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  1. The anisotropic microwave electrodynamics of YBCO

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    Hosseini-Gheinani, Ahmad Reza

    The anisotropic microwave surface impedance of the high temperature superconductor, YBa2Cu3O7-delta, has been investigated. Microwave spectroscopy using five microwave cavities has been used to show clearly the development of long lived quasiparticles (QP) in the ab-plane of YBa2Cu3O6.99. Two regimes of transport are found, one below 20 K where the quasiparticle (QP) dynamics is with residual impurities, and above 20 K where umklapp QP-QP interactions dictate the temperature dependence of the transport lifetimes. The C-axis microwave surface impedance of YBa2Cu 3O6.95 has been studied into the superconducting state. The long QP lifetimes found in the planes of this material are found to be absent in the conductivity observed along the c-axis, indicating that the confinement of carriers to the planes is an inherent feature of the cuprates. The highly underdoped superconducting state has also been investigated with microwave techniques. The temperature dependence of the c -axis superfluid stiffness is found to scale over a range of hole dopings, corresponding to Tc's in the range 9--19 K. We further find that the magnitude of the zero temperature c -axis superfluid stiffness grows rapidly with doping, initially as fast as T2c .

  2. Developments of superconducting motor with YBCO bulk magnets

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    Hirakawa, M.; Inadama, S.; Kikukawa, K.; Suzuki, E.; Nakasima, H.

    2003-10-01

    We designed and manufactured a superconducting motor with YBCO superconductive bulk magnets. The motor, equipped with YBCO bulks as trapped field magnets and copper coils as armature windings, is an eight-poled synchronous motor of outer rotor type. The bulks are cooled to around 30 K by a refrigerator. This cooling operation is simpler than the other methods like cooling by liquid nitrogen. This paper presents the construction of the motor, the method of cooling bulks and the method of activating YBCO bulk magnets.

  3. Over-current characteristics of YBCO superconducting cable

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    Wang, X.; Ueda, H.; Ishiyama, A.; Yagi, M.; Mukoyama, S.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.; Shiohara, Y.

    2009-10-01

    To achieve large current capacity and high mechanical flexibility, YBa 2Cu 3O 7 (YBCO) superconducting cables consist of a number of YBCO coated conductors that are assembled and wound spirally on a Cu former. In practical applications, superconducting cables are vulnerable to short-circuit fault currents that are 10-30 times greater than the operating current. Therefore, in order to ensure the stability of YBCO superconducting cables in such a situation and to protect them from the fault currents, it is important to investigate the redistribution of the transport current and electromagnetic coupling between the conductor layer, shield layer, and Cu former. In this study, we carried out experiments on a 10-m-long YBCO model cable, which was manufactured by Furukawa Electric. An over-current with a peak of 31.8 kA rms and a duration of 2.02 s was applied to the model cable. We performed numerical simulations using a novel computer program developed using the 3D finite element method to elucidate the electromagnetic and thermal behavior of the YBCO model cable in the presence of an over-current.

  4. Characterization of superconducting YBCO/polyacrylonitrile composites

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    Schlesinger, Y.; Mogilko, E.

    1994-10-01

    The elasto-mechanical and transport properties of HTSC YBCO/polyacrylonitrile (PAN) composites have been investigated. The results indicate clearly the effect of PAN presence on the porosity, microstructure, crack-stability and toughness, and grain-surface pinning strength. At 35% PAN fraction an extensive bridgelike linking network develops, which results in a dramatic increase of the crack-stability and an increased fluxon mobility. In contrast to other reported SC/polymer systems, the YBCO/ PAN composite exhibits a transport current resistive transition even at relatively high PAN concentration. A comparison of finegrain and coarse-grain YBCO ceramic characteristics allows a better understanding of the role played by the PAN host.

  5. Fabrication of Large YBCO Superconducting Disks

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    Koczor, Ronald J.; Noever, David A.; Robertson, Glen A.

    1999-01-01

    We have undertaken fabrication of large bulk items to develop a repeatable process and to provide test articles in laboratory experiments investigating reported coupling of electromagnetic fields with the local gravity field in the presence of rotating superconducting disks. A successful process was developed which resulted in fabrication of 30 cm diameter annular disks. The disks were fabricated of the superconductor YBa2Cu3O(7-x). Various material parameters of the disks were measured.

  6. YBCO superconducting ring resonators at millimeter-wave frequencies

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    Chorey, Christopher M.; Kong, Keon-Shik; Bhasin, Kul B.; Warner, J. D.; Itoh, Tatsuo

    1991-01-01

    Microstrip ring resonators operating at 35 GHz were fabricated from laser ablated YBCO films deposited on lanthanum aluminate substrates. They were measured over a range of temperatures and their performances compared to identical resonators made of evaporated gold. Below 60 Kelvin the superconducting strip performed better than the gold, reaching an unloaded Q approximately 1.5 times that of gold at 25 K. A shift in the resonant frequency follows the form predicted by the London equations. The Phenomenological Loss Equivalence Method is applied to the ring resonator and the theoretically calculated Q values are compared to the experimental results.

  7. Formation of superconducting junctions in MT-YBCO

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    Prikhna, T. A.; Gawalek, W.; Novikov, N. V.; Moshchil, V. E.; Sverdun, V. B.; Sergienko, N. V.; Surzhenko, A. B.; Uspenskaya, L. S.; Viznichenko, R.; Kordyuk, A. A.; Litzkendorf, D.; Habisreuther, T.; Krachunovska, S.; Vlasenko, A. V.

    2005-02-01

    The formation of superconducting junctions between MT-YBCO using TmBa2Cu3O7-δ powder as a solder has been studied. The method proposed excludes the step of a very slow cooling (at a rate of several degrees per hour) during seam formation. The heating and cooling rate for joining parts produced from single-domain material without visible cracks (macrocracks) can be rather high (500-1000 K h-1) and a holding time at the highest temperature (1010 °C) of several minutes (0.05 h) is enough to form a reliable junction. Reasonable rates of heating and cooling are however around 100 K h-1 if crack propagation is to be avoided in joined blocks used for practical application. Modelling experiments on rings and studies of the ring properties by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), field mapping with a Hall probe and magneto-optical microscopy have shown that superconducting properties of the junction were not lower than that of the joined material (jc of about 30 kA cm-2 was observed in zero field at 77 K) and that the proposed process of joining did not adversely affect the properties of the material. The structure of the resulting junction was in good agreement with the structure of MT-YBCO.

  8. Preparation, transport properties and patterning of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Kataria, N. D.; May, D.; Wolf, H.; Schneider, R.; Niemeyer, J.

    1991-09-01

    The preparation of YBCO thin films by coevaporation and magnetron sputtering is reported. The coevaporated films were fabricated on SrTiO 3 substrates by the codeposition of Y, BaF 2 and Cu at elevated substrate temperature and an ex situ annealing process. Zero resistance T c was as high as 88 K and the critical current density was j c(77K)≈10 5 A/cm 2. The superconducting sputtered films were fabricated in situ using an inverted cylindrical target on Y-stabilized ZrO 2 substrates with T c near 85 K and j c (77K)≈10 6 A/cm 2. The films were structured by a conventional photolithographic technique and chemical etching. The temperature dependence of the resistance R(T) and critical current I c(T) were measured for bridges with different line widths w. Line widths down to 3 μm were patterned on sputtered films by EDTA without any degradation of the superconducting properties, whereas due to the intrinsic surface roughness of the coevaporated films, degradation in the superconducting properties was observed for w < 10μm.

  9. Anisotropic superconductivity observed by magneto-optical imaging: A case study of yttrium barium copper oxide

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    Wang, Chong

    This work studies direct Magneto-Optical Imaging (MOI) as a means to directly observe anisotropic superconductivity using (110)-oriented YBa 2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO) thin film. The MOI technique can translate magnetic field distribution directly into an optical image. It has been used to study supercurrent distribution in a superconducting thin film. A fast Fourier transform method was developed to convert the MO image into maps of current density distribution independent of the underlying models that are used to extract the critical current densities. By using this method, the inhomogeneous critical current distribution can be deduced, and current stream maps can be constructed. High quality single phase YBCO (110) thin films were fabricated by magnetron sputtering. Characterizations by X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering and channeling, a scanning electron microscope, an atomic force microscope, and electric transport measurement indicates that the (110) films are single-phased, strain-free, highly oxygenated, and have a relatively smooth surface compared to the c-axis oriented counterpart prepared by the same technique. Direct imaging of the anisotropic magnetic field distribution at the surface of YBCO (110) thin film has been realized, where the unique stripe-like pattern is interpreted as based on the anisotropic critical current density model developed in this work. Geometric effects on anisotropic critical current flow have been examined. The characteristic behaviors of parabola-shaped discontinuity-lines (d-line) in an anisotropic thin film sample are discussed. Calculations of the critical currents at step-edged defects on anisotropic thin-films strip were conducted. The magnetic field pattern derived from the calculation is in good agreement with the stripe pattern of the experiment. Such step-edges are representative of physical imperfections that dictate the presence or absence of the stripe pattern in an anisotropic superconductor.

  10. On the Nature of the Superconducting Transition in YBCO

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    Yethiraj, M.; Crowe, S. J.; McK. Paul, D.; Christen, D. K.; Arai, M.; Yokoo, T.; Porcar, L.; Butler, P. D.

    2007-03-01

    In the high-Tc superconductor YBCO, a transition was observed from a hexagonal FLL at low magnetic field (parallel to the c-axis) to a square configuration at high fields. Also seen was a rapid decrease in the Bragg intensity at low temperature (T). It has been the general belief that both the symmetry change and the T-dependence behaviour was due to the d- wave nature of high-Tc superconductivity. However, we observed that the fall-off in intensity with increasing temperature depended on the strength of the applied external field and that excellent fits to this T-dependence could be obtained by simply multiplying the temperature dependence of the familiar Ginzburg-Landau two-fluid model, appropriate for high-kappa materials conventional superconductors, by an exponential factor exp(-aT), with the field-dependent variable `a' being the only free parameter. The impact of these observations on the symmetry of the order parameter will be discussed.

  11. Ultrasonic signatures at the superconducting and the pseudogap phase boundaries in YBCO cuprates.

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    Shehter, Arkady; Migliori, Albert; Betts, Jonathan B.; Balakirev, Fedor F.; McDonald, Ross David; Riggs, Scott C.; Ramshaw, Brad; Liang, Ruixing; Hardy, Walter N.; Bonn, Doug A.

    2012-08-28

    A major issue in the understanding of cuprate superconductors is the nature of the metallic state from which high temperature superconductivity emerges. Central to this issue is the pseudogap region of the doping-temperature phase diagram that extends from room temperature to the superconducting transition. Although polarized neutron scattering studies hint at magnetic order associated with the pseudogap, there is no clear thermodynamic evidence for a phase boundary. Such evidence has a straightforward physical interpretation, however, it is difficult to obtain over a temperature range wide enough to encompass both the pseudogap and superconducting phases. We address this by measuring the elastic response of detwinned single crystals, an underdoped YBCO{sub 6.60} with superconducting transition at T{sub c} = 61.6K and a slightly overdoped YBCO{sub 6.98} with T{sub c} = 88.0K. We observe a discontinuity in the elastic moduli across the superconducting transition. Its magnitude requires that pair formation is coincident with superconducting coherence (the onset of the Meissner effect). For both crystals the elastic response reveals a phase transition at the pseudogap boundary. In slightly overdoped YBCO that transition is 20K below T{sub c}, extending the pseudogap phase boundary inside the superconducting dome. This supports a description of the metallic state in cuprates where a pseudogap phase boundary evolves into a quantum critical point masked by the superconducting dome.

  12. Passivation of Flexible YBCO Superconducting Current Lead With Amorphous SiO2 Layer

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    Johannes, Daniel; Webber, Robert

    2013-01-01

    Adiabatic demagnetization refrigerators (ADR) are operated in space to cool detectors of cosmic radiation to a few 10s of mK. A key element of the ADR is a superconducting magnet operating at about 0.3 K that is continually energized and de-energized in synchronism with a thermal switch, such that a piece of paramagnetic salt is alternately warm in a high magnetic field and cold in zero magnetic field. This causes the salt pill or refrigerant to cool, and it is able to suck heat from an object, e.g., the sensor, to be cooled. Current has to be fed into and out of the magnets from a dissipative power supply at the ambient temperature of the spacecraft. The current leads that link the magnets to the power supply inevitably conduct a significant amount of heat into the colder regions of the supporting cryostat, resulting in the need for larger, heavier, and more powerful supporting refrigerators. The aim of this project was to design and construct high-temperature superconductor (HTS) leads from YBCO (yttrium barium copper oxide) composite conductors to reduce the heat load significantly in the temperature regime below the critical temperature of YBCO. The magnet lead does not have to support current in the event that the YBCO ceases to be superconducting. Cus - tomarily, a normal metal conductor in parallel with the YBCO is a necessary part of the lead structure to allow for this upset condition; however, for this application, the normal metal can be dispensed with. Amorphous silicon dioxide is deposited directly onto the surface of YBCO, which resides on a flexible substrate. The silicon dioxide protects the YBCO from chemically reacting with atmospheric water and carbon dioxide, thus preserving the superconducting properties of the YBCO. The customary protective coating for flexible YBCO conductors is silver or a silver/gold alloy, which conducts heat many orders of magnitude better than SiO2 and so limits the use of such a composite conductor for passing current

  13. Coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in YBCO nanoparticles.

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    Zhu, Zhonghua; Gao, Daqiang; Dong, Chunhui; Yang, Guijin; Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Jinlin; Shi, Zhenhua; Gao, Hua; Luo, Honggang; Xue, Desheng

    2012-03-21

    Nanoparticles of superconducting YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-δ) were synthesized via a citrate pyrolysis technique. Room temperature ferromagnetism was revealed in the samples by a vibrating sample magnetometer. Electron spin resonance spectra at selected temperatures indicated that there is a transition from the normal to the superconducting state at temperatures below 100 K. The M-T curves with various applied magnetic fields showed that the superconducting transition temperatures are 92 K and 55 K for the air-annealed and the post-annealed samples, respectively. Compared to the air-annealed sample, the saturation magnetization of the sample by reheating the air-annealed one in argon atmosphere is enhanced but its superconductivity is weakened, which implies that the ferromagnetism maybe originates from the surface oxygen defects. By superconducting quantum interference device measurements, we further confirmed the ferromagnetic behavior at high temperatures and interesting upturns in field cooling magnetization curves within the superconducting region are found. We attributed the upturn phenomena to the coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity at low temperatures. Room temperature ferromagnetism of superconducting YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-δ) nanoparticles has been observed in some previous related studies, but the issue of the coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity within the superconducting region is still unclear. In the present work, it will be addressed in detail. The cooperation phenomena found in the spin-singlet superconductors will help us to understand the nature of superconductivity and ferromagnetism in more depth. PMID:22327377

  14. Continued improvment of large area, in situ sputter deposition of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Truman, J. K.; White, W. R.; Ballentine, P. H.; Mallory, D. S.; Kadin, A. M.

    1993-01-01

    The deposition of thin films of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x onto substrates of up to 3-in diameter by an integrated off-axis sputtering is reported. The substrate is located above the center of an 8-in-diameter YBCO planar target, and, in conjunction with a negative ion shield, negative ion effects are avoided. A large radiant heater provides backside, noncontact heating of the bare substrates. YBCO films have been grown on polished 1-cm2 MgO and LaAlO3 substrates with Tc = 90 K or greater, Jc = 2.5 x 10 exp 6 A/sq cm or greater at 77 K, and microwave surface resistance Rs less than 0.4 micro-ohm at 77 K and 10 GHz. The films have a very smooth surface morphology. Uniformity data for LaAlO3 substrates are less than +/-5 percent in Rs. Thickness uniformity results for 3-in substrates indicate less than 10 percent variation. The growth of epitaxial insulating films for use with YBCO films and application of the YBCO films in microwave devices are briefly discussed.

  15. Simulation of the behavior of superconducting YBCO lines at high current densities

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    Antognazza, L.; Decroux, M.; Reymond, S.; de Chambrier, E.; Triscone, J.-M.; Paul, W.; Chen, M.; Fischer, Ø.

    2002-08-01

    We report on the behavior of YBCO lines at high current densities. The experiments are performed, with short constant current pulses, on Au/YBCO/CeO 2 structures grown on 2″ sapphire wafers. We found that a quasi spontaneous highly dissipative state (HDS) appears at a critical current J*, which is also temperature dependent. The initial propagation velocity of the HDS can reach values as high as 150 m/s for a current of 3 Jc. We show experimental evidences that this HDS is driven by the current and does not originate from a thermal runaway of the superconducting line. To confirm these results, we have simulated the thermal behavior of the line, using a calculation based on a finite element method, including the dissipation coming from the flux flow. This model reproduces very well the propagation velocity, and its current dependence, observed experimentally if we include the temperature dependence of J*, whereas the calculated velocities in the case of a purely thermal runaway are one order of magnitude lower.

  16. Magnetization losses in superconducting YBCO conductor-on-round-core (CORC) cables

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    Majoros, M.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.; van der Laan, D. C.

    2014-12-01

    Described are the results of magnetization loss measurements made at 77 K on several YBCO conductor-on-round-core (CORC) cables in ac magnetic fields of up to 80 mT in amplitude and frequencies of 50 to 200 Hz, applied perpendicular to the cable axis. The cables contained up to 40 tapes that were wound in as many as 13 layers. Measurements on the cables with different configurations were made as functions of applied ac field amplitude and frequency to determine the effects of their layout on ac loss. In large scale devices such as e.g. Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) magnets, the observed ac losses represent less than 0.1% of their stored energy.

  17. Optimizing Production of Superconducting Bulk YBCO Crystals: Effects of Initial Temperature and Growth Time

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    Jolley, Erin; Shea, Connor; Hunting, Janet; Sullivan, M. C.

    We present our work on increasing both pinning force and critical temperature of bulk YBCO superconducting crystals. We optimized temperature profiles for growing bulk YBaCuO superconductors by varying (a) temperature and (b) growth time. We synthesize the precursor materials, superconducting Y1Ba2Cu3O7 (Y-123) and non-superconducting Y2Ba1Cu1O5 (Y-211), and mix the two in a 1:0.4 molar ratio before beginning melt textured growth. We heat the mixture to a temperature above the melting point of Y-123 but below the melting point of Y-211, where it is held until the Y-123 melts and the Y-211 impurities disperse in the mixture. The mixture is then quickly cooled to an initial temperature (a) near the peritectic point, and is then slowly cooled for 30-100 hours (b) to allow steady growth of large domain Y-123 crystals. We will discuss the effects of different initial temperatures near the peritectic point and growth times on the pinning force and critical temperature of these samples. This work was supported by NSF Grant DMR-1305637, and made use of the Cornell Center for Materials Research Shared Facilities which are supported through the NSF MRSEC program (Grant DMR-1120296).

  18. Ac loss characteristics of YBCO superconducting tapes fabricated by TFA-MOD technique

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    Iwakuma, Masataka; Nigo, Masahiro; Inoue, Daisuke; Miyamoto, Naoya; Kiss, Takanobu; Funaki, Kazuo; Iijima, Yasuhiro; Saitoh, Takashi; Izumi, Teruo; Yamada, Yutaka; Shiohara, Yuu

    2005-10-01

    We investigated the ac loss properties of a YBCO superconducting tape fabricated by TFA-MOD technique. The thickness of the YBCO layer is 1.2 μm. A 6-tape stack of 50 mm in length and 10 mm in width was inserted into a saddle-shaped pickup coil. The ac loss was measured at 35-77 K by applying an external ac magnetic field. The magnetic field angle was changed by rotating the sample stack around its longitudinal axis. The effective penetration field, which corresponds to the breaking point of an ac loss curve, decreased with increasing field angle though it was much smaller than that which was estimated for a superconducting slab with the same thickness as the width of a tape. As a result, the ac loss increased monotonically with an increasing field angle against the wide surface for any amplitude. The observed field angular dependence of the ac loss agreed with the theoretically predicted one by using the observed ac losses in perpendicular magnetic field. Anyway the ac loss for a larger amplitude than the effective penetration field was proportional to the critical current density and the projective width of a tape in the direction of the applied magnetic field for any field angle and any temperature as well known. In addition we estimated the magnetic field, B, dependence of the critical current, Ic, from the observed magnetization curves. It was shown that zero-field Ic appeared to be a linear function of temperature and Ic-B characteristics was scaled with zero-field Ic. We also discussed a difference in Ic-B characteristics and its temperature dependence between TFA-MOD tapes and IBAD-PLD ones.

  19. YBCO superconducting thin films prepared by vacuum coevaporation without post treatment in oxygen

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    Chromik, S.; Strbik, V.; Benacka, S.; Levarsky, J.; Sith, J.; Plecenik, A.; Gazi, S.; Smatko, V.; Schilder, J.

    1989-03-01

    Results on low temperature process in preparation of superconducting thin films YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub x/ are presented. The YBCO thin films of thickness 0.5-1.0 ..mu..m were prepared by vacuum codeposition of Y, BaO, and Cu not only onto both polycrystalline and single crystal Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, MgO, and SrTiO/sub 3/ but even on Si+SrTiO/sub 3/ and Si+SiO/sub 2/ substrates. The temperature of substrate was 550 - 580/sup 0/C and partial oxygen pressure in vacuum chamber 10/sup -2/ Pa. The total film growth rate was 1 nm/s with controlled individual rates to yield the desired 1:2:3 composition. The preparation of in situ superconducting thin films was successful with all used substrates. Maximum critical temperature at zero resistance was T/sub ce/ = 85 K, the onset critical temperature T/sub con/ being from 90 to 95 K.

  20. Superconducting YBCO thin film on multicrystalline Ag film evaporated on MgO substrate

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    Azoulay, Jacob; Verdyan, Armen; Lapsker, Igor

    Superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ films were grown by resistive evaporation on multicrystalline silver film which was evaporated on MgO substrate. A simple inexpensive vacuum system equipped with resistively heated boat was used for the whole process. Silver film was first evaporated on MgO substrate kept at 400°C during the evaporation after which with no further annealing a precursor mixture of yttrium small grains and Cu and BaF2 in powder form weighed in the atomic proportion to yield stoichiometric YBa 2Cu 3O 7 was evaporated. The films thus obtained were annealed at 740°C under low oxygen partial pressure of about 1Pa for 30 minutes to form the superconducting phase. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques were used for texture and surface analysis. Electrical properties were determined using a standard dc four-probe for electrical measurements. The physical and electrical properties of the YBCO films are discussed in light of the fact that X-ray diffraction measurements done on the silver film have revealed a multicrystalline structure

  1. Aspects of passive magnetic levitation based on high-T{sub c} superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Schoenhuber, P.; Moon, F.C.

    1995-04-01

    Passive magnetic levitation systems reported in the past were mostly confined to bulk superconducting materials. Here the authors present fundamental studies on magnetic levitation employing cylindrical permanent magnets floating above high-T{sub c} superconducting YBCO thin films (thickness about 0.3 mu m). Experiments included free floating rotating magnets as well as well-established flexible beam methods. By means of the latter, the authors investigated levitation and drag force hysteresis as well as magnetic stiffness properties of the superconductor-magnet arrangement. In the case of vertical motion of the magnet, characteristic high symmetry of repulsive (approaching) and attractive (withdrawing) branches of the pronounced force-displacement hysteresis could be detected. Achievable force levels were low as expected but sufficient for levitation of permanent magnets. With regard to magnetic stiffness, thin films proved to show stiffness-force ratios about one order of magnitude higher than bulk materials. Phenomenological models support the measurements. Regarding the magnetic hysteresis of the superconductor, the Irie-Yamafuji model was used for solving the equation of force balance in cylindrical coordinates allowing for a macroscopic description of the superconductor magnetization. This procedure provided good agreement with experimental levitation force and stiffness data during vertical motion. For the case of (lateral) drag force basic qualitative characteristics could be recovered, too. It is shown that models, based on simple asymmetric magnetization of the superconductor, describe well asymptotic transition of drag forces after the change of the magnet motion direction. Virgin curves (starting from equilibrium, i.e. symmetric magnetization) are approximated by a linear approach already reported in literature only. This paper shows that basic properties of superconducting thin films allow for their application to magnetic levitation.

  2. Aspects of passive magnetic levitation based on high-T(sub c) superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Schoenhuber, P.; Moon, F. C.

    1995-01-01

    Passive magnetic levitation systems reported in the past were mostly confined to bulk superconducting materials. Here we present fundamental studies on magnetic levitation employing cylindrical permanent magnets floating above high-T(sub c) superconducting YBCO thin films (thickness about 0.3 mu m). Experiments included free floating rotating magnets as well as well-established flexible beam methods. By means of the latter, we investigated levitation and drag force hysteresis as well as magnetic stiffness properties of the superconductor-magnet arrangement. In the case of vertical motion of the magnet, characteristic high symmetry of repulsive (approaching) and attractive (withdrawing) branches of the pronounced force-displacement hysteresis could be detected. Achievable force levels were low as expected but sufficient for levitation of permanent magnets. With regard to magnetic stiffness, thin films proved to show stiffness-force ratios about one order of magnitude higher than bulk materials. Phenomenological models support the measurements. Regarding the magnetic hysteresis of the superconductor, the Irie-Yamafuji model was used for solving the equation of force balance in cylindrical coordinates allowing for a macroscopic description of the superconductor magnetization. This procedure provided good agreement with experimental levitation force and stiffness data during vertical motion. For the case of (lateral) drag force basic qualitative characteristics could be recovered, too. It is shown that models, based on simple asymmetric magnetization of the superconductor, describe well asymptotic transition of drag forces after the change of the magnet motion direction. Virgin curves (starting from equilibrium, i.e. symmetric magnetization) are approximated by a linear approach already reported in literature only. This paper shows that basic properties of superconducting thin films allow for their application to magnetic levitation or - without need of levitation

  3. Manufacture of YBCO Superconducting Flexible Tapes from Nanoparticle Films Derived from Sedimentation and by Flame Deposition of Nanoparticles from Solution

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    Wiesmann, Harold

    2008-02-24

    The objective of this CRADA was to develop the experimental and theoretical basis of a technology to produce yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) superconducting flexible tapes derived from nanoparticle metal oxide sols. The CRADA was a joint effort between Oxford Superconducting Technology, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry. The effort was divided into three main tasks, the synthesis of a heteroepitaxial oxide buffer layer, and the manufacture of a flexible biaxially textured metallic substrate and the synthesis of a heteroepitaxial crystalline YBCO layer. The formation of a heteroepitaxial buffer layer was implemented using technology developed at the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry for the synthesis, stabilization and deposition of polymer stabilized nanoparticle metal oxide sols. Using this technology, flexible oriented RABiTS nickel tapes, manufactured and supplied by the CRADA partner, Oxford Superconducting Technology, Carteret, New Jersey, were coated with a film of metal oxide nanoparticles. After coating the RABiTS nickel tapes with the nanoparticle sols the nickel tape/nanoparticle composite structure was sintered in order to form a dense crystalline heteroepitaxial oxide layer on the surface of the tape, also known as a ‘buffer’ layer. The final phase of the research was the formation of a heteroepitaxial YBCO layer, grown on top of the metal oxide buffer layer. This work was scheduled to follow the development of the heteroepitaxial oxide buffer layer as described above. Three different polymer stabilized sols, yttrium hydroxide, Y(OH){sub 3}, copper hydroxide, Cu(OH){sub 2}, and barium fluoride, BaF{sub 2}, were synthesized and combined in the appropriate stoichiometric ratio. This metal oxide sol was then be deposited onto the buffer layer and reacted to form a crystalline heteroepitaxial YBCO film ranging from 1–5 microns thick.

  4. Strong vortex matching effects in YBCO films with periodic modulations of the superconducting order parameter fabricated by masked ion irradiation

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    Haag, L. T.; Zechner, G.; Lang, W.; Dosmailov, M.; Bodea, M. A.; Pedarnig, J. D.

    2014-08-01

    We report on measurements of the magnetoresistance and of the critical current in thin films of the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO). A square array of regions with suppressed superconducting order parameter has been created in these films by introducing point defects via irradiation with He+ ions through a silicon stencil mask. In such a structure distinct peaks of the critical current can be observed at commensurate arrangements of magnetic flux quanta with the artificial defect lattice. Concurrently, the magnetoresistance shows pronounced minima. Both observations demonstrate that the strong intrinsic pinning in YBCO can be overcome by a periodic array of ion-damage columns with 300 nm spacing.

  5. In-situ deposition of YBCO high-Tc superconducting thin films by MOCVD and PE-MOCVD

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    Zhao, J.; Noh, D. W.; Chern, C.; Li, Y. Q.; Norris, P. E.; Kear, B.; Gallois, B.

    1991-01-01

    Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) offers the advantages of a high degree of compositional control, adaptability for large scale production, and the potential for low temperature fabrication. The capability of operating at high oxygen partial pressure is particularly suitable for in situ formation of high temperature superconducting (HTSC) films. Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) thin films having a sharp zero-resistance transition with T(sub c) greater than 90 K and J(sub c) of approximately 10(exp 4) A on YSZ have been prepared, in situ, at a substrate temperature of about 800 C. Moreover, the ability to form oxide films at low temperature is very desirable for device applications of HTSC materials. Such a process would permit the deposition of high quality HTSC films with a smooth surface on a variety of substrates. Highly c-axis oriented, dense, scratch resistant, superconducting YBCO thin films with mirror-like surfaces have been prepared, in situ, at a reduced substrate temperature as low as 570 C by a remote microwave-plasma enhanced metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD) process. Nitrous oxide was used as a reactant gas to generate active oxidizing species. This process, for the first time, allows the formation of YBCO thin films with the orthorhombic superconducting phase in the as-deposited state. The as-deposited films grown by PE-MOCVD show attainment of zero resistance at 72 K with a transition width of about 5 K. MOCVD was carried out in a commercial production scale reactor with the capability of uniform deposition over 100 sq cm per growth run. Preliminary results indicate that PE-MOCVD is a very attractive thin film deposition process for superconducting device technology.

  6. In Situ deposition of YBCO high-T(sub c) superconducting thin films by MOCVD and PE-MOCVD

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    Zhao, J.; Noh, D. W.; Chern, C.; Li, Y. Q.; Norris, P.; Gallois, B.; Kear, B.

    1990-01-01

    Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) offers the advantages of a high degree of compositional control, adaptability for large scale production, and the potential for low temperature fabrication. The capability of operating at high oxygen partial pressure is particularly suitable for in situ formation of high temperature superconducting (HTSC) films. Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) thin films having a sharp zero-resistance transition with T( sub c) greater than 90 K and Jc approx. 10 to the 4th power A on YSZ have been prepared, in situ, at a substrate temperature of about 800 C. Moreover, the ability to form oxide films at low temperature is very desirable for device applications of HTSC materials. Such a process would permit the deposition of high quality HTSC films with a smooth surface on a variety of substrates. Highly c-axis oriented, dense, scratch resistant, superconducting YBCO thin films with mirror-like surfaces have been prepared, in situ, at a reduced substrate temperature as low as 570 C by a remote microwave-plasma enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD) process. Nitrous oxide was used as a reactant gas to generate active oxidizing species. This process, for the first time, allows the formation of YBCO thin films with the orthorhombic superconducting phase in the as-deposited state. The as-deposited films grown by PE-MOCVD show attainment of zero resistance at 72 K with a transition width of about 5 K. MOCVD was carried out in a commercial production scale reactor with the capability of uniform deposition over 100 sq cm per growth run. Preliminary results indicate that PE-MOCVD is a very attractive thin film deposition process for superconducting device technology.

  7. Strained graphene Josephson junction with anisotropic d-wave superconductivity

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    Goudarzi, H.; Khezerlou, M.; Kamalipour, H.

    2015-07-01

    Effect of proximity-induced superconductivity in the new two-dimensional structures, as graphene and topological insulator on the Andreev bound states (ABSs) and Josephson supercurrent has attracted much efforts. Motivated by this subject, we study, in particular, the influence of anisotropic Fermi velocity and unconventional d-wave pairing in a strained graphene-based superconductor/normal/ superconductor junction. Strain is applied in the zigzag direction of graphene sheet. In this process, effect of zero energy states and Fermi wavevector mismatch are investigated. It is shown, that strain up to 22% in graphene lattice differently affects Josephson currents in parallel and perpendicular directions of strain. Strain causes to exponentially decrease the supercurrent in the strain direction, whereas increase for other direction. We find that, in one hand, the ABSs strongly depend on strain and, on the other hand, a gap opens in the states with respect to non-zero incidence angle of quasiparticles, where a period of 2 π is obtained for Andreev states. Moreover, we observe no gap for θs ≠ 0 , when the zero energy states (ZESs) occur in α = π / 4 due to anisotropic superconducting gap. In this case, ABSs have a period of 4 π .S

  8. A flux pumping method applied to the magnetization of YBCO superconducting coils: frequency, amplitude and waveform characteristics

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    Fu, Lin; Matsuda, Koichi; Lecrevisse, Thibault; Iwasa, Yukikazu; Coombs, Tim

    2016-04-01

    This letter presents a flux pumping method and the results gained when it was used to magnetize a range of different YBCO coils. The pumping device consists of an iron magnetic circuit with eight copper coils which apply a traveling magnetic field to the superconductor. The copper poles are arranged vertically with an air gap length of 1 mm and the iron cores are made of laminated electric steel plates to minimize eddy-current losses. We have used this arrangement to investigate the best possible pumping result when parameters such as frequency, amplitude and waveform are varied. We have successfully pumped current into the superconducting coil up to a value of 90% of I c and achieved a resultant magnetic field of 1.5 T.

  9. Superconducting, transition, and normal state photoresponse in YBCO observed at different temperatures

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    Bluzer, N. ); Fork, D.K.; Geballe, T.H.; Beasley, M.R.; Reizer, M.Y. . Dept. of Applied Physics); Greenfield, S.R.; Stankus, J.J.; Fayer, M. . Dept. of Chemistry)

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on photoresponse of YBCO films measured with a new technique between 7 K and 200 K. YBCO was exposed to variable fluence ({le}3 {mu}J) 300 fsec 665 nm 2 KHz laser pulses. Photoinduced impedance changes in the samples biased with a dc current exhibited a transient voltage signal. Typically, the voltage signal had a sharp ({lt}50 psec) rise followed by a more gradual decay. Below T{sub c}, the response did not exhibit a simple exponential relaxation time. Relaxation occurred by a serial combination of fast ({approximately}200-700 psec) and slow ({approx}1 nsec) decay time constants. At T{sub c} the photoresponse was the highest and the relaxation time constant was typically greater than 1 nsec.

  10. YBCO High-Temperature Superconducting Filters on M-Plane Sapphire Substrates

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    Sabataitis, J. C.; Mueller, C. H.; Miranda, F. A.; Warner, J.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1996-01-01

    Since the discovery of High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) in 1986, microwave circuits have been demonstrated using HTS films on various substrates. These HTS-based circuits have proven to operate with less power loss than their metallic film counterparts at 77 K. This translates into smaller and lighter microwave circuits for space communication systems such as multiplexer filter banks. High quality HTS films have conventionally been deposited on lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) substrates. However, LaAlO3 has a relative dielectric constant (epsilon(sub r)) of 24. With a epsilon(sub r) approx. 9.4-11.6, sapphire (Al2O3) would be a preferable substrate for the fabrication of HTS-based components since the lower dielectric constant would permit wider microstrip lines to be used in filter design, since the lower dielectric constant would permit wider microstrip lines to be used for a given characteristic impedance (Z(sub 0)), thus lowering the insertion losses and increasing the power handling capabilities of the devices. We report on the fabrication and characterization of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) on M-plane sapphire bandpass filters at 4.0 GHz. For a YBCO 'hairpin' filter, a minimum insertion loss of 0.5 dB was measured at 77 K as compared with 1.4 dB for its gold counterpart. In an 'edge-coupled' configuration, the insertion loss went down from 0.9 dB for the gold film to 0.8 dB for the YBCO film at the same temperature.

  11. An advanced low-fluorine solution route for fabrication of high-performance YBCO superconducting films

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    Chen, Yuanqing; Wu, Chuanbao; Zhao, Gaoyang; You, Caiyin

    2012-06-01

    We have developed a new low-fluorine solution consisting of non-fluorine (F-free) barium and copper salts, and fluorine-containing yttrium trifluoroacetate. Using this new low-fluorine solution, the BaCO3 phase was avoided in the pyrolyzed precursor films. Instead, CuO, Y and Ba fluorides (YF3 and BaF2) were formed in the precursor films pyrolyzed at 450 °C, which was the same as when an All-TFA solution (prepared using Y, Ba, Cu trifluoroacetates as precursors) or other fluorine-reduced solutions were used. This new kind of low-fluorine solution has only 23% of the fluorine content in an All-TFA solution, and the fluorine content was lower than any other fluorine-reduced solution. Thus, rapid production of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films can be easily realized. Using a heating rate of 10 °C min-1 in the pyrolysis process, a high critical current density (Jc) of 5 MA cm-2 (at 77 K, 0 T) was obtained in YBCO films fabricated on LaAlO3 (LAO) single crystal substrates from the new starting solution.

  12. Determination of the symmetry of the superconducting pairing state and formation of a low-temperature normal metallic state in YBCO by electron irradiation

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    Giapintzakis, J.; Ginsberg, D.M.; Kirk, M.A.

    1995-10-01

    A key difference between a d-wave and an anisotropic s-wave superconductor is the expected effect of nonmagnetic point defects on T{sub c}. T{sub c} of the former becomes zero whereas T{sub c} of the latter attains a nonzero constant value beyond a critical concentration of impurities. We report the first observation that T{sub c} of an YBCO single crystal becomes zero after 4.1% of the planar oxygens O(2,3) are displaced by 400keV electron irradiation along the c-axis. Our data therefore indicate that YBCO is a d-wave superconductor. We also report evidence of a disorder-induced superconductor-to-normal-metal transition.

  13. Design of a superconducting linear synchronous motor with YBCO coil magnet

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    Li, Jing; Tang, Junjie; Zhang, Ya

    2015-09-01

    The forces of the flat single-sided linear motor with four superconducting coils on the excitation system were presented by experimental method. The influences of the coil height and number of turns on the forces were investigated by the simulation method. Although the maximum thrust increased monotonically with the value of turns, the corresponding increment of the thrust decreased with the value of turns. The thrust reaches a certain saturation value with increasing the height of the superconducting coil. Continuing to increase the height of the coil could lead to an increase of the normal force. The superconducting linear motor is finally designed with the capability to generate thrust of 1 kN/m.

  14. Effects of thickness on superconducting properties and structures of Y2O3/BZO-doped MOD-YBCO films

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    Ding, Fa-Zhu; Gu, Hong-Wei; Wang, Hong-Yan; Zhang, Hui-Liang; Zhang, Teng; Qu, Fei; Dong, Ze-Bin; Zhou, Wei-Wei

    2015-05-01

    We report the thickness dependence of critical current density (Jc) in YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with BaZrO3 (BZO) and Y2O3 additions grown on single crystal LaAlO3 substrates by metalorganic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). Comparing with pure YBCO films, the Jc of BZO/Y2O3-doped YBCO films was significantly enhanced. It was also found that with the increase of the thickness of YBCO film from 0.25 μm to 1.5 μm, the Ic of BZO/Y2O3-doped YBCO film increased from 130 A/cm to 250 A/cm and yet Jc of YBCO film decreased from 6.5 MA/cm2 to 2.5 M A/cm2. The thick BZO/Y2O3-doped MOD-YBCO film showed lower Jc, which is mainly attributed to the formation of a-axis grains and pores. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51272250), the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CBA00105), the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2014AA032702), and the Beijing Natural Science Foundation, China (Grant No. 2152035).

  15. Application of textured YBCO bulks with artificial holes for superconducting magnetic bearing

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    Dias, D. H. N.; Sotelo, G. G.; Moysés, L. A.; Telles, L. G. T.; Bernstein, P.; Kenfaui, D.; Aburas, M.; Chaud, X.; Noudem, J. G.

    2015-07-01

    The levitation force between a superconductor and a permanent magnet has been investigated for the development of superconducting magnetic bearings (SMBs). Depending on the proposed application, the SMBs can be arranged with two kinds of symmetries: rotational or linear. The SMBs present passive operation, low level of noise and no friction, but they need a cooling system for their operation. Nowadays the cooling problem may be easily solved by the use of a commercial cryocooler. The levitation force of SMBs is directly related to the quality of the superconductor material (which depends on its critical current density) and the permanent magnet arrangement. Also, research about the YBa2Cu3Ox (Y123) bulk materials has shown that artificial holes enhance the superconducting properties, in particular the magnetic trapped field. In this context, this work proposes the investigation of the levitation force of a bulk Y123 sample with multiple holes and the comparison of its performances with those of conventional plain Y123 superconductors.

  16. Investigating Links Between Enhanced Inhomogeneity and Robustness of the Superconducting State in Severely Underdoped, Ultrathin CaYBCO

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    Steers, Stanley; Lemberger, Thomas; Baker, Brian

    Multiple experiments in recent years have shown evidence for intrinsic inhomogeneity in the cuprate superconductors upon approach to the superconductor to insulator transition (SIT). We present experimental evidence of anomalous suppression of both the diamagnetic response and the resistivity in ultrathin Ca-doped YBCO over tens of Kelvin. We then present further experiments to investigate to what extent this suppression is related to increased inhomogeneity upon approach to the SIT. Finally, we compare these results in CaYBCO to experiments in other cuprate compounds from the literature.

  17. Anisotropic superconducting properties of nanowires at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (110) interface

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    Irvin, Patrick; Huang, Mengcheng; Annadi, Anil; Cheng, Guanglei; Levy, Jeremy; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Venkatesan, Thirumalai; Ariando, Ariando

    2015-03-01

    The superconducting properties of nanowires created on anisotropic SrTiO3 (110) surfaces were investigated. Nanowires are created using conductive AFM (c-AFM) lithography at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110) interface along the (001) and (1 1 0) crystallographic directions. In these devices we observe anisotropic superconductivity. The upper critical magnetic field along the (001) and (1 1 0) directions are found to be markedly different with a superconducting dome that is shifted for the two orientations. These observations can be explained by anisotropic orbital binding of Ti and O atoms or the differences in the spin-orbit coupling along the two different directions. We gratefully acknowledge support for this work from NSF (DMR-1124131, DMR-1104191), AFOSR (FA9550-12-1-0057, FA9550-12-1-0268), and CRP-NRF (Tailoring Oxide Electronics).

  18. Increasing the sensitivity of the spectrophotometric determinations of the oxygen content in YBCO superconducting samples using the I(3-)-starch compound.

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    Nedeltcheva, Tsvetanka K; Georgieva, Stela Iv; Vladimirova, Latinka K; Stoyanova-Ivanova, Angelina K

    2009-03-15

    The conditions for formation of the I(3)(-)-starch compound and measuring its absorbance have been found, and a spectrophotometric method has been developed for the determination of the oxygen content in YBa(2)Cu(3)O(y) superconducting bulk samples. The method involves the following stages: a decomposition of the sample in an acid medium in the presence of iodide ions under inert atmosphere; formation of a complex between Cu(II) and glycine; binding the I(3)(-)-complex with a starch and the absorbance measurement of the colored I(3)(-)-starch compound. The coefficient of the active oxygen is calculated by the ratio of the absorbances of two solutions and the method does not require both calibration and precise measuring sample mass. The accuracy of the results is confirmed applying the comparative spectrophotometric method that uses the yellow I(3)(-)-complex. The precision of the results evaluated by the relative standard deviation is 2%. The developed method is sensitive and allows a sample mass about 2mg to be used. The analysis is rapid and requires a simple and inexpensive apparatus. Thus the new method would be useful for an express analytical control of the oxygen content of YBCO-superconducting materials produced for the electronics. PMID:19159792

  19. EPR and speciation simulation study of Cu2+ complexes in an amine-based aqueous precursor system used for preparation of superconducting YBCO coatings.

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    Lommens, Petra; Feys, Jonas; Vrielinck, Henk; De Buysser, Klaartje; Herman, Gerrit; Callens, Freddy; Van Driessche, Isabel

    2012-03-28

    In this work, we investigate the chemistry for an aqueous acetate-triethanolamine-ammonia based YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-δ) (YBCO) precursor system. These precursor solutions are suited for the chemical solution deposition of superconducting YBCO layers on top of single crystal SrTiO(3) or buffered NiW tapes. The development of this kind of precursor inks often involves trial-and-error experimenting and thus is very time-consuming. To reduce labwork to the minimum, the theoretical prediction of pH stability limits and the complexation behaviour of the different metal ions and complexants in the inks are very important. For this purpose, we simulated, based on literature values, the complexation behaviour of Cu(2+) in the aqueous precursor solutions as a function of pH. To validate the used model, we performed potentiometric pH titrations for solutions with similar composition and checked the correctness of fit between experiment and model. The generated complexometric results are coupled with X-band EPR spectra to further confirm the results. EPR spectra for fully prepared precursor solutions as well as for Cu(2+) reference solutions containing only one type of ligand (acetate, triethanolamine or ammonia) were investigated as a function of pH. We find that, in line with speciation simulation, only acetates are actively complexing the Cu(2+) ions at pH values below 7, while when reaching higher pH levels mainly triethanolamine complexes are formed. Over the entire pH range, no trace of free Cu(2+)or Cu(OH)(2), possibly creating precipitation during gelation and thus complicating further processing, could be found. PMID:22315012

  20. Anisotropic magnetic responses of a 2D-superconducting Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure.

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    He, Qing Lin; He, Mingquan; Shen, Junying; Lai, Ying Hoi; Liu, Yi; Liu, Hongchao; He, Hongtao; Wang, Gan; Wang, Jiannong; Lortz, Rolf; Sou, Iam Keong

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the anisotropic magnetic responses of a 2D-superconducting Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure. Cross-sectional STEM imaging revealed that the excess Fe atoms in the FeTe layer occupy specific interstitial sites. They were found to show strong anisotropic magnetic responses under a magnetic field either perpendicular or parallel to the sample surface. Under perpendicular magnetic fields within 1000 Oe, conventional paramagnetic Meissner effect, superconducting diamagnetism, and anomalous enhancement of magnetization successively occur as the magnetic field increases. In contrast, under parallel magnetic fields, superconducting diamagnetism was not observed explicitly in the magnetization measurements and the anomalous enhancement of magnetization appears only for fields higher than 1000 Oe. The observed strong magnetic anisotropy provides further evidence that the induced superconductivity at the interface of the Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostucture has a 2D nature. PMID:26252506

  1. Anisotropic magnetic responses of a 2D-superconducting Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure

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    He, Qing Lin; He, Mingquan; Shen, Junying; Lai, Ying Hoi; Liu, Yi; Liu, Hongchao; He, Hongtao; Wang, Gan; Wang, Jiannong; Lortz, Rolf; Keong Sou, Iam

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the anisotropic magnetic responses of a 2D-superconducting Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostructure. Cross-sectional STEM imaging revealed that the excess Fe atoms in the FeTe layer occupy specific interstitial sites. They were found to show strong anisotropic magnetic responses under a magnetic field either perpendicular or parallel to the sample surface. Under perpendicular magnetic fields within 1000 Oe, conventional paramagnetic Meissner effect, superconducting diamagnetism, and anomalous enhancement of magnetization successively occur as the magnetic field increases. In contrast, under parallel magnetic fields, superconducting diamagnetism was not observed explicitly in the magnetization measurements and the anomalous enhancement of magnetization appears only for fields higher than 1000 Oe. The observed strong magnetic anisotropy provides further evidence that the induced superconductivity at the interface of the Bi2Te3/FeTe heterostucture has a 2D nature.

  2. On the suppression of superconducting phase formation in YBCO materials by templated synthesis in the presence of a sulfated biopolymer

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    Smith, Elliott; Schnepp, Zoe; Wimbush, Stuart C.; Hall, Simon R.

    2008-11-01

    The use of biopolymers as templates to control superconductor crystallization is a recent phenomenon and is generating a lot of interest both from the superconductor community and in materials chemistry circles. This work represents a critical finding in the use of such biopolymers, in particular the contraindicatory nature of sulfur when attempting to affect a morphologically controlled synthesis. Synthesis of superconducting nanoparticles was attempted using carrageenan as a morphological template. Reactive sulfate groups on the biopolymer prevent this, producing instead significant quantities of barium sulfate nanotapes. By substituting the biopolymer for structurally analogous, non-sulfated agar, we show that superconducting nanoparticles could be successfully synthesized.

  3. YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2010-01-01

    carefully aligning the grains in YBCO films, low angle boundaries between superconducting YBCO grains allow more current to flow. In fact below a critical misalignment angle of 4 , the critical current density approaches that of YBCO films grown on single crystal substrates [10]. Typically, 2G HTS wires have three components, flexible metal substrate, buffer layers, and REBa2Cu3O7- (REBCO: RE = Rare Earth) superconductor layers [1-7]. Several methods were developed to obtain biaxially textured templates suitable for fabricating high-performance YBCO coated conductors. They are Ion-Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD), Rolling-Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates (RABiTS) and Inclined-Substrate Deposition (ISD). Compared to 1G wire, for producing 2G wires using RABiTS or IBAD process, silver is replaced by a low cost nickel alloy, which allows for fabrication of less expensive HTS wires.

  4. Phonon anomaly and anisotropic superconducting gap in noncentrosymmetric Li2(Pd1-xPtx)3B

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    Eguchi, G.; Peets, D. C.; Kriener, M.; Yonezawa, S.; Bao, G.; Harada, S.; Inada, Y.; Zheng, G.-q.; Maeno, Y.

    2013-04-01

    We report the systematic investigation of the specific heat of the noncentrosymmetric superconductor Li2(Pd1-xPtx)3B as a function of x. There is a large deviation of the phononic specific heat from the conventional Debye specific heat for Pt-rich samples. In contrast with the fully gapped conventional behavior for small x, a power-law temperature dependence of the electronic specific heat is observed even at x=0.5. These results manifest a strongly anisotropic or nodal superconducting gap even at x=0.5 and a nodal superconducting gap for x≳0.9.

  5. Competition between superconductivity and magnetic/nematic order as a source of anisotropic superconducting gap in underdoped Ba1-xKxFe2As2

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    Kim, H.; Tanatar, M. A.; Straszheim, W. E.; Cho, K.; Murphy, J.; Spyrison, N.; Reid, J.-Ph.; Shen, Bing; Wen, Hai-Hu; Fernandes, R. M.; Prozorov, R.

    2014-07-01

    The in-plane London penetration depth Δλ (T) was measured using a tunnel diode resonator technique in single crystals of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 with doping levels x ranging from heavily underdoped, x =0.16 (Tc=7K), to nearly optimally doped, x =0.34 (Tc=39K). Exponential saturation of Δλ (T) in the T →0 limit is found in optimally doped samples, with the superfluid density ρs(T)≡[λ(0)/λ(T)]2 quantitatively described by a self-consistent γ model with two nodeless isotropic superconducting gaps. As the doping level is decreased towards the extreme end of the superconducting dome at x =0.16, the low-temperature behavior of Δλ (T) becomes nonexponential and is best described by the power law Δλ(T )∝T2, characteristic of strongly anisotropic gaps. The change between the two regimes happens within the range of coexisting magnetic/nematic order and superconductivity, x <0.25, and is accompanied by a rapid rise in the absolute value of Δλ (T) with underdoping. This effect, characteristic of the competition between superconductivity and other ordered states, is very similar to but of significantly smaller magnitude than what is observed in the electron-doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 compounds. Our study suggests that the competition between superconductivity and magnetic/nematic order in hole-doped compounds is weaker than in electron-doped compounds, and that the anisotropy of the superconducting state in the underdoped iron pnictides is a consequence of the anisotropic changes in the pairing interaction and in the gap function promoted by both magnetic and nematic long-range orders.

  6. Competition between superconductivity and magnetic/nematic order as a source of anisotropic superconducting gap in underdoped Ba1-xKxFe2As2

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    Kim, H; Tanatar, M A; Straszheim, W E; Cho, K; Murphy, J; Spyrison, N; Reid, J -Ph; Shen, Bing; Wen, Hai-Hu; Fernandes, R M; Prozorov, R

    2014-07-01

    The in-plane London penetration depth Δλ(T) was measured using a tunnel diode resonator technique in single crystals of Ba1-xKxFe2As2 with doping levels x ranging from heavily underdoped, x=0.16 (Tc=7K), to nearly optimally doped, x=0.34 (Tc=39K). Exponential saturation of Δλ(T) in the T→0 limit is found in optimally doped samples, with the superfluid density ρs(T)≡[λ(0)/λ(T)]2 quantitatively described by a self-consistent γ model with two nodeless isotropic superconducting gaps. As the doping level is decreased towards the extreme end of the superconducting dome at x=0.16, the low-temperature behavior of Δλ(T) becomes nonexponential and is best described by the power law Δλ(T)∝T2, characteristic of strongly anisotropic gaps. The change between the two regimes happens within the range of coexisting magnetic/nematic order and superconductivity, x<0.25, and is accompanied by a rapid rise in the absolute value of Δλ(T) with underdoping. This effect, characteristic of the competition between superconductivity and other ordered states, is very similar to but of significantly smaller magnitude than what is observed in the electron-doped Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 compounds. Our study suggests that the competition between superconductivity and magnetic/nematic order in hole-doped compounds is weaker than in electron-doped compounds, and that the anisotropy of the superconducting state in the underdoped iron pnictides is a consequence of the anisotropic changes in the pairing interaction and in the gap function promoted by both magnetic and nematic long-range orders.

  7. Anisotropic superconducting properties of nanowires at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (110) interface

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    Huang, Mengchen; Annadi, Anil; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Venkatesan, Thirumalai; Ariando, Ariando; Cheng, Guanglei; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy

    Quasi-1D nanowires are created using conductive AFM (c-AFM) lithography at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (110) interface along the (001) and (1 1 0) crystallographic directions. The superconducting properties of nanowires were investigated under transport measurements with respect to the crystallography and orbital hierarchy. We observe anisotropic superconductivity where the upper critical magnetic field along the (001) and (1 1 0) directions are markedly different with a superconducting dome that is shifted for the two orientations as a function of gate voltages. The superconducting dome shift can be explained by anisotropic band structures along the two different directions combined with the Lifshitz transition. We gratefully acknowledge support for this work from NSF DMR-1124131 and DMR-1104191 (JL), AFOSR FA9550-12-1-0057 and FA9550-12-1-0268 (JL), ONR N00014-15-1-2847 (JL), CRP Award NRF-CRP 8-2011-06 and 10-2012-02 (TV, A) and NUS FRC R-144-000-346-11 (TV. A).

  8. First-principles calculations of the superconducting properties in Li-decorated monolayer graphene within the anisotropic Migdal-Eliashberg formalism

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    Zheng, Jing-Jing; Margine, E. R.

    2016-08-01

    The ab initio anisotropic Migdal-Eliashberg formalism has been used to examine the pairing mechanism and the nature of the superconducting gap in the recently discovered lithium-decorated monolayer graphene superconductor. Our results provide evidence that the superconducting transition in Li-decorated monolayer graphene can be explained within a standard phonon-mediated mechanism. We predict a single anisotropic superconducting gap and a critical temperature Tc=5.1 -7.6 K , in very good agreement with the experimental results.

  9. Fabrication and characterization of hybrid Nb-YBCO dc SQUIDs

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    Frack, E.K.; Drake, R.E.; Patt, R.; Radparvar, M. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on the fabrication of hybrid low T{sub c}/high T{sub c} dc SQUIDs of two flavors. The first kind utilizes niobium tunnel junctions and a YBCO film strip as the most inductive portion of the SQUID loop. This configuration allows a direct measurement of the inductance of the YBCO microstrip from which the effective penetration depth can be calculated. The successful fabrication of these SQUIDs has required 1. superconducting Nb-to-YBCO contacts, 2. deposition and patterning of an SiO{sub 2} insulation layer over YBCO, and 3. selective patterning of niobium and SiO{sub 2} relative to YBCO. All these process steps are pertinent to the eventual use of YBCO thin films in electronic devices.

  10. Self-seeded YBCO welding induced by Ag additives.

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    Puig, T.; Rodrigues, P., Jr.; Carrillo, A. E.; Obradors, X.; Zheng, H.; Welp, U.; Chen, L.; Claus, H.; Veal, B. W.; Crabtree, G. W.; Materials Science Division

    2001-11-01

    A new welding procedure for bulk melt-textured YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) superconducting tiles has been developed leading to high quality joints. The welding agent consists of a YBCO-Ag composite, which has a peritectic temperature 40 C lower than YBCO. It is shown that through a proper selection of thermal treatments, the effect of Ag additives can be confined to the immediate welding zone, thus allowing a self-seeded growth process of the YBCO/Ag composite initiated at the adjacent solid YBCO crystals. Local magneto-optical observations, as well as trapped field measurements produced by circulating currents in ring samples, reveal that the critical current across the weld joint is as high as that of bulk melt-textured YBCO.

  11. Contact characteristics for YBCO bulk superconductors

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    Yamamoto, Naoki; Sakai, Tomokazu; Sawa, Koichiro; Tomita, Masaru; Murakami, Masato

    2003-10-01

    We have studied the contact characteristics of two resin-impregnated YBCO (a composite of YBa 2Cu 3O y and Y 2BaCuO 5) bulk superconductors in mechanical contact. A switching phenomenon could be observed at a threshold current or a transfer current value in the V- I curves of the YBCO contact. The transfer current exceeded the previous value of 13.5 A at 77 K in the contact when the sample surfaces were carefully polished. The present results suggest that a pair of YBCO blocks might be applicable to the mechanical persistent current switch for superconducting magnetic energy storage and other superconducting systems run in a persistent current mode.

  12. Physical and Material Properties of Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide High Critical Temperature Superconducting Thin Films.

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    Ma, Qiyuan

    1990-01-01

    A simple method of using layered structures and rapid thermal annealing to produce Y_1 Ba_2 Cu_3 O_{7-x} (YBCO) superconducting thin films is presented. Material properties of the films depend strongly on the processing conditions, the film stoichiometry, and the substrates. The films with critical temperature (T_{ rm c}) higher than liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K) have been made on various substrates including magnesium oxide, sapphire, and silicon. The best film was obtained on a MgO substrate with T_{rm c} of 84 K. Silicon diffusion and reaction with oxygen during a high temperature anneal degrade the superconductivity of the film on a Si substrate. Using a buffer layer of gold, the Si-YBCO interaction is greatly reduced. Typical resistivity of the film shows a linear temperature dependence which may be attributed to an electron -phonon interaction. Anisotropic resistance behavior has been observed due to the layered structures. Different metal contacts to the YBCO films have been used to study the chemical and electrical properties of metal-YBCO film interfaces. Gold has been found nonreactive to YBCO film, thus, it has the lowest contact resistivity. Near the T_{rm c}, the contact resistivity of a Au-YBCO contact approaches zero. This may be due to the proximity effect. Other metals such as Pt, Pd, Sn and Ti, react with the YBCO film and form thin oxide layers at the interfaces. The oxide layer acts as an insulating barrier which forbids the proximity effect and causes a large contact resistivity. The structural and electrical properties of the Si-YBCO intermixed film have been studied for different thicknesses of the silicon layers. A novel patterning technique of using Si-YBCO intermixing has been developed for fabricating the YBCO superconducting device structures. A superconductor sample has a critical current value I _{rm c}. Below the I _{rm c} the material is superconducting, and above I_{rm c} the sample has a finite resistance. Based on this effect

  13. Anisotropic superconductivity of nanowires at LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110) heterointerface

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    Levy, Jeremy; Huang, Mengchen; Cheng, Guanglei; Irvin, Patrick; Annadi, Anil; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Ariando, A.; Venkatesan, T.; Zhang, Q.; Gu, Bo; Yunoki, Seiji; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2014-03-01

    A two-dimensional electron gas has recently been discovered at the interface of LaAlO3 grown on the (110) surface of SrTiO3.[2] The conductivty of the 2DEG at this interface is anisotropic along different crystallographic directions. Using conducting AFM lithography we write interfacial nanowires along the (001) and (1-10) directions on 3-unit cell LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110). Similar to the anisotropic conductivity found in the normal state, we observe anisotropy of the superconducting properties of the two types of wire: the upper critical magnetic field of nanowires along the (001) direction is higher than those along (1-10) direction. This observation can be related to the anisotropic orbital binding of Ti and O atoms and the differences in the spin-orbit coupling along the two different directions. We gratefully acknowledge support from NSF (DMR-1124131, DMR-1104191), AFOSR (FA9550-12-1-0057, FA9550-12-1-0268), CRP-NRF (Tailoring Oxide Electronics) and SINBERISE.

  14. Polycrystalline Superconducting Thin Films: Texture Control and Critical Current Density

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    Yang, Feng

    1995-01-01

    The growth processes of polycrystalline rm YBa_2CU_3O_{7-X} (YBCO) and yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) thin films have been developed. The effectiveness of YSZ buffer layers on suppression of the reaction between YBCO thin films and metallic substrates was carefully studied. Grown on the chemically inert surfaces of YSZ buffer layers, YBCO thin films possessed good quality of c-axis alignment with the c axis parallel to the substrate normal, but without any preferred in-plane orientations. This leads to the existence of a large percentage of the high-angle grain boundaries in the YBCO films. The critical current densities (rm J_{c}'s) found in these films were much lower than those in single crystal YBCO thin films, which was the consequence of the weak -link effect of the high-angle grain boundaries in these films. It became clear that the in-plane alignment is vital for achieving high rm J_{c }s in polycrystalline YBCO thin films. To induce the in-plane alignment, ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) technique was integrated into the conventional pulsed laser deposition process for the growth of the YSZ buffer layers. It was demonstrated that using IBAD the in-plane orientations of the YSZ grains could be controlled within a certain range of a common direction. This ion -bombardment induced in-plane texturing was explained using the anisotropic sputtering yield theory. Our observations and analyses have provided valuable information on the optimization of the IBAD process, and shed light on the texturing mechanism in YSZ. With the in-plane aligned YSZ buffer layers, YBCO thin films grown on metallic substrates showed improved rm J_{c}s. It was found that the in-plane alignment of YSZ and that of YBCO were closely related. A direct correlation was revealed between the rm J_{c} value and the degree of the in-plane alignment for the YBCO thin films. To explain this correlation, a numerical model was applied to multi-grain superconducting paths with different

  15. Anisotropic pairing in superconducting Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4}: Ru NMR and NQR studies

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    Ishida, K.; Kitaoka, Y.; Asayama, K.; Ikeda, S.; Nishizaki, S.; Maeno, Y.; Yoshida, K.; Fujita, T.

