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  1. MgB 2 thin films by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition

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    Xi, X. X.; Pogrebnyakov, A. V.; Xu, S. Y.; Chen, K.; Cui, Y.; Maertz, E. C.; Zhuang, C. G.; Li, Qi; Lamborn, D. R.; Redwing, J. M.; Liu, Z. K.; Soukiassian, A.; Schlom, D. G.; Weng, X. J.; Dickey, E. C.; Chen, Y. B.; Tian, W.; Pan, X. Q.; Cybart, S. A.; Dynes, R. C.

    2007-06-01

    Hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) has been the most effective technique for depositing MgB 2 thin films. It generates high magnesium vapor pressures and provides a clean environment for the growth of high purity MgB 2 films. The epitaxial pure MgB 2 films grown by HPCVD show higher-than-bulk Tc due to tensile strain in the films. The HPCVD films are the cleanest MgB 2 materials reported, allowing basic research, such as on magnetoresistance, that reveals the two-band nature of MgB 2. The carbon-alloyed HPCVD films demonstrate record-high Hc2 values promising for high magnetic field applications. The HPCVD films and multilayers have enabled the fabrication of high quality MgB 2 Josephson junctions.

  2. Intrinsic nonlinearity probed by intermodulation distortion microwave measurements on high quality MgB2 thin films

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    Cifariello, G.; Aurino, M.; Di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Andreone, A.; Orgiani, P.; Xi, X. X.; Villégier, J.-C.

    2006-04-01

    The two-tone intermodulation distortion arising in MgB2 thin films synthesized by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition is studied in order to probe the influence of the two bands on the nonlinear response of this superconductor. The measurements are carried out by using a dielectrically loaded copper cavity operating at 7GHz. Microwave data on samples having critical temperatures above 41K, very low resistivity values, and residual resistivity ratio larger than 10 are shown. The dependence of the nonlinear surface losses and of the third order intermodulation products on the power feeding the cavity and on the temperature is analyzed. At low power, the signal arising from distortion versus temperature shows the intrinsic s-wave behavior expected for this compound. Data are compared with measurements performed on Nb and YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films using the same technique.

  3. Effects of carbon in MgB2 thin films: Intrinsic or extrinsic

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    Saengdeejing, A.; Saal, J. E.; Wang, Y.; Liu, Z. K.

    2007-04-01

    First-principles calculations are performed on MgB2, carbon doped MgB2, and MgB2C2. The trend of calculated lattice parameters of MgB2 with increasing carbon content agrees with bulk experiments but not with thin films produced by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition. In this work, the authors propose a model to explain this behavior based on the coefficients of thermal expansion of MgB2 and MgB2C2 as predicted from first principles and of graphite from literature. It is concluded that the effect of carbon on the lattice parameters of MgB2 thin films is extrinsic and due to differences of the coefficients of thermal expansion of different phases.

  4. Carbon Doped MgB2 Thin Films using TMB

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    Wilke, R. H. T.; Li, Qi; Xi, X. X.; Lamborn, D. R.; Redwing, J.

    2007-03-01

    The most effective method to enhance the upper critical field in MgB2 is through carbon doping. In the case of thin films, ``alloying'' with carbon has resulted in enhanced Hc2 values estimated to be as high as 70 T for H parallel to ab and 40 T for H perpendicular ab [1]. ``Alloying'' refers to the in-situ Hybrid Physical-Chemical Vapor Deposition (HPCVD) of carbon containing MgB2 films using (C5H5)2Mg as the carbon source. While these films exhibit enhanced Hc2 values, there are amorphous boron- carbon phases in the grain boundaries that reduce the cross section area for superconducting current. We present here the results of our attempts to make more homogeneously carbon doped thin films using gaseuous trimethyl-boron (TMB) as the carbon source. Initial results indicate different behavior upon carbon doping using TMB from carbon-alloying. The microstructures and upper critical fields of the carbon doped films using TMB and carbon alloyed films will be compared. [1] V. Braccini et al., Phys. Rev. B 71 (2005) 012504. [2] A.V. Pogrebnyakov et al., Appl. Phys. Lett 85 (2004) 2017.

  5. Measurement and modeling of the low-temperature penetration-depth anomaly in high-quality MgB2 thin films

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    Agassi, Y. D.; Oates, D. E.; Moeckly, B. H.

    2012-10-01

    Based on our measurements of intermodulation distortion in MgB2, we have previously proposed that the π energy-gap in MgB2 entails six nodal lines [Y.D. Agassi, D.E. Oates, and B.H. Moeckly, Phys. Rev. B 80 (2009) 174522]. Here we report high-precision measurements in MgB2 stripline resonators that show an increase of the penetration depth as the temperature is decreased below 5 K. This increase is consistent with the ℓ = 6 symmetry of the π energy gap that we have proposed. We interpret the increase as a manifestation of Andreev surface-attached states that are associated with the nodal lines of the π energy gap. Penetration-depth calculations are in good agreement with our data. To reconcile the present interpretation with existing literature, we review other penetration-depth data, magnetic-impurity and tunneling experiments, and data on the paramagnetic Meissner effect. We conclude that these data do not rule out the interpretation of our experimental data based on a nodal π energy gap.

  6. Study of the microwave electrodynamic response of MgB 2 thin films

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    Andreone, A.; Cassinese, A.; Cantoni, C.; Di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Maglione, M. G.; Paranthaman, M.; Salluzzo, M.; Vaglio, R.

    2002-08-01

    We present a study on the power dependence of the microwave surface impedance in thin films of the novel superconductor MgB 2. 500 nm thick samples exhibiting critical temperatures ranging between 26 and 38 K are synthesized by an ex situ post-anneal of e-beam evaporated boron in the presence of an Mg vapor at 900 °C. Preliminary results on films grown in situ by a high rate magnetron sputtering technique from stoichiometric MgB 2 and Mg targets are also reported. Microwave measurements have been carried out employing a dielectrically loaded niobium superconducting cavity operating at 19.8 GHz and 4 K. The study shows that the electrodynamic response of MgB 2 films is presently dominated by extrinsic sources of dissipation, appearing already at low microwave power, likely to be ascribed to the presence of grain boundaries and normal inclusions in the samples.

  7. MgO platelets and high critical field in MgB2 thin films doped with carbon from methane

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    Zhu, Y.; Hunte, F.; Zhuang, C. G.; Feng, Q. R.; Gan, Z. Z.; Xi, X. X.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Voyles, P. M.

    2009-12-01

    We report that C-doped MgB2 thin films deposited by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) using CH4 as the carbon source have Hc2(0 K)~60 T, similar to that of HPCVD films obtained using (MeCp)2Mg for the carbon. Using transmission electron microscopy, we show that in the films doped using CH4 there is a MgB2C2 layer on top of the MgB2 film, which does not degrade the MgB2 connectivity or Jc. We also find a high density of coherent MgO nanoplatelets in the MgB2 which create strain fields which may give rise to strong π-band scattering and the very high Hc2.

  8. Scaling behavior of mixed-state hall effect in MgB 2 thin films

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    Jung, Soon-Gil; Seong, W. K.; Kang, W. N.; Choi, Eun-Mi; Kim, Heon-Jung; Lee, Sung-Ik; Kim, Hyeong-Jin; Kim, H. C.

    2006-12-01

    The Hall resistivity ( ρxy) and the longitudinal resistivity ( ρxx) in c-axis-oriented superconducting MgB 2 thin films have been investigated in extended fields up to 18 T. We have observed a scaling behavior between the Hall resistivity and the longitudinal resistivity, ρxy=Aρxxβ, where the exponent ( β) is observed to be independent of the temperatures and the magnetic fields. For a wide magnetic field region from 1 to 18 T and a wide temperature region from 10 to 28 K, a universal power law with β = 2.0 ± 0.1 was observed in c-axis-oriented MgB 2 thin films. These results can be well interpreted by using recent models.

  9. High quality MgB2 thick films and large-area films fabricated by hybrid physical chemical vapor deposition with a pocket heater

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    Wang, S. F.; Chen, Ke; Lee, C.-H.; Soukiassian, A.; Lamborn, D. R.; DeFrain, R.; Redwing, J. M.; Li, Qi; Schlom, D. G.; Xi, X. X.

    2008-08-01

    A hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition process using a pocket heater was developed for the growth of high quality epitaxial large-area MgB2 thin films and c-axis textured MgB2 thick films. This technique is able to independently control the substrate and Mg source temperatures and maintain sufficient Mg overpressure to ensure phase stability. The two-inch large-area MgB2 thin films showed uniform superconducting properties with the superconducting transition temperature Tc of about 40 K, residual resistivity ratio (RRR) of about 10, and critical current density Jc of about 107 A cm-2 (0 T, 5 K). The thick films (~10 µm) on sapphire substrates showed a maximum Tc of 40 K and RRR of 15, and a Jc of 1.6 × 106 A cm-2 at low applied magnetic fields even at 20 K. High quality thick films also have been obtained on metal substrates.

  10. l/f Noise in the Superconducting Transition of a MgB2 Thin Film

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    Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Jones, H.; Stevenson, T.; Cao, N.

    2010-01-01

    The noise voltage spectral density in the superconducting transition of a MgB2 thin film on a SiN-coated Si thick substrate was measured over the frequency range 1 Hz-to-1 KHz. Using established bolometer noise theory the theoretical noise components due to Johnson, 1/f(excess) and phonon noise are modeled to the measured data. It is shown that for the case of a MgB2 thin film in the vicinity of the mid-point of transition, coupled to a heat sink via a fairly high thermal conductance (approximately equal to 10(sup -1) W/K)) that the measured noise voltage spectrum is 1/f limited and exhibits lit dependence with a varying between 0.3 and 0.5 in the measured frequency range. At a video frame rate frequency of 30 Hz the measured noise voltage density in the film is approximately equal to 61 nV /the square root of HZ, using this value an upper limit of electrical NEP approximately equal to 0.67pW / the square root of Hz is implied for a practical MgB2 bolometer operating at 36.1 K.

  11. Upper Critical Field of Carbon-doped MgB2 Thin Films by HPCVD Using TMB

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    Dai, Wenqing; Rickel, Dwight; Weng, Xiaojun; Chen, Ke; Redwing, Joan; Li, Qi; Xi, Xiaoxing

    2010-03-01

    We report Hc2 measurements in high magnetic field up to 60 T on carbon-doped MgB2 thin films. About 100 nm thick carbon-doped MgB2 films were fabricated by the Hybrid Physical-Chemical Vapor Deposition (HPCVD) method using Trimethylboron (TMB) as the doping source. For heavily doped MgB2 films, high slope -dHc2^//ab /dT near Tc, as large as 8.3 T/K, was obtained for a sample with the Tc of 32.3 K. The Hc2(T) in ab-plane has a downward curvature and is above 60 T at low temperatures. The c-direction Hc2 is close to 20 T. The Hc2 anisotropy increases with carbon-doping, as opposed to the reported results from other carbon-doping techniques. The TEM study shows the MgB2 forms many nm thick layers sandwiched in the MgB2C2 matrix. Using two-gap dirty limit theory, the temperature dependences of Hc2 and abnormal Hc2 anisotropy in the heavily doped samples are explained by the presence of many very thin MgB2 layers.

  12. Development of hot-electron THz bolometric mixers using MgB2 thin films

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    Cunnane, Daniel; Kawamura, Jonathan; Karasik, Boris S.; Wolak, Matthaeus A.; Xi, X. X.

    2014-07-01

    Terahertz high-resolution spectroscopy of interstellar molecular clouds greatly relies on hot-electron superconducting bolometric (HEB) mixers. Current state-of-the-art receivers use mixer devices made from ultrathin (~ 3-5 nm) films of NbN with critical temperature ~ 9-11 K. Such mixers have been deployed on a number of groundbased, suborbital, and orbital platforms including the HIFI instrument on the Hershel Space Observatory. Despite its good sensitivity and well-established fabrication process, the NbN HEB mixer suffers from the narrow intermediate frequency (IF) bandwidth ~ 2-3 GHz and is limited to operation at liquid Helium temperature. As the heterodyne receivers are now trending towards "high THz" frequencies, the need in a larger IF bandwidth becomes more pressing since the same velocity resolution for a Doppler shifted line at 5 THz requires a 5-times greater IF bandwidth than at 1 THz. Our work is focusing on the realization of practical HEB mixers using ultrathin (10-20 nm) MgB2 films. They are prepared using a Hybrid Physical-Chemical Vapor Deposition (HPCVD) process yielding ultrathin films with critical temperature ~ 37-39 K. The expectation is that the combination of small thickness, high acoustic phonon transparency at the interface with the substrate, and very short electron-phonon relaxation time may lead to IF bandwidth ~ 10 GHz or even higher. SiC continues to be the most favorable substrate for MgB2 growth and as a result, a study has been conducted on the transparency of SiC at THz frequencies. FTIR measurements show that semi-insulating SiC substrates are at least as transparent as Si up to 2.5 THz. Currently films are passivated using a thin (10 nm) SiO2 layer which is deposited ex-situ via RF magnetron sputtering. Micron-sized spiral antenna-coupled HEB mixers have been fabricated using MgB2 films as thin as 10 nm. Fabrication was done using contact UV lithography and Ar Ion milling, with E-beam evaporated Au films deposited for the

  13. Enhancement of low temperature Critical current density of MgB2 thin films by Au coating

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    Choi, Eun-Mi; Lee, Hyun-Sook; Kim, Heon-Jung; Lee, Sung-Ik; Kim, Hyeong-Jin; Kang, W. N.

    2004-03-01

    We measured the superconducting critical current densities (J_c) from the magnetization hysteresis (M-H) loop while depositing the gold on top of the MgB2 thin film. The purpose of this experiment is whether the vortex avalanche phenomena which suppress the Jc for low temperature ( T < 15 K ) and low field (H ≤ 1000 Oe) can be cured by gold deposition. This avalanche called flux noise has been headache for the application of the MgB2 thin films. As increasing the thickness of Au film, fortunately, the flux noise in the M-H loop is suppressed and finally disappears when thickness of the gold becomes 2.55 ¥im. From this experiment, the obstacles of the application of MgB2 thin film are completely overcome

  14. Enhancement at low temperatures of the critical current density for Au-coated MgB2 thin films

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    Choi, Eun-Mi; Lee, Hyun-Sook; Kim, Heon-Jung; Lee, Sung-Ik; Kim, Hyeong-Jin; Kang, W. N.

    2004-01-01

    We measured the superconducting critical current densities (Jc) from the magnetization hysteresis (M-H) loop for Au-coated MgB2 thin films. The purpose of this experiment was to determine whether the vortex avalanche phenomenon which suppresses the Jc for low temperature (T<15 K) and low field (H⩽1000 Oe) could be cured by gold deposition. This avalanche, called flux noise, has been a headache in applications of MgB2 thin films. Fortunately, the flux noise in the M-H loop is suppressed with increasing Au-film thickness and finally disappears when the thickness of the gold becomes 2.55 μm. We found a way to remove one obstacle for applications of MgB2 thin films as an superconducting device.

  15. Superconducting MgB2 thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition on Al2O3(0001) and MgO(100) substrates

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    Wang, S. F.; Dai, S. Y.; Zhou, Y. L.; Chen, Z. H.; Cui, D. F.; Xu, J. D.; He, M.; Lu, H. B.; Yang, G. Z.; Fu, G. S.; Han, L.

    2001-11-01

    Superconducting MgB2 thin films were fabricated on Al2O3(0001) and MgO(100) substrates by a two-step method. Boron thin films were deposited by pulsed laser deposition followed by an ex-situ annealing process. Resistance measurements of the deposited MgB2 films show a Tc of 38.6 K for MgB2/Al2O3 and 38.1 K for MgB2/MgO. Atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction were used to study the properties of the films. The results indicate that the MgB2/Al2O3 films consist of well-crystallized grains with a highly c-axis-oriented structure while the MgB2/MgO films have a dense uniform appearance with an unfixed orientation.

  16. A study on the nonlinear microwave electrodynamic response of e-beam evaporated MgB2 superconducting thin films

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    Andreone, A.; Di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Salluzzo, M.; Purnell, A.; Cohen, L. F.; Hao, L.; Gallop, J.; Cantoni, C.; Paranthaman, M.

    2003-02-01

    We present a study on the temperature and field dependence of the microwave surface impedance Zs in thin films of the superconducting MgB2 compound. Samples were prepared by e-beam evaporation of boron on r-plane sapphire followed by an ex situ annealing in Mg vapour. Critical temperature values range between 26 and 38 K. Surface impedance measurements (Zs = Rs + iXs) were performed from 2 K close to Tc in the microwave region up to 20 GHz via parallel plate or dielectrically loaded resonators in 'symmetric' (two MgB2 films) and asymmetric (an MgB2 film and a commercial YBCO control film) configurations. At high microwave power, frequency domain measurements show a characteristic signature associated with weak links and this appears to be the limiting factor governing the performance of these films.

  17. Magnetic penetration depth measurements in MgB2 sintered pellets and thin films

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    Lamura, G.; di Gennaro, E.; Salluzzo, M.; Andreone, A.; Le Cochec, J.; Gauzzi, A.; Cantoni, C.; Paranthaman, M.; Christen, D. K.; Christen, H. M.; Giunchi, G.; Ceresara, S.

    2002-01-01

    We have performed accurate measurements of the temperature dependence of the magnetic penetration depth of the new intermetallic superconductor MgB2 using a high resolution single coil mutual inductance technique. Both sintered pellets and thin films exhibiting critical temperature values ranging between 37 and 38.4 K have been studied. In the case of the film, for T

  18. Intermodulation distortion measurements of MgB2 thin films grown by HPCVD

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    Cifariello, G.; Aurino, M.; di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Orgiani, P.; Villegier, J.-C.; Xi, X. X.; Andreone, A.

    2006-06-01

    The two tone intermodulation distortion (IMD) arising in MgB2 thin films synthesized by hybrid physical-chemical vapour deposition (HPCVD) is studied in order to probe the influence of the two bands on the symmetry of the gap function. The measurements are carried out by using a dielectrically loaded copper cavity operating at 7 GHz. Microwave data on samples having critical temperatures above 41 K, very low resistivity values, and residual resistivity ratio larger than 10, are shown. The dependence of the nonlinear surface losses and of the third order intermodulation products on the power feeding the cavity and on the temperature is analyzed. At low power, IMD versus temperature data show the intrinsic s-wave behaviour expected for this compound

  19. Study of the Electrodynamic Response of MgB2 Sintered Pellets and Thin Films

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    Andreone, A.; di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Salluzzo, M.; Le Cochec, J.; Gauzzi, A.; Cantoni, C.; Paranthaman, M.; Ceresara, S.; Giunchi, G.

    We present a number of experimental results on the temperature dependence of the magnetic penetration depth λ and on the temperature and field dependence of the microwave surface impedance Zs=Rs+iXs in both pellets and thin films of MgB2, exhibiting critical temperatures ranging between 26 and 38 K. Accurate measurements of Zs(H,T) were performed by means of a sapphire dielectrically loaded cavity operating in the microwave region (20 GHz). The study of λ(T) was carried out employing a single coil mutual inductance technique in the MHz region. An anisotropic s-wave BCS model can account for the temperature dependence experimentally observed in the penetration depth data of the best films, confirming previous reports on the conventional nature of superconductivity in diborides. On the contrary, films having a reduced value of the critical temperature and pellets show no evidence of saturation, and the experimental results strictly follow a quadratic dependence down to the lowest temperatures. We explain this behavior with the presence of metallic Mg inclusions that may locally depress the gap. The study of the surface impedance versus temperature and field shows also that the source of microwave loss can be markedly different, depending on the structural and transport properties of the samples.

  20. Effects of helium ion damage on the two-band superconductivity in MgB2 thin films

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    Greene, L. H.; Park, W. K.; Lu, X.; Moeckly, B.; Singh, R.; Newman, N.; Rowell, J. M.

    2006-03-01

    While the two-band superconductivity in MgB2 has been well established, it remains controversial whether disorder in the Mg and B planes causes enhanced interband scattering, band filling or both. To address this, we have performed electronic transport and point-contact spectroscopy measurements on helium-ion irradiated MgB2 thin films. Two sets of samples are prepared using: a) 1 MeV He^+ ions with uniform doses ranging from 1x10^15 to 1x10^17 ions/cm^2; b) 2 MeV alpha particles with gradient doses. The resistivity (Tc) is observed to increase (decrease) monotonically with increasing dose. The conductance spectra are taken from point-contact junctions between MgB2 thin films and Au tips. The Tc is determined by the onset of enhanced conductance at zero bias. Our preliminary results show that the two gaps tend to merge into one gap with increasing ion damage. Detailed results including Tc vs. energy gap will be presented and discussed in terms of the electronic structure change caused by ion-induced point defects. WKP acknowledges Pavel Krasnochtchekov and Robert Averback for ion irradiation experiments at UIUC. This work is supported by the DoE DEFG02-91ER45439, through the FSMRL and the Center for Microanalysis of Materials at UIUC.

  1. Microstructures and superconducting properties of high performance MgB2 thin films deposited from a high-purity, dense Mg-B target

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    Li, G. Z.; Susner, M. A.; Bohnenstiehl, S. D.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2015-12-01

    High quality, c-axis oriented, MgB2 thin films were successfully grown on 6H-SiC substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) with subsequent in situ annealing. To obtain high purity films free from oxygen contamination, a dense Mg-B target was specially made from a high temperature, high pressure reaction of Mg and B to form large-grained (10-50 μm) MgB2. Microstructural analysis via electron microscopy found that the resulting grains of the film were composed of ultrafine columnar grains of 19-30 nm. XRD analysis showed the MgB2 films to be c-axis oriented; the a-axis and c-axis lattice parameters were determined to be 3.073 ± 0.005 Å and 3.528 ± 0.010 Å, respectively. The superconducting critical temperature, Tc,onset, increased monotonically as the annealing temperature was increased, varying from 25.2 K to 33.7 K. The superconducting critical current density as determined from magnetic measurements, Jcm, at 5 K, was 105 A/cm2 at 7.8 T; at 20 K, 105 A/cm2 was reached at 3.1 T. The transport and pinning properties of these films were compared to "powder-in-tube" (PIT) and "internal-infiltration" (AIMI) processed wires. Additionally, examination of the pinning mechanism showed that when scaled to the peak in the pinning curve, the films follow the grain boundary, or surface, pinning mechanism quite well, and are similar to the response seen for C doped PIT and AIMI strands, in contrast to the behavior seen in undoped PIT wires, in which deviations are seen at high b (b = B/Bc2). On the other hand, the magnitude of the pinning force was similar for the thin films and AIMI conductors, unlike the values from connectivity-suppressed PIT strands.

  2. High-field properties of carbon-doped MgB2 thin films by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition using different carbon sources

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    Dai, Wenqing; Ferrando, V.; Pogrebnyakov, A. V.; Wilke, R. H. T.; Chen, Ke; Weng, Xiaojun; Redwing, Joan; Wung Bark, Chung; Eom, Chang-Beom; Zhu, Y.; Voyles, P. M.; Rickel, Dwight; Betts, J. B.; Mielke, C. H.; Gurevich, A.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Li, Qi; Xi, X. X.

    2011-12-01

    We have studied the high-field properties of carbon-doped MgB2 thin films prepared by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD). Carbon doping was accomplished by adding carbon-containing gas, such as bis(methylcyclopentadienyl)magnesium and trimethylboron, into the hydrogen carrier gas during the deposition. In both cases, Tc drops slowly and residual resistivity increases considerably with carbon doping. Both the a and c lattice constants increase with carbon content in the films, a behavior different from that of bulk carbon-doped MgB2 samples. The films heavily doped with trimethylboron show very high parallel Hc2 over 70 T at low temperatures and a large temperature derivative -\\rmd H_{ {c2}}^{\\parallel } /\\rmd T near Tc. These behaviors are found to depend on the unique microstructure of the films, which consists of MgB2 layers a few-nanometers thick separated by non-superconducting MgB2C2 layers. This leads to an increase in the parallel Hc2 by the geometrical effect, which is in addition to the significant enhancement of Hc2 due to changes in the scattering rates within and between the two bands present in films doped using both carbon sources. The high Hc2 and high-field Jc(H) values observed in this work are very promising for the application of MgB2 in high magnetic fields.

  3. MgB2 Thin-Film Bolometer for Applications in Far-Infrared Instruments on Future Planetary Missions

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    Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Brasunas, J.; Cao, N.; Costen, N.; La, A.; Stevenson, T.; Waczynski, A.

    2012-01-01

    A SiN membrane based MgB2 thin-film bolometer, with a non-optimized absorber, has been fabricated that shows an electrical noise equivalent power of 256 fW/square root Hz operating at 30 Hz in the 8.5 - 12.35 micron spectral bandpass. This value corresponds to an electrical specific detectivity of 7.6 x 10(exp 10) cm square root Hz/W. The bolometer shows a measured blackbody (optical) specific detectivity of 8.8 x 10(exp 9) cm square root Hz/W, with a responsivity of 701.5 kV/W and a first-order time constant of 5.2 ms. It is predicted that with the inclusion of a gold black absorber that a blackbody specific detectivity of 6.4 x 10(exp 10) cm/square root Hz/W at an operational frequency of 10 Hz, can be realized for integration into future planetary exploration instrumentation where high sensitivity is required in the 17 - 250 micron spectral wavelength range.

  4. First-principles study of the superconductivity in MgB2 bulk and in its bilayer thin film based on electron-phonon coupling

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    Morshedloo, T.; Roknabadi, M. R.; Behdani, M.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, phonon-mediated superconductivity has been investigated in MgB2 bulk structure and bilayer thin film by using first-principles calculations. The electronic band structure, total and partial density of states (DOS and PDOS), phonon dispersion, isotropic Eliashberg function α2F(ω), and electron-phonon coupling have been calculated within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Our results indicate that holes at the top of boron σ bands mainly and holes in the boron π band partially contribute to formation of coupled holes in superconductivity state. The density of states at the Fermi energy level is increased for MgB2 bilayer with respect to its bulk structure. According to the phonon dispersion and Eliashberg function curves, coupling considerably occurs between holes at the top of the boron σ band by means of optical phonon mode for both structures. This phonon mode has the E2g symmetry at the Г point. We obtain electron-phonon coupling constants of 0.74 and 0.91 for bulk and bilayer structures, respectively. By using the Allen-Dynes formula, we estimate superconducting transition temperature TC of 40 K for bulk and 48 K for the thin film.

  5. Thickness dependence of Jc (0) in MgB2 films

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    Chen, Yiling; Yang, Can; Jia, Chunyan; Feng, Qingrong; Gan, Zizhao

    2016-06-01

    MgB2 superconducting films, whose thicknesses range from 10 nm to 8 μm, have been fabricated on SiC substrates by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) method. It is the first time that the Tc and the Jc of MgB2 films are studied on such a large scale. It is found that with the increasing of thickness, Tc elevates first and then keeps roughly stable except for some slight fluctuations, while Jc (5 K, 0 T) experiences a sharp increase followed by a relatively slow fall. The maximum Jc (5 K, 0 T) = 2.3 × 108 A cm-2 is obtained for 100 nm films, which is the experimental evidence for preparing high-quality MgB2 films by HPCVD method. Thus, this work may provide guidance on choosing the suitable thickness for applications. Meanwhile, the films prepared by us cover ultrathin films, thin films and thick films, so the study on them will bring a comprehensive understanding of MgB2 films.

  6. Fabrication of superconducting MgB2 nanostructures by an electron beam lithography-based technique

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    Portesi, C.; Borini, S.; Amato, G.; Monticone, E.

    2006-03-01

    In this work, we present the results obtained in fabrication and characterization of magnesium diboride nanowires realized by an electron beam lithography (EBL)-based method. For fabricating MgB2 thin films, an all in situ technique has been used, based on the coevaporation of B and Mg by means of an e-gun and a resistive heater, respectively. Since the high temperatures required for the fabrication of good quality MgB2 thin films do not allow the nanostructuring approach based on the lift-off technique, we structured the samples combining EBL, optical lithography, and Ar milling. In this way, reproducible nanowires 1 μm long have been obtained. To illustrate the impact of the MgB2 film processing on its superconducting properties, we measured the temperature dependence of the resistance on a nanowire and compared it to the original magnesium diboride film. The electrical properties of the films are not degraded as a consequence of the nanostructuring process, so that superconducting nanodevices may be obtained by this method.

  7. Properties of in situ made MgB2 in Nb or Ti sheath

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    Kováč, P.; Hušek, I.; Kopera, L.; Melišek, T.; Rosová, A.; Dobročka, E.

    2013-02-01

    Pure Nb and Ti have been used as sheath materials for MgB2 wires examined experimentally. The reason for this research is to compare the effects of these metallic sheaths on the basic properties of MgB2 superconductor. Single-core SiC doped MgB2 wires with Nb and/or Ti sheaths have been made by a powder-in-tube in situ process. Different transport currents, phase compositions and grain connectivity were observed for Nb- and Ti sheathed MgB2 heat treated at temperatures 650-850 °C/30 min. It was found that the critical current density of MgB2/Nb annealed above 700 °C rapidly decreases, while Jc of MgB2/Ti is systematically increasing with temperature. This is explained by the positive role of Ti absorbing impurities from the MgB2 core and by the negative effect of boron diffusion into Nb, reducing the quantity and worsening the quality of the MgB2 core. The obtained results show clearly that a Ti sheath offers the application of higher heat treatment temperatures (above 700 °C) and consequently the achievement of higher critical current densities in comparison to MgB2/Nb.

  8. Superconducting MgB2 flowers: growth mechanism and their superconducting properties

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    Seong, Won Kyung; Ranot, Mahipal; Lee, Ji Yeong; Yang, Cheol-Woong; Lee, Jae Hak; Oh, Young Hoon; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung; Kang, Won Nam

    2016-04-01

    We report for the first time the growth and the systematic study of the growth mechanism for flower-like MgB2 structures fabricated on the substrates for solid-state electronics by the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) technique. The MgB2 flower has a width of 30 μm and a height of 10 μm. The superconductivity of MgB2 flowers was confirmed by a magnetization measurement, and the transition temperature is 39 K, which is comparable with high-quality bulk samples. The excellent current-carrying capability was demonstrated by MgB2 flowers. To understand the nucleation and growth mechanism of MgB2 flowers a very systematic study was performed by a high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) and atom probe (AP) microscopy. The HRTEM revealed that the seed grain of a MgB2 flower has a [101¯0] direction, and the flower is composed of micro-columnar MgB2 grains having pyramidal tips and which are grown along the (0001) plane. A clear understanding of the growth mechanism for MgB2 flowers could lead to the growth of other low-dimensional MgB2 structures for superconducting electronic devices.

  9. EBSD analysis of MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Schmauch, J.; Inoue, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Berger, K.; Noudem, J.

    2016-04-01

    The grain orientation, the texture and the grain boundary misorientations are important parameters for the understanding of the magnetic properties of the bulk MgB2 samples intended for super-magnet applications. Such data can be provided by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis. However, as the grain size (GS) of the MgB2 bulks is preferably in the 100-200 nm range, the common EBSD technique working in reflection operates properly only on highly dense samples. In order to achieve a reasonably good Kikuchi pattern quality on all samples, we apply here the newly developed transmission EBSD (t-EBSD) technique to several bulk MgB2 samples. This method requires the preparation of TEM slices by means of focused ion-beam milling, which are then analyzed within the SEM, operating with a specific sample holder. We present several EBSD mappings of samples prepared with different techniques and at various reaction temperatures.

  10. Recent developments in melt processed Gd-123 and MgB2 materials at RTRI

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    Muralidhar, M.; Fukumoto, Y.; Ishihara, A.; Suzuki, K.; Tomita, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Yamamoto, A.; Kishio, K.

    2014-01-01

    In this contribution we will report on the current status, recent developments in GdBa2Cu3Oy “Gd-123” and MgB2 material processing, characterization, and applications at the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI). Batch-processing of Gd-123 bulk material grown in air was performed using novel thin film Nd-123 seeds grown on MgO crystals. In this way, we are able to fabricate materials with good quality, and uniform performance. We examined the technology of the uniform performance of the large 45 mm diameter, single grain Gd-123 bulks for use in application of NMR. For this purpose, four 5 mm thick pieces are cut vertically from a single grain Gd-123 material and the magnetic field distribution is measured using a scanning hall sensor. We found that all four pieces are single domain and exhibit a quite uniform field distribution. Furthermore, the batch-processed bulk materials are used for the construction of a chilled Maglev vehicle. On the other hand, to optimize the trapped field performance of bulk MgB2 material, several samples were prepared by solid state reaction at different temperatures ranging from 750 to 950 °C in pure argon atmosphere. X-ray diffraction results indicated that single phase and homogenous MgB2 bulks are produced when sintering them around 775 °C. Further, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicated that an uniform grain size results by controlling the processing temperature. So, higher trapped fields can be achieved in sintered MgB2 material.

  11. MgB2UltrathinFilms Fabricated by Hybrid Physical Chemical Vapor Deposition and Subsequent Ion Milling

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    Acharya, Narendra; Wolak, Matthaeus; Tan, Teng; Cunnane, Daniel; Karasik, Boris; Xi, Xiaoxing

    Hot electron bolometer (HEB) mixers are a great tool for measuring high-resolution spectroscopy at Terahertz frequencies. MgB2offers a higher critical temperature (39 K) compared to commonly used Nb and NbN and boasts a shorter intrinsic electron-phonon relaxation time, giving rise to a broader intermediate frequency (IF) bandwidth. We have fabricated high quality ultrathin MgB2films using hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) and employing ion milling to achieve thickness down to 2 nm. The thinnest achieved films show high Tc of 28 K with residual resistivity below 28 µ Ωcm and high critical current Jcof 1x106 A/cm2at 20 K. As a result of the employed low angle ion milling process, the films remain well connected even after being thinned down since the initial thick films offer a better connectivity than as-grown thin films. The established process offers a way to realize MgB2 based HEB mixers of extremely low thickness and therefore small local oscillator power requirements and increased IF bandwidth.

  12. Properties of MgB2 films grown at various temperatures by hybrid physical chemical vapour deposition

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    Chen, Ke; Veldhorst, Menno; Lee, Che-Hui; Lamborn, Daniel R.; DeFrain, Raymond; Redwing, Joan M.; Li, Qi; Xi, X. X.

    2008-09-01

    A hybrid physical-chemical vapour deposition (HPCVD) system consisting of separately controlled Mg-source heater and substrate heater is used to grow MgB2 thin films and thick films at various temperatures. We are able to grow superconducting MgB2 thin films at temperatures as low as 350 °C with a Tc0 of 35.5 K. MgB2 films up to 4 µm in thickness grown at 550 °C have Jc over 106 A cm-2 at 5 K and zero applied field. The low deposition temperature of MgB2 films is desirable for all-MgB2 tunnel junctions and MgB2 thick films are important for applications in coated conductors.

  13. Ti doping on the flux pinning and chemical stability against water of MgB 2 bulk material

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    Zhao, Y.; Cheng, C. H.; Feng, Y.; Machi, T.; Huang, D. X.; Zhou, L.; Koshizuka, N.; Murakami, M.

    2003-04-01

    Ti-doped MgB 2 superconductors with different doping levels were prepared by solid-state reaction at ambient pressure. Jc of the samples changes with the doping level, with the best result achieved at x=0.1. At 5 K, the Jc reaches 2×10 6 A/cm 2 in the self-field. In addition, degradation in water of Jc and irreversibility field ( Hirr) of MgB 2 bulks is significantly reduced by Ti doping. Microstructural analysis reveals that Ti mainly forms a thin TiB 2 layer in the grain boundaries of MgB 2. At the same time MgB 2 grains are greatly refined, forming a strongly coupled nanoparticle structure. Our results show that the unique microstructure of the MgB 2 nanoparticles with TiB 2 nanograin boundaries may take the responsibility for the enhancement of the flux pinning and the chemical stability against water.

  14. Quantum confinement induced band gaps in MgB2 nanosheets

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    Xu, Bo Z.; Beckman, Scott P.

    2016-09-01

    The discovery of two-dimensional semiconducting materials, a decade ago, spawned an entire sub-field within solid-state physics that is focused on the development of nanoelectronics. Here we present a new class of semiconducting two-dimensional material based on hexagonal MgB2. Although MgB2 is a semimetal, similar to the other well-studied transition metal diborides, we demonstrate that, unlike the transition metal diborides, thinning MgB2, to create nanosheets, opens a band gap in the density of states. We predict that a 7 Å thick MgB2 nanosheet will have a band gap of 0.51 eV. MgB2 nanosheets differ from other two-dimensional semiconductors in that the band gap is introduced by (001) surfaces and is opened by the quantum confinement effect. The implications of these findings are that nanostructured MgB2 is not merely a new composition, but also has intrinsic mechanisms for tuning its electronic properties, which may facilitate the development of nanoelectronics.

  15. Application of superconducting magnesium diboride (MGB2) in superconducting radio frequency cavities

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    Tan, Teng

    The superconductivity in magnesium diboride (MgB2) was discovered in 2001. As a BCS superconductor, MgB2 has a record-high Tc of 39 K, high Jc of > 107 A/cm2 and no weak link behavior across the grain boundary. All these superior properties endorsed that MgB2 would have great potential in both power applications and electronic devices. In the past 15 years, MgB2 based power cables, microwave devices, and commercial MRI machines emerged and the next frontier are superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities. SRF cavities are one of the leading accelerator technologies. In SRF cavities, applied microwave power generates electrical fields that accelerate particle beams. Compared with other accelerator techniques, SRF cavity accelerators feature low loss, high acceleration gradients and the ability to accelerate continuous particle beams. However, current SRF cavities are made from high-purity bulk niobium and work at 2 K in superfluid helium. The construction and operational cost of SRF cavity accelerators are very expensive. The demand for SRF cavity accelerators has been growing rapidly in the past decade. Therefore, a lot of effort has been devoted to the enhancement of the performance and the reduction of cost of SRF cavities. In 2010, an acceleration gradient of over 50 MV/m has been reported for a Nb-based SRF cavity. The magnetic field at the inner surface of such a cavity is ~ 1700 Oe, which is close to the thermodynamic critical field of Nb. Therefore, new materials and technologies are required to raise the acceleration gradient of future SRF cavity accelerators. Among all the proposed approaches, using MgB2 thin films to coat the inner surface of SRF cavities is one of the promising tactics with the potential to raise both the acceleration gradient and the operation temperature of SRF cavity accelerators. In this work, I present my study on MgB2 thin films for their application in SRF cavities. C-epitaxial MgB2 thin films grown on SiC(0001) substrates

  16. Connectivity, Doping, and Anisotropy in Highly Dense Magnesium Diboride (MgB2)

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    Li, Guangze

    proceeded. As a result, it is possible to control the MgB2 layer growth in the AIMI-processed MgB 2 wires. The best AIMI wires, with improved density and connectivity, accomplished an outstanding layer Jc, which was 1.0 x 105 A/cm2 at 4.2 K and 10 T, nearly 10 times higher than the Jcs of PIT wires. The engineering Je of AIMI wires, namely the critical current over the whole cross-sectional area in the wire, achieved 1.7 x 104 A/cm2 at 4.2 K, 10 T, 200 % higher than those of PIT wires. Finally, two promising dopants, Dy2O3 and O, were engineered to incorporate with MgB2. Dy 2O3 nanopowders, co-doped with C in AIMI wires, enhanced the Jc performance at elevated temperatures such as 20 K. Oxygen, on the other hand, doped into MgB2 thin films through a newly-developed O2 annealing process, improved Bc2 to 14 T at 21 K. Both of the doping studies were helpful to understand the superconducting nature of MgB2.

  17. Characterization of MgB2 Superconducting Hot Electron Bolometers

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    Cunnane, D.; Kawamura, J. H.; Wolak, M. A.; Acharya, N.; Tan, T.; Xi, X. X.; Karasik, B. S.

    2014-01-01

    Hot-Electron Bolometer (HEB) mixers have proven to be the best tool for high-resolution spectroscopy at the Terahertz frequencies. However, the current state of the art NbN mixers suffer from a small intermediate frequency (IF) bandwidth as well as a low operating temperature. MgB2 is a promising material for HEB mixer technology in view of its high critical temperature and fast thermal relaxation allowing for a large IF bandwidth. In this work, we have fabricated and characterized thin-film (approximately 15 nanometers) MgB2-based spiral antenna-coupled HEB mixers on SiC substrate. We achieved the IF bandwidth greater than 8 gigahertz at 25 degrees Kelvin and the device noise temperature less than 4000 degrees Kelvin at 9 degrees Kelvin using a 600 gigahertz source. Using temperature dependencies of the radiation power dissipated in the device we have identified the optical loss in the integrated microantenna responsible as a cause of the limited sensitivity of the current mixer devices. From the analysis of the current-voltage (IV) characteristics, we have derived the effective thermal conductance of the mixer device and estimated the required local oscillator power in an optimized device to be approximately 1 microwatts.

  18. Evaluations of MgB2 Coatings on 2'' Copper Discs for Superconducting Radio Frequency Applications

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    Withanage, Wenura; Tan, Teng; Lee, Namhoon; Banjade, Huta; Eremeev, Grigory; Welander, Paul; Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie; Kustom, Robert; Wolak, Matthäus; Nassiri, Alireza; Xi, Xiaoxing

    We propose that coating the inner walls of copper RF cavities with superconducting MgB2 (Tc = 39 K) can result in a viable alternative to the already established niobium-based SRF technology. This approach improves the thermal conductivity, allows for operation at higher temperatures, and reduces the need for large helium refrigeration, thereby resulting in lower operational costs. For our studies, we grew MgB2 films via hybrid physical chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) on 2'' Cu substrates. Since Mg and Cu readily form an alloy at higher temperatures, the HPCVD setup was modified in order to achieve lower deposition temperatures, minimize alloy formation, and provide high quality MgB2 films. This method yielded MgB2 coatings on 2'' Cu discs with transition temperatures around 38 K. The samples were characterized with regards to their RF attributes and showed similar performance in comparison to Nb reference samples. The presented results show that MgB2 coated copper can be a suitable alternative for use in SRF cavities.

  19. MICROSTRUCTURE OF SUPERCONDUCTING MGB(2).

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    ZHU,Y.; LI,Q.; WU,L.; VOLKOV,V.; GU,G.; MOODENBAUGH,A.R.

    2001-07-12

    Recently, Akimitsu and co-workers [1] discovered superconductivity at 39 K in the intermetallic compound MgB{sub 2}. This discovery provides a new perspective on the mechanism for superconductivity. More specifically, it opens up possibilities for investigation of structure/properties in a new class of materials. With the exceptions of the cuprate and C{sub 60} families of compounds, MgB{sub 2} possesses the highest superconducting transition temperature T{sub c}. Its superconductivity appears to follow the BCS theory, apparently being mediated by electron-phonon coupling. The coherence length of MgB{sub 2} is reported to be longer than that of the cuprates [2]. In contrast to the cuprates, grain boundaries are strongly coupled and current density is determined by flux pinning [2,3]. Presently, samples of MgB{sub 2} commonly display inhomogeneity and porosity on the nanoscale, and are untextured. In spite of these obstacles, magnetization and transport measurements show that polycrystalline samples may carry large current densities circulating across many grains [3,4]. Very high values of critical current densities and critical fields have been recently observed in thin films [5,6]. These attributes suggest possible large scale and electronic applications. The underlying microstructure can be intriguing, both in terms of basic science and in applied areas. Subsequent to the discovery, many papers were published [1-13], most dealing with synthesis, physical properties, and theory. There have yet been few studies of microstructure and structural defects [11, 14]. A thorough understanding of practical superconducting properties can only be developed after an understanding of microstructure is gained. In this work we review transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies of sintered MgB{sub 2} pellets [14]. Structural defects, including second phase particles, dislocations, stacking faults, and grain boundaries, are analyzed using electron diffraction, electron

  20. Superconducting gap parameters of MgB 2 obtained on MgB 2/Ag and MgB 2/In junctions

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    Plecenik, A.; Beňačka, Š.; Kúš, P.; Grajcar, M.

    2002-03-01

    MgB 2 superconducting wires with the critical temperature Tc approaching 40 K were used for the preparation of MgB 2/Ag and MgB 2/In junctions. The differential conductance vs. voltage characteristics of N-S junctions exhibit a clear contribution of the Andreev reflection. Using a modified BTK theory for s-wave superconductors two order parameters Δdirty≈4 meV and Δ3D≈2.6 meV were determined from the temperature dependencies. Surprisingly, the larger order parameter Δdirty vanishes at a lower temperature T c dirty≈20 K compared with the smaller one Δ3D with Tc≈38 K. Both the magnitudes of the order parameters and their critical temperatures are in good agreement with theoretical calculations of electron-phonon coupling in MgB 2 carried out by Liu et al. [cond-mat/0103570 (2001)].

  1. Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) thermal detector array for Infrared Spectrometers and Cameras on Planetary Exploration Instruments.

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    Lakew, B.; Brasunas, J.; Aslam, S.

    2012-09-01

    Recent results from the 2-D array of MgB2 thermal detectors being currently developed at NASA Goddard are presented. NEP and sensitivity (D*) results show significant improvement compared to thermal detectors currently in use on planetary instruments. A MgB2 thin-film bolometer, with a non-optimized radiation absorber, has been designed, fabricated and characterized. The bolometer pixel, with no separate absorber, gave an optical detectivity D* = ~1.6 x 1010 cm√Hz/W operating at 30 Hz.

  2. Microstructure and superconducting properties of nanocarbon-doped internal Mg diffusion-processed MgB2 wires fabricated using different boron powders

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    Xu, Da; Wang, Dongliang; Li, Chen; Yuan, Pusheng; Zhang, Xianping; Yao, Chao; Dong, Chiheng; Huang, He; Ma, Yanwei; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo

    2016-04-01

    MgB2/Nb/Monel monofilament wires were fabricated using four different boron powders by an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process. The microstructure, morphology and the critical current density (J c) of the used boron powders and the formative MgB2 layers were analyzed and compared. It was found that the purity and particle size of the boron powder influence the superconducting properties of MgB2 wires; further that the optimized heat-treatment condition also depends on the quality of the boron powder. The highest J c was obtained in the MgB2 layer made using amorphous boron (AB) powder, although a certain amount of voids existed in the superconducting layer. The IMD-processed MgB2 layer fabricated using high-purity boron (HB) powder had also a high J c compared with the powder-in-tube (PIT) process and a few unreacted boron particles remained in it. MgB2 wire fabricated using low-purity boron (LB) powder had a high cost-performance ratio compared with the others, which is expected to allow the fabrication of large-scale and low-cost superconducting wires for practical application. However, the enhancement of the J c was not found in the MgB2 layer manufactured using the ball-milled LB (MLB) powder as expected due to the increased percentage of impurity.

  3. Bending strain tolerance of MgB2 superconducting wires

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    Kováč, P.; Hušek, I.; Melišek, T.; Kulich, M.; Kopera, L.

    2016-04-01

    This work describes the strain tolerance of MgB2 superconductors subjected to variable bending stresses. Bending of MgB2 wire was done at room temperature in different modes: (i) direct bending of straight annealed samples to variable diameters and by (ii) indirect bending by straightening of bent and annealed samples. I c-bending strain characteristics of samples made by in situ PIT and by the internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) process were measured at 4.2 K. The results show a good agreement between the direct and indirect bending mode, which allows easier estimation of limits important for the winding process of MgB2 superconductors with brittle filaments. A comparison of MgB2 wires made by in situ PIT and IMD processes showed improved strain tolerance for IMD due to better grain connectivity the low annealing temperature, which does not appear to reduce the mechanical strength of sheath material.

  4. Preparation of MgB2 superconducting tapes using electrophoresis

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    Xu, J. D.; Wang, S. F.; Zhou, Y. B.; Zhou, Y. L.; Chen, Z. H.; Cui, D. F.; Lu, H. B.; He, M.; Dai, S. Y.; Yang, G. Z.

    2002-08-01

    Superconducting MgB2/Ta tapes with a critical temperature of 34 K have been prepared successfully by ex situ annealing of electrophoresis-grown boron in the presence of Mg vapour at 920 °C. Scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the surface morphology of the MgB2/Ta tapes, and well-formed MgB2 crystals with sizes up to 2 μm were observed. The x-ray diffraction patterns showed randomly orientated growth of MgB2 phase in the tapes. Estimates using hysteresis loops and the Bean model give a value of 6.8 × 105 A cm-2 for the critical current density.

  5. Fabrication of superconducting magnesium diboride thin films by electron beam annealing

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    Kong, Xiangdong; Dai, Qian; Han, Li; Feng, Qingrong; Gao, Zhaoshun; Ma, Yanwei; Chu, Mingzhang; Xue, Hong; Li, Jianguo; Wang, Furen; Zhang, Yibing

    2011-10-01

    The technique of electron beam annealing for fabricating MgB2 thin films has been explored. MgB2 thin films were prepared by e-beam evaporation of M-B precursor films on 6H-SiC (0001) substrates followed by ex situ electron beam annealing without any extra Mg vapor or argon gas protection. The very short annealing duration, about 1 s, effectively prevented volatilization and oxidation of Mg and decomposition of MgB2. In comparison with the MgB2 thin films grown by other techniques, our films show medium qualities including a superconducting transition temperature of Tconset ~ 35.3 K, a transition width ΔTc ~ 0.2 K, and a critical current density of Jc(5 K, 0 T) ~ 3.2 × 106 A cm - 2. Such an electron beam annealing technique has potential for the fabrication of large-scale MgB2 thin films as well as MgB2 wires and tapes.

  6. Phase 1 Final Technical Report - MgB2 Synthesis for High Field Performance

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    Mohit Bhatia; Peter McIntyre

    2009-11-02

    Accelerator Technology Corp. (ATC) has successfully completed its Phase 1 effort to devel-op rf plasma torch synthesis of MgB2 superconducting powder. The overall objective is to de-velop a way to introduce homogeneous alloying of C and SiC impurities into phase-pure MgB2. Several groups have attained remarkable benefits from such alloying in raising the upper critical field Hc2 from ~14 T to ~30 T (bulk) and ~50 T (thin films). But no one has succeeded in pro-ducing that benefit homogeneously, so that current transport in a practical powder-in-tube (PIT) conductor is largely the same as without the alloying. ATC has conceived the possibility of attaining such homogeneity by passing aerosol suspen-sions of reactant powders through an rf plasma torch, with each reactant transported on a stream-line that heats it to an optimum temperature for the synthesis reaction. This procedure would uniquely access non-equilibrium kinetics for the synthesis reaction, and would provide the possi-bility to separately control the temperature and stoichiometry of each reactant as it enters the mixing region where synthesis occurs. It also facilitates the introduction of seed particles (e.g. nanoscale SiC) to dramatically enhance the rate of the synthesis reaction compared to gas-phase synthesis in rf plasma reported by Canfield and others. During the Phase 1 effort ATC commissioned its 60 kW 5 MHz rf source for a manufactur-ing-scale rf plasma torch. This effort required repair of numerous elements, integration of cooling and input circuits, and tuning of the load characteristics. The effort was successful, and the source has now been tested to ~full power. Also in the Phase 1 effort we encountered a subsidiary but very important problem: the world is running out of the only present supply of phase-pure amorphous boron. The starting boron powder must be in the amorphous phase in order for the synthesis reaction to produce phase-pure MgB2. Even small contamination with crystalline

  7. Substitution of Mn for Mg in MgB_2*

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    Fitzpatrick, Michael D.; Johnston, David C.; Miller, Lance L.; Hill, Julienne M.

    2002-03-01

    The study of solid solutions in which the Mg in MgB2 is partially replaced by magnetic 3d or 4f atoms can potentially reveal important information on the superconducting state of MgB_2. As an end-member of the hypothetical Mg_1-xMn_xB2 system, MnB2 is isostructural with MgB2 and is an antiferromagnet below TN = 760 K which becomes canted at 157 K. A previous study by Moritomo et al.[1] examined the structure and properties of multi-phase samples with 0.01<= x<= 0.15. We attempted to obtain single-phase samples with x<= 0.25 by reacting the constituent elements in sealed Ta tubes and/or using prereacted MnBx synthesized using an arc furnace. The results of x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements on those samples will be presented. * Supported by the USDOE under contract no. W-7405-Eng-82. [1] "Mn-substitution effects on MgB2 superconductor", Y.Moritomo et al. J. Phys. Soc. Japan b70, 1889 (2001).; “Effects of transition metal doping in MgB2 superconductor", Y. Moritomo at al. arXiv:cond-mat/0104568.

  8. Oxygen Segregation and Ordering in MgB2

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    Idrobo, Juan; Klie, Robert; Browning, Nigel D.

    2002-03-01

    Polycrystalline MgB2 has been studied by atomic resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). We find that within the detection limits of the techniques, there is no oxygen within the bulk of the grains, but significant oxygen segregated to the grain boundaries. The majority of the grain boundaries contain ordered crystalline MgB_2-xOx and amorphous BOy phases smaller than the coherence length, explaining the high conductivity of the material. Other kinds of grain boundaries containing larger areas of MgO sandwiched between BOy layers were also found. Furthermore, coherent Mg(B,O) precipitates can be formed within the bulk of the MgB2 grains. We will discuss the formation mechanisms of these secondary phases, the presence of oxygen ordering within the precipitates and the effect of the oxide precipitates on the bulk transport properties.

  9. Microstructure and superconductivity of MgB2 single crystals

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    Kim, Kijoon H.P.; Jung, C.U.; Kang, B.W.; Kim, Kyung Hee; Lee, Hyun-Sook; Lee, Sung-Ik; Tamura, N.; Caldwell, W.A.; Patel, J.R.

    2004-07-19

    The hexagonal-disc-shaped MgB2 single crystals were synthesized under the high-pressure conditions. The crystal symmetry, lattice constants as well as the Laue pattern of these single crystals were obtained from X-ray micro-diffraction. A crystallographic mapping showed that the edge and the c-axis of hexagonal-disc shape exactly matched the [1 0 1 bar 0] and [0 0 0 1] directions of the MgB2 phase. This clearly confirmed that above well-shaped single crystals could be excellent samples to study the unsolved direction dependencies of the physical properties.

  10. Multicore MgB 2 wires made by hydrostatic extrusion

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    Kováč, P.; Pachla, W.; Hušek, I.; Kulczyk, M.; Melišek, T.; Holúbek, T.; Diduszko, R.; Reissner, M.

    2008-12-01

    Seven-filament MgB2/Fe and MgB2/Nb/Cu wires have been made by in situ process using hydrostatic extrusion, drawing and two-axial drawing deformation into the wire size of 1.1 × 1.1 mm2. The conductors were sintered at 650 °C/0.5 h and studied in terms of field-dependent transport critical current density and thermal stability. XRD, SEM and EDX analysis were applied for structural characterization. Transport current property and compositional/structural differences are compared and discussed in connection to used powders and metallic materials.

  11. MgB2-Based Bolometer Array for Far Infra-Red Thermal Imaging and Fourier Transform Spectroscopy Applications

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    Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Brasunas, J.

    2012-01-01

    The mid-superconducting critical temperature (T(sub c) approximately 39 K) of the simple binary, intermetallic MgB, [1] makes it a very good candidate for the development of the next generation of electrooptical devices (e.g. [2]). In particular, recent advances in thin film deposition teclmiques to attain higb quality polycrystalline thin film MgB, deposited on SiN-Si substrates, with T(sub c) approximately 38K [3] coupled with the low voltage noise performance of the film [4] makes it higbly desirable for the development of moderately cooled bolometer arrays for integration into future space-bourne far infra-red (FIR) spectrometers and thermal mappers for studying the outer planets, their icy moons and other moons of interest in the 17-250 micrometer spectral wavelength range. Presently, commercially available pyroelectric detectors operating at 300 K have specific detectivity, D(*), around 7 x 10(exp 8) to 2 x 10(exp 9) centimeters square root of Hz/W. However, a MgB2 thin film based bolometer using a low-stress (less than 140 MPa) SiN membrane isolated from the substrate by a small thermal conductive link, operating at 38 K, promises to have two orders of magnitude higher specific detectivity [5][6].

  12. Permanent magnet with MgB2 bulk superconductor

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    Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Ishihara, Atsushi; Tomita, Masaru; Kishio, Kohji

    2014-07-01

    Superconductors with persistent zero-resistance currents serve as permanent magnets for high-field applications requiring a strong and stable magnetic field, such as magnetic resonance imaging. The recent global helium shortage has quickened research into high-temperature superconductors (HTSs)—materials that can be used without conventional liquid-helium cooling to 4.2 K. Herein, we demonstrate that 40-K-class metallic HTS magnesium diboride (MgB2) makes an excellent permanent bulk magnet, maintaining 3 T at 20 K for 1 week with an extremely high stability (<0.1 ppm/h). The magnetic field trapped in this magnet is uniformly distributed, as for single-crystalline neodymium-iron-boron. Magnetic hysteresis loop of the MgB2 permanent bulk magnet was detrmined. Because MgB2 is a simple-binary-line compound that does not contain rare-earth metals, polycrystalline bulk material can be industrially fabricated at low cost and with high yield to serve as strong magnets that are compatible with conventional compact cryocoolers, making MgB2 bulks promising for the next generation of Tesla-class permanent-magnet applications.

  13. Kinetic analysis of MgB2 layer formation in advanced internal magnesium infiltration (AIMI) processed MgB2 wires

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    Li, G. Z.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2015-01-01

    Significantly enhanced critical current density (Jc) for MgB2 superconducting wires can be obtained following the advanced internal Mg infiltration (AIMI) route. But unless suitable precautions are taken, the AIMI-processed MgB2 wires will exhibit incomplete MgB2 layer formation, i.e. reduced superconductor core size and hence suppressed current-carrying capability. Microstructural characterization of AIMI MgB2 wires before and after the heat treatment reveals that the reaction mechanism changes from a “Mg infiltration-reaction” at the beginning of the heat treatment to a “Mg diffusion-reaction” once a dense MgB2 layer is formed. A drastic drop in the Mg transport rate from infiltration to diffusion causes the termination of the MgB2 core growth. To quantify this process, a two-stage kinetic model is built to describe the MgB2 layer formation and growth. The derived kinetic model and the associated experimental observations indicate that fully reacted AIMI-processed MgB2 wires can be achieved following the optimization of B particle size, B powder packing density, MgB2 reaction activation energy and its response to the additions of dopants. PMID:26973431

  14. MoRe-based and MgB2 -based tunnel junctions and their characteristics

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    Shaternik, V.; Larkin, S.; Noskov, V.; Chubatyy, V.; Belogolovskii, M.

    2010-06-01

    Perspective Josephson Mo-Re alloy-oxide-Pb, MgB2- oxide - Mo-Re alloy and Mo-Re alloy-normal metal-oxide- normal metal-Mo-Re alloy junctions have been fabricated and investigated. Thin (~50-100 nm) MoRe superconducting films are deposited on Al2O3 substrates by using a dc magnetron sputtering of MoRe target. Thin (~50-100 nm) MgB2 superconducting films are deposited on Al2O3 substrates by using e-beam evaporation of boron and thermal coevaporation of magnesium. To investigate a transparency spread for the fabricated junctions barriers the computer simulation of the measured quasiparticle I-V curves have been done in framework of the model of multiple Andreev reflections in double-barrier junction interfaces. It's demonstrated the investigated junctions can be described as highly asymmetric double-barrier Josephson junctions with great difference between the two barrier transparencies. Results of computer simulation of quasiparticles I-V curves of junctions are presented and discussed. The IC(T) characteristics, measured for Josephson heterostructures with different thickness of metal layer s and exposure dose E, essentially deviate from an Ambegaokar- Baratoff (A&B) IC(T) behavior and Kulik-Omelianchuck (K&O) curves, because of proximity effect caused by the comparatively high value of s (up to 100 nm).

  15. Paramagnetic Meissner effect in MgB 2

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    Sözeri, Hüseyin; Dorosinskii, Lev; Topal, Uǧur; Ercan, İsmail

    2004-08-01

    We observed the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) in MgB 2 pellets after cooling in low fields of less than 1 Oe. As external magnetic field increases, the paramagnetic response of the sample decreases and disappears completely at 1 Oe. Effect of gamma irradiation on magnetic properties of MgB 2 has been investigated at low fields. In irradiated samples, the magnitude of the PME was found to be lower. To understand that whether this effect is of geometrical origin (so called flux compression model) or whether it is intrinsic to the material (e.g., π-junctions), measurements were performed with two samples having different geometries. Our results showed that paramagnetic response did not change as the geometry changes.

  16. Active Protection of an MgB2 Test Coil

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    Park, Dong Keun; Hahn, Seungyong; Bascuñán, Juan; Iwasa, Yukikazu

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents results of a study, experimental and computational, of a detect-and-activate-the-heater protection technique applied to a magnesium diboride (MgB2) test coil operated in semi-persistent mode. The test coil with a winding ID of 25 cm and wound with ~500-m long reacted MgB2 wire was operated at 4.2 K immersed in a bath of liquid helium. In this active technique, upon the initiation of a “hot spot” of a length ~10 cm, induced by a “quench heater,” a “protection heater” (PH) of ~600-cm long planted within the test coil is activated. The normal zone created by the PH is large enough to absorb the test coil’s entire initial stored energy and still keeps the peak temperature within the winding below ~260 K. PMID:22081754

  17. Superconductivity in MgB2 irradiated with energetic protons

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    Sandu, Viorel; Craciun, Liviu; Ionescu, Alina Marinela; Aldica, Gheorghe; Miu, Lucica; Kuncser, Andrei

    2016-09-01

    A series of MgB2 samples were irradiated with protons of 11.3 and 13.2 MeV. Magnetization data shows an insignificant reduction of the critical temperatures but a continuous decrease of the Meissner fraction with increasing fluence or energy. All samples show a consistent improvement of the critical current density compared to the virgin sample and an increase of the pinning energy at high fields as resulted from relaxation data.

