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

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

    2010-02-15

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

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

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    Dai, Pengcheng

    2007-03-01

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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  4. Raman Scattering in HIGH-Tc Superconductors

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    Thomsen, Christian; Cardona, Manuel

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * Theory * Light scattering by phonons * Electronic scattering * Instrumentation * VIBRATIONAL ANALYSIS AND LATTICE DYNAMICS * Optical Modes of RBa2Cu3O7-δ * Symmetry analysis of the ěc{k} = 0 modes * Lattice dynamical calculation for RBa2Cu3O7 and RBa2Cu3O6 * The Bismuth and Thallium Compounds * The Zurich Superconductors * EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS ON RBa2Cu3O7-δ * Raman Scattering by Phonons * Single crystals of YBa2Cu3O7-δ * Ceramic materials, impurity phases, and thin films * Oxygen deficiency * Isotope effect * Electronic scattering and the gap problem * Scattering by magnons * Bismuth and CuO2-Based Materials: Single-Crystal Spectra and Phonon Assignments * Thallium and CuO2 Based Materials * The Zurich Oxides * BRIEF COMPARISON WITH IR DATA * CONSEQUENCES CONCERNING THE MECHANISM OF HIGH-TC SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND CONCLUSIONS * ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS * REFERENCES

  5. Characteristic two-dimensional Fermi surface topology of high-Tc iron-based superconductors.

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    Sunagawa, Masanori; Ishiga, Toshihiko; Tsubota, Koji; Jabuchi, Taihei; Sonoyama, Junki; Iba, Keita; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru; Ono, Kanta; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Matsushita, Tomohiro; Arita, Masashi; Shimada, Kenya; Namatame, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Wakita, Takanori; Muraoka, Yuji; Yokoya, Takayoshi

    2014-03-14

    Unconventional Cooper pairing originating from spin or orbital fluctuations has been proposed for iron-based superconductors. Such pairing may be enhanced by quasi-nesting of two-dimensional electron and hole-like Fermi surfaces (FS), which is considered an important ingredient for superconductivity at high critical temperatures (high-Tc). However, the dimensionality of the FS varies for hole and electron-doped systems, so the precise importance of this feature for high-Tc materials remains unclear. Here we demonstrate a phase of electron-doped CaFe2As2 (La and P co-doped CaFe2As2) with Tc = 45 K, which is the highest Tc found for the AEFe2As2 bulk superconductors (122-type; AE = Alkaline Earth), possesses only cylindrical hole- and electron-like FSs. This result indicates that FS topology consisting only of two-dimensional sheets is characteristic of both hole- and electron-doped 122-type high-Tc superconductors.

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

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    Choy; Kwon; Park

    1998-06-05

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

  7. High -Tc superlight bipolarons in novel superconductors

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2003-03-01

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

  8. Peltier effect in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors

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    Logvenov, G. Yu.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Ustinov, A. V.; Huebener, R. P.

    1991-04-01

    The Peltier and Seebeck effects in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors are proportional to the resistivity due to flux motion. Therefore, both effects also show the broadening of the transition regime characteristic for these superconductors. The origin of the Peltier effect is discussed in detail, and the validity of the Thomson relation is confirmed, as expected.

  9. High Tc composite silver/oxide superconductors

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    Curreri, P. A.; Peters, P. N.; Sisk, R. C.; Wu, M. K.; Huang, C. Y.

    1990-01-01

    Factors involved in the strong flux pinning effect of high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7/AgO (Y-123/AgO) composite and other REE-123/AgO composites were investigated. Samples of superconducting REE-123 and REE-123/AgO (where REE was Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, or Y) were prepared and used to obtain magnetic moments, critical field, and microstructure data. The optimum heat treatment conditions for the formation of strong flux-pinning REE-123/AgO composites were found to be different for different REE-123 compounds. It was found that the annealing temperature depends on the ionic size of the REE, with larger rare-earth ions requiring higher temperature. It was also found that strong flux-pinning REE-123/AgO composites form only in a narrow annealing temperature range.

  10. Semiconductor/High-Tc-Superconductor Hybrid ICs

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    Burns, Michael J.

    1995-01-01

    Hybrid integrated circuits (ICs) containing both Si-based semiconducting and YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) superconducting circuit elements on sapphire substrates developed. Help to prevent diffusion of Cu from superconductors into semiconductors. These hybrid ICs combine superconducting and semiconducting features unavailable in superconducting or semiconducting circuitry alone. For example, complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) readout and memory devices integrated with fast-switching Josephson-junction super-conducting logic devices and zero-resistance interconnections.

  11. Rugged Low-Resistance Contacts To High-Tc Superconductors

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    Caton, Randall; Selim, Raouf; Byvik, Charles E.; Buoncristiani, A. Martin

    1992-01-01

    Newly developed technique involving use of gold makes possible to fabricate low-resistance contacts with rugged connections to high-Tc superconductors. Gold diffused into specimen of superconducting material by melting gold beads onto surface of specimen, making strong mechanical contacts. Shear strength of gold bead contacts greater than epoxy or silver paste. Practical use in high-current-carrying applications of new high-Tc materials, including superconducting magnets, long-wavelength sensors, electrical ground planes at low temperatures, and efficient transmission of power.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  13. Induction magnetometer using a high-Tc superconductor coil

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    Sasada, Ichiro

    2010-05-01

    An induction magnetometer consisting of a search coil and an inverting operational amplifier is simple in structure and in signal transferring mechanism from the magnetic field input to the voltage output. Because this magnetometer is based on Faraday's law of induction, it has a lower cutoff frequency r/(2πL), where r is the resistance of the coil and L is its inductance. An attempt has been made to lower the cutoff frequency of the induction magnetometer by using a high-Tc superconductor coil. With a pancake coil (inner diameter ≈18 cm and outer diameter ≈23 cm, 92 turns, 3.23 mH) made of a Bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide (BSCCO) superconductor tape of 5 mm in width and 0.23 mm in thickness, the cutoff frequency achieved was 1.7 Hz which is much lower than that obtained with a bulky copper search coil which is typically in the range of 10-20 Hz. In the experiment, an inverting amplifier was made with a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor operational amplifier and was immersed in liquid nitrogen together with a BSCCO high-Tc superconducting coil. Discussion is made on the resolution of the induction magnetometer using a high-Tc superconductor search coil.

  14. Doping dependence of fluctuation diamagnetism in high Tc superconductors

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    Sarkar, Kingshuk; Banerjee, Sumilan; Mukerjee, Subroto; Ramakrishnan, T. V.

    2016-02-01

    Using a recently proposed Ginzburg-Landau-like lattice free energy functional due to Banerjee et al. (2011) we calculate the fluctuation diamagnetism of high-Tc superconductors as a function of doping, magnetic field and temperature. We analyse the pairing fluctuations above the superconducting transition temperature in the cuprates, ranging from the strong phase fluctuation dominated underdoped limit to the more conventional amplitude fluctuation dominated overdoped regime. We show that a model where the pairing scale increases and the superfluid density decreases with underdoping produces features of the observed magnetization in the pseudogap region, in good qualitative and reasonable quantitative agreement with the experimental data. In particular, we explicitly show that even when the pseudogap has a pairing origin the magnetization actually tracks the superconducting dome instead of the pseudogap temperature, as seen in experiment. We discuss the doping dependence of the 'onset' temperature for fluctuation diamagnetism and comment on the role of vortex core-energy in our model.

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

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    Harrison, Neil

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

  16. Bosonization Theorem and a Model of High-Tc Superconductor.

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    Ren, Hai-Cang

    1996-03-01

    For a purely fermionic system on a lattice, there exists a different, but well defined system on the same lattice, consisting both of bona fide fermions and bosons with an interaction depending on a parameter G characterizing on-site repulsion between particles(R. Friedberg, T. D. Lee and H. C. Ren, Phys. Rev. B50, 10190 (1994).). The energy spectrum and the scattering matrix of the former are identical to those in the finite-energy sector of the latter in the hard-core limit, G→∞. This theorem is particularly useful for the description of a fermionic system whose low-lying spectrum consists of bosonic resonances. We argue that the high-Tc superconductors belong to this category and the long-range order in the superphase can be identified with the condensation of resonance bosons. A short coherence length, results from μSR experiments, measurements of the Hall number and the anomalous behavior of H_c2 near T=0 can be understood in terms of this resonance-boson model(R. Friedberg, T. D. Lee and H. C. Ren, Phys. Rev. B42, 4122 (1990).). We have also examined the possibility of a bosonic d-wave resonance(O.Tchernyshyov, A.S.Blaer and H.Ren, in the current Proceedings.). In this case, the bosonization theorem predicts coexistence of an s-wave bosonic condensate and a d-wave gap parameter for fermions.

  17. Fermi surface reconstruction in high-Tc superconductors

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    Taillefer, Louis

    2009-03-01

    The recent observation of quantum oscillations in underdoped high-Tc superconductors (1), combined with their negative Hall coefficient at low temperature (2), reveals that the Fermi surface of hole-doped cuprates includes a small electron pocket. This strongly suggests that the large hole Fermi surface characteristic of the overdoped regime undergoes a reconstruction caused by the onset of some order which breaks translational symmetry. Here we consider the possibility that this order is ``stripe'' order, a form of combined charge / spin modulation observed most clearly in materials like Eu- doped and Nd-doped LSCO. In these materials, the onset of stripe order coincides with major changes in transport properties (3), providing strong evidence that stripe order is indeed the cause of Fermi-surface reconstruction. We identify the critical doping where this reconstruction occurs and show that the temperature dependence of transport coefficients at that doping is typical of metals at a quantum critical point (4). We discuss an interpretation of the pseudogap as a fluctuating precursor of the stripe-ordered phase.This work was performed in collaboration with L. Balicas, D.A. Bonn, J. Chang, O. Cyr-Choinière, R. Daou, N. Doiron- Leyraud, W.N. Hardy, N.E. Hussey, F. Lalibert'e, D. LeBoeuf, S.Y. Li, R. Liang, C. Proust, H. Takagi, and J.S. Zhou.(1) N. Doiron-Leyraud et al., Nature 447, 565 (2007).(2) D. LeBoeuf et al., Nature 450, 533 (2007).(3) R. Daou et al., Nature Physics, in press (DOI 10.1038/nphys1109); http://arXiv.org/abs/0806.2881.(4) R. Daou et al., to be published; http://arXiv.org/abs/0810.4280.

  18. Topological nature and the multiple Dirac cones hidden in Bismuth high-Tc superconductors.

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    Li, Gang; Yan, Binghai; Thomale, Ronny; Hanke, Werner

    2015-05-27

    Recent theoretical studies employing density-functional theory have predicted BaBiO3 (when doped with electrons) and YBiO3 to become a topological insulator (TI) with a large topological gap (~0.7 eV). This, together with the natural stability against surface oxidation, makes the Bismuth-Oxide family of special interest for possible applications in quantum information and spintronics. The central question, we study here, is whether the hole-doped Bismuth Oxides, i.e. Ba(1-x)K(x)BiO3 and BaPb(1-x)Bi(x)O3, which are "high-Tc" bulk superconducting near 30 K, additionally display in the further vicinity of their Fermi energy EF a topological gap with a Dirac-type of topological surface state. Our electronic structure calculations predict the K-doped family to emerge as a TI, with a topological gap above EF. Thus, these compounds can become superconductors with hole-doping and potential TIs with additional electron doping. Furthermore, we predict the Bismuth-Oxide family to contain an additional Dirac cone below EF for further hole doping, which manifests these systems to be candidates for both electron- and hole-doped topological insulators.

  19. Recent Photoemission Results for the Electron-Doped Superconductors

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    Matsui, Hiroaki

    2006-03-01

    Recent improvement in the energy and angular resolution of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) enabled us to investigate the detailed electronic structure in electron-doped high-temperature superconductors (HTSC), which have a relatively smaller energy-scale of superconductivity compared to hole-doped systems. In this talk, we report our recent ARPES results1,2 focusing on the many-body interaction and the superconducting-gap symmetry in electron-doped HTSC. We have performed high-resolution ARPES measurements on Nd2-xCexCuO4 and observed that the quasiparticle (QP) effective mass around oπ sg&_slash;p is strongly enhanced due to opening of an antiferromagnetic (AF) pseudogap. Both the QP effective mass and the AF pseudogap are strongly anisotropic with the largest magnitude near the hot spot, which is defined as an intersection point of the Fermi surface and the AF zone boundary. Temperature-dependent measurements have revealed that the AF pseudogap survives at temperatures much higher than TN (N'{e}el temperature), possibly due to the short-range AF correlation remaining even above TN. The AF pseudogap gradually decreases with doping and is abruptly filled up near the boundary between the AF and superconducting phases. To study the anisotropy of superconducting gap in electron-doped HTSC, we have performed high-resolution ARPES on Pr0.89LaCe0.11CuO4. We observed that the momentum dependence of superconducting gap is basically consistent with the dx2-y2-wave symmetry, but it obviously deviates from the simple dx2-y2 gap function. The maximum superconducting gap is not observed at the zone boundary as expected from the simple dx2-y2 gap symmetry, but it is located around the hot spot where electrons are thought to be strongly coupled to the AF spin fluctuation. All these ARPES results suggest that the electronic stricture and the superconducting behavior are strongly dominated by the AF interaction in electron-doped HTSC. 1) H. Matsui, K. Terashima

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

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

    1993-11-01

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

  1. Weak Coupling Electron-Phonon for High Tc Superconductors

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    Labbe, J.

    1989-01-01

    Our opinion is that, in the high Tc copper oxides, the electronic correlations are not large enough to allow the localization of the electrons of the half-filled d-p sub-band. Thus, we treat them as itinerant electrons, in a bidimensional structure. And we show that, contrary to a widely held opinion, the electron-phonon interaction can induce high Tc superconductivity in these compounds, even in the weak coupling limit. This is due to the fact that, because of the bidimensionality, the electronic density of states is sharply peaked in the neighbourhood of the Fermi energy. A small coupling between nearest neighbouring CuO2 planes is sufficient to prevent a very large reduction of Tc by the critical fluctuations. The calculated isotope effect is much smaller than usually in the BCS theory. And, in our weak coupling theory, the antiferromagnetic (AF) phase is much more rapidly destabilized by dopping or internal charge transfer than the superconducting phase, which takes place when the AF phase has vanished.

  2. Progress of research of high-Tc superconductors

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    1991-01-01

    Research in the area of of high T(sub c) superconductors has made great progress in the last few years. New materials were found and the systematic investigation of these materials has contributed to understanding the mechanism of high T(sub c) superconductivity. The critical currents in thin films, bulks, and tapes increased drastically, and the origin of flux pinning will be clarified in the near future. The future of high T(sub c) superconductivity, in both the basic and applied research areas, is very optimistic. Recent activities in research of high T(sub c) superconductivity and superconductors in Japan are overviewed.

  3. Flux lattice melting in the high Tc superconductors

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

    1989-01-01

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

  4. Laser surface interaction of high-Tc superconductors

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

    1991-01-01

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

  5. Measuring Thermal Diffusivity Of A High-Tc Superconductor

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

    1992-01-01

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

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

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    Cava, R. J.

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

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  8. MEVVA ion-implantation of high Tc superconductors

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    Martin, J. W.; Cohen, D. D.; Russell, G. J.; Dytlewski, N.; Evans, P. J.

    1995-12-01

    Metallised vapour vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion-implantation has been used to implant transition metal ions into high quality superconductor materials. Analysis of the samples was by the relatively new technique of heavy ion elastic recoil time-of-flight spectroscopy (ERTOFS), employing a 77 MeV 127I 10+ beam. The HIERTOFS technique is ideally suited to samples of this nature, providing individual depth profiles for each element within the matrix. The results were found to be implant-ion species dependent, with ions such as Ni and Co having differing effects to that of Fe. This paper will report on the use of ERTOFS as a method to obtain individual implant and substrate profiles from the ion-beam modified materials.

  9. AC losses in conductors based on high {Tc} superconductors

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    SUENAGA,M.

    2000-03-17

    In electrical power devices, ac losses from a superconductor is a primary factor which determines their usefulness as commercial power equipment. For this reason, extensive studies have been carried out on the losses of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}/Ag, [Bi(2223)/Ag], tapes. These studies were mostly limited to a single isolated tape. However, a conductor in a power device is surrounded by other conductors and the precise magnetic field distribution around it is very different from that for a single conductor carrying currents or in ac fields. Since the precise field distribution in and around a superconductor is critical in determining the losses, it is very important to measure and to understand the losses in Bi(2223)/Ag tapes which are surrounded by other tapes as in a power device. Taking this fact into consideration, recently the authors have studied ac losses in stacks of Bi(2223)/Ag tapes in parallel and perpendicular applied fields and shown that they can calculate the losses in these cases utilizing the critical state model if a number of appropriate factors about properties of the tape are taken into a consideration. However, in a power device such as a transformer, magnetic fields near the ends of a solenoid vary from parallel to perpendicular with the tape face. Thus, it is important to learn the behavior of the losses in the stacks of Bi(2223)/Ag tapes with respect to the variations in the angle between the applied field direction and the tape face. In order to accomplish this, they measured the angular dependence of the losses in the stacks which were made from two different Bi(2223)/Ag tapes. Here they report this result and discuss under what conditions they can calculate the losses with a reasonable accuracy. The angular dependence of the losses in ac applied fields were measured using a series of stacked Bi(2223)/Ag tapes having the angles with the direction of applied fields of 0, 7.5, 15, 30, 45, 60, and 90 degrees. The measured

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

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

    1993-01-01

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

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

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    Yu, Jaejun; Freeman, A. J.

    1991-01-01

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

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

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    Chen, Y.

    2010-05-03

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

  13. Nonsuperconducting Micron Size Particle as Effective Pinning Centre for Enhanced Jc in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Roul, B. K.

    2008-10-01

    Understanding the real mechanism responsible for achieving high transport critical current density (Jc) in the high temperature (high-Tc) cuprate superconductors has been one of the primary goal. The only promising way is to tailor the high-Tc cuprate material during preparation stage incorporating suitable non-superconducting particles within superconducting matrix, which are known to serve as effective pining centers. Incorporation of non-superconducting particle like silver with dimension down to micron/submicron size in the superconducting matrix is very stable and form a homogenous solid solution matrix, which has got the better stability on aging and found to be effective in enhancing flux pining in high-Tc superconducting system. In this paper, studies have been made to investigate and review the effect of non-superconducting micron size Ag particle in to the matrix of RE-Ba-Cu-O (RE = Sm, Gd & Y) 123 high-Tc ceramic superconducting system. XRD, SEM, magnetization, magnetotransport and microwave induce DC voltage measurements were carried out to study the effect of Ag into 123-superconducting system. It is observed that controlled addition of Ag into Sm-Ba-Cu-O (SBCO), Gd-Ba-Cu-O (GBCO) and Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) ceramic superconductor do not react with the decomposed phases but remains in the metallic form. This brings about a lowering of the normal-state resistivity. The increase of magnetic critical current density (Jmc), transport critical current density (Jtc), and, hence pinning force density (Fp) with Ag addition into above three systems suggest the creation of an SNS-type proximity junction at the intergranular region and stronger Josephson current paths between the superconducting intergrains. This is attributed to the physical densification and consequent reduction of the total number of weak links by Ag addition into the above mentioned ceramic superconducting system.

  14. A hidden pseudogap under the 'dome' of superconductivity in electron-doped high-temperature superconductors.

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    Alff, L; Krockenberger, Y; Welter, B; Schonecke, M; Gross, R; Manske, D; Naito, M

    2003-04-17

    The ground state of superconductors is characterized by the long-range order of condensed Cooper pairs: this is the only order present in conventional superconductors. The high-transition-temperature (high-T(c)) superconductors, in contrast, exhibit more complex phase behaviour, which might indicate the presence of other competing ground states. For example, the pseudogap--a suppression of the accessible electronic states at the Fermi level in the normal state of high-T(c) superconductors-has been interpreted as either a precursor to superconductivity or as tracer of a nearby ground state that can be separated from the superconducting state by a quantum critical point. Here we report the existence of a second order parameter hidden within the superconducting phase of the underdoped (electron-doped) high-T(c) superconductor Pr2-xCe(x)CuO4-y and the newly synthesized electron-doped material La2-xCe(x)CuO4-y (ref. 8). The existence of a pseudogap when superconductivity is suppressed excludes precursor superconductivity as its origin. Our observation is consistent with the presence of a (quantum) phase transition at T = 0, which may be a key to understanding high-T(c) superconductivity. This supports the picture that the physics of high-T(c) superconductors is determined by the interplay between competing and coexisting ground states.

  15. Resonance in Optimally Electron-Doped Superconductor Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4−?

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    Zhao, Jun; Dai, Pengcheng; Li, Shiliang; Freeman, Paul G.; Onose, Y,.; Tokura, Y.

    2007-01-01

    We use inelastic neutron scattering to probe magnetic excitations of an optimally electron-doped superconductor Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4− above and below its superconducting transition temperature Tc = 25 K. In addition to gradually opening a spin pseudo gap at the antiferromagnetic ordering wavevector Q = (1/2, 1/2, 0), the effect of superconductivity is to form a resonance centered also at Q = (1/2, 1/2, 0) but at energies above the spin pseudo gap. The intensity of the resonance develops like a superconducting order parameter, similar to those for hole-doped superconductors and electron-doped Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4. The resonance is therefore a general phenomenon of cuprate superconductors, and must be fundamental to the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity.

  16. Quantum topological transition in hyperbolic metamaterials based on high Tc superconductors.

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    Smolyaninov, Igor I

    2014-07-30

    Hyperbolic metamaterials are known to exhibit a transition in the topology of the photon iso-frequency surface from a closed ellipsoid to an open hyperboloid, resulting in a considerable increase of the photonic density of states. This topological transition may also be described as a change of metric signature of the effective optical space. Here we demonstrate that high Tc superconductors exhibit hyperbolic metamaterial behavior in the far infrared and THz frequency ranges. In the THz range the hyperbolic behavior occurs only in the normal state, while no propagating photon modes exist in the superconducting state. Thus, a quantum topological transition may be observed for THz photons at zero temperature as a function of the external magnetic field, in which the effective Minkowski spacetime arises in the mixed state of the superconductor at some critical value of the external magnetic field. Nucleation of effective Minkowski spacetime occurs via the formation of quantized Abrikosov vortices.

  17. Remanent magnetization of ceramic and single-crystal high-Tc superconductors in tilted magnetic fields

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    Bugoslavsky, Yu. V.; Minakov, A. A.; Vasyurin, S. I.

    1996-02-01

    Dependence of the remanent magnetization (Mr) anisotropy on the structure and shape of the superconductor and on the magnetizing procedure was studied for a number of high-Tc superconductor ceramics and single crystals. The experiments were done by means of a vibrating-sample magnetometer with a rotatable sample holder. It was found that the main contribution to the anisotropic behavior of Mr is due to the surface screening currents, and therefore the anisotropy is subject to variation when sample shape is changed. The question is resolved, why the effective demagnetization factors for decoupled ceramic samples are different from those calculated in the inscribed-ellipsoid approximation. Influence of inhomogeneous grain magnetization and global bulk currents on the angular dependencies of Mr in ceramic samples is investigated. The evolution of remanence in YBCO single crystals with an increase of the magnetizing field is described within an extended Bean model.

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

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

    1991-04-01

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

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

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

    1991-04-01

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

  20. Electrical properties of Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films

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    Verdyan, A.; Lapsker, I.; Azoulay, J.; Sackler, Raymond; Sackler, Beverly

    1993-04-01

    Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique were found to have improved electrical properties as compared to pure Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films similarly prepared. A simple conventional inexpensive vacuum system housing a single resistively tungsten heated source was used for the deposition. Pulverized mixture of Y, BaF 2, NaF and Cu in the appropriate atomic proportion was evaporated onto the substrates whose temperature was held constant at 400°C during the evaporation. In situ heat treatment has been carried out at 700°C under oxygen partial pressure of 7 pa. The films thus obtained were found to have the normal superconductors orthorhombic phase at room temperature without any further ex situ heat treatment. The films were characterized and analyzed by x-ray diffraction auger electron spectroscopy and four point dc electrical measurements.

  1. X-Ray Diffraction Line Broadening: Modeling and Applications to High-Tc Superconductors

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    Balzar, Davor

    1993-01-01

    A method to analyze powder-diffraction line broadening is proposed and applied to some novel high-Tc superconductors. Assuming that both size-broadened and strain-broadened profiles of the pure-specimen profile are described with a Voigt function, it is shown that the analysis of Fourier coefficients leads to the Warren-Averbach method of separation of size and strain contributions. The analysis of size coefficients shows that the “hook” effect occurs when the Cauchy content of the size-broadened profile is underestimated. The ratio of volume-weighted and surface-weighted domain sizes can change from ~1.31 for the minimum allowed Cauchy content to 2 when the size-broadened profile is given solely by a Cauchy function. If the distortion co-efficient is approximated by a harmonic term, mean-square strains decrease linearly with the increase of the averaging distance. The local strain is finite only in the case of pure-Gauss strain broadening because strains are then independent of averaging distance. Errors of root-mean-square strains as well as domain sizes were evaluated. The method was applied to two cubic structures with average volume-weighted domain sizes up to 3600 Å, as well as to tetragonal and orthorhombic (La-Sr)2CuO4, which exhibit weak line broadenings and highly overlapping reflections. Comparison with the integral-breadth methods is given. Reliability of the method is discussed in the case of a cluster of the overlapping peaks. The analysis of La2CuO4 and La1.85M0.15CuO4(M = Ca, Ba, Sr) high-Tc superconductors showed that microstrains and incoherently diffracting domain sizes are highly anisotropic. In the superconductors, stacking-fault probability increases with increasing Tc; microstrain decreases. In La2CuO4, different broadening of (h00) and (0k0) reflections is not caused by stacking faults; it might arise from lower crystallographic symmetiy. The analysis of Bi-Cu-O superconductors showed much higher strains in the [001] direction than in

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

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

    2015-03-26

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

  3. Theory of quantum oscillations in the vortex-liquid state of high-Tc superconductors.

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    Banerjee, Sumilan; Zhang, Shizhong; Randeria, Mohit

    2013-01-01

    The observation of quantum oscillations in underdoped cuprates has generated intense debate about the nature of the field-induced resistive state and its implications for the 'normal state' of high-Tc superconductors. Quantum oscillations suggest an underlying Fermi liquid at high magnetic fields H and low temperatures, in contrast with the pseudogap seen in zero-field, high-temperature spectroscopic experiments. Recent specific heat measurements show quantum oscillations in addition to a large field-dependent suppression of the electronic density of states. Here we present a theoretical analysis that reconciles these seemingly contradictory observations. We model the resistive state as a vortex liquid with short-range d-wave pairing correlations. We show that this state exhibits quantum oscillations, with a period determined by a Fermi surface reconstructed by a competing order parameter, in addition to a large suppression of the density of states that goes like √H at low fields.

  4. On infrared and terahertz imaging of surface plasmons in high-Tc superconductors

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    Stinson, H. T.; Fei, Z.; Rodin, A. S.; McLeod, A. S.; Fogler, M. M.; Basov, D. N.

    2013-03-01

    Recent scattering-mode scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) experiments have imaged surface plasmons in graphene at infrared frequencies.[1] The scanning probe launches surface plasmons and detects their standing-wave interference pattern upon reflection from the sample edge. The surface plasmon dispersion relation directly relates the standing wave fringe separation and amplitude decay to the optical constants of the sample. We have modeled surface plasmon s-SNOM imaging for high-Tc superconductor (HTSC) thin films. Our results indicate that surface plasmons can be imaged in HTSCs at frequencies near or below the superconducting gap. This would allow for a direct measurement of HTSC optical constants below the gap. For known HTSCs such as YBCO, this is in the far-IR or terahertz range. Our simulations show that this method can also distinguish between superconducting and normal states at the nanoscale.

  5. Magneto-optical imaging and current distributions in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Polyanskii, A. |; Pashitski, A.; Gurevich, A.; Parrell, J.A.; Larbalestier, D.C.; Polak, M. |; Foltyn, S.R.; Arendt, P.N. |

    1997-06-01

    Recent studies on the magneto-optical (MO) imaging of the magnetic flux and current distributions in polycrystalline high-{Tc} superconductors are summarized. The authors studied a wide spectrum of high-{Tc} materials, from single grain boundaries in YBCO bicrystals, to polycrystalline YBCO thick films deposited on an IBAD-buffer layer grown on a polycrystalline Hastelloy substrate, to Bi-2223 tapes. In all cases they found that structural defects (e.g., high-angle grain boundaries, second phase precipitates, microcrack networks, etc.) significantly limit the current-carrying capability. These defects make the magnetic flux distribution highly inhomogeneous, in turn producing granular and percolative current flow. By inverting the Biot-Savart law for thin film and slab geometries, they were able to reconstruct the local current flow patterns around defects and thus identify the current-carrying percolative paths and map the distribution of local critical currents J{sub c}(r). Such studies show that, even in high-J{sub c} materials, the local J{sub c}(r) can vary by a factor 2--10 due to defects. Since the maximum local J{sub c}(r) values can significantly exceed the numbers obtained by transport measurements, it is clear that there are still significant opportunities for raising the J{sub c} of polycrystalline HTS conductors.

  6. Pinning force scaling analysis of Fe-based high-Tc superconductors

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    Koblischka, Michael R.; Muralidhar, Miryala

    2016-10-01

    Pinning force data, Fp, of a variety of Fe-based high-Tc superconductors (11-, 111-, 122- and 1111-type) were analyzed by means of a scaling approach based on own experimental data and an extensive collection of literature data. The literature data were mostly replotted, but also converted from critical current measurements together with data for the irreversibility line when available from the same authors. Using the scaling approaches of Dew-Hughes [J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1360 (1973)] and Kramer [Philos. Mag. 30, 293 (1974)], we determined the scaling behavior and the best fits to the theory. The data of most experiments analyzed show a good scaling behavior at high temperatures when plotting the normalized pinning force Fp/Fp,max versus the irreversibility field, Hirr. The resulting peak positions, h0, were found at ≈ 0.3 for the 11-type materials, at ≈ 0.48 for the 111-type materials, between 0.32 and 0.5 for the 1111-type materials and between 0.25 and 0.71 for the 122-type materials. Compared to the typical results of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (h0 ≈ 0.22) and YBa2Cu3O7-δ (h0 ≈ 0.33), most of the 122 and 1111 samples investigated show peak values higher than 0.4, which is similar to the data obtained on the light-rare earth 123-type HTSC like NdBa2Cu3Oy. This high peak position ensures a good performance of the materials in high applied magnetic fields and is, therefore, a very promising result concerning the possible applications of the Fe-based high-Tc superconductors.

  7. 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.

  8. Ultrasonic study on Bi-based high-Tc superconductors with preferred orientations

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    Dong, Jian; Deng, Tingzhang; Li, Fengying; Yao, Yushu

    1990-07-01

    Ultrasonic experimental studies on Bi-based ceramic superconductors are reported. The specimens used in our experiments were hot pressed after sintering in air; therefore, a preferred orientation of the granules was obtained. The frequencies of ultrasound were about 10 MHz, both for longitudinal and for transverse waves. It has been found that anomalies in the attenuation coefficient and sound velocity occur near 220 K, in the range between 10 and 50 K above Tc, and at Tc, respectively. The investigation shows that the pretransition in the range between 10 and 50 K above Tc leads to a tendency of softness and instability in crystal lattice, and the superconducting transition is present on the background of a rapid decrease in attenuation with the decrease in temperature. It is believed that a strong superconducting fluctuation exists above Tc. The deformation-potential model for acoustic-phonon-electron interaction, which is the basis of BCS theory, may be unsuitable for the high-Tc superconductors. A model of superconductivity due to optical-phonon-electron coupling is suggested.

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

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    Hu, Xiao; Lin, Shizeng

    2009-08-01

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

  10. Topological nature and the multiple Dirac cones hidden in Bismuth high-Tc superconductors

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    Li, Gang; Yan, Binghai; Thomale, Ronny; Hanke, Werner

    2015-01-01

    Recent theoretical studies employing density-functional theory have predicted BaBiO3 (when doped with electrons) and YBiO3 to become a topological insulator (TI) with a large topological gap (~0.7 eV). This, together with the natural stability against surface oxidation, makes the Bismuth-Oxide family of special interest for possible applications in quantum information and spintronics. The central question, we study here, is whether the hole-doped Bismuth Oxides, i.e. Ba1-xKxBiO3 and BaPb1-xBixO3, which are “high-Tc” bulk superconducting near 30 K, additionally display in the further vicinity of their Fermi energy EF a topological gap with a Dirac-type of topological surface state. Our electronic structure calculations predict the K-doped family to emerge as a TI, with a topological gap above EF. Thus, these compounds can become superconductors with hole-doping and potential TIs with additional electron doping. Furthermore, we predict the Bismuth-Oxide family to contain an additional Dirac cone below EF for further hole doping, which manifests these systems to be candidates for both electron- and hole-doped topological insulators. PMID:26014056

  11. Phase diagram and isotopic effect in high-Tc pnictide superconductors

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    Chen, Xianhui

    2010-03-01

    We will talk about the discovery of superconductivity with Tc higher than 40 K in Fe-based superconductors SmFeAsO1-xF. Tc higher than McMillan limit of 39 K definitely proves pnictide superconductors high-Tc superconductivity^1,2. In this talk, we present the transport properties: resistivity, Hall coefficient and transport properties under high magnetic field. These results suggest a quantum phase transition around x=0.14 in SmFeAsO1-xFx system. A electronic phase diagram is proposed, and coexistence of superconductivity and spin-density-wave is observed in Sm-1111 and Ba-122 system. We discuss the effect of isotopic effect on TC and TSDW in SmFeAsO1-xFx and Ba1-xKxFe2As2 systems. Our results show that oxygen isotope effect on TC and TSDW is very little, while the iron isotope exponent is about 0.35. Surprisingly, the iron isotope exchange shows the same effect on SDW transition as on superconductivity. Our results indicate that electron-phonon interaction plays some role in the superconducting mechanism, but simple electron-phonon coupling mechanism seems to be rather unlikely because a strong magnon-phonon coupling is included^3. 1. Chen, X. H. et al. Nature 453, 761-762 (2008). 2. Liu, R. H. et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 087001 (2008). 3. R. H. Liu et al., Nature 459, 64-67(2009).

  12. Nanoscale Structures and Pseudogap in Under-doped High-Tc Superconductors

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    Saarela, M.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    We show that superconductor-insulator transitions in oxides and FeAs-based high Tc superconducting multilayers may arise due to a charge density wave instability induced by charged impurities and the over-screening of the long-ranged part of the Coulomb interaction, which is enhanced due to decreasing carrier density [1]. When the carrier density is low enough, impurities begin to trap particles and form bound states of clusters of charge carriers, which we call Coulomb bubbles. These bubbles are embedded inside the superconductor and form nuclei of the new insulating state. The growth of a bubble is terminated by the Coulomb force and each of them has a quantized charge and a fluctuating phase. When clusters first appear, they are covered by superfluid liquid due to the proximity effect and invisible. However, when the carrier density decreases the size of bubbles increases and the superconducting proximity inside them vanishes. The insulating state arises via a percolation of these insulating islands, which form a giant percolating cluster that prevents the flow of the electrical supercurrent through the system. We also show the formation of two groups of charge carriers in these compounds associated with free and localized states. The localized component arises due to the Coulomb bubbles. Our results are consistent with the two-component picture for cuprates deducted earlier by Gorkov and Teitelbaum [2] from the analysis of the Hall effect data and ARPES spectra. The Coulomb clusters induce nanoscale superstructures observed in scanning tunneling microscope (STM) experiments [3] and are responsible for the pseudogap [4].

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  14. Some consequences of the breakdown of Migdal's theorem in high- Tc superconductors

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    Ummarino, G. A.; Gonnelli, R. S.

    1999-05-01

    In order to reproduce the experimental Tc and tunneling data of high- Tc superconductors in the framework of the Eliashberg theory for strong electron-boson interaction, it is necessary to use large values of the coupling constant. In this work, we investigate whether this fact is a possible consequence of the breakdown of Migdal's theorem that certainly occurs in the cuprates due to their very low value of Fermi energy as compared to the characteristic phonon energy. In order to numerically quantify the consequences of the violation of the Migdal's approximation, we use the theoretical approach developed by Pietronero et al. [L. Pietronero, S. Strässler, C. Grimaldi, Phys. Rev. B 52, 10516 (1995)] and Grimaldi et al. [C. Grimaldi, L. Pietronero, S. Strässler, Phys. Rev. B 52, 10530 (1995)] on experimental data taken from the literature. The effects on the electron-phonon coupling constant λ, on the critical temperature Tc and on the superconducting gap Δ are calculated also by means of a direct solution of the standard Eliashberg equations and discussed in different kinds of superconducting materials both with low and high critical temperature.

  15. 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

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

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

    1991-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  18. Dielectric response of electron-doped ionic superconductor LixZrNCl

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    Botana, Antia S.; Pickett, Warren E.

    2014-09-01

    When electron doped, the layered transition metal nitrides TNCl (T =group IVB transition metal ion) become impressive superconductors with critical temperature Tc=15-26 K. Here we take the most studied member ZrNCl as a representative and calculate the dielectric response ɛ (ω) versus frequency and concentration of doped electronic carriers. The static dielectric constant ɛ∞=5 is reproduced extremely well. We establish that the differences between rigid band modeling and virtual crystal treatment are small, and compare also with actual lithium doping using supercells. We obtain the variations upon changing the doping level of the reflectivity and energy loss function as well, many of which are found not to be correlated with the observed (non)variation of Tc(x). The main plasmon peaks appear where the electron gas model suggests, in the range 1.2-2.0 eV for x varying from 0.16 to 0.50.

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

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    Riggs, Scott Chandler

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

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

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    Brandt, E. H.

    1991-01-01

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

  1. Impurity effect in electron-doped high-T c superconductors

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    Shen, Xiao-Ling; Zhou, Tao

    2016-12-01

    The quasiparticle states around a nonmagnetic impurity in electron-doped high-T c superconductors are studied systematically based on the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations. In the antiferromagnetic state, one in-gap impurity resonance state is revealed. As the impurity scattering potential increases, the resonance peak shifts to the gap edge and finally disappears for a strong impurity. The antiferromagnetic order and superconducting order coexist when the doping density increases. In this coexisting state, the in-gap resonance peaks are rather robust and appear in pairs that are lying symmetric with the Fermi energy. The peak positions and intensities strongly depend on the impurity potentials and the next-nearest-neighbour hopping constants. For a rather strong impurity, the resonance peaks shift to near the gap edge. When further increasing the doping density, the system is in the pure superconducting state. The resonance peaks still appear in pairs, with the peak intensities being weaker compared to those in the coexisting state. The two resonance peaks may occasionally merge into one zero-energy peak for both the coexisting state and the pure superconducting state. The spin-resolved LDOS are also investigated and may be used to detect possible antiferromagnetic order.

  2. Preparation of the High-Tc Phase of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O Superconductor

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    Endo, Utako; Koyama, Satoshi; Kawai, Tomoji

    1988-08-01

    Co-decomposition of mixed nitrates of Bi, Pb, Sr, Ca and Cu around 830°C under low oxygen pressure led to the formation of a high-Tc superconducting phase of Bi(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O with Tc(zero) at 107.5 K. A sample prepared by a conventional solid state reaction method under low oxygen pressure also showed the superconducting transition at 107.5 K. X-ray powder diffraction and magnetic susceptibility measurements on these samples revealed the high-Tc phase without 80 K or semiconducting phase. The reaction under low oxygen pressure has an effect to lower the temperature with broad ranges to render the high-Tc phase of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O.

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

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    Potter, Andrew C; Lee, Patrick A

    2014-03-21

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

  4. 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.

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

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

    1992-05-01

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

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

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

    1992-05-01

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

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

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    Hull, John R.; Mulcahy, Thomas M.

    2000-01-01

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

  8. Processing and properties of high Tc oxide/silver matrix composite superconductors

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    Curreri, P. A.; Peters, P. N.; Leong, P. T.; Chou, H.; Wu, M. K.

    1989-01-01

    This paper describes the processing conditions for the formation of strong flux pinning high-Tc (REE)1Ba2Cu3O7/AgO (RE-123/AgO) composites with the RE-123:AgO ratio of 3:1 and presents the magnetization and critical field data on these composites. The results obtained indicate that proper processing conditions are critical to the formation of strong flux pinning RE-123/AgO composites. Resistance measurements in a magnetic field show that the upper critical field in Y-123/AgO is about three times larger than that of the Y-123 compound.

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

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

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

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

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    Pines, David

    2013-10-24

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

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

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    Vlasko-Vlasox, V. K.

    1998-12-02

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

  12. A New Piece in the High Tc Superconductivity Puzzle: Fe based Superconductors

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    Moreo, Adriana

    2011-10-01

    An overview of the historic and current developments in superconductivity will be be presented. The phenomenon of superconductivity was discovered almost 100 hundred years ago and it is still one of the hottest research topics providing fascinating puzzles and challenges to both theoreticians and experimentalists. There was a lag of almost 50 years between the experimental discovery of (low Tc) superconductivity and the development of the BCS theory which explained the phenomenon in terms of pairs of electrons held together by the interaction with the phonons in the material. The quest to discover superconducting materials with higher Tc's continued quietly for many years until huge progress occurred in the 1980' when Tc's higher than 77K were observed in copper-oxide based materials. The study of these new materials generated tremendous advances in both experimental and theoretical methods and much is now known about their properties; but the mechanism, i.e., the ``glue,'' that binds the electrons together is still unknown; it appears that phonons are unable to do the job and there is controversy on whether the magnetism present in these materials helps or hurts. Very recently, in 2008, high Tc was discovered in a new family of iron based materials. While they are similar to the cuprates in some ways, i.e., magnetism is present, there are many differences as well. This discovery provides a new chance to unveil the high-Tc mystery and the condensed matter community is intensely working on the subject.

