Evidence for a transition in the pairing symmetry of the electron-doped cuprates La2-xCexCuO4-y and Pr2-xCexCuO4-y

John A. Skinta, Mun-Seog Kim, Thomas R. Lemberger , Tine Greibe, M. Natio

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Abstract

We present measurements of the magnetic penetration depth, lambda(-2)(T) , in Pr2-xCe xCuO4-y and La2-xCe xCuO4-y films at three Ce doping levels, x , near optimal. Optimal and overdoped films are qualitatively and quantitatively different from underdoped films. For example, lambda(-2)(0) decreases rapidly with underdoping but is roughly constant above optimal doping. Also, lambda(-2)(T) at low T is exponential at optimal and overdoping but is quadratic at underdoping. In light of other studies that suggest both d - and s -wave pairing symmetry in nominal optimally doped samples, our results are evidence for a transition from d - to s -wave pairing near optimal doping.
Original languageEnglish
Article number207005
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume88
Issue number20
Number of pages4
ISSN0031-9007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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