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Title: Interfacial-Redox-Induced Tuning of Superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7-δ

Abstract

Solid-state ionic approaches for modifying ion distributions in getter/oxide heterostructures offer exciting potentials to control material properties. Here, we report a simple, scalable approach allowing for manipulation of the superconducting transition in optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films via a chemically driven ionic migration mechanism. Using a thin Gd capping layer of up to 20 nm deposited onto 100 nm thick epitaxial YBCO films, oxygen is found to leach from deep within the YBCO. Progressive reduction of the superconducting transition is observed, with complete suppression possible for a sufficiently thick Gd layer. These effects arise from the combined impact of redox-driven electron doping and modification of the YBCO microstructure due to oxygen migration and depletion. Finaly, this work demonstrates an effective step toward total ionic tuning of superconductivity in oxides, an interface-induced effect that goes well into the quasi-bulk regime, opening-up possibilities for electric field manipulation.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [5];  [6]; ORCiD logo [7];  [1];  [1];  [8];  [9];  [1];  [3]; ORCiD logo [10]
  1. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
  2. National Inst. of Standards and Technology (NISTI), Gaithersburg, MD (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  3. National Inst. of Standards and Technology (NISTI), Gaithersburg, MD (United States)
  4. Univ. Complutense, Madrid (Spain)
  5. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  6. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  7. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Advanced Light Source (ALS)
  8. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  9. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Advanced Light Source (ALS)
  10. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Georgetown Univ., Washington, DC (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Advanced Light Source (ALS); Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO); Federación Española de Enfermedades Raras (FEDER); Comunidad de Madrid
OSTI Identifier:
1603595
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1769073
Report Number(s):
LLNL-JRNL-758244
Journal ID: ISSN 1944-8244; ark:/13030/qt64p820jt
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231; DMR-1610060; ECCS-1611424; AC52-07NA27344; DMR-1609855; MAT2015-66888-C3-3-R; MAT2017-89599-R
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 12; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1944-8244
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; solid-state ionics; superconductivity; phase transitions; cuprates; oxygen stoichiometry

Citation Formats

Murray, Peyton D., Gilbert, Dustin A., Grutter, Alexander J., Kirby, Brian J., Hernández-Maldonado, David, Varela, Maria, Brubaker, Zachary E., Liyanage, W. L. N. C., Chopdekar, Rajesh V., Taufour, Valentin, Zieve, Rena J., Jeffries, Jason R., Arenholz, Elke, Takamura, Yayoi, Borchers, Julie A., and Liu, Kai. Interfacial-Redox-Induced Tuning of Superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7-δ. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b18820.
Murray, Peyton D., Gilbert, Dustin A., Grutter, Alexander J., Kirby, Brian J., Hernández-Maldonado, David, Varela, Maria, Brubaker, Zachary E., Liyanage, W. L. N. C., Chopdekar, Rajesh V., Taufour, Valentin, Zieve, Rena J., Jeffries, Jason R., Arenholz, Elke, Takamura, Yayoi, Borchers, Julie A., & Liu, Kai. Interfacial-Redox-Induced Tuning of Superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7-δ. United States. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b18820
Murray, Peyton D., Gilbert, Dustin A., Grutter, Alexander J., Kirby, Brian J., Hernández-Maldonado, David, Varela, Maria, Brubaker, Zachary E., Liyanage, W. L. N. C., Chopdekar, Rajesh V., Taufour, Valentin, Zieve, Rena J., Jeffries, Jason R., Arenholz, Elke, Takamura, Yayoi, Borchers, Julie A., and Liu, Kai. Fri . "Interfacial-Redox-Induced Tuning of Superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7-δ". United States. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.9b18820. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1603595.
@article{osti_1603595,
title = {Interfacial-Redox-Induced Tuning of Superconductivity in YBa2Cu3O7-δ},
author = {Murray, Peyton D. and Gilbert, Dustin A. and Grutter, Alexander J. and Kirby, Brian J. and Hernández-Maldonado, David and Varela, Maria and Brubaker, Zachary E. and Liyanage, W. L. N. C. and Chopdekar, Rajesh V. and Taufour, Valentin and Zieve, Rena J. and Jeffries, Jason R. and Arenholz, Elke and Takamura, Yayoi and Borchers, Julie A. and Liu, Kai},
abstractNote = {Solid-state ionic approaches for modifying ion distributions in getter/oxide heterostructures offer exciting potentials to control material properties. Here, we report a simple, scalable approach allowing for manipulation of the superconducting transition in optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films via a chemically driven ionic migration mechanism. Using a thin Gd capping layer of up to 20 nm deposited onto 100 nm thick epitaxial YBCO films, oxygen is found to leach from deep within the YBCO. Progressive reduction of the superconducting transition is observed, with complete suppression possible for a sufficiently thick Gd layer. These effects arise from the combined impact of redox-driven electron doping and modification of the YBCO microstructure due to oxygen migration and depletion. Finaly, this work demonstrates an effective step toward total ionic tuning of superconductivity in oxides, an interface-induced effect that goes well into the quasi-bulk regime, opening-up possibilities for electric field manipulation.},
doi = {10.1021/acsami.9b18820},
journal = {ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces},
number = 4,
volume = 12,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {12}
}

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