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  1. Cu/Ba/bauxite: an Inexpensive and Efficient Alternative for Pt/Ba/Al2O3 in NOx Removal

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    Wang, Xiuyun; Chen, Zhilin; Luo, Yongjin; Jiang, Lilong; Wang, Ruihu

    2013-01-01

    Cu/Ba/bauxite possesses superior NOx storage and reduction (NSR) performances, high thermal stability, strong resistance against SO2 poisoning and outstanding regeneration ability in comparison with Pt/Ba/Al2O3. It can serve as a cheap and promising alternative for traditional Pt/Ba/Al2O3 in NOx removal from lean-burn engines. PMID:23536149

  2. Conductor-backed coplanar waveguide resonators of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O on LaAlO3

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    Miranda, F. A.; Bhasin, K. B.; Stan, M. A.; Kong, K. S.; Itoh, T.

    1992-01-01

    Conductor-backed coplanar waveguide (CBCPW) resonators operating at 10.8 GHz have been fabricated from Tl-Ba-Ca-O (TBCCO) and Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) thin films on LaAlO3. The resonators consist of a coplanar waveguide (CPW) patterned on the superconducting film side of the LaAlO3 substrate with a gold ground plane coated on the opposite side. These resonators were tested in the temperature range from 14 to 106 K. At 77 K, the best of our TBCCO and YBCO resonators have an unloaded quality factor (Qo) 7 and 4 times, respectively, larger than that of a similar all-gold resonator. In this study, the Qo's of the TBCCO resonators were larger than those of their YBCO counterparts throughout the aforementioned temperature range.

  3. X-ray crystal structures of Al-doped (Y,Ca)Ba2Cu3O(7-y) whiskers.

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    Bertolotti, Federica; Calore, Leandro; Gervasio, Giuliana; Agostino, Angelo; Truccato, Marco; Operti, Lorenza

    2014-04-01

    Al(+3)-doped (Y,Ca)Ba2Cu3O(7-y) (YBCO) whiskers have been synthesized using a solid-state reaction technique. These materials are promising candidates for solid-state THz applications based on sequences of Josephson Junctions (IJJs). Alumina addition was systematically varied and the effect of aluminium incorporation on the structure has been investigated using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Aluminium only replaces Cu atoms in the O-Cu-O-Cu chains and a gradual transition from orthorhombic to tetragonal space group occurs, thus increasing the Al content. A gradual modification of the coordination sphere of the copper site has also been observed. The Ca(2+) ion substitutes mainly the Y(3+) ion and also, to a small extent, the Ba(2+) ion. PMID:24675593

  4. Characterization of ZrO2 buffer layers for sequentially evaporated Y-Ba-CuO on Si and Al2O3 substrates

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    Valco, George J.; Rohrer, Norman J.; Pouch, John J.; Warner, Joseph D.; Bhasin, Kul B.

    1988-01-01

    Thin film high temperature superconductors have the potential to change the microwave technology for space communications systems. For such applications it is desirable that the films be formed on substrates such as Al2O3 which have good microwave properties. The use of ZrO2 buffer layers between Y-Ba-Cu-O and the substrate has been investigated. These superconducting films have been formed by multilayer sequential electron beam evaporation of Cu, BaF2 and Y with subsequent annealing. The three layer sequence of Y/BaF2/Cu is repeated four times for a total of twelve layers. Such a multilayer film, approximately 1 micron thick, deposited directly on SrTiO3 and annealed at 900 C for 45 min produces a film with a superconducting onset of 93 K and critical temperature of 85 K. Auger electron spectroscopy in conjunction with argon ion sputtering was used to obtain the distribution of each element as a function of depth for an unannealed film, the annealed film on SrTiO3 and annealed films on ZrO2 buffer layers. The individual layers were apparent. After annealing, the bulk of the film on SrTiO3 is observed to be fairly uniform while films on the substrates with buffer layers are less uniform. The Y-Ba-Cu-O/ZrO2 interface is broad with a long Ba tail into the ZrO2, suggesting interaction between the film and the buffer layer. The underlying ZrO2/Si interface is sharper. The detailed Auger results are presented and compared with samples annealed at different temperatures and durations.

  5. Pressure effects on resistive transition in (Cu,M)Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}O{sub y} (M = C,Al,Tl,Mg,Zn) superconductors

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    Tokiwa, K.; Kunugi, C.; Kashiwagi, H.

    1999-11-01

    Single phase samples with the composition of (Cu,M)Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}O{sub y}(CuM-1234; M = C,Al,Tl,Mg,Zn) have been synthesized using high pressure technique. The authors have measured the pressure dependence of superconducting transition temperature ({Tc}) through in situ resistivity measurements up to 8 GPa for these samples, reproducibly. These samples indicated almost the same {Tc}-enhancement by applied pressure, in spite of their different ambient {Tc} values. The enhancement values of 8--10 K at 8 GPa pressure for these samples are found to be comparable to those of Hg-system and (B,C)-system.

  6. Preparation of Tl sub 2 Ba sub 2 CaCu sub 2 O sub 8 superconducting thin films on LaAlO sub 3 substrates from metalorganic-chemical-vapor-deposition-prepared precursor films

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    Ladd, J.A.; Collins, B.T.; Matey, J.R. ); Zhao, J.; Norris, P. )

    1991-09-09

    Single phase Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} thin films have been deposited on single-crystal LaAlO{sub 3} substrates, (100) orientation, via a two-step deposition process. First, Ba-Ca-Cu-O precursor films were deposited by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) using barium, calcium, and copper-tetramethyl-heptanedionate, (tmhd){sub 2}, source materials under reduced pressure in an oxygen/argon atmosphere. Substrate temperatures were between 500 and 600 {degree}C. Thallium was then incorporated by heating the films in a confined surface configuration with an unfired pellet of Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub {ital x}} composition at 870 {degree}C for 0.1 h. The resultant films (0.5--1 {mu}m thick) showed a preferred orientation with the {ital c} axis normal to the substrate. The superconducting properties were characterized by resistance and mutual inductance versus temperature and by critical current measurements. Zero resistance temperatures as high as 98 K and {ital J}{sub {ital c}} values close to 1{times}10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K were observed.

  7. Solid state equilibria in the Ba-Cu-O system

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    Voronin, G.F.; Degterov, S.A. )

    1994-05-01

    Thermodynamic modeling is performed for the Ba-Cu-O system, which is essential to a good understanding of phase and chemical equilibria in the Y-Ba-Cu-O and some other oxide systems containing high-temperature superconductors. A self-consistent set of thermodynamic functions of the phases BaO[sub 2], BaCu[sub 2]O[sub 2], BaCuO[sub 2], Ba[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub 5+y], and Ba[sub 2]CuO[sub 3+q] is obtained. A variety of phase equilibria in the Ba-Cu-O system are calculated for a wide range of oxygen pressures and temperatures. The present thermodynamic data can be readily used for computing the phase equilibria and conditions for thermodynamic stability of oxide superconductors. It is detected that both BaCuO[sub 2] and Ba[sub 2]CuO[sub 3+q] have two stability boundaries, one at low temperatures and low oxygen pressures. Critical analysis of phase equilibria in the Ba-Cu-O system makes it possible to explain a number of conflicting results encountered in the literature. These contradictions arise from solid state reactions between phases, which may be very slow due to kinetic problems.

  8. ESR experiments and spectra simulations in YBa2Cu3O7-x, Y2BaCuO5, and BaCuO2+x

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    de Mesquita, R. N.; Castilho, J. H.; Barberis, G. E.; Rettori, C.; Torriani, I.; de Lima, O. F.; Gama, S.; Jardim, R. F.; Terrile, M. C.; Basso, H.; Nascimento, O. R.

    1989-04-01

    Room-temperature X- and Q-band ESR spectra of the high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-x and the semiconductors Y2BaCuO5 and BaCuO2+x are studied experimentally and theoretically by measuring, calculating, and fitting the powder spectra corresponding to an anisotropic Zeeman Hamiltonian for Cu2+ in orthorhombic and tetragonal local symmetries. ESR and x-ray studies in their correspoinding oxygen-deficient stoichiometries, obtained by heat treatment under vacuum, were also done. Our results support those of Bowden et al. and Vier et al. in RBa2Cu3O7-x (R=Y, Eu), indicating that the Cu(1) and Cu(2) atoms in the pure YBa2Cu3O7-x phase are not ESR active and the small resonance observed in these compounds comes from other residual phases. The purest YBa2Cu3O7-xsamples that we were able to prepare still have 0.1-0.5 % mass fraction of other residual copper compounds which are responsible for the observed resonance.

  9. Fabrication of multifilamentary Y-Ba-Cu-O oxide superconductors

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    Sekine, H.; Inoue, K.; Maeda, H.; Numata, K.; Mori, K.

    1988-06-01

    Workability of Y-Ba-Cu-O composite wires with an Ag sheath has been studied, and multifilamentary Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with an Ag matrix have been successfully fabricated. Observations of the wires with a scanning electron microscope reveal that as the areal reduction ratio R increases, the average Y-Ba-Cu-O grain size decreases. The study on the workability of the composite wires reveals that composite wires consisting of the Y-Ba-Cu-O powder and an Ag matrix can be rolled or drawn to any extent by a cold-work process with intermediate annealings at 150 C for R of about 10. Based on this study, a 252 filament Y-Ba-Cu-O wire which shows a Tc (onset) of about 95 K has been successfully fabricated.

  10. Preparation of BaTiO3/Cu2O and BaTiO3/Cu2O/Au Complexes: Their Photocatalytic and Antipathogenic Effect.

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    Cho, Sung-Woo; Nam, Dae-Hyun; Kim, Lee-Han; Jung, Dongwoon

    2016-05-01

    BaTiO3/Cu2O and BaTiO3/Cu2O/Au complexes were prepared from CuCl2, HAuCl4 solution, and BaTiO3 by the solution method. BaTiO3 particles were dispersed in a CuCl2 solution, and the BaTiO3/CuO complex was produced through crystallization of CuO onto the BaTiO3 surface by hydrolysis of CuCl2 in the first stage. After the reaction, CuO was reduced to Cu2O by treatment with glucose, thereby yielding the BaTiO3/Cu2O complex. The BaTiO3/Cu2O/Au complex was prepared by treating the BaTiO3/Cu2O particles with HAuCl4. Under visible light, the obtained BaTiO3/Cu2O0/Au complex showed higher photocatalytic activity than the Degussa P-25sample. In addition, the BaTiO3/Cu2O complex showed excellent antipathogenic effect. PMID:27483887

  11. Processing, electrical and microwave properties of sputtered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O superconducting thin films

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    Subramanyam, G.; Kapoor, V. J.; Chorey, C. M.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1993-01-01

    A reproducible fabrication process has been established for TlCaBaCuO thin films on LaAlO3 substrates by RF magnetron sputtering and post-deposition processing methods. Electrical transport properties of the thin films were measured on patterned four-probe test devices. Microwave properties of the films were obtained from unloaded Q measurements of all-superconducting ring resonators. This paper describes the processing, electrical and microwave properties of Tl2Ca1Ba2Cu2O(x) 2122-plane phase thin films.

  12. Direct spectroscopic evidence for completely filled Cu 3 d shell in BaCu2As2 and α -BaCu2Sb2

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    Wu, S. F.; Richard, P.; van Roekeghem, A.; Nie, S. M.; Miao, H.; Xu, N.; Qian, T.; Saparov, B.; Fang, Z.; Biermann, S.; Sefat, Athena S.; Ding, H.

    2015-06-01

    We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to extract the band dispersion and the Fermi surface of BaCu2As2 and α -BaCu2Sb2 . While the Cu 3 d bands in both materials are located around 3.5 eV below the Fermi level, the low-energy photoemission intensity mainly comes from As 4 p states, suggesting a completely filled Cu 3 d shell. The splitting of the As 3 d core levels and the lack of pronounced three-dimensionality in the measured band structure of BaCu2As2 indicate a surface state likely induced by the cleavage of this material in the collapsed tetragonal phase, which is consistent with our observation of a Cu+1 oxidation state. However, the observation of Cu states at similar energy in α -BaCu2Sb2 without the pnictide-pnictide interlayer bonding characteristic of the collapsed tetragonal phase suggests that the short interlayer distance in BaCu2As2 follows from the stability of the Cu+1 rather than the other way around. Our results confirm the prediction that BaCu2As2 is an s p metal with weak electronic correlations.

  13. Processing of R-Ba-Cu-O superconductors

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    Wu, H.

    1998-02-23

    Precipitation processes were developed to introduce second phases as flux pinning centers in Gd-Ba-Cu-O and Nd-Ba-Cu-O superconductors. In Gd-Ba-Cu-O, precipitation is caused by the decrease of the upper solubility limit of Gd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} solid solution (Gd123ss) in low oxygen partial pressure. Processing of supersaturated Gd{sub 1.2}Ba{sub 1.8}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} in low oxygen partial pressure can produce dispersed second phases. Gd211 is formed as a separate phase while extensive Gd124 type stacking fault is formed instead of a separate CuO phase. As a result of the precipitation reaction, the transition temperature and critical current density are increased. In Nd-Ba-Cu-O, precipitation is caused by the decrease of the lower solubility limit of Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} solid solution (Nd123ss) in oxygen. DTA results reveal the relative stability of Nd123ss in different oxygen partial pressures. In 1 bar oxygen partial pressure, Nd123ss with x = 0.1 is the most stable phase. In lower oxygen partial pressures, the most stable composition shifts towards the stoichiometric composition. The relative stability changes faster with decreasing oxygen partial pressure. Therefore, processing in oxygen and air tends to produce broad superconducting transitions but sharp transitions can be achieved in 0.01 bar and 0.001 bar oxygen partial pressures. While the lower solubility limits in 0.01 bar and 0.001 bar oxygen partial pressures remain at x = 0.00, the solubility limits in oxygen and air show a narrowing with decreasing temperature. Because of the narrowing of the solubility range in oxygen, oxygen annealing of Nd123 initially processed in low oxygen partial pressures will result in precipitation of second phases. The equilibrium second phase is BaCuO{sub 2} for temperature above 608 C, and at lower temperatures the equilibrium second phases are Ba{sub 2}CuO{sub 3.3} and Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 5+y}. However, annealing at

  14. Electron microscopy of a Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconductor

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    Ramesh, R.; Thomas, G.; Meng, R. L.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, C. W.

    1989-01-01

    An electron microscopy study has been carried out to characterize the microstructure of a sintered Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconductor alloy. The GdBa2Cu3O(7-x) phase in the oxygen annealed sample is orthorhombic, while in the vacuum annealed sample it is tetragonal. It is shown that the details of the fine structure in the 001-line zone axis convergent beam patterns can be used to distinguish between the orthorhombic form and the tetragonal form. In addition to this matrix phase, an amorphous phase is frequently observed at the triple grain junctions. Gd-rich inclusions have been observed inside the matrix phase.

  15. Crystal structure and superconductivity in (Cu,Hg)Ba2Ca4Cu5Oy

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    Akimoto, J.; Kawaguchi, K.; Sohma, M.; Hayakawa, H.; Gotoh, Y.; Oosawa, Y.; Tokiwa, K.; Iyo, A.; Ihara, H.

    1997-02-01

    A new solid-solution superconductor, (Cu,Hg)Ba2Ca4Cu5Oy with the tetragonal lattice parameters a = 3.849(2) Å and c = 21.496(3) Å, has been synthesized by the high-temperature and high-pressure technique. The structure refinement of the as-prepared (Cu,Hg)-1245 by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method confirmed the substitutional composition (Cu0.76Hg0.24)Ba2Ca4Cu5O12.45, whose cationic composition was close to that obtained by chemical analysis. The additional Cu atoms at the mercury site construct the chain-like oxygen coordination. The superstructure observed in Cu-1245 disappeared by the partial substitution of mercury for copper in the present (Cu,Hg)-1245. The structure refinement of the as-prepared Hg-1245 revealed the mercury-site deficiency of about 20%.

  16. Incorporation of Ba in Al and Fe pollucite

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    Vance, Eric R.; Gregg, Daniel J.; Griffiths, Grant J.; Gaugliardo, Paul R.; Grant, Charmaine

    2016-09-01

    Ba, the transmutation product of radioactive Cs, can be incorporated at levels of up to ∼0.07 formula units in Cs(1-2x)BaxAlSi2O6 aluminium pollucite formed by sol-gel methods and sintering at 1400 °C, with more Ba forming BaAl2Si2O8 phases. The effect of Ba substitution in pollucite-structured CsFeSi2O6 was also studied and no evidence of Ba substitution in the pollucite structure via cation vacancies or Fe2+ formation was obtained. The Ba entered a Fe-silicate glass structure. Charge compensation was also attempted with a Cs+ + Fe3+ ↔ Ba2+ + Ni2+ scheme but again the Ba formed a glass and NiO was evident. PCT leaching data showed CsFeSi2O6 to be very leach resistant.

  17. Synthesis of TlBaCaCuO superconductive films with Tl diffusion into BaCaCu precursors

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    Wang, X.W.; Leone, A.F.; Shen, C.Q.

    1994-12-31

    There exists several techniques to synthesize TlBaCaCuO from precursor films. Recently, a two zone furnace technique was developed by DeLuca. Based on the authors` experience on the two zone furnace technique, they systematically conducted a series of experiments in a tube furnace with a temperature gradient distribution. The BaCaCuO precursor films were fabricated by an ink method, and the Tl diffusion source was Tl{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Superconductive films were characterized by SQUID magnetization measurement, X-ray diffraction, SEM, and EDS. Experimental results will be summarized.

  18. Growth and transport properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O/Pr-Ba-Cu-O superlattices

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    Lowndes, D.H.; Norton, D.P.; Budai, J.D.; Christen, D.K.; Klabunde, C.E.; Warmack, R.J.; Pennycook, S.J.

    1990-01-01

    The pulsed-laser deposition method has been used to fabricate epitaxial, nonsymmetric M(Y) {times} N(Pr) superlattices in which YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (YBCO) layers either M = 1,2,3,4,8, or 16 c-axis unit cells thick are separated by insulating PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} (PBCO) layers N unit cells thick (N = 1 to {approximately}32). The zero-resistance superconducting transition temperature, T{sub c0}, initially decreases rapidly with increasing PBCO layer thickness, but then saturates at T{sub c0} {approximately} 19 K, 54 K, 71 K, or 80 K, or structures containing 1-,2-,3-, or 4-cell-thick YBCO layers, respectively. Critical current density measurements carried out on structures with 16- or 32-cell thick YBCO layers show that the magnitude of J{sub c}(H = 0) {approximately} 1-2 MA/cm{sup 2}, as well as the magnetic field dependence and the anisotropy of J{sub c}(H) all are in good agreement with corresponding measurements on thicker, single-layer YBCO films. Thus, there is no evidence of an enhanced J{sub c}(H) due to the multi-layered structure, for the layer thickness investigated to date. The systematic variation of T{sub c0}, as a function of the YBCO and PBCO layer thickness, is discussed in light of other recent experiments and theoretical model calculations. The superlattices' structural and compositional order are characterized using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning tunneling microscopy, and details of the pulsed-laser deposition process are reported. 42 refs., 7 figs.

  19. Effects of Ba loading and calcination temperature on BaAl2O4 formation for BaO/Al2O3 NOx Storage and Reduction Catalysts

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    Szailer, Tamas; Kwak, Ja Hun; Kim, Do Heui; Szanyi, Janos; Wang, Chong M.; Peden, Charles HF

    2006-04-30

    The effect of thermal treatment on the structure and chemical properties of Ba-oxide-based NOx storage/reduction catalysts with different Ba loadings was investigated using BET, TEM, EDS, TPD and FTIR techniques. On the basis of the present and previously reported results, we propose that moderate (< ~873 K) temperature calcinations result in a single monolayer (ML) ‘coating’ of BaO on the alumina surface. At high Ba loading in excess of that required for a full monolayer ‘coating’ (> 8 wt.% BaO), small (~5 nm) particles of ‘bulk’ BaO are present on top of the 1 ML BaO/Al2O3 surface. We did not observe any detectable morphological changes upon higher temperature thermal treatment of 2 and 8 wt% BaO/Al2O3 samples, while dramatic changes occurred for the 20 wt% sample. In this latter case, the transformations included BaAl2O4 formation at the expense of the bulk BaO phase. In particular, we conclude that the surface (ML) BaO phase is quite stable against thermal treatment, while the bulk phase provides the source of Ba for BaAl2O4 formation.

  20. Critical current density of YBa2Cu3O7-x films with BaZrO3 inclusions on SrTiO3 and Al2O3 substrates

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

    2008-02-01

    Recently, many efforts have been dedicated to the development of a reliable technology for the introduction of artificial pinning sites in YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with the aim of improving the in-field Jc performances. One of the most effective technique resulted to be the inclusion of BaZrO3 (BZO) second phase embedded in the YBCO films. In this contribution we present Jc measurements on BZO-added YBCO films deposited on SrTiO3 (STO) and CeO2-buffered-Al2O3 (ALO) substrates. Samples were deposited by pulsed laser ablation technique using a composite YBCO + 5mol.% BZO target at the optimum conditions for fully oxygenated c-axis oriented YBCO films. Despite of a slight Tc reduction, BZO addition in YBCO-STO films resulted in an improvement of in-field performances with the appearance of a Jc plateau in the low field region which extends up to about 2.5 Tesla irrespective of the temperature at least in the investigated range (down to 65K). On the other hand, samples deposited on ALO did not exhibit any remarkable difference neither in the Jc value nor in the magnetic field dependences as compared with pure YBCO. The presence of 0° (magnetic field parallel to the c-axis) peaks in the Jc. angular behaviour revealed a c-axis correlated character of the pinning forces in BZO added YBCO films grown on both STO and ALO substrates. X-ray diffraction measurements and AFM investigations were carried out in order to determine the influence of BZO addition on films crystalline quality and microstructure.

  1. Interfacial Phenomena in Al/Al, Al/Cu, and Cu/Cu Joints Soldered Using an Al-Zn Alloy with Ag or Cu Additions

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    Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2014-05-01

    The studies of soldered joints were carried out in systems: Al/solder/Al, Al/solder/Cu, Cu/solder/Cu, where the solder was (Al-Zn)EUT, (Al-Zn)EUT with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 at.% of Ag and (Al-Zn)EUT with 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 at.% of Cu addition. Brazing was performed at 500 °C for 3 min. The EDS analysis indicated that the composition of the layers starting from the Cu pad was CuZn, Cu5Zn8, and CuZn4, respectively. Wetting tests were performed at 500 °C for 3, 8, 15, and 30 min, respectively. Thickness of the layers and their kinetics of growth were measured based on the SEM micrographs. The formation of interlayers was not observed from the side of Al pads. On the contrary, dissolution of the Al substrate and migration of Al-rich particles into the bulk of the solder were observed.

  2. Calculation of NMR lineshapes for Ba-Al-Ge clathrates

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    Rodriguez, Sergio; Gou, Weiping; Ross, Joseph

    2008-10-01

    Clathrates consist of Si, Ge, or Sn cages in a crystalline framework, with guest atoms inside the cages. They have gained interest due to thermoelectric properties suitable for potential device application. To understand Al substitutional configurations, we calculated Al NMR line shapes for several structures with compositions Ba8Ge46-x-yAlxy for x=3,8,11,12,16,24; y=2,3; where represents a vacancy. The results were obtained by calculating Electric Field Gradients (EFG) for Al sites of type-I clathrates assuming an ordered superstructure of vacancies and framework occupation. We used ab initio methods in the Generalized Gradient Approximation as implemented by the WIEN2k program, and used the results to simulate NMR lineshapes numerically. These were compared to our previously reported NMR lineshapes. In the case of Ba8Ge31Al123 four Al sites in the superstructure include two sites with small EFG where the vacancy is far away and two sites with large EFG with a vacancy adjacent to Al. Assuming a larger Knight shift for sites next to vacancies, we obtain good agreement with NMR experimental results for reduced-Al Ba8Ge34Al12, while for the Zintl phase Ba8Ge30Al16 we obtain good agreement with no spontaneous vacancies. We infer that Al prefers locations close to vacancies rather than random occupation. This work was supported by Robert A. Welch Foundation (Grant A-1526).

  3. Superconductivity achieved at over liquid nitrogen temperature by (mixed rare earths)-Ba-Cu oxides

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    Kishio, Kohji; Kuwahara, Kazuyuki; Kitazawa, Koichi; Fueki, Kazuo; Nakamura, Osamu

    1987-05-01

    Superconducting oxides were fabricated by reaction of powders of BaCO3, CuO and mixed rare earth (RE) carbonates at compositions expressed as (RE)1Ba2Cu3O(9-y). Two types of incompletely separated raw materials of mixed rare earths, namely, heavy rare earths (HRE) and medium rare earths (MRE), were examined. The zero-resistivity critical temperatures were observed at 92.5 K for the (HRE)-Ba-Cu-O and 85.0 K for the (MRE)-Ba-Cu-O systems, respectively, both of which were well above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen.

  4. Method of forming superconducting Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O films

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    Wessels, Bruce W.; Marks, Tobin J.; Richeson, Darrin S.; Tonge, Lauren M.; Zhang, Jiming

    1993-01-01

    A method of forming a superconducting Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O film is disclosed, which comprises depositing a Ba-Ca-Cu-O film on a substrate by MOCVD, annealing the deposited film and heat-treating the annealed film in a closed circular vessel with TlBa.sub.2 Ca.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.x and cooling to form said superconducting film of TlO.sub.m Ba.sub.2 Ca.sub.n-1 Cu.sub.n O.sub.2n+2, wherein m=1,2 and n=1,2,3.

  5. Effect of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} film thickness on the dielectric properties of Ba{sub 0.1}Sr{sub 0.9}TiO{sub 3} in Ag/Ba{sub 0.1}Sr{sub 0.9}TiO{sub 3}/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}/LaAlO{sub 3} multilayer structures

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    Zhu Xiaohong; Peng Wei; Li Jie; Chen Yingfei; Tian Haiyan; Xu Xiaoping; Zheng Dongning

    2005-01-01

    Ferroelectric and superconductor bilayers of Ba{sub 0.1}Sr{sub 0.9}TiO{sub 3} (BSTO)/YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO), with different YBCO film thicknesses, have been fabricated in situ by pulsed-laser deposition on 1.2 deg. vicinal LaAlO{sub 3} substrates. The dielectric properties of BSTO thin films were measured with a parallel-plate capacitor configuration in the temperature range of 77-300 K. We observed a strong dependence of the dielectric properties of BSTO thin films on the thickness of the YBCO layer. As the YBCO-film thickness increases, the temperature of the dielectric permittivity maximum of BSTO thin films shifts to higher values, and the leakage current and dielectric loss increase drastically, while the dielectric constant and dielectric tunability decrease remarkably. The results are explained in terms of the transformation in the growth mode of the YBCO layer from two-dimensional step flow to three-dimensional island that leads to significant deterioration in the dielectric properties of BSTO thin films. We propose that improved dielectric properties could be obtained by reasonably manipulating the growth mode of the YBCO layer in the multilayer structures.

  6. High-resolution thermal expansion measurements of BaCuSi4O10 and BaCuSi2O6

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    Masunaga, Sueli; Rebello, Alwyn; Neumeier, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    BaCuSi4O10 and BaCuSi2O6 were used in many ancient Chinese artifacts as synthetic pigments, and recently named as Han Blue and Han Purple, respectively. Besides being important synthetic pigments of ancient and modern times, these compounds have attracted scientific and technological interest due to their luminescent properties. Moreover, Han Purple is a spin-dimer compound with an interesting phase diagram and a potential solid state device for exploring quantum effects in magnetic field induced Bose-Einstein condensation. In this work, we study BaCuSi2O6 and BaCuSi4O10 single crystals grown by floating zone method and flux growth technique, respectively. The results of thermal expansion, specific heat, and magnetization measurements of these compounds will be presented in detail. This work is supported by CNPq-Brazil under Grant No 237050/2012-9 and National Science Foundation DMR-0907036.

  7. Microstructures and properties of superconducting Y-ErBaCuO thin films obtained from disordered Y-ErBaF2Cu films

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    Cikmach, P.; Diociaiuti, M.; Fontana, A.; Giovannella, C.; Iannuzzi, M.; Lucchini, C.; Merlo, V.; Messi, R.; Paoluzi, L.; Scopa, L.

    1991-01-01

    The preparation procedure used to obtain superconducting thin films by radio frequency magnetron sputtering of a single mosaic target is described in detail. The single mosaic target is composed of (Y-Er), BaF2, and Cu.

  8. Microstructures and properties of superconducting Y-Er-BaCu-O thin films obtained from disordered Y-Er-BaF2-Cu films

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    Cikmach, P.; Diociaiuti, M.; Fontana, A.; Giovannella, C.; Iannuzzi, M.; Lucchini, C.; Messi, R.; Paoluzi, L.; Scopa, L.; Tripodi, P.

    1990-01-01

    Since the first reports on superconducting thin films obtained by evaporating BaF2, Cu and Y(sup 1), or Yb or Er(sup 2), several others have followed. All these reports describe thin films prepared by means of molecular beam cells or electron guns. Researchers show that films with similar properties can be obtained by radio frequency sputtering of a single mosaic target composed by Y-Er, BaF2 and Cu. Process steps are described.

  9. Characterization of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting thin films prepared by coevaporation of Y, Cu, and BaF/sub 2/

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    Garzon, F.H.; Beery, J.G.; Brown, D.R.; Sherman, R.J.; Raistrick, I.D.

    1989-04-03

    We have studied the effect of varying the postdeposition anneal conditions on the properties of thin films of YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/ prepared by coevaporation from Y, Cu, and BaF/sub 2/. The temperature of this processing step determines both the microstructure of the films and the constituent phases. At low temperatures, BaF/sub 2/ is incompletely reacted and the predominant superconducting phase is Y/sub 2/Ba/sub 4/Cu/sub 8/O/sub 20-//sub x/. At higher temperatures, the equilibrium distribution of phases, which includes YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/, is formed. As the temperature is raised, the texture of the films also changes. The thermodynamics of the formation reaction and of the reaction between YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/ and various substrate materials is discussed.

  10. The relationship of structure to superconductivity in the Pr-Ba-Cu-O system

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    Minseo, P.

    1994-05-10

    The relation of structure to lack of superconductivity in Pr-Ba-Cu-O was systematically investigated. First, the phase equilibria of this system was studied to find the processing parameters which maximize the cation-site ordering between Pr and Ba ions. Second, a comparative study between superconducting Nd-Ba-Cu-0 and non- superconducting Pr-Ba-Cu-0 was performed by forming solid-solution Nd- Pr-Ba-Cu-0. The relation between structure and superconductivity in Nd{sub 1{minus}x}Pr{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} is investigated. {Tc} decreases monotonically with increasing {times} and superconductivity disappears at around x=0.3-0.4. {Tc} is enhanced by 10K when the sample is processed at an oxygen partial pressure (PO{sub 2}) of 0.01 atm, followed by oxygenation at 450C. Depression of {Tc} as a function of {times} and PO {sub 2} is explained in terms of a charge-transfer model. It is suggested that destruction of superconductivity in the RE{sub 1{minus}x}Pr{sub x}Ba{sub 2}CU{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (RE=rare-earth) system can be viewed as disruption of four-fold planar coordinated Cu ions in the chain-site due to permanent occupation of extra Pr ions on Ba sites.

  11. Characterization of LiF/CuO-Codoped BaTiO3 for Embedded Capacitors

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    Lee, Kyoungho

    2015-03-01

    Sintering additives for BaTiO3 were studied in order to facilitate the use of BaTiO3 as a material for embedded decoupling capacitors in high-density multilayered low-temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) modules for mobile communication systems and three-dimensional (3D) printing modules. Among the studied additives, the CuO/LiF mixture was the most promising sintering additive for cofiring BaTiO3 with a commercial low-permittivity ( ɛ r) LTCC sheet (MLS-22, NEG Co.). The temperature dependence of the dielectric properties of BaTiO3 was successfully controlled by adjusting the CuO/LiF amount and ratio and the sintering temperature. BaTiO3 codoped with 10 wt.% LiF/CuO (1:1 ratio) and sintered at 860°C for 30 min showed 95% sintering density. The room-temperature permittivity ( ɛ r) of LiF/CuO-codoped BaTiO3 was 1620 at 1 MHz, and the temperature coefficient of capacitance satisfied the X5R specification. After cofiring this LiF/CuO-codoped BaTiO3 ceramic with an MLS-22 sheet at 860°C, there was no crack formation at the layer boundary. Also a chemical compatibility test revealed that there were no severe reactions between the LiF/CuO-codoped BaTiO3 and an Ag electrode.

  12. Yttrium enrichment and improved magnetic properties in partially melted Y-Ba-Cu-O materials

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    Alterescu, Sidney; Hojaji, Hamid; Barkatt, Aaron; Michael, Karen A.; Hu, Shouxiang

    1990-01-01

    The yttrium-rich compositions in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system were mapped out in a systematic manner to quantify their magnetic properties and to correlate them with the microstructure and phase composition as determined by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. It is found that the microstructure of Y-Ba-Cu-O compositions is a sensitive function of both their composition and processing conditions. Measurements of magnetic susceptibility and maximum (low-field) and remanent magnetization for the system Y:Ba:Cu = x:2:3 show highest values for x = 2. The corresponding structures involve numerous small crystals of Y2BaCuO5 (211) embedded in highly ordered assemblages of continous YBa2Cu3O(7-y) (123) layers.

  13. Weak-field magnetization of superconducting Y1Ba2Cu3O(x) - Relationship to microstructure

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    Farrell, D. E.; Deguire, M. R.; Chandrasekhar, B. S.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Aron, P. R.

    1987-01-01

    The granular magnetization model of Finnemore et al. (1987) has been tested on a well-characterized sample of Y1Ba2Cu3Ox. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility is in excellent agreement with the model. In addition, the grain size deduced from the magnetization data (1-2 microns) is in reasonable agreement with direct scanning-electron-microscopy measurements of the microstructure.

  14. Superconductivity in the Sn-Ba-Sr-Y-Cu-O system

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    Aleksandrov, K. S.; Khrustalev, B. P.; Krivomazov, S. N.; Petrov, M. I.; Vasilyev, A. D.; Zwegintsev, S. A.

    1990-01-01

    Since Bednorz and Muller discovered high-T(sub c) superconductivity in the La-Ba-Cu-O compound, several families of superconducting oxides have been synthesized. Here, researchers report the results of search for superconductivity in the compounds based on tin, which has a lone electron pair like Bi, Tl, Pb. The following compounds were synthesized: Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3Ox, Sn1Ba1Ca1Cu3Ox, Sn1Ba1Mg1Cu3Ox, Sn1Sr1Ca1Cu3Ox, Sn1Sr1Mg1Cu3Ox, Sn1Ca1Mg1Cu3Ox. The initial components were oxides and carbonates of the appropriate elements. Standard firing-grinding procedure was used. Final heating was carried out at 960 C during 12 hours. Then the samples were cooled inside the furnace. All the synthesis cycles were carried out in air atmosphere. Among the synthesized compounds only Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3Ox showed remarkable conductivity. Other compounds were practically dielectrics. Presence of a possible superconductivity in Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3Ox was defined by using the Meissner effect. At low temperature a deviation from paramagnetic behavior is observed. The hysteresis loops obtained at lower temperatures undoubtly testify to the presence of a superconductive phase in the sample. However, the part of the superconductive phase in the Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3Ox ceramic turned out to be small, less than 2 percent, which agrees with the estimation from magnetic data. In order to increase the content of the superconductive phase two-valent cations Ba, Sr were partially substituted by univalent (K) and three-valent ones (Y).

  15. Superconductivity in the Sn-Ba-Sr-Y-Cu-O system

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    Aleksandrov, K. S.; Khrustalev, B. P.; Krivomazov, S. N.; Petrov, M. I.; Vasilyev, A. D.; Zwegintsev, S. A.

    1991-01-01

    After the discovery of high-T(sub c) superconductivity in the La-Ba-Cu-O compound, several families of superconducting oxides were synthesized. Here, researchers report the results of the search for superconductivity in the compounds based on tin which has a lone electron pair like Bi, Tl, and Pb. The following compounds were synthesized: Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3O(sub x), Sn1Ba1Ca1Cu3O(sub x), Sn1Ba1Mg1Cu3O(sub x), Sn1Sr1Ca1Cu3O(sub x), Sn1Sr1Mg1Cu3O(sub x), and Sn1Ca1Mg1Cu3O(sub x). The initial components were oxides and carbonates of the appropriate elements. A standard firing-grinding procedure was used. Final heating was carried out at 960 C during 12 hours. Then the samples were cooled inside the furnace. All the synthesis cycles were carried out in air atmosphere. Among the synthesized compounds only Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3O(sub x) showed remarkable conductivity. Other compounds were practically dielectrics. Presence of a possible superconductivity in Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3O(sub x) was defined by using the Meissner effect. At low temperature a deviation from paramagnetic behavior is observed. The hysteresis loops obtained at lower temperature undoubtly testify to the presence of a superconductive phase in the sample. However, the part of the superconductive phase in the Sn1Ba1Sr1Cu3O(sub x) ceramic turned out to be small, less than 2 percent, which agrees with the estimation from magnetic data. In order to increase the content of the superconductive phase, two-valent cations Ba and Sr were partially substituted by univalent (K) and three-valent ones (Y).

  16. Room Temperature Radiolytic Synthesized Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 Nanoparticles

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    Abedini, Alam; Saion, Elias; Larki, Farhad; Zakaria, Azmi; Noroozi, Monir; Soltani, Nayereh

    2012-01-01

    Colloidal Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 bimetallic nanoparticles were prepared by a gamma irradiation method in an aqueous system in the presence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) and isopropanol respectively as a colloidal stabilizer and scavenger of hydrogen and hydroxyl radicals. The gamma irradiation was carried out in a 60Co gamma source chamber with different doses up to 120 kGy. The formation of Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles was observed initially by the change in color of the colloidal samples from colorless to brown. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the presence of bonds between polymer chains and the metal surface at all radiation doses. Results of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that Cu@CuAlO2-Al2O3 nanoparticles are in a core-shell structure. By controlling the absorbed dose and precursor concentration, nanoclusters with different particle sizes were obtained. The average particle diameter increased with increased precursor concentration and decreased with increased dose. This is due to the competition between nucleation, growth, and aggregation processes in the formation of nanoclusters during irradiation. PMID:23109893

  17. Clathrate formation in the systems Sr-Cu-Ge and {Ba,Sr}-Cu-Ge

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    Zeiringer, I.; Moser, R.; Kneidinger, F.; Podloucky, R.; Royanian, E.; Grytsiv, A.; Bauer, E.; Giester, G.; Falmbigl, M.; Rogl, P.

    2014-09-01

    In the ternary system Sr-Cu-Ge, a novel clathrate type-I phase was detected, Sr8CuxGe46-x (5.2≤x<5.4), which exists close to the Zintl limit in a small temperature interval. Sr8Cu5.3Ge40.7 decomposes eutectoidally on cooling at 730±3 °C into (Ge), SrGe2 and τ1-SrCu2-xGe2+x. Phase equilibria at 700 °C have been established for the Ge rich part and are characterized by the appearance of only one ternary compound, τ1-SrCu2-xGe2+x, which crystallizes with the ThCr2Si2 structure type and forms a homogeneity range up to x=0.4 (a=0.42850(4), c=1.0370(1) nm). Additionally, the extent of the clathrate type-I solid solution Ba8-ySryCuxGe46-x (0≤y≤~5.6; 5.2≤x≤5.4, from as cast alloys) has been studied at various temperatures. The clathrate type-I crystal structure (space group Pm3barn) has been proven by X-ray single crystal diffraction on two single crystals with the composition (from refinement): Sr8Cu5.36Ge40.64 (a=1.06368(2) nm at 300 K) and Ba4.86Sr3.14Cu5.36Ge40.64 (a=1.06748(2) nm at 300 K) measured at 300, 200 and 100 K. From the temperature dependence of the lattice parameters and the atomic displacement parameters, thermal expansion coefficients, Debye- and Einstein-temperatures and the speed of sound have been determined. From heat capacity measurements of Sr8Cu5.3Ge40.7 at low temperatures the Sommerfeld coefficient (γ=24 mJ/mol K2) and the Debye temperature (ΘDLT=273 K) have been extracted. From a detailed analysis of these data at higher temperatures, Einstein branches of the phonon dispersion relation have been derived and compared to those obtained from the atomic displacement parameters. Electrical resistivity measurements of Sr8Cu5.3Ge40.7 reveal a rather metallic behavior in the low temperature range (<300 K). Density function theory calculations provide densities of states, electronic resistivity and Seebeck coefficient as well as the vibrational spectrum and specific heat.

  18. Comparison between LaGaO/sub 3/, LaAlO/sub 3/, KTaO/sub 3/, and SrTiO/sub 3/ substrates for the epitaxial growth of YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus/x/ thin films by a ''BaF/sub 2/ process''

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    Feenstra, R.; Budai, J.D.; Galloway, M.D.; Boatner, L.A.

    1989-01-01

    YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus/x/ films with thicknesses in the range 60--320 nm were grown on LaGaO/sub 3/, LaAlO/sub 3/, KTaO/sub 3/, and SrTiO/sub 3/ single-crystal substrates by coevaporation of Y, Cu, and BaF/sub 2/ followed by annealing at 850/degree/C in wet oxygen. Films formed with a thickness of 160 nm or greater on SrTiO/sub 3/, KTaO/sub 3/, and LaGaO/sub 3/ exhibited sharp superconducting transitions near T/sub c/ = 91 K. For films on LaAlO/sub 3/, T/sub c/ was typically reduced by 6--8 K. For films with a thickness less than 120 nm, the superconducting transition broadens for every film-substrate combination investigated, and T/sub c/ shifts to lower temperatures with decreasing film thickness. 6 refs., 1 fig.

  19. Structural and Superconducting Properties of (Al2O3) y /CuTl-1223 Composites

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Qasim, Irfan; Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Zaman, Munawar; Nadeem, K.; Mumtaz, M.

    2015-01-01

    The effects of nano-Alumina (Al2O3) particles inclusion on the structural and superconducting transport properties of (Cu0.5Tl0.5)Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ (CuTl-1223) matrix were explored in detail. Different concentrations (i.e. y = 0-1.5 wt.%) of Al2O3 nanoparticles were added to a CuTl-1223 matrix to obtain the desired (Al2O3) y /CuTl-1223 nano-superconducting composites. No significant change was observed in the crystal structure and stoichiometry of the host CuTl-1223 superconducting phase after the addition of Al2O3 nanoparticles. This indicates the occupancy of these nanoparticles at the inter-granular spaces. The superconductivity was suppressed with increasing Al2O3 nanoparticles contents in the CuTl-1223 matrix. The suppression of superconducting properties is most probably due to a pair-breaking mechanism caused by the reflection/scattering of carriers across the insulating nano-Al2O3 particles present at the grain boundaries. The non-monotonic variation of the superconducting properties may be due to inhomogeneous distribution of Al2O3 nanoparticles at the grain boundaries.

  20. Dielectric response of Cu/amorphous BaTiO3/Cu capacitors

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    Gonon, P.; El Kamel, F.

    2007-04-01

    Cu/amorphous BaTiO3/Cu capacitors were tested for their dielectric properties in the 0.1Hz -100kHz range, from room temperature to 350°C. The amorphous barium titanate dielectric layer was deposited by rf sputtering on water-cooled copper electrodes. The room-temperature dielectric constant is around 18 and the dissipation factor is 3×10-3 at 100kHz. When increasing temperature the dielectric response displays an important frequency dispersion with the appearance of a marked loss peak at low frequencies. This dispersion is ascribed to electrode polarization effects, as evidenced by measurements performed on various film thicknesses and by using different electrodes. The electrode polarization phenomenon is discussed using a simple space charge model and is shown to be related to mobile oxygen vacancies.

  1. Evidence for superconductivity above 40 K in the La-Ba-Cu-O compound system

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    Chu, C. W.; Hor, P. H.; Meng, R. L.; Gao, L.; Huang, Z. J.

    1987-01-01

    An apparent superconducting transition with an onset temperature above 40 K has been detected under pressure in the La-Ba-Cu-O compound system synthesized directly from a solid-state reaction of La2O3, CuO, and BaCO3 followed by a decomposition of the mixture in a reduced atmosphere. The experiment is described and the results of effects of magnetic field and pressure are discussed.

  2. PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}: A new superconductor

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    Blackstead, H.A.; Dow, J.D.

    1995-10-01

    PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} superconducts, provided Pr is kept off Ba-sites - experimentally confirming the prediction of the oxygen model and indicating that superconductivity originates in the chains, not in the planes.

  3. Dielectric properties of (CuO, CaO2, and BaO)y/CuTl-1223 composites

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    Mumtaz, M.; Kamran, M.; Nadeem, K.; Jabbar, Abdul; Khan, Nawazish A.; Saleem, Abida; Tajammul Hussain, S.; Kamran, M.

    2013-07-01

    We synthesized (CuO, CaO2, and BaO)y/Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ (y = 0, 5%, 10%, 15%) composites by solid-state reaction and characterized them by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, dc-resistivity, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Frequency and temperature dependent dielectric properties, such as real and imaginary parts of the dielectric constant, dielectric loss, and ac-conductivity of these composites were studied by capacitance and conductance measurements as a function of frequency (10 kHz to 10 MHz) and temperature (78 to 300 K). X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the characteristic behavior of the superconductor phase and the structure of Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ are nearly undisturbed by doping with nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy images show the improvement in the intergranular linking between the superconducting grains occurring with increasing nanoparticle concentration. Microcracks are healed up with these nanoparticles, and superconducting volume fraction is also increased. Dielectric properties of these composites strongly depend on the frequency and temperature. Zero resistivity critical temperature and dielectric properties show opposite trends with the addition of nanoparticles to the Cu0.5Tl0.5Ba2Ca2Cu3O10-δ superconductor matrix.

  4. Crystal structure of (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4O11+δ (Tc=117 K) by neutron-powder-diffraction analysis

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    Shimakawa, Y.; Jorgensen, J. D.; Hinks, D. G.; Shaked, H.; Hitterman, R. L.; Izumi, F.; Kawashima, T.; Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Kamiyama, T.

    1994-12-01

    The crystal structure of the newly discovered 117-K superconductor, (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4O11+δ, has been refined from time-of-flight neutron-powder-diffraction data. The structure has ``average'' tetragonal symmetry and is similar to that of Tl(or Hg)Ba2Ca3Cu4Oy. C atoms in CO3 groups substitute at the Cu site in the (Cu,C)O1+δ layer leading to a chemical composition of (Cu0.68C0.32)Ba2Ca3Cu4O11.06. This compound has two inequivalent kinds of CuO2 layers with pyramidal and square coordination of Cu to oxygen. The inner CuO2 layers with Cu in four coordination are less corrugated than the outer ones with Cu in five coordination, and exhibit a structure very similar to those of infinite-layer compounds.

  5. Studies on Pulsed Laser Deposited YbBa_2Cu_3O_7-x Thin Films

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    Srinivas, S.; Ramachandra Rao, M. S.; Pinto, R.; Bhatnagar, Anil K.

    1998-03-01

    We have deposited high quality YbBa_2Cu_3O_7-x thin films on LaAlO_3<100> substrates using pulsed laser deposition(PLD) method. Films are characterized by XRD, Resistivity, SQUID measurements and surface morphology using Atomic Force Microscopy. We have noticed spiral like growth in a film by AFM. The critical T_co around 88 K and critical current density at zero field is 2x10^6 A/cm^2 at 77 K and SQUID measurement calculations have shown critical current densities as high as 10^7 A/cm^2 at 77K. ( One of the Authors would like to thank UGC-CSIR for financial assistance and is grateful to CSIR for the research support)

  6. A tem study of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor material prepared by plasma spraying

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    Lu, J.; Qiao, G.W.

    1988-01-01

    A transmission electron microscopy (TEM) study was made on Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors prepared by plasma spraying which is a useful technique in forming and manufacturing of brittle materials. Amophous region and transitional phases with certain orientation relationship were found between YBa/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7-x/ grains.

  7. Mechanism of Corrosion in Al-Si-Cu

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    Hayasaka, Nobuo; Koga, Yuri; Shimomura, Koji; Yoshida, Yukimasa; Okano, Haruo

    1991-07-01

    An Al-Cu local cell was formed between the Cu precipitation and adjacent Al in an Al-Si-Cu alloy when Cu was added in excess to the alloy. Once an Al-Cu local cell was formed, corrosion took place simply by dipping the alloy in deionized water without any contamination. Furthermore, it was found that corrosion was enhanced at the Al-Si-Cu lines in contact with the p+-n junction of Si. The reason for this is that holes are injected into Al-Si-Cu from p+-Si due to electromotive force produced by light irradiation and an external circuit connecting the alloy and n-Si formed by the adsorption of moisture on the surface. Furthermore, it was found that the irradiation of light with a wavelength between 320 to 380 nm was most effective in enhancing the corrosion reaction.

  8. Crystal structure of the oxides BaCuGd/sub 2/O/sub 5/ and Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/GdO/sub 7-//sub x/

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    Campa, J.A.; de Salazar, J.M.G.; Gutierrez-Puebla, E.; Monge, M.A.; Rasines, I.; Ruiz-Valero, C.

    1988-01-01

    We have grown crystals of BaCuGd/sub 2/O/sub 5/ and Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/GdO/sub 7-//sub x/ and determined their structures by single-crystal x-ray diffraction. Green and black BaCuGd/sub 2/O/sub 5/ are roughly identical. In the refinement of Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/GdO/sub 7-//sub x/ a value of x = 0.5 is obtained. The existence of oxygen vacancies is compatible with an incommensurable system and also with high-order superstructures.

  9. ESR, SIMS and TEMF of an Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor

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    Kirschner, I.; Giber, J.; Halasz, I.

    1995-01-01

    Superconducting transition comes into being between 92 K and 82 K in the samples having a Meissner's state value of 68 vol. percent. The main material content has an orthorhombic unit cell of Y1Ba2Cu408 accompanied by low quantity CuO and a sporadic phase. A proof of anisotropic superconductivity, an unusually high Cu ion concentration and a temperature dependent transition of charge carriers have been observed.

  10. Molecular beam deposition of Dy sub 1 Ba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. (001) high-temperature superconductor thin films

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    Bae, J.; Seshadri, P.; Choudhary, K.M. )

    1992-03-01

    Epitaxial Dy{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}(001) high-temperature superconductor thin films on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates have been prepared by coevaporation of Dy, BaF{sub 2}, and Cu and postannealing. The vapors in desired ratio were evaporated from effusion cells in a miniature molecular beam deposition system. The films show critical transition temperature ({ital T}{sub {ital c},0}) of 89.5{plus minus}0.5 K. During process development it was found that single phase Dy{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y}(001) thin films can be grown ({ital x}=0 to 0.3). Their electrical properties were useful in calibration of quartz crystal thin film thickness monitor (FTM) for determination of relationships between the actual vapor arrival rate (flux) and FTM reading.

  11. Co2FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions with BaO and MgO/BaO barriers

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    Rogge, J.; Hetaba, W.; Schmalhorst, J.; Bouchikhaoui, H.; Stender, P.; Baither, D.; Schmitz, G.; Hütten, A.

    2015-07-01

    We succeed to integrate BaO as a tunneling barrier into Co2FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). By means of Auger electron spectroscopy it could be proven that the applied annealing temperatures during BaO deposition and afterwards do not cause any diffusion of Ba neither into the lower Heusler compound lead nor into the upper Fe counter electrode. Nevertheless, a negative tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of -10% is found for Co2FeAl (24 nm) / BaO (5 nm) / Fe (7 nm) MTJs, which can be attributed to the preparation procedure and can be explained by the formation of Co- and Fe-oxides at the interfaces between the Heusler and the crystalline BaO barrier by comparing with theory. Although an amorphous structure of the BaO barrier seems to be confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), it cannot entirely be ruled out that this is an artifact of TEM sample preparation due to the sensitivity of BaO to moisture. By replacing the BaO tunneling barrier with an MgO/BaO double layer barrier, the electric stability could effectively be increased by a factor of five. The resulting TMR effect is found to be about +20% at room temperature, although a fully antiparallel state has not been realized.

  12. Synthesis of Y1Ba2Cu3O(sub x) superconducting powders by intermediate phase reaction

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    Moore, C.; Fernandez, J. F.; Recio, P.; Duran, P.

    1990-01-01

    One of the more striking problems for the synthesis of the Y1Ba2Cu3Ox compound is the high-temperature decomposition of the BaCO3. This compound is present as raw material or as an intermediate compound in chemical processes such as amorphous citrate, coprecipitation oxalate, sol-gel process, acetate pyrolisis, etc. This fact makes difficult the total formation reaction of the Y1Ba2Cu3Ox phase and leads to the presence of undesirable phases such as the BaCuO2 phase, the 'green phase', Y2BaCuO5 and others. Here, a new procedure to overcome this difficulty is studied. The barium cation is previously combined with yttrium and/or copper to form intermediate compounds which can react between them to give Y1Ba2Cu3Ox. BaY2O4 and BaCu2O3 react according to the equation BaY2O4+3BaCu2O3 yields 2Y1Ba2Cu3Ox. BaY2O4 is a stable compound of the Y2O3-BaO system; BaCu2O3 is an intimate mixture of BaCuO2 and uncombined CuO. The reaction kinetics of these phases have been established between 860 and 920 C. The phase evolution has been determined. The crystal structure of the Y1Ba2Cu3Ox obtained powder was studied. According to the results obtained from the kinetics study the Y1Ba2Cu3Ox the synthesis was performed at temperatures of 910 to 920 C for short treatment times (1 to 2 hours). Pure Y1Ba2Cu3Ox was prepared, which develops orthorombic type I structure despite of the cooling cycle. Superconducting transition took place at 91 K. The sintering behavior and the superconducting properties of sintered samples were studied. Density, microstructure and electrical conductivity were measured. Sintering densities higher than 95 percent D(sub th) were attained at temperatures below 940 C. Relatively fine grained microstructure was observed, and little or no-liquid phase was detected.

  13. Elastocaloric effect in CuAlZn and CuAlMn shape memory alloys under compression.

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    Qian, Suxin; Geng, Yunlong; Wang, Yi; Pillsbury, Thomas E; Hada, Yoshiharu; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Fujimoto, Kenjiro; Hwang, Yunho; Radermacher, Reinhard; Cui, Jun; Yuki, Yoji; Toyotake, Koutaro; Takeuchi, Ichiro

    2016-08-13

    This paper reports the elastocaloric effect of two Cu-based shape memory alloys: Cu68Al16Zn16 (CuAlZn) and Cu73Al15Mn12 (CuAlMn), under compression at ambient temperature. The compression tests were conducted at two different rates to approach isothermal and adiabatic conditions. Upon unloading at a strain rate of 0.1 s(-1) (adiabatic condition) from 4% strain, the highest adiabatic temperature changes (ΔTad) of 4.0 K for CuAlZn and 3.9 K for CuAlMn were obtained. The maximum stress and hysteresis at each strain were compared. The stress at the maximum recoverable strain of 4.0% for CuAlMn was 120 MPa, which is 70% smaller than that of CuAlZn. A smaller hysteresis for the CuAlMn alloy was also obtained, about 70% less compared with the CuAlZn alloy. The latent heat, determined by differential scanning calorimetry, was 4.3 J g(-1) for the CuAlZn alloy and 5.0 J g(-1) for the CuAlMn alloy. Potential coefficients of performance (COPmat) for these two alloys were calculated based on their physical properties of measured latent heat and hysteresis, and a COPmat of approximately 13.3 for CuAlMn was obtained.This article is part of the themed issue 'Taking the temperature of phase transitions in cool materials'. PMID:27402936

  14. Phase correlations in the CuAlSe2-CuAlTe2 system

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    Korzun, B. V.; Fadzeyeva, A. A.; Bente, K.; Schmitz, W.; Kommichau, G.

    2005-07-01

    Alloys in the CuAlSe2-CuAlTe2 system were synthesized in BN-crucibles in silica tubes under vacuum to obtain the corresponding phase equilibria. X-ray powder diffraction and thermal analytic data of the T-x phase diagram revealed a complete solid solutions series in the subsolidus region. Within the CuAlSe2xTe2(1-x) system the refined lattice parameters a and c approximately obey the Vegard rule and also the cell volume and the heat of fusion confirm linear correlations with the composition of the mixed crystals. The anion position parameter calculated after S. C. Abrahams & J. L. Bernstein (uAB) and J. E Jaffe & A. Zunger (uJZ) is greater than 0.25 and reveals a linear dependence on composition. The liquidus part of the CuAlSe2xTe2(1-x) system with x < 0.35 exhibits vertical section behaviour with a ternary peritectic followed up by a ternary monotectic whereas the region with x > 0.35 shows quasibinary equilibria.

  15. Intermetallic Phase Formation in Explosively Welded Al/Cu Bimetals

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-05-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods (i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  16. Intermetallic Phase Formation in Explosively Welded Al/Cu Bimetals

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-08-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods ( i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  17. Synthesis, crystal and electronic structures, and physical properties of caged ternary Cu-rich antimonide: BaCu(7.31(3))Sb5.

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    Zheng, Wu-Zui; Wang, Peng; Wu, Li-Ming; Chen, Ling

    2010-08-16

    A new caged Cu-rich antimonide, BaCu(7.31(3))Sb(5), was obtained from a direct combination of the elements in a graphite crucible under a high vacuum by a solid state reaction, and the structure was determined by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction method to be hexagonal P6(3)/mmc (No.194), with a = 7.0154(4) A, c = 12.5423(14) A, V = 534.58(7) A(3), and Z = 2. BaCu(7.31(3))Sb(5) is the first antimonide member of the BaNi(9)P(5)-type barium copper pnictides with a Cu2 site occupancy of 43.7(9)%, and the structure building unit is a 30-vertex Cu(18)Sb(12) cage centered by a Ba atom. The Cu(18)Sb(12) cages form chains along the c axis by sharing the opposite hexagonal (Cu2)(3)(Sb2)(3) faces. Such a cage chain shares (Cu1)(2)(Sb1)(2) rhomboidal faces with six neighboring chains along the [100], [010], and [110] directions to generate a 3D condensed metallic network. The electronic structure calculations by CASTEP indicate the metallic nature, which matches well with the metallic electrical conductivity, small Seebeck coefficient, and Pauli paramagnetism. The calculated formation energies indicate that BaCu(7.5)Sb(5)[triple bond]Ba(2)Cu(15)Sb(10) with the Cu2 site half occupied is the energetically favorable stoichiometry compared with Ba(2)Cu(12)Sb(10) (empty Cu2 site) and Ba(2)Cu(18)Sb(10) (fully occupied Cu2 site). PMID:20690758

  18. Computer simulation of the self-assembly of crystal structures of zeolites Ca64(Sr,K,Ba)48(Cu12(O,Cl))4[Si192Al192O786](H2O) n (tschoertnerite, TSC, V = 31 614 Å3) and Ca2K2[Al6Si6O24](H2O)10 (willhendersonite, cha, V = 804 Å3) from template nanocluster precursors K48 and K12

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    Ilyushin, G. D.; Blatov, V. A.

    2013-07-01

    The self-assembly of zeolites Ca64(Sr,K,Ba)48(Cu12(O,Cl))4[Si192Al192 O786](H2O) n (tschoertnerite, TSC-type framework, V = 31614 Å3) and Ca2K2[Al6Si6O24] (H2O)10 (willhendersonite, CHA-type framework, V = 804 Å3), which form paragenetic associations, has been simulated using computational methods (TOPOS program package). A new method for analyzing zeolites of any complexity has been used, which is based on the complete expansion of the three-dimensional structural graph (3 D factor graph) in tiles and the selection of nonintersecting tiles forming a packing. The code of self-assembly of 3 D structures from complementary linked nanocluster precursors is reconstructed: primary chain → microlayer → microframework. A supracluster precursor K48 with the symmetry bar 43 m, formed of four K12 clusters corresponding to the t-hpr tile, is established for TSC. The K48 cluster contains Ca template cations, which stabilize its local region in the stages of K12 → K24 → K48 self-assembly. Bifurcations of evolution paths (structural branching points) during the self-assembly of TSC and CHA microframeworks are established in the stage of formation of the K24 supracluster from invariant templated K12 clusters. The models under consideration explain the 100% localization of B = Ca cations, which play the role of templates, and the 50% occupation of the positions of K, Sr, and Ba spacer cations (in TSC) and K spacer cations (in CHA).

  19. Facile synthesis of dendritic Cu by electroless reaction of Cu-Al alloys in multiphase solution

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    Wang, Ying; Liang, Shuhua; Yang, Qing; Wang, Xianhui

    2016-11-01

    Two-dimensional nano- or micro-scale fractal dendritic coppers (FDCs) were synthesized by electroless immersing of Cu-Al alloys in hydrochloric acid solution containing copper chloride without any assistance of template or surfactant. The FDC size increases with the increase of Al content in Cu-Al alloys immersed in CuCl2 + HCl solution. Compared to Cu40Al60 and Cu45Al55 alloys, the FDC shows hierarchical distribution and homogeneous structures using Cu17Al83 alloy as the starting alloy. The growth direction of the FDC is <110>, and all angles between the trunks and branches are 60°. Nanoscale Cu2O was found at the edge of FDC. Interestingly, nanoporous copper (NPC) can also be obtained through Cu17Al83 alloy. Studies showed that the formation of FDC depended on two key factors: the potential difference between CuAl2 intermetallic and α-Al phase of dual-phase Cu-Al alloys; a replacement reaction that usually occurs in multiphase solution. The electrochemical experiment further proved that the multi-branch dendritic structure is very beneficial to the proton transfer in the process of catalyzing methanol.

  20. Intermetallic compound formation at Cu-Al wire bond interface

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    Bae, In-Tae; Young Jung, Dae; Chen, William T.; Du Yong

    2012-12-15

    Intermetallic compound (IMC) formation and evolution at Cu-Al wire bond interface were studied using focused ion beam /scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM)/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), nano beam electron diffraction (NBED) and structure factor (SF) calculation. It was found that discrete IMC patches were formed at the Cu/Al interface in as-packaged state and they grew toward Al pad after high temperature storage (HTS) environment at 150 Degree-Sign C. TEM/EDS and NBED results combined with SF calculation revealed the evidence of metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} IMC phase (tetragonal, space group: I4m2, a = 0.404 nm, c= 0.580 nm) formed at Cu/Al interfaces in both of the as-packaged and the post-HTS samples. Two feasible mechanisms for the formation of the metastable {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} phase are discussed based on (1) non-equilibrium cooling of wire bond that is attributed to highly short bonding process time and (2) the epitaxial relationships between Cu and {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2}, which can minimize lattice mismatch for {theta} Prime -CuAl{sub 2} to grow on Cu.

  1. Critical currents of aligned grains of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O compounds

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    Fang, M. M.; Finnemore, D. K.; Farrell, D. E.; Bansal, N. R.

    1989-01-01

    A study of irreversibility in the magnetization curves of Tl2Ba2Ca2Cu3O10 and Tl2Ba2Ca1Cu2O8 was undertaken to determine the intragranular critical currents and the effects of flux-creep in grain-aligned samples of these materials. For fields of greater than 0.3 T, and H parallel to c axis, the critical supercurrent falls approximately exponentially with both magnetic field and temperature. Flux-creep is found to be linear in the logarithm of time at low fields over a wide temperature range.

  2. Magnetic levitation and stiffness in melt-textured Y-Ba-Cu-O

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    Hull, J.R.; Mulcahy, T.M. ); Salama, K.; Selvamanickam, V. ); Weinberger, B.R.; Lynds, L. )

    1992-09-01

    Magnetic levitation and stiffness have been measured in several systems composed of a permanent magnet elastically suspended above a stationary melt-textured sample of Y-Ba-Cu-O. The levitation force and vertical stiffness have been calculated on the basis of magnetization measurements of the same system, and the calculated results showed excellent agreement with the experimental measurements. Based on the force and magnetization measurements, it is predicted that the same Y-Ba-Cu-O material configured in a geometry suitable for magnetic bearings could produce a levitation pressure of 100--400 kPa at 20 K.

  3. Strong flux pinning enhancement in YBa2Cu3O7-x films by embedded BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles

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    Ding, Fa-Zhu; Gu, Hong-Wei; Zhang, Teng; Wang, Hong-Yan; Qu, Fei; Qiu, Qing-Quan; Dai, Shao-Tao; Peng, Xing-Yu

    2013-07-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with embedded BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles were fabricated by metalorganic deposition using trifluoroacetates (TFA-MOD). Both X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy revealed that these BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles had random orientations and were distributed stochastically in the YBCO matrix. The unique combined microstructure enhances the critical current density (Jc) of the BaZrO3/BaTiO3 doped-YBCO films, while keeping the critical transition temperature (Tc) close to that in the pure YBCO films. These results indicate that BaZrO3 and BaTiO3 nanoparticles provide strong flux pinning in YBCO films.

  4. Composition dependence of superconductivity in YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))Oy

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1991-01-01

    Eleven different compositions in the system YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))O(y) (x = 0 to 0.3) have been synthesized and characterized by electrical resistivity measurements, powder x-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The superconducting transition temperature T sub c (onset) was almost unaffected by the presence of alumina due to its limited solubility in YBa2Cu3O(7-x). However, T sub c(R = 0) gradually decreased, and the resistive tails became longer with increasing Al2O3 concentration. This was probably due to formation of BaAl2O4 and other impurity phases from chemical decomposition of the superconducting phase by reaction with Al2O3.

  5. Composition dependence of superconductivity in YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))O(y)

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    Bansal, N. P.

    1993-01-01

    Eleven different compositions in the system YBa2(Cu(3-x)Al(x))O(y) (x = 0 to 0.3) have been synthesized and characterized by electrical resistivity measurements, powder X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The superconducting transition temperature T sub c (onset) was almost unaffected by the presence of alumina due to its limited solubility in YBa2Cu3O(7-x). However, T sub c(R = 0) gradually decreased, and the resistive tails became longer with increasing Al2O3 concentration. This was probably due to formation of BaAl2O4 and other impurity phases from chemical decomposition of the superconducting phase by reaction with Al2O3.

  6. Effect of cation substitution at the B site on the oxygen semi-permeation flux in La0.5Ba0.5Fe0.7B0.3O3-δ dense perovskite membranes with B = Al, Co, Cu, Mg, Mn, Ni, Sn, Ti and Zn (part II)

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    Reichmann, M.; Geffroy, P.-M.; Fouletier, J.; Richet, N.; Del Gallo, P.; Chartier, T.

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this paper is to provide insight into the effect of cation substitution at the B site on the oxygen semi-permeation performances. Particular attention is given here to identify the impact of cation substitution at the B site on oxygen diffusion and oxygen surface-exchange kinetics in the La0.5Ba0.5Fe0.7B0.3O3-δ perovskite membrane series with B = Al, Co, Cu, Mg, Mn, Ni, Sn, Ti and Zn. This study clearly shows that the prediction of the oxygen semi-permeation performances of membrane materials from the nature of cation at the A or B sites in perovskite structure is quite complex. The cation substitution at the B-site has a low impact on the nature of rate-determining step and a significant impact on oxygen semi-permeation performances, contrary to the cation substitution at A-site. Unfortunately, it is not possible to establish a relevant trend about the effect of the nature of cation in the A or B sites in perovskite structure on oxygen diffusion and the oxygen surface-exchange kinetics.

  7. Chemical and orbital fluctuations in Ba3CuSb2O9

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    Wakabayashi, Yusuke; Nakajima, Daisuke; Ishiguro, Yuki; Kimura, Kenta; Kimura, Tsuyoshi; Tsutsui, Satoshi; Baron, Alfred Q. R.; Hayashi, Kouichi; Happo, Naohisa; Hosokawa, Shinya; Ohwada, Kenji; Nakatsuji, Satoru

    2016-06-01

    Structural fluctuation in Ba3CuSb2O9 , which is proposed to exhibit a spin-orbital entangled state, has been studied by diffuse x-ray scattering, x-ray fluorescence holography, and inelastic x-ray scattering. Two kinds of spatial fluctuations are observed: temperature-independent and temperature-dependent ones. The former is related to Cu/Sb arrangement. The short-range chemical correlation in Ba3CuSb2O9 is honeycomblike, whereas the correlation length is as short as the diameter of the honeycomb unit. The temperature variation of ferro- and antiferro-orbital correlations is extracted from Huang scattering intensity distributions. Both of these correlations increase with decreasing temperature down to 60 K, which corresponds to the energy of magnetic interaction of Ba3CuSb2O9 . A wide distribution of the characteristic time scale of the orbital motion is proposed from the spatial fluctuation of the ionic arrangement in Ba3CuSb2O9 .

  8. Anisotropy of Multilayered (cu, C)BA2CA3CU4OY Superconductors Studied by Torque Magnetometry

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    Tokiwa, K.; Koganezawa, T.; Mikusu, S.; Watanabe, T.; Iyo, A.; Tanaka, Y.

    The magnetic torque of (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4Oy ( (Cu,C)-1234) aligned samples with various carrier concentrations has been measured under a magnetic field of 9 T at 80 K and 90 K. The carrier concentration was determined by Hall effect measurements. From angular dependent torque measurements, the anisotropy ratio γ was estimated using the 3D anisotropic London model. The γvalues decreased from 23 to 10 with an increase in the average Hall number per CuO2 plane (nH); however, these samples showed a nearly constant Tc of about 117 K. These results indicate that the anisotropy of (Cu,C)-1234 strongly reflects the doping levels of the outer planes.

  9. Annealing and mechanical properties of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O.

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    Goretta, K. C.

    1998-09-11

    Single-domain melt-processed YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x}/Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} and conventional polycrystalline sintered YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} pellets were prepared. Elastic modulus, hardness, and fracture strength were measured on selected sections cut from the pellets. Strength in the melt-processed pellets ranged from 32 to 94 MPa and was highest in the center. Variations in strength were related to microstructural features, especially Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} distribution. To improve strength, we attempted to minimize microcracking by manipulating cooling rates, annealing times, and oxygen partial pressure. Extent of cracking was evaluated by electron microscopy and change in elastic modulus and strength. We found that control of annealing reduced microcracking of the polycrystalline sintered pellets, but had little effect on the single-domain melt-processed pellets.

  10. Synthesis of HgBa 2CuO 4+δ under controlled mercury and oxygen pressures

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    Alyoshin, V. A.; Mikhailova, D. A.; Antipov, E. V.

    1996-02-01

    A three-temperature synthesis technique to obtain pure HgBa 2CuO 4+δ under controlled mercury and oxygen partial pressures was developed. Mixtures of Co 3O 4/CoO (or CuO/Cu 2O) oxides and HgBa 2CuO 4+δ/Ba 2CuO 3+ x heated at different temperatures were used to adjust P(O 2) and P(Hg), respectively. At equilibrium conditions for the reaction: HgBa 2CuO 4+ δ ↔ Ba 2CuO 3+ x + Hg(g) + (1 + δ - x)/2 O 2, 0.09 < P(O 2) < 0.62 bar and 1009 < T < 1153 K, the mercury partial pressure was found to vary from 1.7 to 6.5 bar. With these conditions, the lower boundary of HgBa 2CuO 4+δ formation as a function of P(Hg), P(O 2) and T was determined as: log P(Hg) + 6040/ T + 0.266 log P(O 2) > 5.959. It was also found, that slow cooling down to 600°C under fixed oxygen pressure is required to prepare pure HgBa 2CuO 4+δ.

  11. Position dependence of irreversibility line on thin plate Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor

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    Naito, Tomoyuki; Furuta, Daiki; Arayashiki, Takahiro; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki; Yanagi, Yousuke; Itoh, Yoshitaka

    We measured the profiles of the trapped field, BT, on a thin Gd-Ba-Cu-O superconducting bulk plate with 45 mm in diameter and 2 mm in thickness magnetized by the pulsed field, where Gd-Ba-Cu-O consists of a superconducting matrix phase of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ and a nonsuperconducting secondary phase of Gd2BaCuO5. The vortices were mainly trapped at the periphery in the growth sector regions (GSRs) for low applied fields, and around the growth sector boundaries (GSBs) and under the seed crystal (SC) position for high applied fields. The irreversibility line, which was determined from the resistivity measurements, of the sample cut from the GSR was rather lower than those of the samples cut from the GSBs and the SC position. This result revealed the weak vortex pinning strength in the GSRs and was consistent with the BT profiles by PFM. The obtained results suggest that the resistivity can also probe the distribution of the vortex pinning strength.

  12. KrF laser-induced ablation and patterning of Y--Ba--Cu--O films

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    Heitz, J.; Wang, X.Z.; Schwab, P.; Baeuerle, D. ); Schultz, L. )

    1990-09-01

    The ablation and patterning of Y--Ba--Cu--O films on (100) SrTiO{sub 3} and (100) MgO substrates by KrF excimer-laser light projection was investigated. Three different regimes of laser-material interactions were observed. Transition temperatures and critical current densities in laser-fabricated strip lines were investigated.

  13. Anisotropic transport properties of PrBa 2Cu 3O 7

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    Goto, M.; Takenaka, K.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.

    1997-08-01

    The in-plane resitivity is measured on the twin-free PrBa 2Cu 3O 7 crystals. The observal anisotropy indicates that dominant carrier conduction takes place in the CuO one-dimensional chain. By applying the pressure, ϱa, containing CuO 2 plane contribution increases more rapidly than ϱa, containing both and plane contributions. This is considered to be due to the increased the hybridization between Pr4f and O2p orbital at the plane site, consistent with the scenario proposed by Fehrenbacher and Rice.

  14. Structural, optical and electrical properties of GdAlO3:Eu3+Ba2+

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    Selvalakshmi, T.; Tamilarasi, S.; Bose, A. Chandra

    2015-06-01

    Effect of Ba2+ ions concentration on the photoluminescence of GdAlO3:Eu3+ Ba2+ phosphor is investigated. The phosphors are synthesized by citrate-based sol-gel method and the formation of orthorhombic phase GdAlO3 is confirmed by XRD analysis. Kubelka-Munk function is used to estimate the band gap and the value varies with concentration of Ba2+ is observed. Photoluminescence spectra show a strong red emission peak at 616 nm corresponding to5D0→7F2 transition and its intensity increase with the addition of Ba2+ ions. The presence of Eu3+ and Ba2+ ions in GdAlO3 strongly influences the dielectric property of GdAlO3.

  15. Electronic properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors as seen by Cu and O NMR/NQR

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    Brinkmann, D.

    1995-01-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) allow the investigation of electronic properties at the atomic level. We will report on such studies of typical members of the the Y-Ba-Cu-O family such as YBa2Cu30(6 + x) (1-2-3-(6 + x)), YBa2Cu4O8 (1-2-4) and Y2Ba4Cu7015 (2-4-7) with many examples of recent work performed in our laboratory. In particular, we will deal with Knight shift and relaxation studies of copper and oxygen. We will discuss important issues of current studies such as: (1) Existence of a common electronic spin-susceptibility in the planes (and perhaps in the chains) of 1-2-4; (2) Strong evidence for the existence of a pseudo spin-gap of the antiferromagnetic fluctuations in 1-2-4 and 2-4-7; (3) Evidence for d-wave pairing in 1-2-4; (4) Strong coupling of inequivalent Cu-O planes in 2-4-7 and possible origin for the high Tc value of this compound; and (5) The possibility to describe NMR data in the framework of a charge-excitation picture.

  16. Stability of Y-Ba-Cu-oxide phases in salt flux

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    Tao, Y. K.; Chen, H. C.; Lin, J. G.; Hor, P. H.; Chu, C. W.

    1991-01-01

    The results of an investigation into the possibility of growing YBa2Cu3O7 (or Y123) single crystals from a NaCl-KCl flux (salt flux) are presented. They are compared with results for Y123 crystals grown from a Ba-Cu-oxide flux system. The chosen salt flux composition was 1:1 (NaCl:KCl). The preparation method of the solutes is presented, with particular attention given to the compounds surrounding the Y123 phase, such as Y2BaCuO6 (Y211). Optical microscopy was introduced to study the morphology of the sample; X-ray diffraction was used for phase identification; and a chemical analysis was effected. The Y123, Y211, and BaCuO2 phases were shown to be dissociated in the NaCl-KCl flux, and could not be recrystallized. A small amount of the flux could be added to create large-grain Y123 crystals, but single-crystal growth was not possible in a top-seeded NaCl-KCl solution. This is attributed to significant differences in solubility of the crystal elements, and phase separation caused by CuO crystal formation.

  17. Synchrotron X-ray study reveals oxygen chains in HgBa2CuO4+δ

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    Tabis, Wojciech

    2012-02-01

    X-ray scattering work shows that the double-layer high-Tc superconductors YBa2Cu3O8+d and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O6+δ are intrinsically inhomogeneous [1-3], with short-range lattice modulations driven by oxygen dopants. HgBa2CuO4+δ(Hg1201) has a simpler (tetragonal) structure and the highest Tc (at optimal doping) among all single-layer cuprates. It is thus a very good candidate system to address the issue of charge modulations. Using synchrotron X-ray scattering and high-quality single crystals, we have observed a short-range lattice modulations in Hg1201. Careful analysis of the diffuse intensity pattern, and a study of the doping and temperature dependence, point toward the formation of local one-dimensional order in the form of uncorrelated oxygen chains in the charge-reservoir layer. The chains exist at intermediate and high doping, form along [100], and have typical lengths of 15-30 lattice constants [4]. *Z. Islam et al. PRL 93 157008 (2004) *J. Strempfer et al. PRL 93, 157007 (2004) *J. P. Castellan et al. PRB 73, 174505 (2006) *G. Chabot-Couture, W. Tabis, J. N. Hancock Z. Islam, L. Lu, G. Yu, Y. Li, X. Zhao, Y. Ren, A. Mehta, M. Greven, (unpublished)

  18. Preparation of superconducting Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu thin films by chemical deposition

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    Olson, W.L.; Eddy, M.M.; James, T.W.; Hammond, R.B.; Gruner, G.

    1989-07-10

    The scientific revolution in superconductivity has been driven by the discovery of many metal oxides that exhibit this unique property at unusually high temperatures. At the time of submission of this article, the material showing the highest transition temperature is Tl2Ca2Ba2Cu3O10 (2223) which is superconducting below 122 K. For many potential applications of high Tc superconductors uniform thin films are required. There are a number of methods that might be employed for the preparation of such a film. These include electron beam (e-beam) coevaporation and sequential evaporation, sputtering, ion beam deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, laser ablation, spray, and spin-on techniques, all of which have been used to prepare thin and thick films of YBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 7}. Sequential e-beam, sputtering, and laser ablation have been shown to make superconducting films in the Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu oxide system.

  19. Melt-processing of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors for improved levitation

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    Balachandran, U.; Zhong, W.; Emerson, J.E.; McDaniel, R.L.

    1994-04-01

    Melt processed bulk YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (YBCO) superconductors are of considerable interest in the application of low-friction, superconducting permanent magnet bearings and flywheel-energy-storage devices. The mechanisms of enhanced flux pinning in the melt processed samples has been the subject of many investigations. Fine precipitates of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} (211) are considered potential flux-pinning sites by many investigators. Several groups have reported the refinement of 211 precipitates through Pt additions. In this paper, the authors describe the melt processing of YBCO with additives such as 211, Pt, and Ag. Large single domain regions are obtained using small SmBa2Cu3O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (Sm-123) single crystal seeds. The microstructure and levitation forces are measured and reported here.

  20. Coevaporation of Y, BaF sub 2 , and Cu utilizing a quadrupole mass spectrometer as a rate measuring probe

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    Hudner, J.; Oestling, M. ); Ohlsen, H.; Stolt, L. )

    1991-09-01

    An ultrahigh vacuum coevaporator equipped with three sources for preparation of Y--BaF{sub 2} --Cu--O thin films is described. Evaporation rates of Y, BaF{sub 2}, and Cu were controlled using a quadrupole mass spectrometer operating in a multiplexed mode. To evaluate the method depositions have been performed using different source configurations and evaporation rates. Utilizing Rutherford backscattering spectrometry absolute values of the actual evaporation rates were determined. It was observed that the mass-spectrometer sensitivity is highest for Y, followed by BaF{sub 2} (BaF{sup +} is the measured ion) and Cu. A partial pressure of oxygen during evaporation of Y, BaF{sub 2}, and Cu affected mainly the rate of Y. It is shown that the mass spectrometer can be utilized to precisely control the film composition.

  1. Electronic Structure of TlBa2CaCu2O(7-Delta)

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Novikov, D. L.; Freeman, A. J.; Siegal, M. P.

    1997-01-01

    The core levels of TlBa2CaCu2O(7-delta) (Tl-1212) epitaxial films have been measured with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The valence electronic structure has been determined using the full-potential linear muffin-tin-orbital band-structure method and measured with XPS. The calculations show that a van Hove singularity (VHS) lies above the Fermi level (E(sub F)) for the stoichiometric compound (delta = 0.5), while for 50% oxygen vacancies in the Tl-O layer (delta = 0.5) E(sub F) is in close proximity to the VHS. Samples annealed in nitrogen (to reduce the hole overdoping by the removal of oxygen) exhibit higher core-level binding energies and a higher T(sub c), consistent with a shift of E(sub F) closer to the VHS. Comparisons are made to the core levels and valence bands of Tl2Ba2CaCu2O(8 + delta)(Tl-2212) and HgBa2CaCu2O)6 + delta) (Hg- 1212). The similarity of the Cu 2p(sub 3/2) spectra for Tl-1212 and Tl-2212 indicates that the number of Tl-O layers has little effect on the Cu-O bonding. However, the Tl-1212 and Hg-1212 Cu 2p(sub 3/2) signals exhibit differences which suggest that the replacement of T(sup 3+) with Hg(sup 2+) results in a decrease in the O 2p right arrow Cu 3d charge-transfer energy and differences in the probabilities of planar vs apical oxygen charge transfer and/or Zhang-Rice singlet-state formation. Differences between the Tl-1212 and the Tl-2212 and Hg-1212 measured valence bands are consistent with the calculated Cu 3d and (Tl,Hg) 6s/5d partial densities of states.

  2. Nucleation and Growth of Cu-Al Intermetallics in Al-Modified Sn-Cu and Sn-Ag-Cu Lead-Free Solder Alloys

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    Reeve, Kathlene N.; Anderson, Iver E.; Handwerker, Carol A.

    2015-03-01

    Lead-free solder alloys Sn-Cu (SC) and Sn-Ag-Cu (SAC) are widely used by the microelectronics industry, but enhanced control of the microstructure is needed to improve solder performance. For such control, nucleation and stability of Cu-Al intermetallic compound (IMC) solidification catalysts were investigated by variation of the Cu (0.7-3.0 wt.%) and Al (0.0-0.4 wt.%) content of SC + Al and SAC + Al alloys, and of SAC + Al ball-grid array (BGA) solder joints. All of the Al-modified alloys produced Cu-Al IMC particles with different morphologies and phases (occasionally non-equilibrium phases). A trend of increasing Cu-Al IMC volume fraction with increasing Al content was established. Because of solidification of non-equilibrium phases in wire alloy structures, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) experiments revealed delayed, non-equilibrium melting at high temperatures related to quenched-in Cu-Al phases; a final liquidus of 960-1200°C was recorded. During cooling from 1200°C, the DSC samples had the solidification behavior expected from thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. Solidification of the ternary alloys commenced with formation of ternary β and Cu-Al δ phases at 450-550°C; this was followed by β-Sn, and, finally, Cu6Sn5 and Cu-Al γ1. Because of the presence of the retained, high-temperature phases in the alloys, particle size and volume fraction of the room temperature Cu-Al IMC phases were observed to increase when the alloy casting temperature was reduced from 1200°C to 800°C, even though both temperatures are above the calculated liquidus temperature of the alloys. Preliminary electron backscatter diffraction results seemed to show Sn grain refinement in the SAC + Al BGA alloy.

  3. Barium aluminides Ba{sub x}Al{sub 5}(x=3,3.5,4)

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    Jehle, Michael; Scherer, Harald; Wendorff, Marco; Roehr, Caroline

    2009-05-15

    Three aluminides of the series Ba{sub x}Al{sub 5}(x=3,3.5,4) were synthesized from stoichiometric ratios of the elements in Ta crucibles. The crystal structure of the new compound Ba{sub 7}Al{sub 10} was determined using single crystal X-ray data (space group R3-barm, a=604.23(9), c=4879.0(12)pm, Z=3, R1=0.0325). The compound exhibits Al Kagome (3.6.3.6.) nets in which half of the triangles form the basis of trigonal bipyramids Al{sub 5}. The apical Al are thus three-bonded assuming a charge of -2 ({sup 27}Al-NMR chemical shift delta=660pm), whereas the Al atoms of the basal triangle (i.e. of the Kagome net) are four-bonded and thus of formal charge -1(delta=490ppm). The total charge of the anion is thus exactly compensated by the Ba cations, i.e. the compound can be interpreted as an electron precise Zintl phase, exhibiting a distinct pseudo-band gap at the Fermi level of the calculated tDOS. According to the total formula, the structure displays a combination the stacking sequences of Ba{sub 3}Al{sub 5} and Ba{sub 4}Al{sub 5}, the structures of which have been redetermined with current methods (both hexagonal with space group P6{sub 3}/mmc; Ba{sub 3}Al{sub 5}: a=606.55(7), c=1461.8(2)pm, Z=2, R1=0.0239; Ba{sub 4}Al{sub 5}: a=609.21(7), c=1775.8(3)pm, Z=2, R1=0.0300). These three compounds with slightly different electron counts but similar polyanions allow to compare the bond lengths, the electronic structures and the overall bonding situation in dependence of positive or negative deviation of the electron count in relation to the novel formally electron precise Zintl compound Ba{sub 7}Al{sub 10}. - Al{sub 5} layers of Kagome nets in the new binary electron precise Zintl compound Ba{sub 3.5}Al{sub 5}, also found in Ba{sub 3}Al{sub 5} and Ba{sub 4}Al{sub 5}.

  4. High temperature superconductor step-edge Josephson junctions using Ti-Ca-Ba-Cu-O

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    Ginley, David S.; Hietala, Vincent M.; Hohenwarter, Gert K. G.; Martens, Jon S.; Plut, Thomas A.; Tigges, Chris P.; Vawter, Gregory A.; Zipperian, Thomas E.

    1994-10-25

    A process for formulating non-hysteretic and hysteretic Josephson junctions using HTS materials which results in junctions having the ability to operate at high temperatures while maintaining high uniformity and quality. The non-hysteretic Josephson junction is formed by step-etching a LaAlO.sub.3 crystal substrate and then depositing a thin film of TlCaBaCuO on the substrate, covering the step, and forming a grain boundary at the step and a subsequent Josephson junction. Once the non-hysteretic junction is formed the next step to form the hysteretic Josephson junction is to add capacitance to the system. In the current embodiment, this is accomplished by adding a thin dielectric layer, LaA1O.sub.3, followed by a cap layer of a normal metal where the cap layer is formed by first depositing a thin layer of titanium (Ti) followed by a layer of gold (Au). The dielectric layer and the normal metal cap are patterned to the desired geometry.

  5. High temperature superconductor step-edge Josephson junctions using Ti-Ca-Ba-Cu-O

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    Ginley, D.S.; Hietala, V.M.; Hohenwarter, G.K.G.; Martens, J.S.; Plut, T.A.; Tigges, C.P.; Vawter, G.A.; Zipperian, T.E.

    1994-10-25

    A process is disclosed for formulating non-hysteretic and hysteretic Josephson junctions using HTS materials which results in junctions having the ability to operate at high temperatures while maintaining high uniformity and quality. The non-hysteretic Josephson junction is formed by step-etching a LaAlO[sub 3] crystal substrate and then depositing a thin film of TlCaBaCuO on the substrate, covering the step, and forming a grain boundary at the step and a subsequent Josephson junction. Once the non-hysteretic junction is formed the next step to form the hysteretic Josephson junction is to add capacitance to the system. In the current embodiment, this is accomplished by adding a thin dielectric layer, LaA1O[sub 3], followed by a cap layer of a normal metal where the cap layer is formed by first depositing a thin layer of titanium (Ti) followed by a layer of gold (Au). The dielectric layer and the normal metal cap are patterned to the desired geometry. 8 figs.

  6. Mercury embrittlement of Cu-Al alloys under cyclic loading

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    Regan, T. M.; Stoloff, N. S.

    1977-01-01

    The effect of mercury on the room temperature, high cycle fatigue properties of three alloys: Cu-5.5 pct Al, Cu-7.3 pct Al, and Cu-6.3 pct Al-2.5 pct Fe has been determined. Severe embrittlement under cyclic loading in mercury is associated with rapid crack propagation in the presence of the liquid metal. A pronounced grain size effect is noted under mercury, while fatigue properties in air are insensitive to grain size. The fatigue results are discussed in relation to theories of adsorption-induced liquid metal embrittlement.

  7. Dirac and Weyl Semimetal in XYBi (X = Ba, Eu; Y = Cu, Ag and Au).

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    Du, Yongping; Wan, Bo; Wang, Di; Sheng, Li; Duan, Chun-Gang; Wan, Xiangang

    2015-01-01

    Weyl and Dirac semimetals recently stimulate intense research activities due to their novel properties. Combining first-principles calculations and effective model analysis, we predict that nonmagnetic compounds BaYBi (Y = Au, Ag and Cu) are Dirac semimetals. As for the magnetic compound EuYBi, although the time reversal symmetry is broken, their long-range magnetic ordering cannot split the Dirac point into pairs of Weyl points. However, we propose that partially substitute Eu ions by Ba ions will realize the Weyl semimetal. PMID:26399742

  8. Positron lifetime studies of decomposition in 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) alloys

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    Dlubek, G. |; Lademann, P.; Krause, H.; Krause, S.; Unger, R.

    1998-09-04

    In the current paper, the decomposition behavior of the engineering alloys 2024 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7010 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) is studied using positron lifetime measurements. Positrons probe open volume defects such as vacancies and dislocations. However, they may also be used to investigate coherent zones and incoherent precipitates. In order to understand the rather complicated precipitation sequences and the response of positrons to different type of precipitates occurring in 2024 and 7010 alloys, binary and ternary laboratory alloys were also investigated under the same experimental conditions as the engineering alloys. The interpretations of the results are based on experiences of the group from extensive positron studies of laboratory alloys such as Al-Zn, Al-Zn-Mg, Al-Cu, and further Al alloys (see also the review (4)). Their collected results are shown as lifetimes and curve-shape parameters S of the electron-positron momentum distribution curves characteristic for different precipitates in Al alloys.

  9. Wetting and Interfacial Chemistry of SnZnCu Alloys with Cu and Al Substrates

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    Fima, Przemysław; Pstruś, Janusz; Gancarz, Tomasz

    2014-05-01

    Wetting of Cu and Al pads by Sn-Zn eutectic-based alloys with 0.5, 1, and 1.5 wt.% of Cu was studied at 250 °C, in the presence of ALU33® flux, with wetting times of 15, 30, 60, and 180 s, respectively. With increasing wetting time the wetting angle decreases only slightly and the angles on Cu pads are higher than those on Al pads. Selected, solidified solder-pad couples were cross-sectioned and subjected to SEM-EDS study of the interfacial microstructure. The results revealed that the microstructure of the SnZnCu/Cu interface is much different from SnZnCu/Al interface. In the first case continuous interlayers are observed while in the latter case there is no interlayer but the alloy dissolves the substrate along grain boundaries.

  10. Interfacial Reaction during Friction Stir Welding of Al and Cu

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    Genevois, C.; Girard, M.; Huneau, B.; Sauvage, X.; Racineux, G.

    2011-08-01

    Commercially pure copper was joined to a 1050 aluminum alloy by friction stir welding. A specific configuration where the tool pin was fully located in the aluminum plate was chosen. In such a situation, there is no mechanical mixing between the two materials, but frictional heating gives rise to a significant thermally activated interdiffusion at the copper/aluminum interface. This gives rise to the formation of defect-free joints where the bonding is achieved by a very thin intermetallic layer at the Cu/Al interface. Nanoscaled grains within this bonding layer were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Two phases were identified, namely, Al2Cu and Al4Cu9 phases. The nucleation and growth of these two phases are discussed and compared to the standard reactive interdiffusion reactions between Cu and Al.

  11. The Structure of BaTiO3 and BaTiO3-YBa2Cu3O7-δ Thin Films Studied by X-Ray Triple-Axis Diffraction

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    Yu, W. X.; Cui, S. F.; Wu, L. S.; Mai, Z. H.; Li, C. L.; Cui, D. F.; Chen, Z. H.

    The structures of BaTiO3 thin films and BaTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-δ bilayer films grown on SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 substrates, respectively by pulsed laser deposition, have been investigated by X-ray triple-axis diffraction. The orientation, the interface mismatch and strain status, and the in-plane and perpendicular lattice constants of the epilayers have been determined by reciprocal space map analysis. The results show that both the lattice constants and the structural imperfections of the BaTiO3 layers are relevant to the oxygen partial pressure. The a⊥/a‖ increases while the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the rocking curves decreases with the decrease in the partial oxygen pressure.

  12. (Ba1-xKx)(Cu2-xMnx)Se2: A copper-based bulk form diluted magnetic semiconductor with orthorhombic BaCu2S2-type structure

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    Guo, Shengli; Man, Huiyuan; Gong, Xin; Ding, Cui; Zhao, Yao; Chen, Bin; Guo, Yang; Wang, Hangdong; Ning, F. L.

    2016-02-01

    A new copper-based bulk form diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) (Ba1-xKx)(Cu2-xMnx)Se2 (x=0.075, 0.10, 0.125, and 0.15) with TC ∼18 K has been synthesized. K substitution for Ba introduces hole-type carriers, while Mn substitution for Cu provides local spins. Different from previous reported DMSs, this material crystallizes into orthorhombic BaCu2S2-type crystal structure. No ferromagnetism is observed when only doping Mn, and clear ferromagnetic transition and hysteresis loop have been observed as K and Mn are codoped into the parent compound BaCu2Se2.

  13. PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}y}: Superconducting or anomalously magnetic?

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    Narozhnyi, V.N.; Eckert, D.; Nenkov, K.A.; Fuchs, G.; Mueller, K.H.; Uvarova, T.G.

    1999-12-20

    In PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}y} (Pr123) single crystals grown by the flux method the kink in the magnetic susceptibility {chi}{sub ab}(T), connected with antiferromagnetic ordering of Pr, disappears after field cooling (FC) in a field H {parallel} ab-plane whereas the kink in {chi}{sub c}(T) remains unchanged after FC in H {parallel} c-axis. This seems to be connected with the coupling between the Pr and Cu(2) sublattices. The Curie constant C determined from the data reported for superconducting Pr123 crystals grown by the traveling-solvent floating zone (TSFZ) method (Zou et al, Phys. Rev. Lett., 80, 1074 (1998)) is about one half of that for the flux-grown non-superconducting crystals. Thus, they propose that concentration of Pr in TSFZ crystals seems to be about one half of the nominal concentration for Pr123. Therefore, they propose that superconductivity in TSFZ samples is connected most probably with the partial substitution of Pr by nonmagnetic Ba.

  14. High-pressure modifications of CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2}: Implications for Laves phase structural trends

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    Kal, Subhadeep; Stoyanov, Emil; Belieres, Jean-Philippe; Groy, Thomas L.; Norrestam, Rolf; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2008-11-15

    High-pressure forms of intermetallic compounds with the composition CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}, and BaAl{sub 2} were synthesized from CeCu{sub 2}-type precursors (CaZn{sub 2}, SrZn{sub 2}, SrAl{sub 2}) and Ba{sub 21}Al{sub 40} by multi-anvil techniques and investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (SrAl{sub 2} and BaAl{sub 2}), X-ray single-crystal diffraction (CaZn{sub 2}), and electron microscopy (SrZn{sub 2}). Their structures correspond to that of Laves phases. Whereas the dialuminides crystallize in the cubic MgCu{sub 2} (C15) structure, the dizincides adopt the hexagonal MgZn{sub 2} (C14) structure. This trend is in agreement with the structural relationship displayed by sp bonded Laves phase systems at ambient conditions. - Graphical abstract: CeCu{sub 2}-type polar intermetallics can be transformed to Laves phases upon simultaneous application of pressure and temperature. The observed structures are controlled by the valence electron concentration.

  15. Thick film of HgBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+δ via the sol-gel technique

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    Yoo, S. H.; Wong, K. W.; Xin, Y.

    1997-02-01

    We have prepared superconducting HgBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+δ thick films on polycrystalline MgO substrate via the sol-gel technique together with a slow annealing method. A precursor film of Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 7 was annealed with a bulk mixture of unreacted HgBa 2Ca 2Cu 3O 8+δ and a precursor, Ba 2Ca 2Cu 3O 7, pellet that was employed to control the HgO vapor pressure. Our films show an onset superconducting transition temperature of 140 K and a zero resistance temperature of 130 K after oxygen annealing. The high Tc thick films are consistently reproducible.

  16. Processing and properties of silver-clad Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O wires and tapes

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    Goretta, K.C.; Wu, C.T.; Lanagan, M.T.; Boling, M.A.; Shi, D.; Miller, D.J.; Chen, Nan; Hanewald, W.G.; Sengupta, S.; Wang, Z.; Poeppel, R.B.; Foong, F.; Liou, S.H.

    1992-03-01

    TlBa{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} powders were synthesized, loaded into Ag tubes, and worked into wires and tapes by drawing and rolling. All processing outside of furnaces was in a dry-N{sub 2} glovebox. All heat treatments were performed in O{sub 2}. The Ag-clad wires fabricated from these powders exhibited onset of superconductivity at {approx}118 K and critical current densities at 77K of 2{times}10{sup 3} to 4{times}10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2}.

  17. Preparation of superconductor Y-Ba-Cu-O powder by single step calcining in air

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    Duran, P.; Tartaj, J.; Fernandez, J. F.; Moure, C.; Colino, J.

    A combined suspension-coprecipitation powder-preparation method is described. The simultaneous coprecipitation of yttrium and copper cations in an aqueous BaCo3 suspension produced a homogeneous slurry of submicronized amorphous hydroxide particles surrounding the small BaCO3 which led to the formation of single-phase orthorhombic YBa2Cu3O(x) powders. Sintering of superconducting powder compacts at 940 C in air produced dense YBa2Cu3O(x) ceramic bodies which presented superconducting transition temperatures in the range of 87 K to 92 K. The values of critical current density (Jc) measured on sintered bulk samples were never higher than 15 A/sq cm due to the high anisotropy in Jc.

  18. Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films prepared by flash evaporation

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    Ece, M.; Vook, R. W.

    1989-06-01

    Oriented-Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films with thicknesses between 0.6 and 0.7 μm have been deposited on magnesium oxide substrates by the flash evaporation method. The deposition was made by dropping powders of sintered Y1 Ba2 Cu3 O7-x onto a resistively heated tungsten boat. The as-deposited films were then annealed at 930 °C in oxygen for 60 min. Annealed films were superconductors above 77 K and x-ray diffraction showed a preferred c-axis orientation. Increasing the annealing temperature to 945 °C improved the texture of the films and the transition temperature of the superconductivity.

  19. Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films prepared by flash evaporation

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    Ece, M.; Vook, R. W.

    1989-06-26

    Oriented-Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films with thicknesses between 0.6 and 0.7 ..mu..m have been deposited on magnesium oxide substrates by the flash evaporation method. The deposition was made by dropping powders of sintered Y/sub 1/ Ba/sub 2/ Cu/sub 3/ O/sub 7/minus//ital x// onto a resistively heated tungsten boat. The as-deposited films were then annealed at 930 /degree/C in oxygen for 60 min. Annealed films were superconductors above 77 K and x-ray diffraction showed a preferred /ital c/-axis orientation. Increasing the annealing temperature to 945 /degree/C improved the texture of the films and the transition temperature of the superconductivity.

  20. Structural and magnetic properties of intermediate oxygen stoichiometry PrBa 2Cu 2O x

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    Malik, S. K.; Yelon, W. B.; Rhyne, J. J.; James, W. J.; Prasad, Ram; Adhikary, K.; Soni, N. C.

    1994-01-01

    The compound PrBa 2Cu 3O x ( χ ˜ 7) is non superconducting and exhibits antiferromagnetic ordering of the Pr moments at a relatively high temperature of about 17 K. We have investigated the structural and magnetic behavior of PrBa 2Cu 3O x for two different oxygen contents ( x = 6.9 and 6.4). Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that both these compounds are ordered antiferromagnetically with Néel temperatures of 15.7 and 12.5 K and effective paramagnetic moments of 2.85 μ B and 2.94 μ B for x = 6.9 and x = 6.4 samples, respectively. The susceptibility (χ) of the x = 6.4 sample shows a pronounced peak typical of antiferromagnetic systems unlike the x = 6.9 sample where χ shows only a slight break and continues to rise even below TN.

  1. Bioaccessibility of Ba, Cu, Pb, and Zn in urban garden and orchard soils.

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    Cai, Meifang; McBride, Murray B; Li, Kaiming

    2016-01-01

    Exposure of young children to toxic metals in urban environments is largely due to soil and dust ingestion. Soil particle size distribution and concentrations of toxic metals in different particle sizes are important risk factors in addition to bioaccessibility of these metals in the particles. Analysis of particle size distribution and metals concentrations for 13 soils, 12 sampled from urban gardens and 1 from orchard found that fine particles (<105 μm) comprised from 22 to 66% by weight of the tested soils, with Ba, Cu, Pb and Zn generally at higher concentrations in the finer particles. However, metal bioaccessibility was generally lower in finer particles, a trend most pronounced for Ba and Pb. Gastric was higher than gastrointestinal bioaccessibility for all metals except Cu. The lower bioaccessibility of Pb in urban garden soils compared to orchard soil is attributable to the higher organic matter content of the garden soils. PMID:26477581

  2. Strong flux pinning centers in Y-Ba-Cu-O films prepared by chemical vapor deposition

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    Watanabe, K.; Matsushita, T.; Kobayashi, N.; Kawabe, H.; Aoyagi, E.; Hiraga, K.; Yamane, H.; Kurosawa, H.; Hirai, T.; Muto, Y.

    1990-04-01

    The Y-Ba-Cu-O film prepared by chemical vapor deposition showed Tc=91.5 K and Bc2 (77.3 K)=60 T defined by zero resistance. The Jc values measured at 77.3 K were 7.8×105 A/cm2 at B=0 and 1.0×105 A/cm2 at 16 T, magnetic fields perpendicular to the c axis. Small disk-shaped precipitates possibly regarded as strong flux pinning centers in the Y-Ba-Cu-O films were observed using transmission electron microscopy. The evaluation of Jc related to the concentration and configuration of the precipitates was in reasonable agreement with the measured Jc values.

  3. Mechanical properties of Sm-Ba-Cu-O/Ag bulk superconductors

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    Sakai, N.; Mase, A.; Ikuta, H.; Seo, S.-J.; Mizutani, U.; Murakami, M.

    2000-06-01

    We studied the mechanical properties of melt-processed, single-grain, Ag-doped, Sm-Ba-Cu-O bulks with different densities. The tensile strength of the dense sample was 48.0 MPa and about 1.3 times larger than that of the porous sample with Ag and twice as large as that of the sample without Ag doping. The bending strength of the dense sample was estimated to be 137 MPa based on the Weibull distribution function and the effective volume of the samples. It was found that a reduction in the pore density and Ag addition were effective in increasing the mechanical strength of the Sm-Ba-Cu-O bulk.

  4. Electrical Transport Properties of Liquid Al-Cu Alloys

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    Thakore, B. Y.; Khambholja, S. G.; Suthar, P. H.; Jani, A. R.

    2010-06-01

    Electrical transport properties viz. electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity of liquid Al-Cu alloys as a function of Cu concentration have been studied in the present paper. Ashcroft empty core model potential has been used to incorporate the ion-electron interaction. To incorporate the exchange and correlation effects, five different forms of local field correction functions viz. Hartree, Taylor, Ichimaru et al., Farid et al. and Sarkar et al. have been used. The transport properties of binary system have been studied using Faber-Ziman formulation combined with Ashcroft-Langreth (AL) partial structure factor. The computed values of electrical resistivity are compared with experimental data and for low Cu concentration, good agreement has been observed. Further, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity have also been predicted.

  5. Enhancing the Reactivity of Al/CuO Nanolaminates by Cu Incorporation at the Interfaces.

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    Marín, Lorena; Nanayakkara, Charith E; Veyan, Jean-Francois; Warot-Fonrose, Bénédicte; Joulie, Sébastien; Estève, Alain; Tenailleau, Christophe; Chabal, Yves J; Rossi, Carole

    2015-06-10

    In situ deposition of a thin (∼5 nm) layer of copper between Al and CuO layers is shown to increase the overall nanolaminate material reactivity. A combination of transmission electron microscopy imaging, in situ infrared spectroscopy, low energy ion scattering measurements, and first-principles calculations reveals that copper spontaneously diffuses into aluminum layers (substantially less in CuO layers). The formation of an interfacial Al:Cu alloy with melting temperature lower than pure Al metal is responsible for the enhanced reactivity, opening a route to controlling the stochiometry of the aluminum layer and increasing the reactivity of the nanoenergetic multilayer systems in general. PMID:25988997

  6. Comparison of charge modulations in La1.875Ba0.125CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6.6

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    Thampy, V.; Blanco-Canosa, S.; García-Fernández, M.; Dean, M. P. M.; Gu, G. D.; Först, M.; Loew, T.; Keimer, B.; Le Tacon, M.; Wilkins, S. B.; Hill, J. P.

    2013-07-01

    A charge modulation has recently been reported in (Y,Nd)Ba2Cu3O6+x [G. Ghiringhelli , ScienceSCIEAS0036-807510.1126/science.1223532 337, 821 (2012)]. Here we report Cu L3 edge soft x-ray scattering studies comparing the lattice modulation associated with the charge modulation in YBa2Cu3O6.6 with that associated with the well-known charge and spin stripe order in La1.875Ba0.125CuO4. We find that the correlation length in the CuO2 plane is isotropic in both cases, and is 259±9 Å for La1.875Ba0.125CuO4 and 55±15 Å for YBa2Cu3O6.6. Assuming weak interplanar correlations of the charge ordering in both compounds, we conclude that the order parameters of the lattice modulations in La1.875Ba0.125CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6.6 are of the same order of magnitude.

  7. Edge-Geometry SNS Devices Made Of Y/Ba/Cu/O

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    Hunt, Brian D.

    1993-01-01

    Superconductor/normal-conductor/superconductor (SNS) devices in which electronically active layers consist solely of materials in Y/Ba/Cu/O system fabricated in edge geometry. Made of different materials described in "SNS Device Made With Edge-Defined Geometry" (NPO-18303). Advantages include desirable electrical characteristics and less difficulty in fabrication. Attractive for development into high-frequency oscillators, magnetic-field sensors, and submillimeter-wave mixers.

  8. Stability of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O Superconducting Thin Films

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    Siegal, M.P.; Overmyer, D.L.; Venturini, E.L.; Padilla, R.R.; Provencio, P.N.

    1999-08-23

    We report the stability of TlBa{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7} (Tl-1212) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (T1-2212) thin films and by inference, the stability of TlBa{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 9} (Tl-1223) and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10} (Tl-2223) thin films, under a variety of conditions. In general, we observe that the stability behavior of the single Tl-O layer materials (Tl-1212 and Tl-1223)are similar and the double Tl-O layer materials (Tl-2212 and Tl-2223) are similar. All films are stable with repeated thermal cycling to cryogenic temperatures. Films are also stable in acetone and methanol. Moisture degrades film quality rapidly, especially in the form of vapor. Tl-1212 is more sensitive to vapor than Tl-2212. These materials are stable to high temperatures in either N{sub 2}, similar to vacuum for the cuprates, and O{sub 2} ambients. While total degradation of properties (superconducting and structural) occur at the same temperatures for all phases, 600 C in N{sub 2} and 700 C in O{sub 2}, the onset of degradation occurs at somewhat lower temperatures for Tl-1212 than for Tl-2212 films. In all cases, sample degradation is associated with Tl depletion from the films.

  9. Single-grain growth, microstructure and superconducting properties of (Sm, Eu)123 superconductors with BaCuO2-x addition

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    Hu, A.; Sakai, N.; Zhou, H.; Matsui, M.; Murakami, M.

    2003-01-01

    High quality (Sm0.5, Eu0.5)Ba2Cu3O7-delta single domains were grown in air with BaCuO2-x addition. It was found that a RE-Ba substitution (RE: Sm and Eu) could be effectively suppressed by a small addition of BaCuO2-x. The 94 K superconductivity with sharp transition was obtained in the composition range of 0.16 ~ 0.33 BaCuO2-x and (Sm0.5, Eu0.5)Ba2Cu3O7-delta in a molar ratio. At 77 K, a surface field of 0.8 T was trapped in a single-domain pellet of 3.2 cm diameter. A further addition of BaCuO2-x deteriorated the microstructure and degraded the superconducting performance.

  10. Adhesion enhancement of ion beam mixed Cu/Al/polyimide

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    Chang, G. S.; Jung, S. M.; Lee, Y. S.; Choi, I. S.; Whang, C. N.; Woo, J. J.; Lee, Y. P.

    1997-01-01

    Cu (400 Å)/polyimide was mixed with 80 keV Ar+ and N2+ from 1.0×1015 to 2.0×1016 ions/cm2. The same processes were repeated for the Cu (400 Å)/Al (50 Å)/polyimide system which has Al as a buffer layer. The quantitative adhesion strength was measured by a standard scratch test. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to investigate the change in the chemical bonds of the ion beam mixed polyimide substrate and the intermediate effects for the adhesion enhancement in Cu/Al/polyimide. Two distinct tendencies are observed in the adhesion strength: Cu/Al/polyimide is more adhesive than Cu/polyimide after ion beam mixing, and N2+ ions are more effective in the adhesion enhancement than Ar+. The formation of an interlayer compound of CuAl2O4 accounts for the former, while the latter is understood by the fact that N2+ ions produce more pyridinelike moiety, amide group and tertiary amine moiety which are known as adhesion promoters.

  11. Strong pinning in ternary (Nd-Sm-Gd)Ba2Cu3Oy superconductors

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    Muralidhar, M.; Nariki, S.; Jirsa, M.; Wu, Y.; Murakami, M.

    2002-02-01

    We have studied the flux pinning in melt-textured (Nd0.33Sm0.33Gd0.33)Ba2Cu3Oy NSG-123 superconductors with various numbers of Gd2BaCuO5 (Gd-211) particles. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that submicron Gd-211 particles are uniformly distributed in the superconductive matrix. Dark-field TEM observations further showed that a high density of RE rich RE1+xBa2-xCu3Oy (RE-123ss) clusters 3-10 nm in size were distributed in the NSG-123 matrix. A strongly developed fishtail was observed in the magnetization hysteresis loops of all the samples. A critical current density of 100 kA/cm2 (77 K) was achieved at the secondary peak field of 2 T for the H∥ c axis in the NSG-123 sample with 10 mol % Gd-211. Large grain NSG-123 pellets with 30 mol % Gd-211 and 20 wt % AgO2, 30 mm in diameter and 15 mm in height, exhibited a single-cone profile with a peak value of 1.2 T at 77 K. A higher trapped-field value of 1.5 T was recorded at 2 T, reflecting the secondary peak effect.

  12. Synthesis of porous Cu from Al-Cu-Co decagonal quasicrystalline alloys

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    Kalai Vani, V.; Kwon, O. J.; Hong, S. M.; Fleury, E.

    2011-07-01

    The formation of a porous Cu structure from cast Al-Cu-Co decagonal quasicrystalline alloys has been studied using a selective corrosion technique. Two alkaline solutions were selected based on the electrochemical properties of the constituent elements. Selective corrosion of Al and Co was achieved by chemical immersion of the cast Al-Cu-Co alloy in both 5 M NaOH and 0.5 M Na2CO3 solutions; values for BET surface-to-weight ratio of up to 30 m2/g could be reached. Microstructural analyses indicated that the architecture of the resulting porous structures was composed of a needle-type phase, remaining from the decagonal phase, in addition to Cu and Cu-Co phases.

  13. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization of a nonsuperconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor-normal-metal-superconductor barrier material

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Hunt, B. D.; Foote, M. C.; Bajuk, L. J.

    1992-01-01

    A film of a novel nonsuperconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) barrier material was grown using conditions similar to those reported by Agostinelli et al. (1991) for forming a cubic semiconducting (c-YBCO) phase, and the material was characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A comparison of the XPS spectra of this material to those obtained from the orthorhombic and tetragonal phases of YBCO (o-YBCO and t-YBCO, respectively) showed that the barrier material had spectral characteristics different from those of o-YBCO and t-YBCO, particularly in the O 1s region. Features associated with the Cu-O chain and surface-reconstructed Cu-O planes were absent, consistent with expectations for the simple perovskite crystal structure of c-YBCO proposed by Agostinelli et al.

  14. Corrosion Behavior of Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu Functionally Graded Materials Fabricated by a Centrifugal Method

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    Noda, Kazuhiko; Miyahara, Keita; Watanabe, Yoshimi

    2008-02-01

    Intermetallic compounds, such as Al3Ni and Al2Cu, are effective for enhancing the mechanical properties of an alloy. Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu functionally graded materials (FGMs) might be attractive materials for advanced materials. Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu FGMs were fabricated by a centrifugal method; the centrifugal method is an extremely effective method for fabricating FGMs. Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu FGMs that had a graded distribution of intermetallic compounds could be produced by this in-situ centrifugal method. Particle size, particle shape and the distribution of intermetallic compounds were controlled by varying the content of the alloy element (Ni, Cu) in the master alloy, the cooling rate in casting and the gravity number. The casting mechanism is explained in terms of the microstructures of the Al-Al3Ni and Al-Al2Cu FGMs fabricated by this method. The corrosion behavior of the FGMs was investigated by electrochemical analysis. Polarization curves of the FGMs in a borate solution were measured by a potentiodynamic method. The presence of Al2Cu exerted a larger effect on the corrosion behavior of the FGMs than Al3Ni. Analysis of the polarization curve parameters was effective for evaluating the corrosion resistance of the FGMs.

  15. Direct spectroscopic evidence for completely filled Cu 3d shell in BaCu₂As₂ and α – BaCu₂Sb₂

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    Wu, S. F.; Richard, P.; van Roekeghem, A.; Nie, S. M.; Miao, H.; Xu, N.; Qian, T.; Saparov, B.; Fang, Z.; Biermann, S.; Sefat, Athena S.; Ding, H.

    2015-06-08

    We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to extract the band dispersion and the Fermi surface of BaCu₂As₂ and α - BaCu₂Sb₂. While the Cu 3d bands in both materials are located around 3.5 eV below the Fermi level, the low-energy photoemission intensity mainly comes from As 4p states, suggesting a completely filled Cu 3d shell. The splitting of the As 3d core levels and the lack of pronounced three-dimensionality in the measured band structure of BaCu₂As₂ indicate a surface state likely induced by the cleavage of this material in the collapsed tetragonal phase, which is consistent with our observation of a Cu⁺¹ oxidation state. However, the observation of Cu states at similar energy in α - BaCu₂Sb₂ without the pnictide-pnictide interlayer bonding characteristic of the collapsed tetragonal phase suggests that the short interlayer distance in BaCu₂As₂ follows from the stability of the Cu⁺¹ rather than the other way around. Our results confirm the prediction that BaCu₂As₂ is an sp metal with weak electronic correlations.

  16. Direct spectroscopic evidence for completely filled Cu 3d shell in BaCu₂As₂ and α – BaCu₂Sb₂

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    Wu, S. F.; Richard, P.; van Roekeghem, A.; Nie, S. M.; Miao, H.; Xu, N.; Qian, T.; Saparov, B.; Fang, Z.; Biermann, S.; et al

    2015-06-08

    We use angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to extract the band dispersion and the Fermi surface of BaCu₂As₂ and α - BaCu₂Sb₂. While the Cu 3d bands in both materials are located around 3.5 eV below the Fermi level, the low-energy photoemission intensity mainly comes from As 4p states, suggesting a completely filled Cu 3d shell. The splitting of the As 3d core levels and the lack of pronounced three-dimensionality in the measured band structure of BaCu₂As₂ indicate a surface state likely induced by the cleavage of this material in the collapsed tetragonal phase, which is consistent with our observation of amore » Cu⁺¹ oxidation state. However, the observation of Cu states at similar energy in α - BaCu₂Sb₂ without the pnictide-pnictide interlayer bonding characteristic of the collapsed tetragonal phase suggests that the short interlayer distance in BaCu₂As₂ follows from the stability of the Cu⁺¹ rather than the other way around. Our results confirm the prediction that BaCu₂As₂ is an sp metal with weak electronic correlations.« less

  17. Temperature dependence diode parameters studies of Al/CuPc/n-Si/Al structure

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    Kumar, Ratnesh; Kaur, Ramneek; Sharma, Mamta; Kaur, Maninder; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-08-01

    This paper presents the fabrication of Al/CuPc/n-Si/Al metal-organic-semiconductor diode. The copper phthalocyanine as organic layer is deposited on Si substrate by thermal evaporation technique. The temperature dependent current-voltage measurements are performed on Al/CuPc/n-Si structure. The important diode parameters i.e. the barrier height and ideality factor have been calculated. The temperature dependence of barrier height and ideality factor has been studied.

  18. Formation Mechanism of CuAlO2 Prepared by Rapid Thermal Annealing of Al2O3/Cu2O/Sapphire Sandwich Structure

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    Shih, C. H.; Tseng, B. H.

    Single-phase CuAlO2 films were successfully prepared by thin-film reaction of an Al2O3/Cu2O/sapphire sandwich structure. We found that the processing parameters, such as heating rate, holding temperature and annealing ambient, were all crucial to form CuAlO2 without second phases. Thermal annealing in pure oxygen ambient with a lower temperature ramp rate might result in the formation of CuAl2O4 in addition to CuAlO2, since part of Cu2O was oxidized to form CuO and caused the change in reaction path, i.e. CuO + Al2O3 → CuAl2O4. Typical annealing conditions successful to prepare single-phase CuAlO2 would be to heat the sample with a temperature rampt rate higher than 7.3 °C/sec and hold the temperature at 1100 °C in air ambient. The formation mechanism of CuAlO2 has also been studied by interrupting the reaction after a short period of annealing. TEM observations showed that the top Al2O3 layer with amorphous structure reacted immediately with Cu2O to form CuAlO2 in the early stage and then the remaining Cu2O reacted with the sapphire substrate.

  19. Interdiffusion in. beta. phase Cu--Al alloys

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    Romig, A.D. Jr.

    1983-06-01

    The diffusion behavior of ..beta.. phase Cu--Al has been studied at 800, 850, and 950 /sup 0/C using the experimental approach and analysis scheme of Kirkendall and Darken. Diffusion couples were made using the window frame technique and concentration profiles were determined by electron probe microanalysis. The chemical diffusion coefficient, D was found to be D = 0.65 exp(-42200/RT) cm/sup 2//s. The diffusivity was observed to be independent of composition over the range 11--13 wt. % Al. The self-diffusion coefficients D/sub Cu/ and D/sub Al/ were determined to be D/sub Al/ = 0.13 exp(-38900/RT) cm/sup 2//s and D/sub Cu/ = 2.2 exp(-43400/RT) cm/sup 2//s. All activation energies are in calories/mole.

  20. Reactive laser deposition of high quality YBaCuO and ErBaCuO films

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    Berling, D.; Del Vecchio, A.; Acquaviva, S.; Bolmont, D.; Leggieri, G.; Loegel, B.; Luisa De Giorgi, M.; Luches, A.; Mehdaoui, A.; Tapfer, L.

    1996-04-01

    RE 1Ba 2Cu 3O 7-δ (RE=Er or Y) superconducting films were fabricated by reactive laser deposition, in situ, on YSZ(100), SrTiO 3(100) and Si(001), under various conditions. A complete XRD investigation showed that the films grown with high substrate temperatures ( Ts>740°C) combined with low fluences (1.5 J/cm 2 < 2 J/cm 2) and laser repetition rate (4 Hz) have the best structural characteristics, very good electrical and magnetic properties.

  1. Tellurium-bridged two-leg spin ladder in Ba2CuTeO6

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    Rao, G. Narsinga; Sankar, R.; Singh, Akansha; Muthuselvam, I. Panneer; Chen, W. T.; Singh, Viveka Nand; Guo, Guang-Yu; Chou, F. C.

    2016-03-01

    We present single-crystal growth and magnetic property studies of tellurium-bridged copper spin-1/2 system Ba2CuTeO6 . The spin-exchange interaction among copper spins via Cu -O -Te -O -Cu super-superexchange route leads to a novel two-leg spin ladder system. Spin susceptibility χ (T ) data indicate that the triclinic Ba2CuTeO6 undergoes a stepwise crossover for exchange couplings revealed by a broad maximum of χ (T ) near Tm a x˜75 K and an anisotropic cusp in d/χ d T (T ) at TN˜15 K to signify a three-dimensional (3D) antiferromagnetic long-range ordering (LRO). The 3D LRO has been suggested from the anisotropic behavior of χ (T ) with strong c -axis spin anisotropy and the signature of spin-flop transition from the isothermal magnetization below TN. Analysis of magnetic heat capacity (Cm) at TN˜15 K indicates that most of the spin entropy (˜92 %) has already been released above TN, which supports the picture of consecutive spin entropy reduction upon cooling with Te-bridged two-leg spin ladder system with strong intraladder and interladder couplings. Theoretical DFT +U calculations have been performed to search for the ground-state magnetic configuration and also to evaluate exchange-coupling constants that support the magnetic model deduced from the combined spin susceptibility and crystal structure symmetry analysis.

  2. Comparison Study of Transition Temperature between the Superconducting Compounds Tl0.9 Pb0.1 Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ, Tl0.9Sb0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ and Tl0.9Cr0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ

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    Jasim, Kareem Ali; Makki, Sameer Atta; Almohsin, Alia abud

    Three high temperature superconductors namely Tl0.9Pb0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ, Tl0.9Sb0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ and Tl0.9Cr0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ have been successfully prepared by three-step solid state reaction method. The sintering was within (1128-1133) K. Electrical resistively, using four probe techniques, is used to find the transition temperature Tc. The transition temperature at zero resistivity Tc(offset) were 110, 115 and 118K, onset superconducting transition temperature Tc(onset) were 128, 131 and 132 K for Tl0.9Cr0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ, Tl0.9Sb0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ and Tl0.9Cr0.1Ba2Ca2Cu3O9-δ respectively. All samples preparation with O2 flow. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed a pesudotetragonal structure with changes of lattice parameters for these samples.

  3. Comparative Study of CuO Species on CuO/Al2O3, CuO/CeO2-Al2O3 and CuO/La2O-Al2O3 Catalysts for CO Oxidation

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    Jin, Ling-yun; He, Mai; Lu, Ji-qing; Luo, Meng-fei; Fang, Ping; Xie, Yun-long

    2007-10-01

    CuO/Al2O3, CuO/CeO2-Al2O3, and CuO/La2O3-Al2O3 (denoted as Cu/Al, Cu/CeAl, and Cu/LaAl) catalysts were prepared by an impregnation method. CuO species and CuO/Al2O3 thermal solid-solid interaction were characterized by in situ XRD, Raman spectroscopy and H2-TPR techniques. For the Cu/Al catalyst, a CuAl2O4 phase exists between the CuO and Al2O3 layer and the CuO phase exists on the surface in both highly dispersed and bulk forms. For the Cu/CeAl catalyst, there is highly dispersed and bulk CuO on the surface, but most of the CuO has transferred into the internal layer of CeO2 as bulk CuO and CuAl2O4. For the Cu/LaAl catalyst, only bulk CuO is present on the surface of the catalyst and no CuAl2O4 is formed. The catalytic activity order for CO oxidation is Cu/CeAl>Cu/Al>Cu/LaAl. The highly dispersed CuO on the catalyst surface may be the active phase for CO oxidation. The results show that the addition of CeO2 not only promotes both the transference of CuO and the formation of CuAl2O4 but also favors the CO oxidation due to the association of highly dispersed CuO with CeO2, while La2O3 hinders the transference of CuO and the formation of CuAl2O4.

  4. Fabrication and microwave properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O thin films

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    Sobolewski, Roman; Konopka, Janusz; Kula, Witold; Gierlowski, Piotr; Konopka, Anna

    1989-03-01

    Studies are reported of the interaction of Y-Ba-Cu-O and Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O thin films with microwaves. The films were prepared on cubic zirconia and magnesium oxide substrates using a modified spray deposition technique. The tested films were about 1-3 microns thick and exhibited good superconducting properties. Several test structures have been designed by spraying a mixture of nitrate precursors on heated substrates through very thin stencil marks. The supercurrent dependence on millimeter wavelength microwave illumination was measured, and microwave detection and mixing experiments were performed. The films of both materials exhibited properties characteristic of granular superconductors, with Josephson-type coupling at the intergrain connections. The results also indicate that these materials can be successfully used as very sensitive millimeter radiation detectors operational at liquid-nitrogen temperatures.

  5. Supercoducting property of Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys

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    Okai, D.; Motoyama, G.; Kimura, H.; Inoue, A.

    The superconducting property of Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX alloys prepared by arc melting and liquid quenching methods was investigated by magnetic susceptibility measurements. The crystalline alloys with X = 0∼25 at.% prepared by arc melting method exhibited superconductivity with maximum Tc,on of 10.1 K. The alloys (X = 10∼23 at.%) with crystalline particles embedded in an amorphous structure, which were fabricated by melt spinning method, showed superconductivity with Tc,on of less than 4.0 K. The superconducting property of the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys was attributed to superconducting phases of Zr2Cu, Zr2Ni, Zr65Al10Nb25 and Zr-Nb contained in the Zr-Cu-Al-Ni-Nb alloys. The melt-spun Zr55Cu(30-X)Al10Ni5NbX (X = 10∼20 at.%) alloys exhibited glass transition at 718∼743 K and were found to be superconducting metallic glasses.

  6. Observation of Pr magnetic order in PrBa2Cu3O7

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    Skanthakumar, S.; Lynn, J. W.; Rosov, N.; Cao, G.; Crow, J. E.

    1997-02-01

    Neutron-diffraction experiments have been carried out to investigate the magnetic order in PrBa2Cu3O7. Our neutron data indicate that the Cu spins order above 300 K. This ordering is not significantly affected at low temperatures, where new magnetic Bragg peaks develop below 17 K that must be associated with the antiferromagnetic ordering of Pr spins, with an ordered moment of 0.79(5)μB. This rules out the possibility recently proposed by Nehrke and Pieper [Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 1936 (1996)] that the new magnetic Bragg peaks arise from a spin reorientation of the Cu spins and that the Pr carries essentially no moment.

  7. A Phase Relation Study of Ba-Y-Cu-O Coated-Conductor Films Using the Combinatorial Approach

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    Wong-Ng, W.; Otani, M.; Levin, I.; Schenck, P.; Yang, Z.; Liu, G.; Cook, L. P.; Feenstra, Roeland; Zhang, W.; Rupich, Marty

    2009-01-01

    Phase relationships in bulk and thin film Ba-Y-Cu-O high-Tc superconductor system were determined at processing conditions relevant for industrial production of coated conductors. Our results demonstrated that the absence of BaY2CuO5 (which has a critical effect on flux pinning) at 735 C--a typical temperature employed in production of coated conductors--in thin films processed in situ from the BaF2 precursor is caused by the sluggish reaction kinetics rather than by the presence of fluorine in the system. Thermodynamic calculations combined with annealing experiments confirmed that BaY2CuO5 is thermodynamically stable but forms at temperatures higher than 735 C.

  8. New insights into the application of the valence rules in Zintl phases-Crystal and electronic structures of Ba7Ga4P9, Ba7Ga4As9, Ba7Al4Sb9, Ba6CaAl4Sb9, and Ba6CaGa4Sb9

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    He, Hua; Stoyko, Stanislav; Bobev, Svilen

    2016-04-01

    Crystals of three new ternary pnictides-Ba7Al4Sb9, Ba7Ga4P9, and Ba7Ga4As9 have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements in molten Al or Pb fluxes. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that the three phases are isotypic, crystallizing in the orthorhombic Ba7Ga4Sb9-type structure (space group Pmmn, Pearson symbol oP40, Z=2), for which only the prototype is known. The structure is based on TrPn4 tetrahedra (Tr=Al, Ga; Pn=P, As, Sb), connected in an intricate scheme into 1D-ribbons. Long interchain Pn-Pn bonds (dP-P>3.0 Å; dAs-As>3.1 Å; dSb-Sb>3.3 Å) account for the realization of 2D-layers, separated by Ba2+ cations. Applying the classic valance rules to rationalize the bonding apparently fails, and Ba7Ga4Sb9 has long been known as a metallic Zintl phase. Earlier theoretical calculations, both empirical and ab-initio, suggest that the possible metallic properties originate from filled anti-bonding Pn-Pn states, and the special roles of the "cations" in this crystal structure. To experimentally probe this hypothesis, we sought to synthesize the ordered quaternary phases Ba6CaTr4Sb9 (Tr=Al, Ga). Single-crystal X-ray diffraction work confirms Ba6.145(3)Ca0.855Al4Sb9 and Ba6.235(3)Ca0.765Ga4Sb9, with Ca atoms preferably substituting Ba on one of the three available sites. The nuances of the five crystal structures are discussed, and the chemical bonding in Ba7Ga4As9 is interrogated by tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital calculations.

  9. Clathrates with Me = Mg, Pd, Ni, Au, Ag, Cu, Zn, Al, Sn

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    Wunderlich, Wilfried; Amano, Mao; Matsumura, Yoshihito

    2014-06-01

    Clathrate materials of AlSi, CuSi or NiSi type consisting of abundant elements have a realistic chance of becoming useful thermoelectrics in the near future, because the rattling effect due to their crystal cage structure provides a large figure of merit ZT even in experiments measured under large temperature gradients. In the search for better thermoelectrics, new element combinations in the clathrate type I structure with cubic space group Pm3n were calculated using VASP ab initio software. Predictions of the Seebeck coefficient were made by checking the electronic band structure and density of states for a large variety of input data. For x values around 4 to 6 in the structural formula Ba8Me x Si46- x the substituents Cu, Au, and Ag are best for good thermoelectric behavior, which is discussed in this paper as a result of the low electron-phonon interaction parameter.

  10. Electronic Structure of Tl2Ba2CuO(6+Delta) Epitaxial Films Measured by X-Ray Photoemission

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Ren, Z. F.; Wang, J. H.

    1996-01-01

    The valence electronic structure and core levels of Tl2Ba2CuO(6 + delta) (Tl-2201) epitaxial films have been measured with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and are compared to those of Tl2Ba2CaCu2O(8 + delta) (Tl-2212). Changes in the Tl-2201 core-level binding energies with oxygen doping are consistent with a change in the chemical potential. Differences between the Tl-2201 and Tl-2212 measured densities of states are consistent with the calculated Cu 3d and Tl 6s partial densities of states.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  12. AC magnetic response of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2Cu3O7 superlattices

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    Miu, L.; Ivan, I.; Ionescu, A. M.; Miu, D.

    2016-06-01

    Vortex activation energy UAC in the critical-state related AC magnetic response of superconductors (appearing in the vicinity of the DC irreversibility line) takes large values, as often reported, which is not yet understood. This behavior is essentially different from that of the vortex-creep activation energy at long relaxation time scales, and may become important for AC applications of superconductors. To elucidate this aspect, we investigated the AC signal of almost decoupled [Y Ba2Cu3O7]n/[PrBa2Cu3O7]4 superlattices (with n = 11 or 4 units cells) in perpendicular DC and AC magnetic fields. In these model samples, the length of the hopping vortex segment is fixed by the thickness of superconducting layers and vortices are disentangled, at least at low DC fields. It is shown that the high UAC values result from the large contribution of the pinning enhanced viscous drag in the conditions of thermally activated, non-diffusive vortex motion at short time scales, where the influence of thermally induced vortex fluctuations on pinning is weak.

  13. Electrical properties of Cu/a-BaTiO3/Cu capacitors studied in dc and ac regimes

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    El Kamel, F.; Gonon, P.; Radnóczi, G.

    2009-04-01

    Electrical properties of Cu/a-BaTiO3/Cu capacitors have been investigated in both dc and ac regimes as a function of temperature. A clear correlation is found between the temperature dependence of dc leakage currents and the temperature variation of the dielectric relaxation, showing that these measurement techniques are probing the same defects. Using either of these two techniques, we were able to detect at least three types of electrical active defects. Oxygen vacancy diffusion takes place at high temperature with an activation energy of around 1 eV. The diffusion of copper creates ionic defects in the a-BaTiO3 layer, which introduces two other contributions to the conduction process. The first is related to the motion of ionic species (ionic conduction, thermally activated with an activation energy of 0.3 eV). In addition, it has been argued that the presence of copper ions introduces a discrete set of shallow traps within the bandgap, resulting in a n-type conductivity (electronic conduction). The traps depth and their effective density are 0.45 eV and 4×1016 cm-3, respectively.

  14. Controlling Bulk Cu6Sn5 Nucleation in Sn0.7Cu/Cu Joints with Al Micro-alloying

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    Xian, J. W.; Belyakov, S. A.; Gourlay, C. M.

    2016-01-01

    We show that dilute Al additions can control the size of primary Cu6Sn5 rods in Sn-0.7Cu/Cu ball grid array joints. In Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Al/Cu joints, the number of primary Cu6Sn5 per mm2 is ˜7 times higher and the mean three-dimensional length of rods is ˜4 times smaller than in Al-free Sn-0.7Cu/Cu joints, while the area fraction of primary Cu6Sn5 is similar. It is shown that epitaxial nucleation of primary Cu6Sn5 occurs on δ-Cu33Al17 or γ 1-Cu9Al4 particles, which are stable in the Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Al melt during holding at 250°C. The observed facet relationships agree well with previously determined orientation relationships between δ-Cu33Al17 and Cu6Sn5 in hypereutectic Sn-Cu-Al alloys and result in a good lattice match with <˜2.5% lattice mismatch on two different interfacial planes.

  15. XPS study of the chemical stability of DyBa2Cu3O6+δ superconductor

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    Fetisov, A. V.; Kozhina, G. А.; Estemirova, S. Kh.; Fetisov, V. B.; Gulyaeva, R. I.

    2015-01-01

    The chemical stability of the powder DyBa2Cu3O6+δ has been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermal analysis at ambient conditions. The powder was subjected to mechanical processing in a ball mill-activator to accelerate chemical degradation. The kinetic regularities of hydrolytic decomposition of DyBa2Cu3O6+δ under the influence of air moisture have been determined. The resistive properties of DyBa2Cu3O6+δ to water have been found to be better, but not much different from analogous properties of YBa2Cu3O6+δ which is unstable in a wet environment. Chemical degradation of the material is triggered by crucial concentrating of water particles near the free surface of the solid reactant (due to their low diffusibility in the bulk) leading to rapid chemical decomposition of the respective regions.

  16. Densification mechanism of BaTiO3 films on Cu substrates fabricated by aerosol deposition

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    Kim, Hong-Ki; Lee, Seung-Hwan; Lee, Sung-Gap; Lee, Young-Hie

    2015-05-01

    In order to achieve the aerosol deposition (AD) process as a thin film deposition process, the densification mechanism of the AD process was investigated. BaTiO3 films with thicknesses of 0.2, 0.5, and 2 μm on Cu substrates were fabricated using the AD process at room temperature in order to investigate the densification mechanism according to the increased the film thickness; we also investigated the resulting properties, including the microstructure, the electrical properties, and the hardness. As a result, we confirmed that the enhanced hammering effect (which is a densification procedure that works by continuous impaction of ceramic particles onto pre-impacted particles), formed dense BaTiO3 films with greater hardness and decreased leakage current characteristics. Furthermore, we concluded that the BaTiO3 particles, which were sufficiently fractured due to the hammering effect, were important in fabricating the dense BaTiO3 thin films. Therefore, we suggested the two-step deposition method (deposition and etching).[Figure not available: see fulltext.

  17. Anomalous vortex melting line in the two-component superconductor (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4O10+δ

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    Crisan, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Iyo, A.; Cosereanu, L.; Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T.

    2006-11-01

    Using the on-set of third-harmonic susceptibility we have measured vortex melting lines of high-pressure synthesized (Cu0.6C0.4)Ba2Ca3Cu4Oy [(Cu,C):1234] and (Cu0.5C0.5)Ba2Ca2Cu3Oy [(Cu,C):1223] with preferentially oriented crystallites and having various carrier concentrations. Vortex melting lines of all (Cu,C):1223 samples and of optimum-doped (Cu,C):1234 were very well described by the commonly accepted theory of melting lines within the two-fluid model. Overdoped (Cu,C):1234 proved to have an anomalous melting line, that was phenomenologically explained by the rather special gaps evolution, that is the significant opening of a second superconducting gap due to CuO2 outer planes at a temperature lower than the critical one, where the first superconducting gap due to inner planes opens. The experimental melting lines of overdoped (Cu,C):1234 were modelled theoretically by assuming an empirical formula for the temperature dependence of anisotropy factor.

  18. On the magnetic structure and band gap of the double perovskite Ba2 CuOsO6 : Density functional analysis

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    Lee, Changhoon; Hong, Jisook; Shim, Ji Hoon; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan

    The ordered double-perovskite Ba2CuOsO6, consisting of 3d and 5d transition-metal magnetic ions (Cu2+ and Os6+, respectively), is a magnetic insulator. It obeys the Curie-Weiss law with θ = -13.3 K. We evaluated the spin exchange interactions of Ba2CuOsO6 by performing energy-mapping analysis based on DFT +U calculations and determined the band gap of Ba2CuOsO6 by DFT +U and DFT +U +SOC calculations. The antiferromagnetic ordering of Ba2CuOsO6 is due largely to the spin exchange interactions between Cu2 + ions, which are enhanced by the empty eg orbitals of the intervening Os6+ ions. Both electron correlation and spin-orbit coupling are necessary to open a band gap for Ba2CuOsO6. 2013R1A1A2060341.

  19. High critical currents in heavily doped (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Gharahcheshmeh, M. Heydari; Xu, A.; Galstyan, E.; Delgado, L.; Cantoni, C.

    2015-01-20

    REBa2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes with moderate levels of dopants have been optimized for high critical current density in low magnetic fields at 77 K, but they do not exhibit exemplary performance in conditions of interest for practical applications, i.e., temperatures less than 50 K and fields of 2–30 T. Heavy doping of REBCO tapes has been avoided by researchers thus far due to deterioration in properties. Here, we report achievement of critical current densities (Jc) above 20 MA/cm2 at 30 K, 3 T in heavily doped (25 mol. % Zr-added) (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconductor tapes, which is more than three times higher thanmore » the Jc typically obtained in moderately doped tapes. Pinning force levels above 1000 GN/m3 have also been attained at 20 K. A composition map of lift factor in Jc (ratio of Jc at 30 K, 3 T to the Jc at 77 K, 0 T) has been developed which reveals the optimum film composition to obtain lift factors above six, which is thrice the typical value. A highly c-axis aligned BaZrO3 (BZO) nanocolumn defect density of nearly 7 × 1011 cm–2 as well as 2–3nm sized particles rich in Cu and Zr have been found in the high Jc films.« less

  20. Sequentially evaporated thin Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductor films: Composition and processing effects

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    Valco, George J.; Rohrer, Norman J.; Warner, Joseph D.; Bhasin, Kul B.

    1988-01-01

    Thin films of YBa2Cu3O(7-beta) have been grown by sequential evaporation of Cu, Y, and BaF2 on SrTiO3 and MgO substrates. The onset temperatures were as high as 93 K while T sub c was 85 K. The Ba/Y ratio was varied from 1.9 to 4.0. The Cu/Y ratio was varied from 2.8 to 3.4. The films were then annealed at various times and temperatures. The times ranged from 15 min to 3 hr, while the annealing temperatures used ranged from 850 C to 900 C. A good correlation was found between transition temperature (T sub c) and the annealing conditions; the films annealed at 900 C on SrTiO3 had the best T sub c's. There was a weaker correlation between composition and T sub c. Barium poor films exhibitied semiconducting normal state resistance behavior while barium rich films were metallic. The films were analyzed by resistance versus temperature measurements and scanning electron microscopy. The analysis of the films and the correlations are reported.

  1. Synthesis, rheology and forming of Y-Ba-Cu-O ceramics

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    Green, T.M.

    1993-07-01

    A chemical synthesis route is discussed which results in a low- temperature precursor to Y-Ba-Cu-O ceramics; it is based on use of molten Ba(OH){sub 2}{center_dot}8H{sub 2}O flux. Two different chemical systems have been examined; the first one, based on nitrate salts, has been demonstrated to be a viable precursor material for tape casting and extrusion; the second, made from acetate salts, has been used for powder synthesis and extrusion. Rheology of pastes shows that their flow may be fit to either Bingham Plastic or Hershel- Bulkley models. Yield stress is controlled in both pastes by volume fraction solids. Viscosity also follows solids loading in the paste. Shear thinning is controlled by colloidal nature of precursor. The paste has colloidal microstructure. Comparison of concentric cylinder rheometry and piston extrusion rheometry shows order of magnitude differences in yield stress, resulting from the test method and paste dilation.

  2. p-type conductivity in wide-band-gap BaCuQF (Q=S,Se)

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    Yanagi, Hiroshi; Tate, Janet; Park, Sangmoon; Park, Cheol-Hee; Keszler, Douglas A.

    2003-04-01

    BaCuQF (Q=S,Se) materials, candidate transparent p-type conductors, were prepared by solid-state reaction, and their bulk electrical and optical properties were evaluated. The room-temperature Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity of undoped BaCuQF pellets were +56 μV/K and 0.088 S/cm, respectively, for the sulfide fluoride, and +32 μV/K and 0.061 S/cm, respectively, for the selenide fluoride. The conductivity was greatly enhanced by the substitution of several percent of K for Ba; the highest conductivities were 82 S/cm for Ba0.9K0.1CuSF and 43 S/cm for Ba0.9K0.1SeF. The band gaps for Q=S and Q=Se were measured to be 3.2 and 3.0 eV, respectively. Undoped BaCuSF exhibits strong red luminescence near 630 nm under ultraviolet excitation.

  3. Raman spectroscopic characterization of a synthetic, non-stoichiometric Cu-Ba uranyl phosphate.

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    Sánchez-Pastor, Nuria; Pinto, André J; Astilleros, José Manuel; Fernández-Díaz, Lurdes; Gonçalves, Mário A

    2013-09-01

    Crystals of phases belonging to the autunite group (general formula X(2+)(UO2)2(X(5+)O4)2·nH2O), specifically the uranyl phosphates (X(5+)=P) metauranocircite (X(2+)=Ba(2+)), metatorbernite (X(2+)=Cu(2+)) and a barian metatorbenite phase (X(2+)=Cu(2+)/Ba(2+)), have been synthesized in a silica gel medium and characterized by Raman spectroscopy. The Raman spectra showed bands in the range 750-1100 cm(-1), which were attributed to the ν1 and ν3 (PO(4))(3-) and (UO(2))(2+) stretching vibrations. By using the wavenumbers of the most intense and well defined ν1 (UO(2))(2+) vibration, the U-O bonds lengths were calculated for the three uranyl phosphate minerals. The results are in good agreement with previous single crystal structure analysis data. Bands in the spectra from 350 to 700 cm(-1) were attributed to the (PO(4))(3-) bending modes. Moreover, in the range 70-350 cm(-1), two groups of bands could be defined. The first group, with vibrations at lower wavenumbers, was attributed to the lattice modes and the second group, from 150 to 350 cm(-1), was assigned to the ν2 (UO(2))(2+) bending mode. Finally, in the case of the barian metatorbernite, bands in the range 1500-3800 cm(-1) were assigned to the OH stretching and the ν2 bending vibrations of water molecules. In this phase, all the vibrations show bandshifts when compared to the vibrations in metatorbernite. These bandshifts can be related to transitional Cu-O and Ba-O bond lengths. PMID:23727673

  4. Superconductivity in 2-2-3 system Y2Ba2Cu2O(8+delta)

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    Joshi, H. H.; Baldha, G. J.; Jotania, R. B.; Joshi, S. M.; Mohan, H.; Pandya, P. B.; Pandya, H. N.; Kulkarni, R. G.

    1991-01-01

    Researchers synthesized a new high T(sub c) 2-2-3 superconductor Y2Ba2Cu3O(8+delta) by a special preparation technique and characterized it by ac-susceptibility measurements. Diamagnetism and Meissner effect sets in at low fields and superconducting transition onsets at 90 K. The systematic investigation of the real and imaginary components of ac-susceptibility as a function of temperature and applied ac magnetic field reveals that the magnetic behavior is that of a granular type superconductor.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  6. Preparation of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O films by a reactive plasma evaporation method

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    Terashima, Kazuo; Eguchi, Keisuke; Yoshida, Toyonobu; Akashi, Kazuo

    1988-04-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting films were prepared by a reactive plasma evaporation method, in which mixed powders were coevaporated in a thermal RF Ar + O2 plasma, and the ternary-composition controlled high-temperature metallic vapors were codeposited onto a substrate. The deposition rate was much more than 10 micron/min, which is several orders of magnitude higher than those reported for other methods. The structure of the prepared films was identified as an orthorhombic oxygen-deficient perovskite phase, and some films showed the preferred orientation of (001). The as-deposited film without postannealing showed a superconducting transition temperature Tcm (midpoint) of 94 K.

  7. Formation of Ag-Pd contacts on Y-Ba-CuO ceramic and contact properties

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    Gartsman, K. G.; Duguzhev, Sh. M.; Parfen'eva, L. S.; Smirnov, I. A.

    1991-01-01

    Ag-Pd (30 pct Pd) contacts were formed on pellets of Y-Ba-CuO ceramic in the process of powder compaction by pressing a thin layer of Ag-Pd alloy, deposited on a 6-micron-thick organic film, to the end surfaces of the ceramic pellet. Cold pressing was followed by annealing, during which the organic substrate burned out and a bond was formed between the ceramic and the metal alloy. The resistance of the contacts produced by this method is 0.0026 ohm/sq cm, which is significantly better than that of contacts produced by using silver pastes.

  8. Development of Y-Ba-Cu-O Superconductors for Magnetic Bearings

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Pfaffenbach, K.; Sokolowski, R. S.; Zhang, Y.; Salama, K.

    1996-01-01

    The material requirements, material manufacturing and magnetic properties that are relevant to fabrication of High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) magnetic bearings have been discussed. It is found that the seeded-melt-texturing method can be used to fabricate the single domain material that is required to achieve the best magnetic properties. Trapped-field mapping has been used as a non-destructive tool to determine the single-domain nature of the HTS material and quantity of the HTS disks. Both the trapped field and the levitation force of the Y-Ba-Cu-O disks are found to be strongly sensitive to the oxygen content.

  9. Composition and Structure Control of Cu-Al-O Films Prepared by Reactive Sputtering and Annealing

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    Tsuboi, Nozomu; Itoh, Yuji; Ogata, Junya; Kobayashi, Satoshi; Shimizu, Hidehiko; Kato, Keizo; Kaneko, Futao

    2007-01-01

    Cu-Al-O films were prepared on quartz glass substrates at 500-700 °C by sputtering the Cu and Al targets alternately on atomic-layer scale under an Ar-diluted O2 (5-20%) gas atmosphere, and then annealed at 1050 °C under a nitrogen atmosphere. The [Cu]/[Al] ratio was controlled by changing the Cu and Al deposition periods. The composition of as-deposited films corresponded to the slightly oxygen-rich region of the CuO-CuAl2O4-Al2O3 system. Films as-deposited at 500 °C had an amorphous structure, while films as-deposited at 700 °C had CuAl2O4 and CuO phases. After thermal annealing in a nitrogen atmosphere, the composition of the films approached that of the Cu2O-CuAlO2-Al2O3 system line, causing a noticeable appearance of the CuAlO2 phase along with the disappearance of the CuAl2O4 and CuO phases. Cu- and Al-rich annealed films had in addition a Cu2O phase and an amorphous Al2O3 phase, respectively. All annealed films exhibited p-type conductivity. The annealed films with [Cu]/[Al]≈ 1 had an absorption edge corresponding to the energy gap of CuAlO2. These results indicate that the change in the Cu ion from divalent to monovalent through nitrogen annealing results in the preparation of transparent conductive films dominated by CuAlO2.

  10. Computer modeling of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin film deposition and growth

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    Burmester, C.; Gronsky, R. ); Wille, L. . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-07-01

    The deposition and growth of epitaxial thin films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} are modeled by means of Monte Carlo simulations of the deposition and diffusion of Y, Ba, and Cu oxide particles. This complements existing experimental characterization techniques to allow the study of kinetic phenomena expected to play a dominant role in the inherently non-equilibrium thin film deposition process. Surface morphologies and defect structures obtained in the simulated films are found to closely resemble those observed experimentally. A systematic study of the effects of deposition rate and substrate temperature during in-situ film fabrication reveals that the kinetics of film growth can readily dominate the structural formation of the thin film. 16 refs., 4 figs.

  11. Partial reduction of re-oxidation processing of Y-Ba-Cu-O sputtered thin films

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    Garzon, F.H.; Beery, J.G.; Wilde, D.K.; Raistrick, I.D.

    1989-01-01

    Thin films of Y--Ba--Cu--O were produced by rf sputtering of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} ceramic targets, using a variety of plasma compositions, rf power levels, and substrate temperatures. Post annealing of these films in oxygen produced superconducting films with T{sub c} values between 40--60 K, broad transition widths and semiconductor-like electrical behavior above T{sub c}. Subsequent annealing at 850{degree}C in an inert gas with a residual oxygen partial pressure of {le}10 ppM followed by an oxygen anneal produced high quality thin films: T{sub c} > 85 K with narrow transition widths. The structure and morphology of these films during reduction-oxidation processing were monitored using x-ray diffraction and electron microscopy. 8 refs., 4 figs.

  12. Theoretical studies of 63Cu2+ orbital Knight shifts of HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ

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    Kuang, Min-Quan; Wu, Shao-Yi; Hu, Xian-Fen

    2014-08-01

    The orbital Knight shifts and g factors for the tetragonal 63Cu2+ site in HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ at 133 and 115 K are theoretically investigated based on the high-order perturbation formulae of these quantities for a 3d9 ion situated into tetragonally elongated octahedra. The theoretical results reveal good agreement with the observed values. The significant anisotropies of the Knight shifts are illustrated as the considerable local tetragonal elongation distortions of the five-coordinated Cu2+ sites. The results at different temperatures are also discussed in view of the local structure of the Cu2+ sites.

  13. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses.

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C Z; Kramer, M J; Ho, K M

    2016-03-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons [Formula: see text] is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], are prominent. And the [Formula: see text] polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the [Formula: see text] in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. The relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5. PMID:26828778

  14. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-03-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons < 0,0,12,0> is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially < 0,2,8,2> and < 0,2,8,1> , are prominent. And the < 0,2,8,2> polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the < 0,0,12,0> in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. The relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.

  15. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-02-01

    Comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons < 0,0,12,0 > is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially < 0,2,8,2 > and < 0,2,8,1 >, are prominent. And the < 0,2,8,2 > polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5more » MG mainly originate from Al-centered clusters, while the < 0,0,12,0 > in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. Lastly, the relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.« less

  16. Ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of short-range order in Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses

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    Huang, Yuxiang; Huang, Li; Wang, C. Z.; Kramer, M. J.; Ho, K. M.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, comparative analysis between Zr-rich Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu-rich Cu50Zr45Al5 metallic glasses (MGs) is extensively performed to locate the key structural motifs accounting for their difference of glass forming ability. Here we adopt ab initio molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the local atomic structures of Zr50Cu45Al5 and Cu50Zr45Al5 MGs. A high content of icosahedral-related (full and distorted) orders was found in both samples, while in the Zr-rich MG full icosahedrons <0,0,12,0> is dominant, and in the Cu-rich one the distorted icosahedral orders, especially <0,2,8,2> and <0,2,8,1>, are prominent. And the <0,2,8,2> polyhedra in Cu50Zr45Al5 MG mainly originate from Al-centeredmore » clusters, while the <0,0,12,0> in Zr50Cu45Al5 derives from both Cu-centered clusters and Al-centered clusters. These difference may be ascribed to the atomic size difference and chemical property between Cu and Zr atoms. The relatively large size of Zr and large negative heat of mixing between Zr and Al atoms, enhancing the packing density and stability of metallic glass system, may be responsible for the higher glass forming ability of Zr50Cu45Al5.« less

  17. Reduced Cu concentration in CuAl-LPE-grown thin Si layers

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    Wang, T.H.; Ciszek, T.F.; Asher, S.; Reedy, R.

    1995-08-01

    Cu-Al has been found to be a good solvent system to grow macroscopically smooth Si layers with thicknesses in tens of microns on cast MG-Si substrates by liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) at temperatures near 900{degrees}C. This solvent system utilizes Al to ensure good wetting between the solution and substrate by removing silicon native oxides, and employs Cu to control Al doping into the layers. Isotropic growth is achieved because of a high concentration of solute silicon in the solution and the resulting microscopically rough interface. The incorporation of Cu in the Si layers, however, was a concern since Cu is a major solution component and is generally regarded as a bad impurity for silicon devices due to its fast diffusivity and deep energy levels in the band gap. A study by Davis shows that Cu will nonetheless not degrade solar cell performance until above a level of 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}. This threshold is expected to be even higher for thin layer silicon solar cells owing to the less stringent requirement on minority carrier diffusion length. But to ensure long term stability of solar cells, lower Cu concentrations in the thin layers are still preferred.

  18. Transport and Cu NMR studies of charge and spin dynamics in PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}

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    Kikuchi, Jun; Terasaki, Ichiro; Machi, Takato; Seiji, Nobuaki

    1996-11-01

    The charge and spin dynamics in PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8} are investigated by means of transport and Cu NMR measurements. The magnetoresistance was found to be very small at high temperatures and increase rapidly with decreasing temperature below {approximately}100 K, which may be ascribed to the dimensional crossover from one to two dimensions in the charge transport in the CuO double chains. While the NMR signal from the chain Cu sites persists down to 4.2 K without any appreciable line broadening, the signal from the planar Cu sites disappears below {approximately}250 K indicating the long-range antiferromagnetic order of plane Cu moments. This is consistent with the view of metallic conduction along the quasi one-dimensional CuO chains.

  19. Comparative study of flux pinning, creep and critical currents between YBaCuO crystals with and without Y2BaCuO5 inclusions

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    Murakami, Masato; Gotoh, Satoshi; Fujimoto, Hiroyuki; Koshizuka, Naoki; Tanaka, Shoji

    1991-01-01

    In the Y-Ba-Cu-O system, YBa2Cu3O(x) phase is produced by the following peritectic reaction: Y2BaCuO5 + liquid yields 2YBa2Cu3O(x). Through the control of processing conditions and starting compositions, it becomes possible to fabricate large crystals containing fine Y2BaCuO5(211) inclusions. Such crystals exhibit Jc values exceeding 10000 A/sq cm at 77 K and 1T. Recently, researchers developed a novel process which can control the volume fraction of 211 inclusions. Elimination of 211 inclusions is also possible. In this study, researchers prepared YBaCuO crystals with and without 211 inclusions using the novel process, and compared flux pinning, flux creep and critical currents. Magnetic field dependence of Jc for YBaCuO crystals with and with 211 inclusions is shown. It is clear that fine 211 inclusions can contribute to flux pinning. It was also found that flux creep rate could be reduced by increasing flux pinning force. Critical current density estimates based on the conventional flux pinning theory were in good agreement with experimental results.

  20. Comparative study of flux pinning flux creep and critical currents between YBaCuO crystals with and without Y2BaCuO5 inclusions

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    Murakami, Masato; Gotoh, Satoshi; Fujimoto, Hiroyuki; Koshizuka, Naoki; Tanaka, Shoji

    1990-01-01

    In the Y-Ba-Cu-O system YBa2Cu3Ox phase is produced by the following peritectic reaction: Y2BaCuO5 + liquid yields 2YBa2Cu3Ox. Through the control of processing conditions and starting compositions it becomes possible to fabricate large crystals containing fine Y2BaCuO5(211) inclusions. Such crystals exhibit Jc values exceeding 10000 A/sq cm at 77 K and 1T. Recently, researchers developed a novel process which can control the volume fraction of 211 inclusions. Elimination of 211 inclusions is also possible. In this study, researchers prepared YBaCuO crystals with and without 211 inclusions using the novel process and compared flux pinning, flux creep and critical currents. Magnetic field dependence of Jc for YBaCuO crystals with and without 211 inclusions is shown. It is clear that fine 211 inclusions can contribute to flux pinning. It was also found that flux creep rate could be reduced by increasing flux pinning force. Critical current density estimates based on the conventional flux pinning theory were in good agreement with experimental results.

  1. Improvement of Thermal Stability with Alloy Impregnation in Gd-Ba-Cu-O Superconductors for Pulsed Field Magnetization

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    Kimura, Y.; Matsumoto, H.; Fukai, H.; Sakai, N.; Hirabayashi, I.; Izumi, M.; Murakami, M.

    2006-06-01

    We present a post-fabrication treatment that improves thermal conductivity of bulk Gd-Ba-Cu-O magnets. A small hole about 1 mm in diameter was artificially drilled into the centre of bulk Gd-Ba-Cu-O 25 mm in diameter and 18 mm in thickness. An aluminium wire was inserted into the hole, and then the sample was subjected to the impregnation by using Bi- Su-Cd alloy. A pulsed-field magnetization was performed for Gd-Ba-Cu-O bulk with and without the alloy impregnation treatment. The temperature of samples was monitored with thermocouples and local magnetic field density was measured with a Hall sensor at several positions. The maximum temperature rise was depressed by 4 K and the trapped field was increased by 25 % at 44 K. The result shows that the alloy impregnation is very effective in enhancing the thermal conductivity and thereby improving the field trapping ability.

  2. The LO-BaFL method and ALS microarray expression analysis

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    2012-01-01

    Background Sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (sALS) is a devastating, complex disease of unknown etiology. We studied this disease with microarray technology to capture as much biological complexity as possible. The Affymetrix-focused BaFL pipeline takes into account problems with probes that arise from physical and biological properties, so we adapted it to handle the long-oligonucleotide probes on our arrays (hence LO-BaFL). The revised method was tested against a validated array experiment and then used in a meta-analysis of peripheral white blood cells from healthy control samples in two experiments. We predicted differentially expressed (DE) genes in our sALS data, combining the results obtained using the TM4 suite of tools with those from the LO-BaFL method. Those predictions were tested using qRT-PCR assays. Results LO-BaFL filtering and DE testing accurately predicted previously validated DE genes in a published experiment on coronary artery disease (CAD). Filtering healthy control data from the sALS and CAD studies with LO-BaFL resulted in highly correlated expression levels across many genes. After bioinformatics analysis, twelve genes from the sALS DE gene list were selected for independent testing using qRT-PCR assays. High-quality RNA from six healthy Control and six sALS samples yielded the predicted differential expression for 7 genes: TARDBP, SKIV2L2, C12orf35, DYNLT1, ACTG1, B2M, and ILKAP. Four of the seven have been previously described in sALS studies, while ACTG1, B2M and ILKAP appear in the context of this disease for the first time. Supplementary material can be accessed at: http://webpages.uncc.edu/~cbaciu/LO-BaFL/supplementary_data.html. Conclusion LO-BaFL predicts DE results that are broadly similar to those of other methods. The small healthy control cohort in the sALS study is a reasonable foundation for predicting DE genes. Modifying the BaFL pipeline allowed us to remove noise and systematic errors, improving the power of this

  3. Magnetic field penetration depth of superconducting aluminum-substituted Ba8Si42Al4 clathrate

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    Li, Yang; Garcia, Jose; Franco, Giogiovanni

    2014-03-01

    During past years, efforts have been made to explore the superconductivity of Group IV clathrates with particular attention to the sp3 hybridized networks. In the study, we report on the superconductivity of Al-substituted type-I silicon clathrates. Pure phase samples of the general formula Ba8Si46-xAlx with different values of x were synthesized. The magnetic susceptibility measurements show that Ba8Si42Al4 is a bulk superconductor, with an onset at Tc =6 K. Al substitution results in a large decrease of the electronic density of states at the Fermi level, which explains the decreased superconducting critical temperature within the BCS framework. To further characterize the superconducting state, we carried out magnetic measurements showing Ba8Si42Al4 to be a type II superconductor. The critical magnetic fields were measured to be Hc1 = 77 Oe and Hc2 = 40 kOe. We deduce the London penetration depth 2900 Å and the coherence length 90 Å. Our estimate of the electron-phonon coupling reveals that Ba8Si42Al4 is a moderate phonon-mediated BCS superconductor. NASA PRSG IDEAS-ER Program(Granted No. NNX10AM80H).

  4. Effects of the Formation of Al x Cu y Gradient Interfaces on Mechanical Property of Steel/Al Laminated Sheets by Introducing Cu Binding-Sheets

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    Wei, Aili; Liu, Xinghai; Shi, Quanxin; Liang, Wei

    2015-07-01

    Steel/Cu/Al laminated sheets were fabricated by two-pass hot rolling to improve the mechanical properties of steel/Al sheets. The bonding properties and deformability of the steel/Cu/Al sheets were studied. Steel/Al and steel/Cu/Al samples were rolled at 350°C for 15 min with the first-pass reduction of 40%, and then heated at 600°C for 5 min with different reductions. It was found that the steel/Cu/Al samples rolled by the second-pass reduction of 85% could endure the maximum 90° bend cycle times of 45, exhibiting excellent fatigue resistance as well as deformability. The steel/Al samples could only reach the maximum 90° bend cycle times of 20. Furthermore, the scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive spectrometer, and electron backscattered diffraction results showed that the preferred growth orientations of Cu, Al4Cu9, and Al2Cu on the steel/Cu/Al laminated sheets are {-1, 1, 2} <1, -1, 1>, {1, 0, 0} <0, 1, 0> and {-1, 1, 2} <1, -1, 1> {1, 1, 0} <0, 0, 1>. The orientation relationships between Cu and Al2Cu are {1, 1, 0}(fcc)//{1, 1, 0}(bct) and {1, 1, 1}(fcc)//{1, 1, 1}(bct). The improved bonding property and excellent fatigue resistance as well as deformability were mainly ascribed to the tight combination and consistent deformability across steel, Al, and the transition layers (Cu, Al4Cu9, and Al2Cu).

  5. Intermetallic Formation at Interface of Al/Cu Clad Fabricated by Hydrostatic Extrusion and Its Properties.

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    Lee, Jongbeom; Jeong, Haguk

    2015-11-01

    Al/Cu clad composed of Al core and Cu sheath has been produced by hydrostatic extrusion at 523 K, at an extrusion rate of 27. The prepared specimen was post-annealed at temperatures of 673 K and 773 K for various time durations, and the effect of annealing conditions have been analyzed. The hardness at the interface between Al and Cu matrix of the Al/Cu bimetal clad increases because of annealing. Results indicate that the hardness is more sensitive to annealing temperature than the annealing time. Three kinds of intermetallic compounds (IMC), namely, CuAl, Cu3Al2, and CuAl2, are formed at the Al-Cu interface, upon annealing at 673 K. On the other hand, four kinds of IMCs, namely, Cu4Al3, CuAl, Cu3Al2, CuAl2, are formed at the annealing temperature of 773 K. The growth of each IMC follows the parabolic law as a function of annealing times at certain annealing temperature. The growth rate of each IMC is limited to its interdiffusion rate constant. The IMC Cu4Al3 appears upon annealing at 773 K, and not during annealing at 673 K, because of the higher value of activation energy associated with its formation, when compared to other IMCs. PMID:26726557

  6. Co{sub 2}FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions with BaO and MgO/BaO barriers

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    Rogge, J.; Schmalhorst, J.; Hütten, A.; Hetaba, W.

    2015-07-15

    We succeed to integrate BaO as a tunneling barrier into Co{sub 2}FeAl based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). By means of Auger electron spectroscopy it could be proven that the applied annealing temperatures during BaO deposition and afterwards do not cause any diffusion of Ba neither into the lower Heusler compound lead nor into the upper Fe counter electrode. Nevertheless, a negative tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio of -10% is found for Co{sub 2}FeAl (24 nm) / BaO (5 nm) / Fe (7 nm) MTJs, which can be attributed to the preparation procedure and can be explained by the formation of Co- and Fe-oxides at the interfaces between the Heusler and the crystalline BaO barrier by comparing with theory. Although an amorphous structure of the BaO barrier seems to be confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), it cannot entirely be ruled out that this is an artifact of TEM sample preparation due to the sensitivity of BaO to moisture. By replacing the BaO tunneling barrier with an MgO/BaO double layer barrier, the electric stability could effectively be increased by a factor of five. The resulting TMR effect is found to be about +20% at room temperature, although a fully antiparallel state has not been realized.

  7. Relationships involving process, microstructure, and properties of weldments of Al-Cu and Al-Cu-Li alloys

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    Martukanitz, R.P.; Howell, P.R.

    1996-12-31

    The evolution of microstructure within the heat affected zone for Al-Cu and Al-Cu-Li alloys is qualitatively described in terms of diffusion controlled modifications that result in the minimization of chemical free energy. Coarsening of strengthening precipitate is anticipated at relatively low peak temperatures; whereas, dissolution is expected to dominate the microstructural modifications within the heat affected zone for these alloys. Transmission electron microscopy of alloy 2195-T8 was performed to validate the analysis. Dissolution of {theta}{prime} (Al{sub 2}Cu) was seen to occur within the heat affected zone at temperatures below 220 C. The primary strengthening phase, T{sub 1} (Al{sub 2}CuLi), exhibited partial dissolution at peak temperatures of 320 C. Peak temperatures up to 500 C resulted in partial dissolution of T{sub 1} during heating and growth upon cooling. Positions near the fusion zone interface resulted in complete dissolution of strengthening precipitate and re-precipitation of copper-rich zones upon cooling. The effect of microstructural modifications within the heat affected zone on mechanical properties is discussed in terms of strengthening mechanisms.

  8. Ferromagnetism studies of Cu-doped and (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO thin films

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    Wu, S. Z.; Yang, H. L.; Xu, X. G.; Miao, J.; Jiang, Y.

    2011-01-01

    We have studied the room temperature ferromagnetism (FM) in Cu-doped and (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO thin films which were grown on quartz substrates by chemical method based on a sol-gel process combining with spin-coating technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns demonstrate that both the Cu-doped and (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO films have the hexagonal wurtzite structure with c-axis orientation. Alternating Gradient Magnetometer (AGM) measurements confirm that all the doped ZnO samples are ferromagnetic at room temperature. When the doped Cu content is 1 %, the Cu-doped ZnO film has the strongest FM. The FM significantly decreases in the (Cu, Al) co-doped ZnO films. The doping of Al ions suppresses the FM induced by the doped Cu ions.

  9. Excitation Spectra of Plane Site Cu Spins of Y0.52Pr0.48Ba2Cu3O7 (T_c≃ 20 K)

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    Kodama, Katsuaki; Shamoto, Shin-ichi; Harashina, Hiroshi; Sato, Masatoshi; Nishi, Masakazu; Kakurai, Kazuhisa

    1994-12-01

    Neutron inelastic scattering measurements have been carried out on Y0.52Pr0.48Ba2Cu3O7 with the superconducting transition temperature T_c≃ 20 K. From the spectral weight function χ''(q, ω) of the Cu-spin excitations in the CuO2 planes, the reduction of the hole-carrier concentration and the degree of the randomness induced by the substitution of Pr for Y are estimated. These results present evidences that the model of a hole-trapping by the hybridized states of the Pr4f and O2pπ orbitals proposed by Fehrenbacher and Rice [Phys. Rev. Lett. 70 (1993) 3471] provides an appropriate explanation of the experimental results associated with the well-known T c-suppression of R1-xPrxBa2Cu3O7 (R=Y or various lanthanide elements) by the Pr-doping.

  10. Composition dependence of microwave properties of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films grown by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition

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    Waffenschmidt, E.; Sjamsudin, G.; Musolf, J.; Arndt, F.; He, X.; Heuken, M.; Heime, K.

    1995-01-01

    Thin film of Y-Ba-Cu-O of different compostition were grown on MgO and LaAlO3 substrates by metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition. Using a microwave cavity resonator, their microwave surface resistance at 24.5 GHz was measured at a temperature of 77.5 K. It varies from less than 3 mOmega to more than 50 mOmega depending on the composition of the films. The lowest surface resistances could be obtained with samples having a composition close to the ideal stoichiometry 1:2:3 but with a slight excess of copper and yttrium.

  11. Effect of silver addition on mechanical properties of melt-processed Sm-Ba-Cu-O bulk superconductor

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    Sakai, Naomichi; Miyamoto, Takeshi; Seo, Seokjong; Nariki, Shinya; Murakami, Masato

    1999-11-01

    The authors have studied mechanical properties of melt-processed single-grain Sm-Ba-Cu-O (Sm123+Sm211) bulks with and without silver doping. Tensile stress is induced by thermal stress during heat treatment, and also induced by applying magnetic fields. It is found that the silver addition was effective in decreasing the thermal stress and increasing the tensile strength of the Sm-Ba-Cu-O bulk. The tensile strength of the silver doped sample was 37.4MPa, which is about one and half times larger than that of the undoped sample.

  12. Paramagnetic Meissner effect at high fields in YCaBaCuO single crystal and melt-textured YBaCuO

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    Dias, F. T.; Vieira, V. N.; de Almeida, M. L.; Falck, A. L.; Pureur, P.; Pimentel, J. L.; Obradors, X.

    2010-12-01

    We report on systematic field-cooled magnetization experiments in an Y0.98Ca0.02Ba2Cu3O7-δ single crystal and melt-textured YBa2Cu3O7-δ samples. Magnetic fields up to 50 kOe were applied and a paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed. We discuss our results in terms of the flux compression scenario into the sample.

  13. Levitation properties of the YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O superconducting systems

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    Weeks, D.E. )

    1989-12-25

    A torsion balance is used to measure the levitation force on a magnet as a function of height above bulk samples of the YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} ({ital T}{sub {ital c}}{similar to}90 K) and Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O ({ital T}{sub {ital c}}{similar to}110--120 K) superconducting systems. Measurements of magnetic shielding and trapped magnetic fields are also made.

  14. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Do Kim, Keum; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization – voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization. PMID:26742878

  15. Frustration of Negative Capacitance in Al2O3/BaTiO3 Bilayer Structure.

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Han Joon; Jeon, Woojin; Moon, Taehwan; Kim, Keum Do; Jeong, Doo Seok; Yamada, Hiroyuki; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2016-01-01

    Enhancement of capacitance by negative capacitance (NC) effect in a dielectric/ferroelectric (DE/FE) stacked film is gaining a greater interest. While the previous theory on NC effect was based on the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory, this work adopted a modified formalism to incorporate the depolarization effect to describe the energy of the general DE/FE system. The model predicted that the SrTiO3/BaTiO3 system will show a capacitance boost effect. It was also predicted that the 5 nm-thick Al2O3/150 nm-thick BaTiO3 system shows the capacitance boost effect with no FE-like hysteresis behavior, which was inconsistent with the experimental results; the amorphous-Al2O3/epitaxial-BaTiO3 system showed a typical FE-like hysteresis loop in the polarization - voltage test. This was due to the involvement of the trapped charges at the DE/FE interface, originating from the very high field across the thin Al2O3 layer when the BaTiO3 layer played a role as the NC layer. Therefore, the NC effect in the Al2O3/BaTiO3 system was frustrated by the involvement of reversible interface charge; the highly stored charge by the NC effect of the BaTiO3 during the charging period could not be retrieved during the discharging process because integral part of the polarization charge was retained within the system as a remanent polarization. PMID:26742878

  16. Flux Pinning by Cr Nanoparticles in Cu_{0.5} Tl_{0.5} Ba2 Ca2 Cu3 O_{10-δ } Superconductor

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    Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Mumtaz, M.; Qasim, Irfan; Nadeem, K.

    2016-04-01

    Increase in flux pinning strength of Cu_{0.5} Tl_{0.5} Ba2 Ca2 Cu3 O_{10-δ } (CuTl-1223) superconductor has been observed after addition of Cr nanoparticles. We have thoroughly investigated the infield response of Cr nanoparticles-added CuTl-1223 superconductor in an external applied magnetic field in the range of 0-7 T. Solid-state reaction technique has been employed to synthesize (Cr)x -CuTl-1223; x = 0-1.00 wt% nanoparticle-superconductor composites. The flux pinning mechanism has been analyzed on the basis of thermally activated flux flow model in the presence of a small current (10 μ A). The increase in activation energy and decrease in transition width of CuTl-1223 superconducting phase show the enhancement in its flux pinning strength upon the addition of Cr nanoparticles.

  17. Flux Pinning by Cr Nanoparticles in Cu_{0.5}Tl_{0.5}Ba2Ca2Cu3O_{10-δ } Superconductor

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    Waqee-ur-Rehman, M.; Mumtaz, M.; Qasim, Irfan; Nadeem, K.

    2016-09-01

    Increase in flux pinning strength of Cu_{0.5}Tl_{0.5}Ba2Ca2Cu3O_{10-δ }(CuTl-1223) superconductor has been observed after addition of Cr nanoparticles. We have thoroughly investigated the infield response of Cr nanoparticles-added CuTl-1223 superconductor in an external applied magnetic field in the range of 0-7 T. Solid-state reaction technique has been employed to synthesize (Cr)x-CuTl-1223; x = 0-1.00 wt% nanoparticle-superconductor composites. The flux pinning mechanism has been analyzed on the basis of thermally activated flux flow model in the presence of a small current (10 μ A). The increase in activation energy and decrease in transition width of CuTl-1223 superconducting phase show the enhancement in its flux pinning strength upon the addition of Cr nanoparticles.

  18. Transformation of Ba-Al-Si precursors to celsian by high-temperature oxidation and annealing

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    Schmutzler, Hans J.; Sandhage, Kenneth H.

    1995-02-01

    Celsian (monoclinic BaO · A12O3 · 2SiO2) is being considered as a matrix material for ceramic composites used in high-temperature structural applications. The present article describes the synthesis of celsian by the oxidation and annealing of solid, malleable, metallic Ba-Al-Si precursors. The phase and microstructural evolution after various stages of oxidation at 300 °C to 1260 °C in pure oxygen at 1 atm pressure have been examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron microprobe analyses (EPMA). Barium peroxide, BaO2, formed rapidly during oxidation at 300 °C, with aluminum and silicon remaining largely as unoxidized particles in a BaO2 matrix. Between 300 °C and 500 °C, barium orthosilicate, Ba2Si04, formed by a solid-state reaction between barium peroxide and unoxidized silicon. Further exposure to temperatures between 500 °C and 1200 °C resulted in the oxidation of aluminum and of residual silicon. The oxidized silicon reacted with the barium orthosilicate matrix to yield higher silica-containing barium silicates that, in turn, reacted with alumina or mullite to form metastable hexacelsian (hexagonal BaO-A12O3 · 2SiO2). Celsian was then obtained by further exposure to peak temperatures ≤1260°C.

  19. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high;more » for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.« less

  20. Hydrogen isotope trapping in Al-Cu binary alloys

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    Chao, Paul; Karnesky, Richard A.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the trapping mechanisms for hydrogen isotopes in Al–X Cu (0.0 at. % < X < 3.5 at. %) alloys were investigated using thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), electrical conductivity, and differential scanning calorimetry. Constant heating rate TDS was used to determine microstructural trap energies and occupancies. In addition to the trapping states in pure Al reported in the literature (interstitial lattice sites, dislocations, and vacancies), a trap site due to Al–Cu intermetallic precipitates is observed. The binding energy of this precipitate trap is (18 ± 3) kJ•mol–1 (0.19 ± 0.03 eV). Typical occupancy of this trap is high; for Al–2.6 at. % Cu (a Cu composition comparable to that in AA2219) charged at 200 °C with 130 MPa D2 for 68 days, there is ca. there is 3.15×10–7 mol D bound to the precipitate trap per mol of Al, accounting for a third of the D in the charged sample.

  1. Dendrite coherency of Al-Si-Cu alloys

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    Veldman, Natalia L. M.; Dahle, Arne K.; Stjohn, David H.; Arnberg, Lars

    2001-01-01

    The dendrite coherency point of Al-Si-Cu alloys was determined by thermal analysis and rheological measurement methods by performing parallel measurements at two cooling rates for aluminum alloys across a wide range of silicon and copper contents. Contrary to previous findings, the two methods yield significantly different values for the fraction solid at the dendrite coherency point. This disparity is greatest for alloys of low solute concentration. The results from this study also contradict previously reported trends in the effect of cooling rate on the dendritic coherency point. Consideration of the results shows that thermal analysis is not a valid technique for the measurement of coherency. Analysis of the results from rheological testing indicates that silicon concentration has a dominant effect on grain size and dendritic morphology, independent of cooling rate and copper content, and thus is the factor that determines the fraction solid at dendrite coherency for Al-Si-Cu alloys.

  2. The Zeno Line for Al, Cu, and U.

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    Apfelbaum, E M; Vorob'ev, V S

    2016-06-01

    We show that the property of linearity for a line of unit compressibility factor (Zeno line) can be confirmed for metals (Al, Cu, and U) in liquid phase. The embedded atom potentials (EAM) have been used to describe the interaction between the particles. The numerical simulations within Monte Carlo (MC) technique with the EAM potential have resulted in the straight Zeno-line for considered metals and have allowed us to define the Zeno line parameters. The similarity relations between the critical and the Zeno line parameters, which were observed previously for nonmetallic substances, have appeared to be valid for Al and Cu as well. For uranium there is a contradiction between the calculated and experimental data, indicating the limitation for these similarities. PMID:27158747

  3. In situ x-ray photoemission studies of the oxidation of Y-Ba-Cu films

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    Price, R.J.; Jackman, R.B.; Foord, J.S.

    1988-12-15

    X-ray photoemission has been used to investigate the formation of Y-Ba-Cu films on Si(100) and as an in situ probe of their subsequent oxidation to yield the associated oxide ceramic. The layers are prepared by coevaporation of the metallic components under ultrahigh vacuum, and pure alloy phases can be deposited at 300 K; reaction with the underlying substrate resulting in loss of Cu and incorporation by Si in the film takes place, however, at higher temperatures. Room-temperature oxidation stabilizes the film against this interaction and results in the preferential oxidation and surface segregation of barium at the expense of Cu. This segregation process becomes even more apparent during higher temperature (approx.600 K) oxidation reactions. Chemical shifts and associated effects in x-ray photoelectron spectra are used to infer information on the chemical changes that occur in the film as oxidation proceeds. The thin-film phases prepared in situ in this work reveal a very similar surface composition to bulk superconducting samples prepared ex situ. This suggests that the surface segregation in bulk samples does not simply result from reaction with species such as water vapor, but instead may represent an equilibrium state of the oxide-oxygen interface.

  4. Investigation of new type Cu-Hf-Al bulk glassy alloys

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    Nagy, E.; Rontó, V.; Sólyom, J.; Roósz, A.

    2009-01-01

    In the last years new type Cu-Hf-Al ternary alloys were developed with high glass forming ability and ductility. The addition of Al to Cu-Hf alloys results in improvements in glass formation, thermal stability and mechanical properties of these alloys. We have investigated new Cu-based bulk amorphous alloys in Cu-Hf-Al ternary system. The alloys with Cu49Hf42Al9, Cu46Hf45Al9, Cu50Hf42.5Al7.5 and Cu50Hf45Al5 compositions were prepared by arc melting. The samples were made by centrifugal casting and were investigated by X-ray diffraction method. Thermodynamic properties were examined by differential scanning calorimetry and the structure of the crystallising phases by scanning electron microscopy. The determination of liquidus temperatures of alloys were measured by differential thermal analysis.

  5. Indium Helps Strengthen Al/Cu/Li Alloy

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    Blackburn, Linda B.; Starke, Edgar A., Jr.

    1992-01-01

    Experiments on Al/Cu/Li alloys focus specifically on strengthening effects of minor additions of In and Cd. Indium-bearing alloy combines low density with ability to achieve high strength through heat treatment alone. Tensile tests on peak-aged specimens indicated that alloy achieved yield strength approximately 15 percent higher than baseline alloy. Alloy highly suitable for processing to produce parts of nearly net shape, with particular applications in aircraft and aerospace vehicles.

  6. Viscous and acoustic properties of AlCu melts

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    Khusnutdinoff, R. M.; Mokshin, A. V.; Menshikova, S. G.; Beltyukov, A. L.; Ladyanov, V. I.

    2016-05-01

    The atomic dynamics of the binary Al100- x Cu x system is simulated at a temperature T = 973 K, a pressure p = 1.0 bar, and various copper concentrations x. These conditions (temperature, pressure) make it possible to cover the equilibrium liquid Al100- x Cu x phase at copper concentrations 0 ≤ x ≤ 40% and the supercooled melt in the concentration range 40% ≤ x ≤ 100%. The calculated spectral densities of the time correlation functions of the longitudinal {tilde C_L}( k, ω) and transverse {tilde C_T}( k, ω) currents in the Al100- x Cu x melt at a temperature T = 973 K reveal propagating collective excitations of longitudinal and transverse polarizations in a wide wavenumber range. It is shown that the maximum sound velocity in the v L ( x) concentration dependence takes place for the equilibrium melt at an atomic copper concentration x = 10 ± 5%, whereas the supercooled Al100- x Cu x melt saturated with copper atoms ( x ≥ 40%) is characterized by the minimum sound velocity. In the case of the supercooled melt, the concentration dependence of the kinematic viscosity ν( x) is found to be interpolated by a linear dependence, and a deviation from the linear dependence is observed in the case of equilibrium melt at x < 40%. An insignificant shoulder in the ν( x) dependence is observed at low copper concentrations ( x < 20%), and it is supported by the experimental data. This shoulder is caused by the specific features in the concentration dependence of the density ρ( x).

  7. Theoretical studies on the Knight shifts for the tetragonal Cu2+ site in HgBa2CuO4+δ

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    Li, Guo-Liang; Wu, Shao-Yi; Kuang, Min-Quan; Hu, Xian-Fen

    2015-08-01

    The Knight shifts for the tetragonal Cu2+ site in HgBa2CuO4+δ are theoretically studied from the high order perturbation formulas of the Knight shifts for a tetragonally elongated octahedral 3d9 cluster. The significant anisotropy of the Knight shifts is attributable to the obvious tetragonal elongation distortion of the Cu2+ site. The anisotropic g factors of this system are uniformly analyzed, and the calculation results and the local structure of the copper site are also discussed.

  8. Relaxor behavior of (Ba,Bi)(Ti,Al)O3 ferroelectric ceramic

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    Cui, Lei; Hou, Yu-Dong; Wang, Sai; Wang, Chao; Zhu, Man-Kang

    2010-03-01

    Perovskite type (Ba0.9Bi0.1)(Ti0.9Al0.1)O3 (BBTA) ceramics have been prepared through solid state reaction route. The room temperature x-ray diffraction study suggests that BBTA ceramics have single phase tetragonal symmetry with space group P4mm. In contrast to the sharp dielectric transition of pure BaTiO3, a broad dielectric anomaly coupled with the shift in dielectric maxima toward a higher temperature with increasing frequency has been observed in BBTA. The quantitative characterization based on empirical parameters (ΔTm, γ, ΔTrelax, and ΔTdiffuse(1 kHz)) confirms its relaxor nature. The dielectric relaxation which follows the Vogel-Fulcher relationship with Eα=0.011 eV, Tf=356 K, and f0=1.38×1010 Hz, further supports spin-glass-like characteristics. In this system, the relaxor behavior can be attributed to the dynamic response of the polar clusters induced by the combined substitutions of Bi3+ and Al3+ on the Ba2+ and Ti4+ site. Moreover, the curie temperature of BBTA shows the decreasing trend compared to that of pure BaTiO3, which doesn't follow the normal Vegard's law, confirming that no BiAlO3 sublattice formed in BBTA. All these features indicate that BBTA is a promising candidate for lead-free relaxors.

  9. Crystallographic Study of Mixture CeBa1.8Pb0.2Cu3Oy in the Range of 860 deg. C to 940 deg. C

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    Stergiou, A.; Yilmaz, S.; Stergiou, C.

    2007-04-23

    A powder mixture with chemical formula CeBa1.8Pb0.2Cu3Oy was prepared. The mixture was heated in free atmosphere, at temperatures 860 deg. C to 940 deg. C, for 24 to 72h. The samples were measured by X-Ray powder diffraction with CuKa radiation. Each sample was characterized with the help of the PDF and refined, using the Rietveld's ''Powder Profile Analysis''. The first sample (860 deg. C) was identified with the phases: Ba2CeBiO6, CuO and BaCuO2, while all the remaining samples (870 deg. C-940 deg. C) with the phases Ba2CePbO6, CuO and CeO2. The phases Ba2CeBiO6 and Ba2CePbO6 are the main phases with analogous chemical types, but different symmetry. The phase CuO is common in all the samples, while from the remaining phases the BaCuO2 appears only in the first sample and the CeO2 in all, except the first one. The quantity 0.2 of Pb is distributed in the Ba positions, substituting a part of these. The percentages of phases are about 82%, 10% and 8% for the first sample and for all the remaining about 85%, 8% and 7%, respectively with above serious.

  10. Preparation and properties of Y 1-xHo xBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin films by TFA-MOD method

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    Jian, Hongbin; Li, Qi; Shi, Dongqi; Zhang, Li; Yang, Zhaorong; Dou, Shixue; Zhu, Xuebin; Sun, Yuping

    2011-12-01

    Y 1-xHo xBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ ( x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) thin films were prepared on LaAlO 3 (0 0 1) substrates by trifluoroacetate metal organic deposition (TFA-MOD) without change of the processing parameters. The highest J c was attributed to the sample of Y 0.6Ho 0.4Ba 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin film, whose critical current density is about 1.6 times as compared to that of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ thin film at 77 K and self field. The flux pinning type was not varied with Ho substitution and can be attributed to δl pinning model, which is attributed to the close ionic radius between the Y 3+ and Ho 3+ ions. The improvement of J c by Ho substitution without change of the processing parameters will provide an effective route to enhance the J c of YBCO-based thin films using TFA-MOD method.

  11. High Temperature Superconductor GdBa2Cu3O7-x Investigation by Optically Thermostimulated Exoemission (otsee) Method

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Sujak, B.; Benzar, I.; Zaleski, A. J.; Ciszek, M.; Olejniczak, J.

    Measurements of optically-thermostimulated electron emission from the high temperature superconductor GdBa2Cu3O7-x were performed for the temperature range of 65-300 K. Changes in the intensity of the emitted electrons with temperature were observed. OTSEE peak at about 230 K is ascribed to structural changes in the sample, which are reflected at surface layer.

  12. Identical spin fluctuations in Cu- and Co-doped BaFe2As2 independent of electron doping

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    Grafe, H.-J.; Gräfe, U.; Dioguardi, A. P.; Curro, N. J.; Aswartham, S.; Wurmehl, S.; Büchner, B.

    2014-09-01

    We present As75 nuclear magnetic resonance measurements on single crystals of BaFe2As2, BaFe1.8Co0.2As2, and BaFe1.82Cu0.18As2. While only Co doping induces bulk superconductivity on a broad doping range, the spin fluctuations probed by the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate (T1T )-1 are identical for both dopings down to Tc. Below this temperature, (T1T)-1 of the Cu-doped sample continues to rise, proving that (a) there is a quantum critical point below the superconducting dome, and (b) adding electrons does not affect the spin fluctuations. Consequently, we analyze the Knight shift data in terms of a two-component scenario, with one hyperfine coupling to an itinerant degree of freedom and the other to Fe moments.

  13. Y-Ba-Cu-O superconducting thin films by simultaneous or sequential evaporation

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    Mogro-Campero, A.; Hunt, B.D.; Turner, L.G.; Burrell, M.C.; Balz, W.E.

    1988-02-15

    Superconducting thin films of Y-Ba-Cu-O near the 1:2:3 stoichiometry were produced by simultaneous (coevaporation) and sequential (multilayer) evaporation in the same evaporator. The best film obtained on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) had a superconducting onset temperature of 104 K, a midpoint T/sub c/ of 92 K, and zero resistance at Tless than or equal to74 K. Stoichiometry was deduced by inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy, and elemental depth profiles were obtained by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Film stoichiometry changes only near the film/substrate boundary for films on YSZ. Films on Si/SiO/sub 2/ were not superconducting; depth profiling shows severe changes of film composition with depth. A major theme of this work is process reproducibility, which was found to be poor for coevaporation but improved considerably for sequential evaporation.

  14. Nature of Y1Ba2Cu3O7 nucleation centers on ceria buffers

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    Solovyov, Vyacheslav F.; Develos-Bagarinao, Katherine; Li, Qiang; Qing, Jie; Zhou, Juan

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to enhance properties of the second-generation wires by increasing the density of Y1Ba2Cu3O7 (YBCO) nucleation centers on the surface of the ceria buffer. To identify the nature of the nucleation centers, we compare nucleation kinetics and performance of YBCO layers deposited by the metal-organic process on a standard RABiTS tape to YBCO on ceria buffers with well-controlled structure and surface morphology. The structure of the YBCO layer at the early stage of nucleation and growth is determined by high-flux synchrotron x-ray diffraction. It is shown that the best buffers exhibit high YBCO nucleation rates and produce YBCO nuclei with the least cation disorder. The high YBCO nucleation rate is associated with a high density of threading dislocation outcrops. A strategy for buffer optimization is identified.

  15. Resistive evaporation of superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films from a single source

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    Azoulay, Jacob; Goldschmidt, Dan

    1989-06-01

    A new evaporation method of high-temperature superconducting films, the resistive evaporation from a single source, is reported here for the first time. The source material, inserted into a tungsten boat in a conventional vacuum system, consisted of a pulverized mixture of Cu, YF3, and BaF2. The handling of the source material required only grinding and mixing of the raw materials. Its deposition onto SrTiO3 substrates yielding superconducting films with properties very similar to those obtained in a layer-by-layer resistive evaporation of these materials. In particular, a resistive transition onset at 75 K and zero resistance at ˜40 K, and critical currents of 2000 A/cm2 at ≊10 K have been measured. The broad transition may be attributed to a copper concentration gradient, as measured by Auger depth profiling, or to a residual fluorine-rich phase.

  16. Vortex fluctuation in HgBa 2Ca 3Cu 4O 10+δ

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    Kim, Mun-Seog; Kim, Wan-Seon; Lee, Sung-Ik; Yu, Seong-Cho; Itskevich, E. S.; Kuzemskaya, I.

    1997-08-01

    Reversible magnetization with the external magnetic fields of 1 T ≤ H ≤ 5 T parallel to the c-axis has been measured for the grain aligned HgBa2Ca3Cu4O10+δ. A strong vortex fluctuation effect was clearly observed and the magnetization is well described by the vortex fluctuation model. From this analysis, the penetration depth λab(0) = 1583 Å and the effective interlayer spacing s = 44.6 Å were estimated. However, the value of s is significantly larger than the lattice parameter c = 19 Å, which is different from the prediction of the vortex fluctuation model. From the model on superconducting fluctuations proposed by Koshelev, in which not only the critical fluctuations at the lowest Landau level but also the Gaussian fluctuations at higher Landau levels were considered, the different value of s = 15.4 Å was obtained.

  17. Thermal properties of PrBa 2Cu 4O 8 prepared at ambient oxygen pressure

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    Yang, H. D.; Lin, C. W.; Lin, J.-Y.; Meen, T. H.; Tsay, H. L.; Huang, J. C.; Sheen, S. R.; Wu, M. K.

    1997-08-01

    Polycrystalline PrBa 2Cu 4O 8 (Pr124) has been prepared at ambient oxygen pressure by nitrite pyrolysis method. Powder x-ray-diffraction patterns show a nearly single R124 phase. Thermogravimetric analysis indicates that its thermal stability is distinct from that of Pr123. Specific heat C has been measured from 0.5 to 40 K, and is very similar to that of Pr123. A maximum of C occurs around 17 K which could be due to a magnetic ordering. Entropy difference ΔS has been calculated from ΔC/ T between Pr124 and Y124. The possible origins of ΔS and the related magnetic properties are discussed. Resistivity ϱ( T) of Pr124 shows a nearly metallic behavior similar to what was observed in Pr124 made by the O 2-HIP technique. The metallic ϱ( T) at low temperatures is of interest and will be discussed.

  18. Performance of TlCaBaCuO 30 GHz 64 element antenna array

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    Lewis, L. L.; Koepf, G.; Bhasin, K. B.; Richard, M. A.

    1993-01-01

    A 64-element, 30-GHz microstrip antenna array with corporate feed network was designed and built on a 0.254-mm (10-mil) thick lanthanum aluminate substrate. One antenna pattern was fabricated from gold film, and a second pattern used TlCaBaCuO high-temperature superconductor. Both antennas used gold ground planes deposited on the reverse side of the substrate. Gain and radiation patterns were measured for both antennas at room temperature and at cryogenic temperatures. Observations agree well with simple models for loss and microwave beam width, with a gain on boresight of 20.3 dB and beam width of 15 deg for the superconducting antenna. The antenna loss is only 1.9 dB.

  19. Improvement of persistent magnetic field trapping in bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors

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    Chen, In-Gann; Weinstein, Roy

    1993-01-01

    For type-II superconductors, magnetic field can be trapped due to persistent internal supercurrent. Quasi-persistent magnetic fields near 2 T at 60 K (and 1.4 T at 77 K) have been measured in minimagnets made of proton-irradiated melt-textured Y-Ba-Cu-O (MT-Y123) samples. Using the trapping effect, high-field permanent magnets with dipole, quadrupole, or more complicated configurations can be made of existing MT-Y123 material, thus bypassing the need for high-temperature superconductor (HTS) wires. A phenomenological current model has been developed to account for the trapped field intensity and profile in HTS samples. This model is also a guide to select directions of materials development to further improve field trapping properties. General properties such as magnetic field intensities, spatial distributions, stabilities, and temperature dependence of trapped field are discussed.

  20. Optical conductivity of single plane cuprate superconductor HgBa2CuO4

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    Lobo, R. P. S. M.; Bontemps, N.; Hwang, J.; Yang, J.; Timusk, T.; Colson, D.; Forget, A.

    2007-03-01

    We investigated the ab-plane infrared and visible spectra of a HgBa2CuO4 single crystal close to optimal doping (Tc= 90 K) from 100 to 40000 cm-1. Data as a function of temperature (down to 30 K) was limited to frequencies below 10000 cm-1. The low frequency scattering rate has a linear frequency dependence. Under 120 K a supplementary small drop below 1000 cm-1 suggests the presence of a pseudogap. This is the same frequency at which the optical conductivity shows a clear loss of spectral weight in the superconducting state. The low frequency effective mass is temperature dependent and increases from 1.5 at room temperature to 2.5 just above Tc. We will compare our results to other single plane cuprates.

  1. Cu-Al spinel oxide as an efficient catalyst for methanol steam reforming.

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    Xi, Hongjuan; Hou, Xiaoning; Liu, Yajie; Qing, Shaojun; Gao, Zhixian

    2014-10-27

    Cu-Al spinel oxide, which contains a small portion of the CuO phase, has been successfully used in methanol steam reforming (MSR) without prereduction. The omission of prereduction not only avoids the copper sintering prior to the catalytic reaction, but also slows down the copper-sintering rate in MSR. During this process, the CuO phase can initiate MSR at a lower temperature, and CuAl2O4 releases active copper gradually. The catalyst CA2.5-900, calcined at 900 °C with n(Al)/n(Cu) = 2.5, has a higher CuAl2O4 content, higher BET surface area, and smaller CuAl2O4 crystal size. Its activity first increases and then decreases during MSR. Furthermore, both fresh and regenerated CA2.5-900 showed better catalytic performance than the commercial Cu-Zn-Al catalyst. PMID:25213737

  2. Low field AC susceptibility study of intergranular critical current density in Mg-substituted CuBa2Ca3Cu4O12-y high temperature superconductors

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    Agarwal, S. K.; Kumaraswamy, B. V.

