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Absence of a 2nd Antiferromagnetic Transition in Pure Yba2cu3o6+X

Physical Review B 50(13): 9688-9691

Autoren/Herausgeber: Casalta H
Schleger P
Brecht E
Montfrooij W
Andersen NH
Lebech B
Schmahl WW
Fueß H
Liang RX
Hardy WN
Wolf T
Erschienen: 1994

Magnetic ordering has been investigated by means of neutron scattering in an YBa2Cu3O6+x single crystal prepared with two different oxygen concentrations, x = 0.1 and x = 0.18, and in an aluminium-doped YBa2(Cu3-yAly)O6+x crystal with x = 0.25 and y = 0.14. For the undoped crystal, a magnetic ordering transition was observed at T(N) = 410 K and 368 K (respectively for x = 0.1 and x = 0.18), but no second magnetic transition was found down to 2 K. In contrast, an antiferromagnetic reordering was observed for the aluminium-doped sample with a transition temperature T2 = 8 K. This implies a high sensitivity of this second phase to impurities and indicates that the transition is not necessarily an intrinsic property of YBa2Cu3O6+x.