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  1. 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.

  2. Kinetics-Driven Superconducting Gap in Underdoped Cuprate Superconductors Within the Strong-Coupling Limit

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    Ku, Wei; Yildirim, Yucel

    2012-02-01

    A generic theory [1] of the quasiparticle superconducting gap in underdoped cuprates is derived in the strong-coupling limit, and found to describe the experimental ``second gap'' in absolute scale. In drastic contrast to the standard pairing gap associated with Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitations, the quasiparticle gap is shown to originate from anomalous kinetic (scattering) processes, with a size unrelated to the pairing strength. Consequently, the k dependence of the gap deviates significantly from the pure dx^2-y^2 wave of the order parameter. Our study reveals a new paradigm for the nature of the superconducting gap, and is expected to reconcile numerous apparent contradictions among existing experiments and point toward a more coherent understanding of high-temperature superconductivity. [4pt] [1] Y. Yildirim and Wei Ku, PRX 1, 011011 (2011).

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Underdoped superconducting cuprates as topological superconductors

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    Lu, Yuan-Ming; Xiang, Tao; Lee, Dung-Hai

    2014-09-01

    Superconductivity in copper oxide (cuprate) high-transition-temperature superconductors follows from the chemical doping of an antiferromagnetic insulating state. The consensus that the wavefunction of the superconducting carrier, the Cooper pair, has dx2-y2 symmetry has long been reached. This pairing symmetry implies the existence of nodes in the superconducting energy gap. Recently, a series of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments have revealed that deeply underdoped cuprates exhibit a particle-hole symmetric superconducting-like energy gap at the momentum-space locations where the dx2-y2 gap nodes are expected. Here we discuss the possibility that this phenomenon is caused by a fully gapped topological superconducting state that coexists with the antiferromagnetic order. If experimentally confirmed, this result will completely change our view of how exactly the high-temperature superconductivity state evolves from the insulating antiferromagnet.

  6. Unified picture of the oxygen isotope effect in cuprate superconductors.

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    Chen, Xiao-Jia; Struzhkin, Viktor V; Wu, Zhigang; Lin, Hai-Qing; Hemley, Russell J; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2007-03-06

    High-temperature superconductivity in cuprates was discovered almost exactly 20 years ago, but a satisfactory theoretical explanation for this phenomenon is still lacking. The isotope effect has played an important role in establishing electron-phonon interaction as the dominant interaction in conventional superconductors. Here we present a unified picture of the oxygen isotope effect in cuprate superconductors based on a phonon-mediated d-wave pairing model within the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory. We show that this model accounts for the magnitude of the isotope exponent as functions of the doping level as well as the variation between different cuprate superconductors. The isotope effect on the superconducting transition is also found to resemble the effect of pressure on the transition. These results indicate that the role of phonons should not be overlooked for explaining the superconductivity in cuprates.

  7. Exploring intertwined orders in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2015-03-01

    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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. Antiferromagnetic phase diagram of the cuprate superconductors

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    Nunes, L. H. C. M.; Teixeira, A. W.; Marino, E. C.

    2017-02-01

    Taking the spin-fermion model as the starting point for describing the cuprate superconductors, we obtain an effective nonlinear sigma-field hamiltonian, which takes into account the effect of doping in the system. We obtain an expression for the spin-wave velocity as a function of the chemical potential. For appropriate values of the parameters we determine the antiferromagnetic phase diagram for the YBa2Cu3O6+x compound as a function of the dopant concentration in good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, our approach provides a unified description for the phase diagrams of the hole-doped and the electron doped compounds, which is consistent with the remarkable similarity between the phase diagrams of these compounds, since we have obtained the suppression of the antiferromagnetic phase as the modulus of the chemical potential increases. The aforementioned result then follows by considering positive values of the chemical potential related to the addition of holes to the system, while negative values correspond to the addition of electrons.

  11. Stripe Correlations of Spins and Holes in Cuprate Superconductors

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    Tranquada, John M.

    1996-03-01

    Several different theoretical approaches have suggested that holes doped into a CuO2 plane might segregate. In particular, a stripe phase has been proposed in which hole-rich stripes alternate periodically with antiferromagnetic domains. Such a phase was first properly identified in the insulating model compounds La_2NiO_4+δ and La_2-xSr_xNiO4 by neutron diffraction studies.(J. M. Tranquada, D. J. Buttrey, V. Sachan, and J. E. Lorenzo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73), 1003 (1994); V. Sachan, D. J. Buttrey, J. M. Tranquada, J. E. Lorenzo, and G. Shirane, Phys. Rev. B 51, 12742 (1995). That work led to an experiment(J. M. Tranquada, B. J. Sternlieb, J. D. Axe, Y. Nakamura, and S. Uchida, Nature 375), 561 (1995). which revealed evidence for static spin and charge stripes in La_1.6-xNd_0.4Sr_xCuO4 with x=0.12, a cuprate in which superconductivity is anomalously suppressed.(J. D. Axe and M. K. Crawford, J. Low Temp. Phys. 95), 271 (1994); Y. Nakamura and S. Uchida, Phys. Rev. B 46, 5841 (1992). In contrast to the nickelates, where the stripes run diagonally within a plane with one hole per site along a domain wall, the stripes in the cuprate run horizontally (or vertically) with a charge density of half a hole per site. In both cases the order appears to be driven by the charge rather than the magnetism. The magnetic scattering observed in the cuprate is closely related to the purely inelastic magnetic signal found in superconducting La_1.85Sr_0.15CuO_4, thus justifying the inference that dynamical stripe correlations occur in the superconductors. The static order found in the x=0.12 sample can be explained by pinning of the charge modulation by a well known lattice distortion, and is correlated with the suppression of superconductivity.

  12. Inhomogeneities in single crystals of cuprate oxide superconductors

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    Moorjani, K.; Bohandy, J.; Kim, B. F.; Adrian, F. J.

    1991-01-01

    The next stage in the evolution of experimental research on the high temperature superconductors will require high quality single crystals and epitaxially grown crystalline films. However, inhomogeneities and other defects are not uncommon in single crystals of cuprate oxide superconductors, so a corollary requirement will be a reliable method for judging the quality of these materials. The application of magnetically modulated resistance methods in this task is briefly described and illustrated.

  13. Fermi-surface reconstruction by stripe order in cuprate superconductors

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    Laliberté, F.; Chang, J.; Doiron-Leyraud, N.; Hassinger, E.; Daou, R.; Rondeau, M.; Ramshaw, B.J.; Liang, R.; Bonn, D.A.; Hardy, W.N.; Pyon, S.; Takayama, T.; Takagi, H.; Sheikin, I.; Malone, L.; Proust, C.; Behnia, K.; Taillefer, Louis

    2011-01-01

    The origin of pairing in a superconductor resides in the underlying normal state. In the cuprate high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO), application of a magnetic field to suppress superconductivity reveals a ground state that appears to break the translational symmetry of the lattice, pointing to some density-wave order. Here we use a comparative study of thermoelectric transport in the cuprates YBCO and La1.8−xEu0.2SrxCuO4 (Eu-LSCO) to show that the two materials exhibit the same process of Fermi-surface reconstruction as a function of temperature and doping. The fact that in Eu-LSCO this reconstruction coexists with spin and charge modulations that break translational symmetry shows that stripe order is the generic non-superconducting ground state of hole-doped cuprates. PMID:21847106

  14. Fermi-surface reconstruction by stripe order in cuprate superconductors.

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    Laliberté, F; Chang, J; Doiron-Leyraud, N; Hassinger, E; Daou, R; Rondeau, M; Ramshaw, B J; Liang, R; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Pyon, S; Takayama, T; Takagi, H; Sheikin, I; Malone, L; Proust, C; Behnia, K; Taillefer, Louis

    2011-08-16

    The origin of pairing in a superconductor resides in the underlying normal state. In the cuprate high-temperature superconductor YBa(2)Cu(3)O(y) (YBCO), application of a magnetic field to suppress superconductivity reveals a ground state that appears to break the translational symmetry of the lattice, pointing to some density-wave order. Here we use a comparative study of thermoelectric transport in the cuprates YBCO and La(1.8-x)Eu(0.2)Sr(x)CuO(4) (Eu-LSCO) to show that the two materials exhibit the same process of Fermi-surface reconstruction as a function of temperature and doping. The fact that in Eu-LSCO this reconstruction coexists with spin and charge modulations that break translational symmetry shows that stripe order is the generic non-superconducting ground state of hole-doped cuprates.

  15. Modulated spin and charge densities in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, J.M.

    1997-08-01

    Neutron scattering experiments have played a crucial role in characterizing the spin and charge correlations in copper-oxide superconductors. While the data are often interpreted with respect to specific theories of the cuprates, an attempt is made here to distinguish those facts that can be extracted empirically, and the connections that can be made with minimal assumptions.

  16. Direct measurement of the upper critical field in cuprate superconductors

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    Grissonnanche, G.; Cyr-Choinière, O.; Laliberté, F.; René de Cotret, S.; Juneau-Fecteau, A.; Dufour-Beauséjour, S.; Delage, M. -È.; LeBoeuf, D.; Chang, J.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, R.; Adachi, S.; Hussey, N. E.; Vignolle, B.; Proust, C.; Sutherland, M.; Krämer, S.; Park, J. -H.; Graf, D.; Doiron-Leyraud, N.; Taillefer, Louis

    2014-01-01

    In the quest to increase the critical temperature Tc of cuprate superconductors, it is essential to identify the factors that limit the strength of superconductivity. The upper critical field Hc2 is a fundamental measure of that strength, yet there is no agreement on its magnitude and doping dependence in cuprate superconductors. Here we show that the thermal conductivity can be used to directly detect Hc2 in the cuprates YBa2Cu3Oy, YBa2Cu4O8 and Tl2Ba2CuO6+δ, allowing us to map out Hc2 across the doping phase diagram. It exhibits two peaks, each located at a critical point where the Fermi surface of YBa2Cu3Oy is known to undergo a transformation. Below the higher critical point, the condensation energy, obtained directly from Hc2, suffers a sudden 20-fold collapse. This reveals that phase competition—associated with Fermi-surface reconstruction and charge-density-wave order—is a key limiting factor in the superconductivity of cuprates. PMID:24518054

  17. Ultrafast studies of coexisting electronic order in cuprate superconductors

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    Hinton, James; Thewalt, Eric; Alpichshev, Zhanybek; Sternbach, Aaron; McLeod, Alex; Ji, L.; Veit, Mike; Dorrow, Chelsey; Koralek, Jake; Xhao, Xudong; Barisic, Neven; Kemper, Alexander; Gedik, Nuh; Greven, Martin; Basov, Dimitri; Orenstein, Joe

    The cuprate family of high temperature superconductors displays a variety of electronic phases which emerge when charge carriers are added to the antiferromagnetic parent compound. These electronic phases are characterized by subtle differences in the low energy electronic excitations. Ultrafast time-resolved reflectivity (TRR) provides an ideal tool for investigating the cuprate phase diagram, as small changes in the electronic structure can produce significant contrast in the non-equilibrium reflectivity. Here we present TRR measurements of cuprate superconductors, focusing on the model single-layer cuprate HgBa2CuO4+δ. We observe a cusp-like feature in the quasiparticle lifetime near the superconducting transition temperature Tc. This feature can be understood using a model of coherently-mixed charge-density wave and superconducting pairing. We propose extending this technique to the nanoscale using ultrafast scattering scanning near-field microscopy (u-SNOM). This will allow us to explore how these electronic phases coexist and compete in real-space.

  18. Spin excitations in fluctuating stripe phases of doped cuprate superconductors.

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    Vojta, Matthias; Vojta, Thomas; Kaul, Ribhu K

    2006-09-01

    Using a phenomenological lattice model of coupled spin and charge modes, we determine the spin susceptibility in the presence of fluctuating stripe charge order. We assume the charge fluctuations to be slow compared to those of the spins, and combine Monte Carlo simulations for the charge order parameter with exact diagonalization of the spin sector. Our calculations unify the spin dynamics of both static and fluctuating stripe phases and support the notion of a universal spin excitation spectrum in doped cuprate superconductors.

  19. Stripes and superconductivity in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, J. M.

    2005-08-01

    One type of order that has been observed to compete with superconductivity in cuprates involves alternating charge and antiferromagnetic stripes. Recent neutron scattering studies indicate that the magnetic excitation spectrum of a stripe-ordered sample is very similar to that observed in superconducting samples. In fact, it now appears that there may be a universal magnetic spectrum for the cuprates. One likely implication of this universal spectrum is that stripes of a dynamic form are present in the superconducting samples. On cooling through the superconducting transition temperature, a gap opens in the magnetic spectrum, and the weight lost at low energy piles up above the gap; the transition temperature is correlated with the size of the spin gap. Depending on the magnitude of the spin gap with respect to the magnetic spectrum, the enhanced magnetic scattering at low temperature can be either commensurate or incommensurate. Connections between stripe correlations and superconductivity are discussed.

  20. STRIPES AND SUPERCONDUCTIVITY IN CUPRATE SUPERCONDUCTORS

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    TRANQUADA, J.M.

    2005-08-22

    One type of order that has been observed to compete with superconductivity in cuprates involves alternating charge and antiferromagnetic stripes. Recent neutron scattering studies indicate that the magnetic excitation spectrum of a stripe-ordered sample is very similar to that observed in superconducting samples. In fact, it now appears that there may be a universal magnetic spectrum for the cuprates. One likely implication of this universal spectrum is that stripes of a dynamic form are present in the superconducting samples. On cooling through the superconducting transition temperature, a gap opens in the magnetic spectrum, and the weight lost at low energy piles up above the gap; the transition temperature is correlated with the size of the spin gap. Depending on the magnitude of the spin gap with respect to the magnetic spectrum, the enhanced magnetic scattering at low temperature can be either commensurate or incommensurate. Connections between stripe correlations and superconductivity are discussed.

  1. Decrease of pairing strength with underdoping in cuprate superconductors

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    Chang, Johan

    2012-02-01

    The transition temperature Tc of cuprate superconductors decreases at low hole doping p, but it is still unclear whether the pairing strength decreases or increases. Different interpretations of the pseudogap lead to opposite conclusions. Different estimates of the upper critical field Hc2 are in sharp contradiction. In this talk, we resolve the latter contradiction by showing that superconducting fluctuations in the underdoped cuprate Eu-LSCO, measured via the Nernst effect, obey the theory of Gaussian fluctuations, as in conventional superconductors [1, 2]. The extracted critical field Hc2 is small, and it dips at p = 0.11, showing that pairing strength is weak where stripe order is strong. In the archetypal cuprate superconductor YBCO, Hc2 extracted from other measurements [3] has the same doping dependence, also with a minimum at p = 0.11, again where stripe order is present [4, 5]. We conclude that competing states such as stripe order weaken the pairing strength and this, rather than phase fluctuations, is the predominant cause for the low Tc of underdoped cuprates. Work done in collaboration with N. Doiron-Leyraud, E. Hassinger, J.-Ph. Reid, O. Cyr-Choinière, F. Lalibert'e, R. Daou, S. Pyon, T. Takayama, H. Takagi, and Louis Taillefer. [4pt] [1] M. N. Serbyn et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 067001 (2009). [0pt] [2] K. Michaeli and A. M. Finkel'stein, Europhys. Lett. 86, 27007 (2009).[0pt] [3] Y. Ando and K. Segawa, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 167005 (2002).[0pt] [4] F. Lalibert'e et al., Nature Comm. 2, 432 (2011).[0pt] [5] T. Wu et al., Nature 477, 191 (2011).

  2. A Twisted Ladder: Relating the Fe Superconductors to the High Tc Cuprates

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    Berg, E.

    2010-05-26

    We construct a 2-leg ladder model of an Fe-pnictide superconductor and discuss its properties and relationship with the familiar 2-leg cuprate model. Our results suggest that the underlying pairing mechanism for the Fe-pnictide superconductors is similar to that for the cuprates.

  3. Fermi-surface reconstruction by stripe order in cuprate superconductors

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    Laliberté, Francis

    2012-02-01

    The origin of pairing in a superconductor resides in the underlying normal state. In the cuprate high-temperature superconductor YBCO, application of a magnetic field to suppress superconductivity reveals a ground state that appears to break the translational symmetry of the lattice, pointing to some density-wave order [1,2,3]. In another cuprate, Eu-LSCO, the onset of stripe order - a modulation of spin and charge densities - at low temperature is well established [4]. By a comparative study of thermoelectric transport in the cuprates YBCO and Eu-LSCO, we show that the two materials exhibit a very similar process of Fermi-surface reconstruction as a function of temperature and doping [5,6]. This strongly suggests that Fermi-surface reconstruction is caused by stripe order in both cases, compelling evidence that stripe order is a generic tendency of hole-doped cuprates.[4pt] Work done in collaboration with J. Chang, N. Doiron-Leyraud, E. Hassinger, R. Daou, D. LeBoeuf, M. Rondeau, B. J. Ramshaw, R. Liang, D. A. Bonn, W. N. Hardy, S. Pyon, T. Takayama, H. Takagi, I. Sheikin, L. Malone, C. Proust, K. Behnia and L. Taillefer.[4pt] [1] N. Doiron-Leyraud et al., Nature 447, 565 (2007).[0pt] [2] D. LeBoeuf et al., Nature 450, 533 (2007).[0pt] [3] D. LeBoeuf et al., Phys. Rev. B 83, 054506 (2011).[0pt] [4] J. Fink et al., Phys. Rev. B 83, 092503 (2011).[0pt] [5] J. Chang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 057005 (2010).[0pt] [6] F. Lalibert'e et al., Nat. Commun. 2, 432 (2011).

  4. An alternative theory on relaxation rates in cuprate superconductors.

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    Luo, Nie; Miley, George H

    2009-01-14

    Transport properties of high transition temperature (high-T(c)) superconductors apparently demonstrate two distinct relaxation rates in the normal state. We propose that this superficial inconsistence can be resolved with an effective carrier (quasiparticle) density n almost linear in temperature T. Experimental evidence both for and against this explanation is analyzed and we conclude that this offers a clear yet promising scenario. Band structure calculation was utilized to determine the Fermi surface topology of the cuprate superconductor versus doping. The results demonstrate that an electron-like portion of the Fermi surface exists in a wide range of doping levels even for a p-type superconductor, exemplified by La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4-δ) (LSCO). Such electron-like segments have also been confirmed in recent photoemission electron spectroscopy. The Coulomb interaction between electron-like and hole-like quasiparticles then forms a bound state, similar to that of an exciton. As a result the number of charge carriers upon cooling temperature is decreased. A quantum mechanical calculation of scattering cross section demonstrates that a T(2) relaxation rate is born out of an electron-hole collision process. Above the pseudogap temperature T(*) the normal state of high-T(c) cuprates is close to a two-component Fermi liquid. It, however, assumes non-Fermi-liquid behavior below T(*).

  5. Synthesis of cuprate superconductors in open and closed systems

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    Zou, Zhongjie

    Part I of the dissertation introduces the conventional solid state reaction method and its limitations, a brief history of cuprate superconductors, advantages of thallium based cuprate superconductors and the difficulties involved. Part II describes the analytical techniques, solution-based synthesis of Ba-Ca-Cu precursors, advantages and disadvantages of open and closed reaction environment, and measurement of the samples' electrical, magnetic properties and phase stability. It also presents studies on several aspects of reactions in a closed system: apparatus requirements, reaction temperature and duration and kinetic factors. The 2212 and 2223 phases with good purity are successfully synthesized with the closed system under optimal conditions. Part III focuses on an approach to use iodides as precursors to make Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors: preparation of chemicals and attempts to create solid solutions with the precursors. A mixture of Ysb2Osb3, BaIsb2 and CuI undergoes a melt-solid type reaction, which significantly shortens the reaction time.

  6. Magnetic Excitations from Stripes in Cuprate Superconductors

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    Tranquada, J. M.; Woo, H.; Perring, T. G.; Goka, H.; Gu, G. D.; Xu, G.; Fujita, M.; Yamada, K.

    2004-03-01

    While it is generally believed that antiferromagnetic spin excitations play a significant role in the pairing mechanism of copper-oxide superconductors [1], the nature of the magnetic excitations themselves remains a matter of controversy. Recent measurements of the dispersion of spin excitations in superconducting YBa_2Cu_3O_6+x (YBCO) have attracted much attention. Here we present the results of comprehensive inelastic neutron scattering measurements of the momentum- and energy-dependent spectra of the magnetic fluctuations in La_0.875Ba_0.125CuO_4, which exhibits inhomogeneous, charge-stripe order. We will also point out universalities and differences in the magnetic excitation spectra compared to related charge-stripe ordered compounds and high-temperature superconductors, including La_2-xSr_xNiO4 and YBCO. JMT, HW, GDG and GX are supported by U.S. Department of Energy contract # DE-AC02-98CH1088 [1] J. Orenstein and A. J. Millis, Science 288, 468 (2000).

  7. Theoretical study of magnetoelectric effects in noncentrosymmetric and cuprate superconductors

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    Kashyap, Manoj K.

    A century after the discovery of superconductivity at the lab of Kamerlingh Onnes in 1911, it is noticeable that the phenomenon is quite ubiquitous in nature. In addition to a long list of superconducting alloys and compounds, almost half the elements in the periodic table superconduct. By the late seventies, superconductivity was thought to be well understood. This turned out to be a myth, with the discovery of unconventional superconductors that defied Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory. Cuprates have been the most prominent example among them ever since their discovery in 1986 by Bednorz and Muller. Another example of non-compliance with BCS theory lie among noncentrosymmetric superconductors. In this dissertation, magnetoelectric (ME) effects in these two classes of superconductors have been studied from different perspectives, utilizing Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. Even though GL theory was proposed before the BCS theory, it was not given much importance due to its phenomenological nature until Gor'kov proved that it is a limiting form of the microscopic BCS theory. However today, in the absence of any complete microscopic theory to explain superconductivity in unconventional superconductors, Ginzburg-Landau theory is an important tool to move ahead and qualitatively understand the behavior of varied superconducting systems. Noncentrosymmetric superconductors have generated much theoretical interest since 2004 despite been known for long. The absence of inversion symmetry in non- centrosymmetric superconductors allows for extra terms called Lifshitz invariants in the Ginzburg-Landau functional. This leads to magnetoelectric effects that do not exist in centrosymmetric superconductors. One manifestation of this is in the vortex structure in materials with a cubic point group O. In particular, a current is predicted to flow parallel to the applied magnetic field in such a vortex in addition to the usual vortex supercurrents. In this work, we present both

  8. A latticed-wave superconductor and the physics of cuprates

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    Melikyan, Ashot

    In this thesis I present the lattice theory of extreme type-II planar d-wave superconductors. I calculate the spectrum of quasiparticles in the mixed state of cuprate superconductors, which is shown to exhibit oscillatory behavior as a function of applied magnetic field. Then, the transverse transport properties in the mixed state are derived. In particular, I show that Hall thermal and spin Hall conductivities are related by an analog of Wiedemann-Franz law, and that spin Hall conductivity is quantized. Then I analyze the relation between the lattice and the low-energy, small momentum effective continuum theory. The quasiparticles in the mixed state can be effectively described as two-component Dirac fermions moving in the field of singular scalar and vector potentials due to vortex lattice. Although the Hamiltonian operator formally does not depend on the structure of vortex cores, singular nature of the perturbation requires choosing a self-adjoint extension of the Hamiltonian by imposing additional boundary condition at vortex locations, which reflect the symmetry of intra-vortex physics. In the last part of the thesis I propose a theory describing recent experimental observations of periodic modulations in the local density of states in cuprates. The theory demonstrates that strongly quantum fluctuating phase of the d-wave order parameter results in the charge-density-wave of Cooper pairs and causes a periodic modulation of the local density of states. The formation of a Cooper pair charge density wave can be understood within a framework of Abrikosov-Hofstadter problem in a type-II dual superconductor, where the dual magnetic field depends on doping. A 4 x 4 checkerboard modulation pattern appears naturally as an energetically favored ground state near doping x = 1/8 and produces the local density of states in good agreement with the experiments.

  9. The surface coordination chemistry of cuprate high-temperature superconductors

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    Xu, Feng

    The goals of the research described in this dissertation were: (1) to explore the surface coordination chemistry of cuprate high-temperature superconductors (HTSCs); (2) to develop chemical methodology for directly tailoring the surface and interfacial properties of cuprate HTSCs. This thesis documents the first survey of the surface coordination chemistry of a cuprate HTSC, YBa2Cu3O7-delta. Functional groups that can chemically bind to YBa2Cu3O 7-delta have been determined using cyclic voltammetry in conjunction with a series of redox-active ferrocenyl containing adsorbate molecules. Primary alkylamines have emerged as the optimum adsorbates for HTSCs, forming stable and robust monolayer films with no apparent damage to the bulk properties of the underlying superconductors. The interactions between alkylamine adsorbates and YBa2Cu3O7-delta have been shown to involve Cu(II)-NR3 coordination chemistry. The influence of organic monolayers on the properties of YBa2Cu3O 7-delta has been examined using cyclic voltammetry, X-ray powder diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and resistivity vs. temperature measurements. The presence of H2O in the soaking solution adversely affects the adsorption process due to a competing corrosion reaction. However, stable monolayers form on HTSC substrates under rigorously dry conditions. Significantly, monolayer modified HTSCs are substantially more stable to corrosion environmental reagents. The formation kinetics of redox-active alkylamine monolayers on ceramic YBa2Cu3O7-delta are proposed to involve two major processes: a fast adsorption process and a relatively slow pore diffusion process. Surface-solution adsorbate exchange is very dynamic and reversible, which appears to occur via an associative pathway. Monolayers on c-axis-oriented thin films have been shown to be more densely-packed and stable than those on ceramic substrates. Notably, the surface alkylamine "ligands" display traits of Cu(II)-based coordination chemistry

  10. Spin excitations of ferronematic order in underdoped cuprate superconductors

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    Seibold, G.; Di Castro, C.; Grilli, M.; Lorenzana, J.

    2014-01-01

    High-temperature superconductors exhibit a characteristic hourglass-shaped spectrum of magnetic fluctuations which most likely contribute to the pairing glue in the cuprates. Recent neutron scattering experiments in strongly underdoped compounds have revealed a significant low energy anisotropy of these fluctuations which we explain by a model in which topological defects of the antiferromagnet clump to producing domain wall segments with ferronematic order. This state does not invoke global charge order but breaks C4 rotational and inversion symmetry. The incommensurability of the low doping charge-disordered state is in good agreement with experiment and interpolates smoothly with the incommensurability of the stripe phase at higher doping. Within linear spin-wave theory the dynamic structure factor is in very good agreement with inelastic neutron scattering data and can account for the observed energy dependent anisotropy. PMID:24936723

  11. Charge orders, magnetism and pairings in the cuprate superconductors.

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    Kloss, T; Montiel, X; de Carvalho, V S; Freire, H; Pépin, C

    2016-08-01

    We review the recent developments in the field of cuprate superconductors with special focus on the recently observed charge order in the underdoped compounds. We introduce new theoretical developments following the study of the antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in two dimensions, in which preemptive orders in both charge and superconducting (SC) sectors emerge, that are in turn related by an SU(2) symmetry. We consider the implications of this proliferation of orders in the underdoped region, and provide a study of the type of fluctuations which characterize the SU(2) symmetry. We identify an intermediate energy scale where the SC fluctuations are dominant and argue that they are unstable towards the formation of a resonant excitonic state at the pseudogap temperature T (*). We discuss the implications of this scenario for a few key experiments.

  12. Charge orders, magnetism and pairings in the cuprate superconductors

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    Kloss, T.; Montiel, X.; de Carvalho, V. S.; Freire, H.; Pépin, C.

    2016-08-01

    We review the recent developments in the field of cuprate superconductors with special focus on the recently observed charge order in the underdoped compounds. We introduce new theoretical developments following the study of the antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in two dimensions, in which preemptive orders in both charge and superconducting (SC) sectors emerge, that are in turn related by an SU(2) symmetry. We consider the implications of this proliferation of orders in the underdoped region, and provide a study of the type of fluctuations which characterize the SU(2) symmetry. We identify an intermediate energy scale where the SC fluctuations are dominant and argue that they are unstable towards the formation of a resonant excitonic state at the pseudogap temperature T *. We discuss the implications of this scenario for a few key experiments.

  13. Structural analysis of the precursor pseudogap in cuprate superconductors

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    Suzuki, Sokichi

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the precursor pseudogap (PP) state that emerges on the lower temperature side of the pseudogap phase in cuprate superconductors based on the characteristic layer structure. The coherence among layers in the electronic state may be broken by low energy thermal interactions, whereas the coherence within the layers remains in the phase above the superconducting (SC) phase on account of strongness of the bonding. In this state, the two-electron energy gain (TEG) is also larger than that of SC state and the one-electron energy gain (OEG) is smaller than that of the SC state. We call this incoherent ensemble of in-layer states the in-layer electronic state system (IESS). The PP state is a crossover state between IESS and the normal pseudogap (NP) state, which appears on the upper temperature side, because the d-wave pairing symmetry in cuprates inverts the sign of the difference of the total electronic energy gain between the IESS and the NP state around the nodal region, even though it is positive overall. We perform our analysis at the mean field level. We show that the relationships among the SC gap, the gap of in-layer state, and the transition temperatures in the relevant phases are compatible with existing experimental data. The proposed precursor state requires pairing models to make the SC interactions three-dimensional beyond a single layer, although the precursors have in-layer properties.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  15. Inverse correlation between quasiparticle mass and T c in a cuprate high-T c superconductor.

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

    2016-03-01

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

  16. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies of cuprate superconductors

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    Palczewski, Ari Deibert

    2010-01-01

    This dissertation is comprised of three different angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies on cuprate superconductors. The first study compares the band structure from two different single layer cuprates Tl2Ba2CuO6+δ (Tl2201) Tc, max ≈ 95 K and (Bi 1.35Pb0.85)(Sr1.47La0.38)CuO6+δ (Bi2201) Tc, max ≈ 35 K. The aim of the study was to provide some insight into the reasons why single layer cuprate's maximum transition temperatures are so different. The study found two major differences in the band structure. First, the Fermi surface segments close to (π,0) are more parallel in Tl2201 than in Bi2201. Second, the shadow band usually related to crystal structure is only present in Bi2201, but absent in higher Tc Tl2201. The second study looks at the different ways of doping Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi2212) in-situ by only changing the post bake-out vacuum conditions and temperature. The aim of the study is to systematically look into the generally overlooked experimental conditions that change the doping of a cleaved sample in ultra high vacuum (UHV) experiments. The study found two major experimental facts. First, in inadequate UHV conditions the carrier concentration of Bi2212 increases with time, due to the absorption of oxygen from CO2/CO molecules, prime contaminants present in UHV systems. Second, in a very clean UHV system at elevated temperatures (above about 200 K), the carrier concentration decreases due to the loss of oxygen atoms from the Bi-O layer. The final study probed the particle-hole symmetry of the pseudogap phase in high temperature superconducting cuprates by looking at the thermally excited bands above the Fermi level. The data showed a particle-hole symmetric pseudogap which symmetrically closes away from the nested FS before the node. The data is consistent

  17. Tuning order in the cuprate superconductors by a magnetic field

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    Sachdev, Subir

    2002-03-01

    An innovative series of recent neutron scattering(B. Lake et al.), Science 291, 1759 (2001); B. Khyakovich et al., preprint; B. Lake et al., preprint. and STM(J. Hoffman et al.), Science, Feb 2002. experiments have shed new light on the nature of strong correlations in the cuprate superconductors. Some of these experiments use a magnetic field, applied perpendicular to the CuO2 layers, to tune the low temperature properties of the superconducting state. Their results support the idea that ground state correlations in the doped Mott insulator can be described using a framework of competing order parameters, and of proximity to quantum phase transitions associated with them. In our view, they also offer compelling evidence that the orders competing with superconductivity are spin and charge density waves. The predictions(E. Demler, S. Sachdev, and Y. Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87), 067202 (2001); S. Sachdev, cond- mat/0108238 A. Polkovnikov, S. Sachdev, M. Vojta, and E. Demler, cond- mat/0110329. of the theories of such quantum transitions will be reviewed and compared with the recent experimental results. In particular, we show that the quantum theory of a spin-density-wave ordering transition in a superconductor simultaneously describes a variety of observations with a single set of typical parameters: the field dependence of the elastic neutron scattering intensity, the absence of satellite Bragg peaks associated with the vortex lattice in existing neutron scattering experiments, and the spatial extent of the charge order in STM experiments.

  18. Evolution and control of oxygen order in a cuprate superconductor.

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    Poccia, Nicola; Fratini, Michela; Ricci, Alessandro; Campi, Gaetano; Barba, Luisa; Vittorini-Orgeas, Alessandra; Bianconi, Ginestra; Aeppli, Gabriel; Bianconi, Antonio

    2011-10-01

    The disposition of defects in metal oxides is a key attribute exploited for applications from fuel cells and catalysts to superconducting devices and memristors. The most typical defects are mobile excess oxygens and oxygen vacancies, which can be manipulated by a variety of thermal protocols as well as optical and d.c. electric fields. Here we report the X-ray writing of high-quality superconducting regions, derived from defect ordering, in the superoxygenated layered cuprate, La₂CuO(4+y). Irradiation of a poor superconductor prepared by rapid thermal quenching results first in the growth of ordered regions, with an enhancement of superconductivity becoming visible only after a waiting time, as is characteristic of other systems such as ferroelectrics, where strain must be accommodated for order to become extended. However, in La₂CuO(4+y), we are able to resolve all aspects of the growth of (oxygen) intercalant order, including an extraordinary excursion from low to high and back to low anisotropy of the ordered regions. We can also clearly associate the onset of high-quality superconductivity with defect ordering in two dimensions. Additional experiments with small beams demonstrate a photoresist-free, single-step strategy for writing functional materials.

  19. Pseudogap and singlet formation in organic and cuprate superconductors

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    Merino, J.; Gunnarsson, O.

    2014-06-01

    The pseudogap phase occurring in cuprate and organic superconductors is analyzed based on the dynamical cluster approximation approach to the Hubbard model. In this method a cluster embedded in a self-consistent bath is studied. With increasing Coulomb repulsion, U, the antinodal point [k =(π,0)] displays a gradual suppression of spectral density of states around the Fermi energy which is not observed at the nodal point [k =(π/2,π/2)]. The opening of the antinodal pseudogap is found to be related to the internal structure of the cluster and the much weaker bath-cluster couplings at the antinodal than nodal point. The role played by internal cluster correlations is elucidated from a simple four-level model. For small U, the cluster levels form Kondo singlets with their baths leading to a peak in the spectral density. As U is increased a localized state is formed localizing the electrons in the cluster. If this cluster localized state is nondegenerate, the Kondo effect is destroyed and a pseudogap opens up in the spectra at the antinodal point. The pseudogap can be understood in terms of destructive interference between different paths for electrons hopping between the cluster and the bath. However, electrons at the nodal points remain in Kondo states up to larger U since they are more strongly coupled to the bath. The strong correlation between the (π,0) and the (0,π) cluster levels in the localized state leads to a large correlation energy gain, which is important for localizing electrons and opening up a pseudogap at the antinodal point. Such a scenario is in contrast with two independent Mott transitions found in two-band systems with different bandwidths in which the localized cluster electron does not correlate strongly with any other cluster electron for intermediate U. The important intracluster sector correlations are associated with the resonating valence bond character of the cluster ground state containing d-wave singlet pairs. The low

  20. Quasiparticle Coherence, Collective Modes, and Competing Order in Cuprate Superconductors

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    Hinton, James Patrick

    In recent years, the study of cuprate superconductors has been dominated by the investigation of normal state properties. Of particular interest is the nature of interactions between superconductivity and other incipient orders which emerge above the superconducting transition temperature, Tc. The discovery of charge density wave (CDW) correlations in YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) and HgBa2CuO 4+d (Hg-1201) has established that some form of charge order is ubiquitous in the cuprates. In this work, we explore the non-equilibrium dynamics of systems which sit near the boundary between superconductivity and competing orders. Ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy is ideally suited to the study of competing order. Exciting the sample with an optical pulse perturbs the system from equilibrium, altering the balance between the co-existing orders. The return to equilibrium is then monitored by a time-delayed probe pulse, revealing multiple decay processes as well as collective excitations. We first apply this technique to Hg-1201, conducting a detailed study of the phase diagram. At temperatures near Tc, the pump pulse induces a non-equilibrium quasiparticle population. At Tc we observe a doping-dependent peak in the relaxation time of these quasiparticles which we associate with a divergence in the coherence time of the fluctuating CDW. Using heterodyne probing in the transient grating geometry, we are able to disentangle the transient reflectivity components associated with superconductivity and the pseudogap, domonstrating competition across the phase diagram. We also discuss the observation of a sharp transition in the nature of the pseudogap signal at ˜ 11% doping. In YBCO, we explore the temperature and doping dependence of coherent oscillations excited by the pump pulse. We associate these oscillations with the excitation of the CDW amplitude mode, and model their temperature dependence within the framework of a Landau model of competing orders. We conclude with an investigation

  1. Excitation of coherent oscillations in underdoped cuprate superconductors by intense THz pulses

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    Hoffmann, Matthias C.; Lee, Wei-Sheng; Dakovski, Georgi L.; Turner, Joshua J.; Gerber, Simon M.; Bonn, Doug; Hardy, Walter; Liang, Ruixing; Salluzzo, Marco

    2016-05-01

    We use intense broadband THz pulses to excite the cuprate superconductors YBCO and NBCO in their underdoped phase, where superconducting and charge density wave ground states compete. We observe pronounced coherent oscillations at attributed to renormalized low-energy phonon modes. These oscillation features are much more prominent than those observed in all-optical pump-probe measurements, suggesting a different excitation mechanism.

  2. Kramer-Pesch effect and damping of the vortex motion in the cuprate superconductors

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    Doettinger, S. G.; Huebener, R. P.; Kittelberger, S.

    1997-03-01

    Kramer and Pesch discussed the fact that in the clean limit the radius of a vortex core in a type-II superconductor decreases proportionally to T with decreasing temperature. This 'Kramer-Pesch effect' results from the thermal population of the quasiparticle bound states in the vortex core. In addition to the case of a static vortex, this effect also has important consequences for the vortex dynamics. Because of this, for the cuprate superconductors features of the damping of the vortex motion are expected at low temperatures. We discuss recent measurements of the electric resistance at high vortex velocities and of the microwave power absorption for different cuprate superconductors in conjunction with the Kramer-Pesch effect.

  3. Magnetic proximity effect at the interface between a cuprate superconductor and an oxide spin valve

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    Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Demidov, V. V.; Khaydukov, Yu. N.; Mustafa, L.; Constantinian, K. Y.; Kalabukhov, A. V.; Winkler, D.

    2016-04-01

    A heterostructure that consists of the YBa2Cu3O7-δ cuprate superconductor and the SrRuO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 ruthenate/manganite spin valve is investigated using SQUID magnetometry, ferromagnetic resonance, and neutron reflectometry. It is shown that a magnetic moment is induced due to the magnetic proximity effect in the superconducting part of the heterostructure, while the magnetic moment in the composite ferromagnetic interlayer is suppressed. The magnetization emerging in the superconductor coincides in order of magnitude with the results of calculations taking into account the induced magnetic moment of Cu atoms because of orbital reconstruction at the interface between the superconductor and the ferromagnet, as well as with the results of the model taking into account the variations in the density of states at a distance on the order of the coherence length in the superconductor. The experimentally obtained characteristic penetration depth of the magnetic moment in the superconductor considerably exceeds the coherence length of the cuprate superconductor, which indicates the predominance of the mechanism of induced magnetic moment of Cu atoms.

  4. Spin-polaron nature of fermion quasiparticles and their d-wave pairing in cuprate superconductors

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    Val'kov, V. V.; Dzebisashvili, D. M.; Barabanov, A. F.

    2016-11-01

    In the framework of the spin-fermion model, to which the Emery model is reduced in the limit of strong electron correlations, it is shown that the fermion quasiparticles in cuprate high- T c superconductors (HTSCs) arise under a strong effect of exchange coupling between oxygen holes and spins of copper ions. This underlies the spin-polaron nature of fermion quasiparticles in cuprate HTSCs. The Cooper instability with respect to the d-wave symmetry of the order parameter is revealed for an ensemble of such quasiparticles. For the normal phase, the spin-polaron concept allows us to reproduce the fine details in the evolution of the Fermi surface with the changes in the doping level x observed in experiment for La2-xSrxCuO4. The calculated T-x phase diagram correlates well with the available experimental data for cuprate HTSCs.

  5. Momentum and Doping Dependence of Spin Excitations in Electron-Doped Cuprate Superconductors

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    Jing, Pengfei; Zhao, Huaisong; Kuang, Lülin; Lan, Yu; Feng, Shiping

    2017-01-01

    Superconductivity in copper oxides emerges on doping holes or electrons into their Mott-insulating parent compounds. The spin excitations are thought to be the mediating glue for the pairing in superconductivity. Here the momentum and doping dependence of the dynamical spin response in the electron-doped cuprate superconductors is studied based on the kinetic-energy-driven superconducting mechanism. It is shown that the dispersion of the low-energy spin excitations changes strongly upon electron doping; however, the hour-glass-shaped dispersion of the low-energy spin excitations appeared in the hole-doped case is absent on the electron-doped side due to the electron-hole asymmetry. In particular, the commensurate resonance appears in the superconducting state with the resonance energy that correlates with the dome-shaped doping dependence of the superconducting gap. Moreover, the spectral weight and dispersion of the high-energy spin excitations in the superconducting state are comparable with those in the corresponding normal state, indicating that the high-energy spin excitations do not play an important part in the pair formation.

  6. TOPICAL REVIEW: Theory of extrinsic and intrinsic tunnelling in cuprate superconductors

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    Beanland, J.; Alexandrov, A. S.

    2010-10-01

    There has been a huge theoretical and experimental push to try to illuminate the mechanism behind the high-temperature superconductivity of copper oxides. Cuprates are distinguishable from conventional metallic superconductors in originating from the doping of the parent charge-transfer insulators. The superconducting parts are weakly coupled two-dimensional doped layers held together by the parent lattice. Apart from their high-Tc they have other characteristic features including the 'superconducting' gap (SG) which develops below the superconducting critical temperature and can be seen in extrinsic and intrinsic tunnelling experiments as well as using high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES); there also exists another energy gap, the 'pseudogap' (PG), which is a large anomalous gap that exists well above Tc. We present a brief review of recent theories behind the pseudogap and discuss in detail one specific (polaronic) approach which explains the SG, PG and unusual tunnelling characteristics of cuprate superconductors.

  7. Quantum critical scaling at the edge of Fermi liquid stability in a cuprate superconductor

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    Butch, Nicholas P.; Jin, Kui; Kirshenbaum, Kevin; Greene, Richard L.; Paglione, Johnpierre

    2012-01-01

    In the high-temperature cuprate superconductors, the pervasiveness of anomalous electronic transport properties suggests that violation of conventional Fermi liquid behavior is closely tied to superconductivity. In other classes of unconventional superconductors, atypical transport is well correlated with proximity to a quantum critical point, but the relative importance of quantum criticality in the cuprates remains uncertain. Here, we identify quantum critical scaling in the electron-doped cuprate material La2-xCexCuO4 with a line of quantum critical points that surrounds the superconducting phase as a function of magnetic field and charge doping. This zero-temperature phase boundary, which delineates a metallic Fermi liquid regime from an extended non-Fermi liquid ground state, closely follows the upper critical field of the overdoped superconducting phase and gives rise to an expanse of distinct non-Fermi liquid behavior at finite temperatures. Together with signatures of two distinct flavors of quantum fluctuations, these facts suggest that quantum criticality plays a significant role in shaping the anomalous properties of the cuprate phase diagram. PMID:22573818

  8. The Kramer-Pesch Effect and Damping of the Vortex Motion in the Cuprate Superconductors

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    Doettinger, S. G.; Kapitulnik, A.; Huebener, R. P.; Kittelberger, S.

    1997-03-01

    We discuss relevance of the Kramer-Pesch-effect for cuprate superconductors. As first discussed by Kramer and Pesch, in the clean limit the radius of the vortex core in a type-II superconductor decreases in proportion to T with decreasing temperature. This effect is due to the thermal population of the quasiparticle bound states in the vortex core. This shrinking has important consequences for vortex statics and dynamics, and leads to novel features of the damping of the vortex motion at low temperatures. Recent measurements of the microwave power absorption and the electric resistance at high vortex velocities are presented in this context.

  9. Charge stripes in cuprate superconductors: The middle way

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    Tranquada, J. M.

    2005-12-01

    Charge and spin stripe order is a type of electronic crystal observed in certain layered cuprates associated with high-temperature superconductivity. Quantum-disordered stripes could be relevant for understanding the superconductivity. Here I discuss recent experimental characterizations of the stripe-ordered state in La{1.875}Ba{0.125}CuO4, and compare them with properties of superconducting compositions.

  10. Possible vortex splitting in high-temperature cuprate superconductors

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    Hlubina, Richard

    2008-03-01

    We propose that the observed splitting of the vortices in the cuprates into fractional vortices (partons) may be of static rather than of dynamic origin. This interpretation is backed by a study of a model with a dominant d -wave and subdominant s -wave pairing interaction. We find that the vortex may split into two partons, both of which carry one-half of the magnetic flux quantum. The partons are held together by a confining string along which the phase jumps approximately by π and their equilibrium distance increases with lowering the energy difference ɛ between the pairing states. The partons become deconfined at the critical point where ɛ vanishes.

  11. Proposed Parametric Cooling of Bilayer Cuprate Superconductors by Terahertz Excitation

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    Denny, S. J.; Clark, S. R.; Laplace, Y.; Cavalleri, A.; Jaksch, D.

    2015-04-01

    We propose and analyze a scheme for parametrically cooling bilayer cuprates based on the selective driving of a c -axis vibrational mode. The scheme exploits the vibration as a transducer making the Josephson plasma frequencies time dependent. We show how modulation at the difference frequency between the intrabilayer and interbilayer plasmon substantially suppresses interbilayer phase fluctuations, responsible for switching c -axis transport from a superconducting to a resistive state. Our calculations indicate that this may provide a viable mechanism for stabilizing nonequilibrium superconductivity even above Tc, provided a finite pair density survives between the bilayers out of equilibrium.

  12. Striped superconductors: how spin, charge and superconducting orders intertwine in the cuprates

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    Berg, Erez; Fradkin, Eduardo; Kivelson, Steven A.; Tranquada, John M.

    2009-11-01

    Recent transport experiments in the original cuprate high temperature superconductor, La2-xBaxCuO4, have revealed a remarkable sequence of transitions and crossovers that give rise to a form of dynamical dimensional reduction, in which a bulk crystal becomes essentially superconducting in two directions while it remains poorly metallic in the third. We identify these phenomena as arising from a distinct new superconducting state, the 'striped superconductor', in which the superconducting order is spatially modulated, so that its volume average value is zero. Here, in addition to outlining the salient experimental findings, we sketch the order parameter theory of the state, stressing some of the ways in which a striped superconductor differs fundamentally from an ordinary (uniform) superconductor, especially concerning its response to quenched randomness. We also present the results of density matrix renormalization group calculations on a model of interacting electrons in which sign oscillations of the superconducting order are established. Finally, we speculate concerning the relevance of this state to experiments in other cuprates, including recent optical studies of La2-xSrxCuO4 in a magnetic field, neutron scattering experiments in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x and a host of anomalies seen in STM and ARPES studies of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ.

  13. Cuprate-titanate superconductor and method for making

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    Toreki, R.; Poeppelmeier, K.; Dabrowski, B.

    1995-05-23

    A new copper oxide superconductor of the formula Ln{sub 1{minus}x}M{sub x}Sr{sub 2}Cu{sub 3{minus}y}Ti{sub y}O{sub 7+{delta}} is disclosed, and exhibits a {Tc} of 60 K with deviations from linear metallic behavior as high as 130 K. 2 Figs.

  14. Cuprate-titanate superconductor and method for making

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    Toreki, Robert; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth; Dabrowski, Bogdan

    1995-01-01

    A new copper oxide superconductor of the formula Ln.sub.1-x M.sub.x Sr.sub.2 Cu.sub.3-y Ti.sub.y O.sub.7+.delta. is disclosed, and exhibits a Tc of 60.degree. K. with deviations from linear metallic behavior as high as 130.degree. K.

  15. Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy on Electronic Structure and Electron-Phonon Coupling in Cuprate Superconductors

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    Zhou, X.J.

    2010-04-30

    In addition to the record high superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}), high temperature cuprate superconductors are characterized by their unusual superconducting properties below T{sub c}, and anomalous normal state properties above T{sub c}. In the superconducting state, although it has long been realized that superconductivity still involves Cooper pairs, as in the traditional BCS theory, the experimentally determined d-wave pairing is different from the usual s-wave pairing found in conventional superconductors. The identification of the pairing mechanism in cuprate superconductors remains an outstanding issue. The normal state properties, particularly in the underdoped region, have been found to be at odd with conventional metals which is usually described by Fermi liquid theory; instead, the normal state at optimal doping fits better with the marginal Fermi liquid phenomenology. Most notable is the observation of the pseudogap state in the underdoped region above T{sub c}. As in other strongly correlated electrons systems, these unusual properties stem from the interplay between electronic, magnetic, lattice and orbital degrees of freedom. Understanding the microscopic process involved in these materials and the interaction of electrons with other entities is essential to understand the mechanism of high temperature superconductivity. Since the discovery of high-T{sub c} superconductivity in cuprates, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) has provided key experimental insights in revealing the electronic structure of high temperature superconductors. These include, among others, the earliest identification of dispersion and a large Fermi surface, an anisotropic superconducting gap suggestive of a d-wave order parameter, and an observation of the pseudogap in underdoped samples. In the mean time, this technique itself has experienced a dramatic improvement in its energy and momentum resolutions, leading to a series of new discoveries not

  16. Asymmetry of collective excitations in electron- and hole-doped cuprate superconductors

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    Lee, W. S.; Lee, J. J.; Nowadnick, E. A.; Gerber, S.; Tabis, W.; Huang, S. W.; Strocov, V. N.; Motoyama, E. M.; Yu, G.; Moritz, B.; Huang, H. Y.; Wang, R. P.; Huang, Y. B.; Wu, W. B.; Chen, C. T.; Huang, D. J.; Greven, M.; Schmitt, T.; Shen, Z. X.; Devereaux, T. P.

    2014-11-01

    High-temperature superconductivity emerges on doping holes or electrons into antiferromagnetic copper oxides. The large energy scale of magnetic excitations, for example, compared with phonon energies, is thought to drive superconductivity with high transition temperatures (Tc). Comparing high-energy magnetic excitations of hole- and electron-doped superconductors provides an opportunity to test this hypothesis. Here, we use resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the Cu L3-edge to reveal collective excitations in the electron-doped cuprate Nd2-xCexCuO4. Surprisingly, magnetic excitations harden significantly across the antiferromagnetic high-temperature superconductivity phase boundary despite short-ranged antiferromagnetic correlations, in contrast to the hole-doped cuprates. Furthermore, we find an unexpected branch of collective modes in superconducting compounds, absent in hole-doped cuprates. These modes emanate from the zone centre and possess a higher temperature scale than Tc, signalling a distinct quantum phase. Despite their differences, the persistence of magnetic excitations and the existence of a distinct quantum phase are apparently universal in both hole- and electron-doped cuprates.

  17. Quantum percolation in cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

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    Phillips, J C

    2008-07-22

    Although it is now generally acknowledged that electron-phonon interactions cause cuprate superconductivity with T(c) values approximately 100 K, the complexities of atomic arrangements in these marginally stable multilayer materials have frustrated both experimental analysis and theoretical modeling of the remarkably rich data obtained both by angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) and high-resolution, large-area scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Here, we analyze the theoretical background in terms of our original (1989) model of dopant-assisted quantum percolation (DAQP), as developed further in some two dozen articles, and apply these ideas to recent STM data. We conclude that despite all of the many difficulties, with improved data analysis it may yet be possible to identify quantum percolative paths.

  18. Grain Boundaries in the Cuprate Superconductors: Tapes and Tunneling Spectroscopy

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    Shim, H.; Chaudhari, P.

    2010-03-01

    Grain boundaries in the high temperature superconducting cuprates have played a central role in their development for practical applications and in the fundamental understanding of the nature of superconductivity in these materials. Tapes for energy use, SQUIDS, symmetry of the wavefunction, Qbits, applications related to the AC Josephson effect, and tunneling spectroscopy are some areas of current research. In this brief paper, the authors first summarize what we know about what limits the critical current densities of tapes and suggest a few experiments to further understand these limits to critical current densities and, secondly, discuss the use of grain boundary for carrying out tunneling spectroscopy in optimally doped La{sub 1.84}Sr{sub 0.16}CuO{sub 4} (LSCO). This includes new data and comparisons with theory and experiments. The background material and review were presented at the EUCAS 09 conference in Dresden as one of the plenary talks and are available from the authors.

  19. Synthesis of high phase pure cuprate superconductors via xerogel precursors

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    Macho, J.; Schaeffer, R. W.; Myer, G. H.; Salomon, R. E.; Crow, J. E.

    1992-05-01

    A xerogel method has been developed which is applicable to many superconductor oxides. The method combines the advantages of the freeze drying processing and the sol gel technology without many of the disadvantages, such as long processing times and cost, unstable precursors, and labor intensity. The process is capable of producing high phase purity YBCO ceramic oxide superconducting powders with a particle size smaller than 1 micron.

  20. Lifshitz critical point in the cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3Oy from high-field Hall effect measurements

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    Leboeuf, David; Doiron-Leyraud, Nicolas; Vignolle, B.; Sutherland, Mike; Ramshaw, B. J.; Levallois, J.; Daou, R.; Laliberté, Francis; Cyr-Choinière, Olivier; Chang, Johan; Jo, Y. J.; Balicas, L.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Proust, Cyril; Taillefer, Louis

    2011-02-01

    The Hall coefficient RH of the cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3Oy was measured in magnetic fields up to 60 T for a hole concentration p from 0.078 to 0.152 in the underdoped regime. In fields large enough to suppress superconductivity, RH(T) is seen to go from positive at high temperature to negative at low temperature, for p>0.08. This change of sign is attributed to the emergence of an electron pocket in the Fermi surface at low temperature. At p<0.08, the normal-state RH(T) remains positive at all temperatures, increasing monotonically as T→0. We attribute the change of behavior across p=0.08 to a Lifshitz transition, namely a change in Fermi-surface topology occurring at a critical concentration pL=0.08, where the electron pocket vanishes. The loss of the high-mobility electron pocket across pL coincides with a tenfold drop in the conductivity at low temperature, revealed in measurements of the electrical resistivity ρ at high fields, showing that the so-called metal-insulator crossover of cuprates is in fact driven by a Lifshitz transition. It also coincides with a jump in the in-plane anisotropy of ρ, showing that without its electron pocket, the Fermi surface must have strong twofold in-plane anisotropy. These findings are consistent with a Fermi-surface reconstruction caused by a unidirectional spin-density wave or stripe order.

