Anomalous superconductivity in bismuthates

  • Kim D
  • Baranov A
  • Kim J
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Abstract

We report the anomalous superconductivity found in bismuthates with different compositions. In the Sr1-xKxBiO3(SKBO) compound the field-induced superconductivity is observed, which shows a striking suppression of the reentrant resistance at T < Tcby applying an external magnetic field (H) or increasing the electrical transport current (I). The magnetotransport measurements on several different samples reveal that the reentrant resistance behavior with H and I is related to the normal state transport properties. Disordered junction barriers between superconducting grains seem to be important for the observed anomalous reentrant resistance phenomena. In the Ba1-xKxBiO3system, the whole region of the superconducting cubic phase diagram from x = 0.4 up to x = 1 was investigated for the first time by using the high pressure and high temperature synthesis technique. The superconducting temperature (Tc) of Ba1-xKxBiO3(BKBO) samples shows a parabolic decrease of Tcfrom the well-known Ba0.63K0.37BiO3composition with Tc= 30.4 K to Ba0.24K0.76BiO3with very low diamagnetic signal at nearly 3 K. However, we found that further increasing x gives an increase of Tcup to 9 K for x = 1. Possible physical origins of the field-induced superconductivity in SKBO and the anomalous superconducting region in high potassium concentration (x > 0.8) BKBO are discussed. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Ba1-xKxBiO3
  • Field-induced superconductivity
  • Reentrant resistance
  • Sr1-xKxBiO3

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Authors

  • D. C. Kim

  • A. N. Baranov

  • J. S. Kim

  • H. R. Kang

  • B. J. Kim

  • Y. C. Kim

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