• J Janaki

Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science

• Structure and superconductivity studies on ternary equiatomic silicides,MM′Si

A series of ternary equiatiomic transition metal silicidesMM′Si (M=Zr, Nb, Ta;M′=Ru, Re) and Zr1/2M1/2 RuSi (M=Nb, Ta) have been synthesized and characterized. Guinier x-ray data clearly indicate that the compoundsMM′Si (M=Nb, Ta;M′=Ru, Re) crystallize with the orthorhombic TiFeSi-structure. This is contrary to one of the literature reports ascribing the hexagonal ZrRuSi structure toMReSi,M=Nb, Ta. ZrRuSi and Zr1/2M1/2RuSi (M=Nb, Ta), however, crystallize with the ZrRuSi structure. All the compounds are metallic and exhibit small and negative Seebeck coefficients. Superconductivity has been discovered inMM′Si,M=Nb, Ta;M′=Ru, Re and the transition temperatures, as measured by the low frequency a.c. susceptibility technique, range from 2·7 to 5·1 K. Zr1/2Nb1/2RuSi is not superconducting above 2·2 K. The observed properties are explained in terms of the electronic charge transfer effects and crystal structures adopted by these metal excess ternary silicides.

• Structural studies of Nd$_{1.85}$Ce$_{0.15}$CuO$_{4}$ $+$ Ag superconducting system

We have studied for the first time the effect of Ag addition (0–15 wt%) to the superconducting system, Nd$_{1.85}$Ce$_{0.15}$CuO$_{4}$, on its crystal structure and local structural features, using synchrotron X-ray diffraction(SXRD) and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. SXRD and subsequent Rietveld refinement studies on powders of Nd$_{1.85}$Ce$_{0.15}$CuO$_4$ $+$ Ag system indicate a small but significant change in lattice parameter upon Ag addition, showing evidence for possible incorporation of Ag to the extent of $\sim$1 wt%. Raman spectroscopic studies indicate that the parent structure of Nd$_{1.85}$Ce$_{0.15}CuO$_{4}$remains unaffected with no major local structural changes on doping with silver. However, all Raman modes show minor phonon hardening upon Ag addition, which is consistent with the unit cell volume reduction as is observed in XRD. A systematic bleaching out of the apical oxygen defect mode was also observed with increased Ag addition. Polarized Raman measurements helped to identify the asymmetric nature of the B1g Raman mode. X-ray diffraction studies on pellets of Nd$_{1.85}$Ce$_{0.15}CuO$_4$ $+$ Ag system further indicate a randomization of preferred orientation upon Ag addition. The superconductivity of the Nd$_{1.85}$Ce$_{0.15}$CuO$_4$ $+$ Ag system has been well characterized for all the compositions studied.

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Posted on October 12, 2020

Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020