Volume 57, Number 1, January 2002
|Page(s)||86 - 92|
|Section||Condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties|
|Published online||01 September 2002|
Conductivity and phase coherence length of single electrons in layered cuprates
Department of Physics, Kent State University - Kent OH 44242, USA
2 Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory - Argonne, IL 60439, USA
3 Department of Physics and Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences University of California - San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
Accepted: 22 October 2001
We present a novel approach to the analysis of the normal-state in-plane and out-of-plane conductivities of anisotropic layered cuprates with incoherent out-of-plane transport such as () and (). We show that the resistive anisotropy of these crystals is a measure of the in-plane phase coherence length . This result has two important implications: i) One can obtain experimentally the dependence of conductivity on phase coherence length . This -dependence for different doping follows a universal scaling relationship. This universality of for different doping is a direct experimental confirmation of the scaling hypothesis. ii) at a given temperature changes nonmonotonically with doping, reaching a maximum in the sample closest to the metal-insulator transition. We show that this result is a consequence of incoherent c-axis conduction.
PACS: 72.10.Bg – General formulation of transport theory / 74.72.-h – High- compounds
© EDP Sciences, 2002
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