Behaviour of the second magnetization peak in La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystals upon entering the doping domain of static stripe order

L. Miu, A. M. Ionescu, I. Ivan, D. Miu, T. Adachi, K. Omori, Y. Koike

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The occurrence of a second magnetization peak (SMP) on the dc magnetization curves of superconducting single crystals with random quenched disorder in increasing external magnetic field H is quite common. Many models for this intriguing phenomenon have been proposed so far, but its origin is still under strong debate. Optimally doped and overdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystals (x ≥ 0.15) exhibit an SMP over a large temperature interval, up to very close to the critical temperature. By decreasing doping, it was found that with H oriented along the c axis the SMP completely disappears in the doping domain of well developed static charge and spin stripes (x ∼ 1/8), reappearing for x ≤ 0.10. This behaviour follows the instability of the Bragg vortex glass generated by the static stripe order (as revealed by small-angle neutron scattering experiments), which is confirmed by our magnetization relaxation measurements. If H is along the (a, b) planes, the SMP is observed for all investigated specimens. The presented analysis supports the scenario in which the SMP is generated by the pinning-induced disordering of the low-field Bragg vortex glass in the dynamic conditions of dc magnetic measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 15


  • LaSrCuO single crystals
  • Magnetization relaxation
  • Second magnetization peak
  • Static stripe order

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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