The unusual phase-transitions in ruthenate-cuprate superconducting ferromagnets

C. W. Chu, Y. Y. Xue, Y. S. Wang, A. K. Heilman, B. Lorenz, R. L. Meng, J. Cmaidalka, L. M. Dezaneti

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Abstract

We have systematically investigated the magnetic, electrical, and structural properties of the high-purity superconducting ferromagnet RuSr 2GdCu2O8, in which superconductivity and significant ferromagnetism have been reported to coexist. Our results show that there may exist in this compound a novel superconducting state which is characterized by the absence of a bulk Meissner effect, the presence of negligible superconducting condensation energy, and the appearance of an unusually large effective penetration depth. Such a state appears to have a nonuniform filamentary structure existing in the less magnetic walls between the ferromagnetic domains or a fine-grain structure beset by ferromagnetic walls between antiferromagnetic "domains," similar to the case of NdNi 2B2C. These results are presented and contrasted with the recently reported Meissner effect in RuSr2GdCu2O 8 in terms of the various phase transition sequences predicted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-686
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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