We report an observation of a sign change in the Hall resistivity xy in the superconducting state of the n-type superconductor Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4-y. This anomaly in other superconductors has widely been attributed to extrinsic effects, such as pinning or thermoelectric effects, or else to complicated band structures. However, the behavior of the Hall effect in the n-type cuprate Nd1.85Ce0.15CuO4-y and the systematics of the anomaly in other superconducting materials together provide strong evidence against such models. The data instead indicate that xy reveals an intrinsic property of vortex motion.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics