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  1. Gauge Model of High-Tc Superconductivity

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    Kui Ng, Sze

    2012-12-01

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

  2. High Tc superconducting materials and devices

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    Haertling, Gene H.

    1990-01-01

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

  3. High Tc superconducting materials and devices

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    Haertling, Gene H.

    1990-09-01

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

  4. Research on high Tc superconducting compounds

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    Oliver, Frederick W. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

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

  5. High Tc superconducting bolometric and nonbolometric infrared (IR) detectors

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    Lakeou, Samuel

    1994-01-01

    The original workplan for the first year of the project includes the following: establishment of a pilot superconductivity application laboratory at UDC to support the research component of the project; research on the source of electrical noise in High Tc superconducting films in order to optimize the film microstructure and lower the NEP; and lay the foundation of an academic support for exposing UDC students to the theory and application of High Tc superconductivity. Attached to this status report are abstracts and the course description for Introduction to Applications of Superconductivity.

  6. Unconventional high-Tc superconductivity in fullerides.

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    Takabayashi, Yasuhiro; Prassides, Kosmas

    2016-09-13

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

  7. Prospects for high-Tc superconducting optoelectronics

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    Sobolewski, Roman

    1992-04-01

    Two possible approaches for the development of a complete optoelectronic system with the elements based on high-temperature superconducting (HTS) films are discussed. The first approach consists of manufacturing the devices made of conventional electro-optic materials and containing HTS transmission lines and electrodes. The second, more futuristic approach, is to exploit contrasting properties of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich HTS phases to fabricate novel, monolithic devices. In this latter case, a laser writing process is implemented to define superconducting and nonsuperconducting regions in the same, epitaxial HTS film Several practical devices, such as high-speed interconnects, high-frequency traveling-wave optical modulators, picosecond electrical pulse generators, sensitive photodetectors, and a novel HTS charging-effect transistor are proposed. All the devices can operate in the 30-80 K temperature range, where refrigeration is cheap and the parameters of semiconducting (e.g., GaAs) devices are optimal.

  8. High {Tc} superconductivity: Symmetries and reflections

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    Zhang, S.C.

    1999-12-30

    This is a talk given at the Symposium Symmetries and Reflections, dedicated to Prof. C.N. Yang's retirement. In this talk, the author reflects on his personal interaction with Prof. Yang since his graduate career at SUNY Stony Brook, and his profound impact on his understanding of theoretical physics. He also reviews the SO(5) theory of high T{sub c} superconductivity and shows how his collaboration with Prof. Yang in 1990 lead to the foundation of this idea.

  9. Ultrafast Broadband Photodetectors for High-Tc Superconductive Optoelectronics

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1997-01-01

    TITLE AND SUBTITLE Ultrafast Broadband Photodetectors for High-Tc Supercondcutive Optoelectronics 6. AUTHOR(S) Dr. Roman Sobolewski (PI) Dr...The rapid suppression of the Maki-Thompson process for the oxygen-deficient YBCO films, indicated an unconventional symmetry of the superconducting

  10. How to optimize high-Tc superconductive cuprates

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    Raveau, B.; Michel, C.; Hervieu, M.; Groult, D.; Maignan, A.; Provost, J.

    1992-06-01

    Several examples are used here to illustrate the way that modifying the structure of high-Tc superconductive cuprates (HTSCs) allows their superconducting properties to be significantly improved. It is shown that energetic heavy ions can be used as projectiles to modify and tailor superconducting properties. In particular, the creation of columnar defects with dimensions of Xi(ab) or more can act as efficient pinning centers for flux lines and can be used to extend the operating field range of HTSCs to substantially higher fields near Tc's. The crucial role of radiation-induced defects in controlling the magnetic hysteresis shape and therefore the critical current density is demonstrated.

  11. High-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices: Status and perspectives

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    Yang, Hong-Chang; Chen, Ji-Chen; Chen, Kuen-Lin; Wu, Chiu-Hsien; Horng, Herng-Er; Yang, S. Y.

    2008-07-01

    In this paper, an overview of the current status of high-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs), from device engineering to biomagnetic applications, is given. The authors offer a description of the current status of SQUID sensors, challenges encountered, and the solution of fabricating SQUID sensors with low flux noises. The current challenge that we face is to fabricate high-Tc SQUIDs that are not only more reproducible than the current technology but also capable of providing a high IcRn product and fabricating SQUID with high yield. Improvement of flux noises and fabrication yield in the integrated multichoices directly coupled SQUID magnetometer or gradiometer with series SQUID array are presented. High-Tc SQUID magnetometers exhibiting magnetic field sensitivity of ˜30-50fT/Hz1/2 or better at 100Hz was demonstrated by incorporating serial SQUID into the pickup loop of the magnetometers. New technologies currently being developed and applications for high-Tc SQUIDs are addressed.

  12. Dynamic resistance of a high-Tc superconducting flux pump

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    Jiang, Zhenan; Hamilton, K.; Amemiya, Naoyuki; Badcock, R. A.; Bumby, C. W.

    2014-09-01

    Superconducting flux pumps enable large currents to be injected into a superconducting circuit, without the requirement for thermally conducting current leads which bridge between the cryogenic environment and room temperature. In this work, we have built and studied a mechanically rotating flux pump which employs a coated conductor high-Tc superconducting (HTS) stator. This flux pump has been used to excite an HTS double pancake coil at 77 K. Operation of the flux pump causes the current within the superconducting circuit to increase over time, before saturating at a limiting value. Interestingly, the superconducting flux pump is found to possess an effective internal resistance, Reff, which varies linearly with frequency, and is two orders of magnitude larger than the measured series resistance of the soldered contacts within the circuit. This internal resistance sets a limit for the maximum achievable output current from the flux pump, which is independent of the operating frequency. We attribute this effect to dynamic resistance within the superconducting stator wire which is caused by the interaction between the DC transport current and the imposed alternating magnetic field. We provide an analytical expression describing the output characteristics of our rotating flux pump in the high frequency limit, and demonstrate that it describes the time-dependent behavior of our experimental circuit. Dynamic resistance is highlighted as a generic issue that must be considered when optimizing the design of an HTS flux pump.

  13. Fabrication Of High-Tc Superconducting Integrated Circuits

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    Bhasin, Kul B.; Warner, Joseph D.

    1992-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  15. Bec Model of HIGH-Tc Superconductivity in Layered Cuprates

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    Lomnitz, M.; Villarreal, C.; de Llano, M.

    2013-11-01

    High-Tc superconductivity in layered cuprates is described in a BCS-BEC formalism with linearly-dispersive s- and d-wave Cooper pairs moving in quasi-2D finite-width layers around the CuO2 planes. This yields a closed formula for Tc involving the layer width, the Debye frequency, the pairing energy and the in-plane penetration depth. The new formula has no free parameters and reasonably reproduces empirical values of superconducting Tcs for 11 different layered superconductors over a wide doping regime including YBCO itself as well as other compounds like LSCO, BSCCO and TBCCO. In agreement with the London formalism, the formula also yields a fair description of the Tc dependence of the lower critical magnetic field in highly underdoped YBCO.

  16. Superconducting bolometers: high-Tc and low-Tc

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    Richards, Paul L.

    1991-07-01

    A description is given of recent work at Berkeley on superconducting detectors and mixers for infrared and millimeter wavelengths. The first report is a review article which summarizes the status of development of superconducting components for infrared and millimeter wave receivers. Next, a report is given on measurements and theoretical modeling of the absorptivity (surface resistance) of high quality epitaxial films of the high-Tc superconductor YBCO from 750 GHz to 21 THz. The next report describes measurements of the thermal boundary resistance between YBCO films and various substrates. This resistance is much larger than expected from the acoustic impedance mismatch model and gives a thermal time constant in the nanosecond range for typical YBCO films. Reports are also included on the design and experimental performance of two different types of high-Tc bolometric detectors. One is a conventional bolometer with a gold-black absorber. The other is an antenna coupled microbolometer. The properties of a low-Tc microbolometer are also described. The last reports describe accurate measurements and also theoretical modeling of an SIS quasi-particle waveguide mixer for W-band which uses very high quality Ta junctions. The best mixer noise is only 1.3 times the quantum limit. Both the mixer gain and the noise are in quantitative agreement with the quantum theory.

  17. Theory of High-TC Superconductivity: Accurate Predictions of TC

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    Harshman, Dale; Fiory, Anthony

    2012-02-01

    The superconducting transition temperatures of high-TC compounds based on copper, iron, ruthenium and certain organic molecules is discovered to be dependent on bond lengths, ionic valences, and Coulomb coupling between electronic bands in adjacent, spatially separated layers [1]. Optimal transition temperature, denoted as TC0, is given by the universal expression kBTC0 = e^2λ/lζ; l is the spacing between interacting charges within the layers, ζ is the distance between interacting layers and λ is a universal constant, equal to about twice the reduced electron Compton wavelength (suggesting that Compton scattering plays a role in pairing). Non-optimum compounds in which sample degradation is evident typically exhibit TC < TC0. For the 31+ optimum compounds tested, the theoretical and experimental TC0 agree statistically to within ± 1.4 K. The elemental high-TC building block comprises two adjacent and spatially separated charge layers; the factor e^2/ζ arises from Coulomb forces between them. The theoretical charge structure representing a room-temperature superconductor is also presented. * 1. doi:10.1088/0953-8984/23/29/295701

  18. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides

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

    2016-01-01

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

  19. Pressure and high-Tc superconductivity in sulfur hydrides

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

    2016-05-01

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

  20. Five Possible Reasons why HIGH-Tc Superconductivity is Stalled

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    Grether, M.; de Llano, M.

    Five commonly held premises considered questionable assumptions in the microscopic theory of superconductivity are discussed as possible reasons why the search appears to be stalled for a theoretical framework, admittedly ambitious, capable of predicting materials with critical temperatures Tc higher than the 1993 record of 164K in HgTlBaCaCuO (under pressure). We focus the dilemma as a whole in terms of a generalized Bose-Einstein condensation (GBEC) interpretation that includes and further extends BCS theory, as well as substantially enhancing its predicted Tcs within the electron-phonon mechanism producing pairing. The new GBEC model is an extension of the Friedberg-T.D. Lee 1989 boson-fermion BEC theory of high-Tc superconductors in that it includes hole pairs as well as electron pairs.

  1. Five Possible Reasons why HIGH-Tc Superconductivity is Stalled

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    Grether, M.; de Llano, M.

    2007-09-01

    Five commonly held premises considered questionable assumptions in the microscopic theory of superconductivity are discussed as possible reasons why the search appears to be stalled for a theoretical framework, admittedly ambitious, capable of predicting materials with critical temperatures Tc higher than the 1993 record of 164K in HgTlBaCaCuO (under pressure). We focus the dilemma as a whole in terms of a generalized Bose-Einstein condensation (GBEC) interpretation that includes and further extends BCS theory, as well as substantially enhancing its predicted Tcs within the electron-phonon mechanism producing pairing. The new GBEC model is an extension of the Friedberg-T.D. Lee 1989 boson-fermion BEC theory of high-Tc superconductors in that it includes hole pairs as well as electron pairs.

  2. Deformation processing of high-Tc superconducting oxides

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    Rajan, K.; German, R. M.; Knorr, D. B.; Maccrone, R. K.; Misiolek, W.; Wright, R. N.

    1989-04-01

    Plastic deformation and texture development in polycrystalline YBa2Cu3O7- δ has been studied to expedite the process development of high-critical-temperature (high-Tc) superconducting wires and tapes. It is anticipated that deformation texture will be a major processing consideration in terms of maximizing critical current density, assessing conductor-fabrication options in light of critical current density, and developing such mechanical properties as strength, toughness and thermal fatigue. The intrinsic texture development in YBa2Cu3O7- δ deformation processing should be highly beneficial, insofar as the c axes of the crystals tend to become oriented along the compression axis. This means that conducting tapes and wires formed by rolling, extrusion and drawing can develop textures with the c axis in the transverse or radial direction, thus maximizing the flow of current along the length of the conductor.

  3. Analysis and characterization of high- Tc superconducting planar transmission lines for microwave circuit components

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    Kong Keonshik.

    1991-01-01

    A loss modeling of high {Tc} superconducting planar transmission lines is presented in this dissertation. Transmission structures such as microstrip lines, coplanar waveguides and conductor backed coplanar waveguides are investigated for implementation of a high-{Tc} superconductor. Also, short pulse propagation in the superconducting coplanar stripline is characterized. The motivation for this work is to provide an analytical basis for the effective application of a high {Tc} superconductor to planar transmission lines for microwave components. First, a loss characterization of the various high {Tc} superconducting microstrip line structures is presented in which either the strip or the ground plane is a high {Tc} superconductor. In the analysis, the internal impedances in the strip and the ground plane are separately calculated, and the total internal impedance is obtained by the superposition of the internal impedances. Next, the characteristic of a superconducting coplanar waveguide is investigated and compared with a superconducting microstrip line.

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  5. A novel propulsion method for high- Tc superconducting maglev vehicle

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    Ma, Guangtong; Wang, Jiasu; Wang, Suyu; Liu, Minxian; Jing, Hua; Lu, Yiyun; Lin, Qunxu

    2008-01-01

    High-Tc superconducting (HTS) maglev is considered as a perfect transportation type because of its unique inherent stability. A direct current (DC) linear motor using the permanent magnet guideway (PMG) as the stator and the on-board coil as the rotor instead of the present inductive or synchronous alternate current (AC) linear motor which has an economic disadvantage due to the necessity to lay primary coil along the guideway is proposed in this paper. In order to modulate the magnetic field under the PMG, an inverse E shape ferromagnetic device (IESFD) core is designed. The possible winding method for the on-board coil is listed, and the analytical result shows that a considerable net ampere force and thus the propulsion force can be generated by this special structure. The influence of the concentrated effect of the IESFD on the maglev performance of HTS bulk is studied by a numerical program, and the results show that the levitation force with the IESFD is 90% of that without. It is also indicated that the load capability and lateral performance of the maglev vehicle combined this propulsion method can be improved thanks to the attractive effect between the IESFD and PMG. The cost of the HTS maglev vehicle will be remarkably reduced and then shorten the distance to practical application with this propulsion method.

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

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

    2001-11-15

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

  7. A Simple Demonstration of High Tc Superconductive Powder.

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    Baker, Roger; Thompson, James C.

    1987-01-01

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

  8. A Simple Demonstration of High Tc Superconductive Powder.

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    Baker, Roger; Thompson, James C.

    1987-01-01

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

  9. Light-induced superconductivity in high-Tc cuprates

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    Kaiser, Stefan

    2017-10-01

    Ultrashort laser pulses allow for optical control of superconductivity on picosecond timescales. Intriguing experiments at mid-IR and THz frequencies using tailored excitation pulses tuned resonantly to specific phonon modes have been shown to induce transient superconducting states even far above the equilibrium transition temperature (T c). So far, experiments with light-induced superconductivity can be roughly divided into two classes: on the one hand the light pulses trigger the interplay of competing order parameters in favor of superconductivity, while in the second class of experiments a transient superconducting coherence is induced and dynamically stabilized.

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

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    Sugiura, Toshihiko; Fujimori, Hideki

    1996-05-01

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

  11. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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

    2016-03-01

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

  12. Applications using high-Tc superconducting terahertz emitters

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

    2016-01-01

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

  13. Development of Elements of a High Tc Superconducting Cable

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-03-31

    0 0O DTIC N ELECTE MA 61989D N00014-88-C-000681 DEVELOPMENT OF ELEMENTS OF A HIGH T SUPERCONDUCTING CABLE C Dr. Kenneth W. Lay 518-387-6147 FAX 518... superconducting coating on a supporting fiber. The composite will also include a barrier layer between the fiber and the superconductor and a protective layer...is the development of textured polycrystalline YBa 2Cu3Oy (Y-123) with improved critical current carrying capacity. Phase II is the development of

  14. High-Tc Superconductivity in Superhard Diamondlike BC5

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    Calandra, Matteo; Mauri, Francesco

    2008-07-01

    Using density functional theory calculations we show that the recently synthesized superhard diamondlike BC5 is superconducting with a critical temperature of the same order as that of MgB2. The average electron-phonon coupling is λ=0.89, the phonon-frequency logarithmic average is ⟨ω⟩log⁡=67.4meV, and the isotope coefficients are α(C)=0.3 and α(B)=0.2. In BC5, superconductivity is mostly sustained by concerted vibrations of the B atom and its C neighbors.

  15. Theory of Superconductivity in the High tc Materials

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    Anderson, P. W.

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * CONFINEMENT AND ITS CONSEQUENCES * PERTURBATION TREATMENT OF Tc; GREEN'S FUNCTIONS OF THE SUPERCONDUCTING STATE * HEURISTIC GAP EQUATION FOR THE INTERLAYER MECHANISM * A ROUGH PICTURE OF SOLUTIONS OF THE NEW GAP EQUATION * SURVEY OF THE EXPERIMENTAL PICTURE AND CORRELATION WITH THEORY * REFERENCES

  16. Magnetic forces in high-Tc superconducting bearings

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    Moon, F. C.

    1991-01-01

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

  17. High Tc superconducting bolometric and nonbolometric infrared (IR) detectors

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    Lakeou, Samuel; Rajeswari, M.; Goyal, Anuja

    1995-01-01

    The workplan for the period August 1994 through August 1995 includes the following: (1) expand the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory to include stand-alone optical response and noise measurement setups; (2) pursue studies of the low frequency excess electrical noise in YBCO films; and (3) enhance the academic support component of the project through increased student and faculty participation.

  18. Optimal High-TC Superconductivity in Cs3C60

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    Harshman, Dale; Fiory, Anthony

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

  19. Photoemission studies of high-tc superconductors: the superconducting gap.

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    Shen, Z X; Spicer, W E; King, D M; Dessau, D S; Wells, B O

    1995-01-20

    Over the last several years there have been great improvements in the energy resolution and detection efficiency of angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. These improvements have made it possible to discover a number of fascinating features in the electronic structure of the high transition temperature (T(c)) superconductors: apparently bandlike Fermi surfaces, flat-band saddle points, and nested Fermi surface sections. Recent work suggests that these features, previously thought explainable only by one-electron band theory, may be better understood with a many-body approach. Furthermore, other properties of the high-T(c) superconductors, which are difficult to understand with band theory, are well described using a many-body picture. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy has also been used to investigate the nature of the superconducting pairing state, revealing an anisotropic gap consistent with a d-wave order parameter and fueling the current debate over s-wave versus d-wave superconductivity.

  20. High Tc superconducting bolometric and nonbolometric infrared (IR) detectors

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    Lakeou, Samuel

    1995-01-01

    Activities carried out during the reporting period are summarized. The workplan for the period August 1994 to August 1995 included the following: (1) expansion of the Applied Superconductivity Laboratory to include stand-alone optical response and noise measurement setups; (2) study the low frequency excess electrical noise in YBCO films; and (3) enhancement of the academic support component of the project through increased student and faculty participation. Abstracts of papers submitted for publication during this reporting period are included as attachments.

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

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    Romanofsky, Robert R.; Sokoloski, Marty M.

    1991-01-01

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

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

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    He, D F

    2011-02-01

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

  3. The first five years of high- Tc superconductivity

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    Müller, K. Alex

    1991-12-01

    After the 1986 discovery and confirmation of superconductivity in doped La 2CuO 4, a “gold rush” occurred in the following year when the transition temperature in YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ exceeded the boiling point of liquid nitrogen. In 1988, even higher Tc's were reported in new compounds without rare-earth ions. The preparation techniques started to be improved substantially and results on scholarly conducted experiments became available. Since then, the data obtained with different techniques fitted together like pieces of a puzzle, and continue to do so. Early in 1987, high critical magnetic fields and currents were reported in epitaxial films and single crystals. This opened the way for application-oriented research and has led to first true successes in 1990/91. The following is a near verbal transcript of my presentation.

  4. Theory of high-TC superconductivity: transition temperature

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

    2010-12-01

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

  5. The superconducting gap ratio, isotope-shift exponent and pressure coefficient of Tc for high- Tc systems

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    Das, A. N.; Sarkar, Sujit

    1996-02-01

    The superconducting gap ratio, isotope-shift exponent and the pressure co-efficient of the superconducting transition temperature are studied within different models proposed for high- Tc cuprate oxide systems. A comparison with the experimental results of high- Tc oxide systems is made.

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

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    Kokail, Christian; Heil, Christoph; Boeri, Lilia

    2016-08-01

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

  7. Truncated Hilbert space approach to models of high-{Tc} superconductivity

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    Riera, J.

    1995-07-01

    In this talk the author introduces a method of diagonalization in a systematically expanded Hilbert space. The author shows some applications of this procedure to several models of relevance to high-Tc superconductivity like the t-J, the t-J{sub z} and Hubbard models. Finally, the author discusses the relation of this method of diagonalization in a reduced Hilbert space with perturbation theory and with variational methods.

  8. A study of high {Tc} superconducting ceramic/metal alloy composites

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    Stevens, M.G.; Du, J.; Lee, R.M; Unsworth, J.; Hely, J.; Hodges, J.

    1995-09-01

    High-{Tc} superconducting ceramic YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x}/metal alloy composites were fabricated. The metal matrix was a low melting point alloy of bismuth, lead, tin, cadmium and indium. The structure, DC electrical resistivity, AC magnetic susceptibility, levitation and mechanical strength of the composites were investigated. The influence of filler content on these properties was also studied. The composites behaved as a typical metal with the resistivity increasing with temperature increase and, further, did not undergo the characteristic superconducting transition to zero resistance that is obtained with the ceramic superconductor. On the other hand, the diamagnetic properties of the superconducting ceramic were preserved in the composites. The values of diamagnetic susceptibility and levitation force increase with the volume fraction of the superconducting material. The flexural strength of the composites is improved significantly in comparison with the ceramic superconductor.

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

  10. High-Tc Superconductivity and Antiferromagnetism in Multilayered Copper Oxides ---A New Paradigm of Superconducting Mechanism---

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    Mukuda, Hidekazu; Shimizu, Sunao; Iyo, Akira; Kitaoka, Yoshio

    2012-01-01

    High-temperature superconductivity (HTSC) in copper oxides emerges on a layered CuO2 plane when an antiferromagnetic Mott insulator is doped with mobile hole carriers. We review extensive studies of multilayered copper oxides by site-selective nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), which have uncovered the intrinsic phase diagram of antiferromagnetism (AFM) and HTSC for a disorder-free CuO2 plane with hole carriers. We present our experimental findings such as the existence of the AFM metallic state in doped Mott insulators, the uniformly mixed phase of AFM and HTSC, and the emergence of d-wave SC with a maximum Tc just outside a critical carrier density, at which the AFM moment on a CuO2 plane disappears. These results can be accounted for by the Mott physics based on the t--J model. The superexchange interaction Jin among spins plays a vital role as a glue for Cooper pairs or mobile spin-singlet pairs, in contrast to the phonon-mediated attractive interaction among electrons established in the Bardeen--Cooper--Schrieffer (BCS) theory. We remark that the attractive interaction for raising the Tc of HTSC up to temperatures as high as 160 K is the large Jin (˜ 0.12 eV), which binds electrons of opposite spins to be on neighboring sites, and that there are no bosonic glues. It is the Coulomb repulsive interaction U (> 6 eV) among Cu-3d electrons that plays a central role in the physics behind high-Tc phenomena. A new paradigm of the SC mechanism opens to strongly correlated electron matter.

  11. A New Piece in the High Tc Superconductivity Puzzle: Fe based Superconductors

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    Moreo, Adriana

    2011-10-01

    An overview of the historic and current developments in superconductivity will be be presented. The phenomenon of superconductivity was discovered almost 100 hundred years ago and it is still one of the hottest research topics providing fascinating puzzles and challenges to both theoreticians and experimentalists. There was a lag of almost 50 years between the experimental discovery of (low Tc) superconductivity and the development of the BCS theory which explained the phenomenon in terms of pairs of electrons held together by the interaction with the phonons in the material. The quest to discover superconducting materials with higher Tc's continued quietly for many years until huge progress occurred in the 1980' when Tc's higher than 77K were observed in copper-oxide based materials. The study of these new materials generated tremendous advances in both experimental and theoretical methods and much is now known about their properties; but the mechanism, i.e., the ``glue,'' that binds the electrons together is still unknown; it appears that phonons are unable to do the job and there is controversy on whether the magnetism present in these materials helps or hurts. Very recently, in 2008, high Tc was discovered in a new family of iron based materials. While they are similar to the cuprates in some ways, i.e., magnetism is present, there are many differences as well. This discovery provides a new chance to unveil the high-Tc mystery and the condensed matter community is intensely working on the subject.

  12. Superfluid inhomogeneity and microwave absorption in a model for thin high- Tc superconducting films

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    Barabash, Sergey V.; Stroud, David

    2003-10-01

    We investigate the microwave absorption arising from inhomogeneity in the superfluid density of thin high- Tc superconducting films. Such inhomogeneities may arise from a wide variety of sources, including quenched random disorder and static charge density waves such as stripes. We show that both mechanisms will inevitably produce additional absorption at finite frequencies. We present simple model calculations for this extra absorption, and discuss applications to other transport properties in high- Tc materials. Finally, we discuss the connection of these predictions to recent measurements by Corson et al. (Nature (London) 398 (1999) 221) of absorption by the high-temperature superconductor Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+δ in the THz frequency regime.

  13. Noise properties of high-Tc superconducting flux transformers fabricated using chemical-mechanical polishing

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    Chukharkin, M.; Kalabukhov, A.; Schneiderman, J. F.; Öisjöen, F.; Snigirev, O.; Lai, Z.; Winkler, D.

    2012-07-01

    Reproducible high-temperature superconducting multilayer flux transformers were fabricated using chemical mechanical polishing. The measured magnetic field noise of the flip-chip magnetometer based on one such flux transformer with a 9 × 9 mm2 pickup loop coupled to a bicrystal dc SQUID was 15 fT/Hz1/2 above 2 kHz. We present an investigation of excess 1/f noise observed at low frequencies and its relationship with the microstructure of the interlayer connections within the flux transformer. The developed high-Tc SQUID magnetometers may be advantageous in ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging and, with improved low frequency noise, magnetoencephalography applications.

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

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    Nagaya, Kosuke

    1996-03-01

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

  15. Electron scattering from interacting tunneling units: A model for high-Tc superconductivity

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    Simanovsky, Sergey B.; Klein, Michael W.

    1996-09-01

    We consider the existence of high-Tc superconductivity and the symmetry of the gap function when electrons are scattered from tunneling units that interact via an elastic strainlike potential. We examine the consequences of conduction electron scattering for the specific case of tunneling units found in experiments on the high-Tc superconductors YBa2Cu3O6+x, Bi2CaSr2Cu2O8, Tl2CaBa2Cu2O8, Tl2Ca2Ba2Cu3O10, and Tl2CaBa2CuO6. Our calculations give (i) a strongly anisotropic scattering of the conduction electrons, (ii) a strongly anisotropic superconducting gap in k space, (iii) an isotope effect different from that associated with phonon scattering in the BCS theory, (iv) a high transition temperature, and (v) a gap function with nodes and a combination of an s-wave and a dx2-y2-wave symmetry. The dx2-y2 symmetry arises from the directionally dependent scattering of electrons by the tunneling units which have a well-defined orientation with respect to the crystal axis.

  16. BaO Planes, not CuO2 Planes, Contain HIGH-TC Superconductivity

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    Dow, John D.; Harshman, Dale R.

    Muon spin rotation (μ+SR) measurements conducted on crystalline YBa2Cu3O7 are consistent with s-wave pairing, not d-wave, suggesting that the superconducting hole condensate resides in the BaO layers, not in the cuprate-planes. The specific heat and thermal conductivity data are explained by the superconducting BaO layers alone, unlike the failed interpretation based on CuO2-plane superconductivity. The layer charges of the CuO2 planes are almost -2 |e|, indicating that those planes are primarily carriers of electrons, not holes. The cuprate-planes are not the dominant hole-carriers of high-TC superconductivity, as demonstrated by doped YBa2RuO6, which has no such CuO2 lanes, yet superconducts at ~ 93 K. Moreover the trio of related compounds, YSr2RuO6 (doped with Cu on Ru sites), undoped GdSr2Cu2RuO8, and undoped Gd2-zCezSr2Cu2RuO10 all start superconducting near 49 K in their SrO layers, not in the cuprate planes of the two compounds that have such planes, because those planes are either antiferromagnetic or weakly ferromagnetic and so do not superconduct. In PrBa2Cu3O7, a Pr-on-Ba-site (PrBa) defect kills the superconductivity, but Pr-on-Pr-site (PrPr) does not. Both defects are approximately equidistant from the intervening cuprate plane, suggesting that the cuprate plane does not carry significant superconductivity. In GdBa2Cu3O7, Gd-on-a-Gd-site (GdGd) does not break Cooper pairs, but Gd-on-a-Ba-site (GdBa) does, indicating that the superconductivity is in the BaO layers, and not in the cuprate-planes. In HgBa2Can-1CunO2n+2, the BaO layers, not the cuprate-planes, gain positive charge as TC, pressure, and the number of layers n increase. The reason that theories based on holes in the cuprate-planes have done so poorly is that those planes were incorrectly identified as the source of high-temperature superconductivity on the basis of a single datum by Cava et al., that was first contradicted by Jorgensen et al., and then endorsed by Jorgensen alone on the

  17. Strong correlations and the search for high-Tc superconductivity in chromium pnictides and chalcogenides

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    Pizarro, J. M.; Calderón, M. J.; Liu, J.; Muñoz, M. C.; Bascones, E.

    2017-02-01

    Undoped iron superconductors accommodate n =6 electrons in five d orbitals. Experimental and theoretical evidence shows that the strength of correlations increases with hole doping, as the electronic filling approaches half filling with n =5 electrons. This evidence delineates a scenario in which the parent compound of iron superconductors is the half-filled system, in analogy to cuprate superconductors. In cuprates the superconductivity can be induced upon electron or hole doping. In this work we propose to search for high-Tc superconductivity and strong correlations in chromium pnictides and chalcogenides with n <5 electrons. By means of ab initio slave-spin and multiorbital random-phase-approximation calculations we analyze the strength of the correlations and the superconducting and magnetic instabilities in these systems with the main focus on LaCrAsO. We find that electron-doped LaCrAsO is a strongly correlated system with competing magnetic interactions, with (π ,π ) antiferromagnetism and nodal d -wave pairing being the most plausible magnetic and superconducting instabilities, respectively.

  18. High-Tc superconductivity in weakly electron-doped HfNCl

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    Pamuk, Betül; Mauri, Francesco; Calandra, Matteo

    2017-07-01

    We investigate the magnetic and superconducting properties in electron-doped LixHfNCl . HfNCl is a band insulator that undergoes an insulator to superconductor transition upon doping at x ≈0.13 . The persistence of the insulating state for x <0.13 is due to an Anderson transition probably related to Li disorder. In the metallic and superconducting phase, LixHfNCl is a prototype two-dimensional two-valley electron gas with parabolic bands. By performing a model random phase approximation approach as well as first-principles range-separated Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE06) calculations, we find that the spin susceptibility χs is strongly enhanced in the low-doping regime by the electron-electron interaction. Furthermore, in the low-doping limit, the exchange interaction renormalizes the intervalley electron-phonon coupling and results in a strong increase of the superconducting critical temperature for x <0.15 . On the contrary, for x >0.15 , Tc is approximately constant, in agreement with experiments. At x =0.055 we found that Tc can be as large as 40 K, suggesting that the synthesis of cleaner samples of LixHfNCl could remove the Anderson insulating state competing with superconductivity and generate a high-Tc superconductor.

  19. High- Tc Superconductivity in FeSe at High Pressure: Dominant Hole Carriers and Enhanced Spin Fluctuations

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    Sun, J. P.; Ye, G. Z.; Shahi, P.; ...

    2017-04-07

    The importance of electron-hole interband interactions is widely acknowledged for iron-pnictide superconductors with high transition temperatures (Tc). However, high-Tc superconductivity without hole carriers has been suggested in FeSe single-layer films and intercalated iron-selenides, raising a fundamental question whether iron pnictides and chalcogenides have different pairing mechanisms. Here, we study the properties of electronic structure in another high-Tc phase induced by pressure in bulk FeSe from magneto-transport measurements and first-principles calculations. With increasing pressure, the low-Tc superconducting phase transforms into high-Tc phase, where we find the normal-state Hall resistivity changes sign from negative to positive, demonstrating dominant hole carriers in strikingmore » contrast to other FeSe-derived high-Tc systems. Moreover, the Hall coefficient is remarkably enlarged and the magnetoresistance exhibits anomalous scaling behaviours, evidencing strongly enhanced interband spin fluctuations in the high-Tc phase. These results in FeSe highlight similarities with high-Tc phases of iron pnictides, constituting a step toward a unified understanding of iron-based superconductivity.« less

  20. Development of a Compact Moving-Sample Magnetometer Using High-Tc Superconducting Quantum Interference Device

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    Mawardi Saari, Mohd; Sakai, Kenji; Kiwa, Toshihiko; Tsukamoto, Akira; Adachi, Seiji; Tanabe, Keiichi; Kandori, Akihiko; Tsukada, Keiji

    2012-04-01

    We developed a compact moving-sample magnetometer that uses a high-temperature superconductor-superconducting quantum interference device (high-Tc SQUID) to directly measure the flux coupled to a normal detection coil from a sample's magnetic moment in the presence of an external DC magnetic field. The moving-sample method is employed by inserting the sample between the poles of a DC electromagnet and vibrating the sample along the axis perpendicular to the external field axis using an actuator at a frequency of 2.693 Hz. First, the magnetic field of the sample is transferred by a first-order differential normal Cu coil to a SQUID for detection. Then, the SQUID output is fed to a lock-in amplifier for detection. The critical feature of the system design is the use of high-Tc SQUID, which enables the realization of a compact system. The basic characteristics of the developed system are presented, and the current system exhibited a detection limit of 1×10-7 emu.

  1. Development of a Compact Moving-Sample Magnetometer Using High-Tc Superconducting Quantum Interference Device

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    Saari, Mohd Mawardi; Sakai, Kenji; Kiwa, Toshihiko; Tsukamoto, Akira; Adachi, Seiji; Tanabe, Keiichi; Kandori, Akihiko; Tsukada, Keiji

    2012-04-01

    We developed a compact moving-sample magnetometer that uses a high-temperature superconductor--superconducting quantum interference device (high-Tc SQUID) to directly measure the flux coupled to a normal detection coil from a sample's magnetic moment in the presence of an external DC magnetic field. The moving-sample method is employed by inserting the sample between the poles of a DC electromagnet and vibrating the sample along the axis perpendicular to the external field axis using an actuator at a frequency of 2.693 Hz. First, the magnetic field of the sample is transferred by a first-order differential normal Cu coil to a SQUID for detection. Then, the SQUID output is fed to a lock-in amplifier for detection. The critical feature of the system design is the use of high-Tc SQUID, which enables the realization of a compact system. The basic characteristics of the developed system are presented, and the current system exhibited a detection limit of 1× 10-7 emu.

  2. Vibration reduction using autoparametric resonance in a high-Tc superconducting levitation system

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    Yamasaki, Hiroshi; Takazakura, Toyoki; Sakaguchi, Ryunosuke; Sugiura, Toshihiko

    2014-05-01

    High-Tc superconducting levitation systems have very small damping and enable stable levitation without control. Therefore, they can be applied to various kinds of application. However, there are some problems that small damping produces large vibration and nonlinearity of magnetic force can generate complicated phenomena. Accordingly, analysis of these phenomena and reduction of vibration occurring in the system are important. In this study, we examined reduction of vibration without using any absorbers, but utilizing autoparametric resonance caused by nonlinear coupling between vertical oscillation and horizontal oscillation. We conducted numerical analysis and experiments in order to investigate motions of a rigid bar levitated by the electromagnetic force from high-Tc superconductors. As a result, if the ratio of the natural frequency of vertical oscillation and that of horizontal oscillation is two to one, the vertical oscillation decreases while the horizontal oscillation is excited. Thus, it was confirmed that the amplitude of a primary resonance can be reduced by occurrence of autoparametric resonance without using any absorbers.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  4. Investigation of high-Tc superconducting tunnel junction after laser radiation processing

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    Broslavez, U. U.; Fomitchev, A. A.; Yakshin, Mikhail A.

    1995-03-01

    We investigate dynamic resistance (dV/dI) of high-Tc superconducting thin films and tunnel junction after laser radiation processing. The films of YBaCuO were prepared by laser and magnetron ablation on Al2O3 substrates. The tunnel junctions were made by fine silver wires attached to the processing surfaces. The resistance (dV/dI) was determined by a four-probe measurement. The YAG laser operating in Q-switched mode was used to interact with superconductors. The anomaly is observed in the current-voltage curve of the junction after radiation interaction. We observe hysteresis in the shape of V(I) curve. These effects are not observed without laser radiation interaction and in this case the behavior of tunnel junction is described for the standard BCS theory.

  5. High-Tc superconductivity and antiferromagnetism on self-doped high-Tc cuprate Ba2Ca3Cu4O8F2

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    Shimizu, Sunao; Mukuda, Hidekazu; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Iyo, Akira; Kodama, Yasuharu; Kito, Hijiri; Tokiwa, Kazuyasu; Watanabe, Tsuneo

    2007-03-01

    We report on the antiferromagnetism and high-Tc superconductivity in a F-substituted four-layered cuprate, composed of two outer and inner CuO2 planes in a unit cell, Ba2Ca3Cu4O8F2. Although a formal Cu valence is expected to be just +2.0 in the nominal composition, this is not a half-filled Mott insulator but a superconductor with Tc = 55K. Recently, it has been suggested that the origin of the superconductivity in this compound is self-doping by ARPES measurement [1] and band calculation [2], which means either outer or inner CuO2 planes are hole-doped, and the others are electron-doped. From F-NMR study, we have confirmed magnetic order with TN = 100K, concluding the uniform mixing of superconductivity and magnetic order in a single CuO2 plane. In addition, we have compared a three-layered compound Ba2Ca2Cu3O6F2, which is also superconductor with Tc = 76K. We will introduce the unique magntic and superconducting phenomena in F-substituted cuprates from microscopic points of view. [1]Y. Chen, et al., cond-mat/0611291 (2006) [2] W. Xie, et al., cond-mat/0607198 (2006)

  6. High-Tc Superconductivity in FeSe at High Pressure: Dominant Hole Carriers and Enhanced Spin Fluctuations

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    Sun, J. P.; Ye, G. Z.; Shahi, P.; Yan, J.-Q.; Matsuura, K.; Kontani, H.; Zhang, G. M.; Zhou, Q.; Sales, B. C.; Shibauchi, T.; Uwatoko, Y.; Singh, D. J.; Cheng, J.-G.

    2017-04-01

    The importance of electron-hole interband interactions is widely acknowledged for iron-pnictide superconductors with high transition temperatures (Tc ). However, the absence of hole pockets near the Fermi level of the iron-selenide (FeSe) derived high-Tc superconductors raises a fundamental question of whether iron pnictides and chalcogenides have different pairing mechanisms. Here, we study the properties of electronic structure in the high-Tc phase induced by pressure in bulk FeSe from magnetotransport measurements and first-principles calculations. With increasing pressure, the low-Tc superconducting phase transforms into the high-Tc phase, where we find the normal-state Hall resistivity changes sign from negative to positive, demonstrating dominant hole carriers in contrast to other FeSe-derived high-Tc systems. Moreover, the Hall coefficient is enlarged and the magnetoresistance exhibits anomalous scaling behaviors, evidencing strongly enhanced interband spin fluctuations in the high-Tc phase. These results in FeSe highlight similarities with high-Tc phases of iron pnictides, constituting a step toward a unified understanding of iron-based superconductivity.

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

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

    1988-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  9. The Discovery of High-Tc Superconductivity and the Countdown to the Rally

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    Bednorz, J. Georg

    2007-03-01

    The guiding ideas on our road towards high-Tc superconductivity and the early work at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory are briefly addressed. I will shed some light onto the environment and the decisive circumstances that in January 1986 led to the breakthrough with the discovery of superconductivity in the cuprates. The pre-``Woodstock'' period, which lasted less than a year, covers the time in which the Zurich team tested different La2CuO4-based compounds, confirmed the Meissner effect, and studied flux trapping in these new materials. It was also the time in which the news of the discovery started to spread and in which we experienced mixed reactions ranging from silent skepticism to polite (cautious) congratulations. This changed dramatically into excitement with the confirmation of the Zurich results by the Tokyo (S. Tanaka) and the Houston ( C.W. Chu) group, and cumulated in the take-off of the new field at the famous ``Woodstock Meeting of Physics'' after the discovery of the 90 K superconductor.

  10. Developments of high- Tc superconducting current feeders for a large-scale superconducting coil system

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    Mito, T.; Maehata, K.; Mizokami, M.; Ishibashi, K.; Takeo, M.; Iwamoto, A.; Hirano, N.; Shintomi, T.; Kimura, K.; Sawamura, M.; Yamada, S.; Satoh, S.; Motojima, O.

    1998-10-01

    A large-scale superconducting coil system, which is an essential technology for a fusion reactor, requires large capacity and high performance current feeders from the power supplies at the room temperature to the superconducting coils at the operating temperature, which is usually liquid helium temperature at present. The superconducting current feeders are being considered as a promising application of a high temperature superconductor (HTS), which can satisfy the requirements of a large current capacity and a low heat in-leak, simultaneously. To study the feasibility of the HTS current feeders, a melt-textured YBCO bulk superconductor was selected as a candidate material because of its high current transport characteristics. The YBCO disk fabricated by quench and melt growth process was cut into a short sample with the cross section of 7 mm × 7 mm and the length of 40 mm and was mounted on the copper bars to perform the actual large current transport tests. The sample could be successfully excited up to 20 kA at 4.2 K and 10 kA at 77 K. These performance test results and the further R&D items for the HTS current feeders are discussed.

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  12. Potential high-Tc superconducting lanthanum and yttrium hydrides at high pressure

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    Liu, Hanyu; Naumov, Ivan I.; Hoffmann, Roald; Ashcroft, N. W.; Hemley, Russell J.

    2017-07-01

    A systematic structure search in the La-H and Y-H systems under pressure reveals some hydrogen-rich structures with intriguing electronic properties. For example, LaH10 is found to adopt a sodalite-like face-centered cubic (fcc) structure, stable above 200 GPa, and LaH8 a C2/m space group structure. Phonon calculations indicate both are dynamically stable; electron phonon calculations coupled to Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) arguments indicate they might be high-Tc superconductors. In particular, the superconducting transition temperature Tc calculated for LaH10 is 274-286 K at 210 GPa. Similar calculations for the Y-H system predict stability of the sodalite-like fcc YH10 and a Tc above room temperature, reaching 305-326 K at 250 GPa. The study suggests that dense hydrides consisting of these and related hydrogen polyhedral networks may represent new classes of potential very high-temperature superconductors.

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

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

    2014-11-10

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

  14. A high Tc superconducting terahertz emitter operated from 0.5 to 2.4 THz

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

    According to our previous studies, the efficiency of the THz radiation from a high Tc superconducting emitter can be improved greatly when the stand-alone mesa structure of Bi2212 single crystal is used for the emitter1). The principal reason for that lies in the heat removal from the mesa. Recently, we developed a new device structure with high heat exhaust from the stand-alone mesa structures and studied the radiation characteristics from the different shape of mesa structures. The results obtained from a cylindrical stand alone mesa show very wide the radiation frequencies ranging from 0.5 to 2.4 THz. Strong emission power peaks were observed at about 1.0 THz and 1.6 THz2). 1) T. Kitamura et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 105, 202603 (2014) 2) T. Kashiwagi et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 107, 082601 (2015) T. K. is supported by Futaba Electronics Memorial Foundation and JSPS KAKENHI Grant No. 15K20897. This work is in part performed in collaboration with Dr. Wai Kwok and his group in Argonne National Lab.

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

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    Halder, Avik; Kresin, Vitaly V.

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  17. Enhancement in low field nuclear magnetic resonance with a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device and hyperpolarized 3He

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    Liao, Shu-Hsien; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Yang, Shieh-Yueh; Chen, Ming-Jye; Yang, Chang-Hau

    2008-09-01

    In this work, we present a design that improves signals produced by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and magnetic resonance imaging by using optical pumping and a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. In our design for a NMR detection system, a pickup coil is coupled to the spin procession of a H3e nucleus; the input coil is coupled to a high-Tc SQUID magnetometer; and the capacitor is connected in series to form a tank circuit resonating at the Larmor frequency of the H3e nucleus in the measuring field. A signal-to-noise ratio gain of 2.67 over a conventional Faraday detection coil was obtained with the high-Tc SQUID detection system in a measuring magnetic field equaling 0.1128 mT, at which the central frequency was 3.66 kHz for H3e nucleus. The improvement in the NMR signal for large-size, hyperpolarized H3e coupled to a high-Tc SQUID-based spectrometer in low magnetic fields at room temperature is significant compared to that without flux coupling. This result may be of interest given its potential for use in a low field imager.

  18. Voltage-biased high-{Tc} superconducting infrared bolometers with strong electrothermal feedback

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    Lee, A.T.; Gildemeister, J.M.; Lee, Shih-Fu; Richards, P.L.

    1996-08-01

    In the current generation of high-{Tc} bolometers the thermal conductance is often chosen for a short time-constant rather than for optimal sensitivity. We describe a novel bolometer bias and readout scheme that promises to relax this constraint. Voltage bias of the superconductor results in strong negative electrothermal feedback that greatly reduces the time-constant of the bolometer. We estimate that a decrease of more than one order of magnitude in time-constant should be possible with existing high-Tc thermometers. We give theoretical estimates of the performance gain with voltage bias for several bolometers that have been reported in the literature. We find cases where the sensitivity can be greatly improved (by changing the thermal conductance) while holding the time constant fixed and others where the bolometer can be made much faster while maintaining the sensitivity.

  19. Nonlinear Harmonic Responses of Live Cells Using High-Tc Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices

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    Miller, J. H.; Nawarathna, D.; Sanabria, H.; Vajrala, V.; Claycomb, J. R.

    2006-09-01

    We report on a novel application of high-Tc SQUIDs, in which harmonics produced by live cells in response to a sinusoidal electric field are measured. The use of SQUIDs to probe induced currents without contacts reduces spurious harmonics generated at electrode interfaces, and enables one to noninvasively probe metabolic activity manifested by changes in conformational states of protein complexes in the plasma membrane and internal organelles. The method can also potentially be developed for clinical applications.

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

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1993-01-01

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

  1. New Trend in THz Detection: High Tc Superconducting Hot Electron Bolometer Technology May Exhibit Advantage vs Low Tc Devices

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    Kreisler, A. J.; Degardin, A. F.; Aurino, M.; Peroz, C.; Villegier, J.-C.; Beaudin, G.; Delorme, Y.; Redon, M.; Sentz, A.

    2007-07-01

    Superconducting hot electron bolometer (HEB) mixers are a competitive alternative to conventional mixer technologies in the terahertz range because of their ultrawide bandwidth, high conversion gain, and low intrinsic noise level, even at 77 K. A technological process to realize HEBs based on high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7-zeta (YBCO) materials is described. Ultrathin 12 to 40 nm layers were sputtered on MgO (100) substrates, sub-micrometer constrictions (0.5 micrometer x 0.5 micrometer) were etched on these and log-periodic gold antennas were then integrated. Good superconducting properties were measured after the whole process. Electrical transport characteristics of the device are discussed, ageing effects are considered and regular bolometric THz response results are given.

  2. Comparative study on the fastest effective fault limitation for stabilized and stabilizer-free high Tc superconductors

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    Kar, Soumen; Rao, V. V.

    2017-10-01

    The fastest effective fault limitation is one of the selection criterion of high Tc superconductors (HTS) for resistive type fault current limiter (R-SFCLs) application. In the present work, we have given a comparative DC & AC performance study on HTS tapes with and without stabilizer. At first, we have investigated the temperature dependent DC resistivity of the SS stabilized Bi2223 based conductor, Cu (50 μm substrate) and SS (75 μm substrate) stabilized YBCO based coated conductors (CCs) and compared with the stabilizer free YBCO based CC (50 μm and 100 μm substrate). We have studied the DC transport properties (E-I) of the stabilized and stabilizer-free tapes to obtain flux-flow resistance before reaching normal state, critical current and 'n' factor at 1 μV/cm criterion. Further, the 1st peak limitation, response time and resistance attained during fault limitation have been compared for AC over-current pulses of 1.5 kA for 100 ms duration. The aforesaid measurements helped us to select a suitable high Tc superconductor for fastest effective fault limitation to be used in R-SFCL application.

  3. Antiferromagnetism and high- Tc superconductivity in F-substituted four-layered cuprates probed by Cu-NMR

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    Shimizu, S.; Mukuda, H.; Matoba, K.; Kitaoka, Y.; Tokiwa, K.; Watanabe, T.; Iyo, A.; Tanaka, Y.; Kito, H.

    2007-03-01

    We report on the onset of antiferromagnetism in F-substituted four-layered high- Tc compounds Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O1-yFy)2 ( 2y=1.2,1.4,1.6 and 2.0) which are composed of two types of CuO2 planes in a unit cell; three inner planes (IPs) and two outer planes (OPs). The Cu-NMR study has revealed that the hole density at the OPs are slightly larger than that at the IPs, and a total carrier density decreases as F content increases. The observation of zero-field Cu-NMR spectra over a broad frequency range has demonstrated that antiferromagnetically ordered phases emerges at low temperatures for all compounds. This result is similar to the case for the five-layered cuprates HgBa2Ca4Cu5Oy where the optimally doped OP undergoes a superconducting (SC) transition, whereas the three underdoped IPs do an antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition [H. Kotegawa, et al., Phys. Rev. B 64 (2001) 064515; H. Mukuda, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96 (2006) 087001]. The present result gives evidence for a coexistence of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in four-layered high- Tc cuprates.

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

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    Chakraverty, B. K.

    1991-01-01

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

  5. Enhancement of nuclear magnetic resonance in microtesla magnetic field with prepolarization field detected with high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device

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    Yang, Hong-Chang; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Horng, Herng-Er; Kuo, Shing-Ling; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Yang, S. Y.

    2006-06-01

    We applied prepolarization field and high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) detector to enhance nuclear magnetic resonance signal in a microtesla magnetic field. The minimum measuring magnetic field is 8.9μT at which the proton resonance frequency is 380Hz. The specificity instrumentation and the difficulty of using a high-Tc SQUID with prepolarization field were investigated. We applied gradient field to perform one-dimensional proton imaging in a microtesla magnetic field. Additionally, low field high-Tc SQUID-based NMR systems are promising in biomagnetic research due to its use, for example, in imaging with hyperpolarized noble gas.

  6. TOPICAL REVIEW: Impurity band Mott insulators: a new route to high Tc superconductivity

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    Baskaran, Ganapathy

    2008-10-01

    Last century witnessed the birth of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The physics behind these revolutionary developments is certain quantum mechanical behaviour of 'impurity state electrons' in crystalline 'band insulators', such as Si, Ge, GaAs and GaN, arising from intentionally added (doped) impurities. The present article proposes that certain collective quantum behaviour of these impurity state electrons, arising from Coulomb repulsions, could lead to superconductivity in a parent band insulator, in a way not suspected before. Impurity band resonating valence bond theory of superconductivity in boron doped diamond, recently proposed by us, suggests possibility of superconductivity emerging from impurity band Mott insulators. We use certain key ideas and insights from the field of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates and organics. Our suggestion also offers new possibilities in the field of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The current level of sophistication in solid state technology and combinatorial materials science is very well capable of realizing our proposal and discover new superconductors.

  7. The role of selected f ions in the suppression of high-Tc superconductivity.

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    Soderholm, L.

    1998-09-25

    The initial observations of superconductivity at temperatures above 77 K in copper-oxide based materials was surprising from a variety of different perspectives. Among the unexpected findings were reports of superconductivity for the series RBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} where R is a rare earth (Y, Nd-Tm), which may carry a large, local magnetic moment. Superconductivity was subsequently demonstrated for all 4f analogs in this series except Ce, Pr, and Tb. In addition to the RBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} series, there are several other CuO based series of superconductors that are formed by substituting R ions. The most studied of these are listed in Table 1, together with the f ions that form isostructural compounds and their superconducting critical temperatures (T{sub c}). The presence of an R ion with a large magnetic moment does not significantly influence the superconductivity. In contrast, even the presence of small concentrations of magnetic impurity ions in a conventional superconductor inhibits superconductivity by interfering with the formation of Cooper pairs. Most R ions substitute into an isostructural series with no observable effect on the superconducting properties of the material. As can be seen from Table 1, there are notable exceptions to this observation. In particular, the rare-earth ions Ce, Pr, and Tb, together with the 5f-actinide ions Am and Cm, sometimes behave anomalously. These ions either do not form an isostructural phase, or if the phase forms it may not be superconducting. The fact that an f-ion can suppress superconductivity is clearly demonstrated in the isostructural series Y{sub 1{minus}x}Pr{sub x}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} (0 < x < 1){sup 3}, in which the critical temperature decreases with increasing x, such that for concentrations of Pr greater than x {approx} 0.5, the samples no longer superconduct.

  8. Fabrication of high-Tc superconducting hot electron bolometers for terahertz mixer applications

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    Villegier, Jean-Claude; Degardin, Annick F.; Guillet, Bruno; Houze, Frederic; Kreisler, Alain J.; Chaubet, Michel

    2005-03-01

    Superconducting Hot Electron Bolometer (HEB) mixers are a competitive alternative to Schottky diode mixers or other conventional superconducting receiver technologies in the terahertz frequency range because of their ultrawide bandwidth (from millimeter waves to the visible), high conversion gain, and low intrinsic noise level, even at 77 K. A new technological process has been developed to realize HEB mixers based on high temperature superconducting materials, using 15 to 40 nm thick layers of YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO), sputtered on MgO (100) substrates by hollow cathode magnetron sputtering. Critical temperature values of YBCO films were found in the 85 to 91 K range. Sub-micron HEB bridges (0.8 μm x 0.8 μm) were obtained by combining electronic and UV lithography followed by selective etching techniques. Realization of YBCO HEB coupling to planar integrated gold antennas was also considered.

  9. Sensitive J-coupling spectroscopy using high-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices in magnetic fields as low as microteslas

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    Liao, Shu-Hsien; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Yang, S. Y.; Chen, H. H.; Hwang, Dennis W.; Hwang, Lian-Pin

    2009-04-01

    In this work we present a sensitive J-coupling spectroscopy in one shot using high-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices and a flux transformer in microtesla fields. In the proposed NMR detection scheme the precession of proton spin was inductively coupled to the SQUID magnetometer. We enhanced the SNR signal and the spectral resolution significantly by applying a pre-polarization field of 0.045 T. In microtesla fields where chemical shifts are absent, we demonstrate proton-phosphate coupling J3[H,P] = (10.94 ± 0.08) Hz in trimethyl phosphate. The sensitive NMR spectrometer will be of great interest for diagnosis information of molecular structure and biological applications.

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

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    Pavuna, D.; Dubuis, G.; Bollinger, A. T.; ...

    2016-07-28

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

  11. Oxygen stabilization induced enhancement in superconducting characteristics of high-Tc oxides

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    Wu, M. K.; Chen, J. T.; Huang, C. Y.

    1991-01-01

    In an attempt to enhance the electrical and mechanical properties of the high temperature superconducting oxides, high T(sub c) composites were prepared composed of the 123 compounds and AgO. The presence of extra oxygen due to the decomposition of AgO at high temperature is found to stabilize the superconducting 123 phase. Ag is found to serve as clean flux for grain growth and precipitates as pinning center. Consequently, almost two orders of magnitude enhancement in critical current densities were also observed in these composites. In addition, these composites also show much improvement in workability and shape formation. On the other hand, proper oxygen treatment of Y5Ba6Cu11Oy was found to possibly stabilize superconducting phase with T(sub c) near 250 K. I-V, ac susceptibility, and electrical resistivity measurements indicate the existence of this ultra high T(sub c) phase in this compound. Detailed structure, microstructure, electrical, magnetic and thermal studies of the superconducting composites and the ultra high T(sub c) compound are presented and discussed.

  12. Finding new superconductors: the spin-fluctuation gateway to high Tc and possible room temperature superconductivity.

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    Pines, David

    2013-10-24

    We propose an experiment-based strategy for finding new high transition temperature superconductors that is based on the well-established spin fluctuation magnetic gateway to superconductivity in which the attractive quasiparticle interaction needed for superconductivity comes from their coupling to dynamical spin fluctuations originating in the proximity of the material to an antiferromagnetic state. We show how lessons learned by combining the results of almost three decades of intensive experimental and theoretical study of the cuprates with those found in the decade-long study of a strikingly similar family of unconventional heavy electron superconductors, the 115 materials, can prove helpful in carrying out that search. We conclude that, since Tc in these materials scales approximately with the strength of the interaction, J, between the nearest neighbor local moments in their parent antiferromagnetic state, there may not be a magnetic ceiling that would prevent one from discovering a room temperature superconductor.

  13. Search for Very High-Tc Superconductivity in Modified Compositions of Strontium Ruthenates

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    Gulian, Armen; Nikoghosyan, Vahan

    2013-03-01

    In 2004-2007 we discovered unusual properties in laser-processed crystals of strontium ruthenates (including resistive and magnetic transitions) pointing towards superconductivity at 200K and higher. Being interested in understanding and reproducing their properties we explored their composition further. We obtained, via Auger-analysis, the presence of sulfur in the explored sample. The appearance of iron-based superconductors further enhanced our interest, since compositionally our materials turned out to be close to some of these new materials. If our reported observations have been caused by superconductivity that may mean that one can get Tc as high as 200-250K or even higher with these materials at proper processing. We undertook systematic research of ceramic materials Sr2RuO4 with sulfur and other dopants. Data on resistive, magnetic and other physical properties, as well as preparation techniques are reported. This work is supported by ONR Grants N000141210768 and N000141210244

  14. IN-SITU Diagnostics For Deposition And Processing Of High Tc Superconducting Thin Films

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    Venkatesan, T.

    1990-02-01

    The deposition of high quality superconducting thin films based on the metal oxides has given rise to a variety of needs for diagnostic techniques. These needs are primarily for monitoring, 1. the material ejection process from the target, 2. the ejected vapor interaction with the background oxygen, 3. the crystallization dynamics at the substrate and 4. post deposition analysis and processing of the film. This paper summarizes some of the recent work in this direction

  15. Review of the state of the art of high-Tc superconducting technology. Final report

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    Tauritz, J.L.

    1990-06-01

    Phenomenological aspects of superconductivity are summarized, particularly with respect to use at microwave frequencies. Bulk and thin-film methods of fabrication of high T(c) materials are described, and recent experimental results are reported. Applicability to microwave component design is considered, and a number of device demonstrators are reviewed. Representative European and non-European activities of relevance to future space vehicle borne microwave systems are discussed.

  16. Design aspects and comparison between high Tc superconducting coplanar waveguide and microstrip line

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    Kong, K. S.; Bhasin, K. B.; Itoh, T.

    1991-01-01

    The high T sub c superconducting microstrip line and coplanar waveguide are compared in terms of the loss characteristics and the design aspects. The quality factor Q values for each structure are compared in respect to the same characteristic impedance with the comparable dimensions of the center conductor of the coplanar waveguide and the strip of the microstrip line. Also, the advantages and disadvantages for each structure are discussed in respect to passive microwave circuit applications.

  17. Observation of high Tc one dimensional superconductivity in 4 angstrom carbon nanotube arrays

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    Zhang, Bing; Liu, Yang; Chen, Qihong; Lai, Zhiping; Sheng, Ping

    2017-02-01

    The only known approach to fabricate large, uniform arrays of 4-Å single wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is by using zeolite crystals as the template, in which the nanotubes are formed by chemical vapor deposition inside the linear channels of the AlPO4-5 (AFI for short) zeolite. However, up to now the pore filling factor has been very low, as evidenced by the weight percentage of carbon in thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) measurements. In this work, we show that by using a new, micro-platelet AFI crystals as the template, combined with the use of a new CVD process, we can increase the TGA result to 22.5wt%, which translates to a pore filling factor of 91%. We have observed one dimensional (1D) superconductivity in such samples. The temperature dependence of resistance shows a smooth decreasing trend below 60 K, and the differential resistance displays a gap that disappears above the 1D superconducting initiation temperature. The observed behaviour is shown to agree very well with the theoretical predictions of 1D superconductivity.

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

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    Wang, Huabing

    2008-03-01

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

  19. Magnetic levitation force measurement on high [Tc] superconducting ceramic/polymer composites

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    Unsworth, J.; Du, Jia; Crosby, B.J. ); Macfarlane, J.C. )

    1993-01-01

    An experimental study of magnetic levitation force for 0--3 and 3--3 superconducting ceramic/polymer composites is presented. A simple, inexpensive force versus distance measurement technique is described. The measurements of force against distance or magnetic field show strong hysteretic behavior, which is similar to the sintered superconductor ceramics and is consistent with the hysteresis in magnetization of superconductor. The volume fraction dependence and sample thickness dependence of the levitation forces are also studied for 0--3 composites. Results suggest that the new composite materials are most suitable for levitation applications.

  20. Voltage divider operation using high-Tc superconducting interface-engineered Josephson junctions

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    Saitoh, Kazuo; Soutome, Yoshihisa; Fukazawa, Tokuumi; Tarutani, Yoshinobu; Takagi, Kazumasa

    2000-05-01

    A rapid-single-flux-quantum toggle-flip-flop logic gate was fabricated using high-temperature superconducting interface-engineered Josephson junctions. It was shown that the gate can operate as a voltage divider up to 155 GHz at 15 K and 19 GHz at 27 K. At the same time, the temperature dependence of the IcRn product and the maximum divided voltage was compared. As a result, it was found that the ratio of these values is 0.4-0.1 for 15 K>T>27 K. Circuit simulation with noise sources reveals this peculiar temperature dependence of the maximum divided voltage.

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  2. Theoretical analysis of NMR experiments in normal and superconducting states of high- Tc superconductors

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    Mack, Frank; Kulić, Miodrag L.; Mehring, Michael

    1998-01-01

    The Knight shift and T1- and T2-rates of YBa 2Cu 3O 6+ x in the normal and superconducting state are modeled by calculating the magnetic susceptibility in the bi-layer Hubbard model within various approximations. An optimal set of parameters (OSP) is found in the RPA approximation which fits experiments on YBCO for optimal and nearly optimal doping. The analysis of the self-consistent FLEX approximation for the particle self-energy and susceptibility shows that the latter is renormalized quantitatively but not qualitatively. The differences in the oxygen and copper T1-rates are explained by using the OSP parameters and assuming the finite hyperfine coupling C‧ between 17O and next-nearest neighboring Cu spins. The numerical analysis of T1-1 and T2-1 and the ratio 63T1 ab-1/ 63T1 c-1 in the superconducting state supports strongly the idea of d-wave pairing in YBa 2Cu 3O 7 with much stronger intraplane rather than interplane pairing. It is also shown that the simple RPA or FLEX approximations are inadequate in explaining NMR data in underdoped YBCO systems, where antiferromagnetic fluctuations are very pronounced.

