Title: High-field generic phase diagram of high-temperature superconductors
Authors: Vanacken, Johan #
Issue Date: Jan-2001
Publisher: Elsevier science bv
Series Title: Physica B vol:294 pages:347-353
Abstract: The temperature-dependent resistivity of(Y1-zPrz)Ba-2 Cu-3 O-x epitaxial thin films has been measured in zero-field and at very-high-pulsed magnetic fields (F. Herlach et al., Physica B 216 (1996) 161). It is shown that the zero-field normal-state resistivity above T-c for various levels of hole doping p for the (Y1-zPrz)Ba-2 Cu-3 O-x cuprate superconductors can be scaled onto one single universal curve (B. Wuyts et al., Phys. Rev. B 53 (1996) 9418). An energy scale Delta, the resistivity rho (Delta) and the residual resistivity p(0) are suitable scaling parameters. The universal curve exhibits a first region (I) of linear rho (T) at high temperatures T > T*, a super-linear rho (T) region at intermediate temperatures T-MI < T < T* (II) and a low-temperature insulating-like p(T) region (III) at T < T-MI. This low-temperature regime is masked by the onset of superconductivity at T = T-c. The existence of a universal metallic p(T) curve is interpreted as a strong indication of one single mechanism dominating the scattering of the charge carriers in these materials. In order to gain access to the low-temperature T < T-c part of the normal-state transport properties (regions II and III), experiments in high magnetic fields are performed. These experiments allowed suppressing the superconducting state thus retaining the normal-conducting high-field normal-state properties. Our experiments revealed that the ground state of YBa2Cu3Ox (for x < 6.8) is of an insulating nature with the resistivity increasing as temperature is lowered (G.S. Boebinger et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 77 (1996) 5417; Y. Ando et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 77 (1996) 2065; Phys. Rev. B 56 (1997) R8530). All experiments shown in this work are understood as consequences of a low-dimensional quantum transport mechanism in combination with scattering of a magnetic origin (V.V. Moshchalkov, Sol. State Commun. 86 (1993) 715; Cond-Mat/9802281; V.V. MoshchaIkov et al., Europhys. Lett. 46 (1999) 75). <(c)> 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0921-4526
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Solid State Physics and Magnetism Section
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