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  Possible experimental test of the nonlinear phononics interpretation of light-induced superconductivity

Altarelli, M. (2020). Possible experimental test of the nonlinear phononics interpretation of light-induced superconductivity. Physical Review Research, 2(3): 033384. doi:10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.033384.

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 Abstract: Experimental evidence for a transient enhancement of the superconducting critical temperature of YBa2Cu3O6+x in the presence of an intense THz or infrared pump pulse was ascribed to nonlinear phononics effects. Here, I introduce a simple phenomenological Ginzburg-Landau model of this phenomenon, to explore further consequences and possible experimental tests of this interpretation. This treatment predicts that, upon cooling below Tc in the absence of pumping, (a) an abrupt softening of a Raman-active mode frequency and (b) a spontaneous lattice distortion, growing linearly with (Tc−T) should occur. Numerical estimates for YBa2Cu3O6+x indicate that the frequency softening could likely be observable, whereas the lattice distortion may be too small. A comparison with Raman experiments for the relevant phonon modes in YBa2Cu3O6+x does not lend support to the nonlinear phononics interpretation. On the other hand, however, a very large (up to 18%) phonon frequency softening just below Tc, qualitatively similar to the predictions of the present model for its size and abrupt temperature dependence, was observed over 20 years ago in HgBa2Ca3Cu4O10+x; its explanation in terms of Josephson plasmons has been controversial. Light-induced superconductivity still needs to be investigated in this material and it may be of interest to explore if it is present and possibly connected, via the mechanism discussed here, to the observed anomalous phonon behavior.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-08-202020-03-122020-08-212020-09-092020-09
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.033384
arXiv: 1901.03092
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