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  1. Scanning Hall Probe Microscopy of Magnetic Vortices inVery Underdoped yttrium-barium-copper-oxide

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    Guikema, Janice Wynn; /SLAC, SSRL

    2005-12-02

    Since their discovery by Bednorz and Mueller (1986), high-temperature cuprate superconductors have been the subject of intense experimental research and theoretical work. Despite this large-scale effort, agreement on the mechanism of high-T{sub c} has not been reached. Many theories make their strongest predictions for underdoped superconductors with very low superfluid density n{sub s}/m*. For this dissertation I implemented a scanning Hall probe microscope and used it to study magnetic vortices in newly available single crystals of very underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} (Liang et al. 1998, 2002). These studies have disproved a promising theory of spin-charge separation, measured the apparent vortex size (an upper bound on the penetration depth {lambda}{sub ab}), and revealed an intriguing phenomenon of ''split'' vortices. Scanning Hall probe microscopy is a non-invasive and direct method for magnetic field imaging. It is one of the few techniques capable of submicron spatial resolution coupled with sub-{Phi}{sub 0} (flux quantum) sensitivity, and it operates over a wide temperature range. Chapter 2 introduces the variable temperature scanning microscope and discusses the scanning Hall probe set-up and scanner characterizations. Chapter 3 details my fabrication of submicron GaAs/AlGaAs Hall probes and discusses noise studies for a range of probe sizes, which suggest that sub-100 nm probes could be made without compromising flux sensitivity. The subsequent chapters detail scanning Hall probe (and SQUID) microscopy studies of very underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} crystals with T{sub c} {le} 15 K. Chapter 4 describes two experimental tests for visons, essential excitations of a spin-charge separation theory proposed by Senthil and Fisher (2000, 2001b). We searched for predicted hc/e vortices (Wynn et al. 2001) and a vortex memory effect (Bonn et al. 2001) with null results, placing upper bounds on the vison energy inconsistent with

  2. Experimental study of yttrium barium copper oxide superconducting ...

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    667–676. Experimental study of yttrium barium copper oxide ... In the present study, torsional strain dependence of the critical current of the coated conductor is investigated experimentally for different current ramp rates. Again, the .... An empirical formula was proposed and established using a curve fit expressed in eq. (1).

  3. Semifluorinated Alkylphosphonic Acids Form High-Quality Self-Assembled Monolayers on Ag-Coated Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide Tapes and Enable Filamentization of the Tapes by Microcontact Printing.

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    Park, Chul Soon; Lee, Han Ju; Lee, Dahye; Jamison, Andrew C; Galstyan, Eduard; Zagozdzon-Wosik, Wanda; Freyhardt, Herbert C; Jacobson, Allan J; Lee, T Randall

    2016-08-30

    A custom-designed semifluorinated phosphonic acid, (9,9,10,10,11,11,12,12,13,13,14,14,15,15,16,16,16-heptadecafluorohexadecyl)phosphonic acid (F8H8PA), and a normal hexadecylphosphonic acid (H16PA) were synthesized and used to generate self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on commercially available yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) tapes. In this study, we wished to evaluate the effectiveness of these monolayer films as coatings for selectively etching YBCO. Initial films formed by solution deposition and manual stamping using a non-patterned polydimethylsiloxane stamp allowed for a comparison of the film-formation characteristics. The resulting monolayers were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), contact angle goniometry, and polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS). To prepare line-patterned (filamentized) YBCO tapes, standard microcontact printing (μ-CP) procedures were used. The stamped patterns on the YBCO tapes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) before and after etching to confirm the effectiveness of the patterning process on the YBCO surface and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) to obtain the atomic composition of the exposed interface.

  4. Experimental study of yttrium barium copper oxide superconducting ...

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  5. Experimental study of yttrium barium copper oxide superconducting ...

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    Finite element analysis (FEA) of the tape in the experimental configuration with twisting moment being applied on to it has been carried out in COMSOL. The torsional strain calculated analytically as per the experimental configuration matches closely with that of FEA results, which shows that the critical current degradation ...

  6. Experimental study of yttrium barium copper oxide superconducting ...

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    and its properties are given in table 1. Table 1. Properties of AMSC YBCO tape. Parameter. Value. YBCO film thickness. 0.8 μm. Substrate thickness. 75 μm. Overall dimensions (2L× 2a× 2b). 300 × 4 × 0.2 mm3. Young's modulus (E). 133.3 GPa. Poisson's ratio (ν). 0.28. 668. Pramana – J. Phys., Vol. 81, No. 4, October 2013 ...

  7. Processing yttrium-barium-copper oxide superconductor zero gravity using a double float zone surface

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    Pettit, D.R.; Peterson, D.E.; Kubat-Martin, K.A.; Petrovic, J.J.; Sheinberg, H.; Coulter, Y.; Day, D.E.

    1997-04-01

    The effects of processing YBa 2 Cu 3 O x (Y123) superconductor in the near-zero gravity (0g) environment provided by the NASA KC-135 airplane flying on parabolic trajectories were studied. A new sheet float zone furnace, designed for this study, enabled fast temperature ramps. Up to an 18-gram sample was processed with each parabola. Samples of Y123 were processed as bulk sheets, composites containing Ag and Pd, and films deposited on single crystal Si and MgO substrates. The 0g-processed samples were multi-phase yet retained a localized Y123 stoichiometry where a single ground-based (1g) oxygen anneal at temperatures of 800 C recovered nearly 100-volume percent superconducting Y123. The 1g processed control samples remained multi-phase after the same ground-based anneal with less than 45 volume percent as superconducting Y123. The superconducting transition temperature was 91 K for both 0g and 1g processed samples. A 29 wt.% Ag/Y123 composite had a transition temperature of 93 K. Melt texturing of bulk Y123 in 0g produced aligned grains about a factor of three larger than in analogous 1g samples. Transport critical current densities were at or below 18 A/cm 2 , due to the formation of cracks caused by the rapid heating rates required by the short time at 0g. Y123 deposited on single crystal Si and MgO in 0g was 30 vol.% y123 without an anneal. A weak superconducting transition at 80 K on MgO showed that substrate interactions occurred

  8. Experimental study of yttrium barium copper oxide superconducting tape's critical current under twisting moment

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    Khan, Ziauddin; Kundu, Ananya; Pradhan, Subrata

    2013-01-01

    Critical current (I c ) characteristics of 2G YBCO superconducting tape under the influence of twisting moment was experimentally investigated at varying current ramp rates in the self-field. Under a uniform twist, the degradation in the current-carrying capacity of YBCO tape up to 30% was observed at 77 K. The degradation is largely attributed to the shear stress and torsional shear strain resulting from the twisting. The superconductor to resistive transition index, n, is also found to behave in an identical manner with increase in the twisting. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the tape in the experimental configuration with twisting moment being applied on to it has been carried out in COMSOL. The torsional strain calculated analytically as per the experimental configuration matches closely with that of FEA results, which shows that the critical current degradation is a function of strain. (author)

  9. The low magnetic field properties of superconducting bulk yttrium barium copper oxide - Sintered versus partially melted material

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    Hein, R. A.; Hojaji, H.; Barkatt, A.; Shafii, H.; Michael, K. A.; Thorpe, A. N.; Ware, M. F.; Alterescu, S.

    1989-01-01

    A comparison of the low magnetic field properties of sintered (990 C) and partially melted samples (1050 C) has been performed. Changes in the microstructure produced by recrystallization from the melt result in a significant increase in flux pinning at 77 K. Low-frequency (10-100 Hz), low-ac magnetic-field (0.01-9.0 Oe) ac susceptibility data show that gross changes in the loss component accompany the observed changes in microstructure. The effects of applied dc magnetic fields (10-220 Oe) on the ac responses of these microstructures have also been probed.

  10. Planar tunneling and Andreev bound state spectroscopy of yttrium barium copper oxide thin films using solution-deposited zirconia insulators

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    Hentges, Patrick Jay

    2004-12-01

    Planar tunnel spectroscopic measurements are performed on YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO) thin films at four different crystallographic orientations. Since tunneling is a highly surface-sensitive probe on YBCO, films have been optimized for high surface quality. To fabricate the tunneling insulator, a novel fabrication technique has been developed through solution condensation and hydrolysis of zirconia, which has proven to be gentler to the surface than previous techniques. The result is a clean tunneling interface as shown in scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, that allows us to detect several new features in the tunneling conductance. In addition, we have fabricated tunnel junctions with three different counter-electrode deposition techniques. In doing so, various behaviors of the tunneling conductance and its dependence on magnetic field, temperature, and injected current as a function of these counter-electrode deposition techniques has been observed. Modeling of the tunneling conductance has provided insight into the various behaviors. It has been shown that by varying the value of the tunneling cone, surface faceting and quasiparticle lifetime, in agreement with the observations, splitting vs. non-splitting of the zero-bias conductance peak can be understood.

  11. Property and microstructural nonuniformity in the yttrium-barium-copper-oxide superconductor determined from electrical, magnetic, and ultrasonic measurements

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    Roth, D.J.

    1991-01-01

    This dissertation is presented in two major chapters. In the first chapter, the use of ultrasonic velocity for estimating pore fraction in YBCO and other polycrystalline materials is reviewed, modeled, and statistically analyzed. This chapter provides the basis for using ultrasonic velocity to interrogate microstructure. In the second chapter, (1) the effect of pore fraction (0.10-0.25) on superconductor properties of YBCO samples is characterized, (2) spatial (within-sample) variations in microstructure and superconductor properties are investigated and (3) the effect of oxygen content on elastic behavior is examined. Experimental methods used included a.c. susceptibility, electrical, and ultrasonic-velocity measurements. Superconductor properties measured included transition temperature, magnetic transition width, transport and magnetic critical current density, magnetic shielding, a.c. loss, and sharpness of the voltage-current characteristic. Superconductor properties including within-sample uniformity were generally poorest for samples containing the lowest (0.10) pore fraction. Ultrasonic velocity was linearly related to pore fraction thereby allowing sample classification. Changes in superconducting behavior were observed consistent with changes in oxygen content

  12. Crucial role of internal collective modes in underdoped cuprates

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    Mallik, A. V.; Yadav, U. K.; Medhi, A.; Krishnamurthy, H. R.; Shenoy, V. B.

    2017-07-01

    The enigmatic cuprate superconductors have attracted resurgent interest with several recent reports and discussions of competing orders in the underdoped side. Motivated by this, here we address the natural question of fragility of the d-wave superconducting state in underdoped cuprates. Using a combination of theoretical approaches we study t\\text-J –like models, and discover an —as yet unexplored— instability that is brought about by an “internal” (anti-symmetric mode) fluctuation of the d-wave state. This new theoretical result is in good agreement with recent STM and ARPES studies of cuprates. We also suggest experimental directions to uncover this physics.

  13. Extension to AC Loss Minimisation in High Temperature Superconductors

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    Campbell, Archie

    2004-01-01

    ...: (a) Measure the AC losses of appropriate Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide (YBCO) samples with strong potential for minimizing losses at high frequencies and magnetic fields with the existing equipment. (b...

  14. In-plane optical response in underdoped YBCO

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    Kakeshita, Teruhisa; Masui, Takahiko; Tajima, Setsuko

    2005-03-01

    The recent STM experiments demonstrated that the electronic state in CuO2 plane is inhomogeneous [1], which becomes conspicuous in the underdoped regime. In such an inhomogeneous state, it is not obvious whether a superfluid density is correctly estimated by a conventional way. We investigated the in-plane optical response for underdoped YBCO crystal to discuss the relation between inhomogeneity and superfluid density in the pseudo-gapped state. The a-axis optical spectrum shows a larger residual conductivity than that for the optimum doping. The superfluid density estimated from our optical spectrum at the lowest temperature is substantially smaller than that determined by μSR. We discuss this strongly suppressed superfluid density and the large residual conductivity in terms of the inhomogeneity in real- and k-space. This work was supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization(NEDO) through ISTEC as the Collaborative Research and Development of Fundamental Technologies for Superconductivity Applications. [1]K.M.Lang et al., Nature 415, 412 (2002). *present address: Dept. of Physics, Osaka University, Machikaneyama 1-1, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043, Japan

  15. Fermi surface of underdoped high-Tc superconducting cuprates

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    Dai, X.; Su, Z.; Yu, L.

    1997-01-01

    The coexistence of a π-flux state and a d-wave resonant-valance-bond (RVB) state is considered in this paper within the slave-boson approach. A critical value of doping concentration δ c is found, below which the coexisting π-flux and d-wave RVB state is favored in energy. The pseudo-Fermi surface of spinons and the physical electron spectral function are calculated. A clear Fermi-level crossing is found along the (0,0) to (π, π) direction, but no such crossing is detected along the (π, 0) to (π, π) direction. Also, an energy gap of d-wave symmetry appears at the Fermi level in our calculation. The above results are in agreement with the angle-resolved photoemission experiments which indicate at a d-wave pseudogap and a half-pocket-like Fermi surface in underdoped cuprates. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  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

    2008-01-16

    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. Charge ordering phenomena and superconductivity in underdoped cuprates

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    Tassini, Leonardo

    2008-01-01

    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 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 2 planes below p sc1 . At p sc1 , lattice and electron dynamics change discontinuously. The results show that charge ordering drives the transition at p sc1 and that the maximal transition temperature to superconductivity at optimal doping T c MAX depends on the type of ordering at p sc1 . (orig.)

  18. Variational Monte Carlo study of spin dynamics in underdoped cuprates

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    Yu, Zuo-Dong; Zhou, Yuan; Gong, Chang-De

    2017-11-01

    The hour-glass-like dispersion of spin excitations is a common feature of underdoped cuprates. It was qualitatively explained by the random-phase approximation based on various ordered states with some phenomenological parameters; however, its origin remains elusive. Here, we present a numerical study of spin dynamics in the t -J model using the variational Monte Carlo method. This parameter-free method satisfies the no double-occupancy constraint of the model and thus provides a better evaluation on the spin dynamics with respect to various mean-field trial states. We conclude that the lower branch of the hour-glass dispersion is a collective mode and the upper branch more than the other candidates is likely the consequence of the stripe state.

  19. Observation of distinct, temperature dependent flux noise near bicrystal grain boundaries in YBa2Cu3O7-x films

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    Bukh, K. R.; Jacobsen, Claus Schelde; Hansen, Jørn Bindslev

    2000-01-01

    The characteristics of the magnetic flux noise in high temperature superconducting thin-films of yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (YBa2Cu3O7) in the vicinity of artificial grain boundaries have been studied by means of a low critical temperature superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID...

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

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

    1997-01-01

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

  1. Heat conduction and thermal stabilization in YBCO tape

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    Abstract. Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) coated conductors are widely used in the conduction-cooled superconducting magnets with rapid development in refrigeration technologies at present. 'Quench' is a state that refers to the irreversible and uncontrolled superconductor to resistive transitions in the superconductor ...

  2. Microstructure and superconducting properties of YBCO bulk superconductors with RE substitutions

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    Volochová, D.; Antal, V.; Piovarči, S.; Kováč, J.; Jirsa, Miloš; Noudem, J.; Diko, P.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 26, č. 3 (2016), s. 1-4, č. článku 7200604. ISSN 1051-8223 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : yttrium barium copper oxide * critical current density ( superconductivity ) * powders * magnetic fields * microstructure * temperature measurement Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.092, year: 2015

  3. Bulletin of Materials Science | Indian Academy of Sciences

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    Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) coated conductors are widely used in the conduction-cooled superconducting magnets with rapid development in refrigeration technologies at present. `Quench' is a state that refers to the irreversible and uncontrolled superconductor to resistive transitions in the superconductor.

  4. Abrupt onset of a second energy gap at the superconducting transition of underdoped Bi2212

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    Hussain, Zahid; Lee, W.S.; Vishik, I.M.; Tanaka, K.; Lu, D.H.; Sasagawa, T.; Nagaosa, N.; Devereaux, T.P.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2007-05-26

    he superconducting gap--an energy scale tied to the superconducting phenomena--opens on the Fermi surface at the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) in conventional BCS superconductors. In underdoped high-Tc superconducting copper oxides, a pseudogap (whose relation to the superconducting gap remains a mystery) develops well above Tc (refs 1, 2). Whether the pseudogap is a distinct phenomenon or the incoherent continuation of the superconducting gap above Tc is one of the central questions in high-Tc research3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Although some experimental evidence suggests that the two gaps are distinct9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, this issue is still under intense debate. A crucial piece of evidence to firmly establish this two-gap picture is still missing: a direct and unambiguous observation of a single-particle gap tied to the superconducting transition as function of temperature. Here we report the discovery of such an energy gap in underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta in the momentum space region overlooked in previous measurements. Near the diagonal of Cu?O bond direction (nodal direction), we found a gap that opens at Tc and has a canonical (BCS-like) temperature dependence accompanied by the appearance of the so-called Bogoliubov quasi-particles, a classical signature of superconductivity. This is in sharp contrast to the pseudogap near the Cu?O bond direction (antinodal region) measured in earlier experiments19, 20, 21.

  5. U(1) x SU(2) Chern-Simons gauge theory of underdoped cuprate superconductors

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    Marchetti, P.A.; Su Zhao-Bin; Yu Lu

    1998-05-01

    The Chern-Simons bosonization with U(1)xSU(2) gauge field is applied to the 2-D t-J model in the limit t>>J, to study the normal state properties of underdoped cuprate superconductors. We prove the existence of an upper bound on the partition function for holons in a spinon background, and we find the optimal spinon configuration saturating the upper bound on average - a coexisting flux phase and s+id-like RVB state. After neglecting the feedback of holon fluctuations on the U(1) field B and spinon fluctuations on the SU(2) field V, the holon field is a fermion and the spinon field is a hard-core boson. Within this approximation we show that the B field produces a π flux phase for the holons, converting them into Dirac-like fermions, while the V field, taking into account the feedback of holons produces a gap for the spinons vanishing in the zero doping limit. The nonlinear σ-model with a mass term describes the crossover from the short-ranged antiferromagnetic (AF) state in doped samples to long range AF order in reference compounds. Moreover, we derive a low-energy effective action in terms of spinons holons and a self-generated U(1) gauge field. Neglecting the gauge fluctuations, the holons are described by the Fermi liquid theory with a Fermi surface consisting of 4 ''half-pockets'' centered at (+-π/2,+-π/2) and one reproduces the results for the electron spectral function obtained in the mean field approximation, in agreement with the photoemission data on underdoped cuprates. The gauge fluctuations are not confining due to coupling to holons, but nevertheless yield an attractive interaction between spinons and holons leading to a bound state with electron quantum numbers. The renormalisation effects due to gauge fluctuations give rise to non-Fermi liquid behaviour for the composite electron, in certain temperature range showing the linear in T resistivity. This formalism provides a new interpretation of the spin gap in the underdoped superconductors

  6. Breakdown of the Fermi arcs in underdoped cuprates by incommensurate charge density waves

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    Gor'kov, L. P.

    2014-11-01

    Interactions between the coherent excitations on disconnected arcs along a "bare" Fermi surface (the socalled Fermi arcs FAs) seen by angle-resolved photo emission spectroscopy (ARPES) in several underdoped (UD) cuprates and incommensurate charge density wave (IC CDW) ordering at lowering of the temperature have been studied. The carriers on FAs scatter strongly on the short-wavelength potential of CDW. The large momentum transfer relates FAs with the electronic states lying deeply under the chemical potential thus involving into consideration the Fermi liquid interactions. At low temperatures IC CDW may fully destroy low lying excitations on the Fermi arcs, leaving electrons on the pocket at the Γ point as the only charged elementary excitations in the CDW phase in UD cuprates. The results infer competition between superconducting and CDW order parameters.

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

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    Harrison, Neil [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Altarawneh, Moaz M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mielke, Charles H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sebastian, Suchitra E [CAMBRIDGE U; Goddard, P A [U OF OXFORD; Liang, Ruixing [U BRITISH COLUMBIA; Bonn, D A [U BRITISH COLUMBIA; Hardy, W N [U BRITISH COLUMBIA; Andersen, O K [MAX PLANCK INST.; Lonzarich, G G [CAMBRIDGE U

    2010-01-01

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

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

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    Yucel Yildirim

    2011-09-01

    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. Tunneling spectroscopy of heavily underdoped crystals of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Ozyuzer, L.; Zasadzinski, J.F.; Miyakawa, N.; Kendziora, C.; Jian, S.; Hinks, D. G.; Gray, K.E.

    2000-01-01

    Crystals of Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ with optimal Tc = 95 K have been underdoped using two different methods and the superconducting gaps have been obtained by tunneling. In some cases, three different tunneling geometries have been utilized: point contact, STM and break junctions. The first doping method involves control of the oxygen content by annealing in various partial pressures of oxygen. These crystals exhibit a narrow spread of gap values over a wide doping range from overdoped (Tc = 56 K) to underdoped with Tc = 70 K. However, for underdoped crystals with Tc midpoints in the range 25 K--63 K, there is a dramatic increase in the spread of gap values which may signal the development of static phase separation of either chemical or electronic origin. To avoid possible chemical phase separation, the authors have explored another doping procedure which incorporates Dy substitution on the Ca site. These crystals exhibit a relatively narrow superconducting transition width and some preliminary tunneling spectra will be presented

  10. Magnetic field controlled charge density wave coupling in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Chang, J.; Blackburn, E.; Ivashko, O.

    2016-01-01

    The application of magnetic fields to layered cuprates suppresses their high-temperature superconducting behaviour and reveals competing ground states. In widely studied underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO), the microscopic nature of field-induced electronic and structural changes at low temperatures...... at B∼15 T. The CDW signal along the a-direction is also enhanced by field, but does not develop an additional pattern of correlations. Magnetic field modifies the coupling between the CuO2 bilayers in the YBCO structure, and causes the sudden appearance of the 3D CDW order. The mirror symmetry...... remains unclear. Here we report an X-ray study of the high-field charge density wave (CDW) in YBCO. For hole dopings ∼ 0.123, we find that a field (B∼10 T) induces additional CDW correlations along the CuO chain (b-direction) only, leading to a three-dimensional (3D) ordered state along this direction...

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

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    Harrison, Neil

    2014-03-01

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

  12. Kinetics of excitations on the Fermi arcs in underdoped cuprates at low temperatures

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    Gor'kov, Lev P.

    2013-07-01

    The Fermi-liquid-like (FL) resistivity recently observed in clean Hg1201 below the pseudogap temperature was related to carriers at the nodal points on the Fermi surface (FS) (N. Barišić , arXiv:1207.1504, doi:10.1073/pnas.13019891109). We show that this has important implications for the electronic spectrum of underdoped (UD) cuprates as a whole. Photoemission experiments (angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy) in other cuprates picture the spectrum as “metallic arcs” separated from each other by regions with large energy gaps. We rigorously solve the kinetic equation in such a model. The Fermi arcs' carriers contribute to the FL resistivity, if scattering between the opposite nodal points admits the umklapp processes. The Hall coefficient defines the effective number of carriers on the arcs and at weak magnetic fields it has a positive sign. All parameters that determine the arcs' widths are measurable experimentally. We conclude that the T2 resistivity gives support to the Fermi arcs' concept and argue that the idea of a reconstructed FS in UD cuprates is not consistent with the latter.

  13. Electronic Phase Separation in the Slightly Underdoped Iron Pnictide Superconductor Ba1-xKxFe2As2

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    Park, J.T.; Inosov, D.S.; Niedermayer, C.

    2009-01-01

    Here we present a combined study of the slightly underdoped novel pnictide superconductor Ba1-xKxFe2As2 by means of x-ray powder diffraction, neutron scattering, muon-spin rotation (µSR), and magnetic force microscopy (MFM). Static antiferromagnetic order sets in below Tm70 K as inferred from...... the neutron scattering and zero-field-µSR data. Transverse-field µSR below Tc shows a coexistence of magnetically ordered and nonmagnetic states, which is also confirmed by MFM imaging. We explain such coexistence by electronic phase separation into antiferromagnetic and superconducting- or normal...

  14. Pseudogap in normal underdoped phase of Bi2212: LDA + DMFT + Σk

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    Nekrasov, I.A.; Kuchinskii, E.Z.; Pchelkina, Z.V.; Sadovskii, M.V.

    2007-01-01

    Pseudogap phenomena are observed for normal underdoped phase of different high-T c cuprates. Among others Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8-δ (Bi2212) compound is one of the most studied experimentally [A. Damascelli, Z. Hussain, Z.-X. Shen, Rev. Mod. Phys. 75 (2003) 473; J.C. Campuzano, M.R. Norman, M. Randeria, in: K.H. Bennemann, J.B. Ketterson (Eds.), Physics of Superconductors, vol. 2, Springer, Berlin, 2004, p. 167; J. Fink et al., (cond-mat/0512307); X.J. Zhou et al., (cond-mat/0604284)]. To describe pseudogap regime in Bi2212, we employ novel generalized DMFT + Σ k approach [E.Z. Kuchinskii, I.A. Nekrasov, M.V. Sadovskii, JETP Lett. 82 (2005) 198; M.V. Sadovskii et al., Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005) 155105, and these proceedings, (doi:10.1016/j.physc.2007.03.367)]. This approach gives possibility to preserve conventional dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) equations [A. Georges et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 68 (1996) 13] and include an additional (momentum dependent) self-energy Σ k . In the present case, Σ k describes non-local dynamical correlations induced by short-ranged collective Heisenberg-like antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations [M.V. Sadovskii, Physics-Uspekhi 44 (2001) 515, (cond-mat/0408489)]. The effective single impurity problem in the DMFT + Σ k is solved by numerical renormalization group (NRG) [R. Bulla, A.C. Hewson, Th. Pruschke, J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 10 (1998) 8365; R. Bulla, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83 (1999) 136]. To take into account material specific properties of two neighboring CuO 2 layers of Bi2212 we employ local density approximation (LDA) to calculate necessary model parameters, e.g. the values of intra- and interlayer hopping integrals between Cu-sites. Onsite Coulomb interaction U for x 2 -y 2 orbital was calculated in constrained LDA method [O. Gunnarsson et al., Phys. Rev. B 39 (1989) 1708]. The value of pseudogap potential Δ was obtained within DMFT(NRG) [E.Z. Kuchinskii, I.A. Nekrasov, M.V. Sadovskii, JETP Lett. 82 (2005) 198; M.V. Sadovskii et al

  15. Pseudogap in normal underdoped phase of Bi2212: LDA + DMFT + Σk

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    Nekrasov, I. A.; Kuchinskii, E. Z.; Pchelkina, Z. V.; Sadovskii, M. V.

    2007-09-01

    Pseudogap phenomena are observed for normal underdoped phase of different high- Tc cuprates. Among others Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8- δ (Bi2212) compound is one of the most studied experimentally [A. Damascelli, Z. Hussain, Z.-X. Shen, Rev. Mod. Phys. 75 (2003) 473; J.C. Campuzano, M.R. Norman, M. Randeria, in: K.H. Bennemann, J.B. Ketterson (Eds.), Physics of Superconductors, vol. 2, Springer, Berlin, 2004, p. 167; J. Fink et al., cond-mat/0512307; X.J. Zhou et al., cond-mat/0604284]. To describe pseudogap regime in Bi2212, we employ novel generalized DMFT + Σk approach [E.Z. Kuchinskii, I.A. Nekrasov, M.V. Sadovskii, JETP Lett. 82 (2005) 198; M.V. Sadovskii et al., Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005) 155105, and these proceedings, doi:10.1016/j.physc.2007.03.367]. This approach gives possibility to preserve conventional dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT) equations [A. Georges et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 68 (1996) 13] and include an additional (momentum dependent) self-energy Σk. In the present case, Σk describes non-local dynamical correlations induced by short-ranged collective Heisenberg-like antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations [M.V. Sadovskii, Physics-Uspekhi 44 (2001) 515, cond-mat/0408489]. The effective single impurity problem in the DMFT + Σk is solved by numerical renormalization group (NRG) [R. Bulla, A.C. Hewson, Th. Pruschke, J. Phys. Cond. Mat. 10 (1998) 8365; R. Bulla, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83 (1999) 136]. To take into account material specific properties of two neighboring CuO 2 layers of Bi2212 we employ local density approximation (LDA) to calculate necessary model parameters, e.g. the values of intra- and interlayer hopping integrals between Cu-sites. Onsite Coulomb interaction U for x2- y2 orbital was calculated in constrained LDA method [O. Gunnarsson et al., Phys. Rev. B 39 (1989) 1708]. The value of pseudogap potential Δ was obtained within DMFT(NRG) [E.Z. Kuchinskii, I.A. Nekrasov, M.V. Sadovskii, JETP Lett. 82 (2005) 198; M.V. Sadovskii et al., Phys. Rev. B 72

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

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

    2008-11-28

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

  17. Surface-enhanced charge-density-wave instability in underdoped Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuO6+delta

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    Rosen, J. A.; Comin, R.; Levy, G.; Fournier, D.; Zhu, Z. -H.; Ludbrook, B.; Veenstra, C. N.; Nicolaou, A.; Wong, D.; Dosanjh, P.; Yoshida, Y.; Eisaki, H.; Blake, G. R.; White, F.; Palstra, T. T. M.; Sutarto, R.; He, F.; Pereira, A. Frano; Lu, Y.; Keimer, B.; Sawatzky, G.; Petaccia, L.; Damascelli, A.

    Neutron and X-ray scattering experiments have provided mounting evidence for spin and charge ordering phenomena in underdoped cuprates. These range from early work on stripe correlations in Nd-LSCO to the latest discovery of charge-density-waves in YBa2Cu3O6 + x. Both phenomena are characterized by

  18. Magnetic-Field-Enhanced Incommensurate Magnetic Order in the Underdoped High-Temperature Superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.45

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    Haug, D.; Hinkov, V.; Suchaneck, A.

    2009-01-01

    We present a neutron-scattering study of the static and dynamic spin correlations in the underdoped high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.45 in magnetic fields up to 15 T. The field strongly enhances static incommensurate magnetic order at low temperatures and induces a spectral-weight shift...

  19. Suppression of the structural phase transition and lattice softening in slightly underdoped Ba1-xKxFe2As2 with electronic phase separation

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    Inosov, D.S.; Leineweber, A.; Yang, X.P.

    2009-01-01

    We present x-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and neutron-diffraction measurements on the slightly underdoped iron-pnictide superconductor Ba1−xKxFe2As2, Tc=32 K. Below the magnetic-transition temperature Tm=70 K, both techniques show an additional broadening of the nuclear Bragg peaks, suggesting...

  20. The microscopic structure of charge density waves in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6.54 revealed by X-ray diffraction

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    Forgan, E.M.; Blackburn, E.; Holmes, A.T.

    2015-01-01

    Charge density wave (CDW) order appears throughout the underdoped high-temperature cuprate superconductors, but the underlying symmetry breaking and the origin of the CDW remain unclear. We use X-ray diffraction to determine the microscopic structure of the CDWs in an archetypical cuprate YBa2Cu3O6...

  1. Local structural distortions, orbital ordering, and ferromagnetism in underdoped La1 -xSrxMnO3

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    Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.

    2015-02-01

    In order to elucidate the origin of the ferromagnetism found in underdoped L a1 -xS rxMn O3 , we have grown a series of single crystals with a fine step of doping and characterized them with a structural study and measurements of magnetization, resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity. The paramagnetic phase of the underdoped L a1 -xS rxMn O3 is a small-polaron conductor. However, the Weiss constant extracted from the paramagnetic susceptibility shows a ferromagnetic coupling and tracks the Curie temperature. Given that the double exchange interaction cannot be delivered by the hopping motion of small polarons, we have made a systematic analysis of the structural changes with x and studied whether the superexchange interaction can account for the ferromagnetic coupling found in the paramagnetic phase. Intrinsic local site distortions in LaMn O3 change as x increases in L a1 -xS rxMn O3 . The influence of the local structural distortion and the cooperative orbital ordering on lattice parameters have been demonstrated by a comparison between the measured change of lattice parameters versus hole doping and a simulation with the software SPuDs, in which rigid octahedra are assumed. Changes with x of the bond length splitting in Mn O6 octahedra induces an orbital mixing of (3 x2-r2) +(y2-z2) or (3 y2-r2) +(z2-x2) , which progressively converts two-dimensional ferromagnetism in the parent perovskite LaMn O3 into three-dimensional ferromagnetism. The correlation between the particular lattice distortions and the cooperative orbital ordering and orbital mixing can in turn be used to test the superexchange model by measuring the change of transition temperatures under uniaxial stress. Nearly identical uniaxial stress effects found in crystals of the mixed-valent L a0.875S r.125Mn O3 and single-valent LaM n0.5G a0.5O3 confirm unambiguously that superexchange interactions play the dominant role in the ferromagnetic coupling of underdoped L a1 -xS rxMn O3 .

  2. In-Plane Electronic Anisotropy of Underdoped ___122___ Fe-Arsenide Superconductors Revealed by Measurements of Detwinned Single Crystals

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    Fisher, Ian Randal

    2012-05-08

    The parent phases of the Fe-arsenide superconductors harbor an antiferromagnetic ground state. Significantly, the Neel transition is either preceded or accompanied by a structural transition that breaks the four fold symmetry of the high-temperature lattice. Borrowing language from the field of soft condensed matter physics, this broken discrete rotational symmetry is widely referred to as an Ising nematic phase transition. Understanding the origin of this effect is a key component of a complete theoretical description of the occurrence of superconductivity in this family of compounds, motivating both theoretical and experimental investigation of the nematic transition and the associated in-plane anisotropy. Here we review recent experimental progress in determining the intrinsic in-plane electronic anisotropy as revealed by resistivity, reflectivity and ARPES measurements of detwinned single crystals of underdoped Fe arsenide superconductors in the '122' family of compounds.

  3. Quantum oscillations in the vortex state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6.5 and other multiband superconductors

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    Gor'kov, Lev P.

    2012-08-01

    We argue that the low-frequency quantum oscillations observed recently in the vortex state of underdoped ortho-II YBa2Cu3O6,5 have the same origin as in other strongly correlated electronic systems. Superconductivity driven by strong interactions on several leading Fermi surfaces creates the proximity gaps on the other. The gap that is transferred on a small-sized pocket from larger Fermi surfaces is small. In the case of unconventional pairing symmetry the induced gap is proportional to the ratio of the oscillations’ frequencies for small and large Fermi surfaces. The gap is in inverse proportion to the mass enhancement on the latter. We share the view that small pockets in and of themselves exist as a certain band feature among all Fermi surfaces.

  4. Ultrafast dynamics of quasiparticles and coherent acoustic phonons in slightly underdoped (BaK)Fe2As2

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    Lin, Kung-Hsuan; Wang, Kuan-Jen; Chang, Chung-Chieh; Wen, Yu-Chieh; Lv, Bing; Chu, Ching-Wu; Wu, Maw-Kuen

    2016-01-01

    We have utilized ultrafast optical spectroscopy to study carrier dynamics in slightly underdoped (BaK)Fe2As2 crystals without magnetic transition. The photoelastic signals due to coherent acoustic phonons have been quantitatively investigated. According to our temperature-dependent results, we found that the relaxation component of superconducting quasiparticles persisted from the superconducting state up to at least 70 K in the normal state. Our findings suggest that the pseudogaplike feature in the normal state is possibly the precursor of superconductivity. We also highlight that the pseudogap feature of K-doped BaFe2As2 is different from that of other iron-based superconductors, including Co-doped or P-doped BaFe2As2. PMID:27180873

  5. Electronic phase separation in the slightly underdoped iron pnictide superconductor Ba1-xKxFe2As2.

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    Park, J T; Inosov, D S; Niedermayer, Ch; Sun, G L; Haug, D; Christensen, N B; Dinnebier, R; Boris, A V; Drew, A J; Schulz, L; Shapoval, T; Wolff, U; Neu, V; Yang, Xiaoping; Lin, C T; Keimer, B; Hinkov, V

    2009-03-20

    Here we present a combined study of the slightly underdoped novel pnictide superconductor Ba1-xKxFe2As2 by means of x-ray powder diffraction, neutron scattering, muon-spin rotation (microSR), and magnetic force microscopy (MFM). Static antiferromagnetic order sets in below T{m} approximately 70 K as inferred from the neutron scattering and zero-field-microSR data. Transverse-field microSR below Tc shows a coexistence of magnetically ordered and nonmagnetic states, which is also confirmed by MFM imaging. We explain such coexistence by electronic phase separation into antiferromagnetic and superconducting- or normal-state regions on a lateral scale of several tens of nanometers. Our findings indicate that such mesoscopic phase separation can be considered an intrinsic property of some iron pnictide superconductors.

  6. Comparative infrared study of optimally doped and underdoped La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} single crystals

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    Pignon, B; Gruener, G; Phuoc, V Ta; Gervais, F; Ammor, L [Laboratoire d' Electrodynamique des Materiaux Avances, UMR 6157 CNRS-CEA, Universite Francois Rabelais, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Parc de Grandmont, 37200 Tours (France); Marin, C [Departement de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matiere Condensee, Service de Physique Statistique, Magnetisme et Supraconductivite, CEA-Grenoble, 17 Rue des Martyrs, 28054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2008-02-20

    The temperature dependence of the optical spectra of two La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} single crystals was investigated for both in-plane and out-of-plane directions. For the underdoped (x = 0.08) single crystal, the in-plane optical conductivity that was analysed by a generalized Drude formalism shows a suppression of the scattering rate 1/{tau}({omega}) and an increased effective mass m{sup *} as the temperature decreases at low frequencies. Since this behaviour can be explained by the pseudogap effect, it is concluded that the pseudogap is not present at the optimal doping (x = 0.15). This result is confirmed by the c-axis optical conductivity, which decreases only for the underdoped single crystal. The absence of the pseudogap at the optimal composition is in accord with the quantum critical point model and it can explain the phase diagram of high-temperature superconductors.

  7. Magnetic excitations and phase separation in the underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 superconductor measured by resonant inelastic X-ray scattering.

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    Braicovich, L; van den Brink, J; Bisogni, V; Sala, M Moretti; Ament, L J P; Brookes, N B; De Luca, G M; Salluzzo, M; Schmitt, T; Strocov, V N; Ghiringhelli, G

    2010-02-19

    We probe the collective magnetic modes of La2CuO4 and underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) by momentum resolved resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) at the Cu L3 edge. For the undoped antiferromagnetic sample, we show that the single magnon dispersion measured with RIXS coincides with the one determined by inelastic neutron scattering, thus demonstrating that x rays are an alternative to neutrons in this field. In the spin dynamics of LSCO, we find a branch dispersing up to approximately 400 meV coexisting with one at lower energy. The high-energy branch has never been seen before. It indicates that underdoped LSCO is in a dynamic inhomogeneous spin state.

  8. The robustness of high-Tc superconductivity in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x investigated in under strong magnetic fields

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    Harrison, Neil; Hsu, Y.-T.; Hartstein, M.; Chan, M.; Porras, J.; Loew, T.; Le Tacon, M.; Lonzarich, G.; Keimer, B.; Flux, V.; Sebastian, S.

    A central unresolved mystery in high-Tc superconductivity is whether the pairing amplitude is small in the underdoped regime and relates to the superfluid density or whether it is large and relate to the intrinsic energy scales of the Mott insulating parent state. The magnetic field provides a sensitive probe of the pairing amplitude. However, experimental probes of the extent of the vortex state in temperature and magnetic field have thus far been indirect and hence subject to debate. Here we report measurements over a broad range of temperature and magnetic fields which we use to probe the extent of the vortex region in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x. and its interplay with quantum oscillations. N.H. acknowledges UU DOE BES Support for ''Science of 100 Tesla''.

  9. Mobility and its temperature dependence in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 interpreted as viscous motion of charges

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    Gor'Kov, Lev P.; Teitel'Baum, Gregory B.

    2008-05-01

    We argue that charges in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 move in a dissipative environment of strong spatial and temporal fluctuations. The unusual temperature dependence of the Hall angle known as “the separation of lifetimes” is reinterpreted and attributed to the appearance of the thermally activated component in the effective number of carriers with the temperature increase. We consider the temperature interval above Tc where localization effects can be neglected.

  10. Structural properties and chemical homogeneity of underdoped La{sub 2{minus}x}M{sub x}CuO{sub 4} cuprates (M = Sr, Ba)

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    Ferretti, M.; Magnone, E.; Napoletano, M. [Univ. degli Studi di Genova (Italy)

    1999-04-20

    The present work reports a systematic and accurate study on crystal structure and chemical homogeneity of underdoped La{sub 2{minus}x}M{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (M = Ba, Sr). Samples` structural characterization performed by Rietveld refinement of XRD powder diffraction profiles provided an accurate working trendline for the dopant concentration determination. Furthermore FT-IR skeletal analysis and SIMS investigations ensured chemical homogeneity even for samples with very low dopant contents.

  11. Tunneling spectroscopy of heavily underdoped crystals of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}

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    Ozyuzer, L.; Zasadzinski, J. F.; Miyakawa, N.; Kendziora, C.; Jian, S.; Hinks, D. G.; Gray, K. E.

    2000-02-17

    Crystals of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} with optimal {Tc} = 95 K have been underdoped using two different methods and the superconducting gaps have been obtained by tunneling. In some cases, three different tunneling geometries have been utilized: point contact, STM and break junctions. The first doping method involves control of the oxygen content by annealing in various partial pressures of oxygen. These crystals exhibit a narrow spread of gap values over a wide doping range from overdoped ({Tc} = 56 K) to underdoped with {Tc} = 70 K. However, for underdoped crystals with {Tc} midpoints in the range 25 K--63 K, there is a dramatic increase in the spread of gap values which may signal the development of static phase separation of either chemical or electronic origin. To avoid possible chemical phase separation, the authors have explored another doping procedure which incorporates Dy substitution on the Ca site. These crystals exhibit a relatively narrow superconducting transition width and some preliminary tunneling spectra will be presented.

  12. Neutron-scattering evidence for a periodically modulated superconducting phase in the underdoped cuprate La1.905Ba0.095CuO4.

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    Xu, Zhijun; Stock, C; Chi, Songxue; Kolesnikov, A I; Xu, Guangyong; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, J M

    2014-10-24

    The role of antiferromagnetic spin correlations in high-temperature superconductors remains a matter of debate. We present inelastic neutron-scattering evidence that gapless spin fluctuations coexist with superconductivity in La1.905Ba0.095CuO4. Furthermore, we observe that both the low-energy magnetic spectral weight and the spin incommensurability are enhanced with the onset of superconducting correlations. We propose that the coexistence occurs through intertwining of spatial modulations of the pair wave function and the antiferromagnetic correlations. This proposal is also directly relevant to sufficiently underdoped La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4) and YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6+x).

  13. Magnetic properties of high quality single crystals of the electron underdoped cuprate superconductor Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4}

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    Dorantes, Alma; Qi, Cai; Kartsovnik, Mark; Erb, Andreas [Walther-Meissner Institut, Garching (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    We present investigations of the magnetic properties of the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (NCCO) with particular attention to the underdoped regime of the phase diagram. Special attention is given to the region between the antiferromagnetic (AF) and superconducting (SC) state of the electron-doped cuprate superconductors. We tried to investigate whether the AF and SC regions are separated by an intrinsic phase separation or if a microscopic coexistence exists between these two states. Experiments on high quality single crystals were performed to probe the relation between the transition temperature (T{sub c}) and dopant concentration x, and to estimate the superconducting volume fraction. The results indicated that a SC transition can be observed after an appropriate annealing process, even for highly underdoped samples and that bulk superconductivity is present. In addition we find indications of a deviation in the monotonic doping dependence of the transition temperature T{sub c} between samples with 12% and 13% Ce doping, which could signify a first evidence of the so-called 1/8 anomaly in the electron-doped cuprate superconductors.

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

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

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

  15. Observation of a common symmetry for the pseudogap and the superconducting order parameter near the surface of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Koren, G.; Shkedy, L.; Polturak, E.

    2004-01-01

    Measurements of the angular dependence of conductance spectra in the a-b plane of underdoped YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+x junctions are reported. At zero magnetic field the superconducting gap shows a vertical bar d+is vertical bar-like symmetry. Application of a magnetic field strongly suppresses this gap leaving only the pseudogap feature which also shows a vertical bar d+is vertical bar-like angular dependence. We thus observe the same symmetry for the superconducting gap and the pseudogap characterizing the YBCO electrodes near the interface with the barrier. An H c2 value of ∼5 T of the secondary (is) order parameter can also be deduced from our results

  16. Terahertz superconducting plasmonic hole array.

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    Tian, Zhen; Singh, Ranjan; Han, Jiaguang; Gu, Jianqiang; Xing, Qirong; Wu, Judy; Zhang, Weili

    2010-11-01

    We demonstrate a superconductor array of subwavelength holes with active thermal control over the resonant transmission induced by surface plasmon polaritons. The array was lithographically fabricated on a high-temperature yttrium barium copper oxide superconductor and characterized by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. We observe a clear transition from a virtual excitation of the surface plasmon mode to a real surface plasmon mode. The highly controllable superconducting plasmonic crystals may find promising applications in the design of low-loss, large- dynamic-range amplitude modulation and surface-plasmon-based terahertz devices.

  17. Use of neutron diffraction in determining strains in high-temperaure superconducting composites

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    Hitterman, R.L.; Faber, J. Jr.; Kupperman, D.S.; Singh, J.P.; Majumdar, S.

    1990-01-01

    The Argonne Intense Pulsed Neutron Source and General Purpose Powder Diffractometer have been used to study high T c metal oxide composites composed of yttrium barium copper oxide and silver. Neutron diffraction techniques were applied to composites with 15, 20 and 30% silver content by volume. The authors have observed that after hot pressing, the 30% Ag specimens contained both orthorhombic high T c and tetragonal, non-superconducting phases near the center of the specimens but only tetragonal near the surface. The relationship of shifts in Bragg peaks to strains of the constituents is discussed

  18. Magnetotransport evidence for irreversible spin reorientation in the collinear antiferromagnetic state of underdoped Nd2 -xCexCuO4

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    Dorantes, A.; Alshemi, A.; Huang, Z.; Erb, A.; Helm, T.; Kartsovnik, M. V.

    2018-02-01

    We make use of the strong spin-charge coupling in the electron-doped cuprate Nd2 -xCexCuO4 to probe changes in its spin system via magnetotransport measurements. We present a detailed study of the out-of-plane magnetoresistance in underdoped single crystals of this compound, including the nonsuperconducting, 0.05 ≤x ≤0.115 , and superconducting, 0.12 ≤x ≤0.13 , compositions. Special focus is put on the dependence of the magnetoresistance on the field orientation in the plane of the CuO2 layers. In addition to the kink at the field-induced transition between the noncollinear and collinear antiferromagnetic configurations, a sharp irreversible feature is found in the angle-dependent magnetoresistance of all samples in the high-field regime, at field orientations around the Cu-O-Cu direction. The obtained behavior can be explained in terms of field-induced reorientation of Cu2 + spins within the collinear antiferromagnetic state. It is therefore considered an unambiguous indication of the long-range magnetic order.

  19. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy of (Ca, Na) sub 2 CuO sub 2 Cl sub 2 crystals: Fingerprints of a magnetic insulator in a heavily underdoped superconductor

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    Kohsaka, Y; Ronning, F

    2003-01-01

    Electric evolution from an antiferromagnet to a high-T sub c superconductor is revealed by angle-resolved photoemission experiments on tetragonal Ca sub 1 sub . sub 9 Na sub 0 sub . sub 1 CuO sub 2 Cl sub 2 single crystals, which were successfully grown for the first time under high pressures. In this underdoped superconductor, we found clear fingerprints of the parent insulator: a shadow band and a large pseudogap. These observations are most likely described by a 'chemical potential shift', which contrasts clearly with the prevailing wisdom of the pinned chemical potential' learned from the prototype La sub 2 sub - sub x Sr sub x CuO sub 4 , demonstrating that the route to a high-T sub c superconductor is not unique. (author)

  20. Pressure tuning of structure, superconductivity, and novel magnetic order in the Ce-underdoped electron-doped cuprate T '-Pr1.3 -xLa0.7CexCuO4 (x =0.1 )

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    Guguchia, Z.; Adachi, T.; Shermadini, Z.; Ohgi, T.; Chang, J.; Bozin, E. S.; von Rohr, F.; dos Santos, A. M.; Molaison, J. J.; Boehler, R.; Koike, Y.; Wieteska, A. R.; Frandsen, B. A.; Morenzoni, E.; Amato, A.; Billinge, S. J. L.; Uemura, Y. J.; Khasanov, R.

    2017-09-01

    High-pressure neutron powder diffraction, muon-spin rotation, and magnetization studies of the structural, magnetic, and the superconducting properties of the Ce-underdoped superconducting (SC) electron-doped cuprate system with the Nd2CuO4 (the so-called T')structure T '-Pr1.3 -xLa0.7CexCuO4 with x =0.1 are reported. A strong reduction of the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice constants is observed under pressure. However, no indication of any pressure-induced phase transition from T'to the K2NiF4 (the so-called T) structure is observed up to the maximum applied pressure of p = 11 GPa. Large and nonlinear increase of the short-range magnetic order temperature Tso in T '-Pr1.3 -xLa0.7CexCuO4 (x =0.1 ) was observed under pressure. Simultaneous pressure causes a nonlinear decrease of the SC transition temperature Tc. All these experiments establish the short-range magnetic order as an intrinsic and competing phase in SC T '-Pr1.3 -xLa0.7CexCuO4 (x =0.1 ). The observed pressure effects may be interpreted in terms of the improved nesting conditions through the reduction of the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice constants upon hydrostatic pressure.

  1. Buffer layers for coated conductors

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    Stan, Liliana [Los Alamos, NM; Jia, Quanxi [Los Alamos, NM; Foltyn, Stephen R [Los Alamos, NM

    2011-08-23

    A composite structure is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, and a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material. Additionally, an article is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material, and a thick film upon the cubic metal oxide material. Finally, a superconducting article is provided including a base substrate, an IBAD oriented material upon the base substrate, a cubic metal oxide material selected from the group consisting of rare earth zirconates and rare earth hafnates upon the IBAD oriented material, and an yttrium barium copper oxide material upon the cubic metal oxide material.

  2. The Y2BaCuO5 oxide as green pigment in ceramics

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    Fernandez, F.; Colon, C.; Duran, A.; Barajas, R.; Llopis, J.; Paje, S.E.; Saez-Puche, R.; Julian, I.

    1998-01-01

    Fine particles of green yttrium-barium-copper-oxide pigments Y 2 BaCuO 5 have been prepared using two different synthesis methods. The process of combustion of mixed nitrates and urea needs a maximal temperature of 900 C and provides samples formed by aggregates of homogeneous small particles with a size of about 0.3 μm. However, the ceramic method requires 1050 C as synthesis temperature, and yields rather higher particle sizes. Even after grinding, these samples are formed by heterogeneous particles with mean sizes of about 3 μm. Diffuse reflectance spectra reveal that the samples obtained using the former method present a higher brilliancy, so they have been selected to be tested as green pigment in ceramics with good results. (orig.)

  3. Femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy: Elemental imaging of thin films with high spatial resolution

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    Ahamer, Christoph M.; Riepl, Kevin M.; Huber, Norbert; Pedarnig, Johannes D.

    2017-10-01

    We investigate femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (fs-LIBS) for the spectrochemical imaging of thin films with high spatial resolution. Chemical images are obtained by recording LIBS spectra at each site of 2D raster-scans across the samples employing one fs-laser pulse per site. The diffraction images of the Echelle spectrometer are binned to reduce the read-out time of the intensified CCD detector and to increase the stability of the emission signals against peak drifts in the echellograms. For copper thin films on glass the intensities of Cu I emission lines and the size of ablation craters vary non-monotonously with the film thickness hCu = 5-500 nm. The emission efficiency, defined as the Cu I line intensity per ablated volume, strongly decreases for films thicker than the optical penetration depth. The Na I line intensity from glass increases exponentially with decreasing Cu film thickness. For yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) thin films on MgO various atomic and molecular emission lines of the laser-induced plasma are measured (film thickness hYBCO = 200-1000 nm). The obtained element (Y, Ba, Cu, Mg) and molecular (Y-O) fs-LIBS images match the structure of the micro-patterned YBCO films very well. The achieved lateral resolution δr = 6 μm is among the best values reported for spectrochemical LIBS imaging.

  4. Excitations in exotic superconductors

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    Hayden, S.

    1999-01-01

    Neutron scattering has played an important role in unravelling the mysteries of superconductivity. Studies of ordinary or conventional superconductors - materials such as aluminium and lead that lose their electrical resistance when cooled below a certain temperature - have focused on vibrations in the lattice structure of the crystal. In these cases magnetic excitations due to the collective motion of electron spins in the crystal are not particularly important and, moreover, are difficult to see. In contrast, magnetic excitations are thought to be important in the newer, exotic or unconventional superconductors such as heavy fermions and cuprates. Two independent groups working at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in Grenoble, France, and at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in Tokai have recently observed a new magnetic excitation in the superconducting state of the heavy fermion compound uranium-palladium-aluminium, UPd 2 Al 3 , (Phys. Rev. Lett.1998 81 4244; 1998 80 5417). A similar excitation has been observed in yttrium barium copper oxide (YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6.93 ), a high-temperature superconductor. The results may hold clues about the nature of certain types of unconventional superconductivity. In this article the author describes these latest results. (UK)

  5. Nanoscale Stoichiometric Analysis of a High-Temperature Superconductor by Atom Probe Tomography.

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    Pedrazzini, Stella; London, Andrew J; Gault, Baptiste; Saxey, David; Speller, Susannah; Grovenor, Chris R M; Danaie, Mohsen; Moody, Michael P; Edmondson, Philip D; Bagot, Paul A J

    2017-04-01

    The functional properties of the high-temperature superconductor Y1Ba2Cu3O7-δ (Y-123) are closely correlated to the exact stoichiometry and oxygen content. Exceeding the critical value of 1 oxygen vacancy for every five unit cells (δ>0.2, which translates to a 1.5 at% deviation from the nominal oxygen stoichiometry of Y7.7Ba15.3Cu23O54-δ ) is sufficient to alter the superconducting properties. Stoichiometry at the nanometer scale, particularly of oxygen and other lighter elements, is extremely difficult to quantify in complex functional ceramics by most currently available analytical techniques. The present study is an analysis and optimization of the experimental conditions required to quantify the local nanoscale stoichiometry of single crystal yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) samples in three dimensions by atom probe tomography (APT). APT analysis required systematic exploration of a wide range of data acquisition and processing conditions to calibrate the measurements. Laser pulse energy, ion identification, and the choice of range widths were all found to influence composition measurements. The final composition obtained from melt-grown crystals with optimized superconducting properties was Y7.9Ba10.4Cu24.4O57.2.

  6. Simulation of YBCO Tape and Coils in HTS Maglev System

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In the process of running high temperature superconducting maglev train, the AC(Alternating Current loss of superconducting coil is directly related to its safe operation and operating cost. In this paper, the simulation model was built based on the finite element software COMSOL Multiphysics, and mainly simulated and calculated the AC losses of YBCO(Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide tape and coils. In this model, as the solving object, the singular and infinite long YBCO tape and coils model was solved with H-formulation and the nonlinear characteristic (E-J constitutive law and anisotrophy (B-J characteristic were taken into consideration as the theoretical foundation. Then on the basis of the model under maglev suspension system, AC losses under different amplitude and frequence AC currents were calculated. The results shows that under different frequencies and dynamic components, the local maximum AC loss of YBCO tape and coils occurs when the steady-state DC(Direct Current current is 30A. Then comparing with old maglev suspension system, the new system can greatly reduce the energy consumption and the material cost.

  7. Electronic and magnetic properties of orthorhombic iron selenide

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    Lovesey, S. W.

    2016-02-01

    Iron orbitals in orthorhombic iron selenide (FeSe) can produce chargelike multipoles that are polar (parity-odd). Orbitals in question include Fe (3 d ), Fe (4 p ), and p -type ligands that participate in transport properties and bonding. The polar multipoles may contribute weak, space-group forbidden Bragg spots to diffraction patterns collected with x rays tuned in energy to a Fe atomic resonance (Templeton & Templeton scattering). Ordering of conventional, axial magnetic dipoles does not accompany the tetragonal-orthorhombic structural phase transition in FeSe, unlike other known iron-based superconductors. We initiate a new line of inquiry for this puzzling property of orthorhombic FeSe, using a hidden magnetic order that belongs to the m'm'm' magnetic crystal class. It is epitomized by the absence of ferromagnetism and axial magnetic dipoles and the appearance of magnetic monopoles and magnetoelectric quadrupoles. A similar magnetic order occurs in cuprate superconductors, yttrium barium copper oxide and Hg1201, where it was unveiled with the Kerr effect and in Bragg diffraction patterns revealed by polarized neutrons.

  8. Pressure tuning of structure, superconductivity, and novel magnetic order in the Ce-underdoped electron-doped cuprate T'-Pr1.3-xLa0.7CexCuO4 ( x=0.1 )

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    Guguchia, Z. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Adachi, T. [Sophia Univ., Tokyo (Japan); Shermadini, Z. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Ohgi, T. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan); Chang, J. [Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland); Bozin, E. S. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); von Rohr, F. [Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland); dos Santos, A. M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Molaison, J. J. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Boehler, R. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Carnegie Inst. of Washington, Washington, DC (United States); Koike, Y. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan); Wieteska, A. R. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Frandsen, B. A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States); Morenzoni, E. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Amato, A. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Billinge, S. J. L. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Uemura, Y. J. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States); Khasanov, R. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    2017-09-14

    High-pressure neutron powder diffraction, muon-spin rotation, and magnetization studies of the structural, magnetic, and the superconducting properties of the Ce-underdoped superconducting (SC) electron-doped cuprate system with the Nd 2 CuO 4 (the so-called T ' ) structure T ' - Pr 1.3 - x La 0.7 Ce x CuO 4 with x = 0.1 are reported. A strong reduction of the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice constants is observed under pressure. However, no indication of any pressure-induced phase transition from T ' to the K 2 NiF 4 (the so-called T) structure is observed up to the maximum applied pressure of p = 11 GPa. Large and nonlinear increase of the short-range magnetic order temperature T so in T ' - Pr 1.3 - x La 0.7 Ce x CuO 4 ( x = 0.1 ) was observed under pressure. Simultaneous pressure causes a nonlinear decrease of the SC transition temperature T c . All these experiments establish the short-range magnetic order as an intrinsic and competing phase in SC T ' - Pr 1.3 - x La 0.7 Ce x CuO 4 ( x = 0.1 ). The observed pressure effects may be interpreted in terms of the improved nesting conditions through the reduction of the in-plane and out-of-plane lattice constants upon hydrostatic pressure.

  9. A large-diameter hollow-shaft cryogenic motor based on a superconducting magnetic bearing for millimeter-wave polarimetry

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    Johnson, B. R.; Columbro, F.; Araujo, D.; Limon, M.; Smiley, B.; Jones, G.; Reichborn-Kjennerud, B.; Miller, A.; Gupta, S.

    2017-10-01

    In this paper, we present the design and measured performance of a novel cryogenic motor based on a superconducting magnetic bearing (SMB). The motor is tailored for use in millimeter-wave half-wave plate (HWP) polarimeters, where a HWP is rapidly rotated in front of a polarization analyzer or polarization-sensitive detector. This polarimetry technique is commonly used in cosmic microwave background polarization studies. The SMB we use is composed of fourteen yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) disks and a contiguous neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) ring magnet. The motor is a hollow-shaft motor because the HWP is ultimately installed in the rotor. The motor presented here has a 100 mm diameter rotor aperture. However, the design can be scaled up to rotor aperture diameters of approximately 500 mm. Our motor system is composed of four primary subsystems: (i) the rotor assembly, which includes the NdFeB ring magnet, (ii) the stator assembly, which includes the YBCO disks, (iii) an incremental encoder, and (iv) the drive electronics. While the YBCO is cooling through its superconducting transition, the rotor is held above the stator by a novel hold and release mechanism. The encoder subsystem consists of a custom-built encoder disk read out by two fiber optic readout sensors. For the demonstration described in this paper, we ran the motor at 50 K and tested rotation frequencies up to approximately 10 Hz. The feedback system was able to stabilize the rotation speed to approximately 0.4%, and the measured rotor orientation angle uncertainty is less than 0.15°. Lower temperature operation will require additional development activities, which we will discuss.

  10. In-situ deposition of YBCO high-Tc superconducting thin films by MOCVD and PE-MOCVD

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    Zhao, J.; Noh, D. W.; Chern, C.; Li, Y. Q.; Norris, P. E.; Kear, B.; Gallois, B.

    1991-01-01

    Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) offers the advantages of a high degree of compositional control, adaptability for large scale production, and the potential for low temperature fabrication. The capability of operating at high oxygen partial pressure is particularly suitable for in situ formation of high temperature superconducting (HTSC) films. Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) thin films having a sharp zero-resistance transition with T(sub c) greater than 90 K and J(sub c) of approximately 10(exp 4) A on YSZ have been prepared, in situ, at a substrate temperature of about 800 C. Moreover, the ability to form oxide films at low temperature is very desirable for device applications of HTSC materials. Such a process would permit the deposition of high quality HTSC films with a smooth surface on a variety of substrates. Highly c-axis oriented, dense, scratch resistant, superconducting YBCO thin films with mirror-like surfaces have been prepared, in situ, at a reduced substrate temperature as low as 570 C by a remote microwave-plasma enhanced metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD) process. Nitrous oxide was used as a reactant gas to generate active oxidizing species. This process, for the first time, allows the formation of YBCO thin films with the orthorhombic superconducting phase in the as-deposited state. The as-deposited films grown by PE-MOCVD show attainment of zero resistance at 72 K with a transition width of about 5 K. MOCVD was carried out in a commercial production scale reactor with the capability of uniform deposition over 100 sq cm per growth run. Preliminary results indicate that PE-MOCVD is a very attractive thin film deposition process for superconducting device technology.

  11. In Situ deposition of YBCO high-T(sub c) superconducting thin films by MOCVD and PE-MOCVD

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    Zhao, J.; Noh, D. W.; Chern, C.; Li, Y. Q.; Norris, P.; Gallois, B.; Kear, B.

    1990-04-01

    Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) offers the advantages of a high degree of compositional control, adaptability for large scale production, and the potential for low temperature fabrication. The capability of operating at high oxygen partial pressure is particularly suitable for in situ formation of high temperature superconducting (HTSC) films. Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) thin films having a sharp zero-resistance transition with T( sub c) greater than 90 K and Jc approx. 10 to the 4th power A on YSZ have been prepared, in situ, at a substrate temperature of about 800 C. Moreover, the ability to form oxide films at low temperature is very desirable for device applications of HTSC materials. Such a process would permit the deposition of high quality HTSC films with a smooth surface on a variety of substrates. Highly c-axis oriented, dense, scratch resistant, superconducting YBCO thin films with mirror-like surfaces have been prepared, in situ, at a reduced substrate temperature as low as 570 C by a remote microwave-plasma enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD) process. Nitrous oxide was used as a reactant gas to generate active oxidizing species. This process, for the first time, allows the formation of YBCO thin films with the orthorhombic superconducting phase in the as-deposited state. The as-deposited films grown by PE-MOCVD show attainment of zero resistance at 72 K with a transition width of about 5 K. MOCVD was carried out in a commercial production scale reactor with the capability of uniform deposition over 100 sq cm per growth run. Preliminary results indicate that PE-MOCVD is a very attractive thin film deposition process for superconducting device technology.

  12. A large-diameter hollow-shaft cryogenic motor based on a superconducting magnetic bearing for millimeter-wave polarimetry.

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    Johnson, B R; Columbro, F; Araujo, D; Limon, M; Smiley, B; Jones, G; Reichborn-Kjennerud, B; Miller, A; Gupta, S

    2017-10-01

    In this paper, we present the design and measured performance of a novel cryogenic motor based on a superconducting magnetic bearing (SMB). The motor is tailored for use in millimeter-wave half-wave plate (HWP) polarimeters, where a HWP is rapidly rotated in front of a polarization analyzer or polarization-sensitive detector. This polarimetry technique is commonly used in cosmic microwave background polarization studies. The SMB we use is composed of fourteen yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) disks and a contiguous neodymium iron boron (NdFeB) ring magnet. The motor is a hollow-shaft motor because the HWP is ultimately installed in the rotor. The motor presented here has a 100 mm diameter rotor aperture. However, the design can be scaled up to rotor aperture diameters of approximately 500 mm. Our motor system is composed of four primary subsystems: (i) the rotor assembly, which includes the NdFeB ring magnet, (ii) the stator assembly, which includes the YBCO disks, (iii) an incremental encoder, and (iv) the drive electronics. While the YBCO is cooling through its superconducting transition, the rotor is held above the stator by a novel hold and release mechanism. The encoder subsystem consists of a custom-built encoder disk read out by two fiber optic readout sensors. For the demonstration described in this paper, we ran the motor at 50 K and tested rotation frequencies up to approximately 10 Hz. The feedback system was able to stabilize the rotation speed to approximately 0.4%, and the measured rotor orientation angle uncertainty is less than 0.15°. Lower temperature operation will require additional development activities, which we will discuss.

  13. Two regimes in conductivity and the Hall coefficient of underdoped cuprates in strong magnetic fields.

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    Gor'kov, L P; Teitel'baum, G B

    2014-01-29

    We address recent experiments shedding light on the energy spectrum of under and optimally doped cuprates at temperatures above the superconducting transition. Angle resolved photoemission reveals coherent excitation only near nodal points on parts of the 'bare' Fermi surface known as the Fermi arcs. The question debated in the literature is whether the small normal pocket, seen via quantum oscillations, exists at higher temperatures or forms below a charge order transition in strong magnetic fields. Assuming the former case as a possibility, expressions are derived for the resistivity and the Hall coefficient (in weak and strong magnetic fields) with both types of carriers participating in the transport. There are two regimes. At higher temperatures (at a fixed field) electrons are dragged by the Fermi arcs' holes. The pocket being small, its contribution to conductivity and the Hall coefficient is negligible. At lower temperatures electrons decouple from holes behaving as a Fermi gas in the magnetic field. As the mobility of holes on the arcs decreases in strong fields with a decrease of temperature, below a crossover point the pocket electrons prevail, changing the sign of the Hall coefficient in the low temperature limit. Such behavior finds its confirmation in recent high-field experiments.

  14. Protected nodal electron pocket from multiple-Q ordering in underdoped high temperature superconductors.

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    Harrison, N; Sebastian, S E

    2011-06-03

    A multiple wave vector (Q) reconstruction of the Fermi surface is shown to yield a profoundly different electronic structure to that characteristic of single wave vector reconstruction, despite their proximity in energy. We consider the specific case in which ordering is generated by Q(x)=[2πa,0] and Q(y)=[0,2πb] (in which a=b=1/4)-similar to those identified in neutron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy experiments-and more generally show that an isolated pocket adjacent to the nodal point k(nodal)=[±π/2,±π/2] is a protected feature of such a multiple-Q model, potentially corresponding to the nodal "Fermi arcs" observed in photoemission and the small size of the electronic heat capacity found in high magnetic fields-importantly, containing electron carriers which can yield negative Hall and Seebeck coefficients observed in high magnetic fields.

  15. Fiber optic quench detection via optimized Rayleigh Scattering in high-field YBCO accelerator magnets

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    Flanagan, Gene [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)

    2016-02-17

    Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) coated conductors are known for their ability to operate in the superconducting state at relatively high temperatures, even above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (77 K). When these same conductors are operated at lower temperatures, they are able to operate in much higher magnetic fields than traditional superconductors like NiTi or Nb3Sn. Thus, YBCO superconducting magnets are one of the primary options for generating the high magnetic fields needed for future high energy physics devices. Due to slow quench propagation, quench detection remains one of the primary limitations to YBCO magnets. Fiber optic sensing, based upon Rayleigh scattering, has the potential for spatial resolution approaching the wavelength of light, or very fast temporal resolution at low spatial resolution, and a continuum of combinations in between. This project has studied, theoretically and experimentally, YBCO magnets and Rayleigh scattering quench detection systems to demonstrate feasibility of the systems for YBCO quench protection systems. Under this grant an experimentally validated 3D quench propagation model was used to accurately define the acceptable range of spatial and temporal resolutions for effective quench detection in YBCO magnets and to evaluate present-day and potentially improved YBCO conductors. The data volume and speed requirements for quench detection via Rayleigh scattering required the development of a high performance fiber optic based quench detection/data acquisition system and its integration with an existing voltage tap/thermo-couple based system. In this project, optical fibers are tightly co-wound into YBCO magnet coils, with the fiber on top of the conductor as turn-to-turn insulation. Local changes in the temperature or strain of the conductor are sensed by the optical fiber, which is in close thermal and mechanical contact with the conductor. Intrinsic imperfections in the fiber reflect Rayleigh

  16. Oxygen-ordering superstructures in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x studied by hard X-ray diffraction

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    Zimmermann, M. Von; Schneider, J.R.; Frello, T.

    2003-01-01

    High-energy x-ray diffraction is used to investigate the bulk oxygen-ordering properties of YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6+x). Four different superstructures of Cu-O chains aligned along the b axis and ordered with periodicity ma, along the a axis have been observed. For x... is ortho-II with m=2. At room temperature, we find ortho-III (m=3) for 0.72less than or equal toxless than or equal to0.82, ortho-V (m=5) in a mixed state with ortho-II at x=0.62, and ortho-VIII (m=8) at x=0.67. Ortho-II is a three-dimensional ordered structural phase, the remaining ones are essentially...

