Structural properties of (Pb,Cu) (Sr,Nd)2(Ho,Ce)2Cu2O9-δ

Toshihiko Maeda, Naomichi Sakai, Fujio Izumi, Takahiro Wada, H. Yamauchi, Hajime Asano, Shoji Tanaka

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(Pb,Cu) (Sr,Nd)2(Ho,Ce)2Cu2Oz (z≈8.64) was made superconducting by heating at 500°C in O2 at a pressure of 90 atm. This oxide had a transition temperature (Tc) around 10 K. Its structure parameters were refined by the Rietveld method using neutron powder diffraction data. This compound belongs to space group 14/mmm and has a tetragonal unit cell with lattice constants, a=0.382496(8) nm and c=2.89862(7) nm. Atoms in fluorite-type layers and CuO2 planes are firmly bound at their ideal positions, whereas a (Pb,Cu)O monolayer is highly disordered and defective. In addition, an apical oxygen site in a [CuO5] pyramid is about 13% deficient. Such lattice instability in this oxide is discussed in connection with structural defects in other copper oxides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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