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  1. Gauge Model of High-Tc Superconductivity

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    Kui Ng, Sze

    2012-12-01

    A simple gauge model of superconductivity is presented. The seagull vertex term of this gauge model gives an attractive potential between electrons for the forming of Cooper pairs of superconductivity. This gauge model gives a unified description of superconductivity and magnetism including antiferromagnetism, pseudogap phenomenon, stripes phenomenon, paramagnetic Meissner effect, Type I and Type II supeconductivity and high-Tc superconductivity. The doping mechanism of superconductivity is found. It is shown that the critical temperature Tc is related to the ionization energies of elements and can be computed by a formula of Tc. For the high-Tc superconductors such as La2-xSrxCuO4, Y Ba2Cu3O7, and MgB2, the computational results of Tc agree with the experimental results.

  2. High Tc superconducting materials and devices

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    Haertling, Gene H.

    1990-01-01

    The high Tc Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-x) ceramic materials, initially developed in 1987, are now being extensively investigated for a variety of engineering applications. The superconductor applications which are presently identified as of most interest to NASA-LaRC are low-noise, low thermal conductivity grounding links; large-area linear Meissner-effect bearings; and sensitive, low-noise sensors and leads. Devices designed for these applications require the development of a number of processing and fabrication technologies. Included among the technologies most specific to the present needs are tapecasting, melt texturing, magnetic field grain alignment, superconductor/polymer composite fabrication, thin film MOD (metal-organic decomposition) processing, screen printing of thick films, and photolithography of thin films. The overall objective of the program was to establish a high Tc superconductivity laboratory capability at NASA-LaRC and demonstrate this capability by fabricating superconducting 123 material via bulk and thin film processes. Specific objectives include: order equipment and set up laboratory; prepare 1 kg batches of 123 material via oxide raw material; construct tapecaster and tapecaster 123 material; fabricate 123 grounding link; fabricate 123 composite for Meissner linear bearing; develop 123 thin film processes (nitrates, acetates); establish Tc and Jc measurement capability; and set up a commercial use of space program in superconductivity at LaRC. In general, most of the objectives of the program were met. Finally, efforts to implement a commercial use of space program in superconductivity at LaRC were completed and at least two industrial companies have indicated their interest in participating.

  3. Unconventional high-Tc superconductivity in fullerides.

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    Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Prassides, Kosmas

    2016-09-13

    A3C60 molecular superconductors share a common electronic phase diagram with unconventional high-temperature superconductors such as the cuprates: superconductivity emerges from an antiferromagnetic strongly correlated Mott-insulating state upon tuning a parameter such as pressure (bandwidth control) accompanied by a dome-shaped dependence of the critical temperature, Tc However, unlike atom-based superconductors, the parent state from which superconductivity emerges solely by changing an electronic parameter-the overlap between the outer wave functions of the constituent molecules-is controlled by the C60 (3-) molecular electronic structure via the on-molecule Jahn-Teller effect influence of molecular geometry and spin state. Destruction of the parent Mott-Jahn-Teller state through chemical or physical pressurization yields an unconventional Jahn-Teller metal, where quasi-localized and itinerant electron behaviours coexist. Localized features gradually disappear with lattice contraction and conventional Fermi liquid behaviour is recovered. The nature of the underlying (correlated versus weak-coupling Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory) s-wave superconducting states mirrors the unconventional/conventional metal dichotomy: the highest superconducting critical temperature occurs at the crossover between Jahn-Teller and Fermi liquid metal when the Jahn-Teller distortion melts.This article is part of the themed issue 'Fullerenes: past, present and future, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fullerene'. PMID:27501971

  4. Research on high Tc superconducting compounds

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    Oliver, Frederick W. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

    Mossbauer research using the 21.54 kev resonance radiation of Eu-151 on the high temperature superconductors Bi(2)Ca(0.5)Eu(0.5)Sr(2)CU2O(x), and EuBa(2)CU(3)O(7-x) is performed. For the Bismuth compound the Mossbauer measurements gave a weak signal at room temperature but improved at lower temperatures. Experimental data indicated that europium is located at only one crystallographic site. Isomer shift measurements were .69 + 0.02 mm/s with respect to EuF(3). The linewidth at room temperature was found to be 2.54 mm/s. This value falls within the values observed by other researchers on Eu based 1,2,3 high-Tc compounds. Our results also show the Eu to be trivalent with no trace of divalent europium present. Superconducting europium based 1,2,3 compounds were prepared and measurements completed. Our results show the Eu to be trivalent with no trace of divalent europium present. These compounds had an average isomer shift of .73 mm/s +/- O.02 for all samples made. One of these was irradiated with 3.5 X 10(exp 16) neutrons and a comparison made of the Mossbauer parameters for the irradiated and non-irradiated samples. Experimental results showed no difference between linewidths but a measurable effect was seen for the isomer shift.

  5. High-Tc superconducting monolithic phase shifter

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    Takemoto-Kobayashi, June H.; Jackson, Charles M.; Pettiette-Hall, Claire L.; Burch, John F.

    1992-03-01

    A high temperature superconducting (HTS) X-band phase shifter using a distributed Josephson inductance (DJI) approach was designed and fabricated. Phase swings of over 60 deg were measured at 65 K and below, with measurable phase shifts at temperatures above 77 K. High quality HTS films and superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) were deposited by laser ablation. A total of 40 HTS step edge SQUIDs were successfully integrated into a monolithic HTS circuit to produce a phase shifter in a resonant configuration. The magnitude of the Josephson inductance is calculated and a lumped element model is compared to measurements.

  6. Generalized statistics and high- Tc superconductivity

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    Uys, H.; Miller, H. G.; Khanna, F. C.

    2001-10-01

    Introducing the generalized, non-extensive statistics proposed by Tsallis (J. Stat. Phys. 52 (1/2) (1988) 479) into the standard s-wave pairing BCS theory of superconductivity in 2D yields a reasonable description of many of the main properties of high temperature superconductors, provided some allowance is made for non-phonon mediated interactions.

  7. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides

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    Gor’kov, Lev P.; Kresin, Vladimir Z.

    2016-01-01

    The paper discusses fundamentals of record-TC superconductivity discovered under high pressure in sulfur hydride. The rapid increase of TC with pressure in the vicinity of Pcr ≈ 123GPa is interpreted as the fingerprint of a first-order structural transition. Based on the cubic symmetry of the high-TC phase, it is argued that the lower-TC phase has a different periodicity, possibly related to an instability with a commensurate structural vector. In addition to the acoustic branches, the phonon spectrum of H3S contains hydrogen modes with much higher frequencies. Because of the complex spectrum, usual methods of calculating TC are here inapplicable. A modified approach is formulated and shown to provide realistic values for TC and to determine the relative contributions of optical and acoustic branches. The isotope effect (change of TC upon Deuterium for Hydrogen substitution) originates from high frequency phonons and differs in the two phases. The decrease of TC following its maximum in the high-TC phase is a sign of intermixing with pairing at hole-like pockets which arise in the energy spectrum of the cubic phase at the structural transition. On-pockets pairing leads to the appearance of a second gap and is remarkable for its non-adiabatic regime: hydrogen mode frequencies are comparable to the Fermi energy. PMID:27167334

  8. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides.

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    Gor'kov, Lev P; Kresin, Vladimir Z

    2016-01-01

    The paper discusses fundamentals of record-TC superconductivity discovered under high pressure in sulfur hydride. The rapid increase of TC with pressure in the vicinity of Pcr ≈ 123GPa is interpreted as the fingerprint of a first-order structural transition. Based on the cubic symmetry of the high-TC phase, it is argued that the lower-TC phase has a different periodicity, possibly related to an instability with a commensurate structural vector. In addition to the acoustic branches, the phonon spectrum of H3S contains hydrogen modes with much higher frequencies. Because of the complex spectrum, usual methods of calculating TC are here inapplicable. A modified approach is formulated and shown to provide realistic values for TC and to determine the relative contributions of optical and acoustic branches. The isotope effect (change of TC upon Deuterium for Hydrogen substitution) originates from high frequency phonons and differs in the two phases. The decrease of TC following its maximum in the high-TC phase is a sign of intermixing with pairing at hole-like pockets which arise in the energy spectrum of the cubic phase at the structural transition. On-pockets pairing leads to the appearance of a second gap and is remarkable for its non-adiabatic regime: hydrogen mode frequencies are comparable to the Fermi energy. PMID:27167334

  9. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides

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    Gor’Kov, Lev P.; Kresin, Vladimir Z.

    2016-05-01

    The paper discusses fundamentals of record-TC superconductivity discovered under high pressure in sulfur hydride. The rapid increase of TC with pressure in the vicinity of Pcr ≈ 123GPa is interpreted as the fingerprint of a first-order structural transition. Based on the cubic symmetry of the high-TC phase, it is argued that the lower-TC phase has a different periodicity, possibly related to an instability with a commensurate structural vector. In addition to the acoustic branches, the phonon spectrum of H3S contains hydrogen modes with much higher frequencies. Because of the complex spectrum, usual methods of calculating TC are here inapplicable. A modified approach is formulated and shown to provide realistic values for TC and to determine the relative contributions of optical and acoustic branches. The isotope effect (change of TC upon Deuterium for Hydrogen substitution) originates from high frequency phonons and differs in the two phases. The decrease of TC following its maximum in the high-TC phase is a sign of intermixing with pairing at hole-like pockets which arise in the energy spectrum of the cubic phase at the structural transition. On-pockets pairing leads to the appearance of a second gap and is remarkable for its non-adiabatic regime: hydrogen mode frequencies are comparable to the Fermi energy.

  10. Fabrication Of High-Tc Superconducting Integrated Circuits

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    Bhasin, Kul B.; Warner, Joseph D.

    1992-01-01

    Microwave ring resonator fabricated to demonstrate process for fabrication of passive integrated circuits containing high-transition-temperature superconductors. Superconductors increase efficiencies of communication systems, particularly microwave communication systems, by reducing ohmic losses and dispersion of signals. Used to reduce sizes and masses and increase aiming accuracies and tracking speeds of millimeter-wavelength, electronically steerable antennas. High-Tc superconductors preferable for such applications because they operate at higher temperatures than low-Tc superconductors do, therefore, refrigeration systems needed to maintain superconductivity designed smaller and lighter and to consume less power.

  11. Ultrafast IR detector response in high Tc superconducting thin films

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    Lindgren, Mikael; Ahlberg, Henrik; Danerud, Martin; Larsson, Anders; Eng, Sverre T.

    1991-01-01

    The response from a high Tc superconducting multielement optical detector made of a laser deposited Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film has been evaluated. Several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques were used to establish the presence of the correct phase of the thin film. Optical pulses from a laser diode at 830 nm and from a Q-switched CO2-laser at 10.6 microns were used. The detector responded to 50 ps (FWHM) pulses. A comparison between dR/dT of the film and the response amplitude as a function of temperature indicated a bolometric response.

  12. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device recordings of spontaneous brain activity: Towards high-Tc magnetoencephalography

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    Öisjöen, F.; Schneiderman, J. F.; Figueras, G. A.; Chukharkin, M. L.; Kalabukhov, A.; Hedström, A.; Elam, M.; Winkler, D.

    2012-03-01

    We have performed single- and two-channel high transition temperature (high-Tc) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetoencephalography (MEG) recordings of spontaneous brain activity in two healthy human subjects. We demonstrate modulation of two well-known brain rhythms: the occipital alpha rhythm and the mu rhythm found in the motor cortex. We further show that despite higher noise-levels compared to their low-Tc counterparts, high-Tc SQUIDs can be used to detect and record physiologically relevant brain rhythms with comparable signal-to-noise ratios. These results indicate the utility of high-Tc technology in MEG recordings of a broader range of brain activity.

  13. The spin-polaron theory of high-Tc superconductivity

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    Mott, N. F.

    1990-01-01

    An outline is given of the model for some high-temperature superconductors which assumes that the carriers are holes in the (hybridized) oxygen 2p band and form ‘spin polarons’ with the moments on the copper atoms. A comparison is made with observations of spin polarons in Gd3-xvxS4 and with the properties of La1-xSrxVO3 in relation to those of La2-xSrxCuO4. It is assumed, following several authors, that in the superconductors the polarons form bipolarons, which are bosons, and a comparison is made with some other treatments of this hypothesis. It is proposed that in many such superconductors the boson, essentially a pair of these holes, moves in an impurity band, and that normally all the polarons (fermions) form bipolarons; the fermions repel each other on the same site (positive Hubbard U) but attract when on adjacent sites; the critical temperature Tc is then that at which the Bose gas becomes non-degenerate. In such materials a non-degenerate gas of bosons would carry the current above Tc as first suggested by Alexandrov et al. (1986). The linear increase in the resistivity above Tc is explained on this hypothesis. The effective mass of the bipolaron is, we believe, large (˜20 30me). The copper 3d9 moments in the superconducting range resonate between their two orientations as a consequence of the motion of the carriers, as they do in the description by Brinkman and Rice (1970) of highly correlated metals. Spin polarons, we believe, form only when this is so, but not in the antiferromagnetic range of x. A discussion is given of the resistivity above Tc, thermopower above Tc, and of the nature of the superconducting gap as shown by tunnelling. We confine our discussion to the materials containing copper, excluding for instance cubic Ba1-xKxBiO3, and possibly any superconductor containing bismuth, where the bosons may be Bi3+.

  14. Metallic alloy targets for high Tc superconducting film deposition

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    Manini, P.; Nigro, A.; Romano, P.; Vaglio, R.

    1989-02-01

    Many experiments are nowadays conducting worldwide on superconducting films based on the recently developed high Tc superconductor materials (YBCO, BISCO, etc). There are different ways to produce these films, among which sputtering and evaporation are most popular. Normally, use is made of oxides, pure metals or compounds as material sources. In the present paper we describe the fabrication process and the physico-chemical characteristics of various metallic alloy components for both sputtering and evaporation processes which show various advantages in terms of stability, easiness of use, purity, flexibility in composition and shape and allow good process control. Deposition techniques and experimental results obtained on thin films of the new superconductors realized starting from these alloys are also reported.

  15. Interlayer tunneling mechanism of high- Tc superconductivity: Nonuniversal discontinuity in specific heat

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    Sudbø, A.

    1994-12-01

    Interlayer tunneling mechanism of high- Tc superconductivity is considered with emphasis on the thermodynamics close to T = Tc. For a k-independent interlayer Josephson coupling TJ, we find that, for | T - Tc|/ Tc ≪ 1, the gap on the Fermi surface is Δ( T) = Tcη( Tc; TJ)(1 - T/ Tc) α, with mean-field exponent α = {1}/{2}. The nonuniversal prefactor η( Tc; TJ) drops rapidly from the BCS-value π( {8}/{7}ς(3)) {1}/{2} ≈ 3.06 , as a function of TJ. The nor malized. specific heat discontinuity at T = Tc, ΔCv/ Nn(0) Tc = η2( Tc; TJ)/[1 - TJ/4 Tc] 2, increases initiall y rapidly as a function of TJ, while lim TJ → 0 ΔCv/ Nn(0) Tc = 8 π2/7 ς(3) ≈ 9.4.

  16. Direct Pen Writing of High-Tc, Flexible Magnesium Diboride Superconducting Arrays.

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    Xue, Mianqi; Chen, Dong; Long, Yujia; Wang, Peipei; Zhao, Lingxiao; Chen, Genfu

    2015-06-24

    High-Tc , flexible MgB2 -nanowire-based superconducting arrays are fabricated via a direct pen writing method on both copper foils and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) substrates. Such superconducting arrays constitute a new approach for fabricating superconducting devices. The realization of a PDMS-based device demonstrates the potential for expanding this material into other high-Tc superconductor systems, which may lead to novel ways of driving the development of "real-life" applications. PMID:25974155

  17. Optimal High-TC Superconductivity in Cs3C60

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    Harshman, Dale; Fiory, Anthony

    The highest superconducting transition temperatures in the (A1-xBx)3C60 superconducting family are seen in the A15 and FCC structural phases of Cs3C60 (optimized under hydrostatic pressure), exhibiting measured values for near-stoichiometric samples of TC0 meas . = 37.8 K and 35.7 K, respectively. It is argued these two Cs-intercalated C60 compounds represent the optimal materials of their respective structures, with superconductivity originating from Coulombic e- h interactions between the C60 molecules, which host the n-type superconductivity, and mediating holes associated with the Cs cations. A variation of the interlayer Coulombic pairing model [Harshman and Fiory, J. Supercond. Nov. Magn. 28 ̲, 2967 (2015), and references therein] is introduced in which TC0 calc . ~ 1 / lζ , where l relates to the mean spacing between interacting charges on surfaces of the C60 molecules, and ζ is the average radial distance between the surface of the C60 molecules and the neighboring Cs cations. For stoichiometric Cs3C60, TC0 calc . = 38.08 K and 35.67 K for the A15 and FCC macrostructures, respectively; the dichotomy is attributable to differences in ζ.

  18. Terahertz imaging system using high-Tc superconducting oscillation devices

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    Tsujimoto, M.; Minami, H.; Delfanazari, K.; Sawamura, M.; Nakayama, R.; Kitamura, T.; Yamamoto, T.; Kashiwagi, T.; Hattori, T.; Kadowaki, K.

    2012-06-01

    Microwatt power oscillation devices at sub-terahertz frequency region between 0.3 and 1.0 terahertz (THz) were fabricated from high-Tc superconducting single crystalline Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and used as a source of the transmission terahertz imaging system. As test examples, terahertz images of coins and a razor blade placed inside the brownish paper envelopes with the spatial resolution of 1 mm are presented. The signal-to-noise ratio exceeds 130 in these images. Using a simple wedge-shaped interferometer and analysing the interference fringe pattern, the wavelength of the terahertz wave is calibrated within 0.1% accuracy. This interferometer also provides a simple method to measure the absorption coefficient of the liquid sample. Two test measurements for distilled water and ethanol are demonstrated and their absorption coefficients are obtained with 99.2% accuracy. This suggests that our terahertz imaging system can be applied to many practical applications, such as biological and biomedical imaging, environmental monitoring, microanalysis of impurities, structure and dynamical analyses of large molecules and ions in solution.

  19. Magnetic field generated by shielding current in high Tc superconducting coils for NMR magnets

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    Amemiya, Naoyuki; Akachi, Ken

    2008-09-01

    Numerical electromagnetic field analyses of high Tc superconducting tape in coils were carried out to calculate the magnetic field generated by the shielding (magnetization) current in superconducting tape. The numerical model employs the power law electric field-current density characteristic and the thin strip approximation, in which the current component normal to the wide face of the tape is neglected. The shielding (magnetization) currents lead to non-uniform current distributions in the superconducting tape in the coils. The magnetic field generated by the shielding (magnetization) current can deteriorate the field quality and could be a concern in insert coils for NMR magnets using high Tc superconducting tape.

  20. Comprehensive Study of High-Tc Interface Superconductivity

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    Logvenov, G.; Gozar A.; Butko, V.Y.; Bollinger, A.T.; Bozovic, N.; Radovic, Z.; Bozovic, I.

    2010-08-01

    Using ALL-MBE technique, we have synthesized different heterostructures consisting of an insulator La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} (I) and a metal La{sub 1.56}Sr{sub 0.44}CuO{sub 4} (M) layer neither of which is superconducting by itself. The M-I bilayers were superconducting with a critical temperature T{sub c} {approx} 30-36 K. This highly robust phenomenon is confined within 1-2 nm from the interface and is primarily caused by the redistribution of doped holes across the interface. In this paper, we present a comprehensive study of the interface superconductivity by a range of experimental techniques including transport measurements of superconducting properties.

  1. Mechanical resonance characteristics of a high-{Tc} superconducting levitation system

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    Sugiura, Toshihiko; Fujimori, Hideki

    1996-05-01

    This research deals with dynamic response of a permanent magnet freely levitated above an excited high-{Tc} superconductor. Evaluation of dynamic characteristics is required in mechanical design of high-{Tc} superconducting levitation systems. Their dynamics is coupled with Type-II superconducting phenomena. By a numerical approach based on some macroscopic models they evaluate mechanical resonance characteristics of a superconducting levitation system. Numerical results show some nonlinear properties and effect of the flux flow in Type-II superconductor, which are observed in experiments or predicted by analyses.

  2. Fabrication and superconducting properties of high Tc oxide wire

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    Sadakata, N.; Ikeno, Y.; Nakagawa, M.; Gotoh, K.; Kohno, O.

    The fabrication of silver sheathed Y-Ba-Cu-O wire by powder metallurgical techniques is discussed along with the superconducting properties of the wire. Although the wire deforming process was shown to degrade superconductivity in the oxide core, the crystal structure remained orthorhombic. Heat treatment at 900 C was found to be effective in recovering a high critical temperature at 89 K. Due to defects in the oxide core, the maximum critical current density was only 560 A/sq cm. It is noted that oxide wire without a silver sheath achieved a value of 3930 A/sq cm in liquid nitrogen.

  3. Magnetic forces in high-Tc superconducting bearings

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    Moon, F. C.

    1991-01-01

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

  4. Prospects and progress of high Tc superconductivity for space applications

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    Romanofsky, Robert R.; Sokoloski, Marty M.

    1991-01-01

    Current research in the area of high temperature superconductivity is organized around four key areas: communications and data, sensors and cryogenics, propulsion and power, and space materials technology. Recently, laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films on LaAlO3 produced far superior RF characteristics when compared to metallic films on the same substrate. The achievement has enabled a number of unique microwave device applications, such as low insertion loss phase shifters and high-Q filters. Melt texturing and melt-quenched techniques are being used to produce bulk material with optimized magnetic properties. These yttrium-enriched materials possess enhanced flux pinning characteristics and could lead to prototype cryocooler bearings. Significant progress has also occurred in bolometer and current lead technology. Studies were conducted to evaluate the effect of high temperature superconducting materials on the performance and life of high power magnetoplasma-dynamic thrusters. Extended studies were also performed to evaluate the benefit of superconducting magnetic energy storage for LEO space station, lunar, and Mars mission applications.

  5. Underlying mechanisms of pseudogap phenomena and Bose-liquid superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates

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    Dzhumanov, S.; Karimboev, E. X.; Djumanov, Sh. S.

    2016-06-01

    We show that the high-Tc cuprates are non-BCS superconductors exhibiting distinct pseudogap (PG) behaviors (related to real and momentum space excitations) and other anomalies above Tc, novel Bose-liquid superconductivity below Tc, and also a λ-like superconducting (SC) transition at Tc similar to the λ transition in liquid 4He. In these materials, the relevant charge carriers are polarons which are bound into bosonic Cooper pairs above Tc followed by condensing into a Bose superfluid at Tc. We found that the polaronic effects and related PG weaken with increasing of the doping level and disappear in the overdoped region, where the crossover from Bose-liquid to Fermi-liquid (BCS-type) superconductivity occurs at the quantum critical point. We identify the real phase diagrams of the cuprates, the PG and vortex-like states above Tc, the novel SC state and two distinct SC phases below Tc like two superfluid phases of 3He, and explain the rich cuprate phenomenology from lightly doped to overdoped region.

  6. High-Tc superconducting materials for electric power applications.

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    Larbalestier, D; Gurevich, A; Feldmann, D M; Polyanskii, A

    2001-11-15

    Large-scale superconducting electric devices for power industry depend critically on wires with high critical current densities at temperatures where cryogenic losses are tolerable. This restricts choice to two high-temperature cuprate superconductors, (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox and YBa2Cu3Ox, and possibly to MgB2, recently discovered to superconduct at 39 K. Crystal structure and material anisotropy place fundamental restrictions on their properties, especially in polycrystalline form. So far, power applications have followed a largely empirical, twin-track approach of conductor development and construction of prototype devices. The feasibility of superconducting power cables, magnetic energy-storage devices, transformers, fault current limiters and motors, largely using (Bi,Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox conductor, is proven. Widespread applications now depend significantly on cost-effective resolution of fundamental materials and fabrication issues, which control the production of low-cost, high-performance conductors of these remarkable compounds. PMID:11713544

  7. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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    Nakade, Kurama; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Saiwai, Yoshihiko; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Klemm, Richard A.; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2016-01-01

    Using recently-developed THz emitters constructed from single crystals of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, we performed three prototype tests of the devices to demonstrate their unique characteristic properties for various practical applications. The first is a compact and simple transmission type of THz imaging system using a Stirling cryocooler. The second is a high-resolution Michelson interferometer used as a phase-sensitive reflection-type imaging system. The third is a system with precise temperature control to measure the liquid absorption coefficient. The detailed characteristics of these systems are discussed. PMID:26983905

  8. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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    Nakade, Kurama; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Saiwai, Yoshihiko; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Klemm, Richard A.; Kadowaki, Kazuo

    2016-03-01

    Using recently-developed THz emitters constructed from single crystals of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ, we performed three prototype tests of the devices to demonstrate their unique characteristic properties for various practical applications. The first is a compact and simple transmission type of THz imaging system using a Stirling cryocooler. The second is a high-resolution Michelson interferometer used as a phase-sensitive reflection-type imaging system. The third is a system with precise temperature control to measure the liquid absorption coefficient. The detailed characteristics of these systems are discussed.

  9. Emergence of superconductivity in HighTc copper oxide superconductors via two crossovers

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    Chatterjee, Utpal; Norman, Mike; Randeria, Mohit; Rosenkranz, Stephan; Campuzano, Juan Carlos

    2011-03-01

    From our detailed ARPES measurements on BISCO 2212 High Tc Superconductors we found that unlike in conventional superconductors, where there is a single temperature scale Tc separating the normal from the superconducting state, HTSCs exhibit with two additional temperature scales. One is T*, below which electronic excitations are gapped. And the other one is Tcoh, below which electronic states are long-lived. We observed that T* and Tcoh change strongly with doping. They cross each other near optimal doping. There is a region in the normal state where the single particle excitations are gapped as well as coherent. Quite remarkably, this is the region from which superconductivity with highest Tc emerges. Our experimental finding that the two crossover lines intersect is not consistent with a ``single quantum critical'' point near optimal doping, rather it is more naturally consistent with theories of superconductivity for doped Mott insulators.

  10. A Simple Demonstration of High Tc Superconductive Powder.

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    Baker, Roger; Thompson, James C.

    1987-01-01

    Described is a simple demonstration that provides a way to determine if a given sample contains even a small fraction of superconducting material. The repulsion of the powder from a magnetic field is indicative of superconductivity. (RH)

  11. Critical Current Measurements of High phTc Superconducting Cuprate Nanostructures.

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    Morales, P.; Diciano, M.; Mok, M.; Perovic, D. D.; Wei, J. Y. T.; Ananth, V.; Skocpol, W.; Mohanty, P.

    2004-03-01

    High phTc superconducting nanostructures were fabricated using a chemical-free technique. Pulsed current measurements of the resistivity, current-voltage characteristics, and critical current density of the superconducting nanostructures show characteristic behaviour not present in measurements done in bulk and thin film samples. Possible correlations between the observed electrical transport behavior and mesoscopic domain structures, coulomb blockade, phase slip centres (PSC) and stripe domains will be discussed.

  12. Metal-insulator quantum critical point beneath the high Tc superconducting dome

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    Sebastian, Suchitra E.; Harrison, N.; Altarawneh, M. M.; Mielke, C. H.; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D. A.; Lonzarich, G. G.; Hardy, W. N.

    2010-01-01

    An enduring question in correlated systems concerns whether superconductivity is favored at a quantum critical point (QCP) characterized by a divergent quasiparticle effective mass. Despite such a scenario being widely postulated in high Tc cuprates and invoked to explain non-Fermi liquid transport signatures, experimental evidence is lacking for a critical divergence under the superconducting dome. We use ultrastrong magnetic fields to measure quantum oscillations in underdoped YBa2Cu3O6+x, revealing a dramatic doping-dependent upturn in quasiparticle effective mass at a critical metal-insulator transition beneath the superconducting dome. Given the location of this QCP under a plateau in Tc in addition to a postulated QCP at optimal doping, we discuss the intriguing possibility of two intersecting superconducting subdomes, each centered at a critical Fermi surface instability. PMID:20304800

  13. Effect of van Hove singularities on high-Tc superconductivity in H3 S

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    Sano, Wataru; Koretsune, Takashi; Tadano, Terumasa; Akashi, Ryosuke; Arita, Ryotaro

    One of interesting open questions for the high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides is why some of the H3S phases under high pressures are so special. Recently, it has been pointed out that the presence of the van Hove singularities (vHs) around the Fermi level is crucial. Interestingly, such vHs are always absent in H2S, for which Tc is estimated to be much lower. Although there have been quantitative calculations of Tc based on the Migdal-Eliashberg theory, the effect of the vHs on the superconductivity is yet to be fully understood. This is because the energy dependence of the density of states (DOS) has been neglected to simplify the Eliashberg equation. In this study, we perform a calculation beyond the constant DOS approximation. In contrast with the conventional calculations, this approach with a sufficiently large number of Matsubara frequencies enables us to calculate Tc self-consistently without introducing the empirical pseudo Coulomb potential. We show that the constant DOS approximation seriously overestimates (underestimates) Tc by ~60 K (~10 K) for H3S (H2S). We then consider the effect of the anharmonicity of the phonon and the energy shift due to the zero-point motion. Eventually, Tc is estimated to be 180 K for H3S and 35 K for H2S, which successfully explains the pressure dependence of Tc observed in the experiment.

  14. Search for high-Tc conventional superconductivity at megabar pressures in the lithium-sulfur system

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    Kokail, Christian; Heil, Christoph; Boeri, Lilia

    2016-08-01

    Motivated by the recent report of superconductivity above 200 K in ultra-dense hydrogen sulfide, we search for high-TC conventional superconductivity in the phase diagram of the binary Li-S system, using ab initio methods for crystal structure prediction and linear response calculations for the electron-phonon coupling. We find that at pressures higher than 20 GPa, several new compositions, besides the known Li2S , are stabilized; many exhibit electride-like interstitial charge localization observed in other alkali-metal compounds. Of all predicted phases, only an fcc phase of Li3S , metastable before 640 GPa, exhibits a sizable TC, in contrast to what is observed in sulfur and phosphorus hydrides, where several stoichiometries lead to high TC. We attribute this difference to 2 s -2 p hybridization and avoided core overlap, and predict similar behavior for other alkali-metal compounds.

  15. Theory of high-TC superconductivity: transition temperature

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    Harshman, Dale R.; Fiory, Anthony T.; Dow, John D.

    2010-12-01

    After reading over our published manuscript, we noticed that the discussion concerning the determination of σ for the ruthenate Ba2YRu0.9Cu0.1O6 in section 2.3.1 (3rd paragraph) is somewhat terse. Herein we provide an expanded analysis which better explains our estimate of γ (and thus σ) for this compound. All numbers, figures and conclusions remain unaltered. The ruthenate compounds A2YRu1-xCuxO6 (with A = Ba or Sr; x = 0.05-0.15) are double-perovskites containing no cuprate planes and with ν = μ = 1 [1] (reference [82] in the paper). The determination of γ follows from equation (2.5b), wherein rule 1b introduces the factor 1/2. In the lower limit, one expects a minimum of ~2 charges per Cu dopant, which are shared between two charge reservoirs of each layer type (AO and 1/2 (YRu1-xCuxO4)), producing a net factor of unity. Thus, for Ba2YRu0.9Cu0.1O6 (with TC0 ~ 30-40 K), we estimate γ = (1/2)(1) = 1/2, yielding σ = 0.05 as stated by equation (2.5c) in the paper. While one may expect an average effective charge state for Ru near +5, and that of Cu to be between +2 and +3 (post anneal) [2], the lower-limit estimation provided, which places the corresponding data point in figure 2 to the left of the line, appears sufficient to include the ruthenates with the other high-TC compounds found to follow equation (2.6) so far. Owing to the uncertainty in the experimental values for TC0, as well as the Ru and Cu valence states, however, this compound was excluded in the data analyses presented. Future research will attempt a more accurate determination of the charge per doped Cu, and thus σ. We would also like to point out a typographical correction in the definition of the corresponding ruthenate type II reservoir in the last column of table 1, which should read 1/2 (YRu0.9Cu0.1O4). An unrelated item is found in the fourth line of section 2.3.3, where Tb(O0.80F0.20)FeAs should read Tb(O0.80-yF0.20)FeAs. Additionally, reference [132] is now known and has the form

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Note: A hand-held high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device operating without shielding.

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    He, D F

    2011-02-01

    By improving the compensation circuit, a hand-held high-Tc rf superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUID) system was developed. It could operate well when moving in unshielded environment. To check the operation, it was used to do eddy-current testing by hand moving the SQUID, and the artificial defect under 6 mm aluminum plate could be successfully detected in shielded environment. PMID:21361649

  19. Study of high [Tc] superconducting thin films grown by MOCVD

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    Erbil, A.

    1990-01-01

    Work is described briefly, which was carried out on development of techniques to grow metal-semiconductor superlattices (artificially layered materials) and on the copper oxide based susperconductors (naturally layered materials). The current growth technique utilized is metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). CdTe, PbTe, La, LaTe, and Bi[sub 2]Te[sub 3] were deposited, mostly on GaAs. Several YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7] compounds were obtained with possible superconductivity at temperatures up to 550 K (1 part in 10[sup 4]). YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7[minus]x] and Tl[sub 2]CaBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 2]O[sub y] thin films were deposited by MOCVD on common substrates such as glass.

  20. High-Tc superconducting rectangular microstrip patch covered with a dielectric layer

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    Bedra, Sami; Fortaki, Tarek

    2016-05-01

    This paper presents a full-wave method to calculate the resonant characteristics of rectangular microstrip antenna with and without dielectric cover, to explain the difference of performance with temperature between superconducting and normal conducting antenna. Especially the characteristics of high temperature superconducting (HTS) antenna were almost ideal around the critical temperature (Tc). The dyadic Green's functions of the considered structure are efficiently determined in the vector Fourier transform domain. The effect of the superconductivity of the patch is taken into account using the concept of the complex resistive boundary condition. The computed results are found to be in good agreement with results obtained using other methods. Also, the effects of the superstrate on the resonant frequency and bandwidth of rectangular microstrip patch in a substrate-superstrate configuration are investigated. This type of configuration can be used for wider bandwidth by proper selection of superstrate thickness and its dielectric constants.

  1. Effect of Van Hove singularities on high-Tc superconductivity in H3S

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    Sano, Wataru; Koretsune, Takashi; Tadano, Terumasa; Akashi, Ryosuke; Arita, Ryotaro

    2016-03-01

    One of the interesting open questions for the high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity in sulfur hydrides is why high-pressure phases of H3S have extremely high Tc's. Recently, it has been pointed out that the presence of the Van Hove singularities (VHS) around the Fermi level is crucial. However, while there have been quantitative estimates of Tc based on the Migdal-Eliashberg theory, the energy dependence of the density of states (DOS) has been neglected to simplify the Eliashberg equation. In this study, we go beyond the constant DOS approximation and explicitly consider the electronic structure over 40 eV around the Fermi level. In contrast with the previous conventional calculations, this approach with a sufficiently large number of Matsubara frequencies enables us to calculate Tc without introducing the empirical pseudo Coulomb potential. We show that while H3S has much higher Tc than H2S for which the VHS is absent, the constant DOS approximation employed so far seriously overestimates (underestimates) Tc by ˜60 K (˜10 K) for H3S (H2S ). We then discuss the impact of the strong electron-phonon coupling on the electronic structure with and without the VHS and how it affects the superconductivity. In particular, we focus on (1) the feedback effect in the self-consistent calculation of the self-energy, (2) the effect of the energy shift due to the zero-point motion, and (3) the effect of the changes in the phonon frequencies due to strong anharmonicity. We show that the effect of (1)-(3) on Tc is about 10-30 K for both H3S and H2S . Eventually, Tc is estimated to be 181 K for H3S at 250 GPa and 34 K for H2S at 140 GPa, which explains the pressure dependence of Tc observed in the experiment. In addition, we evaluate the lowest-order vertex correction beyond the Migdal-Eliashberg theory and discuss the validity of the Migdal approximation for sulfur hydrides.

  2. Dynamic Jahn-Teller Coupling, Anharmonic Oxygen Vibrations and HIGH-Tc Superconductivity in Oxides

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    Johnson, K. H.; Clougherty, D. P.; McHenry, M. E.

    A universal dynamic Jahn-Teller (DJT) mechanism for superconductivity and its applications to CuO and BaBiO3 high-Tc oxides are reviewed. Dynamical interconversion between the shallow "double-well" potentials of degenerate delocalized oxygen-oxygen "pπ-bonds" at the Fermi energy (EF) induces anharmonic oxygen vibrations, lattice-electron coupling, and Cooper pairing. This mechanism yields high Tc's and small-to-vanishing isotope shifts for cuprates, where O(pπ)-O(pπ) bond overlap at EF is promoted by Cu(dπ*)-O(pπ) hybridization. It yields lower Tc's and larger isotope shifts for BaBiO3's, where O(pπ)-O(pπ) overlap is small. For vanishing bond overlap at EF, DJT coupling reduces to harmonic phonon coupling in BCS theory. Simple formulae for calculating Tc and isotope shifts for any superconductor from the "real-space" chemical bonding at EF are presented, yielding (Tc)max ≈ 230 K.

  3. High Tc superconducting IR detectors from Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films

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    Lindgren, M.; Ahlberg, H.; Danerud, M.; Larsson, A.; Eng, M.

    1990-01-01

    A thin-film high-Tc superconducting multielement optical detector made of Y-Ba-Cu-O has been designed and evaluated using optical pulses from a diode laser (830 nm) and a Q-switched CO2-laser (10.6 microns). Different thin films have been tested. A laser deposited film showed the strongest response amplitude for short pulses and responded to an ultrafast, 50 ps wide pulse. Comparisons between dR/dT and response as a function of temperature indicated, however, a bolometric response.

  4. High T(c) superconducting NbN films deposited at room temperature

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    Thakoor, S.; Lamb, J. L.; Thakoor, A. P.; Khanna, S. K.

    1985-01-01

    The dc reactive magnetron sputtering process yields stoichiometric NbN films with superconducting transition temperature T(c) as high as 15.7 K on substrates as varied as glass, glazed ceramic, fused quartz, and sapphire. These films posses fcc (B1) structure and (111) texture. The most dominant factors governing the formation of the transition metal nitrides are the relative metal and nitrogen fluxes incident on the substrate and the background argon pressure (which dictates the overall reactive sites and residence times for nitrogen).

  5. Coherently coupling distinct spin ensembles through a high-Tc superconducting resonator

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    Ghirri, A.; Bonizzoni, C.; Troiani, F.; Buccheri, N.; Beverina, L.; Cassinese, A.; Affronte, M.

    2016-06-01

    The problem of coupling multiple spin ensembles through cavity photons is revisited by using (3,5-dichloro-4-pyridyl)bis(2,4,6-trichlorophenyl)methyl (PyBTM) organic radicals and a high-Tc superconducting coplanar resonator. An exceptionally strong coupling is obtained and up to three spin ensembles are simultaneously coupled. The ensembles are made physically distinguishable by chemically varying the g factor and by exploiting the inhomogeneities of the applied magnetic field. The coherent mixing of the spin and field modes is demonstrated by the observed multiple anticrossing, along with the simulations performed within the input-output formalism, and quantified by suitable entropic measures.

  6. Analysis of a high Tc superconducting levitation system with vibration isolation control

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    Nagaya, Kosuke

    1996-03-01

    This paper presents a method for controlling vibrations of a levitated high Tc superconducting body subjected to base disturbances. To have the control forces, an actuator consisting of a permanent magnet with an electromagnet was presented. The analytical solution for calculating levitation forces due to the permanent magnet and the control currents in the electromagnet was obtained. The levitation forces obtained coincide with the previously published results. The equation of motion of the levitated body subjected to base disturbances under the control was presented. Nonlinear vibrations of the body were first discussed; then the method of vibration isolation control using the direct disturbance cancellation combining the velocity feedback control was investigated. Numerical calculations were carried out for the levitation forces, with respect to the levitated body subjected to harmonic or pulse base excitations. It was clarified that the present method is valid for controlling nonlinear systems like the magnetic levitated superconducting body.

  7. Anomalous open-circuit voltage from a high-Tc superconducting dynamo

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    Bumby, C. W.; Jiang, Zhenan; Storey, J. G.; Pantoja, A. E.; Badcock, R. A.

    2016-03-01

    We report on the behavior of a high-Tc superconducting (HTS) homopolar dynamo which outputs a DC open-circuit voltage when the stator is in the superconducting state, but behaves as a conventional AC alternator when the stator is in the normal state. We observe that this time-averaged DC voltage arises from a change in the shape of the AC voltage waveform that is obtained from a normal conducting stator. The measured DC voltage is proportional to frequency, and decreases with increasing flux gap between the rotor magnet and the HTS stator wire. We observe that the DC output voltage decreases to zero at large flux gaps, although small differences between the normal-conducting and superconducting waveforms are still observed, which we attribute to screening currents in the HTS stator wire. Importantly, the normalised pulse shape is found to be a function of the rotor position angle only. Based on these observations, we suggest that the origin of this unexpected DC effect can be explained by a model first proposed by Giaever, which considers the impact of time-varying circulating eddy currents within the HTS stator wire. Such circulating currents form a superconducting shunt path which "short-circuits" the high field region directly beneath the rotor magnet, at those points in the cycle when the rotor magnet partially overlaps the superconducting stator wire. This reduces the output voltage from the device during these periods of the rotor cycle, leading to partial rectification of the output voltage waveform and hence the emergence of a time-averaged DC voltage.

  8. 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.

  9. High Tc superconducting magnetic multivibrators for fluxgate magnetic-field sensors

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    Mohri, K.; Uchiyama, T.; Ozeki, A. . Faculty of Engineering)

    1989-09-01

    Sensitive and quick-response nonlinear inductance characteristics are found for high Tc superconducting (YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-chi/) disk cores at 77K in which soft magnetic BH hysteresis loops are observed. Various quick response magnetic devices such as modulators, amplifiers and sensors are built using these cores. The magnetizing frequency can be set to more than 20 MHz, which is difficult for conventional ferromagnetic bulk materials such as Permalloy amorphous alloys and ferrite. New quick-response fluxgate type magnetic-field sensors are made using ac and dc voltage sources. The former is used for second-harmonic type sensors, while the latter is for voltage-output multivibrator type sensors. Stable and quick-response sensor characteristics were obtained for two-core type multivibrators.

  10. Fabrication of single electron tunneling devices using layered structures of high- Tc superconducting materials

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    Kim, S.-J.; Yamashita, T.

    2006-10-01

    We have fabricated the submicron structures using high-Tc superconducting materials of Bi2Sr2CuO6+δ (Bi-2201). The stacks of layered structures are made by focused-ion-beam (FIB) etching methods. The fabricated 3D three terminal devices consist of source, drain and gate electrodes on the same chip. A gate electrode is capacitively coupled to a central island between two ultra-small tunnel junctions with in plane area S = 0.25 μm2 in series. Two stacks including an island structure show a Coulomb blockade region of 15 mV at zero gate potential. The effects are not smeared out by thermal fluctuations until temperatures greater than 150 K are reached.

  11. Levitation performance of the magnetized bulk high- Tc superconducting magnet with different trapped fields

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    Liu, W.; Wang, J. S.; Liao, X. L.; Zheng, S. J.; Ma, G. T.; Zheng, J.; Wang, S. Y.

    2011-03-01

    To a high- Tc superconducting (HTS) maglev system which needs large levitation force density, the magnetized bulk high- Tc superconductor (HTSC) magnet is a good candidate because it can supply additional repulsive or attractive force above a permanent magnet guideway (PMG). Because the induced supercurrent within a magnetized bulk HTSC is the key parameter for the levitation performance, and it is sensitive to the magnetizing process and field, so the magnetized bulk HTSC magnets with different magnetizing processes had various levitation performances, not only the force magnitude, but also its force relaxation characteristics. Furthermore, the distribution and configuration of the induced supercurrent are also important factor to decide the levitation performance, especially the force relaxation characteristics. This article experimentally investigates the influences of different magnetizing processes and trapped fields on the levitation performance of a magnetized bulk HTSC magnet with smaller size than the magnetic inter-pole distance of PMG, and the obtained results are qualitatively analyzed by the Critical State Model. The test results and analyses of this article are useful for the suitable choice and optimal design of magnetized bulk HTSC magnets.

  12. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) made by ion irradiation

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    Ouanani, S.; Kermorvant, J.; Ulysse, C.; Malnou, M.; Lemaître, Y.; Marcilhac, B.; Feuillet-Palma, C.; Bergeal, N.; Crété, D.; Lesueur, J.

    2016-09-01

    Superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) are arrays of superconducting loops of different sizes including Josephson junctions (JJ). For a random distribution of sizes, they present a non-periodic response to an applied magnetic field, with a large transfer function and a magnetic field sensitivity potentially improved with respect to that of a single SQUID. Such properties make SQIFs interesting devices to detect the magnetic component of electromagnetic waves at microwave frequencies. We have used the highly scalable technique of ion irradiation to make SQUIDs and SQIFs based on commercial YBa2Cu3O7 films, and studied their properties. Both display optimal performance as a function of temperature and bias current, that can be understood in the frame of numerical simulations that we developed. The role of asymmetries and dispersion in JJ characteristics (routinely found in high Tc superconductors technologies) is also studied. We have found that none of them impede the existence of a SQIF effect but both play a role on the emergence of the optimal point. We finally present results on SQIF made with 2000 SQUIDs in series, showing a transfer function {{d}}V/{{d}}B∼ 1000V/T.

  13. High-Tc superconductivity in nanostructured NaxWO3-y: Sol-gel route

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    Aliev, Ali

    2009-03-01

    Tungsten trioxide, WO3-y infiltrated into various nanoporous matrix structures such as carbon inverse opal, carbon nanotubes paper, or platinum sponge and then intercalated with alkaline ions (Li^+, Na^+) exhibits a pronounced diamagnetic onset in ZFC magnetization in a wide range of temperatures, 125-132 K. Resistivity measurements show non zero jump and intensive fluctuations of electrical resistance below observed transition points. The observed magnetic and electrical anomalies in nanostructured tungsten bronzes (LixWO3-y, NaxWO3-y) suggest the possibility of localized non-percolated superconductivity. The direct evidence of polaron formation from temperature dependence of EPR and photoemission spectra and formation of bipolarons in weakly reduced to WO3-y, with 3-y typically in the order of 2.95 suggest bipolarons mechanism of a Bose-Einstein condensation of trapped electron pairs in doped WO3-y. On the other hand the strong lattice instabilities in 2D systems like layered cuprates and tungsten bronzes place the upper limit on Tc. Than, the percolative self-organized mechanism on the metal/insulator interface like Na/WO3 and NaWO3/nanostructured matrix can facilitate the high Tc obtained in sodium bronzes infiltrated into inverted carbon opal or carbon nanotube matricies.

  14. Development of high Tc (greater than 100 K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1993-01-01

    Results on this project over the past three years have shown that the Bi and Tl-based superconducting materials in bulk form are noticeably different from the Y-based 123 material in that superconductivity is considerably harder to achieve, maintain and reproduce. This is due primarily to the difficulty in obtaining the higher Tc phase in pure form since it commonly co-exists with other undesirable, lower Tc phases. In particular, it has been found that long processing times for calcining and firing (20 - 200 hrs.) and close control of temperatures which are very near the melting point are required in order to obtain higher proportions of the desirable, high Tc (2223) phase.

  15. Spectroscopy of metal "superatom" nanoclusters and high-Tc superconducting pairing

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    Halder, Avik; Kresin, Vitaly V.

    2015-12-01

    A unique property of metal nanoclusters is the "superatom" shell structure of their delocalized electrons. The electronic shell levels are highly degenerate and therefore represent sharp peaks in the density of states. This can enable exceptionally strong electron pairing in certain clusters composed of tens to hundreds of atoms. In a finite system, such as a free nanocluster or a nucleus, pairing is observed most clearly via its effect on the energy spectrum of the constituent fermions. Accordingly, we performed a photoionization spectroscopy study of size-resolved aluminum nanoclusters and observed a rapid rise in the near-threshold density of states of several clusters (A l37 ,44 ,66 ,68 ) with decreasing temperature. The characteristics of this behavior are consistent with compression of the density of states by a pairing transition into a high-temperature superconducting state with Tc≳100 K. This value exceeds that of bulk aluminum by two orders of magnitude. These results highlight the potential of novel pairing effects in size-quantized systems and the possibility to attain even higher critical temperatures by optimizing the particles' size and composition. As a new class of high-temperature superconductors, such metal nanocluster particles are promising building blocks for high-Tc materials, devices, and networks.

  16. Development of high Tc (greater than 100 K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1994-07-01

    Experimental work on this project over the last four years has resulted in establishing processing and characterization techniques for producing both the Bi-based and Tl-based superconductors in their high temperature (2223) forms. In the bulk, dry pressed form, maximum critical temperatures (Tc) of 108.2 K and 117.8 K, respectively, were measured. Results have further shown that the Bi and Tl-based superconducting materials in bulk form are noticeably different from the Y-based 123 material in that superconductivity is considerably harder to achieve, maintain, and reproduce. This is due primarily to the difficulty in obtaining the higher Tc phase in pure form since it commonly co-exists with other undesirable, lower Tc phases. In particular, it has been found that long processing times for calcining and firing (20 - 200 hrs.) and close control of temperatures which are very near the melting point are required in order to obtain higher proportions of the desirable, high Tc (2223) phase. Thus far, the BSCCO bulk materials has been prepared in uniaxially pressed, hot pressed, and tapecast form. The uniaxially pressed material has been synthesized by the mixed oxide, coprecipitation, and melt quenching processes. The tapecast and hot pressed materials have been prepared via the mixed oxide process. In addition, thick films of BSCCO (2223 phase) have been prepared by screen printing on to yttria and magnesia stabilized zirconia with only moderate success; i.e., superconductivity was achieved in these thick films, but the highest Tc obtained in these films was 89.0 K. The Tc's of the bulk hot pressed, tapecast, and screen printed thick film materials were found to be 108.2, 102.4, and 89.0 K, respectively.

  17. Development of high Tc (greater than 100 K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1994-01-01

    Experimental work on this project over the last four years has resulted in establishing processing and characterization techniques for producing both the Bi-based and Tl-based superconductors in their high temperature (2223) forms. In the bulk, dry pressed form, maximum critical temperatures (Tc) of 108.2 K and 117.8 K, respectively, were measured. Results have further shown that the Bi and Tl-based superconducting materials in bulk form are noticeably different from the Y-based 123 material in that superconductivity is considerably harder to achieve, maintain, and reproduce. This is due primarily to the difficulty in obtaining the higher Tc phase in pure form since it commonly co-exists with other undesirable, lower Tc phases. In particular, it has been found that long processing times for calcining and firing (20 - 200 hrs.) and close control of temperatures which are very near the melting point are required in order to obtain higher proportions of the desirable, high Tc (2223) phase. Thus far, the BSCCO bulk materials has been prepared in uniaxially pressed, hot pressed, and tapecast form. The uniaxially pressed material has been synthesized by the mixed oxide, coprecipitation, and melt quenching processes. The tapecast and hot pressed materials have been prepared via the mixed oxide process. In addition, thick films of BSCCO (2223 phase) have been prepared by screen printing on to yttria and magnesia stabilized zirconia with only moderate success; i.e., superconductivity was achieved in these thick films, but the highest Tc obtained in these films was 89.0 K. The Tc's of the bulk hot pressed, tapecast, and screen printed thick film materials were found to be 108.2, 102.4, and 89.0 K, respectively.

  18. High-Tc superconductivity at 40 K emerged in ultrathin FeSe electric-double-layer transistors

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    Junichi, Shiogai; Ito, Yukihiro; Mitsuhashi, Toshiki; Nojima, Tsutomu; Tsukazaki, Atsushi

    A few unit-cell (UC) FeSe films on SrTiO3 substrates have recently attracted much attentions owing to emergence of high temperature superconductivity (high-Tc) about 65 K compared to the bulk value of 8 K. Modulation of electronic structure, charge transfer from SrTiO3, and electron-phonon coupling between the film and substrate are proposed as possible origins for high-Tc. Although the in-situ scanning tunneling and photoemission spectroscopies have been intensively studied, systematic thickness, carrier density and substrate material dependences of electrical measurements have been limited so far. Here we report on high-Tc in FeSe films on SrTiO3 and MgO in electric-double-layer transistor (EDLT). Both the film thickness and electric field can be tuned by electrochemical etching and electrostatic doping in EDLT. The systematic thickness dependences reveal that the onset Tc of 40 K appears from around 10 nm to 1 UC under the electric field while the initial 18-nm-thick FeSe shows no high-Tc. Our results point out the importance of electron accumulation or electronic band modulation for high-Tc in FeSe rather than electron-phonon coupling.

  19. A novel buffered high-Tc superconducting step-edge Josephson junction

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    van Staden, W. F.; Büttner, U.; Srinivasu, V. V.; Perold, W. J.

    2007-11-01

    A novel high-Tc superconducting (HTS) buffered step-edge Josephson junction is fabricated. A 250 nm PrBa2Cu3O7 (PBCO) layer was epitaxially grown on a (001) MgO substrate by PLD, which acts as a buffered template for a step-edge. Argon-ion milling was used to obtain a step-edge with a step angle of 25°. The step-edge is analysed in terms of an extended Wu and Chen model (Wu and Chen 2006 Rev. Sci. Instrum. 77 1). The model validity is confirmed by the correspondence between the theoretically proposed and experimentally observed step angles. A 150 nm YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin film was accordingly grown over the PBCO step-edge and patterned by standard photolithography. I-V characteristics were obtained by DC and AC excitation of the patterned junctions. The IcRn product values are of the order of 1.6 mV and 0.36 mV at 53 K and 77 K, respectively. These values are higher than typical values found in the literature. The observation of Shapiro steps confirms the presence of the Josephson effect in this novel junction topology.

  20. A DFT study of rocksalt proxy copper monochalcogenide structures - Implications for possible high-Tc superconductivity

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    Grant, P. M.; Hammond, R. H.; W2AGZ Technologies/GLAM, Stanford University Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    We report findings derived from a series of DFT calculations on the structural stability and paramagnetic ground states of four idealized copper monochalcogenide (CuO, CuS, CuSe, CuTe) rocksalt structures. Note that none of these target compounds occur naturally, but can possibly be fabricated using ``forced epitaxy'' MBE methods, as has been done to grow CuO tetragonal rocksalt films 5-6 monolayers thick.[1,2] Therefore, we treat all examples we report herein as proxies intended to explore candidate implications for possible future high-TC materials. In particular, we find, as might be expected from the long accepted Van Vleck-Anderson-Hubbard formalism describing antiferromagnetic insulators, the Neel temperature scales upward roughly as the width of the spin-carrying bands near or adjacent to the Fermi level or energy gap. We conclude such trend might result in higher superconducting transition temperatures should this be mediated by carrier-spin excitation/fluctuation driven pairing scaled by TN. Finally, we briefly discuss synthetic paths to realizing actual embodiments of our proxy exercises.

  1. High-Tc Nodeless s±-wave Superconductivity in (Y,La)FeAsO1-y with Tc=50K:As75-NMR Study

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    Mukuda, H.; Furukawa, S.; Kinouchi, H.; Yashima, M.; Kitaoka, Y.; Shirage, P. M.; Eisaki, H.; Iyo, A.

    2012-10-01

    We report on an As75-NMR study on the Fe-pnictide high-Tc superconductor Y0.95La0.05FeAsO1-y (Y0.95La0.051111) with Tc=50K that includes no magnetic rare-earth elements. The measurement of the nuclear-spin lattice-relaxation rate (751/T1) has revealed that the nodeless bulk superconductivity takes place at Tc=50K while antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations develop moderately in the normal state. These features are consistently described by the multiple fully gapped s±-wave model based on the Fermi-surface nesting. Incorporating the theory based on band calculations, we propose that the reason that Tc=50K in Y0.95La0.051111 is larger than Tc=28K in La1111 is that the Fermi-surface multiplicity is maximized, and hence the Fermi-surface nesting condition is better than that in La1111.

  2. First principles Study on Transparent High-Tc Superconductivity in hole-doped Delafossite CuAlO2

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    Nakanishi, Akitaka; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi

    2012-02-01

    The CuAlO2 is the transparent p-type conductor without any intentional doping. Transparent superdoncutivity and high thermoelectric power are suggested in p-type CuAlO2 [1]. Katayama-Yoshida et al. proposed that it may cause a strong electron-phonon interaction and a superconductivity. But, the calculation of superconducting critical temperature Tc is not performed. We performed the first principles calculation about the Tc of hole-doped CuAlO2 by shifting the Fermi level rigidly. In lightly hole-doped CuAlO2, the Fermi level is located at Cu and O anti-bonding band. The electrons of this band strongly interact with the A1L1 phonon mode because the direction of O-Cu-O dumbbell is parallel to the oscillation direction of the A1L1 phonon mode. As a result, Tc of lightly hole-doped CuAlO2 is about 50 K. We also discuss the materials design to enhance the Tc based on the charge-excitation-induced negative effective U system.[4pt] [1] H. Katayama-Yoshida, T. Koyanagi, H. Funashima, H. Harima, A. Yanase: Solid State Communication 126 (2003) 135. [0pt] [2] A. Nakanishi and H. Katayama-Yoshida: Solid State Communication, in printing. (arXiv:1107.2477v3

  3. Spin-polaron theory of high-{Tc} superconductivity: I, spin polarons and high-{Tc} pairing

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    Wood, R.F.

    1993-06-01

    The concept of a spin polaron is introduced and contrasted with the more familiar ionic polaron picture. A brief review of aspects of ionic bipolaronic superconductivity is given with particular emphasis on the real-space pairing and true Bose condensation characteristics. The formation energy of spin polarons is then calculated in analogy with ionic polarons. The spin-flip energy of a Cu spin in an antiferromagnetically aligned CuO{sub 2} plane is discussed. It is shown that the introduction of holes into the CuO{sub 2} planes will always lead to the destruction of long-range AF ordering due to the formation of spin polarons. The pairing of two spin polarons can be expected because of the reestablishment of local (short-range) AF ordering; the magnitude of the pairing energy is estimated using a simplified model. The paper closes with a brief discussion of the formal theory of spin polarons.

  4. Superconductivity in the high-Tc Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O system - Phase identification

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    Hazen, R. M.; Prewitt, C. T.; Angel, R. J.; Ross, N. L.; Finger, L. W.

    1988-01-01

    Four phases are observed in superconducting Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O samples. The superconducting phase, with onset temperature near 120 K, is a 15.4-A-layered compound with composition near Bi2Ca1Sr2Cu2O9 and an A-centered orthorhombic unit subcell 5.41 x 5.44 x 30.78 A. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy data are consistent with a structure of alternating perovskite and Bi2O2 layers. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images reveal a b-axis superstructure of 27.2 A, numerous (001) stacking faults, and other defects.

  5. Environmental testing of high Tc superconductive thermal isolators for space-borne cryogenic detector systems

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    Wise, Stephanie A.; Buckley, John D.; Randolf, Henry W.; Verbelyi, Darren; Haertling, Gene H.; Hooker, Matthew W.; Selim, Raouf; Caton, Randall

    1992-01-01

    Thick films of superconductive material on low thermal conductivity substrates (e.g., yttria-stabilized zirconia and fused silica) are considered as a replacement for the existing electrical connections between the detector array and data acquisition and storage electronics in the cryogenic detector systems being developed by NASA. The paper describes some of the design constraints on the superconducting device and presents results of a preliminary analysis of the effects of vibration, gamma irradiation, and long-term exposure to high vacuum and liquid nitrogen encountered in operating such a device in space.

  6. Theoretical models of flux pinning and flux motion in high-{Tc} superconducting oxides

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    Welch, D.O.

    1991-12-31

    Various issues involved in the development of phenomenological models of flux pinning and motion in high-{Tc} oxides are discussed. A simplified model is presented for the critical current density and is used to examine the question of whether flux flow results from an instability due to plasticity of the flux-line array or from pin breaking.

  7. Theoretical models of flux pinning and flux motion in high- Tc superconducting oxides

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    Welch, D.O.

    1991-01-01

    Various issues involved in the development of phenomenological models of flux pinning and motion in high-{Tc} oxides are discussed. A simplified model is presented for the critical current density and is used to examine the question of whether flux flow results from an instability due to plasticity of the flux-line array or from pin breaking.

  8. On local pairs vs. BCS: Quo vadis high-Tc superconductivity

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    Pavuna, D.; Dubuis, G.; Bollinger, A. T.; Wu, J.; He, X.; Bozovic, I.

    2016-07-28

    Since the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates, proposals have been made that pairing may be local, in particular in underdoped samples. Furthermore, we briefly review evidence for local pairs from our experiments on thin films of La 2–xSrxCuO4, synthesized by atomic layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE).

  9. Study on magnetic separation system using high Tc superconducting bulk magnets for water purification technique

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    Oka, T.; Kanayama, H.; Tanaka, K.; Fukui, S.; Ogawa, J.; Sato, T.; Yamaguchi, M.; Ooizumi, M.; Yokoyama, K.; Noto, K.

    2009-03-01

    The application of superconducting bulk magnets to the magnetic separation techniques has been investigated for the Mn-bearing waste water drained from the university laboratories. The research has been conducted in comparison with the electromagnets, and the cryo-cooled superconducting solenoid magnet. The separation ratios of ferrite precipitates including Mn element in the waste slurry were estimated by means of the high gradient magnetic separation method with ferromagnetic iron filters in the water channel and open gradient magnetic separation without them. As the magnetic force acting on the particles is given by the product of a magnetization of particles and a gradient of magnetic field, and a superconducting bulk magnet shows a sharp gradient of the magnetic field on the surface, the performances of the bulk magnet system were almost equivalent to those of the superconducting solenoid magnet with wide bore with respect to the magnetic separation ratios. The separation ratios for Mn have reached over 80 % for HGMS and 10 % for OGMS under the flow rates less than 3 liter/min.

  10. Mechanism of a high-Tc superconducting flux pump: Using alternating magnetic field to trigger flux flow

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    Geng, Jianzhao; Coombs, T. A.

    2015-10-01

    High-Tc Superconducting (HTS) magnets operating in persistent current mode suffer a current decay due to flux creep of superconductor and joint resistance. Flux pumps are able to inject direct current into superconducting circuit to compensate the current decay, without the thermal loss caused by current leads. In this work, we proposed a flux pumping mechanism for HTS coils, with an experimental verification and an analytical model. The basic principle we have used is that flux flow can be triggered when the superconductor carrying a direct current is subjected to a perpendicular AC magnetic field. Low frequency alternating current is induced in a loop of YBCO tape using an AC field. A portion of the tape which we refer to as the "bridge" shorts a superconducting coil. A high frequency AC field is applied perpendicular to the bridge tape when alternating current in the tape reaches one polarity. This triggers a net flux flow and results in a current increase in the coil. The proposed flux pump has clear physics and is easily controllable, which may make it promising in practical use.

  11. Preparation of Y-Ba-Cu-O high T(c) superconducting thin films by plasma-assisted organometallic chemical vapor deposition

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    Bai, G. R.; Tao, W.; Wang, R.; Xie, L. M.; Zhang, X. K.

    1989-07-01

    This paper reports the preparation of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting films with smooth, shiny surfaces, uniform composition, and high T(c) using plasma-assisted organometallic chemical vapor deposition (PAOMCVD). In addition to the advantages of pyrolysis OMCVD, PAOMCVD also affords some characteristics of physical vapor deposition. By adjusting the deposition conditions to get an appropriate combination of the features of physical vapor deposition with those of pyrolysis OMCVD, it is possible to prepare high T(c) metal oxide superconducting thin films having even better properties.

  12. Field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip simultaneously exposed to transport current and perpendicular magnetic field

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    Xue, Cun; He, An; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2013-12-01

    We present an exact analytical approach for arbitrary field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip with transport current. The sheet current and flux-density profiles are derived by solving the integral equations, which agree with experiments quite well. For small transport current, the approximate explicit expressions of sheet current, flux-density and penetration depth for the Kim model are derived based on the mean value theorem for integration. We also extend the results to the field-dependent critical state of superconducting strip in the simultaneous presence of applied field and transport current. The sheet current distributions calculated by the Kim model agree with experiments better than that by the Bean model. Moreover, the lines in the Ia-Ba plane for the Kim model are not monotonic, which is quite different from that the Bean model. The results reveal that the maximum transport current in thin superconducting strip will decrease with increasing applied field which vanishes for the Bean model. The results of this paper are useful to calculate ac susceptibility and ac loss.

  13. Twenty-GHz broadband microstrip array with electromagnetically coupled high-{Tc} superconducting feed network

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    Herd, J.S.; Poles, L.D.; Kenney, J.P.

    1996-07-01

    The use of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) feed lines and phase shifters can substantially improve the performance of microwave and millimeter-wave printed phased array antennas. A novel antenna architecture is described that provides a broadband radiating aperture to be used as a scanning array with compatible low-loss HTS phase shifters. The approach follows an earlier design demonstrated at 12 GHz, and this work extends the approach to 20 GHz. The antenna design, radiation patterns, bandwidth measurements, and thermal analysis are reported. A prototype thermal isolator design is described that reduces the heat load of coaxial interconnections between cryocooled and room temperature systems.

  14. THz emission from a slice of high-Tc superconducting single crystal

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    Wang, Huabing

    2008-03-01

    Copper oxide superconductors possess intrinsically a layered crystalline structure, in which superconducting and non-superconducting layers interleave each other. Therefore the crystal itself consists of a number of superconducting junctions sequentially stacked along the c axis of the crystal, and these junctions are often referred to as intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs). In the case of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (BSCCO), each IJJ measures approximately 1.5 nm thick. Many groups have been exploring the possibilities to develop terahertz (THz) detectors and oscillators based on IJJs, due to the high collective plasma frequencies (up to THz region), the uniformity in junction properties, the easiness to make a large junction array, and the low loss at high frequencies. Some years ago, in IJJs singled out from inside a slice of BSCCO single crystal with a double-sided process, THz response was successfully observed as sharp Shapiro steps at frequencies up to 2.5 THz, and harmonic mixings were carried out with harmonic numbers as large as 90. Recently observed have been THz oscillations in various structures of BSCCO IJJs, which can be excited by dc bias, in-plane magnetic fields, or microwave irradiations at several gigahertz. Needless to say, for practical applications, it is necessary to synchronize the emissions from IJJs, couple the THz oscillations into a finite space, guide them in a controllable way, monitor the frequencies and power levels, and preferably do the jobs using an integrated system. We have been making extensive efforts to explore these ideas, and will report our latest results at the meeting.

  15. Correlation of normal and superconducting properties and unified approach to the description of high Tc oxides

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    Kresin, V. Z.; Wolf, S. A.

    1991-01-01

    We present a unified approach based on the Fermi liquid picture which allows us to describe the normal as well as the superconducting properties of the doped cuprates. The theory that is presented is for the doped compounds which are metallic. One can distinguish two interrelated, but nevertheless, different directions in the physics of high T(sub c): one involving the problem of carrier doping and the transition to the metallic state, and the second being the description of the metallic state. It is important that this metallic phase undergoes the transition into the superconducting state; as a result, our analysis is directly related to the origin of high T(sub c). We are using a quasi-2D Fermi liquid model to estimate the fundamental parameters of these very interesting materials. We find that this description is able to describe these materials and also that phonons and plasmons play a major role in the mechanism of high T(sub c).

  16. Dielectric resonator for measuring the magnetic penetration depth at low temperature in high-Tc superconducting thin films

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    Mourachkine, A. P.

    1995-11-01

    Knowledge of magnetic penetration depth λ(T) at low temperatures allows one to determine the pairing state in the superconductors. A simple method for the evaluation of λ(T) of small (˜1 cmט1 cm), flat, high-Tc superconductive samples at low T is discussed. The resolution of the method is a few Å. In addition to high resolution, the method has several advantages including nondestructive analysis, flexibility in sample size, and minimal requirements on the dielectric resonator. The current distribution within the sample being tested can also be accurately calculated, the experimental setup is convenient, and the procedure is comparatively rapid and can be performed in the necktube of a liquid-helium storage Dewar. The measurements for YBCO thin films have been performed at 14.4 GHz.

  17. Magnetic relaxation with vortex creep observed by the magneto-optical image method for high Tc superconducting films

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    Lee, Wongi; Lee, Jhinhwan; Youm, Dojun; Yoo, Jaeun

    2016-06-01

    The relaxation of magnetic flux in high Tc superconducting films was investigated. After the samples were cooled in the applied magnetic fields, the magnetic field was turned off and the changes of the remaining magnetic flux distribution were observed by using the magneto-optical image method. The induced current density was examined which varies with the logarithmic-time dependence associated with the creep motions of vortices. The overall magnitude of the induced current density is observed to decrease as the external magnetic field applied during cooling is increased. The range of external fields examined was 30–50 mT. This could be explained by taking into account the formation of meandering shapes of vortices which develop during the period of transition to the creep mode. The results of the numerical simulation for this effect are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  18. Irradiation response of commercial, high-Tc superconducting tapes: Electromagnetic transport properties

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    Gapud, A. A.; Greenwood, N. T.; Alexander, J. A.; Khan, A.; Leonard, K. J.; Aytug, T.; List III, F. A.; Rupich, M. W.; Zhang, Y.

    2015-07-01

    Effects of low dose irradiation on the electrical transport current properties of commercially available high-temperature superconducting, coated-conductor tapes were investigated, in view of potential applications in the irradiative environment of fusion reactors. Three different tapes, each with unique as-grown flux-pinning structures, were irradiated with Au and Ni ions at energies that provide a range of damage effects, with accumulated damage levels near that expected for conductors in a fusion reactor environment. Measurements using transport current determined the pre- and post-irradiation resistivity, critical current density, and pinning force density, yielding critical temperatures, irreversibility lines, and inferred vortex creep rates. Results show that at the irradiation damage levels tested, any detriment to as-grown pre-irradiation properties is modest; indeed in one case already-superior pinning forces are enhanced, leading to higher critical currents.

  19. Irradiation response of commercial, high-Tc superconducting tapes: Electromagnetic transport properties

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    Gapud, A. A.; Greenwood, N. T.; Alexander, J. A.; Khan, A.; Leonard, K. J.; Aytug, T.; List III, F. A.; Rupich, M. W.; Zhang, Y.

    2015-07-01

    Effects of low dose irradiation on the electrical transport current properties of commercially available high-temperature superconducting, coated-conductor tapes were investigated, in view of potential applications in the irradiative environment of fusion reactors. Three different tapes, each with unique as-grown flux-pinning structures, were irradiated with Au and Ni ions at energies that provide a range of damage effects, with accumulated damage levels near that expected for conductors in a fusion reactor environment. Measurements using transport current determined the pre- and post-irradiation resistivity, critical current density, and pinning force density, yielding critical temperatures, irreversibility lines, and inferred vortex creep rates. Results showmore » that at the irradiation damage levels tested, any detriment to as-grown pre-irradiation properties is modest; indeed in one case already-superior pinning forces are enhanced, leading to higher critical currents.« less

  20. Irradiation response of commercial, high-Tc superconducting tapes: Electromagnetic transport properties

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    Gapud, A. A.; Greenwood, N. T.; Alexander, J. A.; Khan, A.; Leonard, K. J.; Aytug, T.; List, F. A.; Rupich, M. W.; Zhang, Y.

    2015-07-01

    Effects of low dose ion irradiation on the electrical transport current properties of commercially available high-temperature superconducting, coated-conductor tapes were investigated, in view of potential applications in irradiative environments. Three different tapes, each with unique and tailored as-grown flux-pinning structures, were irradiated with Au and Ni ions at energies that provide a range of damage effects, with accumulated damage levels near that expected for conductors in, for example, a fusion reactor environment. Measurements using transport current determined the pre- and post-irradiation resistivity, critical current density, and pinning force density, yielding critical temperatures, irreversibility lines, and inferred vortex creep rates. Results show that, at the irradiation damage levels tested, any detriment to as-grown pre-irradiation properties is modest; indeed in one case already-superior pinning forces are enhanced, leading to higher critical currents.

  1. Experimental and theoretical investigation on high-Tc superconducting intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Grib, Alexander; Shukrinov, Yury; Schmidl, Frank; Seidel, Paul

    2010-11-01

    Within the last years many groups have realized and investigated different types of intrinsic Josephson junction (IJJ) arrays out of high-temperature superconducting single crystals or thin films. We tried to improve the synchronization between the junctions by external shunts. Mesa structures as well as microbridges on vicinal cut substrates showed multi-branch behaviour in their IV characteristics and random switching between branches. Theoretical modelling was done investigating phase dynamics and stability numerically as well as analytically. Branch structure in current voltage characteristics of IJJ is studied in the framework of different models, particularly, in capacitevely coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model and CCJJ model with diffusion current. Results of modelling of return current in IV characteristics for stacks with different number of IJJ are presented. We discussed the possible mechanisms of synchronization and the ranges of stability. Conclusions with respect to application of such arrays such as radiation sources were given.

  2. Charge transfer polarisation wave in high Tc oxides and superconductive pairing

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    Chakraverty, B. K.

    1991-01-01

    A general formalism of quantized charge transfer polarization waves was developed. The nature of possible superconductive pairing between oxygen holes is discussed. Unlike optical phonons, these polarization fields will give rise to dielectric bipolarons or bipolaron bubbles. In the weak coupling limit, a new class of superconductivity is to be expected.

  3. High-Tc superconductivity at the interface between the CaCuO2 and SrTiO3 insulating oxides

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    Di Castro, D.; Cantoni, C.; Ridolfi, F.; Aruta, C.; Tebano, A.; Yang, N.; Balestrino, G.

    2015-09-28

    At interfaces between complex oxides it is possible to generate electronic systems with unusual electronic properties, which are not present in the isolated oxides. One important example is the appearance of superconductivity at the interface between insulating oxides, although, until now, with very low Tc. We report the occurrence of high Tc superconductivity in the bilayer CaCuO2/SrTiO3, where both the constituent oxides are insulating. In order to obtain a superconducting state, the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface must be realized between the Ca plane of CaCuO2 and the TiO2 plane of SrTiO3. Only in this case can oxygen ions be incorporated in themore » interface Ca plane, acting as apical oxygen for Cu and providing holes to the CuO2 planes. In addition, a detailed hole doping spatial profile can be obtained by scanning transmission electron microscopy and electron-energy-loss spectroscopy at the O K edge, clearly showing that the (super)conductivity is confined to about 1–2 CaCuO2 unit cells close to the interface with SrTiO3. The results obtained for the CaCuO2/SrTiO3 interface can be extended to multilayered high Tc cuprates, contributing to explaining the dependence of Tc on the number of CuO2 planes in these systems.« less

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

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

    2010-11-01

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

  5. Pairing Mechanism for the High-TC Superconductivity: Symmetries and Thermodynamic Properties

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    Szczęśniak, Radosław

    2012-01-01

    The pairing mechanism for the high- superconductors based on the electron-phonon (EPH) and electron-electron-phonon (EEPH) interactions has been presented. On the fold mean-field level, it has been proven, that the obtained s-wave model supplements the predictions based on the BCS van Hove scenario. In particular: (i) For strong EEPH coupling and the energy gap () is very weak temperature dependent; up to the critical temperature extends into the anomalous normal state to the Nernst temperature. (ii) The model explains well the experimental dependence of the ratio on doping for the reported superconductors in the terms of the few fundamental parameters. In the presented paper, the properties of the d-wave superconducting state in the two-dimensional system have been also studied. The obtained results, like for s-wave, have shown the energy gap amplitude crossover from the BCS to non-BCS behavior, as the value of the EEPH potential increases. However, for the energy gap amplitude extends into the anomalous normal state to the pseudogap temperature. Finally, it has been presented that the anisotropic model explains the dependence of the ratio on doping for the considered superconductors. PMID:22529891

  6. Fabrication and chemical composition of RF magnetron sputtered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O high Tc superconducting thin films

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    Subramanyam, G.; Radpour, F.; Kapoor, V. J.; Lemon, G. H.

    1990-01-01

    The preparation of TlCaBaCuO superconducting thin films on (100) SrTiO3 substrates is described, and the results of their characterization are presented. Sintering and annealing the thin films in a Tl-rich ambient yielded superconductivity with a Tc of 107 K. The results of an XPS study support two possible mechanisms for the creation of holes in the TlCaBaCuO compound: (1) partial substitution of Ca(2+) for Tl(3+), resulting in hole creation, and (2) charge transfer from Tl(3+) to the CuO layers, resulting in a Tl valence between +3 and +1.

  7. Transport Anomalies and Possible High Tc Superconductivity in interconnected multiwall carbon nanotube sheets doped by ion implantation

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    Zakhidov, Anvar; Howard, Austin; Cornell, Nicholas; Goskun, Ulas; Salamon, Myron; Baughman, Ray; Bykova, Julia; Mayo, Nathanael; Wang, Xuemei; Galstyan, Eduard; Freyhardt, Herbert; Kan Chu, Wei

    2012-02-01

    Ion implantation offers an alternative doping method. In searching for superconductivity,we describe here the ion-implantation doping of MWCNT interconnected networks by boron and other dopants (phosphorous, sulfur, arsenic) and report transport anomalies in oriented networks of ion implanted MWCNT sheets as compared to cross coated (non-oriented multilayer MWCNT sheets). The strong drop of resistance R(T) with temperature decrease starting at Tc1= 50-60 K and even at higher T is reminiscent of inhomogeneous superconducting islands appearing in the non-SC matrix. An unusual anomaly of the 4-terminal resistance is observed in many samples, R(T) becoming negative at lower T< Tc2 ˜ 10-20 K, This negative resistance is found to be associated with unusual I-V curves with s-shape at low T < Tc2 and R(T) shows nonlinear dependence on excitation current and other features that are studied carefully in MWCNTs with different lengths and densities. This negative-resistance behavior gives a hint for the possible incorporation of superconducting areas and can be explained in terms of an imbalanced resistance bridge.

  8. Spin-polaron theory of high-{Tc} superconductivity: 3, Gap function and critical temperature

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    Wood, R.F.

    1993-06-01

    Results from previous papers in this series are used to derive approximate expressions for the gap and {Tc} within the framework of a Cooper-pairing approach. The possible symmetry types of the gap are discussed. It is shown how the proximity of the Fermi level to the Mott-Hubbard band edge and the interplay of O 2p{sigma} and 2p{pi} bands and/or localization effects can provide good fits to the variation of {Tc} with x in La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}. It is concluded that the in-plane gap is either s- or d-like but anisotropic in either case. Other aspects and implications of the model and of the calculations are given and comparisons with Mott`s spin-bipolaron model are made.

  9. Preparation, structure and superconductivity of high T(c) compounds: Research of high temperature superconductors in Hungary

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    Kirschner, I.

    1995-01-01

    In this paper the main directions, methods and results of the investigation of high-T(c) superconductors in Hungary are briefly summarized. The fundamental idea of this research is to study the effect of starting conditions on the microstructure of samples and the influence of the latter one on their superconducting parameters. The investigation concerning technical development is also mentioned.

  10. Pressure-induced metallization of dense (H2S)2H2 with high-Tc superconductivity

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    Duan, Defang; Liu, Yunxian; Tian, Fubo; Li, Da; Huang, Xiaoli; Zhao, Zhonglong; Yu, Hongyu; Liu, Bingbing; Tian, Wenjing; Cui, Tian

    2014-01-01

    The high pressure structures, metallization, and superconductivity of recently synthesized H2-containing compounds (H2S)2H2 are elucidated by ab initio calculations. The ordered crystal structure with P1 symmetry is determined, supported by the good agreement between theoretical and experimental X-ray diffraction data, equation of states, and Raman spectra. The Cccm structure is favorable with partial hydrogen bond symmetrization above 37 GPa. Upon further compression, H2 molecules disappear and two intriguing metallic structures with R3m and Im-3m symmetries are reconstructive above 111 and 180 GPa, respectively. The predicted metallization pressure is 111 GPa, which is approximately one-third of the currently suggested metallization pressure of bulk molecular hydrogen. Application of the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan equation for the Im-3m structure yields high Tc values of 191 K to 204 K at 200 GPa, which is among the highest values reported for H2-rich van der Waals compounds and MH3 type hydride thus far. PMID:25382349

  11. High- Tc superconducting rf receiver coils for magnetic resonance imaging of small animals

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    Wosik, J.; Nesteruk, K.; Xie, L.-M.; Strikovski, M.; Wang, F.; Miller, J. H.; Bilgen, M.; Narayana, P. A.

    We report on an HTS rf receiver surface probe designed for 2-Tesla MRI imaging of spinal cord injuries in small animals. The 2-T probe is used in lieu of an implanted copper coil being currently used in research on spinal cord injuries. The HTS probe was designed with a virtual ground plane, thus reducing the coil-to-ground losses and making its unloaded quality factor and resonant frequency less sensitive to body proximity. Each coil was fabricated using patterned double-sided YBa 2Cu 3O x (YBCO) films deposited either on sapphire or LaAlO 3 substrates. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was analyzed numerically using complete solutions to Maxwell's equations and the reciprocity principle for a rectangular coil next to a finite lossy dielectric cylinder. A comparison of images obtained with superconducting and cooled copper probes is shown.

  12. Recent high-magnetic-field experiments on the 'high Tc' cuprates: Fermi-surface instabilities as a driver for superconductivity

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    Singleton, John; Mc Donald, Ross D; Cox, Susan

    2008-01-01

    The authors give a brief review of high-magnetic-field quantum-oscillation measurements on cuprate superconductors. In the case of the underdoped cuprates, a number of small Fermi-surface pockets are observed, probably due to the incommensurate nesting of the predicted (large) hole Fermi surface. The Fermi-surface instabilities that drive this nesting are also likely to result in the incommensurate spin fluctuations observed in inelastic neutron-scattering measurements. They suggest that the unusually high superconducting transitions in the cuprates are driven by an exact mapping of these incommensurate spin fluctuations onto the d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}} Cooper-pair wavefunction. The maximum energy of the fluctuations {approx} 100s of Kelvin gives an appropriate energy scale for the superconducting transition temperature.

  13. Integrated high Tc superconducting magnetometer with multiturn input coil and grain boundary junctions

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    Shen, Y. Q.; Sun, Z. J.; Kromann, R.; Holst, T.; Vase, P.; Freloft, T.

    1995-10-01

    We have fabricated and tested integrated magnetometers based on the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The magnetometer consists of two patterned films of YBa2Cu3O7, separated by an insulating layer of SrTiO3. A multiturn input coil was integrated on top of the SQUID, where the misorientation angle in a SrTiO3 bicrystal substrate was used to form the grain boundary junctions. The noise spectrum was characterized at 77 K and showed that above 10 Hz the magnetometer sensitivity is limited by a white noise level of around 4×10-5 Φ0/Hz1/2. In the 4 mm × 4 mm detection area of the input coil, this translates into a magnetic field sensitivity of 320 fT/ Hz1/2 at 100 Hz. Compared to the theoretical value of an optimized SQUID the white noise level of the magnetometer is two times higher. Below 10 Hz the noise is dominated by 1/f noise mainly due to the critical current fluctuations.

  14. Analysis of a High-Tc Hot-Electron Superconducting Mixer for Terahertz Applications

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    Karasik, B. S.; McGrath, W. R.; Gaidis, M. C.

    1996-01-01

    The prospects of a YBa2Cu3O7(delta)(YBCO) hot-electron bolometer (HEB) mixer for a THz heterodyne receiver is discussed. The modeled device is a submicron bridge made from a 10 nm thick film on a high thermal conductance substrate.

  15. Modeling and Optimization of a High-Tc Hot-Electron Superconducting Mixer for Terahertz Applicaitons

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    Karasik, B. S.; McGrath, W. R.; Gaidis, M. C.; Burns, M. J.; Kleinsasser, A. W.; Delin, K. A.; Vasquez, R. P.

    1996-01-01

    The development of a YBa(sub 2)Cu(sub 3)O(sub 7-(kronecker delta))(YBCO) hot-electron bolometer (HEB) quasioptical mixer for a 2.5 heterodyne receiver is discussed. The modeled device is a submicron bridge made from a 10 nm thick film on a high thermal conductance substrate. The mixer performance expected for this device is analyzed in the framework of a two-temperature model which includes heating both of the electrons and the lattice. Also, the contribution of heat diffusion from the film through the substrate and from the film to the normal metal contacts is evaluated....a single sideband temperature of less than 2000k is predicted.

  16. Improved heat exhaust and the characteristics of the high Tc superconducting terahertz emitter

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Yamamoto, T.; Kitamura, T.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Shibano, Y.; Watanabe, C.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Kubo, H.; Sakamoto, K.; Katsuragawa, T.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yoshizaki, R.; Minami, H.; Klemm, R. A.; Kadowaki, K.

    2015-03-01

    In our previous study it is known that THz emitting efficiency improves greatly when the stand-alone type of mesa structure is used for the THz emitting device. The principle reason for that lies in the heat removal from the mesa, in which a gigantic amount of heat is generated while the mesa is in the resistive state. Recently, we developed a new device structure based on the stand-alone type of mesa structure of Bi2212 single crystal in order to make high exhaust of Joule heating. The results show that although the power is comparable and is not significantly increased, very wide the radiation frequencies ranging from 0.3 to 1.6 THz were obtained. We will discuss the details of the radiation characteristics of this one. This study has been supported by CREST-JST. TK is also supported by the Matsuda grant and JST A-STEP. This work is in part performed in collaboration with Dr. Wai Kwok and his group in Argonne National Lab.

  17. Reassessment of the electronic state, magnetism, and superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates with the Nd2CuO4 structure

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    Naito, Michio; Krockenberger, Yoshiharu; Ikeda, Ai; Yamamoto, Hideki

    2016-04-01

    The electronic phase diagram of the cuprates remains enigmatic and is still a key ingredient to understand the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity. It has been believed for a long time that parent compounds of cuprates were universally antiferromagnetic Mott insulators (charge-transfer insulators) and that high-Tc superconductivity would develop upon doping holes or electrons in a Mott-Hubbard insulator ("doped Mott-insulator scenario"). However, our recent discovery of superconductivity in the parent compounds of square-planar cuprates with the Nd2CuO4 (T') structure and the revised electronic phase diagram in T' cuprates urged a serious reassessment to the above scenario. In this review, we present the main results derived from our synthesis and experiments on T' cuprates in the undoped or heavily underdoped regime over 20 years, including material issues and basic physics. The key material issue is how to remove excess oxygen ions at the apical site without introducing oxygen vacancies in the CuO2 planes. In order to put this into practice, the basic knowledge of complex solid-state chemistry in T' cuprates is required, which is also included in this review.

  18. High temperature interface superconductivity

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    Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2016-01-20

    High-Tc superconductivity at interfaces has a history of more than a couple of decades. In this review we focus our attention on copper-oxide based heterostructures and multi-layers. We first discuss the technique, atomic layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE) engineering, that enabled High-Tc Interface Superconductivity (HT-IS), and the challenges associated with the realization of high quality interfaces. Then we turn our attention to the experiments which shed light on the structure and properties of interfacial layers, allowing comparison to those of single-phase films and bulk crystals. Both ‘passive’ hetero-structures as well as surface-induced effects by external gating are discussed. Here, wemore » conclude by comparing HT-IS in cuprates and in other classes of materials, especially Fe-based superconductors, and by examining the grand challenges currently laying ahead for the field.« less

  19. High temperature interface superconductivity

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    Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2016-02-01

    High-Tc superconductivity at interfaces has a history of more than a couple of decades. In this review we focus our attention on copper-oxide based heterostructures and multi-layers. We first discuss the technique, atomic layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE) engineering, that enabled High-Tc Interface Superconductivity (HT-IS), and the challenges associated with the realization of high quality interfaces. Then we turn our attention to the experiments which shed light on the structure and properties of interfacial layers, allowing comparison to those of single-phase films and bulk crystals. Both 'passive' hetero-structures as well as surface-induced effects by external gating are discussed. We conclude by comparing HT-IS in cuprates and in other classes of materials, especially Fe-based superconductors, and by examining the grand challenges currently laying ahead for the field.

  20. An experimental study of high Tc superconducting microstrip transmission lines at 35 GHz and the effect of film morphology

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    Chorey, C. M.; Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Josefowicz, J. Y.; Rensch, D. B.; Nieh, C. W.

    1990-01-01

    Microstrip transmission lines in the form of ring resonators were fabricated from a number of in-situ grown laser ablated films and post-annealed co-sputtered YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films. The properties of these resonators were measured at 35 GHz and the observed performance is examined in light of the critical temperature (Tc) and film thickness and also the film morphology which is different for the two deposition techniques. It is found that Tc is a major indicator of the film performance for each growth type with film thickness becoming important as it decreases towards 100 A. It is also found that the films with a mixed grain orientation (both a axis and c axis oriented grains) have poorer microwave properties as compared with the primarily c axis oriented material. This is probably due to the significant number of grain boundaries between the different crystallites, which may act as superconducting weak links and contribute to the surface resistance.

  1. Development of high Tc (greater than 110K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1991-01-01

    Experimental work was continued on the development and characterization of bulk and hot pressed powders and tapecast materials in the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O systems. A process for producing warp-free, sintered, superconducting tapes of Bi composition Bi1Sr2Ca2 Cu3O(x) was established. The procedure requires a triple calcination at 830 C for 24 hours and sintering at 845 C from 20 to 200 hours. Hot pressing the triple calcined powder at 845 C for 6 hours at 5000 psi yielded a dense material, which on further heat treatment at 845 C for 24 hours, exhibited a Tc of 108.2K. The Bi compositions were found to be much less oxygen sensitive than the Y compositions. This was especially noted in the case of the hot pressed materials which were superconducting as hot pressed, a condition that could not be achieved in the Y compositions. Safire-type grounding links are in the process of being fabricated from these materials.

  2. Uniform mixing of high- Tc superconductivity and antiferromagnetism on a single CuO 2 plane in five-layered cuprates

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    Mukuda, H.; Abe, M.; Kitaoka, Y.; Kotegawa, H.; Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T.; Iyo, A.; Kito, H.; Tanaka, Y.; Kodama, Y.

    2007-09-01

    We report systematic Cu-NMR studies on five-layered cuprates from under-doped HgBa2Ca4Cu5O12+δ (Hg-1245(UD)) to slightly overdoped Tl-1245(OVD), and compare with optimally-doped Hg-1245(OPT). In the under-doped Hg-1245(UD), antiferromagnetism (AFM) has been found to take place at TN = 290 K, exhibiting a large antiferromagnetic moment of 0.67-0.69 μB at three inner planes (IP's). These values are comparable to that reported for non-doped cuprates, suggesting that the IP's may be in a nearly non-doped regime. Most surprisingly, the AFM order is also detected with MAFM(OP) = 0.1 μB even at two outer planes (OP's) that are responsible for the onset of superconductivity (SC) with Tc = 72 K. The high-Tc SC at Tc = 72 K can uniformly coexist on a microscopic level with the AFM at OP's. This is the first microscopic evidence for the uniformly mixed phase of AFM and SC on a single CuO2 plane. Although, the AFM/SC mixed CuO2 planes are significantly separated by three non-doped AFM layers, the onset of AFM does not prevent the occurrence of SC with the high value of Tc = 72 K.

  3. High-Tc superconductivity in ultrathin Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(8+x) down to half-unit-cell thickness by protection with graphene.

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    Jiang, Da; Hu, Tao; You, Lixing; Li, Qiao; Li, Ang; Wang, Haomin; Mu, Gang; Chen, Zhiying; Zhang, Haoran; Yu, Guanghui; Zhu, Jie; Sun, Qiujuan; Lin, Chengtian; Xiao, Hong; Xie, Xiaoming; Jiang, Mianheng

    2014-01-01

    High-Tc superconductors confined to two dimension exhibit novel physical phenomena, such as superconductor-insulator transition. In the Bi2Sr2CaCu2O(8+x) (Bi2212) model system, despite extensive studies, the intrinsic superconducting properties at the thinness limit have been difficult to determine. Here, we report a method to fabricate high quality single-crystal Bi2212 films down to half-unit-cell thickness in the form of graphene/Bi2212 van der Waals heterostructure, in which sharp superconducting transitions are observed. The heterostructure also exhibits a nonlinear current-voltage characteristic due to the Dirac nature of the graphene band structure. More interestingly, although the critical temperature remains essentially the same with reduced thickness of Bi2212, the slope of the normal state T-linear resistivity varies by a factor of 4-5, and the sheet resistance increases by three orders of magnitude, indicating a surprising decoupling of the normal state resistance and superconductivity. The developed technique is versatile, applicable to investigate other two-dimensional (2D) superconducting materials. PMID:25483591

  4. Magnetic field dependence of high- Tc interface superconductivity in La1.55Sr0.45CuO4/La2CuO4 heterostructures

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    Gasparov, V. A.; Drigo, L.; Audouard, A.; He, Xi; Božović, I.

    2016-07-11

    Heterostructures made of a layer of a cuprate insulator La2CuO4 on the top of a layer of a nonsuperconducting cuprate metal La1.55Sr0.45CuO4 show high-Tc interface superconductivity confined within a single CuO2 plane. Given this extreme quasi-two-dimensional quantum confinement, it is of interest to find out how interface superconductivity behaves when exposed to an external magnetic field. With this motivation, we have performed contactless tunnel-diode-oscillator-based measurements in pulsed magnetic fields up to 56 T as well as measurements of the complex mutual inductance between a spiral coil and the film in static fields up to 3 T. Remarkably, we observe thatmore » interface superconductivity survives up to very high perpendicular fields, in excess of 40 T. Additionally, the critical magnetic field Hm(T) reveals an upward divergence with decreasing temperature, in line with vortex melting as in bulk superconducting cuprates.« less

  5. New Insight into an Under-doped Regime of High Tc Superconductivity - NMR Studies of Multi-layered Cuprates

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    Kitaoka, Yoshio

    2007-03-01

    High-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) has not been fully understood yet despite 20 year's intensive research. In particular, a possible interplay between antiferromagnetism (AFM) and HTSC remains as a most interesting problem. It is believed that they all fit into a universal phase diagram which suggests a competition between AFM and HTSC. Recently, however, through the systematic Cu-NMR studies on the Hg-, Tl- and Cu-based five-layered HTSC, we propose a novel phase diagram [1-3], which differs from the generic phase diagram of the HTSC reported so far, for instance, such as LSCO. The multi-layered HTSC compounds include two types of CuO2 planes, an outer CuO2 plane (OP) in a pyramidal coordination and an inner CuO2 plane (IP) in a square one with no apical oxygen. Remarkable feature of the multi-layered HTSC is the presence of ideally flat CuO2 planes that are homogeneously doped, which is ensured by the narrowest NMR spectral width among the various HTSC compounds with very high quality to date. It should be noted that the nearly non-doped AFM in the IP and the IP* takes place, whereas inhomogeneous magnetic phases such as spin-glass phase or stripe phase are not observed at both the IP's and the OP's. Instead, the existence of the doped AFM metallic (AFMM) phase at the IP and the IP* is remarkable at the boundary between AFM insulating (AFMI) phase and SC. This differs from the case of LSCO where the disorder-driven magnetic phases exist between the AFMI phase in Nh< 0.02 and the SC phase in Nh> 0.05. In an underlying phase diagram, the AFMM is extended to a higher hole density due to the flatness of CuO2 plane with no apical oxygen and the homogeneous distribution of carrier density. By contrast, the prototype phase diagrams reported thus far are under the inevitable disorder effect associated with the chemical substitution introduced into the CuO2 out-of-planes as corroborated by the observation of a disorder-driven transition from AFMM phase to AFMI

  6. 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.

  7. THORIUM-DOPING INDUCED HIGH-Tc SUPERCONDUCTIVITY IN Dy1-xThxFeAsO

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    Luo, Yongkang; Lin, Xiao; Li, Yuke; Tao, Qian; Li, Linjun; Zhu, Zengwei; Cao, Guanghan; Xu, Zhu'an

    2012-12-01

    Parent compound of DyFeAsO was successfully synthesized by solid-state reaction under ambient pressure and superconductivity was induced by partial substitution of trivalent Dy3+ ions with tetravalent Th4+ in Dy1-xThx FeAsO. In the undoped parent compound, an anomaly in the resistivity appears around 140 K which corresponds to the structural phase transition and/or antiferromagnetic (AFM) order of the magnetic moments of Fe2+ ions. At low temperature, another AFM order associated with the magnetic moments of Dy3+ ions occurs at TN of 9.55 K. The AFM order around 140 K has significant influence on the transport properties, which can be interpreted by opening of partial gap on Fermi surface. Th doping suppresses the AFM order related to the Fe2+ ions and the midpoint transition temperature Tc mid of 49.3 K is observed for x = 0.3. Our results also indicate that the [Ln2O2]2+ layer has influence on the magnetism of [Fe2As2]2- layer.

  8. Field-dependent critical state of high-Tc superconducting strip simultaneously exposed to transport current and perpendicular magnetic field

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    Xue, Cun; He, An; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2013-12-15

    We present an exact analytical approach for arbitrary field-dependent critical state of high-T{sub c} superconducting strip with transport current. The sheet current and flux-density profiles are derived by solving the integral equations, which agree with experiments quite well. For small transport current, the approximate explicit expressions of sheet current, flux-density and penetration depth for the Kim model are derived based on the mean value theorem for integration. We also extend the results to the field-dependent critical state of superconducting strip in the simultaneous presence of applied field and transport current. The sheet current distributions calculated by the Kim model agree with experiments better than that by the Bean model. Moreover, the lines in the I{sub a}-B{sub a} plane for the Kim model are not monotonic, which is quite different from that the Bean model. The results reveal that the maximum transport current in thin superconducting strip will decrease with increasing applied field which vanishes for the Bean model. The results of this paper are useful to calculate ac susceptibility and ac loss.

  9. Computed tomography image using sub-terahertz waves generated from a high-Tc superconducting intrinsic Josephson junction oscillator

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    Kashiwagi, T.; Nakade, K.; Saiwai, Y.; Minami, H.; Kitamura, T.; Watanabe, C.; Ishida, K.; Sekimoto, S.; Asanuma, K.; Yasui, T.; Shibano, Y.; Tsujimoto, M.; Yamamoto, T.; Marković, B.; Mirković, J.; Klemm, R. A.; Kadowaki, K.

    2014-02-01

    A computed tomography (CT) imaging system using monochromatic sub-terahertz coherent electromagnetic waves generated from a device constructed from the intrinsic Josephson junctions in a single crystalline mesa structure of the high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ was developed and tested on three samples: Standing metallic rods supported by styrofoam, a dried plant (heart pea) containing seeds, and a plastic doll inside an egg shell. The images obtained strongly suggest that this CT imaging system may be useful for a variety of practical applications.

  10. Novel Interplay between High-Tc Superconductivity and Antiferromagnetism in Tl-Based Six-CuO2-Layered Cuprates: 205Tl- and 63Cu-NMR Probes

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    Mukuda, Hidekazu; Shiki, Nozomu; Kimoto, Naoki; Yashima, Mitsuharu; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Tokiwa, Kazuyasu; Iyo, Akira

    2016-08-01

    We report 63Cu- and 205Tl-NMR studies on six-layered (n = 6) high-Tc superconducting (SC) cuprate TlBa2Ca5Cu6O14+δ (Tl1256) with Tc ˜ 100 K, which reveal that antiferromagnetic (AFM) order takes place below TN ˜ 170 K. In this compound, four underdoped inner CuO2 planes [n(IP) = 4] sandwiched by two outer planes (OPs) are responsible for the onset of AFM order, whereas the nearly optimally-doped OPs responsible for the onset of bulk SC. It is pointed out that an increase in the out-of-plane magnetic interaction within an intra-unit-cell causes TN ˜ 45 K for Tl1245 with n(IP) = 3 to increase to ˜170 K for Tl1256 with n(IP) = 4. It is remarkable that the marked increase in TN and the AFM moments for the IPs does not bring about any reduction in Tc, since Tc ˜ 100 K is maintained for both compounds with nearly optimally doped OP. We highlight the fact that the SC order for n ≥ 5 is mostly dominated by the long-range in-plane SC correlation even in the multilayered structure, which is insensitive to the magnitude of TN and the AFM moments at the IPs or the AFM interaction among the IPs. These results demonstrate a novel interplay between the SC and AFM orders when the charge imbalance between the IPs and OP is significantly large.

  11. Low-energy physical properties of high- Tc superconducting Cu oxides: A comparison between the resonating valence bond and experiments

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    Yang, Kai-Yu; Shih, C. T.; Chou, C. P.; Huang, S. M.; Lee, T. K.; Xiang, T.; Zhang, F. C.

    2006-06-01

    In a recent review by Anderson and co-workers, it was pointed out that an early resonating valence bond (RVB) theory is able to explain a number of unusual properties of high-temperature superconducting (SC) Cu oxides. Here we extend previous calculations to study more systematically the low-energy physical properties of the plain vanilla d -wave RVB state, and to compare the results with the available experiments. We use a renormalized mean-field theory combined with variational Monte Carlo and power Lanczos methods to study the RVB state of an extended t-J model in a square lattice with parameters suitable for the hole-doped Cu oxides. The physical observable quantities we study include the specific heat, the linear residual thermal conductivity, the in-plane magnetic penetration depth, the quasiparticle energy at the antinode (π,0) , the superconducting energy gap, the quasiparticle spectra, and the Drude weights. The traits of nodes (including kF , the Fermi velocity vF , and the velocity along Fermi surface v2 ), and the SC order parameter are studied. Comparisons of the theory and the experiments in cuprates show an overall qualitative agreement, especially on their doping dependences.

  12. Synthesis of high {Tc} superconducting coatings and patterns by melt writing and oxidation of metallic precursor alloys

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    Gao, W.; Vander Sande, J.B.

    1998-07-28

    A method is provided for fabrication of superconducting oxides and superconducting oxide composites and for joining superconductors to other materials. A coating of a molten alloy containing the metallic elements of the oxide is applied to a substrate surface and oxidized to form the superconducting oxide. A material can be contacted to the molten alloy which is subsequently oxidized joining the material to the resulting superconducting oxide coating. Substrates of varied composition and shape can be coated or joined by this method. 5 figs.

  13. High T(c) superconducting films of Y-Ba-Cu oxides prepared by low-pressure plasma spraying

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    Tachikawa, K.; Watanabe, I.; Kosuge, S.; Kabasawa, M.; Suzuki, T.

    1988-03-01

    A low-pressure plasma spraying technique for depositing high T(c) Y-Ba-Cu-O thick films has been developed. Films with a thickness range of 20-100 microns have been prepared by using Y(0.3)Ba(0.7)CuO(x) powders. After post-annealing in oxygen for 1 h at 950 C, the flims, which were deposited on a nimonic alloy substrate heated at 650 C during spraying, exhibited a zero resistance temperature of 90.6 K, with a transition width (90-10 percent) of 2 K and a critical current density (77 K, 0 T) of 690 A/sq cm.

  14. 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.

  15. Phase Transformations in the High-Tc Superconducting Compounds, Ba2RCu3O7−δ (R = Nd, Sm, Gd, Y, Ho, and Er)

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Cook, L. P.; Su, H. B.; Vaudin, M. D.; Chiang, C. K.; Welch, D. R.; Fuller, E. R.; Yang, Z.; Bennett, L. H.

    2006-01-01

    The phase transformation between the orthorhombic and tetragonal structures of six high-Tc superconductors, Ba2RCu3O7−δ, where R = Nd, Sm, Gd, Y, Ho, and Er, and δ = 0 to 1, has been investigated using techniques of x-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis/thermogravimetric analysis (DTA/TGA) and electron diffraction. The transformation from the oxygen-rich orthorhombic phase to the oxygen-deficient tetragonal phase involves two orthorhombic phases. A superlattice cell caused by oxygen ordering, with a′ = 2a, was observed for materials with smaller ionic radius (Y, Ho, and Er). For the larger lanthanide samples (Nd, Sm, and Gd), the a′ = 2a type superlattice cell was not observed. The structural phase transition temperatures, oxygen stoichiometry and characteristics of the Tc plateaus appear to correlate with the ionic radius, which varies based on the number of f electrons. Lanthanide elements with a smaller ionic radius stabilize the orthorhombic phase to higher temperatures and lower oxygen content. Also, the superconducting temperature is less sensitive to the oxygen content for materials with smaller ionic radius. The trend of dependence of the phase transformation temperature on ionic radius across the lanthanide series can be explained using a quasi-chemical approximation (QCA) whereby the strain effect plays an important role on the order-disorder transition due to the effect of oxygen content on the CuO chain sites. PMID:27274916

  16. Voltage divider based on submicron slits in a high Tc superconducting film and two bicrystal grain boundaries

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    Kaplunenko, V. K.; Ivanov, Z. G.; Stepantsov, E. A.; Claeson, T.; Wikborg, E.

    1995-07-01

    Experiments on a model of rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) flip-flop cell, based on high-Tc (HTS) Josephson junctions show that it can operate as a voltage divider at frequency up to 400 GHz. The junctions were formed in YBaCuO film, deposited on novel Y-ZrO2 bicrystals with two asymmetric 32° grain boundaries, about 10 μm apart, and allow a new design of RSFQ logic based on a single HTS layer. Small inductances (≂10 pH) were made as narrow, submicron size slits. The junction widths were between 4 and 10 μm and for ten junctions located close to the tested circuits, the linear critical current densities at T=4.4 K were 10.7 μA/μm±50% for one grain boundary and 8.3 μA/μm±50% for the other one. IcRn was about 1 mV±50%. A current density of half the expected value meant that the test circuit did not act as an ideal flip-flop down to the lowest frequency. As a voltage divider it gave a half value division up to 0.82 mV at T=4.4 K and to 0.4 mV at 30 K.

  17. Spin-polaron theory of high-{Tc} superconductivity: 2, electronic structure of the CuO{sub 2} planes

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    Wood, R.F.

    1993-06-01

    After an introductory discussion of electronic structure calculations for the CuO{sub 2} planes in the copper-oxide based high-{Tc} superconductors, the method suggested by Slater for studying antiferromagnetic (AF) metals is described. In this method, as applied here, the chemical unit cell is doubled to form a magnetic unit cell which contains one Cu ion with predominantly up spin and one with predominantly down spin. Down spins are kept off up-spin sites, and conversely, by the introduction of a Hubbard U term. As a result, the band structure obtained is typical of that for a Mott-Hubbard (M-H) or, more generally, a charge transfer insulator. Conductivity in the a-b plane results when holes are introduced into the M-H valence band. The band structure as a function of the parameters in Koster-Slater type calculations is discussed and the Fermi surface is described. A calculation of the delocalization energy for spin-polaron formation is carried out within the context of the band calculations.

  18. Inverse correlation between quasiparticle mass and Tc in a cuprate high-Tc superconductor

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    Putzke, Carsten; Malone, Liam; Badoux, Sven; Vignolle, Baptiste; Vignolles, David; Tabis, Wojciech; Walmsley, Philip; Bird, Matthew; Hussey, Nigel E.; Proust, Cyril; Carrington, Antony

    2016-01-01

    Close to a zero-temperature transition between ordered and disordered electronic phases, quantum fluctuations can lead to a strong enhancement of electron mass and to the emergence of competing phases such as superconductivity. A correlation between the existence of such a quantum phase transition and superconductivity is quite well established in some heavy fermion and iron-based superconductors, and there have been suggestions that high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide materials (cuprates) may also be driven by the same mechanism. Close to optimal doping, where the superconducting transition temperature Tc is maximal in cuprates, two different phases are known to compete with superconductivity: a poorly understood pseudogap phase and a charge-ordered phase. Recent experiments have shown a strong increase in quasiparticle mass m* in the cuprate YBa2Cu3O7-δ as optimal doping is approached, suggesting that quantum fluctuations of the charge-ordered phase may be responsible for the high-Tc superconductivity. We have tested the robustness of this correlation between m* and Tc by performing quantum oscillation studies on the stoichiometric compound YBa2Cu4O8 under hydrostatic pressure. In contrast to the results for YBa2Cu3O7-δ, we find that in YBa2Cu4O8, the mass decreases as Tc increases under pressure. This inverse correlation between m* and Tc suggests that quantum fluctuations of the charge order enhance m* but do not enhance Tc. PMID:27034989

  19. High-Tc Superconductivity near the Anion Height Instability in Fe-Based Superconductors: Analysis of LaFeAsO1-xHx

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    Onari, Seiichiro; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2014-05-01

    The isostructural transition in the tetragonal phase with a sizable change in the anion height, is realized in heavily H-doped LaFeAsO and (La,P) codoped CaFe2As2. In these compounds, the superconductivity with higher Tc (40-50 K) is realized near the isostructural transition. To find the origin of the anion-height instability and the role in realizing the higher-Tc state, we develop the orbital-spin fluctuation theory by including the vertex correction. We analyze LaFeAsO1-xHx and find that the non-nematic orbital fluctuations, which induce the anion-height instability, are automatically obtained at x ˜0.5, in addition to the conventional nematic orbital fluctuations at x˜0. The non-nematic orbital order triggers the isostructural transition, and its fluctuation would be a key ingredient to realize higher-Tc superconductivity of order 50 K.

  20. Study of high {Tc} superconducting thin films grown by MOCVD. Final report, July 1, 1986--April 30, 1990

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    Erbil, A.

    1990-12-31

    Work is described briefly, which was carried out on development of techniques to grow metal-semiconductor superlattices (artificially layered materials) and on the copper oxide based susperconductors (naturally layered materials). The current growth technique utilized is metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). CdTe, PbTe, La, LaTe, and Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} were deposited, mostly on GaAs. Several YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} compounds were obtained with possible superconductivity at temperatures up to 550 K (1 part in 10{sup 4}). YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} and Tl{sub 2}CaBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub y} thin films were deposited by MOCVD on common substrates such as glass.

  1. Growth of high {Tc} superconducting fibers using a miniaturized laser-heated float zone process. Progress report, November 6, 1990--December 31, 1991

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    Feigelson, R.S.; Route, R.K.; DeMattei, R.C.

    1991-12-31

    This report summarizes the progress made on the project ``Growth of High {Tc} Superconducting Fibers Using a Miniaturized Laser-Heated Float Zone Process`` during the 14 month period from Nov. 6, 1990 to Dec. 31, 1991. The studies during this period focused primarily on phase diagram studies, phase relations in the calcium aluminate system and on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (BSCCO). Some work was also done on the Advanced Fiber Growing Station. Because of the complicated phase relationships found in the incongruently melting BSCCO system, the incongruently melting CA{sub 3}Al{sub 2}O{sub 6} phase of the calcium oxide-aluminum oxide system was studied as a model material. The data obtained was in agreement with well known solidification theory. Fibers grown from calcium oxide rich sources contained calcium oxide nodules which transported from the melting source interface to the growth interface, while those grown from aluminum oxide rich sources contained continuous inclusions of a divorced eutectic. The melt compositions were also found to follow theoretical predictions. The agreement of this data with the phase diagram and solidification theory demonstrates that phase equilibrium information can be extracted from fiber growth experiments. BSCCO feed rods were made from 12 different compositions. Fibers were grown from these rods and the melts were abruptly quenched which preserves the as-grown 2212 fiber, a glassy frozen melt and the source. A future study of these sections will reveal the phase relationships that exist in the BSCCO system. Melt temperature gradients of 500--1,000 C/cm were measured near the interface in these experiments. During this reporting period, work continued on the mechanical components of the Advanced Fiber Growth Station.

  2. Raman scattering in high-{Tc} superconductors: Electronic excitations

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    Cardona, M.; Strohm, T.; Kircher, J.

    1996-12-31

    Since the discovery of the high {Tc} superconductors Raman scattering has proven to be an excellent technique to characterize them and to investigate basic physical properties relevant to the elusive mechanism responsible for their superconductivity. The authors discuss here several aspects of the technique as applied to superconductivity, including scattering by lattice vibrations, magnetic excitations, and electronic excitations, with particular emphasis on the latter, both in the normal and the superconducting state. 47 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  3. High-Temperature Superconductivity

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    2006-12-01

    A general review on high-temperature superconductivity was made. After prehistoric view and the process of discovery were stated, the special features of high-temperature superconductors were explained from the materials side and the physical properties side. The present status on applications of high-temperature superconductors were explained on superconducting tapes, electric power cables, magnets for maglev trains, electric motors, superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and single flux quantum (SFQ) devices and circuits.

  4. THE 2D HEISENBERG ANTIFERROMAGNET IN HIGH-Tc SUPERCONDUCTIVITY:. A Review of Numerical Techniques and Results

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    Barnes, T.

    In this article we review numerical studies of the quantum Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a square lattice, which is a model of the magnetic properties of the undoped “precursor insulators” of the high temperature superconductors. We begin with a brief pedagogical introduction and then discuss zero and nonzero temperature properties and compare the numerical results to analytical calculations and to experiment where appropriate. We also review the various algorithms used to obtain these results, and discuss algorithm developments and improvements in computer technology which would be most useful for future numerical work in this area. Finally we list several outstanding problems which may merit further investigation.

  5. How Electron Spectroscopy with Synchrotron Light Can Help Us Understand High-Tc Superconductivity and Other Complex States of Matter

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    Campuzano, Juan Carlos

    2012-03-07

    All the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of materials are controlled by electrons that occupy the highest energy levels in solids, those near the Fermi energy. Many techniques were developed to study those electrons, leading to the great successes of condensed matter physics. Newer and complex materials, such as the high-temperature superconductors, tend to exhibit very large anisotropies in their physical properties, requiring a more detailed knowledge of the behavior of electrons not only as a function of their energy, but also their momentum. Angle-resolved photoemission can contribute to our understanding by providing a great deal of information on many of the momentum-dependent properties of electrons and their interactions. In this talk, I will present a brief overview of how a long-term and focused collaboration between scientists at Argonne and other institutions has contributed to making angle-resolved photoemissions a most useful tool in the study of complex states of matter.

  6. Superconductivity in the metallic elements at high pressures

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    Hamlin, J. J.

    2015-07-01

    Although the highest superconducting critical temperature, Tc , found in an elemental solid at ambient pressure is 9.2 K (niobium), under the application of ultra-high pressures, several elements exhibit Tc values near or above 20 K. This review includes a survey of the occurrence and understanding of pressure-induced superconductivity in the subset of elements that are metallic at ambient pressure. A particular focus is directed towards those elements that display the highest superconducting critical temperatures or exhibit substantial increases in Tc with pressure. A separate article in this issue by Shimizu will cover pressure-induced superconductivity in elements that are insulating at ambient pressure.

  7. Development of high Tc (greater than 110K) Bi, Tl and Y-based materials as superconducting circuit elements

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    Haertling, Gene H.; Lee, Burtrand; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1991-01-01

    This report is presented in two parts. Part 1 deals primarily with Bi-based materials and a small amount of work on a Y-based composition while Part 2 covers work on Tl-based materials. In Part 1, a reliable and reproducible process for producing bulk bismuth-based superconductors has been developed. It is noted however, that a percentage of the tapecast material experiences curling and fracturing after a 30 hour sintering period and is thus in need of further examination. The Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) material has been characterized by critical temperature data, X-ray diffraction data, and surface morphology. In the case of T sub c, it is not critical to anneal the material. It appears that the BSCCO material has the possibility of producing a better grounding strap than that of the 123 material. Attempts to reproduce near room temperature superconductors in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system were unsuccessful. In Part 2, several methods of processing the high temperature superconductor Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 were investigated; i.e., different precursor compositions were sintered at various sintering times and temperatures. The highest superconductig temperature was found to be 117.8K when fired at 900 C for three hours. Higher sintering temperatures produced a melted sample which was nonsuperconducting at liquid nitrogen temperature. Also, a preliminary study found Li2O substitutions for copper appeared to increase the transition temperature and create fluxing action upon sintering. It was suggested that lower sintering temperatures might be obtained with lithium additions to produce reliable Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 processing methods.

  8. Engineer's guide to high-temperature superconductivity

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    Doss, James D.

    The physics, properties, preparation, and applications of high-Tc superconductors are described. Chapters are devoted to the history of superconductivity, fundamental considerations, superconductor applications, the processing of high-Tc superconductors, measurement techniques, and safety problems. Also provided are a review of basic electrical and magnetic theory; a table of units and conversions; a glossary of terms and symbols; and lists of superconductor-related products, services, publications, and associations.

  9. Correlation between Fermi surface transformations and superconductivity in the electron-doped high-Tc superconductor Nd2 -xCexCuO4

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    Helm, T.; Kartsovnik, M. V.; Proust, C.; Vignolle, B.; Putzke, C.; Kampert, E.; Sheikin, I.; Choi, E.-S.; Brooks, J. S.; Bittner, N.; Biberacher, W.; Erb, A.; Wosnitza, J.; Gross, R.

    2015-09-01

    Two critical points have been revealed in the normal-state phase diagram of the electron-doped cuprate superconductor Nd2 -xCexCuO4 by exploring the Fermi surface properties of high-quality single crystals by high-field magnetotransport. First, the quantitative analysis of the Shubnikov-de Haas effect shows that the weak superlattice potential responsible for the Fermi surface reconstruction in the overdoped regime extrapolates to zero at the doping level xc=0.175 corresponding to the onset of superconductivity. Second, the high-field Hall coefficient exhibits a sharp drop right below optimal doping xopt=0.145 where the superconducting transition temperature is maximum. This drop is most likely caused by the onset of long-range antiferromagnetic ordering. Thus the superconducting dome appears to be pinned by two critical points to the normal state phase diagram.

  10. High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database

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    SRD 149 NIST High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database (Web, free access)   The NIST High Temperature Superconducting Materials Database (WebHTS) provides evaluated thermal, mechanical, and superconducting property data for oxides and other nonconventional superconductors.

  11. Magnetic field dependence of high-Tc interface superconductivity in L a1.55S r0.45Cu O4/L a2Cu O4 heterostructures

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    Gasparov, V. A.; Drigo, L.; Audouard, A.; He, Xi; Božović, I.

    2016-07-01

    Heterostructures made of a layer of a cuprate insulator L a2Cu O4 on the top of a layer of a nonsuperconducting cuprate metal L a1.55S r0.45Cu O4 show high-Tc interface superconductivity confined within a single Cu O2 plane. Given this extreme quasi-two-dimensional quantum confinement, it is of interest to find out how interface superconductivity behaves when exposed to an external magnetic field. With this motivation, we have performed contactless tunnel-diode-oscillator-based measurements in pulsed magnetic fields up to 56 T as well as measurements of the complex mutual inductance between a spiral coil and the film in static fields up to 3 T. Remarkably, we observe that interface superconductivity survives up to very high perpendicular fields, in excess of 40 T. In addition, the critical magnetic field Hm(T ) reveals an upward divergence with decreasing temperature, in line with vortex melting as in bulk superconducting cuprates.

  12. High temperature interfacial superconductivity

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    Bozovic, Ivan; Logvenov, Gennady; Gozar, Adrian Mihai

    2012-06-19

    High-temperature superconductivity confined to nanometer-scale interfaces has been a long standing goal because of potential applications in electronic devices. The spontaneous formation of a superconducting interface in bilayers consisting of an insulator (La.sub.2CuO.sub.4) and a metal (La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xCuO.sub.4), neither of which is superconducting per se, is described. Depending upon the layering sequence of the bilayers, T.sub.c may be either .about.15 K or .about.30 K. This highly robust phenomenon is confined to within 2-3 nm around the interface. After exposing the bilayer to ozone, T.sub.c exceeds 50 K and this enhanced superconductivity is also shown to originate from a 1 to 2 unit cell thick interfacial layer. The results demonstrate that engineering artificial heterostructures provides a novel, unconventional way to fabricate stable, quasi two-dimensional high T.sub.c phases and to significantly enhance superconducting properties in other superconductors. The superconducting interface may be implemented, for example, in SIS tunnel junctions or a SuFET.

  13. High- Tc thin-film magnetometer

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    Miklich, A.H.; Wellstood, F.C.; Kingston, J.J.; Clarke, J. ); Colclough, M.S. ); Cardona, A.H.; Bourne, L.C.; Olson, W.L.; Eddy, M.M. )

    1990-09-01

    We have constructed and tested high-{Tc} magnetometers by coupling a high-{Tc} thin-film Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) to two different high-{Tc} thin-film flux transformers. The SQUID was made from Tl{sub 2}CaBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8+y} films grown on MgO, with junctions consisting of native grain boundaries. The flux transformers were made from YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}, and each had 10-turn input coils and a single-turn pickup loop. The first transformer, which was patterned with a combination of shadow masks and photolithography, yielded a magnetic field gain of about {minus}7.5, functioned up to 79 K, and gave a magnetic field sensitivity B{sub N} (10 Hz) {approx} 3.1 pT Hz{sup {minus}1/2}at 38 K. The second transformer, which was patterned entirely by photolithography, yielded a gain of about {minus}8.7, functioned up to 25 K, and had a sensitivity B{sub N} (10 Hz) {approx} 3.5 pT Hz{sup {minus}1/2} at 4.2 K. In both cases, the limiting noise arose in the SQUID. 10 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  14. From Ions to Wires to the Grid: The Transformational Science of LANL Research in High-Tc Superconducting Tapes and Electric Power Applications

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    Marken, Ken [Superconductivity Technology Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

    2010-01-08

    The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has been tasked to lead national efforts to modernize the electric grid, enhance security and reliability of the energy infrastructure, and facilitate recovery from disruptions to energy supplies. LANL has pioneered the development of coated conductors ? high-temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes ? which permit dramatically greater current densities than conventional copper cable, and enable new technologies to secure the national electric grid. Sustained world-class research from concept, demonstration, transfer, and ongoing industrial support has moved this idea from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace.

  15. Quaternary borocarbides: Relatively high Tc intermetallic superconductors and magnetic superconductors

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    Mazumdar, Chandan; Nagarajan, R.

    2015-07-01

    Discovery of superconductivity in Y-Ni-B-C (Tc ∼ 13 K) gave rise to the class of quaternary rare earth transition metal borocarbide superconductors. Before the discovery of Fe-based arsenide superconductors, this was the only class of materials containing a magnetic element, viz., Ni, yet exhibiting Tcs > 5 K. Many members of this class have high Tc (>10 K). Tc of ∼23 K in Y-Pd-B-C system equaled the record Tc known then, for intermetallics. Another feature that sets this class apart, is the occurrence of the exotic phenomenon of coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism at temperatures >5 K. Availability of large and electronically 'clean' single crystals and large Ginzburg-Landau (G-L) parameter, κ, have enabled detailed investigation of nonlocal effects of superconductivity. Intermediate value of upper critical field Hc2, has enabled detailed investigation of superconductivity in this class, over the complete H-T plane. This has revealed details of anisotropy of superconductivity (e.g., a fourfold symmetry in the square a-b plane is found) and raised questions on the symmetry of order parameter. After a brief outline of the discovery, this article gives a summary of the materials and highlights of superconducting properties of this class of materials. Interesting results from studies, using various techniques, on YNi2B2C (Tc ∼ 15 K) and LuNi2B2C (Tc ∼ 16 K) are presented, including observation of unusual square vortex lattice and its structural transformation with H and T. With conduction electrons involved in the magnetic order of this class of superconductors, the interplay of superconductivity and magnetism is intimate in these magnetic superconductors. With Tc (∼11 K) > TN (∼6 K) in ErNi2B2C, Tc (∼8 K) = TN (∼8 K) in HoNi2B2C and Tc (∼6 K) < TN (∼11 K) in DyNi2B2C, and with other parameters being favorable as mentioned earlier, this class of magnetic superconductors have become ideal materials to investigate the coexistence

  16. Spectral investigation of hot-spot and cavity resonance effects on the terahertz radiation emitted from high-Tc superconducting Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystal mesa structures

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    Kadowaki, Kazuo; Watanabe, Chiharu; Minami, Hidetoshi; Yamamoto, Takashi; Kashiwagi, Takanari; Klemm, Richard

    2014-03-01

    Terahertz (THz) electromagnetic radiation emitted from high-Tc superconducting Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ mesa structures in the case of single mesa and series-connected mesas is investigated by the FTIR spectroscopic technique while observing its temperature distribution simultaneously by a SiC photoluminescence technique. Changing the bias level, sudden jumps of the hot-spot position were clearly observed. Although the radiation intensity changes drastically associated with the jump of the hot spot position, the frequency is unaffected as long as the voltage per junction is kept constant. Since the frequency of the intense radiation satisfies the cavity resonance condition, we confirmed that the cavity resonance is of primarily importance for the synchronization of whole intrinsic Josephson junctions in the mesa for high power radiation. This work was supported in part by the Grant-in-Aid for challenging Exploratory Research, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT).

  17. μSR Studies on Magnetism in High-Tc Cuprates

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    Koike, Yoji; Adachi, Tadashi

    2016-09-01

    Since the discovery of high-Tc superconductivity in cuprates, muon spin relaxation (μSR) measurements have greatly contributed to the understanding of high-Tc superconductivity. In this paper, μSR studies on the magnetism in high-Tc cuprates obtained these past three decades are reviewed. Antiferromagnetic long-range order, 1/8 anomaly, stripes of Cu spins and holes, impurity-induced magnetism, magnetic-field-induced magnetism, pseudogap, ferromagnetism in the heavily overdoped regime, and undoped superconductivity in T'-type cuprates are discussed. Moreover, the fundamentals of μSR measurements for the study of magnetism are described for μSR beginners.

  18. Magnetic and Superconducting Materials at High Pressures

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    Struzhkin, Viktor V.

    2015-03-24

    The work concentrates on few important tasks in enabling techniques for search of superconducting compressed hydrogen compounds and pure hydrogen, investigation of mechanisms of high-Tc superconductivity, and exploring new superconducting materials. Along that route we performed several challenging tasks, including discovery of new forms of polyhydrides of alkali metal Na at very high pressures. These experiments help us to establish the experimental environment that will provide important information on the high-pressure properties of hydrogen-rich compounds. Our recent progress in RIXS measurements opens a whole field of strongly correlated 3d materials. We have developed a systematic approach to measure major electronic parameters, like Hubbard energy U, and charge transfer energy Δ, as function of pressure. This technique will enable also RIXS studies of magnetic excitations in iridates and other 5d materials at the L edge, which attract a lot of interest recently. We have developed new magnetic sensing technique based on optically detected magnetic resonance from NV centers in diamond. The technique can be applied to study superconductivity in high-TC materials, to search for magnetic transitions in strongly correlated and itinerant magnetic materials under pressure. Summary of Project Activities; development of high-pressure experimentation platform for exploration of new potential superconductors, metal polyhydrides (including newly discovered alkali metal polyhydrides), and already known superconductors at the limit of static high-pressure techniques; investigation of special classes of superconducting compounds (high-Tc superconductors, new superconducting materials), that may provide new fundamental knowledge and may prove important for application as high-temperature/high-critical parameter superconductors; investigation of the pressure dependence of superconductivity and magnetic/phase transformations in 3d transition metal compounds, including

  19. High-Tc and low-Tc dc SQUID electronics

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    Drung, Dietmar

    2003-12-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) are commonly operated in a flux-locked loop (FLL). The SQUID electronics amplifies the small SQUID signal to an acceptable level without adding noise, and it linearizes the transfer function of the SQUID in order to provide sufficient dynamic range. In this paper, the fundamentals of SQUID readout are reviewed including a discussion of preamplifier noise. The basic FLL concepts, direct readout and flux modulation readout, are discussed both with dc bias and bias reversal. Alternative readout concepts such as additional positive feedback (APF), two-stage SQUIDs, SQUID series arrays, relaxation oscillation SQUIDs and digital SQUIDs are briefly described. The FLL dynamics are discussed on the basis of a simple model with finite loop delay. It is shown that with optimized SQUID electronics a system bandwidth of ap18 MHz and a corresponding slew rate of ap8 PHgr0 µs-1 are possible. A novel FLL scheme involving a Smith predictor is presented which allows one to increase the FLL bandwidth to about 100 MHz. The theoretical predictions are experimentally checked using a high-speed SQUID electronics prototype with a small-signal bandwidth of 300 MHz. Methods for increasing the dynamic range of SQUID systems are described: flux-quanta counting and dynamic field compensation (DFC). With DFC, the residual magnetic field at the SQUID can be kept close to zero even if the device is moved in the Earth's field. Therefore, the noise level of a high-Tc magnetometer measured inside a magnetically shielded room (60 fT Hz-1/2 with a 1/f corner at 2 Hz) remained unchanged after moving the device in the magnetic field outside the room (60 µT dc plus 0.8 µT peak-to-peak power line interference).

  20. High -Tc superlight bipolarons in novel superconductors

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2003-03-01

    Over the last decade, several competing models of high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) have been proposed, none of which have succeeded to explain high values of the superconducting critical temperature Tc without adjustable parameters. Most of the proposed models are based on the short-range electron-electron correlations or/and on a short-range electron-phonon interaction. However, in the cuprates the screening is poor due to the low carrier density, layered crystal structure, and high ionicity of the lattice. Here we develop further a model of HTSC, which explicitly takes into account the long-range origin of both types of interaction [1]. The long-range electron-phonon (Froehlich) interaction binds carriers into real space pairs-small bipolarons with surprisingly low mass but sufficient binding energy, while the long-range Coulomb repulsion keeps them from forming larger clusters. We analytically solve this multi-polaron "Froelich-Coulomb" model of oxides for a zigzag ladder and a perovskite layer [2]. The model numerically explains high Tc values in the cuprates without any fitting parameters. It describes other key features of the cuprates such as the isotope effect on the effective mass, pseudogap, the normal state diamagnetism, anomalous upper critical field, and spectral functions measured in tunnelling and photoemission. We argue that strong coupling of carriers with high-frequency phonons and low Fermi energies is the cause of high critical temperatures of novel superconductors. [1] A.S. Alexandrov, in Models and Phenomenology for Conventional and High-temperature Superconductivity (Course CXXXVI of the International School of Physics`Enrico Fermi'), eds. G. Iadonisi, J.R. Schrieffer and M.L. Chiofalo, (IOS Press, Amsterdam), p. 309 (1998). [2] A.S. Alexandrov and P.E. Kornilovitch, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 14 (2002) 5337. * Mailing address: Department of Physics, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, United Kingdom; E-mail: a

  1. High-temperature superconductivity

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    Chin, Ken C.

    1990-01-01

    The current status of high-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) and near-term prospects are briefly reviewed with particular reference to Lockheed's experience. Emphasis is placed on an integrated approach to systems applications of HTSC thin films, which hold the greatest near-term promise. These new materials are applied in the production of smaller, more sensitive, and more efficient electronic components to meet the ever-increasing demands for higher-performance signal acquisition and processing systems, communications systems, and computers.

  2. Photoinduced Melting of Superconductivity in the High-Tc Superconductor La2−xSrxCuO4 Probed by Time-resolved Optical and Terahertz Techniques

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    Logvenov, G.; Beyer, M.; Staedter, D.; Beck, M.; Schaefer, H.; Kabanov, V.V.; Bozovic, I.; Koren, G.; Demsar, J.

    2011-06-13

    The dynamics of depletion and recovery of a superconducting state in La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} thin films is investigated utilizing optical pump-probe and optical pump-THz-probe techniques as a function of temperature and excitation fluence. The absorbed energy density required to suppress superconductivity is found to be about eight times higher than the thermodynamically determined condensation energy density and nearly temperature independent between 4 and 25 K. These findings indicate that, during the time when the superconducting state suppression takes place ({approx}0.7 ps), a large part (nearly 90%) of the energy is transferred to the phonons with energy lower than twice the maximum value of the superconducting gap and only 10% is spent on Cooper pair breaking.

  3. High field superconducting magnets

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

    2011-01-01

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

  4. Standard Model for Superconductivity in Graphite Intercalation Compounds: Prediction of Optimum Tc

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    Takada, Yasutami

    2009-03-01

    Based on the model that was successfully applied to the explanation of superconductivity with the transition temperature Tc of about 0.1K or less in the alkali- intercalated graphite compounds such as KC8, RbC8, and CsC8 in 1982 [Y. Takada, J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 51, 63 (1982) ], we have calculated Tc for the alkaline-earth- intercalated graphite compounds including CaC6, YbC6, and SrC6 with Tc of about 10K or less to find that the same model reproduces the observed Tc in those compounds as well, indicating that it is a standard model for superconductivity in the graphite intercalation compounds with Tc ranging over three orders of magnitude. The difference in Tc by two orders between KC8 and CaC6 can be accounted for by (i) doubling Z the valency of the metal ions, which enhances Tc by one order, and (ii) tripling m^* the effective mass of the superconducting three-dimensional electrons in the interlayer band, which also enhances Tc by one order. Enhancement of Tc well beyond 10 K is also predicted in this model, if intercalant metals are judiciously chosen so that both Z and m^* are increased further.

  5. High gradient superconducting quadrupoles

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    Lundy, R.A.; Brown, B.C.; Carson, J.A.; Fisk, H.E.; Hanft, R.H.; Mantsch, P.M.; McInturff, A.D.; Remsbottom, R.H.

    1987-07-01

    Prototype superconducting quadrupoles with a 5 cm aperture and gradient of 16 kG/cm have been built and tested as candidate magnets for the final focus at SLC. The magnets are made from NbTi Tevatron style cable with 10 inner and 14 outer turns per quadrant. Quench performance and multipole data are presented. Design and data for a low current, high gradient quadrupole, similar in cross section but wound with a cable consisting of five insulated conductors are also discussed.

  6. Gap anisotropy and van Hove singularities in high {Tc} superconductors

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    Bok, J.; Bouvier, J.

    1996-12-31

    The authors compute the superconducting gap {Delta}{sub {rvec k}} using a simple band structure of the CuO{sub 2} planes in the high Tc materials. They suppose that for materials with doping corresponding to maximum {Tc}, the van Hove singularities lie close to the Fermi level as is confirmed by many photoemission experiments. They use a electron-photon interaction with weak screening, they find a strong gap anisotropy. For Bi 2212, {Delta} is maximum along the 100 and 010 directions with values between 20 and 30 meV and minimum along 110 with values between 0 and 10 meV. They use this anisotropic gap to compute the quasi-particle excitations density of states and the tunneling current-voltage I(V) characteristic for N-I-S and S-I-S junctions. This model agrees remarkably well with recent experiments of tunneling spectroscopy in high {Tc} cuprates.

  7. The spin bag mechanism of high temperature superconductivity

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    Schrieffer, J. R.; Wen, X.-G.; Zhang, S.-C.

    1989-01-01

    In oxide superconductors the local suppression of antiferromagnetic correlations in the vicinity of a hole lowers the energy of the system. This quasi two-dimensional bag of weakened spin order follows the hole in its motion. In addition, holes prefer to share a bag, leading to a strong pairing attraction and a high Tc superconductivity. There are many experimental consequences of this mechanism for both the superconducting and normal phases.

  8. Thermodynamic critical fields in high T c superconductivity

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    Clougherty, Dennis P.; Johnson, Keith H.

    1988-06-01

    Using the free electron approximation, a real space mechanism of how magnetic fields of sufficient strength destroy the superconducting state is outlined. Using the resultant equation together with the molecular orbital model of superconductivity 1,2, the thermodynamic critical magnetic field is calculated and compared to experiment for type I elemental superconductors and type II superconductors, including high-Tc superconductors. The expression for critical field compares favorably with an expression derived by Schrieffer.

  9. Structural, electronic, superconducting and mechanical properties of ReC and TcC

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    Kavitha, M.; Priyanga, G. Sudha; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R. Santhosh, M.

    2015-06-24

    The structural, electronic, superconducting and mechanical properties of ReC and TcC are investigated using density functional theory calculations. The lattice constants, bulk modulus, and the density of states are obtained. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The density of states reveals that ReC and TcC exhibit metallic behavior at ambient condition. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is observed in both materials.

  10. Structural, electronic, superconducting and mechanical properties of ReC and TcC

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    Kavitha, M.; Priyanga, G. Sudha; Rajeswarapalanichamy, R.; Santhosh, M.

    2015-06-01

    The structural, electronic, superconducting and mechanical properties of ReC and TcC are investigated using density functional theory calculations. The lattice constants, bulk modulus, and the density of states are obtained. The calculated lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available results. The density of states reveals that ReC and TcC exhibit metallic behavior at ambient condition. A pressure-induced structural phase transition is observed in both materials.

  11. High temperature superconductivity in sulfur hydride under ultrahigh pressure: A complex superconducting phase beyond conventional BCS

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    Bussmann-Holder, Annette; Köhler, Jürgen; Whangbo, M.-H.; Bianconi, Antonio; Simon, Arndt

    2016-05-01

    The recent report of superconductivity under high pressure at the record transition temperature of Tc =203 K in pressurized H2S has been identified as conventional in view of the observation of an isotope effect upon deuteration. Here it is demonstrated that conventional theories of superconductivity in the sense of BCS or Eliashberg formalisms cannot account for the pressure dependence of the isotope coefficient. The only way out of the dilemma is a multi-band approach of superconductivity where already small interband coupling suffices to achieve the high values of Tc together with the anomalous pressure dependent isotope coefficient. In addition, it is shown that anharmonicity of the hydrogen bonds vanishes under pressure whereas anharmonic phonon modes related to sulfur are still active.

  12. High-pressure studies on Tc and crystal structure of iron chalcogenide superconductors

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    Takahashi, Hiroki; Tomita, Takahiro; Takahashi, Hiroyuki; Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu; Takano, Yoshihiko; Nakano, Satoshi; Matsubayashi, Kazuyuki; Uwatoko, Yoshiya

    2012-10-01

    The superconducting transition temperature, Tc, in iron-based solids can be enhanced by applied pressure: Tc increases from 8 to 37 K for the 11-type FeSe when the pressure is raised from 0 to 4 GPa. High-pressure studies can elucidate the mechanism of superconductivity in such novel materials. In this paper, we present a high-pressure study of Fe(Se1-xTex) and Fe(Se1-xSx). In the case of Fe(Se1-xTex), the maximum Tc under high pressure did not exceed the Tc of FeSe, which can be attributed to the structural transition to the monoclinic phase. For Fe(Se1-xSx) (0 < x < 0.3), Tc exhibited a significant increase with pressure; however, the maximum Tc under high pressure did not exceed the Tc of FeSe. This may be due to the disorder induced by substituting S for Se, which is similar to the pressure effect on Tc for the 1111-type superconductor Ca(Fe1-xCox)AsF. The Tc of Fe(Se1-xSx) showed a complex behavior below 1 GPa, first decreasing and then increasing with increasing pressure. From high-pressure x-ray diffraction measurements, the Tc (P) curve was correlated with the local structural parameter.

  13. Preparation of Superconducting Magnetostatic Wave (MSW) Devices Consisting of High-Tc Superconductor (HTS)/Perovskite-Type Manganite Heterostructures: Application of Pr0.85Ca0.15MnO3 as a MSW Waveguide

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    Hontsu, Shigeki; Sakatani, Tomotaka; Nishikawa, Hiroaki; Nakamori, Masaya; Fujimaki, Akira; Kawai, Tomoji

    2001-10-01

    Electric and magnetic properties of Pr0.85Ca0.15MnO3 (PCMO) have been investigated in order to apply the material to superconducting microwave devices. PCMO films are prepared on (100) surfaces of a (La0.3Sr0.7) (Al0.65Ta0.35)O3 (LSAT) single crystal by a pulsed laser deposition technique. By optimizing the deposition conditions, c-axis oriented PCMO epitaxial films are obtained. The Curie temperature (TC) of these PCMO films is approximately 130 K. The remanent magnetization and the coercive field for the sample measured at 77 K are about 240 G and 250 Oe, respectively. The relative dielectric constant and loss tangent are significantly decreased below TC and are about 13 and 6×10-3 at 30 K, respectively. Furthermore, magnetostatic wave (MSW) excitation is observed in a PCMO film by constructing a band elimination filter based on the MSW mode with YBa2Cu3O7-δ(YBCO)/PCMO heterostructure. These results indicate that PCMO is applicable for magnetic microwave devices including MSW devices with superconducting thin films.

  14. NMR/MRI with hyperpolarized gas and high Tc SQUID

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    Schlenga, Klaus; de Souza, Ricardo E.; Wong-Foy, Annjoe; Clarke, John; Pines, Alexander

    2000-01-01

    A method and apparatus for the detection of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals and production of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from samples combines the use of hyperpolarized inert gases to enhance the NMR signals from target nuclei in a sample and a high critical temperature (Tc) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) to detect the NMR signals. The system operates in static magnetic fields of 3 mT or less (down to 0.1 mT), and at temperatures from liquid nitrogen (77K) to room temperature. Sample size is limited only by the size of the magnetic field coils and not by the detector. The detector is a high Tc SQUID magnetometer designed so that the SQUID detector can be very close to the sample, which can be at room temperature.

  15. Simulating the Euclidean time Schroedinger equations using an Intel iPSC/860 hypercube: Application to the t-J model of high-{Tc} superconductivity

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    Kovarik, M.D.; Barnes, T. |

    1993-10-01

    We describe a Monte Carlo simulation of a dynamical fermion problem in two spatial dimensions on an Intel iPSC/860 hypercube. The problem studied is the determination of the dispersion relation of a dynamical hole in the t-J model of the high temperature superconductors. Since this problem involves the motion of many fermions in more than one spatial dimensions, it is representative of the class of systems that suffer from the ``minus sign problem`` of dynamical fermions which has made Monte Carlo simulation very difficult. We demonstrate that for small values of the hole hopping parameter one can extract the entire hole dispersion relation using the GRW Monte Carlo algorithm, which is a simulation of the Euclidean time Schroedinger equation, and present results on 4 {times} 4 and 6 {times} 6 lattices. Generalization to physical hopping parameter values wig only require use of an improved trial wavefunction for importance sampling.

  16. Possible superconducting fluctuation and pseudogap state above Tc in CsFe2As2

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    Yang, Huan; Xing, Jie; Du, Zengyi; Yang, Xiong; Lin, Hai; Fang, Delong; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2016-06-01

    Resistive, magnetization, torque, specific heat, and scanning tunneling microscopy measurements are carried out on heavily-hole-doped CsFe2As2 single crystals. A characteristic temperature T*˜13 K, which is several times higher than the superconducting transition temperature Tc=2.11 K, is observed and possibly related to the superconducting fluctuation or the pseudogap state. A diamagnetic signal detected by torque measurements starts from the superconducting state, remains finite, and vanishes gradually until a temperature near T*. Temperature-dependent resistivity and specific heat also show kinks near T*. An asymmetric gap-like feature with the energy of 8.4 meV and a symmetric superconductivity-related gap of 2.4 meV on the scanning tunneling spectra are detected, and the pseudogap-related features disappear at temperatures up to at least 9 K. These observations by different experimental tools suggest the possible existence of superconducting fluctuations or a pseudogap state in the temperature range up to four to six times Tc in CsFe2As2 .

  17. High-Tc Superconductivity and Raman Scattering Study of the phonon properties of electron doped (transition metal, rare-earth) - Oxygen-Free CaFeAsF and compared with RFeAsO system

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    Sasmal, Kalyan; Hadjiev, Viktor; Chu, C. W.(Paul)

    Quaternary CaFeAsF has ZrCuSiAs-type structure,(RO)δ+ layer in RFeAsO replaced by (CaF)δ+ layer,with tetragonal (P4/nmm)-orthorhombic (Cmma) phase transition at 134K,while magnetic order,SDW sets in at 114K. Partial replacement of Fe with Co/Ni is direct electron doping to (FeAs)δ+ layer.Tc ~15K in CaFe0.9Ni0.1AsF.Substitution of rare earth metal for alkaline earth metal suppresses anomaly in resistivity & induces superconductivity.Tc ~52K in Ca0.5Pr0.5FeAsF.Characterized by resistivity, susceptibility,XRD & EDX-SEM.Upper critical field estimated from magneto resistance.Bulk superconductivity proved by DC magnetization. Hall coefficient RH revealed hole-like charge carriers in parent compound CaFeAsF, while electron-type (RH in normal state is -Ve) for Ca0.5Pr0.5FeAsF.Evolution of Raman active phonons of Ca1-xPrxFeAsF measured with polarized Raman spectroscopy at room temperature from absurfaces of impurity-free microcrystals.Spectra exhibit sharp phonon lines on very weak electronic scattering background.Frequency and symmetry of Raman phonons involving out-of-plane atomic vibrations are found at 162.5 cm-1 (A1 g, Pr), 201 cm-1 (A1 g, As), 215.5 cm-1 (B1 g, Fe), 265 cm-1 (Eg, Fe) and 334 cm-1 (B1 g, F) for Ca0.5Pr0.5FeAsF.Observations are compared with RFeAsO unconventional superconductors also possibly related to magnetic fluctuations

  18. Subgap Structures in High-Tc Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Müller, Paul

    1998-03-01

    Due to their extremely short coherence length many high-Tc superconductors form natural superconducting multilayers. Adjacent superconducting layers are weakly coupled by the Josephson effect. As a result single crystals act intrinsically as vertical stacks of hundreds of Josephson junctions. We start by summarizing our present state of knowledge, including recent observations of Cherenkov radiation from moving fluxons (G. Hechtfischer, R. Kleiner, A.V. Ustinov, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1365 (1997), and this conference.), and the direct measurement of the (collective) Josephson plasma frequency. We then report on pronounced structures in the current-voltage characteristics of Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O8 single crystals, and of Tl_2Ba_2Ca_2Cu_3O_10 thin films. These structures appear well below the superconducting gap, independent on magnetic field and temperatures up to 0.5 T_c(K. Schlenga, G. Hechtfischer, R. Kleiner, W. Walkenhorst, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 4943 (1996).). We explain these features by coupling between c-axis phonons and Josephson oscillations(Ch. Helm, Ch. Preis, F. Forsthofer, J. Keller, K. Schlenga, R. Kleiner, P. Müller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 737 (1997).). C-axis lattice vibrations between adjacent superconducting layers are exited by the rf Josephson currents in the resistive state. Our results correspond well to the frequencies of longitudinal c-axis phonons.

  19. Investigation of low-energy electronic response in high-{Tc} superconductor by Raman spectroscopy

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    Yamanaka, Akio; Asayama, Nobuo; Furutani, Takashi; Inoue, Kuon; Takekawa, Shunji

    1996-12-31

    Low-energy electronic response due to single-particle excitations has been investigated in high-{Tc} copper-oxide Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} single-crystals by Raman scattering spectroscopy. The authors find that the low-energy electronic response in the superconducting phase depends significantly on polarization configuration. For tetragonal B{sub 1g} the suppression of the low-energy spectral weight of the electronic continuum due to an opening of the superconducting gap occurs abruptly below {Tc}, whereas that of the B{sub 2g}-response shows a gradual temperature dependence. The symmetry-dependent superconducting response is basically consistent with the superconducting order parameter having a nodal structure with X{sup 2}-Y{sup 2} symmetry.

  20. Quantum-limit linkage of ‘strange’ and conventional metal states of high-Tc superconductors

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    Krusin-Elbaum, L.; Shibauchi, T.; Kasahara, Y.; Okazaki, R.; Matsuda, Y.; McDonald, R. D.; Mielke, C. H.; Hasegawa, M.

    2013-10-01

    The key to the nature of superconducting pairing in high-Tc cuprates lies in understanding the transition to a conventional behavior when they are heavily doped. By using high magnetic fields, we show that the pseudogapped Tl2Ba2CuO6+x becomes a conventional metal at heavy doping in a quantum phase transition, where the pseudogap boundary develops a thermodynamic divergence corresponding to a zero entropy jump. The critical doping point downshifts with magnetic field in unison with the suppression of Tc. This implies that quantum critical fluctuations and magnetic degrees that destabilize the pseudogap are linked to the superconductivity with high Tc.

  1. Low-Tc superconducting tunnel junction submillimeter wave receiver

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    Claude, Stephane M.; Ellison, Brian N.; Jones, A.; Matheson, D. N.; Little, L. T.; Davies, Steven R.

    1994-07-01

    A low Tc Pb alloy Superconductor-Insulator-Superconductor (SIS) tunnel junction heterodyne receiver has been constructed for astronomical use and tested over the frequency range of 400 to 540 GHz. Various alloy structures have been investigated in order to allow the production of small area SIS junctions with stable electrical characteristics and resistance to stress on cooling from 300 K to 4.2 K. Improvements in photolithography and thin film deposition techniques have been made that allow the fabrication of reliable sub-micron area junctions using suspended photoresist stencil and E-beam evaporation techniques. A single sub-micron area junction is mounted in a reduced height two tuner waveguide structure, which provides an optimum impedance match between the junction and the received signal. Performance measurements made with the receiver installed on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, Hawaii, show a total system double sideband noise equivalent temperature of 160 K at 460 GHz and 220 K at 490 GHz, measured in a 1 GHz instantaneous IF bandwidth centered at 4 GHz. The receiver demonstrates that Pb alloy tunnel junctions provide excellent sensitivity at submillimetre wavelengths and are sufficiently stable and reliable to allow use at a remote observing site.

  2. High-temperature superconductivity in perspective

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    1990-04-01

    The technology of superconductivity and its potential applications are discussed; it is warned that U.S companies are investing less than their main foreign competitors in both low- and high-temperature superconductivity R and D. This is by far the most critical issue affecting the future U.S. competitive position in superconductivity, and in many other emerging technologies. The major areas covered include: Executive summary; High-temperature superconductivity - A progress report; Applications of superconductivity; The U.S. response to high-temperature superconductivity; High-temperature superconductivity programs in other countries; Comparison of industrial superconductivity R and D efforts in the United States and Japan - An OTA survey; Policy issues and options.

  3. Ultrasonic attenuation studies in high Tc superconductors

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    Shen, Zhong Cheng; Jiang, Zuo

    2005-04-01

    In this paper a great number of mechanical relaxation spectrum experiment results in the mixed state of high Tc superconductors have been summarized. A new low frequency mechanical relaxation spectrum apparatus have been shown. We pointed out that the mechanical relaxation peaks are attributed to anelastic relaxation processes and the transition of rigidly pinned FLL into a depinned state.

  4. Aspects of nodal quasiparticle transport in high-Tc superconductors

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    Smith, Michael F.

    Various low-temperature thermodynamic and transport properties of high TC superconductors at temperatures well below TC are studied theoretically under the assumption that the low-energy excited states can be regarded as independent Bogolubov quasiparticles near the nodes of the superconducting order parameter. In the limiting case of temperatures well above that corresponding to the impurity scattering rate, a Boltzmann-equation description of the quasiparticle distribution is used to study thermal and electrical transport for several scattering mechanisms. In particular, the dominant scattering mechanism for the relaxation of microwave electrical currents well below TC is identified, and the observed temperature dependence of the microwave conductivity data in optimally-doped YBa2Cu3O7-delta thus explained. The Knight shift and nuclear spin relaxation rate at temperatures well above the impurity scattering rate are also calculated and compared with available data. In the opposite limiting case of temperatures well below that corresponding to the impurity scattering rate, the sound attenuation and electron-phonon heat transfer rate are calculated. A model for the electron-phonon interaction in square-lattice tight-binding materials is developed and used to explain the huge measured anisotropy of the normal-state sound attenuation in the unconventional superconductor Sr2RuO4 and to rule out certain candidates for the order parameter symmetry of this material. A calculation of the electron-phonon heat transfer rate for d-wave superconductors gives the dependence of this quantity on various material parameters. Finally, the result for the electron-phonon heat transfer rate is used to explain the origin of the anomalous downturns in the thermal conductivity that have been observed in both the normal and superconducting state of cuprate superconductors, most notably in Pr2-xCe xCuO7-delta.

  5. In situ growth of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus x high Tc superconducting thin films directly on sapphire by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Chern, C.S.; Zhao, J.; Li, Y.Q.; Norris, P.; Kear, B.; Gallois, B. )

    1990-08-13

    Highly {ital c}-axis oriented YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{ital x}} superconducting thin films have been, {ital in} {ital situ}, deposited directly on sapphire substrate by a remote microwave plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition process (PE-MOCVD). The films were deposited at a substrate temperature of 730 {degree}C followed by a fast cooling. The as-deposited films show attainment of zero resistance at 82 K and have critical current density of 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} at 70 K. ac susceptibility measurement indicated that the films contain a single superconducting phase. PE-MOCVD was carried out in a commercial-scale MOCVD reactor with capability of uniform deposition over 100 cm{sup 2} per growth run.

  6. Tc amplification in pnictides due to Feshbach shape resonance in multigap superconductivity realized by tuning the Fermi level at the electronic topological transiton to one of the subbands

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    Bianconi, Antonio; Innocenti, Davide; Poccia, Nicola; Ricci, Alessandro

    2010-03-01

    The new high Tc superconducting Pnictides AFe2As2 (A=Ba,Sr or Ca) are heterostructures at atomic limit like cuprates as described in the patent [A. Bianconi ``Process of increasing the critical temperature Tc of a bulk superconductor by making metal heterostructures at the atomic limit'' United State Patent No. :US6, 265, 019 B1, July 24, 2001] in fact are made of superconducting layers intercalated by spacer layers. ( R. Caivano, et al., Superconductor Science and Technology 22, 014004+ (2009), A. Ricci et al. Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism 22, 589 (2009)) where the Fermi level is tuned to a electronic topological transition in one of the subbands by doping, pressure or substitutions. Here we present the calculation of the Tc amplification by shape resonance or Feshbach resonance in a superlattice of layers in a narrow range where the chemical potential is tuned to the electronic topological transition as measured recently by NMR (H. Shishido et al. arXiv:0910.3634v1). The computer code tested now in the diborides and pnicitdes can be used for material design of new high Tc superconductors.

  7. High-Temperature Superconductivity

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    Peter Johnson

    2008-11-05

    Like astronomers tweaking images to gain a more detailed glimpse of distant stars, physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have found ways to sharpen images of the energy spectra in high-temperature superconductors — materials that carry electrical c

  8. High-Temperature Superconductivity

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    Peter Johnson

    2010-01-08

    Like astronomers tweaking images to gain a more detailed glimpse of distant stars, physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have found ways to sharpen images of the energy spectra in high-temperature superconductors ? materials that carry electrical c

  9. Shock compaction of high- Tc superconductors

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    Weir, S.T.; Nellis, W.J.; McCandless, P.C.; Brocious, W.F. ); Seaman, C.L.; Early, E.A.; Maple, M.B. . Dept. of Physics); Kramer, M.J. ); Syono, Y.; Kikuchi, M. )

    1990-09-01

    We present the results of shock compaction experiments on high-{Tc} superconductors and describe the way in which shock consolidation addresses critical problems concerning the fabrication of high J{sub c} bulk superconductors. In particular, shock compaction experiments on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} show that shock-induced defects can greatly increase intragranular critical current densities. The fabrication of crystallographically aligned Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} samples by shock-compaction is also described. These experiments demonstrate the potential of the shock consolidation method as a means for fabricating bulk high-{Tc} superconductors having high critical current densities.

  10. Superconducting H5S2 phase in sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure

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    Ishikawa, Takahiro; Nakanishi, Akitaka; Shimizu, Katsuya; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Oda, Tatsuki; Suzuki, Naoshi

    2016-03-01

    Recently, hydrogen sulfide was experimentally found to show the high superconducting critical temperature (Tc) under high-pressure. The superconducting Tc shows 30–70 K in pressure range of 100–170 GPa (low-Tc phase) and increases to 203 K, which sets a record for the highest Tc in all materials, for the samples annealed by heating it to room temperature at pressures above 150 GPa (high-Tc phase). Here we present a solid H5S2 phase predicted as the low-Tc phase by the application of the genetic algorithm technique for crystal structure searching and first-principles calculations to sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure. The H5S2 phase is thermodynamically stabilized at 110 GPa, in which asymmetric hydrogen bonds are formed between H2S and H3S molecules. Calculated Tc values show 50–70 K in pressure range of 100–150 GPa within the harmonic approximation, which can reproduce the experimentally observed low-Tc phase. These findings give a new aspect of the excellent superconductivity in compressed sulfur-hydrogen system.

  11. Superconducting H5S2 phase in sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure.

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    Ishikawa, Takahiro; Nakanishi, Akitaka; Shimizu, Katsuya; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Oda, Tatsuki; Suzuki, Naoshi

    2016-01-01

    Recently, hydrogen sulfide was experimentally found to show the high superconducting critical temperature (Tc) under high-pressure. The superconducting Tc shows 30-70 K in pressure range of 100-170 GPa (low-Tc phase) and increases to 203 K, which sets a record for the highest Tc in all materials, for the samples annealed by heating it to room temperature at pressures above 150 GPa (high-Tc phase). Here we present a solid H5S2 phase predicted as the low-Tc phase by the application of the genetic algorithm technique for crystal structure searching and first-principles calculations to sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure. The H5S2 phase is thermodynamically stabilized at 110 GPa, in which asymmetric hydrogen bonds are formed between H2S and H3S molecules. Calculated Tc values show 50-70 K in pressure range of 100-150 GPa within the harmonic approximation, which can reproduce the experimentally observed low-Tc phase. These findings give a new aspect of the excellent superconductivity in compressed sulfur-hydrogen system. PMID:26983593

  12. Superconducting H5S2 phase in sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure

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    Ishikawa, Takahiro; Nakanishi, Akitaka; Shimizu, Katsuya; Katayama-Yoshida, Hiroshi; Oda, Tatsuki; Suzuki, Naoshi

    2016-01-01

    Recently, hydrogen sulfide was experimentally found to show the high superconducting critical temperature (Tc) under high-pressure. The superconducting Tc shows 30–70 K in pressure range of 100–170 GPa (low-Tc phase) and increases to 203 K, which sets a record for the highest Tc in all materials, for the samples annealed by heating it to room temperature at pressures above 150 GPa (high-Tc phase). Here we present a solid H5S2 phase predicted as the low-Tc phase by the application of the genetic algorithm technique for crystal structure searching and first-principles calculations to sulfur-hydrogen system under high-pressure. The H5S2 phase is thermodynamically stabilized at 110 GPa, in which asymmetric hydrogen bonds are formed between H2S and H3S molecules. Calculated Tc values show 50–70 K in pressure range of 100–150 GPa within the harmonic approximation, which can reproduce the experimentally observed low-Tc phase. These findings give a new aspect of the excellent superconductivity in compressed sulfur-hydrogen system. PMID:26983593

  13. Aerospace Applications Of High Temperature Superconductivity

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    Anderson, W. W.

    1988-05-01

    The existence of superconductors with TcOOK (which implies device operating temper-atures the order of Top ≍45K) opens up a variety of potential applications within the aerospace/defense industry. This is partly due to the existence of well developed cooler technologies to reach this temperature regime and partly due to the present operation of some specialized components at cryogenic temperatures. In particular, LWIR focal planes may operate at 10K with some of the signal processing electronics at an intermediate temperature of 40K. Addition of high Tc superconducting components in the latter system may be "free" in the sense of additional system complexity required. The established techniques for cooling in the 20K to 50K temperature regime are either open cycle, expendable material (stored gas with Joule-Thomson expansion, liquid cryogen or solid cryogen) or mechanical refrigerators (Stirling cycle, Brayton cycle or closed cycle Joule-Thomson). The high Tc materials may also contribute to the development of coolers through magnetically levitated bearings or providing the field for a stage of magnetic refrigeration. The discovery of materials with Tc, 90K has generated a veritable shopping list of applications. The superconductor properties which are of interest for applications are (1) zero resistance, (2) Meissner effect, (3) phase coherence and (4) existence of an energy gap. The zero resistance property is significant in the development of high field magnets requiring neglible power to maintain the field. In addition to the publicized applications to rail guns and electromagnetic launcher, we can think of space born magnets for charged particle shielding or whistler mode propagation through a plasma sheath. Conductor losses dominate attenuation and dispersion in microstrip transmission lines. While the surface impedance of a superconductor is non vanishing, significant improvements in signal transmission may be obtained. The Meissner effect may be utilized

  14. Superconductivity in highly disordered dense carbon disulfide

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    Dias, Ranga P.; Yoo, Choong-Shik; Struzhkin, Viktor V.; Kim, Minseob; Muramatsu, Takaki; Matsuoka, Takahiro; Ohishi, Yasuo; Sinogeikin, Stanislav

    2013-01-01

    High pressure plays an increasingly important role in both understanding superconductivity and the development of new superconducting materials. New superconductors were found in metallic and metal oxide systems at high pressure. However, because of the filled close-shell configuration, the superconductivity in molecular systems has been limited to charge-transferred salts and metal-doped carbon species with relatively low superconducting transition temperatures. Here, we report the low-temperature superconducting phase observed in diamagnetic carbon disulfide under high pressure. The superconductivity arises from a highly disordered extended state (CS4 phase or phase III[CS4]) at ∼6.2 K over a broad pressure range from 50 to 172 GPa. Based on the X-ray scattering data, we suggest that the local structural change from a tetrahedral to an octahedral configuration is responsible for the observed superconductivity. PMID:23818624

  15. High specific heat superconducting composite

    DOEpatents

    Steyert, Jr., William A.

    1979-01-01

    A composite superconductor formed from a high specific heat ceramic such as gadolinium oxide or gadolinium-aluminum oxide and a conventional metal conductor such as copper or aluminum which are insolubly mixed together to provide adiabatic stability in a superconducting mode of operation. The addition of a few percent of insoluble gadolinium-aluminum oxide powder or gadolinium oxide powder to copper, increases the measured specific heat of the composite by one to two orders of magnitude below the 5.degree. K. level while maintaining the high thermal and electrical conductivity of the conventional metal conductor.

  16. Optoelectronic device applications of high [Tc] superconductors

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    Shi, Lei.

    1993-01-01

    Material processing and optoelectronic device applications of high T[sub c] materials are the main topic of this work. This dissertation is organized into three parts. Part I describes the material processing aspects of the HTSCs, YBCO thin films in particular. Pulsed laser deposition and device fabrication processes of high T[sub c] superconducting thin films are studied. 1/f noise measurement of HTSC thin films is also discussed. The deposition of CdS thin films onto YBCO superconducting films are studied. It is the author's effort to hybridize the semiconductor technology into HTSCs. High quality CdS/YBCO heterostructure is obtained. Part II concentrates on the construction of a femtosecond dye laser system and on the introduction of the femtosecond laser spectroscopy. Femtosecond colliding pulse mode-locking (CPM) dye laser has been built and is used to study the femtosecond transient reflectivity of high T[sub c] YBCO thin films and n-type GaAs samples. Part III describes in full detail both theory and experimental results of the optical response measurements on ultrathin YBCO thin films. Several important topics such as thermal diffusion, thermal boundary resistance and optical response in YBCO thin films are addressed. Single laser pulse duractions of 400 ps, 40 ps and 500 fs and a 40 ps pulse train are used in the experiments. A Double-bridge Voltage Correlation Technique is proposed and applied to measure the superconductivity recovery time in ultrathin YBCO films. Ultrafast voltage pulses faster than 40 ps are generated. A quasiparticle generation and recombination mechanism is further supported by two experimental evidences: (1) thickness dependence of the superconductivity recovery time; (2) the relaxation time scale <40ps.

  17. Tests of a GM Cryocooler and high Tc leads for use on the ALS superbend magnets

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    Zbasnik, J.; Green, M.A.; Hoyer, E.H.; Taylor, C.E.; Chen, J.Y.; Wang, S.T.

    1999-07-09

    A 1.5 W (at the second stage) Gifford McMahon (GM) cryocooler was selected for cooling the superconducting SuperBend dipoles for the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Berkeley. A GM cryocooler is a reasonable choice if conduction cooled leads are used to provide current to the superconducting magnet. The expected parasitic heat leaks are expected to range from 0.1 to 0.5 W at 4.2 K depending on the temperature of the shield and the cold mass support intercepts. Heat flow to 4 K down the SuperBend 350 A high Tc superconducting leads is expected to vary from 0.11 to 0.35 W depending on the intercept temperature and the current in the leads. The high Tc leads are designed to carry 350 A without significant resistive heating when the upper end of the lead is at 80 K. The 1.5 W cryocooler is expected to provide 45 to 50 W of refrigeration at the first stage at 50 K. The parasitic beat load into the first stage of the cryocooler will be about 8 W. The heat flow from 300 K down the upper copper leads is expected to be around 30 W. The cryocooler and high Tc lead test will measure the penormance of the cryocooler and the high Tc leads. The heat leak down the cryocooler, when it is not operating, is also of interest.

  18. High Tc superconductors - Composite wire fabrication

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    Jin, S.; Sherwood, R. C.; van Dover, R. B.; Tiefel, T. H.; Johnson, D. W., Jr.

    1987-07-01

    The fabrication of fine-wire, composite superconductors consisting of a high-conductivity normal metal shell, such as Ag or Cu/Ni/Au, and a superconducting core of Ba2YCu3O oxide is described. The functions of the normal metal shell and the importance of using the proper diffusion barrier metals are discussed. A resistivity-temperature curve for the composite wire Ag/Ba2YCu3O7 is examined, and the compound inside the finished wire is analyzed using X-ray diffraction. It is observed that the zero-field critical current density of the wire at 77 K is about 175 A/sq cm and the superconducting core is continuous and retains phase composition after wire drawing and heat treatment. The supplying of oxygen to the core of the long wire during heat treatments is studied. The data reveal that it is possible to process ceramic superconductors into a desirable composite wire form.

  19. 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.

  20. High-temperature interface superconductivity between metallic and insulating copper oxides.

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    Gozar, A; Logvenov, G; Kourkoutis, L Fitting; Bollinger, A T; Giannuzzi, L A; Muller, D A; Bozovic, I

    2008-10-01

    The realization of high-transition-temperature (high-T(c)) superconductivity confined to nanometre-sized interfaces has been a long-standing goal because of potential applications and the opportunity to study quantum phenomena in reduced dimensions. This has been, however, a challenging target: in conventional metals, the high electron density restricts interface effects (such as carrier depletion or accumulation) to a region much narrower than the coherence length, which is the scale necessary for superconductivity to occur. By contrast, in copper oxides the carrier density is low whereas T(c) is high and the coherence length very short, which provides an opportunity-but at a price: the interface must be atomically perfect. Here we report superconductivity in bilayers consisting of an insulator (La(2)CuO(4)) and a metal (La(1.55)Sr(0.45)CuO(4)), neither of which is superconducting in isolation. In these bilayers, T(c) is either approximately 15 K or approximately 30 K, depending on the layering sequence. This highly robust phenomenon is confined within 2-3 nm of the interface. If such a bilayer is exposed to ozone, T(c) exceeds 50 K, and this enhanced superconductivity is also shown to originate from an interface layer about 1-2 unit cells thick. Enhancement of T(c) in bilayer systems was observed previously but the essential role of the interface was not recognized at the time. PMID:18843365

  1. Enhancement of superconducting Tc (33 K) by entrapment of FeSe in carbon coated Au-Pd17Se15 nanoparticles.

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    Mishra, Sukhada; Song, Kai; Ghosh, Kartik C; Nath, Manashi

    2014-03-25

    FeSe has been an interesting member of the Fe-based superconductor family ever since the discovery of superconductivity in this simple binary chalcogenide. Simplicity of composition and ease of synthesis has made FeSe, in particular, very lucrative as a test system to understand the unconventional nature of superconductivity, especially in low-dimensional models. In this article we report the synthesis of composite nanoparticles containing FeSe nanoislands entrapped within an ent-FeSe-Pd16Se15-Au nanoparticle and sharing an interface with Pd17Se15. This assembly exhibits a significant enhancement in the superconducting Tc (onset at 33 K) accompanied by a noticeable lattice compression of FeSe along the <001> and <101> directions. The Tc in FeSe is very sensitive to application of pressure and it has been shown that with increasing external pressure Tc can be increased almost 4-fold. In these composite nanoparticles reported here, immobilization of FeSe on the Pd17Se15 surface contributes to increasing the effect of interfacial pressure, thereby enhancing the Tc. The effect of interfacial pressure is also manifested in the contraction of the FeSe lattice (up to 3.8% in <001> direction) as observed through extensive high-resolution TEM imaging. The confined FeSe in these nanoparticles occupied a region of approximately 15-25 nm, where lattice compression was uniform over the entire FeSe region, thereby maximizing its effect in enhancing the Tc. The nanoparticles have been synthesized by a simple catalyst-aided vapor transport reaction at 800 °C where iron acetylacetonate and Se were used as precursors. Morphology and composition of these nanoparticles have been studied in details through extensive electron microscopy. PMID:24494773

  2. Peak Effect in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Ling, Xinsheng

    1996-03-01

    Like many low-Tc superconductors, high-quality YBCO single crystals are found(X.S. Ling and J.I. Budnick, in Magnetic Susceptibility of Superconductors and Other Spin Systems), edited by R.A. Hein, T.L. Francavilla, and D.H. Liebenberg (Plenum Press, New York, 1991), p.377. to exhibit a striking peak effect. In a magnetic field, the temperature dependence of the critical current has a pronounced peak below T_c(H). Pippard(A.B. Pippard, Phil. Mag. 19), 217 (1969)., and subsequently Larkin and Ovchinnikov(A.I. Larkin and Yu.N. Ovchinnikov, J. Low Temp. Phys. 34), 409 (1979)., attributed the onset of the peak effect to a softening of the vortex lattice. In this talk, the experimental discovery^1 of the peak effect in high-Tc superconductors will be described, followed by a brief historical perspective of the understanding of this phenomenon and a discussion of a new model(X.S. Ling, C. Tang, S. Bhattacharya, and P.M. Chaikin, cond-mat/9504109, (NEC Preprint 1995).) for the peak effect. In this model, the peak effect is an interesting manifestation of the vortex-lattice melting in the presence of weak random pinning potentials. The rise of critical current with increasing temperature is a signature of the ``melting'' of the Larkin domains. This work is done in collaboration with Joe Budnick, Chao Tang, Shobo Bhattacharya, Paul Chaikin, and Boyd Veal.

  3. The unusually high Tc in rare-earth-doped single crystalline CaFe2As2

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    Wei, Fengyan; Lv, Bing; Deng, Liangzi; Meen, James K.; Xue, Yu-Yi; Chu, Ching-Wu

    2014-08-01

    In rare-earth-doped single crystalline CaFe2As2, the mysterious small volume fraction which superconducts up to 49 K, much higher than the bulk Tc ~ 30 s K, has prompted a long search for a hidden variable that could enhance the Tc by more than 30% in iron-based superconductors of the same structure. Here we report a chemical, structural and magnetic study of CaFe2As2 systematically doped with La, Ce, Pr and Nd. Coincident with the high Tc phase, we find extreme magnetic anisotropy, accompanied by an unexpected doping-independent Tc and equally unexpected superparamagnetic clusters associated with As vacancies. These observations lead us to conjecture that the tantalizing Tc enhancement may be associated with naturally occurring chemical interfaces and may thus provide a new paradigm in the search for superconductors with higher Tc.

  4. Feasibility of far-infrared radiation modulators using high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Zhang, Z.M.

    1996-12-31

    The potential of using high-{Tc} superconductors as intensity modulators for far-infrared radiation is investigated in this work. Reflectance and transmittance for several design structures are computed using the published optical constants of the superconductor YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and substrate materials. Notable differences in the reflectance and transmittance between the superconducting state and the normal state are illustrated. The best results are obtained based on the reflectance of thin films (10 nm--50 nm thick) on thin substrates (less than 100 {micro}m thick) and for radiation incident on the substrate. This study demonstrates that high-{Tc} superconductive thin films can be used to build far-infrared radiation modulators. Future experimental study is recommended in order to materialize this promising thermooptical device.

  5. High critical current superconducting tapes

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    Holesinger, Terry G.; Jia, Quanxi; Foltyn, Stephen R.

    2003-09-23

    Improvements in critical current capacity for superconducting film structures are disclosed and include the use of a superconducting RE-BCO layer including a mixture of rare earth metals, e.g., yttrium and europium, where the ratio of yttrium to europium in the RE-BCO layer ranges from about 3 to 1 to from about 1.5 to 1.

  6. Space applications of superconductivity - High field magnets

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    Fickett, F. R.

    1979-01-01

    The paper discusses developments in superconducting magnets and their applications in space technology. Superconducting magnets are characterized by high fields (to 15T and higher) and high current densities combined with low mass and small size. The superconducting materials and coil design are being improved and new high-strength composites are being used for magnet structural components. Such problems as maintaining low cooling temperatures (near 4 K) for long periods of time and degradation of existing high-field superconductors at low strain levels can be remedied by research and engineering. Some of the proposed space applications of superconducting magnets include: cosmic ray analysis with magnetic spectrometers, energy storage and conversion, energy generation by magnetohydrodynamic and thermonuclear fusion techniques, and propulsion. Several operational superconducting magnet systems are detailed.

  7. High-temperature superconductivity in potassium-coated multilayer FeSe thin films

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    Miyata, Y.; Nakayama, K.; Sugawara, K.; Sato, T.; Takahashi, T.

    2015-08-01

    The recent discovery of possible high-temperature (Tc) superconductivity over 65 K in a monolayer FeSe film on SrTiO3 (refs , , , , , ) triggered a fierce debate on how superconductivity evolves from bulk to film, because bulk FeSe crystal exhibits a Tc of no higher than 10 K (ref. ). However, the difficulty in controlling the carrier density and the number of FeSe layers has hindered elucidation of this problem. Here, we demonstrate that deposition of potassium onto FeSe films markedly expands the accessible doping range towards the heavily electron-doped region. Intriguingly, we have succeeded in converting non-superconducting films with various thicknesses into superconductors with Tc as high as 48 K. We also found a marked increase in the magnitude of the superconducting gap on decreasing the FeSe film thickness, indicating that the interface plays a crucial role in realizing the high-temperature superconductivity. The results presented provide a new strategy to enhance and optimize Tc in ultrathin films of iron-based superconductors.

  8. Se77 NMR investigation of the KxFe2-ySe2 high-Tc superconductor (Tc=33 K)

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    Torchetti, D. A.; Fu, M.; Christensen, D. C.; Nelson, K. J.; Imai, T.; Lei, H. C.; Petrovic, C.

    2011-03-01

    We report comprehensive Se77 NMR measurements on a single crystalline sample of the recently discovered FeSe-based high-temperature superconductor KxFe2-ySe2 (Tc=33 K) in a broad temperature range up to 290 K. Despite deviations from the stoichiometric KFe2Se2 composition, we observed Se77 NMR line shapes as narrow as 4.5 kHz under a magnetic field applied along the crystal c axis, and found no evidence for co-existence of magnetic order with superconductivity. On the other hand, the Se77 NMR line shape splits into two peaks with equal intensities at all temperatures when we apply the magnetic field along the ab plane. This suggests that K vacancies may have a superstructure and that the local symmetry of the Se sites is lower than the tetragonal fourfold symmetry of the average structure. This effect might be a prerequisite for stabilizing the s± symmetry of superconductivity in the absence of the hole bands at the Brillouin zone center. From the increase of NMR linewidth below Tc induced by the Abrikosov lattice of superconducting vortices, we estimate the in-plane penetration depth λab~290 nm and the carrier concentration ne~1×10+21 cm-3. Our Knight shift 77K data indicate that the uniform spin susceptibility decreases progressively with temperature, in analogy with the case of FeSe (Tc~9 K) as well as other FeAs high-Tc systems. The strong suppression of 77K observed immediately below Tc for all crystal orientations is consistent with a singlet pairing of Cooper pairs. We do not however observe the Hebel-Slichter coherence peak of the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 immediately below Tc, expected for conventional BCS s-wave superconductors. In contrast with the case of FeSe, we do not observe evidence for an enhancement of low-frequency antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations near Tc in 1/T1T. Instead, 1/T1T exhibits qualitatively the same behavior as overdoped non-superconducting Ba(Fe1-xCox)2As2 with x~0.14 or greater, where hole bands are missing in

  9. Highly textured oxypnictide superconducting thin films on metal substrates

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    Iida, Kazumasa; Kurth, Fritz; Chihara, Masashi; Sumiya, Naoki; Grinenko, Vadim; Ichinose, Ataru; Tsukada, Ichiro; Hänisch, Jens; Matias, Vladimir; Hatano, Takafumi; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Ikuta, Hiroshi

    2014-10-01

    Highly textured NdFeAs(O,F) thin films have been grown on ion beam assisted deposition-MgO/Y2O3/Hastelloy substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The oxypnictide coated conductors showed a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of 43 K with a self-field critical current density (Jc) of 7.0 × 10 4 A / cm 2 at 5 K, more than 20 times higher than powder-in-tube processed SmFeAs(O,F) wires. Albeit higher Tc as well as better crystalline quality than Co-doped BaFe2As2 coated conductors, in-field Jc of NdFeAs(O,F) was lower than that of Co-doped BaFe2As2. These results suggest that grain boundaries in oxypnictides reduce Jc significantly compared to that in Co-doped BaFe2As2 and, hence biaxial texture is necessary for high Jc.

