We have measured 1/f resistance fluctuations at room temperature in YBa2Cu3Ox films as a function of oxygen content, x. The films were single phase, c-axis oriented and grown by pulsed organometallic-beam epitaxy on LaAlO3 substrates. In contrast to the monotonic increase of the film resistance with decreasing x, the normalized noise power was found to exhibit a sharp minimum at x=6.5. We attribute this behavior to vacancy creation in the Cu-O chains and discuss a simple model based on parallel conduction paths through both chains and planes.
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- Condensed Matter Physics