Magnetism and candidate muon-probe sites in RBa2Cu3Oy


Key results of zero-field (ZF) and transverse-field (TF) muon-spin-relaxation (μSR) experiments on superconducting and insulating RBa2Cu3Oy (R123y, with R=Eu, Gd, Pr and Pr/Y:y=6, 7) are examined. The chemical behavior of the positive muon probe is addressed, and muon-oxygen bonding is shown to occur in all these cuprates. To explain magnetic fields at muon-probe sites in PrxY1-xBa2Cu3Oy (0<=x<0.5, y=7 and x=0, y=6) samples, improvements on the reported magnetic structures from neutron diffraction are necessary. Cu magnetism in Pr123 y (y=6,7) is observed below TN1, which is near RT. The magnetism seen below TN2 can be interpreted assuming an additional ordering in the Cutt-O chain layers. Alternatively, Pr ordering is also considered as the cause of the second phase transition. Considering the specific muon-probe location, a more detailed interpretation can be provided for the μSR parameters, measured in the normal and mixed states of these unconventional superconductors. © 1990 J.C. Baltzer A.G. Scientific Publishing Company.

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