    2005-05-01

    Measurements of the a.c.susceptibility (χ=χ‧+iχ″) have been made on the Mg substituted high TC superconducting system, CuBa2(MgxCa1-x)3Cu4O12-y (Cu-1234) with x=0, 0.10 & 0.20, at different values of the a.c.field amplitude. Estimates of the intergranular critical current density(JC) made from the field dependent χ″-T curves show an improvement in the Mg-substituted Cu-1234 system. Results have been analysed in the light of the crystal structure and the superconducting anisotropy factor (γ=ξab/ξc) of the Cu-1234 system. Lower superconducting anisotropy emanating from Mg substitution has been found to be significant, resulting in better superconducting properties.

  3. Light-Emitting Characteristics of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with Ba/Al Cathode and Effect of Ba Thickness by Measuring their Built-in Potential

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    Lim, Jong Tae; Yeom, Geun Young

    2009-12-01

    The electronic nature of metal-organic semiconductor contacts is a fundamental issue in the field of organic semiconductor device physics, because these contacts control the charge injection. The built-in potential in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with a Ba/Al cathode was investigated by using the modulated photocurrent technique. To measure the built-in potential, a device with a glass/tin-doped indium oxide (ITO)/tris(8-quinolinolato)aluminum (III) (Alq3, 150 nm)/Ba (x nm, x=3, 2, 1, and 0)/Al (150 nm) structure was fabricated and encapsulated in a nitrogen atmosphere. The device with Ba/Al cathode showed a higher built-in potential, compared with the Al-only device, which reduced the barrier height for electron injection from the Ba/Al cathode to Alq3. For the device with a Ba thickness of 3 nm, the barrier height for electron injection showed a low value of 0.1 eV. On the basis of the built-in potential data, the device with the ITO/4,4',4''-tris(2-naphthylphenyl-1-phenylamino)triphenylamine (2-TNATA, 30 nm)/4,4'-bis(N-(1-napthyl)-N-phenyl-amino)-biphenyl (NPB, 18 nm)/Alq3 (62 nm)/Ba (3 nm)/Al (100 nm) structure showed the best characteristics with the highest luminance of 54,000 cd/m2 and the highest efficiency of 2.7 lm/W, as compared to the other devices with Ba thicknesses of less than 3 nm.

  4. Lateral electric-field control of giant magnetoresistance in Co/Cu/Fe/BaTiO{sub 3} multiferroic heterostructure

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    Savitha Pillai, S.; Kojima, H.; Itoh, M.; Taniyama, T.

    2015-08-17

    We report lateral electric-field-driven sizable changes in the magnetoresistance of Co/Cu/Fe tri-layered wires on BaTiO{sub 3} single crystal. While the observed change is marginal in the tetragonal phase of BaTiO{sub 3}, it reaches over 40% in the orthorhombic and rhombohedral phases with an electric field of 66 kV/cm. We attribute it to possible electric-field-induced variations of the spin-dependent electronic structures, i.e., spin polarization, of the Fe via interfacial strain transfer from BaTiO{sub 3}. The contrasting results for the different phases of BaTiO{sub 3} are discussed, associated with the distinct aspects of the ferroelectric polarization switching processes in each phase.

  5. Local Jahn-Teller distortions and orbital ordering in Ba3Cu1+xSb2-xO9 investigated by neutron scattering

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    Li, Bing; Feygenson, Mikhail; Brown, Craig M.; Copley, John R. D.; Iida, Kazuki

    2016-01-15

    In this study, a spin-orbital quantum liquid state is theoretically proposed in the honeycomb lattice of Ba3CuSb2O9, enabled by dynamic short-range correlations between the spin and orbital degrees of freedom. Using neutron diffraction, the local atomic structure of Ba3Cu1+xSb2-xO9 at x = 0 and 0.1 is obtained via the pair density function analysis. The results indicate that both compositions exhibit local Jahn-Teller (JT) distortions with the elongated CuO3 octahedral configuration. In Ba3Cu1.1Sb1.9O9, JT ordering of the distorted CuO3 octahedra gives rise to the orthorhombic symmetry with ferro-orbital order. On the other hand, in Ba3CuSb2O9, even though the CuO3 octahedra aremore » JT distorted, there is no long-range ordering hence the symmetry is hexagonal. Furthermore, the local singlet excitation at 5.8 meV observed in Ba3CuSb2O9 below 50 K is absent in Ba3Cu1.1Sb1.9O9. Instead, an excitation at 2.5 meV is observed in the latter, which is likely associated with short-range spin order.« less

  6. Local Jahn-Teller distortions and orbital ordering in Ba3Cu1 +xSb2 -xO9 investigated by neutron scattering

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    Li, Bing; Louca, Despina; Feygenson, Mikhail; Brown, Craig M.; Copley, John R. D.; Iida, Kazuki

    2016-01-01

    A spin-orbital quantum liquid state is theoretically proposed in the honeycomb lattice of Ba3CuSb2O9 , enabled by dynamic short-range correlations between the spin and orbital degrees of freedom. Using neutron diffraction, the local atomic structure of Ba3Cu1 +xSb2 -xO9 at x =0 and 0.1 is obtained via the pair density function analysis. The results indicate that both compositions exhibit local Jahn-Teller (JT) distortions with the elongated CuO3 octahedral configuration. In Ba3Cu1.1Sb1.9O9 , JT ordering of the distorted CuO3 octahedra gives rise to the orthorhombic symmetry with ferro-orbital order. On the other hand, in Ba3CuSb2O9 , even though the CuO3 octahedra are JT distorted, there is no long-range ordering hence the symmetry is hexagonal. Furthermore, the local singlet excitation at 5.8 meV observed in Ba3CuSb2O9 below 50 K is absent in Ba3Cu1.1Sb1.9O9 . Instead, an excitation at 2.5 meV is observed in the latter, which is likely associated with short-range spin order.

  7. Local Jahn-Teller distortions and orbital ordering in Ba3Cu1+xSb2-xO9 investigated by neutron scattering

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    Li, Bing; Feygenson, Mikhail; Brown, Craig; Copley, John R. D.; Iida, Kazuki

    2016-01-01

    A spin-orbital quantum liquid state is theoretically proposed in the honeycomb lattice of Ba3CuSb2O9, enabled by dynamic short-range correlations between the spin and orbital degrees of freedom. Using neutron diffraction, the local atomic structure of Ba3Cu1+xSb2-xO9 at x = 0 and 0.1 is obtained via the pair density function analysis. The results indicate that both compositions exhibit local Jahn-Teller (JT) distortions with the elongated CuO3 octahedral configuration. In Ba3Cu1.1Sb1.9O9, JT ordering of the distorted CuO3 octahedra gives rise to the orthorhombic symmetry with ferro-orbital order. On the other hand, in Ba3CuSb2O9, even though the CuO3 octahedra are JT distorted, there is no long-range ordering hence the symmetry is hexagonal. Furthermore, the local singlet excitation at 5.8 meV observed in Ba3CuSb2O9 below 50 K is absent in Ba3Cu1.1Sb1.9O9. Instead, an excitation at 2.5 meV is observed in the latter, which is likely associated with short-range spin order.

  8. Synthesis of ultrafine Y 2BaCuO 5 powder and its incorporation into YBCO bulk by powder melting process

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    Zhou, L.; Chen, S. K.; Wang, K. G.; Wu, X. Z.; Zhang, P. X.; Feng, Y.

    2001-11-01

    A solid state sintering process for the synthesis of ultrafine Y 2BaCuO 5 precursor has been developed and YBCO bulk samples containing Y 2BaCuO 5 particles less than 500 nm in diameter have been prepared successfully by powder melting process (PMP). The solid state sintering process consists of two steps: firstly, BaCuO 2 powder was synthesized by calcining the mixture of BaCO 3 and CuO powders; secondly, BaCuO 2 powder was well mixed with commercial Y 2O 3 in a molar ratio of 1:1, and sintered at 900°C for 14 h in flowing oxygen. After ball milling, ultrafine Y 2BaCuO 5 powder with an average diameter below 0.5 μm was produced. This kind of ultrafine Y 2BaCuO 5 powder was used as precursor and quasi-single crystal YBCO samples with a nominal composition of YBa 2Cu 3O 6+ δ+15 wt.% excess Y 2BaCuO 5+0.5 wt.% CeO 2 were prepared by PMP. Y 2BaCuO 5 particles less than 500 nm in diameter were found within textured YBCO matrix. A high density of twins with an average spacing of about 60-80 nm was also observed. Magnetization measurements have been performed on the sample and critical current densities ( Jc) have been calculated based on the extended Bean critical state model. The sample exhibits Jc values of 4.57×10 6 and 1.85×10 5 A/cm 2 in 1 T magnetic field at 20 and 77 K, respectively. Such high Jc values are attributed to the fine 211 particles and related defects.

  9. Crystallization kinetics of BaO-Al2O3-SiO2 glasses

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Hyatt, Mark J.

    1988-01-01

    Barium aluminosilicate glasses are being investigated as matrix materials in high-temperature ceramic composites for structural applications. Kinetics of crystallization of two refractory glass compositions in the barium aluminosilicate system were studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). From variable heating rate DTA, the crystallization activation energies for glass compositions (wt percent) 10BaO-38Al2O3-51SiO2-1MoO3 (glass A) and 39BaO-25Al2O3-35SiO2-1MoO3 (glass B) were determined to be 553 and 558 kJ/mol, respectively. On thermal treatment, the crystalline phases in glasses A and B were identified as mullite (3Al2O3-2SiO2) and hexacelsian (BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2), respectively. Hexacelsian is a high-temperature polymorph which is metastable below 1590 C. It undergoes structural transformation into the orthorhombic form at approximately 300 C accompanied by a large volume change which is undesirable for structural applications. A process needs to be developed where stable monoclinic celsian, rather than hexacelsian, precipitates out as the crystal phase in glass B.

  10. Crystallization kinetics of BaO-Al2O3-SiO2 glasses

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Hyatt, Mark J.

    1989-01-01

    Barium aluminosilicate glasses are being investigated as matrix materials in high-temperature ceramic composites for structural applications. Kinetics of crystallization of two refractory glass compositions in the barium aluminosilicate system were studied by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). From variable heating rate DTA, the crystallization activation energies for glass compositions (wt percent) 10BaO-38Al2O3-51SiO2-1MoO3 (glass A) and 39BaO-25Al2O3-35SiO2-1MoO3 (glass B) were determined to be 553 and 558 kJ/mol, respectively. On thermal treatment, the crystalline phases in glasses A and B were identified as mullite (3Al2O3-2SiO2) and hexacelsian (BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2), respectively. Hexacelsian is a high-temperature polymorph which is metastable below 1590 C. It undergoes structural transformation into the orthorhombic form at approximately 300 C accompanied by a large volume change which is undesirable for structural applications. A process needs to be developed where stable monoclinic celsian, rather than hexacelsian, precipitates out as the crystal phase in glass B.

  11. Synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of superconducting single crystals of HgBa2CuO4+δ

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    Bertinotti, A.; Viallet, V.; Colson, D.; Marucco, J.-F.; Hammann, J.; Forget, A.; Le Bras, G.

    1996-02-01

    Single crystals of HgBa2CuO4+δ of submillimetric sizes were grown with the same one step, low pressure, gold amalgamation technique used to obtain single crystals of HgBa2Ca2Cu3O8+δ. Remarkable superconducting properties are displayed by the samples which are optimally doped as grown. The sharpness of the transition profiles of the magnetic susceptibility, its anisotropy dependence and the volume fraction exhibiting the Meissner effect exceed the values obtained with the best crystal samples of Hg-1223. X-rays show that no substitutional defects have been found in the mercury plane, in particular no mixed occupancy of copper at the mercury site. The interstitial oxygen content at (1/2, 1/2, 0) δ = 0.066+/-0.008 is about one third that observed in optimally doped Hg-1223, resulting in an identical doping level per CuO2 plane in both compounds.

  12. Paramagnetic Meissner effect at high fields in YCaBaCuO single crystal

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    Dias, F. T.; Vieira, V. N.; Falck, A. L.; da Silva, D. L.; Pureur, P.; Schaf, J.

    2012-12-01

    We report on systematic magnetization experiments in an Y1-xCaxBa2Cu3O7-δ (x = 0.25 at%) single crystal. The magnetization experiments were made using a superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID). Magnetic moments were measured as functions of the temperature according to the zero-field cooling (ZFC), field-cooled cooling (FCC), and field-cooled warming (FCW) prescriptions. The time-dependence of the FC magnetization at fixed magnetic fields was studied. Magnetic fields up to 50 kOe were applied and a paramagnetic response related to the superconducting state was observed when strong enough fields were applied parallel to the c axis. The magnitude of the high field paramagnetic moment (HFPME) increases when the field is augmented. The effect shows strong and anomalous time dependence, such that the paramagnetic moment increases as a function of the time. An YBa2Cu3O7-δ single crystal exhibiting the same effect was used for comparison. We discuss our results in terms of the flux compression scenario into the sample modulated by Ca concentration.

  13. Solidification behavior and structure of Al-Cu alloy welds

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    Brooks, J.A.; Li, M.; Yang, N.C.Y.

    1997-09-01

    The microsegregation behavior of electron beam (EB) and gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds of Al-Cu alloys covering a range from 0.19 to 7.74 wt% Cu were characterized for dendrite core concentrations and fraction eutectic solidification. Although a single weld speed of 12.7 mm/sec was used, some differences were observed in the segregation behavior of the two weld types. The microsegregation behavior was also modeled using a finite differences technique considering dendrite tip and eutectic undercooling and solid state diffusion. Fairly good agreement was observed between measured and calculated segregation behavior although differences between the two weld types could not be completely accounted for. The concept of dendrite tip undercooling was used to explain the formation of a single through thickness centerline grain in the higher alloy content GTA welds.

  14. A new series of oxycarbonate superconductors (Cu(0.5)C(0.5))(m)Ba(m+1)Ca(n-1)Cu(n)O2(m+n)+1

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    Takayama-Muromachi, E.; Kawashima, T.; Matsui, Y.

    1995-01-01

    We found a new series of oxycarbonate superconductors in the Ba-CaCu-C-O system under high pressure of 5 GPa. Their ideal formula is (Cu(0.5)C(0.5)(m)Ba(m+1)Ca(n-1)Cu(n)O2)((m+n)+1) ((Cu,C)-m(m+1)(n-1)n). Thus far, n = 3, 4 members of the m = 1 series, (Cu,C)-1223 and (Cu,C)-1234, have been prepared in bulk while n = 4, 5 members, (Cu,C)-2334 and (Cu,C)-2345, have been prepared for the m = 2 series. (Cu,C)-1223 shows superconductivity below 67 K while T(sub c)'s of other compounds are above 110 K. In particular, (Cu,C)-1234 has the highest T(sub c) of 117 K.

  15. Fabrication of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ films by photo-assisted-MOCVD process

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    Li, Wei; Li, Guoxing; Zhang, Baolin; Chou, Penchu; Liu, Suping; Ma, Xiaoyu

    2014-06-01

    Pure GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (GdBCO) films were deposited on (1 0 0)-oriented LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates by photo-assisted metal organic chemical vapor deposition (PhA-MOCVD) technique. The effects of substrate temperature (Ts) and oxygen partial pressure (Po2) on microstructure, growth rate and superconducting critical current density (Jc) were investigated. A dense and no grain boundary visible, single-crystal-like cross-sectional morphology was observed. For the GdBCO film sample obtained at Ts of 810 °C and Po2 of 4 Torr, the full width at half-maximum were 0.08° and 0.41° for out-of-plane and in-plane orientations, respectively. Such low values were similar to that of single crystal GdBCO. Optimally processed GdBCO samples exhibited Jc of 2.5 MA/cm2 at 77 K in self-field. A relatively high growth rate of 0.104 μm/min for the GdBCO film is realized by the PhA-MOCVD technique.

  16. The influence of Cu /Al ratio on properties of chemical-vapor-deposition-grown p-type Cu-Al-O transparent semiconducting films

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    Cai, Jianling; Gong, Hao

    2005-08-01

    Transparent p-type copper aluminum oxide (Cu-Al-O) semiconducting thin films, with Cu /Al atomic ratios ranging from 1.0 to 4.3, were deposited by plasma-enhanced metal-organic chemical-vapor deposition. The films were grown on z-cut single-crystal quartz substrates, at a substrate temperature of 450°C. Crystalline CuAlO2 was found dominant in the films, including small amounts of CuAl2O4, Al2O3, and amorphous Cu2O. The effect of varying Cu /Al ratio on the structural, electrical, and optical properties of the films were studied by x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and Seebeck technique, and discussed. We were able to optimize the Cu /Al ratio for the p-type conductivity and transmittance in copper aluminum oxide thin films, and the best conductive film, with a room-temperature conductivity of 0.289Scm-1 and a transparency of 80%, was found to have a Cu /Al ratio of 1.4±0.3. In addition, the mechanism of the p-type conduction of copper aluminum oxide was discussed.

  17. CO sub 2 induced inhibition of the localized corrosion of aluminum, Al-0. 5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu in dilute HF solution

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    Scully, J.R. . Dept. of Materials Science); Peebles, D.E. )

    1991-01-01

    This study presents work on corrosion of aluminum, Al-.5% Cu, and Al-2% Cu. Electrochemical tests were performed in dilute HF solutions both with and without CO{sub 2} sparging. It is suggested that CO{sub 2} or its reaction products interact with the passive film so that exposure of Cu in the oxide-solution interface is minimized. CO{sub 2} is investigated as a corrosion inhibitor. 4 refs. (JDL)

  18. On the microstructure and symmetry of apparently hexagonal BaAl 2O 4

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    Larsson, A.-K.; Withers, R. L.; Perez-Mato, J. M.; Fitz Gerald, J. D.; Saines, P. J.; Kennedy, B. J.; Liu, Y.

    2008-08-01

    The P6 3 ( a=2 ap, b=2 bp, c= cp) crystal structure reported for BaAl 2O 4 at room temperature has been carefully re-investigated by a combined transmission electron microscopy and neutron powder diffraction study. It is shown that the poor fit of this P6 3 ( a=2 ap, b=2 bp, c= cp) structure model for BaAl 2O 4 to neutron powder diffraction data is primarily due to the failure to take into account coherent scattering between different domains related by enantiomorphic twinning of the P6 322 parent sub-structure. Fast Fourier transformation of [0 0 1] lattice images from small localized real space regions (˜10 nm in diameter) are used to show that the P6 3 ( a=2 ap, b=2 bp, c= cp) crystal structure reported for BaAl 2O 4 is not correct on the local scale. The correct local symmetry of the very small nano-domains is most likely orthorhombic or monoclinic.

  19. Energy transfer between Eu-Mn and photoluminescence properties of Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+,Mn2+ solid solution

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    Zhou, Jun; Wang, Yuhua; Liu, Bitao; Li, Feng

    2010-08-01

    In order to evaluate the energy transfer between Eu-Mn in Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17 solid solution, Ba0.75Al11O17.25-BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+,Mn2+ phosphors were prepared by flux method. The crystal structure and the morphology of the solid solution were demonstrated by x-ray dirrfactometer and scanning electron microscopy. The photoluminescence mechanisms were explained by the energy transfer of Eu2+ to Mn2+ and the Dexter theory. A redshift of green emission peak and a decrease in decay time with the increase in Mn2+ concentration were observed. These phenomena are attributed to the formation of Mn2+ paired centers after analysis by a method of Pade approximations.

  20. Elemental fractionation and magnetic properties of melt-based Y1Ba2Cu3Oz containing excess Tb or Pt

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    Hojaji, Hamid; Barkatt, Aaron; Hu, Shouxiang; Michael, Karen A.; Thorpe, Arthur N.; Talmy, Inna G.; Haught, Debbie A.; Alterescu, Sidney

    1990-01-01

    Scanning electron microscopy of certain partially melted Y-Ba-Cu-O materials containing minority metal oxide species (Y:Tb:Ba:Cu = 1:0.1:2:3 or Y:Ba:Cu with Pt impurities), accompanied by both EDX and EMP analysis, indicates that the minority species (Tb or Pt) is quantitatively concentrated in a relatively small number of 123-type grains. High magnetic susceptibility and magnetization observed for these materials indicate that such elemental distribution is not detrimental to superconducting behavior.

  1. Photocatalytic property and structural stability of CuAl-based layered double hydroxides

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    Lv, Ming; Liu, Haiqiang

    2015-07-15

    Three types of CuMAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs, M=Mg, Zn, Ni) were successfully synthesized by coprecipitation. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV–vis) were used to confirm the formation of as-synthesized solids with good crystal structure. The photocatalytic activity of those LDH materials for CO{sub 2} reduction under visible light was investigated. The experimental results show that CuNiAl-LDHs with narrowest band gap and largest surface areas behave highest efficiency for methanol generation under visible light compared with CuMgAl-LDHs and CuZnAl-LDHs. The CuNiAL-LDH showed high yield for methanol production i.e. 0.210 mmol/g h, which was high efficient. In addition, the influence of the different M{sup 2+} on the structures and stability of the CuMAl-LDHs was also investigated by analyzing the geometric parameters, electronic arrangement, charge populations, hydrogen-bonding, and binding energies by density functional theory (DFT) analysis. The theoretical calculation results show that the chemical stability of LDH materials followed the order of CuMgAl-LDHs>CuZnAl-LDHs>CuNiAl-LDHs, which is just opposite with the photocatalytic activity and band gaps of three materials. - Graphical abstract: The host–guest calculation models and XRD patterns of CuMAl-LDHs: CuMgAl-LDHs (a), CuZnAl-LDHs (b) and CuNiAl-LDHs (c). - Highlights: • Three types of CuMAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs, M=Mg, Zn, Ni) has been synthesized. • CuMgNi shows narrower band gap and more excellent textural properties than other LDHs. • The band gap: CuMgAl based on result from UV–vis analysis. • CuMgAl shows the highest stability and lowest photocatalytic activity, while CuNiAl just opposite.

  2. Dirac and Weyl Semimetal in XYBi (X = Ba, Eu; Y = Cu, Ag and Au)

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    Du, Yongping; Wan, Bo; Wang, Di; Sheng, Li; Duan, Chun-Gang; Wan, Xiangang

    2015-01-01

    Weyl and Dirac semimetals recently stimulate intense research activities due to their novel properties. Combining first-principles calculations and effective model analysis, we predict that nonmagnetic compounds BaYBi (Y = Au, Ag and Cu) are Dirac semimetals. As for the magnetic compound EuYBi, although the time reversal symmetry is broken, their long-range magnetic ordering cannot split the Dirac point into pairs of Weyl points. However, we propose that partially substitute Eu ions by Ba ions will realize the Weyl semimetal. PMID:26399742

  3. Fabrication of bulk Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with high critical current densities through the infiltration-growth process

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    Nakazato, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Murakami, M.

    2014-09-01

    With the aim of producing bulk YBa2Cu3Oy (Y123) superconductors with high flux pinning performance, we employed an infiltration growth (IG) process, in which liquid phase Ba-Cu-O is infiltrated into Y2BaCuO5 (Y211) pellets with NdBa2Cu3Oy seed at high temperatures to produce Y123 phase. Single grain Y123 samples 27 mm in diameter and 5 mm in thickness could be produced with the seeded IG method. Trapped field measurements showed that the IG-processed Y123 sample was a single domain with the maximum trapped field of around 0.403 T at 1 mm above the surface at 77 K. Magnetization measurements demonstrated that IG-processed Y123 sample exhibits a sharp superconducting transition with an onset Tc of around 93.2 K. Microstructural observations by means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) clarified that sub-micrometer-sized Y211 particles are finely and uniformly distributed in the Y123 matrix, which is the source of high pinning performances. The critical current density (Jc) values at liquid nitrogen temperature (77 K) and 50 K in 0 T were 1.75 × 105 A/cm2 and 5.28 × 105 A/cm2, respectively. These values are the highest among bulk Y123 samples ever reported in the literature.

  4. Corrosion behavior of Cu and the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy in simulated uterine fluid.

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    Chen, Bangyi; Liang, Chenghao; Fu, Daojun; Ren, Deming

    2005-09-01

    Chemical immersion tests, electrochemical methods and atomic absorption spectrometry were employed to investigate the corrosion behavior of Cu and the Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloy (SMA) in simulated uterine fluid. The effect of pH on corrosion rate and corrosion potential was also investigated. The results indicated that in the static state in simulated uterine fluid, dealuminumification of the Cu-Zn-Al alloy occurred with Cl- combining with aluminum ions to form hydroxyl aluminum chloride. The hydroxyl aluminum chloride hydrolyzed readily and facilitated further dealuminumification corrosion. The corrosion process of Cu and Cu-Zn-Al SMA in simulated uterine fluid was controlled by cathodic reduction of oxygen. Because the tendency for surface ionization is greater for aluminum than for zinc, a compact protective aluminum layer was formed, which inhibited the cathodic reduction of oxygen. Hence, the corrosion rate of Cu-Zn-Al SMA was smaller than that of Cu in simulated uterine fluid. With increasing pH, the corrosion rate of Cu and Cu-Zn-Al SMA in simulated uterine fluid decreased and the open-circuit potential moved in a positive direction. PMID:16102560

  5. Flux pinning properties of TFA-MOD (Y,Gd)Ba2Cu3Ox tapes with BaZrO3 nanoparticles

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    Awaji, Satoshi; Namba, Masafumi; Watanabe, Kazuo; Miura, Masashi; Yoshizumi, Masateru; Izumi, Teruo; Shiohara, Yuh

    2010-01-01

    A high critical current density Jc with a nearly isotropic angular dependence at 77.3 K was recently obtained by the introduction of nanoparticles to (Y,RE)Ba2Cu3Oy (RE123, RE = Sm, Gd)-coated conductors prepared by trifluoroacetate metal-organic deposition (TFA-MOD). The flux pinning properties were evaluated on the basis of detailed measurements of the upper critical field, the irreversibility field and the critical current density of the TFA-MOD RE123-coated conductor. We found that strong random pinning by the BaZrO3 nanoparticles and weak c-axis correlated pinning by twin boundaries functioned cooperatively in nanoparticles introduced to (Y, Gd)123-coated conductors prepared by TFA-MOD. The coexistence of two different pinning centers played an important role in the nearly isotropic angular dependence of Jc.

  6. Enhanced high temperature performance of MgAl2O4-supported Pt-BaO lean NOx trap catalysts

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    Kwak, Ja Hun; Kim, Do Heui; Szanyi, Janos; Cho, Sung June; Peden, Charles HF

    2012-03-05

    The structural and chemical characteristics of Pt/BaO lean-NO{sub x} trap (LNT) catalysts supported on {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} are compared in this study. The Pt-BaO/MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample shows relatively low NO{sub x} uptake at temperatures below 300 C, and the temperature of maximum NO{sub x} uptake (T{sub max}) is shifted to 350 C in comparison to that of Pt-BaO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (T{sub max} {approx}250 C). More importantly, the NO{sub x} uptake over the MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}-supported catalyst at 350 C is twice that of the alumina-based one. The shift toward the higher temperature NO{sub x} uptake is explained by the larger interfacial area between Pt and BaO, due to smaller Pt clusters as evidenced by TEM and Pt L3 EXAFS. In situ TR-XRD results demonstrate that the formation of a BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} phase in the BaO/MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} LNT catalyst occurs at a temperature about 100 C higher than on BaO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, which may also represent a beneficial attribute of the BaO/MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} LNT with respect to catalyst stability.

  7. /Al-4Cu Composite Material Produced by Squeeze Casting Method

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    Ficici, Ferit

    2014-05-01

    The wear behavior of a weight fraction of particles with up to 30 wt.% in situ AlB2 flakes reinforced in Al-4Cu matrix alloy composites and fabricated by a squeeze casting method was investigated in a pin-on-disk abrasion test instrument against different SiC abrasives at room conditions. Wear tests were performed under the load of 10 N against SiC abrasive papers of 80, 100, and 120 mesh grits. The effects of sliding speed, AlB2 flake content, and abrasive grit sizes on the abrasive wear properties of the matrix alloy and composites have been evaluated. The main wear mechanisms were identified using an optical microscope. The results showed that in situ AlB2 flake reinforcement improved the abrasion resistance against all the abrasives used, and the abrasive wear resistance decreased with an increase in the sliding speed and the abrasive grit size. The wear resistances of the composites were considerably bigger than those of the matrix alloy and increased with increases in in situ AlB2 flake contents.

  8. Phase compatibilities of YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) type structure in quintenary systems Y-Ba-Cu-O-X (impurity)

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    Karen, P.; Fjellvag, H.; Kjekshus, A.

    1990-01-01

    Electrical transport properties of the oxidic high T(sub c) superconductors are significantly affected by the presence of minor amounts of various elements adventing as impurities, e.g., from the chemical environment during manufacturing. YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) is prone to an extinction of the superconductivity on (partial) substitution of all four elemental components. E.g., Pr (for Y), La (for Ba), Zn (for Cu) or peroxygroup (for O) substituents will alter some of the superconductivity preconditions, like mixed valence state in Cu3O7/O(9-delta) network or structural distortion of the network. Although various pseudoternary chemical equilibrium phase diagrams of the Y(O)-Ba(O)-Cu(O) system now are available, no consensus is generally shown, however, this is partly due to lack of compatible definitions of the equilibrium conditions. Less information is available about the phase compatibilities in the appropriate quaternary phase diagram (including oxygen) and virtually no information exists about any pentenary phase diagrams (including one impurity). Unfortunately, complexity of such systems, stemming both from number of quaternary or pentenary compounds and from visualizing the five-component phase system, limits this presentation to more or less close surroundings of the YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) type phase in appropriate pseudoquaternary or pseudopseudoternary diagrams, involving Y-Ba-Cu and O, O-CO2, alkaline metals, Mg and alkaline earths, and Sc and most of the 3-d and 4-f elements. The systems were investigated by means of x ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and chemical analytical methods on samples prepared by sol-gel technique from citrates. The superconductivity was characterized by measuring the diamagnetic susceptibility by SQUID.

  9. The effect of Al-substitution on superconducting type-I clathrate Ba8Si46

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    Liu, Lihua; Bi, Shanli; Chen, Ning; Li, Feng; Liu, Yang; Cao, Guohui; Li, Yang

    2014-11-01

    A series of samples with the chemical formula Ba8Si46-xAlx (x = 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8) were prepared by arc melting, ball milling and washing with diluted HCl. The lattice parameter of Ba8Si46-xAlx increases linearly with the increase of nominal Al content x. The composition analysis by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) shown that the actual Al contents in clathrates are lager than the nominal compositions because the dilute Al-contained impurity phases were washed out. The experimental results show that the minimum incorporation of Al into clathrate structure is expected to be about 3 at ambient pressure, which is in agreement with a first-principle simulation. The Al substitution for Si results in the decrease of superconducting transition temperature TC, which can be explained on the BCS theoretical frame. The electron density of state at Fermi level N(EF) decreases with the increment of x except for an abnormal increase for the sample x = 6. Such sample has a higher spatial symmetry of the structure in which all the six Si atoms at 6c sites were substituted by Al atoms. Its higher N(EF) causes to a higher TC. In addition, we calculated the phonon-dispersion relations and vibrational density of states for Al-doped silicon clathrates. The high frequency acoustic branch has a red shift from 430 cm-1 to 420 cm-1 with the doping of Al. The decreased frequency of bond-stretching vibration modes is another reason for the suppression of TC induced by Al substitution.

  10. Al-Si-Cu/TiN multilayer interconnection and Al-Ge reflow sputtering technologies for quarter-micron devices

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    Kikkawa, Takamaro; Kikuta, Kuniko

    1993-05-01

    Issues of interconnection technologies for quarter-micron devices are the reliability of metal lines with quarter-micron feature sizes and the formation of contact-hole-plugs with high aspect ratios. This paper describes a TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer conductor structure as a quarter-micron interconnection technology and aluminum-germanium (Al-Ge) reflow sputtering as a contact-hole filling technology. The TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Al-Si-Cu/TiN/Ti multilayer conductor structure could suppress stress-induced voiding and improve the electromigration mean-time to failure. These improvements are attributed to the fact that the grain boundaries for the Al-Si-Cu film and the interfaces between the Al-Si-Cu and the TiN films are strengthened by the rigid intermetallic compound, TiAl3. The Al-Ge alloy reflow sputtering is a candidate for contact- and via-hole filling technologies in terms of reducing fabrication costs. The Al-Ge reflow sputtering achieved low temperature contact hole filling at 300 degree(s)C. Contact holes with a diameter of 0.25 micrometers and aspect ratio of 4 could be filled. This is attributed to the low eutectic temperature for Al-Ge (424 degree(s)C) and the effect of thin polysilicon underlayer on the enhancement of Al-Ge reflow.

  11. Ordered BaAl4- Type Variants in the BaAuxSn4-x System: A Unified View on Their Phase Stabilities versus Valence Electron Counts

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    Lin, Qisheng; Miller, Gordon J.; Corbett, John D.

    2014-05-28

    Three ordered structures of the tetragonal BaAl4 type were identified in the Ba–Au–Sn system, from which a unified view of the interplay between the valence electron counts (VECs) and phase stabilities of these three types of derivatives can be developed. The BaNiSn3 (I4mm), ThCr2Si2 (I4/mmm), and CaBe2Ge2 (P4/nmm) type BaAuxSn4–x phases occurred respectively at x = 0.78(1)–1, 1.38(1)–1.47(1), and 1.52(1)–2.17(1), consistent with theoretical atomic “coloring” analyses that reveal an optimal VEC of 14 for the ThCr2Si2 type but larger and smaller values respectively for the BaNiSn3- and CaBe2Ge2-type structures.

  12. Viscosities of aluminum-rich Al-Cu liquid alloys

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    Ganesan, S.; Speiser, R.; Poirier, D. R.

    1987-06-01

    Viscosity data for Al-Cu liquid alloys in the ranges of 0≤ C L≤33.1 wt pct Cu and 1173≤ T ≤973 K are reviewed. It was found that Andrade's equation can be used to represent the variation of viscosity with temperature for a given composition, but that each of the two parameters in Andrade's equation shows no systematic variation with composition of the liquid-alloys. Consequently, arithmetic averages of the parameters were used and assumed to apply to all compositions in the range 0≤ C L ≤33.1 wt pct Cu. Such a procedure implies that the viscosity happens to vary with composition solely because the specific volume varies with composition. In order to establish the predictability of extrapolating such simple behavior, a more complex model was considered. The latter model was recently presented by Kucharski and relates viscosity to the structure and thermodynamics of liquid alloys. Viscosities obtained by interpolating Andrade's equation and Kucharski's model compare closely; furthermore, values obtained by extrapolations to lower temperatures also compare favorably. Finally the simpler model was used to calculate the viscosity of the interdendritic liquid during solidification.

  13. Clarification and mitigation of marked J c decrease at low magnetic fields of BaHfO3-doped SmBaCuO3 thin films deposited on seed layer

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    Watanabe, Yutaro; Ichino, Yusuke; Yoshida, Yutaka; Ichinose, Ataru

    2016-07-01

    In accordance with the results of our previous research, a low-temperature growth (LTG) technique is effective for expanding the lower growth temperature region of c-axis-orientated SmBa2Cu3O y (SmBCO) thin films. However, BaHfO3 (BHO)-doped LTG films show a marked decrease in J c at low magnetic fields compared with conventional PLD films. In this study, we aimed to clarify the mechanism of J c decrease and investigated the thickness dependence of the seed layer on the (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 (LSAT) (100) single crystal. The obtained results indicate that J c decreased at low magnetic fields as the thickness of the seed layer increased. It is suggested that flux line kinks produced by flux motion in the seed layer would lead to the depinning of flux lines from BHO nanorods in the upper layer. Thus, we added Y2O3 into the seed layer to trap flux lines in the seed layer. Consequently, we improved J c in the low magnetic field region even in the films prepared by using the LTG technique.

  14. Thermal, solution and reductive decomposition of Cu-Al layered double hydroxides into oxide products

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    Britto, Sylvia; Vishnu Kamath, P.

    2009-05-15

    Cu-Al layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with [Cu]/[Al] ratio 2 adopt a structure with monoclinic symmetry while that with the ratio 0.25 adopt a structure with orthorhombic symmetry. The poor thermodynamic stability of the Cu-Al LDHs is due in part to the low enthalpies of formation of Cu(OH){sub 2} and CuCO{sub 3} and in part to the higher solubility of the LDH. Consequently, the Cu-Al LDH can be decomposed thermally (150 deg. C), hydrothermally (150 deg. C) and reductively (ascorbic acid, ambient temperature) to yield a variety of oxide products. Thermal decomposition at low (400 deg. C) temperature yields an X-ray amorphous residue, which reconstructs back to the LDH on soaking in water or standing in the ambient. Solution decomposition under hydrothermal conditions yields tenorite at 150 deg. C itself. Reductive decomposition yields a composite of Cu{sub 2}O and Al(OH){sub 3}, which on alkali-leaching of the latter, leads to the formation of fine particles of Cu{sub 2}O (<1 {mu}m). - Graphical abstract: SEM image of (a) the Cu{sub 2}O-Al(OH){sub 3} composite obtained on reductive decomposition of CuAl{sub 4}-LDH and (b) Cu{sub 2}O obtained on leaching of Al(OH){sub 3} from (a).

  15. Compatibilities of YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) type phase in quintenary systems Y-Ba-Cu-O-X (impurity)

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    Karen, P.; Braaten, O.; Fjellvag, H.; Kjekshus, A.

    1991-01-01

    Isothermal phase diagrams at various oxygen pressures were studied by powder diffraction and chemical analytical methods. The components, Y, Ba, Cu, and O (specifically O2, O2-, and O2 sup 2-) are treated, together with C (specifically CO2 and CO2 sup 2-), alkaline metals, Mg, alkaline earths, Sc, 3-d and 4-f elements. Effects of the substitutions at the structural sites of YBa2Cu3O(9-delta) on T sub c are discussed with respect to changes in crystallochemical characteristics of the substituted phase and to the nature of the substituents.

  16. Enhanced 77 K vortex-pinning in Y Ba2Cu3O7-x films with Ba2Y TaO6 and mixed Ba2Y TaO6 + Ba2Y NbO6 nano-columnar inclusions with irreversibility field to 11 T

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    Rizzo, F.; Augieri, A.; Angrisani Armenio, A.; Galluzzi, V.; Mancini, A.; Pinto, V.; Rufoloni, A.; Vannozzi, A.; Bianchetti, M.; Kursumovic, A.; MacManus-Driscoll, J. L.; Meledin, A.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Celentano, G.

    2016-06-01

    Pulsed laser deposited thin Y Ba2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films with pinning additions of 5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 (BYTO) were compared to films with 2.5 at. % Ba2Y TaO6 + 2.5 at. % Ba2Y NbO6 (BYNTO) additions. Excellent magnetic flux-pinning at 77 K was obtained with remarkably high irreversibility fields greater than 10 T (YBCO-BYTO) and 11 T (YBCO-BYNTO), representing the highest ever achieved values in YBCO films.

  17. Single-crystal structure refinement of four compounds in the Y{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Pr{sub {ital x}}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3{minus}{ital y}}Al{sub {ital y}}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} system

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    Meden, A.; Holzinger-Schweiger, E.; Leising, G.; Pejovnik, S.; Golic, L.

    1996-12-01

    X-ray single crystal diffraction data were used for structural refinement of the title compounds with different {ital x} (0.15, 0.27, 0.49 and 0.89). Crystals were grown in alumina crucibles using self-flux method. Aluminum, which originates from the crucibles, substitutes only Cu(1), and thus induces tetragonal symmetry which was observed in all four crystals. The main structural effect of praseodymium is an increased separation of superconducting layers. Substituent concentrations ({ital x} and {ital y} in the formula) have been refined and compared with the values obtained by EDX (energy dispersive x-ray analysis) in an electron microscope. It was indicated that the refined values of Y:Pr ratio and the oxygen content are more reliable than those obtained by EDX while the refinement is less sensitive for Cu(1):Al ratio and this value is more uncertain. This is in accordance with the result of wet chemical analysis. {copyright} {ital 1996 Materials Research Society.}

  18. Fabrication of CdS/CdTe solar cells with transparent p-type conductive BaCuSeF back contact

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    Yamamoto, Koichi; Sakakima, Hiroshi; Ogawa, Yohei; Hosono, Aikyo; Okamoto, Tamotsu; Wada, Takahiro

    2015-08-01

    BaCuSeF films were applied to CdS/CdTe solar cells as back electrodes. The interfaces between the CdTe and BaCuSeF layers in the CdS/CdTe solar cells with BaCuSeF back contact deposited at substrate temperatures (TS) of 200 and 300 °C were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). We clearly observed many dislocations in the CdTe layer in the CdS/CdTe solar cell with the BaCuSeF layer deposited at TS = 300 °C. We also observed a reaction layer of Cu2.72Te2 between the BaCuSeF and CdTe layers in both solar cells. We concluded that (1) the substrate temperature for the pulsed laser deposition of the BaCuSeF layer and (2) the interface between the CdTe and BaCuSeF layers are important factors for the performance of the CdTe solar cells. We obtained high conversion efficiency of 8.31% for a solar cell with a BaCuSeF layer deposited at TS = 200 °C on a CdTe surface etched in a NH3 aqueous solution. The highest conversion efficiency of 9.91% was obtained for a solar cell with a CdTe surface etched in a bromide-bromate solution.

  19. Cu-Al-Ni-SMA-Based High-Damping Composites

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    López, Gabriel A.; Barrado, Mariano; San Juan, Jose; Nó, María Luisa

    2009-08-01

    Recently, absorption of vibration energy by mechanical damping has attracted much attention in several fields such as vibration reduction in aircraft and automotive industries, nanoscale vibration isolations in high-precision electronics, building protection in civil engineering, etc. Typically, the most used high-damping materials are based on polymers due to their viscoelastic behavior. However, polymeric materials usually show a low elastic modulus and are not stable at relatively low temperatures (≈323 K). Therefore, alternative materials for damping applications are needed. In particular, shape memory alloys (SMAs), which intrinsically present high-damping capacity thanks to the dissipative hysteretic movement of interfaces under external stresses, are very good candidates for high-damping applications. A completely new approach was applied to produce high-damping composites with relatively high stiffness. Cu-Al-Ni shape memory alloy powders were embedded with metallic matrices of pure In, a In-10wt.%Sn alloy and In-Sn eutectic alloy. The production methodology is described. The composite microstructures and damping properties were characterized. A good particle distribution of the Cu-Al-Ni particles in the matrices was observed. The composites exhibit very high damping capacities in relatively wide temperature ranges. The methodology introduced provides versatility to control the temperature of maximum damping by adjusting the shape memory alloy composition.

  20. Microwave properties of a Y 0.7Ca 0.3Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ microstrip ring resonator with various hole concentrations

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    Lai, L. S.; Juang, J. Y.; Wu, K. H.; Uen, T. M.; Lin, J. Y.; Gou, Y. S.

    2004-10-01

    Superconducting ring resonator with a Y 0.7Ca 0.3Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ ground plane was fabricated by using Y 0.7Ca 0.3Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ thin film deposited on both sides of a LaAlO 3 (LAO) substrate. The resonator exhibits a high quality factor Q > 10 4 at T < 30 K, and from empirical relation, Tc/ Tc,max = 1 - 82.6( p - 0.16) 2, we obtained the hole concentration p. By controlling the oxygen contents of the ring resonator, the hole concentration p was controlled from 0.218 to 0.088, determined by the empirical relation, in the same film. The temperature dependence of the resonance frequency, f( T), was then systematically studied. By using Chang’s inductive formula and taking a functional form ( λ(5 K)/ λ( T)) 2 = 1 - ( T/ Tc) 2 at T < 0.6 Tc, the London penetration depths λ(5 K) for various oxygen contents at 5 K were obtained, respectively. Finally, it allows us to test the Uemura relation 1/ λ2(5 K) ∝ Tc from the over- to the underdoped regime in the same sample.

  1. Study of the Electrodynamic Response of SmBa2Cu3O7-δ Thin Films in the Microwave Region

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    Lamura, G.; di Gennaro, E.; Andreone, A.; Boffa, M.; Cucolo, A. M.

    We present some experimental results on the temperature dependence of the surface resistance Rs and magnetic penetration depth λ of thin films of SmBa2Cu3O7-δ. The samples, 0.25 μm thick, were grown by a dc sputtering technique on (100) K LaAlO3 single crystal substrates, with critical temperatures ranging between 87 and 88 K Accurate measurements af the surface impedance Zs were performed down to 4 K by means of a dielectrically loaded cavity operating in the microwave region (20 GHz). Both λ and Rs show a monotonic temperature behavior, with no evidence of low temperature up-turn characteristic of other rare earth based cuprates like GdBa2Cu3O7-δ. At low temperatures, we observed am almost linear behavior of λ with a slope of ~ 0.3 nm/K up to 25 K, as expected in a d-wave pairing scenario. The real part of complex conductivity σ1, shows a bump at around 40 K, in agreement with previous reports.

  2. Preparation of Ba0.09Sr0.91TiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-x bilayers and investigation of their dielectric properties

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    Jia, Jiqiang; Zhao, Gaoyang; Shi, Xiaoxue; Lei, Li

    2016-08-01

    YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films of 110 nm thickness were prepared on LaAlO3 (LAO) substrates via the sol-gel method. Subsequently, about 400 nm thick Ba0.09Sr0.91TiO3 (BST) films were epitaxially grown on the YBCO and LNO films surface; the BST films exhibited a strong c-axis orientation. The dielectric adjustability and relative dielectric constant was investigated in the range of 300-83 K. Results indicate that the tunability of the Ba0.09Sr0.91TiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-x (BST/YBCO) displayed an increase relative to c-axis-oriented BST on LaNiO3 (LNO). The tunability was further enhanced as the operating temperature decreased, yet the loss tangent (tanδ) decreased. The tunability and the tanδ at 100 kHz and 83 K were 58% and 0.029, respectively.

  3. Al-Cu-Li and Al-Mg-Li alloys: Phase composition, texture, and anisotropy of mechanical properties (Review)

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    Betsofen, S. Ya.; Antipov, V. V.; Knyazev, M. I.

    2016-04-01

    The results of studying the phase transformations, the texture formation, and the anisotropy of the mechanical properties in Al-Cu-Li and Al-Mg-Li alloys are generalized. A technique and equations are developed to calculate the amounts of the S1 (Al2MgLi), T1 (Al2CuLi), and δ' (Al3Li) phases. The fraction of the δ' phase in Al-Cu-Li alloys is shown to be significantly higher than in Al-Mg-Li alloys. Therefore, the role of the T1 phase in the hardening of Al-Cu-Li alloys is thought to be overestimated, especially in alloys with more than 1.5% Li. A new model is proposed to describe the hardening of Al-Cu-Li alloys upon aging, and the results obtained with this model agree well with the experimental data. A texture, which is analogous to that in aluminum alloys, is shown to form in sheets semiproducts made of Al-Cu-Li and Al-Mg-Li alloys. The more pronounced anisotropy of the properties of lithium-containing aluminum alloys is caused by a significant fraction of the ordered coherent δ' phase, the deformation mechanism in which differs radically from that in the solid solution.

  4. Study synthesis of (Lai1-xGdx)Ba2Cu3O7-δ superconductors at low temperature

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    Sumadiyasa, M.; Putra Adnyana, I. G. A.; Widagda, I. G. A.; Suharta, W. G.

    2016-06-01

    This study has been conducted on synthesis of (La1-xGdx)Ba2Cu3O7-δ superconductors with the substitution of Gadolinium (Gd) (x = 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1) and sintering temperature (700-960oC) variation using a wet-mixing method. Characterization is done by XRD, RAMAN and SEM. XRD characterization results of all samples have shown sharp peaks which indicate that the sample had crystallized well. Search match results showed an impurity phase such as BaCO3, CuO and BaCuO2. Rietveld analyses for all samples gave decreasing lattice parameters (a-axis from 3.9069 to 3.8936 Å, b-axis from 3.9231 to 3.9055 Å and c-axis from 11.8489 to 11.6597 Å) with the addition of Gd contents (from 0.25 to 1.00). Such addition also caused a decrease of lattice parameters (a-axis from 4,901 to 3.8975 Å, b-axis from 3.9658 to 3.8986 Å and c-axis from 11.7254 to 11.6758 Å) with the addition of sintering temperature (from 700 to 960oC). Characterization of FTIR seen the bending vibration absorption by CO3 2-, absorbs mode apical oxygen of La (Gd) -O-Cu(2) and Cu(1)-O(1)-Cu(2). The addition of sintering temperatures also increases the intensity of the superconducting phase, reduce the intensity of an impurity phase (based on search results match) and increase the particle size (based on SEM characterization and Scherrer calculation).

  5. Neutron diffraction study of the magnetic ordering of the Cu sup ++ spins in Nd sub 1. 5 Ba sub 1. 5 Cu sub 3 O sub 6+x

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    Moudden, A.H.; Hennion, B. - Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette ); Schweiss, P. - Centre d'Etudes Nucleaires de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette Kernforschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH . Inst. fuer Nukleare Festkoerperphysik); Gehring, P.M.; Shirane, G. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (

    1991-01-01

    Elastic neutron scattering experiments performed on single crystals of Nd{sub 1.5}Ba{sub 1.5}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+y} reveal successive antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering of the Cu{sup ++} spins. The as grown single crystals show an AF structure characterized by a Neel temperature T{sub N1} {approximately} 390K and a magnetic wave vector (1/2 1/2 0) referring to the tetragonal structure of NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6}. As the temperature is lowered below T{sub N2} {approximately} 150K, a spin reorientation develops and a second AF ordering with (1/2 1/2 1/2) wave vector is stabilized. When the samples are oxygenated the tetragonal symmetry and the Neel temperature T{sub N1} remain unchanged, whereas the spin reorientation at T{sub N2} is suppressed. The results indicate that the Nd/Ba substitution increases the stability of the tetragonal structure upon the oxygen content. This may induce new possibilities of local oxygen ordering that favour the presence of holes in the deficient layer.

  6. All a-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-y) - PrBa2Cu3O(7-z) - YBa2Cu3O(7-y) Josephson devices operating at 80 K

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    Barner, J. B.; Rogers, C. T.; Inam, A.; Ramesh, R.; Bersey, S.

    1991-01-01

    The controllable, reproducible fabrication of nonhysteretic Josephson devices with excess-current weak-link characteristics at temperatures up to 80 K have been demonstrated. The devices are patterned from in situ deposited a-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-y) - PrBa2Cu3O(7-y) - YBa2Cu3O(7-y) trilayers grown on SrTiO3(001) substrates. Control of the critical current density and resistance is achieved by varying the thickness of the PrBa2Cu3O(7-z) barrier layer. Critical current densities in excess of 10,000 A/sq cm have been reproducibly measured; good uniformity across the wafer is obtained with device parameters scaling with device area. Strong constant-voltage current steps are observed under 11.2 GHz microwave radiation at temperatures up to and above 80 K.

  7. Synthesis of a new layered cuprate, Gd 2CaBa 2Ti 2Cu 2O 12

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    Fukuoka, A.; Adachi, S.; Sugano, T.; Wu, X.-J.; Yamauchi, H.

    1994-10-01

    A new layered cuprate, Gd 2CaBa 2Ti 2Cu 2O 12, which has a perovskite-related structure, has been discovered. The crystal structure is investigated by powder X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and Rietveld analysis. It has a tetragonal symmetry with lattice parameters a=3.894 Å and c=35.49 Å. In the crystal there are sheets consisting of CuO 5 pyramids, which is one of the common features of p-type high- Tc superconducting cuprates.

  8. Microstructure and properties of YBa2Cu3O7 - delta thin films with BaO precipitates

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

    1994-07-01

    BaO precipitates with sizes between 10-100 nm in laser ablated YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) thin films on Y-stabilized Zirconia substrates have been identified by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The precipitates exhibit equiaxed shapes and grow epitaxially inside and on the surface of the YBCO films, with (001)BaO plane parallel to the a,b plane of YBCO. Some of these smaller precipitates and BaO/YBCO boundaries probably provide potential pinning sites for magnetic flux lines, which might contribute to the observed increase of critical current density with magnetic field B under B≤500 G in the case of B perpendicular to the c axis of the film.

  9. BCS-like gap structure of HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} tunnel junctions

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    Chen, J. |; Zasadzinski, J.F.; Gray, K.E.; Wagner, J.L.; Hinks, D.G.; Kouznetsov, K.; Coffey, L.

    1994-12-01

    The authors report point-contact tunneling into polycrystalline HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} superconductors with a T{sub c} onset of 97 K using a superconducting Nb counterelectrode. These SIS tunnel junctions are of unusually high quality for cuprate superconductors, exhibiting low and flat sub-gap conductances and sharp conductance peaks as expected from a BCS density of states. These features are obtained reproducibly and are consistent with earlier published SIN results using an Au counterelectrode. Use of experimental data to simulate the performance of a quasiparticle mixer indicates that HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} may be suitable for use in low noise heterodyne receivers operating at a few THz.

  10. As-grown Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films by reactive coevaporation with oxygen plasma cooling

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    Matsumoto, M.; Akoh, H.; Takada, S.

    1989-10-01

    We have developed a new fabrication process of as-grown Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films using a reactive coevaporation method specially with the rf-plasma cooling in the low oxygen pressure of 0.4 mTorr. By this O2 plasma cooling process, the transition temperature Tc is improved from 40 to 81 K for the film with a thickness of 1000 Å. The x-ray diffraction analysis shows that the activated oxygen species generated by the rf plasma make Y-Ba-Cu-O films oxidize sufficiently even in the low pressure of oxygen. In addition, we have studied the thickness dependence of Tc for as-grown films with various thicknesses of 60-2000 Å.

  11. As-grown Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films by reactive coevaporation with oxygen plasma cooling

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    Matsumoto, M.; Akoh, H.; Takada, S. )

    1989-10-15

    We have developed a new fabrication process of as-grown Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films using a reactive coevaporation method specially with the rf-plasma cooling in the low oxygen pressure of 0.4 mTorr. By this O{sub 2} plasma cooling process, the transition temperature {ital T}{sub {ital c}} is improved from 40 to 81 K for the film with a thickness of 1000 A. The x-ray diffraction analysis shows that the activated oxygen species generated by the rf plasma make Y-Ba-Cu-O films oxidize sufficiently even in the low pressure of oxygen. In addition, we have studied the thickness dependence of {ital T}{sub {ital c}} for as-grown films with various thicknesses of 60--2000 A.

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

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

    1988-03-01

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

  13. Upper critical field of high temperature Y(1.2)Ba(0.8)CuO(4-delta) superconductor

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    Hor, P. H.; Meng, R. L.; Huang, J. Z.; Chu, C. W.; Huang, C. Y.

    1987-01-01

    A 20-T high-field magnet is used to measure electrical resistance as a function of temperature in the Y(1.2)Ba(0.8)CuO(4-delta) superconductor. The temperature dependence of the critical field, Hc2(T), is obtained from the superconduction transition. A Hc2(O) value of 166T is determined which is the highest critical field yet reported. Results show Y(1.2)Ba(0.8)CuO(4-delta) to be a 90K Type-II superconductor, with a lower critical field Hc1(O) of about 0.2T and a penetration depth of about 290 A.

  14. Magnetic fluctuations on TR3Ba5Cu8Oδ (TR=Ho, Y and Yb) superconducting system

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    Supelano, G. I.; Sarmiento Santos, A.; Parra Vargas, C. A.

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we report the production of TR3Ba5Cu8Oδ (TR=Ho, Y and Yb) superconducting system using a usual solid state reaction method. The irreversibility line and the analysis of magnetization fluctuations for TR3Ba5Cu8Oδ (TR=Ho, Y and Yb) system were investigated. The curves of magnetization ZFC-FC were measured in magnetic fields of the 100-4000 Oe to obtain the values for T* and TC temperatures. The penetration depth and the coherence length parameters as a function of the applied magnetic field were obtained. The data of the magnetization excess ΔM(T, H) was analyzed from the curves of magnetization as a function of logarithm of applied field for different values of temperature in the corresponding range. The Bulavskii, Ledvij and Kogan theory was employed for this purpose which considers fluctuations effects in the free energy and into the equilibrium magnetization.

  15. Morphological Evolution of Ba(NO3)2 Supported on -Al2O3(0001): An In-Situ TEM Study

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    Wang, Chong M; Kwak, Ja Hun; Kim, Do Heui; Szanyi, Janos; Sharma, R; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Peden, Charles HF

    2006-06-22

    One of the key questions for the BaO-based NOx catalyst system is the morphological evolution of Ba(NO3)2 to BaO upon heating for releasing of NOx or vice versa from BaO to Ba(NO3)2 upon uptaking of NOx. However, associated with the small crystallite size of high-surface area Al2O3, it can be difficult to extract structural and morphological features of Ba(NO3)2 supported on -Al2O3 by any direct imaging method including transmission electron microscopy. In this work, by choosing a model system of Ba(NO3)2 particles supported on single crystal -Al2O3, we have investigated the structural and morphological features of Ba(NO3)2 as well as the formation of BaO from Ba(NO3)2 during the release of NOx using ex-situ and in-situ TEM imaging, electron diffraction, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and Wulff shape construction. We find that Ba(NO3)2 supported on -Al2O3 possesses a platelet morphology, with the interface and facets being invariably the 8 {111} planes. Formation of the platelet structure leads to an enlarged interface area between Ba(NO3)2 and -Al2O3, indicating that the interfacial energy is lower than the Ba(NO3)2 surface free energy. In fact, Wulff shape constructions indicate that the interfacial energy is ~1/4 of the {111} surface free energy of Ba(NO3)2. The orientation relationship between Ba(NO3)2 and the -Al2O3 is: -Al2O3[0001]//Ba(NO3)2[111] and -Al2O3(1-2 10)//Ba(NO3)2(110).

  16. Y1Ba2Cu3O(6+delta) growth on thin Y-enhanced SiO2 buffer layers on silicon

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    Robin, T.; Mesarwi, A.; Wu, N. J.; Fan, W. C.; Espoir, L.; Ignatiev, A.; Sega, R.

    1991-01-01

    SiO2 buffer layers as thin as 2 nm have been developed for use in the growth of Y1Ba2Cu3O(6+delta) thin films on silicon substrates. The SiO2 layers are formed through Y enhancement of silicon oxidation, and are highly stoichiometric. Y1Ba2Cu3O(6+delta) film growth on silicon with thin buffer layers has shown c orientation and Tc0 = 78 K.

  17. Effects of water absorption of dielectric underlayers on Al-Si-Cu film properties and electromigration performance in Al-Si-Cu/Ti/TiN/Ti interconnects

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    Yoshida, Tomoyuki; Hashimoto, Shoji; Ohwaki, Takeshi; Mitsushima, Yasuichi; Taga, Yasunori

    1998-01-01

    The effects of underlying dielectric (phosphosilicate glass and borophosphosilicate glass) films to a humid air ambient on Al-Si-Cu film properties and electromigration (EM) performance in Al-Si-Cu/Ti/TiN/Ti layered films have been investigated as a function of the boron content and exposure time of the dielectric films. The Al(111) orientation in the layered films was found to improve drastically with increasing boron content and exposure time. The full width at half maximum value of an Al(111) x-ray rocking curve reached less than 1°. It was also found that the Al-Si-Cu surface becomes smoother and grain sizes increase as the Al(111) orientation improves. The improved Al(111) orientation was attributed to the improved Ti(002) orientation of the bottom Ti films. Further, it was demonstrate that interconnects fabricated from the improved layered film have excellent EM performance.

  18. Calcium-substituted Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors with enhanced Tc synthesized at elevated oxygen pressures

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    Morris, D. E.; Narwankar, P.; Sinha, A. P. B.; Takano, K.; Fayn, B.; Shum, V. T.

    1990-03-01

    Calcium substitution in the Y-Ba-Cu-O system at elevated P(O2) results in superconducting compounds with novel and enhanced properties: tetragonal CaxY(1-x)Ba2Cu3Oy with Tc=86 K for x=0.2 prepared at P(O2)=16 bars, and CaxY(1-x)Ba2Cu4Oy (1:2:4) with Tc=89 K for x=0.1 prepared at 50-200 bars. Calcium substitution shifts the phase-stability boundary between 1:2:3, 2:4:7, and 1:2:4 phases to higher P(O2), and stabilizes a tetragonal 1:2:3 structure at moderately elevated P(O2) without substantial decrease in Tc. The Tc of 1:2:4 increases with Ca substitution up to x=0.1, and then decreases gradually for larger x, possibly because of excessive hole concentration.

  19. Enhanced critical currents in (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconducting tapes with high levels of Zr addition

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    Selvamanickam, V.; Chen, Y.; Shi, T.; Liu, Y.; Khatri, N. D.; Liu, J.; Yao, Y.; Xiong, X.; Lei, C.; Soloveichik, S.; Galstyan, E.; Majkic, G.

    2013-03-01

    The critical current and structural properties of (Gd,Y)BaCuO tapes made by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) with Zr addition levels up to 30 at.% have been investigated. The reduction in critical current beyond the previously optimized Zr addition level of 7.5 at.% was found to be due to structural deterioration of the (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox film. By a modified MOCVD process, enhanced critical current densities have been achieved with high levels of Zr addition, including 3.83 MA cm-2 in 15 at.% Zr-added 1.1 μm thick film at 77 K in zero magnetic field. Critical currents as high as 1072 A/12 mm have been reached in (Gd,Y)BaCuO tapes with 15 at.% Zr addition at 30 K in a field of 3 T applied perpendicular to the tape, corresponding to a pinning force value of 268 GN m-3. The enhanced critical currents achievable with a high density of nanoscale defects by employing high levels of second-phase additions enable the performance targets needed for the use of HTS tapes in coil applications involving high magnetic fields at temperatures below 50 K to be met.

  20. Enhanced critical currents in (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox superconducting tapes with high levels of Zr addition

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    Selvamanickam, V; Chen, Y; Shi, T; Liu, Y; Khatri, ND; Liu, J; Yao, Y; Xiong, X; Lei, C; Soloveichik, S; Galstyan, E; Majkic, G

    2013-01-21

    The critical current and structural properties of (Gd,Y)BaCuO tapes made by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) with Zr addition levels up to 30 at.% have been investigated. The reduction in critical current beyond the previously optimized Zr addition level of 7.5 at.% was found to be due to structural deterioration of the (Gd,Y)Ba2Cu3Ox film. By a modified MOCVD process,enhanced critical current densities have been achieved with high levels of Zr addition,including 3.83 MA cm(-2) in 15 at.% Zr- added 1.1 mu m thick film at 77 K in zero magnetic field. Critical currents as high as 1072 A/ 12 mm have been reached in (Gd,Y) BaCuO tapes with 15 at.% Zr addition at 30 K in a field of 3 T applied perpendicular to the tape,corresponding to a pinning force value of 268 GN m(-3). The enhanced critical currents achievable with a high density of nanoscale defects by employing high levels of second- phase additions enable the performance targets needed for the use of HTS tapes in coil applications involving high magnetic fields at temperatures below 50 K to be met.

  1. Characteristics of Cu stabilized Nb3Al strands with low Cu ratio

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    Kikuchi, A.; Yamada, R.; Barzi, E.; Kobayashi, M.; Lamm, M.; Nakagawa, K.; Sasaki, K.; Takeuchi, T.; Turrioni, D.; Zlobin, A.V.; /NIMC, Tsukuba /Fermilab /Hitachi, Tsuchiura Works /KEK, Tsukuba

    2008-12-01

    Characteristics of recently developed F4-Nb{sub 3}Al strand with low Cu ratio are described. The overall J{sub c} of the Nb{sub 3}Al strand could be easily increased by decreasing of the Cu ratio. Although the quench of a pulse-like voltage generation is usually observed in superconducting unstable conductor, the F4 strand with a low Cu ratio of 0.61 exhibited an ordinary critical transition of gradual voltage generation. The F4 strand does not have magnetic instabilities at 4.2 K because of the tantalum interfilament matrix. The overall J{sub c} of the F4 strand achieved was 80-85% of the RRP strand. In the large mechanical stress above 100 MPa, the overall J{sub c} of the F4 strand might be comparable to that of high J{sub c} RRP-Nb{sub 3}Sn strands. The Rutherford cable with a high packing factor of 86.5% has been fabricated using F4 strands. The small racetrack magnet, SR07, was also fabricated by a 14 m F4 cable. The quench current, I{sub q}, of SR07 were obtained 22.4 kA at 4.5 K and 25.2 kA at 2.2 K. The tantalum matrix Nb{sub 3}Al strands are promising for the application of super-cooled high-field magnets as well as 4.2 K operation magnets.

  2. Coherent Voltage Oscillations in Superconducting Polycrystalline Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x

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    Altinkok, A.; Yetiş, H.; Olutaş, M.; Kiliç, K.; Kiliç, A.; Çetin, O.

