We realized highly underdoped Bi-2212 crystals by using a Bi substitution into a Sr site (x), together with the excess oxygen (δ) control. The samples with x = 0-0.3 were grown by a traveling solvent floating zone method. For each x, δ was varied using the precision annealing method . Under several assumptions, the effective Bi valence was evaluated to be +2.2, which is much lower than the formal valence +3. This indicates that the Bi substitution accompanies additional uptake in excess oxygen. The x dependent δ-doping level p relation and the observed shrink in the c-axis length are consistent with this assumption. Based on the decomposition phase diagram obtained in this study, Tc of 22 K was realized by careful annealing treatments. The samples showed a superconducting volume fraction of over 50%.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering