Characteristic transport properties observed in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x

Kouichi Semba, Masashi Mukaida, Azusa Matsuda

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Abstract

By annealing under the equilibrium oxygen pressure, we have succeeded in obtaining YBa2Cu3O6+x with any doping level. Both in bulk and film samples, the doping driven superconductor-to-insulator (S-I) transition has been observed at ρab≃0.8 mΩ cm which corresponds to the universal resistance h/4e2 per CuO2 bi-layer. The observed critical carrier density is nH SI≃3 × 1020 cm-3. Within the critical region of the S-I transition, using a thin film sample, we have succeeded in observing the resistivity scaling as a function of doping. The carrier density obeys the relation nH ∝x - 0.2 in the underdoped region (0.2≤x< 0.5), where the conductivity is substantially small and transport properties show weaker temperature dependence. The quantum effects are considered to be more important e.g., the quantum phase fluctuation in superconductors with small superfluid density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-76
Number of pages3
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Volume312-313
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Mar
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Metal-insulator transition
  • Quantum critical point
  • YBCO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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