Influence of substrates on epitaxial thin films of high-temperature superconductors

H. Sato*, M. Naito, A. Tsukada, S. Karimoto, A. Matsuda

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For growth of high-quality epitaxial thin films of high-temperature superconductors (HTSCs), it is essential to choose appropriate substrates. For a thin film of La2-xMxCuO4 (M=Ba, Sr), the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) is modified by the strain due to the lattice mismatch between the film and the substrate. For the compressively strained (001) films of La2-xSrxCuO4 and La2-xBaxCuO4 on LaSrAlO4 substrates, Tc reached 44 and 47 K, respectively, which are higher than the values for bulk samples. Moreover, the Tc-x phase diagrams for the compressed films did not show a local minimum at x∼0.125, the so-called "1/8 anomal". Based on the experimental results, we suggest that the reduction of antiferromagnetic spin fluctuation increases Tc in HTSCs. For thin films of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8, we foun d that substrates with a small lattice mismatch are very effective in attaining a smooth and almost precipitate-free surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-194
Number of pages9
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • Bi-2212
  • Intrinsic Josephson junction
  • La-214
  • Strain effect
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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