On the possibility of replacing Hg by Cu in the HgBa2CuO4+δ phase synthesized under high-pressure

E. T. Alexandre, S. M. Loureiro, E. V. Antipov, P. Bordet, S. de Brion, J. J. Capponi, M. Marezio

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To study the existence of the Hg1-xCuxBa2CuO4+δ solid solution, samples with x = 0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, and 0.50, were synthesized using a high-pressure and high-temperature technique. These samples have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and AC susceptibility measurements. Only the samples with x = 0 and 0.05 were found to be monophase. The sample with x = 0, depending upon the preparation is non-superconducting or has a Tc = 50 K. Its lattice parameters show that it is overdoped. All the other samples contain impurities, whose nature and relative quantities depend upon x and the compound used as extra Cu source. From the present results it can be deduced that Hg can in principle be replaced by Cu, but this replacement cannot be more than 10%. The discrepancy between the extra oxygen content determined by iodometric titration (0.13) and that determined by X-ray diffraction (0.20) and the low occupancy factor (or the relatively high thermal parameter) for the Hg cations is explained in terms of the incorporation of CO3−2 groups into the structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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