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Superconducting Fluctuations in Overdoped Bi 2 Sr 2 CaCu 2 O 8 + δ

Abstract

Fluctuating superconductivity—vestigial Cooper pairing in the resistive state of a material—is usually associated with low dimensionality, strong disorder, or low carrier density. Here, we report single-particle spectroscopic, thermodynamic and magnetic evidence for persistent superconducting fluctuations in the heavily hole-doped cuprate superconductor () despite the high carrier density. With a sign-problem-free quantum Monte Carlo calculation, we show how a partially flat band at can help enhance superconducting phase fluctuations. Finally, we discuss the implications of an anisotropic band structure on the phase-coherence-limited superconductivity in overdoped cuprates and other superconductors.

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