vladimir Z.

    2016-01-01

    The paper discusses fundamentals of record-TC superconductivity discovered under high pressure in sulfur hydride. The rapid increase of TC with pressure in the vicinity of Pcr ≈ 123GPa is interpreted as the fingerprint of a first-order structural transition. Based on the cubic symmetry of the high-TC phase, it is argued that the lower-TC phase has a different periodicity, possibly related to an instability with a commensurate structural vector. In addition to the acoustic branches, the phonon spectrum of H3S contains hydrogen modes with much higher frequencies. Because of the complex spectrum, usual methods of calculating TC are here inapplicable. A modified approach is formulated and shown to provide realistic values for TC and to determine the relative contributions of optical and acoustic branches. The isotope effect (change of TC upon Deuterium for Hydrogen substitution) originates from high frequency phonons and differs in the two phases. The decrease of TC following its maximum in the high-TC phase is a sign of intermixing with pairing at hole-like pockets which arise in the energy spectrum of the cubic phase at the structural transition. On-pockets pairing leads to the appearance of a second gap and is remarkable for its non-adiabatic regime: hydrogen mode frequencies are comparable to the Fermi energy. PMID:27167334

  8. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides.

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    Gor'kov, Lev P; Kresin, Vladimir Z

    2016-01-01

    The paper discusses fundamentals of record-TC superconductivity discovered under high pressure in sulfur hydride. The rapid increase of TC with pressure in the vicinity of Pcr ≈ 123GPa is interpreted as the fingerprint of a first-order structural transition. Based on the cubic symmetry of the high-TC phase, it is argued that the lower-TC phase has a different periodicity, possibly related to an instability with a commensurate structural vector. In addition to the acoustic branches, the phonon spectrum of H3S contains hydrogen modes with much higher frequencies. Because of the complex spectrum, usual methods of calculating TC are here inapplicable. A modified approach is formulated and shown to provide realistic values for TC and to determine the relative contributions of optical and acoustic branches. The isotope effect (change of TC upon Deuterium for Hydrogen substitution) originates from high frequency phonons and differs in the two phases. The decrease of TC following its maximum in the high-TC phase is a sign of intermixing with pairing at hole-like pockets which arise in the energy spectrum of the cubic phase at the structural transition. On-pockets pairing leads to the appearance of a second gap and is remarkable for its non-adiabatic regime: hydrogen mode frequencies are comparable to the Fermi energy. PMID:27167334

  9. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides

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    Gor’Kov, Lev P.; Kresin, Vladimir Z.

    2016-05-01

    The paper discusses fundamentals of record-TC superconductivity discovered under high pressure in sulfur hydride. The rapid increase of TC with pressure in the vicinity of Pcr ≈ 123GPa is interpreted as the fingerprint of a first-order structural transition. Based on the cubic symmetry of the high-TC phase, it is argued that the lower-TC phase has a different periodicity, possibly related to an instability with a commensurate structural vector. In addition to the acoustic branches, the phonon spectrum of H3S contains hydrogen modes with much higher frequencies. Because of the complex spectrum, usual methods of calculating TC are here inapplicable. A modified approach is formulated and shown to provide realistic values for TC and to determine the relative contributions of optical and acoustic branches. The isotope effect (change of TC upon Deuterium for Hydrogen substitution) originates from high frequency phonons and differs in the two phases. The decrease of TC following its maximum in the high-TC phase is a sign of intermixing with pairing at hole-like pockets which arise in the energy spectrum of the cubic phase at the structural transition. On-pockets pairing leads to the appearance of a second gap and is remarkable for its non-adiabatic regime: hydrogen mode frequencies are comparable to the Fermi energy.

  10. Tunable topological states in electron-doped HTT-Pt

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    Zhang, Xiaoming; Wang, Zhenhai; Zhao, Mingwen; Liu, Feng

    2016-04-01

    Modulating topologically nontrivial states in trivial materials is of both scientific and technological interest. Using first-principles calculations, we propose a demonstration of electron-doping- (or gate-voltage-) induced multiple quantum states; namely, quantum spin Hall (QSH) and quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) states, in a single material of the organometallic framework (HTT-Pt) synthesized from triphenylene hexathiol molecules (HTT) and PtC l2 . At a low doping level, the trivial HTT-Pt converts to a QSH insulator protected by time-reversal symmetry (TRS). When the electronic doping concentration is further increased, TRS will be broken, making the HTT-Pt a QAH insulator. The band gaps of these topologically nontrivial states can be as large as 42.5 meV, suggesting robustness at high temperatures. The possibility of switching between the QSH and QAH states offers an intriguing platform for a different device paradigm by interfacing between QSH and QAH states.

  11. Separation of charge-order and magnetic QCPs in heavy fermions and high Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, Neil

    2010-03-01

    The Fermi surface topology of high temperature superconductors inferred from magnetic quantum oscillation measurements provides clues for the origin of unconventional pairing thus previously not accessed by other spectroscopy techniques. While the overdoped regime of the high Tc phase diagram has a large Fermi surface consistent with bandstructure calculations, the underdoped regime of YBa2Cu2O6+x is found to be composed of small pockets. There is considerable debate as to whether the small observed ``pocket'' is hole-like or electron-like- whether the Fermi surface is best described by a t-J model or a conventional band folding picture- whether or not a Fermi liquid description applies- or- whether bilayer coupling splits the degeneracy of the observed pockets. We (myself and collaborators) have now collected an extensive body of experimental data that brings this debate to rest, but raises new questions about the nature of itinerant magnetism in underdoped high Tc cuprates. Quantum oscillation measurements are performed on multiple samples in magnetic fields extending to 85 T, temperatures between 30 mK (dilution fridge in dc fields to 45 T) and 18 K, over a range of hole dopings and with samples rotated in-situ about multiple axes with respect to the magnetic field. We perform a topographical map of the Fermi surface, enabling the in-plane shape of one of the pockets to be determined- imposing stringent constraints on the origin of the Fermi surface. While quantum oscillations measurements are consistent with a topological Fermi surface change associated with magnetism near optimal doping, they also point to a secondary instability deep within the underdoped regime beneath a high Tc superconducting sub-dome. An steep upturn in the quasiparticle effective mass is observed on underdoping, suggestive of a quantum critical point near x= 0.46 separating the metallic regime (composed of small pockets) from a more underdoped insulating charge-ordered regime (earlier

  12. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) made by ion irradiation

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    Ouanani, S.; Kermorvant, J.; Ulysse, C.; Malnou, M.; Lemaître, Y.; Marcilhac, B.; Feuillet-Palma, C.; Bergeal, N.; Crété, D.; Lesueur, J.

    2016-09-01

    Superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) are arrays of superconducting loops of different sizes including Josephson junctions (JJ). For a random distribution of sizes, they present a non-periodic response to an applied magnetic field, with a large transfer function and a magnetic field sensitivity potentially improved with respect to that of a single SQUID. Such properties make SQIFs interesting devices to detect the magnetic component of electromagnetic waves at microwave frequencies. We have used the highly scalable technique of ion irradiation to make SQUIDs and SQIFs based on commercial YBa2Cu3O7 films, and studied their properties. Both display optimal performance as a function of temperature and bias current, that can be understood in the frame of numerical simulations that we developed. The role of asymmetries and dispersion in JJ characteristics (routinely found in high Tc superconductors technologies) is also studied. We have found that none of them impede the existence of a SQIF effect but both play a role on the emergence of the optimal point. We finally present results on SQIF made with 2000 SQUIDs in series, showing a transfer function {{d}}V/{{d}}B∼ 1000V/T.

  13. Underlying mechanisms of pseudogap phenomena and Bose-liquid superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates

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    Dzhumanov, S.; Karimboev, E. X.; Djumanov, Sh. S.

    2016-06-01

    We show that the high-Tc cuprates are non-BCS superconductors exhibiting distinct pseudogap (PG) behaviors (related to real and momentum space excitations) and other anomalies above Tc, novel Bose-liquid superconductivity below Tc, and also a λ-like superconducting (SC) transition at Tc similar to the λ transition in liquid 4He. In these materials, the relevant charge carriers are polarons which are bound into bosonic Cooper pairs above Tc followed by condensing into a Bose superfluid at Tc. We found that the polaronic effects and related PG weaken with increasing of the doping level and disappear in the overdoped region, where the crossover from Bose-liquid to Fermi-liquid (BCS-type) superconductivity occurs at the quantum critical point. We identify the real phase diagrams of the cuprates, the PG and vortex-like states above Tc, the novel SC state and two distinct SC phases below Tc like two superfluid phases of 3He, and explain the rich cuprate phenomenology from lightly doped to overdoped region.

  14. Spectroscopy of metal "superatom" nanoclusters and high-Tc superconducting pairing

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    Halder, Avik; Kresin, Vitaly V.

    2015-12-01

    A unique property of metal nanoclusters is the "superatom" shell structure of their delocalized electrons. The electronic shell levels are highly degenerate and therefore represent sharp peaks in the density of states. This can enable exceptionally strong electron pairing in certain clusters composed of tens to hundreds of atoms. In a finite system, such as a free nanocluster or a nucleus, pairing is observed most clearly via its effect on the energy spectrum of the constituent fermions. Accordingly, we performed a photoionization spectroscopy study of size-resolved aluminum nanoclusters and observed a rapid rise in the near-threshold density of states of several clusters (A l37 ,44 ,66 ,68 ) with decreasing temperature. The characteristics of this behavior are consistent with compression of the density of states by a pairing transition into a high-temperature superconducting state with Tc≳100 K. This value exceeds that of bulk aluminum by two orders of magnitude. These results highlight the potential of novel pairing effects in size-quantized systems and the possibility to attain even higher critical temperatures by optimizing the particles' size and composition. As a new class of high-temperature superconductors, such metal nanocluster particles are promising building blocks for high-Tc materials, devices, and networks.

  15. Electron-doping of graphene-based devices by hydrazine

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    Feng, Tingting; Xie, Dan; Wang, Dongxia; Wen, Lang; Wu, Mengqiang

    2014-12-14

    A facile and effective technique to tune the electronic properties of graphene is essential to facilitate the flexibility of graphene-based device performances. Here, the use of hydrazine as a solution-processable and effective n-type dopant for graphene is described. By dropping hydrazine solutions at different concentrations on a graphene surface, the Dirac point of graphene can be remarkably tuned. The transport behavior of graphene can be changed from p-type to n-type accordingly, demonstrating the controllable and adjustable doping effect of the hydrazine solutions. Accompanying the Dirac point shift is an enhanced hysteretic behavior of the graphene conductance, indicating an increasing trap state density induced by the hydrazine adsorbates. The electron-doping of graphene by the hydrazine solutions can be additionally confirmed with graphene/p-type silicon heterojunctions. The decrease of the junction current after the hydrazine treatment demonstrates an increase of the junction barrier between graphene and silicon, which is essentially due to the electron-doping of graphene and the resultant upshift of the Fermi level. Finally, partially doped graphene is realized and its electrical property is studied to demonstrate the potential of the hydrazine solutions to selectively electron-doping graphene for future electronic applications.

  16. NMR/MRI with hyperpolarized gas and high Tc SQUID

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    Schlenga, Klaus; de Souza, Ricardo E.; Wong-Foy, Annjoe; Clarke, John; Pines, Alexander

    2000-01-01

    A method and apparatus for the detection of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals and production of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from samples combines the use of hyperpolarized inert gases to enhance the NMR signals from target nuclei in a sample and a high critical temperature (Tc) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) to detect the NMR signals. The system operates in static magnetic fields of 3 mT or less (down to 0.1 mT), and at temperatures from liquid nitrogen (77K) to room temperature. Sample size is limited only by the size of the magnetic field coils and not by the detector. The detector is a high Tc SQUID magnetometer designed so that the SQUID detector can be very close to the sample, which can be at room temperature.

