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A review of the linear term in the low-temperature specific heat of La2CuO4 and La2−xMxCuO4 (M = Ba, Ca, Sr)

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In this report I will summarize the results of an extensive review of the low-temperature specific heat of the La-based high-temperature superconductors, withT c between 30 and 40 K, and the related nonsuperconducting compound La2CuO4. There have been two previous studies by Fisheret al. [1] and Fischeret al. [2] which also reviewed the low-temperature specific heat of these materials. This work was undertaken to extend a similar study of the 90 K superconductor YBa2Cu3O7−δ which we recently completed [3]. This review will focus exclusively on the low-temperature specific heat and will update the previous studies by including recent results.

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Stupp, S.E. A review of the linear term in the low-temperature specific heat of La2CuO4 and La2−xMxCuO4 (M = Ba, Ca, Sr). J Supercond 3, 201–209 (1990). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00624509

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Key words

  • High-temperature superconductivity
  • specific heat
  • lanthanum copper oxides
  • linear term