Yttrium doped La1-xYxO0.9F0.1FeAs superconductors: Hall and thermopower studies

Singh, S. J. ; Prakash, J. ; Patnaik, S. ; Ganguli, A. K. (2010) Yttrium doped La1-xYxO0.9F0.1FeAs superconductors: Hall and thermopower studies Physica C: Superconductivity, 470 (11-21). pp. 511-515. ISSN 0921-4534

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The effect of yttrium substitution at the lanthanum site on the superconducting properties of La1-xYxO0.9F0.1FeAs ('x' = 0, 0.10, 0.20, 0.30, 0.50 and 0.60) oxypnictides has been studied. Powder X-ray diffraction studies confirm single phases till x = 0.1 beyond which minor amount of Y2O3 is observed. The temperature dependence of resistivity measurements confirm the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of 34.8 (±0.05) K and corresponding Meissner transition at 34.3 K in the 'x' = 0.3 composition which is higher than that reported for the parent phase (LaO0.9F0.1FeAs (Tc = 28 K)). Further increase in the concentration of yttrium leads to broadening and suppression of the superconducting transition. The value of Hc2 at zero temperature is estimated to be about 60.5 T. The Seebeck coefficient (S) shows a negative sign indicating that the major contribution to the conductivity is by electrons. The Hall coefficient (RH) also remains negative throughout the temperature range supporting the thermopower results. The lattice parameters (a and c) decreases and the charge-carrier density increases with yttrium doping.

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Keywords:Oxypnictides; Superconductivity; Hall Effect
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