Tuesday, May 7, 2013

1305.1058 (Jamil Tahir-Kheli)

Resistance of High-Temperature Cuprate Superconductors    [PDF]

Jamil Tahir-Kheli
Cuprate superconductors have many different atoms per unit cell. A large fraction of cells (5-25%) must be modified ("doped") before the material superconducts. Thus it is not surprising that there is little consensus on the superconducting mechanism, despite almost 200,000 papers. Most astonishing is that for the simplest electrical property, the resistance, "despite sustained theoretical efforts over the past two decades, its origin and its relation to the superconducting mechanism remain a profound, unsolved mystery." Currently, model parameters used to fit normal state properties are experiment specific and vary arbitrarily from one doping to the other. Here, we provide a quantitative explanation for the temperature and doping dependence of the resistivity, Hall effect, and magnetoresistance in one self-consistent model by showing that cuprates are intrinsically inhomogeneous with a percolating metallic region and insulating regions. Using simple counting of dopant-induced plaquettes, we show that the superconducting pairing and resistivity are due to phonons.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.1058

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