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  1. Advantageous grain boundaries in iron pnictide superconductors

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    Katase, Takayoshi; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Tsukamoto, Akira; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Kamiya, Toshio; Tanabe, Keiichi; Hosono, Hideo

    2011-01-01

    High critical temperature superconductors have zero power consumption and could be used to produce ideal electric power lines. The principal obstacle in fabricating superconducting wires and tapes is grain boundaries—the misalignment of crystalline orientations at grain boundaries, which is unavoidable for polycrystals, largely deteriorates critical current density. Here we report that high critical temperature iron pnictide superconductors have advantages over cuprates with respect to these grain boundary issues. The transport properties through well-defined bicrystal grain boundary junctions with various misorientation angles (θGB) were systematically investigated for cobalt-doped BaFe2As2 (BaFe2As2:Co) epitaxial films fabricated on bicrystal substrates. The critical current density through bicrystal grain boundary (JcBGB) remained high (>1 MA cm−2) and nearly constant up to a critical angle θc of ∼9°, which is substantially larger than the θc of ∼5° for YBa2Cu3O7–δ. Even at θGB>θc, the decay of JcBGB was much slower than that of YBa2Cu3O7–δ. PMID:21811238

  2. Materials and Physics in Pnictide Superconductors

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    Wen, Hai-Hu

    2009-03-01

    Superconductivity in the pnictides has shown itself to be very interesting and attractive. Some experimental results have revealed that the superconducting mechanism could be unconventional. In this talk I will survey our recent progress of both material synthesizing and physical properties of this rich family. We have made several major contributions to the synthesizing of new pnictide superconductors. (1) Fabrication of the hole doped RE1-xSrxFeAsO samples (RE=La and Pr); (2) Fabrication of a series of new parent compounds DvFeAsF (Dv=divalent metals: Sr, Ca, Eu etc.) and many new superconductors with Tc beyond 50 K by doping electrons into the system; (3) Invention of the new material (Sr3Sc2O5)Fe2As2 with rather large spacing distance between the FeAs planes. We have successfully grown the NdFeAsO1-xFx and Ba1-xKxFe2As2 single crystals. It is found that the anomalous electron scattering in the normal state cannot be simply attributed to the multiband effect. The influence given by the magnetic correlation may play an important role. Specific heat, lower critical field and point contact tunneling all indicate the unconventional superconductivity and multigap features, while the paring symmetry of the superconducting gap may be a non-trivial issue. In the 1111 phase, the superfluid density is rather low and contains probably a nodal feature. While in the 122 phase, both the superfluid density and the quasiparticle density of states is about 5-10 times higher than that in the 1111 phase. An s-wave component was found in the 122 phase. I will also report the measurements on anisotropy, critical current density, critical fields and vortex phase diagram. Small anisotropy, high upper critical field and fish-tail effect (in 122) were observed. All these suggest very good potential applications. In collaboration with Gang Mu, Zhaosheng Wang, Huiqian Luo, Huan Yang, Xiyu Zhu, Ying Jia, Yonglei Wang, Fei Han, Bing Zeng, Bing Shen, Cong Ren, Lei Shan.

  3. Low resistivity contact to iron-pnictide superconductors

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    Tanatar, Makariy; Prozorov, Ruslan; Ni, Ni; Bud'ko, Sergey; Canfield, Paul

    2013-05-28

    Method of making a low resistivity electrical connection between an electrical conductor and an iron pnictide superconductor involves connecting the electrical conductor and superconductor using a tin or tin-based material therebetween, such as using a tin or tin-based solder. The superconductor can be based on doped AFe.sub.2As.sub.2, where A can be Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu or combinations thereof for purposes of illustration only.

  4. Interplay between interband coupling and ferromagnetism in iron pnictide superconductor/ferromagnet/iron pnictide superconductor junctions

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    Liu, S. Y.; Tao, Y. C.; Hu, J. G.

    2014-08-28

    An extended eight-component Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation is applied to study the Josephson effect between iron-based superconductors (SCs) with s{sub ±}-wave pairing symmetry, separated by an ferromagnet (FM). The feature of damped oscillations of critical Josephson current as a function of FM thickness, the split of the peaks induced by the interband coupling is much different from that for the junction with the s{sub ±}-wave SCs replaced by s{sub ++}-wave ones. In particular, a 0−π transition as a function of interband coupling strength α is found to always exhibit with the corresponding dip shifting toward the larger α due to enhancing the spin polarization in the FM, while there exits no 0−π transition for the SC with s{sub ++}-wave pairing symmetry. The two features can be used to identify the pairing symmetry in the iron pnictide SC different from the s{sub ++}-wave one in MgB{sub 2}. Experimentally, by adjusting the doping level in the s{sub ±}-wave SCs, one can vary α.

  5. Infrared pseudogap in cuprate and pnictide high-temperature superconductors

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    Moon, S. J.; Lee, Y. S.; Schafgans, A. A.; Chubukov, A. V.; Kasahara, S.; Shibauchi, T.; Terashima, T.; Matsuda, Y.; Tanatar, M. A.; Prozorov, R.; Thaler, A.; Canfield, Paul C.; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Sefat, A. S.; Mandrus, D.; Segawa, K.; Ando, Y.; Basov, D. N.

    2014-07-01

    We investigate infrared manifestations of the pseudogap in the prototypical cuprate and pnictide superconductors, YBa2Cu3Oy and BaFe2As2 (Ba122) systems. We find remarkable similarities between the spectroscopic features attributable to the pseudogap in these two classes of superconductors. The hallmarks of the pseudogap state in both systems include a weak absorption feature at about 500cm-1 followed by a featureless continuum between 500 and 1500cm-1 in the conductivity data and a significant suppression in the scattering rate below 700–900 cm-1. The latter result allows us to identify the energy scale associated with the pseudogap ΔPG. We find that in the Ba122-based materials the superconductivity-induced changes of the infrared spectra occur in the frequency region below 100–200 cm-1, which is much lower than the energy scale of the pseudogap. We performed theoretical analysis of the scattering rate data of the two compounds using the same model, which accounts for the effects of the pseudogap and electron-boson coupling. We find that the scattering rate suppression in Ba122-based compounds below ΔPG is solely due to the pseudogap formation, whereas the impact of the electron-boson coupling effects is limited to lower frequencies. The magnetic resonance modes used as inputs in our modeling are found to evolve with the development of the pseudogap, suggesting an intimate correlation between the pseudogap and magnetism

  6. Collective mode at Lifshitz transition in iron-pnictide superconductors.

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    Rodriguez, J P

    2016-09-21

    We obtain the exact low-energy spectrum of two mobile holes in a t-J model for an isolated layer in an iron-pnictide superconductor. The minimum d xz and d yz orbitals per iron atom are included, with no hybridization between the two. After tuning the Hund coupling to a putative quantum critical point (QCP) that separates a commensurate spin-density wave from a hidden-order antiferromagnet at half filling, we find an s-wave hole-pair groundstate and a d-wave hole-pair excited state. Near the QCP, both alternate in sign between hole Fermi surface pockets at the Brillouin zone center and emergent electron Fermi surface pockets at momenta that correspond to commensurate spin-density waves (cSDW). The dependence of the energy splitting with increasing Hund coupling yields evidence for a true QCP in the thermodynamic limit near the putative one, at which the s-wave and d-wave Cooper pairs are degenerate. A collective s-to-d-wave oscillation of the macroscopic superconductor that couples to orthorhombic shear strain is also identified. Its resonant frequency is predicted to collapse to zero at the QCP in the limit of low hole concentration. This implies degeneracy of Cooper pairs with s, d and [Formula: see text] symmetry in the corresponding quantum critical state. We argue that the critical state describes Cooper pairs in hole-doped iron superconductors at the Lifshitz transition, where electron bands first rise above the Fermi level. We thereby predict that the s-to-d-wave collective mode observed by Raman spectroscopy in Ba1-x K x Fe2As2 at optimal doping should also be observed at higher doping near the Lifshitz transition. PMID:27419913

  7. Collective mode at Lifshitz transition in iron-pnictide superconductors

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    Rodriguez, J. P.

    2016-09-01

    We obtain the exact low-energy spectrum of two mobile holes in a t-J model for an isolated layer in an iron-pnictide superconductor. The minimum d xz and d yz orbitals per iron atom are included, with no hybridization between the two. After tuning the Hund coupling to a putative quantum critical point (QCP) that separates a commensurate spin-density wave from a hidden-order antiferromagnet at half filling, we find an s-wave hole-pair groundstate and a d-wave hole-pair excited state. Near the QCP, both alternate in sign between hole Fermi surface pockets at the Brillouin zone center and emergent electron Fermi surface pockets at momenta that correspond to commensurate spin-density waves (cSDW). The dependence of the energy splitting with increasing Hund coupling yields evidence for a true QCP in the thermodynamic limit near the putative one, at which the s-wave and d-wave Cooper pairs are degenerate. A collective s-to-d-wave oscillation of the macroscopic superconductor that couples to orthorhombic shear strain is also identified. Its resonant frequency is predicted to collapse to zero at the QCP in the limit of low hole concentration. This implies degeneracy of Cooper pairs with s, d and s+\\text{i}d symmetry in the corresponding quantum critical state. We argue that the critical state describes Cooper pairs in hole-doped iron superconductors at the Lifshitz transition, where electron bands first rise above the Fermi level. We thereby predict that the s-to-d-wave collective mode observed by Raman spectroscopy in Ba1‑x K x Fe2As2 at optimal doping should also be observed at higher doping near the Lifshitz transition.

  8. Critical quadrupole fluctuations and collective modes in iron pnictide superconductors

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    Thorsmølle, V. K.; Khodas, M.; Yin, Z. P.; Zhang, Chenglin; Carr, S. V.; Dai, Pengcheng; Blumberg, G.

    2016-02-01

    The multiband nature of iron pnictides gives rise to a rich temperature-doping phase diagram of competing orders and a plethora of collective phenomena. At low dopings, the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural transition is closely followed by a spin-density-wave transition both being in close proximity to the superconducting phase. A key question is the nature of high-Tc superconductivity and its relation to orbital ordering and magnetism. Here we study the NaFe1 -xCoxAs superconductor using polarization-resolved Raman spectroscopy. The Raman susceptibility displays critical enhancement of nonsymmetric charge fluctuations across the entire phase diagram, which are precursors to a d -wave Pomeranchuk instability at temperature θ (x ) . The charge fluctuations are interpreted in terms of quadrupole interorbital excitations in which the electron and hole Fermi surfaces breathe in-phase. Below Tc, the critical fluctuations acquire coherence and undergo a metamorphosis into a coherent in-gap mode of extraordinary strength.

  9. Competing Magnetic Fluctuations in Iron Pnictide Superconductors: Role of Ferromagnetic Spin Correlations Revealed by NMR

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    Wiecki, P.; Roy, B.; Johnston, D. C.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Furukawa, Y.

    2015-09-01

    In the iron pnictide superconductors, theoretical calculations have consistently shown enhancements of the static magnetic susceptibility at both the stripe-type antiferromagnetic and in-plane ferromagnetic (FM) wave vectors. However, the possible existence of FM fluctuations has not yet been examined from a microscopic point of view. Here, using 75As NMR data, we provide clear evidence for the existence of FM spin correlations in both the hole- and electron-doped BaFe2As2 families of iron-pnictide superconductors. These FM fluctuations appear to compete with superconductivity and are thus a crucial ingredient to understanding the variability of Tc and the shape of the superconducting dome in these and other iron-pnictide families.

  10. Competing magnetic fluctuations in iron pnictide superconductors: Role of ferromagnetic spin correlations revealed by NMR

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    Wiecki, P.; Roy, B.; Johnston, D. C.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Furukawa, Y.

    2015-09-22

    In the iron pnictide superconductors, theoretical calculations have consistently shown enhancements of the static magnetic susceptibility at both the stripe-type antiferromagnetic and in-plane ferromagnetic (FM) wave vectors. However, the possible existence of FM fluctuations has not yet been examined from a microscopic point of view. Here, using 75As NMR data, we provide clear evidence for the existence of FM spin correlations in both the hole- and electron-doped BaFe2As2 families of iron-pnictide superconductors. Furthermore, these FM fluctuations appear to compete with superconductivity and are thus a crucial ingredient to understanding the variability of Tc and the shape of the superconducting dome in these and other iron-pnictide families.

  11. Competing magnetic fluctuations in iron pnictide superconductors: Role of ferromagnetic spin correlations revealed by NMR

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    Wiecki, P.; Roy, B.; Johnston, D. C.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Furukawa, Y.

    2015-09-22

    In the iron pnictide superconductors, theoretical calculations have consistently shown enhancements of the static magnetic susceptibility at both the stripe-type antiferromagnetic and in-plane ferromagnetic (FM) wave vectors. However, the possible existence of FM fluctuations has not yet been examined from a microscopic point of view. Here, using 75As NMR data, we provide clear evidence for the existence of FM spin correlations in both the hole- and electron-doped BaFe2As2 families of iron-pnictide superconductors. Furthermore, these FM fluctuations appear to compete with superconductivity and are thus a crucial ingredient to understanding the variability of Tc and the shape of the superconducting domemore » in these and other iron-pnictide families.« less

  12. Single Crystal Growth of Nd-1111 Iron Pnictide Superconductors by High Pressure Synthesis

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    Takemori, Akira; Miyasaka, Shigeki; Tajima, Setsuko; Lee, Sergey; Adachi, Seiji; Chikumoto, Noriko; Tanabe, Keiichi

    To clarify the relationship of the crystal structure, the critical temperature (Tc) and the gap structure in iron pnictide superconductors, the studies on 1111-type iron pnictides with the highest Tc are important. However itis well known that the single crystal growth of 1111-compounds is difficult. In this work, we have established a method for reproducible growth of high quality crystals using high pressure synthesis technique and successfully obtained NdFeAs(O, F) singlecrystals (Tc = 43.5 K) with a typical size of 5002 × 30 µm3.

  13. Controllable 0 − π transition in iron pnictide superconductor junctions with a spacer of strong ferromagnet

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    Liu, S. Y.; Tao, Y. C. Ji, T. T.; Di, Y. S.; Hu, J. G.

    2014-03-17

    We investigate the control of 0−π transition in Josephson junctions consisting of a highly spin-polarized ferromagnet coupled to two iron pnictide superconductors (SCs). It is shown that, a 0−π transition as a function of interband coupling strength is always exhibited, which can be experimentally used to discriminate the s{sub ±}-wave pairing symmetry in the iron pnictide SCs from the s{sub ++}-wave one in MgB{sub 2}. By tuning the doping level in the s{sub ±}-wave SCs, one can vary the interband coupling strength so as to obtain the controllable 0−π transition. This device may be realized with current technologies and has practical use in Cooper pair spintronics and quantum information.

  14. A new class of half-metallic ferromagnets based on the pnictide superconductors from first principles

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    Griffin, Sinead; Neaton, Jeffrey

    Most theoretical and experimental efforts in the Fe-pnictide class of superconductors aim to optimize the superconducting Tc. Significant substitution with other transition-metal ions is detrimental to superconductivity, however recent experiments on doped BaMn2As2 point to its potential as a half-metallic ferromagnet. Using ab initio calculations we investigate Mn-based structures as a new family of half-metallic ferromagnets, and discuss tuning the chemical composition and physical parameters for optimal device performance. Support from Swiss National Science Foundation.

  15. 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

  16. Two-dimensional oxide topological insulator with iron-pnictide superconductor LiFeAs structure

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    Xu, Qiunan; Song, Zhida; Nie, Simin; Weng, Hongming; Fang, Zhong; Dai, Xi

    2015-11-01

    By using first-principles calculations, we propose that ZrSiO can be looked at as a three-dimensional (3D) oxide weak topological insulator (TI) and its single layer is a long-sought-after 2D oxide TI with a band gap up to 30 meV. Calculated phonon spectrum of the single layer ZrSiO indicates it is dynamically stable and the experimental achievements in growing oxides with atomic precision ensure that it can be readily synthesized. This will lead to novel devices based on TIs, the so-called "topotronic" devices, operating under room temperature and stable when exposed in the air. Thus a new field of "topotronics" will arise. Another intriguing thing is this oxide 2D TI has the similar crystal structure as the well-known iron-pnictide superconductor LiFeAs. This brings great promise in realizing the combination of superconductor and TI, paving the way to various extraordinary quantum phenomena, such as topological superconductor and Majorana modes. We further find that there are many other isostructural compounds hosting the similar electronic structure and forming a W H M family with W being Zr, Hf, or La, H being group IV or group V element, and M being group VI one.

  17. Enhancement of the critical temperature in iron pnictide superconductors by finite-size effects

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    Araújo, M. A. N.; García-García, Antonio M.; Sacramento, P. D.

    2011-11-01

    Recent experiments have shown that in agreement with previous theoretical predictions, superconductivity in nanostructures can be enhanced with respect to the bulk (L→∞) limit. Motivated by these results, we study finite size effects (FSEs) in iron pnictide superconductors. We employ a five-band mean-field approach that reproduces quantitatively the band structure of these materials around the Fermi energy. For realistic values of the bulk critical temperature Tcbulk˜20-50 K, we find that Tc(L) has a complicated oscillating pattern as a function of the system size L. For a simplified two-band model we show analytically that these oscillations are caused by fluctuations of the spectral density around the Fermi energy. We identify a scale L˜10 nm for which deviations from mean fields, not included in our model, are small but still Tc(L) is higher than Tcbulk. Similar results are obtained for different boundary conditions and geometries. Finally we show that the differential conductance, an experimental observable, is also very sensitive to FSE.

  18. Direct probe of the variability of Coulomb correlation in iron pnictide superconductors

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    Vilmercati, P.; Parks Cheney, C.; Bondino, F.; Magnano, E; Malvestuto, M; McGuire, Michael A; Safa-Sefat, Athena; Sales, Brian C; Mandrus, D.; Singh, David J; Johannes, M. D.; Mannella, Norman

    2012-01-01

    We use core-valence-valence Auger spectra to probe the Coulomb repulsion between holes in the valence band of Fe pnictide superconductors. By comparing the two-hole final-state spectra to density functional theory calculations of the single-particle density of states, we extract a measure of the electron correlations that exist in these systems. Our results show that the Coulomb repulsion is highly screened and can definitively be considered as weak. We also find that there are differences between the 1111 and 122 families and even a small variation as a function of the doping x in Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2}. We discuss how the values of the hole-hole Coulomb repulsion obtained from our study relate to the onsite Coulomb parameter U used in model and first-principles calculations based on dynamical mean field theory and establish an upper bound for its effective value. Our results impose stringent constraints on model-based phase diagrams that vary with the quantity U or U/W by restricting the latter to a rather small range of values.

  19. Hydrostatic pressure: a very effective approach to significantly enhance critical current density in granular iron pnictide superconductors.

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    Shabbir, Babar; Wang, Xiaolin; Ghorbani, S R; Shekhar, Chandra; Dou, Shixue; Srivastava, O N

    2015-01-01

    Pressure is well known to significantly raise the superconducting transition temperature, Tc, in both iron pnictides and cuprate based superconductors. Little work has been done, however, on how pressure can affect the flux pinning and critical current density in the Fe-based superconductors. Here, we propose to use hydrostatic pressure to significantly enhance flux pinning and Tc in polycrystalline pnictide bulks. We have chosen Sr4V2O6Fe2As2 polycrystalline samples as a case study. We demonstrate that the hydrostatic pressure up to 1.2 GPa can not only significantly increase Tc from 15 K (underdoped) to 22 K, but also significantly enhance the irreversibility field, Hirr, by a factor of 4 at 7 K, as well as the critical current density, Jc, by up to 30 times at both low and high fields. It was found that pressure can induce more point defects, which are mainly responsible for the Jc enhancement. Our findings provide an effective method to significantly enhance Tc, Jc, Hirr, and the upper critical field, Hc2, for other families of Fe-based superconductors in the forms of wires/tapes, films, and single crystal and polycrystalline bulks. PMID:25645351

  20. Hydrostatic pressure: A very effective approach to significantly enhance critical current density in granular iron pnictide superconductors

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    Shabbir, Babar; Wang, Xiaolin; Ghorbani, S. R.; Shekhar, Chandra; Dou, Shixue; Srivastava, O. N.

    2015-01-01

    Pressure is well known to significantly raise the superconducting transition temperature, Tc, in both iron pnictides and cuprate based superconductors. Little work has been done, however, on how pressure can affect the flux pinning and critical current density in the Fe-based superconductors. Here, we propose to use hydrostatic pressure to significantly enhance flux pinning and Tc in polycrystalline pnictide bulks. We have chosen Sr4V2O6Fe2As2 polycrystalline samples as a case study. We demonstrate that the hydrostatic pressure up to 1.2 GPa can not only significantly increase Tc from 15 K (underdoped) to 22 K, but also significantly enhance the irreversibility field, Hirr, by a factor of 4 at 7 K, as well as the critical current density, Jc, by up to 30 times at both low and high fields. It was found that pressure can induce more point defects, which are mainly responsible for the Jc enhancement. Our findings provide an effective method to significantly enhance Tc, Jc, Hirr, and the upper critical field, Hc2, for other families of Fe-based superconductors in the forms of wires/tapes, films, and single crystal and polycrystalline bulks. PMID:25645351

  1. Coexistence of superconductivity and a spin-density wave in pnictide superconductors: Gap symmetry and nodal lines

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    Parker, D.; Vavilov, M. G.; Chubukov, A. V.; Mazin, I. I.

    2009-09-01

    We investigate the effect of a spin-density wave (SDW) on s± superconductivity in Fe-based superconductors. We show that, contrary to the common wisdom, no nodes open at the new, reconnected Fermi surfaces when the hole and electron pockets fold down in the SDW state, despite the fact that the s± gap changes sign between the two pockets. Instead, the order parameter preserves its sign along the newly formed Fermi surfaces. The familiar experimental signatures of an s± symmetry are still preserved, although they appear in a mathematically different way. For a regular s case (s++) the nodes do appear in the SDW state. This distinction suggests a specific way to experimentally separate an s± state from a regular s in the pnictides. We argue that recently published thermal-conductivity data in the coexisting state are consistent with the s± , but not the s++ state.

  2. Doping - dependent anisotropy of the superconducting gap in underdoped pnictide superconductors

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    Prozorov, Ruslan

    2012-02-01

    The in-plane London penetration depth, δλ(T), was studied in single crystals of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 (``Ba122") and Ca10(Pt3As8)[(Fe1-xPtx)2As2]5 (``10-3-8"). Whereas in Ba122 magnetism and superconductivity coexist in the underdoped regime, the 10-3-8 compound exhibits a clear separation of two order parameters. By comparing the results obtained in these two systems, we could study general features of the superconducting gap structure as function of doping in the underdoped regime. Similar to all other pnictides, the low-temperature variation of London penetration depth exhibits a power-law behavior, δλ(T)= AT^n, in both systems. Moving towards the underdoped edge of the superconducting dome, the exponent n decreases well below scattering - limited value of n=2 and, at the same time, the pre-factor A increases. Both trends indicate an increasing anisotropy of the superconducting gap in more underdoped compounds. These and previous results suggest that the development of the superconducting gap anisotropy towards the underdoped edge of the superconducting dome is an intrinsic property of iron pnictides, similar to the known tendency on the overdoped side where magnetism and superconductivity do not interfere.[4pt] In collboration with M.A. Tanatar, H. Kim, The Ames Laboratory; Bing Shen, Hai-Hu Wen, Nanjing University; and N. Ni, R.J. Cava, Princeton University.

  3. Interplay of iron and rare-earth magnetic order in rare-earth iron pnictide superconductors under magnetic field

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    Lei-Lei, Yang; Da-Yong, Liu; Dong-Meng, Chen; Liang-Jian, Zou

    2016-02-01

    The magnetic properties of iron pnictide superconductors with magnetic rare-earth ions under strong magnetic field are investigated based on the cluster self-consistent field method. Starting from an effective Heisenberg model, we present the evolution of magnetic structures on magnetic field in R/FeAsO (R = Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, and Tb) and R/Fe2As2 (R = Eu) compounds. It is found that spin-flop transition occurs in both rare-earth and iron layers under magnetic field, in good agreement with the experimental results. The interplay between rare-earth and iron spins plays a key role in the magnetic-field-driven magnetic phase transition, which suggests that the rare-earth layers can modulate the magnetic behaviors of iron layers. In addition, the factors that affect the critical magnetic field for spin-flop transition are also discussed. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11104274, 11274310, and 11474287) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 27R1310020A).

  4. Twofold spin-triplet pairing states and tunneling conductance in ferromagnet/ferromagnet/iron pnictide superconductor heterojunctions

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    Yang, X.; Tao, Y.C.; Dong, Z.C.; Hu, J.G.

    2013-06-15

    By applying an extended eight-component Bogoliubov–de Gennes equation, we study theoretically the tunneling conductance in clean ferromagnet/ferromagnet/iron pnictide superconductor (FM/FM/iron-based SC) heterojunctions. Under the condition of noncollinear magnetizations, twofold novel Andreev reflections exist due to the existence of two bands in the SC, in which the incident electron and the two Andreev-reflected holes, belonging to the same spin subband, form twofold spin-triplet pairing states near the FM/iron-based SC interface. It is shown that the conversions of the conductance not only between the zero-bias peak and valley at zero energy but also between the peaks and dips at two gap energies are strongly dependent on both the interband coupling strength in the SC and the spin polarization in the FM. The qualitative differences from tunneling into a conventional s-wave SC are also presented, which may help with experimentally probing and identifying the antiphase s-wave pairing symmetry in the iron-based SC. -- Highlights: •An eight-component Bogoliubov–de Gennes (BDG) equation. •Twofold novel ARs and twofold usual ARs. •Conversions of conductance between the zero-bias peak and valley at zero energy. •Conversions of conductance between peaks and dips at two gap energies. •The importance of the interband coupling strength in the SC.

  5. Correlation between linear resistivity and Tc in the Bechgaard salts and the pnictide superconductor Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2

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    Doiron-Leyraud, Nicolas; Auban-Senzier, Pascale; René de Cotret, Samuel; Bourbonnais, Claude; Jérome, Denis; Bechgaard, Klaus; Taillefer, Louis

    2009-12-01

    The quasi-one-dimensional organic Bechgaard salt (TMTSF)2PF6 displays spin-density-wave (SDW) order and superconductivity in close proximity in the temperature-pressure phase diagram. We have measured its normal-state electrical resistivity ρa(T) as a function of temperature and pressure, in the T→0 limit. At the critical pressure where SDW order disappears, ρa(T)∝T down to the lowest measured temperature (0.1 K). With increasing pressure, ρa(T) acquires a curvature that is well described by ρa(T)=ρ0+AT+BT2 , where the strength of the linear term, measured by the A coefficient, is found to scale with the superconducting transition temperature Tc . This correlation between A and Tc strongly suggests that scattering and pairing in (TMTSF)2PF6 have a common origin, most likely rooted in the antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations associated with SDW order. Analysis of published resistivity data on the iron-pnictide superconductor Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 reveals a detailed similarity with (TMTSF)2PF6 , suggesting that antiferromagnetic fluctuations play a similar role in the pnictides.

  6. Enhancement of Magnetic Stripe Order in Iron-Pnictide Superconductors from the Interaction between Conduction Electrons and Magnetic Impurities

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    Gastiasoro, Maria N.; Andersen, Brian M.

    2014-08-01

    Recent experimental studies have revealed several unexpected properties of Mn-doped BaFe2As2. These include extension of the stripelike magnetic (π,0) phase to high temperatures above a critical Mn concentration only, the presence of diffusive and weakly temperature dependent magnetic (π,π) checkerboard scattering, and an apparent absent structural distortion from tetragonal to orthorhombic symmetry. Here, we study the effects of magnetic impurities both below and above the Néel transition temperature within a real-space five-band model appropriate to the iron pnictides. We show how these experimental findings can be explained by a cooperative behavior of the magnetic impurities and the conduction electrons mediating the Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interactions between them.

  7. Iron-free hexagonal pnictide superconductor SrPtAs: pairing interaction from electron-phonon coupling and possible d + id pairing?

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    Rhim, Sonny; Agterberg, Daniel F.; Weinert, Michael; Freeman, A. J.

    2014-03-01

    The iron-free hexagonal pnictide superconductor, SrPtAs, exhibits a prime example of staggered non-centrosymmetricity with non-negligible spin-orbit coupling, where locally broken inversion symmetry, despite the presence of global inversion, results in non-trivial consequences- an enhancement of the spin susceptibility and the paramagnetic limiting field.[2] Earlier calculations revealed that SrPtAs has three bands with quasi-two-dimensional features, where corresponding Fermi surfaces have two sheets around the zone center and one around the zone corner. We extended our first-principels calculations to include phonon dispersions. From this, the electron-phonon interaction is investigted in the framework of Eliashberg theory. Phonons near the K point contribute mostly to the pairing via both inter- and intra-band scattering. Further, the possibility of pairing symmetry with chiral d + id is discussed, which has been suggested when EF moves to a van Hove singularity either by n- or p-type doping.[3] DOE (DE-FG02-05ER45372).

  8. Origin of Electronic Nematicity in the Iron Pnictide NaFe1-xCoxAs Superconductor

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    Thorsmolle, Verner; Zhang, Wei-Lu; Zhang, Chenglin; Carr, Scott; Dai, Pengcheng; Blumberg, Girsh

    2014-03-01

    Doped iron pnictides present a complex phase diagram with superconductivity in close proximity to antiferromagnetic and structural transitions (ST). In addition to these phases, an electronic nematic phase has been suggested to be associated with the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic transition at TS. Electronic nematicity breaks C4 rotational symmetry and is believed to be the driving force behind the ST. However, at present, the main interaction behind electronic nematicity and nematic fluctuations remain unexplained. Using electronic Raman spectroscopy we show nematic charge fluctuations in the XY symmetry channel to follow a Curie-Weiss-like temperature dependence extending over a ~200 K range above TS and in the entire phase diagram including the superconducting phase in NaFe1-xCoxAs (0 < x < 0 . 08) single crystals. The nematicity is found to originate from orbital fluctuations, interconnected with local phonons, and are described in the frame of a classical Curie-Weiss law two-level system corresponding to the dxz and dyz Fe-orbitals. VKT and GB acknowledge support by NSF DMR-1104884 and by U.S. DOE, BES, Award DE-SC0005463. CZ, SVC and PD acknowledge support by U.S. DOE, BES, Contract DE-FG02-05ER46202.

  9. A NiCrAl pressure cell up to 4.6 GPa and its application to cuprate and pnictide superconductors

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    Fujiwara, Naoki; Uwatoko, Yoshiya; Matsumoto, Takehiko

    2013-06-01

    A NiCrAl-CuBe hybrid cell has been paid much attention because its maximum pressure goes beyond 3 GPa despite its large sample space. In the previous pressurizing trials for this pressure cell, we reached 4.0 GPa under a steady load of 15 ton. In the present trial, we have succeeded in reaching 4.6 GPa by using a short Teflon capsule as a pressure-mediation-liquid container. The pressure efficiency at 15 ton was 75 %. The maximum expansion of the inner diameter of the NiCrAl cylinder was 5 %, suggesting that 4.6 GPa is the upper limit of pressure. To keep high pressure above 4 GPa, a steady load control is needed: a pressure of 4.0 GPa under a steady load decreased to 3.7 GPa after the pressure cell was clamped and the steady load was released. The pressure cell is available to various experiments that need a large sample space. We have applied this pressure cell to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on cuprate and pnictide superconductors, such as Sr2Ca12Cu24O41, LaFeAsO1-xFx, and CaFe1-xCoxAsF. These compounds have superconducting layers, and Tcs of these compounds are enhanced by pressure application. We review what happens at optimal pressure in electric and/or magnetic properties on a microscopic level. Grant-in-Aid (Grant No. 23340101) from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Japan.

  10. Anisotropy of electrical transport in pnictide superconductors studied using Monte Carlo simulations of the spin-fermion model.

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    Liang, Shuhua; Alvarez, Gonzalo; Şen, Cengiz; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    2012-07-27

    An undoped three-orbital spin-fermion model for the Fe-based superconductors is studied via Monte Carlo techniques in two-dimensional clusters. At low temperatures, the magnetic and one-particle spectral properties are in agreement with neutron and photoemission experiments. Our main results are the resistance versus temperature curves that display the same features observed in BaFe(2)As(2) detwinned single crystals (under uniaxial stress), including a low-temperature anisotropy between the two directions followed by a peak at the magnetic ordering temperature, that qualitatively appears related to short-range spin order and concomitant Fermi surface orbital order. PMID:23006104

  11. Diluted ferromagnetic semiconductor (LaCa)(ZnMn)SbO isostructural to ``1111'' type iron pnictide superconductors

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    Han, Wei; Zhao, Kan; Wang, XianCheng; Liu, QingQing; Ning, FanLong; Deng, Zheng; Liu, Ying; Zhu, JinLong; Ding, Cui; Man, HuiYuan; Jin, ChangQing

    2013-11-01

    We report discovery of ferromagnetism in (LaCa)(ZnMn)SbO isostructural to the well-studied iron-based superconductor LaFeAs(O1- x F x ). Spin is induced by partial substitution of Mn2+ for Zn2+, while charge is induced by substitution of Ca2+ for La3+ within the parent compound LaZnSbO. Ferromagnetism with Curie temperature ( T C) is observed up to 40 K at the spin doping 0.15 by introducing Mn2+ into the Zn2+ sites for (La0.95Ca0.05)(Zn1- x Mn x )SbO. The Hall coefficient measurement indicates p-type carrier for (La0.95Ca0.05)(Zn0.9Mn0.1)SbO with concentration of n˜1020 cm-3 showing anomalous Hall effect below T C.

  12. 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.

  13. Itinerant electrons, local moments, and magnetic correlations in the pnictide superconductors CeFeAsO₁₋xFxand Sr(Fe₁₋xCox)₂As₂

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    Vilmercati, Paolo; Fedorov, Alexei; Bondino, Federica; Offi, Francesco; Panaccione, Giancarlo; Lacovig, Paolo; Simonelli, Laura; McGuire, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S. M.; Mandrus, David; et al

    2012-06-15

    A direct and element-specific measurement of the local Fe spin moment has been provided by analyzing the Fe 3s core level photoemission spectra in the parent and optimally doped CeFeAsO₁₋xFx (x = 0, 0.11) and Sr(Fe₁₋xCox)2As2 (x = 0, 0.10) pnictides. The rapid time scales of the photoemission process allowed the detection of large local spin moments fluctuating on a 10⁻¹⁵ s time scale in the paramagnetic, antiferromagnetic, and superconducting phases, indicative of the occurrence of ubiquitous strong Hund's magnetic correlations. The magnitude of the spin moment is found to vary significantly among different families, 1.3μB in CeFeAsO and 2.1μBmore » in SrFe₂As₂. Surprisingly, the spin moment is found to decrease considerably in the optimally doped samples, 0.9μB in CeFeAsO₀.₈₉F₀.₁₁ and 1.3μB in Sr(Fe₀.₉Co₀.₁)₂As₂. The strong variation of the spin moment against doping and material type indicates that the spin moments and the motion of itinerant electrons are influenced reciprocally in a self-consistent fashion, reflecting the strong competition between the antiferromagnetic superexchange interaction among the spin moments and the kinetic energy gain of the itinerant electrons in the presence of a strong Hund's coupling. By describing the evolution of the magnetic correlations concomitant with the appearance of superconductivity, these results constitute a fundamental step toward attaining a correct description of the microscopic mechanisms shaping the electronic properties in the pnictides, including magnetism and high-temperature superconductivity.« less

  14. Nodeless superconductivity in the presence of spin-density wave in pnictide superconductors: The case of BaFe2 -xNixAs2

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    Abdel-Hafiez, Mahmoud; Zhang, Yuanyuan; He, Zheng; Zhao, Jun; Bergmann, Christoph; Krellner, Cornelius; Duan, Chun-Gang; Lu, Xingye; Luo, Huiqian; Dai, Pengcheng; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2015-01-01

    The characteristics of Fe-based superconductors are manifested in their electronic, magnetic properties, and pairing symmetry of the Cooper pair, but the latter remain to be explored. Usually in these materials, superconductivity coexists and competes with magnetic order, giving unconventional pairing mechanisms. We report on the results of the bulk magnetization measurements in the superconducting state and the low-temperature specific heat down to 0.4 K for BaFe2-xNixAs2 single crystals. The electronic specific heat displays a pronounced anomaly at the superconducting transition temperature and a small residual part at low temperatures in the superconducting state. The normal-state Sommerfeld coefficient increases with Ni doping for x =0.092 , 0.096, and 0.10, which illustrates the competition between magnetism and superconductivity. Our analysis of the temperature dependence of the superconducting-state specific heat and the London penetration depth provides strong evidence for a two-band s -wave order parameter. Further, the data of the London penetration depth calculated from the lower critical field follow an exponential temperature dependence, characteristic of a fully gapped superconductor. These observations clearly show that the superconducting gap in the nearly optimally doped compounds is nodeless.

  15. Correlation-enhanced odd-parity inter-orbital singlet pairing in the iron-pnictide superconductor LiFeAs

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    Nourafkan, Reza; Kotliar, Gabriel; Tremblay, A.-M. S.

    The rich variety of iron-based superconductors and their complex electronic structure lead to a wide range of possibilities for gap symmetry and pairing components. Here we solve in the 2-Fe Brillouin zone the full frequency-dependent linearized Eliashberg equations for LiFeAs with spin-fluctuation mediated pairing interactions. The magnetic excitations are calculated with the random phase approximation on a correlated electronic structure obtained with density functional theory and dynamical mean field theory. Correlations induce long-lived local moments with orbital-dependent dynamics. The interaction between electrons through Hund's coupling promotes both the intra-orbital dxz (yz) and the inter-orbital magnetic susceptibility. As a consequence, the leading pairing channel acquires sizeable inter-orbital dxy-dxz (yz) singlet pairing with odd parity under glide-plane symmetry. These components reduce the superconducting gap magnitude induced by the intra-orbital components of the gap function at the electron pockets intersection where the Fe-d t2 g orbitals strongly mix. The combination of intra- and inter-orbital components makes the results consistent with available experiments on the angular dependence of the gaps observed on the different Fermi surfaces. Supported by NSERC, CIFAR and the Tier I Canada Research Chair Program.

  16. Effects of electron irradiation on resistivity and London penetration depth of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 (x <= 0.34) iron-pnictide superconductor

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    Cho, K; Konczykowski, M; Murphy, Jason; Kim, H; Tanatar, Makariy A; Straszheim, Warren E; Shen, B; Wen, H H; Prozorov, Ruslan

    2014-09-01

    Irradiation with 2.5 MeV electrons at doses up to 5.2×1019 electrons/cm2 was used to introduce pointlike defects in single crystals of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 with x=0.19 (Tc=14K),0.26 (Tc=32K), 0.32 (Tc=37K), and 0.34 (Tc=39K) to study the superconducting gap structure by probing the effect of nonmagnetic scattering on electrical resistivity ρ(T) and London penetration depth λ(T). For all compositions, the irradiation suppressed the superconducting transition temperature Tc and increased resistivity. The low-temperature behavior of λ(T) is best described by the power-law function, Δλ(T)=A(T/Tc)n. While substantial suppression of Tc supports s± pairing, in samples close to the optimal doping, x=0.26, 0.32, and 0.34, the exponent n remained high (n≥3), indicating almost exponential attenuation and thus a robust full superconducting gap. For the x=0.19 composition, which exhibits coexistence of superconductivity and long-range magnetism, the suppression of Tc was much more rapid, and the exponent n decreased toward the s± dirty limit of n=2. In this sample, the irradiation also suppressed the temperature of structural/magnetic transition Tsm from 103 to 98 K, consistent with the itinerant nature of the long-range magnetic order. Our results suggest that underdoped compositions, especially in the coexisting regime, are most susceptible to nonmagnetic scattering and imply that in multiband Ba1-xKxFe2As2 superconductors, the ratio of the interband to intraband pairing strength, as well as the related gap anisotropy, increases upon the departure from the optimal doping.

  17. Itinerant electrons, local moments, and magnetic correlations in the pnictide superconductors CeFeAsO₁₋xFxand Sr(Fe₁₋xCox)₂As₂

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    Vilmercati, Paolo; Fedorov, Alexei; Bondino, Federica; Offi, Francesco; Panaccione, Giancarlo; Lacovig, Paolo; Simonelli, Laura; McGuire, Michael A.; Sefat, Athena S. M.; Mandrus, David; Sales, Brian C.; Egami, Takeshi; Ku, Wei; Mannella, Norman

    2012-06-15

    A direct and element-specific measurement of the local Fe spin moment has been provided by analyzing the Fe 3s core level photoemission spectra in the parent and optimally doped CeFeAsO₁₋xFx (x = 0, 0.11) and Sr(Fe₁₋xCox)2As2 (x = 0, 0.10) pnictides. The rapid time scales of the photoemission process allowed the detection of large local spin moments fluctuating on a 10⁻¹⁵ s time scale in the paramagnetic, antiferromagnetic, and superconducting phases, indicative of the occurrence of ubiquitous strong Hund's magnetic correlations. The magnitude of the spin moment is found to vary significantly among different families, 1.3μB in CeFeAsO and 2.1μB in SrFe₂As₂. Surprisingly, the spin moment is found to decrease considerably in the optimally doped samples, 0.9μB in CeFeAsO₀.₈₉F₀.₁₁ and 1.3μB in Sr(Fe₀.₉Co₀.₁)₂As₂. The strong variation of the spin moment against doping and material type indicates that the spin moments and the motion of itinerant electrons are influenced reciprocally in a self-consistent fashion, reflecting the strong competition between the antiferromagnetic superexchange interaction among the spin moments and the kinetic energy gain of the itinerant electrons in the presence of a strong Hund's coupling. By describing the evolution of the magnetic correlations concomitant with the appearance of superconductivity, these results constitute a fundamental step toward attaining a correct description of the microscopic mechanisms shaping the electronic properties in the pnictides, including magnetism and high-temperature superconductivity.

  18. Electrodynamics of superconducting pnictide superlattices

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    Perucchi, A.; Pietro, P. Di; Capitani, F.; Lupi, S.; Lee, S.; Kang, J. H.; Eom, C. B.; Jiang, J.; Weiss, J. D.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Dore, P.

    2014-06-02

    It was recently shown that superlattices where layers of the 8% Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} superconducting pnictide are intercalated with non superconducting ultrathin layers of either SrTiO{sub 3} or of oxygen-rich BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, can be used to control flux pinning, thereby increasing critical fields and currents, without significantly affecting the critical temperature of the pristine superconducting material. However, little is known about the electron properties of these systems. Here, we investigate the electrodynamics of these superconducting pnictide superlattices in the normal and superconducting state by using infrared reflectivity, from THz to visible range. We find that multigap structure of these superlattices is preserved, whereas some significant changes are observed in their electronic structure with respect to those of the original pnictide. Our results suggest that possible attempts to further increase the flux pinning may lead to a breakdown of the pnictide superconducting properties.

  19. High-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides and chalcogenides

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    Si, Qimiao; Yu, Rong; Abrahams, Elihu

    2016-04-01

    Superconductivity develops in metals upon the formation of a coherent macroscopic quantum state of electron pairs. Iron pnictides and chalcogenides are materials that have high superconducting transition temperatures. In this Review, we describe the advances in the field that have led to higher superconducting transition temperatures in iron-based superconductors and the wide range of materials that are used to form these superconductors. We summarize the essential aspects of the normal state and the mechanism for superconductivity. We emphasize the degree of electron–electron correlations and their manifestation in properties of the normal state. We examine the nature of magnetism, analyse its role in driving the electronic nematicity and discuss quantum criticality at the border of magnetism in the phase diagram. Finally, we review the amplitude and structure of the superconducting pairing, and survey the potential material settings for optimizing superconductivity.

  20. Superconductivity in HfCuGe2: A non-magnetic analog of the 1111 iron pnictides

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    Schoop, Leslie; Hirai, Daigorou; Felser, Claudia; Cava, R. J.

    2013-03-01

    Bulk superconductivity with a transition temperature Tc = 0.6 K is reported for the intermetallic compound HfCuGe2. HfCuGe2 is structurally related to the “1111” iron pnictide structure, which hosts a large number of Fe-based superconductors. It can therefore be viewed as a non-magnetic analog to the “1111”-type Fe-based superconductors.

  1. Topological edge states in pnictides

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    Youmans, Cody; Ghaemi, Pouyan; Kargarian, Mehdi

    In some members of the ferro-pnictides, non-trivial topology in the bulk band-structure is related to potentially observable gapless edge states. We study these states numerically and analytically for a range of parameters, with and without superconductivity and antiferromagnetic SDW ordering, and their relation to the symmetries and topologically non-trivial aspects of our model Hamiltonian. Support was provided by the Doctoral Student Research Grant program at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

  2. Correlation between superconductivity and structural properties under high pressure of iron pnictide superconductor Ce[subscript 0.6]Y[subscript 0.4]FeAsO[subscript 0.8]F[subscript 0.2

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    Kanagaraj, M.; Arumugam, S.; Kumar, Ravhi S.; Selvan, N.R. Tamil; Muthu, S. Esakki; Prakash, J.; Thakur, Gohil S.; Yoshino, H.; Murata, K.; Matsubayashi, K.; Uwatoko, Y.; Sinogeikin, S.; Cornelius, Andrew; Ganguli, A.K.; Zhao, Yusheng

    2012-02-28

    We report here the pressure dependence of the electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility of polycrystalline Ce{sub 0.6}Y{sub 0.4}FeAsO{sub 0.8}F{sub 0.2} superconductor in the temperature range 4 K to 300 K up to 8 GPa. In-situ high pressure-low temperature x-ray diffraction was performed at 8 K up to 32 GPa using synchrotron x-rays with helium pressure medium. The results show that the applied pressure slightly increases the T{sub c} up to 1 GPa and then it decreases on further pressure increase. The reduction of superconducting transition temperature occurs with a transition to a collapsed tetragonal phase and may be associated with a possible valence change of Ce.

  3. Superconductivity versus bound-state formation in a two-band superconductor with small Fermi energy: Applications to Fe pnictides/chalcogenides and doped SrTiO3

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    Chubukov, Andrey V.; Eremin, Ilya; Efremov, Dmitri V.

    2016-05-01

    Fe pnictides and Fe chalcogenides in which a superconducting gap has been detected on the bands that do not cross the Fermi level, and to FeSe, in which the superconducting gap is comparable to the Fermi energy. We apply the results for the model with two electron bands to Nb-doped SrTiO3 and argue that our theory explains the rapid increase of Tc when both bands start crossing the Fermi level.

  4. Computational search of novel superconductors

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    Yin, Zhiping

    The recently discovered 200 K high temperature superconductivity in the hydrogen sulfur material under high pressure was first successfully predicted by first-principles computation in a quantitative fashion, demonstrating the power of computation in the search of new superconductors. With the rapid advancement of theory, algorithm, and computer power, computation will play an increasingly important role. In this talk, I will first summarize the key features of different families of high temperature superconductors, including the iron pnictide and chalcogenide superconductors, the transition metal chloronitrides, and Bi-based superconductors. Then I will show how to use the key features as guidance to design novel candidate materials of high temperature superconductivity by utilizing a combination of different computational methods and tools, including evolutionary structural search method, density functional theory and dynamical mean field theory. A few candidate materials will be given towards the end of the talk for interested experimentalists and theorists to test and explore

  5. A Minimal Two-band Model for the Superconducting Fe-pnictides

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    Raghu, S.

    2010-03-25

    Following the discovery of the Fe-pnictide superconductors, LDA band structure calculations showed that the dominant contributions to the spectral weight near the Fermi energy came from the Fe 3d orbitals. The Fermi surface is characterized by two hole surfaces around the {Lambda} point and two electron surfaces around the M point of the 2 Fe/cell Brillouin zone. Here, we describe a 2-band model that reproduces the topology of the LDA Fermi surface and exhibits both ferromagnetic and q = ({pi}, 0) spin density wave (SDW) fluctuations. We argue that this minimal model contains the essential low energy physics of these materials.

  6. Theory of Two-Magnon Raman Scattering in Iron Pnictides and Chalcogenides

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    Chen, C. C.

    2011-08-15

    Although the parent iron-based pnictides and chalcogenides are itinerant antiferromagnets, the use of local moment picture to understand their magnetic properties is still widespread. We study magnetic Raman scattering from a local moment perspective for various quantum spin models proposed for this new class of superconductors. These models vary greatly in the level of magnetic frustration and show a vastly different two-magnon Raman response. Light scattering by two-magnon excitations thus provides a robust and independent measure of the underlying spin interactions. In accord with other recent experiments, our results indicate that the amount of magnetic frustration in these systems may be small.

  7. Magneto-structural correlations in rare-earth cobalt pnictides

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    Thompson, Corey Mitchell

    Magnetic materials are used in many applications such as credit cards, hard drives, electric motors, sensors, etc. Although a vast range of magnetic solids is available for these purposes, our ability to improve their efficiency and discover new materials remains paramount to the sustainable progress and economic profitability in many technological areas. The search for magnetic solids with improved performance requires fundamental understanding of correlations between the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of existing materials, as well as active exploratory synthesis that targets the development of new magnets. Some of the strongest permanent magnets, Nd 2Fe14B, SmCo5, and Sm2Co17, combine transition and rare-earth metals, benefiting from the strong exchange between the 4f and 3d magnetic sublattices. Although these materials have been studied in great detail, the development of novel magnets requires thorough investigation of other 3d-4 f intermetallics, in order to gain further insights into correlations between their crystal structures and magnetic properties. Among many types of intermetallic materials, ternary pnictides RCo 2Pn2 (R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd; Pn = P, As) are of interest because, despite their simple crystal structures, they contain two magnetic sublattices, exchange interactions between which may lead to rich and unprecedented magnetic behavior. Nevertheless, magnetism of these materials was studied only to a limited extent, especially as compared to the extensive studies of their silicide and germanide analogues. The ThCr2Si2 structure type, to which these ternary pnictides belong, is one of the most ubiquitous atomic arrangements encountered among intermetallic compounds. It accounts for over 1000 known intermetallics and has received increased attention due to the recently discovered FeAs-based superconductors. This dissertation is devoted to the investigation of

  8. Scaling between magnetic and lattice fluctuations in iron pnictide superconductors.

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    Fernandes, Rafael M; Böhmer, Anna E; Meingast, Christoph; Schmalian, Jörg

    2013-09-27

    The phase diagram of the iron arsenides is dominated by a magnetic and a structural phase transition, which need to be suppressed in order for superconductivity to appear. The proximity between the two transition temperature lines indicates correlation between these two phases, whose nature remains unsettled. Here, we find a scaling relation between nuclear magnetic resonance and shear modulus data in the tetragonal phase of electron-doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 compounds. Because the former probes the strength of magnetic fluctuations while the latter is sensitive to orthorhombic fluctuations, our results provide strong evidence for a magnetically driven structural transition. PMID:24116808

  9. 2011 Aspen Winter Conference on Contrasting Superconductivity of Pnictides and Cuprates

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    Johnson, P.; Schmalian, J.; Canfield, P.; Chakravarty, S.

    2011-05-02

    Our quest for materials with better properties is closely integral to the fabric of our society. Currently the development of materials that will allow for improved generation, transport, and storage of energy is at the forefront of our research in condensed matter physics and materials science. Among these materials, compounds that exhibit correlated electron states and emergent phenomena such as superconductivity have great promise, but also difficulties that need to be overcome: problems associated with our need to reliably find, understand, improve and control these promising materials. At the same time, the field of correlated electrons represents the frontier of our understanding of the electronic properties of solids. It contains deep open scientific issues within the broad area of quantum phenomena in matter. The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand the physics of recently discovered Fe-based high-temperature superconductors and contrast and compare them with the cuprates. The superconductivity in iron pnictides, with transition temperatures in excess of 55 K, was discovered in early 2008. The impact of this discovery is comparable to cuprates discovered in 1986. At the same time a number of recent experimental developments in cuprates may lead to a shift in our thinking with regards to these materials. There is therefore much to be learned by devoting a conference in which both classes of superconductors are discussed, especially at this nascent stage of the pnictides.

  10. Non-Fermi liquid behavior in quantum critical iron-pnictide metal Ba(Fe,Ni,Co)2As2

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    Nakajima, Yasuyuki; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Hughes, Alex; Eckberg, Christopher; Wang, Renxiong; Metz, Tristin; Saha, Shanta; Paglione, Johnpierre

    The breakdown of Landau's Fermi liquid theory has been believed to be induced by quantum fluctuations in the vicinity of a quantum critical point (QCP), occasionally accompanied by exotic superconductivity in the strongly correlated electron systems, such as cuprate and iron pnictide superconductors. However, the superconducting dome of such materials with high Tc precludes us from investigating the interplay between quantum fluctuations and the exotic superconductivity. We report non-Fermi liquid behavior associated with quantum fluctuations in the transport and thermodynamic properties of the non-superconducting iron pnictide Ba(Fe,Co,Ni)2As2, which allows us to elucidate the behavior on cooling down to near absolute zero without distractions from the superconductivity. We will discuss the evolution of non-Fermi liquid behavior with magnetic field, highlighting the presence of field tuned QCP.

  11. ARPES of K-doped iron selenide superconductor

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    Yokoya, Takayoshi; Sunagawa, Masanori; Terashima, Kensei; Hamada, Takahiro; Fujiwara, Hirokazu; Tanaka, Masashi; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Takano, Yoshihiko; Arita, Masashi; Shimada, Kenya; Namatame, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Suzuki, Katsuhiro; Usui, Hidetomo; Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Wakita, Takanori; Muraoka, Yuji

    2015-03-01

    In iron pnictide superconductors, the characteristic Fermi surface(FS) topology, namely nesting of hole-like FS at the zone center and electron-like FS at the zone corner, is considered to induce spin/orbital fluctuation leading to high-Tc superconductivity. In K-doped iron selenide superconductors, however, ARPES studies reported absence of hole-like FS at the zone center, which is different from that observed in iron pnictides. So far, proposed models for the superconductivity based on the FS topology appear to fail to explain available experimental results. In this talk, we present our recent ARPES studies on a K-doped iron selenide superconductor performed with careful tuning of experimental conditions, which show a hole-like FS around the zone center.

  12. Weak-coupling superconductivity in a strongly correlated iron pnictide

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    Charnukha, A.; Post, K. W.; Thirupathaiah, S.; Pröpper, D.; Wurmehl, S.; Roslova, M.; Morozov, I.; Büchner, B.; Yaresko, A. N.; Boris, A. V.; Borisenko, S. V.; Basov, D. N.

    2016-01-01

    Iron-based superconductors have been found to exhibit an intimate interplay of orbital, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom, dramatically affecting their low-energy electronic properties, including superconductivity. Albeit the precise pairing mechanism remains unidentified, several candidate interactions have been suggested to mediate the superconducting pairing, both in the orbital and in the spin channel. Here, we employ optical spectroscopy (OS), angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), ab initio band-structure, and Eliashberg calculations to show that nearly optimally doped NaFe0.978Co0.022As exhibits some of the strongest orbitally selective electronic correlations in the family of iron pnictides. Unexpectedly, we find that the mass enhancement of itinerant charge carriers in the strongly correlated band is dramatically reduced near the Γ point and attribute this effect to orbital mixing induced by pronounced spin-orbit coupling. Embracing the true band structure allows us to describe all low-energy electronic properties obtained in our experiments with remarkable consistency and demonstrate that superconductivity in this material is rather weak and mediated by spin fluctuations. PMID:26729630

  13. Weak-coupling superconductivity in a strongly correlated iron pnictide

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    Charnukha, Aliaksei

    Iron-based superconductors have been found to exhibit an intimate interplay of orbital, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom, dramatically affecting their low-energy electronic properties, including superconductivity. Albeit the precise pairing mechanism remains unidentified, several candidate interactions have been suggested to mediate the superconducting pairing, both in the orbital and in the spin channel. Here, we employ optical spectroscopy (OS), angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, ab initio band-structure, and Eliashberg calculations to show that nearly optimally doped NaFe0.978Co0.022As exhibits some of the strongest orbitally selective electronic correlations in the family of iron pnictides. Unexpectedly, we find that the mass enhancement of itinerant charge carriers in the strongly correlated band is dramatically reduced near the Γ point and attribute this effect to orbital mixing induced by pronounced spin-orbit coupling. Embracing the true band structure allows us to describe all low-energy electronic properties obtained in our experiments with remarkable consistency and demonstrate that superconductivity in this material is rather weak and mediated by spin fluctuations. A. Charnukha acknowledges financial support by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

  14. Coexistence of superconductivity, ferromagnetism and antiferromagnetism in iron pnictides

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    Gill, Raminder

    2016-05-01

    Coexistence of Superconductivity and magnetism have always been the fascinating area of interest for condensed-matter physicists. A variety of systems, such as cuprates, heavy fermions, and iron pnictides showed superconductivity in a narrow region near the border to antiferromagnetism (AFM)as a function of pressure or doping. However, the coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism (FM) has seen in URhGe, UGe2, ErRh4B4 and many compounds. Here, we present a third situation where superconductivity coexists with FM and AFM. The recent experimental finding of interplay of ferromagnetism,antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in EuFe2(As1-xPx)2 impressed us to discuss this problem in detail. Ironpnictides are high Tc magnetic superconductors and could be very useful in finding many new superconductorswith high Tc probably near to room temperature. In this paper, we have theoretically calculated the superconducting order parameter of EuFe2(As1-xPx)2 where magnetic ordering is due to Eu+ moments and superconductivity is due to Fe3+ moments. The Eu ions order antiferromagnetically for x≤0.13, while a crossover is observed for x≥0.22 whereupon the Eu ions order ferromagnetically.

  15. Weak-coupling superconductivity in a strongly correlated iron pnictide

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    Charnukha, A.; Post, K. W.; Thirupathaiah, S.; Pröpper, D.; Wurmehl, S.; Roslova, M.; Morozov, I.; Büchner, B.; Yaresko, A. N.; Boris, A. V.; Borisenko, S. V.; Basov, D. N.

