Tuesday, August 6, 2013

1308.0601 (Shahaf Asban et al.)

Strong- versus Weak-Coupling Paradigms for Cuprate Superconductivity    [PDF]

Shahaf Asban, Meni Shay, Muntaser Naamneh, Tal Kirzhner, Amit Keren
Absolute resistivity measurements as a function of temperature from optimally doped YBa_2Cu_3O_(7), La_(2-x)Sr_xCuO_4, Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_(8-x), and (Ca_0.1La_0.9)(Ba_1.65La_0.35)Cu_3O_y thin films are reported. Special attention is given to the measurement geometrical factors and the resistivity slope between Tc and T^{*}. The results are compared with a strong coupling theory for the resistivity derivative near T_c, which is based on hard core bosons (HCB), and with several weak coupling theories, which are BCS based. Surprisingly, our results agree with both paradigms. The implications of these findings and the missing calculations needed to distinguish between the two paradigms are discussed.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.0601

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