Observation of a subharmonic gap singularity in interlayer tunneling characteristics of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta
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2016 (English)In: Physical Review B, ISSN 2469-9950, Vol. 93, no 6, 064518Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A subharmonic structure in Josephson junctions appears due to Andreev reflections within the junction. Here we report on experimental observation of a subharmonic half-gap singularity in interlayer tunneling characteristics of a layered high temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta. The singularity is most pronounced in optimally doped crystals and vanishes with decreasing doping. It indicates the existence of nonvanishing electronic density of states and certain metallic properties in the intermediate BiO layers, which grows stronger with increasing doping. This provides an additional coherent interlayer transport channel and can explain a gradual transition from an incoherent quasi-two-dimensional c-axis transport in underdoped to a coherent metallic transport in overdoped cuprates. Furthermore, due to a very small subgap current, the singularity allows unambiguous extraction of the superconducting gap, without distortion by self-heating.
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2016. Vol. 93, no 6, 064518
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128533DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.064518ISI: 000370840900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-128533DiVA: diva2:917296