Effect of Sn substitution on the para-conductivity of polycrystalline Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3-ySnyO10-δ superconductors

Nawazish Ali Khan, Najmul Hassan, Sana Nawaz, Babar Shabbir, Sajid Khan, Azhar A. Rizvi

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High quality electrical resistivity ρ (T) versus temperature data of as-prepared and O2 -annealed Cu0.5 Tl0.5 Ba2 Ca2 Cu3-y Sny O 10-δ (y=0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, and 1.5) superconductors has been studied for fluctuation-induced phenomena setting in at temperatures well above the critical temperature [Tc (R=0)]. The analysis of the data is done by using Aslamazov-Larkin (AL) and Lawrence-Doniach models for the excess conductivity. We have estimated several physical parameters, including coherence length, interplane coupling strength, exponents, and dimensionality of the fluctuations. The as-prepared and oxygen postannealed samples have shown a cross-over temperature associated with two distinct exponents and the excess conductivity data fits well with the two-dimensional and three-dimensional AL equations. The coherence length along the c-axis [ℰc (0)] and the interlayer coupling strength (J) are found to decrease with increased Sn doping. These values are increased after annealing the samples in oxygen atmosphere, which is most likely associated with the approach of carrier concentration in the conducting CuO2 / SnO2 planes to the optimum value. The Tc (R=0) and the peak temperature (TP) as determined from the dρ /dT versus temperature plots are also found to decrease with increased Sn substitution, however, these temperatures are improved to higher values after annealing the samples in oxygen atmosphere. The decreased values of Tc (R=0) and TP with increased Sn substitution in the as-prepared samples are most likely arising from the suppression of carrier's density promoted by the increased volume of unit cell and the localization of the carriers at the Sn4+ sites.

Original languageEnglish
Article number083910
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes

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