We report the measurement of the a-axis fluctuation conductivity in zero field for Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x microcrystals. A complete geometrical characterization allows us to determine the absolute value of the excess conductivity and its temperature behaviour with high accuracy. A careful application of the complete fluctuation theory (Varlamov et al 1999 Adv. Phys. 48 655), which implements a minor correction for the ˜k factor and a suitable procedure for disentangling the influence of the different fit parameters, shows that data interpretations excluding the Maki–Thompson (MT) process are either not consistent with the crystal structure or not self-consistent. On the other hand, a data interpretation including the MT process appears to be both self-consistent and consistent with experimental measurements of the electron dephasing time τφ performed in other metallic or semiconducting systems. According to the latter scheme, the anomalous MT term could be a very important contribution to the excess conductivity throughout the temperature range of interest and thus the s-wave symmetry becomes an important component of the order parameter above Tc.

Possible dominance of the Maki-Thompson process in the fluctuation conductivity of Bi-2212 superconducting whiskers

TRUCCATO, Marco;AGOSTINO, Angelo;RINAUDO, Giuseppina;CAGLIERO, Stefano;
2006

Abstract

We report the measurement of the a-axis fluctuation conductivity in zero field for Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x microcrystals. A complete geometrical characterization allows us to determine the absolute value of the excess conductivity and its temperature behaviour with high accuracy. A careful application of the complete fluctuation theory (Varlamov et al 1999 Adv. Phys. 48 655), which implements a minor correction for the ˜k factor and a suitable procedure for disentangling the influence of the different fit parameters, shows that data interpretations excluding the Maki–Thompson (MT) process are either not consistent with the crystal structure or not self-consistent. On the other hand, a data interpretation including the MT process appears to be both self-consistent and consistent with experimental measurements of the electron dephasing time τφ performed in other metallic or semiconducting systems. According to the latter scheme, the anomalous MT term could be a very important contribution to the excess conductivity throughout the temperature range of interest and thus the s-wave symmetry becomes an important component of the order parameter above Tc.
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excess conductivity; MT terms; Bi-2212; whisker; paraconductivity; fluctuations; fluctuation conductivity
TRUCCATO M; AGOSTINO A; RINAUDO G; CAGLIERO S; PANETTA M
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