Structure and superconductivity of the HgBa2Ca3Cu4O10+δ phase

S. M. Loureiro, E. V. Antipov, E. M. Kopnin, M. Brunner, J. J. Capponi, M. Marezio

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A bulk superconducting HgBa2Ca3Cu4O10+δ phase (Hg-1234) was obtained by a high-pressure high-temperature technique in a polyphasic sample containing ≈ 15% of impurities. The lattice parameters of the as-synthesized phase were found to be a = 3.8524(4) Å, c = 18.942(5) Å, with a Tc,onset of 116 K. Subsequent heat treatments showed that only strong reducing or oxidizing conditions allow one to obtain a major variation of lattice parameters and of Tc,onset, while heat treatments in 1 bar oxygen do not produce any significant change. The structural model refined by X-ray Rietveld powder diffraction showed a large deficiency of the Hg site [0.79(1)], relatively high thermal parameters for Hg and Ba, and an unusual short Hg-Oap distance. All these features can be explained by the presence of carbon replacing Hg in the as-prepared Hg-1234 phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-124
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its Applications
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 1996
Externally publishedYes


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