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Title: Structural changes in YBa2Cu3O7 and YBa2Cu4O8 by Zn doping
Authors: Zhang, X. 
Yip, K.W.
Ong, C.K. 
Issue Date: 1-Dec-1994
Citation: Zhang, X.,Yip, K.W.,Ong, C.K. (1994-12-01). Structural changes in YBa2Cu3O7 and YBa2Cu4O8 by Zn doping. Physica C: Superconductivity and its applications 234 (1-2) : 99-107. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Atomistic simulation techniques were used to determine the Zn substitution sites in YBa2Cu3O7 (123) and YBa2Cu4O8 (124). It was found that Zn dopant is energetically favourable to substitute at the Cu(2) site. Zn substitution at both Cu(1) and Cu(2) sites is also possible, but Zn substitution at Cu(1) site seems unlikely. Our result implies that most Zn dopants go to the Cu(2) sites and a small percentage of Zn dopants goes to the Cu(1) sites, which is in agreement with the experimental results. We also found that the structural changes in Zn doped 124 and Zn doped 123 are opposite to that in 124 under pressure and in YBa2Cu3O6.6 under pressure, respectively (note that Tc is enhanced in the latter two cases). It is found that Zn subsitution for Cu(2) causes similar atomic displacements in YBa2Cu3 O7 and YBa2Cu4O8. We also found that Zn doping on the Cu(2) site causes of the Cu(1)O(1) bond length and an elongation of the Cu(2)O(1) bond length in these two materials. These structural changes may induce the charge carriers to transfer from CuO2 plane to CuO chain resulting in Tc decrease. © 1994.
Source Title: Physica C: Superconductivity and its applications
ISSN: 09214534
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