Superconductivity and the valence state of the Sr site in defective Bi1.8Pb0.2Sr2CuOy

Yan Hongjie, Mao Zhiqiang, Zhang Yuheng

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The superconductivity and the average valence state of the Sr site are comparatively investigated for the La-doped Bi1.8Pb0.2Sr2-xLaxCuOy (0.1≤x≤0.8) system and Sr-vacant Bi1.8Pb0.2Sr2-xCuOy (0≤x≤0.6) system. Electronic diffraction patterns and Raman spectra show that the incommensuration modulation (IM) is intensified in both systems, but the variation of the IM wavelengths in the La-doped system is much larger than in the Sr-vacant system. Resistivity measurements display that the superconductivity in the La-doped system appears from an overdoped region to underdoped region; however, it is strongly suppressed in the Sr-vacant system. Experimental analysis indicates that such differences between the two systems may arise from the fact that the La doping is pure electron filling, but the Sr vacancy in the Sr site brings about a shift of the apical oxygen of the CuO6 octahedron and therefore the conductivity of the CuO2 planes is directly influenced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15436-15441
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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