We report the complex optical conductivity of a superconducting thin film of in an external magnetic field. The field was applied parallel to the film surface and the conductivity extracted from far-infrared transmission and reflection measurements. The real part shows the superconducting gap, which we observe to be suppressed by the applied magnetic field. We compare our results with the pair-breaking theory of Abrikosov and Gor’kov and confirm directly the theory’s validity for the optical conductivity.
- Received 16 August 2010
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