  17. Buffer layers for high-Tc thin films on sapphire

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    Wu, X. D.; Foltyn, S. R.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Cooke, D. W.; Pique, A.; Kalokitis, D.; Pendrick, V.; Belohoubek, E.

    1992-01-01

    Buffer layers of various oxides including CeO2 and yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) have been deposited on R-plane sapphire. The orientation and crystallinity of the layers were optimized to promote epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films. An ion beam channeling minimum yield of about 3 percent was obtained in the CeO2 layer on sapphire, indicating excellent crystallinity of the buffer layer. Among the buffer materials used, CeO2 was found to be the best one for YBCO thin films on R-plane sapphire. High Tc and Jc were obtained in YBCO thin films on sapphire with buffer layers. Surface resistances of the YBCO films were about 4 mOmega at 77 K and 25 GHz.

  18. Global Phase Diagram of the High-Tc Cuprates

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    Chen, Han-Dong; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2006-02-01

    We propose a bosonic effective quantum Hamiltonian based on the projected SO(5) model with extended interactions, which can be derived from the microscopic models of the cuprates. The global phase diagram of this model is obtained using mean-field theory and the quantum Monte Carlo simulation. We show that this single quantum model can account for most salient features observed in the high-Tc cuprates, with different families of the cuprates attributed to different traces in the global phase diagram. A particular prediction of this theory is the checkerboard state of the d-wave hole pairs formed at certain magic filling fractions. We shall describe various properties of this state and present evidence that this novel state has been detected in recent STM and transport experiments.

  19. Study of Cu-wound Flux transformer for High-Tc SQUID Ultra-Low Field MRI

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    Tanaka, S.; Murata, H.; Imamura, K.; Hatsukade, Y.

    2014-05-01

    We constructed a ultra-low field (ULF) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) / magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system employing a high-temperature superconductor (High Tc) SQUID with a separated Cu-wound flux transformer. The pickup coil consisted of two single solenoid coils and each coil was differentially connected each other. The flux transformer consisted of a pickup coil at room temperature and an input coil, which was put in liquid nitrogen and was magnetically coupled with a high-Tc SQUID. The ratio of the transformer was considered and optimized. A water phantom of 10 mL was located in the one side of pickup coil. In the system, we applied polarizing field Bp perpendicular to the measurement field Bm before measurements. Bp was 0.8 T and permanent magnet was used. By using this system, free induction decay (FID) signals of 2H were measured at Bm of 30 μT to evaluate the system. The longitudinal relaxation times T1 of water were also estimated by changing the polarizing time of Bp.

  20. Moderately shielded high-Tc SQUID system for rat MCG

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    Bechstein, S.; Kim, I.-S.; Drung, D.; Novikov, I.; Schurig, Th

    2010-06-01

    Recently, we have developed a 5-channel high-Tc SQUID system with one signal channel intended for rat magnetocardiography (MCG) in moderately shielded or "quiet" real environment. This system is an adapted version of a human MCG system which has been improved with respect to user-friendliness and stability. A dewar with a cold-warm distance of 7 mm and a refill cycle time of up to one week is utilized. The implemented high-Tc SQUIDs are single-layer devices with grain boundary junctions fabricated at KRISS with laser ablation on 10 mm × 10 mm STO substrates. In order to cancel environmental magnetic noise, three of the five SQUIDs are arranged to build an axial software first-order or second-order gradiometer with a base line of 35 mm. The other two SQUIDs are used for balancing. To overcome previous system instabilities, we have implemented an Earth field compensation for each SQUID. For this, the SQUIDs were mounted in capsules containing integrated field compensation coils. The three Earth field components are measured with an additional triaxial fluxgate, and compensated at the SQUID locations using the low-noise current source of the SQUID readout electronics. This way, the SQUIDs can be cooled and operated in a low residual field that improves system stability and reduces low-frequency SQUID noise. It is even possible to slowly move the dewar in the Earth field (dynamic field compensation). Different noise cancellation procedures were optimized and compared employing a periodic signal source.

  1. Dielectric resonator for measuring the magnetic penetration depth at low temperature in high-Tc superconducting thin films

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    Mourachkine, A. P.

    1995-11-01

    Knowledge of magnetic penetration depth λ(T) at low temperatures allows one to determine the pairing state in the superconductors. A simple method for the evaluation of λ(T) of small (˜1 cmט1 cm), flat, high-Tc superconductive samples at low T is discussed. The resolution of the method is a few Å. In addition to high resolution, the method has several advantages including nondestructive analysis, flexibility in sample size, and minimal requirements on the dielectric resonator. The current distribution within the sample being tested can also be accurately calculated, the experimental setup is convenient, and the procedure is comparatively rapid and can be performed in the necktube of a liquid-helium storage Dewar. The measurements for YBCO thin films have been performed at 14.4 GHz.

  2. Compensated electron and hole pickets in an underdoped high Tc superconductor

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    Harrison, Neil; Altarawneh, Moaz M; Mielke, Charles H; Sebastian, Suchitra E; Goddard, P A; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Andersen, O K; Lonzarich, G G

    2010-01-01

    Important to the question of high temperature superconductivity is whether bound fermionic pairs with zero or finite momentum - exhibiting bosonic physics - are involved. Here we use angle-dependent magnetic quantum oscillation measurements in underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} to reveal two significantly differently corrugated small sections of Fermi surface, identifying them as comprising opposite carriers located at different locations of the Brillouin zone. The surprising finding that these disproportionately heavy small pockets are equal in size indicates they are prone to a finite momentum excitonic insulator instability. We discuss the possibility that reducing the doping drives YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} closer to an instability of this nature, its ultimate realization occuring at the metal-insulator quantum critical point, accompanied by a potential enhancement of superconducting transition temperatures.

  3. Low-frequency noise in high-(Tc) superconductor Josephson junctions, SQUIDs, and magnetometers

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    Miklich, A. H.