  18. Numerical optimization of monofilamentary MgB2 wires with different metal sheath materials for liquid hydrogen level sensor

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    Kajikawa, Kazuhiro; Inoue, Takuro; Watanabe, Kazuki; Yamada, Yutaka; Aoki, Itsuo

    2014-01-01

    Thin wires required for a new type of superconducting level sensors are investigated in some virtual situations. The sensors are composed of an MgB2 wire with metal sheath and a non-superconducting wire, which are located in parallel and connected in series, to determine a level of liquid hydrogen in a container with higher reliability. The operations of the level sensors during refill and discharge of liquid hydrogen are simulated numerically by solving a one-dimensional heat balance equation. The wires have a metal material with almost constant dependence of resistivity on temperature such as cupronickel or stainless steel. The wire lengths are assumed to be 1 meter. By using the obtained numerical results, the optimum compositions of the MgB2 and non-superconducting wires are discussed for several parameters such as materials and volume fractions of metal sheaths, temperatures of pressurized liquid hydrogen, and conditions of evaporated gas.

  19. Fine-Filament MgB2 Superconductor Wire

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    Cantu, Sherrie

    2015-01-01

    Hyper Tech Research, Inc., has developed fine-filament magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconductor wire for motors and generators used in turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems. In Phase I of the project, Hyper Tech demonstrated that MgB2 multifilament wires (<10 micrometers) could reduce alternating current (AC) losses that occur due to hysteresis, eddy currents, and coupling losses. The company refined a manufacturing method that incorporates a magnesium-infiltration process and provides a tenfold enhancement in critical current density over wire made by a conventional method involving magnesium-boron powder mixtures. Hyper Tech also improved its wire-drawing capability to fabricate fine multifilament strands. In Phase II, the company developed, manufactured, and tested the wire for superconductor and engineering current density and AC losses. Hyper Tech also fabricated MgB2 rotor coil packs for a superconducting generator. The ultimate goal is to enable low-cost, round, lightweight, low-AC-loss superconductors for motor and generator stator coils operating at 25 K in next-generation turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems.

  20. Effect of Heavy Carbon Doping of MgB_2

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    Kasinathan, Deepa; Pickett, W. E.

    2003-03-01

    Superconductivity in MgB2 seems to be beginning to be understood, but behavior under changes of hole concentration remain to be established and understood. Recently Ribeiro, Bud'ko, Petrovic, and Canfield (cond-mat/0210530) have reported MgB_2-xC_x, where Tc ˜ 20 K for x 0.1 -- 0.2. Rigid band arguments would say that the σ-band hole states in MgB2 should be filled by x=1/6, with no superconductivity. We have carried all-electron, full potential LAPW studies [WIEN2K] of ordered supercells corresponding to x=1/6 and 1/8 to assess the effects of the C, whose potential is more attractive and size is smaller than B, on the structure and the electronic bands and density of states. The behavior is non-rigid-band in important ways. We report on the magnitude of B atom relaxation around the C impurities, the effect that the relaxation has on the band filling, and the degree to which the experimental data can be accounted for.

  1. Growth of MgB2 Films by an Impinging Jet HPCVD Reactor Design

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    Lamborn, Daniel; Wilke, R. H. T.; Li, Qi; Xi, Xiaoxing; Snyder, D. W.; Wang, Shufang; Redwing, Joan

    2008-03-01

    An impinging jet hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) reactor design was used for the growth of both thin and thick MgB2 films. This technique was able to independently control the substrate and Mg supply temperatures, and still maintained sufficient Mg overpressure to ensure phase stability. Thin films were predominantly axis oriented with the (0001) sapphire substrate while the thick films were either polycrystalline or showed preferred orientation. Thick films (˜10 μm) were deposited at a growth rate of ˜ 110 μm/hr and showed a maximum Tc of 39.8 K and residual resistivity ratio of 6.6. The thick films also showed a high Jc of 2x10^6 A/cm^2 at low applied magnetic fields even at 20 K. The results indicate that the impinging jet HPCVD configuration shows promise for coated conductor processes.

  2. Flux pinning and the paramagnetic Meissner effect in MgB2 with TiO2 inclusions

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    Prokhorov, V. G.; Svetchnikov, V. L.; Park, J. S.; Kim, G. H.; Lee, Y. P.; Kang, J.-H.; Khokhlov, V. A.; Mikheenko, P.

    2009-04-01

    The mixed-state superconducting properties of bulk MgB2+2 at.%TiO2, prepared by the in situ solid state reaction, have been investigated. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy study reveals that the sample has combined microstructures, consisting of regions with small- and large-size MgB2 grains, and the MgO inclusions. The particular grains are separated by thin TiB2 interlayers along the c axis. Analysis on the mixed-state parameters, such as the upper critical field, the coherence length and the Ginzburg-Landau parameter κ, proves that the MgB2+2 at.% TiO2 belongs to a high-κ type-II superconductor in the dirty limit. The non-uniformly scaled microstructure results in an unusual (close to the double peak) magnetic field dependence of the pinning force density. The field-cooled temperature dependence of magnetic moment exhibits a transition of the sample to the paramagnetic state at certain applied magnetic fields, which is treated as a manifestation of the paramagnetic Meissner effect. The experimental results are discussed on the basis of modern theoretical approaches.

  3. In situ Pulsed Laser Deposition of C-Axis Oriented MgB2 Films and Their Characterization

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    Shinde, Sanjay; Lakew, Brook; Ogale, S. B.; Kulkarni, V. N.; Kale, S. N.; Venkatesan, T.

    2004-01-01

    The recent discovery of an intermetallic superconductor MgB2 has renewed interest in the area of superconductivity not only because of fundamental understanding of superconductivity but also due to its potential applicability in devices such as thermal detectors. Considerable amount of research has been devoted to obtain MgB2 films by an all in situ growth technique. We have grown MgB2 thin films by an all in situ pulsed laser deposition process from pure B and Mg targets. Ultrathin layers of B and Mg were deposited in a multilayer configuration. Hundreds of such Mg-B bilayers with a capping Mg layer on the top were deposited on sapphire substrate. These depositions were done in high vacuum (approx. 10(exp -7) Torr) and at room temperature. After deposition, such a configuration was annealed at high temperature for a short time in a forming gas (4% H2 in Ar). The best films, obtained by this procedure, showed superconducting transition temperature approx. 30 K. These films have been characterized by x-ray diffraction, Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, AC susceptibility-, resistivity- (with and without magnetic field) and 1/f noise-measurements. The physical properties of these films will be presented and discussed.

  4. Anisotropic high field superconductinng behavior in MgB_2

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    Gurevich, Alexander

    2004-03-01

    I will discuss new effects resulting from the two-gap superconductivity in MgB_2, focusing on: 1. Current-induced interband breakdown and dynamic interband phase textures caused by nonequilibrium charge imbalance [1], 2. Anomalous enhancement of the upper critical field H_c2(T) by nonmagnetic impurities in dirty two-gap superconductors. A theory of H_c2 based on generalized two-gap Usadel equations, which include both intra and interband scattering channels and paramagnetic pairbreaking is presented. Solutions of these equations show that H_c2(T) can exhibit a strong upward curvature and an unusual temperature dependence of the anisotropy parameter H_c2^||/H_c2^⊥, which can both increase and decrease with T depending on the ratio of the intraband electron diffusivities D_π/D_σ [2]. The theory explains recent high-field transport experiments on resistive MgB2 films in which the upper critical field was increased by 3-10 times as compared to single crystals [3], H_c2 exceeding 50 Tesla for H||ab and 35T for H⊥ ab. The results suggest that nonmagnetic impurities due to selective atomic substitution on Mg and B sites can increase H_c2 of MgB2 to a much greater extend than in one-gap superconductors. [1]. A. Gurevich and V.M. Vinokur, PRL 90, 047004 (2003). [2]. A. Gurevich, PRB 67, 1845151 (2003) and unpublished. [3]. A. Gurevich et al. Supercond. Sci. Technol. (2003, to appear). *In collaboration with V.M. Vinokur, V. Braccini, S. Patnaik, X. Song, D.C. Larbalestier, C.B. Eom, X. Pan, X. Xi, V. Ferrando, C. Ferdighini, A. Siri, K.H. Kim and C. Mielke. Work supported by NSF Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces MRSEC at the University of Wisconsin.

  5. Nucleation and growth of dense phase in compressed MgB2

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    Mikheenko, P.; Bevan, A. I.; Abell, J. S.

    2006-06-01

    We report nucleation and growth of dense MgB2 phase in two advanced methods for compacting MgB2 powder: hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and resistive sintering (RS). Both methods produce a compact with nearly theoretical mass density and high critical current density: up to 8 . 105 A/cm2 at 20 K. A liquid phase is responsible for the propagation of dense MgB2. The additions of Mg and Ni are beneficial for rapid formation of dense compact. The process of compacting is further improved by introducing single crystal-dense MgB2 seeds.

  6. Al-doped MgB2 materials studied using electron paramagnetic resonance and Raman spectroscopy

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    Bateni, Ali; Erdem, Emre; Repp, Sergej; Weber, Stefan; Somer, Mehmet

    2016-05-01

    Undoped and aluminum (Al) doped magnesium diboride (MgB2) samples were synthesized using a high-temperature solid-state synthesis method. The microscopic defect structures of Al-doped MgB2 samples were systematically investigated using X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance. It was found that Mg-vacancies are responsible for defect-induced peculiarities in MgB2. Above a certain level of Al doping, enhanced conductive properties of MgB2 disappear due to filling of vacancies or trapping of Al in Mg-related vacancy sites.

  7. MgB2 superconducting joints for persistent current operation

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    Patel, Dipak; Hossain, Md Shahriar Al; See, Khay Wai; Xu, Xun; Barua, Shaon; Ma, Zongqing; Choi, Seyong; Tomsic, Mike; Kim, Jung Ho

    2015-06-01

    High-performance superconducting joints are essential for realizing persistent-mode magnets. Herein, we propose a concept and fabrication of such superconducting joints, which yielded reliable performance in the operating temperature range of 4.2-25 K. MgB2-MgB2 joints in magnets are known to result in deterioration of localized electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. To overcome these problems, the ends of the two wires are inserted into a pellet press, which is then filled with a mixture of unreacted magnesium and boron powders, followed by heat treatment. The critical current capacity and joint resistance were precisely evaluated by the standard four-probe method in open-circuit and by field-decay measurements in a closed-loop, respectively. These joints demonstrated up to 66% of the current-carrying capacity of unjoined wire at 20 K, 2 T and joint resistance of 1.4 × 10-12 Ω at 4.2 K in self-field.

  8. A 2-D Array of Superconducting Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) Far-IR Thermal Detectors for Planetary Exploration

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    Lakew, Brook

    2009-01-01

    A 2-D array of superconducting Magnesium Diboride(MgB2) far IR thermal detectors has been fabricated. Such an array is intended to be at the focal plane of future generation thermal imaging far-IR instruments that will investigate the outer planets and their icy moons. Fabrication and processing of the pixels of the array as well as noise characterization of architectured MgB2 thin films will be presented. Challenges and solutions for improving the performance of the array will be discussed.

  9. MgB2 multifilamentary tapes: microstructure, chemical composition and superconducting properties

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    Birajdar, B.; Braccini, V.; Tumino, A.; Wenzel, T.; Eibl, O.; Grasso, G.

    2006-09-01

    Multifilamentary Ni-sheathed Cu-stabilized MgB2 tapes with a critical current density of 2.0 × 105 A cm-2 (at 20 K and 1 T) were prepared by a powder in tube technique, using pre-reacted MgB2 powders. The microstructure and chemical composition of the superconducting core and the MgB2-Ni interface were studied using SEM, EPMA and TEM. A quick, reliable and standard-less method of B quantification using SEM-EDX is established for the analysis of MgB2 wires and tapes. Carbon-contamination-free sample preparation was crucial for the analysis of boron. The typical size of MgB2 colonies, i.e. the arrangement of several well connected grains, in the MgB2 filaments was between 1 and 6 µm. The colonies are structurally well connected to each other, although sub-micrometre-sized voids are present. The B to Mg mole fraction ratio in the MgB2 colonies was found to be close to two and the O mole fraction is less than 1 at.%. The typical size of the MgB2 grains in the colonies is about 0.5-1 µm however, numerous grains of size 30-200 nm are also present. MgO precipitates of the size of 15-70 nm were found in the MgB2 grains. Long straight dislocations with a density of 1 × 1010 cm-2 are observed. Non-superconducting layers which appear as oxide layers in SEM and TEM samples were found on the surface of the MgB2 colonies and yield poor connectivity between the colonies. It is expected that these layers yield a significant reduction of the critical current density Jc. A 10 µm wide intermetallic reaction layer of B, Mg and Ni is formed at the MgB2-Ni interface. Reduction of the MgB2 grain size by milling of starting MgB2 powder and elimination of non-superconducting layers around MgB2 colonies could further enhance the critical current density because of improved pinning and connectivity between colonies.

  10. The role of starch doping on the superconducting properties of MgB2

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    Tripathi, D.; Moharana, S. S.; Dey, T. K.

    2014-09-01

    The effect of different amount of starch addition on structural and superconducting properties of superconducting MgB2 has been discussed. The samples are synthesized by conventional solid reaction method. XRD analysis confirms that carbon, which is produced during synthesis due to decomposition of starch, is substituted in the B sites. High resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) picture infers the presence of large number of nanosized precipitates (size ∼10-20 nm) in starch doped MgB2 pellets. Superconducting transition temperature (Tc0) of MgB2 (∼38 K) decreases due to the addition of starch. The critical current density (Jc) of starch added MgB2 samples, however, shows significant improvement in whole field range, especially at high magnetic fields. MgB2 added with 2 wt.% of starch gives the best performance amongst the investigated samples and at 20 K displays ∼42 times enhancement in Jc under 4 T field compared to that for pure MgB2. The field dependence of the critical current density (Jc) of starch added MgB2 is explained fairly well in terms of collective pinning theory. An excellent scaling of the reduced critical current density, Jn(=Jc/Jc(0)) and the reduced field hn (=H/H0) is observed for both pure and starch added MgB2 polycrystalline pellets at different temperatures, where Jc(0) and H0 are the fitting parameters obtained from collective pinning model. However, the normalized pinning force density (FP/Fp(max)) of starch added samples does not display any scaling, but shows an excellent correspondence with modified Dew-Hughes expression. The presence of anisotropy and grain orientation is thought to be responsible for the absence of scaling of normalized pinning force density in starch added MgB2 pellets.

  11. Electroplating of the superconductive boride MgB2 from molten salts

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    Abe, Hideki; Yoshii, Kenji; Nishida, Kenji; Imai, Motoharu; Kitazawa, Hideaki

    2005-02-01

    An electroplating technique of the superconductive boride MgB2 onto graphite substrates is reported. Films of MgB2 with a thickness of tens micrometer were fabricated on the planar and curved surfaces of graphite substrates by means of electrolysis on a mixture of magnesium chloride, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, and magnesium borate fused at 600 °C under an Ar atmosphere. The electrical resistivity and magnetization measurements revealed that the electroplated MgB2 films undergo a superconducting transition with the critical temperature (Tc) of 36 K.

  12. Improving magnetic properties of MgB2 bulk superconductors by synthetic engine oil treatment

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    Taylan Koparan, E.; Savaskan, B.; Yanmaz, E.

    2016-08-01

    The present study focuses on the effects of standby time of the MgB2 samples immersed in synthetic engine oil on the critical current density (Jc(H)), magnetic field dependence of the pinning force density fp(b) and Tc performances of MgB2 bulk superconductors. Synthetic engine oil was used as a product which is cheap and a rich carbon source. Manufactured MgB2 pellet samples were immersed at different standby time of 30 min, 120 min, 300 min and 1440 min in synthetic engine oil after the first heating process. Finally, MgB2 samples immersed in synthetic engine oil were sintered at 1000 °C and kept for 15 min in Ar atmosphere. The critical current density of all of MgB2 samples immersed at different standby time in engine oil in whole field range was better than that of the pure MgB2 sample because of the number of the pinning centers. The MgB2 sample immersed at 300 min standby time in synthetic engine oil has the best performance compared to other samples. The Jc value for the pure sample is 2.0 × 103 A/cm2, whereas for the MgB2 sample immersed at 300 min standby time in engine oil the Jc is enhanced to 4.8 × 103A/cm2 at 5 K and 3 T. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) did not change with the increasing standby time of the samples in synthetic engine oil at all. The best diamagnetic property was obtained from the sample which kept in synthetic engine oil for 300 min. Synthetic engine oil treatment results in remarkable improvement of the critical current density and pinning force performances of MgB2 superconductors. It was found that all MgB2 samples have a different pinning property at different measuring temperatures. Using synthetic engine oil as a product which is cheap and a rich carbon source in MgB2 bulk superconductors makes MgB2 samples immersed in synthetic engine oil a good candidate for industrial applications.

  13. Low-temperature Mechanical Properties of Bulk MgB2 Fabricated by Hot Isostatic Pressing

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    Murakami, A.; Teshima, H.; Naito, T.; Fujishiro, H.; Kudo, T.; Iwamoto, A.

    Mechanical properties ina MgB2superconducting bulk sample,whose packing ratio is 92%,fabricated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP)areevaluated at 77 K through bending tests.The fracture strength at 77 K is higher than at room temperature. From the bending test result at 77 K, the fracture strength of ideal bulk MgB2,whose packing ratio is 100%,is estimated. The fracture strength at very low temperature of the HIP bulk MgB2is also estimated from the bending test results at 77 K and room temperature.

  14. MgB2: Novel properties due to multibands

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    Blumberg, Girsh

    2008-03-01

    About 40 years ago A.J. Leggett proposed a new collective mode arising from cross-tunneling of Cooper pairs residing on different Fermi surfaces of a multiband superconductor: Leggett's collective mode is caused by a counter flow of the interacting superfluids leading to small fluctuations of the relative phase of the condensates while the total electron density is locally conserved.ootnotetextA.J. Leggett, Progr. Theor. Phys. 36, 901 (1966). Here we present direct spectroscopic observation of the Leggett's excitation in the MgB2 superconductor containig two pairs of Fermi surfaces resulting from π- and σ-bands. Electronic Raman scattering studies have revealed three distinct superconducting (SC) features: (i) a clean threshold of Raman intensity at 4.6 meV consistent with the π-band SC gap; (ii) the SC pair breaking coherence peak at 13.5 meV consistent with excitations above the σ-band gap; and (iii) the SC collective mode at 9.4 meV which we assign to an excitation first discussed by Leggett.ootnotetextG. Blumberg et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99 (2007); arXiv:0710.2803http://arxiv.org/pdf/0710.2803. Our calculation of the Raman response function for MgB2 superconductor based on multiband interaction matrices by first principle computations show good agreement with spectroscopic observations. The temperature and field dependencies for all three features (i) -- (iii) have been established;ootnotetextG. Blumberg et al., Physica (Amsterdam) 456C, 75 (2007). the effects of magnetic field on the pair cross-tunneling in multiband system will be discussed. In addition, anharmonicity and superconductivity-induced self-energy effects for the E2g boron stretching phonon have been studied.ootnotetextA. Mialitsin et al., Phys. Rev. B 75, 020509(R) (2007). We show that anharmonic two-phonon decay is mainly responsible for the unusually large linewidth of the E2g mode. We observe 2.5% hardening of the E2g phonon frequency upon cooling into the SC state and estimate the electron-phonon coupling strength associated with this renormalization.

  15. Lightweight MgB2 superconducting 10 MW wind generator

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    Marino, I.; Pujana, A.; Sarmiento, G.; Sanz, S.; Merino, J. M.; Tropeano, M.; Sun, J.; Canosa, T.

    2016-02-01

    The offshore wind market demands a higher power rate and more reliable turbines in order to optimize capital and operational costs. The state-of-the-art shows that both geared and direct-drive conventional generators are difficult to scale up to 10 MW and beyond due to their huge size and weight. Superconducting direct-drive wind generators are considered a promising solution to achieve lighter weight machines. This work presents an innovative 10 MW 8.1 rpm direct-drive partial superconducting generator using MgB2 wire for the field coils. It has a warm iron rotor configuration with the superconducting coils working at 20 K while the rotor core and the armature are at ambient temperature. A cooling system based on cryocoolers installed in the rotor extracts the heat from the superconducting coils by conduction. The generator's main parameters are compared against a permanent magnet reference machine, showing a significant weight and size reduction. The 10 MW superconducting generator concept will be experimentally validated with a small-scale magnetic machine, which has innovative components such as superconducting coils, modular cryostats and cooling systems, and will have similar size and characteristics as the 10 MW generator.

  16. Flux Pinning and Connectivity in MgB2

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    Sumption, M. D.; Susner, M.; Bhatia, M.; Collings, E. W.

    2008-03-01

    The transport and pinning properties of in-situ MgB2 bulks and strands are discussed. The influence of SiC, excess Mg, B4C, TiC, and their combination on Birr and Bc2 as distinct from connectivity and flux pinning is the focus of the work. SiC dopants increase Bc2 and Birr predominantly, with little influence on connectivity or flux pinning. Excess Mg improves the transport current, changes the grain microstructure, and also leads local maxima in Bc2 and Birr at excess Mg levels of 15% mol fraction. Fp curves are consistent with grain boundary pinning for the binary materials over the whole temperature range. This is also true for SiC and TiC doped materials at lower fields and temperatures, while higher temperatures show a deviation from surface pinning. These higher temperature deviations are consistent with the size and distribution of these nanoparticulate additions. Normal state resistivity measurements and models are used to extract residual resistivity values, percent connectivity, and Debye temperatures. Debye temperatures are seen to be depressed by SiC doping, an effect which is confirmed by heat capacity measurements. Residual resistivity values are seen to correlate with Bc2 and Birr enhancements, consistent with B site substitution with C as evidenced by XRD extracted lattice parameter shifts.

  17. Single crystal growth of MgB 2 by evaporating Mg-flux method

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    Du, Wei; Xu, Huizhong; Zhang, Hongbin; Xu, Dong; Wang, Xinqiang; Hou, Xianqin; Wu, Yongzhong; Jiang, Fuyi; Qin, Lianjie

    2006-04-01

    Well hexagonal plate-shaped single crystal of magnesium diboride (MgB 2) with the size of 100 μm has been grown at ambient pressure by evaporating Mg-flux method which is a new practice to grow MgB 2 single crystal. The superconducting transition of as-prepared crystals was measured to be at about 33.7 K by superconducting quantum interference device (dc-SQUID) magnetometer. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) confirmed the MgB 2 phase, and the electron diffraction patterns measured by using high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) confirmed the structure of MgB 2 single crystal. The single crystal images were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and metallographic microscope (MM). The micromechanism of crystal growth is also proposed through the investigations of SEM and MM.

  18. The study of MgB2/BN/MgB2 trilayer films

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    Hu, Hui; Feng, Qingrong; Wang, Yue; Zhang, Yan

    2015-12-01

    MgB2/BN/MgB2 trilayer films have been fabricated by using hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) method for the MgB2 layers and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method for the BN layers in the same reactor. The films are studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and magnetization measurements. These test outcomes indicate the trilayer films are grown without deteriorating the superconductivity of MgB2 films. Our results show that it is feasible to grow MgB2/BN/MgB2 trilayer films in the same reactor sequentially, which has the advantage of reducing contamination during the growth. This therefore opens the door for fabricating all-MgB2 Josephson junctions by using the BN film as the insulating layer.

  19. Scanning Pulsed Laser Imaging of Current-Biased MgB2 Detector

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    Ishida, Takekazu; Arai, Kohei; Akita, Yukio; Yagi, Ikutaro; Yotsuya, Tsutomu; Satoh, Kazuo; Uno, Mayumi; Shimakage, Hisashi; Miki, Shigehito; Wang, Zhen; Kato, Masaru; Machida, Masahiko; Hojo, Kiichi

    2009-12-01

    A superconducting MgB2 meander detector on a sapphire plate has been proved to work as a neutron detector in our preceding works. The 10B-enriched MgB2 detector utilizes a voltage change induced by a hot-spot arising from the nuclear reaction energy. To understand the position-dependent sensitivity of a 3-μm MgB2 stripline of length 100 μm, a scanning laser spot can be achieved by the combination of the XYZ piezo-driven stages and an optical fiber with an aspheric focusing lens. Our results show that the MgB2 superconducting stripline can be seen in the image of the scanning laser microscope of the signal voltage.

  20. Properties of MgB2 wires made by internal magnesium diffusion into different boron powders

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    Kováč, P.; Hušek, I.; Rosova, A.; Kulich, M.; Melišek, T.; Kopera, L.; Brunner, B.

    2015-09-01

    Different boron powders were used for MgB2 wires manufactured by internal magnesium diffusion. The structure of the MgB2 core, critical temperature and critical currents of Cu/Ti sheathed wires differing only in boron powder were analyzed and compared. It was found that the particle size and purity of boron powders influence the creation of the MgB2 phase and, consequently, also considerably influence its superconducting properties. The highest critical current density in the low external field was measured for wire with a boron purity of 98.5% produced by Pavezyum. It was used also for stabilized multi-core MgB2 wire with high engineering current densities in low magnetic fields at 20 K, which may be attractive for some low field applications, e.g. high-power wind generators.

  1. Modeling studies of an impinging jet reactor design for hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition of superconducting MgB 2 films

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    Lamborn, Daniel R.; Wilke, Rudeger H. T.; Li, Qi; Xi, X. X.; Snyder, David W.; Redwing, Joan M.

    2009-03-01

    An impinging jet reactor was developed for the deposition of superconducting MgB 2 thin films by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition, a technique that combines Mg evaporation with the thermal decomposition of B 2H 6 gas. A transport and chemistry model for boron film deposition from B 2H 6 was initially used to investigate the effect of carrier gas, Mg crucible temperature and gas flow rates on boron film growth rate and uniformity. The modeling studies, which were validated experimentally, demonstrated a reduction in B 2H 6 gas-phase depletion and an increased boron film growth rate using an argon carrier gas compared to hydrogen. The results were used to identify a suitable set of process conditions for MgB 2 deposition in the impinging jet reactor. The deposition of polycrystalline MgB 2 thin films that exhibited a transition temperature of 39.5 K was demonstrated at growth rates up to ˜50 μm/h.

  2. Investigation of lauric acid dopant as a novel carbon source in MgB 2 wire

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    Lee, C. M.; Lee, S. M.; Park, G. C.; Joo, J.; Lim, J. H.; Kang, W. N.; Yi, J. H.; Jun, B.-H.; Kim, C.-J.

    2010-11-01

    We fabricated lauric acid (LA) doped MgB 2 wires and investigated the effects of the LA doping. For the fabrication of the LA-doped MgB 2 wires, B powder was mixed with LA at 0-5 wt.% of the total amount of MgB 2 using an organic solvent, dried, and then the LA-treated B and Mg powders were mixed stoichiometrically. The powder mixture was loaded into an Fe tube and the assemblage was drawn and sintered at 900 °C for 3 h under an argon atmosphere. We observed that the LA doping induced the substitution of C for the B sites in MgB 2 and that the actual content of C increased monotonically with increasing LA doping level. The LA-doped MgB 2 wires exhibited a lower critical temperature ( Tc), but better critical current density ( Jc) behavior in a high magnetic field: the 5 wt.% LA-doped sample had a Jc value of 5.32 × 10 3 A/cm 2, which was 2.17 times higher than that of the pristine sample (2.45 × 10 3 A/cm 2) at 5 K and 6 T, suggesting that LA is an effective C dopant in MgB 2 for enhancing the high-field Jc performance.

  3. Effects of He^+ ion irradiation on the two-band superconductivity of MgB2 by point-contact spectroscopy

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    Park, Wan Kyu; Moeckly, Brian; Rowell, John

    2005-03-01

    An unresolved issue in MgB2 is whether the two superconducting gaps can be merged into a single gap as Tc is reduced. It has been predicted that several effects, including enhanced interband scattering or a smeared density of states, can reduce Tc. Our transport measurements on MgB2 thin films un-irradiated and irradiated with 1 MeV He^+ ions (doses: 1x10^15 -- 1x10^17 ions/cm^2) show that ρ40K increases and that Tc decreases roughly linearly with dose and ρ40K, similar to other work [R. Gandikota et al., cont-mat/0410655]. Point-contact spectroscopy on MgB2 irradiated with 1x10^16 ions/cm^2, with Tc reduced to 36.3 K from 39.3 K, shows that 2δ/kBTc increases from 1.43 to 1.76 (decreases from 4.13 to 3.90) for the smaller (larger) gap, so the gaps tend to merge. Detailed measurements and analyses based on the existing models [e.g., J. M. Rowell, SST 16 R17 (2003), and J. Kortus et al., cond-mat/0411667] will be presented. We acknowledge Pavel Krasnochtchekov and Robert Averback and support by the DoE DEFG02-91ER45439, through the FSMRL and the Center for Microanalysis of Materials.

  4. A new scaling relation for n-AlN doped superconducting MgB2

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    Tripathi, D.; Dey, T. K.

    2013-09-01

    The scaling behavior of nano-aluminum nitride added polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor is discussed. A series of polycrystalline MgB2 samples with different amounts of nanosized AlN addition are synthesized by solid reaction. All the synthesized pellets are subjected to x-ray diffraction, field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to examine their micro-structural features. A marginal decrease in lattice parameters of pure MgB2 with AlN nanoparticles addition is observed. Surface morphology reveals randomly oriented hexagonal MgB2 grains decorated with AlN nanoparticles between the grain boundaries and also scattered on the grain surface. For higher concentration, n-AlN agglomerates are visible. Resistivity data confirm a decrease in superconducting transition temperature (Tc) from 38.5 to 37 K and increase in transition width (ΔTc) with increased loading of n-AlN in MgB2. The critical current density (Jc) of the pellets at 4, 10, 20, and 30 K is evaluated from the magnetization data between ±6 T and is explained well in the framework of collective pinning model. The normalized pinning force density of n-AlN doped MgB2 at various temperatures indicates an excellent scaling with respect to Hn (the field corresponding to which Fp drops to half of its maximum value) as the scaling field. A new scaling expression derived, using the expression of field dependence of Jc proposed by "collective pinning model" in small bundle regime, demonstrates an excellent agreement with the measured normalized pinning force density (viz., Fp/Fpmax vs. hn) of the AlN nanoparticles doped MgB2 superconductors.

  5. Assessment of liquid hydrogen cooled MgB2 conductors for magnetically confined fusion

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    Glowacki, B. A.; Nuttall, W. J.

    2008-02-01

    Importantly environmental factors are not the only policy-driver for the hydrogen economy. Over the timescale of the development of fusion energy systems, energy security issues are likely to motivate a shift towards both hydrogen production and fusion as an energy source. These technologies combine local control of the system with the collaborative research interests of the major energy users in the global economy. A concept Fusion Island Reactor that might be used to generate H2 (rather than electricity) is presented. Exploitation of produced hydrogen as a coolant and as a fuel is proposed in conjunction with MgB2 conductors for the tokomak magnets windings, and electrotechnical devices for Fusion Island's infrastructure. The benefits of using MgB2 over the Nb-based conductors during construction, operation and decommissioning of the Fusion Island Reactor are presented. The comparison of Nb3Sn strands for ITER fusion magnet with newly developed high field composite MgB2 PIT conductors has shown that at 14 Tesla MgB2 possesses better properties than any of the Nb3Sn conductors produced. In this paper the potential of MgB2 conductors is examined for tokamaks of both the conventional ITER type and a Spherical Tokamak geometry. In each case MgB2 is considered as a conductor for a range of field coil applications and the potential for operation at both liquid helium and liquid hydrogen temperatures is considered. Further research plans concerning the application of MgB2 conductors for Fusion Island are also considered.

  6. Role of MgO impurity on the superconducting properties of MgB2

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    Singh, Dharmendra Kumar; Tiwari, Brajesh; Jha, Rajveer; Kishan, H.; Awana, V. P. S.

    2014-10-01

    We address the effect of MgO impurity on the superconducting properties of MgB2. The synthesis of MgB2 is very crucial because of sensitivity of Mg to oxidation which may lead to MgO as a secondary phase. Rietveld refinement was performed to determine the quantitative volume fraction of MgO in the samples synthesized by two different techniques. Both the samples were subjected to magnetization measurements under dc and a.c. applied magnetic fields and the observed results were compared as a function of temperature. Paramagnetic Meissner effect has been observed in a sample of MgB2 having more amount of MgO (with Tc = 37.1 K) whereas the pure sample MgB2 having minor quantity of MgO shows diamagnetic Meissner effect with Tc = 38.8 K. M-H measurements at 10 K reveal a slight difference in irreversibility field which is due to MgO impurity along with wide transition observed from ac magnetic susceptibility measurements. The magnetotransport measurements ρ(T) using ρN = 90%, 50% and 10% criterion on pure sample of MgB2 has been used to determine the upper critical field whereas the sample having large quantity of MgO does not allow these measurements due to its high resistance.

  7. Improvement in the Performance of Bulk MgB2 Material through Optimization of Sintering Process

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    Kobayashi, H.; Muralidhar, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Inoue, K.; Murakami, M.

    Enhancement of the critical current density (Jc) in MgB2 bulk material is very important for engineering applications. It has been found that the optimization of the sintering temperature leads to high Jc values in bulk MgB2 material. In our recent work, the highest trapped field value was recorded in the sample sintered at 775oC. The present investigation has focused on methods to improve further Jc values of the disk-shape bulk MgB2 superconductors by optimizing sintering conditions. MgB2 samples were subjected to a solid state reaction at 775, 780, 785, 795, 800 and 805oC for 3 h in pure Ar atmosphere. XRD analysis showed that all the samples were single phase MgB2. The magnetization measurements confirmed a sharp superconducting transition with onset Tc at around 38.7 K. Atomic force microscopy observation indicated that the number of nano meter size grains is more in samples processed 3 h at 805oC has compared to the samples sintered at 775oC. As a result, the highest Jc value of 245 kA/cm2 at 20 K was obtained for the sample sintered at 805oC for 3 h.

  8. Improved Jc-B properties of MgB2 multifilamentary wires and tapes

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    Wang, Chengduo; Wang, Dongliang; Zhang, Xianping; Yao, Chao; Wang, Chunlei; Ma, Yanwei; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo

    2012-12-01

    MgB2 multifilamentary wires and tapes were fabricated by the in situ powder-in-tube (PIT) process using acetone doped milled precursor powders. The critical current density of MgB2 is strongly enhanced by high energy milling and acetone doping. Furthermore, the liquid acetone can restrain the agglomeration of milled powder, which is beneficial to the fabrication of MgB2 multifilamentary wires. At 4.2 K and 10 T, the Jc of the 80 h doped Fe/Cu wire is 2.9 × 103 A cm-2, 20 times larger than that of the 1 h pure one (the ‘1 h’ and ‘80 h’, refer to ball milling times). The Jc of 80 h doped Fe/Monel tape is up to 9.2 × 103 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T. The Jc values of Nb barrier wires are comparable to those of the Fe barrier MgB2 wires. These results indicate that the addition of liquid C-containing material during high energy milling may be an effective way to get excellent properties of MgB2 for practical applications.

  9. Influence of microstructures and crystalline defects on the superconductivity of MgB2

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    Serquis, A.; Liao, X. Z.; Zhu, Y. T.; Coulter, J. Y.; Huang, J. Y.; Willis, J. O.; Peterson, D. E.; Mueller, F. M.; Moreno, N. O.; Thompson, J. D.; Nesterenko, V. F.

    2002-07-01

    This work studies the influence of microstructures and crystalline defects on the superconductivity of MgB2, with the objective to improve its flux pinning. A MgB2 sample pellet that was hot isostatic pressed (HIPed) was found to have significantly increased critical current density (Jc) at higher fields than its un-HIPed counterpart. The HIPed sample had a Jc of 10 000 A/cm2 in 50 000 Oe (5 T) at 5 K. This was 20 times higher than that of the un-HIPed sample, and the same as the best Jc reported by other research groups. Microstructures observed in scanning and transmission electron microscopy indicate that the HIP process eliminated porosity present in the MgB2 pellet resulting in an improved intergrain connectivity. Such improvement in intergrain connectivity was believed to prevent the steep Jc drop with magnetic field H that occurred in the un-HIPed MgB2 pellet at H>45 000 Oe(4.5 T) and T=5 K. The HIP process was also found to disperse the MgO that existed at the grain boundaries of the un-HIPed MgB2 pellet and to generate more dislocations in the pellets. These dispersed MgO particles and dislocations improved flux pinning also at H<45 000 Oe. The HIPing process was also found to lower the resistivity at room temperature.

  10. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies of MgB 2 for valence state of Mg

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    A. Talapatra; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Sen, Pintu; Barat, P.; Mukherjee, S.; Mukherjee, M.

    2005-03-01

    Core level X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) studies have been carried out on polycrystalline MgB 2 pellets over the whole binding energy range with a view to having an idea of the charge state of magnesium (Mg). We observe three distinct peaks in Mg 2p spectra at 49.3 eV (trace), 51.3 eV (major) and 54.0 eV (trace), corresponding to metallic Mg, MgB 2 and MgCO 3 or, divalent Mg species, respectively. Similar trend has been noticed in Mg 2s spectra. The binding energy of Mg in MgB 2 is lower than that corresponding to Mg(2+), indicative of the fact that the charge state of Mg in MgB 2 is less than (2+). Lowering of the formal charge of Mg promotes the σ → π electron transfer in boron (B) giving rise to holes on the top of the σ-band which are involved in coupling with B E 2g phonons for superconductivity. Through this charge transfer, Mg plays a positive role in hole superconductivity. B 1s spectra consist of three peaks corresponding to MgB 2, boron and B 2O 3. There is also evidence of MgO due to surface oxidation as seen from O 1s spectra.

  11. Theoretical investigation of superconductivity in MgB2-xCx alloys

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    Sharma, Gargee; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

    In this paper we investigated the superconducting properties of MgB2-xCx alloys where x is the concentration (0.0, 0.03, 0.11 and 0.20). The superconducting state parameters, namely, the electron-phonon coupling strength (λ), Coulomb pseudopotential (μ*), transition temperature (Tc), isotope effect exponent (α) and interaction strength (NoV) of MgB2-xCx alloys have been investigated in the BCS-Eliashberg-McMillan framework, as modified for MgB2-xCx alloys. Pseudo ions with average properties have been considered to replace different types of ions in the system. It is observed that all the superconducting parameters go on decreasing as the concentration of C is increased. The magnitudes of λ and Tc indicate that MgB2-xCx is strong-to-intermediate coupling superconductor. It is also observed that Tc is composition dependent. Present computations yield almost linear variation of Tc with concentration x of C in the MgB2-xCx system, which is in agreement with the experimental data. A linear Tc equation is proposed by fitting the present results.

  12. Anisotropy of Superconducting MgB2 as Seen in Electron Spin Resonance and Magnetization Data

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    Simon, F.; Jánossy, A.; Fehér, T.; Murányi, F.; Garaj, S.; Forró, L.; Petrovic, C.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Lapertot, G.; Kogan, V. G.; Canfield, P. C.

    2001-07-01

    We observed the conduction electron spin resonance (CESR) in fine powders of MgB2 both in the superconducting and normal states. The Pauli susceptibility is χs = 2.0×10-5 emu/mole in the temperature range of 450 to 600 K. The spin relaxation rate has an anomalous temperature dependence. The CESR measured below Tc at several frequencies suggests that MgB2 is a strongly anisotropic superconductor with the upper critical field, Hc2, ranging between 2 and 16 T. The high-field reversible magnetization data of a randomly oriented powder sample are well described assuming that MgB2 is an anisotropic superconductor with Habc2/Hcc2~6-9.

  13. Numerical modelling and comparison of MgB2 bulks fabricated by HIP and infiltration growth

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    Zou, J.; Ainslie, M. D.; Fujishiro, H.; Bhagurkar, A. G.; Naito, T.; Babu, N. Hari; Fagnard, J.-F.; Vanderbemden, P.; Yamamoto, A.

    2015-07-01

    MgB2 in bulk form shows great promise as trapped field magnets (TFMs) as an alternative to bulk (RE)BCO materials to replace permanent magnets in applications such as rotating machines, magnetic bearings and magnetic separation, and the relative ease of fabrication of MgB2 materials has enabled a number of different processing techniques to be developed. In this paper, a comparison is made between bulk MgB2 samples fabricated by the hot isostatic pressing (HIP), with and without Ti-doping, and infiltration growth (IG) methods and the highest trapped field in an IG-processed bulk MgB2 sample, Bz = 2.12 at 5 K and 1.66 T at 15 K, is reported. Since bulk MgB2 has a more homogeneous Jc distribution than (RE)BCO bulks, studies on such systems are made somewhat easier because simplified assumptions regarding the geometry and Jc distribution can be made, and a numerical simulation technique based on the 2D axisymmetric H-formulation is introduced to model the complete process of field cooling (FC) magnetization. As input data for the model, the measured Jc(B,T) characteristics of a single, small specimen taken from each bulk sample are used, in addition to measured specific heat and thermal conductivity data for the materials. The results of the simulation reproduce the experimental results extremely well: (1) indicating the samples have excellent homogeneity, and (2) validating the numerical model as a fast, accurate and powerful tool to investigate the trapped field profile of bulk MgB2 discs of any size accurately, under any specific operating conditions. Finally, the paper is concluded with a numerical analysis of the influence of the dimensions of the bulk sample on the trapped field.

  14. Electrochemical synthesis of superconductive MgB 2 from molten salts

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    Yoshii, Kenji; Abe, Hideki

    2003-05-01

    We have found that superconductive MgB2 can be electrochemically synthesized from molten salts. The electrolysis was performed in an Ar flow at 600 °C on fused mixtures composed of MgCl2, MgB2O4, Na2B2O4 and alkali halides such as KCl, NaCl, and LiCl. Superconductivity was observed for a wide variety of electrolytes. It was also found that the magnetic and electrical transport properties are the most improved for samples prepared from MgCl2-NaCl-KCl-MgB2O4 electrolytes.

  15. The preliminary study of the quench protection of an MgB2

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    Juster, F. P.; Berriaud, C.; Bonelli, A.; Pasquet, R.; Przybilski, H.; Schild, T.; Scola, L.

    2014-01-01

    In the framework of general studies currently carried out at CEA/Saclay in collaboration with Sigmaphi Company on dry MgB2 magnet operating at 10 K and medium range field, 1 T up to 4 T., we plan to build a prototype-coil with a commercial MgB2 wire. This coil, the nominal axial magnetic field of which is 1 tesla, will be placed in a 3 teslas background field generated by a classical NbTi coil. This paper deals with the preliminary quench protection studies including stability and quench propagation modeling.

  16. Detailed electronic structure studies on superconducting MgB2 and related compounds

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    Ravindran, P.; Vajeeston, P.; Vidya, R.; Kjekshus, A.; Fjellvåg, H.

    2001-12-01

    In order to understand the unexpected superconducting behavior of MgB2 we have made electronic structure calculations for MgB2 and closely related systems. Our calculated Debye temperature from the elastic properties indicate that the average phonon frequency is very large in MgB2 compared with other superconducting intermetallics and its exceptionally higher Tc can be explained through a BCS mechanism only if phonon softening occurs or the phonon modes are highly anisotropic. We identified a doubly degenerate quasi-two-dimensional key-energy band in the vicinity of EF along the Γ-A direction of BZ (having equal amount of B px and py character) which plays an important role in deciding the superconducting behavior. Based on this result, we have searched for a similar electronic feature in isoelectronic compounds such as BeB2, CaB2, SrB2, LiBC, and MgB2C2 and found that hole doped LiBC and MgB2C2 are potential superconducting materials. We have found that EF in the closely related compound MgB4 is lying in a pseudogap with a negligibly small density of states at EF, which is not favorable for superconductivity. There are contradictory experimental results regarding the anisotropy in the elastic properties of MgB2 ranging from isotropic to moderately anisotropic to highly anisotropic. In order to settle this issue we have calculated the single-crystal elastic constants for MgB2 by the accurate full-potential method and derived the directional-dependent linear compressibility, Young's modulus, shear modulus, and relevant elastic properties from these results. We have observed large anisotropy in the elastic properties consistent with recent high-pressure findings. Our calculated polarized optical dielectric tensor shows highly anisotropic behavior even though it possesses isotropic transport property. MgB2 possesses a mixed bonding character and this has been verified from density of states, charge density, and crystal orbital Hamiltonian population analyses.

  17. Low-Temperature Synthesis of Superconducting Nanocrystalline MgB 2

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    Lu, Jun; Xiao, Zhili; Lin, Qiyin; Claus, Helmut; Fang, Zhigang Zak

    2010-01-01

    Magnesium diboride (MgB 2 ) is considered a promising material for practical application in superconducting devices, with a transition temperature near 40 K. In the present paper, nanocrystalline MgB 2 with an average particle size of approximately 70 nm is synthesized by reacting LiBH 4 with MgH 2 at temperatures as low as 450 ° C. This synthesis approach successfully bypasses the usage of either elemental boron or toxic diborane gas. The superconductivity of the nanostructures is confirmed by magnetization measurements, showing a superconducting critical temperature of 38.7 K.

  18. Role of MgB2/Cr2O3 nano-interfaces in photoinduced nonlinear optical treatment of the MgB2 superconducting films

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    AlZayed, N. S.; Kityk, I. V.; Ozga, K.; Fedorchuk, A. O.; Soltan, S.; Shahabuddin, M.; El-Naggar, A.

    2014-09-01

    The calculations of the photoinduced nonlinear optical shift with respect to critical temperature for the MgB2 superconducting films (pure and doped by Cr) were performed using the first principle quantum chemical simulations. The principal role of the nano-interfaces between the MgB2 and Cr2O3 was established, and the nano-interfaces have a thickness varying within the 20-30 nm. The latter was done taking into account their long-range ordering additionally aligned by bicolour optical poling. The bicolour poling was performed by the fundamental 10.6 μm laser beam and its doubled frequency coherent second harmonic generation signal. The so formed internal dc-electric field has introduced additional polarization to the media which re-scale the factor of the electron-phonon interaction including the anharmionic one responsible for the occurrence of charge density non-centrosymmetry and the related second order nonlinear optical response. The simulations of the IR induced bicolour treatment were performed both for pure as well as MgB2 superconducting films doped by Cr3+.

  19. Development of 2-D Array of Superconducting Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) for Far-IR Investigations of the Outer Planets and Icy Moons

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    Lakew, Brook

    2009-09-01

    A 2-D array of superconducting Magnesium Diboride(MgB2) far -IR thermal detectors has been fabricated. Such an array is intended to be at the focal plane of future generation thermal imaging far-IR instruments that will investigate the outer planets and their icy moons. Fabrication and processing of the pixels of the array as well as noise characterization of architectured MgB2 thin films will be presented. Challenges and solutions for improving the performance of the array will be discussed.

  20. Development of magnesium diboride (MgB 2) wires and magnets using in situ strand fabrication method

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    Tomsic, Michael; Rindfleisch, Matthew; Yue, Jinji; McFadden, Kevin; Doll, David; Phillips, John; Sumption, Mike D.; Bhatia, Mohit; Bohnenstiehl, Scot; Collings, E. W.

    2007-06-01

    Since 2001 when magnesium diboride (MgB 2) was first reported to have a transition temperature of 39 K, conductor development has progressed to where MgB 2 superconductor wire in kilometer-long piece-lengths has been demonstrated in magnets and coils. Work has started on demonstrating MgB 2 wire in superconducting devices now that the wire is available commercially. MgB 2 superconductors and coils have the potential to be integrated in a variety of commercial applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, fault current limiters, transformers, motors, generators, adiabatic demagnetization refrigerators, magnetic separation, magnetic levitation, energy storage, and high energy physics applications. This paper discusses the progress on MgB 2 conductor and coil development in the last several years at Hyper Tech Research, Inc.

  1. Fundamental investigation of a superconducting level sensor for liquid hydrogen with MgB2 wire

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    Kajikawa, K.; Tomachi, K.; Maema, N.; Matsuo, M.; Sato, S.; Funaki, K.; Kumakura, H.; Tanaka, K.; Okada, M.; Nakamichi, K.; Kihara, Y.; Kamiya, T.; Aoki, I.

    2008-02-01

    The feasibility study of a superconducting level sensor for liquid hydrogen with a magnesium-diboride (MgB2) wire is carried out from an experimental point of view. The sample wire consists of a mono-cored MgB2 superconductor and a cupronickel sheath, and several potential taps are attached to it at even intervals in order to understand the position of a threshold between the superconducting and resistive states roughly. The fabricated sensor is vertically located in a glass dewar vessel with an infill of liquid hydrogen, and the position of a preselected potential tap is adjusted by eye and hand to liquid level before starting a new measurement. Simulated operations with constant currents finally yield the future possibilities as the level sensor for liquid hydrogen with MgB2 wire although the fabricated sensor has a few problems at present. In order to improve the performance of the sensor, the specifications required for MgB2 wires will be reported elsewhere by applying the stability theory in superconductor composites and by simulating the operation with a numerical code.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of excess magnesium MgB 2 superconductor under inert carbon environment

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    Sinha, B. B.; Kadam, M. B.; Mudgel, M.; Awana, V. P. S.; Kishan, Hari; Pawar, S. H.

    2010-01-01

    The structural, transport and magnetic properties of MgB 2 superconductor heavily blended with Mg is studied. The samples are synthesized with a new approach in both, pressed carbon environment and in flowing argon. The excess magnesium used is observed to play dual role: one being the prevention of Mg losses during the synthesis process and hence maintaining the stoichiometry of MgB 2 phase, and second being the formation of Mg milieu probably all around the MgB 2 grains to give a dense structure. Excess Mg also improves the grain connectivity by going into the pores and there by minimizing the insulating junctions. The residual resistivity of the sample is observed to decrease from 57.02 μΩ cm to 10.042 μΩ cm as it is progressively filled with superconductor-normal-superconductor (SNS) type junctions amongst the grains by the virtue of increased magnesium content. The synthesized samples devoid of porosity show the superconducting transition, T c in the range of 39-34 K as of clean MgB 2 samples, though overloaded with Mg. The excess Mg resulted in enhanced critical current density, J c from 6.8 × 10 3 A cm -2 to 5.9 × 10 4 A cm -2 at 20 K and 10 kOe, with reasonable decrease in the superconducting transition. Thus our samples being overloaded with Mg impart mechanical strength and competitive superconducting properties, which forms a part of interest.

  3. Hot Extrusion of Ex-Situ MgB2 Powder

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    Nachtrab, William T.; Rudziak, Mark K.; Wong, Terence

    2008-03-01

    We investigated the fabrication of ex-situ processed MgB2 round wire by hot extrusion. Composite ex-situ MgB2 monocore billets were fabricated with a composite sheath consisting of either an AISI 304 or AISI 430 stainless steel clad with copper. The stainless steel was intended to serve as reinforcement for the powder core and maintain mechanical compatibility between the MgB2 core and the copper cladding. The composite billets were extruded at temperatures between 593 and 900 °C at a reduction ratio of 5.2 (81% RA). The billets having the 304 SS barrier cracked during extrusion, while the billets with 430 SS were successfully extruded. Several additional monocore billets with 430 SS/Cu sheath were extruded at 650 °C and reduction ratio of 5.0 (80% RA). The extruded rods were cold drawn, restacked in a copper tube in an 18 filament array, and subsequently cold drawn to 2 mm diameter. A 61 filament restack billet was also assembled and hot extruded at 538 °C and R = 5.0. The results demonstrate that hot extrusion has the potential to be a viable method for fabricating multifilament round MgB2 wire.

  4. Point pinning centers in SiC doped MgB2 wires after HIP

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    Gajda, D.; Zaleski, A.; Morawski, A.; Cetner, T.; Thong, C. J.; Rindfleisch, M. A.

    2016-08-01

    In this study we show that dominant point pinning mechanisms in SiC doped MgB2 wires can be obtained by annealing in high isostatic pressure. The results indicate that the point pinning centers increase the critical current density in medium and high magnetic fields, but not at low magnetic fields. In addition, our study shows that dominant pinning mechanism changes from point to surface type with increase of magnetic fields. An MgB2 wire heat treated in a high pressure of 1.4 GPa shows a high critical current density of 100 A mm‑2 in 13 T at 4.2 K. Scanning electron microscope studies show that high isostatic pressure increases the density of the MgB2 material, eliminates voids, allows for small Si precipitates and homogeneous distribution of Si precipitates. Transport measurements E - B and E - I show that the MgB2 wires manufactured by Hyper Tech Research did not heat up after transition into a normal state. This is important for applications in coils.

  5. Microstructural and superconducting properties of C6H6 added bulk MgB2 superconductor

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    Babaoğlu, Meral G.; Safran, Serap; Çiçek, Özlem; Ağıl, Hasan; Ertekin, Ercan; Hossain, Md. Shahriar A.; Yanmaz, Ekrem; Gencer, Ali

    2012-10-01

    The effect of aromatic hydrocarbon (benzene, C6H6) addition on lattice parameters, microstructure, critical temperature (Tc), critical current density (Jc) of bulk MgB2 has been studied. In this work only 2 mol% C6H6 addition was found to be very effective in increasing the Jc values, while resulting in slight reduction of the Tc. Jc values of 2 mol% C6H6 added MgB2 bulks reached to 1.83×106 A/cm2 at 15 K and 0 T. Microstructural analyses suggest that Jc enhancement is associated with the substitution of carbon with boron and which also results in the smaller MgB2 grain size. The change in the lattice parameters or the lattice disorder is claimed as a cause of the slight reduction in the Tc by carbon addition. We note that our results show the advantages of C6H6 addition include homogeneous mixing of precursor powders, avoidance of expansive nanoadditives, production of highly reactive C, and significant enhancement in Jc of MgB2, compared to un-doped samples.

  6. The role of various boron precursor on superconducting properties of MgB2/Fe

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    Safran, S.; Kılıçarslan, E.; Kılıç, A.; Gencer, A.

    2014-09-01

    The superconducting properties of Fe sheathed MgB2 wire has been studied as a function of precursor B powder particle size. The in situ processed MgB2 samples were prepared by means of conventional solid state reaction method with magnesium powder (99.8%, 325 mesh) and three different types of amorphous boron powders (purity; 98.8%, >95% and 91.9%) from two sources, Pavezyum (Turkish supplier) and Sigma Aldrich. The particle sizes of Turkish boron precursor powder were selected between 300 and 800 nm. The structural and magnetic properties of the prepared samples were investigated by means of the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and ac susceptibility measurements. The XRD patterns showed that the diffraction peaks for our samples belong to the main phase of the MgB2 diffraction patterns. The highest critical temperature, Tc = 38.4 K was measured for the MgB2 sample which was fabricated by using the 98.8% B. The critical current density of this sample was extracted from the magnetization measurements and Jc = 5.4 × 105 A cm-2 at 5 K and B = 2 T. We found that the sample made by using the 98.8% boron showed almost 2 times higher Jc than that of obtained from 91.9% B powder.

  7. Possible high-temperature superconductivity in hole-doped MgB2C2

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    Verma, A. K.; Modak, P.; Gaitonde, D. M.; Rao, R. S.; Godwal, B. K.; Gupta, L. C.

    2003-09-01

    We report first-principles full potential linearised augmented plane wave calculations of the electronic band structure of the compound MgB2C2 and its hole-doped derivatives Mg0.5Li0.5B2C2, Mg0.5Na0.5B2C2, Mg0.9Na0.1B2C2 and Mg0.5K0.5B2C2. The parent compound MgB2C2 is a band insulator, which on hole doping, is predicted to turn metallic with a large density of states at the Fermi energy. Its band dispersion shows a flat band feature close to the Fermi energy, reminiscent of MgB2. Based on our estimates of changes in the density of states at the Fermi level, we predict that hole-doped MgB2C2 is a potential candidate for high-temperature superconductivity.

  8. Influence of magnetic nanoparticles on superconductivity of MgB2

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    Novosel, N.; Babić, E.

    2013-10-01

    Recently we begun systematic study of the influence of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) on the superconducting properties (transition temperature Tc, critical fields and critical current density, Jc) of MgB2 wires. We prepared over 60 Fe-sheathed MgB2 wires doped with different types and quantities of MNPs, such as pure metals (Fe, Co, Ni), magnetic borides (Fe2B, Co2B, NiCoB) and ferrites (AFe2O4, A = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu). Both, uncoated and coated (with silica or dextrin) MNPs were used in order to assess also the effects of co-doping and of interactions between MNPs. All MNPs suppress Tc of MgB2 and higher MNP contents inevitably cause deterioration of superconducting properties of wires. However, light doping (⩽2.5 wt.%) with few species of MNP (Ni, NiCoB and dextrin coated NiFe2O4 and Fe3O4) improved low-temperature, high-field Jc of MgB2 wires. Possible origin of this improvement is briefly discussed.

  9. Ti-doping effects on magnetic properties of dense MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Naito, Tomoyuki; Yoshida, Takafumi; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki

    2015-09-01

    We have studied the effects of Ti doping on the magnetic properties of MgB2 superconducting bulks. The trapped field, which was obtained by field-cooled magnetization, {B}{{T}}{FC}, was about 3.6 T at 13 K at the surface of the single Ti5-20% doped MgB2 bulks, which was about 1.3 times larger than that of the non-doped bulk. The {B}{{T}}{FC} of 4.6 T was achieved at 14.1 K in the centre of the doubly stacked Ti-doped MgB2 bulks. The remanent magnetic flux density, which corresponds to the trapped field by zero-field cooled magnetization, {B}{{T}}{ZFC}, was comparable with the absolute value of coercive force with a very small vortex creep rate of about 2% over 40 h. These results suggested that the MgB2 bulk was an excellent ‘quasi-permanent’ magnet. The critical current density, {J}{{c}}, under magnetic field was also enhanced by Ti doping; under 3 T at 20 K, the {J}{{c}} of 4.0× {10}3 A cm-2 for the pristine sample was enhanced to that of 1.6-1.8 × {10}4 A cm-2 for the Ti-doped samples. The irreversibility field exceeded 5 T at 20 K for the Ti-doped samples. The existence of nanometric unreacted B and strongly Mg-deficient Mg-B particles and TiB2 layers at the periphery of Ti precipitates was suggested in the Ti-doped bulks by microscopic observation. The improvement of the vortex pinning properties in Ti-doped MgB2 originated from the creation of the nanometric nonsuperconducting particles and TiB2 layers acting as strong vortex pinning centres.

  10. Effect of Non-substitutional Hole Doping on the Tc of MgB2

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    Ma, Danhao; Adu, Kofi; Sumanasekera, Gamini; Hess, Dustin; Terrones, Mauricio

    2015-03-01

    We report, for the first time, an increase in the superconducting critical temperature, TC of MgB2 by a nonsubstitutional hole-doping of the MgB2 structure using minute, single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) inclusions. We varied the SWCNT concentration from 0.05wt% to 5wt% and investigated the temperature-dependent resistivity and TEP from 5K to 300K. We used micro-Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction to analyze the interfacial interactions between the SWCNTs and the MgB2 grains. We obtained an increase in TC from 33.0 to 37.8K (ΔT = 4.8K) which is attributed to charge transfer from the MgB2 structure to the SWCNT structure. The charge transfer phenomenon is confirmed by micro-Raman analysis of the phonon states of the SWCNT tangential band frequency in the composites. We determined the charge transfer per carbon atom to be 0.0023/C, 0.0018/C and 0.0008/C for 0.05wt%, 0.5wt% and 5wt% SWCNT inclusions, respectively, taking into account the contributions from the softening of the lattice constant and the nonadiabatic (dynamic) effects at the Fermi level. This report provides an experimental, alternative pathway to hole-doping of MgB2 without appealing to chemical substitution. This Work is Supported by Penn State Altoona Undergraduate Research Sponsored Program and Penn State Materials Research Institute, University Park.

  11. Giant Anharmonicity and Theory of Surprising BCS Superconductivity in MgB2 at 40 K

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    Yildirim, Taner

    2002-03-01

    The recent surprise discovery of superconductivity in MgB2 at 40 K has stimulated a great deal of research on this intercalated grahite-like system. Sparked by this discovery, we set out to unlock the structural secrets and, in particular, to reveal the origin of the high Tc in MgB_2; an electron-phonon or other exotic mechanism? To answer this fundamental question, we calculated T_c, its pressure dependence for uni- and biaxial compressions, and the isotope effect from the electronic band structure and lattice dynamics of MgB2 using density functional theory[1-2]. The calculated phonon density of states (DOS) are in excellent agreement with the inelastic neutron scattering measurements. We find that the in-plane boron phonons near the zone-center are very anharmonic and strongly coupled to the planar B sigma bands near the Fermi level. The boron mass and pressure dependence of this mode is found to be the key to quantitatively explaining the observed high T_c, the total isotope effect, and the pressure dependence of T_c. We propose that a stringent test on the hole and phonon based theories of the superconductivity in MgB2 would be a measurement of the biaxial ab-compression dependence of T_c. In collobration with Oguz Gulseren, NIST and UPENN [1] T. Yildirim et. al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 037001 (2001). [2] For details, see http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/staff/taner/mgb2

  12. The critical parameters in in-situ MgB2 wires and tapes with ex-situ MgB2 barrier after hot isostatic pressure, cold drawing, cold rolling and doping

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    Gajda, D.; Morawski, A.; Zaleski, A. J.; Häßler, W.; Nenkov, K.; Rindfleisch, M. A.; Żuchowska, E.; Gajda, G.; Czujko, T.; Cetner, T.; Hossain, M. S. A.

    2015-05-01

    MgB2 precursor wires were prepared using powder in tube technique by Institute of High Pressure PAS in Warsaw. All samples were annealed under isostatic pressure generated by liquid Argon in the range from 0.3 GPa to 1 GPa. In this paper, we show the effects of different processing routes, namely, cold drawing (CD), cold rolling (CR), hot isostatic pressure (HIP) and doping on critical current density (Jc), pinning force (Fp), irreversible magnetic-field (Birr), critical temperature (Tc), n value, and dominant pinning mechanism in MgB2/Fe wires with ex situ MgB2 barrier. The results show that medium pressures (˜0.35 GPa) lead to high Jc in low and medium magnetic fields (0 T - 9 T). On the other hand, higher pressures (˜1 GPa) lead to enhanced Jc in high magnetic fields (above 9 T). Transport measurements show that CD, CR, and HIP have small effects on Birr and Tc, but CD, CR, HIP, and doping enhance Jc and Fp in in situ MgB2 wires with ex situ MgB2 barrier. Transport measurements on in situ undoped MgB2 wire with ex situ MgB2 barrier yield a Jc of about 100 A/mm2 at 4.2 K in 6 T, at 10 K in 4 T and at 20 K in 2 T. The results also show that cold drawing causes increase of n value.

  13. Photoluminescence properties of Sr2MgB2O6:Eu3+ red phosphor under near-UV excitation

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    Guo, Rui; Tang, Songling; Zhong, Shaobin; Luo, Lan; Cheng, Baochang; Xiong, Yuhua

    2015-12-01

    Sr2MgB2O6:Eu3+ red phosphor has been synthesized by modified solid-state reaction method. The photoluminescence properties of Sr2MgB2O6:Eu3+ phosphor have been investigated. Sr2MgB2O6:Eu3+ phosphor can be effectively excited by 394 nm and generate red emission at 615 nm. Eu3+ ions occupy both Sr2+-site and Mg2+-site in Sr2MgB2O6. Univalent charge compensators (Li+, Na+ and K+) can obviously improve the photoluminescence properties of Sr2MgB2O6:Eu3+ phosphor and Na+ is the optimal charge compensator. The effect of substitution of M2+ (M = Mg, Ca or Ba) ion for Sr2+ on the photoluminescence properties of Sr2MgB2O6:Eu3+ phosphor has also been discussed. It implies that Sr2MgB2O6:Eu3+ may be a potential red phosphor for near-UV W-LEDs or other display devices.

  14. Magnetic nanoparticles in MgB2: Vortex pinning, pair breaking and connectivity

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    Babić, Emil; Novosel, Nikolina; Pajić, Damir; Galić, Stipe; Zadro, Krešo; Drobac, Đuro

    2016-02-01

    The results indicating magnetic flux pinning in MgB2 wires doped with three types of magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) are reported. The magnetic state of MNPs, both as-prepared and inside the MgB2 core, was determined with magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements. The competition between detrimental influence of doping (reduced connectivity, pair breaking) and enhanced flux pinning leads to deterioration of electromagnetic properties of doped wires at high MNP content, whereas light doping causes an enhancement of critical current density, Jc, and/or irreversibility field, Birr, for all our MNPs. For Ni and dextrin coated NiFe2O4 MNPs the enhancement of Jc was comparable to that achieved with the best nonmagnetic dopands. Detailed analysis indicates the contribution of magnetic flux pinning including the matching effects in flux pinning on MNPs.

  15. Elastic Constants of Superconducting MgB2 from Molecular Dynamics Simulations with Shell Model

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    Guo, Yun-Dong; Chen, Xiang-Rong; Yang, Xiang-Dong; Gou, Qing-Quan

    2005-11-01

    The elastic constants of superconducting MgB2 are calculated using a molecular dynamics method (MD) with shell model. The lattice parameters, five independent elastic constants, equations of state (EOS), Debye temperature, and bulk modulus of MgB2 are obtained. Meanwhile, the dependence of the bulk modulus B, the lattice parameters a and c, and the unit cell volume V on the applied pressure are presented. It is demonstrated that the method introduced here can well reproduce the experimental results with a reasonable accuracy. The project supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. 60436010 and the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, the Ministry of Education of China under Grant No. 2004176-6-4

  16. Comparison of Tunneling in Fe-based Superconductors with Multi-band MgB2

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    Zasadzinski, John; Iavarone, Maria

    MgB2 is an s-wave, phonon coupled, multiband superconductor that exhibits novel tunneling spectra including a subtle dip feature due to quasiparticle transfer between bands. Since this feature mimics the above-gap spectral dip feature observed in Fe-based superconductors, typically attributed to a strong coupling boson, it is worthwhile to consider whether quasiparticle transfer is relevant. We first show that the dip in MgB2 appears in the π-band, DOS (Δ = 2.4 meV) and is due to quasiparticle transfer to the σ-band with Δ = 7.2 meV. Reviewing the spectral dip in Fe-based superconductors, including new data on FeSe crystals, there are inconsistencies with quasiparticle transfer as the origin. The conclusion is that the spectral dip is more likely due to a boson, the resonance spin excitation, as found in cuprate superconductors.

  17. Magneto-optical study of the superconducting gap of MgB(2) single crystals.

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    Perucchi, A; Degiorgi, L; Jun, J; Angst, M; Karpinski, J

    2002-08-26

    We present magneto-optical reflectivity results in the basal plane of the hexagonal MgB(2). The data were collected on a mosaic of MgB(2) single crystals with T(c)=38 K from the ultraviolet down to the far infrared as a function of temperature and magnetic field oriented along the c axis. In the far infrared, there is a clear signature of the superconducting gap with a gap ratio 2 Delta/k(B)T(c) approximately 1.2, well below the weak-coupling value. The gap is suppressed in an external magnetic field, which is a function of temperature. We extract the upper critical field H(c2) along the c axis. The temperature dependence of H(c2) is compatible with the Helfand-Werthamer behavior. PMID:12190429

  18. Effects of glucose doping on the MgB2 superconductors using cheap crystalline boron

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    Parakkandy, Jafar Meethale; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Shah, M. Shahabuddin; Alzayed, Nasser S.; Qaid, Salem A. S.; Madhar, Niyaz Ahmad; Ramay, Shahid M.; Shar, Muhammad Ali

    2015-12-01

    We report the effect of glucose (C6H12O6) doping on the structural and electromagnetic properties of MgB2 superconductor fabricated by dry mixing using planetary ball milling. Herein, as-prepared bulk polycrystalline Mg (B1-xCx) 2 samples with different doping levels (x = 0, 2, 4, and 6 at. %) were systematically studied by X-ray diffraction, magnetic and resistivity measurements, and microstructure analysis. When carbon doped, the reduction in critical transition temperature and shrinkage in a-lattice were obviously observed. This resulted in structural distortion of the MgB2 lattice, and thereby, enhanced an impurity scattering. In addition to these, upper critical field and high-field critical current densities were also enhanced. On the other hand, both pinning force and low-field critical current density are decreased. The high field enhancement and low field degradation are due to increase in impurity scattering and decrease in pinning force respectively.

  19. Preparation and characterization of Sc doped MgB2 wires

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    Grivel, J.-C.; Burdusel, M.

    2016-09-01

    The in-situ technique was used to manufacture scandium (Sc) doped MgB2 wires in a composite Cu-Nb sheath. After reaction at 700 °C, at most 1 at.% Mg was replaced by Sc in the MgB2 phase, without significant influence on its superconducting transition temperature. For higher Sc concentrations in the nominal composition, the formation of Sc-rich impurity phases was evidenced by SEM/EDS observations. The critical current density and accommodation field of the wires are weakly dependant on the Sc content. It is believed that these effects are related more to modifications of the thermal behaviour of the precursor powders revealed by DTA measurements than to actual doping. The best performance was obtained in a wire with Mg:Sc = 0.995_0.005 atomic ratio.

  20. Biomolecular ion detection using high-temperature superconducting MgB2 strips

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    Zen, N.; Shibata, H.; Mawatari, Y.; Koike, M.; Ohkubo, M.

    2015-06-01

    Superconducting strip ion detectors (SSIDs) are promising for realization of ideal ion detection with 100% efficiency and nanosecond-scale time response in time-of-flight mass spectrometry. We have detected single biomolecular ions in the keV range using a 10-nm-thick and 250-nm-wide strip of a high temperature superconductor, magnesium diboride (MgB2), at temperatures of up to 13 K. The output pulse shape is explained remarkably well using circuit simulations and time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations coupled with a heat diffusion equation. The simulations show that the hot spot model is applicable to the proposed MgB2-SSIDs and the normal region expansion is completed within 16 ps, which corresponds to a maximum length of 1010 nm.

  1. Strong interaction between electrons and collective excitations in the multiband superconductor MgB2

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    Mou, Daixiang; Jiang, Rui; Taufour, Valentin; Flint, Rebecca; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Wen, J. S.; Xu, Z. J.; Gu, Genda; Kaminski, Adam

    2015-04-08

    We use a tunable laser angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study the electronic properties of the prototypical multiband BCS superconductor MgB2. Our data reveal a strong renormalization of the dispersion (kink) at ~65meV, which is caused by the coupling of electrons to the E2g phonon mode. In contrast to cuprates, the 65 meV kink in MgB2 does not change significantly across Tc. More interestingly, we observe strong coupling to a second, lower energy collective mode at a binding energy of 10 meV. As a result, this excitation vanishes above Tc and is likely a signature of the elusive Leggett mode.

  2. Direct observation of charge re-distribution in a MgB2 superconductor

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    Wu, Sheng Yun; Shih, Po-Hsun; Ji, Jhong-Yi; Chan, Ting-Shan; Yang, Chun Chuen

    2016-04-01

    To study the origin of negative thermal expansion effects near the superconducting transition temperature TC in MgB2, low-temperature high-energy synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction was used to probe the charge redistribution near the boron atoms. Our results reveal that the in-plane hole-distribution of B- hops through the direct orbital overlap of Mg2+ along the c-axis at 50 K and is re-distributed out-of-plane. This study shows that the out-of-plane π-hole distribution plays a dominant role in the possible origin of superconductivity and negative thermal effects in MgB2.

  3. A MgB2 12.5 kVA superconductor transformer

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    Hascicek, Y. S.; Akin, Y.; Baldwin, T. W.; Rindfleisch, M. M.; Yue, J.; Sumption, M. D.; Tomsic, M.

    2009-06-01

    A 12.5 kVA, MgB2 superconductor transformer was designed as five alternating stacked coils between the primary and the secondary windings. Hyper Tech Research Inc. (Hyper Tech) manufactured multifilament MgB2 superconductor wire by using a patented process called the continuous tube filling and forming (CTFF) process. The CTFF MgB2 conductor was insulated with yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) using the chemical solution coating process. An all-copper former was designed and fabricated with an OD of 71 mm, ID of 42 mm and heights of 12 mm and 8 mm for primary and secondary coils, respectively. Two primary and three secondary coils were fabricated using the sol-gel insulated MgB2 wire using the W&R coil technology. One of the primary coils was tested at 4.2 K which showed better than 250 A engineering critical current. These five coils were then stacked as in the design in alternating fashion and connected and instrumented for testing. The transformer was cooled in He gas first then in liquid helium. The tests showed that the individual coils, the primary and the secondary windings performed better than the design currents. Also the open-circuit tests of the transformer showed that 1:1 transfer was achieved. This article was originally submitted for the special issue 'Selected papers from the International Conference on Superconductivity and Magnetism (ICSM2008) (Side, Turkey, 25-29 August 2008)', Superconductor Science and Technology, volume 22, issue 3.

  4. Magnetic relaxation and lower critical field in MgB2 wires

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    Y, Feng; G, Yan; Y, Zhao; Pradhan, A. K.; F, Liu C.; X, Zhang P.; L, Zhou

    2003-09-01

    Magnetic relaxation behaviour, critical current density Jc and lower critical field Hc1 have been investigated in MgB2/Ta/Cu wires. It is found that Jc and Hc1 decrease linearly with temperature in the whole temperature region below Tc. The relaxation rate is very small and has a weak temperature dependence compared to high-Tc superconductors. Also, the pinning potential is much larger and the temperature and field dependences of the pinning potential are briefly discussed.

  5. Enhanced superconducting properties of rare-earth oxides and graphene oxide added MgB2

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    Sudesh; Das, S.; Bernhard, C.; Varma, G. D.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, the effects of addition of (i) graphene oxide (GO), (ii) a series of rare-earth (RE, RE = La, Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb and Ho) oxides (REO) and (iii) a mixture of GO and rare-earth oxides (GO + REO) on the superconducting properties of MgB2, have been studied with the help of electrical transport and magnetic measurements. All the samples have been prepared following the standard solid-state reaction route. We have used an optimum value of 1 wt% REO and 3 wt% GO for addition on the basis of previous studies. X-ray diffraction studies confirm the formation of hexagonal crystal structure (space group P6/mmm) of MgB2 with small amounts of REBx (x = 4 and 6) and MgO impurity phases in all the synthesized samples. We observe that the critical current density, Jc and upper critical field Hc2(0) improve significantly in the REO-added and GO-added samples with no significant change in critical temperature, Tc. A substantial enhancement in Jc(H) and Hc2(0) is observed with the GO + REO addition in MgB2. The different flux pinning mechanisms in all the samples are studied and it is found that the point pinning is the dominant mechanism in the GO-added samples and grain boundary pinning is the dominant one in the REO added samples. We have seen the combined effect of both types of flux pinning mechanisms in GO + REO added MgB2.

  6. Critical Currents of MgB2 Wire and Tape in Magnetic Field under Bending Deformations

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    Abin, D. A.; Mineev, N. A.; Osipov, M. A.; Pokrovsky, S. V.; Rudnev, I. A.

    Nowadays MgB2 wires are attractive for designing real devices like motors and magnets. The latest production technologies allow to increase critical current value of wires. However, there is a problem of wire performance degradation under bending strain. Thus, there is a problem of manufacturing solenoids with small diameters, especially from ex situ MgB2 wires produced by powder-in-tube (PIT) technology. In this work, influence of bending on critical current Ic multifilament PIT ex situ MgB2 tape and wire has been studied. Critical current dependencies on external magnetic field Ic(H) were measured at liquid helium temperature in the range of fields from 2.5 T up to 8 T. Measurements were carried out in parallel (H||), and perpendicular (H⊥) orientation of external magnetic field to the sample surface. Voltage current characteristics (V-I) on tape samples were measured with bending on diameters D=30; 40; 60; 70; 80; 90;100 mm. It was shown that critical current density (Jc) decreases by 24% and by 28% for tape and wire respectively with decreasing bending diameter from 100 mm to 60 mm. It was found that the tape still had superconductive properties even with bending diameter D=30 mm, but its Jc decreased by 44% in comparison with Jc(D=100 mm). One more feature that was found is the appearance of resistive component in the voltage current characteristics for all bend diameters in magnetic fields H>3.5 T.

  7. Flux jumps in high-J c MgB2 bulks during pulsed field magnetization

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    Fujishiro, H.; Mochizuki, H.; Naito, T.; Ainslie, M. D.; Giunchi, G.

    2016-03-01

    Pulsed field magnetization (PFM) of a high-J c MgB2 bulk disk has been investigated at 20 K, in which flux jumps frequently occur for high pulsed fields. Using a numerical simulation of the PFM procedure, we estimated the time dependence of the local magnetic field and temperature during PFM. We analyzed the electromagnetic and thermal instability of the high-J c MgB2 bulk to avoid flux jumps using the time dependence of the critical thickness, d c(t), which shows the upper safety thickness to stabilize the superconductor magnetically, and the minimum propagation zone length, l m(t), to obtain dynamical stability. The values of d c(t) and l m(t) change along the thermally-stabilized direction with increasing temperature below the critical temperature, T c. However, the flux jump can be qualitatively understood by the local temperature, T(t), which exceeds T c in the bulk. Finally, possible solutions to avoid flux jumps in high-J c MgB2 bulks are discussed.

  8. Magnetization AC losses in MgB2 wires made by IMD process

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    Kováč, J.; Šouc, J.; Kováč, P.; Hušek, I.

    2015-01-01

    Magnetization AC losses of MgB2 superconductors with one and four filaments made by an internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) into boron process were measured and analyzed. For AC loss measurement a system based on a calibration-free method was used. Short samples of MgB2 wires were exposed to an external magnetic field with amplitudes up to 0.07 T, frequencies up to 1200 Hz, and a temperature range between 15 K and 40 K. A strong effect of eddy current losses was found in single-core wire containing pure copper sheath, which was proved by the same wire measurement after Cu etching. The impact of coupling current losses in non-twisted four-filament wire and the decoupling effect after twisting were observed. Coupling current losses in a low-frequency region were effectively reduced in agreement with theoretical assumption. The degradation of transport currents due to torsion stress by twisting was taken into account and the normalized AC losses of MgB2 wires made by IMD and powder-in-tube processes were compared. It appears that the IMD process is more perspective for AC applications due to much higher current densities and smaller degradation of current-carrying capability by twisting.

  9. Observation of multiband effects in the microwave complex conductivity of pure and Al-doped MgB 2 samples

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    Di Gennaro, E.; Lamura, G.; Palenzona, A.; Putti, M.; Andreone, A.

    2004-08-01

    There is presently a general agreement that the simple inter-metallic compound MgB 2 is a conventional, phonon mediated, superconductor, and that the anomalies in its behaviour can be consistently explained by the existence of two different gaps. We present a study of the complex conductivity as a function of temperature in pure and Al-doped MgB 2 pellets by using a dielectrically loaded resonant cavity at 19 GHz.

  10. Phase evolution and microstructure of high Jc SiC doped MgB2 fabricated by hot pressing

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    Qu, B.; Sun, X. D.; Li, J.-G.; Xiu, Z. M.; Xue, C. P.

    2009-07-01

    We report the phase evolution, microstructure, and critical current density (Jc) of the SiC doped MgB2 superconductors. In our study, all samples were fabricated by hot pressing with a heating rate of 200 °C min-1. The results show that the reaction of 2Mg+SiC = Mg2Si+C can occur at about 500 °C, about 50 °C lower than the formation temperature of MgB2. On the other hand, according to the experimental results and thermodynamic calculations, boron (B) does not react with SiC to form B4C and Si, neither does MgB2 react with SiC to form Mg2Si and B4C. The MgB2 phase was formed via both a solid-solid reaction (during the heating process between about 500 and 650 °C) and a liquid-solid reaction (>650 °C) after the melting of Mg, and the two reactions resulted in differences in the grain size of the MgB2. From scanning electron microscopy, the Mg2Si particles are homogeneously distributed within the MgB2 matrix, with particle sizes ranging from 35 to 230 nm. From the perspective of superconductivity, the C substitution results in strong electron scattering centers in the MgB2 structure. It reduces the electron mean free path and thus may significantly enhance the magnetic Jc. The peak Jc of the 5 wt% SiC doped MgB2 reaches above 106 A cm-2 at 5 K, and decreases slowly with increasing field, remaining high, above 105 A cm-2, at 7 T.

  11. Self-sintering-assisted high intergranular connectivity in ball-milled ex situ MgB2 bulks

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    Mizutani, Shunsuke; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Ogino, Hiraku; Kishio, Kohji

    2014-11-01

    To understand the mechanisms leading to higher intergranular connectivity in polycrystalline ex situ MgB2 prepared using a pressure-less self-sintering technique, the influence of the initial particle size of the MgB2 powder was investigated. MgB2 bulks sintered at 900 °C for 24 h using ball-milled powders exhibited a network structure with both qualitatively and quantitatively improved intergranular couplings. The connectivity calculated using normal-state transport measurements reached a high value of ˜40%, which is comparable to that of MgB2 bulks fabricated via Mg diffusion or high-pressure-assisted processes. Moreover, the sintering time required to achieve a reasonably high connectivity of 25-30% was less than 1 h. Notably, microstructural analyses confirmed the formation of intergranular necks and grain boundaries during the early stage of sintering. These results suggested self-sintering of the ball-milled MgB2 bulks proceeded much more rapidly than those sintered using an MgB2 powder without ball-milling. Increased intergranular contact points and decreased gap length between grains in green compact are assumed to be the origins for the stimulated self-sintering and corresponding increase in the electrical connectivity.

  12. Temperature effect on microstructure and electromagnetic performance of polycarbosilane and sugar-doped MgB2 wires

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    Shcherbakov, A. V.; Horvat, J.; Shcherbakova, O. V.; Novosel, N.; Babić, E.; Dou, S. X.

    2010-06-01

    The effect of processing temperature on structural and superconducting properties of 10 wt.% sugar- and 10 wt.% PCS-doped MgB2 wires is systematically investigated. It is demonstrated that these dopants significantly enhance the electromagnetic performance of Fe-clad MgB2 superconductor and increase its potential for practical application. The enhancement of in-field critical current density (Jc(Ba)) and upper critical field (Bc2) is due to formation of a large amount of lattice defects caused by impurities and C substitution into the MgB2 crystal lattice. High temperature sintering of sugar-doped sample results in as high Bc2 value as 37 T (at 5 K), which correlates with higher level of C substitution into MgB2 crystal lattice in this sample. In contrast, for PCS doped MgB2 wire higher Bc2 value (32 T at 5 K) is observed at lower sintering temperatures. In spite of the fact that the level of C in the crystal lattice and Bc2 value are higher in the sugar doped MgB2 sample, this sample has lower Jc(Ba) when compared to the sample with PCS addition. We speculate that it is due to a higher level of MgO impurities in the sugar doped sample (18.6 wt.% compared to 9.15 wt.% in the PCS doped sample), which results in the dissipation of supercurrent flowing through this sample.

  13. Using helium as background gas to avoid hydrogen brittleness for MgB2 film fabrication on niobium substrate by HPCVD

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    Guo, Xin; Ni, Zhimao; Chen, Lizhi; Hu, Hui; Yang, Can; Feng, Qingrong; Liu, Kexin

    2016-05-01

    Magnesium diboride has shown potential as an alternative material for the application of superconducting RF cavities. However, if MgB2 films are fabricated on niobium substrates with HPCVD method, hydrogen brittleness will cause cracks on MgB2 film when it is bent. In this work, we have investigated the possibility of depositing MgB2 film on niobium in other background gases rather than hydrogen to avoid hydrogen brittleness. Though MgB2 films fabricated in nitrogen and argon have impurities and show poor superconducting properties, the MgB2 film fabricated in helium has similar morphology and superconducting properties of that prepared in hydrogen and no cracks are observed after bending. The problem of hydrogen brittleness can be solved by using helium as the background gas when fabricating MgB2 films on niobium substrates.

  14. The Levitation Characteristics of MGB2 Plates on Tracks of Permanent Magnets

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    Perini, E.; Bassani, E.; Giunchi, G.

    2010-04-01

    The bulk MgB2 can be manufactured in large plates by an innovative process: the reactive liquid Mg infiltration (Mg-RLI). According to this process it is possible to produce, even at lab scale, plates of 10÷20 cm in lateral dimensions. The superconducting material resulting is very dense and, even if it is in polycrystalline form, it levitates with respect to Permanent Magnets (PM), like the textured YBCO samples, up to 35 K. In order to control the levitation forces and stiffnesses of an MgB2 plate (10×10×1 cm3) moving with respect to a track of PM's (NdFeB bars arranged in 4 lines according to an Halbach disposition and separated by Iron flux concentrators), we have used an instrumented Cryogenic Levitation Apparatus (CLA). We have studied different kind of movements of the PM's track with respect to the MgB2 plate. First, we consider the vertical movement, assumed z direction, which describes the properly levitation characteristics. Secondly, we consider two kinds of lateral movements of the track, assumed x direction, with the long size of the magnets either perpendicular or parallel to the movement direction. The resulting configurations simulate the main movements that a superconducting levitating vehicle will do in a real track, either of axial or of guidance type. The levitation axial forces, measured in Field Cooling or Zero Field Cooling conditions, indicate that at the distance between superconducting plate and PM's of 4 mm it is possible to have an overall levitating pressure of 7 N/cm2.

  15. Field Distribution and Flux-Line Depinning in MgB 2

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    Urbano, R. R.; Pagliuso, P. G.; Rettori, C.; Kopelevich, Y.; Moreno, N. O.; Sarrao, J. L.

    2002-08-01

    We report the first observation of the field distribution and flux-line lattice (FLL) depinning in the vortex-state (VS) of a type-II superconductor probed by conduction electron spin resonance (CESR). CESR was performed in MgB 2 (Tc~=39 K) at 4.1 GHz (1455 Oe) and 9.5 GHz (3390 Oe). The field distribution, n(H), and a standard deviation of σ~14 Oe (at 28 K/4.1 GHz and at 7 K/9.5 GHz) were inferred, respectively, from the distortion and broadening of the CESR in the VS. For both frequencies, the FLL depinning temperature was determined.

  16. Isotope effect on electron-phonon interaction in the multiband superconductor MgB2

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    Mou, Daixiang; Manni, Soham; Taufour, Valentin; Wu, Yun; Huang, Lunan; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kaminski, Adam

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the effect of isotope substitution on the electron-phonon interaction in the multiband superconductor MgB2 using tunable laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The kink structure around 70 meV in the σ band, which is caused by electron coupling to the E2 g phonon mode, is shifted to higher binding energy by ˜3.5 meV in Mg 10B2 and the shift is not affected by superconducting transition. These results serve as the benchmark for investigations of isotope effects in known, unconventional superconductors and newly discovered superconductors where the origin of pairing is unknown.

  17. Multifilamentary MgB2 wires fracture behavior during the drawing process

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    Shan, D.; Yan, G.; Zhou, L.; Li, J. S.; Li, C. S.; Wang, Q. Y.; Xiong, X. M.; Jiao, G. F.

    2012-12-01

    The fracture behavior of 6 + 1 filamentary MgB2 superconductive wires is presented here. The composite wires were fabricated by in situ Powder-in-Tube method using Nb as a barrier and copper as a stabilizer. The microstructure of the material has a great influence on its fracture behavior. The microstructural aspects of crack nucleation and propagation are discussed. It shows that there are complicated correlations between fracture behavior and the main influencing parameters, which contain specific drawing conditions (drawing velocity, reduction in area per pass), materials properties (strength, yield stress, microstructure) as well as the extent of bonding between the metal sheaths at their interface.

  18. Isotope effect on electron-phonon interaction in the multiband superconductor MgB2

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    Mou, Daixiang; Manni, Soham; Taufour, Valentin; Wu, Yun; Huang, Lunan; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kaminski, Adam

    2016-04-07

    We investigate the effect of isotope substitution on the electron-phonon interaction in the multiband superconductor MgB2 using tunable laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The kink structure around 70 meV in the σ band, which is caused by electron coupling to the E2g phonon mode, is shifted to higher binding energy by ~3.5 meV in Mg10B2 and the shift is not affected by superconducting transition. Furthermore, these results serve as the benchmark for investigations of isotope effects in known, unconventional superconductors and newly discovered superconductors where the origin of pairing is unknown.

  19. Thermal conductivity and stability of commercial MgB2 conductors

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    Bonura, Marco; Senatore, Carmine

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents a study of the thermal transport properties of MgB2 tapes differing in architecture, stabilization and constituent materials. The temperature and field dependence of thermal conductivity, κ (T,B), was investigated both along the conductor and in the direction perpendicular to the tape. These data provide fundamental input parameters to describe the 3D heat diffusion process in a winding. Thermal transport properties—even in field—are typically deduced using semi-empirical formulas based on the residual resistivity ratio of the stabilizer measured in absence of magnetic field. The accuracy of these procedures was evaluated comparing the calculated κ values with the measured ones. Based on the experimental thermal conduction properties κ (T,B) and critical current surface {J}{{C}}(T,B) we determined the dependence of minimum quench energy and normal zone propagation velocity on the operating parameters of the conductor. The correlation between thermal properties and tape layout allowed us to provide information on how to optimize the thermal stability of MgB2 conductors.

  20. Dynamic and Structural Studies of Metastable Vortex Lattice Domains in MgB2

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    de Waard, E. R.; Kuhn, S. J.; Rastovski, C.; Eskildsen, M. R.; Leishman, A.; Dewhurst, C. D.; Debeer-Schmitt, L.; Littrell, K.; Karpinski, J.; Zhigadlo, N. D.

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies of the vortex lattice (VL) in the type-II superconductor MgB2 have revealed an unprecedented degree of metastability that is demonstrably not due to vortex pinning, [C. Rastovski et al . , Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 107002 (2013)]. The VL can be driven to the GS through successive application of an AC magnetic field. Here we report on detailed studies of the transition kinetics and structure of the VL domains. Stroboscopic studies of the transition revealed a stretched exponential decrease of the metastable volume fraction as a function of the number of applied AC cycles, with subtle differences depending on whether the AC field is oriented parallel or perpendicular to the DC field used to create the VL. We speculate the slower transition kinetics for the transverse AC field may be due to vortex cutting. Spatial studies include scanning SANS measurements showing the VL domain distribution within the MgB2 single crystal as well as measurements of VL correlation lengths. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award DE-FG02-10ER46783.

  1. The Effect of Argon Ambient Pressure and Annealing Time on Bulk MgB2 Superconductor

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    Erdem, Murat; Ozturk, Ozgur; Asikuzun, Elif; Kaya, Seydanur; Safran, Serap; Kilic, Ahmet; Terzioglu, Cabir

    2015-03-01

    The effects of Ar ambient pressure (vacuum, 0B, 10B and 20B) and annealing times (0.5 h and 1 h) on microstructural, superconducting and mechanical properties of bulk superconducting MgB2 are investigated. The samples are produced using the solid state reaction method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements were performed for determination of the crystal structure, and surface morphology of MgB2 samples, respectively. The superconducting properties were studied by AC magnetic susceptibility and DC resistivity measurements. Increasing the Ar pressure decreased the lattice parameters and hence the average grain size. Increasing the annealing time results in larger lattice parameters and larger grain formation. The susceptibility measurements revealed two step transition which is reminiscent of granular superconductors. The intra-grain transition temperature is determined to be 38.4 K for all samples. The inter-grain transition temperatures of 37.2 K is obtained for samples produced under Ar ambient. The samples produced under Ar ambient have better superconducting properties than the ones produced in vacuum. Increasing the annealing time under vacuum further decreases the superconducting properties probably due to Mg loss. This research is supported by Kastamonu University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Department under the Grant No. KUBAP-03/2012-03.

  2. Evidence of new pinning centers in irradiated MgB2

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    Tarantini, C.; Martinelli, A.; Manfrinetti, P.; Palenzona, A.; Pallecchi, I.; Putti, M.; Ferdeghini, C.; Cimberle, M. R.

    2008-03-01

    It has been shown that C or SiC addictions can strongly enhance upper critical field of MgB2, leading to an in-field increase of critical current, but without introducing pinning centers other than grain boundaries. On the contrary neutron irradiation introduces new pinning centers, as highlighted by a significant shift of the maximum of pinning force and by a strong improvement of Jc at high field. This effect can be correlated to the defects that neutron irradiation produces. In fact TEM images show the presence of nanometric amorphous regions whose sizes are compatible with the coherence length and such as to act as pinning centers through two different mechanisms. The influence that neutron irradiation induces on MgB2 is also confirmed by magnetization decays that, differently by doped samples, show an important enhancement of pinning energies at high field. These measurements highlight as the increase of pinning energy with irradiation fluence is strongly correlated with Jc improvement.

  3. Investigations of current limiting properties of the MgB2 wires subjected to pulse overcurrents in the benchtop tester

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    Ye, Lin; Majoros, M.; Campbell, A. M.; Coombs, T.; Harrison, S.; Sargent, P.; Haslett, M.; Husband, M.

    2007-04-01

    A laboratory scale desktop test system including a cryogenic system, an AC pulse generation system and a real time data acquisition program in LabView/DAQmx, has been developed to evaluate the quench properties of MgB2 wires as an element in a superconducting fault current limiter under pulse overcurrents at 25 K in self-field conditions. The MgB2 samples started from a superconducting state and demonstrated good current limiting properties characterized by a fast transition to the normal state during the first half of the cycle and a continuously limiting effect in the subsequent cycles without burnouts. The experimental and numerical simulation results on the quench behaviour indicate the feasibility of using MgB2 for future superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) applications. This work is supported by Rolls-Royce Plc and the UK Department of Trade & Industry (DTI).

  4. Effects of Bi-2212 addition on the levitation force properties of bulk MgB2 superconductors

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    Taylan Koparan, E.; Savaskan, B.; Guner, S. B.; Celik, S.

    2016-02-01

    We present a detailed investigation of the effects of Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8+κ (Bi-2212) adding on the levitation force and magnetic properties of bulk MgB2 obtained by hot press method. The amount of Bi-2212 was varied between 0 and 10 wt% (0, 2, 4, 6, 10 wt%) of the total MgB2. Moreover, we present MgB2 bulk samples fabricated by using different production methods including hot pressing method to our knowledge. All samples were prepared by using elemental magnesium (Mg) powder, amorphous nano-boron (B) powder and Bi-2212 powder which are produced by hot press method. As a result of hot press process, compact pellet samples were manufactured. The vertical and lateral levitation force measurements were executed at the temperatures of 20, 24 and 28 K under zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) regimes for samples with various adding levels. At 24 K and 28 K under ZFC regime, the 2 wt% Bi-2212 added sample exhibits a higher vertical levitation force than the pure sample. Bi-2212 added MgB2 samples compared to the pure sample have lower attractive force values in FC regime. The magnetic field dependence of the critical current density J c was calculated from the M-H loops for Bi-2212 added MgB2 samples. The 2 wt% Bi-2212 added sample has the best levitation and critical current density performance compared to other samples. The critical temperature ( T c ) has slightly dropped from 37.8 K for the pure MgB2 sample to 36.7 K for the 10 wt% of Bi-2212 added sample. The transition temperature slightly decreases when Bi-2212 adding level is increased.

  5. Electro-mechanical characterization of MgB2 wires for the Superconducting Link Project at CERN

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    Konstantopoulou, K.; Ballarino, A.; Gharib, A.; Stimac, A.; Garcia Gonzalez, M.; Perez Fontenla, A. T.; Sugano, M.

    2016-08-01

    In previous years, the R & D program between CERN and Columbus Superconductors SpA led to the development of several configurations of MgB2 wires. The aim was to achieve excellent superconducting properties in high-current MgB2 cables for the HL-LHC upgrade. In addition to good electrical performance, the superconductor shall have good mechanical strength in view of the stresses during operation (Lorenz forces and thermal contraction) and handling (tension and bending) during cabling and installation at room temperature. Thus, the study of the mechanical properties of MgB2 wires is crucial for the cable design and its functional use. In the present work we report on the electro-mechanical characterization of ex situ processed composite MgB2 wires. Tensile tests (critical current versus strain) were carried out at 4.2 K and in a 3 T external field by means of a purpose-built bespoke device to determine the irreversible strain limit of the wire. The minimum bending radius of the wire was calculated taking into account the dependence of the critical current with the strain and it was then used to obtain the minimum twist pitch of MgB2 wires in the cable. Strands extracted from cables having different configurations were tested to quantify the critical current degradation. The Young’s modulus of the composite wire was measured at room temperature. Finally, all measured mechanical parameters will be used to optimize an 18-strand MgB2 cable configuration.

  6. Phase Formation and Superconductivity of Fe-TUBE Encapsulated and Vacuum-Annealed MgB2

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    Singh, K. P.; Awana, V. P. S.; Shahabuddin, Md.; Husain, M.; Saxena, R. B.; Nigam, Rashmi; Ansari, M. A.; Gupta, Anurag; Narayan, Himanshu; Halder, S. K.; Kishan, H.

    We report optimization of the synthesis parameters viz. heating temperature (TH), and hold time (thold) for vacuum-annealed (10-5 Torr) and LN2 (liquid nitrogen) quenched MgB2 compound. These are single-phase compounds crystallizing in the hexagonal structure (space group P6/mmm) at room temperature. Our XRD results indicated that for phase-pure MgB2, the TH for 10-5 Torr annealed and LN2-quenched samples is 750°C. The right stoichiometry i.e., MgB2 of the compound corresponding to 10-5 Torr and TH of 750°C is found for the hold time (thold) of 2.30 hours. With varying thold from 1-4 hours at fixed TH (750°C) and vacuum (10-5 Torr), the c-lattice parameter decreases first and later increases with thold (hours) before a near saturation, while the a-lattice parameter first increases and later decreases beyond a thold of 2.30 hours. The c/a ratio versus thold plot showed an inverted bell-shaped curve, touching the lowest value of 1.141, which is the reported value for perfect stoichiometry of MgB2. The optimized stoichimetric MgB2 compound exhibited superconductivity at 39.2 K with a transition width of 0.6 K. In conclusion, the synthesis parameters for phase pure stoichimetric vacuum-annealed MgB2 compound are optimized and are compared with widely-reported Ta tube encapsulated samples.

  7. Sugar as an optimal carbon source for the enhanced performance of MgB2 superconductors at high magnetic fields

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    Shcherbakova, O. V.; Pan, A. V.; Wang, J. L.; Shcherbakov, A. V.; Dou, S. X.; Wexler, D.; Babić, E.; Jerčinović, M.; Husnjak, O.

    2008-01-01

    In this paper we report the results of an extended study of the effect of sugar doping on the structural and electromagnetic properties of MgB2 superconductors. High values of the upper critical field (Bc2) of 36 T and the irreversibility field (Birr) of 27 T have been estimated at the temperature of 5 K in a bulk MgB2 sample with the addition of 10 wt% of sugar. The critical current density (Jc(Ba)) of sugar-doped samples has been significantly improved in the high field region. The value of transport Jc has reached as high as 108 A m-2 at 10 T and 5 K for Fe-sheathed sugar-doped MgB2 wire. The analysis of the pinning mechanism in the samples investigated indicated that dominant vortex pinning occurs on the surface type of pinning defects, such as grain boundaries, dislocations, stacking faults etc, for both pure and doped MgB2. In sugar-doped samples, pinning is governed by numerous crystal lattice defects, which appear in MgB2 grains as a result of crystal lattice distortion caused by carbon substitution for boron and nano-inclusions. The drastically improved superconducting properties of sugar-doped samples are also attributed to the highly homogeneous distribution and enhanced reactivity of this dopant with host Mg and B powders. The results of this work suggest that sugar is the optimal source of carbon for doping MgB2 superconductor, especially for application at high magnetic fields.

  8. Design, manufacturing and tests of first cryogen-free MgB2 prototype coils for offshore wind generators

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    Sarmiento, G.; Sanz, S.; Pujana, A.; Merino, J. M.; Iturbe, R.; Apiñaniz, S.; Nardelli, D.; Marino, I.

    2014-05-01

    Although renewable sector has started to take advantage of the offshore wind energy recently, the development is very intense. Turbines reliability, size, and cost are key aspects for the wind industry, especially in marine locations. A superconducting generator will allow a significant reduction in terms of weight and size, but cost and reliability are two aspects to deal with. MgB2 wire is presented as one promising option to be used in superconducting coils for wind generators. This work shows the experimental results in first cryogen-free MgB2 prototype coils, designed according to specific requirements of TECNALIA's wind generator concept.

  9. Effect of temperature and concentration of solution in chemical treatment for MgB 2 powder on the Jc- B property of ex situ processed MgB 2 superconducting tapes

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    Fujii, H.; Ozawa, K.

    2010-03-01

    MgB 2 tapes were fabricated through an ex situ process in a powder-in-tube (PIT) technique using powders treated at elevated temperatures in benzene solutions of benzoic acid with various concentrations. The amount of carbon substitution in MgB 2 in heat-treated tapes with treatment at the boiling points (BPs) of the solutions is smaller than that at room temperature (RT). This carbon substitution improves the Jc property in the high-field region. For RT treatment, the Jc property is improved with increasing the solution concentration. In contrast, the Jc property is deteriorated with increasing the concentration for BP treatment. On the other hand, treatment with pure solvent does not bring about the Jc enhancement and carbon substitution at all at both RT and the BPs. This suggests that acidity essential for the dissolution of MgO layers attached to the surface of MgB 2 is required for carbon substitution. The BP treatment enhances the acting of the acidity and possibly inflicts damage on MgB 2 itself.

  10. Analysis of the levitation force of pure and starch/polystyrene/MWCNT added bulk MgB2 superconductors using frozen image model under zero field cooling condition

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    Tripathi, D.; Dey, T. K.

    2016-04-01

    The measurement of superconducting levitation force between permanent magnet and polycrystalline samples of pure and MgB2 added with starch, polystyrene (PS) and multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) have been performed under zero field cooling (ZFC) condition at 20 K in both descending and ascending modes. For this, the bulk pellets were synthesized by conventional solid state sintering technique. The XRD data indicate well developed MgB2 phase. However, a decrease in lattice parameter 'a = b' have been observed for doped MgB2 samples. Superconducting transition temperature of MgB2 also decreases with starch/PS/MWCNT addition. Unlike MWCNT, the addition of starch/polystyrene is found to enhance the levitation force of MgB2 superconductor. The levitation force between PM and investigated pellets in ZFC condition is explained well in terms of the updated version of modified frozen image model and the magnetic moment originated due to vertical motion of the superconductors have been estimated. It may be noted that except for MWCNT, addition of starch/PS in MgB2 improves the magnetic moment generated by vertical movement of pure MgB2. However, this improvement is more pronounced for 1 wt.% of PS added MgB2, which indicates more flux trapping and hence better levitation properties in 1 wt.% of PS added MgB2. The vertical stiffness estimated for pure and starch/PS/MWCNT doped MgB2 samples indicate that the levitation force are more sensitive in the region close to the PM.

  11. Local electronic structure in MgB2 from B12 β -NMR

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    Indris, Sylvio; Heitjans, Paul; Hattendorf, Jens; Zeitz, Wolf-Dietrich; Bredow, Thomas

    2007-01-01

    We performed β -NMR spectroscopic studies on B12 which was implanted into MgB2 to get insight into the local electronic structure of this high-temperature superconducting material. By measuring electric field gradients we probed the electronic charge distribution anisotropy around boron in this solid and thus obtained experimental information about the bonding by p electrons. Besides the absolute value, the sign of the electric field gradient was also experimentally determined. By comparison with quantum chemical calculations, some of which were performed in the present work, and with results from conventional NMR spectroscopy on B11 we were able to identify regular boron lattice sites as well as interstitial sites.

  12. Anisotropic grain connectivity in shock consolidated MgB2 bulk samples

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    Tamaki, Hideyuki; Ohashi, Wataru; Kitazawa, Hiroshi; Matsuzawa, Hidenori; Takano, Yoshihiko; Atou, Toshiyuki; Fukuoka, Kiyoto; Kikuchi, Masae; Kawasaki, Masashi; Kakimoto, Etsuji; Dohke, Kiyotaka

    2004-06-01

    We consolidated commercial MgB2 powders by two different shock consolidation methods: the single-stage propellant gun method and the underwater shock consolidation method. The samples prepared had anisotropic resistance-temperature features; the narrowest resistive transition width was observed along the directions of shock loading. In contrast, onset temperatures were independent of the directions and methods. No grain orientation previously observed would have resulted from the consolidation processes with a very short duration of {\\sim } 1~\\micmu {\\mathrm {s}} . The samples showed higher diamagnetism than a cold isostatic pressed (CIPed) sample at a low field of 1 Oe. However, their diamagnetism relatively degraded with increasing fields and eventually became much less than even that of the CIPed sample. This is due possibly to thick, much distorted grain boundaries that would have behaved as weak links at high fields.

  13. Transient Electromagnetic and Heat Transfer Characteristics of the MgB2 Superconductor in Liquid Helium

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    Jaim, H. M. Iftekhar; Bärner, K.

    2013-07-01

    A transient current density analysis is carried out for the type II superconductor (SC) material MgB2 in liquid Helium. Variable magnetic fields are used as the unknown in solving the curl-curl relations of the electromagnetic fields applying the finite element method (FEM) for 2D axis symmetric cylindrical wires. Assuming an exponential current rise, the magnetic flux, current density and temperature distribution in the SC and He are calculated. This study gives the limiting current values to avoid the normal state, the temperature distribution profile with time as well as the changes in the magnitude of the current and time constant. Oscillations and non-uniform temperature distributions are observed in He and in the SC respectively if one varies the parameters which are related to the different heat transfer mechanisms. A slight instability in the current distribution is also observed which might transfer to a thermal instability, i.e. could signal He boiling.

  14. Structural and AC loss study for pure and doped MgB2 superconductor

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    Hansdah, J. S.; Sarun, P. M.

    2015-06-01

    Superconducting polycrystalline bulk MgB2 samples doped with n-C, n-Y2O3 and n-Ho2O3 were prepared by powder-in-sealed (PIST) method. XRD measurement shows the influence of dopants on phase and lattice parameters of samples. The ac susceptibility measurement reveals ac loss and activation energy of the samples. Nano-C doped sample shows less ac loss in all frequency (208 Hz - 999 Hz) among the doped samples; whereas n-Ho2O3 doped sample shows highest ac loss. The activation energy is high for rare earth (n-Y2O3 and n-Ho2O3) doped samples as compare to n-C doped samples which reveals the enhancement in flux-pinning properties of these materials.

  15. Physical property characterization of Fe-tube encapsulated and vacuum annealed bulk MgB 2

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    Awana, V. P. S.; Rawat, Rajeev; Gupta, Anurag; Isobe, M.; Singh, K. P.; Vajpayee, Arpita; Kishan, H.; Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Narlikar, A. V.

    2006-08-01

    We report the phase formation, and present a detailed study of magnetization and resistivity under magnetic field of MgB 2 polycrystalline bulk samples prepared by the Fe-tube encapsulated and vacuum (10 -5 Torr) annealed (750 ∘C) route. Zero-field-cooled magnetic susceptibility (χ) measurements exhibited a sharp transition to the superconducting state with a sizeable diamagnetic signal at 39 K (Tc). The measured magnetization loops of the samples, despite the presence of flux jumps, exhibited a stable current density (Jc) of around 2.4×10 5 A/cm 2 in up to 2 T (Tesla) field and at temperatures (T) up to 10 K. The upper critical field is estimated from resistivity measurements in various fields and shows a typical value of 8 T at 21 K. Further, χ measurements at an applied field of 0.1 T reveal a paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) that is briefly discussed.

  16. Transport IV characterisation of MgB2 conductor at a bend radius of 50mm

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    Young, E. A.; Falorio, I.; Beduz, C.; Bailey, W. O. S.; Yang, Y.

    2014-05-01

    Performance of state of the art MgB2 multifilamentary conductor at a required bend radius is essential for many applications including but not limited to magnets and motors. The characterisation is generally done with benchmark transport Ic but further detail can be seen in IV characteristics which are undertaken in this paper. Two conductors with the same architecture but different diameters, 0.89 and 0.45 mm were measured from 32 K to 20 K in self-field in conditions of as received and deformed to a 50 mm bend diameter, corresponding to strains of 1.4 % and 0.7 % respectively. The qualifying 0.45mm conductor was further measured in background fields up to 3 T. The smaller diameter wire was found to have no signs of degradation of critical behaviour in Ic or IV characteristics.

  17. Superconductivity in MgPtSi: An orthorhombic variant of MgB2

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    Kudo, Kazutaka; Fujimura, Kazunori; Onari, Seiichiro; Ota, Hiromi; Nohara, Minoru

    2015-05-01

    A ternary compound, MgPtSi, was synthesized by solid-state reaction. An examination of the compound by powder x-ray diffraction revealed that it crystallizes in the orthorhombic TiNiSi-type structure with the P n m a space group. The structure comprises alternately stacked layers of Mg and PtSi honeycomb network, which is reminiscent of MgB2, and the buckling of the honeycomb network causes orthorhombic distortion. Electrical and magnetic studies revealed that MgPtSi exhibited superconductivity with a transition temperature of 2.5 K. However, its isostructural compounds, namely, MgRhSi and MgIrSi, were not found to exhibit superconductivity.

  18. Flux pinning mechanism and Hc2-anisotropy in melanin doped bulk MgB2

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    Shahabuddin Shah, M.; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Alzayed, Nasser S.; Parakkandy, Jafar M.

    2014-06-01

    Flux pinning mechanism in melanin doped MgB2 superconductor has been studied using a scaling law proposed by Dew-Hughes and another method proposed by Eisterer. Our experimental data could be fitted very closely by the aforementioned scaling law. The fitting parameters, the positions of peaks bpeak and k = bpeak/bn confirm a grain-boundary pinning in the 10% melanin doped sample, while the undoped sample consists of mixed pinning. Furthermore, percolation theory was utilized under grain-boundary approximation to investigate the role of Hc2-anisotropy in the critical current density, and its dependence on applied field as well as temperature. The Hc2-anisotropy decreases with melanin doping resulting in the increase of Jc in high field. There is suppression of flux pinning maximum due to melanin doping, which is found to be the main reason for the degradation of low-field Jc.

  19. Low-field magnetic torque of a single crystal MgB 2

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    Atsumi, Toshiyuki; Tsuji, Mitsuyuki; Xu, Mingxiang; Kitazawa, Hideaki; Ishida, Takekazu

    2003-10-01

    We have investigated the magnetic torque of MgB 2 single crystal synthesized by the vapor transport method. We use a torque magnetometer consisting of a 4-K closed cycle refrigerator and a variable field permanent magnet up to 10 kG. The torque can be measured as an off-balance signal of the Wheatstone bridge of the four piezoresistors on a Si cantilever. The torque curves are analyzed by the Kogan model. The superconducting anisotropy γ is rather independent of temperature, but is dependent on field. As expected from the BCS theory, the prefactor of the Kogan formula, which corresponds to the lower critical field Hc1, changes smoothly as a function of temperature. We consider that the field dependence of γ comes from the multiple superconducting gaps and their different upper critical fields Hc2.

  20. Laser induced infrared spectral shift of the MgB2:Cr superconductor films

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    AlZayed, N. S.; Kityk, I. V.; Soltan, S.; El-Naggar, A. M.; Shahabuddin, M.

    2015-02-01

    During illumination of the MgB2:Cr2O3 films it was established substantial spectral shift of the infrared spectra in the vicinity of 20-50 cm-1. The excitations were performed by nanosecond Er:glass laser operating at 1.54 μm and by microsecond 10.6 μm CO2 laser. The spectral shifts of the IR maxima were in opposite spectral directions for the two types of lasers. This one observed difference correlates well with spectral shift of their critical temperatures. The possible explanation is given by performance of DFT calculations of the charge density redistribution and the time kinetics of the photovoltaic response. To understand the kinetics of the photoinduced processes the time kinetics of photoresponse was done for the particular laser wavelengths.

  1. Pinning and irreversibility in superconducting bulk MgB2 with added nanodiamonds

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    Gupta, Anurag; Narlikar, A. V.

    2009-12-01

    Resistance, R(T), and magnetization, M(B), studies on superconducting bulk MgB2 samples containing nanodiamonds (ND) as additives (wt% of ND: x = 0%, 1%, 3%, 5%, 7% and 10%) were recently published in two articles (Vajpayee et al 2007 Supercond. Sci. Technol. 20 S155, Vajpayee et al 2008 J. Appl. Phys. 103 07C708). The main observations reported were significant improvements in the critical current density Jc(B), irreversibility line Birr(T) and upper critical field Bc2(T) with ND addition. However, a closer look shows that as regards the potential of this technologically important material at higher magnetic fields and temperatures, there is still a lot of room for improvement. With that in mind we revisit the R(T) and M(B) data and analyze them, in the present work. We show that, despite ND addition, Jc depends strongly on B in the high field region and tends to vanish at irreversibility lines that lie deep, i.e. at around 0.3 Bc2(T), in the B-T phase diagram. The irreversibility lines, determined by R(T) \\to 0 in the presence of B, are found to lie at around 0.5 Bc2(T) in the phase diagram. These results for pinning and irreversibility lines are discussed in the light of various models such as those of surface sheath superconductivity, magnetically introduced percolation in polycrystalline MgB2, thermally assisted flux motion (TAFM) and a modified flux line shear mechanism. Our analysis hints at TAFM and weak pinning channels with distributed superconducting properties percolating in our samples determining the irreversibility and pinning properties.

  2. Experimental studies of the quench behaviour of MgB2 superconducting wires for fault current limiter applications

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    Ye, Lin; Majoros, M.; Campbell, A. M.; Coombs, T.; Astill, D.; Harrison, S.; Husband, M.; Rindfleisch, M.; Tomsic, M.

    2007-07-01

    Various MgB2 wires with different sheath materials provided by Hyper Tech Research Inc., have been tested in the superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) desktop tester at 24-26 K in a self-field. Samples 1 and 2 are similarly fabricated monofilamentary MgB2 wires with a sheath of CuNi, except that sample 2 is doped with SiC and Mg addition. Sample 3 is a CuNi sheathed multifilamentary wire with Cu stabilization and Mg addition. All the samples with Nb barriers have the same diameter of 0.83 mm and superconducting fractions ranging from 15% to 27% of the total cross section. They were heat-treated at temperatures of 700 °C for a hold time of 20-40 min. Current limiting properties of MgB2 wires subjected to pulse overcurrents have been experimentally investigated in an AC environment in the self-field at 50 Hz. The quench currents extracted from the pulse measurements were in a range of 200-328 A for different samples, corresponding to an average engineering critical current density (Je) of around 4.8 × 104 A cm-2 at 25 K in the self-field, based on the 1 µV cm-1 criterion. This work is intended to compare the quench behaviour in the Nb-barrier monofilamentary and multifilamentary MgB2 wires with CuNi and Cu/CuNi sheaths. The experimental results can be applied to the design of fault current limiter applications based on MgB2 wires. This work is supported by Rolls-Royce plc and the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

  3. Doping effect of nano-Ho2O3 and naphthalene in MgB2 superconductor prepared by powder-in-sealed-tube method

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    Hansdah, J. S.; Sarun, P. M.

    2015-03-01

    The effect on crystal structure, critical temperature (TC), and critical current density (JC) of bulk MgB2 doped with nano-Ho2O3 and naphthalene was studied. Among all the samples studied, the sample doped with 2.5 wt. % nano-Ho2O3 have shown the best field dependent critical current density [JC(H)], i.e., 0.77 × 105 A/cm2 at 2 T and 10 K. While naphthalene doped MgB2 sample has shown the least JC(H) characteristics. The improved JC(H) characteristics in the nano-Ho2O3 doped MgB2 samples are attributed to improved flux pinning properties due to the formation of HoB4 and in naphthalene doped MgB2 samples. The slight lower TC value (37.01 K) in naphthalene doped samples is attributed to the occurrence of lattice defect by the substitution of carbon at boron site of MgB2 superconductor. Lower ΔTC value implies the lesser anisotropy in all the synthesized samples. The flux pinning force density (FP/FPmax) curves are theoretically analyzed using Dew-Hughes model. The result revealed that point pinning is the dominant pinning mechanism for nano-Ho2O3 doped MgB2 samples, while, surface and grain boundary pinning become dominant with increasing naphthalene addition in nano-Ho2O3 doped MgB2 samples.

  4. ``Hybrid'' multi-gap/single-gap Josephson junctions: Evidence of macroscopic quantum tunneling in superconducting-to-normal switching experiments on MgB2/I/Pb and MgB2/I/Sn junctions

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    Carabello, Steve; Lambert, Joseph; Dai, Wenqing; Li, Qi; Chen, Ke; Cunnane, Daniel; Xi, X. X.; Ramos, Roberto

    We report results of superconducting-to-normal switching experiments on MgB2/I/Pb and MgB2/I/Sn junctions, with and without microwaves. These results suggest that the switching behavior is dominated by quantum tunneling through the washboard potential barrier, rather than thermal excitations or electronic noise. Evidence includes a leveling in the standard deviation of the switching current distribution below a crossover temperature, a Lorentzian shape of the escape rate enhancement peak upon excitation by microwaves, and a narrowing in the histogram of escape counts in the presence of resonant microwave excitation relative to that in the absence of microwaves. These are the first such results reported in ``hybrid'' Josephson tunnel junctions, consisting of multi-gap and single-gap superconducting electrodes.

  5. Enhancement of critical current of SiC and malic acid codoped MgB2/Fe wires

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    Li, W. X.; Chen, R. H.; Xu, X.; Hu, Y. M.; Zhu, M. Y.; Li, Y.; Dou, S. X.

    2015-09-01

    The influences of microstructure, connectivity, and disorder on the critical current density, Jc, are discussed to clarify the different mechanisms of Jc(H) in different magnetic field ranges for in situ and combined in situ/ex situ MgB2/Fe wires with nano SiC and malic acid codoping. Sintering temperature plays a very important role in the electromagnetic properties at different temperatures and under various magnetic fields. Connectivity, upper critical field, Hc2, and irreversibility field, Hirr, are studied to demonstrate the mechanism of Jc dependence on magnetic field. The combined in situ/ex situ process is proved to be a promising technique for fabrication of practical MgB2 wires.

  6. Persistence of Metastable Vortex Lattice Domains in MgB2 in the Presence of Vortex Motion

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    Rastovski, Catherine; Schlesinger, Kimberly; Gannon, William J; Dewhurst, Charles; Debeer-Schmitt, Lisa M; Zhigadlo, Nikolai; Karpinski, Janusz; Eskildsen, Morten

    2013-01-01

    Recently, extensive vortex lattice metastability was reported in MgB2 in connection with a second-order rotational phase transition. However, the mechanism responsible for these well-ordered metastable vortex lattice phases is not well understood. Using small-angle neutron scattering, we studied the vortex lattice in MgB2 as it was driven from a metastable to the ground state through a series of small changes in the applied magnetic field. Our results show that metastable vortex lattice domains persist in the presence of substantial vortex motion and directly demonstrate that the metastability is not due to vortex pinning. Instead, we propose that it is due to the jamming of counterrotated vortex lattice domains which prevents a rotation to the ground state orientation.

  7. Correlation between critical current density and n-value in MgB 2/Nb/Monel superconductor wires

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    Kim, J. H.; Dou, S. X.; Matsumoto, A.; Choi, S.; Kiyoshi, T.; Kumakura, H.

    2010-11-01

    Field and temperature dependences of critical current density ( Jc) and n-value were evaluated from un-doped and carbon doped MgB 2 wires, supplied by the Hyper Tech Research, Inc. In order to explore the possibility of persistent current mode, the variation of n-values for the different MgB 2 conductors was studied in more detail. It was observed that the n-value decreased gradually with an increasing magnetic field and operating temperature. From the power-law relationship between the Jc and the n-value, n∝Jcm, we found that there was a strong relationship, m = 0.371, for both wires at 4.2 and 20 K. On the basis of our experiments, a larger Jc led to a higher n-value, whether there was doping or not.

  8. Preparation and Characterization of MgB2 Bulk Samples Using High-Energy Ball Milling and Hot Isostatic Pressing

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    Rodrigues, D.; Senkowicz, B. J.; Hanson, J. M.; Larbalestier, D. C.; Hellstrom, E. E.

    2008-03-01

    MgB2 bulk samples were prepared using high-energy ball milling in nitrogen atmosphere followed by cold isostatic pressing and hot isostatic pressing to increase densification and grain connectivity. Higher values of critical current densities Jc at high magnetic fields could be obtained after milling than those obtained with unmilled bulk samples. Jc values around 20,000 A/cm2 at 7 T, 4.2 K were found for the MgB2 sample milled for 300 minutes compared to 1000 A/cm2 for the unmilled material. The milling increased electron scattering and resistivity, increasing the irreversibility field μ0Hirr of the samples. The milled samples showed higher values of μ0Hirr than the unmilled sample. However, the milled samples showed lower pinning strength than the unmilled sample as a result of their larger average grain size after HIP, in spite of their higher μ0Hirr.

  9. Conceptual design of MgB2 coil for the 100 MJ SMES of advanced superconducting power conditioning system (ASPCS)

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    Atomura, Naoki; Takahashi, Toshinori; Amata, Hiroto; Iwasaki, Tatsuya; Son, Kyoungwoo; Miyagi, Daisuke; Tsuda, Makoto; Hamajima, Takataro; Shintomi, Takakazu; Makida, Yasuhiro; Takao, Tomoaki; Munakata, Kohe; Kajiwara, Masataka

    In order to reduce global carbon-dioxide in the world, we propose an Advanced Superconducting Power Conditioning System (ASPCS) which is composed of 5 MW renewable energy resources and 1 MW hybrid storage system. The hybrid storage system is composed of FC-H2-EL and SMES which is installed adjacent to a LH2 station for vehicles. Since the SMES can be operated at 20 K which is a saturated temperature of LH2, we can use MgB2 superconductors. In the ASPCS, 100 MJ storage capacities of the SMES should be required. This paper focuses on studies into a conceptual design of SMES toroidal coil composed of the MgB2 and indirectly cooled by LH2.

