Influence of complexing agent in Tl-containing sol-gel derived precursor on critical temperature enhancement of Tl0.5Pb0.5Sr1.8Yb0.2 CaCu2O7 superconductor

Elya Sufliza Marsom @ Abdul Razak, A. K. Yahya, Nasri A. Hamid, Z. Awang, I. Hamadneh

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Abstract

Superconducting oxide ceramics of composition Tl0.5Pb0.5Sr1.8Yb0.2CaCu 2O7 was prepared by using a single-step sol-gel process using two different complexing agents (tartaric acid and citric acid). The effect of the complexing agents (0.0-11.0% (w/w %)) on superconductivity of the samples were studied. It was found that the values of critical temperature, Tc zero, was enhanced from 88 K (for the sample without any complexing agents) to 95 K (for sample with 11 w/w % tartaric acid) and 97 K (for sample with 11 w/w% citric acid). SEM analysis showed formation of ultra-fine grains with 1-2 μm average grains size for the sample without complexing agents. Addition of the complexing agents induced growth of elongated grains of 5-10 μm in average length. The Tc enhancement was discussed in terms of changes in hole concentration and sample microstructure as a result of use of the complexing agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2312-2317
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences
Volume8
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2008

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