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Theory of high-Tc superconductivity in layered cuprates
Author(s): Alexei A. Abrikosov
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Paper Abstract

A model of superconductivity in high-temperature superconducting layered cuprates is proposed, based on the extended saddle point singularities in the electron spectrum, weak screening of the Coulomb interaction and phonon-mediated interaction between electrons plus a small short-range repulsion of Hund's, or spin-fluctuation origin. This permits to explain the large values of Tc, features of the isotope effect on oxygen and copper, the existence of two types of the order parameter, the peak in the inelastic neutron scattering, the positive curvature of the upper critical field, as function of temperature, etc. The resonant tunneling mechanism for the c-axis transport is proposed. Real physical properties are calculated and compared with experimental data. These included the temperture dependence of the static c-axis conductivity in the normal state, frequency dependence of the optical conductivity and stationary supercurrent along the c-axis. It is demonstrated that for the latter the coherence of resonant tunneling through different centers is of primary importance. The resonant tunneling idea is used for description of the origin and some properties of the "pseudogap phase". The superconducting critical temperature in this picture is defined at low doping by establishment of a 3-dimensional phase correlation between the layers, and at high doping by destruction of a d-wave superconductivity by disorder. The result is a nonmonotinic dependence of Tc on doping. The pseudogap phase is described on the basis of the Franz-Millis model of superconducting fluctuations, consisting of small superconducting domains with uncorrelated supercurrents. The calculated characteristics, namely, the spectral function, the inelastic neutron scattering cross section, and the spin susceptibility agree wtih experimental data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2002
PDF: 28 pages
Proc. SPIE 4811, Superconducting and Related Oxides: Physics and Nanoengineering V, (7 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.455490
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Alexei A. Abrikosov, Argonne National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4811:
Superconducting and Related Oxides: Physics and Nanoengineering V
Ivan Bozovic; Davor Pavuna, Editor(s)

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