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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 13, Number 4
BKCSDE 13(4)
April 20, 1992 

Substitutional Effects of Na in the YBa2Cu3O7-y Oxide Superconductors
Nam Hwi Hur*, Dong Han Ha, Yong Ki Park, Jong Chul Park
Sodium substituted samples of Y1-xNaxBa2Cu3O7-y for 0.00≤x≤0.16 were prepared and characterized by X-ray powder pattern, electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility measurements, Raman spectroscopy, and idometric titration. The Na substituted compounds have narrow solid solution limits where 0.00≤x≤0.16. As the Na concentration increases, the parent orthorhombic structure tends to gradually change to tetragonal. Small changes in the superconducting transition temperature, Tc, are observed in this solid solution region. Raman spectra for the Na phases are virtually identical with that of YBa2Cu3O7 except that the Cu(1)-O(4) stretching mode at 504 cm-1 and the Cu(2)-O(2,3) bending mode at 340 cm-1 for x = 0.16 are slightly shifted. The hole concentrations of the sodium substituted compounds ranged from 0.31 to 0.33 per Cu site are increased with Na content. The substitution of Na+ for Y3+ site appears to create oxygen vacancies in the Cu-O chains, causes structural change from orthorhombic to tetragonal, and increases hole concentration in the substituted system.
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