    2016-01-01

    Iron-based superconductors have been found to exhibit an intimate interplay of orbital, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom, dramatically affecting their low-energy electronic properties, including superconductivity. Albeit the precise pairing mechanism remains unidentified, several candidate interactions have been suggested to mediate the superconducting pairing, both in the orbital and in the spin channel. Here, we employ optical spectroscopy (OS), angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), ab initio band-structure, and Eliashberg calculations to show that nearly optimally doped NaFe0.978Co0.022As exhibits some of the strongest orbitally selective electronic correlations in the family of iron pnictides. Unexpectedly, we find that the mass enhancement of itinerant charge carriers in the strongly correlated band is dramatically reduced near the Γ point and attribute this effect to orbital mixing induced by pronounced spin-orbit coupling. Embracing the true band structure allows us to describe all low-energy electronic properties obtained in our experiments with remarkable consistency and demonstrate that superconductivity in this material is rather weak and mediated by spin fluctuations.

  16. Correlations and effects of pressure in Fe-pnictides

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    Valenti, Roser

    2014-03-01

    In this talk we will explore the effects of correlations and pressure in Fe-based superconductors by considering a combination of density functional theory calculations and dynamical mean field theory and compare our results with recent ARPES and de Haas van Alphen experiments. We will discuss the importance of orbital-selective correlations in the 111 (LiFeAs, LiFeP) and 122 families (BaFe2As2,CaFe2As2, KFe2As2) and indicate how the topology of the Fermi surface, specially in KFe2As2, is influenced by these effects. In this context, we will show why MgFeGe, an isostructural and isoelectronic system to LiFeAs, doesn't superconduct. In the case of the 122 systems, we will predict and analyze changes in the electronic and magnetic properties under hydrostatic, tensile and compressive pressure and will discuss our results in relation to (i) superconductivity, (ii) magnetism and (iii) the mechanisms involved in the detwinning process of an orthorhombic iron-pnictide crystal a. Funding has been provided by the German Science Foundation (DFG).

  17. Electronic phase separation in iron pnictides

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    Sboychakov, A. O.; Rozhkov, A. V.; Kugel, K. I.; Rakhmanov, A. L.; Nori, Franco

    2013-11-01

    A mechanism for electronic phase separation in iron pnictides is proposed. It is based on the competition between commensurate and incommensurate spin-density-wave phases in a system with an imperfect doping-dependent nesting of a multisheeted Fermi surface. We model the Fermi surface by two elliptical electron pockets and three circular hole pockets. The interaction between a charge carrier in a hole band and a carrier in an electron band leads to the formation of spin-density-wave order. The commensurate spin density wave in the parent compound transforms to the incommensurate phase when doping is introduced. We show that, for certain parameter values, the uniform state is unstable with respect to phase separation. The resulting inhomogeneous state consists of regions of commensurate and incommensurate spin-density-wave phases. Our results are in qualitative agreement with recent observations of incommensurate spin density waves and electronic inhomogeneity in iron pnictides.

  18. Correlation effects in the iron pnictides

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    Zhu, Jian-xin; Si, Qimiao; Abrahams, Elihu; Dai, Jianhui

    2009-01-01

    One of the central questions about the iron pnictides concerns the extent to which their electrons are strongly correlated. Here we address this issue through the phenomenology of the charge transport and dynamics, single-electron excitation spectrum, and magnetic ordering and dynamics. We outline the evidence that the parent compounds, while metallic, have electron interactions that are sufficiently strong to produce incipient Mott physics. In other words, in terms of the strength of electron correlations compared to the kinetic energy, the iron pnictides are closer to intermediately-coupled systems lying at the boundary between itinerancy and localization, such as V{sub 2}O{sub 3} a or Se-doped NiS{sub 2} , rather than to simple antiferromagnetic metals like Cr. This level of electronic correlations produces a new small parameter for controlled theoretical analyses, namely the fraction of the single-electron spectral weight that lies in the coherent part. Using this expansion parameter, we construct the effective low-energy Hamiltonian and discuss its implications for the magnetic order and magnetic quantum criticality. Finally, this approach sharpens the notion of magnetic frustration for such a metallic system, and brings about a multi band matrix t-J{sub 1}-J{sub 2} model for the carrier-doped iron pnictides.

  19. Thermoelectric properties of zinc based pnictide semiconductors

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    Sreeparvathy, P. C.; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2016-02-01

    We report a detailed first principles density functional calculations to understand the electronic structure and transport properties of Zn-based pnictides ZnXPn2 (X: Si, Ge, and Sn; Pn: P and As) and ZnSiSb2. The electronic properties calculated using Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson functional reveals the semi-conducting nature, and the resulting band gaps are in good agreement with experimental and other theoretical reports. We find a mixture of heavy and light bands in the band structure which is an advantage for good thermoelectric (TE) properties. The calculated transport properties unveils the favour p-type conduction in ZnXP2 (X: Si, Ge, and Sn) and n-type conduction in ZnGeP2 and ZnSiAs2. Comparison of transport properties of Zn-based pnictides with the prototype chalcopyrite thermoelectric materials implies that the thermopower values of the investigated compounds to be higher when compared with the prototype chalcopyrite thermoelectric materials, together with the comparable values for electrical conductivity scaled by relaxation time. In addition to this, Zn-based pnictides are found to possess higher thermopower than well known traditional TE materials at room temperature and above which motivates further research in these compounds.

  20. Anomalous Hall effect in epitaxial Ba(Fe1- xCox)2 As2 pnictide superconducting thin films and superlattices

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    Campbell, Neil; Rzchowski, Mark; Irwin, Julian; Kang, Jong-Hoon; Eom, Chang-Beom; Lee, Sanghan; Ruosi, Adele

    2015-03-01

    Iron-based superconductors have been worked with to the point that now growth of various thin films is very-well controlled, allowing in depth study of associated structures. One exciting pathway of study for pnictides is that they show similarities to cuprate superconductors, regarded as an avenue toward high-Tc superconductors. Specifically, these heterostructures allow study of the competition between antiferromagnetism and superconductivity at the interface between the undoped parent compound, and optimally-doped compound, BaFe2-xCoxAs2 (Ba122). At room temperature, these pnictides exhibit anomalous Hall effect (AHE). There is strong evidence for the interface dominating AHE, allowing control AHE with type of substrate, surface termination, and superlattice configuration. We characterized samples of thicknesses from 6nm to 300nm, and with up to 12 interfaces. Such samples have been characterized via magnetotransport measurements at temperatures ranging from 5K to 300K, and magnetic fields up to 8T applied normal to the basal plane with Van der Pauw and Hall geometries. Additionally, we measured magnetization with vibrating sample magnetometry. These properties will aid novel device development, making pnictides interesting. This work was supported by funding from the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-FG02-06ER46327.

  1. Spin excitations in antiferromagnetic metallic phase of iron pnictides analyzed with a five-band itinerant model

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    Kaneshita, Eiji; Tohyama, Takami

    2011-03-01

    We investigate the spin wave excitation in the metallic antiferromagnetic phase of iron pnictide superconductors based on calculated neutron scattering spectra by mean-field calculations with a random phase approximation in a five-band itinerant model [E.K. & T.T., RPB 82, 094441 (2010)]. The calculated excitation spectra reproduce well spin-wave dispersions observed in inelastic neutron scattering, with a realistic magnetic moment for CaFe 2 As 2 . A particle-hole gap is found to be crucial to obtain consistent results; we predict the spin wave in LaFeAsO disappears at a lower energy than in CaFe 2 As 2 .

  2. Magnetic interactions in iron superconductors: A review

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    Bascones, Elena; Valenzuela, Belén; Calderón, Maria José

    2016-01-01

    High-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides and chalcogenides emerges when a magnetic phase is suppressed. The multi-orbital character and the strength of correlations underlie this complex phenomenology, involving magnetic softness and anisotropies, with Hund's coupling playing an important role. We review here the different theoretical approaches used to describe the magnetic interactions in these systems. We show that taking into account the orbital degree of freedom allows us to unify in a single phase diagram the main mechanisms proposed to explain the (π , 0) order in iron pnictides: nesting-driven superconductivity, exchange between localised spins, and Hund-induced magnetic state with orbital differentiation. Comparison of theoretical estimates and experimental results helps locate the Fe superconductors in the phase diagram. In addition, orbital physics is crucial to address the magnetic softness, the doping-dependent properties, and the anisotropies.

  3. Of Substitution and Doping: Spatial and Electronic Structure in Fe Pnictides

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    Merz, Michael; Schweiss, Peter; Nagel, Peter; Huang, Meng-Jie; Eder, Robert; Wolf, Thomas; von Löhneysen, Hilbert; Schuppler, Stefan

    2016-04-01

    A highly intriguing aspect in iron-pnictide superconductors is the composition-dependent electronic structure, in particular the question if and how charge carriers are introduced to the system upon substitution of Ba by alkali metals or of Fe by other transition metals, TM. We report on a systematic study of spatial structure and electronic states by x-ray diffraction and x-ray absorption on a large number of compositions in the (Ba,K)(Fe,TM)2As2 family. The coherent combination of detailed structural information with an in-depth analysis of the electronic structure allows us to sensitively disentangle (charge-carrier) "doping" effects from "substitutional" effects. Results include a doping character that is site-decoupled, as well as TM 3d energy-level schemes that exhibit non-standard level sequences and even t2-e level crossings. Our study indicates that doping per se seems to play a lesser role than expected for pnictide superconductivity and magnetism.

  4. A novel non-Fermi-liquid state in the iron-pnictide FeCrAs

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    Wu, Wenlong; McCollam, Alix; Swainson, Ian; Rourke, Patrick; Rancourt, Denis; Julian, Stephen

    2009-03-01

    We report transport and thermodynamic properties of stoichiometric single crystals of the hexagonal iron-pnictide FeCrAs. The in-plane resistivity shows an unusual ``non-metallic" dependence on temperature T, rising continuously with decreasing T from ˜ 800 K tobelow 100 mK. The c-axis resistivity is similar, except for a sharp drop upon entry into an antiferromagnetic state at TN˜125 K. Below 10 K the resistivity follows a non-Fermi-liquid power law, ρ(T) =ρ0-AT^x with x<1. The specific heat, on the other hand, shows typical Fermi liquid behaviour with a linear temperature dependence and a large Sommerfeld coefficient, γ˜30 mJ/mol,^2. The magnetic susceptibility does not follow Curie-Weiss law and it is rather weakly temperature dependent at low temperature. The high temperature properties of FeCrAs are reminiscent of those of the parent compounds of the new layered iron-pnictide superconductors, however the T ->0 K properties suggest a new class of non-Fermi liquid. This low temperature state has some features expected of a fractionalized electron system, in which conduction electrons break up into a charge carrying part that scatters anomalously and a spin part that has the thermodynamic properties of a Fermi liquid.

  5. Magneto-orbital coupling in iron pnictides

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    Ghosh, Sayandip; Raghuvanshi, Nimisha; Singh, Avinash

    2016-05-01

    A magneto-orbital coupling mechanism is proposed to account for the weak energy gap at the Fermi energy in the (π , 0) ordered SDW state of a realistic three-orbital model for iron pnictides involving dxz, dyz, and dxy Fe orbitals. The orbital mixing terms between the dxy and dxz /dyz orbitals, which are important in reproducing the orbital composition of the elliptical electron pockets at (± π , 0) and (0 , ± π), are shown to play a key role in the energy gap formation in the SDW state.

  6. 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.

  7. Magnetic and Ising quantum phase transitions in a model for isoelectronically tuned iron pnictides

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    Wu, Jianda; Si, Qimiao; Abrahams, Elihu

    2016-03-01

    Considerations of the observed bad-metal behavior in Fe-based superconductors led to an early proposal for quantum criticality induced by isoelectronic P for As doping in iron arsenides, which has since been experimentally confirmed. We study here an effective model for the isoelectronically tuned pnictides using a large-N approach. The model contains antiferromagnetic and Ising-nematic order parameters appropriate for J1-J2 exchange-coupled local moments on an Fe square lattice, and a damping caused by coupling to itinerant electrons. The zero-temperature magnetic and Ising transitions are concurrent and essentially continuous. The order-parameter jumps are very small, and are further reduced by the interplane coupling; consequently, quantum criticality occurs over a wide dynamical range. Our results reconcile recent seemingly contradictory experimental observations concerning the quantum phase transition in the P-doped iron arsenides.

  8. Numerical Studies of Doped Iron Pnictides

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    Bishop, Christopher; Liang, Shuhua; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    The phase diagram of electron-doped pnictides is studied varying the temperature, electronic density, and isotropic disorder strength and dilution via numerical studies of a three-orbital spin-fermion model with lattice degrees of freedom. Doping introduces disorder but in theoretical studies the effect of the randomly located dopants is difficult to address. Numerically the effects of electronic doping, regulated by a chemical potential, and impurity disorder at randomly selected sites can be independently controlled. It was found that the reduction with doping of the Neel and the structural transition temperatures, and the stabilization of a nematic state, is mainly controlled by the magnetic dilution due to the disorder. Fermi surface changes due to doping affect only slightly both critical temperatures. Our findings are compatible with neutron scattering and STM results, unveiling a patchy network of locally magnetically ordered anisotropic clusters, despite the isotropic disorder. The fragile tendency to nematicity intrinsic of translational invariant electronic systems needs to be supplemented by disorder and dilution to stabilize the robust nematic phase experimentally found in electron-doped 122 pnictides. National Science Foundation Grant No. DMR-1404375.

  9. Hexagonal pnictide SrPtAs; the role of spin-orbit interaction and locally broken inversion symmetry

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    Rhim, S. H.; Youn, S. J.; Fischer, M. H.; Agterberg, D. F.; Sigrist, M.; Weinert, M.; Freeman, A. J.

    2012-02-01

    The first hexagonal pnictide superconductor SrPtAs which consists of stacked PtAs layers has been studied using the FLAPW methodootnotetextWimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, and Freeman, Phys.Rev.B. 24, 864 (1981) and tight-binding methods. The single PtAs layer forms a honeycomb structure that exhibits: (1) locally broken inversion symmetry despite the presence of the global inversion center, and (2) strong spin-orbit interaction, for which physical consequences are nontrivial. Based on these findings, we predict significant enhancement of both the spin susceptibility and the paramagnetic limiting field with respect to the usual s wave superconductors. Further, we suggest an increase of TC by electron doping of a van Hove singularity.

  10. Chemistry and Electronic Structure of Iron-Based Superconductors

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    Safa-Sefat, Athena; Singh, David J

    2011-01-01

    The solid state provides a richly varied fabric for intertwining chemical bonding, electronic structure, and magnetism. The discovery of superconductivity in iron pnictides and chalcogenides has revealed new aspects of this interplay, especially involving magnetism and superconductivity. Moreover, it has challenged prior thinking about high-temperature superconductivity by providing a set of materials that differ in many crucial aspects from the previously known cuprate superconductors. Here we review some of what is known about the superconductivity and its interplay with magnetism, chemistry, and electronic structure in Fe-based superconductors.

  11. Importance of effective dimensionality in manganese pnictides

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    Zingl, Manuel; Assmann, Elias; Seth, Priyanka; Krivenko, Igor; Aichhorn, Markus

    2016-07-01

    In this paper we investigate the two manganese pnictides BaMn2As2 and LaMnAsO, using fully charge self-consistent density functional plus dynamical mean-field theory calculations. These systems have a nominally half-filled d shell, and as a consequence, electronic correlations are strong, placing these compounds at the verge of a metal-insulator transition. Although their crystal structure is composed of similar building blocks, our analysis shows that the two materials exhibit a very different effective dimensionality, LaMnAsO being a quasi-two-dimensional material in contrast to the much more three-dimensional BaMn2As2 . We demonstrate that the experimentally observed differences in the Néel temperature, the band gap, and the optical properties of the manganese compounds under consideration can be traced back to exactly this effective dimensionality. Our calculations show excellent agreement with measured optical spectra.

  12. Superconductors with Staggered Non-centrosymmetricity

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    Sigrist, Manfred; Agterberg, Daniel F.; Fischer, Mark H.; Goryo, Jun; Loder, Florian; Rhim, Sung-Hyon; Maruyama, Daisuke; Yanase, Youichi; Yoshida, Tomohiro; Youn, Suk Joo

    2014-06-01

    Non-centrosymmetric superconductors have attracted much interest in the context of heavy Fermion and interface superconductivity. Here we show that a sublattice structure of staggered subunits without inversion center can have important implications for superconductivity even in a globally centrosymmetric system. After discussing general aspects of systems with alternating non-centrosymmetric layers, two concrete examples are studied: (1) the artificially grown superlattices of CeCoIn5/YbCoIn5 and (2) the pnictide superconductor SrPtAs. For example (1) implications on the upper critical field are analysed and novel phases in a magnetic field are explored. Example (2) realizes likely a chiral d-wave phase for which a few implications of staggered non-centrosymmetricity are discussed.

  13. Spin-Lattice Coupling and Superconductivity in Fe Pnictides

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    Egami, T.; Fine, B. V.; Parshall, D.; Subedi, A.; Singh, D. J.

    2010-01-01

    We consider strong spin-lattice and spin-phonon coupling in iron pnictides and discuss its implications on superconductivity. Strong magneto-volume effect in iron compounds has long been known as the Invar effect. Fe pnictides also exhibit this effect, reflected in particular on the dependence of the magnetic moment on the atomic volume of Fe defined by the positions of the nearest neighbor atoms. Through the phenomenological Landau theory, developed on the basis of the calculations by the density functional theory (DFT) and the experimental results, we quantify the strength of the spin-lattice interaction as it relates to the Stoner criterion for themore » onset of magnetism. We suggest that the coupling between electrons and phonons through the spin channel may be sufficiently strong to be an important part of the superconductivity mechanism in Fe pnictides.« less

  14. On the brittle nature of rare earth pnictides

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    Shriya, S.; Sapkale, R.; Singh, N.; Varshney, M.; Varshney, Dinesh

    2016-05-01

    The high-pressure structural phase transition and pressure as well temperature induced elastic properties in ReY; (Re = La, Sc, Pr; Y = N, P, As, Sb, Bi) pnictides have been performed using effective interionic interaction potential with emphasis on charge transfer interactions and covalent contribution. Estimated values of phase transition pressure and the volume discontinuity in pressure-volume phase diagram indicate the structural phase transition from NaCl to CsCl structure. From the investigations of elastic constants the pressure (temperature) dependent volume collapse/expansion, second order Cauchy discrepancy, anisotropy, hardness and brittle/ductile nature of rare earth pnictides are computed.

  15. Evidence for weak electronic correlations in Fe-pnictides

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    Yang, W.L.

    2010-04-29

    Using x-ray absorption and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, charge dynamics at and near the Fe L edges is investigated in Fe pnictide materials, and contrasted to that measured in other Fe compounds. It is shown that the XAS and RIXS spectra for 122 and 1111 Fe pnictides are each qualitatively similar to Fe metal. Cluster diagonalization, multiplet, and density-functional calculations show that Coulomb correlations are much smaller than in the cuprates, highlighting the role of Fe metallicity and strong covalency in these materials. Best agreement with experiment is obtained using Hubbard parameters U {approx}< 2eV and J {approx} 0.8eV.

  16. Evidence for weak electronic correlations in Fe-Pnictides

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    Yang, W. L.; Sorini, A. P.; Chen, C-C.; Moritz, B.; Lee, W.-S.; Vernay, F.; Olalde-Velasco, P.; Denlinger, J. D.; Delley, B.; Chu, J.-H.; Analytis, J.G.; Fisher, I. R.; Ren, Z. A.; Yang, J.; Lu, W.; Zhao, Z. X.; van den Brink, J.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z.-X.; Devereaux, T. P.

    2009-06-11

    Using x-ray absorption and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering, charge dynamics at and near the Fe L edges is investigated in Fe pnictide materials, and contrasted tothat measured in other Fe compounds. It is shown that the XAS and RIXS spectra for 122 and 1111 Fe pnictides are each qualitatively similar to Fe metal. Cluster diagonalization, multiplet, and density-functional calculations show that Coulomb correlations are much smaller than in the cuprates, highlighting the role of Fe metallicity and strong covalency in these materials. Best agreement with experiment is obtained using Hubbard parameters U<~;; 2eV and J ~;; 0.8eV.

  17. Weak coupling BCS-like superconductivity in the pnictide oxide Ba1-xNaxTi2Sb2O

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    Lorenz, B.; Gooch, M.; Doan, P.; Tang, Z.; Guloy, A. M.; Chu, C. W.

    2014-03-01

    We report the results of low-temperature heat capacity measurements of the pnictide oxide superconductor BaTi2Sb2O and the optimally Na-doped compound Na0.15Ba0.85Ti2Sb2O. Temperature- and field-dependent heat capacity data are well described by a single-gap BCS theory. The estimated values for the normal-state Sommerfeld constant, the heat capacity jump at Tc, and the electron-phonon coupling constant are in favor of a conventional weak coupling superconductivity, possibly mediated by electron-phonon interaction. The results are discussed with regard to and compared with recent first-principles calculations. Supported by the DOE, the AFOSR, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, the J.J. and R. Moores Endowment, and the State of Texas through TCSUH.

  18. Terahertz nano-spectroscopy and imaging of super?uid surface plasmons in conventional and anisotropic superconductors

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    Stinson, H. T.; Wu, J. S.; Jiang, B. Y.; Fei, Z.; Rodin, A. S.; Chapler, B.; McLeod, A. S.; Castro Neto, A.; Lee, Y. S.; Fogler, M. M.; Basov, D. N.

    We numerically model near-field spectroscopy and superfluid polariton imaging experiments on conventional and unconventional superconductors in the infrared and terahertz regime. Our modeling shows that near-field spectroscopy can measure the magnitude of the superconducting gap in Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductors with nanoscale spatial resolution. We demonstrate how the same technique can measure the c-axis plasma frequency, and thus the c-axis superfluid density, of layered unconventional superconductors such as cuprates and pnictides with identical spatial resolution. We discuss the development of a cryogenic terahertz near-field microscope designed to perform these proposed experiments, and recent proof of principle results at room temperature.

  19. Correlation, magnetization and conduction in iron pnictides and iron chalcogenides

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    Yin, Zhiping; Haule, Kristjan; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2011-03-01

    By combining density functional theory (DFT) and dynamical mean field theory (DMFT), we study the electronic properties of iron pnictides and iron chalcogenides in both the paramagnetic and magnetic states. With ab initio derived realistic Coulomb interaction U and Hund's exchange coupling J, we find detailed agreements bewtween our calculations and many experimental observations in these compounds, including ARPES, magnetic properties, optical conductivity and anisotropy, and so on, WITHOUT any adjustment such as shifting of atomic positions, Fermi level and bands and renormalizations of bands which are commonly needed in DFT calculations in order to compare with experiments. Our theory explains the origin of the different magnetizations in FeTe and other iron pnictides and provides a unique physical picture. We find that in the magnetic phase of the iron pnictides, both the spin and the orbital polarization are strongly energy dependent. The spin polarization becomes weaker around Fermi level when the orbital polarization is stronger and vice verse at high energies. We stress on the role of the Hund's J rather than the Coulomb U and show how the iron pnictides and iron chalcogenides differ from other compounds.

  20. Organic Superconductors

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    Charles Mielke

    2009-02-27

    Intense magnetic fields are an essential tool for understanding layered superconductors. Fundamental electronic properties of organic superconductors are revealed in intense (60 tesla) magnetic fields. Properties such as the topology of the Fermi surface and the nature of the superconducting order parameter are revealed. With modest maximum critical temperatures~13K the charge transfer salt organic superconductors prove to be incredibly valuable materials as their electronically clean nature and layered (highly anisotropic) structures yield insights to the high temperature superconductors. Observation of de Haas-van Alphen and Shubnikov-de Haas quantum oscillatory phenomena, magnetic field induced superconductivity and re-entrant superconductivity are some of the physical phenomena observed in the charge transfer organic superconductors. In this talk, I will discuss the nature of organic superconductors and give an overview of the generation of intense magnetic fields; from the 60 tesla millisecond duration to the extreme 1000 tesla microsecond pulsed magnetic fields.

  1. Percolative theories of strongly disordered ceramic high-temperature superconductors

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    Phillips, J. C.

    2010-01-01

    Optimally doped ceramic superconductors (cuprates, pnictides, etc.) exhibit transition temperatures T c much larger than strongly coupled metallic superconductors like Pb (T c = 7.2 K, E g/kT c = 4.5) and exhibit many universal features that appear to contradict the Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer theory of superconductivity based on attractive electron-phonon pairing interactions. These complex materials are strongly disordered and contain several competing nanophases that cannot be described effectively by parameterized Hamiltonian models, yet their phase diagrams also exhibit many universal features in both the normal and superconductive states. Here we review the rapidly growing body of experimental results that suggest that these anomalously universal features are the result of marginal stabilities of the ceramic electronic and lattice structures. These dual marginal stabilities favor both electronic percolation of a dopant network and rigidity percolation of the deformed lattice network. This “double percolation” model has previously explained many features of the normal-state transport properties of these materials and is the only theory that has successfully predicted strict lowest upper bounds for T c in the cuprate and pnictide families. Here it is extended to include Coulomb correlations and percolative band narrowing, as well as an angular energy gap equation, which rationalizes angularly averaged gap/T c ratios, and shows that these are similar to those of conventional strongly coupled superconductors. PMID:20080578

  2. Spin-orbital interplay and topology in the nematic phase of iron pnictides

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    Fanfarillo, Laura; Cortijo, Alberto; Valenzuela, Belén

    2015-06-01

    The origin of the nematic state is an important puzzle to be solved in iron pnictides. Iron superconductors are multiorbital systems and these orbitals play an important role at low energy. The singular C4 symmetry of dz x and dy z orbitals has a profound influence at the Fermi surface since the Γ pocket has vortex structure in the orbital space and the X /Y electron pockets have y z /z x components, respectively. We propose a low-energy theory for the spin-nematic model derived from a multiorbital Hamiltonian. In the standard spin-nematic scenario, the ellipticity of the electron pockets is a necessary condition for nematicity. In the present model, nematicity is essentially due to the singular C4 symmetry of y z and z x orbitals. By analyzing the (π ,0 ) spin susceptibility in the nematic phase, we find a spontaneous generation of orbital splitting, extending previous calculations in the magnetic phase. We also find that the (π ,0 ) spin susceptibility has an intrinsic anisotropic momentum dependence due to the nontrivial topology of the Γ pocket.

  3. Coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in iron based pnictides: a time resolved magnetooptical study.

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    Pogrebna, A; Mertelj, T; Vujičić, N; Cao, G; Xu, Z A; Mihailovic, D

    2015-01-01

    Ferromagnetism and superconductivity are antagonistic phenomena. Their coexistence implies either a modulated ferromagnetic order parameter on a lengthscale shorter than the superconducting coherence length or a weak exchange coupling between the itinerant superconducting electrons and the localized ordered spins. In some iron based pnictide superconductors the coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity has been clearly demonstrated. The nature of the coexistence, however, remains elusive since no clear understanding of the spin structure in the superconducting state has been reached and the reports on the coupling strength are controversial. We show, by a direct optical pump-probe experiment, that the coupling is weak, since the transfer of the excess energy from the itinerant electrons to ordered localized spins is much slower than the electron-phonon relaxation, implying the coexistence without the short-lengthscale ferromagnetic order parameter modulation. Remarkably, the polarization analysis of the coherently excited spin wave response points towards a simple ferromagnetic ordering of spins with two distinct types of ferromagnetic domains. PMID:25583548

  4. Pairing Strengths for a Two Orbital Model of the Fe-pnictides

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    Qi, Xiao-Liang; Raghu, S.; Liu, Chao-Xing; Scalapino, D.J.; Zhang, Shou-Cheng; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.

    2010-03-25

    Using an RPA approximation, we have calculated the strengths of the singlet and triplet pairing interactions which arise from the exchange of spin and orbital fluctuations for a 2-orbital model of the Fe-pnictide superconductors. When the system is doped with F, the electron pockets become dominant and we find that the strongest pairing occurs in the singlet d-wave pairing and the triplet p-wave pairing channels, which compete closely. The pairing structure in the singlet d-wave channel corresponds to a superposition of near neighbor intra-orbital singlets with a minus sign phase difference between the d{sub xz} and d{sub yz} pairs. The leading pairing configuration in the triplet channel also involves a nearest neighbor intra-orbital pairing. We find that the strengths of both the singlet and triplet pairing grow, with the singlet pairing growing faster, as the onsite Coulomb interaction approaches the value where the S = 1 particle-hole susceptibility diverges.

  5. Pairing symmetries of a hole-doped extended two-orbital model for the pnictides

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    Nicholson, Andrew D; Ge, Weihao; Riera, J. A.; Daghofer, Maria; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2012-01-01

    The hole-doped ground state of a recently introduced extended t-U-J two-orbital Hubbard model for the Fe-based superconductors is studied via exact diagonalization methods on small clusters. Similarly as in the previously studied case of electron doping [A. Nicholson et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 217002 (2011)], upon hole doping it is observed that there are several competing pairing symmetries, including A1g , B1g , and B2g . However, contrary to the electron-doped case, the ground state of the hole-doped state has pseudocrystal momentum k = ( , ) in the unfolded Brillouin zone. In the two Fe-atom per unit cell representation, this indicates that the ground state involves antibonding, rather than bonding, combinations of the orbitals of the two Fe atoms in the unit cell. The lowest state with k = (0,0) has only a slightly higher energy. These results indicate that this simple two-orbital model may be useful to capture some subtle aspects of the hole-doped pnictides, since calculations for the five-orbital model have unveiled a hole pocket centered at M [k = ( , )] in the unfolded Brillouin zone.

  6. Non-Fermi liquid behavior and non-universal superconducting gap structure in Fe-pnictides

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    Matsuda, Yuji

    2010-03-01

    The discovery of Fe-pnictide superconductors with Tc exceeding 55 K raises fundamental questions about origin of high-Tc superconductivity. Here we report the systematic studies of the normal-state charge transport, Fermi surface structure and superconducting gap structure in high-quality single crystals of BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 (0 <=x <=0.71), ranging from the SDW state to overdoped Fermi liquid state. Near the SDW boundary, the transport coefficients, including resistivity, Hall coefficient and magnetoresistance, exhibit striking deviations from the Fermi liquid properties [1]. The Fermi surface structure determined by the dHvA effect shows that in the superconducting dome the volume of the electron and hole sheets shrink linearly and the effective masses become strongly enhanced with decreasing x [2]. It is likely that these trends originate from the many-body interaction which gives rise to superconductivity. The penetration depth, thermal conductivity and NMR data for BaFe2(As0.67P0.33)2 (Tc=30 K) provide unambiguous evidence for line nodes in the superconducting gap function [3], in sharp contrast to the other Fe-based compounds with fully gapped structure. This indicates that the gap structure of Fe-based high-Tc superconductors is not universal.[1] S. Kasahara et al., arXiv:0905.4427 [2] H. Shishido et al., arXiv:0910.3634 [3] K. Hashimoto et al., arXiv:0907.4399 [4] K. Hashimoto et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 017002 (2009), ibid 102, 207001 (2009).

  7. Electronic and magnetic phase diagram in KxFe2-ySe2 superconductors

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    Yan, Y. J.; Zhang, M.; Wang, A. F.; Ying, J. J.; Li, Z. Y.; Qin, W.; Luo, X. G.; Li, J. Q.; Hu, Jiangping; Chen, X. H.

    2012-01-01

    The correlation and competition between antiferromagnetism and superconductivity are one of the most fundamental issues in high temperature superconductors. Superconductivity in high temperature cuprate superconductors arises from suppressing an antiferromagnetic (AFM) Mott insulator1 while in iron-pnictide superconductors arises from AFM semimetals and can coexist with AFM orders23456789. This difference raises many intriguing debates on the relation between the two classes of high temperature superconductors. Recently, superconductivity at 32 K has been reported in iron-chalcogenide superconductors AxFe2−ySe2 (A = K, Rb, and Cs)101112. They have the same structure as that of iron-pnictide 122-system131415. Here, we report electronic and magnetic phase diagram of KxFe2−ySe2 system as a function of Fe valence. We find a superconducting phase sandwiched between two AFM insulating phases. The two insulating phases are characterized by two distinct superstructures caused by Fe vacancy orders with modulation wave vectors of q1 = (1/5, 3/5, 0) and q2 = (1/4, 3/4, 0), respectively. PMID:22355726

  8. Geometric Frustration in the Mixed Layer Pnictide Oxides

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    Enjalran, M.; Scalettar, R.T.; Kauzlarich, S.M.

    2000-06-06

    The authors present results from a Monte Carlo investigation of a simple bilayer model with geometrically frustrated interactions similar to those found in the mixed layer pnictide oxides (Sr{sub 2}Mn{sub 3}Pn{sub 2}O{sub 2}, Pn = As, Sb). The model is composed of two inequivalent square lattices with nearest-neighbor intra- and interlayer interactions. They find a ground state composed of two independent Neel ordered layers when the interlayer exchange is an order of magnitude weaker than the intralayer exchange, as suggested by experiment. Evidence for local orthogonal order between the layers is found, but it occurs in regions of parameter space which are not experimentally realized. Qualitatively similar results were observed in models with a larger number of layers. They conclude that frustration caused by nearest-neighbor interactions in the mixed layer pnictide oxides is not sufficient to explain the long-range orthogonal order that is observed experimentally.

  9. Metallicity of Ca2Cu6P5 with single and double copper-pnictide layers

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    Li, Li; Parker, David; Chi, Miaofang; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Sefat, Athena S.

    2016-02-16

    Here, we report thermodynamic and transport properties, and also theoretical calculations, for Cu-based compound Ca2Cu6P5 and compare with CaCu2-dP2. Both materials have layers of edge-sharing copper pnictide tetrahedral CuP4, similar to Fe–As and Fe–Se layers (with FeAs4, FeSe4) in the iron-based superconductors. Despite the presence of this similar transition-metal pnictide layer, we find that both Ca2Cu6P5 and CaCu2-δP2 have temperature-independent magnetic susceptibility and show metallic behavior with no evidence of either magnetic ordering or superconductivity down to 1.8 K CaCu2-δP2 is slightly off-stoichiometric, with δ = 0.14. Theoretical calculations suggest that unlike Fe 3d-based magnetic materials with a large densitymore » of states (DOS) at the Fermi surface, Cu have comparatively low DOS, with the majority of the 3d spectral weight located well below Fermi level. The room-temperature resistivity value of Ca2Cu6P5 is only 9 μΩ-cm, due to a substantial plasma frequency and an inferred electron-phonon coupling λ of 0.073 (significantly smaller than that of metallic Cu). Also, microscopy result shows that Cu–Cu distance along the c-axis within the double layers can be very short (2.5 Å), even shorter than metallic elemental copper bond (2.56 Å). The value of dρ/dT for CaCu2-δP2 at 300 K is approximately three times larger than in Ca2Cu6P5, which suggests the likelihood of stronger electron-phonon coupling. This study shows that the details of Cu-P layers and bonding are important for their transport characteristics. In addition, it emphasizes the remarkable character of the DOS of ‘122’ iron-based materials, despite much structural similarities.« less

  10. Role of strong spin-orbit coupling in the superconductivity of the hexagonal pnictide SrPtAs

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    Youn, Suk Joo; Fischer, Mark H.; Rhim, S. H.; Sigrist, Manfred; Agterberg, Daniel F.

    2012-06-01

    In clean inversion symmetric materials, spin-orbit coupling is not thought to have a pronounced effect on spin-singlet superconductivity. Here we show that, for the recently discovered pnictide superconductor SrPtAs, this is not the case. In particular, for spin-singlet superconductivity in SrPtAs, strong spin-orbit coupling leads to a significant enhancement of both the spin susceptibility and the paramagnetic limiting field with respect to that usually expected for spin-singlet superconductors. The underlying reason for this is that, while SrPtAs has a center of inversion symmetry, it contains weakly coupled As-Pt layers that do not have inversion symmetry. This local inversion-symmetry breaking allows for a form of spin-orbit coupling that dramatically effects superconductivity. These results indicate that caution should be used when interpreting measurements of the spin susceptibility and the paramagnetic limiting field if superconductivity resides in regions of locally broken inversion symmetry.

  11. Possible surface nematic order in iron pnictides

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    Song, Kok Wee; Koshelev, Alexei

    Nematic fluctuations play important role in the physics of the iron-based superconductors. Indications for weak precursor nematic transition has been found in the compound BaAs2-xPxFe2 [1 ]. However, high-resolution specific-heat measurements did not reveal any bulk transition [2 ]. To resolve this controversy, we consider the possibility of the surface nematic transition preceding the bulk transition. We consider the simplest model of two interacting quasi-two-dimensional electronic bands and explore the free-surface effects on the nematic order. We found that three-dimensional effects suppress the bulk nematic order and therefore this order is enhanced near the surface. [1 ]Kasahara, S., et al. ''Electronic nematicity above the structural and superconducting transition in Ba(As1-xPxFe)2.'' Nature 486.7403 (2012): 382-385. [2 ]Luo, X., et al. ''Antiferromagnetic and nematic phase transitions in Ba(As1-xPxFe)2 studied by ac microcalorimetry and SQUID magnetometry.'' Physical Review B 91.9 (2015): 094512. This work was supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy FrontierResearch Center funded by the US DOE, Office of Science, under Award No. DEAC0298CH1088.

  12. Superconductor Composite

    DOEpatents

    Dorris, Stephen E.; Burlone, Dominick A.; Morgan; Carol W.

    1999-02-02

    A superconducting conductor fabricated from a plurality of wires, e.g., fine silver wires, coated with a superconducting powder. A process of applying superconducting powders to such wires, to the resulting coated wires and superconductors produced therefrom.

  13. Synthesizing new, high-temperature superconductors

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    Weaver, Claire; Aronson, Meigan

    2015-03-01

    Currently, there is no accepted theory behind type-II, high-temperature superconductors, but there is a distinct relationship between anti-ferromagnetism and superconductivity. Our research focuses on synthesizing new superconducting materials by observing the link between atomic structure and magnetic moments of anti-ferromagnetic compounds and attempting to reproduce the molecular physics of these known materials in new compounds. Consider the square-planar arrangement of the transition metal Fe in the Fe-pnictide superconductors of the ZrCuSiAs ``11 11'' and the ThCr2Si2 ``122'' structure types. We believe that the physics behind this superconductor, where Fe has d6 valence electrons, contributes to the superconducting state, not the presence of Fe itself. For this reason, we are synthesizing materials containing neighboring transition metals, like Mn and Co, combined with other elements in similar crystal lattice arrangements, having ionization properties that hopefully impose d6 valence electrons on the transition metals. This project was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) under the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships Program (SULI).

  14. EDITORIAL: Focus on Superconductors with Exotic Symmetries FOCUS ON SUPERCONDUCTORS WITH EXOTIC SYMMETRIES

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    Rice, T. Maurice; Sigrist, Manfred; Maeno, Yoshiteru

    2009-05-01

    Superconductors can usefully be divided into two classes, those that are well described by the classic Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory and its extensions and those which require a different microscopic description. The BCS theory of superconductivity solved the long standing mystery of this spectacular phenomenon and described all superconductors that were known when it was formulated in the 1950s. The key ingredient is an attractive interaction generated by the exchange of phonons between electrons which overcomes a Coulomb repulsion weakened by screening, to give a net attractive force on the low energy scale. In this case the simplest s-wave pairing always maximises the energy gain. There were speculations a little later that other types of electron pairing could be possible, but it took a quarter of a century until the first signs of superconductors with different and exotic pairing appeared. In the intervening thirty years many superconductors with exotic pairing have been and continue to be discovered and the study of their superconductivity has grown into a major subfield of condensed matter physics today. The importance of these exotic superconductors with unconventional symmetry is that their pairing is of electronic origin. As a result they are freed from the restrictions of low transition temperatures that go along with the phonon driven conventional superconductors. However in two of the main classes of the exotic superconductors, namely heavy fermion and organic superconductors, the intrinsic energy scales are very small leading to low temperature scales. The third class contains the small number of superconducting transition metal compounds with exotic pairing symmetry. The most studied of these are the high-Tc cuprates, the newly discovered iron pnictides and strontium ruthenate which is closely related to superfluid 3He. Although the basic electronic structure of these materials is well understood, the origin of the pairing is more complex

  15. Superconductor consolidation

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    Staudhammer, K. P.

    A program to develop explosively shock consolidated monoliths of YBa2Cu3O(sub 7-x) ceramic superconductors has been ongoing at Los Alamos National Laboratory since last year. Shock consolidation can produce a near 100 percent theoretical density, bulk superconductor that does not require a post anneal in oxygen. Shock compaction is also an excellent means of creating a good electrical contact weld between the ceramic superconductor and a metal such as copper. Elimination of the post anneal and low temperature shock welding of the cladding metal are unique advantages stemming from the shock compaction processing. Successful shock compaction processing will enable production of a wide variety of complex ceramic superconductor forms tailored for specific defense application requirements. Shock compaction can be developed into industrial manufacturing processes. Shock compacted superconductor billets can be used in applications where a solid superconductor form is required (e.g., magnetic bearings, bus bar for a niobium-tin FEL SMES, motor rotors, etc.) or they can be post processed by extrusion and other swaging processes to produce textured wires and tapes for electrical current carrying applications.

  16. Superconductor consolidation

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    Staudhammer, K.P.

    1988-01-01

    A program to develop explosively shock consolidated monoliths of YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus/x/ ceramic superconductors has been ongoing at Los Alamos National Laboratory since last year. Shock consolidation can produce a near 100% theoretical density, bulk superconductor that does not require a post anneal in oxygen. Shock compaction is also an excellent means of creating a good electrical contact weld between the ceramic superconductor and a metal such as copper. Elimination of the post anneal and low temperature shock welding of the cladding metal are unique advantages stemming from the shock compaction processing. Successful shock compaction processing will enable production of a wide variety of complex ceramic-superconductor forms tailored for specific defense application requirements. Shock compaction can be developed into industrial manufacturing processes. DuPont now makes diamond powder this way. Shock compacted superconductor billets can be used in applications where a solid superconductor form is required (e.g., magnetic bearings, bus bar for a niobium-tin FEL SMES, motor rotors, etc.), or they can be post processed by extrusion and other swaging processes to produce textured wires and tapes for electrical current carrying applications. 11 refs., 1 fig.

  17. Small anisotropy, weak thermal fluctuations, and high field superconductivity in Co-doped iron pnictide Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2

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    Yamamoto, A.; Jaroszynski, J.; Tarantini, C.; Balicas, L.; Jiang, J.; Gurevich, A.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Jin, Rongying; Sefat, A. S.; McGuire, Michael A; Sales, Brian C; Christen, David K; Mandrus, David

    2009-01-01

    We performed high-field magnetotransport and magnetization measurements on a single crystal of the 122-phase iron pnictide Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2}. Unlike the high-temperature superconductor cuprates and 1111-phase oxypnictides, Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2} showed practically no broadening of the resistive transitions under magnetic fields up to 45 T. We report the temperature dependencies of the upper critical field H{sub c2} both parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis, the irreversibility field H{sub irr}{sup c}(T), and a rather unusual symmetric volume pinning force curve F{sub p}(H) suggestive of a strong pinning nanostructure. The anisotropy parameter {gamma} = H{sub c2}{sup ab}/H{sub c2}{sup c} deduced from the slopes of dH{sub c2}{sup ab}/dT = 4.9 T/K and dH{sub c2}{sup c}/dT = 2.5 T/K decreases from -2 near T{sub c}, to -1.5 at lower temperatures, much smaller than {gamma} for 1111 pnictides and high-T{sub c} cuprates.

  18. Visualization of electronic nematicity in the iron pnictides

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    Rosenthal, Ethan

    2015-03-01

    The nematic state from which superconductivity emerges in the iron pnictides continues to confound. We use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) to image both long-range nematic order and nematic fluctuations across the doping phase diagram in Co-doped NaFeAs. We associate twinning domains with long-range order and directly visualize the temperature and doping dependence of these features. Anisotropic electronic structure is found to persist outside of the ordered nematic phase . With the aid of a novel experimental setup which combines simultaneous STS and variable, uniaxial strain, we determine the relationship between strain and nematic fluctuations which gives rise to the anisotropy.

  19. Role of temperature in the theoretical analysis of holmium pnictides

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    Bhardwaj, Purvee; Singh, Sadhna

    2016-01-01

    The high-pressure structural phase transition and associated properties of holmium pnictides (HoX; X = P, As, Sb and Bi) have been investigated in the present work. The Realistic Interaction Potential Approach (RIPA) including the effect of temperature has been applied. The occurrence of first order phase transition is evidenced from a sudden collapse in volume. These compounds transform from B1 to B2 structure under high pressure. The high temperature and pressure behaviour of elastic constants and bulk modulus are also reported. Our results are in general in good agreement with experimental and other theoretical results where available, and provide predictions where they are unavailable.

  20. Microstructure refinement and enhanced critical current density in binary doped SmFeAsO superconductor

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    Anooja, J. B.; Aswathy, P. M.; Varghese, Neson; Syamaprasad, U.; Aloysius, R. P.

    2014-04-24

    The iron-pnictide Sm{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeAsO{sub 1−2x}F{sub 2x} superconductor was prepared and the combined effect of electron and hole doping was studied in detail. It is observed that the binary doping using CaF{sub 2} improves the microstructure tremendously with a preferred orientation of the (00l) planes. Moreover, a maximum T{sub C} of 53.8 K and a transport J{sub C} of 880 A/cm{sup 2} (12 K), which is double to that of the F-doped sample, are achieved. The dopant CaF{sub 2} seems to be a potential candidate for solving the grain-connectivity concerns in iron-pnictides paving the way towards conductor development.

  1. Tc amplification in pnictides due to Feshbach shape resonance in multigap superconductivity realized by tuning the Fermi level at the electronic topological transiton to one of the subbands

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    Bianconi, Antonio; Innocenti, Davide; Poccia, Nicola; Ricci, Alessandro

    2010-03-01

    The new high Tc superconducting Pnictides AFe2As2 (A=Ba,Sr or Ca) are heterostructures at atomic limit like cuprates as described in the patent [A. Bianconi ``Process of increasing the critical temperature Tc of a bulk superconductor by making metal heterostructures at the atomic limit'' United State Patent No. :US6, 265, 019 B1, July 24, 2001] in fact are made of superconducting layers intercalated by spacer layers. ( R. Caivano, et al., Superconductor Science and Technology 22, 014004+ (2009), A. Ricci et al. Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism 22, 589 (2009)) where the Fermi level is tuned to a electronic topological transition in one of the subbands by doping, pressure or substitutions. Here we present the calculation of the Tc amplification by shape resonance or Feshbach resonance in a superlattice of layers in a narrow range where the chemical potential is tuned to the electronic topological transition as measured recently by NMR (H. Shishido et al. arXiv:0910.3634v1). The computer code tested now in the diborides and pnicitdes can be used for material design of new high Tc superconductors.

  2. Superconductor cable

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    Allais, Arnaud; Schmidt, Frank; Marzahn, Erik

    2010-05-04

    A superconductor cable is described, having a superconductive flexible cable core (1) , which is laid in a cryostat (2, 3, 4), in which the cable core (1) runs in the cryostat (2, 3, 4) in the form of a wave or helix at room temperature.

  3. Spatial competition of the ground states in 1111 iron pnictides

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    Lang, G.; Veyrat, L.; Gräfe, U.; Hammerath, F.; Paar, D.; Behr, G.; Wurmehl, S.; Grafe, H.-J.

    2016-07-01

    Using nuclear quadrupole resonance, the phase diagram of 1111 R FeAsO1 -xFx (R =La , Ce, Sm) iron pnictides is constructed as a function of the local charge distribution in the paramagnetic state, which features low-doping-like (LD-like) and high-doping-like (HD-like) regions. Compounds based on magnetic rare earths (Ce, Sm) display a unified behavior, and comparison with La-based compounds reveals the detrimental role of static iron 3 d magnetism on superconductivity, as well as a qualitatively different evolution of the latter at high doping. It is found that the LD-like regions fully account for the orthorhombicity of the system, and are thus the origin of any static iron magnetism. Orthorhombicity and static magnetism are not hindered by superconductivity but limited by dilution effects, in agreement with two-dimensional (2D) (respectively three-dimensional) nearest-neighbor square lattice site percolation when the rare earth is nonmagnetic (respectively magnetic). The LD-like regions are not intrinsically supportive of superconductivity, contrary to the HD-like regions, as evidenced by the well-defined Uemura relation between the superconducting transition temperature and the superfluid density when accounting for the proximity effect. This leads us to propose a complete description of the interplay of ground states in 1111 pnictides, where nanoscopic regions compete to establish the ground state through suppression of superconductivity by static magnetism, and extension of superconductivity by proximity effect.

  4. Soft-mode transitions of alkaline-earth 122 pnictides

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    Widom, Michael; Quader, Khandker

    A -122 pnictides (A=Ca, Sr, Ba) exhibit three pressure-driven transitions: a first order enthalpic transition at PH from the striped AFM orthorhombic (OR) to a tetragonal (T) or a collapsed tetragonal (cT) phase; a transition at PM >PH from the metastable AFM OR to a T or cT phase; a Lifshitz transition at PL that causes T to collapse to a cT phase. Transitions at PH and PL were previously examined through total energy and band structure calculations. Here we address the transition at PM, beyond which the metastable AFM OR state ceases to exist. We show this transition occurs through a loss of elastic stability caused by softening of a shear mode associated with stretching along the c-axis. Simultaneously, magnetism and orthorhombicity approach limiting values with an approximately square-root singularity. Together these suggest a strong magneto-elastic coupling that may be relevant to a further understanding of the A-122-pnictides under pressure. This work was supported in part by the DOE under Grant DE-SC0014506.

  5. ARPES view of orbitally resolved quasiparticle lifetimes in iron pnictides

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    Brouet, Véronique; LeBoeuf, David; Lin, Ping-Hui; Mansart, Joseph; Taleb-Ibrahimi, Amina; Le Fèvre, Patrick; Bertran, François; Forget, Anne; Colson, Dorothée

    2016-02-01

    We study with angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) the renormalization and quasiparticle lifetimes of the dx y and dx z/dy z orbitals in two iron pnictides, LiFeAs and Ba (Fe0.92Co0.08 )2As2 (Co8). We find that both quantities depend on orbital character rather than on the position on the Fermi surface (for example, hole or electron pocket). In LiFeAs, the renormalizations are larger for dx y, while they are similar for both types of orbitals in Co8. The most salient feature, which proved robust against all the ARPES caveats we could think of, is that the lifetimes for dx y exhibit a markedly different behavior than those for dx z/dy z. They have smaller values near EF and exhibit larger ω and temperature dependences. While the behavior of dx y is compatible with a Fermi-liquid description, that is not the case for dx z/dy z. This situation should have important consequences for the physics of iron pnictides, which have not been considered up to now. More generally, it raises interesting questions about how a Fermi-liquid regime can be established in a multiband system with small effective bandwidths.

  6. Superconductor cable

    DOEpatents

    Smith, Jr., Darrell F.; Lake, Bill L.; Ballinger, Ronald G.

    1988-01-01

    A superconducting cable comprising an in-situ-formed type II superconductor, e.g. Nb.sub.3 Sn, in association with a stabilizing conductor both in heat transfer relationship with at least one passage adapted to carry liquified gaseous refrigerant. The conductor and said at least one passage are enclosed by a sheath comprising an alloy consisting essentially of about 49% nickel, about 4% chromium, about 3% niobium, about 1.4% titanium, about 1% aluminum, balance essentially iron.

  7. Chiral superconductors.

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    Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John

    2016-05-01

    Chiral superconductivity is a striking quantum phenomenon in which an unconventional superconductor spontaneously develops an angular momentum and lowers its free energy by eliminating nodes in the gap. It is a topologically non-trivial state and, as such, exhibits distinctive topological modes at surfaces and defects. In this paper we discuss the current theory and experimental results on chiral superconductors, focusing on two of the best-studied systems, Sr2RuO4, which is thought to be a chiral triplet p-wave superconductor, and UPt3, which has two low-temperature superconducting phases (in zero magnetic field), the lower of which is believed to be chiral triplet f-wave. Other systems that may exhibit chiral superconductivity are also discussed. Key signatures of chiral superconductivity are surface currents and chiral Majorana modes, Majorana states in vortex cores, and the possibility of half-flux quantum vortices in the case of triplet pairing. Experimental evidence for chiral superconductivity from μSR, NMR, strain, polar Kerr effect and Josephson tunneling experiments are discussed. PMID:27088452

  8. Chiral superconductors

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    Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John

    2016-05-01

    Chiral superconductivity is a striking quantum phenomenon in which an unconventional superconductor spontaneously develops an angular momentum and lowers its free energy by eliminating nodes in the gap. It is a topologically non-trivial state and, as such, exhibits distinctive topological modes at surfaces and defects. In this paper we discuss the current theory and experimental results on chiral superconductors, focusing on two of the best-studied systems, Sr2RuO4, which is thought to be a chiral triplet p-wave superconductor, and UPt3, which has two low-temperature superconducting phases (in zero magnetic field), the lower of which is believed to be chiral triplet f-wave. Other systems that may exhibit chiral superconductivity are also discussed. Key signatures of chiral superconductivity are surface currents and chiral Majorana modes, Majorana states in vortex cores, and the possibility of half-flux quantum vortices in the case of triplet pairing. Experimental evidence for chiral superconductivity from μSR, NMR, strain, polar Kerr effect and Josephson tunneling experiments are discussed.

  9. Revealing the Dual Nature of Magnetism in Iron Pnictides and Iron Chalcogenides Using X-ray Emission Spectroscopy

    SciTech Connect

    Gretarsson H.; Xu Z.; Lupascu, A.; Kim, J.; Casa, D.; Gog, T,; Wu, W.; Julian, S.R.; Wen, J.S.; Gu, G.D.; Yuan, R.H.; Chen, Z.G.; Wang, N.-L.; Khim, S.; Kim, K.H.; Ishikado, M.; Jarrige, I.; Shamoto, S.; Chu, J.-H.; Fisher, I.R.and Young-June Kim

    2011-09-22

    We report a Fe K{beta} x-ray emission spectroscopy study of local magnetic moments in various iron-based superconductors in their paramagnetic phases. Local magnetic moments are found in all samples studied: PrFeAsO, Ba(Fe,Co){sub 2}As{sub 2}, LiFeAs, Fe{sub 1+x}(Te,Se), and A{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}Se{sub 5} (where A = K, Rb, and Cs). The moment size is independent of temperature or carrier concentration but varies significantly across different families. Specifically, all iron pnictide samples have local moments of about 1 {micro}B/Fe, while FeTe and K{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}Se{sub 5} families have much larger local moments of {approx}2 {micro}B/Fe and {approx}3.3 {micro}B/Fe, respectively. Our results illustrate the importance of multiorbital physics in describing magnetism of these compounds.

  10. A New ZrCuSiAs-Type Superconductor: ThFeAsN.

    PubMed

    Wang, Cao; Wang, Zhi-Cheng; Mei, Yu-Xue; Li, Yu-Ke; Li, Lin; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Liu, Yi; Zhang, Pan; Zhai, Hui-Fei; Xu, Zhu-An; Cao, Guang-Han

    2016-02-24

    We report the first nitrogen-containing iron-pnictide superconductor ThFeAsN, which is synthesized by a solid-state reaction in an evacuated container. The compound crystallizes in a ZrCuSiAs-type structure with the space group P4/nmm and lattice parameters a = 4.0367(1) Å and c = 8.5262(2) Å at 300 K. The electrical resistivity and dc magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate superconductivity at 30 K for the nominally undoped ThFeAsN. PMID:26853632

  11. Progress in wire fabrication of iron-based superconductors

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    Ma, Yanwei

    2012-11-01

    Iron-based superconductors, with Tc values up to 55 K, are of great interest for applications, due to their lower anisotropies and ultrahigh upper critical fields. In the past four years, great progress has been made in the fabrication of iron-based superconducting wires and tapes using the powder-in-tube (PIT) processing method, including main three types of 122, 11, and 1111 iron-based parent compounds. In this article, an overview of the current state of development of iron-based superconducting wires and tapes is presented. We focus on the fabrication techniques used for 122 pnictide wires and tapes, with an emphasis on their meeting the critical current requirements for making high-performance conductors, such as a combination of using Ag sheath, addition element and optimized heat treatment to realize high Jc, ex situ process employed to reduce non-superconducting phases and to obtain a high relative density, and a texture control to improve grain connectivity. Of particular interest is that so far transport Jc values above 104 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T are obtained in 122 type tapes, suggesting that they are prospective candidates for high-field applications. Finally, a perspective and future development of PIT pnictide wires are also given.

  12. A universal explanation of tunneling conductance in exotic superconductors

    PubMed Central

    Hong, Jongbae; Abergel, D. S. L.

    2016-01-01

    A longstanding mystery in understanding cuprate superconductors is the inconsistency between the experimental data measured by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). In particular, the gap between prominent side peaks observed in STS is much bigger than the superconducting gap observed by ARPES measurements. Here, we reconcile the two experimental techniques by generalising a theory which was previously applied to zero-dimensional mesoscopic Kondo systems to strongly correlated two-dimensional (2D) exotic superconductors. We show that the side peaks observed in tunneling conductance measurements in all these materials have a universal origin: They are formed by coherence-mediated tunneling under bias and do not directly reflect the underlying density of states (DOS) of the sample. We obtain theoretical predictions of the tunneling conductance and the density of states of the sample simultaneously and show that for cuprate and pnictide superconductors, the extracted sample DOS is consistent with the superconducting gap measured by ARPES. PMID:27511315

  13. A universal explanation of tunneling conductance in exotic superconductors.

    PubMed

    Hong, Jongbae; Abergel, D S L

    2016-01-01

    A longstanding mystery in understanding cuprate superconductors is the inconsistency between the experimental data measured by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). In particular, the gap between prominent side peaks observed in STS is much bigger than the superconducting gap observed by ARPES measurements. Here, we reconcile the two experimental techniques by generalising a theory which was previously applied to zero-dimensional mesoscopic Kondo systems to strongly correlated two-dimensional (2D) exotic superconductors. We show that the side peaks observed in tunneling conductance measurements in all these materials have a universal origin: They are formed by coherence-mediated tunneling under bias and do not directly reflect the underlying density of states (DOS) of the sample. We obtain theoretical predictions of the tunneling conductance and the density of states of the sample simultaneously and show that for cuprate and pnictide superconductors, the extracted sample DOS is consistent with the superconducting gap measured by ARPES. PMID:27511315

  14. Superconductor cable

    DOEpatents

    Allais, Arnaud; Schmidt, Frank (Langenhagen, DE

    2009-12-15

    A superconductor cable includes a superconductive cable core (1) and a cryostat (2) enclosing the same. The cable core (1) has a superconductive conductor (3), an insulation (4) surrounding the same and a shielding (5) surrounding the insulation (4). A layer (3b) of a dielectric or semiconducting material is applied to a central element (3a) formed from a normally conducting material as a strand or tube and a layer (3c) of at least one wire or strip of superconductive material is placed helically on top. The central element (3a) and the layer (3c) are connected to each other in an electrically conducting manner at the ends of the cable core (1).

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

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    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An

    2009-02-01

    pace of research within the last year, iron-based superconductors have revealed several unique properties such as a high upper critical field and a robustness to impurities. Participation of five 3d-orbitals in the Fermi levels also means that the electronic structure is complex compared with the cuprates. So, we now have a new family of superconductors and it is worth stressing that we have only just begun looking at the many varieties of candidate materials containing an iron square lattice. At this time we do not know whether a material with a critical temperature greater than 100 K exists, or if completely new properties are to be found. However, as a research community we should go ahead with hope and 'strike while the iron is hot'—this saying is always true! This focus issue of New Journal of Physics was put together to provide a broad-based, free-to-read snapshot of the current state of research in this rapidly emerging field. The papers included cover many aspects related to material exploration, physical analysis, and the theory of these materials, and, as editors, we thank the authors for their fine contributions, and the many referees for their considerable efforts that have ensured fast publication. As an aside, the first special issue on this SUBject was published in November 2008 in the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan (vol 77, supplement c) as the proceedings of the International Symposium on Iron-Pnictide Superconductors held in Tokyo on 29-30 June 2008. We would like to encourage the community to read both issues. On a final note we would like to acknowledge the staff of New Journal of Physics for all of their efficient work in bringing this collection to fruition. Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors Contents Microwave response of superconducting pnictides: extended s+/- scenario O V Dolgov, A A Golubov and D Parker Orbital and spin effects for the upper critical field in As-deficient disordered Fe pnictide superconductors G Fuchs, S

  16. Experimental Signatures of Orbital Fluctuations in Iron Based Superconductors

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    Lee, Wei-Cheng

    2015-03-01

    Understanding the high temperature superconductivity has been one of main subjects in the condensed matter physics. The discovery of new classes of high-temperature superconductors, iron pnictides in 2008, launched an international wave of research in the past few years. While the magnetic interactions are certainly important in these materials, there have been significant evidences suggesting that the orbital degrees of freedom could play an important role as well. In this talk, I will demonstrate that the orbital degrees of freedom do play a significant role in physical properties of iron-based superconductors. At the level of single particle properties, while the orbital order in the quasi-1D dxz and dyz bands has been proposed to be a possible driving mechanism for the structural phase transition, our study shows that the fluctuations associated with the orbital order could further drive a non-Fermi liquid behavior in the critical region of the orbital ordering phase transition. I will show that this non-Fermi liquid behavior could induce a zero-bias anomaly in the point contact spectroscopy, which has been observed in a variety of iron based superconductors. As for the magnetic properties, we also find that the orbital order and fluctuations can qualitatively change the nature of the spin excitation spectrum, giving rise to the novel incommensurate-to-commensurate transformation observed in a recent neutron scattering measurement. In the superconducting state, we predict that a new collective excitation, termed as orbital resonance mode, could exist generally in the iron-based superconductors, which in principle can be measured by Raman spectroscopy. Our findings offer a new perspective on the pairing mechanism of iron based superconductors, and suggest that orbital degrees of freedom could provide a new route to high temperature superconductivity.

  17. Electronic scattering effects in europium-based iron pnictides

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    Zapf, Sina; Neubauer, David; Post, Kirk W.; Kadau, Alina; Merz, Johannes; Clauss, Conrad; Löhle, Anja; Jeevan, Hirale S.; Gegenwart, Philipp; Basov, Dimitri N.; Dressel, Martin

    2016-01-01

    In a comprehensive study, we investigate the electronic scattering effects in EuFe2(As1-xPx) 2 by using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. In spite of the fact that Eu2+ local moments order at around TEu ∼ 20 K, the overall optical response is strikingly similar to the one of the well-known Ba-122 pnictides. The main difference lies within the suppression of the lower spin-density-wave gap feature. By analyzing our spectra with a multi-component model, we find that the high-energy feature around 0.7 eV - often associated with Hund's rule coupling - is highly sensitive to the spin-density-wave ordering; this further confirms its direct relationship to the dynamics of itinerant carriers. The same model is also used to investigate the in-plane anisotropy of magnetically detwinned EuFe2As2 in the antiferromagnetically ordered state, yielding a higher Drude weight and lower scattering rate along the crystallographic a-axis. Finally, we analyze the development of the room-temperature spectra with isovalent phosphor substitution and highlight changes in the scattering rate of hole-like carriers induced by a Lifshitz transition.

  18. Reconciling STS and ARPES data for the correlated superconductor LiFeAs

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    Hong, Jongbae; Abergel, David

    The inconsistency between the density of states revealed by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and that given by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) is a substantial problem for understanding the nature of strongly correlated superconductors such as Fe-based LiFeAs and the cuprates. We reveal that the two side peaks commonly appearing in both pnictide and cuprate superconductors are the result of the non-equilibrium behavior associated with singlet cotunneling from the tip to the strongly correlated sample. We accurately reproduce the STS line shape of the Fe-based LiFeAs using a sample density of states which coincides with ARPES data, thereby producing a unified description for these materials.

  19. Absence of superconductivity in fluorine-doped neptunium pnictide NpFeAsO

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    Walters, A. C.; Walker, H. C.; Springell, R.; Krisch, M.; Bosak, A.; Hill, A. H.; Zvorişte-Walters, C. E.; Colineau, E.; Griveau, J.-C.; Bouëxière, D.; Eloirdi, R.; Caciuffo, R.; Klimczuk, T.

    2015-08-01

    X-ray diffraction, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility and inelastic x-ray scattering measurements on the transurarium oxypnictides NpFeAsO and NpFeAsO0.85F0.15 are presented. No superconductivity down to 2 K was observed upon fluorine doping, contrary to the structurally analogous rare-earth pnictides. No modification of the phonon density of states was observed upon doping with fluorine. We discuss our results in light of the latest experimental and theoretical studies on the role of phonons in the superconducting pnictide compounds.

  20. Absence of superconductivity in fluorine-doped neptunium pnictide NpFeAsO.

    PubMed

    Walters, A C; Walker, H C; Springell, R; Krisch, M; Bosak, A; Hill, A H; Zvorişte-Walters, C E; Colineau, E; Griveau, J-C; Bouëxière, D; Eloirdi, R; Caciuffo, R; Klimczuk, T

    2015-08-19

    X-ray diffraction, specific heat, magnetic susceptibility and inelastic x-ray scattering measurements on the transurarium oxypnictides NpFeAsO and NpFeAsO0.85F0.15 are presented. No superconductivity down to 2 K was observed upon fluorine doping, contrary to the structurally analogous rare-earth pnictides. No modification of the phonon density of states was observed upon doping with fluorine. We discuss our results in light of the latest experimental and theoretical studies on the role of phonons in the superconducting pnictide compounds. PMID:26214712

  1. Intra-unit-cell nematic charge order in the titanium-oxypnictide family of superconductors.

    PubMed

    Frandsen, Benjamin A; Bozin, Emil S; Hu, Hefei; Zhu, Yimei; Nozaki, Yasumasa; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Uemura, Yasutomo J; Yin, Wei-Guo; Billinge, Simon J L

    2014-01-01

    Understanding the role played by broken-symmetry states such as charge, spin and orbital orders in the mechanism of emergent properties, such as high-temperature superconductivity, is a major current topic in materials research. That the order may be within one unit cell, such as nematic, was only recently considered theoretically, but its observation in the iron-pnictide and doped cuprate superconductors places it at the forefront of current research. Here, we show that the recently discovered BaTi2Sb2O superconductor and its parent compound BaTi2As2O form a symmetry-breaking nematic ground state that can be naturally explained as an intra-unit-cell nematic charge order with d-wave symmetry, pointing to the ubiquity of the phenomenon. These findings, together with the key structural features in these materials being intermediate between the cuprate and iron-pnictide high-temperature superconducting materials, render the titanium oxypnictides an important new material system to understand the nature of nematic order and its relationship to superconductivity. PMID:25482113

  2. Itinerant scenario for Fe pnictides: Comparison with quantum Monte Carlo

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    Chubukov, Andrey V.; Xing, Rui-Qi

    2016-04-01

    Recent applications of quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) technique to Fe-based superconductors opened a way to directly verify the applicability of the itinerant scenario for these systems. Fe-based superconductors undergo various instabilities upon lowering temperature (magnetism, superconductivity, nematicity/orbital order), and one can check whether the hierarchy of instabilities obtained within the itinerant approach is the same as in unbiased QMC simulations. In a recent paper [arXiv:1512.08523] the authors considered the simplest two-band model with interaction tailored to favor orbital order. The type of the orbital order found in QMC is different from the one found in earlier itinerant analysis. We report the results of our calculations within the itinerant scenario and argue that they are in perfect agreement with QMC.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An

    2009-02-01

    pace of research within the last year, iron-based superconductors have revealed several unique properties such as a high upper critical field and a robustness to impurities. Participation of five 3d-orbitals in the Fermi levels also means that the electronic structure is complex compared with the cuprates. So, we now have a new family of superconductors and it is worth stressing that we have only just begun looking at the many varieties of candidate materials containing an iron square lattice. At this time we do not know whether a material with a critical temperature greater than 100 K exists, or if completely new properties are to be found. However, as a research community we should go ahead with hope and 'strike while the iron is hot'—this saying is always true! This focus issue of New Journal of Physics was put together to provide a broad-based, free-to-read snapshot of the current state of research in this rapidly emerging field. The papers included cover many aspects related to material exploration, physical analysis, and the theory of these materials, and, as editors, we thank the authors for their fine contributions, and the many referees for their considerable efforts that have ensured fast publication. As an aside, the first special issue on this SUBject was published in November 2008 in the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan (vol 77, supplement c) as the proceedings of the International Symposium on Iron-Pnictide Superconductors held in Tokyo on 29-30 June 2008. We would like to encourage the community to read both issues. On a final note we would like to acknowledge the staff of New Journal of Physics for all of their efficient work in bringing this collection to fruition. Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors Contents Microwave response of superconducting pnictides: extended s+/- scenario O V Dolgov, A A Golubov and D Parker Orbital and spin effects for the upper critical field in As-deficient disordered Fe pnictide superconductors G Fuchs, S

  4. Divergent nematic susceptibility of optimally doped Fe-based superconductors

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    Chu, Jiun-Haw; Kuo, Hsueh-Hui; Fisher, Ian

    2015-03-01

    By performing differential elastoresistivity measurements on a wider range of iron based superconductors, including electron doped (Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2, Ba(Fe1-xNix)2As2),holedoped(Ba1-xKxFe2As2), isovalent substituted pnictides (BaFe2(As1-xPx)2) and chalcogenides (FeTe1-xSex), we show that a divergent nematic susceptibility in the B2g symmetry channel appears to be a generic feature of optimally doped compositions. For the specific case of optimally ``doped'' BaFe2(As1-xPx)2, the nematic susceptibility can be well fitted by a Curie-Weiss temperature dependence with critical temperature close to zero, consistent with expectations of quantum critical behavior in the absence of disorder. However for all the other optimal doped iron based superconductors, the nematic susceptibility exhibits a downward deviation from Curie-Weiss behavior, suggestive of an important role played by disorder.

  5. Fine uniform filament superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Riley, Jr., Gilbert N.; Li, Qi; Roberts, Peter R.; Antaya, Peter D.; Seuntjens, Jeffrey M.; Hancock, Steven; DeMoranville, Kenneth L.; Christopherson, Craig J.; Garrant, Jennifer H.; Craven, Christopher A.

    2002-01-01

    A multifilamentary superconductor composite having a high fill factor is formed from a plurality of stacked monofilament precursor elements, each of which includes a low density superconductor precursor monofilament. The precursor elements all have substantially the same dimensions and characteristics, and are stacked in a rectilinear configuration and consolidated to provide a multifilamentary precursor composite. The composite is thereafter thermomechanically processed to provide a superconductor composite in which each monofilament is less than about 50 microns thick.

  6. Superconductor rotor cooling system

    DOEpatents

    Gamble, Bruce B.; Sidi-Yekhlef, Ahmed; Schwall, Robert E.; Driscoll, David I.; Shoykhet, Boris A.

    2002-01-01

    A system for cooling a superconductor device includes a cryocooler located in a stationary reference frame and a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with a rotating reference frame in which the superconductor device is located. A method of cooling a superconductor device includes locating a cryocooler in a stationary reference frame, and transferring heat from a superconductor device located in a rotating reference frame to the cryocooler through a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with the rotating reference frame.

  7. Superconductor rotor cooling system

    DOEpatents

    Gamble, Bruce B.; Sidi-Yekhlef, Ahmed; Schwall, Robert E.; Driscoll, David I.; Shoykhet, Boris A.

    2004-11-02

    A system for cooling a superconductor device includes a cryocooler located in a stationary reference frame and a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with a rotating reference frame in which the superconductor device is located. A method of cooling a superconductor device includes locating a cryocooler in a stationary reference frame, and transferring heat from a superconductor device located in a rotating reference frame to the cryocooler through a closed circulation system external to the cryocooler. The closed circulation system interfaces the stationary reference frame with the rotating reference frame.

  8. Photothermal measurements of superconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Kino, G.S.; Studenmund, W.R.; Fishman, I.M.

    1996-12-31

    A photothermal technique has been used to measure diffusion and critical temperature in high temperature superconductors. The technique is particularly suitable for determining material quality and inhomogeneity.

  9. Orbital order and spin nematicity in the tetragonal phase of the electron-doped iron pnictides NaFe1 -xCoxAs

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    Zhou, R.; Xing, L. Y.; Wang, X. C.; Jin, C. Q.; Zheng, Guo-qing

    2016-02-01

    In copper-oxide and iron-based high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductors, many physical properties exhibit in-plane anisotropy, which is believed to be caused by a rotational symmetry-breaking nematic order, whose origin and its relationship to superconductivity remain elusive. In many iron pnictides, a tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural transition temperature Ts coincides with the magnetic transition temperature TN, making the orbital and spin degrees of freedom highly entangled. NaFeAs is a system where Ts=54 K is well separated from TN=42 K, which helps simplify the experimental situation. Here we report nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on NaFe1 -xCoxAs (0 ≤x ≤0.042 ) that revealed orbital and spin nematicity occurring at a temperature T* far above Ts in the tetragonal phase. We show that the NMR spectra splitting and its evolution can be explained by an incommensurate orbital order that sets in below T* and becomes commensurate below Ts, which brings about the observed spin nematicity.

  10. ARPES of single layer iron pnictide on STO

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    Shen, Zhi-Xun

    Quantum systems in confined geometries have been a very rich ground for discoveries. In this talk, I will discuss recent progresses in uncovering novel physics at ultra-thin limit, with focus on mono-unit-cell (UC) superconductor FeSe grown on SrTiO3, where the Cooper pairing temperature is reported to have dramatically enhanced from its bulk value of 8K to ~60K. Of interest are the cause of the enhanced pairing strength, and the nature of the superconducting state. We show angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) data that provide clear evidence for strong cross-interface electron-phonon coupling in single UC limit, suggesting that pairing is significantly enhanced by the strong interface mode coupling. We will also show other results on the nature of the superconducting state in this system..

  11. Designing with superconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Hammond, R.B.; Hey-Shipton, G.L. ); Matthaei, G.L. )

    1993-04-01

    This article examines the basics of designing with superconducting microwave ICs. The topics of this article include high-temperature superconductors of copper-oxide compounds, the shortcomings of designing ICs with CAD, building small, high-Q bandpass or bandstop filters, combining high-temperature superconductors and conventional components, oscillator stability, tuning, digital interconnects, and cryogenic cooling options.

  12. Ultrafast structural dynamics of the Fe-pnictide parent compound BaFe(2)As(2).

    PubMed

    Rettig, L; Mariager, S O; Ferrer, A; Grübel, S; Johnson, J A; Rittmann, J; Wolf, T; Johnson, S L; Ingold, G; Beaud, P; Staub, U

    2015-02-13

    Using femtosecond time-resolved x-ray diffraction we investigate the structural dynamics of the coherently excited A(1g) phonon mode in the Fe-pnictide parent compound BaFe(2)As(2). The fluence dependent intensity oscillations of two specific Bragg reflections with distinctly different sensitivity to the pnictogen height in the compound allow us to quantify the coherent modifications of the Fe-As tetrahedra, indicating a transient increase of the Fe magnetic moments. By a comparison with time-resolved photoemission data, we derive the electron-phonon deformation potential for this particular mode. The value of Δμ/Δz=-(1.0-1.5)  eV/Å is comparable with theoretical predictions and demonstrates the importance of this degree of freedom for the electron-phonon coupling in the Fe pnictides. PMID:25723244

  13. Neutron and ARPES constraints on the couplings of the multiorbital Hubbard model for the iron pnictides

    SciTech Connect

    Luo, Qinlong; Martins, G. B.; Daghofer, M.; Yu, Rong; Yildirim, Yucel; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2010-01-01

    The results of neutron-scattering and angle-resolved photoemission experiments for the Fe-pnictide parent compounds, and their metallic nature, are shown to impose severe constraints on the range of values that can be considered realistic for the intraorbital Hubbard repulsion U and Hund coupling J in multiorbital Hubbard models treated in the mean-field approximation. Phase diagrams for three- and five-orbital models are here provided, and the physically realistic regime of couplings is highlighted, to guide future theoretical work into the proper region of parameters of Hubbard models. In addition, using the random phase approximation, the pairing tendencies in these realistic coupling regions are investigated. It is shown that the dominant spin-singlet pairing channels in these coupling regimes correspond to nodal superconductivity, with strong competition between several states that belong to different irreducible representations. This is compatible with experimental bulk measurements that have reported the existence of nodes in several Fe-pnictide compounds.

  14. Charged Stripes in the Two-Orbital Hubbard Model for Pnictides

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    Yao, Dao-Xin; Luo, Qinlong; Prestel, Thomas; Daghofer, Maria; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    2011-03-01

    The two-orbital Hubbard model for the pnictides is studied numerically in the real-space Hartree-Fock approximation. Upon electron doping, states with a nonuniform ditribution of charge are stabilized. The patterns observed correspond to charge stripes that run perpendicular to the direction of the spin stripes of the undoped magnetic ground state. These striped states are robust when the undoped state has a gap, although with a decreasing amplitude as the gap decreases. Results for hole doping and implications for recent experiments that reported electronic nematic states and spin incommensurability in the pnictides are also discussed. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division (Q.L., A.M., E.D.), the SYSU and NSFC-11074310 (D.X.Y.), the DFG under the Emmy-Noether program (T.P., M.D.).

  15. Ultrafast Structural Dynamics of the Fe-Pnictide Parent Compound BaFe2As2

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    Rettig, L.; Mariager, S. O.; Ferrer, A.; Grübel, S.; Johnson, J. A.; Rittmann, J.; Wolf, T.; Johnson, S. L.; Ingold, G.; Beaud, P.; Staub, U.

    2015-02-01

    Using femtosecond time-resolved x-ray diffraction we investigate the structural dynamics of the coherently excited A1 g phonon mode in the Fe-pnictide parent compound BaFe2As2. The fluence dependent intensity oscillations of two specific Bragg reflections with distinctly different sensitivity to the pnictogen height in the compound allow us to quantify the coherent modifications of the Fe-As tetrahedra, indicating a transient increase of the Fe magnetic moments. By a comparison with time-resolved photoemission data, we derive the electron-phonon deformation potential for this particular mode. The value of Δ μ /Δ z =-(1.0 - 1.5 ) eV /Å is comparable with theoretical predictions and demonstrates the importance of this degree of freedom for the electron-phonon coupling in the Fe pnictides.

  16. Fabrication of high temperature superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Dorris, Stephen E.; Ma, Beihai; Li, Meiya

    2003-06-17

    A method of forming a biaxially aligned superconductor on a non-biaxially aligned substrate substantially chemically inert to the biaxially aligned superconductor comprising is disclosed. A non-biaxially aligned substrate chemically inert to the superconductor is provided and a biaxially aligned superconductor material is deposited directly on the non-biaxially aligned substrate. A method forming a plume of superconductor material and contacting the plume and the non-biaxially aligned substrate at an angle greater than 0.degree. and less than 90.degree. to deposit a biaxially aligned superconductor on the non-biaxially aligned substrate is also disclosed. Various superconductors and substrates are illustrated.

  17. Doping dependence of spin excitations and its correlations with high-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Meng; Zhang, Chenglin; Lu, Xingye; Tan, Guotai; Luo, Huiqian; Song, Yu; Wang, Miaoyin; Zhang, Xiaotian; Goremychkin, E.A.; Perring, T.G.; Maier, T.A.; Yin, Zhiping; Haule, Kristjan; Kotliar, Gabriel; Dai, Pengcheng

    2013-01-01

    High-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides occurs when electrons and holes are doped into their antiferromagnetic parent compounds. Since spin excitations may be responsible for electron pairing and superconductivity, it is important to determine their electron/hole-doping evolution and connection with superconductivity. Here we use inelastic neutron scattering to show that while electron doping to the antiferromagnetic BaFe2As2 parent compound modifies the low-energy spin excitations and their correlation with superconductivity (<50 meV) without affecting the high-energy spin excitations (>100 meV), hole-doping suppresses the high-energy spin excitations and shifts the magnetic spectral weight to low-energies. In addition, our absolute spin susceptibility measurements for the optimally hole-doped iron pnictide reveal that the change in magnetic exchange energy below and above Tc can account for the superconducting condensation energy. These results suggest that high-Tc superconductivity in iron pnictides is associated with both the presence of high-energy spin excitations and a coupling between low-energy spin excitations and itinerant electrons. PMID:24301219

  18. Universal non-Landau, self-organized, lattice disordering percolative dopant network sub-T(c) phase transition in ceramic superconductors.

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    Phillips, J C

    2009-09-15

    Ceramic superconductors (cuprates, pnictides, etc.) exhibit universal features in both T(c)(max) and in their planar lattice disordering measured by EXAFS, as reflected by three phase transitions. The two highest temperature transitions are known to be associated with formation of Jahn-Teller pseudogaps and superconductive gaps, with corresponding Landau order parameters, but no new gap is associated with the third transition below T(c), and its origin is mysterious. It is argued that the third subT(c) transition is a dopant glass transition, which is remarkably similar to topological transitions previously observed in chalcogenide and oxide alloy network glasses (like window glass). PMID:19805211

  19. Point-contact spectroscopic studies on normal and superconducting AFe2As2-type iron-pnictide single crystals

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    Lu, Xin; Park, W.K.; Yuan, H.Q.; Chen, G.F.; Luo, G.L.; Wang, N.L.; Sefat, A.S.; McGuire, M.A.; Jin, R.; Sales, B.C.; Mandrus, D.; Gillett, J.; Sebastian, Suchitra E.; Greene, L.H.

    2010-04-23

    Point-contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy is applied to investigate the gap structure in iron pnictide single-crystal superconductors of the AFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (A = Ba, Sr) family ('Fe-122'). The observed point-contact junction conductance curves, G(V), can be divided into two categories: one where Andreev reflection is present for both (Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Ba(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}){sub 2}As{sub 2}, and the other with a V{sup 2/3} background conductance universally observed, extending even up to 100 meV for Sr{sub 0.6}Na{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Sr(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}){sub 2}As{sub 2}. The latter is also observed in point-contact junctions on the nonsuperconducting parent compound BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and superconducting (Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} crystals. Mesoscopic phase-separated coexistence of magnetic and superconducting orders is considered to explain distinct behaviors in the superconducting samples. For Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, double peaks due to Andreev reflection with a strongly sloping background are frequently observed for point contacts on freshly cleaved c-axis surfaces. If normalized using a background baseline and analyzed using the Blonder–Tinkham–Klapwijk model, the data show a gap size of ~ 3.0–4.0 meV with 2Δ{sub 0}/k{sub B}T{sub c} ~ 2.0–2.6, consistent with the smaller gap size reported for the LnFeAsO family ('Fe-1111'). For the Ba(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}){sub 2}As{sub 2}, the G(V) curves typically display a zero-bias conductance peak.

  20. Point-contact spectroscopic studies on normal and superconducting AFe2As2-type iron pnictide single crystals

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    Lu, Xin; Park, W. K.; Yuan, H. Q.; Chen, G. F,; Luo, G. L.; Wang, N. L.; Sefat, A. S.; McGuire, Michael A; Jin, R.; Sales, Brian C; Mandrus, David; Gillett, J; Sebastian, Suchitra; Greene, L. H.

    2010-01-01

    Point-contact Andreev reflection spectroscopy is applied to investigate the gap structure in iron pnictide single-crystal superconductors of the AFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (A = Ba, Sr) family (Fe-122). The observed point-contact junction conductance curves, G(V), can be divided into two categories: one where Andreev reflection is present for both (Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Ba(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}){sub 2}As{sub 2}, and the other with a V{sup 2/3} background conductance universally observed, extending even up to 100 meV for Sr{sub 0.6}Na{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Sr(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}){sub 2}As{sub 2}. The latter is also observed in point-contact junctions on the nonsuperconducting parent compound BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and superconducting (Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} crystals. Mesoscopic phase-separated coexistence of magnetic and superconducting orders is considered to explain distinct behaviors in the superconducting samples. For Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, double peaks due to Andreev reflection with a strongly sloping background are frequently observed for point contacts on freshly cleaved c-axis surfaces. If normalized using a background baseline and analyzed using the Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk model, the data show a gap size of {approx} 3.0-4.0 meV with 2{Delta}{sub 0}/k{sub B}T{sub c} {approx} 2.0-2.6, consistent with the smaller gap size reported for the LnFeAsO family (Fe-1111). For the Ba(Fe{sub 0.9}Co{sub 0.1}){sub 2}As{sub 2}, the G(V) curves typically display a zero-bias conductance peak.

  1. The magnetic moment enigma in Fe-based high temperature superconductors.

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    Mannella, Norman

    2014-11-26

    The determination of the most appropriate starting point for the theoretical description of Fe-based materials hosting high-temperature superconductivity remains among the most important unsolved problem in this relatively new field. Most of the work to date has focused on the pnictides, with LaFeAsO, BaFe(2)As(2) and LiFeAs being representative parent compounds of three families known as 1111, 122 and 111, respectively. This topical review examines recent progress in this area, with particular emphasis on the implication of experimental data which have provided evidence for the presence of electron itinerancy and the detection of local spin moments. In light of the results presented, the necessity of a theoretical framework contemplating the presence and the interplay between itinerant electrons and large spin moments is discussed. It is argued that the physics at the heart of the macroscopic properties of pnictides Fe-based high-temperature superconductors appears to be far more complex and interesting than initially predicted. PMID:25352180

  2. The magnetic moment enigma in Fe-based high temperature superconductors

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    Mannella, Norman

    2014-11-01

    The determination of the most appropriate starting point for the theoretical description of Fe-based materials hosting high-temperature superconductivity remains among the most important unsolved problem in this relatively new field. Most of the work to date has focused on the pnictides, with LaFeAsO, BaFe2As2 and LiFeAs being representative parent compounds of three families known as 1111, 122 and 111, respectively. This topical review examines recent progress in this area, with particular emphasis on the implication of experimental data which have provided evidence for the presence of electron itinerancy and the detection of local spin moments. In light of the results presented, the necessity of a theoretical framework contemplating the presence and the interplay between itinerant electrons and large spin moments is discussed. It is argued that the physics at the heart of the macroscopic properties of pnictides Fe-based high-temperature superconductors appears to be far more complex and interesting than initially predicted.

  3. 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.

  4. Possible Room-Tc Superconductor with in-plane Ginzburg Sandwichin Cuprate-and Pnictide-likefamilyof Compounds

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    Mazov, L. S.

    On the basis of detailed analysis of resistive, neutron and optical experimental data in doped cuprates it is demonstrated that high critical temperature Tc of superconducting transition in these compounds is provided by Cooper pairing of mobile charge carriers in conducting charge (C) stripes due to delocalized, in-plane, charge-transfer (CT) excitons, propagating in semi-insulating spin (S) stripes, adjacent with C-ones. Such stripe structure arises in the pseudogap state in result of magnetic phase transition from spin-disordered state to magnetically-ordered one, like to incommensurate: T:Tonset SDW in CuO2 planes at Tonset ≤ T', which transition is accompanied by opening of the SDW-gap c SDW (pseudogap) at symmetrical parts of the Fermi surface. So-formed SDWstate, because of its incommensurability with the lattice period, generates the CDWwith wavelength ACDW = AS DW/2and, hence, the wave of lattice distortion. The crucial rise of Tc in cuprates duetoexcitonsis precededby moderate riseof Tc due to phonons, characteristic for partial dielectrization of electron energy spectrum in itinerant electron systems with interplay between superconductivity and magnetism. The picture is consistent with the Little-Ginzburg(LG) exciton mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity in planar geometry of GinzburgHTS-sandwich: insulator-metal-insulator. The new way to synthesize room-Tc supercon-ductors(RTS)in similar transitional-metal compounds with higher energyof in-planeCT transitionis proposed.

  5. Angle-resolved spectroscopy study of Ni-based superconductor SrNi2As2

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    Zeng, L.-K.; Richard, P.; van Roekeghem, A.; Yin, J.-X.; Wu, S.-F.; Chen, Z. G.; Wang, N. L.; Biermann, S.; Qian, T.; Ding, H.

    2016-07-01

    We performed an angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy study of the Ni-based superconductor SrNi2As2 . Electron and hole Fermi surface pockets are observed, but their different shapes and sizes lead to very poor nesting conditions. The experimental electronic band structure of SrNi2As2 is in good agreement with first-principles calculations after a slight renormalization (by a factor 1.1), confirming the picture of Hund's exchange-dominated electronic correlations decreasing with increasing filling of the 3 d shell in the Fe-, Co-, and Ni-based compounds. These findings emphasize the importance of Hund's coupling and 3 d -orbital filling as key tuning parameters of electronic correlations in transition-metal pnictides.

  6. Nematic quantum critical point without magnetism in FeSe1-xSx superconductors.

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    Hosoi, Suguru; Matsuura, Kohei; Ishida, Kousuke; Wang, Hao; Mizukami, Yuta; Watashige, Tatsuya; Kasahara, Shigeru; Matsuda, Yuji; Shibauchi, Takasada

    2016-07-19

    In most unconventional superconductors, the importance of antiferromagnetic fluctuations is widely acknowledged. In addition, cuprate and iron-pnictide high-temperature superconductors often exhibit unidirectional (nematic) electronic correlations, including stripe and orbital orders, whose fluctuations may also play a key role for electron pairing. In these materials, however, such nematic correlations are intertwined with antiferromagnetic or charge orders, preventing the identification of the essential role of nematic fluctuations. This calls for new materials having only nematicity without competing or coexisting orders. Here we report systematic elastoresistance measurements in FeSe1-xSx superconductors, which, unlike other iron-based families, exhibit an electronic nematic order without accompanying antiferromagnetic order. We find that the nematic transition temperature decreases with sulfur content x; whereas, the nematic fluctuations are strongly enhanced. Near [Formula: see text], the nematic susceptibility diverges toward absolute zero, revealing a nematic quantum critical point. The obtained phase diagram for the nematic and superconducting states highlights FeSe1-xSx as a unique nonmagnetic system suitable for studying the impact of nematicity on superconductivity. PMID:27382157

  7. Universal self-field critical current for thin-film superconductors

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    Talantsev, E. F.; Tallon, J. L.

    2015-01-01

    For any practical superconductor the magnitude of the critical current density, Jc, is crucially important. It sets the upper limit for current in the conductor. Usually Jc falls rapidly with increasing external magnetic field, but even in zero external field the current flowing in the conductor generates a self-field that limits Jc. Here we show for thin films of thickness less than the London penetration depth, λ, this limiting Jc adopts a universal value for all superconductors—metals, oxides, cuprates, pnictides, borocarbides and heavy Fermions. For type-I superconductors, it is Hc/λ where Hc is the thermodynamic critical field. But surprisingly for type-II superconductors, we find the self-field Jc is Hc1/λ where Hc1 is the lower critical field. Jc is thus fundamentally determined and this provides a simple means to extract absolute values of λ(T) and, from its temperature dependence, the symmetry and magnitude of the superconducting gap. PMID:26240014

  8. HfMnSb2 : A Metal-Ordered NiAs-type Pnictide with a Conical Spin Order.

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    Murakami, Taito; Yamamoto, Takafumi; Tassel, Cédric; Takatsu, Hiroshi; Ritter, Clemens; Ajiro, Yoshitami; Kageyama, Hiroshi

    2016-08-16

    The NiAs-type structure is one of the most common structures in solids, but metal order has been almost exclusively limited to chalcogenides. The synthesis of HfMnSb2 is reported with a novel metal-ordered NiAs-type structure. HfMnSb2 undergoes a conical spin order below 270 K, in marked contrast to conventional magnetic order observed in NiAs-type pnictides. We argue that the layered arrangement of Hf and Mn makes it a quasi 2D magnet, where the Mn layers with localized magnetic moments (Mn(2+) ; S=5/2) can interact only through RKKY interactions, instead of metal-metal bonding that is otherwise dominant for typical NiAs-type pnictides. This result suggests that controlling order-disorder in NiAs-type pnictides enables a study of 2D-to-3D crossover behavior in itinerant magnetic system. PMID:27355989

  9. Influence of the electronic structure on the transport properties of some iron pnictides

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    Rullier-Albenque, Florence

    2016-01-01

    An important feature of the iron-based pnictides is their multi-band electronic structure with both electron and hole bands at the Fermi level. The size of these pockets can be changed by different types of substitution, resulting in a variety of original magnetic and electronic properties. The contributions of both types of carriers will thus have important consequences on the evolution of the transport properties versus temperature and doping. It has been pointed out that Hund's rule interaction plays a prominent role in the physics of these compounds by allowing a strong orbital differentiation between the 3d Fe orbitals. As a result, a description in terms of more or less correlated electrons was proposed and may have important consequences on the scattering lifetimes of the different carriers. Finally, the presence of very flat bands at the Fermi level may induce a semiconductor-like behavior, with a change in carrier concentration with temperature. In this paper, we will review the evolution of transport properties with chemical doping/substitution in iron pnictides. We will more particularly focus on the 122 family (Ba(Sr,Ca)Fe2As2) and the 111 LiFeAs compound for which sizeable single crystals required for transport measurements are available. The combined resistivity, Hall effect and magnetoresistance data will be analyzed in association with electronic structure calculations, angle-resolved photoemission measurements and quantum oscillations. In spite of the strong interplay between antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in most part of their phase diagram, direct signatures of spin fluctuations are difficult to identify in the transport properties of iron pnictides. We will show that measurements of the longitudinal magnetoresistance provide a powerful tool for studying the coupling between the charge carriers and the spin degrees of freedom.

  10. Superconducting energy gap and c-axis plasma frequency of (Nd,Sm)FeAsO0.82F0.18 superconductors from infrared ellipsometry.

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    Dubroka, A; Kim, K W; Rössle, M; Malik, V K; Drew, A J; Liu, R H; Wu, G; Chen, X H; Bernhard, C

    2008-08-29

    We present far-infrared ellipsometric measurements of polycrystalline samples of the pnictide superconductor RFeAsO0.82F0.18 (R=Nd and Sm). We find evidence that the electronic properties are strongly anisotropic such that the optical spectra are dominated by the weakly conducting c-axis response similar to the cuprate high-temperature superconductors. We deduce an upper limit of the c-axis superconducting plasma frequency of omega pl,c(SC)< or =260 cm(-1) corresponding to a lower limit of the c-axis magnetic penetration depth of lambda c > or =6 microm and lambda c/lambda ab > or =30 as compared to lambda ab=185 nm from muon spin rotation [A. Drew, arXiv:0805.1042 [Phys. Rev. Lett. (to be published)

  11. Structural symmetries of the 112-type iron-based superconductor (Ca1-xLax)FeAs2 studied using nonlinear and ultrafast optics

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    Harter, John; Chu, Hao; Jiang, Shan; Ni, Ni; Hsieh, David

    The crystal structure of the newly discovered 112-type iron-based superconductors contains symmetry-breaking arsenic chains, avoiding the need for local probes or uniaxial strain in order to study the ubiquitous electronic nematic state that exists in the vicinity of magnetic order in the iron pnictides. In addition, the 112-type materials are the first known high-temperature superconductors without a center of inversion, with interesting ramifications for Cooper pairing in the superconducting state. We present details of the structure of 112-type (Ca1-xLax)FeAs2 using rotational anisotropy second harmonic generation and pump-probe transient reflectivity experiments. These all-optical techniques are complimentary to conventional diffraction measurements and enable a precise determination of crystallographic symmetries. Our measurements highlight the novel structural properties of the 112-type materials.

  12. Hund's metal physics in iron-based superconductors

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    Kotliar, Gabriel; Yin, Zhiping; Haule, Kristjan

    2012-02-01

    The role of Hubbard U and Hund's J in a material depends on the energy scale of the crystal field splitting. In transition metal oxides, the crystal field splitting is usually considerably larger than Hund's J thus Hubbard U plays the dominating role. However, the crystal field splitting in iron-based superconductors is substantially smaller and the physics in this family is governed primarily by Hund's rule. In this talk, we will show that the combination of density functional theory and dynamic mean field theory properly incorporates the Hund's physics as well as realistic band structure thereby is well suited to capture and predict a wide range of physical properties and their trends in iron pnictides and chalcogenides, such as optical conductivity, x-ray spectroscopy, Fermi surface, magnetic ordering and moments, spin excitations, effective masses and so on. We will demonstrate two important mechanisms operating in this family, namely, Hund's blocking and Kinetic frustration. The importance of electronic correlation caused by the Hund's physics and its relation to various experimental observations will also be discussed.

  13. Two types of superconducting domes in unconventional superconductors

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    Das, Tanmoy; Panagopoulos, Christos

    In this talk, we present a comprehensive analysis of the SC properties and phase diagrams across several families of unconventional superconductors within the copper-oxides, heavy-fermions, organics, and the recently discovered iron-pnictides, iron-chalcogenides, and oxybismuthides. We find that there are two types of SC domes present in all families of SC materials, arising sometimes as completely isolated, or merged into one, or in some materials only any one of them appears. One of the SC dome appearing at or near a possible QCP usually possesses a lower transition temperature (Tc) . The other SC dome appearing at a different value of the tuning parameter around a non-Fermi liquid (NFL) state often has higher Tc. Both SC domes are not necessarily linked to each other, and so does the QCP and NFL state. In materials, where both domes are present, they can be isolated by multiple tuning (such as such as disorder, or pressure, or magnetic field in addition to doping, and vice versa), giving a unique opportunity to decouple the relationship between QCP, NFL, and their role on superconductivity. The systematic study the NFL state might be a generic route to higher-Tc superconductivity.

  14. Granular Superconductors and Gravity

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    Noever, David; Koczor, Ron

    1999-01-01

    As a Bose condensate, superconductors provide novel conditions for revisiting previously proposed couplings between electromagnetism and gravity. Strong variations in Cooper pair density, large conductivity and low magnetic permeability define superconductive and degenerate condensates without the traditional density limits imposed by the Fermi energy (approx. 10(exp -6) g cu cm). Recent experiments have reported anomalous weight loss for a test mass suspended above a rotating Type II, YBCO superconductor, with a relatively high percentage change (0.05-2.1%) independent of the test mass' chemical composition and diamagnetic properties. A variation of 5 parts per 104 was reported above a stationary (non-rotating) superconductor. In experiments using a sensitive gravimeter, bulk YBCO superconductors were stably levitated in a DC magnetic field and exposed without levitation to low-field strength AC magnetic fields. Changes in observed gravity signals were measured to be less than 2 parts in 108 of the normal gravitational acceleration. Given the high sensitivity of the test, future work will examine variants on the basic magnetic behavior of granular superconductors, with particular focus on quantifying their proposed importance to gravity.

  15. Lightning in superconductors

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    Vestgården, J. I.; Shantsev, D. V.; Galperin, Y. M.; Johansen, T. H.

    2012-01-01

    Crucially important for application of type-II superconductor films is the stability of the vortex matter – magnetic flux lines penetrating the material. If some vortices get detached from pinning centres, the energy dissipated by their motion will facilitate further depinning, and may trigger a massive electromagnetic breakdown. Up to now, the time-resolved behaviour of these ultra-fast events was essentially unknown. We report numerical simulation results revealing the detailed dynamics during breakdown as within nanoseconds it develops branching structures in the electromagnetic fields and temperature, with striking resemblance of atmospheric lightning. During a dendritic avalanche the superconductor is locally heated above its critical temperature, while electrical fields rise to several kV/m as the front propagates at instant speeds near up to 100 km/s. The numerical approach provides an efficient framework for understanding the ultra-fast coupled non-local dynamics of electromagnetic fields and dissipation in superconductor films. PMID:23185691

  16. 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.

  17. Impact of uniaxial pressure on structural and magnetic phase transitions in electron-doped iron pnictides

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    Lu, Xingye; Tseng, Kuo-Feng; Keller, T.; Zhang, Wenliang; Hu, Ding; Song, Yu; Man, Haoran; Park, J. T.; Luo, Huiqian; Li, Shiliang; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H.; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-04-01

    We use neutron resonance spin echo and Larmor diffraction to study the effect of uniaxial pressure on the tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural (Ts) and antiferromagnetic (AF) phase transitions in iron pnictides BaFe2 -xNixAs2 (x =0 ,0.03 ,0.12 ),SrFe1.97Ni0.03As2, and BaFe2(As0.7P0.3)2. In antiferromagnetically ordered BaFe2 -xNixAs2 and SrFe1.97Ni0.03As2 with TN and Ts (TN≤Ts ), a uniaxial pressure necessary to detwin the sample also increases TN, smears out the structural transition, and induces an orthorhombic lattice distortion at all temperatures. By comparing temperature and doping dependence of the pressure induced lattice parameter changes with the elastoresistance and nematic susceptibility obtained from transport and ultrasonic measurements, we conclude that the in-plane resistivity anisotropy found in the paramagnetic state of electron underdoped iron pnictides depends sensitively on the nature of the magnetic phase transition and a strong coupling between the uniaxial pressure induced lattice distortion and electronic nematic susceptibility.

  18. Strain induced modification in phonon dispersion curves of monolayer boron pnictides

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    Jha, Prafulla K. E-mail: prafullaj@yahoo.com; Soni, Himadri R.

    2014-01-14

    In the frame work of density functional theory, the biaxial strain induced phonon dispersion curves of monolayer boron pnictides (BX, X = N, P, As, and Sb) have been investigated. The electron-ion interactions have been modelled using ultrasoft pseudopotentials while exchange-correlation energies have been approximated by the method of local density approximation in the parameterization of Perdew-Zunger. The longitudinal and transverse acoustic phonon modes of boron pnictide sheets show linear dependency on wave vector k{sup →} while out of plane mode varies as k{sup 2}. The in-plane longitudinal and out of plane transverse optical modes in boron nitride displaying significant dispersion similar to graphene. We have analyzed the biaxial strain dependent behaviour of out of plane acoustic phonon mode which is linked to ripple for four BX sheets using a model equation with shell elasticity theory. The strain induces the hardening of this mode with tendency to become more linear with increase in strain percentage. The strain induced hardening of out of plane acoustic phonon mode indicates the absence of rippling in these compounds. Our band structure calculations for both unstrained and strained 2D h-BX are consistent with previous calculations.

  19. Spin reorientation driven by the interplay between spin-orbit coupling and Hund's rule coupling in iron pnictides

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    Christensen, Morten H.; Kang, Jian; Andersen, Brian M.; Eremin, Ilya; Fernandes, Rafael M.

    2015-12-01

    In most magnetically-ordered iron pnictides, the magnetic moments lie in the FeAs planes, parallel to the modulation direction of the spin stripes. However, recent experiments in hole-doped iron pnictides have observed a reorientation of the magnetic moments from in-plane to out-of-plane. Interestingly, this reorientation is accompanied by a change in the magnetic ground state from a stripe antiferromagnet to a tetragonal nonuniform magnetic configuration. Motivated by these recent observations, here we investigate the origin of the spin anisotropy in iron pnictides using an itinerant microscopic electronic model that respects all the symmetry properties of a single FeAs plane. We find that the interplay between the spin-orbit coupling and the Hund's rule coupling can account for the observed spin anisotropies, including the spin reorientation in hole-doped pnictides, without the need to invoke orbital or nematic order. Our calculations also reveal an asymmetry between the magnetic ground states of electron- and hole-doped compounds, with only the latter displaying tetragonal magnetic states.

  20. Superconductor materials engineering

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    Shumay, William C., Jr.

    1988-11-01

    The development status of the most promising high-temperature superconducting oxides is discussed with a view to the diversity of the compounds being investigated and the difficulties yet to be surmounted in their fabrication into commercially applicable products such as cables and thin films. Attention is given to R&D expenditures, laser processing methods for novel material phases, optimization methods for bulk superconductors, wire and filament production methods for large systems, explosive processing for matrix compatibility, the use of binders in tape casting and wire-forming, screen-printing of superconductor patterns, and thallium oxide-containing compositions promising higher transition temperatures.

  1. Fundamental studies of superconductors using scanning magnetic imaging

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    Kirtley, J. R.

    2010-12-01

    cuprates places limits on spin-charge separation in these materials. Studies of spontaneous generation of fluxoids upon cooling rings through the superconducting transition provide clues to dynamical processes relevant to the early development of the universe, while studies of vortex motion in cuprate grain boundaries allow the measurement of current-voltage characteristics at the femtovolt scale for these technologically important defects. Scanning SQUID susceptometry allows the measurement of superconducting fluctuations on samples comparable in size to the coherence length, revealing stripes in susceptibility believed to be associated with enhanced superfluid density on the twin boundaries in the pnictide superconductor Co doped Ba-122, and indicating the presence of spin-like excitations, which may be a source of noise in superconducting devices, in a wide variety of materials. Scanning magnetic microscopies allow the absolute value of penetration depths to be measured locally over a wide temperature range, providing clues to the symmetry of the order parameter in unconventional superconductors. Finally, MFM tips can be used to manipulate vortices, providing information on flux trapping in superconductors.

  2. Physics picture from neutron scattering study on Fe-based superconductors

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    Bao, Wei

    2013-08-01

    Neutron scattering, with its ability to measure the crystal structure, the magnetic order, and the structural and magnetic excitations, plays an active role in investigating various families of Fe-based high-Tc superconductors. Three different types of antiferromagnetic orders have been discovered in the Fe plane, but two of them cannot be explained by the spin-density-wave (SDW) mechanism of nesting Fermi surfaces. Noticing the close relation between antiferromagnetic order and lattice distortion in orbital ordering from previous studies on manganites and other oxides, we have advocated orbital ordering as the underlying common mechanism for the structural and antiferromagnetic transitions in the 1111, 122, and 11 parent compounds. We observe the coexistence of antiferromagnetic order and superconductivity in the (Ba,K)Fe2As2 system, when its phase separation is generally accepted. Optimal Tc is proposed to be controlled by the local FeAs4 tetrahedron from our investigation on the 1111 materials. The Bloch phase coherence of the Fermi liquid is found crucial to the occurrence of bulk superconductivity in iron chalcogenides of both the 11 and the 245 families. Iron chalcogenides carry a larger staggered magnetic moment (> 2 μB/Fe) than that in iron pnictides (< 1 μB/Fe) in the antiferromagnetic order. Normal state magnetic excitations in the 11 superconductor are of the itinerant nature while in the 245 superconductor the spin-waves of localized moments. The observation of superconducting resonance peak provides a crucial piece of information in current deliberation of the pairing symmetry in Fe-based superconductors.

  3. Quantum phenomena in superconductors

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    Clarke, J.

    1987-08-01

    This paper contains remarks by the author on aspects of macroscopic quantum phenomena in superconductors. Some topics discussed are: Superconducting low-inductance undulatory galvanometer (SLUGS), charge imbalance, cylindrical dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUIDS), Geophysics, noise theory, magnetic resonance with SQUIDS, and macroscopic quantum tunneling. 23 refs., 4 figs. (LSP)

  4. Method for preparing superconductors

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    Dahlgren, Shelley D.

    1976-01-01

    A superconductor having an equiaxed fine grain beta-tungsten crystalline structure found to have improved high field critical current densities is prepared by sputter-depositing superconductive material onto a substrate cooled to below 200.degree. C. and heat-treating the deposited material.

  5. Frustrated magnetic interactions, giant magneto-elastic coupling, and magnetic phonons in iron-pnictides

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    Yildirim, Taner

    2009-05-01

    We present a detailed first-principles study of Fe-pnictides with particular emphasis on competing magnetic interactions, structural phase transition, giant magneto-elastic coupling and its effect on phonons. The exchange interactions Ji, j( R) are calculated up to ≈12 Å from two different approaches based on direct spin-flip and infinitesimal spin-rotation. We find that Ji, j( R) has an oscillatory character with an envelop decaying as 1/ R3 along the stripe-direction while it is very short range along the diagonal direction and antiferromagnetic. A brief discussion of the neutron scattering determination of these exchange constants from a single crystal sample with orthorhombic-twinning is given. The lattice parameter dependence of the exchange constants, dJi, j/ da are calculated for a simple spin-Peierls like model to explain the fine details of the tetragonal-orthorhombic phase transition. We then discuss giant magneto-elastic effects in these systems. We show that when the Fe-spin is turned off the optimized c-values are shorter than experimental values by 1.4 Å for CaFe 2As 2, by 0.4 Å for BaFe 2As 2, and by 0.13 Å for LaOFeAs. We explain this strange behavior by unraveling surprisingly strong interactions between arsenic ions, the strength of which is controlled by the Fe-spin state through Fe-As hybridization. Reducing the Fe-magnetic moment, weakens the Fe-As bonding, and in turn, increases As-As interactions, causing a giant reduction in the c-axis. These findings also explain why the Fe-moment is so tightly coupled to the As-z position. Finally, we show that Fe-spin is also required to obtain the right phonon energies, in particular As c-polarized and Fe-Fe in-plane modes that have been recently observed by inelastic X-ray and neutron scattering but cannot be explained based on non-magnetic phonon calculations. Since treating iron as magnetic ion always gives much better results than non-magnetic ones and since there is no large c-axis reduction

  6. Spin and quadrupolar orders in the spin-1 bilinear-biquadratic model for iron-based superconductors

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    Luo, Cheng; Datta, Trinanjan; Yao, Dao-Xin

    2016-06-01

    Motivated by the recent experimental and theoretical progress of the magnetic properties in iron-based superconductors, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the extended spin-1 bilinear-biquadratic (BBQ) model on the square lattice. Using a variational approach at the mean-field level, we identify the existence of various magnetic phases, including conventional spin dipolar orders (ferro- and antiferromagnet), novel quadrupolar orders (spin nematic), and mixed dipolar-quadrupolar orders. In contrast to the regular Heisenberg model, the elementary excitations of the spin-1 BBQ model are described by the SU(3) flavor-wave theory. By fitting the experimental spin-wave dispersion, we determine the refined exchange couplings corresponding to the collinear antiferromagnetic iron pnictides. We also present the dynamic structure factors of both spin dipolar and quadrupolar components with connections to the future experiments.

  7. Potential parent compound of superconductor: Sr 2CuM 2As 2O 2 (M = Mn, Fe)

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    Wang, Guangtao; Zhang, Minping; Zheng, Lihua; Yang, Zongxian

    2010-10-01

    The electronic structure of Sr 2CuMn 2As 2O 2 and Sr 2CuFe 2As 2O 2 are studied by the first-principle calculations. These compounds have a body-centered-tetragonal crystal structure that consists of the CuO 2 layers similar to those in the high- T cuprate superconductor, and intermetallic MAs (M = Mn, or Fe) layers similar to the FeAs layers in high- T pnictides. Such special structure makes them as interesting candidates for new type of superconductor since they have two types of superconducting layers. However, our calculations indicate that the states in the range from -2.0 eV to +2.0 eV are dominated by Mn-3d or Fe-3d states, while the states of Cu-3d are far away from the Fermi level (in the range from -3.0 eV to -1.0 eV). Such results are significantly different with the Cu-based superconductor, like La 2CuO 4, where the states around Fermi level are dominated by Cu-3d states. Besides, we find that the mean-field magnetic ground state is the checkerboard antiferromagnetic in Cu sublattice and the stripe antiferromagnetic in Fe (or Mn) sublattice.

  8. A unifying phase diagram with correlation-driven superconductor-to-insulator transition for the 122 series of iron chalcogenides

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    Niu, X. H.; Chen, S. D.; Jiang, J.; Ye, Z. R.; Yu, T. L.; Xu, D. F.; Xu, M.; Feng, Y.; Yan, Y. J.; Xie, B. P.; Zhao, J.; Gu, D. C.; Sun, L. L.; Mao, Qianhui; Wang, Hangdong; Fang, Minghu; Zhang, C. J.; Hu, J. P.; Sun, Z.; Feng, D. L.

    2016-02-01

    The 122 series of iron chalcogenide superconductors, for example KxFe2 -ySe2 , only possesses electron Fermi pockets. Their distinctive electronic structure challenges the picture built upon iron pnictide superconductors, where both electron and hole Fermi pockets coexist. However, partly due to the intrinsic phase separation in this family of compounds, many aspects of their behavior remain elusive. In particular, the evolution of the 122 series of iron chalcogenides with chemical substitution still lacks a microscopic and unified interpretation. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we studied a major fraction of 122 iron chalcogenides, including the isovalently "doped" KxFe2 -ySe2 -zSz,RbxFe2 -ySe2 -zTez , and (Tl,K) xFe2 -ySe2 -zSz . We found that the bandwidths of the low energy Fe 3 d bands in these materials depend on doping; and more crucially, as the bandwidth decreases, the ground state evolves from a metal to a superconductor, and eventually to an insulator, yet the Fermi surface in the metallic phases is unaffected by the isovalent dopants. Moreover, the correlation-driven insulator found here with small band filling may be a novel insulating phase. Our study shows that almost all the known 122-series iron chalcogenides can be understood via one unifying phase diagram which implies that moderate correlation strength is beneficial for the superconductivity.

  9. Platform for engineering topological superconductors: Superlattices on Rashba superconductors

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    Lu, Yao; He, Wen-Yu; Xu, Dong-Hui; Lin, Nian; Law, K. T.

    2016-07-01

    The search for topological superconductors which support Majorana fermion excitations has been an important topic in condensed matter physics. In this work, we propose an experimental scheme for engineering topological superconductors. In this scheme, by manipulating the superlattice structure of organic molecules placed on top of a superconductor with Rashba spin-orbit coupling, topological superconducting phases can be achieved without or with little fine tuning of the chemical potential. Moreover, superconductors with different Chern numbers can be obtained by changing the superlattice structure of the organic molecules.

  10. Robustness of quantum critical pairing against disorder in iron-based superconductors

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    Kang, Jian; Fernandes, Rafael

    Several experiments in iron pnictides and cuprates reveal a superconducting (SC) state remarkably robust against non-magnetic disorder -- at least when compared to the simple extension of the Abrikosov-Gor'kov formalism to dirty unconventional superconductors. Motivated by the fact that most of these SC states appear in proximity to a magnetic instability, here we study the impact of non-magnetic disorder on the SC state promoted by quantum critical magnetic fluctuations. We go beyond the weak coupling approach by applying a variational formalism of the Eliashberg equations of the spin-fermion model, taking into account the effects of disorder on both fermionic and bosonic degrees of freedom. We find that the reduced fermionic coherent spectral weight near the magnetic quantum critical point strongly decreases the suppression rate of Tc by weak disorder, as compared to the Abrikosov-Gor'kov universal value. Furthermore, because the bosons promoting the Cooper pairs emerge as collective modes of the fermions, they are also impacted by disorder, giving rise to an additional reduction of the suppression rate of Tc by weak disorder. Our results qualitatively agree with experiments, shedding new light on why unconventional superconductors are robust against disorder. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, under Award Number DE-SC0012336.

  11. Magnon-mediated pairing and isotope effect in iron-based superconductors

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    Wu, Jiansheng; Phillips, Philip

    2011-03-01

    Within a minimal model for the iron-based superconductors in which itinerant electrons interact with a band of local moments, we derive a general conclusion for multiband superconductivity. In a multiband superconductor, due to the Adler theorem, the interband scattering dominates the intraband scattering at the long wavelength limit as long as both interactions are induced by the Goldstone boson (which is the magnon in our case) and the transferred momentum is non-zero. Such an interaction leads to a well known sign-reversing superconductivity even if the interband and intraband interaction are repulsive. This effect can be modeled as arising from an internal Josephson link between the Fermi surface sheets. Our model is also consistent with the recently discovered coexistence of superconductivity and magnetic order in iron-pnictides. Although the experimentally observed isotope effect is large, α = 0.4, we show that it is consistent with a non-phononic mechanism in which it is the isotope effects which result in a change in the lattice constant and, as a consequence, the zero-point motion of the Fe atoms.

  12. Orbital-dependent electron correlation effects in iron-based superconductors

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    Yi, Ming

    The iron chalcogenide superconductors constitute arguably one of the most intriguing families of the iron-based high temperature superconductors given their ability to superconduct at comparable temperatures as the iron pnictides, despite the lack of similarities in their magnetic structures and Fermi surface topologies. In particular, the lack of hole Fermi pockets at the Brillouin zone center posts a challenge to the previous proposal of spin fluctuation mediated pairing via Fermi surface nesting. In this talk, using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements, I will present evidence that show that instead of Fermi surface topology, strong electron correlation observed in electron bandwidth is an important ingredient for superconductivity in the iron chalcogenides. Specifically, I will show i) there exists universal strong orbital-selective renormalization effects and proximity to an orbital-selective Mott phase in Fe1+yTe1-xSex, AxFe2-ySe2, and monolayer FeSe film on SrTiO3, and ii) in RbxFe2(Se1-zSz)2 , where sulfur substitution for selenium continuously suppresses superconductivity down to zero, little change occurs in the Fermi surface topology while a substantial reduction of electron correlation is observed in an expansion of the overall bandwidth, implying that electron correlation is one of the key tuning parameters for superconductivity in these materials.

  13. Flux Pinning and Quasi-particle Scattering in Charge- Doped Iron-Based Superconductors

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    van der Beek, Kees; Demirdis, S.; Konczykowski, M.; Kasahara, S.; Terashima, T.; Okazaki, R.; Shibauchi, T.; Matsuda, Yuji

    2011-03-01

    Whereas isovalently doped iron-based superconductors, such as BaFe 2 (As 1-x Px)2 and Ba(Fe 1-x Ru x)2 As 2 show only strong, ''individual-defect'' vortex pinning due to nanometer-sized defects, charge-doped iron-pnictide superconductors show a low-field, field-independent contribution to the critical current density jc that is well described by the collective pinning theory. Quantitative analysis of the magnitude, temperature, and field-dependence of jc in the PrFeAs O1 - y compound shows that the behavior of jc can be fully explained, if one assumes the oxygen vacancies in this material to be responsible for quasi-particle scattering in the vortex cores. Analysis of jc of this and other charge-doped compounds such as NdFeAs(O,F), (Ba,K) Fe 2 As 2 , and Ba(Fe,Co)2 As 2 yields estimates for the transport scattering cross-section of the dopant impurities in all these materials. We find scattering to be in the Born limit, with a scattering phase angle δ0 such that sinδ0 ~ 0.2 - 0.3 .

  14. "Fluctuoscopy" of Superconductors

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    Varlamov, A. A.

    Study of fluctuation phenomena in superconductors (SCs) is the subject of great fundamental and practical importance. Understanding of their physics allowed to clear up the fundamental properties of SC state. Being predicted in 1968, one of the fluctuation effects, namely paraconductivity, was experimentally observed almost simultaneously. Since this time, fluctuations became a noticeable part of research in the field of superconductivity, and a variety of fluctuation effects have been discovered. The new wave of interest to fluctuations (FL) in superconductors was generated by the discovery of cuprate oxide superconductors (high-temperature superconductors, HTS), where, due to extremely short coherence length and low effective dimensionality of the electron system, superconductive fluctuations manifest themselves in a wide range of temperatures. Moreover, anomalous properties of the normal state of HTS were attributed by many theorists to strong FL in these systems. Being studied in the framework of the phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau theory and, more extensively, in diagrammatic microscopic approach, SC FLs side by side with other quantum corrections (weak localization, etc.) became a new tool for investigation and characterization of such new systems as HTS, disordered electron systems, granular metals, Josephson structures, artificial super-lattices, etc. The characteristic feature of SC FL is their strong dependence on temperature and magnetic fields in the vicinity of phase transition. This allows one to definitely separate the fluctuation effects from other contributions and to use them as the source of information about the microscopic parameters of a material. By their origin, SC FLs are very sensitive to relaxation processes, which break phase coherence. This allows using them for versatile characterization of SC. Today, one can speak about the " fluctuoscopy" of superconductive systems. In review, we present the qualitative picture both of thermodynamic

  15. Fermi surface nesting and spin density wave instability in the overdoped superconducting iron pnictides

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    Jiang, Hong-Min; Yao, Zi-Jian; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2012-11-01

    The nesting of electron Fermi pocket with one of the two hole pockets around the Brillouin zone center has been attributed to the spin density wave (SDW) instability in the parent compound of superconducting iron pnictides. We propose here that the second hole Fermi pocket may be nested with the electron pocket in the doped case, which results in a new SDW instability. Our work is motivated by and may explain the recent scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STM) measurements on NaFe1-xCoxAs, which show an asymmetric gap-like feature near the Fermi level in the overdoped regime (Zhou X. et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 109 (2012) 037002). We use a multi-band model to examine this feature within random phase approximation to include the coupling between the itinerant electron and the local spins.

  16. Synthesis of chalcogenide and pnictide crystals in salt melts using a steady-state temperature gradient

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    Chareev, D. A.; Volkova, O. S.; Geringer, N. V.; Koshelev, A. V.; Nekrasov, A. N.; Osadchii, V. O.; Osadchii, E. G.; Filimonova, O. N.

    2016-07-01

    Some examples of growing crystals of metals, alloys, chalcogenides, and pnictides in melts of halides of alkali metals and aluminum at a steady-state temperature gradient are described. Transport media are chosen to be salt melts of eutectic composition with the participation of LiCl, NaCl, KCl, RbCl, CsCl, AlCl3, AlBr3, KBr, and KI in a temperature range of 850-150°C. Some crystals have been synthesized only using a conducting contour. This technique of crystal growth is similar to the electrochemical method. In some cases, to exclude mutual influence, some elements have been isolated and forced to migrate to the crystal growth region through independent channels. As a result, crystals of desired quality have been obtained using no special equipment and with sizes sufficient for study under laboratory conditions.

  17. Impact of the tetrahedral distortion in the superconducting and magnetic properties of iron pnictides

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    Valenzuela, Belen; Calderon, Maria Jose; Bascones, Elena

    2010-03-01

    The origin of magnetism and superconductivity in iron pnictides is unknown. An added complexity in these materials is the strong impact in the electronic properties brought by small distortions of the As-Fe tetrahedra. We have proposed a five orbital tight binding model using the Slater-Koster framework that with just four parameters reproduce the bands and Fermi surface found with first principle calculations [1]. The good agreement between our results and DFT predictions extends to the orbital weight of each band. Using this model we study the magnetic and superconducting state and analyze how it depends on the distortion of the tetrahedron.[4pt] [1] M.J. Calder'on, B. Valenzuela and E. Bascones, Phys. Rev. B 80, 94531 (2009)

  18. Superconductor stability 90: A review

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    Dresner, L.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reviews some recent developments in the field of stability of superconductors. The main topics dealt with are hydrodynamic phenomena in cable-in-conduit superconductors, namely, multiple stability, quench pressure, thermal expulsion, and thermal hydraulic quenchback, traveling normal zones in large, composite conductors, such as those intended for SMES, and the stability of vapor-cooled leads made of high-temperature superconductors. 31 refs., 5 figs.

  19. Ambient-pressure organic superconductor

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    Williams, Jack M.; Wang, Hsien-Hau; Beno, Mark A.

    1986-01-01

    A new class of organic superconductors having the formula (ET).sub.2 MX.sub.2 wherein ET represents bis(ethylenedithio)-tetrathiafulvalene, M is a metal such as Au, Ag, In, Tl, Rb, Pd and the like and X is a halide. The superconductor (ET).sub.2 AuI.sub.2 exhibits a transition temperature of 5 K which is high for organic superconductors.

  20. Electronic properties of 3d transitional metal pnictides: A comparative study by optical spectroscopy

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    Cheng, B.; Hu, B. F.; Chen, R. Y.; Xu, G.; Zheng, P.; Luo, J. L.; Wang, N. L.

    2012-10-01

    Single-crystalline KFe2As2 and CaT2As2 (T=Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) are synthesized and investigated by resistivity, susceptibility, and optical spectroscopy. It is found that CaCu2As2 exhibits a similar transition to the lattice abrupt collapse transitions discovered in CaFe2(As1-xPx)2 and Ca1-xRxFe2As2 (R = rare-earth element). The resistivity of KFe2As2 and CaT2As2 (T=Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu) approximately follows the similar T2 dependence at low temperature, but the magnetic behaviors vary with different samples. Optical measurement reveals that the optical response of CaCu2As2 is not sensitive to the transition at 50 K, with no indication of development of a new energy gap below the transition temperature. Using Drude-Lorentz model, we find that two Drude terms, a coherent one and an incoherent one, can fit the low-energy optical conductivity of KFe2As2 and CaT2As2 (T=Fe, Co, and Ni) very well. However, in CaCu2As2, which is a sp-band metal, the low-energy optical conductivity can be well described by a coherent Drude term. Lack of the incoherent Drude term in CaCu2As2 may be attributed to a weaker electronic correlation than in KFe2As2 and CaT2As2 (T=Fe, Co, and Ni). Spectral weight analysis of these samples indicates that the unconventional spectral weight transfer, which is related to Hund's coupling energy JH, is only observed in iron pnictides, supporting the viewpoint that JH may be a key clue in the search for the mechanism of magnetism and superconductivity in pnictides.

  1. Vortex cutting in superconductors

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    Glatz, A.; Vlasko-Vlasov, V. K.; Kwok, W. K.; Crabtree, G. W.

    2016-08-01

    Vortex cutting and reconnection is an intriguing and still-unsolved problem central to many areas of classical and quantum physics, including hydrodynamics, astrophysics, and superconductivity. Here, we describe a comprehensive investigation of the crossing of magnetic vortices in superconductors using time dependent Ginsburg-Landau modeling. Within a macroscopic volume, we simulate initial magnetization of an anisotropic high temperature superconductor followed by subsequent remagnetization with perpendicular magnetic fields, creating the crossing of the initial and newly generated vortices. The time resolved evolution of vortex lines as they approach each other, contort, locally conjoin, and detach, elucidates the fine details of the vortex-crossing scenario under practical situations with many interacting vortices in the presence of weak pinning. Our simulations also reveal left-handed helical vortex instabilities that accompany the remagnetization process and participate in the vortex crossing events.

  2. Overview of organic superconductors

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    Mori, Hatsumi . Nagoya Division)

    1994-01-10

    Organic materials which are usually used for insulators, were shown to be an electrical conductor by H. Akamatsu, H. Inokuchi, and Y. Matsunaga in 1954. Moreover, J.P. Ferraris et al. showed that TTF [center dot] TCNQ was stably metallic down to around 60 K in 1973. Because of a low dimensionality of organic compound, however, a stabilization of an electronic state and a destabilization of a periodic lattice constructed a charge density wave which led a metal-insulator transition (a Peierls transition). After overcoming this low dimensionality, D. Jerome et al. discovered the first organic superconductor, (TMTSF)[sub 2] PF[sub 6] ([Tc] = 0.9 K (12kbar)) in 1980. Then with the resisting up of [Tc] constantly, the superconductor [kappa]-(BEDT-TTF)[sub 2](NCS)[sub 2] ([Tc] = 10.4 K) was found in 1987 and the [Tc] of [kappa]-(BEDT-TTF)[sub 2]Cu[N(CN)[sub 2

  3. Probing Topological Superconductors

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    Schmeltzer, David

    2015-03-01

    The presence of attractive interaction on the surface of a 3D topological insulator which is characterized by spinors carrying a Berry phase of π gives rise to superconductivity that support space time half vortices (Majorana zero modes). We construct the effective dual action for the superconductor with the vortices, and show that the 2 n Majorana fermions are localized and can be replaced with n spinless fermions. The effect of the Majorana zero modes can be observed trough the the Andreev cross reflection when metallic leads are attached to the superconductor. The presence of the Majorana fermions can be detected with transverse sound waves. We have computed the effect of elastic strain fields and obtain an anomalous response indicating the presence of the Majorana fermions.

  4. Analytic holographic superconductor

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    Herzog, Christopher P.

    2010-06-01

    We investigate a holographic superconductor that admits an analytic treatment near the phase transition. In the dual 3+1-dimensional field theory, the phase transition occurs when a scalar operator of scaling dimension two gets a vacuum expectation value. We calculate current-current correlation functions along with the speed of second sound near the critical temperature. We also make some remarks about critical exponents. An analytic treatment is possible because an underlying Heun equation describing the zero mode of the phase transition has a polynomial solution. Amusingly, the treatment here may generalize for an order parameter with any integer spin, and we propose a Lagrangian for a spin-two holographic superconductor.

  5. Holographic Superconductor Vortices

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    Montull, Marc; Pomarol, Alex; Silva, Pedro J.

    2009-08-28

    A gravity dual of a superconductor at finite temperature has been recently proposed. We present the vortex configuration of this model and study its properties. In particular, we calculate the free energy as a function of an external magnetic field, the magnetization, and the superconducting density. We also find the two critical magnetic fields that define the region in which the vortex configurations are energetically favorable.

  6. Processing of Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Josephson Edge Junctions

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    Kleinsasser, A. W.; Barner, J. B.

    1997-01-01

    The electrical behavior of epitaxial superconductor-normal-superconductor (SNS) Josephson edge junctions is strongly affected by processing conditions. Ex-situ processes, utilizing photoresist and polyimide/photoresist mask layers, are employed for ion milling edges for junctions with Yttrium-Barium-Copper-Oxide (YBCO) electrodes and primarily Co-doped YBCO interlayers.

  7. The non-magnetic collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 and superconductivity in the iron pnictides

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    Soh, J. H.; Tucker, G. S.; Pratt, D. K.; Abernathy, D. L.; Stone, M. B.; Ran, S.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kreyssig, A.; McQueeney, R. J.; Goldman, A. I.

    2014-03-01

    The relationship between antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations and superconductivity has become a central topic of research in studies of superconductivity in the iron pnictides. We present unambiguous evidence of the absence of magnetic fluctuations in the non-superconducting collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 via inelastic neutron scattering time-of-flight data, which is consistent with the view that spin fluctuations are a necessary ingredient for unconventional superconductivity in the iron pnictides. We demonstrate that the collapsed tetragonal phase of CaFe2As2 is non-magnetic, and discuss this result in light of recent reports of high-temperature superconductivity in the collapsed tetragonal phase of closely related compounds. Work at the Ames Laboratory was supported by the Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences. Work at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source was sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  8. Origin of the in-plane resistivity anisotropy of the iron pnictides: scattering rate or plasma frequency?

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    Schütt, Michael; Schmalian, Jörg; Fernandes, Rafael

    The prime experimental tool to probe the electronic nematic phase in the iron pnictides is the in-plane resistivity anisotropy, which can arise from an anisotropic scattering rate and/or an anisotropic plasma frequency. To shed light on its origin, we investigate the impact of spin fluctuations on the anisotropic ac conductivity of the iron pnictides. We show that two mechanisms contribute to the ac conductivity anisotropy. On the one hand, the inelastic scattering by spin fluctuations directly introduces an anisotropic scattering rate. On the other hand, the same inelastic scattering causes the renormalization of the Fermi velocity at the hot spots. Interestingly, while both mechanisms affect the ac conductivity anisotropy, only the first causes an anisotropy in the dc limit. In contrast, the second mechanism effectively renormalizes both the plasma frequency and the scattering rate. The latter effect opposes the anisotropy induced by the direct scattering of electrons, effectively reducing the observable scattering rate anisotropy. Our results agree qualitatively with recent experiments in detwinned iron pnictides and show the unavoidable entanglement between the scattering rate anisotropy and the plasma frequency anisotropy that arises from spin fluctuations. MS acknowledges the support from the Humboldt Foundation.

  9. Tunable interplay between 3d and 4f electrons in Co-doped iron pnictides

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    Shang, T.; Yang, L.; Chen, Y.; Cornell, N.; Ronning, F.; Zhang, J. L.; Jiao, L.; Chen, Y. H.; Chen, J.; Howard, A.; Dai, J.; Thompson, J. D.; Zakhidov, A.; Salamon, M. B.; Yuan, H. Q.

    2013-02-01

    We study the interplay of 3d and 4f electrons in the iron pnictides CeFe1-xCoxAsO and GdFe1-yCoyAsO, which correspond to two very different cases of 4f-magnetic moment. Both CeFeAsO and GdFeAsO undergo a spin-density-wave (SDW) transition associated with Fe 3d electrons at high temperatures, which is rapidly suppressed by Fe/Co substitution. Superconductivity appears in a narrow doping range: 0.05pnictides.

  10. Conventional magnetic superconductors

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    Wolowiec, C. T.; White, B. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-07-01

    We discuss several classes of conventional magnetic superconductors including the ternary rhodium borides and molybdenum chalcogenides (or Chevrel phases), and the quaternary nickel-borocarbides. These materials exhibit some exotic phenomena related to the interplay between superconductivity and long-range magnetic order including: the coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetic order; reentrant and double reentrant superconductivity, magnetic field induced superconductivity, and the formation of a sinusoidally-modulated magnetic state that coexists with superconductivity. We introduce the article with a discussion of the binary and pseudobinary superconducting materials containing magnetic impurities which at best exhibit short-range “glassy” magnetic order. Early experiments on these materials led tomore » the idea of a magnetic exchange interaction between the localized spins of magnetic impurity ions and the spins of the conduction electrons which plays an important role in understanding conventional magnetic superconductors. Furthermore, these advances provide a natural foundation for investigating unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds, cuprates, and other classes of materials in which superconductivity coexists with, or is in proximity to, a magnetically-ordered phase.« less

  11. Conventional magnetic superconductors

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    Wolowiec, C. T.; White, B. D.; Maple, M. B.

    2015-07-01

    We discuss several classes of conventional magnetic superconductors including the ternary rhodium borides and molybdenum chalcogenides (or Chevrel phases), and the quaternary nickel-borocarbides. These materials exhibit some exotic phenomena related to the interplay between superconductivity and long-range magnetic order including: the coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetic order; reentrant and double reentrant superconductivity, magnetic field induced superconductivity, and the formation of a sinusoidally-modulated magnetic state that coexists with superconductivity. We introduce the article with a discussion of the binary and pseudobinary superconducting materials containing magnetic impurities which at best exhibit short-range “glassy” magnetic order. Early experiments on these materials led to the idea of a magnetic exchange interaction between the localized spins of magnetic impurity ions and the spins of the conduction electrons which plays an important role in understanding conventional magnetic superconductors. Furthermore, these advances provide a natural foundation for investigating unconventional superconductivity in heavy-fermion compounds, cuprates, and other classes of materials in which superconductivity coexists with, or is in proximity to, a magnetically-ordered phase.

  12. Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings

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    Chu, W.

    1995-04-01

    Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings (HSMB`s) utilize high temperature superconductors (HTS`s) together with permanent magnets to form a frictionless interface between relatively rotating parts. They are low mass, stable, and do not incur expenditure of energy during normal operation. There is no direct physical contact between rotor and stator, and hence there is no wear and tear. However, just as any other applications of HTS`s, it requires a very cold temperature to function. Whereas this might be perceived as a disadvantage on earth, it is of no great concern in space or on the moon. To astronomers, the moon is an excellent site for an observatory, but the cold and dusty vacuum environment on the moon precludes the use of mechanical bearings on the telescope mounts. Furthermore, drive mechanisms with very fine steps, and hence bearings with extremely low friction are needed to track a star from the moon, because the moon rotates very slowly. All aspects considered, the HSMB is about the only candidate that fits in naturally. Here, the authors present a design for one such bearing, capable of supporting a telescope that weighs about 3 lbs on Earth.

  13. Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings

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    Chu, Wei-Kan

    1995-04-01

    Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings (HSMB's) utilize high temperature superconductors (HTS's) together with permanent magnets to form a frictionless interface between relatively rotating parts. They are low mass, stable, and do not incur expenditure of energy during normal operation. There is no direct physical contact between rotor and stator, and hence there is no wear and tear. However, just as any other applications of HTS's, it requires a very cold temperature to function. Whereas this might be perceived as a disadvantage on earth, it is of no great concern in space or on the moon. To astronomers, the moon is an excellent site for an observatory, but the cold and dusty vacuum environment on the moon precludes the use of mechanical bearings on the telescope mounts. Furthermore, drive mechanisms with very fine steps, and hence bearings with extremely low friction are needed to track a star from the moon, because the moon rotates very slowly. All aspects considered, the HSMB is about the only candidate that fits in naturally. Here, we present a design for one such bearing, capable of supporting a telescope that weighs about 3 lbs on Earth.

  14. Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings

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    Chu, Wei-Kan

    1995-01-01

    Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings (HSMB's) utilize high temperature superconductors (HTS's) together with permanent magnets to form a frictionless interface between relatively rotating parts. They are low mass, stable, and do not incur expenditure of energy during normal operation. There is no direct physical contact between rotor and stator, and hence there is no wear and tear. However, just as any other applications of HTS's, it requires a very cold temperature to function. Whereas this might be perceived as a disadvantage on earth, it is of no great concern in space or on the moon. To astronomers, the moon is an excellent site for an observatory, but the cold and dusty vacuum environment on the moon precludes the use of mechanical bearings on the telescope mounts. Furthermore, drive mechanisms with very fine steps, and hence bearings with extremely low friction are needed to track a star from the moon, because the moon rotates very slowly. All aspects considered, the HSMB is about the only candidate that fits in naturally. Here, we present a design for one such bearing, capable of supporting a telescope that weighs about 3 lbs on Earth.

  15. Plasmons in strong superconductors

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    Baldo, M.; Ducoin, C.

    2011-10-15

    We present a study of the possible plasmon excitations that can occur in systems where strong superconductivity is present. In these systems the plasmon energy is comparable to or smaller than the pairing gap. As a prototype of these systems we consider the proton component of Neutron Star matter just below the crust when electron screening is not taken into account. For the realistic case we consider in detail the different aspects of the elementary excitations when the proton, electron components are considered within the Random-Phase Approximation generalized to the superfluid case, while the influence of the neutron component is considered only at qualitative level. Electron screening plays a major role in modifying the proton spectrum and spectral function. At the same time the electron plasmon is strongly modified and damped by the indirect coupling with the superfluid proton component, even at moderately low values of the gap. The excitation spectrum shows the interplay of the different components and their relevance for each excitation modes. The results are relevant for neutrino physics and thermodynamical processes in neutron stars. If electron screening is neglected, the spectral properties of the proton component show some resemblance with the physical situation in high-T{sub c} superconductors, and we briefly discuss similarities and differences in this connection. In a general prospect, the results of the study emphasize the role of Coulomb interaction in strong superconductors.

  16. Enhanced superconductors. Final report

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    Olsen, R.B.

    1992-05-01

    One of the major challenges facing high temperature superconductors is the making of non-brittle materials. Based on the successful discovery of high temperature perovskite superconductors, a new class of superconducting materials is hypothesized. The proposed class will be mechanically tough and may have high critical temperatures. The proposed material will be inexpensive to manufacture and easily formed into wires and bands. The project's research goal was to detect a superconducting transition in a specific material within this proposed new class. Substantial progress was made toward this objective. In Phase I a major milestone, the bulk conversion of a precursor material, was successfully accomplished. The second model precursor polymer, Polychlorofluoroethylene (PCFE), was synthesized for this study. This allowed the possibility of making low defect polyfluoroacetylene. This synthesis route yielded poly(fluoroacetylene) with a significantly lower defect density when compared to HF-eliminated fluoropolymer films. The final phase of this work was directed to synthesis of poly(2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-para-phenylene vinylene) (PTFPPV). While making significant progress in synthesizing conducting polymers with polar or polarizable groups, this study did not reach its ultimate goal of producing a model compound with all of the necessary chemical properties to test the exciton model of superconductivity.

  17. Materials design for new superconductors

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    Norman, M. R.

    2016-07-01

    Since the announcement in 2011 of the Materials Genome Initiative by the Obama administration, much attention has been given to the subject of materials design to accelerate the discovery of new materials that could have technological implications. Although having its biggest impact for more applied materials like batteries, there is increasing interest in applying these ideas to predict new superconductors. This is obviously a challenge, given that superconductivity is a many body phenomenon, with whole classes of known superconductors lacking a quantitative theory. Given this caveat, various efforts to formulate materials design principles for superconductors are reviewed here, with a focus on surveying the periodic table in an attempt to identify cuprate analogues.

  18. Spin manipulation in nanoscale superconductors

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    Beckmann, D.

    2016-04-01

    The interplay of superconductivity and magnetism in nanoscale structures has attracted considerable attention in recent years due to the exciting new physics created by the competition of these antagonistic ordering phenomena, and the prospect of exploiting this competition for superconducting spintronics devices. While much of the attention is focused on spin-polarized supercurrents created by the triplet proximity effect, the recent discovery of long range quasiparticle spin transport in high-field superconductors has rekindled interest in spin-dependent nonequilibrium properties of superconductors. In this review, the experimental situation on nonequilibrium spin injection into superconductors is discussed, and open questions and possible future directions of the field are outlined.

  19. Spin manipulation in nanoscale superconductors.

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    Beckmann, D

    2016-04-27

    The interplay of superconductivity and magnetism in nanoscale structures has attracted considerable attention in recent years due to the exciting new physics created by the competition of these antagonistic ordering phenomena, and the prospect of exploiting this competition for superconducting spintronics devices. While much of the attention is focused on spin-polarized supercurrents created by the triplet proximity effect, the recent discovery of long range quasiparticle spin transport in high-field superconductors has rekindled interest in spin-dependent nonequilibrium properties of superconductors. In this review, the experimental situation on nonequilibrium spin injection into superconductors is discussed, and open questions and possible future directions of the field are outlined. PMID:27001949

  20. Magnetic levitation for hard superconductors

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    Kordyuk, A.A.

    1998-01-01

    An approach for calculating the interaction between a hard superconductor and a permanent magnet in the field-cooled case is proposed. The exact solutions were obtained for the point magnetic dipole over a flat ideally hard superconductor. We have shown that such an approach is adaptable to a wide practical range of melt-textured high-temperature superconductors{close_quote} systems with magnetic levitation. In this case, the energy losses can be calculated from the alternating magnetic field distribution on the superconducting sample surface. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  1. Ising-nematic order in the bilinear-biquadratic model for the iron pnictides

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    Bilbao Ergueta, Patricia; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H.

    2015-10-01

    Motivated by the recent inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements in the iron pnictides which show a strong anisotropy of spin excitations even above the magnetic transition temperature TN, we study the spin dynamics within the frustrated Heisenberg model with biquadratic spin-spin exchange interactions. Using the Dyson-Maleev (DM) representation, which proves appropriate for all temperature regimes, we find that the spin-spin dynamical structure factors are in excellent agreement with experiment, exhibiting breaking of the C4 symmetry even into the paramagnetic region TN

  2. Ab initio study of pressure-induced magnetic transition in manganese pnictides

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    Prathiba, G.; Naanci, B. Anto; Rajagopalan, M.

    2007-02-01

    We report a density functional calculation on the NiAs-type Mn-based pnictides. The total energy as a function of volume is obtained by means of self-consistent tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital method by performing spin and non-spin polarized calculation. From the present study, we predict a magnetic-phase transition from ferromagnetic (FM) to non-magnetic (NM) around 49 and 35.7 GPa for MnAs and MnSb, respectively. The pressure-induced transition is found to be a second-order transition. The band structure and density of states (DOS) are plotted for FM and NM states. Apart from this the ground-state properties like magnetic moment, lattice parameter and bulk modulus are calculated and are compared with the available results. Under large volume expansion these compounds exist in zinc-blende (ZB) structure, which shows half metallicity. The magnetic moment and equilibrium lattice constants for ZB structure are obtained as well as band structure and DOS are presented.

  3. Origin of longitudinal spin excitations in iron-pnictide parent compounds

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    Fidrysiak, Maciej

    2016-02-01

    We investigate longitudinal spin excitations (LSEs) as a probe of microscopic origin of magnetic ordering in parent pnictides BaFe2As2 and NaFeAs. Currently adopted interpretation of LSEs as bottom of particle-hole continuum points unambiguously toward itinerant-electron magnetism, but is difficult to reconcile with available optical measurements. We study the possibility that the LSEs originate from multi-magnon processes which are not energetically constrained by optical spectroscopy and do not sharply distinguish between local-moment and itinerant scenarios. Two mechanisms, capable of enhancing multi-magnon continuum to the level indicated by neutron scattering experiments, are proposed. The first emphasizes itinerant electrons and is based on electronic transitions between magnetically split bands, while the other relies on purely spin fluctuations close to a magnetic quantum phase transition. Electronic excitations enhance multi-magnon contribution to LSEs for small Fermi surface taking part in the SDW instability, but are insufficient to account for measured intensities. The correct order of LSEs, on the other hand, can be reproduced by the spin fluctuation mechanism for a reasonable set of parameters.

  4. Theoretical study of orbital ordering induced structural phase transition in iron pnictides

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    Jena, Sushree Sangita; Panda, S. K.; Rout, G. C.

    2016-05-01

    We attribute the structural phase transition (SPT) in the parent compounds of the iron pnictides to orbital ordering. Due to anisotropy of the dxz and dyz orbitals in the xy plane, orbital ordering makes the orthorhombic structure more favorable and thus inducing the SPT. We consider a one band model Hamiltonian consisting of first and second-nearest-neighbor hopping of the electrons. We introduce Jahn-Tellar (JT) distortion in the system arising due to the orbital ordering present in this system. We calculate the electron Green's function by using Zuvareb's Green's function technique and hence calculate an expression for the temperature dependent lattice strain which is computed numerically and self-consistently. The temperature dependent electron specific heat is calculated by minimizing the free energy of the system. The lattice strain is studied by varying the JT coupling and elastic constant of the system. The structural anomaly is studied through the electron occupation number and the specific heat by varying the physical parameters like JT coupling, lattice constant, chemical potential and hopping integrals of the system.

  5. Orbital ordering and unfrustrated (π,0) magnetism from degenerate double exchange in the iron pnictides

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    Lv, Weicheng; Kruger, Frank; Phillips, Philip

    2010-07-28

    The magnetic excitations of the iron pnictides are explained within a degenerate double-exchange model. The local-moment spins are coupled by superexchanges J{sub 1} and J{sub 2} between nearest and next-nearest neighbors, respectively, and interact with the itinerant electrons of the degenerate d{sub xz} and d{sub yz} orbitals via a ferromagnetic Hund exchange. The latter stabilizes (π,0) stripe antiferromagnetism due to emergent ferro-orbital order and the resulting kinetic-energy gain by hopping preferably along the ferromagnetic spin direction. Taking the quantum nature of the spins into account, we calculate the magnetic excitation spectra in the presence of both, superexchange and double exchange. A dramatic increase in the spin-wave energies at the competing Néel ordering wave vector is found, in agreement with recent neutron-scattering data. The spectra are fitted to a spin-only model with a strong spatial anisotropy and additional longer-ranged couplings along the ferromagnetic chains. Over a realistic parameter range, the effective couplings along the chains are negative corresponding to unfrustrated stripe antiferromagnetism.

  6. Pressure-induced phase transitions of AX2-type iron pnictides: an ab initio study

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    Wu, X.; Steinle-Neumann, G.; Qin, S.; Kanzaki, M.; Dubrovinsky, L.

    2009-05-01

    An investigation into the high-pressure behavior of AX2-type iron pnictides was conducted using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Our results demonstrate that a phase transition from the marcasite to the CuAl2 occurs at 108 GPa for FeP2, at 92 GPa for FeAs2, and at 38 GPa for FeSb2, accompanying a semiconductor-to-metal crossover. A linear relationship between bulk moduli and the inverse specific volume is proposed to be B0 = 17 498/V0-45.9 GPa for the marcasite-type phase and B0 = 31 798/V0-67.5 GPa for the CuAl2-type phase. According to the observed structural evolutions, we claim that the regular marcasite transforms to the CuAl2-type phase and the anomalous marcasite transforms to the pyrite-type phase at high pressures.

  7. Preparation of superconductor precursor powders

    DOEpatents

    Bhattacharya, Raghunath

    1998-01-01

    A process for the preparation of a precursor metallic powder composition for use in the subsequent formation of a superconductor. The process comprises the steps of providing an electrodeposition bath comprising an electrolyte medium and a cathode substrate electrode, and providing to the bath one or more soluble salts of one or more respective metals which are capable of exhibiting superconductor properties upon subsequent appropriate treatment. The bath is continually energized to cause the metallic and/or reduced particles formed at the electrode to drop as a powder from the electrode into the bath, and this powder, which is a precursor powder for superconductor production, is recovered from the bath for subsequent treatment. The process permits direct inclusion of all metals in the preparation of the precursor powder, and yields an amorphous product mixed on an atomic scale to thereby impart inherent high reactivity. Superconductors which can be formed from the precursor powder include pellet and powder-in-tube products.

  8. Manufacturing a Superconductor in School.

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    Barrow, John

    1989-01-01

    Described is the manufacture of a superconductor from a commercially available kit using equipment usually available in schools or easily obtainable. The construction is described in detail including equipment, materials, safety procedures, tolerances, and manufacture. (Author/CW)

  9. Intrinsic Josephson junctions in the iron-based multi-band superconductor (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2

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    Moll, Philip J. W.; Zhu, Xiyu; Cheng, Peng; Wen, Hai-Hu; Batlogg, Bertram

    2014-09-01

    In layered superconductors, Josephson junctions may be formed within the unit cell as a result of sufficiently low inter-layer coupling. These intrinsic Josephson junction (iJJ) systems have attracted considerable interest for their application potential in quantum computing as well as efficient sources of THz radiation, closing the famous `THz gap'. So far, iJJ have been demonstrated in single-band, copper-based high-Tc superconductors, mainly in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (refs , , ). Here we report clear experimental evidence for iJJ behaviour in the iron-based superconductor (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2. The intrinsic junctions are identified by periodic oscillations of the flux-flow voltage on increasing a well-aligned in-plane magnetic field. The periodicity is explained by commensurability effects between the Josephson vortex lattice and the crystal structure, which is a hallmark signature of Josephson vortices confined into iJJ stacks. This finding adds the pnictide (V2Sr4O6)Fe2As2 to the copper-based iJJ materials of interest for Josephson junction applications. In particular, novel devices based on multi-band Josephson coupling may be realized.

  10. Organic conductors and superconductors

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    Jérome, D.; Schulz, H. J.

    2002-01-01

    This review attempts to present the most salient developments of research on organic conductors and superconductors during the past 10 years. A theoretical introduction treats instabilities of quasi-one-dimensional electron systems and associated precursor effects which are relevant to the experimental results on organic conductors. We then describe the characterization of quasi-one-dimensional organic conductors by their transport, optical and magnetic properties. Finally, two sections are devoted to the experimental investigation of the low temperature instabilities: lattice instability in TTF-TCNQ and related compounds, superconducting or antiferromagnetic instabilities in the (TMTSF)2X series. The importance of one-dimensional fluctuations is emphasized in both lattice and superconducting instabilities.

  11. Multistrand superconductor cable

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    Borden, A.R.

    1984-03-08

    Improved multistrand Rutherford-type superconductor cable is produced by using strands which are preformed, prior to being wound into the cable, so that each strand has a variable cross section, with successive portions having a substantially round cross section, a transitional oval cross section, a rectangular cross section, a transitional oval cross section, a round cross section and so forth, in repetitive cycles along the length of the strand. The cable is wound and flattened so that the portions of rectangular cross section extend across the two flat sides of the cable at the strand angle. The portions of round cross section are bent at the edges of the flattened cable, so as to extend between the two flat sides. The rectangular portions of the strands slide easil

  12. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors.

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    Fulga, I C; Pikulin, D I; Loring, T A

    2016-06-24

    Weak topological phases are usually described in terms of protection by the lattice translation symmetry. Their characterization explicitly relies on periodicity since weak invariants are expressed in terms of the momentum-space torus. We prove the compatibility of weak topological superconductors with aperiodic systems, such as quasicrystals. We go beyond usual descriptions of weak topological phases and introduce a novel, real-space formulation of the weak invariant, based on the Clifford pseudospectrum. A nontrivial value of this index implies a nontrivial bulk phase, which is robust against disorder and hosts localized zero-energy modes at the edge. Our recipe for determining the weak invariant is directly applicable to any finite-sized system, including disordered lattice models. This direct method enables a quantitative analysis of the level of disorder the topological protection can withstand. PMID:27391744

  13. Aperiodic Weak Topological Superconductors

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    Fulga, I. C.; Pikulin, D. I.; Loring, T. A.

    2016-06-01

    Weak topological phases are usually described in terms of protection by the lattice translation symmetry. Their characterization explicitly relies on periodicity since weak invariants are expressed in terms of the momentum-space torus. We prove the compatibility of weak topological superconductors with aperiodic systems, such as quasicrystals. We go beyond usual descriptions of weak topological phases and introduce a novel, real-space formulation of the weak invariant, based on the Clifford pseudospectrum. A nontrivial value of this index implies a nontrivial bulk phase, which is robust against disorder and hosts localized zero-energy modes at the edge. Our recipe for determining the weak invariant is directly applicable to any finite-sized system, including disordered lattice models. This direct method enables a quantitative analysis of the level of disorder the topological protection can withstand.

  14. Studies of anisotropy of iron based superconductors

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    Murphy, Jason

    2013-01-01

    To study the electronic anisotropy in iron based superconductors, the temperature dependent London penetration depth, Δλ (T), have been measured in several compounds, along with the angular dependent upper critical field, Hc2(T). Study was undertaken on single crystals of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 with x=0.108 and x=0.127, in the overdoped range of the doping phase diagram, characterized by notable modulation of the superconducting gap. Heavy ion irradiation with matching field doses of 6 T and 6.5 T respectively, were used to create columnar defects and to study their effect on the temperature Δλ (T). The variation of the low-temperature penetration depth in both pristine and irradiated samples was fitted with a power-law function Δλ (T) = ATn. Irradiation increases the magnitude of the pre-factor A and decreases the exponent n, similar to the effect on the optimally doped samples. This finding supports the universal s± scenario for the whole doping range. Knowing that the s± gap symmetry exists across the superconducting dome for the electron doped systems, we next looked at λ (T), in optimally - doped, SrFe2(As1-xPx)2, x =0.35. Both, as-grown (Tc ~ 25 K) and annealed (Tc ~ 35 K) single crystals of SrFe2(As1-xPx)2 were measured. Annealing decreases the absolute value of the London penetration depth from λ(0) = 300 ± 10 nm in as-grown samples to λ (0) = 275±10 nm. At low temperatures, λ (T) ~ T indicates a superconducting gap with line nodes. Analysis of the full-temperature range superfluid density is consistent with the line nodes, but differs from the simple single-gap d-wave. The observed behavior is very similar to that of BaFe2(As1-xPx)2, showing that isovalently substituted pnictides are inherently different from

  15. Hydrostatic High-Pressure Studies to 25 GPA on the Model Superconducting Pnictide LaRu2P2

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    Lim, Jinhyuk; Forouzani, Neda; Schilling, James; Fotovat, Roxanna; Zheng, Chong; Hoffmann, Roald

    2014-03-01

    Prior to the discovery of the Fe-pnictides in 2008, the ruthenium phosphide LaRu2P2 possessed the highest value of the su- perconducting transition temperature, Tc ~ 4 K, in the entire pnictide family. Recently, there has been renewed interest in this compound in an effort to better understand why the Fe-pnictides have much higher values of Tc. In related phosphides superconductivity appears to only be present if the separation be- tween the phosphor ions dp-p in neigh- boring Ru2P2 planes is greater than the critical value 2.8 Å, too great for a P-P covalent bond to be formed. For example, in superconducting LaRu2P2, the value of dp-p is 3.0 Å. To test these ideas directly, we have carried out hydro- static high-pressure studies on single-crystalline LaRu2P2 in a diamond-anvil cell using He pressure medium to pres- sures as high as 25 GPa and temperatures as low as 1.5 K. We find that Tc initially increases under pressure, but suddenly disappears above 2.1 GPa. Since dp-p decreases under pressure, the sudden disappearance of superconductivity is likely due to the formation of a covalent P-P bond between adjacent Ru2P2 planes and a possible structural phase transition. Work at Washington University is supported by the NSF through Grant No. DMR-1104742 and by the Carnegie/DOE through NNSA/DOE Grant No. DE-FC52-08NA28554.

  16. Search for pressure-induced superconductivity in CeFeAsO and CeFePO iron pnictides

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    Zocco, D. A.; Baumbach, R. E.; Hamlin, J. J.; Janoschek, M.; Lum, I. K.; McGuire, Michael A; Safa-Sefat, Athena; Sales, Brian C; Jin, Rongying; Mandrus, David; Jeffries, J. R.; Weir, S. T.; Vohra, Y. K.; Maple, M. B.

    2011-01-01

    The CeFeAsO and CeFePO iron pnictide compounds were studied via electrical transport measurements under high pressure. In CeFeAsO polycrystals, the magnetic phases involving the Fe and Ce ions coexist for hydrostatically applied pressures up to 15 GPa, and with no signs of pressure-induced superconductivity up to 50 GPa for the less hydrostatic pressure techniques. For the CeFePO single crystals, pressure further stabilizes the Kondo screening of the Ce 4f-electron magnetic moments.

  17. Spectral properties of transition metal pnictides and chalcogenides: Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and dynamical mean-field theory

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    van Roekeghem, Ambroise; Richard, Pierre; Ding, Hong; Biermann, Silke

    2016-01-01

    Electronic Coulomb correlations lead to characteristic signatures in the spectroscopy of transition metal pnictides and chalcogenides: quasi-particle renormalizations, lifetime effects or incoherent badly metallic behavior above relatively low coherence temperatures are measures of many-body effects due to local Hubbard and Hund's couplings. We review and compare the results of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments (ARPES) and of combined density functional/dynamical mean-field theory (DFT+DMFT) calculations. We emphasize the doping-dependence of the quasi-particle mass renormalization and coherence properties.

  18. Effect of Orbital Nematicity on Superconductivity in the Iron Pnictides and Chalcogenides

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    Nevidomskyy, Andriy; Yu, Rong

    Orbital ordering leading to the observed nematic phase in the iron-based superconductors has been firmly established in a variety of experiments. It is therefore important to investigate the effect of the orbital order on the superconductivity. To this end, we have performed strong-coupling calculation within the slave-boson approach to the multiorbital t-J1-J2 models for the iron-based superconductors. We report the phase diagram as a function of both electron/hole doping and the orbital ordering strength. We find that the amplitude of the otherwise dominant A1 g (s +/-) pairing channel diminishes as the strength of orbital ordering is increased, yielding to the B1g (dx2 -y2) pairing channel. This effect is especially pronounced in the electron-doped case, with the d-wave pairing stabilized by the realistic values of the orbital splitting ~ 50 meV. While the d-wave pairing has not been conclusively observed in the iron-based superconductors, the competition between the s- and d-wave pairing found in the calculations may have ramifications for FeSe, KFe2As2 and KxFe2-ySe2.

  19. Modelling of bulk superconductor magnetization

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    Ainslie, M. D.; Fujishiro, H.

    2015-05-01

    This paper presents a topical review of the current state of the art in modelling the magnetization of bulk superconductors, including both (RE)BCO (where RE = rare earth or Y) and MgB2 materials. Such modelling is a powerful tool to understand the physical mechanisms of their magnetization, to assist in interpretation of experimental results, and to predict the performance of practical bulk superconductor-based devices, which is particularly important as many superconducting applications head towards the commercialization stage of their development in the coming years. In addition to the analytical and numerical techniques currently used by researchers for modelling such materials, the commonly used practical techniques to magnetize bulk superconductors are summarized with a particular focus on pulsed field magnetization (PFM), which is promising as a compact, mobile and relatively inexpensive magnetizing technique. A number of numerical models developed to analyse the issues related to PFM and optimise the technique are described in detail, including understanding the dynamics of the magnetic flux penetration and the influence of material inhomogeneities, thermal properties, pulse duration, magnitude and shape, and the shape of the magnetization coil(s). The effect of externally applied magnetic fields in different configurations on the attenuation of the trapped field is also discussed. A number of novel and hybrid bulk superconductor structures are described, including improved thermal conductivity structures and ferromagnet-superconductor structures, which have been designed to overcome some of the issues related to bulk superconductors and their magnetization and enhance the intrinsic properties of bulk superconductors acting as trapped field magnets. Finally, the use of hollow bulk cylinders/tubes for shielding is analysed.

  20. In-plane and c-axis optical spectroscopy study on 122 Fe-pnictides

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    Wang, Nan Lin

    2011-03-01

    I present the in-plane and the c-axis optical spectroscopy investigations on 122 Fe-pnictides. For the parent compound BaFe 2 As 2 , the in-plane measurement revealed two different energy gaps in the SDW state, whereas for the c-axis polarized measurement only the energy gap at smaller energy scale could be clearly observed. We suggest different driving mechanisms for the formation of the two energy gaps. The large energy gap is caused by the nesting between disconnected 2D cylinder-like electron and hole Fermi surfaces. It is the main driving force for the SDW instability. The small energy gap is the one formed on the 3D Fermi surface due to the presence of reduced magnetic Brillouin zone which crosses the 3D Fermi surface. It is the consequence of the establishment of the magnetic order. For the doped superconducting 122 samples, the in-plane optical measurement revealed a formation of full superconducting energy gap, whereas the c-axis optical measurement indicated a large residual quasiparticle population down to very low temperature. Those quasiparticles contribute specifically to the c-axis transport. We suggest that there exist horizontal nodes in the superconducting gap in regions of the 3D Fermi surface that contribute dominantly to the c-axis optical conductivity. Work done with Z. G. Chen, W. Z. Hu, B. Cheng, G. Li, J. Dong, T. Dong, R. H. Yuan, P. Zheng, G. F. Chen, J. L. Luo, Z. Fang, X. Dai, C. L. Zhang and P. Dai.

  1. Process for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor

    DOEpatents

    Kroeger, Donald M.; List, III, Frederick A.

    1998-01-01

    A process for manufacturing a superconductor. The process is accomplished by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon, overlaying a continuous length of a second substrate ribbon on said first substrate ribbon, and applying sufficient pressure to form a bound layered superconductor precursor between said first substrate ribbon and said second substrates ribbon. The layered superconductor precursor is then heat treated to form a super conductor layer.

  2. Ferromagnet / superconductor oxide superlattices

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    Santamaria, Jacobo

    2006-03-01

    The growth of heterostructures combining oxide materials is a new strategy to design novel artificial multifunctional materials with interesting behaviors ruled by the interface. With the (re)discovery of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials, there has been renewed interest in heterostructures involving oxide superconductors and CMR ferromagnets where ferromagnetism (F) and superconductivity (S) compete within nanometric distances from the interface. In F/S/F structures involving oxides, interfaces are especially complex and various factors like interface disorder and roughness, epitaxial strain, polarity mismatch etc., are responsible for depressed magnetic and superconducting properties at the interface over nanometer length scales. In this talk I will focus in F/S/F structures made of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and La0.7Ca0.3MnO3 (LCMO). The high degree of spin polarization of the LCMO conduction band, together with the d-wave superconductivity of the YBCO make this F/S system an adequate candidate for the search of novel spin dependent effects in transport. We show that superconductivity at the interface is depressed by various factors like charge transfer, spin injection or ferromagnetic superconducting proximity effect. I will present experiments to examine the characteristic distances of the various mechanisms of superconductivity depression. In particular, I will discuss that the critical temperature of the superconductor depends on the relative orientation of the magnetization of the F layers, giving rise to a new giant magnetoresistance effect which might be of interest for spintronic applications. Work done in collaboration with V. Peña^1, Z. Sefrioui^1, J. Garcia-Barriocanal^1, C. Visani^1, D. Arias^1, C. Leon^1 , N. Nemes^2, M. Garcia Hernandez^2, S. G. E. te Velthuis^3, A. Hoffmann^3, M. Varela^4, S. J. Pennycook^4. Work supported by MCYT MAT 2005-06024, CAM GR- MAT-0771/2004, UCM PR3/04-12399 Work at Argonne supported by the Department of Energy, Basic

  3. Studying the morphology of the magnetic C4 phase in the 122 superconductors

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    Taddei, Keith; Allred, Jared; Bugaris, Daniel; Krogstad, Matthew; Lapidus, Saul; Stadel, Ryan; Chung, Duck; Claus, Helmut; Kanatzidis, Mercouri; Brown, Dennis; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Osborn, Raymond; Chmaissem, Omar

    The iron based superconductors continue to prove an exciting system for the study of superconductivity: the recent discovery of a reentrant tetragonal phase with SDW magnetic ordering has opened new avenues to study the competition between microscopically coexistent superconductivity and magnetism. This intriguing new phase is not only an exceedingly rare example of a magnetic structure with two ordering vectors, and consequently a confirmation of itinerate magnetism, but has also allowed for the determination of spin fluctuations as the driving mechanism behind the phase evolution in these materials. Evidence has been mounting of the universality of C4 in the hole doped iron pnictides providing a useful playground for the comparison of how this phase behaves as it is stabilized out of different parent compounds and through different dopant atoms. Here all members of the hole doped family which show the C4 phase will be compared and the parameters which appear to tune the phase's extent in temperature and phase space will be discussed.

  4. Double-Q spin-density wave in iron arsenide superconductors

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    Allred, J. M.; Taddei, K. M.; Bugaris, D. E.; Krogstad, M. J.; Lapidus, S. H.; Chung, D. Y.; Claus, H.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Brown, D. E.; Kang, J.; Fernandes, R. M.; Eremin, I.; Rosenkranz, S.; Chmaissem, O.; Osborn, R.

    2016-05-01

    Elucidating the nature of the magnetic ground state of iron-based superconductors is of paramount importance in unveiling the mechanism behind their high-temperature superconductivity. Until recently, it was thought that superconductivity emerges only from an orthorhombic antiferromagnetic stripe phase, which can in principle be described in terms of either localized or itinerant spins. However, we recently reported that tetragonal symmetry is restored inside the magnetically ordered state of certain hole-doped compounds, revealing the existence of a new magnetic phase at compositions close to the onset of superconductivity. Here, we present Mössbauer data that show that half of the iron sites in this tetragonal phase are non-magnetic, establishing conclusively the existence of a novel magnetic ground state with a non-uniform magnetization that is inconsistent with localized spins. Instead, this state is naturally explained as the interference between two commensurate spin-density waves, a rare example of collinear double-Q magnetic order. Our results demonstrate the itinerant character of the magnetism of the iron pnictides, and the primary role played by magnetic degrees of freedom in determining their phase diagram.

  5. Electronic structure of ion arsenic high temperature superconductors studied by angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Liu, Chang

    2011-01-01

    The main purpose of the present thesis is to present our ARPES results on the iron arsenic superconductors. As revealed by a series of ARPES measurements on both the AEFe2As2 and the RFeAs(O,F) families (parent compound and carrier-doped systems), the electronic structures of the pnictides are complicated, three dimensional, and closely linked to their superconducting behavior (13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19). Parent compounds of these materials exhibit the basic hole-electron pocket dual plus an apparent Fermi surface reconstruction caused by long range antiferromagnetism (13; 15). When carriers are introduced, the chemical potential shifts in accordance with the Luttinger theorem and the rigid band shifting picture (13). Importantly, both the appearance and disappearance of the superconducting dome at low and high doping levels have intimate relation with topological changes at the Fermi surfaces, resulting in a specific Fermi topology being favored by superconductivity (15; 16). On the low doping side, superconductivity emerges in the phase diagram once the antiferromagnetic reconstruction disappears below the Fermi level, returning the Fermi surface to its paramagnetic-like appearance. On the high doping side, superconductivity disappears around a doping level at which the central hole pocket vanishes due to increasing electron concentration. Such phenomena are evidence for the governing role the electronic structure plays in their superconducting behavior.

  6. First principles analysis of lattice dynamics for Fe-based superconductors and entropically-stabilized phases

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    Hahn, Steven

    2012-01-01

    Modern calculations are becoming an essential, complementary tool to inelastic x-ray scattering studies, where x-rays are scattered inelastically to resolve meV phonons. Calculations of the inelastic structure factor for any value of Q assist in both planning the experiment and analyzing the results. Moreover, differences between the measured data and theoretical calculations help identify important new physics driving the properties of novel correlated systems. We have used such calculations to better and more e ciently measure the phonon dispersion and elastic constants of several iron pnictide superconductors. This dissertation describes calculations and measurements at room temperature in the tetragonal phase of CaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and LaFeAsO. In both cases, spin-polarized calculations imposing the antiferromagnetic order present in the low-temperature orthorhombic phase dramatically improves the agreement between theory and experiment. This is discussed in terms of the strong antiferromagnetic correlations that are known to persist in the tetragonal phase. In addition, we discuss a relatively new approach called self-consistent ab initio lattice dynamics (SCAILD), which goes beyond the harmonic approximation to include phonon-phonon interactions and produce a temperature-dependent phonon dispersion. We used this technique to study the HCP to BCC transition in beryllium.

  7. Who is in charge of the nematic order in iron-based superconductors?

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    Chubukov, Andrey

    2015-03-01

    Although the existence of nematic order in iron-based superconductors is now a well-established experimental fact, its origin remains controversial. Nematic order breaks the discrete lattice rotational symmetry by making the x- and y-directions in the iron plane non-equivalent. This can happen because of a regular structural transition or due to a electronically-driven instability - in particular, orbital order and spin-driven Ising-nematic order. The latter is a magnetic state that breaks rotational symmetry but preserves time-reversal symmetry. Symmetry dictates that the development of one of these orders immediately induces the other two, making the origin of nematicity a physics realization of the ``chicken and egg problem.'' will argue that the evidence strongly points to an electronic mechanism of nematicity, placing nematic order in the class of correlation-driven electronic instabilities, like superconductivity and density-wave transitions. I will discuss different microscopic models for nematicity and link them to the properties of the magnetic and superconducting states, providing a unified perspective on the phase diagram of the iron pnictides. (Based on R.M. Fernandes, A.V. Chubukov, and J. Schmalian, Nature Physics 10, 97 (2014).)

  8. Point contact Andreev reflection spectroscopic (PCARS) studies on 122-type iron-based superconductors

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    Lu, Xin; Park, W. K.; Greene, L. H.; Yuan, H. Q.; Chen, G. F.; Luo, G. L.; Wang, N. L.; Sefat, A. S.; McGuire, M. A.; Jin, R.; Sales, B. C.; Mandrus, D.; Gillett, J.; Sebastian, S. E.

    2010-03-01

    PCARS is applied to investigate the superconducting gap in iron pnictide single crystal superconductors of the AFe2As2 (A=Ba, Sr) family with two categories of G(V) curves observed [1]: one where Andreev reflection (AR) is present for (Ba0.6K0.4)Fe2As2 and Ba(Fe0.9Co0.1)2As2, and the other without AR but a V^2/3 shape for Sr0.6Na0.4Fe2As2 and Sr(Fe0.9Co0.1)2As2. The latter is also observed in the nonsuperconducting parent compound BaFe2As2. Mesoscopic phase-separated coexistence of magnetic and superconducting orders is considered to explain distinct behaviors. A gap size ˜3.0-4.0 meV with 2δ0/kBTc˜2.0-2.6 is observed for PCARS on Ba0.6K0.4Fe2As2. For the Ba(Fe0.9Co0.1)2As2, G(V) curves typically display a zero-bias conductance peak, sometimes with a V-shape background. [1] Xin Lu et al., arXiv:0910.4230

  9. Odd-frequency Cooper pairs in two-band superconductors and their magnetic response

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    Asano, Yasuhiro; Sasaki, Akihiro

    2015-12-01

    We discuss the appearance of odd-frequency Cooper pairs in two-band superconductors by solving the Gor'kov equation analytically. We introduce the equal-time s -wave pair potentials as realized in MgB2 and iron pnictides. Although the order parameter symmetry is conventional, the band degree of freedom enriches the symmetry variety of pairing correlations. The hybridization and the asymmetry between the two conduction bands induce odd-frequency pairs as a subdominant pairing correlation in the uniform ground state. To study the magnetic response of odd-frequency Cooper pairs, we analyze the Meissner kernel represented by the Gor'kov Green function. In contrast to the even-frequency pairs linked to the pair potential, the induced odd-frequency Cooper pairs indicate a paramagnetic property. We also discuss the relation between the amplitude of the odd-frequency pairing correlation and the stability of superconducting states in terms of the self-consistent equation for the pair potential.

  10. Topological semimetals and nodal superconductors

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    Chang, Po-Yao

    Besides topological band insulators, which have a full bulk gap, there are also gapless phases of matter that belong to the broad class of topological materials, such as topological semimetals and nodal superconductors. We systematically study these gapless topological phases described by the Bloch and Bogoliubov-de Gennes Hamiltonians. We discuss a generalized bulk-boundary correspondence, which relates the topological properties in the bulk of gapless topological phases and the protected zero-energy states at the boundary. We study examples of gapless topological phases, focusing in particular on nodal superconductors, such as nodal noncentrosymmetric superconductors (NCSs). We compute the surface density of states of nodal NCSs and interpret experimental measurements of surface states. In addition, we investigate Majorana vortex-bound states in both nodal and fully gapped NCSs using numerical and analytical methods. We show that different topological properties of the bulk Bogoliubov-quasiparticle wave functions reflect themselves in different types of zero-energy vortex-bound states. In particular, in the case of NCSs with tetragonal point-group symmetry, we find that the stability of these Majorana zero modes is guaranteed by a combination of reflection, time-reversal, and particle-hole symmetries. Finally, by using K-theory arguments and a dimensional reduction procedure from higher-dimensional topological insulators and superconductors, we derive a classification of topologically stable Fermi surfaces in semimetals and nodal lines in superconductors.

  11. Chern-Simons superconductor

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    Banerjee, Nabamita; Dutta, Suvankar; Roychowdhury, Dibakar

    2014-12-01

    We study the effect of a bulk Chern-Simons (CS) term on a (3+1) dimensional type II superconductor in the context of the AdS/CFT correspondence. We holographically compute the supercurrent and find that it is nonlocal in nature. It receives nontrivial corrections due to the presence of the CS term. Considering a large limit of a parameter λ (we call this limit the long wavelength limit), which is effectively the high temperature limit of the theory, we find that this nonlocal supercurrent boils down to a local quantity. The leading term (without the CS term) of this current matches the result of the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. We compute the effect of the CS term on the GL current and find that the effect is greatly suppressed at high temperature (\\frac{1}{{{T}4}}). Finally, the free energy of the vortex configuration has been calculated. The free energy also receives nontrivial correction on the order of 1/{{λ }2} in the long wavelength approximation.

  12. Multistrand superconductor cable

    DOEpatents

    Borden, Albert R.

    1985-01-01

    Improved multistrand Rutherford-type superconductor cable is produced by using strands which are preformed, prior to being wound into the cable, so that each strand has a variable cross section, with successive portions having a substantially round cross section, a transitional oval cross section, a rectangular cross section, a transitional oval cross section, a round cross section and so forth, in repetitive cycles along the length of the strand. The cable is wound and flattened so that the portions of rectangular cross section extend across the two flat sides of the cable at the strand angle. The portions of round cross section are bent at the edges of the flattened cable, so as to extend between the two flat sides. The rectangular portions of the strands slide easily over one another, so as to facilitate flexing and bending of the cable, while also minimizing the possibility of causing damage to the strands by such flexing or bending. Moreover, the improved cable substantially maintains its compactness and cross-sectional shape when the cable is flexed or bent.

  13. Theory of Raman scattering from Leggett's collective mode in a multiband superconductor: Application to MgB2

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    Klein, M. V.

    2010-07-01

    In 1966, Leggett used a two-band superconductor to show that a new collective mode could exist at low temperatures, corresponding to a counterflow of the superconducting condensates in each band. Here, the theory of electronic Raman scattering in a superconductor by Klein and Dierker (1984) is extended to a multiband superconductor. Raman scattering creates particle/hole (p/h) pairs. In the relevant A1g symmetry, the attraction that produces pairing necessarily couples excitations of superconducting pairs to these p/h excitations. In the Appendix, it is shown that for zero wave-vector transfer q , this coupling modifies the Raman response and makes the long-range Coulomb correction null. The two-band result is applied to MgB2 where this coupling activates Leggett’s collective mode. His simple limiting case is obtained when the interband attractive potential is decreased to a value well below that given by local-density approximation (LDA) theory. The peak from Leggett’s mode is studied as the potential is increased through the theoretical value. With realistic MgB2 parameters, the peak broadens through decay into the continuum above the smaller ( π band) superconducting gap. Finite q effects are also taken into account, yielding a Raman peak that agrees well in energy with the experimental result by Blumberg [Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 227002 (2007)]10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.227002. This approach is also applied to the q=0 , two-band model of the Fe pnictides considered by Chubukov [Phys. Rev. B 79, 220501(R) (2009)]10.1103/PhysRevB.79.220501.

  14. Resolving thermoelectric "paradox" in superconductors.

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    Shelly, Connor D; Matrozova, Ekaterina A; Petrashov, Victor T

    2016-02-01

    For almost a century, thermoelectricity in superconductors has been one of the most intriguing topics in physics. During its early stages in the 1920s, the mere existence of thermoelectric effects in superconductors was questioned. In 1944, it was demonstrated that the effects may occur in inhomogeneous superconductors. Theoretical breakthrough followed in the 1970s, when the generation of a measurable thermoelectric magnetic flux in superconducting loops was predicted; however, a major crisis developed when experiments showed puzzling discrepancies with the theory. Moreover, different experiments were inconsistent with each other. This led to a stalemate in bringing theory and experiment into agreement. With this work, we resolve this stalemate, thus solving this long-standing "paradox," and open prospects for exploration of novel thermoelectric phenomena predicted recently. PMID:26933688

  15. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, Bernard R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.

  16. Materials design for new superconductors.

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    Norman, M R

    2016-07-01

    Since the announcement in 2011 of the Materials Genome Initiative by the Obama administration, much attention has been given to the subject of materials design to accelerate the discovery of new materials that could have technological implications. Although having its biggest impact for more applied materials like batteries, there is increasing interest in applying these ideas to predict new superconductors. This is obviously a challenge, given that superconductivity is a many body phenomenon, with whole classes of known superconductors lacking a quantitative theory. Given this caveat, various efforts to formulate materials design principles for superconductors are reviewed here, with a focus on surveying the periodic table in an attempt to identify cuprate analogues. PMID:27214291

  17. Heat transport in nonuniform superconductors

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    Richard, Caroline; Vorontsov, Anton B.

    2016-08-01

    We calculate electronic energy transport in inhomogeneous superconductors using a fully self-consistent nonequilibrium quasiclassical Keldysh approach. We develop a general theory and apply it to a superconductor with an order parameter that forms domain walls of the type encountered in the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov state. The heat transport in the presence of a domain wall is inherently anisotropic and nonlocal. The bound states in the nonuniform region play a crucial role and control heat transport in several ways: (i) they modify the spectrum of quasiparticle states and result in Andreev reflection processes and (ii) they hybridize with the impurity band and produce a local transport environment with properties very different from those in a uniform superconductor. As a result of this interplay, heat transport becomes highly sensitive to temperature, magnetic field, and disorder. For strongly scattering impurities, we find that the transport across domain walls at low temperatures is considerably more efficient than in the uniform superconducting state.

  18. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, B.R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet mounted to the shaft, and a stator in proximity to the shaft. The stator has a superconductor thin film assembly positioned to interact with the magnet to produce a levitation force on the shaft that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly includes at least two superconductor thin films and at least one substrate. Each thin film is positioned on a substrate and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly is mounted on the shaft and the magnet is part of the stator also can be constructed. 8 figs.

  19. 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

  20. Campbell penetration depth in Fe-based superconductors

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    Prommapan, Plegchart

    2011-01-01

    A 'true' critical current density, jc, as opposite to commonly measured relaxed persistent (Bean) current, jB, was extracted from the Campbell penetration depth, Λc(T,H) measured in single crystals of LiFeAs, and optimally electron-doped Ba(Fe0.954Ni0.046)2As2 (FeNi122). In LiFeAs, the effective pinning potential is nonparabolic, which follows from the magnetic field - dependent Labusch parameter α. At the equilibrium (upon field - cooling), α(H) is non-monotonic, but it is monotonic at a finite gradient of the vortex density. This behavior leads to a faster magnetic relaxation at the lower fields and provides a natural dynamic explanation for the fishtail (second peak) effect. We also find the evidence for strong pinning at the lower fields.The inferred field dependence of the pinning potential is consistent with the evolution from strong pinning, through collective pinning, and eventually to a disordered vortex lattice. The value of jc(2 K) ≅ 1.22 x 106 A/cm2 provide an upper estimate of the current carrying capability of LiFeAs. Overall, vortex behavior of almost isotropic, fully-gapped LiFeAs is very similar to highly anisotropic d-wave cuprate superconductors, the similarity that requires further studies in order to understand unconventional superconductivity in cuprates and pnictides. In addition to LiFeAs, we also report the magnetic penetration depth in BaFe2As2 based superconductors including irradiation of FeNi122. In unirradiated FeNi122, the maximum critical current value is, jc(2K) ≅ 3.3 x 106 A/cm2. The magnetic-dependent feature was observed near the transition temperature in FeTe0.53Se0.47 and irradiated FeNi122. Because of this feature, further studies are required in order to properly calibrate the Campbell penetration depth. Finally, we detected the crossing between

  1. Investigation of resistive losses in type II superconductors

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    Benapfl, Brendan W.

    For low-TC materials, the superconducting transition temperature (TC) is depressed by the application of a magnetic field. In contrast, one of the remarkable features of cuprate high-TC materials is that the superconducting transition is broadened by the application of a magnetic field. Tinkham presented a model for the field-dependent resistive transition of high-T C materials, arising from "phase slippage at a complicated network of channels." Coffey & Clem did not include this field-broadening effect in their sophisticated model for the field and temperature dependence of the surface resistance in type-II superconductors. From the model by Lee & Stroud, treating Josephson Junction-coupled superconducting segments, it is concluded that doped, layered superconductors are certain to have a field-broadened superconducting transition. This effect can be identified by measurements of the resistivity as a function of temperature, magnetic field strength, angle of field with respect to the crystal axis as well as with respect to an induced current density. The iron pnictide materials such as Ba0.6K0.4Fe2As2 (BaK122) have chemical layers with different compositions, differentiating them from elemental type-II superconductors such as niobium, and also from cuprates, by the absence of copper. Experimental data on BaK122 indicate a field-broadened transition in conjunction with a field-depressed superconducting transition temperature. In this work, techniques associated with Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) spectroscopy were used to measure the temperature and field-induced changes in the surface resistance of single-crystal BaK122 samples. In addition, polycrystalline foils of niobium and a NbTi (70/30) alloy were measured using the same techniques to provide comparison. Measurements were taken as a function of applied magnetic field, temperature, rf field intensity, and angle of the applied field with respect to the rf-induced current. BaK122 sample field-dependent surface

  2. The Superconductors That Magnets Really Want: What Stands in the Way? (Superconductors for Accelerator Use: What Next and How Close is the Ideal Conductor?)

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    Larbalestier, David [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory] [Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, United States

    2010-01-08

    There are over 5000 superconducting materials but only about 5 have ever been useful for applications in magnets, while HEP, which has been so vital for the development of superconducting magnet technology has made virtually every magnet out of just one, the simple bcc alloy Nb-Ti with Tc of 9 K and upper critical field ~ 14T (at 2K). Significant demonstrations of the capability of the brittle intermetallic Nb3Sn have shown that fields of more than 15 T can be generated in dipole form. But Nb-Ti and Nb3Sn are staid, conventional superconductors, far from the cutting edge of superconducting science research where cuprates like YBa2Cu3O7-x and Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox remain at the scientific forefront and in 2008 were joined by the recently discovered Fe-As pnictide superconductors. What could it mean to have materials for magnets with 10 times the Tc of Nb-Ti (90-120 K) and 3 or more times the critical field (100-240 T)? One enormous barrier is that higher Tc so far always means more complexity and a more localized superconducting interaction which is sensitive to local loss of superconductivity. The issue that has made the cuprate high temperature superconductors so hard to apply is that grain boundaries which form a 3D network in any practical wire form, easily acquire degraded superconducting properties. But conductors can now be made with extreme texture so that grain boundaries are minimized. Moreover almost practical conductors of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Ox and YBa2Cu3O7-x are now are in production and in late 2008 we were, at the Magnet Lab, able to make small solenoids operating at high current density in fields of 32 and almost 34 T respectively. Within the HEP community, there is enthusiasm to embrace HTS conductors for new very high field machines that could, like the Muon Collider, use fields of 30-50 T. In my talk I would like to explore the underlying science controlling such potential applications.

  3. Apparatus for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor

    DOEpatents

    Kroeger, Donald M.; List, III, Frederick A.

    2002-01-01

    A process and apparatus for manufacturing a superconductor. The process is accomplished by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon, overlaying a continuous length of a second substrate ribbon on said first substrate ribbon, and applying sufficient pressure to form a bound layered superconductor comprising a layer of said superconducting precursor powder between said first substrate ribbon and said second substrates ribbon. The layered superconductor is then heat treated to establish the superconducting phase of said superconductor precursor powder.

  4. Apparatus for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor

    DOEpatents

    Kroeger, Donald M.; List, III, Frederick A.

    2001-01-01

    A process and apparatus for manufacturing a superconductor. The process is accomplished by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon, overlaying a continuous length of a second substrate ribbon on said first substrate ribbon, and applying sufficient pressure to form a bound layered superconductor comprising a layer of said superconducting precursor powder between said first substrate ribbon and said second substrates ribbon. The layered superconductor is then heat treated to establish the superconducting phase of said superconductor precursor powder.

  5. High temperature superconductor current leads

    DOEpatents

    Hull, J.R.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1995-06-20

    An electrical lead is disclosed having one end for connection to an apparatus in a cryogenic environment and the other end for connection to an apparatus outside the cryogenic environment. The electrical lead includes a high temperature superconductor wire and an electrically conductive material distributed therein, where the conductive material is present at the one end of the lead at a concentration in the range of from 0 to about 3% by volume, and at the other end of the lead at a concentration of less than about 20% by volume. Various embodiments are shown for groups of high temperature superconductor wires and sheaths. 9 figs.

  6. High temperature superconductor current leads

    DOEpatents

    Hull, John R.; Poeppel, Roger B.

    1995-01-01

    An electrical lead having one end for connection to an apparatus in a cryogenic environment and the other end for connection to an apparatus outside the cryogenic environment. The electrical lead includes a high temperature superconductor wire and an electrically conductive material distributed therein, where the conductive material is present at the one end of the lead at a concentration in the range of from 0 to about 3% by volume, and at the other end of the lead at a concentration of less than about 20% by volume. Various embodiments are shown for groups of high temperature superconductor wires and sheaths.

  7. Raman scattering in cuprate superconductors

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    Devereaux, T.P.; Kampf, A.P.

    1997-07-20

    A theory for electronic Raman scattering in the cuprate superconductors is presented with a specific emphasis on the polarization dependence of the spectra which can infer the symmetry of the energy gap. Signatures of the effects of disorder on the low frequency and low temperature behavior of the Raman spectra for different symmetry channels provide detailed information about the magnitude and the phase of the energy gap. Properties of the theory for finite T will be discussed and compared to recent data concerning the doping dependence of the Raman spectra in cuprate superconductors, and remaining questions will be addressed.

  8. Multifilamentary niobium tin superconductor tape

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    Brisbin, P. H.; Coles, W. D.

    1975-01-01

    In the method proposed for fabricating multifilamentary Nb3Sn tape, filamentary superconducting paths are produced in standard commercial superconductor tape by chemical milling of separator slots through the Nb3Sn layer. The multifilament configuration features a matrix of ten 1.2 mm wide parallel helical superconducting paths along the length of the tape. The paths are spaced 0.4 mm apart. Tapes tested as small pancake coils demonstrated the integrity and continuity of the matrix, and showed that critical current was sustained in direct proportion to retained superconductor.

  9. Fluctuation conductivity and possible pseudogap state in FeAs-based superconductor EuFeAsO0.85F0.15

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    Solovjov, A. L.; Omelchenko, L. V.; Terekhov, A. V.; Rogacki, K.; Vovk, R. V.; Khlybov, E. P.; Chroneos, A.

    2016-07-01

    The study of excess conductivity σ \\prime (T) in the textured polycrystalline FeAs-based superconductor EuFeAsO0.85F0.15 ({T}{{c}}=11 {{K}}) prepared by the solid state synthesis is reported for the first time. The σ \\prime (T) analysis has been performed within the local pair (LP) model based on the assumption of the LPs formation in cuprate high-T c superconductors (cuprates) below the pseudogap (PG) temperature {T}* \\gg {T}{{c}}. Similarly to the cuprates, near {T}{{c}} σ \\prime (T) is adequately described by the 3D term of the Aslamasov–Larkin (AL) theory but the range of the 3D-AL fluctuations, {{Δ }}{T}3{{D}}, is relatively short. Above the crossover temperature {T}0≈ 11.7 {{K}} σ \\prime (T) is described by the 2D Maki–Thompson (MT) fluctuation term of the Hikami–Larkin theory. But enhanced 2D-MT fluctuation contribution being typical for the magnetic superconductors is observed. Within the LP model the PG parameter, {{{Δ }}}* (T), was determined for the first time. It is shown that {{{Δ }}}* (T) demonstrates the narrow maximum at {T}s≈ 160 {{K}} followed by the descending linear length down to {T}{SDW}={T}{NFe}≈ 133 {{K}}. Observed small {{Δ }}{T}3{{D}}, enlarged 2D σ \\prime (T) and linear {{{Δ }}}* (T) are considered to be the evidence of the enhanced magnetic interaction in EuFeAsO0.85F0.15. Importantly, the slop of the linear {{{Δ }}}* (T) and its length are found to be the same as it is revealed for SmFeAsO0.85. The results suggest both the similarity of the magnetic interaction processes in different Fe-pnictides and applicability of the LP model to the σ \\prime (T) analysis even in magnetic superconductors.

  10. Demonstration of an iron-pnictide bulk superconducting magnet capable of trapping over 1 T

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    Weiss, J. D.; Yamamoto, A.; Polyanskii, A. A.; Richardson, R. B.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Hellstrom, E. E.

    2015-11-01

    A trapped field of over 1 T at 5 K and 0.5 T at 20 K has been measured between a stack of magnetized cylinders of bulk polycrystalline Ba0.6K0.4Fe2As2 superconductors 10 mm in diameter and 18 mm in combined thickness. The trapped field showed a low magnetic creep rate (∼3% after 24 h at 5 K), while magneto-optical imaging revealed a trapped field distribution corresponding to uniform macroscopic current loops circulating through the sample. The superconductors were manufactured by hot isostatic pressing of pre-reacted powders using the scalable powder-in-tube technique. A high Vickers hardness of ∼3.5 GPa and a reasonable fracture toughness of ∼2.35 MPa m0.5 were measured. Given the untextured polycrystalline nature of the cylinders and their large irreversibility field (>90 T), it is expected that larger bulks could trap fields in excess of 10 T.

  11. Internally cooled cabled superconductors. I

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    Hoenig, M. O.

    1980-07-01

    A state of the art review and survey of work performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the area of internally cooled cabled superconductors (ICCS) is presented. Topics examined include original concepts, hollow concept, and heat transfer using supercritical helium. Attention is given to the ICCS conductor and coil design as well as experiments with niobium-titanium.

  12. Dynamics of vortices in superconductors

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    Weinan, E.

    1992-12-31

    We study the dynamics of vortices in type-II superconductors from the point of view of time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations. We outline a proof of existence, uniqueness and regularity of strong solutions for these equations. We then derive reduced systems of ODEs governing the motion of the vortices in the asymptotic limit of large Ginzburg-Landau parameter.

  13. Preparation of superconductor precursor powders

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    Bhattacharya, R.

    1998-08-04

    A process for the preparation of a precursor metallic powder composition for use in the subsequent formation of a superconductor. The process comprises the steps of providing an electrodeposition bath comprising an electrolyte medium and a cathode substrate electrode, and providing to the bath one or more soluble salts of one or more respective metals which are capable of exhibiting superconductor properties upon subsequent appropriate treatment. The bath is continually energized to cause the metallic and/or reduced particles formed at the electrode to drop as a powder from the electrode into the bath, and this powder, which is a precursor powder for superconductor production, is recovered from the bath for subsequent treatment. The process permits direct inclusion of all metals in the preparation of the precursor powder, and yields an amorphous product mixed on an atomic scale to thereby impart inherent high reactivity. Superconductors which can be formed from the precursor powder include pellet and powder-in-tube products. 7 figs.

  14. Preparation of superconductor precursor powders

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    Bhattacharya, Raghunath; Blaugher, Richard D.

    1995-01-01

    A process for the preparation of a precursor metallic powder composition for use in the subsequent formation of a superconductor. The process comprises the steps of providing an electrodeposition bath comprising an electrolyte medium and a cathode substrate electrode, and providing to the bath one or more soluble salts of one or more respective metals, such as nitrate salts of thallium, barium, calcium, and copper, which are capable of exhibiting superconductor properties upon subsequent appropriate treatment. The bath is continually energized to cause the metallic particles formed at the electrode to drop as a powder from the electrode into the bath, and this powder, which is a precursor powder for superconductor production, is recovered from the bath for subsequent treatment. The process permits direct inclusion of thallium in the preparation of the precursor powder, and yields an amorphous product mixed on an atomic scale to thereby impart inherent high reactivity. Superconductors which can be formed from the precursor powder include pellet and powder-in-tube products.

  15. Pressure-induced shift of Tc and structural transition in "122" type pnictide superconductor Ca0.34Na0.66Fe2As2

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    Zhang, Sijia; Zhao, Kan; Yu, Xiaohui; Zhu, Jinlong; Liu, Qingqing; Wang, Xiancheng; Feng, Shaomin; Chen, Zhiqiang; Zhao, Yusheng; Jin, Changqing

    2016-07-01

    The effect of pressure on superconductivity of "122" type Ca1-xNaxFe2As2 (x=0.66) single crystal is investigated through the temperature dependence of resistance measurement. Optimal Na doped (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 shows a superconducting transition with Tc ˜ 33 K at ambient pressure. With application of pressure, Tc decreases nearly linearly with dTc/dP ˜ - 1.7K/GPa at pressures lower than 2 GPa, and disappears gradually at higher pressure. The disappearance of superconductivity is also companied with the recovery of standard Fermi liquid behaviors of the normal-state transport properties. Moreover, (Ca0.34Na0.66)Fe2As2 exhibits a tetragonal (T) to collapsed-tetragonal (cT) transition at about 3 GPa. The evolution of non-Fermi liquid behaviors and superconductivity under pressure are both related to the interband fluctuations.

  16. Eliashberg analysis of optical spectra reveals a strong coupling of charge carriers to spin fluctuations in doped iron-pnictide BaFe2As2 superconductors

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    Wu, D.; Barišić, N.; Dressel, M.; Cao, G. H.; Xu, Z.-A.; Schachinger, E.; Carbotte, J. P.

    2010-10-01

    The temperature and frequency dependences of the optical conductivity of Co-doped BaFe2As2 are analyzed and the electron-boson spectral density α2F(ω) are extracted using Eliashberg’s formalism. For the normal state at T=30K there is a relatively sharp and large peak around 10 meV and a secondary smaller and broader peak centered around 50 meV with the spectrum extending to high energies beyond the maximum phonon energy. The electron-boson mass enhancement parameter is 4.4, a value more consistent with spin-fluctuation scattering rather than with phonons. In addition the spectrum is found to evolve with temperature toward a less structured background at higher energies as in the spin susceptibility.

  17. Studies on Effects of Impurity Doping and NMR Measurements of La 1111 and/or Nd 1111 Fe-Pnictide Superconductors

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Kobayashi, Yoshiaki; Lee, Sang Chul; Takahashi, Hidefumi; Satomi, Erika; Miura, Yoko

    2010-01-01

    Measurements of the electrical resistivity ρ, Hall coefficient RH, thermoelectric power S, and the electronic specific heat coefficient γ have been carried out for samples of LnFe1-yMyAsO1-xFx (Ln=La, Nd; M=Co, Mn; x=0.11) obtained by doping M atoms into the superconducting LnFeAsO1-xFx (Ln 1111) system. The NMR longitudinal relaxation rate 1/T1 has also been measured for samples of LaFe1-yCoyAsO1-xFx with various x values. Co atoms doped into the superconducting LnFeAsO1-xFx are nonmagnetic, and the rate of Tc-suppression |dTc/dx| by Co atoms has been found to be too small to be explained by the pair-breaking effect expected for the S± superconducting symmetry proposed as the most probable symmetry for the system. This result throws a serious doubt on whether the symmetry is realized in the system. Instead of the pair breaking, two mechanisms of Tc suppression by the doped impurities have been found: One is the electron localization, which appears when the sheet resistance R\\square exceeds h/4e2=6.45 kΩ, and the other is the disappearance (or reduction in the area) of the hole Fermi surfaces around the Γ point in the reciprocal space. The latter mechanism has been observed when the number of electrons increases with increasing Co doping level and the system changes from an “anomalous metal” to an ordinary one. Regarding the two distinct T dependences of the NMR longitudinal relaxation rate 1/T1 of LaFeAsO1-xFx, (1/T1\\propto T6 reported by our group in the T region from Tc to ˜0.4 Tc for samples with the highest Tc values with varying x, and 1/T1\\propto T2.5--3.0 observed by many groups in almost the entire T region studied below Tc), we discuss the origin of such a difference, and show that, at least, the T2.5--3.0-like dependence of 1/T1 cannot be considered as the experimental evidence for the S± symmetry of Δ.

  18. Local measurement of the superfluid density in the pnictide superconductor Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 across the superconducting dome

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    Not Available

    2011-08-12

    We measure the penetration depth {lambda}{sub ab}(T) in Ba(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 2}As{sub 2} using local techniques that do not average over the sample. The superfluid density {rho}{sub s}(T) {triple_bond} 1/{lambda}{sub ab}(T){sup 2} has three main features. First, {rho}{sub s}(T = 0) falls sharply on the underdoped side of the dome. Second, {lambda}{sub ab}(T) is flat at low T at optimal doping, indicating fully gapped superconductivity, but varies more strongly in underdoped and overdoped samples, consistent with either a power law or a small second gap. Third, {rho}{sub s}(T) varies steeply near T{sub c} for optimal and underdoping. These observations are consistent with an interplay between magnetic and superconducting phases.

  19. NMR study of the AF-SC-SC-AF phased transition in a pnictide superconductor LaFeAsO1-xHx

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    Fujiwara, Naoki; Sakurai, Ryosuke; Iimura, Soushi; Matsuishi, Satoru; Hosono, Hideo; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2014-03-01

    We have performed 75As and 1H NMR measurements in LaFeAsO1xHx, an isomorphic compound of LaFeAsO1xFx. LaFeAsO1xHx is an electron doped system, and O2- can be replaced with H- up to x = 0.5. LaFeAsO1xHx is known for having double superconducting (SC) domes on H doping. Recently, we discovered that a new antiferromagnetic (AF) phase follows the double SC domes on further H doping, forming a symmetric AF-SC-SC-AF phase alignment in the electronic phase diagram Unlike the AF ordering in the lightly H-doped regime, the AF ordering in the highly H-doped regime is attributed to the nesting between electron pockets. In the conference, we will show the data of both NMR spectra and the relaxation rate 1/T1 in the whole doping region. We will discuss the difference of electronic states between the lightly H-doped AF-SC phases and highly H-doped SC-AF phases. This work is supported by a Grant-in-Aid (Grant No. KAKENHI 23340101) from the Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture, Japan.

  20. Enhancement of the London Penetration Depth in Pnictides at the Onset of Spin-Density-Wave Order under Superconducting Dome

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    Levchenko, A.; Vavilov, M. G.; Khodas, M.; Chubukov, A. V.

    2013-04-01

    Recent measurements of the doping dependence of the London penetration depth λ(x) at low T in clean samples of isovalent BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 at T≪Tc [Hashimoto et al., Science 336, 1554 (2012)SCIEAS0036-8075] revealed a peak in λ(x) near optimal doping x=0.3. The observation of the peak at T≪Tc, points to the existence of a quantum critical point beneath the superconducting dome. We associate such a quantum critical point with the onset of a spin-density-wave order and show that the renormalization of λ(x) by critical magnetic fluctuations gives rise to the observed feature. We argue that the case of pnictides is conceptually different from a one-component Galilean invariant Fermi liquid, for which correlation effects do not cause the renormalization of the London penetration depth at T=0.

  1. Competing magnetic double-Q phases and superconductivity-induced reentrance of C2 magnetic stripe order in iron pnictides

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    Gastiasoro, Maria N.; Andersen, Brian M.

    2015-10-01

    We perform a microscopic theoretical study of the generic properties of competing magnetic phases in iron pnictides. As a function of electron filling and temperature, the magnetic stripe (single-Q ) order forms a dome, but competing noncollinear and nonuniform double-Q phases exist at the foot of the dome, in agreement with recent experiments. We compute and compare the electronic properties of the different magnetic phases, investigate the role of competing superconductivity, and show how disorder may stabilize double-Q order. Superconductivity is shown to compete more strongly with double-Q magnetic phases, which can lead to reentrance of the C2 (single-Q ) order, in agreement with recent thermal expansion measurements on K-doped Ba-122 crystals.

  2. General principles of the synthesis of chalcogenides and pnictides in salt melts using a steady-state temperature gradient

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    Chareev, D. A.

    2016-05-01

    The possibilities of growing crystals of metals, alloys, chalcogenides, and pnictides in halide melts using a steady-state temperature gradient are analyzed. Halides of alkali metals and aluminum can be used as transport media. The choice is determined by the melting temperature of salt mixtures. A conducting contour can also be applied to increase transport efficiency. This technique of crystal growth is similar to the electrochemical method. To eliminate interference during migration, some elements can be isolated and forced to migrate through independent channels to the crystal formation region. The technique considered here makes it possible to grow crystals of necessary quality without special equipment; the small crystal sizes are sufficient for laboratory study.

  3. Ultrafast structural dynamics of the orthorhombic distortion in the Fe-pnictide parent compound BaFe2As2

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    Rettig, L.; Mariager, S. O.; Ferrer, A.; Grübel, S.; Johnson, J. A.; Rittmann, J.; Wolf, T.; Johnson, S. L.; Ingold, G.; Beaud, P.; Staub, U.

    2016-01-01

    Using femtosecond time-resolved hard x-ray diffraction, we investigate the structural dynamics of the orthorhombic distortion in the Fe-pnictide parent compound BaFe2As2. The orthorhombic distortion analyzed by the transient splitting of the (1 0 3) Bragg reflection is suppressed on an initial timescale of 35 ps, which is much slower than the suppression of magnetic and nematic order. This observation demonstrates a transient state with persistent structural distortion and suppressed magnetic/nematic order which are strongly linked in thermal equilibrium. We suggest a way of quantifying the coupling between structural and nematic degrees of freedom based on the dynamics of the respective order parameters. PMID:27158636

  4. Isotropic in-plane quenched disorder and dilution induce a robust nematic state in electron-doped pnictides

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    Liang, Shuhua; Bishop, Christopher B.; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    2015-09-21

    The phase diagram of electron-doped pnictides is studied varying the temperature, electronic density, and isotropic in-plane quenched disorder strength and dilution by means of computational techniques applied to a three-orbital (xz,yz,xy) spin-fermion model with lattice degrees of freedom. In experiments, chemical doping introduces disorder but in theoretical studies the relationship between electronic doping and the randomly located dopants, with their associated quenched disorder, is difficult to address. Moreover, in this publication, the use of computational techniques allows us to study independently the effects of electronic doping, regulated by a global chemical potential, and impurity disorder at randomly selected sites. Surprisingly,more » our Monte Carlo simulations reveal that the fast reduction with doping of the N eel TN and the structural TS transition temperatures, and the concomitant stabilization of a robust nematic state, is primarily controlled in our model by the magnetic dilution associated with the in-plane isotropic disorder introduced by Fe substitution. In the doping range studied, changes in the Fermi surface produced by electron doping affect only slightly both critical temperatures. Our results also suggest that the specific material-dependent phase diagrams experimentally observed could be explained as a consequence of the variation in disorder profiles introduced by the different dopants. Finally, our findings are also compatible with neutron scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy, unveiling a patchy network of locally magnetically ordered clusters with anisotropic shapes, even though the quenched disorder is locally isotropic. Our study reveals a remarkable and unexpected degree of complexity in pnictides: the fragile tendency to nematicity intrinsic of translational invariant electronic systems needs to be supplemented by quenched disorder and dilution to stabilize the robust nematic phase experimentally found in electron

  5. Isotropic in-plane quenched disorder and dilution induce a robust nematic state in electron-doped pnictides

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    Liang, Shuhua; Bishop, Christopher B.; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    2015-09-21

    The phase diagram of electron-doped pnictides is studied varying the temperature, electronic density, and isotropic in-plane quenched disorder strength and dilution by means of computational techniques applied to a three-orbital (xz,yz,xy) spin-fermion model with lattice degrees of freedom. In experiments, chemical doping introduces disorder but in theoretical studies the relationship between electronic doping and the randomly located dopants, with their associated quenched disorder, is difficult to address. Moreover, in this publication, the use of computational techniques allows us to study independently the effects of electronic doping, regulated by a global chemical potential, and impurity disorder at randomly selected sites. Surprisingly, our Monte Carlo simulations reveal that the fast reduction with doping of the N eel TN and the structural TS transition temperatures, and the concomitant stabilization of a robust nematic state, is primarily controlled in our model by the magnetic dilution associated with the in-plane isotropic disorder introduced by Fe substitution. In the doping range studied, changes in the Fermi surface produced by electron doping affect only slightly both critical temperatures. Our results also suggest that the specific material-dependent phase diagrams experimentally observed could be explained as a consequence of the variation in disorder profiles introduced by the different dopants. Finally, our findings are also compatible with neutron scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy, unveiling a patchy network of locally magnetically ordered clusters with anisotropic shapes, even though the quenched disorder is locally isotropic. Our study reveals a remarkable and unexpected degree of complexity in pnictides: the fragile tendency to nematicity intrinsic of translational invariant electronic systems needs to be supplemented by quenched disorder and dilution to stabilize the robust nematic phase experimentally found

  6. Isotropic in-plane quenched disorder and dilution induce a robust nematic state in electron-doped pnictides

    SciTech Connect

    Liang, Shuhua; Bishop, Christopher B.; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio R

    2015-01-01

    The phase diagram of electron-doped pnictides is studied varying the temperature, electronic density, and isotropic in-plane quenched disorder strength and dilution by means of computational techniques applied to a three-orbital (xz,yz,xy) spin-fermion model with lattice degrees of freedom. In experiments, chemical doping introduces disorder but in theoretical studies the relationship between electronic doping and the randomly located dopants, with their associated quenched disorder, is difficult to address. In this publication, the use of computational techniques allows us to study independently the effects of electronic doping, regulated by a global chemical potential, and impurity disorder at randomly selected sites. Surprisingly, our Monte Carlo simulations reveal that the fast reduction with doping of the N eel TN and the structural TS transition temperatures, and the concomitant stabilization of a robust nematic state, is primarily controlled in our model by the magnetic dilution associated with the in-plane isotropic disorder introduced by Fe substitution. In the doping range studied, changes in the Fermi surface produced by electron doping affect only slightly both critical temperatures. Our results also suggest that the specific material-dependent phase diagrams experimentally observed could be explained as a consequence of the variation in disorder profiles introduced by the different dopants. Our findings are also compatible with neutron scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy, unveiling a patchy network of locally magnetically ordered clusters with anisotropic shapes, even though the quenched disorder is locally isotropic. This study reveals a remarkable and unexpected degree of complexity in pnictides: the fragile tendency to nematicity intrinsic of translational invariant electronic systems needs to be supplemented by quenched disorder and dilution to stabilize the robust nematic phase experimentally found in electron-doped 122 compounds.

  7. Isotropic in-plane quenched disorder and dilution induce a robust nematic state in electron-doped pnictides

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    Liang, Shuhua; Bishop, Christopher B.; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    2015-09-01

    The phase diagram of electron-doped pnictides is studied varying the temperature, electronic density, and isotropic in-plane quenched disorder strength and dilution by means of computational techniques applied to a three-orbital (x z ,y z ,x y ) spin-fermion model with lattice degrees of freedom. In experiments, chemical doping introduces disorder but in theoretical studies the relationship between electronic doping and the randomly located dopants, with their associated quenched disorder, is difficult to address. In this publication, the use of computational techniques allows us to study independently the effects of electronic doping, regulated by a global chemical potential, and impurity disorder at randomly selected sites. Surprisingly, our Monte Carlo simulations reveal that the fast reduction with doping of the Néel TN and the structural TS transition temperatures, and the concomitant stabilization of a robust nematic state, is primarily controlled in our model by the magnetic dilution associated with the in-plane isotropic disorder introduced by Fe substitution. In the doping range studied, changes in the Fermi surface produced by electron doping affect only slightly both critical temperatures. Our results also suggest that the specific material-dependent phase diagrams experimentally observed could be explained as a consequence of the variation in disorder profiles introduced by the different dopants. Our findings are also compatible with neutron scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy, unveiling a patchy network of locally magnetically ordered clusters with anisotropic shapes, even though the quenched disorder is locally isotropic. This study reveals a remarkable and unexpected degree of complexity in pnictides: the fragile tendency to nematicity intrinsic of translational invariant electronic systems needs to be supplemented by quenched disorder and dilution to stabilize the robust nematic phase experimentally found in electron-doped 122 compounds.

  8. A study of temperature dependent local atomic displacements in a Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 superconductor.

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    Hacisalihoglu, M Y; Paris, E; Joseph, B; Simonelli, L; Sato, T J; Mizokawa, T; Saini, N L

    2016-03-23

    We have studied the local structure of a Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 superconductor using temperature dependent extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements. Polarized EXAFS at the Fe K-edge on an optimally doped (x = 0.06) single crystal has permitted us to determine atomic displacements across the superconducting transition temperature (Tc). The Fe-As bondlength hardly shows any change with temperature; however, the Fe-Fe sublattice reveals a sharp anomaly across Tc, indicated by a significant drop in mean square relative displacements, similar to the one known for cuprates and A15-type superconductors. We have also found a large atomic disorder around the substituted Co, revealed by polarized Co K-edge EXAFS measurements. The Co-Fe/Co bonds are more flexible than the Fe-Fe bonds with the As-height in Co-containing tetrahedra being larger than the one in FeAs4. The results suggest that the local Fe-Fe bondlength fluctuations and the atomic disorder in this sub-lattice should have some important role in the superconductivity of Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 pnictides. PMID:26966734

  9. Tracing the s± symmetry in iron pnictides by controlled disorder

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    Schilling, M. B.; Baumgartner, A.; Gorshunov, B.; Zhukova, E. S.; Dravin, V. A.; Mitsen, K. V.; Efremov, D. V.; Dolgov, O. V.; Iida, K.; Dressel, M.; Zapf, S.

    2016-05-01

    Determining the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter is the most important but also the most complicated step in elucidating the mechanism of superconductivity. Here we present an experimental approach to investigate the order parameter symmetry of unconventional multiband superconductors, which is based on a disorder-induced change from sign-reversed (s±) to sign-preserved (s++) symmetry. Therefore, we investigated a Ba (Fe0.9Co0.1 )2As2 thin film by THz spectroscopy and stepwise proton irradiation. In our experiments, the low-energy superconducting gap first vanishes but recovers at higher irradiation doses. At the same time, the decrease of the superfluid density with disorder comes to a halt. Thus, we confirm with the method presented here that the superconducting order parameter in the pristine sample possesses s± symmetry.

  10. Homogeneous coexistence and phase segregation in 1111 iron-based pnictides studied via NMR

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    Fujiwara, Naoki; Kamihara, Yoichi; Matsuishi, Satoru; Hosono, Hideo

    2013-06-01

    We performed 75As and 51Co nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on LaFeAsO1- x F x (La1111), a prototype of iron-based superconductors, and on Ca(Fe1- x Co x )AsF (Ca1111), which has a small overlap between the antiferromagnetic (AF) and superconducting (SC) domes in the electronic phase diagram. We found in the Ca1111 series that AF and SC states coexist homogeneously in the overlapped region, while in the La1111 series, we found that paramagnetic (PM) and SC domains coexist around the AF-SC phase boundary. The coexistence of these domains indicates that the AF and SC domes segregate from each other in the electronic phase diagram.

  11. Probing the pairing symmetry of the iron pnictides with electronic Raman scattering

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    Boyd, G.R.

    2010-04-29

    An important issue in the study of the iron-arsenic based superconductors is the symmetry of the superconducting gap, a problem complicated by multiple gaps on different Fermi surface sheets. Electronic Raman scattering is a flexible bulk probe which allows one in principle to determine gap magnitudes and test for gap nodes in different regions of the Brillouin zone by employing different photon polarization states. Here we calculate the clean Raman intensity for A{sub 1g}, B{sub 1g} and B{sub 2g} polarizations, and discuss the peak structures and low-energy power laws which might be expected for several popular models of the superconducting gap in these systems.

  12. Superconductivity and Magnetism in iron-pnictides: co-existence or not?

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    Vorontsov, Anton

    2011-03-01

    In this talk I will review the weak-coupling approach to describe the interplay of two electronic orders: superconductivity (SC) in the form of Cooper pairs, and magnetism in the form of the spin-density waves (SDW). The two orders, traditionally thought as incompatible, are close neighbors in magnetically-active Fe-based superconductors with surprisingly high Tc . Complex multi-band structure, multiple interactions and many families of these materials create a range of possible states of mingling between superconductivity and magnetism. I will present a list of different parameters, including (a) the Fermi surface shape, (b) the order parameter structure, (c) the relative strength of SC and SDW interactions, (d) the external magnetic field, and describe which properties, or their combinations, lead to co-existence or avoidance of SC and SDW orders, and how transition between the two orders occurs upon doping.

  13. Design for a Superconductor Discovery Engine (SCODEngine)

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    Isikaku-Ironkwe, O. Paul

    2010-03-01

    One of the grand challenges of superconductivity is achieving a paradigm shift from discovery by serendipity to discovery by design. Periodic Table-based Maps that involve electronegativity, valence electrons and atomic number that correlate with superconducting transition temperature can be used to design novel superconductors. Combining these maps with experimental databases on superconductors, databases of crystal structures and integrating material design software engine, we can re-design many known superconductor families and predict novel systems. By adding search engine technology with a ``knowledge discovery engine'', we produce a superconductor discovery engine (SCODEngine). The SCODEngine enables us to discover novel superconductors with the accelerated speed of a Google search. We have produced a primitive SCODEngine that may revolutionize novel superconductor search and discovery.

  14. Holographic complexity in gauge/string superconductors

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    Momeni, Davood; Mansoori, Seyed Ali Hosseini; Myrzakulov, Ratbay

    2016-05-01

    Following a methodology similar to [1], we derive a holographic complexity for two dimensional holographic superconductors (gauge/string superconductors) with backreactions. Applying a perturbation method proposed by Kanno in Ref. [2], we study behaviors of the complexity for a dual quantum system near critical points. We show that when a system moves from the normal phase (T >Tc) to the superconductor phase (T

  15. Electromagnetic dark energy and gravitoelectrodynamics of superconductors

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    de Matos, Clovis Jacinto

    2008-02-01

    It is shown that Beck and Mackey electromagnetic model of dark energy in superconductors can account for the non-classical inertial properties of superconductors, which have been conjectured by the author to explain the Cooper pair’s mass excess reported by Cabrera and Tate. A new fundamental scale of nature (the Planck-Einstein scale) for gravitation in low temperature condensed matter is proposed to host the gravitoelectrodynamic properties of superconductors.

  16. Recent progress on carbon-based superconductors

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    Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Goto, Hidenori; Hamao, Shino; Kambe, Takashi; Terao, Takahiro; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Miao, Xiao; Okamoto, Hideki

    2016-08-01

    This article reviews new superconducting phases of carbon-based materials. During the past decade, new carbon-based superconductors have been extensively developed through the use of intercalation chemistry, electrostatic carrier doping, and surface-proving techniques. The superconducting transition temperature T c of these materials has been rapidly elevated, and the variety of superconductors has been increased. This review fully introduces graphite, graphene, and hydrocarbon superconductors and future perspectives of high-T c superconductors based on these materials, including present problems. Carbon-based superconductors show various types of interesting behavior, such as a positive pressure dependence of T c. At present, experimental information on superconductors is still insufficient, and theoretical treatment is also incomplete. In particular, experimental results are still lacking for graphene and hydrocarbon superconductors. Therefore, it is very important to review experimental results in detail and introduce theoretical approaches, for the sake of advances in condensed matter physics. Furthermore, the recent experimental results on hydrocarbon superconductors obtained by our group are also included in this article. Consequently, this review article may provide a hint to designing new carbon-based superconductors exhibiting higher T c and interesting physical features.

  17. Recent progress on carbon-based superconductors.

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    Kubozono, Yoshihiro; Eguchi, Ritsuko; Goto, Hidenori; Hamao, Shino; Kambe, Takashi; Terao, Takahiro; Nishiyama, Saki; Zheng, Lu; Miao, Xiao; Okamoto, Hideki

    2016-08-24

    This article reviews new superconducting phases of carbon-based materials. During the past decade, new carbon-based superconductors have been extensively developed through the use of intercalation chemistry, electrostatic carrier doping, and surface-proving techniques. The superconducting transition temperature T c of these materials has been rapidly elevated, and the variety of superconductors has been increased. This review fully introduces graphite, graphene, and hydrocarbon superconductors and future perspectives of high-T c superconductors based on these materials, including present problems. Carbon-based superconductors show various types of interesting behavior, such as a positive pressure dependence of T c. At present, experimental information on superconductors is still insufficient, and theoretical treatment is also incomplete. In particular, experimental results are still lacking for graphene and hydrocarbon superconductors. Therefore, it is very important to review experimental results in detail and introduce theoretical approaches, for the sake of advances in condensed matter physics. Furthermore, the recent experimental results on hydrocarbon superconductors obtained by our group are also included in this article. Consequently, this review article may provide a hint to designing new carbon-based superconductors exhibiting higher T c and interesting physical features. PMID:27351938

  18. Topological properties of ferromagnetic superconductors

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    Cheung, Alfred K. C.; Raghu, S.

    2016-04-27

    Here, a variety of heavy fermion superconductors, such as UCoGe, UGe2, and URhGe exhibit a striking coexistence of bulk ferromagnetism and superconductivity. In the first two materials, the magnetic moment decreases with pressure, and vanishes at a ferromagnetic quantum critical point (qcp). Remarkably, the superconductivity in UCoGe varies smoothly with pressure across the qcp and exists in both the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic regimes. We argue that in UCoGe, spin-orbit interactions stabilize a time-reversal invariant odd-parity superconductor in the high pressure paramagnetic regime. Based on a simple phenomenological model, we predict that the transition from the paramagnetic normal state to themore » phase where superconductivity and ferromagnetism coexist is a first-order transition.« less

  19. Oxygen diffusion in cuprate superconductors

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    Routbort, J.L.; Rothman, S.J.

    1995-01-01

    Superconducting properties of the cuprate superconductors depend on the oxygen content of the material; the diffusion of oxygen is thus an important process in the fabrication and application of these materials. This article reviews studies of the diffusion of oxygen in La{sub 2}{sub {minus}}{sub {times}}Sr{sub {times}}CuO{sub 4}, YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}{sub {minus}}{delta}, YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}, and the Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub n}{sub {minus}}{sub 1}Cu{sub n}O{sub 2}{sub +}{sub 4} (n = 1, and 2) superconductors, and attempt to elucidate the atomic mechanisms responsible.

  20. Topological properties of ferromagnetic superconductors

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    Cheung, Alfred K. C.; Raghu, S.

    2016-04-01

    A variety of heavy fermion superconductors, such as UCoGe, UGe2, and URhGe exhibit a striking coexistence of bulk ferromagnetism and superconductivity. In the first two materials, the magnetic moment decreases with pressure, and vanishes at a ferromagnetic quantum critical point (qcp). Remarkably, the superconductivity in UCoGe varies smoothly with pressure across the qcp and exists in both the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic regimes. We argue that in UCoGe, spin-orbit interactions stabilize a time-reversal invariant odd-parity superconductor in the high pressure paramagnetic regime. Based on a simple phenomenological model, we predict that the transition from the paramagnetic normal state to the phase where superconductivity and ferromagnetism coexist is a first-order transition.

  1. Fidelity approach in topological superconductors

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    Yao, Dao-Xin; Tian, Wen-Chuan; Huang, Guang-Yao; Wang, Zhi

    We study topological superconductivity in the spin-orbit coupling nanowire system by using the fidelity approach. The wire is modeled as a one layer lattice chain with Zeeman energy and spin-orbital coupling, which is in proximity to a multi-layer superconductor. In particular, we study the effects of disorders and find that the fidelity susceptibility has multiple peaks. It is revealed that one peak indicates the topological quantum phase transition, while other peaks are signaling the pinning of the Majorana bound states by disorders. Our study shows that fidelity and fidelity susceptibility are very useful to investigate the topological quantum phase transition in superconductors. This work is supported by NSFC-11574404, 11275279, and NBRPC-2012CB821400.

  2. 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

  3. Development of standards for superconductors

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    Clark, A. F.; Goodrich, L. F.; Fickett, F. R.; Minervini, J. V.

    1982-07-01

    Standard measurement practices for use in large scale applications of superconductivity were developed. The goal is the adoption of voluntary standards for the critical parameters and other characterizations of practical superconductors. The major effort was the development of a standard test method for critical current, the necessary back-up research, and the coordination of the adoption of the test method and a standard terminology.

  4. Edge instabilities of topological superconductors

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    Hofmann, Johannes S.; Assaad, Fakher F.; Schnyder, Andreas P.

    2016-05-01

    Nodal topological superconductors display zero-energy Majorana flat bands at generic edges. The flatness of these edge bands, which is protected by time-reversal and translation symmetry, gives rise to an extensive ground-state degeneracy. Therefore, even arbitrarily weak interactions lead to an instability of the flat-band edge states towards time-reversal and translation-symmetry-broken phases, which lift the ground-state degeneracy. We examine the instabilities of the flat-band edge states of dx y-wave superconductors by performing a mean-field analysis in the Majorana basis of the edge states. The leading instabilities are Majorana mass terms, which correspond to coherent superpositions of particle-particle and particle-hole channels in the fermionic language. We find that attractive interactions induce three different mass terms. One is a coherent superposition of imaginary s -wave pairing and current order, and another combines a charge-density-wave and finite-momentum singlet pairing. Repulsive interactions, on the other hand, lead to ferromagnetism together with spin-triplet pairing at the edge. Our quantum Monte Carlo simulations confirm these findings and demonstrate that these instabilities occur even in the presence of strong quantum fluctuations. We discuss the implications of our results for experiments on cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

  5. Material properties of oxide superconductors

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    Phillips, J.C.

    1996-12-31

    The differences between the old (inter-) metallic superconductors and the new oxide superconductors are not limited to the much higher values of {Tc} attainable in the latter. There are many pervasive differences caused directly by oxide chemistry, quasi-perovskite local coordination configurations, and layered metal-semiconductor-metal{prime}-semiconductor-structures. When these differences are ignored, for instance in theoretical models which make effective medium approximations, many experiments appear to present anomalous results. These anomalies largely disappear when account is taken of the real materials properties of the cuprates and other new oxide superconductors, for instance in theoretical models which treat transport as a partially percolative process. This percolative process directly reflects the fact that the highest values of {Tc}, as well as the most anomalous normal-state transport properties, occur in materials vicinal to a metal-insulator transition. As the metallic and insulating regions alternate even in single-crystal samples, effective medium models, and most effective-medium parameters, lose their significance. Examples of attempts to measure microscopic properties illustrate the importance of filamentary effects on both normal-state and superconductive properties.

  6. NaFe_{0.56}Cu_{0.44}As: A Pnictide Insulating Phase Induced by On-Site Coulomb Interaction.

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    Matt, C E; Xu, N; Lv, Baiqing; Ma, Junzhang; Bisti, F; Park, J; Shang, T; Cao, Chongde; Song, Yu; Nevidomskyy, Andriy H; Dai, Pengcheng; Patthey, L; Plumb, N C; Radovic, M; Mesot, J; Shi, M

    2016-08-26

    In the studies of iron pnictides, a key question is whether their bad-metal state from which the superconductivity emerges lies in close proximity with a magnetically ordered insulating phase. Recently, it was found that at low temperatures, the heavily Cu-doped NaFe_{1-x}Cu_{x}As (x>0.3) iron pnictide is an insulator with long-range antiferromagnetic order, similar to the parent compound of cuprates but distinct from all other iron pnictides. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we determined the momentum-resolved electronic structure of NaFe_{1-x}Cu_{x}As (x=0.44) and identified that its ground state is a narrow-gap insulator. Combining the experimental results with density functional theory (DFT) and DFT+U calculations, our analysis reveals that the on-site Coulombic (Hubbard) and Hund's coupling energies play crucial roles in the formation of the band gap about the chemical potential. We propose that at finite temperatures, charge carriers are thermally excited from the Cu-As-like valence band into the conduction band, which is of Fe 3d-like character. With increasing temperature, the number of electrons in the conduction band becomes larger and the hopping energy between Fe sites increases, and finally the long-range antiferromagnetic order is destroyed at T>T_{N}. Our study provides a basis for investigating the evolution of the electronic structure of a Mott insulator transforming into a bad metallic phase and eventually forming a superconducting state in iron pnictides. PMID:27610876

  7. Phase transitions in a frustrated biquadratic Heisenberg model with coupled orbital degrees of freedom for iron-based superconductors

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    Zhuo, W. Z.; Qin, M. H.; Dong, S.; Li, X. G.; Liu, J.-M.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we study a biquadratic Heisenberg model with coupled orbital degrees of freedom by using a Monte Carlo simulation to investigate the phase transitions in iron-based superconductors. The antiferroquadrupolar state, which may be related to the magnetism of FeSe [R. Yu and Q. Si, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 116401 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.116401], is stabilized by the anisotropic biquadratic interaction induced by a ferro-orbital-ordered state. It is revealed that the orbital and nematic transitions occur at the same temperature for all the cases, supporting the mechanism of the orbital-driven nematicity as revealed in most recent experiments [S. H. Baek, D. V. Efremov, J. M. Ok, J. S. Kim, J. van den Brink, and B. Büchner, Nat. Mater. 14, 210 (2015), 10.1038/nmat4138]. In addition, it is suggested that the orbital interaction may lead to the separation of the structural and magnetic phase transitions, as observed in many families of iron pnictides.

  8. 42214 layered Fe-based superconductors: An ab initio study of their structural, magnetic, and electronic properties

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    Bucci, F.; Sanna, A.; Continenza, A.; Katrych, S.; Karpinski, J.; Gross, E. K. U.; Profeta, G.

    2016-01-01

    As a follow-up to the discovery of a new family of Fe-based superconductors, namely, the RE4Fe2As2Te1 -xO4 (42214) (RE = Pr, Sm, and Gd), we present a detailed ab initio study of these compounds highlighting the role of rare-earth (RE) atoms, external pressure, and Te content on their physical properties. Modifications of the structural, magnetic, and electronic properties of the pure (e.g., x =0.0 ) 42214 compounds and their possible correlations with the observed superconducting properties are calculated and discussed. The careful analysis of the results obtained shows that (i) changing the RE atoms allows one to tune the internal pressure acting on the As height with respect to the Fe planes; (ii) similarly to other Fe pnictides, the 42214 pure compounds show an antiferromagnetic-stripe magnetic ground state phase joined by an orthorhombic distortion (not experimentally found yet); (iii) smaller RE atoms increase the magnetic instability of the compounds possibly favoring the onset of the superconducting state; (iv) external pressure induces the vanishing of the magnetic order with a transition to the tetragonal phase and can be a possible experimental route towards higher superconducting critical temperature (Tc) ; and (v) Te vacancies act on the structural parameters, changing the As height and affecting the stability of the magnetic phase.

  9. Enhancement of mechanical properties of 123 superconductors

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam

    1995-01-01

    A composition and method of preparing YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x superconductor. Addition of tin oxide containing compounds to YBCO superconductors results in substantial improvement of fracture toughness and other mechanical properties without affect on T.sub.c. About 5-20% additions give rise to substantially improved mechanical properties.

  10. Enhancement of mechanical properties of 123 superconductors

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    Balachandran, U.

    1995-04-25

    A composition and method are disclosed of preparing YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} superconductor. Addition of tin oxide containing compounds to YBCO superconductors results in substantial improvement of fracture toughness and other mechanical properties without affect on T{sub c}. About 5-20% additions give rise to substantially improved mechanical properties.

  11. Neutron-scattering studies of magnetic superconductors

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    Sinha, S.K.; Crabtree, G.W.; Hinks, D.G.; Mook, H.A.; Pringle, O.A.

    1982-01-01

    Results obtained in the last few years obtained by neutron diffraction on the nature of the magnetic ordering in magnetic superconductors are reviewed. Emphasis is given to studies of the complex intermediate phase in ferromagnetic superconductors where both superconductivity and ferromagnetism appear to coexist.

  12. Superconductivity in Ternary Pnictide SrPd2Sb2 Polymorphs

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    Kase, Naoki; Suzuki, Harufumi; Tsukamoto, Takenori; Nakano, Tomohito; Takeda, Naoya

    2016-04-01

    Superconductivity was observed in SrPd2Sb2 polymorphs: a primitive tetragonal CaBe2Ge2-type (low-temperature phase, LT-SrPd2Sb2) structure and body-centered ThCr2Si2-type (high-temperature phase, HT-SrPd2Sb2) structure. The superconducting transition was observed at Tc = 1.95 (LT) and 0.6 K (HT). The specific heat C(T) showed a clear anomaly at Tc = 1.85 (LT) and 0.6 K (HT); thus, the superconductivity was of a bulk nature. The agreement with the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) curve indicated that the LT-SrPd2Sb2 superconductor was fully gapped. The values of electron-phonon coupling λep and density of state at Fermi level N(EF) in 122 compounds with the CaBe2Ge2-type and its related structure were evaluated to reveal the main factor that determines Tc. From our systematic analysis, Tc of this family can be explained by λep rather than N(EF).

  13. Majorana Fermions and Topology in Superconductors

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Fujimoto, Satoshi

    2016-07-01

    Topological superconductors are novel classes of quantum condensed phases, characterized by topologically nontrivial structures of Cooper pairing states. On the surfaces of samples and in vortex cores of topological superconductors, Majorana fermions, which are particles identified with their own anti-particles, appear as Bogoliubov quasiparticles. The existence and stability of Majorana fermions are ensured by bulk topological invariants constrained by the symmetries of the systems. Majorana fermions in topological superconductors obey a new type of quantum statistics referred to as non-Abelian statistics, which is distinct from bose and fermi statistics, and can be utilized for application to topological quantum computation. Also, Majorana fermions give rise to various exotic phenomena such as "fractionalization", non-local correlation, and "teleportation". A pedagogical review of these subjects is presented. We also discuss interaction effects on topological classification of superconductors, and the basic properties of Weyl superconductors.

  14. Magnetization of anisotropic Type II superconductors

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    Mints, R.G.

    1989-04-10

    Peculiarities of magnetization of anisotropic type II superconductors are of considerable interest in view of the discovery of high-T/sub c/ superconductors characterized by strongly asymmetric layered structure. Specifics of the penetration of magnetic flux into an anisotropic type II superconductor were discussed in the literature. This analysis gave the distribution of induction in an isolated vortex, its energy, and critical magnetic field H/sub c1/. However, the magnetization curve of anisotropic superconductors was not considered. This paper deals with the magnetic moment of uniaxial London superconductor in the interval H/sub c1/ /le/ H/sub 0/ << H/sub c2/, where H/sub 0/ is the external magnetic field strength.

  15. Method of fabricating a twisted composite superconductor

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    Brown, G. V.; Coles, W. D.; Laurence, J. C. (Inventor)

    1973-01-01

    A method of producing a twisted, stabilized wire or tube superconductor which can be used to wind electromagnets, armatures, rotors, field windings for motors and generators, and other magnetic devices which use a solenoid, toroidal, or other type winding is reported. At least one groove is formed along the length of a wire substrate which is then twisted into a helix and a layer of intermetallic superconducting material is formed in the groove. This layer can be formed by depositing the desired intermetallic compound into the groove or by diffusing one component of the superconductor into the groove formed in a substrate composed of the other component. The superconductor prepared by this method comprises a non-superconductor wire twisted into the shape of a helix, having at least one groove containing a layer of superconductor material along the length of the wire.

  16. Oxide superconductors under magnetic field

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    Kitazawa, K.

    1990-01-01

    One of the current most serious problems for the oxide superconductors from the standpoint of practical application is the various novel features derived mainly from their extremely short coherence. In particular, the coherence length so far observed in the cuprate superconductors is in the range of 0.1 nm perpendicular to the CuO2 plane. This seems to be creating most of the difficulties in the device fabrication and in the performance under the magnetic field. Some of the superconducting properties under the magnetic field will be discussed in terms of the short coherence length. A model will be presented based on the gradual strengthening of the pinning force with decrease in temperature and the weak coupling at the grain boundaries. Secondly, the broadening of the superconducting transition under the magnetic field is discussed. This is observed significantly only when the field is applied perpendicular to the basal plane and the relative orientation of the current to the field is insignificant in determining the extent of the broadening. Besides, the change in the strength of the pinning force does not affect the width of the broadening. From these observations discussions will be made on a model based on the giant fluctuation. Based on this model, it is predicted that the coherence length along the c-axis will be the single most important material parameter to determine the performance of the superconductor under a strong magnetic field. It seems that BYCO is superior in this regard to Bi- or Tl-systems as far as the performance at 77 K is considered, although another material with the coherence length slightly longer along the c-axis is still highly desired.

  17. Oxide superconductors under magnetic field

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    Kitazawa, K.

    1991-01-01

    One of the current most serious problems for the oxide superconductors from the standpoint of practical application is the various novel features derived mainly from their extremely short coherence. In particular, the coherence length so far observed in the cuprate superconductors is in the range of 0.1 nm perpendicular to the CuO2 plane. This seems to be creating most of the difficulties in the device fabrication and in the performance under the magnetic field. Some of the superconducting properties under the magnetic field will be discussed in terms of the short coherence length. A model will be presented based on the gradual strengthening of the pinning force with decrease in temperature and the weak coupling at the grain boundaries. Secondly, the broadening of the superconducting transition under the magnetic field is discussed. This is observed significantly only when the field is applied perpendicular to the basal plane and the relative orientation of the current to the field is insignificant in determining the extent of broadening. Besides, the change in the strength of the pinning force does not affect the width of the broadening. From these observations discussions will be made on a model based on the giant fluctuation. Based on this model, it is predicted that the coherence length along the c-axis will be the single most important material parameter to determine the performance of the superconductor under a strong magnetic field. It seems that BYCO is superior in this regard to Bi- or Tl-systems as far as the performance at 77 K is considered, although another material with the coherence length slightly longer along the c-axis is still highly desired.

  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. Probing the coexistence of spin density wave and superconducting orders in organic superconductors

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    Narayanan, Arjun

    We have conducted thermal and electrical transport measurements on the compound (TMTSF)2PF6 at temperatures down to 300 mK , magnetic fields up to 32 T and pressures up to 8 kbar. (TMTSF)2PF 6 may be tuned by pressure to exhibit a variety of low temperature ground states. From SDW at low pressures, to Superconducting metal at high pressures. In the vicinity of 6 kbar of pressure, samples show on cooling, first a SDW phase transition and then superconductivity. This coexistence of two transitions, is also seen in other material classes, for example, The Pnictides and the Heavy fermion superconductors. While in those classes the physics of simultaneous competing orders is not easy to explore, in (TMTSF)2PF 6 , owing in part to its remarkably reliable crystal growth, and its simple yet feature rich electronic structure, the situation is now clearer. Simultaneous resistivity and thermopower measurements under pressure along all three crystal axes, provide evidence for phase separation between SDW and metallic domains. The pressure evolution of the phase boundaries may also be qualitatively followed. The metallic domains in coexistence are identi ed as the high pressure metal phase by a variety of signatures in magnetoresistance( the presence of Field induced Spin density waves, Rapid oscillations, the Lebed oscillations and Danner-Chaikin-Kang oscillations.) The main result of this thesis is a characterisation of the coexistence state that allows us to eliminate various theoretical models and assert that the result of interacting SDW and Metallic orders is a phase separation into large scale domains with domain widths of the order of micrometers in these salts. Further that the domain walls follow a well defined geometry linked to the geometry of the lattice.

  20. Inhomogeneous disorder Dirac Fermions: from heavy fermion superconductors to graphene. Final report

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    Vekhter, Ilya

    2013-08-11

    This is the final report on the award designed to foster a partnership between Louisiana State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in conducting fundamental research in support of energy needs. The general focus of the research effort was on developing a better understanding of materials with new functionalities. We investigated two distinct and very promising classes of new materials, which serve as a testing ground for many of the novel phenomena in condensed matter physics: the heavy fermion 115 series, where the interplay of strong interactions between the electrons leads to a rich variety of competing phases and anomalous properties, and newly discovered pnictide superconductors. The former focus was planned; the latter emerged during the collaborative effort with LANL. Our objective was to determine the origin, and to establish a functional effective theory description of the phases in these systems, and transitions between them. We report on the main accomplishments under the award that serves to clarify the nature of superconductivity in both families of materials. In particular, we collaborated with experimentalists to predict and analyze the magnetic field and temperature dependence of the bulk thermodynamic and transport properties and to determine the gap shape in CeCoIn₅ and in Ba(Fe1-xCox)₂As₂, investigated the Kondo temperature in the presence of spin-orbit coupling in the conduction band, and provided theoretical guidance for local probes such as scanning tunneling spectroscopy of vortex cores and impurity resonances, and magnetic force microscopy of the superconducting states.

  1. MM wavecomponents - SIS (Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor) mixers

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    Whiteley, Stephen R.

    1989-04-01

    Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor (SIS) tunnel junction mixers are known to provide ultra-high sensitivity receiver applications above 30 GHz. In this two year (Phase 2) program, HYPRES, in collaboration with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, developed novel fully integrated SIS mixer circuits, and demonstrated a unique high efficiency cooling system. The integrated SIS mixer chip contains, aside from the actual mixer elements, passive tuning components, an IF filter, a coplanar transmission line, and a waveguide coupler, necessary components heretofore realized off-chip. Fabrication of the integrated mixer required development of a nine level process and optimization of the process dependent electrical parameters of the SIS devices. The device performs efficiently in the range of 75-115 GHz. A novel dewar-based cooler, which makes use of the extremely low thermal conductivity of the fused silica chip substrate to achieve an incremental thermal load of 25 mW, was fabricated and demonstrated. Such a cryostat allows relatively long term unattended operation of SIS, or other, cryogenic devices.

  2. Development of standards for superconductors

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    Goodrich, L. F.; Minervini, J. V.; Clakr, A. F.; Fickett, F. R.; Ekin, J. W.

    1985-01-01

    A cooperative program with the Department of Energy, the National Bureau of Standards, and private industry is in progress to develop standard measurement practices for use in large scale applications of superconductivity. The goal is the adoption of voluntary standards for the critical parameters and other characterizations of practical superconductors. Progress for the period January 82 through December 1983 is reported. The major effort was the procurement, selection, and certification of the first superconducting wire for critical current measurements as a Standard Reference Material (SRM 1457). Other work reported here includes: effect of geometry on current transfer; lap-joint resistance; and ac losses.

  3. Microgravity Processing of Oxide Superconductors

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    Hofmeister, William H.; Bayuzick, Robert J.; Vlasse, Marcus; McCallum, William; Peters, Palmer (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    The primary goal is to understand the microstructures which develop under the nonequilibrium solidification conditions achieved by melt processing in copper oxide superconductor systems. More specifically, to define the liquidus at the Y- 1:2:3 composition, the Nd-1:2:3 composition, and several intermediate partial substitution points between pure Y-1:2:3 and Nd-1:2:3. A secondary goal has been to understand resultant solidification morphologies and pathways under a variety of experimental conditions and to use this knowledge to better characterize solidification phenomena in these systems.

  4. Vortex ice in nanostructured superconductors

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    Reichhardt, Charles; Reichhardt, Cynthia J; Libal, Andras J

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate using numerical simulations of nanostructured superconductors that it is possible to realize vortex ice states that are analogous to square and kagome ice. The system can be brought into a state that obeys either global or local ice rules by applying an external current according to an annealing protocol. We explore the breakdown of the ice rules due to disorder in the nanostructure array and show that in square ice, topological defects appear along grain boundaries, while in kagome ice, individual defects appear. We argue that the vortex system offers significant advantages over other artificial ice systems.

  5. Periodic microwave absorption in superconductors

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    Martinek, J.; Stankowski, J. )

    1994-08-01

    A model explaining the presence of a periodic train of microwave absorption lines in the magnetic modulated microwave absorption (MMMA) spectra of high- and low-temperature superconductors is proposed. The model assumes the occurrence of regular superconducting current loops, closed by Josephson junctions, in these materials. The system of such loops is considered within the basic model of the rf superconducting quantum interference device taking into account the effect of thermal fluctuations. The magnetic-field and temperature dependencies of the MMMA obtained on the basis of the proposed model are in qualitative agreement with experimental data.

  6. Passivation of high temperature superconductors

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    Vasquez, Richard P. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    The surface of high temperature superconductors such as YBa2Cu3O(7-x) are passivated by reacting the native Y, Ba and Cu metal ions with an anion such as sulfate or oxalate to form a surface film that is impervious to water and has a solubility in water of no more than 10(exp -3) M. The passivating treatment is preferably conducted by immersing the surface in dilute aqueous acid solution since more soluble species dissolve into the solution. The treatment does not degrade the superconducting properties of the bulk material.

  7. Two-band superconductor magnesium diboride

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    Xi, X. X.

    2008-11-01

    This review focuses on the most important features of the 40 K superconductor MgB2—the weakly interacting multiple bands (the σ and π bands) and the distinct multiple superconducting energy gaps (the σ and π gaps). Even though the pairing mechanism of superconductor MgB2 is the conventional electron-phonon coupling, the prominent influence of the two bands and two gaps on its properties sets it apart from other superconductors. It leads to markedly different behaviors in upper critical field, vortex structure, magnetoresistance and many other superconducting and normal-state properties in MgB2 from single-band superconductors. Further, it gives rise to new physics that does not exist in single-band superconductors, such as the internal Josephson effects between the two order parameters. These unique phenomena depend sensitively on scattering inside and between the two bands, and the intraband and interband scattering can be modified by chemical substitution and irradiation. MgB2 has brought unprecedented attention to two-band superconductivity, which has been found to exist in other old and new superconductors. The legacy of MgB2 will be long lasting because of this, as well as the lessons it teaches in terms of the search for new phonon-mediated higher Tc superconductors.

  8. Plasma oscillations in layered superconductors

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    Pokrovsky, V.L.

    1996-12-31

    Very soon after publication of the famous BCS work explaining the puzzle of the superconductivity, N.N. Bogolyubov and coworkers have proposed their version of the theory. One of the new results they obtained was the discovery of a collective mode--an oscillation of the Cooper pair density with the energy smaller than 2{Delta}. P.W. Anderson has indicated that this collective mode can not be found experimentally since the Coulomb forces neglected in the above mentioned work shift its energy to the plasma frequency, i.e., to the high-ultraviolet range in which the superconductivity is unessential. The interest for plasmons in superconductors revived a little in the search for the mechanism of the High-{Tc} superconductivity. However, a real surge of interest to this problem occurred after experimental observations of the plasma edge in the reflectivity of High-{Tc} superconductors La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 8{minus}y}. It is worthwhile to mention that a theoretical prediction had preceded the experiment. For external reasons, the paper was published a long time after its completion. Here the author presents a brief review of the experiments and theoretical developments in the field. The theoretical works will be presented in more detail, given the author`s specialization.

  9. Electronic transport in unconventional superconductors

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    Graf, M.J.

    1998-12-31

    The author investigates the electron transport coefficients in unconventional superconductors at low temperatures, where charge and heat transport are dominated by electron scattering from random lattice defects. He discusses the features of the pairing symmetry, Fermi surface, and excitation spectrum which are reflected in the low temperature heat transport. For temperatures {kappa}{sub B}T {approx_lt} {gamma} {much_lt} {Delta}{sub 0}, where {gamma} is the bandwidth of impurity induced Andreev states, certain eigenvalues become universal, i.e., independent of the impurity concentration and phase shift. Deep in the superconducting phase ({kappa}{sub B}T {approx_lt} {gamma}) the Wiedemann-Franz law, with Sommerfeld`s value of the Lorenz number, is recovered. He compares the results for theoretical models of unconventional superconductivity in high-{Tc} and heavy fermion superconductors with experiment. The findings show that impurities are a sensitive probe of the low-energy excitation spectrum, and that the zero-temperature limit of the transport coefficients provides an important test of the order parameter symmetry.

  10. Superconductor bearings, flywheels and transportation

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    Werfel, F. N.; Floegel-Delor, U.; Rothfeld, R.; Riedel, T.; Goebel, B.; Wippich, D.; Schirrmeister, P.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the present status of high temperature superconductors (HTS) and of bulk superconducting magnet devices, their use in bearings, in flywheel energy storage systems (FESS) and linear transport magnetic levitation (Maglev) systems. We report and review the concepts of multi-seeded REBCO bulk superconductor fabrication. The multi-grain bulks increase the averaged trapped magnetic flux density up to 40% compared to single-grain assembly in large-scale applications. HTS magnetic bearings with permanent magnet (PM) excitation were studied and scaled up to maximum forces of 10 kN axially and 4.5 kN radially. We examine the technology of the high-gradient magnetic bearing concept and verify it experimentally. A large HTS bearing is tested for stabilizing a 600 kg rotor of a 5 kWh/250 kW flywheel system. The flywheel rotor tests show the requirement for additional damping. Our compact flywheel system is compared with similar HTS-FESS projects. A small-scale compact YBCO bearing with in situ Stirling cryocooler is constructed and investigated for mobile applications. Next we show a successfully developed modular linear Maglev system for magnetic train operation. Each module levitates 0.25t at 10 mm distance during one-day operation without refilling LN2. More than 30 vacuum cryostats containing multi-seeded YBCO blocks are fabricated and are tested now in Germany, China and Brazil.

  11. Modified entropic gravitation in superconductors

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    de Matos, Clovis Jacinto

    2012-01-01

    Verlinde recently developed a theoretical account of gravitation in terms of an entropic force. The central element in Verlinde’s derivation is information and its relation with entropy through the holographic principle. The application of this approach to the case of superconductors requires to take into account that information associated with superconductor’s quantum vacuum energy is not stored on Planck size surface elements, but in four volume cells with Planck-Einstein size. This has profound consequences on the type of gravitational force generated by the quantum vacuum condensate in superconductors, which is closely related with the cosmological repulsive acceleration responsible for the accelerated expansion of the Universe. Remarkably this new gravitational type force depends on the level of breaking of the weak equivalence principle for cooper pairs in a given superconducting material, which was previously derived by the author starting from similar principles. It is also shown that this new gravitational force can be interpreted as a surface force. The experimental detection of this new repulsive gravitational-type force appears to be challenging.

  12. Method to improve superconductor cable

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    Borden, A.R.

    1984-03-08

    A method is disclosed of making a stranded superconductor cable having improved flexing and bending characteristics. In such method, a plurality of superconductor strands are helically wound around a cylindrical portion of a mandrel which tapers along a transitional portion to a flat end portion. The helically wound strands form a multistrand hollow cable which is partially flattened by pressure rollers as the cable travels along the transitional portion. The partially flattened cable is impacted with repeated hammer blows as the hollow cable travels along the flat end portion. The hammer blows flatten both the internal and the external surfaces of the strands. The cable is fully flattened and compacted by two sets of pressure rollers which engage the flat sides and the edges of the cable after it has traveled away from the flat end portion of the mandrel. The flattened internal surfaces slide easily over one another when the cable is flexed or bent so that there is very little possibility that the cable will be damaged by the necessary flexing and bending required to wind the cable into magnet coils.

  13. Electron doping evolution of structural and antiferromagnetic phase transitions in NaFe1 -xCoxAs iron pnictides

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    Tan, Guotai; Song, Yu; Zhang, Chenglin; Lin, Lifang; Xu, Zhuang; Hou, Tingting; Tian, Wei; Cao, Huibo; Li, Shiliang; Feng, Shiping; Dai, Pengcheng

    2016-07-01

    We use transport and neutron diffraction to study the electronic phase diagram of NaFe1 -xCoxAs . In the undoped state, NaFeAs exhibits a tetragonal-to-orthorhombic structural transition below Ts followed by a collinear antiferromagnetic (AF) order below TN. Upon codoping to form NaFe1 -xCoxAs ,Ts and TN are gradually suppressed, leading to optimal superconductivity near Co-doping x =0.025 . While transport experiments on these materials reveal an anomalous behavior suggesting the presence of a quantum critical point (QCP) near optimal superconductivity, our neutron diffraction results indicate that commensurate AF order becomes transversely incommensurate with TN>Tc before vanishing abruptly at optimal superconductivity. These results are remarkably similar to electron-doping and isovalent-doping evolution of the AF order in BaFe2 -xNixAs2 and BaFe2(As1 -xPx)2 , thus suggesting a universal behavior in the suppression of the magnetic order in iron pnictides as superconductivity is induced.

  14. Enhancement of the London penetration depth in pnictides at the onset of SDW order under superconducting dome

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    Levchenko, Alex; Vavilov, Maxim; Kuzmanovski, Dushko; Khodas, Maxim; Chubukov, Andrey

    2013-03-01

    Recent measurements of the doping dependence of the London penetration depth λ (x) in clean samples of isovalent BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 at T <pnictides is conceptually different from a one-component Galilean invariant Fermi liquid, for which correlation effects do not cause the renormalization of the London penetration depth at T = 0 .

  15. Multi-orbital quantum antiferromagnetism in iron pnictides-effective spin couplings and quantum corrections to sublattice magnetization.

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    Ghosh, Sayandip; Raghuvanshi, Nimisha; Mohapatra, Shubhajyoti; Kumar, Ashish; Singh, Avinash

    2016-09-14

    Effective spin couplings and spin fluctuation induced quantum corrections to sublattice magnetization are obtained in the [Formula: see text] AF state of a realistic three-orbital interacting electron model involving xz, yz and xy Fe 3d orbitals, providing insight into the multi-orbital quantum antiferromagnetism in iron pnictides. The xy orbital is found to be mainly responsible for the generation of strong ferromagnetic spin coupling in the b direction, which is critically important to fully account for the spin wave dispersion as measured in inelastic neutron scattering experiments. The ferromagnetic spin coupling is strongly suppressed as the xy band approaches half filling, and is ascribed to particle-hole exchange in the partially filled xy band. The strongest AF spin coupling in the a direction is found to be in the orbital off-diagonal sector involving the xz and xy orbitals. First order quantum corrections to sublattice magnetization are evaluated for the three orbitals, and yield a significant [Formula: see text] average reduction from the Hartree-Fock value. PMID:27406889

  16. Pressure-induced phase transitions of AX(2)-type iron pnictides: an ab initio study.

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    Wu, X; Steinle-Neumann, G; Qin, S; Kanzaki, M; Dubrovinsky, L

    2009-05-01

    An investigation into the high-pressure behavior of AX(2)-type iron pnictides was conducted using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation. Our results demonstrate that a phase transition from the marcasite to the CuAl(2) occurs at 108 GPa for FeP(2), at 92 GPa for FeAs(2), and at 38 GPa for FeSb(2), accompanying a semiconductor-to-metal crossover. A linear relationship between bulk moduli and the inverse specific volume is proposed to be B(0) = 17 498/V(0)-45.9 GPa for the marcasite-type phase and B(0) = 31 798/V(0)-67.5 GPa for the CuAl(2)-type phase. According to the observed structural evolutions, we claim that the regular marcasite transforms to the CuAl(2)-type phase and the anomalous marcasite transforms to the pyrite-type phase at high pressures. PMID:21825462

  17. Application potential of Fe-based superconductors

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    Pallecchi, Ilaria; Eisterer, Michael; Malagoli, Andrea; Putti, Marina

    2015-11-01

    In this paper we report basic properties of iron-based superconductors and review the latest achievements in the fabrication of conductors based on these materials. We compare state-of-the-art results with performances obtained with low-T c and high-T c technical superconductors, evidencing in particular the most significant differences with respect to high-T c cuprate coated conductors. Although the optimization of preparation procedures is yet to be established, a potential range of applications for iron-based superconductors in the high field low temperature regime can be envisaged, where they may become competitors to RE-123 coated conductors.

  18. Synthesis of highly phase pure BSCCO superconductors

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    Dorris, Stephen E.; Poeppel, Roger B.; Prorok, Barton C.; Lanagan, Michael T.; Maroni, Victor A.

    1995-01-01

    An article and method of manufacture of (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor. The superconductor is manufactured by preparing a first powdered mixture of bismuth oxide, lead oxide, strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. A second powdered mixture is then prepared of strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. The mixtures are calcined separately with the two mixtures then combined. The resulting combined mixture is then subjected to a powder in tube deformation and thermal processing to produce a substantially phase pure (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor.

  19. Synthesis of highly phase pure BSCCO superconductors

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    Dorris, S.E.; Poeppel, R.B.; Prorok, B.C.; Lanagan, M.T.; Maroni, V.A.

    1995-11-21

    An article and method of manufacture (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor are disclosed. The superconductor is manufactured by preparing a first powdered mixture of bismuth oxide, lead oxide, strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. A second powdered mixture is then prepared of strontium carbonate, calcium carbonate and copper oxide. The mixtures are calcined separately with the two mixtures then combined. The resulting combined mixture is then subjected to a powder in tube deformation and thermal processing to produce a substantially phase pure (Bi, Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O superconductor. 5 figs.

  20. 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.

  1. A New Platform for Engineering Topological Superconductors: Superlattices on Rashba Superconductors

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    Lu, Yao; Law, Kam Tuen

    The search for topological superconductors which support Majorana fermion excitations has been an important topic in condensed matter physics. In this work, we propose a new experimental scheme for engineering topological superconductors. In this scheme, by manipulating the superlattice structure of organic molecules placed on top of a superconductor with Rashba spin-orbit coupling, topological superconducting phases can be achieved without fine-tuning the chemical potential. Moreover, superconductors with different Chern numbers can be obtained by changing the superlattice structure of the organic molecules.

  2. Frontiers of organic conductors and superconductors.

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    Saito, Gunzi; Yoshida, Yukihiro

    2012-01-01

    We review the development of conductive organic molecular assemblies including organic metals, superconductors, single component conductors, conductive films, conductors with a switching function, and new spin state (quantum spin liquid state). We emphasize the importance of the ionicity phase diagram for a variety of charge transfer systems to provide a strategy for the development of functional organic solids (Mott insulator, semiconductor, superconductor, metal, complex isomer, neutral-ionic system, alignment of chemical potentials, etc.). For organic (super)conductors, the electronic dimensionality of the solids is a key parameter and can be designed based on the self-aggregation ability of a molecule. We present characteristic structural and physical properties of organic superconductors. PMID:21952839

  3. Majorana fermions in nanowires without gating superconductors

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    Lin, Chien-Hung; Hui, Hoi Yin; Sau, Jay; Das Sarma, Sankar

    2011-03-01

    Majorana fermions have been proposed to be realizable at the end of the semiconductor nanowire on top of an s-wave superconductor [1,2]. These proposals require gating the nanowire directly in contact with a superconductor which may be difficult in experiments. We analyze [1,2] in configurations where the wire is only gated away from the superconductor. We show that some signatures of the Majorana mode remain but the Majorana mode is not localized and hence not suitable for quantum computation. Therefore we propose an 1D periodic heterostructure which can support localized Majorana modes at the end of the wire without gating on the superconductor. This work is supported by DARPA-QuEST, JQI-NSF-PFC, and LPS-NSA.

  4. Resistance domain in type II superconductors

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    Gurevich, A.V.; Mints, R.G.

    1980-01-05

    We show that traveling domains with a finite resistance can exist in type II superconductors in the presence of a transport current. An experiment in which this effect generates an alternating electric field and current is proposed.

  5. New twisted intermetallic compound superconductor: A concept

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    Coles, W. D.; Brown, G. V.; Laurence, J. C.

    1972-01-01

    Method for processing Nb3Sn and other intermetallic compound superconductors produces a twisted, stabilized wire or tube which can be used to wind electromagnetics, armatures, rotors, and field windings for motors and generators as well as other magnetic devices.

  6. A road to reality with topological superconductors

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    Beenakker, Carlo; Kouwenhoven, Leo

    2016-07-01

    Topological matter can host low-energy quasiparticles, which, in a superconductor, are Majorana fermions described by a real wavefunction. The absence of complex phases provides protection for quantum computations based on topological superconductivity.

  7. Metallic stripes in high-temperature superconductors

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    Salkola, M.I.; Emery, V.J.; Kivelson, S.A.

    1995-11-23

    A phenomenological approach is applied to explore signatures of disordered charge stripes and antiphase spin domains in single-particle properties of the high-temperature superconductors. Stripe phases are shown to explain many experimentally observed unusual features measured in angle-resolved photoemission and optical spectroscopy. It is argued that disordered and fluctuating stripe phases are a common feature of high-temperature superconductors, supported by the additional evidence from neutron scattering and NMR.

  8. Hexatic vortex glass in disordered superconductors

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    Chudnovsky, E.M. )

    1989-12-01

    It is shown that interaction of the flux-line lattice with randomly arranged pinning centers should destroy the long-range positional order in the lattice, but not the long-range orientational order. A new phase: hexatic vortex glass, is suggested for the mixed state of disordered, type-II superconductors. Relevance to amorphous and high-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} superconductors is discussed.

  9. Quantum rotor in nanostructured superconductors

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    Lin, Shi-Hsin; Milošević, M. V.; Covaci, L.; Jankó, B.; Peeters, F. M.

    2014-04-01

    Despite its apparent simplicity, the idealized model of a particle constrained to move on a circle has intriguing dynamic properties and immediate experimental relevance. While a rotor is rather easy to set up classically, the quantum regime is harder to realize and investigate. Here we demonstrate that the quantum dynamics of quasiparticles in certain classes of nanostructured superconductors can be mapped onto a quantum rotor. Furthermore, we provide a straightforward experimental procedure to convert this nanoscale superconducting rotor into a regular or inverted quantum pendulum with tunable gravitational field, inertia, and drive. We detail how these novel states can be detected via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The proposed experiments will provide insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos.

  10. Quantum rotor in nanostructured superconductors.

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    Lin, Shi-Hsin; Milošević, M V; Covaci, L; Jankó, B; Peeters, F M

    2014-01-01

    Despite its apparent simplicity, the idealized model of a particle constrained to move on a circle has intriguing dynamic properties and immediate experimental relevance. While a rotor is rather easy to set up classically, the quantum regime is harder to realize and investigate. Here we demonstrate that the quantum dynamics of quasiparticles in certain classes of nanostructured superconductors can be mapped onto a quantum rotor. Furthermore, we provide a straightforward experimental procedure to convert this nanoscale superconducting rotor into a regular or inverted quantum pendulum with tunable gravitational field, inertia, and drive. We detail how these novel states can be detected via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The proposed experiments will provide insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos. PMID:24686241

  11. Quantum rotor in nanostructured superconductors

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    Lin, Shi-Hsin; Milošević, M. V.; Covaci, L.; Jankó, B.; Peeters, F. M.

    2014-01-01

    Despite its apparent simplicity, the idealized model of a particle constrained to move on a circle has intriguing dynamic properties and immediate experimental relevance. While a rotor is rather easy to set up classically, the quantum regime is harder to realize and investigate. Here we demonstrate that the quantum dynamics of quasiparticles in certain classes of nanostructured superconductors can be mapped onto a quantum rotor. Furthermore, we provide a straightforward experimental procedure to convert this nanoscale superconducting rotor into a regular or inverted quantum pendulum with tunable gravitational field, inertia, and drive. We detail how these novel states can be detected via scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The proposed experiments will provide insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos. PMID:24686241

  12. Electrical resistivity of composite superconductors

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    Davis, J. H.; Lee, J. A.

    1983-01-01

    In addition to its superconducting properties, a superconductor is usually characterized by poor thermal conductivity and relatively high electrical resistivity in the normal state. To remedy this situation a study of superconducting properties of Cu-rich CU-Nb wires prepared by directionally solidified and cold-rolled technique was conducted. Some of the specimens were prepared by melting, directional solidification and diffusing in Tin. A total of 12 wire specimens was tested. Each specimen was analyzed by plotting experimental data into the following curves: the graph of the residual resistivity as a function of the specimen current at 4.3 K; and the graph of the electrical resistivity as a function of the temperature at a constant current.

  13. Fluctuation phenomena in layered superconductors

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    Klemm, R.A.

    1996-10-01

    Gaussian fluctuations in layered superconductors have been the subject of study for many years. Although the FD was studied in detail long ago, the FC (fluctuation conductivity) was studied only recently, since the MT and DOS diagrams were previously neglected. Recent comparisons with experiment on YBCO have shown that the DOS diagrams are important and can lead to qualitatively different behaviors for the FC parallel and perpendicular to the layers. In both cases, Gaussian fluctuations fit the data above {Tc} very well, even for YBCO. To date, nearly all calculations of fluctuation quantities were for B{parallel}{cflx c}. Nevertheless, it should be possible to treat an arbitrary B, but the evaluation of the required matrix elements for the fluctuation quantities will be more complicated.

  14. Simultaneous constraint and phase conversion processing of oxide superconductors

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    Li, Qi; Thompson, Elliott D.; Riley, Jr., Gilbert N.; Hellstrom, Eric E.; Larbalestier, David C.; DeMoranville, Kenneth L.; Parrell, Jeffrey A.; Reeves, Jodi L.

    2003-04-29

    A method of making an oxide superconductor article includes subjecting an oxide superconductor precursor to a texturing operation to orient grains of the oxide superconductor precursor to obtain a highly textured precursor; and converting the textured oxide superconducting precursor into an oxide superconductor, while simultaneously applying a force to the precursor which at least matches the expansion force experienced by the precursor during phase conversion to the oxide superconductor. The density and the degree of texture of the oxide superconductor precursor are retained during phase conversion. The constraining force may be applied isostatically.

  15. Ternary CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type pnictides AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} (A=Sr, Eu; Pn=As, Sb)

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    Stoyko, Stanislav S.; Khatun, Mansura; Scott Mullen, C.; Mar, Arthur

    2012-08-15

    Four ternary pnictides AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} (A=Sr, Eu; Pn=As, Sb) were prepared by reactions of the elements at 850 Degree-Sign C and their crystal structures were determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. These silver-containing pnictides AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} adopt the trigonal CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type structure (Pearson symbol hR21, space group R3-bar m, Z=3; a=4.5555(6) A, c=24.041(3) A for SrAg{sub 4}As{sub 2}; a=4.5352(2) A, c=23.7221(11) A for EuAg{sub 4}As{sub 2}; a=4.7404(4) A, c=25.029(2) A for SrAg{sub 4}Sb{sub 2}; a=4.7239(3) A, c=24.689(2) A for EuAg{sub 4}Sb{sub 2}), which can be derived from the trigonal CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type structure of the isoelectronic zinc-containing pnictides AZn{sub 2}Pn{sub 2} by insertion of additional Ag atoms into trigonal planar sites within [M{sub 2}Pn{sub 2}]{sup 2-} slabs built up of edge-sharing tetrahedra. Band structure calculations on SrAg{sub 4}As{sub 2} and SrAg{sub 4}Sb{sub 2} revealed that these charge-balanced Zintl phases actually exhibit no gap at the Fermi level and are predicted to be semimetals. - Graphical abstract: SrAg{sub 4}As{sub 2} and related pnictides adopt a CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type structure in which additional Ag atoms enter trigonal planar sites within slabs built from edge-sharing tetrahedra. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AAg{sub 4}Pn{sub 2} are the first Ag-containing members of the CaCu{sub 4}P{sub 2}-type structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag atoms are stuffed in trigonal planar sites within CaAl{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type slabs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag-Ag bonding develops through attractive d{sup 10}-d{sup 10} interactions.

  16. Classification of the electronic correlation strength in the iron pnictides: The case of the parent compound BaFe2As2

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    Efremov, Alexander

    2009-01-01

    Electronic correlations in the Fe-pnictide BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are explored within LDA+DMFT, the combination of density functional theory with dynamical mean-field theory. While the correlated band structure is substantially renormalized there is only little transfer of spectral weight. The computed k-integrated and k-resolved spectral functions are in good agreement with photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and angular resolved PES experiments. Making use of a general classification scheme for the strength of electronic correlations we conclude that BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} is a moderately correlated system.

  17. Topological insulators and superconductors from string theory

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    Ryu, Shinsei; Takayanagi, Tadashi

    2010-10-15

    Topological insulators and superconductors in different spatial dimensions and with different discrete symmetries have been fully classified recently, revealing a periodic structure for the pattern of possible types of topological insulators and superconductors, both in terms of spatial dimensions and in terms of symmetry classes. It was proposed that K theory is behind the periodicity. On the other hand, D-branes, a solitonic object in string theory, are also known to be classified by K theory. In this paper, by inspecting low-energy effective field theories realized by two parallel D-branes, we establish a one-to-one correspondence between the K-theory classification of topological insulators/superconductors and D-brane charges. In addition, the string theory realization of topological insulators and superconductors comes naturally with gauge interactions, and the Wess-Zumino term of the D-branes gives rise to a gauge field theory of topological nature, such as ones with the Chern-Simons term or the {theta} term in various dimensions. This sheds light on topological insulators and superconductors beyond noninteracting systems, and the underlying topological field theory description thereof. In particular, our string theory realization includes the honeycomb lattice Kitaev model in two spatial dimensions, and its higher-dimensional extensions. Increasing the number of D-branes naturally leads to a realization of topological insulators and superconductors in terms of holography (AdS/CFT).

  18. Topological insulators and superconductors from string theory

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    Ryu, Shinsei; Takayanagi, Tadashi

    2010-10-01

    Topological insulators and superconductors in different spatial dimensions and with different discrete symmetries have been fully classified recently, revealing a periodic structure for the pattern of possible types of topological insulators and superconductors, both in terms of spatial dimensions and in terms of symmetry classes. It was proposed that K theory is behind the periodicity. On the other hand, D-branes, a solitonic object in string theory, are also known to be classified by K theory. In this paper, by inspecting low-energy effective field theories realized by two parallel D-branes, we establish a one-to-one correspondence between the K-theory classification of topological insulators/superconductors and D-brane charges. In addition, the string theory realization of topological insulators and superconductors comes naturally with gauge interactions, and the Wess-Zumino term of the D-branes gives rise to a gauge field theory of topological nature, such as ones with the Chern-Simons term or the θ term in various dimensions. This sheds light on topological insulators and superconductors beyond noninteracting systems, and the underlying topological field theory description thereof. In particular, our string theory realization includes the honeycomb lattice Kitaev model in two spatial dimensions, and its higher-dimensional extensions. Increasing the number of D-branes naturally leads to a realization of topological insulators and superconductors in terms of holography (AdS/CFT).

  19. Search for Majorana fermions in topological superconductors.

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    Pan, Wei; Shi, Xiaoyan; Hawkins, Samuel D.; Klem, John Frederick

    2014-10-01

    The goal of this project is to search for Majorana fermions (a new quantum particle) in a topological superconductor (a new quantum matter achieved in a topological insulator proximitized by an s-wave superconductor). Majorana fermions (MFs) are electron-like particles that are their own anti-particles. MFs are shown to obey non-Abelian statistics and, thus, can be harnessed to make a fault-resistant topological quantum computer. With the arrival of topological insulators, novel schemes to create MFs have been proposed in hybrid systems by combining a topological insulator with a conventional superconductor. In this LDRD project, we will follow the theoretical proposals to search for MFs in one-dimensional (1D) topological superconductors. 1D topological superconductor will be created inside of a quantum point contact (with the metal pinch-off gates made of conventional s-wave superconductors such as niobium) in a two-dimensional topological insulator (such as inverted type-II InAs/GaSb heterostructure).

  20. Superconductor

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    Gleim, W.K.

    1982-07-27

    A superconductive article is described which comprises an electrically normal conductive metal cable having on the outer surface thereof a layer containing cobalt phthalocyanine and an alkali metal. The ratio of alkali metal atoms to cobalt phthalocyanine molecules in said layer is suitably about 8:1. The electrically normal conductive metal is preferably aluminum and the cable is preferably hollow.

  1. Superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Newkirk, Lawrence R.; Valencia, Flavio A.

    1977-02-01

    The structural quality of niobium germanide as a high-transition-temperature superconducting material is substantially improved by the presence of about 5 at. % oxygen. Niobium germanide having this oxygen content may readily be prepared as a bulk coating bonded to a metallic substrate by chemical vapor deposition techniques.

  2. Josephson Current in a Gapped Graphene Superconductor/Barrier/Superconductor Junction: Case of Massive Electrons

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    Suwannasit, Tatnatchai; Tang, I.-Ming; Hoonsawat, Rassmidara; Soodchomshom, Bumned

    2011-10-01

    The Josephson effect in a gapped graphene-based superconductor/barrier/superconductor junction is studied. The superconductivity in gapped graphene may be achieved by depositing conventional superconductor on the top of the gapped graphene such as graphene grown on SiC substrate. In gapped graphene system, the carriers exhibit massive Dirac fermions. We focus on the effect of pseudo-Dirac-like mass on the supercurrent. In contrast to that in the gapless graphene superconductor/barrier/superconductor junction, we find that the supercurrent exhibits dependency of the Fermi energy. Also, the massive supercurrent anomalously oscillates as a function of the gate potential. This novel behavior is due to the effect of electrons acquiring mass in gapped graphene.

  3. Performance of ceramic superconductors in magnetic bearings

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    Kirtley, James L., Jr.; Downer, James R.

    Magnetic bearings are large-scale applications of magnet technology, quite similar in certain ways to synchronous machinery. They require substantial flux density over relatively large volumes of space. Large flux density is required to have satisfactory force density. Satisfactory dynamic response requires that magnetic circuit permeances not be too large, implying large air gaps. Superconductors, which offer large magnetomotive forces and high flux density in low permeance circuits, appear to be desirable in these situations. Flux densities substantially in excess of those possible with iron can be produced, and no ferromagnetic material is required. Thus the inductance of active coils can be made low, indicating good dynamic response of the bearing system. The principal difficulty in using superconductors is, of course, the deep cryogenic temperatures at which they must operate. Because of the difficulties in working with liquid helium, the possibility of superconductors which can be operated in liquid nitrogen is thought to extend the number and range of applications of superconductivity. Critical temperatures of about 98 degrees Kelvin were demonstrated in a class of materials which are, in fact, ceramics. Quite a bit of public attention was attracted to these new materials. There is a difficulty with the ceramic superconducting materials which were developed to date. Current densities sufficient for use in large-scale applications have not been demonstrated. In order to be useful, superconductors must be capable of carrying substantial currents in the presence of large magnetic fields. The possible use of ceramic superconductors in magnetic bearings is investigated and discussed and requirements that must be achieved by superconductors operating at liquid nitrogen temperatures to make their use comparable with niobium-titanium superconductors operating at liquid helium temperatures are identified.

  4. Performance of ceramic superconductors in magnetic bearings

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    Kirtley, James L., Jr.; Downer, James R.

    1993-01-01

    Magnetic bearings are large-scale applications of magnet technology, quite similar in certain ways to synchronous machinery. They require substantial flux density over relatively large volumes of space. Large flux density is required to have satisfactory force density. Satisfactory dynamic response requires that magnetic circuit permeances not be too large, implying large air gaps. Superconductors, which offer large magnetomotive forces and high flux density in low permeance circuits, appear to be desirable in these situations. Flux densities substantially in excess of those possible with iron can be produced, and no ferromagnetic material is required. Thus the inductance of active coils can be made low, indicating good dynamic response of the bearing system. The principal difficulty in using superconductors is, of course, the deep cryogenic temperatures at which they must operate. Because of the difficulties in working with liquid helium, the possibility of superconductors which can be operated in liquid nitrogen is thought to extend the number and range of applications of superconductivity. Critical temperatures of about 98 degrees Kelvin were demonstrated in a class of materials which are, in fact, ceramics. Quite a bit of public attention was attracted to these new materials. There is a difficulty with the ceramic superconducting materials which were developed to date. Current densities sufficient for use in large-scale applications have not been demonstrated. In order to be useful, superconductors must be capable of carrying substantial currents in the presence of large magnetic fields. The possible use of ceramic superconductors in magnetic bearings is investigated and discussed and requirements that must be achieved by superconductors operating at liquid nitrogen temperatures to make their use comparable with niobium-titanium superconductors operating at liquid helium temperatures are identified.

  5. Sealed glass coating of high temperature ceramic superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Wu, Weite; Chu, Cha Y.; Goretta, Kenneth C.; Routbort, Jules L.

    1995-01-01

    A method and article of manufacture of a lead oxide based glass coating on a high temperature superconductor. The method includes preparing a dispersion of glass powders in a solution, applying the dispersion to the superconductor, drying the dispersion before applying another coating and heating the glass powder dispersion at temperatures below oxygen diffusion onset and above the glass melting point to form a continuous glass coating on the superconductor to establish compressive stresses which enhance the fracture strength of the superconductor.

  6. Bernoulli effect and contact potential difference in superconductors

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    Omel'yanchuk, A.N.; Beloborod'ko, S.I.

    1983-10-01

    An expression is derived for the Bernoulli potential that arises in superconductors with an inhomogeneous current distribution. The expression is valid for arbitrary temperatures and superfluid velocities. In the superconductor--dielectric--superconductor system we consider the Bernoulli effect, which manifests itself in a contact potential difference between the superconductors. The potential difference is determined by the currents flowing through one plate of the contact and can be measured with a voltmeter in the quasi-stationary regime.

  7. Theory of spin-fluctuation induced superconductivity in iron-based superconductors

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    Zhang, Junhua

    2011-01-01

    In this dissertation we focus on the investigation of the pairing mechanism in the recently discovered high-temperature superconductor, iron pnictides. Due to the proximity to magnetic instability of the system, we considered short-range spin fluctuations as the major mediating source to induce superconductivity. Our calculation supports the magnetic fluctuations as a strong candidate that drives Cooper-pair formation in this material. We find the corresponding order parameter to be of the so-called ss-wave type and show its evolution with temperature as well as the capability of supporting high transition temperature up to several tens of Kelvin. On the other hand, our itinerant model calculation shows pronounced spin correlation at the observed antiferromagnetic ordering wave vector, indicating the underlying electronic structure in favor of antiferromagnetic state. Therefore, the electronic degrees of freedom could participate both in the magnetic and in the superconducting properties. Our work shows that the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity plays an important role to the understanding of the rich physics in this material. The magnetic-excitation spectrum carries important information on the nature of magnetism and the characteristics of superconductivity. We analyze the spin excitation spectrum in the normal and superconducting states of iron pnictides in the magnetic scenario. As a consequence of the sign-reversed gap structure obtained in the above, a spin resonance mode appears below the superconducting transition temperature. The calculated resonance energy, scaled with the gap magnitude and the magnetic correlation length, agrees well with the inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements. More interestingly, we find a common feature of those short-range spin fluctuations that are capable of inducing a fully gapped ss state is the momentum anisotropy with elongated span along the direction transverse to the antiferromagnetic momentum

  8. Rotating superconductor magnet for producing rotating lobed magnetic field lines

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    Hilal, Sadek K.; Sampson, William B.; Leonard, Edward F.

    1978-01-01

    This invention provides a rotating superconductor magnet for producing a rotating lobed magnetic field, comprising a cryostat; a superconducting magnet in the cryostat having a collar for producing a lobed magnetic field having oppositely directed adjacent field lines; rotatable support means for selectively rotating the superconductor magnet; and means for energizing the superconductor magnet.

  9. Conductance spectroscopy of topological superconductor wire junctions

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    Setiawan, F.; Brydon, Philip; Sau, Jay

    We study the zero-temperature transport properties of one-dimensional normal metal-superconductor (NS) junctions with topological superconductors across their topological transitions. Working within the Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk (BTK) formalism generalized for topological NS junctions, we analytically calculate the differential conductance for tunneling into two models of a topological superconductor: a spinless intrinsic p-wave superconductor and a spin-orbit-coupled s-wave superconductor in a Zeeman field. The zero-bias conductance takes nonuniversal values in the nontopological phase while it is robustly quantized at 2e2 / h in the topological regime. Despite this quantization at zero voltage, the zero-bias conductance only develops a peak (or a local maximum) as a function of voltage for sufficiently large interfacial barrier strength, or certain parameter regimes of spin-orbit coupling strength. Our calculated BTK conductance also shows that the conductance is finite inside the superconducting gap region because of the finite barrier transparency, providing a possible mechanism for the observed ``soft gap'' feature in the experimental studies. Work is done in collaboration with Sankar Das Sarma and supported by Microsoft Q, LPS-CMTC, and JQI-NSF-PFC.

  10. The color of polarization in cuprate superconductors

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    Hoff, H. A.; Osofsky, M. S.; Lechter, W. L.; Pande, C. S.

    1991-01-01

    A technique for the identification of individual anisotropic grains in a heterogeneous and opaque material involves the observation of grain color in reflected light through crossed polarizers (color of polarization). Such colors are generally characteristic of particular phases. When grains of many members of the class of hole carrier cuprate superconductors are so viewed at room temperature with a 'daylight' source, a characteristic color of polarization is observed. This color was studied in many of these cuprate superconductors and a strong correlation was found between color and the existence of superconductivity. Two members were also examined of the electron cuprate superconductors and it was found that they possess the same color of polarization as the hole carrier cuprate superconductors so far examined. The commonality of the characteristic color regardless of charge carrier indicates that the presence of this color is independent of carrier type. The correlation of this color with the existence of superconductivity in the cuprate superconductors suggests that the origin of the color relates to the origin of superconductivity. Photometric techniques are also discussed.

  11. Bulk Superconductors in Mobile Application

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    Werfel, F. N.; Delor, U. Floegel-; Rothfeld, R.; Riedel, T.; Wippich, D.; Goebel, B.; Schirrmeister, P.

    We investigate and review concepts of multi - seeded REBCO bulk superconductors in mobile application. ATZ's compact HTS bulk magnets can trap routinely 1 T@77 K. Except of magnetization, flux creep and hysteresis, industrial - like properties as compactness, power density, and robustness are of major device interest if mobility and light-weight construction is in focus. For mobile application in levitated trains or demonstrator magnets we examine the performance of on-board cryogenics either by LN2 or cryo-cooler application. The mechanical, electric and thermodynamical requirements of compact vacuum cryostats for Maglev train operation were studied systematically. More than 30 units are manufactured and tested. The attractive load to weight ratio is more than 10 and favours group module device constructions up to 5 t load on permanent magnet (PM) track. A transportable and compact YBCO bulk magnet cooled with in-situ 4 Watt Stirling cryo-cooler for 50 - 80 K operation is investigated. Low cooling power and effective HTS cold mass drives the system construction to a minimum - thermal loss and light-weight design.

  12. High-temperature ceramic superconductors

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    Mazdiyasni, K. S.

    1990-11-01

    The principal goals of this program are (1) to demonstrate fabrication of high-temperature ceramic superconductors via sol-gel method that can operate at or above 90 K with appropriate current density, J(sub c), in forms useful for application in resonant cavities, magnets, motors, sensors, computers, and other devices; and (2) to fabricate and demonstrate selected components made of these materials, including microwave cavities and magnetic shields. Chemical pathways for synthesis of 123 identified, process parameters window for sol-gel derived 123 fibers established, continuous flexible fibers 15 to 200 microns in diameter producted, fibers with T(sub c) is approximate or equal to 92.5 K, Delta T = 1.5 K, J(sub c) = 2000 A/sqcm at 77 K, 0 field; 4000 at 57K, 100 Oe was produced, formed adherent 123 oriented films on metals and ceramic substrates, achieved film T(sub c) is approximate or equal to 92 K, Delta T = 4 k, J(sub c) = 400 A/sq cm at 40 K, O field.

  13. Optical devices based on dye-coated superconductor junctions: An example of a composite molecule-superconductor device

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    Zhao, J.; Jurbergs, D.; Yamazi, B.; McDevitt, J.T.

    1992-03-25

    High-temperature superconductors provide new opportunities as materials used in the construction of hybrid molecule-superconductor components. Here, the authors describe fabrication methods for and operation of optical sensors based on molecular dye-coated superconductor junctions. Devices prepared from yttrium barium cuprates and using octaethylporphyrin, phthalocyanine, and rhodamine 6G as dyes have been prepared. 9 refs., 1 fig.

  14. Investigation of TiO{sub x} barriers for their use in hybrid Josephson and tunneling junctions based on pnictide thin films

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    Döring, S. Monecke, M.; Schmidt, S.; Schmidl, F.; Tympel, V.; Seidel, P.; Engelmann, J.; Kurth, F.; Iida, K.; Holzapfel, B.; Haindl, S.; Mönch, I.

    2014-02-28

    We tested oxidized titanium layers as barriers for hybrid Josephson junctions with high I{sub c}R{sub n}-products and for the preparation of junctions for tunneling spectroscopy. For that we firstly prepared junctions with conventional superconductor electrodes, such as lead and niobium, respectively. By tuning the barrier thickness, we were able to change the junction's behavior from a Josephson junction to tunnel-like behavior applicable for quasi-particle spectroscopy. Subsequently, we transferred the technology to junctions using Co-doped BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition as base electrode and evaporated Pb as counter electrode. For barriers with a thickness of 1.5 nm, we observe clear Josephson effects with I{sub c}R{sub n}≈90 μV at 4.2 K. These junctions behave SNS'-like (SNS: superconductor-normal conductor-superconductor) and are dominated by Andreev reflection transport mechanism. For junctions with barrier thickness of 2.0 nm and higher, no Josephson but SIS'- (SIS: superconductor-insulator-superconductor) or SINS'-like (SINS: superconductor-normal conductor-insulator-superconductor) behavior with a tunnel-like conductance spectrum was observed.

  15. Deviations from mean-field behavior in disordered nanoscale superconductor normal-metal superconductor arrays

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    Kouh, Taejoon; Valles, J. M.

    2003-04-01

    We have fabricated quasi-two-dimensional disordered arrays of nanoscale Pb grains coupled by an overlayer of Ag grains. Their temperature-dependent resistive transitions follow predictions for an array of mesoscopic superconductor normal-metal superconductor junctions. The decrease of their transition temperatures with Ag overlayer thickness systematically deviates from the Cooper limit theory of the proximity effect as the Pb grain size decreases. The deviations occur when the estimated number of Cooper pairs per grain is <1 and suggest the approach to a superconductor-to-metal transition.

  16. Fluxons in superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor Josephson junction with external current

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    Alatas, Husin

    2016-03-01

    We discuss the existence of fluxons in superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor Josephson junction with external current described by an inhomogeneous double sine-Gordon equation. Based on an extended Feynman's argument, we derived the corresponding current-phase relation from the nonlinear interaction of the macroscopic wavefunctions between the two superconductors. The result shows that the only solution that survive under the presence of external current are the bright and dark fluxons, while a new type of dark fluxon with peculiar shape is found.

  17. 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.

  18. The superconducting state parameters of glassy superconductors

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    Vora, Aditya M.

    2011-11-01

    We present theoretical investigations of the superconducting state parameters (SSPs), i.e. the electron-phonon coupling strength, λ, Coulomb pseudopotential, μ*, transition temperature, Tc, isotope effect exponent, α, and effective interaction strength, N0V, of glassy superconductors by employing Ashcroft's well know empty core model potential for the first time using five screening functions proposed by Hartree (H), Taylor, Ichimaru-Utsumi (IU), Farid et al and Sarkar et al. The Tc obtained from the H and IU screening functions is found to be in excellent agreement with available experimental data. Also, the present results confirm the superconducting phase in bulk metallic glass superconductors. A strong dependency of the SSPs of the glassy superconductors on the 'Z' valence is found.

  19. Radiation shielding effectiveness of newly developed superconductors

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    Singh, Vishwanath P.; Medhat, M. E.; Badiger, N. M.; Saliqur Rahman, Abu Zayed Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Gamma ray shielding effectiveness of superconductors with a high mass density has been investigated. We calculated the mass attenuation coefficients, the mean free path (mfp) and the exposure buildup factor (EBF). The gamma ray EBF was computed using the Geometric Progression (G-P) fitting method at energies 0.015-15 MeV, and for penetration depths up to 40 mfp. The fast-neutron shielding effectiveness has been characterized by the effective neutron removal cross-section of the superconductors. It is shown that CaPtSi3, CaIrSi3, and Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8.2 are superior shielding materials for gamma rays and Tl0.6Rb0.4Fe1.67Se2 for fast neutrons. The present work should be useful in various applications of superconductors in fusion engineering and design.

  20. Lifshitz transition in d-wave superconductors

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    Botelho, S.S.; Sa de Melo, C.A.R.

    2005-04-01

    The BCS-to-BEC evolution has been recently the focus of studies in superconductors and cold atomic gases. For a d-wave system, we show that a Lifshitz transition occurs at a critical particle density which separates two topologically distinct phases according to their quasiparticle excitation energies: a BCS-like gapless superconductor in the higher-density limit and a BEC-like fully gapped superconductor in the lower-density limit. This transition is second-order according to Ehrenfest's classification, but it occurs without a change in the symmetry of the order parameter and thus cannot be classified under Landau's scheme. To illustrate the nature of the transition, we compute the compressibility and the superfluid density as functions of particle density.

  1. Fracture toughness for copper oxide superconductors

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    Goretta, K.C.; Kullberg, M.L.

    1993-04-13

    An oxide-based strengthening and toughening agent, such as tetragonal ZrO[sub 2] particles, has been added to copper oxide superconductors, such as superconducting YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub x] (123) to improve its fracture toughness (K[sub IC]). A sol-gel coating which is non-reactive with the superconductor, such as Y[sub 2]BaCuO[sub 5] (211) on the ZrO[sub 2] particles minimized the deleterious reactions between the superconductor and the toughening agent dispersed therethrough. Addition of 20 mole percent ZrO[sub 2] coated with 211 yielded a 123 composite with a K[sub IC] of 4.5 MPa(m)[sup 0.5].

  2. Fracture toughness for copper oxide superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Goretta, Kenneth C.; Kullberg, Marc L.

    1993-01-01

    An oxide-based strengthening and toughening agent, such as tetragonal Zro.sub.2 particles, has been added to copper oxide superconductors, such as superconducting YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x (123) to improve its fracture toughness (K.sub.IC). A sol-gel coating which is non-reactive with the superconductor, such as Y.sub.2 BaCuO.sub.5 (211) on the ZrO.sub.2 particles minimized the deleterious reactions between the superconductor and the toughening agent dispersed therethrough. Addition of 20 mole percent ZrO.sub.2 coated with 211 yielded a 123 composite with a K.sub.IC of 4.5 MPa(m).sup.0.5.

  3. Charge and spin transport in mesoscopic superconductors

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    Wolf, M J; Hübler, F; Kolenda, S

    2014-01-01

    Summary Background: Non-equilibrium charge transport in superconductors has been investigated intensely in the 1970s and 1980s, mostly in the vicinity of the critical temperature. Much less attention has been paid to low temperatures and the role of the quasiparticle spin. Results: We report here on nonlocal transport in superconductor hybrid structures at very low temperatures. By comparing the nonlocal conductance obtained by using ferromagnetic and normal-metal detectors, we discriminate charge and spin degrees of freedom. We observe spin injection and long-range transport of pure, chargeless spin currents in the regime of large Zeeman splitting. We elucidate charge and spin transport by comparison to theoretical models. Conclusion: The observed long-range chargeless spin transport opens a new path to manipulate and utilize the quasiparticle spin in superconductor nanostructures. PMID:24605283

  4. Giant paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiband superconductors.

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    da Silva, R M; Milošević, M V; Shanenko, A A; Peeters, F M; Aguiar, J Albino

    2015-01-01

    Superconductors, ideally diamagnetic when in the Meissner state, can also exhibit paramagnetic behavior due to trapped magnetic flux. In the absence of pinning such paramagnetic response is weak, and ceases with increasing sample thickness. Here we show that in multiband superconductors paramagnetic response can be observed even in slab geometries, and can be far larger than any previous estimate - even multiply larger than the diamagnetic Meissner response for the same applied magnetic field. We link the appearance of this giant paramagnetic response to the broad crossover between conventional Type-I and Type-II superconductors, where Abrikosov vortices interact non-monotonically and multibody effects become important, causing unique flux configurations and their locking in the presence of surfaces. PMID:26244936

  5. Giant paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiband superconductors

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    da Silva, R. M.; Milošević, M. V.; Shanenko, A. A.; Peeters, F. M.; Aguiar, J. Albino

    2015-01-01

    Superconductors, ideally diamagnetic when in the Meissner state, can also exhibit paramagnetic behavior due to trapped magnetic flux. In the absence of pinning such paramagnetic response is weak, and ceases with increasing sample thickness. Here we show that in multiband superconductors paramagnetic response can be observed even in slab geometries, and can be far larger than any previous estimate - even multiply larger than the diamagnetic Meissner response for the same applied magnetic field. We link the appearance of this giant paramagnetic response to the broad crossover between conventional Type-I and Type-II superconductors, where Abrikosov vortices interact non-monotonically and multibody effects become important, causing unique flux configurations and their locking in the presence of surfaces. PMID:26244936

  6. Giant paramagnetic Meissner effect in multiband superconductors

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    da Silva, R. M.; Milošević, M. V.; Shanenko, A. A.; Peeters, F. M.; Aguiar, J. Albino

    2015-08-01

    Superconductors, ideally diamagnetic when in the Meissner state, can also exhibit paramagnetic behavior due to trapped magnetic flux. In the absence of pinning such paramagnetic response is weak, and ceases with increasing sample thickness. Here we show that in multiband superconductors paramagnetic response can be observed even in slab geometries, and can be far larger than any previous estimate - even multiply larger than the diamagnetic Meissner response for the same applied magnetic field. We link the appearance of this giant paramagnetic response to the broad crossover between conventional Type-I and Type-II superconductors, where Abrikosov vortices interact non-monotonically and multibody effects become important, causing unique flux configurations and their locking in the presence of surfaces.

