Physical processing effects on polycrystalline YBa2Cu3Ox

W. K. Ford, J. Anderson, G. V. Rubenacker, John E. Drumheller, C. T. Chen, M. Hong, J. Kwo, S. H. Liou

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The effect of heating YBa2Cu3Oxin vacuum to 600 °C has been studied using photoelectron spectroscopy and diamagnetic susceptibility measurements. Evidence of two chemically distinct copper and barium species is found in single phase samples at room temperature cleaned by gentle heating at 450 °C. Such annealing also increases the volume diamagnetic susceptibility of the samples which suggests that the preferred stoichiometry of growth does not lead to an optimum superconducting phase. Samples cleaned by vacuum scraping or ion bombardment reveal more amorphous XPS structure and are less indicative of bulk properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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