Asymmetric superconducting gap and DDW state in high-Tc cuprates
Departamento de Física, UFAM, 3000-Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, AM, Brazil
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Revised: 21 October 2008
Published online: 12 December 2008
The asymmetric gap superconductivity is considered in orthorhombic high Tc cuprates. Recent experiments predict an anisotropy in the gap where |Δ(0,π)|> |Δ(π,0)| and the gap node deviates from the diagonal direction toward the kx axis. The temperature dependencies of the specific heat and penetration depth along the a and b directions are calculated for the anisotropic gap superconductors. However, the anisotropy in the penetration depth can be consistent with the experimental observations only after the inclusion of the plane and chain coupling. The d-density wave (DDW) phase that explains the pseudogap has also been considered to study the phase diagrams of the cuprates.
PACS: 74.25.Bt – Thermodynamic properties / 74.72.Bk – Y-based cuprates / 74.45.+c – Proximity effects; Andreev effect; SN and SNS junctions / 74.20.-z – Theories and models of superconducting state
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