  13. Magnetoresistance in High-Tc Superconductors: The Role of Vertex Corrections

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    Kontani, Hiroshi

    2001-07-01

    In high-Tc cuprates, the orbital magnetoresistance in plane (Δρ/ρ) is anomalously enhanced at lower tempemeratures compared with conventional Fermi liquids, and thus Kohler's rule is strongly violated. Moreover, it should be noted that an intimate relation between Δρ/ρ and the Hall coefficient (RH), Δρ/ρ∝(RH/ρ)2, holds well experimentally, and is called the “modified Kohler's rule”. In this letter, we study this long-standing problem in terms of the nearly antiferromagnetic (AF) Fermi liquid. We analyze the exact expression for Δρ/ρ by including the vertex corrections (VC's) to keep the conservation laws, and find the approximate relation Δρ/ρ∝ξAF4 ρ-2 ·H2 (ξAF being the AF correlation length) in the presence of AF fluctuations. The factor ξAF4, which comes from the VC's for the current, gives the additional temperature dependence. By taking account of the relation RH ∝ξAF2 [Kontani et al.: Phys. Rev. B 59 (1999) 14723], we can naturally explain the modified Kohler's rule. In conclusion, based on the Fermi liquid theory, the famous seemingly non-Fermi liquid behaviors of RH and Δρ/ρ in high-Tc cuprates are naturally understood on an equal footing.

  14. Fermi-liquid-based theory for the in-plane magnetic anisotropy in untwinned high-Tc superconductors.

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    Eremin, I; Manske, D

    2005-02-18

    Using a generalized RPA-type theory we calculate the in-plane anisotropy of the magnetic excitations in hole-doped high-Tc superconductors. Extending our earlier Fermi-liquid-based studies on the resonance peak by inclusion of orthorhombicity we still find two-dimensional spin excitations, however, being strongly anisotropic. This reflects the underlying anisotropy of the hopping matrix elements and of the resultant superconducting gap function. We compare our calculations with new experimental data on fully untwinned YBa2Cu3O6.85 and find good agreement. Our results are in contrast to earlier interpretations on the in-plane anisotropy in terms of stripes [H. Mook, Nature (London) 404, 729 (2000)], but reveal a conventional solution to this important problem.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  17. 43Ca NMR Study of Bismuth-Based High-Tc Superconductors

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    Trokiner, A.; Le Noc, L.; Yakubovskii, A.; Mykhalyov, K. N.; Verkhovskii, S. V.

    1994-02-01

    As a first step of a study of the electronic properties of CuO2 planes by probing calcium nuclei in the bismuth-based high-Tc materials we report here the structural assignment of Ca NMR lines measured in 43Ca-enriched samples of n = 2 ((Bi,Pb)2Sr2CaCu2O8+x) and n = 3 ((Bi,Pb)2Sr2-Ca2Cu3O10+x) bismuth compounds. Powdered samples were investigated as well as oriented pow­ ders, achieved by uniaxial alignment of the grains in a 7T magnetic field. For the main calcium site (Ca between two CuO2 planes), we could determine the quadrupolar as well as the shift tensors. The results indicate that, in the same way as yttrium nuclei in YBaCuO, calcium nuclei are sensitive to the magnetic susceptibility of the metallic CuO2 planes.

  18. p-wave triggered superconductivity in single-layer graphene on an electron-doped oxide superconductor

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    Di Bernardo, A.; Millo, O.; Barbone, M.; Alpern, H.; Kalcheim, Y.; Sassi, U.; Ott, A. K.; De Fazio, D.; Yoon, D.; Amado, M.; Ferrari, A. C.; Linder, J.; Robinson, J. W. A.

    2017-01-01

    Electron pairing in the vast majority of superconductors follows the Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer theory of superconductivity, which describes the condensation of electrons into pairs with antiparallel spins in a singlet state with an s-wave symmetry. Unconventional superconductivity was predicted in single-layer graphene (SLG), with the electrons pairing with a p-wave or chiral d-wave symmetry, depending on the position of the Fermi energy with respect to the Dirac point. By placing SLG on an electron-doped (non-chiral) d-wave superconductor and performing local scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy, here we show evidence for a p-wave triggered superconducting density of states in SLG. The realization of unconventional superconductivity in SLG offers an exciting new route for the development of p-wave superconductivity using two-dimensional materials with transition temperatures above 4.2 K. PMID:28102222

  19. p-wave triggered superconductivity in single-layer graphene on an electron-doped oxide superconductor.

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    Di Bernardo, A; Millo, O; Barbone, M; Alpern, H; Kalcheim, Y; Sassi, U; Ott, A K; De Fazio, D; Yoon, D; Amado, M; Ferrari, A C; Linder, J; Robinson, J W A

    2017-01-19

    Electron pairing in the vast majority of superconductors follows the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity, which describes the condensation of electrons into pairs with antiparallel spins in a singlet state with an s-wave symmetry. Unconventional superconductivity was predicted in single-layer graphene (SLG), with the electrons pairing with a p-wave or chiral d-wave symmetry, depending on the position of the Fermi energy with respect to the Dirac point. By placing SLG on an electron-doped (non-chiral) d-wave superconductor and performing local scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy, here we show evidence for a p-wave triggered superconducting density of states in SLG. The realization of unconventional superconductivity in SLG offers an exciting new route for the development of p-wave superconductivity using two-dimensional materials with transition temperatures above 4.2 K.

  20. p-wave triggered superconductivity in single-layer graphene on an electron-doped oxide superconductor

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    di Bernardo, A.; Millo, O.; Barbone, M.; Alpern, H.; Kalcheim, Y.; Sassi, U.; Ott, A. K.; de Fazio, D.; Yoon, D.; Amado, M.; Ferrari, A. C.; Linder, J.; Robinson, J. W. A.

    2017-01-01

    Electron pairing in the vast majority of superconductors follows the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity, which describes the condensation of electrons into pairs with antiparallel spins in a singlet state with an s-wave symmetry. Unconventional superconductivity was predicted in single-layer graphene (SLG), with the electrons pairing with a p-wave or chiral d-wave symmetry, depending on the position of the Fermi energy with respect to the Dirac point. By placing SLG on an electron-doped (non-chiral) d-wave superconductor and performing local scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy, here we show evidence for a p-wave triggered superconducting density of states in SLG. The realization of unconventional superconductivity in SLG offers an exciting new route for the development of p-wave superconductivity using two-dimensional materials with transition temperatures above 4.2 K.

  1. Manipulation of magnetic carriers for drug delivery using pulsed-current high Tc superconductors

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    Cha, Yung; Chen, Lihua; Askew, Thomas; Veal, Boyd; Hull, John

    2007-04-01

    An innovative method of manipulating magnetic carriers is proposed, and its feasibility for drug delivery and therapy is demonstrated experimentally. The proposed method employs pulsed-field solenoid coils with high-critical- temperature ( Tc) superconductor inserts. Pulsed current is used to magnetize and de-magnetize the superconductor insert. The proposed method was demonstrated to be able to (1) move magnetic particles, ranging in size from a few millimeters to 10 μm, with strong enough forces over a substantial distance, (2) hold the particles at a designated position as long as needed, and (3) reverse the processes and retrieve the particles. We further demonstrated that magnetic particles can be manipulated in a stationary environment, in water flow, and in simulated blood (water/glycerol mixture) flow.

  2. Strong periodic flux pinning in oxygen-ion-irradiated high-TC superconductors

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    Villegas, Javier; Swiecicki, I.; Briatico, J.; Bernard, R.; Crassous, A.; Wolf, T.; Bergeal, N.; Lesueur, J.; Ulysse, C.; Faini, G.; Hallet, X.; Piraux, L.

    2012-02-01

    We used oxygen ion irradiation to transfer into high-TC superconducting thin films the nanoscale pattern of different types of masks (alumina [1] and [2] PMMA templates with ordered arrays of holes). This causes a nanoscale spatial modulation of superconductivity, and strongly affects the magneto-transport in the mixed-state. By tuning the irradiation dose and the array parameters, it is possible to engineer vortex energy landscapes sufficiently strong to govern flux dynamics. This is evidenced by a periodic series of strong magneto-resistance oscillations, the well-known fingerprint of periodic flux pinning. Interestingly, this irradiation technique allows tuning the geometry and the strength of the pinning potential wells at the nanoscale. This allows the observation of unusually strong matching effects at relatively high fields (up to several kOe). We show that the amplitude of the magneto-resistance oscillations is intimately connected with vortex channeling effects. [1] J.E. Villegas et al. Nanotechnology 22 075302 (2011). [2] I. Swiecicki et al. submitted

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  4. 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.

  5. Monte Carlo Study of the Magnetic Flux Lattice Fluctuations in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Beny, Cedric

    By allowing to measure the magnetic field distribution inside a material, muon spin rotation experiments have the potential to provide valuable information about microscopic properties of high-temperature superconductors. Nevertheless, information about the intrinsic superconducting properties of the material is masked by random thermal and static fluctuations of the magnetic field which penetrates the material in the form of vortices of quantized magnetic flux. A good understanding of the fluctuations of those vortices is needed for the correct determination of intrinsic properties, notably the coherence length [xi], and the field penetration depth [lambda]. We develop a simulation based on the Metropolis algorithm in order to understand the effect, on the magnetic field distribution, of disorder- and thermally-induced fluctuations of the vortex lattice inside a layered superconductor. Our model correctly predicts the melting temperatures of the YBa2Cu3O6. 95 (YBCO) superconductor but largely underestimates the observed entropy jump. Also we failed to simulate the high field disordered phase, possibly because of a finite size limitation. In addition, we found our model unable to describe the first-order transition observed in the highly anisotropic Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+y. Our model predicts that for YBCO, the effect of thermal fluctuations on the field distribution is indistinguishable from a change in [xi]. It also confirms the usual assumption that the effect of static fluctuations at low temperature can be efficiently modeled by convolution of the field distribution with a Gaussian function. However the extraction of [xi] at low fields requires a very high resolution of the field distribution because of the low vortex density.

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

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    Smedskjaer, L.C.; Bansil, A.

    1992-09-01

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

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

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

    1992-09-01

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

  8. Giant flux creep through the surface barriers and the irreversibility line in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Burlachkov, L.; Geshkenbein, V.B. ||; Koshelev, A.E. |; Larkin, A.I. |; Vinokur, V.M.

    1994-05-01

    Magnetic flux relaxation over the surface barrier in high temperature superconductors are investigated Vortex dynamics controlled by the penetration both of pancake vortices and vortex lines are discussed. The penetration field H{sub p} for pancakes decay is exponentially with temperature. The size of the magnetization loop is determined by the decay of H{sub p} during the process of relaxation, but its shape remains unchanged. The irreversibility line associated with the pancake penetration is given by H{sub irr} {proportional_to} exp(- 2T/T{sub o}), and may lie both above and below the melting line.

  9. Huge metastability in high-Tc superconductors induced by parallel magnetic field

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    Dias, R. G.; Silva, J. A.

    2003-03-01

    We present a study of the temperature-magnetic-field phase diagram of homogeneous and inhomogeneous superconductivity in the case of a quasi-two-dimensional superconductor with an extended saddle point in the energy dispersion under a parallel magnetic field. At low temperature, a huge metastability region appears, limited above by a steep superheating critical field Hsh and below by a strongly reentrant supercooling field Hsc. We show that the Pauli limit Hp for the upper critical magnetic field is strongly enhanced due to the presence of the Van Hove singularity in the density of states. The formation of a nonuniform superconducting state is predicted to be very unlikely.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    1994-12-01

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

  12. Tunneling characteristics and low-frequency noise of high-Tc superconductor/noble-metal junctions

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    Xu, Yizi; Ekin, J. W.

    2004-03-01

    We report extensive measurements of transport characteristics and low-frequency resistance noise of c-axis yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (YBCO)/Au junctions. The dominant conduction mechanism is tunneling at low temperatures. The conductance characteristic is asymmetric, and the conductance minimum occurs at a nonzero voltage. These features can be qualitatively explained by modeling the YBCO/Au interface with a Schottky barrier. The model shows that the YBCO surface behaves like a p-type degenerate semiconductor, with a Fermi degeneracy of about 0.1 eV. The barrier height is approximately 1.0 eV. We present evidence that interface states and disorder play an important role in determining the conductance characteristics. Low-frequency noise measurements of these junctions reveal that junction noise is dominated by resistance fluctuations with a 1/f-like power spectrum over a wide range of temperature and bias voltage. For temperatures between 4.2 and 77 K, the junction noise can be parameterized in terms of a normalized resistance fluctuation: δR/R≃6.3×10-4/√(f), in units of Hz-1/2, where f is the center frequency of the measurement bandwidth. At f=10 Hz, for example, it is 2×10-4 Hz-1/2. This noise figure should prove to be useful for engineering design of high-Tc electronics. A more detailed analysis shows that at low temperatures the noise spectrum is characterized by random telegraph signals withe a Lorentzian power spectrum, which can have a distribution of corner frequencies that mimics a 1/f dependence. The random telegraph signals provide evidence for the existence of localized states.

  13. Analysis of Magnetic Critical Fields in Iron-Based SmFeAsO0.85 HIGH-Tc Superconductor

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    Ahmad, Dawood; Song, Tae Kwon; Park, In Suk; Kim, G. C.; Ren, Zhi-An; Kim, Y. C.

    The magnetic properties of the newly discovered iron-oxypnictide SmFeAsO0.85 high-Tc superconductor with a Tc of around 55 K were investigated. Bulk SmFeAsO0.85 was prepared by a method for high-pressure synthesis. The lower critical field Hc1 was estimated from the magnetization at low fields; Hc1(0) was measured to be 212 Oe. A linear temperature dependence instead of saturation at low temperatures in Hc1(T) revealed unconventional superconductivity with a nodal gap structure in our SmFeAsO0.85 superconductor. The results showed that the well-known secondary peak in the temperature dependence of the critical current density Jc is absent in the SmFeAsO0.85 high-Tc superconductor. The irreversibility line Birr was fitted well by the power law dependence (1 - T/Tc)n with n ~ 1.5. This is indicative of the flux creep phenomena in the SmFeAsO0.85 high-Tc superconductor. In addition, within the range of measurement temperatures in this study, no crossover was observed in the temperature dependence of the irreversibility line Birr which may be due to low anisotropy in our SmFeAsO0.85 superconductor.

  14. Theory of the vortex matter transformations in high-Tc superconductor YBCO.

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    Li, Dingping; Rosenstein, Baruch

    2003-04-25

    Flux line lattice in type II superconductors undergoes a transition into a "disordered" phase such as vortex liquid or vortex glass, due to thermal fluctuations and random quenched disorder. We quantitatively describe the competition between the thermal fluctuations and the disorder using the Ginzburg-Landau approach. The following T-H phase diagram of YBCO emerges. There are just two distinct thermodynamical phases, the homogeneous and the crystalline one, separated by a single first order transition line. The line, however, makes a wiggle near the experimentally claimed critical point at 12 T. The "critical point" is reinterpreted as a (noncritical) Kauzmann point in which the latent heat vanishes and the line is parallel to the T axis. The magnetization, the entropy, and the specific heat discontinuities at melting compare well with experiments.

  15. AC Inductive Measurement of Intergrain and Intragrain Currents in High-Tc Oxide Superconductors

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    Ni, Baorong; Munakata, Toshiyuki; Matsushita, Teruo; Iwakuma, Masataka; Funaki, Kazuo; Takeo, Masakatsu; Yamafuji, Kaoru

    1988-09-01

    Bulk intergrain current and closed intragrain current in sintered Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors were measured at 77 K by using an ac inductive method. These currents can be separated because of the large difference in penetrating rates of the magnetic flux into specimens with respect to the ac field amplitude. The obtained intergrain current density agreed approximately with critical current density measured resistively. The closed intragrain current density amounted to 4.3× 108 A/m2 at B{=}0.5 T and decreased gradually with increasing magnetic field. The present results show that the ac inductive measurement is one of the available nondestructive methods to characterize sintered oxide specimens.

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

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    Gopalakrishnan, Sudhakar; Schulze, Walter A.

    1991-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

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

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

    1991-04-01

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

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  20. High- Tc superconductors with antiferromagnetic order: limitations on spin-fluctuation pairing mechanism

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    Kulić, Miodrag L.; Kulić, Igor M.

    2003-08-01

    The antagonistic interplay of antiferromagnetism (AF) and superconductivity (SC), recently discovered in high-temperature superconductors, is studied in the framework of a microscopic theory. We explain the surprisingly large increase of the magnetic Bragg peak intensity IQ at Q∼( π, π) in the magnetic field H≪ Hc2 at low temperatures 0< T≪ Tc, TAF in La 2- xSr xCuO 4. Good agreement with experimental results is found. The theory predicts large anisotropy of the relative intensity RQ( H)=( IQ( H)- IQ(0))/ IQ(0), i.e. R Q( H∥c -axis)≫R Q( H⊥c -axis) . The quantum ( T=0) phase diagram at H=0 is constructed. The theory also predicts: (i) that the magnetic field can induce the AF order in the SC state; (ii) that the spin-fluctuation (SF) effective coupling constant g<0.1 eV is small, which gives small SC critical temperature Tc (≪40 K)--thus questioning the SF mechanism of pairing in HTS oxides.

  1. Exponential dependence of the vortex pinning potential on current density in high- Tc superconductors

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    Yan, H.; Abdelhadi, M. M.; Jung, J. A.; Willemsen, B. A.; Kihlstrom, K. E.

    2005-08-01

    We investigated the dependence of the vortex pinning potential on current density Ueff(J) in Tl2Ba2CaCu2Oy , Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3Oy , and YBa2Cu3Oy thin films and single crystals, measured by us and other research groups. In all these cases Ueff(J) was calculated from the magnetic relaxation data using Maley’s procedure [Phys. Rev. B 42, 2639 (1990)]. We explored the exponential dependence of Ueff(J) , first introduced by Thompson [Phys. Rev. B 44, 456 (1991).] to explain long-term nonlogarithmic magnetic relaxations in high-temperature superconductors (HTSC), as an alternative to power-law and logarithmic forms of Ueff(J) . The results revealed that for J larger than approximately 0.4Jc , the energy barrier can be expressed in the following form: Ueff(J)=aIco(1-T/T*)3/2exp(-bJ/Jco) , where the constant b is the same for all samples investigated. This result is independent of the anisotropy (the interplanar coupling). The experimental results were analyzed taking into account the spatial dependence of the pinning potential, proposed by Qin [J. Appl. Phys. 77, 2618 (1995)]. We suggested that the exponential form of Ueff(J) could represent vortex pinning and motion in the a-b planes due to a nanoscopic variation of the order parameter, in agreement with the growing experimental evidence for the presence of nanostructures, stripes (filaments) in HTSC.

  2. 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.

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

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

    1988-04-01

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

  4. Resolution of two apparent paradoxes concerning quantum oscillations in underdoped high- Tc superconductors

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    Jia, Xun; Goswami, Pallab; Chakravarty, Sudip

    2009-10-01

    Recent quantum-oscillation experiments in underdoped high-temperature superconductors seem to imply two paradoxes. The first paradox concerns the apparent nonexistence of the signature of the electron pockets in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). The second paradox is a clear signature of a small electron pocket in quantum-oscillation experiments, but no evidence as yet of the corresponding hole pockets of approximately double the frequency of the electron pocket. This hole pockets should be present if the Fermi-surface reconstruction is due to a commensurate density wave, assuming that Luttinger sum rule relating the area of the pockets and the total number of charge carriers holds. Here we provide possible resolutions of these apparent paradoxes from the commensurate d -density wave theory. To address the first paradox we have computed the ARPES spectral function subject to correlated disorder, natural to a class of experiments relevant to the materials studied in quantum oscillations. The intensity of the spectral function is significantly reduced for the electron pockets for an intermediate range of disorder correlation length, and typically less than half the hole pocket is visible, mimicking Fermi arcs. Next we show from an exact transfer-matrix calculation of the Shubnikov-de Haas oscillation that the usual disorder affects the electron pocket more significantly than the hole pocket. However, when, in addition, the scattering from vortices in the mixed state is included, it wipes out the frequency corresponding to the hole pocket. Thus, if we are correct, it will be necessary to do measurements at higher magnetic fields and even higher-quality samples to recover the hole-pocket frequency.

  5. Compensated electron and hole pockets in an underdoped high- Tc superconductor

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

    2010-06-01

    We report quantum oscillations in the underdoped high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O6+x over a wide range in magnetic field 28≤μ0H≤85T corresponding to ≈12 oscillations, enabling the Fermi surface topology to be mapped to high resolution. As earlier reported by Sebastian [Nature (London) 454, 200 (2008)10.1038/nature07095], we find a Fermi surface comprising multiple pockets, as revealed by the additional distinct quantum oscillation frequencies and harmonics reported in this work. We find the originally reported broad low-frequency Fourier peak at ≈535T to be clearly resolved into three separate peaks at ≈460 , ≈532 , and ≈602T , in reasonable agreement with the reported frequencies of Audouard [Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 157003 (2009)10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.157003]. However, our increased resolution and angle-resolved measurements identify these frequencies to originate from two similarly sized pockets with greatly contrasting degrees of interlayer corrugation. The spectrally dominant frequency originates from a pocket (denoted α ) that is almost ideally two-dimensional in form (exhibiting negligible interlayer corrugation). In contrast, the newly resolved weaker adjacent spectral features originate from a deeply corrugated pocket (denoted γ ). On comparison with band structure, the d -wave symmetry of the interlayer dispersion locates the minimally corrugated α pocket at the “nodal” point knodal=(π/2,π/2) , and the significantly corrugated γ pocket at the “antinodal” point kantinodal=(π,0) within the Brillouin zone. The differently corrugated pockets at different locations indicate creation by translational symmetry breaking—a spin-density wave has been suggested from the suppression of Zeeman splitting for the spectrally dominant pocket. In a broken-translational symmetry scenario, symmetry points to the nodal (α) pocket corresponding to holes, with the weaker antinodal (γ) pocket corresponding to electrons—likely responsible

  6. Phonon suppression of the coherence peak in nuclear spin relaxation rate in strong coupling superconductor TIMo 6Se 7.5. Comparison with high- Tc superconductor

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    Yoshio, Kitaoka; Shigeki, Ohsugi; Kunisuke, Asayama; Tsukio, Ohtani

    1992-03-01

    The phonon suppression effect on the coherence peak just below Tc in the nuclear spin relaxation rate {1}/{T 1} has been investigated by 205Tl NMR of a Chevrel phase superconductor TlMO 6Se 7.5 with Tc = 12.2 K. The lack of a coherence peak of 205( {1}/{T 1) } is demonstrated in a strong coupling superconductor TlMo 6Se 7.5 while the exponential decrease of {1}/{T 1} is confirmed over four orders of magnitude below 0.8 Tc (10 K) with 2 Δ=4.5 kBTc. As argued by Allen and Rainer, the strong electron-phonon decay channels open to excitation cause the unexpectedly strong damping of the quasi-particles in all dynamical properties, being the origin of the depression of the coherence peak. From a comparison with an s-wave model in which the quasi-particle damping is taken into account, it is reinforced that the unusual relaxation behavior observed in high- Tc cuprates, i.e. a power-lawT-dependence with no coherence peak below Tc cannot be accounted for by the conventional theory of the superconductivity and/or the model based on “s-wave” paring.

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

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

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

  8. Low temperature specific heat anomaly in electron doped R2-xCexCuO4 superconductors

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    Mohapatra, S. P.; Rout, G. C.

    2014-04-01

    The electron doped rare earth copper oxide superconductors R2-xCexCuO4 exhibit anomalous heavy fermion behavior at low temperature with large Sommerfeld specific heat coefficient which is different from the conventional heavy fermion systems. The system is described by a model Hamiltonian consisting of staggered magnetic field in the two sub-lattices of the copper sites in presence of hybridization between the localized 4f electrons of Nd atom and the conduction electrons as well as the f-electron kinetic energy term. The Hamiltonian is solved by Zubarev's Green's function technique and the sub-lattice magnetization is calculated and solved self-consistently. The entropy and specific heat are calculated from the free energy of the system. The temperature dependent entropy and specific heat are numerically evaluated by successive differentiations of sub-lattice magnetization and temperature dependent entropy. It is observed that when the position of the f-level of Nd atom is of the order of hybridization strength, the sub-lattice magnetization is destroyed drastically at lower temperatures. As a result, the specific heat exhibits a large enhancement at low temperatures suggesting the enhancement of the electron density of states and the effective mass of the itinerant electrons exhibiting the heavy fermion character. Similarly, the specific heat shows anomalously sharp jump near the Néel temperature.

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

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    Krueger, S.D.

    2010-03-02

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

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

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

    2013-05-01

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

  11. 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.

  12. International Workshop on Ion Beam Modification and Processing of High Tc- Superconductors: Physics and Devices: Program and Abstracts

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    1989-04-12

    34Electron Microscopy of Defects and Interfaces in High-T, Superconductors" 10:30 Break 11:00 Harry Bernas (Orsay) - "Irradiation Induced Amorphization...H Bernas ,JP Burger C.S.N.S.M. Bat 108 UnlversLtd Paris Sud 91405 Orsay Campus France *Hydrogdne et Ddfauts dans les m~taux UA 803 Bat .150 91405 Orsay...superconductors H. BERNAS and M-O. RUAULT Centre de Spectrometrie Nucldaire et Spectrom6trie de Masse, Bat. 108 91405 Campus - Orsay Cedex, France

  13. Sol-gel processing of precursor for high- Tc superconductors: influence of rhenium on the synthesis of Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O x

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    Sin, A.; Odier, P.; Núñez-Regueiro, M.

    2000-03-01

    A sol-gel method for processing precursors of mercury-cuprates is described. It uses the gelification of a solution by acrylamide polymerisation and may be applied to concentrated solutions if a proper stabilisation of the cations is ensured. The method is described here for Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O x and Re 0.25Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O x but may serve to other precursors. Barium carbonate contamination is avoided in a large extent and Re-addition even helps by its efficient combination at low temperature with barium species. The precursor, with Re, might be handled without complicated precautions. Superconductors have been prepared in this way with an excellent homogeneity and high Tc.

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

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    Zareapour, Parisa; Hayat, Alex; Zhao, Shu Yang F.; ...

    2014-12-09

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

  15. Lorentz microscopy observation of vortices in high-Tc superconductors using a 1-MV field emission transmission electron microscope.

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    Harada, Ken

    2013-06-01

    Lorentz microscopy has opened the door to observing a single quantized magnetic flux line (i.e. a vortex) and its dynamic behavior inside a superconductor in real time. It resulted from the efforts of Dr Akira Tonomura and his collaborators, who developed a field emission electron microscope and advanced the technologies used for visualizing vortices (e.g. a low-temperature specimen stage and a magnetic-field application system). They used a 1-MV field emission transmission electron microscope with an electron beam that can penetrate thick specimens of high-temperature superconductors (Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and YB2C3O7-δ) to reveal the flux-line features inside materials and their interactions with defects. This memorial paper reviews the results of research in the area of vortex matter physics.

  16. Temperature dependence of thermal and electrical conductivity of Bi-based high- Tc (2 2 2 3) superconductor

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    Gul, I. H.; Anis-ur-Rehman, M.; Maqsood, A.

    2006-12-01

    Superconducting samples with nominal composition Bi 1.6Pb 0.4Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O δ were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction technique. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, dc electrical resistivity, ac magnetic susceptibility and thermal conductivity. The X-ray diffraction studies were done at room temperature and the lattice constants of the material were determined by indexing all the peaks. All the above measurements show that, there exists two phases i.e. high- Tc (2 2 2 3) and low- Tc (2 2 1 2). The information obtained from dc electrical resistivity data agrees with ac magnetic susceptibility measurements. The onset temperature Tc (onset) and zero resistivity temperature Tc ( R = 0) of the samples remains within the temperature 120 ± 1 K and 103 ± 1 K. Thermal conductivity has been measured with a transient plane source (TPS) technique in the temperature range 77-300 K. The estimation of the electrical resistivity change due to scattering by phonons and impurities has been discussed. An increase in thermal conductivity is observed above and below Tc ( R = 0). The electron-phonon scattering time, phonon-limited mobility and the size of the electron-phonon constant are also calculated. Wiedemann-Franz law is applied to gain prediction about the magnitude of electronic and phonon contribution to the total thermal conductivity of the samples. It is observed that heat is mainly conducted by the phonons in this system.

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

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

    1994-12-31

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  19. Modelling the interactions between magnets and granular high-Tc superconductor material with a finite-element method

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    Hofmann, C.; Ries, G.

    2001-01-01

    A computational model for the interaction of magnets with HTS material of arbitrary grain size and critical current density is presented. The two-dimensional solution technique is based on a finite-element method and the superconductor is assumed to obey a power-law voltage-current characteristic. The currents inside the grains are generated by the periodic movement of a magnet stack consisting of permanent magnets and iron shims which gives an exciting field with a strong gradient. The considered application of this is a so-called high magnetic gradient bearing. The motivation for this work was to investigate the dependence of the levitation force and loss on the grain size and the intragrain jc.

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

  1. Resonance in the electron-doped high-transition-temperature superconductor Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-delta.

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

    2006-07-06

    In conventional superconductors, the interaction that pairs the electrons to form the superconducting state is mediated by lattice vibrations (phonons). In high-transition-temperature (high-T(c)) copper oxides, it is generally believed that magnetic excitations might play a fundamental role in the superconducting mechanism because superconductivity occurs when mobile 'electrons' or 'holes' are doped into the antiferromagnetic parent compounds. Indeed, a sharp magnetic excitation termed 'resonance' has been observed by neutron scattering in a number of hole-doped materials. The resonance is intimately related to superconductivity, and its interaction with charged quasi-particles observed by photoemission, optical conductivity, and tunnelling suggests that it might play a part similar to that of phonons in conventional superconductors. The relevance of the resonance to high-T(c) superconductivity, however, has been in doubt because so far it has been found only in hole-doped materials. Here we report the discovery of the resonance in electron-doped superconducting Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-delta (T(c) = 24 K). We find that the resonance energy (E(r)) is proportional to T(c) via E(r) approximately 5.8k(B)T(c) for all high-T(c) superconductors irrespective of electron- or hole-doping. Our results demonstrate that the resonance is a fundamental property of the superconducting copper oxides and therefore must be essential in the mechanism of superconductivity.

  2. Time-resolved neutron diffraction investigation of the effect of hydrogen on the high- Tc superconductor YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ

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    Balagurov, A. M.; Mironova, G. M.; Rudnickij, L. A.; Galkin, V. Ju.

    1990-12-01

    The results of a time-resolved neutron diffraction investigation of the interaction of hydrogen flow with the high- Tc superconductor YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ are presented. The experiment was carried out on the TOF diffractometer DN-2 at the reactor IBR-2 in Dubna. Hydrogenation was performed on small pieces of 1-2-3 ceramics which were enclosed inside a quartz tube. The sample was heated up to 350°C at a constant rate of 5°C/min. Diffraction patterns were collected every 3 min within the dhkl-interval of 1-20 Å. Up to 220°C the refinement yielded the well-known orthorhombic phase of the 1-2-3 structure without any remarkable reduction of the ( b- a)/( a+ b) ratio. Below this temperature the only change in the specimen was a gradual increase of the incoherent background which occured even at room temperature. Once the temperature of 220°C was reached, sample degradation took place as evidence by precipitation of metallic copper, a drastic increase of background and widening of the diffraction peaks. Simultaneously, the occupancy of O(4)+ O(5) sites fell to 0.6. No evidence was found for the formation of a solid solution of hydrogen in 1-2-3 structure.

  3. The critical current density, irreversibility line, and flux pinning properties of Ba2CaCu2O4(O,F)2 high-Tc superconductor

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    Shirage, P. M.; Tanaka, Y.; Iyo, A.

    2010-05-01

    The high-Tc superconductor of Ba2CaCu2O4(O,F)2 (F-0212) is an appealing material for application as it has a simple crystal structure with a highest Tc of 108 K. We have derived the intragrain critical current density (Jc), irreversibility field (Birr), flux pinning properties, etc., for the polycrystalline samples from under doping (Tc=82 K) to slightly-over doping (Tc=106 K) from the dc magnetization hysteresis loops. The Jc and Birr properties were found to improve rapidly as the doping state changes from under doping to slightly-over doping. Here we show that property of the spacing is crucial to enhance Birr as well as its thickness. An anisotropy factor for under doped Ba2CaCu2O4F2 was reckoned to 118 from a three-dimensional-two-dimensional crossover field of about 0.28 T. The double logarithmic plot of irreversibility field versus [1-(T /Tc)] analysis hints that the flux line melting model is adopted. Analysis of the normalized pinning force reveals that a surface pinning mechanism is dominant and reduced magnetic field bmax=0.2 agree with surface pinning mechanism with closely spaced pins.

  4. Critical current densities and irreversibility fields of new high- Tc Ba 2CaCu 2O 4(O,F) 2 superconductor

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

    2008-04-01

    Ba2CaCu2O4(O2-yFy) (F-0212), a new high-Tc superconductor (HTSC) including fluorine at an apical site, is an attractive material for application because it shows a highest Tc of 108 K and has thin spacing between conduction layers that is favorable for high critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr). The polycrystalline samples of F-0212 were synthesized under high pressure. A doping state was controlled from under doping (Tc = 82 K) to slightly-over doping (Tc = 106 K) via optimally-doping (Tc = 108 K). From the DC magnetization hysteresis loops, we determined the intragrain Jc and Birr using Bean's critical state model. The Jc and Birr properties of F-0212 were found to improve rapidly as the doping state changes from under doping to slightly-over doping to via optimally doping state. The irreversibility lines for the optimally- and slightly-over doped F-0212 are higher than optimally-doped Bi-2212. However, they are much lower than that of Cu-1212 (Y-123) though the spacing of F-0212 is thinner than that of Cu-1212. This indicates that property of the spacing is important to enhance Birr as well as its thickness. An anisotropy factor for under doped F-0212 was estimated to 118 from a 3D-2D crossover field of about 0.28 T.

  5. Neutron-Spin Resonance in the Optimally Electron-Doped Superconductor Nd{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4-{delta}}

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    Zhao Jun; Li Shiliang; Dai Pengcheng; Freeman, Paul G.; Onose, Y.; Tokura, Y.

    2007-07-06

    We use inelastic neutron scattering to probe magnetic excitations of an optimally electron-doped superconductor Nd{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4-{delta}} above and below its superconducting transition temperature T{sub c}=25 K. In addition to gradually opening a spin pseudogap at the antiferromagnetic ordering wave vector Q=(1/2,1/2,0), the effect of superconductivity is to form a resonance centered also at Q=(1/2,1/2,0) but at energies above the spin pseudogap. The intensity of the resonance develops like a superconducting order parameter, similar to those for hole-doped superconductors and electron-doped Pr{sub 0.88}LaCe{sub 0.12}CuO{sub 4}. The resonance is therefore a general phenomenon of cuprate superconductors, and must be fundamental to the mechanism of high-T{sub c} superconductivity.

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

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

    2016-11-01

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

  7. Interaction between localized and conduction-electron spins in the high-Tc superconductor Gd:EuBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Shaltiel, D.; Noble, C.; Pilbrow, J.; Hutton, D.; Walker, E.

    1996-05-01

    This work studies the spin-spin interaction between the conduction electrons and localized spins in high-Tc superconductors. We report the ESR at 9.74 GHz of low concentration of Gd substituting the Eu in single crystals of EuBa2Cu3O6+x (x~=0.85). At low temperatures just above Tc, the Gd ESR spectra in the c axis direction is almost resolved. With increasing temperature, exchange effects narrow most of the spectrum into a line close to g=2.00 except the 7/2⇆5/2 transition, which remains partially resolved. This transition has a Dysonian line shape and shows a Korringa behavior. The narrowing of the spectra and the Korringa behavior indicate an exchange coupling between the conduction electrons and the Gd spin systems, and can be analyzed by the Barnes-Plefka theory. From the linewidth broadening of the 7/2⇆5/2 transition and the Barnes-Plefka theory we obtain a Korringa constant ΔHK/T=0.5 G/K. From this value we calculated the exchange interaction JSs between the Gd spins, S, and the conduction electrons, s, using reported values for conduction electron susceptibility. We obtain JSs=0.5+/-0.1×10-3 eV, a value that is two or three orders of magnitude smaller than those observed in metals. It explains the small effect of magnetic ions on the Tc in the RBa2Cu3O6+x compounds. (R = rare earth). From the angular dependent spectra of Gd:EuBa2Cu3O6+x we obtain zero field terms of b02=-1800 MHz, b04=-180 MHz, and b44=+600 MHz. These values are not significantly different from those obtained for Gd in YBa2Cu3O6+x.

  8. Electronic transport measurements in the electron-doped high-temperature superconductor Praseodymium(2-x) Cerium(x) Copper (II) oxide(4+-delta)

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    Bach, Paul Leonard

    2011-12-01

    This thesis is composed of four major parts centered around the electron-doped superconductor Pr2-xCexCuO4+/-delta: angular magnetoresistance studies of antiferromagnetism, doping effects of oxygenation, Tc enhancement by the creation of superlattices, and comparison of high-temperature resistivity with the pnictides. The first part focuses on transport measurements of the magnetism in Pr2-xCexCuO4+/-delta and La 2-xCexCuO4+/-delta. It was found that the thermal evolution of the angular dependence of magnetoresistance in Pr 2-xCexCuO4+/-delta can be used to determine the Neel temperature in that material. This angular magnetoresistance technique was also applied to La2-xCexCuO4+/-delta ; evidence for antiferromagnetism in this system was observed as well. This section additionally develops angular magnetoresistance as a useful probe in other cuprate projects here described. The second part investigates over-oxygenated and irradiated Pr2-x CexCuO4+/-delta, in under- and optimal dopings. Resistivity, Hall effect, and angular magnetoresistance measurements show oxygen both doping and disordering the system, in agreement with over-doped films. The evolution of both the Hall effect and angular magnetoresistance shows that over-oxygenation results in significant changes in the number of charge carriers, regardless of the increase in scattering incurred. Additionally, this study indicates that annealing primarily removes apical oxygen, rather than other proposed behaviors. The third part studies multi-layer films of Pr2-xCex CuO4+/-delta and La2-xCexCuO 4+/-delta. These superlattices exhibit a significant Tc enhancement over component layers' T cs. Interface effects are excluded as a source of this Tc increase based upon critical current measurments. The Tc enhancement is found to be due to charge redistribution. Based on Hall and angular magnetoresistance measurements, the result of this redistribution is slightly net-under-doped films. The fourth part uses Pr2-xCexCuO4

  9. A limit on spin-charge separation in high-Tc superconductors from the absence of a vortex-memory effect.

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    Bonn, D A; Wynn, J C; Gardner, B W; Lin, Y J; Liang, R; Hardy, W N; Kirtley, J R; Moler, K A

    There is a long-standing debate about whether spin-charge separation is the root cause of the peculiar normal-state properties and high superconducting transition temperatures of the high-Tc materials. In the proposed state of matter, the elementary excitations are not electron-like, as in conventional metals, but rather the electron 'fractionalizes' to give excitations that are chargeless spin-1/2 fermions (spinons) and charge +e bosons (chargons). Although spin-charge separation has been well established in one dimension, the theoretical situation for two dimensions is controversial and experimental evidence for it in the high-Tc materials is indirect. A model with sharp experimental tests for a particular type of separation in two dimensions has recently been proposed. Here we report the results of those experimental tests, placing a conservative upper limit of 190 K on the energy of the proposed topological defects known as visons. There is still debate about the extent to which this experiment can settle the issue of spin-charge separation in the high-Tc copper oxides, because some forms of the separation are able to avoid the need for visons. But at least one class of theories that all predict a vortex-memory effect now are unlikely models for the copper oxides.

  10. Preparation and physical properties of polycrystalline (Bi{sub 1{minus}x}Pb{sub x}){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} high {Tc} superconductors

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    Awan, M.S.; Maqsood, M.; Mirza, S.A.; Yousaf, M.; Maqsood, A.

    1995-02-01

    (Bi{sub 1{minus}x}Pb{sub x}){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (x = 0.3) high critical transition temperature ({Tc}) superconductors are synthesized by the solid-state reaction method in polycrystalline form. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, direct current (dc) electrical resistivity measurements, scanning electron microscopic (SEM) studies, critical current density measurements and zero-field alternating current (ac) susceptibility measurements are performed to investigate the physical changes, structural changes, and magnetic behavior of the superconducting samples. X-ray diffraction studies show that a high {Tc} phase exists with orthorhombic symmetry in the specimen. According to the XRD data, the lattice parameters of the high {Tc} phase were determined as a = 0.537(1) nm, b = 0.539(1) nm, and c = 3.70(1) nm. The compound exhibits a superconducting transition at 106 {plus_minus} 1 K for zero resistance. The ac susceptibility measurements in zero field confirm the dc electrical resistivity results; hence both support the XRD results. The particle size and structural changes as a function of the cold-pressing and aging effect are also reported.

  11. Temperature dependence of the upper critical field of high- Tc superconductors from isothermal magnetization data: influence of a temperature dependent Ginzburg-Landau parameter

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    Landau, I. L.; Ott, H. R.

    2003-11-01

    We show that the scaling procedure, recently proposed for the evaluation of the temperature variation of the normalized upper critical field of type-II superconductors, may easily be modified in order to take into account a possible temperature dependence of the Ginzburg-Landau parameter κ. As an example we consider κ( T) as it follows from the microscopic theory of superconductivity.

  12. Strong correlations and the search for high-Tc superconductivity in chromium pnictides and chalcogenides

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    Pizarro, J. M.; Calderón, M. J.; Liu, J.; Muñoz, M. C.; Bascones, E.

    2017-02-01

    Undoped iron superconductors accommodate n =6 electrons in five d orbitals. Experimental and theoretical evidence shows that the strength of correlations increases with hole doping, as the electronic filling approaches half filling with n =5 electrons. This evidence delineates a scenario in which the parent compound of iron superconductors is the half-filled system, in analogy to cuprate superconductors. In cuprates the superconductivity can be induced upon electron or hole doping. In this work we propose to search for high-Tc superconductivity and strong correlations in chromium pnictides and chalcogenides with n <5 electrons. By means of ab initio slave-spin and multiorbital random-phase-approximation calculations we analyze the strength of the correlations and the superconducting and magnetic instabilities in these systems with the main focus on LaCrAsO. We find that electron-doped LaCrAsO is a strongly correlated system with competing magnetic interactions, with (π ,π ) antiferromagnetism and nodal d -wave pairing being the most plausible magnetic and superconducting instabilities, respectively.

