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Effect of heat treatment on electronic phase in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystal

Cai-Xia, Shen and Xiao-Li, Shen and Wei, Lu and Xiao-Li, Dong and Zheng-Cai, Li and Ji-Wu, Xiong and Fang, Zhou (2008) Effect of heat treatment on electronic phase in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystal. Chinese Physics B, 17 (4). pp. 1425-1429. ISSN 16741056

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Superconducting La1.937SrO0.063CuO4 crystals grown by the travelling-solvent floating-zone technique were thermally treated under various temperatures and oxygen pressures for moderately adjusting the oxygen content. The response of intrinsic electronic property of the crystals to the change of hole density in La2-xCuO4 in the vicinity of the magic doping of x = 1/16 (= 0.0625) is studied in detail by magnetic measurements under various fields up to 1T. It is found that when the superconducting critical temperature (TC) increases with the oxygen content, there appears also a new subtle electronic state that can be detected from the differential curves of diamagnetic susceptibility dχ/dT of the crystal sample. In contrast with the intrinsic state, the new subtle electronic state is very fragile under the magnetic fields. Our results indicate that a moderate change in oxygen doping does not significantly modify the intrinsic electronic state originally existing at the magic doping level.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:La2-xSrxCuO4, single crystal, superconductive electronic phase
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanoelectronics
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
ID Code:223
Deposited By:Lesley Tobin
Deposited On:18 Dec 2008 16:47
Last Modified:18 Dec 2008 16:47

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