Non-destructive characterisation of dopant spatial distribution in cuprate superconductors
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

Proper characterisation of investigated samples is vital when studying superconductivity as impurities and doping inhomogeneities can affect the physical properties of the measured system. We present a method where a polarised neutron imaging setup utilises the precession of spin-polarised neutrons in the presence of a trapped field in the superconducting sample to spatially map out the critical temperature for the phase transition between superconducting and non-superconducting states. We demonstrate this method on a superconducting crystal of the prototypical high-temperature superconductor (La,Sr)2CuO4. The results, which are backed up by complementary magnetic susceptibility measurements, show that the method is able to resolve minor variations in the transition temperature across the length of the LSCO crystal, caused by inhomogeneities in strontium doping.

Spatial doping distribution

Polarised neutron imaging




A. E. Ţuţueanu

Institut Laue-Langevin

Niels Bohr Institute

M. Sales

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

K. L. Eliasen

Roskilde Universitet (RUC)

M. E. Lǎcǎtuşu

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

Niels Bohr Institute

J. C. Grivel

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

N. Kardjilov

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)

I. Manke

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)

M. Krzyzagorski

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)

Yasmine Sassa

Chalmers, Fysik, Materialfysik

M. S. Andersson

Uppsala universitet

S. Schmidt

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)

K. Lefmann

Niels Bohr Institute

Physica C: Superconductivity and its Applications

0921-4534 (ISSN)

Vol. 575 1353691



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