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  1. Interface morphological stability of unidirectionally solidified RE123 superconductor

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    Sumida, M.; Umeda, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    1998-12-31

    A simple model is proposed to analyze the interface stability of the RE123 superconductor in accordance with the constitutional supercooling criterion. As the single crystal growth of the 123 phase is largely dependent on the growth interface stability, a quantitative analysis has been required. From the numerical analysis for the case of peritectically solidified Sm123, it was clarified that the constitutional supercooling must exist in the liquid when the 123 growth interface comes close to a 211 particle. It could also predict that larger 211 particle radius, smaller volume fraction of the 211 particles, larger growth rate, or smaller imposed temperature gradient cause easy occurrence of the constitutional supercooling. The growth rate and a 211 particle radius are determining parameters. Further consideration of the nucleation at the L/211 interface just ahead of the 123 growth front could describe the 123 growth morphological transition from the planar interface to the equiaxed blocky.

  2. Sample and length-dependent variability of 77 and 4.2 K properties in nominally identical RE123 coated conductors

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    Rossi, L.; Hu, X.; Kametani, F.; Abraimov, D.; Polyanskii, A.; Jaroszynski, J.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2016-05-01

    We present a broad study by multiple techniques of the critical current and critical current density of a small but representative set of nominally identical commercial RE123 (REBa2Cu3O7-δ , RE = rare Earth, here Y and Gd) coated conductors (CC) recently fabricated by SuperPower Inc. to the same nominal high pinning specification with BaZrO3 and RE2O3 nanoprecipitate pinning centers. With high-field low-temperature applications to magnet technology in mind, we address the nature of their tape-to-tape variations and length-wise I c inhomogeneities by measurements on a scale of about 2 cm rather than the 5 m scale normally supplied by the vendor and address the question of whether these variations have their origin in cross-sectional or in vortex pinning variations. Our principal method has been a continuous measurement transport critical current tool (YateStar) that applies about 0.5 T perpendicular and parallel to the tape at 77 K, thus allowing variations of c-axis and ab-plane properties to be clearly distinguished in the temperature and field regime where strong pinning defects are obvious. We also find such in-field measurements at 77 K to be more valuable in predicting 4.2 K, high-field properties than self-field, 77 K properties because the pinning centers controlling 77 K performance play a decisive role in introducing point defects that also add strongly to J c at 4.2 K. We find that the dominant source of I c variation is due to pinning center fluctuations that control J c, rather than to production defects that locally reduce the active cross-section. Given the 5-10 nm scale of these pinning centers, it appears that the route to greater I c homogeneity is through more stringent control of the REBCO growth conditions in these Zr-doped coated conductors.

  3. Comparison between Bi-2223 tape and RE-123 coated conductor from the view point of current transport properties influencing thermal stability

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    Kiss, Takanobu; Inoue, Masayoshi; Higashikawa, Kohei; Suzuki, Takumi; Lyu, Lin; Takasaki, Ken; Imamura, Kazutaka; Onodera, Yuta; Uetsuhara, Dai; Ibi, Akira; Izumi, Teruo; Kitaguchi, Hitoshi

    2016-12-01

    We have investigated flux flow dissipation in typical two kinds of HTS tapes, i.e., a Bi-2223 multi-filamentary tape and a RE-123 coated conductor (CC) from the view point of heat load under over current conditions. Based on systematic measurements on current-voltage characteristics, the nonlinear flux flow dissipation has been described analytically by taking into account current sharing in metallic sheath or stabilization layer. Flux flow dissipation in the RE-123 CC shows much steeper temperature dependence than that of the Bi-2223 tape. As a result, attainable cooling power becomes smaller in the RE-123 CC in comparison with that of Bi-2223 tape even if the same cooling condition. In other word, acceptable temperature rise in the RE-123 CC is small at over current condition, whereas moderate temperature dependence in the Bi-2223 tape allows stable operation even if the bias current exceeds the critical current. Influence of spatial inhomogeneity in the both HTS tapes has also been investigated. Longitudinal variation of local critical current, Ic, and its statistical behavior have been characterized by use of reel-to-reel scanning Hall probe microscopy. It has been found that the flux flow dissipation is possibly localized more than one order higher than that of the average value due to discrete local Ic drops.

  4. Interactive modeling-synthesis-characterization approach towards controllable in situ self-assembly of artificial pinning centers in RE-123 films

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    Wu, Judy; Shi, Jack

    2017-10-01

    Raising critical current density J c in high temperature superconductors (HTSs) is an important strategy towards performance-cost balanced HTS technology for commercialization. The development of strong nanoscale artificial pinning centers (APCs) in HTS, such as YBa2Cu3O7 or RE-123 in general, represents one of the most exciting progressions in HTS material research in the last decade. Significantly raised J c has been demonstrated in APC/RE-123 nanocomposites by enhanced pinning on magnetic vortices in magnetic fields towards that demanded in practical applications. Among other processes, strain-mediated self-organization has been explored extensively for in situ formation of the APCs based on fundamental physics design rules. The desire in controlling the morphology, dimension, orientation, and concentration of APCs has led to a fundamental question on how strains interact in determining APCs at a macroscopic scale. Answering this question demands an interactive modeling-synthesis-characterization approach towards a thorough understanding of fundamental physics governing the strain-mediated self-organization of the APCs in the APC/RE-123 nanocomposites. Such an understanding is the key for a leap forward from the traditionally empirical method to materials-by-design to enable an optimal APC landscape to be achieved in epitaxial films of APC/YBCO nanocomposites under a precise guidance of fundamental physics. The paper intends to provide a review of recent progress made in the controllable generation of APCs using the interactive modeling-synthesis-characterization approach. The emphasis will be given to the understanding so far achieved using such an approach on the collective effect of the strain field on the morphology, dimension, and orientation of APCs in epitaxial APC/RE-123 nanocomposite films.

  5. Coupling of the orthorhombic distortion to the depression of the {Tc}`s due to Zn{sup 2+} doping in the ``RE-123`` HTSC`s: A (d + s)-wave picture

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    Tang, I.M.; Thongruang, R.; Charoenthai, N.

    1999-07-10

    The depressions of the {Tc}`s of the 123 REBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} HTSC`s due to the substitution of Zn{sup 2+} ions into the Cu(2) layer are studied. The orthorhombic distortion which occurs in the 123 ceramics is assumed to induce a modification to the spin-fluctuation (SF) mediated pairing interaction which in turn causes the order parameters of these HTSC`s to be of mixed (d + s)-wave symmetry. It is shown that part of the rapid depression of the {Tc}`s caused by Zn{sup 2+} substitution into the CuO{sup 2} is due to a reduction of the SF-mediated pairing interaction. The differences in the rates of suppression of {Tc} due to Zn{sup 2+} doping in the different RE-123 HTSC`s are shown to be due to the changes in the orthorhombicity which depend on the size of the rare earth ions.

  6. Magnetism of cuprate oxides

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    Shirane, G.

    1996-11-01

    A review is given of current neutron scattering experiments on cuprate oxides. We first discuss the extensive neutron measurements on high-Tc oxides: La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} and related (La{sub 1.6-x}Nd{sub 0.4})Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4}. The second topic is the spin- Peierls system Cu{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}GeO{sub 3}, where a new type of antiferromagnetic phase has been discovered. 17 refs, 8 figs.

  7. 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.

  8. Tuning the charge-transfer energy in hole-doped cuprates

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    Yee, Chuck-Hou; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2014-03-01

    Chemical substitution, combined with strain, allows the charge-transfer energy in hole-doped cuprates to be broadly tuned. We theoretically characterize the structural and electronic properties of the family of compounds R2CuO2S2, constructed by sulfur replacement of the apical oxygens and rare-earth substitutions in the parent cuprate La2CuO4. Additionally, the enthalpies of formation for possible synthesis pathways are determined.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Berry phase in cuprate superconductors

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    Doiron-Leyraud, N.; Szkopek, T.; Pereg-Barnea, T.; Proust, C.; Gervais, G.

    2015-06-01

    The geometrical Berry phase is widely recognized as having profound implications for the properties of electronic systems. Over the last decade or so, the Berry phase has been essential to our understanding of new materials such as graphene and topological insulators. In general, a nontrivial Berry phase is a result of band crossing as in the case of a massless Dirac point. The Berry phase can be accessed in quantum oscillation measurements as it contributes to the phase mismatch of electrons in their cyclotron orbits. With their enigmatic pseudogap and superconducting phases, the cuprates are materials where the Berry phase is thus far unknown. Based on quantum oscillation data in the high-field normal state of underdoped cuprates, we determined the Berry phase contribution to the phase mismatch unambiguously in this family of materials. In the hole-doped materials YBa2Cu3Oy , YBa2Cu4O8 , and HgBa2CuO4 +δ , a trivial Berry phase of 0 mod (2 π ) is systematically observed, while the electron-doped Nd2 -xCexCuO4 exhibits a significant nonzero Berry phase of 1.4 π . Our results set significant constraints on the microscopic description of the high-field normal state and, in particular, do not support a nodal structure or broken time-reversal symmetry in the hole-doped compounds.

  12. 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.

  13. Theoretical Studies of Strong Correlations in Cuprates

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    Mistark, Peter

    This thesis presents work that has been done to describe the high temperature superconducting cuprates by going beyond first principles calculations using the Hubbard model with (pi,pi) antiferromagnetic and BCS superconducting order. The unique approach here is to fit the Hubbard model to either first principles or experimental band structure and obtain electronic structure properties by self consisting the antiferromagnetic and superconducting gaps as well as self consistently computing self energy corrections. The self energy corrections are determined through the QPGW model which correctly describes the cuprates as having intermediate coupling of electrons. These methods of modeling cuprates are used to describe the experimental results of spectroscopies such as photoemission and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. The first topic presented here studies the one, three, and four band versions of the Hubbard model. It is shown that, in the three and four band model, by fitting the tight binding parameters to first principles calculations and the antiferromagnetic gap to experimental gap measurements, cuprates should be described as charge transfer insulators instead of Mott insulators which is predicted by one band models. The one, three, and four band models with parameters fit to experiment predict a negative electronic compressibility. This phenomenon is shown to be due to a dramatic decrease in the Hubbard U with increased electron doping away from half filling. Switching focus to hole doped cuprates, the addition of superconducting order reveals a property known as Fermi surface free superconductivity. Fermi surface free superconductivity drives a topological transition from open to closed Fermi surfaces in the hole doped cuprates. STM measurements of the local density of states on hole doped cuprates show a gap filling rather than a gap closing with increased doping. A model of nanoscale phase separation in conjunction with a Coulomb gap which describes stripe

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors

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    Chu, C. W.; Deng, L. Z.; Lv, B.

    2015-07-01

    Hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors have ushered in the modern era of high temperature superconductivity (HTS) and have continued to be at center stage in the field. Extensive studies have been made, many compounds discovered, voluminous data compiled, numerous models proposed, many review articles written, and various prototype devices made and tested with better performance than their nonsuperconducting counterparts. The field is indeed vast. We have therefore decided to focus on the major cuprate materials systems that have laid the foundation of HTS science and technology and present several simple scaling laws that show the systematic and universal simplicity amid the complexity of these material systems, while referring readers interested in the HTS physics and devices to the review articles. Developments in the field are mostly presented in chronological order, sometimes with anecdotes, in an attempt to share some of the moments of excitement and despair in the history of HTS with readers, especially the younger ones.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Oscillation valence electron model of superconducting cuprates

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    Netesova, Nadezhda P.

    2017-03-01

    For the first time, Neel, the winner of the Nobel Prize, has applied sublattice theory to explain the magnetism of multicomponent systems. Within the bioscillation electron model a superconducting phase transition in the crystal AB is accomplished by break valence ties, the formation of paired electrons or molecule sublattices of A2 and B2: 2AB=A2+B2. Energy Φ balance equations are 2Φ2[AB]≤Φ2[A2]+Φ2[B2], Φ2[AB]≤Φ2[A2], Φ2[AB]≤Φ2[B2]. The mechanism of the superconducting phase transition in the yttrium-barium YBaCuO or other cuprates under poly oscillation electron model is examined. In the first stage there are formed yttrium, barium (or other elements) and copper oxides, in the second stage the oxides are dissociated. The molecules are formed, provided that the atom association energy is more gap energy of valence bonds in oxides. Calculations of quadratic energies for the oxides and cuprates to room temperature and 90K are performed. To superconducting phase transition has been occurred, the quadratic energy must be greater than the criterion. The cuprate with a stoichiometric composition is not a superconductor according to experimental data. The balance equations at 90K are consistent with the experimental data 406.4256*2 - (328.482+400.6432) = 83.726 eV2. The total quadratic energy required for education Y2 and Ba2 molecules is equal to 812.8512 eV2. Cuprates with the introduction of additional oxygen typeYBa2Cu3O6.5 + 0.5 are superconductors. The energies of the valence bonds are reduced the introduction of oxygen above stoichiometric values by expanding crystal lattice.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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  8. 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.

  9. Enhanced pinning in mixed rare earth-123 films

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    Driscoll, Judith L [Los Alamos, NM; Foltyn, Stephen R [Los Alamos, NM

    2009-06-16

    An superconductive article and method of forming such an article is disclosed, the article including a substrate and a layer of a rare earth barium cuprate film upon the substrate, the rare earth barium cuprate film including two or more rare earth metals capable of yielding a superconductive composition where ion size variance between the two or more rare earth metals is characterized as greater than zero and less than about 10.times.10.sup.-4, and the rare earth barium cuprate film including two or more rare earth metals is further characterized as having an enhanced critical current density in comparison to a standard YBa.sub.2Cu.sub.3O.sub.y composition under identical testing conditions.

  10. Chasing the cuprates with dilatonic dyons

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    Amoretti, Andrea; Baggioli, Matteo; Magnoli, Nicodemo; Musso, Daniele

    2016-06-01

    Magnetic field and momentum dissipation are key ingredients in describing condensed matter systems. We include them in gauge/gravity and systematically explore the bottom-up panorama of holographic IR effective field theories based on bulk EinsteinMaxwell Lagrangians plus scalars. The class of solutions here examined appears insufficient to capture the phenomenology of charge transport in the cuprates. We analyze in particular the temperature scaling of the resistivity and of the Hall angle. Keeping an open attitude, we illustrate weak and strong points of the approach.

  11. Unparticles and anomalous dimensions in the cuprates

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    Karch, Andreas; Limtragool, Kridsanaphong; Phillips, Philip W.

    2016-03-01

    Motivated by the overwhelming evidence some type of quantum criticality underlies the power-law for the optical conductivity and T-linear resistivity in the cuprates, we demonstrate here how a scale-invariant or unparticle sector can lead to a unifying description of the observed scaling forms. We adopt the continuous mass formalism or multi band (flavor) formalism of the unparticle sector by letting various microscopic parameters be mass-dependent. In particular, we show that an effective mass that varies with the flavor index as well as a running band edge and lifetime capture the AC and DC transport phenomenology of the cuprates. A key consequence of the running mass is that the effective dynamical exponent can differ from the underlying bare critical exponent, thereby providing a mechanism for realizing the fractional values of the dynamical exponent required in a previous analysis [1]. We also predict that regardless of the bare dynamical exponent, z, a non-zero anomalous dimension for the current is required. Physically, the anomalous dimension arises because the charge depends on the flavor, mass or energy. The equivalent phenomenon in a d + 1 gravitational construction is the running of the charge along the radial direction. The nature of the superconducting instability in the presence of scale invariant stuff shows that the transition temperature is not necessarily a monotonic function of the pairing interaction.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Optical Conductivity in the Cuprates from Unparticle

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    Limtragool, Kridsanaphong; Hutasoit, Jimmy; Phillips, Philip

    2015-03-01

    The optical conductivity of optimally doped cuprates above the superconducting dome exhibits a universal power law of the form, ω-2/3. Unparticles, scale-invariant matter with an algebraic propagator, is a candidate to explain this phenomenon. We explore the possibility of using unparticle to produce such power law behavior. We apply unparticle-gauge couplings and linear response theory at finite temperature to calculate the optical conductivity. We find that simply expanding a four-point correlation function using Wick's theorem is not sufficient to obtain the power law. We investigate the role played by non-Wick processes in determining the power law We would like to thank NSF Contract No. DMR-1104909 for partially funding of this project. K. L. is supported by the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois and by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Royal Thai Government.

  15. Antiferromagnetically Induced Photoemission Band in the Cuprates

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    Haas, Stephan; Moreo, Adriana; Dagotto, Elbio

    1995-05-01

    Strong antiferromagnetic correlations in models of high critical temperature (high- Tc) cuprates produce quasiparticlelike features in photoemission (PES) calculations above the Fermi momentum pF corresponding to weakly interacting electrons. This effect, discussed before by Kampf and Schrieffer [Phys. Rev. B 41, 6399 (1990)], is analyzed here using computational techniques in strong coupling. It is concluded that weight above pF should be observable in PES data for underdoped compounds, while in the overdoped regime it will be hidden in the experimental background. At optimal doping the signal is weak. The order of magnitude of our results is compatible with experimental data by Aebi et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 2757 (1994)] for Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8.

  16. Localized holes in superconducting lanthanum cuprate

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    Hammel, P.C.; Statt, B.W.; Martin, R.L.; Chou, F.C.; Johnston, D.C.; Cheong, S.

    1998-01-01

    Copper NQR spectra demonstrate the existence of a second, anomalous copper site in lanthanum cuprate whose character is independent of the method of doping. We present a systematic NMR/NQR study of La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} for a range of {delta}, which demonstrates that the density of such sites increases with {delta}. Analysis of our results and of published data from La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} indicate that a substantial fraction of the doped holes in these materials localize in CuO{sub 6} octahedra adjacent to the out-of-plane dopants, and that the anomalous sites are those neighboring a site occupied by such a pinned hole. Thus, superconductivity occurs in a CuO{sub 2} plane containing many localized holes. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  17. Polysomatic series and superconductivity in complex cuprates with ladder-type structure

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    Leonyuk, L.; Maltsev, V. ); Babonas, G.J.; Reza, A. ); Szymczak, R. )

    1998-12-20

    The structure of ladder-type cuprates was considered in polysomatic model. The possibility of the manifestation of superconductivity was estimated considering the structural stability of various cuprates with the ladder-type structure.

  18. 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.

  19. Electronic structure of one-dimensional cuprates

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    Maiti, K.; Sarma, D. D.; Mizokawa, T.; Fujimori, A.

    1998-01-01

    We have investigated the electronic structures of one-dimensional antiferromagnetic insulators Ca2CuO3 and Sr2CuO3 combining electron spectroscopic measurements and various calculations. While calculations based on a local-spin-density approach for the real magnetic structures fail to yield an insulating state, from our experiments we estimate the intrinsic band gaps in these materials to be about 1.7 eV (Ca2CuO3) and 1.5 eV (Sr2CuO3). Analysis of the core-level and the valence-band spectra in terms of model many-body Hamiltonians show that the charge-transfer energy Δ for these one-dimensional systems is significantly smaller than other cuprates, such as the high-Tc oxides (two-dimensional) and CuO (three-dimensional). Such a small Δ suggests the presence of the bare upper Hubbard band within the oxygen p bandwidth and thus provides an example of a correlated covalent insulator.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Tunneling in cuprate and bismuthate superconductors

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    Zasadzinski, J.F.; Huang, Qiang; Tralshawala, N.; Gray, K.E.

    1991-10-01

    Tunneling measurements using a point-contact technique are reported for the following high temperature superconducting oxides: Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}BiO{sub 3}( BKBO ), Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}( NCCO ), Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7}( BSCCO ) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} ( TBCCO ). For the bismuthate, BKBO, ideal, S-I-N tunneling characteristics are observed using a Au tip. The normalized conductance is fitted to a BCS density of states and thermal smearing only proving there is no fundamental limitation in BKBO for device applications. For the cuprates, the normalized conductance displays BCS-like characteristics, but with a broadening larger than from thermal smearing. Energy gap values are presented for each material. For BKBO and NCCO the Eliashberg functions, {alpha}{sup 2}F({omega}), obtained from the tunneling are shown to be in good agreement with neutron scattering results. Proximity effect tunneling studies are reported for Au/BSCCO bilayers and show that the energy gap of BSCCO can be observed through Au layers up to 600 {Angstrom} thick.

  4. Tunneling in cuprate and bismuthate superconductors

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    Zasadzinski, J.F.; Huang, Qiang; Tralshawala, N. . Dept. of Physics); Gray, K.E. )

    1991-10-01

    Tunneling measurements using a point-contact technique are reported for the following high temperature superconducting oxides: Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}BiO{sub 3}(BKBO), Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}(NCCO), Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7}(BSCCO) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub x} (TBCCO). For the bismuthate, BKBO, ideal, S-I-N tunneling characteristics are observed using a Au tip. The normalized conductance is fitted to a BCS density of states and thermal smearing only proving there is no fundamental limitation in BKBO for device applications. For the cuprates, the normalized conductance displays BCS-like characteristics, but with a broadening larger than from thermal smearing. Energy gap values are presented for each material. For BKBO and NCCO the Eliashberg functions, {alpha}{sup 2}F({omega}), obtained from the tunneling are shown to be in good agreement with neutron scattering results. Proximity effect tunneling studies are reported for Au/BSCCO bilayers and show that the energy gap of BSCCO can be observed through Au layers up to 600 {Angstrom} thick.

  5. Magnetism near Vortex Cores of Cuprate Superconductors

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    Lee, J. C.; Prudchenko, K.; Launspach, B.; Ruiz, E. J.; Boekema, C.

    2005-03-01

    We examined muon-spin-resonance (μSR) vortex data of Bi2212, Tl2223, and YBCO to search for antiferromagnetism (AF) near the vortex cores. [1] Field distributions were obtained from μSR data using Maximum-Entropy analysis. The grainboundary and vortex signals were fitted by Gaussian and Lorentzian curves, the latter suggestive of extra AF ordering. Narrow Gaussians fit the grainboundary signals well, independent of temperature. For T < 0.4Tc, Lorentzians fit much better than Gaussians on the high-field side associated with the vortex core. Such results suggest that magnetism exists near the vortex cores. [1,2] The field dependence of the YBCO AF Lorentzian width is discussed. An AF presence near vortex cores supports theories that predict spin ordering for cuprate superconductivity. Research supported by REU-NSF, WiSE@SJSU & SJSU College of Science. [1] J. Lee et al, J Appl Phys 95 (2004) 6906, and Virtual J Appl of Superconductivity, June 2004 V6 Issue11; K Prudchenko et al, www.jyi.org/volumes/volume10/issue6/articles/prudchenko.html [2] C. Boekema et al, Int J Modern Phys B17 (2003) 3436.

  6. 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.

  7. Fermi surface and pseudogap evolution in a cuprate superconductor.

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    He, Yang; Yin, Yi; Zech, M; Soumyanarayanan, Anjan; Yee, Michael M; Williams, Tess; Boyer, M C; Chatterjee, Kamalesh; Wise, W D; Zeljkovic, I; Kondo, Takeshi; Takeuchi, T; Ikuta, H; Mistark, Peter; Markiewicz, Robert S; Bansil, Arun; Sachdev, Subir; Hudson, E W; Hoffman, J E

    2014-05-09

    The unclear relationship between cuprate superconductivity and the pseudogap state remains an impediment to understanding the high transition temperature (T(c)) superconducting mechanism. Here, we used magnetic field-dependent scanning tunneling microscopy to provide phase-sensitive proof that d-wave superconductivity coexists with the pseudogap on the antinodal Fermi surface of an overdoped cuprate. Furthermore, by tracking the hole-doping (p) dependence of the quasi-particle interference pattern within a single bismuth-based cuprate family, we observed a Fermi surface reconstruction slightly below optimal doping, indicating a zero-field quantum phase transition in notable proximity to the maximum superconducting T(c). Surprisingly, this major reorganization of the system's underlying electronic structure has no effect on the smoothly evolving pseudogap.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Some unique superconductive Properties of Cuprates

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    Müller, K. A.

    2013-04-01

    Copper oxides are the only materials that show transition temperatures, Tc, above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen, with a maximum Tmc of 162 K under pressure. Their structure is layered, with one to several CuO2 planes, and upon hole doping, their transition temperature follows a dome-shaped curve with a maximum at Tmc. In the underdoped regime, i.e., below Tmc, a pseudogap T* is found, with T* always being larger than Tc, a property unique to the copper oxides [1]. In the superconducting state, Cooper pairs (two holes with antiparallel spins) are formed that exhibit coherence lengths on the order of a lattice distance in the CuO2 plane and one order of magnitude less perpendicular to it. Their macroscopic wave function is parallel to the CuO2 plane near 100% d at their surface, but only 75% d and 25 % s in the bulk, and near 100% s perpendicular to the plane in YBCO. There are two gaps with the same Tc [2]. As function of doping, the oxygen isotope effect is novel and can be quantitatively accounted for by a two-band vibronic theory [3] near Tmc, and underdoped below it till Tc = 0 with by a formula valid for (bi)polarons [4]. These cuprates are intrinsically heterogeneous in a dynamic way. In terms of quasiparticles, Jahn-Teller bipolarons are present at low doping, and aggregate upon cooling [1], so that probably ramified clusters and/or stripes are formed, leading over to a more Fermi-liquid-type behavior at large carrier concentrations above Tmc.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Quantum Monte Carlo calculations of magnetic couplings in cuprates

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    Foyevtsova, Kateryna; Krogel, Jaron; Kim, Jeongnim; Reboredo, Fernando

    2014-03-01

    Spin excitations are generally believed to play a fundamental role in the mechanism of high temperature superconductivity in cuprates. However, accurate description of the cuprates' magnetic properties and, in particular, calculation of spin exchange couplings have been a long-standing challenge to the electronic structure theory. While the quantum-mechanically more rigorous cluster methods suffer from finite-size effects, the density functional theory approach, on the other hand, is ambiguous due to a rich variety of approximations to the exchange-correlation functional available which often give very different numbers for the spin exchange constants. For example, in some cuprates the theoretically predicted values of the nearest-neighbor superexchange range from 1 eV (local density approximation) to 0.05 eV (periodic unrestricted Hartree Fock) [C. de Graaf et al, PRB 63 014404 (2000)]. We compute spin exchange constants with the fixed-node diffusion Monte Carlo method (FN-DMC). In one-dimensional cuprates, we find that the FN-DMC computed nearest-neighbor spin superexchange is in an excellent agreement with experiment. This both demonstrates that FN-DMC is capable of describing properly the magnetism of strongly correlated oxides as well as positions this technique as the method of choice for theoretical parameterization of spin models. Research supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Impedance and dielectric properties of mercury cuprate at nonsuperconducting state

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    Özdemir, Z. Güven; Çataltepe, Ö. Aslan; Onbaşlı, Ü.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, impedance and dielectric properties of nonsuperconducting state of the mercury-based cuprate have been investigated by impedance measurements within the frequency interval of 10 Hz-10 MHz for the first time. The dielectric loss factor (tgδ) and ac conductivity (σac) parameters have also been calculated for non-superconducting state. According to impedance spectroscopy analysis, the equivalent circuit of the mercury cuprate system manifests itself as a semicircle in the Nyquist plot that corresponds to parallel connected resistance-capacitance circuit. The oscillation frequency of the circuit has been determined as approximately 45 kHz which coincides with the low frequency radio waves. Moreover, it has been revealed that the mercury-based cuprate investigated has high dielectric constants and hence it may be utilized in microelectronic industry such as capacitors, memory devices etc., at room temperature. In addition, negative capacitance (NC) effect has been observed for the mercury cuprate regardless of the operating temperatures at nonsuperconducting state. Referring to dispersions in dielectric properties, the main contribution to dielectric response of the system has been suggested as dipolar and interfacial polarization mechanisms.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Coexistence of weak ferromagnetism and superconductivity in rutheno-cuprate RuSr2Eu1.5Ce0.5Cu2O10

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    Haskel, Daniel; Souza-Neto, Narcizo M.; Lang, Jonathan C.; Chmaissem, Omar; Dabrowski, Bogdan; Felner, Israel

    2010-03-01

    We address the question of possible coexistence between weak ferromagnetism (W-FM) and superconductivity (SC) in the Ru-1222 rutheno-cuprate layered structure using element-specific x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements. XMCD probes Ru magnetization independently from the paramagnetic contributions of rare-earth ions and XAFS is ideally suited for detection of nano-sized impurities that may go undetected in diffraction measurements. We report the presence of a significant zero-field FM component (0.21 μB/Ru) associated with Ru ions in the Ru-1222 lattice. The results, together with bulk susceptibility and resistivity measurements, imply by necessity coexistence of W-FM and SC at the atomic level in this rutheno-cuprate structure [see N. M. Souza-Neto et al., Phys. Rev. B 80, R140414 (2009).

  2. Eliashberg function of cuprates and fullerides from gap measurements

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    Varelogiannis, G. Ecole Normale Superieure, Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, 24 rue Lhomond, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 )

    1994-12-01

    Assuming [ital s]-wave boson-exchange electronic-pairing superconductivity, we obtain indications on the electron-boson coupling spectral function of cuprates and fullerides from the experimental gap measurements. In cuprates, the coupling is quite strong and it is concentrated in a region of frequencies of the order of 25--50 meV. From a careful analysis of the incompatibility of the infrared and the other gap measures on these materials, we obtain evidence for the validity of our framework. If the large gap values reported by tunneling on fullerides are confirmed then at least 90% of the coupling in these materials is concentrated in a low-energy region at [approx]10 meV, the rest being concentrated in a high-energy region 180--200 meV.

  3. Enhanced Superconductivity in Superlattices of high-$T_c$ Cuprates

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    Okamoto, Satoshi; Maier, Thomas A

    2008-01-01

    The electronic properties of multilayers of strongly-correlated models for cuprate superconductors are investigated using cluster dynamical mean-field techniques. We focus on combinations of under-doped and over-doped layers and find that the superconducting order parameter in the over-doped layers is enhanced by the proximity effect of the strong pairing scale originating from the under-doped layers. The enhanced order parameter can even exceed the maximum value in uniform systems. This behavior is well reproduced in slave-boson mean-field calculations which also find higher transition temperatures than in the uniform system. These results indicate the possibility for higher critical temperatures in artificial cuprate multilayer systems.

  4. Pseudogap term in the magnetic response of cuprate superconductors

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    Walstedt, R. E.; Mason, T. E.; Aeppli, G.; Hayden, S. M.; Mook, H. A.

    2011-07-27

    We combine neutron scattering (INS) data and NMR/NQR nuclear spin lattice relaxation rate (1/T1) data to deduce the existence of a new contribution to the magnetic response (~q, ) in cuprate superconductors. This contribution, which has yet to be observed with INS, is shown to embody the magnetic pseudogap effects. As such, it explains the long-standing puzzle of pseudogap effects missing from cuprate INS data, dominated by stripe fluctuations, for (~q, ) at low energies. For La1.86Sr0.14CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6.5, the new term is the chief contributor to 1/T1 for T Tc.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

  9. 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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Polaronic behavior and electron-phonon interaction in cuprates

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    Gunnarsson, Olle

    2005-03-01

    Photoemission and neutron scattering indicate a substantial electron-phonon coupling in high-Tc cuprates. To address the associated anomalous softening of a half-breathing Cu-O bond-stretching phonon, we derive a t-J model with electron-phonon coupling.^1 Using input parameters from band structure calculations and solving the model by exact diagonalization, we obtain a good description of the phonon softening.^1 We study the interplay of the electron-phonon and Coulomb interactions for a (weakly) doped Mott-Hubbard insulator. Using sum-rules, we find that that the effect of the electron-phonon interaction on the phonon self-energy is strongly suppressed, while there is no corresponding suppression for the electron self-energy or the phonon-induced carrier-carrier interaction.^2 Photoemission suggests polaronic behavior in undoped cuprates. Calculating the electron-phonon interaction in a shell model of an undoped cuprate, we find sufficiently strong coupling to give polaronic behavior. Using an adiabatic approximation, we discuss the dispersion and width of the corresponding phonon side-band. ^1O. Rösch and O. Gunnarsson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 146403 (2004); ^2O. Rösch and O. Gunnarsson, Phys. Rev. Lett. (in press), cond-mat/0407064.

