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Critical Doping for the Onset of a Two-Band Superconducting Ground State in SrTiO3−δ

In doped SrTiO3 superconductivity persists down to an exceptionally low concentration of mobile electrons. This restricts the relevant energy window and possible pairing scenarios. We present a study of quantum oscillations and superconducting transition temperature Tc as the carrier density is tuned from 1017 to 1020 cm−3 and identify two critical doping levels corresponding to the filling thresholds of the upper bands. At the first critical doping, which separates the single-band and the two-band superconducting regimes in oxygen-deficient samples, the steady increase of Tc with carrier concentration suddenly stops.

Near this doping level, the energy dispersion in the lowest band displays a downward deviation from parabolic behavior. The results impose new constraints for microscopic pairing scenarios.


Left : a new frequency emerges in the Shubnikov–de Haas data in the vicinity of nc1. When the carrier density is below nc1, quantum oscillations display a single periodicity with split peaks and each peak is more prominent than its preceding neighbor (a).With increasing carrier density, a second frequency emerges on top of the first one (b)–(d). Data are plotted as a function of the inverse of magnetic field normalized by the principal frequency F1 in order to simplify comparison. The Fermi surface of the lower band according to Ref. [13] is shown in panel (e) and its projection along the three high-symmetry axes in panels (f) and (g). In multidomain crystals, the two possible Fermi cross sections give rise to split peaks in quantum oscillations.

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Contact : Gabriel Seyfarth, Steffen Krämer