Journal of Modern Physics, 2010, 1, 357-359
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20/kBTc Ratio and Temperature Dependence of the
Superfluid Density in Overdoped La2-xSrxCuO4
Mikhail Eremin, Daniil Sunyaev
Institute of Physics, Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russia
E-mail:, das u nr@ram b
Received August 10, 2010; revised September 15, 2010; accepted September 20; 2010
Using band structure parameters extracted from photoemission data by Yoshida et al., Phys. Rev. B., 2006, we
have analyzed the temperature dependence of the superfluid density in overdoped La2-xSrxCuO4.
We point out that the temperature behavior 1/λab2 is very sensitive to the ratio 20/kBTc and have estimated this
quantity, using experimental data obtained previously by Panagopoulos et al., Phys. Rev. B., 1999. We com-
pare the results with those obtained from NMR/NQR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance/Nuclear Quadrupole
Resonance) (Mayer et al., J. Phys, Cond. Mat., 2007) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (Kato et al., Physica
C, 2007) data.
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Keywords: Supefluid Density, Overdoped La2-xSrxCuO4, Short Range Pairing
1. Introduction
Up to now there is no consensus about the nature of su-
perconductivity in layered cuprates. In this context it is
important to study the temperature dependencies of the
superfluid density because this quantity is directly related
to superconductivity. At the same time, its analysis re-
quires preliminary information about the Fermi surface
(band structure parameters), the symmetry and tempera-
ture dependence of the superconducting gap and a trans-
parent description of the London penetration depth
within tight binding approximation. At the moment all
this information is available for La2-xSrxCuO4 supercon-
ductor and in what follows we analyze the temperature
dependence of superfluid density and compare the results
with available experimental data by Panagopoulos [1].
Won and Maki [2] were first who pointed out that in case
d-wave pairing the ratio 2Δ0/kBTc can be different from
its standard BCS value 3.52. However their calculations
were performed in week coupling approximation which
in the strict sense is not appreciable for layered cuprates.
Our main result is that the temperature behavior of
1/λab2 depends sensitively on the ratio 20/kBTc and we
estimate this quantity for La2-xSrxCuO4 with for the dop-
ing concentration x = 0.20, x = 0.22 and 0.24.
2. Calculations of Superfluid Density
The superconducting current density is proportional to a
vector potential and written as (London’s equation):
 A (1)
Here λ – is a so-called London’s penetration depth of
external magnetic field into a superconductor (magnetic
penetration depth). This quantity is measured by various
experimental techniques [1,3]. Obviously its temperature
and doping dependencies contain important information
about fundamental microscopic properties of a super-
conductor. The microscopic expression for superfluid
density ns ~ 1/λab2 for layered cuprates is discussed in
detail in [4] (and Refs there in). It is written as follows:
1tanh 2
kk B
 
 
 
Here it is assumed that the magnetic field is applied
along the x-axis in CuO2-plane (ab). εk is the energy dis-
persion of quasiparticles in the normal state, μ is the
chemical potential,
kk k
 (3)
is Bogolubov’s quasiparticle energy in the supercon-
ducting state, Δk is the superconducting energy gap,
which depends on the momentum and temperature. At
the first glance, (2) has to be averaged over all possible
orientations of the sample with respect to the external
field, because the Fermi surfaces of La2-xSrxCuO4 are not
cylinders. However, it is easy to prove analytically, that
in the case of a tetragonal symmetry (2) yields the same
result for any orientation of the external field in the ab
plane. Therefore one can safely write
. (4)
Rich information is available about the energy disper-
sion of quasiparticles in the normal state of La2-xSrxCuO4
[5]. Angle-resolved photoemission spectra are well fitted
by the tight binding energy dispersion of the following
2cos cos
2 cos2cos2
 
, (5)
where k is a wave vector, a – lattice parameter.
Parameters of the conduction band t1, t2 and t3 corre-
spond to the effective hopping integrals between first,
second and third neighbors on a square sublattice of Cu
sites in CuO2 plane. For different doping index (x) they
are different [5]. Because the nature of pseudogap phe-
nomenon in uderdoped samples La2-xSrxCuO4 is not clear
yet, we focus on the overdoped compounds only. Fol-
lowing the approximation adopted in [5] we also neglect
the small orthorhombic distortions in La2-xSrxCuO4. In
this case the superconducting gap function corresponds
to the d-wave symmetry
0cos cos
Tka ka
 y
, (6)
where T is temperature.
The temperature dependence of Δ0(T) was studied
previously in the analyses of the NMR data (Knight shift
and relaxation rate) in [6]. It was found that for the opti-
mally doped YBa2Cu3O7 and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 it can be
approximated as:
tanh 1.751
 
. (7)
The value of Δ0 is considered as an independent fitting
parameter for each doping index (x). The results of our
calculations are summarized in Figure 1 in comparison
with the experimental data taken from [1]. The set of the
hopping integrals and value of the chemical potential are
given in Table 1.
Table 1. Chemical potential and effective hopping integrals
(in eV), based on ARPES data [5].
La2-xSrxCuO4μ t
1 t
2 t
x = 0.20 0.215 0.25 -0.034 0.017
x = 0.22 0.22 0.25 -0.325 0.0162
x = 0.24 0.227 0.25 -0.032 0.0159
Figure 1. Temperature dependencies of superfluid densities
in overdoped La2-xSrxCuO4. Symbols (rhomb, triangles and
circles) – experimental data [1], lines – our calculations
using (2). The 2Δ0/kBTc ratios are: (6.1 0.1), (5.9 0.1) and
(5.3 0.1), for x = 0.20, x = 0.22 and x = 0.24, correspon-
It is important to stress that a curvature of the super-
fluid density versus temperature curve is quite sensitive
to the ratio 20/kBTc. This fact allows us to identify their
values for each of the experimental curves.
3. Discussion
The ratios for 2Δ0/kBTc obtained by us are in agreement
with findings for this quantity from the experimental data.
Indeed, according to angle-resolved photoemission [7]
and scanning tunneling spectroscopy [8], the averaged
value for optimally doped La2-xSrxCuO4 is about 5.5.
However, the error bars are quite large which is perhaps
related to quality of the surface. In particular, according
to [9], the gap distribution in the overdoped La2-x
SrxCuO4 with x = 0.22 studied by scanning tunneling
spectroscopy is 20/kBTc = 5.5 ± 2.5. Uncertainly in our
case is much smaller. Moreover our calculations have
revealed an important trend in the evolution of this ratio.
It gradually decreases with doping (in overdoped region).
This trend can be interpreted as a weakening of the
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5. Acknowledgments
strong correlation effect in overdoped side of phase dia-
gram for La2-xSrxCuO4. It is interesting to compare the
ratio 2Δ0/kBTc extracted by us with those obtained from a
solution of the BCS equation
We thank Josef Roos, and Ilya Eremin for discussions.
This work was supported in part by the Russian Founda-
tion for Basic Research, Grant # 09-02-00777-a and
Swiss National Science Foundation, Grant IZ73Z0
Jk k
 
. (8)
Here J(q) = 2J(cos(qxa)+cos(qya)) is a Fourier trans-
form of the short-range pairing potential, which included
all possible interactions between nearest neighbors in
CuO2 plane (for example superexchange, screened Cou-
lomb repulsion and phonon mediated interaction). The
solutions of (8) are presented in Table 2. Note that the
momentum and temperature dependencies fairly well
correspond to (6-7).
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x = 0.22 25 91 4.21 0.01
x = 0.24 18 93.7 4.36 0.01
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