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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. 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

  20. 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.

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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. 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.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  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

    DOEpatents

    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. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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

  10. 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.