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  1. Near-edge study of gold-substituted YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)

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    Ruckman, Mark W.; Hepp, Aloysius F.

    1991-01-01

    The valence of Cu and Au in YBa2Au0.3Cu2.7O7-delta was investigated using x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). X-ray and neutron diffraction studies indicate that Au goes on the Cu(1) site and Cu K-edge XANES shows that this has little effect on the oxidation state of the remaining copper. The Au L3 edge develops a white line feature whose position lies between that of trivalent gold oxide and monovalent potassium gold cyanide, and whose height relative to the edge step is smaller than in the two reference compounds. The appearance of the Au L3 edge suggests that fewer Au 3d states are involved in forming the Au-O bond in YBa2Au0.3Cu2.7O7-delta than in trivalent gold oxide.

  2. Near-edge study of gold-substituted YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)

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    Ruckman, Mark W.; Hepp, Aloysius F.

    1991-01-01

    The valence of Cu and Au in YBa2Au0.3Cu2.7O7-delta was investigated using X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). X-ray and neutron diffraction studies indicate that Au goes on the Cu(1) site and Cu K-edge XANES shows that this has little effect on the oxidation state of the remaining copper. The Au L3 edge develops a white line feature whose position lies between that of trivalent gold oxide and monovalent potassium gold cyanide, and whose height relative to the edge step is smaller than in the two reference compounds. The appearance of the Au L3 edge suggests that fewer Au 3d states are involved in forming the Au-O bond in YBa2Au0.3Cu2.7O7-delta than in trivalent gold oxide.

  3. Critical points in heavy ion irradiated untwinned YBa(2)Cu3O(7-delta) crystals

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    Kwok; Olsson; Karapetrov; Paulius; Moulton; Hofman; Crabtree

    2000-04-17

    The critical points in untwinned YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-delta) crystals with dilute columnar defects are investigated. We find a convergence of a first order vortex melting line with an irreversibility line associated with the onset of the Bose glass critical regime at the lower critical point. In addition, we find that columnar defects raise the upper critical point, implying that vortex line meandering is a basic feature controlling its position.

  4. Large area ion beam sputtered YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) films for novel device structures

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    Gauzzi, A.; Lucia, M. L.; Kellett, B. J.; James, J. H.; Pavuna, D.

    1992-03-01

    A simple single-target ion-beam system is employed to manufacture large areas of uniformly superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) films which can be reproduced. The required '123' stoichiometry is transferred from the target to the substrate when ion-beam power, target/ion-beam angle, and target temperature are adequately controlled. Ion-beam sputtering is experimentally demonstrated to be an effective technique for producing homogeneous YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) films.

  5. Surface morphology of flux-grown single crytals of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)

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    Taylor, K. N. R.; Cook, P. S.; Puzzer, T.; Matthews, D. N.; Russell, G. J.

    1988-05-01

    Single crystals of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) have been grown in a CuO-BaCuO2 flux at a temperature of 930 C and examined using SEM, XRD, and electron diffraction techniques. The observed crystal habit is predominantly square planar with the c-axis normal to the plane. Surface growth spirals are observed in approximately 25 percent of the crystallites, and in some cases extensive step decoration is exhibited. The growth surface usually involves two such spirals with Burgers vectors of the same sign. Opposed spirals have been observed in only two cases.

  6. Repair of plasmid and genomic DNA in a rad7 delta mutant of yeast.

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    Mueller, J P; Smerdon, M J

    1995-01-01

    Repair of UV-induced cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) was examined in a yeast plasmid of known chromatin structure and in genomic DNA in a radiation-sensitive deletion mutant of yeast, rad7 delta, and its isogenic wild-type strain. A whole plasmid repair assay revealed that only approximately 50% of the CPDs in plasmid DNA are repaired after 6 h in this mutant, compared with almost 90% repaired in wild-type. Using a site-specific repair assay on 44 individual CPD sites within the plasmid we found that repair in the rad7 delta mutant occurred primarily in the transcribed regions of each strand of the plasmid, however, the rate of repair at nearly all sites measured was less than in the wild-type. There was no apparent correlation between repair rate and nucleosome position. In addition, approximately 55% of the CPDs in genomic DNA of the mutant are repaired during the 6 h period, compared with > 80% in the wild-type. Images PMID:7567456

  7. Synthesis and structural chemistry of Au(III)-substituted Ba2YCu3O(7-delta)

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    Hepp, A. F.; Gaier, J. R.; Pouch, J. J.; Banerjea, A.; Hambourger, P. D.

    1988-01-01

    Gold-substituted superconductors, Ba2Y(Au(x)Cu(1-x))3O(7-delta) (x = 0-0.1) were synthesized. For x = 0.1, there was no change in the a and b lattice parameters (a = 3.826 A and b = 3.889 A) but a 0.06 A c axis expansion to 11.75 A was observed. Substituted gold is found to be trivalent by XPS. Replacing Cu(1) in the copper oxide chain with a slight reordering of oxygen is consistent with c axis expansion. The formal charge of the site remains trivalent; remaining Cu in the chains may be reduced resulting in an oxygen stoichiometry is less than or equal to 7. A small effect on T(sub c)(89 K for x = 0.10) is observed upon gold substitution.

  8. Anisotropy of oxygen tracer diffusion in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7-. delta. single crystals

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    Rothman, S.J.; Routbort, J.L.; Liu, J.-Z.; Downey, J.W.; Thompson, L.J.; Fang, Y.; Shi, D.; Baker, J.E.; Rice, J.P.; Ginsberg, D.M.; Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL . Materials Research Lab.)

    1989-09-01

    The crystal structure of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} strongly suggests that the diffusion of oxygen in this material will be highly anisotropic, with diffusion in the ab plane being much faster than diffusion parallel to the c axis, and this has been assumed in most analyses of diffusion in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}. The present data confirm this hypothesis; the diffusion coefficient in the ab plane is several orders of magnitude greater than the diffusion coefficient along the c axis. Some interesting artifacts of the measurement, due to this strong anisotropy, are also revealed. Oxygen exchange in polycrystalline samples of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} is discussed in terms of these results. 15 refs., 9 figs.

  9. Photoresponse of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) granular and epitaxial superconducting thin films

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    Valco, G. J.; Claspy, P.; Warner, J. D.; Varaljay, N.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1990-01-01

    The response is reported of thin films of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) with either a very grainy or a smooth epitaxial morphology to visible radiation. SrTiO3 substrates were employed for both types of films. The grainy films were formed by sequential multi-layer electron beam evaporation while the epitaxial films were formed by laser ablation. Both films were patterned into H shaped detectors via a negative photolithographic process employing a Br/ethanol etchant. The bridge region of the H was 50 microns wide. The patterned films formed by laser ablation and sequential evaporation had critical temperatures of 74 K and 72 K respectively. The bridge was current biased and illuminated with chopped He-Ne laser radiation and the voltage developed in response to the illumination was measured. A signal was detected only above the critical temperature and the peak of the response coincided with the resistive transition for both types of films although the correspondence was less exact for the grainy film. The details of the responses and their analysis are presented.

  10. Millimeter wave surface resistance of RBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (R=Y,Eu,Dy,Sm,Er) superconductors

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    Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Eck, T. G.; Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Jenkins, K. A.

    1990-01-01

    The measurements are reported of the millimeter wave surface resistance R(sub s) at 58.6 GHz of bulk samples of RBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (R = Y,Eu,Dy,Sm,Er) and of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting films, in the temperature range from 20 to 300 K. The bulk samples were prepared by cold pressing the powders of RBa2Cu3O(7-delta) into one in. disks. The powders were prepared by several sinterings in one atmosphere of oxygen at 925 C, with grindings between sinterings, to obtain the superconducting phase. The thin films were deposited on SrTiO3 and LaGaO3 substrates by pulsed laser ablation. Each sample was measured by replacing the end wall of a gold-plated Te sub 013 circular mode copper cavity with the sample and determining the cavity quality factor . From the difference in the Q-factor of the cavity, with and without the sample, the R(sub s) of the sample was determined.

  11. Synthesis, structure and superconducting properties of metastable Y(Ba/2-x/Y/x/)Cu3O(7+delta)

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    Iqbal, Z.; Reidinger, F.; Bose, A.; Cipollini, N.; Taylor, T. J.

    1988-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of a majority (90-95 percent) phase Y1.5Ba1.5Cu3O(7+delta), referred to for historical reasons as Y 3-3-6, prepared by firing an atomically mixed citrate precursor between 810 and 825 C for 2 hrs, are reported. X-ray and powder diffraction data indicate that the Y 3-3-6 is isostructural with its La analog La1.5Ba1.5Cu3O(7+delta). Electron microprobe and thermogravimetry data yield a unit-cell composition Y(Ba/2-x/Y/x/)Cu3O(7+delta), with x = 0.50 and delta = 0.10-0.15 for the parent compound. Specimens of Y 3-3-6 with x = 0.50 and 0.375, which were annealed in O2 at 1 atm and at above 3 atm, displayed semiconducting behavior. Filamentary superconductivity, detected electrically and magnetically, with transition onsets at 80 and 60 K respectively, is observed in specimens annealed in 3 atm O2 at 520 C.

  12. IL-7 splicing variant IL-7{delta}5 induces human breast cancer cell proliferation via activation of PI3K/Akt pathway

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    Pan, Deshun; Liu, Bing; Jin, Xiaobao; Zhu, Jiayong

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This study confirms the role of IL-7{delta}5 in breast cancer cell proliferation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer IL-7{delta}5 promotes breast cancer cell proliferation and cell cycle progression. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer IL-7{delta}5 promotes cell proliferation via activation of PI3K/Akt pathway. -- Abstract: Various tumor cells express interleukin 7 (IL-7) and IL-7 variants. IL-7 has been confirmed to stimulate solid tumor cell proliferation. However, the effect of IL-7 variants on tumor cell proliferation remains unclear. In this study, we evaluated the role of IL-7{delta}5 (an IL-7 variant lacking exon 5) on proliferation and cell cycle progression of human MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 breast cancer cells. The results showed that IL-7{delta}5 promoted cell proliferation and cell cycle progression from G1 phase to G2/M phase, associated with upregulation of cyclin D1 expression and the downregulation of p27{sup kip1} expression. Mechanistically, we found that IL-7{delta}5 induced the activation of Akt. Inhibition of PI3K/Akt pathway by LY294002 reversed the proliferation and cell cycle progression of MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 cells induced by IL-7{delta}5. In conclusion, our findings demonstrate that IL-7{delta}5 variant induces human breast cancer cell proliferation and cell cycle progression via activation of PI3K/Akt pathway. Thus, IL-7{delta}5 may be a potential target for human breast cancer therapeutics intervention.

  13. Boson localization and universality in YBa2Cu(3-x)M(x)O(7-delta)

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    Kallio, A.; Apaja, V.; Poykko, S.

    1995-01-01

    We consider a two component mixture of charged fermions on neutralizing background with all sign combinations and arbitrarily small mass ratios. In the two impurity limit for the heavier component we show that the pair forms a bound state for all charge combinations. In the lowest order approximation we derive a closed form expression Veff(r) for the binding potential which has short-range repulsion followed by attraction. In the classical limit, when the mass of embedded particles is large m2 much greater than m, we can calculate from Veff(r) also the cohesive energy E and the bond length R of a metallic crystal such as lithium. The lowest order result is R = 3.1 A, E = -0.9 eV, not entirely different from the experimental result for lithium metal. The same interaction for two holes on a parabolic band with m2 greater than m gives the quantum mechanical bound state which one may interpret as a boson or local pair in the case of high-Te and heavy fermion superconductors. We also show that for compounds of the type YBa2Cu(3 - x)M(x)O(7 - delta) one can understand most of the experimental results for the superconducting and normal states with a single temperature dependent boson breaking function f(T) for each impurity content x governing the decay of bosons into pairing fermions. In the normal state f(T) turns out to be a linear, universal function, independent of the impurity content I and the oxygen content delta. We predict with universality a depression in Tc(x) with slight down bending in agreement with experiment. As a natural consequence of the model the bosons become localized slightly above Tc due to the Wigner crystallization, enhanced with lattice local field minima. The holes remain delocalized with a linearly increasing concentration in the normal state, thus explaining the rising Hall density. The boson localization temperature T(sub BL) shows up as a minimum in the Hall density R(sub ab)(exp -1). We also give explanation for very recently observed

  14. Millimeter-wave surface resistance of laser-ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting films

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    Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.

    1990-01-01

    The millimeter-wave surface resistance of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting films was measured in a gold-plated copper host cavity at 58.6 GHz between 25 and 300 K. High-quality laser-ablated films of 1.2-micron thickness were deposited on SrTiO3 and LaGaO3 substrates. Their transition temperatures were 90.0 and 88.9 K, with a surface resistance at 70 K of 82 and 116 milliohms, respectively. These values are better than the values for the gold-plated cavity at the same temperature and frequency.

  15. High magnetic field trapping in monolithic single-grain YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) bulk materials

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    Gao, L.; Xue, Y. Y.; Ramirez, D.; Huang, Z. J.; Meng, R. L.; Chu, C. W.

    1993-01-01

    Results of our study on high magnetic field trapping in unirradiated, high quality monolithic single-grain YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) disks are reported. A record high 4 T trapped field at the surface of the unirradiated disks is observed. However, below 11 K, large flux avalanches caused by thermal instability severely limit the remnant trapped field. Therefore, flux avalanche, rather than Jc x d, dictates the maximum trapped field at low temperatures. To overcome this problem, a strong high temperature superconductor trapped field magnet is proposed. A novel application of the avalanche effect is also mentioned.

  16. Magnetic hysteresis of p(+) and He-3(2+) irradiated melt-textured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)

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    Song, S. N.; Liu, J.; Chen, I. G.; Weinstein, Roy

    1992-01-01

    We have measured the magnetic hysteresis loops and temperature dependent trapped fields in melt-textured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) samples before and after p(+) and He-3(2+) irradiation using a Hall effect magnetometer (HEM) as well as a commercial vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). For proper He-3(2+) fluence, the critical current density may be enhanced by a factor of 10. Calculations based on various critical state models show that before the irradiation, the hysteresis loops can be well accounted for by a critical current density of a modified power law field dependence. After the irradiation, the best fit has been achieved by using an exponential form. Jc and its field dependence deduced from HEM hysteresis loops are in good agreement with those deduced from the VSM loops, suggesting that the Hall effect magnetometer can be conveniently used to characterize bulk high Tc oxide superconductors.

  17. Vortex pinning by compound defects in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-delta}.

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    Hua, J.; Welp, U.; Schlueter, J.; Kayani, A.; Xiao, Z. L.; Crabtree, G. W.; Kwok, W. K.; Northern Illinois Univ.; Western Michigan Univ.

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the enhancement of vortex pinning by compound defects that are composed of correlated and point defects in a pristine untwinned YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} single crystal. Initial irradiation by high-energy heavy ions to a dose matching field of B{sub {psi}} = 2.0 T increases vortex pinning via columnar defects. Subsequent proton irradiation further enhances the critical current J{sub c}(H) by localizing the vortices near the columnar defects. Measurements of the shift of the irreversibility line for H {parallel} ab plane demonstrate that compound defects consisting of correlated and point disorder may reduce the pinning anisotropy and increase the overall critical current.

  18. Large-area YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on sapphire for microwave applications

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    Cole, B. F.; Liang, G.-C.; Newman, N.; Char, K.; Zaharchuk, G.; Martens, J. S.

    1992-01-01

    We have deposited YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) films with low microwave surface resistance (Rs) on 5-cm-diam, oxide-buffered sapphire substrates by planar magnetron sputtering. MgO buffer layers are used on M-plane (1 0 -1 0) sapphire, and R-plane (1 -1 0 2) sapphire is buffered by CeO2. Rs values of 450-620 microhms at 77 K and 10 GHz were measured across an entire 5-cm diam YBCO film on M-plane sapphire. For YBCO on R-plane sapphire, Rs values at 77 K and 10 GHz were 950 microohms for a 5-cm-diam wafer and 700 microohms for 1 x 1 sq cm samples.

  19. The role of interfacial defects in enhancing the critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-delta coatings

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    Foltyn, Stephen R; Wang, Haiyan; Civale, Leonardo; Maiorov, Boris A; Jia, Quanxi

    2009-01-01

    The critical current density (J{sub c}) of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}0{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) films can approach 10 MA/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in self field , but only for very thin films. We have shown previously that strong thickness dependence results if J{sub c} is enhanced near the film-substrate interface. In the present work we investigate interfacial enhancement using laser-deposited YBCO films on NdGaO{sub 3} substrates, and find that we can adjust deposition conditions to switch the enhancement on and off. Interestingly, we find that the 'on' state is accompanied by interfacial misfit dislocations, establishing an unambiguous correlation between enhanced J{sub c} and dislocations at the film-substrate interface.

  20. Studies of iron impurities in YxPr1-xBa2Cu3O7-delta

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    Swartzendruber, L. J.; Bennett, L. H.; Ritter, J.; Rubinstein, M.; Harford, M. Z.

    1990-01-01

    Pr is the only rare earth which, when substituted for Y in YBa2Cu3O7, significantly alters the superconducting transition temperature T(sub c) without changing the crystal structure. For YxPr1-xBa2Cu3O7-delta with delta approx. equal to 0, T(sub c) is reduced rapidly as x is increased, reaching zero for x about 0.5. For x above 0.5 the compound is antiferromagnetic with a Neel temperature that increases with increasing x, rising to above room temperature for x near 1. A similar behavior is observed when the oxygen deficit delta is increased from zero to 1 with x=0. For the case of Pr substitution, the drop in T(sub c) is believed due to magnetic interactions. For the case of varying delta with x=0, the drop can be attributed to a combination of magnetic interactions, band filling, and changes in crystal structure. To study these effects, the Mossbauer effect of 57 Fe atoms substituted for the Cu atoms has been observed as a function of delta, x, and temperature. The observed spectra are all well described by a two quadrupole-split pairs, a central singlet, and a six-line magnetic hyperfine field pattern. For several Pr compositions both delta and temperature were varied, and the results support the hypothesis that a magnetic interaction exists between the Fe in the Cu lattice and the substitutional Pr atoms.

  1. Demonstration of Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor device fabrication on the same sapphire substrate

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    Burns, M. J.; De La Houssaye, P. R.; Russell, S. D.; Garcia, G. A.; Clayton, S. R.; Ruby, W. S.; Lee, L. P.

    1993-01-01

    We report the first fabrication of active semiconductor and high-temperature superconducting devices on the same substrate. Test structures of complementary MOS transistors were fabricated on the same sapphire substrate as test structures of Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) flux-flow transistors, and separately, Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting quantum interference devices utilizing both biepitaxial and step-edge Josephson junctions. Both semiconductor and superconductor devices were operated at 77 K. The cofabrication of devices using these disparate yet complementary electronic technologies on the same substrate opens the door for the fabrication of true semiconductive/superconductive hybrid integrated circuits capable of exploiting the best features of each of these technologies.

  2. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide buffer layers

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

    1990-12-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin films have been grown in situ on GaAs with conducting indium-tin-oxide (ITO) buffer layers. Superconducting onset is about 92 K with zero resistance at 60 K. ITO buffer layers usually form Schottky-like barriers on GaAs. The YBCO film and ITO buffer layer, grown by ion beam sputter codeposition, are textured and polycrystalline with a combined room-temperature resistivity of about 1 milliohm cm.

  3. On the effect of processing parameters in the chemical-vapor deposition of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on polycrystalline silver

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    Chen, L.; Piazza, T. W.; Schmidt, B. E.; Kelsey, J. E.; Kaloyeros, A. E.; Hazelton, D. W.; Walker, M. S.; Luo, L.; Dye, R. C.; Maggiore, C. J.

    1993-06-01

    Results are presented of experimental studies which examined the effect of recrystallization of polycrystalline silver on the growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting thin films and investigated optimum processing conditions for high-quality superconducting films. The samples were characterized using XRD, Rutherford backscattering, SEM, dynamic impedance, and four-point resistivity probe. The results were used to formulate a model for the underlying mechanics of film growth on polycrystalline silver substrates.

  4. Epitaxial yttria-stabilized zirconia on (1 -1 0 2) sapphire for YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films

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    Wu, X. D.; Muenchausen, R. E.; Nogar, N. S.; Pique, A.; Edwards, R.

    1991-01-01

    Epitaxial yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) films were deposited on (1 -1 0 2) sapphire by pulsed laser deposition. The films are formed in a cubic phase with the a axis normal to the substrate surface. Ion beam channeling measurements show that the YSZ films are highly crystalline with a channeling minimum yield of 8 percent. The epitaxial relationship between the film and substrate is further confirmed by a cross-section TEM study. Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films deposited on YSZ/sapphire have Tc and Jc of up to 89 K and 10 to the 6th A/sq cm at 77 K, respectively.

  5. The bose glass transition in columnar defected untwinned YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-delta}.

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    Olsson, R. J.; Kwok, W.-K.; Paulius, L. M.; Petrean, A. M.; Hofman, D. J.; Crabtree, G. W.; Materials Science Division

    2002-03-01

    We demonstrate the Bose glass scaling behavior in a single crystal of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-delta} (YBCO) free from twin boundary pinning. We determine the scaling exponents from voltage-current measurements near the transition temperature and infer a lock-in transition from measurements of the angular dependence of the resistivity. In addition we demonstrate that the kink in the Bose glass irreversibility line in irradiated untwinned YBCO occurs systematically at the dose matching field.

  6. Effect of proton irradiation and annealing on the critical current density in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} single crystals

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    Viswanathan, H.K. |; Kirk, P.; Baldo, P.; Welp, U.; Crabtree, G.W.; Lee, W.C.; Giapintzakis, J. |

    1994-01-01

    We have studied the effect of annealing up to 350{degrees}C on the critical current densities in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} single crystals that were irradiated with 3.5 MeV protons to a fluence of 1 {times} 10{sup 16} p+/cm{sup 2}. Large enhancements in the critical current densities, determined from DC-magnetization measurements, were observed immediately after irradiation at all temperatures for magnetic field orientations both parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis. These crystals were then annealed at room temperature, 100, 200, 300, and 350{degrees}C, and the critical current densities were determined after each annealing step. The annealing above room temperature resulted in a reduction of the critical current densities for both directions of the magnetic field. The transition temperatures, determined from low field DC-magnetization measurements at each stage of the measurement sequence, decreased by about 0.5 K following the irradiation and recovered to their original value after annealing at higher temperatures. We propose a defect model to explain the observed pining and its anisotropy observed in this work and earlier work on electron and neutron irradiated YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} single crystals.

  7. Photogeneration of self-localized polarons in YBa2 Cu3O7-delta and La2CuO4

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    Kim, Y. H.; Foster, C. M.; Heeger, A. J.; Cox, S.; Acedo, L.

    1988-08-01

    Photoinduced infrared absorption measurements of YBa2Cu3O7-delta (delta=0.75) and La2CuO4 are reported. We have observed photoinduced infrared active vibrational modes and associated phonon bleachings which indicate the formation of a localized structural distortion in the Cu-O plane around the photogenerated carriers. In both materials, an associated electronic transition indicates that this structural distortion causes the formation of a self-localized electronic state in the energy gap. The photoinduced distortion and the associated self-localized gap state demonstrate that the photoexcitations are relatively long-lived polarons (or bipolarons). The dynamic mass associated with the distortion is smaller in YBa2Cu3O7-delta than in La2CuO4 (smaller dynamic mass implies a longer range distortion). Since these features are not observed in the isostructural compound, La2NiO4, we suggest that polaron (or bipolaron) formation may play an important role in the high temperature superconductivity.

  8. X-ray search for CDW in single crystal YBa{sub 2}CU{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}

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    Wochner, P.; Isaacs, E.; Moss, S.C.; Zschack, P.; Giapintzakis, J.; Ginsberg, D.M.

    1996-06-01

    Recently, H.L. Edwards et al. observed, in STM experiments at 20K, modulations in the CuO chain layer of cold-cleaved single crystals of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} which they interpreted as a possible charge density wave (CDW). Since X-ray scattering is an ideal tool for the study of static or dynamic lattice displacements, we performed a synchrotron X-ray study at beamline X14 at the NSLS of BNL on a high quality single crystal of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7- {delta}}, which was mainly single domain with a spacially well localized volume fraction of other twin orientations of roughly 10%. Appropriate scattering configurations were chosen to enable observations of longitudinal or transverse CDWs with polarization either in the chain direction, {parallel} <001> or {perpendicular} to it in <001>. The X-ray energy of 16keV allowed us to reach large momentum transfers to increase the sensitivity to lattice displacements. In none of our scans, which definitely covered the case of a 1-dimensional longitudinal CDW with propagation in the b direction as proposed by Edwards et al., did we find intensity other than the main Bragg peak(s) and the twin reflections. We therefore suspect that the STM finding may be a surface-induced phenomenon.

  9. High Temperature Superconductivity in Praseodymium Doped (0%, 2%, 4%) in Melt-Textured Y(1-x)Pr(x)Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) Systems

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    James, Claudell

    1995-01-01

    A study of the magnetic and structural properties of the alloy Y(1-x)Pr(x)Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) of 0%, 2%, and 4% doping of praseodymium is presented. The resulting oxides of the alloy series are a high-temperature superconductor Y-Ba-Cu-O, which has an orthorhombic superconducting crystal-lattice. Magnetic relaxation studies have been performed on the Y-Pr-Ba-CuO bulk samples for field orientation parallel to the c-axis, using a vibrating sample magnetometer. Relaxation was measured at several temperatures to obtain the irreversible magnetization curves used for the Bean model. Magnetization current densities were derived from the relaxation data. Field and temperature dependence of the logarithmic flux-creep relaxation was measured in critical state. The data indicates that the effective activation energy U(eff) increases with increasing T between 77 K and 86 K. Also, the data shows that U(eff)(T) and superconducting transition temperature, Tc, decreased as the lattice parameters increased with increasing Pr ion concentration, x, for the corresponding Y(1-x)Pr(x)Ba(x)Cu3O(7-delta) oxides. One contribution to Tc decrease in this sampling is suspected to be due to the larger ionic radius of the Pr(3+) ion. The upper critical field (H(sub c2)) was measured in the presence of magnetic field parallel to the c axis. A linear temperature dependence with H(sub c2) was obtained.

  10. Photogeneration of self-localized polarons in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) and La2CuO4

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    Kim, Y. H.; Foster, C. M.; Heeger, A. J.; Cox, S.; Acedo, L.

    1989-01-01

    Photoinduced IR absorption measurements of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (delta = 0.75) and La2CuO4 are reported. Photoinduced IR active vibrational modes and associated phonon bleachings which indicate the formation of a localized structural distortion in the Cu-O plane around the photogenerated carriers are observed. In both materials, an associated electronic transition indicates that this structural distortion causes the formation of a self-localized electronic state in the energy gap. The photoinduced distortion and the associated self-localized gap state demonstrate that the photoexcitations are relatively long-lived polarons (or bipolarons). It is found that polaron (or bipolaron) formation plays an important role in the high temperature superconductivity.

  11. Microwave properties of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) high-transition-temperature superconducting thin films measured by the power transmission method

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    Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Bhasin, K. B.; Heinen, V. O.; Warner, J. D.

    1991-01-01

    The microwave response of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting thin films deposited on LaAlO3, MgO, YSZ, and LaGaO3 substrates are studied. It is found that the microwave transmission properties are very weakly dependent on temperature in the normal state but change drastically upon transition to the superconducting state. In particular, the transmission decreases and there is a negative phase shift with respect to the phase at room temperature when the sample is cooled through its transition temperature. The magnetic penetration depth for all the films was determined from the surface reactance of the films. The microwave complex conductivity is determined in both the normal and the superconducting state. It is observed that both sigma1 and sigma2 increase in transition to the superconducting state. The surface resistivity is calculated for all the films.

  12. Very Large Scale Integration of Nano-Patterned YBa2Cu3O7-delta Josephson Junctions in a Two-Dimensional Array

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    Cybart, Shane A; Anton, Steven; Wu, Stephen; Clarke, John; Dynes, Robert

    2009-09-01

    Very large scale integration of Josephson junctions in a two-dimensional series-parallel array has been achieved by ion irradiating a YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} film through slits in a nano-fabricated mask created with electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. The mask consisted of 15,820 high-aspect ratio (20:1), 35-nm wide slits that restricted the irradiation in the film below to form Josephson junctions. Characterizing each parallel segment k, containing 28 junctions, with a single critical current I{sub ck} we found a standard deviation in I{sub ck} of about 16%.

