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Title: Raman light scattering study and microstructural analysis of epitaxial films of the electron-doped superconductor La-2 (-x) Ce (x) CuO4.
Authors: Rahlenbeck, M
Wagenknecht, M
Tsukada, A
Koelle, D
Kleiner, R
Keimer, B
Ulrich, C
Keywords: Raman Effect
Superconductors
Light Scattering
Phonons
Molecular Beam Epitaxy
Doped Materials
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Rahlenbeck, M., Wagenknecht, M., Tsukada, A., Koelle, D., Kleiner, R., Keimer, B., et al. (2010). Raman light scattering study and microstructural analysis of epitaxial films of the electron-doped superconductor La-2 (-x) Ce (x) CuO4. European Physical Journal B, 75(4), 461-467.
Abstract: We present a detailed temperature-dependent Raman light scattering study of optical phonons in molecular-beam-epitaxy-grown films of the electron-doped superconductor La2 -x Ce x CuO4 close to optimal doping (x ~ 0.08, T c = 29 K and x ~ 0.1, T c = 27 K). The main focus of this work is a detailed characterization and microstructural analysis of the films. Based on micro-Raman spectroscopy in combination with X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and scanning electron microscopy, some of the observed phonon modes can be attributed to micron-sized inclusions of Cu2O. In the slightly underdoped film (x ~ 0.08), both the Cu2O modes and others that can be assigned to the La2 -x Ce x CuO4 matrix show pronounced softening and narrowing upon cooling below T ~ T c . Based on control measurements on commercial Cu2O powders and on a comparison to prior Raman scattering studies of other high-temperature superconductors, we speculate that proximity effects at La2 -x Ce x CuO4/Cu2O interfaces may be responsible for these anomalies. Experiments on the slightly overdoped La2 -x Ce x CuO4 film (x ~ 0.1) did not reveal comparable phonon anomalies. © 2010, Springer. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjb/e2010-00166-6
http://apo.ansto.gov.au/dspace/handle/10238/1884
ISSN: 1434-6028
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