  7. Transverse acousto-electric effect in superconductors

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    Lipavský, P.; Koláček, J.; Lin, P.-J.

    2016-06-01

    We formulate a theory based on the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau (TDGL) theory and Newtonian vortex dynamics to study the transverse acousto-electric response of a type-II superconductor with Abrikosov vortex lattice. When exposed to a transverse acoustic wave, Cooper pairs emerge from the moving atomic lattice and moving electrons. As in the Tolman-Stewart effect in a normal metal, an electromagnetic field is radiated from the superconductor. We adapt the equilibrium-based TDGL theory to this non-equilibrium system by using a floating condensation kernel. Due to the interaction between normal and superconducting components, the radiated electric field as a function of magnetic field attains a maximum value occurring below the upper critical magnetic field. This local increase in electric field has weak temperature dependence and is suppressed by the presence of impurities in the superconductor.

  8. Resolving thermoelectric “paradox” in superconductors

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    Shelly, Connor D.; Matrozova, Ekaterina A.; Petrashov, Victor T.

    2016-01-01

    For almost a century, thermoelectricity in superconductors has been one of the most intriguing topics in physics. During its early stages in the 1920s, the mere existence of thermoelectric effects in superconductors was questioned. In 1944, it was demonstrated that the effects may occur in inhomogeneous superconductors. Theoretical breakthrough followed in the 1970s, when the generation of a measurable thermoelectric magnetic flux in superconducting loops was predicted; however, a major crisis developed when experiments showed puzzling discrepancies with the theory. Moreover, different experiments were inconsistent with each other. This led to a stalemate in bringing theory and experiment into agreement. With this work, we resolve this stalemate, thus solving this long-standing “paradox,” and open prospects for exploration of novel thermoelectric phenomena predicted recently. PMID:26933688

  9. 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.

  10. Anomalous Hall effect in Weyl superconductors

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    Bednik, G.; Zyuzin, A. A.; Burkov, A. A.

    2016-08-01

    We present a theory of the anomalous Hall effect in a topological Weyl superconductor with broken time reversal symmetry. Specifically, we consider a ferromagnetic Weyl metal with two Weyl nodes of opposite chirality near the Fermi energy. In the presence of inversion symmetry, such a metal experiences a weak-coupling Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer instability, with pairing of parity-related eigenstates. Due to the nonzero topological charge, carried by the Weyl nodes, such a superconductor is necessarily topologically nontrivial, with Majorana surface states coexisting with the Fermi arcs of the normal Weyl metal. We demonstrate that, surprisingly, the anomalous Hall conductivity of such a superconducting Weyl metal coincides with that of a nonsuperconducting one, under certain conditions, in spite of the nonconservation of charge in a superconductor. We relate this to the existence of an extra (nearly) conserved quantity in a Weyl metal, the chiral charge.

  11. 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.

  12. Surface texturing of superconductors by controlled oxygen pressure

    DOEpatents

    Chen, N.; Goretta, K.C.; Dorris, S.E.

    1999-01-05

    A method of manufacture of a textured layer of a high temperature superconductor on a substrate is disclosed. The method involves providing an untextured high temperature superconductor material having a characteristic ambient pressure peritectic melting point, heating the superconductor to a temperature below the peritectic temperature, establishing a reduced pO{sub 2} atmosphere below ambient pressure causing reduction of the peritectic melting point to a reduced temperature which causes melting from an exposed surface of the superconductor and raising pressure of the reduced pO{sub 2} atmosphere to cause solidification of the molten superconductor in a textured surface layer. 8 figs.

  13. Thermomagnetic phenomena in the mixed state of high temperature superconductors

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    Meilikhov, E. Z.

    1995-01-01

    Galvano- and thermomagnetic-phenomena in high temperature superconductors, based on kinetic coefficients, are discussed, along with a connection between the electric field and the heat flow in superconductor mixed state. The relationship that determines the transport coefficients of high temperature superconductors in the mixed state based on Seebeck and Nernst effects is developed. It is shown that this relationship is true for a whole transition region of the resistive mixed state of a superconductor. Peltier, Ettingshausen and Righi-Leduc effects associated with heat conductivity as related to high temperature superconductors are also addressed.

  14. Surface texturing of superconductors by controlled oxygen pressure

    DOEpatents

    Chen, Nan; Goretta, Kenneth C.; Dorris, Stephen E.

    1999-01-01

    A method of manufacture of a textured layer of a high temperature superconductor on a substrate. The method involves providing an untextured high temperature superconductor material having a characteristic ambient pressure peritectic melting point, heating the superconductor to a temperature below the peritectic temperature, establishing a reduced pO.sub.2 atmosphere below ambient pressure causing reduction of the peritectic melting point to a reduced temperature which causes melting from an exposed surface of the superconductor and raising pressure of the reduced pO.sub.2 atmosphere to cause solidification of the molten superconductor in a textured surface layer.

  15. Topological state engineering by potential impurities on chiral superconductors

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    Kaladzhyan, Vardan; Röntynen, Joel; Simon, Pascal; Ojanen, Teemu

    2016-08-01

    In this work we consider the influence of potential impurities deposited on top of two-dimensional chiral superconductors. As discovered recently, magnetic impurity lattices on an s -wave superconductor may give rise to a rich topological phase diagram. We show that a similar mechanism takes place in chiral superconductors decorated by nonmagnetic impurities, thus avoiding the delicate issue of magnetic ordering of adatoms. We illustrate the method by presenting the theory of potential impurity lattices embedded on chiral p -wave superconductors. While a prerequisite for the topological state engineering is a chiral superconductor, the proposed procedure results in vistas of nontrivial descendant phases with different Chern numbers.

  16. Building blocks for correlated superconductors and magnets

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    Sarrao, J. L.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Batista, C. D.; Zhu, J. -X.; Thompson, J. D.

    2015-04-01

    Recent efforts at Los Alamos to discover strongly correlated superconductors and hard ferromagnets are reviewed. While serendipity remains a principal engine of materials discovery, design principles and structural building blocks are beginning to emerge that hold potential for predictive discovery. Successes over the last decade with the so-called “115” strongly correlated superconductors are summarized, and more recent efforts to translate these insights and principles to novel hard magnets are discussed. While true “materials by design” remains a distant aspiration, progress is being made in coupling empirical design principles to electronic structure simulation to accelerate and guide materials design and synthesis.

  17. NbTi superconductors with aluminium matrix

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    Buryak, V.P.; Dugadko, A.B.; Mironova, O.N.; Petrusenko, A.I. ); Bliznyuk, V.A.; Dolbinov, J.D.; Lykhin, V.A. )

    1992-01-01

    This paper reports that the authors designed, produced and studied NbTi composite superconductors with Al, or Al-alloy, or combined Al and Cu matrix, which have reduced weight. Wires of different design with 0.5-2.0 mm diameter were manufactured using hydrostatic extrusion. The weight reduction in comparison with the same filling factor copper matrix superconductor achieves 20-40%. The overall critical current density at 5 T magnetic field is (1.6-2.8) {center dot} 10{sup 9} A/cm{sup 2}.

  18. Aluminum-stabilized NB3SN superconductor

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    Scanlan, Ronald M.

    1988-01-01

    An aluminum-stabilized Nb.sub.3 Sn superconductor and process for producing same, utilizing ultrapure aluminum. Ductile components are co-drawn with aluminum to produce a conductor suitable for winding magnets. After winding, the conductor is heated to convert it to the brittle Nb.sub.3 Sn superconductor phase, using a temperature high enough to perform the transformation but still below the melting point of the aluminum. This results in reaction of substantially all of the niobium, while providing stabilization and react-in-place features which are beneficial in the fabrication of magnets utilizing superconducting materials.

  19. Holographic superconductors from the massive gravity

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    Zeng, Hua Bi; Wu, Jian-Pin

    2014-08-01

    A holographic superconductor is constructed in the background of a massive gravity theory. In the normal state without condensation, the conductivity exhibits a Drude peak that approaches a delta function in the massless gravity limit as studied by David Vegh. In the superconducting state, besides the infinite dc conductivity, the ac conductivity has Drude behavior at low frequency followed by a power-law fall. These results are in agreement with that found earlier by Horowitz and Santos, who studied a holographic superconductor with an implicit periodic potential beyond the probe limit. The results also agree with measurements on some cuprates.

  20. High temperature crystalline superconductors from crystallized glasses

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    Shi, Donglu

    1992-01-01

    A method of preparing a high temperature superconductor from an amorphous phase. The method involves preparing a starting material of a composition of Bi.sub.2 Sr.sub.2 Ca.sub.3 Cu.sub.4 Ox or Bi.sub.2 Sr.sub.2 Ca.sub.4 Cu.sub.5 Ox, forming an amorphous phase of the composition and heat treating the amorphous phase for particular time and temperature ranges to achieve a single phase high temperature superconductor.

  1. Electrical connection structure for a superconductor element

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    Lallouet, Nicolas; Maguire, James

    2010-05-04

    The invention relates to an electrical connection structure for a superconductor element cooled by a cryogenic fluid and connected to an electrical bushing, which bushing passes successively through an enclosure at an intermediate temperature between ambient temperature and the temperature of the cryogenic fluid, and an enclosure at ambient temperature, said bushing projecting outside the ambient temperature enclosure. According to the invention, said intermediate enclosure is filled at least in part with a solid material of low thermal conductivity, such as a polyurethane foam or a cellular glass foam. The invention is applicable to connecting a superconductor cable at cryogenic temperature to a device for equipment at ambient temperature.

  2. Microgravity Processing of Oxide Superconductors

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    Olive, James R.; Hofmeister, William H.; Bayuzick, Robert J.; Vlasse, Marcus

    1999-01-01

    Considerable effort has been concentrated on the synthesis and characterization of high T(sub c) oxide superconducting materials. The YBaCuO system has received the most intense study, as this material has shown promise for the application of both thin film and bulk materials. There are many problems with the application of bulk materials- weak links, poor connectivity, small coherence length, oxygen content and control, environmental reactivity, phase stability, incongruent melting behavior, grain boundary contamination, brittle mechanical behavior, and flux creep. The extent to which these problems are intrinsic or associated with processing is the subject of controversy. This study seeks to understand solidification processing of these materials, and to use this knowledge for alternative processing strategies, which, at the very least, will improve the understanding of bulk material properties and deficiencies. In general, the phase diagram studies of the YBaCuO system have concentrated on solid state reactions and on the Y2BaCuO(x) + liquid yields YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) peritectic reaction. Little information is available on the complete melting relations, undercooling, and solidification behavior of these materials. In addition, rare earth substitutions such as Nd and Gd affect the liquidus and phase relations. These materials have promising applications, but lack of information on the high temperature phase relations has hampered research. In general, the understanding of undercooling and solidification of high temperature oxide systems lags behind the science of these phenomena in metallic systems. Therefore, this research investigates the fundamental melting relations, undercooling, and solidification behavior of oxide superconductors with an emphasis on improving ground based synthesis of these materials.

  3. Recrystallization of high temperature superconductors

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    Kouzoudis, D.

    1996-05-09

    Currently one of the most widely used high {Tc} superconductors is the Bi-based compounds Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub z} and Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub z} (known as BSCCO 2212 and 2223 compounds) with {Tc} values of about 85 K and 110 K respectively. Lengths of high performance conductors ranging from 100 to 1000 m long are routinely fabricated and some test magnets have been wound. An additional difficulty here is that although Bi-2212 and Bi-2223 phases exist over a wide range of stoichiometries, neither has been prepared in phase-pure form. So far the most successful method of constructing reliable and robust wires or tapes is the so called powder-in-tube (PIT) technique [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] in which oxide powder of the appropriate stoichiometry and phase content is placed inside a metal tube, deformed into the desired geometry (round wire or flat tape), and annealed to produce the desired superconducting properties. Intermediate anneals are often incorporated between successive deformation steps. Silver is the metal used in this process because it is the most compatible with the reacting phase. In all of the commercial processes for BSCCO, Ag seems to play a special catalytic role promoting the growth of high performance aligned grains that grow in the first few micrometers near the Ag/BSCCO interface. Adjacent to the Ag, the grain alignment is more perfect and the current density is higher than in the center of the tape. It is known that Ag lowers the melting point of several of the phases but the detailed mechanism for growth of these high performance grains is not clearly understood. The purpose of this work is to study the nucleation and growth of the high performance material at this interface.

  4. Giant supercurrent states in a superconductor-InAs/GaSb-superconductor junction

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    Shi, Xiaoyan Pan, W.; Hawkins, S. D.; Klem, J. F.; Yu, Wenlong; Jiang, Zhigang; Andrei Bernevig, B.

    2015-10-07

    Superconductivity in topological materials has attracted a great deal of interest in both electron physics and material sciences since the theoretical predictions that Majorana fermions can be realized in topological superconductors. Topological superconductivity could be realized in a type II, band-inverted, InAs/GaSb quantum well if it is in proximity to a conventional superconductor. Here, we report observations of the proximity effect induced giant supercurrent states in an InAs/GaSb bilayer system that is sandwiched between two superconducting tantalum electrodes to form a superconductor-InAs/GaSb-superconductor junction. Electron transport results show that the supercurrent states can be preserved in a surprisingly large temperature-magnetic field (T – H) parameter space. In addition, the evolution of differential resistance in T and H reveals an interesting superconducting gap structure.

  5. Converting a topologically trivial superconductor into a chiral topological superconductor via diluted magnetic doping

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    Qin, Wei; Xiao, Di; Chang, Kai; Shen, Shun-Qing; Zhang, Zhenyu

    We employ two complementary theoretical approaches to explore the feasibility of altering the topological properties of two-dimensional Rashba spin-orbit coupled superconductors by proper introduction of magnetic disorders. First, using the self-consistent Born approximation, we show that a topologically trivial superconductor can be driven into a chiral topological superconductor upon diluted doping of isolated magnetic disorders, which gradually narrow, close, and reopen the quasi-particle gap of the paired electrons in a nontrivial manner. Such a topological phase transition is further characterized by the change in the corresponding topological invariant. The central predictions made here are then confirmed using the complementary numerical approach by solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations self-consistently within a tight-binding model. We also discuss the validity of the present model studies in connection with existing experimental findings. Collectively, the present study offers appealing new schemes for potential experimental realization of topological superconductors. Supported by NSF of China.

  6. Disorder-Driven Superconductor-Insulator Transition in d-Wave Superconductors

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    Song, Yun; He, Long

    2014-03-01

    We study the superconductor-insulator transition (SIT) in d-wave superconductors. By means of the kernel polynomial method, the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations are solved self-consistently, making it possible to observe fully the nanoscale spatial fluctuations of the superconducting order parameters. It is shown that Anderson localization can not entirely inhibit the occurrence of the local superconductivity in strongly-disordered d-wave superconductors. Separated by an insulating ``sea'' completely, a few isolated superconducting ``islands'' with significant enhancement of the local superconducting order parameters can survive across the SIT. The disorder-driven SIT, therefore, is a transition from a d-wave superconductor to a boson insulator which consists of localized Cooper pairs. Unlike an s-wave superconductor which presents a robust single-particle gap across the SIT, the optical conductivity of a d-wave superconductor reveals a gapless insulating phase, where the SIT can be detected by observing the disappearance of the Drude weight with the increasing disorder. The National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2011CBA00108).

  7. Enhancing critical current density of cuprate superconductors

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    Chaudhari, Praveen

    2015-06-16

    The present invention concerns the enhancement of critical current densities in cuprate superconductors. Such enhancement of critical current densities include using wave function symmetry and restricting movement of Abrikosov (A) vortices, Josephson (J) vortices, or Abrikosov-Josephson (A-J) vortices by using the half integer vortices associated with d-wave symmetry present in the grain boundary.

  8. Monopoles and fractional vortices in chiral superconductors

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    Volovik, G. E.

    2000-01-01

    I discuss two exotic objects that must be experimentally identified in chiral superfluids and superconductors. These are (i) the vortex with a fractional quantum number (N = 1/2 in chiral superfluids, and N = 1/2 and N = 1/4 in chiral superconductors), which plays the part of the Alice string in relativistic theories and (ii) the hedgehog in the ^l field, which is the counterpart of the Dirac magnetic monopole. These objects of different dimensions are topologically connected. They form the combined object that is called a nexus in relativistic theories. In chiral superconductors, the nexus has magnetic charge emanating radially from the hedgehog, whereas the half-quantum vortices play the part of the Dirac string. Each half-quantum vortex supplies the fractional magnetic flux to the hedgehog, representing 1/4 of the “conventional” Dirac string. I discuss the topological interaction of the superconductor's nexus with the ‘t Hooft–Polyakov magnetic monopole, which can exist in Grand Unified Theories. The monopole and the hedgehog with the same magnetic charge are topologically confined by a piece of the Abrikosov vortex. Such confinement makes the nexus a natural trap for the magnetic monopole. Other properties of half-quantum vortices and monopoles are discussed as well, including fermion zero modes. PMID:10716980

  9. 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.

  10. Development of standards for superconductors, FY 1980

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    Fickett, F. R.; Goodrich, L. F.; Clark, A. F.

    1980-12-01

    The critical current standard for superconductors was investigated through a survey of manufacturers. Experimental determinations of the effect of various parameters on the measurement were made by NBS and by the wire manufacturers. Significant progress was made in the preparation of the actual critical current measurement standard and the definition standard.

  11. Iron-based superconductors: Unity or diversity?

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    Kivelson, S. A.

    2010-02-24

    Superconductivity is among the most fascinating properties that a material can show. On the fundamental level, it represents a direct, macroscopic manifestation of coherent quantum mechanical behaviour, and its potential practical importance is almost unlimited, especially if new superconductors can be synthesized or discovered with still higher transition temperatures, Tc.

  12. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Spin waves in the (0, π) and (0, π, π) ordered SDW states of the t-t' Hubbard model: application to doped iron pnictides

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    Raghuvanshi, Nimisha; Singh, Avinash

    2010-10-01

    Spin waves in the (0, π) and (0, π, π) ordered spin-density-wave (SDW) states of the t-t' Hubbard model are investigated at finite doping. In the presence of small t', these composite ferro-antiferromagnetic (F-AF) states are found to be strongly stabilized at finite hole doping due to enhanced carrier-induced ferromagnetic spin couplings as in metallic ferromagnets. Anisotropic spin-wave velocities, a spin-wave energy scale of around 200 meV, reduced magnetic moment and rapid suppression of magnetic order with electron doping x (corresponding to F substitution of O atoms in LaO1 - xFxFeAs or Ni substitution of Fe atoms in BaFe2 - xNixAs2) obtained in this model are in agreement with observed magnetic properties of doped iron pnictides.

  13. The f-spin physics of rare-earth iron pnictides: influence of d-electron antiferromagnetic order on heavy fermion phase diagram

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    Zhu, Jian-xin; Dai, Jianhui; Si, Qimiao

    2009-01-01

    Some of the high {Tc} iron pnictides contain rare-earth elements, raising the question of how the existence and tunability of a d-electron antiferromagnetic order influences the heavy fermion behavior of the f-moments. With CeOFeP and CeOFeAs in mind as prototypes, we derive an extended Anderson lattice model appropriate for these quaternary systems. We show that the Kondo screening of the f-moments are efficiently suppressed by the d-electron ordering. We also argue that, inside the d-electron ordered state (as in CeOFeAs), the f-moments provide a rare realization of a quantum frustrated magnet with competing J{sub 1}-J{sub 2}-J{sub 3} interactions in an effective square lattice. Implications ofr the heavy fermion physics in broader contexts are also discussed.

  14. Nambu-Goldstone-Leggett modes in multi-condensate superconductors

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    Yanagisawa, Takashi

    2015-12-01

    Multi-gap superconductors exhibit interesting properties. In an N-gap superconductor, we have in general U(1)N phase invariance. This multiple-phase invariance is partially or totally spontaneously broken in a superconductor. The Nambu-Goldstone modes, as well as Higgs modes, are important and will play an important role in multi-condensate superconductors. The additional phase invariance leads to a new quantum phase, with help of frustrated Josephson effects, such as the time-reversal symmetry breaking, the emergence of massless modes and fractionally quantized-flux vortices. There is a possibility that half-flux vortices exist in two-component superconductors in a magnetic field. The half-quantum flux vortex can be interpreted as a monopole, and two half-flux vortices form a bound state connected by a domain wall. There is an interesting analogy between quarks and fractionally quantized-flux vortices in superconductors.

  15. Detecting magnetic flux distributions in superconductors with polarized x rays

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    Stahl, Claudia; Audehm, Patrick; Gräfe, Joachim; Ruoß, Stephen; Weigand, Markus; Schmidt, Mathias; Treiber, Sebastian; Bechtel, Michael; Goering, Eberhard; Schütz, Gisela; Albrecht, Joachim

    2014-09-01

    The magnetic flux distribution arising from a high-Tc superconductor is detected and visualized using polarized x rays. Therefore, we introduce a sensor layer, namely, an amorphous, soft-magnetic Co40Fe40B20 cover layer, providing a large x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). Temperature-dependent XMCD spectroscopy on the magnetic layer has been performed. Exploiting the temperature dependence of the critical current density of the superconductor we find a quantitative correlation between the XMCD signal and the in-plane stray field of the superconductor. Magneto-optical Kerr effect experiments on the sensor layer can simulate the stray field of the superconductor and hence verify the correlation. We show that the XMCD contrast in the sensor layer corresponds to the in-plane magnetic flux distribution of the superconductor and can hence be used to image magnetic structures in superconductors.

  16. Processing of YBCO superconductors for improved levitation force

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    Balachandran, U.; Zhong, W.

    1993-05-01

    One objective of the ANL superconductor program is to develop improved processing methods for production of YBCO superconductors with higher levitation forces suitable for low-friction, superconductor/permanent-magnet bearings and flywheel-energy-storage applications. From the standpoint of these applications, melt-processed bulk YBCO superconductors are of considerable interest. Levitation force and flux-pinning properties depend on microstructural features of the superconductors. We have added several chemical species to YBCO to alter the microstructure and have used a seeding technique to induce crystallization during melt processing. In this paper, we discuss the effects of various process parameters, additives, and a seeding technique on the properties of melt-processed bulk YBCO samples and compare the results with solid-state-sintered superconductors.

  17. 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.

  18. Noncommutative extension of AdS-CFT and holographic superconductors

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    Pramanik, Souvik; Das, Sudipta; Ghosh, Subir

    2015-03-01

    In this Letter, we consider a Non-Commutative (NC) extension of AdS-CFT correspondence and its effects on holographic superconductors. NC corrections are incorporated via the NC generalization of Schwarzschild black hole metric in AdS with the probe limit. We study NC effects on the relations connecting the charge density and the critical temperature of the Holographic Superconductors. Furthermore, condensation operator of the superconductor has been analyzed. Our results suggest that generically, NC effects increase the critical temperature of the holographic superconductor.

  19. Method and apparatus to trigger superconductors in current limiting devices

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    Yuan, Xing; Hazelton, Drew Willard; Walker, Michael Stephen

    2004-10-26

    A method and apparatus for magnetically triggering a superconductor in a superconducting fault current limiter to transition from a superconducting state to a resistive state. The triggering is achieved by employing current-carrying trigger coil or foil on either or both the inner diameter and outer diameter of a superconductor. The current-carrying coil or foil generates a magnetic field with sufficient strength and the superconductor is disposed within essentially uniform magnetic field region. For superconductor in a tubular-configured form, an additional magnetic field can be generated by placing current-carrying wire or foil inside the tube and along the center axial line.

  20. Sealed glass coating of high temperature ceramic superconductors

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    Wu, W.; Chu, C.Y.; Goretta, K.C.; Routbort, J.L.

    1995-05-02

    A method and article of manufacture of a lead oxide based glass coating on a high temperature superconductor is disclosed. The method includes preparing a dispersion of glass powders in a solution, applying the dispersion to the superconductor, drying the dispersion before applying another coating and heating the glass powder dispersion at temperatures below oxygen diffusion onset and above the glass melting point to form a continuous glass coating on the superconductor to establish compressive stresses which enhance the fracture strength of the superconductor. 8 figs.

  1. Enhanced heat transfer computations for internally cooled cable superconductor

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    Rogers, J. D.

    1985-03-01

    Superconducting magnets are built with conductors that are pool bath cooled, internally cooled with the superconductor cable and contained within a conduit, or conduction cooled. The first two embody superconductors are in direct contact with liquid helium. Practical designs of internally cooled cable superconductor (ICCS) are not cryostable. Such superconductors have shown multiple regions of stability and instability. A computational method of adjusting the heat transfer coefficient of a one dimensional system of equations to enhance joule heat removal, primarily in the central region of a pulse heated model of ICCS, has been used to attempt simulation of the multiple stability/instability experiment.

  2. Electrical bushing for a superconductor element

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    Mirebeau, Pierre; Lallouet, Nicolas; Delplace, Sebastien; Lapierre, Regis

    2010-05-04

    The invention relates to an electrical bushing serving to make a connection at ambient temperature to a superconductor element situated in an enclosure at cryogenic temperature. The electrical bushing passes successively through an enclosure at intermediate temperature between ambient temperature and cryogenic temperature, and an enclosure at ambient temperature, and it comprises a central electrical conductor surrounded by an electrically insulating sheath. According to the invention, an electrically conductive screen connected to ground potential surrounds the insulating sheath over a section that extends from the end of the bushing that is in contact with the enclosure at cryogenic temperature at least as far as the junction between the enclosure at intermediate temperature and the enclosure at ambient temperature. The invention is more particularly applicable to making a connection to a superconductor cable.

  3. Search for Magnesium Diboride like Binary Superconductors

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    Isikaku-Ironkwe, O. Paul

    2008-03-01

    Efforts to create compounds iso-electronic and iso-structural with magnesium diboride and also superconducting have so far met with limited success. Doping the Mg-site or the B-site have also not yielded higher transition temperatures. They have either been non-superconducting or have lower transition temperatures, Tc. Searching for magnesium diboride-like compounds using the electronegativity of MgB2 (1.7333) has yielded a rich family of potential superconductors. The search has been facilitated using the recently designed ElectroNegativity Spectrum Maps [ENSMaps] of binary systems AxBy. Here we display the potential families. Using the relationship between Tc and atomic mass, we estimate the transition temperatures of the most likely MgB2-like binary superconductors. We also suggest materials that can be doped to give an electronegativity of 1.7333.

  4. Paramagnetic intrinsic Meissner effect in layered superconductors

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    Lebed, A. G.

    2008-07-01

    Free energy of a layered superconductor with ξ⊥superconductors, as well as in superconducting superlattices.

  5. Paramagnetic Intrinsic Meissner Effect in Layered Superconductors

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    Lebed, Andrei

    2008-03-01

    Free energy of a quasi-two-dimensional superconductor with a coherence length perpendicular to the conducting layers being less than an inter-layer distance is calculated. The free energy is shown to differ from that in the textbook Lawerence-Doniach model at high fields, where the Meissner currents are found to create an unexpected positive magnetic moment due to shrinking of the Cooper pairs ``sizes'' by a magnetic field. This unique phenomenon - paramagnetic intrinsic Meissner effect (PIME) in a bulk [1] - is suggested to detect by measuring in-plane magnetization and torque in layered organic and high-Tc superconductors as well as in superconducting superlattices. [1] A.G. Lebed, Physical Review Letters, submitted.

  6. Very general holographic superconductors and entanglement thermodynamics

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    Dey, Anshuman; Mahapatra, Subhash; Sarkar, Tapobrata

    2014-12-01

    We construct and analyze holographic superconductors with generalized higher derivative couplings, in single R-charged black hole backgrounds in four and five dimensions. These systems, which we call very general holographic superconductors, have multiple tuning parameters and are shown to exhibit a rich phase structure. We establish the phase diagram numerically as well as by computing the free energy, and then validated the results by calculating the entanglement entropy for these systems. The entanglement entropy is shown to be a perfect indicator of the phase diagram. The differences in the nature of the entanglement entropy in R-charged backgrounds compared to the AdS-Schwarzschild cases are pointed out. We also compute the analogue of the entangling temperature for a subclass of these systems and compare the results with non-hairy backgrounds.

  7. Method for preparing superconductors ceramic composition

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    Akinc, M.; Celikkaya, A.

    1990-03-06

    This patent describes a process of forming a superconductor ceramic of the formula: YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} wherein x is from about 6.5 to bout 7.2. It comprises: heating a solid phase copper salt selected from the group of copper acetate and copper nitrate and solid phase barium hydroxide to a temperature high enough to form a meltphase; and adding to the melt a salt, hydroxide or oxide as a source of yttrium with stirring to provide a substantially homogeneous mixture, the quantities of each of said copper salt, barium hydroxide and yttrium source being sufficient to yield a Y:Ba:Cu ratio of about 1:2:3; and calcining the substantially homogeneous mixture of temperatures of from about 750{degrees} C. to about 1000{degrees} C. to form said superconductor ceramic.

  8. Symmetry and topology of noncentrosymmetric superconductors

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    Samokhin, K.V.

    2015-08-15

    We present a detailed analysis of the pairing symmetry and the order parameter topology in superconductors without centre of inversion. Strong spin–orbit coupling of electrons with the crystal lattice leads to a large splitting of the Bloch bands, which makes it necessary to use a multiband description of superconductivity. We identify stable superconducting states and derive the Bogoliubov–de Gennes Hamiltonian, which determines the spectrum of fermionic quasiparticles. To develop a topological classification of the superconducting states we introduce two different types of topological invariants, the Chern numbers and the Maurer–Cartan invariants, and apply them to three-dimensional noncentrosymmetric superconductors, both with and without time reversal symmetry breaking.

  9. Method for fabrication of high temperature superconductors

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Ma, Beihai; Miller, Dean

    2009-07-14

    A layered article of manufacture and a method of manufacturing same is disclosed. A substrate has a biaxially textured MgO crystalline layer having the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the plane of the substrate deposited thereon. A layer of one or more of YSZ or Y.sub.2O.sub.3 and then a layer of CeO.sub.2 is deposited on the MgO. A crystalline superconductor layer with the c-axes thereof normal to the plane of the substrate is deposited on the CeO.sub.2 layer. Deposition of the MgO layer on the substrate is by the inclined substrate deposition method developed at Argonne National Laboratory. Preferably, the MgO has the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the normal to the substrate in the range of from about 10.degree. to about 40.degree. and YBCO superconductors are used.

  10. Light amplification in semiconductor-superconductor structures

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    Marjieh, Raja; Sabag, Evyatar; Hayat, Alex

    2016-02-01

    We study a new effect of Cooper-pair-based two-photon gain in semiconductor-superconductor structures, showing broadband enhancement of ultrafast two-photon amplification. We further show that with the superconducting enhancement, at moderately high seed intensities, the two-photon gain contribution approaches that of the one-photon gain. A full quantum-optical model of singly- and fully-stimulated two-photon emission is developed. Our results provide new insights on nonlinear light-matter interaction in the superconducting state, including the possibility of coherent control in two-photon semiconductor-superconductor devices. The theoretically-demonstrated effects can have important implications in optoelectronics and in coherent-control applications.

  11. 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.

  12. Persistent superconductor currents in holographic lattices.

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    Iizuka, Norihiro; Ishibashi, Akihiro; Maeda, Kengo

    2014-07-01

    We consider a persistent superconductor current along the direction with no translational symmetry in a holographic gravity model. Incorporating a lattice structure into the model, we numerically construct novel solutions of hairy charged stationary black branes with momentum or rotation along the latticed direction. The lattice structure prevents the horizon from rotating, and the total momentum is only carried by matter fields outside the black brane horizon. This is consistent with the black hole rigidity theorem, and it suggests that in dual field theory with lattices, superconductor currents are made up of "composite" fields, rather than "fractionalized" degrees of freedom. We also show that our solutions are consistent with the superfluid hydrodynamics. PMID:25032917

  13. Magnetic chains on a triplet superconductor.

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    Sacramento, P D

    2015-11-11

    The topological state of a two-dimensional triplet superconductor may be changed by an appropriate addition of magnetic impurities. A ferromagnetic magnetic chain at the surface of a superconductor with spin-orbit coupling may eliminate the edge states of a finite system giving rise to localized zero modes at the edges of the chain. The coexistence/competition between the two types of zero modes is considered. The reduction of the system to an effective 1d system gives partial information on the topological properties but the study of the two sets of zero modes requires a two-dimensional treatment. Increasing the impurity density from a magnetic chain to magnetic islands leads to a finite Chern number. At half-filling small concentrations are enough to induce chiral modes. PMID:26459719

  14. Search for Majorana Fermions in Superconductors

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    Beenakker, C. W. J.

    2013-04-01

    Majorana fermions (particles that are their own antiparticle) may or may not exist in nature as elementary building blocks, but in condensed matter they can be constructed out of electron and hole excitations. What is needed is a superconductor to hide the charge difference and a topological (Berry) phase to eliminate the energy difference from zero-point motion. A pair of widely separated Majorana fermions, bound to magnetic or electrostatic defects, has non-Abelian exchange statistics. A qubit encoded in this Majorana pair is expected to have an unusually long coherence time. I discuss strategies to detect Majorana fermions in a topological superconductor, as well as possible applications in a quantum computer. The status of the experimental search is reviewed.

  15. Heterostructures of Topological Insulators and Superconductors

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    Lababidi, Mahmoud

    Topological insulators (TI), such as Bi2Se 3, are a new class of quantum materials discovered recently. They are insulating in the bulk but can conduct on the surfaces. The robust surface states of three-dimensional strong TIs form a unique two-dimensional system of massless electrons, known as a helical metal, with a linear energy-momentum dispersion and spin-momentum locking. While these surface modes alone have spurred great interest, their interaction with superconductors (S) in close proximity has opened up opportunities to engineer topological superconductivity using TI-S heterostructures. This thesis is a microscopic, self-consistent theoretical investigation of the interplay between TI and superconductors. Three types of TI-based heterostructures with increasing complexity are studied in detail. We first present a detailed study of the coupling between a metal and a topological insulator. We compute the spin-active scattering matrix for electrons coming from the metal incident on the metal-TI interface. We find that there exists a critical incident angle, where perfect spin-flip occurs as the incoming electron is reflected. We discuss the origin of this phenomena and its potential implications in spintronics. We then compute the local spectrum at the metal-TI interface, and examine its evolution from the tunneling limit (bad contact) to the strong coupling limit (good contact). The calculations are done using two complementary approaches; in a continuum model based on a k·p Hamiltonian a wave function matching approach is taken and the lattice model requires the use of lattice Green's functions. The study of metal-TI interface lays the foundation for our subsequent theory of S-TI interface. Next we carry out microscopic, self-consistent calculations of the superconducting order parameter and pairing correlations near a S-TI interface, where S is an s-wave superconductor. We discuss the suppression of the order parameter by the topological insulator and

  16. High temperature superconductors applications in telecommunications

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    Kumar, A. Anil; Li, Jiang; Zhang, Ming Fang

    1995-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is twofold: (1) to discuss high temperature superconductors with specific reference to their employment in telecommunications applications; and (2) to discuss a few of the limitations of the normally employed two-fluid model. While the debate on the actual usage of high temperature superconductors in the design of electronic and telecommunications devices - obvious advantages versus practical difficulties - needs to be settled in the near future, it is of great interest to investigate the parameters and the assumptions that will be employed in such designs. This paper deals with the issue of providing the microwave design engineer with performance data for such superconducting waveguides. The values of conductivity and surface resistance, which are the primary determining factors of a waveguide performance, are computed based on the two-fluid model. A comparison between two models - a theoretical one in terms of microscopic parameters (termed Model A) and an experimental fit in terms of macroscopic parameters (termed Model B) - shows the limitations and the resulting ambiguities of the two-fluid model at high frequencies and at temperatures close to the transition temperature. The validity of the two-fluid model is then discussed. Our preliminary results show that the electrical transport description in the normal and superconducting phases as they are formulated in the two-fluid model needs to be modified to incorporate the new and special features of high temperature superconductors. Parameters describing the waveguide performance - conductivity, surface resistance and attenuation constant - will be computed. Potential applications in communications networks and large scale integrated circuits will be discussed. Some of the ongoing work will be reported. In particular, a brief proposal is made to investigate of the effects of electromagnetic interference and the concomitant notion of electromagnetic compatibility (EMI/EMC) of high T

  17. Partial Meissner effect in superconductors with twins

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    Gurevich, A.L.; Mints, R.G. )

    1988-11-01

    Superconductivity of twinning planes, arising at critical temperature T/sub c/ exceeding the bulk point T/sub co/, may prove to be important for the understanding of the properties of high-temperature superconductors with well-developed twinning structure. This paper shows that regardless of a specific mechanism of superconductivity, twins at T/sub c/>T/sub co/ act as seeds for the growth of metastable superconducting domains whose order parameter phases differ by {pi}.

  18. Superconductivity in iron-based superconductors

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    Maiti, Saurabh

    Iron based superconductors(FeSC) are a new class of high temperature superconductors with very intriguing properties. These materials cannot be explained using the 'conventional' logic of the 'conventional' superconductors, and is also different from the Cuprates-the other popular class of high temperature superconductors. A complete description of the superconducting state in these materials requires a thorough understanding of its superconducting order parameter and the mechanism that leads to superconductivity-both of which are unsettled issues. In this thesis, we attempt to tackle some aspects of these issues. We first discuss, keeping the wisdom of Fermi-liquid theory in mind, the criteria for the superconducting instability in FeSC which is a lattice based system. Superconductivity in lattice based systems is different from well known BCS superconductivity. We make the point that the presence of electron and hole like carriers are crucial for the manifestations of such properties in the FeSCs. We then present a prescription to analyze the symmetries and structure of the superconducting order parameter (the gap) in generic lattice based systems where only the interaction amongst fermions close to the Fermi surface is important. We demonstrate the effectiveness of this prescription by applying it to the case of FeSCs where we study the evolution of the gap with injecting of carriers (of both hole and electron like). This prescription avoids use of heavy numerical studies and still gives results in excellent agreement with numerical and experimental studies. Elaborating more on the intriguing nature of FeSCs, we also point to the possibility of a new time reversal symmetry breaking s+is state that is unique to systems like these (due to presence of multiple Fermi pockets of the carriers) and discuss its experimental consequences.

  19. Low angle resistivity anomaly in layered superconductors

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    Koshelev, A.E. |; Vinokur, V.M.

    1993-01-01

    The pinning effect of vortex lines by the layered structure (intrinsic pinning) on resistivity of high-T{sub c}, superconductors in the mixed state is investigated by means of perturbation theory. A sharp drop in the resistivity at small angles for which vortex lines are almost aligned with the ab-planes is shown to occur even in a high-temperature region where the pinning potential is reduced by thermal fluctuations.

  20. Phase diagram of superconductor-ferromagnet superlattices

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    Radovic, Z.; Dobrosavljevic-Grujic, L.

    1994-12-31

    Recent progress in the proximity effect theory of superconductor-ferromagnet superlattices is reviewed. The phase diagram calculations, transition temperature {Tc} and upper critical fields H{sub c2}, are presented. Characteristic features in {Tc} and H{sub c2}(T) dependence on layers thicknesses, including the predicted unusual oscillatory variations and new inhomogeneous superconducting state with nontrivial phase difference between neighboring superconducting layers, are discussed and compared with experimental data for V/Fe and Nb/Gd superlattices.

  1. Soft wall model for a holographic superconductor

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    Afonin, S. S.; Pusenkov, I. V.

    2016-06-01

    We consider the soft wall holographic approach for description of the high-T_c superconductivity. In comparison with the existing bottom-up holographic superconductors, the proposed approach is more phenomenological and does not describe the superconducting phase transition. On the other hand, technically it is simpler and has more freedom for fitting the conductivity properties of the real high-T_c materials in the superconducting phase. Some examples of emerging models are analyzed.

  2. Superconductor Digital Electronics: -- Current Status, Future Prospects

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    Mukhanov, Oleg

    2011-03-01

    Two major applications of superconductor electronics: communications and supercomputing will be presented. These areas hold a significant promise of a large impact on electronics state-of-the-art for the defense and commercial markets stemming from the fundamental advantages of superconductivity: simultaneous high speed and low power, lossless interconnect, natural quantization, and high sensitivity. The availability of relatively small cryocoolers lowered the foremost market barrier for cryogenically-cooled superconductor electronic systems. These fundamental advantages enabled a novel Digital-RF architecture - a disruptive technological approach changing wireless communications, radar, and surveillance system architectures dramatically. Practical results were achieved for Digital-RF systems in which wide-band, multi-band radio frequency signals are directly digitized and digital domain is expanded throughout the entire system. Digital-RF systems combine digital and mixed signal integrated circuits based on Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) technology, superconductor analog filter circuits, and semiconductor post-processing circuits. The demonstrated cryocooled Digital-RF systems are the world's first and fastest directly digitizing receivers operating with live satellite signals, enabling multi-net data links, and performing signal acquisition from HF to L-band with 30 GHz clock frequencies. In supercomputing, superconductivity leads to the highest energy efficiencies per operation. Superconductor technology based on manipulation and ballistic transfer of magnetic flux quanta provides a superior low-power alternative to CMOS and other charge-transfer based device technologies. The fundamental energy consumption in SFQ circuits defined by flux quanta energy 2 x 10-19 J. Recently, a novel energy-efficient zero-static-power SFQ technology, eSFQ/ERSFQ was invented, which retains all advantages of standard RSFQ circuits: high-speed, dc power, internal memory. The

  3. Electromagnetic phenomena and hysteresis losses in superconductors

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    Matsushita, T.

    Hysteresis losses in superconductors are caused by irreversible motion of fluxoids. This motion is, in most cases, described by the critical state model. In this article, various electromagnetic phenomena due to flux pinning effects are reviewed and explanations of these phenomena are given using the critical state model. The phenomena which cannot be well described by the present model, such as reversible fluxoid motion and the longitudinal field effect, are also introduced.

  4. Flywheel energy storage with superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, Bernard R.; Lynds, Jr., Lahmer; Hull, John R.

    1993-01-01

    A flywheel having superconductor bearings has a lower drag to lift ratio that translates to an improvement of a factor of ten in the rotational decay rate. The lower drag results from the lower dissipation of melt-processed YBCO, improved uniformity of the permanent magnet portion of the bearings, operation in a different range of vacuum pressure from that taught by the art, and greater separation distance from the rotating members of conductive materials.

  5. High temperature superconductors applications in telecommunications

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    Kumar, A.A.; Li, J.; Zhang, M.F.

    1994-12-31

    The purpose of this paper is twofold: to discuss high temperature superconductors with specific reference to their employment in telecommunications applications; and to discuss a few of the limitations of the normally employed two-fluid model. While the debate on the actual usage of high temperature superconductors in the design of electronic and telecommunications devices-obvious advantages versus practical difficulties-needs to be settled in the near future, it is of great interest to investigate the parameters and the assumptions that will be employed in such designs. This paper deals with the issue of providing the microwave design engineer with performance data for such superconducting waveguides. The values of conductivity and surface resistance, which are the primary determining factors of a waveguide performance, are computed based on the two-fluid model. A comparison between two models-a theoretical one in terms of microscopic parameters (termed Model A) and an experimental fit in terms of macroscopic parameters (termed Model B)-shows the limitations and the resulting ambiguities of the two-fluid model at high frequencies and at temperatures close to the transition temperature. The validity of the two-fluid model is then discussed. Our preliminary results show that the electrical transport description in the normal and superconducting phases as they are formulated in the two-fluid model needs to be modified to incorporate the new and special features of high temperature superconductors. Parameters describing the waveguide performance-conductivity, surface resistance and attenuation constant-will be computed. Potential applications in communications networks and large scale integrated circuits will be discussed. Some of the ongoing work will be reported. In particular, a brief proposal is made to investigate of the effects of electromagnetic interference and the concomitant notion of electromagnetic compatibility (EMI/EMC) of high T{sub c} superconductors.

  6. Guided design of copper oxysulfide superconductors

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    Yee, Chuck-Hou; Birol, Turan; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2015-03-01

    Using the framework of chemical intuition introduced by Antipov, et. al., in his synthesis of the Hg-based high-temperature superconductors, supplemented with modern first-principles electronic structure tools, materials databases, and evolutionary algorithms capable of exploring large configurational spaces, we design a novel family of copper oxysulfides. We explore the predictions of theories based on charge-transfer energies, orbital distillation and uniaxial strain on the superconducting transition temperatures of these oxysulfides.

  7. An Integrated Balanced Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor Heterodyne Mixer on a Silicon Membrane

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    Westig, M. P.; Jacobs, K.; Schultz, M.; Justen, M.; Stutzki, J.; Honingh, C. E.

    2011-03-01

    We have designed and fabricated a 380-520 GHz integrated balanced NbAlAlOxNb superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) heterodyne waveguide mixer for submillimeter astrophysics. The response of the mixer measured with a Fourier transform spectrometer shows excellent agreement with the design. The novelty of our device is that we deposit the complete superconducting mixer circuit (tapered slotline antennas, hybrid coupler, MIM capacitors, SIS junctions, tuning circuits and blocking filters) on top of a 9 μ m silicon membrane. The membrane is held suspended in a waveguide by 2.5 μ m thick gold plated beamleads. We will show that silicon membrane technology and a thorough device design render the integration of SIS devices with larger circuits feasible. This is an important step towards large arrays of mixers. When using an appropriate superconductor technology, these devices are scalable to higher frequencies. We will present the design, fabrication results and first results of heterodyne measurements.

  8. electric dipole superconductor in bilayer exciton system

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    Sun, Qing-Feng; Jiang, Qing-Dong; Bao, Zhi-Qiang; Xie, X. C.

    Recently, it was reported that the bilayer exciton systems could exhibit many new phenomena, including the large bilayer counterflow conductivity, the Coulomb drag, etc. These phenomena imply the formation of exciton condensate superfluid state. On the other hand, it is now well known that the superconductor is the condensate superfluid state of the Cooper pairs, which can be viewed as electric monopoles. In other words, the superconductor state is the electric monopole condensate superfluid state. Thus, one may wonder whether there exists electric dipole superfluid state. In this talk, we point out that the exciton in a bilayer system can be considered as a charge neutral electric dipole. And we derive the London-type and Ginzburg-Landau-type equations of electric dipole superconductivity. From these equations, we discover the Meissner-type effect (against spatial variation of magnetic fields), and the dipole current Josephson effect. The frequency in the AC Josephson effect of the dipole current is equal to that in the normal (monopole) superconductor. These results can provide direct evidence for the formation of exciton superfluid state in the bilayer systems and pave new ways to obtain the electric dipole current. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support by NBRP of China (2012CB921303 and 2015CB921102) and NSF-China under Grants Nos. 11274364 and 11574007.

  9. Superconductor Digital-RF Receiver Systems

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    Mukhanov, Oleg A.; Kirichenko, Dmitri; Vernik, Igor V.; Filippov, Timur V.; Kirichenko, Alexander; Webber, Robert; Dotsenko, Vladimir; Talalaevskii, Andrei; Tang, Jia Cao; Sahu, Anubhav; Shevchenko, Pavel; Miller, Robert; Kaplan, Steven B.; Sarwana, Saad; Gupta, Deepnarayan

    Digital superconductor electronics has been experiencing rapid maturation with the emergence of smaller-scale, lower-cost communications applications which became the major technology drivers. These applications are primarily in the area of wireless communications, radar, and surveillance as well as in imaging and sensor systems. In these areas, the fundamental advantages of superconductivity translate into system benefits through novel Digital-RF architectures with direct digitization of wide band, high frequency radio frequency (RF) signals. At the same time the availability of relatively small 4K cryocoolers has lowered the foremost market barrier for cryogenically-cooled digital electronic systems. Recently, we have achieved a major breakthrough in the development, demonstration, and successful delivery of the cryocooled superconductor digital-RF receivers directly digitizing signals in a broad range from kilohertz to gigahertz. These essentially hybrid-technology systems combine a variety of superconductor and semiconductor technologies packaged with two-stage commercial cryocoolers: cryogenic Nb mixed-signal and digital circuits based on Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) technology, room-temperature amplifiers, FPGA processing and control circuitry. The demonstrated cryocooled digital-RF systems are the world's first and fastest directly digitizing receivers operating with live satellite signals in X-band and performing signal acquisition in HF to L-band at ˜30GHz clock frequencies.

  10. Electronic Raman Response in Disordered Unconventional Superconductors

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    Devereaux, Thomas

    1998-03-01

    Due to the strong symmetry dependence of the observed Raman spectra in all high Tc compounds, i.e., the characteristic features of light scattering for different incident and scattered polarization orientations, electronic Raman scattering in unconventional superconductors has grown to be of considerable interest in light of identifying the symmetry of the energy gap and ultimately, the mechanism of superconductivity in high temperature superconductors. I review the theory of the effects of impurities on the Raman response of unconventional superconductors with a view towards understanding the role polarization plays in determining the order parameter symmetry in the cuprates.(T. P. Devereaux, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74), 4313 (1995) (T. P. Devereaux and A. P. Kampf, Int. Journ. Mod. Phys. B 11), 2093 (1997) Signatures of the effects of disorder on the low frequency and low temperature behavior of the Raman spectra obtained for different polarizations will be discussed in relation to the magnitude and phase of the energy gap. Extensions of the theory to include anisotropic impurity scattering and inelastic spin fluctuation scattering will be discussed. Good agreement of the theory with the data on optimally- and overdoped-samples will be shown, although discrepancies remain.

  11. 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.

  12. Chemical stability of high-temperature superconductors

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1992-01-01

    A review of the available studies on the chemical stability of the high temperature superconductors (HTS) in various environments was made. The La(1.8)Ba(0.2)CuO4 HTS is unstable in the presence of H2O, CO2, and CO. The YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconductor is highly susceptible to degradation in different environments, especially water. The La(2-x)Ba(x)CuO4 and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O HTS are relatively less reactive than the YBa2Cu3O(7-x). Processing of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) HTS in purified oxygen, rather than in air, using high purity noncarbon containing starting materials is recommended. Exposure of this HTS to the ambient atmosphere should also be avoided at all stages during processing and storage. Devices and components made out of these oxide superconductors would have to be protected with an impermeable coating of a polymer, glass, or metal to avoid deterioration during use.

  13. Nanomaterials for superconductors from the energy prospective

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    Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit

    2010-01-01

    High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) wires or coated conductors (CC) are expected to revolutionize the transmission of electricity enabling the present electric grid to meet the world s growing energy needs. Although superconducting wires can carry 150 times more power than copper wires of the same cross section, further performance improvements are necessary for the superconducting technology to become cost-competitive. This objective can be achieved by introducing and controlling nano-sized defects and non-superconducting phases within the superconducting film s matrix. Such nanostructures, when carefully engineered, significantly increase the loss-free current sustained by the superconductor through a mechanism known as flux pinning. This chapter is a review of the various types of nanostructures that are artificially introduced in superconducting films to enhance the superconductor s performance. Different approaches, materials, and techniques are discussed and the most recent results in this field compared. The last section of this chapter discusses an additional example of nanotechnology employment in superconducting wires. This nanotechnology can be regarded as an atomic surface treatment designed to enable the right crystallographic orientation of the superconducting film deposited on the metal template.

  14. Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor.

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    Ronen, Yuval; Cohen, Yonatan; Kang, Jung-Hyun; Haim, Arbel; Rieder, Maria-Theresa; Heiblum, Moty; Mahalu, Diana; Shtrikman, Hadas

    2016-02-16

    Nonlinear charge transport in superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) Josephson junctions has a unique signature in the shuttled charge quantum between the two superconductors. In the zero-bias limit Cooper pairs, each with twice the electron charge, carry the Josephson current. An applied bias VSD leads to multiple Andreev reflections (MAR), which in the limit of weak tunneling probability should lead to integer multiples of the electron charge ne traversing the junction, with n integer larger than 2Δ/eVSD and Δ the superconducting order parameter. Exceptionally, just above the gap eVSD ≥ 2Δ, with Andreev reflections suppressed, one would expect the current to be carried by partitioned quasiparticles, each with energy-dependent charge, being a superposition of an electron and a hole. Using shot-noise measurements in an SIS junction induced in an InAs nanowire (with noise proportional to the partitioned charge), we first observed quantization of the partitioned charge q = e*/e = n, with n = 1-4, thus reaffirming the validity of our charge interpretation. Concentrating next on the bias region eVSD ~ 2Δ, we found a reproducible and clear dip in the extracted charge to q ~ 0.6, which, after excluding other possibilities, we attribute to the partitioned quasiparticle charge. Such dip is supported by numerical simulations of our SIS structure. PMID:26831071

  15. Avoided valence transition in a plutonium superconductor

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    Ramshaw, B. J.; Shekhter, Arkady; McDonald, Ross D.; Betts, Jon B.; Mitchell, J. N.; Tobash, P. H.; Mielke, C. H.; Bauer, E. D.; Migliori, Albert

    2015-01-01

    The d and f electrons in correlated metals are often neither fully localized around their host nuclei nor fully itinerant. This localized/itinerant duality underlies the correlated electronic states of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the heavy-fermion intermetallics and is nowhere more apparent than in the 5f valence electrons of plutonium. Here, we report the full set of symmetry-resolved elastic moduli of PuCoGa5—the highest Tc superconductor of the heavy fermions (Tc = 18.5 K)—and find that the bulk modulus softens anomalously over a wide range in temperature above Tc. The elastic symmetry channel in which this softening occurs is characteristic of a valence instability—therefore, we identify the elastic softening with fluctuations of the plutonium 5f mixed-valence state. These valence fluctuations disappear when the superconducting gap opens at Tc, suggesting that electrons near the Fermi surface play an essential role in the mixed-valence physics of this system and that PuCoGa5 avoids a valence transition by entering the superconducting state. The lack of magnetism in PuCoGa5 has made it difficult to reconcile with most other heavy-fermion superconductors, where superconductivity is generally believed to be mediated by magnetic fluctuations. Our observations suggest that valence fluctuations play a critical role in the unusually high Tc of PuCoGa5. PMID:25737548

  16. The missing angular momentum of superconductors.

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    Hirsch, J E

    2008-06-11

    We point out that the Meissner effect, the process by which a superconductor expels magnetic field from its interior, represents an unsolved puzzle within the London-Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theoretical framework used to describe the physics of conventional superconductors, because it appears to give rise to non-conservation of angular momentum. Possible ways to avoid this inconsistency within the conventional theory of superconductivity are argued to be far-fetched. Consequently, we argue that unless/until a consistent explanation is put forth, the existence of the Meissner effect represents an anomaly that casts doubt on the validity of the conventional framework. Instead, we point out that three elements of the unconventional theory of hole superconductivity (that are not part of the conventional theory) allow for a consistent explanation of the Meissner effect, namely: (i) that the charge distribution in superconductors is macroscopically inhomogeneous, (ii) that superconducting electrons reside in mesoscopic orbits of radius 2λ(L) (λ(L) = London penetration depth), and (iii) that spin-orbit coupling plays an essential role in superconductivity. PMID:21694324

  17. Topology of nonsymmorphic crystalline insulators and superconductors

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    Shiozaki, Ken; Sato, Masatoshi; Gomi, Kiyonori

    2016-05-01

    Topological classification in our previous paper [K. Shiozaki and M. Sato, Phys. Rev. B 90, 165114 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevB.90.165114] is extended to nonsymmorphic crystalline insulators and superconductors. Using the twisted equivariant K theory, we complete the classification of topological crystalline insulators and superconductors in the presence of additional order-two nonsymmorphic space-group symmetries. The order-two nonsymmorphic space groups include half-lattice translation with Z2 flip, glide, twofold screw, and their magnetic space groups. We find that the topological periodic table shows modulo-2 periodicity in the number of flipped coordinates under the order-two nonsymmorphic space group. It is pointed out that the nonsymmorphic space groups allow Z2 topological phases even in the absence of time-reversal and/or particle-hole symmetries. Furthermore, the coexistence of the nonsymmorphic space group with time-reversal and/or particle-hole symmetries provides novel Z4 topological phases, which have not been realized in ordinary topological insulators and superconductors. We present model Hamiltonians of these new topological phases and analytic expressions of the Z2 and Z4 topological invariants. The half-lattice translation with Z2 spin flip and glide symmetry are compatible with the existence of boundaries, leading to topological surface gapless modes protected by the order-two nonsymmorphic symmetries. We also discuss unique features of these gapless surface modes.

  18. Equivalence of topological insulators and superconductors

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    Cobanera, Emilio; Ortiz, Gerardo

    2015-10-01

    Systems of free fermions are classified by symmetry, space dimensionality, and topological properties described by K homology. Those systems belonging to different classes are inequivalent. In contrast, we show that by taking a many-body/Fock-space viewpoint it becomes possible to establish equivalences of topological insulators and superconductors in terms of duality transformations. These mappings connect topologically inequivalent systems of fermions, jumping across entries in existent classification tables, because of the phenomenon of symmetry transmutation by which a symmetry and its dual partner have identical algebraic properties but very different physical interpretations. To constrain our study to established classification tables, we define and characterize mathematically Gaussian dualities as dualities mapping free fermions to free fermions (and interacting to interacting). By introducing a large, flexible class of Gaussian dualities we show that any insulator is dual to a superconductor, and that fermionic edge modes are dual to Majorana edge modes, that is, the Gaussian dualities of this paper preserve the bulk-boundary correspondence. Transmutation of relevant symmetries, particle number, translation, and time reversal is also investigated in detail. As illustrative examples, we show the duality equivalence of the dimerized Peierls chain and the Majorana chain of Kitaev, and a two-dimensional Kekulé-type topological insulator, including graphene as a special instance in coupling space, dual to a p -wave superconductor. Since our analysis extends to interacting fermion systems, we also briefly discuss some such applications.

  19. A simple holographic superconductor with momentum relaxation

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    Kim, Keun-Young; Kim, Kyung Kiu; Park, Miok

    2015-04-01

    We study a holographic superconductor model with momentum relaxation due to massless scalar fields linear to spatial coordinates( ψ I = βδ Ii x i ), where β is the strength of momentum relaxation. In addition to the original superconductor induced by the chemical potential( μ) at β = 0, there exists a new type of superconductor induced by β even at μ = 0. It may imply a new `pairing' mechanism of particles and antiparticles interacting with β, which may be interpreted as `impurity'. Two parameters μ and β compete in forming superconducting phase. As a result, the critical temperature behaves differently depending on β/μ. It decreases when β/μ is small and increases when β/μ is large, which is a novel feature compared to other models. After analysing ground states and phase diagrams for various β/μ, we study optical electric( σ), thermoelectric( α), and thermal() conductivities. When the system undergoes a phase transition from normal to a superconducting phase, 1 /ω pole appears in the imaginary part of the electric conductivity, implying infinite DC conductivity. If β/μ < 1, at small ω, a two-fluid model with an imaginary 1 /ω pole and the Drude peak works for σ, α, and , but If β/μ > 1 a non-Drude peak replaces the Drude peak. It is consistent with the coherent/incoherent metal transition in its metal phase. The Ferrell-Glover-Tinkham (FGT) sum rule is satisfied for all cases even when μ = 0.

  20. Avoided valence transition in a plutonium superconductor.

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    Ramshaw, B J; Shekhter, Arkady; McDonald, Ross D; Betts, Jon B; Mitchell, J N; Tobash, P H; Mielke, C H; Bauer, E D; Migliori, Albert

    2015-03-17

    The d and f electrons in correlated metals are often neither fully localized around their host nuclei nor fully itinerant. This localized/itinerant duality underlies the correlated electronic states of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the heavy-fermion intermetallics and is nowhere more apparent than in the 5f valence electrons of plutonium. Here, we report the full set of symmetry-resolved elastic moduli of PuCoGa5--the highest Tc superconductor of the heavy fermions (Tc = 18.5 K)--and find that the bulk modulus softens anomalously over a wide range in temperature above Tc. The elastic symmetry channel in which this softening occurs is characteristic of a valence instability--therefore, we identify the elastic softening with fluctuations of the plutonium 5f mixed-valence state. These valence fluctuations disappear when the superconducting gap opens at Tc, suggesting that electrons near the Fermi surface play an essential role in the mixed-valence physics of this system and that PuCoGa5 avoids a valence transition by entering the superconducting state. The lack of magnetism in PuCoGa5 has made it difficult to reconcile with most other heavy-fermion superconductors, where superconductivity is generally believed to be mediated by magnetic fluctuations. Our observations suggest that valence fluctuations play a critical role in the unusually high Tc of PuCoGa5. PMID:25737548

  1. Meissner holes in iron-based superconductors

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    Tamegai, Tsuyoshi; Mohan, Shyam; Tsuchiya, Yuji; Nakajima, Yasuyuki

    2012-02-01

    Magnetic flux penetrates into a superconductor in the form of quantized vortices. This process is usually described by the Bean model, and the flux front forms a regular pattern reflecting the shape of the sample. However, a novel form of flux penetration accompanying wiggling fronts between vortices and antivortices has been observed in YBa2Cu3O7-δ upon remagnetization [1]. Such a phenomenon is ascribed to the presence of special arrangements of vortices at the front accompanying flux free regions and excess current around it. The flux free region is called as `Mesissner hole'. We have performed extensive magneto-optical imagings of iron-based superconductor single crystals and found similar anomalous features for the first time in superconductors other than 123-type cuprates [2]. Implications of this finding will be discussed with possible origins of the anomalous vortex arrangements. [1] V. K. Vlasko-Vlasov et al., Phys. Rev. B 56, 5622 (1997). [2] S. Mohan, Y. Tsuchiya, Y. Nakajima, and T. Tamegai, Phys. Rev. B 84, 18050X (2011).

  2. McMillan-Rowell Like Oscillations in a Superconductor-InAs/GaSb-Superconductor Junction

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    Shi, Xiaoyan; Yu, Wenlong; Hawkins, Samuel D.; Klem, John F.; Pan, Wei

    2015-08-04

    We fabricated a superconductor (Ta)-InAs/GaSb bilayer-superconductor (Ta) junction device that has a long mean free path and can preserve the wavelike properties of particles (electrons and holes) inside the junction. Differential conductance measurements were also carried out at low temperatures in this device, and McMillan-Rowell like oscillations (MROs) were observed. A much larger Fermi velocity, compared to that from Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, was obtained from the frequency of MROs. Possible mechanisms are discussed for this discrepancy.

  3. McMillan-Rowell like oscillations in a superconductor-InAs/GaSb-superconductor junction

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    Shi, Xiaoyan Yu, Wenlong; Hawkins, S. D.; Klem, J. F.; Pan, W.

    2015-08-03

    We have fabricated a superconductor (Ta)-InAs/GaSb bilayer-superconductor (Ta) junction device that has a long mean free path and can preserve the wavelike properties of particles (electrons and holes) inside the junction. Differential conductance measurements were carried out at low temperatures in this device, and McMillan-Rowell like oscillations (MROs) were observed. Surprisingly, a much larger Fermi velocity, compared to that from Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations, was obtained from the frequency of MROs. Possible mechanisms are discussed for this discrepancy.

  4. Multiple Antiferromagnetic Spin Fluctuations and Novel Evolution of Tc in Iron-Based Superconductors LaFe(As1‑xPx)(O1‑yFy) Revealed by 31P-NMR Studies

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    Shiota, Takayoshi; Mukuda, Hidekazu; Uekubo, Masahiro; Engetsu, Fuko; Yashima, Mitsuharu; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Lai, Kwing To; Usui, Hidetomo; Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Miyasaka, Shigeki; Tajima, Setsuko

    2016-05-01

    We report on 31P-NMR studies of LaFe(As1‑xPx)(O1‑yFy) over wide compositions for 0 ≤ x ≤ 1 and 0 ≤ y ≤ 0.14, which provide clear evidence that antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations (AFMSFs) are one of the indispensable elements for enhancing Tc. Systematic 31P-NMR measurements revealed two types of AFMSFs in the temperature evolution, that is, one is the AFMSFs that develop rapidly down to Tc with low-energy characteristics, and the other, with relatively higher energy than the former, develops gradually upon cooling from high temperature. The low-energy AFMSFs in low y (electron doping) over a wide x (pnictogen height suppression) range are associated with the two orbitals of dxz/yz, whereas the higher-energy ones for a wide y region around low x originate from the three orbitals of dxy and dxz/yz. We remark that the nonmonotonic variation of Tc as a function of x and y in LaFe(As1‑xPx)(O1‑yFy) is attributed to these multiple AFMSFs originating from degenerated multiple 3d orbitals inherent to Fe-pnictide superconductors.

  5. Controlled levitation of a large magnet above superconductors

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    Takamori, T.; Boland, J.J.; Dove, D.B. )

    1990-07-01

    The levitation of a permanent magnet over a type-II superconductor may be modified and controlled by the addition of a variable magnetic field to the magnet-superconductor system. Using this scheme, levitation of a magnet of significantly larger mass was established by the direct interaction of the additonal field with the levitating magnet.

  6. Interface superconductor with gap behaviour like a high-temperature superconductor.

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    Richter, C; Boschker, H; Dietsche, W; Fillis-Tsirakis, E; Jany, R; Loder, F; Kourkoutis, L F; Muller, D A; Kirtley, J R; Schneider, C W; Mannhart, J

    2013-10-24

    The physics of the superconducting state in two-dimensional (2D) electron systems is relevant to understanding the high-transition-temperature copper oxide superconductors and for the development of future superconductors based on interface electron systems. But it is not yet understood how fundamental superconducting parameters, such as the spectral density of states, change when these superconducting electron systems are depleted of charge carriers. Here we use tunnel spectroscopy with planar junctions to measure the behaviour of the electronic spectral density of states as a function of carrier density, clarifying this issue experimentally. We chose the conducting LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interface as the 2D superconductor, because this electron system can be tuned continuously with an electric gate field. We observed an energy gap of the order of 40 microelectronvolts in the density of states, whose shape is well described by the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconducting gap function. In contrast to the dome-shaped dependence of the critical temperature, the gap increases with charge carrier depletion in both the underdoped region and the overdoped region. These results are analogous to the pseudogap behaviour of the high-transition-temperature copper oxide superconductors and imply that the smooth continuation of the superconducting gap into pseudogap-like behaviour could be a general property of 2D superconductivity. PMID:24097347

  7. Effect of exciton pairing on the stationary Josephson current in superconductor-semimetal-superconductor junctions

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    Itskovich, I.F.; Shekhter, R.I.

    1983-01-01

    The effect of exciton pairing of charge carriers in a semimetal on the stationary Josephson current in superconductor-semimetal-superconductor junctions is considered. It is shown that the phase transition of the semimetal interlayer into an exciton dielectric state for T/sub ..gamma../superconductor-semimetal-superconductor junction is exponentially smaller than the current in the absence of exciton pairing.

  8. Precursor composites for oxygen dispersion hardened silver sheathed superconductor composites

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    Podtburg, E.R.

    1999-06-22

    An oxide superconductor composite having improved texture and durability is disclosed. The oxide superconductor composite includes an oxide superconductor phase substantially surrounded with/by a noble metal matrix, the noble metal matrix comprising a metal oxide in an amount effective to form metal oxide domains that increase hardness of the composite. The composite is characterized by a degree of texture at least 10% greater than a comparable oxide superconductor composite lacking metal oxide domains. An oxide superconducting composite may be prepared by oxidizing the precursor composite under conditions effective to form solute metal oxide domains within the silver matrix and to form a precursor oxide in the precursor alloy phase; subjecting the oxidized composite to a softening anneal under conditions effective to relieve stress within the noble metal phase; and converting the oxide precursor into an oxide superconductor. 1 fig.

  9. Precursor composites for oxygen dispersion hardened silver sheathed superconductor composites

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    Podtburg, Eric R.

    1999-01-01

    An oxide superconductor composite having improved texture and durability. The oxide superconductor composite includes an oxide superconductor phase substantially surrounded with/by a noble metal matrix, the noble metal matrix comprising a metal oxide in an amount effective to form metal oxide domains that increase hardness of the composite. The composite is characterized by a degree of texture at least 10% greater than a comparable oxide superconductor composite lacking metal oxide domains. An oxide superconducting composite may be prepared by oxidizing the precursor composite under conditions effective to form solute metal oxide domains within the silver matrix and to form a precursor oxide in the precursor alloy phase; subjecting the oxidized composite to a softening anneal under conditions effective to relieve stress within the noble metal phase; and converting the oxide precursor into an oxide superconductor.

  10. System and method for quench protection of a superconductor

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    Huang, Xianrui; Sivasubramaniam, Kiruba Haran; Bray, James William; Ryan, David Thomas

    2008-03-11

    A system and method for protecting a superconductor from a quench condition. A quench protection system is provided to protect the superconductor from damage due to a quench condition. The quench protection system comprises a voltage detector operable to detect voltage across the superconductor. The system also comprises a frequency filter coupled to the voltage detector. The frequency filter is operable to couple voltage signals to a control circuit that are representative of a rise in superconductor voltage caused by a quench condition and to block voltage signals that are not. The system is operable to detect whether a quench condition exists in the superconductor based on the voltage signal received via the frequency filter and to initiate a protective action in response.

  11. Status of high temperature superconductor development for accelerator magnets

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    Hirabayashi, H.

    1995-01-01

    High temperature superconductors are still under development for various applications. As far as conductors for magnets are concerned, the development has just been started. Small coils wound by silver sheathed Bi-2212 and Bi-2223 oxide conductors have been reported by a few authors. Essential properties of high T(sub c) superconductors like pinning force, coherent length, intergrain coupling, weak link, thermal property, AC loss and mechanical strength are still not sufficiently understandable. In this talk, a review is given with comparison between the present achievement and the final requirement for high T(sub c) superconductors, which could be particularly used in accelerator magnets. Discussions on how to develop high T(sub c) superconductors for accelerator magnets are included with key parameters of essential properties. A proposal of how to make a prototype accelerator magnet with high T(sub c) superconductors with prospect for future development is also given.

  12. Method of manufacturing a high temperature superconductor with improved transport properties

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Siegel, Richard W.; Askew, Thomas R.

    2001-01-01

    A method of preparing a high temperature superconductor. A method of preparing a superconductor includes providing a powdered high temperature superconductor and a nanophase paramagnetic material. These components are combined to form a solid compacted mass with the paramagnetic material disposed on the grain boundaries of the polycrystaline high temperature superconductor.

  13. A Double-Decker Levitation Experiment Using a Sandwich of Superconductors.

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    Jacob, Anthony T.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Shows that the mutual repulsion that enables a superconductor to levitate a magnet and a magnet to levitate a superconductor can be combined into a single demonstration. Uses an overhead projector, two pellets of "1-2-3" superconductor, Nd-Fe-B magnets, liquid nitrogen, and paraffin. Offers superconductor preparation, hazards, and disposal…

  14. Method and apparatus for dissipating remanent fields and preserving diamagnetism of ceramic superconductors

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    Youngdahl, C.A.

    1993-12-31

    A method for dissipating a remanent field, created when a magnetic field is brought into contact with a superconductor, while preserving the diamagnetism of a superconductor comprises the steps of (1) providing a ceramic superconductor; (2) continuously or intermittently generating an AC current to the ceramic superconductor; and (3) gradually decreasing the AC current until the undesired remanent field is dissipated.

  15. Exploring intertwined orders in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2014-11-22

    In this study, the concept of intertwined orders has been introduced to describe the cooperative relationship between antiferromagnetic spin correlations and electron (or hole) pair correlations that develop in copper-oxide superconductors. This contrasts with systems in which, for example, charge-density-wave (CDW) order competes for Fermi surface area with superconductivity. La2-xBaxCuO4 with x = 0.125 provides an example in which the ordering of spin stripes coincides with the onset of two-dimensional superconducting correlations. The apparent frustration of the interlayer Josephson coupling has motivated the concept of the pair-density-wave superconductor, a state that theoretical calculations show to be energetically competitive with themore » uniform d-wave superconductor. Even at x = 0.095, where there is robust superconductivity below 32 K in zero field, the coexistence of strong, low-energy, incommensurate spin excitations implies a spatially modulated and intertwined pair wave function. Recent observations of CDW order in YBa2Cu3O6+x and other cuprate families have raised interesting questions regarding the general role of charge modulations and the relation to superconductivity. While there are differences in the doping dependence of the modulation wave vectors in YBa2Cu3O6+x and La2-xBaxCuO4, the maximum ordering strength is peaked at the hole concentration of 1/8 in both cases. There are also possible connections with the quantum oscillations that have been detected about the same hole concentration but at high magnetic fields. Resolving these relationships remains a research challenge.« less

  16. Exploring intertwined orders in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2014-11-22

    In this study, the concept of intertwined orders has been introduced to describe the cooperative relationship between antiferromagnetic spin correlations and electron (or hole) pair correlations that develop in copper-oxide superconductors. This contrasts with systems in which, for example, charge-density-wave (CDW) order competes for Fermi surface area with superconductivity. La2-xBaxCuO4 with x = 0.125 provides an example in which the ordering of spin stripes coincides with the onset of two-dimensional superconducting correlations. The apparent frustration of the interlayer Josephson coupling has motivated the concept of the pair-density-wave superconductor, a state that theoretical calculations show to be energetically competitive with the uniform d-wave superconductor. Even at x = 0.095, where there is robust superconductivity below 32 K in zero field, the coexistence of strong, low-energy, incommensurate spin excitations implies a spatially modulated and intertwined pair wave function. Recent observations of CDW order in YBa2Cu3O6+x and other cuprate families have raised interesting questions regarding the general role of charge modulations and the relation to superconductivity. While there are differences in the doping dependence of the modulation wave vectors in YBa2Cu3O6+x and La2-xBaxCuO4, the maximum ordering strength is peaked at the hole concentration of 1/8 in both cases. There are also possible connections with the quantum oscillations that have been detected about the same hole concentration but at high magnetic fields. Resolving these relationships remains a research challenge.

  17. Nernst effect in high temperature superconductors

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    Wang, Yayu

    This thesis presents a study of the Nernst effect in high temperature superconductors. The vortex Nernst measurements have been carried out on various high Tc cuprates to high magnetic fields. These results provide vital information about the properties and relations of the pseudogap phase and superconducting phase in high Tc superconductors. Our first finding is the existence of vortex-like excitations at temperatures much higher than Tc0, the zero filed transition temperature, in the underdoped cuprates. This result suggests that in the putative normal state of cuprates, although bulk Meissner effect is absent and resistivity looks normal, the amplitude of the Cooper pairing is still sizable. The transition at Tc0 is driven by the loss of long range phase coherence rather than the disappearance of superconducting condensate. The high field Nernst effect offers a reliable way to determine the upper critical field Hc2 of high Tc cuprates and many unusual properties are uncovered. For cuprates with relatively large hole density (x > 0.15), we found that H c2 is almost temperature independent for T < Tc0. This is in strong contrast to the Hc2 - T relation of conventional superconductors. Moreover, using a scaling analysis, we have demonstrated that H c2 increases with decreasing hole density x in this doping range, implying a stronger pairing potential at lower doping. In the severely underdoped regime (x < 0.12), some new features become apparent and they imply that the vortex Nernst signal is comprised of two distinct contributions. The first is from coherent regions with long range phase coherence and relatively low upper critical field, more like the superconducting phase; the second is from phase incoherent regions with much larger field scales, indicative of the pseudogap phase. As temperature rises, the superconducting phase gives weight to the pseudogap phase. Moreover, the upper critical field Hc2 of the superconducting phase scales with the onset

  18. NEW APPROACHES: High temperature superconductors take off

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    Gough, Colin

    1998-01-01

    This article describes the progress made towards real engineering applications of high temperature superconductors (HTS) in the ten years following the Nobel Prize winning discovery by Bednorz and Müller in August 1986. Examples include HTS wires and tapes for more efficient and powerful electric motors and for increasing the electrical power into the heart of modern cities, HTS permanent magnets for levitation, microwave filters for cellular telephone networks, SQUIDs (superconducting quantum interference devices) to monitor foetal heart and brain signals, and a new generation of superfast logic devices based on the flux quantum.

  19. Gapless topological superconductors: Model Hamiltonian and realization

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    Baum, Yuval; Posske, Thore; Fulga, Ion Cosma; Trauzettel, Björn; Stern, Ady

    2015-07-01

    The existence of an excitation gap in the bulk spectrum is one of the most prominent fingerprints of topological phases of matter. In this paper, we propose a family of two-dimensional Hamiltonians that yield an unusual class D topological superconductor with a gapless bulk spectrum but well-localized Majorana edge states. We perform a numerical analysis for a representative model of this phase and suggest a concrete physical realization by analyzing the effect of magnetic impurities on the surface of a strong topological insulator.

  20. Quasiparticles near domain walls in hexagonal superconductors

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    Mukherjee, S. P.; Samokhin, K. V.

    2016-02-01

    We calculate the energy spectrum of quasiparticles trapped by a domain wall separating different time-reversal symmetry-breaking ground states in a hexagonal superconductor, such as UPt3. The bound-state energy is found to be strongly dependent on the gap symmetry, the domain-wall orientation, the quasiparticle's direction of semiclassical propagation, and the phase difference between the domains. We calculate the corresponding density of states and show how one can use its prominent features, in particular, the zero-energy singularity, to distinguish between different pairing symmetries.

  1. Superconductor coil geometry and ac losses

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    Pierce, T. V., Jr.; Zapata, R. N.

    1976-01-01

    An empirical relation is presented which allows simple computation of volume-averaged winding fields from central fields for coils of small rectangular cross sections. This relation suggests that, in certain applications, ac-loss minimization can be accomplished by use of low winding densities, provided that hysteresis losses are independent of winding density. The ac-loss measurements on coils wound of twisted multifilamentary composite superconductors show no significant dependence on ac losses on winding density, thus permitting the use of winding density as an independent design parameter in loss minimization.

  2. Magnetic refrigeration using flux compression in superconductors

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    Israelsson, U. E.; Strayer, D. M.; Jackson, H. W.; Petrac, D.

    1990-01-01

    The feasibility of using flux compression in high-temperature superconductors to produce the large time-varying magnetic fields required in a field cycled magnetic refrigerator operating between 20 K and 4 K is presently investigated. This paper describes the refrigerator concept and lists limitations and advantages in comparison with conventional refrigeration techniques. The maximum fields obtainable by flux compression in high-temperature supercoductor materials, as presently prepared, are too low to serve in such a refrigerator. However, reports exist of critical current values that are near usable levels for flux pumps in refrigerator applications.

  3. Localization of resistive domains in inhomogeneous superconductors

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    Gurevich, A.V.; Mints, R.G.

    1981-01-01

    The properties of resistive domains due to the Joule heating in inhomogeneous superconductors with transport currents are studied. The equilibrium of a domain at an inhomogeneity of arbitrary type and with dimensions much smaller than the dimensions of the domain is investigated. It is shown that resistive domains can become localized at inhomogeneities. The temperature distribution in a domain and the current--voltage characteristic of the domain are determined. The stability of localized domains is discussed. It is shown that such domains give rise to a hysteresis in the destruction (recovery) of the superconductivity by the transport current.

  4. Superconductor-Diamond Hybrid Quantum System

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    Semba, Kouichi; Yoshihara, Fumiki; Johansson, Jan E. S.; Zhu, Xiaobo; Mizuochi, Norikazu; Munro, William J.; Saito, Shiro; Kakuyanagi, Kosuke; Matsuzaki, Yuichiro

    This chapter describes recent progress on research into superconducting flux qubit, NV diamond, and superconductor-diamond hybrid quantum systems. First, we describe important physical properties of superconducting macroscopic artificial atoms i.e., the tunability of the qubit energy level spacing, the coherence property, an example of strong coupling to another quantum system such as an LC harmonic oscillator, and qubit state readout through a Josephson bifurcation amplifier. We then introduce the NV center in diamond as an intriguing candidate for quantum information processing, which offers excellent multiple accessibility via visible light, microwaves and magnetic fields. Finally, we describe the superconducting flux qubit - NV centers in a diamond hybrid quantum system.

  5. Stimulated quasiparticles in spin-split superconductors

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    Virtanen, P.; Heikkilä, T. T.; Bergeret, F. S.

    2016-01-01

    In superconductors spin split by an exchange field, thermal effects are coupled to spin transport. We show how an oscillating electromagnetic field in such systems creates spin imbalance, that can be detected with a spin-polarized probe. The sign and magnitude of the probe signal result from a competition between processes converting field-induced spin energy imbalance to spin imbalance, dominant at low frequencies, and microwave-driven pair breaking at high frequencies. In the presence of spin-flip scattering, we show that ac excitation also leads to multistabilities in the superconducting state.

  6. Vortex induced strain effects in anisotropic superconductors

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    Miranovic, P.; Dobrosavljevic-Grujic, L.; Kogan, V.G.

    1996-12-31

    Strain in a superconductor, produced by the normal vortex core, can affect both static and dynamic properties of vortices. It causes an additional vortex-vortex interaction which is long-ranged ({approximately} 1/r{sup 2}) as compared with finite but much stronger London interaction in the fields far below H{sub c2}. The energy of this magneto-elastic interaction is calculated within London model. The role of strain effects in forming vortex lattice structure is demonstrated for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}.

  7. Giant proximity effect in cuprate superconductors.

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    Bozovic, I; Logvenov, G; Verhoeven, M A J; Caputo, P; Goldobin, E; Beasley, M R

    2004-10-01

    Using an advanced molecular beam epitaxy system, we have reproducibly synthesized atomically smooth films of high-temperature superconductors and uniform trilayer junctions with virtually perfect interfaces. We found that supercurrent runs through very thick barriers. We can rule out pinholes and microshorts; this "giant proximity effect" (GPE) is intrinsic. It defies the conventional explanation; it might originate in resonant tunneling through pair states in an almost-superconducting barrier. GPE may also be significant for superconducting electronics, since thick barriers are easier to fabricate. PMID:15524925

  8. Quasiparticles near domain walls in hexagonal superconductors

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    Mukherjee, Soumya; Samokhin, Kirill

    We calculate the energy spectrum of quasiparticles trapped by a domain wall separating different time reversal symmetry-breaking ground states in a hexagonal superconductor, such as UPt3. The bound state energy is found to be strongly dependent on the gap symmetry, the domain wall orientation, the quasiparticle's direction of semiclassical propagation, and the phase difference between the domains. We calculate the corresponding density of states and show how one can use its prominent features, in particular, the zero-energy singularity, to distinguish between different pairing symmetries. Discovery Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

  9. Analytic Treatment on Stimulated Holographic Superconductors

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    Zeng, Xiao-Xiong; Liu, Xian-Ming; Liu, Wen-Biao

    Using the classical time-average approximation to deal with equation of motion for scalar field, holographic superconductor with a time-dependent chemical potential is studied analytically in probe limit. On the basis of the minimum eigenvalue of Sturm-Liouville equation, concrete values of the phase transition temperature and critical frequency are obtained. The condensed solution in high frequency regime is also calculated. It is shown that the phase transition temperature enhances and the superconductivity can be got easier as the frequency of the time-dependent chemical potential, which should be larger than the critical frequency, rises.

  10. Modeling forces in high-temperature superconductors

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    Turner, L. R.; Foster, M. W.

    1997-11-18

    We have developed a simple model that uses computed shielding currents to determine the forces acting on a high-temperature superconductor (HTS). The model has been applied to measurements of the force between HTS and permanent magnets (PM). Results show the expected hysteretic variation of force as the HTS moves first toward and then away from a permanent magnet, including the reversal of the sign of the force. Optimization of the shielding currents is carried out through a simulated annealing algorithm in a C++ program that repeatedly calls a commercial electromagnetic software code. Agreement with measured forces is encouraging.

  11. Potential aerospace applications of high temperature superconductors

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    Selim, Raouf

    1994-12-01

    The recent discovery of High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) with superconducting transition temperature, T(sub c), above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen has opened the door for using these materials in new and practical applications. These materials have zero resistance to electric current, have the capability of carrying large currents and as such have the potential to be used in high magnetic field applications. One of the space applications that can use superconductors is electromagnetic launch of payloads to low-earth-orbit. An electromagnetic gun-type launcher can be used in small payload systems that are launched at very high velocity, while sled-type magnetically levitated launcher can be used to launch larger payloads at smaller velocities. Both types of launchers are being studied by NASA and the aerospace industry. The use of superconductors will be essential in any of these types of launchers in order to produce the large magnetic fields required to obtain large thrust forces. Low Temperature Superconductor (LTS) technology is mature enough and can be easily integrated in such systems. As for the HTS, many leading companies are currently producing HTS coils and magnets that potentially can be mass-produced for these launchers. It seems that designing and building a small-scale electromagnetic launcher is the next logical step toward seriously considering this method for launching payloads into low-earth-orbit. A second potential application is the use of HTS to build sensitive portable devices for the use in Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE). Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID's) are the most sensitive instruments for measuring changes in magnetic flux. By using HTS in SQUID's, one will be able to design a portable unit that uses liquid nitrogen or a cryocooler pump to explore the use of gradiometers or magnetometers to detect deep cracks or corrosion in structures. A third use is the replacement of Infra-Red (IR) sensor leads on

  12. Inversion symmetry protected topological insulators and superconductors

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    Lee, Dung-Hai; Lu, Yuan-Ming

    2015-03-01

    Three dimensional topological insulator represents a class of novel quantum phases hosting robust gapless boundary excitations, which is protected by global symmetries such as time reversal, charge conservation and spin rotational symmetry. In this work we systematically study another class of topological phases of weakly interacting electrons protected by spatial inversion symmetry, which generally don't support stable gapless boundary states. We classify these inversion-symmetric topological insulators and superconductors in the framework of K-theory, and construct their lattice models. We also discuss quantized response functions of these inversion-protected topological phases, which serve as their experimental signatures.

  13. Potential aerospace applications of high temperature superconductors

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    Selim, Raouf

    1994-01-01

    The recent discovery of High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) with superconducting transition temperature, T(sub c), above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen has opened the door for using these materials in new and practical applications. These materials have zero resistance to electric current, have the capability of carrying large currents and as such have the potential to be used in high magnetic field applications. One of the space applications that can use superconductors is electromagnetic launch of payloads to low-earth-orbit. An electromagnetic gun-type launcher can be used in small payload systems that are launched at very high velocity, while sled-type magnetically levitated launcher can be used to launch larger payloads at smaller velocities. Both types of launchers are being studied by NASA and the aerospace industry. The use of superconductors will be essential in any of these types of launchers in order to produce the large magnetic fields required to obtain large thrust forces. Low Temperature Superconductor (LTS) technology is mature enough and can be easily integrated in such systems. As for the HTS, many leading companies are currently producing HTS coils and magnets that potentially can be mass-produced for these launchers. It seems that designing and building a small-scale electromagnetic launcher is the next logical step toward seriously considering this method for launching payloads into low-earth-orbit. A second potential application is the use of HTS to build sensitive portable devices for the use in Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE). Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID's) are the most sensitive instruments for measuring changes in magnetic flux. By using HTS in SQUID's, one will be able to design a portable unit that uses liquid nitrogen or a cryocooler pump to explore the use of gradiometers or magnetometers to detect deep cracks or corrosion in structures. A third use is the replacement of Infra-Red (IR) sensor leads on

  14. Guided design of copper oxysulfide superconductors

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    Yee, Chuck-Hou; Birol, Turan; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2015-07-01

    We describe a framework for designing novel materials, combining modern first-principles electronic-structure tools, materials databases, and evolutionary algorithms capable of exploring large configurational spaces. Guided by the chemical principles introduced by Antipov et al., for the design and synthesis of the Hg-based high-temperature superconductors, we apply our framework to screen 333 proposed compositions to design a new layered copper oxysulfide, Hg(CaS)2CuO2. We evaluate the prospects of superconductivity in this oxysulfide using theories based on charge-transfer energies, orbital distillation and uniaxial strain.

  15. Magnetic pinning in superconductor-ferromagnet multilayers

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    Bulaevskii, L. N.; Chudnovsky, E. M.; Maley, M. P.

    2000-05-01

    We argue that superconductor/ferromagnet multilayers of nanoscale period should exhibit strong pinning of vortices by the magnetic domain structure in magnetic fields below the coercive field when ferromagnetic layers exhibit strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. The estimated maximum magnetic pinning energy for single vortex in such a system is about 100 times larger than the pinning energy by columnar defects. This pinning energy may provide critical currents as high as 10{sup 6}-10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2} at high temperatures (but not very close to T{sub c}) at least in magnetic fields below 0.1 T. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  16. 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.

  17. Ab initio study on rare-earth iron-pnictides RFeAsO (R = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd) in low-temperature Cmma phase

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    Eryigit, Resul; Gurel, Tanju; Erturk, Esra; Lukoyanov, A. V.; Akcay, Guven; Anisimov, V. I.

    2014-03-01

    We present density functional theory calculations on iron-based pnictides RFeAsO (R = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd). The calculations have been carried out using plane-waves and projector augmented wave (PAW) pseudopotential approach. Structural, magnetic and electronic properties are studied within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and also within GGA+U in order to investigate the influence of electron correlation effects. Low-temperature Cmma structure is fully optimized by GGA considering both non-magnetic and magnetic cells. We have found that spin-polarized structure improves the agreement with experiments on equilibrium lattice parameters, particularly c lattice parameter and Fe-As bond-lengths. Electronic band structure, total density of states, and spin-dependent orbital-resolved density of states are also analyzed in the frameworks of GGA and GGA+U and discussed. For all materials, by including on-site Coulomb correction, rare earth 4f states move away from the Fermi level and the Fermi level features of the systems are found to be mostly defined by the 3d electron-electron correlations in Fe. This work was supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK Project No. TBAG-111T796) and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Project No. 12-02-91371-CT_a).

  18. Magnetic entropy change plateau in a geometrically frustrated layered system: FeCrAs-like iron-pnictide structure as a magnetocaloric prototype.

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    Florez, J M; Vargas, P; Garcia, C; Ross, C A

    2013-06-01

    Monte Carlo modeling suggests that the magnetothermal features of the Fe2P-structured FeCrAs-like compound offer a promising route for the design of magnetocaloric materials. The prototype structure is modeled as antiferromagnetically coupled layered Heisenberg systems mimicking the distorted Kagome/triangular stacked architecture of FeCrAs iron-pnictide. The magnetic entropy change ΔSm(T) presents a plateau-like behavior which can be tailored by tuning either the JCr-Fe/JCr-Cr exchange energy ratio or the magnetic field. The plateau is defined by cooperative spin ordering within a ferrimagnetic region which exists between two critical temperatures separating at the lower bound (Tac) a canted antiferromagnetic phase and at the upper bound (Tdc) the thermally disordered phase. The refrigerant capacity and adiabatic change of temperature are A(H)(Tdc - Tac) and A(H)Tp/Cm respectively, with Tac < Tp < Tdc, A(H) an increasing positive function of the field defining the height of the plateau and Cm the magnetic specific heat, whose critical behavior is related to the T(a,d)(c) values. PMID:23673475

  19. Blowpipe Mineralogy for Physics/Environment: Highest-Possible-Tc SuperConductor (Beyond: (but via!!!) MgB2, Cuprates, Pnictides) Quest; BOTH PERMANENT FOREVER Carb-IDES SOLID-State Sequestration AND Drought(s)-Elimination

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    Segler, Kurt; Williams, Wendell; Siegel, Edward

    2011-03-01

    Detailed are old blowpipe new applications: charcoal-block reduction of borates to yield ("N-NW" of MgB2) Overhauser-[PR 35,1,411(1987); Intl.J.Mod.Phys.1, 2 & 4, 927(1987)]-"land" predicted high-EST-POSSIBLE Tc SC "LiD2"; very-early: Siegel[Phys.Stat.Sol.(a)11,45(1972);Semiconductors.and Insulators 5: 39,47,62(1979)] carb-IDES SOLID-state phase-TRANSITIONED CHEMICALLY-REDOX"-REACTED STABLE PERMANENT LONG-term NOT "CO2" BUT C-sequestration: PROFITABLE "Grab and Sell" TRUMPS "cap and trade"!!!; Mott alloying/vertical metal-insulator transitions in "borax-(GLASS)-beads"; and very-earlySiegel [{3rd Intl.Conf.Alt.Energy }(1980)-vol.5/p.459!!!] "FLYING-WATER" Hindenberg-effect (H2-UP;H2O-DOWN) via Hydrogen-maximal-Archimedes-buoyancy "chemical-rain-in-pipelines", only via Siegel proprietary "magnetic-hydrogen-valve"(MHV): Renewables-Hydrogen-Water flexible versatile agile scaleable retrofitable integrated operating-system for PERMANENT drought(s)-elimination FOREVER!!!

  20. Effect of interlayer coupling on the coexistence of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in Fe pnictide superconductors: A study of Ca0.74 (1 )La0.26 (1 )(Fe1 -xCox)As2 single crystals

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    Jiang, Shan; Liu, Lian; Schütt, Michael; Hallas, Alannah M.; Shen, Bing; Tian, Wei; Emmanouilidou, Eve; Shi, Aoshuang; Luke, Graeme M.; Uemura, Yasutomo J.; Fernandes, Rafael M.; Ni, Ni

    2016-05-01

    We report the transport, thermodynamic, muon spin relaxation, and neutron study of the Ca0.74 (1 )La0.26 (1 ) (Fe1 -xCox )As2 single crystals, mapping out the temperature-doping level phase diagram. Upon Co substitution on the Fe site, the structural and magnetic phase transitions in this 112 compound are suppressed and superconductivity up to 20 K occurs. Our measurements of the superconducting and magnetic volume fractions show that these two phases coexist microscopically in the underdoped region, in contrast to the related Ca10(Pt3As8 )((Fe1 -xPtx )2As2 )5 (10-3-8) compound, where coexistence is absent. Supported by model calculations, we discuss the differences in the phase diagrams of the 112 and 10-3-8 compounds in terms of the FeAs interlayer coupling, whose strength is affected by the character of the spacer layer, which is metallic in the 112 compound and insulating in the 10-3-8 compound.

  1. Potential Antiferromagnetic Fluctuations in Hole-Doped Iron-Pnictide Superconductor Ba1-xKxFe2As2 Studied by 75As Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Measurement0.1143/JPSJ.81.054704

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    Hirano, Masanori; Yamada, Yuji; Saito, Taku; Nagashima, Ryo; Konishi, Takehisa; Toriyama, Tatsuya; Ohta, Yukinori; Fukazawa, Hideto; Kohori, Yoh; Furukawa, Yuji; Kihou, Kunihiro; Lee, Chul-Ho; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2012-04-12

    We have performed 75As nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) measurements on single-crystalline Ba1-xKxFe2As2 for x = 0.27–1. 75As nuclear quadruple resonance frequency (νQ) increases linearly with increasing x. The Knight shift K in the normal state shows Pauli paramagnetic behavior with a weak temperature T dependence. K increases gradually with increasing x. By contrast, the nuclear spin–lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 in the normal state has a strong T dependence, which indicates the existence of large antiferomagnetic (AF) spin fluctuations for all x's. The T dependence of 1/T1 shows a gaplike behavior below approximately 100 K for 0.6 < x < 0.9. This behaviors is well explained by the change in the band structure with the expansion of hole Fermi surfaces and the shrinkage and disappearance of electron Fermi surfaces at the Brillouin zone (BZ) with increasing x. The anisotropy of 1/T1, represented by the ratio of 1/T1ab to 1/T1c, is always larger than 1 for all x's, which indicates that stripe-type AF fluctuations are dominant in this system. The K in the superconducting (SC) state decreases, which corresponds to the appearance of spin-singlet superconductivity. The T dependence of 1/T1 in the SC state indicates a multiple-SC-gap feature. A simple two-gap model analysis shows that the larger superconducting gap gradually decreases with increasing x from 0.27 to 1 and a smaller gap decreases rapidly and nearly vanishes for x > 0.6 where electron pockets in BZ disappear.

  2. Blowpipe Mineralogy for Physics/Environment: Highest-Possible-Tc SuperConductor (Beyond: (but via!!!) MgB2 , Cuprates, Pnictides) Quest; BOTH PERMANENT FOREVER Carb-IDES SOLID-State Sequestration AND Drought(s)-Elimination

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    Segler, Kurt; Williams, Wendell; Siegel, Edward

    2013-03-01

    Detailed are old blowpipe new applications: charcoal-block reduction of borates to yield (''N-NW'' of MgB2) Overhauser-[PR 35,1,411(1987); Intl.J.Mod.Phys.1, 2 & 4, 927(1987)]-''land'' predicted high-EST-POSSIBLE Tc SC

  3. Magnetic exchange coupling through superconductors: A trilayer study

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    Sá de Melo, C. A.

    2000-11-01

    The possibility of magnetic exchange coupling between two ferromagnets (F) separated by a superconductor (S) spacer is analyzed using the functional integral method. For this coupling to occur three prima facie conditions need to be satisfied. First, an indirect exchange coupling between the ferromagnets must exist when the superconductor is in its normal state. Second, superconductivity must not be destroyed due to the proximity to ferromagnetic boundaries. Third, roughness of the F/S interfaces must be small. Under these conditions, when the superconductor is cooled to below its critical temperature, the magnetic coupling changes. The appearance of the superconducting gap introduces a new length scale (the coherence length of the superconductor) and modifies the temperature dependence of the indirect exchange coupling existent in the normal state. The magnetic coupling is oscillatory both above and below the the critical temperature of the superconductor, as well as strongly temperature-dependent. However, at low temperatures the indirect exchange coupling decay length is controlled by the coherence length of the superconductor, while at temperatures close to and above the critical temperature of the superconductor the magnetic coupling decay length is controlled by the thermal length.

  4. Pinning Loss Power Density in Superconductors

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    Matsushita, Teruo

    2015-03-01

    The pinning loss power density is theoretically derived based on the resistive energy dissipation when the flux lines are driven by the Lorentz force in a superconductor. The obtained loss power density does not depend on the viscosity or flow resistivity, but is proportional to the pinning force density only, and it possesses the nature of hysteresis loss, as commonly measured in experiments. These features are predicted by the critical state model, which was recently proved theoretically. The obtained pinning force density is consistent with the prediction of the coherent potential approximation theory, a kind of statistical summation theory, for flux pinning. Thus, the irreversible properties associated with the flux pinning can be comprehensively described by these flux pinning theories. The irreversible flux pinning in the superconductor is compared with similar irreversible phenomena such as the motion of magnetic domain walls in ferromagnetic materials and the friction in mechanical systems. The possibility is also discussed for a general theoretical description of these irreversible phenomena in which the hysteresis loss occurs.

  5. Superfluid density through 2D superconductor junctions

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    Nam, Hyoungdo; Shih, Chih-Kang

    As S. Qin et al. reported, two monolayer (2 ML) lead film on a silicon (111) substrate has one of two different atomic structures on the silicon substrate: the unstrained 1x1 and the psedumorphically strained √3x √3 (i.e. the same lattice constant as the Si √3x √3 lattice). Most interestingly, although these two different regions show the same quantum well state features, they have different Tc's (5 K and 4 K). These two different regions of 2 ML film naturally form superconductor-superconductor (SS or SS') junctions along silicon step edges. Physical connection of the junction is only 1 ML thickness because of the step height difference of substrate. We will present this study of SS (or SS') junction system using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and in-situ double-coil mutual inductance measurement. The transition of superconducting gaps across either SS or SS' junctions should show how to locally affect each other. Double coil measurement show a global Tc close to the lower Tc region with sizable superfluid density. We will discuss the phase rigidity and its relationship to the superfluid density in this ultra-thin Pb film that is only 2 ML thick.

  6. Meissner effect of odd-frequency superconductors

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    Hashimoto, Katsufumi

    2001-10-01

    We present theoretical results on the Meissner effect of odd-frequency superconductors with the order parameter of the form, sgn(ωn)φ(k,iωn), where φ(k,iωn) is even in the Matsubara frequency ωn as in the conventional case. It is shown that the spectral function of the anomalous Green's function is given in the form of the Hilbert transformation of the one for the even-frequency part, and the anomalous contribution to the paramagnetic kernel consists of the conventional term but with the opposite sign and a term expressed by the digamma function. In the static limit the latter term reduces to twice the former one with the opposite sign so that the net contribution becomes the same as the conventional one. This indicates the presence of the Meissner effect for this class of the odd-frequency superconductors. A model interaction is discussed that leads to the order parameter mentioned above.

  7. Abrikosov Gluon Vortices in Color Superconductors

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    Ferrer, Efrain J.

    2011-09-01

    In this talk I will discuss how the in-medium magnetic field can influence the gluon dynamics in a three-flavor color superconductor. It will be shown how at field strengths comparable to the charged gluon Meissner mass a new phase can be realized, giving rise to Abrikosov's vortices of charged gluons. In that phase, the inhomogeneous gluon condensate anti-screens the magnetic field due to the anomalous magnetic moment of these spin-1 particles. This paramagnetic effect can be of interest for astrophysics, since due to the gluon vortex antiscreening mechanism, compact stars with color superconducting cores could have larger magnetic fields than neutron stars made up entirely of nuclear matter. I will also discuss a second gluon condensation phenomenon connected to the Meissner instability attained at moderate densities by two-flavor color superconductors. In this situation, an inhomogeneous condensate of charged gluons emerges to remove the chromomagnetic instability created by the pairing mismatch, and as a consequence, the charged gluonic currents induce a magnetic field. Finally, I will point out a possible relation between glitches in neutron stars and the existence of the gluon vortices.

  8. Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor

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    Ronen, Yuval; Cohen, Yonatan; Kang, Jung-Hyun; Haim, Arbel; Rieder, Maria-Theresa; Heiblum, Moty; Mahalu, Diana; Shtrikman, Hadas

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear charge transport in superconductor–insulator–superconductor (SIS) Josephson junctions has a unique signature in the shuttled charge quantum between the two superconductors. In the zero-bias limit Cooper pairs, each with twice the electron charge, carry the Josephson current. An applied bias VSD leads to multiple Andreev reflections (MAR), which in the limit of weak tunneling probability should lead to integer multiples of the electron charge ne traversing the junction, with n integer larger than 2Δ/eVSD and Δ the superconducting order parameter. Exceptionally, just above the gap eVSD ≥ 2Δ, with Andreev reflections suppressed, one would expect the current to be carried by partitioned quasiparticles, each with energy-dependent charge, being a superposition of an electron and a hole. Using shot-noise measurements in an SIS junction induced in an InAs nanowire (with noise proportional to the partitioned charge), we first observed quantization of the partitioned charge q = e*/e=n, with n = 1–4, thus reaffirming the validity of our charge interpretation. Concentrating next on the bias region eVSD∼2Δ, we found a reproducible and clear dip in the extracted charge to q ∼0.6, which, after excluding other possibilities, we attribute to the partitioned quasiparticle charge. Such dip is supported by numerical simulations of our SIS structure. PMID:26831071

  9. Method for fabrication of high temperature superconductors

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Ma, Beihai; Miller, Dean

    2006-03-14

    A layered article of manufacture and a method of manufacturing same is disclosed. A substrate has a biaxially textured MgO crystalline layer having the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the plane of the substrate deposited thereon. A layer of one or more of YSZ or Y2O3 and then a layer of CeO2 is deposited on the MgO. A crystalline superconductor layer with the c-axes thereof normal to the plane of the substrate is deposited on the CeO2 layer. Deposition of the MgO layer on the substrate is by the inclined substrate deposition method developed at Argonne National Laboratory. Preferably, the MgO has the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the normal to the substrate in the range of from about 10.degree. to about 40.degree. and YBCO superconductors are used.

  10. Insulation system for high temperature superconductor cables

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    Michael, P. C.; Haight, A. E.; Bromberg, L.; Kano, K.

    2015-12-01

    Large-scale superconductor applications, like fusion magnets, require high-current capacity conductors to limit system inductance and peak operating voltage. Several cabling methods using high temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes are presently under development so that the unique high-field, high-current-density, high operating temperature characteristics of 2nd generation REBCO coated conductors can be utilized in next generation fusion devices. Large-scale magnets are generally epoxy impregnated to support and distribute electromagnetic stresses through the magnet volume. However, the present generation of REBCO coated conductors are prone to delamination when tensile stresses are applied to the broad surface of REBCO tapes; this can occur during epoxy cure, cooldown, or magnet energization. We present the development of an insulation system which effectively insulates HTS cabled conductors at high withstand voltage while simultaneously preventing the intrusion of the epoxy impregnant into the cable, eliminating degradation due to conductor delamination. We also describe a small-scale coil test program to demonstrate the cable insulation scheme and present preliminary test results.

  11. Percolation effect in thick film superconductors

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    Sali, R.; Harsanyi, G.

    1994-12-31

    A thick film superconductor paste has been developed to study the properties of granulated superconductor materials, to observe the percolation effect and to confirm the theory of the conducting mechanism in the superconducting thick films. This paste was also applied to make a superconducting planar transformer. Due to high T{sub c} and advantageous current density properties the base of the paste was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO system. For contacts a conventional Ag/Pt paste was used. The critical temperature of the samples were between 110 K and 115 K depending on the printed layer thickness. The critical current density at the boiling temperature of the liquid He- was between 200-300 A/cm{sup 2}. The R(T) and V(I) functions were measured with different parameters. The results of the measurements have confirmed the theory of conducting mechanism in the material. The percolation structure model has been built and described. As an application, a superconducting planar thick film transformer was planned and produced. Ten windings of the transformer were printed on one side of the alumina substrate and one winding was printed on the other side. The coupling between the two sides was possible through the substrate. The samples did not need special drying and firing parameters. After the preparation, the properties of the transformer were measured. The efficiency and the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed.

  12. Study of the glass formation of high temperature superconductors

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    Ethridge, Edwin C.; Kaukler, William F.; Rolin, Terry

    1992-01-01

    A number of compositions of ceramic oxide high T(sub c) superconductors were elevated for their glass formation ability by means of rapid thermal analysis during quenching, optical, and electron microscopy of the quenched samples, and with subsequent DSC measurements. Correlations between experimental measurements and the methodical composition changes identified the formulations of superconductors that can easily form glass. The superconducting material was first formed as a glass; then, with subsequent devitrification, it was formed into a bulk crystalline superconductor by a series of processing methods.

  13. Superconductor disorder and strong proximity coupling effects in Majorana nanowires

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    Cole, William; Sau, Jay

    Topological superconductivity induced by proximity to a conventional superconductor is only robust against moderate disorder in the parent superconductor, and only when the energy scale of the interface coupling is much smaller than the parent gap. I present detailed calculations of proximity-induced superconductivity in one-dimensional, spin-orbit coupled, semiconductor nanowires when the parent superconductor disorder and interface coupling exceed this limit. This parameter regime is characterized by unique spectroscopic signatures on both sides of the external field tuned topological phase transition. This work is supported by LPS-MPO-CMTC, Microsoft Q, and JQI-NSF-PFC.

  14. Rotordynamic Characterization of a Hybrid Superconductor Magnet Bearing

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    Ma, Ki B.; Xia, Zule H.; Cooley, Rodger; Fowler, Clay; Chu, Wei-Kan

    1996-01-01

    A hybrid superconductor magnet bearing uses magnetic forces between permanent magnets to provide lift and the flux pinning force between permanent magnets and superconductors to stabilize against instabilities intrinsic to the magnetic force between magnets. We have constructed a prototype kinetic energy storage system, using a hybrid superconductor magnet bearing to support a 42 lb. flywheel at the center. With five sensors on the periphery of the flywheel, we have monitored the position and attitude of the flywheel during its spin down. The results indicate low values of stiffnesses for the bearing. The implications of this and other consequences will be discussed.

  15. Levitation of a magnet over a flat type II superconductor

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    Hellman, F.; Gyorgy, E.M.; Johnson D.W. Jr.; O'Bryan, H.M.; Sherwood, R.C.

    1988-01-15

    Levitation of a magnet over a type II superconductor where the field at the superconductor exceeds H/sub c//sub 1/ is described and shown. The penetration and pinning of the flux lines in the superconductor cause the position of the magnet to be stable over a flat disk; a complete Meissner effect would make this position unstable. Furthermore, the observed dependence of the height of levitation on such variables as the thickness of the superconducting disk and the size of the magnet are consistent with a model described in this paper based on the energy cost of flux penetration through vortices and inconsistent with a Meissner effect model.

  16. Flux-flow resistivity of three high-temperature superconductors

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    Cha, Y.S.; Evans, D.J.; Hull, J.R.; Seol, S.Y.

    1996-10-01

    Results of experiments on flux-flow resistivity (the relationship of voltage to current) of three high-temperature superconductors are described. The superconductors are a melt-cast BSCCO 2212 rod, a single filament BSCCO powder-in-tube (PIT) tape, and a multifilament PIT tape. The flux-flow resistivity of these superconductors was measured at three temperatures: 77 K (saturated liquid nitrogen), 87 K (saturated liquid argon), and 67 K (subcooled liquid nitrogen). Implications of the present results for practical applications are discussed.

  17. Low-voltage current noise in long quantum superconductor/insulator/normal-metal/insulator/superconductor junctions.

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    Kopnin, N. B.; Galperin, Y. M.; Vinokur, V.; Materials Science Division; Helsinki Univ. Tech.; L.D. Landau Inst. for Theoretical Physics; Univ. Oslo; A.F. Ioffe Physico-Tech. Inst. of Russian Academy of Sciences

    2007-01-01

    The current noise in long superconductor/insulator/normal-metal/insulator/superconductor junctions at low temperatures is sensitive to the population of the subgap states, which is far from equilibrium even at low bias voltages. A nonequilibrium distribution is established due to an interplay between voltage-driven interlevel Landau-Zener transitions and intralevel inelastic relaxation. The Fano factor (the ratio of the zero-frequency noise to the dc current) is enhanced drastically, being proportional to the number of times which a particle flies along the Andreev trajectory before it escapes from the level due to inelastic scattering. For weak Landau-Zener transitions, the enhancement is even larger due to a smaller dc current.

  18. A novel heat engine for magnetizing superconductors

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    Coombs, T. A.; Hong, Z.; Zhu, X.; Krabbes, G.

    2008-03-01

    The potential of bulk melt-processed YBCO single domains to trap significant magnetic fields (Tomita and Murakami 2003 Nature 421 517-20 Fuchs et al 2000 Appl. Phys. Lett. 76 2107-9) at cryogenic temperatures makes them particularly attractive for a variety of engineering applications including superconducting magnets, magnetic bearings and motors (Coombs et al 1999 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 9 968-71 Coombs et al 2005 IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 15 2312-5). It has already been shown that large fields can be obtained in single domain samples at 77 K. A range of possible applications exist in the design of high power density electric motors (Jiang et al 2006 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 19 1164-8). Before such devices can be created a major problem needs to be overcome. Even though all of these devices use a superconductor in the role of a permanent magnet and even though the superconductor can trap potentially huge magnetic fields (greater than 10 T) the problem is how to induce the magnetic fields. There are four possible known methods: (1) cooling in field; (2) zero field cooling, followed by slowly applied field; (3) pulse magnetization; (4) flux pumping. Any of these methods could be used to magnetize the superconductor and this may be done either in situ or ex situ. Ideally the superconductors are magnetized in situ. There are several reasons for this: first, if the superconductors should become demagnetized through (i) flux creep, (ii) repeatedly applied perpendicular fields (Vanderbemden et al 2007 Phys. Rev. B 75 (17)) or (iii) by loss of cooling then they may be re-magnetized without the need to disassemble the machine; secondly, there are difficulties with handling very strongly magnetized material at cryogenic temperatures when assembling the machine; thirdly, ex situ methods would require the machine to be assembled both cold and pre-magnetized and would offer significant design difficulties. Until room temperature superconductors can be prepared, the

  19. Josephson current in a normal-metal nanowire coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junction

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    Ebisu, Hiromi; Lu, Bo; Taguchi, Katsuhisa; Golubov, Alexander A.; Tanaka, Yukio

    2016-01-01

    We consider a superconducting nanowire proximity coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor (S/F/S) junction, where the magnetization penetrates into a superconducting segment in a nanowire decaying as ˜exp[-∣n/∣ ξ ] , where n is the site index and the ξ is the decay length. We tune chemical potential and spin-orbit coupling so that the topological superconducting regime hosting the Majorana fermion is realized for long ξ . We find that when ξ becomes shorter, zero energy state at the interface between a superconductor and a ferromagnet splits into two states at nonzero energy. Accordingly, the behavior of the Josephson current is drastically changed due to this "zero mode-nonzero mode crossover." By tuning the model parameters, we find an almost second-harmonic current-phase relation sin2 φ , where φ is the phase difference of the junction. Based on the analysis of Andreev bound state (ABS), we clarify that the current-phase relation is determined by coupling of the states within the energy gap. We find that the emergence of crossing points of ABS is a key ingredient to generate sin2 φ dependence in the current-phase relation. We further study both the energy and φ dependence of pair amplitudes in the ferromagnetic region. For large ξ , an odd-frequency spin-triplet s -wave component is dominant. The magnitude of the odd-frequency pair amplitude is enhanced at the energy level of ABS.

  20. Pristine and intercalated transition metal dichalcogenide superconductors

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    Klemm, Richard A.

    2015-07-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are quasi-two-dimensional layered compounds that exhibit strongly competing effects of charge-density wave (CDW) formation and superconductivity (SC). The weak van der Waals interlayer bonding between hexagonal layers of octahedral or trigonal prismatic TMD building blocks allows many polytypes to form. In the single layer 1 T polytype materials, one or more CDW states can form, but the pristine TMDs are not superconducting. The 2 H polytypes have two or more Fermi surfaces and saddle bands, allowing for dual orderings, which can be coexisting CDW and SC orderings, two SC gaps as in MgB2, two CDW gaps, and possibly even pseudogaps above the onset TCDW s of CDW orderings. Higher order polytypes allow for multiple CDW gaps and at least one superconducting gap. The CDW transitions TCDW s usually greatly exceed the superconducting transitions at their low Tc values, their orbital order parameters (OPs) are generally highly anisotropic and can even contain nodes, and the SC OPs can be greatly affected by their simultaneous presence. The properties of the CDWs ubiquitously seen in TMDs are remarkably similar to those of the pseudogaps seen in the high-Tc cuprates. In 2H-NbSe2, for example, the CDW renders its general s-wave SC OP orbital symmetry to be highly anisotropic and strongly reduces its Josephson coupling strength (IcRn) with the conventional SC, Pb. Hence, the pristine TMDs are highly "unconventional" in comparison with Pb, but are much more "conventional" than are the ferromagnetic superconductors such as URhGe. Applied pressure and intercalation generally suppress the TMD CDWs, allowing for enhanced SC formation, even in the 1 T polytype materials. The misfit intercalation compound (LaSe)1.14(NbSe2) and many 2 H -TMDs intercalated with organic Lewis base molecules, such as TaS2(pyridine)1/2, have completely incoherent c-axis transport, dimensional-crossover effects, and behave as stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions