Journal of Low Temperature Physics

, Volume 105, Issue 3–4, pp 1023–1028 | Cite as

Reversible suppression of the so-called fishtail effect in ultra pure single crystals of YBa2Cu3O7−δ achieved by proper oxygenation

  • A. Erb
  • J. -Y. Genoud
  • F. Marti
  • M. Däumling
  • E. Walker
  • R. Flükiger
Critical Currents

Abstract

We report on the absence of the so-called fishtail or peak effect in the magnetisation curves of properly oxygenated high purity (5N) single crystals of YBa2Cu3O7−δ. As we recently reported [1] high pressure oxygenation procedures are suitable to produce a monotonous dependence of the critical current density with the magnetic field. In this article we report furthermore how to reversibly produce or remove this effect on the same crystal by proper oxygenation methods. Along with the high purity of the samples, — due to crystal growth in non reactive BaZrO3 crucibles —, this proves that at least in pure samples the fishtail effect is due to different oxygenation states and/or oxygen distributions. In less pure samples, however, other sources for this anomaly like metallic impurities can act as an additional source for the fishtail anomaly.

PACS numbers

74.60 G 74.70 D 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Erb
    • 1
  • J. -Y. Genoud
    • 1
  • F. Marti
    • 1
  • M. Däumling
    • 1
  • E. Walker
    • 1
  • R. Flükiger
    • 1
  1. 1.Département de Physique de la Matière CondenséeUniversité de GenèveGenève 4Switzerland

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