Superconductors in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O system containing a small amount of Pb were investigated by analytical electron microscopy as well as high-resolution electron microscopy. X-ray spectroscopy analysis showed that most of grains in the samples contain approximately the same amount of Pb, and the compositions of the grains with the low-Tc (60 K) phase correspond to (Bi, Pb)1.1(Ca, Sr)1.4Cu1.0Ox. The compositions of the samples containing high-Tc phase differ from grain to grain but indicate higher Cu atomic fraction than that of the low-Tc phase. High resolution electron microscope images directly reveal the modulated structure along the  direction with an incommensurate period which is the same as that observed in Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O. Electron energy loss spectra were also investigated by means of parallel detection system. The position and shape of the strong peak above the threshold at the oxygen K-edge were discussed relative to data for YBa2Cu3Ox.
- Analytical electron microscopy
- Electron energy loss spectroscopy
- High-T superconductor
- Low-T phase
- Parallel detection system Bi-Pb-Ca-Sr-Cu-O
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)