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

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1994-01-01

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

  4. Series-Parallel Superconducting Quantum Interference Device Arrays Using High-TC Ion Damage Junctions

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    Wong, Travis; Mukhanov, Oleg

    2015-03-01

    We have fabricated several designs of three junction series-parallel DC Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (BiSQUID) arrays in YBa2Cu3O7-x using 104 ion damage Josephson Junctions on a single 1 cm2 chip. A high aspect ratio ion implantation mask (30:1 ratio) with 30 nm slits was fabricated using electron beam lithography and low pressure reactive ion etching. Samples were irradiated with 60 keV helium ions to achieve a highly uniform damaged region throughout the thickness of the YBCO thin film as confirmed with Monte Carlo ion implantation simulations. Low frequency measurements of four different BiSQUID series-parallel SQUID array devices will be presented to investigate the effect of the BiSQUID design parameters on the linearity of the SQUID array in response to magnetic fields. BiSQUID arrays could provide a promising architecture for improved linearity transimpedance amplifiers with high linearity.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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    Gapud, A. A.; Greenwood, N. T.; Alexander, J. A.; ...

    2015-07-01

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

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

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    Szczęśniak, Radosław

    2012-01-01

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

  8. High-Tc superconductivity in entirely end-bonded carbon nanotubes

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    Haruyama, Junji; Takesue, Izumi; Kobayashi, Naoki; Chiashi, Shohei; Maruyama, Shigeo; Sugai, Toshiki; Shinohara, Hisanori

    2006-03-01

    One-dimensional (1D) systems face some obstructions that may prevent the emergence of superconductivity(SC), e.g., a Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid (TLL) and Peierls transition. A carbon nanotube (CN) is one of the best candidates for investigating a possibility of 1D SC and its interplay with such obstructions. Only two groups have experimentally reported SC in ropes of single-walled CNs (SWNTs) and very thin SWNTs [1] to date. In addition, those interplay with 1D phenomena have never been clarified. Some theoretical papers also predicted strong correlation between TLL states and SC for SWNT ropes and importance of electron-phonon interaction for thin SWNTs [2]. Here, we report that entirely end-bonded multi-walled CNs (MWNTs) can show SC with the Tc as high as 12K [3] (about 50-times larger than Tc in former of [1]). We find that emergence of this SC and its interplay with TLL states are highly sensitive to junction structures of Au electrode/MWNTs. Only MWNTs with optimal numbers of electrically activated shells realized by the entire end-bonding can allow the SC due to intershell effects. Refs. 1.M. Kociak, et al., PRL 86, 2416 (2001); Z. K. Tang, et al., Science 292, 2462 (2001), 2.J.Gonzalez, PRL 88, 076403 (2002); R.Barnett, et al., PRB 71, 035429 (2005), 3.J.Haruyama et al., PRL Accepted

  9. Nonlinear vibration behaviors of high-Tc superconducting bulks in an applied permanent magnetic array field

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    Li, Jipeng; Li, Haitao; Zheng, Jun; Zheng, Botian; Huang, Huan; Deng, Zigang

    2017-06-01

    The nonlinear vibration of high temperature superconducting (HTS) bulks in an applied permanent magnetic array (Halbach array) field, as a precondition for commercial application to HTS maglev train and HTS bearing, is systematically investigated. This article reports the actual vibration rules of HTS bulks from three aspects. First, we propose a new numerical model to simplify the calculation of levitation force. This model could provide precise simulations, especially the estimation of eigenfrequency. Second, an approximate analytic solution of the vibration of the HTS bulks is obtained by using the method of harmonic balance. Finally, to verify the results mentioned above, we measure the vertical vibration acceleration signals of an HTS maglev model, consisting of eight YBaCuO bulks, oscillating freely above a Halbach array with large displacement excitation. Higher order harmonic components, which indicate the nonlinear vibration phenomenon, are detected in the responses. All the three results are compared and agreed well with each other. This study combines the experimental and theoretical analyses and provides a deep understanding of the physical phenomenon of the nonlinear vibration and is meaningful for the vibration control of the relevant applications.

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

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

    2010-11-01

    High-temperature superconducting (HTS) cables are expected to be next generation transmission line because of the compact, lightweight, large capacity, and low loss features. Especially, since the YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO) tape has a high critical current, high magnetic-field property, low AC loss, and low cost, using YBCO tapes for a HTS cable seems to be one of the most promising ways to make the HTS cable attractive. Therefore, YBCO HTS cables have been studied extensively in Japan, the United States, Korea, and many other countries. We now believe that 275 kV class HTS cables will be used for future large capacity lines based on the needs of Japanese transmission networks for bulk transmission power in overhead transmission lines or gas insulated transmission lines (GIL). We started to develop the 275 kV class HTS cable for the new energy and industrial technology development organization (NEDO) project at 2008, and we have studied the applicability and the environmental and economic advantages of the 275 kV cable. This paper will introduce advantages and a conceptual design of the 275 kV HTS cable.

  11. A magnetic levitation rotating plate model based on high-Tc superconducting technology

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    Zheng, Jun; Li, Jipeng; Sun, Ruixue; Qian, Nan; Deng, Zigang

    2017-09-01

    With the wide requirements of the training aids and display models of science, technology and even industrial products for the public like schools, museums and pleasure grounds, a simple-structure and long-term stable-levitation technology is needed for these exhibitions. Opportunely, high temperature superconducting (HTS) technology using bulk superconductors indeed has prominent advantages on magnetic levitation and suspension for its self-stable characteristic in an applied magnetic field without any external power or control. This paper explores the feasibility of designing a rotatable magnetic levitation (maglev) plate model with HTS bulks placed beneath a permanent magnet (PM) plate. The model is featured with HTS bulks together with their essential cryogenic equipment above and PMs below, therefore it eliminates the unclear visual effects by spray due to the low temperature coolant such as liquid nitrogen (LN2) and additional levitation weight of the cryogenic equipment. Besides that, a matched LN2 automation filling system is adopted to help achieving a long-term working state of the rotatable maglev plate. The key low-temperature working condition for HTS bulks is maintained by repeatedly opening a solenoid valve and automatically filling LN2 under the monitoring of a temperature sensor inside the cryostat. With the support of the cryogenic devices, the HTS maglev system can meet all requirements of the levitating display model for exhibitions, and may enlighten the research work on HTS maglev applications.

  12. Fast neutron irradiation of high- Tc superconducting materials engineered for magnetic field and THz photon detection

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    Gozzelino, Laura; Gerbaldo, Roberto; Ghigo, Gianluca; Laviano, Francesco; Mezzetti, Enrica; Cherubini, Roberto; Minetti, Bruno

    2012-02-01

    Radiation-hard sensors are at present time highly requested for applications in environments with potential radiation hazard such as space, accelerators and fusion machines. We developed device prototypes for magnetic field and THz photon detection, both based on YBa 2Cu 3O 7-x (YBCO) superconducting films locally nanostructured by means of 0.25 GeV Au-ion lithography. This micro-collimated implantation of high-density columnar defects in YBCO films allows localizing external electromagnetic excitations by means of dissipative signals only induced into the nanostructured regions. The radiation hardness of detector prototypes was checked under fast neutron radiation. It turns out that, up to a neutron fluence comparable with those expected for 10 years long permanence in the space, no significant change was detected in superconductor characteristics such as zero-field resistance-temperature or magneto-resistance, whose variations could dramatically affect device figures of merit as responsivity or noise equivalent power. Fluences and energy spectrum of the neutrons impinging on the sensor prototypes were determined by a Monte-Carlo code implemented "ad hoc".

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  15. High temperature superconducting fault current limiter

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    Hull, J.R.

    1997-02-04

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

  16. High temperature superconducting fault current limiter

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    Hull, John R.

    1997-01-01

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

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

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    Di Castro, D.; Cantoni, C.; Ridolfi, F.; ...

    2015-09-28

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

  18. Characterization of magnetic nanoparticles as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging using high-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices in microtesla magnetic fields

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    Liao, Shu-Hsien; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Yang, S. Y.

    2009-02-01

    In this paper, we characterize the spin-lattice relaxation T1, spin-spin relaxation T2, and effective relaxation rate ΓMF of magnetic fluids for magnetic resonance imaging using a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) in microtesla magnetic fields. When the magnetic susceptibility of the magnetic fluid was increased, a broadening of proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectra and a growing spin-lattice relaxation T1 as well as spin-spin relaxation T2 were observed. The effective relaxation rate ΓMF increased monotonically from 0 to 13 s-1 when the magnetic susceptibility of the magnetic fluids, relative to tap water, was increased from 0 to 0.0015 emu g-1. We demonstrate the magnetic fluid as an image contrast via a high-Tc SQUID in microtesla magnetic fields.

  19. Fault current limiting characteristics of a new resistive type superconducting fault current limiter using flux linkage

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    Lim, Sung-Hun; Choi, Hyo-Sang; Ko, Seokcheol; Kang, Hyeong-Gon; Han, Byoung Sung

    2005-03-01

    The increase in capacities of power transmission and in fault currents of the related grid machinery has resulted in the development of various types of superconducting fault current limiters (SFCLs). One proposed solution to increase the voltage and current ratings of SFCL for application into real power system is the method to use the magnetically coupled coils or transformer. In this paper, we propose a new resistive type SFCL using flux linkage. The proposed SFCL consists of an YBCO thin film and a reactor, which is two coils wound in series on the same iron core. The operational characteristics were analyzed by using the equivalent circuit of the suggested SFCL and the fault current limiting characteristics were investigated through experiments. Through the analysis, it was shown that the limited fault current and the resistance of the high-TC superconducting (HTSC) element could be adjusted by ranging two coils' inductances and that this new resistive type SFCL could increase the short-circuit capacity of the SFCL.

  20. Minimization of noise-induced bit error rate in a high Tc superconducting dc/single flux quantum converter

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    Ortlepp, Thomas; Toepfer, Hannes; Uhlmann, Hermann F.

    2001-02-01

    The thermally induced bit error rate of a rapid single flux quantum logic circuit is theoretically examined using the Fokker-Planck equation. The error rate versus design parameters of a high Tc dc/single flux quantum converter is derived. In comparison with other design methodologies, a vanishingly small error rate at optimal parameters can be achieved.

  1. NEUTRON SCATTERING STUDY OF THE HIGH-Tc SUPERCONDUCTING SYSTEM YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    Rossat-Mignod, J.; Regnault, L. P.; Bourges, P.; Burlet, P.; Vettier, C.; Henry, J. Y.

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * The neutron scattering technique * Phase diagrams of high-Tc superconductors * The undoped AF-doped * The doped AF-state * The weakly-doped metallic state * The heavily-doped metallic state * The overdoped metallic state * Discussion and concluding remarks * Acknowledgements * References

  2. High- Tc superconductivity due to coexisting wide and narrow bands: A fluctuation exchange study of the Hubbard ladder as a test case

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    Kuroki, Kazuhiko; Higashida, Takafumi; Arita, Ryotaro

    2005-12-01

    We propose that when the Fermi level lies within a wide band and also lies close to but not within a coexisting narrow band, high- Tc superconductivity may take place due to the large number of interband pair scattering channels and the small renormalization of the quasiparticles. We show using the fluctuation exchange method that this mechanism works for the Hubbard model on a ladder lattice with diagonal hoppings. From this viewpoint, we give a possible explanation for the low Tc for the actual hole-doped ladder compound, and further predict a higher Tc for the case of electron doping.

  3. Superconducting fault current limiter for railway transport

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    Fisher, L. M. Alferov, D. F.; Akhmetgareev, M. R.; Budovskii, A. I.; Evsin, D. V.; Voloshin, I. F.; Kalinov, A. V.

    2015-12-15

    A resistive switching superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) for DC networks with voltage of 3.5 kV and nominal current of 2 kA is developed. The SFCL consists of two series-connected units: block of superconducting modules and high-speed vacuum breaker with total disconnection time not more than 8 ms. The results of laboratory tests of superconducting SFCL modules in current limiting mode are presented. The recovery time of superconductivity is experimentally determined. The possibility of application of SFCL on traction substations of Russian Railways is considered.

  4. Superconducting fault current limiter for railway transport

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    Fisher, L. M.; Alferov, D. F.; Akhmetgareev, M. R.; Budovskii, A. I.; Evsin, D. V.; Voloshin, I. F.; Kalinov, A. V.

    2015-12-01

    A resistive switching superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) for DC networks with voltage of 3.5 kV and nominal current of 2 kA is developed. The SFCL consists of two series-connected units: block of superconducting modules and high-speed vacuum breaker with total disconnection time not more than 8 ms. The results of laboratory tests of superconducting SFCL modules in current limiting mode are presented. The recovery time of superconductivity is experimentally determined. The possibility of application of SFCL on traction substations of Russian Railways is considered.

  5. Self-triggering superconducting fault current limiter

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    Yuan, Xing [Albany, NY; Tekletsadik, Kasegn [Rexford, NY

    2008-10-21

    A modular and scaleable Matrix Fault Current Limiter (MFCL) that functions as a "variable impedance" device in an electric power network, using components made of superconducting and non-superconducting electrically conductive materials. The matrix fault current limiter comprises a fault current limiter module that includes a superconductor which is electrically coupled in parallel with a trigger coil, wherein the trigger coil is magnetically coupled to the superconductor. The current surge doing a fault within the electrical power network will cause the superconductor to transition to its resistive state and also generate a uniform magnetic field in the trigger coil and simultaneously limit the voltage developed across the superconductor. This results in fast and uniform quenching of the superconductors, significantly reduces the burnout risk associated with non-uniformity often existing within the volume of superconductor materials. The fault current limiter modules may be electrically coupled together to form various "n" (rows).times."m" (columns) matrix configurations.

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

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

    1998-07-28

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

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

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

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    Gasparov, V. A.; Drigo, L.; Audouard, A.; ...

    2016-07-11

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

  9. Uniform mixing of high-Tc superconductivity and antiferromagnetism on a single CuO2 plane of a Hg-based five-layered cuprate.

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

    2006-03-03

    We report a site selective Cu-NMR study on underdoped Hg-based five-layered high-Tc cuprate HgBa2Ca4CU5O(12+delta) with a Tc = 72 K. Antiferromagnetism (AFM) has been found to take place at T(N) = 290 K, exhibiting a large antiferromagnetic moment of 0.67-0.69 microB at three inner planes (IP). This value is comparable to the values reported for nondoped cuprates, suggesting that the IP may be in a nearly nondoped regime. Most surprisingly, the AFM order is also detected with M(AFM)(OP) = 0.1 microB even at two outer planes (OP) that are responsible for the onset of superconductivity (SC). The high-Tc SC at Tc = 72 K can uniformly coexist on a microscopic level with the AFM at OP's. This is the first microscopic evidence for the uniform mixed phase of AFM and SC on a single CuO2 plane in a simple environment without any vortex lattice and/or stripe order.

  10. Non-invasive and high-sensitivity scanning detection of magnetic nanoparticles in animals using high-Tc scanning superconducting-quantum-interference-device biosusceptometry

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    Chieh, J. J.; Hong, C. Y.

    2011-08-01

    Although magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been widely applied to animals in biomedicine, MNPs within animals should be examined in real time, in vivo, and without bio-damaged possibility to evaluate whether the bio-function of MNPs is valid or to further controls the biomedicinal process because of accompanying complex problems such as MNPs distribution and MNPs biodegradation. The non-invasive and high-sensitivity scanning detection of MNPs in animals using ac susceptometry based on a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is presented. The non-invasive results and biopsy results show good agreement, and two gold-standard biomedicine methods, Prussian blue stain and inductively coupled plasma, prove the magnetic results. This confirms that the future clinical diagnosis of bio-functional MNPs could be operated by using scanning SQUID biosusceptometry as conveniently as an ultrasonic probe.

  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. Graphoepitaxial high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Faley, M. I.; Meertens, D.; Poppe, U.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.

    2014-05-01

    The fabrication process and physical properties of graphoepitaxially engineered high-Tc direct current superconducting quantum interferometer devices (DC SQUIDs) are studied. Double buffer layers, each comprising a graphoepitaxial seed layer of YBa2Cu3O7-x and an epitaxial blocking layer of SrTiO3, were deposited over textured step edges on (001) surfaces of MgO substrates. Scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy were used to investigate the microstructural properties of DC SQUIDs with graphoepitaxial Josephson junctions. Both direct coupled and inductively coupled high-Tc DC SQUIDs with graphoepitaxial step edge junctions and flux transformers were studied.

  13. Direct angle resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (DARPES) on high-Tc films: doping, strains, Fermi surface topology and superconductivity

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    Pavuna, D.; Ariosa, D.; Cancellieri, C.; Cloetta, D.; Abrecht, M.

    2008-03-01

    Since 1997 we systematically perform Direct ARPES ( = DARPES) on in-situ grown, non-cleaved, ultra-thin (<25nm) cuprate films. Specifically, we probe low energy electronic structure and properties of high-Tc films under different degree of epitaxial (compressive vs tensile) strain. In overdoped in-plane compressed La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) thin films we double Tc from 20K to 40K, yet the Fermi surface (FS) remains essentially 2-dimensional (2D). In contrast, tensile strained films show 3-dimensional (3D) dispersion, while Tc is drastically reduced. It seems that the in-plane compressive strain tends to push the apical oxygen far away from the CuO2 plane, enhances the 2D character of the dispersion and increases Tc, while the tensile strain seems to act exactly in the opposite direction and the resulting dispersion is 3D. We have the FS topology for both cases. As the actual lattice of cuprates is 'Napoleon-cake' -like i.e. rigid CuO2 planes alternate with softer 'reservoir' (that strains distort differently) our results tend to rule out 2D rigid lattice mean field models. Finally, we briefly discuss recent successful determination of the FS topology from the observed wavevector quantization by DARPES in cuprate films thinner than 18 units cells (<24nm). Such an approach is of broader interest as it can be extended to other similar confined (ultra-thin) functional oxide systems.

  14. Magnetic properties of a high Tc superconductivity related system Y1 - xPrxBa2Fe3O8

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    Yuen, T.; Seyedahmadian, M.; Salomon, R. E.; Myer, G. H.; Cao, G.

    1996-04-01

    We studied Pr substitution for Y in a 123 high Tc superconductor related system, Y1-xPrxBa2Fe3O8 using of x-ray diffraction, magnetization, and 57Fe transmission Mössbauer spectroscopy. The Fe sublattices are magnetically ordered through the whole system. The Pr substitution, however, suppressed the Fe ordering temperature. The low temperature susceptibility across the system increases with increased Pr concentration x, and an additional antiferromagnetic ordering at 24 K is observed for x=1, indicating a possible Pr ordering. The averaged magnetic hyperfine field at Fe sites measured at 15 K is also reduced as x increases. The dramatic effect of Pr substitution for Y in this system, which is not observed in studies of Y substitution by other rare-earth elements, is interpreted as the effect of the hybridization between the Pr 4-f electrons and the electrons in the Fe(2)O2 layers, similar to the Pr hybridization in Y1-xPrxBa2Cu3O7-y system.

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  16. In-situ deposition of YBCO high-Tc superconducting thin films by MOCVD and PE-MOCVD

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    Zhao, J.; Noh, D. W.; Chern, C.; Li, Y. Q.; Norris, P. E.; Kear, B.; Gallois, B.

    1991-01-01

    Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) offers the advantages of a high degree of compositional control, adaptability for large scale production, and the potential for low temperature fabrication. The capability of operating at high oxygen partial pressure is particularly suitable for in situ formation of high temperature superconducting (HTSC) films. Yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) thin films having a sharp zero-resistance transition with T(sub c) greater than 90 K and J(sub c) of approximately 10(exp 4) A on YSZ have been prepared, in situ, at a substrate temperature of about 800 C. Moreover, the ability to form oxide films at low temperature is very desirable for device applications of HTSC materials. Such a process would permit the deposition of high quality HTSC films with a smooth surface on a variety of substrates. Highly c-axis oriented, dense, scratch resistant, superconducting YBCO thin films with mirror-like surfaces have been prepared, in situ, at a reduced substrate temperature as low as 570 C by a remote microwave-plasma enhanced metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (PE-MOCVD) process. Nitrous oxide was used as a reactant gas to generate active oxidizing species. This process, for the first time, allows the formation of YBCO thin films with the orthorhombic superconducting phase in the as-deposited state. The as-deposited films grown by PE-MOCVD show attainment of zero resistance at 72 K with a transition width of about 5 K. MOCVD was carried out in a commercial production scale reactor with the capability of uniform deposition over 100 sq cm per growth run. Preliminary results indicate that PE-MOCVD is a very attractive thin film deposition process for superconducting device technology.

  17. COMPARISON BETWEEN DISCRETE AND SEMI-CONTINUOUS LAYERED MODELS OF SUPERCONDUCTING VORTICES IN HIGH TC MATERIALS FOR TEM OBSERVATIONS.

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    BELEGGIA,M.; POZZI,G.; TONOMURA,A.

    2004-08-01

    In order to interpret Transmission Electron Microscopy observations of superconducting vortices in anisotropic or layered materials we have found the analytical solution for the Fourier transform of the electron optical phase shift for the case of a straight vortex piercing the specimen at arbitrary angle. The layered case suffered from the shortcoming that only a limited number of pancakes; up to 7, is allowed by the discrete approach followed. Seven layers, however, are scarcely representative of the real stack of pancake vortices, especially when the core pierces the specimen at large angles with respect to the specimen normal. In fact, in these conditions, the pancake discrete structure may no longer be buried in the diffraction fringes of the Fresnel image. Moreover, a small number of layers is a limiting factor when more exotic vortex structures with no straight cores are investigated. This drawback has been overcome by a semi-continuous approach, where each pancake layer is considered singularly, and the discrete structure of the other pancakes is substituted by a superconducting continuous medium that carries supercurrent only parallel to the layers, as proposed by Clem and further developed by Coffey and Phipps. The solution for the vector potential has been found by Fourier methods, connecting the general solutions in the vacuum with those in the superconducting regions. The presence of a vortex in the layer is taken into account by considering the layer as an additional superconducting region of negligible thickness. Once the vector potential is found, the electron optical phase shift can be calculated by integrating the vector potential along a straight trajectory suitably chosen in order to take correctly into account the overall geometry of the experimental set-up, including a tilt of the specimen with respect to the electron beam.

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

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

    2013-12-15

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

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

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

    2012-02-01

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

  20. Superconducting fault current controller/current controller

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    Cha, Yung S.

    2004-06-15

    A superconducting fault current controller/current controller employs a superconducting-shielded core reactor (SSCR) with a variable impedance in a secondary circuit to control current in a primary circuit such as an electrical distribution system. In a second embodiment, a variable current source is employed in a secondary circuit of an SSCR to control current in the primary circuit. In a third embodiment, both a variable impedance in one secondary circuit and a variable current source in a second circuit of an SSCR are employed for separate and independent control of current in the primary circuit.

  1. High-Tc SQUID biomagnetometers

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    Faley, M. I.; Dammers, J.; Maslennikov, Y. V.; Schneiderman, J. F.; Winkler, D.; Koshelets, V. P.; Shah, N. J.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we review the preparation technology, integration in measurement systems and tests of high-Tc superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) intended for biomagnetic applications. A focus is on developments specific to Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Chalmers University of Technology, MedTech West, and the University of Gothenburg, while placing these results in the perspective of those achieved elsewhere. Sensor fabrication, including the deposition and structuring of epitaxial oxide heterostructures, materials for substrates, epitaxial bilayer buffers, bicrystal and step-edge Josephson junctions, and multilayer flux transformers are detailed. The properties of the epitaxial multilayer high-Tc direct current SQUID sensors, including their integration in measurement systems with special electronics and liquid nitrogen cryostats, are presented in the context of biomagnetic recording. Applications that include magnetic nanoparticle based molecular diagnostics, magnetocardiography, and magnetoencephalography are presented as showcases of high-Tc biomagnetic systems. We conclude by outlining future challenges.

  2. Simulation of Field Dependence of Critical Current Densities of Bulk High Tc Superconducting Materials regarding Thermally Activated Flux Motion

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    Santosh, M.; Naik, S. Pavan Kumar; Koblischka, M. R.

    2017-07-01

    In the upcoming generation, bulk high temperature superconductors (HTS) will play a crucial and a promising role in numerous industrial applications ranging from Maglev trains to magnetic resonance imaging, etc. Especially, the bulk HTS as permanent magnets are suitable due to the fact that they can trap magnetic fields being several orders of magnitude higher than those of the best hard ferromagnets. The bulk HTS LREBa2Cu3O7-δ (LREBCO or LRE-123, LRE: Y, Gd, etc.,) materials could obtain very powerful compact superconducting super-magnets, which can be operated at the cheaper liquid nitrogen temperature or below due to higher critical temperatures (i.e., ∼90 K). As a result, the new advanced technology can be utilized in a more attractive manner for a variety of technological and medical applications which have the capacity to revolutionize the field. An understanding of the magnetic field dependence of the critical current density (J c(H)) is important to develop better adapted materials. To achieve this goal, a variety of Jc (H) behaviours of bulk LREBCO samples were modelled regarding thermally activated flux motion. In essence, the Jc (H) curves follows a certain criterion where an exponential model is applied. However, to fit the complete Jc (H) curve of the LRE-123 samples an unique model is necessary to explain the behavior at low and high fields. The modelling of the various superconducting materials could be understood in terms of the pinning mechanisms.

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

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    Haertling, Gene; Grabert, Gregory; Gilmour, Phillip

    1991-01-01

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

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

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    Erbil, A.

    1990-12-31

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

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

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

    1991-01-01

    Microstrip transmission lines in the form of ring resonators were fabricated from a number of in-situ grown laser ablated films and post-annealed co-sputtered YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films. The properties of these resonators were measured at 35 GHz and the observed performance is examined in light of the critical temperature (Tc) and film thickness, and also the film morphology, which is different for the two deposition techniques. It is found that Tc is a major indicator of the film performance for each growth type, with film thickness becoming important as it decreases towards 1000 A. It is also found that the films with a mixed grain orientation (both a-axis and c-axis oriented grains) have poorer microwave properties as compared with the primarily c-axis oriented material. This is probably due to the significant number of grain boundaries between the different crystallites, which may act as superconducting weak links and contribute to the surface resistance.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  7. Undoped high-Tc superconductivity in T'-La1.8Eu0.2CuO4+δ revealed by 63,65Cu and 139La NMR: Bulk superconductivity and antiferromagnetic fluctuations

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    Fukazawa, Hideto; Ishiyama, Seiya; Goto, Masato; Kanamaru, Shuhei; Ohashi, Kohki; Kawamata, Takayuki; Adachi, Tadashi; Hirata, Michihiro; Sasaki, Takahiko; Koike, Yoji; Kohori, Yoh

    2017-10-01

    We performed 63,65Cu and 139La NMR measurements of T'-La1.8Eu0.2CuO4+δ (T'-LECO) with the Nd2CuO4-type structure (so-called T'-structure). As a result, we detected the 63,65Cu NMR signal under finite magnetic fields and found superconductivity without antiferromagnetic (AF) order only in the reduced T'-LECO, where excess apical oxygen atoms are properly removed. This indicates that the intrinsic ground state of the ideal T'-LECO is a paramagnetic and superconducting (SC) state. Below Tc, the Knight shift was found to rapidly decrease, which indicates the emergence of bulk superconductivity due to spin-singlet Cooper pairs in the reduced T'-LECO. In the SC state of the reduced T'-LECO, moreover, a characteristic temperature dependence of the spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 was observed, which implies the existence of nodal lines in the SC gap. These findings suggest that the superconductivity in the reduced T'-LECO probably has d-wave symmetry. In the normal state of the reduced T'-LECO, on the other hand, AF fluctuations were found to exist from the temperature dependence of 1/T1T, though no clear pseudogap behavior was observed. This suggests that the AF correlation plays a key role in the superconductivity of undoped high-Tc cuprate superconductors with the T'-structure.

  8. High-Tc superconductors in the two-dimensional limit:

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    Choy; Kwon; Park

    1998-06-05

    The free modulation of interlayer distance in a layered high-transition temperature (high-Tc) superconductor is of crucial importance not only for the study of the superconducting mechanism but also for the practical application of high-Tc superconducting materials. Two-dimensional (2D) superconductors were achieved by intercalating a long-chain organic compound into bismuth-based high-Tc cuprates. Although the intercalation of the organic chain increased the interlayer distance remarkably, to tens of angstroms, the superconducting transition temperature of the intercalate was nearly the same as that of the pristine material, suggesting the 2D nature of the high-Tc superconductivity.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2007-09-01

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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2012-10-01

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

  11. A signal input coil made of superconducting thin film for improved signal-to-noise ratio in a high-Tc SQUID-based ultra-low field nuclear magnetic resonance system

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chen, Kuen-Lin; Hsu, Chin-Wei; Ku, Yue-Bai; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Wang, Li-Min; Horng, Herng-Er; Yang, Hong-Chang

    2013-11-01

    Resonant coupling schemes are commonly used in SQUID-based ultra-low field (ULF) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) systems to couple the spin relaxation signals from samples to the SQUID. Generally, in NMR systems, a resonant coupling scheme is composed of two solenoid coils which are made of enamel insulated wires and a capacitor connected in series. In this work, we tried to replace the metal solenoid input coil with a planar high-Tc superconducting spiral coil to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the ULF NMR signal. A measurement of the free induction decay signal of water protons was performed to demonstrate the improved performance of the system. This improvement is due to the fact that the planar superconducting spiral coil possesses a higher mutual inductance with the SQUID. Therefore, it is a promising way to enhance the SNR of high-Tc SQUID-based ULF NMR/MRI systems.

  12. High-{Tc} superconducting superlattices

    SciTech Connect

    Wood, R.F.

    1993-06-01

    Superlattices composed of YBa{sub 2}CU{sub 3}O{sub 7} and PrBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} have been studied extensively experimentally and several theoretical attempts to correlate the resistivity as a function of temperature with the superlattice structure have appeared in the literature. The theoretical interest in such structures comes about primarily because of insight into dimensionality effects, interlayer coupling, and interlayer charge redistribution in high-T {sub c}, superconductors. On the experimental side, there are possibilities for device applications that are just now beginning to be explored. After an overview of the experimental work and a discussion of charge transfer calculations, a description of how the experimental data can be explained using a model that incorporates Kosterlitz-Thouless (vortex-antivortex unbinding) and Azlamazov-Larkin (fluctuation-enhanced conductivity) theories in the resistive transition region and charge-transfer effects, variable-range hopping, etc. in the normal state. Difficulty in disentangling charge transfer and dimensionality effects in determining the nominal transition temperature is pointed out and other mechanisms that influence the width of the resistive transition are considered.

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    1991-12-31

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

  15. Systematic Modification of Electrical and Superconducting Properties of YBCO and Nano-Patterning of High-Tc Superconducting Thin Films by Light-Ion Irradiation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pedarnig, J. D.; Bodea, M. A.; Steiger, B.; Markowitsch, W.; Lang, W.