  13. Dependence of the critical temperature of laser-ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on LaAlO3 substrate growth technique

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    Warner, Joseph D.; Bhasin, Kul B.; Miranda, Felix A.

    1991-01-01

    Samples of LaAlO3 made by flame fusion and Czochralski method were subjected to the same temperature conditions that they have to undergo during the laser ablation deposition of YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta) thin films. After oxygen annealing at 750 C, the LaAlO3 substrate made by two methods experienced surface roughening. The degree of roughening on the substrate made by Czochralski method was three times greater than that on the substrate made by flame fusion. This excessive surface roughening may be the origin of the experimentally observed lowering of the critical temperature of a film deposited by laser ablation on a LaAlO3 substrate made by Czochralski method with respect to its counterpart deposited on LaAlO3 substrates made by flame fusion.

  14. Magnetic field dependence of the critical current anisotropy in normal metal-YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin-film bilayers

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    Ono, R. H.; Goodrich, L. F.; Beall, J. A.; Johansson, M. E.; Reintsema, C. D.

    1991-03-01

    The transport critical current density J(c) was measured in epitaxial quality films of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) some of which were covered by thin (10 nm) Ag films. The films, both with and without Ag, had J(c) values greater than one million A/sq cm in liquid nitrogen. The effect of the Ag was to greatly reduce the dependence of J(c) on external magnetic fields in the case where the field was oriented in the plane of the film, that is, perpendicular to the c axis. It is unlikely that the effect is simply due to altered surface pinning, although qualitative agreement with critical state models is observed.

  15. Doping directed at the oxygen sites in Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) - The effect of sulfur, fluorine, and chlorine

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    Bansal, N. P.; Boyne, D.; Farrell, D. E.

    1988-01-01

    The effect of three dopants directed at the oxygen sites in Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) have been investigated: sulfur, fluorine, and chlorine. Single-phase material has been obtained up to a (nominal) replacement of about 1 percent of the oxygen. Although the lattice parameters are unchanged, all dopants raise Tc (very slightly), sharpen the resistive transition, reduce the normal state resistivity, and very substantially increase the (magnetically determined) fraction of the material that is superconducting. All of these results differ qualitatively from those obtained with dopants directed at other locations in the 123 structure, and it is suggested that small additions of sulfur, fluorine, or chlorine may help to stabilize the ideal 123 stoichiometry.

  16. Characteristics h-t boundaries and dissipation in YBa2Cu3O7-delta crystals. (Reannouncement with new availability information). Technical report No. 10, October 1990-September 1991

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    Miller, M.M.; Osofsky, M.S.; Soulen, J.; Wolf, S.A.; Cohn, J.

    1991-07-26

    The nature of dissipation in high temperature superconductors in the presence of an applied magnetic field is an area of considerable controversy. Measurements of V(I) in films as well as crystals of YBa2Cu3O7 delta have been cited as evidence for a vortex-glass transition. Consequently, conventional flux-creep models which were proposed for these materials have been called into question. The authors have performed (T) and V(I) measurements on YBa2Cu3O7-delta crystals in order to help clarify this matter. Crystals of YBa2Cu3O7-delta were grown using a self-decanting flux method. After removal from the flux, the crystal used in this study was annealed for about 10 days at 450 C in flowing O2.

  17. Determination of surface resistance and magnetic penetration depth of superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films by microwave power transmission measurements

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Newman, H. S.

    1991-01-01

    A novel waveguide power transmission measurement technique was developed to extract the complex conductivity of superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies. The microwave conductivity was taken of two laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on LaAlO3 with transition temperatures of approximately 86.3 and 82 K, respectively, in the temperature range 25 to 300 K. From the conductivity values, the penetration depth was found to be approximately 0.54 and 0.43 micron, and the surface resistance (R sub s) to be approximately 24 and 36 micro-Ohms at 36 GHz and 76 K for the two films under consideration. The R sub s values were compared with those obtained from the change in the Q-factor of a 36 GHz Te sub 011-mode (OFHC) copper cavity by replacing one of its end walls with the superconducting sample. This technique allows noninvasive characterization of high transition superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies.

  18. A Model Approach to Flux-Pinning Properties of YBa2Cu 3O7-delta Thin Film Vortex States via Non-Superconducting Impurities

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    Gamble, Ronald S., Jr.

    Thin film YBa2Cu3O7--delta (YBCO) samples with added non-superconducting nanodot defects of CeO 2 and BaSnO2 are the focus of recent high-temperature superconductor studies. These nanodots allow magnetic flux to penetrate at these sites of the superconducting lattice thus creating a magnetic flux vortex state. Examining the structure shows that these quantized magnetic flux vortices arrange themselves in a self-assembled lattice. The nanodots, with non-superconducting properties, serve to present structural properties to restrict motion of these vorticies under a pinning-force and to enhance the critical current density. A formulation of a new model for the system by a variation in the electron pair velocity via the virtual work from the nanodot defects in accordance to the well-known Superconductivity theories is tested. A solution to the expression for the magnetic flux, zero net force and pair velocity will generate a setting for the optimal deposition parameters of number density, growth geometry and mass density of these nanodot structures. With a calculation of pair velocities from a similar work, a comparison is made between experimental and theoretical velocity calculations using growth geometry and chemical potential. This will yield insight into how the current density for a doped high-temperature superconductor will be modified and tuned based on the dynamics and density of the nanodots themselves.

  19. Determination of surface resistance and magnetic penetration depth of superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films by microwave power transmission measurements

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Newman, H. S.

    1990-01-01

    A novel waveguide power transmission measurement technique was developed to extract the complex conductivity of superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies. The microwave conductivity was taken of two laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on LaAlO3 with transition temperatures of approx. 86.3 and 82 K, respectively, in the temperature range 25 to 300 K. From the conductivity values, the penetration depth was found to be approx. 0.54 and 0.43 micron, and the surface resistance (R sub s) to be approx. 24 and 36 micro-Ohms at 36 GHz and 76 K for the two films under consideration. The R sub s values were compared with those obtained from the change in the Q-factor of a 36 GHz Te sub 011-mode (OFHC) copper cavity by replacing one of its end walls with the superconducting sample. This technique allows noninvasive characterization of high transition temperature superconducting thin films at microwave frequencies.

  20. Microwave conductivity of laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconducting films and its relation to microstrip transmission line performance

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Chorey, C. M.; Ebihara, B. T.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Heinen, V. O.; Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.

    1991-01-01

    The discovery of high temperature superconductor oxides has raised the possibility of a new class of millimeter and microwave devices operating at temperatures considerably higher than liquid helium temperatures. Therefore, materials properties such as conductivity, current density, and sheet resistance as a function of temperature and frequency, possible anisotropies, moisture absorption, thermal expansion, and others, have to be well characterized and understood. The millimeter wave response of laser ablated YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)/LaAlO3 thin films was studied as a function of temperature and frequency. In particular, the evaluation of their microwave conductivity was emphasized, since knowledge of this parameter provides a basis for the derivation of other relevant properties of these superconducting oxides, and for using them in the fabrication of actual passive circuits. The microwave conductivity for these films was measured at frequencies from 26.5 to 40.0 GHz, in the temperature range from 20 to 300 K. The values of the conductivity are obtained from the millimeter wave power transmitted through the films, using a two fluid model.

  1. Millimeter wave transmission studies of YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films in the 26.5 to 40.0 GHz frequency range

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    Miranda, F. A.; Gordon, W. L.; Bhasin, K. B.; Heinen, V. O.; Warner, J. D.; Valco, G. J.

    1989-01-01

    Millimeter wave transmission measurements through YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on MgO, ZrO2 and LaAlO3 substrates, are reported. The films (approx. 1 micron) were deposited by sequential evaporation and laser ablation techniques. Transition temperatures T sub c, ranging from 89.7 K for the Laser Ablated film on LaAlO3 to approximately 72 K for the sequentially evaporated film on MgO, were obtained. The values of the real and imaginary parts of the complex conductivity, sigma 1 and sigma 2, are obtained from the transmission data, assuming a two fluid model. The BCS approach is used to calculate values for an effective energy gap from the obtained values of sigma sub 1. A range of gap values from 2 DELTA o/K sub B T sub c = 4.19 to 4.35 was obtained. The magnetic penetration depth is evaluated from the deduced values of sigma 2. These results are discussed together with the frequency dependence of the normalized transmission amplitude, P/P sub c, below and above T sub c.

  2. Characterizing transport current defects in 1-cm-wide YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 7-delta] coated conductors.

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    Brown, G. W.; Hawley, M. E.; Peterson, E. J.; Coulter, J. Y.; Dowden, P. C.; Arendt, P. N.; Foltyn, S. R.; Mueller, F. M.

    2001-01-01

    We have used a low temperature magnetic imaging system to determine current pathways in 5 cm long 'good' and 'bad' regions of a 1-cm-wide YBa2Cu3O7-{delta} coated conductor. The good and bad regions were identified with 4 point probe measurements taken at 1 cm intervals along the tape length. The current density map from the good region showed the expected edge peaked structure, similar to that seen in previous work on high quality test samples grown on single crystal substrates. The structure was also consistent with theoretical understanding of thin film superconductors where demagnetizing effects are strong. The maps from the bad region showed that the current was primarily confined to the right half of the sample. The left half carried only a small current that reached saturation quickly. Effectively halving the sample width quantitatively explains the critical current measured in that section. Spatially resolved xray analysis with 1 mm resolution was used to further characterize the bad section and suggested an abnormally large amount of a-axis YBCO present. This may be the result of non-uniform heating leading to a low deposition temperature in that area.

  3. Suppression of superconductivity in the R(Ba{sub 1{minus}z}R{sub z}){sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} (R=Pr,Nd) system

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    Kramer, M.J.; Dennis, K.W.; Falzgraf, D.; McCallum, R.W.; Malik, S.K.; Yelon, W.B.

    1997-09-01

    Structural and superconducting behavior of samples prepared with the nominal compositions of Nd{sub 1.05}(Ba{sub 1{minus}z}Pr{sub z}){sub 1.95}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} has been investigated by neutron-diffraction and dc magnetization measurements. Neutron data refined by the Reitveld method showed that there is mixing of the rare-earth (R) ions with a substantial fraction of the Pr going to the normal R site in the RBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}}-type structure and a corresponding fraction of the Nd going to the Ba site. Structural changes due to the trivalent R ions going to the Ba site are very similar to those observed in the Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} (Nd123ss), indicating that Pr behaves like other trivalent R{close_quote}s on the divalent Ba site. Magnetization measurements show that the depression in T{sub c} is more pronounced for the Pr bearing samples than that for Nd123ss for the same number of trivalent ions on the Ba site. However, by correcting the changes in T{sub c} for the depression associated with the fraction of Pr on the R site, the depression in T{sub c} per trivalent ion on the divalent site is found to be identical to that in other light R123ss. Thus the depression in superconductivity in this series of samples is due to two independent effects: (1) Pr on the R site and (2) hole localization due to trivalent R ions on the Ba site. In this respect, Pr on the Ba site appears to behave like all the other trivalent R ions. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  4. Growth and superconducting properties of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films on conductive SrRuO{sub 3} and LaNiO{sub 3} multilayers for coated conductor applications

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    Aytug, T.; Wu, J. Z.; Cantoni, C.; Verebelyi, D. T.; Specht, E. D.; Paranthaman, M.; Norton, D. P.; Christen, D. K.; Ericson, R. E.; Thomas, C. L.

    2000-02-07

    Conductive multilayers of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}/SrRuO{sub 3}/LaNiO{sub 3} (YBCO/SRO/LNO), YBCO/SRO, and YBCO/LNO were grown epitaxially on single-crystal LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. Property characterizations revealed that the YBCO films on SRO and SRO/LNO buffer structures have excellent structural and superconducting properties. The YBCO/LNO, however, suffers degradation in superconducting transition temperatures and critical current densities, despite a good crystalline structure. The SRO/LNO bilayer showed excellent electrical contact with YBCO. These results have demonstrated the structural and chemical compatibility of SRO/LNO multilayers with YBCO and their potential use as conductive buffer layers for YBCO-based coated conductors as well as for other high-temperature superconducting applications. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  5. Phase relationships and cation disorder in RE{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2-x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}}, RE = Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd

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    Kramer, M.J.; Wu, H.; Dennis, K.W.; Polzin, B.I.; Falzgraf, D.K.; McCallum, R.W.

    1995-12-31

    Unlike Y123 which forms only a stoichiometric compound, the light arare earth elements (LRE) form a solid solution LRE{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2-x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} (LRE123ss), with increasing substitution of the LRE{sup 3+} for the Ba{sup 2+} as the ionic radii of the LRE increases. The sub-solidus phase relationships around the LRE123ss change for La, Pr and Nd, but are similar for Sm and Gd. However, the solubility limit decreases with decreasing ionic radii. In addition, the solubility limits for Sm and Gd are strongly influenced by PO{sub 2} during high temperature annealing. The range of solubility is, for any given LRE system, strongly dependent on the oxygen partial pressure (PO{sub 2}) providing a new means by which to control the microstructure in the RE123 system.

  6. Superconductivity of the Pr-substituted (Nd/sub 1-x/Pr/sub x/)Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-/delta// system

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    Ku, H.C.; Chen, C.C.; Hsu, S.W.

    1988-12-01

    Electrical, magnetic and crystallographic measurements have been carried out for the pseudoquaternary (Nd/sub 1-x/Pr/sub x/)Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-/delta// system. Orthorhombic phase persists from chi = 0.0 up to chi = 0.7 and transforms into the tetragonal structure only for chi /ge/ 0.8. Superconducting transition temperature T/sub c/ decreases linearly from 92 K for chi = 0.0 to below 10 K for chi = 0.3 and extrapolated to 0 K around chi = 0.35. Magnetic susceptibility indicates that the valence of the Pr ion is close to 4+. Pr/sup 4+/ is a very powerful oxidizing agent and may distort or move oxygen away from the Cu-O chain and/or the /CuO/sub 2/ planes and seriously suppress superconductivity.

  7. Formation of Y(x)Nd(1-x) Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) (0 = or < x < or = 0.7) Superconductors from an Undercooled Melt Via Aero-Acoustic Levitation

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    Gustafson, D. E.; Hofmeister, W. H.; Bayuzick, R. J.

    2001-01-01

    Melt processing of RE123 superconductors has gained importance in recent years. While the first high temperature superconductors (HTSCs) were made using traditional ceramic press and sinter technology, recent fabrication efforts have employed alternate processing techniques including laser ablation and ion beam assisted deposition for thin film fabrication of tapes and wires and melt growth for bulk materials. To optimize these techniques and identify other potential processing strategies, phase relation studies on HTSCs have been conducted on a wide variety of superconducting compounds using numerous processing strategies. This data has enhanced the understanding of these complex systems and allowed more accurate modeling of phase interactions. All of this research has proved useful in identifying processing capabilities for HTSCs but has failed to achieve a breakthrough for wide spread application of these materials. This study examines the role of full to partial substitution of Nd in the Y123 structure under rapid solidification conditions. Aero-acoustic levitation (AAL) was used to levitate and undercool RE123 in pure oxygen binary alloys with RE = Nd an Y along a range of compositions corresponding to Y(x)Nd(1-x) Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) (0 = or < x < or = 0.7) which were melted by a CO2 laser. Higher Y content spheres could not be melted in the AAL and were excluded from this report. Solidification structures were examined using scanning electron microscopy, electron dispersive spectroscopy, and powder x-ray diffraction to characterize microstructures and identify phases.

  8. Charge/orbital ordered phases of La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7-{delta}}.

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    Zheng, H.; Li, Q.; Gray, K. E.; Mitchell, J. F.; Materials Science Division

    2008-01-01

    Our studies have significantly modified the conventionally held view of the phase diagram of La{sub 2-2x}Sr{sub 1+2x}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7-{delta}} for two compositions exhibiting charge (and orbital) order (CO), i.e., at hole-doping levels, h = x-{delta}, of {approx}0.5 and {approx}0.6. These CO states are stable over very narrow doping ranges ({Delta}h {+-} 0.005) at the lowest temperatures, but those ranges increase at higher temperatures (to {Delta}h {+-} 0.02) in a manner consistent with simple entropy considerations. Such narrow ranges dictate the crucial need for crystal homogeneity. Attesting to such homogeneity is a conductivity ratio of >10{sup 10} upon crossing the first-order phase boundary from CO at h = 0.60 to A-type antiferromagnetic (AAFM) at h-0.59 or h-0.61 plus two findings that were missed in the existing literature: that these CO phases are the ground state at the lowest temperatures, and for h-0.5, that coexistence of the CO and AAFM phase is absent at any temperature.

  9. High-pressure behavior and equations of state of the cobaltates YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7+{delta}}, YBaCoZn{sub 3}O{sub 7} and BaCoO{sub 3-x}

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    Juarez-Arellano, Erick A.; Avdeev, Maxim; Yakovlev, Sergey; Lopez-de-la-Torre, Laura; Bayarjargal, Lkhamsuren; Winkler, Bjoern; Friedrich, Alexandra; Kharton, Vladislav V.

    2012-12-15

    The compressibilities of the cobaltates YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}, YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7+{delta}}, YBaCoZn{sub 3}O{sub 7} and BaCoO{sub 3-x} were investigated by in situ powder X-ray diffraction experiments up to 30 GPa using diamond anvil cells. Pressure-induced phase transitions and amorphization were observed in all the samples. The onset of the pressure-induced phase transition and the onset of the amorphization were observed at {approx}11.7 and 12.2 GPa (YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}), at {approx}14.2 and 16.1 GPa (YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7+{delta}}), and at {approx}16.7 and 18.7 GPa (YBaCoZn{sub 3}O{sub 7}), respectively. An attempt to laser anneal at high-pressure failed as it led to a decomposition of the YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7} phase into a mixture of phases. Fits of second- and third-order Birch-Murnaghan equations-of-state to the p-V data result in B{sub 0}=109(3) GPa for YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7}; B{sub 0}=186(4) GPa and B Prime =1.5 for YBaCo{sub 4}O{sub 7+{delta}}; and B{sub 0}=117(1) GPa for YBaCoZn{sub 3}O{sub 7}. The high-pressure behavior of the studied compounds was compared with isostructural compounds and it is shown that the oxygen-content has a very large effect on the high-pressure behavior of this class of materials. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Compressibilities were investigated by in situ DAC powder X-ray diffraction experiments. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pressure-induced phase transitions were observed in all the samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High-pressure phases were very sensitive to small amounts of stresses and strains. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Due to the metastability of the compounds, laser annealing leads to decomposition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Oxygen-content has a very large effect on the high pressure behavior in these materials.

  10. Ln{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}PtO{sub 7+{delta}} (Ln=La, Pr, and Nd): Three new Pt-containing [A{sub 2}{sup '}O{sub 1+{delta}}] [A{sub n}B{sub n-1}O{sub 3n}]-type hexagonal perovskites

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    Ebbinghaus, Stefan G. Erztoument, Chasanoglou; Marozau, Ivan

    2007-12-15

    Polycrystalline samples of Ln{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}PtO{sub 7+{delta}} (Ln=La, Pr, Nd) were prepared by conventional solid state synthesis. The three compounds are new examples for n=2 members of the [A{sub 2}{sup '}O{sub 1+{delta}}][A{sub n}B{sub n-1}O{sub 3n}] family of hexagonal perovskites containing platinum as the B-type cation. XRD Rietveld refinements show the platinates to crystallize in space group R3-bar and, in the case of Pr and Nd, revealed a complete ordering of Ln/Sr on the two distinct A-type positions, while for La a partial disorder was observed. By XANES investigations at the Pt-L{sub III} threshold the oxidation state +4 for platinum was found. Thermogravimetry revealed a small oxygen excess for Ln=La and Pr ({delta}=0.13 and 0.07), pointing to the presence of peroxide ions as already observed for isostructural Ru- and Ir-based compounds. UV-Vis measurements were done for the yellow lanthanum and the green neodymium compound. They revealed two optical band gaps of 2.52 and 3.05 eV, respectively. Magnetic measurements showed La{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}PtO{sub 7+{delta}} to be diamagnetic as expected for Pt{sup 4+} with low-spin (t{sub 2g}{sup 6}) configuration. For Ln=Pr and Nd the observed strong paramagnetism can be explained solely by the magnetic moments of the rare earths. - Graphical abstract: Hexagonal perovskites of the [A{sub 2}{sup '}O{sub 1+{delta}}][A{sub n}B{sub n-1}O{sub 3n}] family have so far only been known for the transition metals Mn, Nb, Ru, and Ir. In this paper, three new n=2 examples containing platinum as B-type cation are presented. The structure and physical properties of the three title compounds were investigated by XRD Rietveld refinements, thermogravimetry, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, magnetic measurements and optical spectroscopy.

  11. Contrasting Effects of Ca{sup 2+} and Ho{sup 3+} Substitutions on Superconductivity and Excess conductivity of (Ho{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x})(Ba{sub 2-y}Ho{sub y})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}

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    Maulud, M. F.; Hamidi, Z. S.; Yusof, A. A.; Yusof, M. I. M.; Yahya, A. K.

    2010-07-07

    Effects of Ho{sup 3+} and Ca{sup 2+} substitutions in (Ho{sub 1-x}Ca{sub x})(Ba{sub 2-y}Ho{sub y})Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}ceramics on normal and superconducting state behaviour were investigated. Electrical resistivity measurements showed increasing Ho{sup 3+} substitution at Ba{sup 2+} site (x = 0, 0.4, y = 0-0.4) caused normal state resistivity to change from metal-like to semimetal/semiconductor-like behaviour and suppressed T{sub c} from 89 K (y = 0) to 72 K (y = 0.4) while substitution of Ca{sup 2+} for Ho{sup 3+}((x = 0.2) 0.4, (y 0.4)) revives metallic behaviour of the normal state with increasing x. Excess conductivity analysis based on Asmalazov-Larkin theory showed 2D to 3D transition for all superconducting samples but with contrasting effects of the substitutions on AL{sub 2D} and AL{sub 3D} constants. The resistivity and excess conductivity results indicate effective hole filling Ho{sup 3+} and hole doping by by Ca{sup 2+} substitutions.

  12. Manufacture of bulk superconducting YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) by a continuous process

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    Meng, R. L.; Kinalidis, C.; Sun, Y. Y.; Gao, L.; Tao, Y. K.

    1990-01-01

    The development of a continuous process for fabricating large bulk superconductors with a predetermined grain orientation is reported. A bar of the 123 compound with dimensions 5 x 0.5 x about 0.3 cm with excellent grain alignment has been fabricated continuously. The bulk 123 thus obtained has magnetically determined J(c)s of about 30,000 and 12,000 A/sq cm at 0 and 1 T, respectively, and transport J(c)s of 20,000, 11,000, and 7500 A-sq cm at 0, 0.54, and 0.83 T.

  13. Deposition, surface chemistry, and electrochemistry of yttrium barium(2) copper(3) oxide(7-delta)

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    Wells, Andrea Dawn

    2001-10-01

    While high-temperature superconductors have been around for over 15 years, implementation of these materials into devices has been hindered by their poor materials properties. Work described in this dissertation targets the development of a fundamental understanding of the interfacial properties exhibited by common cuprate superconductors. This dissertation is organized such that the core introductory topics are covered in this chapter with more details provided in subsequent chapters as relevant. Chapter 2 covers the subject matter associated with the optimization of YBCO thin films created by pulsed laser deposition. Using an experimental design methodology, the laser energy, temperature and oxygen partial pressure are varied to create high quality c-axis oriented thin film. In addition, the temperature of a seed layer is varied with the deposition of a YBCO layer to create high quality a-axis films. These films are evaluated and characterized by their x-ray diffraction and resistivity versus temperature. The surface quality is evaluated by scanning electron microscopic imaging. Once these films are created, the electrochemistry on their surface is characterized. Chapter 3 of this dissertation uses electrochemical methods to determine the relationship between electrode response and surface corrosion. Here, XPS is also used to determine the surface quality of the films and the effectiveness of integration of a pulse laser ablation facility with a glove box to control surface corrosion. By comparing the XPS data with that obtained by the electrochemical responses, a more complete understanding of the surface chemistry and relative reactivity characteristics of YBCO films of different orientations is obtained. In addition, a-axis oriented grains are evaluated as are their c-axis counterparts to explore the capacity for both to support electrodeposition of silver upon the surface. These results are compared to those obtained on unoptimized corroded films treated by chemisorbed layers to improve their electrochemical response. As a prelude to future studies of organized molecular/polymeric conductor assemblies atop cuprate samples, new methodologies are required to create such organized motifs. To enable such futuristic studies, initial attempts have been made to organize amphiphilic polythiophene structures atop water surface using the Langmuir-Blodgett methodology. In Appendix A, detailed studies of the electrochemistry of amphiphilic regioregular monolayers of polythiophenes are examined. Two regioregular structures with ethylene oxide side chains are examined: one containing a 12-carbon side-chain and the other lacking this hydrophobic group. These polymers are ordered and deposited on gold substrates by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique before being examined with regard to their orientation in relation to the electrode surface. Comparison between these two polymers provides insight into the relative importance on the hydrocarbon side chains. In addition, multilayer structures of these two polymers are examined to gain a more thorough understanding of highly ordered regioregular polythiophene nanothreads that have been reported recently to have high conductivity. These structures will be examined for future study in combination with high-T c thin films.

  14. Electron irradiation effects in YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-delta/ single crystals

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    Kirk, M.A.; Baker, M.C.; Liu, J.Z.; Lam, D.J.; Weber, H.W.

    1988-04-01

    Defect structures in YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus/delta/ produced by electron irradiation at 300/degree/K, were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Threshold energies for the production of visible defects were determined to b 152 keV and 131 keV (+- 7 keV) in directions near the a- and b-axes, respectively (b > a, both perpendicular to c, the long axis in the orthorhombic structure). During above-threshold irradiations in an electron flux of 3 x 10 /sup 18/ cm/sup /minus/2/s/sup /minus/1/, extended defects were observed to form and grow to sizes of 10--50 nm over 15 minutes, in material thicknesses varying between 20 and 200 nm. Upon irradiation between the a- and b-thresholds, movement of twin plane boundaries and shrinkage of twinned volume were observed. All these findings suggest oxygen atom displacements in the basal plane with recoil energies near 20 eV. Above-threshold irradiations also show the collapse of c-axis long-range order into a planar faulted defect structure with short range order peaks at 1.2 c and 1.07 c, depending on the irradiation direction. 9 refs., 4 figs.

  15. Effect of Alternative Insulation Materials on Quench Propagation in ReBa2Cu3O7-delta Coils

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    Phillips, Makita R.

    ReBa2Cu3Odelta-7 (REBCO) coils have the potential to impact a variety of magnet applications but due to slow normal zone propagation velocity (NZPV), quench detection and protection remain difficult. It is therefore important to understand how quench behavior is affected by various aspects of coil design, geometric considerations and material properties. Although past studies have explored the effects of varying the conductor properties, it is important to investigate the influence of insulation as well. In this study, the effect of insulation properties on three-dimensional (3D) quench propagation in REBCO-based coils is investigated. At present, superconducting magnets primarily use insulators that are electrically and thermally insulating; typically Kapton. Here the impact of electrically insulating, thermally conducting insulators on quench behavior was studied. In particular, the behavior of a Kapton insulated coil was compared to doped-TiO2 and ideal Al2O3 insulated coils. A non-insulated coil was also evaluated. Using a mixed-dimensional model the effect of various insulation materials on multiple quench parameters in REBCO coated conductor coils was studied. The comparison of the usage alternative insulation was conducted for a 20 mum and 100 mum case using three models: Concept Model 1, 2 and 3. Concept model 1 studied the effects on 3D propagation behavior, including the 3D current sharing volume (CSV) and key quench parameters, including minimum quench energy, hotspot temperature and NZPV. Concept model 2 (CM 2) cooled a room temperature coil configuration from room temperature to 50 K for a 15 min duration. The radial and hoop stresses were observed at the cleavage edge, middle height and along the conductor width in the central conductor. Concept model 3 (CM 3) determined the thermal stresses based upon the thermal development of CM 1 during a quench. Concept model 1 found that ideal Al2O3 insulation resulted in the highest MQE, lowest peak temperature, slowest rate of increase in hotspot temperature, fastest transverse NZPV and smallest CSV. These results indicated that increasing the thermal conductivity of coil insulation can significantly improve coil behavior. Concept model 2 found that doped- TiO 2 and ideal Al2O3 had the most desirable effect by having the most compression within the conductors. The compression present during cool down could lessen the effect of tension during operation. CM 3 showed that NI has less tensile variation between the REBCO layers and could be helpful so that stress is distributed evenly to reduce stress concentrations. Doped -TiO2 had the lower stress values for each insulation thickness. The lower stress is desirable to reduce the risk for delamination.

