Scientific article

Specific heat of an YBa2Cu3O7 single crystal in fields up to 20 T

Published inPhysica C: Superconductivity and Its Applications, vol. 211, no. 3-4, p. 304-318
Publication date1993

The specific heat of a single crystal of YBa2Cu3O7 was measured by adiabatic calorimetry between 40 and 150 K. The typical scatter of the data is well below 0.1%. Fields up to 20 T were applied either parallel or perpendicular to the c-axis. The shape of the anomaly at Tc changes with the magnetic field in the same manner for both directions, within a scale factor that determines the bulk anisotropy ratio, 5.5 ± 0.5, for (dHc2/dT)Tc. The superconducting transition is still observable in 20 T. A growing mixed-state Maki term is present. The characteristic non-classical behavior of YBa2Cu3O7 in a field, featuring a considerable smearing of the transition and an apparently field-independent onset, may be qualitatively understood as a phenomenological consequence of the small and anisotropic value of the coherence length ξ alone, using the relevant models of field-induced critical 1D fluctuations on the one hand, and a London-like regime for the mean-field part of the transition on the other hand.

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JUNOD, Alain et al. Specific heat of an YBa<sub>2</sub>Cu<sub>3</sub>O<sub>7</sub> single crystal in fields up to 20 T. In: Physica C: Superconductivity and Its Applications, 1993, vol. 211, n° 3-4, p. 304–318. doi: 10.1016/0921-4534(93)90137-F
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