    1997-07-01

    Ru NMR and nuclear quadrupole resonance studies are reported on single-crystal Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} (T{sub c}=0.7 K) with the same layered perovskite structure as La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4}. The Pauli spin susceptibility deduced from the Ru Knight shift is found to be largely enhanced by a factor of {approximately}5.4 as compared with the value from the band calculation. In the superconducting state, the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T{sub 1} exhibits a sharp decrease with no coherence peak just below T{sub c} and the T{sub 1}T=constant behavior well below T{sub c}, suggesting that the anisotropic pairing state is realized as in heavy-fermion and high-T{sub c} superconductors. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  16. Anomalous anisotropic compression behavior of superconducting CrAs under high pressure

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    Yu, Zhenhai; Wu, Wei; Hu, Qingyang; Zhao, Jinggeng; Li, Chunyu; Yang, Ke; Cheng, Jinguang; Luo, Jianlin; Wang, Lin; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2015-01-01

    CrAs was observed to possess the bulk superconductivity under high-pressure conditions. To understand the superconducting mechanism and explore the correlation between the structure and superconductivity, the high-pressure structural evolution of CrAs was investigated using the angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction (XRD) method. The structure of CrAs remains stable up to 1.8 GPa, whereas the lattice parameters exhibit anomalous compression behaviors. With increasing pressure, the lattice parameters a and c both demonstrate a nonmonotonic change, and the lattice parameter b undergoes a rapid contraction at ∼0.18−0.35 GPa, which suggests that a pressure-induced isostructural phase transition occurs in CrAs. Above the phase transition pressure, the axial compressibilities of CrAs present remarkable anisotropy. A schematic band model was used to address the anomalous compression behavior of CrAs. The present results shed light on the structural and related electronic responses to high pressure, which play a key role toward understanding the superconductivity of CrAs. PMID:26627230

  17. Cryogenic microwave anisotropic artificial materials

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    Trang, Frank

    This thesis addresses analysis and design of a cryogenic microwave anisotropic wave guiding structure that isolates an antenna from external incident fields from specific directions. The focus of this research is to design and optimize the radome's constituent material parameters for maximizing the isolation between an interior receiver antenna and an exterior transmitter without significantly disturbing the transmitter antenna far field characteristics. The design, characterization, and optimization of high-temperature superconducting metamaterials constitutive parameters are developed in this work at X-band frequencies. A calibrated characterization method for testing arrays of split-ring resonators at cryogenic temperature inside a TE10 waveguide was developed and used to back-out anisotropic equivalent material parameters. The artificial material elements (YBCO split-ring resonators on MgO substrate) are optimized to improve the narrowband performance of the metamaterial radome with respect to maximizing isolation and minimizing shadowing, defined as a reduction of the transmitted power external to the radome. The optimized radome is fabricated and characterized in a parallel plate waveguide in a cryogenic environment to demonstrate the degree of isolation and shadowing resulting from its presence. At 11.12 GHz, measurements show that the HTS metamaterial radome achieved an isolation of 10.5 dB and the external power at 100 mm behind the radome is reduced by 1.9 dB. This work demonstrates the feasibility of fabricating a structure that provides good isolation between two antennas and low disturbance of the transmitter's fields.

  18. Anisotropic transport properties in a layered d+s-wave superconductor

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    Nicol, E.J.; Kim, Heesang; Palumbo, M.; Graf, M.J.

    1996-11-01

    Recent measurements of the penetration depth and optical conductivity in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) single crystals suggest the possibility of an order parameter with d+s-wave symmetry. The authors present results from calculations of both the anisotropic low temperature penetration depth and the frequency-dependent conductivity for a layered superconductor with such a pairing symmetry. The system is modelled as a stack of weakly coupled, two dimensional superconducting planes, and the effect of non-magnetic impurity scattering in both Born and unitarity limits is examined.

  19. Pulsed laser deposition of YBCO thin films on IBAD-YSZ substrates

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    Li, M.; Ma, B.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Venkataraman, K.; Balachandran, U.

    2003-01-01

    High-quality YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films were fabricated on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)-buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. YSZ was grown by ion-beam-assisted deposition. A thin (approx10 nm) CeO2 layer was deposited before the deposition of YBCO. The crystalline structure and biaxial texture of the YBCO film and the buffer layer were examined by x-ray diffraction 2theta-scan, phi-scan and pole-figure analysis. Epitaxial growth of the YBCO film on the buffer layer was observed. Full width at half maximum (FWHM) value of 7.4° was measured from the phi-scan of YBCO(103). Raman spectroscopy showed compositional uniformity and phase integrity in the YBCO films. Surface morphologies of the YBCO films were examined by scanning electron microscopy. Comparative studies indicated that the CeO2 buffer layer significantly improves the structural alignment and superconducting properties of YBCO films. Tc = 90 K, with sharp transition, and transport Jc = 2.2 × 106 A cm-2 at 77 K in zero-external field were obtained on the 0.5 mum thick YBCO films. The dependence of Jc on the FWHM of the YBCO(103) phi-scan indicated that high Jc is associated with low FWHM.

  20. Preparation and characterization of YBCO coating on metallic RABiT substrates by pulsed laser deposition

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    Gonal, M. R.; Prajapat, C. L.; Igalwar, P. S.; Maji, B. C.; Singh, M. R.; Krishnan, M.

    2016-05-01

    Superconducting YBCO films are coated on metallic Rolling Assisted Bi-axially Textured Substrates (RABiTS) Ni-5wt % W (NiW) (002) substrate using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) system. Targets of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) and buffer layers of Ceria and 8 mole % Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) of high density are synthesized. At each stage of deposition coatings are characterized by XRD. Transport studies show superconducting nature of YBCO only when two successive buffer layers of YSZ and CeO2 are used.

  1. Superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    Langone, J.

    1989-01-01

    This book explains the theoretical background of superconductivity. Includes discussion of electricity, material fabrication, maglev trains, the superconducting supercollider, and Japanese-US competition. The authors reports the latest discoveries.

  2. High Tc YBCO superconductor deposited on biaxially textured Ni substrate

    DOEpatents

    Budai, John D.; Christen, David K.; Goyal, Amit; He, Qing; Kroeger, Donald M.; Lee, Dominic F.; List, III, Frederick A.; Norton, David P.; Paranthaman, Mariappan; Sales, Brian C.; Specht, Eliot D.

    1999-01-01

    A superconducting article includes a biaxially-textured Ni substrate, and epitaxial buffer layers of Pd (optional), CeO.sub.2 and YSZ, and a top layer of in-plane aligned, c-axis oriented YBCO having a critical current density (J.sub.c) in the range of at least 100,000 A/cm.sup.2 at 77 K.

  3. Influence of oxygen partial pressure and silver additions on microstructure and related properties of YBCO superconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Singh, J.P.; Joo, J.; Guttschow, R.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1992-02-01

    Microstructure has a great influence on the mechanical and superconducting properties of YBCO. Mechanical properties of YBCO can be improved by both modifying the monolithic microstructure and developing composites of YBCO with silver (Ag). When monolithic YBCO was sintered to high densities ({approx} 91%) at a relatively low temperature ({approx} 910{degrees}C) by controlling oxygen partial pressure during sintering, the result was a small-grain microstructure (average grain size {approx} 5 {mu}m) and hence a high strength of 191 {plus minus} 7 MPa. Addition of Ag as a second phase further improved the strength of YBCO. Composites of YBCO with 10 to 15 vol % Ag has a strength of 225 {plus minus} 6 MPa and a fracture toughness of 3.3 {plus minus} 0.2 MPa{radical}m. These improvements are believed to be due to compressive stresses in the YBCO matrix as a result of thermal mismatch between the YBCO and Ag phases. Furthermore, the Ag particles may provide increased resistance to crack propagation by pinning the crack. On the other hand, addition of Ag as a dopant to substitute for Cu sites in YBCO has a profound but nonmonotonic effect on grain microstructure and the resulting critical current density.

  4. Influence of oxygen partial pressure and silver additions on microstructure and related properties of YBCO superconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Singh, J.P.; Joo, J.; Guttschow, R.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1992-02-01

    Microstructure has a great influence on the mechanical and superconducting properties of YBCO. Mechanical properties of YBCO can be improved by both modifying the monolithic microstructure and developing composites of YBCO with silver (Ag). When monolithic YBCO was sintered to high densities ({approx} 91%) at a relatively low temperature ({approx} 910{degrees}C) by controlling oxygen partial pressure during sintering, the result was a small-grain microstructure (average grain size {approx} 5 {mu}m) and hence a high strength of 191 {plus_minus} 7 MPa. Addition of Ag as a second phase further improved the strength of YBCO. Composites of YBCO with 10 to 15 vol % Ag has a strength of 225 {plus_minus} 6 MPa and a fracture toughness of 3.3 {plus_minus} 0.2 MPa{radical}m. These improvements are believed to be due to compressive stresses in the YBCO matrix as a result of thermal mismatch between the YBCO and Ag phases. Furthermore, the Ag particles may provide increased resistance to crack propagation by pinning the crack. On the other hand, addition of Ag as a dopant to substitute for Cu sites in YBCO has a profound but nonmonotonic effect on grain microstructure and the resulting critical current density.

  5. Anisotropic superconducting and normal state magnetic properties of single crystals of RNi*2*B*2*C compounds (R = Y, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm)

    SciTech Connect

    Cho, B.

    1995-11-01

    The interaction of superconductivity with magnetism has been one of the most interesting and important phenomena in solid state physics since the 1950`s when small amounts of magnetic impurities were incorporated in superconductors. The discovery of the magnetic superconductors RNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C (R = rare earth, Y) offers a new system to study this interaction. The wide ranges of superconducting transition (T{sub c}) and antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering temperatures (T{sub N}) (0 K {le} T{sub c} {le} 16 K, 0 K {le} T{sub N} {le} 20 K) give a good opportunity to observe a variety of interesting phenomena. Single crystals of high quality with appropriate size and mass are crucial in examining the anisotropic intrinsic properties. Single crystals have been grown successfully by an unusual high temperature flux method and characterized thoroughly by X-ray, electrical transport, magnetization, neutron scattering, scanning electron microscopy, and other measurements.

  6. A study for designing YBCO power transformer

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    Hayashi, H.; Okamoto, H.; Harimoto, T.; Imayoshi, T.; Tomioka, A.; Bouno, T.; Konno, M.; Iwakuma, M.

    2007-10-01

    It is highly expected that superconducting transformers, which are characterized by incombustibility, light weight, and compactness, will be used practically for equipment in substations and office buildings sited in urban areas. In recent years, remarkable improvements in the performance of YBaCuO (YBCO) tape wire have been seen. This kind of tape wire has the property that its critical current is large in a highly magnetic field; and, its use is expected to reduce AC loss by applying slit processing on the tape wire, contributing to future cost reductions. In addition, the development of efficient, economical cryogenic units is also expected. The authors have developed a conceptual design for a 66 kV/20 MVA power transformer using YBCO tape wires, or an YBCO power transformer. As a result, we were able to identify the transformer's optimal system structure including coil winding comprised of coils and tape wires; and, we confirmed that the devised transformer can made to be both compact and highly efficient.

  7. Anisotropic superconducting gap and elongated vortices with Caroli-De Gennes-Matricon states in the new superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16.

    PubMed

    Du, Zengyi; Fang, Delong; Wang, Zhenyu; Li, Yufeng; Du, Guan; Yang, Huan; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2015-01-01

    The superconducting state is formed by the condensation of a large number of Cooper pairs. The normal state electronic properties can give significant influence on the superconducting state. For usual type-II superconductors, the vortices are cylinder like with a round cross-section. For many two dimensional superconductors, such as Cuprates, albeit the in-plane anisotropy, the vortices generally have a round shape. In this paper we report results based on the scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy measurements on a newly discovered superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. The chain-like conducting channels of PdTe2 in Ta4Pd3Te16 make a significant anisotropy of the in-plane Fermi velocity. We suggest at least one anisotropic superconducting gap with gap minima or possible node exists in this multiband system. In addition, elongated vortices are observed with an anisotropy of ξ||b/ξ&bottom⊥b ≈ 2.5. Clear Caroli-de Gennes-Matricon states are also observed within the vortex cores. Our results will initiate the study on the elongated vortices and superconducting mechanism in the new superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. PMID:25797138

  8. Anisotropic Superconducting Gap and Elongated Vortices with Caroli-De Gennes-Matricon States in the New Superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16

    PubMed Central

    Du, Zengyi; Fang, Delong; Wang, Zhenyu; Li, Yufeng; Du, Guan; Yang, Huan; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2015-01-01

    The superconducting state is formed by the condensation of a large number of Cooper pairs. The normal state electronic properties can give significant influence on the superconducting state. For usual type-II superconductors, the vortices are cylinder like with a round cross-section. For many two dimensional superconductors, such as Cuprates, albeit the in-plane anisotropy, the vortices generally have a round shape. In this paper we report results based on the scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy measurements on a newly discovered superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. The chain-like conducting channels of PdTe2 in Ta4Pd3Te16 make a significant anisotropy of the in-plane Fermi velocity. We suggest at least one anisotropic superconducting gap with gap minima or possible node exists in this multiband system. In addition, elongated vortices are observed with an anisotropy of ξ||b/ξ&bottom⊥b ≈ 2.5. Clear Caroli-de Gennes-Matricon states are also observed within the vortex cores. Our results will initiate the study on the elongated vortices and superconducting mechanism in the new superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. PMID:25797138

  9. Superconductivity

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    Yeo, Yung K.

    Many potential high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) military applications have been demonstrated by low-temperature superconductivity systems; they encompass high efficiency electric drives for naval vessels, airborne electric generators, energy storage systems for directed-energy weapons, electromechanical launchers, magnetic and electromagnetic shields, and cavity resonators for microwave and mm-wave generation. Further HST applications in militarily relevant fields include EM sensors, IR focal plane arrays, SQUIDs, magnetic gradiometers, high-power sonar sources, and superconducting antennas and inertial navigation systems. The development of SQUID sensors will furnish novel magnetic anomaly detection methods for ASW.

  10. Study of Modified TFA-MOD Method for YBCO Film Growth

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    Li, C. S.; Lu, Y. F.; Zhang, P. X.; Yu, Z. M.; Tao, B. W.; Feng, J. Q.; Jin, L. H.

    The traditional all-TFA precursor solution for coated conductors has sensitivity to the heating rate in pyrolysis process. This sensitivity could be weakened by using a modified precursor solution, which was prepared by the mixture of yttrium trifluoroacetate, barium trifluoroacetate, and copper benzoate. The YBCO films were deposited on buffered NiW substrates (NiW/Y2O3/YSZ/CeO2) with the modified precursor solution. The texture, microstructure and superconducting properties of YBCO films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and four-probe method, respectively. The YBCO films prepared by modified TFA-MOD method demonstrated high performance.

  11. Fabrication of YBCO/YSZ and YBCO/MgO thick films using electrophoretic deposition with top-seeded melt growth process

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    Zhu, Ya-Bin; Zhou, Yue-Liang; Wang, Shu-Fang; Liu, Zhen; Zhang, Qin; Chen, Zheng-Hao; Lü, Hui-Bin; Yang, Guo-Zhen

    2004-02-01

    Superconducting thick films were grown on single crystals MgO and YSZ by electrophoretic deposition with Y2BaCuO5(Y211) addition. YBCO thick films were then accomplished by sintering the precursor films above the peritectic temperature. Single crystals of MgO (3×3×0.5 mm3) were used as top-seed to control crystal structure of the thick films. As shown by scanning electron microscopy, the morphologies of YBCO/YSZ and YBCO/MgO thick films are spherulitic texture and platelet type. The critical temperature is ~89 K for the YBCO/YSZ thick film; the onset transition temperature is 86.4 K and the transition width is ~3 K for YBCO/MgO thick film. The critical current densities (as determined by Bean model) are, in A/cm2, 3870 (77 K) for YBCO/YSZ thick films and 2399 (77 K) for YBCO/MgO thick films, which are comparable to the best Jc reported of the thick films prepared by the same method.

  12. Temperature dependence of nanoscale friction for Fe on YBCO

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    Altfeder, Igor; Krim, Jacqueline

    2012-05-01

    A magnetic probe microscopy study of levitation and atomic-scale friction is reported for Fe on YBCO (Tc = 92.5 K) in the temperature range 65-293 K. Below Tc, the friction coefficient is constant and exhibits no correlation with the strength of superconducting levitation forces. Above Tc, the friction coefficient increases progressively, and nearly doubles between Tc and room temperature. The results are discussed within the context of the underlying atomic-scale electronic and phononic mechanisms that give rise to friction, and it is concluded that contact electrification and static electricity may play a significant role in the non-superconducting phase. Given that the properties of YBCO can be finely tuned, the results point the way to a variety of interesting studies of friction and superconductors.

  13. Superconductivity:

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sacchetti, N.

    In this paper a short historical account of the discovery of superconductivity and of its gradual development is given. The physical interpretation of its various aspects took about forty years (from 1911 to 1957) to reach a successful description of this phenomenon in terms of a microscopic theory At the very end it seemed that more or less everything could be reasonably interpreted even if modifications and refinements of the original theory were necessary. In 1986 the situation changed abruptly when a cautious but revolutionary paper appeared showing that superconductivity was found in certain ceramic oxides at temperatures above those up to then known. A rush of frantic experimental activity started world-wide and in less than one year it was shown that superconductivity is a much more widespread phenomenon than deemed before and can be found at temperatures well above the liquid air boiling point. The complexity and the number of the substances (mainly ceramic oxides) involved call for a sort of modern alchemy if compounds with the best superconducting properties are to be manufactured. We don't use the word alchemy in a deprecatory sense but just to emphasise that till now nobody can say why these compounds are what they are: superconductors.

  14. On-line characterization of YBCO coated conductors using Raman spectroscopy methods.

    PubMed

    Maroni, V A; Reeves, J L; Schwab, G

    2007-04-01

    The use of Raman spectroscopy for on-line monitoring of the production of superconducting YBa2Cu3O6+X (YBCO) thin films on long-length metal tapes coated with textured buffer layers is reported for the first time. A methodology is described for obtaining Raman spectra of YBCO on moving tape exiting a metal-organic-chemical-vapor-deposition (MOCVD) enclosure. After baseline correction, the spectra recorded in this way show the expected phonons of the specific YBCO crystal orientation required for high supercurrent transport, as well as phonons of non-superconducting second-phase impurities when present. It is also possible to distinguish YBCO films that are properly textured from films having domains of misoriented YBCO grains. An investigation of the need for focus control on moving tape indicated that focusing of the laser on the surface of the highly reflective YBCO films exiting the MOCVD enclosure tends to produce aberrant photon bursts that swamp the Raman spectrum. These photon bursts are very likely a consequence of optical speckle effects induced by a combination of surface roughness, crystallographic texture, and/or local strain within the small grain microstructure of the YBCO film. Maintaining a slightly out-of-focus condition provides the best signal-to-noise ratio in terms of the obtained Raman spectra. In addition to examining moving tape at the post-MOCVD stage, Raman spectra of the film surface can also be recorded after the oxygen anneal performed to bring the YBCO to the optimum superconducting state. Consideration is given to data processing methods that could be adapted to the on-line Raman spectra to allow the tagging of out-of-specification tape segments and, at a more advanced level, feedback control to the MOCVD process. PMID:17456253

  15. On-line characterization of YBCO coated conductors using Raman spectroscopy methods.

    SciTech Connect

    Maroni, V. A.; Reeves, J. L.; Schwab, G.; Chemical Engineering; SuperPower, Inc.

    2007-04-01

    The use of Raman spectroscopy for on-line monitoring of the production of superconducting YBa2Cu3O6+X (YBCO) thin films on long-length metal tapes coated with textured buffer layers is reported for the first time. A methodology is described for obtaining Raman spectra of YBCO on moving tape exiting a metal-organic-chemical-vapor-deposition (MOCVD) enclosure. After baseline correction, the spectra recorded in this way show the expected phonons of the specific YBCO crystal orientation required for high supercurrent transport, as well as phonons of non-superconducting second-phase impurities when present. It is also possible to distinguish YBCO films that are properly textured from films having domains of misoriented YBCO grains. An investigation of the need for focus control on moving tape indicated that focusing of the laser on the surface of the highly reflective YBCO films exiting the MOCVD enclosure tends to produce aberrant photon bursts that swamp the Raman spectrum. These photon bursts are very likely a consequence of optical speckle effects induced by a combination of surface roughness, crystallographic texture, and/or local strain within the small grain microstructure of the YBCO film. Maintaining a slightly out-of-focus condition provides the best signal-to-noise ratio in terms of the obtained Raman spectra. In addition to examining moving tape at the post-MOCVD stage, Raman spectra of the film surface can also be recorded after the oxygen anneal performed to bring the YBCO to the optimum superconducting state. Consideration is given to data processing methods that could be adapted to the on-line Raman spectra to allow the tagging of out-of-specification tape segments and, at a more advanced level, feedback control to the MOCVD process.

  16. Architecture for high critical current superconducting tapes

    DOEpatents

    Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2002-01-01

    Improvements in critical current capacity for superconducting film structures are disclosed and include the use of, e.g., multilayer YBCO structures where individual YBCO layers are separated by a layer of an insulating material such as CeO.sub.2 and the like, a layer of a conducting material such as strontium ruthenium oxide and the like or by a second superconducting material such as SmBCO and the like.

  17. Lithographic patterning of superconducting YBCO films

    SciTech Connect

    Mishra, S.K.; Pathak, L.C.; Ray, S.K.; Kal, S.; Bhattacharya, D.; Lahiri, S.K.; Chopra, K.L.

    1992-10-01

    Microbridges of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin films have been fabricated by conventional photolithography and wet chemical etching using EDTA, and by lift-off lithography technique. The variation of etch rate with etch time, etchant temperature, and post-deposition sintering temperature has been studied. It has been shown that both techniques are useful for film patterning. However, an additional sintering step is necessary for the chemically etched sample to regain the original film properties. An order of increase in critical current density is observed for the patterned film. 10 refs., 7 figs.

  18. Levitation forces of a bulk YBCO superconductor in gradient varying magnetic fields

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    Jiang, J.; Gong, Y. M.; Wang, G.; Zhou, D. J.; Zhao, L. F.; Zhang, Y.; Zhao, Y.

    2015-09-01

    The levitation forces of a bulk YBCO superconductor in gradient varying high and low magnetic fields generated from a superconducting magnet were investigated. The magnetic field intensity of the superconducting magnet was measured when the exciting current was 90 A. The magnetic field gradient and magnetic force field were both calculated. The YBCO bulk was cooled by liquid nitrogen in field-cooling (FC) and zero-field-cooling (ZFC) condition. The results showed that the levitation forces increased with increasing the magnetic field intensity. Moreover, the levitation forces were more dependent on magnetic field gradient and magnetic force field than magnetic field intensity.

  19. Investigation of Radiation Affected High Temperature Superconductors - YBCO

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    Veterníková, J.; Chudý, M.; Slugeň, V.; Sojak, S.; Degmová, J.; Snopek, J.

    In this paper, high temperature superconductors are studied in terms of radiation stability, which is necessary for application in fusion reactors. Perspective superconducting materials based on YBCO (Perkovskite structure) were measured by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Measurements were performed for samples prior to and after fast neutron irradiation in TRIGA MARK II reactor in Vienna. The samples demonstrated accumulation of Cu-O di-vacancies due to the irradiation. Nevertheless, the structure showed regeneration during thermal treatment by defects recombination. Positron spectroscopy results were complemented with values of critical temperature, which also showed changes of superconducting properties after the irradiation and the annealing.

  20. Maximum permissible voltage of YBCO coated conductors

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    Wen, J.; Lin, B.; Sheng, J.; Xu, J.; Jin, Z.; Hong, Z.; Wang, D.; Zhou, H.; Shen, X.; Shen, C.

    2014-06-01

    Superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) could reduce short circuit currents in electrical power system. One of the most important thing in developing SFCL is to find out the maximum permissible voltage of each limiting element. The maximum permissible voltage is defined as the maximum voltage per unit length at which the YBCO coated conductors (CC) do not suffer from critical current (Ic) degradation or burnout. In this research, the time of quenching process is changed and voltage is raised until the Ic degradation or burnout happens. YBCO coated conductors test in the experiment are from American superconductor (AMSC) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). Along with the quenching duration increasing, the maximum permissible voltage of CC decreases. When quenching duration is 100 ms, the maximum permissible of SJTU CC, 12 mm AMSC CC and 4 mm AMSC CC are 0.72 V/cm, 0.52 V/cm and 1.2 V/cm respectively. Based on the results of samples, the whole length of CCs used in the design of a SFCL can be determined.

  1. Field Dependent Penetration Depth in YBCO

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    Carrington, A.; Giannetta, R.; Salamon, M. B.; Ginsberg, D. M.; Kim, J. T.

    1997-03-01

    An important step to understanding the nature of superconductivity in cuprate superconductors was the observation of a linear temperature dependence of the penetration depth (λ_ab) in YBCO(W.N. Hardy et al.) Phys. Rev. Lett. 70, 3999 (1993)., which strongly suggests the presence of line nodes in the order parameter, consistent with a d-wave pairing state. Recent theoretical work(S.K. Yip and J.A. Sauls, Phys. Rev. Lett. 69), 2264 (1992). has claimed that the magnetic field dependence of λ_ab at low temperature also uniquely depends on the symmetry of the order parameter. To investigate these effects we have built an apparatus, based on a RF tunnel diode oscillator,to measure with high precision both the temperature and field dependence of λ in small single crystal samples. Particular attention has been paid to reducing extraneous frequency shifts originating from the field/temperature dependence of the oscillator circuit. The sample rests on a moveable stage whose temperature may be varied indepndently of the resonator, so that the background may be measured in-situ. Results will be presented for YBCO at temperatures down to 1.3 K and fields up to H_c1(T), and their implications for the the pairing state in the cuprates discussed. This work was supported by NSF Grant # DMR-89-20538 and STCS/NSF DMR 91-20000.

  2. Nonvacuum Deposition of Silver Doped YBCO Coated Conductor on %100 Lattice Match Buffered Ni Tapes

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    Arda, L.; Cakiroglu, O.; Keskin, S.; Sacli, O. A.

    2007-04-01

    Silver doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) coated conductors were fabricated on Gd1.624Ho0.376O3 (100 % lattice match with YBCO) textured buffer layers on Ni tape by reel-to-reel sol-gel dip coating system. Sample were prepared with different wt(1-5) % Ag doped ratio. The surface morphologies and microstructure of all sample were characterized by ESEM, EDS and XRD. Pole figure texture analyses have been done to characterize texture of buffer layer and YBCO superconducting film . The critical current Ic measurement was performed using four wire method with the 1 μV/cm criterion. The critical current density, Jc was measured to be 2.2 × 104 A/cm2 at 77 K self field for 1 wt % Ag doped YBCO sample.

  3. Precursor evolution and growth mechanism of BTO/YBCO films by TFA—MOD process

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    Wang, Hong-Yan; Ding, Fa-Zhu; Gu, Hong-Wei; Zhang, Teng; Peng, Xing-Yu

    2014-10-01

    In this study, BaTiO3 (BTO)-doped YBCO films are prepared on LaAlO3 (100) single-crystal substrates by metal—organic decomposition (MOD) using trifluoroacetate (TFA) precursor solutions. The critical current density (Jc) of BTO/YBCO film is as high as 10 MA/cm2 (77 K, 0 T). The BTO peak is found in the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of a final YBCO superconductivity film. Moreover, a comprehensive study of the precursor evolution is conducted mainly by X-ray analysis and μ-Raman spectroscopy. It is found that the TFA begins to decompose at the beginning of the thermal process, and then further decomposes as temperature increases, and at 700 °C BTO nanoparticles begin to appear. It suggests that the YBCO film embedded with BTO nanoparticles, whose critical current density (Jc) is enhanced, is successfully prepared by an easily scalable chemical solution deposition technique.

  4. Deposition studies and coordinated characterization of MOCVD YBCO films on IBAD-MgO templates.

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    Aytug, Tolga; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Heatherly Jr, Lee; Zhang, Yifei; Kim, Kyunghoon; Goyal, Amit; Maroni, V. A.; List III, Frederick Alyious

    2009-01-01

    A recently installed research metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provided by SuperPower, Inc., has been used to investigate the processing variables of MOCVD YBCO precursors and trends in the resulting properties. Systematic studies of film growth were carried out by optimizing deposition temperature and oxygen flow rate. Structural and superconducting properties of the YBCO films were analyzed by extensive X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microspcopy and transport measurements. The identification of intermediate phase formations after the YBCO precursor transformation was investigated with coordinated reel-to-reel Raman microprobe analysis. With the combination of these characterization techniques, an improved understanding of the growth characteristics of MOCVD YBCO films was established. Finally, critical current densities greater than 2 MA/cm2 for film thicknesses of 0.8 m have been demonstrated.

  5. Testing of an HTS Power Cable Made from YBCO Tapes

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    Gouge, Michael J; Duckworth, Robert C; Demko, Jonathan A; Rey, Christopher M; Lindsay, David T; Roden, Mark L; Tolbert, Jerry Carlton

    2007-01-01

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has designed, built, and tested a 1.25-m-long, prototype high temperature superconducting (HTS) power cable made from second-generation YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO)-coated conductor tapes. Electrical tests of this cable were performed in liquid nitrogen at 77 K. DC testing of the HTS cable included determination of the V-I curve with a critical current of about 2100 A, which was consistent with the critical currents of the two layers of 4.4-mm wide YBCO tapes. AC testing of the cable was conducted at currents up to about 1500 Arms. The ac losses were determined calorimetrically by measuring the response of a calibrated temperature sensor placed on the former and electrically by use of a Rogowski coil with a lock-in amplifier. Over-current testing was conducted at peak current values up to 4.9 kA for pulse lengths of 0.3-0.5 s. Test results are compared to earlier data from a 1.25-m-long power cable made from 1-cm-wide YBCO tapes and also comparable BSCCO cables. This commercial-grade HTS cable demonstrated the feasibility of second-generation YBCO tapes in an ac cable application.

  6. Bipolar electrical coil based on YBCO bulks: initial tests

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    Alvarez, A.; Suárez, P.; Ceballos, J. M.; Pérez, B.; Werfel, F.; Floegel-Delor, U.

    2008-02-01

    In the field of the application of HTS in electrical motors, most prototypes are made using superconducting coils based on tape and located in the position where copper coils work in a similar conventional motor. Other prototypes use superconducting bulks (usually disk-shaped) in those positions where normal magnets should work in similar conventional motors. But it is very unusual to find designs using electrical coils based on bulks. This is a challenge whose main problem is the difficulty in machining the superconductor bulks to get the proper shape because of the impossibility of bending the material to wind coils. The design of a bipolar single-turn coil made from a superconducting YBCO disk was proposed by the group of Electrical Application of Superconductors, at the University of Extremadura, several years ago to be an element for the design of a modular two-phase inductor for an air core axial-flux motor. The shape of each coil looks like an 'S'. When a current flows through the circuit, two opposite magnetic fields appear in the upper and lower halves of the piece. Until now, attempts to get a good superconducting circuit by cutting a YBCO disk into the required shape have failed because of cracks appearing in the crystal during the process. Last year, our group at the University of Extremadura began to work with ATZ GmbH who have improved the machining process and made the coils. In this paper we present the coil and the first tests carried out.

  7. Optical response of YBCO thin films and weak-links

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    Osterman, D.P.; Drake, R.; Patt, R.; Track, E.K.; Radparvar, M.; Faris, S.M.

    1989-03-01

    The authors have fabricated films of the high temperature superconductor YBCO and measured their response to optical and infrared radiation. This response to light is manifested by a change in the current-voltage characteristics of YBCO weak-links. They find the change to dependent upon film quality, operating point, light chopping frequency, and temperature. Depending on the type of anneal, the superconducting films exhibit metallic or semiconducting resistivity behavior above T/sub c/. The optical responsivity of semiconducting films is larger than that of metallic films. By further annealing, semiconducting films could be converted into metallic films with a concurrent decrease in their optical reponsivity. Some of the measurements have been performed with the films immersed in superfluid helium to allow the separation of non-equilibrium effects from the equilibrium bolometric response.

  8. Soft nanostructuring of YBCO Josephson junctions by phase separation.

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    Gustafsson, D; Pettersson, H; Iandolo, B; Olsson, E; Bauch, T; Lombardi, F

    2010-12-01

    We have developed a new method to fabricate biepitaxial YBa2 Cu3 O7-δ (YBCO) Josephson junctions at the nanoscale, allowing junctions widths down to 100 nm and simultaneously avoiding the typical damage in grain boundary interfaces due to conventional patterning procedures. By using the competition between the superconducting YBCO and the insulating Y2 BaCuO5 phases during film growth, we formed nanometer sized grain boundary junctions in the insulating Y2 BaCuO5 matrix as confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Electrical transport measurements give clear indications that we are close to probing the intrinsic properties of the grain boundaries. PMID:21080664

  9. Enhanced pinning in YBCO films with BaZrO.sub.3 nanoparticles

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    Driscoll, Judith L.; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2010-06-15

    A process and composition of matter are provided and involve flux pinning in thin films of high temperature superconductive oxides such as YBCO by inclusion of particles including barium and a group 4 or group 5 metal, such as zirconium, in the thin film.

  10. Origin of photovoltaic effect in superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.96 ceramics

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    Yang, F.; Han, M. Y.; Chang, F. G.

    2015-06-01

    We report remarkable photovoltaic effect in YBa2Cu3O6.96 (YBCO) ceramic between 50 and 300 K induced by blue-laser illumination, which is directly related to the superconductivity of YBCO and the YBCO-metallic electrode interface. There is a polarity reversal for the open circuit voltage Voc and short circuit current Isc when YBCO undergoes a transition from superconducting to resistive state. We show that there exists an electrical potential across the superconductor-normal metal interface, which provides the separation force for the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. This interface potential directs from YBCO to the metal electrode when YBCO is superconducting and switches to the opposite direction when YBCO becomes nonsuperconducting. The origin of the potential may be readily associated with the proximity effect at metal-superconductor interface when YBCO is superconducting and its value is estimated to be ~10-8 mV at 50 K with a laser intensity of 502 mW/cm2. Combination of a p-type material YBCO at normal state with an n-type material Ag-paste forms a quasi-pn junction which is responsible for the photovoltaic behavior of YBCO ceramics at high temperatures. Our findings may pave the way to new applications of photon-electronic devices and shed further light on the proximity effect at the superconductor-metal interface.

  11. Origin of photovoltaic effect in superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.96 ceramics.

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    Yang, F; Han, M Y; Chang, F G

    2015-01-01

    We report remarkable photovoltaic effect in YBa2Cu3O6.96 (YBCO) ceramic between 50 and 300 K induced by blue-laser illumination, which is directly related to the superconductivity of YBCO and the YBCO-metallic electrode interface. There is a polarity reversal for the open circuit voltage Voc and short circuit current Isc when YBCO undergoes a transition from superconducting to resistive state. We show that there exists an electrical potential across the superconductor-normal metal interface, which provides the separation force for the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. This interface potential directs from YBCO to the metal electrode when YBCO is superconducting and switches to the opposite direction when YBCO becomes nonsuperconducting. The origin of the potential may be readily associated with the proximity effect at metal-superconductor interface when YBCO is superconducting and its value is estimated to be ~10(-8) mV at 50 K with a laser intensity of 502 mW/cm(2). Combination of a p-type material YBCO at normal state with an n-type material Ag-paste forms a quasi-pn junction which is responsible for the photovoltaic behavior of YBCO ceramics at high temperatures. Our findings may pave the way to new applications of photon-electronic devices and shed further light on the proximity effect at the superconductor-metal interface. PMID:26099727

  12. Origin of photovoltaic effect in superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.96 ceramics

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    Yang, F.; Han, M. Y.; Chang, F. G.

    2015-01-01

    We report remarkable photovoltaic effect in YBa2Cu3O6.96 (YBCO) ceramic between 50 and 300 K induced by blue-laser illumination, which is directly related to the superconductivity of YBCO and the YBCO-metallic electrode interface. There is a polarity reversal for the open circuit voltage Voc and short circuit current Isc when YBCO undergoes a transition from superconducting to resistive state. We show that there exists an electrical potential across the superconductor-normal metal interface, which provides the separation force for the photo-induced electron-hole pairs. This interface potential directs from YBCO to the metal electrode when YBCO is superconducting and switches to the opposite direction when YBCO becomes nonsuperconducting. The origin of the potential may be readily associated with the proximity effect at metal-superconductor interface when YBCO is superconducting and its value is estimated to be ~10–8 mV at 50 K with a laser intensity of 502 mW/cm2. Combination of a p-type material YBCO at normal state with an n-type material Ag-paste forms a quasi-pn junction which is responsible for the photovoltaic behavior of YBCO ceramics at high temperatures. Our findings may pave the way to new applications of photon-electronic devices and shed further light on the proximity effect at the superconductor-metal interface. PMID:26099727

  13. Study of some superconducting and magnetic materials on high T sub c oxide superconductors

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    Wu, M. K.

    1987-01-01

    On the basis of existing data it appears that the high-temperature superconductivity above 77 K reported here, occurs only in compound systems consisting of a phase other than the K2NiF4 phase. A narrow superconducting transition was obtained with T sub c0 = 98 K and T sub c1 = 94 K in Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO). Preliminary results indicate that YBCO is rather different from the layered LaBCO, LaSCO, and LaCCO. While electron-photon interaction cannot be absent from this compound system, nonconventional enhanced superconducting interactions due to interfaces, Resonating Valence Bond (RVB) states, or even a superconducting state beyond the BCS framework, may be required to account for the high T sub c in YBCO. It is believed that study of the possible subtle correlation between magnetism and superconductivity will definitely provide important insight into the superconducting mechanism in YBCO and other oxides.

  14. High-temperature superconducting thin films and their application to superconducting-normal-superconducting devices

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    Mankiewich, P.M.

    1993-01-01

    The existence of the proximity effect between the high temperature superconductor YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] (YBCO) and normal metal thin films has been demonstrated, and this effect has been exploited to produce lithographically fabricated superconducting-normal-superconducting (SNS) Josephson junctions. Improvement of the fabrication processes has led to new methods of in-situ film growth and plasma etching of YBCO, as well a YBCO-compatible processes for the deep-ultraviolet and electron-beam lithography required to fabricate submicron device structures. This proximity effect approach helps to circumvent the short coherence length ([xi] [approximately] 3 nm) characteristic of the high T[sub c] superconductors. In a clean normal metal such as gold or silver the relevant coherence length is governed by the higher Fermi velocity and longer mean free path. A Josephson device containing a normal metal weak link can be longer than an ideal all-YBCO microbridge (dimensions comparable to [xi]). Initially, SNS devices were fabricated and showed evidence for a supercurrent through the normal region. Properly spaced Shapiro steps as a function of microwave frequency were observed. This result was evidence for a proximity effect between a normal metal and YBCO. The fabrication process was not sufficiently reproducible, so new techniques were developed. In-situ film growth and fabrication is desirable to minimize contamination of and damage to the surface of the superconductor. In-situ reactive coevaporation of YBCO was demonstrated. Patterning of these in-situ films in to a structure required the development of a low-damage reactive ion etch. New lithographic techniques were developed to minimize chemical degradation of the superconductor. Deposition of gold onto heated device structures was demonstrated to produce a superior SNS device. The application of YBCO thin films to passive microwave devices and to active superconducting circuits was evaluated.

  15. Deposition of YBCO films by high temperature spray pyrolysis

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    Shields, T. C.; Abell, J. S.; Button, T. W.; Chakalov, R. A.; Chakalova, R. I.; Cai, C.; Haessler, W.; Eickemeyer, J.; de Boer, B.

    2002-08-01

    The fabrication of YBCO coated conductors on flexible textured metallic substrates requires the deposition of biaxially textured buffer layers and superconducting films. In this study we have prepared YBCO thin films on single crystal SrTiO 3 substrates and cube textured Ni substrates by spray pyrolysis. The Ni substrates have been pre-buffered with CeO 2/YSZ/CeO 2, layers deposited by pulsed laser deposition. Spray pyrolysis of nitrate solutions has been performed directly on heated substrates at temperatures between 800 and 900 °C without need for a subsequent annealing step. YBCO films deposited on both types of substrate are biaxially textured. Full width half maximum values determined from φ-scans are 8° and 20° for films on SrTiO 3 and buffered Ni substrates respectively. A transport Jc value of 1.2×10 5 A/cm 2 at 77 K and zero field has been achieved on SrTiO 3 ( T c onset=91 K, ΔTc=6 K). χ ac susceptibility measurements of films on buffered Ni substrates show Tc onsets of 88 K with ΔTc=18 K.

  16. Co-doping effects of Gd and Ag on YBCO films derived by metalorganic deposition

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    Sun, Meijuan; Liu, Zhiyong; Bai, Chuanyi; Guo, Yanqun; Lu, Yuming; Fan, Feng; Cai, Chuanbing

    2015-12-01

    Y1-xGdxBa2Cu3O7-δ-Ag (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) thin films were prepared on oxide buffered Hastelloy substrates by low fluorine metalorganic depostion (MOD) process. The effects of co-doping of Ag and Gd on the microstructures and superconducting properties of YBCO thin films are investigated with respect to improvement on texture and superconducting performance in case of optimized doping content. It is found that optimum addition of Ag and Gd may lead to better c-axis orientation, superior surface microstructure and finally give rise to much improvement of superconducting performance.

  17. Studies of proximity-effect and tunneling in YBCO/metal layered films

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    Greene, L. H.; Barner, J. B.; Feldmann, W. L.; Farrow, L. A.; Miceli, P. F.; Ramesh, R.; Wilkens, B. J.; Bagley, B. G.; Tarascon, J. M.; Wernick, J. H.; Giroud, M.; Rowell, J. M.

    1989-12-01

    The short coherence length of the high-T c superconductors, coupled with their tendency to form non-superconducting surface layers, accounts for the difficulty in achieving good tunnel junctions. A proximity layer of a longer coherence length normal metal (N) is expected to “draw out” Cooper pairs. Our goal is to fabricate reproducible, planar tunnel junctions of SNIS layered structures for proximity tunneling spectroscopy. Such structures of YBCO/N/I/Pb and SNS structures of YBCO/N/Pb indicate that the normal metal produces a low resistance contact to the YBCO surface with a supercurrent observed in the SNS. The insulating barrier in the SNIS is reproducible, insulating and continuous: A sharp Pb gap and phonons from the counter-electrode are routinely observed.

  18. A YBCO RF-SQUID magnetometer and its applications

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    Luwei, Zhou; Jingwu, Qiu; Xienfeng, Zhang; Zhiming, Tank; Yongjia, Qian

    1990-01-01

    An applicable RF-superconducting quantum interference detector (SQUID) magnetometer was made using a bulk sintered yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO). The temperature range of the magnetometer is 77 to 300 K and the field range 0 to 0.1T. At 77 K, the equivalent flux noise of the SQUID is 5 x 10 to minus 4 power theta sub o/square root of Hz at the frequency range of 20 to 200 Hz. The experiments show that the SQUID noise at low-frequency end is mainly from 1/f noise. A coil test shows that the magnetic moment sensitivity delta m is 10 to the minus 6th power emu. The RF-SQUID is shielded in a YBCO cylinder with a shielding ability B sub in/B sub ex of about 10 to the minus 6th power when external dc magnetic field is about a few Oe. The magnetometer is successfully used in characterizing superconducting thin films.

  19. In-situ sputtering of YBCO films for microwave applications

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    Ballentine, P. H.; Kadin, A. M.; Mallory, D. S.

    1991-01-01

    RF magnetron sputtering from a single YBCO target onto a heated substrate (700 C) was used to obtain c-axis-oriented 1-2-3 films that are superconducting without a subsequent annealing or oxygenation step, with Tc(R = 0) as high as 88 K on MgO and LaAlO3 substrates. This process uses an 8-in-diameter target in the sputter-up configuration, with a central grounded shield to eliminate negative ion bombardment. It can reproducibly and uniformly cover substrates as large as 3-in across at rates exceeding 1 A/s. Maintaining film composition very close to stoichiometry is essential for obtaining films with good superconducting properties and surface morphology. Optimum films have critical currents of 1 MA/sq cm at 77 K. Measurements of microwave surface resistance based on a stripline resonator indicate low surface resistance for unpatterned YBCO ground planes, but excess loss and a strong power dependence in a patterned center strip.

  20. Effects of Sn-doping on JC- B properties and crystalline structure for YBCO films by advanced TFA-MOD method

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    Miyanaga, Y.; Teranishi, R.; Yamada, K.; Mori, N.; Mukaida, M.; Kiss, T.; Inoue, M.; Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.; Nanba, M.; Awaji, S.; Watanabe, K.

    2009-10-01

    To improve JC properties in a magnetic field ( JC- B) of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ(YBCO) films by a TFA-MOD (trifluoroacetates metal organic deposition) method, we fabricated YBCO films with SnO 2-doping as artificial pinning centers and investigated the superconducting properties and the crystalline structures. TFA-MOD is expected as a cost-effective method with a non-vacuum system to fabricate YBCO films with high superconducting properties. However, YBCO films have problems that JC decreases in a magnetic field ( B). In this study, the TFA solutions with SnO 2 for pinning centers were used as starting materials. In the transmission electron microscope image, existence of second phase particles with size of 20-30 nm has been observed in the YBCO film. These nano-particles contained Sn-element and distributed randomly in the film. The JC/ JC (self field) values of the SnO 2-doped YBCO films were enhanced in all magnetic field angles. Therefore it is considered that 3D pinning centers of Sn-compounds were introduced into YBCO film.

  1. Effect of Interim Annealing on Mechanical Strength of TFA-MOD Derived YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Takagi, Y.; Nakaoka, K.; Nakamura, T.; Yoshizumi, M.; Kiss, T.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    TFA-MOD derived YBCO tapes are expected for many applications due to cost-efficiency. In some applications, uniformity and mechanical strength are required for tapes. A 205 m-long YBCO tape was fabricated with high and uniform Ic performance throughout the tape by adopting the interim annealing before the conversion process. The effect of the interim annealing on the crystal growth mechanism of YBCO has been studied focusing on the relationship between the interim annealing conditions and delamination, in this work. Delamination strength was evaluated in the samples prepared with and without interim annealing by the stud pull method. Measurements were carried out on 50 different points for each sample and the results were analyzed statistically. The difference between the two samples was remarkably seen in the delamination strength below 60 MPa. The conventionally annealed sample had more points with low delamination strength below 60 MPa than the interim annealed one. The cross sectional images of both samples observed by SEM showed that there were few pores within the interim annealed superconducting layer, although conventional superconducting layer had many pores. These results suggest that the pores within YBCO layer might be origins to be propagated for delamination at low strength.

  2. Novel Superoxygenated Phases in Superconducting Cuprate Thin Films

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    Zhang, C.; Zhang, H.; Gauquelin, N.; Botton, G. A.; McMahon, C.; Hawthorn, D. G.; Wei, J. Y. T.

    The superconducting critical temperature (Tc) of hole-doped cuprates tends to increase with their lattice complexity, which is generally correlated with higher states of oxidation. For YBa2Cu3O7 - δ (YBCO-123), it is known that solid-state reaction in high-pressure oxygen can induce the formation of more complex and oxidized phases such as Y2Ba4Cu7O15 - δ (YBCO-247) and Y2Ba4Cu8O16 (YBCO-248). In this work, we apply this superoxygenation concept of material synthesis to nanoscale thin films which, owing to their large surface-to-volume ratio, are more thermodynamically reactive than bulk samples. Epitaxial thin films of YBCO-123 were grown by pulsed laser deposition on (La , Sr) (Al , Ta) O3 substrates, and post-annealed in up to 500 atm of oxygen at 800C. Our post-annealed films show robust superconducting transitions with Tc ranging from 80 to 93K. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy were used to probe the lattice structure and oxygen stoichiometry. Our measurements show clear evidence of conversion to YBCO-247 and YBCO-248 in the superoxygenated films, as well as YBCO-125, a novel YBCO phase that has three CuO chains per unit cell and potentially higher Tc. Work supported by NSERC, CFI/OIT, and CIFAR.

  3. Development of a 20 GHz scanned beam microstrip antenna array with a proximity coupled YBCO feed network

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    Mittleman, S.D.; Herd, J.S.; Kenny, J.P.; Poles, L.D.; Champion, M.H.; Rainville, P.J.; Silva, J.H.

    1994-12-31

    A superconducting antenna array with a proximity coupled feed network operating at 20 GHz has been developed. The antenna is a 4x4 array and its performance was measured from 18 GHz to 22 GHz. At temperatures below 80 K, there was a 15 dBi gain measured at several frequencies in this range. The design of a low loss superconducting phase shifter monolithically incorporated into the YBCO feed network is indicated.

  4. Advanced thin-film deposition and physical properties of high-temperature and other novel superconducting materials. Annual report, 15 October 1991-31 October 1992

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    Beasley, M.R.; Geballe, T.H.; Kapitulnik, A.

    1993-06-03

    Progress under AFOSR Contract F49620-92-C-0004 for the period 15 October 1991 to 31 October 1992 is reported. Important results include studies of the grain boundaries in a-axis oriented high-Tc superconducting 123 YBCO thin films, the study of the vortex properties of high-Tc single crystals of the superconductor 2212 BSCCO and the artificially structured Mo-Ge/Ge quasi-two-dimensional superconductors. The latter provide an outstanding model system for the study of vortices in highly anisotropic superconductors, such at the high-Tc cuprates, without all the attendant difficult materials problems. Progress in the synthesis and study of the so-called infinite layer cuprate SrCuO4 and the normally conducting oxide SrRuO3 of interest as a barrier materials in high-Tc SNS devices are also reported. Finally the authors report the development of advanced approaches to rate control of the cation fluxes in the reactive coevaporation of the high-Tc superconductors.... High-Tc superconductivity, Anisotropic superconductivity, SrCuO4, SrRuO3, Mo-Ge/Ge superconducting multilayers.

  5. Estimation of magnetic relaxation property for CVD processed YBCO-coated conductors

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    Takahashi, Y.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Shikimachi, K.; Watanabe, T.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2010-11-01

    Ion Beam Assist Deposition/Chemical Vapor Deposition(IBAD/CVD)-processed YBCO-coated conductors with high critical current density Jc at high magnetic fields are expected to be applied to superconducting equipments such as superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES). For application to superconducting magnet in SMES one of the most important properties for superconductors is the relaxation property of superconducting current. In this paper, the relaxation property is investigated for IBAD/CVD-processed YBCO-coated conductors of the superconducting layer in the range of 0.18-0.90 μm. This property can be quantitatively characterized by the apparent pinning potential, U0∗. It is found that U0∗ takes a smaller value due to the two-dimensional pinning mechanism at high magnetic fields for conductor with thinner superconducting layer. Although U0∗ decreases with increasing thickness at low magnetic fields at 20 K, it increases at high magnetic fields. The results are theoretically explained by the model of the flux creep and flow based on the dimensionality of flux pinning. Scaling analysis is examined for the dependence of U0∗ on the magnetic field, temperature and the layer thickness.

  6. Modern superconductive materials for electrical machines and devices working on the principle of levitation

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    Prikhna, T. A.

    2006-04-01

    The peculiarities of high-pressure synthesis of highly dense nanostructural MgB2-based superconductive materials, of thermobaric treatment of MT-YBCO (melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ-based superconductor), high-pressure sintering of YBa2Cu3O7-δ, oxygenation of MT-YBCO under high isostatic pressure of oxygen and processes of formation of superconductive junctions between MT-YBCO blocks are considered. The attained level of superconductive and mechanical properties of such materials and junctions make them promising for application in cryogenic devices working on the principle of levitation: electric motors, generators, pumps for liquid-gas transfer, magnetic bearings, flywheels, fault-current limiters, maglev transport, etc. High-pressure synthesized MgB2 (with Ti additions) blocks were for the first time tried in the superconductive electric motor at 20K and demonstrated an efficiency similar to MT-YBCO (at the same working temperature).

  7. Magnetic suspension using high temperature superconducting cores

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    Scurlock, R. G.

    1992-01-01

    The development of YBCO high temperature superconductors, in wire and tape forms, is rapidly approaching the point where the bulk transport current density j vs magnetic field H characteristics with liquid nitrogen cooling will enable its use in model cores. On the other hand, BSCCO high temperature superconductor in wire form has poor j-H characteristics at 77 K today, although with liquid helium or hydrogen cooling, it appears to be superior to NbTi superconductor. Since liquid nitrogen cooling is approx. 100 times cheaper than liquid helium cooling, the use of YBCO is very attractive for use in magnetic suspension. The design is discussed of a model core to accommodate lift and drag loads up to 6000 and 3000 N respectively. A comparison is made between the design performance of a liquid helium cooled NbTi (or BSCCO) superconducting core and a liquid nitrogen cooled YBCO superconducting core.

  8. Limitations for the trapped field in large grain YBCO superconductors

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    Eisterer, M.; Haindl, S.; Zehetmayer, M.; Gonzalez-Arrabal, R.; Weber, H. W.; Litzkendorf, D.; Zeisberger, M.; Habisreuther, T.; Gawalek, W.; Shlyk, L.; Krabbes, G.

    2006-07-01

    The actual limitations for the trapped field in YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) monoliths are discussed. The influence of the sample geometry and of the critical current density on the trapped field is investigated by numerical calculations. The field dependence of the critical current density strongly influences the trapped field. A nonlinear relationship between the sample size, the critical current density and the resulting trapped field is derived. The maximum achievable trapped field in YBCO at 77 K is found to be around 2.5 T. This limit is obtained for reasonable geometries and high but realistic critical current densities. Such high fields have not been reached experimentally so far, due to non-optimized flux pinning and material inhomogeneities. These inhomogeneities can be directly assessed by the magnetoscan technique, and their influence is discussed. Significant differences between the a- and the c-growth sectors were found. Limitations due to cracks and non-superconducting inclusions (e.g. 211 particles) are estimated and found to be candidates for variations of Jc on a millimetre length scale, as observed in experiments.

  9. Attenuation of superconductivity in manganite/cuprate heterostructures by epitaxially-induced CuO intergrowths

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    Zhang, H.; Gauquelin, N.; Botton, G. A.; Wei, J. Y. T.

    2013-07-01

    We examine the effect of CuO intergrowths on the superconductivity in epitaxial La2/3Ca1/3MnO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (LCMO/YBCO) thin-film heterostructures. Scanning transmission electron microscopy on bilayer LCMO/YBCO thin films revealed double CuO-chain intergrowths which form regions with the 247 lattice structure in the YBCO layer. These nanoscale 247 regions do not appear in x-ray diffraction, but can physically account for the reduced critical temperature (Tc) of bilayer thin films relative to unilayer films with the same YBCO thickness, at least down to ˜25 nm. We attribute the CuO intergrowths to the bilayer heteroepitaxial mismatch and the Tc reduction to the generally lower Tc seen in bulk 247 samples. These epitaxially-induced CuO intergrowths provide a microstructural mechanism for the attenuation of superconductivity in LCMO/YBCO heterostructures.

  10. The short-circuit test results of 6.9 kV/2.3 kV 400 kVA-class YBCO model transformer

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    Tomioka, A.; Otonari, T.; Ogata, T.; Iwakuma, M.; Okamoto, H.; Hayashi, H.; Iijima, Y.; Saito, T.; Gosho, Y.; Tanabe, K.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2011-11-01

    We are developing an elemental technology for 66 kV/6.9 kV 20 MVA-class power transformer with YBCO conductors. The protection of short-circuit technology is one of the elemental technologies for HTS transformer. Since short-circuit current is much higher than critical current of YBCO tape, there is a possibility that superconducting characteristics may be damaged during short-circuit period. We made a conductor to compose the YBCO tape with copper tape. We manufactured 6.9 kV/2.3 kV 400 kVA-class YBCO model transformer using this conductor and performed short-circuit current test. The short-circuit current of primary winding was 346 A which was about six times larger than the rated current. The I-V characteristics of the winding did not change before and after the test. We may consider this conductor withstands short-circuit current.

  11. Fabrication of Tunnel Barriers on YBCO Thin Films by Chemical Surface Modification

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    Hentges, P. J.; Pugel, D. E.; Greene, L. H.; Westwood, G.; Pafford, M. M.; Klemperer, W. G.

    2000-03-01

    In the past, information obtained from planar tunneling into YBCO has been limited by superconducting (SC) counter-electrode density of states effects and interface damage. Traditional fabrication methods such as SC Pb deposition [1] and more recent attempts using organic ligand barriers with non-SC Cu counter electrodes [2] lead to an altered YBCO surface. New molecular technology has produced the molecule Zr_13O_8(OPr^n)_24(OH)_12 which binds to the YBCO surface. XPS analysis shows that successive hydrolysis and condensation reactions increases the molecular density on the surface of YBCO, potentially forming a robust ZrO tunneling barrier which allows the deposition of non-SC counter electrodes. Preliminary results on tunnel junctions will be discussed. This work is supported by the Materials Research Laboratory through the Department of Energy DEFG02-ER-45439. P.J.H. and L.H.G. acknowledge support by ONR N00014-97-1-0682. 1. J. M. Valles et al, Phys. Rev. B 44, 11986 (1991) 2. M. Covington et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 277 (1997)

  12. Scanning Hall probe microscopy of supercurrents in YBCO films

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    Dinner, Rafael Baruch

    High-temperature superconductors were discovered 20 years ago, inspiring dreams of levitating trains fed by superconducting power lines. The cuprates, particularly YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO), still promise to fulfill such applications, but must be made to carry higher current density, Jc, which is limited by the rapid onset of dissipation. The dissipation arises from the movement of magnetic vortices in the material, driven by the magnetic field of the current. It is therefore natural to use magnetic imaging to understand these limits on the current. Initially, I fix a mesoscopic ring of YBCO to a micro-Hall sensor and demonstrate that the sensor is capable of detecting small numbers of vortices. I then proceed with magnetic imaging, constructing a cryogenic scanning Hall probe microscope that combines a 1 x 4 cm scan range with 200 nm positioning resolution by coupling stepper motors to high-resolution drivers and reducing gears. It enables me to image an entire sample, then zoom in on regions of interest, down to the level of an individual quantized vortex. Applying this capability to current-carrying YBCO strips, I generate magnetic movies of the materials' periodic response to applied ac currents. From the movies, I reconstruct current density by inverting the Biot-Savart law, and electric field by approximating dB/dt and using Faraday's law. I thereby obtain complete, space- and time-resolved characterizations of the materials, including maps of ac power losses. After demonstrating this analysis on a single-crystal film, I image two "coated conductors"---YBCO grown on metal tape. I find relatively homogeneous flux penetration in a film grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on an ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) substrate, which contrasts with the weak-link behavior of grain boundaries in a film grown by metalorganic deposition (MOD) on rolling assisted biaxially textured substrate (RABiTS). Nonetheless, the in-plane meandering of the MOD film's boundaries

  13. Temperature dependent phonon mode coupling in YBCO_6.95

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    Stercel, Ferenc; Chung, Jae-Ho; Egami, Takeshi; Mook, Herb; Frost, Chris

    2004-03-01

    While the majority in the field of high-temperature superconductivity believe in the magnetic mechanism, experimental evidence of phonon involvement is increasing. We carried out inelastic neutron scattering measurements of c-axis phonons with a YBa_2Cu_3O_6.95 single crystal at the MAPS of the ISIS facility. We found distinct temperature dependence of the 63 meV apical oxygen phonon mode, which correlates well with that of the in-plane Cu-O bond-stretching phonon mode observed earlier. The result indicates that the coupling between the two modes changes with temperature, similar to the superconducting order parameter. The coupling is mainly due to the Coulomb repulsion between the in-plane oxygen and the apical oxygen. The phonon-induced hole transfer from oxygen to copper introduces attractive force and offsets this repulsion. The observed effect can be explained by the enhancement of offset due to the off-diagonal transfer of Cooper pairs. Thus this observation constitutes the direct confirmation of involvement of the in-plane Cu-O bond-stretching phonons in the superconductivity of YBCO_6.95.

  14. High-Tc Superconducting Thin- and Thick-Film-Based Coated Conductors for Energy Applications

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    Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit

    2010-01-01

    Although the first epitaxial films of YBCO with high Tc were grown nearly 20 years ago, the understanding and control of the nanostructures responsible for the dissipation-free electrical current transport in high temperature superconductors (HTS) is quite recent. In the last six to seven years, major advances have occurred in the fundamental investigation of low angle grain boundaries, flux-pinning phenomena, growth mode, and atomic-level defect structures of HTS epitaxial films. As a consequence, it has been possible to map and even engineer to some extent the performance of HTS coatings in large regions of the operating H, T, J phase space. With such progress, the future of high temperature superconducting wires looks increasingly promising despite the tremendous challenges offered by these brittle and anisotropic materials. Nevertheless, further performance improvements are necessary for the superconducting technology to become cost-competitive against copper wires and ultimately succeed in revolutionizing the transmission of electricity. This can be achieved by further diminishing the gap between theoretical and experimental values of the critical current density Jc, and/or increasing the thickness of the superconductive layer as much as possible without degrading performance. In addition, further progress in controlling extrinsic and/or intrinsic nano-sized defects within the films is necessary to significantly reduce the anisotropic response of HTS and obtain a nearly constant dependence of the critical current on the magnetic field orientation, which is considered crucial for power applications. This chapter is a review of the challenges still present in the area of superconducting film processing for HTS wires and the approaches currently employed to address them.

  15. Mechanical characterization of GdBCO/Ag and YBCO single grains fabricated by top-seeded melt growth at 77 and 300 K

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    Konstantopoulou, K.; Shi, Y. H.; Dennis, A. R.; Durrell, J. H.; Pastor, J. Y.; Cardwell, D. A.

    2014-11-01

    YBaCuO and GdBaCuO + 15 wt% Ag large, single-grain, bulk superconductors have been fabricated via the top-seeded, melt-growth (TSMG) process using a generic NdBCO seed. The mechanical behavior of both materials has been investigated by means of three-point bending (TPB) and transversal tensile tests at 77 and 300 K. The strength, fracture toughness and hardness of the samples were studied for two directions of applied load to obtain comprehensive information about the effect of microstructural anisotropy on the macroscopic and microscopic mechanical properties of these technologically important materials. Splitting (Brazilian) tests were carried out on as-melt-processed cylindrical samples following a standard oxygenation process and with the load applied parallel to the growth-facet lines characteristic of the TSMG process. In addition, the elastic modulus of each material was measured by three different techniques and related to the microstructure of each sample using optical microscopy. The results show that both the mechanical properties and the elastic modulus of both YBCO and GdBCP/Ag are improved at 77 K. However, the GdBCO/Ag samples are less anisotropic and exhibit better mechanical behavior due to the presence of silver particles in the bulk, superconducting matrix. The splitting tensile strength was determined at 77 K and both materials were found to exhibit similar behavior, independently of their differences in microstructure.

  16. Reversible magnetization measurements of the anisotropic superconducting parameters of the infinite-layer electron-doped compound Sr 0.90La 0.10CuO 2 apparent anisotropy crossover

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    Cobb, J. L.; Markert, J. T.

    1994-06-01

    We report the results and analysis of DC magnetization studies of grain-aligned powders of the infinite-layer electron-doped compounds Sr 0.90La 0.10CuO 2. Magnetization data in the reversible temperature regime were analyzed to obtain the anisotropic superconducting parameters for this system. Three samples of Sr 0.90La 0.10CuO 2 were studied, presumably with very slightly diffrent La or O concentrations. Typically, the extracted values of the coherence lengths (ξ ∥=46 Å, ξ ⊥=30 Å), the penetration depths (λ ∥=290 nm, λ ⊥=450 nm), the mass anisotrophy ( ( {m ⊥}/{m ∥}) {1}/{2}≈1.5 ), and the lower and upper critical fields are appreciably less anisotropic than reported values for the electron-doped T‧ phase materials, possibly because the infinite-layer compound has a significantly shorter interplanar spacing (3.4 Å versus 6.0 Å). One notable sample, moreover, exhibits an inverse anisotropy (( ( {m ⊥}/{m ∥}) {1}/{2}≈0.6 ), further suggesting that this system behaves much like a three-dimensional metal.

  17. High critical current YBCO films prepared by an MOD process on RABiTS templates.

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    Li, X.; Rupich, M. W.; Kodenkandath, T.; Huang, Y.; Zhang, W.; Siegel, E.; Verebelyi, D. T.; Schoop, U.; Nguyen, N.; Thieme, C.; Chen, Z.; Feldman, D. M.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Holesinger, T. G.; Civale, L.; Jia, Q. X.; Maroni, A.; Rane, M. V.; Chemical Engineering; American Superconductor Corp.; Univ. of Wisconsin; LANL; State Univ. of New York

    2007-06-01

    The metal organic deposition (MOD) of YBCO high temperature superconducting films on RABiTS (rolling assisted biaxially textured substrates) templates has been developed at American Superconductor as a low-cost, scalable manufacturing process for the commercialization of the second generation (2G) HTS wire. The MOD process is based on the deposition of a triflu-oroacetate (TFA) based metal organic precursor film which is converted, in an ex-situ process, to the superconducting YBCO film. A major goal of the development has been achieving high critical currents. This paper reports the preparation and characterization of MOD-YBCO films with critical currents exceeding 500 A/cm-w (77 K, self-field) using a scaleable thick film approach on RABiTS templates. The high critical current films were obtained through optimization of the precursor composition, nucleation and growth conditions. The through-thickness dependence of the critical current density of MOD Alms as a function of film thickness and a correlation of the through-thickness transport properties and microstructure of the thick MOD/RABiTS samples is reported.

  18. Superconductivity devices: Commercial use of space

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    Haertling, Gene; Furman, Eugene; Hsi, Chi-Shiung; Li, Guang

    1993-01-01

    A YBCO thick film containing 20 percent Ag2O with a T(sub c) of 86.8 K and J(sub c) of 108 A/sq cm was obtained. The film was fabricated by a two-step firing process, i.e., firing the film at 1000 C for 10 minutes and annealing at 970 C for 30 minutes. The two-step firing process, however, was not suitable for the multiple-lead YBCO sample due to the formation of the 211 green phase at 1000 C in the multiple-lead YBCO sample. A BSCCO thick film printed on a MgO coated MSZ substrate and fired at 845 C for 2 hours exhibited a superconducting behavior at 89 K. Because of its porous microstructure, the critical current density of the BSCCO thick film was limited. This report also includes the results of the YBCO and BSCCO materials used as oxide electrodes for ferroelectric materials. The YBCO electroded PLZT showed higher remanent polarization and coercive field than the sample electroded with silver paste. A higher Curie temperature for the PLZT was obtained from the YBCO electroded sample. The BSCCO electroded sample, however, exhibited the same Curie temperature as that of a silver electroded sample. Dissipation factors of the ferroelectric samples increased when the oxide electrode was applied.

  19. Hysteretic Dependence of Magnetic Flux Density on Primary AC Current in Flat-Type Inductive Fault Current Limiter with YBCO Thin Film Discs

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    Harada, Masayuki; Yokomizu, Yasunobu; Matsumura, Toshiro

    2014-05-01

    This paper focuses on a flat-type inductive superconducting FCL (FIS-FCL) consisting of a pancake coil and a YBCO thin layer disc. AC current injection experiments and magnetic field analysis were carried out for two kinds of FIS-FCL, single-disc model and double-discs model. In the former, the pancake coil was putted on the YBCO disc. In the latter, the pancake coil was sandwiched with two YBCO discs. The double-discs model cancels out the magnetic flux density more effectively than the single-disc model. In the double-discs model, the superconducting state period is longer than in the single-disc model. Thus, it may be concluded that the double-discs model is considered to be suitable for FIS-FCL.

  20. Study of microstructure and electrical properties of bulk YBCO prepared by melt textured growth technique

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    Gonal, M. R.; Krishnan, Madangopal; Tewari, R.; Tyagi, A. K.; Gyore, A.; Vajda, I.

    2015-06-24

    Bulk YBCO components were prepared using Melt Texture Growth (MTG) technique. Components were fabricated using MTG by addition of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} (Y211) and Ag to YBCO, which leads to improved grain size without affecting superconducting properties. Green compacts prepared by cold isostatic pressing were pre-sintered at 930°C before subjecting melt texturing. Cooling rates lower than 1 °C.h{sup −1} was used, in between (peritectic) temperature of about 995 and 1025°C, to obtain large grained components. Microstructure studies in details were carried out by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA), Orientation Imaging Microscope (OIM) and TEM correlated with electrical properties like Critical current density (J{sub c})

  1. Static Test for a Gravitational Force Coupled to Type 2 YBCO Superconductors

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    Li, Ning; Noever, David; Robertson, Tony; Koczor, Ron; Brantley, Whitt

    1997-01-01

    As a Bose condensate, superconductors provide novel conditions for revisiting previously proposed couplings between electromagnetism and gravity. Strong variations in Cooper pair density, large conductivity and low magnetic permeability define superconductive and degenerate condensates without the traditional density limits imposed by the Fermi energy (approx. 10(exp -6) g cc. Recent experiments have reported anomalous weight loss for a test mass suspended above a rotating type II, YBCO superconductor, with the percentage change (0.05 - 2.1 %) independent of the test mass' chemical composition and diamagnetic properties. A variation of 5 parts per 10' was reported above a stationary (non-rotating) superconductor. In experiments using a sensitive gravimeter, bulk YBCO superconductors were stably levitated in a DC magnetic field. Changes in acceleration were measured to be less than 2 parts in 108 of the normal gravitational acceleration. This result puts new limits on the strength and range of the proposed coupling between static superconductors and gravity.

  2. Study of YBCO tape anisotropy as a function of field, field orientation and operating temperature

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    Lombardo, v.; Barzi, E.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.

    2011-06-01

    Superconducting magnets with magnetic fields above 20 T will be needed for a Muon Collider and possible LHC energy upgrade. This field level exceeds the possibilities of traditional Low Temperature Superconductors (LTS) such as Nb{sub 3}Sn and Nb{sub 3}Al. Presently the use of high field high temperature superconductors (HTS) is the only option available for achieving such field levels. Commercially available YBCO comes in tapes and shows noticeable anisotropy with respect to field orientation, which needs to be accounted for during magnet design. In the present work, critical current test results are presented for YBCO tape manufactured by Bruker. Short sample measurements results are presented up to 14 T, assessing the level of anisotropy as a function of field, field orientation and operating temperature.

  3. Hybrid quantum systems with YBCO coplanar resonators and spin ensembles of organic radicals

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    Ghirri, Alberto; Bonizzoni, Claudio; Troiani, Filippo; Cassinese, Antonio; D'Arienzo, Massimiliano; Beverina, Luca; Affronte, Marco

    We have studied the coherent coupling of microwave photons in a superconducting coplanar resonator with a spin ensemble of stable open-shell organic radicals. We fabricated YBCO/sapphire coplanar resonators that show quality factors ~= 3*104 at 1.8 K, that remain remarkably stable in high magnetic field applied parallel to the YBCO film [QL (7 T) = 90% QL (0 T)]. Spin ensembles of (3,5-Dichloro-4-pyridyl)bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)methyl organic radical (PyBTM) show sharp EPR linewidth (8 MHz) due to the effect of the exchange narrowing. The frequency of the spin transition is tuned by means of the external magnetic field. We show the achievement of the strong collective coupling with the resonant photons with coupling rates exceeding 90 MHz at 1.8 K.

  4. Introduction of Artificial Pinning Center into PLD-YBCO Coated Conductor on IBAD and Self-Epitaxial CeO2 Buffered Metal Substrate

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    Kobayashi, H.; Yamada, Y.; Ishida, S.; Takahashi, K.; Konishi, M.; Ibi, A.; Miyata, S.; Kato, T.; Hirayama, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2006-03-31

    In order to fabricate YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors with high critical current density Jc in magnetic fields, we fabricated YBCO coated conductors with artificial pinning centers by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method on a self epitaxial PLD-CeO2 layer and ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD)-Gd2Zr2O7 (GZO) buffered Hastelloy tape. Artificial pinning centers were introduced by the PLD deposition using the yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) oxide target (nano-dot method) and YBCO target including YSZ particles (mixed target method). In the experiments using YSZ oxide target, YSZ nano-dots were observed. They were approximately 15 nm in height and 10 nm to 70 nm in diameter. We found that the density of nano-dots was controlled by the number of laser pulses. These samples exhibited higher Jc than YBCO films in magnetic fields. Furthermore, a similar improvement of Jc was observed in the experiments using YBCO target including YSZ particles. TEM observation revealed that columnar nano-structure made of BaZrO3 was formed during YBCO deposition and it was effective for pinning. We call this new epitaxial nano-structure 'bamboo structure' from its anisotropic growth and morphology.

  5. Nano Josephson superconducting tunnel junctions in YBa2Cu3O7-δ directly patterned with a focused helium ion beam

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    Cybart, Shane A.; Cho, E. Y.; Wong, T. J.; Wehlin, Björn H.; Ma, Meng K.; Huynh, Chuong; Dynes, R. C.

    2015-07-01

    Since the discovery of the high-transition-temperature superconductors (HTSs), researchers have explored many methods to fabricate superconducting tunnel junctions from these materials for basic science purposes and applications. HTS circuits operating at liquid-nitrogen temperatures (˜77 K) would significantly reduce power requirements in comparison with those fabricated from conventional superconductors. The difficulty is that the superconducting coherence length is very short and anisotropic in these materials, typically ˜2 nm in the a-b plane and ˜0.2 nm along the c axis. The electrical properties of Josephson junctions are therefore sensitive to chemical variations and structural defects on atomic length scales1. To make multiple uniform HTS junctions, control at the atomic level is required. In this Letter we demonstrate all-HTS Josephson superconducting tunnel junctions created by using a 500-pm-diameter focused beam of helium ions to directly write tunnel barriers into YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films. We demonstrate the ability to control the barrier properties continuously from conducting to insulating by varying the irradiation dose. This technique could provide a reliable and reproducible pathway for scaling up quantum-mechanical circuits operating at liquid-nitrogen temperatures, as well as an avenue to conduct novel planar superconducting tunnelling studies for basic science.

  6. Nano Josephson superconducting tunnel junctions in YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) directly patterned with a focused helium ion beam.

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    Cybart, Shane A; Cho, E Y; Wong, T J; Wehlin, Björn H; Ma, Meng K; Huynh, Chuong; Dynes, R C

    2015-07-01

    Since the discovery of the high-transition-temperature superconductors (HTSs), researchers have explored many methods to fabricate superconducting tunnel junctions from these materials for basic science purposes and applications. HTS circuits operating at liquid-nitrogen temperatures (∼77 K) would significantly reduce power requirements in comparison with those fabricated from conventional superconductors. The difficulty is that the superconducting coherence length is very short and anisotropic in these materials, typically ∼2 nm in the a-b plane and ∼0.2 nm along the c axis. The electrical properties of Josephson junctions are therefore sensitive to chemical variations and structural defects on atomic length scales. To make multiple uniform HTS junctions, control at the atomic level is required. In this Letter we demonstrate all-HTS Josephson superconducting tunnel junctions created by using a 500-pm-diameter focused beam of helium ions to directly write tunnel barriers into YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) (YBCO) thin films. We demonstrate the ability to control the barrier properties continuously from conducting to insulating by varying the irradiation dose. This technique could provide a reliable and reproducible pathway for scaling up quantum-mechanical circuits operating at liquid-nitrogen temperatures, as well as an avenue to conduct novel planar superconducting tunnelling studies for basic science. PMID:25915196

  7. 2D SQIF arrays using 20 000 YBCO high R n Josephson junctions

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    Mitchell, E. E.; Hannam, K. E.; Lazar, J.; Leslie, K. E.; Lewis, C. J.; Grancea, A.; Keenan, S. T.; Lam, S. K. H.; Foley, C. P.

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) have been created using two dimensional arrays of YBCO step-edge Josephson junctions connected together in series and parallel configurations via superconducting loops with a range of loop areas and loop inductances. A SQIF response, as evidenced by a single large anti-peak at zero applied flux, is reported at 77 K for step-edge junction arrays with the junction number N = 1 000 up to 20 000. The SQIF sensitivity (slope of peak) increased linearly with N up to a maximum of 1530 V T‑1. Array parameters related to geometry and average junction characteristics are investigated in order to understand and improve the SQIF performance in high temperature superconducting arrays. Initial investigations also focus on the effect of the SQUID inductance factor on the SQIF sensitivity by varying both the mean critical current and the mean inductance of the loops in the array. The RF response to a 30 MHz signal is demonstrated.

  8. Preparation of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-xfilms on metallic substrates by pulsed-laser deposition

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    Wang, You-qing; Su, Biao; Huang, Xintang; Wang, Qiulang; An, Chengwu; Fan, Yongchang; Lu, Dongsheng

    1998-08-01

    The YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) superconducting thin films with Tc(R equals 0) of 84 K and Jc of 2 X 103 A/cm2 at 77 K, on polycrystalline Ni-based alloys with buffer layers of Yttria-Stabilized-Zirconia (YSZ), have been prepared in situ by excimer laser. The orientation of laser-deposited YSZ buffer layers on NiCr alloys can be improved by choosing the suitable preparing parameters. The microstructure of YBCO thin films, investigated with a scanning tunneling microscopy, shows that the spiral growth structure may be an important characteristic of the high quality YBCO superconducting thin films.

  9. Residual stress measurement in YBCO thin films.

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    Cheon, J. H.; Singh, J. P.

    2002-05-13

    Residual stress in YBCO films on Ag and Hastelloy C substrates was determined by using 3-D optical interferometry and laser scanning to measure the change in curvature radius before and after film deposition. The residual stress was obtained by appropriate analysis of curvature measurements. Consistent with residual thermal stress calculations based on the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the substrates and YBCO film, the measured residual stress in the YBCO film on Hastelloy C substrate was tensile, while it was compressive on the Ag substrate. The stress values measured by the two techniques were generally in good agreement, suggesting that optical interferometry and laser scanning have promise for measuring residual stresses in thin films.

  10. Anisotropic neutron spin resonance in superconducting BaFe{sub 1.9}Ni{sub 0.1}As{sub 2}.

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    Lipscombe, O. J.; Harriger, L. W.; Freeman, P. G.; Enderle, M.; Zhang, C.; Wang, M.; Egami, T.; Hu, J.; Xiang, T.; Norman, M. R.; Dai, P.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Tennessee at Knoxville; Inst. Laue-Langevin; ORNL; Purdue Univ.; Chinese Academy of Sciences

    2010-01-01

    We use polarized inelastic neutron scattering to show that the neutron spin resonance below T{sub c} in superconducting BaFe{sub 1.9}Ni{sub 0.1}As{sub 2} (T{sub c} = 20 K) is purely magnetic in origin. Our analysis further reveals that the resonance peak near 7 meV only occurs for the planar response. This challenges the common perception that the spin resonance in the pnictides is an isotropic triplet excited state of the singlet Cooper pairs, as our results imply that only the S{sub 001} = {+-} 1 components of the triplet are involved.

  11. Microwave complex conductivity of the YBCO thin films as a function of static external magnetic field

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    Krupka, J.; Judek, J.; Jastrzebski, C.; Ciuk, T.; Wosik, J.; Zdrojek, M.

    2014-03-01

    A sapphire rod resonator operating at microwave frequencies was used to determine the electric properties of 600 nm thick YBCO films in the superconducting state. The rigorous electromagnetic modelling was applied to transform the measured Q-factor and the resonant frequency to the complex conductivity of high accuracy, which was previously shown to describe the intrinsic properties of superconductor thin films in more precise manner than the complex impedance. Static external magnetic field induces typical transition to normal state due to introduction of magnetic vortices into the sample. Observed magnetic hysteresis has the origin in the strong temperature dependent pinning. Additional energy absorption at about 1.5 T was observed.

  12. Characteristics of the electrical response of YBCO films with different morphologies to optical irradiation

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    Frack, E.K.; Madhavrao, L.; Patl, R.; Drake, R.E.; Radparvar, M. )

    1991-03-01

    The authors have fabricated YBCO films of varying thicknesses (300 {Angstrom} - 3000 {Angstrom}) and morphologies, and measured their electrical response to optical radiation. This paper reports on these measurements, emphasizing the dependence on temperature, light chopping frequency, and cryogenic environment. The temperature dependence of the film resistance is determined in part by the film morphology. This morphology may be represented by a simple model consisting of a two-dimensional array of coupled grains. The magnitude of the bolometric response correlates as expected with the sharpness of the superconducting transition. The increased response observed at lower temperatures (non-equilibrium) correlates with the temperature dependence of the resistance above the transition.

  13. Measurement of oxygen disorder and nano-twin microstructure associated with columnar defects in YBCO.

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    Yan, Y,

    1998-12-18

    Studies of defects generated by high energy (>1 GeV) heavy ion irradiation in high-Tc superconductors have been performed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Our study shows that high dose irradiation leads to the formation of nano-twins, by which the columnar defects are connected. An analysis of the local Fourier components of the image intensity in [001] lattice images indicates that these new ''twin'' boundaries are much more diffuse than pre-existing twin boundaries in YBCO. The mechanism of the formation of nano-twin boundaries on {l_brace}110{r_brace} planes and their possible relation to superconducting properties are discussed.

  14. Relevance of Phonons in High-Temperature Superconductivity

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    Egami, Takeshi; Chung, Jae-Ho; Piekarz, Przemek; Arai, Masatoshi; Tajima, Setsuko; Tachiki, Masashi

    2002-03-01

    For a long time phonons have been regarded to be irrelevant to high temperature superconductivity (HTSC). However, our recent measurements of phonon dispersion in YBCO with neutron inelastic scattering at MAPS of the ISIS and of electron dressing of phonons by x-ray inelastic scattering at the APS suggest otherwise. They show that the in-plane Cu-O bond-stretching mode interacts strongly with electrons, reflecting the SC order parameter, and the electronic structure is strongly anisotropic in the Cu-O plane. The results are consistent with the formation of a short-range stripe structure and a resonant vibronic state. We conjecture that the spin-charge stripe structure brings down the electronic energy scale close to those of phonons, creating the resonant condition. A model based upon overscreening of phonons by charge and formation of the vibronic state yields a SC transition temperature over 300K. While this magnitude may not be accurate it suggests that the phonons are likely to be closely involved in the mechanism of HTSC.

  15. RAPID COMMUNICATION: YBCO thin films prepared by fluorine-reduced metal organic deposition using trifluoroacetates

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    Cui, X. M.; Tao, B. W.; Tian, Z.; Xiong, J.; Liu, X. Z.; Li, Y. R.

    2006-04-01

    Solution deposition is a promising method for YBCO coated conductor fabrication. We developed a new fluorine-reduced 'metal-organic deposition using trifluoroacetates' (TFA-MOD) method with copper acetate as one of the starting materials. Using the fluorine-reduced TFA-MOD method, we were able to get high performance YBCO films with good out-of-plane and in-plane orientations within a shortened calcining time, which was reduced by at least 4 h in comparison with that for the normal TFA-MOD process. Good superconducting properties, with Jc of 2 MA cm-2 at 77 K and Tc of 88.3 K (ΔTc = 0.9 K), have been obtained for 350 nm epitaxial YBCO thin films on LaAlO3 single-crystal substrates. Owing to the low price of copper acetate and the shorter calcining time, fluorine-reduced TFA-MOD is a very effective and cost-cutting process.

  16. Effect of Au nano-particles doping on polycrystalline YBCO high temperature superconductor

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    Dadras, Sedigheh; Gharehgazloo, Zahra

    2016-07-01

    In this research, we prepared different Au nanoparticles (0.1-2 wt%) doped YBCO high temperature superconductor samples by sol-gel method. To characterize the samples, we used X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. Results show the formation of orthorhombic phase of superconductivity for all prepared samples. We observed that by adding Au nanoparticles, the grains' size of the samples reduces from 76 nm to 47 nm as well. The critical current density (Jc) and transition temperature (Tc) were determined using current versus voltage (I-V) and resistivity versus temperature (ρ-T) measurements, respectively. We found that by increasing Au nanoparticles in the compound, in comparison to the pure YBCO sample, the transition temperature, pinning energy and critical current density will increase. Also, the highest Jc is for 1 wt% Au doped YBCO compound that its critical current density is about 8 times more than the Jc of pure one in 0.7 T magnetic field.

  17. Diamondlike carbon films as protective coatings for superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 films

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    Ganapathi, L.; Giles, S.; Rao, Rama

    1993-01-01

    We have investigated the use of diamondlike carbon (DLC) films for protecting superconducting YBCO films against degradation from exposure to moisture and acid. YBCO thin films on single crystal LaAlO3 and MgO substrates were deposited by laser ablation followed by DLC encapsulation. DLC films were deposited at pressures ranging from high vacuum to 0.1 Torr He. Substrate temperature was varied from 20 to 100 C during the deposition of DLC. The process compatibility of laser ablation was found convenient to sequentially deposit YBCO and DLC films from high purity stoichiometric targets. Epitaxial YBCO films on (100)LaAlO3 and (100)MgO substrates showed identical superconducting transitions before and after encapsulation by a DLC layer. The encapsulated films showed no degradation due to acid treatment or aging over a period of 45 days.

  18. MOD Buffer/YBCO Approach to Fabricate Low-Cost Second Generation HTS Wires

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Bhuiyan, Md S; Martin, Patrick M; Aytug, Tolga; Kim, Kyunghoon; Fayek, Mostafa; Leonard, Keith J; Li, Jing; Zhang, W.; Rupich, Marty

    2007-01-01

    The metal organic deposition (MOD) of buffer layers on RABiTS substrates is considered a potential, low-cost approach to manufacturing high performance Second Generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires. The typical architecture used by American Superconductor in their 2G HTS wire consists of a Ni-W (5 at.%) substrate with a reactively sputtered Y2O3 seed layer, YSZ barrier layer and a CeO2 cap layer. This architecture supports critical currents of over 300 A/cm-width (77 K, self-field) with 0.8 mum YBCO films deposited by the TFA-MOD process. The main challenge in the development of the MOD buffers is to match or exceed the performance of the standard vacuum deposited buffer architecture. We have recently shown that the texture and properties of MOD - La2Zr2Ogamma (LZO) barrier layers can be improved by inserting a thin sputtered Y2O3 seed layer and prepared MOD deposited LZO layers followed by MOD or RF sputtered CeO2 cap layers that support MOD-YBCO films with Ic's of 200 and 255 A/cm-width, respectively. Detailed X-ray and microstructural characterizations indicated that MOD - CeO2 cap reacted completely with MOD YBCO to form BaCeOs. However, sputtered CeO2 cap/MOD YBCO interface remains clean. By further optimizing the coating conditions and reducing the heat-treatment temperatures, we have demonstrated an Ic of 336 A/cm with improved LZO layers and sputtered CeO2 cap and exceeded the performance of that of standard vacuum deposited buffers.

  19. High temperature superconductive microwave technology for space applications

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    Leonard, R. F.; Connolly, D. J.; Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Alterovitz, S. A.

    1991-01-01

    Progress being made on space application technology research on film fabrication, passive microwave circuits, and semiconductor devices for cryogenic circuits is reviewed. Achievements in YBCO and TCBCO films are addressed along with circuit evaluations of microstrip resonators, phase shifters, microstrip filters, dielectric resonator filters, and superconducting antennas.

  20. High Tc superconducting bolometric and nonbolometric infrared (IR) detectors

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    Lakeou, Samuel; Rajeswari, M.; Goyal, Anuja

    1995-01-01

    The workplan for the period August 1994 through August 1995 includes the following: (1) expand the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory to include stand-alone optical response and noise measurement setups; (2) pursue studies of the low frequency excess electrical noise in YBCO films; and (3) enhance the academic support component of the project through increased student and faculty participation.

  1. Modeling of planar quasi-TEM superconducting transmission lines

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    Antsos, Dimitrios; Chew, Wilbert; Riley, A. L.; Hunt, Brian D.; Foote, Marc C.; Bajuk, Louis J.; Rascoe, Daniel L.; Cooley, Thomas W.

    1992-01-01

    An application of the phenomenological loss equivalence method (Lee and Itoh, 1989) in modeling the microwave behavior of planar quasi-TEM superconducting transmission lines is presented. For validation of the model, data are used from measurements of a YBCO superconducting thin-film coplanar-waveguide lowpass filter on a lanthanum aluminate substrate. Measured and modeled S-parameters of an existing superconducting coplanar waveguide lowpass filter agree to within 0.3 dB in magnitude and 0.5 radians in phase. Extracted values for penetration depth and real part of the conductivity of the superconducting film are within 10 percent of other researchers' findings.

  2. High Temperature Superconducting Thin Films and Their Application to Superconducting-Normal Devices.

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    Mankiewich, Paul M.

    The existence of the proximity effect between the high temperature superconductor YBa_2Cu _3O_7 (YBCO) and normal metal thin films has been demonstrated for the first time, and this effect has been exploited to produce lithographically fabricated superconducting-normal-superconducting (SNS) Josephson junctions. Improvement of the fabrication processes has led to new methods of in-situ film growth and plasma etching of YBCO, as well as YBCO-compatible processes for the deep -ultraviolet and electron-beam lithography required to fabricate submicron device structures. This proximity effect approach helps to circumvent the short coherence length (xi~3 nm) characteristic of the high T_ {c} superconductors. In a clean normal metal such as gold or silver the relevant coherence length is governed by the higher Fermi velocity and longer mean free path. As a result a Josephson device containing a normal metal weak link can be longer than an ideal all -YBCO microbridge (dimensions comparable to xi ). This makes fabrication possible. Initially, SNS devices were fabricated and showed evidence for a supercurrent through the normal region. Properly spaced Shapiro steps as a function of microwave frequency were also observed. This result was evidence for a proximity effect between a normal metal and YBCO. Nevertheless, due to the short coherence length and the sensitivity of the YBCO to damage, the fabrication process was not sufficiently reproducible. As a result, new techniques were developed to enable more reproducible device fabrication. In-situ film growth and fabrication is desirable to minimize contamination of and damage to the surface of the superconductor. In -situ reactive coevaporation of YBCO was demonstrated. Patterning of these in-situ films into a structure required the development of a low-damage reactive ion etch. New lithographic techniques were developed to minimize chemical degradation of the superconductor. Finally, deposition of gold onto heated device

  3. Peculiarities of the current-voltage characteristics of a Josephson medium in a YBCO high-temperature superconductor

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    Vasyutin, M. A.

    2013-12-01

    The influence of a weak magnetic field ( H < 150 Oe) on the current-voltage ( I- U) characteristic of a YBa2Cu3O7 - x (YBCO) high-temperature superconductor (HTSC) near the superconducting transition temperature has been studied. It is established that there exist narrow (<0.2 K) temperature regions where the I- U curve exhibits sharp bending for H < 30 Oe and the ohmic behavior changes to a quadratic dependence of the voltage on current in a region of several milliamperes. At higher temperatures, the I- U curve bending exhibits smearing. This behavior is observed at a temperature below that corresponding to a zero critical current. Above a certain current, the temperature and magnetic field exhibit equivalent effects on the I- U curve of YBCO. Experimental results are explained by a sharp decrease in the critical currents of intergranular Josephson junctions under the action of magnetic field and by the current-induced formation of uncoupled (with respect to the order parameter) superconducting grains. Characteristic currents for the transition of the intergranular Josephson medium into an incoherent state are determined and the first critical fields in YBCO are evaluated.

  4. The Relationship of Magnetic Stiffness Between Single and Multiple YBCO Superconductors over Permanent Magnet Guideway

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    Lu, Yiyun; Lu, Bingjuan; Wang, Suyu

    2011-09-01

    For YBCO bulk levitating over a permanent magnet guideway (PMG), the magnetic stiffness is connected directly with the pinning properties of the measured sample. An experimental setup has been built to investigate the vertical and lateral magnetic stiffness of five high-temperature superconducting (HTS) bulk arrays over a PMG by two methods: the additive method, i.e., calculating the summation of the measured magnetic stiffness values of each HTS bulk in the array; the direct method, i.e., measuring directly the magnetic stiffness of the HTS bulk array. From the experimental results, it is found that the resultant magnetic stiffness of the HTS bulk array composing of multiple YBCO bulk is related with the magnetic stiffness of each individual single bulk, but the additive method does not predict the magnetic stiffness of the array very well because of the interaction between adjacent HTS bulk. The resultant magnetic stiffness of the HTS bulk array is less than the summation magnetic stiffness of each single HTS bulk. One numerical method is used to calculate the magnetic stiffness for comparing with experimental results. The results may be helpful to the design and optimization of the superconducting magnetic levitation system.

  5. Nanoscale inhomogeneities in yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (YBCO) superconductors

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    Islam, Zahirul; Sinha, S. K.; Lang, J. C.; Liu, X.; Haskel, D.; Moss, S. C.; Srajer, G.; Veal, B. W.; Wermeille, D.; Lee, D. R.; Haeffner, D. R.; Welp, U.; Wochner, P.

    2004-03-01

    X-ray diffraction studies at the Advanced Photon Source reveal that nanoscale inhomogeneities, electronic or structural in origin, form in yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (YBa_2Cu_3O_6+x) superconductors and coexist with the superconducting (SC) state. Diffuse scattering from these inhomogeneous superstructures is due to atomic displacements with respect to equilibrium lattice sites (Z. Islam et al. Phys. Rev. B 66, 92501 (2002)), that are characterized by a wavevector of the form q=(q_x,0,0), where qx varies with hole doping from 2 unit cells (along shorter Cu-O-Cu direction) for very low doping to 4 unit cells at optimal doping. Interestingly, while these superstructures are 3-dimensionally ordered when the SC state is weakened (e.g., at x=0.4), as the doping increases, they become quasi 1D with correlation lengths comparable to SC coherence lengths in these cuprates. Recent first-principles calculations (D. de Fontaine et al., to be published) for the x=0.63 compound show that atomic displacements consistent with experimental data can be the result of ordering of O vacancies in YBCO. Models for various superstructures and their role in the phase diagram will be discussed.

  6. Superconductivity in Cuba: Reaching the Frontline

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    Arés Muzio, Oscar; Altshuler, Ernesto

    The start of experimental research in the field of superconductivity was a very special moment for Cuban physics: Cuban scientists at the Physics Faculty, University of Havana, synthesized the first Cuban superconductor (a 123-YBCO ceramic sample) just 2 months after the publication of the famous paper by Wu and co-workers that triggered the frantic race of High Tc superconductors all over the world. We timely joined the world's frontline in superconductor research.

  7. Magnetic Pinning in Nb and YBCO Thin Films by Co/Pt Multilayers with Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy

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    Cheng, X. M.; Zhu, L. Y.; Chien, C. L.; Cieplak, Marta Z.; Adamus, Z.; Abal'Oshev, A.; Berkowski, M.

    2006-03-01

    Magnetic pinning of vortices has the advantage over intrinsic pinning in that the superconducting critical current can be reversibly tuned by the magnetic field (H). Magnetic pinning by Co/Pt multilayers with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy has been studied in two ferromagnetic/superconducting bilayers of Nb and YBCO with different superconducting properties (e.g. penetration depth λ). Magnetic force microscopy reveals similar magnetization (M) reversal process in the two cases, both exhibiting a large density of narrow residual domains but with different domain width w at the final reversal stage. However, the magnetic pinning, revealed by the M-H loop shape in the superconducting state, is different. The Nb film exhibits an enhancement of M with the strongest effect during the final reversal stage, while the YBCO film shows a suppression of M in the vicinity of central M peak and an enhancement of M in large magnetic fields. These different behaviors are related to the different λ/w ratio in the two cases.

  8. A simple multi-seeding approach to growth of large YBCO bulk with a diameter above 53 mm

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    Tang, Tian-wei; Wu, Dong-jie; Wu, Xing-da; Xu, Ke-Xi

    2015-12-01

    A successful simple multi-seeding approach to growing large size Y-Ba-C-O (YBCO) bulks is reported. Compared with the common single seeding method, our multi-seeding method is more efficient. By using four SmBa2Cu3O7-δ (Sm-123) seeds cut from a large size Sm-Ba-C-O (SmBCO) single domain, large YBCO samples up to 53 mm in diameter could be produced successfully and 100 mm diameter samples can also be grown. Experimental results show that the processing time can be shortened greatly by using this new approach, and the superconducting properties can also be improved. The Hall probe mapping shows that the trapped field distribution of 53 mm diameter multi-seeded sample is homogeneous and the peak value is up to 0.53 T. The magnetic levitation force density reaches to 14.7 N/cm2 (77 K, 0.5 T).

  9. The optical properties of YBCO thin films

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    Wallace, Roger James

    We present strong evidence that there is no specific mid- infrared absorption band in YBCO and a generalised Drude model can be used to explain all of the observed features in the optical spectrum. A high vacuum, low temperature ATR experiment has been used to excite surface plasmons (SPP) on YBCO thin films at different temperatures. We have found that the SPP resonance condition varies systematically with temperature. The temperature dependent dielectric function and optical conductivity of YBCO at 2984nm have been determined. We have shown that the renal and imaginary dielectric function of YBCO, ~ɛ= ɛ1 + iɛ2, at 2984nm, are linearly dependent on temperature: ɛ1(T) = -52 + 0.008T and ɛ1(T) = 4 + 0.1T. We have calculated the optical conductivity, σ(T), and the normal reflectance, ℜ(T): σ(T) = 196 + 4.9T and ℜ(T) = 0.99-7.4 × 10-4T, where temperature is in kelvin and the conductivity is in Ω-1 cm-1. A generalised Drude model has been used to analyse our results. The generalised Drude memory function, M = 1//tau + i/omega/lambda, has been calculated as a function of temperature. The parameters 1/τ and λ can be approximated by 1/τ(T) = 50 + 6.6T and 1 + λ(T) ≅ 1.48 - 0.003T +.35 × 10-5T. These expressions are valid between 100K and 300K. An optical technique for determining the thickness of YBCO thin films has been developed. It has been used in an investigation of laser ablated plasmas. We have observed that the limit of material in the plasma plume is not the same as the limit of the luminosity of the plume. The angular distribution of material can be modelled by a cos n/Theta function over much of the range but a combined cos n/Theta + cos m/Theta function is required to describe the distribution near the visible tip of the plume.

  10. On anisotropic black branes with Lifshitz scaling

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    Roychowdhury, Dibakar

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, based on the method of scalar perturbations, we construct the anisotropic charged Lifshitz background perturbatively up to leading order in the anisotropy. We perform our analysis both in the extremal as well as in the non-extremal limit. Finally, we probe the so called superfluid phase of the boundary theory and explore the effects of anisotropy on the superconducting condensate.

  11. Cobalt disilicide buffer layer for YBCO film on silicon

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    Belousov, I.; Rudenko, E.; Linzen, S.; Seidel, P.

    1997-02-01

    The CoSi{sub 2} films were used as buffer layers of YBCO/CoSi{sub 2}/Si(100), YBCO/ZrO{sub 2}/CoSi{sub 2}/Si(100) and YBCO/CeO{sub 2}/YSZ/CoSi{sub 2}/epi-Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} heterostructures in this work. Transition temperatures of YBCO films were obtained up to 86K for YBCO films deposited by laser ablation on the top of CeO{sub 2}/YSZ/CoSi{sub 2}/Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} structure. Local nucleation on the crystal defects of silicon, the phenomenon of lateral directed growth (DLG) and agglomeration of CoSi{sub 2} phase are responsible for grain boundaries (GB) position in CoSi{sub 2} layer and its roughness. The roughness was decreased using an additional Zr film on the top structure.

  12. Superconductivity in the surface of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ films. Role of the charge reservoir block on the occurence of the superconductivity in one-unit-cell thick YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ

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    Shimura, Ken-ichi; Daitoh, Yoshihiro; Yano, Yoshihiko; Terashima, Takahito; Bando, Yoshichika; Matsuda, Yuji; Komiyama, Susumu

    1994-07-01

    We have studied the superconductivity in the surface of c-axis oriented ultrathin films of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (YBCO) using a heterostructure of cap oxide/one-unit-cell thick (1-UCT) YBCO/PrBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ buffer layer/SrTiO 3. Atomic force microscope images of the film have revealed multi-terraces with a height of a unit cell of YBCO, indicating two-dimensional nucleation and growth. From cross-sectional transmission electron microscope observation, it has been revealed that the terminating layer of the film is a CuO layer. Cap oxides of BaO and SrO with NaCl-type structure and BaTiO 3, SrTiO 3, CaTiO 3, PbTiO 3, and CdTiO 3 with perovskite-type structure have the ability to produce superconductivity in 1-UCT YBCO. These cap oxides contain an MO ‘rocksalt’-type layer which is needed to form an MO-CuO-BaO charge reservoir block. It is required for making the superconductivity in 1-UCT YBCO that the lattice mismatch between the cap oxide and YBCO is sufficiently small (⩽6%) and the valence of M is 2+.

  13. Superconducting magnetostatic wave devices using HTS/perovskite-type manganite PCMO heterostructure

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    Terakago, Masafumi; Mine, Shigenobu; Sakatani, Tomotaka; Hontsu, Shigeki; Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Nakamori, Masaya; Tabata, Hitoshi; Kawai, Tomoji

    2001-12-01

    Pr1-xCaxMnO3 (PCMO) (x = 0.15~0.30) has good dielectric and magnetic properties at the microwave band. High-Tc superconductor (HTS)/ferromagnetic PCMO heterostructure has a high potential for superconducting tunable microwave filters and superconducting magnetostatic wave (MSW) devices. In order to demonstrate the preparation possibility of superconducting MSW devices, we investigated the microwave behaviour of YBa2Cu3O7-δ(YBCO)/PCMO heterostructures fabricated by a pulsed laser deposition technique on (La0.3Sr0.7)(Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 (100) substrate. We also fabricated superconducting MSW-band elimination filter (BEF) with YBCO/PCMO structure. The MSW-BEF exhibited notch characteristic that is caused by the energy conversion due to the coupling between the MSW mode and the transverse electromagnetic mode. These results suggest that the HTS/PCMO heterostructure is effective for the superconducting MSW application.

  14. AC Loss Reduction in Filamentized YBCO Coated Conductors with Virtual Transverse Cross-cuts

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    Zhang, Yifei; Duckworth, Robert C; Ha, Tam T; List III, Frederick Alyious; Gouge, Michael J; Chen, Y; X, Xiong,; Selvamanickam, V.

    2011-01-01

    While the performance of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO)-based coated conductors under dc currents has improved significantly in recent years, filamentization is being investigated as a technique to reduce ac loss so that the 2nd generation (2G) high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires can also be utilized in various ac power applications such as cables, transformers and fault current limiters. Experimental studies have shown that simply filamentizing the superconducting layer is not effective enough to reduce ac loss because of incomplete flux penetration in between the filaments as the length of the tape increases. To introduce flux penetration in between the filaments more uniformly and further reduce the ac loss, virtual transverse cross-cuts were made in superconducting filaments of the coated conductors fabricated using the metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method. The virtual transverse cross-cuts were formed by making cross-cuts (17 - 120 {micro}m wide) on the IBAD (ion beam assisted deposition)-MgO templates using laser scribing followed by depositing the superconducting layer ({approx} 0.6 {micro}m thick). AC losses were measured and compared for filamentized conductors with and without the cross-cuts under applied peak ac fields up to 100 mT. The results were analyzed to evaluate the efficacy of filament decoupling and the feasibility of using this method to achieve ac loss reduction.

  15. Anisotropic universe with anisotropic sources

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    Aluri, Pavan K.; Panda, Sukanta; Sharma, Manabendra; Thakur, Snigdha E-mail: sukanta@iiserb.ac.in E-mail: snigdha@iiserb.ac.in

    2013-12-01

    We analyze the state space of a Bianchi-I universe with anisotropic sources. Here we consider an extended state space which includes null geodesics in this background. The evolution equations for all the state observables are derived. Dynamical systems approach is used to study the evolution of these equations. The asymptotic stable fixed points for all the evolution equations are found. We also check our analytic results with numerical analysis of these dynamical equations. The evolution of the state observables are studied both in cosmic time and using a dimensionless time variable. Then we repeat the same analysis with a more realistic scenario, adding the isotropic (dust like dark) matter and a cosmological constant (dark energy) to our anisotropic sources, to study their co-evolution. The universe now approaches a de Sitter space asymptotically dominated by the cosmological constant. The cosmic microwave background anisotropy maps due to shear are also generated in this scenario, assuming that the universe contains anisotropic matter along with the usual (dark) matter and vacuum (dark) energy since decoupling. We find that they contribute dominantly to the CMB quadrupole. We also constrain the current level of anisotropy and also search for any cosmic preferred axis present in the data. We use the Union 2 Supernovae data to this extent. An anisotropy axis close to the mirror symmetry axis seen in the cosmic microwave background data from Planck probe is found.

  16. Fast infrared response of YBCO thin films

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    Ballentine, P. H.; Kadin, A. M.; Donaldson, W. R.; Scofield, J. H.; Bajuk, L.

    1990-01-01

    The response to short infrared pulses of some epitaxial YBCO films prepared by sputter deposition and by electron-beam evaporation is reported. The response is found to be essentially bolometric on the ns timescale, with some indirect hints of nonequilibrium electron transport on the ps scale. Fast switching could be obtained either by biasing the switch close to the critical current or by cooling the film below about 20 K. These results are encouraging for potential application to a high-current optically-triggered opening switch.

  17. Processing and property evaluation of metal matrix superconducting materials

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    Rao, Appajosula S.

    1995-01-01

    Metal - superconductor (YBCO) systems have been prepared and characterized by resistivity, ac susceptibility and dc SQUID magnetic moment measurements. The silver composites showed superconducting transition for all the composites processed and the superconducting transition temperature tends to depend upon the concentration of the silver in the composite. Aluminum composites showed an unusual resistivity results with two transitions around 90 K and 120 K. The superconducting property of silver composites can be explained qualitatively in terms of the proximity theory that has been suggested for the low temperature superconductors.

  18. Ferromagnetic/Superconducting Multilayers

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    Bader, S. D.

    1998-03-01

    Although it is well known that magnetism influences superconductivity, the converse issue has been less well explored. Recent theoretical predictions for ferromagnetic/ superconducting/ ferromagnetic trilayers exhibiting interlayer magnetic coupling in the normal state indicate that the coupling should be suppressed below the superconducting transition temperature.(C.A. R. Sá de Melo, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79), 1933 (1997); O. Sipr, B.L. Györffy, J. Phys. Cond. Matt. 7, 5239 (1995). To realize such a situation, a requirement (when the magnetic layers are thick) is that the superconducting layer thickness must simultaneously be less than the range over which the magnetic interlayer coupling decays, but greater than the superconducting coherence length. This introduces serious materials constraints. The present work describes initial explorations of three sputtered multilayer systems in an attempt to observe coupling of the ferromagnetic layers across a superconducting spacer:((a) J.E. Mattson, R.M. Osgood III, C.D. Potter, C.H. Sowers, and S.D. Bader, J. Vac. Sci. Technol. A 15), 1774 (1997); (b) J.E. Mattson, C.D. Potter, M.J. Conover, C.H. Sowers, and S.D. Bader, Phys. Rev. B 55, 70 (1997), and (c) R.M. Osgood III, J.E. Pearson, C.H. Sowers, and S.D. Bader, submitted (1997). (a) Ni/Nb, (b) Fe_4N/NbN, and (c) GdN/NbN. In these systems we have retained thinner superconducting layers than had been achieved previously, but interlayer magnetic coupling is not observed even in the normal state. For Ni/Nb the interfacial Ni loses its moment, which also reduces the superconducting pair-breaking. GdN is an insulating ferromagnet, so itinerancy is sacrificed, and, probably as a result of this, no coupling is observed. Each system gives rise to interesting and anisotropic superconducting properties. Thus, although the goal remains elusive, our search highlights the challenges and opportunities.

  19. Solderability Study of RABiTS-Based YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Zhang, Yifei; Duckworth, Robert C; Ha, Tam T; Gouge, Michael J

    2011-01-01

    The solderability of commercially available YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) coated conductors that were made from Rolling Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates (RABiTS)-based templates was studied. The coated conductors, also known as second-generation (2G) high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires (in the geometry of flat tapes about 4 mm wide), were laminated with copper, brass, or stainless steel strips as stabilizers. To understand the factors that influence their solderability, surface profilometry and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the wire surfaces. The solderability of three solders, 52In48Sn, 67Bi33In, and 100In (wt.%), was evaluated using a standard test (IPC/ECA J-STD-002) and with two different commercial fluxes. It was found that the solderability varied with the solder and flux but the three different wires showed similar solderability for a fixed combination of solder and flux. Solder joints of the 2G wires were fabricated using the tools and the procedures recommended by the HTS wire manufacturer. The solder joints were made in a lap-joint geometry and with the superconducting sides of the two wires face-to-face. The electrical resistances of the solder joints were measured at 77 K, and the results were analyzed to qualify the soldering materials and evaluate the soldering process. It was concluded that although the selection of soldering materials affected the resistance of a solder joint, the resistivity of the stabilizer was the dominant factor.

  20. Test Status for Proposed Coupling of a Gravitational Force to Extreme Type II YBCO Ceramic Superconductors

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    Noever, David; Li, Ning; Robertson, Tony; Koczor, Ron; Brantley, Whitt

    1999-01-01

    As a Bose condensate, superconductors provide novel conditions for revisiting previously proposed couplings between electromagnetism and gravity. Strong variations in Cooper pair electron density, large conductivity and low magnetic permeability define superconductive and degenerate condensates without the traditional density limits imposed by the Fermi energy (about 10-6 g/cu cm). Recent experiments have reported anomalous weight loss for a test mass suspended above a rotating Type II, YBCO superconductor, with the percentage change (0.05-2.1%) independent of the test mass' chemical composition and diamagnetic properties. A variation of 5 parts per 10(exp 4) was reported above a stationary (non-rotating) superconductor. In the present experiments reported using a sensitive gravimeter (resolution <10(exp -9) unit gravity or variation of 10(exp -6) cm/sq s in accelerations), bulk YBCO superconductors were stably levitated in a DC magnetic field (0.6 Tesla) subject to lateral AC fields (60 Gauss at 60 Hz) and rotation. With magnetic shielding, thermal control and buoyancy compensation, changes in acceleration were measured to be less than 2 parts in 10(exp 8) of the normal gravitational acceleration. This result puts new limits on the strength and range of the proposed coupling between high-Tc superconductors and gravity. Latest test results will be reported, along with status for future improvements and prospects.

  1. Inclined-substrate deposition of biaxially aligned template films for YBCO-coated conductors

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Fisher, B. L.; Koritala, R. E.; Balachandran, U.

    2002-10-01

    Inclined-substrate deposition (ISD) of magnesium oxide (MgO) produces biaxially textured template films at high deposition rates. This process is promising for the fabrication of the second-generation superconducting wires. Biaxially aligned MgO films (≈1.5 μm thick) were deposited on polished Hastelloy C276 (HC) substrates by ISD at deposition rates of 20-100 Å/s. Buffer films were subsequently deposited on these template films, and YBCO films were deposited epitaxially on the substrates by pulsed laser deposition. X-ray pole figure analysis and φ- and ω-scans were used for texture characterization. Good in- and out-of-plane textures were observed, with MgO(0 0 2) φ-scan full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of 9.2° and ω-scan FWHM of 5.4°, respectively. Tc of 90 K with a sharp transition, and Jc≈2×10 5 A/cm 2, were obtained on a 0.5 μm thick, 0.5 cm wide, and 1 cm long YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) film at 77 K in self-field.

  2. Inkjet printing of multifilamentary YBCO for low AC loss coated conductors

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    Hopkins, S. C.; Joseph, D.; Mitchell-Williams, T. B.; Calleja, A.; Vlad, V. R.; Vilardell, M.; Ricart, S.; Granados, X.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.; Usoskin, A.; Falter, M.; Bäcker, M.; Glowacki, B. A.

    2014-05-01

    Considerable progress has been made with the development of REBCO coated conductors in recent years, and high performance conductors are available commercially. For many applications, however, the cost remains prohibitive, and AC losses discourage their selection for higher frequency applications. Chemical solution deposition (CSD) methods are attractive for low-cost, scalable preparation of buffer and superconductor layers, and in many respects inkjet printing is the method of choice, permitting non-contact deposition with minimal materials wastage and excellent control of coating thickness. Highly textured coatings of YBCO and Gd-doped CeO2 have previously been reported on buffered metal substrates. Inkjet printing also introduces the possibility of patterning - directly depositing two and three dimensional structures without subtractive processing - offering a low-cost route to coated conductors with reduced AC losses. In this contribution, the inkjet deposition of superconducting YBCO tracks is reported on industrially relevant buffered metal substrates both by direct printing and an inverse patterning approach. In the latter approach, ceria tracks were printed reported, which are a candidate both for resistive filament spacers and buffer layers. TFA-based precursor solutions have been printed on SS/ABAD-YSZ/CeO2 and Ni-W/LZO/CeO2 RABiTS substrates, and the resulting multifilamentary samples characterised by microscopy and scanning Hall probe measurements. The prospects for future inkjet-printed low AC loss coated conductors are discussed, including control of interfilamentary resistivity and bridging, transposed filamentary structures and stabilisation material.

  3. An improved FEM model for computing transport AC loss in coils made of RABiTS YBCO coated conductors for electric machines

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    Ainslie, Mark D.; Rodriguez-Zermeno, Victor M.; Hong, Zhiyong; Yuan, Weijia; Flack, Timothy J.; Coombs, Timothy A.

    2011-04-01

    AC loss can be a significant problem for any applications that utilize or produce an AC current or magnetic field, such as an electric machine. The authors investigate the electromagnetic properties of high temperature superconductors with a particular focus on the AC loss in superconducting coils made from YBCO coated conductors for use in an all-superconducting electric machine. This paper presents an improved 2D finite element model for the cross-section of such coils, based on the H formulation. The model is used to calculate the transport AC loss of a racetrack-shaped coil using constant and magnetic field-dependent critical current densities, and the inclusion and exclusion of a magnetic substrate, as found in RABiTS (rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrate) YBCO coated conductors. The coil model is based on the superconducting stator coils used in the University of Cambridge EPEC Superconductivity Group's all-superconducting permanent magnet synchronous motor design. To validate the modeling results, the transport AC loss of a stator coil is measured using an electrical method based on inductive compensation by means of a variable mutual inductance. Finally, the implications of the findings on the performance of the motor are discussed.

  4. High Temperature Superconducting RF Resonators for Resonator Stabilized Oscillators

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    Goettee, Jeffrey David

    Electromagnetic resonators made of superconducting materials show unusually sharp resonances because resistive losses are minimized. The availability of high quality thin films of YB_2CU_3 O_{7-delta} (YBCO) with superconducting transitions at 92K has aroused interest in thin film resonators at microwave frequencies for use in filters and oscillators in communication and radar systems. I have investigated the design and radio frequency (rf) properties of superconducting resonators in microstrip geometries (in which the resonant element and a single ground plane are on opposite faces of the LaAlO_3 substrates). This monolithic approach minimizes vibration sensitivity, but exposes the resonators to interactions with the packaging structure. I used niobium (Nb) superconducting 2 GHz resonators at 4.2K to investigate the geometry dependence of the quality factor Q and the high frequency phase noise S_ {y}(f). Q's in excess of 250,000 and S_{y}(1 Hz) = -227 were achieved. Desirable geometries were then fabricated in YBCO thin films produced by coevaporation or sputtering. They typically showed Q's that are a factor of four lower than the comparable Nb resonator, but retained their usefulness to substantially higher temperatures ( ~60K). One of these YBCO resonators was successfully operated to stabilize an oscillator operating at 2 GHz with overall single-sideband phase noise }(1 Hz) = -30 dBc/Hz comparable to the best available competing technologies.

  5. INTERFACE DISORDER CONTROLLED SUPERCONDUCTIVITY YBa2Cu3O7 / SrTiO3 SUPERLATTICES

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    Garcia-Barriocanal, Javier; Rivera-Calzada, Alberto; Sefrioui, Z.; Arias, D; Varela del Arco, Maria; Leon, C.; Pennycook, Stephen J; Santamaria, J.

    2013-01-01

    We report on the coherent growth of ultrathin YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) layers on SrTiO3 (STO) in YBCO/STO superlattices. The termination plane of the STO is TiO2 and the CuO chains are missing at the interface. Disorder (steps) at the STO interface cause alterations of the stacking sequence of the intra-cell YBCO atomic layers. Stacking faults give rise to antiphase boundaries which break the continuity of the CuO2 planes and depress superconductivity. We show that superconductivity is directly controlled by interface disorder outlining the importance of pair breaking and localization by disorder in ultrathin layers.

  6. Effect of metal oxides addition on the superconducting properties of YBaCuO.

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    Lee, Sang-Heon; Choi, Yong

    2011-07-01

    The superconducting properties of YBCO superconductor with ZrO2 addition prepared by different contents were prepared by a unique method so called thermal pyrolysis process to study the effect of the zirconium oxide on the electromagnetic properties and superconducting mechanism of the superconductor. The critical temperature of YBCO superconductor was not predominately dependent upon the zirconium oxide. The maximum magnetism was observed by adding 2% zirconium oxide. The addition of zirconium oxide forming a pinning center of magnetic flux due to ZrO2 phase which was related to the change of electromagnetic properties of the YBCO superconductor. The result indicates that magnetization is proportional to the number of magnetic flux lines passing through the sample. The added ZrO2 appear to contribute the increasing Vickers hardness. PMID:22121688

  7. Investigation of DC current injection effect on the microwave characteristics of HTS YBCO microstrip resonators

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    Nurgaliev, T.; Blagoev, B.; Mateev, E.; Neshkov, L.; Strbik, V.; Uspenskaya, L.; Nedkov, I.; Chromik, Š.

    2014-03-01

    The DC current injection effect from a ferromagnetic (FM) La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) to a high temperature superconducting (HTS) Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) thin film was investigated by the microwave surface impedance measurements in a FM/HTS structure, formed as a microstrip resonator for improving the sensitivity of the experiments. The quality factor and the resonance frequency of this structure were found to strongly depend on the current strength, injected from the LSMO electrode into the HTS microstrip electrode. The magnetic penetration depth and the quasiparticle conductivity of the HTS component were determined to increase under DC current injection process, which in all probability stimulated breaking of Cooper pairs and led to a decrease of the superfluid concentration and an increase of the normal fluid concentration without significantly affecting the relaxation time of the quasiparticles.

  8. Magnetic levitation and its application for education devices based on YBCO bulk superconductors

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    Yang, W. M.; Chao, X. X.; Guo, F. X.; Li, J. W.; Chen, S. L.

    2013-10-01

    A small superconducting maglev propeller system, a small spacecraft model suspending and moving around a terrestrial globe, several small maglev vehicle models and a magnetic circuit converter have been designed and constructed. The track was paved by NdFeB magnets, the arrangement of the magnets made us easy to get a uniform distribution of magnetic field along the length direction of the track and a high magnetic field gradient in the lateral direction. When the YBCO bulks mounted inside the vehicle models or spacecraft model was field cooled to LN2 temperature at a certain distance away from the track, they could be automatically floating over and moving along the track without any obvious friction. The models can be used as experimental or demonstration devices for the magnetic levitation applications.

  9. Radiation induced modifications on microstructure and related properties of high temperature superconductor YBCO

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    Marhas, Manmeet Kaur; Balakrishnan, K.; Saravanan, P.; Ganesan, V.; Srinivasan, R.; Kanjilal, D.; Mehta, G. K.; Vedwyas, M.; Ogale, S. B.; Pai, S. P.; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.; Pinto, R.; Mohan Rao, G.; Senthilnathan, S.; Mohan, S.

    Role of swift heavy ion irradiation on the modification of transport and structural properties of high temperature superconductors is studied. Good quality YBCO thin films prepared by high pressure oxygen sputtering and laser ablation were used in this investigation. Resistivity and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were mainly used to probe superconducting and microstructural modifications resulted from the irradiation of high energy and heavy ions like 100 MeV oxygen and 200 MeV silver. Radiation induced sputtering or erosion is likely to be a major disastrous component of such high energy irradiation that could be powerful in masking phase coherence effects, atleast in grain boundaries. The extent of damage/nature of defects other than columnar defects produced by swift heavy ions is discussed in the light of AFM measurements. The effect of high energy oxygen ion irradiation is anomalous. A clear annealing effect at higher doses is seen.

  10. Processing of YBCO superconductors for improved levitation force

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    Balachandran, U.; Zhong, W.

    1993-05-01

    One objective of the ANL superconductor program is to develop improved processing methods for production of YBCO superconductors with higher levitation forces suitable for low-friction, superconductor/permanent-magnet bearings and flywheel-energy-storage applications. From the standpoint of these applications, melt-processed bulk YBCO superconductors are of considerable interest. Levitation force and flux-pinning properties depend on microstructural features of the superconductors. We have added several chemical species to YBCO to alter the microstructure and have used a seeding technique to induce crystallization during melt processing. In this paper, we discuss the effects of various process parameters, additives, and a seeding technique on the properties of melt-processed bulk YBCO samples and compare the results with solid-state-sintered superconductors.

  11. Splice Resistance Measurements in 2G YBCO Coated Conductor

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    Rey, Christopher M; Duckworth, Robert C; Zhang, Yifei

    2009-01-01

    Abstract The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been investigating the electrical splice resistance of second-generation (2G) YBCO coated conductor. The purpose of the experimental investigation is to study the splice resistance of 2G YBCO coated conductor as a function of: a) operating temperature, b) magnetic field strength (B-field), and c) magnetic field orientation ( ). Understanding the splice resistance with its corresponding variation as a function of surface preparation and operating conditions is essential to the practical implementation of electric utility devices; e.g., motors, generators, transformers, cables, and fault-current limiters, etc. Preliminary test results indicate that the 2G YBCO splice resistance shows a weak temperature dependence and a significantly stronger dependence upon magnetic field strength and magnetic field orientation. Surface preparation conditions are also briefly discussed. Index Terms coated conductor, splice, critical current, YBCO

  12. Numerical simulation and analysis of single grain YBCO processed from graded precursor powders

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    Zou, J.; Ainslie, M. D.; Hu, D.; Zhai, W.; Devendra Kumar, N.; Durrell, J. H.; Shi, Y.-H.; Cardwell, D. A.

    2015-03-01

    Large single-grain bulk high-temperature superconducting materials can trap high magnetic fields in comparison with conventional permanent magnets, making them ideal candidates to develop more compact and efficient devices, such as actuators, magnetic levitation systems, flywheel energy storage systems and electric machines. However, macro-segregation of Y-211 inclusions in melt processed Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) limits the macroscopic critical current density Jc of such bulk superconductors, and hence, the potential trapped field. Recently, a new fabrication technique with graded precursor powders has been developed, which results in a more uniform distribution of Y-211 particles, in order to further improve the superconducting properties of such materials. In order to develop this graded fabrication technique further, a 3D finite-element numerical simulation based on the H-formulation is performed in this paper. The trapped field characteristics of a graded YBCO sample magnetized by the field cooling method are simulated to validate the model, and the simulation results are consistent with the experimental measurements. In addition, the influence of the graded technique and various graded Jc distributions for pulsed field magnetization, recognized widely as a practical route for magnetizing samples in bulk superconductor applications, is also investigated, with respect to the trapped field and temperature profiles of graded samples. This modelling framework provides a new technique for assessing the performance of various sizes and geometries of graded bulk superconductors, and by adjusting the Y-211, and hence Jc, distribution, samples can be fabricated based on this concept to provide application-specific trapped field profiles, such as the generation of either a high magnetic field gradient or a high level of uniformity for the traditionally conical, trapped field profile.

  13. Fabrication of Filamentary YBCO Coated Conductor by Inkjet Printing

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    List III, Frederick Alyious; Kodenkandath, Thomas; Rupich, Marty

    2007-01-01

    Inkjet printing is a potentially low cost, high rate method for depositing precursors for filamentary YBCO coated conductors. The method offers considerable flexibility of filament pattern, width, and thickness. Using standard solution precursors and RABiTSTM substrates, the printing, processing, and properties of some inkjet-derived filamentary YBCO coated conductors for Second Generation (2G) wire are demonstrated on a laboratory scale. Some systematic variations of growth rate and critical transport current with filament width are observed and discussed.

  14. Oxygen and cation diffusion in YBCO coated conductors

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    Tsukui, S.; Koritala, R. E.; Li, M.; Goretta, K. C.; Adachi, M.; Baker, J. E.; Routbort, J. L.

    2003-10-01

    Biaxially textured YBa 2Cu 3O x (YBCO) films 0.3 μm thick were deposited on single-crystal LaAlO 3 and buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates. After annealing in 18O at 400 °C, secondary-ion mass spectrometry was used to determine oxygen-diffusion profiles and several cation-diffusion profiles within the various layers of the conductors. Oxygenation in the YBCO/LaAlO 3 specimen was relatively slow and hours would be required for full oxygenation of the YBCO. Oxygen diffusion was rapid in the coated conductor. It was dominated by diffusion along a- b planes and full oxygenation of a 0.3-μm-thick YBCO layer was achieved in several minutes. Cation interdiffusion was limited in the YBCO/LaAlO 3 specimen, but was significant within the coated conductor. Although Cu diffused out of the superconductor, an SrTiO 3 layer between textured MgO and YBCO limited diffusion of cations from the various substrate layers into the superconductor.

  15. Crystal growth of YBCO coated conductors by TFA MOD method

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    Yoshizumi, M.; Nakanishi, T.; Matsuda, J.; Nakaoka, K.; Sutoh, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2008-09-01

    The crystal growth mechanism of TFA (trifluoroacetates)-MOD (metal organic deposition) derived YBa 2Cu 3O y has been investigated to understand the process for higher production rates of the conversion process. YBCO films were prepared by TFA-MOD on CeO 2/Gd 2Zr 2O 7/Hastelloy C276 substrates. The growth rates of YBCO derived from Y:Ba:Cu = 1:2:3 and 1:1.5:3 starting solutions were investigated by XRD and TEM analyses. YBCO growth proceeds in two steps of the epitaxial one from the substrate and solid state reaction. The overall growth rate estimated from the residual amounts of BaF 2 with time measured by XRD is proportional to a square root of P(H 2O). The trend was independent of the composition of starting solutions, however, the growth rate obtained from the 1:1.5:3 starting solutions was high as twice as that of 1:2:3, which could not be explained by the composition of BaF 2 included in the precursor films. On the other hand, the growth rate measured from the thickness of the YBCO quenched film at the same process time showed no difference between the samples of 1:2:3 and 1:1.5:3. The epitaxial growth rate of 1:1.5:3 was also the same as the overall growth rate of that, which means there was no solid state reaction to form YBCO after the epitaxial growth. The YBCO growth mechanism was found to be as follows; YBCO crystals nucleate at the surface of the substrate and epitaxially grow into the precursor by layer-by-layer by a manner with trapping unreacted particles. The amounts of YBCO and the unreacted particles trapped in the YBCO film are independent of the composition of the starting solution in this step. Unreacted particles react with each other to form YBCO and pores by solid state reaction as long as there is BaF 2 left in the film. The Ba-poor starting solution gives little BaF 2 left in the film and so the solid state reaction is completed within a short time, resulting in the fast overall growth rate.

  16. High Tc superconducting bolometric and nonbolometric infrared (IR) detectors

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    Lakeou, Samuel

    1995-01-01

    Activities carried out during the reporting period are summarized. The workplan for the period August 1994 to August 1995 included the following: (1) expansion of the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory to include stand-alone optical response and noise measurement setups; (2) study the low frequency excess electrical noise in YBCO films; and (3) enhancement of the academic support component of the project through increased student and faculty participation. Abstracts of papers submitted for publication during this reporting period are included as attachments.

