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Neutron Scattering Studies of Spin-Phonon Hybridization and Superconducting Spin-Gaps in the High Temperature Superconductor La2-x(Sr,Ba)xCuO4



J.J. Wagman, J. P. Carlo, Jonathan Gaudet, G. Van Gastel, D. L. Abernathy, M. B. Stone, G. E. Granroth, A. I. Koleshnikov, A. T. Savici, Y. J. Kim, H. Zhang, D. Ellis, Yang Zhao, L. Clark, A. B. Kallin, E. Mazurek, H. A. Dabkowska, B. D. Gaulin


We present time-of- flight neutron-scattering measurements on single crystals of La2-x^BaxCuO4 (LBCO) with 0 less than or equal to}xless than or equal to} 0:095 and La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) with x = 0.08 and 0.11. This range of dopings spans much of the phase diagram relevant to high temperature cuprate superconductivity, ranging from insulating, three dimensional (3D) commensurate long range antiferromagnetic order, for xless than or equal to} 0.02, to two dimensional (2D) incommensurate antiferromagnetism co-existing with superconductivity for x ≥ 0.05. Previous work on lightly doped LBCO with x = 0.035 showed a clear resonant enhancement of the inelastic scattering coincident with the low energy crossings of the highly dispersive spin excitations and quasi-2D optic phonons. The present work extends these measurements across the phase diagram and shows this enhancement to be a common feature to this family of layered quantum magnets. Furthermore we show that the low temperature, low energy magnetic spectral weight is substantially larger for samples with non-superconducting ground states relative to any of the samples with superconducting ground states. Spin gaps, suppression of low energy magnetic spectral weight as a function of decreasing temperature, are observed in both superconducting LBCO and LSCO samples, consistent with previous observations for superconducting LSCO.
Physical Review B


Wagman, J. , Carlo, J. , Gaudet, J. , Van Gastel, G. , Abernathy, D. , Stone, M. , Granroth, G. , Koleshnikov, A. , Savici, A. , Kim, Y. , Zhang, H. , Ellis, D. , Zhao, Y. , Clark, L. , Kallin, A. , Mazurek, E. , Dabkowska, H. and Gaulin, B. (2016), Neutron Scattering Studies of Spin-Phonon Hybridization and Superconducting Spin-Gaps in the High Temperature Superconductor La<sub>2-x</sub>(Sr,Ba)<sub>x</sub>CuO<sub>4</sub>, Physical Review B, [online], (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created March 13, 2016, Updated October 12, 2021