57Fe and57Co Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry were used to study57Fe- and57Co-substituted PrBa2Cu3O7-d samples. Our most striking result is that the isomer shifts belonging to both Co and Fe at four- and five-coordinated Cu(1) sites in the PrBa2Cu3O7-d cuprate are significantly higher than those observed for the superconducting 1-2-3 compounds. This result is considered as being a consequence of suppression of superconductivity because the extra electrons from Pr fill in the holes in Cu-O planes due to the valence state of Pr higher than 3+ and due to hybridization of Pr-Cu-O orbitals, via the charge transfer mechanism between the Cu(2)-O planes and Cu(1)-O chains. Our results give evidence of the existence of the charge transfer mechanism between the planes and the chains, and of its important role in controlling the superconductivity with a charge reservoir behavior of the Cu(1)-O chains.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry