Characterisation of Al defects in SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ superconductor

M. Scavini, L. Mollica, R. Bianchi, G. A. Costa, M. Ferretti, Paolo Mele, A. Ubaldini, P. Ghigna, L. Malavasi, P. Mustarelli

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We present here a study on the effect of Al doping on the structure of SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ (Sm-123) superconductor. Electron MicroProbe Analysis (EMPA) and X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD) have revealed that the limit of aluminium solubility x is between 0.5 and 0.6. For further doping BaAl2O4 appears besides the superconducting phase. XRPD analysis on samples annealed in both oxidising and reducing conditions have revealed that the Al doping inhibits the tetragonal to orthorhombic phase transition. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) analysis has shown that almost all the Al ions are coordinated tetrahedrally. The comparison between oxygen non-stoichiometry in pure and Al doped SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ suggests that the Al ions are ordered in clusters. A model is proposed for short-range order around Al doping ions which allows us to interpret the phase transition inhibition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)936-941
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Volume17
Issue number4-6 II
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Mar 10
Externally publishedYes

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Scavini, M., Mollica, L., Bianchi, R., Costa, G. A., Ferretti, M., Mele, P., ... Mustarelli, P. (2003). Characterisation of Al defects in SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ superconductor. International Journal of Modern Physics B, 17(4-6 II), 936-941.

Characterisation of Al defects in SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ superconductor. / Scavini, M.; Mollica, L.; Bianchi, R.; Costa, G. A.; Ferretti, M.; Mele, Paolo; Ubaldini, A.; Ghigna, P.; Malavasi, L.; Mustarelli, P.

In: International Journal of Modern Physics B, Vol. 17, No. 4-6 II, 10.03.2003, p. 936-941.

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Scavini, M, Mollica, L, Bianchi, R, Costa, GA, Ferretti, M, Mele, P, Ubaldini, A, Ghigna, P, Malavasi, L & Mustarelli, P 2003, 'Characterisation of Al defects in SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ superconductor', International Journal of Modern Physics B, vol. 17, no. 4-6 II, pp. 936-941.
Scavini M, Mollica L, Bianchi R, Costa GA, Ferretti M, Mele P et al. Characterisation of Al defects in SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ superconductor. International Journal of Modern Physics B. 2003 Mar 10;17(4-6 II):936-941.
Scavini, M. ; Mollica, L. ; Bianchi, R. ; Costa, G. A. ; Ferretti, M. ; Mele, Paolo ; Ubaldini, A. ; Ghigna, P. ; Malavasi, L. ; Mustarelli, P. / Characterisation of Al defects in SmBa2Cu3-xAlxO6+δ superconductor. In: International Journal of Modern Physics B. 2003 ; Vol. 17, No. 4-6 II. pp. 936-941.
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