  13. Theory of dual fermion superconductivity in hole-doped cuprates

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    Chang, Jun; Zhao, Jize

    2017-08-01

    Since the discovery of the cuprate high-temperature superconductivity in 1986, a universal phase diagram has been constructed experimentally and numerous theoretical models have been proposed. However, there remains no consensus on the underlying physics thus far. Here, we theoretically investigate the phase diagram of hole-doped cuprates based on an itinerant-localized dual fermion model, with the charge carriers doped on the oxygen sites and localized holes on the copper d x2 - y2 orbitals. We analytically demonstrate that the puzzling anomalous normal state or the strange metal could simply stem from a free Fermi gas of carriers bathing in copper antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations. The short-range high-energy spin excitations also act as the "magnetic glue" of carrier Cooper pairs and induce d-wave superconductivity from the underdoped to overdoped regime, distinctly different from the conventional low-frequency magnetic fluctuation mechanism. We further sketch out the characteristic dome-shaped critical temperature T c versus doping level. The emergence of the pseudogap is ascribed to the localization of partial carriers coupled to the local copper moments or a crossover from the strange metal to a nodal Kondo-like insulator. Our work provides a consistent theoretical framework to understand the typical phase diagram of hole-doped cuprates and paves a distinct way to the studies of both non-Fermi liquid and unconventional superconductivity in strongly correlated systems.

  14. 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.

  15. Atomic-Layer Engineering of Cuprate Superconductors (415th Brookhaven Lecture)

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    Bozovic, Ivan

    2006-05-17

    Copper-oxide compounds, called cuprates, show superconducting properties at 163 degrees Kelvin, the highest temperature of any known superconducting material. Cuprates are therefore among the 'high-temperature superconductors' of extreme interest both to scientists and to industry. Research to learn their secrets is one of the hottest topics in the field of materials science.

  16. 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.

  17. Praseodymium Cuprate Thin Film Cathodes for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Roles of Doping, Orientation, and Crystal Structure.

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    Mukherjee, Kunal; Hayamizu, Yoshiaki; Kim, Chang Sub; Kolchina, Liudmila M; Mazo, Galina N; Istomin, Sergey Ya; Bishop, Sean R; Tuller, Harry L

    2016-12-21

    Highly textured thin films of undoped, Ce-doped, and Sr-doped Pr2CuO4 were synthesized on single crystal YSZ substrates using pulsed laser deposition to investigate their area-specific resistance (ASR) as cathodes in solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The effects of T' and T* crystal structures, donor and acceptor doping, and a-axis and c-axis orientation on ASR were systematically studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy on half cells. The addition of both Ce and Sr dopants resulted in improvements in ASR in c-axis oriented films, as did the T* crystal structure with the a-axis orientation. Pr1.6Sr0.4CuO4 is identified as a potential cathode material with nearly an order of magnitude faster oxygen reduction reaction kinetics at 600 °C compared to thin films of the commonly studied cathode material La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ. Orientation control of the cuprate films on YSZ was achieved using seed layers, and the anisotropy in the ASR was found to be less than an order of magnitude. The rare-earth doped cuprate was found to be a versatile system for study of relationships between bulk properties and the oxygen reduction reaction, critical for improving SOFC performance.

  18. Loop-Current Order in Several Families of Cuprates

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    Bourges, Philippe

    2011-03-01

    In high temperature copper oxides superconductors, a novel long range 3D magnetic order associated with the pseudogap phase has been identified in two different cuprate families - YBa2Cu3CuO6 + x (YBCO), HgBa2CuO4 (Hg1201) - over a wide region of temperature and doping. That magnetic order, evidended using polarized neutron diffraction, respects the translation symmetry of the lattice and can be described as a Q=0 antiferromagnetism with active role of in-plane oxygens atoms. Such a magnetic order can be associated with orbital moments in the circulating currents phase proposed by C. Varma. Similar magnetic ordering is observed in the archetypal cuprate La2 - xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) system below 120 K for x=0.085. In contrast to the previous reports, the magnetic ordering in LSCO is only short range with an in-plane correlation length of ~ 10 Å and is bidimensional (2D). Such a less pronounced order suggests an interaction with other electronic instabilities. In particular, LSCO also exhibits a strong tendency towards stripes ordering at the expense of the superconducting state. Additional polarized neutron diffraction measurements have been performed in YBCO. At lower doping (8 . 5 %), the magnetic order is observed at lower temperature (~ 150 K) than the generally assumed value for the pseudogap. It tends to vanish for dopings where the nematic electronic liquid crystal phase sets up. Recently, two others cuprates families have been studied: Bi2Ca2SrCu2O8 + δ (Bi2212) and electron doped Nd2 - xCexCuO4 (NCCO). In both families, a magnetic order related to the pseudogap phase has been also observed. The recent results will be discussed during the talk. B. Fauquée, Y. Sidis, V. Hinkov, S. Pailhes, C.T. Lin, X. Chaud, and P. Bourges, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 197001 (2006).

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Polaron formation and local magnetic moments in cuprate superconductors

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    Lorenzana, J. ); Dobry, A. )

    1994-12-01

    Exact diagonalization calculations show a continuous transition from delocalized to polaron behavior as a function of intersite electron-lattice coupling. A transition, found previously at the Hartree-Fock level between a magnetic and a nonmagnetic state, does not subsist when fluctuations are included. Local phonon modes become softer close to the polaron and by comparison with optical measurements of doped cuprates we conclude that they are close to the transition region between polaronic and nonpolaronic behavior. The barrier to adiabatically move a hole vanishes in that region suggesting large mobilities.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Towards the design of novel cuprate-based superconductors

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    Yee, Chuck-Hou

    The rapid maturation of materials databases combined with recent development of theories seeking to quantitatively link chemical properties to superconductivity in the cuprates provide the context to design novel superconductors. In this talk, we describe a framework designed to search for new superconductors, which combines chemical rules-of-thumb, insights of transition temperatures from dynamical mean-field theory, first-principles electronic structure tools, materials databases and structure prediction via evolutionary algorithms. We apply the framework to design a family of copper oxysulfides and evaluate the prospects of superconductivity.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. On the coherent quasiparticle weight in high-Tc cuprates

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    Zheng, Yong; Zhang, Xiaowei; Zhou, Wulei; Liu, Xiaochun; Zhao, Hua

    2017-09-01

    The anomalous temperature dependence of the coherent quasiparticle weight below the superconducting transition temperature Tc in high-Tc cuprates, as has been extensively revealed by angle-resolved photoemission measurements, has been addressed theoretically. We find that this puzzling phenomenon universally appears along the whole Fermi surface, from the nodal to antinodal regions, in momentum space, and can be well comprehended in a mean-field slave-boson picture. The ordinary deduction that the coherent quasiparticle peak is a superconducting one, just from such temperature dependence of the coherent quasiparticle weight below Tc, is found to be questionable, and it could correspond to a competing order, especially in the antinodal region.

  11. 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 (Bi1.35Pb0.85)(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 di erences 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 with a

  12. 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.

  13. NMR evidence for spatial modulations in the cuprates.

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    Haase, J.; Slichter, C. P.; Stern, R.; Milling, C. T.; Hinks, D. G.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Illinois

    2000-10-01

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) data on Cu, apical and planar O in La{sub 1.85}Sr{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4} are presented. Spin echo double resonance shows that the large Cu magnetic shift distribution is of short-length scale. Analysis of the O data reveals static modulations of the spin susceptibility with a spin-spin correlation function near zero. The Cu shift distribution is found to be of orbital origin. The full planar oxygen spectra show a correlated modulation of the electric field gradient with the spin susceptibility. Similar results on other cuprates indicate universality of these phenomena.

  14. 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!

  15. The non-Drude type of optical conductivity in cuprates

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    Teng, Yunxue; Gao, He; Ma, Chunsheng; Yuan, Feng; Zhao, Huaisong

    2017-06-01

    There is a long-standing issue that the optical conductivity in normal-state of cuprate superconductors deviates the conventional Drude type marked by ω-2 dependence, exhibiting two main components from underdoping to overdoping, a narrow band peaked around zero energy and a broadband centered in the mid-infrared region called mid-infrared band. Within the renormalized t-J model and self-consistent mean field theory, we discuss the doping and energy dependence of optical conductivity in cuprate superconductors. Our results show that the appearance of the pseudogap in normal state is responsible for anomalous optical conductivity, giving rise to the mid-infrared band. In particular, in analogy to the doping dependence of pseudogap, optical conductivity is also strongly doping dependent. By increasing the doping concentration, the spectral weight of the optical conductivity suppressed strongly in underdoped region increases quickly, and the peak position of the mid-infrared band moves towards to the lower energy region, then incorporates into the narrow band centered in zero energy in the heavily overdoped region.

  16. 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.

  17. 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(*).

  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. 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).

  20. 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.

  1. Strongly correlated nature of d-wave superconductivity in cuprates

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    Yokoyama, H.; Tamura, S.; Miyagawa, T.; Kobayashi, K.; Ogata, M.

    With the high-Tc cuprates in mind, properties of correlated d-wave superconducting (SC) states are studied for a Hubbard model on square lattices with a diagonal transfer (t-t'-U model), using a variational Monte Carlo method. We employ a simple wave function, which includes crucial parameters, in particular, a doublon-holon (D-H) binding factor important for correlated SC and normal states as doped Mott insulators. We first check that the range of dominant superconductivity is limited to a strongly correlated regime (U>W, U: onsite correlation strength, W: band width), and coincides with the effective range of the D-H binding factors. In this range of U/t and δ (doping rate), holons (in hole-doped cases) are classified into two types: doped holons and ones created as D-H pairs. Only the former holons participate in current, whereas the latter contribute to singlet-pair formation. Next, we show that the SC properties undergo a crossover at U=Uco∼W. For UUco (the regime of cuprates), a new idea is needed to understand the peculiar SC behavior.

  2. 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].

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Optical properties of the pseudogap state in deeply underdoped cuprates

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    Pound, Adam; Carbotte, Jules; Nicol, Elisabeth

    2011-03-01

    Recent optical measurements of deeply underdoped cuprates have revealed that a coherent Drude response persists well below the end of the superconducting dome in the phase diagram. We show that this observation is consistent with the resonating valence bond spin-liquid model proposed by Yang, Rice, and Zhang. Within this model, we analyze the three elements that cause the overall reduction in optical conductivity in the approach to the Mott insulating state: a Gutzwiller factor associated with increased correlations, which causes a reduction in the coherent part of the carrier Green's function; a shrinking of the Fermi surface defining the hole Luttinger contours; and an increase in optical effective mass. We show that each of these elements yields qualitative agreement with various experimental observations. Finally, we show how the increased magnitude of the pseudogap at low doping modifies the microwave conductivity and the Wiedemann-Franz law.

  9. Complete symmetry analysis of the Raman spectra in cuprates

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    Venturini, F.; Zhang, Q.-M.; Hackl, R.; Erb, A.; Berger, H.; Revaz, B.; Nagao, Y.; Ando, Y.

    2002-03-01

    We describe results of Raman scattering measurements on differently doped cuprate single crystals. We performed a complete polarization analysis, using circular in addition to the commonly used linear polarizations. This allowed us to determine all symmetry components of the Raman signal being characteristic for tetragonal systems, including A_2g excitations which indicate the presence of a time-reversal broken symmetry in these systems. The A_2g signal has an intensity comparable to that of the other symmetries, but exhibits a distinctly different frequency dependence. In particular, there is a gap at low energies which decreases with increasing doping. The Raman relaxation rates and mass renormalization factor extracted from the pure B_1g and B_2g spectra are consistent with IR-results, and the unphysical drop of 1+λ(ω) below unity for high frequencies disappears teopel. 99 opel M. Opel et al., Phys. Rev. B 61, 9752 (2000). thebibliography

  10. 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.

  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. 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

  13. Unconventional temperature dependence of the cuprate excitation spectrum

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    Sacks, William; Mauger, Alain; Noat, Yves

    2016-08-01

    Key properties of the cuprates, such as the pseudogap observed above the critical temperature Tc, remain highly debated. Given their importance, we recently proposed a novel mechanism based on the Bose-like condensation of mutually interacting Cooper pairs [W. Sacks, A. Mauger, Y. Noat, Supercond. Sci. Technol. 28, 105014 (2015)]. In this work, we calculate the temperature dependent DOS using this model for different doping levels from underdoped to overdoped. In all situations, due to the presence of excited pairs, a pseudogap is found above Tc while the normal DOS is recovered at T∗, the pair formation temperature. A similar behavior is found as a function of magnetic field, crossing a vortex, where a pseudogap exists in the vortex core. We show that the precise DOS shape depends on combined pair (boson) and quasiparticle (fermion) excitations, allowing for a deeper understanding of the SC to the PG transition.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  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. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Magnon-phonon coupling and implications for charge-density wave states and superconductivity in cuprates

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    Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Chen, Xiao-Jia

    2016-10-01

    The mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity of copper oxides (cuprates) remains unsolved puzzle in condensed matter physics. The cuprates represent extremely complicated system, showing fascinating variety of quantum phenomena and rich phase diagram as a function of doping. In the suggested "superconducting glue" mechanisms, phonon and spin excitations are invoked most frequently, and it appears that only spin excitations cover the energy scale required to justify very high transition temperature Tc ˜ 165 K (as in mercury-based triple layer cuprates compressed to 30 GPa). It appears that pressure is quite important variable helping to boost the Tc record by almost 30°. Pressure may be also considered as a clean tuning parameter, helping to understand the underlying balance of various energy scales and ordered states in cuprates. In this paper, a review of mostly our work on cuprates under pressure will be given, with the emphasis on the interactions between phonon and spin excitations. It appears that there is a strong coupling between superexchange interaction and stretching in-plane oxygen vibrations, which may give rise to a variety of complex phenomena, including the charge-density wave state intertwined with superconductivity and attracting a lot of interest recently.

  4. Determination of the oxygen content in superconducting and related cuprates using temperature-programmed reduction

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    Halasz, Istvan; Jen, Hung-Wen; Brenner, Alan; Shelef, Mordecai; Kao, Sendjaja; Simon Ng, K. Y.

    1991-06-01

    The oxygen content and reducibilities of four base metal oxides, six nonconducting cuprates, and three superconducting cuprates were investigated by temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) from 30 to 900°C. It was shown that the copper, bismuth, and thallium ions of these oxides were reduced to the zero valence state. Thus, TPR is a useful technique for determining the actual oxygen stoichiometry of cuprates. For multiphase Bi 2CaSr 2Cu 2O 8+ x and Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O 8+ x superconductors pretreated in air, x was found to be 2 ± 0.2 and 1 ± 0.2, respectively. Both values are significantly higher than previously reported. The reduction of superconducting and related cuprates required higher temperatures than CuO, but the reducibility of CuO decreased when it was calcined in air at 940°C. The Bi- and Y-based superconducting cuprates exhibited the lowest reducibility among the samples investigated.

  5. Spin and charge excitations in artificial hole- and electron-doped infinite layer cuprate superconductors

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    Dellea, G.; Minola, M.; Galdi, A.; Di Castro, D.; Aruta, C.; Brookes, N. B.; Jia, C. J.; Mazzoli, C.; Moretti Sala, M.; Moritz, B.; Orgiani, P.; Schlom, D. G.; Tebano, A.; Balestrino, G.; Braicovich, L.; Devereaux, T. P.; Maritato, L.; Ghiringhelli, G.

    2017-09-01

    The asymmetry between electron and hole doping in high critical-temperature superconducting (HTS) cuprates is key information for the understanding of Cooper pair formation mechanisms. Despite intensive studies on different cuprates, a comprehensive description of related magnetic and charge excitations is still fragmentary. In the present work, artificial cuprates were used to cover the entire phase diagram within the same HTS family. In particular, Cu L3-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) measurements were performed on artificial n - and p -type infinite layer (IL) epitaxial films. Beside several similarities, RIXS spectra show noticeable differences in the evolution, with doping level, of magnetic and charge intensity and damping. Compatible trends can be found in spectra measured on bulk cuprates, as well as in theoretical calculations of the spin dynamical structure factor S (q ,ω ) . The findings give a deeper insight into the evolution of collective excitations across the cuprate phase diagram, and on underlying general features, only connected to the doping type. Moreover, they pave the way to the exploration of general properties of HTS physics over a broad range of conditions, by means of artificial compounds not constrained by the thermodynamic limitations governing the chemical stability of bulk materials.

  6. Novel Superoxygenated Phases in Superconducting Cuprate Thin Films

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    Zhang, C.; Zhang, H.; Gauquelin, N.; Botton, G. A.; McMahon, C.; Hawthorn, D. G.; Wei, J. Y. T.

    The superconducting critical temperature (Tc) of hole-doped cuprates tends to increase with their lattice complexity, which is generally correlated with higher states of oxidation. For YBa2Cu3O7 - δ (YBCO-123), it is known that solid-state reaction in high-pressure oxygen can induce the formation of more complex and oxidized phases such as Y2Ba4Cu7O15 - δ (YBCO-247) and Y2Ba4Cu8O16 (YBCO-248). In this work, we apply this superoxygenation concept of material synthesis to nanoscale thin films which, owing to their large surface-to-volume ratio, are more thermodynamically reactive than bulk samples. Epitaxial thin films of YBCO-123 were grown by pulsed laser deposition on (La , Sr) (Al , Ta) O3 substrates, and post-annealed in up to 500 atm of oxygen at 800C. Our post-annealed films show robust superconducting transitions with Tc ranging from 80 to 93K. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy were used to probe the lattice structure and oxygen stoichiometry. Our measurements show clear evidence of conversion to YBCO-247 and YBCO-248 in the superoxygenated films, as well as YBCO-125, a novel YBCO phase that has three CuO chains per unit cell and potentially higher Tc. Work supported by NSERC, CFI/OIT, and CIFAR.

  7. 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.

  8. Mottness at finite doping and charge-instabilities in cuprates.

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    Peli, S; Dal Conte, S; Comin, R; Nembrini, N; Ronchi, A; Abrami, P; Banfi, F; Ferrini, G; Brida, D; Lupi, S; Fabrizio, M; Damascelli, A; Capone, M; Cerullo, G; Giannetti, C

    2017-08-01

    The influence of the Mott physics on the doping-temperature phase diagram of copper oxides represents a major issue that is subject of intense theoretical and experimental effort. Here, we investigate the ultrafast electron dynamics in prototypical single-layer Bi-based cuprates at the energy scale of the O-2p→Cu-3d charge-transfer (CT) process. We demonstrate a clear evolution of the CT excitations from incoherent and localized, as in a Mott insulator, to coherent and delocalized, as in a conventional metal. This reorganization of the high-energy degrees of freedom occurs at the critical doping pcr ≈0.16 irrespective of the temperature, and it can be well described by dynamical mean field theory calculations. We argue that the onset of the low-temperature charge instabilities is the low-energy manifestation of the underlying Mottness that characterizes the p < pcr region of the phase diagram. This discovery sets a new framework for theories of charge order and low-temperature phases in underdoped copper oxides.

  9. Dynamical charge density waves rule the phase diagram of cuprates

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    Caprara, S.; Di Castro, C.; Seibold, G.; Grilli, M.

    2017-06-01

    In the last few years, charge density waves (CDWs) have been ubiquitously observed in high-temperature superconducting cuprates and are now the most investigated among the competing orders in the still hot debate on these systems. A wealth of new experimental data raises several fundamental issues that challenge the various theoretical proposals. We here relate our mean-field instability line TCDW0 of a strongly correlated Fermi liquid to the pseudogap T*(p ) line, marking in this way the onset of CDW-fluctuations. These fluctuations reduce strongly the mean-field critical line. Controlling this reduction via an infrared frequency cutoff related to the characteristic time of the probes, we account for the complex experimental temperature versus doping phase diagram. We provide a coherent scenario explaining why different CDW onset curves are observed by different experimental probes and seem to extrapolate at zero temperature into seemingly different quantum critical points (QCPs) in the intermediate and overdoped region. The nearly singular anisotropic scattering mediated by these fluctuations also accounts for the rapid changes of the Hall number seen in experiments and provides the first necessary step for a possible Fermi surface reconstruction fully establishing at lower doping. Finally, we show that phase fluctuations of the CDWs, which are enhanced in the presence of strong correlations near the Mott insulating phase, naturally account for the disappearance of the CDWs at low doping with yet another QCP as seen by the experiments.

  10. Optical properties of the pseudogap state in underdoped cuprates

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    Pound, A.; Carbotte, J. P.; Nicol, E. J.

    2011-05-01

    Recent optical measurements of deeply underdoped cuprates have revealed that a coherent Drude response persists well below the end of the superconducting dome. In addition, no large increase in optical effective mass has been observed, even at dopings as low as 1%. We show that this behavior is consistent with the resonating valence bond spin-liquid model proposed by Yang, Rice, and Zhang. In this model, the overall reduction in optical conductivity in the approach to the Mott insulating state is caused not by an increase in effective mass, but by a Gutzwiller factor, which describes decreased coherence due to correlations, and by a shrinking of the Fermi surface, which decreases the number of available charge carriers. We also show that in this model, the pseudogap does not modify the low-temperature, low-frequency behavior, though the magnitude of the conductivity is greatly reduced by the Gutzwiller factor. Similarly, the profile of the temperature dependence of the microwave conductivity is largely unchanged in shape, but the Gutzwiller factor is essential in understanding the observed difference in magnitude between ortho-I and -II YBa2Cu3O y .

  11. 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.

  12. Evidence for Intertwining of Superconductivity and Antiferromagnetism in a Cuprate

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    Tranquada, John; Xu, Zhijun; Stock, C.; Chi, S. X.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Xu, G. Y.; Gu, G. D.

    2014-03-01

    We have used inelastic neutron scattering to measure the low-energy, incommensurate antiferromagnetic spin excitations both above and below the superconducting transition temperature (Tc = 32 K) of La1.905Ba0.095CuO4. While the magnetic excitations in optimally-doped cuprates typically show the development of a spin gap and magnetic resonance below Tc, our sample shows no such effect. Instead strong, gapless spin excitations coexist with bulk superconductivity. To understand this, we note that previous transport measurements have shown that the superconducting layers are decoupled by a magnetic field applied along the c-axis, resulting in a state with frustrated interlayer Josephson coupling, similar to LBCO with x = 1 / 8 , where it has been proposed that pair-density-wave superconductivity occurs. This suggests that, in a similar fashion, the spatially modulated antiferromagnetic correlations (which we see directly in the x = 0 . 095 sample) are intertwined with a spatially modulated superconducting pair wave function. Work at BNL supported by Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US DOE, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  13. 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.

  14. Transport properties of stripe-ordered high Tc cuprates

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    Jie, Qing; Han, Su Jung; Dimitrov, Ivo; Tranquada, J. M.; Li, Qiang

    2012-11-01

    Transport measurements provide important characterizations of the nature of stripe order in the cuprates. Initial studies of systems such as La1.6-xNd0.4SrxCuO4 demonstrated the strong anisotropy between in-plane and c-axis resistivities, but also suggested that stripe order results in a tendency towards insulating behavior within the planes at low temperature. More recent work on La2-xBaxCuO4 with x = 1/8 has revealed the occurrence of quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity that onsets with spin-stripe order. The suppression of three-dimensional superconductivity indicates a frustration of the interlayer Josephson coupling, motivating a proposal that superconductivity and stripe order are intertwined in a pair-density-wave state. Complementary characterizations of the low-energy states near the Fermi level are provided by measurements of the Hall and Nernst effects, each revealing intriguing signatures of stripe correlations and ordering. We review and discuss this work.

  15. ARPES matrix element and the waterfall effect in the cuprates.

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    Basak, Susmita; Das, Tanmoy; Nieminen, Jouko; Lindroos, Matti; Lin, Hsin; Markiewicz, Robert; Bansil, Arun

    2009-03-01

    The high-energy kink (HEK) or the 'waterfall' effect as seen in angle-resolved photoemission spectra (ARPES) in the cuprates has the potential of revealing important information about the dressing of quasiparticles by electronic excitations [1,2,3]. However, recently it has been suggested that matrix element effects radically modify the experimental spectra in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 (Bi2212), and it has been questioned whether the HEK exists [4]. Here we discuss how the interplay between the matrix element and self-energy effects shapes the ARPES spectra. Both the ARPES matrix element and the self-energy are found to be necessary for understanding the experimental spectra. Work supported in part by the USDOE. [1] R. S. Markiewicz et al., Phys. Rev. B 76, 174514 (2007). [2] A. Macridin et al.,Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 237001 (2007). [3] Tanmoy Das et al., cond-mat:0807.4257. [4] D.S. Inosov et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 237002 (2007).

  16. Mottness at finite doping and charge instabilities in cuprates

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    Peli, S.; Conte, S. Dal; Comin, R.; Nembrini, N.; Ronchi, A.; Abrami, P.; Banfi, F.; Ferrini, G.; Brida, D.; Lupi, S.; Fabrizio, M.; Damascelli, A.; Capone, M.; Cerullo, G.; Giannetti, C.

    2017-08-01

    The influence of Mott physics on the doping-temperature phase diagram of copper oxides represents a major issue that is the subject of intense theoretical and experimental efforts. Here, we investigate the ultrafast electron dynamics in prototypical single-layer Bi-based cuprates at the energy scale of the O-2p --> Cu-3d charge-transfer (CT) process. We demonstrate a clear evolution of the CT excitations from incoherent and localized, as in a Mott insulator, to coherent and delocalized, as in a conventional metal. This reorganization of the high-energy degrees of freedom occurs at the critical doping pcr ~ 0.16 irrespective of the temperature, and it can be well described by dynamical mean-field theory calculations. We argue that the onset of low-temperature charge instabilities is the low-energy manifestation of the underlying Mottness that characterizes the p < pcr region of the phase diagram. This discovery sets a new framework for theories of charge order and low-temperature phases in underdoped copper oxides.

  17. Sun Oven Grown Cuprates Superconductivity and Periodic Lattice Distortions PLD

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    Acrivos, Juana V.; Chidvinadze, J. G.; Gulanova, D. D.; Loy, D.

    2011-03-01

    Bi 1.7 Pb 0.3 Sr 2 Ca n-1 Cu n O4 + 2 n + δ identified by the layer heavy element composition with substitution, s (2 s :2:n-1:n > 2) cuprates grown by green chemistry, transition temperatures to superconductivity Tc = 87 to 150K are related to their structure. Enhanced XRD at energies near but below the Cu K, and Pb and Bi L3-edges for pure n=2, 3 phases show Darwin shaped preferred [HKL] reflections that identify the magnitude of the allowed transition moment from the core state to extended unoccupied states determined by the electron density symmetry in that plane, confirmed by XAS of 3 μ m thick films. Weak PLD are still detected, but the stability gained by substitution of Bi by Pb is the formation of nearly symmetric Pb8 cubes in (2s : 2 : 1 : 2)13 and (2s < formula > < ? TeX super-lattices. The preferred 2D [HKL] reflection planes play the same role in the chemical activity of 3D solids as the linear bonds do in molecular reactions, governed by scattering dependent on the electron density symmetry in their highest and lowest unoccupied states. Supported by US NSF, Dreyfus, DOE Laboratories SSRL-SLAC, STUC-Ukraine and Georgia NSF.

  18. Oxygen Doping Study of Cuprate/Manganite Thin-Film Heterostructures

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    Zhang, Hao; Wei, J. Y. T.; Gong, Wen He; Botton, Gianluigi A.

    2011-03-01

    Recent studies of thin-film heterostructures comprising superconducting cuprates and ferromagnetic manganites have revealed a range of novel physical phenomena. These phenomena are believed to involve complex interfacial interactions between competing order parameters, and appear to be highly sensitive to carrier doping. To further examine these phenomena, we carry out a systematic oxygen-doping study of cuprate/manganite multilayer thin films, grown epitaxially by pulsed laser-ablated deposition. Our samples are characterized by electrical transport and magnetization measurements, as well as x-ray diffraction and several microscopy probes including SEM and TEM. We also make cation substitution in the cuprate layer, in order to study the effects of carrier doping across the interface. Work supported by NSERC, CFI/OIT and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

  19. Implications of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering data for theoretical models of cuprates

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    Chen, Wei; Sushkov, Oleg P.

    2013-11-01

    There are two commonly discussed points of view in theoretical description of cuprate superconductors: (i) Cuprates can be described by the modified t-J model; (ii) overdoped cuprates are close to the regime of normal Fermi liquid (NFL). We argue that recent resonant inelastic x-ray scattering data challenge both points. While the modified t-J model describes well the strongly underdoped regime, it fails to describe high energy magnetic excitations when approaching optimal doping. This probably indicates failure of the Zhang-Rice singlet picture. In the overdoped regime the momentum-integrated spin structure factor S(ω) has the same intensity and energy distribution as that in an undoped parent compound. This implies that the entire spin spectral sum rule is saturated at ω≈2J, while in an NFL the spectral weight should saturate only at the total bandwidth which is much larger than 2J.

  20. 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.

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

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    Kreisel, A; Choubey, Peayush; Berlijn, T; Ku, W; Andersen, B M; Hirschfeld, P J

    2015-05-29

    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 Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8} 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. Our results show excellent agreement with experiment and enable a better understanding of novel phenomena in the cuprates via STM imaging.

  2. 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.

  3. Strongly correlated s-wave superconductivity in the N-type infinite-layer cuprate.

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    Chen, C-T; Seneor, P; Yeh, N-C; Vasquez, R P; Bell, L D; Jung, C U; Kim, J Y; Park, Min-Seok; Kim, Heon-Jung; Lee, Sung-Ik

    2002-06-03

    Quasiparticle tunneling spectra of the electron-doped ( n-type) infinite-layer cuprate Sr0.9La0.1CuO2 reveal characteristics that counter a number of common phenomena in the hole-doped ( p-type) cuprates. The optimally doped Sr0.9La0.1CuO2 with T(c) = 43 K exhibits a momentum-independent superconducting gap Delta = 13.0+/-1.0 meV that substantially exceeds the BCS value, and the spectral characteristics indicate insignificant quasiparticle damping by spin fluctuations and the absence of pseudogap. The response to quantum impurities in the Cu sites also differs fundamentally from that of the p-type cuprates with d(x(2)-y(2))-wave pairing symmetry.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Numerical study of Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering for cuprates and transition-metal oxides

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    Jia, Chunjing; Wang, Yao; Chen, Cheng-Chien; Moritz, Brian; Devereaux, Thomas

    A theoretical understanding of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) measurements on cuprates and other transition-metal oxides remains an important yet challenging topic, especially for its ability to resolve the momentum and photon-polarization dependence of low energy elementary excitations. Here we present our exact diagonalization studies for RIXS spectra at the Cu L-edge for cuprates, with a focus on the dependence of both incoming and outgoing photon polarization and incoming photon energy. A more general method for calculating RIXS on other transition-metal oxides (such as NiO), which includes the multiplet and charge-transfer effects, will also be discussed.

  8. Importance of polaron effects for charge carrier mobility above and below pseudogap temperature in superconducting cuprates

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    Ganiev, Orifjon

    2017-06-01

    Polaron effects and charge carrier mobility in high-T_c cuprate superconductors (HTSCs) have been investigated theoretically. The appropriate Boltzmann transport equations under relaxation time approximation were used to calculate the mobility of polaronic charge carriers and bosonic Cooper pairs above and below the pseudogap (PG) temperature T^*. It is shown that the scattering of polaronic charge carriers and bosonic Cooper pairs at acoustic and optical phonons are responsible for the charge carrier mobility above and below the PG temperature. We show that the energy scales of the binding energies of large polarons and polaronic Cooper pairs can be identified by PG cross-over temperature on the cuprate phase diagram.