  17. Neutron scattering study of the magnetic phase diagram of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Haug, Daniel; Hinkov, Vladimir; Sidis, Yvan

    2010-01-01

    We present a neutron triple-axis and resonant spin-echo spectroscopy study of the spin correlations in untwinned YBa2Cu3O6+x single crystals with x=0.3, 0.35 and 0.45 as a function of temperature and magnetic field. As the temperature T→0, all samples exhibit static incommensurate magnetic order...... with propagation vector along the a-direction in the CuO2 planes. The incommensurability δ increases monotonically with hole concentration, as it does in La2−xSrxCuO4 (LSCO). However, δ is generally smaller than in LSCO at the same doping level, and there is no sign of a reorientation of the magnetic propagation...... vector at the lowest doping levels. The intensity of the incommensurate Bragg reflections increases linearly with magnetic field for YBa2Cu3O6.45 (superconducting Tc=35 K), whereas it is field independent for YBa2Cu3O6.35 (Tc=10 K). These results fit well into a picture in which superconducting and spin...

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

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    Kashyap, Manoj K.

    analytical and numerical solutions of the Ginzburg-Landau equations that reveal the spatial structure of this current as well as the associated component of the magnetic field for both a single vortex and in the vortex lattice phase near the upper critical field. The discovery of superconductivity in lanthanum barium copper oxide (LBCO) in 1986, was followed by yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) in 1987, commencing the era of high temperature superconductivity. The astonishingly rich phase diagram of cuprates includes the pseudogap phase which was earlier thought to be a precursor to superconductivity. Now signatures of broken symmetries have been seen, indicating a true phase transition. Pair density wave (PDW) order has earlier been proposed to account for superconducting correlations and charge density wave (CDW) order in pseudogap phase. There is evidence that the pseudogap phase in the cuprates also breaks time-reversal symmetry. Here we show that pair density wave (PDW) states give rise to a translational invariant nonsuperconducting order parameter that breaks time-reversal and parity symmetries, but preserves their product. This secondary order parameter has a different origin, but shares the same symmetry properties as a magnetoelectric loop current order that has been proposed earlier in the context of the cuprates to explain the appearance of intracell magnetic order. We further show that, due to fluctuations, this secondary loop current order, which breaks only discrete symmetries, can preempt PDW order, which breaks both continuous and discrete symmetries. In such a phase, the emergent loop current order coexists with spatial short-range superconducting order and possibly short-range charge density wave (CDW) order. Finally, we propose a PDW phase that accounts for intracell magnetic order and the polar Kerr effect, has CDW order consistent with x-ray scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance observations, and quasiparticle (QP) properties consistent with angle

  19. Magnetic-field-induced spin excitations and renormalized spin gap of the underdoped La1895Sr0105CuO4 superconductor

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    Chang, J.; Schnyder, A.P.; Gilardi, R.

    2007-01-01

    High-resolution neutron inelastic scattering experiments in applied magnetic fields have been performed on La1.895Sr0.105CuO4 (LSCO). In zero field, the temperature dependence of the low-energy peak intensity at the incommensurate momentum transfer Q(IC)=(0.5,0.5 +/-delta,0),(0.5 +/-delta,0.......5,0) exhibits an anomaly at the superconducting T-c which broadens and shifts to lower temperature upon the application of a magnetic field along the c axis. A field-induced enhancement of the spectral weight is observed, but only at finite energy transfers and in an intermediate temperature range...

  20. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy studies of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x from the strongly underdoped to strongly overdoped regime

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    Slezak, James

    2006-03-01

    Using atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STS), we investigate the electronic structure Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x across a range of doping levels from x ˜ 0.1 up to as high as ˜0.23, with significant changes in electronic structure observed above p˜0.21. New sample preparation processes [1] were used to produce heavily overdoped crystals suitable for the imaging of various forms of electronic heterogeneity. The evolution of the gap map δ(r), coherence peak height map A(r), the inelastic tunneling signatures φ(r), and the quasiparticle interference LDOS modulations, as well as their interrelations across this range of doping levels, will be presented. Additional authors: J. Lee, M. Wang, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, U.S.A; K. Fujita, Department of Advanced Materials Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan; H. Eisaki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Central 2, Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568; S. Uchida, Department of Physics, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-0033; and J. C. Davis, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Department of Physics, Cornell University. [1] J. Slezak, K. Fujita, J. C. Davis, in preparation (2005)

  1. Optical Study of Electron-Doped Cuprate Pr1.3-xLa0.7CexCuO4+δ in Under-Doped Regime: Revisit the Phase Diagram

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    Ohnishi, Ryota; Nakajima, Masamichi; Miyasaka, Shigeki; Tajima, Setsuko; Adachi, Tadashi; Ohgi, Taro; Takahashi, Akira; Koike, Yoji

    2018-04-01

    A recent progress of reduction process for electron-doped cuprates enabled us to get superconducting samples at very low doping levels. In order to clarify the electronic state of strongly reduced Pr1.3-xLa0.7CexCuO4+δ (x = 0.05, 0.10) which exhibit high Tc (˜27 K) superconductivity, we have measured their optical spectra. The reflectivity of these samples was found much higher than the published data for the moderately reduced and non-superconducting samples with the same Ce concentrations. Moreover, the estimated effective electron numbers Neff for x = 0.05 and 0.10 were close to that of the optimally doped and superconducting sample with x = 0.15. Given that the parent compound is a Mott insulator, these results indicate that in the electron-doped cuprates only a small amount of carrier doping changes the system to a high Tc superconductor with a large Fermi surface. At low temperatures, a broad mid-infrared peak appeared even in the superconducting samples.

  2. Conventional proximity effect in bilayers of superconducting underdoped $La_{1.88}Sr_{0.12}CuO_4$ islands coated with non superconducting overdoped $La_{1.65}Sr_{0.35}CuO_4$

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    Koren, G.; Millo, O.

    2009-01-01

    Following a recent study by our group in which a large $T_c$ enhancement was reported in bilayers of the non-superconducting $La_{1.65}Sr_{0.35}CuO_4$ and superconducting $La_{1.88}Sr_{0.12}CuO_4$ films [Phys. Rev. Lett. \\textbf{101}, 057005 (2008)], we checked if a similar effect occurs when superconducting $La_{1.88}Sr_{0.12}CuO_4$ islands are coated with a continuous layer of the non superconducting $La_{1.65}Sr_{0.35}CuO_4$. We found that no such phenomenon is observed. The bare supercond...

  3. Evidence for monoclinic distortion in the ground state phase of underdoped La1.95Sr0.05CuO4: A single crystal neutron diffraction study

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    Singh, Anar; Schefer, Jürg; Frontzek, Matthias; Sura, Ravi; Conder, Kazimierz; Sibille, Romain F.; Ceretti, Monica; Paulus, Werner

    2016-01-01

    The existing controversy about the symmetry of the crystal structure of the ground state of the critical doped La 1.95 Sr 0.05 CuO 4 has been resolved by analyzing the single crystal neutron diffraction data collected between 5 and 730 K. We observed small but significant intensities for “forbidden” reflections given by extinction rules of the orthorhombic Bmab space group at low temperatures. A careful investigation of neutron diffraction data reveals that the crystal structure of La 1.95 Sr 0.05 CuO 4 at 5 K is monoclinic with B2/m (2/m 1 1) space group. The monoclinic structure emerges from the orthorhombic structure in a continuous way; however, the structure is stable below ∼120 K which agrees with other observed phenomena. Our results on symmetry changes are crucial for the interpretation of physical properties also in other high temperature superconductors with similar structures.

  4. Evidence for monoclinic distortion in the ground state phase of underdoped La1.95Sr0.05CuO4: A single crystal neutron diffraction study

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    Singh, Anar; Schefer, Jürg; Sura, Ravi; Conder, Kazimierz; Sibille, Romain F.; Ceretti, Monica; Frontzek, Matthias; Paulus, Werner

    2016-03-01

    The existing controversy about the symmetry of the crystal structure of the ground state of the critical doped La1.95Sr0.05CuO4 has been resolved by analyzing the single crystal neutron diffraction data collected between 5 and 730 K. We observed small but significant intensities for "forbidden" reflections given by extinction rules of the orthorhombic Bmab space group at low temperatures. A careful investigation of neutron diffraction data reveals that the crystal structure of La1.95Sr0.05CuO4 at 5 K is monoclinic with B2/m (2/m 1 1) space group. The monoclinic structure emerges from the orthorhombic structure in a continuous way; however, the structure is stable below ˜120 K which agrees with other observed phenomena. Our results on symmetry changes are crucial for the interpretation of physical properties also in other high temperature superconductors with similar structures.

  5. Evidence for monoclinic distortion in the ground state phase of underdoped La{sub 1.95}Sr{sub 0.05}CuO{sub 4}: A single crystal neutron diffraction study

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    Singh, Anar, E-mail: singhanar@gmail.com; Schefer, Jürg; Frontzek, Matthias [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging (LNS), Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI CH-5232 (Switzerland); Sura, Ravi [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging (LNS), Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI CH-5232 (Switzerland); Sciences Chimiques de Rennes, UMR 6226, Université de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, Rennes F-35042 (France); Conder, Kazimierz; Sibille, Romain F. [Laboratory for Scientific Developments and Novel Materials (LDM), Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI CH-5232 (Switzerland); Ceretti, Monica; Paulus, Werner [Institut Charles Gerhardt, UMR 5253 CNRS - Université de Montpellier, F-34095 Montpellier (France)

    2016-03-28

    The existing controversy about the symmetry of the crystal structure of the ground state of the critical doped La{sub 1.95}Sr{sub 0.05}CuO{sub 4} has been resolved by analyzing the single crystal neutron diffraction data collected between 5 and 730 K. We observed small but significant intensities for “forbidden” reflections given by extinction rules of the orthorhombic Bmab space group at low temperatures. A careful investigation of neutron diffraction data reveals that the crystal structure of La{sub 1.95}Sr{sub 0.05}CuO{sub 4} at 5 K is monoclinic with B2/m (2/m 1 1) space group. The monoclinic structure emerges from the orthorhombic structure in a continuous way; however, the structure is stable below ∼120 K which agrees with other observed phenomena. Our results on symmetry changes are crucial for the interpretation of physical properties also in other high temperature superconductors with similar structures.

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

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    plane resistivity of underdoped cuprates and a range of superconducting cuprates in the presence of a strong magnetic field suppressing superconductivity. We propose an explanation for this phenomenon based on a gauge field theory approach ...

  7. A phenomenological theory of the pseudogap state

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    Rice, T.M.; Yang Kaiyu; Zhang Fuchun

    2007-01-01

    An ansatz is proposed for the coherent part of the single particle Green's function in a doped resonant valence bond (RVB) state by analogy with the form derived by Konik and coworkers for an array of 2-leg Hubbard ladders near half-filling. The parameters of the RVB state are taken from the renormalized mean field theory of Zhang and coworkers for underdoped cuprates. The ansatz shows good agreement with recent angle resolved photoemission on underdoped cuprates and resolves an apparent disagreement with the Luttinger sum rule

  8. 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 strong magnetic field suppressing superconductivity. We propose an explanation for this phenomenon based on a gauge field theory approach to the t-J ...

  9. Bitter decoration and magneto-optical observations of vortex chains ...

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    by making Bitter decorations in two groups of samples; overdoped BSCCO and underdoped YBCO. In an extremely overdoped BSCCO (Tc = 68 K), we find ..... cake and Josephson vortices is realized in highly anisotropic superconductor. Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+y. The fundamental energy scale for the attractive interactions.

  10. A model of evaluating the pseudogap temperature for high ...

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    The observation of pseudogap in normal-state properties of high-temperature supercon- ducting (HTS) oxide materials has raised many questions about the origin and its relation with superconductivity. Emery and Kevilson [1] first used the term pseudogap temper- ature for underdoped high-Tc materials. The temperature at ...

  11. Kinetic energy driven pairing in cuprate superconductors

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

    2004-01-01

    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

  12. Data Analysis of Minima Total Cross-sections of Nitrogen-14 on JENDL-3.2Nuclear Data File

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    Suwoto; Pandiangan, Tumpal; Ferhat-Aziz

    2000-01-01

    The integral tests of neutron cross-section for shielding material suchas nitrogen-14 contained in JENDL-3.2 file have been performed. Analysis ofthe calculation for nitrogen-14 was based on the MAEKER's ORNL-BroomstickExperiment at ORNL-USA. For the data comparison, the calculation analysiswith JENDL-3.1 file, ENDF/B-IV file, ENDF/B-VI file and JEF2.2 have also beencarried out. The overall calculation results by using JENDL-3.2 evaluationshowed good agreement with the experimental data, as well as those with theENDF/B-VI evaluation. In particular, the JENDL-3.2 evaluation gave betterresults than JENDL-3.1 evaluation and ENDF/B-IV. It was been concluded thatthe total cross-sections of Nitrogen-14 contained in JENDL-3.2 file is invery good agreement with the experimental results, although the totalcross-section in the energy range between 0.5 MeV and 0.9 MeV on fileJENDL-3.2 was small (about 4% lower), and minima of total cross-sections wasdeeper. (author)

  13. First records of polychaetes new to Egyptian Mediterranean waters

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    Manal Mohamed Atta

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Nineteen benthic polychaete species were recorded for the first time inthe intertidal zone of the Alexandria coast, south-eastern Mediterranean Sea. They belong toSyllidae (7 species, Hesionidae (3 species, Serpulidae (2 species and7 other families (one species each. Of these species Eunice miurai Carrera-Parra& Salazar-Vallejo 1998 appears to be new to the Mediterranean Sea,while four of the alien species earlier recorded in the Mediterranean were found for thefirst time in Egyptian waters: Opisthosyllis brunnea Langerhans 1879,Loimia medusa Savigny 1822, Syllis schulzi Hartmann-Schröder1960, Phyllodoce longifrons Ben-Eliahu 1972.     The newly recorded species demonstrated markedly different patterns offrequency of occurrence and numerical abundance. Spirobranchus triqueterLinnaeus 1758, S. schulzi, L. medusa and Salvatoria clavataClaparède 1863 were permanent and abundant species in fouling samples along the Alexandria coast.Saccocirrus papillocercus Bobretzky 1872 persisted in the sediments at two sites,with a much higher count at the stressed one, while Protodrilussp. inhabited sediments at two other sites throughout the year, sometimes invery high numbers. In addition, the alien species found earlier, Braniaarminii Langerhans 1881, Odontosyllis fulgurans Audouin &Milne-Edwards 1833 and O. brunnea Langerhans 1879, were frequentlyobserved along the Alexandria coast.

  14. Correlation of tunneling spectra with surface nanomorphology and doping in thin YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films

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    Sharoni, A.; Millo, O. [Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem (Israel). Racah Inst. of Physics; Koren, G. [Technion-Israel Inst. of Tech., Haifa (Israel). Dept. of Physics

    2001-06-01

    Tunneling spectra measured on thin epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films are found to exhibit strong spatial variations, showing U- and V-shaped gaps as well as zero-bias conductance peaks typical of a d-wave superconductor. A full correspondence is found between the tunneling spectra and the surface morphology down to a level of a unit-cell step. Splitting of the zero-bias conductance peak is seen in optimally-doped and overdoped films, but not in the underdoped ones, suggesting that there is no transition to a state of broken time-reversal symmetry in the underdoped regime. (orig.)

  15. Superconducting gap anisotropy and d-wave pairing in YBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Verma, Sanjeev K.; Gupta, Anushri; Kumari, Anita; Indu, B. D.

    2018-02-01

    Considering Born-Mayer-Huggins potential as a most suitable potential to study the dynamical properties of high-temperature superconductors (HTS), the many-body quantum dynamics to obtain phonon Green’s functions has been developed via a Hamiltonian that incorporates the contributions of harmonic electron and phonon fields, phonon field anharmonicities, defects and electron-phonon interactions without considering BCS structure. This enables one to develop the quasiparticle renormalized frequency dispersion in the representative high-temperature cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ. The superconducting gap shows substantial changes with increased doping. The in-plane gap study revealed a v-shape gap with a nodal point along kx = ±ky direction for optimum doping (δ = 0.16) and the nodal point vanished in underdoped and overdoped regimes. The dx2-y2 pairing symmetry is observed at optimum doping with the presence of s or dxy components ( < 3%) in underdoped and overdoped regimes.

  16. Crystal-field spectrum of R sub 1 sub - sub y Ca sub y Ba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x high-T sub c superconductors in the overdoped regime

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    Mirmelstein, A; Golosova, N; Podlesnyak, A

    2002-01-01

    Recent inelastic neutron scattering measurements revealed the crystal-field spectra of the overdoped R sub 1 sub - sub y Ca sub y Ba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O subapprox = sub 7 (R=Ho, Er; 0underdoped region, there is a smooth crossover between the underdoped and overdoped parts of the phase diagram. However, these two regions are characterized by a qualitatively different type of in-plane charge distribution. (orig.)

  17. Fluxoid dynamics and the vison gap

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    Bonn, Douglas

    2002-03-01

    Recent theoretical work has attempted to formulate the idea of spin-charge separation in the form of a Z2 gauge theory. This approach has generated a number of sharp theoretical predictions for the cuprate superconductors, rooted in the existence of a topological defect known as a "vison." I will review the present status of experiments to test these predictions in highly underdoped (Tc < 13 K) crystals of YBCO. One set of experiments involves a search for h/e flux quanta in bulk single crystals, performed by imaging vortices with a scanning Hall probe. The Hall images provide detailed information on the flux quantization and also on the penetration depth in very underdoped samples. A complementary set of experiments involves a search for a "vortex memory" predicted for superconducting rings which can trap visons. The latter experiments, using single-crystal rings and a scanning SQUID, attempt to infer information about dynamics and the vison gap.

  18. Optical non-reciprocity in magnetic structures related to high-Tc superconductors

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    Orenstein, J.

    2011-01-01

    Recent neutron scattering [1,2], and optical measurements [3,4] have detected evidence in underdoped cuprate superconductors for a phase transition near the pseudogap onset temperature T* to a time reversal-breaking state. The neutron scattering indicates antiferromagnetic ordering, while it is often assumed that optical polarization rotation requires at least a weak ferromagnetic component. In this note we identify several antiferromagnetic structures, compatible with neutron scattering data...

  19. Resistance noise in Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O$_{8+\\delta}$

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    Fruchter, L.; Raffy, H.; Li, Z. Z.

    2007-01-01

    The resistance noise in a Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O$_{8+\\delta}$ thin film is found to increase strongly in the underdoped regime. While the increase of the raw resistance noise with decreasing temperature appears to roughly track the previously reported pseudogap temperature for this material, standard noise analysis rather suggests that the additional noise contribution is driven by the proximity of the superconductor-insulator transition.

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

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    Yung Moo Huh

    2001-01-01

    Thermodynamics has been studied systematically for the high temperature cuprate superconductor La 2-x Sr x CuO 4-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 T c , 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 T c0 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 La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 (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 T c . 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 ζ c becomes comparable to the spacing between adjacent CuO 2 layers s at sufficiently high magnetic fields near H c2

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

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    Finnemore, Douglas K.

    2001-01-01

    Thermodynamics has been studied systematically for the high temperature cuprate superconductor La 2-x Sr x CuO 4-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 T c , 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 T c0 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 La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 (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 T c . 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 ξ c becomes comparable to the spacing between adjacent CuO 2 layers s at sufficiently high magnetic field near H c2

  2. 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)

    2001-01-01

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

  3. Effects of impurities and vortices on the low-energy spin excitations in high-Tc materials

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    Andersen, Brian Møller; Graser, S.; Schmid, M.

    2011-01-01

    We review a theoretical scenario for the origin of the spin-glass phase of underdoped cuprate materials. In particular it is shown how disorder in a correlated d-wave superconductor generates a magnetic phase by inducing local droplets of antiferromagnetic order which eventually merge and form a ...... disorder and/or applied magnetic fields lead to a slowing down of the dynamical spin fluctuations in agreement with neutron scattering and muon spin rotation (mSR) experiments....

  4. Novel magnetic order in pseudogap state of high Tc copper oxides superconductors

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    Bourges, Philippe; Sidis, Yvan

    2011-01-01

    One of the leading issues in high-$\\rm T_c$ copper oxide superconductors is the origin of the pseudogap phase in the underdoped regime of their phase diagram. Using polarized neutron diffraction, a novel magnetic order has been identified as an hidden order parameter of the pseudogap as the transition temperature corresponds to what is expected for the pseudogap. The observed magnetic order preserves translational symmetry as predicted for orbital moments in the circulating current theory. Be...

  5. Robust Nodal Superconductivity Induced by Isovalent Doping in Ba(Fe_{1-x}Ru_{x}_{2}As_{2} and BaFe_{2}(As_{1-x}P_{x}_{2}

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    X. Qiu

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available We present the ultra-low-temperature heat-transport study of iron-based superconductors Ba(Fe_{1-x}Ru_{x}_{2}As_{2} and BaFe_{2}(As_{1-x}P_{x}_{2}. For optimally doped Ba(Fe_{0.64}Ru_{0.36}_{2}As_{2}, a large residual κ_{0}/T at zero field and a sqrt[H] dependence of κ_{0}(H/T are observed, which provide strong evidences for nodes in the superconducting gap. This result demonstrates one more nodal superconductor in iron pnictides. The similarities between isovalent Fe and P dopings strongly suggest that the nodal superconductivity in Ba(Fe_{0.64}Ru_{0.36}_{2}As_{2} may have the same origin as in BaFe_{2}(As_{0.67}P_{0.33}_{2}. Furthermore, in underdoped Ba(Fe_{0.77}Ru_{0.23}_{2}As_{2} and strongly underdoped BaFe_{2}(As_{0.82}P_{0.18}_{2}, κ_{0}/T manifests similar nodal behavior, which result shows the robustness of nodal superconductivity in the underdoped regime and puts constraint on theoretical models.

  6. Doping evolution of the second magnetization peak and magnetic relaxation in (B a1 -xKx ) F e2A s2 single crystals

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    Liu, Yong; Zhou, Lin; Sun, Kewei; Straszheim, Warren E.; Tanatar, Makariy A.; Prozorov, Ruslan; Lograsso, Thomas A.

    2018-02-01

    We present a thorough study of doping dependent magnetic hysteresis and relaxation characteristics in single crystals of (B a1 -xKx ) F e2A s2 (0.18 ≤x ≤1 ). The critical current density Jc reaches maximum in the underdoped sample x =0.26 and then decreases in the optimally doped and overdoped samples. Meanwhile, the magnetic relaxation rate S rapidly increases and the flux creep activation barrier U0 sharply decreases in the overdoped sample x =0.70 . These results suggest that vortex pinning is very strong in the underdoped regime, but it is greatly reduced in the optimally doped and overdoped regime. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) measurements reveal the existence of dislocations and inclusions in all three studied samples x =0.38 , 0.46, and 0.65. An investigation of the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) suggests that spatial variations in Tc become small in the samples x =0.43 and 0.46, slightly above the optimal doping levels. Our results support that two types of pinning sources dominate the (B a1 -xKx ) F e2A s2 crystals: (i) strong δl pinning, which results from the fluctuations in the mean free path l and δ Tc pinning from the spatial variations in Tc in the underdoped regime, and (ii) weak δ Tc pinning in the optimally doped and overdoped regime.

  7. Anomalous Enhancement of the Superconducting Transition Temperature of Electron-doped La2-xCexCuO4 and Pr2-xCexCuO4 Cuprate Heterostructures

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    K Jin; P Vach; X Zhang; U Grupel; E Zohar; I Diamant; Y Dagan; S Smadici; P Abbamonte; R Greene

    2011-12-31

    The superconducting transition temperature T{sub c} of multilayers of electron-doped cuprates, composed of underdoped (or undoped) and overdoped La{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (LCCO) and Pr{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (PCCO) thin films, is found to increase significantly with respect to the T{sub c} of the corresponding single-phase films. By investigating the critical current density of superlattices with different doping levels and layer thicknesses, we find that the T{sub c} enhancement is caused by a redistribution of charge over an anomalously large distance.

