Theory of giant and nil proximity effects in cuprate semiconductors
journal contributionposted on 25.02.2009, 13:15 by A.S. Alexandrov
A number of observations point to the possibility that high-Tc cuprate superconductors may not be conventional Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductors but rather derive from the Bose-Einstein condensation of real-space pairs, which are mobile small bipolarons. A solution of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation describing Bose-condensate tunneling into a cuprate semiconductor is analytically found. It accounts qualitatively and quantitatively for nil and giant proximity effects discovered experimentally in cuprates.