  1. High-Energy Kink Observed in the Electron Dispersion of High-Temperature Cuprate Superconductors

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    Valla, T.; Kidd, T. E.; Yin, W.-G.; Gu, G. D.; Johnson, P. D.; Pan, Z.-H.; Fedorov, A. V.

    2007-04-01

    Photoemission studies show the presence of a high-energy anomaly in the observed band dispersion for two families of cuprate superconductors, Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and La2-xBaxCuO4. The anomaly, which occurs at a binding energy of approximately 340 meV, is found to be anisotropic and relatively weakly doping dependent. Scattering from short range or nearest neighbor spin excitations is found to supply an adequate description of the observed phenomena.

  2. Electronic states of cuprate superconductors containing halogen or carbon

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    Tohiyama, Takami; Shibata, Yasumasa; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    1996-12-01

    The electronic states of the halo-oxocuprate and oxycarbonate superconductors are examined by means of the ionic and cluster models. The oxycarbonates examined contain the CO3 group on one side of the CuO2 plane. The superconducting critical temperature Tc is found to be correlated with the stability of the Zhang-Rice local singlet in the CuO2 plane. The stability is generally determined by two factors: (1) the energy-level separation between apical ion and in-plane oxygen and (2) the hybridization between apical pz and in-plane orbitals. The former is dominant for the oxycarbonates. It is also found that the CO3 group has no effect on the stabilization. For the halo-oxocuprates, the latter is crucial to stabilize the singlet.

  3. The real structure of columnar pinning centers in heavy-ion-irradiated cuprate superconductors

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    Welch, D.O.; Zhu, Y.; Budhani, R.C.

    1995-12-31

    There has been considerable recent interest in the use of columnar defects produced by irradiation with energetic heavy ions to raise the irreversibility line and improve the critical current density of cuprate superconductors. In the interpretation and theoretical modeling of the flux-pinning characteristics of heavy-ion tracks, it is generally assumed that they are simply columns of non-superconducting material. In this paper we present a more realistic description, based both on resistivity measurements and on detailed, quantitative transmission electron microscope methods (both imaging and analytical studies), of the nature of heavy-ion damage, including defects, disorder, strain fields, and oxygen deficiencies in the matrix of the superconductor surrounding the amorphous columns. The presence of such disorder appears to be a consequence of the mechanism of track formation, which involves partial epitaxial regrowth of a molten region which follows the passage of sufficiently energetic ions.

  4. Quantum oscillations and the Fermi surface of high-temperature cuprate superconductors

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    Vignolle, Baptiste; Vignolles, David; LeBoeuf, David; Lepault, Stéphane; Ramshaw, Brad; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Doiron-Leyraud, Nicolas; Carrington, A.; Hussey, N. E.; Taillefer, Louis; Proust, Cyril

    2011-06-01

    Over 20 years since the discovery of high temperature superconductivity in cuprates (Bednorz and Müller, 1986 [1]), the first convincing observation of quantum oscillations in underdoped YBa 2Cu 3O 6.5 (Doiron-Leyraud et al., 2007 [2]) has deeply changed the theoretical landscape relevant to these materials. The Fermi surface is a basic concept of solid state physics, which underpins most physical properties (electrical, thermal, optical, etc.) of a metal. Even in the presence of interactions, this fundamental concept remains robust. While there was little doubt about the existence of a Fermi surface on the overdoped side of the phase diagram of the cuprates, the discovery of quantum oscillations in the underdoped regime was a surprise. The small pockets inferred from the measurements in underdoped YBa 2Cu 3O y contrast with the large orbit found in overdoped Tl 2Ba 2CuO 6 + δ. A central issue in understanding the phase diagram of high temperature superconductors is the origin of this difference at opposite sides of the superconducting dome. This review aims to shed light on this issue by bringing together recent results of quantum oscillation and transport measurements under high magnetic fields in hole-doped cuprates.

  5. Mechanics of Individual, Isolated Vortices in a Cuprate Superconductor

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    Auslaender, M.

    2010-05-25

    Superconductors often contain quantized microscopic whirlpools of electrons, called vortices, that can be modeled as one-dimensional elastic objects. Vortices are a diverse playground for condensed matter because of the interplay between thermal fluctuations, vortex-vortex interactions, and the interaction of the vortex core with the three-dimensional disorder landscape. While vortex matter has been studied extensively, the static and dynamic properties of an individual vortex have not. Here we employ magnetic force microscopy (MFM) to image and manipulate individual vortices in detwinned, single crystal YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.991} (YBCO), directly measuring the interaction of a moving vortex with the local disorder potential. We find an unexpected and dramatic enhancement of the response of a vortex to pulling when we wiggle it transversely. In addition, we find enhanced vortex pinning anisotropy that suggests clustering of oxygen vacancies in our sample and demonstrates the power of MFM to probe vortex structure and microscopic defects that cause pinning.

  6. Pseudogap-generated a coexistence of Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets in cuprate superconductors

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    Zhao, Huaisong; Gao, Deheng; Feng, Shiping

    2017-03-01

    One of the most intriguing puzzle is why there is a coexistence of Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets in the pseudogap phase of cuprate superconductors? This puzzle is calling for an explanation. Based on the t - J model in the fermion-spin representation, the coexistence of the Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets in cuprate superconductors is studied by taking into account the pseudogap effect. It is shown that the pseudogap induces an energy band splitting, and then the poles of the electron Green's function at zero energy form two contours in momentum space, however, the electron spectral weight on these two contours around the antinodal region is gapped out by the pseudogap, leaving behind the low-energy electron spectral weight only located at the disconnected segments around the nodal region. In particular, the tips of these disconnected segments converge on the hot spots to form the closed Fermi pockets, generating a coexistence of the Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets. Moreover, the single-particle coherent weight is directly related to the pseudogap, and grows linearly with doping. The calculated result of the overall dispersion of the electron excitations is in qualitative agreement with the experimental data. The theory also predicts that the pseudogap-induced peak-dip-hump structure in the electron spectrum is absent from the hot-spot directions.

  7. Recombination and propagation of quasiparticles in cuprate superconductors

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    Gedik, Nuh

    2004-05-01

    Rapid developments in time-resolved optical spectroscopy have led to renewed interest in the nonequilibrium state of superconductors and other highly correlated electron materials. In these experiments, the nonequilibrium state is prepared by the absorption of short (less than 100 fs) laser pulses, typically in the near-infrared, that perturb the density and energy distribution of quasiparticles. The evolution of the nonequilibrium state is probed by time resolving the changes in the optical response functions of the medium that take place after photoexcitation. Ultimately, the goal of such experiments is to understand not only the nonequilibrium state, but to shed light on the still poorly understood equilibrium properties of these materials. We report nonequilibrium experiments that have revealed aspects of the cup rates that have been inaccessible by other techniques. Namely, the diffusion and recombination coefficients of quasiparticles have been measured in both YBa2Cu3O6.5 and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x using time-resolved optical spectroscopy. Dependence of these measurements on doping, temperature and laser intensity is also obtained. To study the recombination of quasiparticles, we measure the change in reflectivity ΔR which is directly proportional to the nonequilibrium quasiparticle density created by the laser. From the intensity dependence, we estimate β, the inelastic scattering coefficient and γth thermal equilibrium quasiparticle decay rate. We also present the dependence of recombination measurements on doping in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x. Going from underdoped to overdoped regime, the sign of ΔR changes from positive to negative right at the optimal doping. This is accompanied by a change in dynamics. The decay of ΔR stops being intensity dependent exactly at the optimal doping. We provide possible interpretations of these two

  8. Magnetic proximity effect and superconducting triplet correlations at the cuprate superconductor and oxide spin valve interface

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    Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Constantinian, K. Y.; Demidov, V. V.; Khaydukov, Yu. N.

    2016-10-01

    A heterostructure consisting of a cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ and a ruthenate/manganite (SrRuO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3) spin valve was studied using SQUID magnetometry, ferromagnetic resonance, and neutron reflectometry. It is shown that because of the magnetic proximity effect a magnetic moment is excited in the superconducting portion of the heterostructure, whereas the magnetic moment in the spin valve becomes suppressed. The experimentally obtained value of a typical penetration depth of a magnetic moment into the superconductor is significantly greater than the coherence length of the cuprate superconductor, which indicates that the induced magnetic moment mechanism of Cu atoms is dominant. The mesastructure prepared by adding niobium film as a second superconducting electrode to the existing heterostructure, exhibited a superconducting current (dc Josephson effect) at interlayer thicknesses that are much greater than the coherence length of the ferromagnetic materials. The maximum of the critical current density dependence on the thickness of the spin valve material corresponds to the interlayer coherence length, which agrees with the theoretical predictions associated with spin-triplet pairing. The superconducting current is observed at magnetic fields that are two orders of magnitude greater than the field corresponding to the occurrence of one magnetic flux quantum in the mesastructure. The ratio of the second harmonic of the current-phase dependence of the mesastructure superconducting current to the first, determined according to the dependence of the Shapiro steps on the amplitude of microwave exposure, did not exceed 50%.

  9. Cavity phenomena in mesas of cuprate high- Tc superconductors under voltage bias

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    Hu, Xiao; Lin, Shizeng

    2009-08-01

    Modeling a single crystal of cuprate high- Tc superconductor, such as Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ , as a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions, we formulate explicitly the cavity phenomenon of plasma oscillations and electromagnetic (EM) waves in mesas of cylindrical and annular shapes. The phase differences of the junctions are governed by the inductively coupled sine-Gordon equations, with the Neumann-type boundary condition for sample thickness much smaller than the EM wavelength, which renders the superconductor single crystal a cavity. Biasing a dc voltage in the c direction, a state with ±π kinks in the superconductivity phase difference piled up alternatively along the c axis is stabilized. The ±π phase kinks provide interlock between superconductivity phases in adjacent junctions, taking the advantage of huge inductive couplings inherent in the cuprate superconductors, which establishes the coherence across the whole system of more than ˜600 junctions. They also permit a strong coupling between the lateral cavity mode of the transverse Josephson plasma and the c -axis bias, and enhance the plasma oscillation significantly at the cavity modes which radiates EM waves in the terahertz band when the lateral size of mesa is set to tens of micrometers. It is discussed that the cavity mode realized in a very recent experiment using a cylindrical mesa can be explained by the present theory. In order to overcome the heating effect, we propose to use annular geometry. The dependence of frequency on the radius ratio is analyzed, which reveals that the shape tailor is quite promising for improving the present technique of terahertz excitation. The annular geometry may be developed as a waveguide resonator, mimicking the fiber lasers for visible lights.

  10. Inequivalence of single-particle and population lifetimes in a cuprate superconductor

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    Yang, Shuolong; Sobota, J. A.; Leuenberger, D.; He, Y.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D. H.; Eisaki, H.; Kirchmann, P. S.; Shen, Z. -X.

    2015-06-15

    We study optimally doped Bi-2212 (Tc=96 K) using femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. Energy-resolved population lifetimes are extracted and compared with single-particle lifetimes measured by equilibrium photoemission. The population lifetimes deviate from the single-particle lifetimes in the low excitation limit by 1–2 orders of magnitude. Fundamental considerations of electron scattering unveil that these two lifetimes are in general distinct, yet for systems with only electron-phonon scattering they should converge in the low-temperature, low-fluence limit. As a result, the qualitative disparity in our data, even in this limit, suggests that scattering channels beyond electron-phonon interactions play a significant role in the electron dynamics of cuprate superconductors.

  11. Doping Dependent Charge Transfer Gap and Realistic Electronic Model of n-type Cuprate Superconductors

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    Xiang, T.

    2010-05-03

    Based on the analysis of the measurement data of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and optics, we show that the charge transfer gap is significantly smaller than the optical one and is reduced by doping in electron doped cuprate superconductors. This leads to a strong charge fluctuation between the Zhang-Rice singlet and the upper Hubbard bands. The basic model for describing this system is a hybridized two-band t-J model. In the symmetric limit where the corresponding intra- and inter-band hopping integrals are equal to each other, this two-band model is equivalent to the Hubbard model with an antiferromagnetic exchange interaction (i.e. the t-U-J model). The mean-field result of the t-U-J model gives a good account for the doping evolution of the Fermi surface and the staggered magnetization.

  12. Angular fluctuations of a multi-component order describe the pseudogap regime of the cuprate superconductors

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    Sachdev, Subir

    2014-03-01

    The hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors enter the pseudogap regime as their superconducting critical temperature, Tc, falls with decreasing hole density. Experiments have probed this regime for over two decades, but we argue that decisive new information has emerged from recent X-ray scattering experiments. The experiments observe incommensurate charge density wave fluctuations whose strength rises gradually over a wide temperature range above Tc, but then decreases as the temperature is lowered below Tc. We propose a theory in which the superconducting and charge-density wave orders exhibit angular fluctuations in a 6-dimensional space. The theory provides a natural quantitative fit to the X-ray data, and is consistent with other observed characteristics of the pseudogap. Results will also be presented on the microscopic origins of these order parameters. Work in collaboration with Lauren Hayward, Roger Melko, David Hawthorn, and Jay Sau.

  13. η collective mode as A1 g Raman resonance in cuprate superconductors

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    Montiel, X.; Kloss, T.; Pépin, C.; Benhabib, S.; Gallais, Y.; Sacuto, A.

    2016-01-01

    We discuss the possible existence of a spin singlet excitation with charge ±2 (η mode) originating the A1 g Raman resonance in cuprate superconductors. This η mode relates the d -wave superconducting singlet pairing channel to a d -wave charge channel. We show that the η boson forms a particle-particle bound state below the 2 Δ threshold of the particle-hole continuum where Δ is the maximum d -wave gap. Within a generalized random phase approximation and Bethe-Salpeter approximation study, we find that this mode has energies similar to the resonance observed with inelastic neutron scattering below the superconducting (SC) coherent peak at 2 Δ in various SC cuprate compounds. We show that it is a very good candidate for the resonance observed in Raman scattering below the 2 Δ peak in the A1 g symmetry. Since the η mode sits in the S =0 channel, it may be observable via Raman, x-ray, or electron energy loss spectroscopy probes.

  14. Change of carrier density at the pseudogap critical point of a cuprate superconductor.

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    Badoux, S; Tabis, W; Laliberté, F; Grissonnanche, G; Vignolle, B; Vignolles, D; Béard, J; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Liang, R; Doiron-Leyraud, N; Taillefer, Louis; Proust, Cyril

    2016-03-10

    The pseudogap is a partial gap in the electronic density of states that opens in the normal (non-superconducting) state of cuprate superconductors and whose origin is a long-standing puzzle. Its connection to the Mott insulator phase at low doping (hole concentration, p) remains ambiguous and its relation to the charge order that reconstructs the Fermi surface at intermediate doping is still unclear. Here we use measurements of the Hall coefficient in magnetic fields up to 88 tesla to show that Fermi-surface reconstruction by charge order in the cuprate YBa2Cu3Oy ends sharply at a critical doping p = 0.16 that is distinctly lower than the pseudogap critical point p* = 0.19 (ref. 11). This shows that the pseudogap and charge order are separate phenomena. We find that the change in carrier density n from n = 1 + p in the conventional metal at high doping (ref. 12) to n = p at low doping (ref. 13) starts at the pseudogap critical point. This shows that the pseudogap and the antiferromagnetic Mott insulator are linked.

  15. Stimulated emission of Cooper pairs in a high-temperature cuprate superconductor

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    Zhang, Wentao; Miller, Tristan; Smallwood, Christopher L.; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Kaindl, R. A.; Lee, Dung-Hai; Lanzara, Alessandra

    2016-01-01

    The concept of stimulated emission of bosons has played an important role in modern science and technology, and constitutes the working principle for lasers. In a stimulated emission process, an incoming photon enhances the probability that an excited atomic state will transition to a lower energy state and generate a second photon of the same energy. It is expected, but not experimentally shown, that stimulated emission contributes significantly to the zero resistance current in a superconductor by enhancing the probability that scattered Cooper pairs will return to the macroscopically occupied condensate instead of entering any other state. Here, we use time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study the initial rise of the non-equilibrium quasiparticle population in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ cuprate superconductor induced by an ultrashort laser pulse. Our finding reveals significantly slower buildup of quasiparticles in the superconducting state than in the normal state. The slower buildup only occurs when the pump pulse is too weak to deplete the superconducting condensate, and for cuts inside the Fermi arc region. We propose this is a manifestation of stimulated recombination of broken Cooper pairs, and signals an important momentum space dichotomy in the formation of Cooper pairs inside and outside the Fermi arc region. PMID:27364682

  16. Stimulated emission of Cooper pairs in a high-temperature cuprate superconductor

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    Zhang, Wentao; Miller, Tristan; Smallwood, Christopher L.; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Kaindl, R. A.; Lee, Dung-Hai; Lanzara, Alessandra

    2016-07-01

    The concept of stimulated emission of bosons has played an important role in modern science and technology, and constitutes the working principle for lasers. In a stimulated emission process, an incoming photon enhances the probability that an excited atomic state will transition to a lower energy state and generate a second photon of the same energy. It is expected, but not experimentally shown, that stimulated emission contributes significantly to the zero resistance current in a superconductor by enhancing the probability that scattered Cooper pairs will return to the macroscopically occupied condensate instead of entering any other state. Here, we use time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study the initial rise of the non-equilibrium quasiparticle population in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ cuprate superconductor induced by an ultrashort laser pulse. Our finding reveals significantly slower buildup of quasiparticles in the superconducting state than in the normal state. The slower buildup only occurs when the pump pulse is too weak to deplete the superconducting condensate, and for cuts inside the Fermi arc region. We propose this is a manifestation of stimulated recombination of broken Cooper pairs, and signals an important momentum space dichotomy in the formation of Cooper pairs inside and outside the Fermi arc region.

  17. A new aspect of single-layered cuprate superconductors — 90 K superconductors for Ca-doped Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ single crystals

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    Yoshizaki, R.; Yamamoto, T.; Ikeda, H.; Kadowaki, K.

    2012-12-01

    We found that the highest Tc (Tc max) of the superconductors in Bi-2201 phase was 80-90 K for the partially Ca substituted Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ for Sr. The superconductivity was confirmed to be bulk effect from a specific heat jump around Tc. By the findings the correlation between the structure and Tc max has been made clear and simple with respect to the distance between Cu and the apical oxygen for the single-layered cuprate superconductors in the hole doped system.

  18. Neutron scattering evidence for spin and charge inhomogeneity in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, John

    2007-03-01

    Neutron diffraction studies have provided clear evidence for charge and spin stripe order in La2-xBaxCuO4 and La1.6-xNd0.4SrxCuO4 for a range of x, with a maximum ordering temperature at x = 1/8. The ordering of stripes competes with superconducting order. Recent measurements of the magnetic excitation spectrum in La1.875Ba0.125CuO4 show that: 1) the energy scale corresponds to antiferromagnetic superexchange, 2) the qualitative features do not change when static stripe order disappears [1], and 3) the spectrum is very similar to that found in other cuprate superconductors. New measurements on optimally-doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ [2] are consistent with the concept of a universal spectrum. Results on over-doped La2-xSrxCuO4 show that the magnetic spectral weight disappears as the superconductivity goes away [3]. These results suggest that slowly-fluctuating charge inhomogeneity is common to the cuprates and underlies the high-temperature superconductivity. *Guangyong Xu, J.M. Tranquada, T.G. Perring, G.D. Gu, M. Fujita, and K. Yamada, (unpublished). *Guangyong Xu, J.M. Tranquada, B. Fauqu'e, G.D. Gu, M. H"ucker, T.G. Perring, L.-P. Regnault, and J.S. Wen, (unpublished). *S. Wakimoto, K. Yamada, J.M. Tranquada, C.D. Frost, R.J. Birgeneau, and H. Zhang, cond-mat/0609155.

  19. Two-component physics of cuprates and superconductor-insulator transitions

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    Kusmartsev, F. V.; Saarela, Mikko

    2009-01-01

    We show that superconductor-insulator transitions (SIT) may arise due to a charge density wave instability induced by the over-screened Coulomb interaction modified due to decreasing carrier density. Within this new insulating state a novel quasiparticle entity, a microscopic Coulomb bubble (CB), emerges. These bubbles are embedded inside the superconductor and form nuclei of the new insulating state. The growth of a bubble is terminated by the Coulomb force and each bubble has a quantized charge and a fluctuating phase. When bubbles first appear they are covered by superfluid liquid due to a proximity effect and are invisible. However, when the carrier density decreases further, the bubbles' size increases and the superconducting proximity inside the bubbles vanishes. The insulating state arises via a percolation of insulating islands originating inside the CBs, which form a giant percolating cluster that prevents the flow of the electrical supercurrent through the system. We also show the formation of two groups of charge carriers in these compounds associated with free and localized states. The localized component arises due to Coulomb clumps. Our results are completely consistent with the two-component picture of cuprates deduced earlier by Gorkov and Teitelbaum (GT) (Gorkov and Teitelbaum 2006 Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 247003, Gorkov and Teitelbaum 2008 J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 108 012009) from the analysis of Hall effect data and the ARPES spectra. These CBs induce nanoscale superstructures observed in scanning tunneling microscope (STM) experiments (Gorkov and Teitelbaum 2008 J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 108 012009, Pan et al 2001 Nature 413 282-5, Dubi et al 2007 Nature 449 876-9, Gomes et al 2007 Nature 447 569, Lee et al 2006 Nature 442 546, McElroy et al 2005 Science 309 1048, Zhu et al 2006 Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 177001) and responsible for the pseudogap and Nernst effect in HTSC.

  20. Ground state of underdoped cuprates in vicinity of superconductor-to-insulator transition

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    Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Sun, Yujie; ...

    2016-08-15

    When an insulating underdoped cuprate is doped beyond a critical concentration (xc), high-temperature superconductivity emerges. We have synthesized a series of La2–xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) samples using the combinatorial spread technique that allows us to traverse the superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) in extremely fine doping steps, Δx≈0.00008. We have measured the Hall resistivity (ρH) as a function of temperature down to 300 mK in magnetic fields up to 9 T. At very low temperatures, ρH shows an erratic behavior, jumps and fluctuations exceeding 100%, hysteresis, and memory effects, indicating that the insulating ground state is a charge-cluster glass (CCG). Furthermore, based on themore » phase diagram depicted in our experiment, we propose a unified picture to account for the anomalous electric transport in the vicinity of the SIT, suggesting that the CCG is in fact a disordered and glassy version of the charge density wave.« less

  1. Ground state of underdoped cuprates in vicinity of superconductor-to-insulator transition

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    Wu, Jie; Bollinger, Anthony T.; Sun, Yujie; Božović, Ivan

    2016-08-15

    When an insulating underdoped cuprate is doped beyond a critical concentration (xc), high-temperature superconductivity emerges. We have synthesized a series of La2–xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) samples using the combinatorial spread technique that allows us to traverse the superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) in extremely fine doping steps, Δx≈0.00008. We have measured the Hall resistivity (ρH) as a function of temperature down to 300 mK in magnetic fields up to 9 T. At very low temperatures, ρH shows an erratic behavior, jumps and fluctuations exceeding 100%, hysteresis, and memory effects, indicating that the insulating ground state is a charge-cluster glass (CCG). Furthermore, based on the phase diagram depicted in our experiment, we propose a unified picture to account for the anomalous electric transport in the vicinity of the SIT, suggesting that the CCG is in fact a disordered and glassy version of the charge density wave.

  2. Universal sheet resistance and revised phase diagram of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

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    Barisic, Neven; Chan, Mun K; Li, Yuan; Yu, Guichuan; Zhao, Xudong; Dressel, Martin; Smontara, Ana; Greven, Martin

    2013-07-23

    Upon introducing charge carriers into the copper-oxygen sheets of the enigmatic lamellar cuprates, the ground state evolves from an insulator to a superconductor and eventually to a seemingly conventional metal (a Fermi liquid). Much has remained elusive about the nature of this evolution and about the peculiar metallic state at intermediate hole-carrier concentrations (p). The planar resistivity of this unconventional metal exhibits a linear temperature dependence (ρ ∝ T) that is disrupted upon cooling toward the superconducting state by the opening of a partial gap (the pseudogap) on the Fermi surface. Here, we first demonstrate for the quintessential compound HgBa2CuO4+δ a dramatic switch from linear to purely quadratic (Fermi liquid-like, ρ ∝ T(2)) resistive behavior in the pseudogap regime. Despite the considerable variation in crystal structures and disorder among different compounds, our result together with prior work gives insight into the p-T phase diagram and reveals the fundamental resistance per copper-oxygen sheet in both linear (ρ = A1T) and quadratic (ρ = A2T(2)) regimes, with A1 ∝ A2 ∝ 1/p. Theoretical models can now be benchmarked against this remarkably simple universal behavior. Deviations from this underlying behavior can be expected to lead to new insight into the nonuniversal features exhibited by certain compounds.

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  4. Stabilization of high T(sub c) phase in bismuth cuprate superconductor by lead doping

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

    1990-01-01

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

  5. A two-band model for the phase separation induced by the chemical mismatch pressure in different cuprate superconductors

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    Kugel, K. I.; Rakhmanov, A. L.; Sboychakov, A. O.; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Poccia, Nicola; Bianconi, Antonio

    2009-01-01

    A two-band model is used to study the phase separation in systems with different kinds of strongly correlated charge carrier, with a special emphasis on cuprate superconductors near optimum doping. We show that such a system can decompose into two metallic-like phases with more and less localized carriers. This phase separation is controlled by the energy splitting between the two bands. In cuprate superconductors, this energy splitting can be related to the internal chemical pressure on the CuO2 layer due to interlayer mismatch. The interplay between the surface energy of nanoscale inhomogeneities and the long-range Coulomb interaction determines the geometry of the phase-separated state (droplet- or stripe-like, depending on doping). The model is able to reproduce the regime of phase separation at doping higher than 1/8 in the experimental pressure-doping-Tc phase diagram of cuprates at large microstrain as it appears in superoxygenated La2CuO4.

  6. Holographic disorder driven superconductor-metal transition

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    Areán, D.; Pando Zayas, L. A.; Landea, I. Salazar; Scardicchio, A.

    2016-11-01

    We implement the effects of disorder on a holographic superconductor by introducing a random chemical potential on the boundary. We demonstrate explicitly that increasing disorder leads to the formation of islands where the superconducting order is enhanced and subsequently to the transition to a metal. We study the behavior of the superfluid density and of the conductivity as a function of the strength of disorder. We find explanations for various marked features in the conductivities in terms of hydrodynamic quasinormal modes of the holographic superconductors. These identifications plus a particular disorder-dependent spectral weight shift in the conductivity point to a signature of the Higgs mode in the context of disordered holographic superconductors. We observe that the behavior of the order parameter close to the transition is not mean-field type as in the clean case; rather we find robust agreement with exp (-A |T -Tc|-ν), with ν =1.03 ±0.02 for this disorder-driven smeared transition.

  7. Temperature dependence of the superconductivity-induced collective mode in the c-axis infrared spectra of bilayer cuprate superconductors

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    Munzar, D.; Chaloupka, J.; Bernhard, C.; Dubroka, A.; Vašátko, J.

    2010-12-01

    The low-temperature spectra of the c-axis infrared conductivity of bilayer high-Tc cuprate superconductors (HTCS) exhibit two superconductivity-induced modes [Li Yu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100 (2008) 177004; and references therein]. Both can be understood in terms of a microscopic theory developed recently [J. Chaloupka, C. Bernhard, D. Munzar, Phys. Rev. B 79 (2009) 184513]. Here we summarize the elements of the theory and report on the temperature dependence (TD) of the low-energy mode and of the total optical spectral weight (SW). The calculated TD of the mode is consistent with experiment but the trends of the SW are not.

  8. Uniaxial strain effects on the superconducting transition in Re-doped Hg-1223 cuprate superconductors

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    Mito, Masaki; Ogata, Kazuma; Goto, Hiroki; Tsuruta, Kazuki; Nakamura, Kazuma; Deguchi, Hiroyuki; Horide, Tomoya; Matsumoto, Kaname; Tajiri, Takayuki; Hara, Hiroshi; Ozaki, Toshinori; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2017-02-01

    The effects of uniaxial strain and hydrostatic pressure on Hg0.83Re0.18Ba2Ca2.4Cu3.6O14 [Hg0.83 (Re0.18)-1223 ] were investigated by ac magnetic measurements under stress corresponding to a pressure of 20 GPa at maximum. According to a previous thermal study based on the Ehrenfest relation, in-plane contraction should increase the superconducting transition temperature Tc, whereas out-of-plane contraction should decrease Tc. This suggests that the increase in Tc under hydrostatic-pressure contraction must be smaller than that under in-plane contraction. However, the present uniaxial-strain experiments revealed enhancement of Tc under both in-plane and out-of-plane contraction, and the largest enhancement was observed under hydrostatic-pressure contraction. According to a band calculation, all contraction styles induce hole doping from the HgO blocks to the CuO2 blocks, and hydrostatic-pressure contraction yields the largest hole doping among three contractions. This behavior explains well a series of changes in Tc in the stress region of below 8 GPa. More specifically, under hydrostatic-pressure contraction, Tc exhibited an increase, a decrease, and another increase with increasing pressure, and this multistep change is similar to that observed in Bi-2223-type cuprate superconductors, suggesting that it is necessary to distinguish the effect of strain on the middle CuO2 plane in the three-CuO2-plane package from that on the outer planes.

  9. Thermodynamic Critical Field and Superconducting Fluctuation of Vortices for High Temperature Cuprate Superconductor: La-214

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    Finnemore, Douglas K.

    2001-01-01

    Thermodynamics has been studied systematically for the high temperature cuprate superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4-δ, La-214, in the entire superconductive region from strongly underdoped to strongly overdoped regimes. Magnetization studies with H $\\parallel$ c have been made in order to investigate the changes in free energy of the system as the number of carriers is reduced. Above the superconducting transition temperature, the normal-state magnetization exhibits a two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnetic behavior. Below Tc, magnetization data are thermodynamically reversible over large portions of the H-T plane, so the free energy is well defined in these regions. As the Sr concentration is varied over the wide range from 0.060 (strongly underdoped) to 0.234 (strongly overdoped), the free energy change goes through a maximum at the optimum doped in a manner similar to the Tc0 vs. x curve. The density of states, N(0), remains nearly constant in the overdoped and optimum doped regimes, taking a broad maximum around x = 0.188, and then drops abruptly towards zero in the underdoped regime. The La2-xSrxCuO4 (La-214) system displays the fluctuating vortex behavior with the characteristic of either 2D or 3D fluctuations as indicated by clearly identifiable crossing points T* close to Tc. The dimensional character of the fluctuations depends on both applied magnetic fields and the density of charge carriers. The dimensional crossover from 2D to 3D occurs in the strongly underdoped regime when the c-axis coherence distance ξc becomes comparable to the spacing between adjacent CuO2 layers s at sufficiently high magnetic field near Hc2.

  10. Formation and properties of novel artificially-layered cuprate superconductors using pulsed-laser deposition

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    Norton, D.P.; Chakoumakos, B.C.; Budai, J.D.

    1996-03-01

    Pulsed-laser deposition and epitaxial stabilization have been effectively used to engineer artificially-layered thin-film materials. Novel cuprate compounds have been synthesized using the constraint of epitaxy to stabilize (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2}/(Ba,Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} superconducting superlattices in the infinite layer structure. Superlattice chemical modulation can be observed from the x-ray diffraction patterns for structures with SrCuO{sub 2} and (Ca, Sr)CuO{sub 2} layers as thin as a single unit cell ({approximately}3. 4 {angstrom}). X-ray diffraction intensity oscillations, due to the finite thickness of the film, indicate that (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} films grown by pulsed-laser deposition are extremely flat with a thickness variation of only {approximately}20 {angstrom} over a length scale of several thousand angstroms. This enables the unit-cell control of (Ca, Sr)CuO{sub 2} film growth in an oxygen pressure regime in which in situ surface analysis using electron diffraction is not possible. With the incorporation of BaCuO{sub 2} layers, superlattice structures have been synthesized which superconduct at temperatures as high as 70 K. Dc transport measurements indicate that (Ca, Sr)CuO{sub 2}/BaCuO{sub 2} superlattices are two dimensional superconductors with the superconducting transition primarily associated with the BaCuO{sub 2} layers. Superconductivity is observed only for structures with BaCuO{sub 2} layers at least two unit cells thick with {Tc} decreasing as the (Ca,Sr)CuO{sub 2} layer thickness increases. Normalized resistance in the superconducting region collapse to the Ginzburg-Landau Coulomb gas universal resistance curve consistent with the two-dimensional vortex fluctuation model.

  11. The roles of antiferromagnetic and nematic fluctuations in cuprate superconductors: a sign-free quantum Monte-Carlo study

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    Li, Zixiang; Yao, Hong; Wang, Fa; Lee, Dung-Hai

    Superconductivity is an emergent phenomena in the sense that the energy scale at which Cooper pairs form is generically much lower than the bare energy scale, namely the electron kinetic energy bandwidth. Addressing the mechanism of Cooper pairing amounts to finding out the effective interaction (or the renormalized interaction) that operates at the low energies. Finding such interaction from the bare microscopic Hamiltonian has not been possible for strong correlated superconductors such as the copper-oxide high temperature superconductor. In fact even one is given the effective interaction, determining its implied electronic instabilities without making any approximation has been a formidable task. Here, we perform sign-free quantum Monte-Carlo simulations to study the antiferromagnetic, superconducting, and the charge density wave instabilities which are ubiquitous in both electron and hole doped cuprates. Our result suggests only after including both the nematic and antiferromagnetic fluctuation, are the observed properties associated with these instabilities reproduced by the theory.

  12. Edge ferromagnetism from Majorana flat bands: application to split tunneling-conductance peaks in high-Tc cuprate superconductors.

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    Potter, Andrew C; Lee, Patrick A

    2014-03-21

    In mean-field descriptions of nodal d-wave superconductors, generic edges exhibit dispersionless Majorana fermion bands at zero energy. These states give rise to an extensive ground-state degeneracy, and are protected by time-reversal symmetry. We argue that the infinite density of states of these flat bands make them inherently unstable to interactions, and show that repulsive interactions lead to edge ferromagnetism which splits the flat bands. This edge ferromagnetism offers an explanation for the observation of the splitting of zero-bias peaks in edge tunneling in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. We argue that this mechanism for splitting is more likely than previously proposed scenarios and describe its experimental consequences.

  13. Kohn anomaly in phonon driven superconductors

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    Das, M. P.; Chaudhury, R.

    2014-08-01

    Anomalies often occur in the physical world. Sometimes quite unexpectedly anomalies may give rise to new insight to an unrecognized phenomenon. In this paper we shall discuss about Kohn anomaly in a conventional phonon-driven superconductor by using a microscopic approach. Recently Aynajian et al.'s experiment showed a striking feature; the energy of phonon at a particular wave-vector is almost exactly equal to twice the energy of the superconducting gap. Although the phonon mechanism of superconductivity is well known for many conventional superconductors, as has been noted by Scalapino, the new experimental results reveal a genuine puzzle. In our recent work we have presented a detailed theoretical analysis with the help of microscopic calculations to unravel this mystery. We probe this aspect of phonon behaviour from the properties of electronic polarizability function in the superconducting phase of a Fermi liquid metal, leading to the appearance of a Kohn singularity. We show the crossover to the standard Kohn anomaly of the normal phase for temperatures above the transition temperature. Our analysis provides a nearly complete explanation of this new experimentally discovered phenomenon. This report is a shorter version of our recent work in JPCM.

  14. Frank Isakson Prize Talk: Superfluid and normal-fluid densities in the cuprate superconductors from infrared spectroscopy

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    Tanner, D. B.

    Measurements for a number of cuprate families of optical reflectance over a wide spectral range (far-infrared to ultraviolet) have been analyzed using Kramers-Kronig analysis to obtain the optical conductivity σ (ω) and (by integration of the real part of the conductivity) the spectral weight of low- and mid-energy excitations. For the Kramers-Kronig analysis to give reliable results, accurate high-frequency extrapolations, based on x-ray atomic scattering functions, were used. When the optical conductivities of the normal and superconducting states are compared, a transfer of spectral weight from finite frequencies to the zero-frequency delta-function conductivity of the superconductor is seen. The strength of this delta function gives the superfluid density, ρs. In a clean metallic superconductor the superfluid density is essentially equal to the conduction electron density. The cuprates in contrast have only about 20% of the a b-plane low-energy spectral weight in the superfluid. The rest remains in finite-frequency, midinfrared absorption. In underdoped materials the superfluid fraction is even smaller. There are two ways to measure ρs, using either the partial sum rule for the conductivity or by examination of σ2 (ω) . Comparison of these two estimates of the superfluid density shows that 98% of the a b-plane superfluid density comes from energies below 0.15 eV. Many students, postdocs, and materials preparers have contributed to this work; to all I am very grateful.

  15. Radiation of terahertz electromagnetic waves from build-in nano Josephson junctions of cuprate high-T(c) superconductors.

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    Lin, Shi-Zeng; Hu, Xiao

    2011-04-01

    The nano-scale intrinsic Josephson junctions in highly anisotropic cuprate superconductors have potential for generation of terahertz electromagnetic waves. When the thickness of a superconductor sample is much smaller than the wavelength of electromagnetic waves in vacuum, the superconductor renders itself as a cavity. Unlike conventional lasers, the presence of the cavity does not guarantee a coherent emission because of the internal degree of freedom of the superconductivity phase in long junctions. We study the excitation of terahertz wave by solitons in a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions, especially for relatively short junctions. Coherent emission requires a rectangular configuration of solitons. However such a configuration is unstable against weak fluctuations, contrarily solitons favor a triangular lattice corresponding to an out-phase oscillation of electromagnetic waves. To utilize the cavity, we propose to use an array of stacks of short intrinsic Josephson junctions to generate powerful terahertz electromagnetic waves. The cavity synchronizes the plasma oscillation in different stacks and the emission intensity is predicted to be proportional to the number of stacks squared.

  16. De Haas-van Alphen Oscillations In Quasi-two-dimensional Underdoped Cuprate Superconductors In The Canonical Ensemble

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    Harrison, N; Sebastian, S E

    2008-01-01

    We calculate the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect waveform using the canonical ensemble for different Fermi surface scenarios applicable to the underdoped cuprate superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.5}, in which quantum oscillations have recently been observed. The harmonic content of the dHvA waveform of the principal F{sub {alpha}} {approx} 500 T frequency is consistent with the existence of a second thermodynamically dominant section of Fermi surface that acts primarily as a charge reservoir. Oscillations in the charge density to and from this reservoir are shown to potentially contribute to the observed large quantum oscillations in the Hall resistance.

  17. Quasiparticle recombination dynamics in the model cuprate superconductor HgBa2CuO4+δ

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    Hinton, J. P.; Thewalt, E.; Koralek, J. D.; Orenstein, J.; Barisic, N.; Xhao, X.; Chan, M.; Dorow, C.; Veit, M.; Ji, L.; Greven, M.

    2014-03-01

    The cuprate family of high temperature superconductors is characterized by a variety of electronic phases which emerge when charge carriers are added to the antiferromagnetic parent compound. The structural simplicity of the single layer cuprate system HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg1201) is advantageous for experimentally detecting subtle features of these phases. In this work, we investigate the recombination dynamics of photo-excited quasiparticles in Hg1201 as a function of doping, temperature, and magnetic field using pump-probe optical reflectivity. We observe two distinct onset temperatures above TC in the underdoped part of the phase diagram, corresponding to T* and T** as observed in transport and neutron scattering experiments. We also measure a suppression of the recombination rate near TC which peaks at 8% hole concentration. We associate this suppression with coherence effects. Lastly, we observe a complex, non-monotonic temperature dependence in the dynamics around optimal doping, providing evidence for reentrant phase transitions near the apex of the superconducting dome. Work supported by DOE-BES

  18. Perspective on the phase diagram of cuprate high-temperature superconductors

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    Rybicki, Damian; Jurkutat, Michael; Reichardt, Steven; Kapusta, Czesław; Haase, Jürgen

    2016-01-01

    Universal scaling laws can guide the understanding of new phenomena, and for cuprate high-temperature superconductivity the influential Uemura relation showed, early on, that the maximum critical temperature of superconductivity correlates with the density of the superfluid measured at low temperatures. Here we show that the charge content of the bonding orbitals of copper and oxygen in the ubiquitous CuO2 plane, measured with nuclear magnetic resonance, reproduces this scaling. The charge transfer of the nominal copper hole to planar oxygen sets the maximum critical temperature. A three-dimensional phase diagram in terms of the charge content at copper as well as oxygen is introduced, which has the different cuprate families sorted with respect to their maximum critical temperature. We suggest that the critical temperature could be raised substantially if one were able to synthesize materials that lead to an increased planar oxygen hole content at the expense of that of planar copper. PMID:27150719

  19. Perspective on the phase diagram of cuprate high-temperature superconductors

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    Rybicki, Damian; Jurkutat, Michael; Reichardt, Steven; Kapusta, Czesław; Haase, Jürgen

    2016-05-01

    Universal scaling laws can guide the understanding of new phenomena, and for cuprate high-temperature superconductivity the influential Uemura relation showed, early on, that the maximum critical temperature of superconductivity correlates with the density of the superfluid measured at low temperatures. Here we show that the charge content of the bonding orbitals of copper and oxygen in the ubiquitous CuO2 plane, measured with nuclear magnetic resonance, reproduces this scaling. The charge transfer of the nominal copper hole to planar oxygen sets the maximum critical temperature. A three-dimensional phase diagram in terms of the charge content at copper as well as oxygen is introduced, which has the different cuprate families sorted with respect to their maximum critical temperature. We suggest that the critical temperature could be raised substantially if one were able to synthesize materials that lead to an increased planar oxygen hole content at the expense of that of planar copper.

  20. Anatomy of a Periodically Driven p-Wave Superconductor

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    Zhao, Erhai

    2016-10-01

    The topological properties of periodically driven many-body systems often have no static analogs and defy a simple description based on the effective Hamiltonian. To explore the emergent edge modes in driven p-wave superconductors in two dimensions, we analysed a toy model of Kitaev chains (one-dimensional spinless p-wave superconductors with Majorana edge states) coupled by time-periodic hopping. We showed that with proper driving, the coupled Kitaev chains can turn into a fully gapped superconductor, which is analogous to the px+ipy state but has two, rather than one, chiral edge modes. A different driving protocol turns it into a gapless superconductor with isolated point nodes and completely flat edge states at quasienergy ω=0 or π/T, with T as the driving period. The time evolution operator U(kx, ky, t) of the toy model is computed exactly to yield the phase bands. And the "topological singularities" of the phase bands are exhausted and compared to those of a periodically driven Hofstadter model, which features counter-propagating chiral edge modes. These examples demonstrate the unique edge states in driven superconducting systems and suggest driving as a potentially fruitful route to engineer new topological superconductors.

  1. Nodal quasiparticles and the onset of spin-density-wave order in cuprate superconductors.

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    Pelissetto, Andrea; Sachdev, Subir; Vicari, Ettore

    2008-07-11

    We present a theory for the onset of spin-density-wave order in the superconducting ground state of the cuprates. We compute the scaling dimensions of allowed perturbations of a "relativistic" fixed point with O4 x O(3) symmetry, including those associated with the fermionic nodal Bogoliubov quasiparticles. Analyses of up to six loops show that all perturbations with square lattice symmetry are likely irrelevant. We demonstrate that the fermion spectral functions are primarily damped by the coupling to fluctuations of a composite field with Ising nematic order. A number of other experimental implications are also discussed.

  2. Quasi-particles ultrafastly releasing kink bosons to form Fermi arcs in a cuprate superconductor.

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    Ishida, Y; Saitoh, T; Mochiku, T; Nakane, T; Hirata, K; Shin, S

    2016-01-05

    In a conventional framework, superconductivity is lost at a critical temperature (Tc) because, at higher temperatures, gluing bosons can no longer bind two electrons into a Cooper pair. In high-Tc cuprates, it is still unknown how superconductivity vanishes at Tc. We provide evidence that the so-called ≲ 70-meV kink bosons that dress the quasi-particle excitations are playing a key role in the loss of superconductivity in a cuprate. We irradiated a 170-fs laser pulse on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(8+δ) and monitored the responses of the superconducting gap and dressed quasi-particles by time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. We observe an ultrafast loss of superconducting gap near the d-wave node, or light-induced Fermi arcs, which is accompanied by spectral broadenings and weight redistributions occurring within the kink binding energy. We discuss that the underlying mechanism of the spectral broadening that induce the Fermi arc is the undressing of quasi-particles from the kink bosons. The loss mechanism is beyond the conventional framework, and can accept the unconventional phenomena such as the signatures of Cooper pairs remaining at temperatures above Tc.

  3. Single reconstructed Fermi surface pocket in an underdoped single-layer cuprate superconductor

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    Chan, M. K.; Harrison, N.; McDonald, R. D.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Modic, K. A.; Barišić, N.; Greven, M.

    2016-01-01

    The observation of a reconstructed Fermi surface via quantum oscillations in hole-doped cuprates opened a path towards identifying broken symmetry states in the pseudogap regime. However, such an identification has remained inconclusive due to the multi-frequency quantum oscillation spectra and complications accounting for bilayer effects in most studies. We overcome these impediments with high-resolution measurements on the structurally simpler cuprate HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg1201), which features one CuO2 plane per primitive unit cell. We find only a single oscillatory component with no signatures of magnetic breakdown tunnelling to additional orbits. Therefore, the Fermi surface comprises a single quasi-two-dimensional pocket. Quantitative modelling of these results indicates that a biaxial charge density wave within each CuO2 plane is responsible for the reconstruction and rules out criss-crossed charge stripes between layers as a viable alternative in Hg1201. Lastly, we determine that the characteristic gap between reconstructed pockets is a significant fraction of the pseudogap energy. PMID:27448102

  4. Sharp low-energy feature in single-particle spectra due to forward scattering in d-wave cuprate superconductors.

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    Hong, Seung Hwan; Bok, Jin Mo; Zhang, Wentao; He, Junfeng; Zhou, X J; Varma, C M; Choi, Han-Yong

    2014-08-01

    There is an enormous interest in the renormalization of the quasiparticle (qp) dispersion relation of cuprate superconductors both below and above the critical temperature T_{c} because it enables the determination of the fluctuation spectrum to which the qp's are coupled. A remarkable discovery by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) is a sharp low-energy feature (LEF) in qp spectra well below the superconducting energy gap but with its energy increasing in proportion to T_{c} and its intensity increasing sharply below T_{c}. This unexpected feature needs to be reconciled with d-wave superconductivity. Here, we present a quantitative analysis of ARPES data from Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+δ} (Bi2212) using Eliashberg equations to show that the qp scattering rate due to the forward scattering impurities far from the Cu-O planes is modified by the energy gap below T_{c} and shows up as the LEF. This is also a necessary step to analyze ARPES data to reveal the spectrum of fluctuations promoting superconductivity.

  5. Dislocations as a boundary between charge density wave and oxygen rich phases in a cuprate high temperature superconductor

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    Poccia, Nicola; Ricci, Alessandro; Campi, Gaetano; Bianconi, Antonio

    2017-03-01

    Multiple functional ionic and electronic orders are observed in high temperature superconducting cuprates. The charge density wave order is one of them and it is spatially localized in different regions of the material. It is also known that the oxygen interstitials introduced by chemical intercalation self-organize in different oxygen rich regions corresponding with hole rich regions in the CuO2 layers left empty by the charge density wave order domains. However, what happens in between these two orders is not known, and neither there is a method to control this spatial separation. Here we demonstrate by using scanning nano x-ray diffraction, that dislocations or grain boundaries in the material can act as boundary between charge density wave and oxygen rich phases in a optimally doped {{La}}2{{CuO}}4+y high temperature superconductor. Dislocations can be used therefore to control the anti-correlation of the charge density wave order with the oxygen interstitials in specific portion of the material.

  6. Ion beam irradiation of cuprate high-temperature superconductors: Systematic modification of the electrical properties and fabrication of nanopatterns

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    Lang, W.; Marksteiner, M.; Bodea, M. A.; Siraj, K.; Pedarnig, J. D.; Kolarova, R.; Bauer, P.; Haselgrübler, K.; Hasenfuss, C.; Beinik, I.; Teichert, C.

    2012-02-01

    Irradiation of thin films of the cuprate high-temperature superconductor YBaCuO (YBCO) with 75 keV He ions leads to an exponential increase of the resistivity and a non-linear decrease of the critical temperature. At a fluence above 3×1015 cm the material becomes semiconducting. Calculations of ion-target interactions using the MARLOWE code indicated that these effects are due to the creation of point defects, primarily by displacing oxygen atoms, and that the lateral broadening of the ion's collision cascades is smaller than 10 nm in a 100 nm thick YBCO film. Irradiating a YBCO film through a silicon stencil mask with minimum aperture of 125 nm placed on top of the sample results in a local modification of its electrical properties. We demonstrate that this technique can be used to produce patterns of sub-100 nm size, visualized by scanning electron microscopy and conductive atomic force microscopy. This simple one-step process does not require the removal of target material and avoids the contamination problems associated with chemical etching and focused ion beam techniques.

  7. Antiferromagnetism in metals: from the cuprate superconductors to the heavy fermion materials

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    Sachdev, Subir; Metlitski, Max A.; Punk, Matthias

    2012-07-01

    The critical theory of the onset of antiferromagnetism in metals, with concomitant Fermi surface reconstruction, has recently been shown to be strongly coupled in two spatial dimensions. The onset of unconventional superconductivity near this critical point is reviewed: it involves a subtle interplay between the breakdown of fermionic quasiparticle excitations on the Fermi surface and the strong pairing glue provided by the antiferromagnetic fluctuations. The net result is a logarithm-squared enhancement of the pairing vertex for generic Fermi surfaces, with a universal dimensionless coefficient independent of the strength of interactions, which is expected to lead to superconductivity at the scale of the Fermi energy. We also discuss the possibility that the antiferromagnetic critical point can be replaced by an intermediate ‘fractionalized Fermi liquid’ phase, in which there is Fermi surface reconstruction but no long-range antiferromagnetic order. We discuss the relevance of this phase to the underdoped cuprates and the heavy fermion materials.

  8. Antiferromagnetism in metals: from the cuprate superconductors to the heavy fermion materials.

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    Sachdev, Subir; Metlitski, Max A; Punk, Matthias

    2012-07-25

    The critical theory of the onset of antiferromagnetism in metals, with concomitant Fermi surface reconstruction, has recently been shown to be strongly coupled in two spatial dimensions. The onset of unconventional superconductivity near this critical point is reviewed: it involves a subtle interplay between the breakdown of fermionic quasiparticle excitations on the Fermi surface and the strong pairing glue provided by the antiferromagnetic fluctuations. The net result is a logarithm-squared enhancement of the pairing vertex for generic Fermi surfaces, with a universal dimensionless coefficient independent of the strength of interactions, which is expected to lead to superconductivity at the scale of the Fermi energy. We also discuss the possibility that the antiferromagnetic critical point can be replaced by an intermediate 'fractionalized Fermi liquid' phase, in which there is Fermi surface reconstruction but no long-range antiferromagnetic order. We discuss the relevance of this phase to the underdoped cuprates and the heavy fermion materials.

  9. Formation of Gapless Fermi Arcs and Fingerprints of Order in the Pseudogap State of Cuprate Superconductors

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Palczewski, Ari D.; Hamaya, Yoichiro; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Wen, J. S.; Xu, Z. J.; Gu, Genda; Kaminski, Adam

    2013-10-01

    We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and a new quantitative approach based on the partial density of states to study properties of seemingly disconnected portions of the Fermi surface (FS) that are present in the pseudogap state of cuprates called Fermi arcs. We find that the normal state FS collapses very abruptly into Fermi arcs at the pseudogap temperature (T*). Surprisingly, the length of the Fermi arcs remains constant over an extended temperature range between T* and Tpair, consistent with the presence of an ordered state below T*. These arcs collapse again at the temperature below which pair formation occurs (Tpair) either to a point or a very short arc, whose length is limited by our experimental resolution. The tips of the arcs span between points defining a set of wave vectors in momentum space, which are the fingerprints of the ordered state that causes the pseudogap.

  10. Formation of Gapless Fermi Arcs and Fingerprints of Order in the Pseudogap State of Cuprate Superconductors

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    Kondo, Takeshi; Palczewski, Ari; Hamaya, Yoichiro; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Wen, J. S.; Xu, Z. J.; Gu, Genda; Kaminski, Adam

    2013-10-08

    We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and a new quantitative approach based on the partial density of states to study properties of seemingly disconnected portions of the Fermi surface (FS) that are present in the pseudogap state of cuprates called Fermi arcs. We find that the normal state FS collapses very abruptly into Fermi arcs at the pseudogap temperature (T*). Surprisingly, the length of the Fermi arcs remains constant over an extended temperature range between (T*) and Tpair, consistent with the presence of an ordered state below T*. These arcs collapse again at the temperature below which pair formation occurs (Tpair) either to a point or a very short arc, whose length is limited by our experimental resolution. The tips of the arcs span between points defining a set of wave vectors in momentum space, which are the fingerprints of the ordered state that causes the pseudogap.

  11. New preparative methods to enhance phase purity and physical properties of cuprate superconductors

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    Salomon, R. E.; Schaeffer, R.; Macho, J.; Thomas, Allan; Myer, G. H.; Coppa, N. V.

    1992-04-01

    Several methods which avoid the problems inherent in solid state reactions have been developed. These methods include freeze drying, liquid ammonia based processes and a novel xerogel process. They are applicable to both 123, 124, and BISCCO based superconductors and have as their goal the atomic mixing of precursors in order to reduce inhomogeneity in the final product. The three methods are described and compared to each other and to conventional methods of synthesis. The products prepared by these methods are fully characterized by elemental analysis, XRD, TGA, DSC, resistivity and magnetic susceptibility versus temperature and by SEM.

  12. New preparative methods to enhance phase purity and physical properties of cuprate superconductors

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    Salomon, R. E.; Schaeffer, R.; Macho, J.; Thomas, A.; Myer, G. H.; Coppa, N. V.

    Several methods which avoid the problems inherent in solid state reactions have been developed. These methods include freeze drying, liquid ammonia based processes and a novel xerogel process. They are applicable to both 123, 124 and BISCCO based superconductors and have as their goal the atomic mixing of precursors in order to reduce inhomogeneity in the final product. The three methods are described and compared to each other and to conventional methods of synthesis. The products prepared by these methods are fully characterized by elemental analysis, XRD, TGA, DSC, resistivity and magnetic susceptibility versus temperature and by SEM.

