INVESTIGATIONS OF SUPERCONDUCTING AND NON-SUPERCONDUCTING YBa2 Cu3 O7-x BY FIELD ION MICROSCOPY, ATOM-PROBE MASS SPECTROSCOPY AND FIELD ELECTRON EMISSIONReport as inadecuate




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Abstract : The structure and composition of superconducting and non-superconducting samples of YBa2Cu3O7-x were examined by field ion microscopy, atom-probe mass spectroscopy and field-electron emission techniques. Field ion microscope images from both types of material exhibited ring structures associated with atomic or multiatomic layers and uniform, layer-by-layer field evaporation was possible. Atom-probe mass spectra contained signals corresponding to atomic and molecular oxygen, all three metals, and oxides of Cu and Y. Atom-probe mass spectra from the superconducting samples x~0.35 contained a much larger molecular oxygen signal than mass spectra from the non-superconducting samples x~0.8 indicating that oxygen in the CuO chains is field desorbed preferentially as molecular oxygen ions. Field electron emission from the superconducting samples exhibited normal Fowler-Nordheim characteristics above and below the superconducting transition temperature. Surface contaminates were found to decrease the work function of the material by as much as 39%. With the exception of one isolated experiment, no significant temperature effect on the field emission characteristics were observed.





Author: G. Kellogg S. Brenner

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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