Emergent Transition for Superconducting Fluctuations in Antiferromagnetic Ruthenocuprates

Research paper by A. C. Mclaughlin, J. P. Attfield

Indexed on: 26 Mar '15Published on: 26 Mar '15Published in: Physics - Superconductivity


The emergence of carrier-pairing from the electronically inhomogeneous phase of lightly hole-doped copper oxides has been investigated through magnetoresistance measurements on 1222-type ruthenocuprates RuSr2(R,Ce)2Cu2O10-d, principally with R = Gd, Sm, Nd. A well-defined transition at which superconducting fluctuations emerge is discovered at a remarkably low critical doping, pc = 0.0084, deep within the antiferromagnetic phase. Systematic variations of the low temperature fluctuation density with doping and cell volume demonstrate the intrinsic nature of the electronic inhomogeneity and provide new support for bosonic models of the superconducting mechanism.