The relationship of oxygen content, structural phase transition and Tc in Tl2Ba2CuO6 ± δ

K. V. Ramanujachary, S. Li, M. Greenblatt

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Polycrystalline samples of Tl2Ba2CuO6 ± δ were prepared by solid state reaction technique, with different heat treatments. Samples that were quenched from 860°C in air were pseudo-tetragonal and exhibited superconducting onsets at ∼ 84 K. Samples slow cooled from 860°C to room temperature in air showed a clear orthorhombic distortion and exhibited onsets at ∼ 20 K. No evidence of superconductivity was observed for samples prepared in sealed tubes at 860°C which were orthorhombic. Post annealing the 20 K and non-superconducting samples in argon atmosphere at 400-450°C for 1-2 h resulted in superconductivity at ∼ 50 K. A reversible structural phase transition from pseudo-tetragonal to orthorhombic symmetry accompanied by oxygen uptake/loss was observed in controlled oxygen atmosphere at ∼ 300°C as evidenced by DTA, TGA and high temperature X-ray diffraction studies. Variations in the oxygen content, although very small, have dramatic effects on the superconducting properties of Tl2Ba2CuO6 ± δ. The dependence of superconductivity on structure, oxygen content/ordering is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-384
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Feb 15 1990
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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