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Title: Ultrafast structural changes in SrTiO3 due to a superconducting phase transition in a YBa2Cu3O7 top layer
Authors: Lübcke, A.Zamponi, F.Loetzsch, R.Kämpfer, T.Uschmann, I.Große, V.Schmidl, F.Köttig, T.Thürk, M.Schwoerer, H.Förster, E.Seidel, P.Sauerbrey, R.
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Issue Date: 2010
Published in: New Journal of Physics Vol. 12 (2010)
Publisher: College Park, MD : Institute of Physics Publishing
Abstract: We investigate the structural response of SrTiO3 when Cooper pairs are broken in an epitaxially grown YBa2Cu3O 7 top layer due to both heating and optical excitation. The crystal structure is investigated by static, temperaturedependent and time-resolved x-ray diffraction. In the static case, a large strain field in SrTiO3 is formed in the proximity of the onset of the superconducting phase in the top layer, suggesting a relationship between both effects. For the time-dependent studies, we likewise find a large fraction of the probed volume of the SrTiO3 substrate strained if the top layer is superconducting. Upon optical breaking of Cooper pairs, the observed width of the rocking curve is reduced and its position is slightly shifted towards smaller angles. The dynamical theory of x-ray diffraction is used to model the measured rocking curves. We find that the thickness of the strained layer is reduced by about 200 nm on a sub-ps to ps timescale, but the strain value at the interface between SrTiO3 and YBa2Cu3O7 remains unaffected. © IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
Keywords: Barium compounds; Copper compounds; Crystal structure; Strontium titanates; X ray diffraction; Yttrium barium copper oxides; Dynamical theory; Epitaxially grown; SrTiO3 substrates; Structural response; Superconducting phase; Superconducting phase transitions; Temperature dependent; Time resolved x-ray diffractions; Titanium compounds
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