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Reply to “Comment on ‘Diamagnetism and Cooper pairing above Tc in cuprates' ”

Author(s): Li, Lu; Wang, Yayu; Ong, Nai Phuan

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Abstract: We analyze recent torque measurements of the magnetization Md vs magnetic field H in optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7−y (OPT YBCO) to argue against a recent proposal by R. I. Rey et al. [Phys. Rev. B 87, 056501 (2013)] that the magnetization results above Tc are consistent with Gaussian fluctuations. We find that despite its strong interlayer coupling, OPT YBCO displays an anomalous nonmonotonic dependence of Md on H which represents direct evidence for the locking of the pair wave function phase θn at Tc and the subsequent unlocking by a relatively weak H. These unusual features characterize the unusual nature of the transition to the Meissner state in cuprate superconductors. They are absent in low-Tc superconductors to our knowledge. We also stress the importance of the vortex liquid state, as well as the profiles of the melting field Hm(T ) and the upper critical field curve Hc2(T ) in the T -H plane. Contrary to the claims of Rey et al., we show that the curves of the magnetization and the Nernst signal illustrate the inaccessibility of the Hc2 line near Tc. The prediction of the Hc2 line by Rey et al. is shown to be invalid in OPT YBCO.
Publication Date: 1-Feb-2013
Electronic Publication Date: 19-Feb-2013
Citation: Li, Lu, Wang, Yayu, Ong, NP. (2013). Reply to “Comment on ‘Diamagnetism and Cooper pairing above in cuprates' ”. Physical Review B, 87 (5), 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.056502
DOI: doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.87.056502
ISSN: 1098-0121
EISSN: 1550-235X
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Physical Review B
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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