63CuNQR Evidence for Spatial Variation of Hole Concentration inLa2−xSrxCuO4 Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We report experimental evidence for the spatial variation of hole concentration x(hole) in the high T(c) superconductor La2-xSrxCuO4 ( 0.04 < or = x < or = 0.16) via 63Cu NQR using 63Cu isotope enriched samples. We demonstrate that the extent of the spatial variation of the local hole concentration Delta(x)hole is reflected on (63)1/T1 and deduce the temperature dependence. Delta(x)hole increases below 500-600 K, and reaches values as large as Delta(x)hole/x approximately 0.5 below approximately 150 K. We estimate the length scale of the spatial variation in x(hole) to be R(hole) greater, similar 3 nm from an analysis of the NQR spectrum.

publication date

  • January 28, 2002