Nodeless superconducting phase arising from a strong (π, π) antiferromagnetic phase in the infinite-layer electron-doped Sr(1-x)La(x)CuO2 compound.

Research paper by John W JW Harter, Luigi L Maritato, Daniel E DE Shai, Eric J EJ Monkman, Yuefeng Y Nie, Darrell G DG Schlom, Kyle M KM Shen

Indexed on: 02 Feb '13Published on: 02 Feb '13Published in: Physical review letters


The asymmetry between electron and hole doping remains one of the central issues in high-temperature cuprate superconductivity, but our understanding of the electron-doped cuprates has been hampered by apparent discrepancies between the only two known families: Re(2-x)Ce(x)CuO4 and A(1-x)La(x)CuO2. Here we report in situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurements of epitaxially stabilized Sr(1-x)La(x)CuO2 thin films synthesized by oxide molecular-beam epitaxy. Our results reveal a strong coupling between electrons and (π, π) antiferromagnetism that induces a Fermi surface reconstruction which pushes the nodal states below the Fermi level. This removes the hole pocket near (π/2, π/2), realizing nodeless superconductivity without requiring a change in the symmetry of the order parameter and providing a universal understanding of all electron-doped cuprates.