  10. Low-field critical current density in porous MgB2 powders

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    Agassi, Y. D.

    2013-09-01

    Porous MgB2 powders are comprised of an ensemble of irregularly shaped constituents. In this work we introduce a model for the critical current density in such powders in the presence of a low external field H (H < 4 T) and in the high-porosity limit, where effects of vortex-lattice elasticity can be neglected and vortex pinning takes place within the powder-constituents. The ensuing critical current-density expression is a product of three decoupled factors: The first sets the scale for the critical current-density magnitude, while the second and third factors contain the field and powder-constituent size-parameters dependencies, respectively. The field dependent factor is of the form H-n and 0.5⩽n⩽1.0, where the limiting exponents n = 0.5 and n = 1.0 correspond to vortex configurations within a powder-constituent of a linear array and a two-dimensional lattice, respectively. For the calculations, we assume for the powder constituent shape a cylinder of arbitrary height and radius, where an external field and a single pinned vortex are aligned in parallel to the cylinder’s axis. The exact fields of this configuration are derived. The size-parameters dependence implies enhanced critical current density for a cigar-like shape powder-constituent aligned with the field, and of radius smaller than about three times the penetration depth. These conclusions are consistent with pertaining data.

  11. Avalanche of flux jumps in polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor

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    Felner, I.; Awana, V. P. S.; Mudgel, Monika; Kishan, H.

    2007-05-01

    Dc magnetization studies were carried out on a polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor, which was synthesized at 750°C in Fe tube encapsulation under a vacuum of 10-5Torr. Zero resistances at H =0 and 8T are obtained at 38 and 22K, respectively. The material possesses a sharp diamagnetic transition in the zero-field-cooled branch, whereas the field-cooled branch exhibits the paramagnetic-Meissner-effect-like phenomenon below Tc, indicating strong pinning in this compound. The critical current density at 20K and 2T, estimated by the Bean model is higher than 105A/cm2. Due to the strong pinning, we observed the presence of flux avalanches below H =2T at temperatures below 20K. The magnetization M(H ) grows (as usual) slowly with H and falls sharply to near zero moment value, and further grows again in a common way. The flux avalanches were seen quite symmetric in both increasing/decreasing the field in all four quadrants of the M(H ) loops. The dynamics behavior of sinusoidal-like symmetric reproducible flux avalanches is discussed.

  12. Power Dependence of the RF Surface Resistance of MgB2 Superconductor.

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    Tajima, T.; Findikoglu, A. T.; Jason, A. J.; Krawczyk, F. L.; Mueller, F. M.; Shapiro, A. H.; Geng, R. L.; Padamsee, Hasan,; Romanenko, A.; Moeckly, B. H.

    2005-01-01

    Magnesium diboride (MgB{sub 2}) is a superconducting material that has a transition temperature (T{sub c}) of {approx}40 K, which is {approx}30 K higher than niobium (Nb) that has been used for most superconducting RF cavities in the past decades. Last year, it was demonstrated that the RF surface resistance of MgB{sub 2} can be lower than Nb at 4 K. One of the problems with other high-T{sub c} materials such as YBCO was its rapid increase in RF surface resistance with higher surface magnetic fields. Recently, we have shown that MgB2 shows little increase in the surface resistance up to {approx}120 Oe, equivalent of an accelerating field of {approx}3 MV/m. The highest field tested was limited by available power. This result is encouraging and has made us consider fabrication of a cavity coated with MgB{sub 2} and test it. Also, there is a potential that this material has a higher critical magnetic field that enables the cavity to run at a higher gradient than Nb cavities in addition to the possibility of operation at higher temperatures.

  13. Development of ex situ processed MgB 2 wires and their applications to magnets

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    Braccini, Valeria; Nardelli, Davide; Penco, Roberto; Grasso, Giovanni

    2007-06-01

    In spite of the relatively short time dedicated to the development of magnesium diboride conductors since its discovery in early 2001, a substantial improvement was soon achieved in their manufacture and use. Unlike many others HTS and LTS materials, the MgB 2 conductor processing is more open to a number of improvements and modifications that help in making it more attractive for several DC and AC applications. Many kilometres of conductors were already produced throughout the world and it is now possible to start seriously thinking about a systematic industrial production of this material, as it is already possible to purchase it in reasonable lengths on the free market. These remarkable lengths of conductor were also wound in coils and their performance continuously improved in the past years. Here we will present a review of the recent results and a perspective for the future development of this “new” superconductor, starting from the optimisation of the precursor powders needed to improve the magnetic field behaviour of the tapes, to the conductor development, i.e. the production of multifilamentary Cu-stabilized tapes in lengths up to 1.78 km, to the realization of the first large-scale application devices such as MRI magnets and fault current limiters.

  14. Electric transport measurements on bulk, polycrystalline MgB2 samples prepared at various reaction temperatures

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    Wiederhold, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Inoue, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Murakami, M.; Hartmann, U.

    2016-03-01

    A series of disk-shaped, bulk MgB2 superconductors (sample diameter up to 4 cm) was prepared in order to improve the performance for superconducting super-magnets. Several samples were fabricated using a solid state reaction in pure Ar atmosphere from 750 to 950oC in order to determine the optimum processing parameters to obtain the highest critical current density as well as large trapped field values. Additional samples were prepared with added silver (up to 10 wt.-%) to the Mg and B powder. Magneto-resistance data and I/V-characteristics were recorded using an Oxford Instruments Teslatron system. From Arrhenius plots, we determine the TAFF pinning potential, U 0. The I/V-characteristics yield detailed information on the current flow through the polycrystalline samples. The current flow is influenced by the presence of pores in the samples. Our analysis of the achieved critical currents together with a thorough microstructure investigation reveals that the samples prepared at temperatures between 775°C and 805°C exhibit the smallest grains and the best connectivity between them, while the samples fabricated at higher reaction temperatures show a reduced connectivity and lower pinning potential. Doping the samples with silver leads to a considerable increase of the pinning potential and hence, the critical current densities.

  15. Critical Currents, Vortex Dynamics and Microstructure in MgB_2

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    Serquis, Adriana; Civale, Leonardo; Liao, Xiazhou; Maley, Martin; Zhu, Yuntian; Peterson, Dean; Mueller, Fred

    2003-03-01

    One key issue in optimizing critical current density in MgB2 is to determine which structural features are the relevant pinning centers. In this work we explore the influence of microstructures on the vortex dynamics of bulk samples prepared either at ambient or at high isostatic pressure (HIP). Several types of defects were observed by electron microscopy. Both un-HIPed and HIPed samples contain a large number of intra-grain Mg(B,O) 2 precipitates coherent with the matrix, with sizes very well suited to act as pinning centers (5 - 100 nm). The HIP process further improves flux pinning by eliminating porosity and generating dislocations. We also present a detailed study of the temperature T, field H and current density J dependence of the normalized time (t) relaxation rate, S=dlnJ/dlnt. At low T, we observe a linear S(T), from which we extract a pinning energy Uc that is weakly T dependent and decreases monotonically with H. The extrapolations to T=0 indicate that the quantum creep rate is small. At higher T, the activation energy U(J) shows the divergent behavior at J -> 0 that characterizes the glassy phases. Results are contrasted with the expectations of various collective creep scenarios to extract information on the characteristics of the pinning centers.

  16. Behaviour of filamentary MgB2 wires subjected to tensile stress at 4.2 K

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    Kováč, P.; Kopera, L.; Melišek, T.; Rindfleisch, M.; Haessler, W.; Hušek, I.

    2013-10-01

    Different filamentary MgB2 wires have been subjected to tensile stress at 4.2 K. Stress-strain and critical current versus stress and strain characteristics of wires differing by filament architecture, sheath materials, deformation and heat treatment were measured and compared. It was found that the linear increase of critical current due to the pre-compression effect (ranging from 5% up to ≈20%) is affected by thermal expansion and the strength of used metallic sheaths. The values of irreversible strain ɛirr and stress σirr depend dominantly on the applied outer sheath and its final heat treatment conditions. Consequently, the strain-tolerance of MgB2 wires is influenced by several parameters and it is difficult to see a clear relation between Ic(ɛ) and σ(ɛ) characteristics. The lowest ɛirr was measured for Monel sheathed wires (0.3-0.6%), medium for GlidCop® sheath (0.48-0.6%), and the highest ɛirr = 0.6-0.9% were obtained for MgB2 wires reinforced by the stainless steel 316L annealed at temperature between 600 and 800 ° C. The highest ɛirr = 0.9% and σirr = 900 MPa were measured for the work-hardened steel, which is not considerably softened by the heat treatment at 600 ° C/2.5 h.

  17. Calorimetric AC loss measurement of MgB2 superconducting tape in an alternating transport current and direct magnetic field

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    See, K. W.; Xu, X.; Horvat, J.; Cook, C. D.; Dou, S. X.

    2012-11-01

    Applications of MgB2 superconductors in electrical engineering have been widely reported, and various studies have been made to define their alternating current (AC) losses. However, studies on the transport losses with an applied transverse DC magnetic field have not been conducted, even though this is one of the favored conditions in applications of practical MgB2 tapes. Methods and techniques used to characterize and measure these losses have so far been grouped into ‘electrical’ and ‘calorimetric’ approaches with external conditions set to resemble the application conditions. In this paper, we present a new approach to mounting the sample and employ the calorimetric method to accurately determine the losses in the concurrent application of AC transport current and DC magnetic fields that are likely to be experienced in practical devices such as generators and motors. This technique provides great simplification compared to the pickup coil and lock-in amplifier methods and is applied to a long length (˜10 cm) superconducting tape. The AC loss data at 20 and 30 K will be presented in an applied transport current of 50 Hz under external DC magnetic fields. The results are found to be higher than the theoretical predictions because of the metallic fraction of the tape that contributes quite significantly to the total losses. The data, however, will allow minimization of losses in practical MgB2 coils and will be used in the verification of numerical coil models.

  18. The Influence of CuFe2O4 Nanoparticles on Superconductivity of MgB2

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    Novosel, Nikolina; Pajić, Damir; Skoko, Željko; Mustapić, Mislav; Babić, Emil; Zadro, Krešo; Horvat, Joseph

    The influence of CuFe2O4 nanoparticle doping on superconducting properties of Fe-sheated MgB2 wires has been studied. The wires containing 0, 3 and 7.5 wt.% of monodisperse superparamagnetic nanoparticles (˜7 nm) were sintered at 650°C or 750°C for 1 hour in the pure argon atmosphere. X-ray diffraction patterns of doped samples showed very small maxima corresponding to iron boride and an increase in the fraction of MgO phase indicating some interaction of nanoparticles with Mg and B. Both magnetic and transport measurements (performed in the temperature range 2-42 K and magnetic field up to 16 T) showed strong deterioration of the superconducting properties upon doping with CuFe2O4. The transition temperatures, Tc, of doped samples decreased for about 1.4 K per wt.% of CuFe2O4. Also, the irreversibility fields Birr(T) decreased progressively with increasing doping. Accordingly, also the suppression of Jc with magnetic field became stronger. The observed strong deterioration of superconducting properties of MgB2 wires is at variance with reported enhancement of critical currents at higher temperatures (determined from magnetization) in bulk MgB2 samples doped with Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The probable reason for this discrepancy is briefly discussed

  19. A new approach to a superconducting joining process for carbon-doped MgB2 conductor

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    Patel, Dipak; Hossain, Md Shahriar Al; Maeda, Minoru; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Yanmaz, Ekrem; Pradhan, Subrata; Tomsic, Mike; Choi, Seyong; Kim, Jung Ho

    2016-09-01

    We report a new approach to a superconducting joining process for unreacted in situ carbon (C)-doped magnesium diboride (MgB2) wires. To operate a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet in the persistent mode, the superconducting joints between two conductors are as critical as the other key components. In addition, a stable and reliable joining process enables the superconducting magnet to operate without an external power supply. However, joint results using unreacted in situ C-doped MgB2 wires, which are used for high-field operation, have been limited, and only very poor performance has been obtained. By controlling the pressure inside a joint part, in this study, we successfully obtained current carrying retention in the joint of up to 72% compared to wire without a joint. The closed-circuit resistance of our closed-loop coil was less than 1.8 × 10‑13 Ω at 16.7 ± 4.7 K, as measured by the field-decay measurement method. These results indicate that MgB2 has a promising future in MRI application.

  20. Evaluation of Young’s modulus of MgB2 filaments in composite wires for the superconducting links for the high-luminosity LHC upgrade

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    Sugano, Michinaka; Ballarino, Amalia; Bartova, Barbora; Bjoerstad, Roger; Gerardin, Alexandre; Scheuerlein, Christian

    2016-02-01

    MgB2 wire is a promising superconductor for the superconducting links for the high-luminosity upgrade of the large Hadron collider at CERN. The mechanical properties of MgB2 must be fully quantified for the cable design, and in this study, we evaluate the Young’s modulus of MgB2 filaments in wires with a practical level of critical current. The Young’s moduli of MgB2 filaments by two different processes, in situ and ex situ, were compared. Two different evaluation methods were applied to an in situ MgB2 wire, a single-fiber tensile test and a tensile test after removing Monel. In addition, the Young’s modulus of the few-micron-thick Nb-Ni reaction layer in an ex situ processed wire was evaluated using a nanoindentation testing technique to improve the accuracy of analysis based on the rule of mixtures. The Young’s moduli of the in situ and ex situ MgB2 wires were in the range of 76-97 GPa and no distinct difference depending on the fabrication process was found.

  1. Tellurium addition as a solution to improve compactness of ex-situ processed MgB2-SiC superconducting tapes

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    Sandu, V.; Aldica, G.; Popa, S.; Enculescu, Monica; Badica, P.

    2016-06-01

    Ex-situ spark plasma sintering (SPS) was used to obtain dense MgB2-based tapes in a Fe sheath with the starting composition (MgB2)0.975 + (SiC)0.025 + Te0.01. Prior to the SPS procedure of tape formation, the samples were submitted to a series of cold working processes typical for the powder-in-tube technique. The tapes were compared with optimal doped bulk samples (having the same starting composition) and a pristine MgB2 tape. The morphology of the composite samples, the phase structure of both the core and the inner face of the metallic sheath shows the formation of a plethora of traces as a result of interaction between MgB2, additives, and the Fe sheath. Important critical parameters, like critical current density and the irreversibility field, show that there is a field and temperature range where the SiC and Te-added tapes display better critical parameters comparative to either pristine MgB2 tapes in the Fe sheath or SiC and Te doped MgB2 bulk samples.

  2. Superior critical current density obtained in MgB2 bulks via employing carbon-coated boron and minor Cu addition

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    Peng, Junming; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Shahriar Al Hossain, M.; Xin, Ying; Jin, Jianxun

    2016-09-01

    High performance Cu doped MgB2 bulks were prepared by an in-situ method with carbon-coated amorphous boron as precursor. It was found that the usage of carbon-coated boron in present work leads to the formation of uniformly refined MgB2 grains, as well as a high level of homogeneous carbon doping in the MgB2 samples, which significantly enhance the Jc in both Cu doped and undoped bulks compared to MgB2 bulks with normal amorphous boron precursor. Moreover, minor Cu can service as activator, and thus facilitates the growth of MgB2 grains and improves crystallinity and grain connectivity, which can bring about the excellent critical current density (Jc) at self fields and low fields (the best values are 7 × 105 A/cm2 at self fields, and 1 × 105 A/cm2 at 2 T, 20 K, respectively). Simultaneously, minor Cu addition can reduce the amount of MgO impurity significantly, also contributing to the improvement of Jc at low fields. Our work suggests that Cu-activated sintering combined with employment of carbon-coated amorphous boron as precursor could be a promising technique to produce practical MgB2 bulks or wires with excellent Jc on an industrial scale.

  3. On the roles of graphene oxide doping for enhanced supercurrent in MgB2 based superconductors

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    Yeoh, W. K.; Cui, X. Y.; Gault, B.; de Silva, K. S. B.; Xu, X.; Liu, H. W.; Yen, H.-W.; Wong, D.; Bao, P.; Larson, D. J.; Martin, I.; Li, W. X.; Zheng, R. K.; Wang, X. L.; Dou, S. X.; Ringer, S. P.

    2014-05-01

    Due to their graphene-like properties after oxygen reduction, incorporation of graphene oxide (GO) sheets into correlated-electron materials offers a new pathway for tailoring their properties. Fabricating GO nanocomposites with polycrystalline MgB2 superconductors leads to an order of magnitude enhancement of the supercurrent at 5 K/8 T and 20 K/4 T. Herein, we introduce a novel experimental approach to overcome the formidable challenge of performing quantitative microscopy and microanalysis of such composites, so as to unveil how GO doping influences the structure and hence the material properties. Atom probe microscopy and electron microscopy were used to directly image the GO within the MgB2, and we combined these data with computational simulations to derive the property-enhancing mechanisms. Our results reveal synergetic effects of GO, namely, via localized atomic (carbon and oxygen) doping as well as texturing of the crystals, which provide both inter- and intra-granular flux pinning. This study opens up new insights into how low-dimensional nanostructures can be integrated into composites to modify the overall properties, using a methodology amenable to a wide range of applications.Due to their graphene-like properties after oxygen reduction, incorporation of graphene oxide (GO) sheets into correlated-electron materials offers a new pathway for tailoring their properties. Fabricating GO nanocomposites with polycrystalline MgB2 superconductors leads to an order of magnitude enhancement of the supercurrent at 5 K/8 T and 20 K/4 T. Herein, we introduce a novel experimental approach to overcome the formidable challenge of performing quantitative microscopy and microanalysis of such composites, so as to unveil how GO doping influences the structure and hence the material properties. Atom probe microscopy and electron microscopy were used to directly image the GO within the MgB2, and we combined these data with computational simulations to derive the property-enhancing mechanisms. Our results reveal synergetic effects of GO, namely, via localized atomic (carbon and oxygen) doping as well as texturing of the crystals, which provide both inter- and intra-granular flux pinning. This study opens up new insights into how low-dimensional nanostructures can be integrated into composites to modify the overall properties, using a methodology amenable to a wide range of applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Crystallographic data on the proposed Mg(B,O)2, MgB2O0.25 and MgB2O0.5 phases. Evidence of phase separation of Mg(B,O)2 into nanocrystalline MgO and MgB2, and evidence of the Mg(B,O)2 phase in X-ray diffraction with the X-ray index table for Mg(B,O)2. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr00415a

  4. Effects of Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Impurities in MgB2: A Point-Contact Study of Single Crystals

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    Daghero, D.

    2007-03-01

    We studied the effects of chemical substitutions, either magnetic (Mn) or non-magnetic (Al, C), on the energy gaps of MgB2 by means of directional point-contact spectroscopy (PCS) in state-of-the-art single crystals. Here we discuss two noticeable cases, i.e. Mg1-xMnxB2 crystals with x up to 0.015, and Mg1-xAlxB2 crystals with x up to 0.32. In both cases, we used a pressure-less PCS technique in which a thin Au wire is put in contact with the side surface of the crystal by means of a small drop of Ag paint. The gaps δσ and δπ were obtained through a two-band Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk (BTK) fit of the Andreev-reflection conductance curves of the resulting contacts. Both in Mn- and Al-doped MgB2, the gaps decrease on decreasing the critical temperature of the contacts, Tc^A (at which the Andreev-reflection structures disappear), but remain clearly distinct down to Tc^A˜10 K. Once analysed within the two-band Eliashberg theory, the δσ and δπ vs. Tc^A curves give information about the effects of Mn and Al substitutions on the different scattering channels (interband and intraband, magnetic or non-magnetic). It turns out that the main effect of Mn is to increase the spin-flip scattering within the σ band (with smaller contributions from either the π-π or the σ-π channels), as also confirmed by first-principle bandstructure calculations. In the case of Al, the band-filling effect is largely dominant. An increase in non-magnetic interband scattering is possible, but small enough not to give rise to gap merging. In collaboration with G.A. Ummarino, A. Calzolari, M. Tortello, D. Delaude, R.S. Gonnelli, Dipartimento di Fisica and CNISM, Politecnico di Torino, Italy; V.A. Stepanov, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute, RAS, Moscow, Russia; N.D. Zhigadlo, J. Karpinski, Laboratory for Solid State Physics, ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland; and S. Massidda, Dipartimento di Fisica, Universitàdi Cagliari, Italy.

  5. Study of the potential of three different MgB2 tapes for application in cylindrical coils operating at 20 K

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    Pitel, J.; Kováč, P.; Tropeano, M.; Grasso, G.

    2015-05-01

    The goal of this theoretical study is to illustrate the potential of three different MgB2 tapes, developed by Columbus Superconductors, for application in cylindrical coils. First, the distribution of critical currents and electric fields of individual turns is compared when the winding of the model coil is made with tapes having different Ic(B) and anisotropy values. Second, the influence of the winding geometry on basic parameters of cylindrical coils which consist of a set of pancake coils, such as critical current Icmin, central magnetic field B0 and stored energy E, is analysed. The winding geometry of the coils, i.e. the outer winding radius and the coil length, with the same inner winding radius, was changed from a disc shape to a long thin solenoid in such a way that the overall tape length was held constant, and considered as a parameter. Finally, the winding cross-section of the coil is optimized with respect to the constant tape length in order to reach the maximum central field. The results of calculations show that for a given overall tape length and inner winding radius there exists only one winding geometry which generates the maximum central field. The overall tape length, as a parameter, is changed in a broad range from 500 m to 10 km. All calculations were performed using the experimental data measured at 20 K while the effect of the anisotropy in the Ic(B) characteristic of the short samples is taken into account.

  6. Influence of Metal Diboride and Dy2O3 Additions on Microstructure and Properties of MgB2 Fabricated at High Temperatures and under Pressure

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    Yang, Y.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2016-01-01

    High temperatures and under pressure (HTP) processing has been used to study the effects of chemical doping in MgB2. ZrB2, TiB2 and NbB2 were selected as additives since, like MgB2, they have an AlB2-type structure and similar lattice parameters. Dy2O3 was selected as it has been reported to generate nanoscale, secondary intragrain phases in MgB2. While C is known to enter the B-sublattice readily, attempts to dope Zr and other elements onto the Mg site have been less successful due to slow bulk diffusion, low solubility in MgB2, or both. We have used high-temperature, solid-state sintering (1500 °C), as well as excursions through the peritectic temperature (up to 1700 °C), to investigate both of these limitations. Bulk MgB2 samples doped with MB2 (M = Zr, Ti and Nb) and Dy2O3 additions were synthesized and then characterized. Lattice distortion and high densities of crystal defects were observed in the MgB2 grains around nano-sized MB2 inclusions, this highly defected band contributed to a large increase in Bc2 but was not large enough to increase the irreversibility field. In contrast, distributed intragrain precipitates were formed by Dy2O3 additions which did not change the lattice parameters, Tc, Tc distribution or Bc2 of MgB2, but modified the flux pinning. PMID:27406904

  7. Influence of Metal Diboride and Dy2O3 Additions on Microstructure and Properties of MgB2 Fabricated at High Temperatures and under Pressure

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    Yang, Y.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2016-07-01

    High temperatures and under pressure (HTP) processing has been used to study the effects of chemical doping in MgB2. ZrB2, TiB2 and NbB2 were selected as additives since, like MgB2, they have an AlB2-type structure and similar lattice parameters. Dy2O3 was selected as it has been reported to generate nanoscale, secondary intragrain phases in MgB2. While C is known to enter the B-sublattice readily, attempts to dope Zr and other elements onto the Mg site have been less successful due to slow bulk diffusion, low solubility in MgB2, or both. We have used high-temperature, solid-state sintering (1500 °C), as well as excursions through the peritectic temperature (up to 1700 °C), to investigate both of these limitations. Bulk MgB2 samples doped with MB2 (M = Zr, Ti and Nb) and Dy2O3 additions were synthesized and then characterized. Lattice distortion and high densities of crystal defects were observed in the MgB2 grains around nano-sized MB2 inclusions, this highly defected band contributed to a large increase in Bc2 but was not large enough to increase the irreversibility field. In contrast, distributed intragrain precipitates were formed by Dy2O3 additions which did not change the lattice parameters, Tc, Tc distribution or Bc2 of MgB2, but modified the flux pinning.

  8. Effect of field cooling heights on the levitation force of pure and starch/polystyrene/MWCNT added bulk MgB2 superconductors

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    Tripathi, D.; Dey, T. K.

    2014-12-01

    A series of MgB2 pellets with and without addition of carbon from different sources (viz. starch, polystyrene and carbon nanotubes) have been synthesized by solid state reaction under argon atmosphere. XRD analysis indicates a decrease in lattice parameters of MgB2 with addition of starch, polystyrene (PS) and MWCNT and confirms substitution of carbon in boron sites. The presence of nanosized carbon inclusions between the grain boundaries in the present set of samples is evident in TEM photographs. Resistivity data confirms a decrease in superconducting transition temperature (Tc0) for MgB2 doped with starch/PS/MWCNT. The effect of different field cooling heights (HIFC) at 20 K on maximum levitation force (FMLF) and maximum attractive force (FMAF) of pure MgB2 and MgB2 doped with starch/PS/MWCNT have been investigated. Except for MWCNT, doping of starch and PS in MgB2 is found to improve FMLF and FMAF and the best result is obtained for MgB2 doped with 1 wt.% PS. Levitation force measured as a function of decreasing initial field cooling height indicates exponential dependence of both maximum levitation force (FMLF) and maximum attractive force (FMAF). However, the gap distance between PM and the sample (H0AF and HMAF) corresponding to maximum attractive force (FMAF) and zero attractive force (F0AF) varies linearly and their difference remains constant. This constancy in (HMAF - H0AF) is understood in terms of constant reduction rate of magnetic flux density between H0AF and HMAF.

  9. Optical-Quality Thin Polymer Membranes

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    Moore, James; Patrick, Brian

    2003-01-01

    A method of fabricating both curved and flat thin polymer membranes of optical quality has been developed. The method was originally intended to enable the fabrication of lightweight membrane imaging and interferometric optics, possibly with apertures multiple meters wide, for use in scientific instruments that would operate in outer space. The method may also be applicable to the fabrication of lightweight membrane optics for terrestrial use. The method involves flow-casting of a soluble polymer with mechanical and environmental controls that provide nearly ideal conditions for the formation of a membrane. The preferred environmental conditions and other details of the process depend on the choice of polymer and substrate material and on the shape and size of the membrane to be cast. Once the polymer has dried to a membrane, it is cured with convective heating, then released. Membranes with root-mean-square surface roughnesses of less than 10.5 can be produced routinely by this method. Variations in the thicknesses of the membranes have ranged from 1/3 wavelength down to as little as 1/20 wavelength (at a wavelength of 633 nm). Membranes fabricated thus far have had diameters up to 0.5 m, and there appears to be no major obstacle to scaling up to multiple-meter diameters.

  10. The influence of heating rate on superconducting characteristics of MgB2 obtained by spark plasma sintering technique

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    Aldica, G.; Burdusel, M.; Popa, S.; Enculescu, M.; Pasuk, I.; Badica, P.

    2015-12-01

    Superconducting bulks of MgB2 were obtained by the Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS) technique. Different heating rates of 20, 100, 235, 355, and 475 °C/min were used. Samples have high density, above 95%. The onset critical temperature Tc, is about 38.8 K. There is an optimum heating rate of ∼100 °C/min to maximize the critical current density Jc0, the irreversibility field Hirr, the product (Jc0 x μ0Hirr), and to partially avoid formation of undesirable flux jumps at low temperatures. Significant microstructure differences were revealed for samples processed with low and high heating rates in respect to grain boundaries.

  11. Characterizations of the Core-Shell Structured MgB2/CARBON Fiber Synthesis by Rf-Sputtering and Thermal Evaporation

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    Park, Sung Chang; Lim, Yeong Jin; Lee, Tae-Keun; Kim, Cheol Jin

    MgB2/carbon fibers have been synthesized by the combination of RF-sputtering of B and thermal evaporation of Mg, followed by co-evaporation. First, boron layer was deposited by RF-sputtering on the carbon fiber with average diameter of 7.1 μm. Later this coated layer of B was reacted with Mg vapor to transform into MgB2. Since the MgB2 reaction proceed with Mg diffusion into the boron layer, Mg vapor pressure and the diffusion time had to be controlled precisely to secure the complete reaction. Also the deposition rate of each element was controlled separately to obtain stoichiometric MgB2, since Mg was evaporated by thermal heating and B by sputtering system. The sintered B target was magnetron sputtered at the RF-power of ~200 W, which corresponded to the deposition rate of ~3.6 Å/s. With the deposition rate of B fixed, the vapor pressure of Mg was controlled by varying the temperature of tungsten boat with heating element control unit between 100 and 900°C. The MgB2 layers with the thickness of 200-950 nm could be obtained and occasionally MgO appeared as a second phase. Superconducting transition temperatures were measured around ~38 K depending on the deposition condition.

  12. A multiscale and multiphysics model of strain development in a 1.5 T MRI magnet designed with 36 filament composite MgB2 superconducting wire

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    Amin, Abdullah Al; Baig, Tanvir; Deissler, Robert J.; Yao, Zhen; Tomsic, Michael; Doll, David; Akkus, Ozan; Martens, Michael

    2016-05-01

    High temperature superconductors such as MgB2 focus on conduction cooling of electromagnets that eliminates the use of liquid helium. With the recent advances in the strain sustainability of MgB2, a full body 1.5 T conduction cooled magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) magnet shows promise. In this article, a 36 filament MgB2 superconducting wire is considered for a 1.5 T full-body MRI system and is analyzed in terms of strain development. In order to facilitate analysis, this composite wire is homogenized and the orthotropic wire material properties are employed to solve for strain development using a 2D-axisymmetric finite element analysis (FEA) model of the entire set of MRI magnet. The entire multiscale multiphysics analysis is considered from the wire to the magnet bundles addressing winding, cooling and electromagnetic excitation. The FEA solution is verified with proven analytical equations and acceptable agreement is reported. The results show a maximum mechanical strain development of 0.06% that is within the failure criteria of -0.6% to 0.4% (-0.3% to 0.2% for design) for the 36 filament MgB2 wire. Therefore, the study indicates the safe operation of the conduction cooled MgB2 based MRI magnet as far as strain development is concerned.

  13. Macroscopic exploration and visual quality inspection of thin film deposit

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    Désage, Simon-Frédéric; Pitard, Gilles; Favrelière, Hugues; Pillet, Maurice; Dellea, Olivier; Fugier, Pascal; Coronel, Philippe; Ollier, Emmanuel

    2014-04-01

    Micro/nanotechnologies evolve causing an evolution of surface characterization systems of thin films. Today, these systems are not adapted to the future needs (or current) to characterize and qualify a large effective area within industrial production. This concerns the thin film active layers or simple mask for structuring the surface. This paper proposes a quality control method for thin films of self-assembled particles and high quality. This method is founded on the intersection of several skills available in our laboratories: Industrial process of visual inspection, optical methods for quality control (large area relative to the state of the art) and advances in micro/nanotechnology (CEA/Liten).

  14. Magnetic characterization of sintered MgB2 samples: effect of substitution or 'doping' with Li, Al and Si

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    Cimberle, M. R.; Novak, M.; Manfrinetti, P.; Palenzona, A.

    2002-01-01

    Powdered and sintered MgB2 samples, both pure and substituted or doped, have been prepared and characterized through magnetic measurements performed from T = 5 K up to a few degrees above the transition temperature of about 39 K. For all the samples, the irreversibility line (IL) appears much lower than the Hc2-T line and very far from that of both high-Tc (YBCO) and low-Tc (Nb3Sn) materials indicating the need to increase the pinning in this material to make it attractive for technological applications. Moreover, we have verified through different procedures that the sintered samples behave as well-connected bodies, showing no trace of granularity; therefore, the critical current density values Jc may be obtained by applying the 'critical state model' in a straightforward way. The hysteresis loop measurements allowed estimation of Jc both for powders and sintered samples and confirmed the strong field decrease of Jc, implicit in IL behaviour. We attempt to introduce defects in the MgB2 structure by different chemical treatments like substitution of lithium on the magnesium site and doping of the precursor boron powders with aluminium and silicon. Jc always increased in doped or substituted samples (up to a factor 3) and this fact is meaningful, in particular in the light of the small level of substitution or doping we performed. The best result in terms of Jc is achieved by silicon doping that, moreover, does not significantly decrease the transition temperature.

  15. Effects of sintering temperature on properties of Ti-sheathed, SiC-doped MgB2 superconducting wires

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    Liang, Gan; Fang, Hui; Hoyt, Cad; Guchhait, Samaresh; Markert, John

    2009-03-01

    Mono-core Ti-sheathed, silicon carbide (SiC) doped MgB2 wires have been successfully fabricated by powder-in-tube method. The average size of the doped SiC nano particles is 20 nm and the doping level is 10 wt.%. The wires were sintered for 30 minutes at five temperatures from 650 ^oC to 800 ^oC. Effects of sintering temperature on the phase composition, microstructure, and critical current density (Jc) were studied by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and magnetization measurements. The results indicate that the Ti sheath does not react with the magnesium and boron, and the present wire rolling process can produce Ti-sheathed, SiC-doped MgB2 wires with high critical current density. It is found that Jc peaks up at sintering temperature of 800 ^oC. This is in sharp contrast with the previously reported result (by other group) that the optimal Jc was achieved at sintering temperature 650 ^oC. The correlations between Jc and the structural properties of the wires are discussed.

  16. Effect of heat treatment temperature on superconducting performance of B 4C added MgB 2/Nb conductors

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    Viljamaa, J.; Kario, A.; Dobročka, E.; Reissner, M.; Kulich, M.; Kováč, P.; Häßler, W.

    2012-02-01

    A previously observed enhancing effect of addition of 10 wt.% of B 4C on critical current density ( Jc) dependence on magnetic flux density ( B) in MgB 2 superconductors is examined here in more detail. Nb sheathed in situ MgB 2 monofilamentary Powder-in-Tube (PIT) samples are prepared with the 10 wt.% addition of boron carbide. The samples are heat treated at different temperatures, namely at 650, 700, 750, and 800 °C for 30 min. The phases and lattice parameters of the samples are studied using X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The amount of B 4C does not decrease from the initial amount with increasing heat treatment temperature ( Tht) but instead increases. This indicates that some of the Mg from the precursor reacts with the Nb sheath. Magnetic Jc( B) characteristics are obtained at several temperatures in external B in a Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM). The magnetic and transport Jc( B) results disagree with each other which can be explained by unsuitability of Nb as the sheath with higher Tht. From these results, also pinning force densities ( Fp) are calculated. No effect on pinning mechanism of B 4C added samples is observed by the heat treatment conditions. Resistance dependencies on temperature are also measured in a Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS). Mg deficiency with high Tht is supported by these measurements.

  17. Evaluation of persistent-mode operation in a superconducting MgB2 coil in solid nitrogen

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    Patel, Dipak; Hossain, Md Shahriar Al; See, Khay Wai; Qiu, Wenbin; Kobayashi, Hiroki; Ma, Zongqing; Kim, Seong Jun; Hong, Jonggi; Park, Jin Yong; Choi, Seyong; Maeda, Minoru; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Rindfleisch, Matt; Tomsic, Mike; Xue Dou, Shi; Kim, Jung Ho

    2016-04-01

    We report the fabrication of a magnesium diboride (MgB2) coil and evaluate its persistent-mode operation in a system cooled by a cryocooler with solid nitrogen (SN2) as a cooling medium. The main purpose of SN2 was to increase enthalpy of the cold mass. For this work, an in situ processed carbon-doped MgB2 wire was used. The coil was wound on a stainless steel former in a single layer (22 turns), with an inner diameter of 109 mm and height of 20 mm without any insulation. The two ends of the coil were then joined to make a persistent-current switch to obtain the persistent-current mode. After a heat treatment, the whole coil was installed in the SN2 chamber. During operation, the resultant total circuit resistance was estimated to be <7.4 × 10-14 Ω at 19.5 K ± 1.5 K, which meets the technical requirement for magnetic resonance imaging application.

  18. Effects of Fe substitution on TC suppression of MgB2 : A B11 NMR study

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    Lue, C. S.; Su, T. H.; Xie, B. X.; Chen, S. K.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. L.; Kuo, Y. K.; Yang, H. D.

    2006-06-01

    We have performed a systematic study of Fe-doped MgB2 alloys using B11 nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The Knight shift, line shape, as well as spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) on each individual composition have been identified. The central transition and quadrupole linewidths increase with Fe concentration, attributed to the effect of disorder on these measurements. The temperature independence of the central transition linewidth further confirms no magnetic moment associated with these dopants. In addition, the value of T1T remains unchanged with Fe content, indicative of little or no effect on the B-2p Fermi level density of states (DOS) by substituting Fe in the Mg sublattice of MgB2 . These observations clearly revealed that the drop of TC cannot be accounted for either by the pair breaking or by the electronic DOS reduction. It thus revealed the importance of the phonon contributions to the change of TC , presumably due to the decreased phonon frequency and/or the reduced electron-phonon coupling strength through Fe doping.

  19. On the roles of graphene oxide doping for enhanced supercurrent in MgB2 based superconductors.

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    Yeoh, W K; Cui, X Y; Gault, B; De Silva, K S B; Xu, X; Liu, H W; Yen, H-W; Wong, D; Bao, P; Larson, D J; Martin, I; Li, W X; Zheng, R K; Wang, X L; Dou, S X; Ringer, S P

    2014-06-01

    Due to their graphene-like properties after oxygen reduction, incorporation of graphene oxide (GO) sheets into correlated-electron materials offers a new pathway for tailoring their properties. Fabricating GO nanocomposites with polycrystalline MgB2 superconductors leads to an order of magnitude enhancement of the supercurrent at 5 K/8 T and 20 K/4 T. Herein, we introduce a novel experimental approach to overcome the formidable challenge of performing quantitative microscopy and microanalysis of such composites, so as to unveil how GO doping influences the structure and hence the material properties. Atom probe microscopy and electron microscopy were used to directly image the GO within the MgB2, and we combined these data with computational simulations to derive the property-enhancing mechanisms. Our results reveal synergetic effects of GO, namely, via localized atomic (carbon and oxygen) doping as well as texturing of the crystals, which provide both inter- and intra-granular flux pinning. This study opens up new insights into how low-dimensional nanostructures can be integrated into composites to modify the overall properties, using a methodology amenable to a wide range of applications. PMID:24793305

  20. Superconducting Properties of MgB2 with Addition of Other AlB2-type Diborides and Carbon Sources, Prepared Using High Energy Ball Milling and HIP

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    Rodrigues, Durval; Silva, Lucas B. S. da; Metzner, Vivian C. V.; Hellstrom, Eric E.

    In the present work it is described the production of MgB2 samples by using the mixture of MgB2 with other diborides, (TaB2, VB2, and AlB2) which have the same C32 hexagonal structure as the MgB2, and simultaneous addition with the diborides and SiC, that contribute with C, to replace B in the crystalline structure of the matrix. As an important result, the critical current density (Jc) was improved at low magnetic fields when just the diborides are added. However, when SiC is added simultaneously with the diborides, the result is the improvement of Jc at high fields. The critical temperature (Tc) was maintained high.

  1. Proposal of new structure of MgB 2 wires with low AC loss for stator windings of fully superconducting motors located in iron core slots

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    Kajikawa, K.; Osaka, R.; Kuga, H.; Nakamura, T.; Wakuda, T.

    2011-11-01

    The new structure of MgB 2 monofilamentary wires for stator windings of fully superconducting motors is proposed to reduce their AC losses in iron core slots for the application of an alternating transport current. In order to validate the proposed structure of wire for loss reduction, numerical calculations are carried out by means of a finite element method using edge elements formulated with a self-field due to currents induced in an analysis region. It is assumed that the voltage-current characteristics of the MgB 2 superconductor are given by Bean’s critical state model, in which the critical current density is independent of the local magnetic field. The influences of wire structures on the AC losses are discussed quantitatively toward the optimum design of stator windings in fully superconducting motors with the MgB 2 wires.

  2. Nanocoating of particles for optimal doping and universal enhancement of current-carrying ability in ``organic'' MgB2-xCx superconductors

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    Shcherbakova, O. V.; Pan, A. V.; Dou, S. X.; Nigam, R.; Wexler, D.

    2010-05-01

    The universal approach of liquid mixing has been found to produce "organic" MgB2-xCx superconductors with structural and supercurrent-carrying properties unattainable by other techniques. We show by transmission electron microscopy combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy that these unique properties are enabled through coating of boron particles with a nanolayer of carbon. The subsequent reaction between carbon-encapsulated boron and magnesium results in enhanced carbon content x in the crystal lattice, as determined by x-ray diffraction pattern analysis. Among various carbon-containing compounds investigated, polycarbosilane has been found to be the optimal dopant for MgB2 superconductor, producing the largest critical current density due to the formation of wide range of nanodefects with pinning properties within the MgB2 crystal lattice, as well as due to minimal formation of current-blocking layers around the grains.

  3. Pinning and trapped field in MgB2- and MT-YBaCuO bulk superconductors manufactured under pressure

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    Prikhna, T.; Eisterer, M.; Chaud, X.; Weber, H. W.; Habisreuther, T.; Moshchil, V.; Kozyrev, A.; Shapovalov, A.; Gawalek, W.; Wu, M.; Litzkendorf, D.; Goldacker, W.; Sokolovsky, V.; Shaternik, V.; Rabier, J.; Joulain, A.; Grechnev, G.; Boutko, V.; Gusev, A.; Shaternik, A.; Barvitskiy, P.

    2016-03-01

    The relevant pinning centers of Abrikosov vortices in MgB2-based materials are oxygen-enriched Mg-B-O inclusions or nanolayers and inclusions of MgBx (x>4) phases. The high critical current densities, j c, of 106 and 103A/cm2 at 1 and 8.5 T, respectively, at 20 K can be achieved in polycrystalline materials (prepared at 2 GPa) containing a large amount of admixed oxygen. Besides, oxygen can be incorporated into the MgB2 structure in small amounts (MgB1.5O0.5), which is supported by Auger studies and calculations of the DOS and the binding energy. The j c of melt textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ (or Y123)-based superconductors (MT-YBaCuO) depends not only on the perfectness of texture and the amount of oxygen in the Y123 structure, but also on the density of twins and micro-cracks formed during the oxygenation (due to shrinking of the c-lattice parameter). The density of twins and microcracks increases with the reduction of the distance between Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) inclusions in Y123. At 77 K jc=8·104 A/cm2 in self-field and jc=103 A/cm2 at 10 T were found in materials oxygenated at 16 MPa for 3 days with a density of twins of 22–35 per µm (thickness of the lamellae: 45-30 nm) and a density of micro-cracks of 200–280 per mm. Pinning can occur at the points of intersection between the Y123 twin planes and the Y211 inclusions. MTYBaCuO at 77 K can trap 1.4 T (38×38×17 mm, oxygenated at 0.1 MPa for 20 days) and 0.8 T (16 mm in diameter and 10 mm thick with 0.45 mm holes oxygenated at 10 MPa for 53 h). The sensitivity of MgB2 to magnetic field variations (flux jumps) complicates estimates of the trapped field. At 20 K 1.8 T was found for a block of 30 mm in diameter and a thickness of 7.5 mm and 1.5 T (if the magnetic field was increased at a rate of 0.1 T) for a ring with dimensions 24×18 mm and a thickness of 8 mm.

  4. Angular dependences of the motion of the anisotropic flux line lattice and the peak effect in MgB2

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    Jang, D.-J.; Lee, H.-S.; Kang, B.; Lee, H.-G.; Cho, M.-H.; Lee, S.-I.

    2008-12-01

    We have studied the angle-dependent motion of the anisotropic flux line lattice (FLL) and the peak effect (PE) in MgB2 single crystals. For arbitrary angles (θ), we measured the resistance (R(H)) and critical current (Ic(H)) with AC and DC currents, respectively. At low fields below the PE, R(H) and Ic(H) showed a weak angular dependence, regardless of the type of excitation current, because of the stable vortex state. At intermediate fields near the PE, R(H) and Ic(H) at the onset of the PE varied with θ, depending on the type of external current, due to the metastability of the disordered vortex lattice near the PE. At high fields above the PE and near the upper critical field Hc2, the R(H) curves showed a simple scaling behavior with θ.

  5. Ab initio theory of magnetic-field-induced odd-frequency two-band superconductivity in MgB2

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    Aperis, Alex; Maldonado, Pablo; Oppeneer, Peter M.

    2015-08-01

    We develop the anisotropic Eliashberg framework for superconductivity in the presence of an applied magnetic field. Using as input the ab initio calculated electron and phonon band structures and electron-phonon coupling, we solve self-consistently the anisotropic Eliashberg equations for the archetypal superconductor MgB2. We find two self-consistent solutions, time-even two-band superconductivity, as well as unconventional time-odd s -wave spin triplet two-band superconductivity emerging with applied field. We provide the full momentum, frequency, and spin-resolved dependence and magnetic field-temperature phase diagrams of the time-even and time-odd superconducting pair amplitudes and predict fingerprints of this novel odd-frequency state in tunneling experiments.

  6. Irreversibility field and flux pinning in MgB2 with and without SiC additions

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    Sumption, M. D.; Bhatia, M.; Dou, S. X.; Rindfliesch, M.; Tomsic, M.; Arda, L.; Ozdemir, M.; Hascicek, Y.; Collings, E. W.

    2004-10-01

    The critical current density (Jc) was measured at 4.2 K for MgB2 strands with and without SiC additions. In some cases measurements were performed on long (1 m) samples wound on barrels, the transport results being compared to the results of magnetic measurements. Most measurements were performed on short samples in fields of up to 18 T. It was found that in situ processed strands with 10% SiC additions heat treated at 700-800 °C showed improved irreversibility fields (Hr) and bulk pinning strengths (Fp) as compared to control samples; an increase in Hr of 1.5 T was noted. Heat treatment to 900 °C gave even larger improvements, with Hr reaching 18 T and Fp values maximizing at 20 GN m-3.

  7. Momentum dependence of the superconducting gap and in-gap states in MgB2 multiband superconductor

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    Mou, Daixiang; Jiang, Rui; Taufour, Valentin; Bud'ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.; Kaminski, Adam

    2015-06-29

    We use tunable laser-based angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to study the electronic structure of the multiband superconductor MgB2. These results form the baseline for detailed studies of superconductivity in multiband systems. We find that the magnitude of the superconducting gap on both σ bands follows a BCS-like variation with temperature with Δ0 ~ 7meV. Furthermore, the value of the gap is isotropic within experimental uncertainty and in agreement with a pure s-wave pairing symmetry. We observe in-gap states confined to kF of the σ band that occur at some locations of the sample surface. As a result, the energy of thismore » excitation, ~ 3 meV, was found to be somewhat larger than the previously reported gap on π Fermi sheet and therefore we cannot exclude the possibility of interband scattering as its origin.« less

  8. Magnesium Diboride (MgB2 )-Based Bolometer Array for Far Infra-Red Thermal Imaging and Fourier Transform Spectroscopy Applications

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    Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Brasunas, J. C.

    2012-10-01

    The performance of a 2-D array of Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) based thermal detectors is presented. Applications will be in far infrared instrumentation for high-resolution spectroscopy and thermal mapping of cold planetary objects in the solar system.

  9. Flux pinning and vortex dynamics in MgB2 doped with TiO2 and SiC inclusions

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    Prokhorov, V. G.; Kaminsky, G. G.; Svetchnikov, V. L.; Park, J. S.; Eom, T. W.; Lee, Y. P.; Kang, J.-H.; Khokhlov, V. A.; Mikheenko, P.

    2009-06-01

    The mixed-state superconducting properties of bulk MgB2+2at.%TiO2 and +8at.%SiC, prepared by in situ solid state reaction, are investigated. Analysis of the mixed-state parameters, such as the upper critical field, the coherence length, and the Ginzburg-Landau parameter, proves that MgB2+2at.%TiO2 is a high-κ type-II superconductor in the dirty limit, while MgB2+8at.%SiC corresponds to that in the moderately clean limit. It is shown that the grain-boundary pinning realized in fine-grained doped MgB2 polycrystals is of the anisotropic rather than the electron-scattering type. The field-cooled temperature dependences of the magnetic moment reveal a transition of the samples to the paramagnetic state at certain applied magnetic fields, which is treated as manifestation of the paramagnetic Meissner effect. The experimental results are discussed on the base of modern theoretical approaches.

  10. MgB2 Coated Ellipsoids as an Approach to Investigate the Possible Enhancement of the Vortex Penetrating Field of SRF Cavities

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    Tan, Teng; Wolak, Matthaeus; Tajima, Tsuyoshi; Xi, Xiaoxing; Civale, Leonardo

    2015-03-01

    Superconducting rf (SRF) cavities fabricated from bulk niobium (Nb) are a key component for modern particle accelerators. The magnetic field distribution on the inner wall of an SRF cavity is inversely similar to the field distribution on top of a superconducting ellipsoid when we put it in a magnetic field parallel to its axis. By measuring the vortex penetration into the magnetized superconducting ellipsoids, we can deduct the behavior of SRF cavities. Magnesium diboride (MgB2) has potential to replace Nb as it has a higher Tc of 39 K, a lower residual resistivity of ~ 0.1 μΩ cm (at 42 K), and a higher thermodynamic critical field Hc value compared to Nb. In this work, we successfully coated uniform MgB2 layers on top of molybdenum and niobium ellipsoids. SQUID magnetometer measurements showed that the coated MgB2 layer has a Tc above 38.5 K, and can provide a perfect magnetic shielding up to ~ 500 Oe at 1.8K. By coating MgB2 on Nb ellipsoids, we increased the vortex penetration field (the maximum field at which a cavity can be operated) by ~ 500 Oe at 2 K.

  11. Uniform transport performance of a 100 m-class multifilament MgB2 wire fabricated by an internal Mg diffusion process

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    Wang, Dongliang; Xu, Da; Zhang, Xianping; Yao, Chao; Yuan, Pusheng; Ma, Yanwei; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo

    2016-06-01

    A 100 m long six-filament MgB2 wire was successfully fabricated using an internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) process. We investigated the transport properties and the uniformity of this long multifilament IMD wire. The MgB2 layer and the sub-filament region are regular, and the J c values have a fairly homogenous distribution throughout the wire, suggesting that there were no obvious defects along the length of the wire. The uniformity problem of long multifilament IMD MgB2 wires can be mitigated by optimizing the starting composite parameters, multifilament geometry, fabricating process and annealing conditions. A layer J c as high as 1.2 × 105 A cm‑2 at 4.2 K and 8 T was obtained, which was comparable with the highest reported value for a short multifilament IMD wire. The transport layer J c, non-barrier J c and J e values are independent of the wire diameter. In addition, the analysis of the stress–strain characteristics and the n value of the IMD wire is also presented. These results indicate that the long multifilament IMD-processed MgB2 superconducting wire is suitable for practical applications.

  12. Microstructures of MgB2/Fe tapes fabricated by an in situ powder-in-tube method using MgH2 as a precursor powder

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    Hata, S.; Yoshidome, T.; Sosiati, H.; Tomokiyo, Y.; Kuwano, N.; Matsumoto, A.; Kitaguchi, H.; Kumakura, H.

    2006-02-01

    Microstructures of MgB2/Fe tapes fabricated by an in situ powder-in-tube method using MgH2 as a precursor powder have been studied by means of x-ray diffraction and analytical transmission electron microscopy combined with a focused ion beam microsampling technique. The overall microstructures in the tapes are characterized as densely crystallized MgB2 areas with 10-200 nm grain size, uncrystallized areas mainly containing MgO and amorphous phases enriched with B, and a number of holes and cracks. The crystallized MgB2 areas increase upon doping with SiC nanoparticles. Si and C atoms decomposed from SiC nanoparticles during heat treatment exhibit different spatial distributions: the Si atoms are inhomogeneously distributed, forming silicides such as Mg2Si with grain size of 5-20 nm, while the C atoms tend to be uniformly distributed in the MgB2 matrix. A significant difference in distribution of O atoms between the SiC-doped and non-doped specimens was observed. The processes of formation of these microstructures and their relationships with the critical current density under magnetic fields have been discussed.

  13. Influence of twisting and bending on the Jc and n-value of multifilamentary MgB2 strands

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    Yang, Y.; Li, G.; Susner, M.; Sumption, M. D.; Rindfleisch, M.; Tomsic, M.; Collings, E. W.

    2015-12-01

    The influences of strand twisting and bending (applied at room temperature) on the critical current densities, Jc, and n-values of MgB2 multifilamentary strands were evaluated at 4.2 K as function of applied field strength, B. Three types of MgB2 strand were evaluated: (i) advanced internal magnesium infiltration (AIMI)-processed strands with 18 filaments (AIMI-18), (ii) powder-in-tube (PIT) strands processed using a continuous tube forming and filling (CTFF) technique with 36 filaments (PIT-36) and (iii) CTFF processed PIT strands with 54 filaments (PIT-54). Transport measurements of Jc(B) and n-value at 4.2 K in fields of up to 10 T were made on: (i) PIT-54 after it was twisted (at room temperature) to twist pitch values, Lp, of 10-100 mm. Transport measurements of Jc(B) and n-value were performed at 4.2 K; (ii) PIT-36 and AIMI-18 after applying bending strains up to 0.6% at room temperature. PIT-54 twisted to pitches of 100 mm down to 10 mm exhibited no degradation in Jc(B) and only small changes in n-value. Both the Jc(B) and n-value of PIT-36 were seen to be tolerant to bending strain of up to 0.4%. On the other hand, AIMI-18 showed ±10% changes in Jc(B) and significant scatter in n-value over the bending strain range of 0-0.6%.

  14. Theory of Raman scattering from Leggett's collective mode in a multiband superconductor: Application to MgB2

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    Klein, M. V.

    2010-07-01

    In 1966, Leggett used a two-band superconductor to show that a new collective mode could exist at low temperatures, corresponding to a counterflow of the superconducting condensates in each band. Here, the theory of electronic Raman scattering in a superconductor by Klein and Dierker (1984) is extended to a multiband superconductor. Raman scattering creates particle/hole (p/h) pairs. In the relevant A1g symmetry, the attraction that produces pairing necessarily couples excitations of superconducting pairs to these p/h excitations. In the Appendix, it is shown that for zero wave-vector transfer q , this coupling modifies the Raman response and makes the long-range Coulomb correction null. The two-band result is applied to MgB2 where this coupling activates Leggett’s collective mode. His simple limiting case is obtained when the interband attractive potential is decreased to a value well below that given by local-density approximation (LDA) theory. The peak from Leggett’s mode is studied as the potential is increased through the theoretical value. With realistic MgB2 parameters, the peak broadens through decay into the continuum above the smaller ( π band) superconducting gap. Finite q effects are also taken into account, yielding a Raman peak that agrees well in energy with the experimental result by Blumberg [Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 227002 (2007)]10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.227002. This approach is also applied to the q=0 , two-band model of the Fe pnictides considered by Chubukov [Phys. Rev. B 79, 220501(R) (2009)]10.1103/PhysRevB.79.220501.

  15. Estimation of hysteretic losses for MgB2 tapes under the operating conditions of a generator

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    Vargas-Llanos, Carlos Roberto; Zermeño, Víctor M. R.; Sanz, Santiago; Trillaud, Frederic; Grilli, Francesco

    2016-03-01

    Hysteretic losses in the MgB2 wound superconducting coils of a 550 kW synchronous hybrid scaled generator were estimated as part of the European project SUPRAPOWER led by the Spanish Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation. Particular interest was given to the losses caused by the magnetic flux ripples in the rotor coils originating from the conventional stator during nominal operation. To compute these losses, a 2D finite element analysis was conducted and Maxwell’s equations written in the H-formulation were solved considering the nonlinear material properties of the conductor materials. The modeled tapes are made of multiple MgB2 filaments embedded in a Ni matrix and soldered to a high purity copper strip and insulated with Dacron braid. Three geometrical models of single tape cross sections of decreasing complexity were studied: (1) the first model reproduced closely the actual cross section obtained from tape micrographs. (2) The second model was obtained from the computed elasto-plastic deformation of a round Ni wire. (3) The third model was based on a simplified cross section with the superconducting filaments bundled in a single elliptical bulky structure. The last geometry allowed the validation of the modeling technique by comparing numerical losses with results from well-established analytical expressions. Additionally, the following cases of filament transpositions of the multi-filamentary tape were studied: no transposition, partial and full transposition; thereby improving understanding of the relevance of the tape fabrication process on the magnitude of the determination of ac losses. Finally, choosing the right level of geometrical detail, the following operational regimes of the machine and its impact on individual superconducting tape losses in the rotor were studied: bias-dc current, ramping current under ramping background field and magnetic flux ripples under dc background current and field.

  16. High-performance MgB2 superconducting wires for use under liquid-helium-free conditions fabricated using an internal Mg diffusion process

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    Ye, ShuJun; Song, Minghui; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Togano, Kazumasa; Takeguchi, Masaki; Ohmura, Takahito; Kumakura, Hiroaki

    2013-12-01

    MgB2 has a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of 39 K, which is much higher than that for practical metallic superconductors. Thus, it is hoped that MgB2 can not only replace metallic superconductors, but can be used under liquid-helium-free conditions, for example, at temperatures of 10-20 K that can easily be achieved using cryocooling systems. However, to date, the reported critical current density (Jc) for MgB2 wires is not high enough for large-scale applications in liquid-helium-free conditions. In the present study, successful fabrication of high-performance MgB2 superconducting wires was carried out using an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process, involving a p-dimethylbenzene (C8H10) pre-treatment of carbon-coated B powder with nanometer-sized particles. The resulting wires exhibited the highest ever Jc of 1.2 × 105 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T, and an engineering critical current density (Je) of about 1 × 104 A cm-2. Not only in 4.2 K, but also in 10 K, the Jc values for the wires fabricated in the present study are in fact higher than that for Nb-Ti wires at 4.2 K for the magnetic fields at which the measurements were carried out. At 20 K and 5 T, the Jc and Je were about 7.6 × 105 A cm-2 and 5.3 × 103 A cm-2, respectively, which are the highest values reported for MgB2 wires to date. The results of a detailed microstructural analysis suggested that the main reason for the superior electrical performance was the high density of the MgB2 layer rather than just the small grain size, and that the critical current could be further increased by suitable control of the microstructure. These high-performance IMD-processed MgB2 wires are thus promising superconductors for applications such as magnetic resonance imaging and maglev trains that can operate under liquid-helium-free conditions.

  17. A 0.6 T/650 mm RT Bore Solid Nitrogen Cooled MgB2 Demonstration Coil for MRI—a Status Report

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    Bascuñán, Juan; Lee, Haigunan; Bobrov, Emmanuel S.; Hahn, Seungyong; Iwasa, Yukikazu; Tomsic, Mike; Rindfleisch, Matt

    2014-01-01

    Aiming to demonstrate feasibility and practicality of a low cost superconducting MRI magnet system targeted for use in small hospitals, rural communities and underdeveloped countries, MIT-Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory has developed a 0.6 T/650 mm room temperature bore demonstration coil wound with multifilament MgB2 conductor and cooled via an innovative cryogenic design/operation. The coil is to be maintained cold by solid nitrogen kept in the solid state by a cryocooler. In the event of a power failure the cryocooler is automatically thermally decoupled from the system. In this paper we present details of the MgB2 conductor, winding process, and preliminary theoretical analysis of the current-carrying performance of the conductively cooled coils in zero background field and over the 10–30 K temperature range. PMID:25580068

  18. Experimental results on MgB2 used as ADR magnetic shields, and comparison to NbTi

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    Prouvé, T.; Duval, J. M.; Luchier, N.; D'escrivan, S.

    2014-11-01

    Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator (ADR) is an efficient way to obtain sub-Kelvin temperatures in space environments. The SAFARI instrument for the Japanese spaceborne SPICA mission features detectors which will be cooled down to 50 mK. This cooling will be done by a hybrid cooler comprising a 300 mK sorption stage and a 50 mK ADR stage. For this cooler and ADR in general, the main contribution to the overall mass is in the magnetic system and particularly in the magnetic shielding required to keep the stray field within acceptable values. In order to reduce this mass, superconducting materials can be used as active magnetic shields thanks to un-attenuated eddy currents generated while ramping the magnet current. In this way they could reduce the need of heavy ferromagnetic material shields and increase the shielding efficiency to reach very low parasitic values. In the framework of SAFARI we have built a numerical model of a superconductor magnetic shield. The good results regarding the weight gain lead us to an experimental confirmation. In this paper we present an experimental study on MgB2 and NbTi superconducting materials. 2 pairs of rings of typical diameter of 80 mm have been tested using a superconducting magnet matching closely the dimensions of the SAFARI ADR cooler. The magnetic shielding measurements have been compared to a numerical model.

  19. Theory of Raman Scattering from Leggett's Collective Mode in a Multiple Band Superconductor: Application to MgB2

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    Klein, Miles

    2008-03-01

    Using an extension of BCS theory to a two-band superconductor, Leggett showed that if the relevant parameters obeyed certain conditions a collective mode would exist corresponding to the counter flow of the two condensates.^1 I have extended earlier work on electronic Raman in superconductors^2 to the multiple band case in order to incorporate Leggett's theory. The following effects have been included: (a) Vertex correction in the particle/hole channel where the Raman vertex acts. (b) Realistic parameters that apply to MgB2 yielding a counter flow mode that decays into the pair-breaking continuum associated with the lower gap π band. (c) Large finite wave-vector effects due to the relatively large Fermi velocity of the π band. (d) Integration over the wave-vector in part (c) necessitated by the exponential decay of the photon fields traveling into and out of the metallic sample. A comparison to the results of Blumberg^3 will be given. ^1A.J. Leggett, Progr. Theor. Phys. 36, 901 (1966). ^2M.V. Klein and S.B. Dierker, Phys. Rev. B29, 4976 (1984). ^3G. Blumberg et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, (2007); arXiv:0710.2803.

  20. Fluxoid jump coupled high critical current density of nano-Co3O4 doped MgB2

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    Awana, V. P. S.; Isobe, M.; Singh, K. P.; Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Kishan, H.

    2006-06-01

    Polycrystalline MgB2 samples, with added 0, 2, 4 and 6% nano-Co3O4, synthesized by vacuum (10-5 Torr) annealing at 750 °C for two and a half hours each, are found to be nearly single phase with the presence of only a small quantity of Mg/MgO in the pristine sample in addition to the Co2O3 in the doped compounds. All the samples exhibited clear and sharp diamagnetic transitions at around 38 K, in zero-field-cooled (ZFC) magnetic susceptibility measurements with a sizeable signal. The field-cooled (FC) measurements, though having sharp transitions, showed a very small signal, indicating a high level of pinning centres in these samples. Further, some of the doped samples exhibited the paramagnetic Meissner effect (PME) in an applied field of 5 Oe. The critical current density (Jc), estimated by invoking Bean's model for the pristine compound, increases by nearly an order of magnitude for 2% and 4% nano-Co3O4 doping and then decreases sharply for the 6% sample at nearly all studied temperatures and applied fields. Further, the increased Jc (~108 A cm-2) is coupled with fluxoid jumps (T<=20 K and H<=1 T). Fluxoid jumps are not seen in the relatively low Jc pristine or 6% sample. This means that the fluxoid jumps are intrinsic only to the high-Jc samples.

  1. Size determination of superconducting MgB2 powder from magnetization curve, image analysis and surface area measurements

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    Vignolo, M.; Bovone, G.; Bellingeri, E.; Bernini, C.; Romano, G.; Buscaglia, M. T.; Buscaglia, V.; Siri, A. S.

    2014-06-01

    This paper reports on a method for estimating the average grain size of superconducting nanoparticles through their magnetic properties. The use of SQUID magnetometry to determine the average MgB2 particle size was investigated and the results were compared with those of several different techniques. In particular, the data obtained from zero field cooled magnetization measurements as a function of the temperature were compared with the results obtained by the scanning electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller techniques. The particle magnetization was measured by a commercial SQUID magnetometer in a magnetic field (10 G) and at temperatures ranging from 5 to 50 K by dispersing the powders in a grease medium. The grain size was obtained by fitting the data taking into account the Ginzburg-Landau temperature dependence of the London penetration depth. Variations in typical modeling parameters were explored in order to gain a better picture of the average grain size and the effectiveness of various measurement techniques. We find that it is possible to use the magnetization measurements to determine the average grain size, even though an SEM analysis coupled to the image analysis allows the extraction of more information about the grain-size distribution. Furthermore, a Matlab routine has been developed in order to automatically analyze several SEM images.

  2. Update on the Fabrication and Performance of 2-D Arrays of Superconducting Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) Thermal Detectors for Outer-Planets Exploration

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    Lakew, Brook; Aslam, S.

    2011-01-01

    Detectors with better performance than the current thermopile detectors that operate at room temperature will be needed at the focal plane of far-infrared instruments on future planetary exploration missions. We will present an update on recent results from the 2-D array of MgB2 thermal detectors being currently developed at NASA Goddard. Noise and sensitivity results will be presented and compared to thermal detectors currently in use on planetary missions.

  3. Update on the fabrication and performance of 2-D arrays of superconducting Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) thermal detectors for outer-planets exploration.

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    Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.

    2011-10-01

    Detectors with better performance than the current thermopile detectors that operate at room temperature will be needed at the focal plane of far-infrared instruments on future planetary exploration missions. We will present an update on recent results from the 2-D array of MgB2 thermal detectors being currently developed at NASA Goddard. Noise and sensitivity results will be presented and compared to thermal detectors currently in use on planetary missions.

  4. Comparison of S/N Ratios for Magnesium diboride (MgB2) Superconducting detectors vs Bi-Te thermopiles when used in an infrared radiometer.

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    lakew, b.; Aslam, S.

    2014-04-01

    Mapping the surface temperature of cold Jovian moons like Europa or Ganymede requires an accurate measurement of their infrared spectral radiance. One measurement technique employs a radiometer with thermopile linear arrays. Each array is in turn integrated with infrared filters of the appropriate wavelength pass bands. The performance of such a radiometer when using an array of thermopile detectors vs an array of superconducting magnesium-diboride (MgB2) detectors.

  5. Influence of ZnO and Dy2 O3 on MgB2 Bulks Fabricated by High Temperature and Pressure Reaction

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    Sumption, Mike; Yang, Yuan

    ZnO and Dy2O3 have been considered as dopants for the improvement of superconducting properties in MgB2 bulks. However, the effect of these dopants is still unclear: some studies reported these metal oxides worked as new pinning centers and others was attributed the effects to Mg site substitution. In addition, low temperature reactions may explore limited solubility regimes for these dopants. In order to study the intrinsic effect of ZnO and Dy2O3 in MgB2, a high temperature solid state sintering method has been used to fabricate dense and homogeneous MgB2 bulks. Even higher temperature excursions above the peritectic allow us to explore the solubility limits. To do this we used an induction furnace built inside of a high pressure vessel which allowed us to reach 1700oC and 1500 Psi. A slow cooling rate (2oC/min) was used in an attempt to obtain a homogeneous nucleation and phase distribution. A series of MgB2 bulk samples with ZnO and Dy2O3 additives were synthesized through this high pressure and temperature procedures. The resulting microstructures of these bulk samples were revealed by SEM and TEM. Atomic substitution were evaluated by high resolution XRD. The upper critical field Bc 2, irreversible field Birr and Tc were obtained from both magnetic and resistivity measurements. The roles of substitution vs precipitate induced strain on Bc 2enhancements with adding ZnO and Dy2O3 were discussed.

  6. Critical current densities and n-values of MgB2 strands over a wide range of temperatures and fields

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    Li, G. Z.; Yang, Y.; Susner, M. A.; Sumption, M. D.; Collings, E. W.

    2012-02-01

    Transport measurements of critical current density, Jct, in monocore powder-in-tube MgB2 strands have been carried out at temperatures, T, of from 4.2 to 40 K, and in transverse fields, B, of up to 14 T. Processing methods used were conventional continuous tube forming/filling (CTFF) and internal magnesium diffusion (IMD). Strands with several powder compositions were measured, including binary (undoped) MgB2, 2% carbon doped MgB2, and 3% carbon doped MgB2. Magnetization loops (M-B) were also measured, and magnetic critical current density, Jcm, values extracted from them. The transport, Jct(B) and magnetic, Jcm(B), critical current densities were compared. Also studied was the influence of doping on the resistively measured irreversibility field, Birr, and upper critical field, Bc2. Critical current densities, Jct, and n-values were extracted from transport measurements and were found to be universally related (for all B and T) according to n\\propto {J}_{{ct}}^{m} in which m = 0.52 ± 0.11. Likewise n was found to be related to B according to n ∝ B-p with a T-dependent p in the range of about 0.08-0.21. Further analysis of the field (B) and temperature (T) dependences of n-value resulted in an expression that enabled n(B,T), for all B and T, to be estimated for a given strand based on the results of transport Jct(B) measurements made at one arbitrarily chosen temperature.

  7. Microscopic insight into the pump-probe relaxation dynamics of superconductors: Model study of MgB2relaxation within nonlinear response theory

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    Baňacký, Pavol; Szöcs, Vojtech

    2016-05-01

    Here we present a quantum-statistical formulation of third-order polarization P(3)(t), which is induced in a sample by a sequence of incident external fields, and serves as a source of an emitted radiation field detected as a signal in pump-probe (PP) experiments. Our treatment is based on the perturbation expansion of the non-equilibrium density matrix for calculation of multi-time correlation functions, and the corresponding response function, at finite temperature. As a model for our study, the high-temperature superconductor MgB2 has been selected. Knowledge of the electronic structure of the studied system, and of the corresponding Eliashberg function that represents pertinent electron-phonon (EP) interactions, enabled us to distinguish non-equilibrium processes running over different time-periods in a sequence of interactions with laser pulses on a microscopic level. We have also derived temperature-dependent relaxation dynamics as a function of delay time between the pump and probe pulses. For the studied model system of MgB2, we have shown that an abrupt increase of the relaxation time at Tc, as detected by experiments, is the direct consequence of sudden changes in the character of EP coupling in transition from an adiabatic to a stabilized superconducting anti-adiabatic state, as it predicts the anti-adiabatic theory of electron-vibration interactions. The BCS model, which preserves the adiabatic character of EP coupling also below the critical temperature of MgB2, is basically unable to reflect the enormous sudden increase of the relaxation time. Based on diagrammatic perturbation theory, differences in the optical pump-optical probe and the optical pump-terahertz probe settings of MgB2 PP relaxation dynamics are discussed.

  8. A trapped magnetic field of 3 T in homogeneous, bulk MgB2 superconductors fabricated by a modified precursor infiltration and growth process

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    Bhagurkar, A. G.; Yamamoto, A.; Anguilano, L.; Dennis, A. R.; Durrell, J. H.; Babu, N. Hari; Cardwell, D. A.

    2016-03-01

    The wetting of boron with liquid magnesium is a critical factor in the synthesis of MgB2 bulk superconductors by the infiltration and growth (IG) process. Poor wetting characteristics can therefore result potentially in non-uniform infiltration, formation of defects in the final sample structure and poor structural homogeneity throughout the bulk material. Here we report the fabrication of near-net-shaped MgB2 bulk superconductors by a modified precursor infiltration and growth (MPIG) technique. A homogeneous bulk microstructure has subsequently been achieved via the uniform infiltration of Mg liquid by enriching pre-reacted MgB2 powder within the green precursor pellet as a wetting enhancer, leading to relatively little variation in superconducting properties across the entire bulk sample. Almost identical values of trapped magnetic field of 2.12 T have been measured at 5 K at both the top and bottom surfaces of a sample fabricated by the MPIG process, confirming the uniformity of the bulk microstructure. A maximum trapped field of 3 T has been measured at 5 K at the centre of a stack of two bulk MgB2 samples fabricated using this technique. A steady rise in trapped field was observed for this material with decreasing temperature down to 5 K without the occurrence of flux avalanches and with a relatively low field decay rate (1.5%/d). These properties are attributed to the presence of a fine distribution of residual Mg within the bulk microstructure generated by the MPIG processing technique.

  9. Magnetic field dependent stability and quench behavior and degradation limits in conduction-cooled MgB2 wires and coils

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    Ye, Liyang; Cruciani, Davide; Xu, Minfeng; Mine, Susumu; Amm, Kathleen; Schwartz, Justin

    2015-01-01

    Long lengths of metal/MgB2 composite conductors with high critical current density (Jc), fabricated by the power-in-tube (PIT) process, have recently become commercially available. Owing to its electromagnetic performance in the 20 K – 30 K range and relatively low cost, MgB2 may be attractive for a variety of applications. One of the key issues for magnet design is stability and quench protection, so the behavior of MgB2 wires and magnets must be understood before large systems can emerge. In this work, the stability and quench behavior of several conduction-cooled MgB2 wires are studied. Measurements of the minimum quench energy and normal zone propagation velocity are performed on short samples in a background magnetic field up to 3 T and on coils in self-field and the results are explained in terms of variations in the conductor architecture, electrical transport behavior, operating conditions (transport current and background magnetic field) and experimental setup (short sample vs small coil). Furthermore, one coil is quenched repeatedly with increasing hot-spot temperature until Jc is decreased. It is found that degradation during quenching correlates directly with temperature and not with peak voltage; a safe operating temperature limit of 260 K at the surface is identified. PMID:25883414

  10. Thermodynamic stability of transition metals on the Mg-terminated MgB2 (0001) surface and their effects on hydrogen dissociation and diffusion

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    Wang, Yongli; Michel, Kyle; Zhang, Yongsheng; Wolverton, C.

    2015-04-01

    The hydrogenation of MgB2 is a critical step in the reversibility of several well-known hydrogen storage reactions. Of the many processes that must occur during rehydrogenation, at least two of them take place near the surface: the dissociation of H2 molecules and the subsequent diffusion of atomic hydrogen. Using first-principles calculations, we determine the energetic barriers for these processes on the ideal Mg-terminated MgB2 (0001) surface, as well as on surfaces containing transition metal dopants (Sc-Zn, Y-Cd, Pt, and Au). The calculated dissociation barrier for H2 on the clean surface is 0.89 eV, and the surface diffusion barrier is 0.17 eV. However, we find examples of dopants that significantly decrease the activation barrier for the dissociation of H2 . Our calculations suggest that Ni, Cu, and Pd are good catalytic candidates for the surface processes involved in MgB2 rehydrogenation.

  11. Numerical study on the quench propagation in a 1.5 T MgB2 MRI magnet design with varied wire compositions

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    Poole, Charles; Baig, Tanvir; Deissler, Robert J.; Doll, David; Tomsic, Michael; Martens, Michael

    2016-04-01

    To reduce the usage of liquid helium in MRI magnets, magnesium diboride (MgB2), a high temperature superconductor, has been considered for use in a design of conduction cooled MRI magnets. Compared to NbTi wires the normal zone propagation velocity (NZPV) in MgB2 is much slower leading to a higher temperature rise and the necessity of active quench protection. The temperature rise, resistive voltage, and NZPV during a quench in a 1.5 T main magnet design with MgB2 superconducting wire was calculated for a variety of wire compositions. The quench development was modeled using the Douglas-Gunn method to solve the 3D heat equation. It was determined that wires with higher bulk thermal conductivity and lower electrical resistivity reduced the hot-spot temperature rise near the beginning of a quench. These improvements can be accomplished by increasing the copper fraction inside the wire, using a sheath material (such as Glidcop) with a higher thermal conductivity and lower electrical resistivity, and by increasing the thermal conductivity of the wire’s insulation. The focus of this paper is on the initial stages of quench development, and does not consider the later stages of the quench or magnet protection.

  12. Carbon doping of precursor boron powder for control of normal resistance of MgB2 bulks for specific use in fault current limiter applications

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    Archer, J.; Jarvis, A. L. L.

    2014-05-01

    Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) bulk superconductor has been manufactured in order to study the enhancement of the normal resistivity for application to superconducting fault current limiters (SFCLs). SFCLs have proven to be a viable means for limiting surge currents by dissipating fault energy as the superconductor quenches. As the current limiting behaviour is determined by the normal resistivity (ρn), research has been conducted to evaluate an effective means to increase ρn for bulk superconducting MgB2, which is intrinsically much lower than for high temperature superconductors. Intragranular carbon doping has been confirmed as a means to increase ρn, and was implemented by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) on the boron precursor powder by ethylene gas at 600 °C for durations up to 6 hours in a tubular furnace apparatus. In situ manufacturing of MgB2 bulk was performed using the reactive liquid magnesium infiltration technique. Overall, carbon doping provided a factor of 11.00 increase in the residual resistivity, ρ0, which provides the initial limiting action to fault currents, for an accompanying decrease in the critical temperature, Tc, of 2 K.

  13. Improvement of the Critical Current of in Situ Cu-Sheathed MgB2 Wires by Copper Additions and Toluene Doping

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    Woźniak, M.; Hopkins, S. C.; Gajda, D.; Glowacki, B. A.

    Recent advances in the design of Cu-sheathed in situ MgB2 wires have shown promising results and made this kind of wire more competitive in terms of price to performance ratio in comparison to conductors with diffusion barriers made with metals inert to reaction with Mg. Recently reported additions of copper powder to the core of in situ Cu-sheathed MgB2 wires have shown that these additions can accelerate the formation of MgB2, increasing its volume fraction and greatly decreasing the amount of Mg-Cu intermetallic phases present in the core after heat treatment. In this paper additional experimental results for toluene doping are reported and compared to wires with and without copper additions. All three wires were investigated by SEM, XRD and transport critical current measurements Jc(B) at 4.2 K. The results showed that copper additions were effective in the whole measured field region, whereas toluene doping improved performance in the high field region.

  14. Thickness dependence of superconducting properties in magnesium diboride thin films

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    Beringer, Douglas; Clavero, Cesar; Tan, Teng; Xi, Xiaoxing; Lukaszew, Rosa

    2013-03-01

    Thin film MgB2 is a promising material currently researched for improvements in superconducting radio frequency (SRF) technology and applications. At present, bulk niobium SRF accelerating cavities suffer from a fundamental upper limit in maximally sustained accelerating gradients; however, a scheme involving multi-layered superstructures consisting of superconducting-insulating-superconducting (SIS) layers has been proposed to overcome this fundamental material limit of 50 MV/m. The SIS multi-layer paradigm is reliant upon implementing a thin shielding material with a suitably high Hc1 which may prevent early field penetration in a bulk material layer and consequently delay the high field breakdown. It has been predicted that for thin superconducting films -- thickness less than the London penetration depth (~ 140 nm in the case of MgB2) -- the lower critical field Hc1 will be enhanced with decreasing thickness. Thus, MgB2, with a high bulk Hc1 value is a prime candidate for such SIS structures. Here we present our study on the structure, surface morphology and superconducting properties on a series of MgB2 thin films and correlate the effects of film thickness and surface morphology on Hc1. This work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy (DE-SC0004410 and DE-AC05-06OR23177) and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (HDTRA1-10-1-0072).

  15. Method for producing high quality thin layer films on substrates

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    Strongin, M.; Ruckman, M.; Strongin, D.

    1994-04-26

    A method for producing high quality, thin layer films of inorganic compounds upon the surface of a substrate is disclosed. The method involves condensing a mixture of preselected molecular precursors on the surface of a substrate and subsequently inducing the formation of reactive species using high energy photon or charged particle irradiation. The reactive species react with one another to produce a film of the desired compound upon the surface of the substrate. 4 figures.

  16. Method for producing high quality thin layer films on substrates

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    Strongin, Myron; Ruckman, Mark; Strongin, Daniel

    1994-01-01

    A method for producing high quality, thin layer films of inorganic compounds upon the surface of a substrate is disclosed. The method involves condensing a mixture of preselected molecular precursors on the surface of a substrate and subsequently inducing the formation of reactive species using high energy photon or charged particle irradiation. The reactive species react with one another to produce a film of the desired compound upon the surface of the substrate.

  17. Magnetic properties of high quality superconducting laser ablated thin films

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    Berling, D.; Loegel, B.; Mehdaoui, A.; Acquaviva, S.; Leggieri, G.; Luches, A.; Del Vecchio, A.; Tapfer, L.

    1998-05-01

    We present experimental results obtained forRBa2Cu3O7 - x(R = Y,Er) expitaxial thin films obtained through pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and grown on yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and SrTiO3(STO) substrates. The films have been deposited by using low deposition rates (f = 4 Hz) and with control of the film surface temperature rather than that of the sample holder leading to a high quality of the epitaxy.

  18. Sputtered magnesium diboride thin films: Growth conditions and surface morphology

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    O'Brien, April; Villegas, Brendon; Gu, J. Y.

    2009-01-01

    Magnesium diboride (MgB 2) thin films were deposited on C-plane sapphire substrates by sputtering pure B and Mg targets at different substrate temperatures, and were followed by in situ annealing. A systematic study about the effects of the various growth and annealing parameters on the physical properties of MgB 2 thin films showed that the substrate temperature is the most critical factor that determines the superconducting transition temperature ( Tc), while annealing plays a minor role. There was no superconducting transition in the thin films grown at room temperature without post-annealing. The highest Tc of the samples grown at room temperature after the optimized annealing was 22 K. As the temperature of the substrate ( Ts) increased, Tc rose. However, the maximum Ts was limited due to the low magnesium sticking coefficient and thus the Tc value was limited as well. The highest Tc, 29 K, was obtained for the sample deposited at 180 °C, annealed at 620 °C, and was subsequently annealed a second time at 800 °C. Three-dimensional (3D) AFM images clearly demonstrated that the thin films with no transition, or very low Tc, did not have the well-developed MgB 2 grains while the films with higher Tc displayed the well-developed grains and smooth surface. Although the Tc of sputtered MgB 2 films in the current work is lower than that for the bulk and ex situ annealed thin films, this work presents an important step towards the fabrication of MgB 2 heterostructures using rather simple physical vapor deposition method such as sputtering.

  19. Plasma Synthesized Doped Boron Nanopowder for MgB2 Superconductors

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    James V. Marzik

    2012-03-26

    Under this program, a process to synthesize nano-sized doped boron powder by a plasma synthesis process was developed and scaled up from 20 gram batches at program start to over 200 grams by program end. Over 75 batches of boron nanopowder were made by RF plasma synthesis. Particle sizes were typically in the 20-200 nm range. The powder was synthesized by the reductive pyrolysis of BCl{sub 3} in hydrogen in an RF plasma. A wide range of process parameters were investigated including plasma power, torch geometry, gas flow rates, and process pressure. The powder-in-tube technique was used to make monofilament and multifilament superconducting wires. MgB{sub 2} wire made with Specialty Materials plasma synthesized boron nanopowder exhibited superconducting properties that significantly exceeded the program goals. Superconducting critical currents, J{sub c}, in excess of 10{sup 5} A cm{sup -2} at magnetic fields of 8 tesla were reproducibly achieved. The upper critical magnetic field in wires fabricated with program boron powder were H{sub c2}(0) = 37 tesla, demonstrating the potential of these materials for high field magnet applications. T{sub c} in carbon-doped MgB{sub 2} powder showed a systematic decrease with increasing carbon precursor gas flows, indicating the plasma synthesis process can give precise control over dopant concentrations. Synthesis rates increased by a factor of 400% over the course of the program, demonstrating the scalability of the powder synthesis process. The plasma synthesis equipment at Specialty Materials has successfully and reproducibly made high quality boron nanopowder for MgB{sub 2} superconductors. Research and development from this program enabled Specialty Materials to successfully scale up the powder synthesis process by a factor of ten and to double the size of its powder pilot plant. Thus far the program has been a technical success. It is anticipated that continued systematic development of plasma processing parameters, dopant

  20. Mathematical model to determine the dimensions of superconducting cylindrical coils with a given central field - the case study for MgB2 conductors with isotropic Ic(B) characteristic

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    Pitel, Jozef; Melišek, Tibor; Tropeano, Matteo; Nardelli, Davide; Tumino, Andrea

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we present a mathematical model which enables to design cylindrical coils with a given central field, made of the superconducting conductor with isotropic Ic(B) characteristic. The model results in a computer code that enables to find out the coil dimensions, and to calculate the coil parameters such as critical current, maximum field in the winding and field non-uniformity on the coil axis. The Ic(B) characteristic of the conductor is represented by the set of data measured in discrete points. This approach allows us to express the Ic(B) as a function linearized in parts. Then, it is possible to involve the central field of the coil, coil dimensions, and parameters of the conductor, including its Ic(B) characteristic, in one equation which can be solved using ordinary numerical non-linear methods. Since the coil dimensions and conductor parameters are mutually linked in one equation with respect to a given coil central field, it is possible to analyze an influence of one parameter on the other one. The model was applied to three commercially available MgB2/Ni/Cu conductors produced by Columbus Superconductors. The results of simulations with the Ic(B) data at 20 K illustrate that there exists a set of winding geometries that generate a required central field, changing from a disc shape to long thin solenoid. Further, we analyze how the thickness of stabilizing copper influences the coil dimensions, overall conductor length, coil critical current, maximum field in the winding. An influence of the safety coefficient in operating current on coil dimensions and other above mentioned parameters is studied as well. Finally, we compare the coil dimensions, overall conductor length as well as coil critical current and maximum field in the winding if the value of required central field changes between 1 and 3 T.

  1. First-principles prediction of MgB2-like NaBC: A more promising high-temperature superconducting material than LiBC

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    Miao, Rende; Huang, Guiqin; Yang, Jun

    2016-05-01

    Crystal structure, lattice dynamics, and superconducting properties for sodium borocarbides NaB1+xC1-x are investigated with first-principles calculations. Based on crystal structure analysis by particle swarm optimization methodology, NaBC is predicted to crystallize in the layered P63 / mmc crystal structure as LiBC. However, it is different from LiBC, in that Na atoms are effectively ionized, with no longitudinal covalence exist between Na and B-C layers, just as in the case of MgB2. Therefore, Na1-xBC is more similar to MgB2 than Li1-xBC as a potential high-temperature superconductor. Further more, we suggest that the slight hole doping of NaBC through partial substitution of C by B atoms can also produce cause superconductivity. The phonon spectra for NaBC and NaB1.1C0.9 are obtained within the virtual-crystal approximation treatment. There is a remarkable softening of the in-plane B-C bond-stretching modes for NaB1.1C0.9 in certain regions of the Brillouin zone, while other phonon bands show no obvious softening behavior. This conspicuous softening of the in-plane B-C bond-stretching modes indicates a strong electron-phonon coupling for them. The obtained total electron-phonon coupling strength λ for NaB1.1C0.9 is 0.73, and superconducting transition temperature TC is predicted to be 35 K (μ* = 0.1). This indicates that NaB1+xC1-x is potentially high-temperature superconducting and hole doping of NaBC could produce high-temperature superconductivity. In addition, we conjecture that, to design a MgB2-like high TC superconducting material, the longitudinal covalent bonds between the metal cations and graphite-like layers need be excluded.

  2. Microstructures and critical currents of single- and multi-filamentary MgB2 superconducting wires fabricated by an internal Mg diffusion process

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    Togano, K.; Hur, J.; Matsumoto, A.; Kumakura, H.

    2010-08-01

    A single-filament wire and 7- and 19-filament wires of MgB2 superconductor were fabricated by an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process. The wire is sheathed by a Cu-Ni alloy and each filament is composed of an outermost Ta, an intermediate B + SiC powder layer and an Mg core at the center. Despite the large total area reduction, the cross sections of all wires show uniform deformation of the composite. During the subsequent heat treatment, a reacted layer with a dense composite structure composed of a MgB2 matrix and fine particles is formed by Mg liquid infiltration and the reaction with the B + SiC powder. For all wires, the highest transport Ic was obtained at furnace temperatures of 640-645 °C, which is just below the melting point of Mg. In the single-filament wire, a fairly large amount of B + SiC remains outside the reacted layer, while the residual B + SiC is much reduced in the multi-filamentary wires, resulting in higher Ic, than that of the single-filament wire. However, the Jc, estimated for the reacted layer is not so different between the wires. When the heat treatment temperature exceeds 650 °C, the Ic value rapidly decreases, although the volume fraction of the MgB2 detected continues to increase. It is observed that the thickness of the reacted layer formed at higher temperatures becomes significantly inhomogeneous, which is thought to be responsible for the deterioration of transport Ic values. The highest Jc(layer) estimated for the reacted layer is as high as 9.9 × 104 A cm - 2 at 4.2 K and 10 T and 3.3 × 105 A cm - 2 at 20 K and 1 T achieved for the multi-filamentary wires. The Jc(core) estimated for the area including the hole and remnant B is about 1/3 of the Jc(layer). From good workability of the composite and excellent Jc values, it is expected that the IMD process can compete in terms of practical wire fabrication with the conventional powder-in-tube (PIT) process.

  3. Effect of cold isostatic pressing on the transport current of filamentary MgB2 wire made by the IMD process

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    Kováč, P.; Hušek, I.; Pachla, W.; Melišek, T.; Kulich, M.; Rosová, A.; Kopera, L.

    2016-07-01

    This work describes the effect of cold isostatic pressing applied to as-drawn filamentary wires in a GlidCop and/or Cu sheath made by the internal magnesium diffusion process. Critical currents of as-drawn and isostatically pressed wires at high pressures up to 2.0 GPa followed by heat treatment at 640 °C for 40 min were measured. The obtained results show an improvement in boron powder density resulting in an increase of the critical current of MgB2 layers. The engineering current density increases by 4–13 times after the high-pressure treatment, and is influenced by the density of the boron powder and by the mechanical strength of the outer sheath.

  4. The roles of CHPD: superior critical current density and n-value obtained in binary in situ MgB2 cables

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    Hossain, M. S. A.; Motaman, A.; Barua, S.; Patel, D.; Mustapic, M.; Kim, J. H.; Maeda, M.; Rindfleisch, M.; Tomsic, M.; Cicek, O.; Melisek, T.; Kopera, L.; Kario, A.; Ringsdorf, B.; Runtsch, B.; Jung, A.; Dou, S. X.; Goldacker, W.; Kovac, P.

    2014-09-01

    A binary magnesium diboride (MgB2) cable has been assembled by braiding six Nb/Monel sheathed monofilament strands around a central copper stabilizer for improving the operational environment. The total critical current (Ic) of the braided cable is obtained by multiplying the Ic of six single wires, without any dissipation. In this work, various mechanical deformations, i.e., swaging, two-axial rolling, groove rolling, and cold high-pressure densification (CHPD) at 1.8 GPa have been applied to the 6-stranded cable to obtain additional densification. The highest critical current density at both 4.2 and 20 K has been achieved in this work through the CHPD treated cable due to higher filament mass density. The present results are promising in view of the cable, particularly in power applications at industrial lengths that pave the way to seeking an optimal protocol to meet a practical functionality.

  5. Observation of Well-ordered Metastable Vortex Lattice Phases in Superconducting MgB2 Using Small-Angle Neutron Scattering

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    Das, Pinaki; Rastovski, Catherine; O'Brien, Timothy; Schlesinger, Kimberly; Dewhurst, Charles; Debeer-Schmitt, Lisa M; Zhigadlo, Nikolai; Karpinski, Janusz; Eskildsen, Morten

    2012-01-01

    The vortex lattice (VL) symmetry and orientation in clean type-II superconductors depends sensitively on the host material anisotropy, vortex density and temperature, frequently leading to rich phase diagrams. Typically, a well-ordered VL is taken to imply a ground-state configuration for the vortex-vortex interaction. Using neutron scattering we studied the VL in MgB2 for a number of field-temperature histories, discovering an unprecedented degree of metastability in connection with a known, second-order rotation transition. This allows, for the first time, structural studies of a well-ordered, nonequilibrium VL. While the mechanism responsible for the longevity of the metastable states is not resolved, we speculate it is due to a jamming of VL domains, preventing a rotation to the ground-state orientation.

  6. Blowpipe Mineralogy for Physics/Environment: Highest-Possible-Tc SuperConductor (Beyond: (but via!!!) MgB2 , Cuprates, Pnictides) Quest; BOTH PERMANENT FOREVER Carb-IDES SOLID-State Sequestration AND Drought(s)-Elimination

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    Segler, Kurt; Williams, Wendell; Siegel, Edward

    2013-03-01

    Detailed are old blowpipe new applications: charcoal-block reduction of borates to yield (''N-NW'' of MgB2) Overhauser-[PR 35,1,411(1987); Intl.J.Mod.Phys.1, 2 & 4, 927(1987)]-''land'' predicted high-EST-POSSIBLE Tc SC

  7. Nano Sized Powder Additives of SiC and Diamond to MgB2 as Artificially Inductor of Pinning Force for the Dense Samples Obtained by High Pressure Technologies

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    Morawski, A.; Pachla, W.; Kuzmenko, D.; Łada, T.; Zaleski, A.; Eibl, O.; Haessler, W.; Kovac, P.

    2006-09-01

    The nano-powder additives of SiC (11nm) and diamond (6 nm) were mixed with Mg and amorphous B powders in the production route of MgB2 bulk and wires samples. Special attention was paid to the precursor powders with the respect to chemical purity, grain morphology and secondary phases. Commercially available MgB2 powders (ex-situ technology) and also mixtures of MgH2 and amorphous B powders (in-situ technology) were applied as the starting precursors. Electron microscopy was used extensively for the characterization of these powders applying both SEM and TEM analysis. Superconducting bulks and wires samples have been produced, by hot pressing, hot isostatic pressing and hydrostatic extrusion processes. High grain refinement and density in the final wire samples have been achieved by the severe plastic deformation (reduction over 99.98%) with the use of the cumulative (multi-step) hydrostatic extrusion. Superconducting properties of these samples were measured, with particular attention paid to the Jc(B) characteristics. Critical currents at lower and higher magnetic fields depended sensitively on the amount of the additives and grain refinement. TEM imaging and electron spectroscopic imaging were used to evaluate the size and distribution of the both of additives within the microstructure. The strain field of the additives resulted from the misfit in thermal expansion coefficient between the additives and the MgB2 matrix was imaged in bright and dark field TEM and is particularly important for the flux-pinning properties of these materials. Influence of such synthesis parameters as pressure, temperature and time on the superconducting properties and the morphology of the products were examined and obtained results were compared. This allowed to choose the optimal conditions for the improvement of the bulk MgB2 characteristics of the wire samples.

  8. Trapped field of 1.1 T without flux jumps in an MgB2 bulk during pulsed field magnetization using a split coil with a soft iron yoke

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    Fujishiro, H.; Mochizuki, H.; Ainslie, M. D.; Naito, T.

    2016-08-01

    MgB2 superconducting bulks have promising potential as trapped field magnets. We have achieved a trapped field of B z = 1.1 T on a high-J c MgB2 bulk at 13 K without flux jumps by pulsed field magnetization (PFM) using a split-type coil with a soft iron yoke, which is a record-high trapped field by PFM for bulk MgB2 to date. The flux jumps, which frequently took place using a solenoid-type coil during PFM, were avoided by using the split-type coil, and the B z value was enhanced by the insertion of soft iron yoke. The flux dynamics and heat generation/propagation were analyzed during PFM using a numerical simulation, in which the magnetic flux intruded and attenuated slowly in the bulk and tended to align along the axial direction due to the presence of soft iron yoke. The advantages of the split-type coil and the simultaneous use of a soft iron yoke are discussed.

  9. Photoluminescence-based quality control for thin film absorber layers of photovoltaic devices

    DOEpatents

    Repins, Ingrid L.; Kuciauskas, Darius

    2015-07-07

    A time-resolved photoluminescence-based system providing quality control during manufacture of thin film absorber layers for photovoltaic devices. The system includes a laser generating excitation beams and an optical fiber with an end used both for directing each excitation beam onto a thin film absorber layer and for collecting photoluminescence from the absorber layer. The system includes a processor determining a quality control parameter such as minority carrier lifetime of the thin film absorber layer based on the collected photoluminescence. In some implementations, the laser is a low power, pulsed diode laser having photon energy at least great enough to excite electron hole pairs in the thin film absorber layer. The scattered light may be filterable from the collected photoluminescence, and the system may include a dichroic beam splitter and a filter that transmit the photoluminescence and remove scattered laser light prior to delivery to a photodetector and a digital oscilloscope.

  10. Probing 2-band superconductivity of Al and C-substituted MgB2 with heat capacity measurements

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    Zambano, Antonio J.

    2005-03-01

    We study the changes in the heat capacity Cp(T) in Mg1-xAlxB2 (x <= 0.19) and Mg(B1-yCy)2 (y <= 0.08). The two band model is used to fit Cp(T) and extract the two energy gaps and electron-phonon coupling matrix for the different dopant concentrations. These fitting routines are sensitive to background subtraction, and we discuss what constraints this places on sample quality and preparation. Like previous results, fits for Al doping do not indicate merging of the gaps, suggesting Al does not increase interband scattering. However, we also notice trends that are different from those seen in previous experiments, which we also discuss. For instance, the main peak due to the sigma band does not smear with increasing Al content, but remains fairly abrupt. Other characterization suggests the Al doped samples are of very high quality. Results for C doping are also discussed in terms of filling the sigma band hole states with electrons and increased interband scattering.

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

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

    2015-07-07

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

  12. Scalable fabrication of high-quality, ultra-thin single crystal diamond membrane windows

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    Piracha, Afaq Habib; Ganesan, Kumaravelu; Lau, Desmond W. M.; Stacey, Alastair; McGuinness, Liam P.; Tomljenovic-Hanic, Snjezana; Prawer, Steven

    2016-03-01

    High quality, ultra-thin single crystal diamond (SCD) membranes that have a thickness in the sub-micron range are of extreme importance as a materials platform for photonics, quantum sensing, nano/micro electro-mechanical systems (N/MEMS) and other diverse applications. However, the scalable fabrication of such thin SCD membranes is a challenging process. In this paper, we demonstrate a new method which enables high quality, large size (~4 × 4 mm) and low surface roughness, low strain, ultra-thin SCD membranes which can be fabricated without deformations such as breakage, bowing or bending. These membranes are easy to handle making them particularly suitable for fabrication of optical and mechanical devices. We demonstrate arrays of single crystal diamond membrane windows (SCDMW), each up to 1 × 1 mm in dimension and as thin as ~300 nm, supported by a diamond frame as thick as ~150 μm. The fabrication method is robust, reproducible, scalable and cost effective. Microwave plasma chemical vapour deposition is used for in situ creation of single nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers into the thin SCDMW. We have also developed SCD drum head mechanical resonator composed of our fully clamped and freely suspended membranes.High quality, ultra-thin single crystal diamond (SCD) membranes that have a thickness in the sub-micron range are of extreme importance as a materials platform for photonics, quantum sensing, nano/micro electro-mechanical systems (N/MEMS) and other diverse applications. However, the scalable fabrication of such thin SCD membranes is a challenging process. In this paper, we demonstrate a new method which enables high quality, large size (~4 × 4 mm) and low surface roughness, low strain, ultra-thin SCD membranes which can be fabricated without deformations such as breakage, bowing or bending. These membranes are easy to handle making them particularly suitable for fabrication of optical and mechanical devices. We demonstrate arrays of single crystal diamond

  13. High-quality thin graphene films from fast electrochemical exfoliation.

    PubMed

    Su, Ching-Yuan; Lu, Ang-Yu; Xu, Yanping; Chen, Fu-Rong; Khlobystov, Andrei N; Li, Lain-Jong

    2011-03-22

    Flexible and ultratransparent conductors based on graphene sheets have been considered as one promising candidate for replacing currently used indium tin oxide films that are unlikely to satisfy future needs due to their increasing cost and losses in conductivity on bending. Here we demonstrate a simple and fast electrochemical method to exfoliate graphite into thin graphene sheets, mainly AB-stacked bilayered graphene with a large lateral size (several to several tens of micrometers). The electrical properties of these exfoliated sheets are readily superior to commonly used reduced graphene oxide, which preparation typically requires many steps including oxidation of graphite and high temperature reduction. These graphene sheets dissolve in dimethyl formamide (DMF), and they can self-aggregate at air-DMF interfaces after adding water as an antisolvent due to their strong surface hydrophobicity. Interestingly, the continuous films obtained exhibit ultratransparency (∼96% transmittance), and their sheet resistance is <1k Ω/sq after a simple HNO3 treatment, superior to those based on reduced graphene oxide or graphene sheets by other exfoliation methods. Raman and STM characterizations corroborate that the graphene sheets exfoliated by our electrochemical method preserve the intrinsic structure of graphene. PMID:21309565

  14. Scalable fabrication of high-quality, ultra-thin single crystal diamond membrane windows.

    PubMed

    Piracha, Afaq Habib; Ganesan, Kumaravelu; Lau, Desmond W M; Stacey, Alastair; McGuinness, Liam P; Tomljenovic-Hanic, Snjezana; Prawer, Steven

    2016-03-28

    High quality, ultra-thin single crystal diamond (SCD) membranes that have a thickness in the sub-micron range are of extreme importance as a materials platform for photonics, quantum sensing, nano/micro electro-mechanical systems (N/MEMS) and other diverse applications. However, the scalable fabrication of such thin SCD membranes is a challenging process. In this paper, we demonstrate a new method which enables high quality, large size (∼4 × 4 mm) and low surface roughness, low strain, ultra-thin SCD membranes which can be fabricated without deformations such as breakage, bowing or bending. These membranes are easy to handle making them particularly suitable for fabrication of optical and mechanical devices. We demonstrate arrays of single crystal diamond membrane windows (SCDMW), each up to 1 × 1 mm in dimension and as thin as ∼300 nm, supported by a diamond frame as thick as ∼150 μm. The fabrication method is robust, reproducible, scalable and cost effective. Microwave plasma chemical vapour deposition is used for in situ creation of single nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers into the thin SCDMW. We have also developed SCD drum head mechanical resonator composed of our fully clamped and freely suspended membranes. PMID:26956525

  15. High quality thin films of thermoelectric misfit cobalt oxides prepared by a chemical solution method

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    Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Manuel Vila-Fungueiriño, José; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2015-07-01

    Misfit cobaltates ([Bi/Ba/Sr/Ca/CoO]nRS[CoO2]q) constitute the most promising family of thermoelectric oxides for high temperature energy harvesting. However, their complex structure and chemical composition makes extremely challenging their deposition by high-vacuum physical techniques. Therefore, many of them have not been prepared as thin films until now. Here we report the synthesis of high-quality epitaxial thin films of the most representative members of this family of compounds by a water-based chemical solution deposition method. The films show an exceptional crystalline quality, with an electrical conductivity and thermopower comparable to single crystals. These properties are linked to the epitaxial matching of the rock-salt layers of the structure to the substrate, producing clean interfaces free of amorphous phases. This is an important step forward for the integration of these materials with complementary n-type thermoelectric oxides in multilayer nanostructures.

  16. High quality thin films of thermoelectric misfit cobalt oxides prepared by a chemical solution method.

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    Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Manuel Vila-Fungueiriño, José; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2015-01-01

    Misfit cobaltates ([Bi/Ba/Sr/Ca/CoO]n(RS)[CoO2]q) constitute the most promising family of thermoelectric oxides for high temperature energy harvesting. However, their complex structure and chemical composition makes extremely challenging their deposition by high-vacuum physical techniques. Therefore, many of them have not been prepared as thin films until now. Here we report the synthesis of high-quality epitaxial thin films of the most representative members of this family of compounds by a water-based chemical solution deposition method. The films show an exceptional crystalline quality, with an electrical conductivity and thermopower comparable to single crystals. These properties are linked to the epitaxial matching of the rock-salt layers of the structure to the substrate, producing clean interfaces free of amorphous phases. This is an important step forward for the integration of these materials with complementary n-type thermoelectric oxides in multilayer nanostructures. PMID:26153533

  17. High quality thin films of thermoelectric misfit cobalt oxides prepared by a chemical solution method

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    Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Manuel Vila-Fungueiriño, José; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2015-01-01

    Misfit cobaltates ([Bi/Ba/Sr/Ca/CoO]nRS[CoO2]q) constitute the most promising family of thermoelectric oxides for high temperature energy harvesting. However, their complex structure and chemical composition makes extremely challenging their deposition by high-vacuum physical techniques. Therefore, many of them have not been prepared as thin films until now. Here we report the synthesis of high-quality epitaxial thin films of the most representative members of this family of compounds by a water-based chemical solution deposition method. The films show an exceptional crystalline quality, with an electrical conductivity and thermopower comparable to single crystals. These properties are linked to the epitaxial matching of the rock-salt layers of the structure to the substrate, producing clean interfaces free of amorphous phases. This is an important step forward for the integration of these materials with complementary n-type thermoelectric oxides in multilayer nanostructures. PMID:26153533

  18. Growth and optical characteristics of high-quality ZnO thin films on graphene layers

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    Park, Suk In; Tchoe, Youngbin; Baek, Hyeonjun; Hyun, Jerome K.; Yi, Gyu-Chul E-mail: gcyi@snu.ac.kr; Heo, Jaehyuk; Jo, Janghyun; Kim, Miyoung; Kim, Nam-Jung E-mail: gcyi@snu.ac.kr

    2015-01-01

    We report the growth of high-quality, smooth, and flat ZnO thin films on graphene layers and their photoluminescence (PL) characteristics. For the growth of high-quality ZnO thin films on graphene layers, ZnO nanowalls were grown using metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy on oxygen-plasma treated graphene layers as an intermediate layer. PL measurements were conducted at low temperatures to examine strong near-band-edge emission peaks. The full-width-at-half-maximum value of the dominant PL emission peak was as narrow as 4 meV at T = 11 K, comparable to that of the best-quality films reported previously. Furthermore, the stimulated emission of ZnO thin films on the graphene layers was observed at the low excitation energy of 180 kW/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. Their structural and optical characteristics were investigated using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and PL spectroscopy.

  19. Optical properties of high quality Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films

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    Luckert, F.; Hamilton, D. I.; Yakushev, M. V.; Beattie, N. S.; Zoppi, G.; Moynihan, M.; Forbes, I.; Karotki, A. V.; Mudryi, A. V.; Grossberg, M.; Krustok, J.; Martin, R. W.

    2011-08-01

    Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films, fabricated on bare or molybdenum coated glass substrates by magnetron sputtering and selenisation, were studied by a range of techniques. Photoluminescence spectra reveal an excitonic peak and two phonon replicas of a donor-acceptor pair (DAP) recombination. Its acceptor and donor ionisation energies are 27 and 7 meV, respectively. This demonstrates that high-quality Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin films can be fabricated. An experimental value for the longitudinal optical phonon energy of 28 meV was estimated. The band gap energy of 1.01 eV at room temperature was determined using optical absorption spectra.

  20. Critical current density and pinning behaviour of mono-core MgB2 wires prepared by internal magnesium diffusion and in-situ powder-in-tube method

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    Brunner, Boris; Kováč, Pavol; Reissner, Michael; Hušek, Imrich; Melišek, Tibor; Pardo, Enric

    2014-10-01

    Mono-core MgB2 wires were produced by internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) and in-situ powder-in-tube (PIT) technique. Hysteresis loops and magnetic relaxations were measured to calculate critical current density, Jcm (via Bean’s critical state model) and mean effective activation energy (via Anderson’s flux creep theory). To calculate Jcm of the IMD sample, the formulae for typical cylindrical sample geometry must have been modified properly with regard to IMD hollow cylinder geometry. Results for Jcm were compared to direct transport measurements. Also studied was the irreversibility field, Birr, and upper critical field, Bc2. It was found that the dominant difference between wires is in Jc. For the IMD sample, Jc was higher and less field-dependent than Jc of the PIT sample.

  1. Chemical Vapor Deposition Synthesized Atomically Thin Molybdenum Disulfide with Optoelectronic-Grade Crystalline Quality.

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    Bilgin, Ismail; Liu, Fangze; Vargas, Anthony; Winchester, Andrew; Man, Michael K L; Upmanyu, Moneesh; Dani, Keshav M; Gupta, Gautam; Talapatra, Saikat; Mohite, Aditya D; Kar, Swastik

    2015-09-22

    The ability to synthesize high-quality samples over large areas and at low cost is one of the biggest challenges during the developmental stage of any novel material. While chemical vapor deposition (CVD) methods provide a promising low-cost route for CMOS compatible, large-scale growth of materials, it often falls short of the high-quality demands in nanoelectronics and optoelectronics. We present large-scale CVD synthesis of single- and few-layered MoS2 using direct vapor-phase sulfurization of MoO2, which enables us to obtain extremely high-quality single-crystal monolayer MoS2 samples with field-effect mobility exceeding 30 cm(2)/(V s) in monolayers. These samples can be readily synthesized on a variety of substrates, and demonstrate a high-degree of optoelectronic uniformity in Raman and photoluminescence mapping over entire crystals with areas exceeding hundreds of square micrometers. Because of their high crystalline quality, Raman spectroscopy on these samples reveal a range of multiphonon processes through peaks with equal or better clarity compared to past reports on mechanically exfoliated samples. This enables us to investigate the layer thickness and substrate dependence of the extremely weak phonon processes at 285 and 487 cm(-1) in 2D-MoS2. The ultrahigh, optoelectronic-grade crystalline quality of these samples could be further established through photocurrent spectroscopy, which clearly reveal excitonic states at room temperature, a feat that has been previously demonstrated only on samples which were fabricated by micro-mechanical exfoliation and then artificially suspended across trenches. Our method reflects a big step in the development of atomically thin, 2D-MoS2 for scalable, high-quality optoelectronics. PMID:26256639

  2. Large-Area Quality Control of Atomically-Thin Layered Materials

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    Nolen, Craig Merten

    Fast progress in chemical vapor deposition of graphene and other quasi-two-dimensional layered materials such as topological insulators call for development of a reliable high-throughput method of layered materials identification and quality control. The number of atomic planes in graphene or other ultra-thin films has to be determined very fast and over large wafer-scale areas. The previously existed methods of accurate counting of the number of atomic planes in few-layer graphene were primarily based on micro-Raman spectroscopy. These methods were local, slow, and could not be scaled up to characterize the whole wafers. In this dissertation research I proposed and developed an automatic approach for graphene inspection over the wafer-size areas. The proposed method can be scaled up for industrial use. It is based on the image processing analysis of the pseudo-color contrasts uniquely assigned to each few-layer graphene region characterized by a specific number of atomic planes. The initial calibration of the technique is performed with the help of micro-Raman spectroscopy. The image processing is also used to account for the lighting non-uniformity of the samples. Implementation of the technique developed in this dissertation research reduces the cost and time required for graphene identification and quality assessment, and can become the next major impetus for practical applications of graphene, few-layer graphene and other atomically-thin films. The technique was tested on mechanically exfoliated graphene and then extended to the chemical-vapor-deposited graphene, and to bismuth telluride topological insulator thin films. The second part of the dissertation research deals with development of the electrostatic transfer process. The investigated approach allows one to transfer the patterned few-layer graphene films controllably to Si3N4 substrates compatible with other materials. The large-area quality control and graphene transfer techniques developed in this

  3. Producing thin strips by twin-roll casting—part I: Process aspects and quality issues

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    Li, Ben Q.

    1995-05-01

    This two-part paper discusses recent advances in research and development for the direct production of coilable thin strips by twin-roll casting in both the aluminum and steel industries. While the former is empowering the casters to approach the theoretical productivity limit, the latter is striving to put pilot casters into commercial operation. These intensive R&D efforts are derived from the advantages, both economic and metallurgical, offered by the process. As twin-roll casting combines solidification and hot rolling into a single operation, the process requires low capital investment and low operational cost. Also, because of the high solidification rate attained in the process, the thin strips produced have a refined metallurgical structure, characterized by columnar and equiaxed zones with fine intermetallic particles. The enthusiasm about twin-roll casting is now being spread worldwide. This paper focuses on the process aspects and quality control of twin-roll casting. Part II, which will appear in the August issue, will review process modeling and pilot-plant development activities.

  4. Pulsed laser deposition of high-quality thin films of the insulating ferromagnet EuS

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    Yang, Qi I.; Zhao, Jinfeng; Risbud, Subhash H.; Zhang, Li; Dolev, Merav; Fried, Alexander D.; Marshall, Ann F.; Kapitulnik, Aharon

    2014-02-24

    High-quality thin films of the ferromagnetic insulator europium(II) sulfide (EuS) were fabricated by pulsed laser deposition on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0001) and Si (100) substrates. A single orientation was obtained with the [100] planes parallel to the substrates, with atomic-scale smoothness indicates a near-ideal surface topography. The films exhibit uniform ferromagnetism below 15.9 K, with a substantial component of the magnetization perpendicular to the plane of the films. Optimization of the growth condition also yielded truly insulating films with immeasurably large resistance. This combination of magnetic and electric properties opens the gate for future devices that require a true ferromagnetic insulator.

  5. High quality, hybrid-MBE growth of SrVO3 thin films

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    Moyer, Jarrett; Eaton, Craig; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    2013-03-01

    Vanadium-based transition metal oxides are an intriguing class of materials to study due to the metal-to-insulator (MIT) transitions that arise in many of the binary oxides (i.e. VO2, V2O3, V2O5) . The perovskite SrVO3 is metallic in bulk; however, it is possible to induce an MIT by modulating the bandwidth through strain or dimensional confinement. A mandatory requirement for controlling the electronic phase transition properties in material systems with strong correlation is the growth of high quality, stoichiometric thin films. This is demonstrated here with the growth of SrVO3 on LSAT (001) substrates using a hybrid-MBE technique, where the Sr is evaporated from an effusion cell and the V is provided through the metal-organic precursor vanadium oxo-tri-isopropoxide (VTIP). The structural properties of films with varying VTIP:Sr ratios are characterized by RHEED, XRD, AFM and TEM. These measurements demonstrate that SrVO3 can be grown with excellent structural quality, atomically flat surfaces and rocking curves of the same width as the substrate, accomplishing a necessary first step in controlling the MIT in SrVO3. This research is primarily supported by ONR Grant N00014-11-1-0665

  6. Four-Channel Current-Biased Kinetic Inductance Detectors Using MgB $_2$ 2 Nanowires for Sensing Pulsed Laser Irradiation

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    Yoshioka, N.; Narukami, Y.; Miyajima, S.; Shishido, H.; Fujimaki, A.; Miki, S.; Wang, Z.; Ishida, T.

    2014-08-01

    We recently proposed the idea of a novel sort of superconducting detector, i.e., a current-biased kinetic inductance detector (CB-KID). This detector is different from a current-biased transition edge detector studied previously, and is able to sense a change in kinetic inductance given by (; kinetic inductivity, ; mass of Cooper pair, ; density of Cooper pairs, ; charge of Cooper pair, ; length of device, ; cross sectional area) under a constant dc bias current . In the present work, we first extend this idea to construct a multi-channel CB-KIDs array made of 200-nm-thick MgB thin-film meanderline with 3-m thin wire. We succeeded in observing clear signals for imaging from the four-channel CB-KIDs at 4 K by irradiating focused pulsed laser. A scanning laser spot can be achieved by an XYZ piezo-driven stage and an optical fiber with an aspheric focused lens. We can see typical signals from all 4 channels at 4 K, and obtain the positional dependence of the signal as the contour in XY plane. Our CB-KIDs can be used as neutron detectors by utilizing energy released from a nuclear reaction between B and cold neutron.

  7. Blowpipe Mineralogy for Physics/Environment: Highest-Possible-Tc SuperConductor (Beyond: (but via!!!) MgB2, Cuprates, Pnictides) Quest; BOTH PERMANENT FOREVER Carb-IDES SOLID-State Sequestration AND Drought(s)-Elimination

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    Segler, Kurt; Williams, Wendell; Siegel, Edward

    2011-03-01

    Detailed are old blowpipe new applications: charcoal-block reduction of borates to yield ("N-NW" of MgB2) Overhauser-[PR 35,1,411(1987); Intl.J.Mod.Phys.1, 2 & 4, 927(1987)]-"land" predicted high-EST-POSSIBLE Tc SC "LiD2"; very-early: Siegel[Phys.Stat.Sol.(a)11,45(1972);Semiconductors.and Insulators 5: 39,47,62(1979)] carb-IDES SOLID-state phase-TRANSITIONED CHEMICALLY-REDOX"-REACTED STABLE PERMANENT LONG-term NOT "CO2" BUT C-sequestration: PROFITABLE "Grab and Sell" TRUMPS "cap and trade"!!!; Mott alloying/vertical metal-insulator transitions in "borax-(GLASS)-beads"; and very-earlySiegel [{3rd Intl.Conf.Alt.Energy }(1980)-vol.5/p.459!!!] "FLYING-WATER" Hindenberg-effect (H2-UP;H2O-DOWN) via Hydrogen-maximal-Archimedes-buoyancy "chemical-rain-in-pipelines", only via Siegel proprietary "magnetic-hydrogen-valve"(MHV): Renewables-Hydrogen-Water flexible versatile agile scaleable retrofitable integrated operating-system for PERMANENT drought(s)-elimination FOREVER!!!

  8. Structural and optical characterization of high-quality ZnO thin films deposited by reactive RF magnetron sputtering

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    Zhang, X.L.; Hui, K.N.; Hui, K.S.; Singh, Jai

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► High-quality ZnO thin films were deposited at room temperature. ► Effect of O{sub 2} flow and RF sputtering voltages on properties of ZnO films were studied. ► O{sub 2}/Ar ratios played a key role in controlling optical properties of ZnO films. ► Photoluminescence intensity of the ZnO films strongly depended on O{sub 2}/Ar ratios. ► Crystallite size, stress and strain strongly depended on O{sub 2}/Ar ratios. - Abstract: ZnO thin films were deposited onto quartz substrates by radio frequency (RF) reactive magnetron sputtering using a Zn target. The structural and optical properties of the ZnO thin films were investigated comprehensively by X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet–visible and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The effects of the oxygen content of the total oxygen–argon mixture and sputtering voltage in the sputtering process on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO films were studied systemically. The microstructural parameters, such as the lattice constant, crystallite size, stress and strain, were also calculated and correlated with the structural and optical properties of the ZnO films. In addition, the results showed that the crystalline quality of ZnO thin films improved with increasing O{sub 2}/Ar gas flow ratio from 2:8 to 8:2. XRD and PL spectroscopy revealed 800 V to be the most appropriate sputtering voltage for ZnO thin film growth. High-quality ZnO films with a good crystalline structure, tunable optical band gap as well as high transmittance could be fabricated easily by RF reactive magnetron sputtering, paving the way to obtaining cost-effective ZnO thin films transparent conducting oxides for optoelectronics applications.

  9. High-quality Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films grown on mica substrates for potential optoelectronic applications

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    Wang, K.; Bao, L. H.; Liu Yanwen; Wang Weiyi; Xiu Faxian; Meyer, N.; Che, X. Y.; He, L.; Lang, M. R.; Wang, K. L.; Chen, Z. G.; Post, K.; Basov, D. N.; Zou, J.

    2013-07-15

    We report high-quality topological insulator Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films grown on muscovite mica substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The topographic and structural analysis revealed that the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} thin films exhibited atomically smooth terraces over a large area and a high crystalline quality. Both weak antilocalization effect and quantum oscillations were observed in the magnetotransport of the relatively thin samples. A phase coherence length of 277 nm for a 6 nm thin film and a high surface mobility of 0.58 m{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} for a 4 nm thin film were achieved. These results confirm that the thin films grown on mica are of high quality.

  10. High-quality EuO thin films the easy way via topotactic transformation

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    Mairoser, Thomas; Mundy, Julia A.; Melville, Alexander; Hodash, Daniel; Cueva, Paul; Held, Rainer; Glavic, Artur; Schubert, Jürgen; Muller, David A.; Schlom, Darrell G.; Schmehl, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Epitaxy is widely employed to create highly oriented crystalline films. A less appreciated, but nonetheless powerful means of creating such films is via topotactic transformation, in which a chemical reaction transforms a single crystal of one phase into a single crystal of a different phase, which inherits its orientation from the original crystal. Topotactic reactions may be applied to epitactic films to substitute, add or remove ions to yield epitactic films of different phases. Here we exploit a topotactic reduction reaction to provide a non-ultra-high vacuum (UHV) means of growing highly oriented single crystalline thin films of the easily over-oxidized half-metallic semiconductor europium monoxide (EuO) with a perfection rivalling that of the best films of the same material grown by molecular-beam epitaxy or UHV pulsed-laser deposition. As the technique only requires high-vacuum deposition equipment, it has the potential to drastically improve the accessibility of high-quality single crystalline films of EuO as well as other difficult-to-synthesize compounds. PMID:26177710

  11. Improving the assembly speed, quality, and tunability of thin conductive multilayers.

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    Gittleson, Forrest S; Kohn, David J; Li, Xiaokai; Taylor, André D

    2012-05-22

    While inhomogeneous thin conductive films have been sought after for their flexibility, transparency, and strength, poor control in the processing of these materials has restricted their application. The versatile layer-by-layer assembly technique allows greater control over film deposition, but even this has been hampered by the traditional dip-coating method. Here, we employ a fully automated spin-spray layer-by-layer system (SSLbL) to rapidly produce high-quality, tunable multilayer films. With bilayer deposition cycle times as low as 13 s (~50% of previously reported) and thorough characterization of film conductance in the near percolation region, we show that SSLbL permits nanolevel control over film growth and efficient formation of a conducting network not available with other methods of multilayer deposition. The multitude of variables from spray time, to spin rate, to active drying available with SSLbL makes films generated by this technique inherently more tunable and expands the opportunity for optimization and application of composite multilayers. A comparison of several polymer-CNT systems deposited by both spin-spray and dip-coating exemplifies the potential of SSLbL assembly to allow for rapid screening of multilayer films. Ultrathin polymer-CNT multilayers assembled by SSLbL were also evaluated as lithium-ion battery electrodes, emphasizing the practical application of this technique. PMID:22515634

  12. High-quality EuO thin films the easy way via topotactic transformation

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    Mairoser, Thomas; Mundy, Julia A.; Melville, Alexander; Hodash, Daniel; Cueva, Paul; Held, Rainer; Glavic, Artur; Schubert, Jürgen; Muller, David A.; Schlom, Darrell G.; Schmehl, Andreas

    2015-07-16

    Epitaxy is widely employed to create highly oriented crystalline films. A less appreciated, but nonetheless powerful means of creating such films is via topotactic transformation, in which a chemical reaction transforms a single crystal of one phase into a single crystal of a different phase, which inherits its orientation from the original crystal. Topotactic reactions may be applied to epitactic films to substitute, add or remove ions to yield epitactic films of different phases. Here we exploit a topotactic reduction reaction to provide a non-ultra-high vacuum (UHV) means of growing highly oriented single crystalline thin films of the easily over-oxidized half-metallic semiconductor europium monoxide (EuO) with a perfection rivalling that of the best films of the same material grown by molecular-beam epitaxy or UHV pulsed-laser deposition. Lastly, as the technique only requires high-vacuum deposition equipment, it has the potential to drastically improve the accessibility of high-quality single crystalline films of EuO as well as other difficult-to-synthesize compounds.

  13. High-quality EuO thin films the easy way via topotactic transformation

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    Mairoser, Thomas; Mundy, Julia A.; Melville, Alexander; Hodash, Daniel; Cueva, Paul; Held, Rainer; Glavic, Artur; Schubert, Jürgen; Muller, David A.; Schlom, Darrell G.; et al

    2015-07-16

    Epitaxy is widely employed to create highly oriented crystalline films. A less appreciated, but nonetheless powerful means of creating such films is via topotactic transformation, in which a chemical reaction transforms a single crystal of one phase into a single crystal of a different phase, which inherits its orientation from the original crystal. Topotactic reactions may be applied to epitactic films to substitute, add or remove ions to yield epitactic films of different phases. Here we exploit a topotactic reduction reaction to provide a non-ultra-high vacuum (UHV) means of growing highly oriented single crystalline thin films of the easily over-oxidizedmore » half-metallic semiconductor europium monoxide (EuO) with a perfection rivalling that of the best films of the same material grown by molecular-beam epitaxy or UHV pulsed-laser deposition. Lastly, as the technique only requires high-vacuum deposition equipment, it has the potential to drastically improve the accessibility of high-quality single crystalline films of EuO as well as other difficult-to-synthesize compounds.« less

  14. High-quality eutectic-metal-bonded AlGaAs-GaAs thin films on Si substrates

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    Venkatasubramanian, R.; Timmons, M. L.; Humphreys, T. P.; Keyes, B. M.; Ahrenkiel, R. K.

    1992-02-01

    Device quality GaAs-AlGaAs thin films have been obtained on Si substrates, using a novel approach called eutectic-metal-bonding (EMB). This involves the lattice-matched growth of GaAs-AlGaAs thin films on Ge substrates, followed by bonding onto a Si wafer. The Ge substrates are selectively removed by a CF4/O2 plasma etch, leaving high-quality GaAs-AlGaAs thin films on Si substrates. A minority-carrier lifetime of 103 ns has been obtained in a EMB GaAs-AlGaAs double heterostructure on Si, which is nearly forty times higher than the state-of-the-art lifetime for heteroepitaxial GaAs on Si, and represents the largest reported minority-carrier lifetime for a freestanding GaAs thin film. In addition, a negligible residual elastic strain in the EMB GaAs-AlGaAs films has been determined from Raman spectroscopy measurements.

  15. High-quality germanium dioxide thin films with low interface state density using a direct neutral beam oxidation process

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    Wada, Akira; Zhang, Rui; Takagi, Shinichi; Samukawa, Seiji

    2012-05-01

    High-quality germanium dioxide (GeO2) as a gate oxide is in high demand for use in future high mobility Ge-channel field-effect transistors. GeO2 thin films were directly formed by using a damage-free and low-temperature process of neutral beam oxidation (NBO) after treatment with hydrogen (H) radicals. GeO2 thin films (equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) = 1.7 nm) with a high-quality interface and an extremely low interface state density (<1 × 1011 cm-2 eV-1) could be formed even at low temperature (300 °C) by combining the H radical treatment, which resulted in the removal of native oxides, with the NBO process we developed.

  16. Experimental and modeling studies of the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition of superconducting magnesium diboride thin films

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    Lamborn, Daniel Ray

    source and increased substrate size. MgB2 film growths in this configuration were achieved, with comparable film properties from the original configuration; however the process had poor reproducibility and low growth rates. Boron film growth experiments and numerical modeling, incorporating the previously developed chemistry model showed that there is substantial B2H6 depletion upstream of the substrate and indicated that this configuration was not an optimal design. An impinging jet reactor configuration was then designed to reduce parasitic deposition upstream of the substrate, yet maintain the independent temperature control of the substrate and Mg source. Numerical modeling was used to explore process parameters for boron thin film growth and provide a guide for growth experiments. Initial experiments showed that a balance needed to be established between the loss of B2H6 and the gas-phase nucleation of Mg particles from cold-finger effects induced by the inlet jet flow. Superconducting MgB2 films were successfully grown in the impinging jet reactor that a Tc of 39.8 K and critical current density greater than 2x106 A/cm2 at zero magnetic field. The impinging jet configuration introduced a large degree of flexibility in MgB2 deposition with thin axis oriented films deposited at low jet flow rates with improved uniformity and thick coatings with growth rates in excess of 100 mum/hr at higher jet flow rates.

  17. Dual V-type resonators to enhance beam quality of Yb:YAG thin-disk lasers.

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    Kazemi, Shahram; Mahdieh, Mohammad Hossein; Aghaie, Mohammad

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the operating characteristics of a Yb:YAG thin-disk laser using double V-type resonators are reported. The laser maintained stable performance by independently activating either the main or the auxiliary V-type resonator depending on the pumping laser power. Experimental investigations revealed that by reducing the dynamic range in which the main resonator was used for stability and instead employing the auxiliary resonator, the laser beam quality factor M2 could be reduced from 40.2 to 32.3, representing a beam quality enhancement of approximately 20%. PMID:27139657

  18. Optical properties of high quality Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} thin films

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    Luckert, F.; Hamilton, D. I.; Yakushev, M. V.; Martin, R. W.; Beattie, N. S.; Zoppi, G.; Moynihan, M.; Forbes, I.; Karotki, A. V.; Mudryi, A. V.; Grossberg, M.; Krustok, J.

    2011-08-08

    Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} thin films, fabricated on bare or molybdenum coated glass substrates by magnetron sputtering and selenisation, were studied by a range of techniques. Photoluminescence spectra reveal an excitonic peak and two phonon replicas of a donor-acceptor pair (DAP) recombination. Its acceptor and donor ionisation energies are 27 and 7 meV, respectively. This demonstrates that high-quality Cu{sub 2}ZnSnSe{sub 4} thin films can be fabricated. An experimental value for the longitudinal optical phonon energy of 28 meV was estimated. The band gap energy of 1.01 eV at room temperature was determined using optical absorption spectra.

  19. Experimental characterization of beam quality of a Yb:YAG thin disk laser

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    Kazemi, S.; Mahdieh, M. H.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper we investigate the effects of cooling water temperature and pumping diode laser beam profile on the disk laser beam quality. The results show that both issues are important and can influence the beam quality but at the conditions of our experiment these issues do not affect the beam quality significantly.

  20. Thin Blue Lines and Red Crosses: Signposts to Quality in Family Day Care?

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    White, Jayne

    2005-01-01

    This paper explores some of the findings of a study focussing on constructions of family day care from the perspectives of caregivers/educators and coordinators as they engaged in a quality review process using a recently developed resource--The Quality Journey/He haerenga whai hua (2000). The paper positions quality review as a part of a…

  1. Electronic Properties of High-Quality Epitaxial Topological Dirac Semimetal Thin Films.

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    Hellerstedt, Jack; Edmonds, Mark T; Ramakrishnan, Navneeth; Liu, Chang; Weber, Bent; Tadich, Anton; O'Donnell, Kane M; Adam, Shaffique; Fuhrer, Michael S

    2016-05-11

    Topological Dirac semimetals (TDS) are three-dimensional analogues of graphene, with linear electronic dispersions in three dimensions. Nanoscale confinement of TDSs in thin films is a necessary step toward observing the conventional-to-topological quantum phase transition (QPT) with increasing film thickness, gated devices for electric-field control of topological states, and devices with surface-state-dominated transport phenomena. Thin films can also be interfaced with superconductors (realizing a host for Majorana Fermions) or ferromagnets (realizing Weyl Fermions or T-broken topological states). Here we report structural and electrical characterization of large-area epitaxial thin films of TDS Na3Bi on single crystal Al2O3[0001] substrates. Charge carrier mobilities exceeding 6,000 cm(2)/(V s) and carrier densities below 1 × 10(18) cm(-3) are comparable to the best single crystal values. Perpendicular magnetoresistance at low field shows the perfect weak antilocalization behavior expected for Dirac Fermions in the absence of intervalley scattering. At higher fields up to 0.5 T anomalously large quadratic magnetoresistance is observed, indicating that some aspects of the low field magnetotransport (μB < 1) in this TDS are yet to be explained. PMID:27104635

  2. Characterization of the quality of ZnO thin films using reflective second harmonic generation

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    Huang, Y.-J.; Chu, S.-Y.; Lo, K.-Y.; Liu, C.-W.; Liu, C.-C.

    2009-08-31

    A polar mirror symmetrical contribution originated from the arrangement of grain boundaries existing in the ZnO film is detected by reflective second harmonic generation pattern. The ordering of ZnO grain boundary is dependent on the kinetic energy of deposited atoms and affects the quality of ZnO films. The net direction of the grain boundary in ZnO film trends toward the [110] direction of Si(111) to reach the minimum grain energy for better quality ZnO film. The polar structure of the mirrorlike boundaries under the optically macroscopic viewpoint presents a correlation with film quality.

  3. Quality Factor and Microslipping of Fatigue Cracks in Thin Plates at Resonant Vibration

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    Wincheski, B.; Namkung, M.; Fulton, J. P.

    1993-01-01

    Resonant vibrations have been stimulated in thin metal plates using a non-contacting electromagnetic driver. A sinusoidal force was applied in a swept frequency fashion and the resulting surface displacements were monitored through the use of an acoustic microphone. It has been found that the presence of a fatigue crack in the sample causes a broadening of the second resonance peak. The Q factors of the resonance curves were determined and are directly correlated with the presence of fatigue cracks in the samples. The broadening of the curves is explained in terms of a microslipping at the crack face walls which reduces the amplitude of the resonant vibration by increasing the damping of the system. A comparison is made between the resonance characteristics of fatigue damaged and notched samples, where the stiffness of the two systems is nearly constant while the interaction between crack face walls is eliminated in the latter.

  4. The Nonprofit Advantage: Producing Quality in Thick and Thin Child Care Markets

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    Cleveland, Gordon; Krashinsky, Michael

    2009-01-01

    Nonprofit child care centers are frequently observed to produce child care which is, on average, of higher quality than care provided in commercial child care centers. In part, this nonprofit advantage is due to different input choices made by nonprofit centers--lower child--staff ratios, better-educated staff and directors, higher rates of…

  5. A new system for synthesis of high quality nonpolar GaN thin films.

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    Li, Guoqiang; Shih, Shao-Ju; Fu, Zhengyi

    2010-02-28

    High quality nonpolar m-plane GaN films were successfully grown on LiGaO(2) (100) substrates for the first time. This m-plane GaN/LiGaO(2) (100) system opens a new approach for realizing highly-efficient nitride devices. PMID:20449251

  6. Thin-film fixed-bed reactor for solar photocatalytic inactivation of Aeromonas hydrophila: influence of water quality

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    2012-01-01

    Background Controlling fish disease is one of the major concerns in contemporary aquaculture. The use of antibiotics or chemical disinfection cannot provide a healthy aquaculture system without residual effects. Water quality is also important in determining the success or failure of fish production. Several solar photocatalytic reactors have been used to treat drinking water or waste water without leaving chemical residues. This study has investigated the impact of several key aspects of water quality on the inactivation of the pathogenic bacterium Aeromonas hydrophila using a pilot-scale thin-film fixed-bed reactor (TFFBR) system. Results The level of inactivation of Aeromonas hydrophila ATCC 35654 was determined using a TFFBR with a photocatalytic area of 0.47 m2 under the influence of various water quality variables (pH, conductivity, turbidity and colour) under high solar irradiance conditions (980–1100 W m-2), at a flow rate of 4.8 L h-1 through the reactor. Bacterial enumeration were obtained through conventional plate count using trypticase soy agar media, cultured in conventional aerobic conditions to detect healthy cells and under ROS-neutralised conditions to detect both healthy and sub-lethally injured (oxygen-sensitive) cells. The results showed that turbidity has a major influence on solar photocatalytic inactivation of A. hydrophila. Humic acids appear to decrease TiO2 effectiveness under full sunlight and reduce microbial inactivation. pH in the range 7–9 and salinity both have no major effect on the extent of photoinactivation or sub-lethal injury. Conclusions This study demonstrates the effectiveness of the TFFBR in the inactivation of Aeromonas hydrophila under the influence of several water quality variables at high solar irradiance, providing an opportunity for the application of solar photocatalysis in aquaculture systems, as long as turbidity remains low. PMID:23194331

  7. Optimization of beam quality and optical-to-optical efficiency of Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier by pulsed pumping.

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    Chyla, Michal; Miura, Taisuke; Smrz, Martin; Jelinkova, Helena; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomas

    2014-03-15

    We demonstrate an optimization method of beam quality and optical-to-optical (O-O) efficiency by using pulsed pumping. By changing the pulse duration and the peak intensity of pump pulse at the repetition rate of 1 kHz, the beam quality and O-O efficiency of the Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier can be improved. We applied this method to the regenerative amplifier under the pumping wavelength of both 940 and 969 nm, and found that the method was effective in both pumping wavelengths. Although a Yb:YAG thin disk soldered on a copper tungsten heat sink, which has poor thermal properties compared with a thin disk mounted on a diamond substrate, was applied as a gain media, we obtained 45 mJ output with 19.3% O-O efficiency and nearly diffraction-limited beam. PMID:24690808

  8. High-Quality Solution-Processed Silicon Oxide Gate Dielectric Applied on Indium Oxide Based Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Jaehnike, Felix; Pham, Duy Vu; Anselmann, Ralf; Bock, Claudia; Kunze, Ulrich

    2015-07-01

    A silicon oxide gate dielectric was synthesized by a facile sol-gel reaction and applied to solution-processed indium oxide based thin-film transistors (TFTs). The SiOx sol-gel was spin-coated on highly doped silicon substrates and converted to a dense dielectric film with a smooth surface at a maximum processing temperature of T = 350 °C. The synthesis was systematically improved, so that the solution-processed silicon oxide finally achieved comparable break downfield strength (7 MV/cm) and leakage current densities (<10 nA/cm(2) at 1 MV/cm) to thermally grown silicon dioxide (SiO2). The good quality of the dielectric layer was successfully proven in bottom-gate, bottom-contact metal oxide TFTs and compared to reference TFTs with thermally grown SiO2. Both transistor types have field-effect mobility values as high as 28 cm(2)/(Vs) with an on/off current ratio of 10(8), subthreshold swings of 0.30 and 0.37 V/dec, respectively, and a threshold voltage close to zero. The good device performance could be attributed to the smooth dielectric/semiconductor interface and low interface trap density. Thus, the sol-gel-derived SiO2 is a promising candidate for a high-quality dielectric layer on many substrates and high-performance large-area applications. PMID:26039187

  9. Enhanced optoelectronic quality of perovskite thin films with hypophosphorous acid for planar heterojunction solar cells.

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    Zhang, Wei; Pathak, Sandeep; Sakai, Nobuya; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Nayak, Pabitra K; Noel, Nakita K; Haghighirad, Amir A; Burlakov, Victor M; deQuilettes, Dane W; Sadhanala, Aditya; Li, Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo; Ginger, David S; Friend, Richard H; Snaith, Henry J

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed metal halide perovskite semiconductors, such as CH3NH3PbI3, have exhibited remarkable performance in solar cells, despite having non-negligible density of defect states. A likely candidate is halide vacancies within the perovskite crystals, or the presence of metallic lead, both generated due to the imbalanced I/Pb stoichiometry which could evolve during crystallization. Herein, we show that the addition of hypophosphorous acid (HPA) in the precursor solution can significantly improve the film quality, both electronically and topologically, and enhance the photoluminescence intensity, which leads to more efficient and reproducible photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate that the HPA can reduce the oxidized I2 back into I(-), and our results indicate that this facilitates an improved stoichiometry in the perovskite crystal and a reduced density of metallic lead. PMID:26615763

  10. Enhanced optoelectronic quality of perovskite thin films with hypophosphorous acid for planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Zhang, Wei; Pathak, Sandeep; Sakai, Nobuya; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Nayak, Pabitra K.; Noel, Nakita K.; Haghighirad, Amir A.; Burlakov, Victor M.; deQuilettes, Dane W.; Sadhanala, Aditya; et al

    2015-11-30

    Solution-processed metal halide perovskite semiconductors, such as CH3NH3PbI3, have exhibited remarkable performance in solar cells, despite having non-negligible density of defect states. A likely candidate is halide vacancies within the perovskite crystals, or the presence of metallic lead, both generated due to the imbalanced I/Pb stoichiometry which could evolve during crystallization. Herein, we show that the addition of hypophosphorous acid (HPA) in the precursor solution can significantly improve the film quality, both electronically and topologically, and enhance the photoluminescence intensity, which leads to more efficient and reproducible photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate that the HPA can reduce the oxidized I2 backmore » into I-, and our results indicate that this facilitates an improved stoichiometry in the perovskite crystal and a reduced density of metallic lead.« less

  11. Enhanced optoelectronic quality of perovskite thin films with hypophosphorous acid for planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Zhang, Wei; Pathak, Sandeep; Sakai, Nobuya; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Nayak, Pabitra K.; Noel, Nakita K.; Haghighirad, Amir A.; Burlakov, Victor M.; deQuilettes, Dane W.; Sadhanala, Aditya; Li, Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo; Ginger, David S.; Friend, Richard H.; Snaith, Henry J.

    2015-11-30

    Solution-processed metal halide perovskite semiconductors, such as CH3NH3PbI3, have exhibited remarkable performance in solar cells, despite having non-negligible density of defect states. A likely candidate is halide vacancies within the perovskite crystals, or the presence of metallic lead, both generated due to the imbalanced I/Pb stoichiometry which could evolve during crystallization. Herein, we show that the addition of hypophosphorous acid (HPA) in the precursor solution can significantly improve the film quality, both electronically and topologically, and enhance the photoluminescence intensity, which leads to more efficient and reproducible photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate that the HPA can reduce the oxidized I2 back into I-, and our results indicate that this facilitates an improved stoichiometry in the perovskite crystal and a reduced density of metallic lead.

  12. Enhanced optoelectronic quality of perovskite thin films with hypophosphorous acid for planar heterojunction solar cells

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    Zhang, Wei; Pathak, Sandeep; Sakai, Nobuya; Stergiopoulos, Thomas; Nayak, Pabitra K.; Noel, Nakita K.; Haghighirad, Amir A.; Burlakov, Victor M.; deQuilettes, Dane W.; Sadhanala, Aditya; Li, Wenzhe; Wang, Liduo; Ginger, David S.; Friend, Richard H.; Snaith, Henry J.

    2015-01-01

    Solution-processed metal halide perovskite semiconductors, such as CH3NH3PbI3, have exhibited remarkable performance in solar cells, despite having non-negligible density of defect states. A likely candidate is halide vacancies within the perovskite crystals, or the presence of metallic lead, both generated due to the imbalanced I/Pb stoichiometry which could evolve during crystallization. Herein, we show that the addition of hypophosphorous acid (HPA) in the precursor solution can significantly improve the film quality, both electronically and topologically, and enhance the photoluminescence intensity, which leads to more efficient and reproducible photovoltaic devices. We demonstrate that the HPA can reduce the oxidized I2 back into I−, and our results indicate that this facilitates an improved stoichiometry in the perovskite crystal and a reduced density of metallic lead. PMID:26615763

  13. Growth, structure and optoelectronic characterizations of high quality Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films obtained by close spaced vapor transport

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    Sagna, A.; Djessas, K.; Sene, C.; Belaqziz, M.; Chehouani, H.; Briot, O.; Moret, M.

    2015-09-01

    High quality Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films, as an absorber layer for thin films solar cell, were synthesized successfully using a simple and low cost technique, Close-Space Vapor Transport (CSVT). The films were grown on soda-lime glass substrates using a polycrystalline CZTS ingot as source of evaporation material. Influence of substrate temperature on chemical composition, morphological, structural, electrical and optical properties of the CZTS thin films was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer, Hall effect and photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The results from XRD and Raman characterization confirmed the formation of kesterite CZTS thin films with a (1 1 2) plane preferred orientation and Raman shift of 338 cm-1, respectively. When the substrate temperature was increased from 460 to 540 °C, the composition of the thin films becomes Cu-, Sn-poor and Zn-rich, wherein the optical band gap values increased from 1.34 to 1.52 eV. PL spectra show the presence of broad emission band at 1.28 eV. All CZTS thin films exhibit p-type conductivity. With substrate temperature of 500 °C, the CZTS thin films show the best properties as an absorber layer in thin film solar cell (Eg = 1.48 eV, p = 3.4 × 1017 cm-3, ρ = 2.6 Ω/cm, μ = 6.4 cm/V s).

  14. Molecular solution approach to synthesize electronic quality Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films.

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    Yang, Wenbing; Duan, Hsin-Sheng; Cha, Kitty C; Hsu, Chia-Jung; Hsu, Wan-Ching; Zhou, Huanping; Bob, Brion; Yang, Yang

    2013-05-01

    Successful implementation of molecular solution processing from a homogeneous and stable precursor would provide an alternative, robust approach to process multinary compounds compared with physical vapor deposition. Targeting deposition of chemically clear, high quality crystalline films requires specific molecular structure design and solvent selection. Hydrazine (N2H4) serves as a unique and powerful medium, particularly to incorporate selected metallic elements and chalcogens into a stable solution as metal chalcogenide complexes (MCC). However, not all the elements and compounds can be easily dissolved. In this manuscript, we demonstrate a paradigm to incorporate previously insoluble transitional-metal elements into molecular solution as metal-atom hydrazine/hydrazine derivative complexes (MHHD), as exemplified by dissolving of the zinc constituent as Zn(NH2NHCOO)2(N2H4)2. Investigation into the evolution of molecular structure reveals the hidden roadmap to significantly enrich the variety of building blocks for soluble molecule design. The new category of molecular structures not only set up a prototype to incorporate other elements of interest but also points the direction for other compatible solvent selection. As demonstrated from the molecular precursor combining Sn-/Cu-MCC and Zn-MHHD, an ultrathin film of copper zinc tin sulfide (CZTS) was deposited. Characterization of a transistor based on the CZTS channel layer shows electronic properties comparable to CuInSe2, confirming the robustness of this molecular solution processing and the prospect of earth abundant CZTS for next generation photovoltaic materials. This paradigm potentially outlines a universal pathway, from individual molecular design using selected chelated ligands and combination of building blocks in a simple and stable solution to fundamentally change the way multinary compounds are processed. PMID:23581974

  15. Spontaneous shape transition of thin films into ZnO nanowires with high structural and optical quality.

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    Guillemin, Sophie; Sarigiannidou, Eirini; Appert, Estelle; Donatini, Fabrice; Renou, Gilles; Bremond, Georges; Consonni, Vincent

    2015-10-28

    ZnO nanowires are usually formed by physical and chemical deposition techniques following the bottom-up approach consisting in supplying the reactants on a nucleation surface heated at a given temperature. We demonstrate an original alternative approach for the formation of ZnO nanowire arrays with high structural and optical quality, which is based on the spontaneous transformation of a ZnO thin film deposited by sol-gel process following a simple annealing. The development of these ZnO nanowires occurs through successive shape transitions, including the intermediate formation of pyramid-shaped islands. Their nucleation under near-equilibrium conditions is expected to be governed by thermodynamic considerations via the total free energy minimization related to the nanowire shape. It is further strongly assisted by the drastic reordering of the matter and by recrystallization phenomena through the massive transport of zinc and oxygen atoms towards the localized growth areas. The spontaneous shape transition process thus combines the easiness and low-cost of sol-gel process and simple annealing with the assets of the vapor phase deposition techniques. These findings cast a light on the fundamental mechanisms driving the spontaneous formation of ZnO nanowires and, importantly, reveal the great technological potential of the spontaneous shape transition process as a promising alternative approach to the more usual bottom-up approach. PMID:26416227

  16. Enhanced quality thin film Cu(In,Ga)Se[sub 2] for semiconductor device applications by vapor-phase recrystallization

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    Tuttle, J.R.; Contreras, M.A.; Noufi, R.; Albin, D.S.

    1994-10-18

    Enhanced quality thin films of Cu[sub w](In,Ga[sub y])Se[sub z] for semiconductor device applications are fabricated by initially forming a Cu-rich, phase-separated compound mixture comprising Cu(In,Ga):Cu[sub x]Se on a substrate to form a large-grain precursor and then converting the excess Cu[sub x]Se to Cu(In,Ga)Se[sub 2] by exposing it to an activity of In and/or Ga, either in vapor In and/or Ga form or in solid (In,Ga)[sub y]Se[sub z]. Alternatively, the conversion can be made by sequential deposition of In and/or Ga and Se onto the phase-separated precursor. The conversion process is preferably performed in the temperature range of about 300--600 C, where the Cu(In,Ga)Se[sub 2] remains solid, while the excess Cu[sub x]Se is in a liquid flux. The characteristic of the resulting Cu[sub w](In,Ga)[sub y]Se[sub z] can be controlled by the temperature. Higher temperatures, such as 500--600 C, result in a nearly stoichiometric Cu(In,Ga)Se[sub 2], whereas lower temperatures, such as 300--400 C, result in a more Cu-poor compound, such as the Cu[sub z](In,Ga)[sub 4]Se[sub 7] phase. 7 figs.

  17. Enhanced quality thin film Cu(In,Ga)Se.sub.2 for semiconductor device applications by vapor-phase recrystallization

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    Tuttle, John R.; Contreras, Miguel A.; Noufi, Rommel; Albin, David S.

    1994-01-01

    Enhanced quality thin films of Cu.sub.w (In,Ga.sub.y)Se.sub.z for semiconductor device applications are fabricated by initially forming a Cu-rich, phase-separated compound mixture comprising Cu(In,Ga):Cu.sub.x Se on a substrate to form a large-grain precursor and then converting the excess Cu.sub.x Se to Cu(In,Ga)Se.sub.2 by exposing it to an activity of In and/or Ga, either in vapor In and/or Ga form or in solid (In,Ga).sub.y Se.sub.z. Alternatively, the conversion can be made by sequential deposition of In and/or Ga and Se onto the phase-separated precursor. The conversion process is preferably performed in the temperature range of about 300.degree.-600.degree. C., where the Cu(In,Ga)Se.sub.2 remains solid, while the excess Cu.sub.x Se is in a liquid flux. The characteristic of the resulting Cu.sub.w (In,Ga).sub.y Se.sub.z can be controlled by the temperature. Higher temperatures, such as 500.degree.-600.degree. C., result in a nearly stoichiometric Cu(In,Ga)Se.sub.2, whereas lower temperatures, such as 300.degree.-400.degree. C., result in a more Cu-poor compound, such as the Cu.sub.z (In,Ga).sub.4 Se.sub.7 phase.

  18. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

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    2014-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  19. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  20. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  1. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth... injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  2. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... tolerance. C4L Fair Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in oil... tolerance. C5L Low Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf Underripe, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in oil... tolerance. C4F Fair Quality Medium-brown Thin Leaf. Mature, thin, close leaf structure, rough, lean in...

  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. Improving crystalline quality of sputtering-deposited MoS2 thin film by postdeposition sulfurization annealing using (t-C4H9)2S2

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    Ishihara, Seiya; Hibino, Yusuke; Sawamoto, Naomi; Suda, Kohei; Ohashi, Takumi; Matsuura, Kentarou; Machida, Hideaki; Ishikawa, Masato; Sudoh, Hiroshi; Wakabayashi, Hitoshi; Ogura, Atsushi

    2016-04-01

    A sputtered MoS2 thin film is a candidate for realizing enhancement-mode MoS2 metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). However, there are some sulfur vacancies in the film, which degrade the device performance. In this study, we performed postdeposition sulfurization annealing (PSA) on a sputtered MoS2 thin film in order to complement sulfur vacancies, and we investigated the fundamental properties of the MoS2 film. As a result, a high-quality crystalline 10-layer MoS2 film with an ideal stoichiometric composition was obtained at a relatively low process temperature (500 °C). The MoS2 film had an indirect bandgap of 1.36 eV and a high Hall mobility compared with the as-deposited sputtered MoS2 film.

  5. 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

  6. Quality.

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    Evans, Judith L.; Schaeffer, Sheldon

    1996-01-01

    This issue of the Coordinator's Notebook focuses on the quality of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) programs. The bulk of the issue is devoted to an article "Quality in ECCD: Everyone's Concern" (Judith Evans), which reviews the need for a definition of high quality in ECCD programs and discusses how diverse stakeholders define quality.…

  7. Flexible thin-layer dielectric barrier discharge plasma treatment of pork butt and beef loin: effects on pathogen inactivation and meat-quality attributes.

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    Jayasena, Dinesh D; Kim, Hyun Joo; Yong, Hae In; Park, Sanghoo; Kim, Kijung; Choe, Wonho; Jo, Cheorun

    2015-04-01

    The effects of a flexible thin-layer dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma system using a sealed package on microbial inactivation and quality attributes of fresh pork and beef were tested. Following a 10-min treatment, the microbial-load reductions of Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Salmonella Typhimurium were 2.04, 2.54, and 2.68 Log CFU/g in pork-butt samples and 1.90, 2.57, and 2.58 Log CFU/g in beef-loin samples, respectively. Colorimetric analysis showed that DBD-plasma treatment did not significantly affect L* values (lightness) of pork and beef samples, but lowered a* values (redness) significantly after 5- and 7.5-min exposures. The plasma treatment significantly influenced lipid oxidation only after a 10-min exposure. The texture of both types of meat was unaffected by plasma treatment. All sensory parameters of treated and non-treated samples were comparable except for taste, which was negatively influenced by the plasma treatment (P < 0.05). This thin-layer DBD-plasma system can be applied to inactivate foodborne pathogens. The observed minor deterioration of meat quality might be prevented by the use of hurdle technology. PMID:25475266

  8. Improving the structural quality and electrical resistance of SrTiO3 thin films on Si (001) via a two-step anneal

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Yaqiang; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    2016-01-01

    We report on the optimization of structural and electrical properties of SrTiO3 thin films grown on Si (001) by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy. Using a dual buffer layer template, 46-nm-thick films grown at high temperatures (850 °C) resulted in a layer-by-layer growth mode and a good crystalline quality with rocking curve full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the 002 SrTiO3 peak of nearly 0.6°, which was reduced to 0.4° by increasing the film thickness to 120 nm. A high temperature post-deposition anneal was employed to further reduce the rocking curve FWHM down to 0.2° while preserving a smooth film surface morphology. The low sheet resistance of as-grown and post-growth annealed samples was increased by five orders of magnitude exceeding 107 Ω/⊙ using a lower temperature anneal in dry air. This two-step annealing method provides an easy and effective way to improve the crystalline quality of SrTiO3 thin films on Si, providing a path towards the development of electrically insulating, wafer scale virtual perovskite substrates.

  9. Synthesizing photovoltaic thin films of high quality copper-zinc-tin alloy with at least one chalcogen species

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    Teeter, Glenn; Du, Hui; Young, Matthew

    2013-08-06

    A method for synthesizing a thin film of copper, zinc, tin, and a chalcogen species ("CZTCh" or "CZTSS") with well-controlled properties. The method includes depositing a thin film of precursor materials, e.g., approximately stoichiometric amounts of copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), tin (Sn), and a chalcogen species (Ch). The method then involves re-crystallizing and grain growth at higher temperatures, e.g., between about 725 and 925 degrees K, and annealing the precursor film at relatively lower temperatures, e.g., between 600 and 650 degrees K. The processing of the precursor film takes place in the presence of a quasi-equilibrium vapor, e.g., Sn and chalcogen species. The quasi-equilibrium vapor is used to maintain the precursor film in a quasi-equilibrium condition to reduce and even prevent decomposition of the CZTCh and is provided at a rate to balance desorption fluxes of Sn and chalcogens.

  10. Evaluation of thin-layer chromatography methods for quality control of commercial products containing Aesculus hippocastanum, Turnera diffusa, Matricaria recutita, Passiflora incarnata, and Tilia occidentalis.

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    Ramírez-Durón, Rosalba; Ceniceros-Almaguer, Lucía; Salazar-Aranda, Ricardo; Salazar-Cavazos, Ma de la Luz; Waksman de Torres, Noemi

    2007-01-01

    In Mexico, plant-derived products with health claims are sold as herbal dietary supplements, and there are no rules for their legal quality control. Aesculus hippocastanum, Turnera diffusa, Matricaria recutita, Passiflora incarnata, and Tilia occidentalis are some of the major commercial products obtained from plants used in this region. In this paper, we describe the effectiveness of thin-layer chromatography methods to provide for the quality control of several commercial products containing these plants. Standardized extracts were used. Of the 49 commercial products analyzed, only 32.65% matched the chromatographic characteristic of standardized extracts. A significant number of commercial products did not match their label, indicating a problem resulting from the lack of regulation for these products. The proposed methods are simple, sensitive, and specific and can be used for routine quality control of raw herbals and formulations of the tested plants. The results obtained show the need to develop simple and reliable analytical methods that can be performed in any laboratory for the purpose of quality control of dietary supplements or commercial herbal products sold in Mexico. PMID:17760328

  11. Preparation of Device-Quality Cu(In, Ga)Se2 Thin Films Deposited by Coevaporation with Composition Monitor

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    Kohara, Naoki; Negami, Takayuki; Nishitani, Mikihiko; Wada, Takahiro

    1995-09-01

    The chemical composition of Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin film was monitored in real time during the physical vapor deposition. The temperature of growing CIGS film was found to depend on the composition ratio of Cu/(In+Ga) when the film was deposited under constant heating power. The composition monitoring system can be easily applied to a 3-stage deposition process of the CIGS films. The solar cells (active area: 1 cm2) fabricated by using the obtained CIGS absorber layer showed an efficiency of 15.4% under standard AM 1.5 illumination.

  12. Thin film metrology.

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    Nitsch, Gerald; Flinn, Gregory

    2007-10-01

    Thin film metrology is suitable for characterising and performing quality control of a variety of coatings and films used in medical applications. The capabilities of today's systems are described. PMID:18078184

  13. Deposition of high quality YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films over large areas by pulsed laser ablation with substrate scanning

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    Davis, M. F.; Wosik, J.; Forster, K.; Deshmukh, S. C.; Rampersad, H. R.

    1991-01-01

    The paper describes thin films deposited in a system where substrates are scanned over areas up to 3.5 x 3.5 cm through the stationary plume of an ablated material defined by an aperture. These YBCO films are deposited on LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 substrates with the thickness of 90 and 160 nm. Attention is focused on the main features of the deposition system: line focusing of the laser beam on the target; an aperture defining the area of the plume; computerized stepper motor-driven X-Y stage translating the heated sampler holder behind the plume-defining aperture in programmed patterns; and substrate mounting block with uniform heating at high temperatures over large areas. It is noted that the high degree of uniformity of the properties in each film batch illustrates that the technique of pulsed laser deposition can be applied to produce large YBCO films of high quality.

  14. MOCVD of high quality YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films using a fluorinated barium precursor

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    Richards, B. C.; Cook, S. L.; Pinch, D. L.; Andrews, G. W.; Lengeling, G.; Schulte, B.; Jürgensen, H.; Shen, Y. Q.; Vase, P.; Freltoft, T.; Spee, C. I. M. A.; Linden, J. L.; Hitchman, M. L.; Shamlian, S. H.; Brown, A.

    1995-02-01

    MOCVD of superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7δ thin films using the novel fluorinated barium β-diketonate complex [Ba(TDFND) 2·tetraglyme] 1 in combination with [Y(TMHD) 3] 2 and [Cu(TMHD) 2] is reported. The Ba complex has a low melting point (72°C), is thermally stable to 200°C and allows reproducible and reliable film deposition even when maintained at 145°C for several weeks. Conversion of the fluoride to the oxide is achieved by in situ hydrolysis. Films deposited on SrTiO 3 (100) were characterised by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, rocking curve, ac susceptibility and secondary ion mass spectrometry. Homogeneous layers of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ, ≈ 0.25 μm thick, were grown at ≈ 0.13 μm h -1. The films are epitaxial with good c axis orientation. Critical temperatures Tc are typically 91 K and critical current densities c (at 77 K) of ≈ 5 MA cm -2 are reported. SIMS results showing levels of residual fluorine do not exceed 250 ppm.

  15. Growth of high-quality thin-film Ge single crystals by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Outlaw, R. A.; Hopson, P., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Thin-film Ge single crystals (approx. 10 microns) have been epitaxially grown on polished NaCl(100) substrates at 450C by using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Films on approximately 1 sq cm and larger were separated from the NaCl by either melting the salt or by differential shear stress upon cooling to room temperature. The ordered growth of the Ge was found to be most sensitive to the initial plasma power and to the continuum flow dynamics within the carbon susceptor. The films were visually specular and exhibited a high degree of crysalline order when examined by X-ray diffraction. The films were found to be p-type with a carrier concentration of approximately 3 x 10 to the 16th power/cu cm, a resistivity of 0.11 ohm-cm, and a Hall hole mobility of 1820 sq cm/v/s at room temperature. Vacuum firing minimized the primary contaminant, Na, and corresponding lowered the carrier concentration to 4 x 10 to the 14th power/cu cm.

  16. Thin layer convective air drying of wild edible plant (Allium roseum) leaves: experimental kinetics, modeling and quality.

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    Ben Haj Said, Leila; Najjaa, Hanen; Farhat, Abdelhamid; Neffati, Mohamed; Bellagha, Sihem

    2015-06-01

    The present study deals with the valorization of an edible spontaneous plant of the Tunisian arid areas: Allium roseum. This plant is traditionally used for therapeutic and culinary uses. Thin-layer drying behavior of Allium roseum leaves was investigated at 40, 50 and 60 °C drying air temperatures and 1 and l.5 m/s air velocity, in a convective dryer. The increase in air temperature significantly affected the moisture loss and reduced the drying time while air velocity was an insignificant factor during drying of Allium roseum leaves. Five models selected from the literature were found to satisfactorily describe drying kinetics of Allium roseum leaves for all tested drying conditions. Drying data were analyzed to obtain moisture diffusivity values. During the falling rate-drying period, moisture transfer from Allium roseum leaves was described by applying the Fick's diffusion model. Moisture diffusivity varied from 2.55 × 10(-12) to 8.83 × 10(-12) m(2)/s and increased with air temperature. Activation energy during convective drying was calculated using an exponential expression based on Arrhenius equation and ranged between 46.80 and 52.68 kJ/mol. All sulfur compounds detected in the fresh leaves were detected in the dried leaves. Convective air drying preserved the sulfur compounds potential formation. PMID:26028758

  17. High quality SiO2/Si interfaces of poly-crystalline silicon thin film transistors by annealing in wet atmosphere

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    Sano, Naoki; Sekiya, Mitsunobu; Hara, Masaki; Kohno, Atsushi; Sameshima, Toshiyuki

    1995-05-01

    A new post-metallization annealing technique was developed to improve the quality of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices using SiO2 films formed by a parallel-plate remote plasma chemical vapor deposition as gate insulators. The quality of the interface between SiO2 and crystalline Si was investigated by capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements. An H2O vapor annealing at 270 C for 30 min efficiently decreased the interface trap density to 2.0 x 10(exp 10) cm(exp -2) eV(exp -1), and the effective oxide charge density from 1 x 10(exp 12) to 5 x 10(exp 9) cm(exp -2). This annealing process was also applied to the fabrication of Al-gate polycrystalline silicon thin film transistors (poly-Si TFT's) at 270 C. In p-channel poly-Si TFT's, the carrier mobility increased from 60-400 cm(exp 2) V(exp -1) s(exp - 1) and the threshold voltage decreased from - 5.5 to - 1.7 V.

  18. Impact of deposition parameters on the material quality of SPC poly-Si thin films using high-rate PECVD of a-Si:H

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    Kumar, Avishek; Widenborg, Per Ingemar; Dalapati, Goutam Kumar; Sandhya Subramanian, Gomathy; Aberle, Armin Gerhard

    2015-05-01

    The impact of the deposition parameters such as gas flow (sccm) and RF plasma power density (W/cm2) on the deposition rate of a-Si:H films is systematically investigated. A high deposition rate of up to 146 nm/min at 13.56 MHz is achieved for the a-Si:H films deposited with high lateral uniformity on 30 × 40 cm2 large-area glass substrates. A relationship between the SiH4 gas flow and the RF power density is established. The SiH4 gas flow to RF power density ratio of about 2.4 sccm/mW cm-2 is found to give a linear increase in the deposition rate. The influence of the deposition rate on the material quality is studied using UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer and Raman characterisation techniques. Poly-Si thin film with crystal quality as high as 90% of single-crystalline Si wafer is obtained from the SPC of high rate deposited a-Si:H films.

  19. Multilayer MgB2 superconducting quantum interference filter magnetometers

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    Galan, Elias; Melbourne, Thomas; Davidson, Bruce A.; Xi, X. X.; Chen, Ke

    2016-04-01

    We report two types of all-MgB2 superconductive quantum interference filter (SQIF) magnetometers that can measure absolute magnetic fields with high sensitivity. In one configuration, the SQIFs were made of 20 multilayer nonplanar all-MgB2 superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) connected in parallel with loop areas ranging in size from 0.4 to 3.6 μm2. These devices are sensitive to magnetic fields parallel to the substrate and show a single antipeak from 3 to 16 K with a maximum transfer function of ˜16 V/T at 3 K and a field noise of ˜110 pT/Hz1/2 above 100 Hz at 10 K. In a second configuration, the SQIFs were made with 16 planar SQUIDs connected in parallel with loop areas ranging in size from 4 μm2 to 25 μm2 and are sensitive to the magnetic fields perpendicular to the substrate. The planar SQIF shows a single antipeak from 10 to 22 K with a maximum transfer function of 7800 V/T at 10 K and a field noise of ˜70 pT/Hz1/2 above 100 Hz at 20 K.

  20. Boron carbide coatings for neutron detection probed by x-rays, ions, and neutrons to determine thin film quality

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    Nowak, G. Störmer, M.; Horstmann, C.; Kampmann, R.; Höche, D.; Lorenz, U.; Müller, M.; Schreyer, A.; Becker, H.-W.; Haese-Seiller, M.; Moulin, J.-F.; Pomm, M.; Randau, C.; Hall-Wilton, R.

    2015-01-21

    Due to the present shortage of {sup 3}He and the associated tremendous increase of its price, the supply of large neutron detection systems with {sup 3}He becomes unaffordable. Alternative neutron detection concepts, therefore, have been invented based on solid {sup 10}B converters. These concepts require development in thin film deposition technique regarding high adhesion, thickness uniformity and chemical purity of the converter coating on large area substrates. We report on the sputter deposition of highly uniform large-area {sup 10}B{sub 4}C coatings of up to 2 μm thickness with a thickness deviation below 4% using the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht large area sputtering system. The {sup 10}B{sub 4}C coatings are x-ray amorphous and highly adhesive to the substrate. Material analysis by means of X-ray-Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, and Rutherford-Back-Scattering (RBS) revealed low impurities concentration in the coatings. The isotope composition determined by Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, RBS, and inelastic nuclear reaction analysis of the converter coatings evidences almost identical {sup 10}B isotope contents in the sputter target and in the deposited coating. Neutron conversion and detection test measurements with variable irradiation geometry of the converter coating demonstrate an average relative quantum efficiency ranging from 65% to 90% for cold neutrons as compared to a black {sup 3}He-monitor. Thus, these converter coatings contribute to the development of {sup 3}He-free prototype detectors based on neutron grazing incidence. Transferring the developed coating process to an industrial scale sputtering system can make alternative {sup 3}He-free converter elements available for large area neutron detection systems.

  1. Boron carbide coatings for neutron detection probed by x-rays, ions, and neutrons to determine thin film quality

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    Nowak, G.; Störmer, M.; Becker, H.-W.; Horstmann, C.; Kampmann, R.; Höche, D.; Haese-Seiller, M.; Moulin, J.-F.; Pomm, M.; Randau, C.; Lorenz, U.; Hall-Wilton, R.; Müller, M.; Schreyer, A.

    2015-01-01

    Due to the present shortage of 3He and the associated tremendous increase of its price, the supply of large neutron detection systems with 3He becomes unaffordable. Alternative neutron detection concepts, therefore, have been invented based on solid 10B converters. These concepts require development in thin film deposition technique regarding high adhesion, thickness uniformity and chemical purity of the converter coating on large area substrates. We report on the sputter deposition of highly uniform large-area 10B4C coatings of up to 2 μm thickness with a thickness deviation below 4% using the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht large area sputtering system. The 10B4C coatings are x-ray amorphous and highly adhesive to the substrate. Material analysis by means of X-ray-Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, and Rutherford-Back-Scattering (RBS) revealed low impurities concentration in the coatings. The isotope composition determined by Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, RBS, and inelastic nuclear reaction analysis of the converter coatings evidences almost identical 10B isotope contents in the sputter target and in the deposited coating. Neutron conversion and detection test measurements with variable irradiation geometry of the converter coating demonstrate an average relative quantum efficiency ranging from 65% to 90% for cold neutrons as compared to a black 3He-monitor. Thus, these converter coatings contribute to the development of 3He-free prototype detectors based on neutron grazing incidence. Transferring the developed coating process to an industrial scale sputtering system can make alternative 3He-free converter elements available for large area neutron detection systems.

  2. High-performance thin layer chromatography for quality control of multicomponent herbal drugs: example of cangzhu xianglian san.

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    Li, Zhi; Merfort, Irmgard; Reich, Eike

    2010-01-01

    Due to their complexity, multicomponent herbal drugs pose enormous analytical challenges for quality control (QC). Although they may have traditionally been used for hundreds of years, the information about their chemical composition is often still limited. Selecting suitable markers to monitor the identity and potency of the mixture is, therefore, difficult. There is also the possibility of natural variability for each plant. This paper illustrates a pragmatic and practical approach to QC of a multicomponent herbal drug by HPTLC. Cangzhu xianglian xan (CXS), composed of the herbal drugs Coptis rhizome, Aucklandia root, and Atractylodes rhizome (30 + 20 + 60, w/w/w), is used as an example. A characteristic fingerprint can be generated for CXS with toluene-ethyl acetate-methanol-isopropanol-water (60 + 30 + 20 + 15 + 3, v/v/v/v/v) mobile phase on HPTLC silica gel 60 conditioned with ammonia. While the corresponding monograph of the Chinese Veterinary Pharmacopoeia focuses only on the detection of berberine, one of the principal components of Coptis rhizome, the proposed method of identification determines the presence of all three components in the drug after derivatization with anisaldehyde reagent. The same method can also be used to quantitatively determine the content of berberine by scanning densitometry. This paper provides details about the validation of the qualitative and quantitative determinations. PMID:21140648

  3. Improved UV photoresponse properties of high-quality ZnO thin films through the use of a ZnO buffer layer on flexible polyimide substrates

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    Kim, Mincheol; Leem, Jae-Young; Son, Jeong-Sik

    2016-03-01

    An oxidized ZnO buffer layer was prepared by using thermal oxidation of a Zn buffer layer on a polyimide (PI) substrate; then, ZnO thin films with (sample 1) and without (sample 2) an oxidized ZnO buffer layer were grown by using the sol-gel spin-coating method. The intensities of the ZnO (002) diffraction peaks observed in sample 1 were stronger than those observed in sample 2, implying that the crystal quality was enhanced by the oxidized ZnO buffer layer. Moreover, the residual stress of sample 1 was reduced compared to that of sample 2 due to the decreased number of defects. Sample 2 exhibited defect-related deep-level orange-yellow emissions, which almost disappeared with the introduction of the ZnO buffer layer (sample 1). The values of the responsivity were 0.733 (sample 1) and 0.066 (sample 2) mA/W; therefore, the proposed method could provide a pathway to the easy fabrication of fast-response UV sensors.

  4. Quality, quality, quality!

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    Aubrey, Charles A., II

    1994-03-01

    The manufacturing base is being revitalized by new manufacturing directions such as the new agile manufacturing and environmentally-conscious manufacturing. These processes hold promise for bringing high-impact technologies to quick commercial fruition, and more than ever before they incorporate quality principles in their development and operation. Because of their pivotal role in all of these aspects, the R&D institutions must maintain a firm grasp on solid quality fundamentals and new developments in the field.

  5. Passivation of GaAs(001) surface by the growth of high quality c-GaN ultra-thin film using low power glow discharge nitrogen plasma source

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    Monier, G.; Bideux, L.; Robert-Goumet, C.; Gruzza, B.; Petit, M.; Lábár, J. L.; Menyhárd, M.

    2012-07-01

    The benefits of using a low power glow discharge nitrogen plasma source to create high quality GaN layers on GaAs(001) surface are first highlighted. This uncommon type of plasma source has the particularity of working at a low power (3-10 W) and a low pressure (10- 1 Pa) which induce creation of a small quantity of active nitrogen species. We put in evidence that this distinctiveness allows the growth of a stoichiometric and As-free GaN ultra-thin film on a GaAs(001) substrate by the mean of the inter-diffusion of As and N atoms. XPS, EELS, AFM are used to monitor surface composition and structure changes and to estimate the GaN thickness. A near saturation of the nitride layer thickness versus plasma exposure time is found. Furthermore, the possibility to crystallize the amorphous GaN layer by an annealing at 620 °C in a cubic structure with a lattice parameter close to that of c-GaN is put in evidence by means of TEM and LEED measurements. These measurements also show the homogeneity of the GaN thickness. In addition, the passivating effect of the GaN ultra-thin film to protect the GaAs surface is proved with the monitoring by XPS of the surface oxidation during several days of air exposure.

  6. Epitaxial thin films

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    Hunt, Andrew Tye; Deshpande, Girish; Lin, Wen-Yi; Jan, Tzyy-Jiuan

    2006-04-25

    Epitatial thin films for use as buffer layers for high temperature superconductors, electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), gas separation membranes or dielectric material in electronic devices, are disclosed. By using CCVD, CACVD or any other suitable deposition process, epitaxial films having pore-free, ideal grain boundaries, and dense structure can be formed. Several different types of materials are disclosed for use as buffer layers in high temperature superconductors. In addition, the use of epitaxial thin films for electrolytes and electrode formation in SOFCs results in densification for pore-free and ideal gain boundary/interface microstructure. Gas separation membranes for the production of oxygen and hydrogen are also disclosed. These semipermeable membranes are formed by high-quality, dense, gas-tight, pinhole free sub-micro scale layers of mixed-conducting oxides on porous ceramic substrates. Epitaxial thin films as dielectric material in capacitors are also taught herein. Capacitors are utilized according to their capacitance values which are dependent on their physical structure and dielectric permittivity. The epitaxial thin films of the current invention form low-loss dielectric layers with extremely high permittivity. This high permittivity allows for the formation of capacitors that can have their capacitance adjusted by applying a DC bias between their electrodes.

  7. Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers and comparision of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Jincheng; Shi, Chengwu; Chen, Junjun; Wang, Yanqing; Li, Mingqian

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers were successfully prepared by spin-coating-pyrolysis method using the tungsten isopropoxide solution in isopropanol. The influence of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness on the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells was systematically compared, and the interface charge transfer and recombination in planar perovskite solar cells with TiO2 compact layer was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the optimum thickness of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer was 15 nm and 60 nm. The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO3 compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO2 compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency.

  8. Thin Clouds

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    2013-04-18

    ... of this montage is a natural-color view of the Caribbean Sea east of the Yucatan Peninsula as seen by MISR's most steeply ... - Thin, feathery clouds of ice crystals over the Caribbean Sea. project:  MISR category:  gallery ...

  9. MODEL-BASED ITERATIVE RECONSTRUCTION ENABLES THE EVALUATION OF THIN-SLICE COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY IMAGES WITHOUT DEGRADING IMAGE QUALITY OR INCREASING RADIATION DOSE.

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    Aurumskjöld, Marie-Louise; Ydström, Kristina; Tingberg, Anders; Söderberg, Marcus

    2016-06-01

    Computed tomography (CT) is one of the most important modalities in a radiological department. This technique not only produces images that enable radiological reports with high diagnostic confidence, but it may also provide an elevated radiation dose to the patient. The radiation dose can be reduced by using advanced image reconstruction algorithms. This study was performed on a Brilliance iCT, equipped with iDose(4) iterative reconstruction and an iterative model-based reconstruction (IMR) method. The purpose was to investigate the effect of reduced slice thickness combined with an IMR method on image quality compared with standard slice thickness with iDose(4) reconstruction. The results of objective and subjective image quality evaluations showed that a thinner slice combined with IMR can improve the image quality and reduce partial volume artefacts compared with the standard slice thickness with iDose(4) In conclusion, IMR enables reduction of the slice thickness while maintaining or even improving image quality versus iDose(4). PMID:26590394

  10. The MBE growth and optical quality of BaTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} thin films on MgO

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    McKee, R.A.; Specht, E.D.; Alexander, K.B.; Walker, F.J.

    1994-05-01

    High quality epitaxial BaTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} have been grown on MgO; stabilized at a one unit cell height; and grown to film thicknesses of 0.5--0.7 {mu}m. These relatively thick films remain adherent when thermally cycled between growth temperatures and room temperature, are crack free with high optical quality, and have both in-plane and out-of-plane X-ray rocking curves of 0.3--0.5{degree}. These films have been grown using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) methods starting with the TiO{sub 2} layer of the perovskite structure. The TiO{sub 2}-layer/MgO interface uniquely satisfies electrostatic requirements for perovskite heteroepitaxy and provides the template structure that leads to the high quality films that are obtained. Wavelength dependence of optical loss has been characterized between 475 nm and 705 nm with loss coefficients < l dB/cm being obtained at the He-Ne wavelength.

  11. High-quality YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus x thin films by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition at low temperature

    SciTech Connect

    Zhao, J.; Li, Y.Q.; Chern, C.S.; Lu, P.; Norris, P.; Gallois, B.; Kear, B.; Cosandey, F.; Wu, X.D.; Muenchausen, R.E.; Garrison, S.M. )

    1991-09-02

    Single-crystalline epitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{ital x}} thin films with a sharp superconducting transition temperature of 90 K and a critical current density of 3.3{times}10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K were prepared by a plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD) process. The films were formed {ital in} {ital situ} on (100) LaAlO{sub 3} substrates at a temperature of 670 {degree}C in 2 Torr partial pressure of N{sub 2}O. X-ray analysis indicated that films grew epitaxially with the {ital c}-axis perpendicular to the substrate and the {ital a} and {ital b} axes uniformly aligned along the LaAlO{sub 3} (100) directions. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy along with electron diffraction revealed that the films grew epitaxially with atomically abrupt film-substrate interfaces. The high degree of epitaxial crystallinity of the films was also confirmed by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy which gave a minimum channeling yield of 9%.

  12. Precisely Controlled Synthesis of High Quality Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Film via Co-Electrodeposited CuZnSn Alloy Film.

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    Hreid, Tubshin; Tiong, Vincent Tiing; Cai, Molang; Wang, Hongxia; Will, Geoffrey

    2016-06-01

    In this work, a facile co-electrodeposition method was used to fabricate CuZnSn alloy films where the content of copper, zinc and tin could be precisely controlled through manipulating the mass transfer process in the electrochemical deposition. By finely tuning the concentration of the cations of Cu2+, Zn2+ and Sn2+ in the electrochemical bath solution, uniform CuZnSn film with desired composition of copper poor and zinc rich was made. Sulphurisation of the CuZnSn alloy film led to the formation of compact and large grains Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film absorber with an optimum composition of Cu/(Zn+Sn) ≈ 0.8, Zn/Sn ≈ 1.2. Both SEM morphology and EDS mapping results confirmed the uniformity of the CuZnSn and Cu2ZnSnS4 films and the homogeneous distribution of Cu, Zn, Sn and S elements in the bulk films. The XRD and Raman measurements indicated that the synthesized Cu2ZnSnS4 film was kesterite phase without impurities detected. Photoelectrochemical tests were carried out to evaluate the CZTS film's photocurrent response under illumination of green light. PMID:27427618

  13. Correlations between critical current density, j(sub c), critical temperature, T(sub c),and structural quality of Y1B2Cu3O(7-x) thin superconducting films

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Xing, W. B.; Atlan, D.; Irwin, J. C.; Heinrich, B.; Cragg, R. A.; Zhou, H.; Angus, V.; Habib, F.; Fife, A. A.

    1995-04-01

    Correlations between critical current density (j(sub c)) critical temperature (T(sub c)) and the density of edge dislocations and nonuniform strain have been observed in YBCO thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation on (001) LaAlO3 single crystals. Distinct maxima in j(sub c) as a function of the linewidths of the (00 l) Bragg reflections and as a function of the mosaic spread have been found in the epitaxial films. These maxima in j(sub c) indicate that the magnetic flux lines, in films of structural quality approachingthat of single crystals, are insufficiently pinned which results in a decreased critical current density. T(sub c) increased monotonically with improving crystalline quality and approached a value characteristic of a pure single crystal. A strong correlation between j(sub c) and the density of edge dislocations ND was found. At the maximum of the critical current density the density of edge dislocations was estimated to be N(sub D) approximately 1-2 x 10(exp 9)/sq cm.

  14. Correlations between critical current density, j{sub c}, critical temperature, T{sub c}, and structural quality of Y{sub 1}B{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} thin superconducting films

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Xing, W.B.; Atlan, D.

    1994-12-31

    Correlations between critical current density (j{sub c}) critical temperature (T{sub c}) and the density of edge dislocations and nonuniform strain have been observed in YBCO thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation on (001) LaAlO{sub 3} single crystals. Distinct maxima in j{sub c} as a function of the linewidths of the (00{ell}) Bragg reflections and as a function of the mosaic spread have been found in the epitaxial films. These maxima in j{sub c} indicate that the magnetic flux lines, in films of structural quality approaching that of single crystals, are insufficiently pinned which results in a decreased critical current density. T{sub c} increased monotonically with improving crystalline quality and approached a value characteristic of a pure single crystal. A strong correlation between j{sub c} and the density of edge dislocations N{sub D} was found. At the maximum of the critical current density the density of edge dislocations was estimated to be N{sub D}{approximately}1-2 x 10{sup 9}/cm{sup 2}.

  15. Correlations between critical current density, j(sub c), critical temperature, T(sub c),and structural quality of Y1B2Cu3O(7-x) thin superconducting films

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Xing, W. B.; Atlan, D.; Irwin, J. C.; Heinrich, B.; Cragg, R. A.; Zhou, H.; Angus, V.; Habib, F.; Fife, A. A.

    1995-01-01

    Correlations between critical current density (j(sub c)) critical temperature (T(sub c)) and the density of edge dislocations and nonuniform strain have been observed in YBCO thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation on (001) LaAlO3 single crystals. Distinct maxima in j(sub c) as a function of the linewidths of the (00 l) Bragg reflections and as a function of the mosaic spread have been found in the epitaxial films. These maxima in j(sub c) indicate that the magnetic flux lines, in films of structural quality approachingthat of single crystals, are insufficiently pinned which results in a decreased critical current density. T(sub c) increased monotonically with improving crystalline quality and approached a value characteristic of a pure single crystal. A strong correlation between j(sub c) and the density of edge dislocations ND was found. At the maximum of the critical current density the density of edge dislocations was estimated to be N(sub D) approximately 1-2 x 10(exp 9)/sq cm.

  16. Thin Film?

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    Kariper, İ. Afşin

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on the critical surface tension of lead sulfite (PbSO3) crystalline thin film produced with chemical bath deposition on substrates (commercial glass).The PbSO3 thin films were deposited at room temperature at different deposition times. The structural properties of the films were defined and examined according to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the XRD results such as dislocation density, average grain size, and no. of crystallites per unit area. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the film thickness and the surface properties. The critical surface tension of the PbSO3 thin films was measured with an optical tensiometer instrument and calculated using the Zisman method. The results indicated that the critical surface tension of films changed in accordance with the average grain size and film thickness. The film thickness increased with deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension. The average grain size increased according to deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension.

  17. Method for thinning specimen

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    Follstaedt, David M.; Moran, Michael P.

    2005-03-15

    A method for thinning (such as in grinding and polishing) a material surface using an instrument means for moving an article with a discontinuous surface with an abrasive material dispersed between the material surface and the discontinuous surface where the discontinuous surface of the moving article provides an efficient means for maintaining contact of the abrasive with the material surface. When used to dimple specimens for microscopy analysis, a wheel with a surface that has been modified to produce a uniform or random discontinuous surface significantly improves the speed of the dimpling process without loss of quality of finish.

  18. Quality improvements of ZnxCdyMg1-x-ySe layers grown on InP substrates by a thin ZnCdSe interfacial layer

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    Zeng, L.; Yang, B. X.; Tamargo, M. C.; Snoeks, E.; Zhao, L.

    1998-03-01

    The quality of lattice-matched ZnxCdyMg1-x-ySe epitaxial layers grown on (001) InP substrates with a III-V buffer layer has been improved by initially growing a ZnCdSe interfacial layer (50 Å) at low temperature. The widths of double crystal x-ray rocking curves for ZnxCdyMg1-x-ySe epilayers with band gaps as high as 3.05 eV were reduced to about 70 arcsec. The defect density evaluated from etch pit density and plan-view transmission electron microscopy measurements was reduced by two orders of magnitude, to 106-107cm-2. The photoluminescence band edge emission became more symmetric and slightly narrower. It is proposed that an initial two-dimensional growth mode has been achieved by incorporating such a lattice-matched ZnCdSe layer.

  19. Thin Films

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    Khorshidi, Zahra; Bahari, Ali; Gholipur, Reza

    2014-11-01

    Effect of annealing temperature on the characteristics of sol-gel-driven Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin film spin-coated on Si substrate as a high- k gate dielectric was studied. Ta ax La(1- a) x O y thin films with different amounts of a were prepared (as-prepared samples). X-ray diffraction measurements of the as-prepared samples indicated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x Oy film had an amorphous structure. Therefore, Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film was chosen to continue the present studies. The morphology of Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films was studied using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy techniques. The obtained results showed that the size of grain boundaries on Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y film surfaces was increased with increasing annealing temperature. Electrical and optical characterizations of the as-prepared and annealed films were investigated as a function of annealing temperature using capacitance-voltage ( C- V) and current density-voltage ( J- V) measurements and the Tauc method. The obtained results demonstrated that Ta0.3 x La0.7 x O y films had high dielectric constant (≈27), wide band gap (≈4.5 eV), and low leakage current density (≈10-6 A/cm2 at 1 V).

  20. Thin Films

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    Naffouti, Wafa; Nasr, Tarek Ben; Mehdi, Ahmed; Kamoun-Turki, Najoua

    2014-11-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by spray pyrolysis. The effect of solution flow rate on the physical properties of the films was investigated by use of x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and spectrophotometry techniques. XRD analysis revealed the tetragonal anatase phase of TiO2 with highly preferred (101) orientation. AFM images showed that grain size on top of TiO2 thin films depended on solution flow rate. An indirect band gap energy of 3.46 eV was determined by means of transmission and reflection measurements. The envelope method, based on the optical transmission spectrum, was used to determine film thickness and optical constants, for example real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, refractive index, and extinction coefficient. Ultraviolet and visible photoluminescence emission peaks were observed at room temperature. These peaks were attributed to the intrinsic emission and to the surface defect states, respectively.

  1. Single liquid source plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of high-quality YBa2Cu3O(7-x) thin films

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    Zhang, Jiming; Gardiner, Robin A.; Kirlin, Peter S.; Boerstler, Robert W.; Steinbeck, John

    1992-01-01

    High quality YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films were grown in-situ on LaAlO3 (100) by a novel single liquid source plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition process. The metalorganic complexes M(thd) (sub n), (thd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionate; M = Y, Ba, Cu) were dissolved in an organic solution and injected into a vaporizer immediately upstream of the reactor inlet. The single liquid source technique dramatically simplifies current CVD processing and can significantly improve the process reproducibility. X-ray diffraction measurements indicated that single phase, highly c-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-x) was formed in-situ at substrate temperature 680 C. The as-deposited films exhibited a mirror-like surface, had transition temperature T(sub cO) approximately equal to 89 K, Delta T(sub c) less than 1 K, and Jc (77 K) = 10(exp 6) A/sq cm.

  2. TEM characterization of microstructure and chemistry in magnesium diboride superconductor

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    Zhu, Ye

    MgB2 is a superconductor with promising properties, but to meet application requirements, the properties of MgB2 have to be improved through microstructure modifications: chemical doping, introduction of precipitates, and atomic-scale control of defects. The small length scale of these modifications means that structure and chemistry characterization using the transmission electron microscope (TEM) are required to better understand the correlation between MgB2's superconducting properties and its microstructure. We have used TEM-based techniques to characterize microstructures of pure MgB2 bulks, SiC-doped MgB2 tapes, pure and C-doped MgB2 thin films prepared by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition (HPCVD) method with different carbon precursors, degraded pure HPCVD thin films, and O-doped MgB2 thin films prepared by molecular beam epitaxy. Characterization results and effects of microstructure on superconducting properties are discussed for each material. We have found that in pure MgB2 the main contaminating current-blocking phases are MgO grains and amorphous MgO + boron + BxO y phases. Both second phase nano-segregations and grain boundaries are effective pinning defects in MgB2, which can enhance Jc(H) at high fields. However, second phases also act as current-blocking phases that reduce the measured Jc, which suggests that MgB2 samples with small grain size and without any boundary second phases are desirable to achieve higher Jc. Extensive studies have been made to understand the Hc 2 enhancement mechanisms in MgB2. Both carbon dopant and grain boundaries in MgB2 can cause more electron scattering that increases Hc2. Degradation in MgB 2 leads to the formation of the amorphous boundary phase which also enhances Hc2 by introducing electron scattering. The over 60 T Hc2 ||ab obtained in C-doped HPCVD MgB 2 films is caused by the two-band nature and strong pi-band scattering of MgB2. We believe that the strain fields generated from c-axis tilt boundaries

  3. Epitaxial thin film growth in outer space

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    Ignatiev, Alex; Chu, C. W.

    1988-01-01

    A new concept for materials processing in space exploits the ultravacuum component of space for thin-film epitaxial growth. The unique LEO space environment is expected to yield 10-ftorr or better pressures, semiinfinite pumping speeds, and large ultravacuum volume (about 100 cu m) without walls. These space ultravacuum properties promise major improvement in the quality, unique nature, and throughput of epitaxially grown materials, including semiconductors, magnetic materials, and thin-film high-temperature superconductors.

  4. High quality transparent conducting oxide thin films

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    Gessert, Timothy A.; Duenow, Joel N.; Barnes, Teresa; Coutts, Timothy J.

    2012-08-28

    A transparent conducting oxide (TCO) film comprising: a TCO layer, and dopants selected from the elements consisting of Vanadium, Molybdenum, Tantalum, Niobium, Antimony, Titanium, Zirconium, and Hafnium, wherein the elements are n-type dopants; and wherein the transparent conducting oxide is characterized by an improved electron mobility of about 42 cm.sup.2/V-sec while simultaneously maintaining a high carrier density of .about.4.4e.times.10.sup.20 cm.sup.-3.

  5. Calorimetry of epitaxial thin films.

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    Cooke, David W; Hellman, F; Groves, J R; Clemens, B M; Moyerman, S; Fullerton, E E

    2011-02-01

    Thin film growth allows for the manipulation of material on the nanoscale, making possible the creation of metastable phases not seen in the bulk. Heat capacity provides a direct way of measuring thermodynamic properties of these new materials, but traditional bulk calorimetric techniques are inappropriate for such a small amount of material. Microcalorimetry and nanocalorimetry techniques exist for the measurements of thin films but rely on an amorphous membrane platform, limiting the types of films which can be measured. In the current work, ion-beam-assisted deposition is used to provide a biaxially oriented MgO template on a suspended membrane microcalorimeter in order to measure the specific heat of epitaxial thin films. Synchrotron x-ray diffraction showed the biaxial order of the MgO template. X-ray diffraction was also used to prove the high quality of epitaxy of a film grown onto this MgO template. The contribution of the MgO layer to the total heat capacity was measured to be just 6.5% of the total addenda contribution. The heat capacity of a Fe(.49)Rh(.51) film grown epitaxially onto the device was measured, comparing favorably to literature data on bulk crystals. This shows the viability of the MgO∕SiN(x)-membrane-based microcalorimeter as a way of measuring the thermodynamic properties of epitaxial thin films. PMID:21361612

  6. Photoresponse mechanism of superconducting magnesium diboride

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    Khafizov, Marat

    The recent discovery of superconductivity in MgB2, with its BCS-like Cooper pairing mechanism and the 40-K critical temperature, and the demonstration of efficient single-optical-photon detection in superconducting NbN nanowire meanders inspired an interest in the development of superconducting radiation detectors based on MgB2. We report the results of our experimental and theoretical studies of a photoresponse mechanism in superconducting MgB2 thin films and microbridges. We demonstrate that despite the two-gap nature of this material, the nonequilibrium superconducting recovery dynamics in MgB2 is similar to conventional one-gap, both low- and high-temperature superconductors and is governed by quasiparticle recombination, limited by the phonon bottleneck mechanism. Our measured 100-ps-wide responses in MgB2 superconducting microbridges, operated at temperatures above 20 K, make this material promising for superconducting photodetector applications.

  7. Influence of carbon doping on the reversible magnetization of MgB 2 single crystals

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    Eisterer, M.; Krutzler, C.; Zehetmayer, M.; Weber, H. W.; Kazakov, S. M.; Karpinski, J.

    2007-09-01

    The reversible magnetization of Mg(B1-xCx)2 single crystals with varying carbon content (x = 0-0.095) was measured by SQUID magnetometry. It was found to be strongly influenced by the two-band character of this material. At low magnetic fields charge carriers of both bands contribute to superconductivity and to diamagnetism. At high fields the π-band is suppressed and the σ-band mainly determines the magnetization. This allows us to extract information on both bands by analyzing the reversible magnetization in terms of two band Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. The "intrinsic" magnetic penetration increases in both bands with increasing carbon content, but the σ-band remains crucial for the upper critical field. Changes in the field dependence of the resulting "effective" penetration depth by carbon doping are discussed.

  8. Surface Impedance Measurements of Single Crystal MgB2 Films for Radiofrequency Superconductivity Applications

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    Binping Xiao, Xin Zhao, Joshua Spradlin, Charles Reece, Michael Kelley, Teng Tan, Xi Xiaoxing

    2012-07-01

    We report microstructure analyses and superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) measurements of large scale epitaxial MgB{sub 2} films. MgB{sub 2} films on 5 cm dia. sapphire disks were fabricated by a Hybrid Physical Chemical Vapor Deposition (HPCVD) technique. The electron-beam backscattering diffraction (EBSD) results suggest that the film is a single crystal complying with a MgB{sub 2}(0001) {parallel} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) epitaxial relationship. The SRF properties of different film thicknesses (200 nm and 350 nm) were evaluated under different temperatures and applied fields at 7.4 GHz. A surface resistance of 9 {+-} 2 {mu}{Omega} has been observed at 2.2 K.

  9. [Ultra-thin transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy].

    PubMed

    Kawai, Takashi; Yamamoto, Kei; Fukuzawa, Mari; Sakai, Yoshihiro; Moriyasu, Fuminori

    2010-07-01

    It is reported that ultra-thin transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy (TN-EGD) reduces pharyngeal discomfort and is more tolerable for the patients. Ultra-thin transnasal endoscopy has been reported as inferior to transoral conventional EGD (TO-EGD) in terms of image quality, suction, air insufflation and lens washing, due to the smaller endoscope caliber. TN-EGD should be conducted slowly, with short distance observation, and also with image-enhanced endoscopy. With reference to image-enhanced endoscopy, chromoendoscopy method (indigocarmine) is suitable for gastric neoplasm, on the other hand optical digital method (NBI) and digital method (i-scan, FICE) is suitable for esophageal neoplasm. TN-EGD is applied in various gastrointestinal (GI) procedures such as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, nasoenteric feeding tube placement, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography with nasobiliary drainage, long intestinal tube placement in small bowel obstruction, esophageal manometry. PMID:20662204

  10. Fundamentals of thin solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Yablonovitch, E.

    1995-08-01

    It is now widely recognized that thin solar cells can present certain advantages for performance and cost. This is particularly the case when light trapping in the semiconductor film is incorporated, as compensation for the diminished single path thickness of the solar cell. In a solar cell thinner than a minority carrier diffusion length, the current collection is of course very easy. More importantly the concentration of an equivalent number of carriers in a thinner volume results in a higher Free Energy, or open circuit voltage. This extra Free Energy may be regarded as due to the concentration factor, just as it would be for photons, electrons, or for any chemical species. The final advantage of a thin solar cell is in the diminished material usage, a factor of considerable importance when we consider the material cost of the high quality semiconductors which we hope to employ.

  11. Nondestructive testing of welds on thin-walled tubing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hagemaier, D. J.; Posakony, G. J.

    1969-01-01

    Special ultrasonic search unit, or transducer assembly, reliably inspects the quality of melt-through welds of fusion welded tubing couplers for hydraulic lines. This instrumentation can also be used to detect faulty braze bonds in thin-walled, small diameter joints and wall thickness of thin-walled metal tubing.

  12. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  13. Part I. Synthesis of metal hydroborates as potential chemical vapor deposition precursors. Part II. Chemical vapor deposition of titanium-doped magnesium diboride thin films

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    Kim, Do Young

    2007-12-01

    New compounds Cp*V(B3H8)2, Cp*Cr(B 3H8)2, and Cp*2Co2(B 6H14) have been synthesized by treating the pentamethylcyclopentadienyl complexes [Cp*VCl2]3, [Cp*CrCl2]2, and [Cp*CoCl]2 with NaB3H8. Cp*V(B3 H8)2 and Cp*Cr(B3H8) 2 have the same ligand sets but different molecular structures: the vanadium compound contains two bidentate B3H8 ligands whereas the chromium compound has one bidentate B3H8 ligand and one B3H8 ligand bound in an unprecedented fashion via two geminal hydrogen atoms. The different binding modes of the B3H8- group in these compounds are consequences of the number of available empty valence orbitals on the metal centers. The dinuclear complex Cp*2Co2(B 6H14) can be viewed as a "bi-borallyl" complex or as an eight-vertex hypho cluster. The solid state reaction of MgBr2 and NaB3H 8 at 20°C, followed by sublimation at 80°C and 0.05 Torr, affords Mg(B3H8)2, as a white solid. Similar reactions with MgBr2·Et2O and MgBr2(Me 2O)1.5 afford the crystalline ether adducts Mg(B3H 8)2(Et2O)2 and Mg(B3H 8)2(Me2O)2, respectively. In the solution state reactions of MgBr2 with NaB3H8, the presence of excess solvent results in the formation of non-volatile, probably ionic, magnesium compounds of the type [MgLx][B3H 8]2. Mg(B3H8)2(Et2 O)2 and Mg(B3H8)2(Me 2O)2 are the first crystallographically characterized magnesium complex of the B3H8- ligand. Owing to their volatility, Mg(B3H8)2(Et2O) 2 and Mg(B3H8)2(Me2O) 2 are potential precursors for the deposition of MgB2 thin films, although preliminary efforts to grow thin films from them under CVD conditions, have not yet produced stoichiometric MgB2 films. Treatment of MCl3(thf)3 (M = Ti, Cr, or Mo) or MnCl2 with the sodium salt of N,N-dimethyldiboranamide, Na(H3BNMe2BH3), in diethyl ether, followed by sublimation at 45-70°C, affords crystals of the new divalent complexes M(H3BNMe2BH3)2, where M is Ti, Cr, Mn, or Mo, all of which have been characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction. In all four compounds, the metal

  14. Microwave plasma assisted supersonic gas jet deposition of thin film materials

    DOEpatents

    Schmitt, III, Jerome J.; Halpern, Bret L.

    1993-01-01

    An apparatus for fabricating thin film materials utilizing high speed gas dynamics relies on supersonic free jets of carrier gas to transport depositing vapor species generated in a microwave discharge to the surface of a prepared substrate where the vapor deposits to form a thin film. The present invention generates high rates of deposition and thin films of unforeseen high quality at low temperatures.

  15. The preparation of ACEL thin films

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    Vecht, Aron

    1990-05-01

    Although thin film ACEL devices have become commercially available, the number of companies producing these displays has continued to diminish. The cause of their demise was not display performance, as both sufficient brightness and efficiency has been achieved, but the low return on the heavy capital investment due to the poor yields obtained in production. In order to make ACEL thin film devices more viable, the capital investment needs to be low and/or the production yields high. Opting for relatively expensive sputtering or ALE techniques as the sole methods of fabricating EL structures, is both commercially and scientifically ill-advised. Considerable effort was spent in developing cheaper alternative techniques for thin film deposition. The main objectives of the contract can be summarized as follows: (1) to deposit high quality ZnS thin films by MOCVD, (2) to dope the ZnS thin film with Mn, (3) to deposit high quality dielectric films using a novel spray pyrolysis process, (4) to evaluate optimized insulator/ZnS-Mn/insulator structures, and (5) the fabrication of large area XY matrix ACEL structures.

  16. Niobium Thin Film Characterization for Thin Film Technology Used in Superconducting Radiofrequency Cavities

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    Dai, Yishu; Valente-Feliciano, Anne-Marie

    2015-10-01

    Superconducting RadioFrequency (SRF) penetrates about 40-100 nm of the top surface, making thin film technology possible in producing superconducting cavities. Thin film is based on the deposition of a thin Nb layer on top of a good thermal conducting material such as Al or Cu. Thin film allows for better control of the surface and has negligible response to the Earth's magnetic field, eliminating the need for magnetic shielding of the cavities. Thin film superconductivity depends heavily on coating process conditions, involving controllable parameters such as crystal plane orientation, coating temperature, and ion energy. MgO and Al2O3 substrates are used because they offer very smooth surfaces, ideal for studying film growth. Atomic Force Microscopy is used to characterize surface's morphology. It is evident that a lower nucleation energy and a long coating time increases the film quality in the r-plane sapphire crystal orientation. The quality of the film increases with thickness. Nb films coated on r-plane, grow along the (001) plane and yield a much higher RRR compared to the films grown on a- and c-planes. This information allows for further improvement on the research process for thin film technology used in superconducting cavities for the particle accelerators. National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Jefferson Lab, Old Dominion University.

  17. Magnesium Diboride Flexible Flat Cables for Cryogenic Electronics

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    Yung, Chris S.; Moeckly, Brian H.

    2011-06-01

    Magnesium diboride (MgB2) thin films are a potential alternative to low-temperature superconductors (LTS) due to a higher critical temperature (Tc) of approximately 39 K. The reactive evaporation deposition technique also affords relatively simple growth of MgB2 films on flexible substrates compared to high-temperature superconductors (HTS). We have designed and fabricated a cable architecture consisting of MgB2 traces on flexible yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) compatible with commercially available connectors or direct wirebonds. Key performance metrics such as critical current density (Jc) and Tc are measured and compared. We discuss thermal conductivity and passivation schemes for these cables.

  18. Robotic Preparation Of Thin Sections For Planetary Applications

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    Zacny, K.; Dreyer, C.; Paulsen, G.; Skok, J.; Steele, J.; Nakagawa, M.; Schwendeman, J.; Carrell, E.; Hedland, M.

    2007-12-01

    A petrographic thin section is a rock, mineral or soil sample, mounted on a glass slide and then ground to ap- proximately 30 μm in thickness and subsequently polished with a fine abrasive, often diamond grit. Thin sections are prepared in order to identify mineral types in a rock, to help to reveal the rock's&p origin and evolution. Current in situ instruments on planetary missions, such as various spectrometers are quite capable, but there is of-ten ambiguity as to the exact mineral composition of geological samples. For example, the composition of lunar mare regolith, the underlying basaltic rock, an impact breccia made from the local regolith, or an impact glass made from melted regolith may be quite similar by optical remote sensing, but the materials can all be distinguished using a petrographic thin section. Thin section preparation is an art and not science. The quality of thin section is assessed by a preparer based on his/hers experience. In order to make the robotic thin section device, the first step is to quantify parameters that control the quality of thin sections. These include the thickness and surface roughness. The next step is to develop a robotic device that could take a rock, cut it and grind it to the desired surface thickness and surface roughness. In the first year of this three year effort, the parameters that determine thin section quality have been determined. The test set up for the sawing of rock and grinding/polishing of thin sections is currently being designed. A study is also underway to determine the best method of supporting the thin section during the grinding and polishing stage.

  19. Enhancement of magnetic properties in magnesium diboride and characterization of Josephson and quasiparticle currents in magesium diboride contact junctions

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    Shen, Yi

    Methods to produce MgB2 thin films and tunneling devices have been developed. Thin films have been optimized for high field applications by exploring a range of doping and growth conditions. Josephson junction devices have been produced using a novel technique to optimize the quality of the barrier and near-interface superconducting materials. The effects of impurities incorporation in MgB2 thin films in the physical properties were studied. First, rubidium and cesium were ex-situ introduced into thin films by annealing in quartz ampoules containing elemental alkali metals. No significant change in transition temperature (Tc) was observed by resistivity measurement, in contrast to an earlier report of enhanced Tcs (>50 K) from susceptibility measurements. A significant drop in Jc and an increase in Deltarho (rho 300-rho40) arise from a decrease in inter-granular connectivity during annealing. Second, oxygen was incorporated using in-situ post-growth anneals in an oxygen environment. Analysis of the electrical data indicates that oxygen is distributed both within and between the grains. High values of Jc (˜4x105 A/cm2 at 8 T and 4.2 K), extrapolated Hc2(0) > 45 T and |dHc2/dT| Tc| ≈ 1.4 T/K are observed. A novel deposition approach allows films of magnesium plus boron to be deposited on unheated c-plane sapphire substrates by co-evaporation, and then subsequently annealed in a reducing atmosphere at temperatures below 600°C. The use of a combination of a magnesium rich stoichiometry (Mg/B > 1/2) in the as-deposited film, and a two-step annealing process, was found to be critical in obtaining unusual high values of Hc2(0) > 43 T and |dH c2/dT|Tc| ≈ 2.5 T/K. Josephson junctions fabricated by pressing two oxidized MgB2 thin films together. This facilitates the production of Josephson Junctions with two MgB2 electrodes without exposure to the high second electrode deposition temperature. These junctions, with electrode Tcs of ˜32 K, have critical currents up to

  20. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Y.T.; Poli, A.A.; Meltser, M.A.

    1999-03-23

    A thin film hydrogen sensor includes a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end. 5 figs.

  1. Electrochemical thinning of silicon

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    Medernach, J.W.

    1994-01-11

    Porous semiconducting material, e.g. silicon, is formed by electrochemical treatment of a specimen in hydrofluoric acid, using the specimen as anode. Before the treatment, the specimen can be masked. The porous material is then etched with a caustic solution or is oxidized, depending of the kind of structure desired, e.g. a thinned specimen, a specimen, a patterned thinned specimen, a specimen with insulated electrical conduits, and so on. Thinned silicon specimen can be subjected to tests, such as measurement of interstitial oxygen by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR). 14 figures.

  2. Electrochemical thinning of silicon

    DOEpatents

    Medernach, John W.

    1994-01-01

    Porous semiconducting material, e.g. silicon, is formed by electrochemical treatment of a specimen in hydrofluoric acid, using the specimen as anode. Before the treatment, the specimen can be masked. The porous material is then etched with a caustic solution or is oxidized, depending of the kind of structure desired, e.g. a thinned specimen, a specimen, a patterned thinned specimen, a specimen with insulated electrical conduits, and so on. Thinned silicon specimen can be subjected to tests, such as measurement of interstitial oxygen by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR).

  3. Biomimetic thin film synthesis

    SciTech Connect

    Graff, G.L.; Campbell, A.A.; Gordon, N.R.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this program is to develop a new process for forming thin film coatings and to demonstrate that the biomimetic thin film technology developed at PNL is useful for industrial applications. In the biomimetic process, mineral deposition from aqueous solution is controlled by organic functional groups attached to the underlying substrate surface. The coatings process is simple, benign, inexpensive, energy efficient, and particularly suited for temperature sensitive substrate materials (such as polymers). In addition, biomimetic thin films can be deposited uniformly on complex shaped and porous substrates providing a unique capability over more traditional line-of-sight methods.

  4. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Yang-Tse; Poli, Andrea A.; Meltser, Mark Alexander

    1999-01-01

    A thin film hydrogen sensor, includes: a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end.

  5. Piezoelectric thin films and their applications for electronics

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    Yoshino, Yukio

    2009-03-01

    ZnO and AlN piezoelectric thin films have been studied for applications in bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonator. This article introduces methods of forming ZnO and AlN piezoelectric thin films by radio frequency sputtering and applications of BAW resonators considering the relationship between the crystallinity of piezoelectric thin films and the characteristics of the BAW resonators. Using ZnO thin films, BAW resonators were fabricated for a contour mode at 3.58 MHz and thickness modes from 200 MHz to 5 GHz. The ZnO thin films were combined with various materials, substrates, and thin films to minimize the temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF). The minimum TCF of BAW resonators was approximately 2 ppm/°C in the range -20 to 80 °C. The electromechanical coupling coefficient (k2) in a 1.9 GHz BAW resonator was 6.9%. Using AlN thin films, 5-20 GHz BAW resonators with an ultrathin membrane were realized. The membrane thickness of a 20 GHz BAW resonator was about 200 nm, k2 was 6.1%, and the quality factor (Q) was about 280. Q decreased with increasing resonant frequency. The value of k2 is almost the same for 5-20 GHz resonators. This result could be obtained by improving the thickness uniformity, by controlling internal stress of thin films, and by controlling the crystallinity of AlN piezoelectric thin film.

  6. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  7. Super Thin Ceramic Coatings

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    New technology being developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center creates super thin ceramic coatings on engine components. The Plasma Spray – Physical Vapor Deposition (PS-PVD) rig uses a powerful ...

  8. Line Thinning Algorithm

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    Feigin, G.; Ben-Yosef, N.

    1983-10-01

    A thinning algorithm, of the banana-peel type, is presented. In each iteration pixels are attacked from all directions (there are no sub-iterations), and the deletion criteria depend on the 24 nearest neighbours.

  9. High energy high brightness thin disk laser

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    Nixon, Matthew D.; Cates, Michael C.

    2012-11-01

    Boeing has been developing solid state lasers for high energy applications since 2004 using Yb:YAG thin disk lasers as pioneered by A. Giesen1 and commercialized by Trumpf Laser GmbH.2 In this paper, we report results of our second generation design and status of a third generation we are currently developing, which will produce 35 kW and a beam quality <2.

  10. Multifunctional thin film surface

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    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2015-10-13

    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  11. Thin silicon solar cells

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    Hall, R.B.; Bacon, C.; DiReda, V.; Ford, D.H.; Ingram, A.E.; Cotter, J.; Hughes-Lampros, T.; Rand, J.A.; Ruffins, T.R.; Barnett, A.M.

    1992-12-01

    The silicon-film design achieves high performance by using a dun silicon layer and incorporating light trapping. Optimally designed thin crystalline solar cells (<50 microns thick) have performance advantages over conventional thick devices. The high-performance silicon-film design employs a metallurgical barrier between the low-cost substrate and the thin silicon layer. Light trapping properties of silicon-film on ceramic solar cells are presented and analyzed. Recent advances in process development are described here.

  12. Thin film tritium dosimetry

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    Moran, Paul R.

    1976-01-01

    The present invention provides a method for tritium dosimetry. A dosimeter comprising a thin film of a material having relatively sensitive RITAC-RITAP dosimetry properties is exposed to radiation from tritium, and after the dosimeter has been removed from the source of the radiation, the low energy electron dose deposited in the thin film is determined by radiation-induced, thermally-activated polarization dosimetry techniques.

  13. A proposal for epitaxial thin film growth in outer space

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    Ignatiev, Alex; Chu, C. W.

    1988-01-01

    A new concept for materials processing in space exploits the ultravacuum component of space for thin film epitaxial growth. The unique low earth orbit space environment is expected to yield 10 to the -14th torr or better pressures, semiinfinite pumping speeds, and large ultravacuum volume without walls. These space ultravacuum properties promise major improvement in the quality, unique nature, and the throughput of epitaxially grown materials. Advanced thin film materials to be epitaxially grown in space include semiconductors, magnetic materials, and thin film high temperature superconductors.

  14. Inhomogeneous Nanoscale Disorder in Doped Magnesium Diboride

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    Voyles, Paul

    2008-03-01

    Using TEM and STEM imaging and microanalysis, we have shown that doped MgB2 has a variety of forms of disorder at a length scale of 5-50 nm. In [0001]-normal, carbon-doped HPCVD thin films, there is a thin, amorphous, C-rich layer which separates domains of lightly carbon-doped MgB2. Carbon also causes significant spread in the local in-plane orientation and c-axis direction of the MgB2. We also observed disorder in the orientation of small MgB2 domains in oxygen-doped thin films grown by MBE. Both of types of films show dramatic enhancement in the upper critical magnetic field compared to pure MgB2, with extrapolated Hc2(0 K) reaching 65-70 T for some samples. The origin of this increase may be in the observed disorder, particularly in confinement of the superconducting MgB2 domains by non-superconducting second phase layers.

  15. Lithospheric and crustal thinning

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    Moretti, I.

    1985-01-01

    In rift zones, both the crust and the lithosphere get thinner. The amplitude and the mechanism of these two thinning situations are different. The lithospheric thinning is a thermal phenomenon produced by an asthenospherical uprising under the rift zone. In some regions its amplitude can exceed 200%. This is observed under the Baikal rift where the crust is directly underlaid by the mantellic asthenosphere. The presence of hot material under rift zones induces a large negative gravity anomaly. A low seismic velocity zone linked to this thermal anomaly is also observed. During the rifting, the magmatic chambers get progressively closer from the ground surface. Simultaneously, the Moho reflector is found at shallow depth under rift zones. This crustal thinning does not exceed 50%. Tectonic stresses and vertical movements result from the two competing effects of the lithospheric and crustal thinning. On the one hand, the deep thermal anomaly induces a large doming and is associated with extensive deviatoric stresses. On the other hand, the crustal thinning involves the formation of a central valley. This subsidence is increased by the sediment loading. The purpose here is to quantify these two phenomena in order to explain the morphological and thermal evolution of rift zones.

  16. Thin film temperature sensor

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    Grant, H. P.; Przybyszewski, J. S.

    1980-01-01

    Thin film surface temperature sensors were developed. The sensors were made of platinum-platinum/10 percent rhodium thermocouples with associated thin film-to-lead wire connections and sputtered on aluminum oxide coated simulated turbine blades for testing. Tests included exposure to vibration, low velocity hydrocarbon hot gas flow to 1250 K, and furnace calibrations. Thermal electromotive force was typically two percent below standard type S thermocouples. Mean time to failure was 42 hours at a hot gas flow temperature of 1250 K and an average of 15 cycles to room temperature. Failures were mainly due to separation of the platinum thin film from the aluminum oxide surface. Several techniques to improve the adhesion of the platinum are discussed.

  17. Thin film photovoltaics

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    Zweibel, K; Ullal, H S

    1989-05-01

    Thin films are considered a potentially attractive technological approach to making cost-effective electricity by photovoltaics. Over the last twenty years, many have been investigated and some (cadmium telluride, copper indium diselenide, amorphous silicon) have become leading candidates for future large-scale commercialization. This paper surveys the past development of these key thin films and gives their status and future prospects. In all cases, significant progress toward cost-effective PV electricity has been made. If this progress continues, it appears that thin film PV could provide electricity that is competitive for summer daytime peaking power requirements by the middle of the 1990s; and electricity in a range that is competitive with fossil fuel costs (i.e., 6 cents/kilowatt-hour) should be available from PV around the turn of the century. 22 refs., 9 figs.

  18. Performance characteristics of phased array and thinned aperture optical telescopes

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    Harvey, James E.; Rockwell, Richard A.

    1987-01-01

    While phased telescope arrays for general-purpose broadband imaging applications suffer severe sensitivity losses and field-of-view limitations, thinned-aperture telescopes consisting of a dilute, segmented primary mirror with a common secondary mirror are viable second-generation space telescope configurational possibilities yielding resolution and sensitivity an order of magnitude greater than those of the Hubble Space Telescope. Attention is given to thinned-aperture optical systems' image quality characterization problems; the 'practical resolution limit' image quality criterion proposed is defined as the reciprocal of the spatial frequency within which no zeros occur in the modulation transfer function.

  19. Thin-film optical initiator

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    Erickson, Kenneth L.

    2001-01-01

    A thin-film optical initiator having an inert, transparent substrate, a reactive thin film, which can be either an explosive or a pyrotechnic, and a reflective thin film. The resultant thin-film optical initiator system also comprises a fiber-optic cable connected to a low-energy laser source, an output charge, and an initiator housing. The reactive thin film, which may contain very thin embedded layers or be a co-deposit of a light-absorbing material such as carbon, absorbs the incident laser light, is volumetrically heated, and explodes against the output charge, imparting about 5 to 20 times more energy than in the incident laser pulse.

  20. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

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    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  1. Thin film photovoltaic device

    DOEpatents

    Catalano, Anthony W.; Bhushan, Manjul

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids.

  2. Thin film photovoltaic device

    DOEpatents

    Catalano, A.W.; Bhushan, M.

    1982-08-03

    A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids. 5 figs.

  3. Shear Thinning in Xenon

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    Bergm Robert F.; Moldover, Michael R.; Yao, Minwu; Zimmerli, Gregory A.

    2009-01-01

    We measured shear thinning, a viscosity decrease ordinarily associated with complex liquids such as molten plastics or ketchup, near the critical point of xenon. The data span a wide range of dimensionless shear rate: the product of the shear rate and the relaxation time of critical fluctuations was greater than 0.001 and was less than 700. As predicted by theory, shear thinning occurred when this product was greater than 1. The measurements were conducted aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia to avoid the density stratification caused by Earth's gravity.

  4. Treading on Thin Water.

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    Haley, Richard D.

    1985-01-01

    Provides a simple introduction to animals whose habitat is the thin surface film of water. Describes adaptive mechanisms of water striders, whirlygigs and riffle bugs and suggests ways to observe them in the wild or as aquarium animals. Includes basic demonstrations of the nature of surface tension. (JHZ)

  5. Thin Lens Ray Tracing.

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    Gatland, Ian R.

    2002-01-01

    Proposes a ray tracing approach to thin lens analysis based on a vector form of Snell's law for paraxial rays as an alternative to the usual approach in introductory physics courses. The ray tracing approach accommodates skew rays and thus provides a complete analysis. (Author/KHR)

  6. Thin Wall Iron Castings

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    J.F. Cuttino; D.M. Stefanescu; T.S. Piwonka

    2001-10-31

    Results of an investigation made to develop methods of making iron castings having wall thicknesses as small as 2.5 mm in green sand molds are presented. It was found that thin wall ductile and compacted graphite iron castings can be made and have properties consistent with heavier castings. Green sand molding variables that affect casting dimensions were also identified.

  7. Thin film photovoltaic cell

    DOEpatents

    Meakin, John D.; Bragagnolo, Julio

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic cell having a transparent electrical contact and an opaque electrical contact with a pair of semiconductors therebetween includes utilizing one of the electrical contacts as a substrate and wherein the inner surface thereof is modified by microroughening while being macro-planar.

  8. Thin films for material engineering

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    Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Thin films are defined as two-dimensional materials formed by condensing one by one atomic/molecular/ionic species of matter in contrast to bulk three-dimensional sintered ceramics. They are grown through atomic collisional chemical reaction on a substrate surface. Thin film growth processes are fascinating for developing innovative exotic materials. On the basis of my long research on sputtering deposition, this paper firstly describes the kinetic energy effect of sputtered adatoms on thin film growth and discusses on a possibility of room-temperature growth of cubic diamond crystallites and the perovskite thin films of binary compound PbTiO3. Secondly, high-performance sputtered ferroelectric thin films with extraordinary excellent crystallinity compatible with MBE deposited thin films are described in relation to a possible application for thin-film MEMS. Finally, the present thin-film technologies are discussed in terms of a future material science and engineering.

  9. Thin film solar cell workshop

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    Armstrong, Joe; Jeffrey, Frank

    1993-01-01

    A summation of responses to questions posed to the thin-film solar cell workshop and the ensuing discussion is provided. Participants in the workshop included photovoltaic manufacturers (both thin film and crystalline), cell performance investigators, and consumers.

  10. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by PECVD on nickel-metalized porous silicon

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    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon layers were elaborated by electrochemical etching of heavily doped p-type silicon substrates. Metallization of porous silicon was carried out by immersion of substrates in diluted aqueous solution of nickel. Amorphous silicon thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on metalized porous layers. Deposited amorphous thin films were crystallized under vacuum at 750°C. Obtained results from structural, optical, and electrical characterizations show that thermal annealing of amorphous silicon deposited on Ni-metalized porous silicon leads to an enhancement in the crystalline quality and physical properties of the silicon thin films. The improvement in the quality of the film is due to the crystallization of the amorphous film during annealing. This simple and easy method can be used to produce silicon thin films with high quality suitable for thin film solar cell applications. PMID:22901341

  11. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by PECVD on nickel-metalized porous silicon.

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    Ben Slama, Sonia; Hajji, Messaoud; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon layers were elaborated by electrochemical etching of heavily doped p-type silicon substrates. Metallization of porous silicon was carried out by immersion of substrates in diluted aqueous solution of nickel. Amorphous silicon thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on metalized porous layers. Deposited amorphous thin films were crystallized under vacuum at 750°C. Obtained results from structural, optical, and electrical characterizations show that thermal annealing of amorphous silicon deposited on Ni-metalized porous silicon leads to an enhancement in the crystalline quality and physical properties of the silicon thin films. The improvement in the quality of the film is due to the crystallization of the amorphous film during annealing. This simple and easy method can be used to produce silicon thin films with high quality suitable for thin film solar cell applications. PMID:22901341

  12. NMR characterization of thin films

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    Gerald II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2010-06-15

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  13. NMR characterization of thin films

    DOEpatents

    Gerald, II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2008-11-25

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  14. Microwave plasma assisted supersonic gas jet deposition of thin film materials

    DOEpatents

    Schmitt, J.J. III; Halpern, B.L.

    1993-10-26

    An apparatus for fabricating thin film materials utilizing high speed gas dynamics relies on supersonic free jets of carrier gas to transport depositing vapor species generated in a microwave discharge to the surface of a prepared substrate where the vapor deposits to form a thin film. The present invention generates high rates of deposition and thin films of unforeseen high quality at low temperatures. 5 figures.

  15. Thin Nanoporous Metal-Insulator-Metal Membranes.

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    Aramesh, Morteza; Djalalian-Assl, Amir; Yajadda, Mir Massoud Aghili; Prawer, Steven; Ostrikov, Kostya Ken

    2016-02-01

    Insulating nanoporous materials are promising platforms for soft-ionizing membranes; however, improvement in fabrication processes and the quality and high breakdown resistance of the thin insulator layers are needed for high integration and performance. Here, scalable fabrication of highly porous, thin, silicon dioxide membranes with controlled thickness is demonstrated using plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor-deposition. The fabricated membranes exhibit good insulating properties with a breakdown voltage of 1 × 10(7) V/cm. Our calculations suggest that the average electric field inside a nanopore of the membranes can be as high as 1 × 10(6) V/cm; sufficient for ionization of wide range of molecules. These metal-insulator-metal nanoporous arrays are promising for applications such soft ionizing membranes for mass spectroscopy. PMID:26846250

  16. An overview of thin film nitinol endovascular devices.

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    Shayan, Mahdis; Chun, Youngjae

    2015-07-01

    Thin film nitinol has unique mechanical properties (e.g., superelasticity), excellent biocompatibility, and ultra-smooth surface, as well as shape memory behavior. All these features along with its low-profile physical dimension (i.e., a few micrometers thick) make this material an ideal candidate in developing low-profile medical devices (e.g., endovascular devices). Thin film nitinol-based devices can be collapsed and inserted in remarkably smaller diameter catheters for a wide range of catheter-based procedures; therefore, it can be easily delivered through highly tortuous or narrow vascular system. A high-quality thin film nitinol can be fabricated by vacuum sputter deposition technique. Micromachining techniques were used to create micro patterns on the thin film nitinol to provide fenestrations for nutrition and oxygen transport and to increase the device's flexibility for the devices used as thin film nitinol covered stent. In addition, a new surface treatment method has been developed for improving the hemocompatibility of thin film nitinol when it is used as a graft material in endovascular devices. Both in vitro and in vivo test data demonstrated a superior hemocompatibility of the thin film nitinol when compared with commercially available endovascular graft materials such as ePTFE or Dacron polyester. Promising features like these have motivated the development of thin film nitinol as a novel biomaterial for creating endovascular devices such as stent grafts, neurovascular flow diverters, and heart valves. This review focuses on thin film nitinol fabrication processes, mechanical and biological properties of the material, as well as current and potential thin film nitinol medical applications. PMID:25839120

  17. Multifunctional oxide thin films for magnetoelectric and electromechanical applications

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    Baek, Seung Hyub

    Epitaxial multifunctional oxide thin films have been extensively researched to understand and exploit a variety of their physical properties. In order to integrate such versatile properties into real devices, there are several critical issues: (1) high-quality thin film growth, (2) fundamental understanding on reliable performance, and (3) device fabrication process preserving functionality of oxides. We have investigated all these issues, employing two different materials: multiferroic BiFeO3 and piezoelectric Pb(Mg1/3 Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) epitaxial thin films. For the high-quality thin film growth, we have chosen both BiFeO 3 and PMN-PT thin films as a model system. Bi2O3and PbO are the volatile species in these oxides, which makes it hard to grow phase-pure stoichiometric thin films. Because the properties of oxides are sensitive to stoichiometry and defects, it is highly required to fix such volatile elements during thin film growth. We have grown high-quality epitaxial thin films using a fast-rate off-axis sputtering method and vicinal substrates. In addition, we were able to control domain structures of BiFeO3 thin films using vicinal substrates. For the study on the reliability issues in oxides, we have used BiFeO 3 thin films within the framework of magnetoelectric device applications. For reliable magnetoelectric performance of BiFeO3, polarization switching path has to be (1) deterministic, and to be retained along with (2) time---retention, and (3) cycles--- fatigue. We have used monodomain BiFeO3 thin films as a model system. Based on theoretical predictions, we have studied polarization switching paths, and achieved both selective polarization switching and retention problems using island BiFeO3 structure. We have also investigated polarization fatigue, dependent on switching path. For the demonstration of working devices preserving the original functionality of oxides, we have fabricated micro-cantilevers using PMN-PT heterostructure on Si. The

  18. Wettability of oxide thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition: New insights

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    Prakash, Saurav

    The objective of the thesis is to investigate the wettability of good quality oxide thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). In this work, many shortfalls in the water contact angle measurement of thin films of oxides, responsible for the wide scatter in the values reported in literature, have been addressed. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  19. Optimization study of the femtosecond laser-induced forward-transfer process with thin aluminum films

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    Bera, Sudipta; Sabbah, A. J.; Yarbrough, J. M.; Allen, C. G.; Winters, Beau; Durfee, Charles G.; Squier, Jeff A.

    2007-07-01

    The parameters for an effective laser-induced forward-transfer (LIFT) process of aluminum thin films using a femtosecond laser are studied. Deposited feature size as a function of laser fluence, donor film thickness, quality of focus, and the pulse duration are varied, providing a metric of the most desirable conditions for femtosecond LIFT with thin aluminum films.

  20. Porous thin films of functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Kobler, Johannes; Bein, Thomas

    2008-11-25

    The synthesis of extremely small mesoporous silica nanoparticles via a specific co-condensation process with phenyl groups is demonstrated. The suspensions are ideally suited for the production of nanoscale thin films by spin-coating. Thanks to the small particle size and the resulting low surface roughness, the films show excellent optical qualities and exhibit good diffusion properties and a highly accessible pore system. The availability of such homogeneous porous thin films made it possible to use ellipsometric porosimetry (EP) as a convenient method to determine the effective porosity of the films on their original support without destroying it. It was possible to record sorption isotherms of the thin films with ellipsometry and to correlate the data with nitrogen sorption data of dried powders of the same material. The thin films showed very low refractive indices of around 1.2. PMID:19206399

  1. Phase stabilization of VO2 thin films in high vacuum

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    Zhang, Hai-Tian; Eaton, Craig; Ye, Hansheng; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    2015-11-01

    A new growth approach to stabilize VO2 on Al2O3 in high vacuum is reported by reducing vanadium oxytriisopropoxide (VTIP) with vanadium metal. Phase stabilization and surface wetting behavior were studied as a function of growth parameters. The flux balance of VTIP to V in combination with growth temperature was identified to be critical for the growth of high quality VO2 thin films. High V fluxes were required to suppress the island formation and to ensure a coalesced film, while too high V fluxes ultimately favored the formation of the undesired, epitaxially stabilized V2O3 phase. Careful optimization of growth temperature, VTIP to V ratio, and growth rate led to high quality single phase VO2 thin films with >3.5 orders of magnitude change in resistivity across the metal-to-insulator transition. This approach opens up another synthesis avenue to stabilize oxide thin films into desired phases.

  2. Smoothing of mirror substrates by thin-film deposition

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    Baker, S; Parra, E; Spiller, E; Tarrio, C

    1999-08-03

    Superpolished optical flats with high spatial frequency roughness below 0.1 nm have been commercially available for years. However, it is much more difficult to obtain figured optics of similar quality. We have obtained and tested the finish of figured optics from different vendors by atomic force microscopy and optical profilometry and have investigated how the substrate quality can be improved by the deposition of thin films. We have determined the growth parameters of several thin-film structures. From these parameters we can determine how the surface topography of a coated mirror differs from that of the substrate, select the best thin-film structure, and predict the possible improvement. Keywords: Smoothing films, multilayer coatings, finish of mirror substrates

  3. The significant effect of heterojunction quality on photoelectrochemical water splitting in bilayer photoelectrodes: Rb(x)WO3 thin films on RbLaNb2O7 layers.

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    Nakajima, Tomohiko; Nakamura, Takako; Tsuchiya, Tetsuo

    2014-12-28

    We have prepared nearly perfect hexagonal m-plane-oriented RbxWO3 films on (010)-oriented RbLaNb2O7 layers. The prepared bilayer films showed Rb diffusion from the RbLaNb2O7 seed layers, and we obtained uniaxially oriented RbxWO3/Rb1-yLaNb2O7 photoanodes. The RbxWO3/Rb1-yLaNb2O7 bilayer photoanodes exhibited enhanced photoelectrochemical water splitting compared with the RbxWO3 and RbLaNb2O7 monolayer photoanodes. Furthermore, we clearly demonstrated that the high crystal quality of the heterojunction significantly enhanced water splitting. The photocurrent density of the nearly perfectly oriented RbxWO3/Rb1-yLaNb2O7 photoanode that we prepared was 9.4-fold that of an unoriented bilayer photoanode. This increase was attributed to the inhibition of photo-excited charge recombination and stimulated electron transfer derived from low grain-boundary resistance. PMID:25377662

  4. Shear-thinning Fluid

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2001-01-01

    Whipped cream and the filling for pumpkin pie are two familiar materials that exhibit the shear-thinning effect seen in a range of industrial applications. It is thick enough to stand on its own atop a piece of pie, yet flows readily when pushed through a tube. This demonstrates the shear-thinning effect that was studied with the Critical Viscosity of Xenon Experiment (CVX-2) on the STS-107 Research 1 mission in 2002. CVX observed the behavior of xenon, a heavy inert gas used in flash lamps and ion rocket engines, at its critical point. The principal investigator was Dr. Robert Berg of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

  5. Advanced thin film thermocouples

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    Kreider, K. G.; Semancik, S.; Olson, C.

    1984-10-01

    The fabrication, materials characterization, and performance of thin film platinum rhodium thermocouples on gas turbine alloys was investigated. The materials chosen for the study were the turbine blade alloy systems MAR M200+Hf with NiCoCrAlY and FeCrAlY coatings, and vane alloy systems MAR M509 with FeCrAlY. Research was focussed on making improvements in the problem areas of coating substrate stability, adhesion, and insulation reliability and durability. Diffusion profiles between the substrate and coating with and without barrier coatings of Al2O3 are reported. The relationships between fabrication parameters of thermal oxidation and sputtering of the insulator and its characterization and performance are described. The best thin film thermocouples were fabricated with the NiCoCrAlY coatings which were thermally oxidized and sputter coated with Al2O3.

  6. Biomimetic thin film deposition

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    Rieke, P.R.; Graff, G.E.; Campbell, A.A.; Bunker, B.C.; Baskaran, S.; Song, L.; Tarasevich, B.J.; Fryxell, G.E.

    1995-09-01

    Biological mineral deposition for the formation of bone, mollusk shell and other hard tissues provides materials scientists with illustrative materials processing strategies. This presentation will review the key features of biomineralization and how these features can be of technical importance. We have adapted existing knowledge of biomineralization to develop a unique method of depositing inorganic thin films and coating. Our approach to thin film deposition is to modify substrate surfaces to imitate the proteins found in nature that are responsible for controlling mineral deposition. These biomimetic surfaces control the nucleation and growth of the mineral from a supersaturated aqueous solution. This has many processing advantages including simple processing equipment, environmentally benign reagents, uniform coating of highly complex shapes, and enhanced adherence of coating. Many different types of metal oxide, hydroxide, sulfide and phosphate materials with useful mechanical, optical, electronic and biomedical properties can be deposited.

  7. Advanced thin film thermocouples

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    Kreider, K. G.; Semancik, S.; Olson, C.

    1984-01-01

    The fabrication, materials characterization, and performance of thin film platinum rhodium thermocouples on gas turbine alloys was investigated. The materials chosen for the study were the turbine blade alloy systems MAR M200+Hf with NiCoCrAlY and FeCrAlY coatings, and vane alloy systems MAR M509 with FeCrAlY. Research was focussed on making improvements in the problem areas of coating substrate stability, adhesion, and insulation reliability and durability. Diffusion profiles between the substrate and coating with and without barrier coatings of Al2O3 are reported. The relationships between fabrication parameters of thermal oxidation and sputtering of the insulator and its characterization and performance are described. The best thin film thermocouples were fabricated with the NiCoCrAlY coatings which were thermally oxidized and sputter coated with Al2O3.

  8. Ultra-Thin, Flexible Electronics

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    Holland, Brian; McPherson, Ryan; Zhang, Tan; Hou, Zhenwei; Dean, Robert; Johnson, R. Wayne; DelCastillo, Linda; Moussessian, Alina

    2008-01-01

    Thinned die can be used to realize ultra-thin flexible electronics for applications such as conformal and wearable electronics. Three techniques have been developed to achieve this goal using thinned die: die flip chip bonded onto flexible substrates, die laminated onto LCP films, and die embedded in polyimide. A key to achieving each of these techniques is the thinning of die to a thickness of 50 microns or thinner. Conventional CMP processing can be used to thin to 50 microns. At 50 microns, the active die become flexible and must be handled by temporarily bonding them to a holder die, for further processing. Once bonded face down to the holder die, the active die can be further thinned by DRIE etching the exposed backside. The thinned die can then been packaged in or on the flexible substrate.

  9. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, Bernard R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.

  10. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

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    Weinberger, B.R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet mounted to the shaft, and a stator in proximity to the shaft. The stator has a superconductor thin film assembly positioned to interact with the magnet to produce a levitation force on the shaft that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly includes at least two superconductor thin films and at least one substrate. Each thin film is positioned on a substrate and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly is mounted on the shaft and the magnet is part of the stator also can be constructed. 8 figs.

  11. Evaporated VOx Thin Films

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    Stapinski, Tomasz; Leja, E.

    1989-03-01

    VOx thin films on glass were obtained by thermal evaporation of V205, powder. The structural investigations were carried out with the use of X-ray diffractometer. The electrical properties of the film were examined by means of temperature measurements of resistivity for the samples heat-treated in various conditions. Optical transmission and reflection spectra of VOX films of various composition showed the influence of the heat treatment.

  12. Thin, Lightweight Solar Cell

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    Brandhorst, Henry W., Jr.; Weinberg, Irving

    1991-01-01

    Improved design for thin, lightweight solar photovoltaic cells with front contacts reduces degradation of electrical output under exposure to energetic charged particles (protons and electrons). Increases ability of cells to maintain structural integrity under exposure to ultraviolet radiation by eliminating ultraviolet-degradable adhesives used to retain cover glasses. Interdigitated front contacts and front junctions formed on semiconductor substrate. Mating contacts formed on back surface of cover glass. Cover glass and substrate electrostatically bonded together.

  13. Application of Pcvd Process to Uniform Coating of TiO2 Thin Films on Polypropylene Beads

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    Kim, Dong-Joo; Pham, Hung Cuong; Kim, Kyo-Seon

    The growth of the TiO2 thin films coated on the polypropylene beads was analyzed experimentally in a rotating cylindrical plasma chemical vapor deposition (PCVD) reactor. The precursors for the thin films were generated by plasma reactions, and they deposited on the polypropylene beads to become the uniform thin films. The TiO2 thin films grow more quickly on the polypropylene beads by increasing the mass flow rate of TTIP, or the rotation speed of the reactor. The smaller number of polypropylene beads in the reactor increases the growth rate of the thin films. The high-quality TiO2 thin films can be coated on particles uniformly by using the rotating cylindrical PCVD process. The particles coated with high-quality TiO2 thin films can be applied to the removal of air and water pollutants by a photodegradation reaction of TiO2.

  14. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.; Potember, Richard S.

    1991-01-01

    The principle objectives of this ongoing research involve the preparation and characterization of polycrystalline single-domain thin films of BaTiO3 for photorefractive applications. These films must be continuous, free of cracks, and of high optical quality. The two methods proposed are sputtering and sol-gel related processing.

  15. Polycrystalline thin film photovoltaics

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    Zweibel, K.; Ullal, H. S.; Mitchell, R. L.

    Significant progress has recently been made towards improving the efficiencies of polycrystalline thin-film solar cells and modules using CuInSe2 and CdTe. The history of using CuInSe2 and CdTe for solar cells is reviewed. Initial outdoor stability tests of modules are encouraging. Progress in semiconductor deposition techniques has also been substantial. Both CuInSe2 and CdTe are positioned for commercialization during the 1990s. The major participants in developing these materials are described. The US DOE/SERI (Solar Energy Research Institute) program recognizes the rapid progress and important potential of polycrystalline thin films to meet ambitious cost and performance goals. US DOE/SERI is in the process of funding an initiative in this area with the goal of ensuring US leadership in the development of these technologies. The polycrystalline thin-film module development initiative, the modeling and stability of the devices, and health and safety issues are discussed.

  16. Thin film scintillators

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    McDonald, Warren; McKinney, George; Tzolov, Marian

    2015-03-01

    Scintillating materials convert energy flux (particles or electromagnetic waves) into light with spectral characteristic matching a subsequent light detector. Commercial scintillators such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) and yttrium aluminum perovskite (YAP) are commonly used. These are inefficient at lower energies due to the conductive coating present on their top surface, which is needed to avoid charging. We hypothesize that nano-structured thin film scintillators will outperform the commercial scintillators at low electron energies. We have developed alternative thin film scintillators, zinc tungstate and zinc oxide, which show promise for higher sensitivity to lower energy electrons since they are inherently conductive. Zinc tungstate films exhibit photoluminescence quantum efficiency of 74%. Cathodoluminescence spectroscopy was applied in transmission and reflection geometries. The comparison between the thin films and the YAG and YAP commercial scintillators shows much higher light output from the zinc tungstate and zinc oxide at electron energies less than 5 keV. Our films were integrated in a backscattered electron detector. This detector delivers better images than an identical detector with commercial YAG scintillator at low electron energies. Dr. Nicholas Barbi from PulseTor LLC, Dr. Anura Goonewardene, NSF Grants: #0806660, #1058829, #0923047.

  17. Into Thin Air.

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    Kennedy, Mike

    2001-01-01

    Shows how schools are working to avoid the types of equipment, supplies, and maintenance practices that harm indoor air quality. Simple steps to maintaining a cleaner indoor air environment are highlighted as are steps to reducing the problem air quality and the occurrence of asthma. (GR)

  18. Thin film dielectric microstrip kinetic inductance detectors

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    Mazin, Benjamin A.; Sank, Daniel; McHugh, Sean; Lucero, Erik A.; Merrill, Andrew; Gao, Jiansong; Pappas, David; Moore, David; Zmuidzinas, Jonas

    2010-03-01

    Microwave kinetic inductance detectors, or MKIDs, are a type of low temperature detector that exhibit intrinsic frequency domain multiplexing at microwave frequencies. We present the first theory and measurements on a MKID based on a microstrip transmission line resonator. A complete characterization of the dielectric loss and noise properties of these resonators is performed, and agrees well with the derived theory. A competitive noise equivalent power of 5×10-17 W Hz-1/2 at 10 Hz has been demonstrated. The resonators exhibit the highest quality factors known in a microstrip resonator with a deposited thin film dielectric.

  19. thin films as absorber

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    González, J. O.; Shaji, S.; Avellaneda, D.; Castillo, G. A.; Das Roy, T. K.; Krishnan, B.

    2014-09-01

    Photovoltaic structures were prepared using AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 as absorber and CdS as window layer at various conditions via a hybrid technique of chemical bath deposition and thermal evaporation followed by heat treatments. Silver antimony sulfo selenide thin films [AgSb(S x Se1- x )2] were prepared by heating multilayers of sequentially deposited Sb2S3/Ag dipped in Na2SeSO3 solution, glass/Sb2S3/Ag/Se. For this, Sb2S3 thin films were deposited from a chemical bath containing SbCl3 and Na2S2O3. Then, Ag thin films were thermally evaporated on glass/Sb2S3, followed by selenization by dipping in an acidic solution of Na2SeSO3. The duration of dipping was varied as 3, 4 and 5 h. Two different heat treatments, one at 350 °C for 20 min in vacuum followed by a post-heat treatment at 325 °C for 2 h in Ar, and the other at 350 °C for 1 h in Ar, were applied to the multilayers of different configurations. X-ray diffraction results showed the formation of AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 thin films as the primary phase and AgSb(S,Se)2 and Sb2S3 as secondary phases. Morphology and elemental detection were done by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies showed the depthwise composition of the films. Optical properties were determined by UV-vis-IR transmittance and reflection spectral analysis. AgSb(S x Se1- x )2 formed at different conditions was incorporated in PV structures glass/FTO/CdS/AgSb(S x Se1- x )2/C/Ag. Chemically deposited post-annealed CdS thin films of various thicknesses were used as window layer. J- V characteristics of the cells were measured under dark and AM1.5 illumination. Analysis of the J- V characteristics resulted in the best solar cell parameters of V oc = 520 mV, J sc = 9.70 mA cm-2, FF = 0.50 and η = 2.7 %.

  20. Thin-target excitation functions, cross-sections and optimised thick-target yields for natMo(p,xn)(94g ,95m,95g,96(m + g))Tc nuclear reactions induced by protons from threshold up to 44 MeV. No Carrier Added radiochemical separation and quality control.

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    Bonardi, Mauro; Birattari, Claudio; Groppi, Flavia; Sabbioni, Enrico

    2002-11-01

    This work describes the method adopted in our laboratories, to produce 94gTc, 95gTc, 95mTc and 96gTc radionuclides via proton-cyclotron irradiation on molybdenum targets of natural isotopic composition. A new set of experimental thin-target excitation functions and "effective" cross-sections for direct natMo(p,xn)(A)Tc [with A = 94, 95, 95, 96] nuclear reactions, with incident proton energy in the range from threshold up to 44 MeV is presented. Some definitions of the equations used and nuclear data traceability are reported. Thick-target yield values were calculated and optimised, by numerical fitting and integration of the measured excitation functions. These values allow optimisation of production yield of one radionuclide, minimising at the same time the yield of the others. Radiochemical separation on NCA technetium radionuclides from both molybdenum target and niobium, zirconium and yttrium radioactive by-products is reported. Quality control tests of the radiotracers were developed for the applications envisaged in environmental metallo-biochemical toxicology. PMID:12433035

  1. On the theory of thin and thin-walled rods

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    Dzhanelidze, G Y

    1951-01-01

    Through the work of V. Z. Vlasov a theory of thin-walled rods has been established that is widely applicable in practice. This theory was extended by A. A. Umanski to thin-walled rods of closed profile section. The authors based their work on the concepts of the modern theory of shells. An attempt is made herein to construct a theory of thin-walled rods including the classical theory of deformation of thin rods by making use of a kinematic assumption.

  2. Thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells

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    1986-09-01

    This is the final technical progress report of a research program entitled Thin-Film Cadmium Telluride Solar Cells. The major objective was to demonstrate chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown CdTe devices with a photovoltaic efficiency of at least 10%. The work included: (1) CVD and characterization of p-CdTe films of controlled resistivity; (2) deposition and characterization of heterojunction partners; (3) surface passivation of CdTe; and (4) preparation and characterization of thin-film solar cells. The CVD of p-CdTe was optimized with emphasis on resistivity control through nonstoichiometry and extrinsic doping. Both carbon and oxygen were identified as acceptors. The use of thermal oxidation for surface passivation of CdTe was investigated using capacitance-voltage measurement. Device-quality thermal oxide can be prepared by hydrogen annealing of CdTe before oxidation. Deposition and characterization of CdS, CdO, and ZnO:In were also carried out. The best thin-film cell to date had a conversion efficiency near 9%.

  3. Ultrafast electron diffraction optimized for studying structural dynamics in thin films and monolayers.

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    Badali, D S; Gengler, R Y N; Miller, R J D

    2016-05-01

    A compact electron source specifically designed for time-resolved diffraction studies of free-standing thin films and monolayers is presented here. The sensitivity to thin samples is achieved by extending the established technique of ultrafast electron diffraction to the "medium" energy regime (1-10 kV). An extremely compact design, in combination with low bunch charges, allows for high quality diffraction in a lensless geometry. The measured and simulated characteristics of the experimental system reveal sub-picosecond temporal resolution, while demonstrating the ability to produce high quality diffraction patterns from atomically thin samples. PMID:27226978

  4. Ultrafast electron diffraction optimized for studying structural dynamics in thin films and monolayers

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    Badali, D. S.; Gengler, R. Y. N.; Miller, R. J. D.

    2016-01-01

    A compact electron source specifically designed for time-resolved diffraction studies of free-standing thin films and monolayers is presented here. The sensitivity to thin samples is achieved by extending the established technique of ultrafast electron diffraction to the “medium” energy regime (1–10 kV). An extremely compact design, in combination with low bunch charges, allows for high quality diffraction in a lensless geometry. The measured and simulated characteristics of the experimental system reveal sub-picosecond temporal resolution, while demonstrating the ability to produce high quality diffraction patterns from atomically thin samples. PMID:27226978

  5. Preparation of nickel oxide thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Abdullah, M. A. R.; Mamat, M. H.; Ismail, A. S.; Malek, M. F.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    Preparation of NiO thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel method was conducted to synthesize the quality of the surface thin films. The effects of annealing temperature on the surface topology were systematically investigated. Our studies confirmed that the surface roughness of the thin films was increased whenever annealing temperature was increase. NiO thin films morphology structure analysis was confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscope. Surface roughness of the thin films was investigated by atomic force microscopy.

  6. An ultra-uniform ultra-thin resist deposition process

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    Picard, Gilles; Schneider, Juan; Grenon, Brian J.

    2006-10-01

    An ultra-uniform, ultra-thin resist deposition process is presented. Nanometrix applications development with Ultra Thin Polymer Films (UTPF) production process addresses several problems related to resist deposition for lithographic applications. The linear coating process based on the Schneider-Picard (SP) method is a driven assembly process. Linear meter per minute coating rates are produced while providing an outstanding film quality at nano- to micro scale thinness. Therefore, this coating method provides a viable alternative for resist application. Our present developments on nano and micro ultra-thin polymer film coatings give substantial new solutions for improved, faster and less expensive coating production. Materials, writing and quality control costs may be substantially reduced with UTPF deposition technology. Results from three resists are presented in this paper. E-beam direct writing on 8 nm PMMA and photolithography on ILine and DUV resists in the scale of 30 nm are presented. Thicker resist deposition has been performed as well in the range of 1-10 microns thick. Film edge bead in the order of film thickness are obtained (1000 x smaller than spin coating process). Substrates were all coated with uniform ultra-thin films at a rate of one square meter per minute with atomic smoothness. This technological breakthrough enables a valuable solution for resist deposition and lithography fabrication at the nano and micro scales and provides resist uniformity required for current and future critical dimension specifications.

  7. Carbon thin film thermometry

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    Collier, R. S.; Sparks, L. L.; Strobridge, T. R.

    1973-01-01

    The work concerning carbon thin film thermometry is reported. Optimum film deposition parameters were sought on an empirical basis for maximum stability of the films. One hundred films were fabricated for use at the Marshall Space Flight Center; 10 of these films were given a precise quasi-continuous calibration of temperature vs. resistance with 22 intervals between 5 and 80 K using primary platinum and germanium thermometers. Sensitivity curves were established and the remaining 90 films were given a three point calibration and fitted to the established sensitivity curves. Hydrogen gas-liquid discrimination set points are given for each film.

  8. Ureilite Thin Section Preparation

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    Harrington, R.; Righter, K.

    2014-01-01

    Preparing thin and thick sections of ureilite type meteorites is a challenge that can confound even the most experienced section preparer. A common characteristic of these samples is the presence of carbon phases, particularly nanodiamonds, in the matrix along silicate grain boundaries, fractures, and cleavage plains [1]. The extreme hardness of the nanodiamonds presents a challenge to the section preparer in the form of high surface relief on the section. This hard material also causes considerable wear and tear on equipment and materials that are used for making the sections. These issues will be discussed and potentially helpful measures will be presented.

  9. Polycrystalline thin-films

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    Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.

    1986-02-01

    This annual report summarizes the status, accomplishments, and projected future research directions of the Polycrystalline Thin Film Task in the Photovoltaic Program Branch of the Solar Energy Research Institute's Solar Electric Research Division. Major subcontracted work in this area has concentrated on development of CuInSe2 and CdTe technologies. During FY 1985, major progress was achieved by subcontractors in: (1) developing a new, low-cost method of fabricating CuInSe2, and (2) improving the efficiency of CuInSe2 devices by about 10% (relative). The report also lists research planned to meet the Department of Energy's goals in these technologies.

  10. Thin film hydrogen sensor

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    Lauf, Robert J.; Hoffheins, Barbara S.; Fleming, Pamela H.

    1994-01-01

    A hydrogen sensor element comprises an essentially inert, electrically-insulating substrate having a thin-film metallization deposited thereon which forms at least two resistors on the substrate. The metallization comprises a layer of Pd or a Pd alloy for sensing hydrogen and an underlying intermediate metal layer for providing enhanced adhesion of the metallization to the substrate. An essentially inert, electrically insulating, hydrogen impermeable passivation layer covers at least one of the resistors, and at least one of the resistors is left uncovered. The difference in electrical resistances of the covered resistor and the uncovered resistor is related to hydrogen concentration in a gas to which the sensor element is exposed.

  11. Optically Thin Metallic Films for High-Radiative-Efficiency Plasmonics.

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    Yang, Yi; Zhen, Bo; Hsu, Chia Wei; Miller, Owen D; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljačić, Marin

    2016-07-13

    Plasmonics enables deep-subwavelength concentration of light and has become important for fundamental studies as well as real-life applications. Two major existing platforms of plasmonics are metallic nanoparticles and metallic films. Metallic nanoparticles allow efficient coupling to far field radiation, yet their synthesis typically leads to poor material quality. Metallic films offer substantially higher quality materials, but their coupling to radiation is typically jeopardized due to the large momentum mismatch with free space. Here, we propose and theoretically investigate optically thin metallic films as an ideal platform for high-radiative-efficiency plasmonics. For far-field scattering, adding a thin high-quality metallic substrate enables a higher quality factor while maintaining the localization and tunability that the nanoparticle provides. For near-field spontaneous emission, a thin metallic substrate, of high quality or not, greatly improves the field overlap between the emitter environment and propagating surface plasmons, enabling high-Purcell (total enhancement >10(4)), high-quantum-yield (>50%) spontaneous emission, even as the gap size vanishes (3-5 nm). The enhancement has almost spatially independent efficiency and does not suffer from quenching effects that commonly exist in previous structures. PMID:27244596

  12. Polycrystalline thin film photovoltaic technology

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    Ullal, H.S.; Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.L.; Noufi, R.

    1991-03-01

    Low-cost, high-efficiency thin-film modules are an exciting photovoltaic technology option for generating cost-effective electricity in 1995 and beyond. In this paper we review the significant technical progress made in the following thin films: copper indium diselenide, cadmium telluride, and polycrystalline thin silicon films. Also, the recent US DOE/SERI initiative to commercialize these emerging technologies is discussed. 6 refs., 9 figs.

  13. Thin-Film Power Transformers

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    Katti, Romney R.

    1995-01-01

    Transformer core made of thin layers of insulating material interspersed with thin layers of ferromagnetic material. Flux-linking conductors made of thinner nonferromagnetic-conductor/insulator multilayers wrapped around core. Transformers have geometric features finer than those of transformers made in customary way by machining and mechanical pressing. In addition, some thin-film materials exhibit magnetic-flux-carrying capabilities superior to those of customary bulk transformer materials. Suitable for low-cost, high-yield mass production.

  14. Center for thin film studies

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    Shannon, Robert P.; Gibson, Ursula J.

    1987-11-01

    This report covers the first year of operation of the URI Thin Film Center (TFC), and describes a diverse array of studies on thin-film materials, substrates, and their processing and analysis. Individual efforts are highlighted in sections on nucleation studies, ion-assisted deposition, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, Brillouin scattering, a continuum theory of the evolution of structure in thin films, a study of polishing parameters relevant to the preparation of substrates, and the setup of a characterization facility for the Center.

  15. Thin-film microextraction.

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    Bruheim, Inge; Liu, Xiaochuan; Pawliszyn, Janusz

    2003-02-15

    The properties of a thin sheet of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) membrane as an extraction phase were examined and compared to solid-phase microextraction (SPME) PDMS-coated fiber for application to semivolatile analytes in direct and headspace modes. This new PDMS extraction approach showed much higher extraction rates because of the larger surface area to extraction-phase volume ratio of the thin film. Unlike the coated rod formats of SPME using thick coatings, the high extraction rate of the membrane SPME technique allows larger amounts of analytes to be extracted within a short period of time. Therefore, higher extraction efficiency and sensitivity can be achieved without sacrificing analysis time. In direct membrane SPME extraction, a linear relationship was found between the initial rate of extraction and the surface area of the extraction phase. However, for headspace extraction, the rates were somewhat lower because of the resistance to analyte transport at the sample matrix/headspace barrier. It was found that the effect of this barrier could be reduced by increasing either agitation, temperature, or surface area of the sample matrix/headspace interface. A method for the determination of PAHs in spiked lake water samples was developed based on the membrane PDMS extraction coupled with GC/MS. A linearity of 0.9960 and detection limits in the low-ppt level were found. The reproducibility was found to vary from 2.8% to 10.7%. PMID:12622398

  16. The thin eggshell problem

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    Stickel, L.F.; Rhodes, L.I.

    1970-01-01

    It has long been known that DDT and related chemicals can impair the reproduction of birds. In early years of organochlorine pesticide use, widespread mortality occurred immediately following heavy applications of these chemicals, and survivors contained substantial amounts of toxicant in their tissues. Repopulation from untreated areas tended to conceal the extent of the effects. DDT and dieldrin have become ubiquitous and the original source of the chemicals producing bird deaths often cannot be traced. The extent of sublethal effects cannot be fully appraised, although laboratory experiments continually reveal new and potentially deleterious physiological reactions. Thin eggshells have become prevalent among certain declining species of predatory birds. Shell thinning and associated reproductive effects have been produced experimentally in mallard ducks and in sparrow hawks. Coturnix quail fed dietary dosages of p,p'-DDT produced fewer eggs than did untreated birds and the eggs had thinner shells. Hatchability was not significantly altered. Comparisons between these results and those obtained in other studies indicate significant species differences.

  17. Cortical thinning in psychopathy

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    Ly, Martina; Motzkin, Julian C.; Philippi, Carissa L.; Kirk, Gregory R.; Newman, Joseph P.; Kiehl, Kent A.; Koenigs, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Objective Psychopathy is a personality disorder associated with severely antisocial behavior and a host of cognitive and affective deficits. The neuropathological basis of the disorder has not been clearly established. Cortical thickness is a sensitive measure of brain structure that has been used to identify neurobiological abnormalities in a number of psychiatric disorders. The purpose of this study is to evaluate cortical thickness and corresponding functional connectivity in criminal psychopaths. Method Using T1 MRI data, we computed cortical thickness maps in a sample of adult male prison inmates selected based on psychopathy diagnosis (n=21 psychopathic inmates, n=31 non-psychopathic inmates). Using rest-fMRI data from a subset of these inmates (n=20 psychopathic inmates, n=20 non-psychopathic inmates), we then computed functional connectivity within networks exhibiting significant thinning among psychopaths. Results Relative to non-psychopaths, psychopaths exhibited significantly thinner cortex in a number of regions, including left insula and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, bilateral precentral gyrus, bilateral anterior temporal cortex, and right inferior frontal gyrus. These neurostructural differences were not due to differences in age, IQ, or substance abuse. Psychopaths also exhibited a corresponding reduction in functional connectivity between left insula and left dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Conclusions Psychopathy is associated with a distinct pattern of cortical thinning and reduced functional connectivity. PMID:22581200

  18. Synthesis and annealing study of RF sputtered ZnO thin film

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    Singh, Shushant Kumar; Sharma, Himanshu; Singhal, R.; Kumar, V. V. Siva; Avasthi, D. K.

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we have investigated the annealing effect on optical and structural properties of ZnO thin films, synthesized by RF magnetron sputtering. ZnO thin films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates simultaneously at a substrate temperature of 300 °C using Argon gas in sputtering chamber. Thickness of as deposited ZnO thin film was found to be ~155 nm, calculated by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). These films were annealed at 400 °C and 500 °C temperature in the continuous flow of oxygen gas for 1 hour in tube furnace. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure of ZnO thin film along the c-axis (002) orientation. Transmittance of thin films was increased with increasing the annealing temperature estimated by UV-visible transmission spectroscopy. Quality and texture of the thin films were improved with annealing temperature, estimated by Raman spectroscopy.

  19. Antimicrobial activity of biopolymer-antibiotic thin films fabricated by advanced pulsed laser methods

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    Cristescu, R.; Popescu, C.; Dorcioman, G.; Miroiu, F. M.; Socol, G.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Gittard, S. D.; Miller, P. R.; Narayan, R. J.; Enculescu, M.; Chrisey, D. B.

    2013-08-01

    We report on thin film deposition by matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE) of two polymer-drug composite thin film systems. A pulsed KrF* excimer laser source (λ = 248 nm, τ = 25 ns, ν = 10 Hz) was used to deposit composite thin films of poly(D,L-lactide) (PDLLA) containing several gentamicin concentrations. FTIR spectroscopy was used to demonstrate that MAPLE-transferred materials exhibited chemical structures similar to those of drop cast materials. Scanning electron microscopy data indicated that MAPLE may be used to fabricate thin films of good morphological quality. The activity of PDLLA-gentamicin composite thin films against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was demonstrated using drop testing. The influence of drug concentration on microbial viability was also assessed. Our studies indicate that polymer-drug composite thin films prepared by MAPLE may be used to impart antimicrobial activity to implants, medical devices, and other contact surfaces.

  20. Thin film mechanics

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    Cooper, Ryan C.

    This doctoral thesis details the methods of determining mechanical properties of two classes of novel thin films suspended two-dimensional crystals and electron beam irradiated microfilms of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Thin films are used in a variety of surface coatings to alter the opto-electronic properties or increase the wear or corrosion resistance and are ideal for micro- and nanoelectromechanical system fabrication. One of the challenges in fabricating thin films is the introduction of strains which can arise due to application techniques, geometrical conformation, or other spurious conditions. Chapters 2-4 focus on two dimensional materials. This is the intrinsic limit of thin films-being constrained to one atomic or molecular unit of thickness. These materials have mechanical, electrical, and optical properties ideal for micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems with truly novel device functionality. As such, the breadth of applications that can benefit from a treatise on two dimensional film mechanics is reason enough for exploration. This study explores the anomylously high strength of two dimensional materials. Furthermore, this work also aims to bridge four main gaps in the understanding of material science: bridging the gap between ab initio calculations and finite element analysis, bridging the gap between ab initio calculations and experimental results, nanoscale to microscale, and microscale to mesoscale. A nonlinear elasticity model is used to determine the necessary elastic constants to define the strain-energy density function for finite strain. Then, ab initio calculations-density functional theory-is used to calculate the nonlinear elastic response. Chapter 2 focuses on validating this methodology with atomic force microscope nanoindentation on molybdenum disulfide. Chapter 3 explores the convergence criteria of three density functional theory solvers to further verify the numerical calculations. Chapter 4 then uses this model to investigate

  1. High efficiency, low cost thin GaAs solar cells

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Fan, J. C. C.

    1982-01-01

    The feasibility of fabricating space-resistant, high efficiency, light-weight, low-cost GaAs shallow-homojunction solar cells for space application is demonstrated. This program addressed the optimal preparation of ultrathin GaAs single-crystal layers by AsCl3-GaAs-H2 and OMCVD process. Considerable progress has been made in both areas. Detailed studies on the AsCl3 process showed high-quality GaAs thin layers can be routinely grown. Later overgrowth of GaAs by OMCVD has been also observed and thin FaAs films were obtained from this process.

  2. Quality assurance

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    Gillespie, B.M.; Gleckler, B.P.

    1995-06-01

    This section of the 1994 Hanford Site Environmental Report summarizes the quality assurance and quality control practices of Hanford Site environmental monitoring and surveillance programs. Samples are analyzed according to documented standard analytical procedures. This section discusses specific measures taken to ensure quality in project management, sample collection, and analytical results.

  3. Thin film atomic hydrogen detectors

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    Gruber, C. L.

    1977-01-01

    Thin film and bead thermistor atomic surface recombination hydrogen detectors were investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Devices were constructed on a thin Mylar film substrate. Using suitable Wheatstone bridge techniques sensitivities of 80 microvolts/2x10 to the 13th power atoms/sec are attainable with response time constants on the order of 5 seconds.

  4. Polysilicon thin films and interfaces

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    Kamins, T. ); Raicu, B. ); Thompson, C.V. )

    1990-01-01

    This volume contains the proceedings of a symposium on polysilicon thin films and interfaces, held as part of the 1990 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting. Topics covered include: crystal grown fo silicon and germanium wafers for photovoltaic devices, microanalysis of tungsten silicide interface, thermal processing of polysilicon thin films, and electrical and optical properties of polysilicon sheets for photovoltaic devices.

  5. Thin film ion conducting coating

    DOEpatents

    Goldner, Ronald B.; Haas, Terry; Wong, Kwok-Keung; Seward, George

    1989-01-01

    Durable thin film ion conducting coatings are formed on a transparent glass substrate by the controlled deposition of the mixed oxides of lithium:tantalum or lithium:niobium. The coatings provide durable ion transport sources for thin film solid state storage batteries and electrochromic energy conservation devices.

  6. Thin wire pointing method

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    Green, G.; Mattauch, R. J. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A method is described for forming sharp tips on thin wires, in particular phosphor bronze wires of diameters such as one-thousandth inch used to contact micron size Schottky barrier diodes, which enables close control of tip shape and which avoids the use of highly toxic solutions. The method includes dipping an end of a phosphor bronze wire into a dilute solution of sulfamic acid and applying a current through the wire to electrochemically etch it. The humidity in the room is controlled to a level of less than 50%, and the voltage applied between the wire and another electrode in the solutions is a half wave rectified voltage. The current through the wire is monitored, and the process is stopped when the current falls to a predetermined low level.

  7. Polycrystalline thin films

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    Zweibel, K.; Mitchell, R.; Ullal, H.

    1987-02-01

    This annual report for fiscal year 1986 summarizes the status, accomplishments, and projected future research directions of the Polycrystalline Thin Film Task in the Photovoltaic Program Branch of the Solar Energy Research Institute's Solar Electric Research Division. Subcontracted work in this area has concentrated on the development of CuInSe2 and CdTe technologies. During FY 1986, major progress was achieved by subcontractors in (1) achieving 10.5% (SERI-verified) efficiency with CdTe, (2) improving the efficiency of selenized CuInSe2 solar cells to nearly 8%, and (3) developing a transparent contact to CdTe cells for potential use in the top cells of tandem structures.

  8. Polyimide Aerogel Thin Films

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    Meador, Mary Ann; Guo, Haiquan

    2012-01-01

    Polyimide aerogels have been crosslinked through multifunctional amines. This invention builds on "Polyimide Aerogels With Three-Dimensional Cross-Linked Structure," and may be considered as a continuation of that invention, which results in a polyimide aerogel with a flexible, formable form. Gels formed from polyamic acid solutions, end-capped with anhydrides, and cross-linked with the multifunctional amines, are chemically imidized and dried using supercritical CO2 extraction to give aerogels having density around 0.1 to 0.3 g/cubic cm. The aerogels are 80 to 95% porous, and have high surface areas (200 to 600 sq m/g) and low thermal conductivity (as low as 14 mW/m-K at room temperature). Notably, the cross-linked polyimide aerogels have higher modulus than polymer-reinforced silica aerogels of similar density, and can be fabricated as both monoliths and thin films.

  9. Selective inorganic thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Phillips, M.L.F.; Weisenbach, L.A.; Anderson, M.T.

    1995-05-01

    This project is developing inorganic thin films as membranes for gas separation applications, and as discriminating coatings for liquid-phase chemical sensors. Our goal is to synthesize these coatings with tailored porosity and surface chemistry on porous substrates and on acoustic and optical sensors. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, air, and natural gas constituents at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. We are focusing on improving permeability and molecular sieve properties of crystalline zeolitic membranes made by hydrothermally reacting layered multicomponent sol-gel films deposited on mesoporous substrates. We also used acoustic plate mode (APM) oscillator and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor elements as substrates for sol-gel films, and have both used these modified sensors to determine physical properties of the films and have determined the sensitivity and selectivity of these sensors to aqueous chemical species.

  10. Ferromagnetic thin films

    DOEpatents

    Krishnan, Kannan M.

    1994-01-01

    A ferromagnetic .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x thin film having perpendicular anisotropy is described which comprises: (a) a GaAs substrate, (b) a layer of undoped GaAs overlying said substrate and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 50 to about 100 nanometers, (c) a layer of .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x overlying said layer of undoped GaAs and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 20 to about 30 nanometers, and (d) a layer of GaAs overlying said layer of .delta.-Mn.sub.1-x Ga.sub.x and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 2 to about 5 nanometers, wherein x is 0.4 .+-.0.05.

  11. Ferromagnetic thin films

    DOEpatents

    Krishnan, K.M.

    1994-12-20

    A ferromagnetic [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] thin film having perpendicular anisotropy is described which comprises: (a) a GaAs substrate, (b) a layer of undoped GaAs overlying said substrate and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 50 to about 100 nanometers, (c) a layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] overlying said layer of undoped GaAs and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 20 to about 30 nanometers, and (d) a layer of GaAs overlying said layer of [delta]-Mn[sub 1[minus]x]Ga[sub x] and bonded thereto having a thickness ranging from about 2 to about 5 nanometers, wherein x is 0.4[+-]0.05. 7 figures.

  12. Nonlinear optical thin films

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    Leslie, Thomas M.

    1993-01-01

    A focused approach to development and evaluation of organic polymer films for use in optoelectronics is presented. The issues and challenges that are addressed include: (1) material synthesis, purification, and the tailoring of the material properties; (2) deposition of uniform thin films by a variety of methods; (3) characterization of material physical properties (thermal, electrical, optical, and electro-optical); and (4) device fabrication and testing. Photonic materials, devices, and systems were identified as critical technology areas by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. This approach offers strong integration of basic material issues through engineering applications by the development of materials that can be exploited as the active unit in a variety of polymeric thin film devices. Improved materials were developed with unprecedented purity and stability. The absorptive properties can be tailored and controlled to provide significant improvement in propagation losses and nonlinear performance. Furthermore, the materials were incorporated into polymers that are highly compatible with fabrication and patterning processes for integrated optical devices and circuits. By simultaneously addressing the issues of materials development and characterization, keeping device design and fabrication in mind, many obstacles were overcome for implementation of these polymeric materials and devices into systems. We intend to considerably improve the upper use temperature, poling stability, and compatibility with silicon based devices. The principal device application that was targeted is a linear electro-optic modulation etalon. Organic polymers need to be properly designed and coupled with existing integrated circuit technology to create new photonic devices for optical communication, image processing, other laser applications such as harmonic generation, and eventually optical computing. The progression from microscopic sample to a suitable film

  13. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; Bollinger, A. T.; Božović, I.

    2015-09-01

    We have grown epitaxial WO3 films on various single-crystal substrates using radio frequency magnetron sputtering. While pronounced surface roughness is observed in films grown on LaSrAlO4 substrates, films grown on Y AlO3 substrates show atomically flat surfaces, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The crystalline structure has been confirmed to be monoclinic by symmetric and skew-symmetric XRD. The dependence of the growth modes and the surface morphology on the lattice mismatch are discussed.

  14. Epitaxial growth of high quality WO3 thin films

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    Leng, X.; Pereiro, J.; Strle, J.; Bollinger, A. T.; Bozovic, I.

    2015-09-09

    We have grown epitaxial WO3 films on various single-crystal substrates using radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. While pronounced surface roughness is observed in films grown on LaSrAlO4 substrates, films grown on YAlO3 substrates show atomically flat surfaces, as demonstrated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. The crystalline structure has been confirmed to be monoclinic by symmetric and skew-symmetric XRD. Furthermore, the dependence of the growth modes and the surface morphology on the lattice mismatch is discussed.

  15. Precise curvature measurement of Yb:YAG thin disk

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    Muzik, Jiri; Chyla, Michal; Nagisetty, Siva S.; Miura, Taisuke; Mann, Klaus; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomas

    2015-01-01

    We are developing an Yb:YAG thin disk regenerative amplifier operating at 1 kHz repetition rate which should deliver output of 100 W of average power which corresponds to the pulse energy of 100 mJ. In order to achieve such high output energy, large size mode matching on a thin-disk is required to avoid optical damage but on the other hand, larger mode area is more susceptible to the influence of optical phase distortions (OPD's) thus limits achievable pulse energy and beam quality. We developed a compact setup allowing precise measurement of the thin-disk deformations by implementation of a Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor and a single mode probe laser diode. In comparison to the interferometric measurement methods, our approach brings a number of advantages like simplicity of alignment, compactness and robustness, at the same time keeping the high precision of measurement in a range of few nanometers.

  16. Wet chemical thinning of molybdenum disulfide down to its monolayer

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    Amara, Kiran Kumar; Chu, Leiqiang; Kumar, Rajeev; Toh, Minglin; Eda, Goki

    2014-09-01

    We report on the preparation of mono- and bi-layer molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) from a bulk crystal by facile wet chemical etching. We show that concentrated nitric acid (HNO{sub 3}) effectively etches thin MoS{sub 2} crystals from their edges via formation of MoO{sub 3}. Interestingly, etching of thin crystals on a substrate leaves behind unreacted mono- and bilayer sheets. The flakes obtained by chemical etching exhibit electronic quality comparable to that of mechanically exfoliated counterparts. Our findings indicate that the self-limiting chemical etching is a promising top-down route to preparing atomically thin crystals from bulk layer compounds.

  17. Nanocrystalline-graphene-tailored hexagonal boron nitride thin films.

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    Lee, Kang Hyuck; Shin, Hyeon-Jin; Kumar, Brijesh; Kim, Han Sol; Lee, Jinyeong; Bhatia, Ravi; Kim, Sang-Hyeob; Lee, In-Yeal; Lee, Hyo Sug; Kim, Gil-Ho; Yoo, Ji-Beom; Choi, Jae-Young; Kim, Sang-Woo

    2014-10-20

    Unintentionally formed nanocrystalline graphene (nc-G) can act as a useful seed for the large-area synthesis of a hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) thin film with an atomically flat surface that is comparable to that of exfoliated single-crystal h-BN. A wafer-scale dielectric h-BN thin film was successfully synthesized on a bare sapphire substrate by assistance of nc-G, which prevented structural deformations in a chemical vapor deposition process. The growth mechanism of this nc-G-tailored h-BN thin film was systematically analyzed. This approach provides a novel method for preparing high-quality two-dimensional materials on a large surface. PMID:25204810

  18. Commercial aspects of epitaxial thin film growth in outer space

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    Ignatiev, Alex; Chu, C. W.

    1988-01-01

    A new concept for materials processing in space exploits the ultra vacuum component of space for thin film epitaxial growth. The unique low earth orbit space environment is expected to yield 10 to the -14th torr or better pressures, semiinfinite pumping speeds and large ultra vacuum volume (about 100 cu m) without walls. These space ultra vacuum properties promise major improvement in the quality, unique nature, and the throughput of epitaxially grown materials especially in the area of semiconductors for microelectronics use. For such thin film materials there is expected a very large value added from space ultra vacuum processing, and as a result the application of the epitaxial thin film growth technology to space could lead to major commercial efforts in space.

  19. High efficiency thin-film GaAs solar cells

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    Zwerdling, S.; Wang, K. L.; Yeh, Y. C. M.

    1981-01-01

    The paper demonstrates the feasibility of producing high-efficiency GaAs solar cells with high power-to-weight ratios by organic metallic chemical vapor deposition (OM-CVD) growth of thin epi-layers on suitable substrates. An AM1 conversion efficiency of 18% (14% AM0), or 17% (13% AM0) with a 5% grid coverage is achieved for a single-crystal GaAs n(+)/p cell grown by OM-CVD on a Ge wafer. Thin GaAs epi-layers OM-CVD grown can be fabricated with good crystallographic quality using a Si-substrate on which a thin Ge epi-interlayer is first deposited by CVD from GeH4 and processed for improved surface morphology

  20. Tuning the Properties of Nanocrystalline CdS Thin Films

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    Ikhmayies, Shadia J.

    2014-01-01

    Tuning the properties of nanocrystalline cadmium sulfide (CdS) thin films is very important in the technology of photonics, detectors, and computing devices. This can be achieved through the appropriate selection of the synthesis techniques, types and concentrations of the chemicals, deposition parameters, and postdeposition heat treatments. In addition, control of the properties can be achieved by controlling the size, structure type, and surface states of the nanocrystallites without altering the chemical composition of the films. A review of the experimental methods for tuning the properties of nanocrystalline CdS thin films is performed. Although control of these variables is a complicated process, high-quality nanocrystalline CdS thin films with optimum structural, morphological, and optical properties have been produced by different authors.

  1. Low Temperature Chemical Vapor Deposition Of Thin Film Magnets

    DOEpatents

    Miller, Joel S.; Pokhodnya, Kostyantyn I.

    2003-12-09

    A thin-film magnet formed from a gas-phase reaction of tetracyanoetheylene (TCNE) OR (TCNQ), 7,7,8,8-tetracyano-P-quinodimethane, and a vanadium-containing compound such as vanadium hexcarbonyl (V(CO).sub.6) and bis(benzene)vanalium (V(C.sub.6 H.sub.6).sub.2) and a process of forming a magnetic thin film upon at least one substrate by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at a process temperature not exceeding approximately 90.degree. C. and in the absence of a solvent. The magnetic thin film is particularly suitable for being disposed upon rigid or flexible substrates at temperatures in the range of 40.degree. C. and 70.degree. C. The present invention exhibits air-stable characteristics and qualities and is particularly suitable for providing being disposed upon a wide variety of substrates.

  2. Host thin films incorporating nanoparticles

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    Qureshi, Uzma

    The focus of this research project was the investigation of the functional properties of thin films that incorporate a secondary nanoparticulate phase. In particular to assess if the secondary nanoparticulate material enhanced a functional property of the coating on glass. In order to achieve this, new thin film deposition methods were developed, namely use of nanopowder precursors, an aerosol assisted transport technique and an aerosol into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition system. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) was used to deposit 8 series of thin films on glass. Five different nanoparticles silver, gold, ceria, tungsten oxide and zinc oxide were tested and shown to successfully deposit thin films incorporating nanoparticles within a host matrix. Silver nanoparticles were synthesised and doped within a titania film by AACVD. This improved solar control properties. A unique aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) system was used to deposit films of Au nanoparticles and thin films of gold nanoparticles incorporated within a host titania matrix. Incorporation of high refractive index contrast metal oxide particles within a host film altered the film colour. The key goal was to test the potential of nanopowder forms and transfer the suspended nanopowder via an aerosol to a substrate in order to deposit a thin film. Discrete tungsten oxide nanoparticles or ceria nanoparticles within a titanium dioxide thin film enhanced the self-cleaning and photo-induced super-hydrophilicity. The nanopowder precursor study was extended by deposition of zinc oxide thin films incorporating Au nanoparticles and also ZnO films deposited from a ZnO nanopowder precursor. Incorporation of Au nanoparticles within a VO: host matrix improved the thermochromic response, optical and colour properties. Composite VC/TiC and Au nanoparticle/V02/Ti02 thin films displayed three useful

  3. Learning unit: Thin lenses

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    Nita, L.-S.

    2012-04-01

    Learning unit: Thin lenses "Why objects seen through lenses are sometimes upright and sometimes reversed" Nita Laura Simona National College of Arts and Crafts "Constantin Brancusi", Craiova, Romania 1. GEOMETRIC OPTICS. 13 hours Introduction (models, axioms, principles, conventions) 1. Thin lenses (Types of lenses. Defining elements. Path of light rays through lenses. Image formation. Required physical quantities. Lens formulas). 2. Lens systems (Non-collated lenses. Focalless systems). 3. Human eye (Functioning as an optical system. Sight defects and their corrections). 4. Optical instruments (Characteristics exemplified by a magnifying glass. Paths of light rays through a simplified photo camera. Path of light rays through a classical microscope) (Physics curriculum for the IXth grade/ 2011). This scenario exposes a learning unit based on experimental sequences (defining specific competencies), as a succession of lessons started by noticing a problem whose solution assumes the setup of an experiment under laboratory conditions. Progressive learning of theme objectives are realised with sequential experimental steps. The central cognitive process is the induction or the generalization (development of new knowledge based on observation of examples or counterexamples of the concept to be learnt). Pupil interest in theme objectives is triggered by problem-situations, for example: "In order to better see small objects I need a magnifying glass. But when using a magnifier, small object images are sometimes seen upright and sometimes seen reversed!" Along the way, pupils' reasoning will converge to the idea: "The image of an object through a lens depends on the relative distances among object, lens, and observer". Associated learning model: EXPERIMENT Specific competencies: derived from the experiment model, in agreement with the following learning unit steps I. Evoking - Anticipation: Size of the problem, formulation of hypotheses and planning of experiment. II

  4. Chiral atomically thin films

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A.; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm–1) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra.

  5. Chiral atomically thin films.

    PubMed

    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Sánchez-Castillo, A; Ziegler, Zack; Ogawa, Yui; Noguez, Cecilia; Park, Jiwoong

    2016-06-01

    Chiral materials possess left- and right-handed counterparts linked by mirror symmetry. These materials are useful for advanced applications in polarization optics, stereochemistry and spintronics. In particular, the realization of spatially uniform chiral films with atomic-scale control of their handedness could provide a powerful means for developing nanodevices with novel chiral properties. However, previous approaches based on natural or grown films, or arrays of fabricated building blocks, could not offer a direct means to program intrinsic chiral properties of the film on the atomic scale. Here, we report a chiral stacking approach, where two-dimensional materials are positioned layer-by-layer with precise control of the interlayer rotation (θ) and polarity, resulting in tunable chiral properties of the final stack. Using this method, we produce left- and right-handed bilayer graphene, that is, a two-atom-thick chiral film. The film displays one of the highest intrinsic ellipticity values (6.5 deg μm(-1)) ever reported, and a remarkably strong circular dichroism (CD) with the peak energy and sign tuned by θ and polarity. We show that these chiral properties originate from the large in-plane magnetic moment associated with the interlayer optical transition. Furthermore, we show that we can program the chiral properties of atomically thin films layer-by-layer by producing three-layer graphene films with structurally controlled CD spectra. PMID:26900756

  6. Quality Assurance.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Massachusetts Career Development Inst., Springfield.

    This booklet is one of six texts from a workplace literacy curriculum designed to assist learners in facing the increased demands of the workplace. The booklet contains five sections that cover the following topics: (1) importance of reliability; (2) meaning of quality assurance; (3) historical development of quality assurance; (4) statistical…

  7. Afterschool Quality

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    Smith, Charles; Akiva, Tom; McGovern, Gina; Peck, Stephen C.

    2014-01-01

    This chapter discusses efforts to define and improve the quality of afterschool services, highlighting areas of agreement and identifying leading-edge issues. We conclude that the afterschool field is especially well positioned to deliver high-quality services and demonstrate effectiveness at scale because a strong foundation has been built for…

  8. Interference Colors in Thin Films.

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    Armstrong, H. L.

    1979-01-01

    Explains interference colors in thin films as being due to the removal, or considerable reduction, of a certain color by destructive inteference that results in the complementary color being seen. (GA)

  9. Thin, Flexible IMM Solar Array

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    Walmsley, Nicholas

    2015-01-01

    NASA needs solar arrays that are thin, flexible, and highly efficient; package compactly for launch; and deploy into large, structurally stable high-power generators. Inverted metamorphic multijunction (IMM) solar cells can enable these arrays, but integration of this thin crystalline cell technology presents certain challenges. The Thin Hybrid Interconnected Solar Array (THINS) technology allows robust and reliable integration of IMM cells into a flexible blanket comprising standardized modules engineered for easy production. The modules support the IMM cell by using multifunctional materials for structural stability, shielding, coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) stress relief, and integrated thermal and electrical functions. The design approach includes total encapsulation, which benefits high voltage as well as electrostatic performance.

  10. Synthesis of thin films and materials utilizing a gaseous catalyst

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    Morse, Daniel E; Schwenzer, Birgit; Gomm, John R; Roth, Kristian M; Heiken, Brandon; Brutchey, Richard

    2013-10-29

    A method for the fabrication of nanostructured semiconducting, photoconductive, photovoltaic, optoelectronic and electrical battery thin films and materials at low temperature, with no molecular template and no organic contaminants. High-quality metal oxide semiconductor, photovoltaic and optoelectronic materials can be fabricated with nanometer-scale dimensions and high dopant densities through the use of low-temperature biologically inspired synthesis routes, without the use of any biological or biochemical templates.

  11. Photostability of thin exfoliated black phosphorus

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    Favron, Alexandre; Francoeur, Sébastien; Leonelli, Richard; Martel, Richard

    2014-03-01

    In its bulk form, black phosphorus has a direct gap of about 0.3 eV. Because of its lamellar structure, similar to that of graphite, black phosphorus can be exfoliated down to a single monolayer. The interesting properties is the possible tuning of the energy gap in the Near-IR using control of the layer thickness, which is of great interesting to develop sensors and other Near-IR optoelectronic devices. Preliminary studies on thin exfoliated layers revealed a fast photo-induced oxidation of black phosphorus, in room condition with an excitation higher than 1.8 eV. Using Raman spectroscopy as a probe of the quality and integrity of exfoliated layers, we present in this talk the results of a dynamical study of the photo-oxidation process at room temperature in a controlled atmosphere with the presence of the oxygen-water redox couple. A photo-induced charge transfer from black phosphorus to the redox couple is found to be responsible of the fast deterioration of the structure. Finally, we present Raman and Photoluminescence results on un-oxidized thin-layers measured at low temperature using different passivation schemes.

  12. Optical thin film metrology for optoelectronics

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    Petrik, Peter

    2012-12-01

    The manufacturing of optoelectronic thin films is of key importance, because it underpins a significant number of industries. The aim of the European joint research project for optoelectronic thin film characterization (IND07) in the European Metrology Research Programme of EURAMET is to develop optical and X-ray metrologies for the assessment of quality as well as key parameters of relevant materials and layer systems. This work is intended to be a step towards the establishment of validated reference metrologies for the reliable characterization, and the development of calibrated reference samples with well-defined and controlled parameters. In a recent comprehensive study (including XPS, AES, GD-OES, GD-MS, SNMS, SIMS, Raman, SE, RBS, ERDA, GIXRD), Abou-Ras et al. (Microscopy and Microanalysis 17 [2011] 728) demonstrated that most characterization techniques have limitations and bottle-necks, and the agreement of the measurement results in terms of accurate, absolute values is not as perfect as one would expect. This paper focuses on optical characterization techniques, laying emphasis on hardware and model development, which determine the kind and number of parameters that can be measured, as well as their accuracy. Some examples will be discussed including optical techniques and materials for photovoltaics, biosensors and waveguides.

  13. Status of Joining Thin Sheet and Thin Wall Tubes of 14YWT

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    Hoelzer, David T.; Unocic, Kinga A.; Tang, Wei; Feng, Zhili

    2015-09-18

    Beginning this fiscal year, the FCRD research project initiated an investigation on joining thin sections of the advanced ODS 14YWT ferritic alloy. Friction stir welding (FSW) was investigated as a method to join thin plate and tubing of 14YWT since it is a solid state joining method that has been shown in past studies to be a promising method for joining plates of ODS alloys, such as 14YWT. However, this study will attempt to be the first to demonstrate if FSW can successfully join thin plates and thin wall tubing of 14YWT. In the first FSW attempt, a 1.06 cm thick plate of 14YWT (SM13 heat) was successfully rolled at 1000ºC to the target thickness of 0.1 cm with no edge cracking. This achievement is a highlight since previous attempts to roll 14YWT plates have resulted in extensive cracking. For the FSW run, a pin tool being developed by the ORNL FSW Process Development effort was used. The first FSW run successfully produced a bead-on-plate weld in the 0.1 cm thick plate. The quality of the weld zone appears very good with no evidence of large defects such as cavities. The microstructural characterization study of the bead-on-plate weld zone has been initiated to compare the results of the microstructure analysis with those obtained in the reference microstructural analysis of the 14YWT (SM13 heat) that showed ultra-fine grain size of 0.43 μm and a high number density of ~2-5 nm sizes oxygen-enriched nanoclusters.

  14. Time-resolved deformation measurement of Yb:YAG thin disk using wavefront sensor

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    Chyla, Michal; Nagisetty, Shiva S.; Severova, Patricie; Miura, Taisuke; Mann, Klaus; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomas

    2015-03-01

    Even though thin-disk medium mounted on a diamond substrate is generally used for high average power operation, we found that the pulsed pumping of the Yb:YAG thin-disk mounded on a copper-tungsten heatsink could improve both optical-to-optical O-O efficiency and beam quality. We are expecting that the increase of O-O efficiency is caused by the suppression of ASE. However, the mechanism of beam quality improvement is not clear. We developed a precise measurement system of thin-disk deformations based on a Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor. Investigating thin-disk dynamics under pulsed pumping can help to greatly improve the mode matching and allow obtaining higher output energy.

  15. Near fundamental mode 1.1 kW Yb:YAG thin-disk laser.

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    Peng, Yuan Han; Lim, Yu Xian; Cheng, James; Guo, Yipei; Cheah, Yan Ying; Lai, Kin Seng

    2013-05-15

    We report on a Yb:YAG thin-disk laser with 1.1 kW output power and beam quality factor M²<1.4 using a simple stable resonator comprising just a single cavity mirror and a single thin disk, without the use of any aspherical elements or any adaptive optics. An optical-to-optical efficiency of 40% was obtained. The cavity was designed to give good beam quality and low misalignment sensitivity to maintain stable and robust laser operation throughout the changes in the thin-disk curvature. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first time an output power beyond 1 kW has been achieved from a single thin-disk laser in near fundamental mode operation (M²<1.4). PMID:23938919

  16. In-situ thin films by MOCVD

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    Norris, P.E.; Orlando, G.W. )

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports on the growth of high quality yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) thin films by MOCVD. Three MOCVD processes have been studied: a two-step (growth/post anneal) process requiring O{sub 2} anneal at 950--980 C, an in-situ (one step, no post growth anneal) process at 800--850 C and a plasma-enhanced, in-situ process (PE-MOCVD), which is operable at still lower substrate temperatures. The in-situ PE-MOCVD process is of great interest since, to a substantial degree, the growth temperature determines the degree of compatibility of a process with substrate materials and existing device technologies, such as VLSI-SilicoVLSI-Silicon.

  17. Mirrorlike pulsed laser deposited tungsten thin film

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    Mostako, A. T. T.; Khare, Alika; Rao, C. V. S.

    2011-01-15

    Mirrorlike tungsten thin films on stainless steel substrate deposited via pulsed laser deposition technique in vacuum (10{sup -5} Torr) is reported, which may find direct application as first mirror in fusion devices. The crystal structure of tungsten film is analyzed using x-ray diffraction pattern, surface morphology of the tungsten films is studied with scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope. The film composition is identified using energy dispersive x-ray. The specular and diffuse reflectivities with respect to stainless steel substrate of the tungsten films are recorded with FTIR spectra. The thickness and the optical quality of pulsed laser deposition deposited films are tested via interferometric technique. The reflectivity is approaching about that of the bulk for the tungsten film of thickness {approx}782 nm.

  18. Mirrorlike pulsed laser deposited tungsten thin film.

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    Mostako, A T T; Rao, C V S; Khare, Alika

    2011-01-01

    Mirrorlike tungsten thin films on stainless steel substrate deposited via pulsed laser deposition technique in vacuum (10(-5) Torr) is reported, which may find direct application as first mirror in fusion devices. The crystal structure of tungsten film is analyzed using x-ray diffraction pattern, surface morphology of the tungsten films is studied with scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope. The film composition is identified using energy dispersive x-ray. The specular and diffuse reflectivities with respect to stainless steel substrate of the tungsten films are recorded with FTIR spectra. The thickness and the optical quality of pulsed laser deposition deposited films are tested via interferometric technique. The reflectivity is approaching about that of the bulk for the tungsten film of thickness ∼782 nm. PMID:21280810

  19. Nanocrystalline silicon based thin film solar cells

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    Ray, Swati

    2012-06-01

    Amorphous silicon solar cells and panels on glass and flexible substrate are commercially available. Since last few years nanocrystalline silicon thin film has attracted remarkable attention due to its stability under light and ability to absorb longer wavelength portion of solar spectrum. For amorphous silicon/ nanocrystalline silicon double junction solar cell 14.7% efficiency has been achieved in small area and 13.5% for large area modules internationally. The device quality nanocrystalline silicon films have been fabricated by RF and VHF PECVD methods at IACS. Detailed characterizations of the materials have been done. Nanocrystalline films with low defect density and high stability have been developed and used as absorber layer of solar cells.

  20. On the curvature effect of thin membranes

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    Wang, Duo; Jiao, Xiangmin; Conley, Rebecca; Glimm, James

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the curvature effect of a thin, curved elastic interface that separates two subdomains and exerts a pressure due to a curvature effect. This pressure, which we refer to as interface pressure, is similar to the surface tension in fluid mechanics. It is important in some applications, such as the canopy of parachutes, biological membranes of cells, balloons, airbags, etc., as it partially balances a pressure jump between the two sides of an interface. In this paper, we show that the interface pressure is equal to the trace of the matrix product of the curvature tensor and the Cauchy stress tensor in the tangent plane. We derive the theory for interfaces in both 2-D and 3-D, and present numerical discretizations for computing the quality over triangulated surfaces.

  1. CVD Of Thin Films From Single Organometallic Precursors

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    Hepp, Aloysius F.; Barron, Andrew R.; Power, Michael B.; Macinnes, Andrew N.; Jenkins, Phillip P.

    1996-01-01

    Method of forming thin inorganic films involves chemical vapor deposition (CVD) from single organometallic precursors. No toxic constituents, minimizes impurities, and yields films having substantially uniform crystal structure and composition. Especially suitable for depositing high-quality passivating or buffer layers of GaS on GaAs semiconductor substrates. Also applicable to formation of high-quality films for purposes other than buffering or passivation, and to different materials in which another element from same group in periodic table of elements substituted for all or portion of each element in GaS/GaAs system.

  2. In situ spectroscopic ellipsometry as a surface sensitive tool to probe thin film growth.

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    Liu, C.

    1999-02-19

    Sputtered thin film and multilayer x-ray mirrors are made routinely at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) for the APS users. Precise film growth control and characterization are very critical in fabricating high-quality x-ray mirrors. Film thickness calibrations are carried out using in situ and ex situ spectroscopic ellipsometry, interferometry, and x-ray scattering. To better understand the growth and optical properties of different thin film systems, we have carried out a systematic study of sputtered thin films of Au, Rh, Pg Pd, Cu, and Cr, using in situ ellipsometry. Multiple data sets were obtained in situ for each film material with incremental thicknesses and were analyzed with their correlation in mind. We found that in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry as a surface-sensitive tool can also be used to probe the growth and morphology of the thin film system. This application of in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry for metal thin film systems will be discussed.

  3. Thin EFG octagons

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    Kalejs, J. P.

    1994-01-01

    Mobil Solar Energy Corporation currently practices a unique crystal growth technology for producing crystalline silicon sheet, which is then cut with lasers into wafers. The wafers are processed into solar cells and incorporated into modules for photovoltaic applications. The silicon sheet is produced using a method known as Edge-defined Film-fed growth (EFG), in the form of hollow eight-sided polygons (octagons) with 10 cm faces. These are grown to lengths of 5 meters and thickness of 300 microns, with continuous melt replenishment, in compact furnaces designed to operate at a high sheet area production area of 135 sq cm/min. The present Photovoltaic Manufacturing Technology (PVMaT) three-year program seeks to advance the manufacturing line capabilities of the Mobil Solar crystal growth and cutting technologies. If successful, these advancements will provide significant reductions in already low silicon raw material usage, improve process productivity, laser cutting throughput and yield, and so lower both individual wafer cost and the cost of module production. This report summarizes the significant technical improvements in EFG technology achieved in Phase 1 of this program. Technical results are reported for each of the three main program areas: (1) thin octagon growth (crystal growth) -- to reduce the thickness of the octagon to an interim goal of 250 microns during Phase 1, with an ultimate goal of achieving 200 micron thicknesses; (2) laser cutting -- to improve the laser cutting process, so as to produce wafers with decreased laser cutting damage at increased wafer throughput rates; and (3) process control and product specification -- to implement advanced strategies in crystal growth process control and productivity designed to increase wafer yields.

  4. Thin film cell development workshop report

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    Woodyard, James R.

    1991-01-01

    The Thin Film Development Workshop provided an opportunity for those interested in space applications of thin film cells to debate several topics. The unique characteristics of thin film cells as well as a number of other issues were covered during the discussions. The potential of thin film cells, key research and development issues, manufacturing issues, radiation damage, substrates, and space qualification of thin film cells were discussed.

  5. Silicon-integrated thin-film structure for electro-optic applications

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    McKee, Rodney A.; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    2000-01-01

    A crystalline thin-film structure suited for use in any of an number of electro-optic applications, such as a phase modulator or a component of an interferometer, includes a semiconductor substrate of silicon and a ferroelectric, optically-clear thin film of the perovskite BaTiO.sub.3 overlying the surface of the silicon substrate. The BaTiO.sub.3 thin film is characterized in that substantially all of the dipole moments associated with the ferroelectric film are arranged substantially parallel to the surface of the substrate to enhance the electro-optic qualities of the film.

  6. Quality Guidelines

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    ... reviewed/quality-filtered. The primary purpose of the Web page is educational and not to sell a ... in the directories. Availability and maintenance of the Web page The Web site is available consistently and ...

  7. WATER QUALITY

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    This manual was develped to provide an overview of microfiltration and ultrafiltration technology for operators, administrators, engineers, scientists, educators, and anyone seeking an introduction to these processes. Chapters on theory, water quality, applications, design, equip...

  8. Patent quality.

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    Sklan, Alexandra

    2014-01-01

    Against a backdrop of a rising generics market and increasing patent expiries, the 'quality' of patents has become an ever more significant topic of debate. Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst has brought together a group of leading attorneys and IP specialists to disentangle the issue of patent quality, including its definition and importance to the field of pharmaceutical and medical science, and what steps could be taken to improve understanding of this important yet fluid concept. Interviews conducted by Alexandra Sklan, Commissioning Editor. PMID:24354975

  9. Water quality.

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    Steele, T.D.; Stefan, H.G.

    1979-01-01

    Significant contributions in the broad area of water quality over the quadrennium 1975-78 are highlighted. This summare is concerned primarily with physical and chemical aspects of water quality. The diversity of subject areas within the topic heading and the large volume of published research results necessitated the selection of representative contributions. Over 400 references are cited which are believed to be indicative of general trends in research and of the more important developments during this period.- from Authors

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

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    Yang, Feng

    1995-01-01

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

  11. The endometrium in assisted reproductive technology: How thin is thin?

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    Mahajan, Nalini; Sharma, S.

    2016-01-01

    A thin endometrium is encountered infrequently (2.4%) in assisted reproductive technology cycles. When it does occur it is a cause of concern as it is associated with lower implantation rate and pregnancy rate. Though pregnancies have been reported at 4 and 5 mm it is apparent that an endometrial thickness <6 mm is associated with a trend toward lower probability of pregnancy. Hormone replacement therapy – frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycles appear to give better results due to an improvement in endometrial receptivity (ER). The etiology of thin endometrium plays a significant part in its receptivity. A number of treatments have been tried to improve endometrial growth, but none has been validated so far. Confirming ER of a thin endometrium by an ER array test before FET offers reassurance. PMID:27110071

  12. Objective view synthesis quality assessment

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    Conze, Pierre-Henri; Robert, Philippe; Morin, Luce

    2012-03-01

    View synthesis brings geometric distortions which are not handled efficiently by existing image quality assessment metrics. Despite the widespread of 3-D technology and notably 3D television (3DTV) and free-viewpoints television (FTV), the field of view synthesis quality assessment has not yet been widely investigated and new quality metrics are required. In this study, we propose a new full-reference objective quality assessment metric: the View Synthesis Quality Assessment (VSQA) metric. Our method is dedicated to artifacts detection in synthesized view-points and aims to handle areas where disparity estimation may fail: thin objects, object borders, transparency, variations of illumination or color differences between left and right views, periodic objects... The key feature of the proposed method is the use of three visibility maps which characterize complexity in terms of textures, diversity of gradient orientations and presence of high contrast. Moreover, the VSQA metric can be defined as an extension of any existing 2D image quality assessment metric. Experimental tests have shown the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  13. Thin-film metal hydrides.

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    Remhof, Arndt; Borgschulte, Andreas

    2008-12-01

    The goal of the medieval alchemist, the chemical transformation of common metals into nobel metals, will forever be a dream. However, key characteristics of metals, such as their electronic band structure and, consequently, their electric, magnetic and optical properties, can be tailored by controlled hydrogen doping. Due to their morphology and well-defined geometry with flat, coplanar surfaces/interfaces, novel phenomena may be observed in thin films. Prominent examples are the eye-catching hydrogen switchable mirror effect, the visualization of solid-state diffusion and the formation of complex surface morphologies. Thin films do not suffer as much from embrittlement and/or decrepitation as bulk materials, allowing the study of cyclic absorption and desorption. Therefore, thin-metal hydride films are used as model systems to study metal-insulator transitions, for high throughput combinatorial research or they may be used as indicator layers to study hydrogen diffusion. They can be found in technological applications as hydrogen sensors, in electrochromic and thermochromic devices. In this review, we discuss the effect of hydrogen loading of thin niobium and yttrium films as archetypical examples of a transition metal and a rare earth metal, respectively. Our focus thereby lies on the hydrogen induced changes of the electronic structure and the morphology of the thin films, their optical properties, the visualization and the control of hydrogen diffusion and on the study of surface phenomena and catalysis. PMID:18980236

  14. Sinusoidal nanotextures for light management in silicon thin-film solar cells.

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    Köppel, G; Rech, B; Becker, C

    2016-04-28

    Recent progresses in liquid phase crystallization enabled the fabrication of thin wafer quality crystalline silicon layers on low-cost glass substrates enabling conversion efficiencies up to 12.1%. Because of its indirect band gap, a thin silicon absorber layer demands for efficient measures for light management. However, the combination of high quality crystalline silicon and light trapping structures is still a critical issue. Here, we implement hexagonal 750 nm pitched sinusoidal and pillar shaped nanostructures at the sun-facing glass-silicon interface into 10 μm thin liquid phase crystallized silicon thin-film solar cell devices on glass. Both structures are experimentally studied regarding their optical and optoelectronic properties. Reflection losses are reduced over the entire wavelength range outperforming state of the art anti-reflective planar layer systems. In case of the smooth sinusoidal nanostructures these optical achievements are accompanied by an excellent electronic material quality of the silicon absorber layer enabling open circuit voltages above 600 mV and solar cell device performances comparable to the planar reference device. For wavelengths smaller than 400 nm and higher than 700 nm optical achievements are translated into an enhanced quantum efficiency of the solar cell devices. Therefore, sinusoidal nanotextures are a well-balanced compromise between optical enhancement and maintained high electronic silicon material quality which opens a promising route for future optimizations in solar cell designs for silicon thin-film solar cells on glass. PMID:27065440

  15. Sinusoidal nanotextures for light management in silicon thin-film solar cells

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    Köppel, G.; Rech, B.; Becker, C.

    2016-04-01

    Recent progresses in liquid phase crystallization enabled the fabrication of thin wafer quality crystalline silicon layers on low-cost glass substrates enabling conversion efficiencies up to 12.1%. Because of its indirect band gap, a thin silicon absorber layer demands for efficient measures for light management. However, the combination of high quality crystalline silicon and light trapping structures is still a critical issue. Here, we implement hexagonal 750 nm pitched sinusoidal and pillar shaped nanostructures at the sun-facing glass-silicon interface into 10 μm thin liquid phase crystallized silicon thin-film solar cell devices on glass. Both structures are experimentally studied regarding their optical and optoelectronic properties. Reflection losses are reduced over the entire wavelength range outperforming state of the art anti-reflective planar layer systems. In case of the smooth sinusoidal nanostructures these optical achievements are accompanied by an excellent electronic material quality of the silicon absorber layer enabling open circuit voltages above 600 mV and solar cell device performances comparable to the planar reference device. For wavelengths smaller than 400 nm and higher than 700 nm optical achievements are translated into an enhanced quantum efficiency of the solar cell devices. Therefore, sinusoidal nanotextures are a well-balanced compromise between optical enhancement and maintained high electronic silicon material quality which opens a promising route for future optimizations in solar cell designs for silicon thin-film solar cells on glass.

  16. Obese people's perceptions of the thin ideal.

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    Couch, Danielle; Thomas, Samantha L; Lewis, Sophie; Blood, R Warwick; Holland, Kate; Komesaroff, Paul

    2016-01-01

    The media play a key role in promoting the thin ideal. A qualitative study, in which we used in depth interviews and thematic analysis, was undertaken to explore the attitudes of 142 obese individuals toward media portrayals of the thin ideal. Participants discussed the thin ideal as a social norm that is also supported through the exclusion of positive media portrayals of obese people. They perceived the thin ideal as an 'unhealthy' mode of social control, reflecting on their personal experiences and their concerns for others. Participants' perceptions highlighted the intersections between the thin ideal and gender, grooming and consumerism. Participants' personal responses to the thin ideal were nuanced--some were in support of the thin ideal and some were able to critically reflect and reject the thin ideal. We consider how the thin ideal may act as a form of synoptical social control, working in tandem with wider public health panoptical surveillance of body weight. PMID:26685706

  17. Thin metal electrode for AMTEC

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    Williams, Roger M. (Inventor); Wheeler, Bob L. (Inventor); Jefferies-Nakamura, Barbara (Inventor); Lamb, James L. (Inventor); Bankston, C. Perry (Inventor); Cole, Terry (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    An electrode having higher power output is formed of a thin, porous film (less than 1 micrometer) applied to a beta-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE). The electrode includes an open grid, current collector such as a series of thin, parallel, grid lines applied to the thin film and a plurality of cross-members such as loop of metal wire surrounding the BASE tube. The loops are electrically connected by a bus wire. The overall impedance of the electrode considering both the contributions from the bulk BASE and the porous electrode BASE interface is low, about 0.5 OHM/cm.sup.2 and power densities of over 0.3 watt/cm.sup.2 for extended periods.

  18. Squirming through shear thinning fluids

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    Datt, Charu; Zhu, Lailai; Elfring, Gwynn J.; Pak, On Shun

    2015-11-01

    Many microorganisms find themselves surrounded by fluids which are non-Newtonian in nature; human spermatozoa in female reproductive tract and motile bacteria in mucosa of animals are common examples. These biological fluids can display shear-thinning rheology whose effects on the locomotion of microorganisms remain largely unexplored. Here we study the self-propulsion of a squirmer in shear-thinning fluids described by the Carreau-Yasuda model. The squirmer undergoes surface distortions and utilizes apparent slip-velocities around its surface to swim through a fluid medium. In this talk, we will discuss how the nonlinear rheological properties of a shear-thinning fluid affect the propulsion of a swimmer compared with swimming in Newtonian fluids.

  19. [Obesity and thinness in painting].

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    Schüller Pérez, Amador

    2004-01-01

    The obesity, serious frequenty sanitary problem, cause of complications that effects to the expectation of life, with aesthetic repercussion and with an increase in the last decades. Admitted the obesity android, gynoide, central or abdominal, wide aesthetic repercussion and physiopathologic like hyperdislipemias, metabolic alterations (diabetes mellitus, etc...), arterial hypertension, column arthrosis and outlying. Ethiopathologics co-factors, sedentariness, genotypic predisposition, endocrine alterations and of the leptina secretion. Illustrative cases of obesity in the painting of those that characteristic models are exposed, from slight grades to intense affecting to both genders. The thinness counterpoint of the obesity, multicausal process, less frequent than the obesity with aesthetic and psychological repercussion. It is the formed aesthetic thinness to the diverse types physiopathologic, without forgetting the constitutional and family form and the anorexy, the serial ones to disasters, wars, famines, etc..., the mystic thinness of saints and ascetics, and the serial one to consuming processes. PMID:15997591

  20. Si-STEEL Thin-Strip Prepared by Twin-Roll Continuous Casting

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    Yi, Yu; Zhou, Zehua; Wang, Zehua; Jiang, Shaoqun; Huang, Weidong

    The fabrication process of Si-steel thin-strip by twin-roll continuous casting was described and the quality of the obtained Si-steel thin-strip was measured. Si-steel strips with 0.5-6.5 wt.% Si content were successfully prepared, and proper parameters including pouring temperature, height of molten pool, casting speed and pouring head mode were optimized, and their mechanisms were discussed. The relationship between quality factors of Si-steel including cracks, strip thickness, impurity and process parameters such as Si content and so on were discussed. The morphologies of the strips with different Si content were studied.