Muranaka, Kie Tokushima University
Hagiwara, Makoto Kyoto Institute of Technology
We investigated the effects of oxidation and reduction on the successive superconducting transition in a ceramic material composed of YBa2Cu4O8 (Y124) submicron grains by linear and non-linear resistivity measurements. This material shows two-step superconducting transition and the lower one is identified as an inter-grain ordering. A sintering process fuses and joins the adjacent grains, so the lower transition was suppressed with increasing sintered time. Although Y124 is a stoichiometric ceramic, a reduction treatment suppressed the temperature of zero resistivity and broadened the non-linear resistivity peak. This suggests an oxygen vacancy was induced on the grain surface.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series
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