  9. Growth technology and characteristics of thin strontium iridate films and iridate-cuprate superconductor heterostructures

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    Petrzhik, A. M.; Cristiani, G.; Logvenov, G.; Pestun, A. E.; Andreev, N. V.; Kislinskii, Yu. V.; Ovsyannikov, G. A.

    2017-06-01

    A technology for epitaxial growth of thin films of strontium iridate (Sr2IrO4) and related heterostructures with cuprate superconductor (Sr2IrO4/YBa2Cu3O7 - δ) has been proposed and developed. It is established that the two-layer structure grows epitaxially and the cuprate superconductor layer has the same critical temperature as that ( 91 K) of an autonomous film. Crystallographic parameters of the obtained iridate films are close to tabulated values and the temperature dependence of their electric resistivity is consistent with published data.

  10. Electronic structure of CuTeO4 and its relationship to cuprates

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    Botana, Antia S.; Norman, Michael R.

    2017-03-13

    Based on first-principles calculations, the electronic structure of CuTeO4 is discussed in the context of superconducting cuprates. Despite some significant crystallographic differences, we find that CuTeO4 is similar to these cuprates, exhibiting a quasi-two-dimensional electronic structure that involves hybridized Cu- d and O-p states in the vicinity of the Fermi level, along with an antiferromagnetic insulating ground state. Lastly, hole- doping this material by substituting Te6+ with Sb5+ would be of significant interest.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Linear dichroism and the nature of charge order in underdoped cuprates

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    Norman, M. R.

    2015-04-21

    Recent experiments have addressed the nature of the charge order seen in underdoped cuprates. In this paper, I show that x-ray absorption and linear dichroism are excellent probes of such order. Ab initio calculations reveal that a d-wave charge density wave order involving the oxygen ions is a much better description of the data than alternate models.

  14. Elementary excitations in hole- and electron-doped cuprates: kink and resonance peak

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    Manske, Dirk; Eremin, Ilya; Bennemann, Karl

    2004-03-01

    Elementary excitations in high-Tc cuprates are of central interest in order to learn more about the electronic correlations and the pairing mechanism for superconductivity. In this talk we focus on recent experimental and theoretical work on the kink feature and resonance peak and their possible interpretations due to phonons and spin fluctuations (1-3). Although the phase diagram of hole- and electron-doped cuprates reveal some similarities (4), both effects seem to be present only in hole-doped cuprates, but not in electron-doped ones. The kink feature and resonance peak are also related to tunneling experiments and measurements of the optical conductivity and shed important light on the essential ingredients a theory for Cooper-pairing in the cuprates must contain (5). (1) A. Lanzara et al., Nature 412, 510 (2001) (2) Ph. Bourges et al., Science 288, 1234 (2000) (3) D. Manske et al., PRB 63, 054517 (2001); D. Manske et al., PRL 87, 177005 (2001) (4) D. Manske et al., PRB 64, 144520 (2001); D. Manske et al., PRB 63, 13922 (2000) (5) D. Manske et al., PRB 67, 134520 (2003)

  15. On the quantitative determination of hole-concentration in high-temperature cuprate superconductors

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    Honma, Tatsuya; Hor, Pei-Herng

    2015-09-01

    We compared four hole-scales that have been used to determine the hole-concentration in high-temperature cuprate superconductors. We show that the hole-scale, Ppl-scale, based on the thermoelectric power [T. Honma et al., Phys. Rev. B 70, (2004) 214517.] is quantitatively consistent with spectroscopic probes for many different cuprate materials, while the other hole-scales, based on a well-known dome-shaped Tc-curve [M. R. Presland et al., Physica C 176, 95 (1991)], the c-axis lattice parameter [R. Liang et al., Phys. Rev. B 73, (2006) 180505(R).] and Hall coefficient [Y. Ando et al., Phys. Rev. B 61, (2000) 14956(R).], are not. We show that the quantitatively different hole-scales resulted in opposite conclusion of the same experimental observations. It can also lead to different interpretations of the electronic phase diagram when comparing different physical properties in different high-Tc systems. We suggest that the Ppl-scale is the correct universal scale that works for all high-Tc cuprates and it should be used for all quantitative doping dependence studies of cuprates.

  16. Origin of dz2 orbital suppression of d-wave superconductive pairs in cuprate

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    Tang, Huai Bao; Li, Guang; Zhang, Hai Jun; Zuo, Xue Qin; Meng, Fan Ming; Liu, Da Yong

    2015-07-01

    Compared to Hg-cuprate, the origin that the dz2 orbital suppresses the d-wave superconductive (SC) pairs in La-cuprate is studied based on an effective two-orbital t-J-U model by using the Kotliar-Ruckenstein (KR) slave-boson technique. By analyzing the orbital-dependent electron distribution, it is elaborated that the double occupancy of dx2-y2 orbital, caused by the dz2 orbital mixture, should be responsible for the suppression of the d-wave SC pairs in La-cuprate. When the Coulomb interaction U increases, the ground state hosting the large double occupancy of dx2-y2 orbital in La-cuprate is stabilized by the localization of the carriers due to the Coulomb-blocking instead of reducing the double occupancy by the way of lowering of Coulomb potential energy. Therefore, it could be concluded that the mechanism that the double occupancy destructs against d-wave SC pairs is robust even if the strong Coulomb interaction exists in the La-based compounds.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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

    2012-05-29

    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 La(2-x)Ce(x)CuO(4) 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.

  20. Evolution of superconducting gap and metallic ground state in cuprates from transport

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    Taillefer, Louis

    2006-03-01

    We report on fundamental characteristics of the ground state of cuprates in the limit of T=0, for both normal and superconducting states, obtained from transport measurements on high-quality single crystals of YBCO and Tl-2201, as a function of hole concentration. The superconducting gap is extracted from thermal conductivity; it is found to scale with the superconducting transition temperature throughout the overdoped regime, with a gap-to-Tc ratio of 5 [1]. The normal state is accessed by suppressing superconductivity with magnetic fields up to 60 T and is characterized by the limiting behavior of its electrical resistivity; while carrier localization is observed in YBCO at low temperature for carrier concentrations p below 0.1 hole/planar Cu, at p=0.1 and above the material remains highly metallic down to T=0 [2]. This shows that the non-superconducting state of underdoped cuprates, deep in the pseudogap phase, is remarkably similar to that of strongly overdoped cuprates, e.g. at p=0.3. We compare these results with similar measurements on other cuprates and discuss their implication for our understanding of the cuprate phase diagram. [1] In collaboration with: D.G. Hawthorn, S.Y. Li, M. Sutherland, E. Boaknin, R.W. Hill, C. Proust, F. Ronning, M. Tanatar, J. Paglione, D. Peets, R. Liang, D.A. Bonn, W.N. Hardy, and N.N. Kolesnikov. [2] In collaboration with: C. Proust, M. Sutherland, N. Doiron- Leyraud, S.Y. Li, R. Liang, D.A. Bonn, W.N. Hardy, N.E. Hussey, S. Adachi, S. Tajima, J. Levallois, and M. Narbone.

  1. A magnetic origin of cuprate superconductivity? A MaxEnt-μSR view

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    Boekema, C.; Owens, F.; Love, A.; Li, Z.; Sakkaris, P.; Dawson, W. K.

    2015-08-01

    The fundamental physics of cuprate superconductivity is still much deliberated after three decades of research. In contrast to phononic or polaronic roots, some major theories promote a magnetic origin. In this perspective, we review cuprate magnetism, as probed by muon-spin-rotation (μSR) in RBa2Cu3O7-δ (RBCO), Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x (Bi2212) and Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10+x (Tl2223). Site-search RBCO studies show that muons localize and probe in locations away from the superconducting CuO2 planes. Maximum entropy (MaxEnt, ME) analysis of transverse field μSR data of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (GdBCO) indicates that the muon probes in an undisturbed insulating environment, allowing μSR to detect (weak) magnetic features in these cuprates. Concerning Varma’s predicted loop currents, MaxEnt has shown weak μSR signals for GdBCO in zero field above and below the critical temperature, Tc; these are near the predicted ˜ 100 Oe. Concerning Zhang’s predicted antiferromagnetism (AF) connected to the vortex cores, we have observed Lorentzian relaxation of cuprate vortex signals below half Tc, consistent with AF-broadening effects. For both Bi2212 and Tl2223, Lorentzians describe the μSR vortex signals much better below 0.4Tc than Gaussians, indicating that extra AF fields occur near and in the vortex cores. In sum, both our MaxEnt-μSR (ME-μSR) studies point toward magnetic roots of cuprate superconductivity.

  2. Role of isovalent substitution of strontium for barium in the superconducting properties of cuprates with thallium monolayers

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    Maignan, A.; Martin, C.; Huve, M.; Michel, C.; Hervieu, M.; Raveau, B. )

    1993-04-01

    The isovalent substitution of strontium for barium in thallium monolayer cuprates is studied; three series of oxides have been isolated and characterized by X-ray diffraction: the 1201 phases TlBa[sub 1.2][sub [minus

  3. Strain-controlled critical temperature in REBa2Cu3Oy-coated conductors

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    Awaji, Satoshi; Suzuki, Takumi; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Matsumoto, Kaname

    2015-01-01

    Recently, we succeeded in detwinning REBa2Cu3O7 (RE123, RE = rare-earth elements)-coated conductors by annealing under an external uniaxial strain. Using the untwinned RE123 tapes, the uniaxial-strain dependencies of the critical temperature Tc along the a and b crystal axes were investigated over a wide strain region from compression to tension. We found that the strain dependencies of Tc for the a and b axes obey a power law but exhibit opposite slopes. In particular, the maximum value of Tc is obtained when the CuO2 plane becomes a square, and its lattice constant is close to 0.385 nm. It is suggested that a tetragonal structure with a ≈ 0.385 nm is the optimum condition for a high critical temperature in high-Tc cuprates. PMID:26063123

  4. 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.

  5. Atomic scale studies of doped-hole distributions, self-organized electronic nano-domains, and electron-boson coupling in high Tc-cuprates

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    Davis, James C.

    2014-05-14

    Progress is reported in these areas (titles and abstracts of journal articles produced for the contract): Exotic Density Wave in Underdoped Cuprates; Varying the inter-atomic distances within individual crystal unit-­cells of cuprates; Truncated Momentum Space Electronic Structure of Underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ; and, Visualizing Phase Fluctuating d-Wave Superconductivity in the Cuprate Pseudogap State.

  6. 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

  7. Vestigial nematicity from spin and/or charge order in the cuprates

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    Nie, Laimei; Maharaj, Akash V.; Fradkin, Eduardo; Kivelson, Steven A.

    2017-08-01

    Nematic order has manifested itself in a variety of materials in the cuprate family. We propose an effective field theory of a layered system with incommensurate, intertwined spin- and charge-density wave (SDW and CDW) orders, each of which consists of two components related by C4 rotations. Using a variational method (which is exact in a large-N limit), we study the development of nematicity from partially melting those density waves by either increasing temperature or adding quenched disorder. As temperature decreases we first find a transition to a single nematic phase, but depending on the range of parameters (e.g., doping concentration) the strongest fluctuations associated with this phase reflect either proximate SDW or CDW order. We also discuss the changes in parameters that can account for the differences in the SDW-CDW interplay between the 214 family and the other hole-doped cuprates.

  8. Evidence for the importance of extended Coulomb interactions and forward scattering in cuprate superconductors.

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    Johnston, S; Vishik, I M; Lee, W S; Schmitt, F; Uchida, S; Fujita, K; Ishida, S; Nagaosa, N; Shen, Z X; Devereaux, T P

    2012-04-20

    The prevalent view of the high-temperature superconducting cuprates is that their essential low-energy physics is captured by local Coulomb interactions. However, this view been challenged recently by studies indicating the importance of longer-range components. Motivated by this, we demonstrate the importance of these components by examining the electron-phonon (e-ph) interaction with acoustic phonons in connection with the recently discovered renormalization in the near-nodal low-energy (~8-15 meV) dispersion of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+δ). By studying its nontrivial momentum and doping dependence we conclude a predominance of forward scattering arising from the direct interplay between the e-ph and extended Coulomb interactions. Our results thus demonstrate how the low-energy renormalization can provide a pathway to new insights into how these interactions interplay with one another and influence pairing and dynamics in the cuprates.

  9. Vestigial nematicity from spin and/or charge order in the cuprates

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    Nie, Laimei; Maharaj, Akash V.; Fradkin, Eduardo; ...

    2017-08-01

    Nematic order has manifested itself in a variety of materials in the cuprate family. We propose an effective field theory of a layered system with incommensurate, intertwined spin- and charge-density wave (SDW and CDW) orders, each of which consists of two components related by C4 rotations. Using a variational method (which is exact in a large N limit), we study the development of nematicity from partially melting those density waves by either increasing temperature or adding quenched disorder. As temperature decreases we first find a transition to a nematic phase, but depending on the range of parameters (e.g. doping concentration)more » the strongest fluctuations associated with this phase reflect either proximate SDW or CDW order. We also discuss the changes in parameters that can account for the differences in the SDW-CDW interplay between the (214) family and the other hole-doped cuprates.« less

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Polarized Neutron Diffraction to discover symmetry breaking in pseudogap region of Y(123)-Cuprate

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    Bourges, Phiippe

    2006-03-01

    0.5 cm One of the leading issues in high-TC superconductors is the origin of the pseudogap phase in underdoped cuprates. Using polarized elastic neutron diffraction, we identify a novel magnetic order in the YBa2Cu3O6+x system^*. The observed magnetic order preserves translational symmetry as proposed for orbital moments in the circulating current theory of the pseudogap state (see C.M. Varma, at http://fr.arxiv.org/abs/cond-mat/0507214). To date, it is the first direct evidence of an hidden order parameter characterizing the pseudogap phase in high-TC cuprates. ^* B. Fauqu'e, Y. Sidis, V. Hinkov, S. Pailhès, C.T. Lin, X. Chaud and P. Bourges, at http://fr.arxiv.org/abs/cond- mat/0509210.

  13. Spin vortices in cuprates: Magnetic excitations, optical conductivity, enhanced Nernst signal, and a persistent current generation

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    Koizumi, Hiroyasu

    2010-12-01

    When spin vortices are present, loop currents arise around them. These loop currents are germs of a macroscopic current, i.e., a macroscopic current is created as a collection of them, and eventually form a persistent current at temperatures below T. We argue that this is what happening in the underdoped cuprates. The hourglass-shaped magnetic excitation spectrum observed in cuprates is considered as evidence of the presence of spin vortices; the Drude-like peak in the optical conductivity is also explained as arising from spin-wave excitations in the presence of spin vortices. The observed enhanced Nernst signals and magnetization in the psudogap phase is explained due to the flow of the loop currents. If we calculate T in the underdoped sample as the temperature where the coherence establishes among the loop currents, the doping concentration dependence of it is given by T=T0lnxx0, which is shown to agree well with experiments.

  14. Strong-coupling superconductivity, the Lorenz number, and the Nernst effect in cuprates

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2004-03-01

    Strong electron-phonon interaction in the cuprates has gathered support over the last decade in a large number of experiments. Here I argue that the bipolaron extension of the BCS theory to the strong-coupling regime [1] naturally explains the temperature dependent Lorenz number and the large Nernst effect in the cuprates. The Wiedemann-Franz law breaks down due to the interference of polaron and bipolaron contributions to the heat flow that provides a quantitative fit to the experimental "Hall" Lorenz number [2]. A strong enhancement of the Nernst signal and its magnetic field dependence above Tc originate in a critical slowing down of the bipolaron relaxation times, when the system approaches the Bose-Einstein condensation. [1] A.S. Alexandrov, Theory of superconductivity: from weak to strong coupling, IOP Publishing (Bristol-Philadelphia, 2003) [2] K. K. Lee, A. S. Alexandrov, and W. Y. Liang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 90, 217001 (2003)

  15. 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.

  16. Half-integer flux quantum effect in cuprate superconductors - a probe of pairing symmetry

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    Tsuei, C. C.; Kirtley, J. R.; Gupta, A.; Sun, J. Z.; Moler, K. A.; Ren, Z. F.; Wang, J. H.

    1996-01-01

    Based on macroscopic quantum coherence effects arising from pair tunneling and flux quantization, a series of tricrystal experiments have been designed and carried out to test the order parameter symmetry in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. By using a scanning SQUID microscope, we have directly and non-invasively observed the spontaneously generated half-integer flux quantum effect in controlled-orientation tricrystal cuprate superconducting systems. The presence or absence of the half-integer flux quantum effect as a function of the tricrystal geometry allows us to prove that the order parameter symmetry in the YBCO and Tl2201 systems is consistent with that of the dx2-y2 pair state.

  17. Entropic Origin of Pseudogap Physics and a Mott-Slater Transition in Cuprates

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    Markiewicz, R. S.; Buda, I. G.; Mistark, P.; Lane, C.; Bansil, A.

    2017-01-01

    We propose a new approach to understand the origin of the pseudogap in the cuprates, in terms of bosonic entropy. The near-simultaneous softening of a large number of different q-bosons yields an extended range of short-range order, wherein the growth of magnetic correlations with decreasing temperature T is anomalously slow. These entropic effects cause the spectral weight associated with the Van Hove singularity (VHS) to shift rapidly and nearly linearly toward half filling at higher T, consistent with a picture of the VHS driving the pseudogap transition at a temperature ~T*. As a byproduct, we develop an order-parameter classification scheme that predicts supertransitions between families of order parameters. As one example, we find that by tuning the hopping parameters, it is possible to drive the cuprates across a transition between Mott and Slater physics, where a spin-frustrated state emerges at the crossover. PMID:28327627

  18. On the way from infinite layer compounds to atomic engineering of superconducting cuprates

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    Lagues, Michel; Beuran, C. F.; Deville Cavellin, C.; Eustache, B.; Germain, Philippe; Hatterer, C.; Mairet, V.; Partiot, C.; Xie, X. M.; Xu, Xiang Z.

    1996-07-01

    The quest for new cuprates compounds exhibiting superconducting properties at elevated temperatures was intensified recently. The synthesis under high pressure led first to an increased Tc record of around 160K with Hg compounds, and second to new bulk compounds including Cu, CO3 and infinite layer families. Meanwhile the results concerning thin films of new cuprates, even grown by atomic layering, were not as convincing. We describe here the growth of infinite layer related compounds with emphasis on the growth mechanisms. The deposition is performed in the range of 500 to 550 degrees C under atomic oxygen, using real time control by RHEED intensity. Various deposition sequences were used leading mainly to two basic families. The first one belongs to the infinite layer family, while the other one seems to belong to the spin ladder Can-1Cun+1O2n family. Transport properties in a wide range of temperatures are presented and discussed.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Electron Doping of the Parent Cuprate La2CuO4 without Cation Substitution

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    Wei, Haofei I.; Adamo, Carolina; Nowadnick, Elizabeth A.; Lochocki, Edward B.; Chatterjee, Shouvik; Ruf, Jacob P.; Beasley, Malcolm R.; Schlom, Darrell G.; Shen, Kyle M.

    2016-09-01

    In the cuprates, carrier doping of the Mott insulating parent state is necessary to realize superconductivity as well as a number of other exotic states involving charge or spin density waves. Cation substitution is the primary method for doping carriers into these compounds, and is the only known method for electron doping in these materials. Here, we report electron doping without cation substitution in epitaxially stabilized thin films of La2CuO4 grown via molecular-beam epitaxy. We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to directly measure their electronic structure and conclusively determine that these compounds are electron doped with a carrier concentration of 0.09 ±0.02 e-/Cu . We propose that intrinsic defects, most likely oxygen vacancies, are the sources of doped electrons in these materials. Our results suggest a new approach to electron doping in the cuprates, one which could lead to a more detailed experimental understanding of their properties.

  4. 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.

  5. Entropic Origin of Pseudogap Physics and a Mott-Slater Transition in Cuprates

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    Markiewicz, R. S.; Buda, I. G.; Mistark, P.; Lane, C.; Bansil, A.

    2017-03-01

    We propose a new approach to understand the origin of the pseudogap in the cuprates, in terms of bosonic entropy. The near-simultaneous softening of a large number of different q-bosons yields an extended range of short-range order, wherein the growth of magnetic correlations with decreasing temperature T is anomalously slow. These entropic effects cause the spectral weight associated with the Van Hove singularity (VHS) to shift rapidly and nearly linearly toward half filling at higher T, consistent with a picture of the VHS driving the pseudogap transition at a temperature ~T*. As a byproduct, we develop an order-parameter classification scheme that predicts supertransitions between families of order parameters. As one example, we find that by tuning the hopping parameters, it is possible to drive the cuprates across a transition between Mott and Slater physics, where a spin-frustrated state emerges at the crossover.

  6. Material and Doping Dependence of the Nodal and Antinodal Dispersion Renormalizations in Single- and Multilayer Cuprates

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    Johnston, S.; Lee, W. S.; Chen, Y.; ...

    2010-01-01

    We presenmore » t a review of bosonic renormalization effects on electronic carriers observed from angle-resolved photoemission spectra in the cuprates. Specifically, we discuss the viewpoint that these renormalizations represent coupling of the electrons to the lattice and review how materials dependence, such as the number of Cu O 2 layers, and doping dependence can be understood straightforwardly in terms of several aspects of electron-phonon coupling in layered correlated materials.« less

  7. On the Interpretation of the Nernst Effect Measurements in the Cuprates

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    Ussishkin, Iddo; Sondhi, S. L.

    We consider the large Nernst signal discovered by Ong and collaborators in hole-doped cuprates, in particular in the pseudogap regime. Based on our previous quantitative calculations together with Huse [Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 287001 (2002)], we discuss the interpretation of the experimental observations as arising from superconducting fluctuations and its relation to the vortex scenario proposed by Ong. We also comment on the implications of the Nernst analysis for understanding the full range of pseudogap phenomena.

  8. Early Earth

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    Brown, M.

    2015-05-01

    Earth has continents, subduction and mobile lid plate tectonics, but details of the early evolution are poorly understood. Here I summarize the Hadean-Archean record, review evidence for a hotter Earth and consider geodynamic models for early Earth.

  9. Probing broken symmetry states in cuprate superconductors with polarization-sensitive infrared spectroscopy

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    Mukherjee, Alok; Arik, Mumtaz Murat; Seo, Jungryeol; Cerne, John; Zhang, Hao; Xu, Ke Jun; Wei, John Y. T.; Armitage, N. P.; Kirzhner, T.; Koren, G.

    The nature of the pseudogap state in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) cuprates has drawn a lot of attention in the past two decades. A fundamental question is whether the pseudogap is a distinct phase with its own broken symmetries. Recent optical studies in the near-IR (800 meV) and THz (2-6 meV) ranges have observed symmetry breaking in the pseudogap state of HTS cuprates, suggesting that the pseudogap is a distinct phase. To probe the spectral character of this broken symmetry, we have performed infrared/visible Faraday and Kerr effect measurements at zero magnetic field and various temperatures on a series of HTS cuprate thin films, grown epitaxially by pulsed laser-ablated deposition. We will present and discuss our data, primarily complex Faraday/Kerr angle as a function of energy (0.1-3 eV), temperature (10-300K) and sample orientation with respect to the incident light polarization. This work supported by NSF-DMR1410599, NSERC, CFI-OIT and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Effect of the pseudogap on the transition temperature in the cuprates and implications for its origin

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    Mishra, Vivek; Chatterjee, U.; Campuzano, J. C.; Norman, M. R.

    2014-03-30

    We present cuprates that possess a large pseudogap that spans much of their phase diagram. The origin of this pseudogap is as debated as the mechanism for high-temperature superconductivity. In one class of theories, the pseudogap arises from some instability not related to pairing, typically charge, spin or orbital current ordering. Evidence of this has come from a variety of measurements indicating symmetry breaking. On the other side are theories where the pseudogap is associated with pairing. This ranges from preformed pairs to resonating valence bond theories where spin singlets become charge coherent. Here, we study pairing in the cuprates by constructing the pair vertex using spectral functions derived from angle-resolved photoemission data. Assuming that the pseudogap is not due to pairing, we find that the superconducting instability is strongly suppressed, in stark contrast to what is actually observed. We trace this suppression to the destruction of the BCS logarithmic singularity from a combination of the pseudogap and lifetime broadening. In conclusion, our findings strongly support those theories of the cuprates where the pseudogap is instead due to pairing.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Imbalance of Hole Density between Inner and Outer Planes and Superconducting Transition Temperature in Multilayered Cuprates

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    Iwai, Shiho; Mukuda, Hidekazu; Shimizu, Sunao; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Iyo, Akira; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Uchida, Shin-ichi

    A 63Cu-NMR study of trilayered cuprate Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10+δ (Bi2223) with Tc = 110 K has revealed that a hole density p(IP) (p(OP)) at the inner (IP) (outer (OP)) plane is significantly smaller (larger) than an optimal hole density p = 0.16, at which Tc exhibits a maximum. It differs significantly from the result on optimally doped Hg1223 with Tc = 133 K, in which p(IP) and p(OP) are both rather close to p = 0.16. Based on the accumulated results on multilayered cuprates(n = 3-5), we suggest that this large imbalance between p(IP) and p(OP) is one of the important factors for the suppression of the bulk Tc. We suggest experimentally thatTc might be enhanced up to around 160 K in cuprates if every layer in the multilayered structure(n = 3-5) could be optimally doped with p = 0.16.

  17. Thermodynamic properties of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x cuprates for several doping values

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    Salas, P.; Solís, M. A.; Fortes, M.; Sevilla, F. J.

    2017-05-01

    We report the thermodynamic properties of cuprate superconductors YBa2Cu3O6+x, with x ranging from underdoped (x = 0.55) to optimally doped (x = 0.9) regions. We model cuprates as a boson-fermion gas mixture immersed in a layered structure, which is generated via a Dirac-comb potential applied in the perpendicular direction to the CuO2 planes, while the particles move freely in the other two directions. The optimal system parameters, namely, the planes’ impenetrability and the paired-fermion fraction, are obtained by minimizing the Helmholtz free energy in addition to fixing the critical temperature Tc to its experimental value. Using this optimized scheme, we calculate the entropy, the Helmholtz free energy and the specific heat as functions of temperature. Additionally, some fundamental properties of the electronic specific heat are obtained, such as the normal linear coefficient γ(Tc), the quadratic α term and the jump height at Tc. We reproduce the cubic βl term of the total specific heat for low temperatures. Also our multilayer model inherently brings with it the mass anisotropy observed in cuprate superconductors. Furthermore, we establish the doping value beyond which superconductivity is suppressed.

  18. Direct phase-sensitive identification of a d-form factor density wave in underdoped cuprates

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    Fujita, Kazuhiro; Hamidian, Mohammad H.; Edkins, Stephen D.; Kim, Chung Koo; Kohsaka, Yuhki; Azuma, Masaki; Takano, Mikio; Takagi, Hidenori; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Uchida, Shin-ichi; Allais, Andrea; Lawler, Michael J.; Kim, Eun-Ah; Sachdev, Subir; Davis, J. C. Séamus

    2014-01-01

    The identity of the fundamental broken symmetry (if any) in the underdoped cuprates is unresolved. However, evidence has been accumulating that this state may be an unconventional density wave. Here we carry out site-specific measurements within each CuO2 unit cell, segregating the results into three separate electronic structure images containing only the Cu sites [Cu(r)] and only the x/y axis O sites [Ox(r) and Oy(r)]. Phase-resolved Fourier analysis reveals directly that the modulations in the Ox(r) and Oy(r) sublattice images consistently exhibit a relative phase of π. We confirm this discovery on two highly distinct cuprate compounds, ruling out tunnel matrix-element and materials-specific systematics. These observations demonstrate by direct sublattice phase-resolved visualization that the density wave found in underdoped cuprates consists of modulations of the intraunit-cell states that exhibit a predominantly d-symmetry form factor. PMID:24989503

  19. Optical melting of the transverse Josephson plasmon: A comparison between bilayer and trilayer cuprates

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    Hu, W.; Nicoletti, D.; Boris, A. V.; Keimer, B.; Cavalleri, A.

    2017-03-01

    We report on an investigation of the redistribution of interlayer coherence in the trilayer cuprate B i2S r2C a2C u3O10 . The experiment is performed under the same apical-oxygen phonon excitation discussed in the past for the bilayer cuprate YB a2C u3O6.5 . In B i2S r2C a2C u3O10 , we observe a similar spectral weight loss at the transverse plasma mode resonance as that seen in YB a2C u3O6.5 . However, this feature is not accompanied by the light-enhanced interlayer coherence that was found in YB a2C u3O6 +x , for which the transverse plasma mode is observed at equilibrium even in the normal state. These new observations offer an experimental perspective in the context of the physics of light-enhanced interlayer coupling in various cuprates.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Crystal structure of the thermochromic bis-(di-ethyl-ammonium) tetra-chlorido-cuprate(II) complex.

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    Aldrich, Emily P; Bussey, Katherine A; Connell, Jennifer R; Reinhart, Erin F; Oshin, Kayode D; Mercado, Brandon Q; Oliver, Allen G

    2016-01-01

    In the structure of the title complex salt, (Et2NH2)2[CuCl4], the asymmetric unit consists of four unique di-ethyl-ammonium cations and three unique tetra-chlorido-cuprate anions. Two of the three anions are located with their copper atoms on independent crystallographic twofold axes, while the remaining tetra-chlorido-cuprate is located at a general position of the ortho-rhom-bic space group P21212. Two of the three Cu atoms adopt a distorted square-planar/disphenoidal geometry and the third Cu atom has a regular square-planar coordination environment. The di-ethyl-ammonium cations form an extensive hydrogen-bonded network through N-H⋯Cl inter-actions with the tetra-chlorido-cuprate anions, resulting in a two-dimensional sheet-like hydrogen-bonded network parallel to the ab direction. The complex was observed to undergo a color shift from deep green at room temperature to pale yellow at temperatures above 328 K.

  3. Pseudogap phase in cuprates: Oxygen orbital moments instead of circulating currents

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    Moskvin, A. S.

    2012-11-01

    Circulating current loops within the cuprate unit cell are proposed to play a key role in the physics of the pseudogap phase. However, main experimental observations motivated by this sophisticated proposal and seemingly supporting the circulating current model can be explained within a simple and physically clear microscopic model. It has been argued that, instead of a well-isolated Zhang-Rice (ZR) singlet 1 A 1 g , the ground state of the hole center [CuO4]5- (cluster analog of Cu3+ ion) in cuprates should be described by a complex 1 A 1 g -1,3 B 2 g -1,3 E u multiplet, formed by a competition of conventional hybrid Cu 3 d-O 2 p b_{1g} (σ ) ∝ d_{x^2 - y^2 } state and purely oxygen nonbonding O 2 pπ states with a 2 g (π) and e ux, y (π) symmetry. In contrast to inactive ZR singlet we arrive at several novel competing orbital and spin-orbital order parameters, e.g., Ising-like net orbital magnetic moment, orbital toroidal moment, intra-plaquette's staggered order of Ising-like oxygen orbital magnetic moments. As a most impressive validation of the non-ZR model we explain fascinating results of recent neutron scattering measurements that revealed novel type of magnetic ordering in pseudogap phase of several hole-doped cuprates.

  4. Effective single-band models for the high-Tc cuprates. II. Role of apical oxygen

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    Raimondi, R.; Jefferson, J. H.; Feiner, L. F.

    1996-04-01

    An effective single-band model for the cuprates is derived by a cell-perturbation method from a five-band model which includes d3z2-r2 orbitals on copper and pz orbitals on apical oxygen. In addition to the usual Zhang-Rice singlets of A1 symmetry, there are two-hole cell states of B1 symmetry, which can become low in energy and depend sensitively on the apical oxygen ions. Provided that hybridization with the apical oxygen orbital is sufficiently weak to permit reduction to a t-t'-J model, the main effect of the B1-symmetry states is to renormalize the effective next-nearest-neighbor hopping (t') of doped holes. This effect can be quite large and may even change the sign of t'. The variation of t' between various compounds due to differences in crystal structure is shown to correlate with Tmaxc, the critical temperature at optimum doping, suggesting that t' may be a crucial parameter for the low-energy physics, which moreover differentiates between the various cuprates. The effective single-band model is shown to break down when the apex level approaches the in-plane oxygen level, and to describe that situation, which cannot be ruled out completely for the cuprates with present experimental evidence, we propose a specific minimal effective (two-band) model.

  5. Progress in Neutron Scattering Studies of Spin Excitations in High-T(c) Cuprates

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    Fujita M.; Tranquada J.; Hiraka, H.; Matsuda, M.; Matsuura, M.; Wakimoto, S.; Xu, G.; Yamada, K.

    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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. The crystal structure of RESrGaCuO sub 5 (RE: La, Pr, Nd), a gallate-cuprate with strong structural similarities to superconducting cuprates

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    Roth, G.; Adelmann, P.; Massing, S. ); Knitter, R. ); Wolf, T. )

    1992-08-01

    The crystal structure and some basic properties of RESrGaCuO{sub 5}(RE: La, Pr, Nd, space group Ima2, z = 4, a = 16.277(1) {angstrom}, b = 5.5191(3) {angstrom}, c = 5.3342(3) {angstrom} for RE = Nd) has been studied by powder and single-crystal X-ray methods, electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements, DSC, TG, and optical microscopy. The structure consists of almost planar nets of distorted corner sharing Cu-O{sub 6} octahedra connected along the longest axis via Ga-O{sub 4} tetrahedral chains with RE and Sr ions filling the large voids between planes and chains. It is isotypic to the structure of the mineral Brownmillerite (Ca{sub 2}(Al,Fe){sub 2}O{sub 5}). Together with its recently described double Cu-O{sub n} layer counterpart RESr{sub 2}GaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7} it forms a homologous series of new gallate-cuprates which closely resemble the corresponding Ga-free superconducting cuprates with single and double Cu-O{sub n} layers. Stoichiometric RESrGaCuO{sub 5} has a fixed oxygen content and is semiconducting with a strong anisotropy of the optical absorption, indicating a pronounced 2-dimensional character of the electronic properties. P-doping of these materials by partial substitution of RE by additional Sr has not been successful up to now.

  9. Phase diagram of cuprate high-temperature superconductors described by a field theory based on anharmonic oxygen degrees of freedom.

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    Hsiao, Jenhao; Martyna, Glenn J; Newns, Dennis M

    2015-03-13

    In high temperature superconductors, although some phenomena such as the Mott transition (MT) at low doping are clearly driven by electron correlations, recent experimental data imply that anharmonic oxygen degrees of freedom-characteristic of perovskite materials-are playing a significant role. A key test of the role of anharmonic oxygen is to reproduce the complex cuprate phase diagram from a simple model. Here, we show that a field theory based on nonlinear coupling to anharmonic oxygens, parametrized from ab initio calculations, quantitatively reproduces the cuprate phase diagram for dopings above the MT. Pairing is mediated by renormalized oxygen vibrations transmuted into excitations of the pseudogap. The observed strong dependence of gap to transition temperature ratio on Tc also emerges from this field theory. This work suggests that including vibrational degrees of freedom is key to developing a complete understanding of the cuprates.

  10. 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.

  11. 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).

  12. 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.

  13. Enhanced supercurrents above 100 K in mercury cuprates via fission of mercury

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    Krusin-Elbaum, L.; Petrov, D.K.; Lopez, D.; Thompson, J.R. |; Wheeler, W.; Ullmann, J.; Chu, C.W.; Lin, Q.M.

    1998-05-01

    Large-scale technological success of high-temperature superconductors will ultimately be decided by their capacity to sustain large critical current densities J{sub c} in high magnetic fields. There are two principal factors controlling current conduction. One is regions of weaker superconductivity (weak links) at the grain boundaries in polycrystalline materials. Another is easy motion of magnetic vortices in the bulk -- the result being energy dissipation and losses. Each of these factors is a challenge to overcome, for their origin is intrinsic: i.e. short superconducting coherence length {xi}, large anisotropy, large thermal fluctuations (related to high transition temperature T{sub c}), and perhaps even a d-wave character of the superconducting ground state. For these reasons, in spite of the highest T{sub c}`s (> 130 K), mercury cuprates HgBa{sub 2}Ca{sub n{minus}1}Cu{sub n}O{sub 2n+2+{delta}} with n = 1, 2 or 3 adjacent CuO layers (Hg-1201, 01212, or -1223) still have relatively low-lying irreversibility lines (suppressed by a strong 2-D nature of the vortex structure), above which J{sub c} vanishes. Here, the authors demonstrate a method by which they expand the useful range to T > 100 K (higher than in Y-, Bi-, or Tl-based materials) and boost J{sub c} by orders of magnitude in fields of several Tesla -- namely fission of Hg nuclei within Hg-cuprates with energetic (0.8 GeV) protons. This technologically viable process allows doping these cuprates with strongly pinning columnar defects.

  14. Synthesis of a new layered cuprate, Gd 2CaBa 2Ti 2Cu 2O 12

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    Fukuoka, A.; Adachi, S.; Sugano, T.; Wu, X.-J.; Yamauchi, H.

    1994-10-01

    A new layered cuprate, Gd 2CaBa 2Ti 2Cu 2O 12, which has a perovskite-related structure, has been discovered. The crystal structure is investigated by powder X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and Rietveld analysis. It has a tetragonal symmetry with lattice parameters a=3.894 Å and c=35.49 Å. In the crystal there are sheets consisting of CuO 5 pyramids, which is one of the common features of p-type high- Tc superconducting cuprates.

  15. 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.

  16. Earth Resources

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    Brewer, Tom

    1970-01-01

    Reviews some of the more concerted, large-scale efforts in the earth resources areas" in order to help the computer community obtain insights into the activities it can jointly particpate in withthe earth resources community." (Author)

  17. Theory of High-T{sub c} Superconducting Cuprates Based on Experimental Evidence

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    Abrikosov, A. A.

    1999-12-10

    A model of superconductivity in layered high-temperature superconducting cuprates is proposed, based on the extended saddle point singularities in the electron spectrum, weak screening of the Coulomb interaction and phonon-mediated interaction between electrons plus a small short-range repulsion of Hund's, or spin-fluctuation, origin. This permits to explain the large values of T{sub c}, features of the isotope effect on oxygen and copper, the existence of two types of the order parameter, the peak in the inelastic neutron scattering, the positive curvature of the upper critical field, as function of temperature etc.

  18. 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.

  19. Short range smectic order driving long range nematic order: Example of cuprates

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

    2016-01-27

    We present a model for describing the combined presence of nematic and ‘smectic’ or stripe-like orders seen in recent scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments on cuprates. The smectic order is treated as an electronic charge density wave with an associated Peierls distortion or a ‘Pomeranchuk wave’. This primary order is restricted to nanoscale domains by disorder effects, while the secondary coupling to strain generates the nematic order with a considerably longer range. Lastly, a variety of experimental results are shown to be consistent with our theoretical predictions.

  20. Correlation between the superconducting transition temperature and crystal structure of high- Tc cuprate compounds

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    de Leeuw, D. M.; Groen, W. A.; Feiner, L. F.; Havinga, E. E.

    1990-03-01

    For the various p-type cuprate superconductors we have calculated the formal valence for the copper and the oxygen ions in the central CuO 2 planes from bond lengths according to Zachariasen rules. It is shown that in all structures these values correlate remarkably well with the maximum critical temperature. The correlation found shows that Tc, max increases the more the holes in the CuO 2 planes prefer the oxygen sites over the copper sites. In a correlated electron picture this implies a higher value for U - Δ + {W}/{2}.

  1. Evolution of the excitation spectrum of cuprate superconductors with doping and temperature

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    Pushp, Aakash

    Understanding the mechanism by which d-wave superconductivity in the cuprates emerges and is optimized by doping a Mott insulator is one of the major outstanding problems in physics. A key unresolved question in this field is how the strength of electron pairing evolves as a function of doping and temperature and whether pairing strength and the T c of the sample are related, as they are in simple BCS superconductors. To address these questions, we have developed several new experimental techniques with the scanning tunneling microscope to measure the excitation spectra in the cuprates on the atomic scale as a function of doping and temperature. In this thesis, we will describe these techniques as well as a series of new experiments that reveal a surprisingly simple picture of how superconductivity in the cuprates is optimized. We will first show that over a wide range of doping (optimal to overdoped), the pairing gaps in these systems nucleate in nanoscale regions at temperatures above Tc unlike in the conventional superconductors where the superconducting order parameter sets in at the bulk Tc. These regions proliferate as the temperature is lowered, resulting in a spatial distribution of gap sizes in the superconducting state. Analysis of our data shows no correlation between the inhomogeneous pairing gaps and either the energy scale of the boson modes or the strength of the local electron-boson coupling as measured by the local excitation spectra. This spatially inhomogeneous pairing strength is in fact determined by the unusual electronic excitations of the normal state, suggesting that strong electron-electron interactions rather than low-energy (<0.1 eV) electron-boson interactions are responsible for superconductivity in the cuprates. In contrast, the excitation spectra in the underdoped samples show multiple features that can't be fit to a simple d-wave order parameter. However, these spectra show a universal low energy excitation spectrum, indicating that

  2. From Cooper-pair glass to unconventional superconductivity: a unified approach to cuprates and pnictides

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    Sacks, William; Mauger, Alain; Noat, Yves

    2017-05-01

    We report a microscopic model wherein the unconventional superconductivity emerges from an incoherent 'Cooper-pair glass' state. Driven by the pair-pair interaction, a new type of quasi-Bose phase transition is at work. The interaction leads to the unconventional coupling of the quasiparticles to excited pair states, or 'super-quasiparticles', with a non-retarded energy-dependent gap. The model describes quantitatively the quasiparticle excitation spectra of both cuprates and pnictides, including the universal 'peak-dip-hump' signatures, and for the pseudogap phase above Tc. The results show that instantaneous pair-pair interactions account for the SC condensation without a collective mode.

  3. 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.

  4. Short range smectic order driving long range nematic order: example of cuprates

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

    2016-01-01

    We present a model for describing the combined presence of nematic and ‘smectic’ or stripe-like orders seen in recent scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments on cuprates. The smectic order is treated as an electronic charge density wave with an associated Peierls distortion or a ‘Pomeranchuk wave’. This primary order is restricted to nanoscale domains by disorder effects, while the secondary coupling to strain generates the nematic order with a considerably longer range. A variety of experimental results are shown to be consistent with our theoretical predictions. PMID:26813579

  5. Model Evidence of a Superconducting State with a Full Energy Gap in Small Cuprate Islands

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    Black-Schaffer, Annica M.; Golubev, Dmitri S.; Bauch, Thilo; Lombardi, Floriana; Fogelström, Mikael

    2013-05-01

    We investigate subdominant order parameters stabilizing at low temperatures in nanoscale high-Tc cuprate islands, motivated by the recent observation of a fully gapped state in nanosized YBa2Cu3O7-δ [D. Gustafsson et al., Nature Nanotech. 8, 25 (2013)]. Using complementary quasiclassical and tight-binding Bogoliubov-de Gennes methods, we show on distinctly different properties dependent on the symmetry being dx2-y2+is or dx2-y2+idxy. We find that a surface-induced dx2-y2+is phase creates a global spectroscopic gap which increases with an applied magnetic field, consistent with experimental observation.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Nexus between quantum criticality and the chemical potential pinning in high- Tc cuprates

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    Kopeć, T. K.

    2005-08-01

    For strongly correlated electrons the relation between total number of charge carriers ne and the chemical potential μ reveals for large Coulomb energy the apparently paradoxical pinning of μ within the Mott gap, as observed in high- Tc cuprates. By unraveling consequences of the nontrivial topology of the charge gauge U(1) group and the associated ground state degeneracy we found a close kinship between the pinning of μ and the zero-temperature divergence of the charge compressibility κ˜∂ne/∂μ , which marks a novel quantum criticality governed by topological charges rather than Landau principle of the symmetry breaking.

  9. Electronic phase separation transition as the origin of the superconductivity and pseudogap phase of cuprates

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    de Mello, E. V. L.; Kasal, R. B.; Passos, C. A. C.

    2009-06-01

    To deal with the physics of cuprate superconductivity we propose an electronic phase separation transition that segregates the holes into high and low density domains. The calculated grain boundary potential favors the development of intragrain superconducting amplitudes. The zero resistivity transition arises only when the intergrain Josephson coupling EJ is of the order of the thermal energy and phase locking takes place among the superconducting grains. We show that this approach explains the pseudogap and superconducting phases and it also reproduces some recent scanning tunneling microscopy data.

  10. Electronic phase separation transition as the origin of the superconductivity and pseudogap phase of cuprates.

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    de Mello, E V L; Kasal, R B; Passos, C A C

    2009-06-10

    To deal with the physics of cuprate superconductivity we propose an electronic phase separation transition that segregates the holes into high and low density domains. The calculated grain boundary potential favors the development of intragrain superconducting amplitudes. The zero resistivity transition arises only when the intergrain Josephson coupling E(J) is of the order of the thermal energy and phase locking takes place among the superconducting grains. We show that this approach explains the pseudogap and superconducting phases and it also reproduces some recent scanning tunneling microscopy data.

  11. Isotope effect in the superfluid density of high-temperature superconducting cuprates: stripes, pseudogap, and impurities.

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    Tallon, J L; Islam, R S; Storey, J; Williams, G V M; Cooper, J R

    2005-06-17

    Underdoped cuprates exhibit a normal-state pseudogap, and their spins and doped carriers tend to spatially separate into 1D or 2D stripes. Some view these as central to superconductivity and others as peripheral and merely competing. Using La(2-x)Sr(x)Cu(1-y)Zn(y)O4 we show that an oxygen isotope effect in Tc and in the superfluid density can be used to distinguish between the roles of stripes and pseudogap and also to detect the presence of impurity scattering. We conclude that stripes and pseudogap are distinct, and both compete and coexist with superconductivity.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Microstructural mechanism for attenuation of superconductivity in manganite/cuprate thin-film heterostructures

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    Wei, J. Y. T.; Zhang, H.; Gauquelin, N.; Botton, G. A.

    2014-03-01

    Anomalously long-ranged proximity effects have recently been reported in manganite/cuprate heterostructures, and attributed to spin-triplet correlations for odd-frequency pairing. To elucidate this exotic scenario microscopically, we studied multilayer La2 / 3Ca1 / 3MnO3 /YBa2Cu3O7 - δ (LCMO/YBCO) thin films using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and electrical transport. The atomic-scale STEM data revealed double CuO-chain intergrowths which effectively form regions with the 247 lattice structure in the YBCO layer. These nanoscale 247 regions do not show up in XRD, but can physically account for the reduction in superconducting critical temperature (Tc) as a function of YBCO thickness. We also observed similar Tc reduction in LaNiO3 / YBCO heterostructures, where LaNiO3 is also epitaxially-matched with YBCO but is not ferromagnetic. These results suggest that microstructural defects, rather than magnetism, are responsible for the attenuation of superconductivity occuring in manganite/cuprate heterostructures. Work supported by NSERC, CFI/OIT, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

  15. Optical Birefringence and Dichroism of Cuprate Superconductors in the THz regime

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    Lubashevsky, Y.; Pan, Lidong; Kirzhner, T.; Koren, G.; Armitage, N. P.

    2014-03-01

    The presence of optical polarization anisotropies, such as Faraday/Kerr effects, linear birefringence, and magnetoelectric birefringence are evidence for broken symmetry states of matter. The recent discovery of a Kerr effect using near-IR light in the pseudogap phase of the cuprates can be regarded as a strong evidence for a spontaneous symmetry breaking and the existence of an anomalous long-range ordered state. In this work we present a high precision study of the polarimetry properties of the cuprates in the THz regime. While no Faraday effect was found in this frequency range to the limits of our experimental uncertainty (1.3 milli-radian or 0.07°), a small but significant polarization rotation was detected that derives from an anomalous linear dichroism. In YBa2Cu3Oy the effect has a temperature onset that mirrors the pseudogap temperature T* and is enhanced in magnitude in underdoped samples. In x = 1 / 8 La2-xBaxCuO4, the effect onsets above room temperature, but shows a dramatic enhancement near a temperature scale known to be associated with spin and charge ordered states. These features are consistent with a loss of both C4 rotation and mirror symmetry in the electronic structure of the CuO2 planes in the pseudogap state. Supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF2628 to NPA.

  16. 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.

    2016-04-15

    A heterostructure that consists of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7–δ} cuprate superconductor and the SrRuO{sub 3}/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} 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.

  17. The Meissner effect in a strongly underdoped cuprate above its critical temperature

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    Morenzoni, Elvezio; Wojek, Bastian M.; Suter, Andreas; Prokscha, Thomas; Logvenov, Gennady; Božović, Ivan

    2011-01-01

    The Meissner effect and associated perfect 'bulk' diamagnetism together with zero resistance and gap opening are characteristic features of the superconducting state. In the pseudogap state of cuprates, unusual diamagnetic signals and anomalous proximity effects have been detected, but a Meissner effect has never been observed. Here we probe the local diamagnetic response in the normal state of an underdoped La1.94Sr0.06CuO4 layer (Tc′≤5 K), which is brought into close contact with two nearly optimally doped La1.84Sr0.16CuO4 layers (Tc≈32 K). We show that the entire 'barrier' layer of thickness, much larger than the typical c axis coherence lengths of cuprates, exhibits a Meissner effect at temperatures above Tc′ but below Tc. The temperature dependence of the effective penetration depth and superfluid density in different layers indicates that superfluidity with long-range phase coherence is induced in the underdoped layer by the proximity to optimally doped layers, but this induced order is sensitive to thermal excitation. PMID:21505428

  18. Dimensional Crossover of Charge-Density Wave Correlations in the Cuprates

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    Caplan, Yosef; Orgad, Dror

    2017-09-01

    Short-range charge-density wave correlations are ubiquitous in underdoped cuprates. They are largely confined to the copper-oxygen planes and typically oscillate out of phase from one unit cell to the next in the c direction. Recently, it was found that a considerably longer-range charge-density wave order develops in YBa2 Cu3 O6 +x above a sharply defined crossover magnetic field. This order is more three-dimensional and is in-phase along the c axis. Here, we show that such behavior is a consequence of the conflicting ordering tendencies induced by the disorder potential and the Coulomb interaction, where the magnetic field acts to tip the scales from the former to the latter. We base our conclusion on analytic large-N analysis and Monte Carlo simulations of a nonlinear sigma model of competing superconducting and charge-density wave orders. Our results are in agreement with the observed phenomenology in the cuprates, and we discuss their implications to other members of this family, which have not been measured yet at high magnetic fields.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Spectroscopic fingerprint of phase-incoherent superconductivity in the cuprate pseudogap state [corrected].

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    Lee, Jhinhwan; Fujita, K; Schmidt, A R; Kim, Chung Koo; Eisaki, H; Uchida, S; Davis, J C

    2009-08-28

    A possible explanation for the existence of the cuprate "pseudogap" state is that it is a d-wave superconductor without quantum phase rigidity. Transport and thermodynamic studies provide compelling evidence that supports this proposal, but few spectroscopic explorations of it have been made. One spectroscopic signature of d-wave superconductivity is the particle-hole symmetric "octet" of dispersive Bogoliubov quasiparticle interference modulations. Here we report on this octet's evolution from low temperatures to well into the underdoped pseudogap regime. No pronounced changes occur in the octet phenomenology at the superconductor's critical temperature Tc, and it survives up to at least temperature T approximately 1.5 Tc. In this pseudogap regime, we observe the detailed phenomenology that was theoretically predicted for quasiparticle interference in a phase-incoherent d-wave superconductor. Thus, our results not only provide spectroscopic evidence to confirm and extend the transport and thermodynamics studies, but they also open the way for spectroscopic explorations of phase fluctuation rates, their effects on the Fermi arc, and the fundamental source of the phase fluctuations that suppress superconductivity in underdoped cuprates.

  2. Emergent non-Fermi liquid in the pseudogap phase of the underdoped cuprates

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    Das, Tanmoy; Markiewicz, R. S.; Bansil, A.

    2010-03-01

    As the cuprates approach the Mott insulator limit, they display a remarkable gossamer-like structure: the near-Fermi level dispersion remains nearly unrenormalized while the corresponding spectral weight tends to vanish at half filling[1]. This unusual behavior cannot be understood by conventional Fermi liquid theory where both features are controlled by a single renormalization factor. We find that while the fluctuation spectrum remains nearly isotropic in cuprates, the competing order pseudogap (here modelled as antiferromagnetism) breaks the crystal symmetry and thus promotes a strong momentum dependence in the self-energy term[2]. At half-filling, this yields an essentially unrenormalized quasiparticle dispersion which approaches the uncorrelated limit, while in sharp contrast the quasiparticle spectral weight renormalizes to zero. These opposing tendencies of dispersion and spectral weight renormalization conspire in such a way that the specific heat remains Fermi liquid like in character at all dopings in accord with experiments. Work supported in part by the USDOE. [1] S. Sahrakorpi, et al., Phys. Rev. B 78, 104513 (2008). [2] T. Das, et al., arXiv:0807.4257.

  3. Possible enhancements of AFM spin-fluctuations in high-TC cuprates

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    Jarlborg, Thomas

    2009-03-01

    Ab-initio band calculations for high-TC cuprates, together with modelling based of a free electron like band, show a strong interaction between anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) spin waves and periodic lattice distortions as for phonons, even though this type of spin-phonon coupling (SPC) is underestimated in calculations using the local density approximation. The SPC has a direct influence on the properties of the HTC cuprates and it can explain many observations. The strongest effects are seen for modulated waves in the CuO bond direction, and a band gap is formed near the X,Y points, but unusal band dispersion (like ``waterfalls'') might also be induced below the Fermi energy (EF) in the diagonal direction. The band results are used to propose different ways of increasing AFM spin-fluctuations locally, and to have a higher density-of-states (DOS) at EF. Static potential modulations, via periodic distribution of dopants or lattice distortions, can be tuned to increase the DOS. This opens for possibilities to enhance coupling for spin fluctuations (λsf) and superconductivity. The exchange enhancement is in general increased near a surface, which suggests a tendency towards static spin configurations. The sensivity of the band results to corrections of the local density potential are discussed.

  4. 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.

  5. Effect of the pseudogap on the transition temperature in the cuprates and implications for its origin

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    Mishra, Vivek; Chatterjee, U.; Campuzano, J. C.; ...

    2014-03-30

    We present cuprates that possess a large pseudogap that spans much of their phase diagram. The origin of this pseudogap is as debated as the mechanism for high-temperature superconductivity. In one class of theories, the pseudogap arises from some instability not related to pairing, typically charge, spin or orbital current ordering. Evidence of this has come from a variety of measurements indicating symmetry breaking. On the other side are theories where the pseudogap is associated with pairing. This ranges from preformed pairs to resonating valence bond theories where spin singlets become charge coherent. Here, we study pairing in the cupratesmore » by constructing the pair vertex using spectral functions derived from angle-resolved photoemission data. Assuming that the pseudogap is not due to pairing, we find that the superconducting instability is strongly suppressed, in stark contrast to what is actually observed. We trace this suppression to the destruction of the BCS logarithmic singularity from a combination of the pseudogap and lifetime broadening. In conclusion, our findings strongly support those theories of the cuprates where the pseudogap is instead due to pairing.« less

  6. Cuprate High Temperature Superconductors and the Vision for Room Temperature Superconductivity

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    Newns, Dennis M.; Martyna, Glenn J.; Tsuei, Chang C.

    Superconducting transition temperatures of 164 K in cuprate high temperature superconductors (HTS) and recently 200 K in H3S under high pressure encourage us to believe that room temperature superconductivity (RTS) might be possible. In considering paths to RTS, we contrast conventional (BCS) SC, such as probably manifested by H3S, with the unconventional superconductivity (SC) in the cuprate HTS family. Turning to SC models, we show that in the presence of one or more van Hove singularities (vHs) near the Fermi level, SC mediated by classical phonons (kBTc>ℏ×phonon frequency) can occur. The phonon frequency in the standard Tc formula is replaced by an electronic cutoff, enabling a much higher Tc independent of phonon frequency. The resulting Tc and isotope shift plot versus doping strongly resembles that seen experimentally in HTS. A more detailed theory of HTS, which involves mediation by classical phonons, satisfactorily reproduces the chief anomalous features characteristic of these materials. We propose that, while a path to RTS through an H3S-like scenario via strongly-coupled ultra-high frequency phonons is attractive, features perhaps unavailable at ordinary pressures, a route involving SC mediated by classical phonons which can be low frequency may be found.

  7. The Meissner effect in a Strongly Underdoped Cuprate Above its Critical Temperature

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    Morenzoni, E.; Bozovic, I.; Wojek, B.M.; Suter, A.; Prokscha, T.; Logvenov, G.

    2011-04-01

    The Meissner effect and associated perfect 'bulk' diamagnetism together with zero resistance and gap opening are characteristic features of the superconducting state. In the pseudogap state of cuprates, unusual diamagnetic signals and anomalous proximity effects have been detected, but a Meissner effect has never been observed. Here we probe the local diamagnetic response in the normal state of an underdoped La{sub 1.94}Sr{sub 0.06}CuO{sub 4} layer (T'{sub c} {le} 5 K), which is brought into close contact with two nearly optimally doped La{sub 1.84}Sr{sub 0.16}CuO{sub 4} layers (T{sub c} {approx} 32 K). We show that the entire 'barrier' layer of thickness, much larger than the typical c axis coherence lengths of cuprates, exhibits a Meissner effect at temperatures above T{sub c}' but below T{sub c}. The temperature dependence of the effective penetration depth and superfluid density in different layers indicates that superfluidity with long-range phase coherence is induced in the underdoped layer by the proximity to optimally doped layers, but this induced order is sensitive to thermal excitation.

  8. Self-Doping Effect Arising from Electron Correlations in Multilayer Cuprates

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    Nishiguchi, Kazutaka; Teranishi, Shingo; Kusakabe, Koichi

    2017-08-01

    A self-doping effect between outer and inner CuO2 planes (OPs and IPs) in multilayer cuprate superconductors is studied. When one considers a three-layer tight-binding model of the Hg-based three-layer cuprate derived from first-principles calculations, the electron concentration becomes larger in the OPs than in the IP. This is inconsistent with the experimental finding that more hole carriers tend to be introduced into the OPs than into the IP. We investigate a three-layer Hubbard model with the two-particle self-consistent approach for multilayer systems to incorporate electron correlations. We observe that the double occupancy (antiferromagnetic instability) in the IP decreases (increases) more than that in the OPs, and also reveal that more electrons tend to be introduced into the IP than into the OPs to obtain an energy gain from the on-site Hubbard interaction. These results are consistent with the experimental findings, and this electron distribution between the OPs and IP can be interpreted as a self-doping effect arising from strong electron correlations.

  9. 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.

  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. Bulk superconductivity at 84 K in the strongly overdoped regime of cuprates

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    Gauzzi, A.; Klein, Y.; Nisula, M.; Karppinen, M.; Biswas, P. K.; Saadaoui, H.; Morenzoni, E.; Manuel, P.; Khalyavin, D.; Marezio, M.; Geballe, T. H.

    2016-11-01

    By means of magnetization, specific heat, and muon-spin relaxation measurements, we investigate newly synthesized high-pressure oxidized Cu0.75Mo0.25Sr2YCu2O7.54 , in which overdoping is achieved up to p ˜0.46 hole/Cu, well beyond the Tc-p superconducting dome of cuprates, where Fermi-liquid behavior is expected. Surprisingly, we find bulk superconductivity with Tc=84 K and superfluid density similar to those of optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7 -δ . On the other hand, specific heat data display a large electronic contribution at low temperature, comparable to that of nonsuperconducting overdoped La2 -xSrxCuO4 . These results point at an unusual high-Tc phase with a large fraction of unpaired holes. Further experiments may assess the Fermi-liquid properties of the present phase, which would put into question the paradigm that the high Tc of cuprates originates from a non-Fermi-liquid ground state.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Vestigial nematicity from spin and/or charge order in the cuprates

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    Nie, Laimei; Maharaj, Akash; Fradkin, Eduardo; Kivelson, Steven

    Nematic order (C4 rotation symmetry breaking) has manifested itself in a variety of materials in the cuprates family, yet its origin remains debatable, with possible links to lattice, charge, and spin degrees of freedom across different doping regimes. We propose an effective field theory of a layered system with incommensurate, intertwined spin- and charge-density wave (SDW and CDW) orders, each of which consists of two components related by C4 rotations. Using a variational free energy approach, we study the growth of the associated nematicity from partially melting those density waves by either increasing temperature or adding quenched disorder. Under the assumption that the zero-disorder, zero-interaction SDW transition temperature is higher than CDW at small doping (and vice versa for large doping), we find that for the general case with finite disorder and interactions there is a universal nematic transition across the entire doping range, accompanied by SDW and CDW transitions (or strong fluctuations at large enough disorder) at lower temperatures. We also discuss the issues concerning the difference between La-based materials and the other hole-doped cuprates.

  18. Nodal bilayer-splitting controlled by spin-orbit interactions in underdoped high-Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, N.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Shekhter, A.

    2015-01-01

    The highest superconducting transition temperatures in the cuprates are achieved in bilayer and trilayer systems, highlighting the importance of interlayer interactions for high Tc. It has been argued that interlayer hybridization vanishes along the nodal directions by way of a specific pattern of orbital overlap. Recent quantum oscillation measurements in bilayer cuprates have provided evidence for a residual bilayer-splitting at the nodes that is sufficiently small to enable magnetic breakdown tunneling at the nodes. Here we show that several key features of the experimental data can be understood in terms of weak spin-orbit interactions naturally present in bilayer systems, whose primary effect is to cause the magnetic breakdown to be accompanied by a spin flip. These features can now be understood to include the equidistant set of three quantum oscillation frequencies, the asymmetry of the quantum oscillation amplitudes in c-axis transport compared to ab-plane transport, and the anomalous magnetic field angle dependence of the amplitude of the side frequencies suggestive of small effective g-factors. We suggest that spin-orbit interactions in bilayer systems can further affect the structure of the nodal quasiparticle spectrum in the superconducting phase. PACS numbers: 71.45.Lr, 71.20.Ps, 71.18.+y PMID:26039222

  19. Nodal bilayer-splitting controlled by spin-orbit interactions in underdoped high-Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, N.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Shekhter, A.

    2015-06-03

    The highest superconducting transition temperatures in the cuprates are achieved in bilayer and trilayer systems, highlighting the importance of interlayer interactions for high Tc. It has been argued that interlayer hybridization vanishes along the nodal directions by way of a specific pattern of orbital overlap. Recent quantum oscillation measurements in bilayer cuprates have provided evidence for a residual bilayer-splitting at the nodes that is sufficiently small to enable magnetic breakdown tunneling at the nodes. Here we show that several key features of the experimental data can be understood in terms of weak spin-orbit interactions naturally present in bilayer systems, whosemore » primary effect is to cause the magnetic breakdown to be accompanied by a spin flip. These features can now be understood to include the equidistant set of three quantum oscillation frequencies, the asymmetry of the quantum oscillation amplitudes in c-axis transport compared to ab-plane transport, and the anomalous magnetic field angle dependence of the amplitude of the side frequencies suggestive of small effective g-factors. We suggest that spin-orbit interactions in bilayer systems can further affect the structure of the nodal quasiparticle spectrum in the superconducting phase. PACS numbers: 71.45.Lr, 71.20.Ps, 71.18.+y« less

  20. Oxygen Annealing in the Synthesis of the Electron-Doped Cuprates

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    Higgins, J. S.; Bach, P. L.; Yu, W.; Weaver, B. D.; Greene, R. L.

