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Thermal difference reflectance spectroscopy of high-Tc superconductors
Author(s): Matthew J. Holcomb; Catherine L. Perry; James P. Collman; William A. Little
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Paper Abstract

The temperature dependent thermal difference reflectance (TDR) spectra of thin film samples of Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10, (BiPb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10, Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 and YBa2Cu3O7 have been measured for photon energies between 0.3 and 4.5 eV at temperatures above and below each material's superconducting critical temperature. The amplitude of the characteristic optical structure near the screened plasma frequency of each sample in the normal state TDR spectrum varies approximately linearly with temperature, T, indicating that the temperature dependent optical scattering rate in these materials scales with temperature as T2. From the TDR spectra collected above and below the critical temperature of each sample, the superconducting to normal state reflectance ratio, Rs/RN, has been obtained. In these materials, a feature exists in the experimental Rs/RN spectrum at energies between 1.5 and 2.0 eV which can be accounted for by treating the superconductivity in an Eliashberg model with a coupling function that includes both an electron-phonon interaction and a high energy electron-boson interaction located between 1.6 and 2.1 eV. Good agreement is obtained between theory and experiment based upon this description of the superconducting state.

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Date Published: 10 June 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2696, Spectroscopic Studies of Superconductors, (10 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241769
Show Author Affiliations
Matthew J. Holcomb, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Catherine L. Perry, Stanford Univ. (United States)
James P. Collman, Stanford Univ. (United States)
William A. Little, Stanford Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2696:
Spectroscopic Studies of Superconductors
Ivan Bozovic; Dirk van der Marel, Editor(s)

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