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Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 2703–2708 | Cite as

Competing Striped Structures in La2CuO4+y

  • Nicola Poccia
  • Alessandro Ricci
  • Gaetano Campi
  • A.-S. Caporale
  • Antonio Bianconi
Original Paper

Abstract

High temperature superconductivity emerges in unique materials, like cuprates, that belong to the class of heterostructures at atomic limit, made of a superlattice of superconducting atomic layers intercalated by spacer layers. The physical properties of a strongly correlated electronic system, emerge from the competition between different phases with a resulting inhomogeneity from nanoscale to micron scale. Here, we focus on the spatial arrangements of two types of structural defects in the cuprate La2CuO4+y : (i) the local lattice distortions in the CuO2 active layers and (ii) the lattice distortions around the charged chemical dopants in the spacer layers. We use a new advanced microscopy method: scanning nano X-ray diffraction (nXRD). We show here that local lattice distortions form incommensurate nanoscale ripples spatially anticorrelated with puddles of self-organized chemical dopants in the spacer layers.

Keywords

Scanning X-ray microdiffraction Granular matter Fractal superconductivity Local lattice distortions Oxygen interstitials 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicola Poccia
    • 1
  • Alessandro Ricci
    • 2
  • Gaetano Campi
    • 3
  • A.-S. Caporale
    • 4
  • Antonio Bianconi
    • 4
  1. 1.MESAInstitute for Nanotechnology University of TwenteEnschedeNetherlands
  2. 2.Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESYHamburgGermany
  3. 3.Institute of CrystallographyCNRRomaItaly
  4. 4.RICMASRome International Center for Materials Science SuperstripesRomaItaly

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