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The Characterization of High-Critical-Temperature Ceramic Superconductors by Vibrational Spectroscopy

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Abstract:

The high-Tc superconducting ceramics have been extensively investigated by Raman and infrared spectroscopy. Some of the k = 0 phonons of the La2-x M xCuO4(M = Sr, Ba), MBa2Cu3O7-δ (MBCO), Bi-(Ca,Sr)-Cu-O, Tl-(Ba,Sr)-Ca-Cu-O, Pb-Sr-Ln-Ca-Cu-O, and Ba1-x K x BiO3 (BKB) systems have been observed, and assignments made. The Raman measurements on single crystals have provided the more enlightening results, inasmuch as assignments are facilitated by the use of polarization techniques. Assignments have also been aided by oxygen stoichiometry experiments, substitution of rare earth cations for Y3+ in YBa2Cu3O7-δ, low-temperature measurements, and isotopic studies. Infrared studies and assignments for the Bi, Tl, Pb, and BKB superconductors are lacking. Many of the zone-center phonons for each of the high-Tc materials (particularly those for non-totally-symmetric modes) remain undetected. Additionally, some disagreement in assignments (Raman and IR) persists, even for the more extensively studied La2-x M x CuO4 and MBCO superconductors.

Keywords: Ceramic superconductors; Infrared spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702904086047

Affiliations: 1: Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439; consultant to Argonne National Laboratory and Searle Professor of Chemistry (Emeritus), Loyola University, Chicago, IL 60626 2: Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439

Publication date: March 1, 1990

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