Superfluid density near the critical temperature in the presence of random planar defects Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The superfluid density near the superconducting transition is investigated in the presence of spatial inhomogeneity in the critical temperature. Disorder is accounted for by means of a random $T_c$ term in the conventional Ginzburg-Landau action for the superconducting order parameter. Focusing on the case where a low-density of randomly distributed planar defects are responsible for the variation of $T_c$, we derive the lowest order correction to the superfluid density in powers of the defect concentration. The correction is calculated assuming a broad Gaussian distribution for the strengths of the defect potentials. Our results are in a qualitative agreement with the superfluid density measurements in the underdoped regime of high-quality YBCO crystals by Broun and co-workers.

publication date

  • December 1, 2008