Extended electronic structure inhomogeneity created by double chain layer defects surrounding columnar tracks in heavy-ion irradiated YBa2Cu3O7-δ

Ji Hwan Kwon, Yifei Meng, Lijun Wu, Yimei Zhu, Yifei Zhang, Venkat Selvamanickam, Ulrich Welp, Wai Kwong Kwok, Jian Min Zuo

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Abstract

In YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO), heavy-ion irradiation creates continuous amorphous tracks that are highly effective for vortex pinning. However, the electronic structure landscape of defects and consequently their vortex pinning roles are unclear. Here, we show double chain layer (DCL) defects which intersect the columnar tracks are additionally produced by high energy Pb ion irradiation in YBCO. The DCL defects are ∼29 nm long, about three times the columnar defect diameter. The electronic structures of the DCL and columnar track defects were determined using atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Results show a decrease in the oxygen and copper content at the interface between the track and the YBCO matrix, resulting in interfacial strain. For the DCL defects, the STEM/EELS study revealed a localized electron doped CuO2 plane next to the DCL defect. The DCL defects thus further extend the electronic inhomogeneity into YBCO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105006
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 31 2018

Keywords

  • critical current
  • double chain layer defect
  • electron energy loss spectroscopy
  • high temperature superconductor
  • scanning transmission electron microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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