Terahertz phonon spectroscopy of doped superconducting cuprates
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- Ponomarev, Y.G., Van, H.H., Kuzmichev, S.A. et al. Jetp Lett. (2013) 96: 743. doi:10.1134/S0021364012230129
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Facts are presented evidencing a strong electron-phonon interaction in doped BSCCO superconductors. A pronounced fine structure in dI/dV characteristics of Josephson junctions has been observed which is caused by interaction of AC Josephson current with Raman-active optical phonon modes. “Quantization” of the “gap” voltage for natural nanosteps on the cryogenically cleaved surfaces of BSCCO proves the existence of the intrinsic Josephson effect. A sharp extra structure in the current-voltage characteristics of nanosteps is attributed to the presence of the extended van Hove singularity.