    1994-05-01

    Design and performance of high-T(sub c) dc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUID's), junctions that comprise them, and magnetometers made from them are described, with attention to sources of 1/f noise. Biepitaxial junctions are found to have large levels of critical current fluctuations which make them unsuitable for low-noise SQUID's; this suggests a poorly connected interface at the grain boundary junction. SQUID's from bicrystal junctions have levels of critical current noise controllable using bias current reversal techniques which leave the noise white down to frequencies of a few Hz. A SQUID with an energy resolution of 1.5 x 10(exp -30) J Hz(exp -1) at 1 Hz is reported. Magnetometers in which a (9 mm)(exp 2) pickup loop is directly coupled to a SQUID body have achieved field resolutions of 93 fT Hz(exp -1/2) down to frequencies below 1 Hz, improving to 39 fT Hz(exp -1/2) at 1 Hz with the addition of a 50mm-diameter single-turn flux transformer. Poor coupling to pickup loop makes it difficult to satisfy competing goals of high field resolution and small detector size necessary for multichannel biomagnetic imaging. Improved coupling is demonstrated by the use of multiturn-input-coil flux transformers, and a resolution of 35 fT Hz(exp -1/2) in the white noise region is reported with a (10 mm)(exp 2) pickup loop. However, additional 1/f noise from processed multilayer structures in the transformer limits the resolution at 1 Hz to 114 fT Hz(exp -1/2). High-T(sub c) SQUID's exhibit additional 1/f noise when cooled in a nonzero static magnetic field because of additional flux vortices trapped in the film, with the noise power at 1 Hz typically increasing by a factor of 10-20 in a field of 0.05mT (0.5 G). Finally, a SQUID-based voltmeter with a resolution of 9.2 pV Hz(exp -1/2) at 10 Hz (24 pV Hz(exp -1/2) at 1 Hz) is described.

  4. Probing the local structure of high-{Tc} superconductors using XAFS spectroscopy

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    Bridges, F.; Booth, C.H.; Li, G.G.; Bauer, E.D.; Boyce, J.; Claeson, T.

    1996-12-31

    X-ray Absorption Fine-Structure (XAFS) is a local structural probe that is complementary to diffraction techniques. The authors discuss the types of information that can be obtained using this probe and then consider several examples, including the distortion about Co in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO), an unusual negative correlation of atom pair displacements in HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}}, and the distortions about the O(4) atom in thin films and single crystals of YBCO.

  5. The nature of long range order in the vortex lattice of high {Tc} superconductors

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    Ryu, S.; Doniach, S.; Kapitulnik, A.

    1994-12-31

    Recent neutron data on the disappearance of long-range order in the vortex lattice of BSCCO at fields of order 1 kGauss is interpreted in terms of the results of a Monte Carlo simulation of the thermodynamics of the vortex lattice in a pure system. The authors show that the neutron data is consistent with a disorder-driven phase transition from a vortex crystal at low fields to a vortex glass at higher fields.

  6. Low-frequency noise in high-{Tc} superconductor Josephson junctions, SQUIDs, and magnetometers

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    Miklich, A.H.

    1994-05-01

    Design and performance of high-T{sub c} dc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUEDs), junctions that comprise them, and magnetometers made from them are described, with attention to sources of 1/f noise. Biepitaxial junctions are found to have large levels of critical current fluctuations which make them unsuitable for low-noise SQUIDS; this suggests a poorly connected interface at the grain boundary junction. SQUIDs from bicrystal junctions have levels of critical current noise controllable using bias current reversal techniques which leave the noise white down to frequencies of a few Hz. A SQUID with an energy resolution of 1.5{times}10{sup {minus}30} J Hz{sup {minus}1} at 1 Hz is reported. Magnetometers in which a (9 mm){sup 2} pickup loop is directly coupled to a SQUID body have achieved field resolutions of 93 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} down to frequencies below I Hz, improving to 39 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 1 Hz with the addition of a 50mm-diameter single-turn flux transformer. Poor coupling to pickup loop makes it difficult to satisfy competing goals of high field resolution and small detector size necessary for multichannel biomagnetic imaging. Improved coupling is demonstrated by the use of multiturn-input-coil flux transformers, and a resolution of 35 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} in the white noise region is reported with a (10 mm){sup 2} pickup loop. However, additional 1/f noise from processed multilayer structures in the transformer limits the resolution at 1 Hz to 114 fT Hz{sup {minus}1/2}. High-T{sub c} SQUIDs exhibit additional 1/f noise when cooled in a nonzero static magnetic field because of additional flux vortices trapped in the film, with the noise power at 1 Hz typically increasing by a factor of 10--20 in a field of 0.05mT (0.5 G). Finally, a SQUID-based voltmeter with a resolution of 9.2 pV.Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 10 Hz (24 pV Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 1 Hz) is described.

  7. Experimental evidence for flux-lattice melting. [in high-Tc superconductors

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    Farrell, D. E.; Rice, J. P.; Ginsberg, D. M.

    1991-01-01

    A low-frequency torsional oscillator has been used to search for flux-lattice melting in an untwinned single crystal of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta). The damping of the oscillator was measured as a function of temperature, for applied magnetic fields in the range H = 0.1-2.3 T. A remarkably sharp damping peak has been located. It is suggested that the temperature of the peak corresponds to the melting point of the Abrikosov flux lattice.

  8. Impurity effects in quasiparticle spectrum of high-Tc superconductors (Review Article)

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    Pogorelov, Yu. G.; Santos, M. C.; Loktev, V. M.

    2011-08-01

    The revision is made of Green function methods that describe the dynamics of electronic quasiparticles in disordered superconducting systems with d-wave symmetry of order parameter. Various types of impurity perturbations are analyzed within the simplest T-matrix approximation. The extension of the common self-consistent T-matrix approximation (SCTMA) to the so-called group expansions in clusters of interacting impurity centers is discussed and hence the validity criteria for SCTMA are established. A special attention is paid to the formation of impurity resonance states and localized states near the characteristic points of energy spectrum, corresponding to nodal points on the Fermi surface.

  9. A technique to measure the thermal diffusivity of high Tc superconductors

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    Powers, Charles E.

