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  1. Hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors

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


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

  2. The anomalous optical conductivity in hole-doped cuprate superconductors (United States)

    Gao, He; Yuan, Feng; Chen, Shaou; Zhao, Huaisong


    Based on the renormalized t- J model and self-consistent mean field theory, the doping and energy dependence of optical conductivity and effective electron number in cuprate superconductors are discussed. As the result of the presence of the pseudogap in normal state, the optical conductivity exhibits two main components from underdoping to overdoping, a narrow band peaked around zero energy and a broadband centered in the mid-infrared region which deviates the Drude formula. With increasing the doping concentration, the spectral weight of the optical conductivity suppressed strongly in underdoped region increases quickly, and the peak position of the mid-infrared band moves towards to the lower energy region, then incorporates into the narrow band centered in zero energy in the heavily overdoped region. By virtue of the integral, the effective electron number is obtained, and it increases monotonically from zero energy to mid-infrared characteristic energy with increasing energy, then shows a plateau feature when the energy is larger. In particular, the mid-infrared characteristic energy scales with the pseudogap, reflecting the presence of the mid-infrared band is the result of the pseudogap effect.

  3. Effect of Rashba Spin-Orbit Interaction on the Stability of Spin-Vortex-Induced Loop Current in Hole-Doped Cuprate Superconductors: A Scenario for the Appearance of Magnetic Field Enhanced Charge Order and Fermi Surface Reconstruction (United States)

    Morisaki, Tsubasa; Wakaura, Hikaru; Koizumi, Hiroyasu


    Rashba type spin-orbit interaction is included in the model Hamiltonian for the spin-vortex-induced loop current (SVILC) mechanism of superconductivity for hole doped cuprate superconductors and its effects are investigated. We assume that a Rashba interaction appears around the small polarons formed by the doped holes in the bulk; its internal electric field is assumed to be in the direction perpendicular to the CuO2 plane and stabilizes the spin polarization lying in the CuO2 plane. We examine 4 × 4, 4 × 6, and 4 × 8 spin-vortex-quartet (SVQ) and perform Monte Carlo simulations to estimate the superconducting transition temperature Tc, where each SVQ is a n × m two dimensional region (in the units of the lattice constant) containing four holes, four spin-vortices, and four SVILCs. We find that the 4 × 6 SVQ is the most stable one among them with the highest Tc; in this case, the hole concentration per Cu atom is x = 0.167, which is close to the optimal doping value x = 0.170, suggesting that the optimal doping may be related to the stabilization of the superconducting state by the Rashba interaction. We also find that the 4 × 8 SVQ becomes more stable than the 4 × 6 SVQ in a current flowing situation; this indicates that the conversion from the 4 × 6 SVQs to 4 × 8 SVQs may occur upon the emergence of a macroscopic current by the application of a magnetic field. This conversion may explain the enhancement of the charge order around x = 0.125 and the Fermi surface reconstruction upon an application of a magnetic field.

  4. Kinetic energy driven pairing in cuprate superconductors

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    Maier, TA; Jarrell, M; Macridin, A; Slezak, C


    Pairing occurs in conventional superconductors through a reduction of the electronic potential energy accompanied by an increase in kinetic energy. In the underdoped cuprates, optical experiments show that pairing is driven by a reduction of the electronic kinetic energy. Using the dynamical cluster

  5. Diamagnetism of real-space pairs above T(c) in hole doped cuprates. (United States)

    Alexandrov, A S


    The nonlinear normal state diamagnetism reported by Li et al (2010 Phys. Rev. B 81 054510) is shown to be incompatible with a claimed Cooper pairing and vortex liquid above the resistive critical temperature. However, it is perfectly compatible with the normal state Landau diamagnetism of real-space composed bosons, which provides a description of the nonlinear magnetization curves of the less anisotropic cuprates La-Sr-Cu-O (LSCO) and Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) as well as for strongly anisotropic bismuth-based cuprates over the whole range of available magnetic fields.

  6. The effect of gap fluctuations on interacting and non-interacting polarization for nano-superconducting grains in electron- and hole-doped cuprates (United States)

    Afzali, R.; Alizadeh, A.


    The behavior of non-interacting and interacting polarization under influence of fluctuations of the superconducting gap with D-wave symmetry and under consideration of the gap dependence on nano- grain size is obtained in terms of the frequency, temperature and the size at zero and finite temperatures for rectangular cuprate nano-superconducting grains. By using Eliashberg equations and applying the relations of the fermionic dispersion for the hole-doped and electron-doped cuprates, we numerically compute the real part of size-dependent polarization for both types of cuprates. We show that the peak of real part of polarization moves to higher frequency by including the additional fluctuating part of gap (or the nano-size effect). Also, we obtain the temperatures for different frequencies, in which the effect of gap fluctuations fades. In the case of size-dependent gap, there is a critical frequency; for frequencies lower (higher) than the critical frequency, the nano-effect weakens (improves) the superconducting state. Moreover, it is concluded that the real part of polarization for hole- doped cuprates in terms of the grain size has more significant amount in comparison with electron-doped ones.

  7. Power-law liquid in cuprate superconductors from fermionic unparticles (United States)

    Leong, Zhidong; Setty, Chandan; Limtragool, Kridsanaphong; Phillips, Philip W.


    Recent photoemission spectroscopy measurements (T. J. Reber et al., arXiv:1509.01611) on cuprate superconductors have inferred that over a wide range of doping, the imaginary part of the electron self-energy scales as Σ″˜(ω2+π2T2) a with a =1 in the overdoped Fermi-liquid state and a superconductors.

  8. High-Temperature Cuprate Superconductors Experiment, Theory, and Applications

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    Plakida, Nikolay Maksimilianovich


    High-Temperature Cuprate Superconductors provides an up-to-date and comprehensive review of the properties of these fascinating materials. The essential properties of high-temperature cuprate superconductors are reviewed on the background of their theoretical interpretation. The experimental results for structural, magnetic, thermal, electric, optical and lattice properties of various cuprate superconductors are presented with respect to relevant theoretical models. A critical comparison of various theoretical models involving strong electron correlations, antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations, phonons and excitons provides a background for understanding of the mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity. Recent achievements in their applications are also reviewed. A large number of illustrations and tables gives valuable information for specialists. A text-book level presentation with formulation of a general theory of strong-coupling superconductivity will help students and researches to consolidate their...

  9. Terahertz oscillations in mercury cuprate superconductors

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    It has been recently reported that the three-dimensional Bose–Einstein condensation of the quasi-particles is valid for the mercury cuprates at liquid helium temperature. In this study, the validity of the interlayer theory in three dimensions has been investigated for optimally oxygen-doped mercury cuprates at the temperature ...

  10. Breakdown of single spin-fluid model in the heavily hole-doped superconductor CsFe2As2 (United States)

    Zhao, D.; Li, S. J.; Wang, N. Z.; Li, J.; Song, D. W.; Zheng, L. X.; Nie, L. P.; Luo, X. G.; Wu, T.; Chen, X. H.


    Although Fe-based superconductors are correlated electronic systems with multiorbital, previous nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurement suggests that a single spin-fluid model is sufficient to describe its spin behavior. Here, we first observed the breakdown of single spin-fluid model in a heavily hole-doped Fe-based superconductor CsFe2As2 by site-selective NMR measurement. At high-temperature regime, both Knight shift and nuclear spin-lattice relaxation at 133Cs and 75As nuclei exhibit distinct temperature-dependent behavior, suggesting the breakdown of the single spin-fluid model in CsFe2As2 . This is ascribed to the coexistence of both localized and itinerant spin degree of freedom at 3 d orbitals, which is consistent with the orbital-selective Mott phase. With decreasing temperature, the single spin-fluid behavior is recovered below T*˜75 K due to a coherent state among 3 d orbitals. The Kondo liquid scenario is proposed to understand the low-temperature coherent state.

  11. A structural probe of the doped holes in cuprate superconductors

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    Abbamonte, P; Rusydi, A; Sawatzky, GA; Logvenov, G; Bozovic, [No Value; Venema, L.C.


    An unresolved issue concerning cuprate superconductors is whether the distribution of carriers in the CuO2 plane is uniform or inhomogeneous. Because the carriers comprise a small fraction of the total charge density and may be rapidly fluctuating, modulations are difficult to detect directly. We

  12. Theory of the optical conductivity in the cuprate superconductors

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    Stojkovic, B.P. [Department of Physics and Materials Research Laboratory, 1110 West Green Street, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Pines, D. [Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)


    We present a study of the normal-state optical conductivity in the cuprate superconductors using the nearly antiferromagnetic Fermi-liquid (NAFL) description of the magnetic interaction between their planar quasiparticles. We find that the highly anisotropic scattering rate in different regions of the Brillouin zone, both as a function of frequency and temperature, a benchmark of NAFL theory, leads to an average relaxation rate of the marginal Fermi-liquid form for overdoped and optimally doped systems, as well as for underdoped systems at high temperatures. We carry out numerical calculations of the optical conductivity for several compounds for which the input spin-fluctuation parameters are known. Our results, which are in agreement with experiment on both overdoped and optimally doped systems, show that NAFL theory explains the anomalous optical behavior found in these cuprate superconductors. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  13. Two-particle self-consistent analysis for the electron-hole asymmetry of superconductivity in cuprate superconductors

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    Ogura, Daisuke; Kuroki, Kazuhiko [Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka (Japan)


    In the hole-doped type cuprate superconductors, it is well-known that the superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} exhibits a dome-like structure against doping. On the other hand, recent experiments unveil that T{sub c} in the electron-doped compounds shows a monotonic increase with decreasing the doping, at least down to a very small doping rate. Our recent study for the three-band d-p model has unveiled that this asymmetric behavior can be explained as a combined effect of the intrinsic electron-hole asymmetry in systems comprising Cu3 d and O2 p orbitals and the band-filling-dependent vertex correction. In the present study, we study another compound Tl{sub 2} Ba{sub 2} CuO{sub 6} to show that this explanation can be applied to other cuprate superconductors with the small d{sub z{sup 2}} orbital mixture. By varying the d-p offset, we also study how the strength of the d-p hybridization controls the spin fluctuation and hence the pairing interaction. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. Towards the design of novel cuprate-based superconductors (United States)

    Yee, Chuck-Hou

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

  15. Terahertz oscillations in mercury cuprate superconductors

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    conducting copper oxide layers, has been extended to all layers along the c-axis via quasi-particle tunnelling at the Josephson plasma resonance. In this context, the optimally oxygen-doped HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+x (Hg-1223) superconductor exhibits three-dimensional BEC via Josephson coupling at the Josephson plasma ...

  16. Nanopatterning and Transport Properties of Cuprate Superconductors


    Litombe, Nicholas E.


    Almost 30 years since the discovery of the copper oxide high temperature superconductors, the underlying mechanism describing their behavior continues to elude experimentalists and theorists alike. Understanding the electronic phases and various, possibly competing, orders at the nanoscale continues to be an active and hotly debated research enterprise. Tools available to probe nanoscale electronic behavior such as scanning tunneling microscopy have made tremendous strides in elucidating the...

  17. The Origin of Tc Enhancement in Heterostructure Cuprate Superconductors

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    Doron L. Bergman


    Full Text Available Recent experiments on heterostructures composed of two or more films of cuprate superconductors of different oxygen doping levels have shown a remarkable Tc enhancement (up to 50% relative to single compound films. We provide a simple explanation of the enhancement which arises naturally from a collection of experimental works. We show that the enhancement could be caused by a structural change in the lattice, namely an increase in the distance of the apical oxygen from the copper-oxygen plane. This increase modifies the effective off-site interaction in the plane which in turn enhances the d-wave superconductivity order parameter. To illustrate this point we study the extended Hubbard model using the fluctuation exchange approximation.

  18. Phase diagram of a lattice of vortex molecules in multicomponent superconductors and multilayer cuprate superconductors

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    Tanaka, Y; Shivagan, D D; Iyo, A; Shirage, P M [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan); Crisan, A [National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Tokiwa, K; Watanabe, T [Department of Applied Electronics, Tokyo University of Science, Noda 278-851 (Japan); Terada, N [Department of Nano-Structures and Advanced Materials, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Kagoshima University, Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)], E-mail:


    The Abrikosov lattice in the multilayer cuprate superconductor CuBa{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (Cu-1223) has been experimentally and theoretically demonstrated to be composed of vortex molecules. Cu-1223 is considered to be a typical multicomponent superconductor. We show that in such a system the rotational freedom around the axis of the vortex molecular tube generates orientational disorder and the orientational glass (or crystal) phase, which is never present in conventional vortex lattices consisting of axisymmetric vortices. The emergence of the orientational glass phase and orientational order phase with orthorhombic distortion is a general property of vortex molecule lattices of the multiband type of multicomponent superconductors.

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

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    Palczewski, Ari Deibert [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    This dissertation is comprised of three different angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) studies on cuprate superconductors. The first study compares the band structure from two different single layer cuprates Tl2Ba2CuO6+δ (Tl2201) Tc,max ~95 K and (Bi1.35Pb0.85)(Sr1.47La0.38)CuO6+δ (Bi2201) Tc,max 35 K. The aim of the study was to provide some insight into the reasons why single layer cuprate's maximum transition temperatures are so different. The study found two major di erences in the band structure. First, the Fermi surface segments close to ( π,0) are more parallel in Tl2201 than in Bi2201. Second, the shadow band usually related to crystal structure is only present in Bi2201, but absent in higher Tc Tl2201. The second study looks at the different ways of doping Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi2212) in-situ by only changing the post bake-out vacuum conditions and temperature. The aim of the study is to systematically look into the generally overlooked experimental conditions that change the doping of a cleaved sample in ultra high vacuum (UHV) experiments. The study found two major experimental facts. First, in inadequate UHV conditions the carrier concentration of Bi2212 increases with time, due to the absorption of oxygen from CO2/CO molecules, prime contaminants present in UHV systems. Second, in a very clean UHV system at elevated temperatures (above about 200 K), the carrier concentration decreases due to the loss of oxygen atoms from the Bi-O layer. The final study probed the particle-hole symmetry of the pseudogap phase in high temperature superconducting cuprates by looking at the thermally excited bands above the Fermi level. The data showed a particle-hole symmetric pseudogap which symmetrically closes away from the nested FS before the node. The data is consistent with

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

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    Palczewski, Ari Deibert [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


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

  1. Hall, Seebeck, and Nernst Coefficients of Underdoped HgBa_{2}CuO_{4+δ}: Fermi-Surface Reconstruction in an Archetypal Cuprate Superconductor

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    Nicolas Doiron-Leyraud


    Full Text Available Charge-density-wave order has been observed in cuprate superconductors whose crystal structure breaks the square symmetry of the CuO_{2} planes, such as orthorhombic YBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{y} (YBCO, but not so far in cuprates that preserve that symmetry, such as tetragonal HgBa_{2}CuO_{4+δ} (Hg1201. We have measured the Hall (R_{H}, Seebeck (S, and Nernst (ν coefficients of underdoped Hg1201 in magnetic fields large enough to suppress superconductivity. The high-field R_{H}(T and S(T are found to drop with decreasing temperature and become negative, as also observed in YBCO at comparable doping. In YBCO, the negative R_{H} and S are signatures of a small electron pocket caused by Fermi-surface reconstruction, attributed to charge-density-wave modulations observed in the same range of doping and temperature. We deduce that a similar Fermi-surface reconstruction takes place in Hg1201, evidence that density-wave order exists in this material. A striking similarity is also found in the normal-state Nernst coefficient ν(T, further supporting this interpretation. Given the model nature of Hg1201, Fermi-surface reconstruction appears to be common to all hole-doped cuprates, suggesting that density-wave order is a fundamental property of these materials.

  2. Comprehensive Study of the Model Mercury-Based Cuprate Superconductors

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    Greven, Martin [Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (United States)


    This is the Final Report on DE-SC0006858, which opened 15 August 2011 and closed 14 August 2017. The Principal Investigator is Martin Greven, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 555455 (email: The Administrative Point of Contact is Patricia Jondahl, phone: 612-624-5599, email: The DOE Program is the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Program manager is Dr. P. Thiyagarajan, Neutron Scattering SC-22.2/ Germantown Bldg. (email: The chief activity was the crystal growth, characterization, neutron and X-ray scattering study of the mercury-based cuprates, arguably the most desirable high-Tc superconductors for experimental study due to their record values of Tc and their relatively simple crystal structures. It is thought that the unusual magnetic and charge degrees of freedom of the copper-oxygen sheets that form the fundamental building block of all cuprate superconductors give rise to the high Tc and to many other unusual properties exhibited by the class of quantum materials. Neutron scattering experiments were performed to reveal the nature of the magnetic degrees of freedom of the copper-oxygen sheets, whereas X-ray scattering experiments and complementary charge-transport experiments were performed to reveal the nature of the charge degrees of freedom. In addition, collaborations were initiated with experts in the use of complementary experimental techniques. The primary products are (i) scientific articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, (ii) scientific presentations at national and international conferences, and (iii) education of postdoctoral researchers, PhD graduate students and undergraduate researchers by providing a research experience in crystal growth, characterization and scattering. Twenty scientific papers were published in peer-reviewed journals, thirty-one invited talks were presented at national or international conferences, or as

  3. Electronic correlations in the hole-doped superconductor RbFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} probed via {sup 75}As NMR

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    Molatta, S.; Wosnitza, J. [Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany); TU Dresden (Germany); DFG, GRK-1621 (Germany); Zhang, Z.; Dmytriieva, D.; Kuehne, H. [Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden (HLD), Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany); Khim, S.; Grafe, H.J. [IFW Dresden (Germany); Wurmehl, S.; Buechner, B. [TU Dresden (Germany); DFG, GRK-1621 (Germany); IFW Dresden (Germany)


    We will present latest {sup 75}As NMR data in the normal state of the stoichiometric superconductor RbFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. This will be put into context to known results for the heavily hole-doped compound KFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. The static and dynamic magnetic correlations were probed via measurements of the Knight shift and nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate in a wide temperature range from 0.3 to 300 K. Although neither a magnetic nor a structural transition were observed down to lowest temperatures, the very close proximity of the ground state to a magnetic instability is indicated by a pronounced Curie-Weiss-like behavior of spin fluctuations. At around 100 K, we find a maximum of the Knight shift and a changing exponent of the temperature-dependent relaxation rate. This is phenomenologically similar to the case of KFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and was proposed to stem from a incoherence-coherence crossover mechanism of electronic correlations.

  4. Amperean Pairing and the Pseudogap Phase of Cuprate Superconductors (United States)

    Lee, Patrick A.


    The enigmatic pseudogap phase in underdoped cuprate high-Tc superconductors has long been recognized as a central puzzle of the Tc problem. Recent data show that the pseudogap is likely a distinct phase, characterized by a medium range and quasistatic charge ordering. However, the origin of the ordering wave vector and the mechanism of the charge order is unknown. At the same time, earlier data show that precursive superconducting fluctuations are also associated with this phase. We propose that the pseudogap phase is a novel pairing state where electrons on the same side of the Fermi surface are paired, in strong contrast with conventional Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory which pairs electrons on opposite sides of the Fermi surface. In this state the Cooper pair carries a net momentum and belongs to a general class called pair density wave. The microscopic pairing mechanism comes from a gauge theory formulation of the resonating valence bond (RVB) picture, where spinons traveling in the same direction feel an attractive force in analogy with Ampere's effects in electromagnetism. We call this Amperean pairing. Charge order automatically appears as a subsidiary order parameter even when long-range pair order is destroyed by phase fluctuations. Our theory gives a prediction of the ordering wave vector which is in good agreement with experiment. Furthermore, the quasiparticle spectrum from our model explains many of the unusual features reported in photoemission experiments. The Fermi arc, the unusual way the tip of the arc terminates, and the relation of the spanning vector of the arc tips to the charge ordering wave vector also come out naturally. Finally, we propose an experiment that can directly test the notion of Amperean pairing.

  5. Amperean Pairing and the Pseudogap Phase of Cuprate Superconductors

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    Patrick A. Lee


    Full Text Available The enigmatic pseudogap phase in underdoped cuprate high-T_{c} superconductors has long been recognized as a central puzzle of the T_{c} problem. Recent data show that the pseudogap is likely a distinct phase, characterized by a medium range and quasistatic charge ordering. However, the origin of the ordering wave vector and the mechanism of the charge order is unknown. At the same time, earlier data show that precursive superconducting fluctuations are also associated with this phase. We propose that the pseudogap phase is a novel pairing state where electrons on the same side of the Fermi surface are paired, in strong contrast with conventional Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory which pairs electrons on opposite sides of the Fermi surface. In this state the Cooper pair carries a net momentum and belongs to a general class called pair density wave. The microscopic pairing mechanism comes from a gauge theory formulation of the resonating valence bond (RVB picture, where spinons traveling in the same direction feel an attractive force in analogy with Ampere’s effects in electromagnetism. We call this Amperean pairing. Charge order automatically appears as a subsidiary order parameter even when long-range pair order is destroyed by phase fluctuations. Our theory gives a prediction of the ordering wave vector which is in good agreement with experiment. Furthermore, the quasiparticle spectrum from our model explains many of the unusual features reported in photoemission experiments. The Fermi arc, the unusual way the tip of the arc terminates, and the relation of the spanning vector of the arc tips to the charge ordering wave vector also come out naturally. Finally, we propose an experiment that can directly test the notion of Amperean pairing.

  6. Excitation of coherent oscillations in underdoped cuprate superconductors by intense THz pulses (United States)

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


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

  7. Normal-state diamagnetism of charged bosons in cuprate superconductors. (United States)

    Alexandrov, A S


    Normal-state orbital diamagnetism of charged bosons quantitatively accounts for recent high-resolution magnetometery results near and above the resistive critical temperature T(c) of superconducting cuprates. The parameter-free descriptions of normal-state diamagnetism, T(c), upper critical fields, and specific heat anomalies support the 3D Bose-Einstein condensation of preformed real-space pairs with a zero off-diagonal order parameter above T(c) at variance with phase fluctuation scenarios of cuprates.

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

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    Ovsyannikov, G. A., E-mail:; Demidov, V. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russian Federation); Khaydukov, Yu. N.; Mustafa, L. [Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Germany); Constantinian, K. Y. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Kotel’nikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (Russian Federation); Kalabukhov, A. V.; Winkler, D. [Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)


    A heterostructure that consists of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7–δ} cuprate superconductor and the SrRuO{sub 3}/La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} ruthenate/manganite spin valve is investigated using SQUID magnetometry, ferromagnetic resonance, and neutron reflectometry. It is shown that a magnetic moment is induced due to the magnetic proximity effect in the superconducting part of the heterostructure, while the magnetic moment in the composite ferromagnetic interlayer is suppressed. The magnetization emerging in the superconductor coincides in order of magnitude with the results of calculations taking into account the induced magnetic moment of Cu atoms because of orbital reconstruction at the interface between the superconductor and the ferromagnet, as well as with the results of the model taking into account the variations in the density of states at a distance on the order of the coherence length in the superconductor. The experimentally obtained characteristic penetration depth of the magnetic moment in the superconductor considerably exceeds the coherence length of the cuprate superconductor, which indicates the predominance of the mechanism of induced magnetic moment of Cu atoms.

  9. Structural compliance, misfit strain and stripe nanostructures in cuprate superconductors (United States)

    Duxbury, Phillip


    Structural compliance is the ability of a crystal structure to accommodate variations in local atomic bond-lengths without incurring large strain energies. Based on local pair distribution function(pdf) measurements, we show that the structural compliance of cuprates is relatively small. In addition the pdf measurements indicate the presence of short and long Cu-O-Cu bonds in doped cuprate layers. We propose that short, highly doped, Cu-O-Cu bonds in stripes are subject to a tensile misfit strain, and we develop a model to describe the effect of this misfit strain on charge ordering in the copper oxygen planes of oxide materials. The typical length of strain-induced short stripes will be presented along with some of the low energy stripe nanostructures that can result. (Preprint is at Cond-Mat: 0108338)

  10. Electronic Raman scattering in cuprate superconductors and parent insulating phases

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    Klein, M.V.; Liu, R.; Salamon, D.; Blumberg, G.; Reznik, D.; Cooper, S.L.; Lee, W.C.; Ginsberg, D.M. [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States); Cheong, S.W. [AT and T Labs., Murray Hill, NJ (United States)


    Raman scattering from charge and spin excitations in cuprates is reviewed. The two-magnon resonance Raman profile is used to determine the most probable energy for photon-assisted charge transfer leading to exchange between two spins. The difference between this energy and that for absorption is attributed to spin relaxation (spin polaron) effects. Two-magnon spectra in superconducting cuprates are presented. It is argued that their presence is evidence that the antiferromagnetic correlation length is equal to or greater than three lattice constants. The recently-discovered Raman-active excitons are described and possible assignments of them are discussed. It is pointed out that in highly correlated metals and insulators, the mechanisms for fight scattering that are familiar for doped semiconductors or conventional metals are not necessarily the only ones that are operative.

  11. Growth of cuprate high temperature superconductor thin films

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    Full Text Available   This paper reviews briefly the development of physical vapour deposition based HTS thin film preparation technologies to today’s state-of-the-art methods. It covers the main trends of in-situ process and growth control. The current activities to fabricate tapes for power applications as well as to tailor interfaces in cuprate are described. Some future trends in HTS thin film research, both for science as well as application driven activities are outlined.

  12. Effects of magnetic field on the cuprate high-Tc superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4

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    Lake, B.; Aeppli, G.; Christensen, N.B.


    This article discusses neutron scattering measurements on the cuprate, high transition temperature superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) in an applied magnetic field. LSCO is a type-II superconductor and magnetic flux can penetrate the material via the formation of vorticies. Phase coherent...

  13. Boson-fermion duality and metastability in cuprate superconductors (United States)

    Ranninger, J.; Domański, T.


    The intrinsic structural metastability in cuprate high- Tc materials, evidenced in a checkerboard domain structure of the CuO2 planes, locally breaks translational and rotational symmetry. Dynamical charge-deformation fluctuations of such nanosize unidirectional domains, involving Cu-O-Cu molecular bonds, result in resonantly fluctuating diamagnetic pairs embedded in a correlated Fermi liquid. As a consequence, the single-particle spectral properties acquire simultaneously (i) fermionic low-energy Bogoliubov branches for propagating Cooper pairs and (ii) bosonic localized glassy structures for tightly bound states of them at high energies. The partial localization of the single-particle excitations leads to a fractionation of the Fermi surface as the strength of the exchange coupling between itinerant fermions and partially localized fermion pairs increases upon moving from the nodal to the antinodal point. This is also the reason why bound fermion pairs accumulate near the antinodal points and thereby control the doping dependence of the cuprates upon approaching the singular universal optimal doping rate.

  14. Investigation of renormalization effects in high temperature cuprate superconductors

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    Zabolotnyy, Volodymyr B.


    It has been found that the self-energy of high-T{sub C} cuprates indeed exhibits a well pronounced structure, which is currently attributed to coupling of the electrons either to lattice vibrations or to collective magnetic excitations in the system. To clarify this issue, the renormalization effects and the electronic structure of two cuprate families Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} were chosen as the main subject for this thesis. With a simple example of an electronic system coupled to a collective mode unusual renormalization features observed in the photoemission spectra are introduced. It is shown that impurity substitution in general leads to suppression of the unusual renormalization. Finally an alternative possibility to obtain a purely superconducting surface of Y-123 via partial substitution of Y atoms with Ca is introduced. It is shown that renormalization in the superconducting Y-123 has similar strong momentum dependence as in the Bi-2212 family. It is also shown that in analogy to Bi-2212 the renormalization appears to have strong dependence on the doping level (no kinks for the overdoped component) and practically vanishes above T{sub C} suggesting that coupling to magnetic excitations fits much better than competing scenarios, according to which the unusual renormalization in ARPES spectra is caused by the coupling to single or multiple phononic modes. (orig.)

  15. Cuprate-titanate superconductor and method for making (United States)

    Toreki, Robert; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth; Dabrowski, Bogdan


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

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

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    Zhou, X.J.


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

  17. Weak Pseudogap Behavior in the Underdoped Cuprate Superconductors

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    Schmalian, J.; Pines, D. [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 W. Green, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Pines, D.; Stojkovic, B. [Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)


    We report on a novel solution of the nearly antiferromagnetic (AF) spin fermion model in the limit {pi}T{gt}{omega}{sub sf} , which demonstrates that the broad high energy features found in angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of the spectral density of the underdoped cuprates are determined by strong (AF) correlations and precursor effects of a spin density wave state. We show that the onset temperature, T{sup cr} , of weak pseudogap behavior is determined by the strength, {xi} , of the (AF) correlations, and obtain the generic changes in low frequency magnetic behavior seen in NMR experiments with {xi}(T{sup cr}){approx}2 , confirming the Barzykin and Pines crossover criterion. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Revealing the Coulomb interaction strength in a cuprate superconductor (United States)

    Yang, S.-L.; Sobota, J. A.; He, Y.; Wang, Y.; Leuenberger, D.; Soifer, H.; Hashimoto, M.; Lu, D. H.; Eisaki, H.; Moritz, B.; Devereaux, T. P.; Kirchmann, P. S.; Shen, Z.-X.


    We study optimally doped Bi2Sr2Ca0.92Y0.08Cu2O8 +δ (Bi2212) using angle-resolved two-photon photoemission spectroscopy. Three spectral features are resolved near 1.5, 2.7, and 3.6 eV above the Fermi level. By tuning the photon energy, we determine that the 2.7-eV feature arises predominantly from unoccupied states. The 1.5- and 3.6-eV features reflect unoccupied states whose spectral intensities are strongly modulated by the corresponding occupied states. These unoccupied states are consistent with the prediction from a cluster perturbation theory based on the single-band Hubbard model. Through this comparison, a Coulomb interaction strength U of 2.7 eV is extracted. Our study complements equilibrium photoemission spectroscopy and provides a direct spectroscopic measurement of the unoccupied states in cuprates. The determined Coulomb U indicates that the charge-transfer gap of optimally doped Bi2212 is 1.1 eV.

  19. Microscopic theory of weak pseudogap behavior in the underdoped cuprate superconductors: General theory and quasiparticle properties

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    Schmalian, J. [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States); Pines, D. [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Loomis Laboratory of Physics, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)]|[Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Stojkovic, B. [Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)


    We use a solution of the spin fermion model which is valid in the quasistatic limit {pi}T{gt}{omega}{sub sf}, found in the intermediate (pseudoscaling) regime of the magnetic phase diagram of cuprate superconductors, to obtain results for the temperature and doping dependence of the single particle spectral density, the electron-spin fluctuation vertex function, and the low frequency dynamical spin susceptibility. The resulting strong anisotropy of the spectral density and the vertex function lead to the qualitatively different behavior of {ital hot} [around {bold k}=({pi},0)] and {ital cold} [around {bold k}=({pi}/2,{pi}/2)] quasiparticles seen in ARPES experiments. We find that the broad high energy features found in ARPES measurements of the spectral density of the underdoped cuprate superconductors are determined by strong antiferromagnetic (AF) correlations and incoherent precursor effects of an SDW state, with reduced renormalized effective coupling constant. Due to this transfer of spectral weight to higher energies, the low frequency spectral weight of {ital hot} states is strongly reduced but couples very strongly to the spin excitations of the system. For realistic values of the antiferromagnetic correlation length, their Fermi surface changes its general shape only slightly but the strong scattering of hot states makes the Fermi surface crossing invisible above a pseudogap temperature T{sub {asterisk}}. The electron spin-fluctuation vertex function, i.e., the effective interaction of low energy quasiparticles and spin degrees of freedom, is found to be strongly anisotropic and enhanced for hot quasiparticles; the corresponding charge-fluctuation vertex is considerably diminished. We thus demonstrate that, once established, strong AF correlations act to reduce substantially the effective electron-phonon coupling constant in cuprate superconductors. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Critical Doping for the Onset of Fermi-Surface Reconstruction by Charge-Density-Wave Order in the Cuprate Superconductor La_{2-x}Sr_{x}CuO_{4}

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    Full Text Available The Seebeck coefficient S of the cuprate superconductor La_{2-x}Sr_{x}CuO_{4} (LSCO was measured in magnetic fields large enough to access the normal state at low temperatures, for a range of Sr concentrations from x=0.07 to x=0.15. For x=0.11, 0.12, 0.125, and 0.13, S/T decreases upon cooling to become negative at low temperatures. The same behavior is observed in the Hall coefficient R_{H}(T. In analogy with other hole-doped cuprates at similar hole concentrations p, the negative S and R_{H} show that the Fermi surface of LSCO undergoes a reconstruction caused by the onset of charge-density-wave modulations. Such modulations have indeed been detected in LSCO by x-ray diffraction in precisely the same doping range. Our data show that in LSCO this Fermi-surface reconstruction is confined to 0.085

  1. Critical temperature and superfluid density suppression in disordered high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors

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    Franz, M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States); Kallin, C.; Berlinsky, A.J.; Salkola, M.I. [Department of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)


    We argue that the standard Abrikosov-Gorkov (AG)-type theory of T{sub c} in disordered d-wave superconductors breaks down in short coherence length high-T{sub c} cuprates. Numerical calculations within the Bogoliubov{endash}de Gennes formalism demonstrate that the correct description of such systems must allow for the spatial variation of the order parameter, which is strongly suppressed in the vicinity of impurities but mostly unaffected elsewhere. Suppression of T{sub c} is found to be significantly weaker than that predicted by the AG theory, in good agreement with experiment. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. Inverse correlation between quasiparticle mass and T c in a cuprate high-T c superconductor. (United States)

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


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

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

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    Auslaender, M.


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

  4. Topological phase transition from nodal to nodeless d-wave superconductivity in electron-doped cuprate superconductors (United States)

    Zhu, Guo-Yi; Zhang, Guang-Ming


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

  5. Nature of the effective interaction in electron-doped cuprate superconductors: A sign-problem-free quantum Monte Carlo study (United States)

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


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

  6. Recombination and propagation of quasiparticles in cuprate superconductors

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    Gedik, Nuh [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


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

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

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    Yang, Shuolong [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Sobota, J. A. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Leuenberger, D. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); He, Y. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); Hashimoto, M. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Lu, D. H. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Eisaki, H. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ibaraki (Japan); Kirchmann, P. S. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Shen, Z. -X. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)


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

  8. Electronic properites of electron-doped cuprate superconductors probed by high-field magnetotransport

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    Helm, Toni


    In the present work the normal-state properties of the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (NCCO) are investigated for a broad doping range, covering almost the whole phase diagram of this material. Magnetotransport measurements in the world's highest non-destructive magnetic fields were used as a spectroscopic tool for probing the electronic structure of single-crystalline NCCO as a function of the carrier concentration x. Quantum and semiclassical oscillations in the magnetoresistance provided new insights into various properties of the Fermi surface and the nature of the ground state in the system. The detailed investigations of the field- and temperature-dependent transport and its dependence on the field orientation have revealed a close correlation between symmetry-breaking ordering instabilities and the superconducting state.

  9. Oscillatory Nernst effect in Pt|ferrite|cuprate-superconductor trilayer films. (United States)

    Shiomi, Y; Lustikova, J; Saitoh, E


    Although magnetism and superconductivity hardly coexist in a single material, recent advances in nanotechnology and spintronics have brought to light their interplay in magnetotransport in thin-film heterostructures. Here, we found a periodic oscillation of Nernst voltage with respect to magnetic fields in Pt|LiFe 5 O 8 (Pt|LFO) bilayers grown on a cuprate superconductor YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-x (YBCO). At high temperatures above the superconducting transition temperature (T C ) of YBCO, spin Seebeck voltages originating in Pt|LFO layers are observed. As temperature decreases well below T C , the spin Seebeck voltage is suppressed and unconventional periodic voltage oscillation as a function of magnetic fields appears; such an oscillation emerging along the Hall direction in the superconducting state has not been observed yet. Dynamics of superconducting vortices pinned by surface precipitates seems responsible for the oscillatory Nernst effect.

  10. Comparison of electromechanical properties and lattice distortions of different cuprate high temperature superconductors

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    Scheuerlein, C.; Grether, A; Rikel, M O; Hudspeth, J; Sugano, M; Ballarino, A; Bottura, L


    The electromechanical properties of different cuprate high-temperature superconductors, notably two ReBCO tapes, a reinforced and a nonreinforced Bi-2223 tape, and a Bi-2212 wire, have been studied. The axial tensile stress and strain, as well as the transverse compressive stress limits at which an irreversible critical current degradation occurs, are compared. The experimental setup has been integrated in a high-energy synchrotron beamline, and the self-field critical current and lattice parameter changes as a function of tensile stress and strain of a reinforced Bi-2223 tape have been measured simultaneously. Initially, the Bi-2223 filaments exhibit nearly linear elastic behavior up to the strain at which an irreversible degradation is observed. At 77 K, an axial Bi-2223 filament precompression of 0.09% in the composite tape and a Bi-2223 Poisson ratio ν = 0.21 have been determined.

  11. Vortex molecule and i-soliton studies in multilayer cuprate superconductors

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    Shivagan, D D; Shirage, P M; Tanaka, Y; Iyo, A [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Crisan, A [National Institute for Materials Physics, PO Box MG-7, 077125 Bucharest (Romania); Sundaresan, A [Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore - 560 064 (India); Tokiwa, K; Watanabe, T [Tokyo University of Science, Noda, Chiba 278-8510 (Japan); Terada, N [Department of Nano Structures and Advanced Materials, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)], E-mail:


    We observed two dissipation peaks in the field cooled AC susceptibility measurements on aligned multilayered cuprate Superconductor, (Cu,C)Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y}[(Cu,C)-1223], and demonstrated that it is the direct experimental indication of the two-component vortex matter in the multilayered cuprates. We propose that, the second loss peak at lower temperature is due to the additional degree of freedom of the rotation of 'vortex molecule' composed of two fractional vortices, originated at two components, mediated by an i-soliton bond. To probe the dynamics of this vortex molecule, we measured frequency dependence of AC susceptibility response on aligned crystallites of (Cu,C)-1223 at different temperatures and DC fields. In second peak region, it gives resonance peak. The observed frequency dependence patterns of x{sup (T)}, for 0.5 T H{sub DC}, are rescaled with the resonating frequencies and show tail at low frequency region indicating that the dissipation is due to rotation and twisting of vortex molecule. The temperature dependence of the average relaxation time shows that the vortex molecule rotation/twisting glass state follow critical slowing down process.

  12. Isotropic round-wire multifilament cuprate superconductor for generation of magnetic fields above 30 T

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    Larbalestier, D C; Trociewitz, U P; Kametani, F; Scheuerlein, C; Dalban-Canassy, M; Matras, M; Chen, P; Craig, N C; Lee, P J; Hellstrom, E E


    Magnets are the principal market for superconductors, but making attractive conductors out of the high-temperature cuprate superconductors (HTSs) has proved difficult because of the presence of high-angle grain boundaries that are generally believed to lower the critical current density, J$_c$. To minimize such grain boundary obstacles, HTS conductors such as REBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{7−x}$ and (Bi, Pb)$_2$Sr$_2$Ca$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{10−x}$ are both made as tapes with a high aspect ratio and a large superconducting anisotropy. Here we report that Bi$_2$2Sr$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_{8−x}$ (Bi-2212) can be made in the much more desirable isotropic, round-wire, multifilament form that can be wound or cabled into arbitrary geometries and will be especially valuable for high-field NMR magnets beyond the present 1 GHz proton resonance limit of Nb$_3$Sn technology. An appealing attribute of this Bi-2212 conductor is that, being without macroscopic texture, it contains many high-angle grain boundaries but nevertheless attains a very hi...

  13. A New Landscape of Multiple Dispersion Kinks in a High-TcCuprate Superconductor. (United States)

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


    Conventional superconductivity is caused by electron-phonon coupling. The discovery of high-temperature superconductors raised the question of whether such strong electron-phonon coupling is realized in cuprates. Strong coupling with some collective excitation mode has been indicated by a dispersion "kink". However, there is intensive debate regarding whether the relevant coupling mode is a magnetic resonance mode or an oxygen buckling phonon mode. This ambiguity is a consequence of the energy of the main prominent kink. Here, we show a new landscape of dispersion kinks. We report that heavily overdoping a Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ superconductor results in a decline of the conventional main kink and a rise of another sharp kink, along with substantial energy shifts of both. Notably, the latter kink can be ascribed only to an oxygen-breathing phonon. Hence, the multiple phonon branches provide a consistent account of our data set on the multiple kinks. Our results suggest that strong electron-phonon coupling and its dramatic change should be incorporated into or reconciled with scenarios for the evolution of high-T c superconductivity.

  14. Field-enhanced diamagnetism in the pseudogap state of the cuprate Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(8+delta) superconductor in an intense magnetic field. (United States)

    Wang, Yayu; Li, Lu; Naughton, M J; Gu, G D; Uchida, S; Ong, N P


    In hole-doped cuprates, Nernst experiments imply that the superconducting state is destroyed by spontaneous creation of vortices which destroy phase coherence. Using torque magnetometry on Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(8+delta), we uncover a field-enhanced diamagnetic signal M above the transition temperature Tc that increases with applied field to 32 Tesla and scales just like the Nernst signal. The magnetization results above Tc distinguish M from conventional amplitude fluctuations and strongly support the vortex scenario for the loss of phase coherence at Tc.

  15. Effects of disorder on the intrinsically hole-doped iron-based superconductor KC a2F e4A s4F2 by cobalt substitution (United States)

    Ishida, Junichi; Iimura, Soshi; Hosono, Hideo


    In this paper, the effects of cobalt substitution on the transport and electronic properties of the recently discovered iron-based superconductor KC a2F e4A s4F2 , with Tc=33 K , are reported. This material is an unusual superconductor showing intrinsic hole conduction (0.25 holes /F e2 + ). Upon doping of Co, the Tc of KC a2(Fe1-xC ox) 4A s4F2 gradually decreased, and bulk superconductivity disappeared when x ≥0.25 . Conversion of the primary carrier from p type to n type upon Co-doping was clearly confirmed by Hall measurements, and our results are consistent with the change in the calculated Fermi surface. Nevertheless, neither spin density wave (SDW) nor an orthorhombic phase, which are commonly observed for nondoped iron-based superconductors, was observed in the nondoped or electron-doped samples. The electron count in the 3 d orbitals and structural parameters were compared with those of other iron-based superconductors to show that the physical properties can be primarily ascribed to the effects of disorder.

  16. First observation for a cuprate superconductor of fluctuation-induced diamagnetism well inside the finite-magnetic-field regime (United States)

    Carballeira; Mosqueira; Revcolevschi; Vidal


    For the first time for a cuprate superconductor, measurements performed above T(c) in high quality grain aligned La1.9Sr0.1CuO4 samples have allowed the observation of the thermal fluctuation induced diamagnetism well inside the finite-magnetic-field fluctuation regime. These results may be explained in terms of the Gaussian Ginzburg-Landau approach for layered superconductors, but only if the finite field contributions are estimated by taking off the short-wavelength fluctuations.

  17. Local Orthorhombicity in the Magnetic C4 Phase of the Hole-Doped Iron-Arsenide Superconductor Sr1 -xNax Fe2 As2 (United States)

    Frandsen, Benjamin A.; Taddei, Keith M.; Yi, Ming; Frano, Alex; Guguchia, Zurab; Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao; Bugaris, Daniel E.; Stadel, Ryan; Osborn, Raymond; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Chmaissem, Omar; Birgeneau, Robert J.


    We report on temperature-dependent pair distribution function measurements of Sr1 -xNax Fe2 As2 , an iron-based superconductor system that contains a magnetic phase with reentrant tetragonal symmetry, known as the magnetic C4 phase. Quantitative refinements indicate that the instantaneous local structure in the C4 phase comprises fluctuating orthorhombic regions with a length scale of ˜2 nm , despite the tetragonal symmetry of the average static structure. Additionally, local orthorhombic fluctuations exist on a similar length scale at temperatures well into the paramagnetic tetragonal phase. These results highlight the exceptionally large nematic susceptibility of iron-based superconductors and have significant implications for the magnetic C4 phase and the neighboring C2 and superconducting phases.

  18. Local Orthorhombicity in the Magnetic C_{4} Phase of the Hole-Doped Iron-Arsenide Superconductor Sr_{1-x}Na_{x}Fe_{2}As_{2}. (United States)

    Frandsen, Benjamin A; Taddei, Keith M; Yi, Ming; Frano, Alex; Guguchia, Zurab; Yu, Rong; Si, Qimiao; Bugaris, Daniel E; Stadel, Ryan; Osborn, Raymond; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Chmaissem, Omar; Birgeneau, Robert J


    We report on temperature-dependent pair distribution function measurements of Sr_{1-x}Na_{x}Fe_{2}As_{2}, an iron-based superconductor system that contains a magnetic phase with reentrant tetragonal symmetry, known as the magnetic C_{4} phase. Quantitative refinements indicate that the instantaneous local structure in the C_{4} phase comprises fluctuating orthorhombic regions with a length scale of ∼2  nm, despite the tetragonal symmetry of the average static structure. Additionally, local orthorhombic fluctuations exist on a similar length scale at temperatures well into the paramagnetic tetragonal phase. These results highlight the exceptionally large nematic susceptibility of iron-based superconductors and have significant implications for the magnetic C_{4} phase and the neighboring C_{2} and superconducting phases.

  19. Investigating Atomic Scale Disordered Stripes in the Cuprate Superconductors with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (United States)

    Main, Elizabeth

    The high-Tc cuprate superconductors have been studied for 25 years in the search for the mechanism underlying their superconductivity. In the process, experiments learned that the correlated electrons in these materials organize themselves in a variety of patterns. One such pattern is a type of short-range charge modulations that exist both in and outside of the superconducting phase, which has been linked to the cuprate pseudogap phase. In optimal and slightly underdoped Bi2Sr 2CuO6+delta this charge order (labeled Q*) has wavelength ˜ 5a0. A second and, I argue, related order (Q**) has wavelength of ˜1.25a0. These modulations are highly disordered and for this reason their nature is not fully understood. In this thesis I use scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to study the disorder of these charge modulations, as an avenue to understanding the nature of the charge order itself. Locally, the charge modulations have a preferred orientation, with a wavevector pointing along one crystal axis or the other. But globally, there is no preferred direction. Our most striking finding is that the local orientation is the same for the Q* and Q** orders, strong new evidence that these two types of charge modulations have the same physical cause. Next, we find that Q* and Q** are subject to two kinds of disorder. Disorder in the optimal local wavelength competes with defect pinning of crests and troughs to produce the disordered modulations that we see. To get our final result, I view the local orientation of the charge modulations as an Ising spin, and compare the resulting Ising maps to theoretical predictions for different classes of disorder. I find the disorder to be consistent with 3D Random Field disorder. New analytical tools were necessary to carry out these measurements. I describe a new algorithm to map the local wavevector of a modulation. Then I present a second new algorithm to correct an STM image for the effects of a slightly anisotropic tip, This thesis also

  20. Nernst Effect in HTC cuprate from BDW (United States)

    Liu, Chunxiao


    The pseudogap regime in low hole doped high Tc cuprate superconductors exhibits peculiar experimental signatures like the detection of enhanced negative signals for Hall, Seebeck and Nernst coefficients. It has been suggested that some of these phenomena can be understood in terms of a competition between a bond density wave order and superconductivity. In this work, we theoretically studied the Nernst effect using a mean-field quasiparticle model with Q1 = (0 , 2 π / 3) and Q2 = (2 π / 3 , 0) . By employing semi-classical Boltzmann dynamics, we have shown that the thermoelectric coefficient depends linearly on the absolute value of order parameter for small values of the induced gap and the contribution mainly comes from the small area of hot spot.

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

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    Finnemore, Douglas K. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


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

  2. Topological superconductivity and Majorana fermions in hybrid structures involving cuprate high-Tc superconductors (United States)

    Takei, So; Fregoso, Benjamin M.; Galitski, Victor; Das Sarma, S.


