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A theory of the strain-dependent critical field in Nb3Sn, based on anharmonic phonon generation

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Bordini, Bernardo
Rossi, Lucio
Published in Superconductor Science and Technology. 2014, vol. 27, no. 2, p. 025008
Abstract We propose a theory to explain the strain dependence of the critical properties in A15 superconductors. Starting from the strong-coupling formula for the critical temperature, and assuming that the strain sensitivity stems mostly from the electron-phonon alpha^2F function, we link the strain dependence of the critical properties to a widening of alpha^2F. This widening is attributed to the nonlinear generation of phonons, which takes place in the anharmonic deformation potential induced by the strain. Based on the theory of sum- and difference-frequency wave generation in nonlinear media, we obtain an explicit connection between the widening of alpha^2F and the anharmonic energy. The resulting model is fit to experimental datasets for Nb3Sn, and the anharmonic energy extracted from the fits is compared with first-principles calculations.
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arXiv: 1401.2843
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VALENTINIS, Davide Filippo et al. A theory of the strain-dependent critical field in Nb3Sn, based on anharmonic phonon generation. In: Superconductor Science and Technology, 2014, vol. 27, n° 2, p. 025008. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:33264

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