Nd1·86Ce0·14CuO4−y is superconducting below about 20 K and electrons are considered to be responsible for superconductivity in these materials as in the case of Ln2−xCexCuO4−y and Ln2−xThxCuO4−y. Structurally these materials are not very different from thep-type superconductors La2−xSrxCuO4−y. In both these types of superconductors, the parent compounds are antiferromagnetically-ordered insulators. The induction of holes or electrons by substitution destroys magnetic interactions and brings about superconductivity. Peng and coworkers have studied the resistivity variation of both superconducting and nonsuperconducting Nd1·85Ce0·15CuO4−y and have found a decrease in resistivity with temperature, obeying a lnT dependence in the superconducting samples. Such a variation was not seen by them in the nonsuperconducting samples. They ascribe the lnT variation seen in their superconducting samples to arise from magnetic scattering of electrons. To study whether such an effect exists, Nd1·86Ce0·14CuO4−y was subjected to various annealing conditions and the resistivity behaviour is presented here. Our results differ from those of Penget al.
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