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Title: Controlling superconductivity in La 2-xSr xCuO 4+δ by ozone and vacuum annealing

In this study we performed a series of ozone and vacuum annealing experiments on epitaxial La 2-xSr xCuO 4+δ thin films. The transition temperature after each annealing step has been measured by the mutual inductance technique. The relationship between the effective doping and the vacuum annealing time has been studied. Short-time ozone annealing at 470 °C oxidizes an underdoped film all the way to the overdoped regime. The subsequent vacuum annealing at 350 °C to 380 °C slowly brings the sample across the optimal doping point back to the undoped, non-superconducting state. Several ozone and vacuum annealing cycles have been done on the same sample and the effects were found to be repeatable and reversible Vacuum annealing of ozone-loaded LSCO films is a very controllable process, allowing one to tune the doping level of LSCO in small steps across the superconducting dome, which can be used for fundamental physics studies.
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  1. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1557-1939; R&D Project: MA509MACA; KC0203020
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Journal Name:
Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 28; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1557-1939
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; La2-xSrxCuO4+δ thin films; molecular beam epitaxy; ozone and vacuum annealing