    The possibility of inducing topological superconductivity with cuprate high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) is studied for various heterostructures. We first consider a ballistic planar junction between a HTSC and a metallic ferromagnet. We assume that inversion symmetry breaking at the tunnel barrier gives rise to Rashba spin-orbit coupling in the barrier and allows equal-spin triplet superconductivity to exist in the ferromagnet. Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations are obtained by explicitly modeling the barrier and taking account of the transport anisotropy in the HTSC. By making use of the self-consistent boundary conditions and solutions for the barrier and HTSC regions, an effective equation of motion for the ferromagnet is obtained where Andreev scattering at the barrier is incorporated as a boundary condition for the ferromagnetic region. For a ferromagnet layer deposited on a (100) facet of the HTSC, triplet p-wave superconductivity is induced. For the layer deposited on a (110) facet, the induced gap does not have the p-wave orbital character, but has an even orbital symmetry and an odd dependence on energy. For the layer on the (001) facet, an exotic f-wave superconductivity is induced. We also consider the induced triplet gap in a one-dimensional half-metallic nanowire deposited on a (001) facet of a HTSC. Due to the breaking of translational symmetry in the direction perpendicular to the wire axis, the expression for the gap receives contributions from different perpendicular momentum eigenstates in the superconductor. We find that for a wire axis along the a axis, these different contributions constructively interfere and give rise to a robust triplet p-wave gap. For a wire oriented 45∘ away from the a axis, the different contributions destructively interfere and the induced triplet p-wave gap vanishes. For the appropriately oriented wire, the induced p-wave gap may give rise to Majorana fermions at the ends of the half-metallic wire. In light of the

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

    Lin, Shi-Zeng; Hu, Xiao


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

  4. Pairing symmetries of several iron-based superconductor families and some similarities with cuprates and heavy-fermions

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    Das Tanmoy


    Full Text Available We show that, by using the unit-cell transformation between 1 Fe per unit cell to 2 Fe per unit cell, one can qualitatively understand the pairing symmetry of several families of iron-based superconductors. In iron-pnictides and iron-chalcogenides, the nodeless s±-pairing and the resulting magnetic resonance mode transform nicely between the two unit cells, while retaining all physical properties unchanged. However, when the electron-pocket disappears from the Fermi surface with complete doping in KFe2As2, we find that the unit-cell invariant requirement prohibits the occurrence of s±-pairing symmetry (caused by inter-hole-pocket nesting. However, the intra-pocket nesting is compatible here, which leads to a nodal d-wave pairing. The corresponding Fermi surface topology and the pairing symmetry are similar to Ce-based heavy-fermion superconductors. Furthermore, when the Fermi surface hosts only electron-pockets in KyFe2-xSe2, the inter-electron-pocket nesting induces a nodeless and isotropic d-wave pairing. This situation is analogous to the electron-doped cuprates, where the strong antiferromagnetic order creates similar disconnected electron-pocket Fermi surface, and hence nodeless d-wave pairing appears. The unit-cell transformation in KyFe2-xSe2 exhibits that the d-wave pairing breaks the translational symmetry of the 2 Fe unit cell, and thus cannot be realized unless a vacancy ordering forms to compensate for it. These results are consistent with the coexistence picture of a competing order and nodeless d-wave superconductivity in both cuprates and KyFe1.6Se2.

  5. Electronic bound states in parity-preserving QED{sub 3} applied to high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors

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    Christiansen, H.R. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao de Teoria de Campos e Particulas]. E-mail:; Cima, O.M. Del [Universidade Catolica de Petropolis, RJ (Brazil). Grupo de Fisica Teorica]. E-mail:; Ferreira Junior, M.M. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao de Teoria de Campos e Particulas]|[Maranhao Univ., Sao Luis, MA (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica]. E-mail:; Helayel-Neto, J.A. [Universidade Catolica de Petropolis, RJ (Brazil). Grupo de Fisica Teorica]|[Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (CBPF), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao de Teoria de Campos e Particulas]. E-mail:


    We consider a parity-preserving QED{sub 3} model with spontaneous breaking of the gauge symmetry as a framework for the evaluation of the electron-electron interaction potential underlying high-T{sub e} superconductivity. The fact that resulting potential, - C{sub s} K{sub o} (Mr), is non-confining and weak (in the sense of Kato) strongly suggests the mechanism of pair-condensation. This potential, compatible with an s-wave order parameters, is then applied to the Schrodinger equation for the sake of numerical calculations, thereby enforcing the existence of bound states. The results worked out by means of our theoretical framework are checked by considering a number of phenomenological data extracted from different copper oxide superconductors. The agreement may motivate a deeper analysis of our model viewing an application to quasi-planar cuprate superconductors. The data analyzed here suggest an energy scale of 1-10 meV for the breaking of the U(1)-symmetry. (author)

  6. Nernst effect in the electron-doped cuprate superconductor L a2 -xC exCu O4 (United States)

    Mandal, P. R.; Sarkar, Tarapada; Higgins, J. S.; Greene, Richard L.


    We report a systematic study of the Nernst effect in films of the electron-doped cuprate superconductor L a2 -xC exCu O4 as a function of temperature and magnetic field (up to 14 T) over a range of doping from underdoped (x =0.08 ) to overdoped (x =0.16 ). We have determined the characteristic field scale HC2 * of superconducting fluctuation which is found to track the domelike dependence of superconductivity (TC). The fall of HC2 * and TC with underdoping is most likely due to the onset of long-range antiferromagnetic order. We also report the temperature onset, Tonset, of superconducting fluctuations above TC. For optimally doped x =0.11 Tonset (≅39 K ) is high compared to TC (26 K). For higher doping Tonset decreases and tends to zero along with the critical temperature at the end of the superconducting dome. The superconducting gap closely tracks HC2 * measured from the temperature- and field-dependent Nernst signal.

  7. Antiferromagnetism in metals: from the cuprate superconductors to the heavy fermion materials. (United States)

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


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

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

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    Yucel Yildirim


    Full Text Available A generic theory of the quasiparticle superconducting gap in underdoped cuprates is derived in the strong-coupling limit, and found to describe the experimental “second gap” in absolute scale. In drastic contrast to the standard pairing gap associated with Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitations, the quasiparticle gap is shown to originate from anomalous kinetic (scattering processes, with a size unrelated to the pairing strength. Consequently, the k dependence of the gap deviates significantly from the pure d_{x^{2}-y^{2}} wave of the order parameter. Our study reveals a new paradigm for the nature of the superconducting gap, and is expected to reconcile numerous apparent contradictions among existing experiments and point toward a more coherent understanding of high-temperature superconductivity.

  9. Quantum and classical magnetoresistance oscillations in the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}

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    Helm, Toni; Kartsovnik, Mark V.; Bittner, Nikolaj; Erb, Andreas; Gross, Rudolf [Walther-Meissner-Institute, Garching (Germany); Putzke, Carsten; Kampert, Erik; Wolff-Fabris, Frederik [Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany); Sheikin, Iliya; Lepault, Stephan; Proust, Cyril [Laboratoire National des Champs Magnetiques Intenses, Grenoble (France); Kiswandhi, Andhika; Choi, Eun San; Brooks, James S. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Tallahassee, FL (United States)


    The fundamentals of high-temperature superconductivity have not been understood completely, yet. Compared to most of the hole-doped cuprates, the electron-doped compound Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (NCCO) is rather simple and has a lower critical temperature T{sub c}. By applying sufficiently high magnetic fields superconductivity is suppressed and the normal-conducting state can be accessed for even lowest temperatures. In pulsed and steady field experiments we observed Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) and angle-dependent magnetoresistance oscillations (AMRO) for a series of NCCO single crystals in the range of x=0.14-0.17. Starting from optimal doping up to the higher edge of the superconducting region our results provided clear evidence for the existence of a translational symmetry breaking. Here we report on how it develops towards the underdoped side and give an explanation for the AMRO arising only for overdoped samples in very high fields.

  10. Anisotropy of the Seebeck Coefficient in the Cuprate Superconductor YBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{y}: Fermi-Surface Reconstruction by Bidirectional Charge Order

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    O. Cyr-Choinière


    Full Text Available The Seebeck coefficient S of the cuprate YBa_{2}Cu_{3}O_{y} is measured in magnetic fields large enough to suppress superconductivity, at hole dopings p=0.11 and p=0.12, for heat currents along the a and b directions of the orthorhombic crystal structure. For both directions, S/T decreases and becomes negative at low temperature, a signature that the Fermi surface undergoes a reconstruction due to broken translational symmetry. Above a clear threshold field, a strong new feature appears in S_{b}, for conduction along the b axis only. We attribute this feature to the onset of 3D-coherent unidirectional charge-density-wave modulations seen by x-ray diffraction, also along the b axis only. Because these modulations have a sharp onset temperature well below the temperature where S/T starts to drop towards negative values, we infer that they are not the cause of Fermi-surface reconstruction. Instead, the reconstruction must be caused by the quasi-2D bidirectional modulations that develop at significantly higher temperature. The unidirectional order only confers an additional anisotropy to the already reconstructed Fermi surface, also manifest as an in-plane anisotropy of the resistivity.

  11. Evidence for Weakly Correlated Oxygen Holes in the Highest-T_{c} Cuprate Superconductor HgBa_{2}Ca_{2}Cu_{3}O_{8+δ}. (United States)

    Chainani, A; Sicot, M; Fagot-Revurat, Y; Vasseur, G; Granet, J; Kierren, B; Moreau, L; Oura, M; Yamamoto, A; Tokura, Y; Malterre, D


    We study the electronic structure of HgBa_{2}Ca_{2}Cu_{3}O_{8+δ} (Hg1223; T_{c}=134  K) using photoemission spectroscopy (PES) and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Resonant valence band PES across the O K edge and Cu L edge identifies correlation satellites originating in O 2p and Cu 3d two-hole final states, respectively. Analyses using the experimental O 2p and Cu 3d partial density of states show quantitatively different on-site Coulomb energy for the Cu site (U_{dd}=6.5±0.5  eV) and O site (U_{pp}=1.0±0.5  eV). Cu_{2}O_{7}-cluster calculations with nonlocal screening explain the Cu 2p core level PES and Cu L-edge XAS spectra, confirm the U_{dd} and U_{pp} values, and provide evidence for the Zhang-Rice singlet state in Hg1223. In contrast to other hole-doped cuprates and 3d-transition metal oxides, the present results indicate weakly correlated oxygen holes in Hg1223.

  12. Magnetization studies of oxides related to the high temperature cuprate superconductors

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    Wang, Zhaorong [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    The magnetic properties related to the following high temperature superconductors were measured utilizing a Faraday magnetometer: BaCuO2+x , La2 CuO4 , Sr2 RhO4 , Sr2 VO4, and Sr2 CuO3. Neutron diffraction, magnetic susceptibility, and heat capacity measurements are discussed.

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

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    Salomon, R.E.; Schaeffer, R.; Macho, J.; Thomas, A.; Myer, G.H. (Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States) Ben Franklin Superconductivity Center, Philadelphia, PA (United States)); Coppa, N.V. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States))


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

  14. Epitaxial thin film growth and properties of unconventional oxide superconductors. Cuprates and cobaltates

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    Krockenberger, Y.


    The discovery of high-temperature superconductors has strongly driven the development of suited thin film fabrication methods of complex oxides. One way is the adaptation of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) for the growth of oxide materials. Another approach is the use of pulsed laser deposition (PLD) which has the advantage of good stoichiometry transfer from target to the substrate. Both techniques are used within this thesis. Epitaxial thin films of new materials are of course needed for future applications. In addition, the controlled synthesis of thin film matter which can be formed far away from thermal equilibrium allows for the investigation of fundamental physical materials properties. (orig.)

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

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


    In the quest for superconductors with higher transition temperatures (T(c)), one emerging motif is that electronic interactions favorable for superconductivity can be enhanced by fluctuations of a broken-symmetry phase. Recent experiments have suggested the existence of the requisite broken-symmetry phase in the high-T(c) cuprates, but the impact of such a phase on the ground-state electronic interactions has remained unclear. We used magnetic fields exceeding 90 tesla to access the underlying metallic state of the cuprate YBa2Cu3O(6+δ) over a wide range of doping, and observed magnetic quantum oscillations that reveal a strong enhancement of the quasiparticle effective mass toward optimal doping. This mass enhancement results from increasing electronic interactions approaching optimal doping, and suggests a quantum critical point at a hole doping of p(crit) ≈ 0.18. Copyright © 2015, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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

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    Nicholson, Andrew D [ORNL; Ge, Weihao [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) & Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Riera, J. A. [Universidad Nacional de Rosario; Daghofer, Maria [ORNL; Moreo, Adriana [ORNL; Dagotto, Elbio R [ORNL


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

  17. Distinct Nature of Static and Dynamic Magnetic Stripes in Cuprate Superconductors (United States)

    Jacobsen, H.; Holm, S. L.; Lǎcǎtuşu, M.-E.; Rømer, A. T.; Bertelsen, M.; Boehm, M.; Toft-Petersen, R.; Grivel, J.-C.; Emery, S. B.; Udby, L.; Wells, B. O.; Lefmann, K.


    We present detailed neutron scattering studies of the static and dynamic stripes in an optimally doped high-temperature superconductor, La2 CuO4 +y . We observe that the dynamic stripes do not disperse towards the static stripes in the limit of vanishing energy transfer. Therefore, the dynamic stripes observed in neutron scattering experiments are not the Goldstone modes associated with the broken symmetry of the simultaneously observed static stripes, and the signals originate from different domains in the sample. These observations support real-space electronic phase separation in the crystal, where the static stripes in one phase are pinned versions of the dynamic stripes in the other, having slightly different periods. Our results explain earlier observations of unusual dispersions in underdoped La2 -xSrx CuO4 (x =0.07 ) and La2 -xBax CuO4 (x =0.095 ).

  18. Dielectric functions of La-based cuprate superconductors for visible and near-infrared wavelengths (United States)

    Zhao, Minglin; Lian, Jie; Yu, Heshan; Jin, Kui; Xu, Liping; Hu, Zhigao; Yang, Xiulun; Kang, Shishou


    The highly c-axis oriented La1.9Ce0.1CuO4 (LCCO) film was prepared on SrTiO3 (STO) substrate by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD). The identification and characterization of the LCCO film was determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurement was performed on the LCCO film in 0.5-4.13 eV range. The complex pseudodielectric function of the LCCO film was reported by Drude and Lorentz oscillators in this work. Critical point analysis on third-derivative spectra of the Lorentz contributions was accomplished to obtain the interband transition energies. The results indicate that the interband transitions are mainly related to the copper-oxygen planes. The metallic behavior of the pseudodielectric function, which is a common feature in all known electron-doped superconductors, can be obviously observed in the LCCO film.

  19. Dying Gasps of a d-wave superconductor (United States)

    Bonn, Douglas


    Among the cuprate superconductors, the YBa_2Cu_3O_6+x system has the major advantage that the hole-doping can be reversibly changed by controlling oxygen in a CuO chain layer situated 0.42 nm away from the CuO2 planes that are the seat of the interesting physics. When the chains are completely depleted of oxygen, at YBa_2Cu_3O_6, the Mott insulator is encountered and when they are filled YBa_2Cu_3O7 is a d-wave superconductor with a critical temperature (T_c) near 90 K. Between these extremes, the loosely-held dopant oxygens are mobile at room temperature and their gradual ordering into chain structures pulls electrons from the CuO2 planes, increasing hole-doping over time. Thus, the hole doping in this cuprate is a function of both the oxygen content of the chain layer and the degree of chain ordering. An extreme version of this effect occurs in a narrow window of oxygen content near YBa_2Cu_3O_6.35, where crystals quenched from over 570 ^oC initially do not superconduct, but become superconducting with a Tc that increases with time if they are allowed to order at room temperature. This opens the door to experiments over a wide range of hole-doping, all on the same crystal, with no change in cation disorder. Here we exploit this time-dependent doping to study the penetration depth of samples whose T_c's are varied from 4-20 K, with the goal of understanding what happens to the superfluid density in this extreme of the phase diagram. We find that the temperature dependence of the penetration shows the persistence of the d-wave superconducting state to the very lowest doping studied, with no sign of an intervening phase transition that alters the nodal quasiparticle excitations in this state. The magnitude of the penetration depth continues a trend well-known at higher doping, namely that the superfluid density steadily dwindles to almost nothing as Tc declines.

  20. Spectroscopic Imaging Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Studies of Electronic Structure in the Superconducting and Pseudogap Phases of Cuprate High-Tc Superconductors (United States)

    Fujita, Kazuhiro; Schmidt, Andrew R.; Kim, Eun-Ah; Lawler, Michael J.; Lee, Dung Hai; Davis, J. C.; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Uchida, Shin-ichi


    One of the key motivations for the development of atomically resolved spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy (SI-STM) has been to probe the electronic structure of cuprate high temperature superconductors. In both the d-wave superconducting (dSC) and the pseudogap (PG) phases of underdoped cuprates, two distinct classes of electronic states are observed using SI-STM. The first class consists of the dispersive Bogoliubov quasiparticles of a homogeneous d-wave superconductor. These are detected below a lower energy scale |E|=Δ0 and only upon a momentum space (k-space) arc which terminates near the lines connecting k=±(π/a0,0) to k=±(0,π/a0). Below optimal doping, this ``nodal'' arc shrinks continuously with decreasing hole density. In both the dSC and PG phases, the only broken symmetries detected in the |E|≤Δ0 states are those of a d-wave superconductor. The second class of states occurs at energies near the pseudogap energy scale |E|˜ Δ1 which is associated conventionally with the ``antinodal'' states near k=±(π/a0,0) and k=±(0,π/a0). We find that these states break the expected 90°-rotational (C4) symmetry of electronic structure within CuO2 unit cells, at least down to 180°-rotational (C2) symmetry (nematic) but in a spatially disordered fashion. This intra-unit-cell C4 symmetry breaking coexists at |E|˜Δ1 with incommensurate conductance modulations locally breaking both rotational and translational symmetries (smectic). The characteristic wavevector Q of the latter is determined, empirically, by the k-space points where Bogoliubov quasiparticle interference terminates, and therefore evolves continuously with doping. The properties of these two classes of |E|˜Δ1 states are indistinguishable in the dSC and PG phases. To explain this segregation of k-space into the two regimes distinguished by the symmetries of their electronic states and their energy scales |E|˜Δ1 and |E|≤Δ0, and to understand how this impacts the electronic

  1. Model of phase fluctuations in a lattice d -wave superconductor: Application to the Cooper-pair charge-density wave in underdoped cuprates (United States)

    Melikyan, Ashot; Tešanović, Zlatko


    We introduce and study an XY -type model of thermal and quantum phase fluctuations in a two-dimensional correlated lattice d -wave superconductor based on the QED3 effective theory of high-temperature superconductors. General features of and selected results obtained within this model were reported earlier in an abbreviated format (Z. Tešanović, e-print cond-mat/0405235). The model is geared toward describing not only the long distance but also the intermediate length-scale physics of underdoped cuprates. In particular, we elucidate the dynamical origin and investigate specific features of the charge-density wave of Cooper pairs, which we argue is the state behind the periodic charge-density modulation discovered in recent scanning-tunneling-microscopy experiments. We illustrate how Mott-Hubbard correlations near half-filling suppress superfluid density and favor an incompressible state which breaks translational symmetry of the underlying atomic lattice. We show how the formation of the Cooper pair charge-density wave in such a strongly quantum fluctuating superconductor can naturally be understood as an Abrikosov-Hofstadter problem in a type-II dual superconductor, with the role of the dual magnetic field played by the electron density. The resulting Abrikosov lattice of dual vortices translates into a periodic modulation of the Bogoliubov de Gennes (BdG) gap function and the electronic density. We numerically study the energetics of various Abrikosov-Hofstadter dual vortex arrays and compute their detailed signatures in the single-particle local tunneling density of states. A 4×4 checkerboard-type modulation pattern naturally arises as an energetically favored ground state at and near the x=1/8 doping and produces the local density of states in good agreement with experimental observations. The leading-order behavior of nodal BdG fermions remains unaffected.

  2. Some Remarks on the Symmetry of the Superconducting Wavefunction in the Cuprates (United States)

    Müller, Karl Alexander


    A large part of the community considers the macroscopic superconducting wavefunction in the cuprates to be of near pure d-symmetry. The pertinent evidence has been obtained by experiments in which mainly surface phenomena have been used such as tunneling or the well known tricrystal or tetracrystal experiments1. However recently, data probing the property in the bulk gave mounting evidence that inside the cuprate cuperconductor a substantial s-component is present, and therefore a changing symmetry from pure d at the surface to more s inside, at least, was proposed2. The suggestion was made to reconcile the observations stemming from the surface and bulk. But such a behaviour would be at variance with the accepted classical symmetry properties in condensed matter1,3. In this respect, Iachello, applying the Interacting Boson-Model, successful in nuclear theory, to the C4ν symmetry of the cuprates, showed that indeed a crossover from a d-phase at the surface, over a d + s, to a pure s-phase could be present4. An attempt to estimate this crossover from known NMR experiments will be presented. It makes also plausible why the phase stiffness of the d- component is preserved over the a whole sample, i.e. in a Superconducting Quantum Interferometer Device (SQUID). Of interest is also the compatibility of the Interacting Boson Model with supersymmetry: in the hole doped cuprate superconductors there is since a number of years substantial evidence that there are two types of quasiparticles present, one of more bosonic and one of more fermionic character5. Due to the dynamic state in which one type transforms into the other the presence of a supersymmetry could be real. Note from Publisher: This article contains the abstract and references only.

  3. Theoretical Studies of Strong Correlations in Cuprates (United States)

    Mistark, Peter

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

  4. The novel metallic states of the cuprates: topological Fermi liquids and strange metals

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    Sachdev, Subir


    This article is based on a talk by S.S. at the Nambu Memorial Symposium at the University of Chicago. We review ideas on the nature of the metallic states of the hole-doped cuprate high temperature superconductors, with an emphasis on the connections between the Luttinger theorem for the size of the Fermi surface, topological quantum field theories (TQFTs), and critical theories involving changes in the size of the Fermi surface. We begin with the derivation of the Luttinger theorem for a Fermi liquid, using momentum balance during a process of flux-insertion in a lattice electronic model with toroidal boundary conditions. We then review the TQFT of the Z2 spin liquid, and demonstrate its compatibility with the toroidal momentum balance argument. This discussion leads naturally to a simple construction of `topological' Fermi liquid states: the fractionalized Fermi liquid (FL*) and the algebraic charge liquid (ACL). We present arguments for a description of the pseudogap metal of the cuprates using Z2-FL* or Z...

  5. Pairing symmetries in cuprates: A Gorkov formalism

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    Ghosh, Angsula, E-mail: [Departamento de Fisica, UFAM, Av. Rodrigo Octavio 3000, Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, AM (Brazil); Pimentel, B.M. [Instituto de Fisica Teorica, Sao Paulo State University, P.O. Box 70532-2, 01156-970 Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    Inspite of the direct evidence for Cooper pairing in the cuprates as in conventional superconductors, the pairing symmetry in the cuprate superconductors is still considered to be a controversial and a highly debatable topic. The microscopic equations appropriate for these new materials, essentially the yttrium based compounds, are discussed following Gorkov's formalism for the conventional superconductors. Various types of symmetry of the pairing parameter are considered. In this study we consider the anisotropic nature of the gap parameter to write the mean-field equations of the cuprates. We observe that the symmetry of the potential is fundamental in deciding the nature of the anisotropy in the gap parameter.

  6. Selective Mottness as a key to iron superconductors: weak and strong correlations (United States)

    de Medici, Luca


    I will discuss the strength of electronic correlations in the normal phase of Fe-superconductors and trace a comparison with cuprates. The phase diagram of the high-Tc cuprates is dominated by the Mott insulating phase of the parent compounds. Approaching it from large doping, a standard Fermi-liquid is seen to gradually turn into a bad non-Fermi liquid metal in which quasiparticles have heavily differentiated coherence depending on momentum, a process which culminates in the pseudogap regime, in which the antinodal region in momentum space acquires a gap before the material reaches a fully gapped Mott state. I will show that experiments for electron- and hole-doped BaFe2As2 support an analogous scenario. The doping evolution is dominated by the influence of a Mott insulator that would be realized for half-filled conduction bands, while the stoichiometric compound does not play a special role. Weakly and strongly correlated conduction electrons coexist in much of the phase diagram, a differentiation that increases with hole-doping. We identify the reason for this ``selective Mottness'' in a simple emergent mechanism, an ``orbital decoupling,'' triggered by the strong Hund's coupling. When this mechanism is active charge excitations in the different orbitals are decoupled and each orbital behaves as a single band Hubbard model, where the correlation degree almost only depends on how doped is each orbital from half-filling. This scenario reconciles contrasting evidences on the electronic correlation strength, implies a strong asymmetry between hole- and electron-doping and establishes a deep connection with the cuprates. L. de' Medici, G. Giovannetti and M. Capone, ArXiv:1212.3966 Work supported by CNRS - ESPCI ParisTech, France

  7. Observation of the Gap Distribution on Multi-layered Cuprate Superconductor Ba2Ca4Cu5O10(O1-x, Fx)2 by STM/STS (United States)

    Sugimoto, Akira; Ekino, Toshikazu; Tanaka, Katsuhiro; Mineta, Kyohei; Tanabe, Kenji; Tokiwa, Kazuyasu

    The nano-scale spatial gap distributions on apical-fluorine multi-layered cuprate superconductors Ba2Ca4Cu5O10(O1-x, Fx) (F0245, Tc = 70 K) are investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS). The STM image shows randomly-distributed bright spot structures, which are assigned to the non-replaced apical oxygen. The dI/dV tunnel spectra show the coexistence of two kinds of the gap structures. The magnitudes of these gaps at 4.9 K are about ΔS ∼25 meV and ΔL ∼78 meV, respectively. The ΔL map shows the inhomogeneous distribution with the characteristic length of ∼1 nm. The smaller ΔL gap regions tend to locate at the bright-spot positions, indicating that the apical oxygen causes reduction of ΔL. These results are consistent with the well known relation between the carrier doping level and macroscopically observed gap size.

  8. High-temperature superconductors

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    Saxena, Ajay Kumar


    The present book aims at describing the phenomenon of superconductivity and high-temperature superconductors discovered by Bednorz and Muller in 1986. The book covers the superconductivity phenomenon, structure of high-Tc superconductors, critical currents, synthesis routes for high Tc materials, superconductivity in cuprates, the proximity effect and SQUIDs, theories of superconductivity and applications of superconductors.

  9. Coherent quasi-particles-to-incoherent hole-carriers crossover in underdoped cuprates


    Hashimoto, M.; Yoshida, T.; Tanaka, K.; Fujimori, A.; Okusawa, M.; Wakimoto, S.; K. Yamada; Kakeshita, T.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.


    In underdoped cuprates, only a portion of the Fermi surface survives as Fermi arcs due to pseudogap opening. In hole-doped La$_{2}$CuO$_4$, we have deduced the "coherence temperature" $T_{coh}$ of quasi-particles on the Fermi arc above which the broadened leading edge position in angle-integrated photoemission spectra is shifted away from the Fermi level and the quasi-particle concept starts to lose its meaning. $T_{coh}$ is found to rapidly increase with hole doping, an opposite behavior to ...

  10. Superconductors

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    Narlikar, A V


    Superconductors is neither about basic aspects of superconductivity nor about its applications, but its mainstay is superconducting materials. Unusual and unconventional features of a large variety of novel superconductors are presented and their technological potential as practical superconductors assessed. The book begins with an introduction to basic aspects of superconductivity. The presentation is readily accessible to readers from a diverse range of scientific and technical disciplines, such as metallurgy, materials science, materials engineering, electronic and device engineering, and chemistry. The derivation of mathematical formulas and equations has been kept to a minimum and, wherever necessary, short appendices with essential mathematics have been added at the end of the text. The book is not meant to serve as an encyclopaedia, describing each and every superconductor that exists, but focuses on important milestones in their exciting development.

  11. High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Saxena, Ajay Kumar


    This book presents the current knowledge about superconductivity in high Tc cuprate superconductors. There is a large scientific interest and great potential for technological applications. The book discusses all the aspects related to all families of cuprate superconductors discovered so far. Beginning with the phenomenon of superconductivity, the book covers: the structure of cuprate HTSCs, critical currents, flux pinning, synthesis of HTSCs, proximity effect and SQUIDs, possible applications of high Tc superconductors and theories of superconductivity. Though a high Tc theory is still awaited, this book describes the present scenario and BCS and RVB theories. The second edition was  significantly extended by including film-substrate lattice matching and buffer layer considerations in thin film HTSCs, brick-wall microstructure in the epitaxial films, electronic structure of the CuO2 layer in cuprates, s-wave and d-wave coupling in HTSCs and possible scenarios of theories of high Tc superconductivity.

  12. Ultrasonic attenuation in cuprate superconductors

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    r ) exp iq · (r + r ) where 0 is the order parameter in the abscence of q. Then solving the associated Bogulibov equations the quasiparticle energies are found, to first order in q, to be those given by eq. (3) and to the same order the coherence factors uk and vk and the gap k are found to be unaffected. Making use of these ...

  13. Fluctuation conductivity in cuprate superconductors

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    superconducting layers in each unit cell is also not adequate. We suggest the fluctuation conductivity to be reduced due to the reduction in the density of states (DOS) of the quasiparticles which results due to the formation of Cooper pairs at the onset of the fluctuations. The data agrees with the theory proposed by Dorin et al ...

  14. Fluctuation conductivity in cuprate superconductors

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    The modification suggested by Ramallo et al [4] where by the conductivity is enhanced due to the presence of two superconducting layers in each unit cell is also not adequate. We suggest the fluctuation conductivity to be reduced due to the reduction in the density of states (DOS) of the quasiparticles which results due to ...

  15. Hole doped Dirac states in silicene by biaxial tensile strain

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    Kaloni, Thaneshwor P.


    The effects of biaxial tensile strain on the structure, electronic states, and mechanical properties of silicene are studied by ab-initio calculations. Our results show that up to 5% strain the Dirac cone remains essentially at the Fermi level, while higher strain induces hole doped Dirac states because of weakened Si–Si bonds. We demonstrate that the silicene lattice is stable up to 17% strain. It is noted that the buckling first decreases with the strain (up to 10%) and then increases again, which is accompanied by a band gap variation. We also calculate the Grüneisen parameter and demonstrate a strain dependence similar to that of graphene.

  16. Ong construction for the reconstructed Fermi surface of underdoped cuprates (United States)

    Robinson, P.; Hussey, N. E.


    Using the Ong construction for a two-dimensional metal, we show that the sign change in the Hall coefficient RH of underdoped hole-doped cuprates at low temperature is consistent with the emergence of biaxial charge order recently proposed to explain the observation of low-frequency quantum oscillations. The sharp evolution of RH with temperature, however, can only be reconciled by incorporating a highly anisotropic quasiparticle scattering rate. The magnitude and form of the scattering rate extracted from the fitting imply that those quasiparticles at the vertices of the reconstructed pocket(s) approach the boundary of incoherence at the onset of charge order.

  17. Condensation energy of the superconducting bilayer cuprates

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    In the present work, we report the interplay of single particle and Cooper pair tunnelings on the superconducting state of layered high-c cuprate superconductors. For this we have considered a model Hamiltonian incorporating the intra-planar interactions and the contributions arising due to the coupling between the ...

  18. Condensation energy of the superconducting bilayer cuprates

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    Abstract. In the present work, we report the interplay of single particle and Cooper pair tunnelings on the superconducting state of layered high-Tc cuprate superconductors. For this we have consid- ered a model Hamiltonian incorporating the intra-planar interactions and the contributions arising due to the coupling between ...

  19. Persistent high-energy spin excitations in iron-pnictide superconductors. (United States)

    Zhou, Ke-Jin; Huang, Yao-Bo; Monney, Claude; Dai, Xi; Strocov, Vladimir N; Wang, Nan-Lin; Chen, Zhi-Guo; Zhang, Chenglin; Dai, Pengcheng; Patthey, Luc; van den Brink, Jeroen; Ding, Hong; Schmitt, Thorsten


    Motivated by the premise that superconductivity in iron-based superconductors is unconventional and mediated by spin fluctuations, an intense research effort has been focused on characterizing the spin-excitation spectrum in the magnetically ordered parent phases of the Fe pnictides and chalcogenides. For these undoped materials, it is well established that the spin-excitation spectrum consists of sharp, highly dispersive magnons. The fate of these high-energy magnetic modes upon sizable doping with holes is hitherto unresolved. Here we demonstrate, using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering, that optimally hole-doped superconducting Ba(0.6)K(0.4)Fe(2)As(2) retains well-defined, dispersive high-energy modes of magnetic origin. These paramagnon modes are softer than, though as intense as, the magnons of undoped antiferromagnetic BaFe(2)As(2). The persistence of spin excitations well into the superconducting phase suggests that the spin fluctuations in Fe-pnictide superconductors originate from a distinctly correlated spin state. This connects Fe pnictides to cuprates, for which, in spite of fundamental electronic structure differences, similar paramagnons are present.

  20. Diamagnetic susceptibility obtained from the six-vertex model and its implications for the high-temperature diamagnetic state of cuprate superconductors. (United States)

    Sau, Jay D; Tewari, Sumanta


    We study the diamagnetism of the six-vertex model with the arrows as directed bond currents. To our knowledge, this is the first study of the diamagnetism of this model. A special version of this model, called the F model, describes the thermal disordering transition of an orbital antiferromagnet, known as d-density wave, a proposed state for the pseudogap phase of the high-T(c) cuprates. We find that the F model is strongly diamagnetic and the susceptibility may diverge in the high-temperature critical phase with power-law arrow correlations. These results may explain the surprising recent observation of a diverging low-field diamagnetic susceptibility seen in some optimally doped cuprates within the d-density wave model of the pseudogap phase. © 2011 American Physical Society

  1. Realization of a Hole-Doped Mott Insulator on a Triangular Silicon Lattice (United States)

    Ming, Fangfei; Johnston, Steve; Mulugeta, Daniel; Smith, Tyler S.; Vilmercati, Paolo; Lee, Geunseop; Maier, Thomas A.; Snijders, Paul C.; Weitering, Hanno H.


    The physics of doped Mott insulators is at the heart of some of the most exotic physical phenomena in materials research including insulator-metal transitions, colossal magnetoresistance, and high-temperature superconductivity in layered perovskite compounds. Advances in this field would greatly benefit from the availability of new material systems with a similar richness of physical phenomena but with fewer chemical and structural complications in comparison to oxides. Using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, we show that such a system can be realized on a silicon platform. The adsorption of one-third monolayer of Sn atoms on a Si(111) surface produces a triangular surface lattice with half filled dangling bond orbitals. Modulation hole doping of these dangling bonds unveils clear hallmarks of Mott physics, such as spectral weight transfer and the formation of quasiparticle states at the Fermi level, well-defined Fermi contour segments, and a sharp singularity in the density of states. These observations are remarkably similar to those made in complex oxide materials, including high-temperature superconductors, but highly extraordinary within the realm of conventional s p -bonded semiconductor materials. It suggests that exotic quantum matter phases can be realized and engineered on silicon-based materials platforms.

  2. Effect of Doping and Pressure on Magnetism and Lattice Structure of Fe-Based Superconductors (United States)


    effect as hole doping (sub- stituting Ba by K). However, later it was found that pressure and/or strain can lead to essentially the same effect12,13...even better, Sr) by a rare earth like La or Yb seems to be chemically natural (cf. superconducting cuprates or colossal magnetoresistance manganites

  3. Magnetic-force-microscope Study of Interlayer _Kinks_ in Individual Vortices in Underdoped Cuprate YBa2Cu3O6 x Superconductor

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    Luan, Lan


    We use magnetic force microscopy to both image and manipulate individual vortex lines threading single crystalline YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.4}, a layered superconductor. We find that when we pull the top of a pinned vortex, it may not tilt smoothly. Sometimes, we observe a vortex to break into discrete segments that can be described as short stacks of pancake vortices, similar to the 'kinked' structure proposed by Benkraouda and Clem. Quantitative analysis gives an estimate of the pinning force and the coupling between the stacks. Our measurements highlight the discrete nature of stacks of pancake vortices in layered superconductors.

  4. Electron doped layered nickelates: Spanning the phase diagram of the cuprates

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    Botana, Antia S.; Pardo, Victor; Norman, Michael R.


    Pr4Ni3O8 is an overdoped analog of hole-doped layered cuprates. Here we show via ab initio calculations that Ce-doped Pr4Ni3O8 (Pr3CeNi3O8) has the same electronic structure as the antiferromagnetic insulating phase of parent cuprates.We find that substantial Ce doping should be thermodynamically stable and that other 4+ cations would yield a similar antiferromagnetic insulating state, arguing this configuration is robust for layered nickelates of low-enough valence. The analogies with cuprates at different d fillings suggest that intermediate Ce-doping concentrations near 1/8 should be an appropriate place to search for superconductivity in these low-valence Ni oxides.

  5. Real-space localization and quantification of hole distribution in chain-ladder Sr3Ca11Cu24O41 superconductor. (United States)

    Bugnet, Matthieu; Löffler, Stefan; Hawthorn, David; Dabkowska, Hanna A; Luke, Graeme M; Schattschneider, Peter; Sawatzky, George A; Radtke, Guillaume; Botton, Gianluigi A


    Understanding the physical properties of the chain-ladder Sr3Ca11Cu24O41 hole-doped superconductor has been precluded by the unknown hole distribution among chains and ladders. We use electron energy-loss spectrometry (EELS) in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) at atomic resolution to directly separate the contributions of chains and ladders and to unravel the hole distribution from the atomic scale variations of the O-K near-edge structures. The experimental data unambiguously demonstrate that most of the holes lie within the chain layers. A quantitative interpretation supported by inelastic scattering calculations shows that about two holes are located in the ladders, and about four holes in the chains, shedding light on the electronic structure of Sr3Ca11Cu24O41. Combined atomic resolution STEM-EELS and inelastic scattering calculations is demonstrated as a powerful approach toward a quantitative understanding of the electronic structure of cuprate superconductors, offering new possibilities for elucidating their physical properties.

  6. Lead Monoxide: Two-Dimensional Ferromagnetic Semiconductor Induced by Hole-Doping

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    Wang, Yao


    We employ first-principles calculations to demonstrate ferromagnetic ground states for single- and multi-layer lead monoxide (PbO) under hole-doping, originating from a van Hove singularity at the valence band edge. Both the sample thickness and applied strain are found to have huge effects on the electronic and magnetic properties. Multi-layer PbO is an indirect band gap semiconductor, while a direct band gap is realized in the single-layer limit. In hole-doped single-layer PbO, biaxial tensile strain can enhance the stability of the ferromagnetic state.

  7. Structure of spin excitations in heavily electron-doped Li0.8Fe0.2ODFeSe superconductors

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    Pan, Bingying; Shen, Yao; Hu, Die; Feng, Yu; Park, J. T.; Christianson, A. D.; Wang, Qisi; Hao, Yiqing; Wo, Hongliang; Yin, Zhiping; Maier, T. A.; Zhao, Jun


    Heavily electron-doped iron-selenide high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconductors, which have no hole Fermi pockets, but have a notably high Tc, have challenged the prevailing s± pairing scenario originally proposed for iron pnictides containing both electron and hole pockets. The microscopic mechanism underlying the enhanced superconductivity in heavily electron-doped iron-selenide remains unclear. Here, we used neutron scattering to study the spin excitations of the heavily electron-doped iron-selenide material Li0.8Fe0.2ODFeSe (Tc = 41 K). Our data revealed nearly ring-shaped magnetic resonant excitations surrounding (π, π) at ~21 meV. As the energy increased, the spin excitations assumed a diamond shape, and they dispersed outward until the energy reached ~60 meV and then inward at higher energies. The observed energy-dependent momentum structure and twisted dispersion of spin excitations near (π, π) are analogous to those of hole-doped cuprates in several aspects, thus implying that such spin excitations are essential for the remarkably high Tc in these materials.

  8. Spin-state polarons in lightly-hole-doped LaCoO3. (United States)

    Podlesnyak, A; Russina, M; Furrer, A; Alfonsov, A; Vavilova, E; Kataev, V; Büchner, B; Strässle, Th; Pomjakushina, E; Conder, K; Khomskii, D I


    Inelastic neutron scattering (INS), electron spin resonance (ESR), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements were employed to establish the origin of the strong magnetic signal in lightly-hole-doped La1-xSrxCoO3, x approximately 0.002. Both INS and ESR low temperature spectra show intense excitations with large effective g factors approximately 10-18. NMR data indicate the creation of extended magnetic clusters. From the Q dependence of the INS magnetic intensity, we conclude that the observed anomalies are caused by the formation of octahedrally shaped spin-state polarons comprising seven Co ions. The present INS, ESR, and NMR data give evidence for two regimes in the lightly-hole-doped samples: (i) T35 K dominated by thermally activated magnetic Co3+ ions.

  9. Spin-state polarons in lightly hole-doped LaCoO3

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    Podlesnyak, Andrey A [ORNL; Russina, Margarita [Hahn-Meitner Institut, Berlin, Germany; Furrer, Albert [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering ETHZ & PSI; Alfonsov, Aleksei [IFW Dresden; Vavilova, Eugenia [IFW Dresden; Kataev, Vladislav [IFW Dresden; Buechner, Bernd [IFW Dresden; Straessle, Thierry [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering ETHZ & PSI; Pomjakushina, Ekaterina [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland; Conder, Kazimierz [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland; Khomskii, Daniel [Universitat zu Koln, Koln, Germany


    Inelastic neutron scattering (INS), electron spin resonance (ESR), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements were employed to establish the origin of the strong magnetic signal in lightly-hole-doped La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3}, x{approx}0.002. Both INS and ESR low temperature spectra show intense excitations with large effective g factors {approx}10-18. NMR data indicate the creation of extended magnetic clusters. From the Q dependence of the INS magnetic intensity, we conclude that the observed anomalies are caused by the formation of octahedrally shaped spin-state polarons comprising seven Co ions. The present INS, ESR, and NMR data give evidence for two regimes in the lightly-hole-doped samples: (i) T < 35 K dominated by spin polarons; (ii) T > 35 K dominated by thermally activated magnetic Co{sup 3+} ions.

  10. Thermoelectric performance of electron and hole doped PtSb2

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    Saeed, Yasir


    We investigate the thermoelectric properties of electron and hole doped PtSb2. Our results show that for doping of 0.04 holes per unit cell ( 1.5×1020 cm−3 ) PtSb2 shows a high Seebeck coefficient at room temperature, which can also be achieved at other temperatures by controlling the carrier concentration (both electron and hole). The electrical conductivity becomes temperature independent when the doping exceeds some 0.2 electrons/holes per unit cell. The figure of merit at 800 K in electron and hole doped PtSb2 is comparatively low at 0.13 and 0.21, respectively, but may increase significantly with As alloying due to the likely opening of a band gap and reduction of the lattice thermal conductivity.

  11. What is strange about high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates? (United States)

    Božović, I.; He, X.; Wu, J.; Bollinger, A. T.


    Cuprate superconductors exhibit many features, but the ultimate question is why the critical temperature (Tc) is so high. The fundamental dichotomy is between the weak-pairing, Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) scenario, and Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC) of strongly-bound pairs. While for underdoped cuprates it is hotly debated which of these pictures is appropriate, it is commonly believed that on the overdoped side strongly-correlated fermion physics evolves smoothly into the conventional BCS behavior. Here, we test this dogma by studying the dependence of key superconducting parameters on doping, temperature, and external fields, in thousands of cuprate samples. The findings do not conform to BCS predictions anywhere in the phase diagram.

  12. Hole-doping of fullerenes and nanotubes by way of intercalation chemistry. (United States)

    Claves, D


    Succeeding to the electron-doping processes of carbon nanostructures, chemical methods devoted to the hole-doping of the latter have significantly developed over the past ten years. Intercalation chemistry remains a top-rated technique in this purpose, among the variety of available chemical doping schemes. A review of the p-type doping of fullerenes and nanotubes by this method is exposed, which also includes a wide range of derived potential applications and prospects regarding the materials thus obtained.

  13. Superconducting and normal state properties of heavily hole-doped diamond synthesized at high pressure

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    V.A. Sidorov, E.A. Ekimov, A.V. Rakhmanina, S.M. Stishov, E.D. Bauer and J.D. Thompson


    Full Text Available Diamonds, synthesized at high pressures and high temperatures in the presence of boron, are heavily hole-doped by incorporation of boron into the diamond lattice. These diamonds become superconducting below Tc=2–9 K. Synthesis in the systems B-C and B4C-C at P=9 GPa and T=2500–2800 K result in formation of polycrystalline carbonado-like material, whereas synthesis from B-C-H gives small single crystals and intergrowth plates. Dense superconducting bodies can be prepared by compacting these single crystal particles at P=8 GPa and T=1800 K. Specific heat and resistivity measurements in magnetic fields prove the bulk nature of superconductivity in all pressure-synthesized samples and provide a consistent set of materials parameters that favor a conventional weak-coupling electron–phonon interpretation of the superconducting mechanism at high hole doping. Schottky barrier tunneling conductance spectra, obtained with contacts fabricated at the surface of these hole-doped diamonds, indicate the appearance of superconducting gap below Tc.

  14. Dispersive high-energy spin excitations in iron pnictide superconductors investigated with RIXS

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    Schmitt, Thorsten; Zhou, Kejin; Monney, C.; Strocov, V.N. [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (Switzerland); Huang, Y.B. [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (Switzerland); IOP, CAS, Beijing (China); Brink, J. van den [IFW Dresden (Germany); Ding, H. [IOP, CAS, Beijing (China)


    The discovery of iron-based high temperature superconductivity has triggered tremendous research efforts in searching for novel high-T{sub c} superconductors. Unlike cuprates, which have long-range ordered antiferromagnetic Mott insulators as parent compounds, the parent compounds of iron-based superconductors are spin-density wave metals with delocalized electronic structure and more itinerant magnetism. Recent developments of the high-resolution resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) technique have enabled investigations of magnetic excitations in cuprates, which show excellent agreement with results from Inelastic Neutron Scattering. In this presentation we demonstrate that RIXS can be used to measure collective magnetic excitations in iron-based superconductors despite their much stronger itinerancy compared to cuprates. The persistence of high-energy spin excitations even in optimally doped pnictide superconductors in a wide range of temperatures strongly suggests a spin-mediated Cooper pairing mechanism as proposed in cuprate superconductors.

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

    Storey, J. G.


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

  16. Electronic structure investigation of novel superconductors

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    Buling, Anna


    The discovery of superconductivity in iron-based pnictides in 2008 gave rise to a high advance in the research of high-temperature superconductors. But up to now there is no generally admitted theory of the non-BCS mechanism of these superconductors. The electron and hole doped Ba122 (BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}) compounds investigated in this thesis are supposed to be suitable model systems for studying the electronic behavior in order to shed light on the superconducting mechanisms. The 3d-transition metal doped Ba122 compounds are investigated using the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD), while the completely hole doped K122 is observed using XPS. The experimental measurements are complemented by theoretical calculations. A further new class of superconductors is represented by the electride 12CaO*7Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Here superconductivity can be realized by electrons accommodated in the crystallographic sub-nanometer-sized cavities, while the mother compound is a wide band gap insulator. Electronic structure investigations, represented by XPS, XAS and resonant X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (ResPES), carried out in this work, should help to illuminate this unconventional superconductivity and resolve a debate of competing models for explaining the existence of superconductivity in this compound.

  17. Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy Studies of the Mott Insulator to Superconductor Evolution in Ca2-xNaxCuO2Cl2

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    Shen, Kyle Michael


    It is widely believed that many of the exotic physical properties of the high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors arise from the proximity of these materials to the strongly correlated, antiferromagnetic Mott insulating state. Therefore, one of the fundamental questions in the field of high-temperature superconductivity is to understand the insulator-to-superconductor transition and precisely how the electronic structure of Mott insulator evolves as the first holes are doped into the system. This dissertation presents high-resolution, doping dependent angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) studies of the cuprate superconductor Ca{sub 2-x}Na{sub x}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}, spanning from the undoped parent Mott insulator to a high-temperature superconductor with a T{sub c} of 22 K. A phenomenological model is proposed to explain how the spectral lineshape, the quasiparticle band dispersion, and the chemical potential all progress with doping in a logical and self-consistent framework. This model is based on Franck-Condon broadening observed in polaronic systems where strong electron-boson interactions cause the quasiparticle residue, Z, to be vanishingly small. Comparisons of the low-lying states to different electronic states in the valence band strongly suggest that the coupling of the photohole to the lattice (i.e. lattice polaron formation) is the dominant broadening mechanism for the lower Hubbard band states. Combining this polaronic framework with high-resolution ARPES measurements finally provides a resolution to the long-standing controversy over the behavior of the chemical potential in the high-T{sub c} cuprates. This scenario arises from replacing the conventional Fermi liquid quasiparticle interpretation of the features in the Mott insulator by a Franck-Condon model, allowing the reassignment of the position of the quasiparticle pole. As a function of hole doping, the chemical potential shifts smoothly into the valence band while spectral weight is transferred

  18. Prediction of phonon-mediated superconductivity in hole-doped black phosphorus. (United States)

    Feng, Yanqing; Sun, Hongyi; Sun, Junhui; Lu, Zhibin; You, Yong


    We study the conventional electron-phonon mediated superconducting properties of hole-doped black phosphorus by density functional calculations and get quite a large electron-phonon coupling (EPC) constant λ ~ 1.0 with transition temperature T C ~ 10 K, which is comparable to MgB 2 when holes are doped into the degenerate and nearly flat energy bands around the Fermi level. We predict that the softening of low-frequency [Formula: see text] optical mode and its phonon displacement, which breaks the lattice nonsymmorphic symmetry of gliding plane and lifts the band double degeneracy, lead to a large EPC. These factors are favorable for BCS superconductivity.

  19. Direct imaging by atomic force microscopy of surface-localized self-assembled monolayers on a cuprate superconductor and surface X-ray scattering analysis of analogous monolayers on the surface of water

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    Schougaard, Steen B.; Reitzel, Niels; Bjørnholm, Thomas


    A self-assembled monolayer of CF3(CF2)(3)(CH2)(11)NH2 atop the (001) surface of the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-x was imaged by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM images provide direct 2D-structural evidence for the epitaxial 5.5 angstrom square root 2 x root 2R45 degrees unit...... was studied by grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction and specular X-ray reflectivity. Structural differences and similarities between the water-supported and superconductor-localized monolayers are discussed....

  20. Spin-state polaron in lightly hole doped LaCoO{sub 3}

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    Alfonsov, A.; Kataev, V.; Buechner, B. [IFW Dresden, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Vavilova, E. [IFW Dresden, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Zavoisky Physical Technical Institute, RAS, 420029 Kazan (Russian Federation); Podlesnyak, A.; Russina, M. [Hahn-Meitner-Institut, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Furrer, A.; Straessle, T. [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering, ETH Zuerich, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); PSI, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Pomjakushina, E. [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering, ETH Zuerich, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Laboratory for Developments and Methods, PSI, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Conder, K. [Laboratory for Developments and Methods, PSI, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland); Khomskii, D.I. [II. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Koeln, 50937 Koeln (Germany)


    LaCoO{sub 3} is nonmagnetic at low temperatures and shows a T-activated magnetism due to a change of the Co{sup 3+} spin state. Surprisingly, a very small Sr{sup 2+} (i.e. hole) doping yields a strong magnetic response already at low T. To establish its nature we performed electron spin- (ESR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements of lightly doped La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3} single crystals (x{proportional_to}0.002). {sup 59}Co NMR data indicate the formation of extended magnetic clusters distributed over the entire sample volume. Low-T ESR spectra show up multiple lines with large g-factors suggesting that these clusters have a large spin multiplicity with a strong orbital contribution. From the Q-dependence of the INS intensity we conclude that the cluster comprises 7 magnetic Co ions. We propose a mechanism of how already a very light hole doping yields a formation of big spin polarons in LaCoO{sub 3}.

  1. Temperature crossovers in cuprates

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    Chubukov, Andrey V. [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Pines, David; Stojkovic, Branko P. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)


    We study the temperature crossovers seen in the magnetic and transport properties of cuprates using a nearly antiferromagnetic Fermi-liquid model (NAFLM). We distinguish between underdoped and overdoped systems on the basis of their low-frequency magnetic behaviour and so classify the optimally doped cuprates as a special case of the underdoped cuprates. For the overdoped cuprates, we find, in agreement with earlier work, mean-field z=2 behaviour of the magnetic variables associated with the fact that the damping rate of their spin fluctuations is essentially independent of temperature, while the resistivity exhibits a crossover from Fermi-liquid behaviour at low temperature to linear-in-T behaviour above a certain temperature T{sub o}. We demonstrate that above T{sub o} the proximity of the quasiparticle Fermi surface to the magnetic Brillouin zone boundary brings about the measured linear-in-T resistivity. For the underdoped cuprates we argue that the sequence of crossovers identified by Barzykin and Pines in the low-frequency magnetic behaviour (from mean-field z=2 behaviour at high temperatures, T>T{sub cr}, to non-universal z=1 scaling behaviour at intermediate temperatures, T{sub *}

  2. Superconducting fluctuations and pseudogap in high-Tc cuprates

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    Alloul H.


    Full Text Available Large pulsed magnetic fields up to 60 Tesla are used to suppress the contribution of superconducting fluctuations (SCF to the ab-plane conductivity above Tc in a series of YBa2Cu3O6+x. These experiments allow us to determine the field Hc’(T and the temperature Tc’ above which the SCFs are fully suppressed. A careful investigation near optimal doping shows that Tc’ is higher than the pseudogap temperature T*, which is an unambiguous evidence that the pseudogap cannot be assigned to preformed pairs. Accurate determinations of the SCF contribution to the conductivity versus temperature and magnetic field have been achieved. They can be accounted for by thermal fluctuations following the Ginzburg-Landau scheme for nearly optimally doped samples. A phase fluctuation contribution might be invoked for the most underdoped samples in a T range which increases when controlled disorder is introduced by electron irradiation. Quantitative analysis of the fluctuating magnetoconductance allows us to determine the critical field Hc2(0 which is found to be be quite similar to Hc’ (0 and to increase with hole doping. Studies of the incidence of disorder on both Tc’ and T* allow us to to propose a three dimensional phase diagram including a disorder axis, which allows to explain most observations done in other cuprate families.

  3. Chemical hole doping into large-area transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers using boron-based oxidant (United States)

    Matsuoka, Hirofumi; Kanahashi, Kaito; Tanaka, Naoki; Shoji, Yoshiaki; Li, Lain-Jong; Pu, Jiang; Ito, Hiroshi; Ohta, Hiromichi; Fukushima, Takanori; Takenobu, Taishi


    Hole carrier doping into single-crystalline transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) films can be achieved with various chemical reagents. However, large-area polycrystalline TMDC monolayers produced by a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth method have yet to be chemically doped. Here, we report that a salt of a two-coordinate boron cation, Mes2B+ (Mes: 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl group), with a chemically stable tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)borate anion, [(C6F5)4B]‑, can serve as an efficient hole-doping reagent for large-area CVD-grown tungsten diselenide (WSe2) films. Upon doping, the sheet resistance of large-area polycrystalline WSe2 monolayers decreased from 90 GΩ/sq to 3.2 kΩ/sq.

  4. Tunable magneto-optical effects in hole-doped group-IIIA metal-monochalcogenide monolayers (United States)

    Feng, Wanxiang; Guo, Guang-Yu; Yao, Yugui


    Because of unusual properties and fascinating prospects for next-generation device applications, two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted enormous attention since graphene was discovered in 2004. Among the 2D materials beyond graphene, group-IIIA metal-monochalcogenide (MX) monolayers (MLs), are receiving increasing interests because their excellent applications on electronics and optoelectronics. Recently, ferromagnetism and half-metallicity have been predicted in hole-doped GaS and GaSe MLs, which promise exciting potentials for semiconductor spintronics. Detection and measurement of spontaneous magnetization in these 2D materials will be essential for their spintronic applications. The magneto-optical (MO) effects not only are a powerful probe of magnetism in 2D materials but also have valuable applications in high-density data-storage technology. Furthermore, anomalous Hall effect is not only an ideal transport probe of itinerant magnetism but also of considerable current interest because of its topological nature. Here we perform a systematic first-principles density functional study on the MO Kerr and Faraday effects as well as such important magnetic and transport properties as magneto-crystalline anisotropy energy (MAE) and anomalous Hall conductivity (AHC) of all hole-doped MX (M = Ga, In; X = S, Se, Te) MLs. In this paper, we report the following important findings: (a) gate-tunable MO effects in MX MLs in a broad range of hole concentration; (b) large Kerr and Faraday rotation angles with Kerr angles comparable to well-known MO 3d-transition-metal multilayers and Faraday angles being among the largest ones reported; (c) tunable MAE and large AHC, making MX MLs suitable for magnetic memory devices current-driven via spin-transfer torque and also promising materials for magnetic field nanosensors with high sensitivity. Superior MO characteristics, together with the other interesting properties, would make MX MLs an excellent family of 2D materials for

  5. A quantitative relationship between the Nernst effect and diamagnetism in the cuprates (United States)

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

    The observed Nernst effect and diamagnetism appear to be strongly related in many classes of superconductors, especially the cuprates. However a complete understanding of this relationship across the entire phase diagram of the cuprates (i.e. as a function of all accessible values of doping, temperature and magnetic field) is lacking. Here, we quantify the relationship between the two quantities in terms of a single dimensionless parameter M / (Tαxy) , where M is the magnetization and αxy, the off-diagonal Peltier coefficient. We calculate this quantity as a function of doping, temperature and field based on a phenomenological model of the cuprates proposed by two of us that has previously produced good agreement with several experimentally measured quantities. In particular, we show that we can interpolate between the Gaussian and strongly phase fluctuating XY limits of the cuprate superconductors and find agreement with previous calculations in those limits. We show that our results for the dependence of αxy and M / (Tαxy) on doping, temperature and field are in good quantitative agreement with experiments on the cuprates.

  6. Edge instabilities of topological superconductors

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    Hofmann, Johannes S. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany); Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany); Assaad, Fakher F. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik und Astrophysik, Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany); Schnyder, Andreas P. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart (Germany)


    Nodal topological superconductors display zero-energy Majorana flat bands at generic edges. The flatness of these edge bands, which is protected by time-reversal and translation symmetry, gives rise to an extensive ground state degeneracy and a diverging density of states. Therefore, even arbitrarily weak interactions lead to an instability of the flat-band edge states towards time-reversal and translation-symmetry broken phases, which lift the ground-state degeneracy. Here, we employ Monte Carlo simulations combined with mean-field considerations to examine the instabilities of the flat-band edge states of d{sub xy}-wave superconductors. We find that attractive interactions induce a complex s-wave pairing instability together with a density wave instability. Repulsive interactions, on the other hand, lead to ferromagnetism mixed with spin-triplet pairing at the edge. We discuss the implications of our findings for experiments on cuprate high-temperature superconductors.

  7. Correlation and disorder-enhanced nematic spin response in superconductors with weakly broken rotational symmetry

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    Andersen, Brian Møller; Graser, S.; Hirschfeld, P. J.


    Recent experimental and theoretical studies have highlighted the possible role of an electronic nematic liquid in underdoped cuprate superconductors. We calculate, within a model of d-wave superconductor with Hubbard correlations, the spin susceptibility in the case of a small explicitly broken...

  8. Spin-Glass Transition and Giant Paramagnetism in Heavily Hole-Doped Bi2Sr2Co2Oy (United States)

    Hsu, Hung Chang; Lee, Wei-Li; Lin, Jiunn-Yuan; Young, Ben-Li; Kung, Hsiang-Hsi; Huang, Jian; Chou, Fang Cheng


    Hole-doped single crystals of misfit-layered cobaltate Bi2-xPbxSr2-zCo2Oy (x = 0-0.61, y = 8.28-8.62, and z = 0.01-0.22) have been successfully grown using the optical floating-zone method. Heavier hole doping has been achieved through both Pb substitution in the Bi site and the more effective Sr vacancy formation. The Co4+ : Co3+ ratio can be raised significantly from its original ˜1 : 1 to 4.5 : 1, as confirmed by iodometric titration. A spin-glass transition temperature of Tg ˜ 70 K is confirmed by ac susceptibility measurement when the Co4+ : Co3+ ratio becomes higher than 2 : 1, presumably owing to the significantly increased probability of triangular geometrical frustration among antiferromagnetically coupled localized Co4+ spins.

  9. From Complex Magnetism Ordering to Simple Ferromagnetism in Two-Dimensional LaCrSb{sub 3} by Hole Doping.

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    Chen, Haijie; Narayan, Awadhesh; Fang, Lei; Calta, Nicholas P.; Shi, Fengyuan; Chung, Duck Young; Wagner, Lucas; Kwok, Wai-Kwong; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.


    Competing orders widely exist in many material systems, such as superconductivity, magnetism, and ferroelectricity; LaCrSb3 is a highly anisotropic magnetic material in which the spins are aligned ferromagnetically in one direction and canted antiferromagnetically in another in the Cr-Sb chains. Hole doping with Sr2+ and Ca2+ in the La site suppresses the antiferromagnetic correlations and transforms the anisotropic magnetic order into a ferromagnetic lattice in all directions. First-principles density functional theory calculations show that the canted magnetic order becomes energetically less favorable compared to the FM order upon hole doping. Doping in the La site is an effective approach to modulate the competing orders in LaCrSb3.

  10. Exploring the effect of hole localization on the charge-phonon dynamics of hole doped delafossite. (United States)

    Mazumder, Nilesh; Mandal, Prasanta; Roy, Rajarshi; Ghorai, Uttam Kumar; Saha, Subhajit; Chattopadhyay, Kalyan Kumar


    For weak or moderate doping, electrical measurement is not suitable for detecting changes in the charge localization inside a semiconductor. Here, to investigate the nature of charge-phonon coupling in the presence of gradually delocalized holes within a weak doping regime (~1016 cm-3), we examine the temperature dependent Raman spectra (303-817 K) of prototype hole doped delafossite [Formula: see text] (x  =  0/0.03, y  =  0/0.01). For both [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] phonons, negative lineshape asymmetry and relative thermal hardening are distinctly observed upon [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] doping. Using Allen formalism, charge density of states at the Fermi level per spin and molecule, and charge delocalization associated to [Formula: see text] plane, are estimated to increase appreciably upon codoping compared to the [Formula: see text]-axis. We delineate the interdependence between charge-phonon coupling constant ([Formula: see text]) and anharmonic phonon lifetime ([Formula: see text]), and deduce that excitation of delocalized holes weakly coupled with phonons of larger [Formula: see text] is the governing feature of observed Fano asymmetry ([Formula: see text]) reversal.

  11. Potential Thermoelectric Performance from Optimization of Hole-Doped Bi_{2}Se_{3}

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    David Parker


    Full Text Available We present an analysis of the potential thermoelectric performance of hole-doped Bi_{2}Se_{3}, which is commonly considered to show inferior room temperature performance when compared to Bi_{2}Te_{3}. We find that if the lattice thermal conductivity can be reduced by nanostructuring techniques (as have been applied to Bi_{2}Te_{3} in Refs. [W. Xie, X. Tang, Y. Yan, Q. Zhang, and T. M. Tritt, Unique Nanostructures and Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of Melt-Spun BiSbTe Alloys, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 102111 (2009; APPLAB0003-695110.1063/1.3097026B. Poudel et al., High-Thermoelectric Performance of Nanostructured Bismuth Antimony Telluride Bulk Alloys, Science 320, 634 (2008.SCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.1156446] the material may show optimized ZT values of unity or more in the 300–500 K temperature range and thus be suitable for cooling and moderate temperature waste heat recovery and thermoelectric solar cell applications. Central to this conclusion are the larger band gap and the relatively heavier valence bands of Bi_{2}Se_{3}.

  12. Effect of long-range hopping on Tc in a two-dimensional Hubbard-Holstein model of the cuprates (United States)

    Khatami, E.; Macridin, A.; Jarrell, M.


    We study the effect of long-range hoppings on Tc for the two-dimensional (2D) Hubbard model with and without Holstein phonons using parameters evaluated from band-structure calculations for cuprates. Employing the dynamical cluster approximation (DCA) with a quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) cluster solver for a 4-site cluster, we observe that without phonons, the long-range hoppings, t' and t″ , generally suppress Tc . We argue that this trend remains valid for larger clusters. In the presence of the Holstein phonons, a finite t' enhances Tc in the under-doped region for the hole-doped system, consistent with local-density approximation (LDA) calculations and experiment. This is interpreted through the suppression of antiferromagnetic (AF) correlations and the interplay between polaronic effects and the antiferromagnetism.

  13. High pressure study of high-temperature superconductors

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    Souliou, Sofia-Michaela


    The current thesis studies experimentally the effect of high external pressure on high-T{sub c} superconductors. The structure and lattice dynamics of several members of the high-T{sub c} cuprate and Fe-based superconductors families were investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction under well-controlled, hydrostatic high pressure and low temperature conditions. The lattice dynamics of the high-T{sub c} superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} have been investigated systematically by Raman spectroscopy as a function of doping (x = 0.95, 0.75, 0.60, 0.55, and 0.45) and external pressure. Under ambient pressure conditions, in addition to the Raman modes expected from group theory, we observe new Raman active phonons upon cooling the underdoped samples, at temperatures well above the superconducting transition temperature. The doping dependence and the onset temperatures of the new Raman features suggest that they are associated with the incommensurate charge density wave (CDW) state recently discovered in underdoped cuprates using synchrotron X-ray scattering techniques. Under high pressure conditions (from 2 to 12 GPa), our Raman measurements on highly ordered underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.55} samples do not show any of the new Raman phonons seen at ambient pressure. High pressure and low temperature Raman measurements have been performed on the underdoped superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}. A clear renormalization of some of the Raman phonons is seen below T{sub c} as a result of the changes in the phonon self-energy upon the opening of the superconducting gap, with the most prominent one being that of the B{sub 1g}-like buckling phonon mode. The amplitude of this renormalization strongly increases with pressure, resembling the effect of hole doping in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x}. At ∝ 10 GPa, the system undergoes a reversible pressure-induced structural phase transition to a non-centrosymmmetric structure (space group

  14. Superconductors for superconducting magnets (United States)

    Larbalestier, David


    Even in 1913 Kamerlingh Onnes envisioned the use of superconductors to create powerful magnetic fields well beyond the capability provided by cooling normal metals with liquid helium. Only some ``bad places'' in his Hg and Pb wires seemed to impede his first attempts at this dream, one that he imagined would be resolved in a few weeks of effort. In fact, of course, resolution required another 50 years and development of both a true understanding of the difference between type I and type II superconductors and the discovery of compounds such as Nb 3 Sn that could remain superconducting to fields as high as 30 T. And then indeed, starting in the 1960s, Onnes's dreams were comfortably surpassed. In the last 45 years virtually all superconducting magnets have been made from just two Nb-base materials, Nb-Ti and Nb 3 Sn. Now it seems that a new generation of magnets based on cuprate high temperature superconductors with fields well above 30 T are possible using Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O and the RE-Ba-Cu-O compounds. We hope that a first demonstration of this possibility will be an all-superconducting 32 T magnet with RE-Ba-Cu-O insert that we are building for NHMFL users. The magnet application potential of this new generation of superconducting conductors will be discussed.

  15. Five-fold way to new high T c superconductors

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    Discovery of high Tc superconductivity in La2−xBaxCuO4 by Bednorz and Muller in 1986 was a breakthrough in the 75-year long search for new superconductors. Since then new high Tc super- conductors, not involving copper, have also been discovered. Superconductivity in cuprates also inspired resonating valence ...

  16. Unconventional superconductors anisotropy and multiband effects

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    Askerzade, Iman


    This book deals with the new class of materials unconventional superconductors, cuprate compounds, borocarbides, magnesium-diboride and oxypnictides. It gives a systematical review of physical properties of novel  superconductors. There is an increasing number of fundamental properties of these compounds which are relevant to future applications, opening new possibilities. The theoretical explanation is presented as generalization of Ginzburg-Landau phenomenology and microscopical Eliashberg theory for multiband and anisotropic superconductors. Various applications of this approachs and time dependent version of two-band Ginzburg-Landau theory are considered. An important topic are fluctuations in two-band and anisotropic superconductors. Significant  new results on current problems are presented to stimulate further research. Numerous illustrations, diagrams and tables make this book useful as a reference for students and researchers.

  17. Radiation effects on iron-based superconductors (United States)

    Eisterer, M.


    This article reviews the results of irradiation experiments on iron-based superconductors, with particular emphasis on neutron irradiation. These experiments were either done to foster the theoretical understanding of superconductivity in these compounds by investigating the influence of impurity scattering on the fundamental superconducting properties or to investigate vortex physics and to benchmark flux pinning in view of applications. Results on the most explored iron-based compounds are summarized and compared with data on metallic superconductors, cuprates, and MgB2. Similarities and differences are discussed as well as the influence of the type and energy of the particles used for the experiments.

  18. Origin of a spin-state polaron in lightly hole doped LaCoO{sub 3}

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    Alfonsov, A; Vavilova, E; Kataev, V; Buechner, B [IFW Dresden, D-01069 Dresden (Germany); Podlesnyak, A; Russina, M [Hahn-Meitner-Institut, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Furrer, A; Straessle, Th; Pomjakushina, E [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering, ETH Zuerich and PSI, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Conder, K [Laboratory for Developments and Methods, PSI, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Khomskii, D I, E-mail: v.kataev@ifw-dresden.d, E-mail: a.alfonsov@ifw-dresden.d [II. Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet zu Koeln, 50937 Koeln (Germany)


    We performed electron spin and nuclear magnetic resonance and inelastic neutron scattering measurements of a single crystal of lightly hole-doped La{sub 1}-{sub x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3}, x approx 0.002 in order to establish the origin of a surprisingly strong magnetization due to a very small Sr doping. The data provide experimental evidence for the creation at low temperatures of extended spin clusters with a large spin multiplicity. We argue that the doped hole couples ferromagnetically seven magnetic Co ions yielding a spin-state polaron with a huge local magnetic moment with a strong orbital contribution.

  19. Superconductors in a temperature gradient

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    Huebener, Rudolf Peter


    In the mixed state of a type II superconductor quasiparticles and magnetic flux quanta respond to a temperature gradient by thermal diffusion, in this way generating the Seebeck and Nernst effects, respectively. Our understanding of the Seebeck effect originates from an extension of the two-fluid counterflow concept, originally introduced by Ginzburg, to the situation where vortices (with a normal core) are imbedded in the superconducting phase. This mechanism results in an intimate connection between the Seebeck coefficient and the electric resistivity due to vortex motion. In all thermal diffusion processes it is the transport entropy of the diffusing species that determines the driving force, and the physics of this quantity is illustrated. Our discussion of the experimental side concentrates on the recent work performed with the cuprate superconductors. The characteristic broadening of the resistive transition in the mixed state, found in these materials due to their high anisotropy and the peculiar vorte...

  20. Electronic evidence of an insulator–superconductor crossover in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films (United States)

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


    In high-temperature cuprate superconductors, it is now generally agreed that superconductivity is realized by doping an antiferromagnetic Mott (charge transfer) insulator. The doping-induced insulator-to-superconductor transition has been widely observed in cuprates, which provides important information for understanding the superconductivity mechanism. In the iron-based superconductors, however, the parent compound is mostly antiferromagnetic bad metal, raising a debate on whether an appropriate starting point should go with an itinerant picture or a localized picture. No evidence of doping-induced insulator–superconductor transition (or crossover) has been reported in the iron-based compounds so far. Here, we report an electronic evidence of an insulator–superconductor crossover observed in the single-layer FeSe film grown on a SrTiO3 substrate. By taking angle-resolved photoemission measurements on the electronic structure and energy gap, we have identified a clear evolution of an insulator to a superconductor with increasing carrier concentration. In particular, the insulator–superconductor crossover in FeSe/SrTiO3 film exhibits similar behaviors to that observed in the cuprate superconductors. Our results suggest that the observed insulator–superconductor crossover may be associated with the two-dimensionality that enhances electron localization or correlation. The reduced dimensionality and the interfacial effect provide a new pathway in searching for new phenomena and novel superconductors with a high transition temperature. PMID:25502774

  1. Electronic evidence of an insulator-superconductor crossover in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films. (United States)

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


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

  2. Doping evolution of the electronic structure in the single-layer cuprates Bi2Sr2−xLaxCuO6 delta: Comparison with other single-layer cuprates

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    Hashimoto, M.


    We have performed angle-resolved photoemission and core-level x-ray photoemission studies of the single-layer cuprate Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CuO{sub 6+{delta}} (Bi2201) and revealed the doping evolution of the electronic structure from the lightly-doped to optimally-doped regions. We have observed the formation of the dispersive quasi-particle band, evolution of the Fermi 'arc' into the Fermi surface and the shift of the chemical potential with hole doping as in other cuprates. The doping evolution in Bi2201 is similar to that in Ca{sub 2-x}Na{sub x}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} (Na-CCOC), where a rapid chemical potential shift toward the lower Hubbard band of the parent insulator has been observed, but is quite different from that in La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (LSCO), where the chemical potential does not shift, yet the dispersive band and the Fermi arc/surface are formed around the Fermi level already in the lightly-doped region. The (underlying) Fermi surface shape and band dispersions are quantitatively analyzed using tightbinding fit, and the deduced next-nearest-neighbor hopping integral t also confirm the similarity to Na-CCOC and the difference from LSCO.

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

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    Mirzaei, S.I.; Stricker, D.; Hancock, J.N.; Berthod, C.; Georges, A.; van Heumen, E.; Chan, M.K.; Zhao, X.; Li, Y.; Greven, M.; Barišić, N.; van der Marel, D.


    Cuprate high-Tc superconductors exhibit enigmatic behavior in the nonsuperconducting state. For carrier concentrations near "optimal doping" (with respect to the highest Tcs) the transport and spectroscopic properties are unlike those of a Landau-Fermi liquid. On the Mott-insulating side of the

  4. Composite Operator Method Analysis of the Underdoped Cuprates Puzzle

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    Adolfo Avella


    Full Text Available The microscopical analysis of the unconventional and puzzling physics of the underdoped cuprates, as carried out lately by means of the composite operator method (COM applied to the 2D Hubbard model, is reviewed and systematized. The 2D Hubbard model has been adopted as it has been considered the minimal model capable of describing the most peculiar features of cuprates held responsible for their anomalous behavior. COM is designed to endorse, since its foundation, the systematic emergence in any SCS of new elementary excitations described by composite operators obeying noncanonical algebras. In this case (underdoped cuprates—2D Hubbard model, the residual interactions—beyond a 2-pole approximation—between the new elementary electronic excitations, dictated by the strong local Coulomb repulsion and well described by the two Hubbard composite operators, have been treated within the noncrossing approximation. Given this recipe and exploiting the few unknowns to enforce the Pauli principle content in the solution, it is possible to qualitatively describe some of the anomalous features of high-Tc cuprate superconductors such as large versus small Fermi surface dichotomy, Fermi surface deconstruction (appearance of Fermi arcs, nodal versus antinodal physics, pseudogap(s, and kinks in the electronic dispersion. The resulting scenario envisages a smooth crossover between an ordinary weakly interacting metal sustaining weak, short-range antiferromagnetic correlations in the overdoped regime to an unconventional poor metal characterized by very strong, long-but-finite-range antiferromagnetic correlations leading to momentum-selective non-Fermi liquid features as well as to the opening of a pseudogap and to the striking differences between the nodal and the antinodal dynamics in the underdoped regime.

  5. Vison Condensation and Bond Density Wave Order in the Cuprates (United States)

    Patel, Aavishkar; Allais, Andrea; Chowdhury, Debanjan; Sachdev, Subir

    We consider Z2 spin liquids on the square lattice. These can undergo a confinement transition to a valence bond solid (VBS) phase via the condensation of vortex excitations carrying Z2 magnetic flux (visons). The resulting condensed phase is described by a fully frustrated Ising model (FFIM) on the dual square lattice, with additional couplings allowed by symmetries. We argue that such a model can also apply to confinement transitions out of the fractionalized Fermi liquid (FL*) states of doped antiferromagnets. We study the low energy states of such a model and discuss their implications for the incommensurate d-form factor bond density wave order observed in several recent experiments on the cuprate superconductors.

  6. Glassy spin dynamics in stripe ordered cuprate system

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    Curro, N. J. (Nicholas J.)


    The unusual glassy dynamics exhibited by the spin fluctuations in the stripe-ordered cuprates can be quantitatively measured by La nuclear magnetic resonance. We analyze the spin lattice relaxation data in the low temperature tetragonal structural phase of La{sub 1.8-x}Eu{sub 0.2}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} and find that there is a distribution of local fluctuations times, with a Vogel-Fulcher temperature dependence. Furthermore, the data are consistent with a stretched exponential form for the dynamical spin correlation function, typical of glassy systems. Several doped transition metal oxides exhibit unusual properties associated with heterogeneous charge order. Of particular interest are the cuprates, which become high temperature superconductors within a certain doping range. Charge stripe correlations may play a crucial role in the mechanism for the superconductivity, yet detailed information about the microscopic structure of the charge order as well as the dynamics of this stripes have remained elusive. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) probes the local, low energy spin and charge fluctuations at the nuclear sites, and provides important clues to charge-stripe dynamics.

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

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    Vishik, Inna


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

  8. 2011 Aspen Winter Conference on Contrasting Superconductivity of Pnictides and Cuprates

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    Johnson, P. [Aspen Center for Physics, CO (United States); Schmalian, J. [Aspen Center for Physics, CO (United States); Canfield, P. [Aspen Center for Physics, CO (United States); Chakravarty, S. [Aspen Center for Physics, CO (United States)


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

  9. Effect of strong correlations on transport properties of disordered cuprates (United States)

    Hirschfeld, Peter


    The theory of thermal transport in a d-wave superconductor predicts a universal T-linear term κ0 at low temperatures. Measurements on several cuprate families down to the 50 milliKelvin range indicate that the linear term decreases with underdoping, from which a substantial increase of the slope of the order parameter near the nodes is usually deduced by comparison with the standard theory. We discuss ways in which low-T universal transport can break down, and in particular focus on the importance of strong correlations, which can induce local magnetism in the presence of disorder or other spatial perturbations. Static magnetism coexisting with superconductivity has been detected in some but not all cuprate families, particularly at low temperatures and for strongly underdoped samples, We present an interpretation of this superconducting ``spin glass'' state as local antiferromagnetic order driven by dopant atoms, particularly in the LSCO and BSCCO systems. Within this framework, recent NMR experiments on Zn-doped YBCO can also be quantitatively explained, down to detailed description of the lineshapes. Both the strong correlations and the quantum interference of impurity states appear to be vital to understand these results. In either more disordered or more underdoped systems, the tendency towards static magnetism is enhanced. Numerical solutions of the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations of a disordered d-wave superconductor with Hubbard-like correlations show that in this case κ0 is in fact strongly suppressed, universality of quasiparticle transport is violated and κ0 may no longer be used to extract the size of the gap near the node directly. B.M. Andersen and P.J. Hirschfeld, cond-mat/0607682, J.W. Harter et al., cond-mat/0609721

  10. Proximity Effects in Superconductor-Graphene Junctions (United States)

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


    Superconducting proximity effects are of particular interest in graphene: because of its band structure, an unconventional (specular) Andreev reflection is expected. In this context, high-Tc superconductor-graphene junctions are especially attractive. In these, the size of the superconducting energy-gap may exceed the graphene doping inhomogeneities around the Dirac point, which should favor the observation of the specular Andreev reflection. Yet, the fabrication of high-Tc superconductor-graphene junctions is challenging: the usual growth and lithography processes in both materials are incompatible. We report here on a fabrication method that allow us to fabricate planar cuprate superconductor-graphene junctions, which we characterize via conductance spectroscopy. We analyze the features in the conductance spectra as a function of graphene doping, and discuss them in the framework of the Andreev reflection. Work supported by Labex Nanosaclay.

  11. Phenomenological approach to spin fluctuations in itinerant magnets and superconductors from ab initio calculations

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    Ortenzi, Luciano


    In this thesis I study the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in itinerant magnets and superconductors. I do this by applying a semiphenomenological method to four representative compounds. In particular I use the discrepancies (whenever present) between density functional theory (DFT) calculations and the experiments in order to construct phenomenological models which explain the magnetic, superconducting and optical properties of four representative systems. I focus my attention on the superconducting and normal state properties of the recently discovered APt3P superconductors, on superconducting hole-doped CuBiSO, on the optical properties of LaFePO and finally on the ferromagnetic-paramagnetic transition of Ni3Al under pressure. At the end I present a new method which aims to describe the effect of spin fluctuations in itinerant magnets and superconductors that can be used to monitor the evolution of the electronic structure from non magnetic to magnetic in systems close to a quantum critical point.

  12. Pump probe spectroscopy of quasiparticle dynamics in cuprate superconductors

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    Segre, Gino P. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


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

  13. Proximity Effect at Graphene - High Tc Superconductor Junctions (United States)

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

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

  14. Evolution of Hall resistivity and spectral function with doping in the SU(2) theory of cuprates (United States)

    Morice, C.; Montiel, X.; Pépin, C.


    Recent transport experiments in the cuprate superconductors linked the opening of the pseudogap to a change in electronic dispersion [S. Badoux et al., Nature (London) 531, 210 (2015), 10.1038/nature16983]. Transport measurements showed that the carrier density sharply changes from x to 1 +x at the pseudogap critical doping, in accordance with the change from Fermi arcs at low doping to a large hole Fermi surface at high doping. The SU(2) theory of cuprates shows that short-range antiferromagnetic correlations cause the arising of both charge and superconducting orders, which are related by an SU(2) symmetry. The fluctuations associated with this symmetry form a pseudogap phase. Here we derive the renormalized electronic propagator under the SU(2) dome, and calculate the spectral functions and transport quantities of the renormalized bands. We show that their evolution with doping matches both spectral and transport measurements.

  15. Edge instabilities of topological superconductors (United States)

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


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

  16. A conducting nano-filament (CNF) network as a precursor to the origin of superconductivity in electron-doped copper oxides


    Yu, Heshan; He, Ge; Lin, Ziquan; Kusmartseva, Anna; Yua, Jie; Zhu, Beiyi; Yang, Yi-feng; Xiang, Tao; Liang LI; Wang, Junfeng; Kusmartsev, F. V.; Jin, Kui


    Emergency of superconductivity at the instabilities of antiferromagnetism has been widely recognized in unconventional superconductors. 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 copper oxide superconductors (cuprates) the AFM critical end point is still in controversy for different probes, demonstrating high sens...

  17. Analysis of a Superconductor: Development of a Practical Exam for the International Chemistry Olympiad (United States)

    Nick, Sabine; Nather, Christian


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

  18. Spins in the vortices of a high-temperature superconductor

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    Lake, B.; Aeppli, G.; Clausen, K.N.


    Neutron scattering is used to characterize the magnetism of the vortices for the optimally doped high-temperature superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4 (x = 0.163) in an applied magnetic field. As temperature is reduced, Low-frequency spin fluctuations first disappear with the loss of vortex mobility......, but then reappear. We find that the vortex state can be regarded as an inhomogeneous mixture of a superconducting spin fluid and a material containing a nearly ordered antiferromagnet. These experiments show that as for many other properties of cuprate superconductors, the important underlying microscopic forces...

  19. Theoretical studies of unconventional superconductors

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    Groensleth, Martin Sigurd


    This thesis presents four research papers. In the first three papers we have derived analytical results for the transport properties in unconventional superconductors and ferromagnetic systems with multiple broken symmetries. In Paper I and parts of Paper II we have studied tunneling transport between two non-unitary ferromagnetic spin-triplet superconductors, and found a novel interplay between ferromagnetism and superconductivity manifested in the Josephson effect as a spin- and charge-current in the absence of an applied voltage across the junction. The critical amplitudes of these currents can be adjusted by the relative magnetization direction on each side of the junction. Furthermore, in Paper II, we have found a way of controlling a spin-current between two ferromagnets with spin-orbit coupling. Paper III considers a junction consisting of a ferromagnet and a non-unitary ferromagnetic superconductor, and we show that the conductance spectra contains detailed information about the superconducting gaps and pairing symmetry of the Cooper-pairs. In the last paper we present a Monte Carlo study of an effective Hamiltonian describing orbital currents in the CuO2 layers of high-temperature superconductive cuprates. The model features two intrinsically anisotropic Ising models, coupled through an anisotropic next-nearest neighbor interaction, and an Ashkin-Teller nearest neighbor fourth order coupling. We have studied the specific heat anomaly, as well as the anomaly in the staggered magnetization associated with the orbital currents and its susceptibility. We have found that in a limited parameter regime, the specific heat anomaly is substantially suppressed, while the susceptibility has a non-analytical peak across the order-disorder transition. The model is therefore a candidate for describing the breakup of hidden order when crossing the pseudo-gap line on the under-doped side in the phase diagram of high-temperature superconductors. (Author) 64 refs., figs

  20. High-pressure study on some superconductors

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    Li, K Q; Yao, Y S; Che, G C; Zhao, Z X


    High-pressure study has played an important role in the investigation of conventional superconductors. Since the discovery of cuprate superconductors, high-pressure study has become even more important, especially as regards high-pressure synthesis and the effect of pressure. In this report, the new materials Ca-doped Pr-123, (Fe, Cu)-1212, and MgB sub 2 - a very new and interesting system synthesized under high pressure with good quality - will be discussed. Chemical inner pressure has been thought to explain the high T sub c of Ca-doped Pr-123. As another possibility, the replacement of the physical pressure effect by a chemical effect will be discussed.

  1. Universal spectral signatures in pnictides and cuprates: the role of quasiparticle-pair coupling (United States)

    Sacks, William; Mauger, Alain; Noat, Yves


    Understanding the physical properties of a large variety of high-T c superconductors (SC), the cuprate family as well as the more recent iron-based superconductors, is still a major challenge. In particular, these materials exhibit the ‘peak-dip-hump’ structure in the quasiparticle density of states (DOS). The origin of this structure is explained within our pair-pair interaction (PPI) model: The non-superconducting state consists of incoherent pairs, a ‘Cooper-pair glass’ which, due to the PPI, undergoes a Bose-like condensation below T c to the coherent SC state. We derive the equations of motion for the quasiparticle operators showing that the DOS ‘peak-dip-hump’ is caused by the coupling between quasiparticles and excited pair states, or ‘super-quasiparticles’. The renormalized SC gap function becomes energy-dependent and non retarded, reproducing accurately the experimental spectra of both pnictides and cuprates, despite the large difference in gap value.

  2. Spin-fluctuation mediated superconductivity and magnetic order in the cuprate La1.88Sr0.12CuO4

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    Rømer, Astrid Tranum

    High-temperature superconductivity in cuprates emerges as one out of many electronic phases when doping the antiferromagnetic Mott insulator La2CuO4 away from half _lling. The description of the superconducting phase is therefore complicated by intertwined electronic orders that compete...... with superconductivity. However, it is possible that the tendency towards additional ordering phenomena is a necessary condition for unconventional superconductivity to develop. Indeed most superconductors discovered throughout the last 29 years, including also the recently discovered class of iron-based superconductors......, show a very rich electronic phase diagram. A common feature that characterizes both cuprates, heavy fermions, and iron pnictides is the proximity to magnetic order. Therefore, the idea of spin-uctuation mediated pairing is a popular paradigm proposed for unconventional superconductivity. A _ngerprint...

  3. Room temperature d (0) ferromagnetism in hole doped Y2O3: widening the choice of host to tailor DMS. (United States)

    Chakraborty, Brahmananda; Ramaniah, Lavanya M


    Transition metal-free-ferromagnetism in diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS) is of much current interest in view of the search for more efficient DMS materials for spintronics applications. Our DFT results predict for the first time, that impurities from group1A (Li(+), Na(+), K(+)) doped on Y2O3 can induce a magnetic signature with a magnetic moment around 2.0 μ B per defect at hole concentrations around 1.63  ×  10(21) cm(-3), which is one order less than the critical hole density of ZnO with ferromagnetic coupling large enough to promote room temperature ferromagnetism. The induction of room temperature ferromagnetism by hole doping with an impurity atom from group 1A, which injects two holes per defect in the system, implies that the recommendation of three holes per defect given in the literature, which puts a restriction on the choice of host material and the impurity, is not a necessary criterion for hole induced room temperature ferromagnetism. DFT simulations with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA), confirmed by the more sophisticated hybrid functional, Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE06), predict that the magnetic moment is mostly contributed by O atoms surrounding the impurity atom and the magnetic moment scale up with impurity concentration which is a positive indicator for practical applications. We quantitatively and extensively demonstrate through the analysis of the density of states and ferromagnetic coupling that the Stoner criterion is satisfied by pushing the Fermi level inside the valence band to activate room temperature ferromagnetism. The stability of the structure and the persistence of ferromagnetism at room temperature were demonstrated by ab initio MD simulations and computation of Curie temperature through the mean field approximation. This study widens the choice of host oxides to tailor DMS for spintronics applications.

  4. Optical non-reciprocity in magnetic structures related to high-T_c superconductors

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    Orenstein, Joseph W


    Rotation of the plane of polarization of reflected light (Kerr effect) is a direct manifestation of broken time reversal symmetry and is generally associated with the appearance of a ferromagnetic moment. Here I identify magnetic structures that may arise within the unit cell of cuprate superconductors that generate polarization rotation despite the absence of a net moment. For these magnetic symmetries the Kerr effect is mediated by magnetoelectric coupling, which can arise when antiferromagnetic order breaks inversion symmetry. The structures identifed are candidates for a time-reversal breaking phase in the pseudogap regime of the cuprates.

  5. Mixed state of a π-striped superconductor (United States)

    Zelli, M.; Kallin, Catherine; Berlinsky, A. John


    A model of an antiphase modulated d-wave superconductor has been proposed to describe the decoupling between Cu-O planes in 1/8 doped La2-xBaxCuO4. Unlike a uniform d-wave superconductor, this model exhibits an extended Fermi surface. Within Bogoliubov-de Gennes theory, we study the mixed state of this model and compare it to the case of a uniform d-wave superconductor. We find a periodic structure of the low-energy density of states, with a period that is proportional to B, corresponding to Landau levels that are a coherent mixture of particles and holes. These results are also discussed in the context of experiments which observe quantum oscillations in the cuprates, and are compared to those for models in which the Fermi surface is reconstructed due to translational symmetry breaking in the nonsuperconducting state and to a model of a Fermi-arc metal.

  6. Superconductor cable (United States)

    Allais, Arnaud; Schmidt, Frank; Marzahn, Erik


    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.

  7. Photoemission and magnetic response in the bipolaronic superconductor

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    Dent, C


    in the cuprates is extended to explain the crossing point in the curves of induced magnetization divided by the square root of field against temperature in the less anisotropic cuprates. This model has already been shown to provide a parameter-free expression for T sub c in a wide range of cuprates. We compare our results with experiment in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta. A theory of angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) in doped charge-transfer Mott insulators is developed taking into account the realistic band structure, (bi)polaron formation due to the strong electron-phonon interaction, and a random field potential. We derive the coherent part of the ARPES spectra with the oxygen hole spectral function calculated in the non-crossing (ladder) approximation and with the exact spectral function of a one-dimensional hole in a random potential. On the basis of this theory, explanations are proposed for several features of the ARPES spectra taken from the cuprate superconductors. These include the pol...

  8. Superconductor Dynamics

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    Gömöry, F.


    Superconductors used in magnet technology could carry extreme currents because of their ability to keep the magnetic flux motionless. The dynamics of the magnetic flux interaction with superconductors is controlled by this property. The cases of electrical transport in a round wire and the magnetization of wires of various shapes (circular, elliptical, plate) in an external magnetic field are analysed. Resistance to the magnetic field penetration means that the field produced by the superconducting magnet is no longer proportional to the supplied current. It also leads to a dissipation of electromagnetic energy. In conductors with unequal transverse dimensions, such as flat cables, the orientation with respect to the magnetic field plays an essential role. A reduction of magnetization currents can be achieved by splitting the core of a superconducting wire into fine filaments; however, new kinds of electrical currents that couple the filaments consequently appear. Basic formulas allowing qualitative analyses ...

  9. Tensile Strain Effects on the Magneto-transport in Calcium Manganese Oxide Thin Films: Comparison with its Hole-doped Counterpart (United States)

    Lawson, Bridget; Neubauer, Samuel; Chaudhry, Adeel; Hart, Cacie; Ferrone, Natalie; Houston, David; Yong, Grace; Kolagani, Rajeswari

    Magnetoresistance properties of the epitaxial thin films of doped rare earth manganites are known to be influenced by the effect of bi-axial strain induced by lattice mismatch with the substrate. In hole-doped manganites, the effect of both compressive and tensile strain is qualitatively consistent with the expected changes in unit cell symmetry from cubic to tetragonal, leading to Jahn-Teller strain fields that affect the energy levels of Mn3 + energy levels. Recent work in our laboratory on CaMnO3 thin films has pointed out that tetragonal distortions introduced by tensile lattice mismatch strain may also have the effect of modulating the oxygen content of the films in agreement with theoretical models that propose such coupling between strain and oxygen content. Our research focuses on comparing the magneto-transport properties of hole-doped manganite LaCaMnO3 thin films with that of its electron doped counter parts, in an effort to delineate the effects of oxygen stoichiometry changes on magneto-transport from the effects of Jahn-Teller type strain. Towson University Office of Undergraduate Research, Fisher Endowment Grant and Undergraduate Research Grant from the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, Seed Funding Grant from the School of Emerging technologies and the NSF Grant ECCS 112856.

  10. Superconductor cable (United States)

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


    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.

  11. Observing the fluctuating stripes in high-Tc superconductors (United States)

    Cvetkovic, V.; Nussinov, Z.; Mukhin, S.; Zaanen, J.


    Superfluids and superconductors have been around for a long time and their explanation in terms of the Bogoliubov theory for bosons and the BCS theory for fermions belong to the highlights of twentieth century physics. However, it appears that these theories are too primitive to address the high-Tc superconductivity found in copper oxides. These electron systems seem to behave more like a dense, strongly correlated liquid contrasting markedly with the conventional quantum gasses: these show strong dynamical correlations on mesoscopic length and time scales associated with stripes, a particular form of electron crystallization. Resting on the gauge theory of topological quantum melting in 2+1 dimensions relevant for the cuprates, we describe the limit which is exactly opposite to the gas limit: the superconductor with the maximum possible amount of transient translational order. We predict that in this "orderly limit" an extra collective mode appears, and this "massive shear photon" can be regarded as a universal fingerprint of the fluctuating stripes. This mode is visible in the electrodynamic response and the ramification of our theory is that electron energy loss spectroscopy can be employed to prove or disprove the existence of dynamical stripes in cuprate superconductors.

  12. Low temperature London penetration depth and superfluid density in Fe-based superconductors

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    Kim, Hyunsoo [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    The superconducting gap symmetry of the Fe-based superconductors was studied by measurements and analysis of London penetration depth and super uid density. Tunnel diode resonator technique for these measurements was implemented in a dilution refrigerator allowing for the temperatures down to 50 mK. For the analysis of the super uid density, we used both experimental studies of Al-coated samples and original thermodynamic approach based on Rutgers relation. In three systems studied, we found that the superconducting gap at the optimal doping is best described in multi-gap full gap scenario. By performing experiments on samples with arti cially introduced disorder with heavy ion irradiation, we show that evolution of the superconducting transition temperature and of the super uid density are consistent with full-gap sign changing s superconducting state. The superconducting gap develops strong modulation both in the under-doped and the over-doped regimes. In the terminal hole-doped KFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, both temperature dependence of the super uid density and its evolution with increase of the scattering rate are consistent with symmetry imposed vertical line nodes in the superconducting gap. By comparative studies of hole-doped (Ba,K)Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and electron-doped Ca10-3-8, we show that the superconducting gap modulation in the under-doped regime is intrinsic and is not induced by the coexisting static magnetic order.

  13. London penetration depth and thermal fluctuations in the sulphur hydride 203 K superconductor

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    Talantsev, E.F.; Crump, W.P. [Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Storey, J.G.; Tallon, J.L. [Robinson Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Lower Hutt (New Zealand)


    Recently, compressed H{sub 2}S has been shown to become superconducting at 203 K under a pressure of 155 GPa. One might expect fluctuations to dominate at such temperatures. Using the magnetisation critical current, we determine the ground-state London penetration depth, λ{sub 0} = 189 nm, and the superconducting energy gap, Δ{sub 0} = 27.8 meV, and find these parameters are similar to those of cuprate superconductors. We also determine the fluctuation temperature scale, T{sub fluc} = 1470 K, which shows that, unlike the cuprates, T{sub c} of the hydride is not limited by fluctuations. This is due to its three dimensionality and suggests the search for better superconductors should refocus on three-dimensional systems where the inevitable thermal fluctuations are less likely to reduce the observed T{sub c}. (copyright 2016 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. Self-Doping Effect Arising from Electron Correlations in Multilayer Cuprates (United States)

    Nishiguchi, Kazutaka; Teranishi, Shingo; Kusakabe, Koichi


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

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

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    Shehter, Arkady [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Migliori, Albert [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Betts, Jonathan B. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Balakirev, Fedor F. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; McDonald, Ross David [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Riggs, Scott C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ramshaw, Brad [University of British Columbia, Canada; Liang, Ruixing [University of British Columbia, Canada; Hardy, Walter N. [University of British Columbia, Canada; Bonn, Doug A. [University of British Columbia, Canada


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

  16. Two-dimensional superconductors with atomic-scale thickness (United States)

    Uchihashi, Takashi


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

  17. Spectroscopic evidence for Fermi liquid-like energy and temperature dependence of the relaxation rate in the pseudogap phase of the cuprates. (United States)

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


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

  18. Enhanced thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT for hole-doped Bi2Sr2Co2Oy through Pb substitution (United States)

    Hsu, H. C.; Lee, W. L.; Wu, K. K.; Kuo, Y. K.; Chen, B. H.; Chou, F. C.


    Single crystals of Bi2-xPbxSr2Co2Oy (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.55) have been grown using optical floating-zone method. The chemical compositions were determined using combined electron probe microanalysis and iodometric titration. Physical properties including electrical resistivity (ρ), Seebeck coefficient (S), and thermal conductivity (κ) were measured using single crystal specimens. Successful hole doping through Pb substitution is confirmed through combined iodometry titration, electrical transport, and Seebeck coefficient measurements. Significant reduction on both in-plane resistivity and thermal conductivity was found as a result of Pb substitution to the Bi site. The thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT for x ˜ 0.55 is raised 20 folds from the undoped sample at room temperature.

  19. AC hysteresis losses near the glass-liquid transition temperature in high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors. Handy expression for AC hysteresis loss; Sankabutsu koon chodendotai no jisoku gurasu - ekitai ten'i ondo fukin ni okeru koryu rireki sonshitsu. Koryu rireki sonshitsu ni taisuru kanbenna rironshiki

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    Fujiyoshi, T.; Ohashi, K.; Hiramatsu, A. [Kumamoto Univ., Kumamoto (Japan); Yamafuji, K.; Nakamura, S. [Ariake National College of Tech., Fukuoka (Japan); Kisu, T. [Kyushu Univ., Fukuoka (Japan). Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering


    The AC loss in high-T{sub c} superconductors near the glass-liquid transition temperature, T{sub g}, is studied numerically and theoretically. It is shown that the AC loss in a slab sample under a DC bias magnetic field depends noticeably on the angular frequency, {omega}, and hence, cannot be described by the usual critical state model using critical current density, J{sub c}, defined with the aid of the electric field criterion. However, the AC loss including the flux flow loss is shown to be describable quantitatively by present handy theoretical expression, which has the same form as the well-known expression based on Bean's critical state model except that J{sub c} is replaced by the effective critical current density, J{sub ce}({omega}). (author)

  20. Pairing mechanism in the ferromagnetic superconductor UCoGe. (United States)

    Wu, Beilun; Bastien, Gaël; Taupin, Mathieu; Paulsen, Carley; Howald, Ludovic; Aoki, Dai; Brison, Jean-Pascal


    Superconductivity is a unique manifestation of quantum mechanics on a macroscopic scale, and one of the rare examples of many-body phenomena that can be explained by predictive, quantitative theories. The superconducting ground state is described as a condensate of Cooper pairs, and a major challenge has been to understand which mechanisms could lead to a bound state between two electrons, despite the large Coulomb repulsion. An even bigger challenge is to identify experimentally this pairing mechanism, notably in unconventional superconductors dominated by strong electronic correlations, like in high-Tc cuprates, iron pnictides or heavy-fermion compounds. Here we show that in the ferromagnetic superconductor UCoGe, the field dependence of the pairing strength influences dramatically its macroscopic properties like the superconducting upper critical field, in a way that can be quantitatively understood. This provides a simple demonstration of the dominant role of ferromagnetic spin fluctuations in the pairing mechanism.

  1. Chasing the cuprates with dilatonic dyons

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    Amoretti, Andrea [Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge,Cambridge, CB3 OWA (United Kingdom); Baggioli, Matteo [Institut de Física d’Altes Energies (IFAE), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology,Campus UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona) (Spain); Magnoli, Nicodemo [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Genova, and I.N.F.N. - Sezione di Genova,via Dodecaneso 33, I-16146, Genova (Italy); Musso, Daniele [Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),Strada Costiera 11, I-34151 Trieste (Italy)


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

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

    Gabovich, Alexander M.; Voitenko, Alexander I.


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

  3. Comparative Review on Thin Film Growth of Iron-Based Superconductors

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    Yoshinori Imai


    Full Text Available Since the discovery of the novel iron-based superconductors, both theoretical and experimental studies have been performed intensively. Because iron-based superconductors have a smaller anisotropy than high-Tc cuprates and a high superconducting transition temperature, there have been a lot of researchers working on the film fabrication of iron-based superconductors and their application. Accordingly, many novel features have been reported in the films of iron-based superconductors, for example, the fabrication of the epitaxial film with a higher Tc than bulk samples, the extraction of the metastable phase which cannot be obtained by the conventional solid state reaction, and so on. In this paper, we review the progress of research on thin film fabrications of iron-based superconductors, especially the four categories: LnFeAs(O,F (Ln = Lanthanide, AEFe2As2 (AE = Alkaline-earth metal, FeCh (Ch = Chalcogen, and FeSe monolayer. Furthermore, we focus on two important topics in thin films of iron-based superconductors; one is the substrate material for thin film growth on the iron-based superconductors, and the other is the whole phase diagram in FeSe1-xTex which can be obtained only by using film-fabrication technique.

  4. Fundamental studies of superconductors using scanning magnetic imaging (United States)

    Kirtley, J. R.


    In this review I discuss the application of scanning magnetic imaging to fundamental studies of superconductors, concentrating on three scanning magnetic microscopies—scanning SQUID microscopy (SSM), scanning Hall bar microscopy (SHM) and magnetic force microscopy (MFM). I briefly discuss the history, sensitivity, spatial resolution, invasiveness and potential future developments of each technique. I then discuss a selection of applications of these microscopies. I start with static imaging of magnetic flux: an SSM study provides deeper understanding of vortex trapping in narrow strips, which are used to reduce noise in superconducting circuitry. Studies of vortex trapping in wire lattices, clusters and arrays of rings and nanoholes show fascinating ordering effects. The cuprate high-Tc superconductors are shown to have predominantly d-wave pairing symmetry by magnetic imaging of the half-integer flux quantum effect. Arrays of superconducting rings act as a physical analog for the Ising spin model, with the half-integer flux quantum effect helping to eliminate one source of disorder in antiferromagnetic arrangements of the ring moments. Tests of the interlayer tunneling model show that the condensation energy available from this mechanism cannot account for the high critical temperatures observed in the cuprates. The strong divergence in the magnetic fields of Pearl vortices allows them to be imaged using SSM, even for penetration depths of a millimeter. Unusual vortex arrangements occur in samples comparable in size to the coherence length. Spontaneous magnetization is not observed in Sr2RuO4, which is believed to have px ± ipy pairing symmetry, although effects hundreds of times bigger than the sensitivity limits had been predicted. However, unusual flux trapping is observed in this superconductor. Finally, unusual flux arrangements are also observed in magnetic superconductors. I then turn to vortex dynamics: imaging of vortices in rings of highly underdoped

  5. Electronic phase separation and high temperature superconductors

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    Kivelson, S.A. [Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics; Emery, V.J. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)


    The authors review the extensive evidence from model calculations that neutral holes in an antiferromagnet separate into hole-rich and hole-poor phases. All known solvable limits of models of holes in a Heisenberg antiferromagnet exhibit this behavior. The authors show that when the phase separation is frustrated by the introduction of long-range Coulomb interactions, the typical consequence is either a modulated (charge density wave) state or a superconducting phase. The authors then review some of the strong experimental evidence supporting an electronically-driven phase separation of the holes in the cuprate superconductors and the related Ni oxides. Finally, the authors argue that frustrated phase separation in these materials can account for many of the anomalous normal state properties of the high temperature superconductors and provide the mechanism of superconductivity. In particular, it is shown that the T-linear resistivity of the normal state is a paraconductivity associated with a novel composite pairing, although the ordered superconducting state is more conventional.

  6. Ceramic superconductor/metal composite materials employing the superconducting proximity effect (United States)

    Holcomb, Matthew J.


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

  7. Grain boundary tunnel spectroscopy of the electron-doped cuprate superconductor La{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}; Korngrenzen-Tunnelspektroskopie am elektronendotierten Kupratsupraleiter La{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}

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    Wagenknecht, Michael


    The electron doped superconductor La{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (LCCO) has been investigated by electric transport measurements at low temperatures T down to 5 K and high magnetic fields up to 16 T. For this purpose LCCO thin film tunnel junctions have been prepared on bicrystal substrates by molecular beam epitaxy and micro structuring. The samples were characterised by measuring the thin film resistivity and the tunnel conductance of quasi particles across the grain boundary. By these measurements an unconventional symmetry of the order parameter could be revealed for La{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}. Furthermore it was shown, that the tunnel conductance can be used as a probe for the upper critical field B{sub c2}(T). By using this method a value of B{sub c2}{proportional_to}24 T has been found for La{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}, a value roughly three times bigger than previously known. By this observation it was shown that the superconducting phase covers a larger region in the B-T-phase diagram. In addition it was concluded, that the pseudogap phase in La{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} is either not existent at all or covers only a small temperature region. Besides quasiparticle tunneling also the tunneling of Cooper pairs in small magnetic fields has been investigated. It was shown that the critical current across the grain boundary depends on the supplier of the bicrystal substrate. (orig.)

  8. Imaging the real space structure of the spin fluctuations in an iron-based superconductor. (United States)

    Chi, Shun; Aluru, Ramakrishna; Grothe, Stephanie; Kreisel, A; Singh, Udai Raj; Andersen, Brian M; Hardy, W N; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Burke, S A; Wahl, Peter


    Spin fluctuations are a leading candidate for the pairing mechanism in high temperature superconductors, supported by the common appearance of a distinct resonance in the spin susceptibility across the cuprates, iron-based superconductors and many heavy fermion materials. The information we have about the spin resonance comes almost exclusively from neutron scattering. Here we demonstrate that by using low-temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy we can characterize the spin resonance in real space. We show that inelastic tunnelling leads to the characteristic dip-hump feature seen in tunnelling spectra in high temperature superconductors and that this feature arises from excitations of the spin fluctuations. Spatial mapping of this feature near defects allows us to probe non-local properties of the spin susceptibility and to image its real space structure.

  9. High Temperature Superconductivity in Cuprates: a model

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    Silva, P R


    A model is proposed such that quasi-particles (electrons or holes) residing in the CuO2 planes of cuprates may interact leading to metallic or superconducting behaviors. The metallic phase is obtained when the quasi-particles are treated as having classical kinetic energies and the superconducting phase occurs when the quasi-particles are taken as extremely relativistic objects. The interaction between both kinds of particles is provided by a force dependent-on-velocity. In the case of the superconducting behavior, the motion of apical oxygen ions provides the glue to establish the Cooper pair. The model furnishes explicit relations for the Fermi velocity, the perpendicular and the in-plane coherence lengths, the zero-temperature energy gap, the critical current density, the critical parallel and perpendicular magnetic fields. All these mentioned quantities are expressed in terms of fundamental physical constants as: charge and mass of the electron, light velocity in vacuum, Planck constant, electric permitti...

  10. Effects of magnetization on hole localization and MnO{sub 6} octahedra disorder in hole-doped lanthanum manganese perovskites

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    Booth, C.H.; Brosha, E.L.; Kwei, G.H. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Bridges, F. [Univ. of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States). Physics Dept.; Neumeier, J.J. [Florida Atlanta Univ., Boca Raton, FL (United States). Physics Dept.


    The authors review the distortions of the MnO{sub 6} octahedra reduced by magnetization in hole-doped lanthanum manganese perovskites. The systems they consider include the colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) samples La{sub 1{minus}x}Ca{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x = 0.21, 0.25, 0.30), La{sub 0.76}Ba{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3}, and a poorer quality La{sub 0.76}Pb{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} sample. They also report preliminary work on three samples of oxygen-doped LaMnO{sub 3+{delta}} and a lanthanum-deficient La{sub 0.9}MnO{sub 3} sample. They find the same exponential relationship between the removal of the distortion and the sample magnetization in the Ba- and Pb-doped CMR samples as was found previously for the Ca doped samples. The MnO{sub 6} distortion in the oxygen-doped materials is found to slightly reduce below the magnetic transition, although much less so than in the CMR samples. Above T{sub C}, the antiferromagnetic LaMnO{sub 3.006} sample shows a softer temperature dependence of the Mn-O bond length distribution broadening. Surprisingly, even this sample shows deviations from thermal (Debye) behavior near T{sub N}, possibly due to FM coupling within MnO planes.

  11. Variational Monte Carlo method for fermionic models combined with tensor networks and applications to the hole-doped two-dimensional Hubbard model (United States)

    Zhao, Hui-Hai; Ido, Kota; Morita, Satoshi; Imada, Masatoshi


    The conventional tensor-network states employ real-space product states as reference wave functions. Here, we propose a many-variable variational Monte Carlo (mVMC) method combined with tensor networks by taking advantages of both to study fermionic models. The variational wave function is composed of a pair product wave function operated by real-space correlation factors and tensor networks. Moreover, we can apply quantum number projections, such as spin, momentum, and lattice symmetry projections, to recover the symmetry of the wave function to further improve the accuracy. We benchmark our method for one- and two-dimensional Hubbard models, which show significant improvement over the results obtained individually either by mVMC or by tensor network. We have applied the present method to a hole-doped Hubbard model on the square lattice, which indicates the stripe charge/spin order coexisting with a weak d -wave superconducting order in the ground state for the doping concentration of less than 0.3, where the stripe oscillation period gets longer with increasing hole concentration. The charge homogeneous and highly superconducting state also exists as a metastable excited state for the doping concentration less than 0.25.

  12. Photothermal measurements of superconductors

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    Kino, G.S.; Studenmund, W.R.; Fishman, I.M. [Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)


    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.

  13. Superconductor rotor cooling system (United States)

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


    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.

  14. The Gap and the Upper Critical Field Hc2 as Function of Doping for High-Tc Cuprates

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    S. Orozco


    Full Text Available The relation between the d-wave superconducting gap Δ0 and the specific heat obtained with the Volovik effect is used to determine the upper critical field Hc2 as doping function, for high-temperature superconductors. A two-components model with d-wave symmetry, within the BCS framework, is introduced to describe the superconducting state. Generalized Fermi surface topologies are used in order to increase the density of states at the Fermi level, allowing the high-Tc values observed. The electron-phonon interaction is considered the most relevant mechanism for the high-Tc cuprates, where the available phonon energy is provided by the half-breathing modes. The energy gap values Δ0 calculated with this model are introduced to describe the variation of the upper critical field Hc2 as function of doping, for La2-xSrxCuO4.

  15. Photoemission spectra of charge density wave states in cuprates (United States)

    Tu, Wei-Lin; Chen, Peng-Jen; Lee, Ting-Kuo

    Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy(ARPES) experiments have reported many exotic properties of cuprates, such as Fermi arc at normal state, two gaps at superconducting state and particle-hole asymmetry at the antinodal direction. On the other hand, a number of inhomogeneous states or so-called charge density waves(CDW) states have also been discovered in cuprates by many experimental groups. The relation between these CDW states and ARPES spectra is unclear. With the help of Gutzwiller projected mean-field theory, we can reproduce the quasiparticle spectra in momentum space. The spectra show strong correspondence to the experimental data with afore-mentioned exotic features in it.

  16. Magnetotransport property of the hole-doped delafossite CuCr0.97Mg0.03O2 with a Spin-3/2 antiferromagnetic triangular sublattice (United States)

    Okuda, Tetsuji; Oozono, Satoshi; Kihara, Takumi; Tokunaga, Masashi


    The magnetotransport property of a hole-doped delafossite CuCr0.97Mg0.03O2 with a spin-3/2 antiferromagnetic (AF) triangular sublattice was investigated by using a pulsed high magnetic field. A dramatic change of magnetoresistance was observed with a variation of temperature, which indicates that a spin fluctuation due to a competition between the AF and the ferromagnetic Hund's interactions is enhanced at temperatures around the Néel temperatures ( T N). The competition may lead to a partially-disordered state at temperatures below T N which may cause a nontrivial promotion of a 120° Néel state.

  17. Unconventional non-Fermi liquid state caused by nematic criticality in cuprates (United States)

    Wang, Jing-Rong; Liu, Guo-Zhu; Zhang, Chang-Jin


    At the nematic quantum critical point that exists in the {d}{x2-{y}2}-wave superconducting dome of cuprates, the massless nodal fermions interact strongly with the quantum critical fluctuation of nematic order. We study this problem by means of the renormalization group approach and show that, the fermion damping rate | {Im}{{{Σ }}}R(ω )| vanishes more rapidly than the energy ω and the quasiparticle residue {Z}f\\to 0 in the limit ω \\to 0. The nodal fermions thus constitute an unconventional non-Fermi liquid that represents an even weaker violation of Fermi liquid theory than a marginal Fermi liquid. We also investigate the interplay of quantum nematic critical fluctuation and gauge-potential-like disorder, and find that the effective disorder strength flows to the strong coupling regime at low energies. Therefore, even an arbitrarily weak disorder can drive the system to become a disorder controlled diffusive state. Based on these theoretical results, we are able to understand a number of interesting experimental facts observed in curpate superconductors.

  18. Thermal transport in cuprates, cobaltates, and manganites

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    Berggold, K.


    The subject of this thesis is the investigation of the thermal transport properties of three classes of transition-metal oxides: Cuprates, cobaltates, and manganites. The layered cuprates R{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} with R=La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, and Gd show an anomalous thermal conductivity {kappa}. Two maxima of {kappa} are observed as a function of temperature for a heat current within the CuO{sub 2} planes, whereas for a heat current perpendicular to the CuO{sub 2} planes only a conventional phononic low-temperature maximum of {kappa} is present. Evidence is provided that the high-temperature maximum is caused by heat-carrying excitations on the CuO{sub 2} square lattice. Moreover, it is shown that the complex low-temperature and magnetic-field behavior of {kappa} in Nd{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} is most likely caused by additional phonon scattering rather than by heat-carrying Nd magnons, as it was proposed in the literature. In the cobaltates RCoO{sub 3} with R=La, Pr, Nd, and Eu, a temperature-induced spin-state transition of the Co{sup 3+} ions occurs. It is shown that the additional lattice disorder caused by the random distribution of populated higher spin states causes a large suppression of the thermal conductivity of LaCoO{sub 3} for T>25 K. The effect is much weaker in PrCoO{sub 3} and NdCoO{sub 3} due to the increased spin gap. A quantitative analysis of the responsible mechanisms based on EuCoO{sub 3} as a reference compound is provided. A main result is that the static disorder is sufficient to explain the suppression of {kappa}. No dynamical Jahn-Teller distortion, as proposed in the literature, is necessary to enhance the scattering strength. Below 25 K, k is mainly determined by resonant phonon scattering on paramagnetic impurity levels, e.g. caused by oxygen non-stoichiometry. Such a suppression of the thermal conductivity by resonant scattering processes is e.g. known from Holmium ethylsulfate. This effect is most pronounced in LaCoO{sub 3}, presumably due to

  19. Doping dependence of fluctuation diamagnetism in high Tc superconductors (United States)

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


    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.

  20. Microstructure and Properties of High-Temperature Superconductors

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    Parinov, I A


    The main features of high-temperature superconductors (HTSC) that define their properties are intrinsic brittleness of oxide cuprates, the layered anisotropic structure and the supershort coherence length. Taking into account these features, this treatise presents research into HTSC microstructure and properties, and also explores the possibilities of optimization of the preparation techniques and superconducting compositions. The "composition-technique-experiment-theory-model," employed here, assumes considerable HTSC defectiveness and structure heterogeneity and helps to draw a comprehensive picture of modern representations of the microstructure, strength and the related structure-sensitive properties of the materials considered. Special attention is devoted to the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O families, which currently offer the most promising applications. Including a great number of illustrations and references, this monograph addresses students, post-graduate students and specialists, taking part in the ...

  1. Development of superconductor bulk for superconductor bearing

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    Kim, Chan Joong; Jun, Byung Hyuk; Park, Soon Dong (and others)


    Current carrying capacity is one of the most important issues in the consideration of superconductor bulk materials for engineering applications. There are numerous applications of Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors e.g. magnetic levitation train, flywheel energy storage system, levitation transportation, lunar telescope, centrifugal device, magnetic shielding materials, bulk magnets etc. Accordingly, to obtain YBCO materials in the form of large, single crystals without weak-link problem is necessary. A top seeded melt growth (TSMG) process was used to fabricate single crystal YBCO bulk superconductors. The seeded and infiltration growth (IG) technique was also very promising method for the synthesis of large, single-grain YBCO bulk superconductors with good superconducting properties. 5 wt.% Ag doped Y211 green compacts were sintered at 900 .deg. C {approx} 1200 .deg.C and then a single crystal YBCO was fabricated by an infiltration method. A refinement and uniform distribution of the Y211 particles in the Y123 matrix were achieved by sintering the Ag-doped samples. This enhancement of the critical current density was ascribable to a fine dispersion of the Y211 particles, a low porosity and the presence of Ag particles. In addition, we have designed and manufactured large YBCO single domain with levitation force of 10-13 kg/cm{sup 2} using TSMG processing technique.

  2. Holographic superconductor on a novel insulator (United States)

    Ling, Yi; Liu, Peng; Wu, Jian-Pin; Wu, Meng-He


    We construct a holographic superconductor model, based on a gravity theory, which exhibits novel metal-insulator transitions. We investigate the condition for the condensation of the scalar field over the parameter space, and then focus on the superconductivity over the insulating phase with a hard gap, which is supposed to be Mott-like. It turns out that the formation of the hard gap in the insulating phase benefits the superconductivity. This phenomenon is analogous to the fact that the pseudogap phase can promote the pre-pairing of electrons in high {T}{{c}} cuprates. We expect that this work can shed light on understanding the mechanism of high {T}{{c}} superconductivity from the holographic side. Supported by Natural Science Foundation of China (11575195, 11775036, 11305018), Y.L. also acknowledges the support from Jiangxi young scientists (JingGang Star) program and 555 talent project of Jiangxi Province. J. P. Wu is also supported by Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province (201602013)

  3. Growth and characterization of bulk superconductor material

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    Chen, Dapeng; Maljuk, Andrey; Zhou, Fang


    This book focuses on recently developed crystal growth techniques to grow large and high quality superconducting single crystals. The techniques applied are traveling solvent floating zone (TSFZ) with infrared image furnace, Bridgeman, solution/flux and top seeded solution growth (TSSG) methods. The materials range from cuprates, cobaltates to pnictides including La2CuO4-based (LCO), YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO), Bi2Sr2Can−1CunO2n+4+δ (n=1,2,3) (BSCCO) to NaxCoO2. The modified Bridgman “cold finger” method is devoted to the pnictide system with the best quality (transition width DTc~0.5 K) with highest Tc~38.5 K of Ba0.68K0.32Fe2A2. The book presents various iron-based superconductors with different structures, such as 1111, 122, 111, 11 and 42622,10-3-8. Detailed single crystal growth methods (fluxes, Bridgman, floating zone), the associated procedures and their impact to crystal size and quality are presented. The book also describes the influence of doping on the structure and the electric, magnetic, and supe...

  4. Periodically driven holographic superconductor

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    Li, Wei-Jia; Tian, Yu; Zhang, Hongbao


    .... As a result, our holographic superconductor is driven to the final oscillating state, where the condensate is suppressed and the oscillation frequency is controlled by twice of the driving frequency...

  5. Domains in multiband superconductors

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    Tanaka, Y., E-mail: [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken 305-8568 (Japan); Yanagisawa, T. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken 305-8568 (Japan); Crisan, A. [University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom)] [National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Shirage, P.M.; Iyo, A. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken 305-8568 (Japan); Tokiwa, K. [Tokyo University of Science, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda-shi, Chiba-ken 278-8510 (Japan); Nishio, T. [Tokyo University of Science, 1-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-8601 (Japan); Sundaresan, A. [Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bangalore 560 064 (India); Terada, N. [Kagoshima University, Korimoto 1-21-24, Kagoshima-shi, Kagoshima-ken 890-8580 (Japan)


    Positive interband Josephson interactions disperse order parameters. It creates configuration domain in multiband superconductors. This domain poses a problem for the stability of superconductivity. However it also offer new potential for novel electronics. Multiband superconductors can have several types of domains that are inhibited in conventional single-band superconductors. These domains are phase domains and chiral domains and their domain wall are an interband phase difference soliton. In a superconductor with an odd number of electronic bands (five or more) and with positive interband Josephson interactions, we find other types of domains with different interband phase differences. We call these domains configuration domains because pseudo-order parameters for each band are dispersed in the complex plain and several configurations, which have several local minima. Fractional vortices serve as hubs for phase difference solitons (configuration domain walls). The divergence of the number of configurations with local minima would pose a serious problem for the stability of superconductivity.


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    Kim, J.H; Somal, H.S; Czyzyk, M.T; der Marel, D.van; Wittlin, A.; Gerrits, A.M.; Duijn, V.H.M.; Hien, N.T.; Menovsky, A.A.


    We analyze the infrared reflectivity of La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 single crystals with E parallel to the c-axis. The plasma edge at around 6 meV (50 cm(-1)), which occurs only for T

  7. Systematics of c-axis Phonons in the Thallium- and Bismuth-Based Cuprate Superconductors

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    Tsvetkov, A. A; Dulic, D.; Marel, D. van der; Damascelli, A.; Kaljushnaia, G. A.; Gorina, J. I.; Senturina, N. N.; Kolesnikov, N. N.; Ren, Z. F.; Wang, J. H.; Menovsky, A. A.; Palstra, T. T. M.


    Published in: Phys. Rev. B 60 (1999) 13196 Citing articles (CrossRef) citations recorded in [Science Citation Index] Abstract: We present grazing incidence reflectivity measurements in the far infrared region at temperatures above and below Tc for a series of thallium (Tl2Ba2CuO6, Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8) and

  8. Erratum: Correction to: Modern Approach to Optical Absorption in Cuprate Superconductors (United States)

    Singh, Hempal; Indu, B. D.


    The original version of this article unfortunately contained a mistake. The second author B. D. Indu is not connected to affiliation 2. Instead, B. D. Indu is connected to affiliation 1. The correct information is shown in this erratum.

  9. Damped spin excitations in a doped cuprate superconductor with orbital hybridization

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    Ivashko, O.; Shaik, N. E.; Lu, X.


    A resonant inelastic x-ray scattering study of overdamped spin excitations in slightly underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) with x = 0.12 and 0.145 is presented. Three high-symmetry directions have been investigated: (1) the antinodal (0,0) -> (½,0), (2) the nodal (0,0) -> (¼, ¼), and (3) the zone-boun...

  10. Dynamical magnetic susceptibility in the spin-fermion model for cuprate superconductors (United States)

    Val'kov, V. V.; Dzebisashvili, D. M.


    Using the method of diagram techniques for the spin and Fermi operators in the framework of the SU(2)- invariant spin-fermion model of the electron structure of the CuO 2 plane of copper oxides, we obtain an exact representation of the Matsubara Green's function D ⊥( k, iω m ) of the subsystem of localized spins. This representation includes the Larkin mass operator ΣL( k, iω m ) and the strength and polarization operators P( k, iω m ) and Π( k, iω m ). The calculation in the one-loop approximation of the mass and strength operators for the Heisenberg spin system in the quantum spin-liquid state allows writing the Green's function D ⊥( k, iω m ) explicitly and establishing a relation to the result of Shimahara and Takada. An essential point in the developed approach is taking the spin-polaron nature of the Fermi quasiparticles in the spin-fermion model into account in finding the contribution of oxygen holes to the spin response in terms of the polarization operator Π( k, iω m ).

  11. Ultrafast Gap Dynamics and Electronic Interactions in a Photoexcited Cuprate Superconductor

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    S. Parham


    Full Text Available We perform time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (trARPES on optimally doped Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8+δ} (BSCCO-2212 using sufficient energy resolution (9 meV to resolve the k-dependent near-nodal gap structure on time scales where the concept of an electronic pseudotemperature is a useful quantity, i.e., after electronic thermalization has occurred. We study the ultrafast evolution of this gap structure, uncovering a very rich landscape of decay rates as a function of angle, temperature, and energy. We explicitly focus on the quasiparticle states at the gap edge as well as on the spectral weight inside the gap that “fills” the gap—understood as an interaction, or self-energy effect—and we also make high resolution measurements of the nodal states, enabling a direct and accurate measurement of the electronic temperature (or pseudotemperature of the electrons in the system. Rather than the standard method of interpreting these results using individual quasiparticle scattering rates that vary significantly as a function of angle, temperature, and energy, we show that the entire landscape of relaxations can be understood by modeling the system as following a nonequilibrium, electronic pseudotemperature that controls all electrons in the zone. Furthermore, this model has zero free parameters, as we obtain the crucial information of the SC gap Δ and the gap-filling strength Γ_{TDoS} by connecting to static ARPES measurements. The quantitative and qualitative agreement between data and model suggests that the critical parameters and interactions of the system, including the pairing interactions, follow parametrically from the electronic pseudotemperature. We expect that this concept will be relevant for understanding the ultrafast response of a great variety of electronic materials, even though the electronic pseudotemperature may not be directly measurable.

  12. Fermi surfaces, Fermi patches, and Fermi arcs in high T{sub c} superconductors.

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    Norman, M. R.


    A defining property of metals is the existence of a Fermi surface: for two dimensions, a continuous contour in momentum space which separates occupied from unoccupied states. In this paper, I discuss angle resolved photoemission data on the cuprate superconductor BSCCO and argue that it is not best thought of in this conventional picture. Rather, the data are consistent with patches of finite area connected by more conventional arcs. Novel physics is associated with the patches, in that the states contained in a patch are dispersionless and thus interaction dominated. In the pseudogap phase, the patches are gapped out, leaving the Fermi arcs disconnected. This unusual situation may be the key to understanding the microscopic physics of the high temperature superconductors, in that the pairing correlations are strongest in the patches, yet the superfluid density lives only on the arcs.

  13. Quantum criticality and nodal superconductivity in the FeAs-based superconductor KFe2As2. (United States)

    Dong, J K; Zhou, S Y; Guan, T Y; Zhang, H; Dai, Y F; Qiu, X; Wang, X F; He, Y; Chen, X H; Li, S Y


    The in-plane resistivity rho and thermal conductivity kappa of the FeAs-based superconductor KFe2As2 single crystal were measured down to 50 mK. We observe non-Fermi-liquid behavior rho(T) approximately T{1.5} at H{c{2}}=5 T, and the development of a Fermi liquid state with rho(T) approximately T{2} when further increasing the field. This suggests a field-induced quantum critical point, occurring at the superconducting upper critical field H{c{2}}. In zero field, there is a large residual linear term kappa{0}/T, and the field dependence of kappa_{0}/T mimics that in d-wave cuprate superconductors. This indicates that the superconducting gaps in KFe2As2 have nodes, likely d-wave symmetry. Such a nodal superconductivity is attributed to the antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations near the quantum critical point.

  14. Direct comparison of hole doping effects due to cation and to oxygen content on magnetic properties of the spin-chain system Ca2+xY2-xCu5O10-δ (United States)

    Park, Keeseong; Cackowski, Theodore; Markert, John


    A quasi-one dimensional system, Ca2+xY2-xCu5O10-δ (CaYCuO) is studied to compare the magnetic effects of cation doping with those of oxygen deficiency. Hole doping (p) due to cation concentration (x) and oxygen deficiency (δ) in other copper oxides is often observed to obey p = x - 2 δ. CaYCuO has a simple edge shared CuO structure and is hole dopable up to a formal copper valence of 2.4. Various Ca doped CaYCuO specimens were fabricated in different oxygen environments, including high pressure oxygen up to 170 atm. X-ray diffraction and iodometric titration were used to confirm phase and oxygen content. Samples are found to be more oxygen deficient with increasing cation doping. Magnetic moment and specific heat were measured. The antiferromagnetic phase was observed up to x = 1.0 doping for fully oxygenated specimens. N'eel temperatures decreased with increasing cation doping and decreasing oxygen deficiency. The decrease in N'eel temperature is found to be more than expected from hole doping p = x - 2 δ. A new quantity that describes all of the behavior of N'eel temperature, p' = x - (2/3) δ, is proposed.

  15. Unconventional charge order in a co-doped high-Tc superconductor (United States)

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


    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.

  16. Unconventional charge order in a co-doped high-Tc superconductor. (United States)

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


    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.

  17. Electronic structure studies of ferro-pnictide superconductors and their parent compounds using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES)

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    Setti, Thirupathaiah


    studied the electronic structure of the parent compounds Ba(Eu)Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (122) and their superconducting derivatives using ARPES. In this way it is possible to obtain the important information on the Fermi surface nesting conditions (between hole pockets at the Brillouin zone center and electron pockets at the zone corner) as a function of electron doping, hole doping, and isovalent substitution of P at the As site in Ba(Eu)Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}. In particular, we studied in-plane and out-of-plane (with respect to the FeAs layer) band dispersions and Fermi surfaces. Our findings show that both electron and hole doping as well as isovalent substitution of the As atoms by P atoms in the parent compound Ba(Eu)Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} reduces the nesting conditions which possibly leads to the disappearance of antiferromagnetic spin density wave order and to the emergence of superconductivity. Moreover, we have performed the photon energy dependent ARPES measurements along the zone center and the zone edge to reveal the dimensionality of the electronic structure as a function of doping. We observed that due to the rigid-band nature of the electronic structure upon charge doping into the parent 122 compounds, there is a transformation of the electronic structure from quasi-2D to more 3D upon electron doping and to a more 2D nature upon hole doping. Furthermore, we observe a non-rigid-type shift of the Fermi level upon isovalent substitution of P at the As site in EuFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} compound. We also performed ARPES measurements on FeTe(Se) superconductors where we observe a considerable difference in the electronic structure when compared to the 122 compounds, possibly related to a different crystal field splitting at the Fe atoms.

  18. High temperature superconductor accelerator magnets

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    van Nugteren, J.


    For future particle accelerators bending dipoles are considered with magnetic fields exceeding 20T. This can only be achieved using high temperature superconductors (HTS). These exhibit different properties from classical low temperature superconductors and still require significant research and

  19. Coupling spin qubits via superconductors

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    Leijnse, Martin; Flensberg, Karsten


    We show how superconductors can be used to couple, initialize, and read out spatially separated spin qubits. When two single-electron quantum dots are tunnel coupled to the same superconductor, the singlet component of the two-electron state partially leaks into the superconductor via crossed...

  20. Granular Superconductors and Gravity (United States)

    Noever, David; Koczor, Ron


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

  1. The correlation between the Nernst effect and fluctuation diamagnetism in strongly fluctuating superconductors (United States)

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


    We study the Nernst effect in fluctuating superconductors by calculating the transport coefficient {α }{xy} in a phenomenological model where the relative importance of phase and amplitude fluctuations of the order parameter is tuned continuously to smoothly evolve from an effective XY model to the more conventional Ginzburg-Landau description. To connect with a concrete experimental realization we choose the model parameters appropriate for cuprate superconductors and calculate {α }{xy} and the magnetization {M} over the entire range of experimentally accessible values of field, temperature and doping. We argue that {α }{xy} and {M} are both determined by the equilibrium properties of the superconducting fluctuations (and not their dynamics) despite the former being a transport quantity. Thus, the experimentally observed correlation between the Nernst signal and the magnetization arises primarily from the correlation between {α }{xy} and {M}. Further, there exists a dimensionless ratio {M}/(T{α }{xy}) that quantifies this correlation. We calculate, for the first time, this ratio over the entire phase diagram of the cuprates and find it agrees with previous results obtained in specific parts of the phase diagram. We conclude that there appears to be no sharp distinction between the regimes dominated by phase fluctuations and Gaussian fluctuations for this ratio in contrast to {α }{xy} and {M} individually. The utility of this ratio is that it can be used to determine the extent to which superconducting fluctuations contribute to the Nernst effect in different parts of the phase diagram given the measured values of magnetization.

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

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    Trela, W.J.; Kwei, G.H.; Lynn, J.E. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Meggers, K. [Univ. of Kiel (Germany)


    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.

  3. A possible new family of unconventional high temperature superconductors (United States)

    Hu, Jiangping; Le, Congcong

    We suggest a new family of Co/Ni-based materials that may host unconventional high temperature superconductivity (high-Tc). These materials carry layered square lattices with each layer being formed by vertex-shared transition metal tetrahedra cation-anion complexes. The electronic physics in these materials is determined by the two dimensional layer and is fully attributed to the three near degenerated t2 g d-orbitals close to a d7 filling configuration in the d-shell of Co/Ni atoms . The electronic structure meets the necessary criteria for unconventional high Tc materials proposed recently by us to unify the two known high-Tc families, cuprates and iron-based superconductors. We predict that they host superconducting states with a d-wave pairing symmetry with Tc potentially higher than those of iron-based superconductors. These materials, if realized, can be a fertile new ground to study strongly correlated electronic physics and provide decisive evidence for superconducting pairing mechanism.

  4. 373 K Superconductors

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    Kostadinov, Ivan Zahariev


    Experimental evidence of superconductors with critical temperatures above $373\\:K$ is presented. In a family of different compounds we demonstrate the superconductor state, the transition to normal state above $387\\:K$, an intermediate $242\\:K$ superconductor, susceptibility up to $350\\:K$, $I-V$ curves at $4.2\\:K$ in magnetic field of $12\\:T$ and current up to $60\\:A$, $300\\:K$ Josephson Junctions and Shapiro steps with radiation of $5\\:GHz$ to $21\\:THz$, $300\\:K$ tapes tests with high currents up to $3000\\:A$ and many $THz$ images of coins and washers. Due to a pending patent, the exact chemical characterization and technological processes for these materials are temporarily withheld and will be presented elsewhere.

  5. Bi-based superconductor

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    S E Mousavi


    Full Text Available   In this paper, Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BCSCCO system superconductor is made by the solid state reaction method. The effect of doping Pb, Cd, Sb, Cu and annealing time on the critical temperature and critical current density have been investigated. The microstructure and morphology of the samples have been studied by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray. The results show that the fraction of Bi-2223 phase in the Bi- based superconductor, critical temperature and critical current density depend on the annealing temperature, annealing time and the kind and amount of doping .

  6. From cuprates to manganites spin and orbital liquids

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    Kilian, R


    First we analyze the peculiar magnetic response of metallic cuprates upon impurity doping. We argue that the magnetic behavior can be well understood if one assumes the spins of the CuO sub 2 planes to form a spin liquid. The subsequent Chapters are devoted to the metallic state of manganites. Elaborating on the notion of an orbital liquid, we study the interplay of electron correlations, orbital degeneracy, and double exchange.

  7. Electronic structure of the cuprate superconducting and pseudogap phases from spectroscopic imaging STM (United States)

    Schmidt, A. R.; Fujita, K.; Kim, E.-A.; Lawler, M. J.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Lee, D.-H.; Davis, J. C.


    We survey the use of spectroscopic imaging scanning tunneling microscopy (SI-STM) to probe the electronic structure of underdoped cuprates. Two distinct classes of electronic states are observed in both the d-wave superconducting (dSC) and the pseudogap (PG) phases. The first class consists of the dispersive Bogoliubov quasiparticle excitations of a homogeneous d-wave superconductor, existing below a lower energy scale E=Δ0. We find that the Bogoliubov quasiparticle interference (QPI) signatures of delocalized Cooper pairing are restricted to a k-space arc, which terminates near the lines connecting k=±(π/a0,0) to k=±(0,π/a0). This arc shrinks continuously with decreasing hole density such that Luttinger's theorem could be satisfied if it represents the front side of a hole-pocket that is bounded behind by the lines between k=±(π/a0,0) and k=±(0,π/a0). In both phases, the only broken symmetries detected for the |E|translational symmetries, coexist with this intra-unit-cell electronic symmetry breaking at E=Δ1. Their characteristic wavevector Q is determined by the k-space points where Bogoliubov QPI terminates and therefore changes continuously with doping. The distinct broken electronic symmetry states (intra-unit-cell and finite Q) coexisting at E~Δ1 are found to be indistinguishable in the dSC and PG phases. The next challenge for SI-STM studies is to determine the relationship of the E~Δ1 broken symmetry electronic states with the PG phase, and with the E<Δ0 states associated with Cooper pairing.

  8. Manufacturing of Superconductors

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    Bech, Jakob Ilsted; Bay, Niels

    Superconducting tapes based on the ceramic high temperature superconductor (HTS) is a new promising product for high current applications such as electro-magnets and current transmission cables. The tapes are made by the oxide powder in tube (OPIT) method implying drawing and rolling of silver...

  9. Unconventional superconductivity in cuprates, cobaltates and graphene. What is universal and what is material-dependent in strongly versus weakly correlated materials?

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    Kiesel, Maximilian Ludwig


    A general theory for all classes of unconventional superconductors is still one of the unsolved key issues in condensed-matter physics. Actually, it is not yet fully settled if there is a common underlying pairing mechanism. Instead, it might be possible that several distinct sources for unconventional (not phonon-mediated) superconductivity have to be considered, or an electron-phonon interaction is not negligible. The focus of this thesis is on the most probable mechanism for the formation of Cooper pairs in unconventional superconductors, namely a strictly electronic one where spin fluctuations are the mediators. Studying different superconductors in this thesis, the emphasis is put on material-independent features of the pairing mechanism. In addition, the investigation of the phase diagrams enables a view on the vicinity of superconductivity. Thus, it is possible to clarify which competing quantum fluctuations enhance or weaken the propensity for a superconducting state. The broad range of superconducting materials requires the use of more than one numerical technique to study an appropriate microscopic description. This is not a problem but a big advantage because this facilitates the approach-independent description of common underlying physics. For this evaluation, the strongly correlated cuprates are simulated with the variational cluster approach. Especially the question of a pairing glue is taken into consideration. Furthermore, it is possible to distinguish between retarded and non-retarded contributions to the gap function. The cuprates are confronted with the cobaltate Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} and graphene. These weakly correlated materials are investigated with the functional renormalization group (fRG) and reveal a comprehensive phase diagram, including a d+id-wave superconductivity, which breaks time-reversal symmetry. The corresponding gap function is nodeless, but for NaCoO, it features a doping-dependent anisotropy. In addition, some general

  10. Metal–insulator crossover in high c cuprates: A gauge field ...

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    A metal–insulator crossover appears in the experimental data for in-plane resistivity of underdoped cuprates and a range of superconducting cuprates in the presence of a ... Dipartimento di Fisica 'G.Galilei' and INFN-Sez. di Padova, Italy; Institute of Theoretical Physics, CAS Beijing 100080, China; International Centre for ...

  11. Absence of the impurity-induced magnetic order in the electron-doped high-T {sub c} cuprates Pr{sub 0.86}LaCe{sub 0.14}Cu{sub 1-y}(Zn, Ni) {sub y}O{sub 4}

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    Risdiana [Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-05, Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)]. E-mail:; Adachi, T. [Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-05, Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Koike, Y. [Department of Applied Physics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-05, Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Watanabe, I. [Advanced Meson Science Laboratory, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako 351-0198 (Japan); Nagamine, K. [Muon Science Laboratory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK-IMSS), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan)


    Zero-field muon-spin-relaxation measurements have been carried out in order to investigate the Zn- and Ni-substitution effects on the Cu-spin dynamics in the electron-doped Pr{sub 0.86}LaCe{sub 0.14}Cu{sub 1-y}(Zn, Ni) {sub y}O{sub 4+{alpha}}{sub -{delta}} with y = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05 and different values of the reduced oxygen content {delta} ({delta} {<=} 0.09). For the samples with y = 0 and very small {delta} values of {delta} < 0.01, a muon-spin precession due to the formation of a long-range antiferromagnetic order has been observed at low temperatures below {approx}5 K. For the moderately oxygen-reduced samples of 0.01 {<=} {delta} {<=} 0.09, on the contrary, no muon-spin precession has been observed and the temperature dependence of the spectra is similar to one another regardless of the y value. That is, no impurity-induced slowing down of the Cu-spin fluctuations has been detected, which is very different from the results of the hole-doped high-T{sub c} cuprates. The reason is discussed.

  12. Non-conventional superconducting fluctuations in Ba(Fe1-xRhx)2As2 iron-based superconductors. (United States)

    Bossoni, L; Romanó, L; Canfield, P C; Lascialfari, A


    We measured the static uniform spin susceptibility of Ba(Fe(1-x)Rh(x))(2)As(2) iron-based superconductors, over a broad range of doping (0.041 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.094) and magnetic fields. At small fields (H ⩽ 1 kOe) we observed, above the transition temperature Tc, the occurrence of precursor diamagnetism, which is not ascribable to the Ginzburg-Landau theory. On the contrary, our data agree with a phase fluctuation model, which has been used to interpret a similar phenomenology occurring in the high-Tc cuprate superconductors. Additionally, in the presence of strong fields, the unconventional fluctuating diamagnetism is suppressed, whereas Ginzburg-Landau fluctuations are found, in agreement with literature.

  13. EDITORIAL: Focus on Iron-Based Superconductors FOCUS ON IRON-BASED SUPERCONDUCTORS (United States)

    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An


    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

  14. Ambient-pressure organic superconductor (United States)

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


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

  15. Vortices and nanostructured superconductors

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    This book provides expert coverage of modern and novel aspects of the study of vortex matter, dynamics, and pinning in nanostructured and multi-component superconductors. Vortex matter in superconducting materials is a field of enormous beauty and intellectual challenge, which began with the theoretical prediction of vortices by A. Abrikosov (Nobel Laureate). Vortices, vortex dynamics, and pinning are key features in many of today’s human endeavors: from the huge superconducting accelerating magnets and detectors at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which opened new windows of knowledge on the universe, to the tiny superconducting transceivers using Rapid Single Flux Quanta, which have opened a revolutionary means of communication. In recent years, two new features have added to the intrinsic beauty and complexity of the subject: nanostructured/nanoengineered superconductors, and the discovery of a range of new materials showing multi-component (multi-gap) superconductivity. In this book, leading researche...

  16. Heisenberg exchange enhancement by orbital relaxation in cuprate compounds

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    van Oosten, A.B.; Broer, R.; Nieuwpoort, WC


    We calculate the Heisenberg exchange J in the quasi-2D antiferromagnetic cuprates La2CuO4, YBa2Cu3O6, Nd2CuO4 and Sr2CuO2Cl2. We apply all-electron (MC)SCF and non-orthogonal CI calculations to [Cu2O11](18-), [Cu2O9](14-), [Cu2O7](10-) and [Cu2O7Cl4](14-) clusters in a model charge embedding. The

  17. HTSC, negative U, and RVB; cuprates and oxyhalides

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    Wilson, J.A. (Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom))


    Attention is redrawn to published work on a negative U perception of how HTSC develops in the mixed-valent cuprates and bismuthates. The mechanism that has been proposed is one of a two-subsystem, three-center, dynamic seeded disproportionation, driven by strong shell-closure effects in high-valent environment. In pursuing why alternative proposals seem less viable we have made an examination of the oxyhalide systems TiOCl(Br) substituted with scandium. These d[sup 1] oxyhalides are prime candidates for RVB behavior, though not, it seems, superconductivity. 12 refs.

  18. Processing of Superconductor-Normal-Superconductor Josephson Edge Junctions (United States)

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


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

  19. Superconductor to Mott insulator transition in YBa2Cu3O7/LaCaMnO3 heterostructures. (United States)

    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


    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. Theoretical approach to direct resonant inelastic X-ray scattering on magnets and superconductors

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    Marra, Pasquale


    The capability to probe the dispersion of elementary spin, charge, orbital, and lattice excitations has positioned resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) at the forefront of photon science. In this work, we will investigate how RIXS can contribute to a deeper understanding of the orbital properties and of the pairing mechanism in unconventional high-temperature superconductors. In particular, we show how direct RIXS spectra of magnetic excitations can reveal long-range orbital correlations in transition metal compounds, by discriminating different kind of orbital order in magnetic and antiferromagnetic systems. Moreover, we show how RIXS spectra of quasiparticle excitations in superconductors can measure the superconducting gap magnitude, and reveal the presence of nodal points and phase differences of the superconducting order parameter on the Fermi surface. This can reveal the properties of the underlying pairing mechanism in unconventional superconductors, in particular cuprates and iron pnictides, discriminating between different superconducting order parameter symmetries, such as s,d (singlet pairing) and p wave (triplet pairing).

  1. Manganite/Cuprate Superlattice as Artificial Reentrant Spin Glass

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    Ding, Junfeng


    Emerging physical phenomena at the unit-cell-controlled interfaces of transition-metal oxides have attracted lots of interest because of the rich physics and application opportunities. This work reports a reentrant spin glass behavior with strong magnetic memory effect discovered in oxide heterostructures composed of ultrathin manganite La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) and cuprate La2CuO4 (LCO) layers. These heterostructures are featured with enhanced ferromagnetism before entering the spin glass state: a Curie temperature of 246 K is observed in the superlattice with six-unit-cell LSMO layers, while the reference LSMO film with the same thickness shows much weaker magnetism. Furthermore, an insulator-metal transition emerges at the Curie temperature, and below the freezing temperature the superlattices can be considered as a glassy ferromagnetic insulator. These experimental results are closely related to the interfacial spin reconstruction revealed by the first-principles calculations, and the dependence of the reentrant spin glass behavior on the LSMO layer thickness is in line with the general phase diagram of a spin system derived from the infinite-range SK model. The results of this work underscore the manganite/cuprate superlattices as a versatile platform of creating artificial materials with tailored interfacial spin coupling and physical properties. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Thermodynamic properties of Dynes superconductors (United States)

    Herman, František; Hlubina, Richard


    The tunneling density of states in dirty s -wave superconductors is often well described by the phenomenological Dynes formula. Recently we have shown that this formula can be derived, within the coherent potential approximation, for superconductors with simultaneously present pair-conserving and pair-breaking impurity scattering. Here we demonstrate that the theory of such so-called Dynes superconductors is thermodynamically consistent. We calculate the specific heat and critical field of the Dynes superconductors, and we show that their gap parameter, specific heat, critical field, and penetration depth exhibit power-law scaling with temperature in the low-temperature limit. We also show that in the vicinity of a coupling-constant-controlled superconductor to normal metal transition, the Homes law is replaced by a different, pair-breaking-dominated scaling law.

  3. In situ XANES cell used for the study of lanthanum strontium cuprate deNOx catalysts

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    Hagen, Anke


    The potential NOx-reduction electro catalyst lanthanum strontium cuprate has been characterized with an in situ X-ray spectrochemical gas reaction cell. In a series of samples with increasing substitution of trivalent lanthanum by divalent strontium ions, the oxidation state of copper increased......, maintaining charge neutrality, with the concentration of oxygen vacancies likely increasing at substitution ratios larger than Sr/La>0.08. During heating in air, the valence of copper ions in the structure increased. Upon exposure to NO at 500 °C the valence of copper ions in a lanthanum strontium cuprate...... sample decreased, whereas it remained unchanged in the strontium-free lanthanum cuprate sample....

  4. Iron pnictide superconductors

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    Tegel, Marcus Christian


    The scope of this dissertation therefore has not only been the synthesis of various new superconducting and non-superconducting iron pnictides of several structural families but also their in-depth crystallographic and physical characterisation. In Chapters 3 - 6, the family of the ZrCuSiAs-type (1111) compounds is subject of discussion. The solid solution series La(Co{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x})PO is analysed regarding magnetic and superconducting properties and the new compounds EuMnPF and REZnPO, as well as the new superconductor parent compound SrFeAsF are presented. Chapters 7 - 9 are dedicated to the new iron arsenide superconductors of the ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2}-type (122 family). Therein, also the discovery of the first superconductor in this structural family, Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, is unveiled. A detailed examination of the complete solid solution series (Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x})Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} is presented. Moreover, the crystallographic phase transitions of the closely related compounds SrFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and EuFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are characterised and the superconductors Sr{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and Ca{sub 1-x}Na{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are examined for magnetic and phononic excitations. In Chapter 10, the redetermined crystal structure of the superconductor Fe(Se{sub 1-x}Te{sub x}) (11-type) is presented from a chemist's point of view. Chapters 11 - 14 look into the superconducting and non-superconducting iron arsenides of more complex structural families (32522-type and 21311-type). Therein, crystallographic and magnetic details of Sr{sub 3}Sc{sub 2}O{sub 5}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} are presented and Ba{sub 2}ScO{sub 3}FeAs and Sr{sub 2}CrO{sub 3}FeAs, the first two members of the new 21311-type are portrayed. Sr{sub 2}CrO{sub 3}FeAs is looked at in close detail with various methods, so e.g. the spin structure of the magnetically ordered compound is solved and a possible reason for the absence of superconductivity in this compound

  5. High temperature superconductors

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    Paranthaman, Parans


    This essential reference provides the most comprehensive presentation of the state of the art in the field of high temperature superconductors. This growing field of research and applications is currently being supported by numerous governmental and industrial initiatives in the United States, Asia and Europe to overcome grid energy distribution issues. The technology is particularly intended for densely populated areas. It is now being commercialized for power-delivery devices, such as power transmission lines and cables, motors and generators. Applications in electric utilities include current limiters, long transmission lines and energy-storage devices that will help industries avoid dips in electric power.

  6. High-field phase-diagram of Fe arsenide superconductors

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    Jo, Y.J.; Jaroszynski, J.; Yamamoto, A.; Gurevich, A.; Riggs, S.C.; Boebinger, G.S.; Larbalestier, D. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee-FL 32310 (United States); Wen, H.H. [Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Zhigadlo, N.D.; Katrych, S.; Bukowski, Z.; Karpinski, J. [Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETH Zuerich, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland); Liu, R.H.; Chen, H.; Chen, X.H. [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Science a Microscale and Department of Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Balicas, L., E-mail: balicas@magnet.fsu.ed [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee-FL 32310 (United States)


    Here, we report an overview of the phase-diagram of single-layered and double-layered Fe arsenide superconductors at high magnetic fields. Our systematic magneto-transport measurements of polycrystalline SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} at different doping levels confirm the upward curvature of the upper critical magnetic field H{sub c2}(T) as a function of temperature T defining the phase boundary between the superconducting and metallic states for crystallites with the ab planes oriented nearly perpendicular to the magnetic field. We further show from measurements on single-crystals that this feature, which was interpreted in terms of the existence of two superconducting gaps, is ubiquitous among both series of single- and double-layered compounds. In all compounds explored by us the zero temperature upper critical field H{sub c2}(0), estimated either through the Ginzburg-Landau or the Werthamer-Helfand-Hohenberg single gap theories, strongly surpasses the weak-coupling Pauli paramagnetic limiting field. This clearly indicates the strong-coupling nature of the superconducting state and the importance of magnetic correlations for these materials. Our measurements indicate that the superconducting anisotropy, as estimated through the ratio of the effective masses gamma = (m{sub c}/m{sub ab}){sup 1/2} for carriers moving along the c-axis and the ab-planes, respectively, is relatively modest as compared to the high-T{sub c} cuprates, but it is temperature, field and even doping dependent. Finally, our preliminary estimations of the irreversibility field H{sub m}(T), separating the vortex-solid from the vortex-liquid phase in the single-layered compounds, indicates that it is well described by the melting of a vortex lattice in a moderately anisotropic uniaxial superconductor.

  7. Nonlinear optical control of Josephson coupling in cuprates

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    Casandruc, Eliza


    In High-T{sub C} cuprates superconducting Cu-O planes alternate with insulating layers along the crystallographic c-axis, making the materials equivalent to Josephson junctions connected in series. The most intriguing consequence is that the out-of-plane superconducting transport occurs via Cooper pairs tunneling across the insulating layers and can be predicted by the Josephson tunneling equations. Nonlinear interaction between light fields and the superconducting carriers serves as a powerful dynamical probe of cuprates, while offering opportunities for controlling them in an analogous fashion to other stimuli such as pressure and magnetic fields. The main goal of this thesis work is to use intense transient light fields to control the interlayer superconducting transport on ultrafast time scales. This was achieved by tuning the wavelength of such light pulses to completely different ranges, in order to either directly excite Josephson Plasma Waves in the nonlinear regime, or efficiently melt the competing charge and spin order phase, which in certain cuprates quenches the Josephson tunneling at equilibrium. In a first study, I have utilized strong field terahertz transients with frequencies tuned to the Josephson plasma resonance (JPR) to coherently control the c-axis superconducting transport. The Josephson relations have a cubic nonlinearity which is exploited to achieve two related, albeit slightly different, phenomena. Depending on the driving pulse, solitonic breathers were excited with narrow-band multi-cycle pulses in La{sub 1.84}Sr{sub 0.16}CuO{sub 4} while broad-band half-cycle pulses were employed to achieve a parametric amplification of Josephson Plasma Waves in La{sub 1.905}Ba{sub 0.095}CuO{sub 4}. These experiments are supported by extensive modeling, showing exceptional agreement. A comprehensive study illustrates the strong enhancement of the nonlinear effects near the JPR frequency. Then, I turned to investigate the competition between

  8. Identification of Nodal Kink in Electron-Doped (Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4 Superconductor from Laser-Based Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy

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    Zhou X. J.


    Full Text Available High-resolution laser-based angle-resolved photoemission measurements have been carried out on the electron-doped (Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4 high temperature superconductor. We have revealed a clear kink at ~60 meV in the dispersion along the (0,0–(π,π nodal direction, accompanied by a peak-dip-hump feature in the photoemission spectra. This indicates that the nodal electrons are coupled to collective excitations (bosons in electron-doped superconductors, with the phonons as the most likely candidate of the boson. This finding has established a universality of nodal electron coupling in both hole- and electron-doped high temperature cuprate superconductors.

  9. Flux Pinning in Superconductors

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    Matsushita, Teruo


    The book covers the flux pinning mechanisms and properties and the electromagnetic phenomena caused by the flux pinning common for metallic, high-Tc and MgB2 superconductors. The condensation energy interaction known for normal precipitates or grain boundaries and the kinetic energy interaction proposed for artificial Nb pins in Nb-Ti, etc., are introduced for the pinning mechanism. Summation theories to derive the critical current density are discussed in detail. Irreversible magnetization and AC loss caused by the flux pinning are also discussed. The loss originally stems from the ohmic dissipation of normal electrons in the normal core driven by the electric field induced by the flux motion. The readers will learn why the resultant loss is of hysteresis type in spite of such mechanism. The influence of the flux pinning on the vortex phase diagram in high Tc superconductors is discussed, and the dependencies of the irreversibility field are also described on other quantities such as anisotropy of supercondu...

  10. Hybrid superconductor magnet bearings (United States)

    Chu, Wei-Kan


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

  11. Flux pinning in superconductors

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    Matsushita, Teruo


    The book covers the flux pinning mechanisms and properties and the electromagnetic phenomena caused by the flux pinning common for metallic, high-Tc and MgB2 superconductors. The condensation energy interaction known for normal precipitates or grain boundaries and the kinetic energy interaction proposed for artificial Nb pins in Nb-Ti, etc., are introduced for the pinning mechanism. Summation theories to derive the critical current density are discussed in detail. Irreversible magnetization and AC loss caused by the flux pinning are also discussed. The loss originally stems from the ohmic dissipation of normal electrons in the normal core driven by the electric field induced by the flux motion. The readers will learn why the resultant loss is of hysteresis type in spite of such mechanism. The influence of the flux pinning on the vortex phase diagram in high Tc superconductors is discussed, and the dependencies of the irreversibility field are also described on other quantities such as anisotropy of supercondu...

  12. Semiconductor-superconductor optoelectronic devices (United States)

    Bouscher, Shlomi; Panna, Dmitry; Hayat, Alex


    Devices combining superconductors with semiconductors offer a wide range of applications, particularly in the growing field of quantum information processing. This is due to their ability to take advantage of both the extensive knowledge gathered in the field of semiconductors and the unique quantum properties of superconductors. This results in novel device concepts, such as structures generating and detecting entangled photon pairs as well as novel optical gain and laser realizations. In this review, we discuss the fundamental concepts and the underlying physical phenomena of superconductor-semiconductor optoelectronics as well as practical device implementations.

  13. The intrinsic electronic phase diagram of iron-pnictide superconductors

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    Hess, C.; Kondrat, A.; Narduzzo, A.; Hamann-Borrero, J.E.; Klingeler, R.; Grafe, H.; Lang, G.; Hammerath, F.; Paar, D.; Alfonsov, A.; Kataev, V.; Werner, J.; Behr, G.; Buechner, B. [Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, IFW Dresden, 01171 Dresden (Germany)


    We present a detailed study of the intrinsic electronic phase diagram of the oxypnictide superconductors in the normal state based on the analysis of the electrical resistivity {rho} of both LaO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}FeAs and SmO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}FeAs for a wide range of doping. Our data give clear-cut evidence for unusual normal state properties in these new materials. As a function of doping {rho} of LaO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}FeAs shows a clear transition from pseudogap to Fermi liquid-like behavior, mimicking the phase diagram of the cuprates. Moreover, our data reveal a correlation between the strength of the pseudogap signatures and the stability of the superconducting phase. The pseudogap signatures, which are clearly connected with the structural and magnetic transitions of the parent material, become stronger in SmO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}FeAs where superconductivity is enhanced and vanish when superconductivity is reduced in the doping region with Fermi liquid-like behavior. We further present evidence for the connection between the pseudogap signatures in electrical transport and the slowing-down of spin fluctuation.

  14. Synthesis of BiPbSrCaCuO superconductor (United States)

    Hults, William L.; Kubat-Martin, Kimberly A.; Salazar, Kenneth V.; Phillips, David S.; Peterson, Dean E.


    A process and a precursor composition for preparing a lead-doped bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide superconductor of the formula Bi.sub.a Pb.sub.b Sr.sub.c Ca.sub.d Cu.sub.e O.sub.f wherein a is from about 1.7 to about 1.9, b is from about 0.3 to about 0.45, c is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, d is from about 1.6 to about 2.2, e is from about 2.97 to about 3.2 and f is 10.+-.z by reacting a mixture of Bi.sub.4 Sr.sub.3 Ca.sub.3 Cu.sub.4 O.sub.16.+-.z, an alkaline earth metal cuprate, e.g., Sr.sub.9 Ca.sub.5 Cu.sub.24 O.sub.41, and an alkaline earth metal plumbate, e.g., Ca.sub.2-x Sr.sub.x PbO.sub.4 wherein x is about 0.5, is disclosed.

  15. Nematic fluctuations and resonance in iron-based superconductors (United States)

    Gallais, Yann

    The spontaneous appearance of nematicity, a state of matter that breaks rotation but not translation symmetry, is ubiquitous in many iron based superconductors (Fe SC), and has relevance for the cuprates as well. Here I will review recent electronic Raman scattering experiments which report the presence of critical nematic fluctuations in the charge channel in the tetragonal phase of several Fe SC systems. In electron doped Co-BaFe2As2 (Co-Ba122), these fluctuations extend over most of the superconducting dome. Their associated nematic susceptibility shows Curie-Weiss behavior, and its doping dependence suggests the presence of a nematic quantum critical point near optimal TC Similar nematic fluctuations are also observed in FeSe despite the absence of magnetic order, raising the question of the link between nematicity and magnetism in Fe SC. In FeSe I will further contrast the evolution of nematic fluctuations under isoelectronic S substitution and hydrostatic pressures up to 8 GPa, with only the former showing evidence for a nematic quantum critical point. In the superconducting state of Co-Ba122, I will show that a resonance emerges in the Raman spectra near the nematic quantum critical point. This nematic resonance is a clear fingerprint of the coupling between nematic fluctuations and Bogoliubov quasiparticles, and can be thought as the nematic counterpart of the spin resonance observed in neutron scattering experiments. Support from Agence Nationale de la Recherche via ANR Grant ''Pnictides'' is acknowledged.

  16. Overdoped cuprates with high-temperature superconducting transitions

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    M. Marezio


    Full Text Available Evidence for high-Tc cuprate superconductivity is found in a region of the phase diagram where non-superconducting Fermi liquid metals are expected. Cu valences estimated independently from both x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy and bond valence sum measurements are >2.3, and are in close agreement with each other for structures in the homologous series (Cu0.75Mo0.25Sr2(Y,CesCu2O5+2s+δ with s = 1, 2, 3, and 4. The record short apical oxygen distance, at odds with current theory, suggests the possibility of a new pairing mechanism. The possibility that the charge reservoir layers are able to screen long range coulomb interactions and thus enhance Tc is discussed.

  17. Josephson Effect in Singlet Superconductor-Ferromagnet-Triplet Superconductor Junction


    Choi, Chi-Hoon


    We study the current-phase relation of a ballistic SIFIT junction, consisting of a spin-singlet superconductor (S), a weak ferromagnetic metal (F), a spin-triplet superconductor (T), and insulating ferromagnetic interfaces (I). We use the generalized quasiclassical formalism developed by A. Millis et al. to compute the current density and the free energy of the junction for arbitrary orientation of the magnetizations of the junction barrier. We investigate in detail the effect of the distribu...

  18. Superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor nanojunctions from perovskite materials

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    Štrbík, V., E-mail: [Institute of Electrical Engineering, SAS, Dúbravská Cesta 9, Bratislava (Slovakia); Beňačka, Š.; Gaži, Š.; Španková, M.; Šmatko, V. [Institute of Electrical Engineering, SAS, Dúbravská Cesta 9, Bratislava (Slovakia); Knoška, J. [Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY, Notkestraße 85, 22607, Hamburg (Germany); Department of Physics, University of Hamburg, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22607, Hamburg (Germany); Gál, N.; Chromik, Š.; Sojková, M.; Pisarčík, M. [Institute of Electrical Engineering, SAS, Dúbravská Cesta 9, Bratislava (Slovakia)


    Highlights: • Superconductor-ferromagnet-superconductor nanojunction. • Nanojunctions prepared by Ga{sup 3+} focused ion beam patterning. • Indication of triplet Cooper pair component in junction superconducting current. • Qualitative agreement with theoretical model. - Abstract: The lateral superconductor-ferromagnet–superconductor (SFS) nanojunctions based on high critical temperature superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) and half-metallic ferromagnet La{sub 0.67}Sr{sub 0.33}MnO{sub 3} (LSMO) thin films were prepared to investigate a possible presence of long range triplet component (LRTC) of Cooper pairs in the LSMO. We applied Ga{sup 3+} focused ion beam patterning to create YBCO/LSMO/YBCO lateral type nanojunctions with LSMO length as small as 40 nm. The resistivity vs. temperature, critical current density vs. temperature and resistance vs. magnetic field dependence were studied to recognize the LRTC of Cooper pairs in the LSMO. A non-monotonic temperature dependence of junction critical current density and a decrease of the SFS nanojunction resistance in increased magnetic field were observed. Only weak manifestations of LRTC and some qualitative agreement with theory were found out in SFS nanojunctions realized from the perovskite materials. The presence of equal-spin triplet component of Cooper pairs in half-metallic LSMO ferromagnet is not such apparent as in SFS junctions prepared from low temperature superconductors NbTiN and half-metallic ferromagnet CrO{sub 2}.

  19. Manufacturing a Superconductor in School. (United States)

    Barrow, John


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

  20. High temperature superconductor accelerator magnets


    van Nugteren, J.


    For future particle accelerators bending dipoles are considered with magnetic fields exceeding 20T. This can only be achieved using high temperature superconductors (HTS). These exhibit different properties from classical low temperature superconductors and still require significant research and development before they can be applied in a practical accelerator magnet. In order to study HTS in detail, a five tesla demonstrator magnet named Feather-M2 is designed and constructed. The magnet is ...

  1. High Temperature Superconductor Accelerator Magnets


    Van Nugteren, Jeroen; ten Kate, Herman; de Rijk, Gijs; Dhalle, Marc


    For future particle accelerators bending dipoles are considered with magnetic fields exceeding $20T$. This can only be achieved using high temperature superconductors (HTS). These exhibit different properties from classical low temperature superconductors and still require significant research and development before they can be applied in a practical accelerator magnet. In order to study HTS in detail, a five tesla demonstrator magnet named Feather-M2 is designed and constructed. The magnet ...

  2. High-Tc copper oxide superconductors and related novel materials dedicated to prof K. A. Müller on the occasion of his 90th birthday

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    Keller, Hugo; Bianconi, Antonio


    Authored by many of the world's leading experts on high-Tc superconductivity, this volume presents a panorama of ongoing research in the field, as well as insights into related multifunctional materials. The contributions cover many different and complementary aspects of the physics and materials challenges, with an emphasis on superconducting materials that have emerged since the discovery of the cuprate superconductors, for example pnictides, MgB2, H2S and other hydrides. Special attention is also paid to interface superconductivity. In addition to superconductors, the volume also addresses materials related to polar and multifunctional ground states, another class of materials that owes its discovery to Prof. Müller's ground-breaking research on SrTiO3.

  3. Increased T{sub c} in electrolyte-gated cuprates

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    Dhoot, Anoop Singh; Benseman, Tim; Cooper, J.R.; Friend, Richard Henry [Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Wimbush, Stuart C.; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)


    Field-effect transistors built using the high superconducting transition temperature (high-T{sub c}) superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} as the active conductor and electrolyte as the gate dielectric show substantial and relatively robust modulation of conductivity with large increases in T{sub c} of up to 38 K. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. AC-Susceptibility study on vortex-molecule lattice in supermultilayer cuprate HgBa{sub 2}Ca{sub n-1}Cu{sub n}O{sub 2n+2+{delta}} (n = 14)

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    Shivagan, D.D. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)], E-mail:; Shirage, P.M. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Crisan, A. [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Bucharest (Romania); Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Tanaka, Y. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)], E-mail:; Iyo, A. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T. [Tokyo University of Science, Noda, Chiba 278-8510 (Japan); Terada, N. [Department of Nano Structures and Advanced Materials, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)


    We investigated that in HgBa{sub 2}Ca{sub n-1}Cu{sub n}O{sub 2n+2+{delta}} [Hg-12(n-1)n], for n {>=} 6, T{sub c} of about 105 K, vortex melting lines remains constant and independent of number of inner plane CuO{sub 2} layers. However the vortex dynamics of the supermultilayer system could be crucially different from that of single or double layer cuprates. Therefore we measured the fundamental and third harmonic AC susceptibility responses to see the vortex dynamics and vortex matter phase diagram of Hg-12(n-1)n (n = 14), the higher member of super-multilayered cuprate superconductors. The Lindemann type vortex melting line was estimated using onset of third harmonic susceptibility ({chi}{sub 3}), at very low h{sub AC} (50 mOe), and represented by 3D Ginzburg Landau rescaling. Frequency dependence of out of phase susceptibility {chi}''(T) measured at lower fields of 500 and 1000 Oe, for 10 Hz to 10 kHz, showed resonance behaviour in the temperature region 55-68 K, suggesting rotational and translational creep dynamics of vortex molecule, even below usual melting line. We present schematic vortex phase diagram, considering the response of vortex dynamics to applied AC frequencies, taking into account the crossover temperatures obtained from critical slowing down of spin glass model and extended thermal activated model.

  5. Modelling of bulk superconductor magnetization (United States)

    Ainslie, M. D.; Fujishiro, H.


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

  6. Process for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor (United States)

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


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

  7. Ferromagnet / superconductor oxide superlattices (United States)

    Santamaria, Jacobo


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

  8. The study of some physical properties of high temperature superconductors

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    Ismail, Atif Mahmoud


    The phenomenon of superconductivity, the discovery of high temperature superconductivity in the Cuprates and the properties of these materials is described in the introductory chapter. It also includes a discussion of the pseudogap, which has remained a mystery as has the high transition temperature. Possible applications of high temperature superconductivity are reviewed before the theories by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer (BCS) and Ginzburg and Landau are briefly sketched. The last section gives excerpts of the by now vast literature on this subject, focussing on the role impurities play in this context. The second chapter develops the mathematical tools and the theoretical background for the description of many-body systems. Various Green's functions are introduced which are then used to describe scattering of quasiparticles off defects of arbitrary strength. They are also required to calculate the a.c. conductivity, for which an expression is derived using linear response theory. The convergence problems one encounters when actually calculating the conductivity are briefly discussed. Detailed calculations for the normal state are presented in the third chapter and in the appendix. The third Chapter begins with a detailed presentation of the tight binding model for the energy dispersion because this model appears to give a more accurate description of the electronic properties of high temperature superconductors than the nearly free electron model. The shape of the two-dimensional Fermi surface is calculated and displayed as function of band filling and the next-nearest neighbor hopping integral B, assuming a rigid band. B plays an important role in the formation of so-called hot spots. The quasiparticle density of states and its Hilbert transform F({omega}) are solved by means of complete elliptic integrals formalism. These results are used to obtain impurity bound states. A simple model for the superconductivity in the cuprate materials is developed on

  9. An Angle Resolved Photoemission Study of a Mott Insulator and Its Evolution to a High Temperature Superconductor

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    Ronning, Filip


    One of the most remarkable facts about the high temperature superconductors is their close proximity to an antiferromagnetically ordered Mott insulating phase. This fact suggests that to understand superconductivity in the cuprates we must first understand the insulating regime. Due to material properties the technique of angle resolved photoemission is ideally suited to study the electronic structure in the cuprates. Thus, a natural starting place to unlocking the secrets of high Tc would appears to be with a photoemission investigation of insulating cuprates. This dissertation presents the results of precisely such a study. In particular, we have focused on the compound Ca{sub 2-x}Na{sub x}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}. With increasing Na content this system goes from an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator with a Neel transition of 256K to a superconductor with an optimal transition temperature of 28K. At half filling we have found an asymmetry in the integrated spectral weight, which can be related to the occupation probability, n(k). This has led us to identify a d-wave-like dispersion in the insulator, which in turn implies that the high energy pseudogap as seen by photoemission is a remnant property of the insulator. These results are robust features of the insulator which we found in many different compounds and experimental conditions. By adding Na we were able to study the evolution of the electronic structure across the insulator to metal transition. We found that the chemical potential shifts as holes are doped into the system. This picture is in sharp contrast to the case of La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} where the chemical potential remains fixed and states are created inside the gap. Furthermore, the low energy excitations (ie the Fermi surface) in metallic Ca{sub 1.9}Na{sub 0.1}CuO{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} is most well described as a Fermi arc, although the high binding energy features reveal the presence of shadow bands. Thus, the results in this dissertation provide a

  10. Technological Evolution of High Temperature Superconductors (United States)



  11. Pseudogap and proximity effect in the Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor. (United States)

    He, M Q; Shen, J Y; Petrović, A P; He, Q L; Liu, H C; Zheng, Y; Wong, C H; Chen, Q H; Wang, J N; Law, K T; Sou, I K; Lortz, R


    In the interfacial superconductor Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe, two dimensional superconductivity occurs in direct vicinity to the surface state of a topological insulator. If this state were to become involved in superconductivity, under certain conditions a topological superconducting state could be formed, which is of high interest due to the possibility of creating Majorana fermionic states. We report directional point-contact spectroscopy data on the novel Bi2Te3/Fe1+yTe interfacial superconductor for a Bi2Te3 thickness of 9 quintuple layers, bonded by van der Waals epitaxy to a Fe1+yTe film at an atomically sharp interface. Our data show highly unconventional superconductivity, which appears as complex as in the cuprate high temperature superconductors. A very large superconducting twin-gap structure is replaced by a pseudogap above ~12 K which persists up to 40 K. While the larger gap shows unconventional order parameter symmetry and is attributed to a thin FeTe layer in proximity to the interface, the smaller gap is associated with superconductivity induced via the proximity effect in the topological insulator Bi2Te3.

  12. Multistrand superconductor cable (United States)

    Borden, Albert R.


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

  13. Helimagnetism and weak ferromagnetism in edge-shared chain cuprates

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    Drechsler, S.-L. [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden, Postfach 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany)]. E-mail:; Richter, J. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik, Universitaet Magdeburg, D-39016 Magdeburg (Germany); Kuzian, R. [Institute for Problems of Materials Science, Kiev (Ukraine); Malek, J. [Institute of Physics, ASCR, Prague (Czech Republic); Tristan, N. [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden, Postfach 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Buechner, B. [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden, Postfach 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Moskvin, A.S. [Ural State University, 620083 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Gippius, A.A. [Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Vasiliev, A. [Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Volkova, O. [Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Prokofiev, A. [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Technische Universitaet Wien, A-1040 Wien (Austria); Rakoto, H. [Laboratoire National de Champs Magnetiques Pulses, 31432 Toulouse (France); Broto, J.-M. [Laboratoire National de Champs Magnetiques Pulses, 31432 Toulouse (France); Schnelle, W. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Schmitt, M. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Ormeci, A. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Loison, C. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, D-01187 Dresden (Germany); Rosner, H. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stoffe, D-01187 Dresden (Germany)


    The present understanding of a novel growing class of chain cuprates with intriguing magnetic properties is reviewed. Among them, several undoped edge-shared CuO{sub 2} chain compounds show at low temperature a clear tendency to helicoidal magnetical ordering with acute pitch angles and sometimes also to weak ferromagnetism. Our analysis is based on the isotropic 1D frustrated J{sub 1}-J{sub 2} Heisenberg model with ferromagnetic (FM) 1st neighbor and antiferromagnetic 2nd neighbor exchange. The achieved assignment is supported by microscopic calculations of the electronic and magnetic structure. We consider Na(Li)Cu{sub 2}O{sub 2}, LiVCuO{sub 4} as the best studied helimagnets, Li{sub 2}ZrCuO{sub 4} and other systems close to a FM quantum critical point, as well as Li{sub 2}CuO{sub 2} with FM inchain ordering. The interplay of frustrated inchain couplings, anisotropy and interchain exchange is discussed.

  14. Raman spectroscopy of manganite (CMR) and cuprate (HTS) oxides

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    Malde, N


    This thesis discusses Raman scattering measurements on colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) manganite and high temperature superconducting (HTS) cuprate oxides. We have examined the influence of oxygen partial pressure (PO sub 2) on the Raman active phonon modes in infinite layer (n = infinity) manganite thin films. The 230cm sup - sup 1 and 600cm sup - sup 1 phonon frequencies were found to monotonically harden as function of PO sub 2 , therefore serving as good indicators of oxygen stoichiometry. Temperature dependent Raman scattering measurements on two La sub 0 sub . sub 7 Ca sub 0 sub . sub 3 MnO sub 3 (n = infinity) thin films with different structural distortions (induced by deoxygenation) revealed that the 480cm sup - sup 1 and 610cm sup - sup 1 phonon peak intensities were correlated with the d.c resistivity in both films. This could help clarify the role played by phonons on carrier localisation (for T>T sub c) that has been suggested to explain the CMR effect. The controversial origin of the 'FM-like' o...

  15. Physical properties of a new cuprate superconductor Pr2Ba4Cu7O15−δ

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    Akiyuki Matsushita et al


    Full Text Available We present studies of the thermal, magnetic, and electrical transport properties of reduced polycrystalline Pr2Ba4Cu7O15−δ (Pr247 showing a superconducting transition at Tc=10–16 K, and compare them with those of as-sintered non-superconducting Pr247. The electrical resistivity in the normal state exhibited T2 dependence up to approximately 150 K. A clear specific heat anomaly was observed at Tc for Pr247 reduced in a vacuum for 24 h, proving the bulk nature of the superconducting state. By the reduction treatment, the magnetic ordering temperature TN of Pr moments decreased from 16 to 11 K, and the entropy associated with the ordering increased, while the effective paramagnetic moments obtained from the DC magnetic susceptibility varied from 2.72 to 3.13μB. The sign of Hall coefficient changed from positive to negative with decreasing temperature in the normal state of a superconducting Pr247, while that of the as-sintered one was positive down to 5 K. The electrical resistivity under high magnetic fields was found to exhibit Tα dependence (α=0.08–0.4 at low temperatures. A possibility of superconductivity in the so-called CuO double chains is discussed.

  16. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings (United States)

    Weinberger, Bernard R.


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

  17. Topological insulators and topological superconductors

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    Bernevig, Andrei B


    This graduate-level textbook is the first pedagogical synthesis of the field of topological insulators and superconductors, one of the most exciting areas of research in condensed matter physics. Presenting the latest developments, while providing all the calculations necessary for a self-contained and complete description of the discipline, it is ideal for graduate students and researchers preparing to work in this area, and it will be an essential reference both within and outside the classroom. The book begins with simple concepts such as Berry phases, Dirac fermions, Hall conductance and its link to topology, and the Hofstadter problem of lattice electrons in a magnetic field. It moves on to explain topological phases of matter such as Chern insulators, two- and three-dimensional topological insulators, and Majorana p-wave wires. Additionally, the book covers zero modes on vortices in topological superconductors, time-reversal topological superconductors, and topological responses/field theory and topolo...

  18. Strong anisotropy effect in an iron-based superconductor CaFe0.882Co0.118AsF (United States)

    Ma, Yonghui; Ji, Qiucheng; Hu, Kangkang; Gao, Bo; Li, Wei; Mu, Gang; Xie, Xiaoming


    The anisotropy of iron-based superconductors is much smaller than that of the cuprates and that predicted by theoretical calculations. A credible understanding for this experimental fact is still lacking up to now. Here we experimentally study the magnetic-field-angle dependence of electronic resistivity in the superconducting phase of an iron-based superconductor CaFe{}0.882Co{}0.118AsF, and find the strongest anisotropy effect of the upper critical field among the iron-based superconductors based on the framework of Ginzburg-Landau theory. The evidence of the energy band structure and charge density distribution from electronic structure calculations demonstrates that the observed strong anisotropic effect mainly comes from the strong ionic bonding in between the ions of Ca2+ and F-, which weakens the interlayer coupling between the layers of FeAs and CaF. This finding provides a significant insight into the nature of the experimentally-observed strong anisotropic effect of electronic resistivity, and also paves the way for designing exotic two-dimensional artificial unconventional superconductors in the future.

  19. Electronic Identification of the Parental Phases and Mesoscopic Phase Separation of K_{x}Fe_{2-y}Se_{2} Superconductors

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    F. Chen


    Full Text Available The nature of the parent compound of a high-temperature superconductor (HTS often plays a pivotal role in determining its superconductivity. The parent compounds of the cuprate HTSs are antiferromagnetically ordered Mott insulators, while those of the iron-pnictide HTSs are metals with spin-density-wave order. Here we report the electronic identification of two insulating parental phases and one semiconducting parental phase of the newly discovered family of K_{x}Fe_{2-y}Se_{2} superconductors. The two insulating phases exhibit Mott-insulator-like signatures, and one of the insulating phases is even present in the superconducting and semiconducting K_{x}Fe_{2-y}Se_{2} compounds. However, it is mesoscopically phase-separated from the superconducting or semiconducting phase. Moreover, we find that both the superconducting and semiconducting phases are free of the magnetic and vacancy orders present in the insulating phases, and that the electronic structure of the superconducting phase could be developed by doping the semiconducting phase with electrons. The rich electronic properties discovered in these parental phases of the K_{x}Fe_{2-y}Se_{2} superconductors provide the foundation for studying the anomalous behavior in this new class of iron-based superconductors.

  20. A study of lattice dynamics in iron-based superconductors by inelastic light scattering

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    Um, Youngje


    After the discovery of high temperature (high T{sub c}) superconductivity in copper oxide-based materials (cuprates) in 1986, this phenomenon was a unique property of the cuprates for more than 20 years. The origin of high T{sub c} superconductivity is still under debate. In 2008, high T{sub c} superconductivity was discovered in iron-based compounds. This discovery presents new opportunities for the development of a fundamental understanding of high T{sub c} superconductivity. Density functional calculations indicate a weak electron-phonon coupling strength in iron-based superconductors and these suggest that superconductivity is not mediated by phonons. However, experimental report of a large isotope effect of the iron atoms on the superconductivity T{sub c} suggests that phonons play an important role in iron-based superconductors. Motivated by these findings, this thesis presents a Raman scattering study of the lattice dynamics of the iron-based superconductors Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub 1-x}Se{sub x}, LiFeAs and NaFe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}As as a function of chemical composition and temperature. In Fe{sub 1+y}Te{sub 1-x}Se{sub x}, an unconventional linewidth broadening of the c-axis polarized Fe phonon of B{sub 1g} symmetry is found with decreasing temperature, which indicates an unusual coupling between the phonon and iron excessinduced magnetic fluctuations in this compound. In LiFeAs, the Raman scattering data provide evidence for a weak electron-phonon coupling, which is consistent with non-phonon mediated Cooper pairing in this compound. In NaFe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}As, upon cooling two features are observed: (i) an unconventional linewidth broadening of several phonons, which is indicative of spin fluctuation-phonon coupling, and (ii) a superconductivity-induced phonon lineshape renormalization, which can not be explained by standard model calculations.

  1. Apparatus for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor (United States)

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


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

  2. Apparatus for fabricating continuous lengths of superconductor (United States)

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


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

  3. High temperature superconductor current leads (United States)

    Hull, John R.; Poeppel, Roger B.


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

  4. Magnetic Susceptability Measurements in Superconductors (United States)

    Kim, Jason; Mallory, Kendall; Seim, Ryan


    A new undergraduate research facility in magnetic susceptability measurements on superconductors is being developed at the University of Northern Colorado. Initial data measurements of the magnetic susceptability of various superconductors will be presented. These measurements were obtained with a liquid helium/nitrogen dewar that was reassembled for use in this project. The cryostat consists of two separate dewars, the first of which contains liquid nitrogen, the second, liquid helium. The liquid nitrogen dewar is used to keep the helium bath from evaporating off too quickly. Data on the evaporation rates of the two liquids will also be presented.

  5. Spin superconductor in ferromagnetic graphene


    Sun, Qing-feng; Jiang, Zhao-tan; Yu, Yue; Xie, X. C.


    We show a spin superconductor (SSC) in ferromagnetic graphene as the counterpart to the charge superconductor, in which a spin-polarized electron-hole pair plays the role of the spin $2 (\\hbar/2)$ `Cooper pair' with a neutral charge. We present a BCS-type theory for the SSC. With the `London-type equations' of the super-spin-current density, we show the existence of an electric `Meissner effect' against a spatial varying electric field. We further study a SSC/normal conductor/SSC junction and...

  6. Nature and organization of the CuO{sub 2}-plane. As experimentally probed in the prototype high-temperature superconductor Bi2201

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    Dudy, Lenart E.


    This thesis deals with the experimental exploration of the high-temperature superconducting Bi-cuprate system and mainly with single crystals of the one-layer Bi2201. To begin, the structural change resulting from Pb substitution was explored by using topological scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). The resulting morphologies were explained in a pseudo-binary phase-diagram. Using energy dispersive x-ray analysis and AC-susceptibility, it was proven that, for two variations of Bi2201 and also for LSCO, the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub C}) always drops at the same hole-doping values - an effect that might be explained by the so-called 'magic doping fractions'. By analyzing STM-data, it was reasonably argued that the so-called 'checkerboard order' is not preferentially due to an ordering of the carriers in the Copper-Oxygen-plane. In the interpretation presented here, it is caused by dopant-atoms or dopant-complexes. The role of the Oxygen might be of particular importance. Measurements concerning the pseudogap-phase were then shown. Using angular resolved photoemission (ARPES), it was found that the gap in the antinodal direction is dominantly caused by the pseudogap-phase. Interestingly, while resistivity measurements detect two crossover temperatures, ARPES detects only the lower pseudogap-temperature. It can also be stated that the pseudogap also exists in the overdoped region. The most important finding about the pseudogap-temperature and the pseudogap-magnitude was that they also react on the doping values of the depressions in T{sub C}. Due to this finding, it was proposed that superconductivity occurs when an otherwise perfect charge-ordered and spin-ordered two-dimensional electronic system has mobile defective holes. (orig.)

  7. Spin excitation anisotropy in the optimally isovalent-doped superconductor BaFe2(As0.7P0.3)2 (United States)

    Hu, Ding; Zhang, Wenliang; Wei, Yuan; Roessli, Bertrand; Skoulatos, Markos; Regnault, Louis Pierre; Chen, Genfu; Song, Yu; Luo, Huiqian; Li, Shiliang; Dai, Pengcheng


    We use neutron polarization analysis to study spin excitation anisotropy in the optimally isovalent-doped superconductor BaFe2(As0.7P0.3 )2 (Tc=30 K). Different from optimally hole- and electron-doped BaFe2As2 , where there is a clear spin excitation anisotropy in the paramagnetic tetragonal state well above Tc, we find no spin excitation anisotropy for energies above 2 meV in the normal state of BaFe2(As0.7P0.3 )2. Upon entering the superconducting state, significant spin excitation anisotropy develops at the antiferromagnetic (AF) zone center QAF=(1 ,0 ,L =odd ) , while the magnetic spectrum is isotropic at the zone boundary Q =(1 ,0 ,L =even ) . By comparing the temperature, wave vector, and polarization dependence of the spin excitation anisotropy in BaFe2(As0.7P0.3 )2 and hole-doped Ba0.67K0.33Fe2As2 (Tc=38 K), we conclude that such anisotropy arises from spin-orbit coupling and is associated with the nearby AF order and superconductivity.

  8. Band structure and Fermi surfaces of the reentrant ferromagnetic superconductor Eu (Fe0.86Ir0.14)2As2 (United States)

    Xing, S.; Mansart, J.; Brouet, V.; Sicot, M.; Fagot-Revurat, Y.; Kierren, B.; Le Fèvre, P.; Bertran, F.; Rault, J. E.; Paramanik, U. B.; Hossain, Z.; Chainani, A.; Malterre, D.


    The electronic structure of the reentrant superconductor Eu (Fe0.86Ir0.14 )2As2 (Tc=22 K) with coexisting ferromagnetic order (TM=18 K) is investigated using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. We study the in-plane and out-of-plane band dispersions and Fermi surface (FS) of Eu (Fe0.86Ir0.14)2As2 . The near-EF Fe-3 d -derived band dispersions near the Γ and X high-symmetry points show changes due to Ir substitution, but the FS topology is preserved. From momentum-dependent measurements of the superconducting gap measured at T =5 K, we estimate an essentially isotropic s -wave gap (Δ ˜5.25 ±0.25 meV), indicative of strong-coupling superconductivity with 2 Δ /kBTc≃5.8 . The gap gets closed at temperatures T ≥10 K, and this is attributed to the resistive phase which sets in at TM=18 K due to the Eu2 +-derived magnetic order. The modification of the FS with Ir substitution clearly indicates an effective hole doping with respect to the parent compound.

  9. From a Single-Band Metal to a High-Temperature Superconductor via Two Thermal Phase Transitions

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    He, R.-H.; Hashimoto, M.; Karapetyan, H.; Koralek, J.D.; Hinton, J.P.; Testaud, J.P.; Nathan, V.; Yoshida, Y.; Yao, H.; Tanaka, K.; Meevasana, W.; Moore, R.G.; Lu, D.H.; Mo, S.-K.; Ishikado, M.; Eisaki, H.; Hussain, Z.; Devereaux, T.P.; Kivelson, S.A.; Orenstein, J.; Kapitulnik, A.


    The nature of the pseudogap phase of cuprate high-temperature superconductors is one of the most important unsolved problems in condensed matter physics. We studied the commencement of the pseudogap state at temperature T* using three different techniques (angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, polar Kerr effect, and time-resolved reflectivity) on the same optimally-doped Bi2201 crystals. We observe the coincident onset at T* of a particle-hole asymmetric antinodal gap, a non-zero Kerr rotation, and a change in the relaxational dynamics, consistent with a phase transition. Upon further cooling, spectroscopic signatures of superconductivity begin to grow close to the superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}), entangled in an energy-momentum dependent fashion with the pre-existing pseudogap features.

  10. A precursor state to unconventional superconductivity in the heavy fermion superconductor CeIrIn{sub 5}

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    Nair, Sunil; Wirth, S.; Nicklas, M.; Steglich, F. [Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Noethnitzer Str. 40, Dresden 01187 (Germany); Sarrao, J.L.; Thompson, J.D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Fisk, Z. [University of California, Irvine, California 92697 (United States)


    The CeMIn{sub 5} (where M: Co, Rh or Ir) family of heavy fermion systems is currently in vogue; not only for the host of novel properties they exhibit in its normal and superconducting states, but also for the rather striking resemblance many of these properties have with the cuprate high temperature superconductors. Here, we present sensitive measurements of the Hall effect and magnetoresistance in CeIrIn{sub 5}, in the temperature range 0.05 K {<=}T {<=} 2.5 K and magnetic fields up to 15 T. The magnetoresistance is used to demarcate the presence of a low temperature Kondo coherent state. Furthermore, by means of Kohler's scaling plots, the crossover from a Landau-Fermi liquid to a non-Fermi liquid regime is inferred. The functional form of the Hall resistivity is observed to be in concurrence with that expected for a compensated metal. The most striking observation pertains to the presence of a precursor state to superconductivity characterized by a change in the Hall scattering rate, in similarity to the pseudogap state in the cuprates. Moreover, the critical fields of the precursor state and the superconducting one can be scaled on to each other, implying that they could arise from the same underlying physical mechanism.

  11. Effect of the Fermi surface reconstruction on the self-energy of the copper-oxide superconductors

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    Bellafi, B. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Campus Universitaire, 1060 Tunis (Tunisia); Azzouz, M., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Laurentian University, Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6 (Canada); Al Akhawayn University, School of Science and Engineering, P.O. Box 104, Hassan II Avenue, 53000 Ifrane (Morocco); Charfi-Kaddour, S. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Campus Universitaire, 1060 Tunis (Tunisia)


    Highlights: • Effect of the pseudogap on self-energy. • Correction beyond the rotating antiferromagnetism mean-field theory. • Effect of the Fermi surface on self-energy. - Abstract: 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-T{sub C} 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-T{sub C} cuprate superconductors, namely the Fermi surface reconstruction and the hidden symmetry, which are closely related to the pseudogap.

  12. Development of superconductor application technology

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    Hong, G. W.; Kim, C. J.; Lee, H. G.; Lee, H. J.; Kim, K. B.; Won, D. Y.; Jang, K. I.; Kwon, S. C.; Kim, W. J.; Ji, Y. A.; Yang, S. W.; Kim, W. K.; Park, S. D.; Lee, M. H.; Lee, D. M.; Park, H. W.; Yu, J. K.; Lee, I. S.; Kim, J. J.; Choi, H. S.; Chu, Y.; Kim, Y. S.; Kim, D. H.


    Fabrication of high Tc bulk superconductor and its application, fabrication of superconducting wire for electric power device and analysis for cryogenic system were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies for electric power system. High quality YBaCuO bulk superconductor was fabricated by controlling initial powder preparation process and prototype flywheel energy storage device was designed basically. The superconducting levitation force measuring device was made to examine the property of prepared superconductor specimen. Systematic studies onthe method of starting powder preparation, mechanical fabrication process, heat treatment condition and analysis of plastic deformation were carried out to increase the stability and reproducibility of superconducting wire. A starting power with good reactivity and fine particle size was obtained by mechanical grinding, control of phase assemblage, and emulsion drying method. Ag/BSCCO tape with good cross sectional shape and Jc of 20,000 A/cm{sup 2} was fabricated by applying CIP packing procedure. Multifilamentary wire with Jc of 10,000 A/cm{sup 2} was fabricated by rolling method using square billet as starting shape. The joining of the multifilamentary wire was done by etching and pressing process and showed 50% of joining efficiency. Analysis on the heat loss in cryostat for high Tc superconducting device was carried out for optimum design of the future cryogenic system. (author). 66 refs., 104 figs.

  13. Preparation of superconductor precursor powders (United States)

    Bhattacharya, Raghunath; Blaugher, Richard D.


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

  14. High Temperature Superconductor Machine Prototype

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    Mijatovic, Nenad; Jensen, Bogi Bech; Træholt, Chresten


    A versatile testing platform for a High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) machine has been constructed. The stationary HTS field winding can carry up to 10 coils and it is operated at a temperature of 77K. The rotating armature is at room temperature. Test results and performance for the HTS field...

  15. Chemistry of high temperature superconductors

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    This review volume contains the most up-to-date articles on the chemical aspects of high temperature oxide superconductors. These articles are written by some of the leading scientists in the field and includes a comprehensive list of references. This is an essential volume for researchers working in the fields of ceramics, materials science and chemistry.

  16. Charge ordering phenomena and superconductivity in underdoped cuprates

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    Tassini, Leonardo [Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Muenchen (Germany). Lehrstuhl E23 fuer Technische Physik


    In this thesis electronic properties of two prototypical copper-oxygen superconductors were studied with Raman scattering. The underdoped regime including the onset point of superconductivity p{sub sc1} was investigated. Evidence of quasi one-dimensional (1D) dynamical stripes was found. The 1D structures have a universal preferential orientation along the diagonals of the CuO{sub 2} planes below p{sub sc1}. At p{sub sc1}, lattice and electron dynamics change discontinuously. The results show that charge ordering drives the transition at p{sub sc1} and that the maximal transition temperature to superconductivity at optimal doping T{sub c}{sup MAX} depends on the type of ordering at p{sub sc1}. (orig.)

