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High Tc superconductors
Author(s): Karl F. Renk
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Paper Abstract

After four years of world wide research on high Tc, superconductors of the cuprate type a variety of different material families is known, with Tc values up to 125 K. Progress in material preparation and in the development of experimental and theoretical methods has lead to a basic understanding of various material properties, however, the nature of the pairing mechanism is yet unknown. In this paper some basic properties will be discussed. A second point will be concentrated on important optical properties from microwave to u.v. frequencies. Condensation of charge carriers can be accompanied with anomalous phonon behavior; at Tc anomalous changes of oscillator strengths of infrared active phonons and anomalous shifts of resonance frequencies of some phonons are observed. Condensation of charge carriers leads, furthermore, to a behavior of the (anisotropic) optical properties that may be described by superconducting energy gaps. For excitations along the copper oxide planes the optical properties can be described as arising from a superconducting energy gap 2∆(0)/kTc≈7 . However, there remains at low temperatures intra-gap absorption that extends from microwave to far-infrared frequencies. In a third part of the paper, microwave and far-infrared applications of high Tc superconductors will be discussed, namely microwave antennas, Fabry-Perot filters and

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1991
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 1576, 16th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 157616 (1 October 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.2297755
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Karl F. Renk, Univ. Regensburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1576:
16th International Conference on Infrared and Millimeter Waves
Minh Quang Tran, Editor(s)

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