    2015-03-01

    Post-synthesis oxygen reduction (annealing) in the electron-doped, high-temperature superconducting cuprates is necessary for the establishment of superconductivity. It is not established what effect this reduction has microscopically on the lattice structure. Several mechanisms have been put forth as explanations; they range from disorder minimization1, antiferromagnetic suppression2, and copper migration3. Here we present an electronic transport study on electron-doped cuprate Pr2-xCexCuO4+/-δ (PCCO) thin films in an attempt to better understand the need for this post-synthesis process. Several different cerium doping concentrations of PCCO were grown. Within each doping, a series of films were grown with varying levels of oxygen concentration. As a measure of disorder on the properties of PCCO, several films were irradiated with various doses of 2 MeV protons. Analysis within each series, and among the different dopings, favors disorder minimization through the removal of apical oxygen as the explanation for the necessary post-synthesis annealing process. 1P. K. Mang, et al., Physical Review Letters, 93(2):027002, 2004. 2P. Richard, et al., Physical Review B, 70 (6), 064513, 2004. 3Hye Jung Kang, et al., Nature Materials, 2007. Supported by NSF DMR 1104256.

  1. Evolution of symmetry-broken states in the pseudogap regime of cuprates - the atomic structure footprints

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    Bozin, Emil; Zhong, R.; Knox, K. R.; Winn, B. L.; Gu, G. D.; Hill, J. P.; Tranquada, J. M.; Billinge, S. J. L.

    2015-03-01

    Revealing the nature of the symmetry broken states in strongly correlated electron systems in general, and in the pseudo-gap (PG) phase of cuprates in particular, is instrumental in understanding the underlying properties. To that effect the knowledge of the local atomic structure may reveal relevant details important for more comprehensive understanding of the character of symmetry broken states in strongly correlated electron systems. Atomic pair distribution function (PDF) is one of the few experimental methods that can speak to this problem. Mounting experimental evidence suggests that the pseudogap phase may represent an electronic state in which the four-fold rotational symmetry of the CuO2 planes is broken, pointing to stripe or nematic character. Systematic approach has been taken in charting both long and short range structural orders, on an equal footing, across the (x, T) phase diagrams of cuprates. For example, in La2-xBaxCuO4, by combining inelastic neutron scattering and neutron PDF approaches, we find evidence consistent with there being a dynamic symmetry breaking well above the charge ordering temperature and within the pseudogap regime. The response has non-monotonic doping dependence that peaks at 1/8 composition. Work at Brookhaven National Laboratory was supported by US DOE, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES) under Contract DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  2. 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.

  3. Charge Imbalance Effects on Interlayer Hopping and Fermi Surfaces in Multilayered High-Tc Cuprates

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

    2006-03-01

    We study doping dependence of interlayer hoppings, t\\bot, in multilayered cuprates with four or more CuO2 planes in a unit cell. When the double occupancy is forbidden in the plane, an effective amplitude of t\\bot in the Gutzwiller approximation is shown to be proportional to the square root of the product of doping rates in adjacent two planes, i.e., teff\\bot\\propto t\\bot\\sqrt{δ1δ2}, where δ1 and δ2 represent the doping rates of the two planes. More than three-layered cuprates have two kinds of CuO2 planes, i.e., inner- and outer planes (IP and OP), resulting in two different values of teff\\bot, i.e., teff\\bot1\\propto t\\bot\\sqrt{δIPδIP} between IP’s, and teff\\bot2\\propto t\\bot\\sqrt{δIPδOP} between IP and 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\\bot, 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.

  4. Simultaneous transitions in cuprate momentum-space topology and electronic symmetry breaking.

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    Fujita, K; Kim, Chung Koo; Lee, Inhee; Lee, Jinho; Hamidian, M H; Firmo, I A; Mukhopadhyay, S; Eisaki, H; Uchida, S; Lawler, M J; Kim, E-A; Davis, J C

    2014-05-09

    The existence of electronic symmetry breaking in the underdoped cuprates and its disappearance with increased hole density p are now widely reported. However, the relation between this transition and the momentum-space (k-space) electronic structure underpinning the superconductivity has not yet been established. Here, we visualize the Q = 0 (intra-unit-cell) and Q ≠ 0 (density-wave) broken-symmetry states, simultaneously with the coherent k-space topology, for Bi₂Sr₂CaCu₂O(8+δ) samples spanning the phase diagram 0.06 ≤ p ≤ 0.23. We show that the electronic symmetry-breaking tendencies weaken with increasing p and disappear close to a critical doping p(c) = 0.19. Concomitantly, the coherent k-space topology undergoes an abrupt transition, from arcs to closed contours, at the same p(c). These data reveal that the k-space topology transformation in cuprates is linked intimately with the disappearance of the electronic symmetry breaking at a concealed critical point.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Electronic structure of hole centers in CuO2 planes of cuprates

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    Moskvin, A. S.; Panov, Yu. D.

    2011-03-01

    A theoretical analysis and a large amount of experimental data indicate that the structure of the valence hole states in doped cuprates is more complicated than assumed in the simple Zhang-Rice singlet model. In fact, we are dealing with a competition between a hybrid Cu3d -O2pb1g∝dx2-y2-state and purely oxygen nonbonding states with a2g- and eux ,y∝px ,y-symmetries. Thus, as a cluster analog of a Cu3+ ion, the ground state of a non-Zhang-Rice CuO45- hole center of this sort should be described by complicated A1g1-B2g1,3-Eu1,3 multiplet with a set of charge, orbital, and spin order parameters, some of which are well known (e.g., spin moment or "ferromagnetic" Ising orbital momentum localized on oxygen ions) while others are unconventional or hidden (e.g., "antiferromagnetic" ordering of Ising orbital momenta localized on four oxygen atoms or a combined spin-orbital-quadrupole ordering). The non-Zhang-Rice CuO45- centers are actually singlet-triplet pseudo-Jahn-Teller centers with strong vibron coupling to the lattice. The complicated structure of the ground-state multiplet of the hole centers shows up in many of the unusual properties of doped cuprates, in particular, their pseudo-gap phase.

  9. Imaging the impact on cuprate superconductivity of varying the interatomic distances within individual crystal unit cells.

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    Slezak, J A; Lee, Jinho; Wang, M; McElroy, K; Fujita, K; Andersen, B M; Hirschfeld, P J; Eisaki, H; Uchida, S; Davis, J C

    2008-03-04

    Many theoretical models of high-temperature superconductivity focus only on the doping dependence of the CuO(2)-plane electronic structure. However, such models are manifestly insufficient to explain the strong variations in superconducting critical temperature, T(c), among cuprates that have identical hole density but are crystallographically different outside of the CuO(2) plane. A key challenge, therefore, has been to identify a predominant out-of-plane influence controlling the superconductivity, with much attention focusing on the distance d(A) between the apical oxygen and the planar copper atom. Here we report direct determination of how variations in interatomic distances within individual crystalline unit cells affect the superconducting energy-gap maximum Delta of Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta). In this material, quasiperiodic variations of unit cell geometry occur in the form of a bulk crystalline "supermodulation." Within each supermodulation period, we find approximately 9 +/- 1% cosinusoidal variation in local Delta that is anticorrelated with the associated d(A) variations. Furthermore, we show that phenomenological consistency would exist between these effects and the random Delta variations found near dopant atoms if the primary effect of the interstitial dopant atom is to displace the apical oxygen so as to diminish d(A) or tilt the CuO(5) pyramid. Thus, we reveal a strong, nonrandom out-of-plane effect on cuprate superconductivity at atomic scale.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. Phase separation of electrons strongly coupled with phonons in cuprates and manganites

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2009-03-01

    Recent advanced Monte Carlo simulations have not found superconductivity and phase separation in the Hubbard model with on-site repulsive electron-electron correlations. I argue that microscopic phase separations in cuprate superconductors and colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) manganites originate from a strong electron-phonon interaction (EPI) combined with unavoidable disorder. Attractive electron correlations, caused by an almost unretarded EPI, are sufficient to overcome the direct inter-site Coulomb repulsion in these charge-transfer Mott-Hubbard insulators, so that low energy physics is that of small polarons and small bipolarons. They form clusters localized by disorder below the mobility edge, but propagate as the Bloch states above the mobility edge. I identify the Froehlich EPI as the most essential for pairing and phase separation in superconducting layered cuprates. The pairing of oxygen holes into heavy bipolarons in the paramagnetic phase (current-carrier density collapse (CCDC)) explains also CMR and high and low-resistance phase coexistence near the ferromagnetic transition of doped manganites.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Discover Earth

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    Steele, Colleen

    1998-01-01

    Discover Earth is a NASA-sponsored project for teachers of grades 5-12, designed to: (1) enhance understanding of the Earth as an integrated system; (2) enhance the interdisciplinary approach to science instruction; and (3) provide classroom materials that focus on those goals. Discover Earth is conducted by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in collaboration with Dr. Eric Barron, Director, Earth System Science Center, The Pennsylvania State University; and Dr. Robert Hudson, Chair, the Department of Meteorology, University of Maryland at College Park. The enclosed materials: (1) represent only part of the Discover Earth materials; (2) were developed by classroom teachers who are participating in the Discover Earth project; (3) utilize an investigative approach and on-line data; and (4) can be effectively adjusted to classrooms with greater/without technology access. The Discover Earth classroom materials focus on the Earth system and key issues of global climate change including topics such as the greenhouse effect, clouds and Earth's radiation balance, surface hydrology and land cover, and volcanoes and climate change. All the materials developed to date are available on line at (http://www.strategies.org) You are encouraged to submit comments and recommendations about these materials to the Discover Earth project manager, contact information is listed below. You are welcome to duplicate all these materials.

  16. Direct theoretical evidence for weaker correlations in electron-doped and Hg-based hole-doped cuprates

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    Jang, Seung Woo; Sakakibara, Hirofumi; Kino, Hiori; Kotani, Takao; Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Han, Myung Joon

    2016-09-01

    Many important questions for high-Tc cuprates are closely related to the insulating nature of parent compounds. While there has been intensive discussion on this issue, all arguments rely strongly on, or are closely related to, the correlation strength of the materials. Clear understanding has been seriously hampered by the absence of a direct measure of this interaction, traditionally denoted by U. Here, we report a first-principles estimation of U for several different types of cuprates. The U values clearly increase as a function of the inverse bond distance between apical oxygen and copper. Our results show that the electron-doped cuprates are less correlated than their hole-doped counterparts, which supports the Slater picture rather than the Mott picture. Further, the U values significantly vary even among the hole-doped families. The correlation strengths of the Hg-cuprates are noticeably weaker than that of La2CuO4. Our results suggest that the strong correlation enough to induce Mott gap may not be a prerequisite for the high-Tc superconductivity.

  17. Direct theoretical evidence for weaker correlations in electron-doped and Hg-based hole-doped cuprates

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    Jang, Seung Woo; Sakakibara, Hirofumi; Kino, Hiori; Kotani, Takao; Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Han, Myung Joon

    2016-01-01

    Many important questions for high-Tc cuprates are closely related to the insulating nature of parent compounds. While there has been intensive discussion on this issue, all arguments rely strongly on, or are closely related to, the correlation strength of the materials. Clear understanding has been seriously hampered by the absence of a direct measure of this interaction, traditionally denoted by U. Here, we report a first-principles estimation of U for several different types of cuprates. The U values clearly increase as a function of the inverse bond distance between apical oxygen and copper. Our results show that the electron-doped cuprates are less correlated than their hole-doped counterparts, which supports the Slater picture rather than the Mott picture. Further, the U values significantly vary even among the hole-doped families. The correlation strengths of the Hg-cuprates are noticeably weaker than that of La2CuO4. Our results suggest that the strong correlation enough to induce Mott gap may not be a prerequisite for the high-Tc superconductivity. PMID:27633802

  18. On d+id Density Wave and Superconducting Orderings in Hole-Doped Cuprates

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    Goswami, Partha; Gahlot, Ajay Pratap Singh; Singh, Pankaj

    2013-05-01

    The d+id-density wave (chiral DDW) order, at the anti-ferromagnetic wave vector Q = (π, π), is assumed to represent the pseudo-gap (PG) state of a hole-doped cuprate superconductor. The pairing interaction U(k, k‧) required for d+id ordering comprises of (Ux2-y2(k, k‧), Uxy(k, k‧)), where Ux2-y2(k, k') = U1(cos kxa-cos kya)(cos k'xa- cos k'ya) and Uxy(k, k') = U2sin(kxa)sin(kya) sin(k'xa) sin(k'ya) with U1 > U2. The d-wave superconductivity (DSC), driven by an assumed attractive interaction of the form V(k, k') = -ěrt V1ěrt(cos kxa-cos kya)(cos k'xa- cos k'ya) where V1 is a model parameter, is discussed within the mean-field framework together with the d+id ordering. The single-particle excitation spectrum in the CDDW + DSC state is characterized by the Bogoluibov quasi-particle bands — a characteristic feature of SC state. The coupled gap equations are solved self-consistently together with the equation to determine the chemical potential (μ). With the pinning of the van Hove-singularities close to μ, one is able to calculate the thermodynamic and transport properties of the under-doped cuprates in a consistent manner. The electron specific heat displays non-Fermi liquid feature in the CDDW state. The CDDW and DSC are found to represent two competing orders as the former brings about a depletion of the spectral weight (and Raman response function density) available for pairing in the anti-nodal region of momentum space. It is also shown that the depletion of the spectral weight below Tc at energies larger than the gap amplitude occurs. This is an indication of the strong-coupling superconductivity in cuprates. The calculation of the ratio of the quasi-particle thermal conductivity αxx and temperature in the superconducting phase is found to be constant in the limit of near-zero quasi-particle scattering rate.

  19. Earth Science

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    1976-01-01

    The LAGEOS I (Laser Geodynamics Satellite) was developed and launched by the Marshall Space Flight Center on May 4, 1976 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California . The two-foot diameter satellite orbited the Earth from pole to pole and measured the movements of the Earth's surface.

  20. Earth Observation

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    2016-06-19

    ISS048e002082 (06/19/2016) --- Crew members aboard the International Space Station take numerous images of the Earth, both day and night to record the images that provide NASA scientists with data to gain a deeper understanding of our Planet. Sometimes Science joins with Art when the images are so meaningful that the crew pauses to reflect on our Earths beauty.

  1. Rainbow Earth.

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    The environment is a great concern in the 1990s, and everyone needs to work at maintaining our planet. The 1992 Arizona State Library Reading Program, "Rainbow Earth," provides children with many techniques they can use to help the Earth. This reading program guide provides information on the following: goals, objectives, and evaluation;…

  2. Earth Observation

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    Earth Observation taken during a night pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: HDR night series (New Zealand pass). The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) arm is visible. Aurora visible over Earth limb.

  3. Earth Observation

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    ISS042E015787 (11/25/2014) --- NASA astronaut Terry Virts captured this beautiful sunset on board the International Space Station. Astronauts, and cosmonauts are treated to many changing views of the Earth and stars as the station carries them around the Earth.

  4. Earth tides

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    Harrison, J.C.

    1984-01-01

    Nineteen papers on gravity, tilt, and strain tides are compiled into this volume. Detailed chapters cover the calculation of the tidal forces and of the Earth's response to them, as well as actual observations of earth tides. Partial Contents: On Earth tides. The tidal forces: Tidal Forces. New Computations of the Tide-Generating Potential. Corrected Tables of Tidal Harmonics. The Theory of Tidal Deformations. Body Tides on an Elliptical, Rotating, Elastic and Oceanless Earth, Deformation of the Earth by Surface Loads. Gravimetric Tidal Loading Computed from Integrated Green's Functions. Tidal Friction in the Solid Earth. Loading Tides Versus Body Tides. Lunar Tidal Acceleration from Earth Satellite Orbit Analysis. Observations: gravity. Tidal Gravity in Britain: Tidal Loading and the Spatial Distribution of the Marine Tide. Tidal Loading along a Profile Europe-East Africa-South Asia-Australia and the Pacific Ocean. Detailed Gravity-Tide Spectrum between One and Four Cycles per Day. Observations: tilt and strain. Cavity and Topographic Effects in Tilt and Strain Measurement. Observations of Local Elastic Effects on Earth Tide Tilts and Strains.

  5. Origin of the Inverse spin-switch behavior in manganite/cuprate/manganite trilayers.

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    Nemes, N. M.; Garcia-Hernandez, M.; Visani, C.; Garcia-Barriocanal, J.; Pena, V.; Arias, D.; Sefrioui, Z.; Leon, C.; Santamaria, J.; te Velthuis, S. G. E.; Hoffmann, A.; Materials Science Division; Inst. de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid; Univ. Complutense de Madrid

    2008-01-01

    We studied ferromagnet/superconductor/ferromagnet trilayers based on La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} manganite and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) high-T{sub c} cuprate with magnetoresistance and magnetization measurements. We find an inverse superconducting spin-switch behavior, where superconductivity is favored for parallel alignment of the magnetization in the ferromagnetic layers. We argue that this inverse superconducting spin switch originates from the transmission of spin-polarized carriers into the superconductor. In this picture, the thickness dependence of the magnetoresistance yields the spin-diffusion length in YBCO as 13 nm. A comparison of bilayers and trilayers allows ruling out the effect of the stray fields of the domain structure of the ferromagnet as the source of the inverse superconducting spin switch.

  6. Competing Unconventional Charge-Density-Wave States in Cuprate Superconductors: Spin-Fluctuation-Driven Mechanism

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    Kawaguchi, Kouki; Yamakawa, Youichi; Tsuchiizu, Masahisa; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2017-06-01

    To understand the origin of unconventional charge-density-wave (CDW) states in cuprate superconductors, we establish the self-consistent CDW equation, and analyze the CDW instabilities based on the realistic Hubbard model, without assuming any q-dependence and the form factor. Many higher-order many-body processes, which are called the vertex corrections, are systematically generated by solving the CDW equation. When the spin fluctuations are strong, the uniform q = 0 nematic CDW with d-form factor shows the leading instability. The axial nematic CDW instability at q = Qa = (δ ,0) (δ ≈ π/2) is the second strongest, and its strength increases under the static uniform CDW order. The present theory predicts that uniform CDW transition emerges at a high temperature, and it stabilize the axial q = Qa CDW at T = TCDW. It is confirmed that the higher-order Aslamazov-Larkin processes cause the CDW orders at both q = 0 and Qa.

  7. Electron-phonon coupling in high-temperature cuprate superconductors determined from electron relaxation rates.

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    Gadermaier, C; Alexandrov, A S; Kabanov, V V; Kusar, P; Mertelj, T; Yao, X; Manzoni, C; Brida, D; Cerullo, G; Mihailovic, D

    2010-12-17

    We determined electronic relaxation times via pump-probe optical spectroscopy using sub-15 fs pulses for the normal state of two different cuprate superconductors. We show that the primary relaxation process is the electron-phonon interaction and extract a measure of its strength, the second moment of the Eliashberg function λ[ω2] = 800 ± 200 meV2 for La(1.85)Sr(0.15)CuO4 and λ[ω2] = 400 ± 100 meV2 for YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6.5). These values suggest a possible fundamental role of the electron-phonon interaction in the superconducting pairing mechanism.

  8. Tracking Cooper pairs in a cuprate superconductor by ultrafast angle-resolved photoemission.

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    Smallwood, Christopher L; Hinton, James P; Jozwiak, Christopher; Zhang, Wentao; Koralek, Jake D; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Lee, Dung-Hai; Orenstein, Joseph; Lanzara, Alessandra

    2012-06-01

    In high-temperature superconductivity, the process that leads to the formation of Cooper pairs, the fundamental charge carriers in any superconductor, remains mysterious. We used a femtosecond laser pump pulse to perturb superconducting Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+δ) and studied subsequent dynamics using time- and angle-resolved photoemission and infrared reflectivity probes. Gap and quasiparticle population dynamics revealed marked dependencies on both excitation density and crystal momentum. Close to the d-wave nodes, the superconducting gap was sensitive to the pump intensity, and Cooper pairs recombined slowly. Far from the nodes, pumping affected the gap only weakly, and recombination processes were faster. These results demonstrate a new window into the dynamical processes that govern quasiparticle recombination and gap formation in cuprates.

  9. Energy gaps in Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+δ) cuprate superconductors.

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    Ren, J K; Zhu, X B; Yu, H F; Tian, Ye; Yang, H F; Gu, C Z; Wang, N L; Ren, Y F; Zhao, S P

    2012-01-01

    The relationship between the cuprate pseudogap (Δ(p)) and superconducting gap (Δ(s)) remains an unsolved mystery. Here, we present a temperature- and doping-dependent tunneling study of submicron Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+δ) intrinsic Josephson junctions, which provides a clear evidence that Δ(s) closes at a temperature T(c) (0) well above the superconducting transition temperature T(c) but far below the pseudogap opening temperature T*. We show that the superconducting pairing first occurs predominantly on a limited Fermi surface near the node below T(c) (0), accompanied by a Fermi arc due to the lifetime effects of quasiparticles and Cooper pairs. The arc length has a linear temperature dependence, and as temperature decreases below T(c) it reduces to zero while pairing spreads to the antinodal region of the pseudogap leading to a d-wave superconducting gap on the entire Fermi surface at lower temperatures.

  10. The self-energies and bosonic spectrum of high Tc cuprate from laser-based ARPES

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    Bok, Jin Mo; Bae, Jong Ju; Choi, Han-Yong; Yu, Li; Zhou, X. J.; Varma, Chandra M.

    While phonon mediated conventional superconductors are revealed by comparing tunneling and neutron scattering experiment, high Tc cuprate which has d-wave symmetry is still in debate. Laser-based AREPS can provide both momentum and energy dependence of spectral function that enables self-energy extraction using one particle Green's function. It is well known that anisotropy of electronic structure and d-wave superconducting gap on ARPES experiments. We analyzed high resolution APRES data of under and overdoped Bi2212 and extracted both normal and pairing self-energy. Here we report the extracted normal and pairing self-energy in supercondcuting state. Also we obtained bosonic spectrum from both self-energies by performing maximum entropy method. Implications of these results for understanding the superconductivity mechanism will be discussed.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Sr 2 IrO 4 : Gateway to cuprate superconductivity?

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    Mitchell, J. F.

    2015-06-01

    To understand the varied magnetic and electronic properties of 3d transition metal oxides (TMO), we routinely invoke a separability among charge-, spin- and orbital degrees of freedom, tightly coupled yet distinct sectors that can be identified, measured, and understood individually. But something interesting happens on the way down the Periodic Table—relativistic spin-orbit coupling (SOC) grows progressively stronger, blurring the lines among these spin, charge, and orbital sectors. SOC forces us to consider a different conceptual framework for 4d, and particularly 5d TMO systems, than has been sufficient for our present day understanding of 3d analogs. Ironically, this rethinking needed for 5d oxides may turn out to be critical to our understanding of one of 3d TMO’s greatest treasures – cuprate superconductivity — and in the process may lead us on a pathway to discovery of a new class of high-Tc materials.

  17. Giant phonon anomaly associated with superconducting fluctuations in the pseudogap phase of cuprates

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    Liu, Ye-Hua; Konik, Robert M.; Rice, T. M.; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2016-01-01

    The pseudogap in underdoped cuprates leads to significant changes in the electronic structure, and was later found to be accompanied by anomalous fluctuations of superconductivity and certain lattice phonons. Here we propose that the Fermi surface breakup due to the pseudogap, leads to a breakup of the pairing order into two weakly coupled sub-band amplitudes, and a concomitant low energy Leggett mode due to phase fluctuations between them. This increases the temperature range of superconducting fluctuations containing an overdamped Leggett mode. In this range inter-sub-band phonons show strong damping due to resonant scattering into an intermediate state with a pair of overdamped Leggett modes. In the ordered state, the Leggett mode develops a finite energy, changing the anomalous phonon damping into an anomaly in the dispersion. This proposal explains the intrinsic connection between the anomalous pseudogap phase, enhanced superconducting fluctuations and giant anomalies in the phonon spectra. PMID:26785835

  18. 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.

  19. Phase diagram of high- Tc superconductor: Cu-NMR studies on multi-layered cuprates

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    Mukuda, H.; Abe, M.; Shimizu, S.; Kitaoka, Y.; Iyo, A.; Kodama, Y.; Tanaka, Y.; Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T.

    2008-04-01

    A new phase diagram is presented for an ideally flat CuO2 plane through the Cu-NMR studies on five-layered cuprates MBa2Ca4Cu5Oy(M-1245) (M=Hg,Tl,Cu), which includes an antiferromagnetic (AFM) metal phase and a uniform mixing phase of AFM metal and high- Tc superconductivity (HTSC) in an under-doped region. It has been found that a disorder causes a quantum-phase transition from an AFM metal to an insulating state in an under-doped regime in the Cu-1245 where a disorder is introduced via an oxygen-reduced process. This finding reinforces that an AFM metallic phase exists between the AFM insulating phase and the SC phase for the ideally flat CuO2 plane provided that a disorder is absent.

  20. Superconducting phase diagrams of cuprates and pnictides as a key to understanding the HTSC mechanism

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    Mitsen, K. V.; Ivanenko, O. M.

    2017-04-01

    This paper reviews experimental phase diagrams of cuprates and pnictides to demonstrate that specific features of the superconducting phase diagrams in both HTSC families can be understood within the framework of the proposed approach, which assumes the formation, under heterovalent doping, of localized trion complexes consisting of a doped carrier and charge transfer (CT) excitons. The geometry of such cells containing CT excitons (CT plaquettes) in the basal plane of the crystal is determined by its crystal structure and the type of dopant, so that the dopant concentration range corresponding to the existence of a percolation cluster of CT plaquettes can be readily determined for each particular compound. These dopant concentration ranges coincide with good accuracy with the experimental ranges of superconducting domes in the phase diagrams of the HTSC compounds considered. The generation of free carriers and the mechanism of superconducting pairing in this pattern is related to biexciton complexes (Heitler-London centers) emerging in neighboring CT plaquettes.

  1. Universality class of the structural phase transition in the normal phase of cuprate superconductors

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    Najafi, M. N.; Tavana, A.

    2016-08-01

    The tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition of oxygen atoms in the basal plane of YBa2Cu3O6 +δ high-TC cuprate superconductors is studied numerically. By mapping the system onto the asymmetric next-nearest-neighbor Ising model, we characterize this phase transition. Results indicate the degrees of critical behavior. We show that this phase transition occurs at the temperature TC≃0.148 eV in the thermodynamic limit. By analyzing the critical exponents, it is found that this universality class displays some common features, with the two-dimensional three-state Potts model universality class, although the possibility of other universality classes cannot be ruled out. Conformal invariance at T =Tc is investigated using the Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE) technique, and it is found that the SLE diffusivity parameter for this system is 3.34 ±0.01 .

  2. Role of Lattice Coupling in Establishing Electronic and Magnetic Properties in Quasi-One-Dimensional Cuprates

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    Lee, W. S.; Johnston, S.; Moritz, B.; Lee, J.; Yi, M.; Zhou, K. J.; Schmitt, T.; Patthey, L.; Strocov, V.; Kudo, K.; Koike, Y.; van den Brink, J.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z. X.

    2013-06-25

    High resolution resonant inelastic x-ray scattering has been performed to reveal the role of lattice coupling in a family of quasi-1D insulating cuprates, Ca2+5xY2-5xCu5O10. Site-dependent low-energy excitations arising from progressive emissions of a 70 meV lattice vibrational mode are resolved for the first time, providing a direct measurement of electron-lattice coupling strength. We show that such electron-lattice coupling causes doping-dependent distortions of the Cu-O-Cu bond angle, which sets the intrachain spin exchange interactions. Our results indicate that the lattice degrees of freedom are fully integrated into the electronic behavior in low-dimensional systems.

  3. Giant phonon anomaly associated with superconducting fluctuations in the pseudogap phase of cuprates

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    Liu, Ye-Hua; Konik, Robert M.; Rice, T. M.; ...

    2016-01-20

    The pseudogap in underdoped cuprates leads to significant changes in the electronic structure, and was later found to be accompanied by anomalous fluctuations of superconductivity and certain lattice phonons. Here we propose that the Fermi surface breakup due to the pseudogap, leads to a breakup of the pairing order into two weakly coupled sub-band amplitudes, and a concomitant low energy Leggett mode due to phase fluctuations between them. This increases the temperature range of superconducting fluctuations containing an overdamped Leggett mode. In this range inter-sub-band phonons show strong damping due to resonant scattering into an intermediate state with a pairmore » of overdamped Leggett modes. In the ordered state, the Leggett mode develops a finite energy, changing the anomalous phonon damping into an anomaly in the dispersion. Finally, this proposal explains the intrinsic connection between the anomalous pseudogap phase, enhanced superconducting fluctuations and giant anomalies in the phonon spectra.« less

  4. Monte Carlo studies of diamagnetism and charge density wave order in the cuprate pseudogap regime

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    Hayward Sierens, Lauren; Achkar, Andrew; Hawthorn, David; Melko, Roger; Sachdev, Subir

    2015-03-01

    The pseudogap regime of the hole-doped cuprate superconductors is often characterized experimentally in terms of a substantial diamagnetic response and, from another point of view, in terms of strong charge density wave (CDW) order. We introduce a dimensionless ratio, R, that incorporates both diamagnetic susceptibility and the correlation length of CDW order, and therefore reconciles these two fundamental characteristics of the pseudogap. We perform Monte Carlo simulations on a classical model that considers angular fluctuations of a six-dimensional order parameter, and compare our Monte Carlo results for R with existing data from torque magnetometry and x-ray scattering experiments on YBa2Cu3O6+x. We achieve qualitative agreement, and also propose future experiments to further investigate the behaviour of this dimensionless ratio.

  5. Effective single-band Hubbard model for the cuprates: Coulomb interactions and apical oxygen

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    Feiner, L. F.; Jefferson, J. H.; Raimondi, R.

    1995-02-01

    Starting with the three-band d-p model representing the high- Tc cuprates, we make a systematic reduction to an effective single-band model using a previously developed cell-perturbation method. In particular, we consider the effect of Coulomb repulsions on oxygen ( Up) and between copper and oxygen ( Vpd), and show that the resulting net Coloumb interaction between doped holes on neighbouring cells can be attractive due to locally enhanced pd hybridization, while this cannot occur for electrons. Extending to a five-band model, by including d 3 z2- r2 and apex p z orbitals, we show that there is, in addition to the usual Zhang-Rice singlet, a two-hole cell state which can be low in energy (depending on the proximity of the apicals), and may lead to a breakdown of the effective single-band model.

  6. Clocking the onset of bilayer coherence in a high-Tc cuprate

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    Baldini, Edoardo; Mann, Andreas; Mallett, Benjamin P. P.; Arrell, Christopher; van Mourik, Frank; Wolf, Thomas; Mihailovic, Dragan; Tallon, Jeffrey L.; Bernhard, Christian; Lorenzana, José; Carbone, Fabrizio

    2017-01-01

    In cuprates, a precursor state of superconductivity is speculated to exist above the critical temperature TC. Here we show via a combination of far-infrared ellipsometry and ultrafast broadband optical spectroscopy that signatures of such a state can be obtained via three independent observables in an underdoped sample of NdBa2Cu3O6 +δ . The pseudogap correlations were disentangled from the response of laser-broken pairs by clocking their characteristic time scales. The onset of a superconducting precursor state was found at a temperature TONS>TC , consistent with the temperature scale identified via static optical spectroscopy. Furthermore, the temperature evolution of the coherent vibration of the Ba ion, strongly renormalized by the onset of superconductivity, revealed a pronounced anomaly at the same temperature TONS. The microscopic nature of such a precursor state is discussed in terms of preformed pairs and enhanced bilayer coherence.

  7. The dynamics of a doped hole in a cuprate is not controlled by spin fluctuations

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    Ebrahimnejad, Hadi; Sawatzky, George A.; Berciu, Mona

    2014-12-01

    Understanding what controls the dynamics of the quasiparticle that results when a hole is doped into an antiferromagnetically ordered CuO2 layer is the first necessary step in the quest for a theory of the high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates. Here we show that the long-held belief that the quantum spin fluctuations of the antiferromagnetic background play a key role in determining this dynamics is wrong. Indeed, we demonstrate that the correct, experimentally observed quasiparticle dispersion is generically obtained for a three-band model describing the hole moving on the oxygen sublattice and coupled to a Néel lattice of spins without spin fluctuations. We argue that results from one-band model studies actually support this conclusion, and that this significant conceptual change in our understanding of this phenomenology opens the way to studying few-hole dynamics, to accurately gauge the strength of the `magnetic glue’ and its contribution to superconductivity.

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

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

    2012-07-01

    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.

  9. Electronic polymers and soft-matter-like broken symmetries in underdoped cuprates.

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    Capati, M; Caprara, S; Di Castro, C; Grilli, M; Seibold, G; Lorenzana, J

    2015-07-06

    Empirical evidence in heavy fermion, pnictide and other systems suggests that unconventional superconductivity appears associated to some form of real-space electronic order. For the cuprates, despite several proposals, the emergence of order in the phase diagram between the commensurate antiferromagnetic state and the superconducting state is not well understood. Here we show that in this regime doped holes assemble in 'electronic polymers'. Within a Monte Carlo study, we find that in clean systems by lowering the temperature the polymer melt condenses first in a smectic state and then in a Wigner crystal both with the addition of inversion symmetry breaking. Disorder blurs the positional order leaving a robust inversion symmetry breaking and a nematic order, accompanied by vector chiral spin order and with the persistence of a thermodynamic transition. Such electronic phases, whose properties are reminiscent of soft-matter physics, produce charge and spin responses in good accord with experiments.

  10. Oscillatory Nernst effect in Pt|ferrite|cuprate-superconductor trilayer films.

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    Shiomi, Y; Lustikova, J; Saitoh, E

    2017-07-13

    Although magnetism and superconductivity hardly coexist in a single material, recent advances in nanotechnology and spintronics have brought to light their interplay in magnetotransport in thin-film heterostructures. Here, we found a periodic oscillation of Nernst voltage with respect to magnetic fields in Pt|LiFe5O8 (Pt|LFO) bilayers grown on a cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO). At high temperatures above the superconducting transition temperature (T C ) of YBCO, spin Seebeck voltages originating in Pt|LFO layers are observed. As temperature decreases well below T C , the spin Seebeck voltage is suppressed and unconventional periodic voltage oscillation as a function of magnetic fields appears; such an oscillation emerging along the Hall direction in the superconducting state has not been observed yet. Dynamics of superconducting vortices pinned by surface precipitates seems responsible for the oscillatory Nernst effect.

  11. 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.

  12. Electronic polymers and soft-matter-like broken symmetries in underdoped cuprates

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

    2015-01-01

    Empirical evidence in heavy fermion, pnictide and other systems suggests that unconventional superconductivity appears associated to some form of real-space electronic order. For the cuprates, despite several proposals, the emergence of order in the phase diagram between the commensurate antiferromagnetic state and the superconducting state is not well understood. Here we show that in this regime doped holes assemble in ‘electronic polymers'. Within a Monte Carlo study, we find that in clean systems by lowering the temperature the polymer melt condenses first in a smectic state and then in a Wigner crystal both with the addition of inversion symmetry breaking. Disorder blurs the positional order leaving a robust inversion symmetry breaking and a nematic order, accompanied by vector chiral spin order and with the persistence of a thermodynamic transition. Such electronic phases, whose properties are reminiscent of soft-matter physics, produce charge and spin responses in good accord with experiments. PMID:26144868

  13. Kondo Effect in High-{ital T}{sub {ital c}} Cuprates

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    Nagaosa, N.; Lee, P.A.

    1997-11-01

    We study the Kondo effect due to the nonmagnetic impurity, e.g., Zn, in high-T{sub c} cuprates based on the spin-change separated state. In the optimal or overdoped case with the Kondo screening, the resistivity is given by {rho}(T)=(4{h_bar})/(e{sup 2} )(n{sub imp })/(1{minus}x)+({alpha}T)/(x) (x : hole concentration, n{sub imp} : impurity concentration, {alpha} : constant), which is in agreement with experiments. In the underdoped region with the pseudospin gap, an SU(2) formulation predicts that the holon phase shift is related to the formation of the local spin moment, and hence the residual resistivity is given by {rho}{sub res}=(4{h_bar})/(e{sup 2})(n{sub imp})/(x), which is also consistent with the experiments. The magnetic impurity case, e.g., Ni, is also discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  14. Magnetic model of the tetragonal-orthorhombic transition in the cuprates

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    Fang, Chen; Hu, Jiangping; Kivelson, Steven; Brown, Stuart

    2006-09-01

    It is shown that a quasi-two-dimensional (layered) Heisenberg antiferromagnet with fully frustrated interplane couplings (e.g., on a body-centered tetragonal lattice) generically exhibits two thermal phase transitions with lowering temperature—an upper transition at TTO (“order from disorder without order”) in which the lattice point-group symmetry is spontaneously broken, and a lower Néel transition at TN at which spin-rotation symmetry is broken. Although this is the same sequence of transitions observed in La2CuO4 , in the Heisenberg model (without additional lattice degrees of freedom) (TTO-TN)/TN is much smaller than is observed. The model may apply to the bilayer cuprate La2CaCuO6 , in which the transitions are nearly coincident.

  15. 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).

  16. 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.

  17. Scattering rates and specific heat jumps in high-Tc cuprates

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    Storey, James

    Inspired by recent ARPES and tunneling studies on high-Tc cuprates, we examine the effect of a pair-breaking term in the self-energy on the shape of the electronic specific heat jump. It is found that the observed specific heat jump can be described in terms of a superconducting gap, that persists above the observed Tc, in the presence of a strongly temperature dependent pair-breaking scattering rate. An increase in the scattering rate is found to explain the non-BCS-like suppression of the specific heat jump with magnetic field. A discussion of these results in the context of other properties such as the superfluid density and Raman spectra will also be presented. Supported by the Marsden Fund Council from Government funding, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

  18. Complementary Response of Static Spin-Stripe Order and Superconductivity to Nonmagnetic Impurities in Cuprates

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    Guguchia, Z.; Roessli, B.; Khasanov, R.; ...

    2017-08-22

    Here, we report muon-spin rotation and neutron-scattering experiments on nonmagnetic Zn impurity effects on the static spin-stripe order and superconductivity of the La214 cuprates. Remarkably, it was found that, for samples with hole doping x≈1/8, the spin-stripe ordering temperature Tso decreases linearly with Zn doping y and disappears at y≈4%, demonstrating a high sensitivity of static spin-stripe order to impurities within a CuO2 plane. Moreover, Tso is suppressed by Zn in the same manner as the superconducting transition temperature Tc for samples near optimal hole doping. This surprisingly similar sensitivity suggests that the spin-stripe order is dependent on intertwining withmore » superconducting correlations.« less

  19. Local electronic structures in electron-doped cuprates with coexisting orders

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    Liu, Bin; Hu, Xiao

    2010-12-01

    Motivated by the observation of a so-called non-monotonic gap in recent angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurement, we study the local electronic structure near impurities in electron-doped cuprates by considering the influence of antiferromagnetic (AF) spin-density-wave (SDW) order. We find that the evolution of density of states (DOS) with AF SDW order clearly indicates the non-monotonic d-wave gap behavior. More interestingly, the local DOS for spin-up is much different from that for spin-down with increasing AF SDW order. As a result, the impurity induced resonance state near the Fermi energy exhibits a spin-polarized feature. These features can be detected by spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy experiments.

  20. 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.

  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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Giant phonon anomaly associated with superconducting fluctuations in the pseudogap phase of cuprates

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    Liu, Ye-Hua; Konik, Robert M.; Rice, T. M.; Zhang, Fu-Chun

    2016-01-20

    The pseudogap in underdoped cuprates leads to significant changes in the electronic structure, and was later found to be accompanied by anomalous fluctuations of superconductivity and certain lattice phonons. Here we propose that the Fermi surface breakup due to the pseudogap, leads to a breakup of the pairing order into two weakly coupled sub-band amplitudes, and a concomitant low energy Leggett mode due to phase fluctuations between them. This increases the temperature range of superconducting fluctuations containing an overdamped Leggett mode. In this range inter-sub-band phonons show strong damping due to resonant scattering into an intermediate state with a pair of overdamped Leggett modes. In the ordered state, the Leggett mode develops a finite energy, changing the anomalous phonon damping into an anomaly in the dispersion. Finally, this proposal explains the intrinsic connection between the anomalous pseudogap phase, enhanced superconducting fluctuations and giant anomalies in the phonon spectra.

  5. Coexistence of Midgap Antiferromagnetic and Mott States in Undoped, Hole- and Electron-Doped Ambipolar Cuprates.

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    Yin, Xinmao; Zeng, Shengwei; Das, Tanmoy; Baskaran, G; Asmara, Teguh Citra; Santoso, Iman; Yu, Xiaojiang; Diao, Caozheng; Yang, Ping; Breese, Mark B H; Venkatesan, T; Lin, Hsin; Ariando; Rusydi, Andrivo

    2016-05-13

    We report the first observation of the coexistence of a distinct midgap state and a Mott state in undoped and their evolution in electron and hole-doped ambipolar Y_{0.38}La_{0.62}(Ba_{0.82}La_{0.18})_{2}Cu_{3}O_{y} films using spectroscopic ellipsometry and x-ray absorption spectroscopies at the O K and Cu L_{3,2} edges. Supported by theoretical calculations, the midgap state is shown to originate from antiferromagnetic correlation. Surprisingly, while the magnetic state collapses and its correlation strength weakens with dopings, the Mott state in contrast moves toward a higher energy and its correlation strength increases. Our result provides important clues to the mechanism of electronic correlation strengths and superconductivity in cuprates.

  6. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    Panelists pose for a group photo at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and highlighted how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  7. 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.

  8. Atomic-scale electronic structure of the cuprate d-symmetry form factor density wave state

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    M. H. Hamidian; Kim, Chung Koo; Edkins, S. D.; ...

    2015-10-26

    Research on high-temperature superconducting cuprates is at present focused on identifying the relationship between the classic ‘pseudogap’ phenomenon1, 2 and the more recently investigated density wave state3–13. This state is generally characterized by a wavevector Q parallel to the planar Cu–O–Cu bonds 4–13 along with a predominantly d-symmetry form factor 14–17 (dFF-DW). To identify the microscopic mechanism giving rise to this state 18–30, one must identify the momentum-space states contributing to the dFF-DW spectral weight, determine their particle–hole phase relationship about the Fermi energy, establish whether they exhibit a characteristic energy gap, and understand the evolution of all these phenomenamore » throughout the phase diagram. Here we use energy-resolved sublattice visualization14 of electronic structure and reveal that the characteristic energy of the dFF-DW modulations is actually the ‘pseudogap’ energy Δ1. Moreover, we demonstrate that the dFF-DW modulations at E = –Δ1 (filled states) occur with relative phase π compared to those at E = Δ1 (empty states). Lastly, we show that the conventionally defined dFF-DW Q corresponds to scattering between the ‘hot frontier’ regions of momentum-space beyond which Bogoliubov quasiparticles cease to exist30–32. These data indicate that the cuprate dFF-DW state involves particle–hole interactions focused at the pseudogap energy scale and between the four pairs of ‘hot frontier’ regions in momentum space where the pseudogap opens.« less

  9. Atomic-scale electronic structure of the cuprate d-symmetry form factor density wave state

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    M. H. Hamidian; Kim, Chung Koo; Edkins, S. D.; Davis, J. C.; Mackenzie, A. P.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Lawler, M. J.; Kim, E. -A.; Sachdev, S.; Fujita, K.

    2015-10-26

    Research on high-temperature superconducting cuprates is at present focused on identifying the relationship between the classic ‘pseudogap’ phenomenon1, 2 and the more recently investigated density wave state3–13. This state is generally characterized by a wavevector Q parallel to the planar Cu–O–Cu bonds 4–13 along with a predominantly d-symmetry form factor 14–17 (dFF-DW). To identify the microscopic mechanism giving rise to this state 18–30, one must identify the momentum-space states contributing to the dFF-DW spectral weight, determine their particle–hole phase relationship about the Fermi energy, establish whether they exhibit a characteristic energy gap, and understand the evolution of all these phenomena throughout the phase diagram. Here we use energy-resolved sublattice visualization14 of electronic structure and reveal that the characteristic energy of the dFF-DW modulations is actually the ‘pseudogap’ energy Δ1. Moreover, we demonstrate that the dFF-DW modulations at E = –Δ1 (filled states) occur with relative phase π compared to those at E = Δ1 (empty states). Lastly, we show that the conventionally defined dFF-DW Q corresponds to scattering between the ‘hot frontier’ regions of momentum-space beyond which Bogoliubov quasiparticles cease to exist30–32. These data indicate that the cuprate dFF-DW state involves particle–hole interactions focused at the pseudogap energy scale and between the four pairs of ‘hot frontier’ regions in momentum space where the pseudogap opens.

  10. 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)

  11. Investigation of BCS gap equation of (d+id) hole doped cuprates

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    Goswami, Partha

    2012-12-01

    We consider a (d + i d) cuprate superconductor and model the functional dependence of the pairing interactions V(k,k') = (Vx2-y2(k,k')+Vxy(k,k')) required for d+id ordering in the pseudo-gap(PG) phase by a function of the form Vtrial = [(Vx2-y2 (kF, kF) + Vxy(kF,kF)) F(phi,phi')], where Vx2-y2(k,k') = V1 (cos kxa-coskya) (cos k'xa-cosk'ya), Vxy(k, k') = V2sin(kxa) sin(kya) sin(k'xa) sin(k'ya), V1 and V2 (V1 > V2) are the coupling strengths, kF is the Fermi momentum, phi = arc(tan(ky/kx)), and (kx,ky) belong to the first Brillouin zone (BZ). We further assume that an attractive interaction -|U1| (cos kxa-coskya) (cos k'xa-cosk'ya), where U1 is a model parameter, is responsible for d-wave superconductivity(DSC).Within the BCS framework, for V2 ll V1, we show that the resultant zero-temperature gap Δ0(0) is an increasing function of g(kF). (~ ((D /2) (|U1| +V1)) where the quantity D is the density of energy states).; the solutions are possible if |U1|≈V1. The exercise underscores the fact that the unconventional superconductivity in the hole-doped cuprates may definitely be described within the BCS framework.

  12. 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

  13. Observation of two distinct pairs fluctuation lifetimes and supercurrents in the pseudogap regime of cuprate junctions

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    Koren, Gad; Lee, Patrick A.

    2016-11-01

    Pairs fluctuation supercurrents and inverse lifetimes in the pseudogap regime are reported. These were measured on epitaxial c-axis junctions of the cuprates, with a PrBa2Cu3O7-δ barrier sandwiched in between two YBa2Cu3O7-δ or doped YBa2Cu3Oy electrodes, with or without magnetic fields parallel to the a-b planes. All junctions had a Tc(high) ≈85 -90 K and a Tc(low) ≈50 -55 K electrodes, allowing us to study pairs fluctuation supercurrents and inverse lifetimes in between these two temperatures. In junctions with a pseudogap electrode under zero field, an excess current due to pair fluctuations was observed which persisted at temperatures above Tc(low) , in the pseudogap regime, and up to about Tc(high) . No such excess current was observed in junctions without an electrode with a pseudogap. The measured conductance spectra at temperatures above Tc(low) were fitted using a modified fluctuations model by Scalapino [Phys. Rev. Lett. 24, 1052 (1970), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.24.1052] of a junction with a serial resistance. We found that in the pseudogap regime, the conductance vs voltage consists of a narrow peak sitting on top of a very broad peak. This yielded two distinct pairs fluctuation lifetimes in the pseudogap electrode which differ by an order of magnitude up to about Tc(high) . Under in-plane fields, these two lifetime values remain separated in two distinct groups, which varied with increasing field moderately. We also found that detection of Amperian pairing [Phys. Rev. X 4, 031017 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.031017] in our cuprate junctions is not feasible, due to Josephson vortices penetration into the superconducting electrodes which drove the necessary field above the depairing field.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Evolution des quasiparticules nodales du cuprate supraconducteur YBa2Cu3Oy en conductivite thermique

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    Rene de Cotret, Samuel

    Ce memoire presente des mesures de conductivite thermique sur les supraconducteurs YBCO et Tl-2201 afin de statuer sur la presence possible d'un point critique quantique (QCP) dans le diagramme de phase de cuprates. Ce point critique quantique serait a l'origine de la reconstruction de la surface de Fermi, d'un large cylindre de trous en de petites poches de trous et d'electrons. La conductivite thermique dans le regime T → 0 permet d'extraire une quantite purement electronique liee aux vitesses de Fermi et du gap, au noeud. Une discontinuite dans cette quantite pourrait signaler la traversee du dopage critique qui reconstruit la surface de Fermi. Plusieurs sondes experimentales distinguent une transition de phase ou un crossover a T* a temperature finie. D'autres sondes mettent en evidence une transition de phase sous l'effet d'un champ magnetique. La presence ou non de cet ordre, a temperature et champ magnetique nul questionne la communaute depuis plusieurs annees. Dans cette etude, nous detectons une variation brusque de kappa0/T a p = 0.18 dans YBCO et a p = 0.20 dans Tl-2201. Ces sauts sont interpretes comme un signe de la transition a temperature nulle et sont en faveur d'un QCP. Le manque de donnees d'un meme materiau a ces dopages ne permet pas de valider hors de tout doute l'existence d'un point critique quantique. Le modele theorique YRZ decrit aussi bien les donnees de conductivite thermique. Des pistes de travaux experimentaux a poursuivre sont proposees pour determiner la presence ou non du QCP de facon franche. Mots-cles : Supraconducteurs, cuprates, conductivite thermique, point critique quantique.

  17. Specific heat of underdoped cuprate superconductors from a phenomenological layered Boson-Fermion model

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    Salas, P.; Fortes, M.; Solís, M. A.; Sevilla, F. J.

    2016-05-01

    We adapt the Boson-Fermion superconductivity model to include layered systems such as underdoped cuprate superconductors. These systems are represented by an infinite layered structure containing a mixture of paired and unpaired fermions. The former, which stand for the superconducting carriers, are considered as noninteracting zero spin composite-bosons with a linear energy-momentum dispersion relation in the CuO2 planes where superconduction is predominant, coexisting with the unpaired fermions in a pattern of stacked slabs. The inter-slab, penetrable, infinite planes are generated by a Dirac comb potential, while paired and unpaired electrons (or holes) are free to move parallel to the planes. Composite-bosons condense at a critical temperature at which they exhibit a jump in their specific heat. These two values are assumed to be equal to the superconducting critical temperature Tc and the specific heat jump reported for YBa2Cu3O6.80 to fix our model parameters namely, the plane impenetrability and the fraction of superconducting charge carriers. We then calculate the isochoric and isobaric electronic specific heats for temperatures lower than Tc of both, the composite-bosons and the unpaired fermions, which matches the latest experimental curves. From the latter, we extract the linear coefficient (γn) at Tc, as well as the quadratic (αT2) term for low temperatures. We also calculate the lattice specific heat from the ARPES phonon spectrum, and add it to the electronic part, reproducing the experimental total specific heat at and below Tc within a 5% error range, from which the cubic (ßT3) term for low temperatures is obtained. In addition, we show that this model reproduces the cuprates mass anisotropies.

  18. 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%.

  19. The vortex-Nernst effect and the extended phase diagram of the cuprates

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    Ong, N. P.

    2002-03-01

    The velocity v of vortices flowing down a weak temperature gradient (-nabla Tallel hatx) produces a sizeable Josephson voltage which may be detected as a Nernst signal Ey = B vx (B is the induction). Recently, Xu et al. [Xu] and Wang et al. [Wang] observed that, in both underdoped La_2-xSr_xCuO4 (LSCO) and Bi_2Sr_2-yLa_yCuO6 (Bi 2201), the vortex Nernst signal persists as a fluctuation tail to temperatures (T) 50-100 K above T_c0. Here, we place the high-temperature fluctuation regime in the broader context of the extended phase diagram. The strong dependence of E_y(T,H) is best displayed as a contour plot in the T-H plane. In the 4 families LSCO, Bi 2201, YBa_2Cu_3Oy (YBCO), and Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O8 (Bi 2212), the contour plots reveal a field scale H(T) that marks the onset of strong fluctuations in the vortex-liquid state [H^* lies considerably above the melting field H_m(T) in the underdoped regime and presents a hard upper bound for Hm in overdoped cuprates]. H^*(0) introduces a new length ξ^*(0) that is ~3 times the core radius (ξ^* ~2-3 nm in underdoped LSCO and YBCO). Packing vortices closer than ξ^* leads to a steep rise in fluctuations, but the cores retain their 2π singularity up to our highest fields (30 T). We show that, in underdoped cuprates, the high-field fluctuation regime above H^* smoothly extends deep into the pseudogap regime above T_c0 [Xu]. Wang [Xu]key1 Z. A. Xu et al. Nature 406, 486 (2000). [Wang]key2 Yayu Wang et al. Phys. Rev. B, in press; cond-mat/0108242. thebibliography

  20. 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.

  1. Rare earths

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    Vijayan, S.; Melnyk, A.J.; Singh, R.D.; Nuttall, K.

    1989-01-01

    For conventional applications, there is limited demand for rare earth elements as well as yttrium and scandium. But the emergence of new high technology applications such as supermagnets, lasers, and superconductors should result in significant demand for some of these elements. This article examines the anticipated applications and demands for rare earth elements over the next decade. It also looks at the implications on the use of available resources. In the context of a growing demand, process methods are reviewed for the recovery of rare earth elements from conventional and unconventional resources. And the article also discusses the challenges facing the mining industry in meeting this opportunity.

  2. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-14

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Eastern half of US, sun glint, Texas, Maryland, Mississippi river, Great Lakes.

  3. Earth Observation

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    2014-08-19

    Earth Observation taken during a night pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Amazing Aurora. A docked Soyuz spacecrat is also visible in foreground.

  4. Earth Observation

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    2014-08-09

    Earth Observation taken during a night pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Middle East. Docked Soyuz and Progress spacecraft also visible.

  5. Earth Observation

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    2014-08-09

    Earth Observation taken during a night pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Middle East. The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) arm is also visible.

  6. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-14

    Earth observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Phenomenon over Northern Russia - 4 (plus Europe pass). Distant and hazy Moon is visible.

  7. Earth observation

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    2014-08-27

    Earth Observation taken during a night pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Aurora. Part of Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) arm is visible.

  8. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-12

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Moon, Japan, Kamchatka with a wild cloud. Part of a solar array is also visible.

  9. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-27

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Part of Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) is visible. Folder lists this as: the Middle East, Israel.

  10. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-03

    Earth Observation (sunrise over horizon) taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Docked Soyuz and Progress spacecraft are visible in foreground.

  11. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-14

    Earth observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Phenomenon over Northern Russia - 1 of 2. Hazy and distant Moon is visible.

  12. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-25

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: United States - possible poor camera settings. Docked Soyuz spacecraft is also visible in foreground.

  13. Earth Science

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    1992-07-18

    Workers at Launch Complex 17 Pad A, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) encapsulate the Geomagnetic Tail (GEOTAIL) spacecraft (upper) and attached payload Assist Module-D upper stage (lower) in the protective payload fairing. GEOTAIL project was designed to study the effects of Earth's magnetic field. The solar wind draws the Earth's magnetic field into a long tail on the night side of the Earth and stores energy in the stretched field lines of the magnetotail. During active periods, the tail couples with the near-Earth magnetosphere, sometimes releasing energy stored in the tail and activating auroras in the polar ionosphere. GEOTAIL measures the flow of energy and its transformation in the magnetotail and will help clarify the mechanisms that control the imput, transport, storage, release, and conversion of mass, momentum, and energy in the magnetotail.

  14. Discover Earth

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1997-01-01

    Discover Earth is a NASA-funded project for teachers of grades 5-12 who want to expand their knowledge of the Earth system, and prepare to become master teachers who promote Earth system science in their own schools, counties, and throughout their state. Participants from the following states are invited to apply: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, DC. Teachers selected for the project participate in a two-week summer workshop conducted at the University of Maryland, College Park; develop classroom-ready materials during the workshop for broad dissemination; conduct a minimum of two peer training activities during the coming school year; and participate in other enrichment/education opportunities as available and desired. Discover Earth is a team effort that utilizes expertise from a range of contributors, and balances science content with hands-on classroom applications.

  15. Earth Observation

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    2014-05-31

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: CEO - Arena de Sao Paolo. View used for Twitter message: Cloudy skies over São Paulo Brazil

  16. Earth Observation

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    2013-08-03

    Earth observation taken during day pass by an Expedition 36 crew member on board the International Space Station (ISS). Per Twitter message: Perhaps a dandelion losing its seeds in the wind? Love clouds!

  17. Earth Science

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    1990-10-24

    Solar Vector Magnetograph is used to predict solar flares, and other activities associated with sun spots. This research provides new understanding about weather on the Earth, and solar-related conditions in orbit.

  18. Earth Observation

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    2013-07-26

    Earth observation taken during day pass by an Expedition 36 crew member on board the International Space Station (ISS). Per Twitter message: Never tire of finding shapes in the clouds! These look very botanical to me. Simply perfect.

  19. Earth Observation

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    2013-08-20

    Earth observation taken during day pass by an Expedition 36 crew member on board the International Space Station (ISS). Per Twitter message: Looking southwest over northern Africa. Libya, Algeria, Niger.

  20. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-12

    ISS040-E-010889 (12 June 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this image of the Strait of Gibraltar, showing parts of Morocco and Spain, on June 12, 2014.

  1. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-14

    ISS040-E-011996 (14 June 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this image of the Strait of Gibraltar, showing parts of Morocco and Spain, on June 14, 2014.

  2. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-01

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). File lists this as: tropical storm over Atlantic. Docked Soyuz spacecraft is also visible.

  3. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-02

    ISS040-E-030568 (2 July 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, some 227 nautical miles above Earth, photographed this image of Tropical Storm Arthur in the afternoon of July 2, 2014. Arthur was churning in Atlantic waters off the coast of Florida and slowly moving northward at the time the photo was taken. Much of the Florida peninsula can be seen at left.

  4. Earth Observation

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    2011-05-27

    S134-E-009505 (27 May 2011) --- This is a view of the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere just off the port wing of Endeavour as the shuttle/space station tandem track northeastward over the South Atlantic Ocean about 1400 miles southeast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The faint ?airglow? of the Earth?s atmosphere is visible just left of the wing. Photo credit: NASA

  5. Earth Rotation

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    Dickey, Jean O.

    1995-01-01

    The study of the Earth's rotation in space (encompassing Universal Time (UT1), length of day, polar motion, and the phenomena of precession and nutation) addresses the complex nature of Earth orientation changes, the mechanisms of excitation of these changes and their geophysical implications in a broad variety of areas. In the absence of internal sources of energy or interactions with astronomical objects, the Earth would move as a rigid body with its various parts (the crust, mantle, inner and outer cores, atmosphere and oceans) rotating together at a constant fixed rate. In reality, the world is considerably more complicated, as is schematically illustrated. The rotation rate of the Earth's crust is not constant, but exhibits complicated fluctuations in speed amounting to several parts in 10(exp 8) [corresponding to a variation of several milliseconds (ms) in the Length Of the Day (LOD) and about one part in 10(exp 6) in the orientation of the rotation axis relative to the solid Earth's axis of figure (polar motion). These changes occur over a broad spectrum of time scales, ranging from hours to centuries and longer, reflecting the fact that they are produced by a wide variety of geophysical and astronomical processes. Geodetic observations of Earth rotation changes thus provide insights into the geophysical processes illustrated, which are often difficult to obtain by other means. In addition, these measurements are required for engineering purposes. Theoretical studies of Earth rotation variations are based on the application of Euler's dynamical equations to the problem of finding the response of slightly deformable solid Earth to variety of surface and internal stresses.

  6. Earth Observations

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    2010-06-16

    ISS024-E-006136 (16 June 2010) --- Polar mesospheric clouds, illuminated by an orbital sunrise, are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 24 crew member on the International Space Station. Polar mesospheric, or noctilucent (?night shining?), clouds are observed from both Earth?s surface and in orbit by crew members aboard the space station. They are called night-shining clouds as they are usually seen at twilight. Following the setting of the sun below the horizon and darkening of Earth?s surface, these high clouds are still briefly illuminated by sunlight. Occasionally the ISS orbital track becomes nearly parallel to Earth?s day/night terminator for a time, allowing polar mesospheric clouds to be visible to the crew at times other than the usual twilight due to the space station altitude. This unusual photograph shows polar mesospheric clouds illuminated by the rising, rather than setting, sun at center right. Low clouds on the horizon appear yellow and orange, while higher clouds and aerosols are illuminated a brilliant white. Polar mesospheric clouds appear as light blue ribbons extending across the top of the image. These clouds typically occur at high latitudes of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and at fairly high altitudes of 76?85 kilometers (near the boundary between the mesosphere and thermosphere atmospheric layers). The ISS was located over the Greek island of Kos in the Aegean Sea (near the southwestern coastline of Turkey) when the image was taken at approximately midnight local time. The orbital complex was tracking northeastward, nearly parallel to the terminator, making it possible to observe an apparent ?sunrise? located almost due north. A similar unusual alignment of the ISS orbit track, terminator position, and seasonal position of Earth?s orbit around the sun allowed for striking imagery of polar mesospheric clouds over the Southern Hemisphere earlier this year.

  7. Earth materials and earth dynamics

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    Bennett, K; Shankland, T.

    2000-11-01

    In the project ''Earth Materials and Earth Dynamics'' we linked fundamental and exploratory, experimental, theoretical, and computational research programs to shed light on the current and past states of the dynamic Earth. Our objective was to combine different geological, geochemical, geophysical, and materials science analyses with numerical techniques to illuminate active processes in the Earth. These processes include fluid-rock interactions that form and modify the lithosphere, non-linear wave attenuations in rocks that drive plate tectonics and perturb the earth's surface, dynamic recrystallization of olivine that deforms the upper mantle, development of texture in high-pressure olivine polymorphs that create anisotropic velocity regions in the convecting upper mantle and transition zone, and the intense chemical reactions between the mantle and core. We measured physical properties such as texture and nonlinear elasticity, equation of states at simultaneous pressures and temperatures, magnetic spins and bonding, chemical permeability, and thermal-chemical feedback to better characterize earth materials. We artificially generated seismic waves, numerically modeled fluid flow and transport in rock systems and modified polycrystal plasticity theory to interpret measured physical properties and integrate them into our understanding of the Earth. This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

  8. Digital Earth

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    de La Beaujardiere, J.

    2001-05-01

    Digital Earth (DE) seeks to make geospatial information broadly and easily available. Vast amounts of natural and cultural information are gathered about the Earth, but it is often difficult to find needed data, to share knowledge across disciplines, and to combine information from several sources. DE defines a framework for interoperability by selecting relevant open standards from the information technology community. These standards specify the technical means by which publishers can provide or sell their data, and by which client applications can find and access data in an automated fashion. The standardized DE framework enables many types of clients--from web browsers to museum kiosks to research-grade virtual environments--to use a common geospatial information infrastructure. Digital Earth can benefit Earth system education in general, and DLESE in particular, in several ways. First, educators, students and creators of instructional material will benefit from standardized access to georeferenced data. Secondly, educational lesson plans that focus on a region or aspect of the Earth can themselves be considered geospatial information resources that could be cataloged and retrieved through DE. Finally, general public knowledge about our planet will by increased by Digital Earth.

  9. 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.

  10. Possible half metallic antiferromagnet in a hole-doped perovskite cuprate predicted by first-principles calculations.

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    Nie, Yung-mau; Hu, Xiao

    2008-03-21

    We formulate a scheme to realize a half metallic antiferromagnet (HMAFM), a material conductive in only one spin channel while exhibiting zero macroscopic magnetism, by doping carrier into a class of cuprates. The working rationale is exhibited as taking advantage of Hubbard repulsion of d electrons of Cu atoms and the charge-transfer effect from the associated O ligand to fully polarize the spin of a doped carrier. Specifically, doping one hole into the insulating ferrimagnet Sr8CaRe3Cu4O24 by replacing one of the eight Sr atoms by one Rb atom is predicted to achieve a HMAFM, presumably with room-temperature operation. Since the working rationale is the strong correlations of electrons commonly encountered in cuprates, it is expected that the present findings can shed light on a new way to develop a HMAFM.

  11. Simultaneous drop in mean free path and carrier density at the pseudogap onset in high-{T}_{{\\rm{c}}} cuprates

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    Storey, J. G.

    2017-10-01

    High-temperature superconducting cuprates are distinguished by an enigmatic pseudogap which opens near optimal doping where the superconducting transition temperature is highest. Key questions concern its origin and whether it is essential in any way to superconductivity. Recent field-induced normal-state transport experiments on hole-doped cuprates have measured abrupt changes in the doping-dependent Hall number and resistivity, consistent with a drop in carrier density from 1+p to p holes per copper atom, on entering the pseudogap phase. In this work the change in resistivity is analyzed in terms of an antiferromagnetic-order-induced Fermi surface reconstruction model that has already successfully described the Hall number. In order for this model to describe the resistivity we find that the zero-temperature mean free path must also drop abruptly in proportion to the size of the Fermi surface. This suggests that intrapocket scattering underlies the observed upturn in resistivity in the pseudogap state.

  12. Fine structure in the tunneling spectra of electron-doped cuprates: no coupling to the magnetic resonance mode.

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    Zhao, Guo-meng

    2009-12-04

    We reanalyze high-resolution scanning tunneling spectra of the electron-doped cuprate Pr(0.88)LaCe(0.12)CuO(4) (T(c) = 24 K). We find that the spectral fine structure below 35 meV is consistent with strong coupling to a bosonic mode at about 16 meV, in quantitative agreement with early tunneling spectra of Nd(1.85)Ce(0.15)CuO(4). Since the energy of the bosonic mode is significantly higher than that (9.5-11 meV) of the magnetic resonancelike mode observed by inelastic neutron scattering, the coupling feature at about 16 meV cannot arise from strong coupling to the magnetic mode. The present work thus demonstrates that the magnetic resonancelike mode cannot be the origin of high-temperature superconductivity in electron-doped cuprates.

  13. Earth: Earth Science and Health

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    Maynard, Nancy G.

    2001-01-01

    A major new NASA initiative on environmental change and health has been established to promote the application of Earth science remote sensing data, information, observations, and technologies to issues of human health. NASA's Earth Sciences suite of Earth observing instruments are now providing improved observations science, data, and advanced technologies about the Earth's land, atmosphere, and oceans. These new space-based resources are being combined with other agency and university resources, data integration and fusion technologies, geographic information systems (GIS), and the spectrum of tools available from the public health community, making it possible to better understand how the environment and climate are linked to specific diseases, to improve outbreak prediction, and to minimize disease risk. This presentation is an overview of NASA's tools, capabilities, and research advances in this initiative.

  14. Earth: Earth Science and Health

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    Maynard, Nancy G.

    2001-01-01

    A major new NASA initiative on environmental change and health has been established to promote the application of Earth science remote sensing data, information, observations, and technologies to issues of human health. NASA's Earth Sciences suite of Earth observing instruments are now providing improved observations science, data, and advanced technologies about the Earth's land, atmosphere, and oceans. These new space-based resources are being combined with other agency and university resources, data integration and fusion technologies, geographic information systems (GIS), and the spectrum of tools available from the public health community, making it possible to better understand how the environment and climate are linked to specific diseases, to improve outbreak prediction, and to minimize disease risk. This presentation is an overview of NASA's tools, capabilities, and research advances in this initiative.

  15. Material and Doping Dependence of the Nodal and Anti-Nodal Dispersion Renormalizations in Single- and Multi-Layer Cuprates

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    Johnston, S.; Lee, W.S.; Nowadnick, E.A.; Moritz, B.; Shen, Z.-X.; Devereaux, T.P.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab. /SLAC

    2010-02-15

    In this paper we present a review of bosonic renormalization effects on electronic carriers observed from angle-resolved photoemission spectra in the cuprates. Specifically, we discuss the viewpoint that these renormalizations represent coupling of the electrons to the lattice and review how materials dependence, such as the number of CuO{sub 2} layers, and doping dependence can be understood straightforwardly in terms of several aspects of electron-phonon coupling in layered correlated materials.

  16. Stability of the d-wave pairing with respect to the intersite Coulomb repulsion in cuprate superconductors

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

    2017-10-01

    Within the spin-fermion model for cuprate superconductors, the influence of the intersite Coulomb interactions V2 and V‧2 between holes located at the next-nearest-neighbor oxygen ions of CuO2 plane on the implementation of the dx2-y2-wave pairing is studied. It is shown that d-wave pairing can be suppressed only for unphysically large values of V2 and V‧2.

  17. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    Panelists discuss how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and was moderated by Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  18. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, moderates a panel at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and highlighted how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  19. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    An audience member asks the panelists a question at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and was moderated by Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Six scientists discussed how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  20. Nature of the effective interaction in electron-doped cuprate superconductors: A sign-problem-free quantum Monte Carlo study

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    Li, Zi-Xiang; Wang, Fa; Yao, Hong; Lee, Dung-Hai

    2017-06-01

    Understanding the mechanism of Cooper pairing amounts to determining the effective interaction that operates at low energies. Efforts to achieve such a goal for superconducting materials, especially strongly correlated ones, from both bottom-up and top-down approaches, have been plagued by having to use uncontrolled approximations. Here, we perform large-scale, numerically exact, sign-problem-free zero-temperature quantum Monte Carlo simulations on an effective theory based on "hot spots" plus fluctuating collective modes. Because hot spots are clearly identified by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy for electron-doped cuprates, we focus our attention on such materials. Our goal is to determine the minimum effective action that can describe the observed superconductivity and charge-density wave. The results suggest that antiferromagnetic fluctuation alone is not sufficient—the effective action needs to be amended with nematic fluctuations. We believe that our results address the pairing mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity in electron-doped cuprates, and they shed light on the pairing mechanism of hole-doped cuprates.

  1. 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.

  2. Topological phase transition from nodal to nodeless d-wave superconductivity in electron-doped cuprate superconductors

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    Zhu, Guo-Yi; Zhang, Guang-Ming

    2017-03-01

    Unlike the hole-doped cuprates, both nodal and nodeless superconductivity (SC) are observed in the electron-doped cuprates. To understand these two types of SC states, we propose a unified theory by considering the two-dimensional t\\text-J model in proximity to an antiferromagnetic (AF) long-range ordering state. Within the slave-boson mean-field approximation, the d-wave pairing symmetry is still the most energetically favorable even in the presence of the external AF field. In the nodal phase, it is found that the nodes carry vorticity and are protected by the adjoint symmetry of time-reversal and one unit lattice translation. Robust edge modes are obtained, suggesting the nodal d-wave SC being a topological weak-pairing phase. As decreasing the doping concentration or increasing the AF field, the nodes with opposite vorticity annihilate and the nodeless strong-pairing phase emerges. The topological phase transition is characterized by a critical point with anisotropic Bogoliubov quasiparticles, and a universal understanding is thus established for all electron-doped cuprates.

  3. Earth Science

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    1994-03-08

    Workers at the Astrotech processing facility in Titusville prepared for a news media showing of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-1 (GOES-1). GOES-1 was the first in a new generation of weather satellites deployed above Earth. It was the first 3-axis, body-stabilized meteorological satellite to be used by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. These features allowed GOES-1 to continuously monitor the Earth, rather than viewing it just five percent of the time as was the case with spin-stabilized meteorological satellites. GOES-1 also has independent imaging and sounding instruments which can operate simultaneously yet independently. As a result, observations provided by each instrument will not be interrupted. The imager produces visual and infrared images of the Earth's surface, oceans, cloud cover and severe storm development, while the prime sounding products include vertical temperature and moisture profiles, and layer mean moisture.

  4. Earth Science

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    1994-09-02

    This image depicts a full view of the Earth, taken by the Geostationary Operational Environment Satellite (GOES-8). The red and green charnels represent visible data, while the blue channel represents inverted 11 micron infrared data. The north and south poles were not actually observed by GOES-8. To produce this image, poles were taken from a GOES-7 image. Owned and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), GOES satellites provide the kind of continuous monitoring necessary for intensive data analysis. They circle the Earth in a geosynchronous orbit, which means they orbit the equatorial plane of the Earth at a speed matching the Earth's rotation. This allows them to hover continuously over one position on the surface. The geosynchronous plane is about 35,800 km (22,300 miles) above the Earth, high enough to allow the satellites a full-disc view of the Earth. Because they stay above a fixed spot on the surface, they provide a constant vigil for the atmospheric triggers for severe weather conditions such as tornadoes, flash floods, hail storms, and hurricanes. When these conditions develop, the GOES satellites are able to monitor storm development and track their movements. NASA manages the design and launch of the spacecraft. NASA launched the first GOES for NOAA in 1975 and followed it with another in 1977. Currently, the United States is operating GOES-8, positioned at 75 west longitude and the equator, and GOES-10, which is positioned at 135 west longitude and the equator. (GOES-9, which malfunctioned in 1998, is being stored in orbit as an emergency backup should either GOES-8 or GOES-10 fail. GOES-11 was launched on May 3, 2000 and GOES-12 on July 23, 2001. Both are being stored in orbit as a fully functioning replacement for GOES-8 or GOES-10 on failure.

  5. Earth Science

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    2004-09-11

    This image hosts a look at the eye of Hurricane Ivan, one of the strongest hurricanes on record, as the storm topped the western Caribbean Sea on Saturday, September 11, 2004. The hurricane was photographed by astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke from aboard the International Space Station (ISS) at an altitude of approximately 230 miles. At the time, the category 5 storm sustained winds in the eye of the wall that were reported at about 160 mph. Crew Earth Observations record Earth surface changes over time, as well as more fleeting events such as storms, floods, fires, and volcanic eruptions.

  6. Earth Science

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    2004-09-15

    Except for a small portion of the International Space Station (ISS) in the foreground, Hurricane Ivan, one of the strongest hurricanes on record, fills this image over the northern Gulf of Mexico. As the downgraded category 4 storm approached landfall on the Alabama coast Wednesday afternoon on September 15, 2004, sustained winds in the eye of the wall were reported at about 135 mph. The hurricane was photographed by astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke from aboard the ISS at an altitude of approximately 230 miles. Crew Earth Observations record Earth surface changes over time, as well as more fleeting events such as storms, floods, fires, and volcanic eruptions.

  7. Earth Science

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    2004-08-13

    This panoramic view of Hurricane Charley was photographed by the Expedition 9 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on August 13, 2004, at a vantage point just north of Tampa, Florida. The small eye was not visible in this view, but the raised cloud tops near the center coincide roughly with the time that the storm began to rapidly strengthen. The category 2 hurricane was moving north-northwest at 18 mph packing winds of 105 mph. Crew Earth Observations record Earth surface changes over time, as well as more fleeting events such as storms, floods, fires, and volcanic eruptions.

  8. Earth Science

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2004-09-15

    This image hosts a look into the eye of Hurricane Ivan, one of the strongest hurricanes on record, as the storm approached landfall on the central Gulf coast Wednesday afternoon on September 15, 2004. The hurricane was photographed by astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke from aboard the International Space Station (ISS) at an altitude of approximately 230 miles. At the time, sustained winds in the eye of the wall were reported at about 135 mph as the downgraded category 4 storm approached the Alabama coast. Crew Earth Observations record Earth surface changes over time, as well as more fleeting events such as storms, floods, fires, and volcanic eruptions.

  9. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-19

    ISS040-E-070412 (19 July 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this July 19 panorama featuring wildfires which are plaguing the Northwest and causing widespread destruction. (Note: south is at the top of the frame). The orbital outpost was flying 223 nautical miles above Earth at the time of the photo. Parts of Oregon and Washington are included in the scene. Mt. Jefferson, Three Sisters and Mt. St. Helens are all snow-capped and visible in the photo, and the Columbia River can also be delineated.

  10. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-19

    ISS040-E-070424 (19 July 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this July 19 image of wildfires which are plaguing the Northwest and causing widespread destruction. The orbital outpost was flying 223 nautical miles above Earth at the time of the photo. Lightning has been given as the cause of the Ochoco Complex fires in the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon. The complex has gotten larger since this photo was taken.

  11. Earth Observation

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    2010-08-23

    ISS024-E-016042 (23 Aug. 2010) --- This night time view captured by one of the Expedition 24 crew members aboard the International Space Station some 220 miles above Earth is looking southward from central Romania over the Aegean Sea toward Greece and it includes Thessaloniki (near center), the larger bright mass of Athens (left center), and the Macedonian capital of Skopje (lower right). Center point coordinates of the area pictured are 46.4 degrees north latitude and 25.5 degrees east longitude. The picture was taken in August and was physically brought back to Earth on a disk with the return of the Expedition 25 crew in November 2010.

  12. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-02

    ISS040-E-030559 (2 July 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, some 227 nautical miles above Earth, photographed this image of Tropical Storm Arthur in the afternoon of July 2, 2014. Arthur was churning in Atlantic waters off the coast of Florida and slowly moving northward at the time the photo was taken. The robotic arm of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System or Canadarm2 is seen at upper center, and the tip of one of the orbital outpost's solar array panels is in upper right.

  13. Effective single-band models for the high-Tc cuprates. I. Coulomb interactions

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    Feiner, L. F.; Jefferson, J. H.; Raimondi, R.

    1996-04-01

    Starting with the three-band extended Hubbard model (or d-p model) widely used to represent the CuO2 planes in the high-Tc cuprates, we make a systematic reduction to an effective single-band model using a previously developed cell-perturbation method. The range of parameters for which this mapping is a good approximation is explored in the full Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen diagram (copper Coulomb repulsion Ud versus charge-transfer energy ɛ), together with an investigation of the validity of a further mapping to an effective charge-spin (t-J-V) model. The variation of the effective single-band parameters with the parameters of the underlying multi-band model is investigated in detail, and the parameter regime where the model represents the high-Tc cuprates is examined for specific features that might distinguish it from the general case. In particular, we consider the effect of Coulomb repulsions on oxygen (Up) and between copper and oxygen (Vpd). We find that the reduction to an effective single-band model is generally valid for describing the low-energy physics, and that Vpd and Up (unless unrealistically large) actually slightly improve the convergence of the cell-perturbation method. Unlike in the usual single-band Hubbard model, the effective intercell hopping and Coulomb interactions are different for electrons and holes. We find that this asymmetry, which vanishes in the extreme Mott-Hubbard regime (Ud<<ɛ), is quite appreciable in the charge-transfer regime (Ud>~ɛ), particularly for the effective Coulomb interactions. We show that for doped holes (forming Zhang-Rice singlets) on neighboring cells the interaction induced by Vpd can even be attractive due to locally enhanced pd hybridization, while this cannot occur for electrons. The Coulomb interaction induced by Up is always repulsive; in addition Up gives rise to a ferromagnetic spin-spin interaction which opposes antiferromagnetic superexchange. We show that for hole-doped systems this leads to a subtle

  14. Digital Earth - A sustainable Earth

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    Mahavir

    2014-02-01

    All life, particularly human, cannot be sustainable, unless complimented with shelter, poverty reduction, provision of basic infrastructure and services, equal opportunities and social justice. Yet, in the context of cities, it is believed that they can accommodate more and more people, endlessly, regardless to their carrying capacity and increasing ecological footprint. The 'inclusion', for bringing more and more people in the purview of development is often limited to social and economic inclusion rather than spatial and ecological inclusion. Economic investment decisions are also not always supported with spatial planning decisions. Most planning for a sustainable Earth, be at a level of rural settlement, city, region, national or Global, fail on the capacity and capability fronts. In India, for example, out of some 8,000 towns and cities, Master Plans exist for only about 1,800. A chapter on sustainability or environment is neither statutorily compulsory nor a norm for these Master Plans. Geospatial technologies including Remote Sensing, GIS, Indian National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), Indian National Urban Information Systems (NUIS), Indian Environmental Information System (ENVIS), and Indian National GIS (NGIS), etc. have potential to map, analyse, visualize and take sustainable developmental decisions based on participatory social, economic and social inclusion. Sustainable Earth, at all scales, is a logical and natural outcome of a digitally mapped, conceived and planned Earth. Digital Earth, in fact, itself offers a platform to dovetail the ecological, social and economic considerations in transforming it into a sustainable Earth.

  15. Earth Moon

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    1998-06-08

    NASA Galileo spacecraft took this image of Earth moon on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore the Jupiter system in 1995-97. The distinct bright ray crater at the bottom of the image is the Tycho impact basin. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00405

  16. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-21

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Uruguay Argentina sun glint coastlines. Also sent down via Twitter message: This was the Argentina coastline a few hours ago.

  17. Rare earths

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    Gambogi, J.

    2013-01-01

    Global mine production of rare earths was estimated to have declined slightly in 2012 relative to 2011 (Fig. 1). Production in China was estimated to have decreased to 95 from 105 kt (104,700 from 115,700 st) in 2011, while new mine production in the United States and Australia increased.

  18. Earth Observation

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    2013-07-04

    ISS036-E-015355 (4 July 2013) --- A number of Quebec, Canada wildfires near the Manicouagan Reservoir (seen at bottom center) were recorded in a series of photographs taken and downlinked to Earth on July 4 by the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station.

  19. Earth Observation

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    2013-08-29

    ISS036-E-038117 (29 Aug. 2013) --- One of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station photographed massive smoke plumes from the California wildfires. When this image was exposed on Aug. 29, the orbital outpost was approximately 220 miles above a point located at 38.6 degrees north latitude and 123.2 degrees west longitude.

  20. Earth Observation

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    2013-07-04

    ISS036-E-015354 (4 July 2013) --- A number of Quebec, Canada wildfires near the Manicouagan Reservoir (seen at lower left) were recorded as part of a series of photographs taken and downlinked to Earth on July 4 by the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station.

  1. Earth Observation

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2013-07-04

    ISS036-E-015342 (4 July 2013) --- A number of Quebec, Canada wildfires southeast of James Bay were recorded as part of a series of photographs taken and downlinked to Earth on July 4 by the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station.

  2. Earth Observation

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2013-08-29

    ISS036-E-038114 (29 Aug. 2013) --- One of the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station photographed massive smoke plumes from the California wildfires. When this image was exposed on Aug. 29, the orbital outpost was approximately 220 miles above a point located at 38.6 degrees north latitude and 123.3 degrees west longitude.

  3. Earth Observation

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2013-07-04

    ISS036-E-015335 (4 July 2013) --- A number of Quebec, Canada wildfires southeast of James Bay were recorded as part of a series of photographs taken and downlinked to Earth on July 4 by the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station.

  4. Earth Observation

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2013-07-03

    ISS036-E-015292 (3 July 2013) --- A number of Quebec, Canada wildfires southeast of James Bay were recorded as part of a series of photographs taken and downlinked to Earth on July 3-4 by the Expedition 36 crew members aboard the International Space Station. This image was recorded on July 3.

  5. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-22

    ISS040-E-016629 (22 June 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this panorama of part of Europe on June 22, 2014. Italy's long coastlines (of the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Seas) all the way down to the "Boot" dominate the scene. Parts of the Mediterranean and Ionian Seas are also visible.

  6. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-12

    Earth Observation taken during a day pass by the Expedition 40 crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Folder lists this as: Moon, Japan, Kamchatka with a wild cloud. Part of the U.S. Lab and PMM are also visible.

  7. Earth Observation

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2014-08-01

    ISS040-E-087275 (1 Aug. 2014) --- Much of the Italian island/province of Sicily is visible in this nighttime nadir image photographed from 221 nautical miles above Earth by one of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station. The tip of the "toe" of Italy's "boot" is barely visible in the upper right corner.

  8. Think Earth.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Niedermeyer, Fred; Ice, Kay

    1992-01-01

    Describes a series of environmental education instructional units for grades K-6 developed by the Think Earth Consortium that cover topics such as conservation, pollution control, and waste reduction. Provides testimony from one sixth-grade teacher that field tested the second-grade unit. (MDH)

  9. Earth Sky

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    1965-12-16

    S65-63256 (16 Dec. 1965) --- Cap Blanc and Levrier Bay on the coast of Spanish Sahara and Mauritania, as seen from the Gemini-6 spacecraft during its 15th revolution of Earth. Photo credit: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  10. Earth Science

    NASA Image and Video Library

    1993-03-29

    Small Expendable Deployer System (SEDS) is a tethered date collecting satellite and is intended to demonstrate a versatile and economical way of delivering smaller payloads to higher orbits or downward toward Earth's atmosphere. 19th Navstar Global Positioning System Satellite mission joined with previously launched satellites used for navigational purposes and geodite studies. These satellites are used commercially as well as by the military.

  11. Think Earth.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Niedermeyer, Fred; Ice, Kay

    1992-01-01

    Describes a series of environmental education instructional units for grades K-6 developed by the Think Earth Consortium that cover topics such as conservation, pollution control, and waste reduction. Provides testimony from one sixth-grade teacher that field tested the second-grade unit. (MDH)

  12. Earth Observation

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    2016-06-19

    ISS048e002079 (06/19/2016) --- A new day dawns for the crew of Expedition 48 on board the International Space Station on June 19, 2016. This inspiring image shows the golden rays of the the Sun streaming through the multiple layers of clouds to touch the Earth giving it abundant life.

  13. Earth Observation

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    2013-07-21

    Earth observation taken during night pass by an Expedition 36 crew member on board the International Space Station (ISS). Per Twitter message this is labeled as : Tehran, Iran. Lights along the coast of the Caspian Sea visible through clouds. July 21.

  14. Earth Observation

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    2014-06-20

    ISS040-E-016324 (20 June 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this oblique panorama of the Strait of Gibraltar, showing parts of Morocco and Spain, on June 20, 2014.

  15. Earth Observations

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    2014-11-18

    ISS042E006751 (11/08/2014) --- Earth observation taken from the International Space Station of the coastline of the United Arab Emirates. The large wheel along the coast center left is "Jumeirah" Palm Island, with a conference center, hotels, recreation areas and a large marine zoo.

  16. Earth Observation

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    2014-08-10

    ISS040-E-091156 (10 Aug. 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members 225 nautical miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station used a 200mm lens to record this image of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand on Aug. 10, 2014. Napier and the bay area's most populous area are just out of frame at lower right.

  17. Earth Observation

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    2014-08-10

    ISS040-E-091158 (10 Aug. 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members 225 nautical miles above Earth onboard the International Space Station used a 200mm lens to record this image of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand on Aug. 10, 2014. Napier and the bay area's most populous area are at bottom center of the frame.

  18. Earth Observations

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    2010-09-09

    ISS024-E-014071 (9 Sept. 2010) --- This striking panoramic view of the southwestern USA and Pacific Ocean is an oblique image photographed by an Expedition 24 crew member looking outwards at an angle from the International Space Station (ISS). While most unmanned orbital satellites view Earth from a nadir perspective?in other words, collecting data with a ?straight down? viewing geometry?crew members onboard the space station can acquire imagery at a wide range of viewing angles using handheld digital cameras. The ISS nadir point (the point on Earth?s surface directly below the spacecraft) was located in northwestern Arizona, approximately 260 kilometers to the east-southeast, when this image was taken. The image includes parts of the States of Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and California together with a small segment of the Baja California, Mexico coastline at center left. Several landmarks and physiographic features are readily visible. The Las Vegas, NV metropolitan area appears as a gray region adjacent to the Spring Mountains and Sheep Range (both covered by white clouds). The Grand Canyon, located on the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, is visible (lower left) to the east of Las Vegas with the blue waters of Lake Mead in between. The image also includes the Mojave Desert, stretching north from the Salton Sea (left) to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Sierra Nevada range is roughly 640 kilometers long (north-south) and forms the boundary between the Central Valley of California and the adjacent Basin and Range. The Basin and Range is so called due to the pattern of long linear valleys separated by parallel linear mountain ranges ? this landscape, formed by extension and thinning of Earth?s crust, is particularly visible at right.

  19. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    Dr. Timothy Lyons, Professor of Biogeochemistry, UC Riverside, speaks on a panel at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and was moderated by Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Six scientists discussed how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  20. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    Dr. Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Research Space Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, speaks on a panel at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and was moderated by Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Six scientists discussed how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  1. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    Dr. Christopher House, Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University, speaks on a panel at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and was moderated by Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Six scientists discussed how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  2. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

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    2014-08-20

    Dr. Phoebe Cohen, Professor of Geosciences, Williams College, speaks on a panel at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and was moderated by Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Six scientists discussed how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  3. Ancient Earth, Alien Earths Event

    NASA Image and Video Library

    2014-08-20

    Dr. Dawn Sumner, Professor of Geology, UC Davis, speaks on a panel at the “Ancient Earth, Alien Earths” Event at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC Wednesday, August 20, 2014. The event was sponsored by NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Smithsonian Institution and was moderated by Dr. David H. Grinspoon, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Six scientists discussed how research on early Earth could help guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

  4. Earth meandering

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    Asadiyan, H.; Zamani, A.

    2009-04-01

    In this paper we try to put away current Global Tectonic Model to look the tectonic evolution of the earth from new point of view. Our new dynamic model is based on study of river meandering (RM) which infer new concept as Earth meandering(EM). In a universal gravitational field if we consider a clockwise spiral galaxy model rotate above Ninety East Ridge (geotectonic axis GA), this system with applying torsion field (likes geomagnetic field) in side direction from Rocky Mt. (west geotectonic pole WGP) to Tibetan plateau TP (east geotectonic pole EGP),it seems that pulled mass from WGP and pushed it in EGP due to it's rolling dynamics. According to this idea we see in topographic map that North America and Green land like a tongue pulled from Pacific mouth toward TP. Actually this system rolled or meander the earth over itself fractaly from small scale to big scale and what we see in the river meandering and Earth meandering are two faces of one coin. River transport water and sediments from high elevation to lower elevation and also in EM, mass transport from high altitude-Rocky Mt. to lower altitude Himalaya Mt. along 'S' shape geodetic line-optimum path which connect points from high altitude to lower altitude as kind of Euler Elastica(EE). These curves are responsible for mass spreading (source) and mass concentration (sink). In this regard, tiltness of earth spin axis plays an important role, 'S' are part of sigmoidal shape which formed due to intersection of Earth rolling with the Earth glob and actual feature of transform fault and river meandering. Longitudinal profile in mature rivers as a part of 'S' curve also is a kind of EE. 'S' which bound the whole earth is named S-1(S order 1) and cube corresponding to this which represent Earth fracturing in global scale named C-1(cube order 1 or side vergence cube SVC), C-1 is a biggest cycle of spiral polygon, so it is not completely closed and it has separation about diameter of C-7. Inside SVC we introduce cone

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    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.

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

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  7. Microscopic Study of c-axis Proximity Effect in Cuprate-Manganite Heterostructures

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    Zhang, H.; Fridman, I.; Gauquelin, N.; Botton, G. A.; Wei, J. Y. T.

    2013-03-01

    Recent studies have reported long-ranged proximity effect in epitaxial thin-film heterostructures of ferromagnetic manganites and superconducting cuprates, with possible origins in novel spin-triplet correlations. A key evidence for this effect is the suppression of the superconducting Tc observed in multilayer films of La2/3Ca1/3MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (LCMO/YBCO). However, scanning tunnelling spectroscopy on c-axis LCMO/YBCO bilayers have not seen direct evidence for proximity-induced pairing down to 5nm LCMO thickness. We re-examine the Tc suppression by performing atomically-resolved transmission electron microscopy and resistivity measurements on c-axis YBCO/LCMO films grown by pulsed laser deposition, and relating the microstructure in YBCO with the layer thickness and Tc. The microscopy revealed double CuO-chain intergrowths forming non-stoichiometric YBCO-247 regions that do not appear in x-ray diffraction, but can be related to the Tc suppression. We attribute these intergrowths to heteroepitaxial strain, by comparing all the lattice parameters and symmetries involved. Work supported by NSERC, CFI/OIT and CIFAR

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Non-Cuprate Superconductor with Cubic Structure and Tc = 85 K

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    Estrada, J. M.; Chavira, E.; Rosales, I.; Novelo, O.; Fregoso, E.; Marinero, E. E.; Nishioka, M.; Garcia-Vazquez, V.; Suchomel, M.

    2011-03-01

    We have synthesized a new superconductor material, namely: Ba(Yb0.38 In0.10 Sn0.42 Pb0.10)O2.66 , by solid-state reaction in air and ambient pressure. The new compound is determined to have a Tc of 85 K, which is new record for a non-cuprate structure. Employing synchrotron XRD and Rietveld refinement, 5 structural phases are identified in the reaction products. The phases identified are: BaTb 0.5 Sb 0.5 O3 (41.3%), Yb 2 BaCu O5 (26.1%), CuO (22.6%), Yb 2 Cu 2 O5 (4.4%) and Ba 1.99 Y1.01 Cu 3 O8 (5.6%). The microstructure exhibits cubic morphology (SEM) and EDX analysis is utilized to determine the stoichiometry of the new superconducting material, Ba(Yb0.38 In0.10 Sn0.42 Pb0.10)O2.66 , which is isostructural to the cubic BaTb 0.5 Sb 0.5 O3 phase. Magnetic and Resistance measurements vs T indicate a superconducting transition at Tc at 85 K.

  13. Random Walks in Anderson's Garden: A Journey from Cuprates to Cooper Pair Insulators and Beyond

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    Baskaran, G.

    Anderson's Garden is a drawing presented to Philip W. Anderson on the eve of his 60th birthday celebration, in 1983, by a colleague (author unknown). This cartoon (Fig. 1) succinctly depicts some of Anderson's pre-1983 works. As an avid reader of Anderson's papers, a random walk in Anderson's garden had become a part of my routine since graduate school days. This was of immense help and prepared me for a wonderful collaboration with Anderson on the theory of high-Tc cuprates and quantum spin liquids at Princeton. Here I narrate this story, ending with a brief summary of my ongoing theoretical efforts to extend Anderson's RVB theory for superconductivity to encompass the recently observed high-temperature (Tc ~ 203K) superconductivity in solid H2S at pressure ~200GPa. In H2S molecule, four valence electrons form two saturated covalent bonds, H-S-H. These bond singlets are confined Cooper pairs close to chemical potential. Solid H2S is a Cooper pair insulator. Pressure changes the structure and not the number of valence electrons. Bond singlet pairing tendency continues and new S-S and H-H bonds are formed. S-S bonds are mostly saturated. However, hydrogen sublattice has unsaturated H-H bonds. It prepares ground for a RVB superconducting state.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    We use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study magnetic Fe impurities intentionally doped into the high-temperature superconductor Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+δ}. Our spectroscopic measurements reveal that Fe impurities introduce low-lying resonances in the density of states at Ω_{1}≈4  meV and Ω_{2}≈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. 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.

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

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

    2014-12-18

    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 Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+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.

  19. The electronic structure of the high-TC cuprates within the hidden rotating order.

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    Azzouz, M; Ramakko, B W; Presenza-Pitman, G

    2010-09-01

    The doping dependence of the Fermi surface and energy distribution curves of the high-T(C) cuprate materials La(2 - x)Sr(x)CuO(4) and Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8 + δ) are analyzed within the rotating antiferromagnetism theory. Using three different quantities; the k-dependent occupation probability, the spectral function, and the chemical potential (energy spectra), the Fermi surface is calculated and compared to experimental data for La(2 - x)Sr(x)CuO(4). The Fermi surface we calculate evolves from hole-like pockets in the underdoped regime to large electron-like contours in the overdoped regime. This is in agreement with recent findings by Sebastian et al for the α-pocket of Y Ba(2)Cu(3)O(6 + x) (2010 Phys. Rev. B 81 214524). In addition, the full width at half maximum of the energy distribution curves is found to behave linearly with their peak position in agreement with experiment for Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8 + δ). The effect of scattering on both the Fermi surface and energy distribution curves is examined.

  20. Signatures of strong correlation effects in resonant inelastic x-ray scattering studies on cuprates

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    Li, Wan-Ju; Lin, Cheng-Ju; Lee, Ting-Kuo

    2016-08-01

    Recently, spin excitations in doped cuprates have been measured using resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. The paramagnon dispersions show the large hardening effect in the electron-doped systems and seemingly doping independence in the hole-doped systems, with the energy scales comparable to that of the antiferromagnetic (AFM) magnons. This anomalous hardening effect and the lack of softening were partially explained by using the strong-coupling t -J model but with a three-site term [Nat. Commun. 5, 3314 (2014), 10.1038/ncomms4314], although the hardening effect is already present even without the latter. By considering the t -t'-t''-J model and using the slave-boson mean-field theory, we obtain, via the spin-spin susceptibility, the spin excitations in qualitative agreement with the experiments. The doping-dependent bandwidth due to the strong correlation physics is the origin of the hardening effect. We also show that dispersions in the AFM regime, different from those in the paramagnetic (PM) regime, hardly vary with dopant density. These excitations are mainly collective in nature instead of particle-hole-like. We further discuss the interplay and different contributions of these two kinds of excitations in the PM phase and show that the dominance of the collective excitation increases with decreasing dopant concentrations.

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

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

    2013-01-01

    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 ∝ T2) 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☐ = A1☐T) and quadratic (ρ☐ = A2☐T2) 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. PMID:23836669

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Electronic Specific Heat and Dissipative Viscosity of Hole-Doped Cuprates

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    Goswami, Partha

    2011-03-01

    We investigate a d-density wave (DDW) mean field model Hamiltonian in the momentum space suitable for the hole-doped cuprates, such as YBCO, in the pseudo-gap phase to obtain the Fermi surface(FS)topologies, including the elastic scattering by disorder potential (| v 0 |) . For the chemical potential μ = - 0.27 eV (at 10% doping level), and | v 0 | >= | t | (where | t | = 0.25 eV is the first neighbor hopping), at zero/non-zero magnetic field (B) the FS on the first Brillouin zone is found to correspond to electron pockets around anti-nodal regions and barely visible patches around nodal regions. We next relate our findings regarding FS to the entropy per particle(S), the electronic specific heat Cel and the dissipative viscosity (η) . The magneto-quantum oscillations in Cel are shown to take place in the moderate disorder regime (| v 0 | ~ 0.2 eV) only for B ~ 40 T. For the density of viscosity η (k) on the first Brillouin zone, we find that whereas the negative contribution arises from the electron pockets in the anti-nodal region, the positive contributions are from the hole-pockets in the nodal region. The KSS bound (η /S >= h/ 4 π k B) is easily satisfied for the moderately strong disorder potential. The viscosity is found to be proportional to the magnetic field up to B ~ 50 T.

  6. A New Landscape of Multiple Dispersion Kinks in a High-T c Cuprate Superconductor.

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    Anzai, H; Arita, M; Namatame, H; Taniguchi, M; Ishikado, M; Fujita, K; Ishida, S; Uchida, S; Ino, A

    2017-07-06

    Conventional superconductivity is caused by electron-phonon coupling. The discovery of high-temperature superconductors raised the question of whether such strong electron-phonon coupling is realized in cuprates. Strong coupling with some collective excitation mode has been indicated by a dispersion "kink". However, there is intensive debate regarding whether the relevant coupling mode is a magnetic resonance mode or an oxygen buckling phonon mode. This ambiguity is a consequence of the energy of the main prominent kink. Here, we show a new landscape of dispersion kinks. We report that heavily overdoping a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ superconductor results in a decline of the conventional main kink and a rise of another sharp kink, along with substantial energy shifts of both. Notably, the latter kink can be ascribed only to an oxygen-breathing phonon. Hence, the multiple phonon branches provide a consistent account of our data set on the multiple kinks. Our results suggest that strong electron-phonon coupling and its dramatic change should be incorporated into or reconciled with scenarios for the evolution of high-T c superconductivity.

  7. High On/Off Ratio Memristive Switching of Manganite/Cuprate Bilayer by Interfacial Magnetoelectricity

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    Shen, Xiao; Pennycook, Timothy J.; Hernandez-Martin, David; Pérez, Ana; Puzyrev, Yevgeniy S.; Liu, Yaohua; te Velthuis, Suzanne G. E.; Freeland, John W.; Shafer, Padraic; Zhu, Chenhui; Varela, Maria; Leon, Carlos; Sefrioui, Zouhair; Santamaria, Jacobo; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2016-05-27

    Memristive switching serves as the basis for a new generation of electronic devices. Conventional memristors are two-terminal devices in which the current is turned on and off by redistributing point defects, e.g., vacancies. Memristors based on alternative mechanisms have been explored, but achieving both high on/off ratio and low switching energy, as needed in applications, remains a challenge. This paper reports memristive switching in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/PrBa2Cu3O7 bilayers with an on/off ratio greater than 103 and results of density functional theory calculations in terms of which it is concluded that the phenomenon is likely the result of a new type of interfacial magnetoelectricity. More specifically, this study shows that an external electric field induces subtle displacements of the interfacial Mn ions, which switches on/off an interfacial magnetic “dead layer”, resulting in memristive behavior for spin-polarized electron transport across the bilayer. The interfacial nature of the switching entails low energy cost, about of a tenth of atto Joule for writing/erasing a “bit”. To conclude, the results indicate new opportunities for manganite/cuprate systems and other transition metal oxide junctions in memristive applications.

  8. 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

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

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    Zhang, Wentao; Miller, Tristan; Smallwood, Christopher L.; ...

    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 usemore » time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study the initial rise of the non-equilibrium quasiparticle population in a Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+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.« less

  10. 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)

  11. 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 Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+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.

  12. Effect of broken symmetry on resonant inelastic x-ray scattering from undoped cuprates

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    Igarashi, Jun-ichi; Nagao, Tatsuya

    2015-05-01

    We study the magnetic excitation spectra of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) at the L-edge from undoped cuprates beyond the fast collision approximation. We analyse the effect of the symmetry breaking ground state on the RIXS process of the Heisenberg model by using a projection procedure. We derive the expressions of the scattering amplitude in both one-magnon and two-magnon excitation channels. Each of them consists of the isotropic and anisotropic contributions. The latter is a new finding and attributed to the long range order of the ground state. The presence of anisotropic terms is supported by numerical calculations on a two-dimensional spin cluster. We express the RIXS spectra in the form of spin-correlation functions with the coefficients evaluated on the cluster, and calculate the function in a two dimensional system within the 1/S expansion. Due to the anisotropic terms, the spectral intensities are considerably enhanced around momentum transfer q = 0 in both one-magnon and two-magnon excitation channels. This finding may be experimentally confirmed by examining carefully the q-dependence of the spectra.

  13. 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

  14. Superexchange interaction and magnetic moment in antiferromagnetic high-T cuprate superconductors

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    Mukuda, Hidekazu; Shimizu, Sunao; Tabata, Shin-Ichiro; Itohara, Keita; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Shirage, Parasharam M.; Iyo, Akira

    2010-12-01

    We report a 63Cu-NMR study on underdoped Hg-based five-layered (n = 5) compounds HgBa2Ca4Cu5O12+y (Hg-1245) with T=82K and 92 K, and review the previous Cu-NMR results on the various multilayered cuprates. On the basis of extensive experiments on n=5 compounds, we have unraveled that (1) the antiferromagnetic metallic (AFMM) phase is robust up to the carrier-density Nh˜0.17, (2) the uniformly mixed state of superconductivity (SC) and AFMM is realized at least in 0.14

  15. d-Density Wave Scenario Description of the New Hidden Charge Order in Cuprates

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    Makhfudz, Imam

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we show that the theory of high Tc superconductivity based on a microscopic model with d-density wave (DDW) scenario in the pseudogap phase is able to reproduce some of the most important features of the recent experimentally discovered hidden charge order in several families of Cuprates. In particular, by computing and comparing energies of charge orders of different modulation directions derived from a full microscopic theory with d-density wave scenario, the axial charge order ϕX(Y) with wavevector Q = (Q0,0)((0,Q0)) is shown to be unambiguously energetically more favorable over the diagonal charge order ϕX±Y with wavevector Q = (Q0, ± Q0) at least in commensurate limit, to be expected also to hold even to more general incommensurate case, in agreement with experiment. The two types of axial charge order ϕX and ϕY are degenerate by symmetry. We find that within the superconducting background, biaxial (checkerboard) charge order is energetically more favorable than uniaxial (stripe) charge order, and therefore checkerboard axial charge order should be the one observed in experiments, assuming a single domain of charge ordered state on each CuO2 plane.

  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.; ...

    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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Cationic Redistribution at Epitaxial Interfaces in Superconducting Two-Dimensionally Doped Lanthanum Cuprate Films.

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    Baiutti, Federico; Gregori, Giuliano; Wang, Yi; Suyolcu, Y Eren; Cristiani, Georg; van Aken, Peter A; Maier, Joachim; Logvenov, Gennady

    2016-10-12

    The exploration of interface effects in complex oxide heterostructures has led to the discovery of novel intriguing phenomena in recent years and has opened the path toward the precise tuning of material properties at the nanoscale. One recent example is space-charge superconductivity. Among the complex range of effects which may arise from phase interaction, a crucial role is played by cationic intermixing, which defines the final chemical composition of the interface. In this work, we performed a systematic study on the local cationic redistribution of two-dimensionally doped lanthanum cuprate films grown by oxide molecular beam epitaxy, in which single LaO layers in the epitaxial crystal structure were substituted by layers of differently sized and charged dopants (Ca, Sr, Ba, and Dy). In such a model system, in which the dopant undergoes an asymmetric redistribution across the interface, the evolution of the cationic concentration profile can be effectively tracked by means of atomically resolved imaging and spectroscopic methods. This allowed for the investigation of the impact of the dopant chemistry (ionic size and charge) and of the growth conditions (temperature) on the final superconducting and structural properties. A qualitative model for interface cationic intermixing, based on thermodynamic considerations, is proposed. This work highlights the key role which cationic redistribution may have in the definition of the final interface properties and represents a further step forward the realization of heterostructures with improved quality.

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  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.

    2016-02-01

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. High On/Off Ratio Memristive Switching of Manganite/Cuprate Bilayer by Interfacial Magnetoelectricity

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    Shen, Xiao; Pennycook, Timothy J.; Hernandez-Martin, David; ...

    2016-05-27

    Memristive switching serves as the basis for a new generation of electronic devices. Conventional memristors are two-terminal devices in which the current is turned on and off by redistributing point defects, e.g., vacancies. Memristors based on alternative mechanisms have been explored, but achieving both high on/off ratio and low switching energy, as needed in applications, remains a challenge. This paper reports memristive switching in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/PrBa2Cu3O7 bilayers with an on/off ratio greater than 103 and results of density functional theory calculations in terms of which it is concluded that the phenomenon is likely the result of a new type of interfacialmore » magnetoelectricity. More specifically, this study shows that an external electric field induces subtle displacements of the interfacial Mn ions, which switches on/off an interfacial magnetic “dead layer”, resulting in memristive behavior for spin-polarized electron transport across the bilayer. The interfacial nature of the switching entails low energy cost, about of a tenth of atto Joule for writing/erasing a “bit”. To conclude, the results indicate new opportunities for manganite/cuprate systems and other transition metal oxide junctions in memristive applications.« less

  6. High On/Off Ratio Memristive Switching of Manganite/Cuprate Bilayer by Interfacial Magnetoelectricity

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    Shen, Xiao; Pennycook, Timothy J.; Hernandez-Martin, David; Pérez, Ana; Puzyrev, Yevgeniy S.; Liu, Yaohua; te Velthuis, Suzanne G. E.; Freeland, John W.; Shafer, Padraic; Zhu, Chenhui; Varela, Maria; Leon, Carlos; Sefrioui, Zouhair; Santamaria, Jacobo; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2016-05-27

    Memristive switching serves as the basis for a new generation of electronic devices. Conventional memristors are two-terminal devices in which the current is turned on and off by redistributing point defects, e.g., vacancies. Memristors based on alternative mechanisms have been explored, but achieving both high on/off ratio and low switching energy, as needed in applications, remains a challenge. This paper reports memristive switching in La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/PrBa2Cu3O7 bilayers with an on/off ratio greater than 103 and results of density functional theory calculations in terms of which it is concluded that the phenomenon is likely the result of a new type of interfacial magnetoelectricity. More specifically, this study shows that an external electric field induces subtle displacements of the interfacial Mn ions, which switches on/off an interfacial magnetic “dead layer”, resulting in memristive behavior for spin-polarized electron transport across the bilayer. The interfacial nature of the switching entails low energy cost, about of a tenth of atto Joule for writing/erasing a “bit”. To conclude, the results indicate new opportunities for manganite/cuprate systems and other transition metal oxide junctions in memristive applications.

  7. 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.

  8. Spin incommensurability varies linearly with hole content in single-layer Bi2201 cuprate

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

    2013-03-01

    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 (SG) to superconducting (SC) phase boundary. The doping evolution of low energy spin fluctuations (11 meV) was found to be characterized by a change of 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 SC regime, the spectral weight is strongly suppressed below ~ 4 meV. Similarities and differences in the spin correlations between Bi2201 and the prototypical single-layer system La2-xSrxCuO4 will be discussed. Work at BNL supported by Office of Basic Energy Sciences, US DOE, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  9. 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.

  10. A Phase Diagram Approach to Superconductivity and Magnetism in Rutheno-Cuprates

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    Braun, H. F.; Bauernfeind, L.; Korf, O.; Papageorgiou, T. P.

    The layered rutheno-cuprates RuSr2LnCu2O8 (Ru-1212 structure) and RuSr2(Ln1+xCe1-x)Cu2O10 (Ru-1222 structure; Ln = lanthanide or Y for both structures) consist of pairs of CuO2 planes alternating with perovskite-like sheets of vertex sharing RuO6 octahedra. Samples of Ru-1212 and Ru-1222 materials were known to show both superconducting and magnetic transitions. However, these perovskite-like sheets are also the characteristic structural feature of some strontium ruthenates. The presence of such impurity phases and an apparent dependence of superconducting and magnetic properties on sample preparation conditions made it difficult to attribute the ordering phenomena to the Ru-1212 and Ru-1222 phases. Here we report on investigations of the phase equilibria in the system Sr-Gd-Ru-Cu-O and on a precursor route to the synthesis of RuSr2GdCu2O8 involving Sr2GdRuO6 and CuO.

  11. Giant superconductivity-induced modulation of the ferromagnetic magnetization in a cuprate-manganite superlattice.

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    Hoppler, J; Stahn, J; Niedermayer, Ch; Malik, V K; Bouyanfif, H; Drew, A J; Rössle, M; Buzdin, A; Cristiani, G; Habermeier, H-U; Keimer, B; Bernhard, C

    2009-04-01

    Artificial multilayers offer unique opportunities for combining materials with antagonistic orders such as superconductivity and ferromagnetism and thus to realize novel quantum states. In particular, oxide multilayers enable the utilization of the high superconducting transition temperature of the cuprates and the versatile magnetic properties of the colossal-magnetoresistance manganites. However, apart from exploratory work, the in-depth investigation of their unusual properties has only just begun. Here we present neutron reflectometry measurements of a [Y(0.6)Pr(0.4)Ba(2)Cu(3)O(7) (10 nm)/La(2/3)Ca(1/3)MnO(3) (10 nm)](10) superlattice, which reveal a surprisingly large superconductivity-induced modulation of the vertical ferromagnetic magnetization profile. Most surprisingly, this modulation seems to involve the density rather than the orientation of the magnetization and is highly susceptible to the strain, which is transmitted from the SrTiO(3) substrate. We outline a possible explanation of this unusual superconductivity-induced phenomenon in terms of a phase separation between ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic nanodomains in the La(2/3)Ca(1/3)MnO(3) layers.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Duality Crossover in Cuprate Stripe Phase at 1/8 Doping

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    Markiewicz, Robert

    2000-03-01

    A model (cond- mat/9911108) is presented for an ordered stripe array in the cuprates, and the doping dependence of its electronic dispersion is compared with photoemission. The experimentally observed peak and hump features in Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O8 are identified as charged stripe pseudogap and magnetic stripe Mott gap respectively, while analogous features are seen in La_2-xSr_xCuO_4. The 1/8 anomaly is associated with a duality crossover, from a phase of minority charged stripes at low doping to minority magnetic stripes at high doping. This explains the complementary doping dependences of the charge pseudogap and the magnetic spin gap seen in neutron scattering. Analysis of the doping dependence of the spin gap in YBCO confirms a prediction that high-Tc superconductivity is optimal near the termination of the stripe phase (Refs. [199] and [656] of cond- mat/9611238).

  15. Magnetization curves in underdoped cuprates measured at low T in fields up to 45 Tesla

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    Li, Lu; Wang, Yayu; Naughton, Mike; Ono, S.; Ando, Yoichi; Phuan Ong, Nai

    2006-03-01

    Torque magnetometry is capable of resolving the weak diamagnetic which extends to temperatures TTc in hole-doped cuprate crystals. Recently, we reported^1 that the magnetization M above Tc scales accurately as the Nernst signal eN and remains robust to fields of 33 T. The results strongly support the scenario in which thermally created vortices destroy long-range phase coherence at Tc. We have extended these studies to explore the fluctuation magnetization to 45 T in underdoped LSCO and Bi 2201 in a series of samples doped near the critical value xc˜ 0.055. We investigate the loss of phase coherence as we decrease x below xc keeping T as low as 0.5 K. We use the M-H curves to explore how singular phase fluctuations occur as superfluidity is destroyed when x approaches the insulating Mott limit at low T.^*Supported by NSF grant (DMR 0213706).1. Yayu Wang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 95, xxx in press, cond-mat/0503190; Lu Li ,urpophys. Lett. 72, 451-457 (2005).

  16. New investigations of the guanine trichloro cuprate(II) complex crystal

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    Fabijanić, Ivana; Matković-Čalogović, Dubravka; Pilepić, Viktor; Ivanišević, Irena; Mohaček-Grošev, Vlasta; Sanković, Krešimir

    2017-01-01

    Crystals of the guanine trichloro cuprate(II) complex, (HGua)2[Cu2Cl6]·2H2O (HGua = protonated guanine), were prepared and analysed by spectroscopic (IR, Raman) and computational methods. A new single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis was conducted to obtain data with lower standard uncertainties than those in the previously published structure. Raman and IR spectroscopy and quantum-mechanical analysis gave us new insight into the vibrational states of the (HGua)2[Cu2Cl6]·2H2O crystal. The vibrational spectra of the crystal were assigned by performing a normal coordinate analysis for a free dimer with a centre of inversion as the only symmetry element. The stretching vibration observed at 279 cm-1 in the infrared spectrum corresponds to the N-Cu bond. The noncovalent interaction (NCI) plots and quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) analysis of the electron density obtained from periodic DFT calculations elucidated the interactions that exist within the crystal structure. Closed-shell ionic attractions, as well as weak and medium strength hydrogen bonds, prevailed in the crystal packing.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  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. 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.

  2. Memory-function conductivity formula and transport coefficients in underdoped cuprates

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    Kupčić, Ivan; Jedovnicki, Ivan

    2017-03-01

    The two-band memory-function conductivity formula is derived from the quantum kinetic equation in the pseudogap state of underdoped cuprates. The conduction electrons are described by using the adiabatic version of the nested Fermi liquid model, and the effects of Mott correlations are taken into account phenomenologically. The linear dependence of the low-temperature effective number of conduction electrons on the doping level δ (for not too large δ) is found to be in agreement with experimental observation. The momentum distribution function turns out to play an important role in describing temperature effects. The closing of the antiferromagnetic pseudogap at temperatures of the order of room temperature is shown to be a direct consequence of a relatively large width of the quasiparticle peak in this distribution function. The coupling of conduction electrons to external magnetic fields is included in the two-band transport equations in the usual semiclassical way. It is shown that the low-temperature Hall number is proportional to δ as well (again for not too large δ) and that it exhibits singular behaviour when the Fermi surface changes from the hole-like shape into the electron-like shape.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-19

    ISS040-E-070439 (19 July 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station recorded this July 19 image of wildfires which are plaguing the Northwest and causing widespread destruction. The orbital outpost was flying 223 nautical miles above a point on Earth located at 48.0 degrees north latitude and 116.9 degrees west longitude when the image was exposed. The state of Washington is especially affected by the fires, many of which have been blamed on lightning. This particular fire was part of the Carlton Complex Fire, located near the city of Brewster in north central Washington. The reservoir visible near the center of the image is Banks Lake.

  6. Earth's Magnetotail

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    McPherron, Robert L.

    2015-01-01

    Earth's magnetic tail (magnetotail) was discovered 50 years ago by the first spacecraft to fly downstream of Earth. The magnetotail is a complex structure created by the solar wind. The tail is in fact a very dynamic structure with many internal processes and rapid changes. The magnetospheric substorm is the name given to the collection of phenomena that occur throughout the magnetosphere at the time of an expansion of the aurora and westward electrojet near midnight. Convection bays are characterized by continuous southward interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). Sawtooth events occur during stronger driving where it appears that no steady state is possible. Pseudo breakups tend to occur in the growth phase of substorms and precede its main onset. The phenomenon named poleward boundary intensification (PBI) is a brightening of aurora at the poleward edge of the auroral oval.

  7. Earth Observation

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    2010-08-27

    ISS024-E-016051 (27 Aug. 2010) --- This night time view captured by one of the Expedition 24 crew members aboard the International Space Station some 220 miles above Earth is looking down upon New York City. The actual nadir estimate is 39.1 degrees north latitude and 71.2 degrees west longitude or about 170 miles southeast of the city over the Atlantic. Philadelphia is also visible to the right. Long Island and the Connecticut coastal cities mark Long Island Sound. Atlantic City is that small bright spot in the upper right corner. The image was exposed in August and was physically brought back to Earth on a disk with the return of the Expedition 25 crew in November 2010.

  8. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-15

    ISS040-E-063578 (15 July 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, flying some 225 nautical miles above the Caribbean Sea in the early morning hours of July 15, photographed this north-looking panorama that includes parts of Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, and even runs into several other areas in the southeastern U.S. The long stretch of lights to the left of center frame gives the shape of Miami.

  9. Earth Observation

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    2014-07-25

    ISS040-E-081008 (25 July 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying 225 nautical miles above Earth, photographed this image of the Tifernine dunes and the Tassili Najjer Mountains in Algeria. The area is about 800 miles south, southeast of Algiers, the capital of Algeria. The dunes are in excess of 1,000 feet in height.

  10. Earth Observation

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    2015-10-06

    ISS045E048653 (10/06/2015) --- The International Space Station crew witness nightly scenes of our Earths beauty after performing their duties. Here on Oct. 6, 2015, framed by the edge of a huge Station solar panel, the city of Moscow Russia sparkles in the night with spoke streets streaming out across the land while an aurora of blue white and purple contrast the star filled sky.

  11. Earth Observations

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    2011-05-28

    ISS028-E-006059 (28 May 2011) --- One of the Expedition 28 crew members, photographing Earth images onboard the International Space Station while docked with the space shuttle Endeavour and flying at an altitude of just under 220 miles, captured this frame of the Salton Sea. The body of water, easily identifiable from low orbit spacecraft, is a saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault. The agricultural area is within the Coachella Valley.

  12. Earth Observation

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    2014-08-31

    ISS040-E-114379 (31 Aug. 2014) --- One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, flying at an altitude of approximately 225 nautical miles, photographed this image of California's Salton Sea on Aug. 31, 2014. The body of water is actually a shallow, saline, endorheic rift lake located directly on the San Andreas Fault, predominantly in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

  13. Earth Observation

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    2011-06-27

    ISS028-E-009979 (27 June 2011) --- The Massachusetts coastline is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 28 crew member on the International Space Station. The Crew Earth Observations team at NASA Johnson Space Center sends specific ground targets for photography up to the station crew on a daily basis, but sometimes the crew takes imagery on their own of striking displays visible from orbit. One such display, often visible to the ISS crew due to their ability to look outwards at angles between 0 and 90 degrees, is sunglint on the waters of Earth. Sunglint is caused by sunlight reflecting off of a water surface?much as light reflects from a mirror?directly towards the observer. Roughness variations of the water surface scatter the light, blurring the reflection and producing the typical silvery sheen of the sunglint area. The point of maximum sunglint is centered within Cape Cod Bay, the body of water partially enclosed by the ?hook? of Cape Cod in Massachusetts (bottom). Cape Cod was formally designated a National Seashore in 1966. Sunglint off the water provides sharp contrast with the coastline and the nearby islands of Martha?s Vineyard and Nantucket (lower left), both popular destinations for tourists and summer residents. To the north, rocky Cape Ann extends out into the Atlantic Ocean; the border with New Hampshire is located approximately 30 kilometers up the coast. Further to the west, the eastern half of Long Island, New York is visible emerging from extensive cloud cover over the mid-Atlantic and Midwestern States. Persistent storm tracks had been contributing to record flooding along rivers in the Midwest at the time this image was taken in late June 2011. Thin blue layers of the atmosphere, contrasted against the darkness of space, are visible extending along the Earth?s curvature at top.

  14. Earth Science

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    1991-01-01

    In July 1990, the Marshall Space Flight Center, in a joint project with the Department of Defense/Air Force Space Test Program, launched the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES) using an Atlas I launch vehicle. The mission was designed to study the effects of artificial ion clouds produced by chemical releases on the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere, and to monitor the effects of space radiation environment on sophisticated electronics.

  15. Earth Observation

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    2013-10-28

    ISS037-E-022125 (28 Oct. 2013) --- The interesting color contrasts of the water surrounding the atolls of Pinaki (bottom) and Nukutavake in French Polynesia caught the eye of one of the Expedition 37 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station on Oct. 28. At first glance to a pair of sleepy eyes, the atolls might look somewhat like a bottle cap and a bottle opener.

  16. Cloudy Earth

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    2017-09-28

    Decades of satellite observations and astronaut photographs show that clouds dominate space-based views of Earth. One study based on nearly a decade of satellite data estimated that about 67 percent of Earth’s surface is typically covered by clouds. This is especially the case over the oceans, where other research shows less than 10 percent of the sky is completely clear of clouds at any one time. Over land, 30 percent of skies are completely cloud free. Earth’s cloudy nature is unmistakable in this global cloud fraction map, based on data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. While MODIS collects enough data to make a new global map of cloudiness every day, this version of the map shows an average of all of the satellite’s cloud observations between July 2002 and April 2015. Colors range from dark blue (no clouds) to light blue (some clouds) to white (frequent clouds). Read more here: 1.usa.gov/1P6lbMU Credit: NASA Earth Observatory NASA image use policy. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission. Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook Find us on Instagram

  17. Ionothermal Design of Crystalline Halogeno(cyano)cuprate Family: Structure Diversity, Solid-State Luminescence, and Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Zhang, Ya-Li; Ding, Rui; Li, Shu-Ni; Jiang, Yu-Cheng; Hu, Man-Cheng; Zhai, Quan-Guo

    2017-06-19

    A general preparative method for multifunctional halogeno(cyano)cuprate materials in ionic liquids is developed in this work. Under ionothermal conditions, alkylimidazolium-based ionic liquids serving as solvent, charge-compensating, and structure-directing agent, as well as reactant lead to 12 members of the novel hybrid halogeno(cyano)cuprate family with a general formula of [R1R2R3IM]b+c-a[CuaXb(CN)c] (R1R2R3IM = alkylimidazolium cations, X = halide anions). X-ray single-crystal diffractions show that diverse inorganic halogeno(cyano)cuprate components vary from discrete complexes (1 and 2), one-dimensional (1D) chains (3-7), two-dimensional (2D) layer (8), to three-dimensional (3D) open frameworks (9-12). 1 and 2 are of zero-dimensional discrete structures containing triangular [CuX3](2-) anions. In complexes 3-7, pentagonal bipyramidal [Cu2X3] units are bridged by CN groups to give 1D [Cu2X3(CN)](2-) inorganic chains, which are charge-balanced by the surrounded alkylimidazolium cations. 2D inorganic [Cu5ClI2(CN)4](2-) layer in complex 8 is alternately packed with [VMIM](+) organic cations. In complex 9, left- and right-handed Cu-CN helical chains connect each other to give a 3D open framework, which are further entrapped by 1D zigzag Cu-CN chains and [PMIM](+) cations. Diverse unique Cu(I) atoms and cyanide or halide bridging groups in 10, 11, and 12 are extended into 3D anionic open frameworks with 1D channels, which are occupied by alkylimidazolium cations. For all hybrid halogeno(cyano)cuprate complexes, the extensively existing C-H···X or C-H···π hydrogen bonds help to stabilize the ultimate supramolecular packing structures. Notably, the distances between adjacent Cu(I) centers range from 2.420(2) to 2.989(2) Å in all polymeric frameworks, which indicate strong Cu···Cu interactions. Thanks to the cooperation of conjugate π electron cyanide systems with halide ions and/or Cu···Cu interactions, compounds 1-12 all demonstrate strong solid

  18. Earth Observations

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    2010-09-11

    ISS024-E-014233 (11 Sept. 2010) --- A smoke plume near the northern Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 24 crew member on the International Space Station. This broad view of the north coast of the Caspian Sea shows a smoke plume (left) and two river deltas (bottom and lower right). The larger delta is that of the Volga River which appears prominently here in sunglint (light reflected off a water surface back towards the observer), and the smaller less prominent delta is that of the Ural River. Wide angle, oblique views ? taken looking outward at an angle, rather than straight down towards Earth ? such as this give an excellent impression of how crew members onboard the space station view Earth. For a sense of scale, the Caucasus Mts. (across the Caspian, top right) are approximately 1,100 kilometers to the southwest of the International Space Station?s nadir point location ? the point on Earth directly underneath the spacecraft ? at the time this image was taken. The smoke plume appears to be sourced in the dark-toned coastal marsh vegetation along the outer fringe of the Ural River delta, rather than in a city or at some oil storage facility. Although even small fires produce plumes that are long and bright and thus easily visible from space, the density of the smoke in this plume, and its 350-kilometer length across the entire north lobe of the Caspian Sea, suggest it was a significant fire. The smoke was thick enough nearer the source to cast shadows on the sea surface below. Lines mark three separate pulses of smoke, the most recent, nearest the source, extending directly south away from the coastline (lower left). With time, plumes become progressively more diffuse. The oldest pulse appears to be the thinnest, casting no obvious shadows (center left).

  19. Earth Science

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    1992-07-24

    A Delta II rocket carrying the Geomagnetic Tail Lab (GEOTAIL) spacecraft lifts off at Launch Complex 17, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) into a cloud-dappled sky. This liftoff marks the first Delta launch under the medium expendable launch vehicle services contract between NASA and McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. The GEOTAIL mission, a joint US/Japanese project, is the first in a series of five satellites to study the interactions between the Sun, the Earth's magnetic field, and the Van Allen radiation belts.

  20. Earth Observation

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    2016-04-20

    ISS047e069406 (04/20/2016) ---Earth observation image taken by the Expedition 47 crew aboard the International Space Station. This is an oblique south-looking view of the main Bahama island chain. Cuba is across the entire top of the image, the Florida Peninsula on the right margin. In the Bahamas, the main Andros island is just distinguishable under cloud upper left of center. Under less cloud is the Abaco Islands in the foreground (middle of pic nearest camera left of center.)