Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract The negative muon spin rotation method (μ− SR) has been applied to studies of electronic states at oxygen sites of oxide superconductors YBa2Cu3O7, Nd2−x Ce x CuO4−δ (x=0.15, oxygen reduced), LiTi2O4 and related oxide-insulators La2CuO4−δ, CuO, Cu2O. The paramagnetic shifts of μ− trapped at oxygen nuclei in these polycrystalline powder samples have been measured at 300 K. All the measured shifts are positive. In copper-oxides the paramagnetic shifts are of the order 10−3, while in LiTi2O4 is very small (8.4±3.34×10−5). In YBa2Cu3O7, a fast μ− spin relaxation timeT 2 * (∼ 200 ns) has been observed; the reason for this is unknown and further studies are now in progress.
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