  8. Ginzburg-Landau equation and vortex liquid phase of Fermi liquid superconductors

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    Ng, T-K; Tse, W-T

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we study the Ginzburg-Landau (GL) equation for Fermi liquid superconductors with strong Landau interactions F 0s and F 1s . We show that Landau interactions renormalize two parameters entering the GL equation, leading to the renormalization of the compressibility and superfluid density. The renormalization of the superfluid density in turn leads to an unconventional (2D) Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT) transition and vortex liquid phase. Application of the GL equation to describe underdoped high-T c cuprates is discussed

  9. Role of disorder in the multi-critical region of d-wave superconductivity and antiferromagnetism

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    Yanase, Youichi; Ogata, Masao

    2007-01-01

    We investigate the disorder-induced microscopic inhomogeneity in the multi-critical region of d-wave superconductivity and antiferromagnetism on the basis of the microscopic t-t ' -U-V model. We find that a small amount of point disorder induces the nano-scale inhomogeneity of spin and superconducting fluctuations when the coherence length of superconductivity is remarkably short as in the under-doped cuprates. Then, the two fluctuations spatially segregate to avoid their competition. We show the remarkable electron-hole asymmetry in high-T c cuprates where the quite different spatial structure is expected in the electron-doped materials

  10. Correlation of tunneling spectra with surface nano-morphology and doping in thin YBa2Cu3O7-delta films

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    Sharoni, A.; Koren, G.; Millo, O.

    2001-01-01

    Tunneling spectra measured on thin epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-delta films are found to exhibit strong spatial variations, showing U and V-shaped gaps as well as zero bias conductance peaks typical of a d-wave superconductor. A full correspondence is found between the tunneling spectra and the surface morphology down to a level of a unit-cell step. Splitting of the zero bias conductance peak is seen in optimally-doped and overdoped films, but not in the underdoped ones, suggesting that there is no tr...

  11. Thermopower of Nd sub 2 sub - sub x Ce sub x CuO sub 4 sub - sub y

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    Lim, K H

    1998-01-01

    We report a study of the thermopower S of Nd sub 2 sub - sub x Ce sub x CuO sub 4 sub - sub y (0 <= x <= 0.02) polycrystalline samples. The superconducting and overdoped samples, as well as the underdoped ones, are found to exhibit thermal hysteresis in S strong enough to change qualitative features of the S-T curves. The long-lasting controversy over the thermopower of electron-doped cuprates seems to arise from this strong thermal hysteresis. We suggest that sample inhomogeneity due to low Ce solubility in the materials is a possible origin of the thermal hysteresis in S.

  12. Critical divergence of the symmetric (A1 g) nonlinear elastoresistance near the nematic transition in an iron-based superconductor

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    Palmstrom, J. C.; Hristov, A. T.; Kivelson, S. A.; Chu, J.-H.; Fisher, I. R.

    2017-11-01

    We report the observation of a nonlinear elastoresistivity response for the prototypical underdoped iron pnictide Ba (Fe0.975Co0.025)2As2 . Our measurements reveal a large quadratic term in the isotropic (A1 g) electronic response that was produced by a purely shear (B2 g) strain. The divergence of this quantity upon cooling towards the structural phase transition reflects the temperature dependence of the nematic susceptibility. This observation shows that nematic fluctuations play a significant role in determining even the isotropic properties of this family of compounds.

  13. Magnetic order in the pseudogap phase of high-Tc superconductors.

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    Fauqué, B; Sidis, Y; Hinkov, V; Pailhès, S; Lin, C T; Chaud, X; Bourges, P

    2006-05-19

    One of the leading issues in high-T(c) superconductors is the origin of the pseudogap phase in underdoped cuprates. Using polarized elastic neutron diffraction, we identify a novel magnetic order in the YB(2)Cu(3)O(6+) system. The observed magnetic order preserves translational symmetry of the lattice as proposed for orbital moments in the circulating current theory of the pseudogap state. To date, it is the first direct evidence of a hidden order parameter characterizing the pseudogap phase in high-T(c) cuprates.

  14. Quasiparticle states driven by a scattering on the preformed electron pairs

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    T. Domanski

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We analyze evolution of the single particle excitation spectrum of the underdoped cuprate superconductors near the anti-nodal region, considering temperatures below and and above the phase transition. We inspect the phenomenological self-energy that reproduces the angle-resolved-photoemission-spectroscopy (ARPES data and we show that above the critical temperature, such procedure implies a transfer of the spectral weight from the Bogoliubov-type quasiparticles towards the in-gap damped states. We also discuss some possible microscopic arguments explaining this process.

  15. Topology of the Pseudogap and Shadow Bands in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ at Optimum Doping

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    Saini, N.L.; Avila, J.; Bianconi, A.; Lanzara, A.; Asensio, M.C.; Tajima, S.; Gu, G.D.; Koshizuka, N.

    1997-01-01

    We report topology of the Fermi surface of Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ superconducting system at the optimum doping determined by sequential angle-scanning photoemission combined with high intensity of synchrotron radiation. The Fermi surface at the optimum doping has a pseudogap around (π,0) as in underdoped samples, showing missing segments near the M points, and shadow bands around (0.5π,0.5π) and equivalent locations. The k dependence of the pseudogap shows a particular asymmetric topology that imposes a strong constraint on its theoretical explanation. copyright 1997 The American Physical Society

  16. 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)

    2013-01-01

    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.

  17. A revision of the fishtail effect in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} crystals and its connection with vortex dynamics

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    Pérez Daroca, D. [Gerencia de Investigación y Aplicaciones, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica and CONICET, Av. General Paz 1499, 1650 San Martín, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Pasquini, G., E-mail: pasquini@df.uba.ar [Departamento de Física, FCEyN, Universidad de Buenos Aires and IFIBA, CONICET, Pabellon 1, Ciudad Universitaria, 1428 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • A critical revision of the accepted fishtail magnetization picture in YBCO crystals. • In slightly underdoped YBCO crystals the fishtail has a dynamic origin. • We show correlation between fishtail magnetization, Peak Effect and history effects. • We propose that the fishtail indicates a crossover between two plastic creep regimes. - Abstract: The fishtail magnetization observed in many type II superconductors has been investigated since the earliest nineties and associated with different phase transitions and dynamic crossovers in complex vortex matter. In systems without a sharp order–disorder phase transition, the fishtail has been related with a crossover from elastic to plastic vortex creep regimes. In this paper we perform a critical revision of this accepted picture. We show that, in slightly underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} single crystals, there is a clear correlation between the fishtail magnetization and the Peak Effect observed in ac experiments with the associated history effects. We propose that both features are originated in the same dynamic crossover, between two plastic creep regimes. The proposed picture can also apply to other system, as those belonging to same families of iron-based pnictides.

  18. Probing the phase diagram of cuprates with YBa2Cu3O7 -δ thin films and nanowires

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    Arpaia, Riccardo; Andersson, Eric; Trabaldo, Edoardo; Bauch, Thilo; Lombardi, Floriana

    2018-02-01

    We have grown and characterized 30-nm-thick YBa2Cu3O7 -δ (YBCO) films, deposited by pulsed laser deposition on both MgO (110) and SrTiO3 (001) substrates, which induce opposite strain to the superconducting layer. By carefully tuning the in situ post-annealing oxygen pressure, we achieved, in a reproducible way, films at different oxygen doping, spanning from the slightly overdoped down to the strongly underdoped region of the phase diagram. The transport properties of the films, investigated through resistance versus temperature measurements, are in perfect qualitative agreement with single crystals. Starting from these films, we have also successfully fabricated nanowires with widths down to 65 nm, at different oxygen doping. The nanostructures exhibit characteristic temperatures (as the critical temperature Tc and the pseudogap temperature T*) similar to those of the as-grown films and carry critical current densities Jc close to the critical depairing value, limited by vortex entry. This implies that the superconducting and the normal state properties of underdoped YBCO are preserved in our films, and they can be studied as a function of the dimensionality of the system, down to the nanoscale.

  19. Nernst effect in the electron-doped cuprate superconductor L a2 -xC exCu O4

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

    2018-01-01

    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.

  20. The anomalous optical conductivity in hole-doped cuprate superconductors

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

    2018-02-01

    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.

  1. Ordered state of magnetic charge in the pseudo-gap phase of a cuprate superconductor (HgBa2CuO4+δ )

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    Lovesey, S. W.; Khalyavin, D. D.

    2015-12-01

    A symmetry-based interpretation of published experimental results demonstrates that the pseudo-gap phase of underdoped HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg1201) possesses an ordered state of magnetic charge epitomized by Cu magnetic monopoles. Magnetic properties of one-layer Hg1201 and two-layer YBa2Cu3O6+x (YBCO) cuprates have much in common, because their pseudo-gap phases possess the same magnetic space-group, e.g. both underdoped cuprates allow the magneto-electric (Kerr) effect. Differences in their properties stem from different Cu site symmetries, leaving Cu magnetic monopoles forbidden in YBCO. Resonant x-ray Bragg diffraction experiments can complement the wealth of information available from neutron diffraction experiments on five Hg1201 samples on which our findings are based. In the case of Hg1201 emergence of the pseudo-gap phase, with time-reversal violation, is accompanied by a reduction of Cu site symmetry that includes loss of a centre of inversion symmetry. In consequence, parity-odd x-ray absorption events herald the onset of the enigmatic phase, and we predict dependence of corresponding Bragg spots on magneto-electric multipoles, including the monopole, and the azimuthal angle (crystal rotation about the Bragg wavevector).

  2. No evidence for orbital loop currents in charge-ordered YBa2Cu3O6 +x from polarized neutron diffraction

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    Croft, T. P.; Blackburn, E.; Kulda, J.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Hayden, S. M.

    2017-12-01

    It has been proposed that the pseudogap state of underdoped cuprate superconductors may be due to a transition to a phase which has circulating currents within each unit cell. Here, we use polarized neutron diffraction to search for the corresponding orbital moments in two samples of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6 +x with doping levels p =0.104 and 0.123. In contrast to some other reports using polarized neutrons, but in agreement with nuclear magnetic resonance and muon spin rotation measurements, we find no evidence for the appearance of magnetic order below 300 K. Thus, our experiment suggests that such order is not an intrinsic property of high-quality cuprate superconductor single crystals. Our results provide an upper bound for a possible orbital loop moment which depends on the pattern of currents within the unit cell. For example, for the CC-θI I pattern proposed by Varma, we find that the ordered moment per current loop is less than 0.013 μB for p =0.104 .

  3. The Role of C-axis Polarized Phonons in High Temperature Superconductors

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    Timusk, T.; Homes, C. C.; Reichardt, W.

    1995-01-01

    We report on the optical conductivity of c-axis phonons in YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-σ as a function of doping and temperature. At room temperature the frequencies and strengths of the modes are in good agreement with results from shell models based on neutron scattering. We discuss the apical oxygen mode which becomes asymmetric in underdoped materials and argue, with Burns, that the Au mode shifts from 570 cm -1 to 610 cm -1 for the two-fold coordinated copper sites in the chain layer in oxygen depleted materials. At low temperature there is a large transfer of c-axis phonon oscillator strength from O(4) apical and O (2, 3,) plane bending modes, to a very broad at 400 cm -1

  4. Mirror nesting of the Fermi contour and enhanced diamagnetism of the pseudogap state in cuprates

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    Kapaev, V.V.; Belyavsky, V.I.; Kopaev, Yu.V.; Smirnov, M.Yu.

    2007-01-01

    Since the insulating gap in parent spin antiferromagnet survives under a hole underdoping, it might result in a rise of a metal state with a pocket-like Fermi contour with both conventional and mirror nesting corresponding to the same momentum K = (π, π). The nesting leads to a possibility of singlet orbital antiferromagnetic order whereas the mirror nesting promotes the superconducting pairing with the momentum K. We assume screened Coulomb repulsion to be the dominating pairing interaction in the cuprates resulting in the two-component superconducting order parameter. The relative phase of the parameter can be related to orbital current circulations as it follows from the Ginzburg-Landau phenomenology. The orbital antiferromagnetic state with the insulating gap on the Fermi contour is related to the pseudogap state with enhanced diamagnetic response

  5. Why we still don't know the symmetry of the order parameter in high temperature superconductors

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    Klemm, R.A.

    1997-03-01

    One of the most elusive topics in the study of high temperature superconductors (HTCS) is the orbital symmetry of the superconducting order parameter Δ. The low temperature T behavior observed in many experiments suggests that Δ might exhibit line nodes, as expected for d x-y 2 orbital symmetry. However, such behavior also arises from intrinsic proximity coupling and surface states, etc. The paramagnetic Meissner effect, once cited as indirect evidence for a d-wave Δ, was recently observed in Nb. Some phase-sensitive Josephson junction experiments gave strong evidence for a substantial isotropic, or s-wave, component to Δ, whereas others supported the above d-wave form. However, such experiments are intrinsically unreliable in experimental geometries with sample corners, or with meandering grain boundary junctions and stoichiometry inhomogeneities. Finally, the pseudogap observed recently in underdoped HTCS could arise from a charge-density wave

  6. Potassium substitution effects in YBa2Cu3O7- & delta superconductor

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    M Farbod

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available   YBa2-xKxCu3O7-δ compound with x = 0, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.8, 1 was prepared. The samples were characterized by XRD, Tc, oxygen content and room temperature thermopower measurements. The results shows that by increasing the potassium, the samples go to the underdoped regime. This is due to the depletion of oxygen from the samples. By post annealing of the sample with x = 0.2 and Tc = 78 K in oxygen, the Tc increased up to 93 K which means it is possible to put back the oxygens into the structure.

  7. What is strange about high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates?

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

    2017-10-01

    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.

  8. Magnetoresistance of untwinned YBa(2)Cu(3)O(y) single crystals in a wide range of doping: anomalous hole-doping dependence of the coherence length.

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    Ando, Yoichi; Segawa, Kouji

    2002-04-22

    Magnetoresistance (MR) in the a-axis resistivity of untwinned YBa(2)Cu(3)O(y) single crystals is measured for a wide range of doping ( y = 6.45-7.0). The y dependence of the in-plane coherence length xi(ab) estimated from the fluctuation magnetoconductance indicates that the superconductivity is anomalously weakened in the 60-K phase; this observation, together with the Hall coefficient and the a-axis thermopower data which suggest the hole doping to be 12% for y approximately equal to 6.65, gives evidence that the origin of the 60-K plateau is the 1/8 anomaly. At high temperatures, the normal-state MR data show signatures of the Zeeman effect on the pseudogap in underdoped samples.

  9. Spin fluctuations and the

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    V.M. Loktev

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available We analyze the spectral properties of a phenomenological model for a weakly doped two-dimensional antiferromagnet, in which the carriers move within one of the two sublattices where they were introduced. Such a constraint results in the free carrier spectra with the maxima at k=(± π/2 , ± π/2 observed in some cuprates. We consider the spectral properties of the model by taking into account fluctuations of the spins in the antiferromagnetic background. We show that such fluctuations lead to a non-pole-like structure of the single-hole Green's function and these fluctuations can be responsible for some anomalous "strange metal" properties of underdoped cuprates in the nonsuperconducting regime.

  10. Distinct Nature of Static and Dynamic Magnetic Stripes in Cuprate Superconductors

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    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.

    2018-01-01

    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 ).

  11. Distinct Nature of Static and Dynamic Magnetic Stripes in Cuprate Superconductors

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    Jacobsen, H.; Holm, S. L.; Lăcătuşu, M. E.

    2018-01-01

    We present detailed neutron scattering studies of the static and dynamic stripes in an optimally doped high-Temperature superconductor, La2CuO4+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-xSrxCuO4 (x=0.07) and La2-xBaxCuO4 (x=0.095)....

  12. Role of striction at magnetic and structural transitions in iron pnictides

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    Barzykin, Victor; Gor'Kov, Lev P.

    2009-04-01

    We discuss the role of striction in the intertwined magnetic and structural phase transitions in the underdoped iron pnictides. The magnetoelastic coupling to acoustic modes is then derived and estimated in framework of the multiband spectrum for itinerant electrons with nesting features. We argue that the first-order character of the magnetoelastic phase transition originates from the lattice instabilities near the onset of spin-density wave order introducing, thus, a shear acoustic mode as another order parameter. Taking nonharmonic terms in the lattice energy into account may explain the splitting of the structural and magnetic transitions in some oxypnictides. Fluctuations of the magnetic order parameter show up in the precursory temperature dependence of the elastic moduli.

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

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

    2004-01-01

    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...... = 7.5 T show that inelastic sub-gap spin fluctuations first disappear with the loss of finite resistivity at T-irr, but then reappear at a lower temperature with increased lifetime and correlation length compared to the normal state. In the underdoped system elastic antiferromagnetism develops below T......-c in zero field, and is significantly enhanced by application of a magnetic field; phase coherent superconductivity is then established within the anti- ferromagnetic phase at T-irr. (C) 2004 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim....

  14. Strong-coupling approach to nematicity in the cuprates

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    Orth, Peter Philipp; Jeevanesan, Bhilahari; Schmalian, Joerg; Fernandes, Rafael

    The underdoped cuprate superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ is known to exhibit an electronic nematic phase in proximity to antiferromagnetism. While nematicity sets in at large temperatures of T ~ 150 K, static spin density wave order only emerges at much lower temperatures. The magnetic response shows a strong in-plane anisotropy, displaying incommensurate Bragg peaks along one of the crystalline directions and a commensurate peak along the other one. Such an anisotropy persists even in the absence of long-range magnetic order at higher temperatures, marking the onset of nematic order. Here we theoretically investigate this situation using a strong-coupling method that takes into account both the localized Cu spins and the holes doped into the oxygen orbitals. We derive an effective spin Hamiltonian and show that charge fluctuations promote an enhancement of the nematic susceptibility near the antiferromagnetic transition temperature.

  15. Superconductivity, Pairing Symmetry, and Disorder in the Doped Topological Insulator Sn1-xInxTe for x >= 0.10.

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    Smylie, M. P.; Claus, H.; Kwok, W. -K.; Louden, E. R.; Eskildsen, M. R.; Sefat, A. S.; Zhong, R. D.; Schneeloch, J.; Gu, G. D.; Bokari, E.; Niraula, P. M.; Kayani, A.; Dewhurst, C. D.; Snezhko, A.; Welp, U.

    2018-01-19

    The temperature dependence of the London penetration depth Delta lambda(T) in the superconducting doped topological crystalline insulator Sn1-xInxTe was measured down to 450 mK for two different doping levels, x approximate to 0.45 (optimally doped) and x approximate to 0.10 (underdoped), bookending the range of cubic phase in the compound. The results indicate no deviation from fully gapped BCS-like behavior, eliminating several candidate unconventional gap structures. Critical field values below 1 K and other superconducting parameters are also presented. The introduction of disorder by repeated particle irradiation with 5 MeV protons does not enhance T-c, indicating that ferroelectric interactions do not compete with superconductivity.

  16. Metal-insulator crossover in superconducting cuprates in strong magnetic fields

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    Marchetti, P.A.; Su Zhaobin; Yu Lu

    2001-02-01

    The metal-insulator crossover of the in-plane resistivity upon temperature decrease, recently observed in several classes of cuprate superconductors, when a strong magnetic field suppresses the superconductivity, is explained using the U(1)xSU(2) Chern-Simons gauge field theory. The origin of this crossover is the same as that for a similar phenomenon observed in heavily underdoped cuprates without magnetic field. It is due to the interplay between the diffusive motion of the charge carriers and the 'peculiar' localization effect due to short-range antiferromagnetic order. We also calculate the in-plane transverse magnetoresistance which is in a fairly good agreement with available experimental data. (author)

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  18. NMR initiatives on understanding high-temperature superconductivity

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

    2007-01-01

    We review a recent progress of NMR studies [H. Mukuda, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett 96 (2006) 087001; S. Shimizu, et al., submitted for publication.] on multi-layered cuprates. This work has shed new light to a generic phase diagram of high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) which suggests a competition between antiferromagnetism (AFM) and superconductivity (SC). The multi-layered cuprates include two types of CuO 2 planes, an outer CuO 2 plane (OP) in a pyramidal coordination and an inner CuO 2 plane (IP) in a square one with no apical oxygen. Remarkable feature of the multi-layered systems is the presence of ideally flat CuO 2 planes that are homogeneously doped. Systematic Cu-NMR studies on the optimally-doped five-layered HgBa 2 Ca 4 Cu 5 O 12+δ (Hg-1245(OPT)) and slightly overdoped Tl-1245(OVD) have revealed the coexistent phase of SC and AFM in a unit cell [H. Kotegawa, et al., Phys. Rev. B 64 (2001) 064515; H. Kotegawa, et al., Phys. Rev. B 69 (2004) 014501.]. The optimally doped two OPs are predominantly superconducting with T c =108 and 100K, whereas the under-doped three IPs show the AFM order below T N =60 and 45K for Hg-1245(OPT) and Tl-1245(OVD), respectively. Recently exciting is the finding of the uniform mixing of AFM and HTSC in a single CuO 2 layer in the under-doped Hg-1245(UD) and the heavily underdoped four-layered Ba 2 Ca 3 Cu 4 O 8 F 2 (0234F(2.0)) that has fluorine ions (F 1- ) as apical ions [H. Mukuda, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett 96 (2006) 087001; S. Shimizu, et al., submitted for publication.]. In Hg-1245(UD) with T c =72K and T N =290K, the OPs exhibit the uniform mixing of AFM and HTSC with AFM moment of M AFM (OP)=0.1μ B , whereas the IPs are possibly AFM insulators with a small doping [H. Mukuda, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett 96 (2006) 087001.]. In 0234F(2.0) with T c =55K and T N =100K, the uniform mixing of AFM and HTSC is demonstrated to take place in electron (n)-doped IPs [S. Shimizu, et al., submitted for publication.], thanks to insight

  19. Reversible oxidation and critical current of YBa2Cu3Ox coated conductors

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    Claus, H.; Uprety, K.K.; Ma, B.; Paulikas, A.P.; Vlasko-Vlasov, V.K.; Welp, U.; Veal, B.W.; Gray, K.E.

    2004-01-01

    We were able to vary the oxygen concentration of a YBCO coated-conductor sample from the under-doped to the over-doped regime. This was achieved by secondary oxygenation treatments at temperatures between 250 deg. C and 500 deg. C employing a novel oxygenation scheme. The YBCO-coated conductor was fabricated by the inclined substrate deposition method. Superconducting transition temperature and critical current as function of temperature and magnetic field were determined by a contact-free magnetization technique on a ring sample. It is observed that for temperatures at and below 77 K, the maximum critical current is obtained in the most over-doped state where the transition temperature is significantly depressed

  20. A brief update of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on a correlated electron system.

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    Lee, W S; Vishik, I M; Lu, D H; Shen, Z-X

    2009-04-22

    In this paper, we briefly summarize the capabilities of state-of-the-art angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) in the field of experimental condensed matter physics. Due to the advancement of the detector technology and the high flux light sources, ARPES has become a powerful tool to study the low energy excitations of solids, especially those novel quantum materials in which many-body physics are at play. To benchmark today's state-of-the-art ARPES technique, we demonstrate that the precision of today's ARPES has advanced to a regime comparable to the bulk-sensitive de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) measurements. Finally, as an example of new discoveries driven by the advancement of the ARPES technique, we summarize some of our recent ARPES measurements on underdoped high-T(c) superconducting cuprates, which have provided further insight into the complex pseudogap problem.

