151Eu Mössbauer studies have been performed on the compounds EuBa2(Cu1−xZnx)3O7−y withx=0·0, 0·025, 0·05, 0·075 and 0·1. The parent compound, EuBa2Cu3O7−y is superconducting with a transition temperature (Tc) of 88 K.Tc is depressed as Zn is substituted for Cu in this system and the compounds withx>0·05 do not show superconductivity down to 12 K.151Eu Mössbauer studies at 295 K show a single Mössbauer line in all the compounds (whether superconducting or not) with isomer shift value typical of Eu3 + ion. Further, the isomer shift values are nearly independent ofx and the temperatures down to 10 K. These observations imply that the Cu-O network responsible for superconductivity is very weakly coupled to the Eu sublattice.
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