    Irradiation of high-temperature superconducting (HTS) YBa2Cu3O7-d (YBCO) thin films with 75 keV He+ ions leads to a quasi-exponential increase of the in-plane (ρab) and the out-of-plane (ρc) resistivity in the normal state and to a non-linear decrease of the critical temperature Tc with ion dose. In situ electrical measurements at room temperature reveal an irradiation-induced reduction of resistivity anisotropy ρc/ρab and a slight relaxation of film resistivity after the ion irradiation is stopped. Ex situ measurements show a stretched-exponential relaxation of Tc and normal state resistivity that continues for several weeks after the ion irradiation. Irradiation of YBCO thin films by low-energy He+ ions through stencil masks results in local modification of the electrical and superconducting properties of the HTS material. We demonstrate that masked ion-beam lithography enables to produce structures smaller than 100 nm in size that have potential for applications in future superconducting nano-electronics.

  16. Superconducting Fault Current Limiter for Transmission Voltage

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kraemer, Hans-Peter; Schmidt, Wolfgang; Cai, Hong; Gamble, Bruce; Madura, David; MacDonald, Tim; McNamara, Joe; Romanosky, Walther; Snitchler, Greg; Lallouet, Nicolas; Schmidt, Frank; Ahmed, Syed

    Within a collaboration of American Superconductor, Siemens, Nexans and Southern California Edison one electrical phase of a resistive superconducting fault current limiter for the 115 kV transmission voltage level has been designed and manufactured. The active part of the limiter consists of 63 bifilar coils made of 12 mm wide steel-stabilized YBCO conductor and is housed in a cryostat operated at 5 bar and 74 K. The first phase was completely assembled and successfully subjected to power switching tests and high voltage tests. The basic design of the system and the test results are reported. The work was funded in part by US-DOE under Contract Number DE-FC26-07NT43243.

  17. Self field triggered superconducting fault current limiter

    DOEpatents

    Tekletsadik, Kasegn D.

    2008-02-19

    A superconducting fault current limiter array with a plurality of superconductor elements arranged in a meanding array having an even number of supconductors parallel to each other and arranged in a plane that is parallel to an odd number of the plurality of superconductors, where the odd number of supconductors are parallel to each other and arranged in a plane that is parallel to the even number of the plurality of superconductors, when viewed from a top view. The even number of superconductors are coupled at the upper end to the upper end of the odd number of superconductors. A plurality of lower shunt coils each coupled to the lower end of each of the even number of superconductors and a plurality of upper shunt coils each coupled to the upper end of each of the odd number of superconductors so as to generate a generally orthoganal uniform magnetic field during quenching using only the magenetic field generated by the superconductors.

  18. Superconducting fault current-limiter with variable shunt impedance

    DOEpatents

    Llambes, Juan Carlos H; Xiong, Xuming

    2013-11-19

    A superconducting fault current-limiter is provided, including a superconducting element configured to resistively or inductively limit a fault current, and one or more variable-impedance shunts electrically coupled in parallel with the superconducting element. The variable-impedance shunt(s) is configured to present a first impedance during a superconducting state of the superconducting element and a second impedance during a normal resistive state of the superconducting element. The superconducting element transitions from the superconducting state to the normal resistive state responsive to the fault current, and responsive thereto, the variable-impedance shunt(s) transitions from the first to the second impedance. The second impedance of the variable-impedance shunt(s) is a lower impedance than the first impedance, which facilitates current flow through the variable-impedance shunt(s) during a recovery transition of the superconducting element from the normal resistive state to the superconducting state, and thus, facilitates recovery of the superconducting element under load.

  19. Superconducting Fault Current Limiter optimized design

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tixador, Pascal; Badel, Arnaud

    2015-11-01

    The SuperConducting Fault Current Limiter (SCFCL) appears as one of the most promising SC applications for the electrical grids. Despite its advantages and many successful field experiences the market of SCFCL has difficulties to take off even if the first orders for permanent operation in grids are taken. The analytical design of resistive SCFCL will be discussed with the objective to reduce the quantity of SC conductor (length and section) to be more cost-effective. For that the SC conductor must have a high resistivity in normal state. It can be achieved by using high resistivity alloy for shunt, such as Hastelloy®. One of the most severe constraint is that the SCFCL should operate safely for any faults, especially those with low prospective short-circuit currents. This constraint requires to properly design the thickness of the SC tape in order to limit the hot spot temperature. An operation at 65 K appears as very interesting since it decreases the SC cost at least by a factor 2 with a simple LN2 cryogenics. Taking into account the cost reduction in a near future, the SC conductor cost could be rather low, half a dollar per kV A.

  20. Feasibility study on superconducting fault current limiting transformer (SFCLT)

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    Hayakawa, N.; Chigusa, S.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.; Okubo, H.

    2000-04-01

    This paper proposes a "superconducting fault current limiting transformer (SFCLT)" with functions of both superconducting fault current limiters and superconducting transformers. Concepts of the SFCLT are as follows: (1) When a fault occurs in a power system, the SFCLT acts as a fault current limiter with limiting impedance due to quench of the SFCLT windings, which improves the transient stability of the power system. (2) In the normal condition, the SFCLT behaves as a transformer with lower leakage impedance, which increases the static stability and the transmission capacity of the power system. (3) The limiting and leakage impedance of the SFCLT can simultaneously be optimized in the power system. Electro-magnetic transients program (EMTP) analyses revealed that the SFCLT could exhibit the multifunction of fault current limitation and power system stability improvement in a simplified model system.

  1. Superconducting fault current limiter with bulk materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tixador, P.; Buzon, D.; Floch, E.; Porcar, L.; Isfort, D.; Chaud, X.; Tournier, R.; Bourgault, D.; Barbut, J. M.; Bach, J.

    2002-10-01

    Superconducting materials offer the unique possibility to limit fault currents by their self-triggering quench to a resistive state above a given threshold current. Their use in power networks would improve the power quality, which is a real need today. YBCO or BSCO bulk materials are good candidates for current limitation. Their behaviours are rather different, in particular the electric field versus current characteristics. BSCO compounds are protected by their homogeneous quench due to the numerous defects (grain boundaries) distributed along the material. An assembling of 60 sintered Bi bars was tested under 1 kV. The current limitation is effective (a 5000 A short-circuit has been limited to 1080 A) but it occurs at 24 times the critical current. The increase of the critical current density of Bi compounds by their texturation reduces the current excursion above the critical value. In YBCO bulk elements, the defects are localized and make YBCO very sensitive to hot spots. Those are unavoidable and the operating conditions should be adapted in order to make them non-destructive. That is the self-protection concept. To fulfil it, we chose to operate near the critical temperature (above 90 K) to reduce the critical current density. The small difference with Tc is very favourable for the quench. A fault current limiter based on 43 YBCO meanders working at 90.5 K in a pressurized liquid nitrogen bath is presented. The meanders are cut in 45 mm in diameter single domain pellets elaborated using the top-seeding technique. Supplied under a maximum voltage of 1 kV, the current was limited at 740 A instead of the theoretical value of 6500 A without quench.

  2. Superconducting fault-current limiter and inductor design

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Rogers, J. D.; Boenig, H. J.; Chowdhuri, P.; Schermer, R. I.; Wollan, J. J.; Weldon, D. M.

    1982-11-01

    A superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) that uses a biased superconducting inductor in a diode or thyristor bridge circuit was analyzed for transmission systems in 69, 138, and 230 rms kV utility transmission systems. The limiter was evaluated for costs with all components, superconducting coil, diode and/or SCR power electronics, high voltage insulation, high voltage bushings and vapor cooled leads, dewar, and refrigerator, included. A design was undertaken for the superconducting cable and coils for both diode and SCR 69 kV limiter circuits.

  3. Superconductivity

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-07-01

    SUPERCONDUCTIVITY HIGH-POWER APPLICATIONS Electric power generation/transmission Energy storage Acoustic projectors Weapon launchers Catapult Ship propulsion • • • Stabilized...temperature superconductive shields could be substantially enhanced by use of high-Tc materials. 27 28 NRAC SUPERCONDUCTIVITY SHIP PROPULSION APPLICATIONS...motor shown in the photograph. As a next step in the evolution of electric-drive ship propulsion technology, DTRC has proposed to scale up the design

  4. Transmission Level High Temperature Superconducting Fault Current Limiter

    SciTech Connect

    Stewart, Gary

    2016-10-05

    The primary objective of this project was to demonstrate the feasibility and reliability of utilizing high-temperature superconducting (HTS) materials in a Transmission Level Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL) application. During the project, the type of high-temperature superconducting material used evolved from 1st generation (1G) BSCCO-2212 melt cast bulk high-temperature superconductors to 2nd generation (2G) YBCO-based high-temperature superconducting tape. The SFCL employed SuperPower's “Matrix” technology, that offers modular features to enable scale up to transmission voltage levels. The SFCL consists of individual modules that contain elements and parallel inductors that assist in carrying the current during the fault. A number of these modules are arranged in an m x n array to form the current-limiting matrix.

  5. Spin-spin relaxation of protons in ferrofluids characterized with a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device-detected magnetometer in microtesla fields

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Liao, Shu-Hsien; Liu, Chieh-Wen; Yang, Hong-Chang; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Chen, Ming-Jye; Chen, Kuen-Lin; Horng, Herng-Er; Wang, Li-Min; Yang, Shieh-Yueh

    2012-06-01

    In this work, the spin-spin relaxation of protons in ferrofluids is characterized using a high-Tc SQUID-based detector in microtesla fields. We found that spin-spin relaxation rate is enhanced in the presence of superparamagnetic nanoparticles. The enhanced relaxation rates are attributed to the microscopic field gradients from magnetic nanoparticles that dephase protons' spins nearby. The relaxation rates decrease when temperatures increase. Additionally, the alternating current magnetic susceptibility was inversely proportional to temperature. Those characteristics explained the enhanced Brownian motion of nanoparticles at high temperatures. Characterizing the relaxation will be helpful for assaying bio-molecules and magnetic resonance imaging in microtesla fields.

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

    SciTech Connect

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

    2011-06-13

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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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

    2014-03-01

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

  8. Epitaxial thick film high-Tc SQUIDs

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Faley, M. I.; Mi, S. B.; Jia, C. L.; Poppe, U.; Urban, K.; Fagaly, R. L.

    2008-02-01

    Low-noise operation of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) in magnetic fields requires high critical current and strong pinning of vortices in the superconducting electrodes and in the flux transformer. Crack-free epitaxial high-Tc dc-SQUID structures with a total thickness ?5 μm and a surface roughness determined by 30 nm high growth spirals were prepared with YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films on MgO substrates buffered by a SrTiO3/BaZrO3-bilayer. HRTEM demonstrated a high quality epitaxial growth of the films. The YBCO films and SQUID structures deposited on the buffered MgO substrates had a superconducting transition temperature Tc exceeding 91 K and critical current densities Jc > 3 MA/cm2 at 77 K up to a thickness ~5 μm. The application of thicker superconducting and insulator films helped us to increase the critical current and dynamic range of the multilayer high-Tc flux transformer and improve the insulation between the superconducting layers. An optimization of SQUID inductance allowed us to fabricate 8 mm SQUID magnetometers with SQUID voltage swings of ~60 μV and a field resolution of ~30 fT/√Hz at 77 K.

  9. Superconductivity and magnetism in niobium doped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} related high-{Tc} ceramics

    SciTech Connect

    Bennahmias, M. |; Radousky, H.B. |; Goodwin, T.J.; Shelton, R.N.

    1993-02-01

    Magnetic characterization has been performed on the members of the cuprate-niobate RBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}NbO{sub 8} (R = Pr, Nd, and La) series and R{sub l.5}Ce{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}NbO{sub 10} (R = Pr, Eu, Nd, and Sm) series. The PrBCNO samples show a signature in the magnetization of a magnetic ordering at 12 K. The PrCSCNO sample is non-superconducting and shows two distinct orderings at 17 and 53 K. No such magnetic phase transition is observed down to 2 K in the Nd and La based RBCNO materials or the Nd, Sm, and Eu based RCSCNO materials. Measurements of the lower critical field curve, dc irreversibility line, and critical current densities are reported for each of the superconducting NdCSCNO, SmCSCNO, and EuCSCNO compounds.

  10. Structural and superconducting properties of co-doped YBa2-xLaxCu3-xMxOz and La-free YBa2Cu3-xMxOz (M = Al, Zn) high-TC superconductors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hao, S. J.; Jin, W. T.; Guo, C. Q.; Zhang, H.

    2012-05-01

    Two co-doped high-Tc superconducting systems, YBa2-xLaxCu3-xAlxOz and YBa2-xLaxCu3-xZnxOz (0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.3), both of which have not been reported up to the present, were synthesized. The structural and superconducting properties have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and DC magnetization measurement. Comparing the properties of these co-doped systems with single-doped systems YBa2Cu3-xAlxOz and YBa2Cu3-xZnxOz, it shows that in the Al-single-doped YBCO system, the depression of the critical temperature (Tc) with doping is stronger than that in (La, Al)-co-doped system, however, in the Zn-single-doped system, the Tc descends slower than that in (La, Zn)-co-doped system. This is possibly due to the opposite change of the distance between the Ba site and the CuO2 plane induced by the La doping. Besides, the La doping has another effect of improving the solid solubility compared with the Al- or Zn-single-doped system.

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

    ScienceCinema

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

    2016-07-12

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

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

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Onari, Seiichiro; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2014-05-01

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

  13. High-Tc superconductivity near the anion height instability in Fe-based superconductors: analysis of LaFeAsO(1-x)H(x).

    PubMed

    Onari, Seiichiro; Yamakawa, Youichi; Kontani, Hiroshi

    2014-05-09

    The isostructural transition in the tetragonal phase with a sizable change in the anion height, is realized in heavily H-doped LaFeAsO and (La,P) codoped CaFe2As2. In these compounds, the superconductivity with higher Tc (40-50 K) is realized near the isostructural transition. To find the origin of the anion-height instability and the role in realizing the higher-Tc state, we develop the orbital-spin fluctuation theory by including the vertex correction. We analyze LaFeAsO(1-x)H(x) and find that the non-nematic orbital fluctuations, which induce the anion-height instability, are automatically obtained at x∼0.5, in addition to the conventional nematic orbital fluctuations at x∼0. The non-nematic orbital order triggers the isostructural transition, and its fluctuation would be a key ingredient to realize higher-Tc superconductivity of order 50 K.

  14. Experimental study on superconducting fault current limiting transformer for fault current suppression and system stability improvement

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kagawa, H.; Hayakawa, N.; Kashima, N.; Nagaya, S.; Okubo, H.

    2002-08-01

    We have been developing a superconducting fault current limiting transformer (SFCLT) with 3-phase, 500/275 kV, 625 MVA and optimized the main parameters by EMTP simulation. In this paper, we designed and fabricated an experimental scale-down model of SFCLT with 3-phase, 275/105 V, 6.25 kVA, using NbTi superconducting wire. We introduced the experimental model SFCLT into a transient network analyzer consisted of synchronous generators, transformers, transmission lines, circuit breakers and an infinite bus. It was revealed that experimental model had effective function-parameters as was simulated and experimental results clarified the effectiveness of SFCLT having both functions of the fault current suppression and the system stability improvement in a future superconducting power system.

  15. Non-invasive and high-sensitivity scanning detection of magnetic nanoparticles in animals using high-Tc scanning superconducting-quantum-interference-device biosusceptometry.

    PubMed

    Chieh, J J; Hong, C Y

    2011-08-01

    Although magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been widely applied to animals in biomedicine, MNPs within animals should be examined in real time, in vivo, and without bio-damaged possibility to evaluate whether the bio-function of MNPs is valid or to further controls the biomedicinal process because of accompanying complex problems such as MNPs distribution and MNPs biodegradation. The non-invasive and high-sensitivity scanning detection of MNPs in animals using ac susceptometry based on a high-T(c) superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is presented. The non-invasive results and biopsy results show good agreement, and two gold-standard biomedicine methods, Prussian blue stain and inductively coupled plasma, prove the magnetic results. This confirms that the future clinical diagnosis of bio-functional MNPs could be operated by using scanning SQUID biosusceptometry as conveniently as an ultrasonic probe.

  16. First 13 years of high-{Tc}: Brief review and open questions

    SciTech Connect

    Pavuna, D.

    1999-12-20

    Exactly 13 years ago, in April 1986, appeared the famous paper by Bednorz and Mueller, that announced a striking discovery of high-{Tc} superconductivity in cuprates. Some 40,000 papers later, scientists are still struggling to understand the high-{Tc} superconductivity. Here the author summarizes some of the most relevant recent results and open questions by discussing the observed phenomena in a rather complex electronic phase diagram of high-{Tc} oxides.

  17. Approximate boundary conditions in a circular conductor and their application to nonlinear vibration analyses of high-Tc superconducting levitation system

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    Nagaya, Kosuke; Shuto, Syunsuke

    1996-05-01

    When a levitated superconductor vibrates, the levitation force has nonlinear relationship among an air gap, amplitude, and frequency, so the usual static analysis for levitation forces is invalid. There are two phenomena of a flux creep and flux flow when the conductor vibrates in a magnetic field. The present article provides an analytical result for the levitation forces of a thick superconducting disc with consideration of the phenomena and effects of flux variations on the critical current. It is significantly difficult to have the analytical result of levitation force by using the exact boundary conditions. This paper presents approximate boundary conditions which give an appropriate result. To validate the proposed boundary conditions, eddy currents in a conductor are first discussed, then the superconductor is discussed. Numerical results for the levitation forces were obtained and compared with the previously published experimental data. The levitation force becomes a restoring force having the nonlinear relationship, so it is difficult to solve vibrations. The present article gives a simplified method for solving nonlinear vibration problems for the levitated conductor. Numerical calculations were carried out for some typical examples.

  18. High-Tc nodeless s±-wave superconductivity in (Y,La)FeAsO(1-y) with Tc=50 K:75As-NMR study.

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

    2012-10-12

    We report on an (75)As-NMR study on the Fe-pnictide high-T(c) superconductor Y(0.95)La(0.05)FeAsO(1-y) (Y(0.95)La(0.05)1111) with T(c)=50 K that includes no magnetic rare-earth elements. The measurement of the nuclear-spin lattice-relaxation rate (75)(1/T(1)) has revealed that the nodeless bulk superconductivity takes place at T(c)=50 K while antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations develop moderately in the normal state. These features are consistently described by the multiple fully gapped s(±)-wave model based on the Fermi-surface nesting. Incorporating the theory based on band calculations, we propose that the reason that T(c)=50 K in Y(0.95)La(0.05)1111 is larger than T(c)=28 K in La1111 is that the Fermi-surface multiplicity is maximized, and hence the Fermi-surface nesting condition is better than that in La1111.

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

  20. High-Tc SQUID magnetocardiography imaging system.

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    Yang, H C; Hung, S Y; Wu, C H; Chen, J C; Hsu, S J; Liao, S H; Horng, H E

    2004-11-30

    We set up a high-Tc SQUID system for magnetocardiography (MCG) in a moderately magnetically shielded room. The electronically balanced gradiometer consists of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. One reference SQUID was mounted above the sensing SQUID while the sensing SQUID is seated at the bottom of the cryostat. The baseline of the gradiometer is varied from 5 cm to 7 cm. The output of the MCG signal was filtered with the band pass filter (0.5 - 40 Hz) and the power-line filter. The MCG system was used to detect the magnetic signal of the human heart. Equivalent current sources were used to study the inverse problem.

  1. High-Tc Superconductivity with Tc = 52 K under Antiferromagnetic Order in Five-Layered Cuprate Ba2Ca4Cu5O10(F,O)2 with TN = 175 K: 19F- and Cu-NMR Studies

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    Shimizu, Sunao; Tabata, Shin-ichiro; Mukuda, Hidekazu; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Shirage, Parasharam M.; Kito, Hijiri; Iyo, Akira

    2011-04-01

    We report on the observation of high-Tc superconductivity (SC) emerging with the background of an antiferro magnetic (AFM) order in the five-layered cuprate Ba2Ca4Cu5O10(F,O)2 through 19F-NMR and zero-field Cu-NMR studies. The measurements of spectrum and nuclear spin--lattice relaxation rates 19 of 19F-NMR give convincing evidence for the AFM order taking place below TN = 175 K and for the onset of SC below Tc = 52 K, hence both coexisting. The zero-field Cu-NMR study has revealed that AFM moments at Cu sites are 0.14 μB at outer CuO2 layers and 0.20 μB at inner ones. We remark that an intimate coupling exists between the AFM state and the SC order parameter below Tc = 52 K; the spin alignment in the AFM state is presumably changed in the SC-AFM mixed state.

  2. Optimization of the detection coil of high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device-based nuclear magnetic resonance for discriminating a minimum amount of liver tumor of rats in microtesla fields

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    Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Huang, Kai-Wen; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Liao, Shu-Hsien

    2013-08-01

    This study presents an optimization of the detection coil of high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID)-based nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in microtesla fields for discriminating a minimum amount of liver tumor in rats by characterizing the longitudinal relaxation rate, T1-1, of tested samples. The detection coil, which was coupled to the SQUID through a flux transformer, was optimized by varying the copper wires' winding turns and diameters. When comparing the measured NMR signals, we found that the simulated NMR signal agrees with simulated signals. When discriminating liver tumors in rats, the averaged longitudinal relaxation rate was observed to be T1-1 = 3.3 s-1 for cancerous liver tissue and T1-1 = 6.6 s-1 for normal liver tissue. The results suggest that it can be used to successfully discriminate cancerous liver tissue from normal liver tissues in rats. The minimum amount of samples that can be detected is 0.2 g for liver tumor and 0.4 g for normal liver tissue in 100 μT fields. The specimen was not damaged; it can be used for other pathological analyses. The proposed method provides more possibilities for examining undersized specimens.

  3. Rugged Low-Resistance Contacts To High-Tc Superconductors

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    Caton, Randall; Selim, Raouf; Byvik, Charles E.; Buoncristiani, A. Martin

    1992-01-01

    Newly developed technique involving use of gold makes possible to fabricate low-resistance contacts with rugged connections to high-Tc superconductors. Gold diffused into specimen of superconducting material by melting gold beads onto surface of specimen, making strong mechanical contacts. Shear strength of gold bead contacts greater than epoxy or silver paste. Practical use in high-current-carrying applications of new high-Tc materials, including superconducting magnets, long-wavelength sensors, electrical ground planes at low temperatures, and efficient transmission of power.

  4. Rugged Low-Resistance Contacts To High-Tc Superconductors

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    Caton, Randall; Selim, Raouf; Byvik, Charles E.; Buoncristiani, A. Martin

    1992-01-01

    Newly developed technique involving use of gold makes possible to fabricate low-resistance contacts with rugged connections to high-Tc superconductors. Gold diffused into specimen of superconducting material by melting gold beads onto surface of specimen, making strong mechanical contacts. Shear strength of gold bead contacts greater than epoxy or silver paste. Practical use in high-current-carrying applications of new high-Tc materials, including superconducting magnets, long-wavelength sensors, electrical ground planes at low temperatures, and efficient transmission of power.

  5. Assessing active faulting by hydrogeological modeling and superconducting gravimetry: A case study for Hsinchu Fault, Taiwan

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    Lien, Tzuyi; Cheng, Ching-Chung; Hwang, Cheinway; Crossley, David

    2014-09-01

    We develop a new hydrology and gravimetry-based method to assess whether or not a local fault may be active. We take advantage of an existing superconducting gravimeter (SG) station and a comprehensive groundwater network in Hsinchu to apply the method to the Hsinchu Fault (HF) across the Hsinchu Science Park, whose industrial output accounts for 10% of Taiwan's gross domestic product. The HF is suspected to pose seismic hazards to the park, but its existence and structure are not clear. The a priori geometry of the HF is translated into boundary conditions imposed in the hydrodynamic model. By varying the fault's location, depth, and including a secondary wrench fault, we construct five hydrodynamic models to estimate groundwater variations, which are evaluated by comparing groundwater levels and SG observations. The results reveal that the HF contains a low hydraulic conductivity core and significantly impacts groundwater flows in the aquifers. Imposing the fault boundary conditions leads to about 63-77% reduction in the differences between modeled and observed values (both water level and gravity). The test with fault depth shows that the HF's most recent slip occurred in the beginning of Holocene, supplying a necessary (but not sufficient) condition that the HF is currently active. A portable SG can act as a virtual borehole well for model assessment at critical locations of a suspected active fault.

  6. High- Tc superconductivity: phenomenology and microscopics

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    Eliashberg, G. M.

    1993-11-01

    The Luttinger-Wart sum rule is used as the start-point of a consistent semi-phenomenological description of the one-electron spectrum in solids. For normal metals it is essentially the Fermi-liquid theory but the effects of the Coulomb correlations are explicitly included. It is shown that the BCS theory can be formulated for strongly correlated metals, although the accuracy of this description decreases along with enhancement of Tc.

  7. An Economical Magnetocardiogram System Based on High-Tc SQUIDs

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    Li, Zhuo; Zhu, Xue-Min; Zhang, Li-Hua; Huang, Xu-Guang; Ren, Yu-Feng; Chen, Geng-Hua; Yang, Qian-Sheng; Feng, Ji

    2006-08-01

    An economical magnetocardiogram (MCG) system is built in our laboratory. It mainly consists of a MCG data acquisition stage equipped with two high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometers, a data processing stage with digital filtering and a one-layer μ-metal magnetically shielded room in conjunction with a high-Tc SQUID based active compensation. Experimental results show that a noise level of pico-tesla in MCG profiles, which is necessary for clinical applications, may be achieved with the system. Moreover, stable and convenient operations of the system are demonstrated with simulating MCG measurements.

  8. Raman Scattering in HIGH-Tc Superconductors

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    Thomsen, Christian; Cardona, Manuel

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * Theory * Light scattering by phonons * Electronic scattering * Instrumentation * VIBRATIONAL ANALYSIS AND LATTICE DYNAMICS * Optical Modes of RBa2Cu3O7-δ * Symmetry analysis of the ěc{k} = 0 modes * Lattice dynamical calculation for RBa2Cu3O7 and RBa2Cu3O6 * The Bismuth and Thallium Compounds * The Zurich Superconductors * EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS ON RBa2Cu3O7-δ * Raman Scattering by Phonons * Single crystals of YBa2Cu3O7-δ * Ceramic materials, impurity phases, and thin films * Oxygen deficiency * Isotope effect * Electronic scattering and the gap problem * Scattering by magnons * Bismuth and CuO2-Based Materials: Single-Crystal Spectra and Phonon Assignments * Thallium and CuO2 Based Materials * The Zurich Oxides * BRIEF COMPARISON WITH IR DATA * CONSEQUENCES CONCERNING THE MECHANISM OF HIGH-TC SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND CONCLUSIONS * ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS * REFERENCES

  9. High Tc composite silver/oxide superconductors

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    Curreri, P. A.; Peters, P. N.; Sisk, R. C.; Wu, M. K.; Huang, C. Y.

    1990-01-01

    Factors involved in the strong flux pinning effect of high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7/AgO (Y-123/AgO) composite and other REE-123/AgO composites were investigated. Samples of superconducting REE-123 and REE-123/AgO (where REE was Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, or Y) were prepared and used to obtain magnetic moments, critical field, and microstructure data. The optimum heat treatment conditions for the formation of strong flux-pinning REE-123/AgO composites were found to be different for different REE-123 compounds. It was found that the annealing temperature depends on the ionic size of the REE, with larger rare-earth ions requiring higher temperature. It was also found that strong flux-pinning REE-123/AgO composites form only in a narrow annealing temperature range.

  10. High Tc composite silver/oxide superconductors

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    Curreri, P. A.; Peters, P. N.; Sisk, R. C.; Wu, M. K.; Huang, C. Y.

    1990-01-01

    Factors involved in the strong flux pinning effect of high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7/AgO (Y-123/AgO) composite and other REE-123/AgO composites were investigated. Samples of superconducting REE-123 and REE-123/AgO (where REE was Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, or Y) were prepared and used to obtain magnetic moments, critical field, and microstructure data. The optimum heat treatment conditions for the formation of strong flux-pinning REE-123/AgO composites were found to be different for different REE-123 compounds. It was found that the annealing temperature depends on the ionic size of the REE, with larger rare-earth ions requiring higher temperature. It was also found that strong flux-pinning REE-123/AgO composites form only in a narrow annealing temperature range.

  11. High Tc SQUID Detector for Magnetic Metallic Particles in Products

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Akai, Tomonori; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) is an ultra-sensitive magnetic sensor. After the discovery of the high-Tc superconducting materials, the performance of the high-Tc SQUID has been improved and stabilized. One strong candidate for application is a detection system of magnetic foreign matters in industrial products. There is a possibility that ultra-small metallic foreign matter has been accidentally mixed with industrial products such as lithium ion batteries. If this happens, the manufacturer of the product suffers a great loss recalling products. The outer dimension of metallic particles less than 100 micron cannot be detected using X-ray imaging, which is commonly used for the inspection. Therefore a highly sensitive system for small foreign matters is required. We developed detection systems based on high-Tc SQUID for industrial products. We could successfully detect small iron particles of less than 50 micron on a belt conveyer. These detection levels were hard to be achieved using conventional X-ray detection or other methods.

  12. On the coherent quasiparticle weight in high-Tc cuprates

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    Zheng, Yong; Zhang, Xiaowei; Zhou, Wulei; Liu, Xiaochun; Zhao, Hua

    2017-09-01

    The anomalous temperature dependence of the coherent quasiparticle weight below the superconducting transition temperature Tc in high-Tc cuprates, as has been extensively revealed by angle-resolved photoemission measurements, has been addressed theoretically. We find that this puzzling phenomenon universally appears along the whole Fermi surface, from the nodal to antinodal regions, in momentum space, and can be well comprehended in a mean-field slave-boson picture. The ordinary deduction that the coherent quasiparticle peak is a superconducting one, just from such temperature dependence of the coherent quasiparticle weight below Tc, is found to be questionable, and it could correspond to a competing order, especially in the antinodal region.

  13. Superconducting matrix fault current limiter with current-driven trigger mechanism

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    Yuan; Xing

    2008-04-15

    A modular and scalable Matrix-type Fault Current Limiter (MFCL) that functions as a "variable impedance" device in an electric power network, using components made of superconducting and non-superconducting electrically conductive materials. An inductor is connected in series with the trigger superconductor in the trigger matrix and physically surrounds the superconductor. The current surge during a fault will generate a trigger magnetic field in the series inductor to cause fast and uniform quenching of the trigger superconductor to significantly reduce burnout risk due to superconductor material non-uniformity.

  14. High -Tc superlight bipolarons in novel superconductors

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    Alexandrov, Sasha

    2003-03-01

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

  15. 14N nuclear quadrupole resonance of p-nitrotoluene using a high-Tc rf SQUID

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    He, D. F.; Tachiki, M.; Itozaki, H.

    2007-03-01

    Using a high-Tc radio-frequency superconducting quantum interference device (rf SQUID), we successfully detected nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) at about 887 kHz for 14N in p-nitrotoluene (PNT). A normal metal transformer made of copper wire was used to improve the sensitivity of the high-Tc rf SQUID and pulse-controlled rf switches and cross diodes were inserted in the transformer to reduce the influence of the strong excitation field. The preliminary results for NQR detection using the high-Tc SQUID had a similar signal-to-noise ratio to that of using a low noise preamplifier.