  1. Multichannel Kondo approach to the cuprate and recent laser ARPES data

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    M A Mojumder

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The existing theoretical approaches have been unable to confront the large corpus of outstanding data on the cuprate superconductor in a persuasive and unified manner. There is a general opinion now growing that these theories miss some essential points. We propose one based on multichannel Kondo effect that is physically justifiable and confronts the data adequately. In addition to earlier data, the definitive proof of involvement of this effect has been now provided by the numerical agreement of the characteristic Kondo temperatures with the fluctuation frequencies at which Eliashberg function peaks. It is, therefore, suggested that the theory of multichannel Kondo effect be accepted as the correct theory of underdoped cuprate.

  2. Theory of the in-plane anisotropy of magnetic excitations in YBa2Cu3O6+y

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    Yamase, Hiroyuki; Metzner, Walter

    2007-01-01

    A pronounced xy-anisotropy was observed in recent neutron scattering experiments for magnetic excitations in untwinned YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+y (YBCO). The small anisotropy of the bare band structure due to the orthorhombic crystal symmetry seems to be enhanced by correlation effects. A natural possibility is that the system is close to a Pomeranchuk instability associated with a d-wave Fermi surface deformation (dFSD). We investigate this possibility in the bilayer t-J model within a self-consistent slave-boson mean-field theory. We show that the dFSD correlations drive a pronounced xy-anisotropy of magnetic excitations at low doping and at relatively high temperatures, providing a scenario for the observed xy-anisotropy in optimally doped as well as underdoped YBCO, including the pseudogap phase

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

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    Zhou, X.J.

    2010-04-30

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

  4. Pseudogap temperature T* of cuprate superconductors from the Nernst effect

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    Cyr-Choinière, O.; Daou, R.; Laliberté, F.; Collignon, C.; Badoux, S.; LeBoeuf, D.; Chang, J.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Bonn, D. A.; Hardy, W. N.; Liang, R.; Yan, J.-Q.; Cheng, J.-G.; Zhou, J.-S.; Goodenough, J. B.; Pyon, S.; Takayama, T.; Takagi, H.; Doiron-Leyraud, N.; Taillefer, Louis

    2018-02-01

    We use the Nernst effect to delineate the boundary of the pseudogap phase in the temperature-doping phase diagram of hole-doped cuprate superconductors. New data for the Nernst coefficient ν (T ) of YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO), La1.8 -xEu0.2SrxCuO4 (Eu-LSCO), and La1.6 -xNd0.4SrxCuO4 (Nd-LSCO) are presented and compared with previously published data on YBCO, Eu-LSCO, Nd-LSCO, and La2 -xSrxCuO4 (LSCO). The temperature Tν at which ν /T deviates from its high-temperature linear behavior is found to coincide with the temperature at which the resistivity ρ (T ) deviates from its linear-T dependence, which we take as the definition of the pseudogap temperature T★—in agreement with the temperature at which the antinodal spectral gap detected in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) opens. We track T★ as a function of doping and find that it decreases linearly vs p in all four materials, having the same value in the three LSCO-based cuprates, irrespective of their different crystal structures. At low p ,T★ is higher than the onset temperature of the various orders observed in underdoped cuprates, suggesting that these orders are secondary instabilities of the pseudogap phase. A linear extrapolation of T★(p ) to p =0 yields T★(p →0 ) ≃TN (0), the Néel temperature for the onset of antiferromagnetic order at p =0 , suggesting that there is a link between pseudogap and antiferromagnetism. With increasing p ,T★(p ) extrapolates linearly to zero at p ≃pc 2 , the critical doping below which superconductivity emerges at high doping, suggesting that the conditions which favor pseudogap formation also favor pairing. We also use the Nernst effect to investigate how far superconducting fluctuations extend above the critical temperature Tc, as a function of doping, and find that a narrow fluctuation regime tracks Tc, and not T★. This confirms that the pseudogap phase is not a form of precursor superconductivity, and fluctuations in the phase of the

  5. The t J model for the oxide high-Tc superconductors

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    Ogata, Masao; Fukuyama, Hidetoshi

    2008-03-01

    A theoretical review is given on high temperature superconductivity in copper oxides (cuprates) by focusing on the hole doping cases based on the view that it is realized in carrier doped Mott insulators, as noted by Anderson in the initial stage. From the detailed knowledge of electronic states deduced from experiments that showed the undoped parent case is Mott insulators (charge transfer type insulators, to be precise) and that the hole doping is mainly on oxygen sites, the t-J model, as derived by Zhang and Rice, is shown to be a canonical model for hole doped cuprates and values of various parameters of the model have been assessed. Results of many different numerical methods so far obtained for this t-J model, especially the variational Monte Carlo method, have clearly indicated the stability of the \\rmd_{x^2-y^2} -wave superconductivity at absolute zero for the parameter region of actual experimental interest and the particular doping dependences of the condensation energy of superconductivity reflecting particular features of doped Mott insulators. For finite temperatures, on the other hand, the field theoretical slave-boson approximation based on the spin (spinons) and charge (holons) separations and the gauge fields as a glue combining them predicts qualitatively particular features of the existence of characteristic crossover temperatures of the spin singlet of the resonating valence bond (RVB) state, TRVB and the onset of Bose condensation of holons, TB, triggering coherent motion of electrons as convoluted particles of spinons and holons. The considerations based on the gauge field indicate that the onset temperature of superconductivity, Tc, is the lower one of these two, i.e. either TB (overdoped cases) or TRVB (underdoped cases), respectively. These characteristic features of the 'phase diagram' at finite temperatures are in overall agreement with various experimental observations, especially with the existence of spin-gap or pseudo-gap phases. In

  6. Effective SU(2) theory for the pseudogap state

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    Montiel, X.; Kloss, T.; Pépin, C.

    2017-03-01

    This paper exposes in a detailed manner the recent findings about the SU(2) scenario for the underdoped phase of the cuprate superconductors. The SU(2) symmetry is formulated as a rotation between the d -wave superconducting (SC) phase and a d -wave charge order. We define the operators responsible for the SU(2) rotations and we derive the nonlinear σ model associated with it. In this framework, we demonstrate that SU(2) fluctuations are massless in finite portions of the Brillouin zone corresponding to the antinodal regions (0 ,π ) and (π ,0 ). We argue that the presence of SU(2) fluctuations in the antinodal region leads to the opening of Fermi arcs around the Fermi surface and to the formation of the pseudogap. Moreover, we show that SU(2) fluctuations lead, in turn, to the emergence of a finite momentum SC order—or pair density wave (PDW)—and more importantly to a new kind of excitonic particle-hole pairs liquid, the resonant excitonic state (RES), which is made of patches of preformed particle-hole pairs with multiple momenta. When the RES liquid becomes critical, we demonstrate that electronic scattering through the critical modes leads to anomalous transport properties. This new finding can account for the strange metal (SM) phase at finite temperature, on the right-hand side of the SC dome, shedding light on another notoriously mysterious part of the phase diagram of the cuprates.

  7. The Stripe State in Cupratesa

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    Lee T.-K.

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Since the discovery of high temperature superconductors (HTS two decades ago, many anomalous properties have been reported. One of the most interesting properties is the possible existence of the stripe state consisting of one dimensional charge-density modulation coupled with some kind of spin ordering. X-ray and neutron scattering experiments and recently high resolution scanning tunneling microscopy have reported direct evidences of such a structure. In particular it has found in the La-Sr-Cu-O (LSCO family the existence of the half-doped stripe with average of half a hole in one charge modulation period below and about 1/8 hole density. These results have fueled the idea about the presence of these charge or spin density wave states competing with the superconducting phase in underdoped HTS. They may even contribute to the pairing mechanism. In this talk, we will demonstrate that the presence of these stripes is actually a natural consequence of the strongly interacting t-J model by using a variational approach which provides a good enough accuracy to address the subtle result. Furthermore we show that half-doped stripes could be stabilized in hole-doped systems if we assume a simple electron-phonon interaction to renormalize the electron mass. However we have not found any evidence to support half-doped stripes in electron-doped systems.

  8. Thermoelectric Power and Normal State of the High - Tc Copper Oxides

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    Goodenough, J.B.; Zhou, J.S.; Besuker, G.I.

    1995-01-01

    The temperature dependence of the thermoelectric power and resistance for the system La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 , 0≤ x ≤0.30, are presented and interpreted. The following model emerges: (1) In the underdoped region 0 2 sheets by Sr substitution form non-adiabatic large polarons containing 6 ± 1 Cu atoms; a cooperative pseudo Jahn-Teller vibronic coupling increases the size of the polaron, but a contraction of the equilibrium Cu-O distance inside the polaron limits the size. Polaron motion occurs via a tunneling of one Cu - O bond at a time. A dynamic segregation into a hole-poor parent phase and a hole-rich superconductive phase occurs below 150K. (2) The range 0.10 2 sheet. In the polaron liquid, pairs of polarons form zig-zag polaron chains; these chains form an ordered array of alternating polaron and parent-phase stripes. Complete ordering of the stripes occurs below Tc. (4) In the overdoped region x>0.27, polaron overcrowding suppresses polaron formation; however, the vibronic coupling stabilized by the dynamic pseudo Jahn -Teller deformations persists to give unusual properties to the overdoped metallic phase. (author)

  9. Disappearance of nodal gap across the insulator-superconductor transition in a copper-oxide superconductor.

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    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

    2013-01-01

    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.

  10. Cuprate phase diagram and the influence of nanoscale inhomogeneities

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    Zaki, N.; Yang, H. -B.; Rameau, J. D.; Johnson, P. D.; Claus, H.; Hinks, D. G.

    2017-11-01

    The phase diagram associated with high-Tc superconductors is complicated by an array of different ground states. The parent material represents an antiferromagnetic insulator but with doping superconductivity becomes possible with transition temperatures previously thought unattainable. The underdoped region of the phase diagram is dominated by the so-called pseudogap phenomena, whereby in the normal state the system mimics superconductivity in its spectral response but does not show the complete loss of resistivity associated with the superconducting state. An understanding of this regime presents one of the great challenges for the field. In the present study we revisit the structure of the phase diagram as determined in photoemission studies. By careful analysis of the role of nanoscale inhomogeneities in the overdoped region, we are able to more carefully separate out the gaps due to the pseudogap phenomena from the gaps due to the superconducting transition. Within a mean-field description, we are thus able to link the magnitude of the doping-dependent pseudogap directly to the Heisenberg exchange interaction term, J Sigma s(i)s(j), contained in the t - J model. This approach provides a clear indication that the pseudogap is associated with spin singlet formation.

  11. Two strongly correlated electron systems: the Kondo mode in the strong coupling limit and a 2-D model of electrons close to an electronic topological transition; Deux systemes d'electrons fortement correles: le modele de reseau Kondo dans la limite du couplage fort et un modele bidimensionnel d'electrons au voisinage d'une transition topologique electronique

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    Bouis, F

    1999-10-14

    Two strongly correlated electron systems are considered in this work, Kondo insulators and high Tc cuprates. Experiments and theory suggest on one hand that the Kondo screening occurs on a rather short length scale and on the other hand that the Kondo coupling is renormalized to infinity in the low energy limit. The strong coupling limit is then the logical approach although the real coupling is moderate. A systematic development is performed around this limit in the first part. The band structure of these materials is reproduced within this scheme. Magnetic fluctuations are also studied. The antiferromagnetic transition is examined in the case where fermionic excitations are shifted to high energy. In the second part, the Popov and Fedotov representation of spins is used to formulate the Kondo and the antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model in terms of a non-polynomial action of boson fields. In the third part the properties of high Tc cuprates are explained by a change of topology of the Fermi surface. This phenomenon would happen near the point of optimal doping and zero temperature. It results in the appearance of a density wave phase in the under-doped regime. The possibility that this phase has a non-conventional symmetry is considered. The phase diagram that described the interaction and coexistence of density wave and superconductivity is established in the mean-field approximation. The similarities with the experimental observations are numerous in particular those concerning the pseudo-gap and the behavior of the resistivity near optimal doping. (author)

  12. High pressure study of high-temperature superconductors

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    Souliou, Sofia-Michaela

    2014-09-29

    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

  13. Collective Dynamics and Strong Pinning near the Onset of Charge Order in La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4

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    Baity, P. G.; Sasagawa, T.; Popović, Dragana

    2018-04-01

    The dynamics of charge-ordered states is one of the key issues in underdoped cuprate high-temperature superconductors, but static short-range charge-order (CO) domains have been detected in almost all cuprates. We probe the dynamics across the CO (and structural) transition in La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4 by measuring nonequilibrium charge transport, or resistance R as the system responds to a change in temperature and to an applied magnetic field. We find evidence for metastable states, collective behavior, and criticality. The collective dynamics in the critical regime indicates strong pinning by disorder. Surprisingly, nonequilibrium effects, such as avalanches in R , are revealed only when the critical region is approached from the charge-ordered phase. Our results on La1.48Nd0.4Sr0.12CuO4 provide the long-sought evidence for the fluctuating order across the CO transition, and also set important constraints on theories of dynamic stripes.

  14. Two-component energy spectrum of cuprates in the pseudogap phase and its evolution with temperature and at charge ordering

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    Gor'kov, Lev P.; Teitel'Baum, Gregory B.

    2015-02-01

    In the search for mechanisms of high-temperature superconductivity it is critical to know the electronic spectrum in the pseudogap phase from which superconductivity evolves. The lack of angle-resolved photoemission data for every cuprate family precludes an agreement as to its structure, doping and temperature dependence and the role of charge ordering. Here we show that, in the entire Fermi-liquid-like regime that is ubiquitous in underdoped cuprates, the spectrum consists of holes on the Fermi arcs and an electronic pocket. We argue that experiments on the Hall coefficient identify the latter as a permanent feature at doped hole concentration x > 0.08-0.10, in contrast to the idea of the Fermi surface reconstruction via charge ordering. 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 mobility of the latter (evaluated by the Dingle temperature) becomes temperature independent, while the mobility of holes scattered by the short-wavelength charge density waves decreases.

  15. Cuprate diamagnetism in the presence of a pseudogap: Beyond the standard fluctuation formalism

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    Boyack, Rufus; Chen, Qijin; Varlamov, A. A.; Levin, K.

    2018-02-01

    It is often claimed that among the strongest evidence for preformed-pair physics in the cuprates are the experimentally observed large values for the diamagnetic susceptibility and Nernst coefficient. These findings are most apparent in the underdoped regime, where a pseudogap is also evident. While the conventional (Gaussian) fluctuation picture has been applied to address these results, this preformed-pair approach omits the crucial effects of a pseudogap. In this paper we remedy this omission by computing the diamagnetic susceptibility and Nernst coefficient in the presence of a normal state gap. We find a large diamagnetic response for a range of temperatures much higher than the transition temperature. In particular, we report semiquantitative agreement with the measured diamagnetic susceptibility onset temperatures, over the entire range of hole dopings. Notable is the fact that at the lower critical doping of the superconducting dome, where the transition temperature vanishes and the pseudogap onset temperature remains large, the onset temperature for both diamagnetic and transverse thermoelectric transport coefficients tends to zero. Due to the importance attributed to the cuprate diamagnetic susceptibility and Nernst coefficient, this work helps to clarify the extent to which pairing fluctuations are a component of the cuprate pseudogap.

  16. Interfaces in La2NiO4- La2CuO4 superlattices

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    Smadici, S.; Lee, J. C. T.; Wang, S.; Abbamonte, P.; Logvenov, G.; Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2009-03-01

    Ni substitution on Cu sites in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 quickly restores Neel order. This was attributed to strong interaction between the Ni and doped holes. An open question was whether the additional Ni empty orbital or the different spin on Ni sites was at the origin of this strong interaction. We have addressed this problem with resonant soft x-ray scattering on a La2NiO4- La2CuO4 heterostructure. La2NiO4 and La2CuO4 have close lattice structures and electronic configurations. However, the x-ray scattering contrast between superlattice layers is greatly enhanced at soft x-ray resonant energies. Based on our measurements at the O K, La M, Cu L and Ni L edges a model of the charge, orbital and spin structures in these superlattices will be presented with a special emphasis on the interface region. This work was supported by Grants. DE-FG02- 06ER46285, DE-AC02-98CH10886, MA-509-MACA, DE-FG02-07ER46453 and DE-FG02-07ER46471.

  17. High temperature superconductors at optimal doping

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    W. E. Pickett

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available   Intensive study of the high temperature superconductors has been ongoing for two decades. A great deal of this effort has been devoted to the underdoped regime, where the new and difficult physics of the doped Mott insulator has met extra complications including bilayer coupling/splitting, shadow bands, and hot spots. While these complications continue to unfold, in this short overview the focus is moved to the region of actual high-Tc, that of optimal doping. The focus here also is not on the superconducting state itself, but primarily on the characteristics of the normal state from which the superconducting instability arises, and even these can be given only a broad-brush description. A reminder is given of two issues,(i why the “optimal Tc” varies,for n-layered systems it increases for n up to 3, then decreases for a given n, Tc increases according to the ‘basis’ atom in the order Bi, Tl, Hg (ii how does pressure, or a particular uniaxial strain, increase Tc when the zero-strain system is already optimally doped?

  18. Electron spectral functions in a quantum dimer model for topological metals

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    Huber, Sebastian; Feldmeier, Johannes; Punk, Matthias

    2018-02-01

    We study single-electron spectral functions in a quantum dimer model introduced by Punk, Allais, and Sachdev in Ref. [M. Punk, A. Allais, and S. Sachdev, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112, 9552 (2015), 10.1073/pnas.1512206112]. The Hilbert space of this model is spanned by hard-core coverings of the square lattice with two types of dimers: ordinary bosonic spin singlets, as well as fermionic dimers carrying charge +e and spin 1/2, which can be viewed as bound states of spinons and holons in a doped resonating valence bond (RVB) liquid. This model realizes a metallic phase with topological order and captures several properties of the pseudogap phase in hole-doped cuprates, such as a reconstructed Fermi surface with small hole pockets and a highly anisotropic quasiparticle residue in the absence of any broken symmetries. Using a combination of exact diagonalization and analytical methods, we compute electron spectral functions and show that this model indeed exhibits a sizable antinodal pseudogap, with a momentum dependence deviating from a simple d -wave form, in accordance with experiments on underdoped cuprates.

  19. Penetration depth study of high temperature and other novel superconductors

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    Manzano, F

    2002-01-01

    penetration depth of lambda sub a (0) = (1100 +- 200)A was yielded. YBa sub 2 Cu sub 4 O sub 8 single crystals were measured to observe any contribution from Andreev boundstates. No evidence for this was found. The penetration depth was seen to decrease at low temperature rather than follow the linear temperature dependence associated with d sub x sub + 2 sub - sub y sub + 2 superconductivity. This low temperature decrease was seen to be increasingly suppressed for magnetic fields above approx 5 mT. The effect was attributed to the suppression of superconductivity along the CuO chains. An attempt was made to separate each of the penetration depth (DELTA lambda sub a (T), DELTA lambda sub b (T) and DELTA lambda sub c (T)) components using geometrical arguments. A high stability LC-oscillator technique was used to perform penetration depth measurements on optimally doped YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 single crystals, naturally underdoped YBa sub 2 Cu sub 4 O sub 8 single crystals and the novel, newly discovered su...

  20. Study of temperature dependent local structure by polarized Cu K-edge EXAFS measurements on La sub 2 sub - sub x Sr sub x CuO sub 4 (x=0.105, 0.13, 0.20)

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    Saini, N L; Bianconi, A; Oyanagi, H; Ito, T; Oka, K

    2003-01-01

    We have studied temperature dependent local structure of superconducting La sub 2 sub - sub x Sr sub x CuO sub 4 (0.105, 0.13, 0.20) single crystals by Cu K-edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) measurements with polarization parallel to the in-plane Cu-O bonds. We find that, while underdoped crystals (x=0.105, 0.13) show anomalous temperature dependence, similar to the case of optimally doped system (x=0.15), overdoped crystal (x=0.20) does not reveal such anomaly. Correlated Debye-Waller factor (DWF) of the Cu-O bonds (distance broadening) has been used as an order parameter to determine characteristic local displacements in the CuO sub 2 plane. The amplitude of temperature dependent step-like increase in the DWF at low temperature decreases with increasing doping. It has been discussed that decreasing electron-lattice interaction with increasing doping, shown by angle resolved photoemission measurements, is closely related to the evolving anomalous local CuO sub 2 distortion and charge inho...

  1. Nematic electronic structure in the "parent" state of the iron-based superconductor Ca(Fe(1-x)Co(x))2As2.

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    Chuang, T-M; Allan, M P; Lee, Jinho; Xie, Yang; Ni, Ni; Bud'ko, S L; Boebinger, G S; Canfield, P C; Davis, J C

    2010-01-08

    The mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity in the newly discovered iron-based superconductors is unresolved. We use spectroscopic imaging-scanning tunneling microscopy to study the electronic structure of a representative compound CaFe1.94Co0.06As2 in the "parent" state from which this superconductivity emerges. Static, unidirectional electronic nanostructures of dimension eight times the inter-iron-atom distance a(Fe-Fe) and aligned along the crystal a axis are observed. In contrast, the delocalized electronic states detectable by quasiparticle interference imaging are dispersive along the b axis only and are consistent with a nematic alpha2 band with an apparent band folding having wave vector q vector congruent with +/-2pi/8a(Fe-Fe) along the a axis. All these effects rotate through 90 degrees at orthorhombic twin boundaries, indicating that they are bulk properties. As none of these phenomena are expected merely due to crystal symmetry, underdoped ferropnictides may exhibit a more complex electronic nematic state than originally expected.

  2. Charge-screening role of c -axis atomic displacements in YBa2Cu3O6+x and related superconductors

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    Božin, E. S.; Huq, A.; Shen, Bing; Claus, H.; Kwok, W. K.; Tranquada, J. M.

    2016-02-01

    The importance of charge reservoir layers for supplying holes to the CuO 2 planes of cuprate superconductors has long been recognized. Less attention has been paid to the screening of the charge transfer by the intervening ionic layers. We address this issue in the case of YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6 + x , where CuO chains supply the holes for the planes. We present a simple dielectric-screening model that gives a linear correlation between the relative displacements of ions along the c axis, determined by neutron powder diffraction, and the hole density of the planes. Applying this model to the temperature-dependent shifts of ions along the c axis, we infer a charge transfer of 5–10% of the hole density from the planes to the chains on warming from the superconducting transition to room temperature. Given the significant coupling of c -axis displacements to the average charge density, we point out the relevance of local displacements for screening charge modulations and note recent evidence for dynamic screening of in-plane quasiparticles. This line of argument leads us to a simple model for atomic displacements and charge modulation that is consistent with images from scanning-tunneling microscopy for underdoped Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 + δ .

  3. Charge-screening role of c -axis atomic displacements in YBa2Cu3O6 +x and related superconductors

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    Božin, E. S.; Huq, A.; Shen, Bing; Claus, H.; Kwok, W. K.; Tranquada, J. M.

    2016-02-01

    The importance of charge reservoir layers for supplying holes to the CuO2 planes of cuprate superconductors has long been recognized. Less attention has been paid to the screening of the charge transfer by the intervening ionic layers. We address this issue in the case of YBa2Cu3O6 +x , where CuO chains supply the holes for the planes. We present a simple dielectric-screening model that gives a linear correlation between the relative displacements of ions along the c axis, determined by neutron powder diffraction, and the hole density of the planes. Applying this model to the temperature-dependent shifts of ions along the c axis, we infer a charge transfer of 5-10% of the hole density from the planes to the chains on warming from the superconducting transition to room temperature. Given the significant coupling of c -axis displacements to the average charge density, we point out the relevance of local displacements for screening charge modulations and note recent evidence for dynamic screening of in-plane quasiparticles. This line of argument leads us to a simple model for atomic displacements and charge modulation that is consistent with images from scanning-tunneling microscopy for underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 +δ .

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  5. Charge-screening role of c -axis atomic displacements in YBa2Cu3O6+x and related superconductors

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    Božin, E. S.; Huq, A.; Shen, Bing; Claus, H.; Kwok, W. K.; Tranquada, J. M.

    2016-02-01

    The importance of charge reservoir layers for supplying holes to the CuO2 planes of cuprate superconductors has long been recognized. Less attention has been paid to the screening of the charge transfer by the intervening ionic layers.We address this issue in the case of YBa2Cu3O6+x , where CuO chains supply the holes for the planes. We present a simple dielectric-screening model that gives a linear correlation between the relative displacements of ions along the c axis, determined by neutron powder diffraction, and the hole density of the planes. Applying this model to the temperature-dependent shifts of ions along the c axis, we infer a charge transfer of 5–10% of the hole density from the planes to the chains on warming from the superconducting transition to room temperature. Given the significant coupling of c-axis displacements to the average charge density, we point out the relevance of local displacements for screening charge modulations and note recent evidence for dynamic screening of in-plane quasiparticles. This line of argument leads us to a simple model for atomic displacements and charge modulation that is consistent with images from scanning-tunneling microscopy for underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ .

  6. Elastic anomalies in BaFe{sub 2-x}Ni{sub x}As{sub 2} crystals

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    Saint-Paul, M., E-mail: michel.saint-paul@grenoble.cnrs.fr [Institut Neel, CNRS et Universite Joseph Fourier BP 166, F 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Abbassi, A. [Faculte des Sciences et Techniques de Tanger, BP 416 Tanger, Universite Abdelmalek Essaadi (Morocco); Wang Zhaosheng [Institut Neel, CNRS et Universite Joseph Fourier BP 166, F 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Institute of Physics and National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 603, Beijing 100190 (China); Luo Huinqian; Lu Xingye; Ren Cong [Institute of Physics and National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 603, Beijing 100190 (China); Wen, Hai-Hu [Institute of Physics and National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 603, Beijing 100190 (China); National Laboratory for Solid State Microstuctures, Department of Physics, Nanjing University, 210093 Nanjing (China); Hasselbach, K. [Institut Neel, CNRS et Universite Joseph Fourier BP 166, F 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2012-12-14

    We present ultrasonic measurements on superconducting BaFe{sub 2-x}Ni{sub x}As{sub 2} crystals with x = 0.07 and x = 0.15. The elastic constants C{sub 33} and C{sub 44} for the underdoped crystal (x = 0.07) show a large softening related to the structural phase transition at high temperatures. Anomalies in the sound velocity and the ultrasonic attenuation have been found at the superconducting phase transition T{sub c} = 17 K. Ultrasonic attenuation exhibits a peak at the superconducting transition in contrast with the attenuation in conventional superconductors. In the overdoped crystal (x = 0.15) a minimum of C{sub 66} is found at a temperature just above the superconducting temperature T{sub c} = 13 K. Superconducting energy gap values have been tentatively extracted from the longitudinal ultrasonic attenuation. Unconventional behaviour of the ultrasonic attenuation is observed in the superconducting BaFe{sub 2-x}Ni{sub x}As{sub 2} crystals.

  7. Efficient charge carriers induced by extra outer-shell electrons in iron-pnictides: a comparison between Ni- and Co-doped CaFeAsF

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    Zhang Min; Yu Yi; Tan Shun; Zhang Yuheng; Zhang Changjin; Zhang Lei; Qu Zhe; Ling Langsheng; Xi, Chuanying

    2010-01-01

    A comprehensive study of the difference between CaFe 1-x Ni x AsF and CaFe 1-x Co x AsF systems has been carried out by measuring the efficient charge carrier concentration, the valence states and the superconducting phase diagram. It is found that at the same doping level, Ni doping introduces nearly twice the number of charge carriers as Co doping. However, x-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy measurements reveal that the valence state of Fe in both systems is close to 2, indicating that there is no valence mismatch. We suggest that the charge carriers in CaFe 1-x M x AsF (M=transition metal elements) are not induced by valence mismatch but come from the difference in the number of outer-shell electrons. We also suggest that with Ni and Co doping, the systems change from a multi-band material in the underdoped regions to a single-band state in the overdoped regions.

  8. Strong energy-momentum dispersion of phonon-dressed carriers in the lightly doped band insulator SrTiO3

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    Meevasana, W; Chen, C-C; He, R H; Mo, S-K; Shen, Z-X; Zhou, X J; Moritz, B; Lu, D H; Moore, R G; Devereaux, T P; Fujimori, S-I; Baumberger, F; Van der Marel, D; Nagaosa, N; Zaanen, J

    2010-01-01

    Much progress has been made recently in the study of the effects of electron-phonon (el-ph) coupling in doped insulators using angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES), yielding evidence for the dominant role of el-ph interactions in underdoped cuprates. As these studies have been limited to doped Mott insulators, the important question arises as to how this compares with doped band insulators where similar el-ph couplings should be at work. The archetypical case is that of perovskite SrTiO 3 (STO), well known for its giant dielectric constant of 10 000 at low temperatures, exceeding that of La 2 CuO 4 by a factor of 500. Based on this fact, it has been suggested that doped STO should be the archetypical bipolaron superconductor. Here we report an ARPES study from high-quality surfaces of lightly doped STO. In comparison to lightly doped Mott insulators, we find the signatures of only moderate el-ph coupling; a dispersion anomaly associated with the low-frequency optical phonon with a λ ' ∼0.3 and an overall bandwidth renormalization suggesting an overall λ ' ∼0.7 coming from the higher frequency phonons. Furthermore, we find no clear signatures of the large pseudogap or small-polaron phenomena. These findings demonstrate that a large dielectric constant itself is not a good indicator of el-ph coupling and highlight the unusually strong effects of the el-ph coupling in doped Mott insulators.

  9. Effect of doping on the specific heat jump in iron-based superconductors

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    Kuzmanovski, Dushko; Maiti, Saurabh; Vavilov, Maxim; Chubukov, Andrey; Hardy, Frederic

    2013-03-01

    In this talk we present a theoretical description of the jump of the specific heat at the transition to a superconducting phase of iron-based pnictides. We discuss both the overdoped regime, when the transition occurs between non-magnetic and superconducting phases, and the underdoped regime, when superconductivity emerges from a pre-emptive SDW phase. Both effects lead to a qualitatively similar phase diagram as a function of doping, but details differ. We presume that doping simultaneously modifies the Fermi surface of pnictides and introduces disorder. By fitting the transition temperatures for the SDW and SC phases, we establish the relative strengths of the the rigid band shift caused by doping and doping-induced disorder. We then evaluate the specific heat jump as a function of doping. Our theory is consistent with measurements made by Karlsruhe group of the specific heat jump in BaFe2As2 compounds with K- and Co-doping. NSF-DMR 0955500

  10. Phonon anomalies in trilayer high-Tc cuprate superconductors

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    Dubroka, Adam; Munzar, Dominik

    2004-01-01

    We present an extension of the model proposed recently to account for dramatic chAes below T c (anomalies) of some c-axis polarized infrared-active phonons in bilayer cuprate superconductors, that applies to trilayer high-T c compounds. We discuss several types of phonon anomalies that can occur in these systems and demonstrate that our model is capable of explaining the spectral chAes occurring upon entering the superconducting state in the trilayer compound Tl 2 Ba 2 Ca 2 Cu 3 O 10 . The low-temperature spectra of this compound obtained by Zetterer and coworkers display an additional broad absorption band, similar to the one observed in underdoped YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7-δ and Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 . In addition, three phonon modes are strongly anomalous. We attribute the absorption band to the transverse Josephson plasma resonance, similar to that of the bilayer compounds. The phonon anomalies are shown to result from a modification of the local fields induced by the formation of the resonance. The spectral chAes in Tl 2 Ba 2 Ca 2 Cu 3 O 10 are compared with those occurring in Bi 2 Sr 2 Ca 2 Cu 3 O 10 , reported recently by Boris and coworkers

  11. High-temperature superconductors, as seen through the eyes of neutrons

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    Z. Yamani

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available   Neutron scattering is proved to be a vital probe in unveiling the magnetic properties of high temperature superconductors (HTSC. Detailed information about the energy and momentum dependence of the magnetic dynamics of HTSC have been obtained directly by this technique. Over the past decade by improving the crystal growth methods, large and high quality single crystals of HTSC, which are essential for a neutron scattering experiment, have become available. The results of neutron scattering measurements on such crystals have considerably enhanced our understanding of the magnetism in HTSC both in the superconducting (SC and normal states. In this review, the neutron scattering results on two main HTSC families, La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCOx and YBa2CuO3O6+x (YBCO6+x, are considered with an emphasis on the most prominent properties of these materials that are now widely accepted. These include the presence of strong antiferromagnetic (AF fluctuations even in optimally doped region of the phase diagram, neutron resonance peak that scales with SC transition temperature, Tc, incommensurate magnetic fluctuations (stripes, and a pseudogap in the normal state of underdoped materials.

  12. Effects of out-of-plane disorder on the superconductivity of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CuO{sub 6+{delta}}

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    Roehler, Juergen; Trabant, Christoph; Frielingsdorf, Johanna; Djemour, Rabia [Universitaet Koeln, 50937 Koeln (Germany); Martovitsky, Victor [Lebedev-Institute, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Dudy, Lenart; Dwelk, Helmut; Krapf, Alica [Humboldt Universitaet Berlin, 12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    The effects of out-of-plane substitutional order/disorder on cuprate superconductivity remains to a large extent an unresolved issue. We have investigated the connection between superconductivity and the lattice effects arising from the heterovalent doping of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CuO{sub 6+{delta}}, x = 0.8-0.1. Decreasing lanthanum content tunes the compound through the entire underdoped and overdoped regimes. Cu-K and La- K EXAFS served as local structural probes, and single crystal X-ray diffraction for the determination of the basic unit cell, and the symmetry of the supercell. The oxygen atoms in the CuO{sub 2} planes were found significantly disordered, dependent on doping, and to exhibit minimum disorder around x{sub opt}=0.33. But the degree of substitutional disorder in the out-of-plane La environment turned out independent on the concentration of the La dopants, the superstructure symmetry, and the crystal growth parameters, whereas T{sub c} depends sensitively on them. No evidence was found for possible concentration dependent site changes of the La dopant from the nominal Sr to the Bi sites. We discuss the probably crucial role of the interstitial oxygen atoms for the superconducting properties of the Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2-x}La{sub x}CuO{sub 6+{delta}} system.

  13. Phenomenological view at the two-component physics of cuprates

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    Teitel'baum, G. B.

    2017-08-01

    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 shortwavelength charge density waves, decreases.

  14. Pseudogap in cuprates driven by D-wave flux-phase order proximity effects: a theoretical analysis from Raman and ARPES experiments.

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    Greco, Andrés; Bejas, Matías

    2014-12-03

    One of the puzzling characteristics of the pseudogap phase of high-Tc cuprates is the nodal-antinodal dichotomy. While the nodal quasiparticles have a Fermi liquid behaviour, the antinodal ones show non-Fermi liquid features and an associated pseudogap. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and electronic Raman scattering are two valuable tools which have shown universal features which are rather material-independent, and presumably intrinsic to the pseudogap phase. The doping and temperature dependence of the Fermi arcs and the pseudogap observed by photoemission near the antinode correlates with the non-Fermi liquid behaviour observed by Raman for the B(1g) mode. In contrast, and similar to the nodal quasiparticles detected by photoemission, the Raman B(2g) mode shows Fermi liquid features. We show that these two experiments can be analysed, in the context of the t-J model, by self-energy effects in the proximity to a D-wave flux-phase order instability. This approach supports a crossover origin for the pseudogap, and a scenario of two competing phases. The B(2g) mode shows, in an underdoped case, a depletion at intermediate energy which has attracted renewed interest. We study this depletion and discuss its origin and relation with the pseudogap.

  15. Magnetic oscillations measure interlayer coupling in cuprate superconductors

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    Grigoriev, P. D.; Ziman, Timothy

    2017-10-01

    The magnetic oscillations in YBCO high-temperature superconductors have been widely studied over the last decade and consist of three equidistant low frequencies with a central frequency several times more intense than its two shoulders. This remains a puzzle in spite of numerous attempts to explain the corresponding small Fermi-surface pockets. Furthermore, the ARPES data indicate only four Fermi arcs with bilayer splitting, and show no sign of such small areas in the Fermi surface. Here we argue that the magnetic oscillations measured in underdoped bilayer high-temperature superconductors, in particular YBa2Cu3O6 +δ , provide a measure of the interplanar electronic coupling rather than the areas of fine-grain reconstruction of the Fermi surfaces coming from induced charge density waves. This identification is based on the relative intensities of the different peaks, as well as their angular dependence, which points to an effective Fermi surface that is larger than the oscillation frequencies, and is compatible with several indications from ARPES. The dominance of such frequencies with respect to the fundamental frequencies from the Fermi surface is natural for a strongly correlated quasi-two-dimensional electronic system where nonlinear mixings of frequencies are more resistant to sample inhomogeneity.

  16. A {mu}SR study of the magnetoresistive ruthenocuprates RuSr{sub 2}Nd{sub 1.8-x}Y {sub 0.2}Ce{sub x}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 10-{delta}} (x = 0.95 and 0.80)

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    Mclaughlin, A C [Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, Meston Walk, Aberdeen AB24 3UE (United Kingdom); Attfield, J P [Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions and School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, King' s Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ (United Kingdom); Van Duijn, J [Instituto de Investigacion en EnergIas Renovables, Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, Albacete, E02006 (Spain); Hillier, A D, E-mail: a.c.mclaughlin@abdn.ac.uk [ISIS facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire OX11 0QX (United Kingdom)

    2011-09-14

    Zero field muon spin relaxation (ZF-{mu}SR) has been used to study the magnetic properties of the underdoped giant magnetoresistive ruthenocuprates RuSr{sub 2}Nd{sub 1.8-x}Y {sub 0.2}Ce{sub x}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 10-{delta}} (x = 0.95, 0.80). The magnetoresistance (MR) is defined so that MR = (({rho}{sub H}-{rho}{sub 0})/{rho}{sub 0}) and the giant magnetoresistive ruthenocuprates RuSr{sub 2}Nd{sub 1.8-x}Y {sub 0.2}Ce{sub x}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 10-{delta}} exhibit a large reduction in electronic resistivity upon application of a magnetic field. The ZF-{mu}SR results show a gradual loss of initial asymmetry A{sub 0} at the ruthenium spin transition temperature, T{sub Ru}. At the same time the electronic relaxation rate, {lambda}, shows a gradual increase with decreasing temperature below T{sub Ru}. These results have been interpreted as evidence for Cu spin cluster formation below T{sub Ru}. These magnetically ordered clusters grow as the temperature is decreased thus causing the initial asymmetry to decrease slowly. Giant magnetoresistance is observed over a wide temperature range in the materials studied and the magnitude increases as the temperature is reduced from T{sub Ru} to 4 K which suggests a relation between Cu spin cluster size and |-MR|. (paper)

  17. Superfluid density and carrier concentration across a superconducting dome: The case of strontium titanate

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    Collignon, Clément; Fauqué, Benoît; Cavanna, Antonella; Gennser, Ulf; Mailly, Dominique; Behnia, Kamran

    2017-12-01

    We present a study of the lower critical field, Hc 1, of SrTi1 -xNbxO3 as a function of carrier concentration with the aim of quantifying the superfluid density. At low carrier concentration (i.e., the underdoped side), superfluid density and the carrier concentration in the normal state are equal within experimental margin. A significant deviation between the two numbers starts at optimal doping and gradually increases with doping. The inverse of the penetration depth and the critical temperature follow parallel evolutions as in the case of cuprate superconductors. In the overdoped regime, the zero-temperature superfluid density becomes much lower than the normal-state carrier density before vanishing all together. We show that the density mismatch and the clean-to-dirty crossover are concomitant. Our results imply that the discrepancy between normal and superconducting densities is expected whenever the superconducting gap becomes small enough to put the system in the dirty limit. A quantitative test of the dirty BCS theory is not straightforward, due to the multiplicity of the bands in superconducting strontium titanate.

  18. Superconducting fluctuations and pseudogap in high-Tc cuprates

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    Alloul H.

    2012-03-01

    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.

  19. Optically induced lattice deformations, electronic structure changes, and enhanced superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O6.48

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    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Resonant optical excitation of apical oxygen vibrational modes in the normal state of underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x induces a transient state with optical properties similar to those of the equilibrium superconducting state. Amongst these, a divergent imaginary conductivity and a plasma edge are transiently observed in the photo-stimulated state. Femtosecond hard x-ray diffraction experiments have been used in the past to identify the transient crystal structure in this non-equilibrium state. Here, we start from these crystallographic features and theoretically predict the corresponding electronic rearrangements that accompany these structural deformations. Using density functional theory, we predict enhanced hole-doping of the CuO2 planes. The empty chain Cu dy2-z2 orbital is calculated to strongly reduce in energy, which would increase c-axis transport and potentially enhance the interlayer Josephson coupling as observed in the THz-frequency response. From these results, we calculate changes in the soft x-ray absorption spectra at the Cu L-edge. Femtosecond x-ray pulses from a free electron laser are used to probe changes in absorption at two photon energies along this spectrum and provide data consistent with these predictions.

  20. Versatile variable temperature and magnetic field scanning probe microscope for advanced material research

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    Jung, Jin-Oh; Choi, Seokhwan; Lee, Yeonghoon; Kim, Jinwoo; Son, Donghyeon; Lee, Jhinhwan

    2017-10-01

    We have built a variable temperature scanning probe microscope (SPM) that covers 4.6 K-180 K and up to 7 T whose SPM head fits in a 52 mm bore magnet. It features a temperature-controlled sample stage thermally well isolated from the SPM body in good thermal contact with the liquid helium bath. It has a 7-sample-holder storage carousel at liquid helium temperature for systematic studies using multiple samples and field emission targets intended for spin-polarized spectroscopic-imaging scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) study on samples with various compositions and doping conditions. The system is equipped with a UHV sample preparation chamber and mounted on a two-stage vibration isolation system made of a heavy concrete block and a granite table on pneumatic vibration isolators. A quartz resonator (qPlus)-based non-contact atomic force microscope (AFM) sensor is used for simultaneous STM/AFM operation for research on samples with highly insulating properties such as strongly underdoped cuprates and strongly correlated electron systems.

  1. Amperean Pairing and the Pseudogap Phase of Cuprate Superconductors

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    Lee, Patrick A.

    2014-07-01

    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.

  2. Dynamic response of the electronic structure of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ

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    Freutel, Simon

    2015-01-01

    This work investigates the dynamic response of the electronic system of the high critical temperature superconductor Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ (Bi2212) due to the optical excitation by ultra short laser pulses. By using time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on optimally and underdoped Bi2212 in the pseudogap phase two effects revealed by changes in the electronic structure are being discussed which, due to their different temporal behaviors, can be considered as independent. First, this is an photoinduced change of the effective mass m* around the kink energy of E - E F = -70 meV, that occurs during the experiment's time resolution of ∝100 fs and therefore can be interpreted as perturbation of the underlying electronic interaction caused directly by the pump pulse. Second, a shift of the Fermi surface vector k F is observed, that can be interpreted as an effective change of hole doping that gives rise to new opportunities for possible ultrafast optoelectronic devices based on optically induced phase transitions. Furthermore, the energy- and fluence-dependent dynamics of excited electrons are investigated, which exhibit a biexponential behavior. While the slow component of this decay seems to be independent from the excitation fluence, the fast component shows a pronounced jump in the corresponding decay time above and below the material's characteristic energy of 70 meV. This jump is most pronounced for the low fluences, which will be discussed in the context of an appropriate theoretical model system. Moreover, a major part of this work was the construction and build up of an entirely new experimental setup for photoemission spectroscopy. The main part regarding this issue consists of the design of 6-axis manipulator which is capable of moving the sample at low temperature independently in all 3 rotational and translational degrees of freedom. In the context of this work first tests and characterization measurements has been performed using

  3. Thermal conductivity of La2-xSrxCuO4 (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.22)

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    Yan, J-Q; Zhou, J-S; Goodenough, J B

    2004-01-01

    A systematic study of the thermal conductivity of single-crystal samples of the La 2-x Sr x CuO 4 superconductive system and comparison with that of La 1.60-x Nd o.40 Sr x CuO 4 0.15 and 0.20) have demonstrated that this measurement is a useful indirect probe of mechanisms that suppress phonons. The data distinguish octahedral-site rotational or charge-order fluctuations above a structural order-disorder transition and two-phase fluctuations associated with locally cooperative atomic displacements within two-dimensional sheets that segregate hole-rich and hole-poor regions in a mixed-valent system. The former suppress phonons in both the basal plane and along the apical axis, whereas the latter only suppress phonons in the basal plane. The data support a spinodal phase segregation below room temperature into the parent and the superconductive phases in the underdoped compositional range as well as the superconductive and metallic phases in the overdoped compositions; they also support the existence of locally cooperative bond-length fluctuations in the normal state of the superconductive phase that prevent the formation of a percolative matrix capable of supporting phonons. Restoration of the phonons below T c signals a long-range, dynamic ordering of the bond-length fluctuations which implies stabilization of a travelling charge-density wave with possible hybridization of electrons and phonons below T c to give heavy vibrons that pair in the superconductive phase

  4. Interplay between 3dXY-fluctuations and vortices in the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3Ox

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    Lortz, R.

    2002-08-01

    In this work thermal expansion measurements have been performed on single crystals of YBa 2 Cu 3 O x with x=6.7-7.0 in magnetic fields up to 12 T. The superconducting fluctuations near T c , as well as the melting transition of the vortex-lattice have been examined. It was possible to show that 3dXY-phase-fluctuations exist near and even well above T c , which are hardly suppressed by an applied field. No indications for 3dLLL-fluctuations in the amplitude of the order parameter have been found. Close to T c the divergence of the coherence length is limited by the distance between the field induced vortices and as a result superconducting phase coherence gets suppressed down to the vortex-lattice melting transition. The results of this analysis are in favor of a superconducting origin of the 'pseudo-gap', which appears mainly in underdoped samples well above T c . Strong hints were found, that the vortex-melting-transition is caused by the fluctuations in the phase of the superconducting order-parameter. In samples with some 'pinning centers' large irreversible anomalies have been found instead of a vortex-lattice melting-transition. These show a very similar behavior as the kinetic glass transition, which might appear in conventional supercooled liquids. These large anomalies allow a detailed analysis of the relaxations in the vortex-glass phases. In overdoped samples these relaxations show an extremely complex behavior which is believed to appear only in highly fragile glass forming liquids. As a cause of these complex relaxation-processes the phase-fluctuations are discussed. (orig.) [de

  5. Theoretical studies of unconventional superconductors

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    2008-07-01

    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

  6. Study of the vortex matter in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ using the Josephson plasma resonance

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    Colson, S.

