Precision neutron-diffraction study of the highssuperconductors

V. Aksenov, A. Balagurov, V. Sikolenko, V. Simkin, V. Alyoshin, E. Antipov, A. Gippius, D. Mikhailova, S. Putilin

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A neutron-diffraction study of (Formula presented) structure and its dependence on extra oxygen content for δ between 0.06 and 0.19 has been carried out with four pure samples using high-resolution TOF and λ=const diffractometers at room temperature and T=8 K. Sample characterization was done by measuring ac susceptibility, x-ray and EPR spectra, and by iodometric titration. A detailed analysis of atomic structure and the occupancy factors of mercury and oxygen was performed and showed the stoichiometric cation content. Extra oxygen was found only in the (1/2,1/2,0) position of the basal plane. (Formula presented) varied parabolically with δ and exhibited a maximum of 98 K at δ≈0.12. The data obtained can be considered as evidence of the conventional anion doping mechanism with 2δ holes per (Formula presented) layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3966-3973
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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