Description: Neutron powder diffraction techniques have been used extensively for the study of high-T/sub c/ oxide superconductors because of the need to locate oxygen atoms and accurately determine the oxygen site occupancies, and the difficulty in obtaining single crystals. For example, in the case of YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-delta/, neutron powder diffraction and Rietveld structural refinement were used to obtain the first complete structural information. Subsequent experiments focussed on determining the relationship of superconducting properties to the number and distribution of oxygen vacancies on the Cu-O sublattice with measurements being done on samples in thermodynamic equilibrium, at high temperature in controlled oxygen atmospheres, and on metastable, oxygen-deficient samples produced by quenching. Neutron powder diffraction has also been used to determine the structures of compounds in which the properties have been modified by substitution on the Y, Ba, or Cu sites. This paper briefly reviews some of the neutron powder diffraction results in these areas. 17 refs.
Date: March 1, 1988
Creator: Jorgensen, J.D.
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