    2003-10-01

    The Josephson plasma resonance (JPR) is a tool of choice to measure the inter-plane phase coherence in the layered superconductor Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+δ (BSCCO). It enables us to evaluate the wandering length r w , defined as the thermal average of the relative thermal excursions of two pancake vortices belonging to the same flux line and localized in two consecutive superconducting layers. In this work, using two experimental techniques to probe the JPR (the resonant cavity perturbation technique and the bolometric method), we have measured r w in the vortex solid in pristine or heavy-ion irradiated (dose n d = 5 x 10 10 ions.cm -2 , i.e. B φ n-dΦ 0 = 1 T) under-doped BSCCO single crystals. In the pristine samples, at low magnetic fields, the temperature dependence of r w and its increase with the applied field can only be accounted for by the dominant role of the line tension (due to Josephson coupling) and its renormalization due to thermal fluctuations. The latter are responsible for the softening of the line tension for the large-wave vector modes, which eventually leads to the first order phase transition between the vortex solid and the vortex liquid. The field and temperature dependence of r w in the irradiated crystals for B φ , is the same as observed in the pristine samples. This observation is a validation for a description in term of 'discrete superconductor' of the material. (author)

  7. Study of the vortex matter in Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} using the Josephson plasma resonance; Etude de la matiere de vortex dans Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} a l'aide de la resonance de plasma Josephson

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    Colson, S

    2003-10-01

    The Josephson plasma resonance (JPR) is a tool of choice to measure the inter-plane phase coherence in the layered superconductor Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (BSCCO). It enables us to evaluate the wandering length r{sub w}, defined as the thermal average of the relative thermal excursions of two pancake vortices belonging to the same flux line and localized in two consecutive superconducting layers. In this work, using two experimental techniques to probe the JPR (the resonant cavity perturbation technique and the bolometric method), we have measured r{sub w} in the vortex solid in pristine or heavy-ion irradiated (dose n{sub d} = 5 x 10{sup 10} ions.cm{sup -2}, i.e. B{sub {phi}} n-d{phi}{sub 0} = 1 T) under-doped BSCCO single crystals. In the pristine samples, at low magnetic fields, the temperature dependence of r{sub w} and its increase with the applied field can only be accounted for by the dominant role of the line tension (due to Josephson coupling) and its renormalization due to thermal fluctuations. The latter are responsible for the softening of the line tension for the large-wave vector modes, which eventually leads to the first order phase transition between the vortex solid and the vortex liquid. The field and temperature dependence of r{sub w} in the irradiated crystals for B << B{sub {phi}}, is the same as observed in the pristine samples. This observation is a validation for a description in term of 'discrete superconductor' of the material. (author)

  8. Unconventional superconductivity in magic-angle graphene superlattices

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    Cao, Yuan; Fatemi, Valla; Fang, Shiang; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Kaxiras, Efthimios; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo

    2018-04-01

    The behaviour of strongly correlated materials, and in particular unconventional superconductors, has been studied extensively for decades, but is still not well understood. This lack of theoretical understanding has motivated the development of experimental techniques for studying such behaviour, such as using ultracold atom lattices to simulate quantum materials. Here we report the realization of intrinsic unconventional superconductivity—which cannot be explained by weak electron–phonon interactions—in a two-dimensional superlattice created by stacking two sheets of graphene that are twisted relative to each other by a small angle. For twist angles of about 1.1°—the first ‘magic’ angle—the electronic band structure of this ‘twisted bilayer graphene’ exhibits flat bands near zero Fermi energy, resulting in correlated insulating states at half-filling. Upon electrostatic doping of the material away from these correlated insulating states, we observe tunable zero-resistance states with a critical temperature of up to 1.7 kelvin. The temperature–carrier-density phase diagram of twisted bilayer graphene is similar to that of copper oxides (or cuprates), and includes dome-shaped regions that correspond to superconductivity. Moreover, quantum oscillations in the longitudinal resistance of the material indicate the presence of small Fermi surfaces near the correlated insulating states, in analogy with underdoped cuprates. The relatively high superconducting critical temperature of twisted bilayer graphene, given such a small Fermi surface (which corresponds to a carrier density of about 1011 per square centimetre), puts it among the superconductors with the strongest pairing strength between electrons. Twisted bilayer graphene is a precisely tunable, purely carbon-based, two-dimensional superconductor. It is therefore an ideal material for investigations of strongly correlated phenomena, which could lead to insights into the physics of high

  9. Interplay of superconductivity and magnetism in Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and ist potential as wire material

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    Wiesenmayer, Josef Erwin

    2015-07-07

    The results presented in this thesis provide a deeper insight in the physical properties of Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and their connection among each other. By using a combination of high resolution X-ray diffraction, susceptibility measurements, and μSR, it was possible to unambiguously identify a microscopic coexistence of superconductivity and antiferromagnetism in underdoped Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} (up to x=0.23). This result strongly supports the assumption of an s± symmetry in the area 0f the phase diagram. These studies were extended to the optimally and overdoped Ba{sub 1-x}Na{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} up to x=0.66 generating a phase diagram displaying gradual transitions from long-range to short -range order instead of sharp borders. This magnetic order can be detected up to at last x=0.66, a value beyond the expected one (between 0.2 and 0.3). On Ba{sub 0.6}Na{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} under pressure, a new antiferromagnetic order AFM2 was discovered, also displaying coexistence with superconductivity. In the second part of this thesis, Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} was examined as material for the production of superconducting wires and tapes. Preliminary critical current density measurements of these prototype filaments are encouraging. To further investigate these wires, a new synthesis route was explored using mechanical alloying of the ternary precursors BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} and KFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} in order to obtain larger sample amounts.

  10. Strong Energy-momentum Dispersion of Phonon Dressed Carriers in the Lightly Doped Band Insulator SrTiO3

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    Meevasana, Warawat

    2010-05-26

    Much progress has been made recently in the study of the effects of electron-phonon (el-ph) coupling in doped insulators using angle resolved photoemission (ARPES), yielding evidence for the dominant role of el-ph interactions in underdoped cuprates. As these studies have been limited to doped Mott insulators, the important question arises how this compares with doped band insulators where similar el-ph couplings should be at work. The archetypical case is the perovskite SrTiO{sub 3} (STO), well known for its giant dielectric constant of 10000 at low temperature, exceeding that of La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} by a factor of 500. Based on this fact, it has been suggested that doped STO should be the archetypical bipolaron superconductor. Here we report an ARPES study from high-quality surfaces of lightly doped SrTiO{sub 3}. Comparing to lightly doped Mott insulators, we find the signatures of only moderate electron-phonon coupling: a dispersion anomaly associated with the low frequency optical phonon with a {lambda}{prime} {approx} 0.3 and an overall bandwidth renormalization suggesting an overall {lambda}{prime} {approx} 0.7 coming from the higher frequency phonons. Further, we find no clear signatures of the large pseudogap or small polaron phenomena. These findings demonstrate that a large dielectric constant itself is not a good indicator of el-ph coupling and highlight the unusually strong effects of the el-ph coupling in doped Mott insulators.

  11. Optical probes of symmetry breaking in magnetic and superconducting BaFe2(As1-xPx)2

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    Orenstein, Joseph

    The discovery of iron pnictide superconductors has opened promising new directions in the effort to fully understand the phenomenon of high-Tc, with a focus on the connections between superconductivity, magnetism, and electronic nematicity. The BaFe2(As1-xPx)2 (P:Ba122) system in particular has received attention because isovalent substitution of As for P generates less disorder than doping on the Fe site. The phase diagram of P:Ba122 is characterized by a line of simultaneous antiferromagnetic (AF) and tetragonal-to-orthorhombic transitions, Ts (x) , that penetrates the superconducting dome at x =0.28, just below optimal doping (xopt = 0.30). In this work, we use spatially-resolved optical polarimetry and photomodulated reflectance to detect linear birefringence and therefore breaking of 4-fold rotational (C4) symmetry. In underdoped (xTsand grows continuously with decreasing T . The birefringence is unidirectional in a large (300 μm x300 μm) field of view, suggesting that C4 breaking in this range of T is caused by residual strain that couples to a diverging nematic susceptibility. Birefringence maps just below Ts (x) show the appearance of domains, indicating the onset of spontaneous symmetry breaking to an AF ground state. Surprisingly, in samples with x>0.28, in which the low T phase is superconducting/ tetragonal rather than AF/orthorhombic, C4 breaking is observed as well, with an abrupt onset and domain formation at 55 K. We tentatively associate these features with a transition to an AF phase induced by residual strain, as previously proposed [H.-H. Kuo et al. Phys. Rev. B86, 134507 (2012)] to account for structure in resistivity vs. T. Time-resolved photomodulation allow us to follow the amplitude of the AF order with time following pulsed photoexcitation. Below Tc the AF order at first weakens , but then strengthens in response to the photoinduced weakening of superconductivity. This complex time evolution is accounted for quantitatively by a model

  12. Recombination and propagation of quasiparticles in cuprate superconductors

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    Gedik, Nuh

    2004-01-01

    Rapid developments in time-resolved optical spectroscopy have led to renewed interest in the nonequilibrium state of superconductors and other highly correlated electron materials. In these experiments, the nonequilibrium state is prepared by the absorption of short (less than 100 fs) laser pulses, typically in the near-infrared, that perturb the density and energy distribution of quasiparticles. The evolution of the nonequilibrium state is probed by time resolving the changes in the optical response functions of the medium that take place after photoexcitation. Ultimately, the goal of such experiments is to understand not only the nonequilibrium state, but to shed light on the still poorly understood equilibrium properties of these materials. We report nonequilibrium experiments that have revealed aspects of the cup rates that have been inaccessible by other techniques. Namely, the diffusion and recombination coefficients of quasiparticles have been measured in both YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6.5 and Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+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 γ th thermal equilibrium quasiparticle decay rate. We also present the dependence of recombination measurements on doping in Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8+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 observations. To study the propagation of quasiparticles, we interfered two laser pulses to introduce a spatially

  13. Spin dynamics in 122-type iron-based superconductors

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    Park, Jitae

    2012-07-16

    In this thesis, we present the experimental data on four different iron-based SC materials. It is mainly about the magnetic-dynamics study in the FeSC that is assumed to be among the most crucial ingredients for superconductivity in this system. Thus, the main goal of this thesis is to figure out the exact relationship between spin dynamics and superconductivity, and then further to realize what is the contribution of magnetic fluctuations for superconductivity by providing experimental data for modeling a microscopic mechanism of electron pairing in the FeSC system. In Chap. 2, we first discuss basic characteristics of FeSC, such as crystal structure and electron band-structure by briefly reviewing the relevant literature. Then, an introduction about magnetic and SC phases will follow based on the generic phase diagram. Details about current understanding of magnetic ground state in the parent compounds will be discussed in terms of spin-wave excitations which would be important when we are considering the spin dynamics in doped materials. To study magnetic dynamics in FeSC, we employed the inelastic-neutron-scattering (INS) method which can uniquely probe the underlying spin dynamics in the four dimensional energy and momentum space in a wide range. By taking advantage of the well developed theory for the magnetic neutron-scattering process, one can quantify the imaginary part of spin susceptibility that is an essential physical quantity the description of elementary magnetic excitations and can be compared with theoretical calculations directly. Moreover, the technique's energy-resolving scale spans over the most relevant energy range of magnetic fluctuations (from 0 to 100 meV). For these reasons, neutron scattering is a very powerful technique for magnetism study, and we introduce how neutron-scattering experiment works theoretically and practically in Chap. 3. For a slightly underdoped Ba{sub 1-x}K{sub x}Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2} compound, we report the phase

  14. Spin dynamics in 122-type iron-based superconductors

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    Park, Jitae

    2012-01-01

    In this thesis, we present the experimental data on four different iron-based SC materials. It is mainly about the magnetic-dynamics study in the FeSC that is assumed to be among the most crucial ingredients for superconductivity in this system. Thus, the main goal of this thesis is to figure out the exact relationship between spin dynamics and superconductivity, and then further to realize what is the contribution of magnetic fluctuations for superconductivity by providing experimental data for modeling a microscopic mechanism of electron pairing in the FeSC system. In Chap. 2, we first discuss basic characteristics of FeSC, such as crystal structure and electron band-structure by briefly reviewing the relevant literature. Then, an introduction about magnetic and SC phases will follow based on the generic phase diagram. Details about current understanding of magnetic ground state in the parent compounds will be discussed in terms of spin-wave excitations which would be important when we are considering the spin dynamics in doped materials. To study magnetic dynamics in FeSC, we employed the inelastic-neutron-scattering (INS) method which can uniquely probe the underlying spin dynamics in the four dimensional energy and momentum space in a wide range. By taking advantage of the well developed theory for the magnetic neutron-scattering process, one can quantify the imaginary part of spin susceptibility that is an essential physical quantity the description of elementary magnetic excitations and can be compared with theoretical calculations directly. Moreover, the technique's energy-resolving scale spans over the most relevant energy range of magnetic fluctuations (from 0 to 100 meV). For these reasons, neutron scattering is a very powerful technique for magnetism study, and we introduce how neutron-scattering experiment works theoretically and practically in Chap. 3. For a slightly underdoped Ba 1-x K x Fe 2 As 2 compound, we report the phase separation between

  15. Fundamental studies of superconductors using scanning magnetic imaging

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    Kirtley, J R [Center for Probing the Nanoscale, Stanford University, Stanford, CA (United States)

    2010-12-01

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

  16. Fundamental studies of superconductors using scanning magnetic imaging

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    Kirtley, J. R.

    2010-12-01

    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

  17. The Frontiers of Physics at the Millennium, Proceedings of the Symposium

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    Wu, Yue-Liang; Hsu, Jong-Ping

    The Table of Contents for the book is as follows: * Preface * Plenary Sessions * Holography and the Ads/CFT Correspondence * Femtosecond Laser Spectroscopy and Applications * Research on Frontier of Magnetic Fusion Plasma Physics * Spiral Instabilities in a Reaction-Diffusion System * Controlling Decoherence in Bose-Einstein Condensation by Light Scattering far off Resonance * Effective Field Theory * Kondo Problem in a One-dimensional Correlated Host * Are the c-axis Properties of High-Tc Superconductors Really Abnormal? * A New Dibaryon System (ΩΩ)0+ in Chiral SU(3) Quark Model * BES's Recent Results and Future Plans * Progress in Superstring Theory * Parallel Sessions (High Energy Physics and Cosmology) * The Contributions of Neutral Higgs Bosons to Charmless Nonleptonic B Decays in MSSM * Fermion-Fermion Stars as Gravitational Lenses * Weaker Structures of Hopf Algebras and Singular Solutions of Yang-Baxter Equation * Neutrino Physics, Science of the New Millennium * QCD Corrections to Associated Production of Higgs Bosons and Heavy Quarks at Linear Colliders * The Ginsparg-Wilson Lattice Chiral Fermion * Geometrical Picture for Quantum Searching * The Spin and Flavor Structure of Λ-Hyperon * Self-Affine Analysis for NA27 Data * New Effects in HQ * New Physics (2HDM) Effects on CP Violation * b → sg Decay in the Two-Higgs Doublet Models * Virtual Color Superconductivity-Status and Perspective * Perturbation Kinetic Theory * Higgs Production Through bg Channel at Hadron Colliders * Chiral Phase Transition Around the Tricritical Point * Parallel Sessions (Condensed Matter Physics) * Pseudogap Effects on the Charge Dynamics in the Underdoped Copper Oxide Materials * Tunneling of Spin-Polarized Electron and oscopic Magnetization * Slave-Boson Approach to ARPES Spectra in High-Tc Superconductors * On Shapes from Analytical Solutions to Equation Representing Axisymmetrical Fluid Membrane * Bichromatic Laser Driven Bloch Oscillation in Semiconductor Superlattices

  18. Ordering phenomena in transition-metal-oxide heterostructures

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    Frano Pereira, Alex Manuel

    2014-01-01

    wave (CDW) order in single crystals of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 O 6+δ (YBCO). With accumulating evidence of a Fermi surface reconstruction suggesting an underlying ordered ground state in underdoped YBCO, diffraction evidence of a CDW was found in YBCO 6.6 single crystals during this PhD project. A thorough study of the energy, temperature, external magnetic field, and doping dependence was done to characterize the details of this ordered state. Together with results obtained on samples doped with non-magnetic Zn impurities, which locally slow the magnetic fluctuations, a competition between the CDW, the spin density wave, and superconducting phase is proposed. Finally, the study extended to investigate the emergence of CDW in SLs comprising fully oxygenated YBCO, a doping level where CDW order eludes single crystals, and half-metallic La 2/3 Ca 1/3 MnO 3 (LCMO). Our main finding is that the order originates at the YBCO interface due a charge transfer of electrons from LCMO. The temperature and magnetic field dependencies of the peak suggest a static, saturated phase in stark contrast to the single crystals' fluctuating order. Thus, this result demonstrates how oxide interfaces can act to nucleate metastable electronic phase transitions.

  19. Itinerant spin dynamics in iron-based superconductors and cerium-based heavy-fermion antiferromagnets

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    Friemel, Gerd

    2014-01-01

    pockets. Moreover, it has a two-dimensional reciprocal-space structure, with an in-plane wave vector Q sf that is independent of the composition. These results support the current understanding that all FeSe122 contain a unique SC phase with A x Fe 2 Se 2 stoichiometry and an alkali content of x = 0.36. This phase is embedded in a matrix of an insulating and strongly antiferromagnetic A 2 Fe 4 Se 5 phase, which explains the iron deficiency. Secondly, the spectral weight of the resonance peak and the suppression of the normal-state intensity towards small energies is similar to the phenomenology in underdoped cuprates, rendering this family stronger correlated than the FeSC analogues. CeB6 is considered as a dense Kondo system that exhibits a peculiar antiferroquadrupolar (AFQ) phase below T Q = 3.2 K and an antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase below T N = 2.3 K. Its magnetic phase diagram has been described by a purely localized multipolar mean-field model. However, reports on experimental studies in zero or low magnetic field provide a number of conflicting results that prevented a consistent description till now. In this thesis the spin excitations in the AFM and the AFQ state of CeB 6 have been comprehensively mapped out in reciprocal space for the first time. Contrary to the expectations an intense and energetically sharp exciton mode appears at 0.5 meV below T N , which is restricted to the AFQ wave vector R((1)/(2) (1)/(2) (1)/(2)). This exciton is created, because a gap opens in the spin and charge excitation spectrum of the interacting heavy-fermion quasiparticles below T N . This phenomenology is similar to the resonant modes in heavy-fermion superconductors below T c . In addition, a strong ferromagnetic mode at 0.25 meV appears at the Γ point below T N , which broadly disperses across the Brillouin zone. Both the exciton and the ferromagnetic mode are thereby much more intense than the conventional spin waves associated with the AFM order. Both excitations transform

  20. Itinerant spin dynamics in iron-based superconductors and cerium-based heavy-fermion antiferromagnets

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    Friemel, Gerd

    2014-05-26

    implies an unconventional order parameter, which changes the sign between the electron pockets. Moreover, it has a two-dimensional reciprocal-space structure, with an in-plane wave vector Q{sub sf} that is independent of the composition. These results support the current understanding that all FeSe122 contain a unique SC phase with A{sub x}Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2} stoichiometry and an alkali content of x = 0.36. This phase is embedded in a matrix of an insulating and strongly antiferromagnetic A{sub 2}Fe{sub 4}Se{sub 5} phase, which explains the iron deficiency. Secondly, the spectral weight of the resonance peak and the suppression of the normal-state intensity towards small energies is similar to the phenomenology in underdoped cuprates, rendering this family stronger correlated than the FeSC analogues. CeB6 is considered as a dense Kondo system that exhibits a peculiar antiferroquadrupolar (AFQ) phase below T{sub Q} = 3.2 K and an antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase below T{sub N} = 2.3 K. Its magnetic phase diagram has been described by a purely localized multipolar mean-field model. However, reports on experimental studies in zero or low magnetic field provide a number of conflicting results that prevented a consistent description till now. In this thesis the spin excitations in the AFM and the AFQ state of CeB{sub 6} have been comprehensively mapped out in reciprocal space for the first time. Contrary to the expectations an intense and energetically sharp exciton mode appears at 0.5 meV below T{sub N}, which is restricted to the AFQ wave vector R((1)/(2) (1)/(2) (1)/(2)). This exciton is created, because a gap opens in the spin and charge excitation spectrum of the interacting heavy-fermion quasiparticles below T{sub N}. This phenomenology is similar to the resonant modes in heavy-fermion superconductors below T{sub c}. In addition, a strong ferromagnetic mode at 0.25 meV appears at the Γ point below T{sub N}, which broadly disperses across the Brillouin zone. Both the exciton

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

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    Hosono, Hideo; Ren, Zhi-An

    2009-02-01

    Elastic theory for the vortex-lattice melting in iron-based high-Tc superconductors Q-H Chen, Q-M Nie, J-P Lv and T-C Au Yeung Electronic properties of LaO1-xFxFeAs in the normal state probed by NMR/NQR H-J Grafe, G Lang, F Hammerath, D Paar, K Manthey, K Koch, H Rosner, N J Curro, G Behr, J Werner, N Leps, R Klingeler, H-H Klauss, F J Litterst and B Büchner AFe2As2 (A = Ca, Sr, Ba, Eu) and SrFe2-xTMxAs2 (TM = Mn, Co, Ni): crystal structure, charge doping, magnetism and superconductivity Deepa Kasinathan, Alim Ormeci, Katrin Koch, Ulrich Burkhardt, Walter Schnelle, Andreas Leithe-Jasper and Helge Rosner Impurity states in a family of antiferromagnetic iron arsenides Qiang Han and Z D Wang Coherence-incoherence crossover in the normal state of iron oxypnictides and importance of Hund's rule coupling K Haule and G Kotliar Electronic structure of heavily electron-doped BaFe1.7Co0.3As2 studied by angle-resolved photoemission Y Sekiba, T Sato, K Nakayama, K Terashima, P Richard, J H Bowen, H Ding, Y-M Xu, L J Li, G H Cao, Z-A Xu and T Takahashi Absorption and photoemission spectroscopy of rare-earth oxypnictides T Kroll, F Roth, A Koitzsch, R Kraus, D R Batchelor, J Werner, G Behr, B Büchner and M Knupfer Superconductivity in LnFePO (Ln = La, Pr and Nd) single crystals R E Baumbach, J J Hamlin, L Shu, D A Zocco, N M Crisosto and M B Maple Unconventional pairing originating from disconnected Fermi surfaces in the iron-based superconductor Kazuhiko Kuroki, Seiichiro Onari, Ryotaro Arita, Hidetomo Usui, Yukio Tanaka, Hiroshi Kontani and Hideo Aoki Near-degeneracy of several pairing channels in multiorbital models for the Fe pnictides S Graser, T A Maier, P J Hirschfeld and D J Scalapino Investigation of superconducting gap structure in TbFeAsO0.9F0.1 using point contact Andreev reflection K A Yates, K Morrison, J A Rodgers, G B S Penny, J-W G Bos, J P Attfield and L F Cohen Competition of magnetism and superconductivity in underdoped (Ba1-xKx)Fe2As2 Marianne Rotter, Marcus