Normal-state magnetotransport in superconducting Tl2Ba2CuO6+delta to millikelvin temperatures

A P Mackenzie, S R Julian, D C Sinclair, C T Lin

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Abstract

We report a study of the normal-state Hall effect and magnetoresistance of single crystals of Tl2Ba2CuO6-delta. Using samples with T-c<15 K, we can suppress the superconductivity down to low temperatures with magnetic fields of 16 T, and can thus study the normal state properties over three decades of temperature, extending into the T-->0 limit where it is possible to make a reliable estimate of k(F) similar to 0.7 Angstrom(-1) from the Hall effect in the elastic-scattering regime. The temperature dependence of the Hall coefficient, R(H), below 30 K rules out models in which R(H)(T) is taken as a measure of a real temperature-dependent change in the carrier concentration. The two scattering rates (probed by the resistivity and the cotangent of the Hall angle) which characterize normal-state transport in the cuprates also appear in this overdoped material for T greater than or equal to 30 K. However, as T-->0, we observe only a single scattering rate, whose temperature dependence is dominated by low power terms, in contrast to the T-2 dependence predicted for a Fermi liquid. The relationship between these findings and anomalous behavior previously reported for the upper critical field is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5848-5855
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review. B, Condensed matter
Volume53
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1996

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