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Neutron Scattering Study of Spin Ordering and Stripe Pinning in Superconducting La1.93Srd0.07^CuO4



H. Jacobsen, I. A. Zaliznyak, A. T. Savici, B. L. Winn, S. Chang, M. Hucker, G. D. Gu, J. M. Tranquada, Peter M. Gehring


The relationships among charge order, spin fluctuations, and superconductivity in underdoped cuprates remain controversial. We use neutron scattering techniques to study these phenomena in La1.93Sr0.07CuO4, a superconductor with a transition temperature of Tc = 20 K. At Tc, we find incommensurate spin fluctuations with a nearly energy-independent spectrum and no sign of a gap within the energy range from 0.2 to 15 meV. A weak elastic magnetic component grows below 10 K, consistent with results from local probes. Regarding the atomic lattice, we have discovered unexpectedly strong fluctuations of the CuO6 octahedra about Cu-O bonds, which are associated with inequivalent O sites within the CuO2 planes. Furthermore, we observed a weak associated a weak elastic (330) superlattice peak that implies a reduced lattice symmetry. The presence of inequivalent O sites rationalizes various pieces of evidence for charge stripe order in underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4. The coexistence of superconductivity with quasi-static spin-stripe order suggests the presence of intertwined orders; however, the rotation of the stripe orientation away from the Cu-O bonds might be connected with evidence for a finite gap at the nodal points of the superconducting gap function.
Physical Review B


Superconductivity, La2CuO4, stripe order, spin fluctuations, neutron scattering


Jacobsen, H. , Zaliznyak, I. , Savici, A. , Winn, B. , Chang, S. , Hucker, M. , Gu, G. , Tranquada, J. and Gehring, P. (2015), Neutron Scattering Study of Spin Ordering and Stripe Pinning in Superconducting La<sub>1.93Sr</sub>d0.07^CuO<sub>4</sub>, Physical Review B, [online], (Accessed May 29, 2024)


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Created November 19, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021