Pressure-Controlled Synthesis of the Hg0.82Re0.18Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ Superconductor (pages 1126–1129)
Agusti Sin, Alfredo G. Cunha, Albert Calleja, Marcos T. D. Orlando, Francisco G. Emmerich, Elisa Baggio-Saitovitch, Mercé Segarra, Salvador Piñol and Xavier Obradors
Article first published online: 26 JAN 1999 | DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1521-4095(199810)10:14<1126::AID-ADMA1127>3.0.CO;2-X
Obtaining single-phase Hg1–xMxBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ materials has proved difficult using the sealed quartz tube technique, mainly because of the poor knowledge of the synthesis mechanisms. A technique is described for the measurement of the system pressure in situ, allowing both the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of the reaction to be investigated. The power of this technique is demonstrated by studying the stability of the Hg0.82Re0.18Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ compound, but should also be applicable to in-situ pressure determination in gas–solid reactions.