  17. Metal–insulator crossover in high Tc cuprates: A gauge field approach

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    1,2], with a big positive trans- verse magnetoresistance at low T [3,4]. 2. Superconducting samples of a variety of cuprates (LSCO, BSLCO, PCCO, ...) [5], in strong magnetic field (up to 60 Tesla) suppressing superconductivity also show a metal–.

  18. Andreev levels in a Josephson superconductor graphene superconductor nanostructure

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    Manjarrés, Diego A., E-mail:; Gomez P, S., E-mail:; Herrera, William J., E-mail:


    We obtain the bound states in superconductor-graphene-superconductor nanostructure, which are responsible for the Josephson effect. The coupling between graphene and each superconducting region is modeled as two different hopping parameters in the respective SG and GS interfaces. With the purpose of determining the local density of states and the spectrum, the Green function of the junction is calculated resolving the Dyson equation. We obtain that the number of levels depends on the width and doping of graphene region and this occurs for the two types of edge (armchair or zigzag). We investigate the behavior of the bound states as a function of the transparency. In the limit of a transparent junction, the results obtained by the Green's function method reproduce those present in the literature. In the tunnel limit the spectrum is different for armchair and zigzag edges.

  19. Andreev levels in a Josephson superconductor graphene superconductor nanostructure (United States)

    Manjarrés, Diego A.; Gomez P., S.; Herrera, William J.


    We obtain the bound states in superconductor-graphene-superconductor nanostructure, which are responsible for the Josephson effect. The coupling between graphene and each superconducting region is modeled as two different hopping parameters in the respective SG and GS interfaces. With the purpose of determining the local density of states and the spectrum, the Green function of the junction is calculated resolving the Dyson equation. We obtain that the number of levels depends on the width and doping of graphene region and this occurs for the two types of edge (armchair or zigzag). We investigate the behavior of the bound states as a function of the transparency. In the limit of a transparent junction, the results obtained by the Green's function method reproduce those present in the literature. In the tunnel limit the spectrum is different for armchair and zigzag edges.

  20. Non-conventional superconducting fluctuations in Ba(Fe1-xRhx)2As2 iron-based superconductors

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    Bossoni, L. [Univ. of Pavia (Italy); Romano, L. [Univ. of Parma (Italy); Canfield, Paul C. [Ames Lab., Ames, IA (United States); Lascialfari, A. [Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)


    We measured the static uniform spin susceptibility of Ba(Fe1-xRhx)2As2 iron-based superconductors, over a broad range of doping (0.041x0.094) and magnetic fields. At small fields (H ≤ 1 kOe) we observed, above the transition temperature Tc, the occurrence of precursor diamagnetism, which is not ascribable to the Ginzburg–Landau theory. On the contrary, our data agree with a phase fluctuation model, which has been used to interpret a similar phenomenology occurring in the high-Tc cuprate superconductors. Additionally, in the presence of strong fields, the unconventional fluctuating diamagnetism is suppressed, whereas Ginzburg–Landau fluctuations are found, in agreement with literature.

  1. Holographic complexity in gauge/string superconductors

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    Davood Momeni


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

  2. Hybridization at superconductor-semiconductor interfaces


    Mikkelsen, August E. G.; Kotetes, Panagiotis; Krogstrup, Peter; Flensberg, Karsten


    Hybrid superconductor-semiconductor devices are currently one of the most promising platforms for realizing Majorana zero modes. We address the role of band bending and superconductor-semiconductor hybridization in such devices by analyzing a gated single Al-InAs interface using a self-consistent Schroedinger-Poisson approach. Our numerical analysis shows that the band bending leads to an interface quantum well, which localizes the charge in the system near the superconductor-semiconductor in...

  3. Large Tunable Thermophase in Superconductor - Quantum Dot - Superconductor Josephson Junctions. (United States)

    Kleeorin, Yaakov; Meir, Yigal; Giazotto, Francesco; Dubi, Yonatan


    In spite of extended efforts, detecting thermoelectric effects in superconductors has proven to be a challenging task, due to the inherent superconducting particle-hole symmetry. Here we present a theoretical study of an experimentally attainable Superconductor - Quantum Dot - Superconductor (SC-QD-SC) Josephson Junction. Using Keldysh Green's functions we derive the exact thermo-phase and thermal response of the junction, and demonstrate that such a junction has highly tunable thermoelectric properties and a significant thermal response. The origin of these effects is the QD energy level placed between the SCs, which breaks particle-hole symmetry in a gradual manner, allowing, in the presence of a temperature gradient, for gate controlled appearance of a superconducting thermo-phase. This thermo-phase increases up to a maximal value of ±π/2 after which thermovoltage is expected to develop. Our calculations are performed in realistic parameter regimes, and we suggest an experimental setup which could be used to verify our predictions.

  4. Melt processed high-temperature superconductors

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    The achievement of large critical currents is critical to the applications of high-temperature superconductors. Recent developments have shown that melt processing is suitable for producing high J c oxide superconductors. Using magnetic forces between such high J c oxide superconductors and magnets, a person could be levitated.This book has grown largely out of research works on melt processing of high-temperature superconductors conducted at ISTEC Superconductivity Research Laboratory. The chapters build on melt processing, microstructural characterization, fundamentals of flux pinning, criti

  5. Negative magnetic relaxation in superconductors

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    Krasnoperov E.P.


    Full Text Available It was observed that the trapped magnetic moment of HTS tablets or annuli increases in time (negative relaxation if they are not completely magnetized by a pulsed magnetic field. It is shown, in the framework of the Bean critical-state model, that the radial temperature gradient appearing in tablets or annuli during a pulsed field magnetization can explain the negative magnetic relaxation in the superconductor.

  6. Doped graphene as a superconductor

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    Mousavi, Hamze, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    We study s-wave superconductivity state in doped graphene within the extended attractive Hubbard model and BCS theory. We use the Green's function approach and coherent potential approximation. We obtain critical temperature of graphene, T{sub c}, as a function of the impurity concentration, c, as well as impurity strength, {delta}. The results show that when c and {delta}, are increased, T{sub c} remains finite and doped graphene can be a superconductor.

  7. Double helix nodal line superconductor


    Sun, Xiao-Qi; Lian, Biao; Zhang, Shou-Cheng


    Time-reversal invariant superconductors in three dimensions may contain nodal lines in the Brillouin zone, which behave exactly as Wilson loops of 3d momentum-space Chern-Simons theory of the Berry connection. Here we study the conditions of realizing linked nodal lines (Wilson loops), which yield a topological contribution to the thermal magnetoelectric coefficient that is given by the Chern-Simons action. We find the essential conditions are the existence of torus or higher genus fermi surf...

  8. Engineering Holographic Superconductor Phase Diagrams


    Chen, Jiunn-Wei; Dai, Shou-Huang; Maity, Debaprasad; Zhang, Yun-Long


    We study how to engineer holographic models with features of a high temperature superconductor phase diagram. We introduce a field in the bulk which provides a tunable "doping" parameter in the boundary theory. By designing how this field changes the effective masses of other order parameter fields, desired phase diagrams can be engineered. We give examples of generating phase diagrams with phase boundaries similar to a superconducting dome and an anti-ferromagnetic phase by including two ord...

  9. Large orbital polarization in a metallic square-planar nickelate (United States)

    Zhang, Junjie; Botana, A. S.; Freeland, J. W.; Phelan, D.; Zheng, Hong; Pardo, V.; Norman, M. R.; Mitchell, J. F.


    High-temperature cuprate superconductivity remains a defining problem in condensed-matter physics. Among myriad approaches to addressing this problem has been the study of alternative transition metal oxides with similar structures and 3d electron count that are suggested as proxies for cuprate physics. None of these analogues has been superconducting, and few are even metallic. Here, we report that the low-valent, quasi-two-dimensional trilayer compound Pr4Ni3O8 avoids a charge-stripe-ordered phase previously reported for La4Ni3O8, leading to a metallic ground state. X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that metallic Pr4Ni3O8 exhibits a low-spin configuration with significant orbital polarization and pronounced dx2-y2 character in the unoccupied states above the Fermi energy, a hallmark of the cuprate superconductors. Density functional theory calculations corroborate this finding, and reveal that the dx2-y2 orbital dominates the near-Ef occupied states as well. Belonging to a regime of 3d electron count found for hole-doped cuprates, Pr4Ni3O8 thus represents one of the closest analogues to cuprates yet reported and a singularly promising candidate for high-Tc superconductivity if electron doping could be achieved.

  10. Phonons, electronic charge response and electron-phonon interaction in the high-temperature superconductors (United States)

    Falter, Claus


    We investigate the complete phonon dispersion, the phonon induced electronic charge response and the corresponding self-consistent change of the crystal potential an electron feels as a direct measure of the electron-phonon interaction in the high-temperature superconductors within a microscopic model in the framework of linear response theory. Moreover, dielectric and infrared properties are calculated. The experimentally observed strong renormalization of the in-plane oxygen bond-stretching modes which appears upon doping in the high-temperature superconductors is discussed. It is shown that the characteristic softening, indicating a strong nonlocal electron-phonon interaction, is most likely a generic effect of the CuO plane and is driven by a nonlocal coupling of the displaced ions to the localized charge-fluctuations at the Cu and the Oxy ions. At hand of the oxygen bond-stretching modes it is illustrated how lattice-, charge- and spin-degrees of freedom may act synergetically for anisotropic pairing in the high-temperature superconductors. The different behaviour of these modes during the insulator-metal transition via the underdoped phase is calculated and from a comparison of these generic modes in the different phases conclusions about the electronic state are drawn. For the non-cuprate potassium doped high-temperature superconductor Ba-Bi-O also a very strong and anisotropic renormalization of the oxygen bond-stretching modes is predicted. In another investigation c-axis polarized infrared- and Raman-active modes of the HTSC's are calculated in terms of charge fluctuations and anisotropic dipole-fluctuations. Mode assignments discussed controversially in the literature are proposed. Finally, interlayer phonons propagating along the c-axis and their accompanying charge response are investigated. Depending on the strength of the interlayer coupling calculations are performed ranging from the static, adiabatic response regime to the non-adiabatic regime

  11. Some Comments on London Theory for Superconductors


    M. A. Grado Caffaro; M. Grado Caffaro


    The basic formulae of London theory for superconductors are reviewed. Moreover, an expression for the spatial charge density in a type-II superconductor is obtained; this equation is associated with sinusoidal oscillations. Considerations on both penetration depth and coherence length are exposed.

  12. High temperature superconductors: A technological revolution (United States)


    The objectives are to demonstrate the Meissner effect through magnetic levitation, to demonstrate one application of the Meissner effect, the low friction magnetic rotation bearing, and to demonstrate magnetic flux penetration and the Type II nature of ceramic superconductors via the stacking of the superconductor disks. Experimental equipment and procedures are described.

  13. Superconductors in the High School Classroom (United States)

    Lincoln, James


    In this article, we discuss the behavior of high-temperature superconductors and how to demonstrate them safely and effectively in the high school or introductory physics classroom. Included here is a discussion of the most relevant physics topics that can be demonstrated, some safety tips, and a bit of the history of superconductors. In an effort…

  14. Peculiar temperature-dependent charge response of frustrated chain cuprates near a critical point

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    Drechsler, S-L; Malek, J; Nishimoto, S; Nitzsche, U; Kuzian, R; Eschrig, H [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung (IFW) Dresden, PO Box 270116, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Rosner, H, E-mail: s.l.drechsler@ifw-dresden.d [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Chemische Physik fester Stofie, Dresden (Germany)


    The optical conductivity sigma(omega) is calculated at finite temperature T for CuO{sub 2} chain clusters within a pd-Hubbard model. Data at T = 300 K for Li{sub 2}CuO{sub 2} are reanalyzed within this approach. The relative weights of Zhang-Rice singlet and triplet charge excitations near 2.5 and 4 eV, respectively, depend strongly on T, and a dramatic dependence of sigma(omega) on the ratio of the 1st to 2nd neighbor exchange integrals is predicted. Information about exchange interactions for edge-shared cuprates can be obtained from T-dependent optical spectra. A reduced intensity of the ZRS-transition with increasing T is also relevant for unfrustrated cuprates in general.

  15. Superconductor lunar telescopes --Abstract only (United States)

    Chen, P. C.; Pitts, R.; Shore, S.; Oliversen, R.; Stolarik, J.; Segal, K.; Hojaji, H.


    We propose a new type of telescope designed specifically for the lunar environment of high vacuum and low temperature. Large area UV-Visible-IR telescope arrays can be built with ultra-light-weight replica optics. High T(sub c) superconductors provide support, steering, and positioning. Advantages of this approach are light-weight payload compatible with existing launch vehicles, configurable large area optical arrays, no excavation or heavy construction, and frictionless electronically controlled mechanisms. We have built a prototype and will be demonstarting some of its working characteristics.

  16. Vortex ice in nanostructured superconductors

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    Reichhardt, Charles [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Reichhardt, Cynthia J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Libal, Andras J [Los Alamos National Laboratory


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

  17. Quasiclassical theory of the vortex state in unconventional systems. Study of magnesium diboride and d-wave superconductors; Quasiklassische Theorie des Vortexzustandes in unkonventionellen Systemen. Betrachtung zu Magnesiumdiborid und d-Wellen-Supraleitern

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    Graser, S.


    The two-band superconductor magnesium diboride as well as the high temperature cuprates belong to the class of type-II superconductors. In these systems between an upper and a lower critical magnetic field one can only find an incomplete Meissner effect und magnetic flux penetrates the superconductor in form of quantized flux tubes, so-called vortices. This work is devoted to the vortex state in magnesium diboride and the interplay of vortices and boundaries in d-wave superconductors. First of all analytical results for the quasiparticle density of states in high magnetic fields are obtained within the framework of the quasiclassical theory. Especially the influence of the Fermi surface topology on the spatially averaged quasiparticle density of states is discussed in detail. Furthermore selfconsistent numerical calculations of the pairing potential around an isolated vortex - a model of the vortex state in the vicinity of the lower critical field - are performed. In this context the unusual shrinkage of the vortex core with decreasing temperature, visible only in very clean superconductors and known as the Kramer-Pesch-effect, is examined for a two-band system. The last chapter is concerned with the influence of the flow-field of an isolated phase vortex on the Andreev bound states at the surface of a d-wave superconductor. The local suppression of the Andreev bound states in a shadow-like region between vortex and boundary is the main result and consequences of this ''vortexshadow-effect'' are discussed. (orig.)

  18. Magnetic excitations of layered cuprates studied by RIXS at Cu L{sub 3} edge

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    Ghiringhelli, G., E-mail: [CNR/SPIN, CNISM and Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy); Braicovich, L. [CNR/SPIN, CNISM and Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano (Italy)


    Highlights: ► We have developed very high resolution RIXS instrumentation. ► Cu L{sub 3} RIXS is ideal for studying magnetic excitations in layered cuprates. ► RIXS has been used to map magnon and paramagnon dispersion in HTcS. ► We have developed the first partial polarization analyzer for RIXS in the soft X-rays. -- Abstract: The inelastic scattering of X-rays is becoming a powerful alternative to better established techniques, based on neutrons or low energy photons, for the study of low- and medium-energy excitations in solids. When performed in the soft range the resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) is ideal for strongly correlated electron systems based on 3d transition metals. The remarkable evolution of Cu L{sub 3} RIXS has been boosted by the steady improvement of experimental energy resolution, and by the fortunate fact that cuprates give intense and richly featured spectra. Over the last 8 years several key results were obtained using the AXES (ESRF) and the SAXES (SLS) spectrometers. This initial success is now supporting several new projects for soft X-ray RIXS worldwide. We briefly present here the case of spin excitation dispersion in insulating and superconducting cuprates and the first RIXS spectra with partial polarization analysis of the scattered photons.

  19. Method to improve superconductor cable (United States)

    Borden, A.R.


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

  20. High Temperature Superconductor Accelerator Magnets

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    For future particle accelerators bending dipoles are considered with magnetic fields exceeding $20T$. This can only be achieved using high temperature superconductors (HTS). These exhibit different properties from classical low temperature superconductors and still require significant research and development before they can be applied in a practical accelerator magnet. In order to study HTS in detail, a five tesla demonstrator magnet named Feather-M2 is designed and constructed. The magnet is based on ReBCO coated conductor, which is assembled into a $10kA$ class Roebel cable. A new and optimized Aligned Block layout is used, which takes advantage of the anisotropy of the conductor. This is achieved by providing local alignment of the Roebel cable in the coil windings with the magnetic field lines. A new Network Model capable of analyzing transient electro-magnetic and thermal phenomena in coated conductor cables and coils is developed. This model is necessary to solve critical issues in coated conductor ac...

  1. Raman spectroscopic studies on single crystals of the iron-based superconductor SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}

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    Jursic, Ivan; Schoenes, Joachim [Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Institut fuer Physik der Kondensierten Materie, 38106 Braunschweig (Germany); Bukowski, Zbigniew; Karpinski, Janusz [ETH Zuerich, Laboratorium fuer Festkoerperphysik, 8093 Zuerich (Switzerland)


    The recent discovery of superconductivity in iron-based oxypnctides has led to a great interest in this new class of non-cuprate high-T{sub c} superconductors. Though theoretical work predicts a small electron-phonon coupling, which means that this should not be the driving mechanism for the observed T{sub c}'s in this class of material, the exact coupling mechanism is still under debate. We present Raman studies on superconducting SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} single crystals where the T{sub c} was determined by SQUID magnetometric measurements to be 34 K. At room temperature polarized measurements were performed to assign the phonon modes. Furthermore studies at different temperatures reaching from 5K to 300K were done to investigate the phonon behavior. The phonon frequencies shift with temperature and we investigate this shift in terms of electron-phonon coupling.

  2. Hysteretic Vortex-Matching Effects in High-Tc Superconductors with Nanoscale Periodic Pinning Landscapes Fabricated by He Ion-Beam Projection (United States)

    Zechner, G.; Jausner, F.; Haag, L. T.; Lang, W.; Dosmailov, M.; Bodea, M. A.; Pedarnig, J. D.


    Square arrays of submicrometer columnar defects in thin YBa2 Cu3 O7 -δ (YBCO) films with spacings down to 300 nm are fabricated by a He ion-beam projection technique. Pronounced peaks in the critical current and corresponding minima in the resistance demonstrate the commensurate arrangement of flux quanta with the artificial pinning landscape, despite the strong intrinsic pinning in epitaxial YBCO films. While these vortex-matching signatures are exactly at the predicted values in field-cooled experiments, they are displaced in zero-field-cooled, magnetic-field-ramped experiments, conserving the equidistance of the matching peaks and minima. These observations reveal an unconventional critical state in a cuprate superconductor with an artificial, periodic pinning array. The long-term stability of such out-of-equilibrium vortex arrangements paves the way for electronic applications employing fluxons.

  3. Microwave Properties of Superconductors Close to the Superconductor-Insulator Transition (United States)

    Feigel'man, M. V.; Ioffe, L. B.


    Strongly disordered pseudogapped superconductors are expected to display arbitrarily high values of kinetic inductance close to the superconductor-insulator transition (SIT), which make them attractive for the implementation of large dissipationless inductance. We develop the theory of the collective modes in these superconductors and discuss associated dissipation at microwave frequencies. We obtain the collective mode spectra dependence on the disorder level and conclude that collective modes become a relevant source of dissipation and noise in the outer proximity of the SIT.

  4. Aeronautical applications of high-temperature superconductors (United States)

    Turney, George E.; Luidens, Roger W.; Uherka, Kenneth; Hull, John


    The successful development of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) could have a major impact on future aeronautical propulsion and aeronautical flight vehicle systems. A preliminary examination of the potential application of HTS for aeronautics indicates that significant benefits may be realized through the development and implementation of these newly discovered materials. Applications of high-temperature superconductors (currently substantiated at 95 k) were envisioned for several classes of aeronautical systems, including subsonic and supersonic transports, hypersonic aircraft, V/STOL aircraft, rotorcraft, and solar, microwave and laser powered aircraft. Introduced and described are the particular applications and potential benefits of high-temperature superconductors as related to aeronautics and/or aeronautical systems.

  5. Superconductor in a weak static gravitational field

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    Ummarino, Giovanni Alberto [Dipartimento DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, Turin (Italy); National Research Nuclear University MEPhI-Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Moscow (Russian Federation); Gallerati, Antonio [Dipartimento DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, Turin (Italy)


    We provide the detailed calculation of a general form for Maxwell and London equations that takes into account gravitational corrections in linear approximation. We determine the possible alteration of a static gravitational field in a superconductor making use of the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations, providing also an analytic solution in the weak field condition. Finally, we compare the behavior of a high-T{sub c} superconductor with a classical low-T{sub c} superconductor, analyzing the values of the parameters that can enhance the reduction of the gravitational field. (orig.)

  6. Studies of High-T$_{c}$ Superconductors Doped with Radioactive Isotopes

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    Alves, E J; Goncalves marques, J; Cardoso, S; Lourenco, A A; Sousa, J B


    %title\\\\ \\\\We propose to study High T$_{c} $ Superconductors~(HTSc) doped with radioactive elements at ISOLDE, in order to investigate some of the problems that persist after use of conventional characterization techniques. Three main topics are proposed: \\begin{enumerate} \\item Characterization of the order/disorder of Hg in the Hg-planes of the HTSc family Hg$_{1}$Ba$_{2}$R$_{(n-1)}$Cu$_{n}$O$_{(2n+2+\\delta)}$ (T$_{c}$ > 130 K) due to defects or impurities such as C and Au. \\item Studies of the doping of Infinite Layers Cuprates (RCuO$_{2}$)$_{n}$, R=Ca, Sr or Ba, using unstable nuclei of the alkaline-earth (IIA) group which decay to the alkaline nuclei (IA) group. The purpose is to introduce charge carriers in these materials by changing the valence of the cations during the nuclear transmutation. The possibility of using ion implantation to introduce directly an alkaline dopant will also be studied. \\item Studies of the Hg/Au doping of high quality YBa$_{2}$Cu$_{3}$O$_{6+x}$ thin films. We intend to chara...

  7. Strain-Induced Enhancement of the Electron Energy Relaxation in Strongly Correlated Superconductors

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    Full Text Available We use femtosecond optical spectroscopy to systematically measure the primary energy relaxation rate Γ_{1} of photoexcited carriers in cuprate and pnictide superconductors. We find that Γ_{1} increases monotonically with increased negative strain in the crystallographic a axis. Generally, the Bardeen-Shockley deformation potential theorem and, specifically, pressure-induced Raman shifts reported in the literature suggest that increased negative strain enhances electron-phonon coupling, which implies that the observed direct correspondence between a and Γ_{1} is consistent with the canonical assignment of Γ_{1} to the electron-phonon interaction. The well-known nonmonotonic dependence of the superconducting critical temperature T_{c} on the a-axis strain is also reflected in a systematic dependence T_{c} on Γ_{1}, with a distinct maximum at intermediate values (∼16  ps^{−1} at room temperature. The empirical nonmonotonic systematic variation of T_{c} with the strength of the electron-phonon interaction provides us with unique insight into the role of electron-phonon interaction in relation to the mechanism of high-T_{c} superconductivity as a crossover phenomenon.

  8. AC losses in superconductors with a power-law constitutive relation

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    Agassi, Y.D., E-mail:


    Highlights: • Derivation of power-law constitutive-relation from distributed Anderson–Kim theory. • The electric-field for HTS constitutive-relation satisfies nonlinear heat-equation. • For slab, AC losses scale as B{sub 0}{sup m}, m = 3–4 and I{sup 3} with field-amplitude and current, respectively. • Calculated pinning potential, AC-losses scaling is consistent with BSCCO data. - Abstract: The observed constitutive relation between the electrical field and current density in cuprates high temperature superconductors is a power-law of the current. This functional dependence is presumably related to the giant flux-creep domain. It is shown that this constitutive relation reflects the statistical spread of the pinning potential associated with creep motion of vortex bundles. The AC losses emanating from a power-law constitutive relation are calculated in an approach focused on the superconductor’s electric field. For a slab geometry in the presence of a parallel AC magnetic field or transport current, the calculated AC-loss scaling laws are consistent with BSCCO data and the critical state model. Extensions of the approach are briefly discussed.

  9. Thin-film growth of the heavy-fermion superconductor CeCoIn{sub 5}

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    Soroka, O.; Huth, M. [Physikalisches Inst., J.W. Goethe-Univ. Frankfurt (Germany)


    Thin films of CeCoIn{sub 5} were deposited on different substrates by using molecular beam epitaxy and found superconductive with transition temperatures about 2 K. Their transport properties are comparable with those of the bulk material and the resistivity shows typical heavy fermion behaviour. The growth characteristics were studied by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy and revealed (001)-oriented growth with pronounced island formation. Based on the chemical composition of the films obtained using energy dispersive X-ray analysis a ternary phase formation diagram was deduced. The heavy fermion compound CeCoIn{sub 5} is a member of a recently discovered layered heavy fermion family with general formula CeMIn{sub 5} (M=Co,Ir,Rh). These compounds exhibit many ground states that have been observed in f-electron systems, including paramagnetism, antiferromagnetism, exotic ambient-pressure and pressure induced superconductivity. There exists a relationship to the high-T{sub c} superconductors as well. The layered quasi-2D crystal structure of these materials and that of the high-T{sub c} cuprates share common features with regard to their spin-dependent electronic excitation spectrum. The most direct technique to investigate the spectrum of these excitations is tunneling spectroscopy which benefits strongly from well-defined surface as presented by epitaxial thin films. (orig.)

  10. Quasi-two-dimensional fluctuations in the magnetization of L a1.9C a1.1C u2O6 +δ superconductors (United States)

    Shi, Xiaoya; Dimitrov, I. K.; Ozaki, Toshinori; Gu, Genda; Li, Qiang


    We report the results of magnetization measurements with the magnetic field applied along the c axis on superconducting L a1.9C a1.1C u2O6 +δ single crystals processed under ultrahigh oxygen pressure. Strong fluctuation effects were found in both low- and high-field regimes. Scaling analysis of the high-field magnetization data near the critical temperature (Tc=53.5 K ) region reveals the characteristics of critical fluctuation behavior of quasi-two-dimensional (2D) superconductivity, described by Ginzburg-Landau theory using the lowest Landau level approximation. Low-field magnetic susceptibility data can be successfully explained by the Lawrence-Doniach model for a quasi-2D superconductor, from which we obtained the a b plane Ginzburg-Landau coherence length of this system, ξa b(0 ) =11.8 ±0.9 Å . The coherence length along the c axis, ξc(0 ) , is estimated to be about 1.65 Å, which is in between those of 2D cuprate systems, such as B i2S r2C a2C u3O10 and B i2S r2CaC u2O8 , and quasi-three-dimensional (3D) cuprate systems, such as overdoped L a2 -xS rxCu O4 and YB a2C u3O7 -δ . Our studies suggest a strong interplay among the fluctuation effects, dimensionalities, and the ratios of the interlayer Cu-O plane spacing, s , to the c-axis coherence lengths. A high s /ξc(0 ) was observed in the high-pressure oxygenated L a1.9C a1.1C u2O6 +δ , and that apparently drives this system to behave more like a quasi-2D superconductor.

  11. Stability projections for high temperature superconductors

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    Laquer, H.L.; Edeskuty, F.J.; Hassenzahl, W.V.; Wipf, S.L.


    The stability of the new high temperature superconducting oxides has been analyzed, using the methodology developed over the last 25 years for conventional Type II superconductors. The results are presented in graphical form for the temperature range from 4 to 100 K. For a 90 K superconductor the first flux jump field peaks above 7 T at 60 K, ( and for a 120 k superconductor it peaks above 12 T at 75 K). The maximum adiabatically stable thickness increases dramatically. The linear dimension of the minimum propagating zone increases by a factor of 3 to 5, and the quench propagation velocity drops by 4 orders of magnitude. The high temperature superconducting materials will, therefore, have much higher stability than conventional Type II superconductors; their high flux jump fields will make ultra-fine multifilamentary conductors unnecessary and improve the outlook for tape conductors; the energy to create a propagating zone is increased; however, methods of coil protection will have to be modified.

  12. High temperature superconductors and other superfluids

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    Alexandrov, A S


    Written by eminent researchers in the field, this text describes the theory of superconductivity and superfluidity starting from liquid helium and a charged Bose-gas. It also discusses the modern bipolaron theory of strongly coupled superconductors, which explains the basic physical properties of high-temperature superconductors. This book will be of interest to fourth year graduate and postgraduate students, specialist libraries, information centres and chemists working in high-temperature superconductivity.

  13. Josephson spin current in triplet superconductor junctions


    Asano, Yasuhiro


    This paper theoretically discusses the spin current in spin-triplet superconductor / insulator / spin-triplet superconductor junctions. At low temperatures, a midgap Andreev resonant state anomalously enhances not only the charge current but also the spin current. The coupling between the Cooper pairs and the electromagnetic fields leads to the Frounhofer pattern in the direct current spin flow in magnetic fields and the alternative spin current under applied bias-voltages.

  14. Pair production and ionizing radiation from superconductors


    Hirsch, J. E.


    We show that an alternative theory of superconductivity recently proposed (theory of hole superconductivity) leads to the surprising consequence that real electron-positron pair production will occur for superconductors larger than a critical size. High frequency radiation with frequencies up to $0.511MeV/\\hbar$ is predicted to be emitted from superconductors out of equilibrium. Attention to the possibility of harmful consequences is called for.

  15. Double Helix Nodal Line Superconductor (United States)

    Sun, Xiao-Qi; Lian, Biao; Zhang, Shou-Cheng


    Time-reversal invariant superconductors in three dimensions may contain nodal lines in the Brillouin zone, which behave as Wilson loops of 3D momentum-space Chern-Simons theory of the Berry connection. Here we study the conditions of realizing linked nodal lines (Wilson loops), which yield a topological contribution to the thermal magnetoelectric coefficient that is given by the Chern-Simons action. We find the essential conditions are the existence of torus or higher genus Fermi surfaces and spiral spin textures. We construct such a model with two torus Fermi surfaces, where a generic spin-dependent interaction leads to double-helix-like linked nodal lines as the superconductivity is developed.

  16. Electromechanical characterization of selected superconductors (United States)

    Kopera, L.; Kováč, P.; Melišek, T.


    This paper describes the design and performance of a new tension test instrument for measuring stress-strain characteristics of a freestanding sample and critical current degradation of superconducting wires and tapes under variable tension and magnetic fields. The performance of the instrument has been tested at liquid nitrogen and liquid helium temperature up to a tensile force of 1000 N. Stress-strain and Ic-strain characteristics of advanced Bi-2223, Y-123 and MgB2 composite superconductors were measured. The results show the best electromechanical properties for the tapes mechanically reinforced by soldered stainless steel strips. MgB2 tape with a Ti-barrier and Monel sheath is less reinforced due to an apparent softening of these materials during the final annealing at 800 °C/30 min.

  17. Double Helix Nodal Line Superconductor. (United States)

    Sun, Xiao-Qi; Lian, Biao; Zhang, Shou-Cheng


    Time-reversal invariant superconductors in three dimensions may contain nodal lines in the Brillouin zone, which behave as Wilson loops of 3D momentum-space Chern-Simons theory of the Berry connection. Here we study the conditions of realizing linked nodal lines (Wilson loops), which yield a topological contribution to the thermal magnetoelectric coefficient that is given by the Chern-Simons action. We find the essential conditions are the existence of torus or higher genus Fermi surfaces and spiral spin textures. We construct such a model with two torus Fermi surfaces, where a generic spin-dependent interaction leads to double-helix-like linked nodal lines as the superconductivity is developed.

  18. Superconductors in the power grid materials and applications

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    Superconductors offer high throughput with low electric losses and have the potential to transform the electric power grid. Transmission networks incorporating cables of this type could, for example, deliver more power and enable substantial energy savings. Superconductors in the Power Grid: Materials and Applications provides an overview of superconductors and their applications in power grids. Sections address the design and engineering of cable systems and fault current limiters and other emerging applications for superconductors in the power grid, as well as case studies of industrial applications of superconductors in the power grid. Expert editor from highly respected US government-funded research centre Unique focus on superconductors in the power grid Comprehensive coverage

  19. Search for Majorana fermions in topological superconductors.

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    Pan, Wei [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Shi, Xiaoyan [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hawkins, Samuel D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Klem, John Frederick [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


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

  20. Vertices and vortices in high-T(C) superconductors (United States)

    Amin, Mohammad Hadi Sharifzadeh

    This thesis is organized in two independent parts, in which I study two different aspects of high Tc superconductivity. The first part begins with an introduction aimed to briefly introduce some relevant experimental and theoretical works performed in recent years, that have helped us to think about cuprates the way we do now. Afterwards, I introduce Landau Fermi liquid theory in a standard text book way. The question of validity of Fermi liquid theory in 2-d is then raised and investigated by searching for singularities in Landau's f-function. I show that the interaction function between two quasiparticles whose momenta approach each other near a curved point of the Fermi surface, contains a 1-d singularity not strong enough to change the Fermi liquid behavior. On the other hand, inflection points provide 2-d singularities that have to be taken seriously in Fermi liquid considerations. I then introduce nearly antiferromagnetic Fermi liquid theory (NAFL), which is a phenomenological theory proposed to describe high Tc systems. I mainly focus on the self-consistency of the theory in calculations. I criticize the theory on the basis of overlooking the vertex corrections in the strong coupling calculations of the transition temperature Tc. I calculate the first vertex correction for an optimally doped system and show that it is of the same order of magnitude as the bare vertex. Migdal's theorem is therefore not valid and Eliashberg formalism is not applicable to this situation. The same conclusion is obtained even after inclusion of the quasiparticle residue Z to the calculation. The sign of the vertex correction is then considered. I show that the positive sign of the vertex correction for the optimally doped system requires a phase transition of some sort as the doping is decreased. Part II of the thesis is devoted to the vortex lattice properties of high Tc superconductors. I establish a method to study vortex lattice properties of d-wave superconductors based on a

  1. Superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor planar junctions of aluminium on DELTA-doped gallium arsenide

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    Taboryski, Rafael Jozef; Clausen, Thomas; Kutchinsky, jonatan


    We have fabricated and characterized planar superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor (S-Sm-S) junctions with a high quality (i.e. low barrier) interface between an n++ modulation doped conduction layer in MBE grown GaAs and in situ deposited Al electrodes. The Schottky barrier at the S...

  2. Strong nonequilibrium coherent states in mesoscopic superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor junctions

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    Kutchinsky, Jonatan; Wildt, Morten; Taboryski, Rafael Jozef


    A biased superconductor-normal metal-superconductor junction is known to be a strong nonequilibrium system, where Andreev scattering at the interfaces creates a quasiparticle distribution function far from equilibrium, a manifestation of this is the well-known subgap structure in the I...

  3. Direct current heating in superconductor-insulator-superconductor tunnel devices for THz mixing applications

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    Dieleman, P; Klapwijk, T.M; Kovtonyuk, S.; van de Stadt, H.


    DC heating effects in superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions are studied by comparing junctions sandwiched between niobium or aluminum layers. With niobium a temperature rise of several Kelvin is observed, which is reduced by an order of magnitude by using aluminum. A simple

  4. Niobium titanium nitride-based superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixers for low-noise terahertz receivers

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    Jackson, B.D.; De Lange, G.; Zijlstra, T.; Kroug, M.; Klapwijk, T.M.; Stern, J.A.


    Integrating NbTiN-based microstrip tuning circuits with traditional Nb superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junctions enables the low-noise operation regime of SIS mixers to be extended from below 0.7?to?1.15?THz. In particular, mixers incorporating a NbTiN/SiO2/NbTiN microstrip tuning

  5. Geometric heat trapping in niobium superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixers due to niobium titanium nitride leads

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    Leone, B; Jackson, BD; Gao, [No Value; Klapwijk, TM


    We analyze the current-voltage characteristics of a Nb superconductor-insulator-superconductor mixer with NbTiN leads to identify the heating processes in this device. We argue that the electron-electron interaction is much faster than the electron-phonon interaction, and show that the heat flow to

  6. Josephson current in a normal-metal nanowire coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junction

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    Ebisu, H.; Lu, B.; Taguchi, K.; Golubov, Alexandre Avraamovitch; Tanaka, Y.


    We consider a superconducting nanowire proximity coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor (S/F/S) junction, where the magnetization penetrates into a superconducting segment in a nanowire decaying as ∼exp[−∣n∣ξ], where n is the site index and the ξ is the decay length. We tune chemical

  7. Vortex dynamics in Hg-based multi- and super-multi-layered cuprates

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    Crisan, A; Button, T W; Abell, J S [Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Tanaka, Y; Iyo, A; Matsuhata, H; Shivagan, D D; Shirage, P M [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) Tsukuba Central 2, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Tokiwa, K; Watanabe, T [Tokyo University of Science, Noda, Chiba 278-8510 (Japan)], E-mail:


    Hg-based multi- and super-multi-layered cuprates HgBa{sub 2}Ca{sub n-1}Cu{sub n}O{sub y} (Hg:12(n-1)n) (n{>=}4) are composed of the charge reservoir layer (CRL) HgBa{sub 2}O{sub x}, and of CuO{sub 2} planes: outer planes (OP) with pyramidal oxygen coordination and inner planes (IP) with square oxygen coordination, with different charge distribution. This fact gives rise to very interesting phenomena, like coexistence of superconductivity (SC) in OPs with antiferromagnetism (AF) in IPs in Hg:1245. The dependence of T{sub c} on the number n of CuO{sub 2} planes is also interesting: for n increasing from 4 to 5 and to 6, T{sub c} decrease from 125 to 108 and then to about 103 K; further increase in n keeps T{sub c} constant at about 103 K. In Hg:1245 we show that the AF ordering at T{sub N} of 60 K has no influence on vortex dynamics, and there is a quite robust c-axis supercurrent. Vortex melting lines of various samples showed that Hg-based multi-layered cuprates (n = 4, 5) behaves in the usual way (increasing n resulted in decrease of Josephson coupling (JC) and a less sharp melting line) and are well described by the usual anisotropic GL-based theory. Samples with n {>=} 6 have all the same melting line, suggesting that, in this case, the short-range JC becomes much less important than the long-range magnetic coupling (MC). However, since the JC between two pancakes in OPs of adjacent unit cells (pancakes separated by the thin CRL) is large, we suggest that the vortex matter in Hg-based super-multi-layered cuprates is composed of magnetically-coupled pancake-vortex-molecules.

  8. Interaction of binary cuprates with oxygen and water vapor at temperatures of 200-400°C (United States)

    Bobylev, I. B.; Naumov, S. V.; Zyuzeva, N. A.


    Interaction of binary cuprates with oxygen and water vapor at T = 200-400°C has been studied. It has been established that only compounds containing oxygen vacancy chains in their structure can absorb oxygen and moisture from annealing atmosphere. Absorption of oxygen brings about decrease in the lattice parameters while embedding of OH- groups leads to their growth. In contrast to YBa2Cu3O y , binary cuprates do not undergo phase transitions in interaction with the atmosphere. Saturation with water and formation of oxyhydroxides is followed by their hydrolytic decomposition involving formation of simpler oxides and hydroxides.

  9. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Rare Earth co-doped Lanthanum Cuprates


    Grafe, Hans-Joachim


    The work described in this thesis uses oxygen NMR to probe the electronic system of rare earth co-doped La_{2-x}Sr_xCuO_4, the prototypical high temperature superconducting cuprate (HTSC). Oxygen NMR turns out to be a powerful tool for this purpose. The nucleus is located directly inside the CuO_2 planes. It has a spin of 5/2 and a quadrupole moment and therefore can probe both, interactions with the magnetic hyperfine field as well as interactions through the electric field gradient of the c...

  10. Random magnetic field and quasiparticle transport in the mixed state of high- Tc cuprates. (United States)

    Ye, J


    By a singular gauge transformation, the quasiparticle transport in the mixed state of high- Tc cuprates is mapped into a charge-neutral Dirac moving in short-range correlated random scalar and long-range correlated vector potential. A fully quantum mechanical approach to longitudinal and transverse thermal conductivities is presented. The semiclassical Volovik effect is presented in a quantum mechanical way. The quasiparticle scattering from the random magnetic field which was completely missed in all the previous semiclassical approaches is the dominant scattering mechanism at sufficient high magnetic field. The implications for experiments are discussed.

  11. Theory of High-T{sub c} Superconducting Cuprates Based on Experimental Evidence (United States)

    Abrikosov, A. A.


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

  12. Stop of magnetic flux movement in levitating superconductor (United States)

    Smolyak, B. M.; Zakharov, M. S.


    A phenomenon of magnetic relaxation stopping in a levitating superconductor was studied. It was experimentally shown that magnetic flux creep (diffusion of flux lines to regions with lower vortex density) is absent in magnetic suspension of the superconductor. Magnetic relaxation arises, when a rigid constraint that fixes a position of the superconductor relative to a magnet is imposed on a levitating object. It is assumed that oscillations of magnetic structure, which is due to free oscillations of the levitating superconductor, stop magnetic relaxation.

  13. Search for New Superconductors for Energy and Power Applications (United States)


    AFRL-OSR-VA-TR-2014-0271 (MURI 09) SEARCH FOR NEW SUPERCONDUCTORS FOR ENERGY AND POWER APPLICATIONS Ivan Schuller UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO... Superconductors for Energy and Power Applications Organization/Institution name: University of California, San Diego Grant #: AFOSR MURI # FA9550-09-1...superconductivity, relied mostly on the almost accidental discoveries of new superconductors . The SuperSearch for New Superconductors MURI project departs from this

  14. Possible alterations of the gravitational field in a superconductor


    Ummarino, G. A.


    In this paper I calculate the possible alteration of the gravitational field in a superconductor by using the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations (TDGL). I compare the behaviour of a high-Tc superconductor (HTCS) like YBa_2Cu_3O_7 (YBCO) with a classical low-Tc superconductor (LTCS) like Pb. Finally, I discuss what values of the parameters characterizing a superconductor can enhance the reduction of gravitational field.

  15. Rotating superconductor magnet for producing rotating lobed magnetic field lines (United States)

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


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

  16. Inhomogeneous magnetic field in AdS/CFT superconductor


    Wen, Wen-Yu


    We study the holographically dual description of superconductor in (2+1)-dimensions in the presence of inhomogeneous magnetic field and observe that there exists type I and type II superconductor. A new feature of type changing is observed for type I superconductor near critical temperature.

  17. Quantum interference in an interfacial superconductor. (United States)

    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


    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 (T c ; ref. 7), revealing a dome-shaped phase diagram reminiscent of high-T c 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.

  18. Anisotropy of the iron pnictide superconductor Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 (x=0.074,Tc=23K) (United States)

    Tanatar, M. A.; Ni, N.; Martin, C.; Gordon, R. T.; Kim, H.; Kogan, V. G.; Samolyuk, G. D.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Prozorov, R.


    Anisotropies of electrical resistivity, upper critical field, London penetration depth, and critical currents have been measured in single crystals of the optimally doped iron pnictide superconductor Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 ( x=0.074 and Tc˜23K ). The normal-state resistivity anisotropy was obtained by employing both the Montgomery technique and direct measurements on samples cut along principal crystallographic directions. The ratio γρ=ρc/ρa is about 4±1 just above Tc and becomes half of that at room temperature. The anisotropy of the upper critical field, γH=Hc2,ab/Hc2,c , as determined from specific-heat measurements close to Tc is in the range of 2.1-2.6, depending on the criterion used. A comparable low anisotropy of the London penetration depth, γλ=λc/λab , was recorded from tunnel diode resonator measurements and found to persist deep into the superconducting state. An anisotropy of comparable magnitude was also found in the critical currents, γj=jc,ab/jc,c , as determined from both direct transport measurements (˜1.5) and from the analysis of the magnetization data (˜3) . Overall, our results show that iron pnictide superconductors manifest anisotropies consistent with essentially three-dimensional intermetallic compounds and bear little resemblance to cuprates.

  19. Tunneling conductance and twofold spin-singlet Andreev reflections in ferromagnet/ferromagnet/iron pnictide superconductor hybrid structures with collinear magnetizations (United States)

    Tao, Y. C.; Tao, Ze; Yu, Qingyun; Yang, X.; Xu, H. Y.


    Iron-based superconductors, as some other high-temperature superconducting materials such as the cuprates, are confronted with uncovering the unconventional pairing symmetry, although most researchers favor the so-called s±-wave pairing state. Herein, we theoretically investigate the tunneling conductance of clean ferromagnet (FM)/FM/iron pnictide superconductor (SC) hybrid structures with the SC having s±(two energy gaps have phase difference) pairing symmetry. Novel twofold spin-singlet pairing states near the FM/SC interface in collinear magnetizations emerge due to the presence of two bands in the SC. Conversions of the differential conductance in the ferromagnetic alignment of the two FMs between the peak and valley are shown to be much different from those in the antiferromagnetic alignment. More importantly, two rather different properties in contrast with tunneling into a conventional s-wave SC and an s++-wave SC (two energy gaps have the same sign) are also exhibited, which can be experimentally used to probe and identify the s±pairing symmetry in the iron pnictide SC.

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

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    Koizumi, Hiroyasu, E-mail: [Institute of Materials Science, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)


    When spin vortices are present, loop currents arise around them. These loop currents are germs of a macroscopic current, i.e., a macroscopic current is created as a collection of them, and eventually form a persistent current at temperatures below T{sub c}. We argue that this is what happening in the underdoped cuprates. The hourglass-shaped magnetic excitation spectrum observed in cuprates is considered as evidence of the presence of spin vortices; the Drude-like peak in the optical conductivity is also explained as arising from spin-wave excitations in the presence of spin vortices. The observed enhanced Nernst signals and magnetization in the psudogap phase is explained due to the flow of the loop currents. If we calculate T{sub c} in the underdoped sample as the temperature where the coherence establishes among the loop currents, the doping concentration dependence of it is given by T{sub c}=T{sub 0}lnx/(x{sub 0}) , which is shown to agree well with experiments.

  1. Dimensional Crossover of Charge-Density Wave Correlations in the Cuprates (United States)

    Caplan, Yosef; Orgad, Dror


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

  2. The Meissner effect in a strongly underdoped cuprate above its critical temperature (United States)

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


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

  3. Impurity effects on the d-density wave and superconductivity phase of cuprates

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    Ghosh, Angsula, E-mail: [Departamento de Fisica, UFAM, Av. Rodrigo Otavio 3000, Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, AM (Brazil)


    The effect of non-magnetic impurity-scattering is considered on the asymmetric superconducting gap (SC) and the d-density wave (DDW) phase of the high T{sub c} cuprates. The phase diagrams for the cuprates demonstrate that T{sub c} decreases with scattering potential and is most affected in the coexisting phase of DDW and SC orders. Moreover, the SC gap to T{sub c} ratio increases with doping and impurity scattering. The transition temperature of the DDW state, T{sup Asterisk-Operator} also decreases with scattering. The density of states in the mixed SC + DDW state for the underdoped (UD) phase, SC state in the overdoped phase and the DDW state in the UD phase, also suffers a modification. Its effect on specific heat results is also discussed. The increase in the gap to T{sub c} ratio and the specific heat are also observed in the presence of the non-magnetic impurities. A suppression in the superfluid density is found with the increase in impurity.

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

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    Baskaran, G


    Anderson's Garden is a drawing presented to Philip W. Anderson on the eve of his 60th birthday celebration, in 1983. This cartoon (Fig. 1), whose author is unknown, succinctly depicts some of Anderson's pre-1983 works, as a blooming garden. As an avid reader of Anderson's papers, random walk in Anderson's garden had become a part of my routine since graduate school days. This was of immense help and prepared me for a wonderful collaboration with the gardener himself, on the resonating valence bond (RVB) theory of High Tc cuprates and quantum spin liquids, at Princeton. The result was bountiful - the first (RVB mean field) theory for i) quantum spin liquids, ii) emergent fermi surfaces in Mott insulators and iii) superconductivity in doped Mott insulators. Beyond mean field theory - i) emergent gauge fields, ii) Ginzbuerg Landau theory with RVB gauge fields, iii) prediction of superconducting dome, iv) an early identification and study of a non-fermi liquid normal state of cuprates and so on. Here I narrate th...

  5. Oxygen Annealing in the Synthesis of the Electron-Doped Cuprates (United States)

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


    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. The phenomenological view at the two-component physics of cuprates (United States)

    Teitel'baum, G. B.


    In the search for mechanisms of High-T c superconductivity it is critical to know the electronic spectrum in the pseudogap phase from which superconductivity evolves. The lack of ARPES data for every cuprate family precludes an agreement as to its structure, doping and temperature dependence and the role of charge ordering. No approach has been developed yet to address the issue theoretically, and we limit ourselves by the phenomenological analysis of the experimental data. We argue that, in the Fermi-liquid-like regime ubiquitous in underdoped cuprates, the spectrum consists of holes on the Fermi arcs and an electronic pocket in contrast to the idea of the Fermi surface reconstruction via charge ordering. At high temperatures the electrons are dragged by holes while at lower temperatures they get decoupled. The longstanding issue of the origin of the negative Hall coefficient in YBCO and Hg1201 at low temperature is resolved: the electronic contribution prevails as its mobility becomes temperature independent, while the mobility of holes, scattered by the short-wavelength charge density waves, decreases.

  7. Theory of Josephson effect in d-wave superconductor/diffusive ferromagnet/d-wave superconductor junctions

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    Yokoyama, T.; Tanaka, Y.; Golubov, Alexandre Avraamovitch


    We study Josephson effect in d-wave superconductor/diffusive ferromagnet/d-wave superconductor junctions, changing the exchange field and the angles between the normal to the interfaces and the crystal axes of d-wave superconductors. We find a 0–π transition at a certain value of the exchange field.

  8. Hacia el motor superconductor: estudio de las interacciones entre un rotor superconductor y un estator convencional


    Pallarès Viña, Miquel Joan


    de la tesis:Hacia el motor superconductor: estudio de las interacciones entre un estator convencional y un rotor superconductorEl desarrollo de superconductores de alta temperatura (HTSC) de gran corriente crítica ha permitido la fabricación de dispositivos en varias áreas de la ingeniería electromecánica. En particular, los HTSC pueden mejorar el rendimiento de los motores eléctricos, ya sea sustituyendo el cobre en el rotor de los mismos o con la realización de nuevos diseños.El particular...

  9. Practical superconductor development for electrical power applications

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    Goretta, K.C. (comp.)


    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.

  10. Charge and spin transport in mesoscopic superconductors

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    M. J. Wolf


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

  11. Superfluid response in heavy fermion superconductors (United States)

    Zhong, Yin; Zhang, Lan; Shao, Can; Luo, Hong-Gang


    Motivated by a recent London penetration depth measurement [H. Kim, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 027003 (2015)] and novel composite pairing scenario [O. Erten, R. Flint, and P. Coleman, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 027002 (2015)] of the Yb-doped heavy fermion superconductor CeCoIn5, we revisit the issue of superfluid response in the microscopic heavy fermion lattice model. However, from the literature, an explicit expression for the superfluid response function in heavy fermion superconductors is rare. In this paper, we investigate the superfluid density response function in the celebrated Kondo-Heisenberg model. To be specific, we derive the corresponding formalism from an effective fermionic large- N mean-field pairing Hamiltonian whose pairing interaction is assumed to originate from the effective local antiferromagnetic exchange interaction. Interestingly, we find that the physically correct, temperature-dependent superfluid density formula can only be obtained if the external electromagnetic field is directly coupled to the heavy fermion quasi-particle rather than the bare conduction electron or local moment. Such a unique feature emphasizes the key role of the Kondo-screening-renormalized heavy quasi-particle for low-temperature/energy thermodynamics and transport behaviors. As an important application, the theoretical result is compared to an experimental measurement in heavy fermion superconductors CeCoIn5 and Yb-doped Ce1- x Yb x CoIn5 with fairly good agreement and the transition of the pairing symmetry in the latter material is explained as a simple doping effect. In addition, the requisite formalism for the commonly encountered nonmagnetic impurity and non-local electrodynamic effect are developed. Inspired by the success in explaining classic 115-series heavy fermion superconductors, we expect the present theory will be applied to understand other heavy fermion superconductors such as CeCu2Si2 and more generic multi-band superconductors.

  12. Workshop on accelerator magnet superconductors. Proceedings

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    The workshop on accelerator magnet superconductors has gathered 102 registered participants from research laboratories, universities and industry. 8 European companies, active in superconducting materials and cables were present. This workshop has been organized to deal with the status of the world research and development on superconducting materials and cables for high field magnets (B > 10 T). The workshop has also reviewed the status of high temperature superconductors and transmission line cables for potential use in low field superconducting magnets for injectors and beam transfer lines, as well as cables for pulsed magnets that might be used in future hadron colliders or injectors.

  13. Persistent superconductor currents in holographic lattices. (United States)

    Iizuka, Norihiro; Ishibashi, Akihiro; Maeda, Kengo


    We consider a persistent superconductor current along the direction with no translational symmetry in a holographic gravity model. Incorporating a lattice structure into the model, we numerically construct novel solutions of hairy charged stationary black branes with momentum or rotation along the latticed direction. The lattice structure prevents the horizon from rotating, and the total momentum is only carried by matter fields outside the black brane horizon. This is consistent with the black hole rigidity theorem, and it suggests that in dual field theory with lattices, superconductor currents are made up of "composite" fields, rather than "fractionalized" degrees of freedom. We also show that our solutions are consistent with the superfluid hydrodynamics.

  14. Long-range spin transport in superconductors

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    Beckmann, Detlef; Wolf, Michael J. [Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany); Huebler, Florian [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany); Loehneysen, Hilbert von [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany); Physikalisches Institut, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany)


    Recently, there has been some controversy about spin-polarized quasiparticle transport and relaxation in superconductors, with reports of both anomalously short or anomalously long relaxation times as compared to the normal state. Here, we report on non-local transport in multiterminal superconductor-ferromagnet structures. We find signatures of spin transport over distances much larger than the normal-state spin-diffusion length in the presence of a large Zeeman splitting of the quasiparticle states. The relaxation length shows a nearly linear increase with magnetic field, hinting at a freeze-out of spin relaxation by the Zeeman splitting.

  15. Aluminum-stabilized NB3SN superconductor (United States)

    Scanlan, Ronald M.


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

  16. Electrical connection structure for a superconductor element (United States)

    Lallouet, Nicolas; Maguire, James


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

  17. Electrons and Phonons in High Temperature Superconductors

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    Anu Singh


    Full Text Available The defect-induced anharmonic phonon-electron problem in high-temperature superconductors has been investigated with the help of double time thermodynamic electron and phonon Green’s function theory using a comprehensive Hamiltonian which includes the contribution due to unperturbed electrons and phonons, anharmonic phonons, impurities, and interactions of electrons and phonons. This formulation enables one to resolve the problem of electronic heat transport and equilibrium phenomenon in high-temperature superconductors in an amicable way. The problem of electronic heat capacity and electron-phonon problem has been taken up with special reference to the anharmonicity, defect concentration electron-phonon coupling, and temperature dependence.

  18. Building blocks for correlated superconductors and magnets

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    J. L. Sarrao


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

  19. Building blocks for correlated superconductors and magnets

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    Sarrao, J. L.; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E. D.; Batista, C. D.; Zhu, J.-X.; Thompson, J. D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States)


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

  20. d -wave superconductivity in boson+fermion dimer models (United States)

    Goldstein, Garry; Chamon, Claudio; Castelnovo, Claudio


    We present a slave-particle mean-field study of the mixed boson+fermion quantum dimer model introduced by Punk et al. [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 9552 (2015), 10.1073/pnas.1512206112] to describe the physics of the pseudogap phase in cuprate superconductors. Our analysis naturally leads to four charge e fermion pockets whose total area is equal to the hole doping p for a range of parameters consistent with the t -J model for high-temperature superconductivity. Here we find that the dimers are unstable to d -wave superconductivity at low temperatures. The region of the phase diagram with d -wave rather than s -wave superconductivity matches well with the appearance of the four fermion pockets. In the superconducting regime, the dispersion contains eight Dirac cones along the diagonals of the Brillouin zone.

  1. Neutron Scattering Investigations of Correlated Electron Systems and Neutron Instrumentation

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    Holm, Sonja Lindahl

    is on correlated electron systems. Here the magnetism of six different compounds have been studied with neutron scattering, including three different hole-doped cuprate high-temperature superconductors (HTSC), an electron-doped iron pnictide HTSC, a mineral with small clusters of geometrically frustrated magnetism...... contains antiferromagnetically coupled Cu2+ S = 1=2 ions forming truncated 24-spin cube clusters of linked triangles. The clusters in boleite afford a situation intermediate between molecular and bulk magnetism, accessible to both experiment and numerical theory, in which a spin liquid can be studied...... phonon modes and a coupling via the single-ion magnetostriction allows to calculate the spectra and the measured cross-section. An external magnetic field along the c-axis reveals a linear splitting of one spin wave branch which allows an exclusion of several proposed magnetic ground states based...

  2. Electronic structure of Fe-based superconductors

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    Abstract. Fe-based superconductors have drawn much attention during the last decade due to the presence of superconductivity in materials containing the magnetic element, Fe, and the coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism. Extensive study of the electronic structure of these systems suggested the dominant ...

  3. Electronic structure of Fe-based superconductors

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    May 29, 2015 ... Fe-based superconductors have drawn much attention during the last decade due to the presence of superconductivity in materials containing the magnetic element, Fe, and the coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism. Extensive study of the electronic structure of these systems suggested the ...

  4. Quantum Dots Coupled to a Superconductor

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    Jellinggaard, Anders Robert

    are tuned electrostatically. This includes tuning the odd occupation of the dot through a quantum phase transition, where it forms a singlet with excitations in the superconductor. We detail the fabrication of these bottom gated devices, which additionally feature ancillary sensor dots connected...

  5. Epitaxy of semiconductor-superconductor nanowires

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    Krogstrup, P.; Ziino, N.L.B.; Chang, W.


    Controlling the properties of semiconductor/metal interfaces is a powerful method for designing functionality and improving the performance of electrical devices. Recently semiconductor/superconductor hybrids have appeared as an important example where the atomic scale uniformity of the interface...

  6. Optical magnetic flux generation in superconductor

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    in the strip reflects the fs laser beam profile. The results presented here could open a new research field in the superconductor photonics. Acknowledgement. The author is grateful to Akihiko Moto, Takashi Fukui, and Hironaru Murakami of Osaka. University for their technical assistance and helpful discussions. References.

  7. Excitations in Topological Superfluids and Superconductors (United States)

    Wu, Hao

    In this thesis I present the theoretical work on Fermionic surface states, and %the bulk Bosonic collective excitations in topological superfluids and superconductors. Broken symmetries %Bulk-edge correspondence in topological condensed matter systems have implications for the spectrum of Fermionic excitations confined on surfaces or topological defects. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  8. Gd-substituted Bi-2223 superconductor

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    Various researchers, who have studied the effect of doping in Bi-based high-Tc superconductors, seem to ... mum temperature for the sintering of the complete series of gadolinium-substituted. (BiPb)-2223 specimens. ..... support (senior research fellowship) and facilities for the work to be carried out. References. [1] V P S ...

  9. Role of the lattice dynamics in La2-xBaxCuO4 superconductor based on DFT method

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    A Tavana


    Full Text Available Electron-phonon coupling parameters are calculated for La2-x BaxCuO4 cuprate superconductor in a wide range of dopings, from undoped to overdoped compounds. In this study we aim to study the quality of such calculations based on DFT method so, the results of σ GGA+U electronic structure calculations are also investigated. The obtained value for electron-phonon coupling is in the same order of previous calculations but, the value obtained for the Hubbard U parameter shows that, such methods are poor in the estimation of electronic correlations to decide about the role of phonons in these compounds based on their results. Moreover, existence of several structural phase transitions with temperature and doping, lead to larger error in these calculations. Based on the calculated phonon dispersions, structural phase transitions can be resulted which shows the ability of DFT in the study of structural properties and the weakness of the strongly correlations in this properties.

  10. Optical an Thermodynamic Properties of the High-Temperature Superconductor HgBa{2}CuO{4+delta}

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    van Heumen,E.; Lortz, R.; Kuzmenko, A.; Carbone, F.; van der Marel, D.; Zhao, G. Yu, Y. Cho,, X.; Barisic, M. Greven,, N.; Homes, C.; Dordevic, S.


    In- and out-of-plane optical spectra and specific heat measurements for the single layer cuprate superconductor HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} (Hg-1201) at optimal doping (T{sub c} = 97 K) are presented. Both the in-plane and out-of-plane superfluid density agree well with a recently proposed scaling relation {rho}{sub s} {proportional_to} {sigma}{sub dc} T{sub c}. It is shown that there is a superconductivity induced increase of the in-plane low frequency spectral weight which follows the trend found in underdoped and optimally doped Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Bi-2212) and optimally doped Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10+{delta}} (Bi-2223). We observe an increase of optical spectral weight which corresponds to a change in kinetic energy {Delta}W {approx} 0.5 meV/Cu which is more than enough to explain the condensation energy. The specific heat anomaly is 10 times smaller than in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+{delta}} (YBCO) and 3 times smaller than in Bi-2212. The shape of the anomaly is similar to the one observed in YBCO showing that the superconducting transition is governed by thermal fluctuations.

  11. Revisiting quasiparticle scattering interference in high-temperature superconductors: The problem of narrow peaks (United States)

    Sulangi, Miguel Antonio; Allan, Milan P.; Zaanen, Jan


    We revisit the interpretation of quasiparticle scattering interference in cuprate high-Tc superconductors. This phenomenon has been very successful in reconstructing the dispersions of d -wave Bogoliubov excitations, but the successful identification and interpretation of quasiparticle interference (QPI) in scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) experiments rely on theoretical results obtained for the case of isolated impurities. We introduce a highly flexible technique to simulate STS measurements by computing the local density of states using real-space Green's functions defined on two-dimensional lattices with as many as 100 000 sites. We focus on the following question: to what extent can the experimental results be reproduced when various forms of distributed disorder are present? We consider randomly distributed pointlike impurities, smooth "Coulombic" disorder, and disorder arising from random on-site energies and superconducting gaps. We find an apparent paradox: the QPI peaks in the Fourier-transformed local density of states appear to be sharper and better defined in experiment than those seen in our simulations. We arrive at a no-go result for smooth-potential disorder since this does not reproduce the QPI peaks associated with large-momentum scattering. An ensemble of pointlike impurities gets closest to experiment, but this goes hand in hand with impurity cores that are not seen in experiment. We also study the effects of possible measurement artifacts (the "fork mechanism"), which turn out to be of relatively minor consequence. It appears that a more microscopic model of the tunneling process needs to be incorporated in order to account for the sharpness of the experimentally obtained QPI peaks.

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

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    Mitchell, J. F.


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

  13. Auxiliary fermion approach to the resonant inelastic x-ray scattering response in an underdoped cuprate (United States)

    Shi, Yifei; James, Andrew J. A.; Demler, Eugene; Klich, Israel


    We describe a method for calculating the resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) response—including the dynamics of the transient core hole—of many-body systems with nontrivial gap structure encoded in their single particle Green's function. Our approach introduces auxiliary fermions in order to obtain a form amenable to the determinant method of Benjamin et al., [Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 247002 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.247002], and is applicable to systems where interactions are most strongly felt through a renormalization of the single particle propagator. As a test case we consider the Yang-Rice-Zhang ansatz for cuprate phenomena in the underdoped "pseudogap" regime, which remains a popular tool for interpreting the results of experimental probes. We show that taking the core hole dynamics into account for a system described by this ansatz pushes the RIXS peaks towards higher energy transfer, improving agreement with experiments.

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

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


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

  15. Hexaaquamagnesium(II bis{[N-(4-methoxy-2-oxidobenzylideneglycylglycinato(3−]cuprate(II} hexahydrate

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    Jiaxun Jiang


    Full Text Available In the title complex, [Mg(H2O6][Cu(C12H11N2O5]2·6H2O, the CuII atoms lie at the center of the square plane of triple negatively charged O,N,N′,O′-tetradentate Schiff base ligands, which are coordinated by one phenolate O atom, one imine N atom, one deprotonated amide N atom and one carboxylate O atom. The MgII center, which sits on an inversion center, is coordinated by six aqua ligands and exhibits a slightly distorted octahedral conformation. The asymmetric unit consists of an [N-(4-methoxy-2-oxidobenzylideneglycylglycinato]cuprate(II anion, one half of an [Mg(H2O6]2+ cation and three free water molecules. The cations and anions form columns by O—H...O hydrogen bonds.

  16. Evolution des quasiparticules nodales du cuprate supraconducteur YBa2Cu3Oy en conductivite thermique (United States)

    Rene de Cotret, Samuel

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

  17. Nonlinear microwave effects in high-T/sub c/ superconductors

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    Ciccarello, I.; Guccione, M.; Li Vigni, M.; Sarro, A.


    The a.c. magnetic susceptibility of high-T/sub c/ superconductors is markedly nonlinear. In particular, it contains a quadratic component which accounts for the second-harmonic (SH) generation observed in these materials at all the temperatures below T/sub c/. SH spectra of oxide superconductors display several spin-glass features. It is also suggested that SH data can be conveniently used for a characterization of high-T/sub c/ superconductors.

  18. The iron pnictide superconductors an introduction and overview

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    Citro, Roberta


    This book covers different aspects of the physics of iron-based superconductors ranging from the theoretical, the numerical and computational, to the experimental ones. It starts from the basic theory modeling many-body physics in Fe-superconductors and other multi-orbital materials and drreaches up to the magnetic and Cooper pair fluctuations and nematic order. Finally, it offers a comprehensive overview of the most recent advancements in the experimental investigations of iron based superconductors. .

  19. Low resistivity contact to iron-pnictide superconductors (United States)

    Tanatar, Makariy; Prozorov, Ruslan; Ni, Ni; Bud& #x27; ko, Sergey; Canfield, Paul


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

  20. High temperature superconductor cable concepts for fusion magnets

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    Three concepts of high temperature superconductor cables carrying kA currents (RACC, CORC and TSTC) are investigated, optimized and evaluated in the scope of their applicability as conductor in fusion magnets. The magnetic field and temperature dependence of the cables is measured; the thermal expansion and conductivity of structure, insulation and filling materials are investigated. High temperature superconductor winding packs for fusion magnets are calculated and compared with corresponding low temperature superconductor cases.

  1. Josephson super-current in graphene-superconductor junction


    Sarvestani, E.; Jafari, S. A.


    Within the tunneling Hamiltonian formulation for the eight-component spinors,the Josephson critical super-current has been calculated in a planar superconductor-normal graphene-superconductor junction. Coupling between superconductor regions and graphene is taken into account by a tunneling Hamiltonian which contains two types of tunneling, intra-valley and inter-valley tunneling. Within the present tunneling approach, we find that the contributions of two kinds of tunneling to the critical s...

  2. Broad-Based Search for New and Practical Superconductors (United States)


    AFRL-OSR-VA-TR-2014-0296 BROAD-BASED SEARCH FOR NEW AND PRACTICAL SUPERCONDUCTORS Richard Greene MARYLAND UNIV COLLEGE PARK Final Report 10/31/2014...New and Practical Superconductors 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA9550-09-1-0603 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER MURI FY09 6. AUTHOR(S...grant. Many new superconductors were discovered, most with transition temperatures (Tc) below 10K. One noteworthy discovery was the superconductivity

  3. Optics clues to pairing glues in high T{sub c} cuprates

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    Heumen, E van; Kuzmenko, A B; Marel, D van der, E-mail: erik.vanheumen@physics.unige.c [Departement de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Geneve, quai Ernest-Ansermet 24, CH1211, Geneve 4 (Switzerland)


    We analyze optical spectra of high temperature superconductors using a minimal model of electrons coupled to bosons. We consider the marginal Fermi liquid theory and the spin fluctuation theory, as well as a histogram representation of the bosonic spectral density. We find that the two theories can both be used to describe the experimental data provided that we allow for an additional scattering channel with an energy of 55 meV.

  4. Five-fold way to new high Tc superconductors

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Graphene route follows from our recent suggestion of superconductivity in doped graphene, a two-dimensional broadband metal with moderate electron correlations, compared to cuprates. Double RVB route ...... Last century witnessed the birth of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The physics behind these ...

  5. Transport in superconductor--normal metal--superconductor tunneling structures: Spinful p-wave and spin-orbit-coupled topological wires


    Setiawan, F.; Cole, William S.; Sau, Jay D.; Sarma, S. Das


    We theoretically study transport properties of voltage-biased one-dimensional superconductor--normal metal--superconductor tunnel junctions with arbitrary junction transparency where the superconductors can have trivial or nontrivial topology. Motivated by recent experimental efforts on Majorana properties of superconductor-semiconductor hybrid systems, we consider two explicit models for topological superconductors: (i) spinful p-wave, and (ii) spin-split spin-orbit-coupled s-wave. We provid...

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

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


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

  7. Non-centrosymmetric superconductors introduction and overview

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    Sigrist, Manfred


    Superconductivity in materials without inversion symmetry in the respective crystal structures occurs in the presence of antisymmetric spin-orbit coupling as a consequence of an emerging electric field gradient. The superconducting condensate is then a superposition of spin-singlet and spin-triplet Cooper pairs. This scenario accounts for various experimental findings such as nodes in the superconducting gap or extremely large upper critical magnetic fields. Spin-triplet pairing can occur in non-centrosymmetric superconductors in spite of Anderson’s theorem that spin-triplet pairing requires a crystal structure that exhibits inversion symmetry. This book, authored and edited by leading researchers in the field, is both an introduction to and overview on this exciting branch of novel superconductors. Its self-contained and tutorial style makes it particularly suitable for self-study and as source of teaching material for special seminars and courses. At the same time it constitutes an up-to-date and authorit...

  8. Electrical bushing for a superconductor element (United States)

    Mirebeau, Pierre; Lallouet, Nicolas; Delplace, Sebastien; Lapierre, Regis


    The invention relates to an electrical bushing serving to make a connection at ambient temperature to a superconductor element situated in an enclosure at cryogenic temperature. The electrical bushing passes successively through an enclosure at intermediate temperature between ambient temperature and cryogenic temperature, and an enclosure at ambient temperature, and it comprises a central electrical conductor surrounded by an electrically insulating sheath. According to the invention, an electrically conductive screen connected to ground potential surrounds the insulating sheath over a section that extends from the end of the bushing that is in contact with the enclosure at cryogenic temperature at least as far as the junction between the enclosure at intermediate temperature and the enclosure at ambient temperature. The invention is more particularly applicable to making a connection to a superconductor cable.

  9. Application of High Temperature Superconductors to Accelerators

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    Ballarino, A


    Since the discovery of high temperature superconductivity, a large effort has been made by the scientific community to investigate this field towards a possible application of the new oxide superconductors to different devices like SMES, magnetic bearings, flywheels energy storage, magnetic shielding, transmission cables, fault current limiters, etc. However, all present day large scale applications using superconductivity in accelerator technology are based on conventional materials operating at liquid helium temperatures. Poor mechanical properties, low critical current density and sensitivity to the magnetic field at high temperature are the key parameters whose improvement is essential for a large scale application of high temperature superconductors to such devices. Current leads, used for transferring currents from the power converters, working at room temperature, into the liquid helium environment, where the magnets are operating, represent an immediate application of the emerging technology of high t...

  10. Neutron stars as type-I superconductors. (United States)

    Buckley, Kirk B W; Metlitski, Max A; Zhitnitsky, Ariel R


    In a recent paper by Link, it was pointed out that the standard picture of the neutron star core composed of a mixture of a neutron superfluid and a proton type-II superconductor is inconsistent with observations of a long period precession in isolated pulsars. In the following we will show that an appropriate treatment of the interacting two-component superfluid (made of neutron and proton Cooper pairs), when the structure of proton vortices is strongly modified, may dramatically change the standard picture, resulting in a type-I superconductor. In this case the magnetic field is expelled from the superconducting regions of the neutron star, leading to the formation of the intermediate state when alternating domains of superconducting matter and normal matter coexist.

  11. Revisiting holographic superconductors with hyperscaling violation

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    Pan, Qiyuan [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica, C.P. 66318, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Hunan Normal University, Department of Physics, Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Quantum Structures and Quantum Control of Ministry of Education, Changsha, Hunan (China); Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Beijing (China); Zhang, Shao-Jun [Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Fisica, C.P. 66318, Sao Paulo (Brazil)


    We investigate the effect of the hyperscaling violation on the holographic superconductors. In the s-wave model, we find that the critical temperature decreases first and then increases as the hyperscaling violation increases, and the mass of the scalar field will not modify the value of the hyperscaling violation which gives the minimum critical temperature. We analytically confirm the numerical results by using the Sturm-Liouville method with the higher order trial function and improve the previous findings in Fan (J High Energy Phys 09:048, 2013). However, different from the s-wave case, we note that the critical temperature decreases with the increase of the hyperscaling violation in the p-wave model. In addition, we observe that the hyperscaling violation affects the conductivity of the holographic superconductors and changes the expected relation in the gap frequency in both s-wave and p-wave models. (orig.)

  12. Method for fabrication of high temperature superconductors

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam [Hinsdale, IL; Ma, Beihai [Naperville, IL; Miller, Dean [Darien, IL


    A layered article of manufacture and a method of manufacturing same is disclosed. A substrate has a biaxially textured MgO crystalline layer having the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the plane of the substrate deposited thereon. A layer of one or more of YSZ or Y.sub.2O.sub.3 and then a layer of CeO.sub.2 is deposited on the MgO. A crystalline superconductor layer with the c-axes thereof normal to the plane of the substrate is deposited on the CeO.sub.2 layer. Deposition of the MgO layer on the substrate is by the inclined substrate deposition method developed at Argonne National Laboratory. Preferably, the MgO has the c-axes thereof inclined with respect to the normal to the substrate in the range of from about to about and YBCO superconductors are used.

  13. Topology of two-band superconductors

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    Tanaka, Y., E-mail: y.tanaka@aist.go.j [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST-Tsukuba Central-2-32918, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Iyo, A. [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST-Tsukuba Central-2-32918, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan); Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T. [Department of Applied Electronics, Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda, Chiba 278-8510 (Japan); Crisan, A. [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Department of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Sundaresan, A. [Chemistry and Physics of Materials Unit (CPMU), Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560 064 (India); Terada, N. [Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Faculty of of Engineering, Kagoshima University, 1-21-40 Koromoto, Kagoshima, Kagoshima 890-0065 (Japan)


    Two-band superconductivity has a topology different from that in single-band superconductivity. The topology is not always stabilized in an infinitely homogeneous sample. The morphology, grain shape, and pattern of the device (topology of the superconducting materials) is effective in stabilizing the topology. In this report, we discuss a vortex having a small magnetic flux but a large winding number as one plausible topology in a two-band superconductor.

  14. High temperature superconductors applications in telecommunications

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    Kumar, A.A.; Li, J.; Zhang, M.F. [Prairie View A& M Univ., Texas (United States)


    The purpose of this paper is twofold: to discuss high temperature superconductors with specific reference to their employment in telecommunications applications; and to discuss a few of the limitations of the normally employed two-fluid model. While the debate on the actual usage of high temperature superconductors in the design of electronic and telecommunications devices-obvious advantages versus practical difficulties-needs to be settled in the near future, it is of great interest to investigate the parameters and the assumptions that will be employed in such designs. This paper deals with the issue of providing the microwave design engineer with performance data for such superconducting waveguides. The values of conductivity and surface resistance, which are the primary determining factors of a waveguide performance, are computed based on the two-fluid model. A comparison between two models-a theoretical one in terms of microscopic parameters (termed Model A) and an experimental fit in terms of macroscopic parameters (termed Model B)-shows the limitations and the resulting ambiguities of the two-fluid model at high frequencies and at temperatures close to the transition temperature. The validity of the two-fluid model is then discussed. Our preliminary results show that the electrical transport description in the normal and superconducting phases as they are formulated in the two-fluid model needs to be modified to incorporate the new and special features of high temperature superconductors. Parameters describing the waveguide performance-conductivity, surface resistance and attenuation constant-will be computed. Potential applications in communications networks and large scale integrated circuits will be discussed. Some of the ongoing work will be reported. In particular, a brief proposal is made to investigate of the effects of electromagnetic interference and the concomitant notion of electromagnetic compatibility (EMI/EMC) of high T{sub c} superconductors.

  15. Fluctuation Diamagnetism in Two-Band Superconductors


    Adachi, Kyosuke; Ikeda, Ryusuke


    Anomalously large fluctuation diamagnetism around the superconducting critical temperature has been recently observed on iron selenide (FeSe) [S. Kasahara et al., unpublished]. This indicates that superconducting fluctuations (SCFs) play a more significant role in FeSe, which supposedly has two-band structure, than in the familiar single-band superconductors. Motivated by the data in FeSe, SCF-induced diamagnetism is examined in a two-band system, on the basis of a phenomenological approach w...

  16. Spray-Deposited Superconductor/Polymer Coatings (United States)

    Wise, Stephanie A.; Tran, Sang Q.; Hooker, Matthew W.


    Coatings that exhibit the Meissner effect formed at relatively low temperature. High-temperature-superconductor/polymer coatings that exhibit Meissner effect deposited onto components in variety of shapes and materials. Simple, readily available equipment needed in coating process, mean coatings produced economically. Coatings used to keep magnetic fields away from electronic circuits in such cryogenic applications as magnetic resonance imaging and detection of infrared, and in magnetic suspensions to provide levitation and/or damping of vibrations.

  17. Semiconductor/High-Tc-Superconductor Hybrid ICs (United States)

    Burns, Michael J.


    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.

  18. Flywheel energy storage with superconductor magnetic bearings (United States)

    Weinberger, Bernard R.; Lynds, Jr., Lahmer; Hull, John R.


    A flywheel having superconductor bearings has a lower drag to lift ratio that translates to an improvement of a factor of ten in the rotational decay rate. The lower drag results from the lower dissipation of melt-processed YBCO, improved uniformity of the permanent magnet portion of the bearings, operation in a different range of vacuum pressure from that taught by the art, and greater separation distance from the rotating members of conductive materials.

  19. Transport and magnetism in mesoscopic superconductors


    Fauchère, Alban Luc André


    Superconductivity, discovered by Kamerlingh Onnes in 1911, continues to be a fascinating subject of condensed matter physics today. Much interest has been devoted to the study of the superconductivity induced in a metal which by itself is not superconducting but is in electrical contact with a superconductor. As the carriers of superconductivity, the Cooper pairs, diffuse across the contact into the metal they remain correlated, although the pairing mechanism is lifted; we call this the proxi...

  20. Proximity coupling in superconductor-graphene heterostructures


    Lee, Gil-Ho; Lee, Hu-Jong


    This review discusses the electronic properties and the prospective research directions of superconductor-graphene heterostructures. The basic electronic properties of graphene are introduced to highlight the unique possibility of combining two seemingly unrelated physics, superconductivity and relativity. We then focus on graphene-based Josephson junctions, one of the most versatile superconducting quantum devices. The various theoretical methods that have been developed to describe graphene...

  1. Superconductor Digital Electronics: -- Current Status, Future Prospects (United States)

    Mukhanov, Oleg


    Two major applications of superconductor electronics: communications and supercomputing will be presented. These areas hold a significant promise of a large impact on electronics state-of-the-art for the defense and commercial markets stemming from the fundamental advantages of superconductivity: simultaneous high speed and low power, lossless interconnect, natural quantization, and high sensitivity. The availability of relatively small cryocoolers lowered the foremost market barrier for cryogenically-cooled superconductor electronic systems. These fundamental advantages enabled a novel Digital-RF architecture - a disruptive technological approach changing wireless communications, radar, and surveillance system architectures dramatically. Practical results were achieved for Digital-RF systems in which wide-band, multi-band radio frequency signals are directly digitized and digital domain is expanded throughout the entire system. Digital-RF systems combine digital and mixed signal integrated circuits based on Rapid Single Flux Quantum (RSFQ) technology, superconductor analog filter circuits, and semiconductor post-processing circuits. The demonstrated cryocooled Digital-RF systems are the world's first and fastest directly digitizing receivers operating with live satellite signals, enabling multi-net data links, and performing signal acquisition from HF to L-band with 30 GHz clock frequencies. In supercomputing, superconductivity leads to the highest energy efficiencies per operation. Superconductor technology based on manipulation and ballistic transfer of magnetic flux quanta provides a superior low-power alternative to CMOS and other charge-transfer based device technologies. The fundamental energy consumption in SFQ circuits defined by flux quanta energy 2 x 10-19 J. Recently, a novel energy-efficient zero-static-power SFQ technology, eSFQ/ERSFQ was invented, which retains all advantages of standard RSFQ circuits: high-speed, dc power, internal memory. The

  2. Soft wall model for a holographic superconductor

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    Afonin, S.S.; Pusenkov, I.V. [Saint Petersburg State University, St.Petersburg (Russian Federation)


    We consider the soft wall holographic approach for description of the high-T{sub c} superconductivity. In comparison with the existing bottom-up holographic superconductors, the proposed approach is more phenomenological and does not describe the superconducting phase transition. On the other hand, technically it is simpler and has more freedom for fitting the conductivity properties of the real high-T{sub c} materials in the superconducting phase. Some examples of emerging models are analyzed. (orig.)

  3. Holographic superconductor on Q-lattice

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    Ling, Yi [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing, 100049 (China); State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190 (China); Liu, Peng; Niu, Chao [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing, 100049 (China); Wu, Jian-Pin [Department of Physics, School of Mathematics and Physics, Bohai University,Jinzhou, 121013 (China); State Key Laboratory of Theoretical Physics, Institute of Theoretical Physics,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190 (China); Xian, Zhuo-Yu [Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences,Beijing, 100049 (China)


    We construct the simplest gravitational dual model of a superconductor on Q-lattices. We analyze the condition for the existence of a critical temperature at which the charged scalar field will condense. In contrast to the holographic superconductor on ionic lattices, the presence of Q-lattices will suppress the condensate of the scalar field and lower the critical temperature. In particular, when the Q-lattice background is dual to a deep insulating phase, the condensation would never occur for some small charges. Furthermore, we numerically compute the optical conductivity in the superconducting regime. It turns out that the presence of Q-lattice does not remove the pole in the imaginary part of the conductivity, ensuring the appearance of a delta function in the real part. We also evaluate the gap which in general depends on the charge of the scalar field as well as the Q-lattice parameters. Nevertheless, when the charge of the scalar field is relatively large and approaches the probe limit, the gap becomes universal with ω{sub g}≃9T{sub c} which is consistent with the result for conventional holographic superconductors.

  4. The polar Kerr effect in superconductors

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    Robbins, Joshua; Annett, James F.; Gradhand, Martin [University of Bristol (United Kingdom)


    The polar Kerr effect is an optical phenomenon which arises in states with broken time-reversal symmetry. This effect has recently been observed in a series of unconventional superconductors, including the layered perovskite compound Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}. Confirmation of a Kerr signal below T{sub c} supports the hypothesis of chiral p-wave superconductivity in this material. However, the nature of the unconventional superconducting state remains a source of controversy. Here, we present calculations for the chiral superconducting state including spin-orbit coupling (SOC) by extending the three dimensional, multiband model considered previously. SOC was found to induce strong mixing of the orbital characters within the bandstructure. This mixing is essential for the existence of the polar Kerr effect and the large increase due to SOC has a significant influence on the frequency dependence of the predicted Kerr signal. We will extend and apply the model to other unconventional superconductors which have displayed the Kerr effect in recent years. This will allow a detailed study of the symmetry properties of these systems and will provide valuable insight into the pairing mechanism of superconductors.

  5. Charge of a quasiparticle in a superconductor. (United States)

    Ronen, Yuval; Cohen, Yonatan; Kang, Jung-Hyun; Haim, Arbel; Rieder, Maria-Theresa; Heiblum, Moty; Mahalu, Diana; Shtrikman, Hadas


    Nonlinear charge transport in superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) Josephson junctions has a unique signature in the shuttled charge quantum between the two superconductors. In the zero-bias limit Cooper pairs, each with twice the electron charge, carry the Josephson current. An applied bias VSD leads to multiple Andreev reflections (MAR), which in the limit of weak tunneling probability should lead to integer multiples of the electron charge ne traversing the junction, with n integer larger than 2Δ/eVSD and Δ the superconducting order parameter. Exceptionally, just above the gap eVSD ≥ 2Δ, with Andreev reflections suppressed, one would expect the current to be carried by partitioned quasiparticles, each with energy-dependent charge, being a superposition of an electron and a hole. Using shot-noise measurements in an SIS junction induced in an InAs nanowire (with noise proportional to the partitioned charge), we first observed quantization of the partitioned charge q = e*/e = n, with n = 1-4, thus reaffirming the validity of our charge interpretation. Concentrating next on the bias region eVSD ~ 2Δ, we found a reproducible and clear dip in the extracted charge to q ~ 0.6, which, after excluding other possibilities, we attribute to the partitioned quasiparticle charge. Such dip is supported by numerical simulations of our SIS structure.

  6. Fabrication of high-quality superconductor-insulator-superconductor junctions on thin SiN membranes (United States)

    Garcia, Edouard; Jacobson, Brian R.; Hu, Qing


    We have successfully fabricated high-quality and high-current density superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junctions on freestanding thin silicon nitride (SIN) membranes. These devices can be used in a novel millimeter-wave and THz receiver system which is made using micromachining. The SIS junctions with planar antennas were fabricated first on a silicon wafer covered with a SiN membrane, the Si wafer underneath was then etched away using an anisotropic KOH etchant. The current-voltage characteristics of the SIS junctions remained unchanged after the whole process, and the junctions and the membrane survived thermal cycling.

  7. XRD spectra of new YBaCuO superconductors

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    YBaCuO superconductor; solid state reaction. 1. Introduction. Recently, Udomsamuthirun et al (2010) synthesized the new superconductors of YBaCuO materials by solid state reac- tion. They used the assumption that the number of Ba-atoms plus Y-atoms is equal to the number of Cu-atoms. The new formula of YBaCuO ...

  8. Disappearance of nodal gap across the insulator-superconductor transition in a copper-oxide superconductor. (United States)

    Peng, Yingying; Meng, Jianqiao; Mou, Daixiang; He, Junfeng; Zhao, Lin; Wu, Yue; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; He, Shaolong; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xiaoyang; Peng, Qinjun; Wang, Zhimin; Zhang, Shenjin; Yang, Feng; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Lee, T K; Zhou, X J


    The parent compound of the copper-oxide high-temperature superconductors is a Mott insulator. Superconductivity is realized by doping an appropriate amount of charge carriers. How a Mott insulator transforms into a superconductor is crucial in understanding the unusual physical properties of high-temperature superconductors and the superconductivity mechanism. Here we report high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission measurement on heavily underdoped Bi₂Sr₂-xLaxCuO(₆+δ) system. The electronic structure of the lightly doped samples exhibit a number of characteristics: existence of an energy gap along the nodal direction, d-wave-like anisotropic energy gap along the underlying Fermi surface, and coexistence of a coherence peak and a broad hump in the photoemission spectra. Our results reveal a clear insulator-superconductor transition at a critical doping level of ~0.10 where the nodal energy gap approaches zero, the three-dimensional antiferromagnetic order disappears, and superconductivity starts to emerge. These observations clearly signal a close connection between the nodal gap, antiferromagnetism and superconductivity.

  9. Optical studies of crystalline organic superconductors under extreme conditions

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    McDonald, R D


    the aim being to make an optical measurement of the pressure dependence of the charge carrier effective mass. Chapter 4 concentrates on the vibrational modes of kappa-(BEDT-TTF) sub 2 Cu(SCN) sub 2. This chapter reports the first Raman scattering experiments on an organic superconductor at high pressure. Comparison of the infrared reflectance and Raman scattering measurements are used to elucidate the role of electron-phonon coupling in this material's superconductivity. Chapter 5 reports the first non-resonant measurements of the GHz conductivity of an organic molecular superconductor. These experiments probe the unconventional metallic properties of an organic superconductor during the onset of superconductivity. This thesis reports experiments which involve the interaction of light and matter to probe the properties of crystalline organic superconductors. The organic superconductors of the BEDT-TTF family are prototypical correlated electron systems; their low-temperature ground states are dominated by man...

  10. Development of high temperature superconductors having high critical current density

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    Hong, Gye Wong; Kim, C. J.; Lee, H.G.; Kwon, S. C.; Lee, H. J.; Kim, K. B.; Park, J. Y.; Jung, C. H


    Fabrication of high T{sub c} superconductors and its applications for electric power device were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies. High quality YBCO superconductors was fabricated by melt texture growth, top-seeded melt growth process and multi-seeded melt growth process and the properties was compared. The critical current density of the melt processed YBCO superconductors was about few 10,000 A/cm{sup 2} and the levitation force was 50 N. The processing time needed for the growth of the 123 single grain was greatly reduced by applying multi-seeding without no significant degradation of the levitation force. The multi-seeded melt growth process was confirmed as a time-saving and cost-effective method for the fabrication of bulk superconductors with controlled crystallographic orientation.

  11. Status of high temperature superconductor development for accelerator magnets (United States)

    Hirabayashi, H.


    High temperature superconductors are still under development for various applications. As far as conductors for magnets are concerned, the development has just been started. Small coils wound by silver sheathed Bi-2212 and Bi-2223 oxide conductors have been reported by a few authors. Essential properties of high T(sub c) superconductors like pinning force, coherent length, intergrain coupling, weak link, thermal property, AC loss and mechanical strength are still not sufficiently understandable. In this talk, a review is given with comparison between the present achievement and the final requirement for high T(sub c) superconductors, which could be particularly used in accelerator magnets. Discussions on how to develop high T(sub c) superconductors for accelerator magnets are included with key parameters of essential properties. A proposal of how to make a prototype accelerator magnet with high T(sub c) superconductors with prospect for future development is also given.

  12. Precursor composites for oxygen dispersion hardened silver sheathed superconductor composites (United States)

    Podtburg, Eric R.


    An oxide superconductor composite having improved texture and durability. The oxide superconductor composite includes an oxide superconductor phase substantially surrounded with/by a noble metal matrix, the noble metal matrix comprising a metal oxide in an amount effective to form metal oxide domains that increase hardness of the composite. The composite is characterized by a degree of texture at least 10% greater than a comparable oxide superconductor composite lacking metal oxide domains. An oxide superconducting composite may be prepared by oxidizing the precursor composite under conditions effective to form solute metal oxide domains within the silver matrix and to form a precursor oxide in the precursor alloy phase; subjecting the oxidized composite to a softening anneal under conditions effective to relieve stress within the noble metal phase; and converting the oxide precursor into an oxide superconductor.

  13. System and method for quench protection of a superconductor (United States)

    Huang, Xianrui; Sivasubramaniam, Kiruba Haran; Bray, James William; Ryan, David Thomas


    A system and method for protecting a superconductor from a quench condition. A quench protection system is provided to protect the superconductor from damage due to a quench condition. The quench protection system comprises a voltage detector operable to detect voltage across the superconductor. The system also comprises a frequency filter coupled to the voltage detector. The frequency filter is operable to couple voltage signals to a control circuit that are representative of a rise in superconductor voltage caused by a quench condition and to block voltage signals that are not. The system is operable to detect whether a quench condition exists in the superconductor based on the voltage signal received via the frequency filter and to initiate a protective action in response.

  14. Stop of magnetic flux movement in levitating superconductor

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    Smolyak, B.M., E-mail:; Zakharov, M.S., E-mail:


    Highlights: • A direct experimental study of magnetic flux creep in the levitating superconductor. • When a levitating object is in a fixed position, magnetic flux movement is observed. • Levitation stops flux creep process. - Abstract: A phenomenon of magnetic relaxation stopping in a levitating superconductor was studied. It was experimentally shown that magnetic flux creep (diffusion of flux lines to regions with lower vortex density) is absent in magnetic suspension of the superconductor. Magnetic relaxation arises, when a rigid constraint that fixes a position of the superconductor relative to a magnet is imposed on a levitating object. It is assumed that oscillations of magnetic structure, which is due to free oscillations of the levitating superconductor, stop magnetic relaxation.

  15. A Double-Decker Levitation Experiment Using a Sandwich of Superconductors. (United States)

    Jacob, Anthony T.; And Others


    Shows that the mutual repulsion that enables a superconductor to levitate a magnet and a magnet to levitate a superconductor can be combined into a single demonstration. Uses an overhead projector, two pellets of "1-2-3" superconductor, Nd-Fe-B magnets, liquid nitrogen, and paraffin. Offers superconductor preparation, hazards, and disposal…

  16. Interplay of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in cuprates with impurity effect and d-wave pairing

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    Mohapatra, Rasmita, E-mail: [P.G. Department of Applied Physics and Ballistics, F.M. University, Balasore, Odisha 756019 (India); Rout, G.C., E-mail: [Physics Enclave, Plot no-664/4825, Lane-4A, Shree Vihar, Patia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751024 (India)


    Highlights: • We considered here the interplay of antiferromagnetism (AFM) and Superconductivity (SC) with d-wave pairing symmetry in presence of impurity effect. • The tunneling conductance explains the multiple peaks and dip-hump structure. • It is observed that AFM coupling enhances the superconducting transition temperature. • The low temperature specific heat anomaly due to impurity atoms. - Abstract: We present here a model Hamiltonian to study the interplay between staggered magnetic field and the superconductivity with d-wave pairing symmetry in presence of hybridization between impurity f-electrons of rare-earth ions and 3d-electrons of copper ions. The staggered field and superconducting (SC) gaps are calculated by Green’s function technique and solved self-consistently. The coupling constants are compared using s-wave and d-wave pairings. The strength of hybridization suppresses the magnitude of the gaps; while antiferromagnetic coupling enhances the superconducting transition temperature, but suppresses the Neel temperature. The density of states (DOS) representing tunneling conductance shows complex character with impurity level lying at the Fermi level. The electronic specific heat explains prototype heavy fermion behavior in cuprate systems at low temperatures.

  17. Giant superconductivity-induced modulation of the ferromagnetic magnetization in a cuprate-manganite superlattice. (United States)

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


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

  18. New investigations of the guanine trichloro cuprate(II) complex crystal (United States)

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


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

  19. Unconventional spin-charge phase separation in a model 2D cuprate (United States)

    Panov, Yu. D.; Budrin, K. S.; Chikov, A. A.; Moskvin, A. S.


    In this Letter we address a challenging problem of a competition of charge and spin orders for high-Tc cuprates within a simplified 2D spin-pseudospin model which takes into account both conventional Heisenberg Cu2+-Cu2+ antiferromagnetic spin exchange coupling (J) and the on-site (U) and inter-site (V) charge correlations in the CuO2 planes with the on-site Hilbert space reduced to only three effective charge states (nominally Cu1+;2+;3+). We performed classical Monte-Carlo calculations for large square lattices implying the mobile doped charges and focusing on a case of a small inter-site repulsion V ≪ J. The on-site attraction (U 0) the homogeneous ground state antiferromagnetic solutions of the doped system found in a mean-field approximation are shown to be unstable with respect to a phase separation with the charge and spin subsystems behaving like immiscible quantum liquids. Puzzlingly, with lowering the temperature one can observe two sequential phase transitions: first, an antiferromagnetic ordering in the spin subsystem diluted by randomly distributed charges, then, a charge condensation in the charge droplets. The effects are illustrated by the Monte-Carlo calculations of the specific heat and longitudinal magnetic susceptibility.

  20. Coherent diffusive transport mediated by Andreev reflections at V=Delta/e in a mesoscopic superconductor/semiconductor/superconductor junction

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    Kutchinsky, Jonatan; Taboryski, Rafael Jozef; Kuhn, Oliver


    We present experiments revealing a singularity in the coherent current across a superconductor/semiconductor/superconductor (SSmS) junction at the bias voltage corresponding to the superconducting energy gap V=Delta/e. The SSmS structure consists of highly doped GaAs with superconducting electrod...

  1. Interaction of gravitational waves with superconductors

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    Inan, N.A.; Thompson, J.J. [University of California, Schools of Natural Sciences, Merced, CA (United States); Chiao, R.Y. [University of California, Schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Merced, CA (United States)


    Applying the Helmholtz Decomposition theorem to linearized General Relativity leads to a gauge-invariant formulation where the transverse-traceless part of the metric perturbation describes gravitational waves in matter. Gravitational waves incident on a superconductor can be described by a linear London-like constituent equation characterized by a ''gravitational shear modulus'' and a corresponding plasma frequency and penetration depth. Electric-like and magnetic-like gravitational tensor fields are defined in terms of the strain field of a gravitational wave. It is shown that in the DC limit, the magnetic-like tensor field is expelled from the superconductor in a gravitational Meissner-like effect. The Cooper pair density is described by the Ginzburg-Landau theory embedded in curved space-time. The ionic lattice is modeled by quantum harmonic oscillators coupled to gravitational waves and characterized by quasi-energy eigenvalues for the phonon modes. The formulation predicts the possibility of a dynamical Casimir effect since the zero-point energy of the ionic lattice phonons is found to be modulated by the gravitational wave, in a quantum analog of a ''Weber-bar effect.'' Applying periodic thermodynamics and the Debye model in the low-temperature limit leads to a free energy density for the ionic lattice. Lastly, we relate the gravitational strain of space to the strain of matter to show that the response to a gravitational wave is far less for the Cooper pair density than for the ionic lattice. This predicts a charge separation effect in the superconductor as a result of the gravitational wave. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. Twin boundaries in d-wave superconductors

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    Feder, D.L.; Beardsall, A.; Berlinsky, A.J.; Kallin, C. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada)


    Twin boundaries in orthorhombic d-wave superconductors are investigated numerically using the Bogoliubov{endash}deGennes formalism within the context of an extended Hubbard model. The twin boundaries are represented by tetragonal regions of variable width, with a reduced chemical potential. For sufficiently large twin boundary width and change in chemical potential, an induced s-wave component may break time-reversal symmetry at a low temperature T{sup {asterisk}}. The temperature T{sup {asterisk}}, and the magnitude of the imaginary component, are found to depend strongly on electron density. The results are compared with recent tunneling measurements. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Quench in high temperature superconductor magnets

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    Schwartz, J.


    High field superconducting magnets using high temperature superconductors are being developed for high energy physics, nuclear magnetic resonance and energy storage applications. Although the conductor technology has progressed to the point where such large magnets can be readily envisioned, quench protection remains a key challenge. It is well-established that quench propagation in HTS magnets is very slow and this brings new challenges that must be addressed. In this paper, these challenges are discussed and potential solutions, driven by new technologies such as optical fiber based sensors and thermally conducting electrical insulators, are reviewed.

  4. Conductance Spectra in Graphene-Superconductor Junctions (United States)

    Tian, Jie; Zhou, Shi-Ping; Deng, Zhen-Yan


    The conductance spectra of a graphene ribbon and graphene-superconductor (G-S) junctions are investigated, using the tight-binding model and non-equilibrium Green' function formalism. It is found that the quantized conductance related to graphene' edge-states is robust against perturbations in the model parameters for a graphene monolayer ribbon with the zigzag boundary. With appropriate model parameter of the spin-orbit interaction strength, a new bound state with odd-frequency symmetry is found in the G-S junction. An enhancement in the zero-energy conductance amplitude is followed.

  5. Discovery of a superhard iron tetraboride superconductor. (United States)

    Gou, Huiyang; Dubrovinskaia, Natalia; Bykova, Elena; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Kasinathan, Deepa; Schnelle, Walter; Richter, Asta; Merlini, Marco; Hanfland, Michael; Abakumov, Artem M; Batuk, Dmitry; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Nakajima, Yoichi; Kolmogorov, Aleksey N; Dubrovinsky, Leonid


    Single crystals of novel orthorhombic (space group Pnnm) iron tetraboride FeB4 were synthesized at pressures above 8 GPa and high temperatures. Magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements demonstrate bulk superconductivity below 2.9 K. The putative isotope effect on the superconducting critical temperature and the analysis of specific heat data indicate that the superconductivity in FeB4 is likely phonon mediated, which is rare for Fe-based superconductors. The discovered iron tetraboride is highly incompressible and has the nanoindentation hardness of 62(5) GPa; thus, it opens a new class of highly desirable materials combining advanced mechanical properties and superconductivity.

  6. Two-particle excitations in the Hubbard model for high-temperature superconductors. A quantum cluster study

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    Brehm, Sascha


    Two-particle excitations, such as spin and charge excitations, play a key role in high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors (HTSC). Due to the antiferromagnetism of the parent compound the magnetic excitations are supposed to be directly related to the mechanism of superconductivity. In particular, the so-called resonance mode is a promising candidate for the pairing glue, a bosonic excitation mediating the electronic pairing. In addition, its interactions with itinerant electrons may be responsible for some of the observed properties of HTSC. Hence, getting to the bottom of the resonance mode is crucial for a deeper understanding of the cuprate materials. To analyze the corresponding two-particle correlation functions we develop in the present thesis a new, non-perturbative and parameter-free technique for T=0 which is based on the Variational Cluster Approach (VCA, an embedded cluster method for one-particle Green's functions). Guided by the spirit of the VCA we extract an effective electron-hole vertex from an isolated cluster and use a fully renormalized bubble susceptibility {chi}{sub 0} including the VCA one-particle propagators. Within our new approach, the magnetic excitations of HTSC are shown to be reproduced for the Hubbard model within the relevant strong-coupling regime. Exceptionally, the famous resonance mode occurring in the underdoped regime within the superconductivity-induced gap of spin-flip electron-hole excitations is obtained. Its intensity and hourglass dispersion are in good overall agreement with experiments. Furthermore, characteristic features such as the position in energy of the resonance mode and the difference of the imaginary part of the susceptibility in the superconducting and the normal states are in accord with Inelastic Neutron Scattering (INS) experiments. For the first time, a strongly-correlated parameter-free calculation revealed these salient magnetic properties supporting the S=1 magnetic exciton scenario for the

  7. Spin dynamics in high-T{sub C} superconducting cuprates; Dynamique de spins dans les oxydes de cuivre supraconducteurs a haute temperature critique

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    Bourges, Ph


    This work is dedicated to the detailed investigations of the magnetic resonance peak in the superconducting state of cuprates. The existence of such a peak could be the signature of a mechanism linked to magnetism that could explain high critical temperature superconductivity. Inelastic neutron scattering is an adequate tool for the understanding of cuprate properties because it reveals magnetic fluctuations whose behaviour and variety depend strongly on temperature and on the level of doping. The last part of this work is dedicated to the study of spin dynamics in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} system.

  8. Percolation effect in thick film superconductors

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    Sali, R.; Harsanyi, G. [Technical Univ. of Budapest (Hungary)


    A thick film superconductor paste has been developed to study the properties of granulated superconductor materials, to observe the percolation effect and to confirm the theory of the conducting mechanism in the superconducting thick films. This paste was also applied to make a superconducting planar transformer. Due to high T{sub c} and advantageous current density properties the base of the paste was chosen to be of Bi(Pb)SrCaCuO system. For contacts a conventional Ag/Pt paste was used. The critical temperature of the samples were between 110 K and 115 K depending on the printed layer thickness. The critical current density at the boiling temperature of the liquid He- was between 200-300 A/cm{sup 2}. The R(T) and V(I) functions were measured with different parameters. The results of the measurements have confirmed the theory of conducting mechanism in the material. The percolation structure model has been built and described. As an application, a superconducting planar thick film transformer was planned and produced. Ten windings of the transformer were printed on one side of the alumina substrate and one winding was printed on the other side. The coupling between the two sides was possible through the substrate. The samples did not need special drying and firing parameters. After the preparation, the properties of the transformer were measured. The efficiency and the losses were determined. Finally, some fundamental advantages and problems of the process were discussed.

  9. Nonlinear supercurrent response in anisotropic superconductors

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    Stojkovic, B.P.; Valls, O.T. (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0149 (United States))


    We study the nonlinear supercurrent response of unconventional superconductors to an applied magnetic field. We calculate numerically the superconducting penetration depth [lambda] and the magnetization component transverse to the applied magnetic field, at finite temperature and in arbitrary field, in the Meissner state. In the [ital d]-wave pairing state we find that both quantities exhibit nonlinear effects, due to the presence of nodes in the order parameter. We relate the results to various experimental situations and show how one can verify whether an observed [lambda]([ital T],[ital H]) is a signature of a particular pairing state. For an admixture of [ital s]-wave and [ital d]-wave superconducting states, we find that the transverse magnetization is suppressed, but that the [ital s]-wave component effect on the penetration depth may be overlooked in sufficiently large magnetic fields. We also consider dirty [ital d]-wave superconductors and discuss how these quantities, calculated as a function of temperature and field, are altered in this case.

  10. High-temperature superconductors make major progress

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    This month's Nature Materials featured an important breakthrough for high-temperature superconductors. A new method has been found for processing Bi-2212 high-temperature superconducting round wire in order to drastically increase its critical current density. The result confirms that this conductor is a serious candidate for future very-high-field magnets.   This image shows the cross-section of two Bi-2212 wires. The bottom wire has less leakage and void porosity due to a heat treatment done at an overpressure of 100 bar - about 100 times the pressure used to produce the top wire (image from [Nature Materials, Vol. 13 (2014), 10.1038/nmat3887]). The workhorse for building superconducting accelerator magnets has been, so far, the Niobium-Titanium (Nb-Ti) alloy superconductor. But with Nb-Ti having reached its full potential, other conductors must be used to operate in higher magnetic fields beyond those reached with the LHC magnets. Today, the intermetallic Niobium-Tin (Nb3Sn) is th...

  11. Pinning Loss Power Density in Superconductors (United States)

    Matsushita, Teruo


    The pinning loss power density is theoretically derived based on the resistive energy dissipation when the flux lines are driven by the Lorentz force in a superconductor. The obtained loss power density does not depend on the viscosity or flow resistivity, but is proportional to the pinning force density only, and it possesses the nature of hysteresis loss, as commonly measured in experiments. These features are predicted by the critical state model, which was recently proved theoretically. The obtained pinning force density is consistent with the prediction of the coherent potential approximation theory, a kind of statistical summation theory, for flux pinning. Thus, the irreversible properties associated with the flux pinning can be comprehensively described by these flux pinning theories. The irreversible flux pinning in the superconductor is compared with similar irreversible phenomena such as the motion of magnetic domain walls in ferromagnetic materials and the friction in mechanical systems. The possibility is also discussed for a general theoretical description of these irreversible phenomena in which the hysteresis loss occurs.

  12. Creating better superconductors by periodic nanopatterning

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    Milan P. Allan, Mark H. Fischer, Oliver Ostojic, Arjo Andringa


    Full Text Available The quest to create superconductors with higher transition temperatures is as old as superconductivity itself. One strategy, popular after the realization that (conventional superconductivity is mediated by phonons, is to chemically combine different elements within the crystalline unit cell to maximize the electron-phonon coupling. This led to the discovery of NbTi and Nb3Sn, to name just the most technologically relevant examples. Here, we propose a radically different approach to transform a `pristine' material into a better (meta- superconductor by making use of modern fabrication techniques: designing and engineering the electronic properties of thin films via periodic patterning on the nanoscale. We present a model calculation to explore the key effects of different supercells that could be fabricated using nanofabrication or deliberate lattice mismatch, and demonstrate that specific pattern will enhance the coupling and the transition temperature. We also discuss how numerical methods could predict the correct design parameters to improve superconductivity in materials including Al, NbTi, and MgB2

  13. Topological Phase Transitions in Multicomponent Superconductors (United States)

    Wang, Yuxuan; Fu, Liang


    We study the phase transition between a trivial and a time-reversal-invariant topological superconductor in a single-band system. By analyzing the interplay of symmetry, topology, and energetics, we show that for a generic normal state band structure, the phase transition occurs via extended intermediate phases in which even- and odd-parity pairing components coexist. For inversion-symmetric systems, the coexistence phase spontaneously breaks time-reversal symmetry. For noncentrosymmetric superconductors, the low-temperature intermediate phase is time-reversal breaking, while the high-temperature phase preserves time-reversal symmetry and has topologically protected line nodes. Furthermore, with approximate rotational invariance, the system has an emergent U (1 )×U (1 ) symmetry, and novel topological defects, such as half vortex lines binding Majorana fermions, can exist. We analytically solve for the dispersion of the Majorana fermion and show that it exhibits small and large velocities at low and high energies. Relevance of our theory to superconducting pyrochlore oxide Cd2 Re2 O7 and half-Heusler materials is discussed.

  14. Electronic structure and superconductivity of FeSe-related superconductors. (United States)

    Liu, Xu; Zhao, Lin; He, Shaolong; He, Junfeng; Liu, Defa; Mou, Daixiang; Shen, Bing; Hu, Yong; Huang, Jianwei; Zhou, X J


    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.

  15. Current-tuned superconductor to insulator transition in granular Sm1.82Ce0.18CuO4-delta superconductor

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    Luz, M. S. da; Sandim, M. J. R; Santos, C. A. M. dos; Machado, A. J. S; Jardim, R. F


    ...s. The effect of applied electrical current on the resistive behavior is investigated. The experimental data are analyzed using a modified form of the theory for a field-tuned superconductor-insulator transition in 2D superconductor...

  16. American superconductor technology to help CERN to explore the mysteries of matter company's high temperature superconductor wire to be used in CERN's Large Hadron Collider

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    American Superconductor Corporation has been selected by CERN, to provide 14,000 meters of high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire for current lead devices that will be used in CERN's Large Hadron Collider (1 page).

  17. Effective magnetic correlations in hole-doped graphene nanoflakes (United States)

    Valli, A.; Amaricci, A.; Toschi, A.; Saha-Dasgupta, T.; Held, K.; Capone, M.


    The magnetic properties of zigzag graphene nanoflakes (ZGNFs) are investigated within the framework of inhomogeneous dynamical mean-field theory. At half-filling and for realistic values of the local interaction, the ZGNF is in a fully compensated antiferromagnetic (AF) state, which is found to be robust against temperature fluctuations. Introducing charge carriers in the AF background drives the ZGNF metallic and stabilizes a magnetic state with a net uncompensated moment at low temperatures. The change in magnetism is ascribed to the delocalization of the doped holes in the proximity of the edges, which mediate ferromagnetic correlations between the localized magnetic moments. Depending on the hole concentration, the magnetic transition may display a pronounced hysteresis over a wide range of temperatures, indicating the coexistence of magnetic states with different symmetries. This suggests the possibility of achieving electrostatic control of the magnetic state of ZGNFs to realize a switchable spintronic device.

  18. Helimagnetism and weak ferromagnetism in NaCu{sub 2}O{sub 2} and related frustrated chain cuprates

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    Drechsler, S-L [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden, PO Box 270116, Dresden D-01171 (Germany); Tristan, N [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden, PO Box 270116, Dresden D-01171 (Germany); Klingeler, R [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden, PO Box 270116, Dresden D-01171 (Germany); Buechner, B [Leibniz-Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstoffforschung IFW Dresden, PO Box 270116, Dresden D-01171 (Germany); Richter, J [Inst. f. Theor. Phys., Universitaet Magdeburg, Magdeburg D-39016 (Germany); Malek, J [Institute of Physics, ASCR, Prague (Czech Republic); Volkova, O [Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Vasiliev, A [Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Schmitt, M [Max-Planck-Institut f. chem. Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden D-01187 (Germany); Ormeci, A [Max-Planck-Institut f. chem. Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden D-01187 (Germany); Loison, C [Max-Planck-Institut f. chem. Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden D-01187 (Germany); Schnelle, W [Max-Planck-Institut f. chem. Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden D-01187 (Germany); Rosner, H [Max-Planck-Institut f. chem. Physik fester Stoffe, Dresden D-01187 (Germany)


    A novel subclass of frustrated undoped edge-shared CuO{sub 2} chain materials with intriguing magnetism is briefly reviewed. These cuprates show at low temperature a tendency to helicoidal magnetic ordering with acute pitches and in some cases also to weak ferromagnetism. In our analysis we focus on our recent theoretical and experimental studies on Na(Li)Cu{sub 2}O{sub 2} and related systems. Differences and similarities in the magnetic ground states of these structurally similar localized spin-1/2 compounds are considered. The nontrivial interplay of frustrated single-chain couplings, anisotropy and interchain exchange is stressed.

  19. The use of high temperature superconductors to levitate lunar telescope (United States)

    Brown, Beth A.


    The objective of this paper was to assist in the construction of a lunar telescope mirror model by conducting research on composite materials and other lightweight, rigid materials, and by determining how much weight can be levitated by available superconductors. It is believed that with the construction of four magnets suspended over four bulk superconductors (or vice versa), there should be no problems lifting a model mirror and stabilizing it at different positions. It may be necessary to increase the size and quality of the superconductors and/or magnets in order to achieve this.

  20. Rotordynamic Characterization of a Hybrid Superconductor Magnet Bearing (United States)

    Ma, Ki B.; Xia, Zule H.; Cooley, Rodger; Fowler, Clay; Chu, Wei-Kan


    A hybrid superconductor magnet bearing uses magnetic forces between permanent magnets to provide lift and the flux pinning force between permanent magnets and superconductors to stabilize against instabilities intrinsic to the magnetic force between magnets. We have constructed a prototype kinetic energy storage system, using a hybrid superconductor magnet bearing to support a 42 lb. flywheel at the center. With five sensors on the periphery of the flywheel, we have monitored the position and attitude of the flywheel during its spin down. The results indicate low values of stiffnesses for the bearing. The implications of this and other consequences will be discussed.

  1. Fine-Filament MgB2 Superconductor Wire (United States)

    Cantu, Sherrie


    Hyper Tech Research, Inc., has developed fine-filament magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconductor wire for motors and generators used in turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems. In Phase I of the project, Hyper Tech demonstrated that MgB2 multifilament wires (superconductor and engineering current density and AC losses. Hyper Tech also fabricated MgB2 rotor coil packs for a superconducting generator. The ultimate goal is to enable low-cost, round, lightweight, low-AC-loss superconductors for motor and generator stator coils operating at 25 K in next-generation turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems.

  2. Temperature-Dependent Ellipsometry Measurements of Partial Coulomb Energy in Superconducting Cuprates (United States)

    Levallois, J.; Tran, M. K.; Pouliot, D.; Presura, C. N.; Greene, L. H.; Eckstein, J. N.; Uccelli, J.; Giannini, E.; Gu, G. D.; Leggett, A. J.; van der Marel, D.


    We performed an experimental study of the temperature and doping dependence of the energy-loss function of the bilayer and trilayer bismuth cuprates family. The primary aim is to obtain information on the energy stored in the Coulomb interaction between the conduction electrons, on the temperature dependence thereof, and on the change of Coulomb interaction when Cooper pairs are formed. We performed temperature-dependent ellipsometry measurements on several Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2 O8 -x single crystals: underdoped with Tc=60 , 70, and 83 K; optimally doped with Tc=91 K ; overdoped with Tc=84 , 81, 70, and 58 K; as well as optimally doped Bi2 Sr2 Ca2 Cu3 O10 +x with Tc=110 K . Our first observation is that, as the temperature drops through Tc, the loss function in the range up to 2 eV displays a change of temperature dependence as compared to the temperature dependence in the normal state. This effect at—or close to—Tc depends strongly on doping, with a sign change for weak overdoping. The size of the observed change in Coulomb energy, using an extrapolation with reasonable assumptions about its q dependence, is about the same size as the condensation energy that has been measured in these compounds. Our results therefore lend support to the notion that the Coulomb energy is an important factor for stabilizing the superconducting phase. Because of the restriction to small momentum, our observations do not exclude a possible significant contribution to the condensation energy of the Coulomb energy associated with the region of q around (π ,π ).

  3. Temperature-Dependent Ellipsometry Measurements of Partial Coulomb Energy in Superconducting Cuprates

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    J. Levallois


    Full Text Available We performed an experimental study of the temperature and doping dependence of the energy-loss function of the bilayer and trilayer bismuth cuprates family. The primary aim is to obtain information on the energy stored in the Coulomb interaction between the conduction electrons, on the temperature dependence thereof, and on the change of Coulomb interaction when Cooper pairs are formed. We performed temperature-dependent ellipsometry measurements on several Bi_{2}Sr_{2}CaCu_{2}O_{8-x} single crystals: underdoped with T_{c}=60, 70, and 83 K; optimally doped with T_{c}=91  K; overdoped with T_{c}=84, 81, 70, and 58 K; as well as optimally doped Bi_{2}Sr_{2}Ca_{2}Cu_{3}O_{10+x} with T_{c}=110  K. Our first observation is that, as the temperature drops through T_{c}, the loss function in the range up to 2 eV displays a change of temperature dependence as compared to the temperature dependence in the normal state. This effect at—or close to—T_{c} depends strongly on doping, with a sign change for weak overdoping. The size of the observed change in Coulomb energy, using an extrapolation with reasonable assumptions about its q dependence, is about the same size as the condensation energy that has been measured in these compounds. Our results therefore lend support to the notion that the Coulomb energy is an important factor for stabilizing the superconducting phase. Because of the restriction to small momentum, our observations do not exclude a possible significant contribution to the condensation energy of the Coulomb energy associated with the region of q around (π,π.

  4. Superconductivity in optimally doped cuprates: BZA program works well and superexchange is the glue

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    G. Baskaran


    Full Text Available   Resonating valence bond states in a doped Mott insulator was proposed to explain superconductivity in cuprates in January 1987 by Anderson. A challenging task then was proving existence of this unconventional mechanism and a wealth of possibilities, with a rigor acceptable in standard condensed matter physics, in a microscopic theory and develop suitable many body techniques. Shortly, a paper by Anderson, Zou and us (BZA undertook this task and initiated a program. Three key papers that followed, shortly, essentially completed the program, as far as superconductivity is concerned,i a gauge theory approach by Anderson and us, that went beyond mean field theory ii Kotliar’s d -wave solution in BZA theory iii improvement of a renormalized Hamiltonian in BZA theory, using a Gutzwiller approximation by Zhang, Gros, Rice and Shiba. In this article I shall focus on the merits of BZA and gauge theory papers. They turned out to be a foundation for subsequent developments dealing with more aspects that were unconventional - d -wave order parameter with nodal Bogoliubov quasi particles, Affleck-Marston’s π-flux condensed spin liquid phase, unconventional spin-1 collective mode at (π, π, and other fascinating developments. Kivelson, Rokhsar and Sethna’s idea of holons and their bose condensation found expression in the slave boson formalism and lead to results similar to BZA program. At optimal doping, correlated electrons acquire sufficient fermi sea character, at the same time retain enough superexchange inherited from a Mott insulator parentage, ending in a BCS like situation with superexchange as a glue! Not surprisingly, mean field theory works well at optimal doping, even quantitatively. Further, t-J model is a minimal model only around optimal doping, where RVB superconductivity is also at its best.

  5. Interrogating the superconductor Ca10(Pt4As8)(Fe2-xPtxAs2)5Layer-by-layer. (United States)

    Kim, Jisun; Nam, Hyoungdo; Li, Guorong; Karki, A B; Wang, Zhen; Zhu, Yimei; Shih, Chih-Kang; Zhang, Jiandi; Jin, Rongying; Plummer, E W


    Ever since the discovery of high-T c superconductivity in layered cuprates, the roles that individual layers play have been debated, due to difficulty in layer-by-layer characterization. While there is similar challenge in many Fe-based layered superconductors, the newly-discovered Ca 10 (Pt 4 As 8 )(Fe 2 As 2 ) 5 provides opportunities to explore superconductivity layer by layer, because it contains both superconducting building blocks (Fe 2 As 2 layers) and intermediate Pt 4 As 8 layers. Cleaving a single crystal under ultra-high vacuum results in multiple terminations: an ordered Pt 4 As 8 layer, two reconstructed Ca layers on the top of a Pt 4 As 8 layer, and disordered Ca layer on the top of Fe 2 As 2 layer. The electronic properties of individual layers are studied using scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/S), which reveals different spectra for each surface. Remarkably superconducting coherence peaks are seen only on the ordered Ca/Pt 4 As 8 layer. Our results indicate that an ordered structure with proper charge balance is required in order to preserve superconductivity.

  6. Above-gap conductance anomaly studied in superconductor-graphene-superconductor Josephson junctions

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    Choi, Jae-Hyun; Lee, Hu-Jong [Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Doh, Yong-Joo [Korea University, Yeongigun (Korea, Republic of)


    We investigated the electrical transport properties of superconductor-graphene-superconductor (SGS) Josephson junctions. At low voltage bias, we observed the conventional proximity-coupled Josephson effect, such as supercurrent flow through graphene, a sub-gap structure of differential conductance due to Andreev reflection, and a periodic modulation of the critical current I{sub c} when a perpendicular magnetic field H is applied to the graphene. For high bias above the superconducting gap voltage, however, we observed an anomalous jump of the differential conductance, the voltage position of which is sensitive to the backgate voltage V{sub g}. Our extensive study with varying V{sub g}, temperature, and H reveals that the above-gap structure takes place at a characteristic power P{sup *}, irrespective of V{sub g}, for a given junction. The temperature and the H dependences of P{sup *} are well explained by an increase in the electron temperature in graphene.

  7. Random gauge models of the superconductor-insulator transition in two-dimensional disordered superconductors (United States)

    Granato, Enzo


    We study numerically the superconductor-insulator transition in two-dimensional inhomogeneous superconductors with gauge disorder, described by four different quantum rotor models: a gauge glass, a flux glass, a binary phase glass, and a Gaussian phase glass. The first two models describe the combined effect of geometrical disorder in the array of local superconducting islands and a uniform external magnetic field, while the last two describe the effects of random negative Josephson-junction couplings or π junctions. Monte Carlo simulations in the path-integral representation of the models are used to determine the critical exponents and the universal conductivity at the quantum phase transition. The gauge- and flux-glass models display the same critical behavior, within the estimated numerical uncertainties. Similar agreement is found for the binary and Gaussian phase-glass models. Despite the different symmetries and disorder correlations, we find that the universal conductivity of these models is approximately the same. In particular, the ratio of this value to that of the pure model agrees with recent experiments on nanohole thin-film superconductors in a magnetic field, in the large disorder limit.

  8. Superconductor-graphene-superconductor Josephson junction in the quantum Hall regime (United States)

    Liu, Jie; Liu, Haiwen; Song, Juntao; Sun, Qing-Feng; Xie, X. C.


    Using a nonequilibrium-Green-function method, we numerically studied the transport properties of a superconductor-graphene-superconductor Josephson junction hybrid system in the quantum Hall regime. Our numerical calculations show that there are two interference patterns of the critical current due to the unique band structure of graphene. One is caused by the usual intraband Andreev retroreflection process, and the other one is caused by the interband specular Andreev reflection process. In the Andreev retroreflection regime, chiral Andreev edge states are formed and a distinct supercurrent can be observed. The critical current displays an AB oscillation behavior and the period is approximately 2 Φ0=h /e . As for the specular Andreev refection process, the reflected holes are bent back to the reverse direction of the incident electrons and the supercurrent flows along both edges. It is similar to a superconductor ring Josephson junction and the period is Φ0=h /2 e . However, the critical current for the specular Andreev reflection process is very small and is unlikely to be observable in an experiment. Thus, we conclude that our numerical calculations are inconsistent to the experimental findings by Amet et al. [Science 352, 966 (2016), 10.1126/science.aad6203].

  9. Spatial modulations of electronic states in the pseudogap phase of cuprates: ordering or interference? (United States)

    Parker, Colin; Pushp, Aakash; Pasupathy, Abhay; Gomes, Kenjiro; Ono, Shimpei; Ando, Yoichi; Wen, Jinsheng; Xu, Zhijun; Gu, Genda; Yazdani, Ali


    Spatial modulations in the local density of states of the high temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu208+δ have now been reported both above and below Tc. At low energies and low temperatures, these modulations have been attributed to the so-called octet model of Bogoliubov Quasiparticle Interference (BQPI). At temperatures above Tc, non-dispersive modulations were found near optimal doping, suggestive of a translation symmetry breaking ordered state[1]. Recent observations of low energy, dispersive modulations above Tc in a highly underdoped sample have been taken as evidence for Bogoliubov excitations above Tc[2]. We extend these measurements to a regime where we know from other measurements, such as anomalous diamagnetism, that there are no superconducting correlations in order to clarify whether any aspects of these modulations are related to superconducting correlations or to potential ordering at T*. [1] M. Vershinin, et al. Science 305, 1993 (2004) [2] J. Lee, et al. Science 325, 1099 (2009)

  10. High point for CERN and high-temperature superconductors

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    Amalia Ballarino is named the Superconductor Industry Person of the year 2006. Amalia Ballarino showing a tape of high-superconducting material used for the LHC current leads.The CERN project leader for the high-temperature superconducting current leads for the LHC, Amalia Ballarino, has received the award for "Superconductor Industry Person of the Year". This award, the most prestigious international award in the development and commercialization of superconductors, is presented by the leading industry newsletter "Superconductor Week". Amalia Ballarino was selected from dozens of nominations from around the world by a panel of recognized leading experts in superconductivity. "It is a great honour for me," says Amalia Ballarino. "It has been many years of hard work, and it’s a great satisfaction to see that the work has been completed successfully." Amalia Ballarino has been working on high-temperature superconducting materials sin...

  11. Coherent quantum trasport in ferromagnet-superconductor-ferromagnet graphene junctions

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    M Salehi; GH Rashedi


    In this paper, we investigate the coherent quantum transport in grapheme-based ferromagnet-superconductor-ferromagent junctions within the framework of BCS theory using DBdG quasiparticles equation...

  12. Five-fold way to new high Tc superconductors

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    defined, they provide more guided opportunities, than before, for discovering new superconductors. The five-fold ways are. copper route,; pressure route,; diamond route,; graphene route and; double RVB route. Copper route is the ...

  13. Leaders in high temperature superconductivity commercialization win superconductor industry award

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    CERN's Large Hadron Collider curretn leads project head Amalia Ballarino named superconductor industry person of the year 2006. Former high temperature superconductivity program manager at the US Department of energy James Daley wins lifetime achievement award. (1,5 page)

  14. Factors affecting characterization of bulk high-temperature superconductors

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    Hull, J.R. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Energy Technology Div.


    Three major factors affect the characterization of bulk high-temperature superconductors in terms of their levitation properties during interaction with permanent magnets. First, the appropriate parameter for the permanent magnet is internal magnetization, not the value of the magnetic field measured at the magnet`s surface. Second, although levitation force grows with superconductor thickness and surface area, for a given permanent magnet size, comparison of levitation force between samples is meaningful when minimum values are assigned to the superconductor size parameters. Finally, the effect of force creep must be considered when time-averaging the force measurements. In addition to levitational force, the coefficient of friction of a levitated rotating permanent magnet may be used to characterize the superconductor.

  15. Optical magnetic flux generation in superconductor

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    Author Affiliations. Masayoshi Tonouchi1. Research Center for Superconductor Photonics, Osaka University, and PRESTO/CREST, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST), 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan ...

  16. Workshop on Accelerator Magnet, Superconductor, Design and Optimization

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    Todesco, Ezio; WAMSDO 2013


    This report contains the proceedings of the Workshop on Accelerator Magnet Superconductor, Design and Optimization (WAMSDO) held at CERN from 15 to 16 January 2013. This fourth edition of the WAMSDO workshop is focussed on aspects related to quench protection.

  17. Stroboscopic phenomena in superconductors with dynamic pinning landscape

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    Jelić, Ž L; Milošević, M V; Van de Vondel, J; Silhanek, A V


    Introducing artificial pinning centers is a well established strategy to trap quantum vortices and increase the maximal magnetic field and applied electric current that a superconductor can sustain without dissipation...

  18. Electron refrigeration in hybrid structures with spin-split superconductors (United States)

    Rouco, M.; Heikkilä, T. T.; Bergeret, F. S.


    Electron tunneling between superconductors and normal metals has been used for an efficient refrigeration of electrons in the latter. Such cooling is a nonlinear effect and usually requires a large voltage. Here we study the electron cooling in heterostructures based on superconductors with a spin-splitting field coupled to normal metals via spin-filtering barriers. The cooling power shows a linear term in the applied voltage. This improves the coefficient of performance of electron refrigeration in the normal metal by shifting its optimum cooling to lower voltage, and also allows for cooling the spin-split superconductor by reverting the sign of the voltage. We also show how tunnel coupling spin-split superconductors with regular ones allows for a highly efficient refrigeration of the latter.

  19. Thermodynamic and nonstoichiometric behavior of promising Hi-Tc cuprate systems via EMF measurements : a short review.

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    Tetenbaum, M.


    Electromotive force (EMF) measurements of oxygen fugacities as a function of stoichiometry have been made on the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}, GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}, NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} and bismuth cuprate systems in the temperature range {approximately}400-750 C by means of an oxygen titration technique with an yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte. The shapes of the 400 C isotherms as a function of oxygen stoichiometry for the Gd and Nd cuprate systems suggest the presence of miscibility gaps at values of x that are higher than those in the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} system. For a given oxygen stoichiometry, oxygen partial pressures above GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} and NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} are higher (above x=6.5) than that for the promising YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} system. A thermodynamic assessment and intercomparison of our partial pressure measurements with the results of related measurements will be presented.

  20. Current fluctuations in unconventional superconductor junctions with impurity scattering (United States)

    Burset, Pablo; Lu, Bo; Tamura, Shun; Tanaka, Yukio


    The order parameter of bulk two-dimensional superconductors is classified as nodal if it vanishes for a direction in momentum space, or gapful if it does not. Each class can be topologically nontrivial if Andreev bound states are formed at the edges of the superconductor. Nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor affect the formation of Andreev bound states and can drastically change the tunneling spectra for small voltages. Here, we investigate the mean current and its fluctuations for two-dimensional tunnel junctions between normal-metal and unconventional superconductors by solving the quasiclassical Eilenberger equation self-consistently, including the presence of nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor. As the impurity strength increases, we find that superconductivity is suppressed for almost all order parameters since (i) at zero applied bias, the effective transferred charge calculated from the noise-current ratio tends to the electron charge e , and (ii) for finite bias, the current-voltage characteristics follows that of a normal-state junction. There are notable exceptions to this trend. First, gapful nontrivial (chiral) superconductors are very robust against impurity scattering due to the linear dispersion relation of their surface Andreev bound states. Second, for nodal nontrivial superconductors, only px-wave pairing is almost immune to the presence of impurities due to the emergence of odd-frequency s -wave Cooper pairs near the interface. Due to their anisotropic dependence on the wave vector, impurity scattering is an effective pair-breaking mechanism for the remaining nodal superconductors. All these behaviors are neatly captured by the noise-current ratio, providing a useful guide to find experimental signatures for unconventional superconductivity.

  1. Stability of magnetic tip/superconductor levitation systems (United States)

    K. Alqadi, M.


    The vertical stability of a magnetic tip over a superconducting material is investigated by using the critical state and the frozen image models. The analytical expressions of the stiffness and the vibration frequency about the equilibrium position are derived in term of the geometrical parameters of the magnet/superconductor system. It is found that the stability of the system depends on the shape of the superconductor as well as its thickness.

  2. Enhancement of critical temperature in fractal metamaterial superconductors

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    Smolyaninov, Igor I., E-mail: [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (United States); Smolyaninova, Vera N. [Department of Physics Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252 (United States)


    Fractal metamaterial superconductor geometry has been suggested and analyzed based on the recently developed theoretical description of critical temperature increase in epsilon near zero (ENZ) metamaterial superconductors. Considerable enhancement of critical temperature has been predicted in such materials due to appearance of large number of additional poles in the inverse dielectric response function of the fractal. Our results agree with the recent observation (Fratini et al. Nature 466, 841 (2010)) that fractal defect structure promotes superconductivity.

  3. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy on electron-boson interactions in superconductors

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    Schackert, Michael Peter


    This work describes the experimental study of electron-boson interactions in superconductors by means of inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy performed with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at temperatures below 1 K. This new approach allows the direct measurement of the Eliashberg function of conventional superconductors as demonstrated on lead (Pb) and niobium (Nb). Preparative experiments on unconventional iron-pnictides are presented in the end.

  4. Charge transport in disordered superconductor-graphene junctions

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    Metalidis, Georgo; Schoen, Gerd [Institut fuer Theoretische Festkoerperphysik, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, D-76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Golubev, Dmitry [Institut fuer Nanotechnologie, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)


    We consider the charge transport through superconductor-graphene tunnel junctions, including the effect of disorder. Coherent scattering on elastic impurities in the graphene layer can give rise to multiple reflections at the graphene-superconductor interface, and can thereby increase the probability of Andreev reflection, leading to an enhancement of the subgap conductance above its classical value. Although the phenomenon is known already from heterostructures involving normal metals, we have studied how graphenes peculiar dispersion relation influences the effect.

  5. Enhancement of critical temperature in fractal metamaterial superconductors (United States)

    Smolyaninov, Igor I.; Smolyaninova, Vera N.


    Fractal metamaterial superconductor geometry has been suggested and analyzed based on the recently developed theoretical description of critical temperature increase in epsilon near zero (ENZ) metamaterial superconductors. Considerable enhancement of critical temperature has been predicted in such materials due to appearance of large number of additional poles in the inverse dielectric response function of the fractal. Our results agree with the recent observation (Fratini et al. Nature 466, 841 (2010)) that fractal defect structure promotes superconductivity.

  6. Imaging the paramagnetic nonlinear Meissner effect in nodal gap superconductor


    Zhuravel, Alexander P.; Bae, Seokjin; Shevchenko, Sergey N.; Omelyanchouk, Alexander N.; Lukashenko, Alexander V.; Ustinov, Alexey V.; Anlage, Steven M.


    Boundary surfaces of nodal gap superconductors can host Andreev bound states (ABS) which develop a paramagnetic response under external RF field in contrast to the bulk diamagnetic response of the bulk superconductor. At low temperature this surface paramagnetic response dominates and enhances the nonlinear RF response of the sample. With a recently developed photoresponse imaging technique, the anisotropy of this "paramagnetic" nonlinear Meissner response, and its current direction (angular)...

  7. Holographic superconductors in Einstein-æther gravity (United States)

    Lin, Kai; Wu, Yumei


    In this paper, we apply Anti-de Sitter (AdS) black hole solution of the Einstein-æther theory to the study of the holographic superconductor and show that the AdS black hole solution can be rewritten in some very simple forms, from which it is easy to identify the locations of various killing horizons. Then, we investigate the different effects of these horizons on the holographic superconductor.

  8. Electronic Dispersion Anomalies in Iron Pnictide Superconductors (United States)

    Heimes, Andreas; Grein, Roland; Eschrig, Matthias


    Recently, experimental studies of the spin excitation spectrum revealed a strong temperature dependence in the normal state and a resonance feature in the superconducting state of several Fe-based superconductors. Based on these findings, we develop a model of electrons interacting with a temperature dependent magnetic excitation spectrum and apply it to angle resolved photoemission in Ba1-xKxFe2As2. We reproduce in quantitative agreement with experiment a renormalization of the quasiparticle dispersion both in the normal and the superconducting state, and the dependence of the quasiparticle linewidth on binding energy. We estimate the strength of the coupling between electronic and spin excitations. Our findings support a dominantly magnetic pairing mechanism.

  9. Two-dimensional Semiconductor-Superconductor Hybrids

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    Suominen, Henri Juhani

    heterostructures, observing clear evidence of supercurrent, and the first direct spectroscopy of an induced superconducting gap in a two-dimensional electron gas. Nonetheless, these experiments reveal inhomogeneous contacts and a soft-induced superconducting gap, likely due to disorder at the Sm-S interface....... To overcome these issues we integrate the superconductor directly into the semiconducting material growth stack, depositing it in-situ in a molecular beam epitaxy system under high vacuum. We present a number of experiments on these hybrid heterostructures, demonstrating near unity interface transparency...... with previous reports of Majorana modes in semiconductor nanowires. By offering a patternable two-dimensional platform, our approach opens up the door to experiments probing the predicted topological properties in this system....

  10. Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors

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    Debabrata Ghorai


    Full Text Available The Sturm–Liouville eigenvalue method is employed to analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in higher dimensions in the framework of Born–Infeld electrodynamics incorporating the effects of noncommutative spacetime. In the background of pure Einstein gravity in noncommutative spacetime, we obtain the relation between the critical temperature and the charge density. We also obtain the value of the condensation operator and the critical exponent. Our findings suggest that the higher value of noncommutative parameter and Born–Infeld parameter make the condensate harder to form. We also observe that the noncommutative structure of spacetime makes the critical temperature depend on the mass of the black hole and higher value of black hole mass is favourable for the formation of the condensate.

  11. Noncommutative effects of spacetime on holographic superconductors

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    Ghorai, Debabrata, E-mail: [S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, JD Block, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India); Gangopadhyay, Sunandan, E-mail: [Department of Physics, West Bengal State University, Barasat (India); Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Pune (India)


    The Sturm–Liouville eigenvalue method is employed to analytically investigate the properties of holographic superconductors in higher dimensions in the framework of Born–Infeld electrodynamics incorporating the effects of noncommutative spacetime. In the background of pure Einstein gravity in noncommutative spacetime, we obtain the relation between the critical temperature and the charge density. We also obtain the value of the condensation operator and the critical exponent. Our findings suggest that the higher value of noncommutative parameter and Born–Infeld parameter make the condensate harder to form. We also observe that the noncommutative structure of spacetime makes the critical temperature depend on the mass of the black hole and higher value of black hole mass is favourable for the formation of the condensate.

  12. Probing thermodynamic fluctuations in high temperature superconductors (United States)

    Vidal, Felix; Veira, J. A.; Maza, J.; Miguélez, F.; Morán, E.; Alario, M. A.


    We probe thermodynamic fluctuations in HTSC by measuring the excess electrical conductivity, Δσ, abovr T c in single-phase (within 4%) Ba 2LnCu 3O 7-δ compounds, with LnY, Ho and Sm. As expected, the measured relative effect, Δσ / σ (300 K), is much more important in HTSC than for low-temperature superconductors (at least one order of magnitude). In the reduced temperature region -5=-0.47 ± 0.06. This result confirms an universal critical behaviour of Δσ in HTSC, and the value of agrees with that predicted by the Aslamazov-Larkin (AL) theory for three-dimensional BCS superconductivity. However, A shows a normal conductivity dependence which is not accounted for by the AL theory.

  13. Fluctuation diamagnetism in two-band superconductors (United States)

    Adachi, Kyosuke; Ikeda, Ryusuke


    Anomalously large fluctuation diamagnetism around the superconducting critical temperature has been recently observed in iron selenide (FeSe) [Kasahara et al. (unpublished)]. This indicates that superconducting fluctuations (SCFs) play a more significant role in FeSe, which supposedly has a two-band structure, than in the familiar single-band superconductors. Motivated by the data on FeSe, SCF-induced diamagnetism is examined in a two-band system, on the basis of a phenomenological approach with a Ginzburg-Landau functional. The obtained results indicate that the SCF-induced diamagnetism may be more enhanced than that in a single-band system due to the existence of two distinct fluctuation modes. Such enhancement of diamagnetism unique to a two-band system seems consistent with the large diamagnetism observed in FeSe, though still far from a quantitative agreement.

  14. High temperature superconductors for magnetic suspension applications (United States)

    Mcmichael, C. K.; Cooley, R. S.; Chen, Q. Y.; Ma, K. B.; Lamb, M. A.; Meng, R. L.; Chu, C. W.; Chu, W. K.


    High temperature superconductors (HTS) hold the promise for applications in magnetic levitation bearings, vibration damping, and torque coupling. Traditional magnetic suspension systems require active feedback and vibration controls in which power consumption and low frequency vibration are among the major engineering concerns. HTS materials have been demonstrated to be an enabling approach towards such problems due to their flux trapping properties. In our laboratory at TCSUH, we have been conducting a series of experiments to explore various mechanical applications using HTS. We have constructed a 30 lb. model flywheel levitated by a hybrid superconducting magnetic bearing (HSMB). We are also developing a levitated and vibration-dampled platform for high precision instrumentation. These applications would be ideal for space usages where ambient temperature is adequate for HTS to operate properly under greatly reduced cryogenic requirements. We will give a general overview of these potential applications and discuss the operating principles of the HTS devices we have developed.

  15. Fractional Vortices in Multi-Gap Superconductors (United States)

    Loh, Yen Lee; Kim, Monica; Kim, Ju H.


    Novel topological defects, known as fractional vortices, can occur in thin films of multi-gap superconductors. We study two-gap and three-gap superconducting films within a classical Ginzburg-Landau description, using numerical simulations and analytic approximations. In two-gap superconducting films, we find that the interband Josephson coupling J12 leads to an effective attraction between half-vortices, whereas the permeability parameter μ leads to an effective repulsion between half-vortices. We locate the phase boundary in (J12 , μ) space that marks the onset of spontaneous vortex fractionalization. We describe how the size of a fractional vortex increases as one goes deeper into the fractionalized phase. Our results suggest that coating a multi-gap superconducting film with a paramagnetic overlayer will enhance the tendency towards vortex fractionalization.

  16. Gravimeter using high-temperature superconductor bearing.

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    Hull, J. R.


    We have developed a sensitive gravimeter concept that uses an extremely low-friction bearing based on a permanent magnet (PM) levitated over a high-temperature superconductor (HTS). A mass is attached to the PM by means of a cantilevered beam, and the combination of PM and HTS forms a bearing platform that has low resistance to rotational motion but high resistance to horizontal, vertical, or tilting motion. The combination acts as a low-loss torsional pendulum that can be operated in any orientation. Gravity acts on the cantilevered beam and attached mass, accelerating them. Variations in gravity can be detected by time-of-flight acceleration, or by a control coil or electrode that would keep the mass stationary. Calculations suggest that the HTS gravimeter would be as sensitive as present-day superconducting gravimeters that need cooling to liquid helium temperatures, but the HTS gravimeter needs cooling only to liquid nitrogen temperatures.

  17. Search for Superscreening effect in Superconductor

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    Ujic, P; Lewitowicz, M; Achouri, L; Assié, M; Bastin, B; Borcea, C; Borcea, R; Buta, A; Coc, A; De France, G; Kamalou, O; Kiener, J; Lepailleur, A; Meot, V; Pautrat, A; Laurent, M G Saint; Sorlin, O; Stanoiu, M; Tatischef, V


    The decay of $^{19}$O($\\beta^-$) and $^{19}$Ne($\\beta^+$) implanted in niobium in its superconducting and metallic phase was measured using purified radioactive beams produced by the SPIRAL/GANIL facility. Half-lives and branching ratios measured in the two phases are consistent within one-sigma error bar. This measurement casts strong doubts on the predicted strong electron screening in superconductor, the so-called superscreening. The measured difference in screening potential energy is 110(90) eV for $^{19}$Ne and 400(320) eV for $^{19}$O. Precise determinations of the half-lives were obtained for $^{19}$O: 26.476(9) s and $^{19}$Ne: 17.254(5) s.

  18. Visualization of columnar defects in superconductors (United States)

    Bauer, P.; Rossel, C.; Williams, E. J.; Berger, R.; Daniel, J.; Irmer, B.; Kraus, M.; Kreiselmeyer, G.; Saemann-Ischenko, G.; Karpinski, J.


    Columnar defects in single crystals of superconductors were investigated using scanning probe microscopy. We show that the observable topography strongly depends on the crystal structure as well as on the type of the interaction with the probe. In scanning tunneling microscopy studies, the low conductance of the amorphous tracks leads to tip-surface contact. Owing to this contact, the defects are imaged as hollows having a depth that primarily reflects the tunneling distance. For the high transition temperature materials, atomic force microscopy images the real defect structure as hillocks growing out of the surface. This outgrowth of amorphous material is time dependent and produced by the relaxation of irradiation-induced stress. The dynamic outgrowth of the columnar defects is discussed in terms of a so-called “tooth paste” model.

  19. Fermi Surface of the Most Dilute Superconductor

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    Xiao Lin


    Full Text Available The origin of superconductivity in bulk SrTiO_{3} is a mystery since the nonmonotonous variation of the critical transition with carrier concentration defies the expectations of the crudest version of the BCS theory. Here, employing the Nernst effect, an extremely sensitive probe of tiny bulk Fermi surfaces, we show that, down to concentrations as low as 5.5×10^{17}  cm^{-3}, the system has both a sharp Fermi surface and a superconducting ground state. The most dilute superconductor currently known therefore has a metallic normal state with a Fermi energy as little as 1.1 meV on top of a band gap as large as 3 eV. The occurrence of a superconducting instability in an extremely small, single-component, and barely anisotropic Fermi surface implies strong constraints for the identification of the pairing mechanism.

  20. System and method for quench and over-current protection of superconductor (United States)

    Huang, Xianrui; Laskaris, Evangelos Trifon; Sivasubramaniam, Kiruba Haran; Bray, James William; Ryan, David Thomas; Fogarty, James Michael; Steinbach, Albert Eugene


    A system and method for protecting a superconductor. The system may comprise a current sensor operable to detect a current flowing through the superconductor. The system may comprise a coolant temperature sensor operable to detect the temperature of a cryogenic coolant used to cool the superconductor to a superconductive state. The control circuit is operable to estimate the superconductor temperature based on the current flow and the coolant temperature. The system may also be operable to compare the estimated superconductor temperature to at least one threshold temperature and to initiate a corrective action when the superconductor temperature exceeds the at least one threshold temperature.