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ID: 338572.0, MPI für Festkörperforschung / FKF Publikationen 2007
Ambient-condition growth of superconducting YBa2Cu4O8 single crystals using KOH flux
Authors:Song, Y. T.; Peng, J. B.; Wang, X.; Sun, G. L.; Lin, C. T.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2007
Title of Journal:Journal of Crystal Growth
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:263
End Page:266
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:YBa2Cu4O8 is a stoichiometric oxide superconductor of T-c similar to 80 K. Unlike YBa2Cu3O7-delta, this compound is free from oxygen vacancy or twin formation and does not have any microscopic disorder in the crystal. Doping with Ca raises its T, to 90 K. The compound is a promising Superconductor for technological application. Up to now, single crystals have not been grown without using specialized apparatus with extremely high oxygen pressure up to 3000 bar and at over 1100 degrees C due to the limited range of reaction kinetics of the compound. This fact has delayed the progress in the study of its physical properties and potential applications. We present here a simple growth method using KOH as flux that acts effectively for obtaining high-quality single crystals in air/oxygen at the temperature as low as 550 degrees C. As-grown crystals can readily be separated from the flux and exhibit a perfect orthorhombic morphology with sizes up to 0.7 x 0.4 x 0.2 mm(3). Our results are reproducible and suggest that the crystals can be grown using a conventional flux method under ambient condition. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Free Keywords:crystal structures; doping; solubility; solvents; growth from melt; oxide superconducting materials
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Michaela Asen-Palmer
Affiliations:MPI für Festkörperforschung
External Affiliations:Max Planck Inst Festkorperforsch, D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany.; Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Phys, Beijing 100080, Peoples R China.; Kunming Univ Sci & Technol, Yunnan 650093, Peoples R China.
Identifiers:ISI:000245615600001 [ID No:1]
ISSN:0022-0248 [ID No:2]
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