  16. Induction magnetometer using a high-Tc superconductor coil

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    Sasada, Ichiro

    2010-05-01

    An induction magnetometer consisting of a search coil and an inverting operational amplifier is simple in structure and in signal transferring mechanism from the magnetic field input to the voltage output. Because this magnetometer is based on Faraday's law of induction, it has a lower cutoff frequency r/(2πL), where r is the resistance of the coil and L is its inductance. An attempt has been made to lower the cutoff frequency of the induction magnetometer by using a high-Tc superconductor coil. With a pancake coil (inner diameter ≈18 cm and outer diameter ≈23 cm, 92 turns, 3.23 mH) made of a Bismuth strontium calcium copper oxide (BSCCO) superconductor tape of 5 mm in width and 0.23 mm in thickness, the cutoff frequency achieved was 1.7 Hz which is much lower than that obtained with a bulky copper search coil which is typically in the range of 10-20 Hz. In the experiment, an inverting amplifier was made with a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor operational amplifier and was immersed in liquid nitrogen together with a BSCCO high-Tc superconducting coil. Discussion is made on the resolution of the induction magnetometer using a high-Tc superconductor search coil.

  17. Nonsuperconducting Micron Size Particle as Effective Pinning Centre for Enhanced Jc in High-Tc Superconductors

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    Roul, B. K.

    2008-10-01

    Understanding the real mechanism responsible for achieving high transport critical current density (Jc) in the high temperature (high-Tc) cuprate superconductors has been one of the primary goal. The only promising way is to tailor the high-Tc cuprate material during preparation stage incorporating suitable non-superconducting particles within superconducting matrix, which are known to serve as effective pining centers. Incorporation of non-superconducting particle like silver with dimension down to micron/submicron size in the superconducting matrix is very stable and form a homogenous solid solution matrix, which has got the better stability on aging and found to be effective in enhancing flux pining in high-Tc superconducting system. In this paper, studies have been made to investigate and review the effect of non-superconducting micron size Ag particle in to the matrix of RE-Ba-Cu-O (RE = Sm, Gd & Y) 123 high-Tc ceramic superconducting system. XRD, SEM, magnetization, magnetotransport and microwave induce DC voltage measurements were carried out to study the effect of Ag into 123-superconducting system. It is observed that controlled addition of Ag into Sm-Ba-Cu-O (SBCO), Gd-Ba-Cu-O (GBCO) and Y-Ba-Cu-O (YBCO) ceramic superconductor do not react with the decomposed phases but remains in the metallic form. This brings about a lowering of the normal-state resistivity. The increase of magnetic critical current density (Jmc), transport critical current density (Jtc), and, hence pinning force density (Fp) with Ag addition into above three systems suggest the creation of an SNS-type proximity junction at the intergranular region and stronger Josephson current paths between the superconducting intergrains. This is attributed to the physical densification and consequent reduction of the total number of weak links by Ag addition into the above mentioned ceramic superconducting system.

  18. Effects of non-magnetic doping on high- Tc cuprates

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    Ming-wen, Xiao; Zheng-zhong, Li; Da-ning, Shi

    1992-11-01

    The Anderson lattice model (ALM) is adopted to study the substitution effects of non-magnetic impurities at Cu-sites on the properties of high- Tc superconductors by the slave-boson technique. We found that they can weaken the effective strength of Cu O hybridization and lower the characteristic temperature Tk of the normal state. The ability of these effects to depress superconductivity is proved to be important and not negligible. Non-magnetic impurities turn out to be pair-breaking and responsible for the quick decreasing of Tc because of the energy dependence of the superconducting order parameter in ALM. Particularly, the linear relationship between Tc and doping concentration in the dilute case is obtained analytically, which is in good agreement with experiment.

  19. Doping dependence of fluctuation diamagnetism in high Tc superconductors

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    Sarkar, Kingshuk; Banerjee, Sumilan; Mukerjee, Subroto; Ramakrishnan, T. V.

    2016-02-01

    Using a recently proposed Ginzburg-Landau-like lattice free energy functional due to Banerjee et al. (2011) we calculate the fluctuation diamagnetism of high-Tc superconductors as a function of doping, magnetic field and temperature. We analyse the pairing fluctuations above the superconducting transition temperature in the cuprates, ranging from the strong phase fluctuation dominated underdoped limit to the more conventional amplitude fluctuation dominated overdoped regime. We show that a model where the pairing scale increases and the superfluid density decreases with underdoping produces features of the observed magnetization in the pseudogap region, in good qualitative and reasonable quantitative agreement with the experimental data. In particular, we explicitly show that even when the pseudogap has a pairing origin the magnetization actually tracks the superconducting dome instead of the pseudogap temperature, as seen in experiment. We discuss the doping dependence of the 'onset' temperature for fluctuation diamagnetism and comment on the role of vortex core-energy in our model.

  20. Weak Coupling Electron-Phonon for High Tc Superconductors

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    Labbe, J.

    1989-01-01

    Our opinion is that, in the high Tc copper oxides, the electronic correlations are not large enough to allow the localization of the electrons of the half-filled d-p sub-band. Thus, we treat them as itinerant electrons, in a bidimensional structure. And we show that, contrary to a widely held opinion, the electron-phonon interaction can induce high Tc superconductivity in these compounds, even in the weak coupling limit. This is due to the fact that, because of the bidimensionality, the electronic density of states is sharply peaked in the neighbourhood of the Fermi energy. A small coupling between nearest neighbouring CuO2 planes is sufficient to prevent a very large reduction of Tc by the critical fluctuations. The calculated isotope effect is much smaller than usually in the BCS theory. And, in our weak coupling theory, the antiferromagnetic (AF) phase is much more rapidly destabilized by dopping or internal charge transfer than the superconducting phase, which takes place when the AF phase has vanished.

  1. Preparation of the High-Tc Phase of Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O Superconductor

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    Endo, Utako; Koyama, Satoshi; Kawai, Tomoji

    1988-08-01

    Co-decomposition of mixed nitrates of Bi, Pb, Sr, Ca and Cu around 830°C under low oxygen pressure led to the formation of a high-Tc superconducting phase of Bi(Pb)-Sr-Ca-Cu-O with Tc(zero) at 107.5 K. A sample prepared by a conventional solid state reaction method under low oxygen pressure also showed the superconducting transition at 107.5 K. X-ray powder diffraction and magnetic susceptibility measurements on these samples revealed the high-Tc phase without 80 K or semiconducting phase. The reaction under low oxygen pressure has an effect to lower the temperature with broad ranges to render the high-Tc phase of the Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O.

  2. Processing for both high-{Tc} and high-J{sub c} (Tl,Pb,Bi)(Sr,Ba){sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 9} superconducting tapes

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    Liu, R.S.; Wu, S.F.; Tai, C.H.; Shy, D.S.

    1994-12-31

    The authors have found an efficient and highly reproducible method for the preparation of the homogeneous Tl-1223 powders by the partial substitution of Ba{sup 2+} into the Sr{sup 2+} sites in the (Tl{sub 0.6}Pb{sub 0.2}Bi{sub 0.2})(Sr{sub 2{minus}x}Ba{sub x})Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 9} system. Superconducting tapes (sheathed in silver) based on the titled system have been fabricated by using the powder-in-tube (PIT) method. Typical critical temperatures ({Tc}) of around 120 K and transport critical current densities (J{sub c}) of about 1.05 {times} 10{sup 4} A/cm{sup 2} at 77 K in a zero magnetic field have been routinely obtained on short lengths ({approximately}3 cm) of the sintered Tl-1223 tapes after rolling. Moreover, a prototype superconducting (Tl,Pb,Bi)(Sr,Ba){sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu3O{sub 9} magnet (with three pancake coils, each containing four 3 m lengths of rolled tapes) generated field of 240 G at 77 K was obtained.

  3. Analysis of the effects of asymmetric faults in three-phase superconducting inductive fault current limiters

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    Ferreira, R.; Pina, J. M.; Vilhena, N.; Arsénio, P.; Pronto, A. G.; Martins, J.

    2014-05-01

    Inductive fault current limiters of magnetic shielding type can be described in terms of the excursion in the plane defined by flux linked with primary and line current, and this methodology has been previously applied to single-phase devices. Practical applications, however, require three-phase limiters, which, for the sake of compactness, may be built by three legged cores, instead of three single phase units. This has the advantage of using well established methods of power transformers industry, but the performance of the devices depends on the type of fault, e.g. phase to ground or phase to phase. For instance, in a three legged core, a phase to ground fault affects healthy phases, and these are the most frequent faults in distribution grids, where such systems are envisaged. The effects of asymmetric faults are analysed in this paper, by means of measured excursions in the linked flux-current plane.

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

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

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

  5. Antiferromagnetism, superconductivity, and pseudogap in three-layered high-Tc cuprates Ba2Ca2Cu3O6(F,O)2 probed by Cu-NMR

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    Shimizu, Sunao; Tabata, Shin-Ichiro; Mukuda, Hidekazu; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Shirage, Parasharam M.; Kito, Hijiri; Iyo, Akira

    2011-06-01

    We report on the phase diagram of antiferromagnetism (AFM) and superconductivity (SC) in three-layered Ba2Ca2Cu3O6(F,O)2 by means of Cu-NMR measurements. It is demonstrated that AFM and SC coexist uniformly in three-layered compounds as well as in four- and five-layered ones. The critical hole density pc for the long-range AFM order is determined as pc≃ 0.075, which is larger than pc≃ 0.02 and 0.055 in single- and bilayered compounds, and smaller than pc≃0.08-0.09 and 0.10-0.11 in four- and five-layered compounds, respectively. This variation of pc is attributed to the magnetic interlayer coupling, which becomes stronger as the stacking number of CuO2 layers increases; that is, the uniform coexistence of AFM and SC is a universal phenomenon in underdoped regions when a magnetic interlayer coupling is strong enough to stabilize an AFM ordering. In addition, we highlight an unusual pseudogap behavior in three-layered compounds—the gap behavior in low-energy magnetic excitations collapses in an underdoped region where the ground state is the AFM-SC mixed phase.

  6. Magnetically-related properties of bismuth containing high Tc superconductors

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    Vezzoli, Gary C.; Chen, M. F.; Craver, F.; Safari, A.; Moon, B. M.; Lalevic, B.; Burke, Terence; Shoga, M.

    1990-08-01

    The effect of magnetic fields to 15 T on electrical resistance has been measured for the BiSrCaCuO superconductor at precise temperatures during the transition to the superconducting state from pre-onset conditions to essentially zero resistance conditions. The results show that the temperature at which the magnetic field causes a divergence in the resistance versus 1000/ T curve is approximately the same temperature as the value at which, during cooling, the positive Hall coefficient begins its abrupt descent to zero. This temperature gives the best measure of Tc. It is also shown that small oscillations of low frequency start near onset conditions, the amplitude of which at a given temperature is B-field dependent. Additionally, Hall effect studies as a function of temperature at 4 T in three separate experiments (including high Tc BiSrCaCu PbO of > 90% theoretical density) show that sharp delta-function-like peaks in + RH are observed near Tc and are superimposed on a broader maximum. The Hall data are explicable in terms of exciton formation and ionization. The bound holes associated with these excitons are believed to be the mediators producing Cooper-pairing, and scale very well with Tc for all the known high Tc oxides.

  7. Semiconductor/High-Tc-Superconductor Hybrid ICs

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    Burns, Michael J.

    1995-01-01

    Hybrid integrated circuits (ICs) containing both Si-based semiconducting and YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) superconducting circuit elements on sapphire substrates developed. Help to prevent diffusion of Cu from superconductors into semiconductors. These hybrid ICs combine superconducting and semiconducting features unavailable in superconducting or semiconducting circuitry alone. For example, complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) readout and memory devices integrated with fast-switching Josephson-junction super-conducting logic devices and zero-resistance interconnections.

  8. Semiconductor/High-Tc-Superconductor Hybrid ICs

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    Burns, Michael J.

    1995-01-01

    Hybrid integrated circuits (ICs) containing both Si-based semiconducting and YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7-x) superconducting circuit elements on sapphire substrates developed. Help to prevent diffusion of Cu from superconductors into semiconductors. These hybrid ICs combine superconducting and semiconducting features unavailable in superconducting or semiconducting circuitry alone. For example, complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) readout and memory devices integrated with fast-switching Josephson-junction super-conducting logic devices and zero-resistance interconnections.

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

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

    2000-01-01

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

  10. SPICE model of high-temperature superconducting tape: application to resistive fault-current limiter

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    Kalinov, A. V.; Voloshin, I. F.; Fisher, L. M.

    2017-05-01

    SPICE is an open source electronic circuit simulator and is often assumed to be an industry standard. In this paper we propose a simple SPICE model for ReBaCuO coated conductors taking into account the main aspects of their electrical and thermal behaviors. The model is focused on the transient analysis of the conductors in resistive-type superconducting fault-current limiters (RSFCL). Close agreement between the model and experimental data has been observed in the fault-current tests of both short samples and the element of the RSFCL prototype. As an additional example, the formation of the overheated domain has been simulated, and results are compared to experimental observations.

  11. Analysis on the thermal and electrical characteristics of impregnating materials for the bifilar winding-type superconducting fault current limiter

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    Yang, Seong Eun; Bae, Duck Kweon; Yoon, Kyung Yong; Yoon, Yong Soo; Ko, Tae Kuk; Kim, Sang-Hyun

    2006-05-01

    The resistive type high temperature superconducting fault current limiter (HTSFCL) limits the fault current with the resistance that generated by fault current. The generated resistance by fault current makes large pulse power which makes the operation of HTSFCL unstable. So, the cryogenic cooling system of the resistive type HTSFCL must diffuse and eliminate the pulse energy very quickly. Although the best way is to make wide direct contact area between HTS winding and coolant as much as possible, HTS winding also need the impregnation layer which fixes and protects it from electromagnetic force. This paper deals with thermal conductivity and dielectric strength of some epoxy compounds for the impregnation of high temperature superconducting (HTS) winding at 77 K. The measured data can be used in the optimal design of impregnation for HTS winding. Aluminar filling increased the thermal conductivity of epoxy compounds. Hardener also affected the thermal conductivity and the dielectric strength of epoxy compounds.

  12. Superconducting quantum circuits at the surface code threshold for fault tolerance.

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    Barends, R; Kelly, J; Megrant, A; Veitia, A; Sank, D; Jeffrey, E; White, T C; Mutus, J; Fowler, A G; Campbell, B; Chen, Y; Chen, Z; Chiaro, B; Dunsworth, A; Neill, C; O'Malley, P; Roushan, P; Vainsencher, A; Wenner, J; Korotkov, A N; Cleland, A N; Martinis, John M

    2014-04-24

    A quantum computer can solve hard problems, such as prime factoring, database searching and quantum simulation, at the cost of needing to protect fragile quantum states from error. Quantum error correction provides this protection by distributing a logical state among many physical quantum bits (qubits) by means of quantum entanglement. Superconductivity is a useful phenomenon in this regard, because it allows the construction of large quantum circuits and is compatible with microfabrication. For superconducting qubits, the surface code approach to quantum computing is a natural choice for error correction, because it uses only nearest-neighbour coupling and rapidly cycled entangling gates. The gate fidelity requirements are modest: the per-step fidelity threshold is only about 99 per cent. Here we demonstrate a universal set of logic gates in a superconducting multi-qubit processor, achieving an average single-qubit gate fidelity of 99.92 per cent and a two-qubit gate fidelity of up to 99.4 per cent. This places Josephson quantum computing at the fault-tolerance threshold for surface code error correction. Our quantum processor is a first step towards the surface code, using five qubits arranged in a linear array with nearest-neighbour coupling. As a further demonstration, we construct a five-qubit Greenberger-Horne-Zeilinger state using the complete circuit and full set of gates. The results demonstrate that Josephson quantum computing is a high-fidelity technology, with a clear path to scaling up to large-scale, fault-tolerant quantum circuits.

  13. Investigation of High-Tc Superconductivity in Carbon Nanotubes

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2011-05-03

    previous conditions. However, diamagnetism in zero-field-cooled and field-cooled regimes in raw data was not observed owing to positive background...observation of appearance of diamagnetism in both zero-field cooling (ZFC) and FC regimes for temperature dependence of magnetization, and also observation of...ZFC regime. Unfortunately, diamagnetism doesn’t appear even at T = 2K in both figures. However, the critical temperatures of 8K and 10K for

  14. Pulsed Laser Deposition of High Tc Superconducting Thin Films

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-04-15

    de- temperature thermal detectors such as the pyroelectric ec sign of imaging arrays of high-T, bolometers for wave- tector, the thermopile , or the... concepts to discuss materials and fabrication considerations. The thermal con- the sensitivity of imaging arrays of high-T, bolometers as a ductance G to...any conceived IR detector . In addition, flux motion studies have been made by this group using our films of YBCO grown on 0.003" thick silicon wafers

  15. Angular momentum blockade in nanoscale high-Tc superconducting grains

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    Mancarella, Francesco; Balatsky, Alexander; Wallin, Mats; Rosengren, Anders; Nordita-Condensed Matter Collaboration; KTH-Theoretical Physics Collaboration

    2014-03-01

    We discuss the angular momentum blockade in small d-wave SC grains in an external magnetic field. We find abrupt changes in angular momentum state of the condensate (''angular momentum blockade'') as a result of the variation of the external field. The effect represents a direct analog of the Coulomb blockade. We use the Ginzburg-Landau theory to illustrate how the field turns a d-wave order parameter (OP) into a(dx2 -y2 + idxy)-OP. We derive the volume magnetic susceptibility as a function of the field, and corresponding small jumps in magnetization at critical values of the field that should be experimentally observable in SC grains. The observation of these jumps requires a small grain, since their extent is inversely proportional to the number of Cooper pairs in the sample. The general source of instability of the pure d-wave gap is the presence of gap nodes, completely lifted by the secondary OP component. A d + id' -state is chiral and hence has an orbital moment carried by Cooper pairs. We consider fields H <

  16. Assessment on the influence of resistive superconducting fault current limiter in VSC-HVDC system

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    Lee, Jong-Geon; Khan, Umer Amir; Hwang, Jae-Sang; Seong, Jae-Kyu; Shin, Woo-Ju; Park, Byung-Bae; Lee, Bang-Wook

    2014-09-01

    Due to fewer risk of commutation failures, harmonic occurrences and reactive power consumptions, Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based HVDC system is known as the optimum solution of HVDC power system for the future power grid. However, the absence of suitable fault protection devices for HVDC system hinders the efficient VSC-HVDC power grid design. In order to enhance the reliability of the VSC-HVDC power grid against the fault current problems, the application of resistive Superconducting Fault Current Limiters (SFCLs) could be considered. Also, SFCLs could be applied to the VSC-HVDC system with integrated AC Power Systems in order to enhance the transient response and the robustness of the system. In this paper, in order to evaluate the role of SFCLs in VSC-HVDC systems and to determine the suitable position of SFCLs in VSC-HVDC power systems integrated with AC power System, a simulation model based on Korea Jeju-Haenam HVDC power system was designed in Matlab Simulink/SimPowerSystems. This designed model was composed of VSC-HVDC system connected with an AC microgrid. Utilizing the designed VSC-HVDC systems, the feasible locations of resistive SFCLs were evaluated when DC line-to-line, DC line-to-ground and three phase AC faults were occurred. Consequently, it was found that the simulation model was effective to evaluate the positive effects of resistive SFCLs for the effective suppression of fault currents in VSC-HVDC systems as well as in integrated AC Systems. Finally, the optimum locations of SFCLs in VSC-HVDC transmission systems were suggested based on the simulation results.

  17. Power flow analysis and optimal locations of resistive type superconducting fault current limiters.

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    Zhang, Xiuchang; Ruiz, Harold S; Geng, Jianzhao; Shen, Boyang; Fu, Lin; Zhang, Heng; Coombs, Tim A

    2016-01-01

    Based on conventional approaches for the integration of resistive-type superconducting fault current limiters (SFCLs) on electric distribution networks, SFCL models largely rely on the insertion of a step or exponential resistance that is determined by a predefined quenching time. In this paper, we expand the scope of the aforementioned models by considering the actual behaviour of an SFCL in terms of the temperature dynamic power-law dependence between the electrical field and the current density, characteristic of high temperature superconductors. Our results are compared to the step-resistance models for the sake of discussion and clarity of the conclusions. Both SFCL models were integrated into a power system model built based on the UK power standard, to study the impact of these protection strategies on the performance of the overall electricity network. As a representative renewable energy source, a 90 MVA wind farm was considered for the simulations. Three fault conditions were simulated, and the figures for the fault current reduction predicted by both fault current limiting models have been compared in terms of multiple current measuring points and allocation strategies. Consequently, we have shown that the incorporation of the E-J characteristics and thermal properties of the superconductor at the simulation level of electric power systems, is crucial for estimations of reliability and determining the optimal locations of resistive type SFCLs in distributed power networks. Our results may help decision making by distribution network operators regarding investment and promotion of SFCL technologies, as it is possible to determine the maximum number of SFCLs necessary to protect against different fault conditions at multiple locations.

  18. Uniform mixing of antiferromagnetism and high- Tc superconductivity in multilayer copper oxides Ba2Can-1CunO2nF2 (n=2,3,4) with apical fluorines: C63u-NMR/NQR and F19-NMR studies

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    Shimizu, S.; Sakaguchi, T.; Mukuda, H.; Kitaoka, Y.; Shirage, P. M.; Kodama, Y.; Iyo, A.

    2009-02-01

    We report C63u-NMR/NQR and F19-NMR studies on the multilayered high- Tc copper oxides Ba2Can-1CunO2nF2 with n=2,3,4 , where n is the number of CuO2 planes. It is revealed that bilayered Ba2CaCu2O4F2 is an underdoped superconductor with hole carriers, which are introduced into CuO2 planes by an unexpected deviation from the nominal content of apical fluorines. In a previous paper, we proposed a self-doping mechanism as the origin of carrier doping in n=3 and n=4 ; in the mechanism, electrons are transferred from the inner CuO2 plane (IP) to the outer one (OP). However, since it has been found that the bilayered compound is hole doped, we have re-examined the superconducting and magnetic properties in n=3 and n=4 by C63u-NMR/NQR and F19-NMR . The extensive NMR studies have confirmed that the apical-fluorine compounds are not self-doped but hole doped and that antiferromagnetism (AFM) and superconductivity (SC) coexist in a single CuO2 plane. In n=4 , the AFM ordering occurs at TN=80K well above Tc=55K , where the respective AFM moments are MAFM=0.11μB and 0.18μB at the OP and the IP. In n=3 , on the other hand, the underdoped single IP exhibits a spontaneous moment MAFM=0.12μB at low temperatures and a peak in the nuclear-spin-lattice relaxation rate 1/T1 of F19 at TN=23K much lower than Tc=76K . We note that the increase in the number of IPs from one to two results in the strengthening of the interlayer coupling; TN increases as the interlayer coupling becomes stronger, although the doping levels for both compounds are comparable. Consequently, we conclude that the uniform mixing of AFM and SC is a general property inherent to a single CuO2 plane in an underdoped regime for hole doping. This conclusion incorporates the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy results on the n=4 compound [Chen , Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 236401 (2006)]; it was found that the two Fermi sheets of the IP and OP are observed and that the SC gap opens at the IP and OP below Tc=55K .

  19. Mitigation of commutation failures in LCC-HVDC systems based on superconducting fault current limiters

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    Lee, Jong-Geon; Khan, Umer Amir; Lee, Ho-Yun; Lim, Sung-Woo; Lee, Bang-Wook

    2016-11-01

    Commutation failure in line commutated converter based HVDC systems cause severe damages on the entire power grid system. For LCC-HVDC, thyristor valves are turned on by a firing signal but turn off control is governed by the external applied AC voltage from surrounding network. When the fault occurs in AC system, turn-off control of thyristor valves is unavailable due to the voltage collapse of point of common coupling (PCC), which causes the commutation failure in LCC-HVDC link. Due to the commutation failure, the power transfer interruption, dc voltage drop and severe voltage fluctuation in the AC system could be occurred. In a severe situation, it might cause the protection system to block the valves. In this paper, as a solution to prevent the voltage collapse on PCC and to limit the fault current, the application study of resistive superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) on LCC-HVDC grid system was performed with mathematical and simulation analyses. The simulation model was designed by Matlab/Simulink considering Haenam-Jeju HVDC power grid in Korea which includes conventional AC system and onshore wind farm and resistive SFCL model. From the result, it was observed that the application of SFCL on LCC-HVDC system is an effective solution to mitigate the commutation failure. And then the process to determine optimum quench resistance of SFCL which enables the recovery of commutation failure was deeply investigated.

  20. Application Study of a High Temperature Superconducting Fault Current Limiter for Electric Power System

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    Naito, Yuji; Shimizu, Iwao; Yamaguchi, Iwao; Kaiho, Katsuyuki; Yanabu, Satoru

    Using high temperature superconductor, a Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL) was made and tested. Superconductor and vacuum interrupter as commutation switch are connected in parallel with bypass coil. When a fault occurs and the excessive current flows, superconductor is first quenched and the current is transferred to bypass coil because on voltage drop of superconductor. At the same time, since magnetic field is generated by current which flows in bypass coil, commutation switch is immediately driven by electromagnetic repulsion plate connected to driving rod of vacuum interrupter, and superconductor is separated from this circuit. Using the testing model, we could separate the superconductor from a circuit due to movement of vacuum interrupter within half-cycle current and transfer all current to bypass coil. Since operation of a commutation switch is included in current limiting operation of this testing model, it is one of helpful circuit of development of SFCL in the future. Moreover, since it can make the consumed energy of superconductor small during fault state due to realization of high-speed switch with simple composition, the burden of superconductor is reduced compared with conventional resistive type SFCL and it is considered that the flexibility of a SFCL design increases. Cooperation with a circuit breaker was also considered, the trial calculation of a parameter and energy of operation is conducted and discussion in the case of installing the SFCL to electric power system is made.

  1. Design, Fabrication and Testing of a Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL)

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    Gouge, M..; Schwenterly, S.W.; Hazelton, D.

    2011-06-15

    The purpose of this project was to conduct R&D on specified components and provide technical design support to a SuperPower team developing a high temperature superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL). ORNL teamed with SuperPower, Inc. on a Superconductivity Partnerships with Industry (SPI) proposal for the SFCL that was submitted to DOE and approved in FY 2003. A contract between DOE and SuperPower, Inc. was signed on July 14, 2003 to design, fabricate and test the SFCL. This device employs high temperature superconducting (HTS) elements and SuperPower's proprietary technology. The program goal was to demonstrate a device that will address a broad range of the utility applications and meet utility industry requirements. This DOE-sponsored Superconductivity Partnership with Industry project would positively impact electric power transmission reliability and security by introducing a new element in the grid that can significantly mitigate fault currents and provide lower cost solutions for grid protection. The project will conduct R&D on specified components and provide technical design support to a SuperPower-led team developing a SFCL as detailed in tasks 1-5 below. Note the SuperPower scope over the broad SPI project is much larger than that shown below which indicates only the SuperPower tasks that are complementary to the ORNL tasks. SuperPower is the Project Manager for the SFCL program, and is responsible for completion of the project on schedule and budget. The scope of work for ORNL is to provide R&D support for the SFCL in the following four broad areas: (1) Assist with high voltage subsystem R&D, design, fabrication and testing including characterization of the general dielectric performance of LN2 and component materials; (2) Consult on cryogenic subsystem R&D, design, fabrication and testing; (3) Participate in project conceptual and detailed design reviews; and (4) Guide commercialization by participation on the Technical Advisory Board (TAB). Super

  2. Double-layer rotor magnetic shield performance analysis in high temperature superconducting synchronous generators under short circuit fault conditions

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    Hekmati, Arsalan; Aliahmadi, Mehdi

    2016-12-01

    High temperature superconducting, HTS, synchronous machines benefit from a rotor magnetic shield in order to protect superconducting coils against asynchronous magnetic fields. This magnetic shield, however, suffers from exerted Lorentz forces generated in light of induced eddy currents during transient conditions, e.g. stator windings short-circuit fault. In addition, to the exerted electromagnetic forces, eddy current losses and the associated effects on the cryogenic system are the other consequences of shielding HTS coils. This study aims at investigating the Rotor Magnetic Shield, RMS, performance in HTS synchronous generators under stator winding short-circuit fault conditions. The induced eddy currents in different circumferential positions of the rotor magnetic shield along with associated Joule heating losses would be studied using 2-D time-stepping Finite Element Analysis, FEA. The investigation of Lorentz forces exerted on the magnetic shield during transient conditions has also been performed in this paper. The obtained results show that double line-to-ground fault is of the most importance among different types of short-circuit faults. It was revealed that when it comes to the design of the rotor magnetic shields, in addition to the eddy current distribution and the associated ohmic losses, two phase-to-ground fault should be taken into account since the produced electromagnetic forces in the time of fault conditions are more severe during double line-to-ground fault.

  3. High-{Tc} rf SQUID magnetometers

    SciTech Connect

    Mueck, M.

    1994-12-31

    The discovery of high temperature superconductors has revived the interest in rf SQUIDS, which, in the case of conventional superconductors had been surpassed in performance by the dc SQUID. Several advantages are offered by the rf SQUID, like the requirement for only a single weak link and a low 1/f noise. With high bias frequencies (> 100 MHz) it is possible to obtain flux noise values comparable to dc SQUIDS. At present, HTS rf SQUIDs offer a field sensitivity of less than 100 fT/{radical}Hz ({at} 1 Hz). This is already sufficient for a number of serious applications. This paper reviews recent developments towards practical rf SQUIDs made of high-{Tc} superconductors.

  4. Comparative study of superconducting fault current limiter both for LCC-HVDC and VSC-HVDC systems

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    Lee, Jong-Geon; Khan, Umer Amir; Lim, Sung-Woo; Shin, Woo-ju; Seo, In-Jin; Lee, Bang-Wook

    2015-11-01

    High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) system has been evaluated as the optimum solution for the renewable energy transmission and long-distance power grid connections. In spite of the various advantages of HVDC system, it still has been regarded as an unreliable system compared to AC system due to its vulnerable characteristics on the power system fault. Furthermore, unlike AC system, optimum protection and switching device has not been fully developed yet. Therefore, in order to enhance the reliability of the HVDC systems mitigation of power system fault and reliable fault current limiting and switching devices should be developed. In this paper, in order to mitigate HVDC fault, both for Line Commutated Converter HVDC (LCC-HVDC) and Voltage Source Converter HVDC (VSC-HVDC) system, an application of resistive superconducting fault current limiter which has been known as optimum solution to cope with the power system fault was considered. Firstly, simulation models for two types of LCC-HVDC and VSC-HVDC system which has point to point connection model were developed. From the designed model, fault current characteristics of faulty condition were analyzed. Second, application of SFCL on each types of HVDC system and comparative study of modified fault current characteristics were analyzed. Consequently, it was deduced that an application of AC-SFCL on LCC-HVDC system with point to point connection was desirable solution to mitigate the fault current stresses and to prevent commutation failure in HVDC electric power system interconnected with AC grid.