  17. Progress in Nanoengineered Microstructures for Tunable High-Current, High-Temperature Superconducting Wires

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    Holesinger, T. G.; Civale, L.; Maiorov, B.; Feldmann, D. M.; Coulter, Yates; Miller, D. J.; Maroni, Victor A.; Chen, Zhijun; Larbalestier, D. C.; Feenstra, Roeland; Li, Xiaoping; Huang, Y.; Kodenkandath, Thomas; Zhang, W.; Rupich, Marty; Malozemoff, Alex

    2008-01-01

    High critical current densities (J{sub c}) in thick films of the Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO, {Tc}{approx}92 K) superconductor directly depend upon the types of nanoscale defects and their densities within the films. A major challenge for developing a viable wire technology is to introduce nanoscale defect structures into the YBCO grains of the thick film suitable for flux pinning and the tailoring of the superconducting properties to specific, application-dependent, temperature and magnetic field conditions. Concurrently, the YBCO film needs to be integrated into a macroscopically defect-free conductor in which the grain-to-grain connectivity maintains levels of inter-grain J{sub c} that are comparable to the intra-grain J{sub c}. That is, high critical current (I{sub c}) YBCO coated conductors must contain engineered in homogeneities on the nanoscale, while being homogeneous on the macroscale. An analysis is presented of the advances in high-performance YBCO coated-conductors using chemical solution deposition (CSD) based on metal trifluoroacetates and the subsequent processing to nano-engineer the microstructure for tunable superconducting wires. Multi-scale structural, chemical, and electrical investigations of the CSD film processes, thick film development, key microstructural features, and wire properties are presented. Prospects for further development of much higher I{sub c} wires for large-scale, commercial application are discussed within the context of these recent advances.

  18. Study of superconducting a-axis oriented YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films deposited on Y 2O 3/YSZ/Si with PrBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ seed layer

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    Rosova, Alica; Chromik, Stefan; Benacka, Stefan; Wuyts, Bart

    1995-02-01

    Epitaxial a-axis oriented YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (YBCO) superconducting thin films have been grown by off-axis magnetron sputtering on Y 2O 3/YSZ/Si substrates with PrBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (PBCO) seed layer. The YBCO thin films were deposited immediately after the on-axis magnetron sputtering of PBCO. XRD analyses show that the a-axis volume fraction for 120 nm thick YBCO films varies with substrate temperature during PBCO deposition and its maximum value is higher than 98%. The TEM study shows the clear dependence between the character of the R- T dependence and the microstructure of our YBCO thin films, which varies with the change of the volume ratio of a-axis to c-maxis oriented YBCO.

  19. Coexistence of long-range antiferromagnetism and short-range inhomogeneous superstructures in an insulating YBCO compound.

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    Islam, Z.; Liu, X.; Sinha, S. K.; Srajer, G.; Veal, B. W.; X-Ray Science Division; Univ. of Illinois

    2006-01-01

    Numerous experiments indicate that high-T{sub c} cuprate superconductors are intrinsically inhomogeneous even in their superconducting state. These inhomogeneities appear to have various length scales ranging from a nanometer to tens of nanometers, associated with, for example, atomic-scale electronic disorder as in BSCCO and lattice modulations as in the yttrium-barium-copper oxide (YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x}, YBCO) superconductors. As a parent Mott insulator is doped with charge carriers, the long-range antiferromagnetic (AF) state is destroyed, and superconducting ground state emerges above a certain critical doping level. Although the presence of inhomogeneities have been observed in the superconducting part of the phase diagram, it is not clear if the parent insulating compound itself is intrinsically inhomogeneous. In this work, we present unambiguous x-ray scattering results suggesting the coexistence of short-range-ordered incommensurate lattice modulations and long-range ordered AF phase in a high-quality single crystal of YBCO insulator (x = 0.14, T{sub N} {approx} 405K; tetragonal). Nonresonant magnetic (7.848 keV) and high-energy (36 keV) diffuse x-ray scattering techniques were used on the XOR 4-ID-D beamline to determine the long-range AF order and to search for short-range ordering in a single-crystal sample of YBCO. For the chosen composition, YBCO is a Mott insulator deep within the AF part of the phase diagram. A tandem analyzer-polarizer setup was employed for the polarization analysis in the magnetic scattering part of the work. Figure 1 shows H-scans for different values of K collected far away from Bragg points. Strong asymmetric peaks characterized by a single wavevector ({approx}0.1, 0, 0) appear on either side of Brillouin zone centers (integer H values). When H and K are of mixed parity, satellites are strong near odd integer H and become weak for same parity. Correlation lengths of the modulations in the Cu-O basal plane are only a few

  20. Superconductivity program for electric systems, Superconductivity Technology Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, annual progress report for fiscal year 1997

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    Willis, J.O.; Newnam, B.E.; Peterson, D.E.

    1999-03-01

    Development of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has undergone tremendous progress during the past year. Kilometer tape lengths and associated magnets based on BSCCO materials are now commercially available from several industrial partners. Superconducting properties in the exciting YBCO coated conductors continue to be improved over longer lengths. The Superconducting Partnership Initiative (SPI) projects to develop HTS fault current limiters and transmission cables have demonstrated that HTS prototype applications can be produced successfully with properties appropriate for commercial applications. Research and development activities at LANL related to the HTS program for Fiscal Year 1997 are collected in this report. LANL continues to support further development of Bi2223 and Bi2212 tapes in collaboration with American Superconductor Corporation (ASC) and Oxford Superconductivity Technology, Inc. (OSTI), respectively. The tape processing studies involving novel thermal treatments and microstructural characterization have assisted these companies in commercializing these materials. The research on second-generation YBCO-coated conductors produced by pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) over buffer template layers produced by ion beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) continues to lead the world. The applied physics studies of magnetic flux pinning by proton and heavy ion bombardment of BSCCO and YBCO tapes have provided many insights into improving the behavior of these materials in magnetic fields. Sections 4 to 7 of this report contain a list of 29 referred publications and 15 conference abstracts, a list of patent and license activities, and a comprehensive list of collaborative agreements in progress and completed.

  1. Performance of a K-band superconducting annular ring antenna

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    Richard, M. A.; Bhasin, K. B.; Lee, R. Q.; Claspy, P. C.

    1992-01-01

    Superconducting annular ring antennas operating in the TM12 mode at 21 GHz are designed and fabricated on a lanthanum aluminate substrate using a YBCO high-temperature superconducting thin film. The efficiencies and far-field antenna patterns are measured and compared with an identical antenna patterned with silver. The resonant frequencies and experimental far-field patterns agree well with published models, and efficiency measurements show a maximum improvement of 6 percent at 20 K in the efficiency of the HTS antenna when compared to the silver ring at the same temperature.

  2. Voltage-ampere characteristics of YBCO coated conductor under inhomogeneous oscillating magnetic field

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    Geng, J.; Shen, B.; Li, C.; Zhang, H.; Matsuda, K.; Li, J.; Zhang, X.; Coombs, T. A.

    2016-06-01

    Direct current carrying type II superconductors present a dynamic resistance when subjected to an oscillating magnetic field perpendicular to the current direction. If a superconductor is under a homogeneous field with high magnitude, the dynamic resistance value is nearly independent of transport current. Hoffmann and coworkers [Hoffmann et al., IEEE Trans. Appl. Supercond. 21, 1628 (2011)] discovered, however, flux pumping effect when a superconducting tape is under an inhomogeneous field orthogonal to the tape surface generated by rotating magnets. Following their work, we report the whole Voltage-Ampere (V-I) curves of an YBCO coated conductor under permanent magnets rotating with different frequencies and directions. We discovered that the two curves under opposite rotating directions differ from each other constantly when the transport current is less than the critical current, whereas the difference gradually reduces after the transport current exceeds the critical value. We also find that for different field frequencies, the difference between the two curves decreases faster with lower field frequency. The result indicates that the transport loss is dependent on the relative direction of the transport current and field travelling, which is distinct from traditional dynamic resistance model. The work may be instructive for the design of superconducting motors.

  3. Disk-shaped superconducting rotor for an axial flux induction motor

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    Álvarez, A.; Suárez, P.; Cáceres, D.; Granados, X.; Pérez, B.; Ceballos, J. M.

    2003-11-01

    Most work on bulk-based superconducting electrical motors has been done with superconducting materials in the rotor only, due to the difficulty in machining the material into the conventional coil shape. As part of the design of a superconducting induction motor with superconductors in both rotor and stator, we made a disk-shaped rotor from the same YBCO bulks that we use to fabricate ceramic coils in constructing a modular stator for a biphasic axial flux motor, and studied this rotor’s working behaviour. To this end we constructed a system to simulate the working environment of a YBCO disk within the motor, and measured the magnetic field in the disk and the speed-torque characteristic.

  4. Probing the temperature during switching of YBCO films

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    Lehner, A.; Heinrich, A.; Numssen, K.; Kinder, H.

    2002-08-01

    The switching of YBCO thin films under high current load is fundamental for fault current limiters and active power switches. Its mechanism is still under debate, however, with thermal and nonthermal models being discussed. To clarify the situation, we have placed an array of thermometers directly on top of a YBCO strip and have measured the quench propagation with high spacio-temporal resolution. We compare the results with a numerical model of heat diffusion in 3D with temperature dependent material parameters and find nearly quantitative agreement. This confirms thermal runaway as the mechanism of switching.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of melt-processed YBCO

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    Sengupta, S.; Corpus, J.; Gaines, J.R. Jr.; Todt, V.R.; Zhang, X.F.; Miller, D.J.; Varanasi, C.; McGinn, P.J.

    1996-11-01

    Large domain YBCO are fabricated by using a melt processing technique for magnetic levitation applications. A Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} seed is used to initiate grain growth and to control the orientation of YBCO grains. Samples as large as 2 inch have been fabricated by utilizing this method. Microstructural studies reveals two distinct regions in these levitators due to different growth mechanism along a/b and c axis. Some initial results on the mass production of these levitators are also reported.

  6. AC and DC transport currents in melt-grown YBCO

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    Yi, Z.; Ashworth, S.; Becluz, C.; Scurlock, R.G. )

    1991-03-01

    It has been suggested that the transport J{sub c} in multi-grain samples of bulk YBCO are limited by the intergrain links. This paper reports on preliminary measurements of intergrain currents. The intergrain critical currents in melt grown YBCO do not appear to be as sensitive to the precise crystallographic alignment of adjacent grains a has been reported for thin films. The measured critical current of similar grain boundaries varies widely, between 15000 A/cm{sup 2} and 200A/Cm{sub 2} for adjacent boundaries in the same sample.

  7. STANFORD IN-SITU HIGH RATE YBCO PROCESS: TRANSFER TO METAL TAPES AND PROCESS SCALE UP

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    Malcolm R. Beasley; Robert H.Hammond

    2009-04-14

    Executive Summary The materials science understanding of high rate low cost processes for Coated Conductor will benefit the application to power utilities for low loss energy transportation and power generation as well for DOD applications. The research in this program investigated several materials processing approaches that are new and original, and are not being investigated elsewhere. This work added to the understanding of the material science of high rate PVD growth of HTSC YBCO assisted by a liquid phase. A new process discovered uses amorphous glassy precursors which can be made at high rate under flexible conditions of temperature and oxygen, and later brought to conditions of oxygen partial pressure and temperature for rapid conversion to YBCO superconductor. Good critical current densities were found, but further effort is needed to optimize the vortex pinning using known artificial inclusions. A new discovery of the physics and materials science of vortex pinning in the HTSC system using Sm in place of Y came at growth at unusually low oxygen pressure resulting in clusters of a low or non superconducting phase within the nominal high temperature phase. The driving force for this during growth is new physics, perhaps due to the low oxygen. This has the potential for high current in large magnetic fields at low cost, applicable to motors, generators and transformers. The technical demands of this project were the motivation for the development of instrumentation that could be essential to eventual process scale up. These include atomic absorption based on tunable diode lasers for remote monitoring and control of evaporation sources (developed under DARPA support), and the utility of Fourier Transform Infrared Reflectivity (FTIR) for aid in the synthesis of complex thin film materials (purchased by a DURIP-AFOSR grant).

  8. Superconductive wire

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    Korzekwa, David A.; Bingert, John F.; Peterson, Dean E.; Sheinberg, Haskell

    1995-01-01

    A superconductive article is made by inserting a rigid mandrel into an internal cavity of a first metallic tube, said tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining the interior cavity, forming a layer of a superconductive material or superconductive precursor upon the exterior surface of said first metallic tube, machining the layer of superconductive material or superconductive precursor to a predetermined diameter to form an intermediate article configured for insertion into a second metallic tube having an interior diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter, inserting the machined intermediate article into a second metallic tube having an internal diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter of the intermediate article to form a composite intermediate article, reducing or ironing the composite intermediate article to a predetermined cross-sectional diameter, and sintering the reduced or ironed composite intermediate article at temperatures and for time sufficient for the superconductive material or superconductive precursor to exhibit superconductivity.

  9. Superconductive wire

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    Korzekwa, D.A.; Bingert, J.F.; Peterson, D.E.; Sheinberg, H.

    1995-07-18

    A superconductive article is made by inserting a rigid mandrel into an internal cavity of a first metallic tube, said tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining the interior cavity, forming a layer of a superconductive material or superconductive precursor upon the exterior surface of said first metallic tube, machining the layer of superconductive material or superconductive precursor to a predetermined diameter to form an intermediate article configured for insertion into a second metallic tube having an interior diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter, inserting the machined intermediate article into a second metallic tube having an internal diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter of the intermediate article to form a composite intermediate article, reducing or ironing the composite intermediate article to a predetermined cross-sectional diameter, and sintering the reduced or ironed composite intermediate article at temperatures and for time sufficient for the superconductive material or superconductive precursor to exhibit superconductivity. 2 figs.

  10. Superconducting transistor

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    Gray, Kenneth E.

    1979-01-01

    A superconducting transistor is formed by disposing three thin films of superconducting material in a planar parallel arrangement and insulating the films from each other by layers of insulating oxides to form two tunnel junctions. One junction is biased above twice the superconducting energy gap and the other is biased at less than twice the superconducting energy gap. Injection of quasiparticles into the center film by one junction provides a current gain in the second junction.

  11. X-ray diffraction characterization of thin superconductive films

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    Kozaczek, K.J.; Watkins, T.R.; Book, G.W.; Carter, W.B.

    1995-12-31

    The physical and mechanical properties of thin films are often different from the properties of bulk material and are dictated by the film/substrate orientation relationship, crystal anisotropy and crystalgraphic texture of the film. X-ray diffraction texture analysis provides information about preferential film growth and can be used for optimization of deposition parameters and prediction of properties of thin films. An x-ray back reflection technique using the Braga-Brentano geometry with experimental corrections for absorption and defocusing was used to study thin ceramic films deposited by combustion chemical vapor deposition (CCVD). The film/substrate orientation relationships of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) superconducting thin films deposited via CCVD on single crystal MgO and polycrystalline silver substrates were studied. The as-deposited films on single crystal (100) MgO substrates showed strong preferential growth with the basal plane parallel to the substrate surface (c-axis up growth). Texture analysis showed two in-plane alignment orientations of the film with respect to the substrate, with YBCO [100] and [110] aligned with the [100] MgO substrate. YBCO films deposited on cold-rolled polycrystalline silver displayed c-axis up growth indicating that the orientation of the polycrystalline substrate (brass type texture) did not induce detectable in-plane preferential growth of the YBCO.

  12. BaHfO3 artificial pinning centres in TFA-MOD-derived YBCO and GdBCO thin films

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    Erbe, M.; Hänisch, J.; Hühne, R.; Freudenberg, T.; Kirchner, A.; Molina-Luna, L.; Damm, C.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Kaskel, S.; Schultz, L.; Holzapfel, B.

    2015-11-01

    Chemical solution deposition (CSD) is a promising way to realize REBa2Cu3O7-x (REBCO; RE = rare earth (here Y, Gd))-coated conductors with high performance in applied magnetic fields. However, the preparation process contains numerous parameters which need to be tuned to achieve high-quality films. Therefore, we investigated the growth of REBCO thin films containing nanometre-scale BaHfO3 (BHO) particles as pinning centres for magnetic flux lines, with emphasis on the influence of crystallization temperature and substrate on the microstructure and superconductivity. Conductivity, microscopy and x-ray investigations show an enhanced performance of BHO nano-composites in comparison to pristine REBCO. Further, those measurements reveal the superiority of GdBCO to YBCO—e.g. by inductive critical current densities, J c, at self-field and 77 K. YBCO is outperformed by more than 1 MA cm-2 with J c values of up to 5.0 MA cm-2 for 265 nm thick layers of GdBCO(BHO) on lanthanum aluminate. Transport in-field J c measurements demonstrate high pinning force maxima of around 4 GN m-3 for YBCO(BHO) and GdBCO(BHO). However, the irreversibility fields are appreciably higher for GdBCO. The critical temperature was not significantly reduced upon BHO addition to both YBCO and GdBCO, indicating a low tendency for Hf diffusion into the REBCO matrix. Angular-dependent J c measurements show a reduction of the anisotropy in the same order of magnitude for both REBCO compounds. Theoretical models suggest that more than one sort of pinning centre is active in all CSD films.

  13. Superconductivity devices: Commercial use of space

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    Haertling, Gene; Furman, Eugene; Hsi, Chi-Shiung; Li, Guang

    1993-01-01

    The processing and screen printing of the superconducting BSCCO and 123 YBCO materials on substrates is described. The resulting superconducting properties and the use of these materials as possible electrode materials for ferroelectrics at 77 K are evaluated. Also, work performed in the development of solid-state electromechanical actuators is reported. Specific details include the fabrication and processing of high strain PBZT and PLZT electrostrictive materials, the development of PSZT and PMN-based ceramics, and the testing and evaluation of these electrostrictive materials. Finally, the results of studies on a new processing technology for preparing piezoelectric and electrostrictive ceramic materials are summarized. The process involves a high temperature chemical reduction which leads to an internal pre-stressing of the oxide wafer. These reduced and internally biased oxide wafers (RAINBOW) can produce bending-mode actuator devices which possess a factor of ten more displacement and load bearing capacity than present-day benders.

  14. Development of YBCO-coated conductors for electric power applications

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    Balachandran, U.; Li, M.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. F.; Ma, B.

    2002-08-01

    Biaxially textured MgO template films have been fabricated on a Ni-based alloy substrate (Hastelloy C276) by inclined-substrate deposition (ISD), using electron beam evaporation, at the high deposition rate of 120-300 nm/min. Buffer films were subsequently deposited on these template films, and YBCO films were finally deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Crystal textures of the YBCO films were examined by X-ray pole figure, φ- and ω-scans analysis. Good in-plane and out-of-plane textures were observed, with MgO(0 0 2) φ-scan full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM) of 10.0° and ω-scan FWHM of 5.5°, for a film deposited with an incline angle of 55°. YBCO films were epitaxially grown on ISD MgO-buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates by PLD. Tc of 90 K with sharp transition and transport Jc of ≈1.4×10 5 A/cm 2 were obtained on a 0.5-μm-thick YBCO film at 77 K in zero field.

  15. Temperature and Magnetic Field Dependence of Critical Currents in YBCO Coated Conductors with Processing-Induced Variations in Pinning Properties

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    Gapud, Albert Agcaoili; Feenstra, Roeland; Christen, David K; Thompson, James R; Holesinger, T. G.

    2005-01-01

    Several applications of high-temperature super-conducting wire require high currents at intermediate magnetic fields B and over a range of orientations; however, such conditions are at present achievable only at low temperatures (-30 K). The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of higher operating temperatures for these applications by investigating temperature dependent, low- and high-field pinning properties of YBCO coated conductor samples. The YBCO films were grown on RABiTS templates by a PVD ex situ BaF{sub 2} process. Variations in pinning properties were induced by introducing excess yttrium (Y) in the precursor and controllably increasing the growth rate. The main result is a more uniform dependence of J{sub c} over all orientations of B, along with high irreversibility field B{sub irr} and high critical current densities J{sub c}. Results also show that for films with various pinning properties and processed under different conditions the self-field J{sub c} at 77 K is an effective indicator of performance in the temperatures and fields of interest.

  16. Thickness-Dependent Properties of YBCO Films Grown on GZO/CLO-Buffered NiW Substrates

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    Malmivirta, M.; Huhtinen, H.; Zhao, Y.; Grivel, J.-C.; Paturi, P.

    2016-07-01

    To study the role of novel Gd_2 Zr_2 O_7 /Ce_{0.9} La_{0.1} O_2 buffer layer structure on a biaxially textured NiW substrate, a set of YBa_2 Cu_3 O_{7-δ } (YBCO) films with different thicknesses were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Interface imperfections as well as thickness-dependent structural properties were observed in the YBCO thin films. The structure is also reflected into the improved superconducting properties with the highest critical current densities in films with intermediate thicknesses. Therefore, it can be concluded that the existing buffer layers need more optimization before they can be successfully used for films with various thicknesses. This issue is linked to the extremely susceptible growth method of PLD when compared to the commonly used chemical deposition methods. Nevertheless, PLD-grown films can give a hint on what to concentrate to be able to further improve the buffer layer structures for future coated conductor technologies.

  17. Superconductivity applications for infrared and microwave devices; Proceedings of the Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr. 19, 20, 1990

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    Bhasin, Kul B. (Editor); Heinen, Vernon O. (Editor)

    1990-01-01

    Various papers on superconductivity applications for IR and microwave devices are presented. The individual topics addressed include: pulsed laser deposition of Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O films, patterning of high-Tc superconducting thin films on Si substrates, IR spectra and the energy gap in thin film YBa2Cu3O(7-delta), high-temperature superconducting thin film microwave circuits, novel filter implementation utilizing HTS materials, high-temperature superconductor antenna investigations, high-Tc superconducting IR detectors, high-Tc superconducting IR detectors from Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films, Y-Ba-Cu0-O thin films as high-speed IR detectors, fabrication of a high-Tc superconducting bolometer, transition-edge microbolometer, photoresponse of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) granular and epitaxial superconducting thin films, fast IR response of YBCO thin films, kinetic inductance effects in high-Tc microstrip circuits at microwave frequencies.

  18. Microstructure and superconductivity of highly ordered YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-δ) nanowire arrays.

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    Zhang, Genqiang; Lu, Xiaoli; Zhang, Tao; Qu, Jifeng; Wang, Wei; Li, Xiaoguang; Yu, Shuhong

    2006-08-28

    In order to explore the fundamental properties of one-dimensional nanostructured high-temperature superconductors and enhance their promising applications, a universal and general method for the synthesis of high-quality YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-δ) (YBCO) nanowire arrays is developed, which involves the combination of a novel sol-gel process to lower the crystallization temperature of YBCO, and porous anodic alumina (PAA) as an effective morphology-directing hard template. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results indicate that the as-prepared YBCO nanowires have average diameters of about 50 nm and lengths up to several microns. The structures of the samples were analysed by x-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis, which indicate that the nanowires are well crystallized with orthorhombic YBCO-123 structure. The magnetization measurement under zero-field-cooled (ZFC) mode indicates that the superconducting transition temperature (T(c)) of the nanowires is about 92 K, which is in agreement with that of a bulk YBCO sample. PMID:21727567

  19. Fiber Bragg grating based spatially resolved characterization of flux-pinning-induced strain of disk-shaped bulk YBCO samples

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    Latka, Ines; Habisreuther, Tobias; Zeisberger, Matthias

    2009-07-01

    A new optical method for the characterization of magnetostrictive effects in bulk superconductors will be presented. Several of wavelength encoded fiber Bragg gratings can be inscribed in one fiber with small spatial distances, which gives the possibility to measure magnetostrictive effects spatially resolved. To demonstrate the performance, samples with Bragg grating arrays glued onto the surface of an YBCO disk where tested in a superconducting solenoid at temperatures of 60 K and magnetic inductances of 6.5 T. For the first time the radius position dependent strain and not only sum effects could be measured. It was stated that in the remnant state both, elongating and compressive strain, occur. This is in agreement with our simulations.

  20. Superconducting Cable

    DOEpatents

    Hughey, Raburn L.; Sinha, Uday K.; Reece, David S.; Muller, Albert C.

    2005-03-08

    In order to provide a flexible oxide superconducting cable which is reduced in AC loss, tape-shaped superconducting wires covered with a stabilizing metal are wound on a flexible former. The superconducting wires are preferably laid on the former at a bending strain of not more than 0.2%. In laying on the former, a number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on a core member in a side-by-side manner, to form a first layer. A prescribed number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on top of the first layer in a side-by-side manner, to form a second layer. The former may be made of a metal, plastic, reinforced plastic, polymer, or a composite and provides flexibility to the superconducting wires and the cable formed therewith.

  1. Superconducting Cable

    DOEpatents

    Hughey, Raburn L.; Sinha, Uday K.; Reece, David S.; Muller, Albert C.

    2005-07-22

    In order to provide a flexible oxide superconducting cable which is reduced in AC loss, tape-shaped superconducting wires covered with a stabilizing metal are wound on a flexible former. The superconducting wires are preferably laid on the former at a bending strain of not more than 0.2%. In laying on the former, a number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on a core member in a side-by-side manner, to form a first layer. A prescribed number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on top of the first layer in a side-by-side manner, to form a second layer. The former may be made of a metal, plastic, reinforced plastic, polymer, or a composite and provides flexibility to the superconducting wires and the cable formed therewith.

  2. Superconductor-Mediated Modification of Gravity? AC Motor Experiments with Bulk YBCO Disks in Rotating Magnetic Fields

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    Noever, David A.; Koczor, Ronald J.; Roberson, Rick

    1998-01-01

    We have previously reported results using a high precision gravimeter to probe local gravity changes in the neighborhood of large bulk-processed high-temperature superconductors. Podkietnov, et al (Podkietnov, E. and Nieminen, R. (1992) A Possibility of Gravitational Force Shielding by Bulk YBa2 Cu3 O7-x Superconductor, Physica C, C203:441-444.) have indicated that rotating AC fields play an essential role in their observed distortion of combined gravity and barometric pressure readings. We report experiments on large (15 cm diameter) bulk YBCO ceramic superconductors placed in the core of a three-phase, AC motor stator. The applied rotating field produces up to a 12,000 revolutions per minute magnetic field. The field intensity decays rapidly from the maximum at the outer diameter of the superconducting disk (less than 60 Gauss) to the center (less than 10 Gauss). This configuration was applied with and without a permanent DC magnetic field levitating the superconducting disk, with corresponding gravity readings indicating an apparent increase in observed gravity of less than 1 x 10(exp -6)/sq cm, measured above the superconductor. No effect of the rotating magnetic field or thermal environment on the gravimeter readings or on rotating the superconducting disk was noted within the high precision of the observation. Implications for propulsion initiatives and power storage flywheel technologies for high temperature superconductors will be discussed for various spacecraft and satellite applications.

  3. Superconductivity, microstructure of large area YBa 2Cu 3O 7 thin films prepared by pulsed laser ablation (PLA)

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    Li, L.; Tian, Y. J.; Xu, S. F.; Lu, H. B.; Chen, Z. H.; Cui, D. F.; Zhou, Y. L.; Liu, J. Z.; Guo, L. P.; Zhao, Z. X.; Yang, G. Z.

    1994-12-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7 (YBCO) superconducting thin films with Tco = 90.6±0.6 K, Jc = (2.9±0.9)x10 6A/cm 2 at 77K and Rs≤250μΩ at 10GHz were deposited on φ35mm substrates by PLA. STM examination showed both spiral and layered island growth. When the substrate-target distance was 30mm, YBCO film contained BaO precipitates with sizes between 10-100nm, equiaxed shapes, which may act as pinning centers.

  4. RAPID COMMUNICATION: High performance superconducting wire in high applied magnetic fields via nanoscale defect engineering

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    Wee, Sung Hun; Goyal, Amit; Zuev, Yuri L.; Cantoni, Claudia

    2008-09-01

    High temperature superconducting (HTS) wires capable of carrying large critical currents with low dissipation levels in high applied magnetic fields are needed for a wide range of applications. In particular, for electric power applications involving rotating machinery, such as large-scale motors and generators, a high critical current, Ic, and a high engineering critical current density, JE, in applied magnetic fields in the range of 3-5 Tesla (T) at 65 K are required. In addition, exceeding the minimum performance requirements needed for these applications results in a lower fabrication cost, which is regarded as crucial to realize or enable many large-scale bulk applications of HTS materials. Here we report the fabrication of short segments of a potential superconducting wire comprised of a 4 µm thick YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) layer on a biaxially textured substrate with a 50% higher Ic and JE than the highest values reported previously. The YBCO film contained columns of self-assembled nanodots of BaZrO3 (BZO) roughly oriented along the c-axis of YBCO. Although the YBCO film was grown at a high deposition rate, three-dimensional self-assembly of the insulating BZO nanodots still occurred. For all magnetic field orientations, minimum Ic and JE at 65 K, 3 T for the wire were 353 A cm-1 and 65.4 kA cm-2, respectively.

  5. High Performance Superconducting Wire in High Applied Magnetic Fields via Nanoscale Defect Engineering

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    Goyal, Amit; Wee, Sung Hun; Zuev, Yuri L; Cantoni, Claudia

    2008-01-01

    High temperature superconducting (HTS) wires capable of carrying large critical currents with low dissipation levels in high applied magnetic fields are needed for a wide range of applications. In particular, for electric power applications involving rotating machinery, such as large-scale motors and generators, a high critical current, Ic, and a high engineering critical current density, JE, in applied magnetic fields in the range of 3 5 Tesla (T) at 65 K are required. In addition, exceeding the minimum performance requirements needed for these applications results in a lower fabrication cost, which is regarded as crucial to realize or enable many large-scale bulk applications of HTS materials. Here we report the fabrication of short segments of a potential superconducting wire comprised of a 4 m thick YBa2Cu3O7− (YBCO) layer on a biaxially textured substrate with a 50% higher Ic and JE than the highest values reported previously. The YBCO film contained columns of self-assembled nanodots of BaZrO3 (BZO) roughly oriented along the c-axis of YBCO. Although the YBCO film was grown at a high deposition rate, three-dimensional self-assembly of the insulating BZO nanodots still occurred. For all magnetic field orientations, minimum Ic and JE at 65 K, 3 T for the wire were 353 A cm−1 and 65.4 kA cm−2, respectively.

  6. Superconducting Mixers for Far-Infrared Spectroscopy

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    Betz, A. L.; Boreiko, R. T.; Grossman, E. R.; Reintsema, C. D.; Ono, R. H.; Gerecht, E.

    2002-01-01

    The goal of this project was to fabricate and test planar arrays of superconducting mixers for the 2-6 THz band. The technology is intended for multi-beam receivers aboard Explorer-class missions and the SOFIA Airborne Observatory. The mixer technology is the superconducting transition-edge microbolometer, which is more commonly known as the Hot-Electron micro-Bolometer (HEB). As originally proposed, two superconducting technologies were to be developed: (1) low-Tc niobium HEBs which could approach quantum-noise-limited sensitivities but require cooling to 2- 4 K, and (2) high-Tc YBCO HEBs with sensitivities 10 times worse but with a relaxed cooling requirement of 30-60 K. The low-Tc devices would be best for astronomy applications on SOFIA, whereas the high-Tc devices would be more suitable for planetary missions using systems without stored cryogens. The work plan called for planar micro-fabrication and initial testing of HEB devices at the NIST Boulder clean-room facility. Subsequent assembly and RF testing of selected devices would be done at the CASA laboratory at U. Colorado. Approximately 1-year after work began on this project, Dr. Eyal Gerecht joined the NIST group, and assumed day-to-day responsibility for Nb-HEB development at NIST outside of micro-fabrication. The YBCO-HEB work was to be guided by Dr. Ron Ono, who was the NIST expert in YBCO technology. Unfortunately, recurrent health problems limited the time Ron could devote to the project in its first year. These problems became aggravated in early 2001, and sadly led to Ron's death in October, 2001. His loss was not only a blow to his friends and associates at NIST, but was mounted by the US superconductivity community at large. With his passing, work on high-Tc HEBs ceased at NIST. There was no one to replace him or his expertise. Our work subsequently shifted solely to Nb-HEB devices. In the sections which follow, our progress in the development of diffusion-cooled Nb-HEB mixers is detailed. To

  7. Reel-to-reel fabrication of meter-long YBCO coated conductor

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    Yang, J.; Zhang, H.; Wang, S. M.; Lin, C. G.; Shi, D. Q.; Dou, S. X.

    2011-04-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (YBCO) superconductors were coated on the CeO 2/YSZ/Y 2O 3 buffered Ni-5at%W tapes by a reel-to-reel pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The process of a multi-layer deposition of YBCO film was explored. X-ray diffraction texture measurements showed good both in-plane and out of plane crystalline orientations in YBCO films. The average values calculated at a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the peaks from phi-scans ( φ) and omega ( ω) scans for one meter-long YBCO tape were 7.49° and 4.71°, respectively. The critical current ( Ic) was over 200 A/cm-width at 77 K and under self-field for meter-long YBCO tape. The critical transition temperature of the YBCO tape was typically as 90.1 K with 0.5 K transition widths.

  8. High pressure studies of superconductivity

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    Hillier, Narelle Jayne

    Superconductivity has been studied extensively since it was first discovered over 100 years ago. High pressure studies, in particular, have been vital in furthering our understanding of the superconducting state. Pressure allows researchers to enhance the properties of existing superconductors, to find new superconductors, and to test the validity of theoretical models. This thesis presents a series of high pressure measurements performed in both He-gas and diamond anvil cell systems on various superconductors and on materials in which pressure-induced superconductivity has been predicted. Under pressure the alkali metals undergo a radical departure from the nearly-free electron model. In Li this leads to a superconducting transition temperature that is among the highest of the elements. All alkali metals have been predicted to become superconducting under pressure. Pursuant to this, a search for superconductivity has been conducted in the alkali metals Na and K. In addition, the effect of increasing electron concentration on Li1-xMgx alloys has been studied. Metallic hydrogen and hydrogen-rich compounds are believed to be good candidates for high temperature superconductivity. High pressure optical studies of benzene (C6H6) have been performed to 2 Mbar to search for pressure-induced metallization. Finally, cuprate and iron-based materials are considered high-Tc superconductors. These layered compounds exhibit anisotropic behavior under pressure. Precise hydrostatic measurements of dTc/dP on HgBa2CuO 4+delta have been carried out in conjunction with uniaxial pressure experiments by another group. The results obtained provide insight into the effect of each of the lattice parameters on Tc. Finally, a series of hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic measurements on LnFePO (Ln = La, Pr, Nd) reveal startling evidence that the superconducting state in the iron-based superconductors is highly sensitive to lattice strain.

  9. Contribution of ion beam analysis methods to the development of 2nd generation high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires

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    Usov, Igor O; Arendt, Paul N; Stan, Liliana; Holesinger, Terry G; Foltyn, Steven R; Depaula, Raymond F

    2009-01-01

    One of the crucial steps in the second generation high temperature superconducting wire program was development of the buffer layer architecture. The architecture designed at the Superconductivity Technology Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory consists of several oxide layers wherein each layer plays a specific role, namely: nucleation layer, diffusion barrier, biaxially textured template, and an intermediate layer with a good match to the lattice parameter of superconducting Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) compound. This report demonstrates how a wide range of ion beam analysis techniques (SIMS, RBS, channeling, PIXE, PIGE, NRA, ERD) was employed for analysis of each buffer layer and the YBCO films. These results assisted in understanding of a variety of physical processes occurring during the buffet layer fabrication and helped to optimize the buffer layer architecture as a whole.

  10. High Temperature Superconducting Underground Cable

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    Farrell, Roger, A.

    2010-02-28

    The purpose of this Project was to design, build, install and demonstrate the technical feasibility of an underground high temperature superconducting (HTS) power cable installed between two utility substations. In the first phase two HTS cables, 320 m and 30 m in length, were constructed using 1st generation BSCCO wire. The two 34.5 kV, 800 Arms, 48 MVA sections were connected together using a superconducting joint in an underground vault. In the second phase the 30 m BSCCO cable was replaced by one constructed with 2nd generation YBCO wire. 2nd generation wire is needed for commercialization because of inherent cost and performance benefits. Primary objectives of the Project were to build and operate an HTS cable system which demonstrates significant progress towards commercial progress and addresses real world utility concerns such as installation, maintenance, reliability and compatibility with the existing grid. Four key technical areas addressed were the HTS cable and terminations (where the cable connects to the grid), cryogenic refrigeration system, underground cable-to-cable joint (needed for replacement of cable sections) and cost-effective 2nd generation HTS wire. This was the world’s first installation and operation of an HTS cable underground, between two utility substations as well as the first to demonstrate a cable-to-cable joint, remote monitoring system and 2nd generation HTS.

  11. Recent developments in superconducting receivers

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    Richards, P.L.

    1990-09-01

    A description is given of recent work at Berkeley on superconducting mixers and detectors for infrared and millimeter wavelengths. The first report is a review article which summarizes the status of development of superconducting components for infrared and millimeter wave receivers. The next report describes accurate measurements and also theoretical modeling of an SIS quasiparticle waveguide mixer for W-band which uses very high quality Ta junctions. The best mixer noise is only 1.3 times the quantum limit. Both the mixer gain and the noise are in quantitative agreement with the quantum theory. Next, a report is given on measurements and theoretical modeling of the absorptivity (surface resistance) of high quality epitaxial films of the high {Tc} superconductor YBCO from 750 GHz to 21 THz. Finally, there are reports on the design and experimental performance of two different types of high {Tc} bolometric detectors. One is a conventional bolometer with a gold-black absorber. The other is an antenna coupled microbolometer.

  12. Correlation between YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} nuclei density and the grain orientation of the CeO{sub 2} buffered Ni-W template of the second-generation superconducting wire.

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    Solovyov, V. F.; Abraimov, D.; Miller, D.; Li, Q.; Wiesmann, H.; Materials Science Division; BNL; Florida State Univ.

    2009-06-01

    The prime goal of the second-generation superconducting wire technology is to grow high-quality epitaxial layers of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO) superconductor using high-rate deposition on low-cost, kilometer-long substrates. We analyze the influence of Ni-W RABiTS{trademark} substrate grain misalignment on nucleation of epitaxial YBCO during metal-organic ex situ processing. Electron backscatter diffraction orientation maps are correlated with YBCO nuclei density obtained from scanning-electron microscopy. A critical Ni-W grain tilt misorientation angle of 8.5{sup o} was identified above which the YBCO nuclei density was observed to be extremely low, approaching zero. A proposed model explains the reduction in nuclei density as being due to the absence of (001) substrate terraces wide enough to accommodate the critical size for YBCO nuclei. This study emphasizes the strong effect of the out-of-plane tilt of substrate grains on superconducting properties of YBCO layers produced by metal-organic deposition.

  13. Unique magnetic structure of YbCo2Si2

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    Mufti, N.; Kaneko, K.; Hoser, A.; Gutmann, M.; Geibel, C.; Krellner, C.; Stockert, O.

    2016-07-01

    We report on the results of powder and single-crystal neutron diffraction to investigate the magnetic order in YbCo2Si2 below the Néel temperature TN=1.7 K in detail. Two different magnetically ordered phases can clearly be distinguished. At lowest temperatures a commensurate magnetic structure with a propagation vector k1=(0.25 0.25 1 ) is found, while the intermediate phase (T >0.9 K) is characterized by an incommensurate magnetic structure with k2=(0.25 0.086 1 ) . The magnetic structure in YbCo2Si2 is in marked contrast to all other known R Co2Si2 compounds (R = rare earth element) likely due to some itineracy of the Yb 4 f states being responsible for the magnetism.

  14. Vortex creep in TFA-YBCO nanocomposite films

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    Rouco, V.; Bartolomé, E.; Maiorov, B.; Palau, A.; Civale, L.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.

    2014-11-01

    Vortex creep in YBa2Cu3O7 - x (YBCO) films grown from the trifluoracetate (TFA) chemical route with BaZrO3 and Ba2YTaO6 second-phase nanoparticles (NPs) has been investigated by magnetic relaxation measurements. We observe that in YBCO nanocomposites the phenomenological crossover line from the elastic to the plastic creep regime is shifted to higher magnetic fields and temperatures. The origin of this shift lies on the new isotropic-strong vortex pinning contribution appearing in these nanocomposites, induced by local lattice distortions. As a consequence, we demonstrate that the addition of non-coherent NPs produces a decrease in the creep rate S in most of the phase diagram, particularly, in the range of fields and temperatures (T\\gt 60 K, {{μ }0}H\\gt 0.5 T) relevant for large scale applications.

  15. Control of flux pinning in MOD YBCO coated conductor.

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    Zhang, W.; Huang, Y.; Li, X.; Kodenkandath, T.; Rupich, M. W.; Schoop, U.; Verebelyi, D. T.; Thieme, C. L. H.; Siegal, E.; Holesinger, T. G.; Maiorov, B.; Civale, L.; Miller, D. J.; Maroni, V. A.; Li, J.; Martin, P. M.; Specht, E. D.; Goyal, A.; Paranthaman, M. P.; American Superconductor Corp.; LANL; ORNL

    2007-06-01

    NTwo different types of defect structures have been identified to be responsible for the enhanced pinning in metal organic deposited YBCO films. Rare earth additions result in the formation of nanodots in the YBCO matrix, which form uncorrelated pinning centers, increasing pinning in all magnetic field orientations. 124-type intergrowths, which form as laminar structures parallel to the ab-plane, are responsible for the large current enhancement when the magnetic field is oriented in the ab-plane. TEM studies showed that the intergrowths emanate from cuprous containing secondary phase particles, whose density is partially controlled by the rare earth doping level. Critical process parameters have been identified to control this phase formation, and therefore, control the f 24 intergrowth formation. This work has shown that through process control and proper conductor design, either by adjusting the composition or by multiple coatings of different functional layers, the desired angular dependence can be achieved.

  16. Twin engineering for high critical current densities and twin boundary energy measurement in melt processed YBCO

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    Mei, Linfeng

    It has been proven that twin boundaries in YBa2Cu 3O7-delta (YBCO) are effective flux pinning centers. By increasing the twin density of a YBCO sample, it is possible to achieve a high critical current density (Jc). In this work, twin engineering for high critical current densities and strong flux pinning has been achieved in melt processed YBCO by increasing the annealing temperature up to 680°C. When the isothermal oxygenation temperature increases from 450°C to 680°C, the average twin boundary spacing of the samples decreases significantly, and its critical current density and flux pinning force are greatly increased. The prerequisites for twin boundary engineering for high critical current densities and strong flux pinning are also pointed out. For the first time, temperature dependent twin boundary energies (gammatw's) of melt processed YBCO are measured by the twin spacing method and the twin tip or shape method, and the geometrical factor alpha in the twin spacing method is estimated. As expected, the twin boundary energy of YBCO decreases with increasing temperature. In addition, the correlation between Jc and the concentrations of Y2BaCuO5 (211) and Samarium (Sm) in the melt-textured growth (MTG) YBCO has been studied, as well as the distributions of 211 and Sm in the MTG YBCO pellets. All our results can be applied towards microstructure tailoring for a high Jc and strong flux pinning in YBCO, especially in bulk YBCO samples.

  17. Prolonged laser ablation effects of YBCO ceramic targets during thin film deposition: Influence of processing parameters

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    Tomov, R.; Tsaneva, V.; Tsanev, V.; Ouzounov, D.

    1996-12-01

    Cumulative laser irradiation during high-Tc superconducting thin film pulsed laser deposition (PLD) may have a detrimental effect on film characteristics. Initial decrease of deposition rate and gradual shift of the center of the deposited material spot towards the incoming laser beam were registered on cold glass substrates. Their absorbance was used for evaluation of the film thickness distribution over the substrate area. At the initial stage, two components of the spot could be distinguished along its short axis: central (˜cosn θ, n≫1) and peripherial (˜cos θ), while with cumulative irradiation the thickness followed an overall cosm θ (mYBCO target under prolonged XeCl laser irradiation were studied by EDAX and SEM for different processing parameters — laser fluence and oxygen environment. The results can be consistently explained suggesting the existence of an additional effective ablation threshold imposed by the modified surface relief.

  18. Critical fields of Fe{sub 4}N/NbN ferromagnetic/superconducting multilayers

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    Mattson, J.E.; Potter, C.D.; Conover, M.J.; Sowers, C.H.; Bader, S.D.

    1997-01-01

    Structural, magnetic, and superconducting properties of ferromagnetic/superconducting multilayers of Fe{sub 4}N/NbN are explored for a variety of thickness combinations. The superconducting properties show that 11 {Angstrom} ferromagnetic layers are sufficient to decouple the superconducting layers and to yield anisotropic behavior. The upper critical field data are well described by theory for ferromagnetic/superconducting multilayers. This analysis yields an interfacial parameter which characterizes the electron scattering at the ferromagnetic/superconducting boundary. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  19. Current-Voltage Measurements in a 2G YBCO Coil

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    Rey, Christopher M; Duckworth, Robert C

    2007-01-01

    Abstract- The Oak Ridge National Laboratory in collaboration with American Superconductor Corporation and Cryomagnetics Inc. has designed, fabricated, and tested an HTS coil wound with second-generation (2G) YBCO coated conductor tape. The purpose of the HTS coil project was to study the quench characteristics in 2G YBCO coils at 77 K and lower temperatures (~ 30-45 K). These quench characteristics were investigated in both a pool boiling LN2 environment and in a conduction cooled configuration at ~ 30 K and 45 K. Transport critical current (Ic) measurements taken on the very first thermal cycle of the YBCO coil in pool boiling LN2 showed an Ic ~ 31 A corresponding to a central magnetic field of 0.32 T. The measured Ic value was consistent with the calculated value using the calculated maximum perpendicular B-field component and the measured short sample Ic at 77 K. Subsequent Ic measurements taken in the conduction cooling configuration at 34 K and 45 K, showed a steady-state Ic ~ 45-49 A and 38-44 A, respectively. These Ic values were significantly lower than the calculated value assuming a literature derived temperature dependent Ic of the 2G YBCO tape. A steady degradation was observed in the Ic of the coil with each successive thermal cycle. In addition, the coil was also pulse tested up to 1-T in non-steady state transient conditions and for ramp rates varying between 0.01 and 5 A/s. The problems and limitations encountered during testing of this new type of 2G coil is briefly discussed.

  20. Superconducting Structure

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    Kwon, Chuhee; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2005-09-13

    A superconductive structure including a dielectric oxide substrate, a thin buffer layer of a superconducting material thereon; and, a layer of a rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film thereon the thin layer of yttrium-barium-copper oxide, the rare earth selected from the group consisting of samarium, gadolinium, ytterbium, erbium, neodymium, dysprosium, holmium, lutetium, a combination of more than one element from the rare earth group and a combination of one or more elements from the rare earth group with yttrium, the buffer layer of superconducting material characterized as having chemical and structural compatibility with the dielectric oxide substrate and the rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film is provided.

  1. Superconducting structure

    DOEpatents

    Kwon, Chuhee; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2003-04-01

    A superconductive structure including a dielectric oxide substrate, a thin buffer layer of a superconducting material thereon; and, a layer of a rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film thereon the thin layer of yttrium-barium-copper oxide, the rare earth selected from the group consisting of samarium, gadolinium, ytterbium, erbium, neodymium, dysprosium, holmium, lutetium, a combination of more than one element from the rare earth group and a combination of one or more elements from the rare earth group with yttrium, the buffer layer of superconducting material characterized as having chemical and structural compatibility with the dielectric oxide substrate and the rare earth-barium-copper oxide superconducting film is provided.

  2. YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting films prepared by low pressure post-annealing

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    Wang, Lianhong; Liu, Chong; Fan, Jing

    2014-12-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-δ precursor films are deposited on 2″ LaAlO3 wafer by the co-evaporation technique using Y, BaF2 and Cu as evaporation sources. After deposition, the films are annealed at low-pressure atmosphere with the composition of oxygen and water vapour. Compared with the normal pressure annealing, it is shown that low pressure can greatly improve the superconducting properties of 2″ YBCO films with thickness larger than 500 nm, as the microcrack on films surface becomes unobservable the microwave surface resistance is greatly reduced. Furthermore, it is also revealed that the optimal processing window for making high quality superconducting YBCO films through ex-situ process is relatively small, therefore the ambient in annealing furnace is crucial important and should be precisely controlled.

  3. The Effect of Axial Stress on YBCO Coils

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    Sampson, W.; Anerella, M.; Cozzolino, J.P.; Gupta, R.C.; Shiroyanagi, Y.; Evangelou, E.

    2011-03-28

    The large aspect ratio of typical YBCO conductors makes them ideal for constructing solenoids from pancake style coils. An advantage of this method is that each subunit can be tested before assembly into the finished magnet. The fact that conductors are available in relatively short lengths is another reason for using such a fabrication technique. The principal drawback is the large number of joints required to connect the coils together. When very high field solenoids such as those contemplated for the muon collider are built in this way the magnetic forces between pancakes can be very large. Extensive measurements have been made on the effect of stress on short lengths of conductor, but there is little or no data on the effect of intercoil loading. The experiment described in this paper was designed to test the ability of YBCO coils to withstand these forces. A spiral wound 'pancake' coil made from YBCO coated conductor has been stressed to a pressure of 100MPa in the axial direction at 77K. In this case axial refers to the coil so that the force is applied to the edge of the conductor. The effect on the critical current was small and completely reversible. Repeatedly cycling the pressure had no measureable permanent effect on the coil. The small current change observed exhibited a slight hysteretic behaviour during the loading cycle.

  4. A superconducting hydrogen maser resonator made from electrophoretic YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta

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    Opie, D.; Schone, H. . Dept. of Physics); Hein, M.; Muller, G.; Piel, H.; Wehler, D. ); Folen, V.; Wolf, S. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on a compact loop-gap hydrogen maser resonator constructed by electrophoretic deposition of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) onto silver. The resonator is tuned to operate at the hyperfine transition frequency of hydrogen (1.42 GHz). This device is considered to be the first step towards a superconducting cavity for a compact hydrogen maser to be used in the Global Positioning System (GPS). The required miniaturization of the resonator reduces its Q value. This effect can be compensated for by the low surface resistance of YBCO at 77 K. Large and curved polycrystalline YBCO layers can be obtained by the electrophoretic deposition technique. In this contribution we report on the construction and the test of High Temperature Superconductor Space Experiment (HTSSE).

  5. Elastic moduli across the superconducting and pseudogap phase boundaries in four cuprate compounds

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    Ramshaw, Brad; Shekhter, Arkady; Betts, Jon; Migliori, Albert

    2013-03-01

    A detailed understanding of the physics of the cuprate superconductors relies on an experimental determination of the thermodynamic phase diagram. Resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS) is a unique thermodynamic probe, capable of measuring part per million changes in elastic moduli, and has access to symmetry information. Here we present a symmetry analysis of changes in the elastic moduli across the superconducting and psedogap phase boundaries in several classes of cuprates: YBCO, LSCO, Hg-1201, and Tl-2201.

  6. Electrodeposited Ag-Stabilization Layer for High Temperature Superconducting Coated Conductors: Preprint

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    Bhattacharya, R. N.; Mann, J.; Qiao, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Selvamanickam, V.

    2010-11-01

    We developed a non-aqueous based electrodepostion process of Ag-stabilization layer on YBCO superconductor tapes. The non-aqueous electroplating solution is non-reactive to the HTS layer thus does not detoriate the critical current capability of the superconductor layer when plated directly on the HTS tape. The superconducting current capabilities of these tapes were measured by non-contact magnetic measurements.

  7. Superconducting magnetic coil

    DOEpatents

    Aized, Dawood; Schwall, Robert E.

    1999-06-22

    A superconducting magnetic coil includes a plurality of sections positioned axially along the longitudinal axis of the coil, each section being formed of an anisotropic high temperature superconductor material wound about a longitudinal axis of the coil and having an associated critical current value that is dependent on the orientation of the magnetic field of the coil. The cross section of the superconductor, or the type of superconductor material, at sections along the axial and radial axes of the coil are changed to provide an increased critical current at those regions where the magnetic field is oriented more perpendicularly to the conductor plane, to thereby increase the critical current at these regions and to maintain an overall higher critical current of the coil.

  8. Superconducting magnetic coil

    DOEpatents

    Aized, D.; Schwall, R.E.

    1999-06-22

    A superconducting magnetic coil includes a plurality of sections positioned axially along the longitudinal axis of the coil, each section being formed of an anisotropic high temperature superconductor material wound about a longitudinal axis of the coil and having an associated critical current value that is dependent on the orientation of the magnetic field of the coil. The cross section of the superconductor, or the type of superconductor material, at sections along the axial and radial axes of the coil are changed to provide an increased critical current at those regions where the magnetic field is oriented more perpendicularly to the conductor plane, to thereby increase the critical current at these regions and to maintain an overall higher critical current of the coil. 15 figs.

  9. Superconducting magnetic coil

    DOEpatents

    Aized, Dawood; Schwall, Robert E.

    1996-06-11

    A superconducting magnetic coil includes a plurality of sections positioned axially along the longitudinal axis of the coil, each section being formed of an anisotropic high temperature superconductor material wound about a longitudinal axis of the coil and having an associated critical current value that is dependent on the orientation of the magnetic field of the coil. The cross section of the superconductor, or the type of superconductor material, at sections along the axial and radial axes of the coil are changed to provide an increased critical current at those regions where the magnetic field is oriented more perpendicularly to the conductor plane, to thereby increase the critical current at these regions and to maintain an overall higher critical current of the coil.

  10. Anisotropic ray trace

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    Lam, Wai Sze Tiffany

    Optical components made of anisotropic materials, such as crystal polarizers and crystal waveplates, are widely used in many complex optical system, such as display systems, microlithography, biomedical imaging and many other optical systems, and induce more complex aberrations than optical components made of isotropic materials. The goal of this dissertation is to accurately simulate the performance of optical systems with anisotropic materials using polarization ray trace. This work extends the polarization ray tracing calculus to incorporate ray tracing through anisotropic materials, including uniaxial, biaxial and optically active materials. The 3D polarization ray tracing calculus is an invaluable tool for analyzing polarization properties of an optical system. The 3x3 polarization ray tracing P matrix developed for anisotropic ray trace assists tracking the 3D polarization transformations along a ray path with series of surfaces in an optical system. To better represent the anisotropic light-matter interactions, the definition of the P matrix is generalized to incorporate not only the polarization change at a refraction/reflection interface, but also the induced optical phase accumulation as light propagates through the anisotropic medium. This enables realistic modeling of crystalline polarization elements, such as crystal waveplates and crystal polarizers. The wavefront and polarization aberrations of these anisotropic components are more complex than those of isotropic optical components and can be evaluated from the resultant P matrix for each eigen-wavefront as well as for the overall image. One incident ray refracting or reflecting into an anisotropic medium produces two eigenpolarizations or eigenmodes propagating in different directions. The associated ray parameters of these modes necessary for the anisotropic ray trace are described in Chapter 2. The algorithms to calculate the P matrix from these ray parameters are described in Chapter 3 for

  11. Chemical solution approaches to YBa2Cu3O7_delta-Au nanocomposite superconducting thin films.

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    Martínez-Julián, F; Ricart, S; Pomar, A; Col, M; Abellán, P; Sandiumenge, F; Casanove, M J; Obradors, X; Puig, T; Pastoriza-Santos, I; Liz-Marzán, L M

    2011-04-01

    We explore the feasibility of preparing YBa2CU3O7-Au (YBCO-Au) nanocomposite thin films by chemical solution deposition (CSD). Two approaches were used: (i) A standard in-situ methodology where Au metallorganic salts are added into the precursor solution of YBCO trifluoroacetate (TFA) salts and (ii) a novel approach where stable colloidal solutions of preformed gold nanoparticles (5-15 nm) were homogeneously mixed with TFA-YBCO solutions. A detailed analysis of the microstructure of the films showed that in both cases, there is a strong tendency of gold nanoparticles to migrate to the film surface. However the kinetics of this migration evidences important differences and in the case of preformed nanoparticles their size remains unchanged (a few nanometers) whereas for the in-situ nanocomposites gold ripening leads to large particles (hundreds of nanometers). The grown YBCO-Au films showed good superconducting characteristics (J(c) 2 MA/cm2 at 77 K) but the absence of Au inclusions inside the YBCO matrix explains the fact that no enhancement of vortex pinning was observed. PMID:21776693

  12. YBCO coated conductors on highly textured Pd-buffered Ni-W tape

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    Celentano, G.; Galluzzi, V.; Mancini, A.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Augieri, A.; Petrisor, T.; Ciontea, L.; Gambardella, U.

    2006-06-01

    High critical current density YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors were obtained on cube textured Ni-W. The use of a Pd transient layer as a first buffer led to a sharp out-of-plane grains alignment of the CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 buffer layer. YBCO films grown on this template exhibit an out-of-plane orientation with a full width at half maximum of about 3°, less than 50% of the respective starting Ni-W value. Despite the complete interdiffusion between Ni-W and Pd after the YBCO film deposition, the coated conductors exhibit good film adherence as well as a crack free and smooth surface of the YBCO film. YBCO thin films show critical temperature values above than 88 K and a critical current density of 2.1 MA/cm2 at 77 K and self field.

  13. Critical Current Properties in Longitudinal Magnetic Field of YBCO Superconductor with APC

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    Kido, R.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Matsushita, T.; Jha, A. K.; Matsumoto, K.

    The critical current density (Jc) properties of the Artificial Pinning Center (APC) introduced YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) films in the longitudinal magnetic field were measured. Y2O3 or Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) was introduced as APCs to YBCO, and YBCO films with APC were fabricated on SrTiO3 single crystal substrate. The sizes of Y2O3 and Y211 were 5-10 nm and 10-20 nm, respectively. As a result, Jc enhancement in the longitudinal magnetic field was observed in Y2O3 introduced YBCO films. However, it was not observed in Y211 introduced YBCO films. Therefore, it was considered that Jc properties in the longitudinal magnetic field were affected by introducing of small size APC, and it was necessary that APC does not disturb the current pathway in the superconductor.

  14. The effects of magnetization process on levitation characteristics of a superconducting bulk magnet

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    Jiang, J.; Gong, Y. M.; Li, Y. H.; Liang, G.; Yang, X. S.; Cheng, C. H.; Zhao, Y.

    2015-09-01

    In this paper, a bulk YBCO superconductor was magnetized in a chosen magnetic field generated from a superconducting magnet (SM) after field cooling process. The effects of magnetization process with different magnetization intensities on levitation forces and relaxation characteristics were investigated. From the results, it can be confirmed that the superconducting bulk magnet (SBM) magnetized with proper magnetization intensity was beneficial to improve the levitation characteristics of the magnetic levitation system. Nevertheless, when the magnetization intensity exceeded 0.85T, the levitation forces and the relaxation characteristics of the SBM attained saturation.

  15. Anisotropic Paramagnetic Meissner Effect by Spin-Orbit Coupling

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    Espedal, Camilla; Yokoyama, Takehito; Linder, Jacob

    2016-03-01

    Conventional s -wave superconductors repel an external magnetic field. However, a recent experiment [A. Di Bernardo et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 041021 (2015)] has tailored the electromagnetic response of superconducting correlations via adjacent magnetic materials. We consider another route of altering the Meissner effect where spin-orbit interactions induce an anisotropic Meissner response that changes sign depending on the field orientation. The tunable electromagnetic response opens new paths in the utilization of hybrid systems comprising magnets and superconductors.

  16. Synthesis of YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) and Y2BaCuO5 nanocrystalline powders for YBCO superconductors using carbon nanotube templates.

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    Shi, Yunhua; Hasan, Tawfique; Babu, Nadendla H; Torrisi, Felice; Milana, Silvia; Ferrari, Andrea C; Cardwell, David A

    2012-06-26

    We fabricate nanosized superconducting YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-δ) (Y-123) and nonsuperconducting Y(2)BaCuO(5) (Y-211) powders using carbon nanotubes as template. The mean particle size of Y-123 and Y-211 is 12 and 30 nm, respectively. The superconducting transition temperature of the Y-123 nanopowder is 90.9 K, similar to that of commercial, micrometer-scale powders fabricated by conventional processing. The elimination of carbon and the formation of a high purity superconducting phase both on the micro- and macroscale is confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. We also demonstrate improvement in the superconducting properties of YBCO single grain bulk samples fabricated using the nanosize Y-211 powder, both in terms of trapped field and critical current density. The former reaches 553 mT at 77 K, with a ∼20% improvement compared to samples fabricated from commercial powders. Thus, our processing method is an effective source of pinning centers in single grain superconductors. PMID:22642322

  17. Ultra low noise YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} nano superconducting quantum interference devices implementing nanowires

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    Arpaia, R.; Arzeo, M.; Nawaz, S.; Charpentier, S.; Lombardi, F.; Bauch, T.

    2014-02-17

    We present results on ultra low noise YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7–δ} (YBCO) nano Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices (nanoSQUIDs). To realize such devices, we implemented high quality YBCO nanowires, working as weak links between two electrodes. We observe critical current modulation as a function of an externally applied magnetic field in the full temperature range below the transition temperature T{sub C}. The white flux noise below 1μΦ{sub 0}/√(Hz) at T=8 K makes our nanoSQUIDs very attractive for the detection of small spin systems.

  18. In-situ superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 thin films grown by ion beam co-deposition

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    James, J. H.; Kellett, B. J.; Gauzzi, A.; Dwir, B.; Pavuna, D.

    1989-12-01

    We present superconducting YBa2C3O7 (YBCO) thin films grown in-situ by three-ion-beam sputtering. Y, Y2O3, Cu, Cu2O, BaF2 and BaCO3 sputter targets have been investigated. The highest quality films were prepared using a BaCO3 target. Auger analysis of films grown using a BaCO3 target show no carbon content. Y2O3 and Cu2O are more suitable than the native metals as sputter targets for YBCO growth as they are much less prone to sputter rate variations with oxygen partial pressure. They also supply oxygen to the growing film. As-deposited YBCO films are metallic (resistivity 240 μΩ cm at 100 K), reflective, and of highly homogeneous composition with TCO transition temperatures of 73 K and transition widths of 15 K. Post-annealing in flowing oxygen improves TCO's to 82 K. Critical currents are in excess of 105 A cm-2 at 77 K. Films are textured with c-axis orientation perpendicular to the (100) SrTiO3 substrate surface. As-deposited superconducting YBCO films have also been prepared on SiO2 and Y2O3 buffer layers on Si wafers.

  19. Superconductivity-induced magnetization depletion in a ferromagnet through an insulator in a ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor hybrid oxide heterostructure.

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    Prajapat, C L; Singh, Surendra; Paul, Amitesh; Bhattacharya, D; Singh, M R; Mattauch, S; Ravikumar, G; Basu, S

    2016-05-21

    Coupling between superconducting and ferromagnetic states in hybrid oxide heterostructures is presently a topic of intense research. Such a coupling is due to the leakage of the Cooper pairs into the ferromagnet. However, tunneling of the Cooper pairs though an insulator was never considered plausible. Using depth sensitive polarized neutron reflectivity we demonstrate the coupling between superconductor and magnetic layers in epitaxial La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO)/SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) hybrid heterostructures, with SrTiO3 as an intervening oxide insulator layer between the ferromagnet and the superconductor. Measurements above and below the superconducting transition temperature (TSC) of YBCO demonstrate a large modulation of magnetization in the ferromagnetic layer below the TSC of YBCO in these heterostructures. This work highlights a unique tunneling phenomenon between the epitaxial layers of an oxide superconductor (YBCO) and a magnetic layer (LCMO) through an insulating layer. Our work would inspire further investigations on the fundamental aspect of a long range order of the triplet spin-pairing in hybrid structures. PMID:27124772

  20. Superconductivity-induced magnetization depletion in a ferromagnet through an insulator in a ferromagnet-insulator-superconductor hybrid oxide heterostructure

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    Prajapat, C. L.; Singh, Surendra; Paul, Amitesh; Bhattacharya, D.; Singh, M. R.; Mattauch, S.; Ravikumar, G.; Basu, S.

    2016-05-01

    Coupling between superconducting and ferromagnetic states in hybrid oxide heterostructures is presently a topic of intense research. Such a coupling is due to the leakage of the Cooper pairs into the ferromagnet. However, tunneling of the Cooper pairs though an insulator was never considered plausible. Using depth sensitive polarized neutron reflectivity we demonstrate the coupling between superconductor and magnetic layers in epitaxial La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO)/SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) hybrid heterostructures, with SrTiO3 as an intervening oxide insulator layer between the ferromagnet and the superconductor. Measurements above and below the superconducting transition temperature (TSC) of YBCO demonstrate a large modulation of magnetization in the ferromagnetic layer below the TSC of YBCO in these heterostructures. This work highlights a unique tunneling phenomenon between the epitaxial layers of an oxide superconductor (YBCO) and a magnetic layer (LCMO) through an insulating layer. Our work would inspire further investigations on the fundamental aspect of a long range order of the triplet spin-pairing in hybrid structures.

  1. Rapid and semi-analytical design and simulation of a toroidal magnet made with YBCO and MgB2 superconductors

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    Dimitrov, I. K.; Zhang, X.; Solovyov, V. F.; Chubar, O.; Li, Qiang

    2015-07-07

    Recent advances in second-generation (YBCO) high-temperature superconducting wire could potentially enable the design of super high performance energy storage devices that combine the high energy density of chemical storage with the high power of superconducting magnetic storage. However, the high aspect ratio and the considerable filament size of these wires require the concomitant development of dedicated optimization methods that account for the critical current density in type-II superconductors. In this study, we report on the novel application and results of a CPU-efficient semianalytical computer code based on the Radia 3-D magnetostatics software package. Our algorithm is used to simulate and optimize the energy density of a superconducting magnetic energy storage device model, based on design constraints, such as overall size and number of coils. The rapid performance of the code is pivoted on analytical calculations of the magnetic field based on an efficient implementation of the Biot-Savart law for a large variety of 3-D “base” geometries in the Radia package. The significantly reduced CPU time and simple data input in conjunction with the consideration of realistic input variables, such as material-specific, temperature, and magnetic-field-dependent critical current densities, have enabled the Radia-based algorithm to outperform finite-element approaches in CPU time at the same accuracy levels. Comparative simulations of MgB2 and YBCO-based devices are performed at 4.2 K, in order to ascertain the realistic efficiency of the design configurations.

  2. Rapid and semi-analytical design and simulation of a toroidal magnet made with YBCO and MgB2 superconductors

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    Dimitrov, I. K.; Zhang, X.; Solovyov, V. F.; Chubar, O.; Li, Qiang

    2015-07-07

    Recent advances in second-generation (YBCO) high-temperature superconducting wire could potentially enable the design of super high performance energy storage devices that combine the high energy density of chemical storage with the high power of superconducting magnetic storage. However, the high aspect ratio and the considerable filament size of these wires require the concomitant development of dedicated optimization methods that account for the critical current density in type-II superconductors. In this study, we report on the novel application and results of a CPU-efficient semianalytical computer code based on the Radia 3-D magnetostatics software package. Our algorithm is used to simulate andmore » optimize the energy density of a superconducting magnetic energy storage device model, based on design constraints, such as overall size and number of coils. The rapid performance of the code is pivoted on analytical calculations of the magnetic field based on an efficient implementation of the Biot-Savart law for a large variety of 3-D “base” geometries in the Radia package. The significantly reduced CPU time and simple data input in conjunction with the consideration of realistic input variables, such as material-specific, temperature, and magnetic-field-dependent critical current densities, have enabled the Radia-based algorithm to outperform finite-element approaches in CPU time at the same accuracy levels. Comparative simulations of MgB2 and YBCO-based devices are performed at 4.2 K, in order to ascertain the realistic efficiency of the design configurations.« less

  3. A flat cable with resistively joined YBCO stripes

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    Polák, M.; Mozola, P.

    2010-02-01

    A model of a flat AC cable with resistively joined strips of a Y1Ba2Cu3Ox (YBCO)-coated conductor was prepared. I-V curves, losses in AC external magnetic field and losses due to AC transport current at various frequencies up to 453 Hz were measured. The critical current of the cable at 77 K and self-field was ~160 A. It is shown that the resistive losses in the joints between the stripes do not significantly contribute to the total cable losses exposed to an AC external magnetic field.

  4. Microstructure and levitation properties of floating zone melted YBCO samples

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    Bashkirov, Yu.A.; Fleishman, L.S.; Vdovin, A.B.; Zubritsky, I.A.; Smirnov, V.V.; Vinogradov, A.V.

    1994-07-01

    Radiation zone melting has been used to produce texture in sintered YBCO cylindrical samples. Microstructural analysis by electron microscopy and pole figure measurements reveals that the production process gives rise to a preferential orientation within large domains. D.C. transport measurements show that changes in alignment orientation can result in the inability to carry a transport current. Both a.c. magnetic field shielding and levitation properties are substantially improved by the floating zone melting, the levitation force being increased with the texture domain size growth.

  5. Quench Propagation Studies Using A Small Bifilar YBCO Coil

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    Shiroyanagi, Y; Sampson, W; Ghosh, A

    2012-10-03

    Quench propagation was studied in a small bifilar coil wound from YBCO tape. Measurements were made at 77 K in self-field and at 4.2 K with an applied field. The velocity of quench propagation at 4.2 K was observed to be about an order of magnitude faster than at 77 K both in the longitudinal and transverse directions. During the course of this experiment the conductor damage limit characterized by ∫I2dt was also estimated. Details of the experiment and results are presented in this paper

  6. The magnetisation profiles and ac magnetisation losses in a single layer YBCO thin film caused by travelling magnetic field waves

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    Wang, Wei; Coombs, Timothy

    2015-05-01

    This paper studies the magnetisation and ac magnetisation losses caused by a travelling magnetic wave on a single-layer YBCO thin film. This work provides thorough investigations on how the critical magnetic field gradient has been changed by the application of a travelling wave. Several conditions were studied such as zero-field cooling (ZFC), field cooling (FC) and a delta-shaped trapped field. It was found that the travelling wave tends to attenuate the existing critical magnetic field gradients in all these conditions. This interesting magnetic behaviour can be well predicted by the finite element (FEM) software with the E-J power law and Maxwell’s equations. The numerical simulations show that the existing critical current density has been compromised after applying the travelling wave. The magnetisation profile caused by the travelling wave is very different from the standing wave, while the magnetisation based on the standing wave can be interpreted by the Bean model and constant current density assumption. Based on the numerical method, which has reliability that has been solidly proven in the study, we have extended the study to the ac magnetisation losses. Comparisons were made between the travelling wave and the standing wave for this specific YBCO sample. It was found that by applying the magnetic wave of the same amplitude, the ac magnetisation loss caused by the travelling wave is about 1/3 of that caused by the standing wave. These results are helpful in understanding the general magnetism problems and ac magnetisation loss in the travelling magnetic wave conditions such as inside a high temperature superconducting (HTS) rotating machine, etc.

  7. Superconductivity in Russia: Update and prospects

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    Ozhogin, V.

    1995-01-01

    The research projects and new technological developments that have occured in Russia are highlighted in this document. Some of the research discussed includes: x-ray structure analysis of YBCO superconducting single crystals and accompanying phase transformations; the role of electron-electron interaction in High Temperature Superconductors (HTSC); the formation of Cooper pairs in crystals; the synthesis and research on a new family of superconductors based on complex copper and mercury oxides (HgBa2CuO4 + alpha and HgBa2CaCu2O6 + alpha); methods for the extraction of higher (up to C200) fullerenes and metalfullerenides has been developed; and process of production of Josephson junctions and development of SQUID's.

  8. Superconducting Fault Current Limiter for Transmission Voltage

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    Kraemer, Hans-Peter; Schmidt, Wolfgang; Cai, Hong; Gamble, Bruce; Madura, David; MacDonald, Tim; McNamara, Joe; Romanosky, Walther; Snitchler, Greg; Lallouet, Nicolas; Schmidt, Frank; Ahmed, Syed

    Within a collaboration of American Superconductor, Siemens, Nexans and Southern California Edison one electrical phase of a resistive superconducting fault current limiter for the 115 kV transmission voltage level has been designed and manufactured. The active part of the limiter consists of 63 bifilar coils made of 12 mm wide steel-stabilized YBCO conductor and is housed in a cryostat operated at 5 bar and 74 K. The first phase was completely assembled and successfully subjected to power switching tests and high voltage tests. The basic design of the system and the test results are reported. The work was funded in part by US-DOE under Contract Number DE-FC26-07NT43243.

  9. Superconducting Memristors

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    Peotta, Sebastiano; Di Ventra, Massimiliano

    2014-09-01

    In his original work, Josephson predicted that a phase-dependent conductance should be present in superconducting tunnel junctions, an effect difficult to detect, mainly because it is hard to single it out from the usual nondissipative Josephson current. We propose a solution for this problem that consists of using different superconducting materials to realize the two junctions of a superconducting interferometer. According to the Ambegaokar-Baratoff relation the two junctions have different conductances if the critical currents are equal, thus the Josephson current can be suppressed by fixing the magnetic flux in the loop at half of a flux quantum without canceling the phase-dependent conductance. Our proposal can be used to study the phase-dependent conductance, an effect present in principle in all superconducting weak links. From the standpoint of nonlinear circuit theory, such a device is in fact an ideal memristor with possible applications to memories and neuromorphic computing in the framework of ultrafast and low-energy-consumption superconducting digital circuits.

  10. Anisotropic metamaterial optical fibers.

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    Pratap, Dheeraj; Anantha Ramakrishna, S; Pollock, Justin G; Iyer, Ashwin K

    2015-04-01

    Internal physical structure can drastically modify the properties of waveguides: photonic crystal fibers are able to confine light inside a hollow air core by Bragg scattering from a periodic array of holes, while metamaterial loaded waveguides for microwaves can support propagation at frequencies well below cutoff. Anisotropic metamaterials assembled into cylindrically symmetric geometries constitute light-guiding structures that support new kinds of exotic modes. A microtube of anodized nanoporous alumina, with nanopores radially emanating from the inner wall to the outer surface, is a manifestation of such an anisotropic metamaterial optical fiber. The nanopores, when filled with a plasmonic metal such as silver or gold, greatly increase the electromagnetic anisotropy. The modal solutions in such anisotropic circular waveguides can be uncommon Bessel functions with imaginary orders. PMID:25968741

  11. A study of planar structures formed on the modified Al2O3 surfaces determining the topology of superconducting elements during YBa2Cu3O7- d deposition

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    Masterov, D. V.; Pavlov, S. A.; Parafin, A. E.; Yunin, P. A.

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the structural and electrical properties of planar superconducting structures based on the YBa2Cu3O7- d (YBCO) epitaxial films obtained by preliminary modification of the substrate surface. A special master mask was formed on the substrates, so that, at the standard YBCO film deposition onto such a substrate, an insulator layer grew in the modified areas and a superconducting film, in the unmodified ones. Thus, the planar superconducting structure of a desired topology was formed, and the YBCO deposition finished the process. Using this technique, YBCO bridges with widths of 4, 10, and 50 μm on films of different thicknesses and a planar inductive coil were formed. The superconducting transition temperature of the bridges was about 90 K, and the critical current density at a temperature of 77 K was up to 3 MA/cm2. The Q factor of the planar inductive coil at a frequency of 85 MHz was 53000 at a temperature of 77 K.

  12. Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) Detection of Broken Time-Reversal Symmetry (BTRS) at Surfaces of YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x (YBCO) Thin Films

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    Pugel, D. E.

    2001-03-01

    High-Tc cuprate surfaces that break the reflection symmetry of the d-wave order parameter support bound excitations at the Fermi energy. The low-temperature (T ~0.1T_c)behavior of these bound excitations, measured as changes in the density of states, has been interpreted as a transition into a BTRS state(M. Covington et al)., Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 277 (1997)(R. Krupke & G. Deutscher, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 4634 (1999).)(L. H. Greene et al)., Physica B, 280, 159 (2000).. A definitive determination of surface BTRS requires a direct measurement of a spontaneous magnetic field. We adapt traditional X-band ( ~9GHz) ESR to directly search for BTRS at surfaces of optimally-doped,oriented YBCO thin films. This technique allows for spatially localized (<50nm), time-resolved (10-11s) measurements of surface magnetic fields. Organic spin probe crystallites, reduced to nanometer-scale diameters, are applied to (110),(103),(001) YBCO, non-superconducting cuprate isostructure (110) PrBa_2Cu_3O_7, and (100),(110) SrTiO3 surfaces. The resonance response of different spin probes on these surfaces is measured as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field direction. Temperature dependence of ESR spectra for these coated surfaces shows an additional magnetic field source appearing below ~10K for only those YBCO surfaces which break reflection symmetry. The transition is independent of applied field direction, indicating an additional field source that is spontaneous in origin. Results indicate a domain structure whose net magnetization points along [001](D. E. Pugel, Y.-M. Xia, M. B. Salamon, & L. H. Greene, Physica C 341-348, 2003 (2000))(D. E. Pugel, M. B. Salamon, M. B. Weissman, & L. H. Greene, Preprint (2000).).

  13. Protection of high temperature superconducting thin-films in a semiconductor processing environment

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    Xu, Yizi; Fiske, R.; Sanders, S.C.; Ekin, J.W.

    1996-12-31

    Annealing studies have been carried out for high temperature superconductor YBaCuO{sub 7{minus}{delta}} in a reducing ambient, in order to identify insulator layer(s) that will effectively protect the superconducting film in the hostile environment. While a layer of magnesium oxide (MgO) sputter deposited directly on YBaCuO{sub 7{minus}{delta}} film provides some degree of protection, the authors found that a composite structure of YBCO/SrTiO{sub 3}/MgO, where the SrTiO{sub 3} was grown by laser ablation immediately following YBCO deposition (in-situ process), was much more effective. They also address the need for a buffer layer between YBCO and aluminum (Al) during annealing. Al is most commenly used for semiconductor metalization, but is known to react readily with YBCO at elevated temperatures. The authors found that the most effective buffer layers are platinum (Pt) and gold/platinum (Au/Pt).

  14. Superconductive articles

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    Wu, X.D.; Muenchausen, R.E.

    1991-12-31

    An article of manufacture including a substrate, a patterned interlayer of magnesium oxide, barium-titanium oxide or barium-zirconium oxide, the patterned interlayer material overcoated with a secondary interlayer material of yttria-stabilized zirconia or magnesium-aluminum oxide, upon the surface of the substrate whereby an intermediate article with an exposed surface of both the overcoated patterned interlayer and the substrate is formed, a coating of a buffer layer selected from the group consisting of oxides of Ce, Y, Cm, Dy, Er, Eu, Fe, Gd, Ho, In, La, Mn, Lu, Nd, Pr, Pu, Sm, Tb, Tl, Tm, Y, and Yb over the entire exposed surface of the intermediate article, and, a ceramic superconductive material layer as an overcoat upon the buffer layer whereby the ceramic superconductive material situated directly above the substrate has a crystal structure substantially different than the ceramic superconductive material situated above the overcoated patterned interlayer.

  15. Superconducting magnets

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    Willen, E.; Dahl, P.; Herrera, J.

    1985-01-01

    This report provides a self-consistent description of a magnetic field in the aperture of a superconducting magnet and details how this field can be calculated in a magnet with cos theta current distribution in the coils. A description of an apparatus that can be used to measure the field uniformity in the aperture has been given. Finally, a detailed description of the magnet being developed for use in the Superconducting Super Collider is given. When this machine is built, it will be by far the largest application of superconductivity to date and promises to make possible the experimental discoveries needed to understand the basic laws of nature governing the world in which we live.

  16. Thermal stability of NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film seeds

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    Volochová, D.; Kavečanský, V.; Antal, V.; Diko, P.; Yao, X.

    2016-04-01

    Thermal stability of the Nd1+x Ba2-x Cu3O7-δ (Nd-123 or NdBCO) thin films deposited on MgO substrate, with YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y-123 or YBCO) buffer layer (NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film), has been experimentally studied in order to determine the optimal film thickness acting as seed for bulk YBCO growth. YBCO bulk superconductors with Y2BaCuO5 (Y-211) and CeO2 addition were prepared by the top seeded melt growth process in a chamber furnace using NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film seeds of different thicknesses (200-700 nm with 20 nm YBCO buffer layer) and different maximum temperatures, T max. The maximum temperatures varied in the range of 1040 °C-1125 °C. The highest thermal stability 1118 °C was observed in the case of NdBCO/YBCO/MgO thin film of 300 nm thickness. These results are corroborated with differential scanning calorimetry and high temperature x-ray diffraction measurements, as well as microstructure observations.

  17. Low ac loss geometries in YBCO coated conductors and impact on conductor stability

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    Duckworth, Robert C; List III, Frederick Alyious; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Rupich, M. W.; Zhang, W.; Xie, Y. Y.; Selvamanickam, V.

    2007-01-01

    Reduction of ac losses in applied ac fields can be accomplished through either the creation of filaments and bridging in YBCO coated conductors or an assembly of narrow width YBCO tapes. The ac losses for each of these geometries were measured at 77 K in perpendicular ac fields up to 100 mT. While ac loss reduction was achieved with YBCO filaments created through laser scribing and inkjet deposition, the assembly of stacked YBCO conductor provides an alternative method of ac loss reduction. When compared to a 4-mm wide YBCO coated conductor with a critical current of 60 A, the ac loss in a stack of 2-mm wide YBCO coated conductors with a similar total critical current was reduced. While the reduction in ac loss in a 2-mm wide stack coincided with the reduction in the engineering current density of the conductor, further reduction of ac loss was obtained through the splicing of the 2-mm wide tapes with low resistance solders. To better determine the practicality of these methods from a stability point of view, a numerical analysis was carried out to determine the influence of bridging and splicing on stability of a YBCO coated conductor for both liquid nitrogen-cooled and conduction cooled geometries.

  18. PREFACE: Superconducting materials Superconducting materials

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    Charfi Kaddour, Samia; Singleton, John; Haddad, Sonia

    2011-11-01

    The discovery of superconductivity in 1911 was a great milestone in condensed matter physics. This discovery has resulted in an enormous amount of research activity. Collaboration among chemists and physicists, as well as experimentalists and theoreticians has given rise to very rich physics with significant potential applications ranging from electric power transmission to quantum information. Several superconducting materials have been synthesized. Crucial progress was made in 1987 with the discovery of high temperature superconductivity in copper-based compounds (cuprates) which have revealed new fascinating properties. Innovative theoretical tools have been developed to understand the striking features of cuprates which have remained for three decades the 'blue-eyed boy' for researchers in superconductor physics. The history of superconducting materials has been notably marked by the discovery of other compounds, particularly organic superconductors which despite their low critical temperature continue to attract great interest regarding their exotic properties. Last but not least, the recent observation of superconductivity in iron-based materials (pnictides) has renewed hope in reaching room temperature superconductivity. However, despite intense worldwide studies, several features related to this phenomenon remain unveiled. One of the fundamental key questions is the mechanism by which superconductivity takes place. Superconductors continue to hide their 'secret garden'. The new trends in the physics of superconductivity have been one of the two basic topics of the International Conference on Conducting Materials (ICoCoM2010) held in Sousse,Tunisia on 3-7 November 2010 and organized by the Tunisian Physical Society. The conference was a nice opportunity to bring together participants from multidisciplinary domains in the physics of superconductivity. This special section contains papers submitted by participants who gave an oral contribution at ICoCoM2010

  19. Scaling rules for critical current density in anisotropic biaxial superconductors

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    Li, Yingxu; Kang, Guozheng; Gao, Yuanwen

    2016-06-01

    Recent researches highlight the additional anisotropic crystallographic axis within the superconducting plane of high temperature superconductors (HTS), demonstrating the superconducting anisotropy of HTS is better understood in the biaxial frame than the previous uniaxial coordinates within the superconducting layer. To quantitatively evaluate the anisotropy of flux pinning and critical current density in HTS, we extend the scaling rule for single-vortex collective pinning in uniaxial superconductors to account for flux-bundle collective pinning in biaxial superconductors. The scaling results show that in a system of random uncorrected point defects, the field dependence of the critical current density is described by a unified function with the scaled magnetic field of the isotropic superconductor. The obtained angular dependence of the critical current density depicts the main features of experimental observations, considering possible corrections due to the strong-pinning interaction.

  20. Growth process of BaZrO3 doped YBCO films by TFA-MOD method

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    Konya, K.; Masuda, Y.; Teranishi, R.; Kiss, T.; Munetoh, S.; Yamada, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.

    Crystal growth process of YBa2Cu3O7-X (YBCO) films with BaZrO3 (BZO) pinning centers were investigated to enhance JC property by controlling microstructure of the films. The YBCO films were fabricated by a metal organic deposition (MOD) method using solutions with trifluoroacetates (TFA) and Zr-salts. Quenched films were prepared by cooling them rapidly during crystallization process and crystallized phases were identified by an X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement. It is indicating that BZO forms at lower temperature than that of YBCO formation and that BZO and BaF2 are crystallized at the similar temperature range around 700°C. Then, we kept the heating temperature which is under 600°C before crystallization temperature of YBCO and investigated the effect of temperature keeping on film growth. In the film kept for more than 3 hours, BZO peak was detected by XRD measurement. However, BZO particles were not observed in the film even kept for 9 hours by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDS) analyses. It is indicated that growth rate of BZO is slow at 600°C. On the other hand, smaller YBCO particles and decreasing of surface roughness (Ra) were observed for the film which were kept at 600°C for 3 hours and then crystallized. This result suggests the density of YBCO film is higher than that for YBCO without that process. In summary, it can be considered that YBCO film density become high by temperature keeping process below 600°C before YBCO crystallization and that size of BZO particles are determined by heat treatment at the temperature of above 600°C

  1. Magnetism in EuBCO and YBCO vortex states near and below Tc

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    Schwartz, R.; Browne, M. C.; Boekema, C.

    2012-02-01

    By means of MaxEnt-μSR [1] analysis, we investigate transverse field μSR data [2] of EuBa2Cu3O7-δgEuBCO; Tc = 93 K). Our focus is on a temperature interval near Tc to search for precursor effects, [3] and for predicted [4a] pseudogap loop currents above and below Tc, already observed [4b] above Tc for GdBCO. Further, we continue to study the field-direction dependence of the predicted [5a] and observed [5b] antiferromagnetism (AF) below 0.5Tc for the vortex states in c-axis-oriented YBCO. This AF in and near the vortex cores is likely three-dimensional. In sum, magnetic roots of cuprate superconductivity are well plausible. Research is supported by LANL-DOE, REU-NSF and AFC. [4pt] [1] C Boekema and MC Browne, AIP Conf Proc #1073 (2008) 260.[0pt] [2] DW Cooke et al, Phys Rev B 39 (1989) 2748.[0pt] [3] B Aguilar, C Boekema et al, Bull Am Phys Soc 37 (1992).[0pt] [4a] CM Varma, Phys Rev Lett 83 (1999) 3538.[0pt] [4b] T Songatikamas et al, J Supercond & Novel Magn 23 (2010) 793.[0pt] [5a] S-C Zhang, Science 275 (1997) 1089; H-D Chen et al, Phys Rev B70 (2004) 024516.[0pt] [5b] C. Boekema et al, J Phys Conf Series, 150 (2009) 052022. http://jpcs.iop.org/LT25

  2. Inter-strand current sharing and ac loss measurements in superconducting YBCO Roebel cables

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    Majoros, M.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.; Long, N. J.

    2015-04-08

    A Roebel cable, one twist pitch long, was modified from its as-received state by soldering copper strips between the strands to provide inter-strand connections enabling current sharing. Various DC transport currents (representing different percentages of its critical current) were applied to a single strand of such a modified cable at 77 K in a liquid nitrogen bath. Simultaneous monitoring of I–V curves in different parts of the strand as well as in its interconnections with other strands was made using a number of sensitive Keithley nanovoltmeters in combination with a multichannel high-speed data acquisition card, all controlled via LabView software. Current sharing onset was observed at about 1.02 of strand Ic. At a strand current of 1.3Ic about 5% of the current was shared through the copper strip interconnections. A finite element method modeling was performed to estimate the inter-strand resistivities required to enable different levels of current sharing. The relative contributions of coupling and hysteretic magnetization (and loss) were compared, and for our cable and tape geometry, and at dB/dt=1 T s-1, and our inter-strand resistance of 0.77 mΩ, (enabling a current sharing of 5% at 1.3Ic) the coupling component was 0.32% of the hysteretic component. However, inter-strand contact resistance values of 100–1000 times smaller (close to those of NbTi and Nb3Sn based accelerator cables) would make the coupling components comparable in size to the hysteretic components.

  3. Inter-strand current sharing and ac loss measurements in superconducting YBCO Roebel cables

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    sumption, Mike; Majoros, Milan; Collings, E. W.; Van der Laan, D. C.

    2014-11-07

    A Roebel cable, one twist pitch long, was modified from its as-received state by soldering copper strips between the strands to provide inter-strand connections enabling current sharing. Various DC transport currents (representing different percentages of its critical current) were applied to a single strand of such a modified cable at 77 K in a liquid nitrogen bath. Simultaneous monitoring of I–V curves in different parts of the strand as well as in its interconnections with other strands was made using a number of sensitive Keithley nanovoltmeters in combination with a multichannel high-speed data acquisition card, all controlled via LabView software.more » Current sharing onset was observed at about 1.02 of strand Ic. At a strand current of 1.3Ic about 5% of the current was shared through the copper strip interconnections. A finite element method modeling was performed to estimate the inter-strand resistivities required to enable different levels of current sharing. The relative contributions of coupling and hysteretic magnetization (and loss) were compared, and for our cable and tape geometry, and at dB/dt=1 T s-1, and our inter-strand resistance of 0.77 mΩ, (enabling a current sharing of 5% at 1.3Ic ) the coupling component was 0.32% of the hysteretic component. However, inter-strand contact resistance values of 100–1000 times smaller (close to those of NbTi and Nb3Sn based accelerator cables) would make the coupling components comparable in size to the hysteretic components.« less

  4. Inter-strand current sharing and ac loss measurements in superconducting YBCO Roebel cables

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    Majoros, M.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.; Long, N. J.

    2015-04-08

    A Roebel cable, one twist pitch long, was modified from its as-received state by soldering copper strips between the strands to provide inter-strand connections enabling current sharing. Various DC transport currents (representing different percentages of its critical current) were applied to a single strand of such a modified cable at 77 K in a liquid nitrogen bath. Simultaneous monitoring of I–V curves in different parts of the strand as well as in its interconnections with other strands was made using a number of sensitive Keithley nanovoltmeters in combination with a multichannel high-speed data acquisition card, all controlled via LabView software.more » Current sharing onset was observed at about 1.02 of strand Ic. At a strand current of 1.3Ic about 5% of the current was shared through the copper strip interconnections. A finite element method modeling was performed to estimate the inter-strand resistivities required to enable different levels of current sharing. The relative contributions of coupling and hysteretic magnetization (and loss) were compared, and for our cable and tape geometry, and at dB/dt=1 T s-1, and our inter-strand resistance of 0.77 mΩ, (enabling a current sharing of 5% at 1.3Ic) the coupling component was 0.32% of the hysteretic component. However, inter-strand contact resistance values of 100–1000 times smaller (close to those of NbTi and Nb3Sn based accelerator cables) would make the coupling components comparable in size to the hysteretic components.« less

  5. Inter-strand current sharing and ac loss measurements in superconducting YBCO Roebel cables

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    Majoros, M.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.; Long, N. J.

    2015-05-01

    A Roebel cable, one twist pitch long, was modified from its as-received state by soldering copper strips between the strands to provide inter-strand connections enabling current sharing. Various DC transport currents (representing different percentages of its critical current) were applied to a single strand of such a modified cable at 77 K in a liquid nitrogen bath. Simultaneous monitoring of I-V curves in different parts of the strand as well as in its interconnections with other strands was made using a number of sensitive Keithley nanovoltmeters in combination with a multi-channel high-speed data acquisition card, all controlled via LabView software. Current sharing onset was observed at about 1.02 of strand Ic. At a strand current of 1.3Ic about 5% of the current was shared through the copper strip interconnections. A finite element method modeling was performed to estimate the inter-strand resistivities required to enable different levels of current sharing. The relative contributions of coupling and hysteretic magnetization (and loss) were compared, and for our cable and tape geometry, and at dB/dt = 1 T s-1, and our inter-strand resistance of 0.77 mΩ, (enabling a current sharing of 5% at 1.3Ic ) the coupling component was 0.32% of the hysteretic component. However, inter-strand contact resistance values of 100-1000 times smaller (close to those of NbTi and Nb3Sn based accelerator cables) would make the coupling components comparable in size to the hysteretic components.

  6. Inter-strand current sharing and ac loss measurements in superconducting YBCO Roebel cables

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    sumption, Mike; Majoros, Milan; Collings, E. W.; Van der Laan, D. C.

    2014-11-07

    A Roebel cable, one twist pitch long, was modified from its as-received state by soldering copper strips between the strands to provide inter-strand connections enabling current sharing. Various DC transport currents (representing different percentages of its critical current) were applied to a single strand of such a modified cable at 77 K in a liquid nitrogen bath. Simultaneous monitoring of I–V curves in different parts of the strand as well as in its interconnections with other strands was made using a number of sensitive Keithley nanovoltmeters in combination with a multichannel high-speed data acquisition card, all controlled via LabView software. Current sharing onset was observed at about 1.02 of strand Ic. At a strand current of 1.3Ic about 5% of the current was shared through the copper strip interconnections. A finite element method modeling was performed to estimate the inter-strand resistivities required to enable different levels of current sharing. The relative contributions of coupling and hysteretic magnetization (and loss) were compared, and for our cable and tape geometry, and at dB/dt=1 T s-1, and our inter-strand resistance of 0.77 mΩ, (enabling a current sharing of 5% at 1.3Ic ) the coupling component was 0.32% of the hysteretic component. However, inter-strand contact resistance values of 100–1000 times smaller (close to those of NbTi and Nb3Sn based accelerator cables) would make the coupling components comparable in size to the hysteretic components.

  7. Anisotropic eddy viscosity models

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    Carati, D.; Cabot, W.

    1996-01-01

    A general discussion on the structure of the eddy viscosity tensor in anisotropic flows is presented. The systematic use of tensor symmetries and flow symmetries is shown to reduce drastically the number of independent parameters needed to describe the rank 4 eddy viscosity tensor. The possibility of using Onsager symmetries for simplifying further the eddy viscosity is discussed explicitly for the axisymmetric geometry.

  8. Dynamics of Anisotropic Universes

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    Perez, Jérôme

    2006-11-01

    We present a general study of the dynamical properties of Anisotropic Bianchi Universes in the context of Einstein General Relativity. Integrability results using Kovalevskaya exponents are reported and connected to general knowledge about Bianchi dynamics. Finally, dynamics toward singularity in Bianchi type VIII and IX universes are showed to be equivalent in some precise sence.

  9. Hybrid Anisotropic Micromesh

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    Gutzov, S.; Danchova, N.; Tsekov, R.; Barreno, I.; Ruiz del Portal, X.; Ulbikas, J.

    2015-10-01

    A new hybrid woven micromesh containing metal and polyester wires with a 2D porosity of about 30% has been created. The anisotropic microcomposite is developed as a new material with wide applications in thermal and electrical engineering. The mesh material is carefully characterized using electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, chemical analysis, thermal conductivity measurements and differential scanning calorimetry.

  10. Anisotropic Ambient Volume Shading.

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    Ament, Marco; Dachsbacher, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel method to compute anisotropic shading for direct volume rendering to improve the perception of the orientation and shape of surface-like structures. We determine the scale-aware anisotropy of a shading point by analyzing its ambient region. We sample adjacent points with similar scalar values to perform a principal component analysis by computing the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the covariance matrix. In particular, we estimate the tangent directions, which serve as the tangent frame for anisotropic bidirectional reflectance distribution functions. Moreover, we exploit the ratio of the eigenvalues to measure the magnitude of the anisotropy at each shading point. Altogether, this allows us to model a data-driven, smooth transition from isotropic to strongly anisotropic volume shading. In this way, the shape of volumetric features can be enhanced significantly by aligning specular highlights along the principal direction of anisotropy. Our algorithm is independent of the transfer function, which allows us to compute all shading parameters once and store them with the data set. We integrated our method in a GPU-based volume renderer, which offers interactive control of the transfer function, light source positions, and viewpoint. Our results demonstrate the benefit of anisotropic shading for visualization to achieve data-driven local illumination for improved perception compared to isotropic shading. PMID:26529745

  11. Grain morphology of YBCO coated superconductors prepared by spin process on Ni substrate

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    Liu, C. F.; Du, S. J.; Yan, G.; Xi, W.; Wu, X.; Pang, Y.; Wang, F. Y.; Liu, X. H.; Feng, Y.; Zhang, P. X.; Wu, X. Z.; Zhou, L.

    2003-04-01

    The YBCO thick films with c-axis preferred orientation were prepared by spin and printing processes on Ni substrates (including cold rolling Ni, cube textured Ni, and cube textured Ni+ self-oxided NiO ). The results show that the chrysanthemum (or spherulite) and polygon morphology grains dominate the microstructure of YBCO films. The chrysanthemum size is about 0.2-0.5 mm range, some reaches 1 mm, and polygon grains normally are placed in the center of the chrysanthemum grains. No chrysanthemum grains appear in the thick films prepared on the substrate with Ag or YBCO intermediate layers.

  12. High-speed growth of YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting films on multilayer-coated Hastelloy C276 tape by laser-assisted MOCVD

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    Zhao, Pei; Ito, Akihiko; Kato, Takeharu; Yokoe, Daisaku; Hirayama, Tsukasa; Goto, Takashi

    2013-05-01

    The high-speed epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) superconducting films on multilayer (CeO2/LaMnO3/MgO/Gd2Zr2O7)-coated Hastelloy C276 tape was demonstrated using laser-assisted metal-organic chemical vapour deposition (laser-assisted MOCVD). The preferred orientation of the YBCO films changed from a-axis to c-axis as the deposition temperature was increased from 769 to 913 K. The c-axis-oriented YBCO film exhibited a high critical temperature of 90 K and a high critical current density of 0.5 MA cm-2 even at a high deposition rate of 55 μm h-1.

  13. Enhanced flux-pinning properties in superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films with nanoengineering

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    Tsai, Chen-Fong

    into the YBCO matrix as artificial pinning centers. Results suggest that all nanoinclusions showed significant enhancement in the superconducting properties of YBCO. The ferromagnetic pinning centers dominate at high field and low temperature regimes, however, the defect pinning centers dominate at low field and high temperature regimes. The uniquely arranged VAN structure of alternating magnetic and non-magnetic nanophases, which incorporates both high defect density and tunable distribution of magnetic dopants, is believed to be an ideal solution for flux-pinning enhancement.

  14. Superconducting power link for power transmission and fault current limitation

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    Paasi, J.; Herrmann, P. F.; Verhaege, T.; Lehtonen, J.; Bock, J.; Cowey, L.; Freyhardt, H. C.; Usoskin, A.; Moulaert, G.; Collet, M.

    2001-05-01

    Superconducting power links (SUPERPOLI) will offer the opportunity for low-loss power transmission of high nominal currents and fault current limitation simultaneously in a single device. This paper presents the status of European SUPERPOLI project where the long term goal is to build a GVA class, 20 kV, three-phased, 200 m long superconducting power link. As a step towards the GVA-class application, a one-phase demonstrator of 2 m length for 20 kV, 2-5 kA rms operation has been designed and is now under construction. The project includes the development of two alternative low-ac-loss conductor designs suitable for current limitation: a tubular Bi-2212 bulk conductor with moderate Jc and a tubular YBCO coated conductor with high Jc.

  15. A fully superconducting bearing system for flywheel applications

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    Xu, Ke-xi; Wu, Dong-jie; Jiao, Y. L.; Zheng, M. H.

    2016-06-01

    A fully superconducting magnetic suspension structure has been designed and constructed for the purpose of superconducting bearing applications in flywheel energy storage systems. A thrust type bearing and two journal type bearings, those that are composed of melt textured high-Tc superconductor YBCO bulks and Nd-Fe-B permanent magnets, are used in the bearing system. The rotor dynamical behaviors, including critical speeds and rotational loss, are studied. Driven by a variable-frequency three-phase induction motor, the rotor shaft attached with a 25 kg flywheel disc can be speeded up to 15 000 rpm without serious resonance occurring. Although the flywheel system runs stably in the supercritical speeds region, very obvious rotational loss is unavoidable. The loss mechanism has been discussed in terms of eddy current loss and hysteresis loss.

  16. Superconducting Microelectronics.

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    Henry, Richard W.

    1984-01-01

    Discusses superconducting microelectronics based on the Josephson effect and its advantages over conventional integrated circuits in speed and sensitivity. Considers present uses in standards laboratories (voltage) and in measuring weak magnetic fields. Also considers future applications in superfast computer circuitry using Superconducting…

  17. The Progress on Low-Cost, High-Quality, High-Temperature Superconducting Tapes Deposited by the Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition Process

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    Shoup, S.S.; White, M.K.; Krebs, S.L.; Darnell, N.; King, A.C.; Mattox, D.S.; Campbell, I.H.; Marken, K.R.; Hong, S.; Czabaj, B.; Paranthaman, M.; Christen, H.M.; Zhai, H.-Y. Specht, E.

    2008-06-24

    The innovative Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) process is a non-vacuum technique that is being investigated to enable next generation products in several application areas including high-temperature superconductors (HTS). In combination with the Rolling Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrate (RABiTS) technology, the CCVD process has significant promise to provide low-cost, high-quality lengths of YBCO coated conductor. Over 100 meter lengths of both Ni and Ni-W (3 at. Wt.%) substrates with a surface roughness of 12-18 nm were produced. The CCVD technology has been used to deposit both buffer layer coatings as well as YBCO superconducting layers. Buffer layer architecture of strontium titanate (SrTiO{sub 3}) and ceria (CeO{sub 2}) have been deposited by CCVD on textured nickel substrates and optimized to appropriate thicknesses and microstructures to provide templates for growing PLD YBCO with a J{sub c} of 1.1 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K and self-field. The CCVD buffer layers have been scaled to meter plus lengths with good epitaxial uniformity along the length. A short sample cut from one of the lengths enabled high critical current density PLD YBCO. Films of CCVD YBCO superconductors have been grown on single crystal substrates with critical current densities over 1 MA/cm{sup 2}. In addition, superconducting YBCO films with an I{sub c} of 60 A/cm-width (J{sub c} = 1.5 MA/cm{sup 2}) were grown on ORNL RABiTS (CeO{sub 2}/YSZ/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Ni/Ni-3W) using CCVD process.

  18. Anisotropic origin of the bending instability of the flux-antiflux interface in type-II superconductors.

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    Fisher, L M; Bobyl, A; Johansen, T H; Rakhmanov, A L; Yampol'skii, V A; Bondarenko, A V; Obolenskii, M A

    2004-01-23

    The physical nature of the macroturbulence in vortex matter in YBCO superconductors is investigated by means of a magneto-optic study of the instability in a single crystal prepared especially for this purpose. The instability develops near those sample edges where the oppositely directed flow of vortices and antivortices, guided by twin boundaries, is characterized by the discontinuity of the tangential component of the hydrodynamic velocity. This fact indicates that the macroturbulence is analogous to the instability of fluid flow at a surface of a tangential velocity discontinuity in classical hydrodynamics and is related to the anisotropic flux motion in the superconductor. PMID:14753896

  19. A low-fluorine solution with a 2:1 F/Ba mole ratio for the fabrication of YBCO films

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    Wu, Wei; Feng, Feng; Zhao, Yue; Tang, Xiao; Xue, Yunran; Shi, Kai; Huang, Rongxia; Qu, Timing; Wang, Xiaohao; Han, Zhenghe; Grivel, Jean-Claude

    2014-03-01

    In previously reported low-fluorine MOD-YBCO studies, the lowest F/Ba mole ratio of the precursor solution was 4.5. Further lowering the F/Ba ratio would bring benefits for the environment, thick film deposition, and an understanding of the heat treatment process. On the other hand, the F/Ba ratio must be at least 2 for full conversion of the Ba-precursor to BaF2 to avoid the formation of BaCO3, which is detrimental to the superconducting performance of YBCO films. In this study, a solution with a 2:1 F/Ba mole ratio was developed, and the fluorine content of this solution was approximately only 10.3% of that used in the conventional TFA-MOD method. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform-infrared spectra (ATR-FT-IR) revealed that BaCO3 was remarkably suppressed in the as-pyrolyzed film—and eliminated at 700 °C. Thus, YBCO films with a critical current density (Jc) of over 5 MA cm-2 (77 K, 0 T, 200 nm thickness) could be obtained on lanthanum aluminate single-crystal substrates. In situ FT-IR spectra showed that no obvious fluorinated gaseous by-products were detected in the pyrolysis step, which indicated that all F atoms might remain in the film as fluorides. X-ray diffraction θ/2θ scans showed the presence of BaF2—but not of Y F3 or CuF2—in films quenched at 400-800 °C. The formation priority of BaF2 over Y F3 and CuF2 was interpreted by examining the chemical equilibrium of the potential reactions. Our study could enlarge the synthesis window of precursor solutions for MOD-YBCO fabrication, and serve as a foundation for continuously and systematically studying the influence of fluorine content in the precursor solutions.

  20. Relationship of the Levitation Force Between Single and Multiple YBCO Bulks Above a Permanent Magnet Guideway Operating Dive-Lift Movement with Different Angles

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    Zeng, R.; Wang, S. Y.; Liao, X. L.; Deng, Z. G.; Wang, J. S.

    2013-04-01

    In practical applications, the acceleration and deceleration motions inevitably happen in the operation of high temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev trains. For further research of the maglev properties of YBaCuO bulk above a permanent magnet guideway (PMG), by moving a fixed vertical distance, this paper studies the relationship of the levitation force between single and multiple YBCO bulks above a PMG operating dive-lift movement with different angles. Experimental results show that the maximal levitation force increment of two bulks than one bulk is smaller than the maximal levitation force increment of three bulks than two bulks. With the degree decreasing, the maximal levitation force increment of three bulks is bigger than the maximal levitation force increment of two bulks and one bulk, and the hysteresis loop of the levitation force of the three-bulk arrangement is getting smaller.

  1. Isotropic and anisotropic pinning in TFA-grown YBa2Cu3O7 - x films with BaZrO3 nanoparticles

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    Palau, A.; Bartolomé, E.; Llordés, A.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.

    2011-12-01

    YBCO films grown by the trifluoroacetate (TFA) method with increasing number of BaZrO3 (BZO) nanoparticles have been measured by in-field angular transport measurements to investigate changes in the pinning landscape. The isotropic and anisotropic contributions to the critical current density, Jc(H), with the magnetic field applied in H\\parallel c and H\\parallel ab orientation have been determined, allowing us to characterize the population of isotropic and correlated defects along the c axis and ab planes. First, the influence of the YBCO oxygenation process on the formation of different sorts of anisotropic defects in standard films is demonstrated. Next, we show that the addition of non-coherent BZO nanoparticles to the YBCO matrix produces an expansion of the single-vortex pinning regime toward higher fields, due to the presence of isotropic pinning centers. Moreover, by increasing the amount of isotropic defects in the BZO nanocomposites it is possible to extend the region dominated by strong isotropic pinning centers to large magnetic fields and thus enhance the irreversibility line.

  2. BAF(2) POST-DEPOSITION REACTION PROCESS FOR THICK YBCO FILMS.

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    SUENAGA,M.; SOLOVYOV,V.F.; WU,L.; WIESMANN,H.J.; ZHU,Y.

    2001-07-12

    The basic processes of the so-called BaF{sub 2} process for the formation of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, YBCO, films as well as its advantages over the in situ formation processes are discussed in the previous chapter. The process and the properties of YBCO films by this process were also nicely described in earlier articles by R. Feenstra, et al. Here, we will discuss two pertinent subjects related to fabrication of technologically viable YBCO conductors using this process. These are (1) the growth of thick (>> 1 {micro}m) c-axis-oriented YBCO films and (2) their growth rates. Before the detail discussions of these subjects are given, we first briefly discuss what geometrical structure a YBCO-coated conductor should be. Then, we will provide examples of simple arguments for how thick the YBCO films and how fast their growth rates need to be. Then, the discussions in the following two sections are devoted to: (1) the present understanding of the nucleation and the growth process for YBCO, and why it is so difficult to grow thick c-axis-oriented films (> 3 {micro}m), and (2) our present understanding of the YBCO growth-limiting mechanism and methods to increase the growth rates. The values of critical-current densities J{sub c} in these films are of primary importance for the applications,. and the above two subjects are intimately related to the control of J{sub c} of the films. In general, the lower the temperatures of the YBCO formation are the higher the values of J{sub c} of the films. Thus, the present discussion is limited to those films which are reacted at {approx}735 C. This is the lowest temperature at which c-axis-oriented YBCO films (1-3 {micro}m thick) are comfortably grown. It is also well known that the non-c-axis oriented YBCO platelets are extremely detrimental to the values of J{sub c} such that their effects on J{sub c} dwarf essentially all of other microstructural effects which control J{sub c}. Hence, the discussion given below is mainly

  3. Crossover from Quantum to Classical Creep in YBCO

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    Shung, E.; Beauchamp, K. M.; Rosenbaum, T. F.; Welp, U.; Crabtree, G. W.

    1996-03-01

    We use a miniature Hall probe array to measure the local magnetization relaxation S in single crystals of YBCO with columnar defects from milliKelvin to tens of Kelvin. In addition to the usual quantum signature of temperature independence of the relaxation, we probe the relationship between S and the critical current density J_c, tuned by varying columnar defect density. S can increase concurrently with Jc in the Bose glass when quantum effects dominate (K. M. Beauchamp et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 75), 3942 (1995). Moreover, we test recent theoretical predictions of the dependence of the quantum to classical crossover temperature on critical current density (L. Radzihovsky, Phys Rev. Lett. 74), 4923 (1995).

  4. Parallel Anisotropic Tetrahedral Adaptation

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    Park, Michael A.; Darmofal, David L.

    2008-01-01

    An adaptive method that robustly produces high aspect ratio tetrahedra to a general 3D metric specification without introducing hybrid semi-structured regions is presented. The elemental operators and higher-level logic is described with their respective domain-decomposed parallelizations. An anisotropic tetrahedral grid adaptation scheme is demonstrated for 1000-1 stretching for a simple cube geometry. This form of adaptation is applicable to more complex domain boundaries via a cut-cell approach as demonstrated by a parallel 3D supersonic simulation of a complex fighter aircraft. To avoid the assumptions and approximations required to form a metric to specify adaptation, an approach is introduced that directly evaluates interpolation error. The grid is adapted to reduce and equidistribute this interpolation error calculation without the use of an intervening anisotropic metric. Direct interpolation error adaptation is illustrated for 1D and 3D domains.

  5. Fractures in anisotropic media

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    Shao, Siyi

    Rocks may be composed of layers and contain fracture sets that cause the hydraulic, mechanical and seismic properties of a rock to be anisotropic. Coexisting fractures and layers in rock give rise to competing mechanisms of anisotropy. For example: (1) at low fracture stiffness, apparent shear-wave anisotropy induced by matrix layering can be masked or enhanced by the presence of a fracture, depending on the fracture orientation with respect to layering, and (2) compressional-wave guided modes generated by parallel fractures can also mask the presence of matrix layerings for particular fracture orientations and fracture specific stiffness. This report focuses on two anisotropic sources that are widely encountered in rock engineering: fractures (mechanical discontinuity) and matrix layering (impedance discontinuity), by investigating: (1) matrix property characterization, i.e., to determine elastic constants in anisotropic solids, (2) interface wave behavior in single-fractured anisotropic media, (3) compressional wave guided modes in parallel-fractured anisotropic media (single fracture orientation) and (4) the elastic response of orthogonal fracture networks. Elastic constants of a medium are required to understand and quantify wave propagation in anisotropic media but are affected by fractures and matrix properties. Experimental observations and analytical analysis demonstrate that behaviors of both fracture interface waves and compressional-wave guided modes for fractures in anisotropic media, are affected by fracture specific stiffness (controlled by external stresses), signal frequency and relative orientation between layerings in the matrix and fractures. A fractured layered medium exhibits: (1) fracture-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are weakly coupled; (2) isotropic behavior when fractures delay waves that are usually fast in a layered medium; and (3) matrix-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are closed and no longer delay the signal. The

  6. Electrodeposited Biaxially Textured Buffer Layers for YBCO Superconductors

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    Bhattacharya, R.; Phok, S.; Zhao, W.; Norman, A.

    2009-06-01

    Non-vacuum electrodeposition (ED) was used to prepare simplified Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} and CeO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} buffer layers on a Ni-W substrate. Post-annealing conditions of electrodeposited precursor films were optimized to obtain high-quality biaxially textured buffer layers. The buffer layers were characterized by X-ray diffraction, optical profiling, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effect of the cap layer thickness on the surface morphology and texture of the buffers was also studied. The microstructure of CeO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} was analyzed and compared to Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The high-resolution TEM shows biaxially textured crystalline elctrodeposited Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CeO{sub 2} cap layers on the electrodeposited Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} layers without any defects. YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-delta (YBCO) superconductor was deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) on the simplified ED-Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} and ED-CeO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} buffers. Transport current density of 3.3 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K was obtained for PLD YBCO deposited on ED-Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Gd{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} buffer layers.

  7. Color superconductivity

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    Wilczek, F.

    1997-09-22

    The asymptotic freedom of QCD suggests that at high density - where one forms a Fermi surface at very high momenta - weak coupling methods apply. These methods suggest that chiral symmetry is restored and that an instability toward color triplet condensation (color superconductivity) sets in. Here I attempt, using variational methods, to estimate these effects more precisely. Highlights include demonstration of a negative pressure in the uniform density chiral broken phase for any non-zero condensation, which we take as evidence for the philosophy of the MIT bag model; and demonstration that the color gap is substantial - several tens of MeV - even at modest densities. Since the superconductivity is in a pseudoscalar channel, parity is spontaneously broken.

  8. SUPERCONDUCTING PHOTOINJECTOR

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    BEN-ZVI,I.; BURRILL, A.; CALAGA, R.; CHANG, X.; GROVER, R.; GUPTA, R.; HAHN, H.; HAMMONS, L.; KAYRAN, D.; KEWISCH, J.; LAMBIASE, R.; LITVINENKO, V.; MCINTYRE, G.; NAIK, D.; PATE, D.; PHILLIPS, D.; POZDEYEV, E.; RAO, T.; SMEDLEY, J.; THAN, R.; TODD, R.; WEISS, D.; WU, Q.; ZALTSMAN, A.; ET AL.

    2007-08-26

    One of the frontiers in FEL science is that of high power. In order to reach power in the megawatt range, one requires a current of the order of one ampere with a reasonably good emittance. The superconducting laser-photocathode RF gun with a high quantum efficiency photocathode is the most natural candidate to provide this performance. The development of a 1/2 cell superconducting photoinjector designed to operate at up to a current of 0.5 amperes and beam energy of 2 MeV and its photocathode system are the subjects covered in this paper. The main issues are the photocathode and its insertion mechanism, the power coupling and High Order Mode damping. This technology is being developed at BNL for DOE nuclear physics applications such as electron cooling at high energy and electron ion colliders..

  9. Anisotropic Total Variation Filtering

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    Grasmair, Markus; Lenzen, Frank

    2010-12-15

    Total variation regularization and anisotropic filtering have been established as standard methods for image denoising because of their ability to detect and keep prominent edges in the data. Both methods, however, introduce artifacts: In the case of anisotropic filtering, the preservation of edges comes at the cost of the creation of additional structures out of noise; total variation regularization, on the other hand, suffers from the stair-casing effect, which leads to gradual contrast changes in homogeneous objects, especially near curved edges and corners. In order to circumvent these drawbacks, we propose to combine the two regularization techniques. To that end we replace the isotropic TV semi-norm by an anisotropic term that mirrors the directional structure of either the noisy original data or the smoothed image. We provide a detailed existence theory for our regularization method by using the concept of relaxation. The numerical examples concluding the paper show that the proposed introduction of an anisotropy to TV regularization indeed leads to improved denoising: the stair-casing effect is reduced while at the same time the creation of artifacts is suppressed.

  10. Effective method to control the levitation force and levitation height in a superconducting maglev system

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    Yang, Peng-Tao; Yang, Wan-Min; Wang, Miao; Li, Jia-Wei; Guo, Yu-Xia

    2015-11-01

    The influence of the width of the middle magnet in the permanent magnet guideways (PMGs) on the levitation force and the levitation height of single-domain yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) bulks has been investigated at 77 K under the zero field cooled (ZFC) state. It is found that the largest levitation force can be obtained in the system with the width of the middle magnet of the PMG equal to the size of the YBCO bulk when the gap between the YBCO bulk and PMG is small. Both larger levitation force and higher levitation height can be obtained in the system with the width of the middle magnet of the PMG larger than the size of the YBCO bulk. The stiffness of the levitation force between the PMG and the YBCO bulk is higher in the system with a smaller width of the middle magnet in the PMG. These results provide an effective way to control the levitation force and the levitation height for the superconducting maglev design and applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51342001 and 50872079), the Key-grant Project of Chinese Ministry of Education (Grant No. 311033), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China (Grant No. 20120202110003), the Innovation Team in Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2014KTC-18), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. GK201101001 and GK201305014), and the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Foundation Project of Shaanxi Normal University, China (Grant Nos. X2011YB08 and X2012YB05).

  11. High T(sub c) Superconducting Bolometer on Chemically Etched 7 Micrometer Thick Sapphire

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    Lakew, B.; Brasunas, J. C.; Pique, A.; Fettig, R.; Mott, B.; Babu, S.; Cushman, G. M.

    1997-01-01

    A transition-edge IR detector, using a YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (YBCO) thin film deposited on a chemically etched, 7 micrometer thick sapphire substrate has been built. To our knowledge it is the first such high T(sub c) superconducting (HTS) bolometer on chemically thinned sapphire. The peak optical detectivity obtained is l.2 x 10(exp 10) cmHz(sup 1/2)/W near 4Hz. Result shows that it is possible to obtain high detectivity with thin films on etched sapphire with no processing after the deposition of the YBCO film. We discuss the etching process and its potential for micro-machining sapphire and fabricating 2-dimensional detector arrays with suspended sapphire membranes. A 30 micrometer thick layer of gold black provided IR absorption. Comparison is made with the current state of the art on silicon substrates.

  12. Direct deposition of YBCO on polished Ag substrates by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Dorris, S. E.; Maroni, V. A.; Miller, D. J.; Balachandran, U.

    2002-09-15

    YBCO thin films were directly deposited on mechanically polished nontextured silver (Ag) substrates at elevated temperature by pulsed laser deposition with various inclination angles of 35, 55, and 72. Strong fiber texture, with the c-axis parallel to the substrate normal was detected by X-ray diffraction pole figure analysis. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy images revealed that a few a-axis-oriented grains were dispersed on the top surface of the YBCO films. Transmission electron microscopy revealed dense amorphous layer at the interface between the YBCO film and the Ag substrate. Energy dispersive spectrum analysis indicates that the YBCO film deposited on the Ag substrate is slightly Cu-deficient. A YBCO film deposited at 755 C and an inclination angle of 55 exhibited {Tc} = 90 K. Transport critical current density measured by the four-probe method at 77 K in self-field was 2.7 x 10{sup 5}A/cm2. This work demonstrated a simple and inexpensive method to fabricate YBCO-coated conductors with high critical current density.

  13. Superconducting magnet

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    1985-01-01

    Extensive computer based engineering design effort resulted in optimization of a superconducting magnet design with an average bulk current density of approximately 12KA/cm(2). Twisted, stranded 0.0045 inch diameter NbTi superconductor in a copper matrix was selected. Winding the coil from this bundle facilitated uniform winding of the small diameter wire. Test coils were wound using a first lot of the wire. The actual packing density was measured from these. Interwinding voltage break down tests on the test coils indicated the need for adjustment of the wire insulation on the lot of wire subsequently ordered for construction of the delivered superconducting magnet. Using the actual packing densities from the test coils, a final magnet design, with the required enhancement and field profile, was generated. All mechanical and thermal design parameters were then also fixed. The superconducting magnet was then fabricated and tested. The first test was made with the magnet immersed in liquid helium at 4.2K. The second test was conducted at 2K in vacuum. In the latter test, the magnet was conduction cooled from the mounting flange end.

  14. Effect of Interfacial Resistance on AC Loss as a Function of Applied AC Field in YBCO Filamentary Conductors

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    Duckworth, Robert C; List III, Frederick Alyious; Zhang, Yifei

    2009-01-01

    To reduce ac loss in Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) coated conductors while maintaining current sharing between filaments, an attempt was made to introduce an interfacial resistance between the YBCO filaments and a continuous silver cap layer. The YBCO filaments were produced via laser scribing of MOCVD YBCO films deposited on standard Ion Beam Assisted Deposition (IBAD) templates. After laser scribing, the filaments were exposed to air at room temperature to degrade the YBCO surface. A three micron thick silver cap layer was then and each sample was oxygen annealed at different temperature to produce different interface resistance at the interface between the silver and YBCO. Measurements of the ac loss was measured as a function of applied perpendicular field and frequency revealed a correlation between the reduction in coupling loss and the oxygen annealing temperature.

  15. Optimization of BaZrO3 concentration as secondary phase in superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 for high current applications

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    Malik, Bilal A.; Malik, Manzoor A.; Asokan, K.

    2016-04-01

    We report the superconducting state properties of YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) on introduction of BaZrO3 (BZO) as a secondary phase. YBCO+xBZO (x= 0, 2, 4, 6, and 10 wt%) composite samples were prepared by solid state reaction method and characterized for structural, morphological and superconducting properties. X-ray diffraction confirms the increased crystallinity and images of scanning electron microscopy measurement show an increase in both grain size and grain connectivity on addition of BZO in YBCO. These effects are well pronounced in an applied magnetic field. Critical current density, JC, as well as the pinning force peaks at 4% of BZO concentration showed significant difference. A three-fold enhancement in JC and a six-fold enhancement in pinning force were observed at this optimum BZO concentration. This has been attributed to the pinning of flux lines in YBCO due to introduction of BZO as a secondary phase. These results show that this composite has potential application in high current applications.

  16. Effect of adjacent insulating oxide layers on superconductivity of one unit cell thick YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ layers in PrBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ/YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ/insulating oxide trilayers

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    Bando, Yoshichika; Terashima, Takahito; Shimura, Ken-ichi; Daitoh, Yoshihiro; Yano, Yoshihiko

    1995-05-01

    One unit cell thick (1-UCT) YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (YBCO) adjacent to nonsuperconducting PrBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ (PrBCO) buffer layers have been grown epitaxially on SrTiO 3 (100) using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The layer thickness was accurately controlled by monitoring reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) specular intensity oscillations. Various oxide caps were grown epitaxially on the 1-UCT YBCO layer to form PrBCO/1-UCT YBCO/insulating oxide trilayers. It was found that superconducting 1-UCT YBCO layers were achieved when BaO with a good lattice match to YBCO was used as an insulating oxide in the trilayers. As the terminating atomic layer of 1-UCT YBCO layer is CuO 1-δ, the addition of an atomic BaO layer means the completion of the charge reservoir block of BaO-CuO 1-δ-BaO positioned above the CuO 2 bilayer (CuO 2YCuO 2). The PrBCO buffer layers provide another charge reservoir block positioned below the CuO 2 bilayer interposing Y. Therefore, the minimum unit for superconductivity in YBCO is the CuO 2 bilayer sandwiched between the charge reservoir blocks. In the present study, the systematic substitution of various AO layers for the one-sided atomic BaO layer of the charge reservoir block has been made by epitaxial growth of cap oxides such as rock-salt-type and perovskite-type oxides on the CuO 1-δ-terminated surface of 1-UCT YBCO layers. It is found that the small lattice mismatch between YBCO and the cap oxides, in addition to divalent A ions such as Ba 2+, Sr 2+, Ca 2+, Pb 2+ and Cd 2+ in atomic AO layers subsequent to the CuO 1-δ-terminated surface, is a requirement for superconductivity in 1-UCT YBCO layers.

  17. Liquid phase epitaxy of REBCO (RE=Y, Sm) thick films on YBCO thin film deposited on LAO substrate

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    Guo, L. S.; Chen, Y. Y.; Cheng, L.; Li, W.; Xiong, J.; Tao, B. W.; Yao, X.

    2013-03-01

    By employing YBCO/LAO thin films as seeds, we succeeded in growing REBa2Cu3Ox (REBCO, RE=Y, Sm) thick films via the LPE method in air. Remarkably, a completely covered YBCO thick film with the c-axis orientation was achieved. Moreover, SmBCO LPE films were effectively induced by the YBCO/LAO thin films at a processing temperature of 1055 °C, indicating that the YBCO/LAO thin film possesses a superheating property. Compared with the YBCO/MgO thin film, the YBCO/LAO thin film has a potentially higher thermal stability in LPE, due to its better lattice fitness at the film/substrate interface. On the other hand, compared to the thick films induced by NdGaO3 (NGO) substrates, YBCO/LAO thin-film-seeded thick films have the broad average spacing of about 150 μm between adjacent cracks, almost five times wider than the former, which benefits the practical application in electronic devices. In short, the YBCO/LAO thin film becomes a third promising candidate for inducing REBCO LPE thick films, combined with conventionally used YBCO/MgO thin films and single-crystal NGO substrates.

  18. Change in fatigue property and its relation to critical current for YBCO coated conductor with additional Cu layer

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    Yoshida, Y.; Hojo, M.; Sugano, M.; Adachi, T.; Inoue, Y.; Shikimachi, K.; Hirano, N.; Nagaya, S.

    2009-10-01

    YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ, (YBCO) coated conductors with an additional Cu layer are expected to be applied as coils used in superconducting magnetic energy storage, SMES. In the operation of SMES, large cyclic hoop stress is applied to the coated conductor in the longitudinal direction. In the present study, we carried out fatigue tests in liquid nitrogen, LN 2, and measured the critical current, I c, after a specific number of fatigue cycles to clarify its fatigue fracture mechanism. All fatigue tests were carried out under a stress ratio (the ratio of the minimum to maximum load) of 0.5. The frequency of stress cycling was 30 Hz. Our results showed that the addition of a Cu layer increased the fatigue strength after 10 6 cycles, F, by about 19%. Decrease of I c was more than 30% of the initial critical current, I c0, without loading at the point of final overall fracture when the maximum load in the stress cycles was close to that corresponding to irreversible strain. Furthermore, microscopic observation and the change in I c showed that fatigue fracture mainly initiated from the Hastelloy C-276 substrate. Fatigue fracture also initiated from the Cu layer, but only when the maximum load was approximately F.

  19. Anisotropic spinfoam cosmology

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    Rennert, Julian; Sloan, David

    2014-01-01

    The dynamics of a homogeneous, anisotropic universe are investigated within the context of spinfoam cosmology. Transition amplitudes are calculated for a graph consisting of a single node and three links—the ‘Daisy graph’—probing the behaviour a classical Bianchi I spacetime. It is shown further how the use of such single node graphs gives rise to a simplification of states such that all orders in the spin expansion can be calculated, indicating that it is the vertex expansion that contains information about quantum dynamics.

  20. Magnetic forces in high-Tc superconducting bearings

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    Moon, F. C.

    1991-01-01

    In September 1987, researchers at Cornell levitated a small rotor on superconducting bearings at 10,000 rpm. In April 1989, a speed of 120,000 rpm was achieved in a passive bearing with no active control. The bearing material used was YBa2Cu307. There is no evidence that the rotation speed has any significant effect on the lift force. Magnetic force measurements between a permanent rare-earth magnet and high T(sub c) superconducting material versus vertical and lateral displacements were made. A large hysteresis loop results for large displacements, while minor loops result for small displacements. These minor loops seem to give a slope proportional to the magnetic stiffness, and are probably indicative of flux pinning forces. Experiments of rotary speed versus time show a linear decay in a vacuum. Measurements of magnetic dipole over a high-T(sub c) superconducting disc of YBCO show that the lateral vibrations of levitated rotors were measured which indicates that transverse flux motion in the superconductor will create dissipation. As a result of these force measurements, an optimum shape for the superconductor bearing pads which gives good lateral and axial stability was designed. Recent force measurements on melt-quench processed superconductors indicate a substantial increase in levitation force and magnetic stiffness over free sintered materials. As a result, application of high-T(sub c) superconducting bearings are beginning to show great promise at this time.

  1. Anisotropic Thermal Diffusion

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    Gardiner, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    Anisotropic thermal diffusion in magnetized plasmas is an important physical phenomena for a diverse set of physical conditions ranging from astrophysical plasmas to MFE and ICF. Yet numerically simulating this phenomenon accurately poses significant challenges when the computational mesh is misaligned with respect to the magnetic field. Particularly when the temperature gradients are unresolved, one frequently finds entropy violating solutions with heat flowing from cold to hot zones for χ∥ /χ⊥ >=102 which is substantially smaller than the range of interest which can reach 1010 or higher. In this talk we present a new implicit algorithm for solving the anisotropic thermal diffusion equations and demonstrate its characteristics on what has become a fairly standard set of test problems in the literature. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. SAND2013-5687A.

  2. Optics of anisotropic nanostructures

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    Rokushima, Katsu; Antoš, Roman; Mistrík, Jan; Višňovský, Štefan; Yamaguchi, Tomuo

    2006-07-01

    The analytical formalism of Rokushima and Yamakita [J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73, 901-908 (1983)] treating the Fraunhofer diffraction in planar multilayered anisotropic gratings proved to be a useful introduction to new fundamental and practical situations encountered in laterally structured periodic (both isotropic and anisotropic) multilayer media. These are employed in the spectroscopic ellipsometry for modeling surface roughness and in-depth profiles, as well as in the design of various frequency-selective elements including photonic crystals. The subject forms the basis for the solution of inverse problems in scatterometry of periodic nanostructures including magnetic and magneto-optic recording media. It has no principal limitations as for the frequencies and period to radiation wavelength ratios and may include matter wave diffraction. The aim of the paper is to make this formalism easily accessible to a broader community of students and non-specialists. Many aspects of traditional electromagnetic optics are covered as special cases from a modern and more general point of view, e.g., plane wave propagation in isotropic media, reflection and refraction at interfaces, Fabry-Perot resonator, optics of thin films and multilayers, slab dielectric waveguides, crystal optics, acousto-, electro-, and magneto-optics, diffraction gratings, etc. The formalism is illustrated on a model simulating the diffraction on a ferromagnetic wire grating.

  3. Anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in layered organic superconductors

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    Yasuzuka, S.; Uji, S.; Satsukawa, H.; Kimata, M.; Terashima, T.; Koga, H.; Yamamura, Y.; Saito, K.; Akutsu, H.; Yamada, J.

    2010-06-01

    To study the anisotropic Josephson-vortex dynamics in the d-wave superconductors, the interplane resistance has been measured on layered organic superconductors κ-(ET)2Cu(NCS)2 and β-(BDA-TTP)2SbF6 under magnetic fields precisely parallel to the conducting planes. For κ-(ET)2Cu(NCS)2, in-plane angular dependence of the Josephson-vortex flow resistance is mainly described by the fourfold symmetry and dip structures appear when the magnetic field is applied parallel to the b- and c-axes. The obtained results have a relation to the d-wave superconducting gap symmetry. However, the absence of in-plane fourfold anisotropy was found for β-(BDA-TTP)2SbF6. The different anisotropic behavior is discussed in terms of the interlayer coupling strength.

  4. Simple types of anisotropic inflation

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    Barrow, John D.; Hervik, Sigbjoern

    2010-01-15

    We display some simple cosmological solutions of gravity theories with quadratic Ricci curvature terms added to the Einstein-Hilbert Lagrangian which exhibit anisotropic inflation. The Hubble expansion rates are constant and unequal in three orthogonal directions. We describe the evolution of the simplest of these homogeneous and anisotropic cosmological models from its natural initial state and evaluate the deviations they will create from statistical isotropy in the fluctuations produced during a period of anisotropic inflation. The anisotropic inflation is not a late-time attractor in these models but the rate of approach to a final isotropic de Sitter state is slow and is conducive to the creation of observable anisotropic statistical effects in the microwave background. The statistical anisotropy would not be scale invariant and the level of statistical anisotropy will grow with scale.

  5. Anisotropic Paramagnetic Meissner Effect by Spin-Orbit Coupling.

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    Espedal, Camilla; Yokoyama, Takehito; Linder, Jacob

    2016-03-25

    Conventional s-wave superconductors repel an external magnetic field. However, a recent experiment [A. Di Bernardo et al., Phys. Rev. X 5, 041021 (2015)] has tailored the electromagnetic response of superconducting correlations via adjacent magnetic materials. We consider another route of altering the Meissner effect where spin-orbit interactions induce an anisotropic Meissner response that changes sign depending on the field orientation. The tunable electromagnetic response opens new paths in the utilization of hybrid systems comprising magnets and superconductors. PMID:27058095

  6. Nucleation And Growth Of Ba-Reduced Metal Organic Deposited YBCO Films

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    Talantsev, E. F.; Xia, J. A.; Strickland, N. M.; Hoffmann, C.; Morgan, S.; Long, N. J.; Rupich, M. W.; Li, X.; Sathyamurthy, S.

    2009-07-23

    In this study, YBCO films were fabricated on RABiTS metal substrates by metal-organic deposition of trifluoroacetates. Precursor solutions were made with different Ba concentrations (Ba/Y = 1.50, 1.70, 1.85, 2.0) with the aim of optimizing the critical current density (J{sub c}). Our results confirmed that YBCO films with Ba/Y = 1.70(J{sub c} = 3.6 MA/cm{sup 2} at T 77 K) have significantly higher J{sub c} than stoichiometric (Ba/Y = 2.0) YBCO (J{sub c} 2.4 MA/cm{sup 2}). Application of low-angle polishing techniques and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies for quenched (partially reacted) films has shown that YBCO films with Ba/Y = 1.70 nucleate more rapidly than other films, but that the crystal growth rate is increased when the Ba-concentration is increased. These results provide new insights into the physical mechanisms required to achieve high J{sub c} in YBCO.

  7. AC Loss Measurements on a 2G YBCO Coil

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    Rey, Christopher M; Duckworth, Robert C; Schwenterly, S W

    2011-01-01

    The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is collaborating with Waukesha Electric Systems (WES) to continue development of HTS power transformers. For compatibility with the existing power grid, a commercially viable HTS transformer will have to operate at high voltages in the range of 138 kV and above, and will have to withstand 550-kV impulse voltages as well. Second-generation (2G) YBCO coated conductors will be required for an economically-competitive design. In order to adequately size the refrigeration system for these transformers, the ac loss of these HTS coils must be characterized. Electrical AC loss measurements were conducted on a prototype high voltage (HV) coil with co-wound stainless steel at 60 Hz in a liquid nitrogen bath using a lock-in amplifier technique. The prototype HV coil consisted of 26 continuous (without splice) single pancake coils concentrically centered on a stainless steel former. For ac loss measurement purposes, voltage tap pairs were soldered across each set of two single pancake coils so that a total of 13 separate voltage measurements could be made across the entire length of the coil. AC loss measurements were taken as a function of ac excitation current. Results show that the loss is primarily concentrated at the ends of the coil where the operating fraction of critical current is the highest and show a distinct difference in current scaling of the losses between low current and high current regimes.

  8. Contamination of YBCO bulk superconductors by samarium and ytterbium

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    Volochova, D.; Jurek, K.; Radusovska, M.; Piovarci, S.; Antal, V.; Kovac, J.; Jirsa, M.; Diko, P.

    2014-01-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO, Y-123) single-grain bulk superconductors with a nominal composition Y1.5Ba2Cu3Ox and 1 wt% CeO2 addition were prepared by the optimized Top-Seeded Melt-Growth process. Small single-crystalline pieces cut from the SmBa2Cu3Oy (Sm-123) bulk were used for seeding of epitaxial growth. Wavelength-dispersive spectrometry (WDS) confirmed that prepared samples contain besides samarium from the seed also ytterbium from the substrate. The influence of maximum melting temperature, Tmax and dwell time on the contamination of the bulk samples was studied. Y2BaCuO5 (Y-211) barriers against samarium diffusion from the seed to melted sample were tested. Using a NdBa2Cu3Oz (Nd-123) seed and a combination of Y2O3 and Yb2O3 substrate led to a high critical temperature (Tc(50%) = 91.54 K) of prepared sample.

  9. Far-infrared Hall Effect in YBCO films

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    Grayson, M.; Rigal, L.; Cerne, J.; Schmadel, D. C.; Drew, H. D.; Kung, P.-J.

    2001-03-01

    In order to gain insight into the so-called "anomalous Hall effect" in Hi Tc superconductors(T.R. Chien, D.A. Brawner, Z.Z. Wang, and N.P. Ong, PRB 43, 6242(1991).) we explore Hall measurements at far-infrared (FIR) frequencies and study the temperature dependence. We separately measure the real and imaginary parts of the magneto-optical response of YBCO thin films to polarized FIR light (15-250 cm-1). The induced rotation of linearly polarized light tells us the real part of the Faraday angle, Re[θ_F(ω)], and the induced dichroism of circularly polarized light tells us Im[θ_F(ω)]. We can then deduce the complex Hall angle without resorting to Kramers-Kronig (K-K) analysis. Since both the Hall angle and the Faraday angle obey sum rules, we can compare to higher frequencies(Cerne, et al., invited talk) and determine additional information about the spectral response at intermediate frequencies. The consistency of these results is verified with K-K analysis.

  10. Space applications of superconductivity

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    Sullivan, D. B.; Vorreiter, J. W.

    1979-01-01

    Some potential applications of superconductivity in space are summarized, e.g., the use of high field magnets for cosmic ray analysis or energy storage and generation, space applications of digital superconducting devices, such as the Josephson switch and, in the future, a superconducting computer. Other superconducting instrumentation which could be used in space includes: low frequency superconducting sensors, microwave and infrared detectors, instruments for gravitational studies, and high-Q cavities for use as stabilizing elements in clocks and oscillators.

  11. Performance and modeling of superconducting ring resonators at millimeter-wave frequencies

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Chorey, C. M.; Warner, J. D.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Heinen, V. O.; Kong, K. S.; Lee, H. Y.; Itoh, T.

    1990-01-01

    Microstrip ring resonators operating at 35 GHz were fabricated from laser ablated YBCO thin films deposited on lanthanum aluminate substrates. They were measured over a range of temperatures and their performance compared to identical resonators made of evaporated gold. Below 60 Kelvin the superconducting strip performed better than the gold, reaching an unloaded Q approximately 1.5 times that of gold at 25 K. A shift in the resonant frequency follows the form predicted by the London equations. The Phenomenological Loss Equivalence Method is applied to the ring resonator and the theoretically calculated Q values are compared to the experimental results.

  12. A superconducting fault current limiter integrated in the cold heat exchanger of a thermoacoustic refrigerator

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    Osorio, M. R.; Bétrancourt, A.; François, M. X.; Veira, J. A.; Vidal, F.

    2008-09-01

    In this work we probe a compact superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) integrated in the cold heat exchanger of a thermoacoustic refrigerator. A design for an SFCL device with a power of about 2.2 kW is presented and described in detail. A thermoacoustic refrigerator is also proposed which, under fault conditions, must be able to remove around 50 W at 80 K. A simulation routine is run to test the performance of the SFCL, based on YBCO films, in terms of both the limiting capacity and the energy to be dissipated and removed inside the heat exchanger.

  13. Role of twin boundaries on vortex pinning of CSD YBCO nanocomposites

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    Rouco, V.; Palau, A.; Guzman, R.; Gazquez, J.; Coll, M.; Obradors, X.; Puig, T.

    2014-12-01

    We study the effect of twin boundaries (TBs) on the critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films and nanocomposites grown on different substrates. Varying both the direction of the current and magnetic field, we show that the TB orientation is a crucial parameter to consider in the optimization of Jc for particular applications. A quantitative and detailed analysis of the role of TBs on vortex dynamics has allowed us to infer that extended TB planes in pristine YBCO films can reduce Jc by 60% at low temperatures due to vortex channeling effects or increase it by a 98% at high temperatures due to directional vortex pinning. Moreover, we demonstrate that TB length and distribution can be strongly modified in YBCO nanocomposites. We observe that TB planes with no vertical coherence are still effective for vortex pinning while are not to create channels for easy vortex flow.

  14. Joining of melt-textured YBCO using Tm123 powder as a solder

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    Prikhna, T. A.; Gawalek, W.; Moshchil, V. E.; Sergienko, N. V.; Sverdun, V. B.; Surzhenko, A. B.; Wendt, M.; Litzkendorf, D.; Habisreuther, T.; Vlasenko, A. V.

    2003-04-01

    Model experiments on joining of melt-textured YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (MT-YBCO) using rings cut from bulk single domain give the strong proof that the critical current density through the soldered seam obtained using a Tm123 powder as a solder is at the same level as that through the MT-YBCO (34 kA/cm 2 at 77 K in the 0 T field) and that the proposed comparatively short soldering process allows us to obtain soldered bulk with the even higher jc (up to 2.5 T fields at 77 K) than that of the initial unbroken one. The seam structure (including the twinned one) slaved the structure of the jointed MT-YBCO.

  15. Structure and morphology of MgO/YBCO bilayers for biepitaxial junctions

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    Di Chiara, A.; Lombardi, F.; Granozio, F. Miletto; di Uccio, U. Scotti; Valentino, M.; Tafuri, F.; Del Vecchio, A.; De Riccardis, M. F.; Tapfer, L.

    1996-02-01

    (110) MgO thin films have been deposited by RF sputtering on (110) SrTiO 3 and used as buffer layers for YBCO deposition. The MgO films show high morphological quality, as confirmed by X-ray specular reflectivity, and narrow (≈ 1°) X-ray diffraction peaks in the rocking curves measurements. These results are discussed in the framework of an ionic oxide growth model. XRD analyses performed on the bilayer YBCO/MgO (110) confirm the epitaxial growth of the films, with (001) YBCO//(110) MgO. XRD, AFM, SEM measurements are compared with data relative to bilayers deposited on (100) SrTiO 3.

  16. New fully superconducting bearing concept using the difference in irreversibility field of two superconducting components

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    Patel, A.; Palka, R.; Glowacki, B. A.

    2011-01-01

    One of the major factors limiting levitation force for existing superconducting magnetic bearings is the maximum possible remanence of 1.4 T known to exist for rare-earth permanent magnets. This paper introduces the novel concept of a magnetic bearing which uses the difference in irreversibility field of two superconducting components to allow one component to be field cooled in the field originating from the other component which is first magnetized at a higher temperature. Magnetized (RE)BCO bulks with high trapped fields can be used as one of the components instead of permanent magnets, giving a significant increase in the levitation force density that can be achieved between the two components. This paper focuses on using an MgB2 hollow cylinder for the component which is field cooled. Modelling of the levitation forces that would exist between magnetized YBCO bulks inside a hollow MgB2 cylinder is reported as well as modelling of pulsed field magnetization of the pellets to create high field gradients using MPSC (multi-pulse technique with step-wise cooling). The new design has the potential to achieve levitation force densities over 100 N cm - 2.

  17. High field superconducting magnets

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    Hait, Thomas P. (Inventor); Shirron, Peter J. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A superconducting magnet includes an insulating layer disposed about the surface of a mandrel; a superconducting wire wound in adjacent turns about the mandrel to form the superconducting magnet, wherein the superconducting wire is in thermal communication with the mandrel, and the superconducting magnet has a field-to-current ratio equal to or greater than 1.1 Tesla per Ampere; a thermally conductive potting material configured to fill interstices between the adjacent turns, wherein the thermally conductive potting material and the superconducting wire provide a path for dissipation of heat; and a voltage limiting device disposed across each end of the superconducting wire, wherein the voltage limiting device is configured to prevent a voltage excursion across the superconducting wire during quench of the superconducting magnet.

  18. Interlayer structure in YBCO-coated conductors prepared by chemical solution deposition

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    Molina-Luna, Leopoldo; Egoavil, Ricardo; Turner, Stuart; Thersleff, Thomas; Verbeeck, Jo; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Eibl, Oliver; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf

    2013-07-01

    The functionality of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO)-coated conductor technology depends on the reliability and microstructural properties of a given tape or wire architecture. Particularly, the interface to the metal tape is of interest since it determines the adhesion, mechanical stability of the film and thermal contact of the film to the substrate. A trifluoroacetate (TFA)—metal organic deposition (MOD) prepared YBCO film deposited on a chemical solution-derived buffer layer architecture based on CeO2/La2Zr2O7 and grown on a flexible Ni5 at.%W substrate with a {100}<001> biaxial texture was investigated. The YBCO film had a thickness was 440 nm and a jc of 1.02 MA cm-2 was determined at 77 K and zero external field. We present a sub-nanoscale analysis of a fully processed solution-derived YBCO-coated conductor by aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) combined with electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). For the first time, structural and chemical analysis of the valence has been carried out on the sub-nm scale. Intermixing of Ni, La, Ce, O and Ba takes place at these interfaces and gives rise to nanometer-sized interlayers which are a by-product of the sequential annealing process. Two distinct interfacial regions were analyzed in detail: (i) the YBCO/CeO2/La2Zr2O7 region (10 nm interlayer) and (ii) the La2Zr2O7/Ni-5 at.%W substrate interface region (20 nm NiO). This is of particular significance for the functionality of these YBCO-coated conductor architectures grown by chemical solution deposition.

  19. Flux pinning properties of YBCO films with nano-particles by TFA-MOD method

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    Masuda, Y.; Teranishi, R.; Matsuyama, M.; Yamada, K.; Kiss, T.; Munetoh, S.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.

    Nano-particles were doped into YBCO films as pinning centers by a metal organic deposition (MOD) method using trifluoroacetates. Two types of initial solution with a cation ratio of Y: Ba: Cu = 1: 1.5: 3 were prepared; one with the dispersion of SnO2 particles with the size of 15-25 nm and the other one with the dispersion of smaller ZrO2 particles with the size of under 8 nm, then the solution was spin-coated on CeO2/Gd2Zr2O7/Hastelloy substrates. The coated films were calcined at 430 °C in oxygen atmosphere and crystallized at 780 °C in low oxygen atmosphere. From the results of X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), peaks of BaSnO3 were observed clearly in the YBCO film by the starting solution with SnO2. On the other hands, little peaks corresponding to BaZrO3 were observed in the film by the solution with ZrO2. Many CuO segregations were recognized at the surface of SnO2 doped YBCO film in comparison to the YBCO film with ZrO2 doping. From these results, it is indicated that most of SnO2 particles in precursors are react with Ba during heating. Critical current density (JC) of the YBCO films by both solutions showed higher performance than that of pure YBCO film in magnetic fields.

  20. Conceptual design of 275 kV class high-Tc superconducting cable

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    Mukoyama, S.; Yagi, M.; Fujiwara, N.; Ichikawa, H.

    2010-11-01

    High-temperature superconducting (HTS) cables are expected to be next generation transmission line because of the compact, lightweight, large capacity, and low loss features. Especially, since the YBa 2Cu 3O x (YBCO) tape has a high critical current, high magnetic-field property, low AC loss, and low cost, using YBCO tapes for a HTS cable seems to be one of the most promising ways to make the HTS cable attractive. Therefore, YBCO HTS cables have been studied extensively in Japan, the United States, Korea, and many other countries. We now believe that 275 kV class HTS cables will be used for future large capacity lines based on the needs of Japanese transmission networks for bulk transmission power in overhead transmission lines or gas insulated transmission lines (GIL). We started to develop the 275 kV class HTS cable for the new energy and industrial technology development organization (NEDO) project at 2008, and we have studied the applicability and the environmental and economic advantages of the 275 kV cable. This paper will introduce advantages and a conceptual design of the 275 kV HTS cable.

  1. Anisotropic inflation with general potentials

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    Shi, JiaMing; Huang, XiaoTian; Qiu, TaoTao

    2016-04-01

    Anomalies in recent observational data indicate that there might be some "anisotropic hair" generated in an inflation period. To obtain general information about the effects of this anisotropic hair to inflation models, we studied anisotropic inflation models that involve one vector and one scalar using several types of potentials. We determined the general relationship between the degree of anisotropy and the fraction of the vector and scalar fields, and concluded that the anisotropies behave independently of the potentials. We also generalized our study to the case of multi-directional anisotropies.

  2. Electric-field effect on transport and superconducting properties of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x

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    Kawahara, T.; Suzuki, T.; Komai, E.; Nakazawa, K.; Terashima, T.; Bando, Y.

    1996-02-01

    Charging effects on the transport properties of thin YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x (YBCO) films are measured using FET-like junctions of YBCO in thickness ranging from 1 to 10 unit-cell thicknesses (UCT's). An electric ( E) field experiment without magnetic field reveals that the conductance is divergent at finite temperatures and changes of the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition temperature are observed as a function of applied E field. Under magnetic fields, the temperature dependence of the resistance under E fields is of Arrhenius type, and E field effects on the pinning energy of vortex are evaluated. These changes of the superconducting properties are linearly correlated to those of the normal resistance, namely, the induced areal carrier densities.

  3. Total suppression of superconductivity by high magnetic fields in YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6.6).

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    Rullier-Albenque, F; Alloul, H; Proust, Cyril; Lejay, P; Forget, A; Colson, D

    2007-07-13

    We have studied the variation of transverse magnetoresistance of underdoped YBCO(6.6) crystals, either pure or with reduced T(c) down to 3.5 K by electron irradiation, in fields up to 60 T. We find evidence that the superconducting fluctuation contribution to the conductivity is suppressed only above a threshold field H(c)'(T), which is found to vanish at T(c)' > T(c). In the pure YBCO(6.6) sample, H(c)' is already 50 T at T(c). We find that increasing disorder weakly depresses H(c)'(0), T(c)', and T(nu), the onset of the Nernst signal. Thus, these energy scales appear more characteristic of the 2D local pairing than the pseudogap temperature which is not modified by disorder. PMID:17678247

  4. NMR evidence of anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior in CeIrIn5

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    Shockley, A. C.; Shirer, K. R.; Crocker, J.; Dioguardi, A. P.; Lin, C. H.; Nisson, D. M.; apRoberts-Warren, N.; Klavins, P.; Curro, N. J.

    2015-08-01

    We report detailed Knight-shift measurements of the two indium sites in the heavy-fermion compound CeIrIn5 as a function of temperature and field orientation. We find that the Knight-shift anomaly is orientation dependent, with a crossover temperature T* that varies by 50% as the field is rotated from (001) to (100). This result suggests that the hybridization between the Ce 4 f states and the itinerant conduction electrons is anisotropic, a result that reflects its collective origin, and may lead to anisotropic Kondo liquid behavior and unconventional superconductivity.

  5. Novel processing and properties of high efficiency superconducting infrared bolometric detectors

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    Moxey, Donovan E.

    1998-12-01

    The work in this dissertation involves the design, fabrication, and analysis of superconducting infrared bolometric detectors. These bolometers have been made from superconducting YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} (YBCO) deposited on silicon (100) substrates utilizing a buffer layer of yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ). Thin films of undoped and silver(Ag) doped YBCO, as well as stacked layers of undoped/Ag-doped YBCO have been deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The microstructure and materials properties of these films have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS). The electrical and transport properties of these films have been investigated using four-point resistance versus temperature measurements. The results of the investigations of the materials and electrical properties of these films show that they are of high quality, and exhibit superconducting characteristics that are conducive for bolometer device applications. For the first time superconducting bolometric detectors have been fabricated using a novel photolithographic and anti-reflective coating (ARC) process. This fabrication process can be used to fabricate any type of device structure that utilizes superconducting YBCO. The use of an anti-reflective coating simplifies the overall device fabrication process and allows this process to be easily integrated with conventional silicon device processing steps. The anti-reflective coating serves as a barrier to moisture and other contaminants that react with YBCO, as well as act as an absorption medium that improves the optical collection efficiency of the device. Optical analysis of these three bolometer device structures has been carried out using a helium neon (HeNe; lambda = 632.8nm) laser. At a bias of 1mA, and chopping frequency of 100Hz; we have measured photoresponse as a function of device temperature, calculated responsivity, and

  6. Effect of zinc substitution on internal friction in YBCO superconductors

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    Li, A.; Wang, Y. N.; Ying, X. N.; Zhang, Q. M.; Chen, W. M.

    1999-09-01

    The temperature spectra of internal friction for Zn doped ceramic YBa2(Cu1- xZnx)3O6+icons/Journals/Common/delta" ALT="delta" ALIGN="TOP"/> are presented with zinc content x varying from 0 to 0.1. Two thermally activated peaks (P1, P2) near the superconducting transition temperature Tc were found to show different behaviours upon zinc doping: the peak at 110 K (P1) decreases rapidly with increasing of x while another one at 120 K (P2) has no significant change. The relaxation mechanism of P1 is interpreted in terms of jumps of apical oxygen atoms between off-centred positions produced by the Jahn-Teller effect. The effect of zinc substitution on the depression of superconductivity is also discussed.

  7. Measurements and calculations of transport AC loss in second generation high temperature superconducting pancake coils

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    Yuan, Weijia; Coombs, T. A.; Kim, Jae-Ho; Han Kim, Chul; Kvitkovic, Jozef; Pamidi, Sastry

    2011-12-01

    Theoretical and experimental AC loss data on a superconducting pancake coil wound using second generation (2 G) conductors are presented. An anisotropic critical state model is used to calculate critical current and the AC losses of a superconducting pancake coil. In the coil there are two regions, the critical state region and the subcritical region. The model assumes that in the subcritical region the flux lines are parallel to the tape wide face. AC losses of the superconducting pancake coil are calculated using this model. Both calorimetric and electrical techniques were used to measure AC losses in the coil. The calorimetric method is based on measuring the boil-off rate of liquid nitrogen. The electric method used a compensation circuit to eliminate the inductive component to measure the loss voltage of the coil. The experimental results are consistent with the theoretical calculations thus validating the anisotropic critical state model for loss estimations in the superconducting pancake coil.

  8. Evidence for a minigap in YBCO grain boundary Josephson junctions.

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    Lucignano, P; Stornaiuolo, D; Tafuri, F; Altshuler, B L; Tagliacozzo, A

    2010-10-01

    Self-assembled YBaCuO diffusive grain boundary submicron Josephson junctions offer a realization of a special regime of the proximity effect, where normal state coherence prevails on the superconducting coherence in the barrier region. Resistance oscillations from the current-voltage characteristic encode mesoscopic information on the junction and more specifically on the minigap induced in the barrier. Their persistence at large voltages is evidence of the long lifetime of the antinodal (high energy) quasiparticles. PMID:21230860

  9. Evolution of superconducting gap and metallic ground state in cuprates from transport

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    Taillefer, Louis

    2006-03-01

    We report on fundamental characteristics of the ground state of cuprates in the limit of T=0, for both normal and superconducting states, obtained from transport measurements on high-quality single crystals of YBCO and Tl-2201, as a function of hole concentration. The superconducting gap is extracted from thermal conductivity; it is found to scale with the superconducting transition temperature throughout the overdoped regime, with a gap-to-Tc ratio of 5 [1]. The normal state is accessed by suppressing superconductivity with magnetic fields up to 60 T and is characterized by the limiting behavior of its electrical resistivity; while carrier localization is observed in YBCO at low temperature for carrier concentrations p below 0.1 hole/planar Cu, at p=0.1 and above the material remains highly metallic down to T=0 [2]. This shows that the non-superconducting state of underdoped cuprates, deep in the pseudogap phase, is remarkably similar to that of strongly overdoped cuprates, e.g. at p=0.3. We compare these results with similar measurements on other cuprates and discuss their implication for our understanding of the cuprate phase diagram. [1] In collaboration with: D.G. Hawthorn, S.Y. Li, M. Sutherland, E. Boaknin, R.W. Hill, C. Proust, F. Ronning, M. Tanatar, J. Paglione, D. Peets, R. Liang, D.A. Bonn, W.N. Hardy, and N.N. Kolesnikov. [2] In collaboration with: C. Proust, M. Sutherland, N. Doiron- Leyraud, S.Y. Li, R. Liang, D.A. Bonn, W.N. Hardy, N.E. Hussey, S. Adachi, S. Tajima, J. Levallois, and M. Narbone.

  10. Thermal expansion of several materials for superconducting magnets

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    Clark, A.F.; Fujii, G.; Ranney, M.A.

    1981-09-01

    The thermal expansion of several materials used in the consruction of high field superconducting magnets has been measured from 4 K to room temperature. The materials were a NbTi and two A15 multifilamentary conductors and several nonmetallic composites made from linen/phenolic, fiberglass/epoxy and superconducitng wire/epoxy. The conductor expansions are typical of metals and the composite expansions are highy anisotropic. Both graphic and tabular values are provided by a computer fitting of the experimental data. The importnce of thermal expansion differences in critical current measurement apparatus and superconducting magnet design are discussed. 12 refs.

  11. Superconducting magnet

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    Satti, John A.

    1980-01-01

    A superconducting magnet designed to produce magnetic flux densities of the order of 4 to 5 Webers per square meter is constructed by first forming a cable of a plurality of matrixed superconductor wires with each wire of the plurality insulated from each other one. The cable is shaped into a rectangular cross-section and is wound with tape in an open spiral to create cooling channels. Coils are wound in a calculated pattern in saddle shapes to produce desired fields, such as dipoles, quadrupoles, and the like. Wedges are inserted between adjacent cables as needed to maintain substantially radial placement of the long dimensions of cross sections of the cables. After winding, individual strands in each of the cables are brought out to terminals and are interconnected to place all of the strands in series and to maximize the propagation of a quench by alternating conduction from an inner layer to an outer layer and from top half to bottom half as often as possible. Individual layers are separated from others by spiraled aluminum spacers to facilitate cooling. The wound coil is wrapped with an epoxy tape that is cured by heat and then machined to an interference fit with an outer aluminum pipe which is then affixed securely to the assembled coil by heating it to make a shrink fit. In an alternate embodiment, one wire of the cable is made of copper or the like to be heated externally to propagate a quench.

  12. Vortex dynamics in anisotropic traps

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    McEndoo, S.; Busch, Th.

    2010-07-15

    We investigate the dynamics of linear vortex lattices in anisotropic traps in two dimensions and show that the interplay between the rotation and the anisotropy leads to a rich but highly regular dynamics.

  13. Superconducting vortex pinning with artificial magnetic nanostructures.

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    Velez, M.; Martin, J. I.; Villegas, J. E.; Hoffmann, A.; Gonzalez, E. M.; Vicent, J. L.; Schuller, I. K.; Univ. de Oviedo-CINN; Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS Univ. Paris-Sud; Univ.Complutense de Madrid; Univ. California at San Diego

    2008-11-01

    This review is dedicated to summarizing the recent research on vortex dynamics and pinning effects in superconducting films with artificial magnetic structures. The fabrication of hybrid superconducting/magnetic systems is presented together with the wide variety of properties that arise from the interaction between the superconducting vortex lattice and the artificial magnetic nanostructures. Specifically, we review the role that the most important parameters in the vortex dynamics of films with regular array of dots play. In particular, we discuss the phenomena that appear when the symmetry of a regular dot array is distorted from regularity towards complete disorder including rectangular, asymmetric, and aperiodic arrays. The interesting phenomena that appear include vortex-lattice reconfigurations, anisotropic dynamics, channeling, and guided motion as well as ratchet effects. The different regimes are summarized in a phase diagram indicating the transitions that take place as the characteristic distances of the array are modified respect to the superconducting coherence length. Future directions are sketched out indicating the vast open area of research in this field.

  14. Phase competition in trisected superconducting dome

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    Vishik, I. M.; Hashimoto, M.; He, Rui-Hua; Lee, Wei-Sheng; Schmitt, Felix; Lu, Donghui; Moore, R. G.; Zhang, C.; Meevasana, W.; Sasagawa, T.; Uchida, S.; Fujita, Kazuhiro; Ishida, S.; Ishikado, M.; Yoshida, Yoshiyuki; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Hussain, Zahid; Devereaux, Thomas P.; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2012-01-01

    A detailed phenomenology of low energy excitations is a crucial starting point for microscopic understanding of complex materials, such as the cuprate high-temperature superconductors. Because of its unique momentum-space discrimination, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) is ideally suited for this task in the cuprates, where emergent phases, particularly superconductivity and the pseudogap, have anisotropic gap structure in momentum space. We present a comprehensive doping- and temperature-dependence ARPES study of spectral gaps in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, covering much of the superconducting portion of the phase diagram. In the ground state, abrupt changes in near-nodal gap phenomenology give spectroscopic evidence for two potential quantum critical points, p = 0.19 for the pseudogap phase and p = 0.076 for another competing phase. Temperature dependence reveals that the pseudogap is not static below Tc and exists p > 0.19 at higher temperatures. Our data imply a revised phase diagram that reconciles conflicting reports about the endpoint of the pseudogap in the literature, incorporates phase competition between the superconducting gap and pseudogap, and highlights distinct physics at the edge of the superconducting dome. PMID:23093670

  15. Metallic alloy targets for high Tc superconducting film deposition

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    Manini, P.; Nigro, A.; Romano, P.; Vaglio, R.

    1989-02-01

    Many experiments are nowadays conducting worldwide on superconducting films based on the recently developed high Tc superconductor materials (YBCO, BISCO, etc). There are different ways to produce these films, among which sputtering and evaporation are most popular. Normally, use is made of oxides, pure metals or compounds as material sources. In the present paper we describe the fabrication process and the physico-chemical characteristics of various metallic alloy components for both sputtering and evaporation processes which show various advantages in terms of stability, easiness of use, purity, flexibility in composition and shape and allow good process control. Deposition techniques and experimental results obtained on thin films of the new superconductors realized starting from these alloys are also reported.

  16. Hybrid Superconducting Magnetic Bearing (HSMB) for high load devices

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    Mcmichael, C. K.; Ma, K. B.; Lamb, M. A.; Lin, M. W.; Chow, L.; Meng, R. L.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, W. K.

    1992-01-01

    Lifting capacities greater than 41 N/cm(exp 2) (60 psi) at 77 K have been achieved with a new type of levitation (hybrid) using a combination of permanent magnets and high quality melt-mixtured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO). The key concept of the hybrid superconducting magnetic bearing (HSMB) is the use of strong magnetic repulsion and attraction from permanent magnets for high levitation or suspension forces in conjunction with a superconductor's flux pinning characteristics to counteract the inherent instabilities in a system consisting of magnets only. To illustrate this concept, radial and axial forces between magnet/superconductor, magnet/magnet, and magnet/superconductor/magnet, were measured and compared for the thrust bearing configuration

  17. Optimized configurations of autostable superconducting magnetic bearings for practical applications

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    Schoechlin, A.; Ritter, T.; Bornemann, H.J.

    1995-11-01

    In order to establish an optimized bearing design for a flywheel for energy storage, the authors have studied model bearing configurations involving bulk YBCO pellets and double-dipole magnet configurations. They were interested to see what is the correlation between the maximum attainable levitation force, measured for a typical bearing gap of 3 mm, and the separation between the magnetic poles. Equal polarity (north-north) and alternate polarity (north-south) configurations were investigated. The maximum levitation force was obtained with the alternate polarity arrangement for a separation between the magnetic poles of 6 mm. It represents an increase of 19% compared to a non-optimized configuration. The experiments demonstrate that configurations of superconducting magnetic bearings can be optimized to obtain better levitation properties.

  18. Superconductivity and Physical Properties of CaPd2Ge2 Single Crystals

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    Anand, V K; Kim, Hyunsoo; Tanatar, Makariy A; Prozorov, Ruslan; Johnston, David C

    2014-10-08

    We present the superconducting and normal state properties of CaPd2Ge2 single crystals investigated by magnetic susceptibility χ, isothermal magnetization M, heat capacity Cp, in-plane electrical resistivity ρ and London penetration depth λ versus temperature T and magnetic field H measurements. Bulk superconductivity is inferred from the ρ(T) and Cp(T) data. The ρ(T) data exhibit metallic behavior and a superconducting transition with Tc onset = 1.98 K and zero resistivity at Tc 0 = 1.67 K. The χ(T) reveals the onset of superconductivity at 2.0 K. For T > 2.0 K, the χ(T) and M(H) are weakly anisotropic paramagnetic with χab > χc. The Cp(T) data confirm the bulk superconductivity below Tc = 1.69(3) K. The superconducting state electronic heat capacity is analyzed within the framework of a single-band α-model of BCS superconductivity and various normal and superconducting state parameters are estimated. Within the α-model, the Cp(T) data and the ab plane λ(T) data consistently indicate a moderately anisotropic s-wave gap with Δ(0)/kBTc ≈ 1.6, somewhat smaller than the BCS value of 1.764. The relationship of the heat capacity jump at Tc and the penetration depth measurement to the anisotropy in the s-wave gap is discussed.

  19. Design and comparative analysis of 10 MW class superconducting wind power generators according to different types of superconducting wires

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    Sung, Hae-Jin; Kim, Gyeong-Hun; Kim, Kwangmin; Park, Minwon; Yu, In-Keun; Kim, Jong-Yul

    2013-11-01

    Wind turbine concepts can be classified into the geared type and the gearless type. The gearless type wind turbine is more attractive due to advantages of simplified drive train and increased energy yield, and higher reliability because the gearbox is omitted. In addition, this type resolves the weight issue of the wind turbine with the light weight of gearbox. However, because of the low speed operation, this type has disadvantage such as the large diameter and heavy weight of generator. Super-Conducting (SC) wind power generator can reduce the weight and volume of a wind power system. Properties of superconducting wire are very different from each company. This paper considers the design and comparative analysis of 10 MW class SC wind power generators according to different types of SC wires. Super-Conducting Synchronous Generators (SCSGs) using YBCO and Bi-2223 wires are optimized by an optimal method. The magnetic characteristics of the SCSGs are investigated using the finite elements method program. The optimized specifications of the SCSGs are discussed in detail, and the optimization processes can be used effectively to develop large scale wind power generation systems.

  20. Simple Superconducting "Permanent" Electromagnet

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    Israelson, Ulf E.; Strayer, Donald M.

    1992-01-01

    Proposed short tube of high-temperature-superconducting material like YBa2Cu3O7 acts as strong electromagnet that flows as long as magnetic field remains below critical value and temperature of cylinder maintained sufficiently below superconducting-transition temperature. Design exploits maximally anisotropy of high-temperature-superconducting material.

  1. Superconductivity applications for infrared and microwave devices II; Proceedings of the Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr. 4, 5, 1991

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    Heinen, Vernon O. (Editor); Bhasin, Kul B. (Editor)

    1991-01-01

    Topics discussed include thin-film technology, microwave transmission lines and resonators, microwave devices and circuits, infrared detectors and bolometers, and superconducting junctions. Papers are presented on possible enhancement in bolometric response using free-standing film of YBa2Cu3O(x), aging and surface instability in high-Tc superconductors, epitaxial Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 thin films on LaAlO3 and their microwave device properties, the performance of stripline resonators using sputtered YBCO films, and a coplanar waveguide microwave filter of YBa2Cu3O7. Attention is also given to the performance characteristics of Y-Ba-Cu-O microwave superconducting detectors, high-Tc bolometer developments for planetary missions, infrared detectors from YBaCuO thin films, high-temperature superconductor junction technology, and submillimeter receiver components using superconducting tunnel junctions.

  2. Long length oxide template for YBCO coated conductor prepared by surface-oxidation epitaxy method

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    Watanabe, Tomonori; Matsumoto, Kaname; Maeda, Toshihiko; Tanigawa, Toru; Hirabayashi, Izumi

    2001-08-01

    A 50 m long, biaxially textured NiO buffer layer for epitaxial growth ofYBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) film has been fabricated on the long cube textured nickel tape using surface-oxidation epitaxy (SOE) method. The SOE-NiO layers were highly {1 0 0} <0 0 1> textured. The full width at half maximum of 10-14.5° from X-ray φ-scan ( Δφ) was in the range of 10-14.5° through the whole length. The critical current density ( Jc) values exceeding 0.3 MA/cm 2 (77 K, 0 T) have been obtained in short samples of YBCO films on NiO/Ni tapes, by using thin MgO cap layer. Thirty meters long Ni-clad Ni-20wt.%Cr (Ni/NiCr) and Ni-clad austenitic stainless steel (Ni/SS) tapes were also prepared for YBCO coated conductors with higher strength and lower magnetism than those of pure nickel tape. Highly {1 0 0} <0 0 1> textured NiO layers were formed on those textured composite tapes by SOE method as same as on cube textured pure nickel tapes. YBCO films with Jc of 0.1 MA/cm 2 (77 K, 0 T) have been obtained on MgO/SOE-NiO layer of short Ni/NiCr composite tape.

  3. Critical currents and dissipative effects in proton-irradiated ceramic YBCO and BISCO

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    Mezzetti, E.; Minetti, B. ); Andreone, D. ); Cherubini, R. ); Gherardi, L.; Metra, P. )

    1992-04-01

    Transport properties in pellets of YBCO and BISCO are studied before and after 6.5-MeV proton implantation. The average critical current was strongly enhanced but in one case also weakened, probably due to the unfavorable interaction with the pre-irradiation defect structure. Characteristic parameters are compared and discussed. 17 refs., 3 figs.

  4. Experimental studies of helical solenoid model based on YBCO tape-bridge joints

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    Yu, M.; Lombardo, V.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; Flangan, G.; Lopes, M.L.; Johnson, R.P.; /Fermilab

    2011-06-01

    Helical solenoids that provide solenoid, helical dipole and helical gradient field components are designed for a helical cooling channel (HCC) proposed for cooling of muon beams in a muon collider. The high temperature superconductor (HTS), 12 mm wide and 0.1 mm thick YBCO tape, is used as the conductor for the highest-field section of HCC due to certain advantages, such as its electrical and mechanical properties. To study and address the design, and technological and performance issues related to magnets based on YBCO tapes, a short helical solenoid model based on double-pancake coils was designed, fabricated and tested at Fermilab. Splicing joints were made with Sn-Pb solder as the power leads and the connection between coils, which is the most critical element in the magnet that can limit the performance significantly. This paper summarizes the test results of YBCO tape and double-pancake coils in liquid nitrogen and liquid helium, and then focuses on the study of YBCO splices, including the soldering temperatures and pressures, and splice bending test.

  5. A newly designed ultrasonic spray pyrolysis device to fabricate YBCO tapes

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    Liu, M.; Zhou, M. L.; Zhai, L. H.; Liu, D. M.; Gao, X.; Liu, W.

    2003-04-01

    A newly designed ultrasonic spray pyrolysis device has been manufactured to fabricate YBCO tapes. The apparatus is primarily composed of four zones: the ultrasonic generator, the atomization chamber, the pyrolysis chamber and the rotating equipment. Every part of them is designed and fabricated by us. The whole system costs far less than the ready-made equipment facility in which there is always a vacuum apparatus. This apparatus with processing parameters accurately controlled can fabricate short and long YBCO tapes. In this paper, we mainly focused on how to design and manufacture four parts of the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. We have deposited c-axis aligned short YBCO tapes on biaxially textured Ag {1 1 0}<1 1 0> substrates with Jc=10 3 A/cm 2 using this method with our device. The method is very promising in terms of its precise control of metal compositions, high deposition rate and low cost non-vacuum approach. Improvements of this technique are being carried out to fabricate long YBCO tapes.

  6. High-rate fabrication of YBCO coated conductors using TFA-MOD method

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    Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Usui, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    The YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) coated conductors derived from metal-organic deposition (MOD) method using the metal salts of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) have been developed with high critical current property. The long-length YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by multi-turn reel-to-reel system. Increasing the thickness per single coating in the multi-turn reel-to-reel system is a cost-effective technique for fabrication of the precursor films in the calcination process. In this work, we have developed a new starting solution consisting of non-fluorine salts of yttrium 4-oxopentanoate and copper 2-ethylhexanoate with focusing on increasing the thickness per single coating for a high-rate fabrication of the YBCO coated conductors by the TFA-MOD method. The critical thickness per single coating of the film fabricated from the new starting solution was 0.54 μm/coat. High critical current of 377 A/cm-width with high critical current density (3.0 MA/cm2) was obtained in the YBCO film fabricated on CeO2 buffered LaMnO3/MgO/Gd2Zr2O-7/HastelloyTM substrates using the new starting solution at the thickness per single coating of 0.42 μm/coat.

  7. Optimization of fluorine content in TFA-MOD precursor solutions for YBCO film growth

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    Jin, L. H.; Li, C. S.; Feng, J. Q.; Yu, Z. M.; Wang, Y.; Lei, L.; Zhao, G. Y.; Sulpice, A.; Zhang, P. X.

    2016-01-01

    Several low fluorine solutions containing different contents of fluorine were prepared by a chemical process. The fluorine contents in these solutions with respect to the conventional all-trifluoroacetate solution were calculated as 0%, 7.7%, 15.4%, 23.1%, 30.8%, 38.5% and 53.8%. YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films were deposited on LaAlO3 and CeO2/MgO/Al2O3/Hastelloy substrates using these low fluorine solutions. The phase formation, texture and microstructure of the YBCO films were characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The decomposition mechanism of the low fluorine solution was also discussed. The results indicate that the ratio of F/Ba and the carbon content in decomposed powders could be controlled by adjusting the fluorine content in the precursor solutions. Fluorine had a great influence on the phase transformation, nucleation and growth of YBCO film during the crystallization process. The optimization of fluorine content was in the range of 15.4%-23.1%, which contributed to the good texture, homogeneous microstructure and high J c value of the YBCO crystallized films.

  8. Ordered YBCO sub-micron array structures induced by pulsed femtosecond laser irradiation.

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    Luo, C W; Lee, C C; Li, C H; Shih, H C; Chen, Y-J; Hsieh, C C; Su, C H; Tzeng, W Y; Wu, K H; Juang, J Y; Uen, T M; Chen, S P; Lin, J-Y; Kobayashi, T

    2008-12-01

    We report on the formation of organized sub-micron YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) (YBCO) dots induced by irradiating femtosecond laser pulses on YBCO films prepared by pulse laser deposition with fluence in the range of 0.21 approximately 0.53 J/cm(2). The morphology of the YBCO film surface depends strongly on the laser fluences irradiated. At lower laser fluence (approximately 0.21 J/cm(2)) the morphology was pattern of periodic ripples with sub-micrometer spacing. Slightly increasing the laser fluence to 0.26 J/cm(2) changes the pattern into organized sub-micron dots with diameters ranging from 100 nm to 800 nm and height of 150 nm. Further increase of the laser fluence to over 0.32 J/cm(2), however, appeared to result in massive melting and led to irregular morphology. The mechanism and the implications of the current findings will be discussed. Arrays of YBCO sub-micron dots with T(c) = 89.7 K were obtained. PMID:19065200

  9. Development of Modified MOD-TFA Approach for YBCO Film Growth

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    Bhuiyan, Md S; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Hunt, Rodney Dale; List III, Frederick Alyious; Duckworth, Robert C

    2007-01-01

    Low-cost coated-conductor fabrication methods are essential for various electric-power applications. Metal-organic-deposition (MOD) approach to grow both YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) and buffer layers on textured metal substrates is very promising towards fabrication of lower-cost second generation wires. YBCO coated conductors (CC) are being developed with high critical currents that should be sufficient for their extensive use in power applications. However, the present CC has high energy losses in ac magnetic field that are unacceptable. We have developed a modified MOD precursor route to deposit {approx} 0.8 {micro}m thick YBCO films in a single coat that requires less than one-fifth of the pyrolysis time compared to the traditional MOD approach. We have also developed a filamentization technique of CC using ink-jet printing to reduce ac losses due to applied ac fields. The preliminary results of YBCO films deposited on standard RABiTS template yielded an of 140 A/cm at 77 K and self- field. A modest reduction of ac loss was observed for the solution ink-jet printed filamentary conductor.

  10. Trapped Field Characteristics of Stacked YBCO Thin Plates for Compact NMR Magnets: Spatial Field Distribution and Temporal Stability.

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    Hahn, Seungyong; Kim, Seok Beom; Ahn, Min Cheol; Voccio, John; Bascuñán, Juan; Iwasa, Yukikazu

    2010-06-01

    This paper presents experimental and analytical results of trapped field characteristics of a stack of square YBCO thin film plates for compact NMR magnets. Each YBCO plate, 40 mm × 40 mm × 0.08 mm, has a 25-mm diameter hole at its center. A total of 500 stacked plates were used to build a 40-mm long magnet. Its trapped field, in a bath of liquid nitrogen, was measured for spatial field distribution and temporal stability. Comparison of measured and analytical results is presented: the effects on trapped field characteristics of the unsaturated nickel substrate and the non-uniform current distribution in the YBCO plate are discussed. PMID:20585463

  11. Ultralow Friction in a Superconducting Magnetic Bearing

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    Bornemann, Hans J.; Siegel, Michael; Zaitsev, Oleg; Bareiss, Martin; Laschuetza, Helmut

    1996-01-01

    Passive levitation by superconducting magnetic bearings can be utilized in flywheels for energy storage. Basic design criteria of such a bearing are high levitation force, sufficient vertical and horizontal stability and low friction. A test facility was built for the measurement and evaluation of friction in a superconducting magnetic bearing as a function of operating temperature and pressure in the vacuum vessel. The bearing consists of a commercial disk shaped magnet levitated above single grain, melt-textured YBCO high-temperature superconductor material. The superconductor was conduction cooled by an integrated AEG tactical cryocooler. The temperature could be varied from 50 K to 80 K. The pressure in the vacuum chamber was varied from 1 bar to 10(exp -5) mbar. At the lowest pressure setting, the drag torque shows a linear frequency dependence over the entire range investigated (0 less than f less than 40 Hz). Magnetic friction, the frequency independent contribution, is very low. The frequency dependent drag torque is generated by molecular friction from molecule-surface collisions and by eddy currents. Given the specific geometry of the set-up and gas pressure, the molecular drag torque can be estimated. At a speed of 40 Hz, the coefficient of friction (drag-to-lift ratio) was measured to be mu = 1.6 x 10(exp -7) at 10(exp -5) mbar and T = 60 K. This is equivalent to a drag torque of 7.6 x 10(exp -10) Nm. Magnetic friction causes approx. 1% of the total losses. Molecular friction accounts for about 13% of the frequency dependent drag torque, the remaining 87% being due to eddy currents and losses from rotor unbalance. The specific energy loss is only 0.3% per hour.

  12. Pd layer on cube-textured substrates for MOD-TFA and PLD YBCO coated conductors

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    Mancini, A.; Celentano, G.; Galluzzi, V.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Augieri, A.; Ciontea, L.; Petrisor, T.; Gambardella, U.; Longo, G.; Cricenti, A.

    2008-01-01

    Pd films were deposited on rolling assisted biaxially textured substrate (RABiTS) Ni-5 at.% W in order to exploit the Pd effect of the texture sharpening with respect to that of the substrate, for the development of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) coated conductors. The Pd sharpening effect was relevant in the out-of-plane direction where the reduction for the ω-scans' full width at half maximum (FWHM) ranged from 55 to 65%, depending on the substrate roughness. The obtained minimum values of the FWHM in the transverse rolling direction of the (002) Pd ω-scan and in the (111) Pd phi-scan were of about 2.5° and 5°, respectively. The CeO2/YSZ/CeO2 (YSZ is Y2O3-stabilised ZrO2) heterostructure of the buffer layer was developed by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In order to transfer the sharp orientation of the Pd film, both the seed CeO2 layer and the YSZ layer were deposited at low temperatures (450 °C), low enough to avoid Pd/Ni-W interdiffusion. The YBCO, films deposited by both PLD and metal-organic deposition (MOD) using metal trifluoroacetate acid (TFA), exhibited rolling direction (005) ω-scan and the (113) phi-scan FWHM values of about 2° and 5°, respectively. In spite of the complete interdiffusion between Ni and Pd during the YBCO film deposition, the coated conductors exhibit good adherence, as well as a smooth and crack-free surface. A zero-resistance critical temperature (TC0) of 90.8 K for the MOD-TFA YBCO films and critical current-density (JC) up to 2.2 MA cm-2 at 77 K and self-field for PLD YBCO films have been obtained.

  13. Design and Evaluation of Ybco Cable for the Albany Hts Cable Project

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    Ohya, M.; Yumura, H.; Ashibe, Y.; Ito, H.; Masuda, T.; Sato, K.

    2008-03-01

    The Albany Cable Project's aim is to develop a 350 meter long HTS cable system with a capacity of 800 A at 34.5 kV, located between two substations in the National Grid Power Company's grid. In-grid use of BSCCO HTS cable began on July 20, 2006, and successful long-term operation proceeded as planned. The cable system consists of two cables, one 320 meters long and the other 30 meters, a cable-to-cable splice in a vault, two terminations, and a cooling system. In Phase-II of the Albany project, this autumn, the 30-meter section will be replaced with YBCO cable. The test manufacturing and evaluation of YBCO cable has been carried out using SuperPower's YBCO wires in order to confirm the credibility of the cable design. No degradation of the critical current was found at any stage of manufacture. The fault-current test, involving a 1-meter sample carrying 23 kA at 38 cycles, was conducted under open-bath conditions. The temperature increases at the conductor and shield were comparable to those of the BSCCO core, and no Ic degradation was found after the fault-current test. After the design suitability was confirmed, a 30-meter YBCO cable was manufactured. The critical current of the conductor and the shield were approximately 2.6 kA and 2.4 kA, respectively, almost the same as the design values, considering the wire's Ic and the effect of the magnetic field. The AC loss of the sample cable was 0.34 W/m/phase at 800 Arms and 60 Hz. Following favorable shipping test results, the YBCO cable was shipped to the United States, and arrived at the site in June 2007.

  14. Fabrication and Characterization of YBCO Coated Conductors by Inclined Substrate Deposition

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    Ma, B.; Balachandran, U.; Xu, Y.; Bhattacharya, R.

    2006-03-31

    Inclined substrate deposition (ISD) is an effective method for rapid fabrication of high-quality template layers for YBCO-coated conductors. We have deposited biaxially textured ISD-MgO films on flexible metallic tapes in a reel-to-reel system by electron-beam evaporation at rapid deposition rates, 2-10 nm{center_dot}s-1. Strontium ruthenium oxide (SRO) buffer and YBCO films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Pole figure analysis of a meter-long ISD-MgO tape was carried out by X-ray diffraction using a Bruker's D8 DISCOVER equipped with GADDS (general area detection diffraction system). The c-axis of the ISD-MgO film was tilted away from substrate normal. A full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of {approx_equal}10 deg. was observed from the {phi}-scan of the MgO (002) diffraction measured on samples deposited with 35 deg. inclination angle. Surface morphology measured by atomic force microscopy revealed a roof-tile shaped structure for the ISD-MgO films. Through the use of the SRO buffer, biaxial alignment in the YBCO film deposited on the ISD-MgO template was improved. The {phi}-scan FWHM was 5.8 deg. for the YBCO (005) diffraction. We have measured the critical transition temperature Tc = 91 K and transport critical current density Jc >1.6x106 A{center_dot}cm-2 at 77 K in self-field on a SRO-buffered YBCO film grown with ISD-MgO architecture.

  15. Low-noise nano superconducting quantum interference device operating in Tesla magnetic fields.

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    Schwarz, Tobias; Nagel, Joachim; Wölbing, Roman; Kemmler, Matthias; Kleiner, Reinhold; Koelle, Dieter

    2013-01-22

    Superconductivity in the cuprate YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) (YBCO) persists up to huge magnetic fields (B) up to several tens of Teslas, and sensitive direct current (dc) superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) can be realized in epitaxially grown YBCO films by using grain boundary Josephson junctions (GBJs). Here we present the realization of high-quality YBCO nanoSQUIDs, patterned by focused ion beam milling. We demonstrate low-noise performance of such a SQUID up to B = 1 T applied parallel to the plane of the SQUID loop at the temperature T = 4.2 K. The GBJs are shunted by a thin Au layer to provide nonhysteretic current voltage characteristics, and the SQUID incorporates a 90 nm wide constriction which is used for on-chip modulation of the magnetic flux through the SQUID loop. The white flux noise of the device increases only slightly from 1.3 μΦ(0)/(Hz)(1/2) at B = 0 to 2.3 μΦ(0)/(Hz))(1/2) at 1 T. Assuming that a point-like magnetic particle with magnetization in the plane of the SQUID loop is placed directly on top of the constriction and taking into account the geometry of the SQUID, we calculate a spin sensitivity S(μ)(1/2) = 62 μ(B)/(Hz))(1/2) at B = 0 and 110 μ(B)/(Hz))(1/2) at 1 T. The demonstration of low noise of such a SQUID in Tesla fields is a decisive step toward utilizing the full potential of ultrasensitive nanoSQUIDs for direct measurements of magnetic hysteresis curves of magnetic nanoparticles and molecular magnets. PMID:23252846

  16. Protective link for superconducting coil

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    Umans, Stephen D.

    2009-12-08

    A superconducting coil system includes a superconducting coil and a protective link of superconducting material coupled to the superconducting coil. A rotating machine includes first and second coils and a protective link of superconducting material. The second coil is operable to rotate with respect to the first coil. One of the first and second coils is a superconducting coil. The protective link is coupled to the superconducting coil.

  17. Theory of magnetic neutron scattering for s- and d-wave superconductivity in cuprates

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    Dahm, T.; Rieck, C. T.; Tewordt, L.; Wermbter, S.

    1994-04-01

    We present a microscopic theory for strong spin-fluctuation exchange interaction and an additional electron-phonon interaction α 2F( q, ω). For an appropriate α 2F being independent of q we find s-wave superconductivity, whereas for an α 2F which is strongly suppressed at larger q due to strong electron correlations we find d-wave superconductivity. The resulting spectral weights of the dynamic spin susceptibility are in qualitative agreement with the neutron scattering data obtained on La 1.86Sr 0.14CuO 4 and YBa 2Cu 3O 6.92, respectively. For the d-wave pairing case the electronic thermal conductivity and the low-frequency electrical conductivity exhibit broad, but relatively small peaks below Tc. The quasiparticle relaxation rate decreases rapidly as T drops below Tc, in qualitative agreement with microwave and ultrafast laser measurements on YBCO and BISCO.

  18. A Superconducting Levitation Transport Model System for Dynamical and Didactical Studies

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    Rosenzweig, St.; Reich, E.; Neu, V.; Berger, D.; Peukert, K.; Holzapfel, B.; Schultz, L.; Pospiech, G.

    Superconducting levitation transport systems might become very attractive in the near future due to various reasons. The realisation of contactless systems allows e.g. extended maintenance-free operation with high efficiency since such a system only needs energy for cooling and propulsion. We established a small superconducting levitation transport model system called "SupraTrans Min" consisting of permanent magnetic rails and a levitated vehicle including four YBCO-bulk samples in a cryostat. The rail system consists of an oval shaped loop (2.90 m x 1.44 m), which was build up from individual linear and curved track modules. Inside the vehicle position variations of the superconductors are possible. By means of velocity, acceleration and temperature measurements different dynamical aspects of our complex levitation system can be investigated. We also show the broad applicability of the experimental setup for didactical studies in physics.

  19. Superconductivity in transition metals.

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    Slocombe, Daniel R; Kuznetsov, Vladimir L; Grochala, Wojciech; Williams, Robert J P; Edwards, Peter P

    2015-03-13

    A qualitative account of the occurrence and magnitude of superconductivity in the transition metals is presented, with a primary emphasis on elements of the first row. Correlations of the important parameters of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity are highlighted with respect to the number of d-shell electrons per atom of the transition elements. The relation between the systematics of superconductivity in the transition metals and the periodic table high-lights the importance of short-range or chemical bonding on the remarkable natural phenomenon of superconductivity in the chemical elements. A relationship between superconductivity and lattice instability appears naturally as a balance and competition between localized covalent bonding and so-called broken covalency, which favours d-electron delocalization and superconductivity. In this manner, the systematics of superconductivity and various other physical properties of the transition elements are related and unified. PMID:25666075

  20. Microwave response of anisotropic high-temperature-superconductor crystals

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    Gough, C. E.; Exon, N. J.

    1994-07-01

    Microwave penetration and losses are derived for the anisotropic normal and superconducting states of single crystals in the shape of thin platelets oriented parallel and perpendicular to the oscillating electromagnetic field. For platelet crystals with the microwave field parallel to the major flat faces, the large anisotropy in the normal state can result in dissipation dominated by microwave field penetration through the thin edges rather than across the main faces. The influence of the extreme anisotropy is also considered for the superconducting state and can account for an anomalous peak in microwave loss below Tc sometimes observed in Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O crystals. When crystals are mounted with their flat faces perpendicular to the microwave field, the losses in both the normal and superconducting states are shown to be strongly peaked towards the outer perimeter of the crystals. This makes critical demands on the degree of perfection of such regions, if the microwave measurements are not to be complicated by nonintrinsic effects associated with local imperfections.

  1. Electron-phonon interaction and pairing mechanism in superconducting Ca-intercalated bilayer graphene.

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    Margine, E R; Lambert, Henry; Giustino, Feliciano

    2016-01-01

    Using the ab initio anisotropic Eliashberg theory including Coulomb interactions, we investigate the electron-phonon interaction and the pairing mechanism in the recently-reported superconducting Ca-intercalated bilayer graphene. We find that C6CaC6 can support phonon-mediated superconductivity with a critical temperature Tc = 6.8-8.1 K, in good agreement with experimental data. Our calculations indicate that the low-energy Caxy vibrations are critical to the pairing, and that it should be possible to resolve two distinct superconducting gaps on the electron and hole Fermi surface pockets. PMID:26892805

  2. Electron-phonon interaction and pairing mechanism in superconducting Ca-intercalated bilayer graphene

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    Margine, E. R.; Lambert, Henry; Giustino, Feliciano

    2016-01-01

    Using the ab initio anisotropic Eliashberg theory including Coulomb interactions, we investigate the electron-phonon interaction and the pairing mechanism in the recently-reported superconducting Ca-intercalated bilayer graphene. We find that C6CaC6 can support phonon-mediated superconductivity with a critical temperature Tc = 6.8–8.1 K, in good agreement with experimental data. Our calculations indicate that the low-energy Caxy vibrations are critical to the pairing, and that it should be possible to resolve two distinct superconducting gaps on the electron and hole Fermi surface pockets. PMID:26892805

  3. Electron-phonon interaction and pairing mechanism in superconducting Ca-intercalated bilayer graphene

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    Margine, E. R.; Lambert, Henry; Giustino, Feliciano

    2016-02-01

    Using the ab initio anisotropic Eliashberg theory including Coulomb interactions, we investigate the electron-phonon interaction and the pairing mechanism in the recently-reported superconducting Ca-intercalated bilayer graphene. We find that C6CaC6 can support phonon-mediated superconductivity with a critical temperature Tc = 6.8-8.1 K, in good agreement with experimental data. Our calculations indicate that the low-energy Caxy vibrations are critical to the pairing, and that it should be possible to resolve two distinct superconducting gaps on the electron and hole Fermi surface pockets.