  13. Temperature dependence of the hole density in high-TC superconductors Bi2-yPbySr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Ghafari, A.; Janowitz, C.; Ariffin, A. K.; Dwelk, H.; Krapf, A.; Manzke, R.

    2013-02-01

    One of the most puzzling anomalies of high-TC cuprates is the strong temperature dependence of the Hall coefficient (RH) and the hole density (nH). Gor’kov and Teitel’baum (GT) proposed by using experimental data of La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) a two fluid model. The number of holes per Cu atom nH, changes with temperature according to nH(T,x) = n0(x) + n1(x)exp(-Δ(x)/T) [1]. To clarify the temperature dependence of nH we have determined nH from X-ray absorption spectra (XAS) at the CuL3 edge for nearly optimum and slightly underdoped Bi2-yPbySr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystals yielding directly the absolute value of nH in the CuO2 planes and also its change with temperature nH(T). It shows pronounced structures between 10 K and 300 K. The temperature dependence puts constraints to the applicability of previously developed models: (i) the two-band model without any explicit temperature dependence and (ii) the formula of GT, because the latter is not able to fit our data over the whole temperature range from 10 K to 300 K. Instead the thermal behavior of nH proposes a function with at least three terms, i.e. a third term added to the formula of GT is of exponential form ∼T3/2.

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

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

    2005-03-01

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

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

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

    1994-12-31

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

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

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    2011-08-11

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

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  19. EPR, magnetization, and resistivity studies in doped (4-f or 3-d ions) and undoped RBa2Cu3Oy high TC superconductors (R=Y,Pr,Nd,Eu,Gd,Ho,Er, or Yb) (abstract)

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    Vier, D. C.; Smyth, J. F.; Salling, C. T.; Schultz, S.; Dalichaouch, Y.; Lee, B. W.; Yang, K. N.; Torikachvili, M.; Maple, M. B.; Oseroff, S. B.; Fisk, Z.; Thompson, J. D.; Smith, J. L.; Zirngiebl, E.

    1988-04-01

    We have measured electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), resistivity, and dc susceptibility from 2 to 300 K for the oxide high Tc superconductors (R)Ba2Cu3Oy (R=Y,Pr,Nd,Eu,Gd,Ho,Er,Tm, or Yb). Selected systems were doped with 3-d ions (Cr,Mn,Fe,Ni,Co, or Zn) or 4-f ions (Gd or Er) which presumably substitute for the Cu or R site, respectively. In the systems studied we have observed an EPR line at low temperatures (T<40 K), which exhibits an increase in intensity and decrease in field for resonance as the temperature is lowered. The ESR linewidth is also temperature dependent and exhibits a minimum at about 15 K. An additional EPR line that can be associated with a Gd3+, Mn2+ or Er3+ ion was observed for those samples where these ions were present as dilute impurities. In some of the samples another EPR signal is observed with properties that depend on sample preparation conditions. The behavior and origin of all lines will be discussed. The variation of Tc with concentration of the added impurities over the range (1%-15%) will also be presented, and compared with previous studies in other superconducting systems.

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  1. STM tunneling spectroscopy on high Tc superconductors

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    Hasegawa, T.; Nantoh, M.; Ogino, M.

    1995-08-01

    STM tunneling spectroscopy has been performed on the bulk single crystals of BiSrCaCuO (BSCCO) and the epitaxial thin films of YBaCuO (YBCO) at cryogenic temperatures. The STM images and tunneling spectra observed on the (001) surfaces can be classified into three cases; (1) Atomic image is visible. However, the tunneling spectrum shows semiconducting or smeared superconducting gap structures, depending on the tip-sample distance. (2) Clear atomic image can be obtained. But, the tunneling spectrum shows flat bottom region with quite low zero bias conductance. (3) Tunneling spectra demonstrate gapless behavior, independent of the tip-sample separation. These observations support the quasi-2D electronic picture in which s-wave like 2D superconducting layers are coupled with each other through the Josephson effect.

  2. EM Properties of High Tc Superconductors

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    1992-06-01

    those calculated by Kes and van den Berg’ 9 for pinning 12A. M. CamDbell and J. Evetts, Adv. Phys. 21. 199 (1972). by twin boundaries . Our...consstet wih dnsey poulaed pnni 9~nter. ao ’J. Clem, in Proceedings of the International Conf’erence on pinning due to twin boundaries is Unlikely to be the

  3. Phase diagrams for high Tc superconductors

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    Whitler, J.D.; Roth, R.S. NIST, Gaithersburg, MD )

    1991-01-01

    The phase diagrams of ternary and quaternary systems containing superconducting phases are presented, as are the phase diagrams of the associated binary systems. The diagrams are divided into two large groups: (1) alkaline earth-rare earth-copper-oxygen diagrams, and (2) alkaline earth-bismuth/lead-copper-oxygen diagrams. The first group includes BaO-REO-CuO systems followed by SrO-REO-CuO or Nd2O3-CeO-CuO systems. The second group includes systems related to the AE-Bi2O3-CuO and AE-PbO-CuO systems. The phase diagrams are accompanied by notes relating procedures used in the studies, results obtained, and comparisons with the results in the literature for the same system.

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

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

    2017-02-01

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

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

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    Iimura, Soshi; Matsuishi, Satoru; Hosono, Hideo

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  7. Analysis and characterization of high- Tc superconducting planar transmission lines for microwave circuit components

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    Kong Keonshik.

    1991-01-01

    A loss modeling of high {Tc} superconducting planar transmission lines is presented in this dissertation. Transmission structures such as microstrip lines, coplanar waveguides and conductor backed coplanar waveguides are investigated for implementation of a high-{Tc} superconductor. Also, short pulse propagation in the superconducting coplanar stripline is characterized. The motivation for this work is to provide an analytical basis for the effective application of a high {Tc} superconductor to planar transmission lines for microwave components. First, a loss characterization of the various high {Tc} superconducting microstrip line structures is presented in which either the strip or the ground plane is a high {Tc} superconductor. In the analysis, the internal impedances in the strip and the ground plane are separately calculated, and the total internal impedance is obtained by the superposition of the internal impedances. Next, the characteristic of a superconducting coplanar waveguide is investigated and compared with a superconducting microstrip line.

  8. High Tc superconducting materials and devices

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    Haertling, Gene H.

    1990-01-01

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

  9. High Tc superconducting materials and devices

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    Haertling, Gene H.

    1990-09-01

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

  10. Graphoepitaxial high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Faley, M. I.; Meertens, D.; Poppe, U.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.

    2014-05-01

    The fabrication process and physical properties of graphoepitaxially engineered high-Tc direct current superconducting quantum interferometer devices (DC SQUIDs) are studied. Double buffer layers, each comprising a graphoepitaxial seed layer of YBa2Cu3O7-x and an epitaxial blocking layer of SrTiO3, were deposited over textured step edges on (001) surfaces of MgO substrates. Scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to investigate the microstructural properties of DC SQUIDs with graphoepitaxial Josephson junctions. Both direct coupled and inductively coupled high-Tc DC SQUIDs with graphoepitaxial step edge junctions and flux transformers were studied.

  11. Research on high Tc superconducting compounds

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    Oliver, Frederick W. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

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

  12. 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.

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

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    Sugiura, Toshihiko; Fujimori, Hideki

    1996-05-01

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

  14. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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

    2016-01-01

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

  15. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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

    2016-03-01

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

  16. Structural and superconducting properties of co-doped YBa2-xLaxCu3-xMxOz and La-free YBa2Cu3-xMxOz (M = Al, Zn) high-TC superconductors

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    Hao, S. J.; Jin, W. T.; Guo, C. Q.; Zhang, H.

    2012-05-01

    Two co-doped high-Tc superconducting systems, YBa2-xLaxCu3-xAlxOz and YBa2-xLaxCu3-xZnxOz (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.3), both of which have not been reported up to the present, were synthesized. The structural and superconducting properties have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and DC magnetization measurement. Comparing the properties of these co-doped systems with single-doped systems YBa2Cu3-xAlxOz and YBa2Cu3-xZnxOz, it shows that in the Al-single-doped YBCO system, the depression of the critical temperature (Tc) with doping is stronger than that in (La, Al)-co-doped system, however, in the Zn-single-doped system, the Tc descends slower than that in (La, Zn)-co-doped system. This is possibly due to the opposite change of the distance between the Ba site and the CuO2 plane induced by the La doping. Besides, the La doping has another effect of improving the solid solubility compared with the Al- or Zn-single-doped system.

  17. Layer-engineering of high-Tc superconductors: (Cu,Mo)Sr2(Ce,Y)4Cu2O13+delta with a quadruple-fluorite-layer block between CuO2 planes.

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    Grigoraviciute, Inga; Yamauchi, Hisao; Karppinen, Maarit

    2007-03-07

    Among high-Tc superconductive copper oxides, there have been known phases that contain fluorite-structured layers as an additional "blocking block" between adjacent CuO2 planes. Here, we report that even a phase with the CuO2 planes separated by a 12-A thick quadruple-fluorite-layer block can be synthesized in a single phase and strongly oxygenated form to exhibit superconductivity with a Tc value as high as 55 K. The new phase is the fourth member of the (Cu,Mo)Sr2(Ce,Y)sCu2O(5+2s+delta) or (Cu,Mo)-12s2 homologous series. Comparison with the previously known s = 1, 2, and 3 members of the series reveals the amazing conclusion that Tc remains essentially unaffected upon inserting additional fluorite-structured layers between the two CuO2 planes as long as the hole-doping level of the planes is kept constant.

  18. High-{Tc} superconducting superlattices

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    Wood, R.F.

    1993-06-01

    Superlattices composed of YBa{sub 2}CU{sub 3}O{sub 7} and PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} have been studied extensively experimentally and several theoretical attempts to correlate the resistivity as a function of temperature with the superlattice structure have appeared in the literature. The theoretical interest in such structures comes about primarily because of insight into dimensionality effects, interlayer coupling, and interlayer charge redistribution in high-T {sub c}, superconductors. On the experimental side, there are possibilities for device applications that are just now beginning to be explored. After an overview of the experimental work and a discussion of charge transfer calculations, a description of how the experimental data can be explained using a model that incorporates Kosterlitz-Thouless (vortex-antivortex unbinding) and Azlamazov-Larkin (fluctuation-enhanced conductivity) theories in the resistive transition region and charge-transfer effects, variable-range hopping, etc. in the normal state. Difficulty in disentangling charge transfer and dimensionality effects in determining the nominal transition temperature is pointed out and other mechanisms that influence the width of the resistive transition are considered.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  20. Optical and Hall conductivities of a thermally disordered two-dimensional spin-density wave : two-particle response in the pseudogap regime of electron-doped high-T{sub c} superconductors.

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    Lin, J.; Millis, A. J.

    2011-03-18

    We calculate the frequency-dependent longitudinal ({sigma}{sub xx}) and Hall ({sigma}{sub xy}) conductivities for two-dimensional metals with thermally disordered antiferromagnetism using a generalization of a theoretical model, involving a one-loop quasistatic fluctuation approximation, which was previously used to calculate the electron self-energy. The conductivities are calculated from the Kubo formula, with current vertex function treated in a conserving approximation satisfying the Ward identity. In order to obtain a finite dc limit, we introduce phenomenologically impurity scattering, characterized by a relaxation time {tau}. {sigma}{sub xx}({Omega}) satisfies the f-sum rule. For the infinitely peaked spin-correlation function, {chi}(q){proportional_to}{delta}(q-Q), we recover the expressions for the conductivities in the mean-field theory of the ordered state. When the spin-correlation length {zeta} is large but finite, both {sigma}{sub xx} and {sigma}{sub xy} show behaviors characteristic of the state with long-range order. The calculation runs into difficulty for {Omega} {approx}< 1/{tau}. The difficulties are traced to an inaccurate treatment of the very-low-energy density of states within the one-loop quasistatic approximation for the self-energy. The results for {sigma}{sub xx}({Omega}) and {sigma}{sub xy}({Omega}) are qualitatively consistent with data on electron-doped cuprates when {Omega} > 1/{tau}.

  1. Effects of non-magnetic doping on high- Tc cuprates

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    Ming-wen, Xiao; Zheng-zhong, Li; Da-ning, Shi

    1992-11-01

    The Anderson lattice model (ALM) is adopted to study the substitution effects of non-magnetic impurities at Cu-sites on the properties of high- Tc superconductors by the slave-boson technique. We found that they can weaken the effective strength of Cu O hybridization and lower the characteristic temperature Tk of the normal state. The ability of these effects to depress superconductivity is proved to be important and not negligible. Non-magnetic impurities turn out to be pair-breaking and responsible for the quick decreasing of Tc because of the energy dependence of the superconducting order parameter in ALM. Particularly, the linear relationship between Tc and doping concentration in the dilute case is obtained analytically, which is in good agreement with experiment.

  2. 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.

  3. Five Possible Reasons why HIGH-Tc Superconductivity is Stalled

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    Grether, M.; de Llano, M.

    2007-09-01

    Five commonly held premises considered questionable assumptions in the microscopic theory of superconductivity are discussed as possible reasons why the search appears to be stalled for a theoretical framework, admittedly ambitious, capable of predicting materials with critical temperatures Tc higher than the 1993 record of 164K in HgTlBaCaCuO (under pressure). We focus the dilemma as a whole in terms of a generalized Bose-Einstein condensation (GBEC) interpretation that includes and further extends BCS theory, as well as substantially enhancing its predicted Tcs within the electron-phonon mechanism producing pairing. The new GBEC model is an extension of the Friedberg-T.D. Lee 1989 boson-fermion BEC theory of high-Tc superconductors in that it includes hole pairs as well as electron pairs.

  4. Five Possible Reasons why HIGH-Tc Superconductivity is Stalled

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    Grether, M.; de Llano, M.

    Five commonly held premises considered questionable assumptions in the microscopic theory of superconductivity are discussed as possible reasons why the search appears to be stalled for a theoretical framework, admittedly ambitious, capable of predicting materials with critical temperatures Tc higher than the 1993 record of 164K in HgTlBaCaCuO (under pressure). We focus the dilemma as a whole in terms of a generalized Bose-Einstein condensation (GBEC) interpretation that includes and further extends BCS theory, as well as substantially enhancing its predicted Tcs within the electron-phonon mechanism producing pairing. The new GBEC model is an extension of the Friedberg-T.D. Lee 1989 boson-fermion BEC theory of high-Tc superconductors in that it includes hole pairs as well as electron pairs.

  5. Superconducting bolometers: high-Tc and low-Tc

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    Richards, Paul L.

    1991-07-01

    A description is given of recent work at Berkeley on superconducting detectors and mixers for infrared and millimeter wavelengths. The first report is a review article which summarizes the status of development of superconducting components for infrared and millimeter wave receivers. Next, a report is given on measurements and theoretical modeling of the absorptivity (surface resistance) of high quality epitaxial films of the high-Tc superconductor YBCO from 750 GHz to 21 THz. The next report describes measurements of the thermal boundary resistance between YBCO films and various substrates. This resistance is much larger than expected from the acoustic impedance mismatch model and gives a thermal time constant in the nanosecond range for typical YBCO films. Reports are also included on the design and experimental performance of two different types of high-Tc bolometric detectors. One is a conventional bolometer with a gold-black absorber. The other is an antenna coupled microbolometer. The properties of a low-Tc microbolometer are also described. The last reports describe accurate measurements and also theoretical modeling of an SIS quasi-particle waveguide mixer for W-band which uses very high quality Ta junctions. The best mixer noise is only 1.3 times the quantum limit. Both the mixer gain and the noise are in quantitative agreement with the quantum theory.

  6. Theory of High-TC Superconductivity: Accurate Predictions of TC

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    Harshman, Dale; Fiory, Anthony

    2012-02-01

    The superconducting transition temperatures of high-TC compounds based on copper, iron, ruthenium and certain organic molecules is discovered to be dependent on bond lengths, ionic valences, and Coulomb coupling between electronic bands in adjacent, spatially separated layers [1]. Optimal transition temperature, denoted as TC0, is given by the universal expression kBTC0 = e^2λ/lζ; l is the spacing between interacting charges within the layers, ζ is the distance between interacting layers and λ is a universal constant, equal to about twice the reduced electron Compton wavelength (suggesting that Compton scattering plays a role in pairing). Non-optimum compounds in which sample degradation is evident typically exhibit TC < TC0. For the 31+ optimum compounds tested, the theoretical and experimental TC0 agree statistically to within ± 1.4 K. The elemental high-TC building block comprises two adjacent and spatially separated charge layers; the factor e^2/ζ arises from Coulomb forces between them. The theoretical charge structure representing a room-temperature superconductor is also presented. * 1. doi:10.1088/0953-8984/23/29/295701

  7. Development of high-Tc superconductor wires for magnet applications

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    Tenbrink, J.; Heine, K.; Krauth, H.; Wilhelm, M.

    1991-03-01

    Bi-2212/Ag 1-mm round untextured wires have been produced with critical current densities of 1200 A/sq cm at 77 K, 0 T and up to about 2.0 x 10 to the 4th A/sq cm at 4.2 K in magnetic fields beyond 20 T. In order to achieve this, a two-step annealing procedure is necessary with a partial melting of the wire core, the melt having a composition near Bi2(Sr,Ca)2Cu1O(6+x). On cooling, the Bi2(Sr,Ca)2Cu1O(6+x) phase appears at 880 C, as revealed by in situ XRD (X-ray diffraction) measurements. Long-term annealing at 840 C leads to the transformation of this phase into the Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O(8+x) phase. The alkaline earth cuprate (Sr,Ca)14Cu24O=40 and CuO occur as major extraneous phases. Helically shaped samples yield a lower jc between 3 x 103 and maximum 1.0 x 10 to the 4th A/sq cm at 4.2 K, 10 T. Cracks due to thermal expansion mismatch with the sample holder and remaining inhomogeneities along the wire are responsible for these lower values. From I-V curves measured at 4.2 K, n-values were determined to be 20 to 25 in the interesting very-high-field region beyond 20 T. Bi-2223/Ag highly textured thin tapes yield an appreciably higher jc of 2.6 x 10 to the 4th A/sq cm at 77 K, 0 T. Temperature-dependent measurements of jc as a function of magnetic field B yielded onset of significant flux creep above 20 K, limiting the range of application in magnet technology to the temperature range up to 20 K unless an additional more effective pinning mechanism is introduced.

  8. 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.

  9. Vortex dynamics and correlated disorder in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Vinokur, V.M.

    1993-08-01

    We develop a theory for the vortex motion in the presence of correlated disorder in the form of the twin boundaries and columnar defects. Mapping vortex trajectories onto boson world lines enables us to establish the duality of the vortex transport in the systems with correlated disorder and hopping conductivity of charged particles in 2D systems. A glassy-like dynamics of the vortex lines with zero linear-resistivity and strongly nonlinear current-voltage behavior as V {proportional_to} exp[{minus} const/J{sup {mu}}] in a Bose glass state is predicted.

  10. Magnetic and thermal properties of high Tc superconductors

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    Lee, Wonchoon.

    1990-09-21

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

  11. Program to Study AC Loss in High-Tc Superconductors

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-11-02

    larger), which is assumed here. Then since one can always write (27) t ■" »trwuport + »nwgiwtlMtlon v ’ the intragrain current is all...as in (25), since the direction of the intragrain current depends on the local electric field inside a grain. The only transport-like current comes...that of the intragrain circulating current or that of percolation loops are important, the high-Te case is quite different from the low-T« case

  12. Studying the kinetics of magnetization in high Tc superconductors

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    Turchinskaya, Marina

    1993-01-01

    The first microscopic maps of magnetic induction in YBa2Cu3O(7-x) crystals which directly show the dependence of flux flow on twin density and polytwin block and twin boundary orientation are reported. These maps were obtained by means of a recently-improved magneto-optical imaging technique. Pinning was lowest in untwinned regions and increased with increasing twin density. An isotropy in twin boundary pinning, defined as the ratio of the magnetic induction gradient across twin boundaries to that along twin boundaries, was 10 at 17 K; this ratio increased with increasing temperature. In polycrystals, twin boundaries also had a strongly anisotropic effect on flux flow into a grain from a grain boundary.

  13. Environmental considerations for application of high Tc superconductors in space

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    Carlberg, I. A.; Kelliher, W. C.; Wise, S. A.; Hooker, M. W.; Buckley, J. D.

    1993-01-01

    The impact of the environmental factors on the performance of the superconductive devices during spaceflight missions is reviewed. Specific factors typical of spaceflight are addressed to evaluate superconductive devices for space-based applications including preflight storage, radiation, vibration, and thermal cycling.

  14. Studying the kinetics of magnetization in high Tc superconductors

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1993-01-01

    We report the first microscopic maps of magnetic induction in YBa2Cu3O(7-x) crystals which directly show the dependence of flux flow on twin density, polytwin block, and twin boundary orientation. These maps were obtained by means of a recently-improved magneto-optical imaging technique. Pinning was lowest in untwinned regions and increasing with increasing twin density. Anisotropy in twin boundary pinning, defined as the ratio of the magnetic induction gradient across twin boundaries to that along twin boundaries, was 10 at 17 K; this ratio increased with increasing temperature. In polycrystals, twin boundaries also had a strongly anisotropic effect on flux flow into a grain from a grain boundary.

  15. Dipolar clusters and ferroelectricity in high Tc superconductors

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    Kusmartsev, F. V.; Saarela, M.

    2015-08-01

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

  16. Magnetism and electron pairing in high-Tc superconductors

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    Tsang, T.

    1990-01-01

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

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

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

    1999-01-01

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

  18. Vortex movement and magnetization of high Tc superconductors

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

    1991-01-01

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

  19. 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.

  20. NEUTRON SCATTERING STUDY OF THE HIGH-Tc SUPERCONDUCTING SYSTEM YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Rossat-Mignod, J.; Regnault, L. P.; Bourges, P.; Burlet, P.; Vettier, C.; Henry, J. Y.

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * The neutron scattering technique * Phase diagrams of high-Tc superconductors * The undoped AF-doped * The doped AF-state * The weakly-doped metallic state * The heavily-doped metallic state * The overdoped metallic state * Discussion and concluding remarks * Acknowledgements * References

  1. High-Tc SQUID magnetocardiography imaging system.

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    Yang, H C; Hung, S Y; Wu, C H; Chen, J C; Hsu, S J; Liao, S H; Horng, H E

    2004-11-30

    We set up a high-Tc SQUID system for magnetocardiography (MCG) in a moderately magnetically shielded room. The electronically balanced gradiometer consists of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. One reference SQUID was mounted above the sensing SQUID while the sensing SQUID is seated at the bottom of the cryostat. The baseline of the gradiometer is varied from 5 cm to 7 cm. The output of the MCG signal was filtered with the band pass filter (0.5 - 40 Hz) and the power-line filter. The MCG system was used to detect the magnetic signal of the human heart. Equivalent current sources were used to study the inverse problem.

  2. Epitaxial thick film high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Faley, M. I.; Mi, S. B.; Jia, C. L.; Poppe, U.; Urban, K.; Fagaly, R. L.

    2008-02-01

    Low-noise operation of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) in magnetic fields requires high critical current and strong pinning of vortices in the superconducting electrodes and in the flux transformer. Crack-free epitaxial high-Tc dc-SQUID structures with a total thickness ?5 μm and a surface roughness determined by 30 nm high growth spirals were prepared with YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films on MgO substrates buffered by a SrTiO3/BaZrO3-bilayer. HRTEM demonstrated a high quality epitaxial growth of the films. The YBCO films and SQUID structures deposited on the buffered MgO substrates had a superconducting transition temperature Tc exceeding 91 K and critical current densities Jc > 3 MA/cm2 at 77 K up to a thickness ~5 μm. The application of thicker superconducting and insulator films helped us to increase the critical current and dynamic range of the multilayer high-Tc flux transformer and improve the insulation between the superconducting layers. An optimization of SQUID inductance allowed us to fabricate 8 mm SQUID magnetometers with SQUID voltage swings of ~60 μV and a field resolution of ~30 fT/√Hz at 77 K.

  3. Superfluid inhomogeneity and microwave absorption in a model for thin high- Tc superconducting films

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    Barabash, Sergey V.; Stroud, David

    2003-10-01

    We investigate the microwave absorption arising from inhomogeneity in the superfluid density of thin high- Tc superconducting films. Such inhomogeneities may arise from a wide variety of sources, including quenched random disorder and static charge density waves such as stripes. We show that both mechanisms will inevitably produce additional absorption at finite frequencies. We present simple model calculations for this extra absorption, and discuss applications to other transport properties in high- Tc materials. Finally, we discuss the connection of these predictions to recent measurements by Corson et al. (Nature (London) 398 (1999) 221) of absorption by the high-temperature superconductor Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+δ in the THz frequency regime.

  4. Voltage-biased high-{Tc} superconducting infrared bolometers with strong electrothermal feedback

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    Lee, A.T.; Gildemeister, J.M.; Lee, Shih-Fu; Richards, P.L.

    1996-08-01

    In the current generation of high-{Tc} bolometers the thermal conductance is often chosen for a short time-constant rather than for optimal sensitivity. We describe a novel bolometer bias and readout scheme that promises to relax this constraint. Voltage bias of the superconductor results in strong negative electrothermal feedback that greatly reduces the time-constant of the bolometer. We estimate that a decrease of more than one order of magnitude in time-constant should be possible with existing high-Tc thermometers. We give theoretical estimates of the performance gain with voltage bias for several bolometers that have been reported in the literature. We find cases where the sensitivity can be greatly improved (by changing the thermal conductance) while holding the time constant fixed and others where the bolometer can be made much faster while maintaining the sensitivity.

  5. Unconventional high-Tc superconductivity in fullerides.

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    Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Prassides, Kosmas

    2016-09-13

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  7. Magnetization and flux pinning in high-Tc cuprates: Irradiated and oxygen deficient materials

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    Thompson, J. R.; Sun, Yang Ren; Ossandon, J. G.; Christen, D. K.; Kerchner, H. R.; Sales, B. C.; Chakoumakos, B. C.; Civale, L.; Marwick, A. C.; Holtzberg, F.

    1992-11-01

    Recent studies of the intragrain current density J and vortex pinning in high Tc superconductors are surveyed. Materials include Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) and Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8 single crystals and aligned polycrystals. To probe the flux pinning, the strength, number, and morphology of defects were modified. Varying the oxygen content (7-delta) in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) or irradiating the materials with ions, having either light or heavy masses, gives systematic changes in the character of the all-important defects.

  8. Searching for the Genes of Unconventional High Temperature Superconductors

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    Hu, Jiangping

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

  9. High-Tc SQUID Magnetometers for Industrial Applications

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

    1998-03-01

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

  10. A study of high {Tc} superconducting ceramic/metal alloy composites

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    Stevens, M.G.; Du, J.; Lee, R.M; Unsworth, J.; Hely, J.; Hodges, J.

    1995-09-01

    High-{Tc} superconducting ceramic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x}/metal alloy composites were fabricated. The metal matrix was a low melting point alloy of bismuth, lead, tin, cadmium and indium. The structure, DC electrical resistivity, AC magnetic susceptibility, levitation and mechanical strength of the composites were investigated. The influence of filler content on these properties was also studied. The composites behaved as a typical metal with the resistivity increasing with temperature increase and, further, did not undergo the characteristic superconducting transition to zero resistance that is obtained with the ceramic superconductor. On the other hand, the diamagnetic properties of the superconducting ceramic were preserved in the composites. The values of diamagnetic susceptibility and levitation force increase with the volume fraction of the superconducting material. The flexural strength of the composites is improved significantly in comparison with the ceramic superconductor.

  11. Electron Doping a Kagome Spin Liquid

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    Kelly, Z. A.; Gallagher, M. J.; McQueen, T. M.

    2016-10-01

    Herbertsmithite, ZnCu3 (OH )6Cl2 , is a two-dimensional kagome lattice realization of a spin liquid, with evidence for fractionalized excitations and a gapped ground state. Such a quantum spin liquid has been proposed to underlie high-temperature superconductivity and is predicted to produce a wealth of new states, including a Dirac metal at 1 /3 electron doping. Here, we report the topochemical synthesis of electron-doped ZnLix Cu3 (OH )6Cl2 from x =0 to x =1.8 (3 /5 per Cu2 + ). Contrary to expectations, no metallicity or superconductivity is induced. Instead, we find a systematic suppression of magnetic behavior across the phase diagram. Our results demonstrate that significant theoretical work is needed to understand and predict the role of doping in magnetically frustrated narrow band insulators, particularly the interplay between local structural disorder and tendency toward electron localization, and pave the way for future studies of doped spin liquids.

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  13. Detection of the Cracks using High-Tc SQUID

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    Fujii, Tatsuhiko; Hyun-Sung, Tae; Takamatsu, Tsuyoshi; Sakuta, Ken; Itozaki, Hideo

    Eddy current non-distractive evaluation (NDE) is very useful technique for detection of cracks. We use the high-Tc SQUID in this system. First, we respect the result of this measurement by the finite element method. We can detect of the signal from the hole by NDE system with high-Tc SQUID. This result is reasonable to compare with the result of simulation. Finaly, we can detect of the hidden defect under 5mm depth from the sample surface.

  14. A stoichiometry criterion for high T c superconductors

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    Veljković, V.; Lalović, D.

    1989-12-01

    We consider high Tc superconducting materials from point of view of the famous Matthias empirical rules for superconductivity. We point out that for all recently discovered high Tc superconductors the average number of electrons outside of the closed shells per atom is close to 7. We offer a possible explanation of this fact and point to its practical implications.

  15. Investigation of high-Tc superconducting tunnel junction after laser radiation processing

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    Broslavez, U. U.; Fomitchev, A. A.; Yakshin, Mikhail A.

    1995-03-01

    We investigate dynamic resistance (dV/dI) of high-Tc superconducting thin films and tunnel junction after laser radiation processing. The films of YBaCuO were prepared by laser and magnetron ablation on Al2O3 substrates. The tunnel junctions were made by fine silver wires attached to the processing surfaces. The resistance (dV/dI) was determined by a four-probe measurement. The YAG laser operating in Q-switched mode was used to interact with superconductors. The anomaly is observed in the current-voltage curve of the junction after radiation interaction. We observe hysteresis in the shape of V(I) curve. These effects are not observed without laser radiation interaction and in this case the behavior of tunnel junction is described for the standard BCS theory.

  16. Development of a Compact Moving-Sample Magnetometer Using High-Tc Superconducting Quantum Interference Device

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    Mawardi Saari, Mohd; Sakai, Kenji; Kiwa, Toshihiko; Tsukamoto, Akira; Adachi, Seiji; Tanabe, Keiichi; Kandori, Akihiko; Tsukada, Keiji

    2012-04-01

    We developed a compact moving-sample magnetometer that uses a high-temperature superconductor-superconducting quantum interference device (high-Tc SQUID) to directly measure the flux coupled to a normal detection coil from a sample's magnetic moment in the presence of an external DC magnetic field. The moving-sample method is employed by inserting the sample between the poles of a DC electromagnet and vibrating the sample along the axis perpendicular to the external field axis using an actuator at a frequency of 2.693 Hz. First, the magnetic field of the sample is transferred by a first-order differential normal Cu coil to a SQUID for detection. Then, the SQUID output is fed to a lock-in amplifier for detection. The critical feature of the system design is the use of high-Tc SQUID, which enables the realization of a compact system. The basic characteristics of the developed system are presented, and the current system exhibited a detection limit of 1×10-7 emu.

  17. Development of a Compact Moving-Sample Magnetometer Using High-Tc Superconducting Quantum Interference Device

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    Saari, Mohd Mawardi; Sakai, Kenji; Kiwa, Toshihiko; Tsukamoto, Akira; Adachi, Seiji; Tanabe, Keiichi; Kandori, Akihiko; Tsukada, Keiji

    2012-04-01

    We developed a compact moving-sample magnetometer that uses a high-temperature superconductor--superconducting quantum interference device (high-Tc SQUID) to directly measure the flux coupled to a normal detection coil from a sample's magnetic moment in the presence of an external DC magnetic field. The moving-sample method is employed by inserting the sample between the poles of a DC electromagnet and vibrating the sample along the axis perpendicular to the external field axis using an actuator at a frequency of 2.693 Hz. First, the magnetic field of the sample is transferred by a first-order differential normal Cu coil to a SQUID for detection. Then, the SQUID output is fed to a lock-in amplifier for detection. The critical feature of the system design is the use of high-Tc SQUID, which enables the realization of a compact system. The basic characteristics of the developed system are presented, and the current system exhibited a detection limit of 1× 10-7 emu.

  18. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures.

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    Gray, B A; Middey, S; Conti, G; Gray, A X; Kuo, C-T; Kaiser, A M; Ueda, S; Kobayashi, K; Meyers, D; Kareev, M; Tung, I C; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C S; Chakhalian, J; Freeland, J W

    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.

  19. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; Gray, A. X.; Kuo, C.-T.; Kaiser, A. M.; Ueda, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Tung, I. C.; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C. S.; Chakhalian, J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2016-09-01

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.

  20. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In this paper, in pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leadingmore » to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Finally, such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.« less

  1. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; Gray, A. X.; Kuo, C.-T.; Kaiser, A. M.; Ueda, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Tung, I. C.; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C. S.; Chakhalian, J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2016-01-01

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates. PMID:27627855

  2. High Tc superconducting bolometric and nonbolometric infrared (IR) detectors

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    Lakeou, Samuel

    1994-01-01

    The original workplan for the first year of the project includes the following: establishment of a pilot superconductivity application laboratory at UDC to support the research component of the project; research on the source of electrical noise in High Tc superconducting films in order to optimize the film microstructure and lower the NEP; and lay the foundation of an academic support for exposing UDC students to the theory and application of High Tc superconductivity. Attached to this status report are abstracts and the course description for Introduction to Applications of Superconductivity.

  3. An Economical Magnetocardiogram System Based on High-Tc SQUIDs

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    Li, Zhuo; Zhu, Xue-Min; Zhang, Li-Hua; Huang, Xu-Guang; Ren, Yu-Feng; Chen, Geng-Hua; Yang, Qian-Sheng; Feng, Ji

    2006-08-01

    An economical magnetocardiogram (MCG) system is built in our laboratory. It mainly consists of a MCG data acquisition stage equipped with two high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometers, a data processing stage with digital filtering and a one-layer μ-metal magnetically shielded room in conjunction with a high-Tc SQUID based active compensation. Experimental results show that a noise level of pico-tesla in MCG profiles, which is necessary for clinical applications, may be achieved with the system. Moreover, stable and convenient operations of the system are demonstrated with simulating MCG measurements.

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

  5. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices: Status and perspectives

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    Yang, Hong-Chang; Chen, Ji-Chen; Chen, Kuen-Lin; Wu, Chiu-Hsien; Horng, Herng-Er; Yang, S. Y.

    2008-07-01

    In this paper, an overview of the current status of high-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs), from device engineering to biomagnetic applications, is given. The authors offer a description of the current status of SQUID sensors, challenges encountered, and the solution of fabricating SQUID sensors with low flux noises. The current challenge that we face is to fabricate high-Tc SQUIDs that are not only more reproducible than the current technology but also capable of providing a high IcRn product and fabricating SQUID with high yield. Improvement of flux noises and fabrication yield in the integrated multichoices directly coupled SQUID magnetometer or gradiometer with series SQUID array are presented. High-Tc SQUID magnetometers exhibiting magnetic field sensitivity of ˜30-50fT/Hz1/2 or better at 100Hz was demonstrated by incorporating serial SQUID into the pickup loop of the magnetometers. New technologies currently being developed and applications for high-Tc SQUIDs are addressed.

  6. High Tc SQUID Detector for Magnetic Metallic Particles in Products

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Akai, Tomonori; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is an ultra-sensitive magnetic sensor. After the discovery of the high-Tc superconducting materials, the performance of the high-Tc SQUID has been improved and stabilized. One strong candidate for application is a detection system of magnetic foreign matters in industrial products. There is a possibility that ultra-small metallic foreign matter has been accidentally mixed with industrial products such as lithium ion batteries. If this happens, the manufacturer of the product suffers a great loss recalling products. The outer dimension of metallic particles less than 100 micron cannot be detected using X-ray imaging, which is commonly used for the inspection. Therefore a highly sensitive system for small foreign matters is required. We developed detection systems based on high-Tc SQUID for industrial products. We could successfully detect small iron particles of less than 50 micron on a belt conveyer. These detection levels were hard to be achieved using conventional X-ray detection or other methods.

  7. 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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  9. Bio-application of high-Tc SQUID magnetic sensor

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Aspanut, Zarina; Kurita, Hirofumi; Toriyabe, Chika; Hatuskade, Yoshimi; Katsura, Shinji

    2006-05-01

    We propose medical applications using ultra-small magnetic particles and a SQUID magnetic sensor. A high-Tc SQUID system for biological molecules (DNA) detection is one of that. This system is based on a hybridization process. Two strands in a DNA molecule are held together by hydrogen bonds between base pairs like a ladder. The two strands are referred to as being complementary to each other. One strand (sample DNA) was labeled with Fe 3O 4 ultra-small magnetic particles and the other (probe DNA) was anchored on a glass slide. Then they were hybridized each other on the slide. After washing the excess sample DNA, the hybridized DNA was evaluated in the presence of excitation AC field by high-Tc SQUID. The signal was initially proportional to the concentration of the sample DNA and then saturated. It means that the hybridization occurred successfully between the sample DNA and the probe DNA.

  10. 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.

  11. High-temperature superconductors; Proceedings of the Symposium, Boston, MA, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 1987

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    Brodsky, Merwyn B.; Dynes, Robert C.; Kitazawa, Koichi; Tuller, Harry L.

    Papers are presented on neutron diffraction studies of high-Tc superconductors, the preparation of bulk and thick films of YBa2Cu3O(7-y) using a solution technique, the effects of oxygen stoichiometry and oxygen ordering on superconductivity in Y1Ba2Cu3O(9-x), and the n-p transition in YBa2Cu3O(6.5+x). Also considered are high-Tc superconducting oxide films produced from solution precursors, the deposition, fabrication, and characteristics of high critical temperature devices, and the application of gel technology in the preparation of high-Tc perovskite superconductors. Other topics include high-Tc superconducting films from metalloorganic precursors, a photoemission study of the electronic structure of copper oxide superconductors, oxygen stoichiometry in La-Ba-Cu-O perovskites, and the advantages of barium peroxide in the powder synthesis of perovskite superconductors.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. How to optimize high-Tc superconductive cuprates

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    Raveau, B.; Michel, C.; Hervieu, M.; Groult, D.; Maignan, A.; Provost, J.

    1992-06-01

    Several examples are used here to illustrate the way that modifying the structure of high-Tc superconductive cuprates (HTSCs) allows their superconducting properties to be significantly improved. It is shown that energetic heavy ions can be used as projectiles to modify and tailor superconducting properties. In particular, the creation of columnar defects with dimensions of Xi(ab) or more can act as efficient pinning centers for flux lines and can be used to extend the operating field range of HTSCs to substantially higher fields near Tc's. The crucial role of radiation-induced defects in controlling the magnetic hysteresis shape and therefore the critical current density is demonstrated.

  15. Detecting defect in cast iron using high- TC SQUID

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    He, D. F.; Yoshizawa, M.; Oyama, Y.; Nakamura, M.

    2004-10-01

    For eddy-current NDE, due to the big permeability of ferromagnetic material, low testing frequency is needed to detect defects in it. SQUID has advantages in low frequency eddy current NDE. But the large magnetic field produced by ferromagnetic material often exceeds the dynamic range of general SQUID system. We developed a mobile high- TC SQUID system, with which, the dc and low-frequency magnetic field could be compensated well. Using our mobile SQUID system, the magnetic field produced by the cast iron could be compensated well and the defect in it could be successfully detected.

  16. Scanning high-Tc SQUID imaging system for magnetocardiography

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    Yang, Hong-Chang; Wu, Tsung-Yeh; Horng, Herng-Er; Wu, Chau-Chung; Yang, S. Y.; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Wu, Chiu-Hsien; Jeng, J. T.; Chen, J. C.; Chen, Kuen-Lin; Chen, M. J.

    2006-05-01

    A scanning magnetocardiography (MCG) system constructed from SQUID sensors offers potential to basic or clinical research in biomagnetism. In this work, we study a first order scanning electronic high-Tc (HTS) SQUID MCG system for biomagnetic signals. The scanning MCG system was equipped with an x-y translation bed powered by step motors. Using noise cancellation and μ-metal shielding, we reduced the noise level substantially. The established scanning HTS MCG system was used to study the magnetophysiology of hypercholesterolaemic (HC) rabbits. The MCG data of HC rabbits were analysed. The MCG contour map of HC rabbits provides experimental models for the interpretation of human cardiac patterns.

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

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    Verghese, S.

    1993-05-01

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

  18. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An

    2009-02-01

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

  20. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures

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    Gray, B. A.; Middey, S.; Conti, G.; Gray, A. X.; Kuo, C. -T.; Kaiser, A. M.; Ueda, S.; Kobayashi, K.; Meyers, D.; Kareev, M.; Tung, I. C.; Liu, Jian; Fadley, C. S.; Chakhalian, J.; Freeland, J. W.

    2016-09-15

    The superconductor-to-insulator transition (SIT) induced by means such as external magnetic fields, disorder or spatial confinement is a vivid illustration of a quantum phase transition dramatically affecting the superconducting order parameter. In this paper, in pursuit of a new realization of the SIT by interfacial charge transfer, we developed extremely thin superlattices composed of high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) and colossal magnetoresistance ferromagnet La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 (LCMO). By using linearly polarized resonant X-ray absorption spectroscopy and magnetic circular dichroism, combined with hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we derived a complete picture of the interfacial carrier doping in cuprate and manganite atomic layers, leading to the transition from superconducting to an unusual Mott insulating state emerging with the increase of LCMO layer thickness. In addition, contrary to the common perception that only transition metal ions may respond to the charge transfer process, we found that charge is also actively compensated by rare-earth and alkaline-earth metal ions of the interface. Finally, such deterministic control of Tc by pure electronic doping without any hindering effects of chemical substitution is another promising route to disentangle the role of disorder on the pseudo-gap and charge density wave phases of underdoped cuprates.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  2. The Discovery of High-Tc Superconductivity and the Countdown to the Rally

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    Bednorz, J. Georg

    2007-03-01

    The guiding ideas on our road towards high-Tc superconductivity and the early work at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory are briefly addressed. I will shed some light onto the environment and the decisive circumstances that in January 1986 led to the breakthrough with the discovery of superconductivity in the cuprates. The pre-``Woodstock'' period, which lasted less than a year, covers the time in which the Zurich team tested different La2CuO4-based compounds, confirmed the Meissner effect, and studied flux trapping in these new materials. It was also the time in which the news of the discovery started to spread and in which we experienced mixed reactions ranging from silent skepticism to polite (cautious) congratulations. This changed dramatically into excitement with the confirmation of the Zurich results by the Tokyo (S. Tanaka) and the Houston ( C.W. Chu) group, and cumulated in the take-off of the new field at the famous ``Woodstock Meeting of Physics'' after the discovery of the 90 K superconductor.

  3. A universal order underlying the pseudogap regime of the underdoped high Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, Neil

    2014-03-01

    A major achievement in condensed matter physics in the last quarter century has been a step towards the understanding of the unconventional d-wave superconducting state in the copper-oxide materials. Surprisingly, the normal state out of which the superconducting state emerges remains a mystery at low charge carrier densities, i.e., in the underdoped regime. This regime is of particular interest because it is characterised by an unusual momentum dependent energy pseudogap in the excitation spectrum that has defied explanation and is key to a full understanding of the unconventional d-wave superconducting state. I will present new quantum oscillation experimental results within the pseudogap regime of the high Tc superconductors YBa2Cu3O6+x and YBa2Cu4O8 which now extend up to the optimally-doped regime. These data reveal the evolution of the Fermi surface approaching the putative quantum critical point under the superconducting dome. A comprehensive angle-resolved study of the Fermi surface enables us to unambiguously identify a specific form of order that accounts for the observed quantum oscillations as well as other spectroscopic, transport and thermodynamic probes within the pseudogap regime. The author would like to thank B. Ramshaw, S. Sebastian, F. Balakirev, C. Mielke, M. Altarawneh, P. Goddard, S. Sabok, B. Babrowski, D. Bonn, W. Hardy, R. Liang and G. Lonzarich. This work was supported by the DOE BES ``Science of 100 tesla'' project and by the NSF and Florida State.

  4. Superconductivity and its mechanism in an ab initio model for electron-doped LaFeAsO

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    Misawa, Takahiro; Imada, Masatoshi

    2014-12-01

    Two families of high-temperature superconductors whose critical temperatures are higher than 50 K are known. One are the copper oxides and the other are the iron-based superconductors. Comparisons of mechanisms between these two in terms of common ground as well as distinctions will greatly help in searching for higher Tc superconductors. However, studies on mechanisms for the iron family based on first principles calculations are few. Here we first show that superconductivity emerges in the state-of-the-art numerical calculations for an ab initio multi-orbital model of an electron-doped iron-based superconductor LaFeAsO, in accordance with experimental observations. Then the mechanism of the superconductivity is identified as enhanced uniform density fluctuations by one-to-one correspondence with the instability towards inhomogeneity driven by first-order antiferromagnetic and nematic transitions. Despite many differences, certain common features with the copper oxides are also discovered in terms of the underlying orbital-selective Mottness found in the iron family.

  5. Superconductivity and its mechanism in an ab initio model for electron-doped LaFeAsO.

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    Misawa, Takahiro; Imada, Masatoshi

    2014-12-22

    Two families of high-temperature superconductors whose critical temperatures are higher than 50 K are known. One are the copper oxides and the other are the iron-based superconductors. Comparisons of mechanisms between these two in terms of common ground as well as distinctions will greatly help in searching for higher T(c) superconductors. However, studies on mechanisms for the iron family based on first principles calculations are few. Here we first show that superconductivity emerges in the state-of-the-art numerical calculations for an ab initio multi-orbital model of an electron-doped iron-based superconductor LaFeAsO, in accordance with experimental observations. Then the mechanism of the superconductivity is identified as enhanced uniform density fluctuations by one-to-one correspondence with the instability towards inhomogeneity driven by first-order antiferromagnetic and nematic transitions. Despite many differences, certain common features with the copper oxides are also discovered in terms of the underlying orbital-selective Mottness found in the iron family.

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

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

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

    2000-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-06-01

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

  9. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications

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    Goretta, K.C.

    1991-10-01

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

  10. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications

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    Goretta, K.C.

    1992-10-01

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-11-01

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

  13. Investigation of inter- and intragrain critical currents in high Tc ceramic superconductors

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    Kuepfer, H.; Apfelstedt, I.; Fluekiger, R.; Keller, C.; Meier-Hirmer, R.

    1988-10-01

    Polycrystalline sintered bulk samples of REBa2Cu3O7 with RE = Y, Gd were studied by ac susceptibility and an inductive measurement technique which allows the separation of intergrain (transport) from intragrain critical current density. Field and temperature dependence of the intergrain current are compared with theoretical predictions for a weakly coupled grain structure. Up to fields 0.3 T the weak link character of the intergrain current predominates. At higher fields it changes and points to a percolation current via superconducting grain boundaries. A quantitative correlation between intragrain current and twin spacing is hidden, probably by oxygen deficiency in the grain interior. No variation of the intragrain critical current density with temperature is observed up to 85 K in a textured specimen.

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  15. Development of a thermal-hydraulics experimental system for high Tc superconductors cooled by liquid hydrogen

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    Tatsumoto, H.; Shirai, Y.; Shiotsu, M.; Hata, K.; Kobayashi, H.; Naruo, Y.; Inatani, Y.; Kato, T.; Futakawa, M.; Kinoshita, K.

    2010-06-01

    A thermal-hydraulics experimental system of liquid hydrogen was developed in order to investigate the forced flow heat transfer characteristics in the various cooling channels for wide ranges of subcoolings, flow velocities, and pressures up to supercritical. A main tank is connected to a sub tank through a hydrogen transfer line with a control valve. A channel heater is located at one end of the transfer line in the main tank. Forced flow through the channel is produced by adjusting the pressure difference between the tanks and the valve opening. The mass flow rate is measured from the weight change of the main tank. For the explosion protection, electrical equipments are covered with a nitrogen gas blanket layer and a remote control system was established. The first cryogenic performance tests confirmed that the experimental system had satisfied with the required performances. The forced convection heat transfer characteristics was successfully measured at the pressure of 0.7 MPa for various flow velocities.

  16. Vortex Pinning in the High-Tc Superconductor YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    2009-09-24

    Hudson. Parts were machined from macor, copper, and beryllium copper in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences professional machine...on 3 air springs inside a soundproof 20-ton room, which floats on 4 additional air springs. Dewar hanging from table is wrapped in bungees for

  17. Disentangling the Electronic and Phononic Glue in a High-Tc Superconductor

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

    2012-03-01

    Unveiling the nature of the bosonic excitations that mediate the formation of Cooper pairs is a key issue for understanding unconventional superconductivity. A fundamental step toward this goal would be to identify the relative weight of the electronic and phononic contributions to the overall frequency (Ω)-dependent bosonic function, Π(Ω). We performed optical spectroscopy on Bi2Sr2Ca0.92Y0.08Cu2O8+δ crystals with simultaneous time and frequency resolution; this technique allowed us to disentangle the electronic and phononic contributions by their different temporal evolution. The spectral distribution of the electronic excitations and the strength of their interaction with fermionic quasiparticles fully account for the high critical temperature of the superconducting phase transition.

  18. Disentangling the electronic and phononic glue in a high-Tc superconductor.

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

    2012-03-30

    Unveiling the nature of the bosonic excitations that mediate the formation of Cooper pairs is a key issue for understanding unconventional superconductivity. A fundamental step toward this goal would be to identify the relative weight of the electronic and phononic contributions to the overall frequency (Ω)-dependent bosonic function, Π(Ω). We performed optical spectroscopy on Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.92)Y(0.08)Cu(2)O(8+δ) crystals with simultaneous time and frequency resolution; this technique allowed us to disentangle the electronic and phononic contributions by their different temporal evolution. The spectral distribution of the electronic excitations and the strength of their interaction with fermionic quasiparticles fully account for the high critical temperature of the superconducting phase transition.

  19. Cluster Calculation of CuO2 in High-Tc Superconductors

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    1991-01-01

    Rev. B38. 4 (1988) and V. J. Emery and G. I e fer. Phvs. Rev. 638, (1988). 6. J. M. Tranquada . S. M. Heald. A. R. Moodenbaugh, G. Liang and J. Croft...Nature 37.,2 (1989). 7. J. M. Tranquada . S. M. Heald and A. R. Moodenbaugh, Phys. Rev. B36. 5263(1987). 8. J1. A. Tranquada , S. M. Heald and A. R

  20. Dynamical Layer Decoupling in a Stripe-Ordered High-Tc Superconductor

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Berg, Erez; Kim, Eun-Ah; Kivelson, Steve; Oganesyan, Vadim; Tranquada, John; Zhang, Shoucheng

    2008-03-01

    In the stripe-ordered state of a strongly correlated two-dimensional electronic system, under a set of special circumstances, the superconducting condensate, like the magnetic order, can occur at a nonzero wave vector corresponding to a spatial period double that of the charge order. In this case, the Josephson coupling between near neighbor planes, especially in a crystal with the special structure of La2-xBaxCuO4, vanishes identically. We propose that this is the underlying cause of the dynamical decoupling of the layers recently observed in transport measurements at x =1/8. [1] E. Berg et al, PRL 99, 127003 (2007)

  1. Dynamical Layer Decoupling in a Stripe-Ordered High-Tc Superconductor

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    Berg, E.; Fradkin, E.; Kim, E.-A.; Kivelson, S. A.; Oganesyan, V.; Tranquada, J. M.; Zhang, S. C.

    2007-09-01

    In the stripe-ordered state of a strongly correlated two-dimensional electronic system, under a set of special circumstances, the superconducting condensate, like the magnetic order, can occur at a nonzero wave vector corresponding to a spatial period double that of the charge order. In this case, the Josephson coupling between near neighbor planes, especially in a crystal with the special structure of La2-xBaxCuO4, vanishes identically. We propose that this is the underlying cause of the dynamical decoupling of the layers recently observed in transport measurements at x=1/8.

  2. Synthesis of One-dimensional Nano-sized Defects in High Tc Superconductor

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    2006-07-31

    AAO template (pore size ~ 20-100 nm, pore density ~ 1010 – 1011 /cm2 ), (3) filling and produce RE-Ba-Cu-O 211 particles by sol gel + spin coating process...template is used as a mask for the wet (or dry) etching process, (4) filling and produce RE-Ba-Cu-O 211 particles by sol gel + spin coating process, (5...moderate etching rate of Y-Ba-Cu-O and with insignificant etching rate of AAO. Two steps spin - coating process(1 st step500 rpm5 s, 2 nd step1500rpm

  3. Phase transitions to dipolar clusters and charge density waves in high Tc superconductors

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    Saarela, M.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    2017-02-01

    We show that doping of hole charge carriers leads to formation of electric dipolar clusters in cuprates. They are created by many-body interactions between the dopant ion outside and holes inside the CuO planes. Because of the two-fold degeneracy holes in the CuO plane cluster into four-particles resonance valence bond plaquettes bound with dopant ions. Such dipoles may order into charge-density waves (CDW) or stripes or form a disordered state depending on doping and temperature. The lowest energy of the ordered system corresponds to a local anti-ferroelectric ordering. The mobility of individual disordered dipoles is very low at low temperatures and they prefer first to bind into dipole-dipole pairs. Electromagnetic radiation interacts strongly with electric dipoles and when the sample is subjected to it the mobility changes significantly. This leads to a fractal growth of dipolar clusters. The existence of electric dipoles and CDW induce two phase transitions with increasing temperature, melting of the ordered state and disappearance of the dipolar state. Ferroelectricity at low doping is a natural consequence of such dipole moments. We develop a theory based on two-level systems and dipole-dipole interaction to explain the behavior of the polarization as a function of temperature and electric field.

  4. Thin-film-formation study of high-Tc superconductors by resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, Jacob

    1991-10-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O thin films were prepared with use of a conventional vacuum system for the evaporation of the constituents. This method produces stoichiometric films upon complete evaporation of the constituents. No thickness monitor or any other control system is required. In this study, substrates were kept at room temperature during the evaporation process. The bismuth-based thin films are shown to lose bismuth during heat treatment unless the Cu constituent is evaporated last and fully oxidized at 400 °C subsequently. Y-Ba-Cu-O films prepared by using a pulverized mixture of Y, BaF2, and Cu constituents show an improved quality over films obtained from YF3, BaF2, and Cu starting materials. This improvement is attributed to fluorine reduction in the starting-material mixture.

  5. Absolute measurements of the high-frequency magnetic dynamics in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Hayden, S.M.; Aeppli, G.; Dai, P.; Mook, H.A.; Perring, T.G.; Cheong, S.W.; Fisk, Z.; Dogan, F.; Mason, T.E.

    1997-08-07

    The authors review recent measurements of the high-frequency dynamic magnetic susceptibility in the high-T{sub c} superconducting systems La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x}. Experiments were performed using the chopper spectrometers HET and MARI at the ISIS spallation source. The authors have placed their measurements on an absolute intensity scale, this allows systematic trends to be seen and comparisons with theory to be made. They find that the insulating S = 1/2 antiferromagnetic parent compounds show a dramatic renormalization in the spin wave intensity. The effect of doping on the response is to cause broadenings in wave vector and large redistributions of spectral weight in frequency.

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

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

    1994-10-01

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

  7. Dynamics of Bragg glass in high-Tc superconductors near depinning transition

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    Luo, Meng-Bo; Hu, Xiao

    2010-12-01

    The dynamics of vortices near depinning transition is studied in terms of a three-dimensional flux-line model with point-like pinning centers. The zero-temperature critical depinning force F is determined with two methods consistently. We find two universal exponents β≈0.64 and δ≈2.3 which characterize the critical behaviors of depinning transition of Bragg glass (BrG). The dynamical modes of flux lines near F are also discussed.

  8. What Can Ultracold Fermi Gases Teach Us About High Tc Superconductors and Vice Versa?

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    Levin, Kathryn

    2007-01-10

    Studies of superfluidity in ultracold trapped Fermi gases are attracting physicists from a wide range of sub-disciplines including nuclear, condensed matter and particle physics. The excitement in the field is due, in large part, to the remarkable tuneability of these Fermi gases. One can tune the attractive interaction strength continuously from weak to strong (thereby effecting a transition from a BCS to Bose Einstein condensed (BEC) superfluid). One can introduce polarization into the gases at will, which may lead to long-sought-after, but not yet confirmed, exotic superfluid phases. In this talk we discuss the relevance of the cold Fermi gases to other physics subdisciplines. We then summarize how BCS-BEC crossover in the ultracold gases connects with a particularly important topic in condensed matter: high temperature superconductivity. We emphasize some striking similarities relating to the very unusual normal or 'pseudogap' phase of each of the two systems. In the process we give a summary of some of the latest exciting experimental developments in the two fields.

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

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    Powers, Charles E.

    1991-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  11. Magnetic forces in high-Tc superconducting bearings

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    Moon, F. C.

    1991-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  13. Characterization of bulk superconductors through EBSD methods

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    Koblischka, M. R.; Koblischka-Veneva, A.

    2003-10-01

    The application of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique to bulk high- Tc superconductors is presented and reviewed. Due to the ceramic nature and the complex crystallographic unit cells of the perovskite-type high- Tc superconductors, the EBSD analysis is not yet as common as it deserves. We have successfully performed EBSD analysis on a variety of high- Tc compounds and samples including polycrystalline YBCO (pure and doped by alkali metals), melt-textured YBCO, thin and thick films of YBCO; the “green phase” Y 2BaCuO 5, thin film and melt-textured NdBa 2Cu 3O x and Bi-2212 single crystals and tapes. It is shown that the surface preparation of the samples is crucial due to the small information depth (up to 100 nm) of the EBSD technique. High quality Kikuchi patterns are the requirement in order to enable the automated EBSD mapping, which yields phase distributions, individual grain orientations and the misorientation angle distribution. The results can be presented in form of mappings, as charts, and as pole figures. These informations are required for a better understanding of the growth mechanism(s) of bulk high- Tc superconductors intended for applications.

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

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

    2014-12-14

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

  15. First 13 years of high-{Tc}: Brief review and open questions

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    Pavuna, D.

    1999-12-20

    Exactly 13 years ago, in April 1986, appeared the famous paper by Bednorz and Mueller, that announced a striking discovery of high-{Tc} superconductivity in cuprates. Some 40,000 papers later, scientists are still struggling to understand the high-{Tc} superconductivity. Here the author summarizes some of the most relevant recent results and open questions by discussing the observed phenomena in a rather complex electronic phase diagram of high-{Tc} oxides.

  16. Ferrite-superconductor devices for advanced microwave applications

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    Dionne, G.F.; Oates, D.E.; Temme, D.H.; Weiss, J.A.

    1996-07-01

    Microwave devices comprising magnetized ferrite in contact with superconductor circuits designed to eliminate magnetic field penetration of the superconductor have demonstrated phase shift without significant conduction losses. The device structures are adaptable to low- or high-{Tc} superconductors. A nonoptimized design of a ferrite phase shifter that employs niobium or YBCO meanderlines has produced over 1,000 degrees of differential phase shift with a figure of merit exceeding 1,000 degrees/dB at X band. By combining superconductor meanderline sections with alternating T junctions on a ferrite substrate in a configuration with three-fold symmetry, a low-loss three-port switching circulator has been demonstrated.

  17. High-Tc SQUID gradiometer system for immunoassays

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    Öisjöen, F.; Magnelind, P.; Kalabukhov, A.; Winkler, D.

    2008-03-01

    A high-Tc dc SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) gradiometer was developed for magnetic immunoassays where magnetic nanoparticles are used as markers to detect biological reactions. The gradiometer was fabricated on a 5 × 10 mm2 SrTiO3 bicrystal substrate and has a gradiometer resolution of 2.1 pT cm-1 Hz-1/2. A magnetic signal was detected from a sample of 1 µl of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in a 40 mg ml-1 solution kept in a microcavity fabricated on Si wafers with Si3N4 membranes using MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems) technology. It was found that volumes as small as 0.3 nl in principle would be detectable with our present device. This corresponds to a total number of particles of 2.2 × 107. The estimated average dipole moment per particle is 4.8 × 10-22 A m2. We are aiming at reading out immunoassays by detecting the Brownian relaxation of magnetic nanoparticles, and we also intend to integrate MEMS technology into our system.

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  19. Dynamic resistance of a high-Tc superconducting flux pump

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    Jiang, Zhenan; Hamilton, K.; Amemiya, Naoyuki; Badcock, R. A.; Bumby, C. W.

    2014-09-01

    Superconducting flux pumps enable large currents to be injected into a superconducting circuit, without the requirement for thermally conducting current leads which bridge between the cryogenic environment and room temperature. In this work, we have built and studied a mechanically rotating flux pump which employs a coated conductor high-Tc superconducting (HTS) stator. This flux pump has been used to excite an HTS double pancake coil at 77 K. Operation of the flux pump causes the current within the superconducting circuit to increase over time, before saturating at a limiting value. Interestingly, the superconducting flux pump is found to possess an effective internal resistance, Reff, which varies linearly with frequency, and is two orders of magnitude larger than the measured series resistance of the soldered contacts within the circuit. This internal resistance sets a limit for the maximum achievable output current from the flux pump, which is independent of the operating frequency. We attribute this effect to dynamic resistance within the superconducting stator wire which is caused by the interaction between the DC transport current and the imposed alternating magnetic field. We provide an analytical expression describing the output characteristics of our rotating flux pump in the high frequency limit, and demonstrate that it describes the time-dependent behavior of our experimental circuit. Dynamic resistance is highlighted as a generic issue that must be considered when optimizing the design of an HTS flux pump.

  20. Torque magnetometry in unconventional superconductors

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    Li, Lu

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

  1. Development of Elements of a High Tc Superconducting Cable

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    1989-03-31

    0 0O DTIC N ELECTE MA 61989D N00014-88-C-000681 DEVELOPMENT OF ELEMENTS OF A HIGH T SUPERCONDUCTING CABLE C Dr. Kenneth W. Lay 518-387-6147 FAX 518... superconducting coating on a supporting fiber. The composite will also include a barrier layer between the fiber and the superconductor and a protective layer...is the development of textured polycrystalline YBa 2Cu3Oy (Y-123) with improved critical current carrying capacity. Phase II is the development of

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  3. 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.

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

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    Drung, Dietmar

    2003-12-01

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

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

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

    2001-01-01

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

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

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

    1996-09-01

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

  7. Enhanced superconductivity in surface-electron-doped iron pnictide Ba(Fe1.94Co0.06)2As2

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    Kyung, W. S.; Huh, S. S.; Koh, Y. Y.; Choi, K.-Y.; Nakajima, M.; Eisaki, H.; Denlinger, J. D.; Mo, S.-K.; Kim, C.; Kim, Y. K.

    2016-12-01

    The superconducting transition temperature (TC) in a FeSe monolayer on SrTiO3 is enhanced up to 100 K (refs ,,,). High TC is also found in bulk iron chalcogenides with similar electronic structure to that of monolayer FeSe, which suggests that higher TC may be achieved through electron doping, pushing the Fermi surface (FS) topology towards leaving only electron pockets. Such an observation, however, has been limited to chalcogenides, and is in contrast to the iron pnictides, for which the maximum TC is achieved with both hole and electron pockets forming considerable FS nesting instability. Here, we report angle-resolved photoemission characterization revealing a monotonic increase of TC from 24 to 41.5 K upon surface doping on optimally doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2. The doping changes the overall FS topology towards that of chalcogenides through a rigid downward band shift. Our findings suggest that higher electron doping and concomitant changes in FS topology are favourable conditions for the superconductivity, not only for iron chalcogenides, but also for iron pnictides.

  8. Enhanced superconductivity in surface-electron-doped iron pnictide Ba(Fe1.94Co0.06)2As2.

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    Kyung, W S; Huh, S S; Koh, Y Y; Choi, K-Y; Nakajima, M; Eisaki, H; Denlinger, J D; Mo, S-K; Kim, C; Kim, Y K

    2016-12-01

    The superconducting transition temperature (TC) in a FeSe monolayer on SrTiO3 is enhanced up to 100 K (refs ,,,). High TC is also found in bulk iron chalcogenides with similar electronic structure to that of monolayer FeSe, which suggests that higher TC may be achieved through electron doping, pushing the Fermi surface (FS) topology towards leaving only electron pockets. Such an observation, however, has been limited to chalcogenides, and is in contrast to the iron pnictides, for which the maximum TC is achieved with both hole and electron pockets forming considerable FS nesting instability. Here, we report angle-resolved photoemission characterization revealing a monotonic increase of TC from 24 to 41.5 K upon surface doping on optimally doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2. The doping changes the overall FS topology towards that of chalcogenides through a rigid downward band shift. Our findings suggest that higher electron doping and concomitant changes in FS topology are favourable conditions for the superconductivity, not only for iron chalcogenides, but also for iron pnictides.

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

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

    2014-05-19

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

  10. Theory of high-TC superconductivity: transition temperature

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    Harshman, Dale R.; Fiory, Anthony T.; Dow, John D.

    2010-12-01

    After reading over our published manuscript, we noticed that the discussion concerning the determination of σ for the ruthenate Ba2YRu0.9Cu0.1O6 in section 2.3.1 (3rd paragraph) is somewhat terse. Herein we provide an expanded analysis which better explains our estimate of γ (and thus σ) for this compound. All numbers, figures and conclusions remain unaltered. The ruthenate compounds A2YRu1-xCuxO6 (with A = Ba or Sr; x = 0.05-0.15) are double-perovskites containing no cuprate planes and with ν = μ = 1 [1] (reference [82] in the paper). The determination of γ follows from equation (2.5b), wherein rule 1b introduces the factor 1/2. In the lower limit, one expects a minimum of ~2 charges per Cu dopant, which are shared between two charge reservoirs of each layer type (AO and 1/2 (YRu1-xCuxO4)), producing a net factor of unity. Thus, for Ba2YRu0.9Cu0.1O6 (with TC0 ~ 30-40 K), we estimate γ = (1/2)(1) = 1/2, yielding σ = 0.05 as stated by equation (2.5c) in the paper. While one may expect an average effective charge state for Ru near +5, and that of Cu to be between +2 and +3 (post anneal) [2], the lower-limit estimation provided, which places the corresponding data point in figure 2 to the left of the line, appears sufficient to include the ruthenates with the other high-TC compounds found to follow equation (2.6) so far. Owing to the uncertainty in the experimental values for TC0, as well as the Ru and Cu valence states, however, this compound was excluded in the data analyses presented. Future research will attempt a more accurate determination of the charge per doped Cu, and thus σ. We would also like to point out a typographical correction in the definition of the corresponding ruthenate type II reservoir in the last column of table 1, which should read 1/2 (YRu0.9Cu0.1O4). An unrelated item is found in the fourth line of section 2.3.3, where Tb(O0.80F0.20)FeAs should read Tb(O0.80-yF0.20)FeAs. Additionally, reference [132] is now known and has the form

  11. 14N nuclear quadrupole resonance of p-nitrotoluene using a high-Tc rf SQUID

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    He, D. F.; Tachiki, M.; Itozaki, H.

    2007-03-01

    Using a high-Tc radio-frequency superconducting quantum interference device (rf SQUID), we successfully detected nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) at about 887 kHz for 14N in p-nitrotoluene (PNT). A normal metal transformer made of copper wire was used to improve the sensitivity of the high-Tc rf SQUID and pulse-controlled rf switches and cross diodes were inserted in the transformer to reduce the influence of the strong excitation field. The preliminary results for NQR detection using the high-Tc SQUID had a similar signal-to-noise ratio to that of using a low noise preamplifier.

  12. The phase diagram of electron-doped La(2-x)Ce(x)CuO(4-δ).

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

    2015-01-21

    Superconductivity is a striking example of a quantum phenomenon in which electrons move coherently over macroscopic distances without scattering. The high-temperature superconducting oxides (cuprates) are the most studied class of superconductors, composed of two-dimensional CuO2 planes separated by other layers that control the electron concentration in the planes. A key unresolved issue in cuprates is the relationship between superconductivity and magnetism. Here we report a sharp phase boundary of static three-dimensional magnetic order in the electron-doped superconductor La(2-x)Ce(x)CuO(4-δ), where small changes in doping or depth from the surface switch the material from superconducting to magnetic. Using low-energy spin-polarized muons, we find that static magnetism disappears close to where superconductivity begins and well below the doping level at which dramatic changes in the transport properties are reported. These results indicate a higher degree of symmetry between the electron and hole-doped cuprates than previously thought.

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

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

    2015-07-20

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

    Electron doping by hydrogenation can reversibly modify the electrical properties of complex oxides. We show that in order to realize large, fast, and reversible response to hydrogen, it is important to consider both the electron configuration on the transition metal 3d orbitals, as well as the thermodynamic stability in nickelates. Specifically, large doping-induced resistivity modulations ranging several orders of magnitude change are only observed for rare earth nickelates with small ionic radii on the A-site, in which case both electron correlation effects and the meta-stability of Ni3+ are important considerations. Charge doping via metastable incorporation of ionic dopants is of relevance to correlated oxide-based devices where advancing approaches to modify the ground state electronic properties is an important problem.

  15. High-temperature processing of oxide superconductors and superconducting oxide-silver oxide composite

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    Wu, M. K.; Loo, B. H.; Peters, P. N.; Huang, C. Y.

    1988-01-01

    High temperature processing was found to partially convert the green 211 phase oxide to 123 phase. High Tc superconductivity was observed in Bi-Sr-Cu-O and Y-Sr-Cu-O systems prepared using the same heat treatment process. High temperature processing presents an alternative synthetic route in the search for new high Tc superconductors. An unusual magnetic suspension with enhancement in critical current density was observed in the 123 and AgO composite.

  16. Antiferromagnetic order and spin dynamics in iron-based superconductors

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    Dai, Pengcheng

    2015-07-01

    High-transition temperature (high-Tc) superconductivity in the iron pnictides or chalcogenides emerges from the suppression of the static antiferromagnetic order in their parent compounds, similar to copper oxide superconductors. This raises a fundamental question concerning the role of magnetism in the superconductivity of these materials. Neutron scattering, a powerful probe to study the magnetic order and spin dynamics, plays an essential role in determining the relationship between magnetism and superconductivity in high-Tc superconductors. The rapid development of modern neutron time-of-flight spectrometers allows a direct determination of the spin dynamical properties of iron-based superconductors throughout the entire Brillouin zone. In this paper, an overview is presented of the neutron scattering results on iron-based superconductors, focusing on the evolution of spin-excitation spectra as a function of electron and hole doping and isoelectronic substitution. Spin dynamical properties of iron-based superconductors are compared with those of copper oxide and heavy fermion superconductors and the common features of spin excitations in these three families of unconventional superconductors and their relationship with superconductivity are discussed.

  17. Effect of phase fluctuations on INS and NMR experiments in the pseudogap regime of the high-Tc cuprates

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    Westfahl, Harry; Morr, Dirk K.

    2000-03-01

    In this talk we present a theoretical scenario for inelastic neutron (INS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments in the pseudogap region of the underdoped high-Tc superconductors. Within the spin-fermion model we study the effect of phase fluctuations in the superconducting d-wave order parameter on the spin susceptibility, probed in INS and NMR experiments. We show that the spin susceptibility is determined by the average square Doppler shift, W(T), which results from the coupling between the quasiparticle momentum and the thermally excited supercurrents. Our scenario provides an explanation for the temperature dependence of the resonance peak and of the ^63Cu spin lattice relaxation rate, 1/T_1, in the region where the phase fluctuations are present. Moreover, we show that 1/T1 is a direct probe of W(T). Our results for W(T) are in good qualitative agreement with those obtained in scanning tunneling spectroscopy (Ch. Remer et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 80), 149 (1998) and high frequency ac transport(J. Corson et al., Nature 398), 221 (1999)

  18. Shielded high-TC BSCCO tapes or wires for high field applications

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Lelovic, Milan; Eror, Nicholas G.

    2001-01-01

    A composite superconductor having an interior component of multiple filaments of superconducting Bi-2223 sheathed in a Ag or Ag alloy material, and a RE, TI or Hg based superconductor surrounding the interior component.

  19. Shielded high-Tc bscco tapes or wires for high field applications

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Lelovic, Milan; Eror, Nicholas G.

    2002-01-01

    A composite superconductor having an interior component of multiple filaments of superconducting Bi-2223 sheathed in a Ag or Ag alloy material, and a RE, TI or Hg based superconductor surrounding the interior component.

  20. Superconductor developments

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    Larbalestier, D.

    1989-04-05

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

  1. Organic superconductors.

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    Saito, Gunzi; Yoshida, Yukihiro

    2011-06-01

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

  2. Vibration suppression of a disk-shaped superconductor with PD control

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    Komori, M.; Ide, T.; Fukata, S.; Matsushita, T.

    In order to investigate superconducting magnetic bearings (SMBs) using repulsion forces between superconductors and electromagnets, an experimental setup for a thrust SMB able to move in one direction has been made. The experimental setup is composed of a high Tc superconductor, permanent magnets, electromagnets and a Hall sensor. The superconductor used in this paper is supported by the permanent magnets in the radial direction. The vibration of the superconductor is suppressed by an analog PD (proportional and derivative) controller. From the experiments, it is found that suppressing the vibration is well performed by the PD controller. Also, it is found that the controller needs more resistance against disturbance caused by the pinning effect.

  3. Superconductors and Complex Transition Metal Oxides for Tunable THz Plasmonic Metamaterials

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    Singh, Ranjan; Xiong, Jie; Azad, Md A.; Yang, Hao; Trugman, Stuart A.; Jia, Quanxi; Taylor, Antoinette; Chen, Houtong

    2012-07-13

    The outline of this presentation are: (1) Motivation - Non-tunability of metal metamaterials; (2) Superconductors for temperature tunable metamaterials; (3) Ultrafast optical switching in superconductor metamaterials; (4) Controlling the conductivity with infrared pump beam; (5) Complex metal oxides as active substrates - Strontium Titanate; and (6) Conclusion. Conclusions are: (1) High Tc superconductors good for tunable and ultrafast metamaterials; (2) Large frequency and amplitude tunability in ultrathin superconductor films; (3) Such tunable properties cannot be accessed using metals; (4) Complex metal oxides can be used as active substrates - large tunability; (5) Complex oxides fail to address the issue of radiation losses in THz metamaterials.

  4. Proof-of-principle of a novel method for sputter-deposition of high Tc supeconducting films via a computer-controlled mass analyzed ion beam

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    Auciello, Orlando; Krauss, Alan R.

    1988-02-01

    A novel concept is demonstrated for ion beam sputter-induced deposition of high Tc superconductor films. The concept involves the use of a well-focused ion beam which can be sequentially directed via a set of x-y electrostatic deflection plates onto three or more different elemental or compound targets which are constituents of the desired composite film. The deflection plates are driven by two ±1000 volt bipolar programmable power supplies which are controlled by a DEC LSI 11/73 computer. A custom program drives two D/A converters to provide the ±10 volt analog signal which is used to drive the power supplies in such a way that the ion beam is positioned on selected spots on the different targets. By programming the dwell time for each targe according to the known sputtering yield and desired layer thickness for each material, it is possible to deposit composite films from a well-controlled sub-monolayer up to thicknesses determined only by the available deposition time. Initial results on the deposition of Y-Ba-Cu-O films are presented to demonstrate the concept, which in principle can also be applied to the deposition of high Tc superconducting films by electron- and laser-induced evaporation of elemental or oxide targets.

  5. 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.

  6. Transport and Raman signatures of electron-doped SmNiO3 thin films

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    Ramadoss, Koushik; Mandal, Nirajan; Zhou, You; Chen, Yong; Ramanathan, Shriram

    We report low temperature transport and Raman spectroscopy measurements of electron-doped SmNiO3 (SNO) thin films. It has been shown that pristine SNO films can be doped with electrons using hydrogen. Our transport measurements indicate a Coulomb interaction dominated variable range hopping (VRH) for electron-doped samples whereas the pristine films show a Mott type VRH mechanism at low temperatures. The electron-doped samples display a strong localization which can be correlated with the high spin state of Ni2+ ions. The spatial Raman map shows a remarkable shift of about 167 cm-1 with electron doping thus serving as a spectroscopic tool to investigate hydrogen in our films. Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University.

  7. Organic Superconductors

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    Charles Mielke

    2009-02-27

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

  8. Anomalous optical conductivity in the normal state of high Tc oxides

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    Moriya, Toru; Takahashi, Yoshinori

    1991-03-01

    The optical resistivity due to antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations in two-dimensional metals, as a possible model for high Tc oxides, is calculated within the Born approximation and the self-consistent renormalization (SCR) theory for the spin fluctuations. The result is shown to explain the observed anomalous behavior of optical conductivity in YBa2Cu3O7 above Tc quantitatively.

  9. Simple and reliable method for determination of oxygen content in high- Tc copper oxides

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    Maeno, Yoshiteru; Teraoka, Hideki; Matsukuma, Kuniko; Yoshida, Koji; Sugiyama, Kimihiko; Nakamura, Fumihiko; Fujita, Toshizo

    1991-12-01

    We present the details of a simple and reliable iodine-titration method suited for high- Tc copper oxides, in which the use of a solution of ammonium acetate and acetic acid as a buffer agent substantially improves the operation. The results applied to La 2- xM xCuO 4- δ (M = Ba, Sr and Ca) are presented.

  10. A close look at antiferromagnetic phase boundary in multidimensional phase diagram of electron-doped copper oxide

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    Yu, Heshan; He, Ge; Lin, Ziquan; Yuan, Jie; Zhu, Beiyi; Yang, Yi-Feng; Xiang, Tao; Kusmartsev, Feo. V.; Li, Liang; Wang, Junfeng; Jin, Kui

    In copper-oxide superconductors, spin fluctuations play a predominant role in electron pairing with electron dopants yet composite orders veil the nature of superconductivity for hole-doped family. However, in electron-doped ones the ending point of AFM is still in controversy for different probes or its sensitivity to oxygen content. Here, by carefully tuning the oxygen content, a systematic study of Hall signal and magnetoresistivity up to 58 Tesla on optimally doped La2-xCexCuO4+/-δ (x = 0.10) thin films identifies two characteristic temperatures at 62.5 K (error is 7.5 K) and 25 K (error is 5 K). The former is quite robust whereas the latter becomes flexible with increasing magnetic field, thereby linked to two- and three-dimensional AFM, evident from the multidimensional phase diagram as a function of oxygen as well as Ce dopants. Consequently, the observation of extended AFM phase in contrast to μSR probe corroborates an elevated critical doping in field, providing an unambiguous picture to understand the interactions between AFM and superconductivity.

  11. Avoided valence transition in a plutonium superconductor

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    Ramshaw, B. J.; Shekhter, Arkady; McDonald, Ross D.; Betts, Jon B.; Mitchell, J. N.; Tobash, P. H.; Mielke, C. H.; Bauer, E. D.; Migliori, Albert

    2015-01-01

    The d and f electrons in correlated metals are often neither fully localized around their host nuclei nor fully itinerant. This localized/itinerant duality underlies the correlated electronic states of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the heavy-fermion intermetallics and is nowhere more apparent than in the 5f valence electrons of plutonium. Here, we report the full set of symmetry-resolved elastic moduli of PuCoGa5—the highest Tc superconductor of the heavy fermions (Tc = 18.5 K)—and find that the bulk modulus softens anomalously over a wide range in temperature above Tc. The elastic symmetry channel in which this softening occurs is characteristic of a valence instability—therefore, we identify the elastic softening with fluctuations of the plutonium 5f mixed-valence state. These valence fluctuations disappear when the superconducting gap opens at Tc, suggesting that electrons near the Fermi surface play an essential role in the mixed-valence physics of this system and that PuCoGa5 avoids a valence transition by entering the superconducting state. The lack of magnetism in PuCoGa5 has made it difficult to reconcile with most other heavy-fermion superconductors, where superconductivity is generally believed to be mediated by magnetic fluctuations. Our observations suggest that valence fluctuations play a critical role in the unusually high Tc of PuCoGa5. PMID:25737548

  12. Avoided valence transition in a plutonium superconductor.

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    Ramshaw, B J; Shekhter, Arkady; McDonald, Ross D; Betts, Jon B; Mitchell, J N; Tobash, P H; Mielke, C H; Bauer, E D; Migliori, Albert

    2015-03-17

    The d and f electrons in correlated metals are often neither fully localized around their host nuclei nor fully itinerant. This localized/itinerant duality underlies the correlated electronic states of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors and the heavy-fermion intermetallics and is nowhere more apparent than in the 5f valence electrons of plutonium. Here, we report the full set of symmetry-resolved elastic moduli of PuCoGa5--the highest Tc superconductor of the heavy fermions (Tc = 18.5 K)--and find that the bulk modulus softens anomalously over a wide range in temperature above Tc. The elastic symmetry channel in which this softening occurs is characteristic of a valence instability--therefore, we identify the elastic softening with fluctuations of the plutonium 5f mixed-valence state. These valence fluctuations disappear when the superconducting gap opens at Tc, suggesting that electrons near the Fermi surface play an essential role in the mixed-valence physics of this system and that PuCoGa5 avoids a valence transition by entering the superconducting state. The lack of magnetism in PuCoGa5 has made it difficult to reconcile with most other heavy-fermion superconductors, where superconductivity is generally believed to be mediated by magnetic fluctuations. Our observations suggest that valence fluctuations play a critical role in the unusually high Tc of PuCoGa5.

  13. Development of high Tc (greater than 100 K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1994-01-01

    Experimental work on this project over the last four years has resulted in establishing processing and characterization techniques for producing both the Bi-based and Tl-based superconductors in their high temperature (2223) forms. In the bulk, dry pressed form, maximum critical temperatures (Tc) of 108.2 K and 117.8 K, respectively, were measured. Results have further shown that the Bi and Tl-based superconducting materials in bulk form are noticeably different from the Y-based 123 material in that superconductivity is considerably harder to achieve, maintain, and reproduce. This is due primarily to the difficulty in obtaining the higher Tc phase in pure form since it commonly co-exists with other undesirable, lower Tc phases. In particular, it has been found that long processing times for calcining and firing (20 - 200 hrs.) and close control of temperatures which are very near the melting point are required in order to obtain higher proportions of the desirable, high Tc (2223) phase. Thus far, the BSCCO bulk materials has been prepared in uniaxially pressed, hot pressed, and tapecast form. The uniaxially pressed material has been synthesized by the mixed oxide, coprecipitation, and melt quenching processes. The tapecast and hot pressed materials have been prepared via the mixed oxide process. In addition, thick films of BSCCO (2223 phase) have been prepared by screen printing on to yttria and magnesia stabilized zirconia with only moderate success; i.e., superconductivity was achieved in these thick films, but the highest Tc obtained in these films was 89.0 K. The Tc's of the bulk hot pressed, tapecast, and screen printed thick film materials were found to be 108.2, 102.4, and 89.0 K, respectively.

  14. Low-loss, high-speed, high-{Tc} superconducting bearings

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    Hull, J.R.; Mulcahy, T.M.; Uherka, K.L.

    1996-07-30

    A flywheel energy storage device is disclosed including an iron structure disposed for rotation adjacent a stationary superconductor material structure and a stationary permanent magnet. The stationary permanent magnet levitates the iron structure while the superconductor structure can stabilize and levitate the rotating iron structure. 15 figs.