  5. Performance test of the cryogenic cooling system for the superconducting fault current limiter

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    Hong, Yong-Ju; In, Sehwan; Yeom, Han-Kil; Kim, Heesun; Kim, Hye-Rim

    2015-12-01

    A Superconducting Fault Current Limiter is an electric power device which limits the fault current immediately in a power grid. The SFCL must be cooled to below the critical temperature of high temperature superconductor modules. In general, they are submerged in sub-cooled liquid nitrogen for their stable thermal characteristics. To cool and maintain the target temperature and pressure of the sub-cooled liquid nitrogen, the cryogenic cooling system should be designed well with a cryocooler and coolant circulation devices. The pressure of the cryostat for the SFCL should be pressurized to suppress the generation of nitrogen bubbles in quench mode of the SFCL. In this study, we tested the performance of the cooling system for the prototype 154 kV SFCL, which consist of a Stirling cryocooler, a subcooling cryostat, a pressure builder and a main cryostat for the SFCL module, to verify the design of the cooling system and the electric performance of the SFCL. The normal operation condition of the main cryostat is 71 K and 500 kPa. This paper presents tests results of the overall cooling system.

  6. A feasibility study of full-bridge type superconducting fault current controller on electric machine power stability

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    Jang, J. Y.; Hwang, Y. J.; Lee, J.; Ko, T. K.

    2016-02-01

    Recently, because of the advent of Smart Grid and integration of distributed generations, electrical power grids are facing uncountable challenges. Increase of fault current is one of such serious challenges and there are some fault current limiters (FCLs) that can limit the fault current. Existing grid protection FCLs, however, simply limit the fault current passively and can allow the existing protection coordination schemes to fail. This phenomenon leads to catastrophic failure in the complex system and may cause unpredictable power grid operation. Unlike a FCL, a superconducting fault current controller (SFCC) employs a full-bridge thyristor rectifier, a high temperature superconducting (HTS) DC reactor, and an embedded control unit to maintain the fault current level at a proper value by adjusting the phase angle of thyristors. This paper contains experimental and numerical analysis to design and fabricate a SFCC system for protection and stability improvement in power grids. At first, fundamental characteristics of a SFCC system were introduced. System circuit diagram and operational principles were proposed. Secondly, the developed small-scale SFCC system was introduced and verified. A 40 Vrms/30 Arms class prototype SFCC employing HTS DC reactor was fabricated and short circuit tests that simulate various fault conditions were implemented to verify the control performance of the fault current. Finally, the practical feasibility of application of the SFCC system to the power system was studied. The problems caused by three-phase faults from the power grid were surveyed and transient stability analysis of the power system was conducted by simulations. From the experimental and simulation results, we can verify the feasibility of the SFCC in power system.

  7. High-Tc SQUID gradiometer system for immunoassays

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    Öisjöen, F.; Magnelind, P.; Kalabukhov, A.; Winkler, D.

    2008-03-01

    A high-Tc dc SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) gradiometer was developed for magnetic immunoassays where magnetic nanoparticles are used as markers to detect biological reactions. The gradiometer was fabricated on a 5 × 10 mm2 SrTiO3 bicrystal substrate and has a gradiometer resolution of 2.1 pT cm-1 Hz-1/2. A magnetic signal was detected from a sample of 1 µl of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in a 40 mg ml-1 solution kept in a microcavity fabricated on Si wafers with Si3N4 membranes using MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems) technology. It was found that volumes as small as 0.3 nl in principle would be detectable with our present device. This corresponds to a total number of particles of 2.2 × 107. The estimated average dipole moment per particle is 4.8 × 10-22 A m2. We are aiming at reading out immunoassays by detecting the Brownian relaxation of magnetic nanoparticles, and we also intend to integrate MEMS technology into our system.

  8. Superconducting magnets

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1994-08-01

    This report discusses the following topics on superconducting magnets: D19B and -C: The next steps for a record-setting magnet; D20: The push beyond 10 T: Beyond D20: Speculations on the 16-T regime; other advanced magnets for accelerators; spinoff applications; APC materials development; cable and cabling-machine development; and high-{Tc} superconductor at low temperature.

  9. High Tc superconductors - Composite wire fabrication

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

    1987-07-01

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

  10. STM tunneling spectroscopy on high Tc superconductors

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    Hasegawa, T.; Nantoh, M.; Ogino, M.

    1995-08-01

    STM tunneling spectroscopy has been performed on the bulk single crystals of BiSrCaCuO (BSCCO) and the epitaxial thin films of YBaCuO (YBCO) at cryogenic temperatures. The STM images and tunneling spectra observed on the (001) surfaces can be classified into three cases; (1) Atomic image is visible. However, the tunneling spectrum shows semiconducting or smeared superconducting gap structures, depending on the tip-sample distance. (2) Clear atomic image can be obtained. But, the tunneling spectrum shows flat bottom region with quite low zero bias conductance. (3) Tunneling spectra demonstrate gapless behavior, independent of the tip-sample separation. These observations support the quasi-2D electronic picture in which s-wave like 2D superconducting layers are coupled with each other through the Josephson effect.

  11. Metallic Contaminant Detection System for Industrial Products by High TC SQUID Magnetic Sensor

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Fujita, Hiroyoshi; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Otani, Takeyoshi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    High-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) system for detection of magnetic foreign matter in industrial products was developed. There is a possibility that ultra-small metallic foreign matter has been accidentally mixed with industrial products, such as lithium ion batteries. The outer dimension of metallic particles less than 100 microns cannot be detected by conventional X-ray imaging. Therefore, we developed a detection system based on high-Tc SQUID microscopes with a high-performance magnetic shield. Using SQUID microscopes with a 0.5 mm-thick vacuum window was proposed. This design enables the SQUID to approach an object to be measured as close as 1 mm and enhances the sensitivity. A new magnetic shield with sleeves was carefully designed and built. As a result, we could successfully measure a small iron particle with 100 μm. This detection level was hard to achieve by conventional X-ray detection methods.

  12. Quasiparticle tunneling spectroscopy of high {Tc} cuprates

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

    1996-04-01

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

  13. Development, Testing and Installation of a Superconducting Fault Current Limiter for Medium Voltage Distribution Networks

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    Martini, Luciano; Bocchi, Marco; Ascade, Massimo; Valzasina, Angelo; Rossi, Valerio; Angeli, Giuliano; Ravetta, Cesare

    Since 2009 Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE S.p.A.) has been involved in the design of resistive-type Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL) for MV applications to be installed in the A2A Reti Elettriche S.p.A distribution grid in the Milano area. The project started with simulations, design and testing activities for a singlephase device; in this paper we report on the successive step, which is concerned with developing, testing and installation at the hosting utility of the final three-phase SFCL prototype. The result of this research activity is a resistive-type 9 kV/3.4 MVA SFCL device, based on first generation (1G) BSCCO tapes, developed by RSE in the framework of a R&D national project. Owing to the positive test results of partial discharge, dielectric and shortcircuit results the three-phase SFCL device is being to be installed in the A2A distribution grid in the Milano area and it is going to be soon energized starting a one-year long field-testing activity.

  14. High-Tc SQUID Magnetometers for Industrial Applications

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

    1998-03-01

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

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

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    Drung, Dietmar

    2003-12-01

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

  16. Parameter design and performance simulation of a 10 kV voltage compensation type active superconducting fault current limiter

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    Chen, L.; Tang, Y. J.; Song, M.; Shi, J.; Ren, L.

    2013-11-01

    Since the introduction of superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) into electrical distribution system may be a good choice with economy and practicability, the parameter design and current-limiting characteristics of a 10 kV voltage compensation type active SFCL are studied in this paper. Firstly, the SFCL’s circuit structure and operation principle are presented. Then, taking a practical 10 kV distribution system as its application object, the SFCL’s basic parameters are designed to meet the system requirements. Further, using MATLAB, the detailed current-limiting performances of the 10 kV active SFCL are simulated under different fault conditions. The simulation results show that the active SFCL can deal well with the faults, and the parameter design’s suitability can be testified. At the end, in view of the engineering feasibility of the 10 kV active SFCL, some preliminary discussions are carried out.

  17. Influence of a voltage compensation type active superconducting fault current limiter on the transient stability of power system

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    Chen, L.; Tang, Y. J.; Shi, J.; Chen, N.; Song, M.; Cheng, S. J.; Hu, Y.; Chen, X. S.

    2009-10-01

    We have proposed a voltage compensation type active superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL). In this paper, the influence of the SFCL on the transient stability of power system is investigated. For the typical one-machine infinite-bus system, the power-angle characteristics of generator with SFCL are studied in different working conditions, and the transient physical process is analyzed. Using MATLAB SIMULINK, the power-angle swing curves are simulated under different current-limiting modes, fault types and fault clearance times. The results show that the proposed SFCL can effectively reduce the transient swing amplitude of rotor and extend the critical clearance time under mode 1, compared with mode 2 and mode 3 having few effects on enhancing the transient stability.

  18. Improving the sensitivity of a high-Tc SQUID at MHz frequency using a normal metal transformer

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    He, D. F.; Itozaki, H.; Tachiki, M.

    2006-05-01

    Superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) can be used to detect the signals of nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR). The NQR frequencies of some interesting materials are in the order of MHz. However, the sensitivity of a high-Tc SQUID is normally not enough to detect the weak NQR signals. To improve the sensitivity of a high-Tc SQUID at MHz frequency, we used a transformer made of normal copper wire. The transformer was composed of a pickup coil, an input coil and a capacitor. The pickup coil was used to detect the magnetic field; the input coil was used to couple the field to the SQUID; and the capacitor was used to create a resonant frequency. By using the normal metal transformer, the magnetic field resolution of the high-Tc dc SQUID was improved by about 38.8 times (from 220 to 5.67 fT Hz-1/2) at 954 kHz.

  19. Phase diagrams for high Tc superconductors

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    Whitler, J.D.; Roth, R.S. NIST, Gaithersburg, MD )

    1991-01-01

    The phase diagrams of ternary and quaternary systems containing superconducting phases are presented, as are the phase diagrams of the associated binary systems. The diagrams are divided into two large groups: (1) alkaline earth-rare earth-copper-oxygen diagrams, and (2) alkaline earth-bismuth/lead-copper-oxygen diagrams. The first group includes BaO-REO-CuO systems followed by SrO-REO-CuO or Nd2O3-CeO-CuO systems. The second group includes systems related to the AE-Bi2O3-CuO and AE-PbO-CuO systems. The phase diagrams are accompanied by notes relating procedures used in the studies, results obtained, and comparisons with the results in the literature for the same system.

  20. Neutron depolarization effects in a high-Tc superconductor (abstract)

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    Nunes, A. C.; Pickart, S. J.; Crow, L.; Goyette, R.; McGuire, T. R.; Shinde, S.; Shaw, T. M.

    1988-11-01

    Using the polarized beam small-angle neutron scattering spectrometer at the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center Reactor, we have observed significant depolarization of a neutron beam by passage through polycrystalline high-Tc superconductors, specifically 123 Y-Ba-Cu-O prepared and characterized at the IBM Watson Research Center. We believe that this technique will prove useful in studying aspects of these materials, such as the penetration depth of shielding currents, the presence and structure of trapped flux vortices, and grain size effects on the supercurrent distribution in polycrystalline samples. The two samples showed sharp transitions at 87 and 89 K, and have been studied at temperatures of 77 K; the second sample has also been studied at 4 K. The transition to the superconducting state was monitored by the shift in resonant frequency of a coil surrounding the sample. No measurable depolarization was observed in either sample at 77 K in both the field-cooled and zero-field-cooled states, using applied fields of 0 (nominal), 54, and 1400 Oe. This negative result may be connected with the fact that the material is still in the reversible region as indicated by susceptibility measurements, but it allows an estimate of the upper bound of possible inhomogeneous internal fields, assuming a distance scale for the superconducting regions. For the 10-μm grain size suggested by photomicrographs, this upper bound for the field turns out to be 1.2 kOe, which seems reasonable. At 4 K a significant depolarization was observed when the sample was cooled in low fields and a field of 1400 Oe was subsequently applied. This result suggests that flux lines are penetrating the sample. Further investigations are being carried out to determine the field and temperature dependence of the depolarization, and attempts will be made to model it quantitatively in terms of possible internal field distributions. We are also searching for possible diffraction effects from ordered vortex

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  2. Development of a High-Tc SQUID-Based System for Neurophysiology Studies In-Vitro

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    Magnelind, Per; Tarte, Ed; Winkler, Dag; Hanse, Eric

    2006-06-01

    In this paper we report on the development of a system based on a high-Tc SQUID (HTS) sensor for measurements of the neuromagnetic field generated by neurons inside tissue slices. SQUIDs have successfully been measured inside the system. The system white noise level is lower than 7 pT/Hz{1/2}, which is only slightly higher than previously reported 4.5 pT/Hz{1/2} for the same kind of SQUID measured inside a superconducting shield.

  3. Characteristic two-dimensional Fermi surface topology of high-Tc iron-based superconductors.

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    Sunagawa, Masanori; Ishiga, Toshihiko; Tsubota, Koji; Jabuchi, Taihei; Sonoyama, Junki; Iba, Keita; Kudo, Kazutaka; Nohara, Minoru; Ono, Kanta; Kumigashira, Hiroshi; Matsushita, Tomohiro; Arita, Masashi; Shimada, Kenya; Namatame, Hirofumi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Wakita, Takanori; Muraoka, Yuji; Yokoya, Takayoshi

    2014-03-14

    Unconventional Cooper pairing originating from spin or orbital fluctuations has been proposed for iron-based superconductors. Such pairing may be enhanced by quasi-nesting of two-dimensional electron and hole-like Fermi surfaces (FS), which is considered an important ingredient for superconductivity at high critical temperatures (high-Tc). However, the dimensionality of the FS varies for hole and electron-doped systems, so the precise importance of this feature for high-Tc materials remains unclear. Here we demonstrate a phase of electron-doped CaFe2As2 (La and P co-doped CaFe2As2) with Tc = 45 K, which is the highest Tc found for the AEFe2As2 bulk superconductors (122-type; AE = Alkaline Earth), possesses only cylindrical hole- and electron-like FSs. This result indicates that FS topology consisting only of two-dimensional sheets is characteristic of both hole- and electron-doped 122-type high-Tc superconductors.

  4. Detection of the Cracks using High-Tc SQUID

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    Fujii, Tatsuhiko; Hyun-Sung, Tae; Takamatsu, Tsuyoshi; Sakuta, Ken; Itozaki, Hideo

    Eddy current non-distractive evaluation (NDE) is very useful technique for detection of cracks. We use the high-Tc SQUID in this system. First, we respect the result of this measurement by the finite element method. We can detect of the signal from the hole by NDE system with high-Tc SQUID. This result is reasonable to compare with the result of simulation. Finaly, we can detect of the hidden defect under 5mm depth from the sample surface.

  5. Superstructures and superconductivity

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    Fisk, Z.; Aeppli, G.

    1993-04-02

    Heavy fermion materials - so named because their conduction electrons behave as though they had extra mass - are like the cuprates in that they exhibit unusual superconducting properties. By the time the cuprates had been discovered, a good understanding of these materials was in hand. Unlike theories of high-[Tc] superconductivity, however, ideas about heavy fermions have not been the subject of great controversy. Thus, most of the effort in this backwater of condensed matter physics has focused on certain details of the behavior of one particularly well-studied compounds, UPt[sub 3]. The cause for sustained interest was that the process of developing ever more elaborate explanations for ever more elaborate experiments did not seem to converage. A recent paper by Midgley et al. reporting modulations in the crystal lattice of UPt[sub 3] suggests that theory and experiment might finally converge in a way that, while it does not threaten the broad understanding of heavy fermion systems, involves a degree of freedom ignored until now even in the face of past experience with elemental metallic uranium. Their transmission electron micrograph evidence for the existence of an incommensurate lattice modulation in UPt[sub 3] implicates this modulation as a probable source of the double superconducting transitions. Remarkably, the superconducting and magnetic coherence lengths, and the now discovered modulation period, are all of the same magnitude. For some time people have felt that stacking faults might be relevant to the properties of UPt[sub 3], but these new results are distinct from this. What Midgley et al. suggest is that the complicated superconducting phase diagram of UPt[sub 3] derives from the internal strain field caused by the modulation, and that this strain field lifts the degeneracy associated with unconventional pairing.

  6. Superconductivity

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    Yeo, Yung K.

    Many potential high-temperature superconductivity (HTS) military applications have been demonstrated by low-temperature superconductivity systems; they encompass high efficiency electric drives for naval vessels, airborne electric generators, energy storage systems for directed-energy weapons, electromechanical launchers, magnetic and electromagnetic shields, and cavity resonators for microwave and mm-wave generation. Further HST applications in militarily relevant fields include EM sensors, IR focal plane arrays, SQUIDs, magnetic gradiometers, high-power sonar sources, and superconducting antennas and inertial navigation systems. The development of SQUID sensors will furnish novel magnetic anomaly detection methods for ASW.

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

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

    2014-07-03

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

  8. Short electrical pulse generation using light-induced switching in high-Tc superconductors

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    Balevicius, Saulius

    2001-03-01

    This report demonstrates that optically triggered switches based on high Tc superconductor thin films can be used for the generation of sub-nanosecond rise time high-power pulses. Presented in this article are the experimental investigations of the light-induced switching dynamics in YBCO thin films biased by high-current nanosecond duration pulses. This research indicates that a high-power superconducting opto-electronic opening switch can operate in several regimes. The following transitions between the various states of the film are realized: superconducting to normal (S-N), super-conducting to mixed (S-M), low resistance mixed to high resistance mixed (MLR-MHR) and mixed to normal (M-N). When the superconductor is biased with a high current, the value of the light intensity needed for triggering the switch decreases by several times. The explanation of the main light-induced switching characteristics and their behavior is based on a model, which takes into account the simultaneous action of the light and the bias current on the superconducting film. The report also includes a discussion f the ultra-fast film damaging phenomenon which appears as a result of the dissipation of intense power during switching. Discussed is also how this process limits the highest amplitude of the generated pulse. The possible application of high-power superconducting opto-electronic switches for the creation of jitter free radar is also discussed.

  9. Fundamental operation of single-flux-quantum circuits using coplanar-type high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Fuke, Hiroyuki; Saitoh, Kazuo; Utagawa, Tadashi; Enomoto, Youichi

    1996-11-01

    We have fabricated coplanar type dc SQUIDs using NdBa2Cu3Oy superconducting thin films and operated fundamental single-flux-quantum (SFQ) circuits. The Josephson junctions were made by the narrow-focused ion beam irradiation technique. For a 145 μm wide and 10 μm long logic SQUID having a critical current of 105 μA and an inductive parameter (βL) of 28, a store and a restore of the flux quantum have been demonstrated at temperatures of 4.2-30 K. These operations were performed with an input pulsewidth of 5 ns (5 ns was the shortest input pulse width available from our function generating equipment). These results show experimentally the possibility of high speed operation in all high-Tc superconducting digital circuits.

  10. The self-energies and bosonic spectrum of high Tc cuprate from laser-based ARPES

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

    While phonon mediated conventional superconductors are revealed by comparing tunneling and neutron scattering experiment, high Tc cuprate which has d-wave symmetry is still in debate. Laser-based AREPS can provide both momentum and energy dependence of spectral function that enables self-energy extraction using one particle Green's function. It is well known that anisotropy of electronic structure and d-wave superconducting gap on ARPES experiments. We analyzed high resolution APRES data of under and overdoped Bi2212 and extracted both normal and pairing self-energy. Here we report the extracted normal and pairing self-energy in supercondcuting state. Also we obtained bosonic spectrum from both self-energies by performing maximum entropy method. Implications of these results for understanding the superconductivity mechanism will be discussed.

  11. On infrared and terahertz imaging of surface plasmons in high-Tc superconductors

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    Stinson, H. T.; Fei, Z.; Rodin, A. S.; McLeod, A. S.; Fogler, M. M.; Basov, D. N.

    2013-03-01

    Recent scattering-mode scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) experiments have imaged surface plasmons in graphene at infrared frequencies.[1] The scanning probe launches surface plasmons and detects their standing-wave interference pattern upon reflection from the sample edge. The surface plasmon dispersion relation directly relates the standing wave fringe separation and amplitude decay to the optical constants of the sample. We have modeled surface plasmon s-SNOM imaging for high-Tc superconductor (HTSC) thin films. Our results indicate that surface plasmons can be imaged in HTSCs at frequencies near or below the superconducting gap. This would allow for a direct measurement of HTSC optical constants below the gap. For known HTSCs such as YBCO, this is in the far-IR or terahertz range. Our simulations show that this method can also distinguish between superconducting and normal states at the nanoscale.

  12. Diamagnetie Shielding and Meissner Effect in the High Tc Superconductor SrxLa2-xCuO4-y

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    Tokumoto, Madoka; Ihara, Hideo; Murata, Keizo; Hirabayashi, Masayuki; Terada, Norio; Senzaki, Kiyoshi; Kimura, Yoichi

    1987-04-01

    Static magnetization measurements of the high Tc superconductor SrxLa2-xCuO4-y, with the layered perovskite K2NiF4 structure and a 43 K resistive onset, are reported. Diamagnetic susceptivility was observed below 37 K indicating a bulk superconductivity. The magnetization measurement revealed a characteristic nature of type-II superconductor with Hc1(0)≈500 Oe and Hc2(0)>100 kOe.

  13. Development of 6.6 kV/600 A superconducting fault current limiter using coated conductors

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    Yazawa, T.; Koyanagi, K.; Takahashi, M.; Toba, K.; Takigami, H.; Urata, M.; Iijima, Y.; Saitoh, T.; Amemiya, N.; Shiohara, Y.; Ito, T.

    2009-10-01

    As one of the programs in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) project regarding R&D on superconducting coated conductor, three-phase superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) for 6.6 kV application was developed and successfully tested. The developed SFCL was mainly comprised three-phase set of current limiting coils installed in a sub-cooled nitrogen cryostat with a GM cryocooler, circuit breakers and a sequence circuit. The whole system was installed in a cubicle. Two tapes of coated conductor were wound in parallel in each coil to obtain the rated current of 72 A rms. After developing the whole SFCL system, short circuit experiments were implemented with a short circuit generator. In a three-line ground fault test, the SFCL successfully restricted the prospected short circuit current over 1.6 kA to about 800 A by the applied voltage of 6.6 kV. The SFCL was installed in a user field and connected with a gas engine generator, followed by a consecutive operation. In this program, 600 A class FCL coil, with which four coated conductor tapes were wound, was also developed. The coil showed sufficiently low AC loss at the rated current. With these results, the program attained the planned target of the fundamentals for the 6.6 kV/600 A SFCL.

  14. Development and successful testing of MCP BSCCO-2212 components for a 10 MVA resistive superconducting fault current limiter

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    Bock, J.; Breuer, F.; Walter, H.; Noe, M.; Kreutz, R.; Kleimaier, M.; Weck, K.-H.; Elschner, S.

    2004-05-01

    The German government funded resistive superconducting fault current limiter project CURL 10 is based on bulk material and aims at the development of a three-phase prototype for the medium voltage level (10 kV, 10 MVA). The key element of the project is the development of suitable robust superconducting components. On the basis of the well known melt cast process (MCP) for BSCCO-2212, these are manufactured by cutting superconducting tubes to bifilar coils. At the operation temperature of 65 K a current density of 4000 A cm-2 was achieved. In order to protect the superconductor during limitation the component was equipped with an electrical shunt contacted on its entire length. Single-phase tests with nine of these components in series, corresponding to a protected load of 1.2 MVA, have been successfully accomplished and are described in detail. These tests include different types of short circuits as specified by the utilities within the project and included lightning surge loads up to 75 kV.

  15. A universal order underlying the pseudogap regime of the underdoped high Tc cuprates

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    Harrison, Neil

    2014-03-01

    A major achievement in condensed matter physics in the last quarter century has been a step towards the understanding of the unconventional d-wave superconducting state in the copper-oxide materials. Surprisingly, the normal state out of which the superconducting state emerges remains a mystery at low charge carrier densities, i.e., in the underdoped regime. This regime is of particular interest because it is characterised by an unusual momentum dependent energy pseudogap in the excitation spectrum that has defied explanation and is key to a full understanding of the unconventional d-wave superconducting state. I will present new quantum oscillation experimental results within the pseudogap regime of the high Tc superconductors YBa2Cu3O6+x and YBa2Cu4O8 which now extend up to the optimally-doped regime. These data reveal the evolution of the Fermi surface approaching the putative quantum critical point under the superconducting dome. A comprehensive angle-resolved study of the Fermi surface enables us to unambiguously identify a specific form of order that accounts for the observed quantum oscillations as well as other spectroscopic, transport and thermodynamic probes within the pseudogap regime. The author would like to thank B. Ramshaw, S. Sebastian, F. Balakirev, C. Mielke, M. Altarawneh, P. Goddard, S. Sabok, B. Babrowski, D. Bonn, W. Hardy, R. Liang and G. Lonzarich. This work was supported by the DOE BES ``Science of 100 tesla'' project and by the NSF and Florida State.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  17. Superconductivity:

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    Sacchetti, N.

    In this paper a short historical account of the discovery of superconductivity and of its gradual development is given. The physical interpretation of its various aspects took about forty years (from 1911 to 1957) to reach a successful description of this phenomenon in terms of a microscopic theory At the very end it seemed that more or less everything could be reasonably interpreted even if modifications and refinements of the original theory were necessary. In 1986 the situation changed abruptly when a cautious but revolutionary paper appeared showing that superconductivity was found in certain ceramic oxides at temperatures above those up to then known. A rush of frantic experimental activity started world-wide and in less than one year it was shown that superconductivity is a much more widespread phenomenon than deemed before and can be found at temperatures well above the liquid air boiling point. The complexity and the number of the substances (mainly ceramic oxides) involved call for a sort of modern alchemy if compounds with the best superconducting properties are to be manufactured. We don't use the word alchemy in a deprecatory sense but just to emphasise that till now nobody can say why these compounds are what they are: superconductors.

  18. Peltier effect in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors

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    Logvenov, G. Yu.; Ryazanov, V. V.; Ustinov, A. V.; Huebener, R. P.

    1991-04-01

    The Peltier and Seebeck effects in the mixed state of high- Tc superconductors are proportional to the resistivity due to flux motion. Therefore, both effects also show the broadening of the transition regime characteristic for these superconductors. The origin of the Peltier effect is discussed in detail, and the validity of the Thomson relation is confirmed, as expected.

  19. A New Mechanism for High-Tc:. Electron Scattering from Interacting Tunneling Units

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    Klein, Michael W.; Simanovsky, Sergey B.

    A theoretical model for high-Tc superconductivity is presented based on electron pairing due to their interaction with two-level or multi-level tunneling units (TU's) present in high-Tc materials. TU's were found experimentally in YBa2Cu3O7-δ, Bi2CaSr2Cu2O8, Tl2CaBa2Cu2O8 and in Tl2CaBa2CuO6. The TU's have specific directions of orientation with respect to the crystal axis and hence cause a strongly anisotropic scattering of the conduction electrons and a strongly anisotropic gap function Δ(k) with wave vector k. For the weak coupling case we obtain, (i) an analytically derived Δ(k) which has a linear combination of s-wave and dx2-y2-wave symmetry with nodes in Δ(k), (ii) a high-Tc determined by the elastic interaction potential between the TU's, (iii) an isotope effect consistent with experiment, (iv) a large uniaxial pressure p dependence of Tc for YBa2Cu3O7-δ close to optimal oxygen doping and (dTc/dpa) ≈ -(dTc/dpb) where Pa and Pb are the pressures in the a and b directions, (v) a quantitative agreement with experiment for dTc/dPi (i = a, b) when we use the elastic constant. The recently observed d ± s wave pairing in twinned YBa2Cu3O7-δ, with a reversal of the sign of s-wave component across the twin boundary, is also in agreement with our model.

  20. A high-Tc SQUID micro-detector with a high performance magnetic shield for contaminant detection in industrial products

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Fujita, H.; Hatsukade, Y.; Otani, T.; Suzuki, S.; Nagaishi, T.

    2007-11-01

    A high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) system for the detection of magnetic foreign matter in industrial products was developed. There is a possibility that ultra-small metallic foreign matter has been accidentally mixed with industrial products such as lithium ion batteries. Metallic particles with outer dimensions less than 100 µm cannot be detected by conventional x-ray imaging. Therefore we developed a detection system based on a high-Tc SQUID microscope with a high performance magnetic shield. The use of SQUID microscopes with a 0.5 mm thick vacuum window was proposed. This design enables the SQUID to approach the object to be measured as close as 1 mm and enhances the sensitivity. A new magnetic shield with sleeves was carefully designed and built. As a result, we could successfully measure small particles sized 100 µm. This detection level was hard to achieve using a conventional x-ray detection method.

  1. Ultrasonic study on Bi-based high-Tc superconductors with preferred orientations

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    Dong, Jian; Deng, Tingzhang; Li, Fengying; Yao, Yushu

    1990-07-01

    Ultrasonic experimental studies on Bi-based ceramic superconductors are reported. The specimens used in our experiments were hot pressed after sintering in air; therefore, a preferred orientation of the granules was obtained. The frequencies of ultrasound were about 10 MHz, both for longitudinal and for transverse waves. It has been found that anomalies in the attenuation coefficient and sound velocity occur near 220 K, in the range between 10 and 50 K above Tc, and at Tc, respectively. The investigation shows that the pretransition in the range between 10 and 50 K above Tc leads to a tendency of softness and instability in crystal lattice, and the superconducting transition is present on the background of a rapid decrease in attenuation with the decrease in temperature. It is believed that a strong superconducting fluctuation exists above Tc. The deformation-potential model for acoustic-phonon-electron interaction, which is the basis of BCS theory, may be unsuitable for the high-Tc superconductors. A model of superconductivity due to optical-phonon-electron coupling is suggested.

  2. Thermal instability induced by high current densities in high-Tc coated conductors

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    Maza, J.; Ferro, G.; Veira, J. A.; Vidal, F.

    2013-10-01

    By using a 1 ms pulse technique, the current-voltage curves (CVC) under zero-applied magnetic field have been measured in practical high-Tc superconducting wires based on coated (RE)BCO. The measurements extend up to the so-called supercritical current intensity, I*, at which superconductivity disappears accompanied by an abrupt jump in the voltage. The resulting CVC, including the temperature dependence of I*, were analysed at a quantitative level in terms of a thermal instability model proposed recently. An attractive aspect of our thermal instability approach is that in spite of the complexity of the coated layered structure, in its simpler formulation all the geometric and thermal variables are encapsulated into a single characteristic parameter r with units of thermal resistance. All the experimental results for I* from 76 to 86 K are quantitatively, within 2%, accounted for by the thermal instability analysis. Furthermore, the best-fit value of r is found to be quite consistent with the inner geometry and composition of the wires. Another remarkable result of our analysis is that the temperature T* reached by the wire at I*, i.e., the temperature triggering the thermal runaway, is less than one kelvin above the bath temperature. These results further support the universality of the thermal instability mechanism of superconductivity quenching by high current densities.

  3. Phase diagram and isotopic effect in high-Tc pnictide superconductors

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    Chen, Xianhui

    2010-03-01

    We will talk about the discovery of superconductivity with Tc higher than 40 K in Fe-based superconductors SmFeAsO1-xF. Tc higher than McMillan limit of 39 K definitely proves pnictide superconductors high-Tc superconductivity^1,2. In this talk, we present the transport properties: resistivity, Hall coefficient and transport properties under high magnetic field. These results suggest a quantum phase transition around x=0.14 in SmFeAsO1-xFx system. A electronic phase diagram is proposed, and coexistence of superconductivity and spin-density-wave is observed in Sm-1111 and Ba-122 system. We discuss the effect of isotopic effect on TC and TSDW in SmFeAsO1-xFx and Ba1-xKxFe2As2 systems. Our results show that oxygen isotope effect on TC and TSDW is very little, while the iron isotope exponent is about 0.35. Surprisingly, the iron isotope exchange shows the same effect on SDW transition as on superconductivity. Our results indicate that electron-phonon interaction plays some role in the superconducting mechanism, but simple electron-phonon coupling mechanism seems to be rather unlikely because a strong magnon-phonon coupling is included^3. 1. Chen, X. H. et al. Nature 453, 761-762 (2008). 2. Liu, R. H. et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 087001 (2008). 3. R. H. Liu et al., Nature 459, 64-67(2009).

