Polar Kerr-Effect Measurements of the High-Temperature YBa2Cu3O6+x Superconductor: Evidence for Broken Symmetry near the Pseudogap Temperature

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Xia, Jing and Schemm, Elizabeth and Deutscher, G. and Kivelson, S.A. and Bonn, D.A. and Hardy, W.N. and Liang, R. and Siemons, W. and Koster, G. and Fejer, M.M. and Kapitulnik, A. (2008) Polar Kerr-Effect Measurements of the High-Temperature YBa2Cu3O6+x Superconductor: Evidence for Broken Symmetry near the Pseudogap Temperature. Physical Review Letters, 100 (12). p. 127002. ISSN 0031-9007

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Abstract:The polar Kerr effect in the high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O6+x was measured at zero magnetic field with high precision using a cyogenic Sagnac fiber interferometer. We observed nonzero Kerr rotations of order ~1 µrad appearing near the pseudogap temperature T* and marking what appears to be a true phase transition. Anomalous magnetic behavior in magnetic-field training of the effect suggests that time reversal symmetry is already broken above room temperature.
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.127002
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