    1991-01-01

    High T(sub c) superconducting electrical current leads and ground straps will be used in cryogenic coolers in future NASA Goddard Space Flight Center missions. These superconducting samples are long, thin leads with a typical diameter of two millimeters. A longitudinal method is developed to measure the thermal diffusivity of candidate materials for this application. This technique uses a peltier junction to supply an oscillatory heat wave into one end of a sample and will use low mass thermocouples to follow the heat wave along the sample. The thermal diffusivity is calculated using both the exponential decay of the heat wave and the phase shift to the wave. Measurements are performed in a cryostat between 10 K and room temperature.

  10. Reactive nanophase oxide additions to melt-processed high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Goretta, K.C.; Brandel, B.P.; Lanagan, M.T.; Hu, J.; Miller, D.J.; Sengupta, S.; Parker, J.C.; Ali, M.N.; Chen, Nan

    1994-10-01

    Nanophase TiO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were synthesized by a vapor-phase process and mechanically mixed with stoichiometric YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} and TlBa{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} powders in 20 mole % concentrations. Pellets produced from powders with and without nanophase oxides were heated in air or O{sub 2} above the peritectic melt temperature and slow-cooled. At 4.2 K, the intragranular critical current density (J{sub c}) increased dramatically with the oxide additions. At 35--50 K, effects of the oxide additions were positive, but less pronounced. At 77 K, the additions decreased J{sub c}, probably because of inducing a depresion of the transition temperature.

  11. Terahertz wave emission from intrinsic Josephson junctions in high- Tc superconductors

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    Ozyuzer, L.; Simsek, Y.; Koseoglu, H.; Turkoglu, F.; Kurter, C.; Welp, U.; Koshelev, A. E.; Gray, K. E.; Kwok, W. K.; Yamamoto, T.; Kadowaki, K.; Koval, Y.; Wang, H. B.; Müller, P.

    2009-11-01

    Recently, we experimentally demonstrated that rectangular mesa structures of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJ) in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d (Bi2212) can be used as a compact solid-state generator of continuous, coherent and polarized terahertz (THz) radiation. In the present work, we will exhibit tall mesas (over 600 junctions) which were fabricated using UV lithography, e-beam lithography with photoresist and e-beam lithography with a Ti selective etching technique. We will present measurements of the c-axis resistance as a function of temperature and of current-voltage characteristics of THz emitting mesas with lateral sizes ranging from 30 × 300 to 100 × 300 µm2. Furthermore, we will discuss the dependence of the characteristics of the mesa structures on the oxygen doping level of the Bi2212 crystals. We will also experimentally show that the voltage-frequency relation of the ac Josephson effect has to match the cavity resonance for successful emission.

  12. Design and performance of a high-Tc superconductor coplanar waveguide filter

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    Chew, Wilbert; Riley, A. L.; Rascoe, Daniel L.; Hunt, Brian D.; Foote, Marc C.; Cooley, Thomas W.; Bajuk, Louis J.

    1991-01-01

    The design of a coplanar waveguide low-pass filter made of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) on an LaAlO3 substrate is described. Measurements were incorporated into simple models for microwave CAD analysis to develop a final design. The patterned and packaged coplanar waveguide low-pass filter of YBCO, with dimensions suited for integrated circuits, exhibited measured insertion losses when cooled in liquid nitrogen superior to those of a similarly cooled thin-film copper filter throughout the 0 to 9.5 GHz passband. Coplanar waveguide models for use with thin-film normal metal (with thickness either greater or less than the skin depth) and YBCO are discussed and used to compare the losses of the measured YBCO and copper circuits.

  13. Novel magnetic excitations in a model cuprate high-Tc superconductor

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    Li, Yuan

    2011-03-01

    Magnetic fluctuations might be essential to the mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprates. For a long time, such fluctuations have been theoretically regarded as arising from the antiferromagnetic correlations within the copper-oxygen layers, and experimental studies of magnetic excitation spectrum have mainly been carried out near the corresponding wave vector (1/2,~1/2). Following neutron diffraction experiments which demonstrated the universal existence of a `` q ~=~0 antiferromagnetic order'' in the pseudogap phase of three different cuprates [1-3], our recent inelastic neutron scattering experiments on the model compound HgBa 2 Cu O4 + δ (Hg1201) revealed the existence of unusual magnetic excitations that weakly disperse throughout the entire Brillouin zone [4,5]. Like the q ~=~0 antiferromagnetic order, the new excitations are observed in the pseudogap phase and therefore appear to be associated with the order. The excitations possess very large spectral weights at well-defined characteristic energies that are comparable to the resonance energy and to those of electron-boson-coupling features observed in a wide range of cuprates, highlighting their possible influence on the electronic structure. These findings demonstrate that the pseudogap state is a distinct phase of matter rather than a mere crossover. They furthermore cast doubt on the presumed predominant importance of the wave vector (1/2,~1/2) in the magnetic excitation spectrum, and have the profound implication that a single-band description of the cuprates is insufficient. Project was funded by DOE and NSF grants. The author achnowledges the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

  14. Future prospects of high Tc superconductors-coated conductors and their applications

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    Shiohara, Yuh; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Takagi, Yuji; Izumi, Teruo

    2013-01-01

    The research and development of high-temperature superconducting wires, especially yttrium-based coated conductors (CCs), and their energy applications have been expected to reduce CO2 emissions. This article reviews recent progress in this area, mainly focusing on the results obtained by national projects in Japan. The Ic (critical current) × L (wire length) value of CCs has been improved to reach 466,752 A m (572 A/cm-W, 816 m), which exceeds that of Bi-system wires. CCs have also been improved in terms of in-field performance and AC loss reduction to meet market requirements. Power applications such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) systems, power cables and transformers have been developed using CCs in the current project. Because of fundamental research on high-capacity power cables, a low AC loss of 0.8 W/m-ph at 3 kA and 73.7 K was achieved. System design and fundamental research were performed on a 2GJ-class SMES system and a 20 MVA-class transformer. Based on the technologies developed by the end of the current project (FY2012), the innovation process of those applications will reach the implementation stage, where the long-term reliability tests will be performed. The process is expected to reach the penetration and propagation stage around 2020.

  15. Torque magnetometry in unconventional superconductors

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    Li, Lu

    This thesis describes torque magnetometry studies on unconventional superconductors. Torque magnetometry measures the anisotropic magnetization of samples by recording their torque signals in a tilted magnetic field. Applied to superconductors, this method provides a reliable way to measure the field dependence of magnetization with high resolution under extreme conditions: DC magnetic fields from zero to 45.2 T, and temperature from 300 mK to 300K. The results can be used to determine many important parameters, such as the upper critical field H c2, the superconducting condensation energy, the onset temperature of diamagnetic signals, and so on. We carried out the torque magnetometry measurements on unconventional superconductors---high Tc superconductors and the p-wave superconductor Sr2RuO4---and uncovered new features that do not exist in conventional BCS superconductors. In high Tc superconductors, our torque magnetometry studies focus on the properties of the vortex liquid state. First, by comparing the observed magnetization curves with the Nernst effect results in Bi 2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta, we confirm that the unusually large Nernst effect signals originate from the surviving vortex liquid state above Tc. Second, the M-H curves near the critical temperature Tc suggest that the nature of the transition is the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. Near Tc, the magnetization response at low field is strongly nonlinear, and the T dependence of the magnetic susceptibility in the low-field limit approaches the predicted curve from the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. Third, the measurements in intense magnetic field up to 45 T reveal the unusual, weak T-dependence of Hc2. These observations strongly support the existence of the vortex liquid state above Tc. The superconducting state is destroyed by the phase fluctuation of the pair condensate, while the pair condensate keeps its amplitude above T c. Further studies in single-layered high Tc superconductors reveal more

  16. Analysis of microstrip lines with alternative implementation of conductors and superconductors

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    Kong, K.-S.; Lee, H.-Y.; Itoh, T.; Chorey, C. M.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1990-01-01

    An analysis of microstrip line structures in which either the strip or the ground plane or both are made of a high Tc superconductor is presented. The effect of implementation of a superconductor to the strip and the ground plane is explained with the calculation of a conductor loss of the structure by the Phenomenological Loss Equivalence Method (PEM). The theoretical values are compared with the experimental results from a ring resonator which is made of a gold ground plane and a high Tc superconductor, YBa2Cu3O(7-x), strip.

  17. Magnetic forces in high-Tc superconducting bearings

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    Moon, F. C.

    1991-01-01

    In September 1987, researchers at Cornell levitated a small rotor on superconducting bearings at 10,000 rpm. In April 1989, a speed of 120,000 rpm was achieved in a passive bearing with no active control. The bearing material used was YBa2Cu307. There is no evidence that the rotation speed has any significant effect on the lift force. Magnetic force measurements between a permanent rare-earth magnet and high T(sub c) superconducting material versus vertical and lateral displacements were made. A large hysteresis loop results for large displacements, while minor loops result for small displacements. These minor loops seem to give a slope proportional to the magnetic stiffness, and are probably indicative of flux pinning forces. Experiments of rotary speed versus time show a linear decay in a vacuum. Measurements of magnetic dipole over a high-T(sub c) superconducting disc of YBCO show that the lateral vibrations of levitated rotors were measured which indicates that transverse flux motion in the superconductor will create dissipation. As a result of these force measurements, an optimum shape for the superconductor bearing pads which gives good lateral and axial stability was designed. Recent force measurements on melt-quench processed superconductors indicate a substantial increase in levitation force and magnetic stiffness over free sintered materials. As a result, application of high-T(sub c) superconducting bearings are beginning to show great promise at this time.

  18. Early High Tc Activity in Japan: The Franco Rasetti Lecture

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    2007-03-01

    From 1960 to 1980, R&D of superconductivity in Japan was carried out mainly to improve A15 superconducting wires and magnets. Improvement of wires were made mainly in the National Institute for Metals, and improvements of superconducting magnets were made in the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute for future nuclear fusion reactors, the National Railway Laboratory for future maglev trains and also in the Electo-Technical Laboratory for MHD generators. I began the research of BPBO in 1975 and at that time the research of oxide superconductors was limited only to my laboratory in the University of Tokyo. During the study of this new superconductor, we learned quite a lot on how to make ceramic samples, how to measure electrical conductivity and magnetic susceptibility at low temperatures. In 1982, Prof. S. Nakajima organized a rather small group for investigating ``New Superconducting Phenomena,'' and I became a member of the group. In 1985, Nakajima expanded the research group to include more than 5 experimentalists and 5 theoreticians. The title of the research was ``New Superconducting Materials'' and the funds came from the Ministry of Education of Japan. In late October, 1986, we followed the first paper of Bednorz and Muller, and immediately found the material includes high temperature superconductor and reported it to the group meeting held in early November. In early December, we confirmed La2-xBaxCuO4 is the real high temperature superconductor, the critical temperature is 28K. I sent a copy of our paper to Prof. Beasley of California and asked to inform this fact to his colleagues. Asahi Shimbun, the biggest newspaper in Japan announced this in its science section, and then many people knew the high temperature superconductor had been discovered. Then many physicists and chemists rushed to this field very quickly and many kinds of materials were synthesized. In the Government, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry

  19. Characteristics of an electromagnetic levitation system using a bulk superconductor

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    Senba, A.; Kitahara, H.; Ohsaki, H.; Masada, E.

    1996-09-01

    It is beneficial to apply a high-Tc bulk superconductor as a large flux source to an electromagnetic levitation system, which needs large amounts of levitation force. The authors made an attractive-type electromagnetic levitation system using a hybrid magnet that mainly consisted of bulk superconductor and control coils to confirm the principle of the levitation, and obtained characteristics of its system by both experiment and numerical analysis with magnetic circuit calculation. This is applicable to maglev transportation systems.

  20. X-ray photoemission study of the infinite-layer cuprate superconductor Sr(0.9) La (0.1) CuO(2)

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Jung, C. U.; Kim, J. Y.; Kim, M. S.; Lee, S. Y.; Lee, S. I.

