We report here the correlation between the water content and superconductivity in Na0.3CoO2·yH2O under the influences of elevated temperature and cold compression. The X-ray diffraction of the sample annealed at elevated temperatures indicates that intergrowths may exist in the compound at equilibrium when 0.6<y<1.4. Its low-temperature equilibrium diamagnetization Ms varies linearly with y, but is insensitive to the intergrowth, indicative of quasi-2D superconductivity. The Tc-onset, especially, shifts only slightly with y. Our data from cold compressed samples, on the other hand, show that the water loss non-proportionally suppresses the diamagnetization, which is suggestive of weak links.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering