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Extraordinary behaviour of the Y1−x Pr x Ba2Cu3O7−δ system

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Investigations of Y1−x M x Ba2Cu3O7−δ (M=Ce, Th)c-axis oriented thin film specimens show that the rate of depression ofT c withx is larger for M=Th, than for M=Ce and Pr, and suggest that Ce, like Th, is tetravalent in this compound. Hall effect measurements on Y1−x Pr x Ba2Cu3O7−δ single crystals reveal aT 2 dependence of the cotangent of the Hall angle in the normal state and a “negative Hall anomaly” belowT c in the superconducting state, in agreement with recent reports. Our research shows that the depth, Δ, of the negative Hall signal scales withT/T c and that the maximum value of Δ decreases linearly withx and vanishes atx≈0.24. Magnetoresistance measurements on Y1−x Pr x Ba2Cu3O7−δ single crystals indicate that the irreversibility lineH(T *) obeys a universal scaling relation characterized by anm=3/2 power law nearT c, with a crossover to a more rapid temperature dependence of belowT/T c ≈0.6, similar to that observed for polycrystalline specimens.

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Maple, M.B., Almasan, C.C., Seaman, C.L. et al. Extraordinary behaviour of the Y1−x Pr x Ba2Cu3O7−δ system. J Supercond 7, 97–106 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00730377

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Key words

  • Y1−x Pr x Ba2Cu3O7−δ
  • Y1−x M x Ba2Cu3O7−δ
  • Hall effect
  • magnetoresistance