    2006-06-01

    We have investigated the voltage response of superconducting polycrystalline bulk Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) material to a bidirectional square wave current with long periods and dc current by means of the evolution of the voltage-time (V-t) curves near the critical temperature. In a well-defined range of amplitudes and periods of driving current, and temperatures, it was observed that a non-linear response to bidirectional square wave current rides on a time independent background voltage value and manifests itself as regular sinusoidal-like voltage oscillations. It was found that the non-linear response disappears when the bidirectional current was switched to dc current. The spectral content of the voltage oscillations analyzed by the Fast Fourier Transform of the corresponding V-t curves revealed that the fundamental harmonics is comparable to the frequency of bidirectional square wave current. The coherent voltage oscillations were discussed mainly in terms of the dynamic competition between pinning and depinning together with the disorder in the coupling strength between the superconducting grains (i.e Josephson coupling effects). The density fluctuations and semi-elastic coupling of the flux lines with the pinning centers were also considered as possible physical mechanisms in the interpretation of the experimental results.

  3. Influence of Al/CuO reactive multilayer films additives on exploding foil initiator

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    Zhou, Xiang; Shen, Ruiqi; Ye, Yinghua; Zhu, Peng; Hu, Yan; Wu, Lizhi

    2011-11-01

    An investigation on the influence of Al/CuO reactive multilayer films (RMFs) additives on exploding foil initiator was performed in this paper. Cu film and Cu/Al/CuO RMFs were produced by using standard microsystem technology and RF magnetron sputtering technology, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy characterization revealed the distinct layer structure of the as-deposited Al/CuO RMFs. Differential scanning calorimetry was employed to ascertain the amount of heat released in the thermite reaction between Al films and CuO films, which was found to be 2024 J/g. Electrical explosion tests showed that 600 V was the most matching voltage for our set of apparatus. The explosion process of two types of films was observed by high speed camera and revealed that compared with Cu film, an extra distinct combustion phenomenon was detected with large numbers of product particles fiercely ejected to a distance of about six millimeters for Cu/Al/CuO RMFs. By using the atomic emission spectroscopy double line technique, the reaction temperature was determined to be about 6000-7000 K and 8000-9000 K for Cu film and Cu/Al/CuO RMFs, respectively. The piezoelectricity of polyvinylidene fluoride film was employed to measure the average velocity of the slapper accelerated by the explosion of the films. The average velocities of the slappers were calculated to be 381 m/s and 326 m/s for Cu film and Cu/Al/CuO RMFs, respectively, and some probable reasons were discussed with a few suggestions put forward for further work.

  4. Photoelectric phenomena in the Cu (Al, In)/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} Schottky barriers

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    Bodnar', I. V. Rud, V. Yu. Rud', Yu. V.

    2007-01-15

    Structures are formed on the p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} crystals and photoelectric phenomena in the Cu/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5}, Al/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5}, and In/p-CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} Schottky barriers are studied. The spectra of quantum efficiency for photoconversion in new structures were obtained for the first time. The characteristics of the interband transitions are discussed, and the CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} band gap is determined. It is concluded that CuIn{sub 3}Se{sub 5} crystals can be used in the fabrication of high-efficiency broadband photoconverters of optical radiation.

  5. First-principles study of Al-Cu energetics and consequences on athermal formation of Cu-rich compounds

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    Besson, R.; Kwon, J.; Thuinet, L.; Avettand-Fènoël, M.-N.; Legris, A.

    2014-12-01

    In spite of its practical interest, the Al-Cu system remains largely unexplored, especially on its Cu-rich side. In order to improve the knowledge of this system, we perform a thorough ab initio study of fcc-based Al-Cu energetics, using the recently proposed M2BCE reciprocal-space cluster expansion approach. We demonstrate the existence of two clearly distinct composition domains, revealing complex ground-state properties. Below 50% Cu, the GP 2 -A l3Cu compound appears as highly favored, in agreement with the well-documented transformation sequence in Al-based alloys. Conversely, the domain between 50% and 80% Cu displays a much shallower landscape, characterized by the existence of a wealth of compounds undergoing fcc →bcc structural instabilities. While such "Bain paths" have been identified for a long time in iron-based alloys, our work gives evidence for their existence in the Al-Cu system. As a striking application, these instabilities provide plausible athermal mechanisms for the formation of Cu-rich phases, in particular for the unexpected emergence of γ1-A l4C u9 , a Hume-Rothery compound observed in various nonequilibrium conditions.

  6. A simple method for the normal pressure synthesis of Cu 1- xTl xBa 2Ca 3Cu 4O 12- δ superconductor

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    Khan, Nawazish A.; Khurram, A. A.; Javed, Asim

    2005-05-01

    A very simple method for the direct synthesis of Cu 1- xTl xBa 2Ca 3Cu 4O 12- δ (Cu 1- xTl x-1234) superconductor is reported. A predominant single phase Cu 1- xTl x-1234 is achieved by the solid state reaction of Ba(NO 3) 2, CaCO 3 and Cu(CN) at first stage and with appropriate amount of Tl 2O 3 at the second stage. These materials were fired twice for 24 h at 880 °C followed by intermediate grinding. Thoroughly ground and fired material was mixed with Tl 2O 3 in appropriate amount and pellets were made by applying a pressure of 5 tons. Pellets were wrapped in an aluminum foil and sintered at 880 °C for 3-30 min. A predominantly single phase of Cu 1- xTl xBa 2Ca 3Cu 4O 12- δ was achieved with an inclusion of unknown impurity. The resistivity measurements established the onset temperature of superconductivity [ Tc (onset)] at 120 K and zero resistivity critical temperature [ Tc( R = 0)] at 106 K. Bulk superconductivity was also confirmed by ac-magnetic susceptibility measurements. The surface of the samples was analyzed by electron microscopy and their composition by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) measurements. For optimizing the carriers in the final compound, post-annealing experiments were carried out in the flowing nitrogen atmosphere. For the study of the doping mechanisms, in the post-annealed samples, the phonon modes of Cu 1- xTl x-1234 were investigated by infrared absorption measurements. The absorption mode of O δ [O3] atoms decreased in intensity after the post-annealing and the apical oxygen modes were softened to lower wave numbers. The softening of these phonon modes suggested the reduction of thallium from Tl 3+ to Tl 1+; which resulted in an increase of [ Tc( R = 0)] of the material.

  7. Anomalous shifts of oxygen-mode frequencies in La sub 2 minus x Sr sub x CuO sub 4 , YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. and Tl sub 2 Ba sub 2 Ca sub 1 minus x Gd sub x Cu sub 2 O sub 8

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    Mihailovic, D. J. Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, Ljubljana, ); Foster, C.M.; Voss, K.F. ); Mertelj, T.; Poberaj, I. ); Herron, N. )

    1991-07-01

    Comparison of photoinduced local modes (PILM's) of insulating YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6.3} and Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}Gd{sub {ital x}}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8} with Raman spectra of their metallic counterparts suggests that carrier injection anomalously increases the frequencies of phonons involving {ital z}-axis apex-oxygen motion in both the dilute (insulator) and concentrated (metallic) limit. In La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4}, we observe PILM's whose frequencies suggest a correspondence with the ghost modes'' observed in neutron scattering (Rietschel {ital et} {ital al}., Physica C 162--164, 1705 (1989)). These data, together with Raman data on apex-oxygen anharmonicity, enable us to discuss the vibronic mode couplings involved in polaron formation in the three materials.

  8. Crystal growth of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) and reaction of gold crucible with Ba-Cu-rich flux

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    Tao, Y. K.; Chen, H. C.; Martini, L.; Bechtold, J.; Huang, Z. J.; Hor, P. H.

    1991-01-01

    YBa2Cu3O(7-x) crystals are grown in a gold crucible by a self-flux method. The flux moves along the gold surface due to surface wetting and leaves Y123 crystals behind. The obtained crystals are clean and have a size up to two millimeters and a Tc is greater than 90 K. In an effort to recycle the used crucibles, it is found that the used gold is contaminated by copper. A CuO thin film is easily formed on the surface of the crucible that is made of the used gold. This film provides good surface wetting and a buffer layer, which reduces the reaction between gold and the Y-Ba-Cu-oxide melt.

  9. X-Ray Videomicroscopy Studies of Eutectic Al-Si Solidification in Al-Si-Cu

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    Mathiesen, R. H.; Arnberg, L.; Li, Y.; Meier, V.; Schaffer, P. L.; Snigireva, I.; Snigirev, A.; Dahle, A. K.

    2011-01-01

    Al-Si eutectic growth has been studied in-situ for the first time using X-ray video microscopy during directional solidification (DS) in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-Si-Cu alloys. In the unmodified alloys, Si is found to grow predominantly with needle-like tip morphologies, leading a highly irregular progressing eutectic interface with subsequent nucleation and growth of Al from the Si surfaces. In the Sr-modified alloys, the eutectic reaction is strongly suppressed, occurring with low nucleation frequency at undercoolings in the range 10 K to 18 K. In order to transport Cu rejected at the eutectic front back into the melt, the modified eutectic colonies attain meso-scale interface perturbations that eventually evolve into equiaxed composite-structure cells. The eutectic front also attains short-range microscale interface perturbations consistent with the characteristics of a fibrous Si growth. Evidence was found in support of Si nucleation occurring on potent particles suspended in the melt. Yet, both with Sr-modified and unmodified alloys, Si precipitation alone was not sufficient to facilitate the eutectic reaction, which apparently required additional undercooling for Al to form at the Si-particle interfaces.

  10. Fracture toughness of an Al-Li-Cu-In alloy

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    Wagner, J.A.; Gangloff, R.P. Virginia, University, Charlottesville )

    1992-06-01

    The crack initiation and growth fracture toughness of select AL-Li-Cu alloy variants are characterized and elucidated. Conventionally processed plates form large DC cast ingots are investigated to eliminate the variation in microstructure associated with laboratory scale and SPF-processed material. Fracture resistance is characterized using the J-integral method to establish crack initiation and growth behavior at 25 and -185 C. It is shown that state-of-the-art 2090-T81 has superior toughness compared to 2090 + In-T6 at both test temperatures, with the low toughness of 2090 + In-T6 associated with intersubgranular fracture attributed to a high density of subboundary precipitates. 21 refs.

  11. Fracture toughness of an Al-Li-Cu-In alloy

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    Wagner, John A.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    1992-01-01

    The crack initiation and growth fracture toughness of select AL-Li-Cu alloy variants are characterized and elucidated. Conventionally processed plates form large DC cast ingots are investigated to eliminate the variation in microstructure associated with laboratory scale and SPF-processed material. Fracture resistance is characterized using the J-integral method to establish crack initiation and growth behavior at 25 and -185 C. It is shown that state-of-the-art 2090-T81 has superior toughness compared to 2090 + In-T6 at both test temperatures, with the low toughness of 2090 + In-T6 associated with intersubgranular fracture attributed to a high density of subboundary precipitates.

  12. Concentric nano rings observed on Al-Cu-Fe microspheres

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    Li, Chunfei; Wang, Limin; Hampikian, Helen; Bair, Matthew; Baker, Andrew; Hua, Mingjian; Wang, Qiongshu; Li, Dingqiang

    2016-05-01

    It is well known that when particle size is reduced, surface effect becomes important. As a result, micro/nanoparticles tend to have well defined geometric shapes to reduce total surface energy, as opposed to the irregular shapes observed in most bulk materials. The surface of such micro/nanostructures are smooth. Any deviation from a smooth surface implies an increased surface energy which is not energetically favorable. Here, we report an observation of spherical particles in an alloy of Al65Cu20Fe15 nominal composition prepared by arc melting. Such spherical particles stand out from those reported so far due to the decoration of concentric nanorings on the surface. Three models for the formation of these concentric ring patterns are suggested. The most prominent ones assume that the rings are frozen features of liquid motion which could open the door to investigate the kinetics of liquid motion on the micro/nanometer scale.

  13. Photoluminescence Studies in CuAlS2 Crystals

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    Shirakata, Sho; Aksenov, Igor; Sato, Katsuaki; Isomura, Shigehiro

    1992-08-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) measurements have been carried out at low temperature (77 and 10 K) on CuAlS2 crystals grown by the chemical vapor transport method. Seven sharp PL lines have been observed near the band edge. Based on the photoreflectance measurements, the PL line at 3.550 eV has been assigned to a free exciton emission. The lines at 3.540, 3.532, 3.500 and 3.475 eV are tentatively assigned to the bound excitons, and they are discussed in terms of the crystal composition and the annealing conditions. This study also refers to the PL lines and peaks at about 2.9 eV.

  14. Theoretical and experimental studies on wide-band-gap p-type conductive BaCuSeF and related compounds

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    Sakakima, Hiroshi; Nishitani, Mikihiko; Yamamoto, Koichi; Wada, Takahiro

    2015-08-01

    BaCuSeF and related compounds, MCuQF (M = Ba, Sr; Q = Se, S), are known to show p-type conduction. The formation energies of the Cu vacancy ΔH[VCu] in a MCuQF system were computed by first-principles calculation with a generalized gradient approximation (GGA) of the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) functional as an electron exchange and correlation functional. The density of states (DOS) of BaCuSeF was calculated with the hybrid functional of Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE) 06. ΔH[VCu] was found to be very small under both the Cu- and Q-rich conditions, which probably contributes to p-type conduction. The electronic structure of BaCuSeF was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with UV photoelectron yield spectroscopy (UVPYS) and photoemission yield spectroscopy (PYS). The determined depth of the top of the valence band relative to the vacuum level was about 4.9 eV. This value is desirable for applications in compound semiconductor thin-film tandem solar cells since the absorbers of polycrystalline thin-film solar cells, such as CdTe and Cu(In,Ga)Se2, are p-type semiconductors. The DOS of BaCuSeF calculated with the HSE06 functional was almost consistent with the XPS spectrum.

  15. Growth of Tl2Ba2CaCu2O7 thin films on curved substrates for metamaterial applications

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    Speller, S. C.; Hao, T.; Stevens, C. J.; Edwards, D. J.; Grovenor, C. R. M.

    2008-02-01

    Recent developments in the field of magnetic metamaterials have shown that coupled split-ring resonator (SRR) structures can manipulate magnetic fields on a scale shorter than the wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation [1]. In particular, stacks of copper/dielectic SRR structures can be used as high Q filters or as waveguides in near field imaging applications [2]. However, major improvements in the sensitivity of such devices would be achieved by fabricating the SRR elements from high temperature superconducting (HTS) films on appropriate dielectric substrates. In order to produce a stack of superconducting/dielectric SRR structures, the ideal method involves patterning them into an HTS film grown on the curved surface of a dielectric cylinder. To our knowledge this has not previously been attempted on the small scale required for these applications. The desired feature sizes range from a few millimetres for filter applications down to about 10μm for high resolution imaging applications. We report here our initial attempts at the growth of Tl2Ba2CaCu2O7 (Tl-2212) thin films on the surface of LaAlO3 and MgO single crystal cylinders of diameter 3mm and length 5mm. Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Backscatter Diffraction and a novel X-ray Diffraction technique have been used to study the microstructure and analyse the growth morphology of the Tl-2212 films in this unusual geometry. Simulations have been carried out on an axial array of SRR structures that could be fabricated from these HTS/dielectric cylinders.

  16. Mechanical properties of Al-Cu alloy-SiC composites

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    Anggara, B. S.; Handoko, E.; Soegijono, B.

    2014-09-25

    The synthesis of aluminum (Al) alloys, Al-Cu, from mixture 96.2 % Al and 3.8 % Cu has been prepared by melting process at a temperature of 1200°C. The adding 12.5 wt% up to 20 wt% of SiC on Al-Cu alloys samples has been investigated. The structure analyses were examined by X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Moreover, the morphology of Al-Cu alloys has been seen as structure in micrometer range. The hardness was measured by hardness Vickers method. According to the results, it can be assumed that the 15 wt% of SiC content is prefer content to get better quality of back to back hardness Vickers of Al-Cu alloys.

  17. Electronic structure of TlBa{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}

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    Vasquez, R.P.; Novikov, D.L.; Freeman, A.J.; Siegal, M.P.

    1997-06-01

    The core levels of TlBa{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} (Tl-1212) epitaxial films have been measured with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The valence electronic structure has been determined using the full-potential linear muffin-tin-orbital band-structure method and measured with XPS. The calculations show that a van Hove singularity (VHS) lies above the Fermi level (E{sub F}) for the stoichiometric compound ({delta}=0), while for 50{percent} oxygen vacancies in the Tl-O layer ({delta}=0.5) E{sub F} is in close proximity to the VHS. Samples annealed in nitrogen (to reduce the hole overdoping by the removal of oxygen) exhibit higher core-level binding energies and a higher T{sub c}, consistent with a shift of E{sub F} closer to the VHS. Comparisons are made to the core levels and valence bands of Tl{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} (Tl-2212) and HgBa{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 6+{delta}} (Hg-1212). The similarity of the Cu 2p{sub 3/2} spectra for Tl-1212 and Tl-2212 indicates that the number of Tl-O layers has little effect on the Cu-O bonding. However, the Tl-1212 and Hg-1212 Cu 2p{sub 3/2} signals exhibit differences which suggest that the replacement of Tl{sup 3+} with Hg{sup 2+} results in a decrease in the O 2p{r_arrow}Cu 3d charge-transfer energy and differences in the probabilities of planar vs apical oxygen charge transfer and/or Zhang-Rice singlet-state formation. Differences between the Tl-1212 and the Tl-2212 and Hg-1212 measured valence bands are consistent with the calculated Cu 3d and (Tl,Hg) 6s/5d partial densities of states. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Band structure, Fermi surface, elastic, thermodynamic, and optical properties of AlZr 3 , AlCu 3 , and AlCu 2 Zr: First-principles study

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    Parvin, R.; Parvin, F.; Ali, M. S.; Islam, A. K. M. A.

    2016-08-01

    The electronic properties (Fermi surface, band structure, and density of states (DOS)) of Al-based alloys AlM 3 (M = Zr and Cu) and AlCu2Zr are investigated using the first-principles pseudopotential plane wave method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The structural parameters and elastic constants are evaluated and compared with other available data. Also, the pressure dependences of mechanical properties of the compounds are studied. The temperature dependence of adiabatic bulk modulus, Debye temperature, specific heat, thermal expansion coefficient, entropy, and internal energy are all obtained for the first time through quasi-harmonic Debye model with phononic effects for T = 0 K–100 K. The parameters of optical properties (dielectric functions, refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption spectrum, conductivity, energy-loss spectrum, and reflectivity) of the compounds are calculated and discussed for the first time. The reflectivities of the materials are quite high in the IR–visible–UV region up to ∼ 15 eV, showing that they promise to be good coating materials to avoid solar heating. Some of the properties are also compared with those of the Al-based Ni3Al compound.

  19. 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

  20. Superconducting properties of GdBa 2Cu 3O y films by metal-organic deposition using new fluorine-free complex solutions

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    Nakamura, T.; Kita, R.; Miura, O.; Ichinose, A.; Matsumoto, K.; Yoshida, Y.; Mukaida, M.; Horii, S.

    2008-09-01

    GdBa 2Cu 3O y (GdBCO) films have been prepared on LaAlO 3 single-crystal substrates by metal-organic deposition (MOD) using new fluorine-free complex solutions consisting of metal 2-ethylhexanates (2-EH) and metal naphthenates. The dispersion of Tc values for GdBCO films improved by using a complex solution, rather than only a solution of metal naphthenates. c-axis oriented GdBCO films with flat surfaces were grown under lower calcining temperatures and higher firing temperatures than in the process using only metal naphthenates. The Tc and Jc of the GdBCO films were 91.2 K and 0.61 MA/cm 2, respectively, at 77 K at self-field.

  1. Improvement of critical current density in thallium-based (Tl,Bi)Sr(1.6)Ba(0.4)Ca2Cu3O(x) superconductors

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    Ren, Z. F.; Wang, C. A.; Wang, J. H.; Miller, D. J.; Goretta, K. C.

    1995-01-01

    Epitaxial (Tl,Bi)Sr(1.6)Ba(0.4)Ca2Cu3O(x) ((Tl,Bi)-1223) thin films on (100) single crystal LaAlO3 substrates were synthesized by a two-step procedure. Phase development, microstructure, and relationships between film and substrate were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Resistance versus temperature, zero-field-cooled and field cooled magnetization, and transport critical current density (J(sub c)) were measured. The zero-resistance temperature was 105-111 K. J(sub c) at 77 K and zero field was greater than 2 x 10(exp 6) A/sq cm. The films exhibited good flux pinning properties.

  2. Optimization of the deposition conditions and structural characterization of Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-x) thin superconducting films

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Meng-Burany, S.; Xing, W. B.; Curzon, A. E.; Heinrich, B.; Irwin, J. C.; Cragg, R. A.; Zhou, H.; Habib, F.; Angus, V.

    1995-04-01

    Two series of Y1Ba2Cu3O(z) thin films deposited on (001) LaAl03 single crystals by excimer laser ablation under two different protocols have been investigated. The research has yielded well defined deposition conditions in terms of oxygen partial pressure p(O2) and substrate temperature of the deposition process Th, for the growth of high quality epitaxial films of YBCO. The films grown under conditions close to optimal for both j(sub c) and T(sub c) exhibited T(sub c) greater than or equal to 91 K and j(sub c) greater than or equal to 4 x 106 A/sq cm, at 77 K. Close correlations between the structural quality of the film, the growth parameters (p(O2), T(sub h)) and j(sub c) and T(sub c) have been found.

  3. Preparation of Y-Ba-Cu oxide superconductor thin films using pulsed laser evaporation from high T/sub c/ bulk material

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    Dijkkamp, D.; Venkatesan, T.; Wu, X.D.; Shaheen, S.A.; Jisrawi, N.; Min-Lee, Y.H.; McLean, W.L.; Croft, M.

    1987-08-24

    We report the first successful preparation of thin films of Y-Ba-Cu-O superconductors using pulsed excimer laser evaporation of a single bulk material target in vacuum. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry showed the composition of these films to be close to that of the bulk material. Growth rates were typically 0.1 nm per laser shot. After an annealing treatment in oxygen the films exhibited superconductivity with an onset at 95 K and zero resistance at 85 and 75 K on SrTiO/sub 3/ and Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ substrates, respectively. This new deposition method is relatively simple, very versatile, and does not require the use of ultrahigh vacuum techniques.

  4. Optimization of the deposition conditions and structural characterization of Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-x) thin superconducting films

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Meng-Burany, S.; Xing, W. B.; Curzon, A. E.; Heinrich, B.; Irwin, J. C.; Cragg, R. A.; Zhou, H.; Habib, F.; Angus, V.

    1995-01-01

    Two series of Y1Ba2Cu3O(z) thin films deposited on (001) LaAl03 single crystals by excimer laser ablation under two different protocols have been investigated. The research has yielded well defined deposition conditions in terms of oxygen partial pressure p(O2) and substrate temperature of the deposition process Th, for the growth of high quality epitaxial films of YBCO. The films grown under conditions close to optimal for both j(sub c) and T(sub c) exhibited T(sub c) greater than or equal to 91 K and j(sub c) greater than or equal to 4 x 106 A/sq cm, at 77 K. Close correlations between the structural quality of the film, the growth parameters (p(O2), T(sub h)) and j(sub c) and T(sub c) have been found.

  5. Charge-transfer excitations in the model superconductor HgBa(2)CuO(4+delta).

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    Lu, L; Chabot-Couture, G; Zhao, X; Hancock, J N; Kaneko, N; Vajk, O P; Yu, G; Grenier, S; Kim, Y J; Casa, D; Gog, T; Greven, M

    2005-11-18

    We report a Cu -edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) study of charge-transfer excitations in the 2-8 eV range in the structurally simple compound HgBa(2)CuO(4+delta) at optimal doping (T(c)=96.5 K). The spectra exhibit a significant dependence on the incident photon energy which we carefully utilize to resolve a multiplet of weakly dispersive (<0.5 eV) electron-hole excitations, including a mode at 2 eV. The observation of this 2 eV excitation suggests the existence of a remnant charge-transfer gap deep in the superconducting phase. Quite generally, our results, which include additional data for the Mott insulator La(2)CuO(4), demonstrate the importance of exploring the incident photon-energy dependence of the RIXS cross section. PMID:16384172

  6. Charge-Transfer Excitations in the Model Superconductor HgBa2CuO4+δ

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    Lu, L.; Chabot-Couture, G.; Zhao, X.; Hancock, J. N.; Kaneko, N.; Vajk, O. P.; Yu, G.; Grenier, S.; Kim, Y. J.; Casa, D.; Gog, T.; Greven, M.

    2005-11-01

    We report a Cu K-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) study of charge-transfer excitations in the 2-8 eV range in the structurally simple compound HgBa2CuO4+δ at optimal doping (Tc=96.5K). The spectra exhibit a significant dependence on the incident photon energy which we carefully utilize to resolve a multiplet of weakly dispersive (<0.5eV) electron-hole excitations, including a mode at 2 eV. The observation of this 2 eV excitation suggests the existence of a remnant charge-transfer gap deep in the superconducting phase. Quite generally, our results, which include additional data for the Mott insulator La2CuO4, demonstrate the importance of exploring the incident photon-energy dependence of the RIXS cross section.

  7. Undercooling and solidification behavior of melts of the quasicrystal-forming alloys Al-Cu-Fe and Al-Cu-Co

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    Holland-Moritz, D.; Schroers, J.; Herlach, D.M.; Grushko, B.; Urban, K.

    1998-03-02

    Al-Cu-Fe, Al-Fe and Al-Cu-Co melts of different compositions were undercooled by containerless processing in an electromagnetic levitation facility. The phase selection during solidification from the undercooled melt was determined by direct measurements of the temperature changes during recalescence. Complimentarily, the phase selection and microstructure development was studied by scanning- and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) on the as-solidified samples with the undercooling and the alloy composition as experimental parameters. For comparison, rapidly quenched samples of the same alloys were produced by splat-cooling and investigated by TEM and XRD. The undercooling results were analyzed within the framework of classical nucleation theory. The activation threshold for the nucleation was found to be small for the icosahedral quasicrystalline phase in Al-Cu-Fe, medium for the decagonal D-phase in Al-Cu-Co and crystalline phases with polytetrahedral symmetry elements (Al{sub 13}Fe{sub 4} and Al{sub 5}Fe{sub 2}), but large for the cubic phase of Al{sub 50}(CuCo){sub 50} with non-polytetrahedral crystalline symmetry. These results are explained assuming of an icosahedral short-range order that prevails in the undercooled melt and gives rise to an interfacial energy decreasing with increasing degree of polytetrahedral order in the solid nucleus.

  8. Reduced anti-ferromagnetism promoted by Zn 3d 10 substitution at CuO 2 planar sites of Cu 0.5Tl 0.5Ba 2Ca 3Cu 4O 12-δ superconductors

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    Mumtaz, M.; Khan, Nawazish A.

    2009-11-01

    The role of charge carriers in ZnO 2/CuO 2 planes of Cu 0.5Tl 0.5Ba 2Ca 3Cu 4-yZn yO 12-δ material in bringing about superconductivity has been explained. Due to suppression of anti-ferromagnetic order with Zn 3d 10 ( S=0) substitution at Cu 3d 9(S={1}/{2}) sites in the inner CuO 2 planes of Cu 0.5Tl 0.5Ba 2Ca 3Cu 4O 12-δ superconductor, the distribution of charge carriers becomes homogeneous and optimum, which is evident from the enhanced superconductivity parameters. The decreased c-axis length with the increase of Zn doping improves interlayer coupling and hence the three dimensional (3D) conductivity in the unit cell is enhanced. Also the softening of phonon modes with the increased Zn doping indicates that the electron-phonon interaction has an essential role in the mechanism of high- Tc superconductivity in these compounds.

  9. Crystallization behavior and properties of BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2 glass matrices

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    Drummond, Charles H., III; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Glass of stoichiometric celsian composition, BaO-Al2O3-SiO2, has a density of 3.39 g/cu cm, a thermal expansion coefficient of 6.6 x 10 to the -6th/C, a glass-transition temperature of 910 C, and a dilatometric softening point of 925 C. On heat treatment, only hexacelsian crystallized out on the surface, but both celsian and hexacelsian were present in the bulk. Effects of cold isostatic pressing (CIP), sintering, and hot-pressing, in the presence and absence of an additive, on the formation of the celsian phase in the glass have been studied. CIP'd samples, after appropriate heat treatments, always crystallized out as celsian, whereas presence of 5-10 wt pct of an additive was necessary for formation of celsian in sintered as well as hot-pressed specimens. Green density increased with CIP'ing pressure but had no effect on sintered density. Hot-pressing resulted in fully dense samples.

  10. Crystallization behavior and properties of BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2 glass matrices

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    Drummond, Charles H., III; Bansal, Narottam P.

    1990-01-01

    Glass of stoichiometric celsian composition, BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2, is a potential glass-ceramic matrix for high-temperature composites. The glass has a density of 3.39 g/cu cm, thermal expansion coefficient of 6.6 x 10(exp -6)/deg C glass transition temperature of 910 C, and dilatometric softening point of 925 C. On heat treatment, only hexacelsian crystallized out on the surface, but both celsian and hexacelsian were present in the bulk. Effects of cold isostatic pressing (CIP), sintering, and hot pressing, in the presence and absence of an additive, on the formation of the celsian phase in the glass were studied. CIP'ed samples, after appropriate heat treatments, always crystallized out as celsian whereas the presence of 5 to 10 weight percent of an additive was necessary for formation of celsian in sintered as well as hot pressed specimens. Green density increased with CIP'ing pressure but had no effect on sintered density. Hot pressing resulted in fully dense samples.

  11. Photocatalytic property and structural stability of CuAl-based layered double hydroxides

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    Lv, Ming; Liu, Haiqiang

    2015-07-01

    Three types of CuMAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs, M=Mg, Zn, Ni) were successfully synthesized by coprecipitation. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-vis) were used to confirm the formation of as-synthesized solids with good crystal structure. The photocatalytic activity of those LDH materials for CO2 reduction under visible light was investigated. The experimental results show that CuNiAl-LDHs with narrowest band gap and largest surface areas behave highest efficiency for methanol generation under visible light compared with CuMgAl-LDHs and CuZnAl-LDHs. The CuNiAL-LDH showed high yield for methanol production i.e. 0.210 mmol/g h, which was high efficient. In addition, the influence of the different M2+ on the structures and stability of the CuMAl-LDHs was also investigated by analyzing the geometric parameters, electronic arrangement, charge populations, hydrogen-bonding, and binding energies by density functional theory (DFT) analysis. The theoretical calculation results show that the chemical stability of LDH materials followed the order of CuMgAl-LDHs>CuZnAl-LDHs>CuNiAl-LDHs, which is just opposite with the photocatalytic activity and band gaps of three materials.

  12. The development of melt-processed (Sm,Eu,Gd)Ba2Cu3O7-δ single-domain superconductors for high field applications

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    Hu, A.; Sakai, N.; Murakami, M.; Hirabayashi, I.

    2005-02-01

    (Sm,Eu,Gd)Ba2Cu3O7-δ (RE123) single-domain superconductors were grown in 1% O2 in Ar with a modified hot-seeding melt process. Spatial superconducting variation and a local RE-Ba modulation were suppressed with the control of processing conditions. Pre-annealing at 960 °C for 10 h in Ar prior to melt growth was found to significantly lower the range of RE-Ba substitution and diminish the number of pores and microcracks. Excess BaCuO2-x was added to induce a Ba-enriched liquid and thereby hinder the nucleation of RE1+xBa2-xCu3O7-δ solid solution (RE123ss). The proper ratio of BaCuO2-x to RE123 was around (0.17-0.25):1. The optimal thermal schedule was a fast cooling with a rate of 2 °C h-1 for 10 h followed by a 100 h slow cooling of 0.15 °C h-1. A field of 1 T was trapped in a pellet of 35 mm diameter at 77 K and 2 T, which corresponded to the maximum external flux density of 3 T including the bias applied field.

  13. Interconnection between microstructure and microhardness of directionally solidified binary Al-6wt.%Cu and multicomponent Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys.

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    Vasconcelos, Angela J; Kikuchi, Rafael H; Barros, André S; Costa, Thiago A; Dias, Marcelino; Moreira, Antonio L; Silva, Adrina P; Rocha, Otávio L

    2016-05-31

    An experimental study has been carried out to evaluate the microstructural and microhardness evolution on the directionally solidified binary Al-Cu and multicomponent Al-Cu-Si alloys and the influence of Si alloying. For this purpose specimens of Al-6wt.%Cu and Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloys were prepared and directionally solidified under transient conditions of heat extraction. A water-cooled horizontal directional solidification device was applied. A comprehensive characterization is performed including experimental dendrite tip growth rates (VL) and cooling rates (TR) by measuring Vickers microhardness (HV), optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy with microanalysis performed by energy dispersive spectrometry (SEM-EDS). The results show, for both studied alloys, the increasing of TR and VL reduced the primary dendrite arm spacing (l1) increasing the microhardness. Furthermore, the incorporation of Si in Al-6wt.%Cu alloy to form the Al-6wt.%Cu-8wt.%Si alloy influenced significantly the microstructure and consequently the microhardness but did not affect the primary dendritic growth law. An analysis on the formation of the columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) is also performed and the results show that the occurrence of CET is not sharp, i.e., the CET in both cases occurs in a zone rather than in a parallel plane to the chill wall, where both columnar and equiaxed grains are be able to exist. PMID:27254454

  14. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D.; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-04-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase’s total volume and decrease of each column’s transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope.

  15. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy.

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase's total volume and decrease of each column's transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope. PMID:27091383

  16. Refinement and growth enhancement of Al2Cu phase during magnetic field assisting directional solidification of hypereutectic Al-Cu alloy

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    Wang, Jiang; Yue, Sheng; Fautrelle, Yves; Lee, Peter D.; Li, Xi; Zhong, Yunbo; Ren, Zhongming

    2016-01-01

    Understanding how the magnetic fields affect the formation of reinforced phase during solidification is crucial to tailor the structure and therefor the performance of metal matrix in situ composites. In this study, a hypereutectic Al-40 wt.%Cu alloy has been directionally solidified under various axial magnetic fields and the morphology of Al2Cu phase was quantified in 3D by means of high resolution synchrotron X-ray tomography. With rising magnetic fields, both increase of Al2Cu phase’s total volume and decrease of each column’s transverse section area were found. These results respectively indicate the growth enhancement and refinement of the primary Al2Cu phase in the magnetic field assisting directional solidification. The thermoelectric magnetic forces (TEMF) causing torque and dislocation multiplication in the faceted primary phases were thought dedicate to respectively the refinement and growth enhancement. To verify this, a real structure based 3D simulation of TEMF in Al2Cu column was carried out, and the dislocations in the Al2Cu phase obtained without and with a 10T high magnetic field were analysed by the transmission electron microscope. PMID:27091383

  17. The clathrate Ba{sub 8}Cu{sub x}Ge{sub 46-x-y}square{sub y}: Phase equilibria and crystal structure

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    Melnychenko-Koblyuk, Nataliya; Grytsiv, Andriy; Rogl, Peter; Schmid, Harald; Giester, Gerald

    2009-07-15

    Phase relations at 700 deg. C, 800 deg. C and solidus temperatures have been derived for the clathrate system Ba{sub 8}Cu{sub x}Ge{sub 46-x-y}square{sub y} via X-ray single crystal and powder diffractometry combined with electron probe micro analysis and differential thermal analysis. The ternary clathrate phase derives from binary Ba{sub 8}Ge{sub 43}square{sub 3} and extends up to x=6. Structure investigations define cubic primitive symmetry with the space group type Pm3-barn consistent with a clathrate type I structure throughout the entire homogeneity region 0Ba{sub 8}Cu{sub x}Ge{sub 46-x} exists for x>=5.5. - Graphical Abstract: Cages and atom thermal displacement parameters in clathrate Ba{sub 8}Cu{sub x}Ge{sub 46-x-y}square{sub y} for Ba{sub 8}Cu{sub 2}Ge{sub 42}square{sub 2} and Ba{sub 8}Cu{sub 6}Ge{sub 40}.

  18. Characterization of the insulator barrier and the superconducting transition temperature in GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}/BaTiO{sub 3} bilayers for application in tunnel junctions

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    Navarro, H. Sirena, M.; Haberkorn, N.; Yang, Ilkyu; Kim, Jeehoon

    2015-07-28

    The optimization of the superconducting properties in a bottom electrode and the quality of an insulator barrier are the first steps in the development of superconductor/insulator/superconductor tunnel junctions. Here, we study the quality of a BaTiO{sub 3} tunnel barrier deposited on a 16 nm thick GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} thin film by using conductive atomic force microscopy. We find that the tunnel current is systematically reduced (for equal applied voltage) by increasing the BaTiO{sub 3} barrier thickness between 1.6 and 4 nm. The BaTiO{sub 3} layers present an energy barrier of ≈1.2 eV and an attenuation length of 0.35–0.5 nm (depending on the applied voltage). The GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} electrode is totally covered by a BaTiO{sub 3} thickness above 3 nm. The presence of ferroelectricity was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy for a 4 nm thick BaTiO{sub 3} top layer. The superconducting transition temperature of the bilayers is systematically suppressed by increasing the BaTiO{sub 3} thickness. This fact can be associated with stress at the interface and a reduction of the orthorhombicity of the GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}. The reduction in the orthorhombicity is expected by considering the interface mismatch and it can also be affected by reduced oxygen stoichiometry (poor oxygen diffusion across the BaTiO{sub 3} barrier)

  19. High-pressure synthesis, crystal structure and magnetic properties of double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6}

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    Feng, Hai L.; Arai, Masao; Matsushita, Yoshitaka; Tsujimoto, Yoshihiro; Yuan, Yahua; Sathish, Clastin I.; He, Jianfeng; Tanaka, Masahiko; Yamaura, Kazunari

    2014-09-15

    A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized under high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) conditions. The polycrystalline Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was characterized by synchrotron X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and magnetic susceptibility, isothermal magnetization, and specific heat measurements. The oxide crystallizes in a double-perovskite structure with an I4/m space group, in which Os(VI) and Cu(II) are ordered in the perovskite B-site. Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating with an activation energy of 0.813(2) eV and shows antiferromagnetic-like characteristics at temperatures of ∼55 K and ∼70 K. The results of the first-principle calculation suggested that the spin–orbit interaction of Os(VI) plays a substantial role in the insulating state. The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} octahedra influences the magnetic characteristics with regard to possible two-dimensional magnetic correlations. - Graphical abstract: A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} synthesized by a high-pressure (6 GPa) and high-temperature (1500 °C) method. - Highlights: • A new compositional double perovskite oxide Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} was synthesized. • Ba{sub 2}CuOsO{sub 6} is electrically insulating and antiferromagnetic below ∼70 K. • The Jahn–Teller distortion of CuO{sub 6} has relevance to possible magnetic anisotropy.

  20. Preparation, photoluminescent properties and luminescent dynamics of BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanophosphors

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    Zhang, Wei; Hua, Ruinian; Liu, Tianqing; Zhao, Jun; Na, Liyan; Chen, Baojiu

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Rice-shaped BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanophosphors were synthesized via one-pot hydrothermal process. The as-prepared BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} are composed of many particles with an average diameter of 40 nm. When excited at 260 nm, the sharp line emission located at 361 nm of Eu{sup 2+} was observed. The optimum doping concentration of Eu{sup 2+} was confirmed to be 5 mol%. The strong ultraviolet emission of Eu{sup 2+} ions in BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanoparticles suggests that these nanoparticles may have potential applications for sensing, solid-state lasers and spectrometer calibration. - Highlights: • BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanophosphors were synthesized via a mild hydrothermal process. • The Van and Huang models were used to research the mechanism of concentration quenching. • The optimum doping concentration of Eu2+ was confirmed to be 5 mol%. - Abstract: Eu{sup 2+}-doped BaAlF{sub 5} nanophosphors were synthesized via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The final products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. XRD results showed that the prepared samples are single-phase. The FE-SEM and TEM images indicated that the prepared BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanophosphors are composed of many rice-shaped particles with an average diameter of 40 nm. When excited at 260 nm, BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanophosphors exhibit the sharp line emissions of Eu{sup 2+} at room temperature. The optimum doping concentration of Eu{sup 2+} was confirmed to be 5 mol%. The Van and Huang models were used to study the mechanism of concentration quenching and the electric dipole–dipole interaction between Eu{sup 2+} can be deduced to be a dominant for quenching fluorescence in BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanophosphors. The strong ultraviolet emission of Eu{sup 2+} in BaAlF{sub 5}:Eu{sup 2+} nanophosphors suggests that

  1. Friction Stir Welding of Al-Cu Bilayer Sheet by Tapered Threaded Pin: Microstructure, Material Flow, and Fracture Behavior

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    Beygi, R.; Kazeminezhad, M.; Kokabi, A. H.; Loureiro, A.

    2015-06-01

    The fracture behavior and intermetallic formation are investigated after friction stir welding of Al-Cu bilayer sheets performed by tapered threaded pin. To do so, temperature, axial load, and torque measurements during welding, and also SEM and XRD analyses and tensile tests on the welds are carried out. These observations show that during welding from Cu side, higher axial load and temperature lead to formation of different kinds of Al-Cu intermetallics such as Al2Cu, AlCu, and Al4Cu9. Also, existence of Al(Cu)-Al2Cu eutectic structures, demonstrates liquation during welding. The presence of these intermetallics leads to highly brittle fracture and low strength of the joints. In samples welded from Al side, lower axial load and temperature are developed during welding and no intermetallic compound is observed which results in higher strength and ductility of the joints in comparison with those welded from Cu side.

  2. Suppression of structural phase transition by Sr substitution in the improper ferroelectric BaAl2O4

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    Mori, Shigeo; Ishii, Yui; Tanaka, Eri; Tsukasaki, Hirofumi; Kawaguchi, Shogo

    2015-10-01

    To clarify lattice fluctuations and precursor phenomena accompanied by structural phase transition in stuffed tridymite compounds, changes in diffuse scattering as a function of temperature in Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 have been carefully investigated by powder X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation, electron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) experiments. In situ electron diffraction experiments revealed that Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 exhibits lattice fluctuation manifested as a unique honeycomb-shaped diffuse scattering in the wide temperature range between 298 and 100 K. Unlike in the case of BaAl2O4, Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 shows no structural phase transition to the ferroelectric structure with the hexagonal P63 space group in the temperature range. In contrast, it is revealed that the electron beam irradiation to the Ba0.6Sr0.4Al2O4 sample inside the transmission electron microscope induced structural change from the hexagonal P6322 structure to the modulated structure with double periodicity in the three equivalent <110> directions in the low-temperature region. This implies that the total energy difference between these two structures is small. The hexagonal P6322 structure transforms into the modulated one with short correlation length owing to some small external perturbations.

  3. Luminescent Characteristics of Ba(1--x)Al2Si2O8:xTb3+ Green Phosphors.

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    Hakeem, D A; Kim, Y; Park, K

    2016-02-01

    Ba(1--x)Al2Si2O8:xTb3+ (0.03 < or = x < or = 0.12) green phosphors are prepared by solution combustion method. The photoluminescence properties of the Ba(1--x)Al2Si2O8:xTb3+ phosphors are studied as a function of Tb3+ concentration. The Ba(1--x)Al2Si2O8:xTb3+ phosphors crystallize in a hexagonal crystal structure. The excitation spectra consist of two broad bands with maxima at 238 nm and 265 nm and several weak peaks in the range of 310-500 nm. Strong emission peaks are observed at 484, 540, 589, and 612 nm due to the (5)D4 --> (7)F6, (5)D4 --> (7)F5, (5)D4 --> (7)F4, and (5)D4 --> (7)F3 tran- sitions of the Tb3+, respectively. The emission peak (540 nm) from the (5)D4 --> (7)F3 transition is dominant, indicating green light emission. Ba(1--x)Al2Si2O8:xTb3+ phosphor shows the strongest green emission intensity. The Ba(1--x)Al2Si2O8:xTb3+ can be considered a promising green phosphor for white LEDs applications. PMID:27433666

  4. Infiltration of Saffil alumina fiber with AlCu and AlSi alloys

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    Garbellini, O.; Morando, C.; Biloni, H.; Palacio, H. . Inst. de Fisica de Materiales)

    1999-06-18

    Currently there is a considerable scientific and technological interest in the composite materials, which a strong ceramic reinforcement is incorporated into a metal matrix (MMC) to tailor its properties for specific applications. Among the various techniques for fabricating MMC, the liquid metal infiltration process by means of a pressurized gas is an attractive fabrication route for near net shaped metal matrix composite and has been successfully used to fabricate Al, Mg and more recently, Ni and Ni aluminide matrix composites, which can be reinforced by SiC or Al[sub 2]O[sub 3] particles, whiskers, or short fibers. This paper describes the experimental technique used and presents an experimental investigation of the effects of the process parameters employed, such as the preform and melt temperatures, the volume fraction of fibers in the preform and the applied pressure upon the infiltration length of a chopped preform during a unidirectional infiltration aided by gas pressure casting. The experiments of the present work were conducted to provide kinetic data with a view to optimizing the selection of the process initial conditions for infiltration which have an effect on the infiltration length of the molten matrix alloy into a preform and it is a first step in investigating the correlation between the infiltration length (fluidity) of AlCuSi matrix alloys and the microstructure of the composites fabricated by pressure casting. For this purpose, this paper focuses on AlCu and AlSi matrix alloys reinforced by short-fibers [delta]-alumina SAFFIL. The experiments reported here were performed with the fibers initially at a temperature significantly below the metal melting point. This is the case of practical interest for the fabrication of many fiber-reinforced metal components.

  5. The Low-Lying States of AlCu and AlAg

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Langhoff, Stephen R.; Partridge, Harry

    1994-01-01

    The singlet and triplet states of AlCu and AlAg below about 32 000/cm are studied using the internally contracted multireference configuration-interaction method. A more elaborate study of the X(sup 1)Sum(sup +) ground state of AlCu is undertaken using extended Gaussian basis sets, including the effect of inner-shell correlation and including a perturbational estimate of relativistic effects. Our best estimate of the spectroscopic constants (r(sub 0), DeltaG(sub 1/2), and D(sub 0)) for the X(sup 1)Sum(sup+) state with the experimental values in parentheses are: 4.416(4.420) a(sub 0), 295 (294) /cm, and 2.318 (2.315) eV. The calculations definitively assign the upper state in the observed transition at 14 892/cm to the lowest (sup 1)Prod state. The calculated spectroscopic constants and radiative lifetime for the (sup 1)Prod state are in good agreement with experiment. The calculations support the tentative assignments of Behm et al. for three band systems observed in the visible region between 25 000 and 28 000 / cm. However, the computed spectroscopic constants are in very poor agreement with those deduced from an analysis of the spectra. Analogous theoretical results for AlAg suggest that the (2)(sup 3)Prod, (3)(sup 3)Prod, and (3)(sup 1)Sum(sup +) states account for the bands observed, but not assigned, by Duncan and co-workers.

  6. Optical behavior and structural property of CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ wide-bandgap chalcopyrites.

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    Ho, Ching-Hwa; Pan, Chia-Chi

    2014-08-01

    Single crystals of CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ were grown by chemical vapor transport method using ICl₃ as the transport. The as-grown CuAlS₂ crystals reveal transparent and light-green color. Most of them possess a well-defined (112) surface. The AgAlS₂ crystals essentially show transparent and white color in vacuum. As the AgAlS₂ was put into the atmosphere, the crystal surface gradually darkened and became brownish because of the surface reaction with humidity or hydrogen gas. After a long-term chemical reaction process, the AgAlS₂ will transform into a AgAlO₂ oxide with yellow color. From x-ray diffraction measurements, both CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ as-grown crystals show single-phase and isostructural to a chalcopyrite structure. The (112) face is more preferable for the formation of the chalcopyrite crystals. The energies of interband transitions of the CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ were determined accurately by thermoreflectance measurements in a wide energy range of 2-6 eV. The valence-band electronic structures of CuAlS₂ and AgAlS₂ have been detailed and characterized using polarized-thermoreflectance measurements in the temperature range between 30 and 300 K. The band-edge transitions belonging to the E(∥) and E(⊥) polarizations have been, respectively, identified. The band edge of AgAlS₂ is near 3.2 eV while that of AgAlS₂ is about 3.5 eV. On the basis of the experimental analyses, optical and sensing behaviors of the chalcopyrite crystals have been realized. PMID:25090358

  7. Mechanism of particle growth of a BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor by firing with AlF{sub 3}

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    Oshio, Shozo; Matsuoka, Tomizo; Tanaka, Shosaku; Kobayashi, Hiroshi

    1998-11-01

    The mechanism of particle growth of the blue emitting BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphor by firing with AlF{sub 3} has been clarified. It was found that the reaction between BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} and AlF{sub 3} during firing, on the basis of the following chemical equation, results in recreation of BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} with particle growth BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} + (4/3)AlF{sub 3} {l_reversible} BaMgF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} + (17/3)Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the firing of Ba/MgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} with AlF{sub 3} first converts the phosphor into a mixture of the two compounds, BaMgF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, at around 1200 C. The BaMgF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} melts at temperatures over 1000 C, then reacts with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and participates in the recreation of both BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} and AlF{sub 3} through a chemical reaction between the two compounds at 1200 C in BaMgF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+} solutions. Recreated AlF{sub 3} appears to sublime immediately because it is a material which sublimates with heating. This paper proposes a mechanism for the growth of particle of recreated BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} by the melting of BaMgF{sub 4}:Eu{sup 2+}.

  8. Theoretical modeling and experimental characterization of planar defects in Y sub 2 Ba sub 4 Cu sub 6+x O sub 14+x

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    Burmester, C.P.; Fendorf, M.; Gronsky, R. ); Wille, L.T. . Dept. of Physics)

    1990-11-01

    Crystallographic defects and phase transformations in the system Y{sub 2}Ba{sub 4}Cu{sub 6 + x}O{sub 14 + x}(0{le}{times}{le}4) are investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and static lattice, three dimensional Monte Carlo computer simulations. High resolution images of partially transformed (x = 2 to x = 1) material reveal a prevalence of CuO planar defects (stacking faults) associated with the transformation and an absence of disturbance to the perovskite Ba-Y-Ba blocks. An atomic mechanism involving the intercalculation and removal of extra CuO planes by partial dislocation climb, and requiring only a-b plane diffusion, is developed for the formation of such planar defects during changes in the layered YBaCuO crystal structure. Monte Carlo simulations based on the proposed transformation mechanism accurately reproduce the observed defects and known equilibrium structures. 24 refs., 4 figs.

  9. Application of Al-Nb alloy film to metal capping layer on Cu

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    Takeyama, Mayumi B.; Noya, Atsushi

    2016-02-01

    An Al-Nb alloy film with the Al72Nb28 composition is applied as a candidate metal capping layer on Cu interconnects. In the Al72Nb28/Cu/SiO2/Si model system, the preferential oxidation of Al forming a thin surface Al2O3 layer occurs owing to oxidation in air for 1 h at temperatures up to ˜300 °C, resulting in the protection of the layers underneath from further oxidation, although a slight Cu intermixing into Al-Nb occurs. With increasing oxidation temperature up to 500 °C, the surface Al2O3 layer still grows by the preferential oxidation of Al and rejects Cu atoms from the surface oxidized layer. Although Nb atoms are left behind in the surface oxidized layer, they are in a metallic state owing to the high solubility of oxygen before forming an oxide. The extremely low solubility of Nb in Cu also protects Cu without excess intermixing. A good passivation characteristic of the Al72Nb28 alloy film on Cu is demonstrated.

  10. Ba3Pt4Al4-Structure, Properties, and Theoretical and NMR Spectroscopic Investigations of a Complex Platinide Featuring Heterocubane [Pt4Al4] Units.

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    Stegemann, Frank; Benndorf, Christopher; Bartsch, Timo; Touzani, Rachid St; Bartsch, Manfred; Zacharias, Helmut; Fokwa, Boniface P T; Eckert, Hellmut; Janka, Oliver

    2015-11-16

    Ba3Pt4Al4 was prepared from the elements in niobium ampules and crystallizes in an orthorhombic structure, space group Cmcm (oP44, a = 1073.07(3), b = 812.30(3), c = 1182.69(3) pm) isopointal to the Zintl phase A2Zn5As4 (A = K, Rb). The structure features strands of distorted [Pt4Al4] heterocubane-like units connected by condensation over Pt/Al edges. These are arranged in a hexagonal rod packing by further condensation over Pt and Al atoms with the barium atoms located inside cavities of the [Pt4Al4](δ-) framework. Structural relaxation confirmed the electronic stability of the new phase, while band structure calculations indicate metallic behavior. Crystal orbital Hamilton bonding analysis coupled with Bader effective charge analysis suggest a polar intermetallic phase in which strong Al-Pt covalent bonds are present, while a significant electron transfer from Ba to the [Pt4Al4](δ-) network is found. By X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements the Pt 4f5/2 and 4f7/2 energies for Ba3Pt4Al4 were found in the range of those of elemental Pt due to the electron transfer of Ba, while PtAl and PtAl2 show a pronounced shift toward a more cationic platinum state. (27)Al magic-angle spinning NMR investigations verified the two independent crystallographic Al sites with differently distorted tetrahedrally coordinated [AlPt4] units. Peak assignments could be made based on both geometrical considerations and in relation to electric field gradient calculations. PMID:26536164

  11. The effect of grain size on the fluctuation-induced conductivity of Cu1-xTlxBa2Ca3Cu4O12-δ superconductor thin films

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    Khurram, A. A.; Mumtaz, M.; Khan, Nawazish A.; Ahadian, M. M.; Iraji-zad, Azam

    2007-08-01

    The high temperature superconductor thin films Cu1-xTlxBa2Ca3Cu4O12-δ (Cu1-xTlx- 1234) are post-annealed in a nitrogen atmosphere. The zero-resistivity critical temperature (Tc(R = 0)) of these thin films is increased from 92.3 to 104 K. The grain size is enhanced and their morphology is improved with the post-annealing. The enlargement of grain size is linked to fluctuation-induced conductivity (FIC) in the light of Aslamazov-Larkin (AL) theory. The FIC measurements have shown that the cross-over of three-dimensional (3D) to two-dimensional (2D) behaviour of fluctuations is shifted to higher temperature values with an increase of post-annealing temperature. These results have shown that the removal of oxygen and the increased grain size are the most likely sources of the increase in the cross-over temperature, T* to higher values.

  12. Radial macrosegregation and dendrite clustering in directionally solidified Al-7Si and Al-19Cu alloys

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    Ghods, M.; Johnson, L.; Lauer, M.; Grugel, R. N.; Tewari, S. N.; Poirier, D. R.

    2016-05-01

    Hypoeutectic Al-7 wt% Si and Al-19 wt% Cu alloys were directionally solidified upward in a Bridgman furnace through a range of constant growth speeds and thermal gradients. Though processing is thermo-solutally stable, flow initiated by gravity-independent advection at, slightly leading, central dendrites moves rejected solute out ahead and across the advancing interface. Here any lagging dendrites are further suppressed which promotes a curved solid-liquid interface and the eventual dendrite "clustering" seen in transverse sections (dendrite "steepling" in longitudinal orientations) as well as extensive radial macrosegregation. Both aluminum alloys showed considerable macrosegregation at the low growth speeds (10 and 30 μm s-1) but not at higher speed (72 μm s-1). Distribution of the fraction eutectic-constituent on transverse sections was determined in order to quantitatively describe radial macrosegregation. The convective mechanisms leading to dendrite-steepling were elucidated with numerical simulations, and their results compared with the experimental observations.

  13. Collective versus local Jahn-Teller distortion in Ba3CuSb2O9 : Raman scattering study

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    Drichko, Natalia; Broholm, Collin; Kimura, K.; Ishii, R.; Nakasutji, Satoru

    2016-05-01

    We present temperature dependent Raman spectra of single crystals of two different samples of the spin-orbital liquid candidate Ba3CuSb2O9 . The "hexagonal" sample is known to show no magnetic order down to low temperatures, while the "orthorhombic" sample undergoes a crossover into an orthorhombic crystal structure below TJT of approximately 200 K and shows spin freezing at 110 μ K . Our Raman scattering results demonstrate a strong influence of disorder in both samples. The frequencies of stretching vibrations of oxygens associated with CuSbO9 octahedra indicate a difference in the crystal structure between the hexagonal and orthorhombic samples even at room temperature. On cooling below TJT we observe new bands in the spectra of the orthorhombic sample due to a lowering of symmetry of the unit cell and a collective Jahn-Teller distortion. The spectra of the hexagonal sample show that average hexagonal symmetry is maintained at least down to 20 K. An analysis of the band shape of stretching oxygen vibrations suggests a weak disordered local Jahn-Teller distortion in the hexagonal sample of Ba3CuSb2O9 which increases slightly on cooling. This Jahn-Teller distortion is either static or dynamic with a frequency below 1.5 THz.

  14. Stabilization of the tetragonal structure in (Ba1 -xSrx) CuSi2O6

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    Puphal, Pascal; Sheptyakov, Denis; van Well, Natalija; Postulka, Lars; Heinmaa, Ivo; Ritter, Franz; Assmus, Wolf; Wolf, Bernd; Lang, Michael; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valentí, Roser; Stern, Raivo; Rüegg, Christian; Krellner, Cornelius

    2016-05-01

    We present a structural analysis of the substituted system (Ba1 -xSrx )CuSi2O6 , which reveals a stable tetragonal crystal structure down to 1.5 K. We explore the structural details with low-temperature neutron and synchrotron powder diffraction, room-temperature, and cryogenic high-resolution NMR, as well as magnetic- and specific-heat measurements and verify that a structural phase transition into the orthorhombic structure which occurs in the parent compound BaCuSi2O6 , is absent for the x =0.1 sample. Furthermore, synchrotron powder-diffraction patterns show a reduction of the unit cell for x =0.1 and magnetic measurements prove that the Cu dimers are preserved, yet with a slightly reduced intradimer coupling Jintra. Pulse-field magnetization measurements reveal the emergence of a field-induced ordered state, tantamount to Bose-Einstein-condensation (BEC) of triplons, within the tetragonal crystal structure of I 41/a c d . This material offers the opportunity to study the critical properties of triplon condensation in a simple crystal structure.

  15. Solidification Pathways of Alloys in the Mg-Rich Corner of the Mg-Al-Ba Ternary System

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    Bryan, Zachary L.; Hooper, Ryan J.; Henderson, Hunter B.; Manuel, Michele V.

    2015-04-01

    An experimental investigation of the solidification reactions and microstructures of alloys in the Mg-rich corner of the Mg-Al-Ba ternary system has been conducted. Four distinct exothermic reactions involving the formation of α-Mg, Mg17Ba2, Mg17Al12, and a fourth phase designated as τ were observed and their onset temperatures were recorded as functions of composition. Using compositional and microstructural analysis, the Mg17Ba2 intermetallic was found to have significant solubility of Al, up to 20 at. pct. The solidification pathways of the investigated alloys involved both a Class I and Class II equilibrium reaction. A flow block diagram that outlines the observed solidification reactions is presented and discussed in reference to cast microstructures.

  16. Superconducting HoBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x films on Si without a buffer layer

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    Tsukamoto, A.; Imagawa, K.; Hiratani, M.; Aida, T.; Miyauchi, K. )

    1990-11-15

    HoBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} thin films with a zero resistivity temperature of 63 K are successively grown on a Si substrate, at a substrate temperature as low as 550 {degree}C using reactive evaporation with microwave-discharged oxygen plasma. The films are polycrystalline and consist of grains with radii of about 100 nm without microcracks. No significant interdiffusion between the substrate and film is observed by x-ray diffraction or secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiles. However, a transmission electron microscopy study reveals that two kinds of amorphous interlayers are formed between the film and substrate: a Ba-excess diffusion layer and a silicon oxide layer.

  17. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies of the soluble CuA protein from the cytochrome ba3 of Thermus thermophilus.

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    Karpefors, M; Slutter, C E; Fee, J A; Aasa, R; Källebring, B; Larsson, S; Vänngård, T

    1996-01-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of the binuclear CuA center in the water-soluble subunit II fragment from cytochrome ba3 of Thermus thermophilus was recorded at 3.93, 9.45, and 34.03 GHz, and the EPR parameters were determined by computer simulations. The frequency and M1 dependence of the linewidth was discussed in terms of g strain superimposed on a correlation between the A and g values. The g values were found to be gx = 1.996, gy = 2.011, gz = 2.187, and the two Cu ions contribute nearly equally to the hyperfine structure, with magnitude of Ax magnitude of approximately 15 G, magnitude of Ay magnitude = 29 G, and magnitude of Az magnitude of = 28.5 G (65Cu). Theoretical CNDO/S calculations, based on the x-ray structure of the Paracoccus denitrificans enzyme, yield a singly occupied antibonding orbital in which each Cu is pi*-bonded to one S and sigma*-bonded to the other. In contrast to the equal spin distribution suggested by the EPR simulations, the calculated contributions from the Cu ions differ by a factor of 2. However, only small changes in the ligand geometry are needed to reproduce the experimental results. PMID:8913619

  18. Analysis of fluctuation conductivity of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}-PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} superlattices

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    Solovjov, A.L.; Dmitriev, V.M.; Habermeier, H.; Trofimov, I.E.

    1997-04-01

    The fluctuation-induced conductivity measured on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}-PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} superlattices (SL) is analyzed using various theoretical models describing weak fluctuations in layered superconductors and considering both Aslamazov-Larkin (AL) and Maki-Thompson (MT) terms. From the analysis {xi}{sub c}(0)=1.6{plus_minus}0.1 {Angstrom} and {tau}{sub {phi}}(100 K){approx_equal}3{times}10{sup {minus}13} s in clean limit are derived for the interlayer coherence length and temperature-dependent phase-relaxation time, respectively. Large {tau}{sub {phi}} values and AL-MT crossover revealed for all samples studied are attributed to the two-dimensional electronic state nature of SL above the crossover temperature. Possible mechanisms of charge scattering in high-T{sub c} superconductors are also discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  19. Structural changes and microstructures in stuffed tridymite-type compounds Ba1-xSrxAl2O4

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    Tanaka, Eri; Ishii, Yui; Tsukasaki, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Hiroki; Mori, Shigeo

    2014-09-01

    Crystal structures and microstructures in Ba1-xSrxAl2O4 solid solutions between the end members of BaAl2O4 and SrAl2O4 have been carefully investigated by powder X-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging experiments. With the help of fast Fourier transform (FFT) calculation, high-resolution TEM images suggested that diffuse streaks along three equivalent <110> directions in the (001) plane, which appear in the P63 structure of Ba1-xSrxAl2O4 for x = 0.4, originate from the large structural fluctuation of the AlO4 tetrahedral network. On the other hand, the monoclinic P21 structure in Ba1-xSrxAl2O4 with x = 0.7 was found to consist of a modulated structure with \\boldsymbol{{q}} = 0,1/2,0. The present experimental results reveal that a structural phase boundary exists at approximately x = 0.6 between the P63 structure with a large structural fluctuation and a monoclinic P21 phase with the single-q modulated structure.

  20. Excess conductivity analysis for Y3‑xNdxBa5‑xCaxCu8O18‑δ superconducting phase

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    Barakat, M. Me.; Abou-Aly, A. I.; Awad, R.; Aly, N. S.; Ibrahim, S.

    2016-04-01

    Superconducting samples of type Y3Ba5Cu8O18‑δ substituted by both Nd3+ and Ca2+ ions were prepared by a solid-state reaction technique. These substitutions affect the phase formation, lattice parameters, grains formations and superconducting transition temperature Tc. The change in these parameters is mainly due to the partial substitution of Ba2+ by Ca2+ ions rather than the partial substitution of Y3+ by Nd3+ ions. The analysis of the electrical resistivity ρ(T) versus temperature above Tc was carried out using Aslamazov-Larkin (AL) and Lawrence-Doniach (LD) models. Different fluctuation regions starting from high temperature up to Tc were estimated, and denoted by short-wave (sw), two-dimensional (2D), three-dimensional (3D) and critical (cr) fluctuations. A distinct crossover temperature (T2D‑3D = T LD) from 2D to 3D, in the mean field region (MFR), is shifted to lower temperature by increasing substitutions content. The superconducting parameters such as zero temperature coherence length along the c-axis ξc(0), inter-layer coupling strength ν, Fermi velocity VF of the carriers and Fermi energy EF were calculated as a function of substitution content.

  1. Two new arsenides, Eu7Cu44As23 and Sr7Cu44As23, with a new filled variety of the BaHg11 structure.

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    Charkin, Dmitri O; Demchyna, Roman; Prots, Yurii; Borrmann, Horst; Burkhardt, Ulrich; Schwarz, Ulrich; Schnelle, Walter; Plokhikh, Igor V; Kazakov, Sergey M; Abakumov, Artem M; Batuk, Dmitry; Verchenko, Valery Yu; Tsirlin, Alexander A; Curfs, Caroline; Grin, Yuri; Shevelkov, Andrei V

    2014-10-20

    Two new ternary arsenides, namely, Eu7Cu44As23 and Sr7Cu44As23, were synthesized from elements at 800 °C. Their crystal structure represents a new filled version of the BaHg11 motif with cubic voids alternately occupied by Eu(Sr) and As atoms, resulting in a 2 × 2 × 2 superstructure of the aristotype: space group Fm3̅m, a = 16.6707(2) Å and 16.7467(2) Å, respectively. The Eu derivative exhibits ferromagnetic ordering below 17.5 K. In agreement with band structure calculations both compounds are metals, exhibiting relatively low thermopower, but high electrical and low thermal conductivity. PMID:25265469

  2. [Synthesis and properties of nanorod-long afterglow BaAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ phosphor].

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    He, Chun-hui; Zheng, Shu-hui; Xiao, Yong; Liu, Ying-liang

    2010-01-01

    The present paper mainly reports a new method to synthesize long afterglow photoluminescent material BaAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+. Al(NO3)3.9H2O, Ba(NO3)2, urea, RE(NO3) 3(RE==Eu, Dy) were employed as raw materials, the admixture of H2O/n-butanol and H2O/n-butanol/SBS were used as medium, then BaAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ phosphor was achieved by calcining the precursor, which was synthesized by hydrothermal method, at 130 degrees C under reduction atmosphere. The TEM and SEM were used to analyse the morphology and BaAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ synthesized by annealing at 1300 degrees C are all nanorods. The excitation and emission spectra of the phosphor indicated that all of them are broad band, and the main emission peak is around 498 nm, which is due to 5d-->4f transition of Eu2+. The state-solid synthesis of the long afterglow phosphor BaAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+ generally requires a high calcination temperature, so the products are easily agglomerated, and in this paper the hydrothermal solvothermal synthesis was used, so the synthesized products calcined at 130 degrees degrees C still present well-dispersed rod structure, need not milling, and display well luminescence performance. The authors compared the two different conditions of experiment, and found that under the condition without surfactant the authors can still get well-dispersed rod structure of BaAl2O4:Eu2+, Dy3+. The method is hopeful to be used in synthesizing other alkali-earth aluminate and silicate and other luminescent materials. PMID:20302073

  3. Superconductivity and structure in La{sub 2{minus}x}M{sub x}CuO{sub 4}, M=Ba, Sr, and (Nd,Sr)

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    Moodenbaugh, A.R.

    2000-01-21

    The identification of charge stripes in La{sub 2{minus}x{minus}y}Nd{sub y}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (Nd-214) has reenergized research on the original high transition temperature {Tc} superconductor, La{sub 2{minus}x}Ba{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (Ba-214), and related compounds. Early in the study of Ba-214, a low temperature phase transition was associated with changes in electrical properties. An apparent suppression of {Tc} near Ba x=0.125, was initially associated with a first order low temperature phase transformation. However, it was later shown that only very near Ba x=0.125 was {Tc} reduced markedly, and that the relationship between crystal structure and {Tc} is more complicated. This review well describe the low temperature crystal structures and microstructures, as well as the superconducting properties as determined from low field (1-100G) dc magnetometer measurements for Ba-214, Nd-214, and La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (Sr-214). The authors will also describe some work in the related La{sub 2{minus}x}Ca{sub x}CuO{sub 4} (Ca-214). A basic knowledge of the interactions among superconductivity and low temperature phases will allow one to better understand the significance of the underlying charge stripe phases.

  4. SDAS, Si and Cu Content, and the Size of Intermetallics in Al-Si-Cu-Mg-Fe Alloys

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    Sivarupan, Tharmalingam; Taylor, John Andrew; Cáceres, Carlos Horacio

    2015-05-01

    Plates of Al-(a)Si-(b)Cu-Mg-(c)Fe alloys with varying content of (mass pct) Si ( a = 3, 4.5, 7.5, 9, 10, or 11), Cu ( b = 0, 1, or 4), and Fe ( c = 0.2, 0.5 or 0.8) were cast in sand molds with a heavy chill at one end to ensure quasi-directional solidification over a wide range of Secondary Dendrite Arm Spacing (SDAS). Statistical analysis on the size of the β-Al5FeSi, α-Al8Fe2Si, or Al2Cu intermetallics on Backscattered Electron images showed that a high Si content reduced the size of the β platelets in alloys with up to 0.5 Fe content regardless of the SDAS, whereas at small SDAS the refining effect extended up to 0.8 Fe, and involved α-phase intermetallics which replaced the beta platelets at those concentrations. At low Si contents, a high Cu level appeared to have similar refining effects as increased Si, through the formation of α-phase particles in the post-eutectic stage which agglomerated with the Al2Cu intermetallics. A high content of Si appears to make the overall refining process less critical in terms of SDAS/cooling rate.

  5. Gd Ba Cu O bulk superconductors fabricated by a seeded infiltration growth technique under reduced oxygen partial pressure

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    Iida, K.; Babu, N. H.; Shi, Y. H.; Cardwell, D. A.; Murakami, M.

    2006-06-01

    Single-grain Gd-Ba-Cu-O (GdBCO) bulk superconductors have been grown by a seeded infiltration and growth (SIG) technique under a 1% O2+N2 atmosphere using a generic MgO-doped Nd-Ba-Cu-O (MgO-NdBCO) seed placed on the sample surface at room temperature (the so-called the cold-seeding method). Partial melting of the MgO-NdBCO seeds fabricated in air under notionally identical thermal processing conditions, however, limited the reliability of this bulk GdBCO single-grain process. The observed seed decomposition is attributed to the dependence of the peritectic temperature Tp of MgO-doped Nd1+xBa2-xCu3Oy solid solution (MgO-doped Nd-123ss, where ss indicates solid solution) compounds on both oxygen partial pressure during the melt process and the level of solid solution (x). The peritectic decomposition temperature of MgO-doped Nd-123ss, with x ranging from 0 to 0.5 under p(O2) = 1.00 atm, was observed to remain constant at 1120 °C. Tp was observed to decrease linearly as a function of solid solution level, on the other hand, under oxygen partial pressures of both p(O2) = 0.21 and 0.01 atm. Based on these results, MgO-doped NdBCO seed crystals should be grown under reduced oxygen partial pressure in order to obtain a stable MgO-doped NdBCO seed crystal suitable for cold-seeding processes of large-grain (RE)BCO bulk superconductors (where RE is a rare earth element).

  6. Thermal- and electromigration-induced stresses in passivated Al- and AlSiCu-interconnects

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    Beckers, D.; Schroeder, H.; Schilling, W.; Eppler, I.

    1997-05-01

    Mechanical stresses in microelectronic devices are of special interest because of degradation effects in microelectronic circuits such as stress induced voiding or electromigration. Al and al-alloys are commonly used as interconnect materials in integrated electronic devices. Stress induced voiding and degradation of metal lines by electromigration are closely related to the stresses in the lines. The authors have studied the strain and stress evolution during thermal cycling, isothermal relaxation and due to electromigration in passivated Al and AlSi(1%)Cu(0.5%) lines by X-Ray diffraction with variation of experimental parameters such as the aspect ratio and the electrical current density. Furthermore the extent of voiding and plastic shear deformation has been determined from the experimental metal strains with the help of finite element calculations. Main results are: (1) During thermal cycling the voiding is less than 2 {center_dot} 10{sup {minus}3}. The extent of plastic shear deformation increases with increasing line width and with decreasing flowstress. (2) During isothermal relaxation void growth occurs but no significant change in the plastic shear deformation. (3) An electric current in the lines causes no measurable additional change of the volume averaged stresses up to line failure.

  7. Multiple diffraction in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal

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    Fan, C. Z.; Weber, Th.; Deloudi, S.; Steurer, W.

    2011-07-01

    In order to reveal its influence on quasicrystal structure analysis, multiple diffraction (MD) effects in an icosahedral Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystal have been investigated in-house on an Oxford Diffraction four-circle diffractometer equipped with an Onyx™ CCD area detector and MoKα radiation. For that purpose, an automated approach for Renninger scans (ψ-scans) has been developed. Two weak reflections were chosen as the main reflections (called P) in the present measurements. As is well known for periodic crystals, it is also observed for this quasicrystal that the intensity of the main reflection may significantly increase if the simultaneous (H) and the coupling (P-H) reflections are both strong, while there is no obvious MD effect if one of them is weak. The occurrence of MD events during ψ-scans has been studied based on an ideal structure model and the kinematical MD theory. The reliability of the approach is revealed by the good agreement between simulation and experiment. It shows that the multiple diffraction effect is quite significant.

  8. Thermal imaging of Al-CuO thermites

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    Densmore, John; Sullivan, Kyle; Kuntz, Joshua; Gash, Alex

    2013-06-01

    We have performed spatial in-situ temperature measurements of aluminum-copper oxide thermite reactions using high-speed color pyrometry. Electrophoretic deposition was used to create thermite microstructures. Tests were performed with micron- and nano-sized particles at different stoichiometries. The color pyrometry was performed using a high-speed color camera. The color filter array on the image sensor collects light within three spectral bands. Assuming a gray-body emission spectrum a multi-wavelength ratio analysis allows a temperature to be calculated. An advantage of using a two-dimensional image sensor is that it allows heterogeneous flames to be measured with high spatial resolution. Light from the initial combustion of the Al-CuO can be differentiated from the light created by the late time oxidization with atmosphere. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  9. Quantification of Microsegregation in Cast Al-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Ganesan, M.; Thuinet, L.; Dye, D.; Lee, P. D.

    2007-08-01

    The random sampling approach offers an elegant yet accurate way of validating microsegregation models. However, both instrumental errors and interference from secondary phases complicate the treatment of randomly sampled microprobe data. This study demonstrates that the normal procedure of sorting the data for each element independently can lead to inaccurate estimation of segregation profiles within multicomponent, multiphase, aluminum alloys. A recently proposed alloy-independent approach is shown to more reliably isolate these interferences, allowing more accurate validation of microsegregation models. Application of this approach to examine solidification segregation of a 319-type alloy demonstrated that, for these slowly cooled castings, neither Sr or TiB2 additions significantly affected coring of Cu within the primary α-Al dendrites. Comparison against predictions of CALPHAD-type Gulliver-Scheil models was less satisfactory. Consideration of back-diffusion and morphology effects through a one-dimensional (1-D) numerical model do not improve the agreement. Possible reasons for the lack of agreement are hypothesized.

  10. Research of Mechanical Property Gradient Distribution of Al-Cu Alloy in Centrifugal Casting

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    Sun, Zhi; Sui, Yanwei; Liu, Aihui; Li, Bangsheng; Guo, Jingjie

    Al-Cu alloy castings are obtained using centrifugal casting. The regularity of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy castings with the same centrifugal radius at different positions is investigated. The result shows that the tensile strength, yield strength, elongation and microscope hardness exhibit the following gradient distribution characteristic — high on both sides and low on the center. The trend of mechanical property gradient distribution of Al-Cu alloy increases with the increase in the rotation speed. Moreover, the mechanical properties of casting centerline two sides have asymmetry. The reason is that the grain size of casting centerline two sides and Al2Cu phase and Cu content change correspondingly.

  11. Fabrication of transparent p-type conductive BaCuSeF films by pulsed laser deposition and their application to CdS/CdTe solar cells

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    Yamamoto, Koichi; Okamoto, Hirokazu; Sakakima, Hiroshi; Hayashi, Ryoji; Ogawa, Yohei; Okamoto, Tamotsu; Wada, Takahiro

    2014-01-01

    Transparent p-type conductive BaCuSeF films prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) were studied for application to tandem configuration solar cells. The BaCuSeF films were deposited at low substrate temperatures (TS) of 150, 200, 250, and 300 °C. The films prepared at TS ≥ 200 °C showed considerably high transmittance in the visible light region. The highest transmittance of 63% was obtained for the film deposited at TS = 300 °C. All of the films showed p-type conductivities of more than 1 S/cm. These BaCuSeF films were deposited on the CdTe surface of CdS/CdTe solar cells. A high conversion efficiency of 2.82% was obtained for the solar cell with the transparent p-type conductive BaCuSeF film deposited at TS = 200 °C. The higher efficiency of 3.12% was obtained by inserting a thin Ni0.97Li0.03O buffer layer between the BaCuSeF and CdTe layers.

  12. Superconductivity in 2-2-3 Y2Ba2Cu3O(sub 8+ delta)

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    Joshi, H. H.; Baldha, G. J.; Jotania, R. B.; Joshi, S. M.; Mohan, H.; Pandya, P. B.; Pandya, H. N.; Kulkarni, R. G.

    1990-01-01

    Researchers synthesized a new high T(sub c) 2-2-3 superconductor (Y2Ba2Cu3O8+delta) by a special preparation technique and characterized it by ac-susceptibility measurements. Diamagnetism and Meissner effect sets in at low fields and superconducting transition onsets at 90 K. The systematic investigation of the real and imaginary components of ac-susceptibility as a function of temperature and applied ac magnetic field reveals that the magnetic behavior is that of a granular type superconductor.

  13. Superconductivity at 93 K in a new mixed-phase Y-Ba-Cu-O compound system at ambient pressure

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    Wu, M. K.; Ashburn, J. R.; Torng, C. J.; Hor, P. H.; Meng, R. L.

    1987-01-01

    A stable and reproducible superconductivity transition between 80 and 93 K has been achieved and maintained in a Y-Ba-Cu-O compound system at ambient pressure in a simple liquid-nitrogen Dewar. An upper critical field Hc2(0) estimate of between 80 and 180 T is obtained, and the paramagnetic limiting field at 0 K for a sample with a T(c) of about 90 K is 165 T. It is suggested that the lattice parameters, the valence ratio, and the sample treatments all play a role in achieving superconductivity above 77 K.

  14. Peak effect in a superconducting DyBa2Cu3O7-δ film at microwave frequencies

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    Bhangale, A. R.; Raychaudhuri, P.; Sarkar, S.; Banerjee, T.; Bhagwat, S. S.; Shirodkar, V. S.; Pinto, R.

    2001-05-01

    We report the observation of a peak in the microwave (9.55 GHz) surface resistance in an epitaxial DyBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting film in magnetic fields (parallel to the c axis) ranging between 0.2 to 0.9 T. Such a peak is absent in the measurements done in zero field. The temperature and field dependence of the peak suggests that this peak could be associated with the peak effect (PE) phenomenon reflecting the order-disorder transformation in the flux-line lattice (FLL). A strong frequency dependence of the PE is observed close to the depinning frequency of the FLL.

  15. Effective zero field splitting in the ground doublet in ErBa 2Cu 3O x

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    Huang, M. X.; Jackson, E. M.; Bhagat, S. M.; Gupta, L. C.; Rajarajan, A. K.; Vijayaraghavan, R.

    1991-06-01

    We report the frequency and magnetic-field dependence of the microwave absorption in ErBa 2Cu 3O x for 1.3 K < T < 100 K. At temperatures below about 10 K, there is a huge increase in the absorption at zero field. Surprisingly, this giant effect comes from the electron spin resonance involving the lowest-lying Kramers doublet of the Er 3+ ion. The ESR is broad and highly distorted, presumably due to a wide distribution of slowly varying dipolar fields which, in turn, leads to an effective zero field splitting of about 1 K.

  16. Thermo-Stimulated Exoemission (tsee) from GdBa2Cu3O7-x in the Normal State

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    Gołek, F.; Klamut, P. W.; Sujak, B.; Zaleski, A. J.; Ciszek, M.; Olejniczak, J.

    Measurements of electron beam excited TSEE from the high Tc superconductor GdBa2Cu3O7-x were performed in the temperature range from 80 to 350 K. To prove that the emission peaks originate from the sample, the sample was covered with a film of KC1. Exoemission peaks at 160 K and 240 K most probably ascribed to the sample. They might be connected with the first-order phase transition discovered recently in this temperature region by another method. If we assume the existence of localized electrons at oxygen vacancies and a simple mechanism for their delocalization, we can calculate an activation energy.

  17. Radio frequency surface resistance of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O films on metal and single-crystal substrates

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    Arendt, P. N.; Reeves, G. A.; Elliott, N. E.; Cooke, D. W.; Gray, E. R.; Houlton, R. J.; Brown, D. R.

    1990-01-01

    Films of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu were dc magnetron sputtered from a single multielement target. The films were deposited onto substrates of: (1) magnesium oxide, (2) a silver based alloy (Consil 995), (3) a nickel based alloy (Haynes 230), and (4) buffer layers of barium fluoride or copper oxide on Consil. To form superconducting phases, post-deposition anneals were made on these films using an alumina crucible with an over pressure of thallium and flowing oxygen. After annealing, the film phases were determined using x-ray diffraction. The film surface resistances (Rs) were measured at 22 GHz in a TE011 cavity.

  18. Radio frequency surface resistance of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O films on metal and single-crystal substrates

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    Arendt, P.N.; Reeves, G.A.; Elliott, N.E.; Cooke, D.W.; Gray, E.R.; Houlton, R.J.; Brown, D.R. )

    1990-01-25

    Films of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu were dc magnetron sputtered from a single multielement target. The films were deposited onto substrates of: (1) magnesium oxide, (2) a silver based alloy (Consil 995), (3) a nickel based alloy (Haynes 230), and (4) buffer layers of barium fluoride or copper oxide on Consil. To form superconducting phases, post-deposition anneals were made on these films using an alumina crucible with an over pressure of thallium and flowing oxygen. After annealing, the film phases were determined using x-ray diffraction. The film surface resistances (Rs) were measured at 22 GHz in a TE{sub 011} cavity.

  19. Y{sub x}Ba{sub y}Cu{sub z}O{sub 7-{delta}} solid solutions

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    Nipan, G.D.; Kol`tsova, T.N.; Tishchenko, E.A.

    1996-12-01

    Y{sub x}Ba{sub y}Cu{sub z}O{sub 7-{delta}} ceramics forming at isobaric conditions were studied by x-ray diffraction analysis, dynamic magnetic measurements and potentiometric titration. It was established that compositions: 0.8 {le} x {le} 1.2, y=2, z=3; x=1, 1.8 {le} y {le} 2.2, z=3; x=1, y=2, 2.7 {le} z {le} 3.4: are in the homogeneity range of 123. It was found that compositions with nonstoichiometric cation ratios have minimum {Delta}T{sub c}.

  20. Zn-Doping Dependence of Stripe Order in La1.905Ba0.095CuO4

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    Hucker, M.; Zimmermann, M.v.; Xu, Z.J.; Wen, J.S.; Gu, G.D.; Tian, W.; Zarestky, J.; Tranquada, J.M.

    2011-04-01

    The effect of Zn-doping on the stripe order in La{sub 1.905}Ba{sub 0.095}CuO{sub 4} has been studied by means of x-ray and neutron diffraction as well as magnetization measurements. While 1% Zn leads to an increase of the spin stripe order, it unexpectedly causes a wipe out of the visibility of the charge stripe order. A magnetic field of 10 Tesla applied along the c-axis has no reversing effect on the charge order. We compare this observation with the Zn-doping dependence of the crystal structure, superconductivity, and normal state magnetism.

  1. Magnetic properties of superconducting GdBa2Cu3O(6 + delta) at low temperature and high field

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    Huang, C. Y.; Shapira, Y.; Hor, P. H.; Meng, R. L.; Chu, C. W.

    1988-01-01

    The magnetization of antiferromagnetic superconducting GdBa2Cu3O(6 + delta) has been measured for T in the range of 1.5 - 4.2 K for magnetic fields up to about 20 T. It is found that all Gd(3+) spins are nearly parallel at very high fields, and that this saturated spin subsystem coexists with superconductivity. Below the Neel temperature, 2.22 K, the transition from the 'canted' phase to the paramagnetic phase is observed by the application of a high magnetic field. The temperature dependence of this phase transition is also reported.

  2. Vortex penetration in single-crystal Tl[sub 2]Ba[sub 2]CuO[sub 6] superconductors

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    Zuo, F.; Khizroev, S. ); Voss, S.; Hermann, A.M. )

    1994-04-01

    Detailed magnetic hysteresis measurements have been performed with the applied field parallel to the [ital ab] plane in single crystals of Tl[sub 2]Ba[sub 2]CuO[sub 6]. Magnetization in the descending branch of the hysteresis loop is almost zero, indicating the presence of surface barriers which determine the penetration field of vortices. Magnetization with the field tilted slightly to the [ital ab] plane shows that the two components of magnetization due to [ital H][sub [parallel

  3. Properties of large area ErBa2Cu3O(7-x) thin films deposited by ionized cluster beams

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    Levenson, L. L.; Stan, M.; Bhasin, K. B.

    1991-01-01

    Ionized cluster beam (ICB) deposition is employed to produce ErBa2Cu3O(7-x) films on different substrates without post-annealing. Films with diameters of up to 70 mm are grown on SrTiO3 100 plane and exhibit Tc values of 84-87 K, Jc of about 10 exp 6 A/sq m at 77 K. These films are epitaxial with the c-axis perpendicular to the plane of the substrate surface, and they can be routinely produced by ICB with good Jc and Tc.

  4. Mechanism of X-ray excited optical luminescence (XEOL) in europium doped BaAl2O4 phosphor.

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    Rezende, Marcos V Dos S; Montes, Paulo J R; Andrade, Adriano B; Macedo, Zelia S; Valerio, Mário E G

    2016-06-29

    This paper reports a luminescence mechanism in Eu-doped BaAl2O4 excited with monochromatic X-rays (also known as X-ray excited optical luminescence - XEOL) from synchrotron radiation. The material was prepared via a proteic sol-gel methodology. The X-ray absorption near edge structures (XANES) at the Ba LIII- and Eu LIII-edges exhibit typical absorption spectra. XEOL spectra recorded in energy ranges, either around the Ba LIII- or Eu LIII-edges, showed important differences concerning the intensity of the Eu(2+) or Eu(3+) emission bands. Nevertheless, the total area under the XEOL spectra increases as the energy of the X-ray photons increases in both ranges (Ba LIII- and Eu LIII-edges). PMID:27306425

  5. RF reactive sputter deposition and characterization of transparent CuAlO2 thin films

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    Lu, Y. M.; He, Y. B.; Yang, B.; Polity, A.; Volbers, N.; Neumann, C.; Hasselkamp, D.; Meyer, B. K.

    2006-09-01

    CuAlO2 thin films have been prepared on quartz glass and sapphire substrates by radio-frequency (RF) reactive sputtering using a CuAlO2 ceramic target. The deposition process was optimized by varying the sputter parameters, such as the substrate temperature and the oxygen flow. In addition a post-growth annealing has been carried out. X-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that the as-sputtered films are amorphous, and crystallize in the delafossite-type CuAlO2 or in a phase mixture of CuAlO2 and CuAl2O4 after annealing in air at 1100°C. The surface morphology of the films was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The as-grown films are nearly stoichiometric in terms of Cu to Al ratio and have good depth homogeneity as examined by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS) and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), respectively. The optical bandgap of the films was estimated by wavelength-dependent transmission measurements at room temperature, which revealed a direct bandgap of 3.38 and 3.80 eV for the as-sputtered and post-growth annealed CuAlO2 films, respectively.

  6. Millimeter wave surface resistance of grain-aligned Y1Ba2Cu3O(x) bulk material

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    Wosik, J.; Kranenburg, R. A.; Wolfe, J. C.; Selvamanickam, V.; Salama, K.

    1990-01-01

    Measurements are reported of the millimeter-wave surface resistance of grain-aligned YBa2Cu3O(x) bulk material grown by a liquid-phase process. The measurements were performed by replacing the endplate of a TE(011) cylindrical copper cavity with the superconducting sample. Surface resistance was measured for samples with surfaces oriented perpendicular and parallel to the c-axis of the grains. For the parallel configuration, the surface resistance at 77 K and 80 GHz is given. For a very well-aligned sample with a very low density of Y2BaCuO(y) precipitates, measured in the perpendicular configuration, the transition width (10-90 percent) is about 2 K and the surface resistance is derived at 88 K. The effect of microstructure on surface resistance is discussed.

  7. Millimeter wave surface resistance of grain-aligned Y1Ba2Cu3O(x) bulk material

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    Wosik, J.; Kranenburg, R. A.; Wolfe, J. C.; Selvamanickam, V.; Salama, K.

    1991-01-01

    Measurements of the millimeter wave surface resistance of grain-aligned YBa2Cu3O(x) bulk material grown by a liquid phase process are reported. The measurements were performed by replacing the endplate of a TE011 cylindrical copper cavity with the superconducting sample. Surface resistance was measured for samples with surfaces oriented perpendicular and parallel to the c-axis of the grains. It is shown that, for the parallel configuration, the surface resistance at 77 K and 80 GHz is typically near 100 milliohms. For a very well-aligned sample with a very low density of Y2BaCuO(y) precipitates, measured in the perpendicular configuration, the transition width (10-90 percent) is about 2 K, and the surface resistance is less than 50 milliohms at 88 K. The effect of microstructure on surface resistance is discussed.

  8. Long-range incommensurate charge fluctuations in (Y,Nd)Ba2Cu3O(6+x).

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    Ghiringhelli, G; Le Tacon, M; Minola, M; Blanco-Canosa, S; Mazzoli, C; Brookes, N B; De Luca, G M; Frano, A; Hawthorn, D G; He, F; Loew, T; Moretti Sala, M; Peets, D C; Salluzzo, M; Schierle, E; Sutarto, R; Sawatzky, G A; Weschke, E; Keimer, B; Braicovich, L

    2012-08-17

    The concept that superconductivity competes with other orders in cuprate superconductors has become increasingly apparent, but obtaining direct evidence with bulk-sensitive probes is challenging. We have used resonant soft x-ray scattering to identify two-dimensional charge fluctuations with an incommensurate periodicity of ~3.2 lattice units in the copper-oxide planes of the superconductors (Y,Nd)Ba(2)Cu(3)O(6+)(x), with hole concentrations of 0.09 to 0.13 per planar Cu ion. The intensity and correlation length of the fluctuation signal increase strongly upon cooling down to the superconducting transition temperature (T(c)); further cooling below T(c) abruptly reverses the divergence of the charge correlations. In combination with earlier observations of a large gap in the spin excitation spectrum, these data indicate an incipient charge density wave instability that competes with superconductivity. PMID:22798406

  9. Nonlinear optical properties ofBaAlBO3F2 crystal.

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    Zhou, Yong; Yue, Yinchao; Wang, Jianuo; Yang, Feng; Cheng, Xiankun; Cui, Dafu; Peng, Qinjun; Hu, Zhanggui; Xu, Zuyan

    2009-10-26

    We investigated the nonlinear optical properties of new BaAlBO(3)F(2)(BABF) crystal. The high quality BABF is nonhygroscopic and possesses a moderate birefringence suitable for UV light generation. On the basis of its refractive index dispersion curves, it is inferred that BABF has great potential applications nonlinear optical material, notably for UV light generation at 355 nm. In order to characterize its nonlinear optical properties, BABF samples were cut an oriented in phase matching conditions The optical conversion efficiency from 1064 nm to 532 nm was investigated for the first time: up to 49.0% were achieved. The external angular acceptance bandwidth of SHG and THG for 1064 nm pump light was measured. PMID:19997227

  10. Sulfate formation on SOx trapping materials studied by Cu and S K-edge XAFS.

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    Dathe, Hendrik; Jentys, Andreas; Lercher, Johannes A

    2005-03-21

    The elementary steps during oxidative chemisorption of SO2 by a novel composite material consisting of highly disordered benzene tri-carboxylate metal organic framework materials with Cu as central cation and BaCl2 as a second component (Ba/Cu-BTC) and by a conventional BaCO3/Al2O3/Pt based material were investigated. EXAFS analysis on the Cu K-edge in Ba/Cu-BTC indicates the opening of the majority of the Cu-Cu pairs present in the parent Cu-BTC. Compared to Cu-BTC, the BaCl2 loaded material has hardly any micropores and has higher disorder, but it has better accessibility of the Cu2+ cations. This results from the partial destruction of the MOF structure by reaction between BaCl2 and the Cu cations. The SO2 uptake in oxidative atmosphere was higher for the Ba/Cu-BTC sample than for the BaCO3/Al2O3/Pt based material. XRD showed that on Ba/Cu-BTC the formation of BaSO4 and CuSO4 occurs in parallel to the destruction of the crystalline structure. With BaCO3/Al2O3/Pt the disappearance of carbonates was accompanied with the formation of Ba- and Al-sulfates. XANES at the S K-edge was used to determine the oxidation states of sulfur and to differentiate between the sulfate species formed. At low temperatures (473 K) BaSO4 was formed preferentially (53 mol% BaSO4, 47 mol% CuSO4), while at higher temperatures (and higher sulfate loading) CuSO4 was the most abundant species (42 mol% BaSO4, 58 mol% CuSO4). In contrast, on the BaCO3/Al2O3/Pt based material the relative concentration of the sulfate species (i.e., BaSO4 and Al2(SO4)3) as function of the temperature remained constant. PMID:19791346

  11. Microstructural dependence of annealing temperature in magnetron-sputtered Al-Si-Cu films

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    Liang, Ming-Kaan; Ling, Yong-Chien

    1993-09-01

    The effect of sputtering temperature, sputtering bias, and annealing temperature upon the sheet resistance, WO3 formation at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface, and diffraction intensity of the Al2Cu precipitates of magnetron-sputtered Al-Si-Cu films were investigated. Statistical methods and microcharacterization techniques were applied to study these effects. Statistical analysis verifies the effect of annealing temperature on the measured sheet resistance. Annealing temperature alone is the dominant factor upon the WO3 formation at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface and the Al2Cu (211) plane diffraction intensity. Annealed samples are of higher sheet resistance. Increase in sheet resistance is ascribed to the formation of interfacial WO3. Reduced electromigration is related to the formation of Al2Cu precipitates. Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) analysis of the as-deposited sample depicts the presence of an excess amount of oxygen atoms at the surface and the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W and Ti-W/Ti interfaces. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and SIMS analyses reveal the outdiffusion of W from the Ti-W layer toward the Al-Si-Cu layer, the presence of Si nodules at the Al-Si-Cu/Ti-W interface, and the formation of Ti silicides at the Ti/Si interface. These phenomena are confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, and scanning electron microscopy analyses. It is concluded that interfacial oxygen, which reacts with W to form WO3 upon annealing, warrants further reduction to yield films of better sheet resistance.

  12. Three-dimensional characterization of BaHfO3 precipitates in GdBa2Cu3O7-y flim using STEM tomography.

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    Nishiyama, T; Kaneko, K; Yamada, K; Teranishi, R; Kato, T; Hirayama, T; Tobita, H; Izumi, T; Shiohara, Y

    2014-11-01

    IntroductionSince the discovery of REBa2Cu3O7-y (RE: Rare Earth element, REBCO) superconductors, they have been expected as the best candidates for the power cable application due to its high critical temperature (Tc) and critical current density (Jc). Among those REBCO superconductors, GdBa2Cu3O7-y (GdBCO) have been receiving great interest because they have higher Tc and Jc than YBa2Cu3O7-y [1].GdBCO with various types of precipitates as artificial pinning centers (APCs) have been proposed to minimize the anisotropy of Jc characteristics under the magnetic field. Among those precipitates, BaHfO3 (BHO) was found most effective precipitates as APCs in GdBCO film prepared by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method [2]. It is therefore necessary to investigate not only the morphologies but also the dispersion of BHO precipitates within the GdBCO, to understand the role of BHO for the superconducting characteristics. In this study, morphologies and dispersions of BHO precipitates were characterized three-dimensional by scanning transmission electron tomography ExperimentalBHO dispersed GdBCO films were fabricated on Hastelloy C-276TM substrates with buffer layers of CeO2/LaMnO3/MgO/ Gd2ZrO7 by PLD method.To observe microstructure of GdBCO film with BHO precipitates, cross-section TEM specimens were prepared by FIB method using Quanta 3D-200 (FEI, USA) with acceleration voltage from 2 to 30 kV. Three-dimensional information such as morphology and dispersion, of BHO precipitates were characterized by electron tomography using STEM-HAADF. Result and discussionFigure 1 shows three-dimensional reconstructed volume of BHO precipitates in GdBCO, which revealed that fine BHO precipitates have rod- and plate-like morphologies with homogeneous dispersion in GdBCO. In addition, growth directions of these precipitates were found with wide angular distributions from growth direction of GdBCO. Anisotropy of Jc in the magnetic fields was probably enhanced by various growth directions

  13. Irreversibility line and flux pinning properties in a multilayered cuprate superconductor of Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (Tc = 105 K)

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    Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.; Shivagan, D. D.; Tanaka, Y.; Kito, H.; Kodama, Y.

    2008-07-01

    Irreversibility line (IL) and flux pinning properties were investigated for a Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O,F)2 (F-0234) multilayered cuprate superconductor with a Tc of 105 K. The intragrain critical current density (Jc) and irreversibility field (Birr) were determined by using Bean's critical state model for the grain-aligned sample (nominal composition Ba2Ca3Cu4O8.7F1.3). The irreversibility line (IL) of F-0234 is much lower than that of (Cu,C)Ba2Ca3Cu4Oy ((Cu, C)-1234) and HgBa2Ca3Cu4Oy (Hg-1234) in spite of the spacing between the superconducting blocks of F-0234 (7.3 Å) being much thinner. The double logarithmic plot of Birr field versus [1-(T/Tc) ] analysis hints that the flux line melting model has been adopted. An anisotropy factor of 65 was calculated from a 3D to 2D crossover field of about 0.95 T. Due to the high anisotropy of this system, a low IL has resulted. The flux pinning force density Fp ( ≈JcB) exhibits scaling behaviour when the magnetic field B is normalized by the Birr field. Analysis of the normalized pinning force reveals that a surface pinning mechanism is dominant and the reduced magnetic field bmax = 0.2 agrees with surface pinning mechanism with closely spaced pins.

  14. Evaluation of the microstructure of Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg Weldalite (tm) alloys, part 4

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    Pickens, Joseph R.; Kumar, K. S.; Brown, S. A.; Gayle, Frank W.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy designed to have ultrahigh strength and to serve in aerospace applications. The alloy displays significantly higher strength than competitive alloys in both naturally aged and artificially aged tempers. The strengthening phases in such tempers have been identified to, in part, explain the mechanical properties attained. In general, the alloy is strengthened by delta prime Al3Li and Guinier-Preston (GP) zones in the naturally aged tempers. In artificially aged tempers in slightly underaged conditions, strengthening is provided by several phases including GP zones, theta prime Al2Cu, S prime Al2CuMg, T(sub 1) Al2CuLi, and possibly a new phase. In the peak strength artificially aged tempers, T(sub 1) is the predominant strengthening phase.

  15. Mechanical properties of pure Ni and Ni-alloy substrate materials for Y Ba Cu O coated superconductors

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    Clickner, C. C.; Ekin, J. W.; Cheggour, N.; Thieme, C. L. H.; Qiao, Y.; Xie, Y.-Y.; Goyal, A.

    2006-06-01

    Mechanical properties of rolling-assisted, biaxially-textured substrates (RABiTS) and substrates for ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD) coated superconductors are measured at room temperature, 76, and 4 K. Yield strength, Young's modulus, and the proportional limit of elasticity are determined, tabulated and compared. Results obtained are intended to serve as a database of mechanical properties of substrates having the same anneal state and texture as those incorporated in the general class of RE-Ba-Cu-O coated conductor composites (RE = rare earth). The RABiTS materials measured are pure Ni, Ni-13at.%Cr, Ni-3at.%W-2at.%Fe, Ni-10at.%Cr-2at.%W, and Ni-5at.%W. The IBAD substrate materials included Inconel 625 and Hastelloy C-276. The Ni alloys are substantially stronger and show higher strains at the proportional limit than those of pure Ni. Substrates fully coated with buffer layers, ≈1 μm of Y-Ba-Cu-O, and 3-5 μm of Ag have similar mechanical properties (at 76 K) as the substrate alone. Somewhat surprisingly, plating an additional 30-40 μm of Cu stabilizer onto high-yield-strength (690 MPa) Hastelloy coated conductors ˜100 μm thick, reduces the overall yield strength of the composite structure by only about 10-12% at 76 K and 12-14% at room temperature; this indicates that the Cu layer, despite its relatively soft nature, contributes significantly to the overall strength of even high-strength coated conductors.

  16. Lattice Changes in Shape Memory CuZnAl Alloys on Aging at Room Temperature

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    Çakmak, Seyfettýn; Artunç, Ekrem; Kayali, Nejdet; Adigüzel, Osman

    2001-09-01

    The aging behavior of CuZnAl martensites (Cu-21.62 wt.% Zn-5.68 wt.% Al and Cu-24.98 wt.% Zn-4.43 wt.% Al) at about 297 K was studied by analyzing diffraction line profiles obtained by X-ray diffractometry. For the alloys, the change of the lattice parameters and the tetragonality associated with the aging time at room temperature were investigated. The habit planes versus the aging time at room temperature were calculated using the De Vos-Aernoundt-Delaey model, based on the crystallographic theory of Wechsler-Lieberman-Read(WLR), and from the DO3→ 18R martensite transformation theory.

  17. Microstructural variations in Cu/Nb and Al/Nb nanometallic multilayers

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    Polyakov, M. N.; Hodge, A. M.; Courtois-Manara, E.; Wang, D.; Kuebel, C.; Chakravadhanula, K.

    2013-06-17

    Miscible (Al/Nb) and immiscible (Cu/Nb) nanometallic multilayer systems were characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy techniques, primarily by automated crystallographic orientation mapping, which allows for the resolution of crystal structures and orientations at the nanoscale. By using this technique, distinctive Nb orientations in relation to the crystallographic state of the Al and Cu layer structures can be observed. Specifically, the Al and Cu layers were found to consist of amorphous, semi-amorphous, and crystalline regions, which affect the overall multilayer microstructure.

  18. The unusual chemical bonding and thermoelectric properties of a new type Zintl phase compounds Ba3Al2As4

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    Yang, Gui; Zhang, Guangbiao; Wang, Chao; Wang, Yuanxu

    2016-07-01

    Ba3Al2As4 exhibits an unusual anisotropic electrical conductivity, that is, the electrical conductivity along the chain is smaller than those along other two directions. The results is conflict with previous conclusion for Ca5M2Pn6. Earlier studies on Ca5M2Pn6 showed that a higher electrical conductivity could be obtained along the chain. The band decomposed charge density is used to explain such unusual behavior. Our calculations indicate the existence of a conductive pathway near the Fermi level is responsible for the electrons transport. Further, the Ba-As bonding of Ba3Al2As4 has some degree covalency which is novel for the Zintl compounds.

  19. Influence of CuO addition to BaSm{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} microwave ceramics on sintering behavior and dielectric properties

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    Zuo Mingwen; Li Wei . E-mail: liwei@mail.sic.ac.cn; Shi Jianlin; Zeng Qun

    2006-06-15

    Microwave dielectric ceramics of tungsten-bronze-type BaSm{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} were prepared by doping CuO (up to 2 wt.%) as the liquid-phase sintering aid. The effects of CuO additive on the densification, micro structure and dielectric properties were investigated. Due to the liquid-phase effect, the sintering temperature of BaSm{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics with 1 wt.% CuO addition can be effectively reduced to 1160 deg. C, about 200 deg. C lower than that of pure BaSm{sub 2}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} ceramics, while good microwave dielectric properties of {epsilon} {sub r} = 75.8, Q*f = 4914.6 GHz and {tau} {sub f} = -7.65 ppm/deg. C were still achieved.

  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. Research and analysis on the thin films sputtered by the Ba-Al-S:Eu target fabricated by powder sintering

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    Zhang, Dongpu; Xu, Fang; Yu, Zhinong; Xue, Wei

    2014-11-01

    Europium-doped barium thioaluminate (BaAl2S4:Eu) is currently the most efficient blue phosphor for inorganic thin film electroluminescent (iEL) device. To produce the full-color EL device, several kinds of blue-emitting layer were attempted and tested. As a key point of blue-emitting layer fabrication, single target sputtering deposition is an effective method. In this work, new structural target is introduced and the fabricated process is expatiated. The PL spectra of as fabricated targets show that both of two, 3mol% and 5mol% europium-doped, have blue emitting property. According to the PL spectra excited by 290nm, 300nm and 320nm ultraviolet, emission peaks located in the region near 470nm. So the as-fabricated targets can be used in single target sputtering deposition on thin film of BaAl2S4:Eu. XRD pattern indicates that there are 4 different phases, barium tetraaluminum sulfide (BaAl4S7), barium sulfide (BaS), europium sulfide (EuS) and barium aluminum oxide (BaAl2O4), in target 1. Besides these four compounds, other two phases, aluminum sulfide (Al2S3) and barium thioaluminate (BaAl2S4), are detected in target 2. Considering the analysis results, especially the hydrolyzation of Al2S3, target 1 is more suitable for sputtering deposition of BaAl2S4:Eu thin film. XPS and X-ray Fluorescence patterns describe the precise molar ratio of each element. In target 1 the relative atom concentration of barium, aluminum, sulfur and oxygen can be calculated from the pattern and molar ratio is about 9:33:41:17. Molar ratio of barium and europium is about 1:0.03. In short, the barium thioaluminate doped by europium sputtering target 1 is better to be applied in the fabrication of blue-emitting layer in inorganic electro-luminescent devices.

  2. SEM and SEM by EDX Analysis of Air-Processed SmBa2Cu3Oy

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    Kasuga, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Diko, P.; Jirsa, M.; Inoue, K.; Murakami, M.

    The present investigation focuses on the microstructure and chemical analysis of the in-air processed SmBa2Cu3Oy (Sm-123) sample with 3 wt% BaO2 and 20 wt% Ag2O addition. DC magnetization measurements showed a sharp superconducting transition with onset Tc at around 94.5 K. The critical current density (Jc) at 77 K and zero field was 24 kA/cm2. SEM analysis indicated dispersion of submicron secondary phase particles in the Sm-123 matrix. SEM by EDX analysis confirmed that matrix chemical ratio at various locations of the pellet was uniform. Trapped magnetic field profile analysis confirmed that samples were single grain. The sample with size of 12 by 12 mm and 5 mm thickness showed the trapped field on top surface 0.26T at liquid nitrogen temperature. The results indicate that content of BaO2 is crucial for improving utilization parameters of the bulk Sm-123 material melt-processed in air.

  3. Preparation of very thin superconducting films of Y-Ba-Cu-O by a layer-by-layer resistive evaporation

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    Azoulay, Jacob; Goldschmidt, Dan; Brener, R.

    1989-10-01

    We report here on 1/4 -μm-thick superconducting Y-Ba-Cu-O films, produced by a sequential layer-by-layer deposition of Cu, BaF2, and YF3, utilizing solely resistive evaporation from tungsten boats onto SrTiO3 substrates. The films are composed primarily of quasioriented elongated grains and have, on the average, the correct stoichiometry. A transition onset at 75 K and width of ˜25 K have been observed in these films. The shape of the current-voltage curve indicates that Josephson-coupled weak links limit the transport in these films. However, the magnitude of critical current (3000 A/cm2 at ˜10 K) is larger than that found in bulk ceramic superconductors. The origin of weak links in these films is probably in the regions of contact between the elongated grains. The relatively large critical current density, as compared to regular bulk ceramic superconductors, is presumably related to the quasioriented nature of the film.

  4. Magnetic Transport Properties in GdBa2Cu3- x Ru x O7- δ Superconducting Phase

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    Abou-Aly, A. I.; Mahmoud, S. A.; Awad, R.; Ibrahim, I. H.; Barakat, M. Me.

    2012-04-01

    Bulk superconducting samples of type GdBa2Cu3- x Ru x O7- δ phase, Gd-123, with x ranging from 0.0 to 0.15 were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction technique. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and the electrical resistivity measurements were performed in order to investigate the effect of Ru4+ ions substitution on Gd-123 phase. Enhancement of the phase formation and the superconducting transition temperature T c for GdBa2Cu3- x Ru x O7- δ phase up to x=0.05 was observed. The effect of magnetic field up to 4.4 kG on the electrical resistivity behavior of the prepared samples was studied to investigate the flux motion of this phase. The derived flux pinning energy U, based on the thermally activated flux creep TAFC model, decreased with increasing the magnetic field B. The flux pinning energy followed the exponent behavior as U( B)˜ B - β . The superconducting transition width ΔT increased as the magnetic field increased, showing the scaling relation as ΔT˜ B n . Using Ambegaokar and Halperin AH theory, the magnetic field and temperature dependence of U was found to be U( B, T)˜ ΔTB - η , η= β+ n. The critical current density J c (0) enhanced up to x=0.05, beyond which it decreased with further increase in Ru-content.

  5. Properties of large area ErBa2Cu3O(7-x) thin films deposited by ionized cluster beams

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    Levenson, L. L.; Stan, Mark A.; Bhasin, Kul B.

    1991-01-01

    ErBa2Cu3O(7-x) films have been produced by simultaneous deposition of Er, Ba, and Cu from three ionized cluster beam (ICB) sources at acceleration voltages of 0.3 to 0.5 kV. Combining ozone oxidation with ICB deposition at 650 C eliminated any need of post annealing processing. The substrates were rotated at 10 rotations per minute during the deposition which took place at a rate of about 3 to 4 nm. Films with areas up to 70 mm in diameter have been made by ICB deposition. These films, 100 nm thick, were deposited on SrTiO3 (100) substrates at 650 C in a mixture of six percent O3 in O2 at a total pressure of 4 x 10(exp -4) Torr. They had T(sub c) ranging from 84.3 K to 86.8 K over a 70 mm diameter and J(sub c) above 10(exp 6) A/sq cm at 77 K. X ray diffraction measurements of the three samples showed preferential c-axis orientation normal to the substrate surface. Scanning electron micrographs (SEM) of the three samples also show some texture dependence on sample position. For the three samples, there is a correlation between SEM texture, full width at half-maximum of rocking curves and J(sub c) versus temperature curves.

  6. Synthesis, structure, and properties of the noncentrosymmetric pyroborate BaCuB{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Smith, R.W.; Keszler, D.A.

    1997-03-01

    The new noncentrosymmetric pyroborate BaCuB{sub 2}O{sub 5} has been synthesized and its structure determined by single-crystal X-ray methods. It crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2 with a cell of dimensions a = 6.485(1), b = 9.165(1), c = 3.971(1) {angstrom}, and {beta} = 96.14(1){degrees}. The structure was determined from 1281 unique reflections and refined to the final residuals R = 0.039 and wR = 0.049. It is composed of highly distorted [CuO{sub 4}] squares and double-triangular [B{sub 2}O{sub 5}] groups that are connected to form infinite two-dimensional layers. The layers are stacked parallel to (001), and the Ba atoms interleave successive layers. Parallel alignment of the pyroborate groups is conductive to high efficiency for optical frequency conversion. The magnetic moment at 22{degrees}C is 1.69 {plus_minus} 0.03 {mu}{sub B}.

  7. The use of buffer pellets to pseudo hot seed (RE)-Ba-Cu-O-(Ag) single grain bulk superconductors

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    Shi, Yunhua; Namburi, Devendra Kumar; Zhao, Wen; Durrell, John H.; Dennis, Anthony R.; Cardwell, David A.

    2016-01-01

    Reliable seeding of the superconducting (RE)Ba2Cu3O7-δ (RE-123) phase is a critical step in the melt growth of large, single grain, (RE)BaCuO ((RE)BCO) bulk superconductors. Recent improvements to the top seeded melt growth (TSMG) processing technique, which is an established method of fabricating bulk (RE)BCO superconductors, based on the use of a buffer layer between the seed and green body preform, has significantly improved the reliability of the single grain growth process. This technique has been used successfully for the primary TSMG and infiltration melt growth of all compositions within the ((RE)BCO-Ag) family of materials (where RE = Sm, Gd and Y), and in recycling processes. However, the mechanism behind the improved reliability of the melt process is not understood fully and its effect on the superconducting properties of the fully processed single grains is not clear. In this paper, we investigate the effect of the use of a buffer pellet between the seed and green body on the microstructure, critical current, critical temperature and trapped field of the bulk superconductor. We conclude that the introduction of the buffer pellet evolves the melt growth process towards that observed in the technologically challenging hot seeding technique, but has the potential to yield high quality single grain samples but by a commercially viable melt process.

  8. Preparation and Dielectric Measurements of the Rare Earth Green Phases R2BaCuO(5-x) (R = Y, Sm, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb)

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    Gonzalez-Titman, Carlos

    1994-01-01

    It has been demonstrated that R2BaCuO(5-x) (R = Y, Sm, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb) does not undergo significant densification unless the sintering temperatures are near the incongruent melting point or the sintering times are long. Good quality powders of Y2BaCuO(5-x) have been synthesized by using oxide raw materials or precursors such as acetates and nitrates. The acetates- and the nitrates-derived yttrium green phase resulted in finer particle sizes, acceptable dielectric properties and lower melting temperatures than those processed via oxide raw materials. The hot pressing technique has been employed to produce a dense R2BaCuO(5-x) (R=Y,Gd) substrate with satisfactory dielectric properties. Reactivity to reducing conditions, i.e. graphite die, limited the optimization of the properties. A high sensitivity to the annealing atmosphere has been demonstrated in Y2BaCuO,.,,. Oxygen treatment at 950 OC has been shown to improve the dielectric properties while treatment in nitrogen, at the same temperature, degraded desirable properties. A high sensitivity to the annealing atmosphere has been demonstrated in Y2BaCuO(5-x). Oxygen treatment at 950 C has been shown to improve the dielectric properties while treatment in nitrogen, at the same temperature, degraded desirable properties. The dielectric constants of the rare earth green phases R2BaCuO(5-x) were found to be low. Relaxation peaks were detected at low temperatures (T less than 150 K) and at high temperatures (150 less than T greater than 420 K). The dielectric losses and conductivities at 77 K were measured to be in the range of 10(exp -4) and 10(exp -12) (Omega-cm)(exp -1), respectively. Many parameters were found to exhibit dependencies on the rare earth cation sizes.

  9. Epitaxial Growth of YBa2Cu3O7 Films onto LaAlO3 (100) by Using Oxalates

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    Dominguez, A. Bustamante; Felix, L. León; Garcia, J.; Santibañez, J. Flores; Valladares, L. De Los Santos; Gonzalez, J. C.; Anaya, A. Osorio; Pillaca, M.

    Due to the current necessity to obtain epitaxial superconductor films at low cost, we report the growth of YBa2Cu3O7 (Y123) films by chemical deposition. The procedure involved simple steps such as precipitation of stoichiometric amounts of yttrium, barium and copper acetates in oxalic acid (H2C2O4). The precursor solution was dripped onto LaAlO3 (100) substrates with the help of a Fisher pipette. The films were annealed in oxygen atmosphere during 12 h at three different temperatures: 820 °C, 840 °C and 860 °C. After 820 °C and 860 °C annealing, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis revealed high intensity of the (00l) reflections denoting that most of the Y123 grains were c-axis oriented. In addition, we also observed a-axis oriented grains ((h00) reflexion), minor randomly oriented grains and other phases (such as Y2BaCuO5 and CuO). In contrast, the sample treated at 840 °C, we noticed c - and a-axis oriented grains, very small amounts of randomly oriented grains without formation of other phases. From the magnetization versus temperature measurements, the critical temperatures were estimated at 70K and 90K for the samples annealed at 820 °C and 860 °C respectively.

  10. Laser soldering of sapphire substrates using a BaTiAl6O12 thin-film glass sealant

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    de Pablos-Martin, A.; Tismer, S.; Benndorf, G.; Mittag, M.; Lorenz, M.; Grundmann, M.; Höche, Th.

    2016-07-01

    Two sapphire substrates are tightly bonded through a BaTiAl6O12-glass thin film, by irradiation with a nanosecond laser. After the laser process, the composition of the glass sealant changes, due to incorporation of Al2O3 from the upper substrate. After annealing of the bonded samples (950 °C for 30 minutes) crystalline structures are observed by TEM which are attributed to crystalline BaTiAl6O12. These crystals together with Al2O3:Ti centers are the responsible of the observed strong blue luminescence of the laser irradiated region upon UV excitation. The structural and optical characterizations of the bonded samples clarify the laser soldering procedure as well as the origin of the luminescence. Bond quality and bond strength were evaluated by scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) and tensile tests, which results in a tensile stress of nearly 13 MPa, which is an acceptable value for glass sealants.

  11. The role of copper species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction

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    Liang, Chunxia; Li, Xinyong; Qu, Zhenping; Tade, Moses; Liu, Shaomin

    2012-02-01

    UV-vis spectra, XRD, H2-TPR, TEM and ESR were used to characterize a series of Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, which were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation using copper nitrate, copper acetate or copper sulfate as precursors, to study the role of Cu species on Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts for NH3-SCO reaction. It was found that the mixture of CuO phase and CuAl2O4 phase formed on various Cu/γ-Al2O3 catalysts, and the Cu species and dispersion had significant influence on the Cu/γ-Al2O3 activity. Highly dispersed CuO phase on the support would be related with its high activity for the NH3-SCO reaction.

  12. Combustion Synthesized Cr3+-doped-BaMgAl10O17 Phosphor: An Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Optical Study

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    Singh, Vijay; Sivaramaiah, G.; Rao, J. L.; Srivastava, Anoop K.; Ravikumar, R. V. S. S. N.; Dhoble, S. J.; Singh, P. K.; Mohapatra, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    BaMgAl10O17 phosphors doped with Cr3+ ions were prepared by a combustion route at a furnace temperature of 773 K. The X-ray diffraction pattern revealed that the BaMgAl10O17 phosphor was in a hexagonal phase. Energy-dispersive X-ray mapping images demonstrated the presence of the dopant ion in the BaMgAl10O17 matrix. The bands observed in the optical absorption spectrum were characteristic of Cr3+ ions in octahedral geometry. Upon 555-nm excitation, an intense narrow red emission line centred at 690 nm due to the 2Eg → 4A2g transition of Cr3+ ions was observed. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrum of Cr3+ ions in BaMgAl10O17 phosphor showed multiple absorption bands having at least 6 g values. Based on the EPR data, various parameters such as the absolute number of spins, Gibbs potential, magnetic susceptibility and magnetic moments, Curie constant, etc., for the system were evaluated.

  13. [Influence of Eu2+ content on the spectral characteristics of BaMgAl10O17 : Eu2+ phosphors].

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    Chen, Zhe; Xie, Hong; Yan, You-Wei

    2007-04-01

    Nanocrsytalline Ba(1-x)MgAl10O17 : xEu2+ (0.05 < or = x < or = 0.4) blue-emitting phosphor was successfully prepared by low-temperature combustion synthesis. The influence of different Eu content on the spectral characteristics of Ba(1-x) MgAl10O17 : xEu2+ was mainly investigated. The results of XRD and SEM analysis show that the sample is single phase and its average grain size is about 30 nm. The luminescence property of Ba(1-x)MgAl10O17 : xEu2+ phosphor is considerably influenced by Eu2+ concentration. In an appropriate Eu2+ doping concentration range, the intensity of the fluorescence of Ba(1-x)MgAl10O17 : xEu2+ was increased obviously with increasing the Eu2+ doping concentration, owing to adding the number of luminescent centers and enhancing the energy transfer between Eu2+ ions. The optimum emission intensity was reached at x = 0.2. However, as the Eu2+ doping concentration was higher than 0.2, the intensity of the fluorescence was reduced, due to the concentration quenching occurrence. PMID:17608168

  14. Influence of Calcining Temperature on CuO-Modified (Ba0.8Sr0.2)(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3 Ceramics

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    Yang, Cheng-Fu; Wu, Long; Wu, Tien-Shou

    1992-07-01

    The sintering of (Ba0.8Sr0.2)(Ti0.9Zr0.1)O3 (abbreviated as BSTZ) with different amounts of CuO, which is used as the liquid phase promoter for lowering the temperature required to densify BSTZ, is studied using two types of calcined powders. For 1050°C calcination, the calcined powder contains BaTiO3, SrTiO3 and some raw materials such as ZrO2 and BaCO3. With sintering, some residual raw materials form unknown phases or low-dielectric-constant compounds with CuO, causing the liquid phase effect of CuO to disappear. For 1170°C calcination, the calcined powder completely forms ABO3 phases containing (Ba, Sr)TiO3 and BaZrO3. The sintering temperature for densification of ceramics is lowered, and the firing characteristics critically depend on the amount of CuO added and the sintering temperature.

  15. Catalytic ozonation of petroleum refinery wastewater utilizing Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O 3 catalyst.

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    Chen, Chunmao; Yoza, Brandon A; Wang, Yandan; Wang, Ping; Li, Qing X; Guo, Shaohui; Yan, Guangxu

    2015-04-01

    There is of great interest to develop an economic and high-efficient catalytic ozonation system (COS) for the treatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. Applications of COS require options of commercially feasible catalysts. Experiments in the present study were designed to prepare and investigate a novel manganese-iron-copper oxide-supported alumina-assisted COS (Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS) for the pretreatment of petroleum refinery wastewater. The highly dispersed composite metal oxides on the catalyst surface greatly promoted the performance of catalytic ozonation. Hydroxyl radical mediated oxidation is a dominant reaction in Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS enhanced COD removal by 32.7% compared with a single ozonation system and by 8-16% compared with Mn-Fe/Al2O3-COS, Mn-Cu/Al2O3-COS, and Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS. The O/C and H/C ratios of oxygen-containing polar compounds significantly increased after catalytic ozonation, and the biodegradability of petroleum refinery wastewater was significantly improved. This study illustrates potential applications of Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3-COS for pretreatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. PMID:25649390

  16. After-Corrosion Suppression Using Low-Temperature Al-Si-Cu Etching

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    Aoki, Hidemitsu; Ikawa, Eiji; Kikkawa, Takamaro; Teraoka, Yuden; Nishiyama, Iwao

    1991-07-01

    The authors investigated the low-temperature etching effect on Al-Si-Cu after-corrosion. The after-corrosion extent was evaluated from the corrosion point density generated on the rinsed Al-Si-Cu stripes after dry etching. As the etching temperature was reduced, after-corrosion was suppressed. In order to study the low-temperature etching effect, the authors analyzed the Cl compounds remaining on the Al-Si-Cu film by thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). TDS revealed that the Cl concentration remaining on the Al-Si-Cu film etched at -60°C after rinsing in water was smaller than that remaining on the film etched at 30°C. Consequently, suppression of after-corrosion by low temperature etching could be attributed to the smaller number of Al-Cu bonds remaining in the Al-Si-Cu etch surface after removal of the AlClx layer by rinsing with water. This fact is due to the reduction of chemical reaction and diffusion rate by lowering the substrate temperature.

  17. Effect of Silicon on the Thixoformability of Al-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Benati, Davi Munhoz; Zoqui, Eugênio José

    2014-09-01

    The thixoformability of new Al-Si-Cu alloys was evaluated and characterized by their microstructural and rheological behavior. Alloys Al1Si2.6Cu, Al2Si2.6Cu, Al4Si2.6Cu, and Al7Si2.6Cu were produced with the addition of Al5Ti1B grain refiner alloy. The materials were heat treated under two controlled conditions: holding times of 0, 30, 90, and 210 s and solid fraction of 45 and 60%. The evaluation of the microstructure and semisolid behavior was characterized by globule size, shape factor (SF), minimum stress to flow, maximum stress, and apparent viscosity. The heat treatment times promoted the globularization of solid phase particles to achieve better apparent viscosity results for the alloys treated for 210 s. Both 45 and 60% solid fraction showed no significant differences in terms of SF, but the alloys containing lower solid fraction showed better performance for apparent viscosity. Better working ranges for these new Al-Si-Cu alloys were determined reaching average strain of 0.5 MPa and apparent viscosity of 105 Pa s.

  18. Nucleation Effects in Thermally Managed Graphite Fiber-Reinforced Al-Cu and Al-Si Composites

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    Seong, H. G.; Lopez, H. F.; Gajdardziska-Josifovska, M.; Rohatgi, P. K.

    2007-11-01

    The influence of heat extraction through fiber reinforcements on the resultant solidification morphologies was investigated in cast Al-Cu and Al-Si alloy composites reinforced with graphite fibers (GRFs). For this purpose, the GRFs were externally cooled by exposing their ends to ambient air during pressure infiltration. It was found that in the Al-Cu system, heat extraction through the fiber ends promoted the development of single α-Al envelopes around the GRFs. In particular, radial growth of the α envelopes occurred with a planar solid/liquid solidification front as a result of heat extraction. Apparently, the high thermal conductivity of GRFs causes significant heat extraction to enable the development of a positive temperature gradient at the GRF/melt interface. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and selected area electron diffraction (SAD) unveiled the occurrence of (002) α-Al//(0002)GR orientation relationship at α-Al/GRF interfaces. Preferential nucleation of primary Si along the graphite surfaces of the GRF-reinforced Al-Si alloy composite was also promoted by external fiber heat extraction. However, in this case, numerous nucleation events along the fiber interfaces were common, as well as nucleation at active substrates within the constrained melt. Finally, differential thermal analysis (DTA) indicated that the onset temperatures for nucleation shift toward higher values (by 7 °C for the Al-Cu composite and 2 °C for the Al-Si composite) when compared with their corresponding matrix alloys.

  19. Effect of doping on flux pinning of GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-y}

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    Zhang, L.; Xu, X.B.; Ding, S.Y.; Zheng, M.H.; Xiao, L.; Ren, H.T.; Jiao, Y.L.; Wang, X.L.; Lin, Z.W.; Zhu, J.G.

    2005-05-15

    Cylindrical single grains of GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (Gd-123) with a diameter of 25 mm were successfully fabricated by melt-texture growth (MTG) process in air to study the influence of different starting powders on flux pinning. Measurements of the magnetic critical current density (J{sub c}) showed that it was possible to fabricate large Gd-123 single grain with a high J{sub c} at high temperatures and fields by means of properly controlling the starting powders of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, BaCO{sub 3}, and CuO before the MTG process.

  20. Effect of current reversal on the failure mechanism of Al-Cu-Si narrow interconnects

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    Kim, Choong-Un; Kang, S. H.; Morris, J. W.

    1996-02-01

    The work reported here concerns the effect of a brief exposure to a reversed current on the electromigration failure of narrow Al-Cu thin-film conducting lines. While the precise mechanism by which Cu retards electromigration in AlCu alloys is not fully understood, the consistent observation that electromigration failure is preceded by the sweeping of Cu from the failure site can be used to improve electromigration resistance by stabilizing the distribution of Cu. One way of doing this is to expose the Al-Cu line to a reverse current for some period of time. The present work shows that this method is particularly effective in thin lines with “quasi-bamboo” microstructures. It has the effect of building a reservoir of Cu at the upstream ends of the polygranular segments that are the preferred failure sites, and significantly increases both the mean time to failure, and the time to first failure of a distribution of lines. It can be inferred from these results that Al-Cu lines that conduct alternating current should be exceptionally resistant to electromigration failure.

  1. Thermoelectric properties of Ni-doped CuAlO 2

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    Wongcharoen, Ngamnit; Gaewdang, Thitinai

    2009-07-01

    The polycrystalline Ni-doped CuAlO2 were obtained by solid state reaction method. The mixture of high purity grade of CuO, Al2O3 and Ni(NO3)2.6H2O powders was ground and then pressed by using uniaxial pressure. The obtained pellet was sintered in air at 1423 K for 24 h. XRD patterns showed the crystal structure of the as-sintered CuAl1-xNixO2 (0≤x≤0.10) belonging to rhombohedral, space group. No evidence of second phase was observed when Ni doping up to x=0.01. At Ni content x≥0.01 CuAl1-xNixO2 solid solution phase along with the CuO and CuAl2O4 phases were observed. From SEM micrographs, the grain size decreased from 6 to 2 μm when the amount of Ni in CuAl1-xNixO2 samples increased. Hall mobility and hole concentration of the as-sintered samples were obtained from Hall effect measurements at room temperature. The activation energy values deduced from the electrical resistivity measurements as a function of temperature were reported. The variation of Seebeck coefficient and power factor as a function of temperature was also investigated. From the experimental results, the substitution of Ni2+ ion in Cu+ site of CuAl1-xNixO2 material may be drawn.

  2. A Fluctuating State in the Framework Compounds (Ba,Sr)Al2O4

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    Ishii, Yui; Tsukasaki, Hirofumi; Tanaka, Eri; Mori, Shigeo

    2016-01-01

    The structural fluctuation in hexagonal Ba1−xSrxAl2O4 with a corner-sharing AlO4 tetrahedral network was characterized at various temperatures using transmission electron microscopy experiments. For x ≤ 0.05, soft modes of q ~ (1/2, 1/2, 0) and equivalent wave vectors condense at a transition temperature (TC) and form a superstructure with a cell volume of 2a × 2b × c. However, TC is largely suppressed by Sr-substitution, and disappears for x ≥ 0.1. Furthermore, the q ~ (1/2, 1/2, 0) soft mode deviates from the commensurate value as temperature decreases and survives in nanoscaled regions below ~200 K. These results strongly suggest the presence of a new quantum criticality induced by the soft mode. Two distinct soft modes were observed as honeycomb-type diffuse scatterings in the high-temperature region up to 800 K. This intrinsic structural instability is a unique characteristic of the framework compound and is responsible for this unusually fluctuating state. PMID:26758625

  3. A Fluctuating State in the Framework Compounds (Ba,Sr)Al2O4

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    Ishii, Yui; Tsukasaki, Hirofumi; Tanaka, Eri; Mori, Shigeo

    2016-01-01

    The structural fluctuation in hexagonal Ba1-xSrxAl2O4 with a corner-sharing AlO4 tetrahedral network was characterized at various temperatures using transmission electron microscopy experiments. For x ≤ 0.05, soft modes of q ~ (1/2, 1/2, 0) and equivalent wave vectors condense at a transition temperature (TC) and form a superstructure with a cell volume of 2a × 2b × c. However, TC is largely suppressed by Sr-substitution, and disappears for x ≥ 0.1. Furthermore, the q ~ (1/2, 1/2, 0) soft mode deviates from the commensurate value as temperature decreases and survives in nanoscaled regions below ~200 K. These results strongly suggest the presence of a new quantum criticality induced by the soft mode. Two distinct soft modes were observed as honeycomb-type diffuse scatterings in the high-temperature region up to 800 K. This intrinsic structural instability is a unique characteristic of the framework compound and is responsible for this unusually fluctuating state.

