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Ellipsometric Study Of YBa2Cu3O7-x
Author(s): M K Kelly; D E Aspnes; P Barbour; J M Tarascon; Siu-Wai Chan; K Jenkin
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Paper Abstract

The high-temperature superconducting material, YBa2Cu307.x, and other related materials have a complex chemical bonding structure that makes the electronic structure difficult to understand. In addition, the oxygen stoichiometry, which is variable, is critical to the conductivity and superconductivity of the material. Using spectroscopic ellipsometry, we have studied the chemical dependence of the optical properties and found that these properties can be separated into contributions of the local chemical structures. This includes the identification of a strong absorption feature at 4.1 eV with linear 0-Cul+-0 complexes that form as a result of oxygen vacancies. Therefore we can use this feature to indicate oxygen loss at the surface. We have found that the formation of interfaces with Al or In causes such oxygen loss, but interfaces with Ag and Au do not. Room temperature vacuum exposure does not cause measurable oxygen loss at the surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 1989
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1056, Photochemistry in Thin Films, (15 August 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951636
Show Author Affiliations
M K Kelly, Bellcore (United States)
D E Aspnes, Bellcore (United States)
P Barbour, Bellcore (United States)
J M Tarascon, Bellcore (United States)
Siu-Wai Chan, Bellcore (United States)
K Jenkin, Bellcore (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1056:
Photochemistry in Thin Films
Thomas F. George, Editor(s)

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