  4. New type of second-order high- Tc SQUID planar gradiometer

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    Lang, P. L.; Zheng, D. N.; Zhang, M. J.; Chen, K.; Qi, H. H.; Zhao, Z. X.

    2004-09-01

    We have proposed a novel type of high- Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) planar gradiometer that could measure the mixed partial derivative of magnetic fields ∂2Bz/ ∂x ∂y . The device consists of two parts, one is the signal pickup antenna formed by four square pickup loops, and another one is a SQUID directly coupled to the common line which separates the antenna loops. The four pickup loops were arranged to a two-dimensional array. The loops in the diagonal direction are connected in series. The total current in the common line in this configuration is directly proportional to the mixed partial derivative of the magnetic field. We have made a device of such design on a STO bicrystal substrate and tested the device in gradient field.

  5. Research on high-Tc SQUID based non-destructive evaluation

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    Wang, Hui-Wu; Kong, Xiang-Yan; Ren, Yu-Feng; Yu, Hong-Wei; Ding, Hong-Sheng; Zhao, Shi-Ping; Chen, Geng-Hua; Zhou, Yue-Liang; Zhang, Li-Hua; He, Yu-Sheng; Yang, Qian-Sheng

    2004-01-01

    A non-destructive evaluation system based on high-Tc dc-SQUID (superconducting quantum interference device) incorporating a gradient field excitation has been built. By using this system a 1mm-diameter hole at a depth of 2mm inside an aluminium plate at room temperature can be easily detected and imaged in an unshielded environment. The relation between the spatial resolution, or the smallest detectable flaw size and experimental parameters is briefly analysed in terms of a simple metal ring model. The result shows that the spatial resolution depends strongly on the sensor-sample separation as well as on some other parameters, such as signal-to-noise ratio of excitation, excitation frequency and material conductivity.

  6. Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-Tc superconductor

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    Ramshaw, B. J.; Sebastian, S. E.; McDonald, R. D.; ...

    2015-03-26

    In the quest for superconductors with higher transition temperatures (Tc), one emerging motif is that electronic interactions favorable for superconductivity can be enhanced by fluctuations of a broken-symmetry phase. In recent experiments it is suggested that the existence of the requisite broken-symmetry phase in the high-Tc cuprates, but the impact of such a phase on the ground-state electronic interactions has remained unclear. Here, we used magnetic fields exceeding 90 tesla to access the underlying metallic state of the cuprate YBa2Cu3O6+δ over a wide range of doping, and observed magnetic quantum oscillations that reveal a strong enhancement of the quasiparticle effectivemore » mass toward optimal doping. Finally, this mass enhancement results from increasing electronic interactions approaching optimal doping, and suggests a quantum critical point at a hole doping of pcrit ≈ 0.18.« less

  7. Quantum topological transition in hyperbolic metamaterials based on high Tc superconductors.

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    Smolyaninov, Igor I

    2014-07-30

    Hyperbolic metamaterials are known to exhibit a transition in the topology of the photon iso-frequency surface from a closed ellipsoid to an open hyperboloid, resulting in a considerable increase of the photonic density of states. This topological transition may also be described as a change of metric signature of the effective optical space. Here we demonstrate that high Tc superconductors exhibit hyperbolic metamaterial behavior in the far infrared and THz frequency ranges. In the THz range the hyperbolic behavior occurs only in the normal state, while no propagating photon modes exist in the superconducting state. Thus, a quantum topological transition may be observed for THz photons at zero temperature as a function of the external magnetic field, in which the effective Minkowski spacetime arises in the mixed state of the superconductor at some critical value of the external magnetic field. Nucleation of effective Minkowski spacetime occurs via the formation of quantized Abrikosov vortices.

  8. Phase diagram of high- Tc superconductor: Cu-NMR studies on multi-layered cuprates

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

    2008-04-01

    A new phase diagram is presented for an ideally flat CuO2 plane through the Cu-NMR studies on five-layered cuprates MBa2Ca4Cu5Oy(M-1245) (M=Hg,Tl,Cu), which includes an antiferromagnetic (AFM) metal phase and a uniform mixing phase of AFM metal and high- Tc superconductivity (HTSC) in an under-doped region. It has been found that a disorder causes a quantum-phase transition from an AFM metal to an insulating state in an under-doped regime in the Cu-1245 where a disorder is introduced via an oxygen-reduced process. This finding reinforces that an AFM metallic phase exists between the AFM insulating phase and the SC phase for the ideally flat CuO2 plane provided that a disorder is absent.

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

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

    1991-04-01

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

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

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

    1991-04-01

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

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

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    Storey, James

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

  12. Relaxation of the transport critical current in high-Tc polycrystals

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    Altshuler, E.; Cobas, R.; Batista-Leyva, A. J.; Noda, C.; Flores, L. E.; Martínez, C.; Orlando, M. T. D.

    1999-08-01

    We perform a systematic study of the time evolution of the transport critical current in polycrystalline samples of the high temperature superconducting system (Hg1-xRex)Ba2Ca2Cu3O8+δ and YBa2Cu3O7-δ after application and removal of an external magnetic field Hm. Within our time, temperature, and remanent field windows, the transport critical current increases logarithmically in time. The relaxation rates in the range 80-115 K decrease with increasing temperature at a fixed Hm, while temperature-dependent maxima are observed in the relaxation rate versus Hm plots. These experimental results are reproduced by a phenomenological model applicable to any high-Tc polycrystals. In the model, the time increase of the transport current is determined by the effective field at the intergrain junctions, which relaxes in time due to the flux creep of the intragrain magnetization.

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

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

    2007-07-01

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

  14. Bio-application of high-Tc SQUID magnetic sensor

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Aspanut, Zarina; Kurita, Hirofumi; Toriyabe, Chika; Hatuskade, Yoshimi; Katsura, Shinji

    2006-05-01

    We propose medical applications using ultra-small magnetic particles and a SQUID magnetic sensor. A high-Tc SQUID system for biological molecules (DNA) detection is one of that. This system is based on a hybridization process. Two strands in a DNA molecule are held together by hydrogen bonds between base pairs like a ladder. The two strands are referred to as being complementary to each other. One strand (sample DNA) was labeled with Fe 3O 4 ultra-small magnetic particles and the other (probe DNA) was anchored on a glass slide. Then they were hybridized each other on the slide. After washing the excess sample DNA, the hybridized DNA was evaluated in the presence of excitation AC field by high-Tc SQUID. The signal was initially proportional to the concentration of the sample DNA and then saturated. It means that the hybridization occurred successfully between the sample DNA and the probe DNA.

  15. X-Ray Diffraction Line Broadening: Modeling and Applications to High-Tc Superconductors

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    Balzar, Davor

    1993-01-01

    A method to analyze powder-diffraction line broadening is proposed and applied to some novel high-Tc superconductors. Assuming that both size-broadened and strain-broadened profiles of the pure-specimen profile are described with a Voigt function, it is shown that the analysis of Fourier coefficients leads to the Warren-Averbach method of separation of size and strain contributions. The analysis of size coefficients shows that the “hook” effect occurs when the Cauchy content of the size-broadened profile is underestimated. The ratio of volume-weighted and surface-weighted domain sizes can change from ~1.31 for the minimum allowed Cauchy content to 2 when the size-broadened profile is given solely by a Cauchy function. If the distortion co-efficient is approximated by a harmonic term, mean-square strains decrease linearly with the increase of the averaging distance. The local strain is finite only in the case of pure-Gauss strain broadening because strains are then independent of averaging distance. Errors of root-mean-square strains as well as domain sizes were evaluated. The method was applied to two cubic structures with average volume-weighted domain sizes up to 3600 Å, as well as to tetragonal and orthorhombic (La-Sr)2CuO4, which exhibit weak line broadenings and highly overlapping reflections. Comparison with the integral-breadth methods is given. Reliability of the method is discussed in the case of a cluster of the overlapping peaks. The analysis of La2CuO4 and La1.85M0.15CuO4(M = Ca, Ba, Sr) high-Tc superconductors showed that microstrains and incoherently diffracting domain sizes are highly anisotropic. In the superconductors, stacking-fault probability increases with increasing Tc; microstrain decreases. In La2CuO4, different broadening of (h00) and (0k0) reflections is not caused by stacking faults; it might arise from lower crystallographic symmetiy. The analysis of Bi-Cu-O superconductors showed much higher strains in the [001] direction than in

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  17. Implications of charge ordering in high Tc cuprate superconductors in far-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Kim, Y H; Hor, P H

    2013-09-04

    We addressed the issue of the absence of far-infrared signatures pertaining to charge ordering in the published far-infrared reflectivity data of La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystals while other experimental probes reveal that charge ordering is a hallmark of superconducting cuprates. Through direct comparison of the far-infrared data reported by various groups side by side and also with the Raman scattering data, we found that the inconsistencies stem from the failure in capturing delicate spectral features embedded in the close-to-perfect ab-plane far-infrared reflectivity of La2-xSrxCuO4 single crystals by misidentifying the reflectivity as the Drude-like metallic reflectivity. The analysis of the close-to-true reflectivity data reveals that only a small fraction (<3%) of the total doping-induced charge carriers (electrons) are itinerant on the electron lattice made up with the rest of the electrons (>97%) at all doping levels up to 16%. We conclude that the far-infrared reflectivity study is far from being ready to construct a coherent picture of the ubiquitous charge ordering phenomenon and its relationship with the high Tc superconductivity.

  18. Strong periodic flux pinning in oxygen-ion-irradiated high-TC superconductors

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    Villegas, Javier; Swiecicki, I.; Briatico, J.; Bernard, R.; Crassous, A.; Wolf, T.; Bergeal, N.; Lesueur, J.; Ulysse, C.; Faini, G.; Hallet, X.; Piraux, L.

    2012-02-01

    We used oxygen ion irradiation to transfer into high-TC superconducting thin films the nanoscale pattern of different types of masks (alumina [1] and [2] PMMA templates with ordered arrays of holes). This causes a nanoscale spatial modulation of superconductivity, and strongly affects the magneto-transport in the mixed-state. By tuning the irradiation dose and the array parameters, it is possible to engineer vortex energy landscapes sufficiently strong to govern flux dynamics. This is evidenced by a periodic series of strong magneto-resistance oscillations, the well-known fingerprint of periodic flux pinning. Interestingly, this irradiation technique allows tuning the geometry and the strength of the pinning potential wells at the nanoscale. This allows the observation of unusually strong matching effects at relatively high fields (up to several kOe). We show that the amplitude of the magneto-resistance oscillations is intimately connected with vortex channeling effects. [1] J.E. Villegas et al. Nanotechnology 22 075302 (2011). [2] I. Swiecicki et al. submitted

  19. Some consequences of the breakdown of Migdal's theorem in high- Tc superconductors

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    Ummarino, G. A.; Gonnelli, R. S.

    1999-05-01

    In order to reproduce the experimental Tc and tunneling data of high- Tc superconductors in the framework of the Eliashberg theory for strong electron-boson interaction, it is necessary to use large values of the coupling constant. In this work, we investigate whether this fact is a possible consequence of the breakdown of Migdal's theorem that certainly occurs in the cuprates due to their very low value of Fermi energy as compared to the characteristic phonon energy. In order to numerically quantify the consequences of the violation of the Migdal's approximation, we use the theoretical approach developed by Pietronero et al. [L. Pietronero, S. Strässler, C. Grimaldi, Phys. Rev. B 52, 10516 (1995)] and Grimaldi et al. [C. Grimaldi, L. Pietronero, S. Strässler, Phys. Rev. B 52, 10530 (1995)] on experimental data taken from the literature. The effects on the electron-phonon coupling constant λ, on the critical temperature Tc and on the superconducting gap Δ are calculated also by means of a direct solution of the standard Eliashberg equations and discussed in different kinds of superconducting materials both with low and high critical temperature.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-03

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

  2. Environmental considerations for application of high Tc superconductors in space

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    Carlberg, I. A.; Kelliher, W. C.; Wise, S. A.; Hooker, M. W.; Buckley, J. D.

    1993-01-01

    The impact of the environmental factors on the performance of the superconductive devices during spaceflight missions is reviewed. Specific factors typical of spaceflight are addressed to evaluate superconductive devices for space-based applications including preflight storage, radiation, vibration, and thermal cycling.

  3. Tunneling studies of pseudogap in high-Tc superconductor Bi2212

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    Gupta, Anjan Kumar

    2001-11-01

    The BCS theory predicts an energy gap in superconductors below their critical temperature Tc. This gap has been observed in conventional as well as high-Tc cuprate superconductors. However, in underdoped cuprates an energy gap has been found to exist even above Tc from several experiments. In this dissertation a study of this normal state gap, called the pseudogap, is presented using ab-plane tunneling spectroscopy of a high-Tc superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta (Bi2212) at different dopings delta. Temperature and magnetic field dependent ab-plane tunneling spectra of Bi2212 crystals were studied using a home built low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (STM). Single crystals of Bi2212 were grown using self flux method, which were than underdoped by annealing in vacuum or in Argon atmosphere at 500--700°C. Resistivity, magnetic susceptibility and X-ray measurements were used for characterization. The Tc of Bi2212 decreases with underdoping while the superconducting energy gap, 2Delta, increases. The energy gap, near the maximum gap direction, at 42K is found to be 30 mV for slightly overdoped (Tc = 85K) and 38 mV for the underdoped (Tc = 70K) crystals giving a 2Delta/ kTc value of 8.2 and 12.6 for the two compounds, respectively. An energy gap is found to exist above T c for underdoped Bi2212 while it gets very weak for the overdoped compound. A dip-hump feature at energies ˜2Delta-3Delta is also seen for both the compounds. The tunneling spectra are analyzed with an interpretation that the pseudogap and the superconducting gaps coexist at low temperatures and that the superconducting gap disappears at Tc. The conservation of states rule is violated but it is recovered if the low temperature spectra are normalized with those above Tc. This normalization also removes the dip-hump and other background features. Such coexistence of two gaps can rule out a scenario that the pre-formed Cooper pairs are responsible for the pseudogap. A new low temperature STM

  4. Korea's developmental program for superconductivity

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

    1995-01-01

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

  5. Detecting defect in cast iron using high- TC SQUID

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    He, D. F.; Yoshizawa, M.; Oyama, Y.; Nakamura, M.

    2004-10-01

    For eddy-current NDE, due to the big permeability of ferromagnetic material, low testing frequency is needed to detect defects in it. SQUID has advantages in low frequency eddy current NDE. But the large magnetic field produced by ferromagnetic material often exceeds the dynamic range of general SQUID system. We developed a mobile high- TC SQUID system, with which, the dc and low-frequency magnetic field could be compensated well. Using our mobile SQUID system, the magnetic field produced by the cast iron could be compensated well and the defect in it could be successfully detected.

  6. Scanning high-Tc SQUID imaging system for magnetocardiography

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    Yang, Hong-Chang; Wu, Tsung-Yeh; Horng, Herng-Er; Wu, Chau-Chung; Yang, S. Y.; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Wu, Chiu-Hsien; Jeng, J. T.; Chen, J. C.; Chen, Kuen-Lin; Chen, M. J.

    2006-05-01

    A scanning magnetocardiography (MCG) system constructed from SQUID sensors offers potential to basic or clinical research in biomagnetism. In this work, we study a first order scanning electronic high-Tc (HTS) SQUID MCG system for biomagnetic signals. The scanning MCG system was equipped with an x-y translation bed powered by step motors. Using noise cancellation and μ-metal shielding, we reduced the noise level substantially. The established scanning HTS MCG system was used to study the magnetophysiology of hypercholesterolaemic (HC) rabbits. The MCG data of HC rabbits were analysed. The MCG contour map of HC rabbits provides experimental models for the interpretation of human cardiac patterns.

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

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    Harrison, Neil

    2010-03-01

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

  8. Hidden Fermi liquid: Self-consistent theory for the normal state of high-Tc superconductors

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    Casey, Philip A.

    The anomalous "strange metal" properties of the normal, non-superconducting state of the high-Tc cuprate superconductors have been extensively studied for over two decades. The resistivity is robustly T-linear at high temperatures, while at low T it appears to maintain linearity near optimal doping and is T2 at higher doping. The inverse Hall angle is strictly T2 and hence has a distinct scattering lifetime from the resistivity. The transport scattering lifetime is highly anisotropic as directly measured by angle-dependent magnetoresistance (ADMR) and indirectly in more traditional transport experiments. The IR conductivity exhibits a non-integer power-law in frequency, which we take as a defining characteristic of the "strange metal". A phenomenological theory of the transport and spectroscopic properties at a self-consistent and predictive level has been much sought after, yet elusive. Hidden Fermi liquid theory (HFL) explicitly accounts for the effects of Gutzwiller projection in the t-J Hamiltonian, widely believed to contain the essential physics of the high-Tc superconductors. We show this theory to be the first self-consistent description for the normal state of the cuprates based on transparent, fundamental assumptions. Our well-defined formalism also serves as a guide for further experimental confirmation. Chapter 1 reviews the "strange metal" properties and the relevant aspects of competing models. Chapter 2 presents the theoretical foundations of the formalism. Chapters 3 and 4 derive expressions for the entire normal state relating many of the properties, for example: angle-resolved photoemission, IR conductivity, resistivity, Hall angle, and by generalizing the formalism to include the Fermi surface topology---ADMR. Self-consistency is demonstrated with experimental comparisons, including the most recent laser-ARPES and ADMR. Chapter 5 discusses entropy transport, as in the thermal conductivity, thermal Hall conductivity, and consequent metrics of non

  9. Lattice dynamics of high-Tc superconductors: Optical modes of the thallium-based compounds

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    Kulkarni, A. D.; de Wette, F. W.; Prade, J.; Schröder, U.; Kress, W.

    1990-04-01

    We present a lattice-dynamical calculation of the Raman- and infrared-active modes of the following six thallium-based high-Tc superconductors: Tl2Ba2CuO6, Tl2CaBa2Cu2O8, and Tl2Ca2Ba2Cu3O10 (body-centered-tetragonal structures) and TlCaBa2Cu2O7, TlCa2Ba2Cu3O9, and TlCa3Ba2Cu4O11 (simple-tetragonal structures). Our calculations are based on a shell model that incorporates short-range overlap potentials, long-range Coulomb potentials, and ionic polarizabilities. We also require that the shell models for different high-Tc superconducting compounds be mutually compatible, namely that the short-range potentials for given ion pairs in equivalent environments be transferable from one compound to the other. The model presented here does in fact utilize a common set of short-range potentials that apply to the entire series of thallium-based superconductors as well as to YBa2Cu3O7 and Bi2CaSr2Cu2O8, studied earlier. The model reproduces the available experimental infrared and Raman data of all these compounds quite well and is thus supported by a broad database, albeit only of optical modes. We expect that our model, which is based on realistic interaction potentials, reproduces eigenvalues and eigenvectors to the same approximation. Thus we conclude from the satisfactory agreement between calculated and measured eigenfrequencies that the calculated eigenvectors provide a realistic description of the displacement patterns of the optical modes.

  10. Design of a Cryogen Free Cryo-flipper using a High Tc YBCO Film

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

    It is well-known that the Meissner effect in superconducting materials can be used to provide a well-defined non- adiabatic magnetic field transition that can be utilised to produce an efficient white beam neutron spin flipper. Typically these devices utilise niobium and hence require continuous use of liquid helium in order to maintain the device tem- perature. The use of high Tc materials removes the need for cryogens and has been explored previously and shown to provide efficient flipping of the neutron spin. Improvements in thin high Tc films over the past few years make these materials even more attractive. Here we present a design using a 350-nm-thick YBCO film capped with 100 nm of gold on a 78 x 100 x 0.5 mm sapphire substrate (Theva, Germany). The apparatus is compact (200 mm in length along the neutron beam), consisting of an oxygen-free high-conductivity copper frame, which holds the YBCO film and is mounted to the cold finger of a closed-cycle refrigerator. The part of the vacuum chamber, where the YBCO film is located, is ≈ 50 mm wide, which allows us to minimise the distance from the film to the external magnets. This distance is 26 mm on each side. The details of the guide field design are also discussed. In this design, the maximum neutron beam size that can be used is 40 × 40 mm2 and we can easily switch from a vertical to a horizontal guide field on either side of the YBCO film.

  11. Progress of research of high-Tc superconductors

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    1991-01-01

    Research in the area of of high T(sub c) superconductors has made great progress in the last few years. New materials were found and the systematic investigation of these materials has contributed to understanding the mechanism of high T(sub c) superconductivity. The critical currents in thin films, bulks, and tapes increased drastically, and the origin of flux pinning will be clarified in the near future. The future of high T(sub c) superconductivity, in both the basic and applied research areas, is very optimistic. Recent activities in research of high T(sub c) superconductivity and superconductors in Japan are overviewed.

  12. The first Italian Superconducting Fault Current Limiter: Results of the field testing experience after one year operation

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    Martini, L.; Bocchi, M.; Ascade, M.; Valzasina, A.; Rossi, V.; Ravetta, C.; Angeli, G.

    2014-05-01

    Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico S.p.A. (RSE) has been gaining a relevant experience in the simulation, design and installation of resistive-type Superconducting Fault Current Limiter (SFCL) devices for more than five years in the framework of a R&D national project funded by the Ricerca di Sistema (RdS). The most recent outcome of this research activity is the installation of a resistive-type BSCCO-based 9 kV / 3.4 MVA SFCL device in a single feeder branch of the Medium Voltage (MV) distribution network managed by A2A Reti Elettriche S.p.A (A2A) in the Milano area. This installation represents the first SFCL successfully installed in Italy. In this paper, we report on the main outcomes after a more than 1-year long steady-state field testing activity. The design of an upgraded device to be installed in the same substation has already been initiated: the new SFCL will allow to protect four different feeders, therefore implying a device upgrade up to 15.6 MVA.

  13. A 63Cu-NMR study on four-layered high-Tc superconductors Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(FyO1-y)2

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    Shimizu, S.; Mukuda, H.; Kitaoka, Y.; Kito, H.; Kodama, Y.; Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.

    2010-01-01

    We report on superconducting and magnetic characteristics in four-layered high-Tc superconductors Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(FyO1-y)2 with apical fluorine through 63Cu-NMR measurements. The temperature dependence of the Knight shift shows that the substitution of oxygen for fluorine at the apical site increases carrier density (Nh) and Tc from 55 up to 102 K. The 63Cu-NMR spectra suggest that antiferromagnetic (AFM) order takes place in underdoped CuO2 layers; especially, the AFM order coexists with superconductivity in a single CuO2 plane at y=1.0.

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

  16. Activation of high- Tc superconductors due to neutron irradiation

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    Shitamichi, T.; Nakano, M.; Terai, T.; Yamawaki, M.; Hoshiya, T.

    2003-10-01

    For actual application of high- Tc superconductors (HTSC), the improvement of Jc is required. It has been reported that pinning centers in the HTSC increase Jc. Particle beam irradiation is one of the most effective methods to introduce strong pinning centers into HTSC for Jc enhancement. In particular, neutron irradiation is very effective for bulk materials, although the activation might be an important problem. In this study, activation of HTSCs was analysed by using the computer code, ORIGEN-II. The contribution of impurities in Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ x (Bi-2212) to 1 cm dose equivalent occupies about 15%. In RE-123 family, Y, La, Nd, Sm. Gd, Dy, Ho and Yb gave low activation. In the case of U-doped Y-123, about 75% of the activity is from the contribution of the fission products.

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

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

    2010-06-01

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

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

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    Harrison, Neil

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

  19. Laser surface interaction of high-Tc superconductors

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

    1991-01-01

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

  20. Techniques for Connecting Superconducting Thin Films

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    Mester, John; Gwo, Dz-Hung

    2006-01-01

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

  1. Multi-scale model of resistive-type superconducting fault current limiters based on 2G HTS coated conductors

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    Bonnard, Charles-Henri; Sirois, Frédéric; Lacroix, Christian; Didier, Gaëtan

    2017-01-01

    In order to plan the integration of superconducting fault current limiters (SFCLs) in power systems, accurate models of SFCLs must be made available in commercial power system transient simulators. In this context, we developed such a model for the EMTP-RV software package, a power system transient simulator widely used by power utilities. The model can be used with any resistive-type SFCL (rSFCL) made of high temperature superconductor (HTS) tapes, which are discretized in ‘electro-thermal elements’. Those elements consist solely of electric circuit components, and are used to represent portions of tape of various sizes and dimensions (a ‘multi-scale’ approach). Both the electrical and thermal behaviors of the tape are modeled, including interfacial effects, nonlinear properties of materials and heat transfer to the surrounding environment. Such a multi-scale model can simulate accurately both the local quench dynamics of HTS tapes (microscopic scale) and the global impact of the rSFCL on the power system (macroscopic/system scale). In this paper, the model is used to compute phenomena such as propagation velocity of a hot spot and heat diffusion through the thickness of the tape. Results were verified by comparing EMTP-RV results with finite element simulations. In addition to the development of the multi-scale model itself, which is the major contribution of this paper, the use of the model allowed us to determine the conditions of validity of the commonly used ‘homogenization’ of the thermal properties across the tape thickness. Indeed, when the current flowing into the rSFCL is slightly above its critical current I c (and up to 2{I}{{c}}), very important errors in the power waveforms arise, leading to potentially wrong decisions of protection systems. Homogenized thermal models should thus be used with great care in practice.

  2. Nanoscale Structures and Pseudogap in Under-doped High-Tc Superconductors

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    Saarela, M.; Kusmartsev, F. V.

    We show that superconductor-insulator transitions in oxides and FeAs-based high Tc superconducting multilayers may arise due to a charge density wave instability induced by charged impurities and the over-screening of the long-ranged part of the Coulomb interaction, which is enhanced due to decreasing carrier density [1]. When the carrier density is low enough, impurities begin to trap particles and form bound states of clusters of charge carriers, which we call Coulomb bubbles. These bubbles are embedded inside the superconductor and form nuclei of the new insulating state. The growth of a bubble is terminated by the Coulomb force and each of them has a quantized charge and a fluctuating phase. When clusters first appear, they are covered by superfluid liquid due to the proximity effect and invisible. However, when the carrier density decreases the size of bubbles increases and the superconducting proximity inside them vanishes. The insulating state arises via a percolation of these insulating islands, which form a giant percolating cluster that prevents the flow of the electrical supercurrent through the system. We also show the formation of two groups of charge carriers in these compounds associated with free and localized states. The localized component arises due to the Coulomb bubbles. Our results are consistent with the two-component picture for cuprates deducted earlier by Gorkov and Teitelbaum [2] from the analysis of the Hall effect data and ARPES spectra. The Coulomb clusters induce nanoscale superstructures observed in scanning tunneling microscope (STM) experiments [3] and are responsible for the pseudogap [4].

  3. Cavity phenomena in mesas of cuprate high- Tc superconductors under voltage bias

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    Hu, Xiao; Lin, Shizeng

    2009-08-01

    Modeling a single crystal of cuprate high- Tc superconductor, such as Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ , as a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions, we formulate explicitly the cavity phenomenon of plasma oscillations and electromagnetic (EM) waves in mesas of cylindrical and annular shapes. The phase differences of the junctions are governed by the inductively coupled sine-Gordon equations, with the Neumann-type boundary condition for sample thickness much smaller than the EM wavelength, which renders the superconductor single crystal a cavity. Biasing a dc voltage in the c direction, a state with ±π kinks in the superconductivity phase difference piled up alternatively along the c axis is stabilized. The ±π phase kinks provide interlock between superconductivity phases in adjacent junctions, taking the advantage of huge inductive couplings inherent in the cuprate superconductors, which establishes the coherence across the whole system of more than ˜600 junctions. They also permit a strong coupling between the lateral cavity mode of the transverse Josephson plasma and the c -axis bias, and enhance the plasma oscillation significantly at the cavity modes which radiates EM waves in the terahertz band when the lateral size of mesa is set to tens of micrometers. It is discussed that the cavity mode realized in a very recent experiment using a cylindrical mesa can be explained by the present theory. In order to overcome the heating effect, we propose to use annular geometry. The dependence of frequency on the radius ratio is analyzed, which reveals that the shape tailor is quite promising for improving the present technique of terahertz excitation. The annular geometry may be developed as a waveguide resonator, mimicking the fiber lasers for visible lights.

  4. Topological nature and the multiple Dirac cones hidden in Bismuth high-Tc superconductors.

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    Li, Gang; Yan, Binghai; Thomale, Ronny; Hanke, Werner

    2015-05-27

    Recent theoretical studies employing density-functional theory have predicted BaBiO3 (when doped with electrons) and YBiO3 to become a topological insulator (TI) with a large topological gap (~0.7 eV). This, together with the natural stability against surface oxidation, makes the Bismuth-Oxide family of special interest for possible applications in quantum information and spintronics. The central question, we study here, is whether the hole-doped Bismuth Oxides, i.e. Ba(1-x)K(x)BiO3 and BaPb(1-x)Bi(x)O3, which are "high-Tc" bulk superconducting near 30 K, additionally display in the further vicinity of their Fermi energy EF a topological gap with a Dirac-type of topological surface state. Our electronic structure calculations predict the K-doped family to emerge as a TI, with a topological gap above EF. Thus, these compounds can become superconductors with hole-doping and potential TIs with additional electron doping. Furthermore, we predict the Bismuth-Oxide family to contain an additional Dirac cone below EF for further hole doping, which manifests these systems to be candidates for both electron- and hole-doped topological insulators.

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

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    Jarlborg, Thomas

    2009-03-01

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

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

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    Budai, John D.; Christen, David K.; Goyal, Amit; He, Qing; Kroeger, Donald M.; Lee, Dominic F.; List, III, Frederick A.; Norton, David P.; Paranthaman, Mariappan; Sales, Brian C.; Specht, Eliot D.

    1999-01-01

    A superconducting article includes a biaxially-textured Ni substrate, and epitaxial buffer layers of Pd (optional), CeO.sub.2 and YSZ, and a top layer of in-plane aligned, c-axis oriented YBCO having a critical current density (J.sub.c) in the range of at least 100,000 A/cm.sup.2 at 77 K.

