The Nature of the Overdoped State in High Tc Superconductors

We correlate the non-monotonic doping dependence of the penetration depth lambda obtained on La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO(4) thin films, with the doping dependence of the **63Cu Knight shift K(s perp) and the electronic specific heat coefficient gamma obtained on bulk compounds. These data suggest that the increase of lambda in the overdoped regime is related to a decrease of the superfluid density and that the carriers induced beyond optimum doping do not condense into pairs, but contribute to decrease the superfluid density which was present at optimum doping.

By: J. P. Locquet and M. H. Pedersen

Published in: Czechoslovak Journal of Physics, volume 46, (no S2), pages 1085-6 in 1996

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