Structural features of a low-Tc nearly stoichiometric Nd1+xBa2-xCu3Oz phase (x ≤ 0.05, z ∼ 6.9, a = 3.897-3.899 Å, b = 3.902-3.908 Å, c = 11.707-11.719 Å) have been investigated for the first time by XRD, EXAFS structure refinement techniques and Raman spectroscopy. It has been found that the abnormal lattice parameters and the low superconductivity transition temperature (55 K) of such a phase are related to structural disorder in the Ba and Nd sites resulting in oxygen disordering which cannot be avoided by a standard oxidation procedure. It is shown that longer annealing at high temperatures is an important factor for reducing the oxygen disordering and hence enhancing superconducting properties after oxidation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering