Isotope effect in the high-Tc superconductors Ba2YCu3O7 and Ba2EuCu3O7

B. Batlogg, R. J. Cava, A. Jayaraman, R. B. Van Dover, G. A. Kourouklis, S. Sunshine, D. W. Murphy, L. W. Rupp, H. S. Chen, A. White, K. T. Short, A. M. Mujsce, E. A. Rietman

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We have studied the effect of isotopic substitution on the superconducting Tc in the 90-K superconductors Ba2YCu3O7 and Ba2EuCu3O7 by replacing O16 with the heavier isotope O18. Samples with approximately 75% of the O16 replaced by O18 were prepared by gas-phase ion exchange. In these samples the phonon frequencies, measured by Raman spectroscopy, are reduced by the expected 4%. The transition temperatures, however, are found to change by less than 0.2%. This change in Tc is much less than that expected for strongly coupled phonon-mediated superconductivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2333-2336
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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