The interaction of the migrating superoxide ion O-2 with the central cobalt-57 atom of the four coordinate species at the chain site is probed with the help of emission Mössbauer spectroscopy. The bond formation between 57Co and O-2 requires some thermal activation, and consequently the five-coordinate species is stable only above ∼ 350 K. The equilibrium shifts in its favor at higher temperatures, and the interconversion between the two species is completely reversible. The O-2 ion can either attach to cobalt end-on with one of the oxygen atoms or interact equivalently with both. The amount of the five-coordinate species formed seems to be limited by the availability of O-2. The interconversion ceases to occur after a prolonged thermal treatment of the YBa2Cu3(57Co)O7-δ pellet at 420°C under argon flow. All the interstitial oxygen species are presumably removed without any measurable loss of oxygen from the Cu-O chains.
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- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering