Ca-substituted epitaxial YbBa2Cu4O8 (Yb124) films were prepared by a coatin
g-pyrolysis process to enhance the superconducting transition temperature.
The Ca-doped Yb124 films showed higher T-c values, e.g., 81K, by AC-suscept
ibility measurement for the film with a nominal composition of Yb :Ca: Ba:
Cu = 0.95 : 0.05: 2: 4. These films contained a small proportion of Ca-dope
d YbBa2Cu3Oy [Yb(Ca)123] as an impurity phase. However, these high T, value
s should be attributed not to Yb(Ca)123 but to (Yb1-xCax)Ba2Cu4O8, because
both the slow- and fast-cooled films showed almost the same T-c values, tha
t are higher than those of the Ca-free films. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V
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