Europium-based high-temperature superconductors studied by X-ray diffraction and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy

J. Linden, J. Hietaniemi, E. Ikonen, M. Lippmaa, I. Tittonen, T. Katila, T. Karlemo, M. Karppinen, L. Niinistö, K. Ullakko

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    Isotropic powders and magnetically aligned crystallites of EuBa2Cu3O7−δ (1:2:3) and europium-doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 (2:2:1:2) were studied by means of x-ray diffraction and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy. The degree of crystallite orientation of the samples and the values of the lattice constants were determined by x-ray diffraction. The Mössbauer spectra were analyzed considering the full hyperfine Hamiltonian of the nuclear states of the 21.5-keV γ transition. The Mössbauer hyperfine parameters obtained from the superconducting and semiconducting phases are presented. A small change is seen in the 151Eu isomer shift when the oxygen deficiency δ of the 1:2:3 compound is varied. The shift can be explained by a decrease in the s-electron density due to lattice expansion. The changes in the oxidation state of the copper atoms with varying δ were determined from the Mössbauer data: The Cu(2) atoms retain their oxidation state, whereas the Cu(1) atoms adjust their valence according to the value of δ. In the 2:2:1:2 samples, the Eu concentration clearly affected the value of the electric-field gradient at the Eu nucleus. Using a standard procedure, magnetically aligned 2:2:1:2 samples were prepared. The preferred direction of the crystal c axis changed from parallel to perpendicular alignment with the external magnetic field, when the Eu concentration exceeded 20% of the Ca atoms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8534-8541
    JournalPhysical Review B
    Issue number13
    Publication statusPublished - 1992
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • europium
    • Mössbauer
    • superconductor
    • X-ray diffraction


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