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A universal explanation of tunneling conductance in exotic superconductors
KTH, Centres, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics NORDITA. Institute for Basic Science, South Korea.
2016 (English)In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 6, 31352Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A longstanding mystery in understanding cuprate superconductors is the inconsistency between the experimental data measured by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). In particular, the gap between prominent side peaks observed in STS is much bigger than the superconducting gap observed by ARPES measurements. Here, we reconcile the two experimental techniques by generalising a theory which was previously applied to zero-dimensional mesoscopic Kondo systems to strongly correlated two-dimensional (2D) exotic superconductors. We show that the side peaks observed in tunneling conductance measurements in all these materials have a universal origin: They are formed by coherence-mediated tunneling under bias and do not directly reflect the underlying density of states (DOS) of the sample. We obtain theoretical predictions of the tunneling conductance and the density of states of the sample simultaneously and show that for cuprate and pnictide superconductors, the extracted sample DOS is consistent with the superconducting gap measured by ARPES.

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Nature Publishing Group, 2016. Vol. 6, 31352
Keyword [en]
Underdoped Bi2212, Bi2sr2cacu2o8+Delta, States
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Analytical Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-192398DOI: 10.1038/srep31352ISI: 000381183600001PubMedID: 27511315ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84982135411OAI: diva2:970723

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Available from: 2016-09-14 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2016-09-14Bibliographically approved

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