  15. Low-loss, high-speed, high-{Tc} superconducting bearings

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    Hull, J.R.; Mulcahy, T.M.; Uherka, K.L.

    1997-06-24

    A flywheel energy storage device is disclosed including an iron structure disposed for rotation adjacent a stationary superconductor material structure and a stationary permanent magnet. The stationary permanent magnet levitates the iron structure while the superconductor structure can stabilize the rotating iron structure. 15 figs.

  16. Nernst effect in high temperature superconductors

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    Wang, Yayu

    This thesis presents a study of the Nernst effect in high temperature superconductors. The vortex Nernst measurements have been carried out on various high Tc cuprates to high magnetic fields. These results provide vital information about the properties and relations of the pseudogap phase and superconducting phase in high Tc superconductors. Our first finding is the existence of vortex-like excitations at temperatures much higher than Tc0, the zero filed transition temperature, in the underdoped cuprates. This result suggests that in the putative normal state of cuprates, although bulk Meissner effect is absent and resistivity looks normal, the amplitude of the Cooper pairing is still sizable. The transition at Tc0 is driven by the loss of long range phase coherence rather than the disappearance of superconducting condensate. The high field Nernst effect offers a reliable way to determine the upper critical field Hc2 of high Tc cuprates and many unusual properties are uncovered. For cuprates with relatively large hole density (x > 0.15), we found that H c2 is almost temperature independent for T < Tc0. This is in strong contrast to the Hc2 - T relation of conventional superconductors. Moreover, using a scaling analysis, we have demonstrated that H c2 increases with decreasing hole density x in this doping range, implying a stronger pairing potential at lower doping. In the severely underdoped regime (x < 0.12), some new features become apparent and they imply that the vortex Nernst signal is comprised of two distinct contributions. The first is from coherent regions with long range phase coherence and relatively low upper critical field, more like the superconducting phase; the second is from phase incoherent regions with much larger field scales, indicative of the pseudogap phase. As temperature rises, the superconducting phase gives weight to the pseudogap phase. Moreover, the upper critical field Hc2 of the superconducting phase scales with the onset

  17. Melting of the Abrikosov flux lattice in anisotropic superconductors

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    Beck, R. G.; Farrell, D. E.; Rice, J. P.; Ginsberg, D. M.; Kogan, V. G.

    1992-01-01

    It has been proposed that the Abrikosov flux lattice in high-Tc superconductors is melted over a significant fraction of the phase diagram. A thermodynamic argument is provided which establishes that the angular dependence of the melting temperature is controlled by the superconducting mass anisotropy. Using a low-frequency torsional-oscillator technique, this relationship has been tested in untwinned single-crystal YBa2Cu3O(7-delta). The results offer decisive support for the melting proposal.

  18. Model for large arrays of Josephson junctions with unconventional superconductors

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    Khveshchenko, D. V.; Crooks, R.

    2011-10-01

    We study large arrays of mesoscopic junctions made out of gapless unconventional superconductors where the tunneling processes of both particle-hole and Cooper pairs give rise to a strongly retarded effective action which, contrary to the standard case, cannot be readily characterized in terms of a local Josephson energy. This action can be relevant, for example, to grain boundary and c-axis junctions in layered high-Tc superconductors. By using a particular functional representation, we describe emergent collective phenomena in this system, ascertain its phase diagram, and compute electrical conductivity.

  19. “Nodal Gap” induced by the incommensurate diagonal spin density modulation in underdoped high- Tc superconductors

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    Zhou, Tao; Gao, Yi; Zhu, Jian -Xin

    2015-03-07

    Recenmore » tly it was revealed that the whole Fermi surface is fully gapped for several families of underdoped cuprates. The existence of the finite energy gap along the d-wave nodal lines (nodal gap) contrasts the common understanding of the d-wave pairing symmetry, which challenges the present theories for the high-Tcsuperconductors. Here we propose that the incommensurate diagonal spin-density-wave order can account for the above experimental observation. The Fermi surface and the local density of states are also studied. Our results are in good agreement with many important experiments in high-Tcsuperconductors.« less

  20. Role of twins in peak effect phenomenon observed at microwave frequencies in high Tc superconductor thin films

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    Banerjee, Tamalika; Bagwe, V. C.; John, J.; Pai, S. P.; Ganesh Kumara, K.; Pinto, R.

    2004-05-01

    Measurements of microwave surface resistance, Rs, at subcritical currents as a function of temperature with varying dc magnetic field upto 0.8 T have shown peak effect (PE) in epitaxial DyBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (DBCO) and YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on <1 0 0> LaAlO 3 substrates. Microwave measurements were performed on microstrip resonators as test vehicles. Occurrence of a peak in Rs in dc magnetic field is governed by the nature and concentration of defects. Evidence shows that thinner films with a higher ratio of areal density of extended defects, ne (such as twin boundaries), to the areal density of point defects, np, show PE at the measurement frequencies 4.88 and 9.55 GHz; whereas, thicker films (⩾3000 Å) with a smaller ne/ np ratio do not show PE. 2500 Å thick YBCO film shows a double peak structure at 9.55 GHz, thereby suggesting two sets of twin boundaries in this film having different κp values. Measurements carried out on low-twinned LaAlO 3 substrates show that 2400 Å thick DBCO film does not exhibit the PE phenomenon at 4.88 GHz upto to an applied field of 0.8 T; this indicates that twins propagated from the LaAlO 3 substrates are responsible for the occurrence of PE at microwave frequencies. Oxygen ion irradiation (90 MeV, 3 × 10 13 ions/cm 2) of 2500 Å DBCO film has been found to shift the peak to lower temperature at 4.88 GHz, but significantly suppress the peak at 9.55 GHz. Depinning frequency, ωp vs. T plot obtained for the 2400 Å DBCO film shows a peak due to the peak in its Rs vs. T plots.

  1. Fabrication, properties, and microstructures of high (Tc) tapes and coils made from Ag-clad Bi-2223 superconductor

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

    1993-07-01

    Bi-2223 precursor powders were prepared via a solid-state reaction using carbonates and oxides of Bi, Pb, Sr, Ca, and Cu. Results indicate that an in-situ reaction between constituent phases with the formation of a transient liquid that is consumed during final heat treatment, is essential to obtain increased density with greater connectivity between the 2223 grains. Relative amounts of the constituent phases were adjusted in the powder by varying the calcination conditions, and the powder was then used to fabricate Ag-clad tapes by a powder-in-tube technique. By improving process conditions, transport critical current density (J(sub c)) values greater than 4 (times) 10(exp 4) A/cm(sup 2) at 77 K and 2 (times) 10(exp 5) A/cm(sup 2) at 4.2 and 27 K have been obtained in short tape samples. Long tapes were cut into lengths upto 10 m long and used in parallel to fabricate small superconducting pancake coils. The coils were characterized at 77, 27 and 4.2 K and results are discussed.

  2. Correlation between fabrication factor and superconducting properties of the Tl-and-Bi-based high-Tc superconductor

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    Maki, Naoki; Okada, Michiya; Doi, Toshiya J.; Kanai, Tsuneyuki; Sato, Junichi; Higashiyama, Kazutoshi

    1995-01-01

    Large critical current densities (J(sub c)) were obtained in c axis oriented Tl-1 223/Ag composite tapes fabricated by spraying methods without a vacuum. Transport measurements at 77K under a zero field indicated a J(sub c) of 9 x 10(exp 4) A/sq cm and 7 x 10(exp 3) A/sq cm at 1T for the tapes fabricated by spray pyrolysis. The novel GPM method was also applied for Bi-2212/Ag PIT composite wire, and found to be very effective for improving the distribution of voids, which caused from the melt-solidifying process. The GPM showed a marked effect for obtaining homogeneous long wire. A 1 T class coil was successfully fabricated with monocore wire.

  3. Phase engineering of monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide through coupled electron doping and lattice deformation

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    Ouyang, Bin; Lan, Guoqiang; Song, Jun; Guo, Yinsheng; Mi, Zetian

    2015-11-09

    First-principles calculations were performed to investigate the phase stability and transition within four monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenide (TMD) systems, i.e., MX{sub 2} (M = Mo or W and X = S or Se) under coupled electron doping and lattice deformation. With the lattice distortion and electron doping density treated as state variables, the energy surfaces of different phases were computed, and the diagrams of energetically preferred phases were constructed. These diagrams assess the competition between different phases and predict conditions of phase transitions for the TMDs considered. The interplay between lattice deformation and electron doping was identified as originating from the deformation induced band shifting and band bending. Based on our findings, a potential design strategy combining an efficient electrolytic gating and a lattice straining to achieve controllable phase engineering in TMD monolayers was demonstrated.

  4. Sign reversal of magnetoresistance in a perovskite nickelate by electron doping

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    Ramadoss, Koushik; Mandal, Nirajan; Dai, Xia; Wan, Zhong; Zhou, You; Rokhinson, Leonid; Chen, Yong P.; Hu, Jiangpin; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2016-12-01

    We present low temperature resistivity and magnetotransport measurements conducted on pristine and electron doped SmNiO3 (SNO). The low temperature transport in both pristine and electron-doped SNO shows a Mott variable range hopping with a substantial decrease in localization length of carriers by one order in the case of doped samples. Undoped SNO films show a negative magnetoresistance (MR) at all temperatures characterized by spin fluctuations with the evolution of a positive cusp at low temperatures. In striking contrast, upon electron doping of the films via hydrogenation, we observe a crossover to a linear nonsaturating positive MR ˜0.2 % at 50 K. The results signify the role of localization phenomena in tuning the magnetotransport response in doped nickelates. Ionic doping is therefore a promising approach to tune magnetotransport in correlated perovskites.

  5. Tunneling study based on the circuit theory in d-wave superconductors

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    Shigeta, Iduru; Asano, Yasuhiro; Tanaka, Yukio; Ichikawa, Fusao; Kashiwaya, Satoshi

    2006-01-01

    We propose a new interpretation about zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) behaviours in high-Tc superconductors. The ZBCP has been frequently observed in many tunneling spectroscopic experiments for unconventional superconductors. The ZBCP mechanism was well understood by the Andreev bound states theory for unconventional superconductors. On the other hand, the circuit theory has been recently developed from conventional superconductors to unconventional superconductors. The ZBCP often appears in this theory as well. Therefore, we have analyzed experimental spectra with the ZBCP of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ planar tunnel junctions by using both theories for d-wave paring symmetry. The experimental spectra are consistent with those of recent studies on the circuit theory for d-wave superconductors.

  6. Quantum interference in an interfacial superconductor

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    Goswami, Srijit; Mulazimoglu, Emre; Monteiro, Ana M. R. V. L.; Wölbing, Roman; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold; Blanter, Ya. M.; Vandersypen, Lieven M. K.; Caviglia, Andrea D.

    2016-10-01

    The two-dimensional superconductor that forms at the interface between the complex oxides lanthanum aluminate (LAO) and strontium titanate (STO) has several intriguing properties that set it apart from conventional superconductors. Most notably, an electric field can be used to tune its critical temperature (Tc; ref. 7), revealing a dome-shaped phase diagram reminiscent of high-Tc superconductors. So far, experiments with oxide interfaces have measured quantities that probe only the magnitude of the superconducting order parameter and are not sensitive to its phase. Here, we perform phase-sensitive measurements by realizing the first superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) at the LAO/STO interface. Furthermore, we develop a new paradigm for the creation of superconducting circuit elements, where local gates enable the in situ creation and control of Josephson junctions. These gate-defined SQUIDs are unique in that the entire device is made from a single superconductor with purely electrostatic interfaces between the superconducting reservoir and the weak link. We complement our experiments with numerical simulations and show that the low superfluid density of this interfacial superconductor results in a large, gate-controllable kinetic inductance of the SQUID. Our observation of robust quantum interference opens up a new pathway to understanding the nature of superconductivity at oxide interfaces.

  7. Quantum interference in an interfacial superconductor.

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    Goswami, Srijit; Mulazimoglu, Emre; Monteiro, Ana M R V L; Wölbing, Roman; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold; Blanter, Ya M; Vandersypen, Lieven M K; Caviglia, Andrea D

    2016-10-01

    The two-dimensional superconductor that forms at the interface between the complex oxides lanthanum aluminate (LAO) and strontium titanate (STO) has several intriguing properties that set it apart from conventional superconductors. Most notably, an electric field can be used to tune its critical temperature (Tc; ref. 7), revealing a dome-shaped phase diagram reminiscent of high-Tc superconductors. So far, experiments with oxide interfaces have measured quantities that probe only the magnitude of the superconducting order parameter and are not sensitive to its phase. Here, we perform phase-sensitive measurements by realizing the first superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) at the LAO/STO interface. Furthermore, we develop a new paradigm for the creation of superconducting circuit elements, where local gates enable the in situ creation and control of Josephson junctions. These gate-defined SQUIDs are unique in that the entire device is made from a single superconductor with purely electrostatic interfaces between the superconducting reservoir and the weak link. We complement our experiments with numerical simulations and show that the low superfluid density of this interfacial superconductor results in a large, gate-controllable kinetic inductance of the SQUID. Our observation of robust quantum interference opens up a new pathway to understanding the nature of superconductivity at oxide interfaces.

  8. Metallic Contaminant Detection System for Industrial Products by High TC SQUID Magnetic Sensor

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Fujita, Hiroyoshi; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Otani, Takeyoshi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) system for detection of magnetic foreign matter in industrial products was developed. There is a possibility that ultra-small metallic foreign matter has been accidentally mixed with industrial products, such as lithium ion batteries. The outer dimension of metallic particles less than 100 microns cannot be detected by conventional X-ray imaging. Therefore, we developed a detection system based on high-Tc SQUID microscopes with a high-performance magnetic shield. Using SQUID microscopes with a 0.5 mm-thick vacuum window was proposed. This design enables the SQUID to approach an object to be measured as close as 1 mm and enhances the sensitivity. A new magnetic shield with sleeves was carefully designed and built. As a result, we could successfully measure a small iron particle with 100 μm. This detection level was hard to achieve by conventional X-ray detection methods.

  9. A high-Tc flip-chip SQUID gradiometer for mobile underwater magnetic sensing

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    Keenan, S. T.; Young, J. A.; Foley, C. P.; Du, J.

    2010-02-01

    We report on the development of a magnetic gradient tensor sensor based on high- Tc SQUIDs for marine surveying applications. The proposed system uses six planar gradiometers incorporated into a hexagonal pyramid structure where the combined output will provide a measure of the gradient tensor. This report focuses on the development and characterization of long baseline high- Tc SQUID gradiometers for this purpose. We compare the performance of two separate fabricated gradiometer designs. These devices both consist of a large 40 mm × 20 mm gradiometric pickup loop antenna flip-chip coupled to a small readout SQUID gradiometer. We have thus far demonstrated an unshielded gradient sensitivity of ~29 fT cm-1 Hz-1/2 at 1 kHz and ~170 fT cm-1 Hz-1/2 at 10 Hz through optimizing the coupling inductances of our device.

  10. N-14 NQR using a high-Tc rf SQUID with a normal metal transformer

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    He, D. F.; Tachiki, M.; Itozaki, H.

    2008-01-01

    We have improved our high-Tc SQUID-based N-14 nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) detection system. By using a reed relay SIL5-1A72-71L (MEDER electronic) in the normal metal transformer, the isolation to the excitation field was much improved. The high-Tc rf SQUID could operate stably when the rf excitation field was over 20 mT. By optimizing the input coil of the transformer, better sensitivity of 0.5 fT Hz-1/2 was obtained at the resonant frequency of the tuned normal metal transformer. A spin-locking spin-echo (SLSE) multi-pulse sequence was also used in the system to detect the weak NQR signals produced by samples with longer spin-spin relaxation time T2, such as trinitrotoluene (TNT).

  11. Multi-Channel High-Tc SQUID Detection System for Metallic Contaminants

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    Kitamura, Yoshihiro; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Tanaka, Saburo; Ohtani, Takeyoshi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    Finding ultra-small metallic contaminants is a big issue for manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries nowadays. Therefore, we have developed high-Tc SQUID systems for detection of such fine magnetic metallic contaminants. In this paper, we constructed an eight channel high-Tc SQUID gradiometer system for inspection of a sheet electrode of a lithium ion battery with width of about 70 mm. By this system, a small iron ball of about 30 μm in diameter was successfully detected. It is shown that this system has a detectable range of 70 mm in width. These results suggest that the system is a promising tool for the detection of the contaminants in lithium ion batteries.

  12. Search for high-Tc conventional superconductivity at megabar pressures in the lithium-sulfur system

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    Kokail, Christian; Heil, Christoph; Boeri, Lilia

    2016-08-01

    Motivated by the recent report of superconductivity above 200 K in ultra-dense hydrogen sulfide, we search for high-TC conventional superconductivity in the phase diagram of the binary Li-S system, using ab initio methods for crystal structure prediction and linear response calculations for the electron-phonon coupling. We find that at pressures higher than 20 GPa, several new compositions, besides the known Li2S , are stabilized; many exhibit electride-like interstitial charge localization observed in other alkali-metal compounds. Of all predicted phases, only an fcc phase of Li3S , metastable before 640 GPa, exhibits a sizable TC, in contrast to what is observed in sulfur and phosphorus hydrides, where several stoichiometries lead to high TC. We attribute this difference to 2 s -2 p hybridization and avoided core overlap, and predict similar behavior for other alkali-metal compounds.

  13. Truncated Hilbert space approach to models of high-{Tc} superconductivity

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    Riera, J.

    1995-07-01

    In this talk the author introduces a method of diagonalization in a systematically expanded Hilbert space. The author shows some applications of this procedure to several models of relevance to high-Tc superconductivity like the t-J, the t-J{sub z} and Hubbard models. Finally, the author discusses the relation of this method of diagonalization in a reduced Hilbert space with perturbation theory and with variational methods.

  14. A novel quadruple excitation in high-Tc SQUID-based non-destructive evaluation

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    Kong, X. Y.; Ren, Y. F.; Li, J. W.; Yu, H. W.; Chen, G. H.; Yang, Q. S.

    2006-02-01

    A high-Tc SQUID-based non-destructive evaluation (NDE) system has been set up in our laboratory. The SQUID was made on a 24° bicystal SrTiO3 substrate. A novel quadruple excitation coil was proposed for the first time and applied in the artificial holes in the aluminium multilayer structure in a noisy unshielded environment. The experimental data shows that it has good balance and is very effective at detecting small hole defects.

  15. Nonlinear Harmonic Responses of Live Cells Using High-Tc Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices

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    Miller, J. H.; Nawarathna, D.; Sanabria, H.; Vajrala, V.; Claycomb, J. R.

    2006-09-01

    We report on a novel application of high-Tc SQUIDs, in which harmonics produced by live cells in response to a sinusoidal electric field are measured. The use of SQUIDs to probe induced currents without contacts reduces spurious harmonics generated at electrode interfaces, and enables one to noninvasively probe metabolic activity manifested by changes in conformational states of protein complexes in the plasma membrane and internal organelles. The method can also potentially be developed for clinical applications.

  16. Voltage-current and voltage-flux characteristics of asymmetric high TC DC SQUIDs

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    Novikov, I. L.; Greenberg, Ya. S.; Schultze, V.; Ijsselsteijn, R.; Meyer, H.-G.

    2009-01-01

    We report measurements of transfer functions and flux shifts of 20 on-chip high TC DC SQUIDs half of which were made purposely geometrically asymmetric. All of these SQUIDs were fabricated using standard high TC thin-film technology and they were single layer ones, having 140 nm thickness of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x film deposited by laser ablation onto MgO bicrystal substrates with 24° misorientation angle. For every SQUID the parameters of its intrinsic asymmetry, i.e., the density of critical current and resistivity of every junction, were measured directly and independently. We showed that the main reason for the on-chip spreading of SQUIDs’ voltage-current and voltage-flux characteristics was the intrinsic asymmetry. We found that for SQUIDs with a relative large inductance ( L > 120 pH) both the voltage modulation and the transfer function were not very sensitive to the junctions asymmetry, whereas SQUIDs with smaller inductance ( L ≃ 65-75 pH) were more sensitive. The results obtained in the paper are important for the implementation in the sensitive instruments based on high TC SQUID arrays and gratings.

  17. Fermi arcs vs. fermi pockets in electron-doped perovskite iridates

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    He, Junfeng; Hafiz, H.; Mion, Thomas R.; ...

    2015-02-23

    We report on an angle resolved photoemission (ARPES) study of bulk electron-doped perovskite iridate, (Sr1-xLax)₃Ir₂O₇. Fermi surface pockets are observed with a total electron count in keeping with that expected from La substitution. Depending on the energy and polarization of the incident photons, these pockets show up in the form of disconnected “Fermi arcs”, reminiscent of those reported recently in surface electron-doped Sr₂IrO₄. Our observed spectral variation is consistent with the coexistence of an electronic supermodulation with structural distortion in the system.

  18. Fermi arcs vs. fermi pockets in electron-doped perovskite iridates

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    He, Junfeng; Hafiz, H.; Mion, Thomas R.; Hogan, T.; Dhital, C.; Chen, X.; Lin, Qisen; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D. H.; Zhang, Y.; Markiewicz, R. S.; Bansil, A.; Wilson, S. D.; He, Rui -Hua

    2015-02-23

    We report on an angle resolved photoemission (ARPES) study of bulk electron-doped perovskite iridate, (Sr1-xLax)₃Ir₂O₇. Fermi surface pockets are observed with a total electron count in keeping with that expected from La substitution. Depending on the energy and polarization of the incident photons, these pockets show up in the form of disconnected “Fermi arcs”, reminiscent of those reported recently in surface electron-doped Sr₂IrO₄. Our observed spectral variation is consistent with the coexistence of an electronic supermodulation with structural distortion in the system.

  19. Recent Advances in Layered Metal Chalcogenides as Superconductors and Thermoelectric Materials: Fe-Based and Bi-Based Chalcogenides.

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    Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu

    2016-04-01

    Recent advances in layered (Fe-based and Bi-based) chalcogenides as superconductors or functional materials are reviewed. The Fe-chalcogenide (FeCh) family are the simplest Fe-based high-Tc superconductors. The superconductivity in the FeCh family is sensitive to external or chemical pressure, and high Tc is attained when the local structure (anion height) is optimized. The Bi-chalcogenide (BiCh2) family are a new group of layered superconductors with a wide variety of stacking structures. Their physical properties are also sensitive to external or chemical pressure. Recently, we revealed that the emergence of superconductivity and the Tc in this family correlate with the in-plane chemical pressure. Since the flexibility of crystal structure and electronic states are an advantage of the BiCh2 family for designing functionalities, I briefly review recent developments in this family as not only superconductors but also other functional materials.

  20. Noncubic layered structure of Ba1-xKxBiO3 superconductor

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

    2003-04-01

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

  1. Unconventional Disorder Effects in Correlated Superconductors

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    Gastiasoro, Maria N.; Bernardini, Fabio; Andersen, Brian M.

    2016-12-01

    We study the effects of disorder on unconventional superconductors in the presence of correlations, and explore a novel correlated disorder paradigm dominated by strong deviations from standard Abrikosov-Gor'kov theory due to generation of local bound states and cooperative impurity behavior driven by Coulomb interactions. Specifically we explain under which circumstances magnetic disorder acts as a strong poison destroying high-Tc superconductivity at the sub-1% level, and when nonmagnetic disorder, counterintuitively, hardly affects the unconventional superconducting state while concomitantly inducing an inhomogeneous full-volume magnetic phase. Recent experimental studies of Fe-based superconductors have discovered that such unusual disorder behavior seems to be indeed present in those systems.

  2. Superconductor Composite

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

    1999-02-02

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

  3. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications. Annual report for FY 1992

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    Goretta, K.C.

    1992-10-01

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

  4. Superconductor consolidation

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    Staudhammer, K.P.

    1988-01-01

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

  5. Superconductor consolidation

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    Staudhammer, K. P.

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

  6. Electrostatic electron-doping yields superconductivity in LaOBiS2

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    Uesugi, Eri; Nishiyama, Saki; Goto, Hidenori; Ota, Hiromi; Kubozono, Yoshihiro

    2016-12-01

    Electrostatic carrier-doping is attracting serious attention as a meaningful technique for producing interesting electronic states in two-dimensional (2D) layered materials. Ionic-liquid gating can provide the critical carrier density required to induce the metal-insulator transition and superconductivity. However, the physical properties of only a few materials have been controlled by the electrostatic carrier-doping during the past decade. Here, we report an observation of superconductivity in a 2D layered material, LaOBiS2, achieved by the electrostatic electron-doping. The electron doping of LaOBiS2 induced metallic conductivity in the normally insulating LaOBiS2, ultimately led to superconductivity. The superconducting transition temperature, Tc, was 3.6 K, higher than the 2.7 K seen in LaO1-xFxBiS2 with an electron-doped BiS2 layer. A rapid drop in resistance (R) was observed at low temperature, which disappeared with the application of high magnetic fields, implying a superconducting state. This study reveals that electron-doping is an important technique for inducing superconductivity in 2D layered BiS2 materials.

  7. Noise properties of high-Tc superconducting flux transformers fabricated using chemical-mechanical polishing

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    Chukharkin, M.; Kalabukhov, A.; Schneiderman, J. F.; Öisjöen, F.; Snigirev, O.; Lai, Z.; Winkler, D.

    2012-07-01

    Reproducible high-temperature superconducting multilayer flux transformers were fabricated using chemical mechanical polishing. The measured magnetic field noise of the flip-chip magnetometer based on one such flux transformer with a 9 × 9 mm2 pickup loop coupled to a bicrystal dc SQUID was 15 fT/Hz1/2 above 2 kHz. We present an investigation of excess 1/f noise observed at low frequencies and its relationship with the microstructure of the interlayer connections within the flux transformer. The developed high-Tc SQUID magnetometers may be advantageous in ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging and, with improved low frequency noise, magnetoencephalography applications.

  8. Development of a High-Tc SQUID-Based System for Neurophysiology Studies In-Vitro

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    Magnelind, Per; Tarte, Ed; Winkler, Dag; Hanse, Eric

    2006-06-01

    In this paper we report on the development of a system based on a high-Tc SQUID (HTS) sensor for measurements of the neuromagnetic field generated by neurons inside tissue slices. SQUIDs have successfully been measured inside the system. The system white noise level is lower than 7 pT/Hz{1/2}, which is only slightly higher than previously reported 4.5 pT/Hz{1/2} for the same kind of SQUID measured inside a superconducting shield.

  9. Magnetic microscopy based on high-Tc SQUIDs for room temperature samples

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    Wang, H. W.; Kong, X. Y.; Ren, Y. F.; Yu, H. W.; Ding, H. S.; Zhao, S. P.; Chen, G. H.; Zhang, L. H.; Zhou, Y. L.; Yang, Q. S.

    2003-11-01

    The SQUID microscope is the most suitable instrument for imaging magnetic fields above sample surfaces if one is mainly interested in field sensitivity. In this paper, both the magnetic moment sensitivity and spatial resolution of the SQUID microscope are analysed with a simple point moment model. The result shows that the ratio of SQUID sensor size to sensor-sample distance effectively influences the sensitivity and spatial resolution. In comparison with some experimental results of magnetic images for room temperature samples from our high-Tc SQUID microscope in an unshielded environment, a brief discussion for further improvement is presented.

  10. 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.

  11. Electronic transport in unconventional superconductors

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    Graf, M.J.

    1998-12-31

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

  12. Metallic contaminant detection system using multi-channel high Tc SQUIDs

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Kitamura, Yoshihiro; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Ohtani, Takeyoshi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    2012-10-01

    We have developed the magnetic metallic contaminant detectors using multiple high Tc SQUID gradiometers for industrial products. Finding ultra-small metallic contaminants is a big issue for manufacturers producing commercial products. The quality of industrial products such as lithium ion batteries can deteriorate by the inclusion of tiny metallic contaminants. When the contamination does occur, the manufacturer of the product suffers a great loss to recall the tainted products. Metallic particles with outer dimension less than 50 μm cannot be detected by a conventional X-ray imaging. Therefore a high sensitive detection system for small foreign matters is required. However, in most of the cases, the matrix of an active material coated sheet electrode is magnetized and the magnetic signal from the matrix is large enough to mask the signal from contaminants. Thus we have developed a detection system based on a SQUID gradiometer and a horizontal magnetization to date. For practical use, we should increase the detection width of the system by employing multiple sensors. We successfully realized an eight-channel high-Tc SQUID gradiometer system for inspection of sheet electrodes of a lithium ion battery with width of at least 60 to 70 mm. Eight planar SQUID gradiometers were mounted with a separation of 9.0 mm. As a result, small iron particles of less than 50 μm were successfully measured. This result suggests that the system is a promising tool for the detection of contaminants in a lithium ion battery.

  13. Magnetic levitation force measurement on high [Tc] superconducting ceramic/polymer composites

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    Unsworth, J.; Du, Jia; Crosby, B.J. ); Macfarlane, J.C. )

    1993-01-01

    An experimental study of magnetic levitation force for 0--3 and 3--3 superconducting ceramic/polymer composites is presented. A simple, inexpensive force versus distance measurement technique is described. The measurements of force against distance or magnetic field show strong hysteretic behavior, which is similar to the sintered superconductor ceramics and is consistent with the hysteresis in magnetization of superconductor. The volume fraction dependence and sample thickness dependence of the levitation forces are also studied for 0--3 composites. Results suggest that the new composite materials are most suitable for levitation applications.

  14. Lateral restoring force on a magnet levitated above a superconductor

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    Davis, L. C.

    1990-01-01

    The lateral restoring force on a magnet levitated above a superconductor is calculated as a function of displacement from its original position at rest using Bean's critical-state model to describe flux pinning. The force is linear for small displacements and saturates at large displacements. In the absence of edge effects the force always attracts the magnet to its original position. Thus it is a restoring force that contributes to the stability of the levitated magnet. In the case of a thick superconductor slab, the origin of the force is a magnetic dipole layer consisting of positive and negative supercurrents induced on the trailing side of the magnet. The qualitative behavior is consistent with experiments reported to date. Effects due to the finite thickness of the superconductor slab and the granular nature of high-Tc materials are also considered.

  15. SHMUTZ & PROTON-DIAMANT H + Irradiated/Written-Hyper/Super-conductivity(HC/SC) Precognizance/Early Experiments Connections: Wet-Graphite Room-Tc & Actualized MgB2 High-Tc: Connection to Mechanical Bulk-Moduli/Hardness: Diamond Hydrocarbon-Filaments, Disorder, Nano-Powders:C,Bi,TiB2,TiC

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    Wunderman, Irwin; Siegel, Edward Carl-Ludwig; Lewis, Thomas; Young, Frederic; Smith, Adolph; Dresschhoff-Zeller, Gieselle

    2013-03-01

    SHMUTZ: ``wet-graphite''Scheike-....[Adv.Mtls.(7/16/12)]hyper/super-SCHMUTZ-conductor(S!!!) = ``wet''(?)-``graphite''(?) = ``graphene''(?) = water(?) = hydrogen(?) =ultra-heavy proton-bands(???) = ...(???) claimed room/high-Tc/high-Jc superconductOR ``p''-``wave''/ BAND(!!!) superconductIVITY and actualized/ instantiated MgB2 high-Tc superconductors and their BCS- superconductivity: Tc Siegel[ICMAO(77);JMMM 7,190(78)] connection to SiegelJ.Nonxline-Sol.40,453(80)] disorder/amorphous-superconductivity in nano-powders mechanical bulk/shear(?)-moduli/hardness: proton-irradiated diamond, powders TiB2, TiC,{Siegel[Semis. & Insuls.5:39,47, 62 (79)])-...``VS''/concommitance with Siegel[Phys.Stat.Sol.(a)11,45(72)]-Dempsey [Phil.Mag. 8,86,285(63)]-Overhauser-(Little!!!)-Seitz-Smith-Zeller-Dreschoff-Antonoff-Young-...proton-``irradiated''/ implanted/ thermalized-in-(optimal: BOTH heat-capacity/heat-sink & insulator/maximal dielectric-constant) diamond: ``VS'' ``hambergite-borate-mineral transformable to Overhauser optimal-high-Tc-LiBD2 in Overhauser-(NW-periodic-table)-Land: CO2/CH4-ETERNAL-sequestration by-product: WATER!!!: physics lessons from

  16. Anisotropic softening of magnetic excitations in lightly electron-doped Sr2IrO4

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    Liu, X.; Dean, M. P. M.; Meng, Z. Y.; ...

    2016-06-10

    The magnetic excitations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with x = 0:03 were measured using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the Ir L3-edge. Although much broadened, well defined dispersive magnetic excitations were observed. Comparing with the magnetic dispersion from the undoped compound, the evolution of the magnetic excitations upon doping is highly anisotropic. Along the anti-nodal direction, the dispersion is almost intact. On the other hand, the magnetic excitations along the nodal direction show significant softening. These results establish the presence of strong magnetic correlations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with close analogies to the hole doped cuprates, further motivating the searchmore » for high temperature superconductivity in this system.« less

  17. Disordered dimer state in electron-doped Sr3Ir2O7

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    Hogan, Tom; Dally, Rebecca; Upton, Mary; Clancy, J. P.; Finkelstein, Kenneth; Kim, Young-June; Graf, M. J.; Wilson, Stephen D.

    2016-09-01

    Spin excitations are explored in the electron-doped spin-orbit Mott insulator (Sr1-xLax) 3Ir2O7 . As this bilayer square lattice system is doped into the metallic regime, long-range antiferromagnetism vanishes, yet a spectrum of gapped spin excitation remains. Excitation lifetimes are strongly damped with increasing carrier concentration, and the energy-integrated spectral weight becomes nearly momentum independent as static spin order is suppressed. Local magnetic moments, absent in the parent system, grow in metallic samples and approach values consistent with one J =1/2 impurity per electron doped. Our combined data suggest that the magnetic spectra of metallic (Sr1-xLax) 3Ir2O7 are best described by excitations out of a disordered dimer state.

  18. Electron doping through lithium intercalation to interstitial channels in tetrahedrally bonded SiC

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    Sakai, Yuki; Oshiyama, Atsushi

    2015-11-07

    We report on first-principles calculations that clarify the effect of lithium atom intercalation into zinc blende 3C-silicon carbide (3C-SiC) on electronic and structural properties. Lithium atoms inside 3C-SiC are found to donate electrons to 3C-SiC that is an indication of a new way of electron doping through the intercalation. The electrons doped into the conduction band interact with lithium cations and reduce the band spacing between the original valence and conduction bands. We have also found that a silicon monovacancy in 3C-SiC promotes the lithium intercalation, showing that the vacancy generation makes SiC as a possible anode material for lithium-ion battery.

  19. Anisotropic softening of magnetic excitations in lightly electron-doped Sr2IrO4

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    Liu, X.; Dean, M. P. M.; Meng, Z. Y.; Upton, M. H.; Qi, T.; Gog, T.; Cao, Y.; Lin, J. Q.; Meyers, D.; Ding, H.; Cao, G.; Hill, J. P.

    2016-06-10

    The magnetic excitations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with x = 0:03 were measured using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the Ir L3-edge. Although much broadened, well defined dispersive magnetic excitations were observed. Comparing with the magnetic dispersion from the undoped compound, the evolution of the magnetic excitations upon doping is highly anisotropic. Along the anti-nodal direction, the dispersion is almost intact. On the other hand, the magnetic excitations along the nodal direction show significant softening. These results establish the presence of strong magnetic correlations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with close analogies to the hole doped cuprates, further motivating the search for high temperature superconductivity in this system.

  20. Organic superconductors

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    Jérome, D.

    1994-10-01

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

  1. Superconductor cable

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    Allais, Arnaud; Schmidt, Frank; Marzahn, Erik

    2010-05-04

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

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

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    Matsumoto, Koichi; Hashimoto, Takasu

    1991-12-01

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

  3. Controlled thermodynamics for tunable electron doping of graphene on Ir(111)

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    Struzzi, C.; Praveen, C. S.; Scardamaglia, M.; Verbitskiy, N. I.; Fedorov, A. V.; Weinl, M.; Schreck, M.; Grüneis, A.; Piccinin, S.; Fabris, S.; Petaccia, L.

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties and surface structures of K-doped graphene supported on Ir(111) are characterized as a function of temperature and coverage by combining low-energy electron diffraction, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Deposition of K on graphene at room temperature (RT) yields a stable (√ 3 ×√ 3 ) R30° surface structure having an intrinsic electron doping that shifts the graphene Dirac point by ED=1.30 eV below the Fermi level. Keeping the graphene substrate at 80 K during deposition generates instead a (2 ×2 ) phase, which is stable until full monolayer coverage. Further deposition of K followed by RT annealing develops a double-layer K-doped graphene that effectively doubles the K coverage and the related charge transfer, as well as maximizing the doping level (ED=1.61 eV ). The measured electron doping and the surface reconstructions are rationalized by DFT calculations. These indicate a large thermodynamic driving force for K intercalation below the graphene layer. The electron doping and Dirac point shifts calculated for the different structures are in agreement with the experimental measurements. In particular, the K4 s bands are shown to be sensitive to both the K intercalation and periodicity and are therefore suggested as a fingerprint for the location and ordering of the K dopants.

  4. Persistence of polar distortion with electron doping in lone-pair driven ferroelectrics

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    He, Xu; Jin, Kui-juan

    2016-12-01

    Free electrons can screen out long-range Coulomb interaction and destroy the polar distortion in some ferroelectric materials, whereas the coexistence of polar distortion and metallicity were found in several non-central-symmetric metals (NCSMs). Therefore, the mechanisms and designing of NCSMs have attracted great interest. In this work, by first-principles calculation, we found the polar distortion in the lone-pair driven ferroelectric material PbTiO3 cannot only persist but also increase with electron doping. We further analyzed the mechanisms of the persisting of the polar distortion. We found that the Ti site polar instability is suppressed, but the Pb site polar instability is intact with the electron doping. The Pb-site instability is due to the lone-pair mechanism which can be viewed as a pseudo-Jahn-Teller effect, a mix of the ground state and the excited state by ion displacement from the central symmetric position. The lone-pair mechanism is not strongly affected by the electron doping because neither the ground state nor the excited state involved is at the Fermi energy. The enhancement of the polar distortion is related to the increasing of the Ti ion size by doping. These results show that the long-pair stereoactive ions can be used for designing NCSMs.

  5. Inductance measurements in multilevel high Tc step-edge grain boundary SQUIDS

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    Forrester, M. G.; Davidson, A.; Talvacchio, J.; Gavaler, J. R.; Przybysz, J. X.

    1994-10-01

    Multilevel high Tc SQUIDs, suitable for digital circuit applications, have been fabricated and tested. The devices employ a YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) ground plane, an epitaxial SrTiO3 insulator, and a YBCO microstrip layer. Junctions are formed by the step-edge grain boundary process, with a ground plane contact for the ``low'' side of each junction, using only isotropic sputtering and milling techniques. Control current is directly injected in a microstrip segment of the SQUID loop, allowing us to measure the microstrip inductance, and thus to infer the magnetic penetration depth of the YBCO. The SQUIDs are operational above 77 K, at which temperature we infer a penetration depth of 350 nm. The temperature dependence of the penetration depth is found to be in reasonable agreement with the Gorter-Casimir form close to Tc.

  6. Relaxation of the transport critical current in high-Tc polycrystals

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    Altshuler, E.; Cobas, R.; Batista-Leyva, A. J.; Noda, C.; Flores, L. E.; Martínez, C.; Orlando, M. T. D.

    1999-08-01

    We perform a systematic study of the time evolution of the transport critical current in polycrystalline samples of the high temperature superconducting system (Hg1-xRex)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ and YBa2Cu3O7-δ after application and removal of an external magnetic field Hm. Within our time, temperature, and remanent field windows, the transport critical current increases logarithmically in time. The relaxation rates in the range 80-115 K decrease with increasing temperature at a fixed Hm, while temperature-dependent maxima are observed in the relaxation rate versus Hm plots. These experimental results are reproduced by a phenomenological model applicable to any high-Tc polycrystals. In the model, the time increase of the transport current is determined by the effective field at the intergrain junctions, which relaxes in time due to the flux creep of the intragrain magnetization.

  7. 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.

  8. New type of second-order high- Tc SQUID planar gradiometer

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    Lang, P. L.; Zheng, D. N.; Zhang, M. J.; Chen, K.; Qi, H. H.; Zhao, Z. X.

    2004-09-01

    We have proposed a novel type of high- Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) planar gradiometer that could measure the mixed partial derivative of magnetic fields ∂2Bz/ ∂x ∂y . The device consists of two parts, one is the signal pickup antenna formed by four square pickup loops, and another one is a SQUID directly coupled to the common line which separates the antenna loops. The four pickup loops were arranged to a two-dimensional array. The loops in the diagonal direction are connected in series. The total current in the common line in this configuration is directly proportional to the mixed partial derivative of the magnetic field. We have made a device of such design on a STO bicrystal substrate and tested the device in gradient field.

  9. Detection of magnetic nanoparticles utilizing cooled normal pickup coil and high Tc SQUID

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    Enpuku, K.; Nabekura, S.; Tsuji, Y.; Okada, S.; Matsuo, M.; Tsukamoto, A.; Mizoguchi, T.; Kandori, A.

    2009-10-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles coupled with medicine or reagents have been studied for the application to in vivo medical diagnosis and drug delivery. For these applications, we have been developing a measurement system to detect the position and amount of the magnetic nanoparticles accumulated inside the body by using a cooled Copper pickup coil and high Tc SQUID. The susceptibility measurement method with an excitation filed is used to detect the magnetic nanoparticles. Experimental results, such as contour map of the signal field and the distance-dependence of the detected signal, are shown. At present, we could detect 50 μg of Fe 3O 4 particles that are located below the pickup coil at the distance of 30 mm.

