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Spin-Polarized Quasiparticle Transport in Cuprate Superconductors


Fu, Chu-Chen (2003) Spin-Polarized Quasiparticle Transport in Cuprate Superconductors. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/RYWM-VX48.


The effects of spin-polarized quasiparticle transport in superconducting YBa2 Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) epitaxial films are investigated by means of current injection into perovskite ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor (F-I-S) heterostructures. Transport and magnetic properties of these CMR perovskites are first investigated by inducing lattice distortions using lattice mismatching substrates. The half-metallic nature of these perovskites provides an epitaxially grown heterostructure, ideal for injection of spin-polarized current. These effects are compared with the injection of simple quasiparticles into control samples of perovskite non-magnetic metal-insulator-superconductor (N-I-S). Systematic studies of the critical current density (Jc) as a function of the injection current density, temperature, and the thickness of the superconductor demonstrate the "self-injection effect" and reveal dramatic differences between the F-I-S and N-I-S heterostructures, with strong suppression of Jc and a rapidly increasing characteristic transport length near the superconducting transition temperature Tc only in the F-I-S samples. The temperature dependence of the efficiency in the F-I-S samples is also in sharp contrast to that in the N-I-S samples, suggesting significant redistribution of quasiparticles in F-I-S due to the longer lifetime of spin-polarized quasiparticles. Application of conventional theory for nonequilibrium superconductivity to these data further reveals that a substantial chemical potential shift in F-I-S samples must be invoked to account for the experimental observation, whereas no discernible chemical potential shift exists in the N-I-S samples, suggesting strong effects of spin-polarized quasiparticles on cuprate superconductivity. The characteristic times estimated from our studies are suggestive of anisotropic spin relaxation processes, possibly with spin-orbit interaction dominating the c-axis spin transport and exchange interaction prevailing within the CuO2 planes.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Nonequilibrium superconductivity; spin-injection; YBCO
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Yeh, Nai-Chang
Thesis Committee:
  • Yeh, Nai-Chang (chair)
  • Zmuidzinas, Jonas
  • Cross, Michael Clifford
  • Tombrello, Thomas A.
Defense Date:17 October 2002
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-10242002-021518
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ID Code:4227
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Deposited On:24 Oct 2002
Last Modified:11 Feb 2021 20:24

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