  4. Visualizing short-range charge transfer at the interfaces between ferromagnetic and superconducting oxides

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    Chien, Te Yu; Kourkoutis, Lena F.; Chakhalian, Jak; Gray, Benjamin; Kareev, Michael; Guisinger, Nathan P.; Muller, David A.; Freeland, John W.

    2013-08-01

    The interplay between antagonistic superconductivity and ferromagnetism has been a interesting playground to explore the interaction between competing ground states. Although this effect in systems of conventional superconductors is better understood, the framework of the proximity effect at complex-oxide-based superconductor/ferromagnet interfaces is not so clear. The main difficulty originates from the lack of experimental tools capable of probing the interfaces directly with high spatial resolution. Here we harness cross-sectional scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy together with atomic-resolution electron microscopy to understand the buried interfaces between cuprate and manganite layers. The results show that the fundamental length scale of the electronic evolution between YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) and La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO) is confined to the subnanometre range. Our findings provide a complete and direct microscopic picture of the electronic transition across the YBCO/LCMO interfaces, which is an important step towards understanding the competition between ferromagnetism and superconductivity in complex-oxide heterostructures.

  5. Enhancing the design of a superconducting coil for magnetic energy storage systems

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    Indira, Gomathinayagam; UmaMaheswaraRao, Theru; Chandramohan, Sankaralingam

    2015-01-01

    Study and analysis of a coil for Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) system is presented in this paper. Generally, high magnetic flux density is adapted in the design of superconducting coil of SMES to reduce the size of the coil and to increase its energy density. With high magnetic flux density, critical current density of the coil is degraded and so the coil is wound with High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) made of different materials. A comparative study is made to emphasize the relationship between the energy storage and length of the coil wound by Bi2223, SF12100, SCS12100 and YBCO tapes. Recently for the construction of HTS magnets, YBCO tapes have been used. Simulation models for various designs have been developed to analyze the magnetic field distribution for the optimum design of energy storage. The design which gives the maximum stored energy in the coil has been used with a certain length of second-generation HTS. The performance analysis and the results of comparative study are done.

  6. Visualizing short-range charge transfer at the interfaces between ferromagnetic and superconducting oxides.

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    Chien, Te Yu; Kourkoutis, Lena F; Chakhalian, Jak; Gray, Benjamin; Kareev, Michael; Guisinger, Nathan P; Muller, David A; Freeland, John W

    2013-01-01

    The interplay between antagonistic superconductivity and ferromagnetism has been a interesting playground to explore the interaction between competing ground states. Although this effect in systems of conventional superconductors is better understood, the framework of the proximity effect at complex-oxide-based superconductor/ferromagnet interfaces is not so clear. The main difficulty originates from the lack of experimental tools capable of probing the interfaces directly with high spatial resolution. Here we harness cross-sectional scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy together with atomic-resolution electron microscopy to understand the buried interfaces between cuprate and manganite layers. The results show that the fundamental length scale of the electronic evolution between YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) (YBCO) and La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 (LCMO) is confined to the subnanometre range. Our findings provide a complete and direct microscopic picture of the electronic transition across the YBCO/LCMO interfaces, which is an important step towards understanding the competition between ferromagnetism and superconductivity in complex-oxide heterostructures. PMID:23939385

  7. The research of parallel-coupled linear-phase superconducting filter

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    Zhang, Tianliang; Zhou, Liguo; Yang, Kai; Luo, Chao; Jiang, Mingyan; Dang, Wei; Ren, Xiangyang

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents a research on the mechanism of a linear phase filter constructed with parallel-connected sub-networks, considering that linear phase characteristic of a filter can be achieved when the group delays of sub-networks compensate each other. This paper also gives several coupling and routing diagrams of linear phase filters with different parallel-connected networks, and then the coupling matrixes of three 8-order filters and one 10-order filter are synthesized. One of the coupling matrixes is utilized to design a 8-order parallel-connected network high temperature superconducting (HTS) linear phase filter with two pairs of transmission zeros, so as to verify the correctness of theory data and the feasibility of the circuit design for the proposed 8-order and higher order parallel-connected network linear phase filter. The HTS linear phase filter is designed on YBCO/LaAlO3/YBCO superconducting substrate, at 77 K, the measured center frequency is 2000 MHz with a bandwidth of 30 MHz, the insertion loss is less than 0.3 dB and the reflection is better than -12.5 dB in passband. The group delay is less than ±5 ns over the 60% passband, which shows that the filter has a good linear phase characteristic.

  8. Superlens from complementary anisotropic metamaterials

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    Li, G. X.; Tam, H. L.; Wang, F. Y.; Cheah, K. W.

    2007-12-01

    Metamaterials with isotropic property have been shown to possess novel optical properties such as a negative refractive index that can be used to design a superlens. Recently, it was shown that metamaterials with anisotropic property can translate the high-frequency wave vector k values from evanescence to propagating. However, electromagnetic waves traveling in single-layer anisotropic metamaterial produce diverging waves of different spatial frequency. In this work, it is shown that, using bilayer metamaterials that have complementary anisotropic property, the diverging waves are recombined to produce a subwavelength image, i.e., a superlens device can be designed. The simulation further shows that the design can be achieved using a metal/oxide multilayer, and a resolution of 30 nm can be easily obtained in the optical frequency range.

  9. Development of YBCO Superconductor for Electric Systems: Cooperative Research and Development Final Report, CRADA Number CRD-04-150

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    Bhattacharya, R.

    2013-03-01

    The proposed project will be collaborative in exploration of high temperature superconductor oxide films between SuperPower, Inc. and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This CRADA will attempt to develop YBCO based high temperature oxide technology.

  10. Magnetic preferential orientation of metal oxide superconducting materials

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    Capone, Donald W.; Dunlap, Bobby D.; Veal, Boyd W.

    1990-01-01

    A superconductor comprised of a polycrystalline metal oxide such as YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-X (where 0superconducting properties and is capable of conducting very large current densities. By aligning the two-dimensional Cu-O layers which carry the current in the superconducting state in the a- and b-directions, i.e., within the basal plane, a high degree of crystalline axes alignment is provided between adjacent grains permitting the conduction of high current densities. The highly anisotropic diamagnetic susceptibility of the polycrystalline metal oxide material permits the use of an applied magnetic field to orient the individual crystals when in the superconducting state to substantially increase current transport between adjacent grains. In another embodiment, the anisotropic paramagnetic susceptibility of rare-earth ions substituted into the oxide material is made use of as an applied magnetic field orients the particles in a preferential direction. This latter operation can be performed with the material in the normal (non-superconducting) state.

  11. Magnetic preferential orientation of metal oxide superconducting materials

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    Capone, D.W.; Dunlap, B.D.; Veal, B.W.

    1990-07-17

    A superconductor comprised of a polycrystalline metal oxide such as YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7[minus]X] (where 0 < X < 0.5) exhibits superconducting properties and is capable of conducting very large current densities. By aligning the two-dimensional Cu-O layers which carry the current in the superconducting state in the a- and b-directions, i.e., within the basal plane, a high degree of crystalline axes alignment is provided between adjacent grains permitting the conduction of high current densities. The highly anisotropic diamagnetic susceptibility of the polycrystalline metal oxide material permits the use of an applied magnetic field to orient the individual crystals when in the superconducting state to substantially increase current transport between adjacent grains. In another embodiment, the anisotropic paramagnetic susceptibility of rare-earth ions substituted into the oxide material is made use of as an applied magnetic field orients the particles in a preferential direction. This latter operation can be performed with the material in the normal (non-superconducting) state. 4 figs.

  12. Dynamical analysis of anisotropic inflation

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    Karčiauskas, Mindaugas

    2016-06-01

    The inflaton coupling to a vector field via the f(φ)2F μνFμν term is used in several contexts in the literature, such as to generate primordial magnetic fields, to produce statistically anisotropic curvature perturbation, to support anisotropic inflation, and to circumvent the η-problem. In this work, I perform dynamical analysis of this system allowing for the most general Bianchi I initial conditions. I also confirm the stability of attractor fixed points along phase-space directions that had not been investigated before.

  13. Effect of CeO{sub 2} buffer layer thickness on the structures and properties of YBCO coated conductors.

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    Li, M.; Zhao, X.; Ma, B.; Dorris, S. E.; Balachandran, U.; Maroni, V. A.; Wuhan Univ.

    2007-01-01

    Biaxially textured YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) films were grown on inclined-substrate-deposited (ISD) MgO-textured metal substrates by pulsed laser deposition. CeO{sub 2} was deposited as a buffer layer prior to YBCO growth. CeO{sub 2} layers of different thickness were prepared to evaluate the thickness dependence of the YBCO films. The biaxial alignment features of the films were examined by X-ray diffraction 2{theta}-scans, pole-figure, {phi}-scans and rocking curves of {Omega} angles. The significant influence of the CeO{sub 2} thickness on the structure and properties of the YBCO films were demonstrated and the optimal thickness was found to be about 10 nm. High values of T{sub c} = 91 K and J{sub c} = 5.5 x 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} were obtained on YBCO films with optimal CeO{sub 2} thickness at 77 K in zero field. The possible mechanisms responsible for the dependence of the structure and the properties of the YBCO films on the thickness of the CeO{sub 2} buffer layers are discussed.

  14. Anisotropic inflation with the nonvacuum initial state

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    Emami, Razieh; Firouzjahi, Hassan; Zarei, Moslem

    2014-07-01

    In this work we study models of anisotropic inflation with the generalized nonvacuum initial states for the inflaton field and the gauge field. The effects of the non-Bunch-Davies initial condition on the anisotropic power spectrum and bispectrum are calculated. We show that the non-Bunch-Davies initial state can help to reduce the fine-tuning on the anisotropic power spectrum while reducing the level of anisotropic bispectrum.

  15. Magnetic forces in high-T(sub c) superconducting bearings

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    Moon, F. C.

    1990-01-01

    In September 1987 research at Cornell levitated a small rotor on superconducting bearing at 10,000 rpm. In April 1989 a speed of 120,000 rpm was achieved in a passive bearing with no active control. The bearing material used was YBa2Cu3O7. There is no evidence that the rotation speed has any significant effect on the lift force. Magnetic force measurements between a permanent rare-earth magnet and high T(sub c) superconducting material versus vertical and lateral displacements were made. A large hysteresis loop results for large displacements, while minor loops result for small displacements. These minor loops seem to give a slope proportional to the magnetic stiffness, and are probably indicative of flux pinning forces. Experiments of rotary speed versus time show a linear decay in a vacuum. Measurements of magnetic drag forces of a magnetic dipole over a high-T(sub c) superconducting disc of YBCO show that the drag force reaches a constant value, independent of the speed. Dampling of lateral vibrations of levitated rotors were measured which indicates that transverse flux motion in the superconductor will create dissipation. As a result of these force measurements, an optimum shape for the superconductor bearing pads which gives good lateral and axial stability was designed. Recent force measurements on melt-quench processed superconductors indicate a substantial increase in levitation force and magnetic stiffness over free sintered materials. As a result, application of high-T(sub c) superconducting bearings are beginning to show great promise at this time.

  16. Superconducting levitating bearing

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    Moon, Francis C. (Inventor)

    1996-01-01

    A superconducting bearing assembly includes a coil field source that may be superconducting and a superconducting structure. The coil field source assembly and superconducting structure are positioned so as to enable relative rotary movement therebetween. The structure and coil field source are brought to a supercooled temperature before a power supply induces a current in the coil field source. A Meissner-like effect is thereby obtained and little or no penetration of the field lines is seen in the superconducting structure. Also, the field that can be obtained from the superconducting coil is 2-8 times higher than that of permanent magnets. Since the magnetic pressure is proportioned to the square of the field, magnetic pressures from 4 to 64 times higher are achieved.

  17. Superconducting radiofrequency window assembly

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    Phillips, H.L.; Elliott, T.S.

    1997-03-11

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The srf window assembly has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The srf window assembly comprises a superconducting frame, a ceramic plate having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet for sealing plate into frame. The plate is brazed to eyelet which is then electron beam welded to frame. A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the srf window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator. 11 figs.

  18. Superconductive radiofrequency window assembly

    DOEpatents

    Phillips, H.L.; Elliott, T.S.

    1998-05-19

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The SRF window assembly has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The SRF window assembly comprises a superconducting frame, a ceramic plate having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet for sealing plate into frame. The plate is brazed to eyelet which is then electron beam welded to frame. A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the SRF window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator. 11 figs.

  19. Velocity of Light in Anisotropic Spacetime

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    Fomin, I. V.

    2016-05-01

    The task of the present study is to describe local anisotropic spacetime and to discuss the possibility of its experimental detection. Anisotropic spacetime is treated as the flat isotropic Minkowski space with anisotropic perturbations. A determination of the components of the metric tensor is bound up with measurements of the velocity of light in different directions.

  20. Strongly enhanced current densities in superconducting coated conductors of YBa2Cu3O7-x + BaZrO3.

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    MacManus-Driscoll, J L; Foltyn, S R; Jia, Q X; Wang, H; Serquis, A; Civale, L; Maiorov, B; Hawley, M E; Maley, M P; Peterson, D E

    2004-07-01

    There are numerous potential applications for superconducting tapes based on YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) (YBCO) films coated onto metallic substrates. A long-established goal of more than 15 years has been to understand the magnetic-flux pinning mechanisms that allow films to maintain high current densities out to high magnetic fields. In fact, films carry one to two orders of magnitude higher current densities than any other form of the material. For this reason, the idea of further improving pinning has received little attention. Now that commercialization of YBCO-tape conductors is much closer, an important goal for both better performance and lower fabrication costs is to achieve enhanced pinning in a practical way. In this work, we demonstrate a simple and industrially scaleable route that yields a 1.5-5-fold improvement in the in-magnetic-field current densities of conductors that are already of high quality. PMID:15170180

  1. Fracture toughness of anisotropic graphites

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    Kennedy, C.R.; Kehne, M.T.

    1985-01-01

    Fracture toughness measurements have been made at 0, 30, 45, 60, and 90/sup 0/ from the extrusion axis on a reasonably anisotropic graphite, grade AGOT. It was found that the fracture toughness did not vary appreciably with orientation. An observed variation in strength was found to be the result of defect orientation.

  2. PP/PS anisotropic stereotomography

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    Nag, Steinar; Alerini, Mathias; Ursin, Bjørn

    2010-04-01

    Stereotomography is a slope tomographic method which gives good results for background velocity model estimation in 2-D isotropic media. We develop here the extension of the method to 3-D general anisotropic media for PP and PS events. We do not take into account the issue of shear wave degeneracy. As in isotropic media, the sensitivity matrix of the inversion can be computed by paraxial ray tracing. We introduce a `constant Z stereotomography' approach, which can reduce the size of the sensitivity matrix. Based on ray perturbation theory, we give all the derivatives of stereotomography data parameters with respect to model parameters in a 3-D general anisotropic medium. These general formulas for the derivatives can also be used in other applications that rely on anisotropic ray perturbation theory. In particular, we obtain derivatives of the phase velocity with respect to position, phase angle and elastic medium parameters, all for general anisotropic media. The derivatives are expressed using the Voigt notation for the elastic medium parameters. We include a Jacobian that allows to change the model parametrization from Voigt to Thomsen parameters. Explicit expressions for the derivatives of the data are given for the case of 2-D tilted transversely isotropic (TTI) media. We validate the method by single-parameter estimation of each Thomsen parameter field of a 2-D TTI synthetic model, where data are modelled by ray tracing. For each Thomsen parameter, the estimated velocity field fits well with the true velocity field.

  3. High-Temperature Superconductivity

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    2006-12-01

    A general review on high-temperature superconductivity was made. After prehistoric view and the process of discovery were stated, the special features of high-temperature superconductors were explained from the materials side and the physical properties side. The present status on applications of high-temperature superconductors were explained on superconducting tapes, electric power cables, magnets for maglev trains, electric motors, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and single flux quantum (SFQ) devices and circuits.

  4. High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database

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    SRD 149 NIST High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database (Web, free access)   The NIST High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database (WebHTS) provides evaluated thermal, mechanical, and superconducting property data for oxides and other nonconventional superconductors.

  5. Ab initio theory of magnetic-field-induced odd-frequency two-band superconductivity in MgB2

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    Aperis, Alex; Maldonado, Pablo; Oppeneer, Peter M.

    2015-08-01

    We develop the anisotropic Eliashberg framework for superconductivity in the presence of an applied magnetic field. Using as input the ab initio calculated electron and phonon band structures and electron-phonon coupling, we solve self-consistently the anisotropic Eliashberg equations for the archetypal superconductor MgB2. We find two self-consistent solutions, time-even two-band superconductivity, as well as unconventional time-odd s -wave spin triplet two-band superconductivity emerging with applied field. We provide the full momentum, frequency, and spin-resolved dependence and magnetic field-temperature phase diagrams of the time-even and time-odd superconducting pair amplitudes and predict fingerprints of this novel odd-frequency state in tunneling experiments.

  6. Phase competition in trisected superconducting dome

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    Vishik, Inna

    2012-02-01

    The momentum-resolved nature of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) has made it a key probe of emergent phases in the cuprates, such as superconductivity and the pseudogap, which have anisotropic momentum-space structure. ARPES can be used to infer the origin of spectral gaps from their distinct phenomenology---temperature, doping, and momentum dependence, and this principle has been used to argue that the pseudogap is a distinct phase from superconductivity, rather than a precursor [1]. We have studied Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) using laser-ARPES, and our data give evidence for three distinct quantum phases comprising the superconducting ground state, accompanied by abrupt changes at p˜0.076 and p˜0.19 in the doping-and-temperature dependence of the gaps near the bond-diagonal (nodal) direction [2]. The latter doping likely marks the quantum critical point of the pseudogap, while the former represents a distinct competing phase at the edge of the superconducting dome. Additionally, we find that the pseudogap advances closer towards the node when superconductivity is weak, just below Tc or at low doping, and retreats towards the antinode well below Tc and at higher doping. This phase competition picture together with the two critical doping are synthesized into our proposed phase diagram, which also reconciles conflicting phase diagrams commonly used in the field. Our results underscore the importance of quantum critical phenomena to cuprate superconductivity, provide a microscopic picture of phase competition in momentum space, and predict the existence of phase boundaries inside the superconducting dome which are different from simple extrapolations from outside the dome. [4pt] [1] I. M. Vishik, W. S. Lee, R.-H. He, M. Hashimoto, Z. Hussain, T. P. Devereaux, and Z.-X. Shen. New J. Phys. 12, 105008 (2010). [0pt] [2] I. M. Vishik, M. Hashimoto, R.-H. He, W. S. Lee, F. Schmitt, D. H. Lu, R.G. Moore, C. Zhang, W. Meevasana, T. Sasagawa, S. Uchida, K

  7. Superconductive imaging surface magnetometer

    DOEpatents

    Overton, Jr., William C.; van Hulsteyn, David B.; Flynn, Edward R.

    1991-01-01

    An improved pick-up coil system for use with Superconducting Quantum Interference Device gradiometers and magnetometers involving the use of superconducting plates near conventional pick-up coil arrangements to provide imaging of nearby dipole sources and to deflect environmental magnetic noise away from the pick-up coils. This allows the practice of gradiometry and magnetometry in magnetically unshielded environments. One embodiment uses a hemispherically shaped superconducting plate with interior pick-up coils, allowing brain wave measurements to be made on human patients. another embodiment using flat superconducting plates could be used in non-destructive evaluation of materials.

  8. Progress towards all-chemical superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-coated conductors

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    Obradors, X.; Puig, T.; Pomar, A.; Sandiumenge, F.; Mestres, N.; Coll, M.; Cavallaro, A.; Romà, N.; Gázquez, J.; González, J. C.; Castaño, O.; Gutierrez, J.; Palau, A.; Zalamova, K.; Morlens, S.; Hassini, A.; Gibert, M.; Ricart, S.; Moretó, J. M.; Piñol, S.; Isfort, D.; Bock, J.

    2006-03-01

    Chemical solution deposition (CSD) has recently emerged as a very competitive technique for obtaining epitaxial films of high quality with controlled nanostructure. In particular, the all-CSD approach is considered to be one of the most promising approaches for cost-effective production of second-generation superconducting wires. The trifluoroacetate (TFA) route is a very versatile route for achieving epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) layers with high critical currents. In this work, recent advances towards improvement of the performance of several conductor architectures based on the YBCO TFA process will be presented. We show that new improved anhydrous TFA precursors allow a significant shortening of the pyrolysis time (~1.5 h), and we have increased the total film thickness in a single deposition using polymeric additives. On the other hand, further understanding of the YBCO nucleation and growth process has allowed us to obtain a controlled microstructure and high critical currents (Jcap4-5 MA cm-2 and Icap300 A cm-1 width at 77 K). The growth conditions (CSD) and post-processing conditions (sputtering and CSD) for the underlying oxide cap and buffer layers (CeO2, BaZrO3, SrTiO3, La2Zr2O7, (La,Sr)MnO3) and of self-organized nanostructures (CeO2, BaZrO3) deposited by CSD have been investigated to obtain high-quality interfaces in multilayered systems. Different single-crystal or metallic substrates (YSZ-IBAD (yttrium stabilized zirconia-ion beam assisted deposition) and Ni-RABiT (rolling assisted biaxial texturing)) have been investigated and long (ap10 m) CSD biaxially textured buffers (CeO2, La2Zr2O7) have been grown on Ni-RABiT substrates using a reel-to-reel system. High-performance TFA-YBCO-coated conductors have been obtained on vacuum-based buffer layers (Icap140 A cm-1 width) and on CSD buffer layers grown on IBAD YSZ-SS (stainless steel) substrates. Finally, we report on recent analysis of the magnetic granularity and vortex pinning properties of TFA-YBCO

  9. T /B scaling without quasiparticle mass divergence: YbCo2Ge4

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    Sakai, Akito; Kitagawa, Kentaro; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Iwatani, Makoto; Gegenwart, Philipp

    2016-07-01

    YbCo2Ge4 is a clean paramagnetic Kondo lattice which displays non-Fermi-liquid behavior. We report a detailed investigation of the specific heat, magnetic Grüneisen parameter (Γmag), and temperature derivative of the magnetization (M ) on a high-quality single crystal at temperatures down to 0.1 K and magnetic fields up to 7 T. Γmag and d M /d T display a divergence upon cooling and obey T /B scaling. Similar behavior has previously been found in several other Yb-based Kondo lattices and related to a zero-field quantum critical point without fine tuning of pressure or composition. However, in the approach of B →0 the electronic heat capacity coefficient of YbCo2Ge4 saturates at low T , excluding ferromagnetic quantum criticality. This indicates that T /B scaling is insufficient to prove a zero-field quantum critical point.

  10. The mechanism of sputter-induced orientation change in YBCO films on MgO (001)

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    Huang, Y.; Vuchic, B.V.; Baldo, P.; Merkle, K.L.; Buchholz, D.B.; Mahajan, S.; Lei, J.S.; Markworth, P.R.; Chang, R.P.H.

    1996-12-01

    The mechanisms of the sputter-induced orientation change in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x}(YBCO) films grown on MgO (001) substrates by pulsed organometallic beam epitaxy (POMBE) are investigated by x-ray diffraction. Rutherford backscatter spectroscopy (RBS), cross-section TEM (XTEM) and microanalysis. It is found that the W atom implantation concurring with the ion sputtering plays an important role in effecting the orientation change. This implantation changes the surface structure of the substrate and induces an intermediate layer in the initial growth of the YBCO film, which in turn acts as a template that induces the orientation change. It seems that the surface morphology change caused by ion sputtering has only a minor effect on the orientation change.

  11. High-field paramagnetic Meissner effect in melt-textured YBCO

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    Dias, F. T.; Pureur, P.; Rodrigues, P.; Obradors, X.

    2004-08-01

    We present systematic field-cooled magnetization measurements in four directionally solidified samples of YBCO containing different amounts of Y211 precipitates. Fields up to 50 kOe were applied either parallel or perpendicular to the Cu-O 2 atomic planes. At high applied magnetic fields, the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) was observed in all of the studied samples, regardless of the field orientation with respect to the crystalline axes. This high-field PME shows some noticeable differences when compared to the most frequently investigated PME at low applied fields. Our results suggest that pinning by Y211 particles is important for explaining the high-field PME of melt-processed YBCO.

  12. Microstructure of YBCO thin films prepared by TFA-MOD method

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    Nagino, I.; Matsumoto, K.; Adachi, H.; Miyata, S.; Yoshizumi, M.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    2010-11-01

    The microstructure of the recently developed coated conductors was investigated by using electron back scatter diffraction pattern (EBSP). We prepared TFA (trifluoroacetates)-MOD (metal organic deposition) derived YBa 2Cu 3O 7-x (YBCO) films on CeO 2/LaMnO 3/IBAD-MgO/Gd 2Zr 2O 7/Hastelloy C276 substrates of 1 cm-width. The EBSP observation showed that there was a difference of surface microstructure between the midsection and the end of TFA-MOD YBCO film layer in the direction of width. This is attributed not to the local difference of the biaxial texture of CeO 2 top layer but to the local difference of growth condition during TFA-MOD process.

  13. The Effects of Grain Boundaries on the Current Transport Properties in YBCO-Coated Conductors

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    Yang, Chao; Xia, Yudong; Xue, Yan; Zhang, Fei; Tao, Bowan; Xiong, Jie

    2015-10-01

    We report a detailed study of the grain orientations and grain boundary (GB) networks in Y2O3 films grown on Ni-5 at.%W substrates. Electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) exhibited different GB misorientation angle distributions, strongly decided by Y2O3 films with different textures. The subsequent yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) barrier and CeO2 cap layer were deposited on Y2O3 layers by radio frequency sputtering, and YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition. For explicating the effects of the grain boundaries on the current carry capacity of YBCO films, a percolation model was proposed to calculate the critical current density ( J c) which depended on different GB misorientation angle distributions. The significantly higher J c for the sample with sharper texture is believed to be attributed to improved GB misorientation angle distributions.

  14. Theoretical analysis of a YBCO squirrel-cage type induction motor based on an equivalent circuit

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    Morita, G.; Nakamura, T.; Muta, I.

    2006-06-01

    A HTS induction motor, with a HTS squirrel-cage rotor, is analysed using an electrical equivalent circuit. The squirrel-cage winding in the rotor consists of rotor bars and end rings, and both are considered to be made of YBCO film conductors. A wide range of electric field versus current density in YBCO film is formulated based on the Weibull function, and analysed as a non-linear resistance in the equivalent circuit. It is shown that starting and accelerating torques of the HTS induction motor are improved drastically compared to those of a conventional induction motor. Furthermore, large synchronous torque can also be realized by trapping the magnetic flux in the rotor circuit because of the persistent current mode.

  15. Enhanced flux pinning in MOCVD-YBCO films through Zr-additions:Systematic feasibility studies

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    Aytug, Tolga; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Specht, Eliot D; Kim, Kyunghoon; Zhang, Yifei; Cantoni, Claudia; Zuev, Yuri L; Goyal, Amit; Christen, David K; Maroni, Victor A.

    2009-01-01

    Systematic effects of Zr additions on the structural and flux pinning properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films deposited by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) have been investigated. Detailed characterization, conducted by coordinated transport, x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy analyses, and imaging Raman microscopy have revealed trends in the resulting property/performance correlations of these films with respect to varying mole percentages (mol%) of added Zr. For compositions {le} 7.5 mol%, Zr additions lead to improved in-field critical current density, as well as extra correlated pinning along the c-axis direction of the YBCO films via the formation of columnar, self-assembled stacks of BaZrO{sub 3} nanodots.

  16. Enhanced flux pinning in MOCVD-YBCO films through Zr additions : systematic feasibility studies.

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    Aytug, T.; Paranthaman, M.; Specht, E. D.; Zhang, Y.; Kim, K.; Zuev, Y. L.; Cantoni, C.; Goyal, A.; Christen, D. K.; Maroni, V. A.; Chen, Y.; Selvamanickam, V.; ORNL; SuperPower, Inc.

    2010-01-01

    Systematic effects of Zr additions on the structural and flux pinning properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films deposited by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) have been investigated. Detailed characterization, conducted by coordinated transport, x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy analyses, and imaging Raman microscopy have revealed trends in the resulting property/performance correlations of these films with respect to varying mole percentages (mol%) of added Zr. For compositions {le} 7.5 mol%, Zr additions lead to improved in-field critical current density, as well as extra correlated pinning along the c-axis direction of the YBCO films via the formation of columnar, self-assembled stacks of BaZrO{sub 3} nanodots.

  17. The Effects of Grain Boundaries on the Current Transport Properties in YBCO-Coated Conductors.

    PubMed

    Yang, Chao; Xia, Yudong; Xue, Yan; Zhang, Fei; Tao, Bowan; Xiong, Jie

    2015-12-01

    We report a detailed study of the grain orientations and grain boundary (GB) networks in Y2O3 films grown on Ni-5 at.%W substrates. Electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) exhibited different GB misorientation angle distributions, strongly decided by Y2O3 films with different textures. The subsequent yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) barrier and CeO2 cap layer were deposited on Y2O3 layers by radio frequency sputtering, and YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition. For explicating the effects of the grain boundaries on the current carry capacity of YBCO films, a percolation model was proposed to calculate the critical current density (J c) which depended on different GB misorientation angle distributions. The significantly higher J c for the sample with sharper texture is believed to be attributed to improved GB misorientation angle distributions. PMID:26497731

  18. Enhancement of critical current through compound defect with proton irradiation and heavy ion irradiation in YBCO coated conductors and FeSexTe1-x crystals

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    Kihlstrom, Karen; Leroux, Maxime; Holleis, Sigrid; Harris, Danielle; Welp, Ulrich; Claus, Helmut; Kayani, Asghar; Gu, Genda; Rupch, Marty; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Fleshler, Steven; Laviano, Francesco; Gozzelino, Laura; Gerbaldo, Roberto; Ghigo, Gianluca; Kwok, Wai-Kwong

    We investigate the enhancement of vortex pinning by both point and columnar defects and compare the results in 2G YBCO coated conductors (CC), with Tc 90K, and in FeSexTe1-x single crystals with Tc 14K. Both samples were irradiated with 250 MeV Au ions to a dose-matching field of 1T. The samples were then irradiated with 4 MeV protons to a dose of 4x1016 p/cm2 and 8x1016 p/cm2 in the CC and single crystal, respectively. The major effect of compound particle irradiation in both samples resulted in a synergetic enhancement of the critical current across a wide field range, beyond the enhancement from either individual irradiation type. This work supported by the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. D.O.E., Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The work in Italy was supported by the INFN-TERASPARC project.

  19. Stripe domains and first-order phase transition in the vortex matter of anisotropic high-temperature superconductors.

    PubMed

    Vlasko-Vlasov, V K; Clem, J R; Koshelev, A E; Welp, U; Kwok, W K

    2014-04-18

    We report the direct imaging of a novel modulated flux striped domain phase in a nearly twin-free YBCO crystal. These domains arise from instabilities in the vortex structure within a narrow region of tilted magnetic fields at small angles from the in-plane direction. By comparing the experimental and theoretically derived vortex phase diagrams we infer that the stripe domains emerge from a first-order phase transition of the vortex structure. The size of domains containing vortices of certain orientations is controlled by the balance between the vortex stray field energy and the positive energy of the domain boundaries. Our results confirm the existence of the kinked vortex chain phase in an anisotropic high temperature superconductor and reveal a sharp transition in the state of this phase resulting in regular vortex domains. PMID:24785065

  20. Epitaxial growth of YBCO films on metallic substrates buffered with yttria-stabilized zirconia

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Fisher, B. L.; Koritala, R. E.; Balachandran, U.

    2002-05-01

    Biaxially textured yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) films were grown on polished Hastelloy C (HC) substrates by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) and electron-beam evaporation. A water-cooled sample stage was used to dissipate heat generated by the Kaufman ion source and to maintain the substrate temperature below 100 °C during deposition. X-ray pole figures were used for texture analysis. In-plane texture measured from the YSZ (111) φ-scan full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM) was 13.2° and out-of-plane texture from the YSZ (002) ω-scan FWHM was 7.7°. In-plane texture improved with lowered substrate temperature during IBAD deposition. RMS surface roughness of 3.3 nm was measured by atomic force microscopy. A thin CeO2 buffer layer (≈10 nm) was deposited to improve the lattice match between the YSZ and YBCO films and to enhance the biaxial alignment of YBCO films. YBCO films were epitaxially grown on IBAD-YSZ buffered HC substrates with and without CeO2 buffer layers by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In-plane texture FWHMs of 12° and 9° were observed for CeO2 (111) and YBCO (103), respectively. Tc=90 K, with sharp transition, and Jc values of ≈2×106 A/cm2 at 77 K in zero field were observed on 0.5-μm-thick, 5-mm-wide, and 1-cm-long samples.

  1. Long-range phase coherence in YBCO ultra-thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Aprili, M.; Lesueur, J.; Quinton, W.A.; Dumoulin, L.

    1996-12-31

    The authors have investigated the resistive transition of YBCO ultra-thin films (thickness from 5 to 50 nm) grown on MgO(100). The amount of disorder increases as the thickness is reduced, leading to a broad transition that can be described using a 3D weakly-coupled Josephson array. Below a critical thickness, this regime seems to dominate even the fluctuating part of the transition (paraconductive region), when the system undergoes a 3D-0D transition.

  2. Development of Solution Buffer Layers for RABiTS Based YBCO Coated Conductors

    SciTech Connect

    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Qiu, Xiaofeng; List III, Frederick Alyious; Zhang, Yifei; Li, Xiaoping; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Thieme, C. L. H.; Rupich, M. W.

    2011-01-01

    Abstract The main objective of this research is to find a suitable alternate solution based seed layer for the standard RABiTS three-layer architecture of physical vapor deposited CeO cap/YSZ barrier/Y O seed on Ni-5%W metal tape. In the present work, we have identified CeO buffer layer as a potential replacement for Y O seeds. Using a metal-organic deposition (MOD) process, we have grown smooth, crack-free, epitaxial thin films of CeO (pure and Zr, Cu and Gd-doped) directly on biaxially textured Ni-5W substrates in short lengths. Detailed XRD studies indicate that a single epitaxial CeO phase with slightly improved out-of-plane texture compared to the texture of the underlying Ni-W substrates can be achieved in pure, undoped CeO samples. We have also demonstrated the growth of YSZ barrier layers on pure CeO seeds using sputtering. Both sputtered CeO cap layers and MOD-YBCO films were grown epitaxially on these YSZ-buffered MOD-CeO /Ni-5W substrates. High critical currents per unit width, of 264 A/cm (critical current density, of 3.3 MA/cm ) at 77 K and 0.01 T was achieved for 0.8 m thick MOD-YBCO films grown on MOD-CeO seeds. These results indicate that CeO films can be grown directly on Ni-5W substrates and still support high performance YBCO coated conductors. This work holds promise for a route for producing low-cost buffer architecture for RABiTS based YBCO coated conductors.

  3. Development of Solution Buffer Layers for RABiTS Based YBCO Coated Conductors

    SciTech Connect

    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Qiu, Xiaofeng; Kim, Kyunghoon; Shi, D.; Zhang, Yifei; Li, Xiaoping; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Thieme, C. L. H.; Rupich, M. W.

    2010-01-01

    The main objective of this research is to find a suitable alternate solution based seed layer for the standard RABiTS three-layer architecture of physical vapor deposited CeO2 cap/YSZ barrier/Y2O3 seed on Ni-5%W metal tape. In the present work, we have identified CeO2 buffer layer as a potential replacement for Y2O3 seeds. Using a metal-organic deposition (MOD) process, we have grown smooth, crack-free, epitaxial thin films of CeO2 (both pure and Zr, Cu and Gd-doped) directly on biaxially textured Ni-5W substrates in short lengths. Detailed XRD studies indicate that a single epitaxial CeO2 phase with slightly improved out-of-plane texture compared to the texture of underlying Ni-W substrates can be achieved in pure, undoped CeO2 samples. We have also demonstrated the growth of YSZ barrier layers on pure CeO2 seeds using sputtering. Both sputtered CeO2 cap layers and MOD-YBCO films were grown epitaxially on these YSZ-buffered MOD-CeO2/Ni-5W substrates. High critical currents per unit width, Ic of 264 A/cm (critical current density, Jc of 3.3 MA/cm2) at 77 K and 0.01 T was achieved for 0.8 m thick MOD-YBCO films grown on MOD-CeO2 seeds. These results indicate that CeO2 films can be grown directly on Ni-5W substrates and still support high performance YBCO coated conductors. This work holds promise for a route for producing low-cost buffer architecture for RABiTS based YBCO coated conductors.

  4. A novel induction motor starting method using superconduction

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    Silva, F. B. B.; Orlando, M. T. D.; Fardin, J. F.; Simonetti, D. S.; Baldan, C. A.

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, an alternative method for starting up induction motors is proposed, taking into account experimental measurements. The new starting current limitation method is based on using a high-temperature superconductor. A prototype of the superconducting starting current limiter was constructed with a commercially available second-generation high-temperature superconductor YBCO tape, and this was tested with a 55-kW industrial induction motor in a 440-V/60-Hz three-phase power grid. Performance evaluations of the superconducting limiter method (applied to startup of the induction motor) were performed and were compared with a direct-on-line starter and an electronic soft starter. In addition, a computational model was developed and used for electromagnetic torque analysis of the system. As significant characteristics, our method offers the ability to limit the starting current of the induction motor with greater electromagnetic torque, reduced current waveform distortion and therefore lower harmonic pollution during startup when compared to the soft starter method.

  5. Composite ceramic superconducting wires for electric motor applications

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    Halloran, John W.

    1990-07-01

    Several types of HTSC wire have been produced and two types of HTSC motors are being built. Hundreds of meters of Ag- clad wire were fabricated from YBa2Cu3O(7-x) (Y-123) and Bi2Ca2Sr2Cu3O10 (BiSCCO). The dc homopolar motor coils are not yet completed, but multiple turns of wire have been wound on the coil bobbins to characterize the superconducting properties of coiled wire. Multifilamentary conductors were fabricated as cables and coils. The sintered polycrystalline wire has self-field critical current densities (Jc) as high as 2800 A/sq cm, but the Jc falls rapidly with magnetic field. To improve Jc, sintered YBCO wire is melt textured with a continuous process which has produced textures wire up to 0.5 meters long with 77K transport Jc above 11, 770 A/sq cm2 in self field and 2100 A/sq cm2 at 1 telsa. The Emerson Electric dc homopolar HTSC motor has been fabricated and run with conventional copper coils. A novel class of potential very powerful superconducting motors have been designed to use trapped flux in melt textures Y-123 as magnet replicas in an new type of permanent magnet motor. The stator element and part of the rotor of the first prototype machine exist, and the HTSC magnet replica segments are being fabricated.

  6. Deposition, characterization, and laser ablation patterning of YBCO thin films

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    Vase, Per; Yueqiang, Shen; Freltoft, Torsten

    1990-12-01

    High quality epitaxial thin films of YBa 2Cu 3O 7 have been deposited on single-crystal MgO(001) substrates by 355 nm Nd:YAG laser ablation. Through a systematic optimization of the deposition parameters, it was found that for a target-substrate distance of 30 mm, the optimal laser intensity, substrate temperature, and deposition oxygen pressure were 300 MW/cm 2, 750 ° C, and 0.5-1.0 mbar, respectively. Microstrips with dimensions down to 10 μm across were fabricated using both a photoresist technique and laser ablation through a metal mask. The superconducting transition takes place over 1 K, and the critical temperature is reproducible within ±1.5 K, the best result being Tc,0 = 90 K. The highest critical current density measured on a 10 X 0.15 μm 2 strips was 4 X 10 6 A/cm 2 at 77 K . Film patterning using laser ablation through a metal mask was studied in detail to investigate the applicability of this method. Etch rates as a function of laser intensity were measured, and the process was followed in situ by on-line monitoring of the film resistivity.

  7. Compact spherical neutron polarimeter using high-Tc YBCO films

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    Wang, T.; Parnell, S. R.; Hamilton, W. A.; Li, F.; Washington, A. L.; Baxter, D. V.; Pynn, R.

    2016-03-01

    We describe a simple, compact device for spherical neutron polarimetry measurements at small neutron scattering angles. The device consists of a sample chamber with very low (<0.01 G) magnetic field flanked by regions within which the neutron polarization can be manipulated in a controlled manner. This allows any selected initial and final polarization direction of the neutrons to be obtained. We have constructed a prototype device using high-Tc superconducting films and mu-metal to isolate regions with different magnetic fields and tested device performance in transmission geometry. Finite-element methods were used to simulate the device's field profile and these have been verified by experiment using a small solenoid as a test sample. Measurements are reported using both monochromatic and polychromatic neutron sources. The results show that the device is capable of extracting sample information and distinguishing small angular variations of the sample magnetic field. As a more realistic test, we present results on the characterization of a 10 μm thick Permalloy film in zero magnetic field, as well as its response to an external magnetic field.

  8. Biaxially aligned template films fabricated by inclined-substrate deposition for YBCO-coated conductor applications.

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Erck, R. A.; Dorris, S. E.; Miller, D. J.; Balachandran, U.

    2002-08-12

    Inclined substrate deposition (ISD) has the potential for rapid production of high-quality biaxially textured buffer layers, which are important for YBCO-coated conductor applications. We have grown biaxially textured MgO films by ISD at deposition rates of 20-100 {angstrom}/sec. Columnar grains with a roof-tile surface structure were observed in the ISD-MgO films. X-ray pole figure analysis revealed that the (002) planes of the ISD-MgO films are tilted at an angle from the substrate normal. A small {phi}-scan full-width at half maximum (FWHM) of {approx}9{sup o} was observed on MgO films deposited at an inclination angle of 55{sup o}. In-plane texture in the ISD MgO films developed in the first 0.5 {micro}m from the interface, then stabilized with further increases in film thickness. YBCO films deposited by pulsed laser deposition on ISD-MgO buffered Hastelloy C276 substrates were biaxially aligned with the c-axis parallel to the substrate normal. T{sub c} of 91 K with a sharp transition and transport J{sub c} of 5.5 x 10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in self-field were measured on a YBCO film that was 0.46-{micro}m thick, 4-mm wide, 10-mm long.

  9. Improvement of Production Rate of YBCO Coated Conductors Fabricated by TFA-MOD Method

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    Nakaoka, K.; Yoshizumi, M.; Usui, Y.; Izumi, T.; Shiohara, Y.

    The metal-organic deposition (MOD) method using trifluoroacetate (TFA) salts is considered to be an effective method for inexpensively fabricating YBa2Cu3O7-y (YBCO) coated conductors with high critical current density property. The long-length TFA-MOD YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by multi-turn reel-to-reel system. Increasing the thickness per single coating in the multi-turn reel-to-reel system is a cost-effective technique for fabrication of the precursor films in the calcination process since it reduces the number of coatings and shortens the processing time. In this work, we have developed a new starting solution consisting of non-fluorine salts of yttrium propionate and copper 2-ethylhexanoate with focusing on increasing the thickness per single coating for a high-rate fabrication of the YBCO coated conductors by the TFA-MOD method. The critical thickness per single coating of the precursor film fabricated from the new starting solution was improved to 0.44 μm/coat. Furthermore, the addition of diacetoneacrylamide in the new starting solution increased the critical thickness per single coating to 0.79 μm/coat. High critical current of 791 A/cm-width with high critical current density of 2.7 MA/cm2 was obtained using the new starting solution with diacetoneacrylamide at the thickness per single coating of 0.49 μm/coat.

  10. Study of the Nucleation and Growth of YBCO on Oxide Buffered Metallic Tapes

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    Solovyov, Vyacheslav

    2009-04-10

    The CRADA collaboration concentrated on developing the scientific understanding of the factors necessary for commercialization of high temperature superconductors (HTS) based on the YBCO coated conductor technology for electric power applications. The project pursued the following objectives: 1. Establish the correlations between the YBCO nuclei density and the properties of the CeO{sub 2} layer of the RABiTS{trademark} template; 2. Compare the nucleation and growth of e-beam and MOD based precursors on the buffered RABiTS{trademark} templates and clarify the materials science behind the difference; and 3. Explore routes for the optimization of the nucleation and growth of thick film MOD precursors in order to achieve high critical current densities in thick films. The CRADA work proceeded in two steps: 1. Detailed characterization of epitaxial ceria layers on “model” substrates, such as (001) YSZ and on RABiTS tapes; and 2. Study of YBCO nucleation on well-defined substrates and on long-length RABiTS.

  11. Field Performance of an Optimized Stack of YBCO Square "Annuli" for a Compact NMR Magnet.

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    Hahn, Seungyong; Voccio, John; Bermond, Stéphane; Park, Dong-Keun; Bascuñán, Juan; Kim, Seok-Beom; Masaru, Tomita; Iwasa, Yukikazu

    2011-06-01

    The spatial field homogeneity and time stability of a trapped field generated by a stack of YBCO square plates with a center hole (square "annuli") was investigated. By optimizing stacking of magnetized square annuli, we aim to construct a compact NMR magnet. The stacked magnet consists of 750 thin YBCO plates, each 40-mm square and 80- μm thick with a 25-mm bore, and has a Ø10 mm room-temperature access for NMR measurement. To improve spatial field homogeneity of the 750-plate stack (YP750) a three-step optimization was performed: 1) statistical selection of best plates from supply plates; 2) field homogeneity measurement of multi-plate modules; and 3) optimal assembly of the modules to maximize field homogeneity. In this paper, we present analytical and experimental results of field homogeneity and temporal stability at 77 K, performed on YP750 and those of a hybrid stack, YPB750, in which two YBCO bulk annuli, each Ø46 mm and 16-mm thick with a 25-mm bore, are added to YP750, one at the top and the other at the bottom. PMID:22081753

  12. Enhanced Flux-Pinning in Dy-Doped, MOD YBCO Films on RABiTS

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    Goyal, Amit; Li, Jing; Martin, Patrick M; Gapud, Albert Agcaoili; Specht, Eliot D; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Li, X.; Zhang, W.; Kodenkandath, Thomas; Rupich, Marty

    2007-01-01

    Significant enhancements in flux-pinning were obtained for Dy-doped, YBCO films via a metal-organic deposition (MOD) process on rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrates (RABiTS). It has been reported previously that incorporation of excess rare-earth ions during the MOD process, results in improvement of Jc for H//c, however, a decrease in Jc for H//ab is observed. We report here that by altering the processing conditions the reduction in the magnitude of the current peak for H//ab can be minimized while significantly enhancing the random pinning at all field orientations. The result is a YBCO film with significantly reduced anisotropy compared to the typical YBCO films prepared by the MOD process. This is accomplished by incorporating both a high density of stacking faults and (Dy, Y)2O3 nanoparticles which result in the strong pinning for H//ab and a broad pinning peak for H//c respectively.

  13. Anisotropic high temperature superconductors as variable resistors and switches

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    Boenig, H.J.; Daugherty, M.A.; Fleshler, S.; Maley, M.P.; Mueller, F.M.; Prenger, F.C.; Coulter, J.Y.

    1994-12-01

    Several anisotropic high temperature superconductors show critical current densities which are strongly dependent on the direction of an applied external magnetic field. The resistance of a sample can change by several orders of magnitude by applying a magnetic field. The potential for using the field dependent variable resistor or switch for applications in power systems is evaluated. Test results with small samples are presented. The requirements for large scale applications are outlined. The magnetic field triggering requirement, the frequency response of the device, use in 60 Hz ac circuits and heat transfer consideration are investigated. Several application examples are discussed. Use of variable resistor as a fault current limiter, as a switching element in rectifier circuitry and as an improved dump resistor for a superconducting magnet is presented.

  14. Superconductivity of magnesium diboride

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    Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-07-15

    Over the past 14 years MgB2 has gone from a startling discovery to a promising, applied superconductor. In our article we present a brief overview of the synthesis and the basic superconducting properties of this remarkable compound. Specifically, the effect of pressure, substitutions and neutron irradiation on superconducting properties are discussed.

  15. Superconductivity of magnesium diboride

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    Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-07-01

    Over the past 14 years MgB2 has gone from a startling discovery to a promising, applied superconductor. In this article we present a brief overview of the synthesis and the basic superconducting properties of this remarkable compound. In particular, the effect of pressure, substitutions and neutron irradiation on superconducting properties are discussed.

  16. Superconductivity in bad metals

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    Emery, V.J.; Kivelson, S.A.

    1995-12-31

    It is argued that many synthetic metals, including high temperature superconductors are ``bad metals`` with such a poor conductivity that the usual mean-field theory of superconductivity breaks down because of anomalously large classical and quantum fluctuations of the phase of the superconducting order parameter. Some consequences for high temperature superconductors are described.

  17. Superconducting gyroscope research

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    Hendricks, J. B.; Karr, G. R.

    1985-01-01

    Four basic areas of research and development of superconducting gyroscopes are studied. Chapter 1 studies the analysis of a SQUID readout for a superconducting gyroscope. Chapter 2 studies the dependence of spin-up torque on channel and gas properties. Chapter 3 studies the theory of super fluid plug operation. And chapter 4 studies the gyro rotor and housing manufacture.

  18. Superconducting properties of protactinium.

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    Smith, J L; Spirlet, J C; Müller, W

    1979-07-13

    The superconducting transition temperature and upper critical magnetic field of protactinium were measured by alternating-current susceptibility techniques. Since the superconducting behavior of protactinium is affected by its 5f electron character, it is clear now that protactinium is a true actinide element. PMID:17750320

  19. Rapid cycling superconducting magnets

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    Fabbricatore, P.; Farinon, S.; Gambardella, U.; Greco, M.; Volpini, G.

    2006-04-01

    The paper deals with the general problematic related to the development of fast cycled superconducting magnets for application in particle accelerator machines. Starting from the requirements of SIS300 synchrotron under design at GSI and an envisaged future Super-SPS injector at CERN, it is shown which developments are mandatory in the superconducting wire technology and in the magnet design field.

  20. Development of superconductive magnets

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    Laurence, J. C.

    1970-01-01

    Survey of superconductive magnets considers - stabilization problems, advances in materials and their uses, and design evolution. Uses of superconducting magnets in particle accelerators and bubble chambers, as well as possible applications in magnetohydrodynamic and thermonuclear power generation and levitation are discussed.

  1. Superconductivity of magnesium diboride

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    Bud’ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-07-15

    Over the past 14 years MgB2 has gone from a startling discovery to a promising, applied superconductor. In our article we present a brief overview of the synthesis and the basic superconducting properties of this remarkable compound. Specifically, the effect of pressure, substitutions and neutron irradiation on superconducting properties are discussed.

  2. Development of buffer layers by chemical solution deposition for YBCO coated conductors

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    Akin, Yalcin

    Short length YBCO coated conductors have been fabricated by vacuum thin film deposition techniques. However, the fabrication process increases the cost, and makes them impractical to use for commercial applications even if they are fabricated in kilometer lengths. YBCO coated conductors could be available in the market with a cheaper price by developing non-vacuum deposition techniques. The objective of this research was to investigate development of buffer layers by chemical solution deposition technique for YBCO coated conductors. Buffer layer structures are mainly used to prevent metal ion diffusion, and to reduce the lattice mismatch between YBCO and the metallic substrate. The technical approach, which was adapted here, is the reel-to-reel sol-gel dip coating process to fabricate long length coatings by developing buffer layers' chemical solutions. Rolling assisted biaxially textured Ni substrates were used for deposition of buffer layers. Cold rolled Ni strips were heat-treated at certain conditions to form biaxially textured structure, which became templates for textured growth of buffer layers that is necessary to obtain high critical current in the coated conductors. CeO2 was chosen as a buffer layers because it has been recognized as one of the best cap layers. Growth of highly textured, crack free, pinhole free and smooth CeO2 buffer layers have been demonstrated by chemical solution deposition technique on biaxially textured substrates. A new buffer layer with pseudocubic lattice parameters matching YBCO, (Eu0.893Yb0.107)2O3, was developed for the first time by using a mixture of Eu2O 3 and Yb2O3 to eliminate lattice mismatch, which adversely affected the critical current of the coated conductors. Highly textured (Eu0.893Yb0.107)2O3 buffer layers were deposited on biaxially textured Ni substrates by chemical solution deposition technique. Finally, the growth of CeO2 and (Eu0.893Yb 0.107)2O3 buffer layers were investigated on oxide layers because both Ce

  3. Modified Lanthanum Zirconium Oxide Buffer for Low-Cost, High Performance YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Li, Xiaoping; Specht, Eliot D; Wee, Sung Hun; Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit; Rupich, M. W.

    2010-01-01

    Lanthanum Zirconium Oxide, La2Zr2O7 (LZO) has been developed as a potential replacement barrier layer in the standard RABiTS three-layer architecture of physical vapor deposited CeO2 cap/YSZ barrier/Y2O3 seed/Ni-5W. The main focus of this research is to see (i) whether we can improve further the barrier properties of LZO; (ii) can we widen the LZO composition and still achieve the high performance?; and (iii) is it possible to reduce the number of buffer layers? We report a systematic investigation of the LZO film growth with varying compositions of La:Zr ratio in the La2O3-ZrO2 system. Using metal-organic deposition (MOD) process, we have grown smooth, crack-free, epitaxial thin films of LaxZr1-xOy (x = 0.2-0.6) on standard Y2O3 buffered Ni-5W substrates in short lengths. Detailed XRD studies indicate that a single epitaxial LZO phase without the (111) texture can be achieved in a wider compositional window of x = 0.2-0.6 in LaxZr1-xOy. Both CeO2 cap layers and MOD-YBCO films were grown 2 epitaxially on these modified LZO barriers. Transport property measurements indicate that we can achieve a higher critical current, Ic of 274-292 A/cm at 77 K and self-field on MOD-YBCO films grown on LaxZr1-xOy (x = 0.4-0.6) films. These results indicate that LZO films can be grown with a wider compositional window and still achieve high performance YBCO coated conductors. In addition, epitaxial MOD LaxZr1-xOy (x = 0.25) films were grown directly on biaxially textured Ni-3W substrates. About 3 m thick YBCO films with a Jc of 0.55 MA/cm2 at 77 K and 0.01 T were grown on a single MOD LZO buffered Ni-3W substrate using pulsed laser deposition. This work promises a route for producing simplified buffer architecture for RABiTS based YBCO coated conductors.

  4. Anisotropic models for compact stars

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    Maurya, S. K.; Gupta, Y. K.; Ray, Saibal; Dayanandan, Baiju

    2015-05-01

    In the present paper we obtain an anisotropic analog of the Durgapal and Fuloria (Gen Relativ Gravit 17:671, 1985) perfect fluid solution. The methodology consists of contraction of the anisotropic factor with the help of both metric potentials and . Here we consider the same as Durgapal and Fuloria (Gen Relativ Gravit 17:671, 1985) did, whereas is as given by Lake (Phys Rev D 67:104015, 2003). The field equations are solved by the change of dependent variable method. The solutions set mathematically thus obtained are compared with the physical properties of some of the compact stars, strange star as well as white dwarf. It is observed that all the expected physical features are available related to the stellar fluid distribution, which clearly indicates the validity of the model.

  5. Superconducting Graphene Nanoelectronic Devices

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    Wang, Joel; Zaffalon, Michele; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo

    2010-03-01

    Graphene, a single atom-thick sheet of graphite discovered in recent years, has attracted tremendous attention due to its exotic electronic properties. At low energy, its gapless linear band structure results in transport properties described by the Dirac equation, making it an ideal system for the study of exotic quantum phenomena and other new physics. Graphene may also exhibit many novel transport characteristics in the superconducting regime. New phenomena, such as pseudo-diffusive dynamics of ballistic electrons, the relativistic Josephson effect, and specular Andreev reflection are predicted by theoretical models combining relativistic quantum mechanics and superconductivity. We study these phenomena experimentally with superconductor-graphene-superconductor junctions. The supercurrent in graphene is induced by the superconducting contacts through proximity effect. Various superconducting materials are considered for different explorations. Preliminary tests indicate clean electrical contact with graphene and superconducting properties as expected.

  6. CHEMICAL SOLUTION DEPOSITION BASED OXIDE BUFFERS AND YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS

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    Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2011-01-01

    We have reviewed briefly the growth of buffer and high temperature superconducting oxide thin films using a chemical solution deposition (CSD) method. In the Rolling-Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrates (RABiTS) process, developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, utilizes the thermo mechanical processing to obtain the flexible, biaxially oriented copper, nickel or nickel-alloy substrates. Buffers and Rare Earth Barium Copper Oxide (REBCO) superconductors have been deposited epitaxially on the textured nickel alloy substrates. The starting substrate serves as a template for the REBCO layer, which has substantially fewer weak links. Buffer layers play a major role in fabricating the second generation REBCO wire technology. The main purpose of the buffer layers is to provide a smooth, continuous and chemically inert surface for the growth of the REBCO film, while transferring the texture from the substrate to the superconductor layer. To achieve this, the buffer layers need to be epitaxial to the substrate, i.e. they have to nucleate and grow in the same bi-axial texture provided by the textured metal foil. The most commonly used RABiTS multi-layer architectures consist of a starting template of biaxially textured Ni-5 at.% W (Ni-W) substrate with a seed (first) layer of Yttrium Oxide (Y2O3), a barrier (second) layer of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ), and a Cerium Oxide (CeO2) cap (third) layer. These three buffer layers are generally deposited using physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques such as reactive sputtering. On top of the PVD template, REBCO film is then grown by a chemical solution deposition. This article reviews in detail about the list of oxide buffers and superconductor REBCO films grown epitaxially on single crystal and/or biaxially textured Ni-W substrates using a CSD method.

  7. High velocity vortex channeling in vicinal YBCO thin films

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    Puica, I.; Lang, W.; Durrell, J.H.

    2012-01-01

    We report on electrical transport measurements at high current densities on optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7−δ thin films grown on vicinal SrTiO3 substrates. Data were collected by using a pulsed-current technique in a four-probe arrangement, allowing to extend the current–voltage characteristics to high supercritical current densities (up to 24 MA cm−2) and high electric fields (more than 20 V/cm), in the superconducting state at temperatures between 30 and 80 K. The electric measurements were performed on tracks perpendicular to the vicinal step direction, such that the current crossed between ab planes, under magnetic field rotated in the plane defined by the crystallographic c axis and the current density. At magnetic field orientation parallel to the cuprate layers, evidence for the sliding motion along the ab planes (vortex channeling) was found. The signature of vortex channeling appeared to get enhanced with increasing electric field, due to the peculiar depinning features in the kinked vortex range. They give rise to a current–voltage characteristics steeper than in the more off-plane rectilinear vortex orientations, in the electric field range below approximately 1 V/cm. Roughly above this value, the high vortex channeling velocities (up to 8.6 km/s) could be ascribed to the flux flow, although the signature of ohmic transport appeared to be altered by unavoidable macroscopic self-heating and hot-electron-like effects. PMID:23482832

  8. High velocity vortex channeling in vicinal YBCO thin films.

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    Puica, I; Lang, W; Durrell, J H

    2012-09-01

    We report on electrical transport measurements at high current densities on optimally doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films grown on vicinal SrTiO3 substrates. Data were collected by using a pulsed-current technique in a four-probe arrangement, allowing to extend the current-voltage characteristics to high supercritical current densities (up to 24 MA cm(-2)) and high electric fields (more than 20 V/cm), in the superconducting state at temperatures between 30 and 80 K. The electric measurements were performed on tracks perpendicular to the vicinal step direction, such that the current crossed between ab planes, under magnetic field rotated in the plane defined by the crystallographic c axis and the current density. At magnetic field orientation parallel to the cuprate layers, evidence for the sliding motion along the ab planes (vortex channeling) was found. The signature of vortex channeling appeared to get enhanced with increasing electric field, due to the peculiar depinning features in the kinked vortex range. They give rise to a current-voltage characteristics steeper than in the more off-plane rectilinear vortex orientations, in the electric field range below approximately 1 V/cm. Roughly above this value, the high vortex channeling velocities (up to 8.6 km/s) could be ascribed to the flux flow, although the signature of ohmic transport appeared to be altered by unavoidable macroscopic self-heating and hot-electron-like effects. PMID:23482832

  9. Superconductivity in carbon nanomaterials

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    Dlugon, Katarzyna

    The purpose of this thesis is to explain the phenomenon of superconductivity in carbon nanomaterials such as graphene, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. In the introductory chapter, there is a description of superconductivity and how it occurs at critical temperature (Tc) that is characteristic and different to every superconducting material. The discovery of superconductivity in mercury in 1911 by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is also mentioned. Different types of superconductors, type I and type II, low and high temperatures superconductors, as well as the BCS theory that was developed in 1957 by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer, are also described in detail. The BCS theory explains how Cooper's pairs are formed and how they are responsible for the superconducting properties of many materials. The following chapters explain superconductivity in doped fullerenes, graphene and carbon nanotubes, respectively. There is a thorough explanation followed by many examples of different types of carbon nanomaterials in which small changes in chemical structure cause significant changes in superconducting properties. The goal of this research was not only to take into consideration well known carbon based superconductors but also to search for the newest available materials such as the fullerene nanowhiskers discovered quite recently. There is also a presentation of fairly new ideas about inducing superconductivity in a monolayer of graphene which is more challenging than inducing superconductivity in graphite by simply intercalating metal atoms between its graphene sheets. An effort has been taken to look for any available information about carbon nanomaterials that have the potential to superconduct at room temperature, mainly because discovery of such materials would be a real revolution in the modern world, although no such materials have been discovered yet.

  10. Real-time observation of the melting process of YBCO thin film on MgO substrate

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    J, Hu; X, Yao; L, Rao Q.

    2003-11-01

    In order to study the mechanism of the liquid phase hetero-epitaxial growth, the melting process of YBa2Cu3O7-dgr (YBCO) thin films was observed by high-temperature optical microscopy. During the heating from room temperature to a temperature above the YBCO peritectic temperature (Tp), we surprisingly find that the YBCO thin film with a MgO substrate can be substantially superheated above the Tp of the YBCO oxide (at least 50 °C) at a heating rate of 5 °C min-1. This is a novel superheating phenomenon involved in a peritectic reaction and an oxide material, which is different from one reported in systems of metals and their alloys. After the melting process, x-ray diffraction analysis was performed, which shows that Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) grains are in good alignment on the MgO substrate. The superheating mechanism of the YBCO oxide is discussed.

  11. Superconductivity in 4-Angstrom carbon nanotubes--a short review

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    Wang, Zhe; Shi, Wu; Lortz, Rolf; Sheng, Ping

    2011-12-01

    We give an up-to-date review of the superconducting phenomena in 4-Angstrom carbon nanotubes embedded in aligned linear pores of the AlPO4-5 (AFI) zeolite, first discovered in 2001 as a fluctuation Meissner effect. With the introduction of a new approach to sample synthesis around 2007, new data confirming the superconductivity have been obtained. These comprise electrical, specific heat, and magnetic measurements which together yield a consistent yet complex physical picture of the superconducting state, largely owing to the one-dimensional (1D) nature of the 4-Angstrom carbon nanotubes. For the electrical transport characteristics, two types of superconducting resistive behaviors were reproducibly observed in different samples. The first type is the quasi 1D fluctuation superconductivity that exhibits a smooth resistance drop with decreasing temperature, initiating at 15 K. At low temperatures the differential resistance also shows a smooth increase with increasing bias current (voltage). Both are unaffected by an applied magnetic field up to 11 Tesla. These manifestations are shown to be consistent with those of a quasi 1D superconductor with thermally activated phase slips as predicted by the Langer-Ambegaokar-McCumber-Halperin (LAMH) theory. The second type is the quasi 1D to 3D superconducting crossover transition, which was observed to initiate at 15 K with a slow resistance decrease switching to a sharp order of magnitude drop at ~7.5 K. The latter exhibits anisotropic magnetic field dependence and is attributed to a Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless (BKT)-like transition that establishes quasi-long-range order in the plane transverse to the c-axis of the aligned nanotubes, thereby mediating a 1D to 3D crossover. The electrical data are complemented by magnetic and thermal specific heat bulk measurements. By using both the SQUID VSM and the magnetic torque technique, the onset of diamagnetism was observed to occur at ~15 K, with a rapid increase of the

  12. Lattice study of anisotropic quantum electrodynamics in three dimensions

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    Hands, Simon; Thomas, Iorwerth Owain

    2005-08-01

    We present results from a Monte Carlo simulation of noncompact lattice QED in three dimensions on a 163 lattice in which an explicit anisotropy between x and y hopping terms has been introduced into the action. This formulation is inspired by recent formulations of anisotropic QED3 as an effective theory of the non-superconducting portion of the cuprate phase diagram, with relativistic fermion degrees of freedom defined near the nodes of the gap function on the Fermi surface, the anisotropy encapsulating the different Fermi and Gap velocities at the node, and the massless photon degrees of freedom reproducing the dynamics of the phase disorder of the superconducting order parameter. Using a parameter set corresponding in the isotropic limit to broken chiral symmetry (in field theory language) or a spin density wave (in condensed matter physics language), our results show that the renormalized anisotropy, defined in terms of the ratio of correlation lengths of gauge invariant bound states in the x and y directions, exceeds the explicit anisotropy κ introduced in the lattice action, implying in contrast to recent analytic results that anisotropy is a relevant deformation of QED3 . There also appears to be a chiral symmetry restoring phase transition at κc≃4.5 , implying that the pseudogap phase persists down to T=0 in the cuprate phase diagram.

  13. Metal optics and superconductivity

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    Golovashkin, A.L.

    1989-01-01

    The articles contained in this collection are dedicated to the study of the electron structure of transition metals and superconducting alloys and compounds based on them. The study of the electron structure of materials is one of the central problems of solid-state physics and defines the solution of a number of problems. One of them is the problem of high-temperature superconductivity which has attracted exceptional attention from physicists in connection with the discovery of new classes of ceramic oxides which are superconducting at liquid-nitrogen temperature. The electron structure is one of the three whales on which all of superconductivity rests. It is frequently our ignorance of the electronic properties of a metal, alloy or compound in its normal state which makes it impossible to predict superconductivity in the material, preventing use from calculating the parameters of the superconducting state. There are now a number of effective methods for investigation of the electron structure of the metals and allows. This collection discusses metal optics, tunneling and magnetic measurements in superconductors. These methods are quite informative and allow us to obtain many important electron characteristics and temperature relations. Various characteristics of the superconducting compounds Nb{sub 3}Ge, Nb{sub 3}Al, nb{sub 3}Sn and Nb{sub 3}Ga with A15 structure and NbN with B1 structure, having rather high critical temperatures, are experimentally studied.

  14. Performance analysis of a model-sized superconducting DC transmission system based VSC-HVDC transmission technologies using RTDS

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    Dinh, Minh-Chau; Ju, Chang-Hyeon; Kim, Sung-Kyu; Kim, Jin-Geun; Park, Minwon; Yu, In-Keun

    2012-08-01

    The combination of a high temperature superconducting DC power cable and a voltage source converter based HVDC (VSC-HVDC) creates a new option for transmitting power with multiple collection and distribution points for long distance and bulk power transmissions. It offers some greater advantages compared with HVAC or conventional HVDC transmission systems, and it is well suited for the grid integration of renewable energy sources in existing distribution or transmission systems. For this reason, a superconducting DC transmission system based HVDC transmission technologies is planned to be set up in the Jeju power system, Korea. Before applying this system to a real power system on Jeju Island, system analysis should be performed through a real time test. In this paper, a model-sized superconducting VSC-HVDC system, which consists of a small model-sized VSC-HVDC connected to a 2 m YBCO HTS DC model cable, is implemented. The authors have performed the real-time simulation method that incorporates the model-sized superconducting VSC-HVDC system into the simulated Jeju power system using Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS). The performance analysis of the superconducting VSC-HVDC systems has been verified by the proposed test platform and the results were discussed in detail.

  15. Structures behind superconductivity

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    Rotman, D.

    1988-07-01

    The previously reported preparation and structures of superconducting materials are reviewed. The two systems, Y-Ba-Cu-O and La-Cu-O, previously reported with high transition temperatures are discussed in some detail. The new systems introduced in 1987 that were not based on a rare earth but including Bi-Sr-Cu-O are also reviewed. Superconductive materials including thallium rather than bismuth that have been reported but not thoroughly studied are discussed briefly. It is pointed out that many superconducting materials have been prepared, but good documentation of the structures and properties of these materials need much more study.

  16. Superconductivity in doped insulators

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    Emery, V.J.; Kivelson, S.A.

    1995-12-31

    It is shown that many synthetic metals, including high temperature superconductors are ``bad metals``, with such a poor conductivity that the usual meanfield theory of superconductivity breaks down because of anomalously large classical and quantum fluctuations of the phase of the superconducting order parameter. It is argued that the supression of a first order phase transition (phase separation) by the long-range Coulomb interaction leads to high temperature superconductivity accompanied by static or dynamical charge inhomogeneIty. Evidence in support of this picture for high temperature superconductors is described.

  17. Superconducting active impedance converter

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    Ginley, D.S.; Hietala, V.M.; Martens, J.S.

    1993-11-16

    A transimpedance amplifier for use with high temperature superconducting, other superconducting, and conventional semiconductors allows for appropriate signal amplification and impedance matching to processing electronics. The amplifier incorporates the superconducting flux flow transistor into a differential amplifier configuration which allows for operation over a wide temperature range, and is characterized by high gain, relatively low noise, and response times less than 200 picoseconds over at least a 10-80 K. temperature range. The invention is particularly useful when a signal derived from either far-IR focal plane detectors or from Josephson junctions is to be processed by higher signal/higher impedance electronics, such as conventional semiconductor technology. 12 figures.

  18. Superconducting active impedance converter

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    Ginley, David S.; Hietala, Vincent M.; Martens, Jon S.

    1993-01-01

    A transimpedance amplifier for use with high temperature superconducting, other superconducting, and conventional semiconductor allows for appropriate signal amplification and impedance matching to processing electronics. The amplifier incorporates the superconducting flux flow transistor into a differential amplifier configuration which allows for operation over a wide temperature range, and is characterized by high gain, relatively low noise, and response times less than 200 picoseconds over at least a 10-80 K. temperature range. The invention is particularly useful when a signal derived from either far-IR focal plane detectors or from Josephson junctions is to be processed by higher signal/higher impedance electronics, such as conventional semiconductor technology.

  19. Tunneling in superconducting structures

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2010-12-01

    Here we review our results on the breakpoint features in the coupled system of IJJ obtained in the framework of the capacitively coupled Josephson junction model with diffusion current. A correspondence between the features in the current voltage characteristics (CVC) and the character of the charge oscillations in superconducting layers is demonstrated. Investigation of the correlations of superconducting currents in neighboring Josephson junctions and the charge correlations in neighboring superconducting layers reproduces the features in the CVC and gives a powerful method for the analysis of the CVC of coupled Josephson junctions. A new method for determination of the dissipation parameter is suggested.

  20. Coherent magnetic vortex motion in optically formed channels for easy flow in YBa2Cu3O7- x superconducting thin films

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    Jukna, A.; Steponavičienė, L.; Plaušinaitienė, V.; Abrutis, A.; Maneikis, A.; Šliužienė, K.; Lisauskas, V.; Sobolewski, Roman

    2013-12-01

    We report our results of investigation of electric and magnetic properties of partially oxygen-depleted channels for easy vortex motion in YBa2Cu3O7- x (YBCO) superconducting, 50-μm-wide, and 100-μm-long microbridges at temperatures below the onset of the superconducting state critical temperature T {c/on}. The channels were produced by means of a laser-writing technique. The writing was performed using a 0.1-0.3 W power, continuous-wave laser radiation focused down to a ~ 5 μm spot on the surface of a superconducting film in a nitrogen gas atmosphere, and resulted in perpendicular stripes (channels) with partial ( x ~ 0.2) reduction of the oxygen content in the YBCO stripe. The oxygen-depleted channels exhibit a depressed T c and lower both the critical current density and the first critical magnetic field, as compared with the laser-untreated areas. The bias current applied to the bridge self-produced a magnetic flux that penetrated the channels in a form of Abrikosov magnetic vortices that, subsequently, moved coherently (a quasi-Josephson effect) along the channels in the narrow temperature range of 0.943 T {c/on}-0.98 T {c/on} and manifested themselves as steps on the current-voltage characteristics of our microbridges. Our results demonstrate that laser-induced formation of artificial channels of the flux flow can be used for a precise control of vortex nucleation and their coherent motion in pre-assigned regions of thin-film YBCO devices.

  1. DC characterization and 3D modelling of a triangular, epoxy-impregnated high temperature superconducting coil

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    Hu, D.; Ainslie, M. D.; Rush, J. P.; Durrell, J. H.; Zou, J.; Raine, M. J.; Hampshire, D. P.

    2015-06-01

    The direct current (dc) characterization of high temperature superconducting (HTS) coils is important for applications, such as electric machines, superconducting magnetic energy storage and transformers. In this paper, the dc characterization of a triangular-shaped, epoxy-impregnated HTS coil wound with YBCO coated conductor intended for use in an axial-flux HTS motor is presented. Voltage was measured at several points along the coil to provide detailed information of its dc characteristics. The coil is modelled based on the H -formulation using a new three-dimensional (3D) technique that utilizes the real superconducting layer thickness, and this model allows simulation of the actual geometrical layout of the HTS coil structure. Detailed information on the critical current density’s dependence on the magnitude and orientation of the magnetic flux density, Jc(B,θ), determined from experimental measurement of a short sample of the coated conductor comprising the coil is included directly in the numerical model by a two-variable direct interpolation to avoid developing complicated equations for data fitting and greatly improve the computational speed. Issues related to meshing the finite elements of the real thickness 3D model are also discussed in detail. Based on a comparison of the measurement and simulation results, it is found that non-uniformity along the length exists in the coil, which implies imperfect superconducting properties in the coated conductor, and hence, coil. By evaluating the current-voltage (I-V) curves using the experimental data, and after taking into account a more practical n value and critical current for the non-uniform region, the modelling results show good agreement with the experimental results, validating this model as an appropriate tool to estimate the dc I-V relationship of a superconducting coil. This work provides a further step towards effective and efficient 3D modelling of superconducting devices for large

  2. Anomalous optical forces on radially anisotropic nanowires

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    Chen, H. L.; Gao, L.

    2015-11-01

    Full-wave electromagnetic scattering theory and Maxwell stress tensor integration techniques have been established to study the optical force on the radially anisotropic nanowires. The optical forces on the isotropic nanowires are dependent on the size of the nanowire and the wave vector in the media with the Rayleigh's law. However, the optical forces on the anisotropic nanowires have the anomalous behaviors under non-Rayleigh vanishing condition and non-Rayleigh diverging condition. Therefore, the optical forces on the anisotropic nanowires may be enhanced or reduced by tuning the anisotropic parameters. These results may promote the potential applications in the field of nanotechnology.

  3. Effects of phosphorous doping on the superconducting properties of SmFeAs(O,F)

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    Singh, Shiv Jee; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Ogino, Hiraku; Kishio, Kohji

    2014-09-01

    The systematic doping effect induced by the isovalent substitution of P for As on the superconducting properties of F-doped SmFeAsO0.88F0.12 (Sm1111) has been studied by physical and magnetic measurements. The cell volume (V) decreases with P doping and the anisotropic chemical pressure might be induced. However, the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) and the upper critical field (Hc2) are suppressed. Thermoelectric power (S) indicates the majority of electron type charge carriers in support of Hall measurements and its magnitude does not change very much for different P concentrations. The present investigation depicts that isovalent substitutions in the FeAs layer strongly deteriorate the superconducting properties of Sm1111 as a result of increase in chemical pressure. These isovalent substitution effects are comparatively discussed with hole (Mn) and electron (Ni) type substitutions in the superconducting layer of Sm1111.

  4. Remarks on inhomogeneous anisotropic cosmology

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    Kaya, Ali

    2016-08-01

    Recently a new no-global-recollapse argument was given for some inhomogeneous and anisotropic cosmologies that utilizes surface deformation by the mean curvature flow. In this paper we discuss important properties of the mean curvature flow of spacelike surfaces in Lorentzian manifolds. We show that singularities may form during cosmic evolution, and the theorems forbidding the global recollapse lose their validity. The time evolution of the spatial scalar curvature that may kinematically prevent the recollapse is determined in normal coordinates, which shows the impact of inhomogeneities explicitly. Our analysis indicates a caveat in numerical solutions that give rise to inflation.

  5. Tunneling spectroscopy of anisotropic superconductors

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    Kashiwaya, Satoshi; Koyanagi, Masao; Kajimura, Koji; Tanaka, Yukio

    1996-12-31

    Tunneling spectroscopy of normal-insulator-superconductor junction is investigated theoretically. In anisotropic superconductors, differently from the case of isotropic superconductor, the effective pair potentials felt by quasiparticles depend on the direction of their motion. By taking this effect into account, it is shown that the conductance spectra strongly depend on the crystal orientation. Using Green`s function method, local density of states (LDOS) in superconductor is also calculated. The close relation between conductance spectra and LDOS is presented. The calculation is compared with experimental spectra of high-{Tc} superconductors.

  6. Spin precession in anisotropic cosmologies

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    Kamenshchik, A. Yu.; Teryaev, O. V.

    2016-05-01

    We consider the precession of a Dirac particle spin in some anisotropic Bianchi universes. This effect is present already in the Bianchi-I universe. We discuss in some detail the geodesics and the spin precession for both the Kasner and the Heckmann-Schucking solutions. In the Bianchi-IX universe the spin precession acquires the chaotic character due to the stochasticity of the oscillatory approach to the cosmological singularity. The related helicity flip of fermions in the very early universe may produce the sterile particles contributing to dark matter.

  7. Granular Segregation with Anisotropic Particles

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    Sykes, Tim

    2005-11-01

    The results from experimental investigations of horizontally vibrated mixtures of anisotropic poppy seeds and long chains of linked spheres will be presented. A critical packing fraction was observed to be required to initiate a transition to segregation. The average size of the resulting patterns was measured and the concentration ratio of the mixtures was varied by changing the number of chains present in the mixtures. A change in the order of the transition, from second to first order with associated hysteresis, was observed as the chain number was reduced. This gave rise to three distinct regions of behaviour: segregated, mixed and a bi-stable state.

  8. New charged anisotropic compact models

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    Kileba Matondo, D.; Maharaj, S. D.

    2016-07-01

    We find new exact solutions to the Einstein-Maxwell field equations which are relevant in the description of highly compact stellar objects. The relativistic star is charged and anisotropic with a quark equation of state. Exact solutions of the field equations are found in terms of elementary functions. It is interesting to note that we regain earlier quark models with uncharged and charged matter distributions. A physical analysis indicates that the matter distributions are well behaved and regular throughout the stellar structure. A range of stellar masses are generated for particular parameter values in the electric field. In particular the observed mass for a binary pulsar is regained.

  9. Anisotropic fractional diffusion tensor imaging

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    Meerschaert, Mark M; Magin, Richard L; Ye, Allen Q

    2015-01-01

    Traditional diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) maps brain structure by fitting a diffusion model to the magnitude of the electrical signal acquired in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Fractional DTI employs anomalous diffusion models to obtain a better fit to real MRI data, which can exhibit anomalous diffusion in both time and space. In this paper, we describe the challenge of developing and employing anisotropic fractional diffusion models for DTI. Since anisotropy is clearly present in the three-dimensional MRI signal response, such models hold great promise for improving brain imaging. We then propose some candidate models, based on stochastic theory.

  10. Planetary spectra for anisotropic scattering

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    Chamberlain, J. W.

    1975-01-01

    Some of the effects on planetary spectra that would be produced by departures from isotropic scattering are examined. The phase function is the simplest departure to handle analytically and the only phase function, other than the isotropic one, that can be incorporated into a Chandrasekhar first approximation. This approach has the advantage of illustrating trends resulting from anisotropies while retaining the simplicity that yields physical insight. An algebraic solution to the two sets of anisotropic H functions is developed in the appendix. It is readily adaptable to progammable desk calculators and gives emergent intensities accurate to 0.3 percent, which is sufficient even for spectroscopic analysis.

  11. Superconducting thermoelectric generator

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    Metzger, J.D.; El-Genk, M.S.

    1998-05-05

    An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat is disclosed. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two materials establishes an electrical potential related to the magnitude of the temperature gradient. The superconducting material carries the resulting electrical current at zero resistivity, thereby eliminating resistive losses. The elimination of resistive losses significantly increases the conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric device. 4 figs.

  12. Superconducting thermoelectric generator

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    Metzger, J.D.; El-Genk, M.S.

    1996-01-01

    An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two materials establishes an electrical potential related to the magnitude of the temperature gradient. The superconducting material carries the resulting electrical current at zero resistivity, thereby eliminating resistive losses. The elimination of resistive losses significantly increases the conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric device.

  13. Superconducting thermoelectric generator

    DOEpatents

    Metzger, John D.; El-Genk, Mohamed S.

    1998-01-01

    An apparatus and method for producing electricity from heat. The present invention is a thermoelectric generator that uses materials with substantially no electrical resistance, often called superconductors, to efficiently convert heat into electrical energy without resistive losses. Preferably, an array of superconducting elements is encased within a second material with a high thermal conductivity. The second material is preferably a semiconductor. Alternatively, the superconducting material can be doped on a base semiconducting material, or the superconducting material and the semiconducting material can exist as alternating, interleaved layers of waferlike materials. A temperature gradient imposed across the boundary of the two materials establishes an electrical potential related to the magnitude of the temperature gradient. The superconducting material carries the resulting electrical current at zero resistivity, thereby eliminating resistive losses. The elimination of resistive losses significantly increases the conversion efficiency of the thermoelectric device.

  14. Supertubes and Superconducting Membranes

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    Cordero, Ruben; Miguel-Pilar, Zelin

    2007-02-09

    We show the equivalence between configurations that arise from string theory of type IIA, called supertubes, and superconducting membranes at the bosonic level. We find equilibrium and oscillating configurations for a tubular membrane carrying a current along its axis.

  15. Hybrid superconducting magnetic suspensions

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    Tixador, P.; Hiebel, P.; Brunet, Y.

    1996-07-01

    Superconductors, especially high T{sub c} ones, are the most attractive materials to design stable and fully passive magnetic suspensions which have to control five degrees of freedom. The hybrid superconducting magnetic suspensions present high performances and a simple cooling mode. They consist of a permanent magnet bearing, stabilized by a suitable magnet-superconductor structure. Several designs are given and compared in terms of forces and stiffnesses. The design of the magnet bearing plays an important part. The superconducting magnetic bearing participates less in levitation but must provide a high stabilizing stiffness. This is achieved by the magnet configuration, a good material in term of critical current density and field cooling. A hybrid superconducting suspension for a flywheel is presented. This system consists of a magnet thrust bearing stabilized by superconductors interacting with an alternating polarity magnet structure. First tests and results are reported. Superconducting materials are magnetically melt-textured YBaCuO.

  16. Superconductive ceramic oxide combination

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    Chatterjee, D.K.; Mehrotra, A.K.; Mir, J.M.

    1991-03-05

    This patent describes the combination of a superconductive ceramic oxide which degrades in conductivity upon contact of ambient air with its surface and, interposed between the ceramic oxide surface and ambient air in the amount of at least 1 mg per square meter of surface area of the superconductive ceramic oxide, a passivant polymer selected from the group consisting of a polyester ionomer and an alkyl cellulose.

  17. Making Superconducting Welds between Superconducting Wires

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    Penanen, Konstantin I.; Eom, Byeong Ho

    2008-01-01

    A technique for making superconducting joints between wires made of dissimilar superconducting metals has been devised. The technique is especially suitable for fabrication of superconducting circuits needed to support persistent electric currents in electromagnets in diverse cryogenic applications. Examples of such electromagnets include those in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems and in superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs). Sometimes, it is desirable to fabricate different parts of a persistent-current-supporting superconducting loop from different metals. For example, a sensory coil in a SQUID might be made of Pb, a Pb/Sn alloy, or a Cu wire plated with Pb/Sn, while the connections to the sensory coil might be made via Nb or Nb/Ti wires. Conventional wire-bonding techniques, including resistance spot welding and pressed contact, are not workable because of large differences between the hardnesses and melting temperatures of the different metals. The present technique is not subject to this limitation. The present technique involves the use (1) of a cheap, miniature, easy-to-operate, capacitor-discharging welding apparatus that has an Nb or Nb/Ti tip and operates with a continuous local flow of gaseous helium and (2) preparation of a joint in a special spark-discharge welding geometry. In a typical application, a piece of Nb foil about 25 m thick is rolled to form a tube, into which is inserted a wire that one seeks to weld to the tube (see figure). The tube can be slightly crimped for mechanical stability. Then a spark weld is made by use of the aforementioned apparatus with energy and time settings chosen to melt a small section of the niobium foil. The energy setting corresponds to the setting of a voltage to which the capacitor is charged. In an experiment, the technique was used to weld an Nb foil to a copper wire coated with a Pb/Sn soft solder, which is superconducting. The joint was evaluated as

  18. Time-resolved magnetic flux and AC-current distributions in superconducting yttrium barium copper oxide thin films and multifilaments

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    Yang, Ran

    circulating shielding current and a transport current. Furthermore, we performed TRMOI measurements on multifilamentary YBCO thin films with six superconducting filaments. Several sets of measurements with different experimental parameters are compared to find optimized measurements especially fitting the TRMOI technique for best quantitative results. The integrated transport current in the optimized measurements agrees fairly well with the current we applied. Nearly half of the transport current flows in the most outer two filaments while the rest of the current flows roughly evenly in the inner four filaments. Comparing with the FEM simulation results, the multifilamentary film shows higher critical current than the single bridged TBCO thin film Finger-like inhomogeneous flux penetration patterns are observed in the TRMOI study of YBCO coated conductors in ac current regime. A quantitative analysis of the images show how the grain boundary network affects the overall behavior of the flux and current density evolution.

  19. Electron pairing without superconductivity.

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    Cheng, Guanglei; Tomczyk, Michelle; Lu, Shicheng; Veazey, Joshua P; Huang, Mengchen; Irvin, Patrick; Ryu, Sangwoo; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Hellberg, C Stephen; Levy, Jeremy

    2015-05-14

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is the first and best known superconducting semiconductor. It exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to that of high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. Despite sustained interest for 50 years, direct experimental insight into the nature of electron pairing in SrTiO3 has remained elusive. Here we perform transport experiments with nanowire-based single-electron transistors at the interface between SrTiO3 and a thin layer of lanthanum aluminate, LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances-paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical pairing field Bp of about 1-4 tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For magnetic fields below Bp, these resonances are insensitive to the applied magnetic field; for fields in excess of Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as 900 millikelvin, well above the superconducting transition temperature (about 300 millikelvin). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by a model involving an attractive Hubbard interaction that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity. PMID:25971511

  20. Electron pairing without superconductivity

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    Cheng, Guanglei; Tomczyk, Michelle; Lu, Shicheng; Veazey, Joshua P.; Huang, Mengchen; Irvin, Patrick; Ryu, Sangwoo; Lee, Hyungwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; Hellberg, C. Stephen; Levy, Jeremy

    2015-05-01

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is the first and best known superconducting semiconductor. It exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to that of high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. Despite sustained interest for 50 years, direct experimental insight into the nature of electron pairing in SrTiO3 has remained elusive. Here we perform transport experiments with nanowire-based single-electron transistors at the interface between SrTiO3 and a thin layer of lanthanum aluminate, LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances--paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical pairing field Bp of about 1-4 tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For magnetic fields below Bp, these resonances are insensitive to the applied magnetic field; for fields in excess of Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as 900 millikelvin, well above the superconducting transition temperature (about 300 millikelvin). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by a model involving an attractive Hubbard interaction that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity.

  1. High temperature interfacial superconductivity

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    Bozovic, Ivan; Logvenov, Gennady; Gozar, Adrian Mihai

    2012-06-19

    High-temperature superconductivity confined to nanometer-scale interfaces has been a long standing goal because of potential applications in electronic devices. The spontaneous formation of a superconducting interface in bilayers consisting of an insulator (La.sub.2CuO.sub.4) and a metal (La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xCuO.sub.4), neither of which is superconducting per se, is described. Depending upon the layering sequence of the bilayers, T.sub.c may be either .about.15 K or .about.30 K. This highly robust phenomenon is confined to within 2-3 nm around the interface. After exposing the bilayer to ozone, T.sub.c exceeds 50 K and this enhanced superconductivity is also shown to originate from a 1 to 2 unit cell thick interfacial layer. The results demonstrate that engineering artificial heterostructures provides a novel, unconventional way to fabricate stable, quasi two-dimensional high T.sub.c phases and to significantly enhance superconducting properties in other superconductors. The superconducting interface may be implemented, for example, in SIS tunnel junctions or a SuFET.

  2. Superconductive radiofrequency window assembly

    DOEpatents

    Phillips, Harry Lawrence; Elliott, Thomas S.

    1998-01-01

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The srf window assembly (20) has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The srf window assembly (20) comprises a superconducting frame (30), a ceramic plate (40) having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet (50) for sealing plate (40) into frame (30). The plate (40) is brazed to eyelet (50) which is then electron beam welded to frame (30). A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the srf window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator.

  3. Superconducting radiofrequency window assembly

    DOEpatents

    Phillips, Harry L.; Elliott, Thomas S.

    1997-01-01

    The present invention is a superconducting radiofrequency window assembly for use in an electron beam accelerator. The srf window assembly (20) has a superconducting metal-ceramic design. The srf window assembly (20) comprises a superconducting frame (30), a ceramic plate (40) having a superconducting metallized area, and a superconducting eyelet (50) for sealing plate (40) into frame (30). The plate (40) is brazed to eyelet (50) which is then electron beam welded to frame (30). A method for providing a ceramic object mounted in a metal member to withstand cryogenic temperatures is also provided. The method involves a new metallization process for coating a selected area of a ceramic object with a thin film of a superconducting material. Finally, a method for assembling an electron beam accelerator cavity utilizing the srf window assembly is provided. The procedure is carried out within an ultra clean room to minimize exposure to particulates which adversely affect the performance of the cavity within the electron beam accelerator.

  4. Electron pairing without superconductivity

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    Levy, Jeremy

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is the first and best known superconducting semiconductor. It exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to that of high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. Despite sustained interest for 50 years, direct experimental insight into the nature of electron pairing in SrTiO3 has remained elusive. Here we perform transport experiments with nanowire-based single-electron transistors at the interface between SrTiO3 and a thin layer of lanthanum aluminate, LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances--paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical pairing field Bp of about 1-4 tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For magnetic fields below Bp, these resonances are insensitive to the applied magnetic field; for fields in excess of Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as 900 millikelvin, well above the superconducting transition temperature (about 300 millikelvin). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by a model involving an attractive Hubbard interaction that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity. Support from AFOSR, ONR, ARO, NSF, DOE and NSSEFF is gratefully acknowledged.

  5. Defects-induced thermal instability in YBCO films in microwave field

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    Pan, Vladimir M.; Tretiatchenko, Constantin G.; Flis, Victor S.; Komashko, Valentin A.; Pashitskii, Ernst A.; Ivanyuta, Alexander N.; Melkov, Gennadiy A.; Zandbergen, Henny; Svetchnikov, Vassily L.

    2003-05-01

    The heat instability induced by linear defects is assumed to enhance the remarkable difference between microwave properties of YBCO single crystals and thin films due to extended strain fields near out-of-plane edge dislocations. We have shown theoretically and confirmed experimentally that a single dislocation cannot have a strong effect on the surface resistance Rs, but dislocation arrays, which were observed experimentally, can induce the thermal instability, if edge dislocations in the arrays are spaced closer than the heat relaxation length. Ordered dislocation structures provide much higher local temperature perturbation than randomly distributed dislocations.

  6. Direct observation of surface plasmons in YBCO by attenuated total reflection of light in the infrared

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    Walmsley, D. G.; Smyth, C. C.; Sellai, A.; McCafferty, P. G.; Dawson, P.; Morrow, T.; Graham, W. G.

    1994-02-01

    Surface plasmons have been observed directly in YBCO films in an Otto-geometry attenuated total reflection measurement at a wavelength of 3.392 μm. The laser deposited films are c-axis oriented on an MgO substrate. This observation confirms theoretical deductions from complex dielectric function data. Measured data have been fitted to a theoretical model and are compared with the optical constants determined by Bozovic [1]. The investigations have been extended to films with other orientations to investigate whether material anisotropy is reflected in the results and non-metallic behaviour is found.

  7. Fabrication and test of short helical solenoid model based on YBCO tape

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    Yu, M.; Lombardo, V.; Lopes, M.L.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; Flanagan, G.; Johnson, R.P.; /MUONS Inc., Batavia

    2011-03-01

    A helical cooling channel (HCC) is a new technique proposed for six-dimensional (6D) cooling of muon beams. To achieve the optimal cooling rate, the high field section of HCC need to be developed, which suggests using High Temperature Superconductors (HTS). This paper updates the parameters of a YBCO based helical solenoid (HS) model, describes the fabrication of HS segments (double-pancake units) and the assembly of six-coil short HS model with two dummy cavity insertions. Three HS segments and the six-coil short model were tested. The results are presented and discussed.

  8. Superconducting transmission line particle detector

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    Gray, Kenneth E.

    1989-01-01

    A microvertex particle detector for use in a high energy physic collider including a plurality of parallel superconducting thin film strips separated from a superconducting ground plane by an insulating layer to form a plurality of superconducting waveguides. The microvertex particle detector indicates passage of a charged subatomic particle by measuring a voltage pulse measured across a superconducting waveguide caused by the transition of the superconducting thin film strip from a superconducting to a non-superconducting state in response to the passage of a charged particle. A plurality of superconducting thin film strips in two orthogonal planes plus the slow electromagnetic wave propogating in a superconducting transmission line are used to resolve N.sup.2 ambiguity of charged particle events.

  9. Superconducting transmission line particle detector

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    Gray, K.E.

    1988-07-28

    A microvertex particle detector for use in a high energy physic collider including a plurality of parallel superconducting thin film strips separated from a superconducting ground plane by an insulating layer to form a plurality of superconducting waveguides. The microvertex particle detector indicates passage of a charged subatomic particle by measuring a voltage pulse measured across a superconducting waveguide caused by the transition of the superconducting thin film strip from a superconducting to a non- superconducting state in response to the passage of a charged particle. A plurality of superconducting thin film strips in two orthogonal planes plus the slow electromagnetic wave propagating in a superconducting transmission line are used to resolve N/sup 2/ ambiguity of charged particle events. 6 figs.

  10. Engineering Nanocolumnar Defect Configurations for Optimized Vortex Pinning in High Temperature Superconducting Nanocomposite Wires

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    Wee, Sung Hun; Zuev, Yuri L; Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit; Ahuja, Raj; Abiade, J.

    2013-01-01

    High temperature superconducting (HTS), coated conductor wires based on nanocomposite films containing self-assembled, insulating BaZrO3 (BZO) nanocolumnar defects have previously been reported to exhibit enhanced vortex pinning. Here, we report on microstructural design via control of BZO nanocolumns density in YBa2Cu3O7- (YBCO)+BZO nancomposite films to achieve the highest critical current density, Jc(H, ,T). X-ray diffraction and microstructural examination shows increasing number density of epitaxial BZO nanocolumns in the highly cube-textured YBCO matrix with increasing nominal BZO additions. Transport property measurement reveals that an increase in BZO content upto 4 vol% is required to sustain the highest pinning and Jc performance as the magnetic field increases. By growing thicker, single-layer nanocomposite films (~4 m) with controlled density of BZO columnar defects, the critical current (Ic) of ~1000 A/cm at 77 K, self-field and the minimum Ic of 455 A/cm at 65 K and 3 T for all magnetic field orientations were obtained. This is the highest Ic reported to date for films on metallic templates which are the basis for the 2nd generation, coated conductor-based HTS wires.

  11. Engineering nanocolumnar defect configurations for optimized vortex pinning in high temperature superconducting nanocomposite wires.

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    Wee, Sung Hun; Zuev, Yuri L; Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit

    2013-01-01

    We report microstructural design via control of BaZrO3 (BZO) defect density in high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires based on epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films to achieve the highest critical current density, Jc, at different fields, H. We find the occurrence of Jc(H) cross-over between the films with 1-4 vol% BZO, indicating that optimal BZO doping is strongly field-dependent. The matching fields, Bφ, estimated by the number density of BZO nanocolumns are matched to the field ranges for which 1-4 vol% BZO-doped films exhibit the highest Jc(H). With incorporation of BZO defects with the controlled density, we fabricate 4-μm-thick single layer, YBCO + BZO nanocomposite film having the critical current (Ic) of ~1000 A cm(-1) at 77 K, self-field and the record minimum Ic, Ic(min), of 455 A cm(-1) at 65 K and 3 T for all field angles. This Ic(min) is the largest value ever reported from HTS films fabricated on metallic templates. PMID:23939231

  12. Engineering nanocolumnar defect configurations for optimized vortex pinning in high temperature superconducting nanocomposite wires

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    Wee, Sung Hun; Zuev, Yuri L.; Cantoni, Claudia; Goyal, Amit

    2013-01-01

    We report microstructural design via control of BaZrO3 (BZO) defect density in high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires based on epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) films to achieve the highest critical current density, Jc, at different fields, H. We find the occurrence of Jc(H) cross-over between the films with 1–4 vol% BZO, indicating that optimal BZO doping is strongly field-dependent. The matching fields, Bφ, estimated by the number density of BZO nanocolumns are matched to the field ranges for which 1–4 vol% BZO-doped films exhibit the highest Jc(H). With incorporation of BZO defects with the controlled density, we fabricate 4-μm-thick single layer, YBCO + BZO nanocomposite film having the critical current (Ic) of ~1000 A cm−1 at 77 K, self-field and the record minimum Ic, Ic(min), of 455 A cm−1 at 65 K and 3 T for all field angles. This Ic(min) is the largest value ever reported from HTS films fabricated on metallic templates. PMID:23939231

  13. Superconducting graphite intercalation compounds with calcium

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    Emery, N.; Hérold, C.; Marêché, J.-F.; Lagrange, P.; Bellouard, C.; Lamura, G.; Di Gennaro, E.; Andreone, A.

    2008-04-01

    In the graphite-lithium-calcium system, four well-defined intercalation compounds were synthesised. Two of them, CaC 6 and Li 3Ca 2C 6, exhibit superconducting properties at 11.5 K and 11.15 K, respectively, the highest critical temperatures among those of graphite intercalation compounds. The samples are synthesised using a liquid-solid method allowing the preparation of pure bulk samples, auspicious for crystallographic and magnetic measurements. The crystal structure of CaC 6 was entirely specified; this compound crystallises in the R-3 m space group. The two-dimensional unit cell of Li 3Ca 2C 6 is hexagonal and commensurate with that of graphite and the intercalated sheets, very rich in metal, are seven-layered. The magnetic properties of these phases were studied with an applied field parallel and perpendicular to the graphene sheets. In both cases the magnetic phase diagram indicates that these compounds are type II superconducting materials slightly anisotropic in spite of their lamellar structure. In the case of CaC 6, in-plane magnetic penetration depth measurements show a clear exponential behaviour at low temperatures, consistent with an s-wave symmetry of the gap function, well fitted by the standard BCS theory in the dirty limit.

  14. Reentrant Phase Coherence in Superconducting Nanowire Composites.

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    Ansermet, Diane; Petrović, Alexander P; He, Shikun; Chernyshov, Dmitri; Hoesch, Moritz; Salloum, Diala; Gougeon, Patrick; Potel, Michel; Boeri, Lilia; Andersen, Ole Krogh; Panagopoulos, Christos

    2016-01-26

    The short coherence lengths characteristic of low-dimensional superconductors are associated with usefully high critical fields or temperatures. Unfortunately, such materials are often sensitive to disorder and suffer from phase fluctuations in the superconducting order parameter which diverge with temperature T, magnetic field H, or current I. We propose an approach to overcome synthesis and fluctuation problems: building superconductors from inhomogeneous composites of nanofilaments. Macroscopic crystals of quasi-one-dimensional Na2-δMo6Se6 featuring Na vacancy disorder (δ ≈ 0.2) are shown to behave as percolative networks of superconducting nanowires. Long-range order is established via transverse coupling between individual one-dimensional filaments, yet phase coherence remains unstable to fluctuations and localization in the zero (T,H,I) limit. However, a region of reentrant phase coherence develops upon raising (T,H,I). We attribute this phenomenon to an enhancement of the transverse coupling due to electron delocalization. Our observations of reentrant phase coherence coincide with a peak in the Josephson energy EJ at nonzero (T,H,I), which we estimate using a simple analytical model for a disordered anisotropic superconductor. Na2-δMo6Se6 is therefore a blueprint for a future generation of nanofilamentary superconductors with inbuilt resilience to phase fluctuations at elevated (T,H,I). PMID:26727335

  15. Electronic Raman scattering in superconductors as a probe of anisotropic electron pairing

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    Devereaux, T.P.; Einzel, D.

    1995-06-01

    A gauge-invariant theory for electronic Raman scattering for superconductors with anisotropic pairing symmetry is analyzed in detail. It is shown that Raman scattering in anisotropic superconductors provides a wealth of polarization-dependent information that probes the detailed angular dependence of the superconducting ground-state order parameter. The Raman spectra shows a unique polarization dependence for various anisotropic pair-state symmetries which affects the peak position of the spectra and generates symmetry-dependent low-frequency and temperature power laws that can be used to identify the magnitude and predominant symmetry of the energy gap. In particular, we calculate the collective modes and the subsequent symmetry-dependent Raman spectra for a {ital d}{sub {ital x}}{sup 2}{minus}{ital y}{sup 2} superconductor and compare our results to the relevant data on the cuprate systems as well as theoretical predictions for {ital s}-wave, anisotropic {ital s}-wave, and mixed-state energy gaps. Favorable agreement is shown with the predictions for {ital d}{sub {ital x}}{sup 2}{minus}{ital y}{sup 2} pairing and the experimental data on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}, and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 6}.

  16. Superconducting dome in doped quasi-two-dimensional organic Mott insulators: A paradigm for strongly correlated superconductivity

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    Hébert, Charles-David; Sémon, Patrick; Tremblay, A.-M. S.

    2015-11-01

    Layered organic superconductors of the BEDT family are model systems for understanding the interplay of the Mott transition with superconductivity, magnetic order, and frustration, ingredients that are essential to understand superconductivity also in the cuprate high-temperature superconductors. Recent experimental studies on a hole-doped version of the organic compounds reveals an enhancement of superconductivity and a rapid crossover between two different conducting phases above the superconducting dome. One of these phases is a Fermi liquid, the other not. Using plaquette cellular dynamical mean field theory with state-of-the-art continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo calculations, we study this problem with the two-dimensional Hubbard model on the anisotropic triangular lattice. Phase diagrams as a function of temperature T and interaction strength U /t are obtained for anisotropy parameters t'=0.4 t ,t'=0.8 t and for various fillings. As in the case of the cuprates, we find, at finite doping, a first-order transition between two normal-state phases. One of theses phases has a pseudogap while the other does not. At temperatures above the critical point of the first-order transition, there is a Widom line where crossovers occur. The maximum (optimal) superconducting critical temperature Tcm at finite doping is enhanced by about 25% compared with its maximum at half filling and the range of U /t where superconductivity appears is greatly extended. These results are in broad agreement with experiment. Also, increasing frustration (larger t'/t ) significantly reduces magnetic ordering, as expected. This suggests that for compounds with intermediate to high frustration, very light doping should reveal the influence of the first-order transition and associated crossovers. These crossovers could possibly be even visible in the superconducting phase through subtle signatures. We also predict that destroying the superconducting phase by a magnetic field should reveal the

  17. Postbuckling of laminated anisotropic panels

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    Jeffrey, Glenda L.

    1987-01-01

    A two-part study of the buckling and postbuckling of laminated anisotropic plates with bending-extensional coupling is presented. The first part involves the development and application of a modified Rayleigh-Ritz analysis technique. Modifications made to the classical technique can be grouped into three areas. First, known symmetries of anisotropic panels are exploited in the selection of approximation functions. Second, a reduced basis technique based on these same symmetries is applied in the linear range. Finally, geometric boundary conditions are enforced via an exterior penalty function approach, rather than relying on choice of approximation functions to satisfy these boundary conditions. Numerical results are presented for both the linear and nonlinear range, with additional studies made to determine the effect of variation in penalty parameter and number of basis vectors. In the second part, six panels possessing anisotropy and bending-extensional coupling are tested. Detailed comparisons are made between experiment and finite element results in order to gain insight into the postbuckling and failure characteristics of such panels. The panels are constructed using two different lamination sequences, and panels with three different aspect ratios were constructed for each lamination sequence.

  18. Electromagnetism on anisotropic fractal media

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    Ostoja-Starzewski, Martin

    2013-04-01

    Basic equations of electromagnetic fields in anisotropic fractal media are obtained using a dimensional regularization approach. First, a formulation based on product measures is shown to satisfy the four basic identities of the vector calculus. This allows a generalization of the Green-Gauss and Stokes theorems as well as the charge conservation equation on anisotropic fractals. Then, pursuing the conceptual approach, we derive the Faraday and Ampère laws for such fractal media, which, along with two auxiliary null-divergence conditions, effectively give the modified Maxwell equations. Proceeding on a separate track, we employ a variational principle for electromagnetic fields, appropriately adapted to fractal media, so as to independently derive the same forms of these two laws. It is next found that the parabolic (for a conducting medium) and the hyperbolic (for a dielectric medium) equations involve modified gradient operators, while the Poynting vector has the same form as in the non-fractal case. Finally, Maxwell's electromagnetic stress tensor is reformulated for fractal systems. In all the cases, the derived equations for fractal media depend explicitly on fractal dimensions in three different directions and reduce to conventional forms for continuous media with Euclidean geometries upon setting these each of dimensions equal to unity.

  19. Emergence of anisotropic heavy fermions in antiferromagnetic Kondo lattice CeIn3 revealed by photoemission

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    Zhang, Yun; Lu, Haiyan; Zhu, Xiegang; Tan, Shiyong; Chen, Qiuyun; Feng, Wei; Xie, Donghua; Luo, Lizhu; Zhang, Wen; Lai, Xinchun; Donglai Feng Team; Huiqiu Yuan Team

    One basic concept in heavy fermions systems is the entanglement of localized spin state and itinerant electron state. It can be tuned by two competitive intrinsic mechanisms, Kondo effect and Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction, with external disturbances. The key issue regarding heavy fermions properties is how the two mechanisms work in the same phase region. To investigate the relation of the two mechanisms, the cubic antiferromagnetic heavy fermions compound CeIn3 was investigated by soft x-ray angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The hybridization between f electrons and conduction bands in the paramagnetic state was observed directly, providing compelling evidence for Kondo screening scenario and coexistence of two mechanisms. The hybridization strength shows slight and regular anisotropy in K space, implying that the two mechanisms are competitive and anisotropic. This work illuminates the concomitant and competitive relation between the two mechanisms and supplies some evidences for the anisotropic superconductivity of CeIn3

  20. Density functional study on anisotropic magnetic exchange couplings in iron-based superconductors

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    Oh, Hyungju; Choi, Hyoung Joon

    2013-03-01

    Iron-based superconductors exhibit many different antiferromagnetically ordered ground states. An understanding of the magnetic exchange couplings and ground-state Hamiltonian in the parent compounds of these materials is important because such an information could be the basis to unveil the mechanism of unconventional superconductivity. By performing first-principles calculations of the electronic and magnetic properties with non-collinear spin configurations, we study the anisotropic magnetic exchange couplings in iron-based superconductors. We obtain magnetic excitations using the anisotropic magnetic exchange couplings, and compare the results with published inelastic neutron scattering data. This work was supported by the NRF of Korea (Grant No. 2011-0018306). Computational resources have been provided by KISTI Supercomputing Center (Project No. KSC-2012-C2-14).

  1. Structural, electrical and magnetic characterization of artificial ferromagnetic/superconducting (La(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3)/YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x)) heterostructures.

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    Piano, S; De Santis, A; Bobba, F; Giubileo, F; Longobardi, M; Di Bartolomeo, A; Polichetti, M; Scarfato, A; Zola, D; Vecchione, A; Cucolo, A M

    2009-06-24

    The fabrication and characterization of superconducting and ferromagnetic heterostructures is an open field due to the fundamental interest in the physics of the coexistence of these two competing orders and their possible applications in the spintronics industry. In this paper we present structural, electrical and magnetic characterization for the single La(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3) (LCMO) thin layer, La(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3)/YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) (LCMO/YBCO) bilayers and the LCMO/YBCO/LCMO trilayers. In particular, we show a detailed magnetic characterization of the LCMO thin films by means of low temperature magnetic force microscopy. We discuss the different dynamics of the magnetic domains observed, depending on the substrate induced strain and on the film thickness. PMID:21828429

  2. Fermi surface, magnetic, and superconducting properties in actinide compounds

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    Ōnuki, Yoshichika; Settai, Rikio; Haga, Yoshinori; Machida, Yo; Izawa, Koichi; Honda, Fuminori; Aoki, Dai

    2014-08-01

    The de Haas-van Alphen effect, which is a powerful method to explore Fermi surface properties, has been observed in cerium, uranium, and nowadays even in neptunium and plutonium compounds. Here, we present the results of several studies concerning the Fermi surface properties of the heavy fermion superconductors UPt3 and NpPd5Al2, and of the ferromagnetic pressure-induced superconductor UGe2, together with those of some related compounds for which fascinating anisotropic superconductivity, magnetism, and heavy fermion behavior has been observed. xml:lang="fr"

  3. Plasma etching of superconducting Niobium tips for scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Roychowdhury, A.; Dana, R.; Dreyer, M.; Anderson, J. R.; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C.

    2014-07-01

    We have developed a reproducible technique for the fabrication of sharp superconducting Nb tips for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. Sections of Nb wire with 250 μm diameter are dry etched in an SF6 plasma in a Reactive Ion Etcher. The gas pressure, etching time, and applied power are chosen to control the ratio of isotropic to anisotropic etch rates and produce the desired tip shape. The resulting tips are atomically sharp, with radii of less than 100 nm, mechanically stable, and superconducting. They generate good STM images and spectroscopy on single crystal samples of Au(111), Au(100), and Nb(100), as well as a doped topological insulator Bi2Se3 at temperatures ranging from 30 mK to 9 K.

  4. Plasma etching of superconducting Niobium tips for scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Roychowdhury, A.; Dana, R.; Dreyer, M.; Anderson, J. R.; Lobb, C. J.; Wellstood, F. C.

    2014-07-07

    We have developed a reproducible technique for the fabrication of sharp superconducting Nb tips for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy. Sections of Nb wire with 250 μm diameter are dry etched in an SF₆ plasma in a Reactive Ion Etcher. The gas pressure, etching time, and applied power are chosen to control the ratio of isotropic to anisotropic etch rates and produce the desired tip shape. The resulting tips are atomically sharp, with radii of less than 100 nm, mechanically stable, and superconducting. They generate good STM images and spectroscopy on single crystal samples of Au(111), Au(100), and Nb(100), as well as a doped topological insulator Bi₂Se₃ at temperatures ranging from 30 mK to 9 K.

  5. Effects of anisotropic dynamics on cosmic strings

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    Kunze, Kerstin E.

    2011-08-01

    The dynamics of cosmic strings is considered in anisotropic backgrounds. In particular, the behaviour of infinitely long straight cosmic strings and of cosmic string loops is determined. Small perturbations of a straight cosmic string are calculated. The relevance of these results is discussed with respect to the possible observational imprints of an anisotropic phase on the behaviour of a cosmic string network.

  6. Phonon heat conduction in layered anisotropic crystals

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    Minnich, A. J.

    2015-02-01

    The thermal properties of anisotropic crystals are of both fundamental and practical interest, but transport phenomena in anisotropic materials such as graphite remain poorly understood because solutions of the Boltzmann equation often assume isotropy. Here, we extend an analytic solution of the transient, frequency-dependent Boltzmann equation to highly anisotropic solids and examine its predictions for graphite. We show that this simple model predicts key results, such as long c -axis phonon mean free paths and a negative correlation of cross-plane thermal conductivity with in-plane group velocity, that were previously observed with computationally expensive molecular-dynamics simulations. Further, using our analytic solution, we demonstrate a method to reconstruct the anisotropic mean free path spectrum of crystals with arbitrary dispersion relations without any prior knowledge of their harmonic or anharmonic properties using observations of quasiballistic heat conduction. These results provide a useful analytic framework to understand thermal transport in anisotropic crystals.

  7. Designing anisotropic inflation with form fields

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    Ito, Asuka; Soda, Jiro

    2015-12-01

    We study inflation with anisotropic hair induced by form fields. In four dimensions, the relevant form fields are gauge (one-form) fields and two-form fields. Assuming the exponential form of potential and gauge kinetic functions, we find new exact power-law solutions endowed with anisotropic hair. We also explore the phase space of anisotropic inflation and find fixed points corresponding to the exact power-law solutions. Moreover, we perform the stability analysis around the fixed points to reveal the structure of the phase space. It turns out that one of the fixed points becomes an attractor and others (if any) are saddle points. In particular, the one corresponding to anisotropic inflation becomes an attractor when it exists. We also argue that various anisotropic inflation models can be designed by choosing coupling constants.

  8. Macroscopic Models of Superconductivity

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    Chapman, S. J.

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Requires signed TDF. After giving a description of the basic physical phenomena to be modelled, we begin by formulating a sharp -interface free-boundary model for the destruction of superconductivity by an applied magnetic field, under isothermal and anisothermal conditions, which takes the form of a vectorial Stefan model similar to the classical scalar Stefan model of solid/liquid phase transitions and identical in certain two-dimensional situations. This model is found sometimes to have instabilities similar to those of the classical Stefan model. We then describe the Ginzburg-Landau theory of superconductivity, in which the sharp interface is 'smoothed out' by the introduction of an order parameter, representing the number density of superconducting electrons. By performing a formal asymptotic analysis of this model as various parameters in it tend to zero we find that the leading order solution does indeed satisfy the vectorial Stefan model. However, at the next order we find the emergence of terms analogous to those of 'surface tension' and 'kinetic undercooling' in the scalar Stefan model. Moreover, the 'surface energy' of a normal/superconducting interface is found to take both positive and negative values, defining Type I and Type II superconductors respectively. We discuss the response of superconductors to external influences by considering the nucleation of superconductivity with decreasing magnetic field and with decreasing temperature respectively, and find there to be a pitchfork bifurcation to a superconducting state which is subcritical for Type I superconductors and supercritical for Type II superconductors. We also examine the effects of boundaries on the nucleation field, and describe in more detail the nature of the superconducting solution in Type II superconductors--the so-called 'mixed state'. Finally, we present some open questions concerning both the modelling and analysis of

  9. Superconducting wind turbine generators

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    Abrahamsen, A. B.; Mijatovic, N.; Seiler, E.; Zirngibl, T.; Træholt, C.; Nørgård, P. B.; Pedersen, N. F.; Andersen, N. H.; Østergård, J.

    2010-03-01

    We have examined the potential of 10 MW superconducting direct drive generators to enter the European offshore wind power market and estimated that the production of about 1200 superconducting turbines until 2030 would correspond to 10% of the EU offshore market. The expected properties of future offshore turbines of 8 and 10 MW have been determined from an up-scaling of an existing 5 MW turbine and the necessary properties of the superconducting drive train are discussed. We have found that the absence of the gear box is the main benefit and the reduced weight and size is secondary. However, the main challenge of the superconducting direct drive technology is to prove that the reliability is superior to the alternative drive trains based on gearboxes or permanent magnets. A strategy of successive testing of superconducting direct drive trains in real wind turbines of 10 kW, 100 kW, 1 MW and 10 MW is suggested to secure the accumulation of reliability experience. Finally, the quantities of high temperature superconducting tape needed for a 10 kW and an extreme high field 10 MW generator are found to be 7.5 km and 1500 km, respectively. A more realistic estimate is 200-300 km of tape per 10 MW generator and it is concluded that the present production capacity of coated conductors must be increased by a factor of 36 by 2020, resulting in a ten times lower price of the tape in order to reach a realistic price level for the superconducting drive train.

  10. Electromagnetic Design of HTS D-shaped Coils for a Toroidal-type Superconducting Magnet

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    Liu, H.; Deng, X.; Ren, L.; Xu, Y.; He, J.; Tang, Y.

    High current and magnetic field are essential for achieving MCF (magnetic confinement fusion). Superconducting materials and technology have unique advantages to achieve high magnetic field and large-current transmission. With the commercialization of 2G HTS tapes, they are paid wide attention to in Tokamak magnet application. In order to investigate the feasibility of applying HTS into Tokamak magnets, a toroidal-type magnet has been designed using YBCO tapes by means of FEM analysis combining with Matlab. The effects of the coil number and coil arrangements on the critical current, the maximum parallel magnetic field, the inductance and the storage capacity of the magnet are analyzed. Based on that, key technological points of the electromagnetic design are discussed.

  11. Feasibility of a short-period superconducting undulator using 2G HTS tapes.

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    Kim, S. H.; Doose, C. L.; Jaski, M. S.; Kasa, M. T. )

    2011-06-01

    This paper presents a design concept of a planar-type superconducting undulator (SCU) using YBCO high-temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes. The SCU has a period length of 15 mm, and the tape conductor has dimensions of 4-mm width and 0.1-mm thickness. It has been shown that the conductor transition from one coil groove to the one in the next period is possible by making a semi-circular concave loop of the tape for continuous winding in the same direction. Non-uniform current distribution in the tape may cause field quality degradation. Assuming a uniform current density in the tape, the engineering critical-current density of the HTS in the coil for the design and the corresponding achievable on-axis peak field at 4.2 K were calculated.

  12. Transport and AC loss properties of the repaired multifilamentary REBCO superconducting tapes

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    Yamasaki, S.; Iwakuma, M.; Funaki, K.; Kato, J.; Chikumoto, T.; Tanabe, K.; Nakao, K.; Izumi, T.; Yamada, Y.; Shiohara, Y.; Saito, T.

    2010-11-01

    For near-future applications of REBa 2Cu 3O 7 (REBCO) coated conductors to electric power cables, transformers and Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES), the long taped wires with high performance in the transport properties have been designed and fabricated. Moreover, in order to drastically reduce AC losses in perpendicular field configuration, advanced multifilament YBCO coated conductors (MFYCCs) fabricated with technique of a laser scribing process have been also developed. In the present study, from engineering viewpoints to utilize such advanced conductors, we evaluated the transport and AC loss properties of short MFYCCs with a repaired part or a joint by a diffusion joint technique with the saddle-shaped pickup coil method.

  13. High- Tc superconducting rf receiver coils for magnetic resonance imaging of small animals

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    Wosik, J.; Nesteruk, K.; Xie, L.-M.; Strikovski, M.; Wang, F.; Miller, J. H.; Bilgen, M.; Narayana, P. A.

    We report on an HTS rf receiver surface probe designed for 2-Tesla MRI imaging of spinal cord injuries in small animals. The 2-T probe is used in lieu of an implanted copper coil being currently used in research on spinal cord injuries. The HTS probe was designed with a virtual ground plane, thus reducing the coil-to-ground losses and making its unloaded quality factor and resonant frequency less sensitive to body proximity. Each coil was fabricated using patterned double-sided YBa 2Cu 3O x (YBCO) films deposited either on sapphire or LaAlO 3 substrates. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was analyzed numerically using complete solutions to Maxwell's equations and the reciprocity principle for a rectangular coil next to a finite lossy dielectric cylinder. A comparison of images obtained with superconducting and cooled copper probes is shown.

  14. High- and Mid-temperature Superconducting Sensors for Far IR/Sub-mm Applications in Space

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    Lakew, Brook; Brasunas, J. C.

    2004-01-01

    In this review paper an overview of the potential applications of high Tc (approx. 90 K) superconductors (HTS) and mid-Tc (approx. 39 K) superconductors (MTS) thin films in far IR/Sub-mm thermal detectors is presented. HTSs (YBCO, GdBCO etc.) were discovered in the late 80s while superconductivity in MgB2, an MTS, was discovered in 2001. The sharp transition in transport properties of HTS has allowed the fabrication of composite infrared thermal detectors (bolometers) with better figures of merit than thermopile detectors - thermopiles are currently on board the CIRS instrument on the Cassini mission to Saturn. The potential for developing even more sensitive sensors for IR/Sub-mm applications using MgB2 thin films is assessed. Current MgB2 thin film deposition techniques and film quality are reviewed.

  15. Dispersion of magnetic excitations in optimally doped superconducting YBa2Cu3O6.95.

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    Reznik, D; Bourges, P; Pintschovius, L; Endoh, Y; Sidis, Y; Masui, T; Tajima, S

    2004-11-12

    Detailed neutron scattering measurements of YBa2Cu3O6.95 found that the resonance peak and incommensurate magnetic scattering induced by superconductivity represent the same physical phenomenon: two dispersive branches that converge near 41 meV and the in-plane wave vector q(AF)=(pi/a,pi/a) to form the resonance peak. One branch has a circular symmetry around q(AF) and quadratic downward dispersion from approximately 41 meV to the spin gap of 33+/-1 meV. The other, of lower intensity, disperses from approximately 41 meV to at least 55 meV. Our results exclude a quartet of vertical incommensurate rods in q-omega space expected from spin waves produced by dynamical charge stripes as an origin of the observed incommensurate scattering in optimally doped YBCO. PMID:15600959

  16. Temperature distribution in SFCLs based on Au/YBCO films during quenches

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    Kim, Hye-Rim; Sim, Jungwook; Hyun, Ok-Bae

    2006-04-01

    We investigated temperature distribution in SFCLs based on Au/YBa 2Cu 3O 7 (YBCO). SFCLs were fabricated by patterning Au/YBCO thin films grown on sapphire substrates into meander lines by photolithography. A gold film grown on the back side of the substrate was patterned into a meander line, and used as a thermometer. The front meander line was subjected to simulated AC fault currents, and the back line to DC current. Resistance of the front and back meander lines were measured and analyzed. The SFCLs were immersed in liquid nitrogen during the experiment for effective cooling. The temperature at the back side was close to that at the front side, and was closer at lower temperatures. This was observed at all stripes. The oscillatory component of the resistance of the back meander line is smaller than, and out-of-phase with that of the front meander line, which was more pronounced at higher temperatures. These results were analyzed quantitatively with the concept of heat transfer within the SFCL and to surroundings. Solutions for a heat equation explained the temperature distribution in SFCLs quantitatively: data coincided well with the solutions. In addition, quench development near the quench start point could be understood better than before, using the results.

  17. VOLTAGE DISTRIBUTION AND MECHANICAL STRENGTH IN SPLICE JOINTS MADE FROM AS-MANUFACTURED YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS

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    Duckworth, Robert C; Zhang, Yifei; Gouge, Michael J; Rey, Christopher M; Van der Laan, Danko; Clickner, Cam

    2010-01-01

    With recommendations from wire manufacturers as a starting point, a series of solder joints were fabricated and characterized to determine the best method to produce repeatable, low-resistance and high-mechanical-strength splices in as-manufactured, stabilized YBCO coated conductors. From the 2.54 cm long splice joints that were fabricated, parameters such as solder material, stabilization material, fabrication method, and conductor geometry were varied to determine the impact of each on splice joint properties. Results indicate that the lowest resistance splice joints were influenced primarily by the tape orientation in the joint and the stabilization material. The lowest resistances were between 2 10-8 and 1.0 10-7 in 4-mm wide tapes and were obtained from pure copper stabilized tapes oriented with the YBCO layers in closest proximity. The voltage drop along the splice length indicated that only a fraction of the splice length contributes to the splice joint resistance. Mechanical characterization of splice joints showed that the joint resistance remained unchanged under axial stress up to a stress level at which the critical current of the tapes forming the joint degrades irreversibly.

  18. Inclined-substrate deposition of biaxially textured magnesium oxide thin films for YBCO coated conductors.

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    Ma, B.; Li, M.; Jee, Y. A.; Koritala, R. E.; Fisher, B. L.; Balachandran, U.; Energy Technology

    2002-02-01

    Highly textured MgO films were grown by the inclined-substrate deposition (ISD) technique at a high deposition rate. A columnar grain with a roofing-tile-shaped surface was observed in these MgO films. X-ray pole figure, and {phi}- and {omega}-scan were used to characterize in-plane and out-of-plane textures. MgO films deposited when the incline angle {alpha} was 55 and 30 degrees exhibited the best in-plane and out-of-plane texture, respectively. High-quality YBCO films were epitaxially grown on ISD-MgO-buffered Hastelloy C substrates by pulsed laser deposition. {Tc}=88 K, with sharp transition, and j{sub c} values of {approx}2x10{sup 5} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in zero field were observed on films 5 mm wide and 1 cm long. This work has demonstrated that biaxially textured ISD MgO buffer layers deposited on metal substrates are excellent candidates for fabrication of high-quality YBCO coated conductors.

  19. Thermal conductivity of Zn, Pr and Tb doped YBCO single crystals: Theory and experiment

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    Henning, P.F.; Cao, G.; Crow, J.E.

    1995-08-01

    The thermal conductivity K(T) vs temperature has been measured for (Y,Pr)Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, (Y,Tb)Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and YBa{sub 2}(Cu,Zn){sub 3}O{sub 7} single crystals from 10{le}T{le}280K. For YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO), a strong enhancement in K(T) is observed for T{le}T{sub c} with a peak in K(T) at approximately T{approx}T{sub c}/2 with a sharp change in slope of K(T) at T{sub c}. These results are similar to those reported previously. For the selectively doped YBCO, the peak in K(T) is shifted to lower temperatures and occurs at T{approx}20K independent of T{sub c} and the impurity concentration. In addition, the sharp change in slope of K(T) at T{sub c} is not apparent for the doped crystals. These results are discussed along with a theoretical model for electronic conduction including both impurity and inelastic scattering from spin fluctuations.

  20. Microstructure dependence of the c-axis critical current density in second-generation YBCO tapes.

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    Jia, Y.; Welp, U.; Crabtree, G. W.; Kwok, W. K.; Malozemoff, A. P.; Rupich, M. W.; Fleshler, S.; Clem, J. R.

    2011-10-01

    C-axis current flow in high temperature superconductor (HTS) tape-shaped wires arises in configurations where the local wire axis is not perpendicular to the local magnetic field, such as in power cables with helically wound HTS tapes. The c-axis critical current density J{sub c}{sup c} has been recently found to be orders of magnitude lower than the ab-plane critical current density J{sub c}{sup ab}. Here we report on J{sub c}{sup c} (77 K, sf) values of various YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}-based (YBCO) tapes with different microstructures. Our results show that the value of J{sub c}{sup c} (77 K, sf) decreases significantly with increasing concentration of ab-plane stacking faults in YBCO thin films and that the critical current anisotropy {gamma} = J{sub c}{sup ab}/J{sub c}{sup c} can reach values as high as 2070, implying that in the highest-anisotropy tape, {approx}20% of the tape width carries c-axis current in a helically wound power cable.