    2001-01-01

    The electron-doped infinite-layer superconductor Sr(0.9)La(0.1) CuO(2) is studied with x-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). A nonaqueous chemical etchant is shown to effectively remove contaminants and to yield surfaces from which signals intrinsic to the superconductor dominate.

  1. Epitaxial stabilization of ultra thin films of electron doped manganites

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    Middey, S. Kareev, M.; Meyers, D.; Liu, X.; Cao, Y.; Tripathi, S.; Chakhalian, J.; Yazici, D.; Maple, M. B.; Ryan, P. J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2014-05-19

    Ultra-thin films of the electron doped manganite La{sub 0.8}Ce{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} were grown in a layer-by-layer growth mode on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) substrates by pulsed laser interval deposition. High structural quality and surface morphology were confirmed by a combination of synchrotron based x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy. Resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements confirm the presence of Ce{sup 4+} and Mn{sup 2+} ions. In addition, the electron doping signature was corroborated by Hall effect measurements. All grown films show a ferromagnetic ground state as revealed by both dc magnetization and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism measurements and remain insulating contrary to earlier reports of a metal-insulator transition. Our results hint at the possibility of electron-hole asymmetry in the colossal magnetoresistive manganite phase diagram akin to the high-T{sub c} cuprates.

  2. Terahertz imaging system using high-Tc superconducting oscillation devices

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    Tsujimoto, M.; Minami, H.; Delfanazari, K.; Sawamura, M.; Nakayama, R.; Kitamura, T.; Yamamoto, T.; Kashiwagi, T.; Hattori, T.; Kadowaki, K.

    2012-06-01

    Microwatt power oscillation devices at sub-terahertz frequency region between 0.3 and 1.0 terahertz (THz) were fabricated from high-Tc superconducting single crystalline Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and used as a source of the transmission terahertz imaging system. As test examples, terahertz images of coins and a razor blade placed inside the brownish paper envelopes with the spatial resolution of 1 mm are presented. The signal-to-noise ratio exceeds 130 in these images. Using a simple wedge-shaped interferometer and analysing the interference fringe pattern, the wavelength of the terahertz wave is calibrated within 0.1% accuracy. This interferometer also provides a simple method to measure the absorption coefficient of the liquid sample. Two test measurements for distilled water and ethanol are demonstrated and their absorption coefficients are obtained with 99.2% accuracy. This suggests that our terahertz imaging system can be applied to many practical applications, such as biological and biomedical imaging, environmental monitoring, microanalysis of impurities, structure and dynamical analyses of large molecules and ions in solution.

  3. Compact spherical neutron polarimeter using high-Tc YBCO films

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    Wang, T.; Parnell, S. R.; Hamilton, W. A.; Li, F.; Washington, A. L.; Baxter, D. V.; Pynn, R.

    2016-03-01

    We describe a simple, compact device for spherical neutron polarimetry measurements at small neutron scattering angles. The device consists of a sample chamber with very low (<0.01 G) magnetic field flanked by regions within which the neutron polarization can be manipulated in a controlled manner. This allows any selected initial and final polarization direction of the neutrons to be obtained. We have constructed a prototype device using high-Tc superconducting films and mu-metal to isolate regions with different magnetic fields and tested device performance in transmission geometry. Finite-element methods were used to simulate the device's field profile and these have been verified by experiment using a small solenoid as a test sample. Measurements are reported using both monochromatic and polychromatic neutron sources. The results show that the device is capable of extracting sample information and distinguishing small angular variations of the sample magnetic field. As a more realistic test, we present results on the characterization of a 10 μm thick Permalloy film in zero magnetic field, as well as its response to an external magnetic field.

  4. The spin-polaron theory of high-Tc superconductivity

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    Mott, N. F.

    1990-01-01

    An outline is given of the model for some high-temperature superconductors which assumes that the carriers are holes in the (hybridized) oxygen 2p band and form ‘spin polarons’ with the moments on the copper atoms. A comparison is made with observations of spin polarons in Gd3-xvxS4 and with the properties of La1-xSrxVO3 in relation to those of La2-xSrxCuO4. It is assumed, following several authors, that in the superconductors the polarons form bipolarons, which are bosons, and a comparison is made with some other treatments of this hypothesis. It is proposed that in many such superconductors the boson, essentially a pair of these holes, moves in an impurity band, and that normally all the polarons (fermions) form bipolarons; the fermions repel each other on the same site (positive Hubbard U) but attract when on adjacent sites; the critical temperature Tc is then that at which the Bose gas becomes non-degenerate. In such materials a non-degenerate gas of bosons would carry the current above Tc as first suggested by Alexandrov et al. (1986). The linear increase in the resistivity above Tc is explained on this hypothesis. The effective mass of the bipolaron is, we believe, large (˜20 30me). The copper 3d9 moments in the superconducting range resonate between their two orientations as a consequence of the motion of the carriers, as they do in the description by Brinkman and Rice (1970) of highly correlated metals. Spin polarons, we believe, form only when this is so, but not in the antiferromagnetic range of x. A discussion is given of the resistivity above Tc, thermopower above Tc, and of the nature of the superconducting gap as shown by tunnelling. We confine our discussion to the materials containing copper, excluding for instance cubic Ba1-xKxBiO3, and possibly any superconductor containing bismuth, where the bosons may be Bi3+.

  5. The specific heat of the 2201 BISCO high-T c superconductor

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    Yu, M. K.; Franck, J. P.

    1994-04-01

    The specific heat of two samples of the single-plane 2201 bismuth superconductor was measured. No linear term in Cp was observed at low temperatures. The lattice molar specific heat below 14 K exceeds that of the 2221 and 2223 bismuth superconductors considerably. As a consequence no peak in Cp/ T3 is observed in this superconductor, in contrast to other high- Tc cuprates. The specific-heat anomaly near Tc could not be resolved.