  4. CuO nanoparticles encapsulated inside Al-MCM-41 mesoporous materials via direct synthetic route

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    Huo, Chengli; Ouyang, Jing; Yang, Huaming

    2014-01-01

    Highly ordered aluminum-containing mesoporous silica (Al-MCM-41) was prepared using attapulgite clay mineral as a Si and Al source. Mesoporous complexes embedded with CuO nanoparticles were subsequently prepared using various copper sources and different copper loadings in a direct synthetic route. The resulting CuO/Al-MCM-41 composite possessed p6mm hexagonally symmetry, well-developed mesoporosity, and relatively high BET surface area. In comparison to pure silica, these mesoporous materials embedded with CuO nanoparticles exhibited smaller pore diameter, thicker pore wall, and enhanced thermal stability. Long-range order in the aforementioned samples was observed for copper weight percentages as high as 30%. Furthermore, a significant blue shift of the absorption edge for the samples was observed when compared with that of bulk CuO. H2-TPR measurements showed that the direct-synthesized CuO/Al-MCM-41 exhibited remarkable redox properties compared to the post-synthesized samples, and most of the CuO nanoparticles were encapsulated within the mesoporous structures. The possible interaction between CuO and Al-MCM-41 was also investigated.

  5. CuO nanoparticles encapsulated inside Al-MCM-41 mesoporous materials via direct synthetic route

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    Huo, Chengli; Ouyang, Jing; Yang, Huaming

    2014-01-01

    Highly ordered aluminum-containing mesoporous silica (Al-MCM-41) was prepared using attapulgite clay mineral as a Si and Al source. Mesoporous complexes embedded with CuO nanoparticles were subsequently prepared using various copper sources and different copper loadings in a direct synthetic route. The resulting CuO/Al-MCM-41 composite possessed p6mm hexagonally symmetry, well-developed mesoporosity, and relatively high BET surface area. In comparison to pure silica, these mesoporous materials embedded with CuO nanoparticles exhibited smaller pore diameter, thicker pore wall, and enhanced thermal stability. Long-range order in the aforementioned samples was observed for copper weight percentages as high as 30%. Furthermore, a significant blue shift of the absorption edge for the samples was observed when compared with that of bulk CuO. H2-TPR measurements showed that the direct-synthesized CuO/Al-MCM-41 exhibited remarkable redox properties compared to the post-synthesized samples, and most of the CuO nanoparticles were encapsulated within the mesoporous structures. The possible interaction between CuO and Al-MCM-41 was also investigated. PMID:24419589

  6. Fabrication and chemical composition of rf magnetron sputtered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O high T sub c superconducting thin films

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

    1990-08-01

    High-temperature superconducing Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O (TlCaBaCuO) thin films were fabricated by rf magnetron sputtering on strontium titanate (SrTiO{sub 3}) substrates. Thin films of 0.5--0.7-{mu}m thickness were deposited by pure argon sputtering from a single composite powder target of Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} at an rf power of 250 W and a pressure of 5 mTorr. As-deposited thin films were sintered and annealed in a thallium-rich ambient to obtain superconductivity with a zero resistance temperature ({ital T}{sub {ital c}0}) at 107 K. X-ray diffraction results showed highly {ital c}-axis oriented films with Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub {ital x}} (2223) and Tl{sub 2}Ca{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub {ital x}} (2122) phases present. Auger electron spectroscopy survey and depth profiles were performed to determine the compositional uniformity and impurity contents of the thin films. X ray photoelectron spectroscopy high-resolution spectra were obtained at the surface, in the bulk, and near the interface with the substrate. Our XPS results support two possible mechanisms for the creation of holes in the TlCaBaCuO compound: (1) partial substitution of Ca{sup 2+} for Tl{sup 3+} and (2) charge transfer from Tl{sup 3+} to the CuO layers resulting in a valence of Tl between +3 and +1 states and the creation of holes in the CuO layers. In addition, a wet chemical etching process was developed for patterning the as-deposited TlCaBaCuO thin films. A 125-{mu}m-wide line was formed using standard photolithography and wet chemical etching which, after heat treatments, showed superconductivity with a {ital T}{sub {ital c}0} of 80 K.

  7. Step-by-step thermal transformations of a new porous coordination polymer [(H2O)5CuBa(Me2mal)2]n (Me2mal2-=dimethylmalonate): Thermal degradation to barium cuprate

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    Zauzolkova, Natalya; Dobrokhotova, Zhanna; Lermontov, Anatoly; Zorina, Ekaterina; Emelina, Anna; Bukov, Mikhail; Chernyshev, Vladimir; Sidorov, Aleksey; Kiskin, Mikhail; Bogomyakov, Artem; Lytvynenko, Anton; Kolotilov, Sergey; Velikodnyi, Yuriy; Kovba, Maksim; Novotortsev, Vladimir; Eremenko, Igor

    2013-01-01

    The reactions of CuSO4·5H2O, dimethylmalonic acid and Ba(OH)2·H2O (Cu: H2Me2mal: Ba=1: 2: 2) in aqueous and aqueous-ethanol solutions (H2O: EtOH=1: 1) resulted in formation of 3D-porous coordination polymers [(H2O)3(μ-H2O)2CuBa(μ3-Me2mal)(Me2mal)]n (1) and [(μ-H2O)CuBa(μ3-Me2mal)(μ4-Me2mal)]n (2), respectively. It has been shown that compound 2 was an intermediate in the thermal degradation of compound 1. Thorough studies of solid-state thermolysis of 1 and 2 allowed to detect formation of coordination polymer [CuBa(μ4-Me2mal)(μ5-Me2mal)]n (3), structure of which was determined by X-ray powder diffraction. It has been found that the channels in polymer 3 were accessible for guest molecules (MeOH). Theoretical estimation of methanol diffusion barrier was carried out. Complete solid-phase thermolysis of 1 and 2 leads to a mixture of BaCuO2, BaCO3, and CuO. Special conditions for obtaining of a crystalline phase of pure cubic BaCuO2 were determined.

  8. Cu-doped AlN: A possible spinaligner at room-temperature grown by molecular beam epitaxy?

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    Ganz, P. R.; Schaadt, D. M.

    2011-12-23

    Cu-doped AlN was prepared by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy on C-plane sapphire substrates. The growth conditions were investigated for different Cu to Al flux ratios from 1.0% to 4.0%. The formation of Cu-Al alloys on the surface was observed for all doping level. In contrast to Cu-doped GaN, all samples showed diamagnetic behavior determined by SQUID measurements.

  9. Investigation of thermal, mechanical and magnetic behaviors of the Cu-11%Al alloy with Ag and Mn additions

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    Silva, R.A.G.; Paganotti, A.; Gama, S.; Adorno, A.T.; Carvalho, T.M.; Santos, C.M.A.

    2013-01-15

    The investigation of thermal, mechanical and magnetic behaviors of the Cu-11%Al, Cu-11%Al-3%Ag, Cu-11%Al-10%Mn and Cu-11%Al-10%Mn-3%Ag alloys was made using microhardness measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy and magnetic moment change with applied field measurement. The results indicated that the Mn addition changes the phase stability range, the microhardness values and makes undetectable the eutectoid reaction in annealed Cu-11%Al and Cu-11%Al-3%Ag alloys while the presence of Ag does not modify the phase transformation sequence neither microhardness values of the annealed Cu-11%Al and Cu-11%Al-10%Mn alloys, but it increases the magnetic moment of this latter at about 2.7 times and decreases the rates of eutectoid and peritectoid reactions of the former. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microstructure of Cu-Al alloy is modified in the Ag presence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ({alpha} + {gamma}) phase is stabilized down to room temperature when Ag is added to Cu-Al alloy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag-rich phase modifies the magnetic characteristics of Cu-Al-Mn alloy.

  10. Spark plasma sintering of a nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc alloy

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    Zúñiga, Alejandro; Ajdelsztajn, Leonardo; Lavernia, Enrique J.

    2006-04-01

    The microstructure and aging behavior of a nanocrystalline Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc alloy was studied. The nanocrystalline powders were produced by milling at liquid nitrogen temperature and then consolidated using spark plasma sintering (SPS). The microstructure after SPS consisted of a bimodal aluminum grain structure (coarse-grained and fine-grained regions), along with Al9FeNi and Al2CuMg particles dispersed throughout. The microstructure observed in the as-consolidated sample is rationalized on the basis of high current densities that are generated during sintering. Solution treatment and aging of the SPS Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc sample resulted in softening instead of hardening. This observation can be explained by the reduced amount of Cu, Mg, and Si in solid solution available to form S' Al2CuMg due to the precipitation of Al7FeCu2 and Si-rich particles, and by the fact that rodlike S' Al2CuMg particles could only precipitate out in the coarse-grained regions, greatly decreasing their influence on the hardness. This lack of precipitation in the fine-grained region is argued to represent a new physical observation and is rationalized on the basis of physical and thermodynamic effects. The nanocrystalline SPS Al-Cu-Mg-Fe-Ni-Sc sample was also extremely thermally stable, retaining a fine-grained structure even after solution treatment at 530°C for 5 h. The observed thermal stability is rationalized on the basis of solute drag and Zener pinning caused by the impurities introduced during the cryomilling process.

  11. Interatomic force interaction in an i-AlCuFe quasicrystal

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    Parshin, P. P.; Zemlyanov, M. G. Brand, R. A.

    2007-11-15

    Partial spectra of thermal vibrations of Al, Cu, and Fe atoms in an icosahedral quasicrystal have been obtained by the isotopic-contrast method in inelastic neutron scattering. Joint analysis of these results and the published data on the atomic and electronic structures of the icosahedral i-AlCuFe quasicrystal has been performed. A physical model of the quasicrystal structure is proposed that is in agreement with the existing experimental data and qualitatively describes the peculiarities of interatomic interaction.

  12. Thermal and structural characterization of Cu-Al-Mn-X (Ti, Ni) shape memory alloys

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    Canbay, C. Aksu; Genc, Z. Karagoz; Sekerci, M.

    2014-05-01

    In this study, the Cu-Al-Mn-X (X = Ni, Ti) shape memory alloys at the range of 10-12 at.% of aluminum and 4-5 at.% manganese were produced by arc melting. We have investigated the effects of the alloying elements on the transformation temperatures, and the structural and the magnetic properties of the quaternary Cu-Al-Mn-X (X = Ni, Ti) shape memory alloys. The evolution of the transformation temperatures was studied by differential scanning calorimetry with different heating and cooling rates. The characteristic transformation temperatures and the thermodynamic parameters were highly sensitive to variations in the aluminum and manganese content, and it was observed that the nickel addition into the Cu-Al-Mn system decreased the transformation temperature although Ti addition caused an increase in the transformation temperatures. The effect of the nickel and the titanium on the thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy and entropy values was investigated. The structural changes of the samples were studied by X-ray diffraction measurements and by optical microscope observations at room temperature. It is evaluated that the element Ni has been completely soluble in the matrix, and the main phase of the Cu-Al-Mn-Ni sample is martensite, and due to the low solubility of the Ti, the Cu-Al-Mn-Ti sample has precipitates, and a martensite phase at room temperature. The magnetic properties of the Cu-Al-Mn, Cu-Al-Mn-Ni and Cu-Al-Mn-Ti samples were investigated, and the effect of the nickel and the titanium on the magnetic properties was studied.

  13. Microwave surface impedance of Nd-rich Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} thin films

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    Salluzzo, M.; Andreone, A.; Palomba, F.; Pica, G.; Maggio-Aprile, I.; Fischer, O.

    1999-11-01

    Surface impedance measurements on highly c-axis epitaxial Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2{minus}x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (x = 0, 0.09 and 0.12) films grown by d.c. magnetron sputtering on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates are presented. It is found that the zero temperature London penetration depth correlates well with the critical temperature of the films and with the corresponding number of carriers. The low temperature penetration depth follows a linear T law for optimally doped Nd123 sample and a T{sup 2} law in Nd-rich samples. In the case of the heavily underdoped samples ({Tc} < 60K) the T{sup 2} law extends to temperatures higher than {Tc}/2. The possible role of the Nd/Ba ions substitution on the penetration depth and surface resistance is discussed.

  14. Synthesis, Crystal and Electronic Structures of the Pnictides AE3TrPn3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga; Pn = P, As)

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    Stoyko, Stanislav; Voss, Leonard; He, Hua; Bobev, Svilen

    2015-09-24

    New ternary arsenides AE3TrAs3 (AE = Sr, Ba; Tr = Al, Ga) and their phosphide analogs Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3 have been prepared by reactions of the respective elements at high temperatures. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies reveal that Sr3AlAs3 and Ba3AlAs3 adopt the Ba3AlSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oC56, space group Cmce, Z = 8). This structure is also realized for Sr3GaP3 and Ba3AlP3. Likewise, the compounds Sr3GaAs3 and Ba3GaAs3 crystallize with the Ba3GaSb3-type structure (Pearson symbol oP56, space group Pnma, Z = 8). Both structures are made up of isolated pairs of edge-shared AlPn4 and GaPn4 tetrahedra (Pn = pnictogen, i.e.,more » P or As), separated by the alkaline-earth Sr2+ and Ba2+ cations. In both cases, there are no homoatomic bonds, hence, regardless of the slightly different atomic arrangements, both structures can be rationalized as valence-precise [AE2+]3[Tr3+][Pn3-]3, or rather [AE2+]6[Tr2Pn6]12-, i.e., as Zintl phases.« less

  15. Role of Nd/Ba Disorder on the Penetration Depth of Nd{sub 1+x}Ba{sub 2-x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} Thin Films

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    Salluzzo, M.; Palomba, F.; Pica, G.; Andreone, A.; Maggio-Aprile, I.; Fischer, Oe.; Cantoni, C.; Norton, D. P.

    2000-07-31

    We report on a study on the effect of Nd/Ba disorder on the ab -plane penetration depth of epitaxial Nd{sub 1+x}Ba {sub 2-x}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} thin films. While in stoichiometric samples {lambda}(T) at low temperature is linear, Nd-rich films exhibit a quadratic law. For low Nd excess (x<0.04) , a satisfying fit is obtained using the ''dirty'' d -wave model assuming that Nd ions at Ba sites act as strong scattering centers. At high x (x>0.15) the data are explained if Nd/Ba disorder becomes less effective as a source of scattering. The effect of localization has been discussed to account for the experimental results. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  16. Growth process of Cu2Al6B4O17 whiskers

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    Zhu, Chengcai; Nai, Xueying; Zhu, Donghai; Guo, Fengqin; Zhang, Yongxing; Li, Wu

    2013-01-01

    The reactions occurred and growth process in the preparation of copper aluminum borate (Cu2Al6B4O17) whiskers based on flux method (Al2(SO4)3/CuSO4/H3BO3 as raw materials, K2SO4 as flux) were investigated. The thermogravimetric and differential scanning calorimetry analysis (TG-DSC), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrum analysis (ICP-AES) and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) results of reactants mixture quenched at various temperatures and phase diagrams of K2SO4-Al2(SO4)3 system and B2O3-Al2O3 system showed that the reaction process proceeds through three steps: the formation and decomposition of two different kinds of potassium aluminum sulfate (K3Al(SO4)3 and KAl(SO4)2); the formation of aluminum borate (Al4B2O9) and decomposition of copper sulfate (CuSO4) and boric acid (H3BO3); growth and formation of copper aluminum borate (Cu2Al6B4O17) whiskers. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis results indicated that morphology in growth of Cu2Al6B4O17 whiskers develops through three stages: nanoparticles, fan-shaped whiskers and agminate-needlelike whiskers.

  17. Phase formation in Au-Al and Cu-Al thin-film systems under ion beam bombardment

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    Chang, C.T.; Campisano, S.U.; Cannavo, S.; Rimini, E.

    1984-05-01

    Au-Al and Cu-Al thin film bilayers were bombarded at 80 K with Kr/sup +/ ions of 60--240 keV energy. The Au/sub 2/Al+AuAl/sub 2/ and Al/sub 4/Cu/sub 9/ phases formed during bombardment and they were investigated by backscattering and x-ray diffraction techniques. In all the cases the growth kinetics is linear with the parameter (fluence x interfacial deposited energy density)/sup 1//sup ///sup 2/ suggesting a correlation with a diffusion-like process. Comparison with calculations of diffusion enhanced within the collision cascade gives good agreement with the experimental results.

  18. Dissolution of Precipitates During Solution Treatment of Al-Mg-Si-Cu Alloys

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    Zhang, Xukai; Guo, Mingxing; Zhang, Jishan; Zhuang, Linzhong

    2016-02-01

    A model combining classical diffusion-controlled dissolution equation for a single spherical particle and Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-like equation is used to deal with dissolution process for different kinds of precipitations (Si, Mg2Si, Q(Al1.9Mg4.1Si3.3Cu)) in Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys. The results reveal that the dissolution time of precipitates increases with increasing their sizes and solute concentrations in the alloy matrix; for the same size and concentration, their dissolution times follow Si > Q(Al1.9Mg4.1Si3.3Cu) > Mg2Si. Two precipitates (Mg2Si and Al1.9Mg4.1Si3.3Cu) with a size of about 700 nm were obtained in a cold rolled Al-Mg-Si-Cu-Zn alloy, and the complete dissolution time is about 15 seconds, which is basically the same as the calculated time by the developed model. The theoretical prediction of dissolution time can be greatly used to design solution treatment and thermomechanical processing parameters of Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys.

  19. Crystallographic Study of Mixtures La1+xBa2-xCu3Oy (x=0,0.2,0.4,0.6) after annealing at 860 deg. C

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    Stergiou, A.; Yilmaz, S.; Stergiou, C.

    2007-04-23

    Four powder mixtures with chemical formula La1+xBa2-xCu3Oy was prepared. The mixtures were heated in free atmosphere, at temperature 850 deg. C for 60h and then at 860 deg. C for 40h. XRD measurements were obtained with CuKa radiation. The samples were characterized with the help of the PDF and refined, using the Rietveld's 'Powder Profile Analysis'. Four phases, same for all the samples, were found: (La,Ba)2CuO4, BaCuO2, LaBa2Cu3O7-d, and BaCO3. The percentages of the tour phases are changed, as the x quantity increases, and varied from 38, 25, 18, 19%, for x=0, to 69, 14, 7, 10%, for x=0.6, respectively.

  20. Wetting of TiC by Al-Cu alloys and interfacial characterization.

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    Contreras, A

    2007-07-01

    The wetting behavior and the interfacial reactions that occurred between molten Al-Cu alloys (1, 4, 8, 20, 33, and 100 wt% Cu) and solid TiC substrates were studied by the sessile drop technique in the temperature range of 800-1130 degrees C. The effect of wetting behavior on the interfacial reaction layer was studied. All the Al-Cu alloys react with TiC at the interface forming an extensive reaction layer. The interface thickness varied with the samples, and depends on the temperature, chemical composition of the alloy and the time of the test. Wetting increases with increasing concentration of copper in the Al-Cu alloy at 800 and 900 degrees C. In contrast, at higher temperature such as 1000 degrees C wetting decreases with increasing copper content. The spreading kinetics and the work of adhesion were evaluated. The high values of activation energies indicated that spreading is not a simple viscosity controlled phenomenon but is a chemical reaction process. The spreading of the aluminum drop is observed to occur according to the formation of Al4C3, CuAl2O4, CuAl2, TiCux mainly, leading to a decreases in the contact angle. As the contact angle decreases the work of adhesion increases with increasing temperature. Al-Cu/TiC assemblies showed cohesive fracture corresponding to a strong interface. However, using pure Cu the adhesion work is poor, and the percentage of cohesion work is also too low (27-34%). PMID:17359993

  1. Phase-Transformation-Induced Extra Thermal Expansion Behavior of (SrxBa1-x)TiO3/Cu Composite.

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    Sheng, Jie; Wang, Lidong; Li, Shouwei; Yin, Benke; Liu, Xiangli; Fei, Wei-Dong

    2016-01-01

    The properties of metal matrix composites (MMCs) can be optimized effectively through adjusting the type or the volume fraction of reinforcement. Generally, the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of MMCs can be reduced by increasing the volume fraction of the reinforcement with lower CTE than metal matrix. However, it is great challenge to fabricate low CTE MMCs with low reinforcement volume fraction because of the limitation of reinforcement CTEs. SrxBa1-xTiO3 (SBT) powder presents negative thermal expansion behavior during the phase transformation from tetragonal to cubic phase. Here, we demonstrate that the phase transformation of SBT can be utilized to reduce and design the thermal expansion properties of SBT particle-reinforced Cu (SBT/Cu) composite, and ultralow CTE can be obtained in SBT/Cu composite. The X-ray diffraction analysis on heating indicates that the temperature range of phase transformation is extended greatly, therefore, the low CTE can be achieved within wide temperature range. Landau-Devonshire theory study on the phase transformation behaviors of SBT particles in the composite indicates that thermal mismatch stress significantly affects the Curie temperature of SBT particles and the CTE of the composite. The results given in the present study provide a new approach to design the MMCs with low CTE. PMID:27255420

  2. Unusual magnetic order in the pseudogap region of the superconductor HgBa2CuO4+delta.

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    Li, Y; Balédent, V; Barisić, N; Cho, Y; Fauqué, B; Sidis, Y; Yu, G; Zhao, X; Bourges, P; Greven, M

    2008-09-18

    The pseudogap region of the phase diagram is an important unsolved puzzle in the field of high-transition-temperature (high-T(c)) superconductivity, characterized by anomalous physical properties. There are open questions about the number of distinct phases and the possible presence of a quantum-critical point underneath the superconducting dome. The picture has remained unclear because there has not been conclusive evidence for a new type of order. Neutron scattering measurements for YBa(2)Cu(3)O(6+delta) (YBCO) resulted in contradictory claims of no and weak magnetic order, and the interpretation of muon spin relaxation measurements on YBCO and of circularly polarized photoemission experiments on Bi(2)Sr(2)CaCu(2)O(8+delta)(refs 12, 13) has been controversial. Here we use polarized neutron diffraction to demonstrate for the model superconductor HgBa(2)CuO(4+delta) (Hg1201) that the characteristic temperature T* marks the onset of an unusual magnetic order. Together with recent results for YBCO, this observation constitutes a demonstration of the universal existence of such a state. The findings appear to rule out theories that regard T* as a crossover temperature rather than a phase transition temperature. Instead, they are consistent with a variant of previously proposed charge-current-loop order that involves apical oxygen orbitals, and with the notion that many of the unusual properties arise from the presence of a quantum-critical point. PMID:18800135

  3. Unusual Magnetic Order in the Pseudogap Region of the Superconductor HgBa2CuO4+d

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    Li, Y

    2008-09-30

    The pseudogap region of the phase diagram is an important unsolved puzzle in the field of high-transition-temperature (high-T{sub c}) superconductivity, characterized by anomalous physical properties. There are open questions about the number of distinct phases and the possible presence of a quantum-critical point underneath the superconducting dome. The picture has remained unclear because there has not been conclusive evidence for a new type of order. Neutron scattering measurements for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+{delta}} (YBCO) resulted in contradictory claims of no and weak magnetic order, and the interpretation of muon spin relaxation measurements on YBCO and of circularly polarized photoemission experiments on Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8+{delta}} has been controversial. Here we use polarized neutron diffraction to demonstrate for the model superconductor HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} (Hg1201) that the characteristic temperature T* marks the onset of an unusual magnetic order. Together with recent results for YBCO, this observation constitutes a demonstration of the universal existence of such a state. The findings appear to rule out theories that regard T* as a crossover temperature rather than a phase transition temperature. Instead, they are consistent with a variant of previously proposed charge-current-loop order that involves apical oxygen orbitals, and with the notion that many of the unusual properties arise from the presence of a quantum-critical point.

  4. Effect of delayed aging on mechanical properties of an Al-Cu-Mg alloy

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    Ravindranathan, S.P.; Kashyap, K.T.; Kumar, S.R.; Ramachandra, C.; Chatterji, B.

    2000-02-01

    The effect of delayed aging on mechanical properties is characteristically found in Al-Mg-Si alloys. Delayed aging refers to the time elapsed between solutionizing and artificial aging. Delayed aging leads to inferior properties. This effect was investigated in an Al-Cu-Mg alloy (AU2GN) of nominal composition Al-2Cu-1.5Mg-1Fe-1Ni as a function of delay. This alloy also showed a drop in mechanical properties with delay. The results are explained on the basis of Pashley's kinetic model to qualitatively explain the evolution of a coarse precipitate structure with delay. It is found that all the results of delayed aging in the Al-Cu-Mg alloys are similar to those found in Al-Mg-Si alloys.

  5. Suppression of activation energy and superconductivity by the addition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles in CuTl-1223 matrix

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    Jabbar, Abdul; Qasim, Irfan; Mumtaz, M.; Zubair, M.; Nadeem, K.; Khurram, A. A.

    2014-05-28

    Low anisotropic (Cu{sub 0.5}Tl{sub 0.5})Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10−δ} (CuTl-1223) high T{sub c} superconducting matrix was synthesized by solid-state reaction and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were prepared separately by co-precipitation method. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were added with different concentrations during the final sintering cycle of CuTl-1223 superconducting matrix to get the required (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub y}/CuTl-1223, y = 0.0, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0, and 1.5 wt. %, composites. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, and dc-resistivity (ρ) measurements. The activation energy and superconductivity were suppressed with increasing concentration of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles in (CuTl-1223) matrix. The XRD analysis showed that the addition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles did not affect the crystal structure of the parent CuTl-1223 superconducting phase. The suppression of activation energy and superconducting properties is most probably due to weak flux pinning in the samples. The possible reason of weak flux pinning is reduction of weak links and enhanced inter-grain coupling due to the presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles at the grain boundaries. The presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles at the grain boundaries possibly reduced the number of flux pinning centers, which were present in the form of weak links in the pure CuTl-1223 superconducting matrix. The increase in the values of inter-grain coupling (α) deduced from the fluctuation induced conductivity analysis with the increased concentration of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles is a theoretical evidence of improved inter-grain coupling.

  6. Phase equilibria among the superconductors in the Y[sub 2]O[sub 3][endash]BaO[endash]Cu[endash]O system

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    Zhou, Z.; Navrotsky, A. )

    1999-09-01

    The enthalpy of formation of Y[sub 2]Ba[sub 4]Cu[sub 7]O[sub 14.864] at room temperature has been determined by using high-temperature reaction calorimetry. The standard enthalpy of formation of the 247 phase is [Delta]H[sup o][sub f]=[minus]5463[plus minus]18 hthinsp;kJ hthinsp;mol[sup [minus]1]. Phase relationships among the superconductors, namely, the 123, 124, and 247, are assessed. It is intrinsic that impurity phases, such as Y[sub 2]Cu[sub 2]O[sub 5], BaCuO[sub 2], CuO, etc., coexist with the superconductors at equilibrium. Equilibria among the superconductor phases in the Y[sub 2]O[sub 3][endash]BaO[endash]Cu[endash]O system have been determined. The results show that, at the 124 bulk composition, the 247 phase coexists with the excess CuO in a narrow area of p[sub O[sub 2

  7. Quantification of microsegregation during rapid solidification of Al-Cu powders

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    Prasad, Arvind; Nenein, Hani; Conlon, Kelly

    2006-05-01

    A new technique is introduced to quantify microsegregation during rapid solidification. The quantification involves calculation of the average solute solubility in the primary phase during solidification of an Al-Cu binary alloy. The calculation is based on using volume percent eutectic and weight percent of second phase (in the eutectic), which were obtained experimentally. Neutron diffraction experiments and stereology calculation on scanning electron microscope images were done on impulse atomized Al-Cu alloys of three compositions (nominal), 5 wt pct Cu, 10 wt pct Cu, and 17 wt pct Cu, atomized under N2 and He gas. Neutron diffraction experiments yielded weight percent CuAl2 data and stereology yielded volume percent eutectic data. These two data were first used to determine the weight percent eutectic. Using the weight percent eutectic and weight percent CuAl2 in mass and volume balance equations, the average solute solubility in the primary phase could be calculated. The experimental results of the amount of eutectic, tomography results from previous work, and results from the calculations suggest that the atomized droplets are in metastable state during the nucleation undercooling of the primary phase, and the effect of metastability propagates through to the eutectic formation stage. The metastable effect is more pronounced in alloys with higher solute composition.

  8. An analytical electron microscopic investigation of precipitation in an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy.

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    Hasan, F; Lorimer, G W

    1993-03-01

    The distribution, morphology, chemistry, and crystallography of the precipitates formed during aging of an Al-Cu-Zn-Mg-Ag alloy have been studied using analytical transmission electron microscopy. The first precipitates to appear during aging at 150 degrees C were thin hexagonal-shaped plate-like precipitates which formed on the (111)Al planes. These precipitates had a face-centred orthorhombic crystal structure and their composition was essentially CuAl2 although they contained a trace of silver. At peak hardness the microstructure consisted of the plate-like precipitates on (111)Al planes and theta' precipitates on (100)Al planes. Overaging resulted in the precipitation of equilibrium theta, CuAl2, which exhibited a lath morphology and an orientation-relationship with the matrix (210)Al magnitude of (110)gamma; (001)Al misoriented from (001)gamma by approximately 6 degrees. Prolonged overaging at 250 degrees C resulted in the formation of cuboid-shaped Al5(Cu,Zn)6Mg2 precipitates which had a cubic crystal structure and a cube:cube orientation-relationship with the matrix. PMID:8513176

  9. Investigation on photoluminescence properties and defect chemistry of GdAlO3:Dy3+ Ba2+ phosphors

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    Selvalakshmi, Thangaraj; Sellaiyan, Selvakumar; Uedono, Akira; Semba, Takaaki; Bose, Arumugam Chandra

    2016-08-01

    GdAlO3:Dy3+ Ba2+ phosphors are synthesized by citrate-based sol-gel method. Photoluminescence and positron annihilation studies are used to investigate the emission and defect chemistry of the phosphors respectively. The strong yellow (Dy3+) emission properties of phosphors are discussed for various concentrations of Dy3+ ions. Upon the addition of Ba2+ ion, an enhancement in emission intensity is observed due to the lattice distortions around Dy3+ ion. The positron studies indicate the presence of defects at crystallite boundaries, vacancy clusters and large voids in the materials. The influence of Ba2+ ion on the photoluminescence and lattice distortion around Dy3+ is also explored.

  10. Measurement of the mass attenuation coefficient from 81 keV to 1333 keV for elemental materials Al, Cu and Pb

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    Gjorgieva, Slavica; Barandovski, Lambe

    2016-03-01

    The mass attenuation coefficients (μ/ρ) for 3 high purity elemental materials Al, Cu and Pb were measured in the γ-ray energy range from 81 keV up to 1333 keV using 22Na, 60Co 133Ba and 133Cs as sources of gamma radiation. Well shielded detector (NaI (Tl) semiconductor detector) was used to measure the intensity of the transmitted beam. The measurements were made under condition of good geometry, assuring that any photon absorbed or deflected appreciably does not reach the detector. The measured values are compared with the theoretical ones obtained by Seltzer (1993).

  11. Cyclic Oxidation Behavior of CuCrAl Cold-Sprayed Coatings for Reusable Launch Vehicles

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    Raj, Sai; Karthikeyan, J.

    2009-01-01

    The next generation of reusable launch vehicles is likely to use GRCop-84 [Cu-8(at.%)Cr-4%Nb] copper alloy combustion liners. The application of protective coatings on GRCop-84 liners can minimize or eliminate many of the environmental problems experienced by uncoated liners and significantly extend their operational lives and lower operational cost. A newly developed Cu- 23 (wt.%) Cr-5% Al (CuCrAl) coating, shown to resist hydrogen attack and oxidation in an as-cast form, is currently being considered as a protective coating for GRCop-84. The coating was deposited on GRCop-84 substrates by the cold spray deposition technique, where the CuCrAl was procured as gas-atomized powders. Cyclic oxidation tests were conducted between 773 and 1,073 K to characterize the coated substrates.

  12. Coercivity enhancement in Mn-Al-Cu flakes produced by surfactant-assisted milling

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    Saravanan, P.; Hsu, Jen-Hwa; Vinod, V. T. P.; Černík, Miroslav; Kamat, S. V.

    2015-11-01

    We herein report the achievement of exceptionally high coercivity (Hc) values: 9.92 and 5.86 kOe at 5 and 300 K, respectively, for Mn55Al43Cu2 flakes produced by surfactant-assisted milling process without employing any heat-treatment. The use of surfactants such as oleic acid and oleylamine during milling yielded high-aspect ratio flakes for the Mn-Al-Cu alloy. Structural studies confirmed the presence of τ- and β-phases as the major constituents in the Mn-Al-Cu flakes. The observed Hc enhancement is due to the increase in anisotropy field and structural defects, which is hypothesized to originate from the domain-wall pinning as a consequence of precipitation of fine Cu-particles present at the grain boundaries.

  13. Ba(Zn1-2xMnxCux)2As2: A Bulk Form Diluted Ferromagnetic Semiconductor with Mn and Cu Codoping at Zn Sites

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    Man, Huiyuan; Guo, Shengli; Sui, Yu; Guo, Yang; Chen, Bin; Wang, Hangdong; Ding, Cui; Ning, F. L.

    2015-10-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of a bulk form diluted magnetic semiconductor Ba(Zn1-2xMnxCux)2As2 with the crystal structure identical to that of “122” family iron based superconductors and the antiferromagnet BaMn2As2. No ferromagnetic order occurs with (Zn, Mn) or (Zn, Cu) substitution in the parent compound BaZn2As2. Only when Zn is substituted by both Mn and Cu simultaneously, can the system undergo a ferromagnetic transition below TC ~ 70 K, followed by a magnetic glassy transition at Tf  ~ 35 K. AC susceptibility measurements for Ba(Zn0.75Mn0.125Cu0.125)2As2 reveal that Tf strongly depends on the applied frequency with and a DC magnetic field dependence of , demonstrating that a spin glass transition takes place at Tf. As large as -53% negative magnetoresistance has been observed in Ba(Zn1-2xMnxCux)2As2, enabling its possible application in memory devices.

  14. Ba(Zn1−2xMnxCux)2As2: A Bulk Form Diluted Ferromagnetic Semiconductor with Mn and Cu Codoping at Zn Sites

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    Man, Huiyuan; Guo, Shengli; Sui, Yu; Guo, Yang; Chen, Bin; Wang, Hangdong; Ding, Cui; Ning, F.L.

    2015-01-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of a bulk form diluted magnetic semiconductor Ba(Zn1−2xMnxCux)2As2 with the crystal structure identical to that of “122” family iron based superconductors and the antiferromagnet BaMn2As2. No ferromagnetic order occurs with (Zn, Mn) or (Zn, Cu) substitution in the parent compound BaZn2As2. Only when Zn is substituted by both Mn and Cu simultaneously, can the system undergo a ferromagnetic transition below TC ~ 70 K, followed by a magnetic glassy transition at Tf  ~ 35 K. AC susceptibility measurements for Ba(Zn0.75Mn0.125Cu0.125)2As2 reveal that Tf strongly depends on the applied frequency with and a DC magnetic field dependence of , demonstrating that a spin glass transition takes place at Tf. As large as −53% negative magnetoresistance has been observed in Ba(Zn1−2xMnxCux)2As2, enabling its possible application in memory devices. PMID:26492957

  15. Surface impedance of R 1(Nd xBa 2- x)Cu 3O 7- δ (R=Nd, Y) thin films

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    Salluzzo, M.; Andreone, A.; Cassinese, A.; Di Capua, R.; Di Gennaro, E.; Iavarone, M.; Maglione, M. G.; Vaglio, R.

    2002-08-01

    We have studied the effect of Nd/Ba substitution on the superconducting properties of R 1(Nd xBa 2- x)Cu 3O 7 (R=Nd, Y) thin films by using microwave penetration depth and surface resistance measurements. Data on samples characterised by a Nd-excess of 4-5% have been collected by using a microstrip resonator at frequencies of 1.44 and 9.7 GHz and a symmetric dielectric resonator technique in TE 0 1 1 mode at 19.8 GHz. A quadratic bT2 low temperature dependence of the penetration depth is observed for the Nd-rich samples, with the coefficient b decreasing with the frequency. The data can be reasonably explained in a d-wave framework supposing that Nd at Ba site behaves, both in Nd 1+ x Ba 2- xCu 3O 7 and Y 1(Nd xBa 2- x)Cu 3O 7, as a resonant impurity, as confirmed by scanning tunnelling spectroscopy. The changes of the temperature dependence of the penetration depth with the frequency can be explained with a two fluid approach taking into account the frequency dependence of the complex conductivity.

  16. Effect of Al3+ on Photoluminescence Properties of Eu3+-Doped BaZr(BO3)2 Phosphors

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    Li, Guang-Min; Li-Lan; Wang, Da-Jian; Zhang, Xiao-Song; Tao, Yi

    2006-08-01

    We discuss the influence of Al3+ on the charge transfer state (CTS) and the photoluminescence properties of BaZr(BO3)2:Eu. The results reveal that there is a red shift which is about 20 nm for the charge transfer state when doping with Al3+ and indicate the formation of `free' electrons due to the change of microstructures. In addition, the influence of Al3+ doping on the PPR is analysed and a new explanation is raised based on the photo luminescent mechanism. It is the CTS intensity rather than the CTS energy that influences the peak-peak ratio.

  17. Microwave Dielectric Resonance and Negative Permittivity Behavior in Al2O3-CuO-Cu Nanocomposites

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    Calame, Jeffrey; Battat, Jacob

    2006-03-01

    The frequency-dependent microwave (0.1-18 GHz) complex permittivity of nanocomposites based on the Al2O3/CuO/Cu system is investigated. The composites are formed by solution infusion of copper precursors into a porous Al2O3 matrix, followed by thermal decomposition to copper oxides and localized formation of CuAl2O4 spinels, and finally partial reduction by H2 firing. The final material has a complicated microstructure and exhibits strong amplitude, relatively narrowband dielectric resonance in the microwave regime at intermediate concentrations (˜15-18% by volume) of Cu. The resonances are superficially similar in structure to plasmon and Reststrahlen resonances typically seen in conductors at far-infrared to optical frequencies, but occurring at much lower frequencies in the composites. This is in contrast to the usual broadband induced-polarization dielectric relaxations observed in standard composites. Large concentrations of copper cause negative permittivity behavior below 6 GHz. Permittivity data, SEM micrographs, and possible explanations will be presented.

  18. Growth behavior of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. and NdBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. thin films observed by electron diffraction

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    Shimizu, T.; Nonaka, H.; Arai, K. )

    1991-07-29

    Growth behavior of thin films of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} and NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} has been observed in reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) during coevaporation of constituent metal atoms with a NO{sub 2} supersonic molecular beam. The intensity oscillations of RHEED specular beam have been observed during deposition. The nucleation behavior of NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} is found to be different from that of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} in RHEED observation.

  19. 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.

  20. Spin dynamics near a putative antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in Cu-substituted BaFe2As2 and its relation to high-temperature superconductivity

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    Kim, M. G.; Wang, M.; Tucker, G. S.; Valdivia, P. N.; Abernathy, D. L.; Chi, Songxue; Christianson, A. D.; Aczel, A. A.; Hong, T.; Heitmann, T. W.; et al

    2015-12-02

    We present the results of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering measurements on nonsuperconducting Ba(Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2, a composition close to a quantum critical point between antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered and paramagnetic phases. By comparing these results with the spin fluctuations in the low-Cu composition as well as the parent compound BaFe2As2 and superconducting Ba(Fe1–xNix)2As2 compounds, we demonstrate that paramagnon-like spin fluctuations are evident in the antiferromagnetically ordered state of Ba(Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2, which is distinct from the AFM-like spin fluctuations in the superconducting compounds. Our observations suggest that Cu substitution decouples the interaction between quasiparticles and the spin fluctuations. In addition, we show that themore » spin-spin correlation length ξ(T) increases rapidly as the temperature is lowered and find ω/T scaling behavior, the hallmark of quantum criticality, at an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point.« less

  1. Spin dynamics near a putative antiferromagnetic quantum critical point in Cu-substituted BaFe2As2 and its relation to high-temperature superconductivity

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    Kim, M. G.; Wang, M.; Tucker, G. S.; Valdivia, P. N.; Abernathy, D. L.; Chi, Songxue; Christianson, A. D.; Aczel, A. A.; Hong, T.; Heitmann, T. W.; Ran, S.; Canfield, P. C.; Bourret-Courchesne, E. D.; Kreyssig, A.; Lee, D. H.; Goldman, A. I.; McQueeney, R. J.; Birgeneau, R. J.

    2015-12-01

    We present the results of elastic and inelastic neutron scattering measurements on nonsuperconducting Ba (Fe 0.957Cu 0.043) 2As 2 , a composition close to a quantum critical point between antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered and paramagnetic phases. By comparing these results with the spin fluctuations in the low-Cu composition as well as the parent compound BaFe2As2 and superconducting Ba (Fe1-xNix) 2As2 compounds, we demonstrate that paramagnon-like spin fluctuations are evident in the antiferromagnetically ordered state of Ba (Fe0.957Cu0.043)2As2 , which is distinct from the AFM-like spin fluctuations in the superconducting compounds. Our observations suggest that Cu substitution decouples the interaction between quasiparticles and the spin fluctuations. We also show that the spin-spin correlation length ξ (T ) increases rapidly as the temperature is lowered and find ω /T scaling behavior, the hallmark of quantum criticality, at an antiferromagnetic quantum critical point.

  2. Structural and ferroelectric properties of BaTiO 3/YBa 2Cu 3O 7 heterostructures prepared by laser molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wang, H. S.; Liu, Y. W.; Ma, K.; Peng, Z. Q.; Cui, D. F.; Lu, H. B.; Zhou, Y. L.; Chen, Z. H.; Li, L.; Yang, G. Z.

    1997-08-01

    Heteroepitaxial BaTiO 3(BTO)/YBa 2Cu 3O 7(YBCO) thin films were grown on (100) SrTiO 3(STO) substrates by ozone assistant laser molecular beam epitaxy (L sbnd MBE). The results show that by using this technique, high quality ferroelectric/superconductor heterostructures with high crystalline quality and desirable device performance can be obtained.

  3. Bandgap narrowing in the layered oxysulfide semiconductor Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2: Role of FeO2 layer

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    Han, Zhang; Shifeng, Jin; Liwei, Guo; Shijie, Shen; Zhiping, Lin; Xiaolong, Chen

    2016-02-01

    A new layered Cu-based oxychalcogenide Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2 has been synthesized and its magnetic and electronic properties were revealed. Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2 is built up by alternatively stacking [Cu2S2]2- layers and iron perovskite oxide [(FeO2)(BaO)(FeO2)]2- layers along the c axis that are separated by barium ions with Fe3+ fivefold coordinated by a square-pyramidal arrangement of oxygen. From the bond valence arguments, we inferred that in layered CuCh-based (Ch = S, Se, Te) compounds the +3 cation in perovskite oxide sheet prefers a square pyramidal site, while the lower valence cation prefers the square planar sites. The studies on susceptibility, transport, and optical reflectivity indicate that Ba3Fe2O5Cu2S2 is an antiferromagnetic semiconductor with a Néel temperature of 121 K and an optical bandgap of 1.03 eV. The measurement of heat capacity from 10 K to room temperature shows no anomaly at 121 K. The Debye temperature is determined to be 113 K. Theoretical calculations indicate that the conduction band minimum is predominantly contributed by O 2p and 3d states of Fe ions that antiferromagnetically arranged in FeO2 layers. The Fe 3d states are located at lower energy and result in a narrow bandgap in comparison with that of the isostructural Sr3Sc2O5Cu2S2. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51472266, 51202286, and 91422303), the Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDB07020100) and the ICDD.

  4. O-2p holes in tetravalent oxides of Ce and Pr and the Fehrenbacher-Rice hybrid in PrBa2Cu3O7-δ

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    Hu, Z.; Meier, R.; Schüßler-Langeheine, C.; Weschke, E.; Kaindl, G.; Felner, I.; Merz, M.; Nücker, N.; Schuppler, S.; Erb, A.

    1999-07-01

    We report on an x-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) study of O-2p holes induced by Ln-4f/O-2p covalence in LnO2 (Ln=Ce,Pr) and BaLnO3 (Ln=Ce,Pr,Tb). The pre-edge peak in the O-1s XANES spectra, associated with O-2p holes, shifts to lower energy from Ce to Pr, in agreement with theoretical expectation, and its intensity scales with the strength of the 4f/2p covalence. In Pr(IV) oxides, the pre-edge peak is at the energy of the ``Fehrenbacher-Rice'' state in PrBa2Cu3O7-δ , supporting the view that the suppression of superconductivity in PrBa2Cu3O7-δ is due to Pr-4f/O-2p hybridization.

  5. Microstructures and superconducting properties of single domain (Sm 0.5,Eu 0.5)Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ superconductors fabricated in air

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    Hu, A.; Sakai, N.; Ogasawara, K.; Murakami, M.

    2002-01-01

    Single-domain (Sm 0.5,Eu 0.5)Ba 2Cu 3O 7- δ grains were obtained via modified melt processing in air using NdBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ seeds. The facet growth front was observed in the a/b growth direction and the stepwise growth front in the c growth direction. A series of crystal defects: dislocations, twin boundaries and local chemical variations between rare earth and Ba were revealed by transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrum analysis. In addition, a slightly higher concentration of Sm than Eu was revealed in the matrix. A high Tc value up to 94.5 K and enhanced Jc values over a wide field range at 77 K were obtained after Ar post-annealing. A pellet of diameter 16 mm trapped 0.45 T field at 77 K.

  6. Luminescence properties of undoped LiBaAlF6 single crystals.

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    Omelkov, S I; Kirm, M; Feldbach, E; Pustovarov, V A; Cholakh, S O; Isaenko, L I

    2010-07-28

    This paper presents the results of the study of electronic excitations in undoped LiBaAlF(6) single crystals by means of luminescence spectroscopy and complimentary optical methods. The intrinsic emission at 4.2 eV due to self-trapped excitons was identified. The fast nanosecond defect-related luminescence was revealed at 3.0 eV. Both emissions degrade under electron beam irradiation, the most probable reason of which is defect creation introducing an additional non-radiative relaxation channel prohibiting energy transfer to luminescence centers. These defects can be recovered and luminescence intensity restored at higher temperatures (>200 K). The permanent damage by electron beam irradiation results only in overall growth of the absorption coefficient in the whole 1.5-6.5 eV spectral region studied. The analysis of thermally stimulated luminescence glow curves in the temperature range of 5-410 K revealed two shallow charge carrier traps with the activation energies of 0.22 and 0.33 eV, respectively. The luminescence of an impurity peaked at 2.5 eV was found and tentatively assigned to an oxygen-related emission center. PMID:21399311

  7. Scaling of Dynamic Spin Correlations in BaCu2(Si0.5Ge0.5)2O7

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    Zheludev, Andrey I; Masuda, T.; Dhalenne, G.; Revcolevschi, A.; Frost, C.; Perring, T. G.

    2007-01-01

    The magnetic dynamic structure factor of the one-dimensional S=1/2 chain system BaCu{sub 2}(Si{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}){sub 2}O{sub 7} is studied in a wide range of energy transfers and temperatures. Contrary to previous erroneous reports [T. Masuda et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 077206 (2004)], the scaling properties observed in the range 0.5-25 meV are found to be fully consistent with expectations for a Luttinger spin liquid. At higher energies, a breakdown of scaling laws is observed and attributed to lattice effects. The results are complementary to those found in literature for other S=1/2 chain compounds, such as KCuF{sub 3} and Cu benzoate.

  8. Characterization of CuAlO2 Thin Films Prepared on Sapphire Substrates by Reactive Sputtering and Annealing

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    Tsuboi, Nozomu; Moriya, Tomohiro; Kobayashi, Satoshi; Shimizu, Hidehiko; Kato, Keizo; Kaneko, Futao

    2008-01-01

    As-deposited films were prepared on sapphire substrates at 500-680 °C by alternately sputtering Cu and Al targets in Ar-diluted O2 gas atmosphere. The composition of the as-deposited films corresponded to that of the slightly oxygen-rich region of the CuO-CuAl2O4-Al2O3 system. The films as-deposited at 500 °C had an amorphous structure, while the films as-deposited at 680 °C had CuAl2O4 phase but no CuAlO2 phase. Annealing at 1050 °C in nitrogen flow caused a reduction in the molar fraction of oxygen, i.e., the composition of the annealed films with [Cu]/[Al] ≈1 corresponded to CuAlO2. The annealed films were predominated by the CuAlO2 phase. The preferential orientation of the films toward the c-axis normal to the substrate surface is due to the small lattice mismatch between the rhombohedral [010] of delafossite-type CuAlO2 and the hexagonal [1100] of the sapphire substrate. The annealed films had an absorption edge corresponding to the energy gap of CuAlO2 and exhibited p-type conductivity.

  9. Self-field ac losses in biaxially aligned Y{endash}Ba{endash}Cu{endash}O tape conductors

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    Iijima, Y.; Hosaka, M.; Sadakata, N.; Saitoh, T.; Kohno, O.; Takeda, K.

    1997-11-01

    Self-field ac losses were measured by the conventional ac four-probe method in biaxially aligned Y{endash}Ba{endash}Cu{endash}O tapes using polycrystalline Hastelloy tapes with textured yttria-stabilized-zirconia buffer layers. The ac losses increased in proportion to the fourth power of transport current in the high J{sub c} sample, and agreed well with Norris{close_quote} equation for thin strip conductors. However, the low J{sub c} sample had rather higher losses than Norris{close_quote} prediction, suggesting excessive magnetic flux penetration caused by percolated current paths. The results confirmed Norris{close_quote} prediction of the low ac losses for thin strip conductors, and indicated the importance of removing percolated structures of current paths to avoid higher ac losses than the theoretical predictions based on uniform conductors. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  10. Electron microscopy of satellite structure and twinning in HoBa 2Cu 3O 7-x

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    Nissen, H.-U.; Kawamata, Y.; Wessicken, R.; Beeli, C.; Hulliger, F.

    1988-06-01

    Two different distributions of satellite reflections in electron diffractograms have been observed in HoBa2Cu3O7-x after intense electron irradiation: diffuse elongated spots from orthorhombic materials, and sharp superlattice spots from material possibly transformed to tetragonal in the electron beam.- Two types of twin texture composed of sets of twin lamellae are observed, each involving four crystal orientations. The first type is assumed to originate in two genetic stages. In the second type, two adjacent crystal orientations occur which differ by about 1° in the more common configuration and by 2° in another configuration. In the junctions of the twin lamellae, the lattice planes are coherently connected and strongly bent.

  11. Electrical transport in the superconducting and normal states in Y2Ba5Cu7Ox high-temperature superconductor

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    Mazaheri, M.; Jamasb, S.

    2016-05-01

    The resistivity of a recently reported Y2Ba5Cu7Ox (Y257) polycrystalline, high-temperature superconductor has been characterized over temperature in the presence of magnetic field intensities in the 0-15 kOe range. The magnetoresistive behavior of Y257 has been analyzed to determine the functional dependence of the pinning energy, U, associated with the resistive transition. Within the temperature range of 0.60 < T /Tc < 0.95 the Y257 resistivity data are consistent with the thermally activated flux creep model with the pinning energy following the temperature and magnetic field according to (1 - T /Tc) 2H-1. The pinning energy in this temperature range was determined to be in the 0.0125-0.8151 eV range. Furthermore, application of the Mott variable range hopping model to account for the normal-state behavior of resistivity in Y257 is critically assessed.

  12. Influence of the calcining temperature on the superconducting transition and critical current of Y-Ba-Cu-oxide compound

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    Lee, H. K.; Kwon, H. C.; Kim, I. S.; Park, J. C.

    1988-01-01

    Superconducting transition and critical current of a Y-Ba-Cu-oxide compound prepared by ceramic technique have been studied for the samples which have the same nominal composition and sintering conditions, while systematically varying the calcining temperature from 850 to 1000 °C. It was observed that the shape of the superconducting transition in resistivity measurement markedly depends on the calcining temperature. All samples showed metallic behavior in normal state and samples which have lower resistivity showed higher critical current density. The resistivity just above onset temperature decreased with increasing the calcining temperature up to 950 °C, but above 975 °C the opposite behavior was observed. This behavior was discussed in connection with x-ray diffraction patterns of the samples.

  13. Flux pinning in Tl1-xCxBa2Ca3Cu4O12-δ superconductor

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    Khurram, A. A.; Ahmad, Shakeel; Khan, Nawazish A.

    2012-10-01

    The dissipation mechanism in Tl1-xCxBa2Ca3Cu4O12-δ (x = 0, 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) superconductor under the influence of external magnetic fields have been studied. The sample with x = 0.25 have shown strong flux pinning characteristic as compared to the Tl1-xCx-1234 (x = 0, 0.5 and 0.75) samples. The scanning electron micrographs of Tl1-xCx-1234 shows well connected grains in x = 0 and 0.25 samples. Whereas, x = 0.5 and 0.75 samples have relatively poor grain morphology, which shows that the source of pinning in Tl0.75C0.25-1234 sample is intrinsic one. The transition width data was also fitted to the thermally activated flux flow model. The apical phonon modes of vibrations were studied through FTIR absorption measurements.

  14. Development of YBa2Cu3O7-Ba2YTaO6 nanocomposites by chemical solution deposition

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    Garcés, P.; Coll, M.; Castro, H.; Puig, T.; Obradors, X.

    2014-12-01

    In this work we report the study of chemical solution deposited (CSD) YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) nanocomposite thin films, with diluted Ba2YTaO6 (BYTO) nanoparticles. We studied the influence of thermal treatment on the properties of nanocomposites, with different content of secondary phases (6%, 10% and 20%). We measured the film microstructure, nanostrain and the superconducting properties: critical temperature (Tc) and critical current density (Jc). The films were characterized using X-rays diffraction and SQUID inductive measurements. The use of two steps in the thermal treatment allowed to increase the nanostrain up to 0.30% for high nanoparticle loads (20%BYTO), decrease the nanoparticle size down to 15 nm and lead a smoother Jc(H) dependence, compared with the standard (single-step) thermal process and the pristine YBCO films.

  15. Materials process and applications of single grain (RE)-Ba-Cu-O bulk high-temperature superconductors

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    Li, Beizhan; Zhou, Difan; Xu, Kun; Hara, Shogo; Tsuzuki, Keita; Miki, Motohiro; Felder, Brice; Deng, Zigang; Izumi, Mitsuru

    2012-11-01

    This paper reviews recent advances in the melt process of (RE)-Ba-Cu-O [(RE)BCO, where RE represents a rare earth element] single grain high-temperature superconductors (HTSs), bulks and its applications. The efforts on the improvement of the magnetic flux pinning with employing the top-seeded melt-growth process technique and using a seeded infiltration and growth process are discussed. Which including various chemical doping strategies and controlled pushing effect based on the peritectic reaction of (RE)BCO. The typical experiment results, such as the largest single domain bulk, the clear TEM observations and the significant critical current density, are summarized together with the magnetization techniques. Finally, we highlight the recent prominent progress of HTS bulk applications, including Maglev, flywheel, power device, magnetic drug delivery system and magnetic resonance devices.

  16. MOCVD of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-x thin films using a Ba fluorocarbon-based precursor

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    Fröhlich, K.; Šouc, J.; Chromik, S.; Machajdik, D.; Kliment, V.

    1992-11-01

    We have prepared superconducting YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x films by MOCVD using fluorocarbon based Ba(hfa) 2 precursor. The films were deposited at 500°C and annealed in low pressure ( pO2=10 -2Pa) dry oxygen atmosphere as well as in argon/oxygen mixture in the presence of water vapour. The samples on a MgO single crystal substrate had Tc( R=0)=79 K and Jc=10 4 A/cm 2 at T=30 K in zero magnetic field while the film on SrTiO 3, annealed under the same conditions had Tc( R=0)=86 K and Jc reached a value of 10 5 A/cm 2 at T=78 K.

  17. (Hg, Sb)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ thick films on YSZ substrates

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    Li, J. Q.; Lam, C. C.; Peacock, G. B.; Hyatt, N. C.; Gameson, I.; Edwards, P. P.; Shields, T. C.; Abell, J. S.

    2000-02-01

    Superconducting thick films of (Hg, Sb)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+icons/Journals/Common/delta" ALT="delta" ALIGN="MIDDLE"/> have been fabricated on polycrystalline yttria-stabilized-zirconia substrates utilizing an Hg-free precursor film reacted with Hg vapour, released from a solid Hg source, in a sealed quartz tube. The resulting films have been studied by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ac susceptibility and resistance measurement techniques. A high quality Hg(Sb)-1223 superconducting thick film on YSZ can be fabricated by using a pre-melted Hg-free precursor film. The zero resistance superconducting transition temperature in the post-growth oxygenated thick film is in excess of 130 K and the transport critical current density for the film is 510 A cm-2 at 77 K.

  18. Flux pinning and flux creep in neutron irradiated (Y,Gd)Ba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x

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    Willis, J.O. Superconductivity Research Lab., Tokyo ); Sickafus, K.E.; Peterson, D.E. )

    1991-01-01

    Powder samples of Y{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} were irradiated with mixed spectrum ({approximately}50% E<0.5eV, 50% E>0.5eV) neutrons with most interactions expected to occur at the Gd site. As a function of fluence the samples showed increased ({approximately}X3-X8) magnetically measured critical current densities J{sub c} at low fluences, falling off at the highest values. An analysis of magnetic relaxation data, which allows for a nonlinear pinning potential U vs J relationship, revealed substantial increases in U at constant J, indicating that the irradiation introduced more effective pinning centers than those originally present. 13 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Synthesis of Y1BaCu3O(x) superconducting powders by intermediate phase reactions

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    Moure, C.; Fernandez, J. F.; Tartaj, J.; Recio, P.; Duran, P.

    1991-01-01

    A procedure for synthesizing Y1Ba2Cu3O(x) by solid state reactions was developed. The method is based on the use of barium compounds, previously synthesized, as intermediate phases for the process. The reaction kinetics of this procedure were established between 860 C and 920 C. The crystal structure and the presence of second phases were studied by means of XRD. The sintering behavior and ceramic parameters were also determined. The orthorhombic type-I structure was obtained on the synthesized bodies after a cooling cycle in an air atmosphere. Superconducting transition took place at 91 K. Sintering densities higher than 95 percent D sub th were attained at temperatures below 940 C.

  20. Microstructure and magnetization of Y-Ba-Cu-O prepared by melt quenching, partial melting and doping

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    Hojaji, Hamid; Hu, Shouxiang; Michael, Karen A.; Barkatt, Aaron; Thorpe, Arthur N.; Alterescu, Sidney

    1991-01-01

    Y-Ba-Cu-O samples prepared by means of a variety of melt-based techniques exhibit high values for their magnetic properties compared with those of samples prepared by solid state sintering. These techniques include single-stage partial melting as well as melt quenching followed by a second heat treatment stage, and they have been applied to the stoichiometric 123 composition as well as to formulations containing excess yttrium or other dopants. The structure of these melt-based samples is highly aligned, and the magnetization readings exhibit large anisotropy. At 77 K and magnetic field intensities of about 2 kOe, diamagnetic susceptibilities as high as -14 x 10(exp -3) emu/g were obtained in the cases of melt-quenched samples and remanent magnetization values as high as 10 emu/g for samples prepared by partial melting.

  1. Time evolution of Meissner effect in EuBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta

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    Sherbakov, A.S.; Startsev, V.E.; Valivlin, E.G. )

    1990-01-01

    The results of temperature and time (at T = 4.2 K) dependent magnetization (M) measurements on polycrystalline high T{sub c} superconductor EuBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} are reported for different magnetic fields from 2.2 kOe to 35 kOe. The measurements were performed in the field-cooled regime (measuring the Meissner effect). A new phenomenon is found: the magnetization sign inversion from negative to positive during the time at which the external conditions (T,H) remains unchanged. The differential susceptibility in a new mixed state with M {gt} O is diamagnetic. It is shown that origin of this state is not connected with a flux trapping, but rather caused by the unusual nature of the vortex themselves in FC mixed state of high T{sub c} superconductors.

  2. Composition variations in pulsed-laser-deposited Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films as a function of deposition parameters

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    Foote, M. C.; Jones, B. B.; Hunt, B. D.; Barner, J. B.; Vasquez, R. P.; Bajuk, L. J.

    1992-01-01

    The composition of pulsed-ultraviolet-laser-deposited Y-Ba-Cu-O films was examined as a function of position across the substrate, laser fluence, laser spot size, substrate temperature, target conditioning, oxygen pressure and target-substrate distance. Laser fluence, laser spot size, and substrate temperature were found to have little effect on composition within the range investigated. Ablation from a fresh target surface results in films enriched in copper and barium, both of which decrease in concentration until a steady state condition is achieved. Oxygen pressure and target-substrate distance have a significant effect on film composition. In vacuum, copper and barium are slightly concentrated at the center of deposition. With the introduction of an oxygen background pressure, scattering results in copper and barium depletion in the deposition center, an effect which increases with increasing target-substrate distance. A balancing of these two effects results in stoichiometric deposition.

  3. Critical current densities in neutron irradiated Tl 2Ca 2Ba 2Cu 3O 10 single crystals

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    Brandstätter, G.; Sauerzopf, F. M.; Weber, H. W.; Aghaei, A.; Schwarzmann, F.

    1994-12-01

    A Tl 2Ca 2Ba 2Cu 3O 10 single crystal with a transition temperature of 117.5 K was subjected to fast neutron irradiation to fluences of 2·10 21, 4·10 21, 8·10 21, and 1.6·10 22 m 2 (E>0.1 MeV). The superconducting transition temperatures T c, the hysteresis loops and the irreversibility lines were measured before and after each irradiation step. The critical current densities J c were calculated from the magnetization loops using an anisotropic Bean model. With increasing fluence we find a decrease of T c, as observed in YBCO-123 and other high temperature superconductors, and an increase of J c. The irreversibility line is shifted to higher fields and temperatures.

  4. The photo-catalytic activities of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) microparticles

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    Zhang, Fan; Shi, Yuanji; Zhao, Zongshan; Song, Weijie; Cheng, Yang

    2014-02-01

    For the good performance of apatite-based materials in the removal of dyes and their environment-friendly advantage, five kinds of apatite microparticles of MP (M = Ba, Ca, Cu, Sr, Ag; P = PO43-, HPO42-) were synthesized by a simple precipitation method and their photo-catalytic properties were invested. Better performance in the decolorization of methyl orange (MO) under the assistance of H2O2 than that of TiO2 were obtained for all the MPs. The photo-catalytic activity was mainly affected by surface area, energy band, impurity, crystallinity and crystal structure. The DFT calculation results demonstrated that the 2p of O and 3p of P in PO43- played the main role in the photo-catalytic process. This work would be helpful to design and synthesize low cost apatite materials with good photo-catalytic performance.

  5. Inelastic-neutron-scattering study of the Er3+ energy levels in ErBa2Cu3O7

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    Soderholm, L.; Loong, C.-K.; Kern, S.

    1992-05-01

    Magnetic excitation spectra of ErBa2Cu3O7 have been measured by use of inelastic neutron scattering. Optimal experimental conditions allow the resolution of the transitions between the Er3+ ground state and all seven excited states within the 4I15/2 Russell-Saunders ground multiplet. The data are analyzed in terms of an intermediate-coupling crystal-field model, calculated using spherical-tensor techniques. Calculated spectra based on the results of this analysis are consistent with all experimental spectra, including those obtained at higher temperatures. The eigenfunctions and eigenvalues obtained from this analysis are used to calculate the magnetic properties expected of Er3+ in this crystal environment.

  6. A new type of Cu-Al-Ta shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature

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    Wang, C. P.; Su, Y.; Y Yang, S.; Shi, Z.; Liu, X. J.

    2014-02-01

    In this study, a new type of Cu-Al-Ta (Cu86Al12Ta2 wt%) shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature is explored. The microstructure, reversible martensitic transformation and shape memory properties are investigated by means of optical microscopy, back-scattered electron, electron probe microanalysis, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and tensile tests. It is proposed that Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy consists of a mixture of primarily {\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and a little {\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and some different precipitates. The tiny thin-striped Ta2(Al,Cu)3 precipitate is predominant in the as-quenched condition, whereas the particle-shaped Cu(Al, Ta) precipitate is dominant after hot-rolling. Additionally, the dendritic-shaped γ1(Cu9Al4) phase begins to appear after hot-rolling, but it disappears when the sample is re-quenched. All studied samples have reversible martensitic transformation temperatures higher than 450 ° C. The results show that two-step martensitic transformation behavior is observed for Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy in all three different conditions due to the transformations between ({\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime}+{\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime}) martensites and the austenite parent phase. The results further show that the recovery ratios are almost 100% when the pre-strains are ≤2.5%, then they gradually decrease with further increase of the pre-strains. The shape memory effects clearly increase as a result of increase of the pre-strains, up to a maximum value of 3.2%.

  7. Neutron-scattering evidence for a periodically modulated superconducting phase in the underdoped cuprate La1.905Ba0.095CuO4

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    Xu, Zhijun; Stock, C.; Chi, Songxue; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Xu, Guangyong I.; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, J. M.

    2014-10-01

    The role of antiferromagnetic spin correlations in high-temperature superconductors remains a matter of debate. We present inelastic neutron-scattering evidence that gapless spin fluctuations coexist with superconductivity in La1.905Ba0.095CuO4. Furthermore, we observe that both the low-energy magnetic spectral weight and the spin incommensurability are enhanced with the onset of superconducting correlations. We propose that the coexistence occurs through intertwining of spatial modulations of the pair wave function and the antiferromagnetic correlations. This proposal is also directly relevant to sufficiently underdoped La2-xSrxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6+x.

  8. Microstructural Observations in a Cast Al-Si-Cu/TiC Composite

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    Karantzalis, A. E.; Lekatou, A.; Georgatis, E.; Poulas, V.; Mavros, H.

    2010-06-01

    A 3-5 vol.% TiC particulate Al-Si-Cu composite was prepared by diluting Al/20 vol.% TiC composite in an Al-7Si-4Cu alloy matrix. TiC particle distribution consists of isolated and clustered particles which are both located at the primary-α grain boundaries and at the areas of the last solidified liquid. Particle pushing by the solidification front is responsible for the final particle location. The solidified microstructure consists of primary and intermetallic phases formed by a sequence of possible eutectic reactions. No evidence of TiC particle degradation was observed.

  9. Multiferroic approach for Cr,Mn,Fe,Co,Ni,Cu substituted BaTiO3 nanoparticles

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    Verma, Kuldeep Chand; Kotnala, R. K.

    2016-05-01

    Multiferroic magnetoelectric (ME) at room temperature is significant for new design nano-scale spintronic devices. We have given a comparative study to report multiferroicity in BaTM0.01Ti0.99O3 [TM = Cr,Mn,Fe,Co,Ni,Cu (1 mol% each) substituted BaTiO3 (BTO)] nanoparticles. The TM ions influenced both nano-size and lattice distortion of Ti–O6 octahedra to the BTO. X ray diffraction study indicates that the dopant TM could influence lattice constants, distortion, tetragonal splitting of diffraction peaks (002/200) as well as peak shifting of diffraction angle in the BTO lattice. This can induce lattice strain which responsible to oxygen defects formation to mediate ferromagnetism. Also, the lattice strain effect could responsible to reduce the depolarization field of ferroelectricity and provide piezoelectric and magnetostrictive strains to enhance ME coupling. The size of BTO nanoparticles is varied in 13–51 nm with TM doping. The room temperature magnetic measurement indicates antiferromagnetic exchange interactions in BTO lattice with TM ions. The zero-field cooling and field cooling magnetic measurement at 500 Oe indicates antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic transition. It also confirms that the substitution of Cr, Fe and Co into BTO could induce strong antiferromagnetic behavior. However, the substitutions of Mn, Ni and Cu have weak antiferromagnetic character. The temperature dependent dielectric measurements indicates polarization enhancement that influenced with both nano-size as well TM ions and exhibits ferroelectric phase transition with relaxor-like characteristics. Dynamic ME coupling is investigated, and the longitudinal ME voltage coefficient, α ME is equivalent to linear ME coupling coefficient, α (={\\varepsilon }{{o}}{\\varepsilon }{{r}}{α }{{ME}}) is also calculated.

  10. Pressure-induced phonon softening and electronic topological transition in HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4}

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    Novikov, D.L.; Katsnelson, M.I.; Yu, J.; Postnikov, A.V.; Freeman, A.J.

    1996-07-01

    Total energy local density calculations for the effects of pressure on the lattice parameters, bond lengths, electronic structure, and {ital A}{sub 1{ital g}} phonon frequency in HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} have been carried out in order to understand the role of pressure in increasing the {ital T}{sub {ital c}} of mercury-based superconductors. Theoretically determined zero-pressure lattice parameters and phonon frequencies are found to be in good agreement with experiment. An electronic topological transition is found to occur when the van Hove singularity (vHS) is shifted close to the vicinity of {ital E}{sub {ital F}} by pressure which causes considerable phonon softening and anomalous behavior of the {ital c}-axis length, the Hg-O(2) bond, and the Ba {ital z} coordinate. A set of experiments that might be able to detect the presence of the vHS close to {ital E}{sub {ital F}} is proposed. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  11. Effect of particle size on the thermoluminescence properties of Ba0.97Ca0.03SO4:Cu

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    Bokolia, Renuka; Sahare, P. D.

    2013-02-01

    Copper doped Ba0.97Ca0.03SO4 in its nanocrystalline form has been prepared and its thermo-luminescence (TL) properties are studied. The nanoparticles of the phosphor were prepared by the chemical co-precipitation method. The formation of the compound was confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The particle size was calculated by the broadening of the XRD peaks using Scherrer's formula. The TL glow curve of the phosphor has been found to have a simple structure with a single peak at 466 K. Compared to the higher molar concentration solution of Ba0.97Ca0.03SO4:Cu (0.3M), the nano-sized phosphor of lower molar concentration (0.2M and 0.1M) has a lesser TL sensitivity. However, this reduction in TL sensitivity on decreasing the particle size from higher molar concentration to lower molar concentration gives a better understanding of the TL phenomenon. The decrease in the sensitivity is attributed to the particle size effect i.e., the volume-to-surface ratio.

  12. Normal pressure synthesis of (Tl1-yCy)Ba2Ca3Cu4O12-δ superconductor

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    Khan, Nawazish A.; Ahmad, Shakeel; Khurram, A. A.; Ahmad, Maqsood

    2012-10-01

    Single phase (Tl1-yCy)Ba2Ca3Cu4O12-δ (Tl1-yCy-1234) (y = 0, 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) superconductor samples have been prepared by solid state reaction method. The FTIR absorption measurements have confirmed the substitution of carbon at thallium site in the charge reservoir layer, (Tl1-yCy)Ba2O4-δ. The electron micrographs of these samples have shown that the carbon substitution has improved the grain morphology of Tl0.75C0.25-1234 sample. The y = 0.25 was found to be the optimum carbon concentration to achieve higher superconducting transition temperature Tc[0] and improved grain morphology. The superconducting transition temperature of Tl0.75C0.25-1234 sample has been increased to 100 K whereas a decrease in the superconducting transition temperature of Tl1-yCy-1234 (y = 0.5 and 0.75) samples was observed. However, the magnitude of diamagnetism has been decreased in all the carbon substituted samples.

  13. Brazeability of a 3003 Aluminum alloy with Al-Si-Cu-based filler metals

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    Tsao, L. C.; Weng, W. P.; Cheng, M. D.; Tsao, C. W.; Chuang, T. H.

    2002-08-01

    Al-Si-Cu-based filler metals have been used successfully for brazing 6061 aluminum alloy as reported in the authors’ previous studies. For application in heat exchangers during manufacturing, the brazeability of 3003 aluminum alloy with these filler metals is herein further evaluated. Experimental results show that even at such a low temperature as 550 °C, the 3003 alloys can be brazed with the Al-Si-Cu fillers and display bonding strengths that are higher than 77 MPa as well. An optimized 3003 joint is attained in the brazements with the innovative Al-7Si-20Cu-2Sn-1Mg filler metal at 575 °C for 30 min, which reveals a bonding strength capping the 3003 Al matrix.

  14. Growth of Cu 0.5Tl 0.5Ba 2Ca 3Cu 4-yZn yO 12-δ superconductor with optimum carriers

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    Mumtaz, M.; Khan, Nawazish A.; Khan, E. U.

    2010-05-01

    We have tried to vary the carriers concentration in Cu 0.5Tl 0.5Ba 2Ca 3Cu 4-yZn yO 12-δ ( y = 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5) superconductor with the help of post-annealing experiments carried out in nitrogen, oxygen and air and to investigate its effects on the superconductivity parameters. The zero resistivity critical temperature [ T c( R = 0)], the magnitude of diamagnetism and critical current [ I c( H = 0)] are found to increase in Zn free samples after post-annealing in oxygen and air, while these superconducting properties have been suppressed after post-annealing in nitrogen at 550 °C for 6 h. The post-annealing of Zn-doped samples in air has marginally increased the superconducting properties, while these properties have been suppressed after post-annealing in nitrogen and oxygen. These studies have led us to the definite conclusion that the Zn-doped material has grown with optimum carriers concentration.

  15. Sr2Cu(PO4)2 and Ba2Cu(PO4)2 as quasi-one-dimensional spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet

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    Haque, Md. Mahfoozul; Ahsan, M. A. H.

    2016-03-01

    Using magnetic exchange couplings for antiferromagnets Sr2Cu(PO4)2 and Ba2Cu(PO4)2, estimated independently by Johannes (2006 [1]) and Salunke (2007 [2]), we present model calculations via exact diagonalization for several lattices of 24 and 16 spins by calculating experimentally accessible quantities like spin-spin correlation, the antiferromagnetic order-parameter, entropy-density, specific-heat and z-component of the magnetic susceptibility using up to 15 low-lying eigenstates. From our calculation, the ratio of critical entropy and mean-field critical entropy comes out to be ∼ 0.492(7). The slope of the specific heat curve at low temperatures is found to be 2 / 3. The peak value of z-component of the magnetic susceptibility versus temperature curve turns out to be 1/3 χ ∼ 0.05 . Our results favor the conclusion that these magnetic compounds are indeed quasi-one-dimensional antiferromagnets.

  16. Fluctuation induced magneto-conductivity of Y3Ba5Cu8O18±x and YBa2Cu3O7-d

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    Slimani, Y.; Hannachi, E.; Ben Salem, M. K.; Hamrita, A.; Ben Salem, M.; Ben Azzouz, F.

    2015-12-01

    A comparative study of the fluctuation magneto-conductivity in YBa2Cu3O7-d (noted Y-123) and Y3Ba5Cu8O18±x (noted Y-358) polycrystalline samples was carried out. Samples were synthesized in oxygen atmosphere using a standard solid state reaction technique. Phases and microstructure have been systematically investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The magneto-conductivity was measured in a magnetic field ranging from 0 T to 7 T applied perpendicular to the current path direction. The magneto-conductivity data were analyzed in terms of the temperature derivative of the resistivity and the logarithmic temperature derivative of the conductivity χσ = -d(ln Δσ) dT, where Δσ is the fluctuation conductivity. Analyses of the magneto-conductivity data reveal that Y-123 possesses a better quality of intrinsic Josephson junction compared to Y-358 one while in the former one the depression in superconducting temperature is more pronounced. The applied magnetic field narrowed substantially the three dimensions (3D) Gaussian regime and for Y-358 sample this regime is vanished for high magnetic field ( >1 T). Results are discussed in relation with the difference in the structure and microstructure Y-358 and Y-123. The upper critical and the irreversibility magnetic fields were estimated and were found to be higher in the Y-358 sample.

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

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

    2012-06-26

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

  18. Chemical spray pyrolysis of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O high-T(sub c) superconductors for high-field bitter magnets

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    Derochemont, L. Pierre; Zhang, John G.; Squillante, Michael R.; Hermann, A. M.; Duan, H. M.; Andrews, Robert J.; Kelliher, Warren C.

    1991-01-01

    The deposition of Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O thick films by spray pyrolyzing a Ba-Ca-Cu-O precursor film and diffusing thallium into the film to form the superconducting phase is examined. This approach was taken to reduce exposure to thallium and its health and safety hazards. The Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O system was selected because it has very attractive features which make it appealing to device and manufacturing engineering. Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O will accommodate a number of superconducting phases. This attribute makes it very forgiving to stoichiometric fluctuations in the bulk and film. It has excellent thermal and chemical stability, and appears to be relatively insensitive to chemical impurities. Oxygen is tightly bound into the systems, consequently there is no orthorhombic (conductor) to tetragonal (insulator) transition which would affect a component's lifetime. More significantly, the thallium based superconductors appear to have harder magnetic properties than the other high-Tc oxide ceramics. Estimates using magnetoresistance measurements indicate that at 77 K Tl2Ba2CaCu2O10 will have an upper critical field, H(sub c2) fo 26 Tesla for applied fields parallel to the c-axis and approximately 1000 Tesla for fields oriented in the a-b plane. Results to date have shown that superconducting films can be reproducibly deposited on 100 oriented MgO substrates. One film had a zero resistance temperature of 111.5 K. Furthermore, x ray diffraction analysis of the films showed preferential c-axis orientation parallel to the plane of the substrate. These results have now made it possible to consider the manufacture of a superconducting tape wire which can be configured into a topology useful for high-field magnet designs. The research which leads to the preparation of these films and plans for further development are reviewed.

  19. Assessment of Post-eutectic Reactions in Multicomponent Al-Si Foundry Alloys Containing Cu, Mg, and Fe

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    Javidani, Mousa; Larouche, Daniel; Grant Chen, X.

    2015-07-01

    Post-eutectic reactions occurring in Al-Si hypoeutectic alloys containing different proportions of Cu, Mg, and Fe were thoroughly investigated in the current study. As-cast microstructures were initially studied by optical and electron microscopy to investigate the microconstituents of each alloy. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was then used to examine the phase transformations occurring during the heating and cooling processes. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out to assess the phase formation under equilibrium and in nonequilibrium conditions. The Q-Al5Cu2Mg8Si6 phase was predicted to precipitate from the liquid phase, either at the same temperature or earlier than the θ-Al2Cu phase depending on the Cu content of the alloy. The AlCuFe-intermetallic, which was hardly observed in the as-cast microstructure, significantly increased after the solution heat treatment in the alloys containing high Cu and Fe contents following a solid-state transformation of the β-Al5FeSi phase. After the solution heat treatment, the AlCuFe-intermetallics were mostly identified with the stoichiometry of the Al7Cu2Fe phase. Thermodynamic calculations and microstructure analysis helped in determining the DSC peak corresponding to the melting temperature of the N-Al7Cu2Fe phase. The effect of Cu content on the formation temperature of π-Al8Mg3FeSi6 is also discussed.

  20. Elementary surface chemistry during CuO/Al nanolaminate-thermite synthesis: copper and oxygen deposition on aluminum (111) surfaces.

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    Lanthony, Cloé; Guiltat, Mathilde; Ducéré, Jean Marie; Verdier, Agnes; Hémeryck, Anne; Djafari-Rouhani, Mehdi; Rossi, Carole; Chabal, Yves J; Estève, Alain

    2014-09-10

    The surface chemistry associated with the synthesis of energetic nanolaminates controls the formation of the critical interfacial layers that dominate the performances of nanothermites. For instance, the interaction of Al with CuO films or CuO with Al films needs to be understood to optimize Al/CuO nanolaminates. To that end, the chemical mechanisms occurring during early stages of molecular CuO adsorption onto crystalline Al(111) surfaces are investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, leading to the systematic determination of their reaction enthalpies and associated activation energies. We show that CuO undergoes dissociative chemisorption on Al(111) surfaces, whereby the Cu and O atoms tend to separate from each other. Both Cu and O atoms form islands with different properties. Copper islanding fosters Cu insertion (via surface site exchange mechanism) into the subsurface, while oxygen islands remain stable at the surface. Above a critical local oxygen coverage, aluminum atoms are extracted from the Al surface, leading to oxygen-aluminum intermixing and the formation of aluminum oxide (γ-alumina). For Cu and O co-deposition, copper promotes oxygen-aluminum interaction by oxygen segregation and separates the resulting oxide from the Al substrate by insertion into Al and stabilization below the oxide front, preventing full mixing of Al, Cu, and O species. PMID:25089744

  1. Catalyst Size and Morphological Effects on the Interaction of NO2 with BaO/γ-Al2O3 Materials

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    Mei, Donghai; Kwak, Ja Hun; Szanyi, Janos; Ge, Qingfeng; Peden, Charles HF

    2010-06-19

    The capability of NOx storage on the supported BaO catalyst largely depends on the Ba loading. With different Ba loadings, the supported BaO component exposes various phases ranging from well-dispersed nanoclusters to large crystalline particles on the oxide support materials. In order to better understand size and morphological effects on NOx storage over -Al2O3 supported BaO materials, the adsorption structures and energetics of single NO2 molecule, as well as NOx+NOy (NO2+NO2, NO+NO3 and NO2+NO3) pairs on the BaO/-Al2O3(100), (BaO)2/-Al2O3(100), and (BaO)5/-Al2O3(100) surfaces were investigated using first-principles density functional theory calculations. A single NO2 molecule prefers to adsorb at basic OBa site forming anionic nitrate species. Upon adsorption, a charge redistribution in the supported (BaO)n clusters occurs. Synergistic effects due to the interaction of NO2 with both the (BaO)n clusters and the  Al2O3(100) support enhances the stability of adsorbed NO2. The interaction between NO2 and the (BaO)n/ Al2O3(100) catalysts was found to be markedly affected by the sizes and morphologies of the supported (BaO)n clusters. The adsorption energy of NO2 increases from 0.98 eV on the BaO/-Al2O3(100) surface to 3.01 eV on (BaO)5/ Al2O3(100). NO2 adsorption on (BaO)2 clusters in a parallel configuration on the -Al2O3(100) surface is more stable than on dimers oriented in a perpendicular fashion. Similar to the bulk BaO(100) surface, a supported (BaO)n cluster-mediated electron transfer induces cooperative effects that dramatically increase the total adsorption energy of NOx+NOy pairs on the (BaO)n/-Al2O3(100) surfaces. Following the widely accepted NO2 storage mechanism of , our thermodynamic analysis indicates that the largest energy gain for this overall process of NOx uptake is obtained on the amorphous monolayer-like (BaO)5/-Al2O3(100) surface. This suggests that -Al2O3-supported BaO materials with ~ 6  12 wt

  2. Synthesis of LnBa 2Cu 4O 8 (Ln=rare earth elements) ceramics at one atmosphere oxygen pressure

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    Adachi, Seiji; Adachi, Hideaki; Setsune, Kentaro; Wasa, Kiyotaka

    1991-05-01

    Bulk superconducting LnBa 2Cu 4O 8 (“124” phase; Ln=Eu, Gd, Dy and Ho) samples were successfully synthesized at one atmosphere oxygen pressure. Rare earth oxides, BaCuO 2 and CuO powders were used as starting materials. Pellets of powder mixtures were sintered at 815°C for 10 days in flowing oxygen, and then pulverized. After addition of small amounts of NaNO 3 and diluted nitric acid, re-pressed pellets were sintered for 10 days again. In the ceramics obtained, the lattice constants increased and Tc values decreased with increasing ionic radii of Ln. The “124” phases were hardly obtained for Ln=La, Nd, Sm, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu.

  3. Synthesis, Structure, and Physical Properties of Ln(Cu,Al,Ga)13-x (Ln = La-Pr, and Eu) and Eu(Cu,Al)13-x

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    Phelan, W Adam; Kangas, Michael J; McCandless, Gregory T; Drake, Brenton L; Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Zhao, Liang L; Wang, Jiakui K; Wang, Xiaoping P; Young, David P; Morosan, Emilia; Hoffmann, Christina; Chan, Julia Y

    2012-09-10

    Ln(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x (Ln = La–Pr, and Eu; x ~ 0.2) were synthesized by a combined Al/Ga flux. Single crystal X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments revealed that these compounds crystallize in the NaZn13 structure-type (space group Fm3⁻c) with lattice parameters of a ~ 12 Å, V ~ 1600 Å, and Z ~ 8. Our final neutron models led us to conclude that Cu is occupationally disordered on the 8b Wyckoff site while Cu, Al, and Ga are substitutionally disordered on the 96i Wyckoff site of this well-known structure-type. The magnetic susceptibility data show that Ce(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x and Pr(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x exhibit paramagnetic behavior down to the lowest temperatures measured while Eu(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x displays ferromagnetic behavior below 6 K. Eu(Cu,Al)13–x was prepared via arc-melting and orders ferromagnetically below 8 K. The magnetocaloric properties of Eu(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x and Eu(Cu,Al)13–x were measured and compared. Additionally, an enhanced value of the Sommerfeld coefficient (γ = 356 mJ/mol-K2) was determined for Pr(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x. Herein, we present the synthesis, structural refinement details, and physical properties of Ln(Cu,Al,Ga)13–x (Ln = La–Pr, and Eu) and Eu(Cu,Al)13–x.

  4. Adhesion strength and nucleation thermodynamics of four metals (Al, Cu, Ti, Zr) on AlN substrates

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    Tao, Yuan; Ke, Genshui; Xie, Yan; Chen, Yigang; Shi, Siqi; Guo, Haibo

    2015-12-01

    Devices based on AlN generally require adherent and strong interfaces between AlN and other materials, whereas most metals are known to be nonwetting to AlN and form relatively weak interfaces with AlN. In this study, we selected four representative metals (Al, Cu, Ti, and Zr) to study the adhesion strength of the AlN/metal interfaces. Mathematical models were constructed between the adhesion strength and enthalpy of formation of Al-metal solid solutions, the surface energies of the metals, and the lattice mismatch between the metals and AlN, based on thermodynamic parameters calculated using density functional theory. It appears that the adhesion strength is mainly determined by the lattice mismatch, and is in no linear correlation with either the Al-metal solution's formation enthalpies or the metals' surface energies. We also investigated the nucleation thermodynamics of the four metals on AlN substrates. It was found that Ti forms the strongest interface with AlN, and has the largest driving force for nucleation on AlN substrates among the four metals.

  5. On the microstructure and symmetry of apparently hexagonal BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Larsson, A.-K. Withers, R.L.; Perez-Mato, J.M.; Fitz Gerald, J.D.; Saines, P.J.; Kennedy, B.J.; Liu, Y.

    2008-08-15

    The P6{sub 3} (a=2a{sub p}, b=2b{sub p}, c=c{sub p}) crystal structure reported for BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} at room temperature has been carefully re-investigated by a combined transmission electron microscopy and neutron powder diffraction study. It is shown that the poor fit of this P6{sub 3} (a=2a{sub p}, b=2b{sub p}, c=c{sub p}) structure model for BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} to neutron powder diffraction data is primarily due to the failure to take into account coherent scattering between different domains related by enantiomorphic twinning of the P6{sub 3}22 parent sub-structure. Fast Fourier transformation of [0 0 1] lattice images from small localized real space regions ({approx}10 nm in diameter) are used to show that the P6{sub 3} (a=2a{sub p}, b=2b{sub p}, c=c{sub p}) crystal structure reported for BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} is not correct on the local scale. The correct local symmetry of the very small nano-domains is most likely orthorhombic or monoclinic. - Graphical abstract: The electron diffraction pattern of BaAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} (left) is compatible with the 3-q superstructure corresponding to the conventional P6{sub 3}, a=2a{sub p} structure (p refers to the tridymite-related parent P6{sub 3}22 structure). Fast Fourier transforms (right) of small domains of lattice images, however, show that the local structure in fact is single q, and that true symmetry is monoclinic or orthorhombic.

  6. Growth of Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 superconducting thin films on curved substrates for metamaterials applications

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    Speller, S. C.; Dinner, R. B.; Grovenor, C. R. M.

    2008-08-01

    Recent developments in the field of magnetic metamaterials have shown that coupled resonator structures can manipulate magnetic fields on a scale shorter than the wavelength of the electromagnetic radiation [E. Shamonina, V.A. Kalinin, K.H. Ringhofer, L. Solymar, J. Appl. Phys. 92 (10) (2002) 6252]. Major improvements in the sensitivity of such devices could be achieved by fabricating the resonating elements from high temperature superconducting (HTS) films on appropriate dielectric substrates. In order to produce a stack of superconducting/dielectric resonator structures, the ideal method involves patterning them into an HTS film grown on the curved surface of a dielectric cylinder. We report here our initial attempts at the growth of Tl 2Ba 2CaCu 2O 8 (Tl-2212) thin films on the surface of LaAlO 3 and MgO single-crystal cylinders. We have found that Tl-2212 thin films grow epitaxially on LaAlO 3 cylinders with Tl-2212 [0 0 1] aligned with the closest LaAlO 3 pseudocubic <1 0 0> direction, resulting in abrupt changes in Tl-2212 plate orientation at four positions around the cylinder. In contrast, Tl-2212 films grow smoothly on MgO cylinders, with Tl-2212 [0 0 1] aligned roughly parallel to the surface normal at all positions around the cylinder. This smooth growth on MgO leads to higher critical current values than epitaxial growth, making HTS on MgO a promising candidate for metamaterial device applications.

  7. CuAl{sub 2} revisited: Composition, crystal structure, chemical bonding, compressibility and Raman spectroscopy

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    Grin, Yuri . E-mail: grin@cpfs.mpg.de; Wagner, Frank R.; Armbruester, Marc; Kohout, Miroslav; Leithe-Jasper, Andreas; Schwarz, Ulrich; Wedig, Ulrich; Georg von Schnering, Hans

    2006-06-15

    The structure of CuAl{sub 2} is usually described as a framework of base condensed tetragonal antiprisms [CuAl{sub 8/4}]. The appropriate symmetry governed periodic nodal surface (PNS) divides the space of the structure into two labyrinths. All atoms are located in one labyrinth, whereas the second labyrinth seems to be 'empty'. The bonding of the CuAl{sub 2} structure was analyzed by the electron localization function (ELF), crystal orbital Hamiltonian population (COHP) analysis and Raman spectroscopy. From the ELF representation it is seen, that the 'empty' labyrinth is in fact the place of important covalent interactions. ELF, COHP in combination with high-pressure X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy show that the CuAl{sub 2} structure is described best as a network built of interpenetrating graphite-like nets of three-bonded aluminum atoms with the copper atoms inside the tetragonal-antiprismatic cavities. - Graphical abstract: Atomic interactions in the crystal structure of the intermetallic compound CuAl{sub 2}: Three-bonded aluminum atoms form interpenetrating graphite-like nets. The copper atoms are located in the channels of aluminum network by means of three-center bonds. The bonding model is in agreement with the result of polarized Raman spectroscopy and high-pressure X-ray powder diffraction.

  8. CONSTITUTIVE BEHAVIOR OF AS-QUENCHED Al-Cu-Mn ALLOY

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    Yang, Xia-Wei; Zhu, Jing-Chuan; Nong, Zhi-Sheng; Ye, Mao; Lai, Zhong-Hong; Liu, Yong

    2013-07-01

    The hot flow stress of as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy was modeled using the constitutive equations. The as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy were treated with isothermal hot compression tests in the temperature range of 350-500°C, the strain rate range of 0.001-1 s-1. The hyperbolic sine equation was found to be appropriate for flow stress modeling and prediction. Based on the hyperbolic sine equation, a constitutive equation is a relation between 0.2 pct yield stress and deformation conditions (strain rate and deformation temperature) was established. The corresponding hot deformation activation energy (Q) for as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy was determined to be 251.314 kJ/mol. Parameters of constitutive equation of as-quenched Al-Cu-Mn alloy were calculated at different small strains (≤ 0.01). The calculated flow stresses from the constitutive equation are in good agreement with the experimental results. Therefore, this constitutive equation can be used as an accurate temperature-stress model to solve the problems of quench distortion of Al-Cu-Mn alloy parts.

  9. Micro-chip initiator realized by integrating Al/CuO multilayer nanothermite on polymeric membrane

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    Taton, G.; Lagrange, D.; Conedera, V.; Renaud, L.; Rossi, C.

    2013-10-01

    We have developed a new nanothermite based polymeric electro-thermal initiator for non-contact ignition of a propellant. A reactive Al/CuO multilayer nanothermite resides on a 100 µm thick SU-8/PET (polyethyleneterephtalate) membrane to insulate the reactive layer from the silicon bulk substrate. When current is supplied to the initiator, the chemical reaction Al+CuO occurs and sparkles are spread to a distance of several millimeters. A micro-manufacturing process for fabricating the initiator is presented and the electrical behaviors of the ignition elements are also investigated. The characteristics of the initiator made on a 100 µm thick SU-8/PET membrane were compared to two bulk electro-thermal initiators: one on a silicon and one on a Pyrex substrate. The PET devices give 100% of Al/CuO ignition success for an electrical current >250 mA. Glass based reactive initiators give 100% of Al/CuO ignition success for an electrical current >500 mA. Reactive initiators directly on silicon cannot initiate even with a 4 A current. At low currents (<1 A), the initiation time is two orders of magnitude longer for Pyrex initiator compared to those obtained for PET initiator technology. We also observed that, the Al/CuO thermite film on PET membrane reacts within 1 ms (sparkles duration) whereas it reacts within 4 ms on Pyrex. The thermite reaction is 40 times greater in intensity using the PET substrate in comparison to Pyrex.

  10. Effect of sample size on intermetallic Al2Cu microstructure and orientation evolution during directional solidification

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    Gao, Ka; Li, Shuangming; Xu, Lei; Fu, Hengzhi

    2014-05-01

    Al-40% Cu hypereutectic alloy samples were successfully directionally solidified at a growth rate of 10 μm/s in different sizes (4 mm, 1.8 mm, and 0.45 mm thickness in transverse section). Using the serial sectioning technique, the three-dimensional (3D) microstructures of the primary intermetallic Al2Cu phase of the alloy can be observed with various growth patterns, L-shape, E-shape, and regular rectangular shape with respect to growth orientations of the (110) and (310) plane. The L-shape and regular rectangular shape of Al2Cu phase are bounded by {110} facets. When the sample size was reduced from 4 mm to 0.45 mm, the solidified microstructures changed from multi-layer dendrites to single-layer dendrite along the growth direction, and then the orientation texture was at the plane (310). The growth mechanism for the regular faceted intermetallic Al2Cu at different sample sizes was interpreted by the oriented attachment mechanism (OA). The experimental results showed that the directionally solidified Al-40% Cu alloy sample in a much smaller size can achieve a well-aligned morphology with a specific growth texture.

  11. Photoluminescence properties of AlN-doped BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors

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    Wang, Yong; Tang, Jianfeng; Ouyang, Xicheng; Liu, Buqiong; Lin, Rong Han

    2013-06-01

    Highlights: ► Ideal hexagonal shape particle size in 5 μm and 2.5–3 μm in thickness are obtained. ► The growth mechanism is studied by a computer simulation. ► The influence of introduced AlN on the sites of Eu{sup 2+} and photoluminescence properties was investigated. - Abstract: The AlN-doped BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and photoluminescence spectrum (PL) were used for characterization. The growth mechanism was carried out by computer simulation with CASTEP application, and revealed that an ideal hexagonal shape, particle size in 5 μm and 2.5–3 μm in thickness, could be obtained by AlN doping. Additionally, due to the low electronegativity of N{sup 3−}, the AlN-doped sample showed 35% increase in PL intensity and improvement of thermal stability. These fine particle size and better photoluminescence properties are expected to be applicable to industrial production of BaMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+} phosphors.

  12. Microstructural features at the interface between laser ablated YBa2Cu3O7 films and LaAlO3 substrates

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

    1995-06-01

    The microstructure at the interface between YBa2Cu3O7(YBCO) thin film and (100)LaAlO3 substrate has been investigated by using transmission electron microscopy. It has been observed that two distinct microstructural features existed in the interface: (1) A thin transitional layer of Ba3Al2O6 was frequently observed and the YBCO thin film grown on it showed stacking faults. (2) Sharp interface with no transitional layer was also occasionally observed and the YBCO film grown on it was single crystalline. In rare cases, a low symmetry phase was observed near the surface of the LaAlO3 substrate, however, the distortion caused by the lattice mismatch between this phase and the YBCO did not affect the quality of the YBCO thin film.

  13. High resolution electron microscopy study of a high Cu variant of Weldalite (tm) 049 and a high strength Al-Cu-Ag-Mg-Zr alloy

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    Herring, R. A.; Gayle, Frank W.; Pickens, Joseph R.

    1991-01-01

    Weldalite (trademark) 049 is an Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy that is strengthened in artificially aged tempers primarily by very thin plate-like precipitates lying on the set of (111) matrix planes. This precipitate might be expected to be the T(sub 1) phase, Al2CuLi, which has been observed in Al-Cu-Li alloys. However, in several ways this precipitate is similar to the omega phase which also appears as the set of (111) planes plates and is found in Al-Cu-Ag-Mg alloys. The study was undertaken to identify the set of (111) planes precipitate or precipitates in Weldalite (trademark) 049 in the T8 (stretched and artificially aged) temper, and to determine whether T(sub 1), omega, or some other phase is primarily responsible for the high strength (i.e., 700 MPa tensile strength) in this Al-Cu-Li-Ag-Mg alloy.

  14. Doping dependence of the charge-density-wave order in HgBa2CuO4+δ

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    Yu, Biqiong

    Following the original discovery of short-range charge-density-wave (CDW) order in the orthorhombic double-layer cuprate YBa2Cu3O6+δ (YBCO) below optimal doping, resonant X-ray scattering measurements have revealed that the simple tetragonal single-layer compound HgBa2CuO4+δ (Hg1201; Tc = 71 K) exhibits short-range CDW order as well. Here we report on the doping dependence of the CDW order in Hg1201 and contrast our results with the extensive data available for YBCO. Work done in collaboration with: W. Tabis, G. Yu, M.J. Veit, N. BarisŬić, M.K. Chan, C.J. Dorow, X. Zhao, M. Greven (University of Minnesota); M. Bluschke, E. Weschke (BESSY, Berlin); T. Kolodziej, I. Bialo, A. Kozlowski (AGH, Krakow); M. Hepting, H. Gretarsson, M. Le Tacon, M. Minola, B. Keimer (MPI, Stuttgart); Ronny Sutarto (CLS, Saskatoon); Y. Li (PKU, Beijing); L. Braicovich, G. Dellea, G. Ghiringhelli (CNR-SPIN, Milano); A. Kreyssig, M. Ramazanoglu, A.I. Goldman (Iowa State University and Ames Lab); T. Schmitt (PSI, Switzerland). We acknowledge the support from US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  15. Demonstrating the Model Nature of the High-Temperature Superconductor HgBa2CuO4+d

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    Barisic, Neven; Li, Yuan; Zhao, Xudong; Cho, Yong-Chan; Chabot-Couture, Guillaume; Yu, Guichuan; Greven, Martin; /SLAC, SSRL /Boskovic Inst., Zagreb /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Jilin U. /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept.

    2008-09-30

    The compound HgBa{sub 2}CuO{sub 4+{delta}} (Hg1201) exhibits a simple tetragonal crystal structure and the highest superconducting transition temperature (T{sub c}) among all single Cu-O layer cuprates, with T{sub c} = 97 K (onset) at optimal doping. Due to a lack of sizable single crystals, experimental work on this very attractive system has been significantly limited. Thanks to a recent breakthrough in crystal growth, such crystals have now become available. Here, we demonstrate that it is possible to identify suitable heat treatment conditions to systematically and uniformly tune the hole concentration of Hg1201 crystals over a wide range, from very underdoped (T{sub c} = 47 K, hole concentration p {approx} 0.08) to overdoped (T{sub c} = 64 K, p {approx} 0.22). We then present quantitative magnetic susceptibility and DC charge transport results that reveal the very high-quality nature of the studied crystals. Using XPS on cleaved samples, we furthermore demonstrate that it is possible to obtain large surfaces of good quality. These characterization measurements demonstrate that Hg1201 should be viewed as a model high-temperature superconductor, and they provide the foundation for extensive future experimental work.

  16. A 10 GHz Y-Ba-Cu-O/GaAs hybrid oscillator proximity coupled to a circular microstrip patch antenna

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    Rohrer, Norman J.; Richard, M. A.; Valco, George J.; Bhasin, Kul B.

    1993-01-01

    A 10 GHz hybrid Y-Ba-Cu-O / GaAs microwave oscillator proximity coupled to a circular microstrip antenna was designed, fabricated and characterized. The oscillator was a reflection mode type using a GaAs MESFET as the active element. The feedline, transmission lines, RF chokes, and bias lines were all fabricated from YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconducting thin films on a 1 cm x 1 cm lanthanum aluminate substrate. The output feedline of the oscillator was wire bonded to a superconducting feedline on a second 1 cm x 1 cm lanthanum aluminate substrate, which was in turn proximity coupled to a circular microstrip patch antenna. Antenna patterns from this active patch antenna and the performance of the oscillator measured at 77 K are reported. The oscillator had a maximum output power of 11.5 dBm at 77 K, which corresponded to an efficiency of 10 percent. In addition, the efficiency of the microstrip patch antenna together with its high temperature superconducting feedline was measured from 85 K to 30 K and was found to be 71 percent at 77 4 increasing to a maximum of 87.4 percent at 30 K.

  17. Microstructure and microhardness evolution of melt-spun Al-Si-Cu alloy

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    Ahmed, Emad M.; Ebrahim, M. R.

    2014-04-01

    Al-11 wt.% Si-11 wt.% Cu (11.29 at.% Si-5.1 at.% Cu) melt was rapidly solidified into ribbons and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and microhardness technique. The Rietveld X-ray diffraction analysis was applied successfully to analyze the microstructure and phase precipitations. The high cooling rate obtained in rapid solidification has a significant influence on the microstructure and microhardness of this alloy. On the basis of the Al peaks shift measured in the XRD scans, a solid solubility extension value of 3.95 at.% Si and 3.54 at.% Cu in α-Al were determined. No XRD peaks of the Si phase have been detected. XRD peaks of the intermetallic Al2Cu phase have been observed clearly with estimated content of 12.6 wt.%. During prolonged annealing process at 350°C/25 h, XRD peaks of the Si phase clearly appeared with estimated content of 8.6 wt.% and, moreover, the Al2Cu phase content increased to 16 wt.%. The estimated crystallite size and micro-strain % of α-Al are 30 nm and 0.056, respectively. The melt-spun wheel side ribbon represents ultra-fine microstructure with particles size less than 1μm and exhibits enhancement of hardness to 241 HV. Hardness has further increased to 291 HV during heat treatment (150°C/12 h). Rapid solidification exhibited a great influence on microstructure and microhardness of the Al-Si-Cu alloy.

  18. Field-Induced Quantum Critical Route to a Fermi Liquid in Overdoped Tl2Ba2CuO6+x

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    Shibauchi, Takasada

    2009-03-01

    In high temperature superconductivity, charge doping is a natural tuning parameter that takes copper oxides from the antiferromagnet through the superconducting `dome'-shaped region. In the metallic state above Tc the standard Landau's Fermi-liquid theory of metals, as typified by the temperature squared (AT^2) dependence of resistivity, appears to break down. The expected recovery of the usual Fermi-liquid metal on the high doping side is fundamental but ill understood. Here we uncover a new transformation in an overdoped superconducting copper oxide Tl2Ba2CuO6+x from the non-Fermi to a Fermi-liquid state driven by magnetic field [1]. From the c-axis resistivity measured up to 45 T, we show that the Fermi-liquid AT^2 features, accompanied by a field-linear magnetoresistance, appear above a field HFL. This crossover field HFL decreases linearly with decreasing temperature T and lands at a quantum critical point (QCP) near the upper critical field Hc2(0). The Fermi-liquid coefficient A(H) shows a power-law diverging behavior on the approach to the QCP, indicating the second-order quantum phase transition at this field. The connection between the field-induced QCP and the pseudogap observed in the underdoped regime will be discussed. [1] T. Shibauchi et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105, 7120 (2008).

  19. Crystallinity and in-field characterization of high-Tc YBa2Cu408 and Y0.9Ca0.1Ba2Cu4O8 epitaxial films fabricated by low temperature flux method

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    Funaki, S.; Yamada, Y.; Nakayama, F.

    2014-05-01

    REBa2Cu4O8 superconductor has an important advantage that the critical temperature (Tc) is improved by Ca substitution for RE site. We fabricated the YBa2Cu4O8 (Y124) and Y0.9Ca0.1Ba2Cu4O8 (YCa124) films by molten hydroxide method in ambient atmosphere and investigated the crystallinity and in-field characterization. Obtained samples show that the film alignment is biaxial orientation and the grain size is larger than 50 μm, and the irreversibility field of YCa124 film is superior to that of Y124 in all the measured magnetic fields

  20. Cu-based catalyst resulting from a Cu,Zn,Al hydrotalcite-like compound: a microstructural, thermoanalytical, and in situ XAS study.

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    Kühl, Stefanie; Tarasov, Andrey; Zander, Stefan; Kasatkin, Igor; Behrens, Malte

    2014-03-24

    A Cu-based methanol synthesis catalyst was obtained from a phase pure Cu,Zn,Al hydrotalcite-like precursor, which was prepared by co-precipitation. This sample was intrinsically more active than a conventionally prepared Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst. Upon thermal decomposition in air, the [(Cu0.5Zn0.17Al0.33)(OH)2(CO3)0.17]⋅mH2O precursor is transferred into a carbonate-modified, amorphous mixed oxide. The calcined catalyst can be described as well-dispersed "CuO" within ZnAl2 O4 still containing stabilizing carbonate with a strong interaction of Cu(2+) ions with the Zn-Al matrix. The reduction of this material was carefully analyzed by complementary temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) and near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements. The results fully describe the reduction mechanism with a kinetic model that can be used to predict the oxidation state of Cu at given reduction conditions. The reaction proceeds in two steps through a kinetically stabilized Cu(I) intermediate. With reduction, a nanostructured catalyst evolves with metallic Cu particles dispersed in a ZnAl2 O4 spinel-like matrix. Due to the strong interaction of Cu and the oxide matrix, the small Cu particles (7 nm) of this catalyst are partially embedded leading to lower absolute activity in comparison with a catalyst comprised of less-embedded particles. Interestingly, the exposed Cu surface area exhibits a superior intrinsic activity, which is related to a positive effect of the interface contact of Cu and its surroundings. PMID:24615857

  1. Phase composition and structure of aluminum Al-Cu-Si-Sn-Pb alloys

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    Belov, N. A.; Stolyarova, O. O.; Murav'eva, T. I.; Zagorskii, D. L.

    2016-06-01

    The structure and phase composition of cast and heat treated Al-Cu-Si-Sn-Pb alloys containing 6 wt % Sn, 2 wt % Pb, 0-4 wt % Cu, 0-10 wt % Si have been studied using calculations and experimental methods. Polythermal and isothermal sections are reported, which indicate the existence of two liquid phases. It was found that the low-melting phase is inhomogeneous and consists of individual leadand tin-based particles.

  2. Mass-spectrometer controlled coevaporation of Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films on alumina substrates

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    Hudner, J.; Ohlsén, H.; Stolt, L.

    1988-08-01

    Thin films of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x have been fabricated by coevaporation utilizing a quadrupole mass spectrometer rate control system. Sintered alumina substrates have been used and the resistivity transition from the normal to the superconducting state has been studied as a function of different heat treatments. A comparison has also been made between sapphire and sintered alumina substrates.

  3. Surface tension of liquid Al-Cu and wetting at the Cu/Sapphire solid-liquid interface

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    Schmitz, J.; Brillo, J.; Egry, I.

    2014-02-01

    For the study of the interaction of a liquid alloy with differently oriented single crystalline sapphire surfaces precise surface tension data of the liquid are fundamental. We measured the surface tension of liquid Al-Cu contactlessly on electromagnetically levitated samples using the oscillating drop technique. Data were obtained for samples covering the entire range of composition and in a broad temperature range. The surface tensions can be described as linear functions of temperature with negative slopes. Moreover, they decrease monotonically with an increase of aluminium concentration. The observed behaviour with respect to both temperature and concentration is in agreement with a thermodynamic model calculation using the regular solution approximation. Surface tensions were used to calculate interfacial energies from the contact angles of liquid Cu droplets, deposited on the C(0001), A(11-20), R(1-102) surfaces of an α-Al2O3 substrate. The contact angles were measured by means of the sessile drop method at 1380 K. In the Cu/α-Al2O3 system, no anisotropy is evident neither for the contact angles nor for the interfacial energies of different surfaces. The work of adhesion of this system is isotropic, too.

  4. Magnetic States in Ensemble of Ferromagnetic Nanoparticles in Cu-Mn-Al Alloy.

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    Konoplyuk, S M; Kozlova, L E; Kokorin, V V; Perekos, A O; Kolomiets, O V

    2016-12-01

    Two Cu-Mn-Al samples of different compositions were studied: one exhibiting martensitic transformation, another without structural transition. X-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements demonstrate that different magnetic behaviors of alloys originate from different concentrations and sizes of ferromagnetic nanoparticles, which appear after solid solution decomposition.Estimation of magnetic moments of ferromagnetic nanoparticles from magnetization curves was performed using Langevin function and compared to those obtained from X-ray examination. Granular systems are known to show giant magnetoresistance. Therefore, magnetoresistance of Cu-Mn-Al melt-spun ribbons after different aging times was measured. The study has shown that increase in the concentration of Mn atoms and time of aging in Cu-Mn-Al alloy leads to an increase in the amount of precipitated phase appearing as ferromagnetic nanoparticles. PMID:26762264

  5. Local crystallography and stress voiding in Al-Si-Cu versus copper interconnects

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    Keller, R. R.; Kalnas, C. E.; Phelps, J. M.

    1999-07-01

    We compare the local crystallographic orientations associated with stress voids in Al-1Si-0.5Cu (wt %) with those in pure copper interconnects. Orientations were sorted by whether grains were immediately adjacent to voids. Grains adjacent to voids in Al-Si-Cu showed a <111> fiber texture that was slightly stronger than those in intact regions. This is in contrast to copper, which showed weaker local <111> texture around voids. We postulate the difference to be due to the relative effectiveness of the diffusion paths available in the lines. For Al-Si-Cu, the presence of defects associated with precipitates may allow more rapid diffusion than grain boundaries. Voiding in copper, which is free from such defects, depends more on grain boundary structure.

  6. Field modulated microwave absorption in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7}/PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} multilayers

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    Dumas, J.; Thrane, B.P.; Feinberg, D.

    1996-11-01

    The authors describe field modulated microwave absorption measurements on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} / PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} multilayers with PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thickness in the range 2.5 to 10 nm and with a fixed YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thickness of 10 nm. The Fourier spectrum of the reflected microwave power reveals one fundamental frequency which appears at T{sub c} and even harmonics of the modulation field frequency {omega} at lower temperatures. The determination of the irreversibility line near T{sub c} for different values of the PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} thickness and inferred from the vanishing of the nonlinear response signal at 2{omega} in the presence of superimposed dc and modulation fields is reported.

  7. First principles study of magnetoelectric coupling in Co2FeAl/BaTiO3 tunnel junctions.

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    Yu, Li; Gao, Guoying; Zhu, Lin; Deng, Lei; Yang, Zhizong; Yao, Kailun

    2015-06-14

    Critical thickness for ferroelectricity and the magnetoelectric effect of Co2FeAl/BaTiO3 multiferroic tunnel junctions (MFTJs) are investigated using first-principles calculations. The ferroelectric polarization of the barriers can be maintained upto a critical thickness of 1.7 nm for both the Co2/TiO2 and FeAl/TiO2 interfaces. The magnetoelectric effect is derived from the difference in the magnetic moments on interfacial atoms, which is sensitive to the reversal of electric polarization. The magnetoelectric coupling is found to be dependent on the interfacial electronic hybridizations. Compared with the Co2/TiO2 interface, more net magnetization change is achieved at the FeAl/TiO2 interface. In addition, the in-plane strain effect shows that in-plane compressive strain can lead to the enhancement of ferroelectric polarization stability and intensity of magnetoelectric coupling. These findings suggest that Co2FeAl/BaTiO3 MFTJs could be utilized in the area of electrically controlled magnetism, especially the MFTJ with loaded in-plane compressive strain with the FeAl/TiO2 interface. PMID:25987345

  8. Mössbauer spectroscopy study of Al distribution in BaAl{sub x}Fe{sub 12−x}O{sub 19} thin films

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    Przybylski, M. Żukrowski, J.; Harward, I.; Celiński, Z.

    2015-05-07

    Barium hexagonal ferrite (BaM) films grown on Si are a good candidate material for new-generations of on-wafer microwave devices operating at frequencies above 40 GHz. Doping BaM with Al increases the value of anisotropy field even more, and in combination with a large value of remanence, would allow one to create a self-biasing material/structure that would eliminate the need for permanent bias magnets in millimeter wave devices. To examine the occupation of Fe sublattices by Al ions, we carried out Conversion Electron Mössbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) measurements at room temperature and zero magnetic field (after magnetizing the samples in a strong magnetic field). The spectra can be reasonably fitted with three components (sub-spectra) corresponding to different Fe sublattices. There are significant changes in the spectra with the addition of Al: The magnetic hyperfine field decreases for all three components, and their relative contributions also change remarkably. These observations are in agreement with the fact that the Al substitutes Fe, thus lowering the component contributions and the value of the hyperfine field. In addition, our previous XRD analysis indicates increasing grain misalignment with Al content, further supporting the CEMS data.

  9. Crystal Growth and Photoluminescence Properties of Truncated Cubic BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ Phosphors for Three-Dimensional Plasma Display Panels.

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    Liu, Bitao; Chen, Yuan; Peng, Lingling; Han, Tao; Yu, Hong; Tian, Liangliang; Tu, Mingjing

    2016-04-01

    Monodispersed, truncated cube BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphors were synthesized by the sol-gel process. Scanning electron microscope (SEM), photoluminescence spectrum, powder X-ray diffraction and decay curves were used to evaluate the truncated cubic BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphors. The crystal growth process and photoluminescence properties were discussed in detail. The results showed that this truncated cubic morphology can be achieved via a simple sinter process. These truncated cubic BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphors showed acceptable emission intensity and better thermal properties. This result indicates truncated cubic BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ phosphors would meet the requirements of plasma display panels (PDPs). PMID:27451727

  10. Joule-Heating-Induced Damage in Cu-Al Wedge Bonds Under Current Stressing

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    Yang, Tsung-Han; Lin, Yu-Min; Ouyang, Fan-Yi

    2014-01-01

    Copper wires are increasingly used to replace gold wires in wire-bonding technology owing to their better electrical properties and lower cost. However, not many studies have been conducted on electromigration-induced failure of Cu wedge bonds on Al metallization. In this study, we investigated the failure mechanism of Cu-Al wedge bonds under high current stressing from 4 × 104 A/cm2 to 1 × 105 A/cm2 at ambient temperature of 175°C. The resistance evolution of samples during current stressing and the microstructure of the joint interface between the Cu wire and Al-Si bond pad were examined. The results showed that abnormal crack formation accompanying significant intermetallic compound growth was observed at the second joint of the samples, regardless of the direction of electric current for both current densities of 4 × 104 A/cm2 and 8 × 104 A/cm2. We propose that this abnormal crack formation at the second joint is mainly due to the higher temperature induced by the greater Joule heating at the second joint for the same current stressing, because of its smaller bonded area compared with the first joint. The corresponding fluxes induced by the electric current and chemical potential difference between Cu and Al were calculated and compared to explain the failure mechanism. For current density of 1 × 105 A/cm2, the Cu wire melted within 0.5 h owing to serious Joule heating.

  11. Effect of a low axial magnetic field on the primary Al 2 Cu phase growth in a directionally solidified Al-Cu hypereutectic alloy

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    Shen, Yu; Ren, Zhongming; Li, Xi; Ren, Weili; Xi, Yan

    2011-12-01

    Effect of a low axial magnetic field on the growth behavior of the primary Al 2Cu phase in the Al-40 wt% Cu hypereutectic alloy during directional solidification at a low growth speed has been investigated experimentally. The results show that the application of a low magnetic field (≤1 T) causes the primary Al 2Cu phase to become deformed and irregular opposed to the well developed strip-like primary phase in the absence of the field. The deformation of the primary phase is maximum when a 0.5 T magnetic field is applied. Moreover, it has been found that the magnetic field promotes a transition of the primary phase morphology from faceted growth to irregular cellular structure and makes the primary phase spacing decrease with the increase of the magnetic field intensity. From the macroscopic scale, the magnetic field causes the occurrence of a considerable radial macrosegregation. These experimental results may be attributed to the effects of thermoelectric magnetic force (TEMF) in the solid and thermoelectromagnetic convection (TEMC) in the liquid. Further, the model of these effects is presented and evaluated numerically. The results indicate that the numerical magnitude of the TEMF during directional solidification under a 0.5 T low axial magnetic field can be of the order of 10 3 N/m 3. The force causes TEMC at different scales to modify the distribution of solute at the interface and should be responsible for the deformation, fracture and deflection of the primary phase.

  12. Preparation and Electrochemical Characterization of Aluminium Liquid Battery Cells With Two Different Electrolytes (NaCl-BaCl2-AlF3-NaF and LiF-AlF3-BaF2).

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    Napast, Viktor; Moškon, Jože; Homšak, Marko; Petek, Aljana; Gaberšček, Miran

    2015-01-01

    The possibility of preparation of operating rechargeable liquid battery cells based on aluminium and its alloys is systematically checked. In all cases we started from aluminium as the negative electrode whereas as the positive electrode three different metals were tested: Pb, Bi and Sn. Two types of electrolytes were selected: Na(3)AlF(6) -AlF(3) - BaCl(2) - NaCl and Li(3)AlF(3) - BaF(2). We show that some of these combinations allowed efficient separation of individual liquid layers. The cells exhibited expected voltages, relatively high current densities and could be charged and discharged several times. The capacities were relatively low (120 mAh in the case of Al-Pb system), mostly due to unoptimised cell construction. Improvements in various directions are possible, especially by hermetically sealing the cells thus preventing salt evaporation. Similarly, solubility of aluminium in alloys can be increased by optimising the composition of positive electrode. PMID:26680707

  13. Thermodynamics calculation of reactions between phosphorus and main elements in Al-Si-Cu alloys

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    Li, Wangxing; Zhang, Ying; Yi, Danqing; Kong, Fanxiao; Chen, Xingyu

    2011-05-01

    The Gibbs free energy was calculated between phosphorus and the main elements in Al-Si-Cu alloys sampled as A390 to study the reaction process and give theoretical directions for the adding of phosphorus in industry. The results show that the elements such as aluminum, silicon, and copper have the capabilities to react with phosphorus according to the preference of Al, Cu, Si. As temperature increases, the reactions between phosphorus and the elements become more difficult. If aluminum is in existence, the phosphides of other elements will transform to aluminum phosphide.

  14. Effects of Pulse Electromagnetic Field on Corrosion Resistance of Al-5 % Cu Alloy

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    Wang, B.; Tang, L. D.; Qi, J. G.; Wang, J. Z.

    2013-03-01

    It was investigated that corrosion resistance of Al-5 % Cu alloy was influenced by pulse electromagnetic field (PEMF). The morphologies were observed by scanning election microscopy (SEM). The corrosion behaviors were investigated by potentiodynamic polarization tests and immersion tests. The results indicated that corrosion resistance of samples could be increased by using pulse electromagnetic field, moreover, the optimum parameter of pulse electromagnetic field in this experiment was showed as follows: 500 V, 3 Hz, 30 s. Decreasing the quantity of eutectic in grain boundaries and refining the grains were main causations for increasing corrosion resistance of Al-5 % Cu alloy with pulse electromagnetic field.

  15. A combined powder melt and infiltration growth technique for fabricating nano-composited Y-Ba-Cu-O single-grain superconductor

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    Li, Guo-Zheng; Li, Jia-Wei; Yang, Wan-Min

    2015-10-01

    The top-seeded melt growth (MG) and infiltration growth (IG) techniques are the two most popular methods of fabricating single-grain Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) bulk superconductors, which are also considered as two distinctly different processes. In this study, we report a combined powder melt and infiltration growth (PM-IG) technique for fabricating nano-composited YBCO single-grain superconductors using raw metallic oxides. In this new technique, a solid source pellet (SSP) of composition nano-Y2O3 + BaO + CuO + 1 wt.%CeO2 and a liquid source pellet (LSP) of composition nano-Y2O3 + 10BaO + 16CuO are employed, thus during heat treatment process the powder melt in SSP (corresponding to the final YBCO bulk) and liquid infiltration from LSP to SSP coexist. Because the process of precursor powder synthesis is avoided, the fabrication flow is much simplified and the experimental efficiency is increased significantly. Microstructural observation indicates that a large number of Y2BaCuO5 nano-inclusions (around 100 nm) are trapped in the YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconducting matrix. Measurements of levitation force and trapped field prove the superior performance of the nano-composited YBCO sample. The calculated zero-field J c at 77 K reaches 6.98 × 104 A cm-2, nearly 23% higher than the sample fabricated by the conventional IG technique. Thus, this study supplies a practical method for fabricating nano-composited YBCO bulk superconductors with high performance.

  16. Effect of thermally stable Cu- and Mg-rich aluminides on the high temperature strength of an AlSi12CuMgNi alloy

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    Asghar, Z.

    2014-02-15

    The internal architecture of an AlSi12CuMgNi piston alloy, revealed by synchrotron tomography, consists of three dimensional interconnected hybrid networks of Cu-rich aluminides, Mg-rich aluminides and eutectic/primary Si embedded in an α-Al matrix. The strength at room temperature and at 300°C is studied as a function of solution treatment time at 490°C and compared with results previously reported for an AlSi12Ni alloy. The addition of 1 wt% Cu and 1 wt% Mg to AlSi12CuMgNi increases the room temperature strength by precipitation hardening while the strength at 300°C is similar for both alloys in as-cast condition. The strength of AlSi12CuMgNi decreases with solution treatment time and stabilizes at 4 h solution treatment. The effect of solution treatment time on the strength of the AlSi12CuMgNi alloy is less pronounced than for the AlSi12Ni alloy both at room temperature and at 300°C. - Highlights: • The 3D microstructure of AlSi12CuMgNi is revealed by synchrotron tomography. • An imaging analysis procedure to segment phases with similar contrasts is presented. • 1 wt% Cu and Mg results in the formation of 3D networks of rigid phases. • AlSi12CuMgNi is stronger than AlSi12Ni owing to the stability of the 3D networks.

  17. Characterization of Al-Cu-Mg-Ag Alloy RX226-T8 Plate

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    Lach, Cynthia L.; Domack, Marcia S.

    2003-01-01

    Aluminum-copper-magnesium-silver (Al-Cu-Mg-Ag) alloys that were developed for thermal stability also offer attractive ambient temperature strength-toughness combinations, and therefore, can be considered for a broad range of airframe structural applications. The current study evaluated Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloy RX226-T8 in plate gages and compared performance with sheet gage alloys of similar composition. Uniaxial tensile properties, plane strain initiation fracture toughness, and plane stress tearing resistance of RX226-T8 were examined at ambient temperature as a function of orientation and thickness location in the plate. Properties were measured near the surface and at the mid-plane of the plate. Tensile strengths were essentially isotropic, with variations in yield and ultimate tensile strengths of less than 2% as a function of orientation and through-thickness location. However, ductility varied by more than 15% with orientation. Fracture toughness was generally higher at the mid-plane and greater for the L-T orientation, although the differences were small near the surface of the plate. Metallurgical analysis indicated that the microstructure was primarily recrystallized with weak texture and was uniform through the plate with the exception of a fine-grained layer near the surface of the plate. Scanning electron microscope analysis revealed Al-Cu-Mg second phase particles which varied in composition and were primarily located on grain boundaries parallel to the rolling direction. Fractography of toughness specimens for both plate locations and orientations revealed that fracture occurred predominantly by transgranular microvoid coalescence. Introduction High-strength, low-density Al-Cu-Mg-Ag alloys were initially developed to replace conventional 2000 (Al-Cu-Mg) and 7000 (Al-Zn-Cu-Mg) series aluminum alloys for aircraft structural applications [1]. During the High Speed Civil Transport (HSCT) program, improvements in thermal stability were demonstrated for candidate

  18. The determination of interfacial structure and phase transitions in Al/Cu and Al/Ni interfaces by means of surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure

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    Barrera, E.V. . Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science); Heald, S.M. )

    1991-01-01

    Surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure (SEXAFS) was used to investigate the interfacial conditions of Al/Cu and Al/Ni shallow buried interfaces. Previous studies using glancing angle extended x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray reflectivity, photoemission, and SEXAFS produced conflicting results as to whether or not the interfaces between Al and Cu and Al and Ni were reacted upon room temperature deposition. In this study polycrystalline bilayers of Al/Cu and Al/Ni and trilayers of Al/Cu/Al and Al/Ni/Al were deposited on tantalum foil at room temperature in ultra high vacuum and analyzed to evaluate the reactivity of these systems on a nanometer scale. It become overwhelming apparent that the interfacial phase reactions were a function of the vacuum conditions. Samples deposited with the optimum vacuum conditions showed reaction products upon deposition at room temperature which were characterized by comparisons to standards and by least squares fitting the be CuAl{sub 2} and NiAl{sub 3} respectively. The results of this study that the reacted zone thicknesses were readily dependent on the deposition parameters. For both Al on Cu and Al on Ni as well as the metal on Al conditions 10{Angstrom} reaction zones were observed. These reaction zones were smaller than that observed for bilayers of Al on Cu (30{Angstrom}) and Al on Ni (60{Angstrom}) where deposition rates were much higher and samples were much thicker. The reaction species are evident by SEXAFS, where the previous photoemission studies only indicated that changes had occurred. Improved vacuum conditions as compared to the earlier experiments is primarily the reason reactions on deposition were seen in this study as compared to the earlier SEXAFS studies.

  19. The determination of interfacial structure and phase transitions in Al/Cu and Al/Ni interfaces by means of surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure

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    Barrera, E.V.; Heald, S.M.

    1991-12-31

    Surface extended x-ray absorption fine structure (SEXAFS) was used to investigate the interfacial conditions of Al/Cu and Al/Ni shallow buried interfaces. Previous studies using glancing angle extended x-ray absorption fine structure, x-ray reflectivity, photoemission, and SEXAFS produced conflicting results as to whether or not the interfaces between Al and Cu and Al and Ni were reacted upon room temperature deposition. In this study polycrystalline bilayers of Al/Cu and Al/Ni and trilayers of Al/Cu/Al and Al/Ni/Al were deposited on tantalum foil at room temperature in ultra high vacuum and analyzed to evaluate the reactivity of these systems on a nanometer scale. It become overwhelming apparent that the interfacial phase reactions were a function of the vacuum conditions. Samples deposited with the optimum vacuum conditions showed reaction products upon deposition at room temperature which were characterized by comparisons to standards and by least squares fitting the be CuAl{sub 2} and NiAl{sub 3} respectively. The results of this study that the reacted zone thicknesses were readily dependent on the deposition parameters. For both Al on Cu and Al on Ni as well as the metal on Al conditions 10{Angstrom} reaction zones were observed. These reaction zones were smaller than that observed for bilayers of Al on Cu (30{Angstrom}) and Al on Ni (60{Angstrom}) where deposition rates were much higher and samples were much thicker. The reaction species are evident by SEXAFS, where the previous photoemission studies only indicated that changes had occurred. Improved vacuum conditions as compared to the earlier experiments is primarily the reason reactions on deposition were seen in this study as compared to the earlier SEXAFS studies.

  20. Crystal and molecular structure of four copper(II) ethylenediaminedisuccinates, [Cu{sub 2}(RR,SS-Edds)] . 6H{sub 2}O, Ba{sub 2}[Cu(RR,SS-Edds)](ClO{sub 4}){sub 2} . 8H{sub 2}O, Ba[Cu(SS-HEdds)]ClO{sub 4} . 2H{sub 2}O, and Ba{sub 3}[Cu{sub 2}(RR,SS-Edds){sub 2}](ClO{sub 4}){sub 2} . 6H{sub 2}O

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    Polyakova, I. N.; Poznyak, A. L.; Sergienko, V. S.

    2008-11-15

    Four Cu(II) complexes with the RR,SS-Edds{sup 4-} and SS-HEdds{sup 3-} anions are synthesized, and their crystal structures are studied. In the compounds [Cu2(RR,SS-Edds)] . 6H{sub 2}O (I) and Ba2[Cu(RR,SS-Edds)](ClO{sub 4}){sub 2} . 8H{sub 2}O (II), the ligand forms hexacoordinate chelate [Cu(Edds)]{sup 2-} complexes with the N atoms and O atoms of the propionate groups in the equatorial positions and the O atoms of the acetate groups in the axial vertices. In the compounds Ba[Cu(SS-HEdds)]ClO{sub 4} . 2H{sub 2}O (III) and Ba3[Cu2(RR,SS-Edds){sub 2}](ClO{sub 4}){sub 2} . 6H{sub 2}O (IV), one of the propionate arms, the protonated arm in III and the deprotonated arm in IV, does not enter into the coordination sphere of the Cu atom. An acetate arm moves to its position in the equatorial plane, and the free axial vertex is occupied by an O atom of the perchlorate ion. In I-IV, the lengths of the equatorial Cu-N and Cu-O bonds fall in the ranges 1.970-2.014 and 1.921-1.970 A, respectively. The axial Cu-O bonds with the acetate groups and ClO{sub 4}{sup -} anions are elongated to 2.293-2.500 and 2.727-2.992 A, respectively. In structure I, the second Cu atom acts as a counterion forming bonds with the O atoms of two water molecules and three O atoms of the Edds ligands. In II-IV, the Ba{sup 2+} cations are hydrated and bound to the O atoms of the anionic complexes and (except for one of the cations in IV) ClO{sub 4}{sup -} anions. The coordination number of the Ba cations is nine. The structural units in I-IV are connected into layers. In I, an extended system of hydrogen bonds links the layers into a framework. In II and III, the layers are linked only by weak hydrogen bonds, one bond per structural unit. In IV, ClO{sub 4}{sup -} anions are bound to the Ba and Cu atoms of neighboring layers, thus serving as bridges between the layers.