Thermal properties of the magnetic RuSr2GdCu2O8 superconductor
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A thermal study was performed on the RuSr2GdCu2O8 (Ru-1212) magnetic superconductor phase to investigate the effect of the annealing treatments in flowing O2 on the stability limit of the phase and on its structural, magnetic and transport properties. DTA-TG measurements were utilized to determine the decomposition process and the dependence of the decomposition temperature on the annealing atmosphere. The decomposition of the Ru-1212 phase was found sensitive to the oxygen partial pressure and increases with PO2 and the annealing time. The annealing treatments exert a depressing effect on the strength of the magnetic interaction, an enhancement on the superconductive properties and the vanishing of the magnetostriction. A decomposition reaction of Ru-1212 phase was proposed and discussed.
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