  10. High-Tc planar SQUID gradiometer for eddy current non-destructive evaluation

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    Zhang, Ming-Jian; Lang, Pei-Lin; Peng, Zhi-Hui; Chen, Ying-Fei; Chen, Ke; Zheng, Dong-Ning

    2006-08-01

    This paper reports the fabrication and test of a high-Tc SQUID planar gradiometer which is patterned from YBCO thin film deposited on a SrTiO3 bicrystal substrate. The measurement of noise spectrum at 77K shows that the white noise at 200 Hz is about 1×10-4Φ0/(Hz)1/2. The minimal magnetic gradient is measured and the results suggest that the minimal magnetic gradient is 94 pT/m. The planar gradiometer is used in non-destructive evaluation (NDE) experiments to detect the artifacts in conducting aluminium plates by performing eddy current testing in an unshielded environment. The effect of the exciting coil dimension on the NDE results is investigated. By mapping out the induced field distribution, flaws about 10mm below the plate surface can be clearly identified.

  11. Measurement of metallic contaminants in food with a high-Tc SQUID

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Natsume, Miyuki; Uchida, Masashi; Hotta, Naoki; Matsuda, Takemasa; Spanut, Zarina A.; Hatsukade, Yoshimi

    2004-04-01

    We have proposed and demonstrated a high-Tc SQUID system for detecting metallic contaminants in foodstuffs. There is a demand for the development of systems for detecting not only magnetic materials but also non-magnetic materials such as Cu and aluminium in foodstuffs to ensure food safety. The system consists of a SQUID magnetometer, an excitation coil and a permanent magnet. For a non-magnetic sample, an AC magnetic field is applied during detection to induce an eddy current in the sample. For a magnetizable sample, a strong magnetic field is applied to the sample prior to the detection attempt. We were able to detect a stainless steel ball with a diameter of 0.1 mm and a Cu ball less than 1 mm in diameter, for example.

  12. Development of a rat biomagnetic measurement system using a high-TC SQUID magnetometer

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    Kim, In-Seon; Lee, Chul-Ho; Lee, Yong-Ho

    2010-08-01

    We have developed a rat magnetocardiograph (MCG) system employing a high-TC SQUID magnetometer and a tabletop magnetic shield. We obtained clear MCG signals from a healthy Wistar Kyoto rat with a relatively high peak amplitude of 50 pT by virtue of the small gap cryostat developed in this study. Well defined P-, QRS- and T-waves were observed on the MCG of the healthy rat. In the case of a spontaneously hypertensive rat measurement, the MCG showed quite a disturbed wave pattern thought to be caused by the hypertensive heart abnormality. The results suggest that the rat biomagnetic measurement system has a strong potential for monitoring the progress of the heart disease model.

  13. The fine magnetic image of a high TC SQUID probe microscope

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    Hayashi, Tadayuki; Itozaki, Hideo

    2005-01-01

    We have developed a high TC SQUID probe microscope. A high permeability probe was used as a flux guide to improve its spatial resolution. The SQUID head with the flux guide makes it possible to measure samples with high spatial resolution in air at room temperature. The end of the flux guide and the SQUID were in vacuum with a 0.1 mm separation. The tip of the flux guide was in air. The rod diameter and length of the flux guide were 0.6 and 7 mm, respectively. The sharp tip of the flux guide required for high spatial resolution was prepared by microelectropolishing. Its tip radius was less than 1 µm. The static magnetic field pattern of magnetized toner particles was detected by this system and we obtained a high-resolution magnetic image with a spatial resolution of several microns.

  14. Research on high-Tc SQUID based non-destructive evaluation

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    Wang, Hui-Wu; Kong, Xiang-Yan; Ren, Yu-Feng; Yu, Hong-Wei; Ding, Hong-Sheng; Zhao, Shi-Ping; Chen, Geng-Hua; Zhou, Yue-Liang; Zhang, Li-Hua; He, Yu-Sheng; Yang, Qian-Sheng

    2004-01-01

    A non-destructive evaluation system based on high-Tc dc-SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) incorporating a gradient field excitation has been built. By using this system a 1mm-diameter hole at a depth of 2mm inside an aluminium plate at room temperature can be easily detected and imaged in an unshielded environment. The relation between the spatial resolution, or the smallest detectable flaw size and experimental parameters is briefly analysed in terms of a simple metal ring model. The result shows that the spatial resolution depends strongly on the sensor-sample separation as well as on some other parameters, such as signal-to-noise ratio of excitation, excitation frequency and material conductivity.

  15. Analysis of a high Tc superconducting levitation system with vibration isolation control

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    Nagaya, Kosuke

    1996-03-01

    This paper presents a method for controlling vibrations of a levitated high Tc superconducting body subjected to base disturbances. To have the control forces, an actuator consisting of a permanent magnet with an electromagnet was presented. The analytical solution for calculating levitation forces due to the permanent magnet and the control currents in the electromagnet was obtained. The levitation forces obtained coincide with the previously published results. The equation of motion of the levitated body subjected to base disturbances under the control was presented. Nonlinear vibrations of the body were first discussed; then the method of vibration isolation control using the direct disturbance cancellation combining the velocity feedback control was investigated. Numerical calculations were carried out for the levitation forces, with respect to the levitated body subjected to harmonic or pulse base excitations. It was clarified that the present method is valid for controlling nonlinear systems like the magnetic levitated superconducting body.

  16. Fundamental operation of single-flux-quantum circuits using coplanar-type high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Fuke, Hiroyuki; Saitoh, Kazuo; Utagawa, Tadashi; Enomoto, Youichi

    1996-11-01

    We have fabricated coplanar type dc SQUIDs using NdBa2Cu3Oy superconducting thin films and operated fundamental single-flux-quantum (SFQ) circuits. The Josephson junctions were made by the narrow-focused ion beam irradiation technique. For a 145 μm wide and 10 μm long logic SQUID having a critical current of 105 μA and an inductive parameter (βL) of 28, a store and a restore of the flux quantum have been demonstrated at temperatures of 4.2-30 K. These operations were performed with an input pulsewidth of 5 ns (5 ns was the shortest input pulse width available from our function generating equipment). These results show experimentally the possibility of high speed operation in all high-Tc superconducting digital circuits.

  17. Fabrication of Monolithic Sapphire Membranes for High Tc Bolometer Array Development

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    Pugel, D. E.; Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Wang, L.

    2003-01-01

    This paper examines the effectiveness of Pt/Cr thin film masks for the architecture of monolithic membrane structures in r-plane sapphire. The development of a pinhole-free Pt/Cr composite mask that is resistant to hot H2SO4:H3PO4 etchant, will lead to the fabrication of smooth sapphire membranes whose surfaces are well-suited for the growth of low-noise high Tc films. In particular, the relationship of thermal annealing conditions on the Pt/Cr composite mask system to: (1) changes in the surface morphology and elemental concentration of the Pt/Cr thin film layers and (2) etch pit formation on the sapphire surface will be presented.

  18. Metal-insulator quantum critical point beneath the high Tc superconducting dome

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    Sebastian, Suchitra E.; Harrison, N.; Altarawneh, M. M.; Mielke, C. H.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Lonzarich, G. G.; Hardy, W. N.

    2010-01-01

    An enduring question in correlated systems concerns whether superconductivity is favored at a quantum critical point (QCP) characterized by a divergent quasiparticle effective mass. Despite such a scenario being widely postulated in high Tc cuprates and invoked to explain non-Fermi liquid transport signatures, experimental evidence is lacking for a critical divergence under the superconducting dome. We use ultrastrong magnetic fields to measure quantum oscillations in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x, revealing a dramatic doping-dependent upturn in quasiparticle effective mass at a critical metal-insulator transition beneath the superconducting dome. Given the location of this QCP under a plateau in Tc in addition to a postulated QCP at optimal doping, we discuss the intriguing possibility of two intersecting superconducting subdomes, each centered at a critical Fermi surface instability. PMID:20304800

  19. Electronic structure and superconductivity of FeSe-related superconductors.

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    Liu, Xu; Zhao, Lin; He, Shaolong; He, Junfeng; Liu, Defa; Mou, Daixiang; Shen, Bing; Hu, Yong; Huang, Jianwei; Zhou, X J

    2015-05-13

    FeSe superconductors and their related systems have attracted much attention in the study of iron-based superconductors owing to their simple crystal structure and peculiar electronic and physical properties. The bulk FeSe superconductor has a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of ~8 K and it can be dramatically enhanced to 37 K at high pressure. On the other hand, its cousin system, FeTe, possesses a unique antiferromagnetic ground state but is non-superconducting. Substitution of Se with Te in the FeSe superconductor results in an enhancement of Tc up to 14.5 K and superconductivity can persist over a large composition range in the Fe(Se,Te) system. Intercalation of the FeSe superconductor leads to the discovery of the AxFe2-ySe2 (A = K, Cs and Tl) system that exhibits a Tc higher than 30 K and a unique electronic structure of the superconducting phase. A recent report of possible high temperature superconductivity in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films with a Tc above 65 K has generated much excitement in the community. This pioneering work opens a door for interface superconductivity to explore for high Tc superconductors. The distinct electronic structure and superconducting gap, layer-dependent behavior and insulator-superconductor transition of the FeSe/SrTiO3 films provide critical information in understanding the superconductivity mechanism of iron-based superconductors. In this paper, we present a brief review of the investigation of the electronic structure and superconductivity of the FeSe superconductor and related systems, with a particular focus on the FeSe films.

  20. Design of a Cryogen Free Cryo-flipper using a High Tc YBCO Film

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

    It is well-known that the Meissner effect in superconducting materials can be used to provide a well-defined non- adiabatic magnetic field transition that can be utilised to produce an efficient white beam neutron spin flipper. Typically these devices utilise niobium and hence require continuous use of liquid helium in order to maintain the device tem- perature. The use of high Tc materials removes the need for cryogens and has been explored previously and shown to provide efficient flipping of the neutron spin. Improvements in thin high Tc films over the past few years make these materials even more attractive. Here we present a design using a 350-nm-thick YBCO film capped with 100 nm of gold on a 78 x 100 x 0.5 mm sapphire substrate (Theva, Germany). The apparatus is compact (200 mm in length along the neutron beam), consisting of an oxygen-free high-conductivity copper frame, which holds the YBCO film and is mounted to the cold finger of a closed-cycle refrigerator. The part of the vacuum chamber, where the YBCO film is located, is ≈ 50 mm wide, which allows us to minimise the distance from the film to the external magnets. This distance is 26 mm on each side. The details of the guide field design are also discussed. In this design, the maximum neutron beam size that can be used is 40 × 40 mm2 and we can easily switch from a vertical to a horizontal guide field on either side of the YBCO film.

  1. Temperature dependence of the upper critical field of type-II superconductors from isothermal magnetization data: Application to high-temperature superconductors

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    Landau, I. L.; Ott, H. R.

    2002-10-01

    Using the Ginzburg-Landau theory in very general terms, we develop a simple scaling procedure which allows to establish the temperature dependence of the upper critical field Hc2 and the value of the superconducting critical temperature Tc of type-II superconductors from measurements of the reversible isothermal magnetization. An analysis of existing experimental data shows that the normalized dependencies of Hc2 on T/Tc are practically identical for all families of high-Tc superconductors at all temperatures for which the magnetization data are available.

  2. Conditions for superconductivity in the electron-doped copper-oxide system, (Nd{sub 1-x}Ce{sub x}){sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}}

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    Tanaka, Y.; Motohashi, T.; Karppinen, M. Yamauchi, H.

    2008-02-15

    We report systematic studies on the relations among the Ce{sup IV}-for-Nd{sup III} substitution level (x), oxygen-partial pressure (P{sub O{sub 2}}), oxygen content (4+{delta}), lattice parameters (a, c) and superconductivity characteristics (T{sub c}, volume fraction) in the (Nd{sub 1-x}Ce{sub x}){sub 2}Cu{sub 1-y}O{sub 4+{delta}} system which includes electron-doped superconductors. Independent of the Ce-doping level x, samples synthesized in air are found oxygen deficient, i.e. {delta}<0. Nevertheless, reductive annealing is needed to induce superconductivity in the air-synthesized samples. At the same time, the amount of oxygen removed upon the annealing is found very small (e.g. 0.004 oxygen atoms per formula unit at x=0.075), and consequently the effect of the annealing on the valence of copper (and thereby also on the electron doping level) is insignificant. Rather, the main function of the reductive annealing is likely to repair the Cu vacancies believed to exist in tiny concentrations (y) in the air-synthesized samples. - Graphical abstract: Superconductivity in the electron-doped (Nd{sub 1-x}Ce{sub x}){sub 2}Cu{sub 1-y}O{sub 4+{delta}} system is sensitively controlled not only by the Ce{sup IV}-for-Nd{sup III} substitution level (x) but also by the the Cu-vacancy concentration (y) and the oxygen content ({delta}) determined by oxygen-partial pressure used for the post-annealing.

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

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    Franck, Jürgen P.

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

  4. Improving the sensitivity of a high-Tc SQUID at MHz frequency using a normal metal transformer

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    He, D. F.; Itozaki, H.; Tachiki, M.

    2006-05-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) can be used to detect the signals of nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR). The NQR frequencies of some interesting materials are in the order of MHz. However, the sensitivity of a high-Tc SQUID is normally not enough to detect the weak NQR signals. To improve the sensitivity of a high-Tc SQUID at MHz frequency, we used a transformer made of normal copper wire. The transformer was composed of a pickup coil, an input coil and a capacitor. The pickup coil was used to detect the magnetic field; the input coil was used to couple the field to the SQUID; and the capacitor was used to create a resonant frequency. By using the normal metal transformer, the magnetic field resolution of the high-Tc dc SQUID was improved by about 38.8 times (from 220 to 5.67 fT Hz-1/2) at 954 kHz.

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

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

    2007-09-25

    The quantum spin fluctuations of the S = 1/2 Cu ions are important in determining the physical properties of high-transition-temperature (high T(c)) copper oxide superconductors, but their possible role in the electron pairing of superconductivity remains an open question. The principal feature of the spin fluctuations in optimally doped high-T(c) superconductors is a well defined magnetic resonance whose energy (E(R)) tracks T(c) (as the composition is varied) and whose intensity develops like an order parameter in the superconducting state. We show that the suppression of superconductivity and its associated condensation energy by a magnetic field in the electron-doped high-T(c) superconductor Pr(0.88)LaCe(0.12)CuO(4-delta) (T(c) = 24 K), is accompanied by the complete suppression of the resonance and the concomitant emergence of static antiferromagnetic order. Our results demonstrate that the resonance is intimately related to the superconducting condensation energy, and thus suggest that it plays a role in the electron pairing and superconductivity.

  6. High Energy Spin Excitations in Electron-Doped Superconducting Pr0.88LaCe0.12CuO4-δ with Tc=21 K

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    Wilson, Stephen D.; Li, Shiliang; Woo, H.; Dai, Pengcheng; Mook Jr, Herbert A; Frost, C.; Komiya, S.; Ando, Y.

    2006-01-01

    We use high-resolution inelastic neutron scattering to study the low-temperature magnetic excitations of the electron-doping superconductor Pr{sub 0.88}LaCe{sub 0.12}CuO{sub 4-{delta}} (T{sub c} = 21 {+-} 1 K) over a wide energy range (4 meV {le} {le} {omega} {le} 330 meV). The effect of electron doping is to cause a wave vector (Q) broadening in the low-energy ({omega} {le} 80 meV) commensurate spin fluctuations at (0.5, 0.5) and to suppress the intensity of spin-wave-like excitations at high energies ({omega} {ge} 100 meV). This leads to a substantial redistribution in the spectrum of the local dynamical spin susceptibility {chi}{sup -}({omega}), and reveals a new energy scale similar to that of the lightly hole-doped YB{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.353} (T{sub c} = 18 K).

  7. Superconductor cable

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

    1988-01-01

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

  8. The Search for Higher Temperature Superconductors: Two Case Studies

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    Beasley, Malcolm

    2013-03-01

    The recent confluence of optimism in the prospects for higher temperature superconductivity and the documented need for new higher temperature superconductors (if electric power applications above liquid nitrogen temperatures are to be possible) has simulated several focused programs in the search new and improved high-Tc superconductors. In this talk, we review these motivating factors and present the results of two case studies. The first is the study of the high Tc bismuthate superconductors to understand the mechanism of their superconductivity and the factors governing Tc. We find that the bismuthates are moderately correlated materials with a dynamically enhanced electron-phonon interaction that exhibit dimorphism and a sensitivity of Tc to disorder. The second is the study of Cu/CuO interfaces (for which evidence of trace high temperature superconductivity has been reported) at which we find a new proximity effect in which antiferromagnetism is induced into a metal (Cu) by proximity to a charge transfer insulator (CuO). This work has been a collaborative effort carried out under AFOSR MURI support involving Stanford (Beasley and Fisher), Princeton (Cava) and Rutgers (Kotliar).

  9. Pairing Mechanism for the High-TC Superconductivity: Symmetries and Thermodynamic Properties

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    Szczęśniak, Radosław

    2012-01-01

    The pairing mechanism for the high- superconductors based on the electron-phonon (EPH) and electron-electron-phonon (EEPH) interactions has been presented. On the fold mean-field level, it has been proven, that the obtained s-wave model supplements the predictions based on the BCS van Hove scenario. In particular: (i) For strong EEPH coupling and the energy gap () is very weak temperature dependent; up to the critical temperature extends into the anomalous normal state to the Nernst temperature. (ii) The model explains well the experimental dependence of the ratio on doping for the reported superconductors in the terms of the few fundamental parameters. In the presented paper, the properties of the d-wave superconducting state in the two-dimensional system have been also studied. The obtained results, like for s-wave, have shown the energy gap amplitude crossover from the BCS to non-BCS behavior, as the value of the EEPH potential increases. However, for the energy gap amplitude extends into the anomalous normal state to the pseudogap temperature. Finally, it has been presented that the anisotropic model explains the dependence of the ratio on doping for the considered superconductors. PMID:22529891

  10. Chiral superconductors.

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    Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, John

    2016-05-01

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

  11. Importance of the Fermi-surface topology to the superconducting state of the electron-doped pnictide Ba(Fe1-xCox)₂As₂

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    Liu, Chang; Palczewski, A. D.; Dhaka, R. S.; ...

    2011-07-25

    We used angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and thermoelectric power to study the poorly explored, highly overdoped side of the phase diagram of Ba(Fe1-xCox)₂As₂ high-temperature superconductor. Our data demonstrate that several Lifshitz transitions—topological changes of the Fermi surface—occur for large x. The central hole barrel changes to ellipsoids that are centered at Z at x~0.11 and subsequently disappear around x~0.2; changes in thermoelectric power occur at similar x values. Tc decreases and goes to zero around x~0.15—between the two Lifshitz transitions. Beyond x=0.2 the central pocket becomes electron-like and superconductivity does not exist. Our observations reveal the importance of the underlying Fermiologymore » in electron-doped iron arsenides. We speculate that a likely necessary condition for superconductivity in these materials is the presence of the central hole pockets rather than nesting between central and corner pockets.« less

  12. Studies by neutron diffraction and {mu}SR of flux lattice orientation, pinning, melting and decomposition in high-T{sub c} superconductors

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    Forgan, E.M.; Cubitt, R.; Wylie, M.T.

    1994-09-01

    We review the results of recent microscopic measurements of flux line structures and their breakdown in the high-Tc superconductors BSCCO and YBCO. These results show clear effects of flux of lattice melting, dimensional crossover and pinning. The huge differences in behaviour of the flux lattice in these two materials can be understood theoretically.

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

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

    2009-05-01

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

  14. Electronic Properties of High-Tc Superconductors. The Normal and the Superconducting State of High-Tc Materials. Proceedings of the International Winter School held in Kirchberg, Tyrol on March 7 - 14, 1992

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    1992-03-14

    temperature gradient, norma - lized to signal maximum. The spatial distribution of the electric potential in the plane of the film was determined by a...6) we need the boson Green’s functions D,(p) =< -T~ apa +(r) > and Fr(p) =< -Ta_pap(r) > which describe the spin waves [43]. These may be evaluated

  15. Magnetic frustration in the three-band Anderson lattice model for high-temperature superconductors

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    Ihle, D.; Kasner, M. )

    1990-09-01

    The three-band Anderson lattice model for the CuO{sub 2} planes in high-{Tc} superconductors is established. Treating this model by perturbation theory, the effective spin interactions are derived. The antiferromagnetic superexchange integrals are calculated as functions of the direct oxygen transfer and the hole concentration. It is found that frustration in the superexchange occurs, even in the undoped case, which increases with oxygen trnasfer and decreases with hole concentration.

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  17. High-frequency analog signal processing with high-temperature superconductors

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    Lyons, W.G.; Withers, R.S.; Hamm, J.M.; Mathews, R.H.; Clifton, B.J.

    1992-05-22

    Several classes of superconductive, passive microwave devices have been demonstrated at temperatures as high as 77 K using thin films of the high-Tc superconductor YBa2CU3O7-x. The devices include long delay lines, tapped-delay-line transversal filters with multigigahertz bandwidths and time bandwidth products as large as 30, and narrowband (from one to three-percent bandwidth) microstrip filters. A nd-hold circuit was also operated at 7 a YBa2CU307-x microstrip delay line to simulate a pre-trigger function and demonstrate the compatibility of semiconductors and high-temperature superconductors at moderate cryogenic temperatures.

  18. Josephson Current in Superconductor-ferromagnet Structure with YBCO-LSMO

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    Ishii, K.; Tachiki, M.; Ooi, S.; Hirata, K.

    We have studied transport property of superconductor-ferromagnet hybridized structure in nanometer-scale processed by a focused ion beam technique. The structure was consisted of high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-x and half metallic ferromagnet La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 thin films deposited by pulse laser deposition on SrTiO3 (100) single crystal substrates. We have measured the I-V characteristics of the sample with 400 nm ferromagnetic layer, but we could not observe the proximity effect.

  19. Thermoelectric power and transport entropy of dirty type-II superconductors

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    de Lange, O. L.; Gridin, V. V.

    1992-09-01

    The relation FT0c2S(B,T)dT~=Bħ/(2mc) presented recently for the thermoelectric power S of a dirty high-Tc superconductor [V. V. Gridin et al., Phys. Rev. B 40, 8814 (1989)] is considered. It is shown that measurements which have been reported for the thermomagnetic coefficients of nearly reversible conventional type-II superconductors provide additional support for this relation. The result obtained from time-dependent microscopic theory for vortex motion (time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau theory and linear-response theory) is also discussed.

  20. Current induced decomposition of Abrikosov vortices in p-n layered superconductors and heterostructures.

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    Rakhmanov, A L; Savel'ev, Sergey; Kusmartsev, F V

    2008-11-07

    We describe the decomposition of Abrikosov vortices into decoupled pancake vortices in superconductors having both electron and hole charge carriers. We estimate the critical current of such a decomposition, at which a superconducting-normal state transition occurs, and find that it is very sensitive to the magnetic field and temperature. The effect can be observed in recently synthesized self-doped high-Tc layered superconductors with electrons and holes coexisting in different Cu-O planes and in artificial p-n superconductor heterostructures. The sensitivity of the critical current to a magnetic field may be used for sensors and detectors of a magnetic field, which can be built up from the superconductor heterostructures.

  1. Current Induced Decomposition of Abrikosov Vortices in p-n Layered Superconductors and Heterostructures

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    Rakhmanov, A. L.; Savel'Ev, Sergey; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    2008-11-01

    We describe the decomposition of Abrikosov vortices into decoupled pancake vortices in superconductors having both electron and hole charge carriers. We estimate the critical current of such a decomposition, at which a superconducting-normal state transition occurs, and find that it is very sensitive to the magnetic field and temperature. The effect can be observed in recently synthesized self-doped high-Tc layered superconductors with electrons and holes coexisting in different Cu-O planes and in artificial p-n superconductor heterostructures. The sensitivity of the critical current to a magnetic field may be used for sensors and detectors of a magnetic field, which can be built up from the superconductor heterostructures.

  2. Self-consistent study of the Josephson effect for SNS junction with mixed s + d-wave superconductors

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    Zheng, Zhiming; Zhang, Weiyi; Xing, D. Y.

    1998-06-01

    The quasiclassical theory has been applied to study the Josephson junction consisting of mixed s + d-wave superconductors. The order parameter and critical current are calculated selfconsistently for various d-wave ratio vd2 and relative crystal orientation angle θ of the two superconductors. It is found that both the magnitude and the form of critical current depend sensitively on vd2 and θ. For vd2 > 0.63, there always exists an angle θ where the current-phase relation I( fgf) has a period of π instead of 2π in conventional s-wave superconductors. Our result can be used to determine whether the high Tc superconductor is a pure d-wave or mixed s + d-wave superconductor.

  3. Physics and Materials Science of High Temperature Superconductors

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    1989-08-26

    Renaissance of Superconductivity 11:00 -11:30 Break 11:30 - 12:00 Discussion Period 12:00 - 12:30 K . Bordoloi: Open Orbit and Magnetic Breakdown Effect 12:30...19:30 S. K . Patapis: Thermodynamic Fluctuations and Critical Behaviour of Ceramic High Tc Superconductors Out of-Electrical Resistivitaia...26 August 1989 11 I Session IV K . Borodoli, Chairman I 16:00 - 17:00 Coffee, Tea 17:00 - 18:30 D. Rainer: BCS Theory and Beyond 18:30 - 19:00

  4. Enhancement in low field nuclear magnetic resonance with a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device and hyperpolarized 3He

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    Liao, Shu-Hsien; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Yang, Shieh-Yueh; Chen, Ming-Jye; Yang, Chang-Hau

    2008-09-01

    In this work, we present a design that improves signals produced by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging by using optical pumping and a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. In our design for a NMR detection system, a pickup coil is coupled to the spin procession of a H3e nucleus; the input coil is coupled to a high-Tc SQUID magnetometer; and the capacitor is connected in series to form a tank circuit resonating at the Larmor frequency of the H3e nucleus in the measuring field. A signal-to-noise ratio gain of 2.67 over a conventional Faraday detection coil was obtained with the high-Tc SQUID detection system in a measuring magnetic field equaling 0.1128 mT, at which the central frequency was 3.66 kHz for H3e nucleus. The improvement in the NMR signal for large-size, hyperpolarized H3e coupled to a high-Tc SQUID-based spectrometer in low magnetic fields at room temperature is significant compared to that without flux coupling. This result may be of interest given its potential for use in a low field imager.

  5. 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.

  6. A high Tc superconducting terahertz emitter operated from 0.5 to 2.4 THz

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Sakamoto, K.; Kubo, H.; Shibano, Y.; Enomoto, T.; Kitamura, T.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Watanabe, C.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Katsuragawa, T.; Tanaka, T.; Yuasa, T.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yoshizaki, R.; Yamamoto, T.; Minami, H.; Klemm, R. A.; Kadowaki, K.

    According to our previous studies, the efficiency of the THz radiation from a high Tc superconducting emitter can be improved greatly when the stand-alone mesa structure of Bi2212 single crystal is used for the emitter1). The principal reason for that lies in the heat removal from the mesa. Recently, we developed a new device structure with high heat exhaust from the stand-alone mesa structures and studied the radiation characteristics from the different shape of mesa structures. The results obtained from a cylindrical stand alone mesa show very wide the radiation frequencies ranging from 0.5 to 2.4 THz. Strong emission power peaks were observed at about 1.0 THz and 1.6 THz2). 1) T. Kitamura et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 202603 (2014) 2) T. Kashiwagi et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 082601 (2015) T. K. is supported by Futaba Electronics Memorial Foundation and JSPS KAKENHI Grant No. 15K20897. This work is in part performed in collaboration with Dr. Wai Kwok and his group in Argonne National Lab.

  7. Pressure-induced metallization of dense (H₂S)₂H₂ with high-Tc superconductivity.

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    Duan, Defang; Liu, Yunxian; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Huang, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhonglong; Yu, Hongyu; Liu, Bingbing; Tian, Wenjing; Cui, Tian

    2014-11-10

    The high pressure structures, metallization, and superconductivity of recently synthesized H2-containing compounds (H2S)2H2 are elucidated by ab initio calculations. The ordered crystal structure with P1 symmetry is determined, supported by the good agreement between theoretical and experimental X-ray diffraction data, equation of states, and Raman spectra. The Cccm structure is favorable with partial hydrogen bond symmetrization above 37 GPa. Upon further compression, H2 molecules disappear and two intriguing metallic structures with R3m and Im-3m symmetries are reconstructive above 111 and 180 GPa, respectively. The predicted metallization pressure is 111 GPa, which is approximately one-third of the currently suggested metallization pressure of bulk molecular hydrogen. Application of the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan equation for the Im-3m structure yields high Tc values of 191 K to 204 K at 200 GPa, which is among the highest values reported for H2-rich van der Waals compounds and MH3 type hydride thus far.

  8. Interplay of 3 d-5 d interactions in high-TC osmium-based double perovskites

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    Taylor, A. E.; Calder, S.; Morrow, R.; Woodward, P. M.; Yan, J. Q.; Winn, B.; Lumsden, M. D.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    In 3d-5d systems the strongly magnetic 3d orbitals and extended 5d orbitals with enhanced spin-orbit coupling lead to a range of high TC magnetic states and novel behavior not present in systems consisting solely of 3d or 5d ions. The two distinct octahedral sites in double perovskites A2 BB 'O6 allow an ordered 3d-5d structure to form, providing a variety of systems to be investigated. Unravelling the interactions controlling these systems, however, is an open challenge. The highest known TC in such a system, 725K, is found in insulator Sr2CrOsO6. This questions the theory for high-TCs in systems such as TC=400K Sr2FeReO6 which relies on half-metallic behavior. To unravel the nature of the interactions in 3d-5d systems, we have studied the series of compounds Sr2 X OsO6. We have utilized elastic and inelastic neutron scattering to probe the spin states in the systems, and therefore test predictions that the magnetic interactions are controlled by a frustrated AFM Heisenberg model. By studying the series, we are able to relate changes in the spin wave spectrum to dramatic changes in the magnetic order from TN = 95 K antiferromagnetism to TC = 725 K ferrimagnetism.

  9. Normal-state nodal electronic structure in underdoped high-Tc copper oxides.

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    Sebastian, Suchitra E; Harrison, N; Balakirev, F F; Altarawneh, M M; Goddard, P A; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Lonzarich, G G

    2014-07-03

    An outstanding problem in the field of high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconductivity is the identification of the normal state out of which superconductivity emerges in the mysterious underdoped regime. The normal state uncomplicated by thermal fluctuations can be studied using applied magnetic fields that are sufficiently strong to suppress long-range superconductivity at low temperatures. Proposals in which the normal ground state is characterized by small Fermi surface pockets that exist in the absence of symmetry breaking have been superseded by models based on the existence of a superlattice that breaks the translational symmetry of the underlying lattice. Recently, a charge superlattice model that positions a small electron-like Fermi pocket in the vicinity of the nodes (where the superconducting gap is minimum) has been proposed as a replacement for the prevalent superlattice models that position the Fermi pocket in the vicinity of the pseudogap at the antinodes (where the superconducting gap is maximum). Although some ingredients of symmetry breaking have been recently revealed by crystallographic studies, their relevance to the electronic structure remains unresolved. Here we report angle-resolved quantum oscillation measurements in the underdoped copper oxide YBa2Cu3O6 + x. These measurements reveal a normal ground state comprising electron-like Fermi surface pockets located in the vicinity of the nodes, and also point to an underlying superlattice structure of low frequency and long wavelength with features in common with the charge order identified recently by complementary spectroscopic techniques.

  10. Evaluation of thermo responsive magnetic nano-particles for high- Tc SQUID bio application

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    Tanaka, S.; Toriyabe, C.; Torii, Y.; Hatsukade, Y.; Eki, T.; Katsura, S.; Ohnishi, N.; Wan, J.; Yang, S.; Zhang, Y.

    2007-10-01

    Immunoassay or detection of biological molecules using a high sensitive SQUID and magnetic nano-particles as labeling has been recently proposed. In this method, mostly a few particles are labeled on an antibody or biological molecules. If it is possible to give much more magnetic particles to the antibody, sensitivity must notably increase. We propose the use of thermo responsive magnetic nano-particles, which can agglutinate and disperse by themselves associated with temperature. As a preliminary experiment, we investigated the properties of thermo responsive nano-particles made of Fe3O4. By detailed study on the particles using an analyzer for a distribution of particle's outer dimension in aqueous liquid, it was found that the dimension increased with temperature above 25°, and became 400 nm at 30.5°. Magnetic measurements of the particles at different conditions using high-Tc SQUID have been done. The results suggested that the particles must be dried by heat before magnetic measurement to enhance the signal from the particles.

  11. Thermal instability induced by high current densities in high-Tc coated conductors

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    Maza, J.; Ferro, G.; Veira, J. A.; Vidal, F.

    2013-10-01

    By using a 1 ms pulse technique, the current-voltage curves (CVC) under zero-applied magnetic field have been measured in practical high-Tc superconducting wires based on coated (RE)BCO. The measurements extend up to the so-called supercritical current intensity, I*, at which superconductivity disappears accompanied by an abrupt jump in the voltage. The resulting CVC, including the temperature dependence of I*, were analysed at a quantitative level in terms of a thermal instability model proposed recently. An attractive aspect of our thermal instability approach is that in spite of the complexity of the coated layered structure, in its simpler formulation all the geometric and thermal variables are encapsulated into a single characteristic parameter r with units of thermal resistance. All the experimental results for I* from 76 to 86 K are quantitatively, within 2%, accounted for by the thermal instability analysis. Furthermore, the best-fit value of r is found to be quite consistent with the inner geometry and composition of the wires. Another remarkable result of our analysis is that the temperature T* reached by the wire at I*, i.e., the temperature triggering the thermal runaway, is less than one kelvin above the bath temperature. These results further support the universality of the thermal instability mechanism of superconductivity quenching by high current densities.

  12. A food contaminant detection system based on high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Fujita, H.; Hatsukade, Y.; Nagaishi, T.; Nishi, K.; Ota, H.; Otani, T.; Suzuki, S.

    2006-05-01

    We have designed and constructed a computer controlled food contaminant detection system for practical use, based on high-Tc SQUID detectors. The system, which features waterproof stainless steel construction, is acceptable under the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) programme guidelines. The outer dimensions of the system are 1500 mm length × 477 mm width × 1445 mm height, and it can accept objects up to 200 mm wide × 80 mm high. An automatic liquid nitrogen filling system was installed in the standard model. This system employed a double-layered permeable metallic shield with a thickness of 1 mm as a magnetically shielded box. The distribution of the magnetic field in the box was simulated by FEM; the gap between each shield layer was optimized before fabrication. A shielding factor of 732 in the Z-component was achieved. This value is high enough to safely operate the system in a non-laboratory environment, i.e., a factory. During testing, we successfully detected a steel contaminant as small as 0.3 mm in diameter at a distance of 75 mm.

  13. A DFT study of rocksalt proxy copper monochalcogenide structures - Implications for possible high-Tc superconductivity

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    Grant, P. M.; Hammond, R. H.; W2AGZ Technologies/GLAM, Stanford University Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    We report findings derived from a series of DFT calculations on the structural stability and paramagnetic ground states of four idealized copper monochalcogenide (CuO, CuS, CuSe, CuTe) rocksalt structures. Note that none of these target compounds occur naturally, but can possibly be fabricated using ``forced epitaxy'' MBE methods, as has been done to grow CuO tetragonal rocksalt films 5-6 monolayers thick.[1,2] Therefore, we treat all examples we report herein as proxies intended to explore candidate implications for possible future high-TC materials. In particular, we find, as might be expected from the long accepted Van Vleck-Anderson-Hubbard formalism describing antiferromagnetic insulators, the Neel temperature scales upward roughly as the width of the spin-carrying bands near or adjacent to the Fermi level or energy gap. We conclude such trend might result in higher superconducting transition temperatures should this be mediated by carrier-spin excitation/fluctuation driven pairing scaled by TN. Finally, we briefly discuss synthetic paths to realizing actual embodiments of our proxy exercises.

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. Impact of high-critical-temperature superconductors on electromagnetic pump applications

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    Krazinski, J. L.; Holtz, R. E.; Jaross, R. A.

    1990-05-01

    The impact is studied of the development of practical, high critical temperature superconducting materials on applications involving electromagnetic (EM) pumping. Potential improvements in the operating characteristics of EM pumps were examined for current pump technology. In addition, the study addressed whether the development of high (Tc) superconductors could enable the implementation of EM pumps in applications where it has not been previously feasible. This assessment focused on two specific types of EM pumps: helical rotor pumps with rotating field coils and EM thruster pumps for ship propulsion. The design and performance of helical rotor pumps were analyzed for both liquid metals and nonmetallic fluids. For liquid metals, the impact of superconductors on the pump size, mass, and efficiency was examined for EM pumps operating at relatively lower magnetic field strengths. For nonmetallic fluids, the study investigated whether the use of high magnetic field strengths, in conjunction with high (Tc) superconductors, could enable the pumping of these fluids with EM pumps of reasonable size and efficiency. The impact of high (Tc) superconducting materials on the reliability and economics of EM pumps was also examined. In addition, the study assessed the impact of high field strength, superconducting magnets on the feasibility of using EM thrusters for ship propulsion. Parametric studies were conducted on the effects of magnetic field strength, thruster size, vessel speed, and vessel size on the predicted thruster efficiencies. The results were compared with these of earlier studies on electromagnetic propulsion that incorporated both superconducting and nonsuperconducting magnet designs.

  17. 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.

  18. Developments of high- Tc superconducting current feeders for a large-scale superconducting coil system

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    Mito, T.; Maehata, K.; Mizokami, M.; Ishibashi, K.; Takeo, M.; Iwamoto, A.; Hirano, N.; Shintomi, T.; Kimura, K.; Sawamura, M.; Yamada, S.; Satoh, S.; Motojima, O.

    1998-10-01

    A large-scale superconducting coil system, which is an essential technology for a fusion reactor, requires large capacity and high performance current feeders from the power supplies at the room temperature to the superconducting coils at the operating temperature, which is usually liquid helium temperature at present. The superconducting current feeders are being considered as a promising application of a high temperature superconductor (HTS), which can satisfy the requirements of a large current capacity and a low heat in-leak, simultaneously. To study the feasibility of the HTS current feeders, a melt-textured YBCO bulk superconductor was selected as a candidate material because of its high current transport characteristics. The YBCO disk fabricated by quench and melt growth process was cut into a short sample with the cross section of 7 mm × 7 mm and the length of 40 mm and was mounted on the copper bars to perform the actual large current transport tests. The sample could be successfully excited up to 20 kA at 4.2 K and 10 kA at 77 K. These performance test results and the further R&D items for the HTS current feeders are discussed.

  19. Electron doping evolution of the magnetic excitations in NaFe1-xCoxAs

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    Carr, Scott V.; Zhang, Chenglin; Song, Yu; ...

    2016-06-13

    We use time-of-flight (TOF) inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectroscopy to investigate the doping dependence of magnetic excitations across the phase diagram of NaFe1-xCoxAs with x = 0, 0.0175, 0.0215, 0.05, and 0.11. The effect of electron-doping by partially substituting Fe by Co is to form resonances that couple with superconductivity, broaden and suppress low energy (E 80 meV) spin excitations compared with spin waves in undoped NaFeAs. However, high energy (E > 80 meV) spin excitations are weakly Co-doping dependent. Integration of the local spin dynamic susceptibility "(!) of NaFe1-xCoxAs reveals a total fluctuating moment of 3.6 μ2 B/Fe andmore » a small but systematic reduction with electron doping. The presence of a large spin gap in the Cooverdoped nonsuperconducting NaFe0.89Co0.11As suggests that Fermi surface nesting is responsible for low-energy spin excitations. These results parallel Ni-doping evolution of spin excitations in BaFe2-xNixAs2, confirming the notion that low-energy spin excitations coupling with itinerant electrons are important for superconductivity, while weakly doping dependent high-energy spin excitations result from localized moments.« less

  20. Influence of Electron Doping on Magnetic Order in CeRu2Al10

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    Kobayashi, Riki; Kaneko, Koji; Saito, Kotaro; ...

    2014-09-17

    The effect of electron doping by the substitution of Rh for Ru on unconventional magnetic order in CeRu2Al10 was investigated via neutron powder diffraction. In Ce(Ru1-xRhx)2Al10 with x = 0.05, 0.12, and 0.2, reorientation of the ordered moment from the c- to the a-axis takes place in all samples, while the ordering vector q=(0 1 0) remains unchanged within this concentration range. The moment reorientation is accompanied by an enhancement in its size by a factor of ~2.4, from μ=0.43 μB at x=0 to μ =1.06, 1.04, and 1.02 μB for x=0.05, 0.12 and 0.2, respectively. The continuous decrease inmore » N´eel temperature T0(TN), despite an abrupt increase in μ , underlines the strong anisotropy in the exchange interaction in CeRu2Al10, and the fact that this anisotropy is easily suppressed by electron doping.« less

  1. Effects of electron doping on the stability of the metal hydride NaH

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    Olea-Amezcua, M. A.; Rivas-Silva, J. F.; de la Peña-Seaman, O.; Heid, R.; Bohnen, K. P.

    2017-04-01

    Alkali and alkali-earth metal hydrides have high volumetric and gravimetric hydrogen densities, but due to their high thermodynamic stability, they possess high dehydrogenation temperatures which may be reduced by transforming these compounds into less stable states/configurations. We present a systematic computational study of the electron doping effects on the stability of the alkali metal hydride NaH substituted with Mg, using the self-consistent version of the virtual crystal approximation to model the alloy Na1‑x Mg x H. The phonon dispersions were studied paying special attention to the crystal stability and the correlations with the electronic structure taking into account the zero point energy contribution. We found that substitution of Na by Mg in the hydride invokes a reduction of the frequencies, leading to dynamical instabilities for Mg content of 25%. The microscopic origin of these instabilities could be related to the formation of ellipsoidal Fermi surfaces centered at the L point due to the metallization of the hydride by the Mg substitution. Applying the quasiharmonic approximation, thermodynamic properties like heat capacities, vibrational entropies and vibrational free energies as a function of temperature at zero pressure are obtained. These properties determine an upper temperature for the thermodynamic stability of the hydride, which decreases from 600 K for NaH to 300 K at 20% Mg concentration. This significant reduction of the stability range indicates that dehydrogenation could be favoured by electron doping of NaH.

  2. Spin-state blockade in Te6+-substituted electron-doped LaCoO3

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    Tomiyasu, Keisuke; Koyama, Shun-Ichi; Watahiki, Masanori; Sato, Mika; Nishihara, Kazuki; Onodera, Mitsugi; Iwasa, Kazuaki; Nojima, Tsutomu; Yamasaki, Yuuichi; Nakao, Hironori; Murakami, Youichi

    2015-03-01

    Perovskite-type LaCoO3 (Co3+: d6) is a rare inorganic material with sensitive and characteristic responses among low, intermediate, and high spin states. For example, in insulating nonmagnetic low-spin states below about 20 K, light hole doping (Ni substitution) induces much larger magnetization than expected; over net 10μB/hole (5μB/Ni) for 1μB/hole (1μB/Ni), in which the nearly isolated dopants locally change the surrounding Co low-spin states to magnetic ones and form spin molecules with larger total spin. Further, the former is isotropic, whereas the latter exhibits characteristic anisotropy probably because of Jahn-Teller distortion. In contrast, for electron doping, relatively insensitive spin-state responses were reported, as in LaCo(Ti4+) O3, but are not clarified, and are somewhat controversial. Here, we present macroscopic measurement data of another electron-doped system LaCo(Te6+) O3 and discuss the spin-state responses. This study was financially supported by Grants-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) (No. 22740209 and 26800174) from the MEXT of Japan.

  3. Probing and comparing electron doping and miss-site effects in Re-based double perovskites.

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    Blasco, J; Sesé, J; Rodríguez-Velamazán, J A; Ritter, C; Herrero-Martín, J

    2009-05-27

    We have studied the Sr(2-x)La(x)Fe(1+x/2)Re(1-x/2)O(6) series in order to check how the increase in the number of Fe-O-Fe superexchange interactions affects the magnetic properties of this family of double perovskites. In these compounds the addition of La(3+) can be compensated by an increase of the Fe(3+) ratio leading to a non-electron-doped system. The unit cell of these samples expands on replacing Sr by La and the cationic ordering disappears for x>1 samples. Spontaneous magnetization at 5 K is observed in a wide range of concentrations but the magnetization at 5 T decreases as the La content increases. This result may be explained in terms of a ferrimagnetic ground state of the double perovskite. The magnetic ordering temperature increases with increasing the La and Fe content in agreement with an increase in the number of Fe-O-Fe interactions. The comparison to the electron-doped samples suggests that this effect is not enough to explain on its own the stronger T(C)-rise in Sr(2-x)La(x)FeReO(6) compounds.

  4. Effects of electron doping on the stability of the metal hydride NaH.

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    Olea-Amezcua, M A; Rivas-Silva, J F; de la Peña-Seaman, O; Heid, R; Bohnen, K P

    2017-04-12

    Alkali and alkali-earth metal hydrides have high volumetric and gravimetric hydrogen densities, but due to their high thermodynamic stability, they possess high dehydrogenation temperatures which may be reduced by transforming these compounds into less stable states/configurations. We present a systematic computational study of the electron doping effects on the stability of the alkali metal hydride NaH substituted with Mg, using the self-consistent version of the virtual crystal approximation to model the alloy Na1-x Mg x H. The phonon dispersions were studied paying special attention to the crystal stability and the correlations with the electronic structure taking into account the zero point energy contribution. We found that substitution of Na by Mg in the hydride invokes a reduction of the frequencies, leading to dynamical instabilities for Mg content of 25%. The microscopic origin of these instabilities could be related to the formation of ellipsoidal Fermi surfaces centered at the L point due to the metallization of the hydride by the Mg substitution. Applying the quasiharmonic approximation, thermodynamic properties like heat capacities, vibrational entropies and vibrational free energies as a function of temperature at zero pressure are obtained. These properties determine an upper temperature for the thermodynamic stability of the hydride, which decreases from 600 K for NaH to 300 K at 20% Mg concentration. This significant reduction of the stability range indicates that dehydrogenation could be favoured by electron doping of NaH.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Preparation of multilayer films for integrated high- Tc SQUIDs with ramp-edge Josephson junctions

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    Adachi, S.; Hata, K.; Sugano, T.; Wakana, H.; Hato, T.; Tarutani, Y.; Tanabe, K.

    2008-09-01

    We proposed a novel multilayer structure having a new combination of oxides for integrated high- Tc SQUID with ramp-edge Josephson junctions. La 0.1Er 0.95Ba 1.95Cu 3O y (L1ErBCO) and SmBa 2Cu 3O y (SmBCO) were used as counter- and base-electrodes, respectively. An SrSnO 3 (SSO) layer was deposited as an insulating layer. Prior to deposition of SmBCO, Pr 1.4Ba 1.6Cu 2.6Ga 0.4O y (P4G4) and SSO were deposited on MgO (100) substrate in order to improve film quality of L1ErBCO/SSO/SmBCO layers. The black-colored P4G4 layer was expected to work as a temperature homogenizer over a whole substrate area during deposition of the upper layers. All the layers except L1ErBCO were deposited by an off-axis magnetron sputtering. An L1ErBCO layer was deposited by a pulsed laser deposition method. A thin Cu-poor L1ErBCO layer was initially deposited to form an adequate barrier on the ramp-edge of SmBCO. Gradiometer arrays having multilayered feedback coils and pickup loops were made in a chip and their proper operation at 77 K was confirmed. The present multilayer structure is promising for application to SQUIDs with more complicated designs.

  8. Anomalous open-circuit voltage from a high-Tc superconducting dynamo

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    Bumby, C. W.; Jiang, Zhenan; Storey, J. G.; Pantoja, A. E.; Badcock, R. A.

    2016-03-01

    We report on the behavior of a high-Tc superconducting (HTS) homopolar dynamo which outputs a DC open-circuit voltage when the stator is in the superconducting state, but behaves as a conventional AC alternator when the stator is in the normal state. We observe that this time-averaged DC voltage arises from a change in the shape of the AC voltage waveform that is obtained from a normal conducting stator. The measured DC voltage is proportional to frequency, and decreases with increasing flux gap between the rotor magnet and the HTS stator wire. We observe that the DC output voltage decreases to zero at large flux gaps, although small differences between the normal-conducting and superconducting waveforms are still observed, which we attribute to screening currents in the HTS stator wire. Importantly, the normalised pulse shape is found to be a function of the rotor position angle only. Based on these observations, we suggest that the origin of this unexpected DC effect can be explained by a model first proposed by Giaever, which considers the impact of time-varying circulating eddy currents within the HTS stator wire. Such circulating currents form a superconducting shunt path which "short-circuits" the high field region directly beneath the rotor magnet, at those points in the cycle when the rotor magnet partially overlaps the superconducting stator wire. This reduces the output voltage from the device during these periods of the rotor cycle, leading to partial rectification of the output voltage waveform and hence the emergence of a time-averaged DC voltage.

  9. Verification of electron doping in single-layer graphene due to H2 exposure with thermoelectric power

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    Hong, Sung Ju; Park, Min; Kang, Hojin; Lee, Minwoo; Soler-Delgado, David; Shin, Dong Seok; Kim, Kyung Ho; Kubatkin, Sergey; Jeong, Dae Hong; Park, Yung Woo; Kim, Byung Hoon

    2015-04-01

    We report the electron doping of single-layer graphene (SLG) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) by means of dissociative hydrogen adsorption. The transfer characteristic showed n-type doping behavior similar to that of mechanically exfoliated graphene. Furthermore, we studied the thermoelectric power (TEP) of CVD-grown SLG before and after exposure to high-pressure H2 molecules. From the TEP results, which indicate the intrinsic electrical properties, we observed that the CVD-grown SLG is n-type doped without degradation of the quality after hydrogen adsorption. Finally, the electron doping was also verified by Raman spectroscopy.

  10. Verification of electron doping in single-layer graphene due to H{sub 2} exposure with thermoelectric power

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    Hong, Sung Ju; Kang, Hojin; Soler-Delgado, David; Kim, Kyung Ho; Park, Yung Woo E-mail: kbh37@incheon.ac.kr; Park, Min; Lee, Minwoo; Jeong, Dae Hong; Shin, Dong Seok; Kim, Byung Hoon E-mail: kbh37@incheon.ac.kr; Kubatkin, Sergey

    2015-04-06

    We report the electron doping of single-layer graphene (SLG) grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) by means of dissociative hydrogen adsorption. The transfer characteristic showed n-type doping behavior similar to that of mechanically exfoliated graphene. Furthermore, we studied the thermoelectric power (TEP) of CVD-grown SLG before and after exposure to high-pressure H{sub 2} molecules. From the TEP results, which indicate the intrinsic electrical properties, we observed that the CVD-grown SLG is n-type doped without degradation of the quality after hydrogen adsorption. Finally, the electron doping was also verified by Raman spectroscopy.

  11. A high-Tc SQUID gradiometer with integrated homogeneous field compensation

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    Schultze, Volkmar; Drung, Dietmar; IJsselsteijn, Rob; Meyer, Hans-Georg

    2004-05-01

    An integrated gradiometer system is presented, consisting of a single-layer high-temperature superconductor dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and two coils, realized on printed circuit boards. The coils compensate the homogeneous background field, thus allowing the gradiometer to be freely moved in the Earth's magnetic field. The gradiometer signal is not harmed by any additional noise introduced by the homogeneous field compensation. Therefore, a noise-limited magnetic field gradient resolution of 15 pT m-1 Hz-1/2 with a 1/f corner frequency of 2 Hz was achieved. This is preserved even after motion in the Earth's magnetic field. Because of the small dimensions of the compensation coils, the gradiometer system can also be used for non-destructive evaluation. Preliminary measurements were performed by moving the SQUID across a workpiece, without any shielding.

  12. Passive magnetic field cancellation device by multiple high-Tc superconducting coils

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    Gu, C.; Zou, S.; Han, Z.; Qu, T.-M.

    2010-04-01

    A passive magnetic field cancellation device (PMFCD) is designed. The PMFCD could automatically cancel the field as an active cancellation system did; however it requires no power sources and feedback systems. The capability of the PMFCD is based on the principle that a closed loop can resist flux variation and keep the flux constant inside. The closed loop in the PMFCD is formed by connecting two pairs of high temperature superconductor Helmholtz coils with different radii in series. More important thing is that the ratio of the radius and the turn number between the coils has to satisfy a number of conditions, with which 100% cancellation can be reached. Theoretical methods to obtain the turn number ratio and radius ratio are the major part of the paper. Numerical simulation was followed, aiming to evaluate field distribution under a cancellation state and correct the theoretical values.

  13. Search for Very High-Tc Superconductivity in Modified Compositions of Strontium Ruthenates

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    Gulian, Armen; Nikoghosyan, Vahan

    2013-03-01

    In 2004-2007 we discovered unusual properties in laser-processed crystals of strontium ruthenates (including resistive and magnetic transitions) pointing towards superconductivity at 200K and higher. Being interested in understanding and reproducing their properties we explored their composition further. We obtained, via Auger-analysis, the presence of sulfur in the explored sample. The appearance of iron-based superconductors further enhanced our interest, since compositionally our materials turned out to be close to some of these new materials. If our reported observations have been caused by superconductivity that may mean that one can get Tc as high as 200-250K or even higher with these materials at proper processing. We undertook systematic research of ceramic materials Sr2RuO4 with sulfur and other dopants. Data on resistive, magnetic and other physical properties, as well as preparation techniques are reported. This work is supported by ONR Grants N000141210768 and N000141210244

  14. Superconductor cable

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    Allais, Arnaud; Schmidt, Frank (Langenhagen, DE

    2009-12-15

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

  15. Josephson effect studies of pairing symmetry in Fe-based superconductors

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    Zhang, Xiaohang

    2010-03-01

    To investigate the pairing symmetry in the recently discovered Fe-based superconductors, Josephson effect studies have been performed on two types of c-axis junctions incorporating 122-type iron pnictide superconductors: junctions between s-wave superconductors and iron pnictide superconductors [1] and junctions between electron-doped and hole-doped iron pnictide superconductors [2]. The ac Josephson effect was observed in the I-V characteristics for both types of junctions under microwave irradiation. By applying external magnetic fields parallel to the junction interfaces, Fraunhofer-like patterns were obtained. Analysis based on the obtained modulation patterns suggests that the Josephson current is flowing along the c-axis direction within a typical area of 10 x 10 (μm)^2. The presence of Josephson coupling between an s-wave superconductor and a 122-type iron pnictide superconductor along the c-axis strongly supports an s-wave symmetry in the iron pnictide superconductor. Moreover, our observed Josephson effect in the bicrystal junctions indicates that phase coherence can be established between electron-doped and hole-doped iron pnictide superconductors. Such a phase-coherent p-n structure is an important component [3] for performing definitive phase-sensitive tests for the proposed s± symmetry in Fe-based superconductors. Progress in carrying out such tests will be discussed. Recent results on systematic measurements of the energy gap using Andreev reflection spectroscopy with highly transparent contacts will also be presented. This work is supported by the NSF (DMR-0653535) and performed in collaboration with S. R. Saha, N. P. Butch, K. Kirshenbaum, J. Paglione, R. L. Greene, I. Takeuchi at UMD, and Y. S. Oh, Y. Liu, L. Q. Yan, K. H. Kim at SNU. [4pt] [1] X. H. Zhang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 147002 (2009).[0pt] [2] X. H. Zhang et al., Appl. Phy. Lett. 95, 062510 (2009).[0pt] [3] D. Parker and I. I. Mazin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 227007 (2009).

  16. A high-Tc SQUID micro-detector with a high performance magnetic shield for contaminant detection in industrial products

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Fujita, H.; Hatsukade, Y.; Otani, T.; Suzuki, S.; Nagaishi, T.

    2007-11-01

    A high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) system for the detection of magnetic foreign matter in industrial products was developed. There is a possibility that ultra-small metallic foreign matter has been accidentally mixed with industrial products such as lithium ion batteries. Metallic particles with outer dimensions less than 100 µm cannot be detected by conventional x-ray imaging. Therefore we developed a detection system based on a high-Tc SQUID microscope with a high performance magnetic shield. The use of SQUID microscopes with a 0.5 mm thick vacuum window was proposed. This design enables the SQUID to approach the object to be measured as close as 1 mm and enhances the sensitivity. A new magnetic shield with sleeves was carefully designed and built. As a result, we could successfully measure small particles sized 100 µm. This detection level was hard to achieve using a conventional x-ray detection method.

  17. Effect of Van Hove singularities on high-Tc superconductivity in H3S

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    Sano, Wataru; Koretsune, Takashi; Tadano, Terumasa; Akashi, Ryosuke; Arita, Ryotaro

    2016-03-01

    One of the interesting open questions for the high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity in sulfur hydrides is why high-pressure phases of H3S have extremely high Tc's. Recently, it has been pointed out that the presence of the Van Hove singularities (VHS) around the Fermi level is crucial. However, while there have been quantitative estimates of Tc based on the Migdal-Eliashberg theory, the energy dependence of the density of states (DOS) has been neglected to simplify the Eliashberg equation. In this study, we go beyond the constant DOS approximation and explicitly consider the electronic structure over 40 eV around the Fermi level. In contrast with the previous conventional calculations, this approach with a sufficiently large number of Matsubara frequencies enables us to calculate Tc without introducing the empirical pseudo Coulomb potential. We show that while H3S has much higher Tc than H2S for which the VHS is absent, the constant DOS approximation employed so far seriously overestimates (underestimates) Tc by ˜60 K (˜10 K) for H3S (H2S ). We then discuss the impact of the strong electron-phonon coupling on the electronic structure with and without the VHS and how it affects the superconductivity. In particular, we focus on (1) the feedback effect in the self-consistent calculation of the self-energy, (2) the effect of the energy shift due to the zero-point motion, and (3) the effect of the changes in the phonon frequencies due to strong anharmonicity. We show that the effect of (1)-(3) on Tc is about 10-30 K for both H3S and H2S . Eventually, Tc is estimated to be 181 K for H3S at 250 GPa and 34 K for H2S at 140 GPa, which explains the pressure dependence of Tc observed in the experiment. In addition, we evaluate the lowest-order vertex correction beyond the Migdal-Eliashberg theory and discuss the validity of the Migdal approximation for sulfur hydrides.

  18. Performance of a polarised neutron cryo-flipper using a high TcYBCO film

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

    2013-09-01

    It is well-known that the Meissner effect in superconducting materials can be used to provide a well-defined, non-adiabatic, magnetic-field transition. This can be utilised to produce a highly efficient neutron spin flipper that is suitable for use with neutrons of multiple wavelengths. Devices of this type using superconducting niobium have been deployed on neutron diffractometers for several decades but have required liquid helium to maintain the correct temperature. The use of high Tc materials, which removes the need for cryogens and simplifies the device, was first explored by Fitzsimmons et al. in [1]. In this communication, we describe a π flipper which uses commercially available films consisting of a 350-nm-thick YBCO film capped with 100 nm of gold on a 78×100×0.5 mm sapphire substrate. We discuss the design and performance of this device. The apparatus is compact (≈200 mm in length along the neutron beam), consisting of an oxygen-free high-conductivity copper frame, which holds the YBCO film and is mounted to the cold finger of a closed-cycle He refrigerator. The part of the vacuum chamber, where the YBCO film is located, is 5 cm wide, which allows us to minimise the distance from the film to the magnetic guide fields. Negligible small angle neutron scattering is observed from the flipper and its transmission is measured to be greater than 98.5% over a wide band of neutron wavelengths. In this design, the maximum neutron beam size that can be used is 42×42 mm2 and we can easily switch from a vertical to a horizontal guide field (both perpendicular to the neutron beam) on either side of the YBCO film. Data are reported for neutron wavelengths between 4 and 8.5 Å and flipping efficiencies under a variety of conditions are discussed. Under optimum conditions an efficiency of 99.5±0.3% was achieved for 4-8 Å neutrons on a pulsed source and 99.4±0.5% was achieved at a monochromatic source using a neutron wavelength of 4.2 Å.

  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. Fluctuations and disorder in high temperature superconductors

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    Blatter, Gianni; Ivlev, Boris

    1994-02-01

    The special material parameters of the oxide superconductors lead to a dramatic increase of the importance of thermal and quantum fluctuations. The latter can be quantified by the Ginzburg number Gi = {[T c/ }/{H 2c(0)ɛξ 3(0)] 2/2 } and the quantum resistance Q u = {(e 2/ }/{h̵}) {[ϱN/}/{ɛξ(0)]}, where H c(0), ξ(0), and ϱ N denote the thermodynamic critical field, the planar coherence length (both linearly extrapolated to zero), and the planar normal resistivity. ɛ 2 = {m/}/{M} < 1 is the anisotropy parameter. In the high Tc's (specifically for YBCO) we have Gi ≅ 10 -2 and Qu ≅ 1 and thus these parameters are by orders of magnitude larger than in conventional low- Tc superconductors. The large fluctuations lead to the melting of the vortex lattice well below the upper critical field line. The inclusion of quenched disorder as parametrized by the critical current density ratio jc/ jo drastically changes the dynamic behavior of the vortex system ( jc and jo denote the depinning and depairing current densities). We discuss the equilibrium statistical mechanics (vortex lattice melting) and the dynamic behavior (creep) of the vortex system with a particular emphasis on the role of quantum fluctuations.

  1. p-Wave superconductors in D-brane systems

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    Bu, Yanyan

    2012-11-01

    In this work we take the intersecting D-brane models to explore some properties of p-wave superconductor at strong coupling. Our studies are focused on four-dimensional spacetime, which is not completely researched as in planar case. Optimistically, the AdS/CFT approach to superconductor, or more precisely superconducting-like phase transition, can give us some intuitions about mysterious high Tc superconductors. Concretely, we use defect D4/D6 and D4/D4 (noncritical) models to carry out comparative investigations. To make the system in the finite temperature bath, we assume that the superconducting phase is in the deconfined and chiral symmetry restoring phase for black D4-brane geometry. For the background fields, we use both analytical and numerical methods to solve the coupled nonlinear equations of motion. Near the phase transition, both methods give the mean filed behavior for the superconducting condensate. We then study gauge field perturbations of the systems to probe the AC conductivity. Similar to previous results, there comes out a gap in low frequency regime and the conductivity gets exponentially small as the condensation is enhanced. In contrast to previous investigations, we also compute the AC conductivity along the x direction, which needs to study a coupled sets of fluctuation modes. This shows us the anisotropic feature of p-wave superconductors.

  2. Pristine and intercalated transition metal dichalcogenide superconductors

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    Klemm, Richard A.

    2015-07-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are quasi-two-dimensional layered compounds that exhibit strongly competing effects of charge-density wave (CDW) formation and superconductivity (SC). The weak van der Waals interlayer bonding between hexagonal layers of octahedral or trigonal prismatic TMD building blocks allows many polytypes to form. In the single layer 1 T polytype materials, one or more CDW states can form, but the pristine TMDs are not superconducting. The 2 H polytypes have two or more Fermi surfaces and saddle bands, allowing for dual orderings, which can be coexisting CDW and SC orderings, two SC gaps as in MgB2, two CDW gaps, and possibly even pseudogaps above the onset TCDW s of CDW orderings. Higher order polytypes allow for multiple CDW gaps and at least one superconducting gap. The CDW transitions TCDW s usually greatly exceed the superconducting transitions at their low Tc values, their orbital order parameters (OPs) are generally highly anisotropic and can even contain nodes, and the SC OPs can be greatly affected by their simultaneous presence. The properties of the CDWs ubiquitously seen in TMDs are remarkably similar to those of the pseudogaps seen in the high-Tc cuprates. In 2H-NbSe2, for example, the CDW renders its general s-wave SC OP orbital symmetry to be highly anisotropic and strongly reduces its Josephson coupling strength (IcRn) with the conventional SC, Pb. Hence, the pristine TMDs are highly "unconventional" in comparison with Pb, but are much more "conventional" than are the ferromagnetic superconductors such as URhGe. Applied pressure and intercalation generally suppress the TMD CDWs, allowing for enhanced SC formation, even in the 1 T polytype materials. The misfit intercalation compound (LaSe)1.14(NbSe2) and many 2 H -TMDs intercalated with organic Lewis base molecules, such as TaS2(pyridine)1/2, have completely incoherent c-axis transport, dimensional-crossover effects, and behave as stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions

  3. 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.

  4. A 16-channel high-Tc SQUID-magnetometer system for magnetocardiogram mapping

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    Yokosawa, Koichi; Tsukamoto, Akira; Suzuki, Daisuke; Kandori, Akihiko; Miyashita, Tsuyoshi; Ogata, Kuniomi; Seki, Yusuke; Tsukada, Keiji

    2003-12-01

    A compact, light and easy-to-handle magnetocardiograph (MCG) has been developed. The MCG consists of a sensor array with superconducting-quantum-interference-device magnetometers made of a high-critical temperature superconductor, arranged in a 4 × 4 matrix, and operated in a vertical magnetically shielding cylinder (1.7 m high and 1 m in diameter). Each magnetometer is paired with each of its adjacent magnetometers, and the difference between the respective outputs provides us with a measure of magnetic gradient. This configuration for the electronic gradiometers cancels out the environmental magnetic field noise within the shielding cylinder. We use the data from the multiple gradiometers to construct a current arrow map that describes the distribution of original current vectors in the area being measured. We used the fabricated MCG to record magnetocardiograms of healthy volunteers. The smallest signals, i.e., the P-waves, were clearly detected without averaging. The current arrow maps obtained from the single-beat magnetocardiograms indicate the feasibility of clinical application of this MCG.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Infrared detection with high-[Tc] bolometers and response of Nb tunnel junctions to picosecond voltage pulses

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    Verghese, S.

    1993-05-01

    Oxide superconductors with high critical temperature [Tc] make sensitive thermometers for several types of infrared bolometers. The authors built composite bolometers with YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7[minus][delta

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

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

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

    2015-09-21

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

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

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

    2015-09-21

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

  11. Electronic origin of structural transition in 122 Fe based superconductors

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    Ghosh, Haranath; Sen, Smritijit; Ghosh, Abyay

    2017-03-01

    Direct quantitative correlations between the orbital order and orthorhombicity is achieved in a number of Fe-based superconductors of 122 family. The former (orbital order) is calculated from first principles simulations using experimentally determined doping and temperature dependent structural parameters while the latter (the orthorhombicity) is taken from already established experimental studies; when normalized, both the above quantities quantitatively corresponds to each other in terms of their doping as well as temperature variations. This proves that the structural transition in Fe-based materials is electronic in nature due to orbital ordering. An universal correlations among various structural parameters and electronic structure are also obtained. Most remarkable among them is the mapping of two Fe-Fe distances in the low temperature orthorhombic phase, with the band energies Edxz, Edyz of Fe at the high symmetry points of the Brillouin zone. The fractional co-ordinate zAs of As which essentially determines anion height is inversely (directly) proportional to Fe-As bond distances (with exceptions of K doped BaFe2As2) for hole (electron) doped materials as a function of doping. On the other hand, Fe-As bond-distance is found to be inversely (directly) proportional to the density of states at the Fermi level for hole (electron) doped systems. Implications of these results to current issues of Fe based superconductivity are discussed.

  12. Enhancement of nuclear magnetic resonance in microtesla magnetic field with prepolarization field detected with high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device

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    Yang, Hong-Chang; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Horng, Herng-Er; Kuo, Shing-Ling; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Yang, S. Y.

    2006-06-01

    We applied prepolarization field and high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) detector to enhance nuclear magnetic resonance signal in a microtesla magnetic field. The minimum measuring magnetic field is 8.9μT at which the proton resonance frequency is 380Hz. The specificity instrumentation and the difficulty of using a high-Tc SQUID with prepolarization field were investigated. We applied gradient field to perform one-dimensional proton imaging in a microtesla magnetic field. Additionally, low field high-Tc SQUID-based NMR systems are promising in biomagnetic research due to its use, for example, in imaging with hyperpolarized noble gas.

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

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    Kobayashi, Shingo; Tanaka, Yukio; Sato, Masatoshi

    2015-12-01

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

  14. Direct angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and superconductivity of strained high-Tc films

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    Pavuna, Davor; Ariosa, Daniel; Cloetta, Dominique; Cancellieri, Claudia; Abrecht, Mike

    2008-02-01

    Since 1997 we systematically perform direct angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on in-situ grown thin (<30 nm) cuprate films. Specifically, we probe low-energy electronic structure and properties of high-T_{c} superconductors (HTSC) under different degrees of epitaxial ({compressive vs. tensile}) strain. In overdoped and underdoped in-plane compressed (the strain is induced by the choice of substrate) ≈15 nm thin La_{2-x}Sr_{x}CuO_{4} (LSCO) films we almost double T_{c} to 40 K, from 20 K and 24 K, respectively. Yet the Fermi surface (FS) remains essentially two-dimensional. In contrast, ARPES data under {tensile} strain exhibit the dispersion that is three-dimensional, yet T_{c} drastically decreases. It seems that the in-plane compressive strain tends to push the apical oxygen far away from the CuO_{2} plane, enhances the two-dimensional character of the dispersion and increases T_{c}, while the tensile strain acts in the opposite direction and the resulting dispersion is three-dimensional. We have established the shape of the FS for both cases, and all our data are consistent with other ongoing studies, like EXAFS. As the actual lattice of cuprates is like a `Napoleon-cake', i.e. rigid CuO_{2 } planes alternating with softer `reservoir', that distort differently under strain, our data rule out all oversimplified two-dimensional (rigid lattice) mean field models. The work is still in progress on optimized La-doped Bi-2201 films with enhanced T_{c}.

  15. 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.

  16. Link between spin fluctuations and electron pairing in copper oxide superconductors.

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    Jin, K; Butch, N P; Kirshenbaum, K; Paglione, J; Greene, R L

    2011-08-03

    Although it is generally accepted that superconductivity is unconventional in the high-transition-temperature copper oxides, the relative importance of phenomena such as spin and charge (stripe) order, superconductivity fluctuations, proximity to a Mott insulator, a pseudogap phase and quantum criticality are still a matter of debate. In electron-doped copper oxides, the absence of an anomalous pseudogap phase in the underdoped region of the phase diagram and weaker electron correlations suggest that Mott physics and other unidentified competing orders are less relevant and that antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations are the dominant feature. Here we report a study of magnetotransport in thin films of the electron-doped copper oxide La(2 - x)Ce(x)CuO(4). We show that a scattering rate that is linearly dependent on temperature--a key feature of the anomalous normal state properties of the copper oxides--is correlated with the electron pairing. We also show that an envelope of such scattering surrounds the superconducting phase, surviving to zero temperature when superconductivity is suppressed by magnetic fields. Comparison with similar behaviour found in organic superconductors strongly suggests that the linear dependence on temperature of the resistivity in the electron-doped copper oxides is caused by spin-fluctuation scattering.

  17. Magnetic Signals of High-Temperature Superconductor Bulk During the Levitation Force Measurement Process

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    Huang, Huan; Zheng, Jun; Qian, Nan; Che, Tong; Zheng, Botian; Jin, Liwei; Deng, Zigang

    2017-02-01

    In order to study the commonly neglected magnetic field information in the course of levitation force measurement process in a superconducting maglev system, a multipoint magnetic field measurement platform was employed to acquire magnetic signals of a bulk high-Tc superconductor on both the top and the bottom surface. Working conditions including field cooling (FC) and zero field cooling were investigated for these vertical down and up motions above a permanent magnet guideway performed on a HTS maglev measurement system. We have discussed the magnetic flux variation process based on the Bean model. A magnetic hysteresis effect similar to the levitation force hysteresis loop of the bulk superconductor was displayed and analyzed in this paper. What is more valuable, there exists some available magnetic flux on the top surface of the bulk superconductor, and the proportion is as high as 62.42% in the FC condition, which provides an experimental hint to design the superconductor bulk and the applied field for practical use in a more efficient way. In particular, this work reveals real-time magnetic flux variation of the bulk superconductor in the levitation application, which is the other important information in contrast to the macroscopic levitation and guidance force investigations in previous studies, and it enriches the existing research methods. The results are significant for understanding the magnetic characteristic of superconductors, and they can contribute to optimize the present HTS maglev system design.

  18. Role of valence changes and nanoscale atomic displacements in BiS2-based superconductors.

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    Cheng, Jie; Zhai, Huifei; Wang, Yu; Xu, Wei; Liu, Shengli; Cao, Guanghan

    2016-11-22

    Superconductivity within layered crystal structures has attracted sustained interest among condensed matter community, primarily due to their exotic superconducting properties. EuBiS2F is a newly discovered member in the BiS2-based superconducting family, which shows superconductivity at 0.3 K without extrinsic doping. With 50 at.% Ce substitution for Eu, superconductivity is enhanced with Tc increased up to 2.2 K. However, the mechanisms for the Tc enhancement have not yet been elucidated. In this study, the Ce-doping effect on the self-electron-doped superconductor EuBiS2F was investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). We have established a relationship between Ce-doping and the Tc enhancement in terms of Eu valence changes and nanoscale atomic displacements. The new finding sheds light on the interplay among superconductivity, charge and local structure in BiS2-based superconductors.

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

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

    2015-09-22

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

  20. Role of valence changes and nanoscale atomic displacements in BiS2-based superconductors

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    Cheng, Jie; Zhai, Huifei; Wang, Yu; Xu, Wei; Liu, Shengli; Cao, Guanghan

    2016-11-01

    Superconductivity within layered crystal structures has attracted sustained interest among condensed matter community, primarily due to their exotic superconducting properties. EuBiS2F is a newly discovered member in the BiS2-based superconducting family, which shows superconductivity at 0.3 K without extrinsic doping. With 50 at.% Ce substitution for Eu, superconductivity is enhanced with Tc increased up to 2.2 K. However, the mechanisms for the Tc enhancement have not yet been elucidated. In this study, the Ce-doping effect on the self-electron-doped superconductor EuBiS2F was investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). We have established a relationship between Ce-doping and the Tc enhancement in terms of Eu valence changes and nanoscale atomic displacements. The new finding sheds light on the interplay among superconductivity, charge and local structure in BiS2-based superconductors.

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

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    Wiecki, P.; Roy, B.; Johnston, D. C.; ...

    2015-09-22

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

  2. 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.

  3. Effects of the Electronic Doping In the Stability of the Metal Hydride NaH

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    Olea-Amezcua, Monica-Araceli; Rivas-Silva, Juan-Francisco; de La Peña-Seaman, Omar; Heid, Rolf; Bohnen, Klaus-Peter

    2015-03-01

    Despite metal hydrides light weight and high hydrogen volumetric densities, the Hydrogen desorption process requires excessively high temperatures due to their high stability. Attempts for improvement the hydrogenation properties have been focus on the introduction of defects, impurities and doping on the metal hydride. We present a systematic study of the electronic doping effects on the stability of a model system, NaH doped with magnesium, forming the alloying system Na1-xMgxH. We use the density functional theory (DFT) and the self-consistent version of the virtual crystal approximation (VCA) to model the doping of NaH with Mg. The evolution of the ground state structural and electronic properties is analyzed as a function of Mg-content. The full-phonon dispersion, calculated by the linear response theory (LRT) and density functional perturbation theory (DFPT), is analyzed for several Mg-concentrations, paying special attention to the crystal stability and the correlations with the electronic structure. Applying the quasiharmonic approximation (QHA), the free energy from zero-point motion is obtained, and its influence on the properties under study is analyzed. This work is partially supported by the VIEP-BUAP (OMPS-EXC14-I) and CONACYT-Mexico (No. 221807) projects.

  4. High-Tc micro and nano-constrictions modeling: hot spot approach for DC characteristics and HEB THz mixer performance

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    Ladret, Romain G.; Dégardin, Annick F.; Kreisler, Alain J.

    2014-05-01

    High-TC hot electron bolometers (HEB) are promising THz mixers due to their expected wide bandwidth, large mixing gain, and low intrinsic noise. We have simulated the characteristics of YBaCuO HEBs with a hot spot model usually dedicated to low-TC phonon cooled devices. With respect to e.g., NbN, the high-TC specificities are mainly arising from the large values of YBaCuO phonon thermal conductivity, and the film to MgO substrate phonon escape time. The consequent effects on the electron temperature profiles along the YBaCuO constriction and the current voltage DC characteristics are considered. The conversion gain G and noise temperature TN were computed for two constriction dimensions. For a 100 nm long × 100 nm wide × 10 nm thick constriction at 9 microwatt local oscillator (LO) power, the expected double sideband (DSB) TN = 1520 K (G = -13.7 dB). For a larger (but more realistic according to YBaCuO aging effects) 400 nm long × 400 nm wide × 35 nm thick constriction, minimum TN = 1210 K DSB at 35 microwatt LO power (G = -13.1 dB).

  5. Ultra-sensitive sensors for weak electromagnetic fields using high-{Tc} SQUIDS for biomagnetism, NDE, and corrosion currents

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    Kraus, R.H. Jr.; Flynn, E.R.; Espy, M.; Jia, Q.X.; Wu, X.D.; Reagor, D.

    1998-11-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The research has directly contributed to a new DOE supported project, three patents (one granted and two submitted), and several potential opportunities for new program funding at the Laboratory. The authors report significant developments extending from basic understanding of and fabrication techniques for high critical-temperature (high-{Tc}) SQUID devices to the development of high-level applications such as the SQUID Microscope. The development of ramp edge geometry and silver-doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) electrodes has tremendously improved the performance of high-{Tc} SQUIDS. Recent experiments have proven and quantified the LANL-patented superconducting imaging plane gradiometry concept. A SQUID microscope, developed largely under this project, has recently acquired data that demonstrated exceptional sensitivity a nd resolution. New techniques for background noise suppression, needed to use the extraordinarily sensitive SQUID sensors in unshielded environments, have also been developed. Finally, initial investigations to use SQUIDs in a basic physics experiment to measure the electric dipole moment of the neutron were very successful.

  6. Theoretical insights on the electron doping and Curie temperature in La-doped Sr2CrWO6.

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    Wang, Jing; Meng, Jian; Wu, Zhijian

    2011-11-30

    The structure and electronic and magnetic properties of La(x)Sr(2-x)CrWO(6) (x = 0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0) were investigated by using the density functional theory. With the increase of La doping, the extra electrons are injected into W 5d orbitals, which makes the spin moments of W increase. In addition, the calculated Curie temperature and total magnetic moments decrease with the increase of the electron doping, in agreement with the experimental observation. This also means that the decrease of Curie temperature with the electron doping is intrinsic. Half metallic properties are obtained for x = 0.0, 0.5, 1.5, and 2.0, whereas for x = 1.0, the compound is semiconducting.

  7. Fine uniform filament superconductors

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

    2002-01-01

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

  8. Pairing mechanism of heavily electron doped FeSe systems: dynamical tuning of the pairing cutoff energy

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    Bang, Yunkyu

    2016-11-01

    We studied the pairing mechanism of the heavily electron doped FeSe (HEDIS) systems, which commonly have one incipient hole band—a band top below the Fermi level by a finite energy distance ε b —at Γ point and ordinary electron bands at M points in Brillouin zone (BZ). We found that the system allows two degenerate superconducting solutions with the exactly same T c in clean limit: the incipient {s}{he}+/- -gap ({{{Δ }}}h-\

  9. Scanning tunneling spectroscopic evidence for a magnetic field-revealed microscopic order in the high-TC superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Beyer, A. D.; Grinolds, M. S.; Teague, M. L.; Yeh, N.-C.; Tajima, S.

    2009-03-01

    We present spatially resolved scanning tunneling spectroscopic measurements of YBa2Cu3O7-δ as a function of magnetic field and at T<

  10. Critical current densities and irreversibility field of high-Tc Ba2Ca3Cu4O(O,F)2 superconductor

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

    2008-03-01

    The superconductivity in apical fluorine system of Ba2Ca3Cu4O10-yFy: the fourth member of Ba2Can-1CunO2n(O,F)2 homologous series is significant to study as it deals with the novel phenomenon of superconductivity like co-existence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism, in-equivalent and non-similar charge distribution in the CuO2 planes in a unit cell etc. The polycrystalline samples of Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (F-0234) were synthesized under high pressure and showed sharp superconducting transitions temperature at 105 K. From the DA magnetization hysteresis loops, we determined the intragrain critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr) using Bean's critical state model. The irreversibility line(IL) of F-0234 is higher than that for optimally-doped Bi-2212. However, IL much lower than that of Cu-1212 (Y-123) although the spacing of F-0234 (7.3 Å) is much thinner than that of Cu-1212.

  11. High-Tc superconductivity near the anion height instability in Fe-based superconductors: analysis of LaFeAsO(1-x)H(x).

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    Onari, Seiichiro; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2014-05-09

    The isostructural transition in the tetragonal phase with a sizable change in the anion height, is realized in heavily H-doped LaFeAsO and (La,P) codoped CaFe2As2. In these compounds, the superconductivity with higher Tc (40-50 K) is realized near the isostructural transition. To find the origin of the anion-height instability and the role in realizing the higher-Tc state, we develop the orbital-spin fluctuation theory by including the vertex correction. We analyze LaFeAsO(1-x)H(x) and find that the non-nematic orbital fluctuations, which induce the anion-height instability, are automatically obtained at x∼0.5, in addition to the conventional nematic orbital fluctuations at x∼0. The non-nematic orbital order triggers the isostructural transition, and its fluctuation would be a key ingredient to realize higher-Tc superconductivity of order 50 K.

  12. High-Tc Superconductivity near the Anion Height Instability in Fe-Based Superconductors: Analysis of LaFeAsO1-xHx

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    Onari, Seiichiro; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2014-05-01

    The isostructural transition in the tetragonal phase with a sizable change in the anion height, is realized in heavily H-doped LaFeAsO and (La,P) codoped CaFe2As2. In these compounds, the superconductivity with higher Tc (40-50 K) is realized near the isostructural transition. To find the origin of the anion-height instability and the role in realizing the higher-Tc state, we develop the orbital-spin fluctuation theory by including the vertex correction. We analyze LaFeAsO1-xHx and find that the non-nematic orbital fluctuations, which induce the anion-height instability, are automatically obtained at x ˜0.5, in addition to the conventional nematic orbital fluctuations at x˜0. The non-nematic orbital order triggers the isostructural transition, and its fluctuation would be a key ingredient to realize higher-Tc superconductivity of order 50 K.

  13. On the Relevance of the Conventional Band Theory in Case of HIGH-Tc Superconductors:. Optics of La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Maksimov, E. G.; Mazin, I. I.; Rashkeev, S. N.; Savrasov, S. Y.; Uspenski, Yu. A.

    We discuss the question of the applicability of conventional band structure calculation to superconducting copper oxides. We show that optical spectra of La2-xSrxCuO4 are reasonably described by LMTO band structure calculations. In fact, 20% reduction of calculated plasma frequency and introducing interband relaxation makes theoretical reflectivity spectra to reproduce essentially all features of single-crystal experimental reflectivity.

  14. High-resolution angle-resolved photoemission studies of high Tc superconductor Bi sub 2 Sr sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8

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    Liu, Rong.

    1990-09-21

    An angle-resolved photoemission study of the normal and superconducting states in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} was performed. Measurements in the normal state show bands dispersing through the Fermi level from at least 350 meV below E{sub F}. The Fermi level crossings are consistant with local-density band calculation, including a point calculated to be of Bi-O character. Additional measurements were made where bands crossed the Fermi level between 100 and 250K, along with measurements on an adjacent Pt foil. The Fermi edges of both materials agree to within the noise. Below the Fermi level, the spectra show correlation effects on the form of an increased effective mass. The shape of the spectra can be explained by a lifetime-broadened photohole and secondary electrons. The effective inverse photohole lifetime is linear in energy. A superconducting gap has been measured at a number of points where there is density at the Fermi level in the normal state. By proper modeling, a gap of 24 meV was obtained for all these points, including points of Cu-O and Bi-O character respectively, according to band calculation. The lack of gap anisotropy in the basal plane suggests that pinning in this material is not d-wave pairing.

  15. Superconductor rotor cooling system

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

    2004-11-02

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

  16. Photothermal measurements of superconductors

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

    1996-12-31

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

  17. Superconductor rotor cooling system

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

    2002-01-01

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

  18. Structure, stoichiometry and spectroscopy of oxide superconductors

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    Rao, C. N. R.

