Parallel and perpendicular susceptibility above T c in La 2-xSr xCuO 4 single crystals

Gil Drachuck, Meni Shay, Galina Bazalitsky, Jorge Berger, Amit Keren

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We report direction-dependent susceptibility and resistivity measurements on La 2-xSr xCuO 4 single crystals. These crystals have rectangular needle-like shapes with the crystallographic "c" direction parallel or perpendicular to the needle axis, which, in turn, is in the applied field direction. At optimal doping we find finite diamagnetic susceptibility above T c, namely fluctuating superconductivity (FSC), only when the field is perpendicular to the planes. In underdoped samples we find FSC in both field directions. We provide a phase diagram showing the FSC region, although it is sample dependent in the underdoped cases. The variations in the susceptibility data suggest a different origin for the FSC between underdoping (below 10%) and optimal doping. Finally, our data indicate that the spontaneous vortex diffusion constant above T c is anomalously high.

Original languageEnglish
Article number184518
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number18
StatePublished - 14 May 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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