Muon spin relaxation studies of incommensurate magnetism and superconductivity in stage-4La2CuO4.11andLa1.88Sr0.12CuO4 Academic Article uri icon

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  • This paper reports muon spin relaxation (MuSR) measurements of two single crystals of the title high-Tc cuprate systems where static incommensurate magnetism and superconductivity coexist. By zero-field MuSR measurements and subsequent analyses with simulations, we show that (1) the maximum ordered Cu moment size (0.36 Bohr magneton) and local spin structure are identical to those in prototypical stripe spin systems with the 1/8 hole concentration; (2) the static magnetism is confined to less than a half of the volume of the sample, and (3) regions with static magnetism form nano-scale islands with the size comparable to the in-plane superconducting coherence length. By transverse-field MuSR measurements, we show that Tc of these systems is related to the superfluid density, in the same way as observed in cuprate systems without static magnetism. We discuss a heuristic model involving percolation of these nanoscale islands with static magnetism as a possible picture to reconcile heterogeneity found by the present MuSR study and long-range spin correlations found by neutron scattering.


  • Savici, AT
  • Fudamoto, Y
  • Gat, IM
  • Ito, T
  • Larkin, MI
  • Uemura, YJ
  • Luke, Graeme
  • Kojima, KM
  • Lee, YS
  • Kastner, MA
  • Birgeneau, RJ
  • Yamada, K

publication date

  • July 1, 2002