Multiple scattering camouflaged as magnetic stripes in single crystals of superconducting (La,Sr)2CuO4

Ana E. Tuţueanu*, Tim B. Tejsner, Monica-Elisabeta Lacatusu, Henriette W. Hansen, Kira L. Eliasen, Martin Böhm, Paul Steffens, Christof Niedermayer, Kim Lefmann

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Abstract

Neutron diffraction has been a very prominent tool to investigate high-temperature superconductors, in particular through the discovery of an incommensurate magnetic signal known as stripes. We here report the findings of a neutron diffraction experiment on the superconductor (La,Sr)2CuO4, where a spurious signal appeared to be magnetic stripes. The signal strength was found to be strongly dependent on the neutron energy, peaking at E = 4.6 meV. We therefore attribute the origin of this signal to be a combination of multiple scattering and crystal twinning. A forward calculation of the scattering intensity including these two effects almost completely recovers our experimental observations. We emphasize the need for employing such analysis when searching for ways to avoid spurious scattering signals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Neutron Research
Volume22
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)49-56
ISSN1023-8166
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • LSCO
  • Multiple scattering
  • neutron scattering
  • stripes

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Tuţueanu, A. E., Tejsner, T. B., Lacatusu, M-E., Hansen, H. W., Eliasen, K. L., Böhm, M., Steffens, P., Niedermayer, C., & Lefmann, K. (2020). Multiple scattering camouflaged as magnetic stripes in single crystals of superconducting (La,Sr)2CuO4. Journal of Neutron Research, 22(1), 49-56. https://doi.org/10.3233/JNR-190144