Volume 83, Number 6, September 2008
Article Number 66005
Number of page(s) 6
Section Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties
Published online 10 September 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 66005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/66005

Superconductivity in (La1 - xCex)(O0.9F0.1)FeAs and (La1 - xPbx)OFeAs

R. C. Che, L. Wang, Z. Chen, C. Ma, C. Y. Liang, J. B. Lu, H. L. Shi, H. X. Yang and J. Q. Li

Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing 100080, China

received 17 June 2008; accepted in final form 29 July 2008; published September 2008
published online 10 September 2008

Here we report the synthesis and superconductivity of (La1-xCex)(O0.9F0.1)FeAs and (La1-xPbx)OFeAs, which were prepared via partially substituting the trivalent La with either Ce in LaO0.9F0.1FeAs or Pb in LaOFeAs, respectively. Influence of the doping level x on the superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) is investigated in correlation with the dopant fraction values in these two sets of superconductors. The accurate existence of the doped Ce or Pb cations inside the typical samples is confirmed by means of electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) measurements. Structural analysis reveals that the increase of Ce content in the samples leads to a systematic shrinkage of the crystal lattice parameters. The observation of superconductivity in (La1-xPbx)OFeAs without F doping indicates a new method for the introduction of charge carriers in this system.

61.05.cp - X-ray diffraction. - Convergent-beam electron diffraction, selected-area electron diffraction, nano-diffraction.
61.66.Fn - Inorganic compounds.

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