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

  19. Intriguing Role of Hole-Cooper in Superconductors and Superfluids

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    Grether, M.; de Llano, M.; Ramírez, S.; Rojo, O.

    The role in superconductors of hole-Cooper-pairs (CPs) are examined and contrasted with the more familiar electron-CPs, with special emphasis on their “background” effect in enhancing superconducting transition temperatures Tc — even when electron-CPs drive the transition. Both kinds of CPs are, of course, present at all temperatures. An analogy is drawn between the hole CPs in any many-fermion system with the antibosons in a relativistic ideal Bose gas that appear in substantial numbers only at higher and higher temperatures. Their indispensable role in yielding a lower Helmholtz free energy equilibrium state is established. For superconductors, the problem is viewed in terms of a generalized Bose-Einstein condensation (GBEC) theory that is an extension of the Friedberg-T.D. Lee 1989 boson-fermion BEC theory of high-Tc superconductors in that the GBEC theory includes hole CPs as well as electron-CPs — thereby containing as well as further extending BCS theory to higher temperatures with the same weak-coupling electron-phonon interaction parameters. We show that the Helmholtz free energy of both 2e- and 2h-CP pure condensates has a positive second derivative, and are thus stable equilibrium states. Finally, it is conjectured that the role of hole pairs in ultra-cold fermionic atom gases will likely be negligible because the very low densities involved imply a “shallow” Fermi sea.

  20. Intriguing Role of Hole-Cooper in Superconductors and Superfluids

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    Grether, M.; de Llano, M.; Ramírez, S.; Rojo, O.

    2009-12-01

    The role in superconductors of hole-Cooper-pairs (CPs) are examined and contrasted with the more familiar electron-CPs, with special emphasis on their "background" effect in enhancing superconducting transition temperatures Tc -- even when electron-CPs drive the transition. Both kinds of CPs are, of course, present at all temperatures. An analogy is drawn between the hole CPs in any many-fermion system with the antibosons in a relativistic ideal Bose gas that appear in substantial numbers only at higher and higher temperatures. Their indispensable role in yielding a lower Helmholtz free energy equilibrium state is established. For superconductors, the problem is viewed in terms of a generalized Bose-Einstein condensation (GBEC) theory that is an extension of the Friedberg-T.D. Lee 1989 boson-fermion BEC theory of high-Tc superconductors in that the GBEC theory includes hole CPs as well as electron-CPs -- thereby containing as well as further extending BCS theory to higher temperatures with the same weak-coupling electron-phonon interaction parameters. We show that the Helmholtz free energy of both 2e- and 2h-CP pure condensates has a positive second derivative, and are thus stable equilibrium states. Finally, it is conjectured that the role of hole pairs in ultra-cold fermionic atom gases will likely be negligible because the very low densities involved imply a "shallow" Fermi sea.

  1. Nonempirical Calculation of Superconducting Transition Temperatures in Light-Element Superconductors.

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    Arita, Ryotaro; Koretsune, Takashi; Sakai, Shiro; Akashi, Ryosuke; Nomura, Yusuke; Sano, Wataru

    2017-01-06

    Recent progress in the fully nonempirical calculation of the superconducting transition temperature (Tc ) is reviewed. Especially, this study focuses on three representative light-element high-Tc superconductors, i.e., elemental Li, sulfur hydrides, and alkali-doped fullerides. Here, it is discussed how crucial it is to develop the beyond Migdal-Eliashberg (ME) methods. For Li, a scheme of superconducting density functional theory for the plasmon mechanism is formulated and it is found that Tc is dramatically enhanced by considering the frequency dependence of the screened Coulomb interaction. For sulfur hydrides, it is essential to go beyond not only the static approximation for the screened Coulomb interaction, but also the constant density-of-states approximation for electrons, the harmonic approximation for phonons, and the Migdal approximation for the electron-phonon vertex, all of which have been employed in the standard ME calculation. It is also shown that the feedback effect in the self-consistent calculation of the self-energy and the zero point motion considerably affect the calculation of Tc . For alkali-doped fullerides, the interplay between electron-phonon coupling and electron correlations becomes more nontrivial. It has been demonstrated that the combination of density functional theory and dynamical mean field theory with the ab initio downfolding scheme for electron-phonon coupled systems works successfully. This study not only reproduces the experimental phase diagram but also obtains a unified view of the high-Tc superconductivity and the Mott-Hubbard transition in the fullerides. The results for these high-Tc superconductors will provide a firm ground for future materials design of new superconductors.

  2. Josephson-junction single plaquette as a model for the high-Tc grain-boundary junctions

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    Kim, Jinhee; Shin, Hyun Joon; Lee, Hu Jong

    1994-03-01

    We have calculated the widths of the integer and half-integer voltage steps in a square Josephson-junction single plaquette as a function of ac level for various filling factors f. The characteristic features of the step widths, corresponding to n=0, 1/2, and 1, show clear differences between small and large values of f, and are in reasonable agreement with the results observed experimentally in high-Tc single grain-boundary junctions. When the inhomogeneity in the critical current of the junctions parallel and perpendicular to the external current is introduced to the model the equations of motion for a single plaquette become equivalent to those of a dc superconducting quantum interference device in the limit of small loop inductance.

  3. New Trend in THz Detection: High Tc Superconducting Hot Electron Bolometer Technology May Exhibit Advantage vs Low Tc Devices

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    Kreisler, A. J.; Degardin, A. F.; Aurino, M.; Peroz, C.; Villegier, J.-C.; Beaudin, G.; Delorme, Y.; Redon, M.; Sentz, A.

    2007-07-01

    Superconducting hot electron bolometer (HEB) mixers are a competitive alternative to conventional mixer technologies in the terahertz range because of their ultrawide bandwidth, high conversion gain, and low intrinsic noise level, even at 77 K. A technological process to realize HEBs based on high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7-zeta (YBCO) materials is described. Ultrathin 12 to 40 nm layers were sputtered on MgO (100) substrates, sub-micrometer constrictions (0.5 micrometer x 0.5 micrometer) were etched on these and log-periodic gold antennas were then integrated. Good superconducting properties were measured after the whole process. Electrical transport characteristics of the device are discussed, ageing effects are considered and regular bolometric THz response results are given.

  4. Development of high Tc (greater than 100 K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1993-01-01

    Results on this project over the past three years have shown that the Bi and Tl-based superconducting materials in bulk form are noticeably different from the Y-based 123 material in that superconductivity is considerably harder to achieve, maintain and reproduce. This is due primarily to the difficulty in obtaining the higher Tc phase in pure form since it commonly co-exists with other undesirable, lower Tc phases. In particular, it has been found that long processing times for calcining and firing (20 - 200 hrs.) and close control of temperatures which are very near the melting point are required in order to obtain higher proportions of the desirable, high Tc (2223) phase.

  5. Emergent high-Tc ferroelectric ordering of strongly correlated and frustrated protons in a heteroepitaxial ice film

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    Sugimoto, Toshiki; Aiga, Norihiro; Otsuki, Yuji; Watanabe, Kazuya; Matsumoto, Yoshiyasu

    2016-11-01

    Materials containing strong correlation and frustration have the potential to respond to external perturbations in an unusual way. In the case of common water ice, protons in the hydrogen-bond network are strongly correlated and highly frustrated under Pauling's ice rules. At low temperature, the strongly correlated protons lose ergodicity, and little is understood about the cooperative thermodynamic and electric response to external stimuli. Here, using a model platinum substrate, we demonstrate emergent high-Tc ferroelectric proton ordering in a heteroepitaxial ice film. Such proton ordering is thermodynamically stable and has an extremely high critical temperature of ~175 K. We found that anisotropy and protolysis driven by the electrostatistics at the heterointerface are key factors in stimulating this novel exotic ordering in the many-body correlated proton system. The significant increase in Tc due to the heterointerface suggests the ubiquity of ferroelectric ice in nature--specifically, in space and the polar stratosphere.

  6. Enhancing electric-field control of ferromagnetism through nanoscale engineering of high-Tc MnxGe1-x nanomesh

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    Nie, Tianxiao; Tang, Jianshi; Kou, Xufeng; Gen, Yin; Lee, Shengwei; Zhu, Xiaodan; He, Qinglin; Chang, Li-Te; Murata, Koichi; Fan, Yabin; Wang, Kang L.

    2016-10-01

    Voltage control of magnetism in ferromagnetic semiconductor has emerged as an appealing solution to significantly reduce the power dissipation and variability beyond current CMOS technology. However, it has been proven to be very challenging to achieve a candidate with high Curie temperature (Tc), controllable ferromagnetism and easy integration with current Si technology. Here we report the effective electric-field control of both ferromagnetism and magnetoresistance in unique MnxGe1-x nanomeshes fabricated by nanosphere lithography, in which a Tc above 400 K is demonstrated as a result of size/quantum confinement. Furthermore, by adjusting Mn doping concentration, extremely giant magnetoresistance is realized from ~8,000% at 30 K to 75% at 300 K at 4 T, which arises from a geometrically enhanced magnetoresistance effect of the unique mesh structure. Our results may provide a paradigm for fundamentally understanding the high Tc in ferromagnetic semiconductor nanostructure and realizing electric-field control of magnetoresistance for future spintronic applications.

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

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    Hemian, Yi; Gu, Genda; Chen, Chao -Yu; Sun, Xuan; Xie, Zhuo -Jin; Feng, Ya; Liang, Ai -Ji; Peng, Ying -Ying; He, Shao -Long; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Guo -Dong; Dong, Xiao -Li; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuang -Tian; Xu, Zu -Yan; Zhou, X. -J.

    2015-06-01

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

  8. Fabrication of high temperature superconductors

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

    2003-06-17

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

  9. Paramagnon excitations' theory for resonant inelastic X-ray scattering in doped plane copper oxide superconductors

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    Larionov, I. A.

    2015-04-01

    A relaxation function theory with paramagnon excitations for doped S = 1 / 2 two-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnetic system in the paramagnetic state is given in view of magnetic response of high-Tc copper oxide superconductors as obtained by resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS). The results of the theory on Nd(La)-Ba(Sr)-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O family compounds give fair agreement without especially adjusted parameters to RIXS data. It is shown that RIXS data analysis depends on paramagnon damping and thus affected by approximations made for dynamic spin susceptibility.

  10. Importance of the Fermi-surface topology to the superconducting state of the electron-doped pnictide Ba(Fe1-xCox)₂As₂

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    Liu, Chang; Palczewski, A. D.; Dhaka, R. S.; Kondo, Takeshi; Fernandes, R. M.; Mun, E. D.; Hodovanets, H.; Thaler, A. N.; Schmalian, J.; Bud’ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kaminski, A.

    2011-07-25

    We used angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and thermoelectric power to study the poorly explored, highly overdoped side of the phase diagram of Ba(Fe1-xCox)₂As₂ high-temperature superconductor. Our data demonstrate that several Lifshitz transitions—topological changes of the Fermi surface—occur for large x. The central hole barrel changes to ellipsoids that are centered at Z at x~0.11 and subsequently disappear around x~0.2; changes in thermoelectric power occur at similar x values. Tc decreases and goes to zero around x~0.15—between the two Lifshitz transitions. Beyond x=0.2 the central pocket becomes electron-like and superconductivity does not exist. Our observations reveal the importance of the underlying Fermiology in electron-doped iron arsenides. We speculate that a likely necessary condition for superconductivity in these materials is the presence of the central hole pockets rather than nesting between central and corner pockets.

  11. Test Status for Proposed Coupling of a Gravitational Force to Extreme Type II YBCO Ceramic Superconductors

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    Noever, David; Li, Ning; Robertson, Tony; Koczor, Ron; Brantley, Whitt

    1999-01-01

    As a Bose condensate, superconductors provide novel conditions for revisiting previously proposed couplings between electromagnetism and gravity. Strong variations in Cooper pair electron density, large conductivity and low magnetic permeability define superconductive and degenerate condensates without the traditional density limits imposed by the Fermi energy (about 10-6 g/cu cm). Recent experiments have reported anomalous weight loss for a test mass suspended above a rotating Type II, YBCO superconductor, with the percentage change (0.05-2.1%) independent of the test mass' chemical composition and diamagnetic properties. A variation of 5 parts per 10(exp 4) was reported above a stationary (non-rotating) superconductor. In the present experiments reported using a sensitive gravimeter (resolution <10(exp -9) unit gravity or variation of 10(exp -6) cm/sq s in accelerations), bulk YBCO superconductors were stably levitated in a DC magnetic field (0.6 Tesla) subject to lateral AC fields (60 Gauss at 60 Hz) and rotation. With magnetic shielding, thermal control and buoyancy compensation, changes in acceleration were measured to be less than 2 parts in 10(exp 8) of the normal gravitational acceleration. This result puts new limits on the strength and range of the proposed coupling between high-Tc superconductors and gravity. Latest test results will be reported, along with status for future improvements and prospects.

  12. Critical Current Test of Liquid Hydrogen Cooled HTC Superconductors under External Magnetic Field

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    Shirai, Yasuyuki; Shiotsu, Masahiro; Tatsumoto, Hideki; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Naruo, Yoshihiro; Nonaka, Satoshi; Inatani, Yoshifumi

    High-Tc (HTC) superconductors including MgB2 will show excellent properties under temperature of Liquid Hydrogen (LH2:20K), which has large latent heat and low viscosity coefficient. In order to design and fabricate the LH2 cooled superconducting energy devices, we must clear the cooling property of LH2 for superconductors, the cooling system and safety design of LH2 cooled superconducting devices and electro-magnetic property evaluation of superconductors (BSCCO, REBCO and MgB2) and their magnets cooled by LH2. As the first step of the study, an experimental setup which can be used for investigating heat transfer characteristics of LH2 in a pool and also in forced flow (circulation loop with a pump), and also for evaluation of electro-magnetic properties of LH2 cooled superconductors under external magnetic field (up to 7 T). In this paper, we will show a short sketch of the experimental set-up, practical experiences in safety operation of liquid hydrogen cooling system and example test results of critical current evaluation of HTC superconductors cooled by LH2.

  13. Rapid formation of the Bi{sub 2{minus}x}Pb{sub x}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} high {Tc}-phase, using spray-dried nitrate precursor powders

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    Van Driessche, I.; Mouton, R.; Hoste, S.

    1996-08-01

    This study describes the use of spray-dried nitrate precursor powders in the synthesis of Bi-2223 high {Tc}-superconductors. The decomposition of the precursor powder is studied using TGA/DTA, XRD, IR, and nitrogen analyses. The particle size is determined using SEM. The low decomposition temperature of the nitrates ({approximately}600 C) and the small particle size of the spray dried powder ({approximately}3{center_dot}10{sup {minus}6} m), resulting in a lowering of the calcination temperature and a shortening of the sinter time, enabled the authors to synthesize a > 96% pure Bi-2223 phase (from XRD peak intensities) after a thermal process of 5h at 650 C and 60 h at 855 C.

  14. Tellurium Hydrides at High Pressures: High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Zhong, Xin; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Jurong; Liu, Hanyu; Zhang, Shoutao; Song, Hai-Feng; Yang, Guochun; Zhang, Lijun; Ma, Yanming

    2016-02-01

    Observation of high-temperature superconductivity in compressed sulfur hydrides has generated an irresistible wave of searches for new hydrogen-containing superconductors. We herein report the prediction of high-Tc superconductivity in tellurium hydrides stabilized at megabar pressures identified by first-principles calculations in combination with a swarm structure search. Although tellurium is isoelectronic to sulfur or selenium, its heavier atomic mass and weaker electronegativity makes tellurium hydrides fundamentally distinct from sulfur or selenium hydrides in stoichiometries, structures, and chemical bondings. We identify three metallic stoichiometries of H4Te , H5Te2 , and HTe3 , which are not predicted or known stable structures for sulfur or selenium hydrides. The two hydrogen-rich H4Te and H5Te2 phases are primarily ionic and contain exotic quasimolecular H2 and linear H3 units, respectively. Their high-Tc (e.g., 104 K for H4Te at 170 GPa) superconductivity originates from the strong electron-phonon couplings associated with intermediate-frequency H-derived wagging and bending modes, a superconducting mechanism which differs substantially with those in sulfur or selenium hydrides where the high-frequency H-stretching vibrations make considerable contributions.

  15. Large area bulk superconductors

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    Miller, Dean J.; Field, Michael B.

    2002-01-01

    A bulk superconductor having a thickness of not less than about 100 microns is carried by a polycrystalline textured substrate having misorientation angles at the surface thereof not greater than about 15.degree.; the bulk superconductor may have a thickness of not less than about 100 microns and a surface area of not less than about 50 cm.sup.2. The textured substrate may have a thickness not less than about 10 microns and misorientation angles at the surface thereof not greater than about 15.degree.. Also disclosed is a process of manufacturing the bulk superconductor and the polycrystalline biaxially textured substrate material.

  16. Phase diagram of (Li(1-x)Fe(x))OHFeSe: a bridge between iron selenide and arsenide superconductors.

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    Dong, Xiaoli; Zhou, Huaxue; Yang, Huaixin; Yuan, Jie; Jin, Kui; Zhou, Fang; Yuan, Dongna; Wei, Linlin; Li, Jianqi; Wang, Xinqiang; Zhang, Guangming; Zhao, Zhongxian

    2015-01-14

    Previous experimental results have shown important differences between iron selenide and arsenide superconductors which seem to suggest that the high-temperature superconductivity in these two subgroups of iron-based families may arise from different electronic ground states. Here we report the complete phase diagram of a newly synthesized superconducting (SC) system, (Li1-xFex)OHFeSe, with a structure similar to that of FeAs-based superconductors. In the non-SC samples, an antiferromagnetic (AFM) spin-density-wave (SDW) transition occurs at ∼127 K. This is the first example to demonstrate such an SDW phase in an FeSe-based superconductor system. Transmission electron microscopy shows that a well-known √5×√5 iron vacancy ordered state, resulting in an AFM order at ∼500 K in AyFe2-xSe2 (A = metal ions) superconductor systems, is absent in both non-SC and SC samples, but a unique superstructure with a modulation wave vector q = (1)/2(1,1,0), identical to that seen in the SC phase of KyFe2-xSe2, is dominant in the optimal SC sample (with an SC transition temperature Tc = 40 K). Hence, we conclude that the high-Tc superconductivity in (Li1-xFex)OHFeSe stems from the similarly weak AFM fluctuations as FeAs-based superconductors, suggesting a universal physical picture for both iron selenide and arsenide superconductors.

  17. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications, annual report for FY 1994

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    Balachandran, U.

    1994-10-01

    Development of useful high-critical-temperature superconductors requires synthesis of superconducting compounds; fabrication of wires, tapes, and films from these compounds; production of composite structures that incorporate stabilizers or insulators; and design and testing of efficient components. This report describes technical progress of research and development efforts aimed at producing superconducting components in the Y-Ba-Cu, (Bi,Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu, (Tl,Pb,Bt)-(Ba,Sr)-Ca-Cu. and Hg-Ba-Ca-Cu-0 oxide systems. Topics discussed are synthesis and heat treatment of high-Tc superconductors, formation of monolithic and composite conductors. characterization of structures and superconducting and mechanical properties, and fabrication and testing of prototype components. Collaborations with industry and academia are documented.

  18. 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.

  19. Momentum-resolved electronic structure of the superconductor parent compound BaBiO3

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    Plumb, N. C.; Ristic, Z.; Park, J.; Wang, Z.; Matt, C. E.; Xu, N.; Lv, B. Q.; Gawryluk, D.; Pomjakushina, E.; Conder, K.; Wang, Y.; Johnston, S.; Mesot, J.; Shi, M.; Radovic, M.

    We use in situ angle-resolved photoemission to study thin films of BaBiO3, a parent compound of bismuthate superconductors with Tc up to 30 K. By simple electron counting, BaBiO3 should be metallic. However, in analogy with many unconventional and high-Tc superconductor families, it is instead insulating, and superconductivity emerges with doping. Our experiments reveal a folded band structure consistent with known BiO6 breathing distortions. However, charge ordering often thought to accompany the distortions is virtually nonexistent. The data combined with DFT calculations indicate that states near EF are primarily oxygen-derived. Hence BaBiO3 appears to be characterized by negative charge transfer energy. This can account for the seeming discrepancy between the atomic structure and ''missing'' charge order. It should also be relevant for understanding the doping evolution and superconductivity in bismuthates.

  20. Topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors

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    Wang, Qing-Ze; Liu, Chao-Xing

    2016-01-01

    Topological superconductors possess a nodeless superconducting gap in the bulk and gapless zero energy modes, known as "Majorana zero modes," at the boundary of a finite system. In this work, we introduce a new class of topological superconductors, which are protected by nonsymmorphic crystalline symmetry and thus dubbed "topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors." We construct an explicit Bogoliubov-de Gennes type of model for this superconducting phase in the D class and show how Majorana zero modes in this model are protected by glide plane symmetry. Furthermore, we generalize the classification of topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors to the classes with time reversal symmetry, including the DIII and BDI classes, in two dimensions. Our theory provides guidance to search for new topological superconducting materials with nonsymmorphic crystal structures.

  1. Topological Nonsymmorphic Crystalline Superconductors

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    Wang, Qing-Ze; Liu, Chao-Xing

    Topological superconductors possess a nodeless superconducting gap in the bulk and gapless zero energy modes, known as ``Majorana zero modes'', at the boundary of a finite system. In this work, we introduce a new class of topological superconductors, which are protected by nonsymmorphic crystalline symmetry and thus dubbed ``topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors''. We construct an explicit Bogoliubov-de Gennes type of model for this superconducting phase in the D class and show how Majorana zero modes in this model are protected by glide symmetry. Furthermore, we generalize the classification of topological nonsymmorphic crystalline superconductors to the classes with time reversal symmetry, including the DIII and BDI classes, in two dimensions. Our theory provides a guidance to search for new topological superconducting materials with nonsymmorphic crystal structures.

  2. The intercalation chemistry of layered iron chalcogenide superconductors

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    Vivanco, Hector K.; Rodriguez, Efrain E.

    2016-10-01

    The iron chalcogenides FeSe and FeS are superconductors composed of two-dimensional sheets held together by van der Waals interactions, which makes them prime candidates for the intercalation of various guest species. We review the intercalation chemistry of FeSe and FeS superconductors and discuss their synthesis, structure, and physical properties. Before we review the latest work in this area, we provide a brief background on the intercalation chemistry of other inorganic materials that exhibit enhanced superconducting properties upon intercalation, which include the transition metal dichalcogenides, fullerenes, and layered cobalt oxides. From past studies of these intercalated superconductors, we discuss the role of the intercalates in terms of charge doping, structural distortions, and Fermi surface reconstruction. We also briefly review the physical and chemical properties of the host materials-mackinawite-type FeS and β-FeSe. The three types of intercalates for the iron chalcogenides can be placed in three categories: 1.) alkali and alkaline earth cations intercalated through the liquid ammonia technique; 2.) cations intercalated with organic amines such as ethylenediamine; and 3.) layered hydroxides intercalated during hydrothermal conditions. A recurring theme in these studies is the role of the intercalated guest in electron doping the chalcogenide host and in enhancing the two-dimensionality of the electronic structure by spacing the FeSe layers apart. We end this review discussing possible new avenues in the intercalation chemistry of transition metal monochalcogenides, and the promise of these materials as a unique set of new inorganic two-dimensional systems.

  3. Electrocaloric Refrigeration for Superconductors

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1977-02-01

    CO rH CO © . NBSIR 76-847 ELECTROCALORIC REFRIGERATION FOR SUPERCONDUCTORS Ray Radebaugh and J.D. Siegwarth Cryogenics Division Institute...June 30, 1975 NBSIR 76-847 ELECTROULORIC REFRIGERATION FOR SUPERCONDUCTORS Ray Radebaugh and J.D. Siegwarth Cryogenics Division L Institute for...Field at Low Temperatures, Rev. Sei. Instrum. 42, 571 (1971). 8. Lawless, W. N., Radebaugh , R., and Soulen, R. J., Studies of a Glass- Ceramic

  4. Topological superconductors: a review.

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    Sato, Masatoshi; Ando, Yoichi

    2017-04-03

    This review elaborates pedagogically on the fundamental concept, basic theory, expected properties, and materials realizations of topological superconductors. The relation between topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions are explained, and the difference between dispersive Majorana fermions and a localized Majorana zero mode is emphasized. A variety of routes to topological superconductivity are explained with an emphasis on the roles of spin-orbit coupling. Present experimental situations and possible signatures of topological superconductivity are summarized with an emphasis on intrinsic topological superconductors.

  5. Layered nickel based superconductors

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    Ronning, Filip; Bauer, Eric D; Park, Tuson; Kurita, Nobuyuki; Klimczuk, T; Movshovich, R; Thompson, J D; Sefat, A S; Mandrus, D

    2009-01-01

    We review the properties of Ni-based superconductors which contain Ni{sub 2}X{sub 2} (X=As, P, Bi, Si, Ge, B) planes, a common structural element to the recently discovered FeAs superconductors. We also compare the properties ofthe Ni-and Fe-based systems from a perspective ofelectronic structure as well as structure-property relations.

  6. Continuous lengths of oxide superconductors

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

    2000-01-01

    A layered oxide superconductor prepared by depositing a superconductor precursor powder on a continuous length of a first substrate ribbon. A continuous length of a second substrate ribbon is overlaid on the first substrate ribbon. Sufficient pressure is applied to form a bound layered superconductor precursor powder between the first substrate ribbon and the second substrate ribbon. The layered superconductor precursor is then heat treated to establish the oxide superconducting phase. The layered oxide superconductor has a smooth interface between the substrate and the oxide superconductor.

  7. Effect of the Fermi surface reconstruction on the self-energy of the copper-oxide superconductors

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    Bellafi, B.; Azzouz, M.; Charfi-Kaddour, S.

    2014-11-01

    We calculated the self-energy corrections beyond the mean-field solution of the rotating antiferromagnetism theory using the functional integral approach. The frequency dependence of the scattering rate 1 / τ is evaluated for different temperatures and doping levels, and is compared with other approaches. The general trends we found are fairly consistent with the nearly antiferromagnetic Fermi liquid as far as the k -anisotropy and some aspects of the marginal-Fermi liquid behavior are concerned. The present approach provides the justification from the microscopic point of view for the phenomenology of the marginal Fermi liquid ansatz, which was used in the calculation of several physical properties of the high-TC cuprates within the rotating antiferromagnetism theory. In addition, the expression of self-energy we calculated takes into account the two currently hot issues of the high-TC cuprate superconductors, namely the Fermi surface reconstruction and the hidden symmetry, which are closely related to the pseudogap.

  8. Direct angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (DARPES) on high-Tc films: doping, strains, Fermi surface topology and superconductivity

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    Pavuna, D.; Ariosa, D.; Cancellieri, C.; Cloetta, D.; Abrecht, M.

    2008-03-01

    Since 1997 we systematically perform Direct ARPES ( = DARPES) on in-situ grown, non-cleaved, ultra-thin (<25nm) cuprate films. Specifically, we probe low energy electronic structure and properties of high-Tc films under different degree of epitaxial (compressive vs tensile) strain. In overdoped in-plane compressed La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) thin films we double Tc from 20K to 40K, yet the Fermi surface (FS) remains essentially 2-dimensional (2D). In contrast, tensile strained films show 3-dimensional (3D) dispersion, while Tc is drastically reduced. It seems that the in-plane compressive strain tends to push the apical oxygen far away from the CuO2 plane, enhances the 2D character of the dispersion and increases Tc, while the tensile strain seems to act exactly in the opposite direction and the resulting dispersion is 3D. We have the FS topology for both cases. As the actual lattice of cuprates is 'Napoleon-cake' -like i.e. rigid CuO2 planes alternate with softer 'reservoir' (that strains distort differently) our results tend to rule out 2D rigid lattice mean field models. Finally, we briefly discuss recent successful determination of the FS topology from the observed wavevector quantization by DARPES in cuprate films thinner than 18 units cells (<24nm). Such an approach is of broader interest as it can be extended to other similar confined (ultra-thin) functional oxide systems.

  9. Pressure-induced metallization of dense (H2S)2H2 with high-Tc superconductivity

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    Duan, Defang; Liu, Yunxian; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Huang, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhonglong; Yu, Hongyu; Liu, Bingbing; Tian, Wenjing; Cui, Tian

    2014-01-01

    The high pressure structures, metallization, and superconductivity of recently synthesized H2-containing compounds (H2S)2H2 are elucidated by ab initio calculations. The ordered crystal structure with P1 symmetry is determined, supported by the good agreement between theoretical and experimental X-ray diffraction data, equation of states, and Raman spectra. The Cccm structure is favorable with partial hydrogen bond symmetrization above 37 GPa. Upon further compression, H2 molecules disappear and two intriguing metallic structures with R3m and Im-3m symmetries are reconstructive above 111 and 180 GPa, respectively. The predicted metallization pressure is 111 GPa, which is approximately one-third of the currently suggested metallization pressure of bulk molecular hydrogen. Application of the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan equation for the Im-3m structure yields high Tc values of 191 K to 204 K at 200 GPa, which is among the highest values reported for H2-rich van der Waals compounds and MH3 type hydride thus far. PMID:25382349

  10. Enhancing electric-field control of ferromagnetism through nanoscale engineering of high-Tc MnxGe1-x nanomesh.

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    Nie, Tianxiao; Tang, Jianshi; Kou, Xufeng; Gen, Yin; Lee, Shengwei; Zhu, Xiaodan; He, Qinglin; Chang, Li-Te; Murata, Koichi; Fan, Yabin; Wang, Kang L

    2016-10-20

    Voltage control of magnetism in ferromagnetic semiconductor has emerged as an appealing solution to significantly reduce the power dissipation and variability beyond current CMOS technology. However, it has been proven to be very challenging to achieve a candidate with high Curie temperature (Tc), controllable ferromagnetism and easy integration with current Si technology. Here we report the effective electric-field control of both ferromagnetism and magnetoresistance in unique MnxGe1-x nanomeshes fabricated by nanosphere lithography, in which a Tc above 400 K is demonstrated as a result of size/quantum confinement. Furthermore, by adjusting Mn doping concentration, extremely giant magnetoresistance is realized from ∼8,000% at 30 K to 75% at 300 K at 4 T, which arises from a geometrically enhanced magnetoresistance effect of the unique mesh structure. Our results may provide a paradigm for fundamentally understanding the high Tc in ferromagnetic semiconductor nanostructure and realizing electric-field control of magnetoresistance for future spintronic applications.

  11. Discriminating Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Rats Using a High-Tc SQUID Detected Nuclear Resonance Spectrometer in a Magnetic Shielding Box

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    Huang, Kai-Wen; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Yang, Shieh Yueh; Chieh, Jen-Jie; Wang, Li-Ming

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we report the spin-lattice relaxation rate of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and normal liver tissue in rats using a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) based nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The resonance spectrometer used for discriminating liver tumors in rats via the difference in longitudinal relaxation time in low magnetic fields was set up in a compact and portable magnetic shielding box. The frequency-domain NMR signals of HCC tissues and normal liver tissues were analyzed to study their respective longitudinal relaxation rate T1−1. The T1−1 of liver tissues for ten normal rats and ten cancerous rats were investigated respectively. The averaged T1−1 value of normal liver tissue was (6.41±0.66) s−1, and the averaged T1−1 value of cancerous tissue was (3.38±0.15) s−1. The ratio of T1−1 for normal liver tissues and cancerous liver tissues of the rats investigated is estimated to be 1.9. Since this significant statistical difference, the T1−1 value can be used to distinguish the HCC tissues from normal liver tissues. This method of examining liver and tumor tissues has the advantages of being convenient, easy to operate, and stable. PMID:23071710

  12. Pressure-induced metallization of dense (H2S)2H2 with high-Tc superconductivity

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    Duan, Defang; Liu, Yunxian; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Huang, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhonglong; Yu, Hongyu; Liu, Bingbing; Tian, Wenjing; Cui, Tian

    2014-11-01

    The high pressure structures, metallization, and superconductivity of recently synthesized H2-containing compounds (H2S)2H2 are elucidated by ab initio calculations. The ordered crystal structure with P1 symmetry is determined, supported by the good agreement between theoretical and experimental X-ray diffraction data, equation of states, and Raman spectra. The Cccm structure is favorable with partial hydrogen bond symmetrization above 37 GPa. Upon further compression, H2 molecules disappear and two intriguing metallic structures with R3m and Im-3m symmetries are reconstructive above 111 and 180 GPa, respectively. The predicted metallization pressure is 111 GPa, which is approximately one-third of the currently suggested metallization pressure of bulk molecular hydrogen. Application of the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan equation for the Im-3m structure yields high Tc values of 191 K to 204 K at 200 GPa, which is among the highest values reported for H2-rich van der Waals compounds and MH3 type hydride thus far.

  13. Direct correlation of structural and electrical properties of electron-doped individual VO2 nanowires on devised TEM grids

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    Jo, Y.-R.; Kim, M.-W.; Kim, B.-J.

    2016-10-01

    Nano-scale VO2 wires with controlled parameters such as electron-doping have attracted intense interest due to their capability of suppressing the temperature of the metal-insulator transition (MIT). However, because their diameters are smaller than the spatial resolutions of the conventional measuring equipment, the ability to perform a thorough examination of the wires has been hindered. Here, we report the fabrication of a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grid with an optimum design of Si3N4 windows on which the photolithography for individual electron-doped VO2 nanowire devices can be safely accomplished, allowing the cross-examination of the structural and electrical properties. TEM dark-field imaging was used to quantitatively investigate the fractions of rutile and M1 phases, and their lattice alignments were observed using high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) with small area diffraction. Moreover, electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) revealed that the rutile domain would be created by the strain induced by oxygen vacancies. Importantly, we successfully tuned the transition temperature by changing the rutile fraction while maintaining a high level of resistivity change. The resistivity at room temperature linearly decreased with the rutile fraction, following a simple model. Furthermore, the T dependence of the threshold voltage can be attributed to the Joule heating, exhibiting an identical thermal dependence, irrespective of the rutile fraction.

  14. Influence of Electron Doping on Magnetic Order in CeRu2Al10

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    Kobayashi, Riki; Kaneko, Koji; Saito, Kotaro; Mignot, Jean-Michel; André, Gilles; Robert, Julien; Wakimoto, Shuichi; Matsuda, Masaaki; Chi, Songxue; Haga, Yoshinori; Matsuda, Tatsuma D.; Yamamoto, Etsuji; Nishioka, Takashi; Matsumura, Masahiro; Tanida, Hiroshi; Sera, Masafumi

    2014-09-17

    The effect of electron doping by the substitution of Rh for Ru on unconventional magnetic order in CeRu2Al10 was investigated via neutron powder diffraction. In Ce(Ru1-xRhx)2Al10 with x = 0.05, 0.12, and 0.2, reorientation of the ordered moment from the c- to the a-axis takes place in all samples, while the ordering vector q=(0 1 0) remains unchanged within this concentration range. The moment reorientation is accompanied by an enhancement in its size by a factor of ~2.4, from μ=0.43 μB at x=0 to μ =1.06, 1.04, and 1.02 μB for x=0.05, 0.12 and 0.2, respectively. The continuous decrease in N´eel temperature T0(TN), despite an abrupt increase in μ , underlines the strong anisotropy in the exchange interaction in CeRu2Al10, and the fact that this anisotropy is easily suppressed by electron doping.

  15. Influence of electron doping on the ground state of (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4

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    Chen, Xiang; Hogan, Tom; Walkup, D.; ...

    2015-08-17

    The evolution of the electronic properties of electron-doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 is experimentally explored as the doping limit of La is approached. As electrons are introduced, the electronic ground state transitions from a spin-orbit Mott phase into an electronically phase separated state, where long-range magnetic order vanishes beyond x = 0:02 and charge transport remains percolative up to the limit of La substitution (x =0:06). In particular, the electronic ground state remains inhomogeneous even beyond the collapse of the parent state's long-range antiferromagnetic order, while persistent short-range magnetism survives up to the highest La-substitution levels. Furthermore, as electrons are doped into Sr2IrO4,more » we observe the appearance of a low temperature magnetic glass-like state intermediate to the complete suppression of antiferromagnetic order. Universalities and di erences in the electron-doped phase diagrams of single layer and bilayer Ruddlesden-Popper strontium iridates are discussed.« less

  16. Development of high Tc (greater than 110K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene H.; Lee, Burtrand; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1991-01-01

    This report is presented in two parts. Part 1 deals primarily with Bi-based materials and a small amount of work on a Y-based composition while Part 2 covers work on Tl-based materials. In Part 1, a reliable and reproducible process for producing bulk bismuth-based superconductors has been developed. It is noted however, that a percentage of the tapecast material experiences curling and fracturing after a 30 hour sintering period and is thus in need of further examination. The Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) material has been characterized by critical temperature data, X-ray diffraction data, and surface morphology. In the case of T sub c, it is not critical to anneal the material. It appears that the BSCCO material has the possibility of producing a better grounding strap than that of the 123 material. Attempts to reproduce near room temperature superconductors in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system were unsuccessful. In Part 2, several methods of processing the high temperature superconductor Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 were investigated; i.e., different precursor compositions were sintered at various sintering times and temperatures. The highest superconductig temperature was found to be 117.8K when fired at 900 C for three hours. Higher sintering temperatures produced a melted sample which was nonsuperconducting at liquid nitrogen temperature. Also, a preliminary study found Li2O substitutions for copper appeared to increase the transition temperature and create fluxing action upon sintering. It was suggested that lower sintering temperatures might be obtained with lithium additions to produce reliable Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 processing methods.

  17. Resistivity scaling 1111 iron-pnictide superconductors

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    Arushanov, E.; Levcenko, S.; Fuchs, G.; Drechsler, S.-L.

    2011-09-01

    We show that the zero field normal-state resistivity above T c for various levels of electron doping-both for LaO 1-xF xFeAs (La-1111) and underdoped SmO 1-xF xFeAs (Sm-1111) members of the 1111-iron-pnictide superconductor family-can be scaled in a broad temperature range from 20 to 300 K onto a single curve for underdoped La-1111 ( x = 0.05-0.075), for optimally and overdoped La-1111 ( x = 0.1-0.2) and for underdoped Sm-1111 ( x = 0.06-0.1). It is found that the ρ( T) dependences can be reproduced by the formulas ρ(T)=ρ0+cTexp-2Δ/T and ρ(T)=ρ0+(c/T)exp-2Δ/T in the case of LaO 1-xF xFeAs and SmO 1-xF xFeAs, respectively. The scaling was performed using the energy scale 2 Δ, c and the residual resistivity ρ0 as scaling parameters as well as applying a recently proposed model-independent scaling method [H.G. Luo, Y.H. Su, T. Xiang, Phys. Rev. B 77 (2008) 014529]. The scaling parameters have been calculated and the compositional variation of 2 Δ has been determined. The observed scaling behavior for ρ( T) is interpreted as an indication of a common mechanism which dominates the scattering of the charge carriers in underdoped La-1111, in optimally and overdoped La-1111 and in underdoped Sm-1111.

  18. Synthesis of high {Tc} superconducting coatings and patterns by melt writing and oxidation of metallic precursor alloys

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    Gao, W.; Vander Sande, J.B.

    1998-07-28

    A method is provided for fabrication of superconducting oxides and superconducting oxide composites and for joining superconductors to other materials. A coating of a molten alloy containing the metallic elements of the oxide is applied to a substrate surface and oxidized to form the superconducting oxide. A material can be contacted to the molten alloy which is subsequently oxidized joining the material to the resulting superconducting oxide coating. Substrates of varied composition and shape can be coated or joined by this method. 5 figs.

  19. Advances in fabrication of mono- and multifilament Ag-CLAD BSCCO superconductors

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    Balachandran, U.; Iyer, A.N.; Jammy, R.; Haldar, P.; Hoehn, J.G. Jr.; Suenaga, M.

    1995-07-01

    Fabricating long lengths of robust and high-quality conductors is imperative for various applications of high-{Tc} superconductors. Long lengths of mono- and multifilament Ag-clad Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-0 conductors have been fabricated by the powder-in-tube technique. High values for critical current density (J{sub c}) have been achieved in both short- and long-length conductors. J{sub c} values up to 12,000 A/cm{sup 2} have been achieved in an 850-m-long multifilament conductor. Pancake-shaped coils and test magnets fabricated from long-length conductors were characterized at various temperatures and applied magnetic fields. A magnet containing 770 m of high-{Tc} conductor generated a record high field of {approx} 1 T at 4.2 K in a background field of {approx} 20 T. In-situ tensile and bending characteristics of both mono- and multifilament conductors have also been studied. Multifilament conductors exhibited better axial strain tolerance ({var_epsilon} {approx} 1%) than that of monofilament conductor ({var_epsilon} {approx} 0.2%), while retaining 90% of their initial critical current. An analysis of the results is presented, along with effects of parameters such as thickness, superconductor/Ag ratio, and microstructural details.

  20. Nanostripe structures in SmBa2Cu3Ox superconductors

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    Koblischka, M. R.; Winter, M.; Hartmann, U.

    2007-07-01

    Atomic force microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy scans of SmBa2Cu3Ox (Sm123) high-Tc superconductors (single crystals and melt-textured samples) prepared using different growth techniques revealed the presence of nanoscale stripe-like structures, which are found to be sometimes parallel over several micrometres and sometimes wavy. These structures consist of chemical compositional fluctuations inherent to the light rare earth high-Tc superconductors and may act as effective pinning centres due to their periodicity of typically 10-60 nm which is comparable to the ideal pinning centre size 2ξ (~10 nm for YBa2Cu3Ox in the ab-plane). Nanostripes are observed in Sm123 single crystals grown by the top-seed pulling technique and in melt-textured samples. The periodicity of the nanostripes is found to be much larger (~50 nm) in the former samples than in the melt-textured samples (10-25 nm). Detailed measurements reveal that the nanostripes are formed by chains of individual nanoclusters formed from unit cells of the Sm-rich phase, Sm1+xBa2-xCu3Oy. The control of these pinning structures running throughout the whole sample volume may be a key to improving critical current densities, especially at high external magnetic fields.