Magnetic properties of a high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7: Reentry-like features, paramagnetism, and glassy behavior

Magnetic measurements on a high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7 are reported. Diamagnetism sets in, at low fields, below a temperature T≃90 K. At low T the field-cooled magnetization becomes positive again. We show that the low-T phase is still superconducting and the apparent reentry behavior is due to strong paramagnetic contributions. Glassy features appear below a temperature whose field dependence differs substantially from that observed in spin glasses.

Authors: Yeshurun Y, Felner I I, Sompolinsky H.
Year of publication: 1987
Journal: Phys. Rev. B 36, 840(R) – Published 1 July 1987

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