  6. High-Tc Superconducting Thin- and Thick-Film-Based Coated Conductors for Energy Applications

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    Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit

    2010-01-01

    Although the first epitaxial films of YBCO with high Tc were grown nearly 20 years ago, the understanding and control of the nanostructures responsible for the dissipation-free electrical current transport in high temperature superconductors (HTS) is quite recent. In the last six to seven years, major advances have occurred in the fundamental investigation of low angle grain boundaries, flux-pinning phenomena, growth mode, and atomic-level defect structures of HTS epitaxial films. As a consequence, it has been possible to map and even engineer to some extent the performance of HTS coatings in large regions of the operating H, T, J phase space. With such progress, the future of high temperature superconducting wires looks increasingly promising despite the tremendous challenges offered by these brittle and anisotropic materials. Nevertheless, further performance improvements are necessary for the superconducting technology to become cost-competitive against copper wires and ultimately succeed in revolutionizing the transmission of electricity. This can be achieved by further diminishing the gap between theoretical and experimental values of the critical current density Jc, and/or increasing the thickness of the superconductive layer as much as possible without degrading performance. In addition, further progress in controlling extrinsic and/or intrinsic nano-sized defects within the films is necessary to significantly reduce the anisotropic response of HTS and obtain a nearly constant dependence of the critical current on the magnetic field orientation, which is considered crucial for power applications. This chapter is a review of the challenges still present in the area of superconducting film processing for HTS wires and the approaches currently employed to address them.

  7. Mechanism of a high-Tc superconducting flux pump: Using alternating magnetic field to trigger flux flow

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    Geng, Jianzhao; Coombs, T. A.

    2015-10-01

    High-Tc Superconducting (HTS) magnets operating in persistent current mode suffer a current decay due to flux creep of superconductor and joint resistance. Flux pumps are able to inject direct current into superconducting circuit to compensate the current decay, without the thermal loss caused by current leads. In this work, we proposed a flux pumping mechanism for HTS coils, with an experimental verification and an analytical model. The basic principle we have used is that flux flow can be triggered when the superconductor carrying a direct current is subjected to a perpendicular AC magnetic field. Low frequency alternating current is induced in a loop of YBCO tape using an AC field. A portion of the tape which we refer to as the "bridge" shorts a superconducting coil. A high frequency AC field is applied perpendicular to the bridge tape when alternating current in the tape reaches one polarity. This triggers a net flux flow and results in a current increase in the coil. The proposed flux pump has clear physics and is easily controllable, which may make it promising in practical use.

  8. High-Tc and low-Tc dc SQUID electronics

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    Drung, Dietmar

    2003-12-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) are commonly operated in a flux-locked loop (FLL). The SQUID electronics amplifies the small SQUID signal to an acceptable level without adding noise, and it linearizes the transfer function of the SQUID in order to provide sufficient dynamic range. In this paper, the fundamentals of SQUID readout are reviewed including a discussion of preamplifier noise. The basic FLL concepts, direct readout and flux modulation readout, are discussed both with dc bias and bias reversal. Alternative readout concepts such as additional positive feedback (APF), two-stage SQUIDs, SQUID series arrays, relaxation oscillation SQUIDs and digital SQUIDs are briefly described. The FLL dynamics are discussed on the basis of a simple model with finite loop delay. It is shown that with optimized SQUID electronics a system bandwidth of ap18 MHz and a corresponding slew rate of ap8 PHgr0 µs-1 are possible. A novel FLL scheme involving a Smith predictor is presented which allows one to increase the FLL bandwidth to about 100 MHz. The theoretical predictions are experimentally checked using a high-speed SQUID electronics prototype with a small-signal bandwidth of 300 MHz. Methods for increasing the dynamic range of SQUID systems are described: flux-quanta counting and dynamic field compensation (DFC). With DFC, the residual magnetic field at the SQUID can be kept close to zero even if the device is moved in the Earth's field. Therefore, the noise level of a high-Tc magnetometer measured inside a magnetically shielded room (60 fT Hz-1/2 with a 1/f corner at 2 Hz) remained unchanged after moving the device in the magnetic field outside the room (60 µT dc plus 0.8 µT peak-to-peak power line interference).

  9. Antiferromagnetic superconducting state in the electron-doped cuprates?

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    Das, Tanmoy; Markiewicz, Robert S.; Bansil, Arun

    2006-03-01

    Recent angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) studies of the electron-doped cuprate Nd2-xCexCuO4 (NCCO)[1] have been interpreted in terms of a uniform antiferromagnetic (AF) metal, with doping into the upper magnetic band and gap collapse close to optimal doping[2]. An open question is whether the system remains uniform in the simultaneous presence of AF and (d- wave) superconducting (SC) order. Here, we explore the properties of a uniform AF-SC model for NCCO, to ascertain to what extent we can explain anomalous features, such as the nonmonotonic angle dependence of the superconducting gap[3]. Work supported by the USDOE. [1] N.P. Armitage, et al., PRL 87, 147003 (2002). [2] C. Kusko, et al., PRB66, 140513 (2002); A.-M.S. Tremblay, et al., cond-mat/0511334. [3] H. Matsui, et al., PRL 95, 017003 (2005).

  10. Self-limited kinetics of electron doping in correlated oxides

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    Chen, Jikun Zhou, You; Jiang, Jun; Shi, Jian; Ramanathan, Shriram; Middey, Srimanta; Chakhalian, Jak; Chen, Nuofu; Chen, Lidong; Shi, Xun; Döbeli, Max

    2015-07-20

    Electron doping by hydrogenation can reversibly modify the electrical properties of complex oxides. We show that in order to realize large, fast, and reversible response to hydrogen, it is important to consider both the electron configuration on the transition metal 3d orbitals, as well as the thermodynamic stability in nickelates. Specifically, large doping-induced resistivity modulations ranging several orders of magnitude change are only observed for rare earth nickelates with small ionic radii on the A-site, in which case both electron correlation effects and the meta-stability of Ni{sup 3+} are important considerations. Charge doping via metastable incorporation of ionic dopants is of relevance to correlated oxide-based devices where advancing approaches to modify the ground state electronic properties is an important problem.