  13. New preparative methods to enhance phase purity and physical properties of cuprate superconductors

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    Salomon, R.E.; Schaeffer, R.; Macho, J.; Thomas, A.; Myer, G.H. Ben Franklin Superconductivity Center, Philadelphia, PA ); Coppa, N.V. )

    1991-01-01

    Several methods which avoid the problems inherent in solid state reactions have been developed. These methods include freeze drying, liquid ammonia based processes and a novel xerogel process. They are applicable to both 123, 124 and BISCCO based superconductors and have as their goal the atomic mixing of precursors in order to reduce inhomogeneity in the final product. The three methods are described and compared to each other and to conventional methods of synthesis. The products prepared by these methods are fully characterized by elemental analysis, XRD, TGA, DSC, resistivity and magnetic susceptibility versus temperature and by SEM. 13 refs., 2 figs.

  14. The rate of quasiparticle recombination probes the onset of coherence in cuprate superconductors

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    Hinton, J. P.; Thewalt, E.; Alpichshev, Z.; ...

    2016-04-13

    In the underdoped copper-oxides, high-temperature superconductivity condenses from a nonconventional metallic ”pseudogap” phase that exhibits a variety of non-Fermi liquid properties. Recently, it has become clear that a charge density wave (CDW) phase exists within the pseudogap regime. This CDW coexists and competes with superconductivity (SC) below the transition temperature Tc, suggesting that these two orders are intimately related. Here we show that the condensation of the superfluid from this unconventional precursor is reflected in deviations from the predictions of BSC theory regarding the recombination rate of quasiparticles. We report a detailed investigation of the quasiparticle (QP) recombination lifetime, τqp,more » as a function of temperature and magnetic field in underdoped HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg-1201) and YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) single crystals by ultrafast time-resolved reflectivity. We find that τqp(T) exhibits a local maximum in a small temperature window near Tc that is prominent in underdoped samples with coexisting charge order and vanishes with application of a small magnetic field. We explain this unusual, non-BCS behavior by positing that Tc marks a transition from phase-fluctuating SC/CDW composite order above to a SC/CDW condensate below. Lastly, our results suggest that the superfluid in underdoped cuprates is a condensate of coherently-mixed particle-particle and particle-hole pairs.« less

  15. Synthesis and Magnetic, Thermal, and Electrical Measurements on Complex non-Cuprate Superconductors

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    Henry, Laurence L

    2006-02-27

    The project investigated superconductivity in non-cuprate materials with critical temperatures, T{sub c}, in excess of 20 K in order to understand the thermodynamics of several of these materials. The project is a cooperative effort between investigators at Southern University (SU), Louisiana State University (LSU), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). It involved synthesis of high quality samples, and subsequent detailed magnetic, thermal and electrical measurements on them. The project provided a PhD Thesis research experience and training for a graduate student, Ms. Robin Macaluso. High quality, single crystal samples were synthesized by Ms. Macaluso under the direction of one of the CO-PIS, John Sarao, during the summer while she was a visitor at LANL being supported by this grant. On these samples magnetic measurements were performed at SU, thermal and electrical measurements were made in the LSU Physics and Astronomy Department. The crystallographic properties were determined in the LSU Chemistry Department by Ms. Macaluso under the direction of her dissertation advisor, Dr. Julia Chan. Additional high field magnetic measurements on other samples were performed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) both in Tallahassee and at LANL. These measurements involved another graduate student, Umit Alver, who used some of the measurements as part of his PhD dissertation in Physics at LSU.

  16. The rate of quasiparticle recombination probes the onset of coherence in cuprate superconductors.

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    Hinton, J P; Thewalt, E; Alpichshev, Z; Mahmood, F; Koralek, J D; Chan, M K; Veit, M J; Dorow, C J; Barišić, N; Kemper, A F; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Liang, Ruixing; Gedik, N; Greven, M; Lanzara, A; Orenstein, J

    2016-04-13

    In the underdoped copper-oxides, high-temperature superconductivity condenses from a nonconventional metallic "pseudogap" phase that exhibits a variety of non-Fermi liquid properties. Recently, it has become clear that a charge density wave (CDW) phase exists within the pseudogap regime. This CDW coexists and competes with superconductivity (SC) below the transition temperature Tc, suggesting that these two orders are intimately related. Here we show that the condensation of the superfluid from this unconventional precursor is reflected in deviations from the predictions of BSC theory regarding the recombination rate of quasiparticles. We report a detailed investigation of the quasiparticle (QP) recombination lifetime, τqp, as a function of temperature and magnetic field in underdoped HgBa2CuO(4+δ) (Hg-1201) and YBa2Cu3O(6+x) (YBCO) single crystals by ultrafast time-resolved reflectivity. We find that τqp(T) exhibits a local maximum in a small temperature window near Tc that is prominent in underdoped samples with coexisting charge order and vanishes with application of a small magnetic field. We explain this unusual, non-BCS behavior by positing that Tc marks a transition from phase-fluctuating SC/CDW composite order above to a SC/CDW condensate below. Our results suggest that the superfluid in underdoped cuprates is a condensate of coherently-mixed particle-particle and particle-hole pairs.

  17. Optical experimental evidence for a universal length scale for the dynamic charge inhomogeneity of cuprate superconductors.

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    Mihailovic, D

    2005-05-27

    Time-resolved optical experiments can give unique information on the characteristic length scales of dynamic charge inhomogeneity on femtosecond time scales. From data on the effective quasiparticle relaxation time tau(r) in La(2-x)SrxCuO4 and Nd(2-x)Ce(x)CuO4, we derive the temperature and doping dependence of the intrinsic phonon escape length l(e), which can be a direct measure of charge inhomogeneity. Remarkably, a common feature of both p- and n-type cuprates is that, as T --> Tc, l(e) approaches the superconducting coherence length l(e) --> xi(s)0. In the normal state l(e) is found to be in excellent agreement with the mean free path l(m) obtained from the resistivity data and structural coherence lengths l(s) from neutron scattering experiments, implying the existence of complex intrinsic textures on different length scales which may have a profound effect on the functional properties of these materials.

  18. Universal bulk charge-density-wave (CDW) correlations in the cuprate superconductors

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    Tabis, Wojciech

    2014-03-01

    The recent observation of bulk CDW order in YBa2Cu3O8+δ(YBCO) in competition with superconductivity is a significant development. Using Cu L-edge resonant X-ray scattering, we also observe bulk CDW order in HgBa2CuO4+δ(Hg1201 Tc = 72K). The correlations appear below TCDW ~ 200K, well below the pseudogap temperature T* ~ 320K associated with unusual magnetism, but coincident with the onset of Fermi-liquid-like charge transport. In contrast to YBCO, we observe no decrease of the CDW amplitude below Tc, and the correlation length is short and temperature independent. CDW correlations therefore are a universal property of underdoped cuprates, enhanced by low structural symmetry and a magnetic field, but fundamentally not in significant competition with superconductivity. We also discuss the relationship between the CDW modulation wave vector and the Fermi surface area extracted from QO experiments. Work supported by DOE-BES. In collaboration with Y. Li, M. Le Tacon, L. Braicovich, A. Kreyssig, M. Minola, G. Dellea, E. Weschke, M. Veit, A. Goldman, T. Schmitt, G. Ghiringhelli, N. Barisic, M.K. Chan, C. Dorow, G. Yu, X. Zhao, B. Keimer, M. Greven.

  19. Electron-phonon coupling associated with charge-stripe order in cuprate superconductors

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    Tranquada, John; Reznik, D.; Pintschovius, L.; Ito, M.; Iikubo, S.; Sato, M.; Fujita, M.; Yamada, K.; Gu, G. D.

    2006-03-01

    We have used inelastic neutron scattering to study the Cu-O bond-stretching phonon in La1.875Ba0.125CuO4 and La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4, two cuprate compounds that exhibit charge-stripe order. This is the phonon mode that one expects to be most sensitive to spatial inhomogeneity in the electronic structure of the CuO2 planes. Besides the cosine-like downward dispersion of the mode from zone center to zone boundary, we observe a dip in the dispersion and a very large energy width (> 10 meV) at q = a*/4. The dip and width gradually become smaller with increasing temperature. These evidences of a strong electron-phonon coupling (the dispersion dip and large energy width) have not been predicted by any conventional calculations. The nature of the connection with charge-stripe order will be discussed.

  20. Implications of charge ordering in high Tc cuprate superconductors in far-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Kim, Y H; Hor, P H

    2013-09-04

    We addressed the issue of the absence of far-infrared signatures pertaining to charge ordering in the published far-infrared reflectivity data of La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystals while other experimental probes reveal that charge ordering is a hallmark of superconducting cuprates. Through direct comparison of the far-infrared data reported by various groups side by side and also with the Raman scattering data, we found that the inconsistencies stem from the failure in capturing delicate spectral features embedded in the close-to-perfect ab-plane far-infrared reflectivity of La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystals by misidentifying the reflectivity as the Drude-like metallic reflectivity. The analysis of the close-to-true reflectivity data reveals that only a small fraction (<3%) of the total doping-induced charge carriers (electrons) are itinerant on the electron lattice made up with the rest of the electrons (>97%) at all doping levels up to 16%. We conclude that the far-infrared reflectivity study is far from being ready to construct a coherent picture of the ubiquitous charge ordering phenomenon and its relationship with the high Tc superconductivity.

  1. The rate of quasiparticle recombination probes the onset of coherence in cuprate superconductors

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    Hinton, J. P.; Thewalt, E.; Alpichshev, Z.; Mahmood, F.; Koralek, J. D.; Chan, M. K.; Veit, M. J.; Dorow, C. J.; Barišić, N.; Kemper, A. F.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, Ruixing; Gedik, N.; Greven, M.; Lanzara, A.; Orenstein, J.

    2016-04-01

    In the underdoped copper-oxides, high-temperature superconductivity condenses from a nonconventional metallic ”pseudogap” phase that exhibits a variety of non-Fermi liquid properties. Recently, it has become clear that a charge density wave (CDW) phase exists within the pseudogap regime. This CDW coexists and competes with superconductivity (SC) below the transition temperature Tc, suggesting that these two orders are intimately related. Here we show that the condensation of the superfluid from this unconventional precursor is reflected in deviations from the predictions of BSC theory regarding the recombination rate of quasiparticles. We report a detailed investigation of the quasiparticle (QP) recombination lifetime, τqp, as a function of temperature and magnetic field in underdoped HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg-1201) and YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) single crystals by ultrafast time-resolved reflectivity. We find that τqp(T ) exhibits a local maximum in a small temperature window near Tc that is prominent in underdoped samples with coexisting charge order and vanishes with application of a small magnetic field. We explain this unusual, non-BCS behavior by positing that Tc marks a transition from phase-fluctuating SC/CDW composite order above to a SC/CDW condensate below. Our results suggest that the superfluid in underdoped cuprates is a condensate of coherently-mixed particle-particle and particle-hole pairs.

  2. The rate of quasiparticle recombination probes the onset of coherence in cuprate superconductors

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    Hinton, J. P.; Thewalt, E.; Alpichshev, Z.; Mahmood, F.; Koralek, J. D.; Chan, M. K.; Veit, M. J.; Dorow, C. J.; Barišić, N.; Kemper, A. F.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, Ruixing; Gedik, N.; Greven, M.; Lanzara, A.; Orenstein, J.

    2016-01-01

    In the underdoped copper-oxides, high-temperature superconductivity condenses from a nonconventional metallic ”pseudogap” phase that exhibits a variety of non-Fermi liquid properties. Recently, it has become clear that a charge density wave (CDW) phase exists within the pseudogap regime. This CDW coexists and competes with superconductivity (SC) below the transition temperature Tc, suggesting that these two orders are intimately related. Here we show that the condensation of the superfluid from this unconventional precursor is reflected in deviations from the predictions of BSC theory regarding the recombination rate of quasiparticles. We report a detailed investigation of the quasiparticle (QP) recombination lifetime, τqp, as a function of temperature and magnetic field in underdoped HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg-1201) and YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) single crystals by ultrafast time-resolved reflectivity. We find that τqp(T ) exhibits a local maximum in a small temperature window near Tc that is prominent in underdoped samples with coexisting charge order and vanishes with application of a small magnetic field. We explain this unusual, non-BCS behavior by positing that Tc marks a transition from phase-fluctuating SC/CDW composite order above to a SC/CDW condensate below. Our results suggest that the superfluid in underdoped cuprates is a condensate of coherently-mixed particle-particle and particle-hole pairs. PMID:27071712

  3. The rate of quasiparticle recombination probes the onset of coherence in cuprate superconductors

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    Hinton, J. P.; Thewalt, E.; Alpichshev, Z.; Mahmood, F.; Koralek, J. D.; Chan, M. K.; Veit, M. J.; Dorow, C. J.; Barisic, N.; Kemper, A. F.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, Ruixing; Gedik, N.; Greven, M.; Lanzara, A.; Orenstein, J.

    2016-04-13

    In the underdoped copper-oxides, high-temperature superconductivity condenses from a nonconventional metallic ”pseudogap” phase that exhibits a variety of non-Fermi liquid properties. Recently, it has become clear that a charge density wave (CDW) phase exists within the pseudogap regime. This CDW coexists and competes with superconductivity (SC) below the transition temperature Tc, suggesting that these two orders are intimately related. Here we show that the condensation of the superfluid from this unconventional precursor is reflected in deviations from the predictions of BSC theory regarding the recombination rate of quasiparticles. We report a detailed investigation of the quasiparticle (QP) recombination lifetime, τqp, as a function of temperature and magnetic field in underdoped HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg-1201) and YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) single crystals by ultrafast time-resolved reflectivity. We find that τqp(T) exhibits a local maximum in a small temperature window near Tc that is prominent in underdoped samples with coexisting charge order and vanishes with application of a small magnetic field. We explain this unusual, non-BCS behavior by positing that Tc marks a transition from phase-fluctuating SC/CDW composite order above to a SC/CDW condensate below. Lastly, our results suggest that the superfluid in underdoped cuprates is a condensate of coherently-mixed particle-particle and particle-hole pairs.

  4. Resonant X-ray scattering measurements of a spatial modulation of the Cu 3d and O 2p energies in stripe-ordered cuprate superconductors.

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    Achkar, A J; He, F; Sutarto, R; Geck, J; Zhang, H; Kim, Y-J; Hawthorn, D G

    2013-01-04

    A prevailing description of the stripe phase in underdoped cuprate superconductors is that the charge carriers (holes) phase segregate on a microscopic scale into hole-rich and hole-poor regions. We report resonant elastic x-ray scattering measurements of stripe-ordered La(1.475)Nd(0.4)Sr(0.125)CuO(4) at the Cu L and O K absorption edges that identify an additional feature of stripe order. Analysis of the energy dependence of the scattering intensity reveals that the dominant signature of the stripe order is a spatial modulation in the energies of Cu 3d and O 2p states rather than the large modulation of the charge density (valence) envisioned in the common stripe paradigm. These energy shifts are interpreted as a spatial modulation of the electronic structure and may point to a valence-bond-solid interpretation of the stripe phase.

  5. Mapping the Electronic Structure of Each Ingredient Oxide Layer of High-T\\{c} Cuprate Superconductor Bi{2}Sr{2}CaCu{2}O{8+δ}.

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

    2015-12-04

    Understanding the mechanism of high transition temperature (T{c}) superconductivity in cuprates has been hindered by the apparent complexity of their multilayered crystal structure. Using a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we report on layer-by-layer probing of the electronic structures of all ingredient planes (BiO, SrO, CuO{2}) of Bi{2}Sr{2}CaCu_2}O{8+δ} superconductor prepared by argon-ion bombardment and annealing technique. We show that the well-known pseudogap (PG) feature observed by STM is inherently a property of the BiO planes and thus irrelevant directly to Cooper pairing. The SrO planes exhibit an unexpected van Hove singularity near the Fermi level, while the CuO{2} planes are exclusively characterized by a smaller gap inside the PG. The small gap becomes invisible near T{c}, which we identify as the superconducting gap. The above results constitute severe constraints on any microscopic model for high T{c} superconductivity in cuprates.

  6. Hidden Fermi-liquid Charge Transport in the Antiferromagnetic Phase of the Electron-Doped Cuprate Superconductors

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    Li, Yangmu; Tabis, W.; Yu, G.; Barišić, N.; Greven, M.

    2016-11-01

    Systematic analysis of the planar resistivity, Hall effect, and cotangent of the Hall angle for the electron-doped cuprates reveals underlying Fermi-liquid behavior even deep in the antiferromagnetic part of the phase diagram. The transport scattering rate exhibits a quadratic temperature dependence, and is nearly independent of doping and compound and carrier type (electrons versus holes), and hence is universal. Our analysis moreover indicates that the material-specific resistivity upturn at low temperatures and low doping has the same origin in both electron- and hole-doped cuprates.

  7. Understanding unconventional superconductors: On the origin of Cooper pairing in Sr2RuO4 and the broken symmetries in the pseudogap regime of the cuprates

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    Almeida Firmo, Ines

    Unconventional superconductors provide, today, some of the most fundamental challenges in condensed-matter physics, besides their unimaginable potential for applications. Here, we will discuss two of these materials. Firstly, we will focus on Sr2RuO4, one of the most promising candidates to exhibit chiral p-wave superconductivity, analogously to a two-dimensional (2D) film of 3He-A. Some of the outstanding challenges regarding this multi-band superconductor remain, including the knowledge of which band(s) are primarily responsible for the appearance of superconductivity. Solving this issue will help us understand the symmetry of the pairing and, eventually, the pairing mechanism. We report scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies confirming a nodal superconducting gap structure and indicating that the quasi-one-dimensional (1D) bands are most important for superconductivity in Sr2RuO4. We suggest an experimental avenue to confirm this observation and determine the pairing symmetry beyond doubt. We then turn to a discussion of the hole-doped cuprate high-temperature superconductors, with a focus on their mysterious pseudogap regime and its Q = 0 and Q ≠ 0 electronic broken symmetries. Development of novel spectroscopic imaging STM (SI-STM) techniques allowed the quantitative measurement of such broken symmetries (also seen by other probes) and their inter-relations. We report on these novel techniques in detail, in particular Fourier phase determination of STM data, and study extensively the hole doping, p, dependence of the broken symmetries as well as the Fermi surface topology for Bi2Sr 2CaCu2O8+delta samples spanning the phase diagram between 0.06 ≤ p ≤ 0.23. We show that the electronic symmetry breaking tendencies weaken with increasing p and disappear close to pc = 0.19. Concomitantly, the coherent k-space topology undergoes an abrupt transition, from arcs to closed contours, at the same pc. These data reveal that the k-space topology transformation

  8. Theory of a continuous stripe melting transition in a two-dimensional metal: a possible application to cuprate superconductors.

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    Mross, David F; Senthil, T

    2012-06-29

    We construct a theory of continuous stripe melting quantum phase transitions in two-dimensional metals and the associated Fermi surface reconstruction. Such phase transitions are strongly coupled but yet theoretically tractable in situations where the stripe ordering is destroyed by proliferating doubled dislocations of the charge stripe order. The resulting non-Landau quantum critical point has strong stripe fluctuations which we show decouple dynamically from the Fermi surface even though static stripe ordering reconstructs the Fermi surface. We discuss connections to various stripe phenomena in the cuprates. We point out several puzzling aspects of old experimental results [G. Aeppli et al., Science 278, 1432 (1997)] on singular stripe fluctuations in the cuprates, and provide a possible explanation within our theory. These results may thus have been the first observation of non-Landau quantum criticality in an experiment.

  9. Science and technology of cuprate-based high temperature superconductor thin films, heterostructures and superlattices—the first 30 years (Review Article)

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    Habermeier, H.-U.

    2016-10-01

    During the three decades after the discovery of superconductivity at high temperatures in copper oxides, intense research activities generated a tremendous progress in both, mastering the scientific challenges underpinning the understanding of the properties of these chemically and structurally complex materials as well as achieving a mature technology in preparing single phase bulk specimens—including single crystals—and epitaxially grown single crystalline thin films. This review covers in addition to more basic physics oriented developments mainly technological aspects of complex oxide thin film deposition as an enabling technology to explore the physics of these materials. It consists of two parts: after a brief introduction to the materials development prior to the discovery of superconducting copper oxides, a description of the relevant properties of copper oxide superconductors with focus on YBa2Cu3O7-δ is given, followed by the coverage of essentials of complex oxide thin film deposition technology with the copper oxides at its core. Here, the major physical vapor deposition technologies (evaporation and oxide molecular beam technology, sputtering and pulsed laser deposition) are described followed by an overview of substrate requirements to deposit high quality thin films. Opportunities by choosing special substrates with unique properties far beyond the usual mechanical support for a film are introduced with examples aside from usual lattice mismatch induced strain effects. One is the continuous modification of the strain state by poling ferroelectric oxide substrates linked to a piezoelectric effect, the other is the nanoscale tailoring of substrate step-and-terrace structures resulting in a controllable generation of planar defects in complex oxides, thus contributing to the physics of flux-line pinning in cuprate superconductors. In the second part of this review, first some highlights of single layer thin film research are given such as to tailor

  10. Random field disorder and charge order driven quantum oscillations in cuprates

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    Russo, Antonio; Chakravarty, Sudip

    2016-03-01

    In the pseudogap regime of the cuprates, a period-2 charge order breaks a Z2 symmetry, reflecting a broken translational symmetry. Therefore, the interaction of charge order and quenched disorder due to potential scattering, can, in principle, be treated as a random field Ising model. A numerical analysis of the ground state of such a random field Ising model reveals local, glassy dynamics in both two and three dimensions. The dynamics are treated in the glassy limit as a heat bath which couples to the itinerant electrons, leading to an unusual electronic non-Fermi-liquid. If the dynamics are strong enough, the electron spectral function has no quasiparticle peak and the effective mass diverges at the Fermi surface, precluding quantum oscillations. In contrast to charge density, d -density wave order (reflecting staggered circulating currents) does not directly couple to potential disorder, allowing it to support quantum oscillations. At fourth order in Landau theory, there is a term consisting of the square of the d -density wave order parameter, and the square of the charge order. This coupling could induce parasitic charge order, which may be weak enough for the Fermi liquid behavior to remain uncorrupted. Here, we argue that this distinction must be made clear, as one interprets quantum oscillations in cuprates.

  11. Random field disorder and charge order driven quantum oscillations in cuprates

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    Russo, Antonio; Chakravarty, Sudip

    In the pseudogap regime of the cuprates, charge order breaks a ℤ2 symmetry. Therefore, the interaction of charge order and quenched disorder due to potential scattering, can, in principle, be treated as a random field Ising model. A numerical analysis of the ground state of such a random field Ising model reveals local, glassy dynamics in both 2 D and 3 D . The glassy dynamics are treated as a heat bath which couple to the itinerant electrons, leading to an unusual electronic non-Fermi liquid. If the dynamics are strong enough, the electron spectral function has no quasiparticle peak and the effective mass diverges at the Fermi surface, precluding quantum oscillations. In contrast to charge density, d-density wave order (reflecting staggered circulating currents) does not directly couple to potential disorder, allowing it to support quantum oscillations. At fourth order in Landau theory, there is a term consisting of the square of the d-density wave order parameter, and the square of the charge order. This coupling could induce parasitic charge order, which may be weak enough for the Fermi liquid behavior to remain uncorrupted. Here, we argue that this distinction must be made clear, as one interprets quantum oscillations in cuprates.

  12. Reentrant dynamics of driven pancake vortices in layered superconductors

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    Zhao, H. J.; Wu, Wenjuan; Zhou, Wei; Shi, Z. X.; Misko, V. R.; Peeters, F. M.

    2016-07-01

    The dynamics of driven pancake vortices in layered superconductors is studied using molecular-dynamics simulations. We found that, with increasing driving force, for strong interlayer coupling, the preexisted vortex lines either directly depin or first transform to two-dimensional (2D) pinned states before they are depinned, depending on the pinning strength. In a narrow region of pinning strengths, we found an interesting repinning process, which results in a negative differential resistance. For weak interlayer coupling, individually pinned pancake vortices first form disordered 2D flow and then transform to ordered three-dimensional (3D) flow with increasing driving force. However, for extremely strong pinning, the random pinning-induced thermal-like Langevin forces melt 3D vortex lines, which results in a persistent 2D flow in the fast-sliding regime. In the intermediate regime, the peak effect is found: With increasing driving force, the moving pancake vortices first crystallize to moving 3D vortex lines, and then these 3D vortex lines are melted, leading to the appearance of a reentrant 2D flow state. Our results are summarized in a dynamical phase diagram.

  13. Densely mapping the phase diagram of the cuprate superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4 (0 <=x <=0.18), using a spatial composition spread approach

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    Hewitt, Kevin; Saadat, Mehran; George, Andrew

    2010-03-01

    Densely mapping the phase diagram of cuprate superconductors is the key to deciphering the normal state properties of these materials. A spatial composition spread approach was used to successfully deposit a 52-member composition spread library of La2-xSrxCuO4 (0 <=x <=0.18). Two home made targets of La2CuO4 and La1.82Sr0.18CuO4 were sputtered using 41 W RF and 42 W DC bias,respectively, at process gas pressure of 15 mTorr argon. A linear composition variation was produced by using specially designed masks in front of the La2CuO4 and La1.82Sr0.18CuO4 targets. The libraries were sputtered onto LaSrAlO4(001), SrTiO3(100) and MgO(100)substrates through a 52-slot shadow mask, and post annealed in a two step sequence - 800^oC for 1 h then at 950^oC for 2 h - in a tube sealed with oxygen gas. XRD and WDS analysis revealed the expected doping variation. Resistivity measurements reveal expected features such as a suppression of superconductivity near 18 (x = 0.125) doping and a novel one - that superconductivity appears near 3% (x=0.03) doping. The work present a powerful approach to studying the phase diagram of existing superconductors as well as offering a method to search for new materials.

  14. Irreversibility line and flux pinning properties in a multilayered cuprate superconductor of Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (Tc = 105 K)

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    Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.; Shivagan, D. D.; Tanaka, Y.; Kito, H.; Kodama, Y.

    2008-07-01

    Irreversibility line (IL) and flux pinning properties were investigated for a Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (F-0234) multilayered cuprate superconductor with a Tc of 105 K. The intragrain critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr) were determined by using Bean's critical state model for the grain-aligned sample (nominal composition Ba2Ca3Cu4O8.7F1.3). The irreversibility line (IL) of F-0234 is much lower than that of (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4Oy ((Cu, C)-1234) and HgBa2Ca3Cu4Oy (Hg-1234) in spite of the spacing between the superconducting blocks of F-0234 (7.3 Å) being much thinner. The double logarithmic plot of Birr field versus [1-(T/Tc) ] analysis hints that the flux line melting model has been adopted. An anisotropy factor of 65 was calculated from a 3D to 2D crossover field of about 0.95 T. Due to the high anisotropy of this system, a low IL has resulted. The flux pinning force density Fp ( ≈JcB) exhibits scaling behaviour when the magnetic field B is normalized by the Birr field. Analysis of the normalized pinning force reveals that a surface pinning mechanism is dominant and the reduced magnetic field bmax = 0.2 agrees with surface pinning mechanism with closely spaced pins.

  15. Nernst and Seebeck coefficients of the cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.67: a study of Fermi surface reconstruction.

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    Chang, J; Daou, R; Proust, Cyril; Leboeuf, David; Doiron-Leyraud, Nicolas; Laliberté, Francis; Pingault, B; Ramshaw, B J; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Takagi, H; Antunes, A B; Sheikin, I; Behnia, K; Taillefer, Louis

    2010-02-05

    The Seebeck and Nernst coefficients S and nu of the cuprate superconductor YBa{2}Cu{3}O{y} (YBCO) were measured in a single crystal with doping p=0.12 in magnetic fields up to H=28 T. Down to T=9 K, nu becomes independent of field by H approximately 30 T, showing that superconducting fluctuations have become negligible. In this field-induced normal state, S/T and nu/T are both large and negative in the T-->0 limit, with the magnitude and sign of S/T consistent with the small electronlike Fermi surface pocket detected previously by quantum oscillations and the Hall effect. The change of sign in S(T) at T approximately 50 K is remarkably similar to that observed in La2-xBaxCuO4, La{2-x-y}Nd{y}Sr_{x}CuO{4}, and La{2-x-y}Eu{y}Sr{x}CuO{4}, where it is clearly associated with the onset of stripe order. We propose that a similar density-wave mechanism causes the Fermi surface reconstruction in YBCO.

  16. Energy dependence of the electron-boson coupling strength in the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 -δ

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    Beck, M.; Klammer, M.; Rousseau, I.; Obergfell, M.; Leiderer, P.; Helm, M.; Kabanov, V. V.; Diamant, I.; Rabinowicz, A.; Dagan, Y.; Demsar, J.

    2017-02-01

    The quest for a pairing boson in cuprate high-temperature superconductors is one of the outstanding tasks of solid-state physics. Numerous time-resolved studies of pair breaking, related to pairing by time-reversal symmetry, have been performed using femtosecond optical pulses. By considering energy relaxation pathways between charge, spin, and lattice degrees of freedom, evidence for both phonon and antiferromagnetic fluctuation-mediated pairing has been obtained. Here we present a study of the superconducting-state depletion process in an electron-doped cuprate Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 -δ , where the superconducting gap is smaller than the energy of relevant bosonic excitations. When pumping with above-gap terahertz pulses, we find that the absorbed energy density required to deplete superconductivity, Adep, matches the thermodynamic condensation energy. On the contrary, by near-infrared pumping, Adep is an order of magnitude higher, as in the case of hole-doped, large-gap cuprates. These results imply that only a small subset of bosons, which are generated during the relaxation of optically excited carriers, contributes to pairing. This observation implies that, contrary to the common assumptions, electron-boson coupling in cuprates is strongly energy dependent.

  17. Short-ranged and short-lived charge-density-wave order and pseudogap features in underdoped cuprate superconductors

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    Greco, Andrés; Bejas, Matías

    2011-06-01

    The pseudogap phase of high-Tc cuprates is controversially attributed to preformed pairs or to a phase which coexists and competes with superconductivity. One of the challenges is to develop theoretical and experimental studies in order to distinguish between both proposals. Very recently, researchers at Stanford have reported [M. Hashimoto , Nat. Phys.PRLTAO1745-247310.1038/nphys1632 6, 414 (2010); R.-H. He , ScienceSCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.1198415 331, 1579 (2011)] angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy experiments on Pb-Bi2201 supporting the point of view that the pseudogap is distinct from superconductivity and associated to a spacial symmetry breaking without long-range order. In this paper, we show that many features reported by these experiments can be described in the framework of the t-J model considering self-energy effects in the proximity to a d charge-density-wave instability.

  18. Screening of point charge impurities in highly anisotropic metals: application to mu+-spin relaxation in underdoped cuprate superconductors.

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    Shekhter, Arkady; Shu, Lei; Aji, Vivek; MacLaughlin, D E; Varma, C M

    2008-11-28

    We calculate the screening charge density distribution due to a point charge, such as that of a positive muon (mu+), placed between the planes of a highly anisotropic layered metal. In underdoped hole cuprates the screening charge converts the charge density in the metallic-plane unit cells in the vicinity of the mu+ to nearly its value in the insulating state. The current-loop-ordered state observed by polarized neutron diffraction then vanishes in such cells, and also in nearby cells over a distance of order the intrinsic correlation length of the loop-ordered state. This strongly suppresses the magnetic field at the mu+ site. We estimate this suppressed field in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x and La2-xSrxCuO4, and find consistency with the observed approximately 0.2 G field in the former case and the observed upper bound of approximately 0.2 G in the latter case. This resolves the controversy between the neutron diffraction and mu-spin relaxation experiments.

  19. Low energy impurity kink in the normal and anomalous self-energies in Bi-cuprate superconductors

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    Bok, Jin Mo; Bae, Jong Ju; Hong, Seung Hwan; Zhou, X. J.; Choi, Han-Yong

    2015-08-01

    The sharp low energy kink (LEK) in quasiparticle (qp) spectra well below the superconducting energy gap observed in the angle-resolved photo-emission spectroscopy (ARPES) of the Bi-cuprates may be understood in terms of the forward scattering impurities located off the Cu-O planes. The relevance of the idea has been established by comparing the calculated normal self-energy from the off-plane impurity effects and the extracted one from the self-energy analysis of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi2212) ARPES data in Hong et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 057001 (2014)]. In addition to the explanation of the LEK, this is a necessary step to analyze ARPES data, to reveal the spectrum of fluctuations promoting superconductivity. We also present the extracted anomalous self-energy from the self-energy analysis, which is its first experimental determination as far as we are aware of. The extracted anomalous self-energy and its implications are discussed in comparison with the calculated impurity self-energy term.

  20. 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.

  1. Nernst effect in the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4: Superconducting fluctuations, upper critical field Hc2, and the origin of the Tc dome

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    Tafti, F. F.; Laliberté, F.; Dion, M.; Gaudet, J.; Fournier, P.; Taillefer, Louis

    2014-07-01

    The Nernst effect was measured in the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4 (PCCO) at four concentrations, from underdoped (x =0.13) to overdoped (x=0.17), for a wide range of temperatures above the critical temperature Tc. A magnetic field H up to 15 T was used to reliably access the normal-state quasiparticle contribution to the Nernst signal Nqp, which is subtracted from the total signal N, to obtain the superconducting contribution Nsc. As a function of H, Nsc peaks at a field H whose temperature dependence obeys Hc2ln(T /Tc), as it does in a conventional superconductor such as NbxSi1-x. The doping dependence of the characteristic field scale Hc2, shown to be closely related to the upper critical field Hc2, tracks the domelike dependence of Tc, showing that superconductivity is weakened below the quantum critical point where the Fermi surface is reconstructed, presumably by the onset of antiferromagnetic order. Our data at all dopings are quantitatively consistent with the theory of Gaussian superconducting fluctuations, eliminating the need to invoke unusual vortexlike excitations above Tc, and ruling out phase fluctuations as the mechanism for the fall of Tc with underdoping. We compare the properties of PCCO with those of hole-doped cuprates and conclude that the domes of Tc and Hc2 versus doping in the latter materials are also controlled predominantly by phase competition rather than phase fluctuations.

  2. Electronic structure of the ingredient planes of the cuprate superconductor Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ: A comparison study with Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Yan -Feng Lv; Gu, G. D.; Wang, Wen -Lin; ...

    2016-04-15

    By means of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, we report on the electronic structures of the BiO and SrO planes of the Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ (Bi-2201) superconductor prepared by argon-ion bombardment and annealing. Depending on post annealing conditions, the BiO planes exhibit either a pseudogap (PG) with sharp coherence peaks and an anomalously large gap magnitude of 49 meV or van Hove singularity (vHS) near the Fermi level, while the SrO is always characteristic of a PG-like feature. This contrasts with the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) superconductor where vHS occurs solely on the SrO plane. We disclose the interstitial oxygen dopants (δ in the formulas)more » as a primary cause for the occurrence of vHS, which are located dominantly around the BiO and SrO planes, respectively, in Bi-2201 and Bi-2212. This is supported by the contrasting structural buckling amplitude of the BiO and SrO planes in the two superconductors. Furthermore, our findings provide solid evidence for the irrelevance of PG to the superconductivity in the two superconductors, as well as insights into why Bi-2212 can achieve a higher superconducting transition temperature than Bi-2201, and by implication, the mechanism of cuprate superconductivity.« less

  3. 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

  4. Recent high-magnetic-field experiments on the 'high Tc' cuprates: Fermi-surface instabilities as a driver for superconductivity

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    Singleton, John; Mc Donald, Ross D; Cox, Susan

    2008-01-01

    The authors give a brief review of high-magnetic-field quantum-oscillation measurements on cuprate superconductors. In the case of the underdoped cuprates, a number of small Fermi-surface pockets are observed, probably due to the incommensurate nesting of the predicted (large) hole Fermi surface. The Fermi-surface instabilities that drive this nesting are also likely to result in the incommensurate spin fluctuations observed in inelastic neutron-scattering measurements. They suggest that the unusually high superconducting transitions in the cuprates are driven by an exact mapping of these incommensurate spin fluctuations onto the d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}} Cooper-pair wavefunction. The maximum energy of the fluctuations {approx} 100s of Kelvin gives an appropriate energy scale for the superconducting transition temperature.

  5. Shubnikov-de Haas quantum oscillations reveal a reconstructed Fermi surface near optimal doping in a thin film of the cuprate superconductor Pr1.86Ce0.14CuO4 ±δ

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    Breznay, Nicholas P.; Hayes, Ian M.; Ramshaw, B. J.; McDonald, Ross D.; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Ikeda, Ai; Irie, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Hideki; Analytis, James G.

    2016-09-01

    We study magnetotransport properties of the electron-doped superconductor Pr2 -xCexCuO4 ±δ with x =0.14 in magnetic fields up to 92 T, and observe Shubnikov-de Haas magnetic quantum oscillations. The oscillations display a single frequency F =255 ±10 T, indicating a small Fermi pocket that is ˜1 % of the two-dimensional Brillouin zone and consistent with a Fermi surface reconstructed from the large holelike cylinder predicted for these layered materials. Despite the low nominal doping, all electronic properties including the effective mass and Hall effect are consistent with overdoped compounds. Our study demonstrates that the exceptional chemical control afforded by high quality thin films will enable Fermi surface studies deep into the overdoped cuprate phase diagram.

  6. Cuprate superconductors on titanium substrates

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    Mitterbauer, Christina; Gritzner, Gerhard

    2007-09-01

    The applicability of titanium as substrate material for coated conductors was investigated. Titanium metal was rolled to a thickness of 1 mm and mechanically polished. The titanium sheets were oxidized in air at 1000 °C for 1 h. A dense oxide layer was formed. YBCO superconducting layers were applied to the oxidized titanium surface via screen printing from a suspension in acetone-terpineol. The YBCO layers were characterized by X-ray diffraction and by scanning electron microscopy.

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

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

    2001-01-01

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

  8. Diamagnetic susceptibility obtained from the six-vertex model and its implications for the high-temperature diamagnetic state of cuprate superconductors.

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    Sau, Jay D; Tewari, Sumanta

    2011-10-21

    We study the diamagnetism of the six-vertex model with the arrows as directed bond currents. To our knowledge, this is the first study of the diamagnetism of this model. A special version of this model, called the F model, describes the thermal disordering transition of an orbital antiferromagnet, known as d-density wave, a proposed state for the pseudogap phase of the high-T(c) cuprates. We find that the F model is strongly diamagnetic and the susceptibility may diverge in the high-temperature critical phase with power-law arrow correlations. These results may explain the surprising recent observation of a diverging low-field diamagnetic susceptibility seen in some optimally doped cuprates within the d-density wave model of the pseudogap phase.

  9. Unusual Nernst Effect Suggesting Time-Reversal Violation in the Striped Cuprate Superconductor La2-xBaxCuO4

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    Li, Lu; Alidoust, N.; Tranquada, J. M.; Gu, G. D.; Ong, N. P.

    2011-12-01

    The striped cuprate La2-xBaxCuO4 (x=(1)/(8)) undergoes several transitions below the charge-ordering temperature Tco=54K. From Nernst experiments, we find that, below Tco, there exists a large, anomalous Nernst signal eN,even(H,T) that is symmetric in field H, and remains finite as H→0. The time-reversal violating signal suggests that, below Tco, vortices of one sign are spontaneously created to relieve interlayer phase frustration.

  10. Reprint of : Elementary Andreev Processes in a Driven Superconductor-Normal Metal Contact

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    Belzig, Wolfgang; Vanevic, Mihajlo

    2016-08-01

    We investigate the full counting statistics of a voltage-driven normal metal(N)-superconductor(S) contact. In the low-bias regime below the superconducting gap, the NS contact can be mapped onto a purely normal contact, albeit with doubled voltage and counting fields. Hence in this regime the transport characteristics can be obtained by the corresponding substitution of the normal metal results. The elementary processes are single Andreev transfers and electron- and hole-like Andreev transfers. Considering Lorentzian voltage pulses we find an optimal quantization for half-integer Levitons.

  11. Fluctuation-driven first-order transition in Pauli-limited d-wave superconductors.

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    Dalidovich, Denis; Yang, Kun

    2004-12-10

    We study the phase transition between the normal and nonuniform (Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov) superconducting state in quasi-two-dimensional d-wave superconductors at finite temperature. We obtain an appropriate Ginzburg-Landau theory for this transition, in which the fluctuation spectrum of the order parameter has a set of minima at nonzero momenta. The momentum shell renormalization group procedure combined with epsilon expansion is then applied to analyze the phase structure of the theory. We find that all fixed points have more than one relevant direction, indicating the transition is of the fluctuation-driven first-order type for this universality class.

  12. Elementary Andreev processes in a driven superconductor-normal metal contact

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    Belzig, Wolfgang; Vanevic, Mihajlo

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the full counting statistics of a voltage-driven normal metal(N)-superconductor(S) contact. In the low-bias regime below the superconducting gap, the NS contact can be mapped onto a purely normal contact, albeit with doubled voltage and counting fields. Hence in this regime the transport characteristics can be obtained by the corresponding substitution of the normal metal results. The elementary processes are single Andreev transfers and electron- and hole-like Andreev transfers. Considering Lorentzian voltage pulses we find an optimal quantization for half-integer Levitons.

  13. Unusual Nernst effect suggesting time-reversal violation in the striped cuprate superconductor La(2-x)Ba(x)CuO4.

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    Li, Lu; Alidoust, N; Tranquada, J M; Gu, G D; Ong, N P

    2011-12-30

    The striped cuprate La(2-x)Ba(x)CuO(4) (x=1/8) undergoes several transitions below the charge-ordering temperature T(co)=54  K. From Nernst experiments, we find that, below T(co), there exists a large, anomalous Nernst signal e(N,even)(H,T) that is symmetric in field H, and remains finite as H→0. The time-reversal violating signal suggests that, below T(co), vortices of one sign are spontaneously created to relieve interlayer phase frustration.

  14. Ferro-type order of magneto-electric quadrupoles as an order-parameter for the pseudo-gap phase of a cuprate superconductor.

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    Lovesey, S W; Khalyavin, D D; Staub, U

    2015-07-29

    There is general agreement within the community of researchers that investigate high-Tc materials that it is most important to understand the pseudo-gap phase. To this end, many experiments on various cuprates have been reported. Two prominent investigations-Kerr effect and neutron Bragg diffraction-imply that underdoped YBCO samples possess long-range magnetic order of an unusual kind. However, other measurements do not support the existence of magnetic order. Here we show that the Kerr effect and magnetic Bragg diffraction data are individual manifestations of ordered magneto-electric quadrupoles at Cu sites. While the use of magneto-electric multipoles is new in studies of the electronic properties of cuprates, they are not unknown in other materials, including an investigation with x-rays of the parent compound CuO. We exploit the recent prediction that neutrons are deflected by magneto-electric multipoles. The outcome of our study is a theory for the order-parameter of the pseudo-gap phase without the aforementioned conflict with other measurements, and the first experimental evidence that neutrons interact with multipoles belonging to a state of magnetic charge.

  15. Ordered state of magnetic charge in the pseudo-gap phase of a cuprate superconductor (HgBa2CuO(4+δ)).

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    Lovesey, S W; Khalyavin, D D

    2015-12-16

    A symmetry-based interpretation of published experimental results demonstrates that the pseudo-gap phase of underdoped HgBa2CuO(4+δ) (Hg1201) possesses an ordered state of magnetic charge epitomized by Cu magnetic monopoles. Magnetic properties of one-layer Hg1201 and two-layer YBa2Cu3O(6+x) (YBCO) cuprates have much in common, because their pseudo-gap phases possess the same magnetic space-group, e.g. both underdoped cuprates allow the magneto-electric (Kerr) effect. Differences in their properties stem from different Cu site symmetries, leaving Cu magnetic monopoles forbidden in YBCO. Resonant x-ray Bragg diffraction experiments can complement the wealth of information available from neutron diffraction experiments on five Hg1201 samples on which our findings are based. In the case of Hg1201 emergence of the pseudo-gap phase, with time-reversal violation, is accompanied by a reduction of Cu site symmetry that includes loss of a centre of inversion symmetry. In consequence, parity-odd x-ray absorption events herald the onset of the enigmatic phase, and we predict dependence of corresponding Bragg spots on magneto-electric multipoles, including the monopole, and the azimuthal angle (crystal rotation about the Bragg wavevector).

  16. Large and high-quality single-crystal growth of cuprate superconductor Bi-2223 using the traveling-solvent floating-zone (TSFZ) method

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    Adachi, Shintaro; Usui, Tomohiro; Kosugi, Kenta; Sasaki, Nae; Sato, Kentaro; Fujita, Masaki; Yamada, Kazuyoshi; Fujii, Takenori; Watanabe, Takao

    In high superconducting transition temperature (high-Tc) cuprates, it is empirically known that Tc increases on increasing the number of CuO2 planes in a unit cell n from 1 to 3. Bi-family cuprates are ideal for investigating the microscopic mechanism involved. However, it is difficult to grow tri-layered Bi-2223, probably owing to its narrow crystallization field. Here, we report improved crystal growth of this compound using the TSFZ method under conditions slightly different from those in an earlier report [J. Cryst. Growth 223, 175 (2001)]. A Bi-rich feed-rod composition of Bi2.2Sr1.9Ca2Cu3Oy and a slightly oxygen-reduced atmosphere (mixed gas flow of O2 (10%) and Ar (90%)) were adopted for the crystal growth. In addition, to increase the supersaturation of the melts, we applied a large temperature gradient along the solid-liquid interface by shielding a high-angle light beam using Al foil around the quartz tube. In this way, we succeeded in preparing large (2 × 2 × 0 . 05 mm3) and high-quality (almost 100% pure) Bi-2223 single crystals. Hirosaki University Grant for Exploratory Research by Young Scientists and Newly-appointed Scientists.

  17. Granular superconductivity and magnetic-field-driven recovery of macroscopic coherence in a cuprate/manganite multilayer

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    Mallett, B. P. P.; Khmaladze, J.; Marsik, P.; Perret, E.; Cerreta, A.; Orlita, M.; Biškup, N.; Varela, M.; Bernhard, C.

    2016-11-01

    We show that in Pr0.5La0.2Ca0.3MnO3 /YBa2Cu3O7 (PLCMO/YBCO) multilayers the low temperature state of YBCO is very resistive and resembles that of a granular superconductor or a frustrated Josephson-junction network. Notably, a coherent superconducting response can be restored with a large magnetic field which also suppresses the charge-orbital order in PLCMO. This coincidence suggests that the granular superconducting state of YBCO is induced by the charge-orbital order of PLCMO. The coupling mechanism and the nature of the induced inhomogeneous state in YBCO remain to be understood.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  19. Relation between the increased transmission in the EXAFS region of X-ray absorption and the increase in the number of Abrikosov Vortices as cuprate superconductors go through Tc

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    Chigvinadze, Jaba G.; Mamniashvilli, Gogi I.; Acrivos, Juana V.

    2004-03-01

    The increased flux expulsion as T->Tc (observed as the external magnetic field, Bz = +/- 0.75 oe. goes through zero [1]) is related to the increased transmission as T->Tc (observed in all cuprate superconductors in the EXFAS region of X-ray absorption [2]). The expulsion of Abrikosov vortices as T->Tc is a cooperative dynamic phenomenon that affects only the EXAFS region of the spectrum. When the flux expulsion diverges beyond a critical value, we propose the EXAFS transmission increases because photoelectrons are involved in the Abrikosov Vortex. The phenomenon is similar to the increased transmission observed in He 4 by the formation of supercritical vortices [3]. [1] J.V. Acrivos, Lei Chen, C.M. Burch, P. Metcalf, J.M.Honig, R.S.Liu and K.K.Singh, Phys. Rev. B 50, 13710 (1994), [2] J.V. Acrivos, L.Nguyen, T.Norman, C.T. Lin, W.Y.Liang, J.M Honig and P.Somasundaram, Microchemical Journal, 71, 117 (2002), [3] E.J.Yarmchuk, M.J.V.Gordon, R.E.Packard, Phys.Rev.Lett. 43, 214 (1979)

  20. Emerging Diluted Ferromagnetism in High-Tc Superconductors Driven by Point Defect Clusters.

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    Gazquez, Jaume; Guzman, Roger; Mishra, Rohan; Bartolomé, Elena; Salafranca, Juan; Magén, Cesar; Varela, Maria; Coll, Mariona; Palau, Anna; Valvidares, S Manuel; Gargiani, Pierluigi; Pellegrin, Eric; Herrero-Martin, Javier; Pennycook, Stephen J; Pantelides, Sokrates T; Puig, Teresa; Obradors, Xavier

    2016-06-01

    Defects in ceramic materials are generally seen as detrimental to their functionality and applicability. Yet, in some complex oxides, defects present an opportunity to enhance some of their properties or even lead to the discovery of exciting physics, particularly in the presence of strong correlations. A paradigmatic case is the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y123), in which nanoscale defects play an important role as they can immobilize quantized magnetic flux vortices. Here previously unforeseen point defects buried in Y123 thin films that lead to the formation of ferromagnetic clusters embedded within the superconductor are unveiled. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission microscopy has been used for exploring, on a single unit-cell level, the structure and chemistry resulting from these complex point defects, along with density functional theory calculations, for providing new insights about their nature including an unexpected defect-driven ferromagnetism, and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism for bearing evidence of Cu magnetic moments that align ferromagnetically even below the superconducting critical temperature to form a dilute system of magnetic clusters associated with the point defects.

  1. Emerging Diluted Ferromagnetism in High‐T c Superconductors Driven by Point Defect Clusters

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    Guzman, Roger.; Mishra, Rohan; Bartolomé, Elena; Salafranca, Juan; Magén, Cesar; Varela, Maria; Coll, Mariona; Palau, Anna; Valvidares, S. Manuel; Gargiani, Pierluigi; Pellegrin, Eric; Herrero‐Martin, Javier.; Pennycook, Stephen J.; Pantelides, Sokrates T.; Puig, Teresa; Obradors, Xavier

    2016-01-01

    Defects in ceramic materials are generally seen as detrimental to their functionality and applicability. Yet, in some complex oxides, defects present an opportunity to enhance some of their properties or even lead to the discovery of exciting physics, particularly in the presence of strong correlations. A paradigmatic case is the high‐temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7‐δ (Y123), in which nanoscale defects play an important role as they can immobilize quantized magnetic flux vortices. Here previously unforeseen point defects buried in Y123 thin films that lead to the formation of ferromagnetic clusters embedded within the superconductor are unveiled. Aberration‐corrected scanning transmission microscopy has been used for exploring, on a single unit‐cell level, the structure and chemistry resulting from these complex point defects, along with density functional theory calculations, for providing new insights about their nature including an unexpected defect‐driven ferromagnetism, and X‐ray magnetic circular dichroism for bearing evidence of Cu magnetic moments that align ferromagnetically even below the superconducting critical temperature to form a dilute system of magnetic clusters associated with the point defects. PMID:27812469

  2. Spin-stripe density varies linearly with the hole content in single-layer Bi2+xSr2-xCuO6+y cuprate superconductors.

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    Enoki, M; Fujita, M; Nishizaki, T; Iikubo, S; Singh, D K; Chang, S; Tranquada, J M; Yamada, K

    2013-01-04

    We have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on the single-layer cuprate Bi(2+x) Sr(2-x) CuO(6+y) (Bi2201) with x = 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5, a doping range that spans the spin-glass to superconducting phase boundary. The doping evolution of low energy spin fluctuations (11

  3. Spin-Stripe Density Varies Linearly With the Hole Content in Single-Layer Bi2+xSr2-xCuO6+y Cuprate Superconductors

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    Enoki, M.; Fujita, M.; Nishizaki, T.; Iikubo, S.; Singh, D. K.; Chang, S.; Tranquada, J. M.; Yamada, K.

    2013-01-01

    We have performed inelastic neutron scattering measurements on the single-layer cuprate Bi2+xSr2-xCuO6+y (Bi2201) with x=0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5, a doping range that spans the spin-glass to superconducting phase boundary. The doping evolution of low energy spin fluctuations (≲11meV) was found to be characterized by a change in the incommensurate modulation wave vector from the tetragonal [110] to [100]/[010] directions, while maintaining a linear relation between the incommensurability and the hole concentration, δ≈p. In the superconducting regime, the spectral weight is strongly suppressed below ˜4meV. Similarities and differences in the spin correlations between Bi2201 and the prototypical single-layer system La2-xSrxCuO4 are discussed.

  4. Double criticality in the magnetic field driven transition of a high-TC superconductor

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    Leridon, Brigitte; Vanacken, Johan; Moshchalkov, V. V.; Vignolle, Baptiste; Porwal, Rajni; Budhani, R. C.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic-field driven transition of a set of high critical temperature La2 - x Srx CuO4 superconducting thin films has been investigated using high pulsed magnetic fields. For the underdoped samples, the existence of two distinct critical regions in the superconductor/insulator transition has been evidenced for the first time. The first quantum critical region is observed at intermediate magnetic fields (~= 19 T)and temperatures and gives way at lower temperature to a quantum critical point at about twice critical magnetic field and resistance per square. The critical exponents inferred from scaling behaviour are markedly different for the two regions. We attribute this behaviour to the existence of a clean/dirty crossover due to the presence of electronic inhomogeneities. This work has been supported by a SESAME grant from Region Ile-de-France. Part of the experiments at KULeuven have been founded by EuroMagNET II under the EU Contract Number 228043.

  5. Magnetic and quasiparticle excitations in cuprates

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    Bennemann, K.-H.

    2005-09-01

    [Dedicated to Bernhard Mühlschlegel on the occasion ofhis 80th birthday]Assuming for simplicity that the electrons or the holes in cuprate superconductors interact predominantly with spin-fluctuations, we determine within the random phase approximation (RPA)the dynamical susceptibility, in particular the resonance peak resulting as feedback from superconductivity, as well as the elementary quasiparticle excitations in hole-doped systems.

  6. Quasiparticle tunneling spectroscopy of high {Tc} cuprates

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

    1996-04-01

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

  7. Relationship between superconductor and metal-insulator transitions in a large class of tetragonal 1:2:3 cuprates Ca-R-Ba-Cu-O (R=La,Nd)

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    Goldschmidt, D.; Knizhnik, A.; Direktovitch, Y.; Reisner, G. M.; Eckstein, Y.

    1995-11-01

    We report superconductor and transport properties of a large class of tetragonal 1:2:3 cuprates represented by the chemical formula (CaxR1-x)[Ba3-z-xRz-(1-x)]Cu3Oy, where R=La or Nd and existing as high-purity materials in a large range of z and x. At a given z, these materials maintain, through compensating cosubstitutions, a constant charge Q of the noncopper cations (Q=6+z) independent of x. By accurate control of oxygen content y, both cation and anion charge sources were kept constant. Under these isoelectronic conditions (constant electron concentration n) big changes in transition temperature Tc, resistivity ρ and thermopower (TEP) S occur, suggesting that the microscopic hole density in the CuO2 planes h changes. Having a single Tmaxc (maximal Tc), this material family behaves as a single material. Besides, for all values of Q, x, and y and for each R we show that Tc, ρ, and S can each be represented by a single curve when plotted as a function of y-yM-I(Q,x), where yM-I denotes the value of y at the metal-insulator (M-I) transition. Therefore, there exists a one to one correspondence between h and y-yM-I, but there is no straightforward relation between h and n. We found an empirical formula describing the functional dependence of yM-I on Q and x. This allows one to estimate yM-I, Tc, ρ, and S in many materials. Our results are interpreted in terms of a simple band picture which is modified to consider the existence of low-mobility states in the vicinity of EF. This accounts for the relatively low TEP at the M-I transition.

