Influence of Zn doping on the thermal expansion of the high Tc superconductor Y1Ba2Cu3Oy

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Thermal expansion measurements have been carried out for the Zn-substituted compounds Y1 Ba2 (Cu1-xZn x)3Oy (0 ≤ x ≤ 4%) with a high-resolution dilatometer using the three terminal capacitance technique. The present setup is sensitive enough to detect changes in a of about 10 -8 K-1. Results indicate that the jump δα in the coefficient of linear thermal expansion decreases with an increase in Zn content. For x = 1 %, δα decreases by a factor of about five whereas the oxygen content and transition temperature do not change appreciably. There is strong evidence that the temperature dependences of α for compounds with high Zn concentration depend on the conditions of sample growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1439-1445
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physics Condensed Matter
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 03-03-2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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