  10. High-temperature-superconducting magnetic susceptibility bolometer

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    Brasunas, J.; Lakew, B.; Lee, C.

    1992-01-01

    An infrared detector called the magnetic susceptibility bolometer is introduced which is based on the tmperature dependence of the diamagnetic screening of a high-Tc superconductor film near Tc. Results are reported for the response of a prototype model to modulated blackbody radiation. Possible improvements are discussed as is the potential sensitivity of an improved device.

  11. Finite gap behaviour in the superconductivity of the 'infinite layer' n-doped high-Tc superconductor Sr0.9La0.1CuO2

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    White, J. S.; Forgan, E. M.; Laver, M.; Häfliger, P. S.; Khasanov, R.; Cubitt, R.; Dewhurst, C. D.; Park, M.-S.; Jang, D.-J.; Lee, H.-G.; Lee, S.-I.

    2008-03-01

    We report on the first small-angle neutron scattering measurements from the flux line lattice (FLL) in the high-Tc cuprate superconductor Sr0.9La0.1CuO2. Using a polycrystalline sample, the scattered intensity decreases monotonically with scattering angle away from the undiffracted beam, independently of the azimuthal angle around the beam. The absence of clear peaks in the intensity suggests the establishment of a highly disordered FLL within the grains. We find that the intensity distribution may be represented by the form factor for a single flux line in the London approximation, with some contribution from crystal anisotropy. Most interestingly however, we find that, over the observed field range, the temperature dependence of the diffracted intensity is best represented by s-wave pairing, with lower limits of the gap values being very similar to the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer value of Δ(0) = 1.76 kBTc. However, a qualitative consideration of corrections to the observed intensity suggests that these gap values are likely to be higher, implying strong-coupling behaviour.

  12. On the high-pressure superconducting phase in platinum hydride

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    Szczȩśniak, D.; Zemła, T. P.

    2015-08-01

    Motivated by the ambiguous experimental data for the superconducting phase in silane (SiH4), which may originate from platinum hydride (PtH), we provide a theoretical study of the superconducting state in the latter alloy. The quantitative estimates of the thermodynamics of PtH at 100 GPa are given for a wide range of Coulomb pseudopotential values ({μ }*) within the Eliashberg formalism. The obtained critical temperature value ({T}{{C}}\\in < 12.94,20.01> for {μ }*\\in < 0.05,0.15> ) agrees well with the experimental TC for SiH4, which may be ascribed to PtH. Moreover, the calculated characteristic thermodynamic ratios exceed the predictions of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory, implying the occurrence of strong-coupling and retardation effects in PtH. We note that our results may be of high relevance for future theoretical and experimental studies on hydrides.

  13. Interface-induced high-temperature superconductivity in FeSe/TiO2(001) heterostructure

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    Ding, Hao

    2015-03-01

    The recently discovered high transition temperature (Tc) superconductivity at the interface of single unit-cell (UC) FeSe films on SrTiO3(001) has generated considerable excitement, which may eventually lead to the discovery of a new family of high-Tc superconductors at many different interfaces. In this talk, we will present our recent work on a new interfacial system with high-Tc superconductivity, 1 UC FeSe films on anatase TiO2(001). By using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) techniques, we have successfully prepared high-quality 1 UC FeSe films on anatase TiO2(001) formed on SrTiO3. In situ scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) reveals large superconducting gap (Δ) ranging from 17 meV to 22 meV, which is nearly one order of magnitude larger than Δ = 2.2 meV of bulk FeSe with Tc = 9.4 K, indicating the signature of high-Tc superconductivity. The superconductivity of this heterostructure system is further verified by imaging vortex lattice under external magnetic field. By examining the distinct properties of anatase TiO2 from SrTiO3, as well as their influences on superconductivity, we will also discuss about the possible pairing mechanism of this system. Together with our previous work of 1 UC FeSe/SrTiO3, this work demonstrates that interface engineering is a powerful way to fabricate new high-Tc superconductors and investigate the mechanism of high-Tc superconductivity.

  14. Conventional superconductivity at 203 kelvin at high pressures in the sulfur hydride system

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    Drozdov, A. P.; Eremets, M. I.; Troyan, I. A.; Ksenofontov, V.; Shylin, S. I.

    2015-09-01

    A superconductor is a material that can conduct electricity without resistance below a superconducting transition temperature, Tc. The highest Tc that has been achieved to date is in the copper oxide system: 133 kelvin at ambient pressure and 164 kelvin at high pressures. As the nature of superconductivity in these materials is still not fully understood (they are not conventional superconductors), the prospects for achieving still higher transition temperatures by this route are not clear. In contrast, the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of conventional superconductivity gives a guide for achieving high Tc with no theoretical upper bound--all that is needed is a favourable combination of high-frequency phonons, strong electron-phonon coupling, and a high density of states. These conditions can in principle be fulfilled for metallic hydrogen and covalent compounds dominated by hydrogen, as hydrogen atoms provide the necessary high-frequency phonon modes as well as the strong electron-phonon coupling. Numerous calculations support this idea and have predicted transition temperatures in the range 50-235 kelvin for many hydrides, but only a moderate Tc of 17 kelvin has been observed experimentally. Here we investigate sulfur hydride, where a Tc of 80 kelvin has been predicted. We find that this system transforms to a metal at a pressure of approximately 90 gigapascals. On cooling, we see signatures of superconductivity: a sharp drop of the resistivity to zero and a decrease of the transition temperature with magnetic field, with magnetic susceptibility measurements confirming a Tc of 203 kelvin. Moreover, a pronounced isotope shift of Tc in sulfur deuteride is suggestive of an electron-phonon mechanism of superconductivity that is consistent with the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer scenario. We argue that the phase responsible for high-Tc superconductivity in this system is likely to be H3S, formed from H2S by decomposition under pressure. These findings raise hope for the

  15. Dimensionality of high temperature superconductivity in oxides

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    Chu, C. W.

    1989-01-01

    Many models have been proposed to account for the high temperature superconductivity observed in oxide systems. Almost all of these models proposed are based on the uncoupled low dimensional carrier Cu-O layers of the oxides. Results of several experiments are presented and discussed. They suggest that the high temperature superconductivity observed cannot be strictly two- or one-dimensional, and that the environment between the Cu-O layers and the interlayer coupling play an important role in the occurrence of such high temperature superconductivity. A comment on the very short coherence length reported is also made.

  16. Submillimeter residual losses in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Miller, D.

    1993-09-01

    Bolometry was used obtain accurate submillimeter residual loss data for epitaxial films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (YBCO), Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10}, Tl{sub 2}CaBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (TCBCO), and Ba{sub 0.6}K{sub 0.4}BiO{sub 3} (BKBO). We were able to fit the absorptivity measured for Nb films to an Eliashberg strong coupling calculation; excellent agreement resulted between parameters from best fits and measured Residual Resistivity Ratio. Microwave surface resistance measurements made on the same YBCO and TCBCO films are in excellent agreement with submillimeter measurements. Absorptivities for all YBCO films studied are qualitatively similar, increasing smoothly with frequency, with no gap-like features below the well known absorption edge at 450 cm{sup {minus}1}. Losses in YBCO films were fit to a weakly coupled grain model for the a-b plane conductivity. Strong phonon structure was observed in TCBCO films between 60 and 700 cm{sup {minus}1} (2 THz and 23 THz); these losses could not be fitted to the simple weakly coupled grain model, in contrast to the case for other high-{Tc} superconductors where phonon structure observed in ceramics are is absent in epitaxial oriented films and crystals because of electronic screening due to high conductivity of a-b planes. Absorptivity data for the BKBO films all show a strong absorption onset near the BCS tunneling gap of 3.5 k{sub B}{Tc}. Comparison with strong coupling Eliashberg predictions and of a Kramers-Kronig analysis indicate that the absorption onset is consistent with a superconducting energy gap. Effects of magnetic field on residual losses in YBCO films show a resonant absorption feature in vicinity of predicted

  17. High-temperature superconducting vector switch

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    Chelluri, B.; Barber, J.; Clements, N.; Johnson, D. ); Spyker, R.; Sarkar, A.K.; Kozlowoski, G. )

    1991-04-15

    The feasibility of a high-temperature superconducting switch based on the principle of the superconducting vector switch (SVS) is discussed. This switch exploits the anisotropy in electrical conductivities of the high-temperature superconductors. Underlying the SVS mechanism is the ability to turn on/off large superconducting currents confined to the CuO{sub 2} planes that characterize these materials using lower currents flowing normal to the planes. The required conditions to optimize the switch and increase the gain are presented.

  18. NMR investigation of iron-selenide and iron-arsenide high Tc superconductors

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    Imai, Takashi

    2012-02-01

    We have investigated the electronic, magnetic, and superconducting properties of the iron-selenide high Tc superconductor KxFe2-ySez (Tc=33 K) with ^77Se NMR [1]. We will compare the results with those observed for FeSe in ambient and applied pressures (Tc>9 K) [2], and with iron-arsenides [3]. Similarities and dissimilarities will be pointed out, with primary focus on the anomalous normal state properties. Our latest work on KxFe2-ySez was carried out in collaboration with D. Torchetti, M. Fu, D. Christensen, K. Nelson (McMaster), H. Lei, and C. Petrovic (Brookhaven National Lab).[4pt] [1] D. Torchetti et al., PR B83, 104508 (2011).[0pt] [2] T. Imai et al. PRL 102, 177005 (2009).[0pt] [3] F.L. Ning et al., PRL 104, 037001 (2010); JPSJ 78, 103711 (2009).

  19. Design of high-T[sub c] superconducting bolometers for a far infrared imaging array

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    Verghese, S.; Richards, P.L. ); Fork, D.K. ); Char, K. ); Geballe, T.H. . Dept. of Applied Physics)

    1992-08-01

    The design of high-[Tc] superconducting bolometers for use in a far infrared imaging array from wavelengths 30--100[mu]m is discussed. Measurements of the voltage noise in thin films of YBa[sub 2]CU[sub 3]O[sub 7-[var sigma

  20. High-temperature superconductivity: A conventional conundrum

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    Božović, Ivan

    2016-01-07

    High-temperature superconductivity in ultrathin films of iron selenide deposited on strontium titanate has been attributed to various exotic mechanisms, and new experiments indicate that it may be conventional, with broader implications.

  1. SPECIAL ISSUE DEVOTED TO THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF ACADEMICIAN N G BASOV'S BIRTH: Interlayer electrodynamics of high-Tc superconductors: an experimental overview

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    Basov, Dmitrii N.

    2002-12-01

    An astonishing feature of underdoped high-Tc superconductors is that the energy scale associated with the formation of superconducting condensate dramatically exceeds the energy gap and appears to be of the interband caliber. This effect can be interpreted in terms of lowering of the electronic kinetic energy at T < Tc and thus points to a mechanism of superconductivity radically departing from the Bardeen — Cooper — Schrieffer (BCS) theory. This nontrivial superconducting state electrodynamics appears to be directly connected to anomalies of cuprates observed in the normal state, including the pseudogap, and to the lack of well-defined quasiparticles.

  2. Compact spherical neutron polarimeter using high-Tc YBCO films

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    Wang, T.; Parnell, S. R.; Hamilton, W. A.; Li, F.; Washington, A. L.; Baxter, D. V.; Pynn, R.

    2016-03-01

    We describe a simple, compact device for spherical neutron polarimetry measurements at small neutron scattering angles. The device consists of a sample chamber with very low (<0.01 G) magnetic field flanked by regions within which the neutron polarization can be manipulated in a controlled manner. This allows any selected initial and final polarization direction of the neutrons to be obtained. We have constructed a prototype device using high-Tc superconducting films and mu-metal to isolate regions with different magnetic fields and tested device performance in transmission geometry. Finite-element methods were used to simulate the device's field profile and these have been verified by experiment using a small solenoid as a test sample. Measurements are reported using both monochromatic and polychromatic neutron sources. The results show that the device is capable of extracting sample information and distinguishing small angular variations of the sample magnetic field. As a more realistic test, we present results on the characterization of a 10 μm thick Permalloy film in zero magnetic field, as well as its response to an external magnetic field.

  3. Doping dependence of spin excitations and its correlations with high-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides

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    Wang, Meng; Zhang, Chenglin; Lu, Xingye; Tan, Guotai; Luo, Huiqian; Song, Yu; Wang, Miaoyin; Zhang, Xiaotian; Goremychkin, E.A.; Perring, T.G.; Maier, T.A.; Yin, Zhiping; Haule, Kristjan; Kotliar, Gabriel; Dai, Pengcheng

    2013-01-01

    High-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides occurs when electrons and holes are doped into their antiferromagnetic parent compounds. Since spin excitations may be responsible for electron pairing and superconductivity, it is important to determine their electron/hole-doping evolution and connection with superconductivity. Here we use inelastic neutron scattering to show that while electron doping to the antiferromagnetic BaFe2As2 parent compound modifies the low-energy spin excitations and their correlation with superconductivity (<50 meV) without affecting the high-energy spin excitations (>100 meV), hole-doping suppresses the high-energy spin excitations and shifts the magnetic spectral weight to low-energies. In addition, our absolute spin susceptibility measurements for the optimally hole-doped iron pnictide reveal that the change in magnetic exchange energy below and above Tc can account for the superconducting condensation energy. These results suggest that high-Tc superconductivity in iron pnictides is associated with both the presence of high-energy spin excitations and a coupling between low-energy spin excitations and itinerant electrons. PMID:24301219

  4. A high temperature superconductivity communications flight experiment

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    Ngo, P.; Krishen, K.; Arndt, D.; Raffoul, G.; Karasack, V.; Bhasin, K.; Leonard, R.

    1992-01-01

    The proposed high temperature superconductivity (HTSC) millimeter-wave communications flight experiment from the payload bay of the Space Shuttle Orbiter to the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS) in geosynchronous orbit is described. The experiment will use a Ka-band HTSC phased array antenna and front-end electronics to receive a downlink communications signal from the ACTS. The discussion covers the system configuration, a description of the ground equipment, the spacecraft receiver, link performance, thermal loading, and the superconducting antenna array.

  5. Superconductive sodalite-like clathrate calcium hydride at high pressures

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    Wang, Hui; Tse, John S.; Tanaka, Kaori; Iitaka, Toshiaki; Ma, Yanming

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogen-rich compounds hold promise as high-temperature superconductors under high pressures. Recent theoretical hydride structures on achieving high-pressure superconductivity are composed mainly of H2 fragments. Through a systematic investigation of Ca hydrides with different hydrogen contents using particle-swam optimization structural search, we show that in the stoichiometry CaH6 a body-centered cubic structure with hydrogen that forms unusual “sodalite” cages containing enclathrated Ca stabilizes above pressure 150 GPa. The stability of this structure is derived from the acceptance by two H2 of electrons donated by Ca forming an “H4” unit as the building block in the construction of the three-dimensional sodalite cage. This unique structure has a partial occupation of the degenerated orbitals at the zone center. The resultant dynamic Jahn–Teller effect helps to enhance electron–phonon coupling and leads to superconductivity of CaH6. A superconducting critical temperature (Tc) of 220–235 K at 150 GPa obtained from the solution of the Eliashberg equations is the highest among all hydrides studied thus far. PMID:22492976

  6. Measurements of the rf surface resistance of high- Tc superconductors

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Roche, C.T.

    1990-01-01

    An experimental program is being conducted to assess the applicability of high-{Tc} superconductors for use in high power rf and microwave devices. The program involves the measurement of the rf surface resistance of high-{Tc} samples at frequencies between 0.15 and 40 GHz and rf surface magnetic fields as high as 640 gauss. Polycrystalline samples were found to have surface resistances which increase monotonically with rf-field amplitude, saturating at high field at a few percent of the normal-state surface resistance just above {Tc}. 13 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  7. What Makes the Tc of FeSe/SrTiO3 so High?

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    Lee, Dung-Hai

    Raising the superconducting transition temperature to a point where applications are practical is one of the most important challenges in science. In the history of high Tcsuperconductivity there are two landmark events: the discovery of copper-oxide superconductor in 1986, and the discovery of iron-based superconductor in 2006 For the Fe-based superconductors the record of Tc was 55 K until 2012. In the interface system composed of an one unit cell thick FeSe film grown on the TiO2 terminated (001) surface of SrTiO3 an anomalously large superconducting-like energy gap was seen by scan tunneling microscopy for. Later ARPES works show the gap opening temperature can reach nearly the liquid nitrogen boiling temperature. More recently several FeSe-related bulk and thin film high Tc systems have be discovered. This talk reviews some of the recent experimental and theoretical progresses in the study of the mechanism for high temperature superconductivity in this interface system. It offers the author's personal view of why Tcis so high and how to further increase it. DHL was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, Grant DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  8. 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.

  9. Dome-shaped magnetic order competing with high-temperature superconductivity at high pressures in FeSe

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    Sun, J. P.; Matsuura, K.; Ye, G. Z.; Mizukami, Y.; Shimozawa, M.; Matsubayashi, K.; Yamashita, M.; Watashige, T.; Kasahara, S.; Matsuda, Y.; Yan, J.-Q.; Sales, B. C.; Uwatoko, Y.; Cheng, J.-G.; Shibauchi, T.

    2016-07-01

    The coexistence and competition between superconductivity and electronic orders, such as spin or charge density waves, have been a central issue in high transition-temperature (Tc) superconductors. Unlike other iron-based superconductors, FeSe exhibits nematic ordering without magnetism whose relationship with its superconductivity remains unclear. Moreover, a pressure-induced fourfold increase of Tc has been reported, which poses a profound mystery. Here we report high-pressure magnetotransport measurements in FeSe up to ~15 GPa, which uncover the dome shape of magnetic phase superseding the nematic order. Above ~6 GPa the sudden enhancement of superconductivity (Tc<=38.3 K) accompanies a suppression of magnetic order, demonstrating their competing nature with very similar energy scales. Above the magnetic dome, we find anomalous transport properties suggesting a possible pseudogap formation, whereas linear-in-temperature resistivity is observed in the normal states of the high-Tc phase above 6 GPa. The obtained phase diagram highlights unique features of FeSe among iron-based superconductors, but bears some resemblance to that of high-Tc cuprates.

  10. Normal-state nodal electronic structure in underdoped high-Tc copper oxides.

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    Sebastian, Suchitra E; Harrison, N; Balakirev, F F; Altarawneh, M M; Goddard, P A; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Lonzarich, G G

    2014-07-01

    An outstanding problem in the field of high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconductivity is the identification of the normal state out of which superconductivity emerges in the mysterious underdoped regime. The normal state uncomplicated by thermal fluctuations can be studied using applied magnetic fields that are sufficiently strong to suppress long-range superconductivity at low temperatures. Proposals in which the normal ground state is characterized by small Fermi surface pockets that exist in the absence of symmetry breaking have been superseded by models based on the existence of a superlattice that breaks the translational symmetry of the underlying lattice. Recently, a charge superlattice model that positions a small electron-like Fermi pocket in the vicinity of the nodes (where the superconducting gap is minimum) has been proposed as a replacement for the prevalent superlattice models that position the Fermi pocket in the vicinity of the pseudogap at the antinodes (where the superconducting gap is maximum). Although some ingredients of symmetry breaking have been recently revealed by crystallographic studies, their relevance to the electronic structure remains unresolved. Here we report angle-resolved quantum oscillation measurements in the underdoped copper oxide YBa2Cu3O6 + x. These measurements reveal a normal ground state comprising electron-like Fermi surface pockets located in the vicinity of the nodes, and also point to an underlying superlattice structure of low frequency and long wavelength with features in common with the charge order identified recently by complementary spectroscopic techniques. PMID:24930767

  11. High Tc: The Discovery of RBCO

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    Chu, C. W.

    2007-03-01

    It was said by Emerson that ``there is no history; there is only biography.'' This is especially true when the events are recounted by a person who, himself, has been heavily involved and the line between history and autobiography can become blurred. However, it is reasonable to say that discovery itself is not a series of accidents but an inevitable product of each development stage of scientific knowledge as was also pointed out by Holden et al. (1) The discovery of RBCO (2,3) with R = Y, La, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb, and Lu is no exception. In this presentation, I will briefly recount several events that were crucial to the discovery of RBCO: those before 1986 (4) that sowed the seeds in our group important to our later high temperature superconductivity effort; those in 1986 (5) that were critical to our discovery of the 93 K RBCO soon after the discovery of the 35 K high temperature superconductor by M"uller and Bednorz (6); and those in 1987 when the barrier of the liquid nitrogen boiling temperature of 77 K was finally conquered. 1. G. J. Holton et al., American Scientist 84, 364 (1996). 2. M. K. Wu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 908 (1987). 3. P. H. Hor et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 1891 (1987). 4. C. W. Chu et al., S. S. Comm. 18, 977 (1976); C. W. Chu and V. Diatchenko, Phys. Rev. Lett. 41, 572 (1978); T. H. Lin et al., Phys. Rev. B(RC) 29, 1493 (1984); J. H. Lin et al., J. Low Temp. Phys. 58, 363 (1985). 5. C. W. Chu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 405 (1987); C. W. Chu et al., Science 235, 567 (1987). 6. J. G. Bednorz and K. A. M"uller, Z. Phys. B64, 189 (1986).

  12. High-Tc SQUID Magnetometers for Industrial Applications

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    Diiorio, Mark; Yang, Kai-Yueh; Yoshizumi, Shozo; Haupt, Steven; Haran, Don; Koch, Roger; Lathrop, Dan; Trammel, Hoke

    1998-03-01

    We have developed high-Tc SQUID magnetometers for use in a variety of industrial applications. Relatively inexpensive direct-coupled magnetometers have been developed for low-frequency applications including fetal-magnetocardiography. A manufacturable process has been developed to reproducibly fabricate high-resistance (up to 6 Ω) SNS step-edge junctions with YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x as the superconductor and Ag-Au alloy as the normal metal. Magnetic field sensitivities at 77K of 22 ft/Hz^1/2 at 1 KHz and 32 ft/Hz^1/2 at 1 Hz have been achieved in a well-shielded laboratory environment. Current effort is focused on operation in an unshielded environment using flux dams(Milliken et al. Appl. Phys. Lett. 71 1857 (1997)) in conjunction with narrow superconducting pickup coils placed in parallel. An integrated magnetometer process has also been optimized for use in high-frequency applications. The integrated megnetometer utilizes two layers of YBa_2Cu_3O_7-x and one layer of deposited SrTiO_3, all on the same 24 mm x 5 mm substrate. The applications under development include the detection of the explosive material in non-metallic land mines using nuclear quadrupole resonance as well as the non-destructive evaluation of non-metallic composites using nuclear magnetic resonance. For operation in the MHz regime, these applications demand a high quality insulator layer and a robust SQUID that can withstand high current transients.

  13. A universal scaling behavior in magnetic resonance peak in high temperature superconductivity

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    Shin, Seung Joon; Salk, Sung-Ho Suck

    2015-08-01

    Eminent inelastic neutron scattering (INS) measurements of high temperature cuprates currently lacking theoretical interpretations are the observed temperature dependence of magnetic resonance peak and linear scaling relation between the resonance peak energy, Eres and the superconducting transition temperature, Tc. Using our slave-boson approach of the t-J Hamiltonian (Phys. Rev. 64, 052501 (2001)) for this study, we show that starting from the pseudogap temperature T∗, the magnetic resonance peak increases with decreasing temperature, revealing its inflection point at Tc and that spin pairing correlations are responsible for d-wave superconductivity. We find that there exists a universal linear scaling behavior of Eres/Tc = const., irrespective of the Heisenberg exchange coupling.

  14. Inhomogeneity of charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder in a high-Tc superconductor

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    Campi, G.; Bianconi, A.; Poccia, N.; Bianconi, G.; Barba, L.; Arrighetti, G.; Innocenti, D.; Karpinski, J.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Kazakov, S. M.; Burghammer, M.; Zimmermann, M. V.; Sprung, M.; Ricci, A.

    2015-09-01

    It has recently been established that the high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconducting state coexists with short-range charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder arising from dopants and strain. This complex, multiscale phase separation invites the development of theories of high-temperature superconductivity that include complexity. The nature of the spatial interplay between charge and dopant order that provides a basis for nanoscale phase separation remains a key open question, because experiments have yet to probe the unknown spatial distribution at both the nanoscale and mesoscale (between atomic and macroscopic scale). Here we report micro X-ray diffraction imaging of the spatial distribution of both short-range charge-density-wave `puddles' (domains with only a few wavelengths) and quenched disorder in HgBa2CuO4 + y, the single-layer cuprate with the highest Tc, 95 kelvin (refs 26, 27, 28). We found that the charge-density-wave puddles, like the steam bubbles in boiling water, have a fat-tailed size distribution that is typical of self-organization near a critical point. However, the quenched disorder, which arises from oxygen interstitials, has a distribution that is contrary to the usually assumed random, uncorrelated distribution. The interstitial-oxygen-rich domains are spatially anticorrelated with the charge-density-wave domains, because higher doping does not favour the stripy charge-density-wave puddles, leading to a complex emergent geometry of the spatial landscape for superconductivity.

  15. Inhomogeneity of charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder in a high-Tc superconductor.

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    Campi, G; Bianconi, A; Poccia, N; Bianconi, G; Barba, L; Arrighetti, G; Innocenti, D; Karpinski, J; Zhigadlo, N D; Kazakov, S M; Burghammer, M; Zimmermann, M v; Sprung, M; Ricci, A

    2015-09-17

    It has recently been established that the high-transition-temperature (high-Tc) superconducting state coexists with short-range charge-density-wave order and quenched disorder arising from dopants and strain. This complex, multiscale phase separation invites the development of theories of high-temperature superconductivity that include complexity. The nature of the spatial interplay between charge and dopant order that provides a basis for nanoscale phase separation remains a key open question, because experiments have yet to probe the unknown spatial distribution at both the nanoscale and mesoscale (between atomic and macroscopic scale). Here we report micro X-ray diffraction imaging of the spatial distribution of both short-range charge-density-wave 'puddles' (domains with only a few wavelengths) and quenched disorder in HgBa2CuO4 + y, the single-layer cuprate with the highest Tc, 95 kelvin (refs 26-28). We found that the charge-density-wave puddles, like the steam bubbles in boiling water, have a fat-tailed size distribution that is typical of self-organization near a critical point. However, the quenched disorder, which arises from oxygen interstitials, has a distribution that is contrary to the usually assumed random, uncorrelated distribution. The interstitial-oxygen-rich domains are spatially anticorrelated with the charge-density-wave domains, because higher doping does not favour the stripy charge-density-wave puddles, leading to a complex emergent geometry of the spatial landscape for superconductivity. PMID:26381983

  16. Quasiparticle tunneling spectroscopy of high {Tc} cuprates

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    Zasadzinski, J.; Ozyuzer, L.; Yusof, Z.; Chen, J.; Gray, K.E.; Mogilevsky, R.; Hinks, D.G.; Cobb, J.L.; Markert, J.T.

    1996-04-01

    Superconductor-insulator-normal metal (SIN) and superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions provide important information on pairing state symmetry and mechanism. Measurements of such junctions on high {Tc} superconductors (HTS) are reported using mechanical point contacts, which generally display the optimum characteristics that can be obtained from HTS native-surface tunnel barriers. New tunneling data on the infinite-layer cuprate, Sr{sub 1{minus}x}Nd{sub x}CuO{sub 2} are reported which show a remarkable similarity to another electron-doped cuprate, Nd{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.85}CuO{sub 4}. In particular, there is a strong, asymmetric linear background conductance that is indicative of inelastic tunneling from a continuum of states. A discussion is given of the anomalous dip feature found in the tunneling and photoemission data on BSCCO 2212. It is shown that a similar feature is found in many cuprate junctions and that this dip scales with the gap energy over a wide range. New data on the single-layer, tetragonal cuprate, Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 6} (Tl2201) are presented and discussed in light of recent published results on the similar compound HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} (Hg1201). The HG1201 data display a low, flat sub-gap tunneling conductance which is consistent with a BCS density of states whereas the T12201 data display a cusp-like feature at zero bias which is more consistent with d{sub x}2-{sub y}2 symmetry.

  17. The high temperature superconductivity space experiment

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    Webb, Denis C.; Nisenoff, M.

    1991-01-01

    The history and the current status of the high temperature superconductivity space experiment (HTSSE) initiated in 1988 are briefly reviewed. The goal of the HTSSE program is to demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating high temperature superconductivity (HTS) technology into space systems. The anticipated payoffs include the development of high temperature superconductor devices for space systems; preparation and space qualification of a cryogenically cooled experimental package containing HTS devices and components; and acquisition of data for future space experiments using more complex HTS devices and subsystems. The principal HTSSE systems and devices are described.

  18. Use of high-temperature superconducting films in superconducting bearings.

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    Cansiz, A.

    1999-07-14

    We have investigated the effect of high-temperature superconductor (HTS) films deposited on substrates that are placed above bulk HTSs in an attempt to reduce rotational drag in superconducting bearings composed of a permanent magnet levitated above the film/bulk HTS combination. According to the critical state model, hysteresis energy loss is inversely proportional to critical current density, J{sub c}, and because HTS films typically have much higher J{sub c} than that of bulk HTS, the film/bulk combination was expected to reduce rotational losses by at least one order of magnitude in the coefficient of fiction, which in turn is a measure of the hysteresis losses. We measured rotational losses of a superconducting bearing in a vacuum chamber and compared the losses with and without a film present. The experimental results showed that contrary to expectation, the rotational losses are increased by the film. These results are discussed in terms of flux drag through the film, as well as of the critical state model.

  19. High temperature superconducting fault current limiter

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    Hull, J.R.

    1997-02-04

    A fault current limiter for an electrical circuit is disclosed. The fault current limiter includes a high temperature superconductor in the electrical circuit. The high temperature superconductor is cooled below its critical temperature to maintain the superconducting electrical properties during operation as the fault current limiter. 15 figs.

  20. High temperature superconducting fault current limiter

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    Hull, John R.

    1997-01-01

    A fault current limiter (10) for an electrical circuit (14). The fault current limiter (10) includes a high temperature superconductor (12) in the electrical circuit (14). The high temperature superconductor (12) is cooled below its critical temperature to maintain the superconducting electrical properties during operation as the fault current limiter (10).

  1. Techniques for Connecting Superconducting Thin Films

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    Mester, John; Gwo, Dz-Hung

    2006-01-01

    Several improved techniques for connecting superconducting thin films on substrates have been developed. The techniques afford some versatility for tailoring the electronic and mechanical characteristics of junctions between superconductors in experimental electronic devices. The techniques are particularly useful for making superconducting or alternatively normally conductive junctions (e.g., Josephson junctions) between patterned superconducting thin films in order to exploit electron quantum-tunneling effects. The techniques are applicable to both low-Tc and high-Tc superconductors (where Tc represents the superconducting- transition temperature of a given material), offering different advantages for each. Most low-Tc superconductors are metallic, and heretofore, connections among them have been made by spot welding. Most high-Tc superconductors are nonmetallic and cannot be spot welded. These techniques offer alternatives to spot welding of most low-Tc superconductors and additional solutions to problems of connecting most high-Tc superconductors.

  2. Microstructure of RABiTS-type high-Tc superconductor coated conductors

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    Yang, Chau-Yun

    2000-11-01

    The objective of this dissertation was to characterize quantitatively the microstructure of the high Tc superconductor and buffer layer materials in prototype superconducting coated conductor tapes with the goal of understanding the microstructure-property relationships that determine their suitability for large scale applications of high Tc superconductivity. The coated conductor materials were fabricated by the rolling-assisted biaxially-textured substrates (RABiTS) approach at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. YBa2Cu 3O7-δ (YBCO), a high Tc superconductor, was deposited on various combinations of oxide buffer layers on RABiT metal tape substrates. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and Auger electron spectroscopy were used in combination to study the microstructure in the superconductor and buffer layers. The electromagnetic properties of the samples were determined in collaborations with researchers in the UW Applied Superconductivity Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Buffer layers deposited by both physical vapor deposition and chemical solution deposition methods showed a wide range of microstructures and surface topographies. Electron-beam evaporated yttia stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) buffer layers were composed of loosely packed, slab- shaped columnar grains with rectangular cross sections and average dimensions of 10nm by 50nm by the film thickness. Magnetron sputtered YSZ had a smooth and featureless surface and a 50nm diameter cell structure defined by the threading dislocations. Solution deposited buffer layers were locally dense, but showed larger scale surface roughness of ~50 nm in some cases. The YBCO films grown epitaxially on these buffer layers had similar microstructures and properties, however. With one exception, the YBCO layers possessed island structures. The average misorientation angles of the boundaries that defined the islands were largely between 2 and 4° in the high critical

  3. High pressure effects on the superconductivity in rare-earth-doped CaFe2As2

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    Uhoya, Walter; Cargill, Daniel; Gofryk, Krzysztof; Tsoi, Georgiy M.; Vohra, Yogesh K.; Sefat, Athena S.; Weir, S. T.

    2014-01-01

    High pressure superconductivity in a rare-earth-doped Ca0.86Pr0.14Fe2As2 single-crystalline sample has been studied up to 12 GPa and temperatures down to 11 K using the designer diamond anvil cell under a quasi-hydrostatic pressure medium. The electrical resistance measurements were complemented by high pressure and low-temperature X-ray diffraction studies at a synchrotron source. The electrical resistance measurements show an intriguing observation of superconductivity under pressure, with Tc as high as ∼51 K at 1.9 GPa, presenting the highest Tc reported in the intermetallic class of 122 iron-based superconductors. The resistive transition observed suggests a possible existence of two superconducting phases at low pressures of 0.5 GPa: one phase starting at Tc1 ∼ 48 K and the other starts at Tc2 ∼ 16 K. The two superconducting transitions show distinct variations with increasing pressure. High pressure and low-temperature structural studies indicate that the superconducting phase is a collapsed tetragonal ThCr2Si2-type (122) crystal structure.

  4. The Electronic Structure of the HighTc Superconductors Obtained by Angle-Resolved Photoemission

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    Campuzano, Juan-Carlos; Randeria, Mohit; Norman, Michael; Ding, Hong

    In conclusion, we hope that we have been able to convey to the readers the exciting new physics that has come out of ARPES studies of the high Tc superconductors. What is really astonishing is the range of issues on which ARPES has given new insights: from non-Fermi liquid behavior with a Fermi surface, to the symmetry of the superconducting order parameter, to the development of a Fermi surface in a doped Mott-insulator and the pseudo-gap phenomena in the underdoped cuprates.

  5. Position determine system for lymph node relating breast cancer using a high- Tc SQUID

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Ota, Hajime; Kondo, Yoichi; Tamaki, Yasuhiro; Noguchi, Shinzaburo; Hasegawa, Masakatsu

    2002-03-01

    The performance of a lymph-node detection system used with a high- Tc superconducting quantum interference device was investigated. Ultra-small iron oxide particles containing 360 pg in weight of iron could be detected at a distance of 1 mm using Helmholtz coils. When a pair of angled field coils, which were of a more practical design, were used this value was increased to 2.8 ng. This value is still large enough to apply the technique for sentinel-node biopsy and lymphatic mapping.

  6. Space applications of high temperature superconductivity technology

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    Connolly, D. J.; Aron, P. R.; Leonard, R. F.; Wintucky, E. G.

    1991-01-01

    A review is presented of the present status of high temperature superconductivity (HTS) technology and related areas of potential space application. Attention is given to areas of application that include microwave communications, cryogenic systems, remote sensing, and space propulsion and power. Consideration is given to HTS phase shifters, miniaturization of microwave filters, far-IR bolometers, and magnetic refrigeration using flux compression.

  7. Dome-shaped magnetic order competing with high-temperature superconductivity at high pressures in FeSe

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    Sun, J. P.; Matsuura, K.; Ye, G. Z.; Mizukami, Y.; Shimozawa, M.; Matsubayashi, K.; Yamashita, M.; Watashige, T.; Kasahara, S.; Matsuda, Y.; Yan, J. -Q.; Sales, B. C.; Uwatoko, Y.; Cheng, J. -G.; Shibauchi, T.

    2016-01-01

    The coexistence and competition between superconductivity and electronic orders, such as spin or charge density waves, have been a central issue in high transition-temperature (Tc) superconductors. Unlike other iron-based superconductors, FeSe exhibits nematic ordering without magnetism whose relationship with its superconductivity remains unclear. Moreover, a pressure-induced fourfold increase of Tc has been reported, which poses a profound mystery. Here we report high-pressure magnetotransport measurements in FeSe up to ∼15 GPa, which uncover the dome shape of magnetic phase superseding the nematic order. Above ∼6 GPa the sudden enhancement of superconductivity (Tc≤38.3 K) accompanies a suppression of magnetic order, demonstrating their competing nature with very similar energy scales. Above the magnetic dome, we find anomalous transport properties suggesting a possible pseudogap formation, whereas linear-in-temperature resistivity is observed in the normal states of the high-Tc phase above 6 GPa. The obtained phase diagram highlights unique features of FeSe among iron-based superconductors, but bears some resemblance to that of high-Tc cuprates. PMID:27431724

  8. Dome-shaped magnetic order competing with high-temperature superconductivity at high pressures in FeSe.

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    Sun, J P; Matsuura, K; Ye, G Z; Mizukami, Y; Shimozawa, M; Matsubayashi, K; Yamashita, M; Watashige, T; Kasahara, S; Matsuda, Y; Yan, J-Q; Sales, B C; Uwatoko, Y; Cheng, J-G; Shibauchi, T

    2016-01-01

    The coexistence and competition between superconductivity and electronic orders, such as spin or charge density waves, have been a central issue in high transition-temperature (Tc) superconductors. Unlike other iron-based superconductors, FeSe exhibits nematic ordering without magnetism whose relationship with its superconductivity remains unclear. Moreover, a pressure-induced fourfold increase of Tc has been reported, which poses a profound mystery. Here we report high-pressure magnetotransport measurements in FeSe up to ∼15 GPa, which uncover the dome shape of magnetic phase superseding the nematic order. Above ∼6 GPa the sudden enhancement of superconductivity (Tc≤38.3 K) accompanies a suppression of magnetic order, demonstrating their competing nature with very similar energy scales. Above the magnetic dome, we find anomalous transport properties suggesting a possible pseudogap formation, whereas linear-in-temperature resistivity is observed in the normal states of the high-Tc phase above 6 GPa. The obtained phase diagram highlights unique features of FeSe among iron-based superconductors, but bears some resemblance to that of high-Tc cuprates. PMID:27431724

  9. Scattering rates and specific heat jumps in high-Tc cuprates

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    Storey, James

    Inspired by recent ARPES and tunneling studies on high-Tc cuprates, we examine the effect of a pair-breaking term in the self-energy on the shape of the electronic specific heat jump. It is found that the observed specific heat jump can be described in terms of a superconducting gap, that persists above the observed Tc, in the presence of a strongly temperature dependent pair-breaking scattering rate. An increase in the scattering rate is found to explain the non-BCS-like suppression of the specific heat jump with magnetic field. A discussion of these results in the context of other properties such as the superfluid density and Raman spectra will also be presented. Supported by the Marsden Fund Council from Government funding, administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

  10. 3D modeling of high-Tc superconductors by finite element software

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    Zhang, Min; Coombs, T. A.

    2012-01-01

    A three-dimensional (3D) numerical model is proposed to solve the electromagnetic problems involving transport current and background field of a high-Tc superconducting (HTS) system. The model is characterized by the E-J power law and H-formulation, and is successfully implemented using finite element software. We first discuss the model in detail, including the mesh methods, boundary conditions and computing time. To validate the 3D model, we calculate the ac loss and trapped field solution for a bulk material and compare the results with the previously verified 2D solutions and an analytical solution. We then apply our model to test some typical problems such as superconducting bulk array and twisted conductors, which cannot be tackled by the 2D models. The new 3D model could be a powerful tool for researchers and engineers to investigate problems with a greater level of complicity.

  11. Proximity Effect at Graphene - High Tc Superconductor Junctions

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    Wang, Da; Shih, En-Min; Arefe, Ghidewon; Kim, Youngduck; Edelberg, Drew; Andrade, Erick; Wang, Dennis; Hone, James; Dean, Cory; Pasupathy, Abhay; Department of Physics, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA Collaboration

    The proximity effect is a well-known mesoscopic phenomenon where Cooper pairs from a superconductor (S) enter into a normal metal (N) that is well coupled to it. Since graphene was discovered a decade ago, the proximity effect at superconductor-graphene junctions has been extensively studied and interesting phenomena such as specular Andreev reflection and ballistic transport at graphene Josephson junctions have been observed. However, superconductors used in these experiments to date are of conventional low Tc, such as aluminum(Tc=1.2K), NbSe2(Tc=7K), and MoRe(Tc=8K). Understanding how the proximity effect works between high-Tc superconductors (pnictides and cuprates) and the Dirac Fermions of graphene remains largely unexplored. The chief technical challenge here is to create high-quality junctions between high-Tc superconductors and graphene. In this work, we will introduce a home-made setup that allows us to exfoliate, transfer and encapsulate superconductor-graphene junctions in a well controlled inert atmosphere. Transport measurements of the proximity effect at graphene-iron pnictide(FeSe, FeTeSe) and graphene-cuprate(BSCCO) junctions will be described.

  12. High-pressure structures of disilane and their superconducting properties.

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    Flores-Livas, José A; Amsler, Maximilian; Lenosky, Thomas J; Lehtovaara, Lauri; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A L; Goedecker, Stefan

    2012-03-16

    A systematic ab initio search for low-enthalpy phases of disilane (Si2H6) at high pressures was performed based on the minima hopping method. We found a novel metallic phase of disilane with Cmcm symmetry, which is enthalpically more favorable than the recently proposed structures of disilane up to 280 GPa, but revealing compositional instability below 190 GPa. The Cmcm phase has a moderate electron-phonon coupling yielding a superconducting transition temperature T(c) of around 20 K at 100 GPa, decreasing to 13 K at 220 GPa. These values are significantly smaller than previously predicted T(c))s for disilane at equivalent pressure. This shows that similar but different crystalline structures of a material can result in dramatically different T(c)'s and stresses the need for a systematic search for a crystalline ground state. PMID:22540502

  13. High-Pressure Structures of Disilane and Their Superconducting Properties

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    Flores-Livas, José A.; Amsler, Maximilian; Lenosky, Thomas J.; Lehtovaara, Lauri; Botti, Silvana; Marques, Miguel A. L.; Goedecker, Stefan

    2012-03-01

    A systematic ab initio search for low-enthalpy phases of disilane (Si2H6) at high pressures was performed based on the minima hopping method. We found a novel metallic phase of disilane with Cmcm symmetry, which is enthalpically more favorable than the recently proposed structures of disilane up to 280 GPa, but revealing compositional instability below 190 GPa. The Cmcm phase has a moderate electron-phonon coupling yielding a superconducting transition temperature Tc of around 20 K at 100 GPa, decreasing to 13 K at 220 GPa. These values are significantly smaller than previously predicted Tc’s for disilane at equivalent pressure. This shows that similar but different crystalline structures of a material can result in dramatically different Tc’s and stresses the need for a systematic search for a crystalline ground state.

  14. High- Tc superconductor characteristics control by ion implantation

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    Matsui, S.; Matsutera, H.; Yoshitake, T.; Fujita, J.; Satoh, T.

    1989-03-01

    Transition temperature ( Tc) control and annealing effects of YBa 2Cu 3O x and Bi 2Sr 1.4 Ca 1.8Cu 2.2O y superconductor thin films implanted by 200 keV Ne + have been investigated. YBa 2Cu 3 O xTc end points for 0, 1 × 10 14, 1 × 10 15 and 1 × 10 16 ions/cm 2 doses are 75, 71, 62 and 16 K, respectively. On the other hand, Bi 2Sr 1.4Ca 1.8Cu 2.2O y, Tc end points for 0, 1 × 10 12 and 1 × 10 13 ions/cm 2 doses are 78, 76 and 54 K, respectively, c lattice constant increases were observed for the implanted films. It is confirmed that the superconducting characteristics for films, are recovered by anneaing in O 2 atomosphere. Moreover, microcrystal growth caused by annealing the implanted YBa 2Cu 3O x film was observed on the surface.

  15. Stable superconducting magnet. [high current levels below critical temperature

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    Boom, R. W. (Inventor)

    1967-01-01

    Operation of a superconducting magnet is considered. A method is described for; (1) obtaining a relatively high current in a superconducting magnet positioned in a bath of a gas refrigerant; (2) operating a superconducting magnet at a relatively high current level without training; and (3) operating a superconducting magnet containing a plurality of turns of a niobium zirconium wire at a relatively high current level without training.

  16. High-Temperature Superconductivity in Single-Unit-Cell FeSe Films on Anatase TiO2(001 )

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    Ding, Hao; Lv, Yan-Feng; Zhao, Kun; Wang, Wen-Lin; Wang, Lili; Song, Can-Li; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-08-01

    We report on the observation of high-temperature (Tc) superconductivity and magnetic vortices in single-unit-cell FeSe films on anatase TiO2(001 ) substrate by using scanning tunneling microscopy. A systematic study and engineering of interfacial properties has clarified the essential roles of substrate in realizing the high-Tc superconductivity, probably via interface-induced electron-phonon coupling enhancement and charge transfer. By visualizing and tuning the oxygen vacancies at the interface, we find their very limited effect on the superconductivity, which excludes interfacial oxygen vacancies as the primary source for charge transfer between the substrate and FeSe films. Our findings have placed severe constraints on any microscopic model for the high-Tc superconductivity in FeSe-related heterostructures.

  17. Phase Diagram and High-Temperature Superconductivity of Compressed Selenium Hydrides.

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    Zhang, Shoutao; Wang, Yanchao; Zhang, Jurong; Liu, Hanyu; Zhong, Xin; Song, Hai-Feng; Yang, Guochun; Zhang, Lijun; Ma, Yanming

    2015-01-01

    Recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity (Tc = 190 K) in sulfur hydrides at megabar pressures breaks the traditional belief on the Tc limit of 40 K for conventional superconductors, and opens up the doors in searching new high-temperature superconductors in compounds made up of light elements. Selenium is a sister and isoelectronic element of sulfur, with a larger atomic core and a weaker electronegativity. Whether selenium hydrides share similar high-temperature superconductivity remains elusive, but it is a subject of considerable interest. First-principles swarm structure predictions are performed in an effort to seek for energetically stable and metallic selenium hydrides at high pressures. We find the phase diagram of selenium hydrides is rather different from its sulfur analogy, which is indicated by the emergence of new phases and the change of relative stabilities. Three stable and metallic species with stoichiometries of HSe2, HSe and H3Se are identified above ~120 GPa and they all exhibit superconductive behaviors, of which the hydrogen-rich HSe and H3Se phases show high Tc in the range of 40-110 K. Our simulations established the high-temperature superconductive nature of selenium hydrides and provided useful route for experimental verification. PMID:26490223

  18. Phase Diagram and High-Temperature Superconductivity of Compressed Selenium Hydrides

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    Zhang, Shoutao; Wang, Yanchao; Zhang, Jurong; Liu, Hanyu; Zhong, Xin; Song, Hai-Feng; Yang, Guochun; Zhang, Lijun; Ma, Yanming

    2015-10-01

    Recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity (Tc = 190 K) in sulfur hydrides at megabar pressures breaks the traditional belief on the Tc limit of 40 K for conventional superconductors, and opens up the doors in searching new high-temperature superconductors in compounds made up of light elements. Selenium is a sister and isoelectronic element of sulfur, with a larger atomic core and a weaker electronegativity. Whether selenium hydrides share similar high-temperature superconductivity remains elusive, but it is a subject of considerable interest. First-principles swarm structure predictions are performed in an effort to seek for energetically stable and metallic selenium hydrides at high pressures. We find the phase diagram of selenium hydrides is rather different from its sulfur analogy, which is indicated by the emergence of new phases and the change of relative stabilities. Three stable and metallic species with stoichiometries of HSe2, HSe and H3Se are identified above ~120 GPa and they all exhibit superconductive behaviors, of which the hydrogen-rich HSe and H3Se phases show high Tc in the range of 40-110 K. Our simulations established the high-temperature superconductive nature of selenium hydrides and provided useful route for experimental verification.

  19. Phase Diagram and High-Temperature Superconductivity of Compressed Selenium Hydrides

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    Zhang, Shoutao; Wang, Yanchao; Zhang, Jurong; Liu, Hanyu; Zhong, Xin; Song, Hai-Feng; Yang, Guochun; Zhang, Lijun; Ma, Yanming

    2015-01-01

    Recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity (Tc = 190 K) in sulfur hydrides at megabar pressures breaks the traditional belief on the Tc limit of 40 K for conventional superconductors, and opens up the doors in searching new high-temperature superconductors in compounds made up of light elements. Selenium is a sister and isoelectronic element of sulfur, with a larger atomic core and a weaker electronegativity. Whether selenium hydrides share similar high-temperature superconductivity remains elusive, but it is a subject of considerable interest. First-principles swarm structure predictions are performed in an effort to seek for energetically stable and metallic selenium hydrides at high pressures. We find the phase diagram of selenium hydrides is rather different from its sulfur analogy, which is indicated by the emergence of new phases and the change of relative stabilities. Three stable and metallic species with stoichiometries of HSe2, HSe and H3Se are identified above ~120 GPa and they all exhibit superconductive behaviors, of which the hydrogen-rich HSe and H3Se phases show high Tc in the range of 40–110 K. Our simulations established the high-temperature superconductive nature of selenium hydrides and provided useful route for experimental verification. PMID:26490223

  20. Magnetic and thermal properties of high Tc superconductors

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    Lee, Wonchoon.

    1990-09-21

    Measurements of the normal state magnetic susceptibility {chi}(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, Bi{sub 1.8}Pb{sub 0.2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}, and Bi{sub 2{minus}x}Pb{sub x}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10+{delta}} (x = 0.2 and 0.25) were carried out. All {chi}(T) data show negative curvature below {approximately}2{Tc}. The data for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} are in excellent agreement with a new calculation of the superconducting fluctuation diamagnetism. From the analysis, we infer s-wave pairing and microscopic parameters are obtained. For {chi}(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}, part of the negative curvature is inferred to arise from the normal state background. We find a strong temperature dependent anisotropy {delta}{chi} {equivalent to} {chi}{sub c} {minus} {chi}{sub ab} and estimate the normal state spin contributions to {chi}(T). The heat capacity C(T) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} is reported for 0.4 K < T < 400 K in zero and 70 kG magnetic fields. In addition to the feature associated with the onset of the superconductivity at {Tc}, two anomalies in C(T) were observed near 74 K and 330 K, with another possible anomaly near 102 K; the temperatures at which they occur correlate with anomalies in {chi}(T) and ultransonic measurements. The occurrence of the anomaly at {approx equal} 330 K is found to be sample-dependent. The influences of a magnetic field and the thermal and/or magnetic field treatment history dependence of a pellet sample on C(T), the entropy and the influence of superconducting fluctuations on C(T) near {Tc}, and the possible source of the observed intrinsic nonzero {gamma}(0) at low T are discussed.

  1. Laser surface interaction of high-Tc superconductors

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    Chen, C. H.; Mccann, M. P.; Phillips, R. C.

    1991-01-01

    During the past two years, one of the most exciting research fields in science has been the study of the newly discovered high-T(sub c) metal oxide superconductors. Although many theoretical models were proposed, there is no general agreement on any theory to explain these materials. One of the peculiar features of these high-T(sub c) materials is the noninteger number of oxygen atoms. The oxygen content is extremely critical to the superconductive properties. Take YBa2Cu3O(7-x) as an example. Its superconductive properties disappear whenever x is larger than 0.5. The existence of Cu(+ 3) was considered to account for x less than 0.5. However, results from mass spectroscopy of laser desorbed species indicate that significant quantities of oxygen molecules are trapped in the bulk of these high-T(sub c) superconductors. It appears that these trapped oxygen molecules may play key roles in superconductive properties. Preparation of superconductive thin films are considered very important for the applications of these new superconductors for the electronics industry. Fluorescence spectra and ion spectra following laser ablation of high-temperature superconductors were obtained. A real time monitor for preparation of superconductive thin films can possibly be developed.

  2. The NASA high temperature superconductivity program

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    Sokoloski, Martin M.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    1990-01-01

    It has been recognized from the onset that high temperature superconductivity held great promise for major advances across a broad range of NASA interests. The current effort is organized around four key areas: communications and data, sensors and cryogenics, propulsion and power, and space materials technology. Recently, laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films on LaAIO produced far superior RF characteristics when compared to metallic films on the same substrate. This achievement has enabled a number of unique microwave device applications, such as low insertion loss phase shifters and high Q filters. Melt texturing and melt quenched techniques are being used to produce bulk materials with optimized magnetic properties. These yttrium enriched materials possess enhanced flux pinning characteristics and will lead to prototype cryocooler bearings. Significant progress has also occurred in bolometer and current lead technology. Studies are being conducted to evaluate the effect of high temperature superconducting materials on the performance and life of high power magneto-plasma-dynamic thrusters. Extended studies were also performed to evaluate the benefit of superconducting magnetic energy storage for LEO space station, lunar and Mars mission applications. The project direction and level of effort of the program are also described.

  3. 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.

  4. Highly flexible, mechanically robust superconducting wire consisting of NbN-carbon-nanotube nanofibril composites

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    Kim, Jeong-Gyun; Kang, Haeyong; Kim, Joonggyu; Lee, Young Hee; Suh, Dongseok

    A flexible superconducting fiber is prepared by twisting carbon nanotube (CNT) sheets coated with sputter-deposited niobium nitride (NbN) layer to form the shape of yarn. Twisted CNT yarn, which has been extensively studied due to its high flexibility as well as excellent mechanical properties, and NbN, which is a superconducting material with high transition temperature (Tc) and critical magnetic field (Hc), are combined together by the deposition of NbN layer on free-standing CNT-sheet substrate followed by the biscrolling process. We tried many experimental conditions to investigate the superconducting properties of NbN-CNT yarn as a function of NbN thickness and number of CNT-sheet layers, and found out that the superconducting property of NbN on CNT-sheet can be comparable to that of NbN thin film on the normal solid substrate. In addition, the superconducting property survived even under the condition of severe mechanical deformation such as knotting. These results show the potential application of this technology as a large-scale fabrication method of flexible, mechanically robust, high performance superconducting wire. This work is supported by the Institute for Basic Science (IBS-R011-D1), and by the National Research Foundation (BSR-2013R1A1A1076063) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, Republic of Korea.

  5. Systematic variation of magnetic-field penetration depth in high-Tc superconductors studied by muon-spin relaxation

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    Uemura, Y. J.; Emery, V. J.; Moodenbaugh, A. R.; Suenaga, M.; Johnston, D. C.

    1988-01-01

    The muon relaxation rate (sigma) was measured in the high critical temperature superconductors YBa2Cu3O(x) for x = 6.66, 6.95, 7.0, and La1.85 SrO.15 CuO4 in transverse external magnetic fields 1 is approximately 4 kG. A simple relation is found which connects the transition temperature T(c), the magnetic field penetration depth lambda(L), the carrier concentration n(s) and the effective mass m* as T(c) varies as sigma which varies as 1/lambda(L) squared which varies as n(s)/m*. The linear dependence T(c) varies as n(s)/m* suggests a high energy scale for the coupling between superconducting carriers.

  6. High T(c) superconductors: Technical and commercial challenge

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    Kirschner, I.; Horvath, E.; Vajda, I.; Bencze, L.; Goebl, N.

    1995-01-01

    Some basic questions of the way which leads from the discovery of high-T(c) superconductors to their applications is surveyed. The influence of high-T(c) superconducting technology on the industrial and social development is also briefly analyzed.

  7. High temperature superconducting magnetic energy storage for future NASA missions

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    Faymon, Karl A.; Rudnick, Stanley J.

    1988-01-01

    Several NASA sponsored studies based on 'conventional' liquid helium temperature level superconductivity technology have concluded that superconducting magnetic energy storage has considerable potential for space applications. The advent of high temperature superconductivity (HTSC) may provide additional benefits over conventional superconductivity technology, making magnetic energy storage even more attractive. The proposed NASA space station is a possible candidate for the application of HTSC energy storage. Alternative energy storage technologies for this and other low Earth orbit missions are compared.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Superconducting state in bromium halide at high pressure

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    Szczȩśniak, R.; Zemła, T. P.; Szczȩśniak, D.

    2016-08-01

    The thermodynamic properties of the superconducting state in bromium halide (HBr) compound have been analyzed in the framework of the Eliashberg formalism. In particular, for the range of the pressure (p) from 140 GPa to 200 GPa, it has been shown that the critical temperature increases significantly: TC(p) ∈ < 28.8 , 55.1 > K, whereas the Coulomb pseudopotential (μ⋆) is equal to 0.1. Together with the increase of p, the values of the thermodynamic parameters such as: the ratio of the energy gap at the temperature of zero Kelvin to the critical temperature (RΔ ≡ 2 Δ (0) /kB TC), the ratio of the specific heat jump at the critical temperature to the electronic specific heat of the normal state (RC ≡ ΔC (TC) /CN (TC)), and the ratio related to the thermodynamic critical field (RH ≡TC CN (TC) / HC2 (0)) increasingly deviate from the predictions of the BCS model: RΔ(p) ∈ < 3.79 , 4.05 >, RC(p) ∈ < 1.94 , 2.27 >, and RH(p) ∈ < 0.157 , 0.147 >. It should be noted that the increase of μ⋆ visibly lowers TC and significantly reduces the difference between the results of the Eliashberg and BCS theory.

  11. High temperature superconducting digital circuits and subsystems

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    Martens, J.S.; Pance, A.; Whiteley, S.R.; Char, K.; Johansson, M.F.; Lee, L.; Hietala, V.M.; Wendt, J.R.; Hou, S.Y.; Phillips, J.

    1993-10-01

    The advances in the fabrication of high temperature superconducting devices have enabled the demonstration of high performance and useful digital circuits and subsystems. The yield and uniformity of the devices is sufficient for circuit fabrication at the medium scale integration (MSI) level with performance not seen before at 77 K. The circuits demonstrated to date include simple gates, counters, analog to digital converters, and shift registers. All of these are mid-sized building blocks for potential applications in commercial and military systems. The processes used for these circuits and blocks will be discussed along with observed performance data.

  12. Channeling study of high- Tc superconducting single crystal sublattices

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    Shakun, N. A.; Grinchenko, A. Yu.; Deev, A. S.; Makarov, V. I.; Olejnik, V. A.; Svetashov, P. A.; Slabospitsky, R. P.; Shul'ga, N. F.

    1992-04-01

    Backscattering of H, 4He, 3He ions, X-ray radiation and the nuclear reactions 16O( 4He, 4He) 16O, 18O(p, α) 15N, 16O( 3He, 4He) 15O, 7Li(p, α) 4He, etc., in combination with orientation effects have been used to investigate the structure and properties of the single crystals Nd2- xCexCuO4(T'-phase) and La2- xSrxCuO4 (T-phase). The possibility of a selective study of cation and onion sublattices, as well as oxygen O1, O2 positions is demonstrated. The dependence of the La 2- xSr xCuO 4 structural perfection on the Sr content is established. The location of Li and B is determined. Studies were made of the diffusion mobility and adsorption properties of 18O in the YBa 2Cu 3O 7-y ceramics. The influence of crystal irradiation with H and 4He ions on the shapes of the angular dependences of the yields of nuclear reactions was studied. The effect of interest has been observed for the α-yield of the 16O( 4He, 4He) 16O reactions after 4He ion irradiation of Nd 2- xCe xCuO 4, namely, the dip with Xmin(O) ≅ 0.18 transforms to a peak with Xmin(O) ≅ 1.5; the Xmin(Nd) value changes in this case from 0.024 ro 0.19.

  13. Possible light-induced superconductivity in K3C60 at high temperature.

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    Mitrano, M; Cantaluppi, A; Nicoletti, D; Kaiser, S; Perucchi, A; Lupi, S; Di Pietro, P; Pontiroli, D; Riccò, M; Clark, S R; Jaksch, D; Cavalleri, A

    2016-02-25

    The non-equilibrium control of emergent phenomena in solids is an important research frontier, encompassing effects such as the optical enhancement of superconductivity. Nonlinear excitation of certain phonons in bilayer copper oxides was recently shown to induce superconducting-like optical properties at temperatures far greater than the superconducting transition temperature, Tc (refs 4-6). This effect was accompanied by the disruption of competing charge-density-wave correlations, which explained some but not all of the experimental results. Here we report a similar phenomenon in a very different compound, K3C60. By exciting metallic K3C60 with mid-infrared optical pulses, we induce a large increase in carrier mobility, accompanied by the opening of a gap in the optical conductivity. These same signatures are observed at equilibrium when cooling metallic K3C60 below Tc (20 kelvin). Although optical techniques alone cannot unequivocally identify non-equilibrium high-temperature superconductivity, we propose this as a possible explanation of our results. PMID:26855424

  14. Aerospace applications of high temperature superconductivity

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    Heinen, V. O.; Connolly, D. J.

    1991-01-01

    Space application of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials may occur before most terrestrial applications because of the passive cooling possibilities in space and because of the economic feasibility of introducing an expensive new technology which has a significant system benefit in space. NASA Lewis Research Center has an ongoing program to develop space technology capitalizing on the potential benefit of HTS materials. The applications being pursued include space communications, power and propulsion systems, and magnetic bearings. In addition, NASA Lewis is pursuing materials research to improve the performance of HTS materials for space applications.

  15. High-Tc superconductor coplanar waveguide filter

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

    1991-01-01

    Coplanar waveguide (CPW) low-pass filters made of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) on LaAlO3 substrates, with dimensions suited for integrated circuits, were fabricated and packaged. A complete filter gives a true idea of the advantages and difficulties in replacing thin-film metal with a high-temperature superconductor in a practical circuit. Measured insertion losses in liquid nitrogen were superior to the loss of a similar thin-film copper filter throughout the 0- to 9.5-GHz passband. These results demonstrate the performance of fully patterned YBCO in a practical CPW structure after sealing in a hermetic package.

  16. Scanning tunneling microscopy studies of an electron-doped high-Tc superconductor, praseodymium lanthanum cerium copper oxide

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    Kunwar, Shankar

    It has been more than two decades since the first high temperature superconductor was discovered. In this time there has been tremendous progress in understanding these materials both theoretically and experimentally. Some important questions however remain to be answered; one of them is the temperature dependence of the superconducting gap which is in turn tied to question of the origin of the pseudogap and its connection with superconductivity. In this thesis, we present detailed Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) spectroscopic studies of an electron doped superconductor, Pr0.88LaCe 0.12CuO4-delta (PLCCO). The electron doped compounds form an interesting venue for STM studies for many reasons. In the hole-doped materials, especially in the underdoped side of the phase diagram, there is mounting evidence of a second gap that survives to high temperatures (high temperature pseudogap) that may have a different origin from superconductivity. This complicates studies of the temperature dependence of the superconducting gap in these materials. In PLCCO however, there is little evidence for a high temperature pseudogap potentially allowing us to address the question of the temperature evolution of the superconducting gap without the complication of a second gap. Secondly, the low Tc of the optimally doped materials makes it easily accessible to temperature dependent STM studies. Finally, while hole-doped materials have been extensively studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), there have been no detailed STM spectroscopic studies on the electron doped compounds. In the first part of the thesis, we investigate the effect of temperature on the superconducting gap of optimally doped PLCCO with Tc = 24K. STM spectroscopy data is analyzed to obtain the gap as a function of temperature from 5K to 35K. The gap is parameterized with a d-wave form and the STM spectra are fit at each temperature to extract the gap value. A plot of this gap value as a function of

  17. Perspectives on high temperature superconducting electronics

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    Venkatesan, T.

    1990-01-01

    The major challenges in making high temperature superconducting (HTSC) electronics viable are predominantly materials problems. Unlike their predecessors the metal oxide-based superconductors are integratable with other advanced technologies such as opto-electronics and micro-electronics. The materials problems to be addressed relate to the epitaxial growth of high quality films, highly oriented films on non-lattice matched substrates, heterostructures with atomically sharp interfaces of junctions and other novel devices, and the processing of these films with negligible deterioration of the superconducting properties. These issues are illustrated with results based on films prepared in-situ by a pulsed laser deposition process. Films with zero-transition temperatures of 90 K and critical current densities of 5 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm at 77 K have been prepared by this technique. Ultra-thin films, less than 100 A show T(sub c) is greater than 80 K, supporting the idea of two-dimensional transport in these materials. By the use of appropriate buffer layers, films with T(sub c) of 87 K and J(sub c) of 6 x 10(exp 4) A/sq cm were fabricated on silicon substrates. Submicron structures with J(sub c) is greater than 2 x 10(exp 7) at 10 K were fabricated. Results on nonlinear switching elements, IR detectors, and microwave studies will be briefly summarized.

  18. Perspectives on high temperature superconducting electronics

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    Venkatesan, T.

    1991-01-01

    The major challenges in making high temperature superconducting (HTSC) electronics viable are predominantly materials problems. Unlike their predecessors, the metal oxide-based superconductors are integratable with other advanced technologies such as opto-electronics and micro-electronics. The materials problems to be addressed relate to the epitaxial growth of high quality films, highly oriented films on non-lattice matched substrates, heterostructures with atomically sharp interfaces of junctions and other novel devices, and the processing of these films with negligible deterioration of the superconducting properties. These issues are illustrated with results based on films prepared in-situ by a pulsed laser deposition process. Films with zero-transition temperatures of 90 K and critical current densities of 5 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm at 77 K have been prepared by this technique. Ultra-thin films, less than 100 A show T(sub c) is greater than 80 K, supporting the idea of two-dimensional transport in these materials. By the use of appropriate buffer layers, films with T(sub c) of 87 K and J(sub c) of 6 x 10(exp 4) A/sq cm were fabricated on silicon substrates. Submicron structures with J(sub c) is greater than 2 x 10(exp 7) at 10 K were fabricated. Results on nonlinear switching elements, IR detectors, and microwave studies will be briefly summarized.

  19. Fabrication of sensitive high Tc bolometers

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    Nahum, Michael; Verghese, S.; Hu, Qing; Richards, Paul L.; Char, K.; Newman, N.; Sachtjen, Scott A.

    1990-01-01

    The rapid change of resistance with temperature of high quality films of high T sub c superconductors can be used to make resistance thermometers with very low temperature noise. Measurements on c-axis yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) films have given a spectral intensity of temperature noise less than 4 times 10(exp -8) K/Hz(exp 1/2) at 10 Hz. Consequently, the opportunity exists to make useful bolometric infrared detectors that operate near 90 K which can be cooled with liquid nitrogen. The fabrication and measurement of two bolometer architectures are discussed. The first is a conventional bolometer which consists of a 3000 A thick YBCO film deposited in situ by laser ablation on top of a 500 A thick SrTiO3 thickness and diced into 1x1 mm(exp 2) bolometer chips. Gold black smoke was used as the radiation absorber. The voltage noise was less than the amplifier noise when the film was current biased. Optical measurements gave an NEP of 5 times 10(exp -11) W/Hz(exp 1/2) at 10 Hz. The second architecture is that of an antenna-coupled microbolometer which consists of a small (5x10 cubic microns) YBCO film deposited directly on a bulk substrate with a low thermal conductance (YSZ) and an impedance matched planar lithographed spiral or log-periodic antenna. This structure is produced by standard photolithographic techniques. Measurements gave an electrical NEP of 4.7 times 10(exp -12) W/Hz(exp 1/2) at 10 kHz. Measurements of the optical efficiency are in progress. The measured performance of both bolometers will be compared to other detectors operating at or above liquid nitrogen temperatures so as to identify potential applications.

  20. High Tc screen-printed YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films - Effect of the substrate material

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Simons, Rainee N.; Farrell, D. E.

    1988-01-01

    Thick films of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) have been deposited on highly polished alumina, magnesia spinel, nickel aluminum titanate (Ni-Al-Ti), and barium tetratitanate (Ba-Ti) substrates by the screen printing technique. Properties of the films were found to be highly sensitive to the choice of the substrate material. The film on Ba-Ti turned green after firing, due to a reaction with the substrate and were insulating. A film on Ni-Al-Ti had a Tc (onset) of about 95 K and lost 90 percent of its resistance by about 75 K. However, even at 4 K it was not fully superconducting, possibly due to a reaction between the film and the substrate and interdiffusion of the reaction products. The film on alumina had Tc (onset) of about 96 K, Tc (zero) of about 66 K, and Delta Tc of about 10 K. The best film was obtained on spinel and had Tc (onset) of about 94 K, zero resistance at 81 K, and a transition width of about 7 K.

  1. High-Tc SQUID magnetometer system with active cancellation

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    Kuriki, S.; Oyama, H.; Hayashi, A.; Washio, T.; Fujita, M.; Hirata, Y.

    2002-05-01

    Recent developments of high-Tc SQUIDs have enabled high sensitivity magnetometers to be used in wide range of places, such as laboratory and outdoor fields. At the early stage of developing multichannel system for measurement of magnetocardiogram (MCG) in clinical application, we have fabricated a single channel high-Tc SQUID magnetometer system. The system includes a direct-coupled SQUID with slot structure, a simple magnetically shielded room (MSR), and some active compensation electronics for the purpose of reducing various environmental field noises. A novel active noise cancellation was made by using a combination of a normal conducting detection coil that was horizontally wound in the middle height of the MSR, and two compensation coils that were wound at the top and bottom of the MSR. In addition, adaptive noise cancellation was supplemented by means of adaptive digital filter that was implemented in a digital signal processor. A total noise field attenuation of 50-60 dB was attained at 0.5-100 Hz. Low noise signals from the human heart were measured with a high-Tc SQUID in the noise reduced space in the MSR.

  2. The unconventional electrodynamics of high {Tc} and organic superconductors

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    Timusk, T.; Cao, N.; Basov, D.N.; Homes, C.C.

    1996-12-31

    The combination of lowered dimensionality and electron-electron correlations are responsible for the unusual temperature and frequency dependence of the electrical conductivity of the new superconductors. The authors first review the electrodynamics of two systems, U{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and Sr{sub 2}RuO{sub 4} where conventional Fermi liquid ideas seem to work. Here transport is by free carriers with strongly renormalized masses. On the other hand the electrodynamics of the high {Tc} cuprates and the organic charge transfer salts is unconventional. The high {Tc}`s show a Drude peak with an anomalous temperature and frequency dependent scattering rate for the in-plane conductivity, while normal to the planes they are almost insulating. In the organics, the transport currents are carried by a narrow collective mode coupled to phonons. 44 refs., 7 figs.

  3. Fluxoid motion and resistive transition in high Tc superconductors

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    Matsushita, T.; Ni, B.

    1990-07-01

    Significantly broad resistive transition has been observed in high-Tc superconductors under a magnetic field. A similar broad transition was observed by French et al. (1967) in resistance versus magnetic field characteristics in low-temperature superconductors for various current densities. In this case, the critical current density and the flow resistivity completely determine the overall resistive characteristics. This suggests that the resistive characteristics in high-Tc superconductors may also be determined by these two quantities alone. In fact, the procedure outlined reproduces the commonly observed resistive characteristics. A notable feature determined from this procedure is that a knee exists in the resistance versus temperature curve. This projection corresponds to the irreversibility point; i.e. the temperature at which the critical current density is reduced to zero.

  4. Cryocooler cooled HTS current lead for a 35 kJ/7 kW-class high- Tc SMES system

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    Ren, L.; Tang, Y.; Shi, J.; Chen, N.; Li, J.; Cheng, S.

    2008-09-01

    Within 863 program of China, a 35 kJ/7 kW-class high- Tc superconducting magnetic energy storage system (SMES) was completed in Nov. 2005. It operates at 100 A in the cryogenic environment of 20 K and is cooled by conduction cooling. It is essential to minimize heat loss from room temperature and to optimize the ohmic heating of current leads. So, 100 A hybrid type current leads, consisting of conventional copper parts and high- Tc superconducting (HTS) parts, were designed, fabricated and tested. The HTS parts of the leads were made of Bi-2223 cylindrical bulk and the copper parts were winded into just like a sparse solenoid to prolong the path for heat transfer. The current leads were cooled directly by a two-stage cryocooler. And, a series of experiments were carried out. The experimental results show a good according with the simulation, which verify that the hybrid current lead meets the requirements of high- Tc SMES.

  5. Early High Tc Activity in Japan: The Franco Rasetti Lecture

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    2007-03-01

    From 1960 to 1980, R&D of superconductivity in Japan was carried out mainly to improve A15 superconducting wires and magnets. Improvement of wires were made mainly in the National Institute for Metals, and improvements of superconducting magnets were made in the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute for future nuclear fusion reactors, the National Railway Laboratory for future maglev trains and also in the Electo-Technical Laboratory for MHD generators. I began the research of BPBO in 1975 and at that time the research of oxide superconductors was limited only to my laboratory in the University of Tokyo. During the study of this new superconductor, we learned quite a lot on how to make ceramic samples, how to measure electrical conductivity and magnetic susceptibility at low temperatures. In 1982, Prof. S. Nakajima organized a rather small group for investigating ``New Superconducting Phenomena,'' and I became a member of the group. In 1985, Nakajima expanded the research group to include more than 5 experimentalists and 5 theoreticians. The title of the research was ``New Superconducting Materials'' and the funds came from the Ministry of Education of Japan. In late October, 1986, we followed the first paper of Bednorz and Muller, and immediately found the material includes high temperature superconductor and reported it to the group meeting held in early November. In early December, we confirmed La2-xBaxCuO4 is the real high temperature superconductor, the critical temperature is 28K. I sent a copy of our paper to Prof. Beasley of California and asked to inform this fact to his colleagues. Asahi Shimbun, the biggest newspaper in Japan announced this in its science section, and then many people knew the high temperature superconductor had been discovered. Then many physicists and chemists rushed to this field very quickly and many kinds of materials were synthesized. In the Government, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry

  6. A laboratory superconducting high gradient magnetic separator

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    Yan, L.G.; Yu, Y.J.; Wang, Z.K.; Kao, Z.Y.; Ye, Z.X.; Xue, C.L.; Ye, P.; Cheng, Y.L.; Li, X.M.; Kong, Q.M.

    1989-03-01

    In order to know the effectiveness of high gradient magnetic separation for Kaolin clay purification and coal desulfurization in China and to develop suitable technology, a superconducting HGMS facility has been constructed and put into operation at the Institute of Electrical Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences. The working separation chamber is 80mm in diameter and 400mm in length. the magnet is wound with 0.75 and 0.5 mm in diameter NbTi superconducting composite. The winding is compact and wax-filled. The test proves that the magnet can operate at 5T. Special attention has been paid in the design and construction of the magnet cryostat in order for it to work as long as possible. In the wet beneficiation mode, there are two separation systems available, one is the upward pumping feeding system and another is with the downward gravity feeding. The rate of flow and the linear velocity are 0-0.5L/s and 0-100 cm/s respectively. The preliminary sample test results for Kaolin clay purification and coal desulfurization show the good feasibility of magnetic separation.

  7. Identification of Liquids by High-Tc Josephson THz Detectors

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    Divin, Y.; Lyatti, M.; Poppe, U.; Urban, K.

    Fast and reliable detection of liquids will be required for future checkpoint screening techniques. Recently, a new electromagnetic-wave concept based on our high-Tc Josephson detectors and Hilbert spectroscopy has been suggested to distinguish between liquids. This technology covers a spectral range of main dispersions of liquids, from a few GHz to a few THz, and thus significantly enhances reliability of identification. The high-Tc detectors, due to a power dynamic range of more than five orders, might guarantee short identification times. Several demonstration set-ups of liquid identifiers, consisting of high-Tc Josephson detectors, integrated in Stirling coolers, and polychromatic radiation sources, have been developed and characterized. Reflection polychromatic spectra of various liquids in plastic containers have been measured at the spectral range of 15-500 GHz with total scanning time down to 0.2 second. Reliable identification of liquids, both benign and threat, within an accuracy of 0.3% was demonstrated using water as a reflectance reference. The reflectance values for 30%H2O2/H2O solution at frequencies of 30 and 100 GHz were practically undistinguishable from that of for pure water, but an increase of the relative reflectance from 1.017 at 282 GHz to 1.033 at 434 GHz has been found. Last circumstance will be used for optimization of the identifiers.

  8. 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.

  9. Aerospace applications of high temperature superconductivity

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    Connolly, D. J.; Heinen, V. O.; Aron, P. R.; Lazar, J.; Romanofsky, Robert R.

    1990-01-01

    A review is presented of all the applications that are part of the NASA program to develop space technology capitalizing on the potential benefit of high temperature superconducting materials. The applications in three major areas are being pursued: sensors and cryogenic systems, space communications, and propulsion and power systems. This review places emphasis on space communications applications and the propulsion and power applications. It is concluded that the power and propulsion applications will eventually be limited by structural considerations rather than by the availability of suitable superconductors. A cursory examination of structural limitations implied by the virial theorem suggested that there is an upper limit to the size of high field magnetic systems that are feasible in space.

  10. Superconducting high-pressure phases of disilane

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    Jin, Xilian; Meng, Xing; He, Zhi; Ma, Yanming; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian; Zou, Guangtian; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2010-01-01

    High-pressure structures of disilane (Si2H6) are investigated extensively by means of first-principles density functional theory and a random structure-searching method. Three metallic structures with P-1, Pm-3m, and C2/c symmetries are found, which are more stable than those of XY3-type candidates under high pressure. Enthalpy calculations suggest a remarkably wide decomposition (Si and H2) pressure range below 135 GPa, above which three metallic structures are stable. Perturbative linear-response calculations for Pm-3m disilane at 275 GPa show a large electron-phonon coupling parameter λ of 1.397 and the resulting superconducting critical temperature beyond the order of 102 K. PMID:20479272

  11. Superconducting high-pressure phases of disilane.

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    Jin, Xilian; Meng, Xing; He, Zhi; Ma, Yanming; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian; Zou, Guangtian; Mao, Ho-Kwang

    2010-06-01

    High-pressure structures of disilane (Si(2)H(6)) are investigated extensively by means of first-principles density functional theory and a random structure-searching method. Three metallic structures with P-1, Pm-3m, and C2/c symmetries are found, which are more stable than those of XY(3)-type candidates under high pressure. Enthalpy calculations suggest a remarkably wide decomposition (Si and H(2)) pressure range below 135 GPa, above which three metallic structures are stable. Perturbative linear-response calculations for Pm-3m disilane at 275 GPa show a large electron-phonon coupling parameter lambda of 1.397 and the resulting superconducting critical temperature beyond the order of 10(2) K. PMID:20479272

  12. The effect of processing parameters during heat treatment of bulk high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Cha, Y.S.; Dorris, S.E.; Hull, J.R.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1991-04-01

    Plastic extrusion is a promising method for producing the long lengths of high-{Tc} superconductor that will be necessary to meet many potential applications. A crucial phase of the extrusion method is removal of organic constituents. Incomplete removal can leave residual carbon at grain boundaries, which can adversely affect the superconducting properties, whereas excessively rapid removal of the organics can cause the extruded superconductor to disintegrate completely. In this paper, we analyze the effects of the following aspects of organics removal, as they apply to the firing of extruded YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} coils: (1) total pressure in the furnace, (2) oxygen flow, (3) heat conduction, and (4) diffusion of volatile components during removal of organics.

  13. The effect of processing parameters during heat treatment of bulk high- Tc superconductors

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    Cha, Y.S.; Dorris, S.E.; Hull, J.R.; Poeppel, R.B.

    1991-04-01

    Plastic extrusion is a promising method for producing the long lengths of high-{Tc} superconductor that will be necessary to meet many potential applications. A crucial phase of the extrusion method is removal of organic constituents. Incomplete removal can leave residual carbon at grain boundaries, which can adversely affect the superconducting properties, whereas excessively rapid removal of the organics can cause the extruded superconductor to disintegrate completely. In this paper, we analyze the effects of the following aspects of organics removal, as they apply to the firing of extruded YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} coils: (1) total pressure in the furnace, (2) oxygen flow, (3) heat conduction, and (4) diffusion of volatile components during removal of organics.

  14. Superconducting Field-Effect Transistors

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    Bhasin, Kul; Romanofsky, Robert R.; Tabib-Azar, Massood

    1995-01-01

    Devices offer switching speeds greater than semiconducting counterparts. High-Tc superconducting field-effect transistors (SUPEFETs) investigated for use as electronic switches in delay-line-type microwave phase shifters. Resemble semiconductor field-effect transistors in some respects, but their operation based on different principle; namely, electric-field control of transition between superconductivity and normal conductivity.

  15. Tunable high-q superconducting notch filter

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    Pang, C.S.; Falco, C.M.; Kampwirth, R.T.; Schuller, I.K.

    1979-11-29

    A superconducting notch filter is made of three substrates disposed in a cryogenic environment. A superconducting material is disposed on one substrate in a pattern of a circle and an annular ring connected together. The second substrate has a corresponding pattern to form a parallel plate capacitor and the second substrate has the circle and annular ring connected by a superconducting spiral that forms an inductor. The third substrate has a superconducting spiral that is placed parallel to the first superconducting spiral to form a transformer. Relative motion of the first substrate with respect to the second is effected from outside the cryogenic environment to vary the capacitance and hence the frequency of the resonant circuit formed by the superconducting devices.

  16. Influence of lateral displacement on the levitation performance of a magnetized bulk high-Tc superconductor magnet

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    Liu, W.; Wang, J. S.; Ma, G. T.; Zheng, J.; Tuo, X. G.; Li, L. L.; Ye, C. Q.; Liao, X. L.; Wang, S. Y.

    2012-03-01

    Compared with the permanent magnet, the magnetized bulk high-Tc superconductor magnet (MBSCM) can trap higher magnetic field due to its strong flux pinning ability, so it is a good candidate to improve the levitation performance of high-Tc superconductive (HTS) maglev system. The trapped magnetic flux of a MBSCM is sustained by the inductive superconducting current produced by the magnetizing process and is susceptible to the current intensity as well as configuration. In the HTS maglev system, the lateral displacement is an important process to change the superconducting current within a MBSCM and then affects its levitation performance, which is essential for the traffic ability in curve-way, the loading capacity of lateral impact and so on. The research about influence of lateral displacement on the levitation performance of MBSCM is necessary when MBSCM is applied on the HTS maglev vehicle. The experimental investigations about the influence of lateral displacement on the levitation performance of a MBSCM with different trapped fluxes and applied fields are processed in this article. The analyses and conclusions of this article are useful for the practical application of MBSCM in HTS maglev system.

  17. SHMUTZ & PROTON-DIAMANT H + Irradiated/Written-Hyper/Super-conductivity(HC/SC) Precognizance/Early Experiments Connections: Wet-Graphite Room-Tc & Actualized MgB2 High-Tc: Connection to Mechanical Bulk-Moduli/Hardness: Diamond Hydrocarbon-Filaments, Disorder, Nano-Powders:C,Bi,TiB2,TiC

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    Wunderman, Irwin; Siegel, Edward Carl-Ludwig; Lewis, Thomas; Young, Frederic; Smith, Adolph; Dresschhoff-Zeller, Gieselle

    2013-03-01

    SHMUTZ: ``wet-graphite''Scheike-....[Adv.Mtls.(7/16/12)]hyper/super-SCHMUTZ-conductor(S!!!) = ``wet''(?)-``graphite''(?) = ``graphene''(?) = water(?) = hydrogen(?) =ultra-heavy proton-bands(???) = ...(???) claimed room/high-Tc/high-Jc superconductOR ``p''-``wave''/ BAND(!!!) superconductIVITY and actualized/ instantiated MgB2 high-Tc superconductors and their BCS- superconductivity: Tc Siegel[ICMAO(77);JMMM 7,190(78)] connection to SiegelJ.Nonxline-Sol.40,453(80)] disorder/amorphous-superconductivity in nano-powders mechanical bulk/shear(?)-moduli/hardness: proton-irradiated diamond, powders TiB2, TiC,{Siegel[Semis. & Insuls.5:39,47, 62 (79)])-...``VS''/concommitance with Siegel[Phys.Stat.Sol.(a)11,45(72)]-Dempsey [Phil.Mag. 8,86,285(63)]-Overhauser-(Little!!!)-Seitz-Smith-Zeller-Dreschoff-Antonoff-Young-...proton-``irradiated''/ implanted/ thermalized-in-(optimal: BOTH heat-capacity/heat-sink & insulator/maximal dielectric-constant) diamond: ``VS'' ``hambergite-borate-mineral transformable to Overhauser optimal-high-Tc-LiBD2 in Overhauser-(NW-periodic-table)-Land: CO2/CH4-ETERNAL-sequestration by-product: WATER!!!: physics lessons from

  18. TOPICAL REVIEW: Current status of high-Tc wire

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    Vase, Per; Flükiger, René; Leghissa, Martino; Glowacki, Bartek

    2000-07-01

    This paper is the result of the work of a SCENET (The European Network for Superconductivity) material working group's efforts on giving values for present and future expected performance of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) wires and tapes. The purpose of the work is to give input to the design of HTS applications like power cables, motors, current leads, magnets, transformers and generators. The current status performance values are supposed to be used in the design of today's prototypes and the future values for the design of fully commercial HTS applications of the future. We focus on what is expected to be the relevant parameters for HTS application design. The most successful technique by far for making HTS tapes has been on the (Bi, Pb)2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox (Bi-2223) material by the powder-in-tube (PIT) technique and this paper therefore focuses on giving the current status and expected future performance for Bi-2223 tapes.

  19. Permanent magnet design for high-speed superconducting bearings

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    Hull, John R.; Uherka, Kenneth L.; Abdoud, Robert G.

    1996-01-01

    A high temperature superconducting bearing including a permanent magnet rotor levitated by a high temperature superconducting structure. The rotor preferably includes one or more concentric permanent magnet rings coupled to permanent magnet ring structures having substantially triangular and quadrangular cross-sections. Both alternating and single direction polarity magnet structures can be used in the bearing.

  20. Permanent magnet design for high-speed superconducting bearings

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    Hull, J.R.; Uherka, K.L.; Abdoud, R.G.

    1996-09-10

    A high temperature superconducting bearing including a permanent magnet rotor levitated by a high temperature superconducting structure is disclosed. The rotor preferably includes one or more concentric permanent magnet rings coupled to permanent magnet ring structures having substantially triangular and quadrangular cross-sections. Both alternating and single direction polarity magnet structures can be used in the bearing. 9 figs.

  1. Superconducting High Resolution Fast-Neutron Spectrometers

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    Hau, I D

    2006-05-25

    Superconducting high resolution fast-neutron calorimetric spectrometers based on {sup 6}LiF and TiB{sub 2} absorbers have been developed. These novel cryogenic spectrometers measure the temperature rise produced in exothermal (n, {alpha}) reactions with fast neutrons in {sup 6}Li and {sup 10}B-loaded materials with heat capacity C operating at temperatures T close to 0.1 K. Temperature variations on the order of 0.5 mK are measured with a Mo/Cu thin film multilayer operated in the transition region between its superconducting and its normal state. The advantage of calorimetry for high resolution spectroscopy is due to the small phonon excitation energies k{sub B}T on the order of {mu}eV that serve as signal carriers, resulting in an energy resolution {Delta}E {approx} (k{sub B}T{sup 2}C){sup 1/2}, which can be well below 10 keV. An energy resolution of 5.5 keV has been obtained with a Mo/Cu superconducting sensor and a TiB{sub 2} absorber using thermal neutrons from a {sup 252}Cf neutron source. This resolution is sufficient to observe the effect of recoil nuclei broadening in neutron spectra, which has been related to the lifetime of the first excited state in {sup 7}Li. Fast-neutron spectra obtained with a {sup 6}Li-enriched LiF absorber show an energy resolution of 16 keV FWHM, and a response in agreement with the {sup 6}Li(n, {alpha}){sup 3}H reaction cross section and Monte Carlo simulations for energies up to several MeV. The energy resolution of order of a few keV makes this novel instrument applicable to fast-neutron transmission spectroscopy based on the unique elemental signature provided by the neutron absorption and scattering resonances. The optimization of the energy resolution based on analytical and numerical models of the detector response is discussed in the context of these applications.

  2. High-temperature superconductivity in iron pnictides and chalcogenides

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    Si, Qimiao; Yu, Rong; Abrahams, Elihu

    2016-04-01

    Superconductivity develops in metals upon the formation of a coherent macroscopic quantum state of electron pairs. Iron pnictides and chalcogenides are materials that have high superconducting transition temperatures. In this Review, we describe the advances in the field that have led to higher superconducting transition temperatures in iron-based superconductors and the wide range of materials that are used to form these superconductors. We summarize the essential aspects of the normal state and the mechanism for superconductivity. We emphasize the degree of electron–electron correlations and their manifestation in properties of the normal state. We examine the nature of magnetism, analyse its role in driving the electronic nematicity and discuss quantum criticality at the border of magnetism in the phase diagram. Finally, we review the amplitude and structure of the superconducting pairing, and survey the potential material settings for optimizing superconductivity.

  3. Macroscopic character of composite high temperature superconducting wires

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    Kivelson, Steven; Spivak, Boris

    The ``d-wave'' symmetry of the superconducting order in the cuprate high temperature superconductors is a well established fact, and one which identifies them as ``unconventional.'' However, in macroscopic contexts - including many potential applications (i.e. superconducting ``wires'') - the material is a composite of randomly oriented superconducting grains in a metallic matrix, in which Josephson coupling between grains mediates the onset of long-range phase coherence. Here, we analyze the physics at length scales large compared to the size of such grains, and in particular the macroscopic character of the long-range order that emerges. While XY-superconducting glass order and macroscopic d-wave superconductivity may be possible, we show that under many circumstances - especially when the d-wave superconducting grains are embedded in a metallic matrix - the most likely order has global s-wave symmetry.

  4. High temperature superconductivity space experiment (HTSSE)

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    Ritter, J. C.; Nisenoff, M.; Price, G.; Wolf, S. A.

    1991-01-01

    An experiment dealing with high-temperature superconducting devices and components in space is discussed. A variety of devices (primarily passive microwave and millimeter-wave components) has been procured and will be integrated with a cryogenic refrigerating and data acquisition system to form the space package, which will be launched in late 1992. This space experiment is expected to demonstrate that this technology is sufficiently robust to survive the space environment and that the technology has the potential to improve the operation of space systems significantly. The devices for the initial launch have been evaluated electrically, thermally, and mechanically, and will be integrated into the final space package early in 1991. The performance of the devices is summarized, and some potential applications of this technology in space systems are outlined.

  5. Parameters of high-temperature superconducting transformers

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    Volkov, E. P.; Dzhafarov, E. A.

    2015-12-01

    Parameters of the high-temperature superconducting (HTSC) transformer with a core-type magnetic circuit and with coaxial and symmetrical interleaved windings made of the first-generation HTSC wire with a localized magnetic field are considered. The parameters of the most widespread core-type transformer with a coaxial HTSC winding are compared with those of a conventional transformer with a copper wire winding. Advantages of the HTSC transformers, such as reduction in the leakage inductive reactance and the HTSC winding's cross section, volume, and mass, as compared with the same parameters of conventional transformers with a copper wire winding are demonstrated. The efficiency of the HTSC transformers has proven to be determined predominantly by the core loss. In order to increase the efficiency of the HTSC transformer, it is proposed to use the amorphous electrical steel as the material of its magnetic circuit.

  6. Korea's developmental program for superconductivity

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    Hong, Gye-Won; Won, Dong-Yeon; Kuk, Il-Hyun; Park, Jong-Chul

    1995-01-01

    Superconductivity research in Korea was firstly carried out in the late 70's by a research group in Seoul National University (SNU), who fabricated a small scale superconducting magnetic energy storage system under the financial support from Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO). But a few researchers were involved in superconductivity research until the oxide high Tc superconductor was discovered by Bednorz and Mueller. After the discovery of YBaCuO superconductor operating above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (77 K)(exp 2), Korean Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) sponsored a special fund for the high Tc superconductivity research to universities and national research institutes by recognizing its importance. Scientists engaged in this project organized 'High Temperature Superconductivity Research Association (HITSRA)' for effective conducting of research. Its major functions are to coordinate research activities on high Tc superconductivity and organize the workshop for active exchange of information. During last seven years the major superconductivity research has been carried out through the coordination of HITSRA. The major parts of the Korea's superconductivity research program were related to high temperature superconductor and only a few groups were carrying out research on conventional superconductor technology, and Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI) have led this research. In this talk, the current status and future plans of superconductivity research in Korea will be reviewed based on the results presented in interim meeting of HITSRA, April 1-2, 1994. Taejeon, as well as the research activity of KAERI.

  7. Superconductivity

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    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.

  8. van Hove Singularities and Spectral Smearing in High Temperature Superconducting H3S

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    Quan, Yundi; Pickett, Warren E.

    The superconducting phase of hydrogen sulfide at Tc=200 K observed by Drozdov and collaborators at pressures around 200 GPa is simple bcc Im 3 m H3S reopens questions about what is achievable in high Tc. The various ''extremes'' that are involved - pressure, implying extreme reduction of volume, extremely high H phonon energy scale around 1400K, extremely high temperature for a superconductor - necessitate a close look at new issues raised by these characteristics in relation to high Tc. We have applied first principles methods to analyze the H3S electronic structure, particularly the van Hove singularities (vHs) and the effect of sulfur. Focusing on the two closely spaced vHs near the Fermi level that give rise to the impressively sharp peak in the density of states, the implications of strong coupling Migdal-Eliashberg theory are assessed. The electron spectral density smearing due to virtual phonon emission and absorption, as done in earlier days for A15 superconductors, must be included explicitly to obtain accurate theoretical predictions and a correct understanding. Means for increasing Tc in H3S-like materials will be mentioned. NSF DMR Grant 1207622.

  9. Experimental observation of high-temperature superconductivity in HxS at P ~150 GPa

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    Eremets, M.

    2015-03-01

    We found that sulfur hydride transforms at P ~90 GPa to metal and superconductor with Tc increasing with pressure to 150 K at ~ 200 GPa. Moreover we found superconductivity with Tc ~ 190 K in a H2S sample pressurized to P > 150 GPa at T > 220 K. This superconductivity likely associates with the dissociation of H2S, and formation of SHn (n > 2) hydrides. We proved occurrence of superconductivity by the drop of the resistivity at least 50 times lower than the copper resistivity, the decrease of Tc with magnetic field, and the strong isotope shift of Tc in D2S which evidences a major role of phonons in the superconductivity.

  10. High-field superconducting nested coil magnet

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    Laverick, C.; Lobell, G. M.

    1970-01-01

    Superconducting magnet, employed in conjunction with five types of superconducting cables in a nested solenoid configuration, produces total, central magnetic field strengths approaching 70 kG. The multiple coils permit maximum information on cable characteristics to be gathered from one test.

  11. Structural alloys for high field superconducting magnets

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    Morris, J.W. Jr.

    1985-08-01

    Research toward structural alloys for use in high field superconducting magnets is international in scope, and has three principal objectives: the selection or development of suitable structural alloys for the magnet support structure, the identification of mechanical phenomena and failure modes that may influence service behavior, and the design of suitable testing procedures to provide engineering design data. This paper reviews recent progress toward the first two of these objectives. The structural alloy needs depend on the magnet design and superconductor type and differ between magnets that use monolithic and those that employ force-cooled or ICCS conductors. In the former case the central requirement is for high strength, high toughness, weldable alloys that are used in thick sections for the magnet case. In the latter case the need is for high strength, high toughness alloys that are used in thin welded sections for the conductor conduit. There is productive current research on both alloy types. The service behavior of these alloys is influenced by mechanical phenomena that are peculiar to the magnet environment, including cryogenic fatigue, magnetic effects, and cryogenic creep. The design of appropriate mechanical tests is complicated by the need for testing at 4/sup 0/K and by rate effects associated with adiabatic heating during the tests. 46 refs.

  12. Low cost, formable, high T(sub c) superconducting wire

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    Smialek, James L. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A ceramic superconductivity part such as a wire is produced through the partial oxidation of a specially formulated copper alloy in the core. The alloys contain low level quantities of rare earth and alkaline earth dopant elements. Upon oxidation at high temperature, superconducting oxide phases are formed as a thin film.

  13. Plasma model of superconducting crystals

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    Netesova, Nadezhda P.

    2016-04-01

    Within inharmonious plasma oscillation model the superconducting crystal AB is considered consisting of two subsystems 2AB=A2+B2. In high-temperature superconductors spontaneous division into two phases: superconducting and isolating was revealed. Phase separation was caused by plasma instability. It is obtained the transition superconducting phase temperature dependence Tc = F (q12, q1, q2, V12, V1, V2) on the isotopic substitution physical parameters: q - initial and component interaction parameters, V - volume in initial and component crystal lattices. The isotopic transition superconducting phase temperature displacement ΔTc is associated with the change of the initial and component interaction and crystal lattice parameters. From the plasma mechanism of superconductivity follows superconducting crystals exist at room temperature.

  14. Nodal bilayer-splitting controlled by spin-orbit interactions in underdoped high-Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, N.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Shekhter, A.

    2015-01-01

    The highest superconducting transition temperatures in the cuprates are achieved in bilayer and trilayer systems, highlighting the importance of interlayer interactions for high Tc. It has been argued that interlayer hybridization vanishes along the nodal directions by way of a specific pattern of orbital overlap. Recent quantum oscillation measurements in bilayer cuprates have provided evidence for a residual bilayer-splitting at the nodes that is sufficiently small to enable magnetic breakdown tunneling at the nodes. Here we show that several key features of the experimental data can be understood in terms of weak spin-orbit interactions naturally present in bilayer systems, whose primary effect is to cause the magnetic breakdown to be accompanied by a spin flip. These features can now be understood to include the equidistant set of three quantum oscillation frequencies, the asymmetry of the quantum oscillation amplitudes in c-axis transport compared to ab-plane transport, and the anomalous magnetic field angle dependence of the amplitude of the side frequencies suggestive of small effective g-factors. We suggest that spin-orbit interactions in bilayer systems can further affect the structure of the nodal quasiparticle spectrum in the superconducting phase. PACS numbers: 71.45.Lr, 71.20.Ps, 71.18.+y PMID:26039222

  15. Nodal bilayer-splitting controlled by spin-orbit interactions in underdoped high-Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, N.; Ramshaw, B. J.; Shekhter, A.

    2015-06-03

    The highest superconducting transition temperatures in the cuprates are achieved in bilayer and trilayer systems, highlighting the importance of interlayer interactions for high Tc. It has been argued that interlayer hybridization vanishes along the nodal directions by way of a specific pattern of orbital overlap. Recent quantum oscillation measurements in bilayer cuprates have provided evidence for a residual bilayer-splitting at the nodes that is sufficiently small to enable magnetic breakdown tunneling at the nodes. Here we show that several key features of the experimental data can be understood in terms of weak spin-orbit interactions naturally present in bilayer systems, whosemore » primary effect is to cause the magnetic breakdown to be accompanied by a spin flip. These features can now be understood to include the equidistant set of three quantum oscillation frequencies, the asymmetry of the quantum oscillation amplitudes in c-axis transport compared to ab-plane transport, and the anomalous magnetic field angle dependence of the amplitude of the side frequencies suggestive of small effective g-factors. We suggest that spin-orbit interactions in bilayer systems can further affect the structure of the nodal quasiparticle spectrum in the superconducting phase. PACS numbers: 71.45.Lr, 71.20.Ps, 71.18.+y« less

  16. High Performance High-Tc Superconducting Wires

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    Kang, Sukill; Goyal, Amit; Li, Jing; Gapud, Albert Agcaoili; Martin, Patrick M; Heatherly Jr, Lee; Thompson, James R; Christen, David K; List III, Frederick Alyious; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Lee, Dominic F

    2006-01-01

    We demonstrated short segments of a superconducting wire that meets or exceeds performance requirements for many large-scale applications of high-temperature superconducting materials, especially those requiring a high supercurrent and/or a high engineering critical current density in applied magnetic fields. The performance requirements for these varied applications were met in 3-micrometer-thick YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films epitaxially grown via pulsed laser ablation on rolling assisted biaxially textured substrates. Enhancements of the critical current in self-field as well as excellent retention of this current in high applied magnetic fields were achieved in the thick films via incorporation of a periodic array of extended columnar defects, composed of self-aligned nanodots of nonsuperconducting material extending through the entire thickness of the film. These columnar defects are highly effective in pinning the superconducting vortices or flux lines, thereby resulting in the substantially enhanced performance of this wire.

  17. Phase transition between two kinds of flux-line lattice in high- Tc superconductors in a tilted field

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    Nonomura, Y.; Hu, X.

    2004-10-01

    Structures of flux-line lattices (FLL) in vortex states of high- Tc superconductors in a tilted field are directly studied by Monte Carlo simulations of the three-dimensional anisotropic XY model, where only Josephson couplings are considered between superconducting layers. A nontrivial structural transition between the Josephson-dominant and Abrikosov-dominant FLL phases occurs as the tilting angle of the external field is increased at low enough temperatures. A similar phase transition is observed by varying the anisotropy parameter with a fixed external field. A finite latent heat at the transition point indicates that this phase transition is of first order.

  18. Damping in high-temperature superconducting levitation systems

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    Hull, John R.

    2009-12-15

    Methods and apparatuses for improved damping in high-temperature superconducting levitation systems are disclosed. A superconducting element (e.g., a stator) generating a magnetic field and a magnet (e.g. a rotor) supported by the magnetic field are provided such that the superconducting element is supported relative to a ground state with damped motion substantially perpendicular to the support of the magnetic field on the magnet. Applying this, a cryostat housing the superconducting bearing may be coupled to the ground state with high damping but low radial stiffness, such that its resonant frequency is less than that of the superconducting bearing. The damping of the cryostat may be substantially transferred to the levitated magnetic rotor, thus, providing damping without affecting the rotational loss, as can be derived applying coupled harmonic oscillator theory in rotor dynamics. Thus, damping can be provided to a levitated object, without substantially affecting the rotational loss.

  19. Design of high-T{sub c} superconducting bolometers for a far infrared imaging array

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    Verghese, S.; Richards, P.L.; Fork, D.K.; Char, K.; Geballe, T.H.

    1992-08-01

    The design of high-{Tc} superconducting bolometers for use in a far infrared imaging array from wavelengths 30--100{mu}m is discussed. Measurements of the voltage noise in thin films of YBa{sub 2}CU{sub 3}O{sub 7-{var_sigma}} on yttria-stabilized zirconia buffer layers on silicon substrates are used to make performance estimates. Useful opportunities exist for imaging and spectroscopy with bolometer arrays made on micro-machined silicon membranes. A circuit on each pixel which performs some signal integration can improve the sensitivity of large two-dimensional arrays of bolometers which use multiplexed readout amplifiers.

  20. Microstructures and critical currents in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Suenaga, Masaki

    1998-11-01

    Microstructural defects are the primary determining factors for the values of critical-current densities in a high {Tc} superconductor after the electronic anisotropy along the a-b plane and the c-direction. A review is made to assess firstly what would be the maximum achievable critical-current density in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} if nearly ideal pinning sites were introduced and secondly what types of pinning defects are currently introduced or exist in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and how effective are these in pinning vortices.

  1. 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.

  2. Phenomenological study of the normal state angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy line shapes of high temperature superconducting cuprates

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    Matsuyama, Kazue; Dilip, Rohit; Gweon, G.-H.

    2015-03-01

    Understanding the normal state properties of high temperature (high-Tc) superconducting cuprates remains a central mystery in the high-Tc problem. Standing out among those mysterious properties are the anomalous angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) line shapes. The extremely correlated Fermi liquid (ECFL) theory recently introduced by Shastry has renewed interest in quantitatively understanding ARPES line shapes. In this talk, we combine certain phenomenological considerations with the ECFL framework in order to describe the ARPES data. Our phenomenological models have the property of preserving the universal property of the original ECFL theory, while introducing phenomenological changes in a non-universal property. Our models describe, with unprecedented fidelity, the key aspects of the dichotomy between momentum distribution curves (MDCs) and energy distribution curves (EDCs) of high-Tc ARPES data. Therefore, our study goes well beyond the prevailing studies that discuss only MDCs and EDCs.

  3. High- and Mid-temperature Superconducting Sensors for Far IR/Sub-mm Applications in Space

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    Lakew, Brook; Brasunas, J. C.

    2004-01-01

    In this review paper an overview of the potential applications of high Tc (approx. 90 K) superconductors (HTS) and mid-Tc (approx. 39 K) superconductors (MTS) thin films in far IR/Sub-mm thermal detectors is presented. HTSs (YBCO, GdBCO etc.) were discovered in the late 80s while superconductivity in MgB2, an MTS, was discovered in 2001. The sharp transition in transport properties of HTS has allowed the fabrication of composite infrared thermal detectors (bolometers) with better figures of merit than thermopile detectors - thermopiles are currently on board the CIRS instrument on the Cassini mission to Saturn. The potential for developing even more sensitive sensors for IR/Sub-mm applications using MgB2 thin films is assessed. Current MgB2 thin film deposition techniques and film quality are reviewed.

  4. Modifications of Superconducting Properties of Niobium Caused by Nitrogen Doping Recipes for High Q Cavities

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    Vostrikov, Alexander; Checchin, Mattia; Grassellino, Anna; Kim, Young-Kee; Romanenko, Alexander

    2015-06-01

    A study is presented on the superconducting properties of niobium used for the fabrication of the SRF cavities after treating by recently discovered nitrogen doping methods. Cylindrical niobium samples have been subjected to the standard surface treatments applied to the cavities (electro-polishing, l 20°C bake) and compared with samples treated by additional nitrogen doping recipes routinely used to reach ultra-high quality factor values (>3· 1010 at 2 K, 16 MV/m). The DC magnetization curves and the complex magnetic AC susceptibility have been measured. Evidence for the lowered field of first flux penetration after nitrogen doping is found suggesting a correlation with the lowered quench fields. Superconducting critical temperatures Tc = 9.25 K are found to be in agreement with previous measurements, and no strong effect on the critical surface field (Bd) from nitrogen doping was found.

  5. Thermodynamics of the magnetic-field-induced "normal" state in an underdoped high Tc superconductor

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    Riggs, Scott Chandler

    High magnetic fields are used to kill superconductivity and probe what happens to system when it cannot reach the ideal ground state, i.e. what is the normal-state ground state? Early work in High-Tc, where the application of magnetic field destroyed the zero resistance state and recovered a resistivity value that connected continuously with the zero field curve, lead people to believe this magnetic-field-induced-state had fully driven the system normal, revealing the true underlying ground state, without any vestige of superconductivity. Many experiments done in this region of phase space have results interpreted as coming from the low energy ground state excitations. With the emergence of ultra-clean crystals in a unique family of hole doped high-Tc superconductors, YBa2Cu3O 7-delta, YBCO, a new and highly unexpected phenomena of quantum oscillations were discovered, and they followed the standard Liftshitz-Kosevich (LK) theory for a normal metal. The results suddenly made the problem of high-T c appear to be analogous to superconductivity in the organics, which is brought about by a wave-vector nesting and Fermi surface reconstruction. The only problem, it appeared, that needed to be reconciled was with Angle Resolved Photo-Emission Spectroscopy (ARPES) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) data that claimed to see no such Fermi surface, instead only "arcs", a set of disconnected segments in the Brillouin zone which quasiparticle peaks are observed at the Fermi energy, which in a mean field description does not allow for a continuous Fermi surface contour. These two discrepancies led to the "arc vs pocket" debate, which is still unresolved. The other kink in the quantum oscillation armor is that, to this date, quantum oscillations in the hole-doped cuprates have only been seen in YBCO, the only cuprate structure to have CuO chains, which conduct and are located in between two CuO2 superconducting planes in the unit cell. In an attempt to reconcile the "arc vs

  6. Method and apparatus for connecting high voltage leads to a high temperature super-conducting transformer

    DOEpatents

    Golner, Thomas M.; Mehta, Shirish P.

    2005-07-26

    A method and apparatus for connecting high voltage leads to a super-conducting transformer is provided that includes a first super-conducting coil set, a second super-conducting coil set, and a third super-conducting coil set. The first, second and third super-conducting coil sets are connected via an insulated interconnect system that includes insulated conductors and insulated connectors that are utilized to connect the first, second, and third super-conducting coil sets to the high voltage leads.

  7. 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.

  8. AuBa 2(Y 1- x, Ca x)Cu 2O 7: a new superconducting gold cuprate with Tc above 80 K

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    Bordet, P.; LeFloch, S.; Chaillout, C.; Duc, F.; Gorius, M. F.; Perroux, M.; Capponi, J. J.; Toulemonde, P.; Tholence, J. L.

    1997-02-01

    We have synthesised by the high pressure-high temperature technique a new layered gold cuprate of chemical formula AuBa 2(Y 1- x,Ca x)Cu 2O 7 (0 ≤ × ≤ 0.4) (hereafter denoted as Au-1212). The structural properties of this compound are investigated by means of electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. The average structure (orthorhombic Pmmm, a = 3.8298(5) Å, b = 3.8420(5) Å, c = 12.111(1) Å for nominal composition x = 0.4) is very similar to that of YBa 2Cu 3O 7, with Au 3+ cations in square planar coordination sharing corners to form chains running along the b axis. Electron microscopy reveals the presence of a superstructure with double b parameter, which is attributed to a long range ordered zig-zag conformation of the square chains. For x = 0, the formal copper valence is 2 + and the compound is insulating. Doping of the conducting CuO 2 planes is achieved by the partial substitution of yttrium by calcium, up to x ≈ 0.4. Upon substitution, the compound becomes superconducting with a maximum Tc at ∼ 82 K for x ≈ 0.4.

  9. Can doping graphite trigger room temperature superconductivity? Evidence for granular high-temperature superconductivity in water-treated graphite powder.

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    Scheike, T; Böhlmann, W; Esquinazi, P; Barzola-Quiquia, J; Ballestar, A; Setzer, A

    2012-11-14

    Granular superconductivity in powders of small graphite grains (several tens of micrometers) is demonstrated after treatment with pure water. The temperature, magnetic field and time dependence of the magnetic moment of the treated graphite powder provides evidence for the existence of superconducting vortices with some similarities to high-temperature granular superconducting oxides but even at temperatures above 300 K. Room temperature superconductivity in doped graphite or at its interfaces appears to be possible. PMID:22949348

  10. Apparatus for continuous manufacture of high temperature superconducting wires from molten superconducting oxides

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    Hed, A.Z.

    1991-09-10

    This patent describes an apparatus for making a composite high-temperature superconducting wire, comprising a refractory core having a melting point above a melt temperature of a superconducting oxide ceramic having a critical temperature T{sub c} above 23{degrees} K and a layer of the superconducting oxide ceramic on the core. It comprises means forming a controlled-atmosphere chamber; a vessel received in the chamber and formed with an opening at a bottom thereof, the vessel receiving an annular mass of the superconducting oxide ceramic in solid form surrounding a passage traversing the mass and extending upwardly from the opening; means for forming a melt of the superconductive oxide ceramic in a small pool in the mass above the passage and at a temperature slightly above a melting point of the superconducting oxide ceramic; means for drawing the refractory core through the opening, the passage and the melt in succession and depositing the melt on the core, the pool being in contact only with the mass, the core and the atmosphere; means in the chamber above the pool for cooling the melt deposited on the core by radiation and convection.

  11. Highly Textured Superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 Thin Films on Glass Substrates

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    Chen, Li; Tsai, Chen-Fong; Lee, Joon Hwan; Zhang, Xinghang; Wang, Haiyan

    2013-02-01

    Superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films are deposited on amorphous substrates, i.e., glass substrates by a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique. Microstructural characterizations show that the films are highly textured along (00l) with good crystallinity. The superconducting critical transition temperature (Tc) ranges from ˜8 to ˜10 K. The self-field critical current density (Jcsf) at 4 K is ˜1.2×104 A/cm2. The in-field critical current density (Jcinfield) decreases slowly under high magnetic field confirmed by both transport and magnetization measurements. The growth of high quality superconducting FeSe0.5Te0.5 thin films on amorphous substrates demonstrates a low cost architecture for future Fe-based superconductor coated conductors.

  12. High-temperature superconductivity: Electron mirages in an iron salt

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    Zaanen, Jan

    2014-11-01

    The detection of unusual 'mirage' energy bands in photoemission spectra of single-atom layers of iron selenide reveals the probable cause of high-temperature superconductivity in these artificial structures. See Letter p.245

  13. Design considerations for high-current superconducting ion linacs

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Micklich, B.J.; Roche, C.T.; Sagalovsky, L.

    1993-08-01

    Superconducting linacs may be a viable option for high-current applications such as fusion materials irradiation testing, spallation neutron source, transmutation of radioactive waste, tritium production, and energy production. These linacs must run reliably for many years and allow easy routine maintenance. Superconducting cavities operate efficiently with high cw gradients, properties which help to reduce operating and capital costs, respectively. However, cost-effectiveness is not the sole consideration in these applications. For example, beam impingement must be essentially eliminated to prevent unsafe radioactivation of the accelerating structures, and thus large apertures are needed through which to pass the beam. Because of their high efficiency, superconducting cavities can be designed with very large bore apertures, thereby reducing the effect of beam impingement. Key aspects of high-current cw superconducting linac designs are explored in this context.

  14. Cryogenic deformation of high temperature superconductive composite structures

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    Roberts, Peter R.; Michels, William; Bingert, John F.

    2001-01-01

    An improvement in a process of preparing a composite high temperature oxide superconductive wire is provided and involves conducting at least one cross-sectional reduction step in the processing preparation of the wire at sub-ambient temperatures.

  15. High-temperature superconductivity from fine-tuning of Fermi-surface singularities in iron oxypnictides

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    Charnukha, A.; Evtushinsky, D. V.; Matt, C. E.; Xu, N.; Shi, M.; Büchner, B.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Batlogg, B.; Borisenko, S. V.

    2015-01-01

    In the family of the iron-based superconductors, the REFeAsO-type compounds (with RE being a rare-earth metal) exhibit the highest bulk superconducting transition temperatures (Tc) up to 55 K and thus hold the key to the elusive pairing mechanism. Recently, it has been demonstrated that the intrinsic electronic structure of SmFe0.92Co0.08AsO (Tc = 18 K) is highly nontrivial and consists of multiple band-edge singularities in close proximity to the Fermi level. However, it remains unclear whether these singularities are generic to the REFeAsO-type materials and if so, whether their exact topology is responsible for the aforementioned record Tc. In this work, we use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) to investigate the inherent electronic structure of the NdFeAsO0.6F0.4 compound with a twice higher Tc = 38 K. We find a similarly singular Fermi surface and further demonstrate that the dramatic enhancement of superconductivity in this compound correlates closely with the fine-tuning of one of the band-edge singularities to within a fraction of the superconducting energy gap Δ below the Fermi level. Our results provide compelling evidence that the band-structure singularities near the Fermi level in the iron-based superconductors must be explicitly accounted for in any attempt to understand the mechanism of superconducting pairing in these materials. PMID:26678565

  16. A review of basic phenomena and techniques for sputter-deposition of high temperature superconducting films

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    Auciello, O. North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Ameen, M.S.; Kingon, A.I.; Lichtenwalner, D.J. . Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering); Krauss, A.R. )

    1990-01-01

    The processes involved in plasma and ion beam sputter-deposition of high temperature superconducting thin films are critically reviewed. Recent advances in the development of these techniques are discussed in relation to basic physical phenomena, specific to each technique, which must be understood before high quality films can be produced. Control of film composition is a major issue in sputter-deposition of multicomponent materials. Low temperature processing of films is a common goal for each technique, particularly in relation to integrating high temperature superconducting films with the current microelectronics technology. It has been understood for some time that for Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} deposition, the most intensely studied high-{Tc} compound, incorporation of sufficient oxygen into the film during deposition is necessary to produce as-deposited superconducting films at relatively substrate temperatures. Recent results have shown that with the use of suitable buffer layers, high quality Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} sputtered films can be obtained on Si substrates without the need for post-deposition anneal processing. This review is mainly focussed on issues related to sputter-deposition of Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin films, although representative results concerning the bismuth and thallium based compounds are included. 143 refs., 11 figs.

  17. Towards a complete Fermi surface in underdoped high Tc superconductors

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    Harrison, Neil

    The discovery of magnetic quantum oscillations in underdoped high Tc superconductors raised many questions, and initiated a quest to understand the origin of the Fermi surface the like of which had not been seen since the very first discovery of quantum oscillations in elemental bismuth. While studies of the Fermi surface of materials are today mostly assisted by computer codes for calculating the electronic band structure, this was not the case in the underdoped high Tc materials. The Fermi surface was shown to reconstructed into small pockets, yet there was no hint of a viable order parameter. Crucial clues to understanding the origin of the Fermi surface were provided by the small value of the observed Fermi surface cross-section, the negative Hall coefficient and the small electronic heat capacity at high magnetic fields. We also know that the magnetic fields were likely to be too weak to destroy the pseudogap and that vortex pinning effects could be seen to persist to high magnetic fields at low temperatures. I will show that the Fermi surface that appears to fit best with the experimental observations is a small electron pocket formed by connecting the nodal `Fermi arcs' seen in photoemission experiments, corresponding to a density-wave state with two different orthogonal ordering vectors. The existence of such order has subsequently been detected by x-ray scattering experiments, thereby strengthening the case for charge ordering being responsible for reconstructing the Fermi surface. I will discuss new efforts to understand the relationship between the charge ordering and the pseudogap state, discussing the fate of the quasiparticles in the antinodal region and the dimensionality of the Fermi surface. The author acknowledges contributions from Suchitra Sebastian, Brad Ramshaw, Mun Chan, Yu-Te Hsu, Mate Hartstein, Gil Lonzarich, Beng Tan, Arkady Shekhter, Fedor Balakirev, Ross McDonald, Jon Betts, Moaz Altarawneh, Zengwei Zhu, Chuck Mielke, James Day, Doug

  18. Separation of charge-order and magnetic QCPs in heavy fermions and high Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, Neil

    2010-03-01

    The Fermi surface topology of high temperature superconductors inferred from magnetic quantum oscillation measurements provides clues for the origin of unconventional pairing thus previously not accessed by other spectroscopy techniques. While the overdoped regime of the high Tc phase diagram has a large Fermi surface consistent with bandstructure calculations, the underdoped regime of YBa2Cu2O6+x is found to be composed of small pockets. There is considerable debate as to whether the small observed ``pocket'' is hole-like or electron-like- whether the Fermi surface is best described by a t-J model or a conventional band folding picture- whether or not a Fermi liquid description applies- or- whether bilayer coupling splits the degeneracy of the observed pockets. We (myself and collaborators) have now collected an extensive body of experimental data that brings this debate to rest, but raises new questions about the nature of itinerant magnetism in underdoped high Tc cuprates. Quantum oscillation measurements are performed on multiple samples in magnetic fields extending to 85 T, temperatures between 30 mK (dilution fridge in dc fields to 45 T) and 18 K, over a range of hole dopings and with samples rotated in-situ about multiple axes with respect to the magnetic field. We perform a topographical map of the Fermi surface, enabling the in-plane shape of one of the pockets to be determined- imposing stringent constraints on the origin of the Fermi surface. While quantum oscillations measurements are consistent with a topological Fermi surface change associated with magnetism near optimal doping, they also point to a secondary instability deep within the underdoped regime beneath a high Tc superconducting sub-dome. An steep upturn in the quasiparticle effective mass is observed on underdoping, suggestive of a quantum critical point near x= 0.46 separating the metallic regime (composed of small pockets) from a more underdoped insulating charge-ordered regime (earlier

  19. Microwave properties of high transition temperature superconducting thin films

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    Gordon, W. L.

    1991-01-01

    Extensive studies of the interaction of microwaves with YBa2Cu3O(7-delta), Bi-based, and Tl-based superconducting thin films deposited in several microwave substrates were performed. The data were obtained by measuring the microwave power transmitted through the film in the normal and the superconducting state and by resonant cavity techniques. The main motives were to qualify and understand the physical parameters such as the magnetic penetration depth, the complex conductivity, and the surface impedance, of high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials at microwave frequencies. Based on these parameters, the suitability of these HTS thin films is discussed for microwave applications.

  20. Recent Progress in the Superconductivity Research Field

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    Ichinose, Ataru

    Major developments in the research field of superconductivity have been achieved in 2008. Since the discovery of high-Tc superconductors, their practical application has been studied by many researchers. Coated conductors consisting of an YBa2Cu3Oy superconducting layer deposited on metal tapes buffered oxide layers were developed in the NEDO project between FY2003 and FY2007. These technologies for coated conductors are expected to be applicable to electrical power equipment. A new NEDO project that started in FY2008 is focusing on the development of superconducting electric power equipment such as power cables, superconducting magnetic energy storage devices (SMES) and transformers. Furthermore, a new family of high-Tc superconductors, Fe-As-O-based superconductors, has been discovered. The highest reported critical temperature, Tc, has rapidly increased owing to the considerable effort of many researchers. A new social environment based on superconductivity technology might indeed be realized in the near future.

  1. Electron pockets in the Fermi surface of hole-doped high-Tc superconductors.

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    LeBoeuf, David; Doiron-Leyraud, Nicolas; Levallois, Julien; Daou, R; Bonnemaison, J-B; Hussey, N E; Balicas, L; Ramshaw, B J; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Adachi, S; Proust, Cyril; Taillefer, Louis

    2007-11-22

    High-temperature superconductivity in copper oxides occurs when the materials are chemically tuned to have a carrier concentration intermediate between their metallic state at high doping and their insulating state at zero doping. The underlying evolution of the electron system in the absence of superconductivity is still unclear, and a question of central importance is whether it involves any intermediate phase with broken symmetry. The Fermi surface of the electronic states in the underdoped 'YBCO' materials YBa2Cu3O(y) and YBa2Cu4O8 was recently shown to include small pockets, in contrast with the large cylinder that characterizes the overdoped regime, pointing to a topological change in the Fermi surface. Here we report the observation of a negative Hall resistance in the magnetic-field-induced normal state of YBa2Cu3O(y) and YBa2Cu4O8, which reveals that these pockets are electron-like rather than hole-like. We propose that these electron pockets most probably arise from a reconstruction of the Fermi surface caused by the onset of a density-wave phase, as is thought to occur in the electron-doped copper oxides near the onset of antiferromagnetic order. Comparison with materials of the La2CuO4 family that exhibit spin/charge density-wave order suggests that a Fermi surface reconstruction also occurs in those materials, pointing to a generic property of high-transition-temperature (T(c)) superconductors. PMID:18033293

  2. Van Hove singularities and spectral smearing in high-temperature superconducting H3S

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    Quan, Yundi; Pickett, Warren E.

    2016-03-01

    The superconducting phase of hydrogen sulfide at Tc=200 K observed by Drozdov and collaborators at pressures around 200 GPa is simple bcc I m 3 ¯m H3S from a combination of theoretical and experimental confirmation. The various "extremes" that are involved—high pressure implying extreme reduction of volume, extremely high H phonon energy scale around 1400 K, extremely high temperature for a superconductor—necessitates a close look at new issues raised by these characteristics in relation to high Tc itself. First principles methods are applied to analyze the H3S electronic structure, beginning with the effect of sulfur and then focusing on the origin and implications of the two van Hove singularities (vHs) providing an impressive peak in the density of states near the Fermi energy. Implications arising from strong coupling Migdal-Eliashberg theory are studied. It becomes evident that electron spectral density smearing due to virtual phonon emission and absorption must be accounted for in a correct understanding of this unusual material and to obtain accurate theoretical predictions. Means for increasing Tc in H3S -like materials are noted.

  3. Global Phase Diagram of the High-Tc Cuprates

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    Chen, Han-Dong; Zhang, Shou-Cheng

    2006-02-01

    We propose a bosonic effective quantum Hamiltonian based on the projected SO(5) model with extended interactions, which can be derived from the microscopic models of the cuprates. The global phase diagram of this model is obtained using mean-field theory and the quantum Monte Carlo simulation. We show that this single quantum model can account for most salient features observed in the high-Tc cuprates, with different families of the cuprates attributed to different traces in the global phase diagram. A particular prediction of this theory is the checkerboard state of the d-wave hole pairs formed at certain magic filling fractions. We shall describe various properties of this state and present evidence that this novel state has been detected in recent STM and transport experiments.

  4. Buffer layers for high-Tc thin films on sapphire

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    Wu, X. D.; Foltyn, S. R.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Cooke, D. W.; Pique, A.; Kalokitis, D.; Pendrick, V.; Belohoubek, E.

    1992-01-01

    Buffer layers of various oxides including CeO2 and yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) have been deposited on R-plane sapphire. The orientation and crystallinity of the layers were optimized to promote epitaxial growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films. An ion beam channeling minimum yield of about 3 percent was obtained in the CeO2 layer on sapphire, indicating excellent crystallinity of the buffer layer. Among the buffer materials used, CeO2 was found to be the best one for YBCO thin films on R-plane sapphire. High Tc and Jc were obtained in YBCO thin films on sapphire with buffer layers. Surface resistances of the YBCO films were about 4 mOmega at 77 K and 25 GHz.

  5. Strength and flexibility of bulk high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Goretta, K.C.; Jiang, M.; Kupperman, D.S.; Lanagan, M.T.; Singh, J.P.; Vasanthamohan, N.; Hinks, D.G.; Mitchell, J.F.; Richardson, J.W. Jr.

    1996-08-01

    Strength, fracture toughness, and elastic modulus data have been gathered for bulk high-temperature superconductors, commercial 99.9% Ag, and a 1.2 at.% Mg/Ag alloy. These data have been used to calculate fracture strains for bulk conductors. The calculations indicate that the superconducting cores of clad tapes should begin to fracture at strains below 0.2%. In addition, residual strains in Ag-clad (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} tapes have been measured by neutron diffraction. An explanation is offered for why many tapes appear to be able to tolerate large strains before exhibiting a reduction in current transport.

  6. Moderately shielded high-Tc SQUID system for rat MCG

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    Bechstein, S.; Kim, I.-S.; Drung, D.; Novikov, I.; Schurig, Th

    2010-06-01

    Recently, we have developed a 5-channel high-Tc SQUID system with one signal channel intended for rat magnetocardiography (MCG) in moderately shielded or "quiet" real environment. This system is an adapted version of a human MCG system which has been improved with respect to user-friendliness and stability. A dewar with a cold-warm distance of 7 mm and a refill cycle time of up to one week is utilized. The implemented high-Tc SQUIDs are single-layer devices with grain boundary junctions fabricated at KRISS with laser ablation on 10 mm × 10 mm STO substrates. In order to cancel environmental magnetic noise, three of the five SQUIDs are arranged to build an axial software first-order or second-order gradiometer with a base line of 35 mm. The other two SQUIDs are used for balancing. To overcome previous system instabilities, we have implemented an Earth field compensation for each SQUID. For this, the SQUIDs were mounted in capsules containing integrated field compensation coils. The three Earth field components are measured with an additional triaxial fluxgate, and compensated at the SQUID locations using the low-noise current source of the SQUID readout electronics. This way, the SQUIDs can be cooled and operated in a low residual field that improves system stability and reduces low-frequency SQUID noise. It is even possible to slowly move the dewar in the Earth field (dynamic field compensation). Different noise cancellation procedures were optimized and compared employing a periodic signal source.

  7. A microscopic two-band model for the electron-hole asymmetry in high-Tc superconductors and reentering behavior

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    Bru, J.-B.; Pedra, W. de Siqueira; Dömel, A.-S.

    2011-07-01

    To our knowledge there is no rigorously analyzed microscopic model explaining the electron-hole asymmetry of the critical temperature seen in high-Tc cuprate superconductors - at least no model not breaking artificially this symmetry. We present here a microscopic two-band model based on the structure of energetic levels of holes in CuO2 conducting layers of cuprates. In particular, our Hamiltonian does not contain ad hoc terms implying - explicitly - different masses for electrons and holes. We prove that two energetically near-lying interacting bands can explain the electron-hole asymmetry. Indeed, we rigorously analyze the phase diagram of the model and show that the critical temperatures for fermion densities below half-filling can manifest a very different behavior as compared to the case of densities above half-filling. This fact results from the inter-band interaction and intra-band Coulomb repulsion in interplay with thermal fluctuations between two energetic levels. So, if the energy difference between bands is too big (as compared to the energy scale defined by the critical temperatures of superconductivity) then the asymmetry disappears. Moreover, the critical temperature turns out to be a non-monotonic function of the fermion density and the phase diagram of our model shows "superconducting domes" as in high-Tc cuprate superconductors. This explains why the maximal critical temperature is attained at donor densities away from the maximal one. Outside the superconducting phase and for fermion densities near half-filling the thermodynamics governed by our Hamiltonian corresponds, as in real high-Tc materials, to a Mott-insulating phase. The nature of the inter-band interaction can be electrostatic (screened Coulomb interaction), magnetic (for instance, some Heisenberg-type one-site spin-spin interaction), or a mixture of both. If the inter-band interaction is predominately magnetic then - additionally to the electron-hole asymmetry - we observe a

  8. Mapping the Electronic Structure of Each Ingredient Oxide Layer of High-Tc Cuprate Superconductor Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2 O8 +δ

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    Lv, Yan-Feng; Wang, Wen-Lin; Peng, Jun-Ping; Ding, Hao; Wang, Yang; Wang, Lili; He, Ke; Ji, Shuai-Hua; Zhong, Ruidan; Schneeloch, John; Gu, Gen-Da; Song, Can-Li; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the mechanism of high transition temperature (Tc) superconductivity in cuprates has been hindered by the apparent complexity of their multilayered crystal structure. Using a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we report on layer-by-layer probing of the electronic structures of all ingredient planes (BiO, SrO, CuO2 ) of Bi2 Sr2 CaCu2 O8 +δ superconductor prepared by argon-ion bombardment and annealing technique. We show that the well-known pseudogap (PG) feature observed by STM is inherently a property of the BiO planes and thus irrelevant directly to Cooper pairing. The SrO planes exhibit an unexpected van Hove singularity near the Fermi level, while the CuO2 planes are exclusively characterized by a smaller gap inside the PG. The small gap becomes invisible near Tc, which we identify as the superconducting gap. The above results constitute severe constraints on any microscopic model for high Tc superconductivity in cuprates.

  9. Towards a better understanding of superconductivity at high transition temperatures

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    Hackl, R.; Hanke, W.

    2010-10-01

    We provide an overview over the following eleven contributions on superconductivity in copper-oxygen and iron-based compounds. The main objective of this volume is an improved general understanding of superconductivity at high transition temperatures. The key questions on the way towards understanding superconducting pairing beyond electron-phonon coupling are spelled out, and the present status of theoretical reasoning is summarized. The crucial experiments, their results and interrelations are discussed. The central result is that fluctuations of spin and charge contribute substantially to superconductivity and also to other ordering phenomena. Methodically, the simultaneous analysis of results obtained from different experimental techniques such as photoelectron spectroscopy and neutron scattering, on one and the same sample, turned out to be of pivotal importance.

  10. A Superconducting transformer system for high current cable testing

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    Godeke, A.; Dietderich, D. R.; Joseph, J. M.; Lizarazo, J.; Prestemon, S. O.; Miller, G.; Weijers, H. W.

    2010-02-15

    This article describes the development of a direct-current (dc) superconducting transformer system for the high current test of superconducting cables. The transformer consists of a core-free 10 464 turn primary solenoid which is enclosed by a 6.5 turn secondary. The transformer is designed to deliver a 50 kA dc secondary current at a dc primary current of about 50 A. The secondary current is measured inductively using two toroidal-wound Rogowski coils. The Rogowski coil signal is digitally integrated, resulting in a voltage signal that is proportional to the secondary current. This voltage signal is used to control the secondary current using a feedback loop which automatically compensates for resistive losses in the splices to the superconducting cable samples that are connected to the secondary. The system has been commissioned up to 28 kA secondary current. The reproducibility in the secondary current measurement is better than 0.05% for the relevant current range up to 25 kA. The drift in the secondary current, which results from drift in the digital integrator, is estimated to be below 0.5 A/min. The system's performance is further demonstrated through a voltage-current measurement on a superconducting cable sample at 11 T background magnetic field. The superconducting transformer system enables fast, high resolution, economic, and safe tests of the critical current of superconducting cable samples.

  11. A superconducting transformer system for high current cable testing.

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    Godeke, A; Dietderich, D R; Joseph, J M; Lizarazo, J; Prestemon, S O; Miller, G; Weijers, H W

    2010-03-01

    This article describes the development of a direct-current (dc) superconducting transformer system for the high current test of superconducting cables. The transformer consists of a core-free 10,464 turn primary solenoid which is enclosed by a 6.5 turn secondary. The transformer is designed to deliver a 50 kA dc secondary current at a dc primary current of about 50 A. The secondary current is measured inductively using two toroidal-wound Rogowski coils. The Rogowski coil signal is digitally integrated, resulting in a voltage signal that is proportional to the secondary current. This voltage signal is used to control the secondary current using a feedback loop which automatically compensates for resistive losses in the splices to the superconducting cable samples that are connected to the secondary. The system has been commissioned up to 28 kA secondary current. The reproducibility in the secondary current measurement is better than 0.05% for the relevant current range up to 25 kA. The drift in the secondary current, which results from drift in the digital integrator, is estimated to be below 0.5 A/min. The system's performance is further demonstrated through a voltage-current measurement on a superconducting cable sample at 11 T background magnetic field. The superconducting transformer system enables fast, high resolution, economic, and safe tests of the critical current of superconducting cable samples. PMID:20370213

  12. Processing of superconductive materials and high frequency

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    Smith, J.L.

    1987-01-01

    We do not know yet if superconductivity will become useful without refrigeration. Now, the superconductors are so different from copper that it is difficult to imagine replacing copper with such a brittle material. Superconductors conduct dc with no loss, ac with small losses, and microwaves in co-axial lines with almost no loss and with no dispersion from dc to the highest frequencies. They will probably allow us to close the gap between radio frequency and infrared optical transmission. Clearly your industry should know some things about where superconductivity may lead us and must consider whether the greater risk is to develop them or to let others try it. There are no easy answers yet.

  13. High pressure superconducting radial magnetic bearing

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    Eyssa, Y. M.; Huang, X.

    1990-01-01

    In a conventional radial magnetic bearing, the rotor (soft magnetic material) can only have attraction force from one of the electromagnets in the stator. The stator electromagnets consist of small copper windings with a soft magnetic material iron yoke. The maximum pressure obtainable is about 200 N/sq cm. It is shown that replacing the stator copper winding by a superconducting winding in the above configuration can increase the pressure to about 1000 N/sq cm. It is also shown that replacing the iron in the rotor by a group of superconducting windings in persistent mode and using a group of saddle coils in the stator can produce a pressure in excess of 2000 N/sq cm.

  14. Recent developments in the application of rf superconductivity to high-brightness and high-gradient ion beam accelerators

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Kennedy, W.L.; Nichols, G.L.; Roche, C.T.; Sagalovsky, L.

    1991-12-31

    A development program is underway to apply rf superconductivity to the design of continuous-wave (cw) linear accelerators for high- brightness ion beams. Since the last workshop, considerable progress has been made both experimentally and theoretically toward this application. Recent tests of niobium resonators for ion acceleration have yielded average accelerating gradients as high as 18 MV/m. In an experiment with a radio-frequency quadrupole geometry, niobium was found to sustain cw peak surface electric fields as high as 128 MV/m over large (10 cm{sup 2}) surface areas. Theoretical studies of beam impingement and cumulative beam breakup have also yielded encouraging results. Consequently, a section of superconducting resonators and focusing elements has been designed for tests with high-current deuteron beams. In addition, considerable data pertaining to the rf properties of high-{Tc} superconductors has been collected at rf-field amplitudes and frequencies of interest in connection with accelerator operation. This paper summarizes the recent progress and identifies current and future work in the areas of accelerator technology and superconducting materials which will build upon it.

  15. Recent developments in the application of rf superconductivity to high-brightness and high-gradient ion beam accelerators

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Kennedy, W.L.; Nichols, G.L.; Roche, C.T.; Sagalovsky, L.

    1991-01-01

    A development program is underway to apply rf superconductivity to the design of continuous-wave (cw) linear accelerators for high- brightness ion beams. Since the last workshop, considerable progress has been made both experimentally and theoretically toward this application. Recent tests of niobium resonators for ion acceleration have yielded average accelerating gradients as high as 18 MV/m. In an experiment with a radio-frequency quadrupole geometry, niobium was found to sustain cw peak surface electric fields as high as 128 MV/m over large (10 cm{sup 2}) surface areas. Theoretical studies of beam impingement and cumulative beam breakup have also yielded encouraging results. Consequently, a section of superconducting resonators and focusing elements has been designed for tests with high-current deuteron beams. In addition, considerable data pertaining to the rf properties of high-{Tc} superconductors has been collected at rf-field amplitudes and frequencies of interest in connection with accelerator operation. This paper summarizes the recent progress and identifies current and future work in the areas of accelerator technology and superconducting materials which will build upon it.

  16. High temperature superconductive flux gate magnetometer

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    Gershenson, M. )

    1991-03-01

    This paper proposes a different type of HTS superconducting magnetometer based on the non-linear magnetic behavior of bulk HTS materials. The device design is based on the generation of second harmonics which arise as a result of non-linear magnetization observed in Type-II superconductors. Even harmonics are generated from the non-linear interaction of an ac excitation signal with an external DC magnetic field which acts as a bias signal.

  17. Quantitative determination of pairing interactions for high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates

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    Bok, Jin Mo; Bae, Jong Ju; Choi, Han-Yong; Varma, Chandra M.; Zhang, Wentao; He, Junfeng; Zhang, Yuxiao; Yu, Li; Zhou, X. J.

    2016-01-01

    A profound problem in modern condensed matter physics is discovering and understanding the nature of fluctuations and their coupling to fermions in cuprates, which lead to high-temperature superconductivity and the invariably associated strange metal state. We report the quantitative determination of normal and pairing self-energies, made possible by laser-based angle-resolved photoemission measurements of unprecedented accuracy and stability. Through a precise inversion procedure, both the effective interactions in the attractive d-wave symmetry and the repulsive part in the full symmetry are determined. The latter is nearly angle-independent. Near Tc, both interactions are nearly independent of frequency and have almost the same magnitude over the complete energy range of up to about 0.4 eV, except for a low-energy feature at around 50 meV that is present only in the repulsive part, which has less than 10% of the total spectral weight. Well below Tc, they both change similarly, with superconductivity-induced features at low energies. Besides finding the pairing self-energy and the attractive interactions for the first time, these results expose the central paradox of the problem of high Tc: how the same frequency-independent fluctuations can dominantly scatter at angles ±π/2 in the attractive channel to give d-wave pairing and lead to angle-independent repulsive scattering. The experimental results are compared with available theoretical calculations based on antiferromagnetic fluctuations, the Hubbard model, and quantum-critical fluctuations of the loop-current order. PMID:26973872

  18. Interface induced high temperature superconductivity in single unit-cell FeSe on SrTiO3(110)

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    Zhou, Guanyu; Zhang, Ding; Liu, Chong; Tang, Chenjia; Wang, Xiaoxiao; Li, Zheng; Song, Canli; Ji, Shuaihua; He, Ke; Wang, Lili; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-05-01

    We report high temperature superconductivity in one unit-cell (1-UC) FeSe films grown on SrTiO3 (STO)(110) substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. By in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy measurement, we observe a superconducting gap as large as 17 meV on the 1-UC FeSe films. Transport measurements on 1-UC FeSe/STO(110) capped with FeTe layers reveal superconductivity with an onset transition temperature (TC) of 31.6 K and an upper critical magnetic field of 30.2 T. We also find that TC can be further increased by external electric field although the effect is weaker than that on STO(001) substrate.

  19. Macroscopic character of composite high-temperature superconducting wires

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    Kivelson, S. A.; Spivak, B.

    2015-11-01

    The "d -wave" symmetry of the superconducting order in the cuprate high temperature superconductors is a well established fact [J. Tsuei and J. R. Kirtley, Rev. Mod. Phys. 72, 969 (2000), 10.1103/RevModPhys.72.969 and D. J. Vanharlingen, Rev. Mod. Phys. 67, 515 (1995), 10.1103/RevModPhys.67.515], and one which identifies them as "unconventional." However, in macroscopic contexts—including many potential applications (i.e., superconducting "wires")—the material is a composite of randomly oriented superconducting grains in a metallic matrix, in which Josephson coupling between grains mediates the onset of long-range phase coherence. [See, e.g., D. C. Larbalestier et al., Nat. Mater. 13, 375 (2014), 10.1038/nmat3887, A. P. Malozemoff, MRS Bull. 36, 601 (2011), 10.1557/mrs.2011.160, and K. Heine et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 55, 2441 (1989), 10.1063/1.102295] Here we analyze the physics at length scales that are large compared to the size of such grains, and in particular the macroscopic character of the long-range order that emerges. While X Y -superconducting glass order and macroscopic d -wave superconductivity may be possible, we show that under many circumstances—especially when the d -wave superconducting grains are embedded in a metallic matrix—the most likely order has global s -wave symmetry.

  20. Quantized massive collective modes and massive spin fluctuations in high-Tc cuprates

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    Kanazawa, I.; Sasaki, T.

    2015-10-01

    We have analyzed angle-resolved photoemission spectra of the single- and double-layered Bi-family high-Tc superconductors by using quantized massive gauge fields, which might contain effects of spin fluctuations, charge fluctuations, and phonons. It is suggested strongly that the quantized massive gauge fields might be mediating Cooper pairing in high-Tc cuprates.

  1. High-Temperature Superconductivity in Single-Unit-Cell FeSe Films on Anatase TiO_{2}(001).

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    Ding, Hao; Lv, Yan-Feng; Zhao, Kun; Wang, Wen-Lin; Wang, Lili; Song, Can-Li; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xu-Cun; Xue, Qi-Kun

    2016-08-01

    We report on the observation of high-temperature (T_{c}) superconductivity and magnetic vortices in single-unit-cell FeSe films on anatase TiO_{2}(001) substrate by using scanning tunneling microscopy. A systematic study and engineering of interfacial properties has clarified the essential roles of substrate in realizing the high-T_{c} superconductivity, probably via interface-induced electron-phonon coupling enhancement and charge transfer. By visualizing and tuning the oxygen vacancies at the interface, we find their very limited effect on the superconductivity, which excludes interfacial oxygen vacancies as the primary source for charge transfer between the substrate and FeSe films. Our findings have placed severe constraints on any microscopic model for the high-T_{c} superconductivity in FeSe-related heterostructures. PMID:27541474

  2. From high-Tc superconductors to highly correlated Mott insulators—25 years of pulsed laser deposition of functional oxides in Leipzig

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    Lorenz, Michael; Hochmuth, Holger; Kneiß, Max; Bonholzer, Michael; Jenderka, Marcus; Grundmann, Marius

    2015-02-01

    Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in Leipzig started in 1989 with Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8 high-Tc superconducting thin films grown in a laser-ionization mass spectrometer. Here, we briefly review 25 years of development of advanced PLD processes in Leipzig and their application to high-Tc superconducting, wide-bandgap semiconducting and multiferroic thin films, nanostructures and composites. The first two decades were devoted to large-area and double-sided YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films and hetero- and homoepitaxial ZnO-based films and nanowires, respectively. Based on that, transparent, oxide-based electronic devices are processed with epitaxial n-ZnO:Mg, Ga2O3, In2O3, or TiO2 films. Amorphous oxide films of p-ZnCo2O4 and p-NiO provide p-type counterparts in highly rectifying pn-junction devices and are an environmentally friendly alternative. Magnetoelectric multiferroic composites, and highly correlated iridate thin films are other current hot research topics. PLD appears as one of the most flexible growth techniques for functional oxides on research and demonstrator level.

  3. Ion-channeling study of anomalous atomic displacements at the superconducting transition in high-T sub c materials

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    Rehn, L.E.; Sharma, R.P.; Baldo, P.M.

    1990-06-01

    Ion channeling along the (001) direction in high-quality single crystals of (Y/Er)Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} revealed an abrupt change in displacements in the a-b plane of the Cu and O atoms at the superconducting transition, {Tc}; normal Debye-like'' vibrations were found for the Y/Er and Ba atoms. The anomalous change in Cu-O displacements was found to shift directly with stoichiometry-induced changes in {Tc}, implying a direct link between the observed phonon anomaly and the superconducting transition. Recent measurements of ion-channeling along the (001) axis in (Bi{sub 1.7}Pb{sub 0.3})Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1}Cu{sub 2}O{sub x} single-crystals revealed a similar change at {Tc}, suggesting that this phonon anomaly is a general feature of high-{Tc} superconductivity. In order to identify more specifically the crystallographic directions and displacement amplitudes associated with the anomalous phonon behavior, axial channeling scans using RBS, as well as characteristic x-ray production, were taken at several temperatures between 30 and 300K along the (301) and (331) directions of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} single crystals. Twins present in the specimens, and the existing static atomic displacements present along these directions, caused the channeling to be poorer along these axes compared to the (001) direction. Also, a much stronger dependence of the minimum yield on depth was observed. However, since only one twin variant generally dominated over sufficiently wide areas of the specimens, reasonably good ({approximately}10%) minimum yields could be obtained along the appropriate (331) axis, and detwinned crystals produced good results along (301). 22 refs., 5 figs.

  4. Analysis of the renormalization of the quasiparticle dispersion in high-Tc superconductors

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    Li, Jian-Xin; Wang, Z. D.

    2005-03-01

    Based on the slave-boson approach to the bilayer t-t^'- J model, the renormalization of the quasiparticle dispersion in high-Tc cuprates is investigated by examining both interactions of fermions with spin fluctuations and phonons. It is shown that both interactions can give rise to a kink in the dispersion around the antinodes of the d-wave gap (near (,) and (0,π)). However, three remarkable differences caused by these interactions are found, namely the peak/dip/hump structure in the quasiparticle lineshape, the doping dependence of the quasiparticle weight, and the role played by the interlayer coupling on the formation of the antinodal kink. These differences are suggested to serve as a discriminance to single out the main residual interaction in the superconducting state. A comparison to the recent angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) experiments shows that the coupling to the spin resonance dominates for quasiparticles around the antinodes. ^1National Laboratory of Solid State of Microstructure and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China^2Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, China^3The Interdisciplinary Center of Theoretical Studies, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100080, China.

  5. Emergence of Complex States in CMR Manganites and High-Tc Cuprates

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    Dagotto, Elbio

    2005-03-01

    Recent developments in the context of theory and experiments for manganites and cuprates will be discussed. It will be argued that the presence of nanoscale phase separation is at the heart of the colossal magnetoresistance phenomenon [1]. Simulation results support this view, as well as experimental data. These effects are not limited to manganites, but they may appear in other compounds as well, such as the high-Tc cuprates. New results will be presented in this area, on the phenomenological competition between antiferromagnetism and d-wave superconductivity, suggesting the possibility of ``colossal'' effects in this context [2]. This is compatible with the recent discovery of ``giant proximity effects'' in Cu-oxides [3]. All this suggests that clustered or mixed-phase states could form a new paradigm for the understanding of compounds in condensed matter physics. Work in collaboration with G. Alvarez, M. Mayr, A. Moreo, C. Sen, and I. Sergienko, supported by NSF DMR. [1] A. Moreo et al., Science 283, 2034 (1999); E.D., T. Hotta and A. Moreo, Physics Reports 344,1 (2001); E.D., ``Nanoscale Phase Separation and Colossal Magnetoresistance'', Springer-Verlag, 2002. [2] G. Alvarez et al., cond-mat/0401474, PRB to appear. [3] I. Bozovic et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 157002 (2004)

  6. Possible enhancements of AFM spin-fluctuations in high-TC cuprates

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    Jarlborg, Thomas

    2009-03-01

    Ab-initio band calculations for high-TC cuprates, together with modelling based of a free electron like band, show a strong interaction between anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) spin waves and periodic lattice distortions as for phonons, even though this type of spin-phonon coupling (SPC) is underestimated in calculations using the local density approximation. The SPC has a direct influence on the properties of the HTC cuprates and it can explain many observations. The strongest effects are seen for modulated waves in the CuO bond direction, and a band gap is formed near the X,Y points, but unusal band dispersion (like ``waterfalls'') might also be induced below the Fermi energy (EF) in the diagonal direction. The band results are used to propose different ways of increasing AFM spin-fluctuations locally, and to have a higher density-of-states (DOS) at EF. Static potential modulations, via periodic distribution of dopants or lattice distortions, can be tuned to increase the DOS. This opens for possibilities to enhance coupling for spin fluctuations (λsf) and superconductivity. The exchange enhancement is in general increased near a surface, which suggests a tendency towards static spin configurations. The sensivity of the band results to corrections of the local density potential are discussed.

  7. Superconducting spoke cavities for high-velocity applications

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    Hopper, Christopher S.; Delayen, Jean R.

    2013-10-01

    To date, superconducting spoke cavities have been designed, developed, and tested for particle velocities up to {beta}{sub 0}~0.6, but there is a growing interest in possible applications of multispoke cavities for high-velocity applications. We have explored the design parameter space for low-frequency, high-velocity, double-spoke superconducting cavities in order to determine how each design parameter affects the electromagnetic properties, in particular the surface electromagnetic fields and the shunt impedance. We present detailed design for cavities operating at 325 and 352 MHz and optimized for {beta}{sub 0}~=0.82 and 1.

  8. High-temperature Superconductivity in compressed Solid Silane

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    Zhang, Huadi; Jin, Xilian; Lv, Yunzhou; Zhuang, Quan; Liu, Yunxian; Lv, Qianqian; Bao, Kuo; Li, Da; Liu, Bingbing; Cui, Tian

    2015-01-01

    Crystal structures of silane have been extensively investigated using ab initio evolutionary simulation methods at high pressures. Two metallic structures with P21/c and C2/m symmetries are found stable above 383 GPa. The superconductivities of metallic phases are fully explored under BCS theory, including the reported C2/c one. Perturbative linear-response calculations for C2/m silane at 610 GPa reveal a high superconducting critical temperature that beyond the order of 102 K. PMID:25746861

  9. Proximity superconductivity in ballistic graphene at high magnetic fields

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    Prance, J. R.; Ben Shalom, M.; Zhu, M. J.; Fal'Ko, V. I.; Mishchenko, A.; Kretinin, A. V.; Novoselov, K. S.; Woods, C. R.; Watanabe, K.; Taniguchi, T.; Geim, A. K.

    We present measurements of the superconducting proximity effect in graphene-based Josephson junctions with a mean free path of several microns, which exceeds the junctions' length. The junctions exhibit low contact resistance and large supercurrents. We observe Fabry-Pérot oscillations in the normal-state resistance and the critical current of the junctions. The proximity effect is mostly suppressed in magnetic fields of <10 mT showing the conventional Fraunhofer interference pattern; however, unexpectedly, a weak proximity effect survives in magnetic fields as high as 1 T. Superconducting states randomly appear and disappear as a function of field and carrier concentration, and each exhibits a supercurrent carrying capacity close to the universal limit of e Δ/h where Δ is the superconducting gap of the contacts. We attribute the high-field supercurrent to mesoscopic Andreev states that persist near graphene edges. Our work reveals new proximity regimes that can be controlled by quantum confinement and cyclotron motion.

  10. Superconductivity:

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    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.

  11. Evidence for a new excitation at the interface between a high-Tc superconductor and a topological insulator

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    Zareapour, Parisa; Hayat, Alex; Zhao, Shu Yang F.; Kreshchuk, Michael; Lee, Yong Kiat; Reijnders, Anjan A.; Jain, Achint; Xu, Zhijun; Liu, T. S.; Gu, G. D.; et al

    2014-12-09

    In this research, high-temperature superconductors exhibit a wide variety of novel excitations. If contacted with a topological insulator, the lifting of spin rotation symmetry in the surface states can lead to the emergence of unconventional superconductivity and novel particles. In pursuit of this possibility, we fabricated high critical-temperature (Tc ~ 85 K) superconductor/topological insulator (Bi₂Sr₂CaCu₂O₈₊δ/Bi₂Te₂Se) junctions. Below 75 K, a zero-bias conductance peak (ZBCP) emerges in the differential conductance spectra of this junction. The magnitude of the ZBCP is suppressed at the same rate for magnetic fields applied parallel or perpendicular to the junction. Furthermore, it can still be observedmore » and does not split up to at least 8.5 T. The temperature and magnetic field dependence of the excitation we observe appears to fall outside the known paradigms for a ZBCP.« less

  12. Superconductivity in two-dimensional boron allotropes

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    Zhao, Yinchang; Zeng, Shuming; Ni, Jun

    2016-01-01

    We use ab initio evolutionary algorithm and first-principles calculations to investigate structural, electronic, vibrational, and superconducting properties of two-dimensional (2 D ) boron allotropes. Remarkably, we show that conventional BCS superconductivity in the stable 2 D boron structures is ubiquitous with the critical temperature Tc above the liquid hydrogen temperature for certain configurations. Due to the electronic states of the Fermi surface originating from both σ and π electrons, the superconductivity of the 2 D structures arises from multiple phonon modes. Our results support that 2 D boron structure may be a pure single-element material with the highest Tc on conditions without high pressure and external strain.

  13. Phase Diagram and High Temperature Superconductivity at 65K in the Single-Layer FeSe Films Revealed by ARPES

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    He, Shaolong

    2013-03-01

    The discovery of the iron-based superconductors in 2008 not only provides another venue to understand the origin of high-Tc superconductivity but also a new playground to explore novel superconductors with higher superconducting transition temperature. The latest report of possible high temperature superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe films grown on SrTiO3 substrate is both surprising and interesting. In this talk, we report the electronic structure and phase diagram of the single-layer FeSe films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). Our high-resolution ARPES results show that it has a simple Fermi surface topology consisting only of electron pockets near the zone corner without indication of any Fermi surface around the zone center. In addition, our observation of large and nearly isotropic superconducting gap in this strictly two-dimensional system rules out existence of node in the superconducting gap. We also established a phase diagram in this single-layer FeSe films by an annealing procedure to tune the charge carrier concentration over a wide range. By optimizing the annealing process, we observed evidence of a record high Tc of ~ 65K in the single-layer FeSe films. The wide tunability of the system across different phases, and its high-Tc, make the single-layer FeSe film ideal not only to investigate the superconductivity physics and mechanism, but also to study novel quantum phenomena and for potential applications. Work done in collaboration with J. He, W. Zhang, L. Zhao, D. Liu, X. Liu, D. Mou, Y. Ou, Q. Wang, Z. Li, L. Wang, Y. Peng, Y. Liu, C. Chen, L. Yu, G. Liu, X. Dong, J. Zhang, C. Chen, Z. Xu, X. Chen, X. Ma, Q.-K. Xue, and X. J. Zhou in IOP, CAS, and Tsinghua Univ., Beijing

  14. Optical studies of high-temperature superconducting cuprates.

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    Tajima, Setsuko

    2016-09-01

    The optical studies of high-temperature superconducting cuprates (HTSC) are reviewed. From the doping dependence of room temperature spectra, a dramatic change of the electronic state from a Mott (charge transfer) insulator to a Fermi liquid has been revealed. Additionally, the unusual 2D nature of the electronic state has been found. The temperature dependence of the optical spectra provided a rich source of information on the pseudogap, superconducting gap, Josephson plasmon, transverse Josephson plasma mode and precursory superconductivity. Among these issues, Josephson plasmons and transverse Josephson plasma mode were experimentally discovered by optical measurements, and thus are unique to HTSC. The effect of the spin/charge stripe order is also unique to HTSC, reflecting the conducting nature of the stripe order in this system. The pair-breaking due to the stripe order seems stronger in the out-of-plane direction than in the in-plane one. PMID:27472654

  15. High intensity neutrino source superconducting solenoid cyrostat design

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    Page, T.M.; Nicol, T.H.; Feher, S.; Terechkine, I.; Tompkins, J.; /Fermilab

    2006-06-01

    Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) is involved in the development of a 100 MeV superconducting linac. This linac is part of the High Intensity Neutrino Source (HINS) R&D Program. The initial beam acceleration in the front end section of the linac is achieved using room temperature spoke cavities, each of which is combined with a superconducting focusing solenoid. These solenoid magnets are cooled with liquid helium at 4.5K, operate at 250 A and have a maximum magnetic field strength of 7.5 T. The solenoid cryostat will house the helium vessel, suspension system, thermal shield, multilayer insulation, power leads, instrumentation, a vacuum vessel and cryogenic distribution lines. This paper discusses the requirements and detailed design of these superconducting solenoid cryostats.

  16. Extended Magnetization of Superconducting Pellets in Highly Inhomogeneous Magnetic Field

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    Maynou, R.; López, J.; Granados, X.; Torres, R.; Bosch, R.

    The magnetization of superconducting pellets is a worth point in the development of trapped flux superconducting motors. Experimental and simulated data have been reported extensively according to the framework of one or several pulses of a homogeneous magnetizing field applied to a pellet or a set of pellets. In case of cylindrical rotors of low power motors with radial excitation, however, the use of the copper coils to produce the starting magnetization of the pellets produces a highly inhomogeneous magnetic field which cannot be reduced to a 2D standard model. In this work we present an analysis of the magnetization of the superconducting cylindrical rotor of a small motor by using a commercial FEM program, being the rotor magnetized by the working copper coils of the motor. The aim of the study is a report of the magnetization obtained and theheat generated in the HTSC pellets.

  17. Optical studies of high-temperature superconducting cuprates

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    Tajima, Setsuko

    2016-09-01

    The optical studies of high-temperature superconducting cuprates (HTSC) are reviewed. From the doping dependence of room temperature spectra, a dramatic change of the electronic state from a Mott (charge transfer) insulator to a Fermi liquid has been revealed. Additionally, the unusual 2D nature of the electronic state has been found. The temperature dependence of the optical spectra provided a rich source of information on the pseudogap, superconducting gap, Josephson plasmon, transverse Josephson plasma mode and precursory superconductivity. Among these issues, Josephson plasmons and transverse Josephson plasma mode were experimentally discovered by optical measurements, and thus are unique to HTSC. The effect of the spin/charge stripe order is also unique to HTSC, reflecting the conducting nature of the stripe order in this system. The pair-breaking due to the stripe order seems stronger in the out-of-plane direction than in the in-plane one.

  18. Spin-bag mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity

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    Schrieffer, J. R.; Wen, X.-G.; Zhang, S.-C.

    1988-01-01

    A new approach to the theory of high-temperature superconductivity is proposed, based on the two-dimensional antiferromagnetic spin correlations observed in these materials over distances large compared to the lattice spacing. The spin ordering produces an electronic pseudogap which is locally suppressed by the addition of a hole. This suppression forms a bag inside which the hole is self-consistently trapped. Two holes are attracted by sharing a common bag. The resulting pairing interaction leads to a superconducting energy gap which is nodeless over the Femri surface.

  19. Fabrication of Large Bulk High Temperature Superconducting Articles

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    Koczor, Ronald (Inventor); Hiser, Robert A. (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    A method of fabricating large bulk high temperature superconducting articles which comprises the steps of selecting predetermined sizes of crystalline superconducting materials and mixing these specific sizes of particles into a homogeneous mixture which is then poured into a die. The die is placed in a press and pressurized to predetermined pressure for a predetermined time and is heat treated in the furnace at predetermined temperatures for a predetermined time. The article is left in the furnace to soak at predetermined temperatures for a predetermined period of time and is oxygenated by an oxygen source during the soaking period.

  20. Designs for a high power superconducting delay line

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    Chen, Y.J.; Caporaso, G.

    1997-06-26

    Potential designs for a high power superconducting delay line of approximately 10 microsecs duration are described. The transmitted signal should have low dispersion and little attenuation to recapture the original signal. Such demands cannot be met using conventional metal conductors. This paper outlines a proposal for a new transmission line design using low temperature superconducting material which meets system specifications. The 25 omega line is designed to carry pulsed signals with an approximate rise time of 8 nsec and a maximum voltage magnitude of 25 kV. Predicted electrical design and performance of the line will be presented.

  1. Ultra-sensitive sensors for weak electromagnetic fields using high-{Tc} SQUIDS for biomagnetism, NDE, and corrosion currents

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    Kraus, R.H. Jr.; Flynn, E.R.; Espy, M.; Jia, Q.X.; Wu, X.D.; Reagor, D.

    1998-11-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The research has directly contributed to a new DOE supported project, three patents (one granted and two submitted), and several potential opportunities for new program funding at the Laboratory. The authors report significant developments extending from basic understanding of and fabrication techniques for high critical-temperature (high-{Tc}) SQUID devices to the development of high-level applications such as the SQUID Microscope. The development of ramp edge geometry and silver-doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) electrodes has tremendously improved the performance of high-{Tc} SQUIDS. Recent experiments have proven and quantified the LANL-patented superconducting imaging plane gradiometry concept. A SQUID microscope, developed largely under this project, has recently acquired data that demonstrated exceptional sensitivity a nd resolution. New techniques for background noise suppression, needed to use the extraordinarily sensitive SQUID sensors in unshielded environments, have also been developed. Finally, initial investigations to use SQUIDs in a basic physics experiment to measure the electric dipole moment of the neutron were very successful.

  2. Survey of high field superconducting material for accelerator magnets

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    Scahlan, R.; Greene, A.F.; Suenaga, M.

    1986-05-01

    The high field superconductors which could be used in accelerator dipole magnets are surveyed, ranking these candidates with respect to ease of fabrication and cost as well as superconducting properties. Emphasis is on Nb/sub 3/Sn and NbTi. 27 refs., 2 figs. (LEW)

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

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    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.

  4. BaFe(2)Se(3) a high T(C) magnetic multiferroic with large ferrielectric polarization.

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    Dong, Shuai; Liu, J-M; Dagotto, Elbio

    2014-10-31

    The iron selenides are important because of their superconducting properties. Here, an unexpected phenomenon is predicted to occur in an iron-selenide compound with a quasi-one-dimensional ladder geometry: BaFe(2)Se(3) should be a magnetic ferrielectric system, driven by its magnetic block order via exchange striction. A robust performance (high T(C) and large polarization) is expected. Different from most multiferroics, BaFe(2)Se(3) is ferrielectric, with a polarization that mostly cancels between ladders. However, its strong magnetostriction still produces a net polarization that is large (∼0.1  μC/cm(2)) as compared with most magnetic multiferroics. Its fully ferroelectric state, with energy only slightly higher than the ferrielectric, has a giant improper polarization ∼2-3  μC/cm(2). PMID:25396394

  5. Structural features that optimize high temperature superconductivity

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    Jorgensen, J.D.; Hinks, D.G. Chmaissem, O.; Argyriou, D.N.; Mitchell, J.F.; Dabrowski, B.

    1996-01-01

    For example, various defects can be introduced into the blocking layer to provide the optimum carrier concentration, but defects that form in or adjacent to the CuO{sub 2} layers will lower T{sub c} and eventually destroy superconductivity. After these requirements are satisfied, the highest T{sub c}`s are observed for compounds (such as the HgBa{sub 2}Ca{sub n-1}CuO{sub 2n{plus}2{plus}x} family) that have flat and square CuO{sub 2} planes and long apical Cu-O bonds. This conclusion is confirmed by the study of materials in which the flatness of the CuO{sub 2} plane can be varied in a systematic way. In more recent work, attention has focused on how the structure can be modified, for example, by chemical substitution, to improve flux pinning properties. Two strategies are being investigated: (1) Increasing the coupling of pancake vortices to form vortex-lines by shortening or ``metallizing`` the blocking layer; and (2) the formation of defects that pin flux.

  6. High-Field Superconducting Magnets Supporting PTOLEMY

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    Hopkins, Ann; Luo, Audrey; Osherson, Benjamin; Gentile, Charles; Tully, Chris; Cohen, Adam

    2013-10-01

    The Princeton Tritium Observatory for Light, Early Universe, Massive Neutrino Yield (PTOLEMY) is an experiment planned to collect data on Big Bang relic neutrinos, which are predicted to be amongst the oldest and smallest particles in the universe. Currently, a proof-of-principle prototype is being developed at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory to test key technologies associated with the experiment. A prominent technology in the experiment is the Magnetic Adiabatic Collimation with an Electrostatic Filter (MAC-E filter), which guides tritium betas along magnetic field lines generated by superconducting magnets while deflecting those of lower energies. B field mapping is performed to ensure the magnets produce a minimum field at the midpoint of the configuration of the magnets and to verify accuracy of existing models. Preliminary tests indicate the required rapid decrease in B field strength from the bore of the more powerful 3.35 T magnet, with the field dropping to 0.18 T approximately 0.5 feet from the outermost surface of the magnet.

  7. Superconductivity. Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-T(c) superconductor.

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    Ramshaw, B J; Sebastian, S E; McDonald, R D; Day, James; Tan, B S; Zhu, Z; Betts, J B; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Harrison, N

    2015-04-17

    In the quest for superconductors with higher transition temperatures (T(c)), one emerging motif is that electronic interactions favorable for superconductivity can be enhanced by fluctuations of a broken-symmetry phase. Recent experiments have suggested the existence of the requisite broken-symmetry phase in the high-T(c) cuprates, but the impact of such a phase on the ground-state electronic interactions has remained unclear. We used magnetic fields exceeding 90 tesla to access the underlying metallic state of the cuprate YBa2Cu3O(6+δ) over a wide range of doping, and observed magnetic quantum oscillations that reveal a strong enhancement of the quasiparticle effective mass toward optimal doping. This mass enhancement results from increasing electronic interactions approaching optimal doping, and suggests a quantum critical point at a hole doping of p(crit) ≈ 0.18. PMID:25814065

  8. Issues in heavy fermions and in high-T c superconductive materials raised at this conference

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    Varma, C. M.

    1991-05-01

    In this closing session at the conference I would like, in the light of the presentations at this conference to briefly summarize the remarkable progress achieved in the heavy-fermion and heavy-fermion superconductivity problems, and point to what seem to me the principal problems remaining. The situation in the theory of high- Tc materials, on the face of it, appears much less bright. Unlike the heavy fermions, there is no agreement on what model represents the essentials of the problem. I believe, the difficulty in achieving a consensus here is only partly scientific. It is also sociological. I will paint a rather sanguine picture of the scientific developments there as well.

  9. Incorporation and retention of 99-Tc(IV) in magnetite under high pH conditions.

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    Marshall, Timothy A; Morris, Katherine; Law, Gareth T W; Mosselmans, J Frederick W; Bots, Pieter; Parry, Stephen A; Shaw, Samuel

    2014-10-21

    Technetium incorporation into magnetite and its behavior during subsequent oxidation has been investigated at high pH to determine the technetium retention mechanism(s) on formation and oxidative perturbation of magnetite in systems relevant to radioactive waste disposal. Ferrihydrite was exposed to Tc(VII)(aq) containing cement leachates (pH 10.5-13.1), and crystallization of magnetite was induced via addition of Fe(II)aq. A combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), chemical extraction, and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) techniques provided direct evidence that Tc(VII) was reduced and incorporated into the magnetite structure. Subsequent air oxidation of the magnetite particles for up to 152 days resulted in only limited remobilization of the incorporated Tc(IV). Analysis of both X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data indicated that the Tc(IV) was predominantly incorporated into the magnetite octahedral site in all systems studied. On reoxidation in air, the incorporated Tc(IV) was recalcitrant to oxidative dissolution with less than 40% remobilization to solution despite significant oxidation of the magnetite to maghemite/goethite: All solid associated Tc remained as Tc(IV). The results of this study provide the first direct evidence for significant Tc(IV) incorporation into the magnetite structure and confirm that magnetite incorporated Tc(IV) is recalcitrant to oxidative dissolution. Immobilization of Tc(VII) by reduction and incorporation into magnetite at high pH and with significant stability upon reoxidation has clear and important implications for limiting technetium migration under conditions where magnetite is formed including in geological disposal of radioactive wastes. PMID:25236360

  10. Focus on superconducting properties of iron chalcogenides

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    Takano, Yoshihiko

    2012-10-01

    Since the discovery of iron-based superconductors, much attention has been given to the exploration of new superconducting compounds. Numerous superconducting iron compounds have been found and categorized into five groups: LnFeAsO (Ln = lanthanide), BaFe2As2, KFeAs, FeSe and FeAs with perovskite blocking layers. Among them, FeSe has the simplest crystal structure. Since the crystal structure is composed of only superconducting Fe layers, the FeSe family must be the best material to investigate the mechanism of iron-based superconductivity. FeSe shows very strong pressure effects. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of FeSe is approximately 8 K at ambient pressure. However Tc dramatically increases up to 37 K under applied pressure of 4-6 GPa. This is the third highest Tc value among binary superconductors, surpassed only by CsC60 under pressure (Tc = 38 K) and MgB2 (Tc = 39 K). On the other hand, despite FeTe having a crystal structure analogous to that of FeSe, FeTe shows antiferromagnetic properties without superconductivity. Doping of small ions, either Se or S, however, can induce superconductivity in FeTe1-xSex or FeTe1-xSx . The superconductivity is very weak for small x values, and annealing under certain conditions is required to obtain strong superconductivity, for instance annealing in oxygen or alcoholic beverages such as red wine. The following selection of papers describe many important experimental and theoretical studies on iron chalcogenide superconductors including preparation of single crystals, bulk samples and thin films; NMR measurements; photoemission spectroscopy; high-pressure studies; annealing effects and research on new BiS2-based superconductors. I hope this focus issue will help researchers understand the frontiers of iron chalcogenide superconductors and assist in the discovery of new phenomena related to iron-based superconductivity.

  11. 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.

  12. Spin correlations in electron-doped high-Tc superconductor

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    Fujita, M.

    2007-11-01

    Spin correlations in the electron-doped Pr1-xLaCexCuO4 have been investigated by neutron-scattering and muon rotation/relaxation measurements. The low-enegy spin correlations were found to be in commensurate with the wide superconducting phase, unlike the incommensurate ones in the hole-doped La2-xSrxCuO4. No enhancement of the magnetic order by impurity-doping and applying magnetic fields was observed, although the superconductivity is effectively suppressed, compared to that in the hole-doped system. Distinct impurity and magnetic field effects between the static spin correlation in the electron-doped system and those in the hole-doped systems suggest the different magnetic ground state in the two systems.

  13. Development of high magnetic field superconducting magnet technology and applications in China

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    Wang, Qiuliang; Dai, Yingming; Zhao, Baozhi; Song, Shouseng; Lei, Yuanzhong; Wang, Houseng; Ye, Bai; Hu, Xinning; Huang, Tianbing; Wang, Hui; He, Chu; Shang, Muxi; Wang, Chao; Cui, Chunyan; Zhao, Shangwu; Zhang, Quan; Diao, Yanhua; Peng, Yan; Xu, Guoxin; Deng, Fanping; Weng, Peide; Kuang, Guangli; Gao, Bingjun; Lin, Liangzhen; Yan, Luguang

    2007-07-01

    High magnetic field superconducting magnet technology has been developed in the recent years for all kinds of applications in China. The superconducting magnets on the basis of the conduction-cooled high (HTS) and lower temperature superconductor (LTS) through GM cryocooler are designed, fabricated and operated for the magnetic separator, superconducting magnet energy storage system (SMES), material processing, gyrotron, electromagnetic launcher, space anti-matter detection, magnetic surgery system (MSS), heavy ion accelerator dipole magnet and test bed for characteristics of superconducting material in Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IEECAS). The EAST superconducting Tokamak is being fabricated in Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In the paper, we report the successful development of high magnetic field superconducting magnet technology in China. Some new research projects, such as 40 T hybrid magnet, 25 T high magnetic field superconducting magnet, split-pair magnets for the pallation Neutron Source, high temperature superconducting coils for MSS and MRI are introduced.

  14. Hydrostatic High-Pressure Studies to 25 GPA on the Model Superconducting Pnictide LaRu2P2

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    Lim, Jinhyuk; Forouzani, Neda; Schilling, James; Fotovat, Roxanna; Zheng, Chong; Hoffmann, Roald

    2014-03-01

    Prior to the discovery of the Fe-pnictides in 2008, the ruthenium phosphide LaRu2P2 possessed the highest value of the su- perconducting transition temperature, Tc ~ 4 K, in the entire pnictide family. Recently, there has been renewed interest in this compound in an effort to better understand why the Fe-pnictides have much higher values of Tc. In related phosphides superconductivity appears to only be present if the separation be- tween the phosphor ions dp-p in neigh- boring Ru2P2 planes is greater than the critical value 2.8 Å, too great for a P-P covalent bond to be formed. For example, in superconducting LaRu2P2, the value of dp-p is 3.0 Å. To test these ideas directly, we have carried out hydro- static high-pressure studies on single-crystalline LaRu2P2 in a diamond-anvil cell using He pressure medium to pres- sures as high as 25 GPa and temperatures as low as 1.5 K. We find that Tc initially increases under pressure, but suddenly disappears above 2.1 GPa. Since dp-p decreases under pressure, the sudden disappearance of superconductivity is likely due to the formation of a covalent P-P bond between adjacent Ru2P2 planes and a possible structural phase transition. Work at Washington University is supported by the NSF through Grant No. DMR-1104742 and by the Carnegie/DOE through NNSA/DOE Grant No. DE-FC52-08NA28554.

  15. High speed data transmission at the Superconducting Super Collider

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    Leskovar, B.

    1990-04-01

    High speed data transmission using fiber optics in the data acquisition system of the Superconducting Super Collider has been investigated. Emphasis is placed on the high speed data transmission system overview, the local data network and on subassemblies, such as optical transmitters and receivers. Also, the performance of candidate subassemblies having a low power dissipation for the data acquisition system is discussed. 14 refs., 5 figs.

  16. A design approach for superconducting high-current ion linacs

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    Garnett, R.W.; Wangler, T.P.

    1996-09-01

    An approach for designing superconducting high-current ion linacs is described. This approach takes advantage of the large velocity acceptance of high-gradient cavities with a small number of cells. It is well known that this feature leads to a linac design with great operational flexibility. Algorithms which have been incorporated into a design code and a beam dynamics code are discussed. Simulation results using these algorithms are also presented.

  17. Ultrafast Dynamics Evidence of High Temperature Superconductivity in Single Unit Cell FeSe on SrTiO_{3}.

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    Tian, Y C; Zhang, W H; Li, F S; Wu, Y L; Wu, Q; Sun, F; Zhou, G Y; Wang, Lili; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi-Kun; Zhao, Jimin

    2016-03-11

    We report the time-resolved excited state ultrafast dynamics of single unit cell (1 UC) thick FeSe films on SrTiO_{3} (STO), with FeTe capping layers. By measuring the photoexcited quasiparticles' density and lifetime, we unambiguously identify a superconducting (SC) phase transition, with a transition temperature T_{c} of 68 (-5/+2)  K and a SC gap of Δ(0)=20.2±1.5  meV. The obtained electron-phonon coupling strength λ is as large as 0.48, demonstrating the likely crucial role of electron-phonon coupling in the high temperature superconductivity of the 1 UC FeSe on STO systems. We further find a 0.05 THz coherent acoustic phonon branch in the capping layer, which provides an additional decay channel to the gluing bosons. PMID:27015504

  18. Optimization of the Processing Parameters of High Temperature Superconducting Glass-Ceramics: Center Director's Discretionary Fund Final Report

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    Ethridge, E. C.; Kaukler, W. F.

    1993-01-01

    A number of promising glass forming compositions of high Tc superconducting Ba-Sr-Ca-Cu-O (BSCCO) materials were evaluated for their glass-ceramic crystallization ability. The BSCCO ceramics belonging to the class of superconductors in the Ba-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system were the focus of this study. By first forming the superconducting material as a glass, subsequent devitrification into the crystalline (glass-ceramic) superconductor can be performed by thermal processing of the glass preform body. Glass formability and phase formation were determined by a variety of methods in another related study. This study focused on the nucleation and crystallization of the materials. Thermal analysis during rapid cooling aids in the evaluation of nucleation and crystallization behavior. Melt viscosity is used to predict glass formation ability.

  19. Ultrafast Dynamics Evidence of High Temperature Superconductivity in Single Unit Cell FeSe on SrTiO3

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    Tian, Y. C.; Zhang, W. H.; Li, F. S.; Wu, Y. L.; Wu, Q.; Sun, F.; Zhou, G. Y.; Wang, Lili; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qi-Kun; Zhao, Jimin

    2016-03-01

    We report the time-resolved excited state ultrafast dynamics of single unit cell (1 UC) thick FeSe films on SrTiO3 (STO), with FeTe capping layers. By measuring the photoexcited quasiparticles' density and lifetime, we unambiguously identify a superconducting (SC) phase transition, with a transition temperature Tc of 68 (-5 /+2 ) K and a SC gap of Δ (0 )=20.2 ±1.5 meV . The obtained electron-phonon coupling strength λ is as large as 0.48, demonstrating the likely crucial role of electron-phonon coupling in the high temperature superconductivity of the 1 UC FeSe on STO systems. We further find a 0.05 THz coherent acoustic phonon branch in the capping layer, which provides an additional decay channel to the gluing bosons.

  20. Nd, Ce(fπ)-O(pπ) Hybridization in Nd2-xCexCuO4 and Dynamic Jahn-Teller Pairing in HIGH-Tc Superconductors

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    Johnson, K. H.; Clougherty, D. P.; McHenry, M. E.

    Hybridization of Nd(fπ) and Ce(fπ) orbitals with composite O(pπ)-O(pπ) bonding/ Cu(dπ*)-O(pπ) antibonding orbitals at the Fermi energy (EF) is shown to promote high-Tc superconductivity in Nd2-xCexCuO4. Dynamic Jahn-Teller coupling of these hybrid molecular orbitals to the lattice leads to Cooper pairing as it does in other high-Tc superconductors, such as La2-xSrxCuO4, where O(pπ) character at EF is dominant.

  1. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and High-Temperature Superconductivity in YTTRIUM(1-X)PRASEODYMIUM(X)BARIUM Cuprate

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    Reyes, Arneil Payongayong

    Copper nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has been performed on praseodymium-doped YBa_2Cu _3O_7, to investigate the nature of the depression of the superconducting transition temperature T_{c} with Pr concentration in this series and to provide insight into the microscopic and magnetic properties of high T_{c } planar cuprate materials. Praseodymium is unique among rare-earth dopants in suppressing superconductivity in the high T _{c} cuprate YBa _2Cu_3O_7 while maintaining the orthorhombic structure of the host. Temperature dependence of the Knight shift K and the nuclear relaxation rate 1/T_1 has been observed in Y-rich Y_{1-x}Pr _ xBa_2Cu _3O_7. Its striking resemblance to the behavior found in oxygen deficient YBa_2Cu_3O _{7-y} provides evidence that T_{c} depression in the former is primarily due to the removal of hole carriers as a consequence of Pr being close to tetravalent state. This hole-filling mechanism is consistent with the observed antiferromagnetic ordering of Cu spins on the plane sites in both PrBa_2Cu_3O_7 and YBa_2Cu_3O_6 since the absence of the doped-holes on the Cu -O_2 planes enhances spin correlations among Cu local moments. On the other hand, extensive analysis of the spin susceptibility has shown a tendency towards trivalency of Pr in specimens with low x values, suggesting that in the dilute limit pair-breaking due to conduction band-4f hybridization is also involved in the depression of T_{c}. The mixed-valent nature of Pr must therefore be considered for any adequate explanation of the suppression of superconductivity in Y_{1-x}Pr_ xBa_2Cu_3 O_7. The phenomenological model of antiferromagnetic Fermi liquid (AFL) proposed by Millis, Monien and Pines has been used to explain the behavior of the planar ^{63}Cu relaxation rate and to extract information on the strength of correlations among the local spins. Analysis has shown that the unusual behavior of the relaxation rate is a consequence of a competition between the temperature

  2. Growth of high T{sub c} superconducting fibers using a minaturized laser-heated float zone process. Annual progress report, January 1, 1993--December 31, 1993

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    Feigelson, R.S.

    1993-12-01

    This report covers the research done on {open_quotes}Growth of High Tc Superconducting Fibers using a Miniaturized Laser-Heated Float Zone Process{close_quotes} during the 12 months from Jan. 1, 1993 until Dec. 31, 1993. The effort during this period were directed into two areas; the influence of growth conditions on the properties of the superconducting fibers and the construction of the advanced fiber growth station. In the first area of emphasis, studies were done on constitutional super cooling effect, the influence of processing parameters on Tc, the correlation between Tc and growth parameters and the mechanical properties of 2212 fibers. These studies showed that there are two types of interfacial breakdowns; one type that involves low temperature inclusions caused by excessive solute buildup and another involving high temperature inclusions which require two conditions to be met. These condition are: (1) significant compositional gradients in the melt and (2) an interface melt temperature near the peritectic decomposition temperature. Analysis of the experimental data lead to the hypothesis that fibers with the highest crystallinity are grown from SrO-rich 2212 melts. Evaluation of the constitutional supercooling responsible for the high temperature inclusions suggested that growth under these conditions was most vulnerable to disruption by HT inclusions. Tc increased with growth temperature for as-grown fibers. The concentration of SrO in the fibers had a parabolic relationship with temperature. The same parabolic relationship was observed between composition and Tc. The thermal history of 2212 crystals has been shown to influence their oxygen content which played a significant role in determining their Tc`s. Fiber heat treatment and the ambient gaseous atmosphere were found to dominate the Tc variations measured in this study.

  3. High temperature superconducting composite conductor and method for manufacturing the same

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    Holesinger, Terry G.; Bingert, John F.

    2002-01-01

    A high temperature superconducting composite conductor is provided including a high temperature superconducting material surrounded by a noble metal layer, the high temperature superconducting composite conductor characterized as having a fill factor of greater than about 40. Additionally, the conductor can be further characterized as containing multiple cores of high temperature superconducting material surrounded by a noble metal layer, said multiple cores characterized as having substantially uniform geometry in the cross-sectional dimensions. Processes of forming such a high temperature superconducting composite conductor are also provided.

  4. Ac susceptibility of a coated conductor with high-temperature superconducting film and covered copper stabilizer

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    Chen, D.-X.

    2014-07-01

    The ac susceptibility, χ=χ‧-jχ″, of a nearly square sample, cut from a coated conductor tape consisting of a high-temperature superconducting film and a covered copper stabilizer, is measured as a function of temperature, T, at several values of frequency, f. It is found that the χ(f) at T>Tc can be well simulated by a modeling eddy-current susceptibility of the stabilizer, and there is an extra low-T stage, where χ is not constant as expected and may be separated into two parts. The T-independent part is contributed by Meissner currents in the film with over-low |χ‧|, indicating that the film edge was damaged by cutting during tape and sample preparation. The T-dependent part is contributed by both eddy-currents and supercurrents, having a special f dependence with unknown mechanism. Both currents are interacted to each other in a complex way in the T range below and near Tc, resulting in interesting features in χ(T,f).

  5. A Snapshot View of High Temperature Superconductivity 2002

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    Schuller, Ivan K.; Bansil, Arun; Basov, Dimitri N.

    2002-04-05

    This report outlines the conclusions of a workshop on High Temperature Superconductivity held April 5-8, 2002 in San Diego. The purpose of this report is to outline and highlight some outstanding and interesting issues in the field of High Temperature Superconductivity. The range of activities and new ideas that arose within the context of High Temperature Superconductors is so vast and extensive that it is impossible to summarize it in a brief document. Thus this report does not pretend to be all-inclusive and cover all areas of activity. It is a restricted snapshot and it only presents a few viewpoints. The complexity and difficulties with high temperature superconductivity is well illustrated by the Buddhist parable of the blind men trying to describe “experimentally” an elephant. These very same facts clearly illustrate that this is an extremely active field, with many unanswered questions, and with a great future potential for discoveries and progress in many (sometimes unpredictable) directions. It is very important to stress that independently of any current or future applications, this is a very important area of basic research.

  6. Midwest Superconductivity Consortium

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    Liedl, G.L.

    1992-01-01

    The Midwest Superconductivity Consortium's, MISCON, mission is to advance the science and understanding of high {Tc} superconductivity. Programmatic research focuses upon key materials-related problems: synthesis and processing; and limiting features in transport phenomena. During the past twenty-one projects produced over eighty-seven talks and seventy-two publications. Key achievements this past year expand our understanding of processing phenomena relating to crystallization and texture, metal superconductor composites, and modulated microstructures. Further noteworthy accomplishments include calculations on 2-D superconductor insulator transition, prediction of flux line lattice melting, and an expansion of our understanding and use of microwave phenomena as related to superconductors.

  7. High-field magnets using high-critical-temperature superconducting thin films

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    Mitlitsky, F.; Hoard, R.W.

    1994-05-10

    High-field magnets fabricated from high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramic (HTSC) thin films which can generate fields greater than 4 Tesla are disclosed. The high-field magnets are made of stackable disk-shaped substrates coated with HTSC thin films, and involves maximizing the critical current density, superconducting film thickness, number of superconducting layers per substrate, substrate diameter, and number of substrates while minimizing substrate thickness. The HTSC thin films are deposited on one or both sides of the substrates in a spiral configuration with variable line widths to increase the field. 4 figures.

  8. High-field magnets using high-critical-temperature superconducting thin films

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    Mitlitsky, Fred; Hoard, Ronald W.

    1994-01-01

    High-field magnets fabricated from high-critical-temperature superconducting ceramic (HTSC) thin films which can generate fields greater than 4 Tesla. The high-field magnets are made of stackable disk-shaped substrates coated with HTSC thin films, and involves maximizing the critical current density, superconducting film thickness, number of superconducting layers per substrate, substrate diameter, and number of substrates while minimizing substrate thickness. The HTSC thin films are deposited on one or both sides of the substrates in a spiral configuration with variable line widths to increase the field.

  9. Specific heat discontinuity, ΔC, at Tc in BaFe2(As0.7P0.3)2-consistent with unconventional superconductivity.

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    Kim, J S; Stewart, G R; Kasahara, S; Shibauchi, T; Terashima, T; Matsuda, Y

    2011-06-01

    We report the specific heat discontinuity, ΔC/T(c), at T(c) = 28.2 K of a collage of single crystals of BaFe(2)(As(0.7)P(0.3))(2) and compare the measured value of 38.5 mJ mol(-1) K(-2) with other iron pnictide and iron chalcogenide (FePn/Ch) superconductors. This value agrees well with the trend established by Bud'ko, Ni and Canfield, who found that ΔC/T(c) is proportional to aT(c)(2) for 14 examples of doped Ba(1 - x)K(x)Fe(2)As(2) and BaFe(2 - x)TM(x)As(2), where the transition metal TM = Co and Ni. We extend their analysis to include all the FePn/Ch superconductors for which ΔC/T(c) is currently known and find ΔC/T(c) is proportional to aT(c)(1.9) and a = 0.083 mJ mol(-1) K(-4). A comparison with the elemental superconductors with T(c) > 1 K and with A-15 superconductors shows that, contrary to the FePn/Ch superconductors, electron-phonon-coupled conventional superconductors exhibit a significantly different dependence of ΔC on T(c), namely ΔC/T(c) is proportional to aT(c)(1.9). However ΔC/γT(c) appears to be comparable in all three classes (FePn/Ch, elemental and A-15) of superconductors with, for example, ΔC/γT(c) = 2.4 for BaFe(2)(As(0.7)P(0.3))(2). A discussion of the possible implications of these phenomenological comparisons for the unconventional superconductivity believed to exist in the FePn/Ch is given. PMID:21572230

  10. Space applications for high temperature superconductivity - Brief review

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    Krishen, Kumar

    1990-01-01

    An overview is presented of materials and devices based on high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) that could have useful space-oriented applications. Of specific interest are applications of HTS technologies to mm and microwave systems, spaceborne and planet-surface sensors, and to magnetic subsystems for robotic, rescue, and docking maneuvers. HTS technologies can be used in optoelectronics, magnetic-field detectors, antennae, transmission/delay lines, and launch/payload coils.

  11. Antenna-coupled high T.sub.c superconducting microbolometer

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    Hu, Qing

    1992-01-01

    A device is provided for measuring radiant energy, the device comprising a substrate; a bolometer formed from a high T.sub.c superconducting material disposed on the substrate in an area that is about 1.times.5 .mu.m.sup.2 and about 0.02 .mu.m in depth; and a planar antenna disposed on the substrate and coupled to receive radiation and to impart the received radiation to the bolometer.

  12. Antenna-coupled high T[sub c] superconducting microbolometer

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    Hu, Q.

    1992-12-15

    A device is provided for measuring radiant energy, the device comprising a substrate; a bolometer formed from a high T[sub c] superconducting material disposed on the substrate in an area that is about 1[times]5 [mu]m[sup 2] and about 0.02 [mu]m in depth; and a planar antenna disposed on the substrate and coupled to receive radiation and to impart the received radiation to the bolometer. 5 figs.

  13. (Giant) Proximity Effects in high-Tc superlattices

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    Bozovic, Ivan

    2006-03-01

    Molecular beam epitaxy enables one to synthesize HTS thin films with rms surface roughness in the range 0.2-0.5 nm, much less than the unit cell height (1-2 nm).^1 One can also make atomically smooth multilayers and superlattices in which HTS or spacer layers can be just one unit cell thick if so desired. A detailed study of transport properties of such heterostructures has already revealed some unexpected findings.^2 In junctions where the barrier is made out of underdoped cuprate with a reduced critical temperature Tc, we observe the Giant Proximity Effect: supercurrent runs through very thick barrier layers even at temperature well above Tc (contrary to what is expected from the standard theory).^ Atomic smoothness of films and multilayers, excellent device uniformity, and reversible modulation of barrier properties by oxygen intake provided solid evidence against experimental artifacts such as pinholes and micro-shorts. Hence, the effect is real and intrinsic, and it defies the conventional explanation. Interpretation and significance of our experimental results will be discussed in the context of theoretical concepts such as the pseudogap, midgap states, electronic inhomogeneity, preformed pairs, and possibly resonant pair tunneling. The work at BNL is done in collaboration with G. Logvenov, V. Butko, A. Gozar and A. Bollinger. ^1 I. Bozovic et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 107001 (2002); P. Abbamonte et al., Science 297, 581 (2002). ^2 I. Bozovic et al., Nature 421, 873 (2003); Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 157002 (2004).

  14. High-Tc Layered Ferrielectric Crystals by Coherent Spinodal Decomposition.

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    Susner, Michael A; Belianinov, Alex; Borisevich, Albina; He, Qian; Chyasnavichyus, Marius; Demir, Hakan; Sholl, David S; Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Abernathy, Douglas L; McGuire, Michael A; Maksymovych, Petro

    2015-12-22

    Research in the rapidly developing field of 2D electronic materials has thus far been focused on metallic and semiconducting materials. However, complementary dielectric materials such as nonlinear dielectrics are needed to enable realistic device architectures. Candidate materials require tunable dielectric properties and pathways for heterostructure assembly. Here we report on a family of cation-deficient transition metal thiophosphates whose unique chemistry makes them a viable prospect for these applications. In these materials, naturally occurring ferrielectric heterostructures composed of centrosymmetric In4/3P2S6 and ferrielectrically active CuInP2S6 are realized by controllable chemical phase separation in van der Waals bonded single crystals. CuInP2S6 by itself is a layered ferrielectric with a ferrielectric transition temperature (Tc) just over room temperature, which rapidly decreases with homogeneous doping. Surprisingly, in our composite materials, the ferrielectric Tc of the polar CuInP2S6 phase increases. This effect is enabled by unique spinodal decomposition that retains the overall van der Waals layered morphology of the crystal, but chemically separates CuInP2S6 and In4/3P2S6 within each layer. The average spatial periodicity of the distinct chemical phases can be finely controlled by altering the composition and/or synthesis conditions. One intriguing prospect for such layered spinodal alloys is large volume synthesis of 2D in-plane heterostructures with periodically alternating polar and nonpolar phases. PMID:26566107

  15. Superconductivity and Applications - Proceedings of the Taiwan International Symposium on Superconductivity

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    Ku, H. C.; Wu, P. T.; Lee, W. H.; Liu, R. S.

    1989-11-01

    The Table of Contents for the full book PDF is as follows: * Preface * Microstructural and Electron-Structural Anomalies, and High Temperature Superconductivity * Substitutional Chemistry and the Metal-Insulator Transition in Cuprates and Bismuthates * Processing of High Tc Superconductor/Metal-Oxide Composites * Electron Microscope Characterisation of the Structure of High-Tc Superconductors * Mechanism of Broadened Superconducting Transition in Oxides * Magnetic, Microstructure, and High-Field Studies of Superconducting 123-AgO Composites * Superconductivity Enhancement and Pairing Strength in the (Tl, Pb, Bi)m(Sr, Ba)2CuOm+4(m = 1,2) Systems * Bulk Superconductivity in a New Family of Tl-containing Septenary Oxides * Several Suggested Mechanisms for High-Temperature Superconductivity * Calculation of Isotope Effects in High Tc Superconductivity * The Evidences of Unconventional Pairing in Heavy Fermion Superconductors and High Tc Superconductors * Superconductive Energy Storage (SMES) for Electrical Utility Use * Energy Storage Study for Power System Stabilisation * Spin Fluctuation Near Zero and High Field for Pure and Impure High Tc Superconductors * Magnetisation Study of the Unconventional Type II Superconductor (Gd0.2Ca0.8)Sr2(Tl0.5Pb0.5)Cu2Oy * Superconductivity and High Temperature Resistivity of High-Tc Oxide Compounds * Superconducting and Normal State Properties of BiSrCaCuO with Ag and Pb Doping * Effects of Substitution of Fe, Zn and A1 for Cu in Bi2Ca1Sr2Cu2Oy * Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Y1-xCdxBa2Cu3O7-δ and Gd1-xBa2Cu3O7-δ * YBaCuO Thin Films: Epitaxial Growth, Properties and the Influence of Ion Irradiation * Epitaxial Growth of High-Tc Superconducting Films by Liquid Phase Epitaxy Method * Superconducting Thin Films in Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O System * The Kinetics of Solid State Formation of the YBa2Cu3O6.5+x Phase * Phase Relations of Equilibrium Compounds in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O System * Preparation of Tl2CaBa2Cu2O8 by a Low-Temperature Solid

  16. Materials science challenges for high-temperature superconducting wire

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    Foltyn, S. R.; Civale, L.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. L.; Jia, Q. X.; Maiorov, B.; Wang, H.; Maley, M.

    2007-09-01

    Twenty years ago in a series of amazing discoveries it was found that a large family of ceramic cuprate materials exhibited superconductivity at temperatures above, and in some cases well above, that of liquid nitrogen. Imaginations were energized by the thought of applications for zero-resistance conductors cooled with an inexpensive and readily available cryogen. Early optimism, however, was soon tempered by the hard realities of these new materials: brittle ceramics are not easily formed into long flexible conductors; high current levels require near-perfect crystallinity; and - the downside of high transition temperature - performance drops rapidly in a magnetic field. Despite these formidable obstacles, thousands of kilometres of high-temperature superconducting wire have now been manufactured for demonstrations of transmission cables, motors and other electrical power components. The question is whether the advantages of superconducting wire, such as efficiency and compactness, can outweigh the disadvantage: cost. The remaining task for materials scientists is to return to the fundamentals and squeeze as much performance as possible from these wonderful and difficult materials.

  17. Experimental Investigation of High Temperature Superconducting Imaging Surface Magnetometry

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    Espy, M.A.; Matlachov, A.N.; Kraus, R.H., Jr.

    1999-06-21

    The behavior of high temperature superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) in the presence of high temperature superconducting surfaces has been investigated. When current sources are placed close to a superconducting imaging surface (SIS) an image current is produced due to the Meissner effect. When a SQUID magnetometer is placed near such a surface it will perform in a gradiometric fashion provided the SQUID and source distances to the SIS are much less than the size of the SIS. We present the first ever experimental verification of this effect for a high temperature SIS. Results are presented for two SQUID-SIS configurations, using a 100 mm diameter YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} disc as the SIS. These results indicate that when the current source and sensor coil (SQUID) are close to the SIS, the behavior is that of a first-order gradiometer. The results are compared to analytic solutions as well as the theoretical predictions of a finite element model.

  18. Magnetic forces in high-T(sub c) superconducting bearings

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    Moon, F. C.

    1990-01-01

    In September 1987 research at Cornell levitated a small rotor on superconducting bearing at 10,000 rpm. In April 1989 a speed of 120,000 rpm was achieved in a passive bearing with no active control. The bearing material used was YBa2Cu3O7. There is no evidence that the rotation speed has any significant effect on the lift force. Magnetic force measurements between a permanent rare-earth magnet and high T(sub c) superconducting material versus vertical and lateral displacements were made. A large hysteresis loop results for large displacements, while minor loops result for small displacements. These minor loops seem to give a slope proportional to the magnetic stiffness, and are probably indicative of flux pinning forces. Experiments of rotary speed versus time show a linear decay in a vacuum. Measurements of magnetic drag forces of a magnetic dipole over a high-T(sub c) superconducting disc of YBCO show that the drag force reaches a constant value, independent of the speed. Dampling of lateral vibrations of levitated rotors were measured which indicates that transverse flux motion in the superconductor will create dissipation. As a result of these force measurements, an optimum shape for the superconductor bearing pads which gives good lateral and axial stability was designed. Recent force measurements on melt-quench processed superconductors indicate a substantial increase in levitation force and magnetic stiffness over free sintered materials. As a result, application of high-T(sub c) superconducting bearings are beginning to show great promise at this time.

  19. High T_{c} via Spin Fluctuations from Incipient Bands: Application to Monolayers and Intercalates of FeSe.

    PubMed

    Linscheid, A; Maiti, S; Wang, Y; Johnston, S; Hirschfeld, P J

    2016-08-12

    We investigate superconductivity in a two-band system with an electronlike and a holelike band, where one of the bands is away from the Fermi level (or "incipient"). We argue that the incipient band contributes significantly to spin-fluctuation pairing in the strong coupling limit where the system is close to a magnetic instability and can lead to a large T_{c}. In this case, T_{c} is limited by a competition between the frequency range of the coupling (set by an isolated paramagnon) and the coupling strength itself, such that a domelike T_{c} dependence on the incipient band position is obtained. The coupling of electrons to phonons is found to further enhance T_{c}. The results are discussed in the context of experiments on monolayers and intercalates of FeSe. PMID:27563992

  20. High Tc via Spin Fluctuations from Incipient Bands: Application to Monolayers and Intercalates of FeSe

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    Linscheid, A.; Maiti, S.; Wang, Y.; Johnston, S.; Hirschfeld, P. J.

    2016-08-01

    We investigate superconductivity in a two-band system with an electronlike and a holelike band, where one of the bands is away from the Fermi level (or "incipient"). We argue that the incipient band contributes significantly to spin-fluctuation pairing in the strong coupling limit where the system is close to a magnetic instability and can lead to a large Tc. In this case, Tc is limited by a competition between the frequency range of the coupling (set by an isolated paramagnon) and the coupling strength itself, such that a domelike Tc dependence on the incipient band position is obtained. The coupling of electrons to phonons is found to further enhance Tc. The results are discussed in the context of experiments on monolayers and intercalates of FeSe.

  1. Fabrication of Crystals and Devices for Studies of Field Induced Superconductivity

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    Kloc, Christian

    2002-03-01

    It was demonstrated that injection of electrons or holes into materials using field effect transistor can transform the surface layer into a metal or at low enough temperatures even into a superconductor. Which substances could exhibit electric field induced superconductivity is currently not well know. Superconductivity has been successfully induced in single crystals of arenes, (pentacene Tc = 2 K, tetracene Tc = 2.7K, anthracene Tc = 4 K) oligophenylenevinylenes (trimer Tc =4.2K , tetramer Tc=2.9 K and pentamer, Tc= 2 K) sexithiophene, polymer thin film (regioregular polythiophene, Tc = 2.35 K) and single crystals of pure and intercalated fullerenes (hole and electron doped C60 Tc = 52 and 11K, C70, Tc = 7K and substituted C60, Tc = up to 117 K). Additional, Schon et al. have reported the observation of field induced superconductivity in copper oxide compounds. Despite of relative simple device structures, they consist of semiconducting single crystals or well oriented thin films, metal source and drain electrodes, an aluminum oxide dielectric layer and a conducting gate electrode, the fabrication is onerous and the significance of particular technological steps to functionality of a whole device is not well explored. In this presentation I would like to discuss these technological procedures leading to superconducting devices and further developments in search for high temperature superconducting organics.

  2. High Precision Superconducting Cavity Diagnostics With Higher Order Mode Measurements

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    Molloy, S.; Frisch, J.; McCormick, D.; May, J.; Ross, M.; Smith, T.; Baboi, N.; Hensler, O.; Petrosian, L.; Napoly, O.; Paparella, R.C.; Simon, C.; Eddy, N.; Nagaitsev, S.; Wendt, M.; /Fermilab

    2007-02-12

    Experiments at the FLASH facility at DESY have demonstrated that the higher order modes induced in superconducting cavities can be used to provide a variety of beam and cavity diagnostics. The axes of the modes can be determined from the beam orbit that produces minimum power in the dipole HOM modes. The phase and amplitude of the dipole modes can be used to obtain high resolution beam position information, and the phase of the monopole modes to measure the beam phase relative to the accelerator rf. For most superconducting accelerators, the existing higher order mode couplers provide the necessary signals, and the downmix and digitizing electronics are straightforward, similar to those for a conventional beam position monitor.

  3. Control and data acquisition systems for high field superconducting wigglers

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    Batrakov, A.; Ilyin, I.; Karpov, G.; Kozak, V.; Kuzin, M.; Kuper, E.; Mamkin, V.; Mezentsev, N.; Repkov, V.; Selivanov, A.; Shkaruba, V.

    2001-07-01

    This paper describes the control and DAQ system of superconducting wigglers with magnetic field range up to 10.3 T. The first version of the system controls a 7 T superconducting wiggler prepared for installation at Bessy-II (Germany). The second one controls a 10 T wiggler which is under testing now at the SPring-8 site (Japan). Both systems are based on VME apparatus. The set of specialized VME modules is elaborated to arrange wiggler power supply control, full time wiggler monitoring, and magnetic field high accuracy measurement and field stabilization. The software for the control of the wigglers is written in C language for VxWorks operation system for a Motorola-162 VME controller. The task initialization, stops and acquisition of the data can be done from the nearest personal computer (FTP host for VME), or from the remote system as well.

  4. Recent developments in rf superconductivity for high-brightness and high-gradient ion beam accelerators

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Kennedy, W.L.; Nichols, G.L.; Roche, C.T.; Sagalovsky, L.

    1992-01-01

    Recent progress in on-going development program leading to the design of superconducting continuous-wave (cw) linear accelerators for high-brightness ion beams is reviewed. A new spoke-resonator geometry incorporating a half-wavelength resonant line was fabricated and tested. This geometry serves as the basis for the constituent cavities of a superconducting section being designed for high-current testing with a deuterium beam. Considerable progress has been made in the design of this section. A multi-phased program leading to the development of a superconducting radio-frequency quadrupole (SCRFQ) has been initiated. Design considerations and test results from the various activities are presented.

  5. Recent developments in rf superconductivity for high-brightness and high-gradient ion beam accelerators

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    Delayen, J.R.; Bohn, C.L.; Kennedy, W.L.; Nichols, G.L.; Roche, C.T.; Sagalovsky, L.

    1992-02-01

    Recent progress in on-going development program leading to the design of superconducting continuous-wave (cw) linear accelerators for high-brightness ion beams is reviewed. A new spoke-resonator geometry incorporating a half-wavelength resonant line was fabricated and tested. This geometry serves as the basis for the constituent cavities of a superconducting section being designed for high-current testing with a deuterium beam. Considerable progress has been made in the design of this section. A multi-phased program leading to the development of a superconducting radio-frequency quadrupole (SCRFQ) has been initiated. Design considerations and test results from the various activities are presented.

  6. Insights from the study of high-temperature interface superconductivity.

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    Pereiro, J; Bollinger, A T; Logvenov, G; Gozar, A; Panagopoulos, C; Bozović, I

    2012-10-28

    A brief overview is given of the studies of high-temperature interface superconductivity based on atomic-layer-by-layer molecular beam epitaxy (ALL-MBE). A number of difficult materials science and physics questions have been tackled, frequently at the expense of some technical tour de force, and sometimes even by introducing new techniques. ALL-MBE is especially suitable to address questions related to surface and interface physics. Using this technique, it has been demonstrated that high-temperature superconductivity can occur in a single copper oxide layer-the thinnest superconductor known. It has been shown that interface superconductivity in cuprates is a genuine electronic effect-it arises from charge transfer (electron depletion and accumulation) across the interface driven by the difference in chemical potentials rather than from cation diffusion and mixing. We have also understood the nature of the superconductor-insulator phase transition as a function of doping. However, a few important questions, such as the mechanism of interfacial enhancement of the critical temperature, are still outstanding. PMID:22987034

  7. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study of High Temperature Superconductivity

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    Mounce, Andrew M.

    The high temperature superconductors HgBa2CuO 4+delta (Hg1201) and Bi2SrCa2Cu2O 8+delta (Bi2212) have been treated with 17O for both nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) sensitivity and various electronic properties. Subsequently, NMR experiments were performed on Hg1201 and Bi2212 to reveal the nature of the pseudogap, in the normal state, and vortex phases, in the superconducting state. NMR has been performed on 17O in an underdoped Hg1201 crystal with a superconducting transition transition temperature of 74 K to look for circulating orbital currents proposed theoretically and inferred from neutron scattering. The measurements reveal narrow spectra which preclude static local fields in the pseudogap phase at the apical site, suggesting that the moments observed with neutrons are fluctuating or the orbital current ordering is not the correct model for the neutron scattering observation. The fine detail of the NMR frequency shifts at the apical oxygen site are consistent with a dipolar field from the Cu+2 site and diamagnetism below the superconducting transition. It has been predicted that superconducting vortices should be electrically charged and that this effect is particularly enhanced for high temperature superconductors. Here it is shown that the Abrikosov vortex lattice, characteristic of the mixed state of superconductors, will become unstable at sufficiently high magnetic field if there is charge trapped on the vortex core for highly anisotropic superconductors. NMR measurements of the magnetic fields generated by vortices in Bi2212 single crystals provide evidence for an electro-statically driven vortex lattice reconstruction with the magnitude of charge on each vortex pancake of 2x10-3e, depending on doping, in line with theoretical estimates. Competition with magnetism is at the heart of high temperature superconductivity, most intensely felt near a vortex core. To investigate vortex magnetism spatially resolved NMR has been used, finding a strongly non

  8. High Tc layered ferrielectric crystals by coherent spinodal decomposition

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    Susner, Michael A.; Belianinov, Alex; Borisevich, Albina Y.; He, Qian; Chyasnavichyus, Marius; Demir, Hakan; Sholl, David; Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Abernathy, Douglas L.; McGuire, Michael A.; et al

    2015-11-13

    Research in the rapidly-developing field of 2D-electronic materials has thus far been focused on metallic and semiconducting materials. However, complementary dielectric materials such as non-linear dielectrics are needed to enable realistic device architectures. Candidate materials require tunable dielectric properties and pathways for heterostructure assembly. Here we report on a family of cation-deficient transition metal thiophosphates whose unique chemistry makes them a viable prospect for these applications. In these materials, naturally occurring ferrielectric heterostructures composed of centrosymmetric In4/3P2S6 and ferrielectrically-active CuInP2S6 are realized by controllable chemical phase separation in van-der-Waals bonded single crystals. CuInP2S6 by itself is a layered ferrielectric withmore » Tc just over room-temperature which rapidly decreases with homogenous doping. Surprisingly, in our composite materials, the ferrielectric Tc of the polar CuInP2S6 phase increases. This effect is enabled by unique spinodal decomposition that retains the overall van-der-Waals layered morphology of the crystal, but chemically separates CuInP2S6 and In4/3P2S6 within each layer. The average spatial periodicity of the distinct chemical phases can be finely controlled by altering the composition and/or synthesis conditions. One intriguing prospect for such layered spinodal alloys is large volume synthesis of 2D in-plane heterostructures with periodically alternating polar and non-polar phases.« less

  9. High Tc layered ferrielectric crystals by coherent spinodal decomposition

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    Susner, Michael A; Belianinov, Alex; Borisevich, Albina Y; He, Qian; Sholl, David; Ganesh, Panchapakesan; Abernathy, Douglas L; McGuire, Michael A; Maksymovych, Petro

    2015-01-01

    Research in the rapidly-developing field of 2D-electronic materials has thus far been focused on metallic and semiconducting materials. However, complementary dielectric materials such as non-linear dielectrics are needed to enable realistic device architectures. Candidate materials require tunable dielectric properties and pathways for heterostructure assembly. Here we report on a family of cation-deficient transition metal thiophosphates whose unique chemistry makes them a viable prospect for these applications. In these materials, naturally occurring ferrielectric heterostructures composed of centrosymmetric In4/3P2S6 and ferrielectrically-active CuInP2S6 are realized by controllable chemical phase separation in van-der-Waals bonded single crystals. CuInP2S6 by itself is a layered ferrielectric with Tc just over room-temperature which rapidly decreases with homogenous doping. Surprisingly, in our composite materials, the ferrielectric Tc of the polar CuInP2S6 phase increases. This effect is enabled by unique spinodal decomposition that retains the overall van-der-Waals layered morphology of the crystal, but chemically separates CuInP2S6 and In4/3P2S6 within each layer. The average spatial periodicity of the distinct chemical phases can be finely controlled by altering the composition and/or synthesis conditions. One intriguing prospect for such layered spinodal alloys is large volume synthesis of 2D in-plane heterostructures with periodically alternating polar and non-polar phases.

  10. High-temperature superconductivity from fine-tuning of Fermi-surface singularities in iron oxypnictides

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    Charnukha, Aliaksei

    2015-03-01

    In the family of iron-based superconductors, 1111-type materials exhibit superconductivity with the highest transition temperature Tc=55K. Early theoretical predictions of their electronic structure revealed multiple large circular sheets of the Fermi surface. Here we use ARPES to show that two prototypical compounds of the 1111 type are at odds with this description. Their low-energy band structure is formed by the edges of several bands, which are pulled to the Fermi level from the depths of the theoretically predicted band structure by strong electronic interactions. We further demonstrate that although their low-energy electronic looks remarkably similar, the Tc differs by a factor of 2. Upon closer examination we uncover that one of the bands in the higher-Tc compound sinks to 2.3meV below the Fermi level and thus does not produce a Fermi surface. And yet we find that it hosts a superconducting energy gap 10x larger than the same band in the lower-Tc sister compound. Our results show that the Fermi-surface singularities in the iron-oxypnictides dramatically affect their low-energy electronic properties, including superconductivity, and must therefore be explicitly taken into account in any attempt to understand the pairing mechanism.

  11. Superconductivity in carbon nanomaterials

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    Dlugon, Katarzyna

    The purpose of this thesis is to explain the phenomenon of superconductivity in carbon nanomaterials such as graphene, fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. In the introductory chapter, there is a description of superconductivity and how it occurs at critical temperature (Tc) that is characteristic and different to every superconducting material. The discovery of superconductivity in mercury in 1911 by Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes is also mentioned. Different types of superconductors, type I and type II, low and high temperatures superconductors, as well as the BCS theory that was developed in 1957 by Bardeen, Cooper, and Schrieffer, are also described in detail. The BCS theory explains how Cooper's pairs are formed and how they are responsible for the superconducting properties of many materials. The following chapters explain superconductivity in doped fullerenes, graphene and carbon nanotubes, respectively. There is a thorough explanation followed by many examples of different types of carbon nanomaterials in which small changes in chemical structure cause significant changes in superconducting properties. The goal of this research was not only to take into consideration well known carbon based superconductors but also to search for the newest available materials such as the fullerene nanowhiskers discovered quite recently. There is also a presentation of fairly new ideas about inducing superconductivity in a monolayer of graphene which is more challenging than inducing superconductivity in graphite by simply intercalating metal atoms between its graphene sheets. An effort has been taken to look for any available information about carbon nanomaterials that have the potential to superconduct at room temperature, mainly because discovery of such materials would be a real revolution in the modern world, although no such materials have been discovered yet.

  12. Abrupt onset of a second energy gap at the superconducting transition of underdoped Bi2212

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    Hussain, Zahid; Lee, W.S.; Vishik, I.M.; Tanaka, K.; Lu, D.H.; Sasagawa, T.; Nagaosa, N.; Devereaux, T.P.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2007-05-26

    he superconducting gap--an energy scale tied to the superconducting phenomena--opens on the Fermi surface at the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) in conventional BCS superconductors. In underdoped high-Tc superconducting copper oxides, a pseudogap (whose relation to the superconducting gap remains a mystery) develops well above Tc (refs 1, 2). Whether the pseudogap is a distinct phenomenon or the incoherent continuation of the superconducting gap above Tc is one of the central questions in high-Tc research3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Although some experimental evidence suggests that the two gaps are distinct9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, this issue is still under intense debate. A crucial piece of evidence to firmly establish this two-gap picture is still missing: a direct and unambiguous observation of a single-particle gap tied to the superconducting transition as function of temperature. Here we report the discovery of such an energy gap in underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta in the momentum space region overlooked in previous measurements. Near the diagonal of Cu?O bond direction (nodal direction), we found a gap that opens at Tc and has a canonical (BCS-like) temperature dependence accompanied by the appearance of the so-called Bogoliubov quasi-particles, a classical signature of superconductivity. This is in sharp contrast to the pseudogap near the Cu?O bond direction (antinodal region) measured in earlier experiments19, 20, 21.

  13. JETC (Japanese Technology Evaluation Center) Panel Report on High Temperature Superconductivity in Japan

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    Shelton, Duane; Gamota, George

    1989-01-01

    The Japanese regard success in R and D in high temperature superconductivity as an important national objective. The results of a detailed evaluation of the current state of Japanese high temperature superconductivity development are provided. The analysis was performed by a panel of technical experts drawn from U.S. industry and academia, and is based on reviews of the relevant literature and visits to Japanese government, academic and industrial laboratories. Detailed appraisals are presented on the following: Basic research; superconducting materials; large scale applications; processing of superconducting materials; superconducting electronics and thin films. In all cases, comparisons are made with the corresponding state-of-the-art in the United States.

  14. High temperature superconducting infrared imaging satellite

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    Angus, B.; Covelli, J.; Davinic, N.; Hailey, J.; Jones, E.; Ortiz, V.; Racine, J.; Satterwhite, D.; Spriesterbach, T.; Sorensen, D.

    1992-01-01

    A low earth orbiting platform for an infrared (IR) sensor payload is examined based on the requirements of a Naval Research Laboratory statement of work. The experiment payload is a 1.5-meter square by 0.5-meter high cubic structure equipped with the imaging system, radiators, and spacecraft mounting interface. The orbit is circular at 509 km (275 nmi) altitude and 70 deg. inclination. The spacecraft is three-axis stabilized with pointing accuracy of plus or minus 0.5 deg. in each axis. The experiment payload requires two 15-minute sensing periods over two contiguous orbit periods for 30 minutes of sensing time per day. The spacecraft design is presented for launch via a Delta 2 rocket. Subsystem designs include attitude control, propulsion, electric power, telemetry, tracking and command, thermal design, structure, and cost analysis.

  15. Silver Alloys for High-Temperature Superconducting Wire

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    Smith, J. L.; Zhou, R.; Holesinger, T. C.; Hults, W. L.; Peterson, E. J.

    1996-03-01

    Pure silver is commonly used for cladding or as substrates for making bismuth- and thallium-based high-temperature superconductor wires. Pure silver's softness, lack of mechanical strength, and high-electrical conductivity cause various problems with the final conductor. We have made many alloys of silver with small amounts of additions, studied their mechanical and electrical properties, and checked compatibility with the superconducting materials. The use of silver alloys improves the usefulness of the conductors and improves or does not change the critical currents of the final conductor. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S.D.O.E.

  16. Silver alloys for high-temperature superconducting wire

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    Hubert, B. N.; Zhou, R.; Holesinger, T. G.; Hults, W. L.; Lacerda, A.; Murray, A. S.; Ray, R. D.; Buford, Cm.; Phillips, L. G.; Kebede, A.; Smith, J. L.

    1995-12-01

    The silver cladding for high-temperature superconducting wire can be modified for various applications by alloying. For example, for powder-in-tube wire, stiffer cladding improves the smoothness of the interface. For large coils, higher strength is needed at low temperatures to hold them together. Power applications require more resistance in the cladding. We have made a survey of the properties of alloys to check their feasibility for various applications. Alloys with several elements added to silver have been prepared and evaluated for hardness, electrical properties, and compatibility with high-temperature superconductors during processing.

  17. 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

  18. Superconductivity of (La,Ca) 2CuO 4 prepared in high oxygen pressure

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    Fukuoka, M.; Nakayama, Y.; Tomioka, Y.; Kishio, K.; Kitazawa, K.

    A series of (La 1- xCa x) 2CyO 4-δ specimens were prepared through a solution route and heat-treated in air or by a hot isostatic pressing (HIP) technique at 1000°C under 0.2 GPa of 20%-O 2-80%-Ar atmosphere. The highest superconducting transition temperature 35 K (resistivity mid-point) was attained at Ca composition x = 0.08. The observed Tc in this study is almost comparable to the optimized Tc of (La,Sr) 2CuO 4.

  19. Dipolar clusters and ferroelectricity in high Tc superconductors

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    Kusmartsev, F. V.; Saarela, M.

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we show that doping of hole charge carriers induces formation of resonance plaquettes (RPs) having electric dipolar moments and fluctuating stripes in cuprates. A single RP is created by many-body interactions between the dopant ion or a charge fluctuation outside and holes inside the CuO plane. In such a process, Coulomb interacting holes in the CuO plane are self-organized into four-particles resonance valence bond plaquettes bound with dopants or polarons located in the spacer layer between CuO planes. Such RPs have ordered and disordered phases. They are ordered into charge density waves (CDW) or stripes only at certain conditions. The lowest energy of the ordered phase corresponds to a local antiferroelectric ordering. The RPs mobility is very low at low temperatures and they are bound into dipole-dipole pairs. Electromagnetic radiation interacts strongly with RPs electric dipoles and when the sample is subjected to it, the mobility changes significantly. This leads to a fractal growth of dipolar RP clusters. The existence of electric dipoles and CDW reveal a series of new phenomena such as ferroelectricity, strong light and microwave absorption and the field induced superconductivity.

  20. High temperature superconducting current leads for fusion magnet systems

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    Wu, J. L.; Dederer, J. T.; Singh, S. K.; Hull, J. R.

    Superconducting magnets for fusion applications typically have very high operating currents. These currents are transmitted from the room temperature power supplies to the low temperature superconducting coils by way of helium-vapor-cooled current leads. Because of the high current magnitude and the resistive characteristics associated with the normal metallic lead conductors, a substantial amount of power is dissipated in the lead. To maintain a stable operation, a high rate of helium vapor flow, generated by the boil-off of liquid helium, is required to cool the lead conductors. This helium boil-off substantially increases both the installation capacity and the operating cost of the helium refrigerator/liquefier. The boil-off of liquid helium can be significantly reduced by employing ceramic high temperature superconductors, such as Y-Ba-Cu-O, in the low temperature part of the lead conductor structure. This concept utilizes the superconducting, as well as the low thermal conductivity properties of the superconductor materials in eliminating power dissipation in part of the current lead and in inhibiting heat conduction into the liquid helium pool, resulting in reduced helium boil-off. This design concept has been conclusively demonstrated by a 2-kA current lead test model using Y-Ba-Cu-O (123) material which, although not optimized in design, has significantly reduced the rate of helium boil-off in comparison to optimized conventional leads. There appear to be no major technological barriers for scaling up this design to higher current levels for applications in fusion magnet systems or in fusion related testing activities. The theoretical basis of the current lead concept, as well as the important design and technology issues are addressed. The potential cost saving derived from employing these leads in fusion magnets is also discussed. In addition, a design concept for a 10-kA lead is presented.

  1. Density and elasticity of superconducting niobium nitride under high pressure

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    Zou, Y.; Li, B.; Wang, X.; Chen, T.

    2013-12-01

    Hard superconducting materials are of considerable interest for specific electronic applications. Transition-metal (TM) nitrides have increasingly attracted attention because of their outstanding mechanical, optoelectronic, thermal, magnetic and/or superconducting properties and potential usage in a variety of technological areas, such as NbN exploited in superconducting and high hardness coatings. Previous hardness measurements on NbN by Vickers indentation method reported a Vickers hardness about 20 GPa and its bulk modulus was found close to that of cubic boron nitride. In addition, experimental studies and first-principles calculations have investigated the equation-of-state (EOS) for B1 structured NbN and provided important insights into the origin of its outstanding mechanical properties. In spite of its importance, to date, the high-pressure behavior and elastic properties of NbN are not well studied experimentally, in particular for the shear properties under pressure. In this study, we hot-pressed high quality (well-sintered, free of cracks, small grain size and homogeneous) polycrystalline NbN specimens and performed simultaneous measurements of compressional and shear wave travel times using ultrasonic interferometry techniques up to ~12 GPa at room temperature in a large-volume high-pressure apparatus. By fitting these experimental data to finite strain equations, the compressional and shear wave velocities, density, and the bulk and shear moduli as a function of pressure are all obtained. These new data not only allow us to compare with previous EOS data on NbN and those of other transition metal nitrides, but also enable us to further explore the constitutive relations between elastic moduli and hardness in these nitrides.

  2. X-ray diffuse scattering experiments on bismuth based high Tc superconductors

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    Comes, R.; Izquierdo, M.; Megtert, S.; Albouy, P. A.; Avila, J.; Valbuena, M. A.; Gu, G.; Abell, J. S.; Asensio, M. C.

    2007-09-01

    A detailed X-ray diffuse scattering study of the recently found two dimensional (2D) displacive short range order (SRO) superstructure, with doubled periodicity along the orthorhombic a direction from the high Tc superconductors Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ δ (BISCO-2212) is reported. The investigation has been extended to high and low temperatures for optimally doped crystals, to crystals with different doping levels and to the one layer compound Bi 2Sr 2CuO 6+ δ (BISCO-2201). The most striking feature is that both, the intensity of the diffuse scattering and the extent of the 2DSRO vary with doping as the critical temperature, Tc. These findings show that these short range ordering features are of importance for a better understanding of high Tc materials, at least those from the BISCO family.

  3. X-ray diffuse scattering experiments from bismuth based high Tc superconductors

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    Izquierdo, M.; Megtert, S.; Albouy, P. A.; Avila, J.; Valbuena, M. A.; Gu, G.; Abell, J. S.; Yang, G.; Asensio, M. C.; Comes, R.

    2007-03-01

    A detailed X-ray diffuse scattering study of the recently found two dimensional (2D) displacive short range order (SRO) superstructure, with doubled periodicity along the orthorhombic a direction from the high Tc superconductors Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ(BISCO-2212) is reported. The investigation has been extended to high and low temperatures for optimally doped crystals, to crystals with different doping levels and to the one layer compound Bi2Sr2CaCuO6+δ (Bi-2201). The most striking feature is that both, the intensity of the diffuse scattering and the extent of the 2DSRO vary with doping as the critical temperature, Tc. These findings show that these short range ordering features are of importance for a better understanding of high Tc materials, at least those from the BISCO family.

  4. Shock-induced synthesis of high temperature superconducting materials

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    Ginley, D.S.; Graham, R.A.; Morosin, B.; Venturini, E.L.

    1987-06-18

    It has now been determined that the unique features of the high pressure shock method, especially the shock-induced chemical synthesis technique, are fully applicable to high temperature superconducting materials. Extraordinarily high yields are achievable in accordance with this invention, e.g., generally in the range from about 20% to about 99%, often in the range from about 50% to about 90%, lower and higher yields, of course, also being possible. The method of this invention involves the application of a controlled high pressure shock compression pulse which can be produced in any conventional manner, e.g., by detonation of a high explosive material, the impact of a high speed projectile or the effect of intense pulsed radiation sources such as lasers or electron beams. Examples and a discussion are presented.

  5. Numerical analyses of levitation force and flux creep on high [Tc] superconductor

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    Tsuchimoto, M.; Kojima, T.; Takeuchi, H.; Honma, T. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering)

    1993-11-01

    Large levitation force and a stable equilibrium are obtained with a permanent magnet and a bulk high [Tc] superconductor (HTSC). Evaluation of the levitation force is important for many applications, such as magnetically levitated vehicles, magnetic bearing, flywheel and linear drive. Levitation force between a permanent magnet and a high [Tc] superconductor is examined by using two numerical methods. The levitation force to vertical direction is calculated by using the critical state model. Stiffness of restoring force to horizontal direction is calculated by using a frozen-in field model. Numerical solutions agree well with experimental results. Dynamic properties of the levitation force are also analyzed by combining the two methods.

  6. Theoretical predictions of novel superconducting phases of BaGe3 stable at atmospheric and high pressures.

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    Zurek, Eva; Yao, Yansun

    2015-03-16

    A series of new superconducting binary silicides and germanides have recently been synthesized under high-pressure high-temperature conditions. A representative member of this group, BaGe3, was theoretically investigated using evolutionary structure searches coupled with structural analogies in the pressure range from 1 atm to 250 GPa, where three new phases were discovered. At 1 atm, in addition to the synthesized P63/mmc phase, we predicted two new phases, I4/mmm and Amm2, to be dynamically stable. The Amm2 structure comprises Ge clusters and triangular prisms intercalated with Ba and Ge atoms, a unique structural motif unknown to this group. The I4/mmm structure has been previously synthesized in binary silicides and is calculated to be thermodynamically stable in BaGe3 between 15.6 and 35.4 GPa. Above 35.4 GPa, two new phases of P6̅m2 and R3̅m symmetry become the global minima and remain so up to the highest pressure considered. These two phases have very similar enthalpies, and both feature layers of double Kagome nets of Ge intercalated with Ba-Ge layers. The predicted phases are suggested to be metallic with itinerant electrons and to be potentially superconducting from the considerable electron-phonon coupling strength. Density functional perturbation calculations combined with the Allen-Dynes-modified McMillan formula were used to estimate the superconducting critical temperatures (Tc) for these new phases, which, with slight pressure variations, are comparable to the experimental Tc measured for the P63/mmc phase. PMID:25731906

  7. Dynamic Jahn-Teller coupling and high T c superconductivity

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    Clougherty, Dennis P.; Johnson, Keith H.; McHenry, Michael E.

    1989-12-01

    Based on the cooperative dynamic Jahn-Teller effect, a universal model of superconductivity is sketched which accounts for many aspects of conventional BCS and high T c superconductors. Within the quasi-molecular approximation, a real space vibronic coupling of degenerate (or nearly degenerate) electronic states to anharmonically mixed nuclear distortions is shown to lead to electron pairing. The crossover from electron-phonon behavior to electronic behavior as a function of Jahn-Teller coupling and anharmonic mixing is illustrated for the case of a CuO 4 cluster having D 4 h symmetry.

  8. Method of producing high T(subc) superconducting NBN films

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    Thakoor, Sarita (Inventor); Lamb, James L. (Inventor); Thakoor, Anilkumar P. (Inventor); Khanna, Satish K. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    Thin films of niobium nitride with high superconducting temperature (T sub c) of 15.7 K are deposited on substrates held at room temperature (approx 90 C) by heat sink throughout the sputtering process. Films deposited at P sub Ar 12.9 + or - 0.2 mTorr exhibit higher T sub c with increasing P sub N2,I with the highest T sub c achieved at P sub n2,I= 3.7 + or - 0.2 mTorr and total sputtering pressure P sub tot = 16.6 + or - 0.4. Further increase of N2 injection starts decreasing T sub c.

  9. Conductor requirements for high-temperature superconducting utility power transformers

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    Pleva, E. F.; Mehrotra, V.; Schwenterly, S W

    2010-01-01

    High-temperature superconducting (HTS) coated conductors in utility power transformers must satisfy a set of operating requirements that are driven by two major considerations-HTS transformers must be economically competitive with conventional units, and the conductor must be robust enough to be used in a commercial manufacturing environment. The transformer design and manufacturing process will be described in order to highlight the various requirements that it imposes on the HTS conductor. Spreadsheet estimates of HTS transformer costs allow estimates of the conductor cost required for an HTS transformer to be competitive with a similarly performing conventional unit.

  10. A novel excitonic mechanism for high temperature superconductivity

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    Tesanovic, Z.; Bishop, A.R.; Martin, R.L.

    1988-01-01

    We propose a novel mechanism for superconductivity, based on intra and interband Cu/longleftrightarrow/O charge transfer excitations in oxide superconductors. The dynamic polarizability of the environment surrounding CuO/sup 2/ planes plays an important role in enhancing T/sub c/. The ''sandwich'' structure in which CuO/sub 2/ planes are separated by a highly polarizable medium is ideally suited for this mechanism. Our proposal is consistent with a variety of available data, and suggests several new experimental directions. 9 refs., 2 figs.

  11. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Percolation modelling for highly aligned polycrystalline superconducting tapes

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    Rutter, N. A.; Glowacki, B. A.; Evetts, J. E.

    2000-11-01

    Surface and bulk texture measurements have been carried out on highly aligned NiFe tapes, suitable for use as coated conductor substrates. Data from small-area electron backscatter diffraction measurements are compared with those from bulk x-ray analysis in the development of a two-dimensional percolation model, and the two are shown to give very similar results. No evidence of grain-to-grain correlation is found. The model is then developed to assess how the properties of a superconducting layer grown epitaxially on buffered tapes will depend on parameters such as sample size, grain size and the extent of grain alignment.

  12. Low-loss, high-speed, high-{Tc} superconducting bearings

    DOEpatents

    Hull, J.R.; Mulcahy, T.M.; Uherka, K.L.

    1996-07-30

    A flywheel energy storage device is disclosed including an iron structure disposed for rotation adjacent a stationary superconductor material structure and a stationary permanent magnet. The stationary permanent magnet levitates the iron structure while the superconductor structure can stabilize and levitate the rotating iron structure. 15 figs.

  13. Low-loss, high-speed, high-{Tc} superconducting bearings

    DOEpatents

    Hull, J.R.; Mulcahy, T.M.; Uherka, K.L.

    1997-06-24

    A flywheel energy storage device is disclosed including an iron structure disposed for rotation adjacent a stationary superconductor material structure and a stationary permanent magnet. The stationary permanent magnet levitates the iron structure while the superconductor structure can stabilize the rotating iron structure. 15 figs.

  14. Superconductivity above 30 K in alkali-metal-doped hydrocarbon

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    Xue, Mianqi; Cao, Tingbing; Wang, Duming; Wu, Yue; Yang, Huaixin; Dong, Xiaoli; He, Junbao; Li, Fengwang; Chen, G. F.

    2012-01-01

    The recent discovery of superconductivity with a transition temperature (Tc) at 18 K in Kxpicene has extended the possibility of high-Tc superconductors in organic materials. Previous experience based on similar hydrocarbons, like alkali-metal doped phenanthrene, suggested that even higher transition temperatures might be achieved in alkali-metals or alkali-earth-metals doped such polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons (PAHs), a large family of molecules composed of fused benzene rings. Here we report the discovery of high-Tc superconductivity at 33 K in K-doped 1,2:8,9-dibenzopentacene (C30H18). To our best knowledge, it is higher than any Tc reported previously for an organic superconductor under ambient pressure. This finding provides an indication that superconductivity at much higher temperature may be possible in such PAHs system and is worthy of further exploration. PMID:22548129

  15. Superconductivity in alkali-doped C60

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    Ramirez, Arthur P.

    2015-07-01

    Superconductivity in alkali-doped C60 (A3C60, A = an alkali atom) is well described by an s-wave state produced by phonon mediated pairing. Moderate coupling of electrons to high-frequency shape-changing intra-molecular vibrational modes produces transition temperatures (Tc) up to 33 K in single-phase material. The good understanding of pairing in A3C60 offers a paradigm for the development of new superconducting materials.

  16. Experimenting with a Superconducting Levitation Train

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    Miryala, Santosh; Koblischka, M. R.

    2014-01-01

    The construction and operation of a prototype high-"Tc" superconducting train model is presented. The train is levitated by a melt-processed GdBa[subscript 2]Cu[subscript 3]O[subscript x] (Gd-123) superconducting material over a magnetic rail (track). The oval shaped track is constructed in S-N-S or PM3N configuration arranged on an iron…

  17. High- Tc dc SQUID readout electronics with low noise and high bandwidth

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    He, D. F.; Itozaki, H.

    2006-10-01

    Using AD797 low noise op amps and 2SA1048 low noise transistors, we have developed a composite preamplifier for use in dc SQUID readout electronics. This preamplifier has a small dc drift and super low noise at high frequencies. The equivalent input voltage noise of the preamplifier is about 0.35 nV/√Hz from 100 kHz to 10 MHz. Using this preamplifier, we developed dc SQUID readout electronics having low noise and high bandwidth. Used with a 3 mm2 high-Tc dc SQUID, the white flux noise was about 18 μΦ0/√Hz above 100 kHz and the FLL bandwidth was about 2 MHz. This readout electronics can be used for the applications of SQUID-based NDE and SQUID-based NQR.

  18. Local inhomogeneity and filamentary superconductivity in Pr-doped CaFe2As2.

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    Gofryk, Krzysztof; Pan, Minghu; Cantoni, Claudia; Saparov, Bayrammurad; Mitchell, Jonathan E; Sefat, Athena S

    2014-01-31

    We use multiscale techniques to determine the extent of local inhomogeneity and superconductivity in Ca0.86Pr0.14Fe2As2 single crystal. The inhomogeneity is manifested as a spatial variation of the praseodymium concentration, local density of states, and superconducting order parameter. We show that the high-Tc superconductivity emerges from cloverlike defects associated with Pr dopants. The highest Tc is observed in both the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases, and its filamentary nature is a consequence of nonuniform Pr distribution that develops localized, isolated superconducting regions within the crystals. PMID:24580484

  19. Local Inhomogeneity and Filamentary Superconductivity in Pr-Doped CaFe2As2

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    Gofryk, Krzysztof; Pan, Minghu; Cantoni, Claudia; Saparov, Bayrammurad; Mitchell, Jonathan E.; Sefat, Athena S.

    2014-01-01

    We use multiscale techniques to determine the extent of local inhomogeneity and superconductivity in Ca0.86Pr0.14Fe2As2 single crystal. The inhomogeneity is manifested as a spatial variation of the praseodymium concentration, local density of states, and superconducting order parameter. We show that the high-Tc superconductivity emerges from cloverlike defects associated with Pr dopants. The highest Tc is observed in both the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases, and its filamentary nature is a consequence of nonuniform Pr distribution that develops localized, isolated superconducting regions within the crystals.

  20. Rotor instrumentation study for high-temperature superconducting generators

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    Schwenterly, S.W.; Wilson, C.T.

    1996-06-01

    In FY 9195, ORNL carried out work on rotor instrumentation systems in support of the General Electric (GE) Superconductivity Partnership Initiative (SPI) on Superconducting Generator Development. The objective was to develop a system for tramsitting data from sensors in the spinning rotor to a stationary data acquisition system. Previous work at ORNL had investigated an optical method of cryogenic temperature measurement using laser-induced fluorescence in certain phosphors. Later follow-up discussions with experts in the ORNL Engineering Technology Division indicated that this method could also be extended to measure strain and magnetic field. Another optical alternative using standard fiber optic transmission modules was also investigated. The equipment is very inexpensive, but needs to be adapted for operation in a high-g-force rotating environment. An optical analog of a commutator or slip ring also needs to be developed to couple the light signals from the rotor to the stationary frame. Sealed mercury-film rotary contacts are manufactured by Meridian Laboratory. Unlike conventional slipring assemblies, these offer low noise and long lifetime, with low costs per channel. Standard units may need some upgrading for 3600-rpm or high-voltage operation. A commercial electronic telemetry system offered by Wireless Data Corporation (WDC) was identified as a viable candidate, and information on this system was presented to GE. GE has since ordered two of these systems from WDC for temperature measurements in their rotating test cryostat.

  1. A Very High-Cycle Fatigue Test and Fatigue Properties of TC17 Titanium Alloy

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    Jiao, Shengbo; Gao, Chao; Cheng, Li; Li, Xiaowei; Feng, Yu

    2016-03-01

    The present work studied the very high-cycle fatigue (VHCF) test and fatigue properties of TC17 titanium alloy. The specimens for bending vibration were designed using the finite element method and the VHCF tests were conducted by using the ultrasonic fatigue testing system. The results indicated that there is no the fatigue limit for TC17 titanium alloy, and the S-N curve shows a continuously descending trend. The fatigue crack initiates at the specimen surface within the range of VHCF and the VHCF lives follow the log-normal distribution more closely.

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

    PubMed

    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

  3. High-Tc thermal bridges for space-borne cryogenic infrared detectors

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    Wise, S. A.; Buckley, J. D.; Nolt, I.; Hooker, M. W.; Haertling, G. H.; Selim, R.; Caton, R.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1993-01-01

    The potential for using high-temperature superconductive elements, screen-printed onto ceramic substrates, as thermal bridges to replace the currently employed manganin wires is studied at NASA-LaRC. Substrate selection is considered to be the most critical parameter in device production. Due to the glass-like thermal behavior of yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) and fused silica substrates, these materials are found to reduce the heat load significantly. The estimated thermal savings for superconductive leads printed onto YSZ or fused silica substrates range from 6 to 14 percent.

  4. The DARPA manufacturing initiative in high temperature superconductivity

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    Adams, K.R. )

    1989-01-01

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a very aggressive Technology Base program in high temperature superconductivity. This program is expected to provide the basis for a specialized set of military products - passive microwave and millimeter wave devices - within the next three years. In order to get these high leverage products into military systems, a manufacturing base must be developed for HTSC components. A plan for DARPA in HTSC manufacturing is directly coupled with the ongoing DARPA materials and device oriented R and D program. In essence, this plan recommends a three phased effort: 1. Phase I (two years); Fund companies through R and D contracts for specialized HTSC components; prepare a detailed plan and develop an HTSC consortium. 2. Phase II (six years): Establish an HTSC Sematech initiative for electronic applications, including active devices. 3. Phase III (optional): Continue the HTSC Sematech with emphasis on high power applications.

  5. Adaptive high temperature superconducting filters for interference rejection

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    Raihn, K.F.; Fenzi, N.O.; Hey-Shipton, G.L.; Saito, E.R.; Loung, P.V.; Aidnik, D.L.

    1996-07-01

    An optically switched high temperature superconducting (HTS) band-reject filter bank is presented. Fast low loss switching of high quality (Q) factor HTS filter elements enables digital selection of arbitrary pass-bands and stop-bands. Patterned pieces of GaAs and silicon are used in the manufacture of the photosensitive switches. Fiber optic cabling is used to transfer the optical energy from an LED to the switch. The fiber optic cable minimizes the thermal loading of the filter package and de-couples the switch`s power source from the RF circuit. This paper will discuss the development of a computer-controlled HTS bank of optically switchable, narrow band, high Q bandstop filters which incorporates a cryocooler to maintain the 77 K operating temperature of the HTS microwave circuit.

  6. Rate and composition control by atomic absorption spectroscopy for the coevaporation of high T sub c superconducting films

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    Lu, C. ); Missert, N.; Mooij, J.E.; Rosenthal, P.; Matijasevic, V.; Beasley, M.R.; Hammond, R.H. )

    1989-02-01

    Atomic absorption spectroscopy has been used to control the deposition rates during coevaporation processes with multiple electron-beam sources. This technique is material specific and thus allows the deposition rate of each component to be controlled independently. Because only a light beam is needed to interact with the vapor stream, the sampling region can be selected to be very close to the substrate for precise control of the film composition. With its high sensitivity and no limitations on operation pressure, this technique offers some unique advantages for the preparation of high Tc superconducting films by coevaporation in a high oxygen partial pressure environment. The performance of a multi-source deposition controller and the resultant film properties are presented.

  7. Superconductivity in the Graphite Intercalation Compound BaC 6

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    Heguri, Satoshi; Kawade, Naoya; Fujisawa, Takumi; Yamaguchi, Akira; Sumiyama, Akihiko; Tanigaki, Katsumi; Kobayashi, Mototada

    2015-06-01

    Among many two-dimensional (2D) high TC superconductors, graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) are the most famous intercalation family, which are classified as typical electron-phonon mediated superconductors. We show unambiguous experimental facts that BaC 6 , the superconductivity of which has been missing for many years so far among various alkaline earth metal (Ca, Sr, and Ba) intercalted GICs, exhibits superconductivity at TC=65 mK . By adding this finding as the additional experimental point, a complete figure displaying the relationship between TC and interlayer distance (d ) for GICs is now provided, and their possible superconducting mechanisms raised so far are revisited. The present study settles a long-running debate between theories and experiments on the superconductivity in the first stage GICs.

  8. Influence of ion beam mixing on the growth of high temperature oxide superconducting thin film

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    Bordes, N.; Rollett, A.D.; Cohen, M.R.; Nastasi, M.

    1989-01-01

    The superconducting properties of high temperature superconductor thin films are dependent on the quality of the substrate used to grow these films. In order to maximize the lattice matching between the superconducting film and the substrate, we have used a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin film deposited on {l angle}100{r angle} SrTiO{sub 3} as a template. The first film was prepared by coevaporation of Y, BaF{sub 2} and Cu on {l angle}100{r angle} SrTiO{sub 3}, followed by an anneal in wet'' oxygen at 850{degree}C. This film showed a sharp transition at about 90 K. A thicker layer of about 5000 A was then deposited on top of this first 2000 {angstrom} film, using the same procedure. After the post anneal at 850{degree}C, the transition took place at 80 K and no epitaxy of the second film was observed. Ion beam mixing at 400{degree}C, using 400 keV O ions was done at the interface of the two films (the second one being not annealed). After the post anneal, the film displayed an improved Tc at 90K. Moreover, epitaxy was shown to take place from the interface SrTiO{sub 3}-123 film towards the surface and was dependent of the dose. These results will be discussed from the data obtained from Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) combined with channeling experiments, x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations. 8 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. High-Density Superconducting Cables for Advanced ACTPol

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pappas, C. G.; Austermann, J.; Beall, J. A.; Duff, S. M.; Gallardo, P. A.; Grace, E.; Henderson, S. W.; Ho, S. P.; Koopman, B. J.; Li, D.; McMahon, J.; Nati, F.; Niemack, M. D.; Niraula, P.; Salatino, M.; Schillaci, A.; Schmitt, B. L.; Simon, S. M.; Staggs, S. T.; Stevens, J. R.; Vavagiakis, E. M.; Ward, J. T.; Wollack, E. J.

    2016-01-01

    Advanced ACTPol (AdvACT) is an upcoming Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) receiver upgrade, scheduled to deploy in 2016, that will allow measurement of the cosmic microwave background polarization and temperature to the highest precision yet with ACT. The AdvACT increase in sensitivity is partly provided by an increase in the number of transition-edge sensors (TESes) per array by up to a factor of two over the current ACTPol receiver detector arrays. The high-density AdvACT TES arrays require 70 \\upmu m pitch superconducting flexible cables (flex) to connect the detector wafer to the first-stage readout electronics. Here, we present the flex fabrication process and test results. For the flex wiring layer, we use a 400-nm-thick sputtered aluminum film. In the center of the cable, the wiring is supported by a polyimide substrate, which smoothly transitions to a bare (uncoated with polyimide) silicon substrate at the ends of the cable for a robust wedge wire-bonding interface. Tests on the first batch of flex made for the first AdvACT array show that the flex will meet the requirements for AdvACT, with a superconducting critical current above 1 mA at 500 mK, resilience to mechanical and cryogenic stress, and a room temperature yield of 97 %.

  10. High-temperature superconducting transformer performance, cost, and market evaluation

    SciTech Connect

    Dirks, J.A.; Dagle, J.E.; DeSteese, J.G.; Huber, H.D.; Smith, S.A.; Currie, J.W.; Merrick, S.B.; Williams, T.A.

    1993-09-01

    Recent laboratory breakthroughs in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) materials have stimulated both the scientific community and general public with questions regarding how these materials can be used in practical applications. While there are obvious benefits from using HTS materials (most notably the potential for reduced energy losses in the conductors), a number of issues (such as overall system energy losses, cost, and reliability) may limit applications of HTS equipment, even if the well known materials problems are solved. This study examined the future application potential of HTS materials to power transformers. This study effort was part of a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Storage and Distribution (OESD) research program, Superconductivity Technology for Electric Power Systems (STEPS). The study took a systems perspective to gain insights to help guide DOE in managing research designed to realize the vision of HTS applications. Specific objectives of the study were as follows: to develop an understanding of the fundamental HTS transformer design issues that can provide guidance for developing practical devices of interest to the electric utility industry; to identify electric utility requirements for HTS transformers and to evaluate the potential for developing a commercial market; to evaluate the market potential and national benefits for HTS transformers that could be achieved by a successful HTS development program; to develop an integrated systems analysis framework, which can be used to support R&D planning by DOE, by identifying how various HTS materials characteristics impact the performance, cost, and national benefits of the HTS application.

  11. High Temperature Superconducting Reciprocating Magnetic Separator Final Report

    SciTech Connect

    James F. Maguire

    2008-06-05

    In 2001, under DOE's Superconductivity Partnership Initiative (SPI), E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. (Dupont) was awarded a cost-share contract to build a fully functional full-scale model high temperature superconducting reciprocating magnet unit specifically designed for the koalin clay industry. After competitive bidding, American Superconductor (AMSC) was selected to provide the coil for the magnet. Dupont performed the statement of work until September 2004, when it stopped work, with the concurrence of DOE, due to lack of federal funds. DOE had paid all invoices to that point, and Dupont had provided all cost share. At this same time, Dupont determined that this program did not fit with its corporate strategies and notified DOE that it was not interesting in resuming the program when funding became available. AMSC expressed interest in assuming performance of the Agreement to Dupont and DOE, and in March 2005, this project was transferred to AMSC by DOE amendment to the original contract and Novation Agreement between AMSC and Dupont. Design drawings and some hardware components and subassemblies were transferred to AMSC. However, no funding was obligated by DOE and AMSC never performed work on the project. This report contains a summary of the work performed by Dupont up to the September 04 timeframe.

  12. Miniaturized superconducting quantum interference magnetometers for high sensitivity applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Granata, C.; Vettoliere, A.; Russo, M.

    2007-09-01

    A miniaturized niobium based dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer for high magnetic field sensitivity applications has been developed. The sensing coil consists of an integrated square superconducting coil with a length of 3mm, involving a device area much smaller with respect to the standard SQUID magnetometers with a comparable magnetic field sensitivity; so it allows increasing the spatial resolution keeping the magnetic field sensitivity unaltered. Furthermore, a small pickup coil minimizes its antenna gain, reducing the radio frequency interference. At T =4.2K, the sensors have shown smooth and resonance free V-Φ characteristics and an intrinsic white magnetic field noise spectral density as low as 5.8fT /Hz1/2, measured in flux locked loop configuration. The good agreement with the theoretical predictions guarantees the reliability and the controllability of the sensors. Due to their compactness and good characteristic parameters, such sensors are suitable for large multichannel systems used in biomagnetic imaging.

  13. High-Density Superconducting Cables for Advanced ACTPol

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pappas, C. G.; Austermann, J.; Beall, J. A.; Duff, S. M.; Gallardo, P. A.; Grace, E.; Henderson, S. W.; Ho, S. P.; Koopman, B. J.; Li, D.; McMahon, J.; Nati, F.; Niemack, M. D.; Niraula, P.; Salatino, M.; Schillaci, A.; Schmitt, B. L.; Simon, S. M.; Staggs, S. T.; Stevens, J. R.; Vavagiakis, E. M.; Ward, J. T.; Wollack, E. J.

    2016-07-01

    Advanced ACTPol (AdvACT) is an upcoming Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) receiver upgrade, scheduled to deploy in 2016, that will allow measurement of the cosmic microwave background polarization and temperature to the highest precision yet with ACT. The AdvACT increase in sensitivity is partly provided by an increase in the number of transition-edge sensors (TESes) per array by up to a factor of two over the current ACTPol receiver detector arrays. The high-density AdvACT TES arrays require 70 \\upmu m pitch superconducting flexible cables (flex) to connect the detector wafer to the first-stage readout electronics. Here, we present the flex fabrication process and test results. For the flex wiring layer, we use a 400-nm-thick sputtered aluminum film. In the center of the cable, the wiring is supported by a polyimide substrate, which smoothly transitions to a bare (uncoated with polyimide) silicon substrate at the ends of the cable for a robust wedge wire-bonding interface. Tests on the first batch of flex made for the first AdvACT array show that the flex will meet the requirements for AdvACT, with a superconducting critical current above 1 mA at 500 mK, resilience to mechanical and cryogenic stress, and a room temperature yield of 97 %.

  14. Superconductivity in compressed sulfur hydride: Dependences on pressure, composition, and crystal structure from first principles

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    Akashi, Ryosuke

    The recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in sulfur hydride under extreme pressure has broken the long-standing record of superconducting transition temperature (Tc) in the Hg-cuprate. According to the isotope effect measurement and theoretical calculations, the superconducting transition is mainly ascribed to the conventional phonon-mediated pairing interaction. It is, however, not enough for understanding the high-Tc superconductivity in the sulfur hydride. To elucidate various possible effects on Tc with accuracy, we have analyzed Tc with first-principles methods without any empirical parameters. First, for various pressures and theoretically proposed crystal structures, we calculated Tc with the density functional theory for superconductors (SCDFT) to examine which structure(s) can explain experimentally measured Tc data [Akashi et al., PRB 91, 224513 (2015)]. We next solved the Eliashberg equations without introducing the renormalized Coulomb parameter mu*, which is the Green-function-based counterpart of the SCDFT, and evaluated the effects of rapidly varying electron density of states, atomic zero-point motion, and phonon anharmonic corrections on Tc [Sano et al., in preparation]. In the talk, we review these results and discuss the dominant factors for the Tc and their relation to the experimental results. We also report some crystal structures that we recently found with first-principles calculations, which could have a key role for the pressure-induced transformation to the high-Tc phase.

  15. Research & Development on Superconducting Niobium Materials via Magnetic Measurements

    SciTech Connect

    S. B. Roy, V. C. Sahni, and G. R. Myneni

    2011-03-01

    We present a study of superconducting properties of both large grain (1 mm average grain size) and small grain (50 micron average grain size) Niobium materials containing varying amounts of Tantalum impurities that have been used in the fabrication of high accelerating gradient superconducting radio frequency cavities. We found that a buffered chemical polishing of these Niobium samples causes a distinct reduction in the superconducting parameters like TC, wt- ppm to 1300 wt-ppm. Implications of these results on the performance of niobium superconducting radio frequency cavities are discussed, especially the anomalous high field RF losses that have been reported in the literature.

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

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    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.

  17. A Transverse Flux High-Temperature Superconducting Generator Topology for Large Direct Drive Wind Turbines

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Keysan, Ozan; Mueller, Markus A.

    The cost and mass of an offshore wind turbine power-train can be reduced by using high-temperature superconducting generators, but for a successful commercial design the superconducting generator should be as reliable as its alternatives. In this paper, we present a novel transverse flux superconducting generator topology which is suitable for low-speed, high-torque applications. The generator is designed with a stationary superconducting field winding and a variable reluctance claw pole motor for simplified mechanical structure and maximum reliability. 3D FEA simulation results of a 70 kW prototype is presented.

  18. Gravity gradiometry on high-T{sub c} superconducting sensors

    SciTech Connect

    Kraus, R.; Cogbill, A.; Stettler, M.

    1996-09-01

    This is the final report of a 1-y LDRD project at LANL. Earth`s gravitational field has minuscule local variations that are difficult to observe with any but the most sensitive instruments. These variations are caused by local variations in the earth`s crust density such as voids or high density material. Such anomalies can be observed directly by mapping the magnitude of the gravitational field (gravimetry) or by measuring the gradient of the gravitational field (gradiometry). It is believed that gradiometry is potentially superior to gravimetry because measurement and interpretation is simpler and less susceptible to masking by other effects, e.g. accelerations. This method introduces no energy or radiation into the region of interest, can be adapted to moving platforms and the capability to take real-time data over large areas is feasible. Scope of this work was to examine feasiiblity and performance of a fieldable gradiometer using high-{Tc} materials.

  19. High-energy anomalies in covalent high-Tc cuprates with large Hubbard Ud on copper

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    Barišić, O. S.; Barišić, S.

    2015-03-01

    A large Ud theory is constructed for the metallic state of high-Tc cuprates. The Emery three-band model, extended with Ox-Oy hopping tpp, and with Ud → ∞, is mapped on slave fermions. The Dyson time-dependent diagrammatic theory in terms of the Cu-O hopping tpd, starting from the nondegenerate unperturbed ground state, is translationally and asymptotically locally gauge invariant. The small parameter of the theory is the average hole occupation of Cu sites nd. The lowest order of the theory generates the single particle propagators of the hybridized pdp- and dpd-fermions with the exact covalent three band structure. The leading many-body effect is band narrowing, accompanied by Landau-like damping of the single particle propagation, due to incoherent local charge Cu-O fluctuations. The corresponding continuum is found below and above the Fermi level.

  20. Photoemission, low-dimensionality and high-temperature superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    Margaritondo, G.

    1996-12-31

    Several experiments by different authors have established the existence of an anomalous photoemission effect in one-dimensional systems, including one-dimensional metallic crystals and other examples of one-dimensional metals. The effect consists of the suppression of the photoemission signal at energies close to the Fermi level--whereas for metals one would expect to see a Fermi edge. Increasing evidence exists, in the authors opinion, that this phenomenon is due to the decoupling of charge and spin coordinates and to a departure from the Fermi-liquid framework. If confirmed, this conclusion would be extremely relevant to high-temperature superconductivity, since it would pave the way to the use of a similar concept for non-Fermi-liquid theories of high-temperature superconductors.

  1. Hybrid Superconducting Magnetic Bearing (HSMB) for high load devices

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mcmichael, C. K.; Ma, K. B.; Lamb, M. A.; Lin, M. W.; Chow, L.; Meng, R. L.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, W. K.

    1992-01-01

    Lifting capacities greater than 41 N/cm(exp 2) (60 psi) at 77 K have been achieved with a new type of levitation (hybrid) using a combination of permanent magnets and high quality melt-mixtured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO). The key concept of the hybrid superconducting magnetic bearing (HSMB) is the use of strong magnetic repulsion and attraction from permanent magnets for high levitation or suspension forces in conjunction with a superconductor's flux pinning characteristics to counteract the inherent instabilities in a system consisting of magnets only. To illustrate this concept, radial and axial forces between magnet/superconductor, magnet/magnet, and magnet/superconductor/magnet, were measured and compared for the thrust bearing configuration

  2. High-gradient, pulsed operation of superconducting niobium cavities

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    Campisi, I.E.; Farkas, Z.D.

    1984-02-01

    Tests performed on several Niobium TM/sub 010/ cavities at frequencies of about 2856 MHz using a high-power, pulsed method indicate that, at the end of the charging pulse, peak surface magnetic fields of up to approx. 1300 Oe, corresponding to a peak surface electric field of approx. 68 MV/m, can be reached at 4.2/sup 0/K without appreciable average losses. Further studies of the properties of superconductors under pulsed operation might shed light on fundamental properties of rf superconductivity, as well as lead to the possibility of applying the pulse method to the operation of high-gradient linear colliders. 7 references, 30 figures, 2 tables.

  3. Superconducting magnets in high-radiation environment at supercolliders

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    Mokhov, N.V.; Chichili, D.R.; Gourlay, S.A.; Van Sciver, S.; Zeller, A.

    2006-07-01

    The principal challenges arising from beam-induced energy deposition in superconducting (SC) magnets at high-energy high-luminosity hadron and lepton colliders are described. Radiation constraints are analyzed that include quench stability, dynamic heat loads on the cryogenic system, radiation damage limiting the component lifetime, and residual dose rates related to hands-on maintenance. These issues are especially challenging for the interaction regions (IR), particularly for the considered upgrade layouts of the Large Hadron Collider. Up to a few kW of beam power can dissipate in a single SC magnet, and a local peak power density can substantially exceed the quench levels. Just formally, the magnet lifetime is limited to a few months under these conditions. Possible solutions and the ways to mitigate these problems are described in this paper along with R&D needed.

  4. High Temperature Irradiation Resistant Thermocouple (HTIR-TC)

    ScienceCinema

    None

    2013-05-28

    INL researchers have created a new thermocouple that can resist high temperature and radiation. This device will improve safety and reduce costs associated with unit failures. Learn more about INL research at http://www.facebook.com/idahonationallaboratory

  5. High Temperature Irradiation Resistant Thermocouple (HTIR-TC)

    SciTech Connect

    2011-01-01

    INL researchers have created a new thermocouple that can resist high temperature and radiation. This device will improve safety and reduce costs associated with unit failures. Learn more about INL research at http://www.facebook.com/idahonationallaboratory

  6. Silver sheathing of high-Tc superconductor wires

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    Wu, C. T.; Risch, G. A.; Poeppel, R. B.; Goretta, K. C.; Danyluk, S.; Herro, H. M.

    1990-10-01

    The properties of Ag sheaths on high-temperature super-conductors are examined. Ag is chemically compatible with YBa2Cu3O(x) and Bi-based superconductors can be safely coprocessed with them. Residual stresses created by differences in thermal expansion coefficients are favorable and can be controlled by proper annealing. Although Ag forms low-resistance contact with high temperature superconductors, it is not certain that effective cryogenic stabilization by Ag can occur at 77 K and above.

  7. Pressure-driven dome-shaped superconductivity and electronic structural evolution in tungsten ditelluride

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    Pan, Xing-Chen; Chen, Xuliang; Liu, Huimei; Feng, Yanqing; Wei, Zhongxia; Zhou, Yonghui; Chi, Zhenhua; Pi, Li; Yen, Fei; Song, Fengqi; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Wang, Baigeng; Wang, Guanghou; Zhang, Yuheng

    2015-07-01

    Tungsten ditelluride has attracted intense research interest due to the recent discovery of its large unsaturated magnetoresistance up to 60 T. Motivated by the presence of a small, sensitive Fermi surface of 5d electronic orbitals, we boost the electronic properties by applying a high pressure, and introduce superconductivity successfully. Superconductivity sharply appears at a pressure of 2.5 GPa, rapidly reaching a maximum critical temperature (Tc) of 7 K at around 16.8 GPa, followed by a monotonic decrease in Tc with increasing pressure, thereby exhibiting the typical dome-shaped superconducting phase. From theoretical calculations, we interpret the low-pressure region of the superconducting dome to an enrichment of the density of states at the Fermi level and attribute the high-pressure decrease in Tc to possible structural instability. Thus, tungsten ditelluride may provide a new platform for our understanding of superconductivity phenomena in transition metal dichalcogenides.

  8. Pressure-driven dome-shaped superconductivity and electronic structural evolution in tungsten ditelluride

    PubMed Central

    Pan, Xing-Chen; Chen, Xuliang; Liu, Huimei; Feng, Yanqing; Wei, Zhongxia; Zhou, Yonghui; Chi, Zhenhua; Pi, Li; Yen, Fei; Song, Fengqi; Wan, Xiangang; Yang, Zhaorong; Wang, Baigeng; Wang, Guanghou; Zhang, Yuheng

    2015-01-01

    Tungsten ditelluride has attracted intense research interest due to the recent discovery of its large unsaturated magnetoresistance up to 60 T. Motivated by the presence of a small, sensitive Fermi surface of 5d electronic orbitals, we boost the electronic properties by applying a high pressure, and introduce superconductivity successfully. Superconductivity sharply appears at a pressure of 2.5 GPa, rapidly reaching a maximum critical temperature (Tc) of 7 K at around 16.8 GPa, followed by a monotonic decrease in Tc with increasing pressure, thereby exhibiting the typical dome-shaped superconducting phase. From theoretical calculations, we interpret the low-pressure region of the superconducting dome to an enrichment of the density of states at the Fermi level and attribute the high-pressure decrease in Tc to possible structural instability. Thus, tungsten ditelluride may provide a new platform for our understanding of superconductivity phenomena in transition metal dichalcogenides. PMID:26203922

  9. Interplay of 3 d-5 d interactions in high-TC osmium-based double perovskites

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    Taylor, A. E.; Calder, S.; Morrow, R.; Woodward, P. M.; Yan, J. Q.; Winn, B.; Lumsden, M. D.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    In 3d-5d systems the strongly magnetic 3d orbitals and extended 5d orbitals with enhanced spin-orbit coupling lead to a range of high TC magnetic states and novel behavior not present in systems consisting solely of 3d or 5d ions. The two distinct octahedral sites in double perovskites A2 BB 'O6 allow an ordered 3d-5d structure to form, providing a variety of systems to be investigated. Unravelling the interactions controlling these systems, however, is an open challenge. The highest known TC in such a system, 725K, is found in insulator Sr2CrOsO6. This questions the theory for high-TCs in systems such as TC=400K Sr2FeReO6 which relies on half-metallic behavior. To unravel the nature of the interactions in 3d-5d systems, we have studied the series of compounds Sr2 X OsO6. We have utilized elastic and inelastic neutron scattering to probe the spin states in the systems, and therefore test predictions that the magnetic interactions are controlled by a frustrated AFM Heisenberg model. By studying the series, we are able to relate changes in the spin wave spectrum to dramatic changes in the magnetic order from TN = 95 K antiferromagnetism to TC = 725 K ferrimagnetism.

  10. Damping and support in high-temperature superconducting levitation systems

    DOEpatents

    Hull, John R.; McIver, Carl R.; Mittleider, John A.

    2009-12-15

    Methods and apparatuses to provide improved auxiliary damping for superconducting bearings in superconducting levitation systems are disclosed. In a superconducting bearing, a cryostat housing the superconductors is connected to a ground state with a combination of a damping strip of material, a set of linkage arms to provide vertical support, and spring washers to provide stiffness. Alternately, the superconducting bearing may be supported by a cryostat connected to a ground state by posts constructed from a mesh of fibers, with the damping and stiffness controlled by the fiber composition, size, and mesh geometry.

  11. Low-Cost Superconducting Wire for Wind Generators: High Performance, Low Cost Superconducting Wires and Coils for High Power Wind Generators

    SciTech Connect

    2012-01-01

    REACT Project: The University of Houston will develop a low-cost, high-current superconducting wire that could be used in high-power wind generators. Superconducting wire currently transports 600 times more electric current than a similarly sized copper wire, but is significantly more expensive. The University of Houston’s innovation is based on engineering nanoscale defects in the superconducting film. This could quadruple the current relative to today’s superconducting wires, supporting the same amount of current using 25% of the material. This would make wind generators lighter, more powerful and more efficient. The design could result in a several-fold reduction in wire costs and enable their commercial viability of high-power wind generators for use in offshore applications.

  12. Measuring Thermal Diffusivity Of A High-Tc Superconductor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Powers, Charles E.; Oh, Gloria; Leidecker, Henning

    1992-01-01

    Technique for measuring thermal diffusivity of superconductor of high critical temperature based on Angstrom's temperature-wave method. Peltier junction generates temperature oscillations, which propagate with attenuation up specimen. Thermal diffusivity of specimen calculated from distance between thermocouples and amplitudes and phases of oscillatory components of thermocouple readings.

  13. Flux lattice melting in the high Tc superconductors

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    Bishop, D. J.; Gammel, P. L.; Schneemeyer, L. F.

    1989-01-01

    One of the important issues for technological application of the high temperature superconductors is their behavior in a magnetic field. A variety of experiments including electrical transport, mechanical oscillators, and magnetic decoration have suggested that these magnetic properties will make applications more difficult than originally anticipated. These experiments and their results are briefly discussed.

  14. Segregation of antiferromagnetism and high-temperature superconductivity in Ca1-xLaxFe2As2

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    Saha, Shanta R.; Drye, T.; Goh, S. K.; Klintberg, L. E.; Silver, J. M.; Grosche, F. M.; Sutherland, M.; Munsie, T. J. S.; Luke, G. M.; Pratt, D. K.; Lynn, J. W.; Paglione, J.

    2014-04-01

    We report the effect of applied pressures on magnetic and superconducting order in single crystals of the aliovalent La-doped iron pnictide material Ca1-xLaxFe2As2. Using electrical transport, elastic neutron scattering, and resonant tunnel diode oscillator measurements on samples under both quasihydrostatic and hydrostatic pressure conditions, we report a series of phase diagrams spanning the range of substitution concentrations for both antiferromagnetic and superconducting ground states that include pressure-tuning through the antiferromagnetic (AFM) superconducting critical point. Our results indicate that the observed superconducting phase with a maximum transition temperature of Tc=47 K is intrinsic to these materials, appearing only upon suppression of magnetic order by pressure-tuning through the AFM critical point. Thus, the superconducting phase appears to exist exclusively in juxtaposition to the antiferromagnetic phase in a manner similar to the oxygen- and fluorine-based iron-pnictide superconductors with the highest transition temperatures reported to date. Unlike the lower-Tc systems, in which superconductivity and magnetism usually coexist, the tendency for the highest-Tc systems to show noncoexistence provides an important insight into the distinct transition temperature limits in different members of the iron-based superconductor family.

  15. Discriminating Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Rats Using a High-Tc SQUID Detected Nuclear Resonance Spectrometer in a Magnetic Shielding Box

    PubMed Central

    Huang, Kai-Wen; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Yang, Shieh Yueh; Chieh, Jen-Jie; Wang, Li-Ming

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we report the spin-lattice relaxation rate of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and normal liver tissue in rats using a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) based nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The resonance spectrometer used for discriminating liver tumors in rats via the difference in longitudinal relaxation time in low magnetic fields was set up in a compact and portable magnetic shielding box. The frequency-domain NMR signals of HCC tissues and normal liver tissues were analyzed to study their respective longitudinal relaxation rate T1−1. The T1−1 of liver tissues for ten normal rats and ten cancerous rats were investigated respectively. The averaged T1−1 value of normal liver tissue was (6.41±0.66) s−1, and the averaged T1−1 value of cancerous tissue was (3.38±0.15) s−1. The ratio of T1−1 for normal liver tissues and cancerous liver tissues of the rats investigated is estimated to be 1.9. Since this significant statistical difference, the T1−1 value can be used to distinguish the HCC tissues from normal liver tissues. This method of examining liver and tumor tissues has the advantages of being convenient, easy to operate, and stable. PMID:23071710

  16. Exploration of Anomalous Gravity Effects by rf-Pumped Magnetized High-T(c) Superconducting Oxides

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    Robertson, Tony; Litchford, Ron; Peters, Randall; Thompson, Byran; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    A number of anomalous gravitational effects have been reported in the scientific literature during recent years, but there has been no independent confirmation with regard to any of these claims. Therefore, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, in response to the propulsion challenges specified by NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics (BPP) program, proposed to explore the possibility of observing anomalous gravitation behavior through the manipulation of Josephson junction effects in magnetized high-Tc superconducting oxides. The technical goal was to critically test this revolutionary physical claim and provide a rigorous, independent, empirical confirmation (or refutation) of anomalous effects related to the manipulation of gravity by radio frequency (rf)-pumped magnetized type-2 superconductors. Because the current empirical evidence for gravity modification is anecdotal, our objective was to design, construct, and meticulously implement a discriminating experiment, which would put these observations on a more firm footing within the scientific community. Our approach is unique in that we advocate the construction of an extremely sensitive torsion balance with which to measure gravity modification effects by rf-pumped type-2 superconductor test masses. This paper reviews the anecdotal evidence for anomalous gravity effects, describes the design and development of a simplified torsion balance experiment for empirically investigating these claims, and presents the results of preliminary experiments.

  17. Importance of structural instability to high-temperature superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    Bussmann-Holder, A. University of Bayreuth, D-8550 Bayreuth, Federal Republic of Germany ); Migliori, A.; Fisk, Z.; Sarrao, J.L.; Leisure, R.G. ); Cheong, S. )

    1991-07-22

    The orthorhombic-tetragonal structural phase transition of La{sub 2{minus}{ital x}}Sr{sub {ital x}}CuO{sub 4} is quantitatively analyzed as a function of composition {ital x} within an anharmonic electron-phonon interaction model. The correct temperature dependence of the soft mode and the elastic constant {ital c}{sub 66} is obtained. The double-well potential in the electron-phonon interaction is derived self-consistently and found to vary strongly with {ital x}. In the vicinity of the superconducting transition temperature {ital T}{sub {ital c}} electron--two-phonon interactions dominate the harmonic ones which may explain the high {ital T}{sub {ital c}}'s observed.

  18. High Temperature Superconducting Bearings for Lunar Telescope Mounts

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    Lamb, Mark; BuiMa, Ki; Cooley, Rodger; Mackey, Daniel; Meng, Ruling; Chu, Ching Wu; Chu, Wei Kan; Chen, Peter C.; Wilson, Thomas

    1995-01-01

    A telescope to be installed on the lunar surface in the near future must work in a cold and dusty vacuum environment for long periods without on site human maintenance. To track stars, the drive mechanism must be capable of exceedingly fine steps and repeatability. Further, the use of lightweight telescopes for obvious economic benefits burdens the requirement for stable support and rotation. Conventional contact bearings and gear drives have numerous failure modes under such a restrictive and harsh environment. However, hybrid superconducting magnetic bearings (HSMB) fit in naturally. These bearings are stable, light, passive, and essentially frictionless, allowing high precision electronic positioning control. By passive levitation, the HSMB does not wear out and requires neither maintenance nor power. A prototype illustrating the feasibility of this application is presented.

  19. Improved capacitive stress transducers for high-field superconducting magnets

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    Benson, Christopher Pete; Holik, Eddie Frank, III; Jaisle, Andrew; McInturff, A.; McIntyre, P.

    2012-06-01

    High-field (12-18 Tesla) superconducting magnets are required to enable an increase in the energy of future colliders. Such field strength requires the use of Nb3Sn superconductor, which has limited tolerance for compressive and shear strain. A strategy for stress management has been developed at Texas A&M University and is being implemented in TAMU3, a short-model 14 Tesla stress-managed Nb3Sn block dipole. The strategy includes the use of laminar capacitive stress transducers to monitor the stresses within the coil package. We have developed fabrication techniques and fixtures, which improve the reproducibility of the transducer response both at room temperature and during cryogenic operation. This is a report of the status of transducer development.

  20. Reluctance machines incorporating high temperature superconducting materials on the rotor

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    Rodrigues, A. L.; Pires, A. J.

    2010-01-01

    The computer modelling of reluctance machines with rotors containing both iron and high temperature superconducting (HTS) materials, using the finite element method (FEM), is presented in this paper. The modelling permits to obtain the field and stator current distribution from where reluctance torque is evaluated. Different solutions are analyzed and experimental results on a 2 kW reluctance motor using HTS materials on the rotor and cooled by liquid nitrogen, show a significant increase in the torque values, when compared with that of a correspondent conventional machine. Pre-magnetization of these rotors by field cooling is explained and this process gives a mechanical output power undoubtedly better than that of a conventional reluctance machine.

  1. The fabrication and characterization of high temperature superconducting magnetic shields

    SciTech Connect

    Purpura, J.W.; Clem, T.R.

    1989-03-01

    Tubes fabricated of polycrystalline YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ are characterized and details of the fabrication procedure are discussed. The microstructure of the tubes determined by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffractometry is described. Resistive measurements of T/sub c/ and /Delta/T/sub c/ have been made. The tubes have also been characterized by means of SQUID magnetometry. The temperature dependence of magnetic fields trapped axially in the tubes has been measured and estimates of penetration depth are given. Moreover, measurements of transverse shielding effectiveness of the tubes have been made and are compared with theoretical predictions. Studies on flux penetration into the tubes are described. Findings from the microstructure studies are correlated with the observed superconductivity properties. The results on the high temperature materials are compared to results obtained previously on tubes made from conventional superconductors.

  2. Voltage spike detection in high field superconducting accelerator magnets

    SciTech Connect

    Orris, D.F.; Carcagno, R.; Feher, S.; Makulski, A.; Pischalnikov, Y.M.; /Fermilab

    2004-12-01

    A measurement system for the detection of small magnetic flux changes in superconducting magnets, which are due to either mechanical motion of the conductor or flux jump, has been developed at Fermilab. These flux changes are detected as small amplitude, short duration voltage spikes, which are {approx}15mV in magnitude and lasts for {approx}30 {micro}sec. The detection system combines an analog circuit for the signal conditioning of two coil segments and a fast data acquisition system for digitizing the results, performing threshold detection, and storing the resultant data. The design of the spike detection system along with the modeling results and noise analysis will be presented. Data from tests of high field Nb{sub 3}Sn magnets at currents up to {approx}20KA will also be shown.

  3. Superconducting Tunnel Junctions for High-Precision EUV Spectroscopy

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    Ponce, F.; Carpenter, M. H.; Cantor, R.; Friedrich, S.

    2016-08-01

    We have characterized the photon response of superconducting tunnel junctions in the extreme ultraviolet energy range below 100 eV with a pulsed 355 nm laser. The detectors are operated at rates up to 5000 counts/s, are very linear in energy and have an energy resolution between 0.9 and 2 eV. We observe multiple peaks that correspond to an integer number of photons with a Poissonian probability distribution and that can be used for high-accuracy energy calibration. The uncertainty of the centroid depends on the detector resolution and the counting statistics and can be as low as 1 meV for well-separated peaks with >10^5 counts. We discuss the precision of the peak centroid as a function of detector resolution and total number of counts and the accuracy of the energy calibration.

  4. Vortices and charge order in high-Tc superconductors

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    Einenkel, Matthias; Meier, Hendrik; Pépin, Catherine; Efetov, Konstantin B.

    2015-03-01

    We theoretically investigate the vortex state of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors in the presence of magnetic fields. Assuming the recently derived nonlinear σ-model for fluctuations in the pseudogap phase, we find that the vortex cores consist of two crossed regions of elliptic shape, in which a static charge order emerges. Charge density wave order manifests itself as satellites to the ordinary Bragg peaks directed along the axes of the reciprocal copper lattice. Quadrupole density wave (bond order) satellites, if seen, are predicted to be along the diagonals. The intensity of the satellites should grow linearly with the magnetic field, in agreement with the result of recent experiments.

  5. Vortices and charge order in high-Tc superconductors

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    Einenkel, M.; Meier, H.; Pépin, C.; Efetov, K. B.

    2014-08-01

    We theoretically investigate the vortex state of the cuprate high-temperature superconductors in the presence of magnetic fields. Assuming the recently derived nonlinear σ-model for fluctuations in the pseudogap phase, we find that the vortex cores consist of two crossed regions of elliptic shape, in which a static charge order emerges. Charge density wave order manifests itself as satellites to the ordinary Bragg peaks directed along the axes of the reciprocal copper lattice. Quadrupole density wave (bond order) satellites, if seen, are predicted to be along the diagonals. The intensity of the satellites should grow linearly with the magnetic field, in agreement with the result of recent experiments.

  6. Flux pinning and percolation in high-Tc oxide superconductors

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    Matsushita, Teruo; Ni, Baorong; Yamafuji, Kaoru

    Critical current characteristics in quench and melt growth (QMG) processed Y-Ba-Cu-O are investigated by ac inductive measurements. The critical current in these samples is percolative as is observed in sintered materials. However, this percolative behavior is not caused by weak-link grain boundaries but seems to be mainly attributed to layers of nonsuperconducting solidified melt. The experimental result of magnetization critical current density is compared with the theoretical estimate from the effective medium theory. It is also found that the shielding current with very high density flows locally inside the sample. Candidates for the dominant pinning centers in QMG processed samples are also discussed.

  7. Oxyhalides: A new class of high-TC multiferroic materials

    PubMed Central

    Zhao, Li; Fernández-Díaz, Maria Teresa; Tjeng, Liu Hao; Komarek, Alexander C.

    2016-01-01

    Magnetoelectric multiferroics have attracted enormous attention in the past years because of their high potential for applications in electronic devices, which arises from the intrinsic coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric ordering parameters. The initial finding in TbMnO3 has triggered the search for other multiferroics with higher ordering temperatures and strong magnetoelectric coupling for applications. To date, spin-driven multiferroicity is found mainly in oxides, as well as in a few halogenides. We report multiferroic properties for synthetic melanothallite Cu2OCl2, which is the first discovery of multiferroicity in a transition metal oxyhalide. Measurements of pyrocurrent and the dielectric constant in Cu2OCl2 reveal ferroelectricity below the Néel temperature of ~70 K. Thus, melanothallite belongs to a new class of multiferroic materials with an exceptionally high critical temperature. Powder neutron diffraction measurements reveal an incommensurate magnetic structure below TN, and all magnetic reflections can be indexed with a propagation vector [0.827(7), 0, 0], thus discarding the claimed pyrochlore-like “all-in–all-out” spin structure for Cu2OCl2, and indicating that this transition metal oxyhalide is, indeed, a spin-induced multiferroic material. PMID:27386552

  8. Electron Pairing Without Superconductivity

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    Levy, Jeremy; Cheng, G.; Tomczyk, M.; Lu, S.; Veazey, J. P.; Huang, M.; Irvin, P.; Ryu, S.; Lee, H.; Eom, C.-B.; Hellberg, C. S.

    2015-03-01

    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3) exhibits an extremely low carrier density threshold for superconductivity, and possesses a phase diagram similar to high-temperature superconductors--two factors that suggest an unconventional pairing mechanism. We describe transport experiments with nanowire-based quantum dots localized at the interface between SrTiO3 and LaAlO3. Electrostatic gating of the quantum dot reveals a series of two-electron conductance resonances--paired electron states--that bifurcate above a critical magnetic field Bp 1-4 Tesla, an order of magnitude larger than the superconducting critical magnetic field. For B Bp, the resonances exhibit a linear Zeeman-like energy splitting. Electron pairing is stable at temperatures as high as T = 900 mK, far above the superconducting transition temperature (Tc 300 mK). These experiments demonstrate the existence of a robust electronic phase in which electrons pair without forming a superconducting state. Key experimental signatures are captured by an attractive-U Hubbard model that describes real-space electron pairing as a precursor to superconductivity. This work was supported by ARO MURI W911NF-08-1-0317 (J.L.), AFOSR MURI FA9550-10-1-0524 (C.-B.E., J.L.) and FA9550-12-1-0342 (C.-B.E.), and grants from the National Science Foundation DMR-1104191 (J.L.), DMR.

  9. Exotic Superconductivity in Correlated Electron Systems

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    Mu, Gang; Sandu, Viorel; Li, Wei; Shen, Bing

    2015-05-25

    Over the past decades, the search for high-Tc superconductivity (SC) and its novel superconducting mechanisms is one of the most challenging tasks of condensed matter physicists and material scientists, wherein the most striking achievement is the discovery of high-c and unconventional superconductivity in strongly correlated 3d-electron systems, such as cuprates and iron pnictides/chalcogenides. Those exotic superconductors display the behaviors beyond the scope of the BCS theory (in the SC states) and the Landau-Fermi liquid theory (in the normal states). In general, such exotic superconductivity can be seen as correlated electron systems, where there are strong interplays among charge, spin, orbital,more » and lattice degrees of freedom. Thus, we focus on the exotic superconductivity in materials with correlated electrons in the present special issue.« less

  10. Discovery of a Superconducting High-Entropy Alloy

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    Koželj, P.; Vrtnik, S.; Jelen, A.; Jazbec, S.; Jagličić, Z.; Maiti, S.; Feuerbacher, M.; Steurer, W.; Dolinšek, J.

    2014-09-01

    High-entropy alloys (HEAs) are multicomponent mixtures of elements in similar concentrations, where the high entropy of mixing can stabilize disordered solid-solution phases with simple structures like a body-centered cubic or a face-centered cubic, in competition with ordered crystalline intermetallic phases. We have synthesized an HEA with the composition Ta34Nb33Hf8Zr14Ti11 (in at. %), which possesses an average body-centered cubic structure of lattice parameter a =3.36 Å. The measurements of the electrical resistivity, the magnetization and magnetic susceptibility, and the specific heat revealed that the Ta34Nb33Hf8Zr14Ti11 HEA is a type II superconductor with a transition temperature Tc≈7.3 K, an upper critical field μ0Hc2≈8.2 T, a lower critical field μ0Hc1≈32 mT, and an energy gap in the electronic density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level of 2Δ ≈2.2 meV. The investigated HEA is close to a BCS-type phonon-mediated superconductor in the weak electron-phonon coupling limit, classifying it as a "dirty" superconductor. We show that the lattice degrees of freedom obey Vegard's rule of mixtures, indicating completely random mixing of the elements on the HEA lattice, whereas the electronic degrees of freedom do not obey this rule even approximately so that the electronic properties of a HEA are not a "cocktail" of properties of the constituent elements. The formation of a superconducting gap contributes to the electronic stabilization of the HEA state at low temperatures, where the entropic stabilization is ineffective, but the electronic energy gain due to the superconducting transition is too small for the global stabilization of the disordered state, which remains metastable.

  11. Superconducting fluctuations in organic molecular metals enhanced by Mott criticality

    PubMed Central

    Nam, Moon-Sun; Mézière, Cécile; Batail, Patrick; Zorina, Leokadiya; Simonov, Sergey; Ardavan, Arzhang

    2013-01-01

    Unconventional superconductivity typically occurs in materials in which a small change of a parameter such as bandwidth or doping leads to antiferromagnetic or Mott insulating phases. As such competing phases are approached, the properties of the superconductor often become increasingly exotic. For example, in organic superconductors and underdoped high-Tc cuprate superconductors a fluctuating superconducting state persists to temperatures significantly above Tc. By studying alloys of quasi-two-dimensional organic molecular metals in the κ-(BEDT-TTF)2X family, we reveal how the Nernst effect, a sensitive probe of superconducting phase fluctuations, evolves in the regime of extreme Mott criticality. We find strong evidence that, as the phase diagram is traversed through superconductivity towards the Mott state, the temperature scale for superconducting fluctuations increases dramatically, eventually approaching the temperature at which quasiparticles become identifiable at all. PMID:24292063

  12. Flux flow and flux dynamics in high-Tc superconductors

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Bennett, L. H.; Turchinskaya, M.; Swartzendruber, L. J.; Roitburd, A.; Lundy, D.; Ritter, J.; Kaiser, D. L.

    1991-01-01

    Because high temperature superconductors, including BYCO and BSSCO, are type 2 superconductors with relatively low H(sub c 1) values and high H(sub c 2) values, they will be in a critical state for many of their applications. In the critical state, with the applied field between H(sub c 1) and H(sub c 2), flux lines have penetrated the material and can form a flux lattice and can be pinned by structural defects, chemical inhomogeneities, and impurities. A detailed knowledge of how flux penetrates the material and its behavior under the influence of applied fields and current flow, and the effect of material processing on these properties, is required in order to apply, and to improve the properties of these superconductors. When the applied field is changed rapidly, the time dependence of flux change can be divided into three regions, an initial region which occurs very rapidly, a second region in which the magnetization has a 1n(t) behavior, and a saturation region at very long times. A critical field is defined for depinning, H(sub c,p) as that field at which the hysteresis loop changes from irreversible to reversible. As a function of temperature, it is found that H(sub c,p) is well described by a power law with an exponent between 1.5 and 2.5. The behavior of H(sub c,p) for various materials and its relationship to flux flow and flux dynamics are discussed.

  13. Grain boundary dissipation in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Gray, K. E.; Miller, D. J.; Field, M. B.; Kim, D. H.; Berghuis, P.

    2000-04-03

    Thin-film and bulk [001] tilt bicrystal grain boundaries (GBs) in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} exhibit a strong dependence of critical current density, J{sub c} on misorientation angle. What was initially difficult to understand was the 30x smaller J{sub c} in bulk GBs which are microscopically more perfect. The authors review an explanation of this zero-field data, which is based on the pinning of Josephson vortices by the meandering found in thin-film GBs. In addition, there is evidence that J{sub c} of GBs does not drop as quickly with applied magnetic field as expected by simple Josephson junction models. The long-wavelength pinning potential due to meandering is less effective at high fields, but Gurevich and Cooley (GC) proposed a new mechanism for an enhanced GB J{sub c} arising from pinned Abrikosov vortices in the banks of a GB which present a static, quasiperiodic pinning potential to pin GB vortices. They find a peak in J{sub c} and an unusual hysteresis which give considerable support to the GC concept. In low fields, the GBs exhibit a larger J{sub c} for field cooling, which is opposite to the usual hysteresis but agrees with GC due to the larger Abrikosov vortex density in the banks. Magnetization data on the same sample are consistent including the identification of the irreversibility field.

  14. A Novel Class of High-TC Ferromagnetic Semiconductors

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    Shlyk, L. V.; Kryukov, S. A.; De Long, L. E.; Schupp-Niewa, B.; Niewa, R.; Lynn, J. W.; Huang, Qing; Arenholz, E.; Piamonteze, C.

    2008-05-30

    We have grown single crystals of novel ruthenates (Sr,Ba)(Fe,Co){sub 2+x}Ru{sub 4-x}O{sub 11} that exhibit long-range ferromagnetic order well above room temperature, accompanied by narrow-gap semiconducting properties that include a large anomalous Hall conductance, low resistivity, high carrier concentration and low coercive field, which are properties well suited to spintronic applications. X-ray diffraction, EDX, neutron diffraction and x-ray absorption measurements on single crystals firmly establish the 'R-Type' hexagonal ferrite structure (space group P6{sub 3}/mmc, No 194) and single-phase nature of all samples. The electronic structure and physical properties can be tuned by simple chemical substitution of two elements, M = Fe or Co, or by varying the relative concentration of 3d solutes and 4d Ru. Our magnetotransport, x-ray magnetic circular dichroism and magnetic moment data suggest the mechanism for FM order is quite different from that governing known dilute magnetic semiconductors.

  15. Numerical solution of High-kappa model of superconductivity

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    Karamikhova, R.

    1996-12-31

    We present formulation and finite element approximations of High-kappa model of superconductivity which is valid in the high {kappa}, high magnetic field setting and accounts for applied magnetic field and current. Major part of this work deals with steady-state and dynamic computational experiments which illustrate our theoretical results numerically. In our experiments we use Galerkin discretization in space along with Backward-Euler and Crank-Nicolson schemes in time. We show that for moderate values of {kappa}, steady states of the model system, computed using the High-kappa model, are virtually identical with results computed using the full Ginzburg-Landau (G-L) equations. We illustrate numerically optimal rates of convergence in space and time for the L{sup 2} and H{sup 1} norms of the error in the High-kappa solution. Finally, our numerical approximations demonstrate some well-known experimentally observed properties of high-temperature superconductors, such as appearance of vortices, effects of increasing the applied magnetic field and the sample size, and the effect of applied constant current.

  16. Material-parameter Dependence of Superconductivity in High-temperature Cuprates

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    Yanagisawa, Takashi; Miyazaki, Mitake; Yamaji, Kunihiko

    We show that there is an interesting correlation between material parameters and critical temperature Tc in cuprate high temperature superconductors. Our analysis is based on the d-p model, that is, the three-band Hubbard model including d and p orbitals explicitly. This model contains many parameters; the transfer integrals tdp and tpp, the energy levels ɛp and ɛd, and the Coulomb interaction parameters Ud and Up. Our main results are the following: (a) Tc increases as ɛp-ɛd is increased for Up = 0, (2) Tc is lowered with increase of Up when ɛp-ɛd > 0, (3) Tc is increased with increase of Up when ɛp-ɛd < 0, (4) Tc has a minimum at near ɛp-ɛd = 0 as a function of ɛp-ɛd when Ud and Up are comparable, (5) Ud induces dx2-y2 pairing while Up induces dxy pairing, (6) Tc has a peak as a function of tpp. The results imply that Tc will increase if we can suppress Up. The role of Up is consistent with the experimental tendency that Tc increases as the relative ratio of the hole density at oxygen site to that at copper site is increased, which means that when Up increases, the number of p holes is decreased and Tc is also decreased.

  17. The infinite range Heisenberg model and high temperature superconductivity

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    Tahir-Kheli, Jamil

    1992-01-01

    The thesis deals with the theory of high temperature superconductivity from the standpoint of three-band Hubbard models.Chapter 1 of the thesis proposes a strongly coupled variational wavefunction that has the three-spin system of an oxygen hole and its two neighboring copper spins in a doublet and the background Cu spins in an eigenstate of the infinite range antiferromagnet. This wavefunction is expected to be a good "zeroth order" wavefunction in the superconducting regime of dopings. The three-spin polaron is stabilized by the hopping terms rather than the copper-oxygen antiferromagnetic coupling Jpd. Considering the effect of the copper-copper antiferromagnetic coupling Jdd, we show that the three-spin polaron cannot be pure Emery (Dg), but must have a non-negligible amount of doublet-u (Du) character for hopping stabilization. Finally, an estimate is made for the magnitude of the attractive coupling of oxygen holes.Chapter 2 presents an exact solution to a strongly coupled Hamiltonian for the motion of oxygen holes in a 1-D Cu-O lattice. The Hamiltonian separates into two pieces: one for the spin degrees of freedom of the copper and oxygen holes, and the other for the charge degrees of freedom of the oxygen holes. The spinon part becomes the Heisenberg antiferromagnet in 1-D that is soluble by the Bethe Ansatz. The holon piece is also soluble by a Bethe Ansatz with simple algebraic relations for the phase shifts.Finally, we show that the nearest neighbor Cu-Cu spin correlation increases linearly with doping and becomes positive at x [...] 0.70.

  18. The Rise of Tc: A Promising Paradigm via Interfacial Mechanism

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    Chu, C. W.; Lv, B.; Deng, L. Z.; Lorenz, B.; Jawdat, B.; Gooch, M.; Shrestha, K.; Zhao, K.; Zhu, X. Y.; Xue, Y. Y.; Wei, F. Y.

    2013-07-01

    Following the seminal detection of superconductivity at 35 K in the first cuprate high temperature superconductor Ba-doped ternary LCO (La214) by Mueller and Bednorz in 1986, the discovery of the first liquid nitrogen superconductor quaternary YBCO (Y123) with a transition temperature Tc of 93 K by Chu, Wu, and colleagues in 1987 has ushered in the modern era of high temperature superconductivity (HTS). In the ensuing 25 years, great progress has been made in all areas of HTS research and development, from materials to physics to devices. However, the Tc remains at 134 K in quaternary HBCCO (Hg1223) at ambient pressure achieved in 1993 by Schilling et al. and at 164 K in the same compound under high pressure in the same year by Gao et al. A holistic multidisciplinary enlightened empirical approach has been proposed to search for superconductors with higher Tc, which includes the discovery of new compounds empirically and the realization of novel mechanisms proposed by theorists. Recently, we have observed nonbulk superconductivity in single crystalline rare-earth doped Ca122 samples with an onset Tc of 49 K, higher than the Tc of any known compounds formed of the constituent elements at ambient or under high pressures. Subsequent systematic structural, electrical, magnetic, and calorimetric investigations suggest that the observation may be attributed to an interface-induced Tc, thus suggesting a possible new paradigm for higher Tc. In this presentation, our results will be presented and discussed, following a brief recollection of a few events in our lab in the continuing search for higher Tc, even though a number of review articles have appeared.

  19. Reflection and transmission measurements on high-T{sub c} superconducting films in the MM-wave region

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    Gallerano, G.P.; Doria, P.; Giovenale, E.

    1995-12-31

    The characterization of high-Tc superconducting films is in progress at the Frascati FEL Facility, F-CUBE. The experiment is aimed at obtaining the complex conductivity of YBCO films deposited on a LaAlO3 substrate by measuring the reflection and transmission coefficients. Similar experiments have been performed by other groups at far infrared wavelengths. The continues tunability and the high peak power, up to 10 kW, of F-CUBE make this experiment possible also at millimeter wavelengths even in very lossy samples with transmission of less than 1%. Such an experiment is important for the study of high-Tc superconductors, because it provides additional spectral information and a better comprehension of the internal structure of these materials. The experimental technique utilized will be discussed together with the issues related to the detection process and to the stability of the FEL source. Results in the spectral range between 2 and 3.5 mm will be presented and compared with the characteristics at shorter wavelengths.

  20. Preparing Teachers to Discuss Superconductivity at High School Level: A Didactical Approach

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    Ostermann, Fernanda; Ferreira, Leticie Mendonca

    2006-01-01

    We present an introduction to superconductivity that is intended to support the teaching and learning of this subject at a high school level. As a first step we propose to focus on the main properties of superconducting materials, i.e. zero electrical resistivity and the Meissner effect. Physics teachers and students will thereby be enabled to…