Structure-compressibility relationships in layered cuprate materials

Neil Hyatt, Joseph Hriljac, Y Miyazaki, AP Jephcoat, Ian Gameson, Peter Edwards

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High-resolution synchrotron x-ray powder-diffraction experiments have been undertaken on the related series of layered cuprates of chemical formula HgBa(2)CiO(4+delta), Hg0.8Cr0.2Ba2CuO4+delta, Sr2CuO2CO3, NbSr2EuCu2O8, GaSr2YCu2O7, and Pb2Sr2YCu3O8+delta to applied pressures of 6.05, 7.64, 5.56, 4.47, 6.00, and 6.03 GPa, respectively. No discernible structural phase transitions were observed over these pressure ranges. The data have been analyzed using the Murnaghan formula to derive compressibilities and bulk moduli. The ambient pressure bulk moduli for the various cuprates are 63(2), 64(2), 62(2), 120(4), 85(3), and 129(4) GPa, respectively. In all cases the compressibility is the highest in the direction perpendicular to the cuprate layers (out-of-plane) and very anisotropic, with ratios for the out-of-plane to the in-plane compressibilities of 1.38, 1.25, 1.97, 1.45, 1.37 and 3.31, respectively. These variations are discussed in light of the crystal chemistry of these systems, and the observed trends should be helpful in tailoring the response of layered cuprates to applied hydrostatic pressure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)014517
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number1
Early online date1 Nov 2001
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


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