Residual absorption at zero temperature ind-wave superconductors Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • In a d-wave superconductor with elastic impurity scattering, not all the available optical spectral weight goes into the condensate at zero temperature, and this leads to residual absorption. We find that for a range of impurity parameters in the intermediate coupling regime between Born (weak) and unitary (strong) limit, significant oscillator strength remains which exhibits a cusp like behavior of the real part of the optical conductivity with upward curvature as a function of frequency, as well as a quasilinear temperature dependence of the superfluid density. The calculations offer an explanation of recent data on ortho-II YBa$_2$Cu$_3$O$_{6.5}$ which has been considered anomalous.

publication date

  • April 1, 2003