Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Abstract-Wavelength-dependent optical enhancement of superconducting interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4

E. Casandruc, D. Nicoletti, S. Rajasekaran, Y. Laplace, V. Khanna, G. D. Gu, J. P. Hill, and A. Cavalleri
Phys. Rev. B 91, 174502 – Published 5 May 2015

We analyze the pump wavelength dependence for the photoinduced enhancement of interlayer coupling in La1.885Ba0.115CuO4, which is promoted by optical melting of the stripe order. In the equilibrium superconducting state (T<TC=13K) in which stripes and superconductivity coexist, time-domain terahertz spectroscopy reveals a photoinduced blueshift of the Josephson plasma resonance after excitation with optical pulses polarized perpendicular to the CuO2 planes. In the striped nonsuperconducting state (TC<T<TSO40K) a transient plasma resonance similar to that seen below TC appears from a featureless equilibrium reflectivity. Most strikingly, both these effects become stronger upon tuning of the pump wavelength from the midinfrared to the visible, underscoring an unconventional competition between stripe order and superconductivity, which occurs on energy scales far above the ordering temperature.
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