Thermally stimulated luminescence from high-temperature superconducting films and substrates


Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) measurements were conducted both on bare substrates and on high-temperature superconducting (HTS) films deposited onto representative substrates, to demonstrate that TSL is applicable to HTS films in detecting the presence of secondary insulating impurities (for example Y2O3, BaCO3, Y2BaCuO5, BaCuO2). To provide basic information for this particular application we also report TSL glow curves of the frequently used single-crystal substrates Al2O3, MgO, YSZ, SrTiO3, LaAlO3, and LaGaO3. Analyses of the well-defined glow peaks yield TSL parameters which suggest that the detrapping of an electron or hole from its metastable state and its subsequent recombination produces luminescence that follows a mixed-order kinetic process (1 ≤ l ≤ 2). The thermal activation energy required in this process varies between 0.6 and 2.3 eV and the frequency factor ranges from 107 to 1017 s-1. Although the luminescence mechanisms in these substrates could not be elucidated with the TSL data alone, these results are found to be adequate for ascertaining the presence of insulating impurities in the HTS films by comparing the TSL of the film-on-substrate and the substrate. © 1991.

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Journal of Luminescence