Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

October 1987


Published by American Physical Society. Phys. Rev. B36, 5592 (1987). Copyright © 1987 American Physical Society. Permission to use.


We have utilized an iodine absorption cell to enable detailed Raman studies at low frequency (down to 15 cm-1) in a thin film of the high-temperature superconductor Ba2YCu3O7. Subtraction of spectra just above and well into the superconducting phase reveals a weak broad feature (maximum near 400 cm-1, half width at half maximum approximately 250 cm-1), which we tentatively interpret as due to scattering near the superconducting gap. The large width of the feature may be partially related to smearing of the transition, or to gap anisotropy. Its onset near 200 cm-1 suggests an energy gap 2Δ near 25 meV. Assuming that the surface region probed in the scattering has the same Tc as that measured for the overall film (onset 85 K), we obtain the ratio r=2Δ/kBTc=3.4±1.5, consistent with the BCS weak-coupling value of 3.5.

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