  16. Dynamic instabilities in the vortex lattice of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}

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    Kwok, W.K.; Crabtree, G.W.; Fendrich, J.A.; Paulius, L.M.

    1997-07-01

    A dynamic instability in the ac response of the vortex solid phase just below the melting/freezing line is reported. The instability takes the form of a voltage oscillation whose frequency is much lower than the driving frequency. The dependence of the voltage oscillation on experimental parameters is described.

  17. Surface resistance and residual losses of Ag-doped YBa2Cu3O7 - delta thin films on sapphire

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    Pinto, R.; Apte, P. R.; Hegde, M. S.; Kumar, Dhananjay

    1995-04-01

    High-quality Ag-doped YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films have been grown by laser ablation on R-plane <11¯02> sapphire without any buffer layer. Thin films have been found to be highly c-axis oriented with Tc=90 K, transition width ΔT≤1 K, and transport Jc=1.2×106 A cm-2 at 77 K in self-field conditions. The microwave surface resistance of these films measured on patterned microstrip resonators has been found to be 530 μΩ at 10 GHz at 77 K which is the lowest reported on unbuffered sapphire. Improved in-plane epitaxy and reduced reaction rate between the substrate and the film caused due to Ag in the film are believed to be responsible for this greatly improved microwave surface resistance.

  18. Terahertz emission from YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films

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    Siders, J.L.W.; Gosnell, T.R.; Trugman, S.A.; Taylor, A.J.

    1998-12-31

    We report the first observation of terahertz emission from unbiased YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thin films at room temperature excited by 1.5 eV femotosecond laser pulses. The strength of the radiated terahertz field depends on the incident angle ({theta}) and depends linearly on incident power. The terahertz emission also depends strongly on the rotation of the film about its surface normal (azimuthal angle, {phi}). The strong anisotropy, with 4{phi} symmetry is demonstrated for different polarizations (incident and detected) and found to be consistent with optical rectification. Because YBCO is centrosymmetric, the second order nonlinear susceptibility vanishes. The next order term in the nonlinear polarizations is the electric quadrupole source term which describes the observed data quite well. The terahertz radiation was found to decrease with decreasing oxygen content, indicating that the carriers in the doped sample enhance the nonlinearity responsible for the terahertz emission.

  19. Critical currents, magnetic relaxation, and pinning in NdBa2Cu3O7-delta films with BaZrO3-generated columnar defects

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    Ijaduola, Anota O; Wee, Sung Hun; Goyal, Amit; Martin, Patrick M; Li, Jing; Thompson, J. R.; Christen, David K

    2012-01-01

    The critical current density Jc and the magnetic relaxation ( creep ) properties have been studied for a set of NdBa2Cu3O7- (NdBCO) films doped with BaZrO3 (BZO) nanoparticles to form columnar defects. The dependence of Jc on the magnitude and orientation of the applied magnetic field Happ (0 6.5 T); and temperature T (5 K Tc) was investigated. The normalized flux-creep rate S = d ln(J ) / d ln(t) was determined as a function of T. The current dependence of the effective activation energy Ueff(J) was derived using the formalism developed by Maley. The results are well described by an inverse power-law type barrier of the form 0 0 ( ) ~ ( / ) eff U J U J J with fitted values for the pinning energy scale U0 and the glassy exponent . When comparing values for these parameters in the BZO-doped samples with those for their undoped control counterparts, the most striking difference is the larger scale of current density J0 in the doped samples (a factor of 2.4 higher), while the other pinning parameters do not differ strongly. In the BZO-doped materials, the pinning energy scale U0 increases with vortex density and J0 decreases, with both following simple power law dependencies on field.

  20. Measurement of penetration depth {lambda}(T) in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin film

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    Lee, J.Y.; Lemberger, T.R.; Foltyn, S.; Wu, X.D.

    1993-06-01

    We present the magnetic penetration depth {lambda}(T) in two laser ablated YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} thin films, determined by the two-coil method. The slope of 1/{lambda}{sup 2}(T) near T{sub c}, the only exactly measurable quantity, extrapolates to 930{Angstrom} at T=0, which compares well with 830{Angstrom} in the high quality single crystal recently reported by Hardy et al., and which exhibited a linear T dependence at low T. For T {lt} 30K, we find {lambda}(T)/{lambda}(0){minus}1 = a(T/T{sub c}){sup 2} where a=0.5.

  1. Far infrared video detection and difference frequency mixing with tilted c-axis epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7 - delta thin films

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    Huber, W. M.; Berr, M.; Kalbeck, A.; Prettl, W.; Huggard, P. G.

    1996-06-01

    Epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7-δ thin films, grown with a controllable misalignment between c-axis and surface normal, exhibit a sensitive photoresponse to far infrared laser radiation at temperatures below Tc. While no photoresponse was observed in c-axis normal films, a sensitivity of 0.2 V/W was measured at a wavelength of 432 μm for a film with a 20° c-axis tilt. Difference frequency mixing of two laser modes has also been demonstrated at intermediate frequencies between 200 kHz and 6 MHz. Both mixing and video detection are believed to originate in the ac Josephson effect: the effect of the tilted growth is to allow a component of the radiation field to be applied along the c-axis, thus modulating the relatively weak Josephson coupling in this direction.

  2. Microwave Conductivity of Laser Ablated YBa2Cu3O7-delta Superconducting Films and Its Relation to Microstrip Transmission Line Performance

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    Bhasin, K. B.; Warner, J. D.; Chorey, C. M.; Ebihara, B. T.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Heinen, V. O.

    1990-01-01

    We report on the values of the microwave conductivity in the normal (sigma(subN)) and superconducting (sigma*=sigma(sub1)-j sigma(sub2)) states of two laser ablated YBa2CU3O7(sigma) thin films at 35 GHz, in the temperature range from 20 to 300 K. The films 0.7 and 0.4 micrometers) were deposited on LaA10(sub3) by laser ablation. The conductivity was obtained from the microwave power transmitted through the films and assuming a two-fluid model. Values of sigma(subN) approximately 2.3 X 10(exp5) S/m at room temperature for both films, and of sigma(sub1) approximately 6.3 X 10(exp5) and 4.6 X 10(exp5) S/m at temperatures around 80 K were obtained for the 0.7 and 0.4 micrometer films respectively. For sigma(sub2) values of 4.9 X 10(exp6) and 5.4 X 10(exp6) S/m were obtained for the 0.7 and 0.4 micrometer films at 80 K. The expected conductor losses and Q-factor of a superconducting ring resonator were calculated using these conductivity values. The theoretical values were then compared with the experimental results obtained for a resonator fabricated from one of these films.

  3. Intrinsic noise temperatures of YBa2Cu3O7 - delta Josephson devices on bicrystal substrates and the upper frequency limit for their operation

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    Chen, J.; Myoren, H.; Nakajima, K.; Yamashita, T.; Wu, P. H.

    1996-12-01

    Following a method proposed by Divin and Modovets [Sov. Tech. Phys. Lett. 9, 108 (1983)], we have measured at millimeter waveband the intrinsic noise temperatures TN of YBa2Cu3O7-δ Josephson junctions or dc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) fabricated on SrTiO3, yttria-stabilized ZrO2, or Si bicrystal substrates. Over wide ranges of physical temperatures TP and the junction's normal resistance RN, it was found that TN follows TP pretty well. This indicates that the intrinsic noise in the devices is dominated by Johnson noise. TN was also measured in cases where there is external magnetic field applied, or where there is another microwave radiation like the local oscillator in a mixer. The magnetic field or microwave radiation does not seem to affect TN in any appreciable way. To estimate the high frequency performance of the junctions on Si bicrystal substrates, direct irradiation by a far infrared laser at 1.81 THz is carried out and the clear first Shapiro step is observed.

  4. Scanning/friction force microscopy study of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} single crystals grown in BaZrO{sub 3} crucibles

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    Lang, H.P.; Jess, P.; Hubler, U.

    1996-12-01

    Very pure YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) single crystals grown in BaZrO{sub 3} crucibles are studied in the as-grown and the oxidized state by scanning force (SFM), friction force (FFM) and scanning tunneling microscopies (STM). The images show clean terraces with step-heights of one unit cell along YBCO(001), i.e. 1.2 nm. Only close to step edges is material contrast observed by FFM indicating traces of flux. Some crystal surfaces exhibit over-layer features, such as star-like, ribbon-like and checkerboard-like structures, which exhibit friction contrast implying the presence of different materials on the surface. Tunneling spectroscopy at 4-7 K in high vacuum reveals a superconducting energy gap of 2{Delta} {approx} 26 meV.

  5. Superconducting properties of YaBa2Cu3O7-delta films deposited on commercial tape substrates, decorated with Pd or Ta nano-islands

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    Polat, Ozgur; Ertugrul, Memhet; Thompson, James R; Leonard, Keith J; Sinclair IV, John W; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Wee, Sung Hun; Zuev, Yuri L; Xiong, X.; Selvamanickam, V.; Christen, David K; Aytug, Tolga

    2012-01-01

    To obtain an engineered surface for deposition of high-Tc superconductors, nanoscale modulations of the surface of the underlying LaMnO3 (LMO) cap layer is a potential source for generating microstructural defects in YBa2Cu3O7- (YBCO) films. These defects may improve the flux-pinning and consequently increase the critical current density, Jc. To provide such nanoscale modulation via a practical and scalable process, tantalum (Ta) and palladium (Pd) nano-islands were deposited using dc-magnetron sputtering on the surface of the cap layer of commercial metal tape templates for second-generation wires. The size and density of these nano-islands can be controlled by changing sputtering conditions such as the power and deposition time. Compared to the reference sample grown on an untreated LMO cap layer, the YBCO films grown on the LMO cap layers with Ta or Pd nano-islands exhibited improved in-field Jc performance. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) were used to assess the evolving size and density of the nano-islands.

  6. Rapid doubling of the critical current of Yba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} coated conductor for viable high-speed industrial processing.

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    Leroux, M.; Kihlstrom, K. J.; Holleis, S.; Rupich, M. W.; Sathyamurthy, S.; Fleshler, S.; Sheng, H. P.; Miller, D. J.; Eley, S.; Civale, L.; Kayani, A.; Niraula, P. M.; Welp, U.; Kwok, W. -K.

    2015-11-09

    We demonstrate that 3.5-MeV oxygen irradiation can markedly enhance the in-field critical current of commercial 2nd generation superconducting tapes with an exposure time of just one second per 0.8 cm2. The speed demonstrated here is now at the level required for an industrial reel-to-reel post-processing. The irradiation is made on production line samples through the protective silver coating and does not require any modification of the growth process. From TEM imaging, we identify small clusters as the main source of increased vortex pinning.

  7. NQR investigation of pressure-induced charge transfer in oxygen-deficient YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} ({delta} = 0.38)

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    Reyes, A.P.; Ahrens, E.T.; Hammel, P.C.; Heffner, R.H.; Takigawa, M.

    1992-03-01

    Measurements of the pressure dependence of {sup 63}Cu nuclear quadrupole frequency in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.62} from ambient pressure up to 1.5 GPa at 4k have been performed. {Tc} was found to increase with pressure: d{Tc}/dp {approximately} 5 K/GPa. All observed NQR lines are linear in pressure: dln{nu}{sub Q}/dp=z. We found positive z for the empty chain sites, consistent with ionic (Cu{sup 1+}) configuration in which the atom simply feels a squeezing lattice. Planar coppers close to the empty chains have positive z, while those that are close to full chains have z {approximately} 0. We present an analysis of the NQR result on the basis of the charge transfer model in which the mobile charges migrate from the chain to the plane sites. We deduced that a transfer of 0.021 holes to the O(2,3) sites would explain the result in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.62}, whereas only 0.007 holes transfer in fully oxygenated YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}.

  8. Seed crystals with improved properties for melt processing superconductors for practical applications

    DOEpatents

    Veal, Boyd W.; Paulikas, Arvydas; Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Zhong, Wei

    1997-01-01

    A method of fabricating bulk superconducting material including RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta. comprising heating compressed powder oxides and/or carbonates of R and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta. in physical contact with an oxide single crystal seed to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta. while maintaining the single crystal seed solid to grow the superconducting material and thereafter cooling to provide a material including RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta.. R is a rare earth or Y or La and the single crystal seed has a lattice mismatch with RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta. of less than about 2% at the growth temperature. The starting material may be such that the final product contains a minor amount of R.sub.2 BaCuO.sub.5.

  9. Superconductivity and magnetism in rapidly solidified perovskites

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    O'Handley, R.C.; Kalonji, G.

    1991-01-01

    The report is divided into six parts, reflecting major thrusts of our work since 1987. The six areas are: molecular orbital theory of high {Tc} superconductivity; rapid solidification processing of oxide superconductors; time dependent magnetic and superconducting properties of these inhomogeneous materials; excess Gd in Gd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2-x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} perovskites; rapid solidification and directional annealing to achieve high Jc; and Mossbauer studies of T = Fe, Co and Ni site selection in YBa{sub 2}(CuT){sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} and GdBa{sub 2}(CuT){sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}.

  10. Superconductivity and magnetism in rapidly solidified perovskites. Final report, September 1, 1988--August 31, 1991

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    O`Handley, R.C.; Kalonji, G.

    1991-12-31

    The report is divided into six parts, reflecting major thrusts of our work since 1987. The six areas are: molecular orbital theory of high {Tc} superconductivity; rapid solidification processing of oxide superconductors; time dependent magnetic and superconducting properties of these inhomogeneous materials; excess Gd in Gd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2-x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} perovskites; rapid solidification and directional annealing to achieve high Jc; and Mossbauer studies of T = Fe, Co and Ni site selection in YBa{sub 2}(CuT){sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} and GdBa{sub 2}(CuT){sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}.

  11. Insert Coil Test for HEP High Field Magnets Using YBCO Coated Conductor Tapes

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    Lombardo, V.; Barzi, E.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; /Fermilab

    2011-06-15

    The final beam cooling stages of a Muon Collider may require DC solenoid magnets with magnetic fields of 30-50 T. In this paper we present progress in insert coil development using commercially available YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} Coated Conductor. Technological aspects covered in the development, including coil geometry, insulation, manufacturing process and testing are summarized and discussed. Test results of double pancake coils operated in liquid nitrogen and liquid helium are presented and compared with the performance of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} tape short samples.

  12. Vaporization of a mixed precursors in chemical vapor deposition for YBCO films

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    Zhou, Gang; Meng, Guangyao; Schneider, Roger L.; Sarma, Bimal K.; Levy, Moises

    1995-01-01

    Single phase YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films with T(c) values around 90 K are readily obtained by using a single source chemical vapor deposition technique with a normal precursor mass transport. The quality of the films is controlled by adjusting the carrier gas flow rate and the precursor feed rate.

  13. Cuprate-titanate superconductor and method for making

    DOEpatents

    Toreki, R.; Poeppelmeier, K.; Dabrowski, B.

    1995-05-23

    A new copper oxide superconductor of the formula Ln{sub 1{minus}x}M{sub x}Sr{sub 2}Cu{sub 3{minus}y}Ti{sub y}O{sub 7+{delta}} is disclosed, and exhibits a {Tc} of 60 K with deviations from linear metallic behavior as high as 130 K. 2 Figs.

  14. Levitation of superconducting composites

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    Chiang, C. K.; Turchinskaya, M.; Swartzendruber, L. J.; Shull, R. D.; Bennett, L. H.

    1991-01-01

    The inverse levitation of a high temperature superconductor polymer composite consisting of powdered quench melt growth Ba2YCu3O(7-delta) and cyanoacrylate is reported. Magnetic hysteresis loop measurements for the composite are compared to those measured for the bulk material prior to powdering. Differences in the flux pining capability between the two material forms are small but significant.

  15. Cuprate-titanate superconductor and method for making

    DOEpatents

    Toreki, Robert; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth; Dabrowski, Bogdan

    1995-01-01

    A new copper oxide superconductor of the formula Ln.sub.1-x M.sub.x Sr.sub.2 Cu.sub.3-y Ti.sub.y O.sub.7+.delta. is disclosed, and exhibits a Tc of 60.degree. K. with deviations from linear metallic behavior as high as 130.degree. K.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  17. Progress in high-temperature superconducting transistors and other devices II; Proceedings of the Meeting, San Jose, CA, Sept. 12, 13, 1991

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    Singh, Rajendra; Nisenoff, Martin; Pavuna, Davor

    The present conference on high-temperature superconducting transistors and related devices encompasses applications of superconducting thin films, the deposition, patterning, and characterization of thin films, superconducting digital technology, two- and three-terminal devices, and superconducting devices and programs. Specific issues addressed include the application of HTSC films in hybrid optoelectronic devices, the growth and control of epitaxial Ba2YCu3O(7-delta) thin films, atomic layer epitaxy of YBaCuO for optoelectronic applications, single-flux quantum logic, and all-YBaCu3O(7-x) edge-geometry weak links. Also addressed are inverted cylindrical magnetron sputtering for HTSC thin film growth, HTSC films for novel optronic devices, large-area ion-beam-sputtered YBA2Cu3O(7-delta) films for novel device structures, and the High-temperature Superconductivity Space Experiment.

  18. Melting of the Abrikosov flux lattice in anisotropic superconductors

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    Beck, R. G.; Farrell, D. E.; Rice, J. P.; Ginsberg, D. M.; Kogan, V. G.

    1992-01-01

    It has been proposed that the Abrikosov flux lattice in high-Tc superconductors is melted over a significant fraction of the phase diagram. A thermodynamic argument is provided which establishes that the angular dependence of the melting temperature is controlled by the superconducting mass anisotropy. Using a low-frequency torsional-oscillator technique, this relationship has been tested in untwinned single-crystal YBa2Cu3O(7-delta). The results offer decisive support for the melting proposal.

  19. Superconducting submillimeter and millimeter wave detectors

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    Nahum, M.

    1992-10-20

    The series of projects described in this dissertation was stimulated by the discovery of high temperature superconductivity. Our goal was to develop useful applications which would be competitive with the current state of technology. The high-[Tc] microbolometer was developed into the most sensitive direct detector of millimeter waves, when operated at liquid nitrogen temperatures. The thermal boundary resistance of thin YBa[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]0[sub 7-[delta

  20. Processing method for superconducting ceramics

    DOEpatents

    Bloom, Ira D.; Poeppel, Roger B.; Flandermeyer, Brian K.

    1993-02-02

    A process for preparing a superconducting ceramic and particularly YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta., where .delta. is in the order of about 0.1-0.4, is carried out using a polymeric binder which decomposes below its ignition point to reduce carbon residue between the grains of the sintered ceramic and a nonhydroxylic organic solvent to limit the problems with water or certain alcohols on the ceramic composition.

  1. Processing method for superconducting ceramics

    DOEpatents

    Bloom, Ira D.; Poeppel, Roger B.; Flandermeyer, Brian K.

    1993-01-01

    A process for preparing a superconducting ceramic and particularly YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta., where .delta. is in the order of about 0.1-0.4, is carried out using a polymeric binder which decomposes below its ignition point to reduce carbon residue between the grains of the sintered ceramic and a nonhydroxylic organic solvent to limit the problems with water or certain alcohols on the ceramic composition.

  2. Experimental evidence for flux-lattice melting. [in high-Tc superconductors

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    Farrell, D. E.; Rice, J. P.; Ginsberg, D. M.

    1991-01-01

    A low-frequency torsional oscillator has been used to search for flux-lattice melting in an untwinned single crystal of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta). The damping of the oscillator was measured as a function of temperature, for applied magnetic fields in the range H = 0.1-2.3 T. A remarkably sharp damping peak has been located. It is suggested that the temperature of the peak corresponds to the melting point of the Abrikosov flux lattice.

  3. Mcp7, a meiosis-specific coiled-coil protein of fission yeast, associates with Meu13 and is required for meiotic recombination.

    PubMed

    Saito, Takamune T; Tougan, Takahiro; Kasama, Takashi; Okuzaki, Daisuke; Nojima, Hiroshi

    2004-01-01

    We previously showed that Meu13 of Schizosaccharomyces pombe functions in homologous pairing and recombination at meiosis I. Here we show that a meiosis-specific gene encodes a coiled-coil protein that complexes with Meu13 during meiosis in vivo. This gene denoted as mcp7+ (after meiotic coiled-coil protein) is an ortholog of Mnd1 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mcp7 proteins are detected on meiotic chromatin. The phenotypes of mcp7Delta cells are similar to those of meu13Delta cells as they show reduced recombination rates and spore viability and produce spores with abnormal morphology. However, a delay in initiation of meiosis I chromosome segregation of mcp7Delta cells is not so conspicuous as meu13Delta cells, and no meiotic delay is observed in mcp7Deltameu13Delta cells. Mcp7 and Meu13 proteins depend on each other differently; Mcp7 becomes more stable in meu13Delta cells, whereas Meu13 becomes less stable in mcp7Delta cells. Genetic analysis shows that Mcp7 acts in the downstream of Dmc1, homologs of Escherichia coli RecA protein, for both recombination and subsequent sporulation. Taken together, we conclude that Mcp7 associates with Meu13 and together they play a key role in meiotic recombination. PMID:15210864

  4. Thin film seeds for melt processing textured superconductors for practical applications

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    Veal, Boyd W.; Paulikas, Arvydas; Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Zhong, Wei

    1999-01-01

    A method of fabricating bulk superconducting material such as RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta. where R is La or Y comprising depositing a thin epitaxially oriented film of Nd or Sm (123) on an oxide substrate. The powder oxides of RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta. or oxides and/or carbonates of R and Ba and Cu present in mole ratios to form RBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-.delta., where R is Y or La are heated, in physical contact with the thin film of Nd or Sm (123) on the oxide substrate to a temperature sufficient to form a liquid phase in the oxide or carbonate mixture while maintaining the thin film solid to grow a large single domain 123 superconducting material. Then the material is cooled. The thin film is between 200 .ANG. and 2000 .ANG.. A construction prepared by the method is also disclosed.

  5. The growth of the complex oxide YBCO by pulsed organo-metallic beam epitaxy

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    Buchholz, Donald Bruce

    To address the problems associated with the thin film heteroepitaxial growth of complex oxides a deposition technique, called pulsed organo-metallic beam epitaxy (POMBE), is developed. POMBE is designed to grow films layer-by-layer. Organo-metallics are delivered to the substrate as a series of discrete pulses via a set of computer-controlled valves. The precursor sequence and the amount of precursor in each pulse is programmed as the computer. Quartz crystal microbalances monitor the precursor transport rates. Computer feedback control maintains the precursor pulses at their programmed values. The ability to grow films layer-by-layer and to control the amount of material in each layer is demonstrated by the growth of YBasb2CUsb3Osb{7-delta}/PrBasb2CUsb3Osb{7-delta} superlattices. This is the first report of a high temperature superconductor superlattice grown by a chemical vapor deposition technique. The ability to grow films layer-by-layer is used to investigate the effect of changing the type and amount of precursor used to start the film growth. The correct choice of these parameters allows the growth of (001) YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} with a single in-plane orientation and Jsb{c}(77 K,0T) = 1-2× 10sp6amp/cmsp2 on (100) LaAlOsb3, (100) NdGaOsb3, (100) MgO, and (100) YSZ. The ability to control the initial film layer provides a means to control the in-plane orientation of (001) YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} (YBCO) grown on (100) MgO. Depositions started with thin BaO layers ({}{≈}1.1× 10sp{15}Ba/cmsp2) grow lbrack 100rbrack YBCOVertlbrack 100rbrack MgO. A mechanism that relates the change of in-plane orientation to a structural change of the initial BaO layer is described. The in-plane orientation of (001) YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} grown on (100) MgO can also be controlled by the ex situ, low energy Arsp+ sputtering of the MgO surface prior to film growth. To simultaneously grow lbrack 110rbrack YBCOVertlbrack 100rbrack MgO on non-sputtered MgO and lbrack 100rbrack

  6. Microwave response of high transition temperature superconducting thin films

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    Miranda, Felix Antonio

    1991-01-01

    We have studied the microwave response of YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta), Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O, and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O high transition temperature superconducting (HTS) thin films by performing power transmission measurements. These measurements were carried out in the temperature range of 300 K to 20 K and at frequencies within the range of 30 to 40 GHz. Through these measurements we have determined the magnetic penetration depth (lambda), the complex conductivity (sigma(sup *) = sigma(sub 1) - j sigma(sub 2)) and the surface resistance (R(sub s)). An estimate of the intrinsic penetration depth (lambda approx. 121 nm) for the YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta) HTS has been obtained from the film thickness dependence of lambda. This value compares favorably with the best values reported so far (approx. 140 nm) in single crystals and high quality c-axis oriented thin films. Furthermore, it was observed that our technique is sensitive to the intrinsic anisotropy of lambda in this superconductor. Values of lambda are also reported for Bi-based and Tl-based thin films. We observed that for the three types of superconductors, both sigma(sub 1) and sigma(sub 2) increased when cooling the films below their transition temperature. The measured R(sub s) are in good agreement with other R(sub S) values obtained using resonant activity techniques if we assume a quadratic frequency dependence. Our analysis shows that, of the three types of HTS films studied, the YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta) thin film, deposited by laser ablation and off-axis magnetron sputtering are the most promising for microwave applications.

  7. Heat conduction in unconventional superconductors

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    Lussier, Benoit

    Thermal conductivity is an excellent probe of quasiparticle excitations in superconductors both in the normal and superconducting state. We have applied this technique to the study of two unconventional superconductors, namely the heavy fermion superconductor UPtsb3 and the high-Tsb{c} cuprate YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta}. In the case of UPtsb3, after reviewing previous low temperature thermal conductivity measurements, we show that, for our high quality single crystals, the thermal conductivity is totally dominated by electrons and therefore provides a direct probe of the superconducting gap structure. We demonstrate that our measurements of the anisotropy of heat conduction between b-axis and c-axis in this hexagonal crystal provide strong constraints with respect to the possible gap structures inferred by group theoretical arguments. By comparing our results with recent theoretical calculations, we show that a hybrid II gap structure provides good agreement between theory and experiments favoring an order parameter of Esb{2u} (strong spin-orbit coupling) or Asb{2u} (weak spin-orbit coupling) symmetry. For YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta}, the thermal conductivity typically consists of both a phononic and an electronic contribution. After reviewing low temperature thermal conductivity measurements that address this question, we demonstrate the presence of electronic quasiparticles even at temperatures of {˜}Tsb{c}/1000, a clear indication of an unconventional gap structure. We then proceed to discuss zinc doping studies in YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} and show that we find a universal residual linear term at T=0 of a magnitude very close in value to that predicted by recent theories. These results validate the approach of resonant impurity scattering in the high-Tsb{c}, and our excellent agreement with theory reinforces the view that the gap structure in YBasb2Cusb3Osb{7-delta} is of dsb{xsp2-ysp2} symmetry. Finally, we present neutron scattering results in UPtsb3. In this chapter

  8. Microwave properties of high transition temperature superconducting thin films

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    Gordon, W. L.

    1991-01-01

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

  9. Structural relationships in high temperature superconductors

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    Schuller, I.K.; Segre, C.U.; Hinks, D.G.; Jorgensen, J.D.; Soderholm, L.; Beno, M.; Zhang, K.

    1987-09-01

    The recent discovery of two types of metallic copper oxide compounds which are superconducting to above 90/sup 0/K has renewed interest in the search for new high temperature superconducting materials. It is significant that both classes of compounds, La/sub 2-x/Sr/sub x/CuO/sub 4-y/ and YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-delta/ are intimately related to the extensively studied perovskite family. Both compounds contain highly oxidized, covalently bonded Cu-O sublattices, however, they differ in geometry. In this paper we discuss the relationship of these features to the superconducting properties. 30 refs., 6 figs.

  10. Calculation of phase diagrams for the YO/sub 1. 5/-BaO-CuO/sub x/ system

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    Lee, B.J.; Lee, D.N.

    1989-02-01

    Thermodynamic data for YO/sub 1.5/-BaO, BaO-CuO/sub x/, and YO/sub 1.5/-CuO/sub x/ binary systems from experimental phase diagram data. The equilibrium liquidus surface and the isothermal sections of the ternary system at 900/sup 0/, 925/sup 0/, 950/sup 0/, 975/sup 0/, and 1000 /sup 0/C were calculated. The isopleths containing YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-/delta// were also calculated.

  11. Critical Points in Heavy Ion Irradiated Untwinned YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-} {sub {delta}} Crystals

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    Kwok, W. K.; Olsson, R. J.; Karapetrov, G.; Paulius, L. M.; Moulton, W. G.; Hofman, D. J.; Crabtree, G. W.

    2000-04-17

    The critical points in untwinned YBa{sub 2}Cu {sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} crystals with dilute columnar defects are investigated. We find a convergence of a first order vortex melting line with an irreversibility line associated with the onset of the Bose glass critical regime at the lower critical point. In addition, we find that columnar defects raise the upper critical point, implying that vortex line meandering is a basic feature controlling its position. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  12. Comparative transport studies of ``1212'' superconductors

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    GAPUD,ALBERT; WU,JUDY; YAN,SHAOLIN; XIE,YI-YUAN; KANG,BYEONGWON; SIEGAL,MICHAEL P.; OVERMYER,DONALD L.

    2000-05-17

    HgBa{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 6+{delta}} (Hg-1212) thin films were fabricated by exchanging the TI cations in TlBa{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7-{delta}} (Tl-1212) thin films with Hg cations, causing a 30-K increase in Tc. To determine how this exchange effects such a Tc increase, the irreversibility lines, temperature dependence of critical current density, and temperature dependence of Hall angle of Hg-1212 and T1-1212 thin films were measured and then compared. The results strongly suggest that the Tc shift is caused by a doubling of charge carrier density.

  13. Applications of HTSC films in hybrid optoelectronic devices

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    Pavuna, Davor

    1992-03-01

    An overview is given of potential applications of high-Tc superconductors (HTSC) in the context of hybrid optoelectronic technology. The main requirements are described for the in situ growth of epitaxial YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) films on SrTiO3 and discuss the properties of YBCO layers grown on Si and GaAs substrates with intermediate, conducting indium-tin-oxide buffer layers. The performances of the microbridge and the meander type of HTSC bolometer are compared, and several concepts are discussed that may become relevant for future hybrid optoelectronic technology.

  14. Use of high-temperature superconductors for resonators of far-infrared p-germanium lasers

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    Bespalov, A. V.; Lang, P. T.; Betz, J.; Renk, K. F.

    1991-05-01

    The use of a high-temperature superconductor material for fabricating a resonator of a far-infrared solid-state laser is reported. In the experiment, the active medium consisted of a p-germanium crystal at 4.2 K in crossed electric and magnetic fields. An SrTiO3 plate was used as a highly reflecting mirror, and a YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thin films on an MgO plate as the output coupling mirror. Highly reproducible operation of the laser is demonstrated.

  15. High-Tc superconductor coplanar waveguide filter

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

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

    1991-01-01

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

  16. Development and evaluation of superconducting circuit elements

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Haertling, Gene H.; Lee, Burtrand; Hsi, Dennis; Modi, Vibhakar; Marone, Matt

    1990-01-01

    An approach to the application of high Tc ceramic superconductors to practical circuit elements was developed and demonstrated. This method, known as the rigid-conductor process (RCP), involves the combination of a pre-formed, sintered, and tested superconductor material with an appropriate, rigid substrate via an epoxy adhesive which also serves to encapsulate the element from the ambient environment. Emphasis was on the practical means to achieve functional, reliable, and reproducible components. Although all of the work described in this report involved a YBa2Cu3Osub(7-x) high Tc superconductor material, the techniques developed and conclusions reached are equally applicable to other high Tc materials.

  17. Measurements of the absolute value of the penetration depth in high-T{sub c} superconductors using a low-T{sub c} superconductive coating

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    Prozorov, R.; Giannetta, R. W.; Carrington, A.; Fournier, P.; Greene, R. L.; Guptasarma, P.; Hinks, D. G.; Banks, A. R.

    2000-12-18

    A method is presented to measure the absolute value of the London penetration depth, {lambda}(T=0), from the frequency shift of a resonator. The technique involves coating a high-T{sub c} superconductor with film of low-T{sub c} material of known thickness and penetration depth. The method is applied to obtain {lambda}(YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}){approx}1460{+-}150Aa, {lambda}(Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}}){approx}2690{+-}150Aa and {lambda}(Pr{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4-{delta}}){approx}2790{+-}150Aa. {lambda}(YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}) from this method is very close to that obtained by several other techniques. For both Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} and Pr{sub 1.85}Ce{sub 0.15}CuO{sub 4-{delta}} the values exceed those obtained by other methods.

  18. Organic conductor/high-Tc superconductor bilayer structures

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    Clevenger, Marvin B.; Jones, Christopher E.; Haupt, Steven G.; Zhao, Jianai; McDevitt, John T.

    1996-07-01

    Electrochemical techniques are exploited to fabricate conductive polymer/high Tc superconductor bilayer structures. SCanning electron microscopy and electrochemical techniques are utilized to characterize the electrodeposition of polypyrrole layers grown onto YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) films. In such hybrid polymer/superconductor systems, it is found that when the polymer is oxidized to its conductive state, the transition temperatures (Tc) and critical currents (Jc) of the underlying superconductor film are suppressed. Reversible modulation of the values of the transition temperatures of up to 50K are noted for these structures. Upon reduction of the conductive polymer layer back to its non-conductive form, both Tc and Jc are found to return to values close to those acquired for the underivatized YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) film. Moreover, measurements as a function of temperature of the polymer/superconductor interface resistance show dramatic decrease in this value at Tc. ALso, estimates of superconducting coherence lengths within the organic conductor samples suggest superconducting properties over macroscopically large distances within the organic materials can be expected. Collectively these results are consistent with the first observation of a conductive polymer proximity effect.

  19. Hybrid Superconducting Magnetic Bearing (HSMB) for high load devices

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    Mcmichael, C. K.; Ma, K. B.; Lamb, M. A.; Lin, M. W.; Chow, L.; Meng, R. L.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, W. K.

    1992-01-01

    Lifting capacities greater than 41 N/cm(exp 2) (60 psi) at 77 K have been achieved with a new type of levitation (hybrid) using a combination of permanent magnets and high quality melt-mixtured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO). The key concept of the hybrid superconducting magnetic bearing (HSMB) is the use of strong magnetic repulsion and attraction from permanent magnets for high levitation or suspension forces in conjunction with a superconductor's flux pinning characteristics to counteract the inherent instabilities in a system consisting of magnets only. To illustrate this concept, radial and axial forces between magnet/superconductor, magnet/magnet, and magnet/superconductor/magnet, were measured and compared for the thrust bearing configuration

  20. Analysis and Optimization of Thin Film Ferroelectric Phase Shifters

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Romanofsky, Robert R.; VanKeuls, Fred W.; Warner, Joseph D.; Mueller, Carl H.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.; Miranda, Felix A.; Qureshi, A. Haq; Romanofsky, Robert R. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    Microwave phase shifters have been fabricated from (YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) or Au)/SrTiO3 and Au/Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3 films on LaAlO3 and MgO substrates. These coupled microstrip devices rival the performance of their semiconductor counter-parts parts at Ku- and K-band frequencies. Typical insertion loss for room temperature ferroelectric phase shifters at K-band is approximately equal 5 dB. An experimental and theoretical investigation of these novel devices explains the role of the ferroelectric film in overall device performance. A roadmap to the development of a 3 dB insertion loss phase shifter that would enable a new type of phased array antenna is discussed.

  1. Hybrid Superconducting Magnetic Bearing (HSMB) for high load devices

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McMichael, C. K.; Ma, K. B.; Lamb, M. A.; Lin, M. W.; Chow, L.; Meng, R. L.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, W. K.

    1992-05-01

    Lifting capacities greater than 41 N/cm(exp 2) (60 psi) at 77 K have been achieved with a new type of levitation (hybrid) using a combination of permanent magnets and high quality melt-mixtured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO). The key concept of the hybrid superconducting magnetic bearing (HSMB) is the use of strong magnetic repulsion and attraction from permanent magnets for high levitation or suspension forces in conjunction with a superconductor's flux pinning characteristics to counteract the inherent instabilities in a system consisting of magnets only. To illustrate this concept, radial and axial forces between magnet/superconductor, magnet/magnet, and magnet/superconductor/magnet, were measured and compared for the thrust bearing configuration

  2. Comparison between the magnetic and transport critical current densities in high critical current density melt-textured yttrium barium copper-oxide

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gao, L.; Meng, R. L.; Xue, Y. Y.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, C. W.

    1991-01-01

    Using a recently developed pulsed critical current density (Jc) measuring system, the Jc of the high-Jc melt-textured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (Y123) bulk samples has been determined. I-V curves with a voltage resolution of 0.5 microV were obtained, and transport Jc's along the a-b plane as high as 7.2 x 10 to the 4th A/sq cm were extracted. These results are comparable to the values obtained magnetically. On the other hand, transport Jc along the c axis were found to be two orders of magnitude smaller, even though the magnetic Jc along the c axis is only about five times smaller than Jc along the a-b plane. It is suggested that for the high-temperature superconducting materials which are highly anisotropic, caution should be taken when using the nontransport magnetic methods to determine Jc.

  3. Application of ceramic superconductors in high speed turbines

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Mcmichael, C. K.; Lamb, M. A.; Lin, M. W.; Ma, K. B.; Chu, W. K.

    1992-01-01

    A turbine system was modified to adapt melt textured YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) with high energy permanent magnets to form a hybrid superconducting magnetic bearing (HSMB). The HSMB/turbine prototype has achieved a static axial thrust capacity exceeding 41 N/sq cm (60 psi) and a radial magnetic stiffness of 7 N/mm in a field cooled state at 77 K. A comparison was made between different configurations of magnets and superconductor for radial stability, axial instability, and force hystereses. This systematic study lead to a greater understanding of the interactions between YBCO and high energy permanent magnets to define design parameters for high rotational devices using the HSMB design.

  4. Spin dynamics and implications for superconductivity: Some problems with the d-wave scenario

    SciTech Connect

    Levin, K.; Zha, Y.; Radtke, R.J.; Si, Q.; Norman, M.R.; Schuttler, H.B.

    1993-09-01

    We review the spin dynamics of the normal state of the cuprates with special emphasis on neutron data in both the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} and La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} systems. When realistic models of the Fermi surface shapes are incorporated, along with a moderate degree of spin fluctuations, we find good semi-quantiative agreement with experiment for both cuprates. Building on the success of this Fermi-liquid-based scheme, we explore the implications for d-wave pairing from a number of vantage points. We conclude that our present experimental and theoretical understanding is inadequate to confirm or refute the d-wave scenario.

  5. Pyrochlore catalysts for hydrocarbon fuel reforming

    DOEpatents

    Berry, David A.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Haynes, Daniel; Smith, Mark; Spivey, James J.

    2012-08-14

    A method of catalytically reforming a reactant gas mixture using a pyrochlore catalyst material comprised of one or more pyrochlores having the composition A2B2-y-zB'yB"zO7-.DELTA., where y>0 and z.gtoreq.0. Distribution of catalytically active metals throughout the structure at the B site creates an active and well dispersed metal locked into place in the crystal structure. This greatly reduces the metal sintering that typically occurs on supported catalysts used in reforming reactions, and reduces deactivation by sulfur and carbon. Further, oxygen mobility may also be enhanced by elemental exchange of promoters at sites in the pyrochlore. The pyrochlore catalyst material may be utilized in catalytic reforming reactions for the conversion of hydrocarbon fuels into synthesis gas (H2+CO) for fuel cells, among other uses.

  6. Growth and Superconducting Properties of YBa2Cu3O 7-d Films on Conductive SrRuO3 and LaNiO3 Multilayers for

    SciTech Connect

    Aytug, T.

    2000-02-07

    Conductive multilayers of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}/SrRuO{sub 3}/LaNiO{sub 3} (YBCO/SRO/LNO), YBCO/SRO, and YBCO/LNO were grown epitaxially on single-crystal LaAlO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. Property characterizations revealed that the YBCO films on SRO and SRO/LNO buffer structures have excellent structural and superconducting properties. The YBCO/LNO, however, suffers degradation in superconducting transition temperatures and critical current densities, despite a good crystalline structure. The SRO/LNO bilayer showed excellent electrical contact with BCO. These results have demonstrated the structural and chemical compatibility of SRO/LNO multilayers with YBCO and their potential use as conductive buffer layers for YBCO-based coated conductors as well as for other high-temperature superconducting applications.

  7. In-situ single chamber arc sputtering process for YCd{sub 0.3}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} superconducting thin films

    SciTech Connect

    Yakinci, M.E.; Balci, Y.; Aksan, M.A.; Aydogdu, Y.; Ates, H.

    1999-11-01

    Superconducting YCd{sub 0.3}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7.{delta}} thin films have been deposited in-situ onto single crystal MgO substrates using a DC arc-sputtering process. The depositions were carried out in a single chamber deposition system equipped with two target holders. The films deposited at the optimum condition exhibited strong (001) orientation with a high peak intensity. The best electrical properties were achieved to be 90K for {Tc}, 81K for T{sub zero} and the transport critical current density J{sub c} = 675 A/cm{sup 2} at 77K and 2.3 x 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2} at 4.2K for the sample deposited at the optimum conditions.

  8. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 films on Si and GaAs with conducting indium tin oxide buffer layers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    1991-03-01

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO) thin films have been grown in situ by ion beam sputtering on Si and GaAs substrates with intermediate, conducting Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) buffer layers. Uniform, textured YBCO films on ITO exhibit Tc onset at 92K and Tc0 at 68K and 60K on Si and GaAs substrates respectively, the latter value is the highest Tc reported on GaAs. YBCO/ITO films exhibit metallic resistivity behavior. In situ YBCO films on SrTiO3 show Tc onset = 92K and Tc0 = 90.5K, transition widths are less than 1K. A simple optical bolometer has been constructed from YBCO films on SrTiO3. Tunnelling measurements have also been carried out using the first YBCO-Pb window-type tunnel junctions.

  9. Pulsed laser deposition for in-situ photoemission studies on YBa2Cu3O7-δ and related oxide films

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schmauder, T.; Frazer, B.; Gatt, R.; Xi, Xiaoxing; Onellion, Marshall; Ariosa, Daniel; Grioni, M.; Margaritondo, Giorgio; Pavuna, Davor

    1998-12-01

    We describe a new pled laser deposition (PLD) system that is linked to an angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) chamber at the Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) in Wisconsin, USA. We also discuss our first results on epitaxially grown YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) (YBCO) films. The core level photoemission data indicate that a Ba-oxide layer is the dominant surface layer. We were not able to reproducibly detect a sharp fermi edge in the photoemission spectra and thus conclude that the surface layer is non-metallic, probably due to oxygen loss at the surface. The absence of screening of the Y and Ba core levels is a further argument for this conclusion. Further experiments with ozone treated film surfaces are currently under way.

  10. Fast neutron irradiation effects on magnetization relaxation in YBCO single crystals

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    Lensink, J.G.; Griessen, R.; Wiesinger, H.P.; Sauerzopf, F.M.; Weber, H.W.; Crabtree, G.W.

    1991-07-01

    A high-quality YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} single crystal has been investigated by torque magnetometry prior to and following fast neutron irradiation to a fluence of 2{times}10{sup 21} m{sup {minus}2} (E > 0.1 MeV). In addition to large enhancements of the critical current densities, which have been observed in similar form previously by Sauerzopf et al, we find a dramatic change in the relaxation behavior following irradiation. At low temperatures ({le} 50 k) the relaxation rates are lowered by factors up to 4 in the irradiated state in a magnetic field of 1.5 T. At higher temperatures, on the other hand, they are enhanced compared to the unirradiated state. Both before and after irradiation, the magnetization relaxation follows a logarithmic time dependence, which we ascribe to thermally activated flux motion.

  11. Submillimeter-wave detection and mixing experiments using high-temperature Josephson junctions

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    Chen, Jian; Kobayashi, Estuko; Myoren, Hiroaki; Nakajima, Kensuke; Yamashita, Tsutomu; Linzen, Sven; Schmidl, Frank; Seidel, Paul

    1998-11-01

    Using high temperature grain boundary Josephson junctions (GBJJs) made of YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) (YBCO) deposited across silicon bicrystal boundary, we successfully demonstrated direct detection at wavelength as short as 118.8 micrometer (frequency of 2.525THz) and the operation temperature up to 70 K. Radiation from a far infrared (FIR) laser was coupled to the junction, via a TPX plano convex lens and a high resistivity Si hyperhemispherical lens. The response at wavelength of 183.4 micrometer was obtained for the YBCO GBJJs on MgO bicrystal substrates. Also, investigated are the effects of response on external DC magnetic fields and polarization of electromagnetic waves as well as the harmonic mixing properties.

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

  13. Gluon-spin contribution to the proton spin from the double-helicity asymmetry in inclusive pi0 production in polarized p+p collisions at [sqrt]s=200 GeV.

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    Adare, A; Afanasiev, S; Aidala, C; Ajitanand, N N; Akiba, Y; Al-Bataineh, H; Alexander, J; Aoki, K; Aphecetche, L; Asai, J; Atomssa, E T; Averbeck, R; Awes, T C; Azmoun, B; Babintsev, V; Bai, M; Baksay, G; Baksay, L; Baldisseri, A; Barish, K N; Barnes, P D; Bassalleck, B; Basye, A T; Bathe, S; Batsouli, S; Baublis, V; Baumann, C; Bazilevsky, A; Belikov, S; Bennett, R; Berdnikov, A; Berdnikov, Y; Bickley, A A; Boissevain, J G; Borel, H; Boyle, K; Brooks, M L; Buesching, H; Bumazhnov, V; Bunce, G; Butsyk, S; Camacho, C M; Campbell, S; Chand, P; Chang, B S; Chang, W C; Charvet, J-L; Chernichenko, S; Chi, C Y; Chiu, M; Choi, I J; Choudhury, R K; Chujo, T; Chung, P; Churyn, A; Cianciolo, V; Citron, Z; Cole, B A; Constantin, P; Csanád, M; Csörgo, T; Dahms, T; Dairaku, S; Das, K; David, G; Denisov, A; d'Enterria, D; Deshpande, A; Desmond, E J; Dietzsch, O; Dion, A; Donadelli, M; Drapier, O; Drees, A; Drees, K A; Dubey, A K; Durum, A; Dutta, D; Dzhordzhadze, V; Efremenko, Y V; Egdemir, J; Ellinghaus, F; Engelmore, T; Enokizono, A; En'yo, H; Esumi, S; Eyser, K O; Fadem, B; Fields, D E; Finger, M; Finger, M; Fleuret, F; Fokin, S L; Fraenkel, Z; Frantz, J E; Franz, A; Frawley, A D; Fujiwara, K; Fukao, Y; Fusayasu, T; Garishvili, I; Glenn, A; Gong, H; Gonin, M; Gosset, J; Goto, Y; de Cassagnac, R Granier; Grau, N; Greene, S V; Perdekamp, M Grosse; Gunji, T; Gustafsson, H-A; Henni, A Hadj; Haggerty, J S; Hamagaki, H; Han, R; Hartouni, E P; Haruna, K; Haslum, E; Hayano, R; Heffner, M; Hemmick, T K; Hester, T; He, X; Hill, J C; Hohlmann, M; Holzmann, W; Homma, K; Hong, B; Horaguchi, T; Hornback, D; Huang, S; Ichihara, T; Ichimiya, R; Ikeda, Y; Imai, K; Imrek, J; Inaba, M; Isenhower, D; Ishihara, M; Isobe, T; Issah, M; Isupov, A; Ivanischev, D; Jacak, B V; Jia, J; Jin, J; Johnson, B M; Joo, K S; Jouan, D; Kajihara, F; Kametani, S; Kamihara, N; Kamin, J; Kang, J H; Kapustinsky, J; Kawall, D; Kazantsev, A V; Kempel, T; Khanzadeev, A; Kijima, K M; Kikuchi, J; Kim, B I; Kim, D H; Kim, D J; Kim, E; Kim, S H; Kinney, E; Kiriluk, K; Kiss, A; Kistenev, E; Klay, J; Klein-Boesing, C; Kochenda, L; Kochetkov, V; Komkov, B; Konno, M; Koster, J; Kozlov, A; Král, A; Kravitz, A; Kunde, G J; Kurita, K; Kurosawa, M; Kweon, M J; Kwon, Y; Kyle, G S; Lacey, R; Lai, Y S; Lajoie, J G; Layton, D; Lebedev, A; Lee, D M; Lee, K B; Lee, T; Leitch, M J; Leite, M A L; Lenzi, B; Liebing, P; Liska, T; Litvinenko, A; Liu, H; Liu, M X; Li, X; Love, B; Lynch, D; Maguire, C F; Makdisi, Y I; Malakhov, A; Malik, M D; Manko, V I; Mannel, E; Mao, Y; Masek, L; Masui, H; Matathias, F; McCumber, M; McGaughey, P L; Means, N; Meredith, B; Miake, Y; Mikes, P; Miki, K; Milov, A; Mishra, M; Mitchell, J T; Mohanty, A K; Morino, Y; Morreale, A; Morrison, D P; Moukhanova, T V; Mukhopadhyay, D; Murata, J; Nagamiya, S; Nagle, J L; Naglis, M; Nagy, M I; Nakagawa, I; Nakamiya, Y; Nakamura, T; Nakano, K; Newby, J; Nguyen, M; Niita, T; Nouicer, R; Nyanin, A S; O'Brien, E; Oda, S X; Ogilvie, C A; Okada, H; Okada, K; Oka, M; Onuki, Y; Oskarsson, A; Ouchida, M; Ozawa, K; Pak, R; Palounek, A P T; Pantuev, V; Papavassiliou, V; Park, J; Park, W J; Pate, S F; Pei, H; Peng, J-C; Pereira, H; Peresedov, V; Peressounko, D Yu; Pinkenburg, C; Purschke, M L; Purwar, A K; Qu, H; Rak, J; Rakotozafindrabe, A; Ravinovich, I; Read, K F; Rembeczki, S; Reuter, M; Reygers, K; Riabov, V; Riabov, Y; Roach, D; Roche, G; Rolnick, S D; Rosati, M; Rosendahl, S S E; Rosnet, P; Rukoyatkin, P; Ruzicka, P; Rykov, V L; Sahlmueller, B; Saito, N; Sakaguchi, T; Sakai, S; Sakashita, K; Samsonov, V; Sato, T; Sawada, S; Sedgwick, K; Seele, J; Seidl, R; Semenov, A Yu; Semenov, V; Seto, R; Sharma, D; Shein, I; Shibata, T-A; Shigaki, K; Shimomura, M; Shoji, K; Shukla, P; Sickles, A; Silva, C L; Silvermyr, D; Silvestre, C; Sim, K S; Singh, B K; Singh, C P; Singh, V; Slunecka, M; Soldatov, A; Soltz, R A; Sondheim, W E; Sorensen, S P; Sourikova, I V; Staley, F; Stankus, P W; Stenlund, E; Stepanov, M; Ster, A; Stoll, S P; Sugitate, T; Suire, C; Sukhanov, A; Sziklai, J; Takagui, E M; Taketani, A; Tanabe, R; Tanaka, Y; Taneja, S; Tanida, K; Tannenbaum, M J; Taranenko, A; Tarján, P; Themann, H; Thomas, T L; Togawa, M; Toia, A; Tomásek, L; Tomita, Y; Torii, H; Towell, R S; Tram, V-N; Tserruya, I; Tsuchimoto, Y; Vale, C; Valle, H; van Hecke, H W; Veicht, A; Velkovska, J; Vertesi, R; Vinogradov, A A; Virius, M; Vrba, V; Vznuzdaev, E; Walker, D; Wang, X R; Watanabe, Y; Wei, F; Wessels, J; White, S N; Williamson, S; Winter, D; Woody, C L; Wysocki, M; Xie, W; Yamaguchi, Y L; Yamaura, K; Yang, R; Yanovich, A; Ying, J; Yokkaichi, S; Young, G R; Younus, I; Yushmanov, I E; Zajc, W A; Zaudtke, O; Zhang, C; Zhou, S; Zolin, L

    2009-07-01

    The double helicity asymmetry in neutral pion production for pT=1 to 12 GeV/c was measured with the PHENIX experiment to access the gluon-spin contribution, DeltaG, to the proton spin. Measured asymmetries are consistent with zero, and at a theory scale of micro2=4 GeV2 a next to leading order QCD analysis gives DeltaG[0.02,0.3]=0.2, with a constraint of -0.7<DeltaG[0.02,0.3]<0.5 at Deltachi2=9 (approximately 3sigma) for the sampled gluon momentum fraction (x) range, 0.02 to 0.3. The results are obtained using predictions for the measured asymmetries generated from four representative fits to polarized deep inelastic scattering data. We also consider the dependence of the DeltaG constraint on the choice of the theoretical scale, a dominant uncertainty in these predictions.

  14. Pyrochlore-type catalysts for the reforming of hydrocarbon fuels

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    Berry, David A.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Haynes, Daniel; Smith, Mark; Spivey, James J.

    2012-03-13

    A method of catalytically reforming a reactant gas mixture using a pyrochlore catalyst material comprised of one or more pyrochlores having the composition A.sub.2-w-xA'.sub.wA''.sub.xB.sub.2-y-zB'.sub.yB''.sub.zO.sub.7-.DELTA.. Distribution of catalytically active metals throughout the structure at the B site creates an active and well dispersed metal locked into place in the crystal structure. This greatly reduces the metal sintering that typically occurs on supported catalysts used in reforming reactions, and reduces deactivation by sulfur and carbon. Further, oxygen mobility may also be enhanced by elemental exchange of promoters at sites in the pyrochlore. The pyrochlore catalyst material may be utilized in catalytic reforming reactions for the conversion of hydrocarbon fuels into synthesis gas (H.sub.2+CO) for fuel cells, among other uses.

  15. HTS Fabry-Perot resonators for the far infrared

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    Keller, Philipp; Prenninger, Martin; Pechen, Evgeny V.; Renk, Karl F.

    1996-06-01

    We report on far infrared (FIR) Fabry-Perot resonators (FPR) with high temperature superconductor (HTS) thin films as mirrors. For the fabrication of FPR we use two parallel MgO plates covered with YBa2Cu3O7-delta thin films on adjacent sides. We have measured the far-infrared transmissivity at 10 K with a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. Very sharp resonances can be observed for frequencies below 6 THz where the MgO is transparent. The finesse (width of the first order resonance) is comparable to the FPR with metallic meshes as reflectors that are applied in the FIR spectroscopy and astronomy. We have also shown that thin films of gold are not adequate substitute to HTS thin films and not suitable for the fabrication of high-quality FPR due to the ohmic losses.

  16. Electrodynamic Properties of Single-Crystal and Thin-Film Strontium Titanate

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    Findikoglu, A.T.; Jia, Q.; Reagor, D.W.; Kwon, C.; Rasmussen, K.O.

    1999-05-13

    The authors present a comparative study of broadband electrodynamic properties of coplanar waveguides made from nonlinear dielectric single-crystal and thin-film SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) with high-temperature superconducting thin-film YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} electrodes. The waveguides that use single-crystal STO exhibit a monotonic increase in refractive index, dielectric nonlinearity, and dissipation with decreasing temperature (from 80 K to 20 K), whereas those based on thin-film STO show similar but weaker effects with increasing temperature. Under dc bias, both types of waveguides show reduced refractive index, but dissipation increases in the case of single-crystal STO, while it decreases in the case of STO thin-films.

  17. Magnetic imaging of superconducting tapes to determine current flow

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    Brown, G. W.; Hawley, M. E.; Foltyn, S. R.; Mueller, F. M.

    2001-01-01

    We have developed a magnetic imaging system that uses magnetoresistive read heads from computer hard disk drives to map the transport-current-induced magnetic field at the surface of superconducting tapes at liquid nitrogen temperature. Transport current pathways are determined from the 2-dimensional magnetic field maps using established inversion schemes. We examined the current flow in pulsed-laser-deposited YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} a films patterned on single crystal SrTiO{sub 3} substrates and on a textured yttria-stabilized-zirconia layer deposited on an Inconel ribbon by ion beam assisted deposition. The transport current densities in all cases were consistent with the Critical State Model. For the Inconel-based sample, the transport current density maps have allowed us to observe defects and determine the region that limits the current carrying capacity of the structure.

  18. Effect of electronic reconstruction on cuprate-manganite spin switches.

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    Liu, Y.; Visani, C.; Nemes, N. M.; Fitzsimmons, M. R.; Zhu, L. Y.; Tornos, J.; Zhernenkov, M.; Hoffmann, A.; Leon, C.; Santamaria, J.; te Velthuis, S. G. E.

    2012-01-01

    We examine the anomalous inverse spin switch behavior in La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}(LCMO)/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO)/LCMO trilayers by combined transport studies and polarized neutron reflectometry. Measuring magnetization profiles and magnetoresistance in an in-plane rotating magnetic field, we prove that, contrary to many accepted theoretical scenarios, the relative orientation between the two LCMO's magnetizations is not sufficient to determine the magnetoresistance. Rather the field dependence of magnetoresistance is explained by the interplay between the applied magnetic field and the (exponential tail of the) induced exchange field in YBCO, the latter originating from the electronic reconstruction at the LCMO/YBCO interfaces.

  19. Design and performance of a high-Tc superconductor coplanar waveguide filter

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

    1991-01-01

    The design of a coplanar waveguide low-pass filter made of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) on an LaAlO3 substrate is described. Measurements were incorporated into simple models for microwave CAD analysis to develop a final design. The patterned and packaged coplanar waveguide low-pass filter of YBCO, with dimensions suited for integrated circuits, exhibited measured insertion losses when cooled in liquid nitrogen superior to those of a similarly cooled thin-film copper filter throughout the 0 to 9.5 GHz passband. Coplanar waveguide models for use with thin-film normal metal (with thickness either greater or less than the skin depth) and YBCO are discussed and used to compare the losses of the measured YBCO and copper circuits.

  20. Self-assembled monolayer cleaning methods: Towards fabrication of clean high-temperature superconductor nanostructures

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    Kim, Sungwook; Chang, In Soon; McDevitt, John T.

    2005-04-11

    Although extensive amounts of research have been carried out on superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) electronic devices, the fabrication of superconductor SNS devices still remains difficult. Surface modification of high-temperature superconductors could be a way to control the interface of SNS electronic device fabrication. Here, we developed a cleaning method for thin films of high-temperature superconductor surface based on self-assembled monolayers. High-quality c-axis orientated YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (i.e., YBCO) and Y{sub 0.6}Ca{sub 0.4}Ba{sub 1.6}La{sub 0.4}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (i.e., TX-YBCO) thin films were deposited by standard laser ablation methods. YBCO/Au/YBCO and TX-YBCO/Au/TX-YBCO planar type junctions were fabricated by photolithography, focused-ion-beam milling, and ex situ sputter depositions. A 40-50 nm nanotrench was ion milled on the thin film by FIB, and a thin gold layer was deposited by an ex situ method on the nanotrench to connect the two separated high-temperature superconductor electrodes. SEM, AFM, and R vs T resistivity measurements were used to compare the corrosion layer formed in the interface of the SNS junctions with the SAM cleaned SNS junction. Evidence here suggests that the SAM cleaning method can be used to remove the degradation layer on the surface of cuprate superconductors. The obtained contact resistivity value (10{sup -8} {omega} cm{sup 2}) for a SNS junction with SAM treatment is comparable with that of SNS junctions fabricated by the in situ methods.

  1. Electronic properties of superconductors studied using photo induced activation of microwave absorption (PIAMA)

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    Feenstra, B.J.; Schooveld, W.A.; Bos, C.

    1995-12-31

    Electronic properties of superconductors are contemporarily being studied using many different experimental techniques, among which infrared spectrometry, photoelectron spectroscopy and microwave cavity techniques play an important role. The data analysis, however, is complicated by the fact that in these materials the phonon-frequency range overlaps with the one in which the energy gap is expected. This problem can be circumvented by making use of two different sources, one to induce the excitations (the Free Electron Laser in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, FELIX), and one to study the behavior of these excitations (i.e. quasiparticles). In our case the latter source is monochromatic microwave radiation, transmitted through a thin superconducting film. We measured both a conventional superconductor (NbN, T{sub c} = 17 K) and a high T{sub c} superconductor (SmBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}, T{sub c} = 92 K). For NbN we observed a positive change in transmission, followed by a relaxation to a transmission smaller than the original value, after which the starting situation was restored within {approximately} 100 {mu}s. In case of SmBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}, the changes persisted above T{sub c}. At very low temperatures we observed slow oscillations ({approximately} 4kHz) in the induced signal, which were absent in NbN. The long time scales can possibly be explained by the so-called bottleneck, i.e. quasiparticles excited with a lot of excess energy lose part of their energy by exciting other quasiparticles. In this case the quasiparticle lifetime is enhanced considerably. The oscillations point towards an intrinsic difference of the low energy excitations, i.e. the symmetry of the pairing.

  2. Etude des phenomenes dynamiques ultrarapides et des caracteristiques impulsionnelles d'emission terahertz du supraconducteur YBCO

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    Savard, Stephane

    Les premieres etudes d'antennes a base de supraconducteurs a haute temperature critique emettant une impulsion electromagnetique dont le contenu en frequence se situe dans le domaine terahertz remontent a 1996. Une antenne supraconductrice est formee d'un micro-pont d'une couche mince supraconductrice sur lequel un courant continu est applique. Un faisceau laser dans le visible est focalise sur le micro-pont et place le supraconducteur dans un etat hors-equilibre ou des paires sont brisees. Grace a la relaxation des quasiparticules en surplus et eventuellement de la reformation des paires supraconductrices, nous pouvons etudier la nature de la supraconductivite. L'analyse de la cinetique temporelle du champ electromagnetique emis par une telle antenne terahertz supraconductrice s'est averee utile pour decrire qualitativement les caracteristiques de celle-ci en fonction des parametres d'operation tels que le courant applique, la temperature et la puissance d'excitation. La comprehension de l'etat hors-equilibre est la cle pour comprendre le fonctionnement des antennes terahertz supraconductrices a haute temperature critique. Dans le but de comprendre ultimement cet etat hors-equilibre, nous avions besoin d'une methode et d'un modele pour extraire de facon plus systematique les proprietes intrinseques du materiau qui compose l'antenne terahertz a partir des caracteristiques d'emission de celle-ci. Nous avons developpe une procedure pour calibrer le spectrometre dans le domaine temporel en utilisant des antennes terahertz de GaAs bombarde aux protons H+ comme emetteur et detecteur. Une fois le montage calibre, nous y avons insere une antenne emettrice dipolaire de YBa 2Cu3O7-delta . Un modele avec des fonctions exponentielles de montee et de descente du signal est utilise pour lisser le spectre du champ electromagnetique de l'antenne de YBa 2Cu3O7-delta, ce qui nous permet d'extraire les proprietes intrinseques de ce dernier. Pour confirmer la validite du modele

  3. Characterization of Hybrid Ferroelectric/HTS Thin Films for Tunable Microwave Components

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    Winters, M. D.; Mueller, C. H.; Bhasin, K. B.; Miranda, F. A.

    1996-01-01

    Since the discovery of High-Temperature-Superconductors (HTS) in 1986, a diversity of HTS-based microwave components has been demonstrated. Because of their low conductor losses, HTS-based components are very attractive for integration into microwave circuits for space communication systems. Recent advancements have made deposition of ferroelectric thin films onto HTS thin films possible. Due to the sensitivity of the ferroelectric's dielectric constant (epsilon(sub r)) to an externally applied electric field (E), ferroelectric/superconducting structures could be used in the fabrication of low loss, tunable microwave components. In this paper, we report on our study of Ba(0.5)Sr(0.5)TiO3/YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) and Ba(0.08)Sr(0.92)TiO3/YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) ferroelectric/superconducting thin films on lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) substrates. For the (Ba:Sr, 0.50:0.50) epitaxial sample, a epsilon(sub r) of 425 and a loss tangent (tan delta) of 0.040 were measured at 298 K, 1.0 MHz, and zero applied E. For the same sample, a epsilon(sub r) of 360 and tan delta of 0.036 were obtained at 77 K, 1.0 MHz, and zero applied E. Variations in epsilon(sub r) from 180 to 360 were observed over an applied E range of 0V/cm less than or equal to E less than or equal to 5.62 x 10(exp 4) V/cm with little change in tan delta. However, the range of epsilon(sub r) variation for the polycrystalline (Ba:Sr, 0.08:0.92) sample over 0V/cm less than or equal to E less than or equal to 4.00 x 10(exp 4) V/cm was only 3.6 percent while tan delta increased markedly. These results indicate that a lack of epitaxy between the ferroelectric and superconducting layers decreases tuning and increases microwave losses.

  4. Thin Film Multilayer Conductor/Ferroelectric Tunable Microwave Components for Communication Applications

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    Miranda, Felix A.; Romanofsky, Robert R.; VanKeuls, Frederick W.; Mueller, Carl H.; Treece, Randolph E.; Rivkin, Tania V.

    1997-01-01

    High Temperature Superconductor/Ferroelectric (HTS/FE ) thin film multilayered structures deposited onto dielectric substrates are currently being investigated for use in low loss, tunable microwave components for satellite and ground based communications. The main goal for this technology is to achieve maximum tunability while keeping the microwave losses as low as possible, so as to avoid performance degradation when replacing conventional technology (e.g., filters and oscillators) with HTS/FE components. Therefore, for HTS/FE components to be successfully integrated into current working systems, full optimization of the material and electrical properties of the ferroelectric films, without degrading those of the HTS film; is required. Hence, aspects such as the appropriate type of ferroelectric and optimization of the deposition conditions (e.g., deposition temperature) should be carefully considered. The tunability range as well as the microwave losses of the desired varactor (i.e., tunable component) are also dependent on the geometry chosen (e.g., parallel plate capacitor, interdigital capacitor, coplanar waveguide, etc.). In addition, the performance of the circuit is dependent on the location of the varactor in the circuit and the biasing circuitry. In this paper, we will present our results on the study of the SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)/LaAl03 (STO/YBCO/LAO) and the Ba(x)Sr(1-x)TiO3/YBa2Cu3O(7-delta)/LaAl03(BSTO/YBCO/ILAO) HTS/FE multilayered structures. We have observed that the amount of variation of the dielectric constant upon the application of a dc electric field is closely related to the microstructure of the film. The largest tuning of the STO/YBCO/LAO structure corresponded to single-phased, epitaxial STO films deposited at 800 C and with a thickness of 500 nm. Higher temperatures resulted in interfacial degradation and poor film quality, while lower deposition temperatures resulted in films with lower dielectric constants, lower tunabilities, and

  5. Adenosine receptors located in the NTS contribute to renal sympathoinhibition during hypotensive phase of severe hemorrhage in anesthetized rats.

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    Scislo, Tadeusz J; O'Leary, Donal S

    2006-11-01

    Stimulation of nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS) A(2a)-adenosine receptors elicits cardiovascular responses quite similar to those observed with rapid, severe hemorrhage, including bradycardia, hypotension, and inhibition of renal but activation of preganglionic adrenal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA and pre-ASNA, respectively). Because adenosine levels in the central nervous system increase during severe hemorrhage, we investigated to what extent these responses to hemorrhage may be due to activation of NTS adenosine receptors. In urethane- and alpha-chloralose-anesthetized male Sprague-Dawley rats, rapid hemorrhage was performed before and after bilateral nonselective or selective blockade of NTS adenosine-receptor subtypes [A(1)- and A(2a)-adenosine-receptor antagonist 8-(p-sulfophenyl)theophylline (1 nmol/100 nl) and A(2a)-receptor antagonist ZM-241385 (40 pmol/100 nl)]. The nonselective blockade reversed the response in RSNA (-21.0 +/- 9.6 Delta% vs. +7.3 +/- 5.7 Delta%) (where Delta% is averaged percent change from baseline) and attenuated the average heart rate response (change of -14.8 +/- 4.8 vs. -4.4 +/- 3.4 beats/min). The selective blockade attenuated the RSNA response (-30.4 +/- 5.2 Delta% vs. -11.1 +/- 7.7 Delta%) and tended to attenuate heart rate response (change of -27.5 +/- 5.3 vs. -15.8 +/- 8.2 beats/min). Microinjection of vehicle (100 nl) had no significant effect on the responses. The hemorrhage-induced increases in pre-ASNA remained unchanged with either adenosine-receptor antagonist. We conclude that adenosine operating in the NTS via A(2a) and possibly A(1) receptors may contribute to posthemorrhagic sympathoinhibition of RSNA but not to the sympathoactivation of pre-ASNA. The differential effects of NTS adenosine receptors on RSNA vs. pre-ASNA responses to hemorrhage supports the hypothesis that these receptors are differentially located/expressed on NTS neurons/synaptic terminals controlling different sympathetic outputs.

  6. Solution-based deposition of ultrathin metal oxide films on metal and superconductor surfaces

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    Westwood, Glenn

    Solution chemical methods were used to deposit ultrathin metal oxide films on metal and superconductor surfaces. Platinum-molybdenum oxide films were deposited by spontaneous adsorption and electrodeposition of hexamolybdoplatinate, PtMO6O248-. Spectroscopic characterization by 17O and 195Pt NMR showed that the PtMo6O248- anion is stable in aqueous solution below pH 4. The interaction of this solution stable anion with Au and Ag was characterized by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. The anion was partially reduced upon adsorption on Ag, but spontaneously adsorbed on Au to form an amorphous surface phase. The electrodeposition of hexamolybdoplatinate on Au electrodes resulted in an electrode surface that was different from the spontaneously adsorbed species, in terms of composition, voltammetry, and reactivity. Cyclic voltammetry was also used to compare the reactivity of these materials for the electrooxidation of methanol. Ultrathin zirconia films were deposited on YBa2Cu3O 7-delta by alternating exposures to tetra n-propyl zirconate, Zr4(OPrn)16, and H2O in n-propanol. Physical and chemical characterization of these films was done by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and cross-section transmission electron microscopy. The zirconia films were determined to be ultrathin (<10 nm) and highly conformal to the surface of YBa2Cu3O7-delta. Metal-insulator-superconductor tunnel junctions fabricated in this fashion were characterized by current-voltage and conductivity-voltage measurements. Solution deposition from Zr4(OPrn) 16 was also used to deposit ultrathin zirconia films on gold, silver, and aluminum surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to compare the physical properties of these films. Electrical measurements showed that zirconia films on Ag and Au are not insulating, but aluminum-zirconia-aluminum capacitors fabricated by this method

  7. Search for Cosmic-Ray-Induced Gamma-Ray Emission in Galaxy Clusters

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    Ackermann, M.; Ajello, M.; Albert, A.; Allafort, A.; Atwood, W. B.; Baldini, L.; Ballet, J.; Barbiellini, G.; Bastieri, D.; Bechtol, K.; Bellazzini, R.; Bloom, E. D.; Bonamente, E.; Bottacini, E.; Brandt, T. J.; Bregeon, J.; Brigida, M.; Bruel, P.; Buehler, R.; Buson, S.; Caliandro, G. A.; Cameron, R. A.; Caraveo, P. A.; Cavazzuti, E.; Chaves, R. C. G.; Kuss, M.; Pesce-Rollins, M.; Sgro, C.; Spandre, G.; Tinivella, M.

    2014-01-01

    Current theories predict relativistic hadronic particle populations in clusters of galaxies in addition to the already observed relativistic leptons. In these scenarios hadronic interactions give rise to neutral pions which decay into gamma rays that are potentially observable with the Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board the Fermi space telescope. We present a joint likelihood analysis searching for spatially extended gamma-ray emission at the locations of 50 galaxy clusters in four years of Fermi-LAT data under the assumption of the universal cosmic-ray (CR) model proposed by Pinzke & Pfrommer. We find an excess at a significance of 2.7 delta, which upon closer inspection, however, is correlated to individual excess emission toward three galaxy clusters: A400, A1367, and A3112. We discuss these cases in detail and conservatively attribute the emission to unmodeled background systems (for example, radio galaxies within the clusters).Through the combined analysis of 50 clusters, we exclude hadronic injection efficiencies in simple hadronic models above 21% and establish limits on the CR to thermal pressure ratio within the virial radius, R(sub 200), to be below 1.25%-1.4% depending on the morphological classification. In addition, we derive new limits on the gamma-ray flux from individual clusters in our sample.

  8. High temperature superconductor micro-superconducting-quantum-interference-device magnetometer for magnetization measurement of a microscale magnet

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    Takeda, Keiji; Mori, Hatsumi; Yamaguchi, Akira; Ishimoto, Hidehiko; Nakamura, Takayoshi; Kuriki, Shinya; Hozumi, Toshiya; Ohkoshi, Shin-ichi

    2008-03-15

    We have developed a high temperature superconductor (HTS) micrometer-sized dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer for high field and high temperature operation. It was fabricated from YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} of 92 nm in thickness with photolithography techniques to have a hole of 4x9 {mu}m{sup 2} and 2 {mu}m wide grain boundary Josephson junctions. Combined with a three dimensional magnetic field coil system, the modulation patterns of critical current I{sub c} were observed for three different field directions. They were successfully used to measure the magnetic properties of a molecular ferrimagnetic microcrystal (23x17x13 {mu}m{sup 3}), [Mn{sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO)][W(CN){sub 8}]{center_dot}2H{sub 2}O. The magnetization curve was obtained in magnetic field up to 0.12 T between 30 and 70 K. This is the first to measure the anisotropy of hysteresis curve in the field above 0.1 T with an accuracy of 10{sup -12} J T{sup -1} (10{sup -9} emu) with a HTS micro-SQUID magnetometer.

  9. A K-band Frequency Agile Microstrip Bandpass Filter using a Thin Film HTS/Ferroelectric/dielectric Multilayer Configuration

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    Subramanyam, Guru; VanKeuls, Fred; Miranda, Felix A.

    1998-01-01

    We report on YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) thin film/SrTiO3 (STO) thin film K-band tunable bandpass filters on LaAlO3 (LAO) dielectric substrates. The 2 pole filter has a center frequency of 19 GHz and a 4% bandwidth. Tunability is achieved through the non-linear dc electric field dependence of the relative dielectric constant of STO(epsilon(sub rSTO). A large tunability ((Delta)f/f(sub 0) = (f(sub Vmax) - f(sub 0)/f(sub 0), where f(sub 0) is the center frequency of the filter at no bias and f(sub Vmax) is the center frequency of the filter at the maximum applied bias) of greater than 10% was obtained in YBCO/STO/LAO microstrip bandpass filters operating below 77 K. A center frequency shift of 2.3 GHz (i.e., a tunability factor of approximately 15%) was obtained at a 400 V bipolar dc bias, and 30 K, with minimal degradation in the insertion loss of the filter. This paper addresses design, fabrication and testing of tunable filters based on STO ferroelectric thin films. The performance of the YBCO/STO/LAO filters is compared to that of gold/STO/LAO counterparts.

  10. High Performance High-Tc Superconducting Wires

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

    2006-01-01

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

  11. The mechanism of high-T(sub c) superconductivity due to bound hole mediators: Relationship to ferroelectricity

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    Vezzoli, G. C.; Stanley, William

    1990-01-01

    The mediation by bound holes creating Cooper pairing in high T(sub c) superconductors has its origin in charge transfer excitations on the multivalence cation (virtual excitions) and in bound excitions or polarizations associated with the oxygen 2p electrons. These phenomena are produced and/or enhanced by a high internal electric field which is itself created by virtue of the unique crystal structures and polyhedral building blocks of high T(sub c) materials. The polarizations which can create oxygen holes (in addition to excitions) may be due to simply the internal electric field or to polaronic and electron-deficient bond behavior. This gives rise to two energy-dependent oxygen bands near the Fermi level. The magnitude and direction of the internal electric fields were calculated for Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) (1-2-3) and show strong z-direction fields at the Cu(2), O2, and O3 sites and an even stronger -z direction field at the O4 site. The field calculations also show why electrical conductivity in the 1-2-3 material is essentially in the base plane of the CuO5 pyramid (the CuO2 plane).

  12. Superconducting submillimeter and millimeter wave detectors

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    Nahum, M.

    1992-10-20

    The series of projects described in this dissertation was stimulated by the discovery of high temperature superconductivity. Our goal was to develop useful applications which would be competitive with the current state of technology. The high-{Tc} microbolometer was developed into the most sensitive direct detector of millimeter waves, when operated at liquid nitrogen temperatures. The thermal boundary resistance of thin YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}0{sub 7-{delta}} films was subsequently measured and provided direct evidence for the bolometric response of high-{Tc} films to fast (ns) laser pulses. The low-{Tc} microbolometer was developed and used to make the first direct measurements of the frequency dependent optical efficiency of planar lithographed antennas. The hot-electron microbolometer was invented less than a year prior to the writing of this dissertation. Our analysis, presented here, indicates that it should be possible to attain up to two orders of magnitude higher sensitivity than that of the best available direct detectors when operated at the same temperature. The temperature readout scheme for this device could also be used to measure the intrinsic interaction between electrons and phonons in a metal with a sensitivity that is five orders of magnitude better than in previous measurements. Preliminary measurements of quasiparticle trapping effects at the interface between a metal and a superconductor are also presented.

  13. CDC7/DBF4 functions in the translesion synthesis branch of the RAD6 epistasis group in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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    Pessoa-Brandão, Luis; Sclafani, Robert A

    2004-01-01

    CDC7 and DBF4 encode the essential Cdc7-Dbf4 protein kinase required for DNA replication in eukaryotes from yeast to human. Cdc7-Dbf4 is also required for DNA damage-induced mutagenesis, one of several postreplicational DNA damage tolerance mechanisms mediated by the RAD6 epistasis group. Several genes have been determined to function in separate branches within this group, including RAD5, REV3/REV7 (Pol zeta), RAD30 (Pol eta), and POL30 (PCNA). An extensive genetic analysis of the interactions between CDC7 and REV3, RAD30, RAD5, or POL30 in response to DNA damage was done to determine its role in the RAD6 pathway. CDC7, RAD5, POL30, and RAD30 were found to constitute four separate branches of the RAD6 epistasis group in response to UV and MMS exposure. CDC7 is also shown to function separately from REV3 in response to MMS. However, they belong in the same pathway in response to UV. We propose that the Cdc7-Dbf4 kinase associates with components of the translesion synthesis pathway and that this interaction is dependent upon the type of DNA damage. Finally, activation of the DNA damage checkpoint and the resulting cell cycle delay is intact in cdc7Delta mcm5-bob1 cells, suggesting a direct role for CDC7 in DNA repair/damage tolerance. PMID:15342501

  14. Development of Modified MOD-TFA Approach for YBCO Film Growth

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    Bhuiyan, Md S; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Hunt, Rodney Dale; List III, Frederick Alyious; Duckworth, Robert C

    2007-01-01

    Low-cost coated-conductor fabrication methods are essential for various electric-power applications. Metal-organic-deposition (MOD) approach to grow both YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) and buffer layers on textured metal substrates is very promising towards fabrication of lower-cost second generation wires. YBCO coated conductors (CC) are being developed with high critical currents that should be sufficient for their extensive use in power applications. However, the present CC has high energy losses in ac magnetic field that are unacceptable. We have developed a modified MOD precursor route to deposit {approx} 0.8 {micro}m thick YBCO films in a single coat that requires less than one-fifth of the pyrolysis time compared to the traditional MOD approach. We have also developed a filamentization technique of CC using ink-jet printing to reduce ac losses due to applied ac fields. The preliminary results of YBCO films deposited on standard RABiTS template yielded an of 140 A/cm at 77 K and self- field. A modest reduction of ac loss was observed for the solution ink-jet printed filamentary conductor.

  15. Conductors with small Fermi energies and small gap energies

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    Thorn, R.J.

    1993-09-01

    If the Fermi energy is of the order of meV`s, the usual treatment of the density of free electrons is not valid, but use can be made of an averaged density of states that depends weakly on temperature, so that the temperature variation of the conductivity can be expressed by the equation: {sigma} {congruent} CT{sup (1-s)} 1n{l_brace}[(exp({beta}E{sub f}) + 1)/2][exp({minus}{beta}(E{sub g} {minus} E{sub f})) + 1)]{r_brace} in which E{sub f} is the Fermi energy, E{sub g} is the top of the energy gap for thermal activation, s is the exponent of the temperature-dependent scattering. This equation serves to define a class of solids consisting of a microcomposite with a narrow conduction band for which E{sub f} of the order of ceV`s or less and a thermal activated conduction for which E{sub g} is of the order of ceV`s. It describes quantitatively the conductivity, {sigma}(T;{Delta}, for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{Delta}} and {sigma}(T;p) as the hydrostatic pressure p is varied for {kappa}-(BEDT-TTF){sub 2}CuN(CN){sub 2}Br.

  16. Superconducting current in hybrid structures with an antiferromagnetic interlayer

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    Zaitsev, A. V. Ovsyannikov, G. A.; Constantinian, K. Y. Kislinskii, Yu. V.; Shadrin, A. V.; Borisenko, I. V.; Komissinskiy, P. V.

    2010-02-15

    It is shown experimentally that the superconducting current density in Nb/Au/Ca{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 2}/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} hybrid superconducting heterostructures with a Ca{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 2} anti-ferromagnetic (AF) cuprate interlayer is anomalously high for interlayer thicknesses d{sub M} = 10-50 nm and the characteristic damping length for superconducting correlations is on the order of 10 nm. The experimental results are explained on the basis of theoretical analysis of a junction of two superconductors (S' and S) connected by a magnetic multilayer with the AF ordering of magnetization in the layers. It is shown that with such a magnetization ordering, anomalous proximity effect determined by the singlet component of the condensate wavefunction may take place. As a result, the critical currents in S'/I/AF/S and S'/I/N/S structures (I denotes an insulator, and N, the normal metal) may coincide in order of magnitude even when the thickness of the AF interlayer considerably exceeds the decay length of the condensate wavefunction in ferromagnetic layers.

  17. Evidence for improvement of critical current by Ag in YBaCuO-Ag thick films

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    Dwir, B.; Kellett, B.; Mieville, L.; Pavuna, D.

    1991-04-01

    The evidence is reported for enhancement of critical current density J(c) in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) thick films with the addition of Ag, which is correlated with improvements in structural properties. An improvement of 50 percent in J(c) (up to about 500 A/sq cm at T = 4.2 K) was obtained in films made from YBCO + 60 wt pct Ag powder, fabricated by the spin-on technique on (100) SrTiO3, which is correlated with improvements in structure. The resulting films are 10 microns thick, uniform, partially textured, and show good adherence. The critical temperature Tc is improved by the addition of Ag, and a reduction in the density of microcracks and in the amount of secondary phases in the sintered films was observed. Normal-state resistivity is reduced by almost three orders of magnitude, making these films potentially useful for electronic applications in interconnects and novel hybrid circuits.

  18. Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 films for novel (opto)electronic device structures

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

    1991-02-01

    This short overview briefly summarizes the most important parameters for successful preparation and associated properties of thin films of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) (YBCO) superconductors. The principles are illustrated by using the example of monotarget ion beam sputtering technique: YBCO films grown in situ on SrTiO3 show Tc(onset) = 92 K and Tco = 91 K. Magnetron sputtering, E-beam evaporation, laser ablation and molecular beam epitaxy are discussed. In situ ion beam sputtering of YBCO on Si and GaAs substrates with intermediate, conducting Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) buffer layers is also presented. Uniform, textured YBCO films on ITO exhibit Tc(onset) at 92 K and Tco at 68 K and 60 K on Si and GaAs substrates, respectively; the latter is the highest Tc reported on GaAs. YBCO/ITO films exhibit metallic resistivity behavior. Finally, the performance of a simple optical bolometer demonstrated on YBCO films and the results of tunneling measurements on the window-type YBCO-Pb tunnel junctions are discussed.

  19. Progress in Wind-and-React Bi-2212 Accelerator Magnet Technology

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    Godeke, A.; Cheng, D.; Dietderich, D.R.; Hannaford, C.R.; Prestemon, S.O.; Sabbi, G.; Wang, X.; Hikichi, Y.; Nishioka, J.; Hasegawa, T.

    2009-08-16

    We report on our progress in the development of the technology for the application of Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+x}(Bi-2212) in Wind-and-React accelerator magnets. A series of superconducting subscale coils has been manufactured at LBNL and reacted at the wire manufacturer SWCC. Selected coils are impregnated and tested in self-field, even though the coils exhibited leakage during the partial melt heat treatment. Other coils have been disassembled after reaction and submitted to critical current (Ic) tests on individual cable sections. We report on the results of the current carrying capacity of the coils. Voltage-current (VI) transitions were reproducibly measured up to a quench currents around 1400 A, which is 25% of the expected performance. The results indicate that the coils are limited by the inner windings. We further compare possibilities to use Bi-2212 and Nb{sub 3}Sn tilted solenoid, and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) racetrack inserts to increase the magnetic field in HD2, a 36 mm bore Nb{sub 3}Sn dipole magnet which recently achieved a bore magnetic field of 13.8 T. The application of Bi-2212 and/or YBCO in accelerator type magnets, if successful, will open the road to higher magnetic fields, far surpassing the limitations of Nb{sub 3}Sn magnet technology.

  20. Fixed-frequency and Frequency-agile (au, HTS) Microstrip Bandstop Filters for L-band Applications

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    Saenz, Eileen M.; Subramanyam, Guru; VanKeuls, Fred W.; Chen, Chonglin; Miranda, Felix A.

    2001-01-01

    In this work, we report on the performance of a highly selective, compact 1.83 x 2.08 cm(exp 2) (approx. 0.72 x 0.82 in(exp 2) microstrip line bandstop filter of YBa2CU3O(7-delta) (YBCO) on LaAlO3 (LAO) substrate. The filter is designed for a center frequency of 1.623 GHz for a bandwidth at 3 dB from reference baseline of less than 5.15 MHz, and a bandstop rejection of 30 dB or better. The design and optimization of the filter was performed using Zeland's IE3D circuit simulator. The optimized design was used to fabricate gold (Au) and High-Temperature Superconductor (HTS) versions of the filter. We have also studied an electronically tunable version of the same filter. Tunability of the bandstop characteristics is achieved by the integration of a thin film conductor (Au or HTS) and the nonlinear dielectric ferroelectric SrTiO3 in a conductor/ferroelectric/dielectric modified microstrip configuration. The performance of these filters and comparison with the simulated data will be presented.

  1. Glass precursor approach to high-temperature superconductors

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1992-01-01

    The available studies on the synthesis of high T sub c superconductors (HTS) via the glass precursor approach were reviewed. Melts of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system as well as those doped with oxides of some other elements (Pb, Al, V, Te, Nb, etc.) could be quenched into glasses which, on further heat treatments under appropriate conditions, crystallized into the superconducting phase(s). The nature of the HTS phase(s) formed depends on the annealing temperature, time, atmosphere, and the cooling rate and also on the glass composition. Long term annealing was needed to obtain a large fraction of the 110 K phase. The high T sub c phase did not crystallize out directly from the glass matrix, but was preceded by the precipitation of other phases. The 110 K HTS was produced at high temperatures by reaction between the phases formed at lower temperatures resulting in multiphase material. The presence of a glass former such as B2O3 was necessary for the Y-Ba-Cu-O melt to form a glass on fast cooling. A discontinuous YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) HTS phase crystallized out on heat treatment of this glass. Attempts to prepare Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O system in the glassy state were not successful.

  2. Inspiratory flow resistive loading improves respiratory muscle function and endurance capacity in recreational runners.

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    Mickleborough, T D; Nichols, T; Lindley, M R; Chatham, K; Ionescu, A A

    2010-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the efficacy of inspiratory flow resistive loading (IFRL) on respiratory muscle function, exercise performance and cardiopulmonary and metabolic responses to exercise. Twenty-four recreational road runners (12 male) were randomly assigned from each gender into an IFRL group (n=8) and sham-IFRL group (n=8), which performed IFRL for 6 weeks, or a control group (n=8). Strength (+43.9%Delta), endurance (+26.6%Delta), maximum power output (+41.9%Delta) and work capacity (+38.5%Delta) of the inspiratory muscles were significantly increased (P<0.05) at rest following the study period in IFRL group only. In addition, ventilation (-25.7%Delta), oxygen consumption (-13.3%Delta), breathing frequency (-11.9%Delta), tidal volume (-16.0%Delta), heart rate (HR) (-13.1%Delta), blood lactate concentration (-38.9%Delta) and the perceptual response (-33.5%Delta) to constant workload exercise were significantly attenuated (P<0.05), concomitant with a significant improvement (P<0.05) in endurance exercise capacity (+16.4%Delta) during a treadmill run set at 80% VO2max in IFRL group only. These data suggest that IFRL can alter breathing mechanics, attenuate the oxygen cost, ventilation, HR, blood lactate and the perceptual response during constant workload exercise and improve endurance exercise performance in recreational runners.

  3. Late-Glacial to Late-holocene Shifts in Global Precipitation Delta(sup 18)O

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    Jasechko, S.; Lechler, A.; Pausata, F.S.R.; Fawcett, P.J.; Gleeson, T.; Cendon, D.I.; Galewsky, J.; LeGrande, A. N.; Risi, C.; Sharp, Z. D.; Welker, J. M.; Werner, M.; Yoshimura, K.

    2015-01-01

    Reconstructions of Quaternary climate are often based on the isotopic content of paleo-precipitation preserved in proxy records. While many paleo-precipitation isotope records are available, few studies have synthesized these dispersed records to explore spatial patterns of late-glacial precipitation delta(sup 18)O. Here we present a synthesis of 86 globally distributed groundwater (n 59), cave calcite (n 15) and ice core (n 12) isotope records spanning the late-glacial (defined as 50,000 to 20,000 years ago) to the late-Holocene (within the past 5000 years). We show that precipitation delta(sup 18)O changes from the late-glacial to the late-Holocene range from -7.1% (delta(sup 18)O(late-Holocene) > delta(sup 18)O(late-glacial) to +1.7% (delta(sup 18)O(late-glacial) > delta(sup 18)O(late-Holocene), with the majority (77) of records having lower late-glacial delta(sup 18)O than late-Holocene delta(sup 18)O values. High-magnitude, negative precipitation delta(sup 18)O shifts are common at high latitudes, high altitudes and continental interiors.

  4. Motivational effects of smoked marijuana: behavioral contingencies and low-probability activities.

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    Foltin, R W; Fischman, M W; Brady, J V; Bernstein, D J; Capriotti, R M; Nellis, M J; Kelly, T H

    1990-01-01

    Six adult male research volunteers, in two groups of 3 subjects each, lived in a residential laboratory for 15 days. All contact with the experimenters was through a networked computer system, and subjects' behavior was monitored continuously and recorded. During the first part of each day, they were allowed to socialize. Two cigarettes containing active marijuana (2.7% delta 9-THC) or placebo were smoked during the private work period and the period of access to social activities. Three-day contingency conditions requiring subjects to engage in a low-probability work activity (instrumental activity) in order to earn time that could be spent engaging in a high-probability work activity (contingent activity) were programmed during periods of placebo and active-marijuana smoking. During placebo administration, the contingency requirement reliably increased the amount of time that subjects spent engaged in the low-probability instrumental activity and decreased the time spent engaged in the high-probability activity. During active-marijuana administration, however, the increases in instrumental activity were consistently larger than observed under placebo conditions. The decreases in contingent activity were similar to those seen under placebo conditions. Smoking active marijuana was thus observed to produce increments in instrumental activity under motivational conditions involving contingencies for "work activities." PMID:2299291

  5. Measurements on Subscale Y-Ba-Cu-O Racetrack Coils at 77 K and Self-Field

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    Wang, X.; Caspi, S.; Cheng, D. W.; Dietderich, D. R.; Felice, H.; Ferracin, P.; Godeke, A.; Joseph, J. M.; Lizarazo, J.; Prestemon, S. O.; Sabbi, G.

    2009-10-19

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) tapes carry significant amount of current at fields beyond the limit of Nb-based conductors. This makes the YBCO tapes a possible conductor candidate for insert magnets to increase the bore field of Nb{sub 3}Sn high-field dipoles. As an initial step of the YBCO insert technology development, two subscale racetrack coils were wound using Kapton-insulated commercial YBCO tapes. Both coils had two layers; one had 3 turns in each layer and the other 10 turns. The coils were supported by G10 side rails and waxed strips and not impregnated. The critical current of the coils was measured at 77 K and self-field. A 2D model considering the magnetic-field dependence of the critical current was used to estimate the expected critical current. The measured results show that both coils reached 80%-95% of the expected values, indicating the feasibility of the design concept and fabrication process.

  6. Gluon-Spin Contribution to the Proton Spin from the Double-Helicity Asymmetry in Inclusive pi(0) Production in Polarized p plus p Collisions at s = 200 GeV

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    Adare, A.; Awes, Terry C; Cianciolo, Vince; Enokizono, Akitomo; Read Jr, Kenneth F; Silvermyr, David O; Sorensen, Soren P; Stankus, Paul W; Young, Glenn R; PHENIX, Collaboration

    2009-01-01

    The double helicity asymmetry in neutral pion production for p{sub T} = 1 to 12 GeV/c was measured with the PHENIX experiment to access the gluon-spin contribution, {Delta}G, to the proton spin. Measured asymmetries are consistent with zero, and at a theory scale of {mu}{sup 2} = 4 GeV{sup 2} a next to leading order QCD analysis gives {Delta}G{sup [0.02,0.3]} = 0.2, with a constraint of -0.7 < {Delta}G{sup [0.02,0.3]} < 0.5 at {Delta}{chi}{sup 2} = 9 (-3{sigma}) for the sampled gluon momentum fraction (x) range, 0.02 to 0.3. The results are obtained using predictions for the measured asymmetries generated from four representative fits to polarized deep inelastic scattering data. We also consider the dependence of the {Delta}G constraint on the choice of the theoretical scale, a dominant uncertainty in these predictions.

  7. Particle Engulfment and Pushing Micro-Gravity Experiments and Mathematical Modeling

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    Stefanescu, Doru M.; Catalina, A. V.; Juretzko, F.; Mukherjee, S.; Sen, S.

    2000-01-01

    The phenomenon of interaction of particles with solid-liquid interfaces that results in particle engulfment or pushing (PEP) has been Studied since mid 1960's. While the original interest stemmed from geology applications (frost heaving in soil), it was recognized early that understanding particle behavior at solidifying interfaces mi ht yield 9 practical benefits in other fields. In metallurgical applications the issue is the location of particles with respect to grain boundaries at the end of solidification. Considerable amount of experimental and theoretical research was lately focused on applications to metal matrix composites produced by casting; or spray forming techniques. Another application of PEP is in the growing of Y1Ba2CU3O7-delta(123) superconductor crystals from an undercooled liquid. The oxide melt contains Y2Ba1CU1O5 (211) precipitates, which act as flux pinning sites. The paper presents results of PEP micro-gravity research performed by the authors on two shuttle missions using metallic and polymeric materials. In addition. a discussion on the theoretical aspects of the physics of PEP is offered. Analytical and numerical models for planar solidification interfaces developed by the authors are used to explain the experimental results. Shortcomings of steady-state models are emphasized. A numerical model that includes the effect of the solutal field and of natural convection is introduced. A discussion of phenomena associated with dendritic solidification based on experimental observations is also offered. A mechanism of engulfment is proposed.

  8. Specificities of the Acyl-Acyl Carrier Protein (ACP) Thioesterase and Glycerol-3-Phosphate Acyltransferase for Octadecenoyl-ACP Isomers (Identification of a Petroselinoyl-ACP Thioesterase in Umbelliferae).

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    Dormann, P.; Frentzen, M.; Ohlrogge, J. B.

    1994-01-01

    This study was designed to address the question: How specific for double bond position and conformation are plant enzymes that act on oleoyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP)? Octadecenoyl-ACPs with cis double bonds at positions [delta]6, [delta]7, [delta]8, [delta]9, [delta]10, [delta]11, or [delta]12 and elaidyl (18:1[delta]9trans)-ACP were synthesized and used to characterize the substrate specificity of the acyl-ACP thioesterase and acyl-ACP:sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase. The two enzymes were found to be specific for the [delta]9 position of the double bond. The thioesterase was highly specific for the [delta]9 cis conformation, but the transferase was almost equally active with the cis and the trans isomer of 18:1[delta]9-ACP. In plants such as the Umbelliferae species coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) that accumulate petroselinic acid (18:1[delta]6cis) in their seed triacylglycerols, a high petroselinoyl-ACP thioesterase activity was found in addition to the oleoyl-ACP thioesterase. The two activities could be separated by anion-exchange chromatography, indicating that the petroselinoyl-ACP thioesterase is represented by a distinct polypeptide. PMID:12232130

  9. Determination of Dopant Site Occupancies in Copper - Yttrium-Barium by a New Application of Differential Anomalous X-Ray Scattering.

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    Gustafson, Rebecca Howland

    Dopant site occupancies in YBa_2 Cu_{rm 3-x}M _{rm x}O _{7-delta}, with M representing Fe (x = 0.3 and x = 0.5), Co (x = 0.2 and x = 0.5), Ni (x = 0.3) and Zn (x = 0.3) have been determined using an new application of differential anomalous x-ray scattering. The Ni and Zn atoms were found to occupy the Cu(1) ("chains") site and the Cu(2) ("planes") site in a nearly random distribution. The Fe and Co atoms were found to occupy the Cu(1) site predominantly at low x, with an increasing fraction on the Cu(2) sites as the total amount of dopant increases. In all cases, the results appear to have high statistical significance, with very little sensitivity to expected uncertainties in oxygen content, total dopant content, anomalous corrections to the atomic scattering factor of the dopant, and to relative atomic coordinates assumed in the modeling. The results are also discussed in the context of existing EXAFS and neutron diffraction results, thermogravimetric analysis and Mossbauer spectra, and T_{rm c} and Hall-effect studies.

  10. Irreversible properties of YBCO thick films deposited by liquid phase epitaxy on single crystalline substrates

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    Vostner, A.; Tönies, S.; Weber, H. W.; Cheng, Y. S.; Kurumovic, A.; Evetts, J. E.; Mennema, S. H.; Zandbergen, H. W.

    2003-10-01

    We report on the field and temperature dependence of the critical transport current density Jc, the angular dependence of the transport current at various external magnetic fields and the irreversibility fields in YBa2Cu3O7-delta (Y-123) thick films prepared by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE). A comparison of the irreversible properties between specimens produced with and without silver additions to the melt is also presented. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was employed to obtain information on the correlation between the transport properties and the microstructure. The samples were deposited either directly on NdGaO3 (NGO) or on seeded (100) MgO substrates, where a 200 nm thin YBCO film deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) acts as seed layer for the LPE process. The final thickness of the Y-123 layer is of the order of 1 µm for the NGO and between 2 and 10 µm for the MgO samples. The critical current densities reach 3 × 109 A m-2 at zero field and 77 K in the best case.

  11. Modified two-fluid model of conductivity for superconducting surface resistance calculation. Master's thesis

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    Linden, D.S.

    1993-05-01

    The traditional two-fluid model of superconducting conductivity was modified to make it accurate, while remaining fast, for designing and simulating microwave devices. The modification reflects the BCS coherence effects in the conductivity of a superconductor, and is incorporated through the ratio of normal to superconducting electrons. This modified ratio is a simple analytical expression which depends on frequency, temperature and material parameters. This modified two-fluid model allows accurate and rapid calculation of the microwave surface impedance of a superconductor in the clean and dirty limits and in the weak- and strong-coupled regimes. The model compares well with surface resistance data for Nb and provides insight into Nb3Sn and Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta). Numerical calculations with the modified two-fluid model are an order of magnitude faster than the quasi-classical program by Zimmermann (1), and two to five orders of magnitude faster than Halbritter's BCS program (2) for surface resistance.

  12. Tetragonal YBaFe{sub 4}O{sub 7.0}: a stoichiometric polymorph of the '114' ferrite family

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    Duffort, V.; Caignaert, V.; Pralong, V.; Barrier, N.; Raveau, B.; Avdeev, M.; Zheng, H.; Mitchell, J. F.

    2012-03-01

    The exploration of the phase diagram of the ferrite YBaFe{sub 4}O{sub 7+{delta}} versus the oxygen content {delta} and temperature shows the complex crystal chemistry of this system. Besides the cubic form (F4{sup -}3m), which is observed up to 600 C and for 0 < {delta} {le} 0.65, a stoichiometric tetragonal form ({delta} = 0) is isolated below 300 C that is stable only in the absence of oxidizing atmosphere. The resolution of the structure of this new YBaFe{sub 4}O{sub 7.0} form, from combined neutron and synchrotron data, in the space group I4{sup -}, shows significant displacements of the atoms with respect to the cubic form, especially concerning the oxygen atoms surrounding the barium cations. The decrease of several Ba-O distances around the underbonded barium cations is explained by the existence of hybridized Ba{sup (2-{delta})+}-O{sup 2-}-Fe{sup (2+{delta})+} bonds, in agreement with Moessbauer spectroscopy. The role of coulombic repulsions in the [Fe{sub 4}O] and [Fe{sub 4}] tetrahedra of the [Fe{sub 4}]{infinity} sublattice on the structural transition is also discussed.

  13. Normal Liver Tissue Density Dose Response in Patients Treated With Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Liver Metastases

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    Howells, Christopher C.; Stinauer, Michelle A.; Diot, Quentin; Westerly, David C.; Schefter, Tracey E.; Kavanagh, Brian D.; Miften, Moyed

    2012-11-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the temporal dose response of normal liver tissue for patients with liver metastases treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). Methods and Materials: Ninety-nine noncontrast follow-up computed tomography (CT) scans of 34 patients who received SBRT between 2004 and 2011 were retrospectively analyzed at a median of 8 months post-SBRT (range, 0.7-36 months). SBRT-induced normal liver tissue density changes in follow-up CT scans were evaluated at 2, 6, 10, 15, and 27 months. The dose distributions from planning CTs were mapped to follow-up CTs to relate the mean Hounsfield unit change ({Delta}HU) to dose received over the range 0-55 Gy in 3-5 fractions. An absolute density change of 7 HU was considered a significant radiographic change in normal liver tissue. Results: Increasing radiation dose was linearly correlated with lower post-SBRT liver tissue density (slope, -0.65 {Delta}HU/5 Gy). The threshold for significant change (-7 {Delta}HU) was observed in the range of 30-35 Gy. This effect did not vary significantly over the time intervals evaluated. Conclusions: SBRT induces a dose-dependent and relatively time-independent hypodense radiation reaction within normal liver tissue that is characterized by a decrease of >7 HU in liver density for doses >30-35 Gy.

  14. Space qualified hybrid superconductor/semiconductor planar oscillator circuit

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    Miranda, F. A.; Chorey, C. M.; Romanofsky, R. R.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1995-01-01

    We report on the space qualification of a hybrid superconductor/semiconductor planar local oscillator (LO) at 8.4 GHz. This oscillator was designed, fabricated, and tested as a component for the High Temperature Superconductivity Space Experiment 2 (HTSSE-2). The LO consisted of a GaAs MESFET and microstrip circuitry patterned onto a YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) high temperature superconducting (HTS) thin film on a 1.0 x 1.0 sq cm lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) substrate. At 77 K, this oscillator achieved power output levels up to 10 dBm into a 50 Ohm load. When incorporated into a full cryogenic receiver, the LO provided output powers within 0.0-3.0 dBm with less than 50 mW of dc power dissipation. Space qualification data on the sensitivity of the HTS films to the processing steps involved in the fabrication of HTS-based components are presented. Data on ohmic contacts, strength of wire bonds made to such contacts, and aging effects as well as vibration test results are discussed.

  15. Circumstances and mechanisms of inhibition of translation by secondary structure in eucaryotic mRNAs.

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    Kozak, M

    1989-01-01

    This paper describes in vitro experiments with two types of intramolecular duplex structures that inhibit translation in cis by preventing the formation of an initiation complex or by causing the complex to be abortive. One stem-loop structure (delta G = -30 kcal/mol) prevented mRNA from engaging 40S subunits when the hairpin occurred 12 nucleotides (nt) from the cap but had no deleterious effect when it was repositioned 52 nt from the cap. This result confirms prior in vivo evidence that the 40S subunit-factor complex, once bound to mRNA, has considerable ability to penetrate secondary structure. Consequently, translation is most sensitive to secondary structure at the entry site for ribosomes, i.e., the 5' end of the mRNA. The second stem-loop structure (hp7; delta G = -61 kcal/mol, located 72 nt from the cap) was too stable to be unwound by 40S ribosomes, hp7 did not prevent a 40S ribosomal subunit from binding but caused the 40S subunit to stall on the 5' side of the hairpin, exactly as the scanning model predicts. Control experiments revealed that 80S elongating ribosomes could disrupt duplex structures, such as hp7, that were too stable to be penetrated by the scanning 40S ribosome-factor complex. A third type of base-paired structure shown to inhibit translation in vivo involves a long-range interaction between the 5' and 3' noncoding sequences. Images PMID:2601712

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

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

    1996-01-01

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

  17. Buffer layers for deposition of superconducting YBaCuO thin film on polycrystalline diamond

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    Beetz, Charles P.; Cui, G. J.; Lincoln, B. A.; Kirlin, Peter S.

    1992-09-01

    In an attempt to combine the properties of high temperature superconductors with the high thermal conductivity and low specific heat of diamond, we have explored the deposition of in- situ YBa(subscript 2)Cu(subscript 3)O(subscript 7-(delta) ) (YBCO) superconducting films on polycrystalline diamond thin films. We demonstrate for the first time superconducting YBCO films on diamond employing multiple layer buffer layer systems. Three different composite buffer layer systems were explored for this purpose: (1) Diamond/Zr/YSZ/YBCO, (2) Diamond/Si(subscript 3)N(subscript 4)/YSZ/YBCO, and (3) Diamond/SiO(subscript 2)/YSZ/YBCO. Adherent thin Zr films were deposited by dc sputtering on the diamond films at 450 to 820 degree(s)C. The yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was deposited by reactive RF sputtering at 680 to 750 degree(s)C. The Si(subscript 3)N(subscript 4) and SiO(subscript 2) were also deposited by on-axis RF sputtering at 400 to 700 degree(s)C. YBCO films were grown on the buffer layers by off-axis RF sputtering at substrate temperatures between 690 degree(s)C and 750 degree(s)C. In all cases, the as-deposited YBCO films were superconducting above 77 K. This demonstration enables the fabrication of low heat capacity, fast response time bolometric far IR detectors and paves the way for the use of HTSC as a high frequency interconnect metallization on thick diamond film based multichip modules.

  18. Requirement for a zinc motif for template recognition by the bacteriophage T7 primase.

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    Mendelman, L V; Beauchamp, B B; Richardson, C C

    1994-01-01

    Gene 4 of bacteriophage T7 encodes two proteins, a 63 kDa and a colinear 56 kDa protein. The coding sequence of the 56 kDa protein begins at the residues encoding an internal methionine located 64 amino acids from the N-terminus of the 63 kDa protein. The 56 kDa gene 4 protein is a helicase and the 63 kDa gene 4 protein is a helicase and a primase. The unique 7 kDa N-terminus of the 63 kDa gene 4 protein is essential for primer synthesis and contains sequences with homology to a Cys4 metal binding motif, Cys-X2-Cys-X17-Cys-X2-Cys. The zinc content of the 63 kDa gene 4 protein is 1.1 g-atom/mol protein, while the zinc content of the 56 kDa gene 4 protein is < 0.01, as determined by atomic absorption spectrometry. A bacteriophage deleted for gene 4, T7 delta 4-1, is incapable of growing on Escherichia coli strains that contain plasmids expressing gene 4 proteins with single amino acid substitutions of Ser at each of the four conserved Cys residues (efficiency of plating, 10(-7)). Primase containing a substitution of the third Cys for Ser has been overexpressed in E. coli and purified to homogeneity. This mutant primase cannot catalyze template-directed synthesis of oligoribonucleotides although it is able to catalyze the synthesis of random diribonucleotides in a template-independent fashion. The mutant primase has reduced helicase activity although it catalyzes single-stranded DNA-dependent hydrolysis of dTTP at rates comparable with wild type primase. The zinc content of the mutant primase is 0.5 g-atom/mol protein. Images PMID:8070418

  19. Lunar Limb Observatory: An Incremental Plan for the Utilization, Exploration, and Settlement of the Moon

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    Lowman, Paul. D., Jr.

    1996-01-01

    This paper proposes a comprehensive incremental program, Lunar Limb Observatory (LLO), for a return to the Moon, beginning with robotic missions and ending with a permanent lunar settlement. Several recent technological developments make such a program both affordable and scientifically valuable: robotic telescopes, the Internet, light-weight telescopes, shared- autonomy/predictive graphics telerobotic devices, and optical interferometry systems. Reasons for focussing new NASA programs on the Moon include public interest, Moon-based astronomy, renewed lunar exploration, lunar resources (especially helium-3), technological stimulus, accessibility of the Moon (compared to any planet), and dispersal of the human species to counter predictable natural catastrophes, asteroidal or cometary impacts in particular. The proposed Lunar Limb Observatory would be located in the crater Riccioli, with auxiliary robotic telescopes in M. Smythii and at the North and South Poles. The first phase of the program, after site certification, would be a series of 5 Delta-launched telerobotic missions to Riccioli (or Grimaldi if Riccioli proves unsuitable), emplacing robotic telescopes and carrying out surface exploration. The next phase would be 7 Delta-launched telerobotic missions to M. Smythii (2 missions), the South Pole (3 missions), and the North Pole (2 missions), emplacing robotic telescopes to provide continuous all-sky coverage. Lunar base establishment would begin with two unmanned Shuttle/Fitan-Centaur missions to Riccioli, for shelter emplacement, followed by the first manned return, also using the Shuttle/Fitan-Centaur mode. The main LLO at Riccioli would then be permanently or periodically inhabited, for surface exploration, telerobotic rover and telescope operation and maintenance, and support of Earth-based student projects. The LLO would evolve into a permanent human settlement, serving, among other functions, as a test area and staging base for the exploration

  20. Role of the minor energetic determinants of chicken egg white lysozyme (HEWL) to the stability of the HEWL.antibody scFv-10 complex.

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    Rajpal, A; Kirsch, J F

    2000-07-01

    Seven of the 13 non-glycine contact amino acids in the hen (chicken) egg white lysozyme (HEWL) epitope for antibody Fab-10 each contribute < or =0.3 kcal/mol to the change in free energy (DeltaDeltaG(D)) from wild type (WT) when replaced by alanine (nullspots), and three others each give (0.7 < DeltaDeltaG(D) < or = 1. 0) kcal/mol (warm spots) (Rajpal et al. Protein Sci 1998;7:1868-1874). The low DeltaDeltaG(D) values introduced by alanine mutations present an opportunity to explore accurately their cumulative effects, as the sum of the combined DeltaDeltaG(D) values is not so large as to destabilize the complex beyond the range of accurate measurement. Substitution of six of the seven null spot residues by alanine leads to a cumulative DeltaDeltaG(D) = 2.25 +/- 0.04 kcal/mol, whereas the sum of the six individual changes is only -0.36 +/- 0.32 kcal/mol. The triple warm spot mutation generates a DeltaDeltaG(D) = 5.11 +/- 0.06 kcal/mol versus DeltaDeltaG(D) = 2.52 +/- 0.22 kcal/mol for the sum of the three individuals. The non-additivity in the individual DeltaDeltaG(D) values for the alanine mutations may indicate that these residues provide a conformationally stabilizing effect on the hot spot residues, each of which exhibits DeltaDeltaG(D) > 4.0 kcal/mol on alanine substitution.

  1. Irreversibility temperatures in superconducting oxides: The flux-line-lattice melting, the glass-liquid transition, or the depinning temperatures

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    Xu, Y.; Suenaga, M. )

    1991-03-01

    The magnetic-field dependence of the irreversibility temperatures follows an {ital H}={ital a}(1{minus}{ital T}{sub {ital r}}({ital H})/{ital T}{sub {ital c}}(0)){sup {ital n}} relationship with {ital n}{congruent}1.5, for pure and alloyed YBa{sub 2}(Cu{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}M{sub {ital x}}){sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} with {ital x}=0 and 0.02, where {ital M}=Al, Fe, Ni, and Zn, measured for an applied field parallel to the {ital c} axis. However, for {ital M}=Ni and {ital x}=0.04 and 0.06, {ital n}{congruent}2.0. This relationship is not applicable for either Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} or (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} powders. It is also shown that the irreversibility temperature is a strong function of the magnetic hysteresis width {Delta}{ital M} for pure and alloyed YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}. These results and the measurements of the flux creep {Delta}{ital M}({ital t}) for these specimens suggest that {ital T}{sub {ital r}}({ital H}) is a depinning line rather than a lattice melting or glass-to-liquid phase-transition temperature. However, the conventional flux-creep model cannot account for all of the observed temporal dependences of {Delta}{ital M}({ital t}).

  2. Planar tunneling into Zn and Ni-doped YBCO thin films

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    Badica, E.; Greene, L. H.

    2001-03-01

    Superconducting thin films of Y_1Ba_2Cu_3-xM_xO_7-delta (M = Zn, Ni; x = 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.08, and 0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.24 respectively) are grown in different crystallographic orientations, classified into c-axis and ab-oriented. The critical temperatures of the films are 90, 84, 81, 60K, and 90, 81 77K, for Zn and Ni doping, respectively. Planar tunneling spectroscopy into the ab-planes, using Pb and Bi counter-electrodes, shows that the gap-like feature scales with the critical temperature, and the magnitude of the surface-induced Andreev bound states (ABS) seen at zero bias decreases with increasing doping concentration. In the case of Zn-doping, the surface-induced ABS are quenched for the highest doping concentration used, consistent with previous measurements on ion-irradiated (1) and Pr-doped (2) YBCO thin films. A detailed comparison (3) of the influence of doping and disorder on the low-energy density of states of YBCO, as a function of temperature and externally applied magnetic field, will be presented. We acknowledge support from NSF (DMR 94-21957) and NSF (DMR 99-72087). 1. M. Aprili, M. Covington, E. Paraoanu, B. Niedermeier, and L. H. Greene, Phys. Rev. B 57, R8139 (1998); 2. M. Covington, and L. H. Greene, Phys. Rev. B 62, 12 440 (2000); 3. E. Badica, M. Aprili, M. Covington, and L. H. Greene, Proceedings for the SPIE 2000 Aerosense Symposium, 'Oxide Superconductors: Physics and Nano-engineering IV', April 24-28, 2000, Orlando, Florida.

  3. Smoked marijuana effects on tobacco cigarette smoking behavior.

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    Kelly, T H; Foltin, R W; Rose, A J; Fischman, M W; Brady, J V

    1990-03-01

    The effects of marijuana smoke exposure on several measures of tobacco cigarette smoking behavior were examined. Eight healthy adult male volunteers, who smoked both tobacco and marijuana cigarettes, participated in residential studies, lasting 10 to 15 days, designed to measure the effects of marijuana smoke exposure on a range of behavioral variables. Tobacco cigarettes were available throughout the day (9:00 A.M. until midnight). Each day was divided into a private period (9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.), during which subjects were socially isolated, and a social period (5:00 P.M. to midnight), during which subjects could interact. Under blind conditions, subjects smoked placebo and active marijuana cigarettes (0%, 1.3%, 2.3%, or 2.7% delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol) four times daily (9:45 A.M., 1:30 P.M., 5:00 P.M. and 8:30 P.M.). Each subject was exposed to both placebo and one active dose over 2- to 5-consecutive-day intervals, and dose conditions (i.e., placebo or active) alternated throughout the study. Active marijuana smoking significantly decreased the number of daily tobacco smoking bouts, increased inter-bout intervals and decreased inter-puff intervals. Marijuana decreased the number of tobacco smoking bouts by delaying the initiation of tobacco cigarette smoking immediately after marijuana smoking, whereas decreases in inter-puff intervals were unrelated to the time of marijuana smoking. No consistent interactions between marijuana effects and social or private periods (i.e., time of day) were observed.

  4. Free energy of formation of Cs{sub 3}PuCl{sub 6} and CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}

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    Willamson, M.A.; Kleinschmidt, P.D.

    1992-09-01

    The free energy, enthalpy and entropy of formation of the compounds Cs{sub 3}PuCl{sub 6} and CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7} have been determined by measuring the sublimation pressures for the reactions: CsCl(s) = CsCl(g), 2/5 Cs{sub 3}PuCl{sub 6}(s) = 1/5 CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}(s) + CsCl(g), and CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}(s) = 2 PuCl{sub 3}(s) + CsCl(g). The pressures are measured using Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry over the temperature range 600 to 850 K. For the formation of Cs{sub 3}PuCl{sub 6} from CsCl and PuCl{sub 3}, {Delta}G{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}77.3 +/{minus} 8.5 kJ/mole, {Delta}H{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}82.1 +/{minus} 7.8 kJ mole, and {Delta}S{sup 298}{sup 0} = {minus}16.2 +/{minus} 10.9 J/K mole. For CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}, {Delta}G{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}39.4 +/{minus} 3.5 kJ/mole, {Delta}H{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}40.8 +/{minus} 3.2 kJ/mole, and {Delta}S{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}4.6 +/{minus} 4.2 J/K mole.

  5. Free energy of formation of Cs sub 3 PuCl sub 6 and CsPu sub 2 Cl sub 7

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    Willamson, M.A.; Kleinschmidt, P.D.

    1992-01-01

    The free energy, enthalpy and entropy of formation of the compounds Cs{sub 3}PuCl{sub 6} and CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7} have been determined by measuring the sublimation pressures for the reactions: CsCl(s) = CsCl(g), 2/5 Cs{sub 3}PuCl{sub 6}(s) = 1/5 CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}(s) + CsCl(g), and CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}(s) = 2 PuCl{sub 3}(s) + CsCl(g). The pressures are measured using Knudsen effusion mass spectrometry over the temperature range 600 to 850 K. For the formation of Cs{sub 3}PuCl{sub 6} from CsCl and PuCl{sub 3}, {Delta}G{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}77.3 +/{minus} 8.5 kJ/mole, {Delta}H{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}82.1 +/{minus} 7.8 kJ mole, and {Delta}S{sup 298}{sup 0} = {minus}16.2 +/{minus} 10.9 J/K mole. For CsPu{sub 2}Cl{sub 7}, {Delta}G{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}39.4 +/{minus} 3.5 kJ/mole, {Delta}H{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}40.8 +/{minus} 3.2 kJ/mole, and {Delta}S{sub 298}{sup 0} = {minus}4.6 +/{minus} 4.2 J/K mole.

  6. Microgravity Processing of Oxide Superconductors

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    Olive, James R.; Hofmeister, William H.; Bayuzick, Robert J.; Vlasse, Marcus

    1999-01-01

    Considerable effort has been concentrated on the synthesis and characterization of high T(sub c) oxide superconducting materials. The YBaCuO system has received the most intense study, as this material has shown promise for the application of both thin film and bulk materials. There are many problems with the application of bulk materials- weak links, poor connectivity, small coherence length, oxygen content and control, environmental reactivity, phase stability, incongruent melting behavior, grain boundary contamination, brittle mechanical behavior, and flux creep. The extent to which these problems are intrinsic or associated with processing is the subject of controversy. This study seeks to understand solidification processing of these materials, and to use this knowledge for alternative processing strategies, which, at the very least, will improve the understanding of bulk material properties and deficiencies. In general, the phase diagram studies of the YBaCuO system have concentrated on solid state reactions and on the Y2BaCuO(x) + liquid yields YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) peritectic reaction. Little information is available on the complete melting relations, undercooling, and solidification behavior of these materials. In addition, rare earth substitutions such as Nd and Gd affect the liquidus and phase relations. These materials have promising applications, but lack of information on the high temperature phase relations has hampered research. In general, the understanding of undercooling and solidification of high temperature oxide systems lags behind the science of these phenomena in metallic systems. Therefore, this research investigates the fundamental melting relations, undercooling, and solidification behavior of oxide superconductors with an emphasis on improving ground based synthesis of these materials.

  7. Cloning of an emopamil-binding protein (EBP)-like protein that lacks sterol delta8-delta7 isomerase activity.

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    Moebius, Fabian F; Fitzky, Barbara U; Wietzorrek, Georg; Haidekker, Alexander; Eder, Andrea; Glossmann, Hartmut

    2003-08-15

    EBP (emopamil-binding protein) is a high-affinity binding protein for [3H]emopamil and belongs to the family of so-called sigma receptors. Mutations that disrupt EBP's 3beta-hydroxysteroid sterol delta8-delta7 isomerase activity (EC 5.3.3.5) impair cholesterol biosynthesis and cause X-chromosomal dominant chondrodysplasia punctata. We identified a human cDNA for a novel EBPL (EBP-like protein) with a calculated mass of 23.2 kDa. Amino acid sequence alignments and phylogenetic analysis revealed that EBPL is distantly related to EBP (31% identity and 52% similarity) and found in animals but not in plants. EBPL is encoded by four exons on human chromosome 13q14.2 covering 30.7 kb, and a partially processed EBPL pseudogene was found on 16q21. The EBPL mRNA was expressed ubiquitously and most abundant in liver, lung and kidney. Upon heterologous expression in yeast EBPL had no detectable 3beta-hydroxysteroid sterol delta8-delta7 isomerase and sigma-ligand-binding activity. Nine out of ten amino acid residues essential for catalytic activity of EBP were conserved in EBPL. Replacement of the only differing residue (EBP-Y111W) reduced catalytic activity of EBP. Transfer of the divergent residue from EBP to EBPL (EBPL-W91Y) and chimaerization of EBP and EBPL at various positions failed to restore catalytic activity of EBPL. Chemical cross-linking induced homodimerization of EBPL and EBP. Whereas mevinolin increased the mRNA for EBP and DHCR7 (delta7-sterol reductase) in HepG2 cells, it had no effect on mRNAs for EBPL and sigma1 receptor, indicating that EBP and EBPL expression are not co-ordinated. We propose that EBPL has a yet-to-be-discovered function other than cholesterol biosynthesis. PMID:12760743

  8. Cloning of an emopamil-binding protein (EBP)-like protein that lacks sterol delta8-delta7 isomerase activity.

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    Moebius, Fabian F; Fitzky, Barbara U; Wietzorrek, Georg; Haidekker, Alexander; Eder, Andrea; Glossmann, Hartmut

    2003-01-01

    EBP (emopamil-binding protein) is a high-affinity binding protein for [3H]emopamil and belongs to the family of so-called sigma receptors. Mutations that disrupt EBP's 3beta-hydroxysteroid sterol delta8-delta7 isomerase activity (EC 5.3.3.5) impair cholesterol biosynthesis and cause X-chromosomal dominant chondrodysplasia punctata. We identified a human cDNA for a novel EBPL (EBP-like protein) with a calculated mass of 23.2 kDa. Amino acid sequence alignments and phylogenetic analysis revealed that EBPL is distantly related to EBP (31% identity and 52% similarity) and found in animals but not in plants. EBPL is encoded by four exons on human chromosome 13q14.2 covering 30.7 kb, and a partially processed EBPL pseudogene was found on 16q21. The EBPL mRNA was expressed ubiquitously and most abundant in liver, lung and kidney. Upon heterologous expression in yeast EBPL had no detectable 3beta-hydroxysteroid sterol delta8-delta7 isomerase and sigma-ligand-binding activity. Nine out of ten amino acid residues essential for catalytic activity of EBP were conserved in EBPL. Replacement of the only differing residue (EBP-Y111W) reduced catalytic activity of EBP. Transfer of the divergent residue from EBP to EBPL (EBPL-W91Y) and chimaerization of EBP and EBPL at various positions failed to restore catalytic activity of EBPL. Chemical cross-linking induced homodimerization of EBPL and EBP. Whereas mevinolin increased the mRNA for EBP and DHCR7 (delta7-sterol reductase) in HepG2 cells, it had no effect on mRNAs for EBPL and sigma1 receptor, indicating that EBP and EBPL expression are not co-ordinated. We propose that EBPL has a yet-to-be-discovered function other than cholesterol biosynthesis. PMID:12760743

  9. Processing Dependence of Texture, and Critical Properties of YBa2Cu3O2-δ Films on RABiTS Substrates by a Non-Fluorine MOD Method

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    Xu, Y.; Goyal, Amit; Leonard, Keith J; Specht, Eliot D; Shi, D.; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans

    2006-01-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-{delta} (YBCO or Y123) films on rolling-assisted biaxially textured substrates (RABiTS) were prepared via a fluorine-free metallorganic deposition (MOD) through spin coating, burnout, and high temperature anneal. The effects of substrate texture and surface energy of the CeO2 cap layer were investigated. Except for the commonly accepted key factors, such as the textures of substrate and buffer layers, we found some other factors, for example, the deposition temperature of the cap layer, are also critical to the epitaxial growth of Y123 phase. With the CeO2 cap layer deposited at relative high temperature of 700C, a critical current density, Jc, over 1 MA/cm2 has been demonstrated for the first time on Ni-RABiTS by a fluorine-free MOD method. Whereas for samples with CeO2 cap layers deposited at a lower temperature of 600C, even though XRD data showed a better texture on these buffer layers, texture degradations of YBCO grains under the optimized processing conditions were observed and a lower oxygen partial pressure around 40 ppm was necessary for the epitaxial growth of Y123 phase. As a result, Jc fell to 0.45 MA/cm2 at 77 K. The observed phenomena points to the change of surface energy and reactivity of the CeO2 cap layer with respect to the CeO2 deposition temperature. In this paper, the YBCO phase diagram was also summarized.

  10. Flux Pinning and Critical Current Densities in Proton Irradiated Single Crystal Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide.

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    Viswanathan, Hema Krishnan

    Radiation damage has been traditionally used to introduce artificial pinning centers into superconducting material in order to enhance their critical current densities. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of defects induced by irradiation with 3.5 MeV protons on the critical current densities and to investigate the structure of the defects using SQUID magnetization and magnetoresistive measurements. There are three general types of defects produced by proton irradiation at room temperature. They are (1) a relatively high concentration of point defects on all the sublattices, (2) clusters of point defects, and (3) the defect cascades. SQUID magnetization measurements suggest that the defect clusters and cascades are effective in pinning the vortices at 70 K for vec{rm H}|vec{rm c} axis. Additional contribution to pinning at 10 K for vec{rm H}|vec {rm c} axis comes from the vacancies formed upon irradiation with protons. The defect clusters seem to be the only contributors to pinning for vec{rm H}|vec{ rm ab} plane. The anisotropy of the critical current densities in detwinned crystals between field orientations parallel to the vec{ rm a} and vec{rm b} axes determined from magnetization measurements at 10 K consistently show that rm J_sp {c}{c}(vec H|vec b)>J_sp{c}{c}(vec H| vec a) at all fields after 2 irradiations and annealing for 2 and 4 weeks. The effect of proton irradiation on the resistive transition and the anisotropy of the defect structure was studied using angular dependence of the resistivity in rm YBa_2Cu_3O_{7 -delta} single crytals. The expected drop in resistivity when the field is aligned parallel to the vec{rm c} axis due to the alignment of the vortices with the defect cluster as observed in the case of the twin boundaries was absent.

  11. Characterization of a high-temperature superconducting conductor on round core cables in magnetic fields up to 20 T

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    van der Laan, D. C.; Noyes, P. D.; Miller, G. E.; Weijers, H. W.; Willering, G. P.

    2013-02-13

    The next generation of high-ï¬eld magnets that will operate at magnetic ï¬elds substantially above 20 T, or at temperatures substantially above 4.2 K, requires high-temperature superconductors (HTS). Conductor on round core (CORC) cables, in which RE-Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (RE = rare earth) (REBCO) coated conductors are wound in a helical fashion on a flexible core, are a practical and versatile HTS cable option for low-inductance, high-field magnets. We performed the first tests of CORC magnet cables in liquid helium in magnetic fields of up to 20 T. A record critical current I{sub c} of 5021 A was measured at 4.2 K and 19 T. In a cable with an outer diameter of 7.5 mm, this value corresponds to an engineering current density J{sub e} of 114 A mm{sup -2} , the highest J{sub e} ever reported for a superconducting cable at such high magnetic fields. Additionally, the first magnet wound from an HTS cable was constructed from a 6 m-long CORC cable. The 12-turn, double-layer magnet had an inner diameter of 9 cm and was tested in a magnetic field of 20 T, at which it had an I{sub c} of 1966 A. The cables were quenched repetitively without degradation during the measurements, demonstrating the feasibility of HTS CORC cables for use in high-field magnet applications.

  12. Particle Engulfment and Pushing By Solidifying Interfaces

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    Stefanescu, Doru M.; Mukherjee, Sundeep; Juretzko, Frank Robert; Catalina, A.drian V.; Sen, Subhayu; Curreri, P. A.

    2001-01-01

    The phenomenon of interaction of particles with solid-liquid interfaces (SLI) has been studied since the mid 1960's. While the original interest stemmed from geology applications (frost heaving in soil), researchers soon realized that fundamental understanding of particles behavior at solidifying interfaces might yield practical benefits in other fields, including metallurgy. In materials engineering the main issue is the location of particles with respect to grain boundaries at the end of solidification. Considerable experimental and theoretical research was lately focused on applications to metal matrix composites produced by casting or spray forming techniques, and on inclusion management in steel. Another application of particle SLI interaction is in the growing of Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) (123) superconductor crystals from an undercooled liquid. The oxide melt contains Y2Ba1Cu1O5 (211) precipitates, which act as flux pinning sites. The experimental evidence on transparent organic materials, as well as the recent in situ observations on steel demonstrates that there exist a critical velocity of the planar SLI below which particles are pushed ahead of the interface, and above which particles are engulfment. The engulfment of a SiC particle in succinonitrile is exemplified. However, in most commercial alloys dendritic interfaces must be considered. Indeed, most data available on metallic alloys are on dendritic structures. The term engulfment is used to describe incorporation of a particle by a planar or cellular interface as a result of local interface perturbation, as opposed to entrapment that implies particle incorporation at cells or dendrites boundaries. During entrapment the particles are pushed in the intercellular or interdendritic regions and then captured when local solidification occurs. The physics of these two phenomena is fundamentally different.

  13. The Saccharomyces cerevisiae RAD7 and RAD16 genes are required for inducible excision of endonuclease III sensitive-sites, yet are not needed for the repair of these lesions following a single UV dose.

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    Scott, A D; Waters, R

    1997-01-31

    The RAD7 and RAD16 genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae have roles in the repair of UV induced CPDs in nontranscribed genes [1], and in the repair of CPDs in the nontranscribed strand of transcribed genes [2]. Previously, we identified an inducible component to nucleotide excision repair (NER), which is absent in a rad16 delta strain [3]. We have examined the repair of UV induced endonuclease III sensitive-sites (EIIISS), and have shown repair of these lesions to proceed by NER but their removal from nontranscribed regions is independent of RAD7 and RAD16. Furthermore, EIIISS are repaired with equal efficiency from both transcribed and nontranscribed genes [4]. In order to dissect the roles of RAD7 and RAD16 in the above processes we examined the repair of EIIISS in the MAT alpha and HML alpha loci, which are, respectively, transcriptionally active and inactive in alpha haploid cells. These loci have elevated levels of these lesions after UV (in genomic DNA EIIISS constitute about 10% of total lesions, whereas CPDs are about 70% of total lesions). We have shown that excision of UV induced EIIISS is enhanced following a prior UV irradiation. No enhancement of repair was detected in either the rad7 delta or the rad16 delta mutant. The fact that RAD7 and RAD16 are not required for the repair of EIIISS per se yet are required for the enhanced excision of these lesions from MAT alpha and HML alpha suggests two possibilities. These genes have two roles in NER, namely in the repair of CPDs from nontranscribed sequences, and in enhancing NER itself regardless of whether these genes' products are required for the excision of the specific lesion being repaired. In the latter case, the induction of RAD7 and RAD16 may increase the turnover of complexes stalled in nontranscribed DNA so as to increase the availability of NER proteins for the repair of CPDs and EIIISS in all regions of the genome.

  14. Calculated protein and proton motions coupled to electron transfer: electron transfer from QA- to QB in bacterial photosynthetic reaction centers.

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    Alexov, E G; Gunner, M R

    1999-06-29

    Reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides were subjected to Monte Carlo sampling to determine the Boltzmann distribution of side-chain ionization states and positions and buried water orientation and site occupancy. Changing the oxidation states of the bacteriochlorophyll dimer electron donor (P) and primary (QA) and secondary (QB) quinone electron acceptors allows preparation of the ground (all neutral), P+QA-, P+QB-, P0QA-, and P0QB- states. The calculated proton binding going from ground to other oxidation states and the free energy of electron transfer from QA-QB to form QAQB- (DeltaGAB) compare well with experiment from pH 5 to pH 11. At pH 7 DeltaGAB is measured as -65 meV and calculated to be -80 meV. With fixed protein positions as in standard electrostatic calculations, DeltaGAB is +170 meV. At pH 7 approximately 0.2 H+/protein is bound on QA reduction. On electron transfer to QB there is little additional proton uptake, but shifts in side chain protonation and position occur throughout the protein. Waters in channels leading from QB to the surface change site occupancy and orientation. A cluster of acids (GluL212, AspL210, and L213) and SerL223 near QB play important roles. A simplified view shows this cluster with a single negative charge (on AspL213 with a hydrogen bond to SerL233) in the ground state. In the QB- state the cluster still has one negative charge, now on the more distant AspL210. AspL213 and SerL223 move so SerL223 can hydrogen bond to QB-. These rearrangements plus other changes throughout the protein make the reaction energetically favorable.

  15. Sequentially evaporated thin Y-Ba-Co-O superconducting films on microwave substrates

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    Valco, G. J.; Rohrer, N. J.; Warner, J. D.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1989-01-01

    The development of high T sub c superconducting thin films on various microwave substrates is of major interest in space electronic systems. Thin films of YBa2Cu3O(7-Delta) were formed on SrTiO3, MgO, ZrO2 coated Al2O3, and LaAlO3 substrates by multi-layer sequential evaporation and subsequent annealing in oxygen. The technique allows controlled deposition of Cu, BaF2 and Y layers, as well as the ZrO buffer layers, to achieve reproducibility for microwave circuit fabrication. The three layer structure of Cu/BaF2/Y is repeated a minimum of four times. The films were annealed in an ambient of oxygen bubbled through water at temperatures between 850 C and 900 C followed by slow cooling (-2 C/minute) to 450 C, a low temperature anneal, and slow cooling to room temperature. Annealing times ranged from 15 minutes to 5 hrs. at high temperature and 0 to 6 hr. at 450 C. Silver contacts for four probe electrical measurements were formed by evaporation followed with an anneal at 500 C. The films were characterized by resistance-temperature measurements, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. Critical transition temperatures ranged from 30 K to 87 K as a function of the substrate, composition of the film, thicknesses of the layers, and annealing conditions. Microwave ring resonator circuits were also patterned on these MgO and LaAlO3 substrates.

  16. Purification and mechanistic properties of an extracellular alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase from Monilinia fructigena.

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    Kelly, M A; Sinnott, M L; Herrchen, M

    1987-01-01

    1. The alpha-L-arabinofuranosidase isoenzyme designated AFIII [Laborda, Archer, Fielding & Byrde (1974) J. Gen. Microbiol. 81, 151-163] was purified by sequential isoelectric focusing, hydrophobic chromatography, gel filtration and chromatofocusing. 2. The enzyme is a monomer of Mr 40,000. 3. On inactivation of the enzyme with 3H-labelled 1-alpha-L-arabinofuranosylmethyl-3-p-nitrophenyltriazene, 0.64 mol of alpha-L-arabinofuranosylmethyl residues/mol of enzyme is estimated to become attached to protein. 5. Neither first-order nor second-order rate constants for hydrolyses of aryl alpha-L-arabinofuranosides are dependent upon leaving-group acidity [beta lg(V) = -0.16 +/- 0.11; Beta lg(V/K) = -0.11 +/- 0.07; n = 7; delta pKa = 4.5] 6. Bond-breaking is nonetheless rate-limiting, as is shown by a value of 18(V) of 1.030 +/- 0.007 for the hydrolysis of p-nitrophenyl arabinoside. 7. Proton-donation to the leaving group is thus far advanced at the rate-limiting transition state for this enzyme. 8. Four alpha-L-arabinofuranosyl pyridinium salts are substrates, and an approximate beta lg(V) value of -0.9 can be estimated. 9. The absolute rate enhancement with the 4-bromoisoquinolinium salt, 2.5 X 10(9), is comparable with that observed with pyranosidases. 10. Ring-opening mechanisms can therefore be dismissed, even though they are known in the acid-catalysed hydrolysis of arabinofuranosides. PMID:3663195

  17. Seasonal Variations in the Flux and Isotopic Composition of Nitrate in the Upper Illinois River

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    Huang, S.; Sturchio, N. C.; Gonzales-Meler, M.; Bohlke, J. F.; Sopcak, M.

    2005-12-01

    The Upper Illinois River is a primary channel for transportation and receives effluent of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities as well as runoff from urbanized and agricultural land within its watershed. Archived data on river discharge and nitrate concentrations are available from long-term monitoring programs of the USGS and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC). These data show that water discharge and nitrate concentration in the Upper Illinois River vary seasonally. The isotopic composition of N and O in dissolved nitrate was measured during October 2004 and May 2005, in conjunction with the seasonal water quality monitoring program of the MWRDGC, at 49 mid-channel sampling points along a 133-mile segment of the Illinois River from Lockport to Peoria. The purpose of this study is to determine the extent to which isotopic data can be used to identify and quantify the sources and fate of nitrate in the Illinois River. In October 2004, the nitrate flux decreased from approx. 3 kg/sec at Lockport to approx. 1 kg/sec at Peoria, while the N and O isotopic compositions changed from delta-15N = +7.8, delta-18O = +0.10 at Lockport to delta-15N = +13.5, delta-18O = +5.4 at Peoria. The decrease in nitrate flux and the positively correlated increases in delta-15N and delta-18O are consistent with the interpretation that the major input of nitrate to the Upper Illinois River occurred upstream of Lockport and substantial denitrification or assimilation may have occurred downstream from Lockport. In contrast, during May 2005, the nitrate flux increased from approx. 2 kg/sec at Lockport to approx. 10 kg/sec at Peoria, while the N and O isotopic compositions changed from delta-15N = +9.7, delta-18O = +2.3 at Lockport to delta-15N = +8.9, delta-18O = +6.5 at Peoria. The increase in nitrate flux and the inverse relation between delta-15N and delta-18O are consistent with the interpretation that the major input of nitrate

  18. Multiple origins of Canadian Cordilleran gold deposits: geochemical characteristics

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    Murowchick, J.B.; Nesbitt, B.E.; Muehlenbachs, K.

    1985-01-01

    Two types of lode Au mineralization (Mother Lode and Epithermal) can be recognized in the Canadian Cordillera by geochemical characteristics. The Coquihalla Au belt, a typical ML district, has steeply-dipping Q-cc-ab-Au veins. Host rocks are greywackes, slates and greenstones in fault contact with a serpentinite body. Isotopic analyses: Q-cc and antigorite-mt paris gives temperatures around 250/sup 0/C. delta/sup 18/O/sub SMOW/ are exceptionally high: vein Q = 16 to 18 per thousand, antigorite = 7.4 to 9.5 per thousand, and cc = 14 to 18 per thousand with delta/sup 13/C/sub PDB/ =-2.9 to -6.9 per thousand. deltaD are low: -111 to -142 for the serpentines and -84 to -100 for fluid inclusion waters extracted by crushing vein Q. These fluids have low salinity and contain CO/sub 2/. The delta/sup 18/O for the ore fluid is about 8 per thousand and was also the serpentinizing fluid. The deltaD suggest that the fluid was dominantly meteoric, but evolved by reaction with the metasediments during deep circulation. The typical ML assemblage is Q-cc-ab with aspy, py, po, Au, +/-AU tellurides +/- scheelite; Au/Ag = 4 to 7 in this belt. Other ML deposits in BC show similar isotopic and mineralogic traits. Epithermal deposits in the Canadian Cordillera are comparable to well-studied US examples: their fluids were shallow-circulated meteoric waters (delta/sup 18/O=-14 to -7), delta/sup 18/O=-5 to +2, T=200-300/sup 0/C, Au/Ag<1, and have Q, chalcedony, cc, hematite, adularia, barite, py, cpy, Ag/sub 2/S, Au, electrum and anomalous Hg, As, and Tl contents. The association of Hg and Sb occurrences near many B.C. ML deposits suggests that these may be the epithermal expression of deeper ML mineralization.

  19. The Oxygen Isotope Effect in Praseodymium, Calcium, and Zinc Substituted Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide.

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    Soerensen, Georg Johannes

    The oxygen isotope effect in Pr, Ca, and Zn doped superconducting YBa_2Cu_3O_ {7-delta} was investigated. Pr and Ca substitute predominantly at the Y site while Zn goes into the Cu plane site. The shift in critical temperature (Delta T_{c}) between samples oxygenated in ^{18}O and ^{16}O was obtained via dc resistance measurements, and low field dc magnetization and ac susceptibility measurements in a SQUID magnetometer. Confirmation of the substitution of the oxygen was achieved with Raman and SIMS measurements. The Pr, Ca, and Zn substitutions change T _{c} of the superconductor in different ways. Increasing Pr concentration lowers T_ {c} and increases Delta T_{c} with the isotope coefficient, alpha , approaching 1/2. The addition of Ca reduces the size of both Delta T_ {c} and alpha . Both exhibit a small parabolic effect with increasing Ca substitution. An increase in Zn substitution lowers T _{c} but Delta T _{c} remains nearly constant, or perhaps gets slightly smaller, with alpha increasing to approximately 1/3. We find that there is a linear relationship between the width of the normal to superconducting transition and the size of Delta T_{c}. We believe that this dependency may be related to the sample quality. There does not appear to be a universal correlation between T_{c} and alpha , however, both are dependent on the number of mobile holes and our values do follow closely a universal relationship that has been proposed between these two quantities. We find that a modification to the BCS theory, involving a logarithmic Van Hove singularity in the density of states, does qualitatively fit the general trend of our data. More success is achieved with the use of Eliashberg type calculations in which the change in alpha and T_{c} can be made to resemble our data provided we use a pair-breaking mechanism as well as a modification of the Coulomb pseudopotential which includes an attractive electronic pairing interaction. Both models predict alpha to be a

  20. Association quotients of aluminum sulphate complexes in NaCl media from 50 to 125 C: Results of a potentiometric and solubility study

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    Ridley, M.K.; Kettler, R.M.; Wesolowski, D.J.; Palmer, D.A.

    1999-02-01

    The speciation and molal formation quotients for the complexation of aluminum with sulphate were measured based on potentiometric and solubility experiments. Potentiometric titrations, utilizing a hydrogen-electrode concentration cell, were performed from 50 to 125 C at ionic strengths of 0.1, 0.3 and 1.0 molal in aqueous NaCl media. Two aluminum-sulphate species, AlSO{sub 4}{sup +} and Al(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}{sup {minus}}, were identified from the titration data and the formation quotients for these species were modeled by empirical equations to describe their temperature and ionic strength dependencies. Thermodynamic parameters for the complexation reactions were obtained by differentiating the empirical equations with respect to temperature. The thermodynamic quantities obtained for the formation of AlSO{sub 4}{sup +} at 50 C and infinite dilution are: logK{sub 1} = 3.7 {+-} 0.4, {Delta}H{sub 1}{degree} = {minus}10 {+-} 30 kJ/mol, {Delta}S{sub 1}{degree} = 40 {+-} 100 J/K{center_dot}mol and {Delta}C{sub p 1}{degree} = 1900 {+-} 800 J/K{center_dot}mol; whereas the values for Al(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}{sup {minus}} are: logK{sub 2} = 5.6 {+-} 0.7, {Delta}H{sub 2}{degree} = 10 {+-} 50 kJ/mol, {Delta}S{sub 2}{degree} = 100 {+-} 100 J/K{center_dot}mol and {Delta}C{sub p 2}{degree} = 2800 {+-} 800 J/K{center_dot}mol. A solubility study, which was undertaken to verify the 50 C potentiometric data, was performed by reacting powdered gibbsite (Al(OH){sub 3}) with sulphate solutions at 10{sup {minus}3.5} and 10{sup {minus}4} molal H{sup +}, total sulphate concentrations from 0.005 to 0.080 molal, and 0.1 and 1.0 molal ionic strength in aqueous NaCl media. The results of the solubility study are in good agreement with the potentiometric data and establish that Al-sulphate complexation substantially enhances the equilibrium solubility of gibbsite.

  1. IMPROVED DARK ENERGY CONSTRAINTS FROM {approx}100 NEW CfA SUPERNOVA TYPE Ia LIGHT CURVES

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    Hicken, Malcolm; Challis, Peter; Kirshner, Robert P.; Wood-Vasey, W. Michael; Blondin, Stephane; Jha, Saurabh; Kelly, Patrick L.; Rest, Armin E-mail: kirshner@cfa.harvard.edu

    2009-08-01

    We combine the CfA3 supernovae Type Ia (SN Ia) sample with samples from the literature to calculate improved constraints on the dark energy equation of state parameter, w. The CfA3 sample is added to the Union set of Kowalski et al. to form the Constitution set and, combined with a BAO prior, produces 1 + w = 0.013{sup +0.066} {sub -0.068} (0.11 syst), consistent with the cosmological constant. The CfA3 addition makes the cosmologically useful sample of nearby SN Ia between 2.6 and 2.9 times larger than before, reducing the statistical uncertainty to the point where systematics play the largest role. We use four light-curve fitters to test for systematic differences: SALT, SALT2, MLCS2k2 (R{sub V} = 3.1), and MLCS2k2 (R{sub V} = 1.7). SALT produces high-redshift Hubble residuals with systematic trends versus color and larger scatter than MLCS2k2. MLCS2k2 overestimates the intrinsic luminosity of SN Ia with 0.7 < {delta} < 1.2. MLCS2k2 with R{sub V} = 3.1 overestimates host-galaxy extinction while R{sub V} {approx} 1.7 does not. Our investigation is consistent with no Hubble bubble. We also find that, after light-curve correction, SN Ia in Scd/Sd/Irr hosts are intrinsically fainter than those in E/S0 hosts by 2{sigma}, suggesting that they may come from different populations. We also find that SN Ia in Scd/Sd/Irr hosts have low scatter (0.1 mag) and reddening. Current systematic errors can be reduced by improving SN Ia photometric accuracy, by including the CfA3 sample to retrain light-curve fitters, by combining optical SN Ia photometry with near-infrared photometry to understand host-galaxy extinction, and by determining if different environments give rise to different intrinsic SN Ia luminosity after correction for light-curve shape and color.

  2. Improved Dark Energy Constraints From ~ 100 New CfA Supernova Type Ia Light Curves

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    Hicken, Malcolm; Wood-Vasey, W.Michael; Blondin, Stephane; Challis, Peter; Jha, Saurabh; Kelly, Patrick L.; Rest, Armin; Kirshner, Robert P.; /Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. Astrophys.

    2012-04-06

    We combine the CfA3 supernovae Type Ia (SN Ia) sample with samples from the literature to calculate improved constraints on the dark energy equation of state parameter, w. The CfA3 sample is added to the Union set of Kowalski et al. to form the Constitution set and, combined with a BAO prior, produces 1 + w = 0.013{sub -0.068}{sup +0.066} (0.11 syst), consistent with the cosmological constant. The CfA3 addition makes the cosmologically useful sample of nearby SN Ia between 2.6 and 2.9 times larger than before, reducing the statistical uncertainty to the point where systematics play the largest role. We use four light-curve fitters to test for systematic differences: SALT, SALT2, MLCS2k2 (R{sub V} = 3.1), and MLCS2k2 (R{sub V} = 1.7). SALT produces high-redshift Hubble residuals with systematic trends versus color and larger scatter than MLCS2k2. MLCS2k2 overestimates the intrinsic luminosity of SN Ia with 0.7 < {Delta} < 1.2. MLCS2k2 with R{sub V} = 3.1 overestimates host-galaxy extinction while R{sub V} {approx} 1.7 does not. Our investigation is consistent with no Hubble bubble. We also find that, after light-curve correction, SN Ia in Scd/Sd/Irr hosts are intrinsically fainter than those in E/S0 hosts by 2{sigma}, suggesting that they may come from different populations. We also find that SN Ia in Scd/Sd/Irr hosts have low scatter (0.1 mag) and reddening. Current systematic errors can be reduced by improving SN Ia photometric accuracy, by including the CfA3 sample to retrain light-curve fitters, by combining optical SN Ia photometry with near-infrared photometry to understand host-galaxy extinction, and by determining if different environments give rise to different intrinsic SN Ia luminosity after correction for light-curve shape and color.

  3. Overview of Results from the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX)

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    Gates, D; Ahn, J; Allain, J; Andre, R; Bastasz, R; Bell, M; Bell, R; Belova, E; Berkery, J; Betti, R; Bialek, J; Biewer, T; Bigelow, T; Bitter, M; Boedo, J; Bonoli, P; Bozzer, A; Brennan, D; Breslau, J; Brower, D; Bush, C; Canik, J; Caravelli, G; Carter, M; Caughman, J; Chang, C; Choe, W; Crocker, N; Darrow, D; Delgado-Aparicio, L; Diem, S; D'Ippolito, D; Domier, C; Dorland, W; Efthimion, P; Ejiri, A; Ershov, N; Evans, T; Feibush, E; Fenstermacher, M; Ferron, J; Finkenthal, M; Foley, J; Frazin, R; Fredrickson, E; Fu, G; Funaba, H; Gerhardt, S; Glasser, A; Gorelenkov, N; Grisham, L; Hahm, T; Harvey, R; Hassanein, A; Heidbrink, W; Hill, K; Hillesheim, J; Hillis, D; Hirooka, Y; Hosea, J; Hu, B; Humphreys, D; Idehara, T; Indireshkumar, K; Ishida, A; Jaeger, F; Jarboe, T; Jardin, S; Jaworski, M; Ji, H; Jung, H; Kaita, R; Kallman, J; Katsuro-Hopkins, O; Kawahata, K; Kawamori, E; Kaye, S; Kessel, C; Kim, J; Kimura, H; Kolemen, E; Krasheninnikov, S; Krstic, P; Ku, S; Kubota, S; Kugel, H; La Haye, R; Lao, L; LeBlanc, B; Lee, W; Lee, K; Leuer, J; Levinton, F; Liang, Y; Liu, D; Luhmann, N; Maingi, R; Majeski, R; Manickam, J; Mansfield, D; Maqueda, R; Mazzucato, E; McCune, D; McGeehan, B; McKee, G; Medley, S; Menard, J; Menon, M; Meyer, H; Mikkelsen, D; Miloshevsky, G; Mitarai, O; Mueller, D; Mueller, S; Munsat, T; Myra, J; Nagayama, Y; Nelson, B; Nguyen, X; Nishino, N; Nishiura, M; Nygren, R; Ono, M; Osborne, T; Pacella, D; Park, H; Park, J; Paul, S; Peebles, W; Penaflor, B; Peng, M; Phillips, C; Pigarov, A; Podesta, M; Preinhaelter, J; Ram, A; Raman, R; Rasmussen, D; Redd, A; Reimerdes, H; Rewoldt, G; Ross, P; Rowley, C; Ruskov, E; Russell, D; Ruzic, D; Ryan, P; Sabbagh, S; Schaffer, M; Schuster, E; Scott, S; Shaing, K; Sharpe, P; Shevchenko, V; Shinohara, K; Sizyuk, V; Skinner, C; Smirnov, A; Smith, D; Smith, S; Snyder, P; Soloman, W; Sontag, A; Soukhanovskii, V; Stoltzfus-Dueck, T; Stotler, D; Strait, T; Stratton, B; Stutman, D; Takahashi, R; Takase, Y; Tamura, N; Tang, X; Taylor, G; Taylor, C; Ticos, C; Tritz, K; Tsarouhas, D; Turrnbull, A; Tynan, G; Ulrickson, M; Umansky, M; Urban, J; Utergberg, E; Walker, M; Wampler, W; Wang, J; Wang, W; Weland, A

    2009-01-05

    The mission of NSTX is the demonstration of the physics basis required to extrapolate to the next steps for the spherical torus (ST), such as a plasma facing component test facility (NHTX) or an ST based component test facility (ST-CTF), and to support ITER. Key issues for the ST are transport, and steady state high {beta} operation. To better understand electron transport, a new high-k scattering diagnostic was used extensively to investigate electron gyro-scale fluctuations with varying electron temperature gradient scale-length. Results from n = 3 braking studies confirm the flow shear dependence of ion transport. New results from electron Bernstein wave emission measurements from plasmas with lithium wall coating applied indicate transmission efficiencies near 70% in H-mode as a result of reduced collisionality. Improved coupling of High Harmonic Fast-Waves has been achieved by reducing the edge density relative to the critical density for surface wave coupling. In order to achieve high bootstrap fraction, future ST designs envision running at very high elongation. Plasmas have been maintained on NSTX at very low internal inductance l{sub i} {approx} 0.4 with strong shaping ({kappa} {approx} 2.7, {delta} {approx} 0.8) with {beta}{sub N} approaching the with-wall beta limit for several energy confinement times. By operating at lower collisionality in this regime, NSTX has achieved record non-inductive current drive fraction f{sub NI} {approx} 71%. Instabilities driven by super-Alfvenic ions are an important issue for all burning plasmas, including ITER. Fast ions from NBI on NSTX are super-Alfvenic. Linear TAE thresholds and appreciable fast-ion loss during multi-mode bursts are measured and these results are compared to theory. RWM/RFA feedback combined with n = 3 error field control was used on NSTX to maintain plasma rotation with {beta} above the no-wall limit. The impact of n > 1 error fields on stability is a important result for ITER. Other highlights are

  4. The Dopants and Doping Level Dependence of the Structure and Magnetic Properties of the Eu (BA1-xLRx)2Cu3O7+Theta

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    Yu Lin

    2002-12-31

    Eu(Ba{sub 1-x}Nd{sub x}){sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7+{delta}} were systematically studied in order to understand how the valence of the rear earth elements, ionic sizes and magnetic moment affect the crystal structure and magnetic and electrical properties. Differential thermal analyses were carried out to check the phase purity, X-ray data were least-squares fitted to determine the lattice parameters, and DC-SQUID magnetometry was used to characterize the superconducting properties. These results showed that the crystallography is consistent with other EuLR123ss series, LR = La, Pr, Eu. The lattice parameters vary with the ionic radii of the rare earth ions. Unlike the uniform change in lattice parameter, the superconducting transition did not vary systematically with the ionic size of the dopants. Although the general trend was for T{sub c} to decrease with decreasing ionic size of the dopant, for the same doping level, Pr was anomalous, depressing T{sub c} faster. Although the exact mechanism is not clear, this result is consistent with the depression of T{sub c} for Pr substitution for the rare earth in R123. The critical current J{sub c} was determined using the Bean model from magnetization versus field measurements as a function of temperature and field. The effect of the dopants on J{sub c} with the increasing of temperature or applied field was determined. For T < 77 K and small values of x, the value of J{sub c} was increased over that of the x = 0 sample. In addition, the smaller the substituting atom, the higher the J{sub c} becomes. For instance, at x = 0.025, Eu123 < EuLa.025 < EuPr.025 < EuNd.025 < EuEu.025. The enhancement of J{sub c} disappears for x > 0.05 and T > 0.5T{sub c}.

  5. Microwave surface resistance of high Tc superconducting films

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    Apte, Prakash R.; Pinto, R.; Kumar, Dhananjay; Vijayaraghavan, R.

    1995-09-01

    The surface resistance, Rs, at microwave frequencies has been an important qualification parameter for high temperature superconductor (HTS) thin films. HTS thin films with low Rs have been realized on many substrates, and many groups have realized Rs values in the range 300 - 400 (mu) (Omega) at 10 GHz at 77 K with YBa2Cu3O7-(delta ) (YBCO) films on <100> LaAlO3 substrates. Both microstrip resonator and parallel plate resonator techniques are being used to measure Rs values of HTS thin films. It has been observed that the value of Rs at given frequency and temperature critically depends upon the epitaxial quality and granularity of the films. For example, YBCO films grown on <100> MgO have been found to be granular and weak link limited with a significant microwave power dependence of Rs. On the other hand, YBCO films insitu grown on <100> LaAlO3 have shown better epitaxy with low Rs. This is obviously due to the much better lattice match of YBCO with <100> LaAlO3 if the targets used for laser deposition are doped with Ag. Extensive work carried out in our laboratory has shown that a Ag-doping level of around 5 wt.% in YBCO is the optimum which results in YBCO films of much improved quality. We have realized Ag-doped YBCO films with Jc values of 6 - 8 X 106 Acm-2 at 77 K and a low Rs value of 210 (mu) (Omega) at 10 GHz at 77 K on <100> LaAlO3. Both these values are the best realized on LaAlO3 to date. What is equally important is the fact that with Ag-doping the reproducibility of the epitaxial quality of the films improves significantly. This has been found to be due to the enhanced oxygenation of films during growth and the surfactant effect of Ag. Experiments have shown that even the optimum temperature for insitu growth in reduced considerably by Ag-doping. It must be mentioned, however, that the only negative aspect of Ag-doping is the higher microwave residual surface resistance, Rres, observed in these films at (very) low temperatures. This is obviously due

  6. Superconducting Yttrium Barium Copper Oxide Thin Films and Thin Film Devices

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    Stamper, Anthony Kendall

    Superconducting thin films of YBa_2 Cu_3O_{7 -delta} (YBCO) have been deposited using rf diode sputtering from a single composite target. These films were deposited on silicon substrates at substrate temperatures up to 600^circC using either 100% argon or a 90% argon and 10% oxygen sputtering gas mixture. Yttria-stabilized ZrO_2 (YSZ) buffer layers were employed both for electrical isolation and to minimize the reaction between the silicon and the superconductor. The YSZ crystal structure was highly dependent on the deposition parameters and films with (111) and (100) cubic texturing were grown on oxidized silicon substrates. The composition and electrical properties of the YBCO films, which were deposited on-axis from 5 cm targets, were approximately constant over most of the 5 cm substrates when oxygen was in the sputtering gas and were reproducible. The effect of the sputtering gas pressure, the presence of 10% oxygen in the sputtering gas, the target composition, and the substrate temperature on the film composition have been studied. We demonstrated that neutral oxygen bombardment was responsible for composition differences between the target and the thin film. YBCO films deposited on in-situ heated substrates had zero-transition temperatures up to 87K with 10% to 90% transition widths of less than 5K and were c-axis oriented. Films deposited on unheated substrates required processing at higher temperatures, had zero-transition temperatures up to 85K, and were randomly oriented. Lithographic processes and contact technologies were developed for device fabrication. Using these processes, we fabricated simple YBCO microstrip structures, YBCO/Au/n-Si Schottky diodes, Pb/Ag/YBCO Josephson junctions, and Au/YSZ/YBCO multi-layer structures. After optimization of the process, we were able to fabricate high quality diodes and ohmic contacts without degrading the electrical properties of the YBCO. Finally, we fabricated flux transformer structures, with winding widths

  7. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy Studies of Multiband and Unconventional Superconductivity

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    Fridman, Igor

    could result from excess Fe. Topography of Fe1+yTe 1-xSex and BaFe 2-xNixAs 2 showed nanometer-sized clustering and different surface terminations, respectively. Thin film c-axis heterostructures of YBa2Cu3O 7--delta and La2/3Ca1/3MnO3 were grown using pulsed laser deposition. Spectra on the manganite layer at 4.2 K provide microscopic evidence for a short-ranged proximity effect, and are difficult to reconcile with scenarios involving spin-triplet pairing.

  8. Acute pesticide poisoning among cut-flower farmers.

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    Lu, Jinky Leilanie

    2007-09-01

    The study reported here looked at adverse health effects associated with pesticide exposure among cut-flower farmers in La Trinidad, Philippines. Survey questionnaires and detailed physical and laboratory examinations were administered to 114 and 102 respondents, respectively, to determine pesticide exposure, work and safety practices, individual and family illnesses, and cholinesterase levels. Results showed that pesticide application was the activity most frequently associated with pesticide exposure, and entry was mostly ocular and dermal. Involvement of the skin was noted, with 21 percent of farmers having integumentary abnormalities. Upon physical examination, 90 respondents, or 88.2 percent of those examined, were found to have abnormal peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). Abnormal temperature was found in 81.3 percent, and the next most frequent finding was abnormal general-survey results, at 75.5 percent. In 51 percent, cholinesterase levels were below the mean value of 0.7 delta pH/hour. (The unit of measure A pH/hour refers to the change in cholinesterase activity as measured by the difference between the initial pH and the final pH when acetylcholine solution has been added to the red blood cell for 1 1/2 hours. A decrease in cholinesterase activity will produce a low delta pH/hour level) In 25.5 percent, a more than 10 percent depression in the level of RBC cholinesterase was found. Certain hematological parameters were also abnormal, namely hemoglobin, hematocrit, and eosinophil count. Using Pearson's r, the author found that factors strongly associated with illness due to pesticides include use of a contaminated piece of fabric to wipe off sweat (p = .01) and reuse of pesticide containers to store water (p = .01), Recycling of containers poses great health hazards and risks of contamination, and the current recommendation is that used containers should be buried. There was a moderate relationship between illness and average number of years of pesticide

  9. Measurements of doping-dependent microwave nonlinearities in high-temperature superconductors

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    Lee, Sheng-Chiang

    I first present the design and use of a near-field permeability imaging microwave microscope to measure local permeability and ferromagnetic resonant fields. This microscope is then modified as a near-field nonlinear microwave microscope to quantitatively measure the local nonlinearities in high-Tc superconductor thin films of YBa 2Cu3O7-delta (YBCO). The system consists of a coaxial loop probe magnetically coupling to the sample, a microwave source, some low- and high-pass filters for selecting signals at desired frequencies, two microwave amplifiers for amplification of desired signals, and a spectrum analyzer for detection of the signals. When microwave signals are locally applied to the superconducting thin film through the loop probe, nonlinear electromagnetic response appearing as higher harmonic generation is created due to the presence of nonlinear mechanisms in the sample. It is expected that the time-reversal symmetric (TRS) nonlinearities contribute only to even order harmonics, while the time-reversal symmetry breaking (TRSB) nonlinearities contribute to all harmonics. The response is sensed by the loop probe, and measured by the spectrum analyzer. No resonant technique is used in this system so that we can measure the second and third harmonic generation simultaneously. The spatial resolution of the microscope is limited by the size of the loop probe, which is about 500 mum diameter. The probe size can be reduced to ˜15 mum diameter, to improve the spatial resolution. To quantitatively address the nonlinearities, I introduce scaling current densities JNL(T) and JNL'(T), which measure the suppression of the super-fluid density as ns( T, J)/ns(T, 0) = 1 - (J/JNL'( T)) - (J/JNL(T)) 2, where J is the applied current density. I extract JNL(T) and JNL '(T) from my measurements of harmonic generation on YBCO bi-crystal grain boundaries, and a set of variously under-doped YBCO thin films. The former is a well-known nonlinear source which is expected to

  10. Superconducting artificial materials with a negative permittivity, a negative permeability, or a negative index of refraction

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    Ricci, Michael Christopher

    commercial electromagnetic modeling software. The electromagnetic transmission of a single Nb split-ring resonator is compared to resonators made of YBa2Cu3O7-delta, Copper, and a Nb closed-ring resonator. Similar measurements are made with the single resonators embedded in a metallic wire array.

  11. The Growth and Characterization of Germanium-Carbon Alloy Thin Films and Solid Phase Equilibria for Metal-Silicon - Ternary Systems: Magnesium, Calcium, Strontium, Barium, Scandium, Yttrium, Lanthanum, Titanium, Zirconium and Hafnium

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    Yuan, Haojie

    1992-09-01

    that the film grown contains a mixture of sp^2 and sp^3 hybridized carbon. By using x-ray powder diffraction and magnetic susceptibility measurements methods, we studied the chemical stability of candidate interlayer materials between YBa _2Cu_3O _7-delta and Si. The results show that CaF_2 reacts with YBCO while BaF_2 is chemically stable with YBCO. LaGaO_3 and Ca _2SiO_4 are chemically stable with Si and more investigations need to be made on the reactivity between Ca_2SiO _4 and YBCO.

  12. A Magnetic Bumper-Tether System Using ZFC Y123

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    Weinstein, Roy; Parks, Drew; Sawh, Ravi-Persad; Obot, Victor; Liu, Jianxiong; Arndt, G. D.

    1996-01-01

    We consider the use of magnetic forces in a bumper system, to soften docking procedures. We investigate a system which exhibits no magnetic field except during the docking process, which, if desired, can automatically tether two craft together, and which provides lateral stability during docking. A system composed of zero field cooled Y(1.7)Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) (Y123) tiles and electromagnets is proposed. The Y123 high temperature superconductor (HTS) is mounted on one craft, and the electromagnet on the other. Results of small prototype laboratory experiments are reported. The electromagnet has, for convenience, been replaced by a permanent SmCo ferromagnet in these measurements. When the two craft approach, a mirror image of the ferromagnet is induced in the Y123, and a repulsive bumper force, F(sub B), results. F(sub B) is velocity dependent, and increases with v. For presently available HTS materials, bumper pressure of approx. 3.7 N/cm(exp 2) is achieved using SmCo. This extrapolates to approx. 18 N/cm(exp 2) for an electromagnet, or a force of up to 20 tons for a 1 m(exp 2) system. After reaching a minimum distance of approach, the two colliding craft begin to separate. However, the consequent change of SmCo magnetic field at the Y123 results in a reversal of current in the Y123 so that the Y123 is attractive to the SmCo. The attractive (tether) force, F(sub T), is a function of R = B(sub Fe)/B(sub t, max), where B(sub Fe) is the field at the surface of the ferromagnet, and B(sub t, max) is the maximum trapped field of the Y123, i.e., the trapped field in the so-called critical state. For R greater than or equal to 2, F(sub T) saturates at a value comparable to F(sub B). For a range of initial approach velocities the two craft are tethered following the bumper sequence. Most of the kinetic energy of the collision is first converted to magnetic field energy in the Y123, and then into heat via the creep mechanism. About 15% of the work done against magnetic forces

  13. Aspects of the SrO-CuO-TiO2 Ternary System Related to the Deposition of SrTiO3 and Copper-Doped SrTiO3 Thin-Film Buffer Layers

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    A. Ayala

    2004-12-20

    YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO) coated conductors are promising materials for large-scale superconductivity applications. One version of a YBCO coated conductor is based on ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) of magnesium oxide (MgO) onto polycrystalline metal substrates. SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) is often deposited by physical vapor deposition (PVD) methods as a buffer layer between the YBCO and IBAD MgO due to its chemical stability and lattice mismatch of only {approx}1.5% with YBCO. In this work, some aspects of the stability of STO with respect to copper (Cu) and chemical solution deposition of STO on IBAD MgO templates were examined. Solubility limits of Cu in STO were established by processing Cu-doped STO powders by conventional bulk preparation techniques. The maximum solubility of Cu in STO was {approx}1% as determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Rietveld refinements of x-ray diffraction (XRD) data. XRD analysis, performed in collaboration with NIST, on powder compositions on the STO/SrCuO{sub 2} tie line did not identify any ternary phases. SrCu{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90}O{sub y} buffer layers were prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and CSD on IBAD MgO flexible metallic textured tapes. TEM analysis of a {approx}100 nm thick SrCu{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90}O{sub y} buffer layer deposited by PLD showed a smooth Cu-doped STO/MgO interface. A {approx}600 nm thick YBCO film, deposited onto the SrCu{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90}O{sub y} buffer by PLD, exhibited a T{sub c} of 87 K and critical current density (J{sub c}) of {approx}1 MA/cm{sup 2}. STO and Cu-doped STO thin films by CSD were {approx}30 nm thick. The in plane alignment (FWHM) after deposition of the STO improved by {approx}1{sup o} while it degraded by {approx}2{sup o} with the SrCu{sub 0.05}TiO{sub y} buffer. YBCO was deposited by PLD on the STO and SrCu{sub 0.05}TiO{sub y} buffers. The in plane alignment (FWHM) of the YBCO with the STO buffer layer slightly improved while that of the

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

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    Moxey, Donovan E.

    1998-12-01

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

  15. Use of Physio-Hydrological Units for SMOS Validation at the Valencia Anchor Station Study Area

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    Millán-Scheiding, C.; Antolín, C.; Marco, J.; Soriano, M. P.; Torre, E.; Requena, F.; Carbó, E.; Cano, A.; Lopez-Baeza, E.

    2009-04-01

    The SMOS space mission will soil moisture over the continents and ocean surface salinity with the sufficient resolution to be used in global climate change studies. With the aim of validating SMOS land data and products at the Valencia Anchor Station site (VAS) in a Mediterranean Ecosystem area of Spain, we have designed a sample methodology using a subdivision of the landscape in environmental units related to the spatial variability of soil moisture (Millán-Scheiding, 2006; Lopez-Baeza, et al. 2008). These physio-hydrological units are heterogeneously structured entities which present a certain degree of internal uniformity of hydrological parameters. The units are delimited by integrating areas with the same physio-morphology, soil type, vegetation, geology and topography (Flugel, et al 2003; Millán-Scheiding et al, 2007). Each of these units presented over the same pedological characteristics, vegetation cover, and landscape position should have a certain degree of internal uniformity in its hydrological parameters and therefore similar soil moisture (SM). The main assumption for each unit is that the dynamical variation of the hydrological parameters within one unit should be minimum compared to the dynamics of another unit. This methodology will hopefully provide an effective sampling design consisting of a reduced number of measuring points, sparsely distributed over the area, or alternatively, using SM validation networks where each sampling point is located where it is representative of the mean soil moisture of a complete unit area. The Experimental Plan for the SMOS Validation Rehearsal Campaign at the VAS area of April-May 2008 used this environmental subdivision in the selection and sampling of over 21.000 soil moisture points in a control area of 10 x 10 km2. The ground measurements were carried out during 4 nights corresponding to a drying out period of the soil. The sampling consisted of 700 plots with 4 volumetric SM cylinders and 7 Delta-T Theta