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Electrical Engineering, Measurement and Control Technology
Abstract The scattering function,S(Q, E), of superconducting La1.85Sr0.15CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O7 was measured over a wide range ofQ-E space by inelastic neutron scattering. Fine structures in their phonon density of states as well as theQ-dependences ofS(Q, E) were observed. TheQ-dependence ofS(Q, E) is very susceptive atT c , with an anomalous behavior similar to a critical phenomenon. We have found that the anomalous behavior is related to the local structural instability, i.e., the 〈110〉 buckling motion of the Cu-O plane and the shortening of the distance between the apical oxygen and the copper atom in the plane.
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