Although the pairing symmetry of the high-Tc superconductors is widely accepted to be dx2-y2, measurements in apparent contradiction with this picture have been reported in Bi2Sr2Ca 1Cu2O8+x and attributed to s-wave symmetry or complex mixtures of s-wave and d-wave. To clarify this issue, we have measured the transport properties of asymmetric 45° / Bi2Sr 2Ca1Cu2O8+x bicrystal Josephson junctions, a geometry sensitive to the pairing symmetry. All samples investigated show complicated but polarity-symmetric modulation of their critical currents with magnetic field, providing unambiguous, clear evidence for a pre-dominant dx2-y2 pairing symmetry at Bi2Sr 2Ca1Cu2O8+x interfaces.
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