  8. The microscopic structure of charge order in cuprates

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    Comin, Riccardo

    2015-03-01

    The spontaneous self-arrangement of electrons into periodically modulated patterns, a phenomenon commonly termed as charge order or charge-density-wave (CDW), has recently resurfaced as a prominent, universal ingredient for the physics of high-temperature superconductors. In such context, resonant x-ray scattering (RXS) has rapidly become the technique of choice for the study of charge order in momentum space, owing to its ability to directly identify a breaking of translational symmetry in the electronic density. In this talk, I will present our recent RXS studies of charge order in Bi2201, which reconciled years of apparently disconnected findings in different cuprate families by showing how charge order is a universal phenomenon in hole-doped cuprates [R. Comin, et al., Charge Order Driven by Fermi-Arc Instability in Bi2Sr2 - xLaxCuO6 +d, Science 343, 390 (2014)]. Contextually, I will discuss very recent findings of charge order in NCCO, which project such phenomenology to the electron-doped materials [E. da Silva Neto*, R. Comin*, et al., Charge ordering in the electron-doped superconductor Nd2-xCexCuO4, accepted (2014) - preprint at: http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.2253]. Furthermore, in YBCO, we have succeeded to fully reconstruct the CDW order parameter in the two-dimensional momentum space and demonstrate how resonant x-ray methods can be used to peer into the microscopic structure and symmetry of the charge order. Using this new method, we have been able to demonstrate the presence of charge stripes at the nanoscale [R. Comin, et al., Broken translational and rotational symmetry via charge stripe order in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6 +y, under review (2014)], as well as evaluate the local symmetry in the charge distribution around the Cu atoms, which was found to be predominantly of a d-wave bond-order type [R. Comin, et al., The symmetry of charge order in cuprates, under review (2014) - preprint at: http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.5415].

  9. Ferroelectricity in underdoped La-based cuprates

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    Viskadourakis, Z.; Sunku, S. S.; Mukherjee, S.; Andersen, B. M.; Ito, T.; Sasagawa, T.; Panagopoulos, C.

    2015-01-01

    Doping a “parent” antiferromagnetic Mott insulator in cuprates leads to short-range electronic correlations and eventually to high-Tc superconductivity. However, the nature of charge correlations in the lightly doped cuprates remains unclear. Understanding the intermediate electronic phase in the phase diagram (between the parent insulator and the high-Tc superconductor) is expected to elucidate the complexity both inside and outside the superconducting dome, and in particular in the underdoped region. One such phase is ferroelectricity whose origin and relation to the properties of high-Tc superconductors is subject of current research. Here we demonstrate that ferroelectricity and the associated magnetoelectric coupling are in fact common in La-214 cuprates namely, La2-xSrxCuO4, La2LixCu1-xO4 and La2CuO4+x. It is proposed that ferroelectricity may result from local CuO6 octahedral distortions, associated with the dopant atoms and clustering of the doped charge carriers, which break spatial inversion symmetry at the local scale whereas magnetoelectric coupling can be tuned through Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. PMID:26486276

  10. Excess Oxygen Defects in Layered Cuprates

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    Lightfoot, P.; Pei, S. Y.; Jorgensen, J. D.; Manthiram, A.; Tang, X. X.; Goodenough, J. B.

    1990-09-01

    Neutron powder diffraction has been used to study the oxygen defect chemistry of two non-superconducting layered cuprates, La{sub 1. 25}Dy{sub 0.75}Cu{sub 3.75}F{sub 0.5}, having a T{sup {asterisk}}- related structure, and La{sub 1.85}Sr{sub 1.15}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 6.25}, having a structure related to that of the newly discovered double-layer superconductor La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 6}. The role played by oxygen defects in determining the superconducting properties of layered cuprates is discussed.

  11. 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.

  12. Evidence of Spin-Injection-Induced Cooper Pair Breaking in Perovskite Ferromagnet-Insulator-Superconductor Heterostructures via Pulsed Current Measurements

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    Yeh, N. C.; Samoilov, A. V.; Veasquez, R. P.; Li, Y.

    1998-01-01

    The effect of spin-polarized currents on the critical current densities of cuprate superconductors is investigated in perovskite ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor heterostructures with a pulsed current technique.

  13. 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

  14. Crucial Role of Internal Collective Modes in Underdoped Cuprates

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    Mallik, Aabhaas V.; Yadav, Umesh K.; Medhi, Amal; Krishnamurthy, H. R.; Shenoy, Vijay B.

    The enigmatic cuprate superconductors have attracted resurgent interest with several recent reports and discussions of competing orders in the underdoped side. Motivated by this, here we address the natural question of frailty of the d-wave superconducting state in underdoped cuprates. Using a combination of theoretical approaches we study a t - J like model. We report an - as yet unexplored - instability that is brought about by an ``internal'' fluctuation (anti-symmetric mode) of the d-wave state. This new theoretical result helps in understanding recent ARPES and STM studies. We also suggest further experiments to uncover this physics. Work supported by CSIR, UGC, DST and DAE.

  15. Noise analysis of driven vortices of type-II superconductors - A molecular dynamics study

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    M, Suresh Babu; Pal, D.

    2015-06-01

    We present the zero temperature molecular dynamics simulation of vortices in low Tc type-II superconductors. We observe power law variation of noise in the dynamical phase. In comparison with the ordered vortex flow region the disordered vortex flow region shows large power law correlation of noise.

  16. Electronic structure of the ingredient planes of the cuprate superconductor Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ: A comparison study with Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Yan -Feng Lv; Gu, G. D.; Wang, Wen -Lin; Ding, Hao; Wang, Yang; Ding, Ying; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ji, Shuai -Hua; Zhao, Lin; Zhou, Xing -Jiang; Song, Can -Li; Ma, Xu -Cun; Xue, Qi -Kun

    2016-04-15

    By means of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, we report on the electronic structures of the BiO and SrO planes of the Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ (Bi-2201) superconductor prepared by argon-ion bombardment and annealing. Depending on post annealing conditions, the BiO planes exhibit either a pseudogap (PG) with sharp coherence peaks and an anomalously large gap magnitude of 49 meV or van Hove singularity (vHS) near the Fermi level, while the SrO is always characteristic of a PG-like feature. This contrasts with the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) superconductor where vHS occurs solely on the SrO plane. We disclose the interstitial oxygen dopants (δ in the formulas) as a primary cause for the occurrence of vHS, which are located dominantly around the BiO and SrO planes, respectively, in Bi-2201 and Bi-2212. This is supported by the contrasting structural buckling amplitude of the BiO and SrO planes in the two superconductors. Furthermore, our findings provide solid evidence for the irrelevance of PG to the superconductivity in the two superconductors, as well as insights into why Bi-2212 can achieve a higher superconducting transition temperature than Bi-2201, and by implication, the mechanism of cuprate superconductivity.

  17. Spin-freezing perspective on cuprates

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    Werner, Philipp; Hoshino, Shintaro; Shinaoka, Hiroshi

    2016-12-01

    The high-temperature superconducting state in cuprates appears if charge carriers are doped into a Mott-insulating parent compound. An unresolved puzzle is the unconventional nature of the normal state above the superconducting dome and its connection to the superconducting instability. At weak hole doping, a "pseudogap" metal state with signatures of time-reversal symmetry breaking is observed, which near-optimal doping changes into a "strange metal" with non-Fermi-liquid properties. Qualitatively similar phase diagrams are found in multiorbital systems, such as pnictides, where the unconventional metal states arise from a Hund-coupling-induced spin freezing. Here, we show that the relevant model for cuprates, the single-orbital Hubbard model on the square lattice, can be mapped onto an effective multiorbital problem with strong ferromagnetic Hund coupling. The spin-freezing physics of this multiorbital system explains the phenomenology of cuprates, including the pseudogap, the strange metal, and the d -wave superconducting instability. Our analysis suggests that spin/orbital freezing is the universal mechanism which controls the properties of unconventional superconductors.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Vortex-antivortex nucleation in magnetically nanotextured superconductors: magnetic-field-driven and thermal scenarios.

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    Milosević, M V; Peeters, F M

    2005-06-10

    Within the Ginzburg-Landau formalism, we predict two novel mechanisms of vortex-antivortex nucleation in a magnetically nanostructured superconductor. Although counterintuitive, nucleation of vortex-antivortex pairs can be activated in a superconducting (SC) film covered by arrays of submicron ferromagnets (FMs) when exposed to an external homogeneous magnetic field. In another scenario, we predict the thermal induction of vortex-antivortex configurations in SC-FM samples. This phenomenon leads to a new type of Little-Parks oscillations of the FM magnetization-temperature phase boundary of the SC film.

  1. The high temperature superconductivity in cuprates: physics of the pseudogap region

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    Cea, Paolo

    2016-08-01

    We discuss the physics of the high temperature superconductivity in hole doped copper oxide ceramics in the pseudogap region. Starting from an effective reduced Hamiltonian relevant to the dynamics of holes injected into the copper oxide layers proposed in a previous paper, we determine the superconductive condensate wavefunction. We show that the low-lying elementary condensate excitations are analogous to the rotons in superfluid 4He. We argue that the rotons-like excitations account for the specific heat anomaly at the critical temperature. We discuss and compare with experimental observations the London penetration length, the Abrikosov vortices, the upper and lower critical magnetic fields, and the critical current density. We give arguments to explain the origin of the Fermi arcs and Fermi pockets. We investigate the nodal gap in the cuprate superconductors and discuss both the doping and temperature dependence of the nodal gap. We suggest that the nodal gap is responsible for the doping dependence of the so-called nodal Fermi velocity detected in angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies. We discuss the thermodynamics of the nodal quasielectron liquid and their role in the low temperature specific heat. We propose that the ubiquitous presence of charge density wave in hole doped cuprate superconductors in the pseudogap region originates from instabilities of the nodal quasielectrons driven by the interaction with the planar CuO2 lattice. We investigate the doping dependence of the charge density wave gap and the competition between charge order and superconductivity. We discuss the effects of external magnetic fields on the charge density wave gap and elucidate the interplay between charge density wave and Abrikosov vortices. Finally, we examine the physics underlying quantum oscillations in the pseudogap region.

  2. Flux-driven quantum phase transitions in two-leg Kitaev ladder topological superconductor systems

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    Wang, H. Q.; Shao, L. B.; Pan, Y. M.; Shen, R.; Sheng, L.; Xing, D. Y.

    2016-12-01

    We investigate a two-leg ladder topological superconductor system consisting of two parallel Kitaev chains with interchain coupling. It is found that either uniform or staggered fluxes threading through the ladder holes may change the ladder system from the BDI class in the Altland-Zirnbauer (AZ) classification to the D class. After explicitly calculating the topological Z and/or Z2 indices and from the evolution of Majorana zero energy states (MZES), we obtain the flux-dependent phase diagrams, and find that quantum phase transitions between topologically distinct phases characterized by different number of MZES may happen by simply tuning the flux, which could be realized experimentally in ultracold systems.

  3. Theory of Enhanced Interlayer Tunneling in Optically Driven High-T_{c} Superconductors.

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    Okamoto, Jun-Ichi; Cavalleri, Andrea; Mathey, Ludwig

    2016-11-25

    Motivated by recent pump-probe experiments indicating enhanced coherent c-axis transport in underdoped YBCO, we study Josephson junctions periodically driven by optical pulses. We propose a mechanism for this observation by demonstrating that a parametrically driven Josephson junction shows an enhanced imaginary part of the low-frequency conductivity when the driving frequency is above the plasma frequency, implying an effectively enhanced Josephson coupling. We generalize this analysis to a bilayer system of Josephson junctions modeling YBCO. Again, the Josephson coupling is enhanced when the pump frequency is blue detuned to either of the two plasma frequencies of the material. We show that the emergent driven state is a genuine, nonequilibrium superconducting state, in which equilibrium relations between the Josephson coupling, current fluctuations, and the critical current no longer hold.

  4. Theory of Enhanced Interlayer Tunneling in Optically Driven High-Tc Superconductors

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    Okamoto, Jun-ichi; Cavalleri, Andrea; Mathey, Ludwig

    2016-11-01

    Motivated by recent pump-probe experiments indicating enhanced coherent c -axis transport in underdoped YBCO, we study Josephson junctions periodically driven by optical pulses. We propose a mechanism for this observation by demonstrating that a parametrically driven Josephson junction shows an enhanced imaginary part of the low-frequency conductivity when the driving frequency is above the plasma frequency, implying an effectively enhanced Josephson coupling. We generalize this analysis to a bilayer system of Josephson junctions modeling YBCO. Again, the Josephson coupling is enhanced when the pump frequency is blue detuned to either of the two plasma frequencies of the material. We show that the emergent driven state is a genuine, nonequilibrium superconducting state, in which equilibrium relations between the Josephson coupling, current fluctuations, and the critical current no longer hold.

  5. Quantum-critical region of the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition.

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    Baturina, T. T.; Bilusic, A.; Mironov, A. Yu.; Vinokur, V. M.; Baklanov, M. R.; Strunk, C.

    2007-11-01

    We investigate low temperature transport properties of thin TiN superconducting films, differing by the degree of disorder. At zero magnetic field we find an extremely sharp separation between the superconducting- and insulating phases, indicating a direct superconductor-insulator transition without an intermediate metallic phase. We show that in the critical region of the transition a peculiar highly inhomogeneous insulating state with superconducting correlations forms. The insulating films exhibit thermally activated conductivity and huge positive magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields. A sharp depinning transition at some voltage V{sub T} is observed in the I-V curves at very low temperatures. We propose a percolation type of depinning with the threshold voltage determined by the Coulomb blockade energy for the Cooper pairs between neighboring self-induced superconducting islands, with V{sub T} being the total voltage along the first conduction path. The observed hysteretic behavior of the threshold and steps on the dI/dV vs. V curves support this percolation picture of the depinning transition.

  6. Lattice gas dynamics: application to driven vortices in two dimensional superconductors.

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    Gotcheva, Violeta; Wang, Albert T J; Teitel, S

    2004-06-18

    A continuous time Monte Carlo lattice gas dynamics is developed to model driven steady states of vortices in two dimensional superconducting networks. Dramatic differences are found when compared to a simpler Metropolis dynamics. Subtle finite size effects are found at low temperature, with a moving smectic that becomes unstable to an anisotropic liquid on sufficiently large length scales.

  7. Insights on the Cuprate High Energy Anomaly Observed in ARPES

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    Moritz, Brian

    2011-08-16

    Recently, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy has been used to highlight an anomalously large band renormalization at high binding energies in cuprate superconductors: the high energy 'waterfall' or high energy anomaly (HEA). The anomaly is present for both hole- and electron-doped cuprates as well as the half-filled parent insulators with different energy scales arising on either side of the phase diagram. While photoemission matrix elements clearly play a role in changing the aesthetic appearance of the band dispersion, i.e. creating a 'waterfall'-like appearance, they provide an inadequate description for the physics that underlies the strong band renormalization giving rise to the HEA. Model calculations of the single-band Hubbard Hamiltonian showcase the role played by correlations in the formation of the HEA and uncover significant differences in the HEA energy scale for hole- and electron-doped cuprates. In addition, this approach properly captures the transfer of spectral weight accompanying doping in a correlated material and provides a unifying description of the HEA across both sides of the cuprate phase diagram. We find that the anomaly demarcates a transition, or cross-over, from a quasiparticle band at low binding energies near the Fermi level to valence bands at higher binding energy, assumed to be of strong oxygen character.

  8. Emergence of particle-hole symmetry near optimal doping in high-temperature copper oxide superconductors

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    Chakraborty, Shiladitya; Galanakis, Dimitrios; Phillips, Philip

    2010-12-01

    High-temperature copper oxide superconductors (cuprates) display unconventional physics when they are lightly doped whereas the standard theory of metals prevails in the opposite regime. For example, the thermoelectric power, that is the voltage that develops across a sample in response to a temperature gradient, changes sign abruptly near optimal doping in a wide class of cuprates, a stark departure from the standard theory of metals in which the thermopower vanishes only when one electron exists per site. We show that this effect arises from proximity to a state in which particle-hole symmetry is dynamically generated. The operative mechanism is dynamical spectral weight transfer from states that lie at least 2 eV away from the chemical potential. We show that the sign change is reproduced quantitatively within the Hubbard model for moderate values of the on-site repulsion, U . For sufficiently large values of on-site repulsion, for example, U=20t ( t the hopping matrix element), dynamical spectral weight transfer attenuates and our calculated results for the thermopower are in prefect agreement with exact atomic limit. The emergent particle-hole symmetry close to optimal doping points to pairing in the cuprates being driven by high-energy electronic states.

  9. Localized superconductivity in the quantum-critical region of the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition in TiN thin films.

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    Baturina, T I; Mironov, A Yu; Vinokur, V M; Baklanov, M R; Strunk, C

    2007-12-21

    We investigate low-temperature transport properties of thin TiN superconducting films in the vicinity of the disorder-driven superconductor-insulator transition. In a zero magnetic field, we find an extremely sharp separation between superconducting and insulating phases, evidencing a direct superconductor-insulator transition without an intermediate metallic phase. At moderate temperatures, in the insulating films we reveal thermally activated conductivity with the magnetic field-dependent activation energy. At very low temperatures, we observe a zero-conductivity state, which is destroyed at some depinning threshold voltage V{T}. These findings indicate the formation of a distinct collective state of the localized Cooper pairs in the critical region at both sides of the transition.

  10. Nonequilibriun Dynamic Phases of Driven Vortex Lattices in Superconductors with Periodic Pinning Arrays

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    Reichhardt, C.; Olson, C. J.; Nori, F.

    1998-03-01

    We present results from extensive simulations of driven vortex lattices interacting with periodic pinning arrays. Changing an applied driving force produces an exceptionally rich variety of distinct dynamic phases which include over a dozen well defined plastic flow phases. Transitions between different dynamical phases are marked by sharp jumps in the V(I) curves that coincide with distinct changes in the vortex trajectories and vortex lattice order. A series of dynamical phase diagrams are presented which outline the onset of the different dynamical phases (C. Reichhardt, C.J. Olson, and F. Nori, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78), 2648 (1997); and to be published. Videos are avaliable at http://www-personal.engin.umich.edu/ñori/. Using force balance arguments, several of the phase boundaries can be derived analyticaly.

  11. Spin fluctuations and high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates

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    Plakida, Nikolay M.

    2016-12-01

    To describe the cuprate superconductors, models of strongly correlated electronic systems, such as the Hubbard or t - J models, are commonly employed. To study these models, projected (Hubbard) operators have to be used. Due to the unconventional commutation relations for the Hubbard operators, a specific kinematical interaction of electrons with spin and charge fluctuations emerges. The interaction is induced by the intraband hopping with a coupling parameter of the order of the kinetic energy of electrons W which is much larger than the antiferromagnetic exchange interaction J induced by the interband hopping. This review presents a consistent microscopic theory of spin excitations and superconductivity for cuprates where these interactions are taken into account within the Hubbard operator technique. The low-energy spin excitations are considered for the t-J model, while the electronic properties are studied using the two-subband extended Hubbard model where the intersite Coulomb repulsion V and electron-phonon interaction are taken into account.

  12. Dynamic Phases in Driven Vortex Lattices in Superconductors with Periodic Pinning Arrays.

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    Reichhardt, C.; Olson, C. J.; Nori, F.

    1997-03-01

    In an extensive series of simulations of driven vortices interacting with periodic pinning arrays, an extremely rich variety of novel plastic flow phases, very distinct from those observed in random arrays, are found as a function of applied driving force. We show that signatures of the transitions between these different dynamical phases appear as pronounced jumps and dips in the I-V curves, coinciding with marked changes in the microscopic structure and flow behavior of the vortex lattice. When the number of vortices is greater than the number of pinning sites, we observe up to six distinct dynamical phases, including a pinned phase, a flow of interstitial vortices between pinned vortices, a disordered flow, a 1D flow along the pinning rows, and a homogeneous flow. By varying a wide range of microscopic pinning parameters, including pinning strength, size, density, and degree of ordering, as well as varying temperature and commensurability, we obtain a series of dynamic phase diagrams. A short video will also be presented to highlight these different dynamic phases.

  13. Model of electron pairs in electron-doped cuprates

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    Singh, R. J.; Khan, Shakeel

    2016-07-01

    In the order parameter of hole-doped cuprate superconductors in the pseudogap phase, two holes enter the order parameter from opposite sides and pass through various CuO2 cells jumping from one O2- to the other under the influence of magnetic field offered by the Cu2+ ions in that CuO2 cell and thus forming hole pairs. In the pseudogap phase of electron-doped cuprates, two electrons enter the order parameter at Cu2+ sites from opposite ends and pass from one Cu2+ site to the diagonally opposite Cu2+ site. Following this type of path, they are subjected to high magnetic fields from various Cu2+ ions in that cell. They do not travel from one Cu2+ site to the other along straight path but by helical path. As they pass through the diagonal, they face high to low to very high magnetic field. Therefore, frequency of helical motion and pitch goes on changing with the magnetic field. Just before reaching the Cu2+ ions at the exit points of all the cells, the pitch of the helical motion is enormously decreased and thus charge density at these sites is increased. So the velocity of electrons along the diagonal path is decreased. Consequently, transition temperature of electron-doped cuprates becomes less than that of hole-doped cuprates. Symmetry of the order parameter of the electron-doped cuprates has been found to be of 3dx2-y2 + iS type. It has been inferred that internal magnetic field inside the order parameter reconstructs the Fermi surface, which is requisite for superconductivity to take place. Electron pairs formed in the pseudogap phase are the precursors of superconducting order parameter when cooled below Tc.

  14. The origin of the Meissner effect in new and old superconductors

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    Hirsch, J. E.

    2012-03-01

    It is generally believed that superconducting materials are divided into two classes: ‘conventional’ and ‘unconventional’. Conventional superconductors (the elements and thousands of compounds including MgB2) are described by conventional London-BCS-Eliashberg electron-phonon theory. There is no general agreement as to what mechanism or mechanisms describe ‘unconventional’ superconductors such as the heavy fermions, organics, cuprate and pnictide families. However all superconductors, whether ‘conventional’ or ‘unconventional’, exhibit the Meissner effect. I argue that there is a single mechanism of superconductivity for all materials, that explains the Meissner effect and differs from the conventional mechanism in several fundamental aspects: it says that superconductivity is driven by lowering of kinetic rather than potential energy of the charge carriers, it requires conduction by holes rather than electrons in the normal state, and it predicts a non-homogeneous rigid charge distribution and an electric field in the interior of superconductors, and a spin current near the surface. Furthermore I argue that neither the conventional mechanism nor any of the other proposed unconventional mechanisms can explain the Meissner effect. Superconductivity in materials is discussed in the light of these concepts, some experimental predictions, connections to Dirac's theory, and connections to the superfluidity of 4He.

  15. Metallic charge stripes in cuprates

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    Tranquada, J. M.

    2004-08-01

    Some recent evidence for the existence of dynamic, metallic stripes in the 214 family of cuprates is reviewed. The mechanism of stripe pinning is considered, and changes in the charge density within stripes between the pinned and dynamic phases is discussed. From a purely experimental perspective, dynamic charge stripes are fully compatible with nodal “quasiparticles” and other electronic properties common to all superconducting cuprates.

  16. Isotope and multiband effects in layered superconductors.

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    Bussmann-Holder, Annette; Keller, Hugo

    2012-06-13

    In this review we consider three classes of superconductors, namely cuprate superconductors, MgB(2) and the new Fe based superconductors. All of these three systems are layered materials and multiband compounds. Their pairing mechanisms are under discussion with the exception of MgB(2), which is widely accepted to be a 'conventional' electron-phonon interaction mediated superconductor, but extending the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory to account for multiband effects. Cuprates and Fe based superconductors have higher superconducting transition temperatures and more complex structures. Superconductivity is doping dependent in these material classes unlike in MgB(2) which, as a pure compound, has the highest values of T(c) and a rapid suppression of superconductivity with doping takes place. In all three material classes isotope effects have been observed, including exotic ones in the cuprates, and controversial ones in the Fe based materials. Before the area of high-temperature superconductivity, isotope effects on T(c) were the signature for phonon mediated superconductivity-even when deviations from the BCS value to smaller values were observed. Since the discovery of high T(c) materials this is no longer evident since competing mechanisms might exist and other mediating pairing interactions are discussed which are of purely electronic origin. In this work we will compare the three different material classes and especially discuss the experimentally observed isotope effects of all three systems and present a rather general analysis of them. Furthermore, we will concentrate on multiband signatures which are not generally accepted in cuprates even though they are manifest in various experiments, the evidence for those in MgB(2), and indications for them in the Fe based compounds. Mostly we will consider experimental data, but when possible also discuss theoretical models which are suited to explain the data.

  17. Infrared conductivity of cuprates using Yang-Rice-Zhang ansatz: Review of our recent investigations

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    Singh, Navinder; Sharma, Raman

    2015-05-15

    A review of our recent investigations related to the ac transport properties in the psedogapped state of cuprate high temperature superconductors is presented. For our theoretical calculations we use a phenomenological Green’s function proposed by Yang, Rice and Zhang (YRZ). This is based upon the renormalized mean-field theory of the Hubbard model and takes into account the strong electron-electron interaction present in Cuprates. The pseudogap is also taken into account through a proposed self energy. We have tested the form of the Green’s function by computing ac conductivity of cuprates and then compared with experimental results. We found agreement between theory and experiment in reproducing the doping evolution of ac conductivity but there is a problem with absolute magnitudes and their frequency dependence. This shows a partial success of the YRZ ansatz. The ways to rectify it are suggested and worked out.

  18. Itinerant effects and enhanced magnetic interactions in Bi-based multilayer cuprates

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    Dean, M. P. M.; James, A. J. A.; Walters, A. C.; Bisogni, V.; Jarrige, I.; Hücker, M.; Giannini, E.; Fujita, M.; Pelliciari, J.; Huang, Y. B.; Konik, R. M.; Schmitt, T.; Hill, J. P.

    2014-12-04

    The cuprate high temperature superconductors exhibit a pronounced trend in which the superconducting transition temperature, T c, increases with the number of CuO₂ planes, n, in the crystal structure. We compare the magnetic excitation spectrum of Bi₂₊xSr₂₋xCuO₆+δ (Bi-2201) and Bi₂Sr₂Ca₂Cu₃O₁₀₊δ (Bi-2223), with n = 1 and n = 3 respectively, using Cu L₃-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS). Near the anti-nodal zone boundary we find the paramagnon energy in Bi-2223 is substantially higher than that in Bi-2201, indicating that multilayer cuprates host stronger effective magnetic exchange interactions, providing a possible explanation for the Tc vs. n scaling. In contrast, the nodal direction exhibits very strongly damped, almost non-dispersive excitations. As a result, we argue that this implies that the magnetism in the doped cuprates is partially itinerant in nature.

  19. Gutzwiller charge phase diagram of cuprates, including electron–phonon coupling effects

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    Markiewicz, R. S.; Seibold, G.; Lorenzana, J.; ...

    2015-02-01

    Besides significant electronic correlations, high-temperature superconductors also show a strong coupling of electrons to a number of lattice modes. Combined with the experimental detection of electronic inhomogeneities and ordering phenomena in many high-Tc compounds, these features raise the question as to what extent phonons are involved in the associated instabilities. Here we address this problem based on the Hubbard model including a coupling to phonons in order to capture several salient features of the phase diagram of hole-doped cuprates. Charge degrees of freedom, which are suppressed by the large Hubbard U near half-filling, are found to become active at amore » fairly low doping level. We find that possible charge order is mainly driven by Fermi surface nesting, with competition between a near-(π, π) order at low doping and antinodal nesting at higher doping, very similar to the momentum structure of magnetic fluctuations. The resulting nesting vectors are generally consistent with photoemission and tunneling observations, evidence for charge density wave order in YBa₂Cu₃O7-δ including Kohn anomalies, and suggestions of competition between one- and two-q-vector nesting.« less

  20. Gutzwiller charge phase diagram of cuprates, including electron–phonon coupling effects

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    Markiewicz, R. S.; Seibold, G.; Lorenzana, J.; Bansil, A.

    2015-02-01

    Besides significant electronic correlations, high-temperature superconductors also show a strong coupling of electrons to a number of lattice modes. Combined with the experimental detection of electronic inhomogeneities and ordering phenomena in many high-Tc compounds, these features raise the question as to what extent phonons are involved in the associated instabilities. Here we address this problem based on the Hubbard model including a coupling to phonons in order to capture several salient features of the phase diagram of hole-doped cuprates. Charge degrees of freedom, which are suppressed by the large Hubbard U near half-filling, are found to become active at a fairly low doping level. We find that possible charge order is mainly driven by Fermi surface nesting, with competition between a near-(π, π) order at low doping and antinodal nesting at higher doping, very similar to the momentum structure of magnetic fluctuations. The resulting nesting vectors are generally consistent with photoemission and tunneling observations, evidence for charge density wave order in YBa₂Cu₃O7-δ including Kohn anomalies, and suggestions of competition between one- and two-q-vector nesting.

  1. Synthesis of mercury cuprates

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    Odier, P.; Sin, A.; Toulemonde, P.; Bailly, A.; LeFloch, S.

    2000-08-01

    Mercury cuprates have very interesting potential applications that have not been thoroughly explored until now because of the complexity of their synthesis. This paper presents an overview of recent results concerning their processing. At first, a simple sol-gel technique is described that permits one to easily and intimately mix the precursors. The method uses the gelification of an inorganic solution of the cations by acrylamide polymerization. Mercuration of the precursor at moderate pressures (<2-5 MPa) is then discussed. The control of the total pressure during the synthesis by a simple method is shown, and this enables one to quantify some important parameters of the synthesis and to optimize the superconducting properties. This method has been also used successfully to incorporate mercury into layers of precursors and then to form thick layers of superconducting (Hg, Re)-1223, c-axis oriented. Finally, mercuration at higher pressures (up to 6 GPa) is considered and the case of the double mercury layer Hg-2212 is discussed in connection with the oxygen content of the reactants.

  2. Nematicity in stripe ordered cuprates probed via resonant x-ray scattering

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    Achkar, A. J.; Zwiebler, M.; McMahon, Christopher; ...

    2016-02-05

    We found that in underdoped cuprate superconductors, a rich competition occurs between superconductivity and charge density wave (CDW) order. Whether rotational symmetry-breaking (nematicity) occurs intrinsically and generically or as a consequence of other orders is under debate. Here, we employ resonant x-ray scattering in stripe-ordered superconductors (La,M)2CuO4 to probe the relationship between electronic nematicity of the Cu 3d orbitals, structure of the (La,M)2O2 layers, and CDW order. We find distinct temperature dependences for the structure of the (La,M)2O2 layers and the electronic nematicity of the CuO2 planes, with only the latter being enhanced by the onset of CDW order. Ourmore » results identify electronic nematicity as an order parameter that is distinct from a purely structural order parameter in underdoped striped cuprates.« less

  3. Stripes and superconductivity in cuprates

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2012-06-01

    Holes doped into the CuO2 planes of cuprate parent compounds frustrate the antiferromagnetic order. The development of spin and charge stripes provides a compromise between the competing magnetic and kinetic energies. Static stripe order has been observed only in certain particular compounds, but there are signatures which suggest that dynamic stripe correlations are common in the cuprates. Though stripe order is bad for superconducting phase coherence, stripes are compatible with strong pairing. Ironically, magnetic-field-induced stripe order appears to enhance the stability of superconducting order within the planes.

  4. Helical phases in superconductors

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    Sandhu, Raminder P. Kaur

    In conventional superconductors, the Cooper pairs are formed from quasiparticles with opposite momentum and spins because of the degeneracy of the quasiparticles under time reversal and inversion. The absence of any of these symmetries will have pronounced effects on superconducting states. Time reversal symmetry can be broken in the presence of magnetic impurities or by the application of a magnetic field. Similarly, the dislocation of crystal ions from their higher symmetric positions can cause broken inversion symmetry. We studied the effects of broken time reversal and inversion symmetries on unconventional superconductors, such as high temperature cuprates, Sr2RuO 4, and CePt3Si. In the cuprates, the superconducting state exists near the antiferromagnetic order. Sr2RuO4 and CePt3Si do not have spatial inversion, and the superconducting states coexist with magnetic order. In cuprates, the broken time reversal symmetry has been reported in the pseudogap phase which will effect the d-wave superconducting state of underdoped regime. On the basis of symmetry analysis we found that a mixture of spin-singlet and -triplet state, d+ip, which is shown to give rise to a helical superconducting phase. Consequences of this d+ip state on Josephson experiments are also discussed. Sr2RuO 4 is known to be another broken time reversal superconductor with spin triplet superconductivity. The widely believed superconducting state, the chiral p wave state, has been extensively studied through Ginzburg Landau theory, but the predictions for this state contradict some experimental observations like anisotropy in the upper critical field, and the existence of a second vortex state. We have formalize quasiclassical theory to find the origin of these contradictions, and also extended the theory to study other possible super-conducting states. Surprisingly, we find that a superconducting state corresponding to freely rotating in-plane d-vector explains the existing experimental results

  5. Electronic evidence of an insulator-superconductor crossover in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

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    He, Junfeng; Liu, Xu; Zhang, Wenhao; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Defa; He, Shaolong; Mou, Daixiang; Li, Fangsen; Tang, Chenjia; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Yan; Chen, Chaoyu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun; Zhou, X J

    2014-12-30

    In high-temperature cuprate superconductors, it is now generally agreed that superconductivity is realized by doping an antiferromagnetic Mott (charge transfer) insulator. The doping-induced insulator-to-superconductor transition has been widely observed in cuprates, which provides important information for understanding the superconductivity mechanism. In the iron-based superconductors, however, the parent compound is mostly antiferromagnetic bad metal, raising a debate on whether an appropriate starting point should go with an itinerant picture or a localized picture. No evidence of doping-induced insulator-superconductor transition (or crossover) has been reported in the iron-based compounds so far. Here, we report an electronic evidence of an insulator-superconductor crossover observed in the single-layer FeSe film grown on a SrTiO3 substrate. By taking angle-resolved photoemission measurements on the electronic structure and energy gap, we have identified a clear evolution of an insulator to a superconductor with increasing carrier concentration. In particular, the insulator-superconductor crossover in FeSe/SrTiO3 film exhibits similar behaviors to that observed in the cuprate superconductors. Our results suggest that the observed insulator-superconductor crossover may be associated with the two-dimensionality that enhances electron localization or correlation. The reduced dimensionality and the interfacial effect provide a new pathway in searching for new phenomena and novel superconductors with a high transition temperature.

  6. New insights into the phase diagram of the copper oxide superconductors from electronic Raman scattering.

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    Sacuto, A; Gallais, Y; Cazayous, M; Méasson, M-A; Gu, G D; Colson, D

    2013-02-01

    The mechanism of unconventional superconductivity is still unknown despite over 25 years passing since the discovery of high-T(c) cuprate superconductors by Bednorz and Muller (1986 Z. Phys. B 64 189). Here, we explore the cuprate phase diagram by electronic Raman spectroscopy and shed light on the superconducting state in hole-doped curates, namely, how superconductivity and the critical temperature T(c) are affected by the pseudogap.

  7. Spectroscopy of magnetic excitations in magnetic superconductors using vortex motion.

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    Bulaevskii, L N; Hruska, M; Maley, M P

    2005-11-11

    In magnetic superconductors a moving vortex lattice is accompanied by an ac magnetic field which leads to the generation of spin waves. At resonance conditions the dynamics of vortices in magnetic superconductors changes drastically, resulting in strong peaks in the dc I-V characteristics at voltages at which the washboard frequency of the vortex lattice matches the spin wave frequency omegaS(g), where g are the reciprocal vortex lattice vectors. We show that if the washboard frequency lies above the magnetic gap, measurement of the I-V characteristics provides a new method to obtain information on the spectrum of magnetic excitations in borocarbides and cuprate layered magnetic superconductors.

  8. Consistent two-lifetime model for spectral functions of superconductors

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    Herman, František; Hlubina, Richard

    2017-03-01

    Recently it has been found that models with at least two lifetimes have to be considered when analyzing the angle-resolved photoemission data in the nodal region of the cuprates [Kondo et al., Nat. Commun. 6, 7699 (2015), 10.1038/ncomms8699]. In this paper we compare two such models. First we show that the phenomenological model used by Kondo et al. violates the sum rule for the occupation number. Next we consider the recently proposed model of the so-called Dynes superconductors, wherein the two lifetimes measure the strengths of pair-conserving and pair-breaking processes. We demonstrate that the model of the Dynes superconductors is fully consistent with known exact results, and we study in detail the resulting spectral functions. Finally, we show that the spectral functions in the nodal region of the cuprates can be fitted well by the model of the Dynes superconductors.

  9. Neutron and Synchrotron X-Ray Scattering Studies of Superconductors

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    Tranquada,J.M.

    2008-09-01

    Superconductors hold the promise for a more stable and efficient electrical grid, but new isotropic, high-temperature superconductors are needed in order to reduce cable manufacturing costs. The effort to understand high-temperature superconductivity, especially in the layered cuprates, provides guidance to the search for new superconductors. Neutron scattering has long provided an important probe of the collective excitations that are involved in the pairing mechanism. For the cuprates, neutron and x-ray diffraction techniques also provide information on competing types of order, such as charge and spin stripes, that appear to be closely connected to the superconductivity. Recently, inelastic x-ray scattering has become competitive for studying phonons and may soon provide valuable information on electronic excitations. Examples of how these techniques contribute to our understanding of superconductivity are presented.

  10. Superconductor developments

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    Larbalestier, D.

    1989-04-05

    I will cover the technology of the new oxide supeconductors and how they might relate to the existing superconductors. Fermilab and the high energy physics community in general have had much to do with the development of the ''old'' superconductors. Bednorz and M/umlt u/ller must be credited with the idea of setting out on the search for the new superconductors.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  12. 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.

  13. Vortex cutting in superconductors

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    Vlasko-Vlasov, Vitalii K.; Koshelev, Alexei E.; Glatz, Andreas; Welp, Ulrich; Kwok, Wai-K.

    2015-03-01

    Unlike illusive magnetic field lines in vacuum, magnetic vortices in superconductors are real physical strings, which interact with the sample surface, crystal structure defects, and with each other. We address the complex and poorly understood process of vortex cutting via a comprehensive set of magneto-optic experiments which allow us to visualize vortex patterns at magnetization of a nearly twin-free YBCO crystal by crossing magnetic fields of different orientations. We observe a pronounced anisotropy in the flux dynamics under crossing fields and the filamentation of induced supercurrents associated with the staircase vortex structure expected in layered cuprates, flux cutting effects, and angular vortex instabilities predicted for anisotropic superconductors. At some field angles, we find formation of the vortex domains following a type-I phase transition in the vortex state accompanied by an abrupt change in the vortex orientation. To clarify the vortex cutting scenario we performed time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations, which confirmed formation of sharp vortex fronts observed in the experiment and revealed a left-handed helical instability responsible for the rotation of vortices. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

  14. 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

  15. Organic superconductors.

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    Saito, Gunzi; Yoshida, Yukihiro

    2011-06-01

    The present status of organic superconductors of charge-transfer (CT) type based on donor molecules is reviewed. Along with the superconducting phases of such materials and also of oxide superconductors, reside spin-ordered phases such as spin-density wave (SDW) and antiferromagnetic (AF) phases. We briefly describe the recent development of superconductors having a superconducting phase next to a spin-disorder state (quantum spin liquid state). In addition to the CT type superconductors, there are a few single-component superconductors under high pressure.

  16. Bec Model of HIGH-Tc Superconductivity in Layered Cuprates

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    Lomnitz, M.; Villarreal, C.; de Llano, M.

    2013-11-01

    High-Tc superconductivity in layered cuprates is described in a BCS-BEC formalism with linearly-dispersive s- and d-wave Cooper pairs moving in quasi-2D finite-width layers around the CuO2 planes. This yields a closed formula for Tc involving the layer width, the Debye frequency, the pairing energy and the in-plane penetration depth. The new formula has no free parameters and reasonably reproduces empirical values of superconducting Tcs for 11 different layered superconductors over a wide doping regime including YBCO itself as well as other compounds like LSCO, BSCCO and TBCCO. In agreement with the London formalism, the formula also yields a fair description of the Tc dependence of the lower critical magnetic field in highly underdoped YBCO.

  17. Nonequilibrium phase transitions in cuprates observed by ultrafast electron crystallography.

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    Gedik, Nuh; Yang, Ding-Shyue; Logvenov, Gennady; Bozovic, Ivan; Zewail, Ahmed H

    2007-04-20

    Nonequilibrium phase transitions, which are defined by the formation of macroscopic transient domains, are optically dark and cannot be observed through conventional temperature- or pressure-change studies. We have directly determined the structural dynamics of such a nonequilibrium phase transition in a cuprate superconductor. Ultrafast electron crystallography with the use of a tilted optical geometry technique afforded the necessary atomic-scale spatial and temporal resolutions. The observed transient behavior displays a notable "structural isosbestic" point and a threshold effect for the dependence of c-axis expansion (Deltac) on fluence (F), with Deltac/F = 0.02 angstrom/(millijoule per square centimeter). This threshold for photon doping occurs at approximately 0.12 photons per copper site, which is unexpectedly close to the density (per site) of chemically doped carriers needed to induce superconductivity.

  18. ARPES Studies of Cuprate Fermiology: Superconductivity, Pseudogap and Quasiparticle Dynamics

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    Vishik, Inna

    2011-06-23

    We present angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors which elucidate the relation between superconductivity and the pseudogap and highlight low-energy quasiparticle dynamics in the superconducting state. Our experiments suggest that the pseudogap and superconducting gap represent distinct states, which coexist below T{sub c}. Studies on Bi-2212 demonstrate that the near-nodal and near-antinodal regions behave differently as a function of temperature and doping, implying that different orders dominate in different momentum-space regions. However, the ubiquity of sharp quasiparticles all around the Fermi surface in Bi-2212 indicates that superconductivity extends into the momentum-space region dominated by the pseudogap, revealing subtlety in this dichotomy. In Bi-2201, the temperature dependence of antinodal spectra reveals particle-hole asymmetry and anomalous spectral broadening, which may constrain the explanation for the pseudogap. Recognizing that electron-boson coupling is an important aspect of cuprate physics, we close with a discussion of the multiple 'kinks' in the nodal dispersion. Understanding these may be important to establishing which excitations are important to superconductivity.

  19. 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.

  20. Bismuth cuprate high-Tc superconductors using cationic substitution

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    Tarascon, J.-M.; Barboux, P.; Hull, G. W.; Ramesh, R.; Greene, L. H.; Giroud, M.; Hegde, M. S.; McKinnon, W. R.

    1989-03-01

    The Bi4Sr4Ca2-xRxCu4BOy materials (R is a rare-earth element) were studied to determine their structural and physical properties. For most of the rare-earth elements, a complete solid solution exists up to x=2. Below x=0.5,Tc is not affected and for each added rare-earth element we find that about 0.5 oxygen atom is added to the structure. However, the structural modulation observed along the b axis for the undoped material persists and remains of the same amplitude for the rare-earth-doped samples. When more than one R(x>=1) is substituted, Tc is depressed and the compound becomes semiconducting beyond x=1.5. The depression in the Tc from 85 K (x=0) to less than 4.2 K (x=1.5) correlates to a decrease in the formal valence of copper and is independent whether the rare-earth element is magnetic or nonmagnetic. No evidence for magnetic ordering over the range of temperature 1.7-400 K has been observed in all the substituted compounds. The substitution for Cu by 3d metals or for Sr by rare-earth elements fails for the 85-K Bi phase but succeeds for the 10-K Bi phase. Consequently, the following series Bi2Sr2Cu1-xMxOy (M=Fe, Co) and Bi2RCaCuOy (R=La, Pr, Nd, Sm) were made for study. These substitutions result in an uptake of oxygen (0.5 for each substituted element). But the materials become semiconducting even though the formal valence of Cu remains greater than 2. An antiferromagnetic transition at 140 K has been found for the Co sample for which Co is found to be in the +3 state.

  1. Pump probe spectroscopy of quasiparticle dynamics in cuprate superconductors

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    Segre, Gino P.

    2001-01-01

    Pump probe spectroscopy is used to examine the picosecond response of a BSCCO thin film, and two YBCO crystals in the near infrared. The role of pump fluence and temperature have been closely examined in an effort to clarify the mechanism by which the quasiparticles rejoin the condensate. BSCCO results suggest that the recombination behavior is consistent with the d-wave density of states in that quasiparticles appear to relax to the nodes immediately before they rejoin the condensate. The first substantial investigation of polarized pump probe response in detwinned YBCO crystals is also reported. Dramatic doping dependent anisotropies along the a and b axes are observed in time and temperature resolved studies. Among many results, we highlight the discovery of an anomalous temperature and time dependence of a- axis response in optimally doped YBCO. We also report on the first observation of the photoinduced response in a magnetic field. We find the amplitude of the response, and in some cases, the dynamics considerably changed with the application of a 6T field. Finally, we speculate on two of the many theoretical directions stimulated by our results. We find that the two-fluid model suggests a mechanism to explain how changes at very low energies are visible to a high-energy probe. Also discussed are basic recombination processes which may play a role in the observed decay.

  2. Preparation of Bismuth- and Thallium-Based Cuprate Superconductors

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    1991-10-01

    high temperatures because Bi2O3 has an appreciable vapor pressure at these temperatures (i.e. 900-950°C); however, chemical analyses of samples of...stoichiometric amount of Bi2O3 , thoroughly mixed, heated to 927"C for 3-5 minutes, and cooled to room temperature. The resulting black powder is ground

  3. Searching for the Genes of Unconventional High Temperature Superconductors

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    Hu, Jiangping

    In the past, both curates and iron-based superconductors were discovered accidentally. Lacking of successful predictions on new high Tc materials is one of major obstacles to reach a consensus on the high Tc mechanism. In this talk, we discuss two emergent principles, which are called as the correspondence principle and the selective magnetic pairing rule, to unify the understanding of both cuprates and iron-based superconductors. These two principles provide an unified explanation why the d-wave pairing symmetry and the s-wave pairing symmetry are robust respectively in cuprates and iron-based superconductors. In the meanwhile, the above two principles explain the rareness of unconventional high Tc superconductivity, identify necessary electronic environments required for high Tc superconductivity and finally serve as direct guiding rules to search new high Tc materials. We predict that the third family of unconventional high Tc superconductors exist in the compounds which carry two dimensional hexagonal lattices formed by cation-anion trigonal bipyramidal complexes with a d filling configuration on the cation ions. Their superconducting states are expected to be dominated by the d+id pairing symmetry and their maximum Tc should be higher than those of iron-based superconductors. Verifying the prediction can convincingly establish the high Tc superconducting mechanism and pave a way to design new high Tc superconductors

  4. Collective Nature of Spin Excitations in Superconducting Cuprates Probed by Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering

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    Minola, M.; Dellea, G.; Gretarsson, H.; Peng, Y. Y.; Lu, Y.; Porras, J.; Loew, T.; Yakhou, F.; Brookes, N. B.; Huang, Y. B.; Pelliciari, J.; Schmitt, T.; Ghiringhelli, G.; Keimer, B.; Braicovich, L.; Le Tacon, M.

    2015-05-01

    We used resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) with and without analysis of the scattered photon polarization, to study dispersive spin excitations in the high temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O6 +x over a wide range of doping levels (0.1 ≤x ≤1 ). The excitation profiles were carefully monitored as the incident photon energy was detuned from the resonant condition, and the spin excitation energy was found to be independent of detuning for all x . These findings demonstrate that the largest fraction of the spin-flip RIXS profiles in doped cuprates arises from magnetic collective modes, rather than from incoherent particle-hole excitations as recently suggested theoretically [Benjamin et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 247002 (2014)]. Implications for the theoretical description of the electron system in the cuprates are discussed.

  5. Charge ordered normal ground state and its interplay with superconductivity in the underdoped cuprates

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    Sebastian, Suchitra

    2015-03-01

    Over the last few years, evidence has gradually built for a charge ordered normal ground state in the underdoped region of the cuprate high temperature superconductors. I will address the electronic structure of the normal ground state of the underdoped cuprates as accessed by quantum oscillations, and relate it to complementary measurements by other experimental techniques. The interplay of the charge ordered ground state with the antinodal gapped pseudogap state, and overarching magnetic and superconducting correlations will be further explored. This work was performed in collaboration with N. Harrison, G. G. Lonzarich, B. J. Ramshaw, B. S. Tan, P. A. Goddard, F. F. Balakirev, C. H. Mielke, R. Liang, D. A. Bonn, and W. N. Hardy

  6. A microscopic scenario for s-channel superconductivity in layered cuprates

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    Eschrig, H.; Drechsler, S.-L.

    1991-01-01

    Two anionic complexes within a cationic lattice frame are the common structural element in all layered cuprate superconductors. One is the extensively investigated current carrying CuO 2 layer. It is assumed that the second one creates states near the Fermi level, too, and it is probably quasi-one-dimentional in nature not only for the 1-2-3 and 1-2-4 Y-Ba-Cu phases, but in all hole-doped cuprates, a fact not sufficiently appreciated up to now. The low dimensionality of the doping complex in connection with a strong electron deformation potential at the bridging oxygen may lead to a bipolaronic resonance which is capable of producing s-channel superconductivity as proposed by Friedberg and Lee [1] phenomenologically. Consequences for the temperature dependence of thermodynamic properties as the gap and the upper critical field resulting from a closely related Peierls transition in the chain subsystem are briefly discussed.

  7. Particle-Hole Asymmetry in the Cuprate Pseudogap Measured with Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

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    Miller, Tristan L.; Zhang, Wentao; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Lanzara, Alessandra

    2017-03-01

    One of the most puzzling features of high-temperature cuprate superconductors is the pseudogap state, which appears above the temperature at which superconductivity is destroyed. There remain fundamental questions regarding its nature and its relation to superconductivity. But to address these questions, we must first determine whether the pseudogap and superconducting states share a common property: particle-hole symmetry. We introduce a new technique to test particle-hole symmetry by using laser pulses to manipulate and measure the chemical potential on picosecond time scales. The results strongly suggest that the asymmetry in the density of states is inverted in the pseudogap state, implying a particle-hole asymmetric gap. Independent of interpretation, these results can test theoretical predictions of the density of states in cuprates.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. A novel first-principles approach to effective Hamiltonians for high Tc superconducting cuprates

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    Yin, W.-G.; Ku, W.

    2008-03-01

    We report our recent progress of deriving the low-energy effective one-band Hamiltonians for the prototypical cuprate superconductor Ca2CuO2Cl2, based on a newly developed first-principles Wannier-states approach that takes into account large on-site Coulomb repulsion. The apical atom pz state is found to affect the general properties of the low-energy hole state, namely the Zhang-Rice singlet, via additional intra-sublattice hoppings, nearest-neighbor 'super-repulsion,' and other microscopic many-body processes.

  11. Enhanced charge excitations in electron-doped cuprates by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering

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    Tohyama, Takami; Tsutsui, Kenji; Mori, Michiyasu; Sota, Shigetoshi; Yunoki, Seiji

    2015-07-01

    Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) tuned for the Cu L edge is a possible tool to detect charge excitations in cuprate superconductors. We theoretically investigate the possibility for observing a collective charge excitation by the RIXS. The RIXS process via the intermediate state inevitably makes the spectral weight of charge excitation stronger in electron doping than in hole doping. Electron-hole asymmetry also appears in the dynamical charge structure factor, showing a new enhanced small-momentum low-energy mode in electron doping. These facts indicate a possibility of detecting the new charge mode by RIXS in electron-doped systems.

  12. Analysis of a Superconductor: Development of a Practical Exam for the International Chemistry Olympiad

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    Nick, Sabine; Nather, Christian

    2007-01-01

    In July 2004 the 36th International Chemistry Olympiad was held in Kiel, Germany. Competition for medals included 236 students from 61 countries, accompanied by about 150 teachers and other mentors. During this Olympiad the students performed qualitative and quantitative analyses of a superconductor, based on lanthanum barium cuprate. In the…

  13. Synthesis and Crystal Chemistry of HIGH-Tc Oxide Superconductors

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    Cava, R. J.

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * THE "123" FAMILY * PHASE EQUILIBRIA IN THE Y-Ba-Cu-O SYSTEM * TRANSITION METAL SUBSTITUTIONS IN CUPRATE SUPERCONDUCTORS * THE T, T', AND T* PHASES * La2-xSrxCaCu2O6+δ * THE INFINITE LAYER PHASE * Pb2Sr2LnCu3O8 * BiO AND TlO BASED COPPER OXIDES * OTHER INTERMEDIARY LAYERS * CONCLUSIONS * REFERENCES

  14. High-Tc superconductors in the two-dimensional limit:

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    Choy; Kwon; Park

    1998-06-05

    The free modulation of interlayer distance in a layered high-transition temperature (high-Tc) superconductor is of crucial importance not only for the study of the superconducting mechanism but also for the practical application of high-Tc superconducting materials. Two-dimensional (2D) superconductors were achieved by intercalating a long-chain organic compound into bismuth-based high-Tc cuprates. Although the intercalation of the organic chain increased the interlayer distance remarkably, to tens of angstroms, the superconducting transition temperature of the intercalate was nearly the same as that of the pristine material, suggesting the 2D nature of the high-Tc superconductivity.

  15. Suppression of superconductivity in mesoscopic superconductors.

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    Sobnack, M B; Kusmartsev, F V

    2001-01-22

    We propose a new boundary-driven phase transition associated with vortex nucleation in mesoscopic superconductors (of size of the order of, or larger than, the penetration depth). We derive the rescaling equations and we show that boundary effects associated with vortex nucleation lower the conventional transition temperature in mesoscopic superconductors by an amount which is a function of the size of the superconductor. This result explains recent experiments in small superconductors where it was found that the transition temperature depends on the size of the system and is lower than the critical Berezinskĭ-Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature.

  16. Superconductor Composite

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    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.

  17. Interpretation of scanning tunneling quasiparticle interference and impurity states in cuprates

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    Kreisel, Andreas; Choubey, Peayush; Berlijn, Tom; Ku, W.; Andersen, Brian M.; Hirschfeld, Peter J.

    2015-05-27

    We apply a recently developed method combining first principles based Wannier functions with solutions to the Bogoliubov–de Gennes equations to the problem of interpreting STM data in cuprate superconductors. We show that the observed images of Zn on the surface of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 can only be understood by accounting for the tails of the Cu Wannier functions, which include significant weight on apical O sites in neighboring unit cells. This calculation thus puts earlier crude “filter” theories on a microscopic foundation and solves a long-standing puzzle. We then study quasiparticle interference phenomena induced by out-of-plane weak potential scatterers, and show how patterns long observed in cuprates can be understood in terms of the interference of Wannier functions above the surface. Furthermore, our results show excellent agreement with experiment and enable a better understanding of novel phenomena in the cuprates via STM imaging.

  18. Investigation of potential fluctuating intra-unit cell magnetic order in cuprates by μ SR

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    Pal, A.; Akintola, K.; Potma, M.; Ishikado, M.; Eisaki, H.; Hardy, W. N.; Bonn, D. A.; Liang, R.; Sonier, J. E.

    2016-10-01

    We report low temperature muon spin relaxation (μ SR ) measurements of the high-transition-temperature (Tc) cuprate superconductors Bi2 +xSr2 -xCaCu2O8 +δ and YBa2Cu3O6.57 , aimed at detecting the mysterious intra-unit cell (IUC) magnetic order that has been observed by spin-polarized neutron scattering in the pseudogap phase of four different cuprate families. A lack of confirmation by local magnetic probe methods has raised the possibility that the magnetic order fluctuates slowly enough to appear static on the time scale of neutron scattering, but too fast to affect μ SR or nuclear magnetic resonance signals. The IUC magnetic order has been linked to a theoretical model for the cuprates, which predicts a long-range ordered phase of electron-current loop order that terminates at a quantum crictical point (QCP). Our study suggests that lowering the temperature to T ˜25 mK and moving far below the purported QCP does not cause enough of a slowing down of fluctuations for the IUC magnetic order to become detectable on the time scale of μ SR . Our measurements place narrow limits on the fluctuation rate of this unidentified magnetic order.

  19. Progress in Neutron Scattering Studies of Spin Excitations in High-Tc Cuprates

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    Fujita, Masaki; Hiraka, Haruhiro; Matsuda, Masaaki; Matsuura, Masato; Tranquada, John M.; Wakimoto, Shuichi; Xu, Guangyong; Yamada, Kazuyoshi

    2012-01-01

    Neutron scattering experiments continue to improve our knowledge of spin fluctuations in layered cuprates, excitations that are symptomatic of the electronic correlations underlying high-temperature superconductivity. Time-of-flight spectrometers, together with new and varied single crystal samples, have provided a more complete characterization of the magnetic energy spectrum and its variation with carrier concentration. While the spin excitations appear anomalous in comparison with simple model systems, there is clear consistency among a variety of cuprate families. Focusing initially on hole-doped systems, we review the nature of the magnetic spectrum, and variations in magnetic spectral weight with doping. We consider connections with the phenomena of charge and spin stripe order, and the potential generality of such correlations as suggested by studies of magnetic-field and impurity induced order. We contrast the behavior of the hole-doped systems with the trends found in the electron-doped superconductors. Returning to hole-doped cuprates, studies of translation-symmetry-preserving magnetic order are discussed, along with efforts to explore new systems. We conclude with a discussion of future challenges.

  20. Interpretation of scanning tunneling quasiparticle interference and impurity states in cuprates

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    Kreisel, Andreas; Choubey, Peayush; Berlijn, Tom; ...

    2015-05-27

    We apply a recently developed method combining first principles based Wannier functions with solutions to the Bogoliubov–de Gennes equations to the problem of interpreting STM data in cuprate superconductors. We show that the observed images of Zn on the surface of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 can only be understood by accounting for the tails of the Cu Wannier functions, which include significant weight on apical O sites in neighboring unit cells. This calculation thus puts earlier crude “filter” theories on a microscopic foundation and solves a long-standing puzzle. We then study quasiparticle interference phenomena induced by out-of-plane weak potential scatterers, and show howmore » patterns long observed in cuprates can be understood in terms of the interference of Wannier functions above the surface. Furthermore, our results show excellent agreement with experiment and enable a better understanding of novel phenomena in the cuprates via STM imaging.« less

  1. Itinerant effects and enhanced magnetic interactions in Bi-based multilayer cuprates

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    Dean, M. P. M.; James, A. J. A.; Walters, A. C.; ...

    2014-12-04

    The cuprate high temperature superconductors exhibit a pronounced trend in which the superconducting transition temperature, T c, increases with the number of CuO₂ planes, n, in the crystal structure. We compare the magnetic excitation spectrum of Bi₂₊xSr₂₋xCuO₆+δ (Bi-2201) and Bi₂Sr₂Ca₂Cu₃O₁₀₊δ (Bi-2223), with n = 1 and n = 3 respectively, using Cu L₃-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS). Near the anti-nodal zone boundary we find the paramagnon energy in Bi-2223 is substantially higher than that in Bi-2201, indicating that multilayer cuprates host stronger effective magnetic exchange interactions, providing a possible explanation for the Tc vs. n scaling. In contrast, themore » nodal direction exhibits very strongly damped, almost non-dispersive excitations. As a result, we argue that this implies that the magnetism in the doped cuprates is partially itinerant in nature.« less

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Noncubic layered structure of Ba1-xKxBiO3 superconductor

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    Klinkova, L. A.; Uchida, M.; Matsui, Y.; Nikolaichik, V. I.; Barkovskii, N. V.

    2003-04-01

    Bismuthate superconductor Ba1-xKxBiO3 (x=0.27-0.49, Tc=25-32 K) grown by an electrolysis technique was studied by electron diffraction and high-resolution electron microscopy. The crystalline structure thereof has been found to be noncubic, noncentrosymmetric and of the layered nature, with the lattice parameters a≈ap, c≈2ap (ap is a simple cubic perovskite cell parameter) containing an ordered arrangement of barium and potassium. The evidence for the layered nature of the bismuthate superconductor removes the principal crystallographic contradiction between bismuthate and cuprate high-Tc superconductors.

  5. Terahertz nano-spectroscopy and imaging of superfluid 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.

    2015-03-01

    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.

  6. Self-optimized superconductivity attainable by interlayer phase separation at cuprate interfaces.

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    Misawa, Takahiro; Nomura, Yusuke; Biermann, Silke; Imada, Masatoshi

    2016-07-01

    Stabilizing superconductivity at high temperatures and elucidating its mechanism have long been major challenges of materials research in condensed matter physics. Meanwhile, recent progress in nanostructuring offers unprecedented possibilities for designing novel functionalities. Above all, thin films of cuprate and iron-based high-temperature superconductors exhibit remarkably better superconducting characteristics (for example, higher critical temperatures) than in the bulk, but the underlying mechanism is still not understood. Solving microscopic models suitable for cuprates, we demonstrate that, at an interface between a Mott insulator and an overdoped nonsuperconducting metal, the superconducting amplitude is always pinned at the optimum achieved in the bulk, independently of the carrier concentration in the metal. This is in contrast to the dome-like dependence in bulk superconductors but consistent with the astonishing independence of the critical temperature from the carrier density x observed at the interfaces of La2CuO4 and La2-x Sr x CuO4. Furthermore, we identify a self-organization mechanism as responsible for the pinning at the optimum amplitude: An emergent electronic structure induced by interlayer phase separation eludes bulk phase separation and inhomogeneities that would kill superconductivity in the bulk. Thus, interfaces provide an ideal tool to enhance and stabilize superconductivity. This interfacial example opens up further ways of shaping superconductivity by suppressing competing instabilities, with direct perspectives for designing devices.

  7. Doping-dependent critical Cooper-pair momentum pc in thin underdoped cuprate films

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    Lemberger, Thomas; Draskovic, John; Steers, Stanley; McJunkin, Thomas; Anmed, Adam

    2015-03-01

    We apply a low-field (<100 G) technique to measure the critical Cooper pair momentum pc in thin, underdoped films of Y0.7Ca0.3Ba2Cu3O7-δ and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, where doping is effected by adjusting the oxygen stoichiometry through post-deposition annealing. The technique is based on applying a perpendicular magnetic field to the center of a superconducting film and measuring the field at which screening of the field catastrophically fails. Theory together with measurements on thin films of conventional superconductors Nb and MoGe argue for the validity of the technique. In underdoped cuprates, spectroscopy identifies multiple characteristic energy scales, e.g., the pseudogap and the ``nodal'' gap, neither of which is proportional to Tc. On general grounds, we expect to find that pc ~ 1/1ξ ξ is proportional to the characteristic superconducting energy scale. We observe that pc ~Tc as Tc decreases with underdoping, identifying kBTc as the characteristic energy. While this result is trivial in conventional superconductors whose spectroscopic gaps are proportional to Tc, it is significant in cuprates. Research supported by DOE-Basic Energy Sciences through Grant No. FG02-08ER46533.

  8. Nematicity in stripe ordered cuprates probed via resonant x-ray scattering

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    Achkar, A. J.; Zwiebler, M.; McMahon, Christopher; He, F.; Sutarto, R.; Dijianto, Isaiah; Hao, Zhihao; Gingras, Michael J.P.; Hucker, M.; Gu, G. D.; Revcolevschi, A.; Zhang, H.; Kim, Y. -J.; Geck, J.; D. G. Hawthorn

    2016-02-05

    We found that in underdoped cuprate superconductors, a rich competition occurs between superconductivity and charge density wave (CDW) order. Whether rotational symmetry-breaking (nematicity) occurs intrinsically and generically or as a consequence of other orders is under debate. Here, we employ resonant x-ray scattering in stripe-ordered superconductors (La,M)2CuO4 to probe the relationship between electronic nematicity of the Cu 3d orbitals, structure of the (La,M)2O2 layers, and CDW order. We find distinct temperature dependences for the structure of the (La,M)2O2 layers and the electronic nematicity of the CuO2 planes, with only the latter being enhanced by the onset of CDW order. Our results identify electronic nematicity as an order parameter that is distinct from a purely structural order parameter in underdoped striped cuprates.

  9. Self-optimized superconductivity attainable by interlayer phase separation at cuprate interfaces

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    Misawa, Takahiro; Nomura, Yusuke; Biermann, Silke; Imada, Masatoshi

    2016-01-01

    Stabilizing superconductivity at high temperatures and elucidating its mechanism have long been major challenges of materials research in condensed matter physics. Meanwhile, recent progress in nanostructuring offers unprecedented possibilities for designing novel functionalities. Above all, thin films of cuprate and iron-based high-temperature superconductors exhibit remarkably better superconducting characteristics (for example, higher critical temperatures) than in the bulk, but the underlying mechanism is still not understood. Solving microscopic models suitable for cuprates, we demonstrate that, at an interface between a Mott insulator and an overdoped nonsuperconducting metal, the superconducting amplitude is always pinned at the optimum achieved in the bulk, independently of the carrier concentration in the metal. This is in contrast to the dome-like dependence in bulk superconductors but consistent with the astonishing independence of the critical temperature from the carrier density x observed at the interfaces of La2CuO4 and La2−xSrxCuO4. Furthermore, we identify a self-organization mechanism as responsible for the pinning at the optimum amplitude: An emergent electronic structure induced by interlayer phase separation eludes bulk phase separation and inhomogeneities that would kill superconductivity in the bulk. Thus, interfaces provide an ideal tool to enhance and stabilize superconductivity. This interfacial example opens up further ways of shaping superconductivity by suppressing competing instabilities, with direct perspectives for designing devices. PMID:27482542

  10. Structure, stoichiometry and spectroscopy of oxide superconductors

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    Rao, C. N. R.

    In the new oxide superconductors, structure and oxygen stoichiometry play the most crucial role. Thus, all the high-temperature oxide superconductors are orthorhombic perovskites with low-dimensional features. Oxygen stoichiometry in YBa2Cu3O7-δ has an important bearing on the structure as well as superconductivity. This is equally true in the La3-xBa3+xCu 6O14+δ system of which only the 123 oxide (x = 1) with the orthorhombic structure shows high Tc. Orthorhombicity though not essential, is generally found ; it is necessary for the formation of twins. The nature of oxygen and copper in the cuprates has been examined by electron spectroscopy. Copper in these cuprates is only in 1 + and 2 + states. It seems likely that oxygen holes are responsible for superconductivity of the cuprates as well as Ba(Bi, Pb)O3. High Tc superconductivity is also found in oxides of the Bi-(Ca, Sr)-Cu-O and related oxides possessing Cu-O sheets. Dans les nouveaux oxydes supraconducteurs, la structure et la stoechiométrie de l'oxygène jouent un rôle absolument crucial. Ainsi, tous les oxydes supraconducteurs à haute température critique sont des pérovskites orthorhombiques possédant des propriétés de basse dimensionnalité. La stoechiométrie de l'oxygène dans YBa2Cu3O7- δ a une influence importante tant sur la structure que sur la supraconductibilité. Ceci est également valable pour les composés du type La3 -xBa3 + xCu 6O14 + δ parmi lesquels seul l'oxyde 123 (x = 1) à structure orthorhombique présente un grand T. Bien que ce ne soit pas essentiel, cette orthorhombicité est fréquente ; elle est nécessaire à la formation de macles. La nature de l'oxygène et du cuivre a été observée par spectroscopie électronique... Dans ces cuprates, le cuivre est dans les seuls états de valence + 1 et + 2. Vraisemblablement, les trous logés sur l'oxygène sont responsables de la supraconductibilité des cuprates comme de Ba(Bi, Pb)O3. La supraconductibilité existe aussi

  11. Unraveling electronic and magnetic structure at cuprate-manganite interfaces

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    Freeland, John

    2014-03-01

    Oxide interfaces offer a rich variety of physics and a pathway to create new classes of functional oxide materials. The interface between the cuprate high-temperature superconductors and ferromagnetic manganites is of particular interest due to the strongly antagonistic nature of the superconducting and ferromagnetic phases. Advancements in the synthesis of oxide heterostructure offers the opportunity to merge these two dissimilar oxides with atomic precision to understand the fundamental limits of bringing such states into close proximity. However, the main challenge is to understand the physical framework that describes the behavior of strongly correlated electrons near oxide interfaces. One aspect that will be addressed here is the use of advanced tools to gain detailed electronic and magnetic information from the boundary region. In this talk, recent work will be addressed both in connection to visualizing the interface with spatially resolved tools as well as harnessing layer-by-layer growth to explore the limits in ultrathin superlattices. These insights allow us to better understand the physics behind the interfacial spin and orbital reconstruction observed in this system. Work at Argonne is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  12. Spins, stripes, and superconductivity in hole-doped cuprates

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    Tranquada, John M.

    2013-08-01

    One of the major themes in correlated electron physics over the last quarter century has been the problem of high-temperature superconductivity in hole-doped copper-oxide compounds. Fundamental to this problem is the competition between antiferromagnetic spin correlations, a symptom of strong Coulomb interactions, and the kinetic energy of the doped carriers, which favors delocalization. After discussing some of the early challenges in the field, I describe the experimental picture provided by a variety of spectroscopic and transport techniques. Then I turn to the technique of neutron scattering, and discuss how it is used to determine spin correlations, especially in model systems of quantum magnetism. Neutron scattering and complementary techniques have determined the extent to which antiferromagnetic spin correlations survive in the cuprate superconductors. One experimental case involves the ordering of spin and charge stripes. I first consider related measurements on model compounds, such as La2-xSrxNiO4+δ, and then discuss the case of La2-xBaxCuO4. In the latter system, recent transport studies have demonstrated that quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity coexists with the stripe order, but with frustrated phase order between the layers. This has led to new concepts for the coexistence of spin order and superconductivity. While the relevance of stripe correlations to high-temperature superconductivity remains a subject of controversy, there is no question that stripes are an intriguing example of electron matter that results from strong correlations.

  13. Unified Picture for Magnetic Correlations in Iron-Based Superconductors

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    Yin, W.G.; Lee, E.-C.; Ku, W.

    2010-09-02

    The varying metallic antiferromagnetic correlations observed in iron-based superconductors are unified in a model consisting of both itinerant electrons and localized spins. The decisive factor is found to be the sensitive competition between the superexchange antiferromagnetism and the orbital-degenerate double-exchange ferromagnetism. Our results reveal the crucial role of Hund's rule coupling for the strongly correlated nature of the system and suggest that the iron-based superconductors are closer kin to manganites than cuprates in terms of their diverse magnetism and incoherent normal-state electron transport. This unified picture would be instrumental for exploring other exotic properties and the mechanism of superconductivity in this new class of superconductors.

  14. Unified picture for magnetic correlations in iron-based superconductors.

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    Yin, Wei-Guo; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Ku, Wei

    2010-09-03

    The varying metallic antiferromagnetic correlations observed in iron-based superconductors are unified in a model consisting of both itinerant electrons and localized spins. The decisive factor is found to be the sensitive competition between the superexchange antiferromagnetism and the orbital-degenerate double-exchange ferromagnetism. Our results reveal the crucial role of Hund's rule coupling for the strongly correlated nature of the system and suggest that the iron-based superconductors are closer kin to manganites than cuprates in terms of their diverse magnetism and incoherent normal-state electron transport. This unified picture would be instrumental for exploring other exotic properties and the mechanism of superconductivity in this new class of superconductors.

  15. Amplitude or Higgs modes in d-wave superconductors

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    Barlas, Yafis; Varma, C. M.

    2013-02-01

    In Lorentz-invariant systems spontaneously broken gauge symmetry results in three types of fundamental excitations: density excitations, Higgs bosons (amplitude modes), and Goldstone bosons (phase modes). The density and phase modes are coupled by electromagnetic interactions while the amplitude modes are not. In s-wave superconductors, the Higgs mode, which can be observed only under special conditions, has been detected. We show that unconventional d-wave superconductors, such as the high-temperature cuprate superconductors, should have a rich assortment of Higgs bosons, each in a different irreducible representation of the point-group symmetry of the lattice. We also show that these modes have a characteristic singular spectral structure and discuss conditions for their observability.

  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. Organic superconductors

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    Jérome, D.

    1994-10-01

    The discovery of organic superconductors in 1980 was an happy conclusion of a search for high T c superconductors (although T c was modestly in the Kelvin range). The first generation of organic superconductors belonged to a large family of quasi-one-dimensional conducting cation radical salts. Most of them exhibit a wide range of new phenomena, including the competition between ground states, the influence of a magnetic field on the non ordered phase of a quasi-one-dimensional electron gas and the onset of spin density wave phases at high magnetic field with quantized Hall effect. The extensive study of the (TM) 2X series has shown that electron interactions are repulsive and of the order of the electron bandwidth. However, the nature of the ground states relies essentially on the balance between charge localisation boosted by the Umklapp scattering and the interchain hopping intergal. Second and third generation organic superconductors are two and three dimensional molecular conductors respectively with maximum T c of 12K (ET) 2X and 33 K (fullerides).

  19. 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.

  20. Electron-Phonon Interaction in Oxide Superconductors - Proceedings of the First Cinvestav Superconductivity Symposium

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    Matsumoto, Koichi; Hashimoto, Takasu

    1991-12-01

    The Table of Contents for the book is as follows: * List of Invited Speakers * Preface * PHONONS * Lattice Vibrations of the Cuprate Superconductors * INFRARED * Evidence of Strong Electron-Phonon Interaction from the Infrared Spectra of YBa2Cu3O7 * Electron-Phonon Interaction and Infrared Spectra of High Temperature Superconductors * TUNNELING * Tunneling Studies of Bismuthate and Cuprate Superconductors * Phonon Mechanism of the High Tc Superconductivity Based on the Tunneling Structure * LATTICE INSTABILITIES * Lattice Instabilities in High Temperature Superconductors: The X Point Tilt Energy Surface for La2-xBaxCuO4 * Structural Instability and Strong Coupling in Oxide Superconductors * ISOTOPE EFFECT * On the Isotope Effect * Electron-Phonon Coupling, Oxygen Isotope Effect and Superconductivity in Ba1-xKxBio3 * BCJ AND ELIASHBERG THEORY * Weak Coupling Theory of the High Tc Superconductors Based on the Electron-Phonon Interaction * Phonon Self-Energy Effects in Migdal-Eliashberg Theory * OTHER TOPICS * Electron-Phonon Interaction and Superconductivity in BaxK1-xBio3 * The Effect of Strong Coulomb Correlations on Electron-Phonon Interactions in the Copper Oxides: Implications for Transport * EXPERIMENT (OTHER TOPICS) * Zinc Substitution Effects on the Superconducting Properties of Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4-δ * SUMMARY * Manifestations of the e-ph Interaction: A Summary * Author Index

  1. Modeling study of peak-dip-hump structure in tunneling spectra of high-temperature superconducting cuprates

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    Ganiev, Orifjon K.

    2016-12-01

    We propose new specific model for quasiparticle (QP) tunneling across the superconductor-insulator-normal metal (SIN) junction based on two mechanisms. Origin of the many features of the tunneling spectra, such as peak-dip-hump (PDH) structure, U- and V-shapes, temperature dependence of differential tunneling conductance, asymmetric conductance peaks, zero-bias conductance, subgap feature and gap inhomogeneity have been explained by the proposed model. We show that the energy scales of the binding energies of large polarons and polaronic Cooper pairs are identified by pseudogap (PG) crossover temperature on the cuprate phase diagram.

  2. 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.

  3. Colloquium: Theory of intertwined orders in high temperature superconductors

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Kivelson, Steven A.; Tranquada, John M.

    2015-04-01

    The electronic phase diagrams of many highly correlated systems, and, in particular, the cuprate high temperature superconductors, are complex, with many different phases appearing with similar (sometimes identical) ordering temperatures even as material properties, such as dopant concentration, are varied over wide ranges. This complexity is sometimes referred to as "competing orders." However, since the relation is intimate, and can even lead to the existence of new phases of matter such as the putative "pair-density wave," the general relation is better thought of in terms of "intertwined orders." Some of the experiments in the cuprates which suggest that essential aspects of the physics are reflected in the intertwining of multiple orders, not just in the nature of each order by itself, are selectively analyzed. Several theoretical ideas concerning the origin and implications of this complexity are also summarized and critiqued.

  4. Theory of intertwined orders in high temperature superconductors

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Tranquada, John M.; Kivelson, Steven A.

    2015-03-26

    The electronic phase diagrams of many highly correlated systems, and in particular the cuprate high temperature superconductors, are complex, with many different phases appearing with similar—sometimes identical—ordering temperatures even as material properties, such as a dopant concentration, are varied over wide ranges. This complexity is sometimes referred to as “competing orders.” However, since the relation is intimate, and can even lead to the existence of new phases of matter such as the putative “pair-density-wave,” the general relation is better thought of in terms of “intertwined orders.” We selectively analyze some of the experiments in the cuprates which suggest that essential aspects of the physics are reflected in the intertwining of multiple orders—not just in the nature of each order by itself. We also summarize and critique several theoretical ideas concerning the origin and implications of this complexity.

  5. Theory of intertwined orders in high temperature superconductors

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Tranquada, John M.; Kivelson, Steven A.

    2015-03-26

    The electronic phase diagrams of many highly correlated systems, and in particular the cuprate high temperature superconductors, are complex, with many different phases appearing with similar—sometimes identical—ordering temperatures even as material properties, such as a dopant concentration, are varied over wide ranges. This complexity is sometimes referred to as “competing orders.” However, since the relation is intimate, and can even lead to the existence of new phases of matter such as the putative “pair-density-wave,” the general relation is better thought of in terms of “intertwined orders.” We selectively analyze some of the experiments in the cuprates which suggest that essentialmore » aspects of the physics are reflected in the intertwining of multiple orders—not just in the nature of each order by itself. We also summarize and critique several theoretical ideas concerning the origin and implications of this complexity.« less

  6. Experimental Studies of the Isotope Effect in High Temperature Superconductors

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    Franck, Jürgen P.

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * BACKGROUND * DEFINITIONS * CONNECTION WITH THEORY * OUTLINE * EXPERIMENTAL METHODS * SAMPLE PREPARATION * DETERMINATION OF ISOTOPIC SHIFTS * THE OXYGEN ISOTOPE EFFECT IN HIGH Tc CUPRATES * YBa2Cu3O7 AND RELATED SYSTEMS * Completely Isotope Exchanged * Partially and Selectively Isotope Exchanged * SUBSTITUTED YBa2Cu3O7 AND RELATED SYSTEMS * YBa2Cu4O8 * La2-xMxCuO4 (M = Sr, Ba) AND RELATED SYSTEMS * Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu OXIDES * (Nd1-xCex)2CuO4 * Tℓ BASED SYSTEMS * PARTIAL ISOTOPE EFFECTS FOR ELEMENTS OTHER THAN OXYGEN IN HIGH Tc CUPRATES * THE COPPER ISOTOPE EFFECT * ISOTOPE EFFECT FOR ELEMENTS OTHER THAN OXYGEN OR COPPER * THE OXYGEN ISOTOPE EFFECT IN RELATED SUPERCONDUCTORS * Ba-Pb-Bi OXIDE AND Ba-K-Bi OXIDE * FULLERENES * DISCUSSION * SUMMARY OF EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS * THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS * CONCLUSION * ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS * REFERENCES

  7. Superconductor cable

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    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.

  8. Inhomogeneous 1H NMR spin-lattice relaxation in the organic superconductor kappa-(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br

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    Gezo, Joseph Christopher

    The two-dimensional superconductors based on the organic molecule "ET" have been an active area of research since their discovery over two decades ago. The member of this family with the highest critical temperature, kappa-(ET)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br ( Tc=11.7 K), has seen renewed interest since the observation of an anomalous Nernst signal by Nam et al in 2007 [51]. A similar effect was seen earlier by Ong's group in some of the high-temperature cuprate superconductors by [78,84]. This is interpreted to be evidence of a picture of superconductivity in which the resistive transition is driven by thermal fluctuations in the phase of the superconducting order parameter. Below Tc, these fluctuations take the form of bound vortex-antivortex pairs that have no long-range effect on the phase. At Tc, they undergo a Kosterlitz-Thouless unbinding transition; the unbound vortices destroy long-range phase coherence. Previously reported proton NMR measurements on this material have shown a high sensitivity to vortex motion, but reported no interesting behavior above the phase transition [15,25,42]. In this thesis, we revisit the 1H NMR properties of kappa-(ET)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br, paying specific attention to the spin-lattice relaxation, to look for some fingerprint of the phenomenon observed by Nam et al.

  9. 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.

  10. Universal scaling law for the condensation energy across a broad range of superconductor classes

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    Kim, J. S.; Tam, G. N.; Stewart, G. R.

    2015-12-01

    One of the goals in understanding any new class of superconductors is to search for commonalities with other known superconductors. The present work investigates the superconducting condensation energy, U , in the iron based superconductors (IBSs), and compares their U with a broad range of other distinct classes of superconductor, including conventional BCS elements and compounds and the unconventional heavy fermion, S r2Ru O4 ,L i0.1ZrNCl ,κ -(BEDT-TTF)2Cu (NCS )2 , and optimally doped cuprate superconductors. Surprisingly, both the magnitude and Tc dependence (U ∝Tc3.4 ±0.2 ) of U are—contrary to the previously observed behavior of the specific heat discontinuity at Tc, Δ C —quite similar in the IBS and BCS materials for Tc>1.4 K. In contrast, the heavy fermion superconductors' U vs Tc are strongly (up to a factor of 100) enhanced above the IBS/BCS while the cuprate superconductors' U are strongly (factor of 8) reduced. However, scaling of U with the specific heat γ (or Δ C ) brings all the superconductors investigated onto one universal dependence upon Tc. This apparent universal scaling U / γ ∝Tc2 for all superconductor classes investigated, both weak and strong coupled and both conventional and unconventional, links together extremely disparate behaviors over almost seven orders of magnitude for U and almost three orders of magnitude for Tc. Since U has not yet been explicitly calculated beyond the weak coupling limit, the present results can help direct theoretical efforts into the medium and strong coupling regimes.

  11. A universal explanation of tunneling conductance in exotic superconductors

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    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

  12. Robustness of s-wave pairing symmetry in iron-based superconductors and its implications for fundamentals of magnetically driven high-temperature superconductivity

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    Hu, Jiangping; Yuan, Jing

    2016-10-01

    Based on the assumption that the superconducting state belongs to a single irreducible representation of lattice symmetry, we propose that the pairing symmetry in all measured iron-based superconductors is generally consistent with the A 1 g s-wave. Robust s-wave pairing throughout the different families of iron-based superconductors at different doping regions signals two fundamental principles behind high- T c superconducting mechanisms: (i) the correspondence principle: the short-range magnetic-exchange interactions and the Fermi surfaces act collaboratively to achieve high- T c superconductivity and determine pairing symmetries; (ii) the magnetic-selection pairing rule: superconductivity is only induced by the magnetic-exchange couplings from the super-exchange mechanism through cation-anion-cation chemical bonding. These principles explain why unconventional high- T c superconductivity appears to be such a rare but robust phenomena, with its strict requirements regarding the electronic environment. The results will help us to identify new electronic structures that can support high- T c superconductivity.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Nanostructural model of metal-insulator transition in layered LixZrNCl superconductors

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    Phillips, J. C.

    2008-03-01

    The self-organized dopant percolative filamentary model, entirely orbital in character (no fictive spins), has recently quantitatively and specifically explained chemical trends in ceramic layered cuprate superconductors. Here, this model explains the observation of an abrupt jump ΔTc(x) in LixZrNCl powders over a wide composition range Δx , as well as many other features in the resistivity, lattice constants, Raman spectra, upper critical field, and Meissner volume factor. The ceramic data confirm one-dimensional features in realistic structural models of three-dimensional metal-insulator transitions that had been previously only hypothetical. These data provide a “missing link” between the metal-insulator transition in semiconductor impurity bands and cuprate superconductors. They show that all three material families are united by exhibiting an intermediate phase, absent from crystals, but seen in many properties of network glasses.

  16. Sequential imposed layer epitaxy of cuprate films

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    Laguees, M.; Tebbji, H.; Mairet, V.; Hatterer, C.; Beuran, C.F.; Hass, N.; Xu, X.Z. ); Cavellin, C.D. )

    1994-02-01

    Layer-by-layer epitaxy has been used to grow cuprate films since the discovery of high-Tc compounds. This deposition technique is in principle suitable for the growth of layered crystalline structures. However, the sequential deposition of atomic layer by atomic layer of cuprate compounds has presently not been optimized. Nevertheless, this deposition process is the only one which allows one to build artificial cell structures such as Bi[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]Ca[sub (n[minus]1)]Cu[sub n]O[sub y] with n as large as 10. This process will also be the best one to grow films of the so-called infinite layer phase compounds belonging to the Sr[sub 1[minus]x]Ca[sub x]CuO[sub 2] family, in order to improve the transport properties and the morphological properties of the cuprate films. When performed at high substrate temperature (typically more than 600[degree]C), the layer-by-layer epitaxy of cuprates exhibits usually 3D aggregate nucleation. Then the growth of the film no longer obeys the layer-by-layer sequence imposed during the deposition. We present here two experimental situations of true 2D sequential imposed layer epitaxy; the growth at 500[degree]C under atomic oxygen pressure of Bi[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]CuO[sub 6] and of Sr[sub 1[minus]x]Ca[sub y]CuO[sub 2] phases. 20 refs., 2 figs.

  17. Fermi surface splittings in multilayered high-Tc cuprates with charge imbalance

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    Mori, M.; Tohyama, T.; Maekawa, S.

    2006-03-01

    Cuprate superconductors have layered structure of CuO2 planes, which makes conducting blocks separated by an charge- reservoir block. Multilayered high-Tc cuprates, e.g., Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O1-yFy)2 and HgBa2Ca4Cu5Oy, have two kinds of CuO2 planes in a unit cell; the outer-pyramidal-coordinated-planes (OP's) and the inner- square-coordinated-planes (IP's). The carrier density in the OP is generally different from that in the IP. We call such an inhomogeneous charge-distribution charge imbalance'. We study doping dependence of interlayer hoppings, t, in such a charge-imbalance system in the Gutzwiller approximation. When the double occupancy is forbidden in the CuO2 plane, an effective amplitude of t is shown to be proportional to the square root of the product of doping rates in adjacent two planes. Therefore, the charge imbalance in more than three-layered cuprates results in two different values of t^eff, i.e., t^eff1t√δIP δIP between IP's, and t^eff2t√δIP δOP between IP and OP, where δIP (δOP) is the doping rates in IP (OP). Fermi surfaces are calculated in the four-layered t-t'- t''-J model by the mean-field theory. The order parameters, the renormalization factor of t, and the site- potential making the charge imbalance between IP and OP are self-consistently determined for several doping rates. We show the interlayer splitting of the Fermi surfaces, which may be observed in the angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurement. *cond-mat/0511249.

  18. Ubiquitous Interplay between Charge Ordering and High-Temperature Superconductivity in Cuprates

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    da Silva Neto, Eduardo H.

    2014-03-01

    In this talk, we will report on scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and resonant elastic x-ray scattering measurements that are used to establish the formation of charge ordering in the high-temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x. Depending on the hole concentration, the charge ordering in this system occurs with the same period as those in Y-based or La-based cuprates, but also displays the analogous competition with superconductivity. These results indicate the universality of charge organization competing with superconductivity across different families of cuprates. Our spectroscopic STM measurements demonstrate that this charge ordering leaves a distinct signature in its energy-dependence, which allows us to distinguish the charge order from impurity-induced quasiparticle interference, and to connect it to the physics of a doped Mott insulator. Finally, we will comment on recent claims of electronic nematicity in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x from STM studies. We show that anisotropic STM tip structures can induce energy-dependent features in spectroscopic maps on different correlated electron systems (cuprates and heavy-fermions) that can be misidentified as signatures of a nematic phase. Our findings show that such experimental features, which can be reproduced by a simple toy model calculation, can be understood as a generic tunneling interference phenomenon within an STM junction. Work done in collaboration with: P. Aynajian, A. Frano, R. Comin, E. Schierle, E. Weschke, A. Gyenis, J. Wen, J. Schneeloch, Z. Xu, R. Baumbach, E. D. Bauer, J. Mydosh, S. Ono, G. Gu, M. Le Tacon, and A. Yazdani Work supported by: DOE-BES, NSF-DMR1104612, NSF-MRSEC (DMR-0819860), Linda and Eric Schmidt Transformative Fund, W. M. Keck Foundation, The Max Planck - UBC Centre for Quantum Materials, CIFAR Quantum Materials, and DOE (DE-AC02-98CH10886).

  19. Quantum Oscillations in the Underdoped Cuprate YBa2Cu4O8

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    Yelland, E. A.; Singleton, J.; Mielke, C. H.; Harrison, N.; Balakirev, F. F.; Dabrowski, B.; Cooper, J. R.

    2008-02-01

    We report the observation of quantum oscillations in the underdoped cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu4O8 using a tunnel-diode oscillator technique in pulsed magnetic fields up to 85 T. There is a clear signal, periodic in inverse field, with frequency 660±15T and possible evidence for the presence of two components of slightly different frequency. The quasiparticle mass is m*=3.0±0.3me. In conjunction with the results of Doiron-Leyraud et al. for YBa2Cu3O6.5, the present measurements suggest that Fermi surface pockets are a general feature of underdoped copper oxide planes and provide information about the doping dependence of the Fermi surface.

  20. Fluctuating charge order in the cuprates: Spatial anisotropy and feedback from superconductivity

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    Wang, Yuxuan; Chowdhury, Debanjan; Chubukov, Andrey V.

    2015-10-01

    We analyze the form of static charge susceptibility χ (q ) in underdoped cuprates near axial momenta (Q ,0 ) and (0 ,Q ) at which short-range static charge order has been observed. We show that the momentum dependence of χ (q ) is anisotropic, and the correlation length in the longitudinal direction is larger than in the transverse direction. We show that correlation lengths in both directions decrease once the system evolves into a superconductor, as a result of the competition between superconductivity and charge order. These results are in agreement with resonant x-ray scattering data [R. Comin et al., Science 347, 1335 (2015), 10.1126/science.1258399]. We also argue that density and current components of the charge order parameter are affected differently by superconductivity: the charge density component is reduced less than the current component and hence extends deeper into the superconducting state. This gives rise to two distinct charge order transitions at zero temperature.

  1. Topological Defects Coupling Smectic Modulations to Intra–Unit-Cell Nematicity in Cuprates

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    Davis, J.C.; Mesaros, A.; Fujita, K.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Sachdev, S.; Zaanen, J.; Lawler, M.J.; Kim, E.-A.

    2011-07-22

    We study the coexisting smectic modulations and intra-unit-cell nematicity in the pseudogap states of underdoped Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}. By visualizing their spatial components separately, we identified 2{pi} topological defects throughout the phase-fluctuating smectic states. Imaging the locations of large numbers of these topological defects simultaneously with the fluctuations in the intra-unit-cell nematicity revealed strong empirical evidence for a coupling between them. From these observations, we propose a Ginzburg-Landau functional describing this coupling and demonstrate how it can explain the coexistence of the smectic and intra-unit-cell broken symmetries and also correctly predict their interplay at the atomic scale. This theoretical perspective can lead to unraveling the complexities of the phase diagram of cuprate high-critical-temperature superconductors.

  2. Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering as a probe of band structure effects in cuprates

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    Kanász-Nagy, M.; Shi, Y.; Klich, I.; Demler, E. A.

    2016-10-01

    We analyze within quasiparticle theory a recent resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) experiment on YBa2Cu3O6+x with the incoming photon energy detuned at several values from the resonance maximum [Minola et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 217003 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.217003]. Surprisingly, the data show a much weaker dependence on detuning than expected from recent measurements on a different cuprate superconductor, Bi2Sr2CuO6+x [Guarise et al., Nat. Commun. 5, 5760 (2014), 10.1038/ncomms6760]. We demonstrate here that this discrepancy, originally attributed to collective magnetic excitations, can be understood in terms of the differences between the band structures of these materials. We find good agreement between theory and experiment over a large range of dopings, both in the underdoped and overdoped regimes. Moreover, we demonstrate that the RIXS signal depends sensitively on excitations at energies well above the Fermi surface that are inaccessible to traditionally used band structure probes, such as angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. This makes RIXS a powerful probe of band structure, not suffering from surface preparation problems and small sample sizes, making it potentially applicable to a number of cuprate materials.

  3. Raman and fluorescence characteristics of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering from doped superconducting cuprates

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    Huang, H. Y.; Jia, C. J.; Chen, Z. Y.; Wohlfeld, K.; Moritz, B.; Devereaux, T. P.; Wu, W. B.; Okamoto, J.; Lee, W. S.; Hashimoto, M.; He, Y.; Shen, Z. X.; Yoshida, Y.; Eisaki, H.; Mou, C. Y.; Chen, C. T.; Huang, D. J.

    2016-01-01

    Measurements of spin excitations are essential for an understanding of spin-mediated pairing for superconductivity; and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) provides a considerable opportunity to probe high-energy spin excitations. However, whether RIXS correctly measures the collective spin excitations of doped superconducting cuprates remains under debate. Here we demonstrate distinct Raman- and fluorescence-like RIXS excitations of Bi1.5Pb0.6Sr1.54CaCu2O8+δ. Combining photon-energy and momentum dependent RIXS measurements with theoretical calculations using exact diagonalization provides conclusive evidence that the Raman-like RIXS excitations correspond to collective spin excitations, which are magnons in the undoped Mott insulators and evolve into paramagnons in doped superconducting compounds. In contrast, the fluorescence-like shifts are due primarily to the continuum of particle-hole excitations in the charge channel. Our results show that under the proper experimental conditions RIXS indeed can be used to probe paramagnons in doped high-Tc cuprate superconductors. PMID:26794437

  4. Raman and fluorescence characteristics of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering from doped superconducting cuprates

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    Huang, H. Y.; Jia, C. J.; Chen, Z. Y.; Wohlfeld, K.; Moritz, B.; Devereaux, T. P.; Wu, W. B.; Okamoto, J.; Lee, W. S.; Hashimoto, M.; He, Y.; Shen, Z. X.; Yoshida, Y.; Eisaki, H.; Mou, C. Y.; Chen, C. T.; Huang, D. J.

    2016-01-22

    Measurements of spin excitations are essential for an understanding of spin-mediated pairing for superconductivity; and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) provides a considerable opportunity to probe high-energy spin excitations. However, whether RIXS correctly measures the collective spin excitations of doped superconducting cuprates remains under debate. Here we demonstrate distinct Raman- and fluorescence-like RIXS excitations of Bi1.5Pb0.6Sr1.54CaCu2O8+δ. Combining photon-energy and momentum dependent RIXS measurements with theoretical calculations using exact diagonalization provides conclusive evidence that the Raman-like RIXS excitations correspond to collective spin excitations, which are magnons in the undoped Mott insulators and evolve into paramagnons in doped superconducting compounds. In contrast, the fluorescence-like shifts are due primarily to the continuum of particle-hole excitations in the charge channel. Our results show that under the proper experimental conditions RIXS indeed can be used to probe paramagnons in doped high-Tc cuprate superconductors.

  5. Raman and fluorescence characteristics of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering from doped superconducting cuprates

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    Huang, H. Y.; Jia, C. J.; Chen, Z. Y.; ...

    2016-01-22

    Measurements of spin excitations are essential for an understanding of spin-mediated pairing for superconductivity; and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) provides a considerable opportunity to probe high-energy spin excitations. However, whether RIXS correctly measures the collective spin excitations of doped superconducting cuprates remains under debate. Here we demonstrate distinct Raman- and fluorescence-like RIXS excitations of Bi1.5Pb0.6Sr1.54CaCu2O8+δ. Combining photon-energy and momentum dependent RIXS measurements with theoretical calculations using exact diagonalization provides conclusive evidence that the Raman-like RIXS excitations correspond to collective spin excitations, which are magnons in the undoped Mott insulators and evolve into paramagnons in doped superconducting compounds. In contrast,more » the fluorescence-like shifts are due primarily to the continuum of particle-hole excitations in the charge channel. Our results show that under the proper experimental conditions RIXS indeed can be used to probe paramagnons in doped high-Tc cuprate superconductors.« less

  6. Ultrasonic signatures at the superconducting and the pseudogap phase boundaries in YBCO cuprates.

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    Shehter, Arkady; Migliori, Albert; Betts, Jonathan B.; Balakirev, Fedor F.; McDonald, Ross David; Riggs, Scott C.; Ramshaw, Brad; Liang, Ruixing; Hardy, Walter N.; Bonn, Doug A.

    2012-08-28

    A major issue in the understanding of cuprate superconductors is the nature of the metallic state from which high temperature superconductivity emerges. Central to this issue is the pseudogap region of the doping-temperature phase diagram that extends from room temperature to the superconducting transition. Although polarized neutron scattering studies hint at magnetic order associated with the pseudogap, there is no clear thermodynamic evidence for a phase boundary. Such evidence has a straightforward physical interpretation, however, it is difficult to obtain over a temperature range wide enough to encompass both the pseudogap and superconducting phases. We address this by measuring the elastic response of detwinned single crystals, an underdoped YBCO{sub 6.60} with superconducting transition at T{sub c} = 61.6K and a slightly overdoped YBCO{sub 6.98} with T{sub c} = 88.0K. We observe a discontinuity in the elastic moduli across the superconducting transition. Its magnitude requires that pair formation is coincident with superconducting coherence (the onset of the Meissner effect). For both crystals the elastic response reveals a phase transition at the pseudogap boundary. In slightly overdoped YBCO that transition is 20K below T{sub c}, extending the pseudogap phase boundary inside the superconducting dome. This supports a description of the metallic state in cuprates where a pseudogap phase boundary evolves into a quantum critical point masked by the superconducting dome.

  7. The novel metallic states of the cuprates: Topological Fermi liquids and strange metals

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    Sachdev, Subir; Chowdhury, Debanjan

    2016-12-01

    We review ideas on the nature of the metallic states of the hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors, with an emphasis on the connections between the Luttinger theorem for the size of the Fermi surface, topological quantum field theories (TQFTs), and critical theories involving changes in the size of the Fermi surface. We begin with the derivation of the Luttinger theorem for a Fermi liquid, using momentum balance during a process of flux insertion in a lattice electronic model with toroidal boundary conditions. We then review the TQFT of the ℤ spin liquid, and demonstrate its compatibility with the toroidal momentum balance argument. This discussion leads naturally to a simple construction of "topological" Fermi liquid states: the fractionalized Fermi liquid (FL*) and the algebraic charge liquid (ACL). We present arguments for a description of the pseudogap metal of the cuprates using ℤ-FL* or ℤ-ACL states with Ising-nematic order. These pseudogap metal states are also described as Higgs phases of a SU(2) gauge theory. The Higgs field represents local antiferromagnetism, but the Higgs-condensed phase does not have long-range antiferromagnetic order: the magnitude of the Higgs field determines the pseudogap, the reconstruction of the Fermi surface, and the Ising-nematic order. Finally, we discuss the route to the large Fermi surface Fermi liquid via the critical point where the Higgs condensate and Ising nematic order vanish, and the application of Higgs criticality to the strange metal.

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

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    Talantsev, E F; Tallon, J L

    2015-08-04

    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.

  9. The Possibility of Improved and Higher Tc Superconductors in Hybrid Systems

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    2014-10-15

    engineering 2d heterostructures to mimic the structure of bulk high temperature cuprate superconductors. Since these consist of CuO2 planes separated by...heterostructures is by looking at phase separated thin films where regions of overdoping and underdoping can be found. In such case local scanning...probes would have to be implemented to probe local variations in Tc. A means to control this phase- separation would be by looking carefully at crystal

  10. Method for detecting superconducting stripes in high-temperature superconductors based on nonlinear resistivity measurements.

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    Muniz, Rodrigo A; Martin, Ivar

    2011-09-16

    We theoretically study the effect that stripelike superconducting inclusions would have on the nonlinear resistivity in single crystals. Even if the stripe orientation varies throughout the sample between two orthogonal directions due to twinning, we predict that there should be a universal dependence of the nonlinear resistivity on the angle between the applied current and the crystal axes. This prediction can be used to test the existence of superconducting stripes at and above the superconducting transition temperature in cuprate superconductors.

  11. Electron Diffraction Studies of Superconductors of the K-Ba System and Related Oxides

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    Nikolaichik, V. I.; Klinkova, L. A.

    The application of transmission electron microscopy in combination with physical-chemical methods has made it possible to discover a large number of discrete oxides of ordered structures in the Ba-Bi-O system, which is the parent system for the K-Ba-Bi-O superconducting system. Cation-ordered superconductors Ba1-xKxBiO3 with the crystalline structure of a non-cubic and layered nature have been synthesized. This result removes the crystallographic contradiction between bismuthate and cuprate superconductors that provides support to the existence of a common non-magnetic pairing mechanism.

  12. Nanoscale interplay of strain and doping in a high-temperature superconductor

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    Zeljkovic, Ilija; Gu, Genda; Nieminen, Jouko; ...

    2014-11-07

    The highest temperature superconductors are electronically inhomogeneous at the nanoscale, suggesting the existence of a local variable which could be harnessed to enhance the superconducting pairing. Here we report the relationship between local doping and local strain in the cuprate superconductor Bi₂Sr₂CaCu₂O₈₊x. We use scanning tunneling microscopy to discover that the crucial oxygen dopants are periodically distributed, in correlation with local strain. Our picoscale investigation of the intra-unit-cell positions of all oxygen dopants provides essential structural input for a complete microscopic theory.

  13. Theory of specific heat of vortex liquid of high T c superconductors

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    Bai, Chen; Chi, Cheng; Wang, Jiangfan

    2016-10-01

    Superconducting thermal fluctuation (STF) plays an important role in both thermodynamic and transport properties in the vortex liquid phase of high T c superconductors. It was widely observed in the vicinity of the critical transition temperature. In the framework of Ginzburg-Landau-Lawrence-Doniach theory in magnetic field, a self-consistent analysis of STF including all Landau levels is given. Besides that, we calculate the contribution of STF to specific heat in vortex liquid phase for high T c cuprate superconductors, and the fitting results are in good agreement with experimental data. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11274018).

  14. Nanoscale interplay of strain and doping in a high-temperature superconductor

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    Zeljkovic, Ilija; Gu, Genda; Nieminen, Jouko; Huang, Dennis; Chang, Tay-Rong; He, Yang; Jeng, Horng-Tay; Xu, Zhijun; Wen, Jinsheng; Lin, Hsin; Markiewicz, Robert S.; Bansil, Arun; Hoffman, Jennifer E.

    2014-11-07

    The highest temperature superconductors are electronically inhomogeneous at the nanoscale, suggesting the existence of a local variable which could be harnessed to enhance the superconducting pairing. Here we report the relationship between local doping and local strain in the cuprate superconductor Bi₂Sr₂CaCu₂O₈₊x. We use scanning tunneling microscopy to discover that the crucial oxygen dopants are periodically distributed, in correlation with local strain. Our picoscale investigation of the intra-unit-cell positions of all oxygen dopants provides essential structural input for a complete microscopic theory.

  15. Impurity bound states in fully gapped d-wave superconductors with subdominant order parameters.

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    Mashkoori, Mahdi; Björnson, Kristofer; Black-Schaffer, Annica M

    2017-03-10

    Impurities in superconductors and their induced bound states are important both for engineering novel states such as Majorana zero-energy modes and for probing bulk properties of the superconducting state. The high-temperature cuprates offer a clear advantage in a much larger superconducting order parameter, but the nodal energy spectrum of a pure d-wave superconductor only allows virtual bound states. Fully gapped d-wave superconducting states have, however, been proposed in several cuprate systems thanks to subdominant order parameters producing d + is- or d + id'-wave superconducting states. Here we study both magnetic and potential impurities in these fully gapped d-wave superconductors. Using analytical T-matrix and complementary numerical tight-binding lattice calculations, we show that magnetic and potential impurities behave fundamentally different in d + is- and d + id'-wave superconductors. In a d + is-wave superconductor, there are no bound states for potential impurities, while a magnetic impurity produces one pair of bound states, with a zero-energy level crossing at a finite scattering strength. On the other hand, a d + id'-wave symmetry always gives rise to two pairs of bound states and only produce a reachable zero-energy level crossing if the normal state has a strong particle-hole asymmetry.

  16. Impurity bound states in fully gapped d-wave superconductors with subdominant order parameters

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    Mashkoori, Mahdi; Björnson, Kristofer; Black-Schaffer, Annica M.

    2017-01-01

    Impurities in superconductors and their induced bound states are important both for engineering novel states such as Majorana zero-energy modes and for probing bulk properties of the superconducting state. The high-temperature cuprates offer a clear advantage in a much larger superconducting order parameter, but the nodal energy spectrum of a pure d-wave superconductor only allows virtual bound states. Fully gapped d-wave superconducting states have, however, been proposed in several cuprate systems thanks to subdominant order parameters producing d + is- or d + id′-wave superconducting states. Here we study both magnetic and potential impurities in these fully gapped d-wave superconductors. Using analytical T-matrix and complementary numerical tight-binding lattice calculations, we show that magnetic and potential impurities behave fundamentally different in d + is- and d + id′-wave superconductors. In a d + is-wave superconductor, there are no bound states for potential impurities, while a magnetic impurity produces one pair of bound states, with a zero-energy level crossing at a finite scattering strength. On the other hand, a d + id′-wave symmetry always gives rise to two pairs of bound states and only produce a reachable zero-energy level crossing if the normal state has a strong particle-hole asymmetry. PMID:28281570

  17. Impurity bound states in fully gapped d-wave superconductors with subdominant order parameters

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    Mashkoori, Mahdi; Björnson, Kristofer; Black-Schaffer, Annica M.

    2017-03-01

    Impurities in superconductors and their induced bound states are important both for engineering novel states such as Majorana zero-energy modes and for probing bulk properties of the superconducting state. The high-temperature cuprates offer a clear advantage in a much larger superconducting order parameter, but the nodal energy spectrum of a pure d-wave superconductor only allows virtual bound states. Fully gapped d-wave superconducting states have, however, been proposed in several cuprate systems thanks to subdominant order parameters producing d + is- or d + id‧-wave superconducting states. Here we study both magnetic and potential impurities in these fully gapped d-wave superconductors. Using analytical T-matrix and complementary numerical tight-binding lattice calculations, we show that magnetic and potential impurities behave fundamentally different in d + is- and d + id‧-wave superconductors. In a d + is-wave superconductor, there are no bound states for potential impurities, while a magnetic impurity produces one pair of bound states, with a zero-energy level crossing at a finite scattering strength. On the other hand, a d + id‧-wave symmetry always gives rise to two pairs of bound states and only produce a reachable zero-energy level crossing if the normal state has a strong particle-hole asymmetry.

  18. Nearly Perfect Fluidity in a High Temperature Superconductor

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    Rameau, J. D.; Reber, T. J.; Yang, H. -B.; ...

    2014-10-13

    Perfect fluids are characterized as having the smallest ratio of shear viscosity to entropy density, η/s, consistent with quantum uncertainty and causality. So far, nearly perfect fluids have only been observed in the quark-gluon plasma and in unitary atomic Fermi gases, exotic systems that are amongst the hottest and coldest objects in the known universe, respectively. We use angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy to measure the temperature dependence of an electronic analog of η/s in an optimally doped cuprate high-temperature superconductor, finding it too is a nearly perfect fluid around, and above, its superconducting transition temperature Tc.

  19. Nearly Perfect Fluidity in a High Temperature Superconductor

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    Rameau, J. D.; Reber, T. J.; Yang, H. -B.; Akhanjee, S.; Gu, G. D.; Johnson, P. D.; Campbell, S.

    2014-10-13

    Perfect fluids are characterized as having the smallest ratio of shear viscosity to entropy density, η/s, consistent with quantum uncertainty and causality. So far, nearly perfect fluids have only been observed in the quark-gluon plasma and in unitary atomic Fermi gases, exotic systems that are amongst the hottest and coldest objects in the known universe, respectively. We use angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy to measure the temperature dependence of an electronic analog of η/s in an optimally doped cuprate high-temperature superconductor, finding it too is a nearly perfect fluid around, and above, its superconducting transition temperature Tc.

  20. Two-dimensional superconductors with atomic-scale thickness

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    Uchihashi, Takashi

    2017-01-01

    Recent progress in two-dimensional superconductors with atomic-scale thickness is reviewed mainly from the experimental point of view. The superconducting systems treated here involve a variety of materials and forms: elemental metal ultrathin films and atomic layers on semiconductor surfaces; interfaces and superlattices of heterostructures made of cuprates, perovskite oxides, and rare-earth metal heavy-fermion compounds; interfaces of electric-double-layer transistors; graphene and atomic sheets of transition metal dichalcogenide; iron selenide and organic conductors on oxide and metal surfaces, respectively. Unique phenomena arising from the ultimate two dimensionality of the system and the physics behind them are discussed.

  1. High-energy kink in high-temperature superconductors

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    Johnson, Peter; Valla, Tonica; Kidd, Tim; Yin, W. G.; Gu, Genda; Pan, Z.-H.; Fedorov, Alexei

    2007-03-01

    Photoemission studies show the presence of a high energy anomaly in the observed band dispersion for two families of cuprate superconductors, Bi2Sr2CaCu2O4+δand La2-xBaxCuO4. The anomaly, which occurs at a binding energy of approximately 340 meV, is found to be doping and momentum independent. The magnitude of the effect is momentum dependent. Scattering from short range or nearest neighbour spin excitations is found to supply an adequate description of the observed phenomena.

  2. Anomalous scaling of the penetration depth in nodal superconductors

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    She, Jian-Huang; Lawler, Michael J.; Kim, Eun-Ah

    2015-07-01

    Recent findings of anomalous superlinear scaling of low-temperature (T ) penetration depth (PD) in several nodal superconductors near putative quantum critical points suggest that the low-temperature PD can be a useful probe of quantum critical fluctuations in a superconductor. On the other hand, cuprates, which are poster child nodal superconductors, have not shown any such anomalous scaling of PD, despite growing evidence of quantum critical points (QCP). Then it is natural to ask when and how can quantum critical fluctuations cause anomalous scaling of PD? Carrying out the renormalization group calculation for the problem of two-dimensional superconductors with point nodes, we show that quantum critical fluctuations associated with a point group symmetry reduction result in nonuniversal logarithmic corrections to the T dependence of the PD. The resulting apparent power law depends on the bare velocity anisotropy ratio. We then compare our results to data sets from two distinct nodal superconductors: YBa2Cu3O6.95 and CeCoIn5. Considering all symmetry-lowering possibilities of the point group of interest, C4 v, we find our results to be remarkably consistent with YBa2Cu3O6.95 being near a vertical nematic QCP and CeCoIn5 being near a diagonal nematic QCP. Our results motivate a search for diagonal nematic fluctuations in CeCoIn5.

  3. Spectroscopic evidence for Fermi liquid-like energy and temperature dependence of the relaxation rate in the pseudogap phase of the cuprates.

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    Mirzaei, Seyed Iman; Stricker, Damien; Hancock, Jason N; Berthod, Christophe; Georges, Antoine; van Heumen, Erik; Chan, Mun K; Zhao, Xudong; Li, Yuan; Greven, Martin; Barišić, Neven; van der Marel, Dirk

    2013-04-09

    Cuprate high-Tc superconductors exhibit enigmatic behavior in the nonsuperconducting state. For carrier concentrations near "optimal doping" (with respect to the highest Tcs) the transport and spectroscopic properties are unlike those of a Landau-Fermi liquid. On the Mott-insulating side of the optimal carrier concentration, which corresponds to underdoping, a pseudogap removes quasi-particle spectral weight from parts of the Fermi surface and causes a breakup of the Fermi surface into disconnected nodal and antinodal sectors. Here, we show that the near-nodal excitations of underdoped cuprates obey Fermi liquid behavior. The lifetime τ(ω, T) of a quasi-particle depends on its energy ω as well as on the temperature T. For a Fermi liquid, 1/τ(ω, T) is expected to collapse on a universal function proportional to (ℏω)(2) + (pπk(B)T)(2). Magneto-transport experiments, which probe the properties in the limit ω = 0, have provided indications for the presence of a T(2) dependence of the dc (ω = 0) resistivity of different cuprate materials. However, Fermi liquid behavior is very much about the energy dependence of the lifetime, and this can only be addressed by spectroscopic techniques. Our optical experiments confirm the aforementioned universal ω- and T dependence of 1/τ(ω, T), with p ∼ 1.5. Our data thus provide a piece of evidence in favor of a Fermi liquid-like scenario of the pseudogap phase of the cuprates.

  4. Sr2IrO4: Gateway to cuprate superconductivity?

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    Mitchell, J. F.

    2015-06-05

    High temperature superconductivity in cuprates remains a defining challenge in condensed matter physics. Recently, a new set of related compounds based on Ir rather than Cu has been discovered that may be on the verge of superconductivity themselves or be able to shed new light on the underlying interactions responsible for superconductivity in the cuprates.

  5. Superconductor cable

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    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).

  6. Entropy of vortex cores near the superconductor-insulator transition

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    Capan, Cigdem; Behnia, Kamran; Hinderer, J.; Jansen, A. G. M.; Lang, W.; Raffy, H.; Marcenat, C.; Marin, C.; Flouquet, J.

    2002-03-01

    We investigated Nernst effect in underdoped cuprates at high magnetic fields, following the discovery by N.P.Ong's group of a substantial Nernst signal far above Tc in these systems. We made the peculiar observation that at magnetic fields high enough to induce non-metallic resistivity a large Nernst peak persists, pointing at the presence of vortices near the superconductor-insulator transition. However, it is no longer correlated with resistivity, in contrast to the low field regime. Results on LSCO single crystals and Bi-2201 thin films will be discussed in the framework of a simple phenomenology of vortex motion in a thermal gradient which allows to extract the vortex transport entropy combining Nernst data and resistivity, near this field induced superconductor-insulator transition.

  7. Low-energy physics of high-temperature superconductors

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    Emery, V.J. . Physics Dept.); Kivelson, S.A. . Dept. of Physics)

    1992-01-01

    It is argued that the low-energy properties of high temperature superconductors are dominated by the interaction between the mobile holes and a particular class of collective modes, corresponding to local large-amplitude low-energy fluctuations in the hole density. The latter are a consequence of the competition between the effects of long-range Coulomb interactions and the tendency of a low concentration of holes in an antiferromagnet to phase separate. The low-energy behavior of the system is governed by the same fixed point as the two-channel Kondo problem, which accounts for the universality'' of the properties of the cuprate superconductors. Predictions of the optical properties and the spin dynamics are compared with experiment. The pairing resonance of the two Kondo problem gives a mechanism of high temperature superconductivity with an unconventional symmetry of the order parameter.

  8. Low-energy physics of high-temperature superconductors

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    Emery, V.J.; Kivelson, S.A.

    1992-09-01

    It is argued that the low-energy properties of high temperature superconductors are dominated by the interaction between the mobile holes and a particular class of collective modes, corresponding to local large-amplitude low-energy fluctuations in the hole density. The latter are a consequence of the competition between the effects of long-range Coulomb interactions and the tendency of a low concentration of holes in an antiferromagnet to phase separate. The low-energy behavior of the system is governed by the same fixed point as the two-channel Kondo problem, which accounts for the ``universality`` of the properties of the cuprate superconductors. Predictions of the optical properties and the spin dynamics are compared with experiment. The pairing resonance of the two Kondo problem gives a mechanism of high temperature superconductivity with an unconventional symmetry of the order parameter.

  9. The magnetic properties of Pr in the Pb{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}PrCu{sub 3}O{sub 8+delta} cuprate.

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    Staub, U.; Soderholm, L.; Skanthakumar, S.; Osborn, R.; Fauth, F.; Ritter, C.; Paul Scherrer Inst.; Lab. for Neutron Scattering; Inst. Laue Langevin

    2000-01-01

    Inelastic and elastic neutron scattering data on Pb{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}PrCu{sub 3}O{sub 8+{delta}} are presented. Magnetic ordering of the Pr moments is found to be analogous to the Tb analogue, interpreted with two different wave vectors k = 0 0 0 and 0 0 1/2. A molecular field-induced shift is observed in the low-energy inelastic neutron scattering (INS) data when going through the Neel temperature. This shift is quantitatively accounted for by the magnetic order of the Pr sublattice. The crystalline-electric-field (CEF) potential has been determined from the observed magnetic excitations and is compared with those of Pr in other cuprates. These results underline the relevance of the quasi-triplet ground state splitting for T{sub c} suppression by Pr in the cuprate superconductors.

  10. Genesis of charge orders in high temperature superconductors

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    Tu, Wei-Lin; Lee, Ting-Kuo

    2016-01-01

    One of the most puzzling facts about cuprate high-temperature superconductors in the lightly doped regime is the coexistence of uniform superconductivity and/or antiferromagnetism with many low-energy charge-ordered states in a unidirectional charge density wave or a bidirectional checkerboard structure. Recent experiments have discovered that these charge density waves exhibit different symmetries in their intra-unit-cell form factors for different cuprate families. Using a renormalized mean-field theory for a well-known, strongly correlated model of cuprates, we obtain a number of charge-ordered states with nearly degenerate energies without invoking special features of the Fermi surface. All of these self-consistent solutions have a pair density wave intertwined with a charge density wave and sometimes a spin density wave. Most of these states vanish in the underdoped regime, except for one with a large d-form factor that vanishes at approximately 19% doping of the holes, as reported by experiments. Furthermore, these states could be modified to have a global superconducting order, with a nodal-like density of states at low energy. PMID:26732076

  11. Competing ferromagnetism in high-temperature copper oxide superconductors.

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    Kopp, Angela; Ghosal, Amit; Chakravarty, Sudip

    2007-04-10

    The extreme variability of observables across the phase diagram of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors has remained a profound mystery, with no convincing explanation for the superconducting dome. Although much attention has been paid to the underdoped regime of the hole-doped cuprates because of its proximity to a complex Mott insulating phase, little attention has been paid to the overdoped regime. Experiments are beginning to reveal that the phenomenology of the overdoped regime is just as puzzling. For example, the electrons appear to form a Landau Fermi liquid, but this interpretation is problematic; any trace of Mott phenomena, as signified by incommensurate antiferromagnetic fluctuations, is absent, and the uniform spin susceptibility shows a ferromagnetic upturn. Here, we show and justify that many of these puzzles can be resolved if we assume that competing ferromagnetic fluctuations are simultaneously present with superconductivity, and the termination of the superconducting dome in the overdoped regime marks a quantum critical point beyond which there should be a genuine ferromagnetic phase at zero temperature. We propose experiments and make predictions to test our theory and suggest that an effort must be mounted to elucidate the nature of the overdoped regime, if the problem of high-temperature superconductivity is to be solved. Our approach places competing order as the root of the complexity of the cuprate phase diagram.

  12. Competing ferromagnetism in high-temperature copper oxide superconductors

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    Kopp, Angela; Ghosal, Amit; Chakravarty, Sudip

    2007-01-01

    The extreme variability of observables across the phase diagram of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors has remained a profound mystery, with no convincing explanation for the superconducting dome. Although much attention has been paid to the underdoped regime of the hole-doped cuprates because of its proximity to a complex Mott insulating phase, little attention has been paid to the overdoped regime. Experiments are beginning to reveal that the phenomenology of the overdoped regime is just as puzzling. For example, the electrons appear to form a Landau Fermi liquid, but this interpretation is problematic; any trace of Mott phenomena, as signified by incommensurate antiferromagnetic fluctuations, is absent, and the uniform spin susceptibility shows a ferromagnetic upturn. Here, we show and justify that many of these puzzles can be resolved if we assume that competing ferromagnetic fluctuations are simultaneously present with superconductivity, and the termination of the superconducting dome in the overdoped regime marks a quantum critical point beyond which there should be a genuine ferromagnetic phase at zero temperature. We propose experiments and make predictions to test our theory and suggest that an effort must be mounted to elucidate the nature of the overdoped regime, if the problem of high-temperature superconductivity is to be solved. Our approach places competing order as the root of the complexity of the cuprate phase diagram. PMID:17404239

  13. Spatial distribution of superconducting and charge-density-wave order parameters in cuprates and its influence on the quasiparticle tunnel current (Review Article)

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    Gabovich, Alexander M.; Voitenko, Alexander I.

    2016-10-01

    The state of the art concerning tunnel measurements of energy gaps in cuprate oxides has been analyzed. A detailed review of the relevant literature is made, and original results calculated for the quasiparticle tunnel current J(V) between a metallic tip and a disordered d-wave superconductor partially gapped by charge density waves (CDWs) are reported, because it is this model of high-temperature superconductors that becomes popular owing to recent experiments in which CDWs were observed directly. The current was calculated suggesting the scatter of both the superconducting and CDW order parameters due to the samples' intrinsic inhomogeneity. It was shown that peculiarities in the current-voltage characteristics inherent to the case of homogeneous superconducting material are severely smeared, and the CDW-related features transform into experimentally observed peak-dip-hump structures. Theoretical results were used to fit data measured for YBa2Cu3O7-δ and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. The fitting demonstrated a good qualitative agreement between the experiment and model calculations. The analysis of the energy gaps in high-Tc superconductors is important both per se and as a tool to uncover the nature of superconductivity in cuprates not elucidated so far despite of much theoretical effort and experimental progress.

  14. Electronic structure, irreversibility line and magnetoresistance of Cu0.3Bi2Se3 superconductor

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    Hemian, Yi; Gu, Genda; Chen, Chao -Yu; ...

    2015-06-01

    CuxBi2Se3 is a superconductor that is a potential candidate for topological superconductors. We report our laser-based angle-resolved photoemission measurement on the electronic structure of the CuxBi2Se3 superconductor, and a detailed magneto-resistance measurement in both normal and superconducting states. We find that the topological surface state of the pristine Bi2Se3 topological insulator remains robust after the Cu-intercalation, while the Dirac cone location moves downward due to electron doping. Detailed measurements on the magnetic field-dependence of the resistance in the superconducting state establishes an irreversibility line and gives a value of the upper critical field at zero temperature of ~4000 Oe formore » the Cu0.3Bi2Se3 superconductor with a middle point Tc of 1.9K. The relation between the upper critical field Hc2 and temperature T is different from the usual scaling relation found in cuprates and in other kinds of superconductors. Small positive magneto-resistance is observed in Cu0.3Bi2Se3 superconductors up to room temperature. As a result, these observations provide useful information for further study of this possible candidate for topological superconductors.« less

  15. Charge stripes and antiferromagnetism in insulating nickelates and superconducting cuprates

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    Tranquada, J.

    1998-10-01

    Neutron and X-ray scattering studies have provided strong evidence for coupled spatial modulations of charge and spin densities in layered nickelates and cuprates. The accumulated results for La(2-x)Sr(x)NiO(4+d) are consistent with the strongly-modulated topological-stripe concept. Clues from Nd-doped La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4) suggest similar behavior for the cuprates. The experimental results are summarized, and features that conflict with an interpretation based on a Fermi-surface instability are emphasized. A rationalization for the differences in transport properties between the cuprates and nickelates is given.

  16. 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

  17. Ceramic superconductor/metal composite materials employing the superconducting proximity effect

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    Holcomb, Matthew J.

    2002-01-01

    Superconducting composite materials having particles of superconducting material disposed in a metal matrix material with a high electron-boson coupling coefficient (.lambda.). The superconducting particles can comprise any type of superconductor including Laves phase materials, Chevrel phase materials, A15 compounds, and perovskite cuprate ceramics. The particles preferably have dimensions of about 10-500 nanometers. The particles preferably have dimensions larger than the superconducting coherence length of the superconducting material. The metal matrix material has a .lambda. greater than 0.2, preferably the .lambda. is much higher than 0.2. The metal matrix material is a good proximity superconductor due to its high .lambda.. When cooled, the superconductor particles cause the metal matrix material to become superconducting due to the proximity effect. In cases where the particles and the metal matrix material are chemically incompatible (i.e., reactive in a way that destroys superconductivity), the particles are provided with a thin protective metal coating. The coating is chemically compatible with the particles and metal matrix material. High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) cuprate ceramic particles are reactive and therefore require a coating of a noble metal resistant to oxidation (e.g., silver, gold). The proximity effect extends through the metal coating. With certain superconductors, non-noble metals can be used for the coating.

  18. Identifying the genes of unconventional high temperature superconductors.

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    Hu, Jiangping

    We elucidate a recently emergent framework in unifying the two families of high temperature (high [Formula: see text]) superconductors, cuprates and iron-based superconductors. The unification suggests that the latter is simply the counterpart of the former to realize robust extended s-wave pairing symmetries in a square lattice. The unification identifies that the key ingredients (gene) of high [Formula: see text] superconductors is a quasi two dimensional electronic environment in which the d-orbitals of cations that participate in strong in-plane couplings to the p-orbitals of anions are isolated near Fermi energy. With this gene, the superexchange magnetic interactions mediated by anions could maximize their contributions to superconductivity. Creating the gene requires special arrangements between local electronic structures and crystal lattice structures. The speciality explains why high [Formula: see text] superconductors are so rare. An explicit prediction is made to realize high [Formula: see text] superconductivity in Co/Ni-based materials with a quasi two dimensional hexagonal lattice structure formed by trigonal bipyramidal complexes.

  19. The Generalized Joint Density of States and Its Application to Exploring the Pairing Symmetry of High-Tc Superconductors

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    Zhang, Dan-Bo; Han, Qiang; Wang, Zi-Dan

    2013-05-01

    We introduce a generalized joint density of states (GJDOS), which incorporates the coherent factors into the JDOS, to study quasiparticle interference (QPI) in superconductors. The intimate relation between the Fourier-transformed local density of states and GJDOS is revealed: they correspond respectively to the real and imaginary parts of a generalized impurity-response function, and particularly share the same angular factors and singular boundaries, as seen from our approximate analytic results for d-wave superconductors. Remarkably, our numerical GJDOS analysis agrees well with the QPI patten of d-wave cuprates and s±-wave iron-based superconductors. Moreover, we illustrate that the present GJDOS scenario can uncover the sign features of the superconducting gap and thus can be used to explore the pairing symmetry of the A1-xFe2—ySe2 (A=K, Cs, etc) superconductors.

  20. Possible s±-wave pairing evidenced by midgap surface bound states in Fe-pnictide superconductors

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    Liu, C. S.; Chang, J. Y.; Wu, W. C.; Mou, Chung-Yu

    2013-09-01

    A phenomenological theory of tunneling spectroscopy for Fe-pnictide superconductors is developed by taking into consideration asymmetric interface scattering between particle and holes. It is shown that, consistent with anti-phase s±-wave pairing, appreciable zero-energy surface bound states exist on the [100] surface of Fe-pnictide superconductors. However, in contrast to the [110] bound states in d-wave cuprate superconductors, these bound states arise as a result of non-conservation of momentum perpendicular to the interface for tunneling electrons and the s± pairing, and hence they can only exist in a small window (∼ ± 6∘) in the orientation of edges near the [100] direction. Our results explain why a zero-bias conductance peak is often observed in tunneling spectroscopy and why, when it disappears, two coherent peaks show up. These results provide unambiguous signals to test for possible s±-wave pairing in Fe-pnictide superconductors.

  1. Superfluid and normal-fluid densities in the high- Tc superconductors

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    Tanner, D. B.; Gao, F.; Kamarás, K.; Liu, H. L.; Quijada, M. A.; Romero, D. B.; Yoon, Y.-D.; Zibold, A.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.; Forró, L.; Kelly, R. J.; Onellion, M.; Cao, G.; Crow, J. E.; O, Beom-Hoan; Market, J. T.; Rice, J. P.; Ginsberg, D. M.; Wolf, Th.

    In clean metallic superconductors, 100% of the mobile carriers participate in the condensate, so that the London penetration depth (which measures the electromagnetic screening by the superconductor) indicates charge densities comparable to those inferred from the free-carrier plasma frequency. In the cuprates, this is not the case, even though penetration depth measurements have shown a good correlation between superfluid density and superconducting transition temperature in the underdoped-to-optimally-doped part of the phase diagram. Optical measurements, which permit independent determination of the total doping-induced spectral weight and the superfluid density, show that in optimally doped materials only about 20% of the doping-induced spectral weight joins the superfluid. The rest remains in finite-frequency, midinfrared absorption. In underdoped materials, the superfluid fraction is even smaller. This result implies extremely strong coupling for these superconductors.

  2. Relaxation and pinning in spark-plasma sintered MgB2 superconductor

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    Jirsa, M.; Rames, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Berger, K.; Douine, B.

    2016-02-01

    The model of thermally activated relaxation developed and successfully tested on high-T c superconductors (Jirsa et al 2004 Phys. Rev. B 70 0245251) was applied to magnetic data of a bulk spark-plasma sintered MgB2 sample to elucidate its magnetic relaxation behavior. MgB2 and the related borides form a superconductor class lying between classical and high-T c superconductors. In accord with this classification, the relaxation phenomena were found to be about ten times weaker than in cuprates. Vortex pinning analyzed in terms of the field dependence of the pinning force density indicates a combined pinning by normal point-like defects and by grain surfaces. An additional mode of pinning at rather high magnetic fields (of still unknown origin) was observed.

  3. Finding new superconductors: the spin-fluctuation gateway to high Tc and possible room temperature superconductivity.

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    Pines, David

    2013-10-24

    We propose an experiment-based strategy for finding new high transition temperature superconductors that is based on the well-established spin fluctuation magnetic gateway to superconductivity in which the attractive quasiparticle interaction needed for superconductivity comes from their coupling to dynamical spin fluctuations originating in the proximity of the material to an antiferromagnetic state. We show how lessons learned by combining the results of almost three decades of intensive experimental and theoretical study of the cuprates with those found in the decade-long study of a strikingly similar family of unconventional heavy electron superconductors, the 115 materials, can prove helpful in carrying out that search. We conclude that, since Tc in these materials scales approximately with the strength of the interaction, J, between the nearest neighbor local moments in their parent antiferromagnetic state, there may not be a magnetic ceiling that would prevent one from discovering a room temperature superconductor.

  4. Fragile surface zero-energy flat bands in three-dimensional chiral superconductors

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    Kobayashi, Shingo; Tanaka, Yukio; Sato, Masatoshi

    2015-12-01

    We study surface zero-energy flat bands in three-dimensional chiral superconductors with pz(px+i py) ν -wave pairing symmetry (ν is a nonzero integer), based on topological arguments and tunneling conductance. It is shown that the surface flat bands are fragile against (i) the surface misorientation and (ii) the surface Rashba spin-orbit interaction. The fragility of (i) is specific to chiral SCs, whereas that of (ii) happens for general odd-parity SCs. We demonstrate that these flat-band instabilities vanish or suppress a zero-bias conductance peak in a normal/insulator/superconductor junction, which behavior is clearly different from high-Tc cuprates and noncentrosymmetric superconductors. By calculating the angle-resolved conductance, we also discuss a topological surface state associated with the coexistence of line and point nodes.

  5. Fault current limiters using superconductors

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    Norris, W. T.; Power, A.

    Fault current limiters on power systems are to reduce damage by heating and electromechanical forces, to alleviate duty on switchgear used to clear the fault, and to mitigate disturbance to unfaulted parts of the system. A basic scheme involves a super-resistor which is a superconductor being driven to high resistance when fault current flows either when current is high during a cycle of a.c. or, if the temperature of the superconductive material rises, for the full cycle. Current may be commuted from superconductor to an impedance in parallel, thus reducing the energy dispersed at low temperature and saving refrigeration. In a super-shorted transformer the ambient temperature primary carries the power system current; the superconductive secondary goes to a resistive condition when excessive currents flow in the primary. A super-transformer has the advantage of not needing current leads from high temperature to low temperature; it behaves as a parallel super-resistor and inductor. The supertransductor with a superconductive d.c. bias winding is large and has small effect on the rate of fall of current at current zero; it does little to alleviate duty on switchgear but does reduce heating and electromechanical forces. It is fully active after a fault has been cleared. Other schemes depend on rapid recooling of the superconductor to achieve this.

  6. How to detect fluctuating stripes in the high-temperature superconductors

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    Kivelson, S. A.; Bindloss, I. P.; Fradkin, E.; Oganesyan, V.; Tranquada, J. M.; Kapitulnik, A.; Howald, C.

    2003-10-01

    This article discusses fluctuating order in a quantum disordered phase proximate to a quantum critical point, with particular emphasis on fluctuating stripe order. Optimal strategies are derived for extracting information concerning such local order from experiments, with emphasis on neutron scattering and scanning tunneling microscopy. These ideas are tested by application to two model systems—an exactly solvable one-dimensional (1D) electron gas with an impurity, and a weakly interacting 2D electron gas. Experiments on the cuprate high-temperature superconductors which can be analyzed using these strategies are extensively reviewed. The authors adduce evidence that stripe correlations are widespread in the cuprates. They compare and contrast the advantages of two limiting perspectives on the high-temperature superconductor: weak coupling, in which correlation effects are treated as a perturbation on an underlying metallic (although renormalized) Fermi-liquid state, and strong coupling, in which the magnetism is associated with well-defined localized spins, and stripes are viewed as a form of micro phase separation. The authors present quantitative indicators that the latter view better accounts for the observed stripe phenomena in the cuprates.

  7. Quenched disorder and vestigial nematicity in the pseudogap regime of the cuprates

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    Nie, Laimei; Tarjus, Gilles; Kivelson, Steven Allan

    2014-01-01

    The cuprate high-temperature superconductors have been the focus of unprecedentedly intense and sustained study not only because of their high superconducting transition temperatures, but also because they represent the most exquisitely investigated examples of highly correlated electronic materials. In particular, the pseudogap regime of the phase diagram exhibits a variety of mysterious emergent behaviors. In the last few years, evidence from NMR and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies, as well as from a new generation of X-ray scattering experiments, has accumulated, indicating that a general tendency to short-range–correlated incommensurate charge density wave (CDW) order is “intertwined” with the superconductivity in this regime. Additionally, transport, STM, neutron-scattering, and optical experiments have produced evidence—not yet entirely understood—of the existence of an associated pattern of long-range–ordered point-group symmetry breaking with an electron-nematic character. We have carried out a theoretical analysis of the Landau–Ginzburg–Wilson effective field theory of a classical incommensurate CDW in the presence of weak quenched disorder. Although the possibilities of a sharp phase transition and long-range CDW order are precluded in such systems, we show that any discrete symmetry-breaking aspect of the charge order—nematicity in the case of the unidirectional (stripe) CDW we consider explicitly—generically survives up to a nonzero critical disorder strength. Such “vestigial order,” which is subject to unambiguous macroscopic detection, can serve as an avatar of what would be CDW order in the ideal, zero disorder limit. Various recent experiments in the pseudogap regime of the hole-doped cuprates are readily interpreted in light of these results. PMID:24799709

  8. Fermi surface of underdoped cuprate revealed by quantum oscillations and Hall effect

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    Proust, Cyril

    2008-03-01

    Despite twenty years of research, the phase diagram of high temperature superconductors remains enigmatic. A central issue is the origin of the differences in the physical properties of these copper oxides doped to opposite sides of the superconducting region. In the overdoped regime, the material behaves as a reasonably conventional metal, with a large Fermi surface [1]. The underdoped regime, however, is highly anomalous and appears to have no coherent Fermi surface, but only disconnected `Fermi arcs' [2]. We have reported the observation of quantum oscillations in the electrical resistance of the oxygen-ordered copper oxides YBa2Cu3O6.5 [3] and YBa2Cu4O8 [4], establishing the existence of a coherent closed Fermi surface at low temperature in the underdoped side of the phase diagram of cuprates, once superconductivity is suppressed by a large magnetic field. The low oscillation frequency reveals a Fermi surface made of small pockets, in contrast to the large cylinder characteristic of the overdoped regime. Moreover, the negative sign of the Hall effect at low temperature reveals that these pockets are electron-like rather than hole-like. We propose that the Fermi surface of these Y-based cuprates consists of both electron and hole pockets, probably arising from a reconstruction of the FS [5]. Work in collaboration with N Doiron-Leyraud, D. LeBoeuf and L. Taillefer from the University of Sherbrooke, J. Levallois and B. Vignolle from the LNCMP, A. Bangura and N. Hussey from the University of Bristol and R. Liang, D. Bonn, W. Hardy from the University of British Columbia. [1] N Hussey et al, Nature 425, 814 (2003) [2] M. Norman et al, Nature 392, 157 (1998) [3] N. Doiron-Leyraud et al, Nature 447, 565 (2007) [4] A. Bangura et al, submitted to Phys. Rev. Lett (arXiv: 0707.4461) [5] D. LeBoeuf et al, Nature 450, 533 (2007)

  9. Quenched disorder and vestigial nematicity in the pseudogap regime of the cuprates.

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    Nie, Laimei; Tarjus, Gilles; Kivelson, Steven Allan

    2014-06-03

    The cuprate high-temperature superconductors have been the focus of unprecedentedly intense and sustained study not only because of their high superconducting transition temperatures, but also because they represent the most exquisitely investigated examples of highly correlated electronic materials. In particular, the pseudogap regime of the phase diagram exhibits a variety of mysterious emergent behaviors. In the last few years, evidence from NMR and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies, as well as from a new generation of X-ray scattering experiments, has accumulated, indicating that a general tendency to short-range-correlated incommensurate charge density wave (CDW) order is "intertwined" with the superconductivity in this regime. Additionally, transport, STM, neutron-scattering, and optical experiments have produced evidence--not yet entirely understood--of the existence of an associated pattern of long-range-ordered point-group symmetry breaking with an electron-nematic character. We have carried out a theoretical analysis of the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson effective field theory of a classical incommensurate CDW in the presence of weak quenched disorder. Although the possibilities of a sharp phase transition and long-range CDW order are precluded in such systems, we show that any discrete symmetry-breaking aspect of the charge order--nematicity in the case of the unidirectional (stripe) CDW we consider explicitly--generically survives up to a nonzero critical disorder strength. Such "vestigial order," which is subject to unambiguous macroscopic detection, can serve as an avatar of what would be CDW order in the ideal, zero disorder limit. Various recent experiments in the pseudogap regime of the hole-doped cuprates are readily interpreted in light of these results.

  10. Thermodynamic properties of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x cuprates for doping values x ∈ (0 . 5 , 0 . 9)

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    Salas, P.; Solis, M. A.; Fortes, M.

    We extend the Boson-Fermion superconductivity model to include layered systems, such as underdoped cuprate superconductors YBa2Cu3O6+x, with x ∈ (0 . 5 , 0 . 9) ranging from underdoped to optimally doped. We model cuprates as a boson-fermion quantum gas mixture immersed in a layered structure, generated via a Dirac comb potential applied in one direction while the particles move freely in the other two directions. The optimum parameters of the system, which are the impenetrability of the planes and the paired fermion fraction, are obtained by minimizing the Helmholtz free energy and setting the experimental critical temperature Tc. Using this optimized scheme, we are able to predict the following thermodynamic properties of cuprates as a function of temperature: the entropy; the Helmholtz free energy; the electronic specific heat and the total specific heat for different doping values. Furthermore, we determinate the behavior of the jump height in the electronic specific heat, the normal electronic specific heat coefficient γ (Tc) , the quadratic α and cubic β terms of the specific heat for low temperatures, the ground state energy and the mass anisotropy as a function of doping. Comparison to experimental values reported is analyzed. We aknowledge the support from Grants UNAM-DGAPA-PAPIIT IN-111613 and CONACYT 221030, Mexico.

  11. Fine uniform filament superconductors

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    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.

  12. Direct measurement of sheet resistance Rsquare in cuprate systems: evidence of a fermionic scenario in a metal-insulator transition.

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    Orgiani, P; Aruta, C; Balestrino, G; Born, D; Maritato, L; Medaglia, P G; Stornaiuolo, D; Tafuri, F; Tebano, A

    2007-01-19

    The metal-insulator transition (MIT) has been studied in Ba(0.9)Nd(0.1)CuO(2+x)/CaCuO2 ultrathin cuprate structures. Such structures allow for the direct measurement of the 2D sheet resistance R( square), eliminating ambiguity in the definition of the effective thickness of the conducting layer in high temperature superconductors. The MIT occurs at room temperature for experimental values of R(square) close to the 25.8 kOmega universal quantum resistance. All data confirm the assumption that each CaCuO2 layer forms a 2D superconducting sheet within the superconducting block, which can be described as weak-coupled equivalent sheets in parallel.

  13. Fermi surface pockets in the underdoped cuprate YBa2Cu4O8, - are they present in low magnetic fields?

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    Cooper, J. R.; Matusiak, M.; Loram, J. W.; Yelland, E. A.; Dabrowski, B.

    2008-03-01

    The observations of quantum oscillations in the underdoped cuprate superconductors, ortho-II YBa2Cu3O6.5 [1] and YBa2Cu4O8 (Y124) [2] at very high magnetic fields and low temperatures could lead to improved understanding of cuprate superconductivity. This will be especially true if the small Fermi surface (FS) pockets are still present at higher temperatures and lower magnetic fields. As pointed out in ref. [2] the pockets appear to have low Fermi energies ˜ 300 K, and could therefore give rise to T-dependent magnetic anisotropy in the normal state associated with Landau-Peierls diamagnetism. We report susceptibility anisotropy data for Y124 crystals up to 300 K, and discuss whether these data and zero field heat capacity data, are consistent with the properties of the FS pockets obtained from high field measurements. [1] N. Doiron-Leyraud, et al., Nature 447,565 (2007) [2] E.A. Yelland et al. arXiv:cond-mat/07070057.

  14. Disorder-induced topological phase transitions in two-dimensional spin-orbit coupled superconductors

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

    2016-12-01

    Normal superconductors with Rashba spin-orbit coupling have been explored as candidate systems of topological superconductors. Here we present a comparative theoretical study of the effects of different types of disorder on the topological phases of two-dimensional Rashba spin-orbit coupled superconductors. First, we show that a topologically trivial superconductor can be driven into a chiral topological superconductor upon diluted doping of isolated magnetic disorder, which close and reopen the quasiparticle gap of the paired electrons in a nontrivial manner. Secondly, the superconducting nature of a topological superconductor is found to be robust against Anderson disorder, but the topological nature is not, converting the system into a topologically trivial state even in the weak scattering limit. These topological phase transitions are distinctly characterized by variations in the topological invariant. We discuss the central findings in connection with existing experiments, and provide new schemes towards eventual realization of topological superconductors.

  15. Disorder-induced topological phase transitions in two-dimensional spin-orbit coupled superconductors

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

    2016-01-01

    Normal superconductors with Rashba spin-orbit coupling have been explored as candidate systems of topological superconductors. Here we present a comparative theoretical study of the effects of different types of disorder on the topological phases of two-dimensional Rashba spin-orbit coupled superconductors. First, we show that a topologically trivial superconductor can be driven into a chiral topological superconductor upon diluted doping of isolated magnetic disorder, which close and reopen the quasiparticle gap of the paired electrons in a nontrivial manner. Secondly, the superconducting nature of a topological superconductor is found to be robust against Anderson disorder, but the topological nature is not, converting the system into a topologically trivial state even in the weak scattering limit. These topological phase transitions are distinctly characterized by variations in the topological invariant. We discuss the central findings in connection with existing experiments, and provide new schemes towards eventual realization of topological superconductors. PMID:27991541

  16. Superconductor rotor cooling system

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    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.

  17. Photothermal measurements of superconductors

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    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.

  18. Superconductor rotor cooling system

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    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.

  19. Temperature Evolution of the Pseudogap and Superconducting Gap in Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2 O8 Superconductor Studied by High Resolution Time-of-Flight Laser-ARPES

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    Zhang, Yuxiao; Zhou, Xingjiang

    2015-03-01

    The relationship between the pseudogap and superconducting gap in high temperature cuprate superconductors remains an outstanding issue. In this talk, we will present our high resolution laser-ARPES measurement on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 superconductor. We will use the latest generation of ARPES system equipped with the VUV laser and the time-of-flight (TOF) electron energy analyzer. This enables us to have super-high energy resolution, high momentum resolution, simultaneous coverage of two-dimensional momentum space, high data acquisition efficiency and much reduced nonlinearity effect. From detailed temperature dependence near the nodal and antinodal regions, we will discuss on the relationship between the pseudogap and superconducting gap in the cuprate superconductors.

  20. High -Tc superlight bipolarons in novel superconductors

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2003-03-01

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

  1. Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-Tc superconductor

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    Ramshaw, B. J.; Sebastian, S. E.; McDonald, R. D.; ...

    2015-03-26

    In the quest for superconductors with higher transition temperatures (Tc), one emerging motif is that electronic interactions favorable for superconductivity can be enhanced by fluctuations of a broken-symmetry phase. In recent experiments it is suggested that the existence of the requisite broken-symmetry phase in the high-Tc cuprates, but the impact of such a phase on the ground-state electronic interactions has remained unclear. Here, we used magnetic fields exceeding 90 tesla to access the underlying metallic state of the cuprate YBa2Cu3O6+δ over a wide range of doping, and observed magnetic quantum oscillations that reveal a strong enhancement of the quasiparticle effectivemore » mass toward optimal doping. Finally, this mass enhancement results from increasing electronic interactions approaching optimal doping, and suggests a quantum critical point at a hole doping of pcrit ≈ 0.18.« less

  2. Superconductivity. Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-T(c) superconductor.

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    Ramshaw, B J; Sebastian, S E; McDonald, R D; Day, James; Tan, B S; Zhu, Z; Betts, J B; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Harrison, N

    2015-04-17

    In the quest for superconductors with higher transition temperatures (T(c)), one emerging motif is that electronic interactions favorable for superconductivity can be enhanced by fluctuations of a broken-symmetry phase. Recent experiments have suggested the existence of the requisite broken-symmetry phase in the high-T(c) cuprates, but the impact of such a phase on the ground-state electronic interactions has remained unclear. We used magnetic fields exceeding 90 tesla to access the underlying metallic state of the cuprate YBa2Cu3O(6+δ) over a wide range of doping, and observed magnetic quantum oscillations that reveal a strong enhancement of the quasiparticle effective mass toward optimal doping. This mass enhancement results from increasing electronic interactions approaching optimal doping, and suggests a quantum critical point at a hole doping of p(crit) ≈ 0.18.

  3. Evidence for phononic pairing in extremely overdoped ``pure'' d-wave superconductor Bi2212

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    He, Yu; Hishimoto, Makoto; Song, Dongjoon; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2015-03-01

    Recent advancement in High Tc cuprate superconductor research has elucidated strong interaction between superconductivity and competing orders. Therefore, the mechanism behind the 'pure' d-wave superconducting behavior becomes the next stepping stone to further the understanding. We have performed photoemission study on extremely overdoped Bi2212 single crystal synthesized via high pressure method. In this regime, we demonstrate the much reduced superconducting gap and the absence of pseudogap. Clear gap shifted bosonic mode coupling is observed throughout the entire Brillouin zone. Via full Eliashberg treatment, we find the electron-phonon coupling strength capable of producing a transition temperature very close to Tc. This strongly implies bosonic contribution to cuprate superconductivity's pairing glue.

  4. The search for circular dichroism in high-Tc superconductors (abstract)

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    Lyons, K. B.; Kwo, J.; Dillon, J. F., Jr.; Espinosa, G. P.; McGlashan-Powell, M.; Ramirez, A. P.; Schneemeyer, L. F.

    1991-04-01

    Stimulated by recent predictions of broken time reversal symmetry in cuprate superconductors, we have carried out a study of the polar Kerr ellipticity (the ellipticity of normally reflected light with the incident beam linearly polarized) for various cuprate materials, both superconducting and nonsuperconducting. The technique used employs a rotating half-wave retardation plate in order to discriminate against linear polarization effects. The results reveal a signature of a nonzero polar Kerr ellipticity which appears on cooling near 200 K in a variety of superconducting materials, and which is not observed in the corresponding insulating compounds. In this talk, in addition to summarizing these results, we plan to discuss the measurement technique itself in some detail. Measurements on both thin films and bulk samples will be discussed, together with a variety of tests on unrelated materials, which serve to eliminate various possible experimental artifacts.

  5. Self-doping processes between planes and chains in the metal-to-superconductor transition of YBa2Cu3O6.9.

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    Magnuson, M; Schmitt, T; Strocov, V N; Schlappa, J; Kalabukhov, A S; Duda, L-C

    2014-11-12

    The interplay between the quasi 1-dimensional CuO-chains and the 2-dimensional CuO2 planes of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6+x) (YBCO) has been in focus for a long time. Although the CuO-chains are known to be important as charge reservoirs that enable superconductivity for a range of oxygen doping levels in YBCO, the understanding of the dynamics of its temperature-driven metal-superconductor transition (MST) remains a challenge. We present a combined study using x-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) revealing how a reconstruction of the apical O(4)-derived interplanar orbitals during the MST of optimally doped YBCO leads to substantial hole-transfer from the chains into the planes, i.e. self-doping. Our ionic model calculations show that localized divalent charge-transfer configurations are expected to be abundant in the chains of YBCO. While these indeed appear in the RIXS spectra from YBCO in the normal, metallic, state, they are largely suppressed in the superconducting state and, instead, signatures of Cu trivalent charge-transfer configurations in the planes become enhanced. In the quest for understanding the fundamental mechanism for high-Tc-superconductivity (HTSC) in perovskite cuprate materials, the observation of such an interplanar self-doping process in YBCO opens a unique novel channel for studying the dynamics of HTSC.

  6. Self-doping processes between planes and chains in the metal-to-superconductor transition of YBa2Cu3O6.9

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    Magnuson, M.; Schmitt, T.; Strocov, V. N.; Schlappa, J.; Kalabukhov, A. S.; Duda, L.-C.

    2014-01-01

    The interplay between the quasi 1-dimensional CuO-chains and the 2-dimensional CuO2 planes of YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) has been in focus for a long time. Although the CuO-chains are known to be important as charge reservoirs that enable superconductivity for a range of oxygen doping levels in YBCO, the understanding of the dynamics of its temperature-driven metal-superconductor transition (MST) remains a challenge. We present a combined study using x-ray absorption spectroscopy and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) revealing how a reconstruction of the apical O(4)-derived interplanar orbitals during the MST of optimally doped YBCO leads to substantial hole-transfer from the chains into the planes, i.e. self-doping. Our ionic model calculations show that localized divalent charge-transfer configurations are expected to be abundant in the chains of YBCO. While these indeed appear in the RIXS spectra from YBCO in the normal, metallic, state, they are largely suppressed in the superconducting state and, instead, signatures of Cu trivalent charge-transfer configurations in the planes become enhanced. In the quest for understanding the fundamental mechanism for high-Tc-superconductivity (HTSC) in perovskite cuprate materials, the observation of such an interplanar self-doping process in YBCO opens a unique novel channel for studying the dynamics of HTSC. PMID:25388860

  7. Interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in iron-chalcogenide superconductors: crystal growth and characterizations

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    Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Guangyong; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, J. M.; Birgeneau, R. J.

    2011-12-01

    In this review, we present a summary of results on single crystal growth of two types of iron-chalcogenide superconductors, Fe1+yTe1-xSex (11), and AxFe2-ySe2 (A = K, Rb, Cs, Tl, Tl/K, Tl/Rb), using Bridgman, zone-melting, vapor self-transport and flux techniques. The superconducting and magnetic properties (the latter gained mainly from neutron scattering measurements) of these materials are reviewed to demonstrate the connection between magnetism and superconductivity. It will be shown that for the 11 system, while static magnetic order around the reciprocal lattice position (0.5, 0) competes with superconductivity, spin excitations centered around (0.5, 0.5) are closely coupled to the materials' superconductivity; this is made evident by the strong correlation between the spectral weight around (0.5, 0.5) and the superconducting volume fraction. The observation of a spin resonance below the superconducting temperature, Tc, and the magnetic-field dependence of the resonance emphasize the close interplay between spin excitations and superconductivity, similar to cuprate superconductors. In AxFe2-ySe2, superconductivity with Tc ~ 30 K borders an antiferromagnetic insulating phase; this is closer to the behavior observed in the cuprates but differs from that in other iron-based superconductors.

  8. The Nature of the Superconducting State in Rutheno-Cuprates

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    Chu, C. W.; Xue, Y. Y.; Lorenz, B.; Meng, R. L.

    The magnetism and superconductivity (SC) of rutheno-cuprates RuSr2L-Cu2O_{8-delta} (Ru1212) and RuSr2(L,Ce)2Cu2O_{10+delta} (Ru1222) were investigated, where L = Gd or Eu. The normal state carrier concentration p, the Tc, the intragrain penetration depth λ, and the diamagnetic field-cooled magnetization were measured in various annealed rutheno-cuprate samples. The p varies with annealing only slightly (from 0.09 to 0.12 holes/CuO2), but the intragrain Tc by a factor of 2.3 (from 17 to 40 K). The 1/λ (2), on the other hand, was enhanced more than tenfold (from 0.3 to 6 μm-2). The data are in disagreement with both the universal Tc vs. p and Tc vs. 1/λ (2) proposed for bulk cuprates. These, together with the unusually large d T_{{c}}/dH ≈ 100 K/T observed in both Ru1212 and Ru1222, suggest that even the intragrain SC of rutheno-cuprates is granular. A Josephson-junction-array model was then proposed to interpret the data. The memory effect observed in Ru1222 far above the main magnetic transition temperature further suggests that the root of the granularity may be a phase separation, resulting in the mesoscopic ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic species in these rutheno-cuprates.

  9. Pairing, pseudogap and Fermi arcs in cuprates

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    Kaminski, Adam; Kondo, Takeshi; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; ...

    2014-04-29

    We use Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES) to study the relationship between the pseudogap, pairing and Fermi arcs in cuprates. High quality data measured over a wide range of dopings reveals a consistent picture of Fermiology and pairing in these materials. The pseudogap is due to an ordered state that competes with superconductivity rather than preformed pairs. Pairing does occur below Tpair ~ 150K and significantly above Tc, but well below T* and the doping dependence of this temperature scale is distinct from that of the pseudogap. The d-wave gap is present below Tpair, and its interplay with strong scatteringmore » creates “artificial” Fermi arcs for Tc ≤ T ≤ Tpair. However, above Tpair, the pseudogap exists only at the antipodal region. This leads to presence of real, gapless Fermi arcs close to the node. The length of these arcs remains constant up to T*, where the full Fermi surface is recovered. As a result, we demonstrate that these findings resolve a number of seemingly contradictory scenarios.« less

  10. Pairing, pseudogap and Fermi arcs in cuprates

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    Kaminski, Adam; Kondo, Takeshi; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro; Gu, Genda

    2014-04-29

    We use Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy (ARPES) to study the relationship between the pseudogap, pairing and Fermi arcs in cuprates. High quality data measured over a wide range of dopings reveals a consistent picture of Fermiology and pairing in these materials. The pseudogap is due to an ordered state that competes with superconductivity rather than preformed pairs. Pairing does occur below Tpair ~ 150K and significantly above Tc, but well below T* and the doping dependence of this temperature scale is distinct from that of the pseudogap. The d-wave gap is present below Tpair, and its interplay with strong scattering creates “artificial” Fermi arcs for Tc ≤ T ≤ Tpair. However, above Tpair, the pseudogap exists only at the antipodal region. This leads to presence of real, gapless Fermi arcs close to the node. The length of these arcs remains constant up to T*, where the full Fermi surface is recovered. As a result, we demonstrate that these findings resolve a number of seemingly contradictory scenarios.

  11. Fabrication of high temperature superconductors

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    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.

  12. Raman-scattering measurements and theory of the energy-momentum spectrum for underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCuO(8+δ) superconductors: evidence of an s-wave structure for the pseudogap.

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    Sakai, S; Blanc, S; Civelli, M; Gallais, Y; Cazayous, M; Méasson, M-A; Wen, J S; Xu, Z J; Gu, G D; Sangiovanni, G; Motome, Y; Held, K; Sacuto, A; Georges, A; Imada, M

    2013-09-06

    We reveal the full energy-momentum structure of the pseudogap of underdoped high-Tc cuprate superconductors. Our combined theoretical and experimental analysis explains the spectral-weight suppression observed in the B2g Raman response at finite energies in terms of a pseudogap appearing in the single-electron excitation spectra above the Fermi level in the nodal direction of momentum space. This result suggests an s-wave pseudogap (which never closes in the energy-momentum space), distinct from the d-wave superconducting gap. Recent tunneling and photoemission experiments on underdoped cuprates also find a natural explanation within the s-wave pseudogap scenario.

  13. Optical Nanoscopy of High Tc Cuprate Nanoconstriction Devices Patterned by Helium Ion Beams

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    Gozar, A.; Litombe, N. E.; Hoffman, Jennifer E.; Božović, I.

    2017-03-01

    Helium-ion beams (HIB) focused to sub-nanometer scales have emerged as powerful tools for high-resolution imaging as well as nano-scale lithography, ion milling or deposition. Quantifying irradiation effects is essential for reliable device fabrication but most of the depth profiling information is provided by computer simulations rather than experiment. Here, we use atomic force microscopy (AFM) combined with scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) to provide three-dimensional (3D) dielectric characterization of high-temperature superconductor devices fabricated by HIB. By imaging the infrared dielectric response we find that amorphization caused by the nominally 0.5 nm HIB extends throughout the entire 26.5 nm thickness of the cuprate film and by about 500 nm laterally. This unexpectedly widespread structural and electronic damage can be attributed to a Helium depth distribution substantially modified by internal device interfaces. Our study introduces AFM-SNOM as a quantitative nano-scale tomographic technique for non-invasive 3D characterization of irradiation damage in a wide variety of devices.

  14. Suppression of Superfluid Density and the Pseudogap State in the Cuprates by Impurities

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    Erdenemunkh, Unurbat; Koopman, Brian; Fu, Ling; Chatterjee, Kamalesh; Wise, W. D.; Gu, G. D.; Hudson, E. W.; Boyer, Michael C.

    2016-12-16

    Here, we use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study magnetic Fe impurities intentionally doped into the high-temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. Our spectroscopic measurements reveal that Fe impurities introduce low-lying resonances in the density of states at Ω1 ≈ 4 meV and Ω2 ≈ 15 meV , allowing us to determine that, despite having a large magnetic moment, potential scattering of quasiparticles by Fe impurities dominates magnetic scattering. In addition, using high-resolution spatial characterizations of the local density of states near and away from Fe impurities, we detail the spatial extent of impurity-affected regions as well as provide a local view of impurity-induced effects on the superconducting and pseudogap states. Lastly, our studies of Fe impurities, when combined with a reinterpretation of earlier STM work in the context of a two-gap scenario, allow us to present a unified view of the atomic-scale effects of elemental impurities on the pseudogap and superconducting states in hole-doped cuprates; this may help resolve a previously assumed dichotomy between the effects of magnetic and nonmagnetic impurities in these materials.

  15. Photo-enhanced antinodal conductivity in the pseudogap state of high-Tc cuprates

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    Cilento, F.; Dal Conte, S.; Coslovich, G.; Peli, S.; Nembrini, N.; Mor, S.; Banfi, F.; Ferrini, G.; Eisaki, H.; Chan, M. K.; Dorow, C. J.; Veit, M. J.; Greven, M.; van der Marel, D.; Comin, R.; Damascelli, A.; Rettig, L.; Bovensiepen, U.; Capone, M.; Giannetti, C.; Parmigiani, F.

    2014-01-01

    A major challenge in understanding the cuprate superconductors is to clarify the nature of the fundamental electronic correlations that lead to the pseudogap phenomenon. Here we use ultrashort light pulses to prepare a non-thermal distribution of excitations and capture novel properties that are hidden at equilibrium. Using a broadband (0.5–2 eV) probe, we are able to track the dynamics of the dielectric function and unveil an anomalous decrease in the scattering rate of the charge carriers in a pseudogap-like region of the temperature (T) and hole-doping (p) phase diagram. In this region, delimited by a well-defined T*neq(p) line, the photoexcitation process triggers the evolution of antinodal excitations from gapped (localized) to delocalized quasiparticles characterized by a longer lifetime. The novel concept of photo-enhanced antinodal conductivity is naturally explained within the single-band Hubbard model, in which the short-range Coulomb repulsion leads to a k-space differentiation between nodal quasiparticles and antinodal excitations. PMID:25014895

  16. Long-range charge-density-wave proximity effect at cuprate/manganate interfaces

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    Frano, A.; Blanco-Canosa, S.; Schierle, E.; Lu, Y.; Wu, M.; Bluschke, M.; Minola, M.; Christiani, G.; Habermeier, H. U.; Logvenov, G.; Wang, Y.; van Aken, P. A.; Benckiser, E.; Weschke, E.; Le Tacon, M.; Keimer, B.

    2016-08-01

    The interplay between charge density waves (CDWs) and high-temperature superconductivity is currently under intense investigation. Experimental research on this issue is difficult because CDW formation in bulk copper oxides is strongly influenced by random disorder, and a long-range-ordered CDW state in high magnetic fields is difficult to access with spectroscopic and diffraction probes. Here we use resonant X-ray scattering in zero magnetic field to show that interfaces with the metallic ferromagnet La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 greatly enhance CDW formation in the optimally doped high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O6+δ (δ ~ 1), and that this effect persists over several tens of nanometres. The wavevector of the incommensurate CDW serves as an internal calibration standard of the charge carrier concentration, which allows us to rule out any significant influence of oxygen non-stoichiometry, and to attribute the observed phenomenon to a genuine electronic proximity effect. Long-range proximity effects induced by heterointerfaces thus offer a powerful method to stabilize the charge-density-wave state in the cuprates and, more generally, to manipulate the interplay between different collective phenomena in metal oxides.

  17. Quantum Oscillations in the Underdoped Cuprate YBa2Cu4O8

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    Yelland, Edward; Singleton, John; Mielke, Chuck; Harrison, Neil; Balakirev, Fedor; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Matusiak, Marcin; Cooper, John

    2008-03-01

    The quantum oscillations (QOs) seen in the underdoped cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu4O8 (Y124) in magnetic fields up to B=85T [1] are strong evidence for a well-defined Fermi surface (FS) in Y124 at low temperature T and high B. The QO frequency F=660±15T, implies a FS pocket with 2.4% of the full Brillouin zone (BZ) area. Taken with earlier work [2], our data suggest FS pockets are generic to underdoped CuO2 planes and give the first hint of doping dependence of the FS. We discuss the carrier concentration implied by the QOs within various models. Comparison of the T-linear specific heat γ (from QO quasiparticle mass m*) to γ estimated from zero-field specific heat measurements constrains the number of FS pockets present in the BZ and supports a reduced BZ due e.g. to a charge/spin density wave or ordered orbital currents. [1] E. A. Yelland et al, arXiv:0707.0057. [2] N. Doiron-Leyraud et al, Nature 446, 565 (2007)

  18. From the Hubbard to a Plaquette Boson-Fermion Model for Cuprates

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    Altman, Ehud; Auerbach, Assa

    2002-03-01

    We describe a systematic approach to connect the microscopic physics of the Hubbard model to the phenomena of underdoped High Tc cuprate superconductors. We apply the Contractor Renormalization method of Morningstar and Weinstein to reduce the strongly interacting Hubbard model on the square lattice to the low energy Plaquette Boson Fermion Model (PBFM). The four bosons (an antiferromagnon triplet and a d-wave hole pair), and the fermions are defined by the lowest plaquette eigenstates. We compute the boson effective interactions, and the range-3 truncation error is found to be very small, signaling short hole-pair and magnon coherence lengths. The pair-hopping and magnon interactions are comparable, which explains the rapid destruction of antiferromagnetic order with emergence of superconductivity, and validates a key assumption of the projected SO(5) theory. A vacuum crossing at larger doping marks a transition into the overdoped regime. The PBFM includes hole fermions occupying small Fermi pockets and Andreev coupled to hole pair bosons. In mean field theory it exhibits a pairing gap near the nodes, which grows with Tc and a pseudogap with oposite doping dependence. The PBFM yields several testable predictions for photoemmission, tunneling asymmetry and thermodynamic measurements.

  19. Suppression of Superfluid Density and the Pseudogap State in the Cuprates by Impurities

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    Erdenemunkh, Unurbat; Koopman, Brian; Fu, Ling; ...

    2016-12-16

    Here, we use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study magnetic Fe impurities intentionally doped into the high-temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ. Our spectroscopic measurements reveal that Fe impurities introduce low-lying resonances in the density of states at Ω1 ≈ 4 meV and Ω2 ≈ 15 meV , allowing us to determine that, despite having a large magnetic moment, potential scattering of quasiparticles by Fe impurities dominates magnetic scattering. In addition, using high-resolution spatial characterizations of the local density of states near and away from Fe impurities, we detail the spatial extent of impurity-affected regions as well as provide a local view ofmore » impurity-induced effects on the superconducting and pseudogap states. Lastly, our studies of Fe impurities, when combined with a reinterpretation of earlier STM work in the context of a two-gap scenario, allow us to present a unified view of the atomic-scale effects of elemental impurities on the pseudogap and superconducting states in hole-doped cuprates; this may help resolve a previously assumed dichotomy between the effects of magnetic and nonmagnetic impurities in these materials.« less

  20. Glue function of optimally and overdoped cuprates from inversion of the Raman spectra

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    Fanfarillo, L.; Mori, M.; Campetella, M.; Grilli, M.; Caprara, S.

    2016-02-01

    We address the issue of identifying the mediators of effective interactions in cuprates superconductors. Specifically, we use inversion theory to analyze Raman spectra of optimally and over-doped La2-x Sr x CuO4 samples. This allows us to extract the so-called glue function without making any a priori assumption based on any specific model. We use instead two different techniques, namely the singular value decomposition and a multi-rectangle decomposition. With both techniques we find consistent results showing that: (i) two distinct excitations are responsible for the glue function, which have completely different doping dependence. One excitation becomes weak above optimal doping, where on the contrary the other keeps (or even slightly increases) its strength; (ii) there is a marked temperature dependence on the weight and spectral distribution of these excitations, which therefore must have a somewhat critical character. It is quite natural to identify and characterize these two distinct excitations as damped antiferromagnetic spin waves and damped charge density waves, respectively. This sets the stage for a scenario in which superconductivity is concomitant and competing with a charge ordering instability.

  1. In search for the pairing glue in cuprates by non-equilibrium optical spectroscopy

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    Cilento, F.; Dal Conte, S.; Coslovich, G.; Banfi, F.; Ferrini, G.; Eisaki, H.; Greven, M.; Damascelli, A.; van der Marel, D.; Parmigiani, F.; Giannetti, C.

    2013-07-01

    In strongly correlated materials the electronic and optical properties are significantly affected by the coupling of fermionic quasiparticles to different degrees of freedom, such as lattice vibrations and bosonic excitations of electronic origin. Broadband ultrafast spectroscopy [1, 2] is emerging as the premier technique to unravel the subtle interplay between quasiparticles and electronic or phononic collective excitations, by their different characteristic timescales and spectral responses. By investigating the femtosecond dynamics of the optical properties of Bi2Sr2Ca0.92Y0.08Cu2O8+δ (Y-Bi2212) crystals over the 0.5-2 eV energy range, we disentangle the electronic and phononic contributions to the generalized electron-boson Eliashberg function [3, 4], showing that the spectral distribution of the electronic excitations, such as spin fluctuations and current loops, and the strength of their interaction with quasiparticles can account for the high critical temperature of the superconducting phase transition [5]. Finally, we discuss how the use of this technique can be extended to the underdoped region of the phase diagram of cuprates, in which a pseudogap in the quasiparticle density of states opens. The microscopic modeling of the interaction of ultrashort light pulses with unconventional superconductors will be one of the key challenges of the next-years materials science, eventually leading to the full understanding of the role of the electronic correlations in controlling the dynamics on the femtosecond timescale.

  2. Glue function of optimally and overdoped cuprates from inversion of the Raman spectra.

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    Fanfarillo, L; Mori, M; Campetella, M; Grilli, M; Caprara, S

    2016-02-17

    We address the issue of identifying the mediators of effective interactions in cuprates superconductors. Specifically, we use inversion theory to analyze Raman spectra of optimally and over-doped La2-x Sr x CuO4 samples. This allows us to extract the so-called glue function without making any a priori assumption based on any specific model. We use instead two different techniques, namely the singular value decomposition and a multi-rectangle decomposition. With both techniques we find consistent results showing that: (i) two distinct excitations are responsible for the glue function, which have completely different doping dependence. One excitation becomes weak above optimal doping, where on the contrary the other keeps (or even slightly increases) its strength; (ii) there is a marked temperature dependence on the weight and spectral distribution of these excitations, which therefore must have a somewhat critical character. It is quite natural to identify and characterize these two distinct excitations as damped antiferromagnetic spin waves and damped charge density waves, respectively. This sets the stage for a scenario in which superconductivity is concomitant and competing with a charge ordering instability.

  3. Anisotropic softening of magnetic excitations along the nodal direction in superconducting cuprates

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    Guarise, M.; Piazza, B. Dalla; Berger, H.; Giannini, E.; Schmitt, T.; Rønnow, H. M.; Sawatzky, G. A.; van den Brink, J.; Altenfeld, D.; Eremin, I.; Grioni, M.

    2014-12-01

    The high-Tc cuprate superconductors are close to antiferromagnetic order. Recent measurements of magnetic excitations have reported an intriguing similarity to the spin waves—magnons—of the antiferromagnetic insulating parent compounds, suggesting that magnons may survive in damped, broadened form throughout the phase diagram. Here we show by resonant inelastic X-ray scattering on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) that the analogy with spin waves is only partial. The magnon-like features collapse along the nodal direction in momentum space and exhibit a photon energy dependence markedly different from the Mott-insulating case. These observations can be naturally described by the continuum of charge and spin excitations of correlated electrons. The persistence of damped magnons could favour scenarios for superconductivity built from quasiparticles coupled to spin fluctuations. However, excitation spectra composed of particle-hole excitations suggest that superconductivity emerges from a coherent treatment of electronic spin and charge in the form of quasiparticles with very strong magnetic correlations.

  4. Optical nanoscopy of high Tc cuprate nanoconstriction devices patterned by helium ion beams

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    Gozar, Adrian; Litombe, N. E.; Hoffman, Jennifer E.; ...

    2017-02-06

    Helium ion beams (HIB) focused to subnanometer scales have emerged as powerful tools for high-resolution imaging as well as nanoscale lithography, ion milling, or deposition. Quantifying irradiation effects is an essential step toward reliable device fabrication, but most of the depth profiling information is provided by computer simulations rather than the experiment. Here, we demonstrate the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM) combined with scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) to provide three-dimensional (3D) dielectric characterization of high-temperature superconductor devices fabricated by HIB. By imaging the infrared dielectric response obtained from light demodulation at multiple harmonics of the AFM tapping frequency,more » we find that amorphization caused by the nominally 0.5 nm HIB extends throughout the entire 26.5 nm thickness of the cuprate film and by ~500 nm laterally. This unexpectedly widespread damage in morphology and electronic structure can be attributed to a helium depth distribution substantially modified by the internal device interfaces. Lastly, our study introduces AFM-SNOM as a quantitative tomographic technique for noninvasive 3D characterization of irradiation damage in a wide variety of nanoscale devices.« less

  5. Long-range charge-density-wave proximity effect at cuprate/manganate interfaces.

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    Frano, A; Blanco-Canosa, S; Schierle, E; Lu, Y; Wu, M; Bluschke, M; Minola, M; Christiani, G; Habermeier, H U; Logvenov, G; Wang, Y; van Aken, P A; Benckiser, E; Weschke, E; Le Tacon, M; Keimer, B

    2016-08-01

    The interplay between charge density waves (CDWs) and high-temperature superconductivity is currently under intense investigation. Experimental research on this issue is difficult because CDW formation in bulk copper oxides is strongly influenced by random disorder, and a long-range-ordered CDW state in high magnetic fields is difficult to access with spectroscopic and diffraction probes. Here we use resonant X-ray scattering in zero magnetic field to show that interfaces with the metallic ferromagnet La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 greatly enhance CDW formation in the optimally doped high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O6+δ (δ ∼ 1), and that this effect persists over several tens of nanometres. The wavevector of the incommensurate CDW serves as an internal calibration standard of the charge carrier concentration, which allows us to rule out any significant influence of oxygen non-stoichiometry, and to attribute the observed phenomenon to a genuine electronic proximity effect. Long-range proximity effects induced by heterointerfaces thus offer a powerful method to stabilize the charge-density-wave state in the cuprates and, more generally, to manipulate the interplay between different collective phenomena in metal oxides.

  6. Influence of vortex quantum fluctuations on the electronic spectra of superconductors

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    Bartosch, Lorenz; Sachdev, Subir

    2006-03-01

    We compute the influence of the zero point motion of vortices on the electronic quasiparticle spectra of two-dimensional s- and d-wave superconductors. In the core region the zero point motion of the vortices leads to a shift of spectral weight away from the Fermi level and thereby reduces the zero bias conductance peak. We discuss the relationship of our results to STM measurements on the cuprates and the observed 7 meV LDOS peaks near the core of vortices.

  7. Correlation between the transition temperature and the superfluid density in BCS superconductor NbB2+x

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    Khasanov, R.; Shengelaya, A.; Maisuradze, A.; di Castro, D.; Escamilla, R.; Keller, H.

    2008-02-01

    The results of the muon-spin rotation experiments on BCS superconductors NbB2+x ( x=0.2 and 0.34) are reported. Both samples, studied in the present work, exhibit rather broad transitions to the superconducting state, suggesting a distribution of the volume fractions with different transition temperatures (Tc's) . By taking these distributions into account, the dependence of the inverse squared zero-temperature magnetic penetration depth (λ0-2) on Tc was reconstructed for temperatures in the range 1.5K≲Tc≲8.0K . λ0-2 was found to obey the power law dependence λ0-2∝Tc3.1(1) which appears to be common for some families of BCS superconductors as, e.g., Al doped MgB2 and high-temperature cuprate superconductors as underdoped YBa2Cu3O7-δ .

  8. 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

  9. Weak phase stiffness and nature of the quantum critical point in underdoped cuprates

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    Yildirim, Yucel; Ku, Wei

    2015-11-02

    We demonstrate that the zero-temperature superconducting phase diagram of underdoped cuprates can be quantitatively understood in the strong binding limit, using only the experimental spectral function of the “normal” pseudogap phase without any free parameter. In the prototypical (La1–xSrx)2CuO4, a kinetics-driven d-wave superconductivity is obtained above the critical doping δc ~ 5.2%, below which complete loss of superfluidity results from local quantum fluctuation involving local p-wave pairs. Near the critical doping, an enormous mass enhancement of the local pairs is found responsible for the observed rapid decrease of phase stiffness. Lastly, a striking mass divergence is predicted at δc that dictates the occurrence of the observed quantum critical point and the abrupt suppression of the Nernst effects in the nearby region.

  10. Weak phase stiffness and nature of the quantum critical point in underdoped cuprates

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    Yildirim, Yucel; Ku, Wei

    2015-11-02

    We demonstrate that the zero-temperature superconducting phase diagram of underdoped cuprates can be quantitatively understood in the strong binding limit, using only the experimental spectral function of the “normal” pseudogap phase without any free parameter. In the prototypical (La1–xSrx)2CuO4, a kinetics-driven d-wave superconductivity is obtained above the critical doping δc ~ 5.2%, below which complete loss of superfluidity results from local quantum fluctuation involving local p-wave pairs. Near the critical doping, an enormous mass enhancement of the local pairs is found responsible for the observed rapid decrease of phase stiffness. Lastly, a striking mass divergence is predicted at δc thatmore » dictates the occurrence of the observed quantum critical point and the abrupt suppression of the Nernst effects in the nearby region.« less

  11. Doping dependence of fluctuation diamagnetism in high Tc superconductors

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    Sarkar, Kingshuk; Banerjee, Sumilan; Mukerjee, Subroto; Ramakrishnan, T. V.

    2016-02-01

    Using a recently proposed Ginzburg-Landau-like lattice free energy functional due to Banerjee et al. (2011) we calculate the fluctuation diamagnetism of high-Tc superconductors as a function of doping, magnetic field and temperature. We analyse the pairing fluctuations above the superconducting transition temperature in the cuprates, ranging from the strong phase fluctuation dominated underdoped limit to the more conventional amplitude fluctuation dominated overdoped regime. We show that a model where the pairing scale increases and the superfluid density decreases with underdoping produces features of the observed magnetization in the pseudogap region, in good qualitative and reasonable quantitative agreement with the experimental data. In particular, we explicitly show that even when the pseudogap has a pairing origin the magnetization actually tracks the superconducting dome instead of the pseudogap temperature, as seen in experiment. We discuss the doping dependence of the 'onset' temperature for fluctuation diamagnetism and comment on the role of vortex core-energy in our model.

  12. Superconducting cuprate heterostructures for hot electron bolometers

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    Wen, B.; Yakobov, R.; Vitkalov, S. A.; Sergeev, A.

    2013-11-01

    Transport properties of the resistive state of quasi-two dimensional superconducting heterostructures containing ultrathin La2-xSrxCuO4 layers synthesized using molecular beam epitaxy are studied. The electron transport exhibits strong deviation from Ohm's law, δV ˜γI3, with a coefficient γ(T) that correlates with the temperature variation of the resistivity dρ /dT. Close to the normal state, analysis of the nonlinear behavior in terms of electron heating yields an electron-phonon thermal conductance per unit area ge -ph≈1 W/K cm2 at T = 20 K, one-two orders of magnitude smaller than in typical superconductors. This makes superconducting LaSrCuO heterostructures to be attractive candidate for the next generation of hot electron bolometers with greatly improved sensitivity.

  13. Superconducting cuprate heterostructures for hot electron bolometers

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    Wen, B.; Yakobov, R.; Vitkalov, S. A.; Sergeev, A.

    2013-11-25

    Transport properties of the resistive state of quasi-two dimensional superconducting heterostructures containing ultrathin La{sub 2−x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} layers synthesized using molecular beam epitaxy are studied. The electron transport exhibits strong deviation from Ohm's law, δV∼γI{sup 3}, with a coefficient γ(T) that correlates with the temperature variation of the resistivity dρ/dT. Close to the normal state, analysis of the nonlinear behavior in terms of electron heating yields an electron-phonon thermal conductance per unit area g{sub e−ph}≈1 W/K cm{sup 2} at T = 20 K, one-two orders of magnitude smaller than in typical superconductors. This makes superconducting LaSrCuO heterostructures to be attractive candidate for the next generation of hot electron bolometers with greatly improved sensitivity.

  14. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy studies of the Mott insulator to superconductor evolution in calcium-sodium-copper-chloride

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    Shen, Kyle Michael

    The parent compounds of the high-temperature cuprate superconductors are antiferromagnetic Mott insulators. To explain the microscopic mechanism behind high-temperature superconductivity, it is first necessary to understand how the electronic states evolve from the parent Mott insulator into the superconducting compounds. This dissertation presents angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies of one particular family of the cuprate superconductors, Ca 2-xNaxCuO 2Cl2, to investigate how the single-electron excitations develop throughout momentum space as the system is hole doped from the Mott insulator into a superconductor with a transition temperature of 22 K. These measurements indicate that, due to very strong electron-boson interactions, the quasiparticle residue, Z, approaches zero in the parent Mott insulator due to the formation of small lattice polarons. As a result, many fundamental quantities such as the chemical potential, quasiparticle excitations, and the Fermi surface evolve in manners wholly unexpected from conventional weakly-interacting theories. In addition, highly anisotropic interactions have been observed in momentum space where quasiparticle-like excitations persist to low doping levels along the nodal direction of the d-wave super-conducting gap, in contrast to the unusual excitations near the d-wave antinode. This anisotropy may reflect the propensity of the lightly doped cuprates towards forming a competing, charge-ordered state. These results provide a novel and logically consistent explanation of the hole doping evolution of the lineshape, spectral weight, chemical potential, quasiparticle dispersion, and Fermi surface as Ca2- xNaxCuO2Cl2 evolves from the parent Mott insulator into a high-temperature superconductor.

  15. Large area bulk superconductors

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    Miller, Dean J.; Field, Michael B.

    2002-01-01

    A bulk superconductor having a thickness of not less than about 100 microns is carried by a polycrystalline textured substrate having misorientation angles at the surface thereof not greater than about 15.degree.; the bulk superconductor may have a thickness of not less than about 100 microns and a surface area of not less than about 50 cm.sup.2. The textured substrate may have a thickness not less than about 10 microns and misorientation angles at the surface thereof not greater than about 15.degree.. Also disclosed is a process of manufacturing the bulk superconductor and the polycrystalline biaxially textured substrate material.

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

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

    2010-02-15

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

  17. High Temperature Electrical Properties and Defect Structures of Alkaline Earth-Doped Lanthanum Cuprate Superconductors.

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    Shen, Li.

    1995-01-01

    Existing oxygen nonstoichiometry data of rm La_{2-x}Ba_{x}CuO _{4-y} and rm La _{2-x}Sr_{x}CuO_ {4-y} have been fitted by defect structure models featuring isolated oxygen vacancies, neutral associates and singly charged associates, respectively. The associate models fit the data acceptably well up to x = 0.4 while the isolated vacancy model does not fit the data as satisfactorily. Therefore, the oxygen deficiency in both systems is attributed to dopant-vacancy associates rather than isolated oxygen vacancies. However, all three models are unable to reproduce the flattening of electrical properties at high doping levels. Jonker plots reveal that the flattening is caused by degeneracy. The oxygen partial pressure dependence of the electrical properties indicates that the associates are not neutral but singly charged. Thermoelectric power and electrical conductivity have been measured in situ for rm La_ {2-x}Ca_{x}CuO_{4 -y} with x = 0-0.16 in P(O_2 ) = 10^{-5} { -1} atm at T = 700-1000^circ C. The results are similar to those of rm La_{2-x}Ba_{x}CuO _{4-y} and rm La _{2-x}Sr_{x}CuO_ {4-y} yet significant magnitudes of oxygen deficiency reportedly occur in rm La_ {2-x}Ca_{x}CuO_{4 -y} at much lower doping levels. Defect structure models involving charged oxygen vacancies cannot simultaneously fit both properties. Neutral oxygen vacancies and their association with dopants were invoked to reconcile both electrical property and oxygen nonstoichiometry data. The proposed defect structure models have been rationalized based on the bond-length mismatch first observed by Goodenough and his coworkers. The Cu-O bonds in the CuO_2 layers are longer than the La-O bonds in the (LaO)_2 layers. Substitution of larger Ba or Sr for La relieves the mismatch by lengthening the La-O bonds. Holes created for charge compensation contribute to the relief by shortening the Cu-O bonds. Once the mismatch is completely relieved, charged oxygen vacancies are formed in the (LaO)_2 layers, to minimize further expansions. The electrostatic attraction leads to the association of oppositely charged dopants and vacancies. Substitution of smaller Ca for La aggravates the mismatch by further shortening the La-O bonds. Neutral oxygen vacancies, together with holes, form in the CuO _2 layers to shorten Cu-O bonds to compensate the shortening of the La-O bonds. The association of dopants and vacancies can be explained by the preference of Ca for eight-fold coordination.

  18. Detecting the quantum zero-point motion of vortices in the cuprate superconductors

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    Bartosch, Lorenz; Balents, Leon; Sachdev, Subir

    2006-07-01

    We explore the experimental implications of a recent theory of the quantum dynamics of vortices in two-dimensional superfluids proximate to Mott insulators. The theory predicts modulations in the local density of states in the regions over which the vortices execute their quantum zero-point motion. We use the spatial extent of such modulations in scanning tunnelling microscopy measurements [J.E. Hoffman, E.W. Hudson, K.M. Lang, V. Madhavan, S.H. Pan, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, J.C. Davis, Science 295 (2002) 466] on the vortex lattice of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ to estimate the inertial mass of a point vortex. We discuss other, more direct, experimental signatures of the vortex dynamics.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of cuprate superconductors from solutions in liquid ammonia

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    Schaeffer, R. W.; Macho, J.; Salomon, R. E.; Myer, G.; Crow, J.

    YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (123) superconducting powders are prepared from liquid ammonia solutions of nitrate, acetate, and perchlorate precursors. The synthetic techniques used include solution pyrolysis, freeze-drying, and chemical solidification by reaction with a Lewis acid. Metal ion ratios were determined by gravimetric analysis and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Phase characterization was accomplished by powder X-ray diffraction which revealed greater than 99-percent pure 123 for some samples. Resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements confirm the superconducting properties of the products with critical temperatures around 90 K.

  20. Densely mapping the phase diagram of cuprate superconductors using a spatial composition spread approach

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    Saadat, Mehran; George, A. E.; Hewitt, Kevin C.

    2010-12-01

    A novel spatial composition spread approach was used successfully to deposit a 52-member library of La2-xSrxCuO4 (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.18) using magnetron sputtering combined with physical masking techniques. Two homemade targets of La2CuO4 and La1.82Sr0.18CuO4 were sputtered at a power of 41 W RF and 42 W DC, respectively, in a process gas of 15 mTorr argon. The libraries were sputtered onto LaSrAlO4 (0 0 1), SrTiO3 (1 0 0) and MgO (1 0 0) substrates through a 52-slot shadow mask for which a -20 V substrate bias was applied to prevent resputtering. The resulting amorphous films were post-annealed (800 °C for 1 h then at 950 °C for 2 h) in a tube sealed with oxygen gas. Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy (WDS) analysis revealed the expected linear variation of Sr content from 0 to 0.18 with an approximate change of 0.003 per library member. Transport measurements revealed superconducting transitions as well as changes in the quasiparticle scattering rate. These transitions and scattering rate changes were mapped to produce the T-hole concentration phase diagram.

  1. High pressure effects revisited for the cuprate superconductor family with highest critical temperature

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    Yamamoto, Ayako; Takeshita, Nao; Terakura, Chieko; Tokura, Yoshinori

    2015-01-01

    How to enhance the superconducting critical temperature (Tc) has been a primary issue since the discovery of superconductivity. The highest Tc reported so far is 166 K in HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ (Hg1223) at high pressure of 23 GPa, as determined with the reduction onset, but not zero, of resistivity. To clarify the possible condition of the real maximum Tc, it is worth revisiting the effects of pressure on Tc in the highest Tc family. Here we report a systematic study of the pressure dependence of Tc in HgBa2CaCu2O6+δ (Hg1212) and Hg1223 with the doping level from underdoped to overdoped. The Tc with zero resistivity is probed with a cubic-anvil-type apparatus that can produce hydrostatic pressures. Variation, not only increase but also decrease, of Tc in Hg1212 and Hg1223 with pressure strongly depends on the initial doping levels. In particular, we confirm a maximum Tc of 153 K at 22 GPa in slightly underdoped Hg1223. PMID:26619829

  2. Spin susceptibility of underdoped cuprate superconductors: Insights from a stripe-ordered crystal

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    Hücker, M.; Gu, G. D.; Tranquada, J. M.

    2008-12-01

    We report a detailed study of the temperature and magnetic-field dependence of the spin susceptibility for a single crystal of La1.875Ba0.125CuO4 . From a quantitative analysis, we find that the temperature-dependent anisotropy of the susceptibility, observed in both the paramagnetic and stripe-ordered phases, directly indicates that localized Cu moments dominate the magnetic response. A field-induced spin-flop transition provides further corroboration for the role of local moments. Contrary to previous analyses of data from polycrystalline samples, we find that a commonly assumed isotropic and temperature-independent contribution from free carriers, if present, must be quite small. Our conclusion is strengthened by extending the quantitative analysis to include crystals of La2-xBaxCuO4 with x=0.095 and 0.155. On the basis of our results, we present a revised interpretation of the temperature and doping dependence of the spin susceptibility in La2-x(Sr,Ba)xCuO4 .

  3. Enhancement of Tc in Pb-based cuprate superconductors prepared at high-oxygen-pressure

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    Ohta, M.; Tsutsumi, M.; Yoshimoto, J.; Okai, B.

    1991-12-01

    Samples of nominal compositions, In 0.3Pb 0.7Sr 2Y 0.2Ca 0.6Cu 2O y and Pb 0.5Sr 2.0Y 0.1Ca 0.8Cu 2O y were heat-treated under high oxygen pressure of 6 GPa at 1150°C. The recovered specimens showed superconductivity above 85 K, in the former Tc being nearly 90 K. The content of Indium incorporated in the superconducting phase was found to be less than about 2 atomic% of the total constituting cations.

  4. Topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors

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    Wang, Qing-Ze; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2016-01-01

    Topological superconductors possess a nodeless superconducting gap in the bulk and gapless zero energy modes, known as "Majorana zero modes," at the boundary of a finite system. In this work, we introduce a new class of topological superconductors, which are protected by nonsymmorphic crystalline symmetry and thus dubbed "topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors." We construct an explicit Bogoliubov-de Gennes type of model for this superconducting phase in the D class and show how Majorana zero modes in this model are protected by glide plane symmetry. Furthermore, we generalize the classification of topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors to the classes with time reversal symmetry, including the DIII and BDI classes, in two dimensions. Our theory provides guidance to search for new topological superconducting materials with nonsymmorphic crystal structures.

  5. Topological Nonsymmorphic Crystalline Superconductors

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    Wang, Qing-Ze; Liu, Chao-Xing

    Topological superconductors possess a nodeless superconducting gap in the bulk and gapless zero energy modes, known as ``Majorana zero modes'', at the boundary of a finite system. In this work, we introduce a new class of topological superconductors, which are protected by nonsymmorphic crystalline symmetry and thus dubbed ``topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors''. We construct an explicit Bogoliubov-de Gennes type of model for this superconducting phase in the D class and show how Majorana zero modes in this model are protected by glide symmetry. Furthermore, we generalize the classification of topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors to the classes with time reversal symmetry, including the DIII and BDI classes, in two dimensions. Our theory provides a guidance to search for new topological superconducting materials with nonsymmorphic crystal structures.

  6. Andreev bound states in topological superconductors (Conference Presentation)

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    Tanaka, Yukio; Lu, Bo; Yada, Keiji; Sato, Masatoshi

    2016-10-01

    Andreev bound states in topological superconductors Yukio Tanaka1, Lu Bo1,, K. Yada1, A. Yamakage1, M. Sato2 1Department of Applied Physics, Nagoya University 2Yukawa Institute, Kyoto University e-mail: ytanaka@nuap.nagoya-u.ac.jp It is known that Andreev bound state is an important ingredient to identify unconventional superconductors [1]. Up to now, there have been several types of Andreev bound states stemming from their topological origins [2-3]. It can be classified into i)dispersionless flat band type realized in cuprate, ii)linear dispersion type realized in chiral superconductor like Sr2RuO4, iii)helical dispersion type realized in non-centrosymmetric superconductor and iv)cone type in the surface state on B-phase of superfluid 3He [3]. It has been noted that certain surfaces of Weyl semimetals have bound states forming open Fermi arcs, which are never seen in typical metallic states. We show that the Fermi arcs enable them to support an even more exotic surface state with crossed flat bands in the superconducting state. We clarify the topological origin of the crossed dispersionless flat bands and the relevant symmetry that stabilizes the cross point. Our symmetry analysis are applicable to known candidate materials of time-reversal breaking Weyl semimetals[4]. [1]S. Kashiwaya and Y. Tanaka, Rep. Prog. Phys. 63 1641 (2000). [2]Y. Tanaka, M. Sato, and N. Nagaosa, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 81 011013 (2012). [3] M. Sato, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103 (2009) 020401. [4] B. Lu, K. Yada, M. Sato, and Y. Tanaka, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114 09

  7. Electrocaloric Refrigeration for Superconductors

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    1977-02-01

    CO rH CO © . NBSIR 76-847 ELECTROCALORIC REFRIGERATION FOR SUPERCONDUCTORS Ray Radebaugh and J.D. Siegwarth Cryogenics Division Institute...June 30, 1975 NBSIR 76-847 ELECTROULORIC REFRIGERATION FOR SUPERCONDUCTORS Ray Radebaugh and J.D. Siegwarth Cryogenics Division L Institute for...Field at Low Temperatures, Rev. Sei. Instrum. 42, 571 (1971). 8. Lawless, W. N., Radebaugh , R., and Soulen, R. J., Studies of a Glass- Ceramic

  8. Topological superconductors: a review.

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Ando, Yoichi

    2017-04-03

    This review elaborates pedagogically on the fundamental concept, basic theory, expected properties, and materials realizations of topological superconductors. The relation between topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions are explained, and the difference between dispersive Majorana fermions and a localized Majorana zero mode is emphasized. A variety of routes to topological superconductivity are explained with an emphasis on the roles of spin-orbit coupling. Present experimental situations and possible signatures of topological superconductivity are summarized with an emphasis on intrinsic topological superconductors.

  9. Layered nickel based superconductors

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    Ronning, Filip; Bauer, Eric D; Park, Tuson; Kurita, Nobuyuki; Klimczuk, T; Movshovich, R; Thompson, J D; Sefat, A S; Mandrus, D

    2009-01-01

    We review the properties of Ni-based superconductors which contain Ni{sub 2}X{sub 2} (X=As, P, Bi, Si, Ge, B) planes, a common structural element to the recently discovered FeAs superconductors. We also compare the properties ofthe Ni-and Fe-based systems from a perspective ofelectronic structure as well as structure-property relations.

  10. Continuous lengths of oxide superconductors

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

    2000-01-01

    A layered oxide superconductor prepared by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon. A continuous length of a second substrate ribbon is overlaid on the first substrate ribbon. Sufficient pressure is applied to form a bound layered superconductor precursor powder between the first substrate ribbon and the second substrate ribbon. The layered superconductor precursor is then heat treated to establish the oxide superconducting phase. The layered oxide superconductor has a smooth interface between the substrate and the oxide superconductor.

  11. Quantum criticality and nodal superconductivity in the FeAs-based superconductor KFe2As2.

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    Dong, J K; Zhou, S Y; Guan, T Y; Zhang, H; Dai, Y F; Qiu, X; Wang, X F; He, Y; Chen, X H; Li, S Y

    2010-02-26

    The in-plane resistivity rho and thermal conductivity kappa of the FeAs-based superconductor KFe2As2 single crystal were measured down to 50 mK. We observe non-Fermi-liquid behavior rho(T) approximately T{1.5} at H{c{2}}=5 T, and the development of a Fermi liquid state with rho(T) approximately T{2} when further increasing the field. This suggests a field-induced quantum critical point, occurring at the superconducting upper critical field H{c{2}}. In zero field, there is a large residual linear term kappa{0}/T, and the field dependence of kappa_{0}/T mimics that in d-wave cuprate superconductors. This indicates that the superconducting gaps in KFe2As2 have nodes, likely d-wave symmetry. Such a nodal superconductivity is attributed to the antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations near the quantum critical point.

  12. AC losses in superconductors with a power-law constitutive relation

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    Agassi, Y. D.

    2015-10-01

    The observed constitutive relation between the electrical field and current density in cuprates high temperature superconductors is a power-law of the current. This functional dependence is presumably related to the giant flux-creep domain. It is shown that this constitutive relation reflects the statistical spread of the pinning potential associated with creep motion of vortex bundles. The AC losses emanating from a power-law constitutive relation are calculated in an approach focused on the superconductor's electric field. For a slab geometry in the presence of a parallel AC magnetic field or transport current, the calculated AC-loss scaling laws are consistent with BSCCO data and the critical state model. Extensions of the approach are briefly discussed.

  13. Vortexlike excitations in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5

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    Luo, Yongkang; Rosa, P. F. S.; Bauer, E. D.; ...

    2016-05-05

    Here, we report a systematic study of temperature- and field-dependent charge (ρ) and entropy (S) transport in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5. Its large positive thermopower Sxx is typical of Ce-based Kondo lattice systems, and strong electronic correlations play an important role in enhancing the Nernst signal Sxy. By separating the off-diagonal Peltier coefficient αxy from Sxy, we find that αxy becomes positive and greatly enhanced at temperatures well above the bulk Tc. Compared with the nonmagnetic analog LaIrIn5, these results suggest vortexlike excitations in a precursor state to unconventional superconductivity in CeIrIn5. This study sheds light on the similarity ofmore » heavy-fermion and cuprate superconductors and on the possibility of states not characterized by the amplitude of an order parameter.« less

  14. Vortexlike excitations in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5

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    Luo, Yongkang; Rosa, P. F. S.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.

    2016-05-01

    We report a systematic study of temperature- and field-dependent charge (ρ ) and entropy (S ) transport in the heavy-fermion superconductor CeIrIn5. Its large positive thermopower Sx x is typical of Ce-based Kondo lattice systems, and strong electronic correlations play an important role in enhancing the Nernst signal Sx y. By separating the off-diagonal Peltier coefficient αx y from Sx y, we find that αx y becomes positive and greatly enhanced at temperatures well above the bulk Tc. Compared with the nonmagnetic analog LaIrIn5, these results suggest vortexlike excitations in a precursor state to unconventional superconductivity in CeIrIn5. This study sheds light on the similarity of heavy-fermion and cuprate superconductors and on the possibility of states not characterized by the amplitude of an order parameter.

  15. 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

  16. Effect of the Fermi surface reconstruction on the self-energy of the copper-oxide superconductors

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    Bellafi, B.; Azzouz, M.; Charfi-Kaddour, S.

    2014-11-01

    We calculated the self-energy corrections beyond the mean-field solution of the rotating antiferromagnetism theory using the functional integral approach. The frequency dependence of the scattering rate 1 / τ is evaluated for different temperatures and doping levels, and is compared with other approaches. The general trends we found are fairly consistent with the nearly antiferromagnetic Fermi liquid as far as the k -anisotropy and some aspects of the marginal-Fermi liquid behavior are concerned. The present approach provides the justification from the microscopic point of view for the phenomenology of the marginal Fermi liquid ansatz, which was used in the calculation of several physical properties of the high-TC cuprates within the rotating antiferromagnetism theory. In addition, the expression of self-energy we calculated takes into account the two currently hot issues of the high-TC cuprate superconductors, namely the Fermi surface reconstruction and the hidden symmetry, which are closely related to the pseudogap.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  19. Unconventional Disorder Effects in Correlated Superconductors

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    Gastiasoro, Maria N.; Bernardini, Fabio; Andersen, Brian M.

    2016-12-01

    We study the effects of disorder on unconventional superconductors in the presence of correlations, and explore a novel correlated disorder paradigm dominated by strong deviations from standard Abrikosov-Gor'kov theory due to generation of local bound states and cooperative impurity behavior driven by Coulomb interactions. Specifically we explain under which circumstances magnetic disorder acts as a strong poison destroying high-Tc superconductivity at the sub-1% level, and when nonmagnetic disorder, counterintuitively, hardly affects the unconventional superconducting state while concomitantly inducing an inhomogeneous full-volume magnetic phase. Recent experimental studies of Fe-based superconductors have discovered that such unusual disorder behavior seems to be indeed present in those systems.

  20. Unconventional Disorder Effects in Correlated Superconductors.

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    Gastiasoro, Maria N; Bernardini, Fabio; Andersen, Brian M

    2016-12-16

    We study the effects of disorder on unconventional superconductors in the presence of correlations, and explore a novel correlated disorder paradigm dominated by strong deviations from standard Abrikosov-Gor'kov theory due to generation of local bound states and cooperative impurity behavior driven by Coulomb interactions. Specifically we explain under which circumstances magnetic disorder acts as a strong poison destroying high-T_{c} superconductivity at the sub-1% level, and when nonmagnetic disorder, counterintuitively, hardly affects the unconventional superconducting state while concomitantly inducing an inhomogeneous full-volume magnetic phase. Recent experimental studies of Fe-based superconductors have discovered that such unusual disorder behavior seems to be indeed present in those systems.

  1. HTSC cuprate phase diagram using a modified Boson-Fermion-Gossamer model describing competing orders, a quantum critical point and possible resonance complex

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    Squire, Richard H.; March, Norman H.; Booth, Michael L.

    There has been considerable effort expended toward understanding high temperature superconductors (HTSC), and more specifically the cuprate phase diagram as a function of doping level. Yet, the only agreement seems to be that HTSC is an example of a strongly correlated material where Coulomb repulsion plays a major role. This manuscript proposes a model based on a Feshbach resonance pairing mechanism and competing orders. An initial BCS-type superconductivity at high doping is suppressed in the two particle channel by a localized preformed pair (PP) (Nozieres and Schmitt-Rink, J Low Temp Phys, 1985, 59, 980) (circular density wave) creating a quantum critical point. As doping continues to diminish, the PP then participates in a Feshbach resonance complex that creates a new electron (hole) pair that delocalizes and constitutes HTSC and the characteristic dome (Squire and March, Int J Quantum Chem, 2007, 107, 3013; 2008, 108, 2819). The resonant nature of the new pair contributes to its short coherence length. The model we propose also suggests an explanation (and necessity) for an experimentally observed correlated lattice that could restrict energy dissipation to enable the resonant Cooper pair to move over several correlation lengths, or essentially free. The PP density wave is responsible for the pseudogap as it appears as a "localized superconductor" since its density of states and quasiparticle spectrum are similar to those of a superconductor (Peierls-Fröhlich theory), but with no phase coherence between the PP.

  2. Electronic structure, irreversibility line and magnetoresistance of Cu0.3Bi2Se3 superconductor

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    Hemian, Yi; Gu, Genda; Chen, Chao -Yu; Sun, Xuan; Xie, Zhuo -Jin; Feng, Ya; Liang, Ai -Ji; Peng, Ying -Ying; He, Shao -Long; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Guo -Dong; Dong, Xiao -Li; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuang -Tian; Xu, Zu -Yan; Zhou, X. -J.

    2015-06-01

    CuxBi2Se3 is a superconductor that is a potential candidate for topological superconductors. We report our laser-based angle-resolved photoemission measurement on the electronic structure of the CuxBi2Se3 superconductor, and a detailed magneto-resistance measurement in both normal and superconducting states. We find that the topological surface state of the pristine Bi2Se3 topological insulator remains robust after the Cu-intercalation, while the Dirac cone location moves downward due to electron doping. Detailed measurements on the magnetic field-dependence of the resistance in the superconducting state establishes an irreversibility line and gives a value of the upper critical field at zero temperature of ~4000 Oe for the Cu0.3Bi2Se3 superconductor with a middle point Tc of 1.9K. The relation between the upper critical field Hc2 and temperature T is different from the usual scaling relation found in cuprates and in other kinds of superconductors. Small positive magneto-resistance is observed in Cu0.3Bi2Se3 superconductors up to room temperature. As a result, these observations provide useful information for further study of this possible candidate for topological superconductors.

  3. 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.

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

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

    2014-12-08

    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.

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

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

    2014-12-01

    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.

  6. Buckley Prize Talk: Electrostatic Control of the Superconductor-Insulator Transition

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    Goldman, Allen

    2015-03-01

    The superconductor-insulator transitions (SITs) of ultra-thin films are among the simplest quantum phase transitions. The ground states of systems that have been studied are usually changed by adjusting the level of disorder, by the application of perpendicular and parallel magnetic fields, by altering the chemical composition, and by the seeding of the surface with pair-breaking magnetic impurities. More recently, realizations of the electric field effect have been used to tune SITs. This has been done with devices employing high dielectric constant gate insulators, as well as with electric double layer transistor devices employing ionic liquids as gate insulators. In addition to disordered ultrathin films, cuprates, and metallic interfaces between insulators have also been studied. The SITs of selected systems will be reviewed with particular attention being paid to the results of finite size scaling analyses of the transitions, and the nature of the insulating states found. In the case of the cuprates, the extent to which their phase diagrams can be traversed will be explored. Finally the potential value of electrostatic gating as a tool in the search for new superconductors will be discussed. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under awards, DMR-0854752 and DMR-1263316, and by the University of Minnesota MRSEC under Award DMR-1420013.

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

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

    1994-12-01

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

  8. Understanding of Mechanisms for Design of Advanced Superconductors

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    Pickett, Warren

    2007-03-01

    A recent DOE panel considered the future of research in superconducting materials and made a number of recommendations for priority research directions (http://www.er.doe.gov/bes/reports/files/SCrpt.pdf), two of which will be discussed. These items, under the rubric of Enabling Superconductivity, emphasize that Finding the Mechanisms is essential for furthering the field, and that once understood, the prospect of Superconductors by Design becomes a viable line of research. Establishing the mechanism in the high temperature superconducting cuprates continues to attract substantial efforts, with no consensus near. In several superconductors, including some discovered in the past decade or so, having Tc around or above 20 K [(Ba,K)BiO3; LixHfNCl; PuCoGa5] the mechanism is in question. On the more positive side, there are several cases established in the past six years, beginning with MgB2 and extending to elemental metals under pressure (Li, Y, Ca), where the familiar electron-phonon mechanism has provided unexpectedly high Tc and thereby stimulated enthusiasm and optimism into this area of superconductivity research. The clear understanding of this mechanism (at least in many respects) provides a path for improvements in superconducting materials.

  9. Resistive transition in disordered superconductors with varying intergrain coupling

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    Ponta, L.; Carbone, A.; Gilli, M.

    2011-01-01

    The effect of disorder is investigated in granular superconductive materials with strong- and weak-links. The transition is controlled by the interplay of the tunneling g and intragrain gintr conductances, which depend on the strength of the intergrain coupling. For g \\ll g_{ {intr}} , the transition first involves the grain boundary, while for g ~ gintr the transition occurs into the whole grain. The different intergrain couplings are considered by modeling the superconducting material as a disordered network of Josephson junctions. Numerical simulations show that on increasing the disorder, the resistive transition occurs for lower temperatures and the curve broadens. These features are enhanced in disordered superconductors with strong-links. The different behavior is further checked by estimating the average network resistance for weak- and strong-links in the framework of the effective medium approximation theory. These results may shed light on long standing puzzles such as: (i) enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature of many metals in the granular states; (ii) suppression of superconductivity in homogeneously disordered films compared to standard granular systems close to the metal-insulator transition; (iii) enhanced degradation of superconductivity by doping and impurities in strongly linked materials, such as magnesium diboride, compared to weakly linked superconductors, such as cuprates.

  10. Temperature dependent local atomic displacements in ammonia intercalated iron selenide superconductor.

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    Paris, E; Simonelli, L; Wakita, T; Marini, C; Lee, J-H; Olszewski, W; Terashima, K; Kakuto, T; Nishimoto, N; Kimura, T; Kudo, K; Kambe, T; Nohara, M; Yokoya, T; Saini, N L

    2016-06-09

    Recently, ammonia-thermal reaction has been used for molecular intercalation in layered FeSe, resulting a new Lix(NH3)yFe2Se2 superconductor with Tc ~ 45 K. Here, we have used temperature dependent extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) to investigate local atomic displacements in single crystals of this new superconductor. Using polarized EXAFS at Fe K-edge we have obtained direct information on the local Fe-Se and Fe-Fe bondlengths and corresponding mean square relative displacements (MSRD). We find that the Se-height in the intercalated system is lower than the one in the binary FeSe, suggesting compressed FeSe4 tetrahedron in the title system. Incidentally, there is hardly any effect of the intercalation on the bondlengths characteristics, revealed by the Einstein temperatures, that are similar to those found in the binary FeSe. Therefore, the molecular intercalation induces an effective compression and decouples the FeSe slabs. Furthermore, the results reveal an anomalous change in the atomic correlations across Tc, appearing as a clear decrease in the MSRD, indicating hardening of the local lattice mode. Similar response of the local lattice has been found in other families of superconductors, e.g., A15-type and cuprates superconductors. This observation suggests that local atomic correlations should have some direct correlation with the superconductivity.

  11. Temperature dependent local atomic displacements in ammonia intercalated iron selenide superconductor

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    Paris, E.; Simonelli, L.; Wakita, T.; Marini, C.; Lee, J.-H.; Olszewski, W.; Terashima, K.; Kakuto, T.; Nishimoto, N.; Kimura, T.; Kudo, K.; Kambe, T.; Nohara, M.; Yokoya, T.; Saini, N. L.

    2016-01-01

    Recently, ammonia-thermal reaction has been used for molecular intercalation in layered FeSe, resulting a new Lix(NH3)yFe2Se2 superconductor with Tc ~ 45 K. Here, we have used temperature dependent extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) to investigate local atomic displacements in single crystals of this new superconductor. Using polarized EXAFS at Fe K-edge we have obtained direct information on the local Fe-Se and Fe-Fe bondlengths and corresponding mean square relative displacements (MSRD). We find that the Se-height in the intercalated system is lower than the one in the binary FeSe, suggesting compressed FeSe4 tetrahedron in the title system. Incidentally, there is hardly any effect of the intercalation on the bondlengths characteristics, revealed by the Einstein temperatures, that are similar to those found in the binary FeSe. Therefore, the molecular intercalation induces an effective compression and decouples the FeSe slabs. Furthermore, the results reveal an anomalous change in the atomic correlations across Tc, appearing as a clear decrease in the MSRD, indicating hardening of the local lattice mode. Similar response of the local lattice has been found in other families of superconductors, e.g., A15-type and cuprates superconductors. This observation suggests that local atomic correlations should have some direct correlation with the superconductivity. PMID:27276997

  12. 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.

  13. Quantum-critical fluctuations in 2D metals: strange metals and superconductivity in antiferromagnets and in cuprates.

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    Varma, Chandra M

    2016-08-01

    The anomalous transport and thermodynamic properties in the quantum-critical region, in the cuprates, and in the quasi-two dimensional Fe-based superconductors and heavy-fermion compounds, have the same temperature dependences. This can occur only if, despite their vast microscopic differences, a common statistical mechanical model describes their phase transitions. The antiferromagnetic (AFM)-ic models for the latter two, just as the loop-current model for the cuprates, map to the dissipative XY model. The solution of this model in (2+1)D reveals that the critical fluctuations are determined by topological excitations, vortices and a variety of instantons, and not by renormalized spin-wave theories of the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson type, adapted by Moriya, Hertz and others for quantum-criticality. The absorptive part of the fluctuations is a separable function of momentum [Formula: see text], measured from the ordering vector, and of the frequency ω and the temperature T which scale as [Formula: see text] at criticality. Direct measurements of the fluctuations by neutron scattering in the quasi-two-dimensional heavy fermion and Fe-based compounds, near their antiferromagnetic quantum critical point, are consistent with this form. Such fluctuations, together with the vertex coupling them to fermions, lead to a marginal fermi-liquid, with the imaginary part of the self-energy [Formula: see text] for all momenta, a resistivity [Formula: see text], a [Formula: see text] contribution to the specific heat, and other singular fermi-liquid properties common to these diverse compounds, as well as to d-wave superconductivity. This is explicitly verified, in the cuprates, by analysis of the pairing and the normal self-energy directly extracted from the recent high resolution angle resolved photoemission measurements. This reveals, in agreement with the theory, that the frequency dependence of the attractive irreducible particle-particle vertex in the d-wave channel is the same

  14. Quantum-critical fluctuations in 2D metals: strange metals and superconductivity in antiferromagnets and in cuprates

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    Varma, Chandra M.

    2016-08-01

    The anomalous transport and thermodynamic properties in the quantum-critical region, in the cuprates, and in the quasi-two dimensional Fe-based superconductors and heavy-fermion compounds, have the same temperature dependences. This can occur only if, despite their vast microscopic differences, a common statistical mechanical model describes their phase transitions. The antiferromagnetic (AFM)-ic models for the latter two, just as the loop-current model for the cuprates, map to the dissipative XY model. The solution of this model in (2+1)D reveals that the critical fluctuations are determined by topological excitations, vortices and a variety of instantons, and not by renormalized spin-wave theories of the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson type, adapted by Moriya, Hertz and others for quantum-criticality. The absorptive part of the fluctuations is a separable function of momentum \\mathbf{q} , measured from the ordering vector, and of the frequency ω and the temperature T which scale as \\tanh (ω /2T) at criticality. Direct measurements of the fluctuations by neutron scattering in the quasi-two-dimensional heavy fermion and Fe-based compounds, near their antiferromagnetic quantum critical point, are consistent with this form. Such fluctuations, together with the vertex coupling them to fermions, lead to a marginal fermi-liquid, with the imaginary part of the self-energy \\propto \\text{max}(ω,T) for all momenta, a resistivity \\propto T , a T\\ln T contribution to the specific heat, and other singular fermi-liquid properties common to these diverse compounds, as well as to d-wave superconductivity. This is explicitly verified, in the cuprates, by analysis of the pairing and the normal self-energy directly extracted from the recent high resolution angle resolved photoemission measurements. This reveals, in agreement with the theory, that the frequency dependence of the attractive irreducible particle-particle vertex in the d-wave channel is the same as the irreducible

  15. Puzzles about 1/8 magic doping in cuprate

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    Feng, D. L.; Shen, Z.-X.; Zhou, X. J.; Shen, K. M.; Lu, D. H.; Marel, D. V. D.

    2006-01-01

    We discuss the puzzles surrounding the interpretation of the 1/8 anomaly in cuprates, highlighting the tension between the real and reciprocal space ways to look at the problem. This issue is relevant to the current discussion on the nature of charge ordering in the form of ‘stripe’ and ‘checker-board’ as derived from neutron and STM experiments. A resolution of this tension is important to fully understand the electronic structure.

  16. Spin Susceptibility of Underdoped Cuprates: Insight from Stripe-Ordered La1.875Ba0.125CuO4

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    Hücker, Markus; Gu, Gen D.; Tranquada, John M.

    2008-03-01

    The low-temperature decrease of the bulk magnetic susceptibility in underdoped high-temperature superconductors has commonly been cited as evidence for a pseudogap; however, the interpretations range from a Fermi-liquid perspective, with the susceptibility being proportional to the density of free carriers, to strong coupling pictures, with the susceptibility resulting from antiferromagnetic correlations among local moments. Analysis of the susceptibility of a particular cuprate, the stripe ordered La1.875Ba0.125CuO4, sheds new light on this remarkable system and puts tight constraints on possible interpretations. The recently discovered magnetic transition in high magnetic fields will also be discussed.[1] M. Hücker, G. D. Gu, J. M. Tranquada, cond- mat/0503417v2.[2] Q. Li, M. Hücker, G. D. Gu, A. M. Tsvelik, J. M. Tranquada, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 067001 (2007).

  17. Electronic Structure of the Cuprate Superconducting and Pseudogap Phases from Spectroscopic Imaging STM

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    Davis, J.C.; Schmidt, A.R.; Fujita, K.; Kim, E.-A.; Lawler, M.J.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Lee, D.-H.

    2011-06-21

    We survey the use of spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy (SI-STM) to probe the electronic structure of underdoped cuprates. Two distinct classes of electronic states are observed in both the d-wave superconducting (dSC) and the pseudogap (PG) phases. The first class consists of the dispersive Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitations of a homogeneous d-wave superconductor, existing below a lower energy scale E = {Delta}{sub 0}. We find that the Bogoliubov quasiparticle interference (QPI) signatures of delocalized Cooper pairing are restricted to a k-space arc, which terminates near the lines connecting k = {+-}({pi}/a{sub 0},0) to k = {+-}(0,{pi}/a{sub 0}). This arc shrinks continuously with decreasing hole density such that Luttinger's theorem could be satisfied if it represents the front side of a hole-pocket that is bounded behind by the lines between k = {+-}({pi}/a{sub 0},0) and k = {+-}(0,{pi}/a{sub 0}). In both phases, the only broken symmetries detected for the |E| < {Delta}{sub 0} states are those of a d-wave superconductor. The second class of states occurs proximate to the PG energy scale E = {Delta}{sub 1}. Here the non-dispersive electronic structure breaks the expected 90{sup o}-rotational symmetry of electronic structure within each unit cell, at least down to 180{sup o}-rotational symmetry. This electronic symmetry breaking was first detected as an electronic inequivalence at the two oxygen sites within each unit cell by using a measure of nematic (C{sub 2}) symmetry. Incommensurate non-dispersive conductance modulations, locally breaking both rotational and translational symmetries, coexist with this intra-unit-cell electronic symmetry breaking at E = {Delta}{sub 1}. Their characteristic wavevector Q is determined by the k-space points where Bogoliubov QPI terminates and therefore changes continuously with doping. The distinct broken electronic symmetry states (intra-unit-cell and finite Q) coexisting at E {approx} {Delta}{sub 1} are

  18. Measurement of magnetic exchange in ferromagnet-superconductor La2/3Ca1/3MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7 bilayers.

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    Giblin, S R; Taylor, J W; Duffy, J A; Butchers, M W; Utfeld, C; Dugdale, S B; Nakamura, T; Visani, C; Santamaria, J

    2012-09-28

    The existence of coherent magnetic correlations in the normal phase of cuprate high-temperature superconductors has proven difficult to measure directly. Here we report on a study of ferromagnetic-superconductor bilayers of La2/3Ca1/3MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7 (LCMO/YBCO) with varying YBCO layer thicknesses. Using x-ray magnetic circular dichroism, we demonstrate that the ferromagnetic layer induces a Cu magnetic moment in the adjacent high-temperature superconductor. For thin samples, this moment exists at all temperatures below the Curie temperature of the LCMO layer. However, for a YBCO layer thicker than 12 unit cells, the Cu moment is suppressed for temperatures above the superconducting transition, suggesting this to be a direct measurement of magnetic coherence in the normal state of a superconducting oxide.

  19. Discovering superconductors: A path to new science and higher Tc's

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    Geballe, T. H.; Koster, Gertjan

    2005-08-01

    The search for superconductivity in new and unexpected structures has been ongoing since the initial discovery in Leiden over 9 decades ago. Though the successes are few the rewards are great. Our meeting here today is a direct result of Bednorz and Mueller's discovery of cuprate superconductivity [1]. The questions which have arisen as a result of this single discovery have uncovered inadequacies of theory and stimulated new ways of thinking. Understanding the mechanism(s) of high temperature superconductivity is among the foremost challenges of theoretical and experimental research today [2]. Searching for new superconductors has always been a fruitful research enterprise, and as we see, there are new opportunities for doing so today. For more than 4 decades after the initial discovery there was no microscopic theory (the most outstanding theorists from Heisenberg down tried and failed to come up with a satisfactory theory) and the experimental basis for understanding the underlying mechanisms was inadequate. It must have been a surprise for Kamerlingh Onnes, after taking care to use the purest Hg he could obtain in the investigation that led to the discovery of superconductivity, to find that ordinary solder was also superconducting. In 1932 Meissner discovered barely metallic copper sulfide was superconducting, while high conductivity copper itself was not superconducting. These puzzles and others like it suggested that a comprehensive search for new superconductors might reveal a pattern of occurrence that would reveal clues, and prompted John Hulm and Bernd Matthias, with encouragement from Enrico Fermi [3] in 1951 to undertake a full-scale effort to find new superconductors. This was a propitious time for such an undertaking for a number of reasons. Today parallel reasons exist.

  20. 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.

  1. Electrocaloric Refrigeration for Superconductors

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    1974-12-31

    AD-A008 852 ELECTROCALORIC REFRIGERATION FOR SUPERCONDUCTORS Ray Radebaugh , et al National Bureau of Standards...for the period ending December 31, 1974 < Prepared by Ray Radebaugh , W. N. Lawless, and J. D. Slegwarth Cryogenics Division National Bureau of

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. Sr2IrO4: Gateway to cuprate superconductivity?

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    Mitchell, J. F.

    2015-06-05

    High temperature superconductivity in cuprates remains a defining challenge in condensed matter physics. Recently, a new set of related compounds based on Ir rather than Cu has been discovered that may be on the verge of superconductivity themselves or be able to shed new light on the underlying interactions responsible for superconductivity in the cuprates.

  5. 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.

  6. Forward scattering from phonons as a pathway to increasing Tc in quasi-two-dimensional unconventional superconductors

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    Johnston, Steven

    2015-03-01

    One of the primary goals of superconductivity research is engineering materials that become superconducting at high temperatures. To this end, I will examine forward scattering from phonons as a general means to increase Tc in unconventional superconductors. First I will introduce the mechanisms for generating electron-lattice interactions in quasi-two-dimensional correlated systems that are peaked in the forward scattering direction. Then I will present case studies comparing theory to angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy data for the Bi-family of cuprate superconductors and the recently discovered FeSe monolayer in SrTiO3 substrates [2]. These studies demonstrate the general principle of using particular electron-phonon interactions for enhancing superconductivity in unconventional pairing channels.

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

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    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An

    2009-02-01

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

  8. Quantum magnetic excitations from stripes in copper-oxide superconductors

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    Tranquada, John

    2005-03-01

    Recent inelastic neutron scattering studies show that the magnetic excitation spectra of two well-studied families of cuprate superconductors are much more similar than previously believed. In particular, I will present results we have obtained on La2-xBaxCuO4 (LBCO) with x = 0.125 [1,2]. Using very large single crystals grown at Brookhaven, we were able to measure the magnetic excitations up to 200 meV using the MAPS time-of-flight spectrometer at the ISIS spallation source. While the lowest energy excitations are split incommensurately, these disperse inwards towards the antiferromagnetic wave vector with increasing energy, merging at ˜50 meV. At higher energies the excitations disperse outwards again. There is a significant enhancement of the Q-integrated magnetic scattering near ˜50 meV compared to lower energies, suggestive of quantum correlations and distinct from spin-wave predictions. Many features of the spectrum are quite similar to those found in YBa2Cu3O6.6 [3]. One can qualitatively characterize the results with a universal excitation spectrum, together with a material-dependent spin gap in the superconducting state. It is important to note that the LBCO sample exhibits static stripe order [2], as this has significant implications for the origin of the magnetic excitations in superconducting cuprates. *J. M. Tranquada, H. Woo, T. G. Perring, H. Goka, G. D. Gu, G. Xu, M. Fujita, and K. Yamada, Nature 429, 534 (2004). *M. Fujita, H. Goka, K. Yamada, J. M. Tranquada, and L.-P. Regnault, Phys. Rev. B 70, 104517 (2004). *S. M. Hayden, H. A. Mook, P. C. Dai, T. G. Perring, and F. Dogan, Nature 429, 531 (2004).

  9. 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.

  10. Advances in terahertz spectroscopy of high-T(c) superconductors

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    Corson, John Frederick

    Over the past 15 years much effort has been expended in the search for an understanding of the high temperature cuprate superconductors. As yet, however, the underlying mechanism of superconductivity in the cuprates remains undiscovered. In fact, there exists no satisfactory explanation of the normal state out of which the superconductivity arises. One experimental probe, important in investigating both of these phenomena, has been the optical conductivity. A gap exists, however, in the measured spectra of the cuprates in the crucial range 0.1 THz < nu < 1.0 THz, where hv ≈ kBT. The absence of such data prevents a full understanding of the optical conductivity. Using a coherent experimental technique, known as time-domain terahertz spectroscopy, we have measured the conductivity of an important cuprate system, Bi2Sr2CaCu2Og+delta (BSCCO). These measurements cover the frequency range from 0.1--1.0 THz and a wide range of doping delta. These measurements enable a step forward in our understanding of both the superconducting and normal states of BSCCO, as well as the transition between them. In the superconducting state, we find that the conductivity includes an additional contribution beyond the conventional two: the normal fluid (quasiparticles) and the superconducting condensate. We observe a low frequency collective mode (v ≈ 0.3 THz) whose spectral weight varies with temperature proportionally to that of the condensate. The fraction of the condensate spectral weight which is drawn into the collective mode increases greatly with increased with doping. Furthermore, once the collective mode contribution is recognized we are able to extract the transport scattering rate of the quasiparticles, 1/tau. We find 1/tau to vary approximately as kBT/ h below Tc. The transition from the superconducting to the normal state proceeds by the loss of phase coherence of the superconducting order parameter. This process continues to temperatures more than 10 degrees K above the

  11. Nernst effect, fluctuation diamagnetism and vortices above Tc in cuprates

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    Phuan Ong, N.

    2007-03-01

    Nernst-effect and torque magnetometry experiments have provided evidence that, in the hole-doped cuprates, long-range phase coherence vanishes at the critical temperature Tc, while the pair condensate survives to a much higher ``onset" temperature Tonset. In the Nernst experiment, the vortex current produced by a gradient generates a Josephson E-field perpendicular to the applied field H. In cuprates, this large Nernst signal eN persists to Tonset˜ 130 K. Extensive Nernst experiments in the cuprates LSCO, Bi 2201, and 2212 yield a 3D phase diagram (x,T,H) in fields up to 45 T. This picture has been confirmed by high-resolution torque magnetometry. In a tilted H, local planar supercurrents associated with vortices above Tc produce a torque that deflects a cantilever. At each T, the diamagnetic magnetization inferred matches the field profile of the Nernst eN. The high-resolution measurement of the diamagnetic susceptibility χ over 5 field decades uncovers an unusual, fragile ``London rigidity'' that exists in the pseudogap state of Bi 2212 and 2201. The magnetization curves below Tc also provide a reliable determination of the upper critical field Hc2 which is found to scale linearly with Tonset. I will also preview evidence for pairing without phase coherence at 0.35 K in LSCO for x < xc in fields to 30-45 T. In collaboration with Yayu Wang, Lu Li, Joseph G. Checkelsky, Michael Naughton, Seiki Komiya, Shimpei Ono, Yoichi Ando, Shin-ichi Uchida and Genda Gu.

  12. A spatial interpretation of emerging superconductivity in lightly doped cuprates

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    Deutscher, Guy; de Gennes, Pierre-Gilles

    The formation of domains comprising alternating 'hole rich' and 'hole poor' ladders recently observed by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy by Kohsaka et al., on lightly hole doped cuprates, is interpreted in terms of an attractive mechanism which favors the presence of doped holes on Cu sites located each on one side of an oxygen atom. This mechanism leads to a geometrical pattern of alternating hole-rich and hole-poor ladders with a periodicity equal to 4 times the lattice spacing in the CuO plane, as observed experimentally. Cuprates supraconducteurs peu dopés : une interprétation des structures spatiales. Des arrangements électroniques réguliers ont été détectés récemment par Kohsaka et al. dans des cuprates sous dopés (via une sonde tunnel locale). Certaines paires Cu-O-Cu sont « actives », et forment une échelle. Les autres sites sont peu actifs. Pour expliquer ces structures, nous postulons que, lorsqu'une liaison Cu-O-Cu est occupée par deux trous, la distance (Cu-Cu) rétrécit et l'intégrale de transfert (t) est fortement augmentée. Ceci peut engendrer des paires localisées (réelles ou virtuelles). Aux taux de dopage étudiés, la période de répétition vaudrait 4 mailles élémentaires.

  13. Electronic pairing in exotic superconductors

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    Cox, D.L. ); Maple, M.B. )

    1995-02-01

    Superconductivity in heavy-fermion materials and high T[sub c] cuprates may involve electronic pairing with unconventional symmetries and mechanisms. Although there has been no smoking-gun proof, numerous pieces of circumstantial evidence combined with heuristic theoretical arguments make a compelling case that these materials have pairs with exotic symmetry bound by nonphonon glue. 20 refs., 5 figs.

  14. How to optimize high-Tc superconductive cuprates

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    Raveau, B.; Michel, C.; Hervieu, M.; Groult, D.; Maignan, A.; Provost, J.

    1992-06-01

    Several examples are used here to illustrate the way that modifying the structure of high-Tc superconductive cuprates (HTSCs) allows their superconducting properties to be significantly improved. It is shown that energetic heavy ions can be used as projectiles to modify and tailor superconducting properties. In particular, the creation of columnar defects with dimensions of Xi(ab) or more can act as efficient pinning centers for flux lines and can be used to extend the operating field range of HTSCs to substantially higher fields near Tc's. The crucial role of radiation-induced defects in controlling the magnetic hysteresis shape and therefore the critical current density is demonstrated.

  15. Ong construction for the reconstructed Fermi surface of underdoped cuprates

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    Robinson, P.; Hussey, N. E.

    2015-12-01

    Using the Ong construction for a two-dimensional metal, we show that the sign change in the Hall coefficient RH of underdoped hole-doped cuprates at low temperature is consistent with the emergence of biaxial charge order recently proposed to explain the observation of low-frequency quantum oscillations. The sharp evolution of RH with temperature, however, can only be reconciled by incorporating a highly anisotropic quasiparticle scattering rate. The magnitude and form of the scattering rate extracted from the fitting imply that those quasiparticles at the vertices of the reconstructed pocket(s) approach the boundary of incoherence at the onset of charge order.

  16. Quasiparticles in the pseudogap Phase of Underdoped Cuprate

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    Yang, K.; Yang, H; Johnson, P; Rice, T; Zhang, F

    2009-01-01

    Recent angle-resolved photoemission (Yang H.-B. et al., Nature, 456 (2008) 77) and scanning tunneling microscopy (Kohsaka Y. et al., Nature, 454 (2008) 1072) measurements on underdoped cuprates have yielded new spectroscopic information on quasiparticles in the pseudogap phase. New features of the normal state such as particle-hole asymmetry, maxima in the energy dispersion, and accompanying drops in the spectral weight of quasiparticles agree with the ansatz of Yang et al. for the single-particle propagator in the pseudogap phase. The coherent quasiparticle dispersion and reduced asymmetry in the tunneling density of states in the superconducting state can also be described by this propagator.

  17. Superfluidity in Ultrathin Cuprates and Niobium/Ferromagnetic Heterostructures

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    Hinton, Michael J.

    The thrust of this dissertation involves superconductivity, or the lack of any resistance in an electric current, which has been of great interest since its discovery in 1911. Contemporary research has turned to ever more complex systems and has found fascinating interactions and new sources of the phenomenon. Our contribution comes from super uid density, lambda --2(0), measurements of Superconducting/Ferromagnetic (S/F) thin film bilayers and trilayers, as well as the high temperature superconducting ceramic cuprate Bi2Sr2CaCu2O 8+delta (BSCCO or Bi-2212) films we grow by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD).

  18. Silicon- and tin-based cuprates: now catalytic in copper!

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    Weickgenannt, Andreas; Oestreich, Martin

    2010-01-11

    Silicon- and tin-containing molecules are versatile building blocks in organic synthesis. A stalwart method for their preparation relies on the stoichiometric use of silicon- and tin-based cuprates, although a few copper(I)-catalyzed or even copper-free protocols have been known for decades. In this Concept, we describe our efforts towards copper(I)-catalyzed carbon--silicon and also carbon--tin bond formations using soft bis(triorganosilyl) and bis(triorganostannyl) zinc reagents as powerful sources of nucleophilic silicon and tin. Conjugate addition, allylic substitution, and carbon--carbon multiple bond functionalization is now catalytic in copper!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Theory of heterotic superconductor-insulator-superconductor Josephson junctions between single- and multiple-gap superconductors.

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    Ota, Yukihiro; Machida, Masahiko; Koyama, Tomio; Matsumoto, Hideki

    2009-06-12

    Using the functional integral method, we construct a theory of heterotic superconductor-insulator-superconductor Josephson junctions between one- and two-gap superconductors. The theory predicts the presence of in-phase and out-of-phase collective oscillation modes of superconducting phases. The former corresponds to the Josephson plasma mode whose frequency is drastically reduced for +/- s-wave symmetry, and the latter is a counterpart of Leggett's mode in Josephson junctions. We also reveal that the critical current and the Fraunhofer pattern strongly depend on the symmetry type of the two-gap superconductor.

  2. Angle Resolved Photoemission Study of a Mott Insulator and Its Evolution to a High Temperature Superconductor

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    Ronning, F.

    2002-03-01

    One of the most remarkable facts about the high temperature superconductors is their close proximity to an antiferromagnetically ordered Mott insulating phase. This fact suggests that to understand superconductivity in the cuprates we must first understand the insulating regime. Due to material properties the technique of angle resolved photoemission is ideally suited to study the electronic structure in the cuprates. Thus, a natural starting place to unlocking the secrets of high Tc would appears to be with a photoemission investigation of insulating cuprates. This dissertation presents the results of precisely such a study. In particular, we have focused on the compound Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2. With increasing Na content this system goes from an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator with a Neel transition of 256K to a superconductor with an optimal transition temperature of 28K. At half filling we have found an asymmetry in the integrated spectral weight, which can be related to the occupation probability, n(k). This has led us to identify a d-wave-like dispersion in the insulator, which in turn implies that the high energy pseudogap as seen by photoemission is a remnant property of the insulator. These results are robust features of the insulator which we found in many different compounds and experimental conditions. By adding Na we were able to study the evolution of the electronic structure across the insulator to metal transition. We found that the chemical potential shifts as holes are doped into the system. This picture is in sharp contrast to the case of La2-xSrxCuO4 where the chemical potential remains fixed and states are created inside the gap. Furthermore, the low energy excitations (ie the Fermi surface) in metallic Ca1.9Na0.1CuO2Cl2 is most well described as a Fermi arc, although the high binding energy features reveal the presence of shadow bands. Thus, the results in this dissertation provide a new avenue for understanding the evolution of the Mott insulator to

  3. Proposed Giaever transformer to probe the pseudogap phase of cuprates.

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    Levchenko, A.; Norman, M. R.

    2011-03-01

    We develop a theory of the rectification effect in a double-layer system where both layers are superconductors or one of the layers is a normal metal. The Coulomb interaction is assumed to provide the dominant coupling between the layers. We find that superconducting fluctuations strongly enhance the drag conductivity, with rectification most pronounced when both layers are superconductors. In view of their distinct dependence on temperature near T{sub c} and layer separation, drag measurements based on a Giaever transformer could distinguish whether rectification occurs due to fluctuating pairs or inductively coupled fluctuating vortices.

  4. Dichotomy in the T-linear resistivity in hole-doped cuprates.

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    Hussey, N E; Cooper, R A; Xu, Xiaofeng; Wang, Y; Mouzopoulou, I; Vignolle, B; Proust, C

    2011-04-28

    From analysis of the in-plane resistivity ρ(ab)(T) of La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4), we show that normal state transport in overdoped cuprates can be delineated into two regimes in which the electrical resistivity varies approximately linearly with temperature. In the low-temperature limit, the T-linear resistivity extends over a very wide doping range, in marked contrast to expectations from conventional quantum critical scenarios. The coefficient of this T-linear resistivity scales with the superconducting transition temperature T(c), implying that the interaction causing this anomalous scattering is also associated with the superconducting pairing mechanism. At high temperatures, the coefficient of the T-linear resistivity is essentially doping independent beyond a critical doping p(crit)=0.19 at which the ratio of the two coefficients is maximal. Taking our cue from earlier thermodynamic and photoemission measurements, we conclude that the opening of the normal-state pseudogap at p(crit) is driven by the loss of coherence of anti-nodal quasi-particles at low temperatures.

  5. Weak phase stiffness and nature of the quantum critical point in underdoped cuprates

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    Ku, Wei; Yildirim, Yucel

    We demonstrate that the zero-temperature superconducting phase diagram of underdoped cuprates can be quantitatively understood in the strong binding limit, using only the experimental spectral function of the ``normal'' pseudo-gap phase without any free parameter. In the prototypical (La1-xSrx)2CuO4, a kinetics-driven d-wave superconductivity is obtained above the critical doping δc ~ 5 . 2 % , below which complete loss of superfluidity results from local quantum fluctuation involving local p-wave pairs. Near the critical doping, a enormous mass enhancement of the local pairs is found responsible for the observed rapid decrease of phase stiffness. Finally, a striking mass divergence is predicted at δc that dictates the occurrence of the observed quantum critical point and the abrupt suppression of the Nernst effects in the nearby region. * Phys. Rev. B 92, 180501(R) (2015); Phys. Rev. X 1, 011011 (2011). Work supported by U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  6. Weak phase stiffess and nature of the quantum critical point in underdoped cuprates

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    Ku, Wei; Yildirim, Yucel

    2014-03-01

    We demonstrate that the zero-temperature superconducting phase diagram of underdoped cuprates can be quantitatively understood in the strong binding limit, using only the experimental spectral function of the ``normal'' pseudo-gap phase without any free parameter. In the prototypical (La1-xSrx)2CuO4, a kinetics-driven d-wave superconductivity is obtained above the critical doping δc ~ 5 . 2 % , below which complete loss of superfluidity results from local quantum fluctuation involving local p-wave pairs. Near the critical doping, a enormous mass enhancement of the local pairs is found responsible for the observed rapid decrease of phase stiffness. Finally, a striking mass divergence is predicted at δc that dictates the occurrence of the observed quantum critical point and the sudden suppression of the Nernst effects in the nearby region. Work supported by U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Science, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  7. Lorenz number in cuprates: digital evidence for bipolarons

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2003-03-01

    Strong electron-phonon interaction in the cuprates has gathered support over the last decade in a number of experiments. While phonons remain almost unrenormalised, electrons are transformed into itinerant bipolarons and thermally excited polarons when the electron-phonon interaction is strong. We calculate the Lorenz number of the system to show that the Wiedemann-Franz law breaks down because of the interference of polaron and bipolaron contributions in the heat flow [1]. The model fits numerically the experimental Hall Lorenz number [2], which provides a digital evidence for bipolarons in the cuprates. *Mailing address: Department of Physics, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, United Kingdom; E-mail: a.s.alexandrov@lboro.ac.uk; Phone: (44) 1509 223303; Fax: (44) 1509 223986. [1] K. K. Lee, W. Y. Liang, A. S. Alexandrov (2002) unpublished. [2] Y. Zhang, N.P. Ong, Z.A. Xu, K. Krishana, R. Gagnon, and L.Taillefer, Phys. Rev. Lett., 84, 2219 (2000).

  8. High-pressure synthesis and physical properties of new iron (nickel)-based superconductors

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    Shirage, P. M.; Miyazawa, K.; Ishikado, M.; Kihou, K.; Lee, C. H.; Takeshita, N.; Matsuhata, H.; Kumai, R.; Tomioka, Y.; Ito, T.; Kito, H.; Eisaki, H.; Shamoto, S.; Iyo, A.

    2009-05-01

    We have utilized a high-pressure (HP) technique to synthesize a series of newly-discovered iron (nickel)-based superconductors. For the LnFeAsO-based superconductors ( Ln = lanthanide), we show that the introduction of oxygen (O)-deficiency in the LnO layers, which is achievable only through HP process, is an effective way to dope electron carriers into the system, which results in yielding the superconducting transition temperature ( T c) comparable with those for F-substituted counterpart. The effect of O-deficiency, variation of Ln ions, and the external pressure on T c are examined. All the experimental data indicate strong correlation between the crystal structure and the superconductivity of the oxypnictide superconductors. Upper critical field measurement on single crystalline sample of PrFeAsO 1-y shows the superconducting anisotropy of 5, which is smaller than cuprates. We also demonstrate that HP technique is applicable for the so-called ‘122’ systems, by showing the results on polycrystalline (Ca, Na)Fe 2As 2, (Ba, K)Fe 2As 2, as well as single crystal BaNi 2P 2 samples.

  9. Positron distribution contribution to changes in annihilation characteristics across Tc in high-temperature superconductors

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    Bharathi, A.; Sundar, C.S.; Ching, W.Y.; Jean, Y.C. ); Hor, P.H.; Xue, Y.Y.; Chu, C.W. )

    1990-12-01

    In this paper we present detailed calculations of the positron distribution in a host of high-temperature superconductors using the electron densities and potentials obtained from self-consistent orthogonalized linear combination of atomic orbitals band-structure calculations. The positron and electron densities obtained from the calculations are used to evaluate the electron-positron overlap function, which reveals that the major contribution to positron annihilation in these materials is from the oxygen atoms. A systematic correlation between the nature of this overlap function within the Cu-O cluster and the experimentally observed temperature dependence of the annihilation characteristics in the superconducting state is established: A decrease in positron annihilation parameters, below {Tc}, is observed when the overlap is predominantly from the apical oxygen atom, whereas an increase is observed if the overlap is predominantly from the planar oxygen atom. The observed temperature dependence of the positron parameters below {Tc} in all the high-{Tc} superconductors is understood in terms of an electron density transfer from the planar oxygen atoms to the apical oxygen atoms. These results are discussed in the light of charge-transfer models of superconductivity in the cuprate superconductors.

  10. 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

  11. 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

    2016-01-01

    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 x≈0.17, 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

  12. Electronic structure of the iron-based superconductor LaOFeP

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    Lu, D.H.; Yi, M.; Mo1, S.-K.; Erickson, A.S.; Analytis, J.; Chu, J.-H.; Singh, D.J.; Hussain, Z.; Geballe, T.H.; Fisher, I.R.; Shen, Z.-X.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SLAC, SSRL

    2010-02-15

    The recent discovery of superconductivity in the so-called iron-oxypnictide family of compounds has generated intense interest. The layered crystal structure with transition metal ions in planar square lattice form and the discovery of spin-density-wave order near 130K seem to hint at a strong similarity with the copper oxide superconductors. A burning current issue is the nature of the ground state of the parent compounds. Two distinct classes of theories have been put forward depending on the underlying band structures: local moment antiferromagnetic ground state for strong coupling approach and itinerant ground state for weak coupling approach. The local moment magnetism approach stresses on-site correlations and proximity to a Mott insulating state and thus the resemblance to cuprates; while the latter approach emphasizes the itinerant electron physics and the interplay between the competing ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic fluctuations. Such a controversy is partly due to the lack of conclusive experimental information on the electronic structures. Here we report the first angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) investigation of LaOFeP (T{sub c} = 5.9 K), the first reported iron-based superconductor. Our results favor the itinerant ground state, albeit with band renormalization. In addition, our data reveal important differences between these and copper based superconductors.

  13. 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

    2016-07-01

    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 ≈0.17, 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures.

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    Gray, B A; Middey, S; Conti, G; Gray, A X; Kuo, C-T; Kaiser, A M; Ueda, S; Kobayashi, K; Meyers, D; Kareev, M; Tung, I C; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C S; Chakhalian, J; Freeland, J W

    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.

  16. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; Gray, A. X.; Kuo, C.-T.; Kaiser, A. M.; Ueda, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Tung, I. C.; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C. S.; Chakhalian, J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2016-09-01

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.

  17. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; ...

    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In this paper, in pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leadingmore » to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Finally, such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.« less

  18. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; Gray, A. X.; Kuo, C.-T.; Kaiser, A. M.; Ueda, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Tung, I. C.; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C. S.; Chakhalian, J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2016-01-01

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates. PMID:27627855

  19. On positron annihilation in concentrated random alloys and superconducting cuprates

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    Szotek, Z.; Temmerman, W.M.; Gyorffy, B.L.; Stocks, G.M.

    1988-01-01

    We discuss an application of a generalisation of the Lock-Crisp-West theorem to concentrated random alloys. Using a theory developed for binary random alloys we explore a possibility of positron localisation in the new high temperature superconductors. 7 refs., 1 fig.

  20. Antenna applications of superconductors

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    Hansen, R. C.

    1991-09-01

    The applicability of superconductors to antennas is examined. Potential implementations that are examined are superdirective arrays; electrically small antennas; tuning and matching of these two; high-gain millimeter-wavelength arrays; and kinetic inductance slow wave structures for array phasers and traveling wave array feeds. It is thought that superdirective arrays and small antennas will not benefit directly, but their tuning/matching networks will undergo major improvements. Miniaturization of antennas will not be aided, but much higher gain millimeter-wave arrays will be realizable. Kinetic inductance slow-wave lines appear advantageous for improved array phasers and time delay, as well as for traveling-wave array feeds.

  1. High-field phase-diagram of Fe arsenide superconductors

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    Jo, Y. J.; Jaroszynski, J.; Yamamoto, A.; Gurevich, A.; Riggs, S. C.; Boebinger, G. S.; Larbalestier, D.; Wen, H. H.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Katrych, S.; Bukowski, Z.; Karpinski, J.; Liu, R. H.; Chen, H.; Chen, X. H.; Balicas, L.

    2009-05-01

    Here, we report an overview of the phase-diagram of single-layered and double-layered Fe arsenide superconductors at high magnetic fields. Our systematic magneto-transport measurements of polycrystalline SmFeAsO 1- xF x at different doping levels confirm the upward curvature of the upper critical magnetic field Hc2 ( T) as a function of temperature T defining the phase boundary between the superconducting and metallic states for crystallites with the ab planes oriented nearly perpendicular to the magnetic field. We further show from measurements on single-crystals that this feature, which was interpreted in terms of the existence of two superconducting gaps, is ubiquitous among both series of single- and double-layered compounds. In all compounds explored by us the zero temperature upper critical field Hc2 (0), estimated either through the Ginzburg-Landau or the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg single gap theories, strongly surpasses the weak-coupling Pauli paramagnetic limiting field. This clearly indicates the strong-coupling nature of the superconducting state and the importance of magnetic correlations for these materials. Our measurements indicate that the superconducting anisotropy, as estimated through the ratio of the effective masses γ = ( mc/ mab) 1/2 for carriers moving along the c-axis and the ab-planes, respectively, is relatively modest as compared to the high- Tc cuprates, but it is temperature, field and even doping dependent. Finally, our preliminary estimations of the irreversibility field Hm( T), separating the vortex-solid from the vortex-liquid phase in the single-layered compounds, indicates that it is well described by the melting of a vortex lattice in a moderately anisotropic uniaxial superconductor.

  2. Angle-resolved photoemission with circularly polarized light in the nodal mirror plane of underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ superconductor

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    He, Junfeng; Mion, Thomas R.; Gao, Shang; ...

    2016-10-31

    Unraveling the nature of pseudogap phase in high-temperature superconductors holds the key to understanding their superconducting mechanisms and potentially broadening their applications via enhancement of their superconducting transition temperatures. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) experiments using circularly polarized light have been proposed to detect possible symmetry breaking state in the pseudogap phase of cuprates. Here, the presence (absence) of an electronic order which breaks mirror symmetry of the crystal would in principle induce a finite (zero) circular dichroism in photoemission. Different orders breaking reflection symmetries about different mirror planes can also be distinguished by the momentum dependence of the measured circularmore » dichroism.« less

  3. Nanoscale Proximity Effect in the High-Temperature Superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ Using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope

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    Parker, C.V.; Gu, G.; Pushp, A.; Pasupathy, A.N.; Gomes, K.K.; Wen, J.; Xu, Z.; Ono, S.; Yazdani, A.

    2010-03-15

    High-temperature cuprate superconductors exhibit extremely local nanoscale phenomena and strong sensitivity to doping. While other experiments have looked at nanoscale interfaces between layers of different dopings, we focus on the interplay between naturally inhomogeneous nanoscale regions. Using scanning tunneling microscopy to carefully track the same region of the sample as a function of temperature, we show that regions with weak superconductivity can persist to elevated temperatures if bordered by regions of strong superconductivity. This suggests that it may be possible to increase the maximum possible transition temperature by controlling the distribution of dopants.

  4. 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).

  5. Neutron-Spin Resonance in the Optimally Electron-Doped Superconductor Nd{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4-{delta}}

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    Zhao Jun; Li Shiliang; Dai Pengcheng; Freeman, Paul G.; Onose, Y.; Tokura, Y.

    2007-07-06

    We use inelastic neutron scattering to probe magnetic excitations of an optimally electron-doped superconductor Nd{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4-{delta}} above and below its superconducting transition temperature T{sub c}=25 K. In addition to gradually opening a spin pseudogap at the antiferromagnetic ordering wave vector Q=(1/2,1/2,0), the effect of superconductivity is to form a resonance centered also at Q=(1/2,1/2,0) but at energies above the spin pseudogap. The intensity of the resonance develops like a superconducting order parameter, similar to those for hole-doped superconductors and electron-doped Pr{sub 0.88}LaCe{sub 0.12}CuO{sub 4}. The resonance is therefore a general phenomenon of cuprate superconductors, and must be fundamental to the mechanism of high-T{sub c} superconductivity.

  6. Resonance in Optimally Electron-Doped Superconductor Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4−?

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    Zhao, Jun; Dai, Pengcheng; Li, Shiliang; Freeman, Paul G.; Onose, Y,.; Tokura, Y.

    2007-01-01

    We use inelastic neutron scattering to probe magnetic excitations of an optimally electron-doped superconductor Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4− above and below its superconducting transition temperature Tc = 25 K. In addition to gradually opening a spin pseudo gap at the antiferromagnetic ordering wavevector Q = (1/2, 1/2, 0), the effect of superconductivity is to form a resonance centered also at Q = (1/2, 1/2, 0) but at energies above the spin pseudo gap. The intensity of the resonance develops like a superconducting order parameter, similar to those for hole-doped superconductors and electron-doped Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4. The resonance is therefore a general phenomenon of cuprate superconductors, and must be fundamental to the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity.

  7. Metal-insulator transitions and magnetic susceptibility in doped cuprate compounds

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    Dzhumanov, S.; Kurbanov, U. T.; Khudayberdiev, Z. S.; Hafizov, A. R.

    2016-11-01

    Results are presented from a theoretical study of the possibility of hole carrier localization and metal-insulator transitions which show up in the temperature dependences of the magnetic susceptibility χ(T) of doped copper-oxide (cuprate) compounds. The criteria for metal-insulator transitions owing to strong hole-lattice interactions and the formation of very narrow polaron bands in these materials with reduced doping level x are analyzed. It is shown that these kinds of metal-insulator transitions occur in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6+x cuprates (i.e., for x ranging from 0.04 to 0.12). The characteristic temperature dependences χ(T) of the HTSC cuprates are found for different doping levels. These results are in good agreement with experimental data on metal-insulator transitions and the magnetic susceptibility of the HTSC cuprates.

  8. The Effects of the Breakdown of Migdal's Theorem in Various Superconductors

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    Ummarino, G. A.; Gonnelli, R. S.

    In this work we investigate some effects of the breakdown of Migdal's theorem in high and low-Tc superconductors. In the cuprates the electronic bandwidth has a very low value compared to the characteristic phonon energy and, in order to reproduce the experimental Tc and tunneling data in the framework of the Eliashberg theory for strong electron-boson interaction it is necessary to use large values of the coupling constant. Our purpose is to numerically quantify the correlation between the amount of violation of the Migdal's theorem and the renormalization of the coupling constant λ, of the gap Δ and of Tc by examining different kinds of superconducting materials. For this task we use the theoretical approach developed by Grimaldi, Pietronero and Strässler [PRB 52, 10516 & 10530, 1995], together with the real-axis direct solution of the Eliahsberg equations in s-wave pair symmetry.

  9. Effect of disorder outside the CuO2 planes on Tc of copper oxide superconductors.

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    Fujita, K; Noda, T; Kojima, K M; Eisaki, H; Uchida, S

    2005-08-26

    The effect of disorder on the superconducting transition temperature T(c) of cuprate superconductors is examined. Disorder is introduced into the cation sites in the plane adjacent to the CuO2 planes of two single-layer systems, Bi(2.0)Sr(1.6)Ln(0.4)CuO(6+delta) and La(1.85-y)Nd(y)Sr0.15CuO4. Disorder is controlled by changing rare earth (Ln) ions with a different ionic radius in the former, and by varying the Nd content in the latter with the doped carrier density kept constant. We show that this type of disorder works as weak scatterers in contrast to the in-plane disorder produced by Zn, but remarkably reduces T(c), suggesting novel effects of disorder on high-T(c) superconductivity.

  10. High-Energy Anomaly in the Band Dispersion of the Ruthenate Superconductor

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    Iwasawa, H.; Yoshida, Y.; Hase, I.; Shimada, K.; Namatame, H.; Taniguchi, M.; Aiura, Y.

    2012-08-01

    We reveal a “high-energy anomaly” (HEA) in the band dispersion of the unconventional ruthenate superconductor Sr2RuO4, by means of high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) with tunable energy and polarization of incident photons. This observation provides another class of correlated materials exhibiting this anomaly beyond high-Tc cuprates. We demonstrate that two distinct types of band renormalization associated with and without the HEA occur as a natural consequence of the energetics in the bandwidth and the energy scale of the HEA. Our results are well reproduced by a simple analytical form of the self-energy based on the Fermi-liquid theory, indicating that the HEA exists at a characteristic energy scale of the multielectron excitations. We propose that the HEA universally emerges if the systems have such a characteristic energy scale inside of the bandwidth.

  11. Strong interaction between electrons and collective excitations in the multiband superconductor MgB2

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    Mou, Daixiang; Jiang, Rui; Taufour, Valentin; ...

    2015-04-08

    We use a tunable laser angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study the electronic properties of the prototypical multiband BCS superconductor MgB2. Our data reveal a strong renormalization of the dispersion (kink) at ~65meV, which is caused by the coupling of electrons to the E2g phonon mode. In contrast to cuprates, the 65 meV kink in MgB2 does not change significantly across Tc. More interestingly, we observe strong coupling to a second, lower energy collective mode at a binding energy of 10 meV. As a result, this excitation vanishes above Tc and is likely a signature of the elusive Leggett mode.

  12. Theory of quantum oscillations in the vortex-liquid state of high-Tc superconductors.

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    Banerjee, Sumilan; Zhang, Shizhong; Randeria, Mohit

    2013-01-01

    The observation of quantum oscillations in underdoped cuprates has generated intense debate about the nature of the field-induced resistive state and its implications for the 'normal state' of high-Tc superconductors. Quantum oscillations suggest an underlying Fermi liquid at high magnetic fields H and low temperatures, in contrast with the pseudogap seen in zero-field, high-temperature spectroscopic experiments. Recent specific heat measurements show quantum oscillations in addition to a large field-dependent suppression of the electronic density of states. Here we present a theoretical analysis that reconciles these seemingly contradictory observations. We model the resistive state as a vortex liquid with short-range d-wave pairing correlations. We show that this state exhibits quantum oscillations, with a period determined by a Fermi surface reconstructed by a competing order parameter, in addition to a large suppression of the density of states that goes like √H at low fields.

  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. 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.

  16. Superconductors (History & Advanced Research)

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    Khorrami, Mona

    2012-02-01

    Superconductors are materials that have no resistance to electricity's flow; they are one of the last great frontiers of scientific discovery. In 1911 superconductivity was first observed in mercury by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes When he cooled it to the temperature of liquid helium, 4 degrees Kelvin (-452F, -269C), its resistance suddenly disappeared. It was necessary for Onnes to come within 4 degrees of the coldest temperature that is theoretically attainable to witness the phenomenon of superconductivity. The next great milestone in understanding how matter behaves at extreme cold temperatures occurred in 1933. German researchers Walther Meissner and Robert Ochsenfeld discovered that a superconducting material will repel a magnetic field. A magnet moving by a conductor induces currents in the conductor. This is the principle on which the electric generator operates. But, in a superconductor the induced currents exactly mirror the field that would have otherwise penetrated the superconducting material - causing the magnet to be repulsed. This phenomenon is known as strong diamagnetism and is today often referred to as the ``Meissner effect'' (an eponym). In 1941 niobium-nitride was found to superconduct at 16 K. In 1953 vanadium-silicon displayed superconductive properties at 17.5 K. And, in 1962 scientists at Westinghouse developed the first commercial superconducting wire, an alloy of niobium and titanium (NbTi).

  17. Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-Tc superconductor

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    Ramshaw, B. J.; Sebastian, S. E.; McDonald, R. D.; Day, J.; Tan, B. S.; Zhu, Z.; Betts, J. B.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Harrison, N.

    2015-03-26

    In the quest for superconductors with higher transition temperatures (Tc), one emerging motif is that electronic interactions favorable for superconductivity can be enhanced by fluctuations of a broken-symmetry phase. In recent experiments it is suggested that the existence of the requisite broken-symmetry phase in the high-Tc cuprates, but the impact of such a phase on the ground-state electronic interactions has remained unclear. Here, we used magnetic fields exceeding 90 tesla to access the underlying metallic state of the cuprate YBa2Cu3O6+δ over a wide range of doping, and observed magnetic quantum oscillations that reveal a strong enhancement of the quasiparticle effective mass toward optimal doping. Finally, this mass enhancement results from increasing electronic interactions approaching optimal doping, and suggests a quantum critical point at a hole doping of pcrit ≈ 0.18.

  18. Optical studies of high-temperature superconducting cuprates

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    Tajima, Setsuko

    2016-09-01

    The optical studies of high-temperature superconducting cuprates (HTSC) are reviewed. From the doping dependence of room temperature spectra, a dramatic change of the electronic state from a Mott (charge transfer) insulator to a Fermi liquid has been revealed. Additionally, the unusual 2D nature of the electronic state has been found. The temperature dependence of the optical spectra provided a rich source of information on the pseudogap, superconducting gap, Josephson plasmon, transverse Josephson plasma mode and precursory superconductivity. Among these issues, Josephson plasmons and transverse Josephson plasma mode were experimentally discovered by optical measurements, and thus are unique to HTSC. The effect of the spin/charge stripe order is also unique to HTSC, reflecting the conducting nature of the stripe order in this system. The pair-breaking due to the stripe order seems stronger in the out-of-plane direction than in the in-plane one.

  19. The intrinsic heterogeneity of superconductivity in the cuprates

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    Shengelaya, A.; Müller, K. A.

    2015-01-01

    In the hole-doped, high-temperature superconducting cuprates, an intrinsic heterogeneity is found, from the early observations to recent data. Below optimum doping, the heterogeneity consists of dynamic metallic and, at low temperatures, superconducting regions in the form of clusters or stripes, which develop and decay as a function of time and location in the antiferromagnetic lattice. This behaviour is underlined by the interesting linear relation between the oxygen isotope shifts of the magnetic penetration depth and the critical temperature with a slope that is a factor 2 larger than expected for the homogeneous distribution of superfluid density. Allusion is also made to the Bose-Einstein condensation reported in structurally heterogeneous, polycrystalline polymer platelets as well as especially to the heterogeneous distribution of visible and dark matter in the Universe, which point to a change of paradigm in modern physics.

  20. A “midinfrared” scenario for cuprate superconductivity

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    Leggett, A. J.

    1999-01-01

    I conjecture that the mechanism of superconductivity in the cuprates is a saving, due to the improved screening resulting from Cooper pair formation, of the part of the Coulomb energy associated with long wavelengths and midinfrared frequencies. This scenario is shown to provide a plausible explanation of the trend of transition temperature with layering structure in the Ca-spaced compounds and to predict a spectacularly large decrease in the electron-energy-loss spectroscopy cross-section in the midinfrared region on transition to the superconducting state, as well as less spectacular but still surprisingly large changes in the optical behavior. Existing experimental results appear to be consistent with this picture. PMID:10411881

  1. 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.

  2. 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.}

  3. Superconductor and magnet levitation devices

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    Ma, K. B.; Postrekhin, Y. V.; Chu, W. K.

    2003-12-01

    This article reviews levitation devices using superconductors and magnets. Device concepts and their applications such as noncontact bearings, flywheels, and momentum wheels are discussed, following an exposition of the principles behind these devices. The basic magneto-mechanical phenomenon responsible for levitation in these devices is a result of flux pinning inherent in the interaction between a magnet and a type II superconductor, described and explained in this article by comparison with behavior expected of a perfect conductor or a nearly perfect conductor. The perfect conductor model is used to illustrate why there is a difference between the forces observed when the superconductor is cooled after or before the magnet is brought into position. The same model also establishes the principle that a resisting force or torque arises only in response to those motions of the magnet that changes the magnet field at the superconductor. A corollary of the converse, that no drag torque appears when an axisymmetric magnet levitated above a superconductor rotates, is the guiding concept in the design of superconductor magnet levitation bearings, which is the common component in a majority of levitation devices. The perfect conductor model is extended to a nearly perfect conductor to provide a qualitative understanding of the dissipative aspects such as creep and hysteresis in the interaction between magnets and superconductors. What all these entail in terms of forces, torques, and power loss is expounded further in the context of generic cases of a cylindrical permanent magnet levitated above a superconductor and a superconductor rotating in a transverse magnetic field. Then we proceed to compare the pros and cons of levitation bearings based on the first arrangement with conventional mechanical bearings and active magnetic bearings, and discuss how the weak points of the levitation bearing may be partially overcome. In the latter half, we examine designs of devices

  4. Charge and spin correlations in high temperature superconductors

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    Hayden, Stephen

    2013-03-01

    The cuprate high temperatures superconductors are characterised by numerous competing, and in some cases, co-existing broken symmetries. A important question is to what extent such additional ordered states exist for compositions with high superconducting transition temperatures. I will discuss high-energy X-ray diffraction measurements which show that a charge density wave state (CDW) develops at zero field in the normal state of superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.67 (Tc = 67 K). This material has a hole doping of 0.12 per copper and a well-ordered oxygen chain superstructure. Below Tc, the application of a magnetic field suppresses superconductivity and enhances the CDW. We find that the CDW and superconductivity are competing orders with similar energy scales, and the high-Tc superconductivity forms from a pre-existing CDW environment. Our results provide a mechanism for the formation of small Fermi surface pockets which can explain the negative Hall and Seebeck effects and the Tc plateau in this material. Work performed in collaboration with J. Chang, E. Blackburn, A. T. Holmes, N. B. Christensen, J. Larsen, J. Mesot, Ruixing Liang, D. A. Bonn, W. N. Hardy, A. Watenphul, M. v. Zimmermann and E. M. Forgan.

  5. The Nernst effect in ferromagnet-superconductor bilayer heterostructures

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    Matusiak, M.; Lochmajer, H.; Przysłupski, P.; Rogacki, K.

    2015-11-01

    We report the transport properties of the La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO)/YBa2Cu3O7+d (YBCO) heterostructures in the vicinity of the superconducting transition. The bottom deposited manganite was an LSMO ferromagnet with a Curie temperature of 350 K, while the top deposited cuprate was a nearly optimally doped YBCO superconductor with T c ˜ 90 K. The samples used in these studies had fixed a thickness of LSMO layer (90 nm), whereas the thickness of the YBCO layer was varied between 20 and 100 nm. Single YBCO layers with respective thicknesses were also measured for comparison. The mixed state properties of the bilayers and single layers were characterized by means of the Nernst effect and electrical resistance measurements in magnetic fields of up to B = 12.5 T. All investigated samples show a zero-resistance state below T = 60 K in a field of 12.5 T and demonstrate gradual degradation of the superconducting properties with decreasing thickness of the YBCO layer in bilayer structures.

  6. Gap-modulation infrared spectroscopy of high transition temperature superconductors

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    Little, William A.; Collman, James P.

    1988-01-01

    Conventional methods of determining the coupling factor α2(ω)F(ω) for the newly discovered high transition temperature (Tc) cuprate superconductors by using tunneling and infrared measurements have thus far failed to show the cause of the very high Tc of these compounds. This is due in part to difficulties in sample preparation for tunneling studies and to difficulties in obtaining good data at relatively high tunneling voltages. Also, in IR (infrared) measurements, small differences in absorptivity between the normal and superconducting state can be masked by changes in the phonon occupation at high and low temperatures. Here we propose a technique for determing the coupling constant, which should be less dependent on the surface quality of the sample than with tunneling and should allow measurements at higher energies with greater precision than do tunneling or simple IR observations. This should make possible a definitive determination of any possible exciton contribution to this coupling term, which would appear at energies well above the range where conventional IR or tunneling measurements are effective. PMID:16593950

  7. Synthesis of BiPbSrCaCuO superconductor

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    Hults, William L.; Kubat-Martin, Kimberly A.; Salazar, Kenneth V.; Phillips, David S.; Peterson, Dean E.

    1994-01-01

    A process and a precursor composition for preparing a lead-doped bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide superconductor of the formula Bi.sub.a Pb.sub.b Sr.sub.c Ca.sub.d Cu.sub.e O.sub.f wherein a is from about 1.7 to about 1.9, b is from about 0.3 to about 0.45, c is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, d is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, e is from about 2.97 to about 3.2 and f is 10.+-.z by reacting a mixture of Bi.sub.4 Sr.sub.3 Ca.sub.3 Cu.sub.4 O.sub.16.+-.z, an alkaline earth metal cuprate, e.g., Sr.sub.9 Ca.sub.5 Cu.sub.24 O.sub.41, and an alkaline earth metal plumbate, e.g., Ca.sub.2-x Sr.sub.x PbO.sub.4 wherein x is about 0.5, is disclosed.

  8. Synthesis of BiPbSrCaCuO superconductor

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    Hults, W.L.; Kubat-Martin, K.A.; Salazar, K.V.; Phillips, D.S.; Peterson, D.E.

    1994-04-05

    A process and a precursor composition for preparing a lead-doped bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide superconductor of the formula Bi[sub a]Pb[sub b]Sr[sub c]Ca[sub d]Cu[sub e]O[sub f] wherein a is from about 1.7 to about 1.9, b is from about 0.3 to about 0.45, c is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, d is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, e is from about 2.97 to about 3.2 and f is 10[+-]z by reacting a mixture of Bi[sub 4]Sr[sub 3]Ca[sub 3]Cu[sub 4]O[sub 16[+-]z], an alkaline earth metal cuprate, e.g., Sr[sub 9]Ca[sub 5]Cu[sub 24]O[sub 41], and an alkaline earth metal plumbate, e.g., Ca[sub 2[minus]x]Sr[sub x]PbO[sub 4] wherein x is about 0.5, is disclosed.

  9. Nonsuperconducting Micron Size Particle as Effective Pinning Centre for Enhanced Jc in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Roul, B. K.

    2008-10-01

    Understanding the real mechanism responsible for achieving high transport critical current density (Jc) in the high temperature (high-Tc) cuprate superconductors has been one of the primary goal. The only promising way is to tailor the high-Tc cuprate material during preparation stage incorporating suitable non-superconducting particles within superconducting matrix, which are known to serve as effective pining centers. Incorporation of non-superconducting particle like silver with dimension down to micron/submicron size in the superconducting matrix is very stable and form a homogenous solid solution matrix, which has got the better stability on aging and found to be effective in enhancing flux pining in high-Tc superconducting system. In this paper, studies have been made to investigate and review the effect of non-superconducting micron size Ag particle in to the matrix of RE-Ba-Cu-O (RE = Sm, Gd & Y) 123 high-Tc ceramic superconducting system. XRD, SEM, magnetization, magnetotransport and microwave induce DC voltage measurements were carried out to study the effect of Ag into 123-superconducting system. It is observed that controlled addition of Ag into Sm-Ba-Cu-O (SBCO), Gd-Ba-Cu-O (GBCO) and Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) ceramic superconductor do not react with the decomposed phases but remains in the metallic form. This brings about a lowering of the normal-state resistivity. The increase of magnetic critical current density (Jmc), transport critical current density (Jtc), and, hence pinning force density (Fp) with Ag addition into above three systems suggest the creation of an SNS-type proximity junction at the intergranular region and stronger Josephson current paths between the superconducting intergrains. This is attributed to the physical densification and consequent reduction of the total number of weak links by Ag addition into the above mentioned ceramic superconducting system.

  10. Experiments on Nanoscale Disordered Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Arrays

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    Long, Zhenyi; Kouh, Taejoon; Stewart, Michael; Valles, James

    2003-03-01

    We are studying a quasi-two-dimensional system of nanoscale, superconducting grains (Pb) overlain by a normal metal (Ag), which can be described as an array of mesoscopic superconductor-normal-superconductor junctions. The Pb grains are smaller than the bulk Pb coherence volume and consequently, these arrays are expected to exhibit a superconductor to metal quantum phase transition [1]. Previous measurements of the decrease in critical temperature with increasing Ag thickness show clear deviations from the predictions of mean field theories of the proximity effect [2]. Our recent experiments on systems with even smaller Pb grains exhibit similar deviations. We will discuss these and our latest tunneling and transport results in terms of recent theories[1] and contrast them with the behavior of ultrathin, disordered films near the superconductor to insulator transition. [1] B.Spivak, A.Zyuzin, M.Hruska ,Phys. Rev. B. 64, 132502(2001) [2] Taejoon Kouh and James Valles Jr Breakdown of Cooper Limit Theory in Disordered Nanoscale Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Arrays (cond-mat 0202104)

  11. IrSr{sub 2}TbCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}, a high-pressure metamagnetic cuprate: Structure, microstructure and properties

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    Dos Santos-Garcia, A.J. Duijn, J. van; Saez-Puche, R.; Heymann, G.; Huppertz, H.; Alario-Franco, M.A.

    2008-05-15

    The synthesis, structure and microstructure of the IrSr{sub 2}TbCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} cuprate showing metamagnetic properties are described. The sample was prepared at high temperatures and pressures up to 9.2 GPa. The structure is tetragonal, showing a 1212 type structure, that derives from the classical YBaCuO superconductor structure, replacing the tetracoordinated square planar copper [Cu-O{sub 4}] in the 'chains' by octahedral [Ir-O{sub 6}] groups that form a perovskite-like layer in the basal plane of the unit cell. A 'simple' cell, {approx}a{sub p}xa{sub p}x3a{sub p}, where a{sub p} is the basic perovskite unit cell parameter (a{sub p}{approx}3.8 A), is supported by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and a so-called 'diagonal' one, {approx}{radical}2a{sub p}x{radical}2a{sub p}x3a{sub p}, by SAED; a microdomain texture of latter cell and a series of very interesting extended defects have been observed by HREM. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show a magnetic transition, T{sub N}{approx}6 K, with negative Weiss temperature, that indicates antiferromagnetic interactions among the Tb moments. The magnetic structure has been determined by neutron diffraction. A detailed magnetic study has revealed a metamagnetic behavior, something not previously observed in this type of cuprates. Specific heat and resistivity measurements have also been performed to characterize the transition. - Graphical abstract: Reconstructed image from the SAED of the long c tetragonal axis (3a{sub p}) of a IrSr{sub 2}TbCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} crystal. A unit cell picture is included for comparison. Display Omitted.

  12. 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.

  13. 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)

  14. Phonon suppression of the coherence peak in nuclear spin relaxation rate in strong coupling superconductor TIMo 6Se 7.5. Comparison with high- Tc superconductor

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    Yoshio, Kitaoka; Shigeki, Ohsugi; Kunisuke, Asayama; Tsukio, Ohtani

    1992-03-01

    The phonon suppression effect on the coherence peak just below Tc in the nuclear spin relaxation rate {1}/{T 1} has been investigated by 205Tl NMR of a Chevrel phase superconductor TlMO 6Se 7.5 with Tc = 12.2 K. The lack of a coherence peak of 205( {1}/{T 1) } is demonstrated in a strong coupling superconductor TlMo 6Se 7.5 while the exponential decrease of {1}/{T 1} is confirmed over four orders of magnitude below 0.8 Tc (10 K) with 2 Δ=4.5 kBTc. As argued by Allen and Rainer, the strong electron-phonon decay channels open to excitation cause the unexpectedly strong damping of the quasi-particles in all dynamical properties, being the origin of the depression of the coherence peak. From a comparison with an s-wave model in which the quasi-particle damping is taken into account, it is reinforced that the unusual relaxation behavior observed in high- Tc cuprates, i.e. a power-lawT-dependence with no coherence peak below Tc cannot be accounted for by the conventional theory of the superconductivity and/or the model based on “s-wave” paring.

  15. Magnitude of circulating vortex currents in the cuprates

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    Hlubina, R.

    2008-02-01

    We propose a method for determination of the circulating vortex current IQ in the high temperature superconductors. The method is based on the observation that in strongly anisotropic layered materials, the current I flowing along the weakly conducting direction can be strongly enhanced in small samples containing screw dislocations. It is shown that, although I is not quantized in units of IQ, nevertheless by means of a measurement of the phase stiffness of such samples one can determine IQ.

  16. Processing of Mixed Oxide Superconductors

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-07-01

    UROUP SUB-GROUP High Temperature Superconductivity , critical current -- 7-- 0superconductor, ceramic, magnetism 20 ’ I 19. ABSTRACT (Continue on...large intragrain currents and small intergrain currents . Magnetic separation works well for YBCO in liquid nitrogen. The technique can certainly be...between the intergrain and intragrain currents and that the short coherence length of oxide superconductors is not the main problem. The closest

  17. Unconventional proximity effect and inverse spin-switch behavior in a model manganite-cuprate-manganite trilayer system

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    Salafranca Laforga, Juan I; Okamoto, Satoshi

    2010-01-01

    The proximity effect in a model manganite-cuprate system is investigated theoretically. We consider a situation in which spin-polarized electrons in manganite layers antiferromagnetically couple with electrons in cuprate layers as observed experimentally. The effect of the interfacial magnetic coupling is found to be much stronger than the injection of spin-polarized electrons into the cuprate region. As a result, the superconducting transition temperature depends on the thickness of the cuprate layer significantly. Since the magnetic coupling creates negative polarization, an applied magnetic field and the negative polarization compete, resulting in the inverse spin-switch behavior where the superconducting transition temperature is increased by applying a magnetic field.

  18. Unconventional proximity effect and inverse spin-switch behavior in a model manganite-cuprate-manganite trilayer system.

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    Salafranca, Juan; Okamoto, Satoshi

    2010-12-17

    The proximity effect in a model manganite-cuprate system is investigated theoretically. We consider a situation in which spin-polarized electrons in manganite layers antiferromagnetically couple with electrons in cuprate layers as observed experimentally. The effect of the interfacial magnetic coupling is found to be much stronger than the injection of spin-polarized electrons into the cuprate region. As a result, the superconducting transition temperature depends on the thickness of the cuprate layer significantly. Since the magnetic coupling creates negative polarization, an applied magnetic field and the negative polarization compete, resulting in the inverse spin-switch behavior where the superconducting transition temperature is increased by applying a magnetic field.

  19. 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

  20. Stability of holographic superconductors

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    Kanno, Sugumi; Soda, Jiro

    2010-10-15

    We study the dynamical stability of holographic superconductors. We first classify perturbations around black hole background solutions into vector and scalar sectors by means of a 2-dimensional rotational symmetry. We prove the stability of the vector sector by explicitly constructing the positive definite Hamiltonian. To reveal a mechanism for the stabilization of a superconducting phase, we construct a quadratic action for the scalar sector. From the action, we see the stability of black holes near a critical point is determined by the equation of motion for a charged scalar field. We show the effective mass of the charged scalar field in hairy black holes is always above the Breitenlohner-Freedman bound near the critical point due to the backreaction of a gauge field. It implies the stability of the superconducting phase. We also argue that the stability continues away from the critical point.