Vortex melting line and anisotropy of a Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O1-yFy)(2) multilayered superconductor

DD Shivagan, PM Shirage, Ioan Crisan, Y Tanaka, A Iyo, Y Kodama, K Tokiwa, T Watanabe, N Terada, N Hamada

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We have measured the vortex melting lines of high-pressure-synthesized Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O1-yFy)(2) (nominal composition, 2y = 1.3, 1.6 and 2.0) F(2y)-0234 multilayered high-T-c superconductor using fundamental and third harmonic susceptibility responses carried out on preferentially oriented crystallites with very low ac field amplitude (5 mu T) and in applied dc fields up to 6 T. The vortex melting lines of all three F-substituted samples show interesting doping dependence and are very well described by the commonly accepted theory of melting lines. Interestingly, we discovered that the models describing the temperature dependence of the in-plane London penetration depth also depend on the doping level: the 3D XY model for the nearly-optimum-doped sample [F(1.3)], the mean-field theory for the under-doped sample [F(1.6)] and the two-fluid model for the heavily-under-doped sample [F(2.0)]. We found that the vortex melting lines in F-0234 are determined by the interplay in the coupling of pancake vortices through the charge reservoir layer (CRL), and through the block of inner CuO2 planes (IPs), respectively. The anisotropy values (47 for the near-optimally-doped sample) derived from experimental vortex melting lines are consistent with the values obtained by first-principles electronic-band-structure calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)095002
Number of pages1
JournalSuperconductor Science & Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


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