  7. Vortex Pinning in the High-Tc Superconductor YBa2Cu3O6+x

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    2009-09-24

    vortex pinning and dissipation in high-Tc superconductors with potential for DOD applications (e.g. for use in efficient filters for high-frequency...Final Performance Report 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 15-05-2005 to 31-12-2008 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Vortex Pinning in the High-Tc Superconductor ...optimized for the study of superconductors . The microscope was first used to study the vortex liquid state in the cuprate high-Tc superconductor

  8. Bosonization Theorem and a Model of High-Tc Superconductor.

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    Ren, Hai-Cang

    1996-03-01

    For a purely fermionic system on a lattice, there exists a different, but well defined system on the same lattice, consisting both of bona fide fermions and bosons with an interaction depending on a parameter G characterizing on-site repulsion between particles(R. Friedberg, T. D. Lee and H. C. Ren, Phys. Rev. B50, 10190 (1994).). The energy spectrum and the scattering matrix of the former are identical to those in the finite-energy sector of the latter in the hard-core limit, G→∞. This theorem is particularly useful for the description of a fermionic system whose low-lying spectrum consists of bosonic resonances. We argue that the high-Tc superconductors belong to this category and the long-range order in the superphase can be identified with the condensation of resonance bosons. A short coherence length, results from μSR experiments, measurements of the Hall number and the anomalous behavior of H_c2 near T=0 can be understood in terms of this resonance-boson model(R. Friedberg, T. D. Lee and H. C. Ren, Phys. Rev. B42, 4122 (1990).). We have also examined the possibility of a bosonic d-wave resonance(O.Tchernyshyov, A.S.Blaer and H.Ren, in the current Proceedings.). In this case, the bosonization theorem predicts coexistence of an s-wave bosonic condensate and a d-wave gap parameter for fermions.

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

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    Tanaka, Shoji

    2007-03-01

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

  10. High temperature interface superconductivity

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    Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2016-01-20

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

  11. High temperature interface superconductivity

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    Gozar, A.; Bozovic, I.

    2016-02-01

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

  12. Novel all-high Tc epitaxial Josephson junction

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    Chin, D. K.; van Duzer, T.

    1991-02-01

    Josephson junctions are essential components in high-temperature superconductive integrated circuits. YBaCuO/Nb-doped SrTiO3/YBaCuO epitaxial Josephson junctions have been designed, fabricated, and tested. The YBaCuO and Nb-doped SrTiO3 films were deposited by off-axis sputtering. Both dc and ac Josephson effects have been observed and the supercurrent persists up to 80 K. The critical current density is an exponential function of the barrier layer thickness. The product of critical current and normal resistance is between one and three millivolts. A superconducting quantum interference device made of the junctions displays magnetic field modulation of critical current.

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

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    Riggs, Scott Chandler

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

  14. Transport properties of stripe-ordered high Tc cuprates

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    Jie, Qing; Han, Su Jung; Dimitrov, Ivo; Tranquada, J. M.; Li, Qiang

    2012-11-01

    Transport measurements provide important characterizations of the nature of stripe order in the cuprates. Initial studies of systems such as La1.6-xNd0.4SrxCuO4 demonstrated the strong anisotropy between in-plane and c-axis resistivities, but also suggested that stripe order results in a tendency towards insulating behavior within the planes at low temperature. More recent work on La2-xBaxCuO4 with x = 1/8 has revealed the occurrence of quasi-two-dimensional superconductivity that onsets with spin-stripe order. The suppression of three-dimensional superconductivity indicates a frustration of the interlayer Josephson coupling, motivating a proposal that superconductivity and stripe order are intertwined in a pair-density-wave state. Complementary characterizations of the low-energy states near the Fermi level are provided by measurements of the Hall and Nernst effects, each revealing intriguing signatures of stripe correlations and ordering. We review and discuss this work.

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

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

    1998-11-01

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

  16. Genuine Phase Diagram of Homogeneously Doped CuO2 Plane in High-Tc Cuprate Superconductors

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    Mukuda, Hidekazu; Yamaguchi, Yuhei; Shimizu, Sunao; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Shirage, Parasharam; Iyo, Akira

    2008-12-01

    We report a genuine phase diagram for a disorder-free CuO2 plane based on the precise evaluation of the local hole density (Nh) by site-selective Cu-NMR studies on five-layered high-Tc cuprates. It has been unraveled that (1) the antiferromagnetic metallic state (AFMM) is robust up to Nh≈ 0.17, (2) the uniformly mixed phase of superconductivity (SC) and AFMM is realized at Nh≤ 0.17, (3) the tetracritical point for the AFMM/(AFMM+SC)/SC/PM (paramagnetism) phases may be present at Nh≈ 0.15 and T≈ 75 K, (4) Tc is maximum close to a quantum critical point (QCP) at which the AFM order collapses, suggesting the intimate relationship between the high-Tc SC and the AFM order. The results presented here strongly suggest that the AFM interaction plays the vital role as the glue for the Cooper pairs, which will lead us to a genuine understanding of why the Tc of cuprate superconductors is so high.

  17. Fermi surface reconstruction in high-Tc superconductors

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    Taillefer, Louis

    2009-03-01

    The recent observation of quantum oscillations in underdoped high-Tc superconductors (1), combined with their negative Hall coefficient at low temperature (2), reveals that the Fermi surface of hole-doped cuprates includes a small electron pocket. This strongly suggests that the large hole Fermi surface characteristic of the overdoped regime undergoes a reconstruction caused by the onset of some order which breaks translational symmetry. Here we consider the possibility that this order is ``stripe'' order, a form of combined charge / spin modulation observed most clearly in materials like Eu- doped and Nd-doped LSCO. In these materials, the onset of stripe order coincides with major changes in transport properties (3), providing strong evidence that stripe order is indeed the cause of Fermi-surface reconstruction. We identify the critical doping where this reconstruction occurs and show that the temperature dependence of transport coefficients at that doping is typical of metals at a quantum critical point (4). We discuss an interpretation of the pseudogap as a fluctuating precursor of the stripe-ordered phase.This work was performed in collaboration with L. Balicas, D.A. Bonn, J. Chang, O. Cyr-Choinière, R. Daou, N. Doiron- Leyraud, W.N. Hardy, N.E. Hussey, F. Lalibert'e, D. LeBoeuf, S.Y. Li, R. Liang, C. Proust, H. Takagi, and J.S. Zhou.(1) N. Doiron-Leyraud et al., Nature 447, 565 (2007).(2) D. LeBoeuf et al., Nature 450, 533 (2007).(3) R. Daou et al., Nature Physics, in press (DOI 10.1038/nphys1109); http://arXiv.org/abs/0806.2881.(4) R. Daou et al., to be published; http://arXiv.org/abs/0810.4280.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of high-Tc superconductors in the Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O system

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Farrell, D. E.

    1989-01-01

    Both Tl2Ca2Ba2Cu3O10 and TlCa3BaCu3O8.5 are investigated for superconductivity as a function of the sintering temperature, time, atmosphere, and quench rate in an effort to synthesize the high-Tc superconducting phase in the thallium system. The samples are characterized by electrical resistivity measurements, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. Samples of starting composition Tl2Ca2Ba2Cu3O10 fired in air at 860-900 C and rapidly quenched show a Tc of 96-107 K. In contrast, specimens of starting composition TlCa3BaCu3O8.5 when baked at 900 C and slowly cooled in oxygen superconduct at 116 K and above and consist of Tl2Ca2Ba2Cu3O(10+x) as the dominant phase. The results also show that, in contrast to the case of YBa2Cu3O(7-x), doping with a small concentration of fluorine sharpens the resistive transition and produces a large Tc increase in thallium-based superconductors.

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  20. Fermi-liquid-based theory for the in-plane magnetic anisotropy in untwinned high-Tc superconductors.

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    Eremin, I; Manske, D

    2005-02-18

    Using a generalized RPA-type theory we calculate the in-plane anisotropy of the magnetic excitations in hole-doped high-Tc superconductors. Extending our earlier Fermi-liquid-based studies on the resonance peak by inclusion of orthorhombicity we still find two-dimensional spin excitations, however, being strongly anisotropic. This reflects the underlying anisotropy of the hopping matrix elements and of the resultant superconducting gap function. We compare our calculations with new experimental data on fully untwinned YBa2Cu3O6.85 and find good agreement. Our results are in contrast to earlier interpretations on the in-plane anisotropy in terms of stripes [H. Mook, Nature (London) 404, 729 (2000)], but reveal a conventional solution to this important problem.

  1. Josephson-junction single plaquette as a model for the high-Tc grain-boundary junctions

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    Kim, Jinhee; Shin, Hyun Joon; Lee, Hu Jong

    1994-03-01

    We have calculated the widths of the integer and half-integer voltage steps in a square Josephson-junction single plaquette as a function of ac level for various filling factors f. The characteristic features of the step widths, corresponding to n=0, 1/2, and 1, show clear differences between small and large values of f, and are in reasonable agreement with the results observed experimentally in high-Tc single grain-boundary junctions. When the inhomogeneity in the critical current of the junctions parallel and perpendicular to the external current is introduced to the model the equations of motion for a single plaquette become equivalent to those of a dc superconducting quantum interference device in the limit of small loop inductance.

  2. Heat treatment of wires on the basis of the high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3Ox

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    Müller, P.; Schubert, M.; Rodig, Ch.; Fuchs, G.; Fischer, K.

    1989-08-01

    Ag-sheathed powder-in-tube wires on the basis of the high Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3Ox are produced by a drawing process. After cold working, the wires are not superconducting. By heat treatment at temperatures >900 °C, lattice defects are healed and the contact between the grains is improved. After this heat treatment the wires are slowly cooled in an O2 atmosphere in order to adjust the optimum O2 stoichiometry. The annealing temperature has a strong influence on the attainable critical current density. By annealing a wire with 420 ppm carbon content at 950 °C, jc values of 5020 A/cm2 at 4.2 K and 1130 A/cm2 at 77 K were achieved. Drastically reduced critical current densities in wires with high carbon content demonstrate the importance of a low carbon content for achieving high critical current densities in YBa2Cu3Ox .

  3. Temperature dependence of a high-Tc single-flux-quantum logic gate up to 50 K

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    Saitoh, Kazuo; Utagawa, Tadashi; Enomoto, Youichi

    1998-05-01

    Basic characteristics of a simple single-flux-quantum (SFQ) logic gate using high-Tc material and Josephson junction (NdBa2Cu3O7-δ and focused ion beam junction) have been investigated. The logic gate consists of an rf-superconducting quantum interference device (rf-SQUID) and a dc-SQUID. In the logic gate, elementary SFQ logic operations, such as generating SFQ (dc/SFQ) and providing simultaneous readout (SFQ/dc), have been confirmed up to 50 K. The temperature dependencies of the output voltage level and the critical current-normal resistance (IcRn) product were compared, and the decreasing tendency of the output voltage level for increasing temperature was found to be more rapid than that of the IcRn product.

  4. Fabrication and voltage divider operation of a T flip-flop using high-Tc interface-engineered Josephson junctions

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    Kim, Jun Ho; Hyeob Kim, Sang; Sung, Gun Yong

    2002-09-01

    We designed and fabricated a rapid-single-flux-quantum T flip-flop (TFF) with high-Tc interface-engineered Josephson junctions. Y1Ba2Cu3O7-d and Sr2AlTaO6 were deposited for the superconducting layer and the insulating layer, respectively. The Josephson junction was formed through an interface treatment process using Ar ion milling and vacuum annealing. We simulated a TFF circuit and designed a physical layout using WRspice and Xic. The fabricated TFF has a minimum junction width of 3 μm. Through the measurement of the voltage divider operation, the maximum operation frequency was estimated to be 53 GHz at 22 K and 106 GHz at 12 K.

  5. Ceramic superconducting components

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    Haertling, G. H.

    1991-01-01

    An approach to the application of high-Tc ceramic superconductors to practical circuit elements was developed and demonstrated. This method, known as the rigid conductor process (RCP), involves the mounting of a preformed, sintered, and tested superconductor material onto an appropriate, rigid substrate with an epoxy adhesive which also serves to encapsulate the element from the ambient environment. Circuit elements such as straight conductors, coils and connectors were fabricated from YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconducting material. Performance results are included for a low-noise low-thermal-conductivity superconducting grounding link for NASA.

  6. Ceramic superconducting components

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    Haertling, G. H.

    1991-01-01

    An approach to the application of high-Tc ceramic superconductors to practical circuit elements was developed and demonstrated. This method, known as the rigid conductor process (RCP), involves the mounting of a preformed, sintered, and tested superconductor material onto an appropriate, rigid substrate with an epoxy adhesive which also serves to encapsulate the element from the ambient environment. Circuit elements such as straight conductors, coils and connectors were fabricated from YBa2Cu3O(7-x) superconducting material. Performance results are included for a low-noise low-thermal-conductivity superconducting grounding link for NASA.

  7. Anomalous Magnetoresistance in the Lanthanide Manganites and Its Relation to High-Tc Superconductivity.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1996-05-01

    Figure No. 17 Conductivity 0 data as a function of temperature , showing the influence on the activation energies from rare - earth (RE) ion exchange...and 10. The influence of magnetic exchange on the Cu2+(3+) conductivity in the presence of rare - earth ions occupying the A sublattice is shown...electrical resisivity p data of the lanthanide ( rare - earth —RE) manganites (RE3+,_XA 2*X) Mn03 as functions of temperature and external magnetic field

  8. Chemistry and High Tc Superconductivity in the La-Ba-Cu-O System

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-07-15

    11.62(0) 78.4 340 1.0 3.868(1) 11.62(1) 80.5 The lattice parameters decrease uniformly with increasing x in LaBa2., CaCu 3 0 7 6 , relative to "pure" La...to 80 K as the calcium content increases. Fig. 9 illustrates the temperature dependence of the resistivity of the LaBa 2 _, CaCu 30 7 6 samples. In La

  9. Fabrication and Microwave Properties of Asymmetric Dual-band High-Tc Superconducting Filter

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    Wang, Li-Min; Lin, Shyue-Han; Chang, Ying-Shyuan; Liu, Jer-Wei

    An asymmetric dual-band band-pass filter (DBPF) is proposed for the applications of IEEE 802.11b/g (2.4 GHz ∼ 2.48 GHz) on the multimode wireless local area networks (WLAN). The high temperature superconducing (HTS) filter was fabricated by pattering YBa2Cu3Oy (YBCO) films double-sided deposited on 20 × 20 mm2 LaAlO3 substrates with an RF sputtering technique and by putting them in copper housings. The simulation results show the asymmetric dual-band feature of two passbands at 2.45 and 2.48 GHz, each with a minimum in-band insertion loss of about 0.3 dB and bandwidths of 20 and 23 MHz, respectively. The realized HTS DBPF shows two passbands at 2.47 and 2.49 GHz with maximum insertion losses of 1.75 and 3.17 dB at 77 K, respectively. The measured results show a good HTS DBPF performance. Moreover, the temperature-dependent frequency responses can be well described by the modified two-fluid model based formulas, indicating that the frequency shift in HTS DBPFs is dominated by the temperature dependence of the magnetic penetration depth.

  10. Passive magnetic field cancellation device by multiple high-Tc superconducting coils

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    Gu, C.; Zou, S.; Han, Z.; Qu, T.-M.

    2010-04-01

    A passive magnetic field cancellation device (PMFCD) is designed. The PMFCD could automatically cancel the field as an active cancellation system did; however it requires no power sources and feedback systems. The capability of the PMFCD is based on the principle that a closed loop can resist flux variation and keep the flux constant inside. The closed loop in the PMFCD is formed by connecting two pairs of high temperature superconductor Helmholtz coils with different radii in series. More important thing is that the ratio of the radius and the turn number between the coils has to satisfy a number of conditions, with which 100% cancellation can be reached. Theoretical methods to obtain the turn number ratio and radius ratio are the major part of the paper. Numerical simulation was followed, aiming to evaluate field distribution under a cancellation state and correct the theoretical values.

  11. Low-loss, high-speed, high-{Tc} superconducting bearings

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    Hull, J.R.; Mulcahy, T.M.; Uherka, K.L.

    1997-06-24

    A flywheel energy storage device is disclosed including an iron structure disposed for rotation adjacent a stationary superconductor material structure and a stationary permanent magnet. The stationary permanent magnet levitates the iron structure while the superconductor structure can stabilize the rotating iron structure. 15 figs.

  12. Low-loss, high-speed, high-{Tc} superconducting bearings

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    Hull, J.R.; Mulcahy, T.M.; Uherka, K.L.

    1996-07-30

    A flywheel energy storage device is disclosed including an iron structure disposed for rotation adjacent a stationary superconductor material structure and a stationary permanent magnet. The stationary permanent magnet levitates the iron structure while the superconductor structure can stabilize and levitate the rotating iron structure. 15 figs.

  13. Correlation between the superconducting transition temperature and crystal structure of high- Tc cuprate compounds

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    de Leeuw, D. M.; Groen, W. A.; Feiner, L. F.; Havinga, E. E.

    1990-03-01

    For the various p-type cuprate superconductors we have calculated the formal valence for the copper and the oxygen ions in the central CuO 2 planes from bond lengths according to Zachariasen rules. It is shown that in all structures these values correlate remarkably well with the maximum critical temperature. The correlation found shows that Tc, max increases the more the holes in the CuO 2 planes prefer the oxygen sites over the copper sites. In a correlated electron picture this implies a higher value for U - Δ + {W}/{2}.

  14. Preparation of YBa2Cu3O7 High Tc Superconducting Coatings by Plasma Spraying

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    Danroc, J.; Lacombe, J.

    The following sections are included: * INTRODUCTION * THE COMPOUND YBa2Cu3O7-δ * Structure * Critical temperature * Critical current density * Phase equilibria in the YBaCuO system * PREPARATION OF YBa2Cu3O7 COATINGS * General organisation of the preparation process * The powder * Hot plasma spraying of YBa2Cu3O7 * The post-spraying thermal treatment * CHARACTERISTICS OF THE YBa2Cu3O7-δ COATINGS * Chemical composition * Crystalline structure * Morphology of the coatings * Electrical and magnetic characteristics * Conclusion * REFERENCES

  15. Direct angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy and superconductivity of strained high-Tc films

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    Pavuna, Davor; Ariosa, Daniel; Cloetta, Dominique; Cancellieri, Claudia; Abrecht, Mike

    2008-02-01

    Since 1997 we systematically perform direct angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on in-situ grown thin (<30 nm) cuprate films. Specifically, we probe low-energy electronic structure and properties of high-T_{c} superconductors (HTSC) under different degrees of epitaxial ({compressive vs. tensile}) strain. In overdoped and underdoped in-plane compressed (the strain is induced by the choice of substrate) ≈15 nm thin La_{2-x}Sr_{x}CuO_{4} (LSCO) films we almost double T_{c} to 40 K, from 20 K and 24 K, respectively. Yet the Fermi surface (FS) remains essentially two-dimensional. In contrast, ARPES data under {tensile} strain exhibit the dispersion that is three-dimensional, yet T_{c} drastically decreases. It seems that the in-plane compressive strain tends to push the apical oxygen far away from the CuO_{2} plane, enhances the two-dimensional character of the dispersion and increases T_{c}, while the tensile strain acts in the opposite direction and the resulting dispersion is three-dimensional. We have established the shape of the FS for both cases, and all our data are consistent with other ongoing studies, like EXAFS. As the actual lattice of cuprates is like a `Napoleon-cake', i.e. rigid CuO_{2 } planes alternating with softer `reservoir', that distort differently under strain, our data rule out all oversimplified two-dimensional (rigid lattice) mean field models. The work is still in progress on optimized La-doped Bi-2201 films with enhanced T_{c}.

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

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

    1996-01-01

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

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

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

    1996-01-01

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

  18. A novel first-principles approach to effective Hamiltonians for high Tc superconducting cuprates

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    Yin, W.-G.; Ku, W.

    2008-03-01

    We report our recent progress of deriving the low-energy effective one-band Hamiltonians for the prototypical cuprate superconductor Ca2CuO2Cl2, based on a newly developed first-principles Wannier-states approach that takes into account large on-site Coulomb repulsion. The apical atom pz state is found to affect the general properties of the low-energy hole state, namely the Zhang-Rice singlet, via additional intra-sublattice hoppings, nearest-neighbor 'super-repulsion,' and other microscopic many-body processes.

  19. New approach for fabricating submicron scale intrinsic Josephson junctions using high- Tc superconducting materials

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    Kim, S.-J.; Latyshev, Yu. I.; Yamashita, T.; Kishida, S.

    2001-09-01

    We report successful fabrication of submicron size intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) using c-axis YBCO thin films of 800 nm thickness and Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ d (Bi-2212) single crystal whiskers. The stacks of IJJs were fabricated by 3D focused-ion-beam etching method. First a microbridge was patterned in a required junction area by the normal direction etching. By tilting of the sample stage up to 90°, two grooves on the bridge were etched from lateral direction in accordance to the required junction size. The 57-K-YBCO junctions did not show any degradation of critical current density ( Jc) down to in-plane area of 0.5 μm 2 and show the current-voltage ( I- V) characteristics of the collective switching transition from the zero voltage state to the resistive state. For Bi-2212 stacks smaller than 1 μm 2, we identified some features of the charging effects on the I- V characteristics.

  20. Citrate sol-gel route to high Tc superconducting YBaCuO fiber

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    Choy, Jin-Ho; Yoo, Jong-Seok; Park, Jung-Chul; Kang, Seong-Gu; Kim, Whan; Kang, Sang-Gu

    1991-12-01

    Drawing of the citrate gel fiber (diameter: 0.1∼2mm, length: ∞) was carried out within the pH range of 4.7∼6.1, which was theoretically estimated by considering the formation of ammine complexes in the solution. Single phase of YBa 2Cu 3O 7-δ(Tc off-set ≅ 85K) could only be obtained if the gel fiber was treated at 900°C, but the special care should be made because of the significant weight loss at 200°C and 300°C due to the decomposition of nitrates and organic constituents. Therefore, the heating rate should be lower than 1°C/min in these temperature range. From the SEM data, it was found that the fiber consisted of polycrystalline with very round graines(ø ∼ 1μm). The chemical composition was estimated as Y:Ba:Cu=1:2:3 by EPMA and the ratio of trivalent to divalent copper and the oxygen deficiency were determined as YBa 2Cu 3+0.62Cu 2+2.38O 6.81 by the redox titration.

  1. TlCaBaCuO high Tc superconducting microstrip ring resonators designed for 12 GHz

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

    1993-01-01

    Microwave properties of sputtered Tl-Ca-Ba-Cu-O thin films were investigated by designing, fabricating, and testing microstrip ring resonators. Ring resonators designed for 12 GHz fundamental resonance frequency, were fabricated and tested. From the unloaded Q values for the resonators, the surface resistance was calculated by separating the conductor losses from the total losses. The penetration depth was obtained from the temperature dependence of resonance frequency, assuming that the shift in resonance frequency is mainly due to the temperature dependence of penetration depth. The effective surface resistance at 12 GHz and 77 K was determined to be between 1.5 and 2.75 mOmega, almost an order lower than Cu at the same temperature and frequency. The effective penetration depth at 0 K is approximately 7000 A.

  2. High-Tc superconductivity: The t-J-V model and its applications

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    Roy, K.; Pal, P.; Nath, S.; Ghosh, N. K.

    2017-05-01

    We present numerical results of the t-J-V model in an 8-site tilted square cluster using exact diagonalization (ED) method with periodic boundary conditions. Effective hopping amplitude initially increases with inter-site Coulomb repulsion (V), but decreases at larger V's. The hole-hole correlation decreases with inter-site distances at smaller V. With the increase of Coulomb repulsion, the system becomes ordered. The specific heat curves confirm the non-Fermi liquid behavior of the system under t-J-V model.

  3. Magnetic and thermal properties of high Tc superconductors

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    Lee, Wonchoon.

    1990-09-21

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

  4. Vortex fluctuation measurements in high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Flament, S.; Sing, M. Lam Chok; Warsito, W.; Ridereau, X.; Gunther, C.; Méchin, L.; Bloyet, D.; Abell, S.

    2004-05-01

    The correlation of the outputs of two dc-SQUIDs connected to the same solid washer was studied. A dedicated electronic system was used in order to operate both SQUIDs at the same time. It was found that the temporal correlation of the SQUID outputs is strongly dependent on the geometry of the SQUID loop. For a solid washer, the flux noise is mainly due to vortices located close to the SQUIDs. However, by surrounding the SQUID loop with a hole patterned in the superconducting solid washer, it is possible to drastically reduce the flux penetration around the loop. The resulting flux noise becomes dominated by vortices located inside the washer far from the SQUIDs. Magneto-optical images were also used to visualize the flux penetration inside the washer around the slit of such SQUIDs. These confirm previous descriptions of vortex penetration deduced from the electrical measurements.

  5. Activation of high- Tc superconductors with neutron irradiation

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    Nakano, Makito; Ogikubo, Kouji; Terai, Takayuki; Yamawaki, Michio; Hoshiya, Taiji

    2002-10-01

    Activation due to nuclear transmutation is a very important factor for feasibility evaluation on the improvement of superconducting property by neutron irradiation. In this paper, the activation of Bi 2Sr 2CaCu 2O 8+ x (Bi-2212) superconductor was evaluated by the activation analysis and calculation using ORIGEN-JR computer code. The activation analysis was carried out to determine the composition and impurity concentrations of the specimen. Then, based on the data about impurities, the contribution of the impurities and the decay of radioactivity after irradiation were calculated. Main elements for activation were Sr as a component of Bi-2212, and Co, Zn and Fe as impurities. Activation caused by the impurities occupied 40% 1 year after irradiation. When thermal neutron flux was reduced by 80% using a Cd filter, the total activation was reduced to about 30%.

  6. Performance of a polarised neutron cryo-flipper using a high TcYBCO film

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

    2013-09-01

    It is well-known that the Meissner effect in superconducting materials can be used to provide a well-defined, non-adiabatic, magnetic-field transition. This can be utilised to produce a highly efficient neutron spin flipper that is suitable for use with neutrons of multiple wavelengths. Devices of this type using superconducting niobium have been deployed on neutron diffractometers for several decades but have required liquid helium to maintain the correct temperature. The use of high Tc materials, which removes the need for cryogens and simplifies the device, was first explored by Fitzsimmons et al. in [1]. In this communication, we describe a π flipper which uses commercially available films consisting of a 350-nm-thick YBCO film capped with 100 nm of gold on a 78×100×0.5 mm sapphire substrate. We discuss the design and performance of this device. The apparatus is compact (≈200 mm in length along the neutron beam), consisting of an oxygen-free high-conductivity copper frame, which holds the YBCO film and is mounted to the cold finger of a closed-cycle He refrigerator. The part of the vacuum chamber, where the YBCO film is located, is 5 cm wide, which allows us to minimise the distance from the film to the magnetic guide fields. Negligible small angle neutron scattering is observed from the flipper and its transmission is measured to be greater than 98.5% over a wide band of neutron wavelengths. In this design, the maximum neutron beam size that can be used is 42×42 mm2 and we can easily switch from a vertical to a horizontal guide field (both perpendicular to the neutron beam) on either side of the YBCO film. Data are reported for neutron wavelengths between 4 and 8.5 Å and flipping efficiencies under a variety of conditions are discussed. Under optimum conditions an efficiency of 99.5±0.3% was achieved for 4-8 Å neutrons on a pulsed source and 99.4±0.5% was achieved at a monochromatic source using a neutron wavelength of 4.2 Å.

  7. Superconductivity and Applications - Proceedings of the Taiwan International Symposium on Superconductivity

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    Ku, H. C.; Wu, P. T.; Lee, W. H.; Liu, R. S.

    1989-11-01

    The Table of Contents for the full book PDF is as follows: * Preface * Microstructural and Electron-Structural Anomalies, and High Temperature Superconductivity * Substitutional Chemistry and the Metal-Insulator Transition in Cuprates and Bismuthates * Processing of High Tc Superconductor/Metal-Oxide Composites * Electron Microscope Characterisation of the Structure of High-Tc Superconductors * Mechanism of Broadened Superconducting Transition in Oxides * Magnetic, Microstructure, and High-Field Studies of Superconducting 123-AgO Composites * Superconductivity Enhancement and Pairing Strength in the (Tl, Pb, Bi)m(Sr, Ba)2CuOm+4(m = 1,2) Systems * Bulk Superconductivity in a New Family of Tl-containing Septenary Oxides * Several Suggested Mechanisms for High-Temperature Superconductivity * Calculation of Isotope Effects in High Tc Superconductivity * The Evidences of Unconventional Pairing in Heavy Fermion Superconductors and High Tc Superconductors * Superconductive Energy Storage (SMES) for Electrical Utility Use * Energy Storage Study for Power System Stabilisation * Spin Fluctuation Near Zero and High Field for Pure and Impure High Tc Superconductors * Magnetisation Study of the Unconventional Type II Superconductor (Gd0.2Ca0.8)Sr2(Tl0.5Pb0.5)Cu2Oy * Superconductivity and High Temperature Resistivity of High-Tc Oxide Compounds * Superconducting and Normal State Properties of BiSrCaCuO with Ag and Pb Doping * Effects of Substitution of Fe, Zn and A1 for Cu in Bi2Ca1Sr2Cu2Oy * Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Y1-xCdxBa2Cu3O7-δ and Gd1-xBa2Cu3O7-δ * YBaCuO Thin Films: Epitaxial Growth, Properties and the Influence of Ion Irradiation * Epitaxial Growth of High-Tc Superconducting Films by Liquid Phase Epitaxy Method * Superconducting Thin Films in Tl-Ba-Ca-Cu-O System * The Kinetics of Solid State Formation of the YBa2Cu3O6.5+x Phase * Phase Relations of Equilibrium Compounds in the Bi-Ca-Sr-Cu-O System * Preparation of Tl2CaBa2Cu2O8 by a Low-Temperature Solid

  8. Analysis of Magnetic Critical Fields in Iron-Based SmFeAsO0.85 HIGH-Tc Superconductor

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    Ahmad, Dawood; Song, Tae Kwon; Park, In Suk; Kim, G. C.; Ren, Zhi-An; Kim, Y. C.

    The magnetic properties of the newly discovered iron-oxypnictide SmFeAsO0.85 high-Tc superconductor with a Tc of around 55 K were investigated. Bulk SmFeAsO0.85 was prepared by a method for high-pressure synthesis. The lower critical field Hc1 was estimated from the magnetization at low fields; Hc1(0) was measured to be 212 Oe. A linear temperature dependence instead of saturation at low temperatures in Hc1(T) revealed unconventional superconductivity with a nodal gap structure in our SmFeAsO0.85 superconductor. The results showed that the well-known secondary peak in the temperature dependence of the critical current density Jc is absent in the SmFeAsO0.85 high-Tc superconductor. The irreversibility line Birr was fitted well by the power law dependence (1 - T/Tc)n with n ~ 1.5. This is indicative of the flux creep phenomena in the SmFeAsO0.85 high-Tc superconductor. In addition, within the range of measurement temperatures in this study, no crossover was observed in the temperature dependence of the irreversibility line Birr which may be due to low anisotropy in our SmFeAsO0.85 superconductor.

  9. A limit on spin-charge separation in high-Tc superconductors from the absence of a vortex-memory effect.

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    Bonn, D A; Wynn, J C; Gardner, B W; Lin, Y J; Liang, R; Hardy, W N; Kirtley, J R; Moler, K A

    There is a long-standing debate about whether spin-charge separation is the root cause of the peculiar normal-state properties and high superconducting transition temperatures of the high-Tc materials. In the proposed state of matter, the elementary excitations are not electron-like, as in conventional metals, but rather the electron 'fractionalizes' to give excitations that are chargeless spin-1/2 fermions (spinons) and charge +e bosons (chargons). Although spin-charge separation has been well established in one dimension, the theoretical situation for two dimensions is controversial and experimental evidence for it in the high-Tc materials is indirect. A model with sharp experimental tests for a particular type of separation in two dimensions has recently been proposed. Here we report the results of those experimental tests, placing a conservative upper limit of 190 K on the energy of the proposed topological defects known as visons. There is still debate about the extent to which this experiment can settle the issue of spin-charge separation in the high-Tc copper oxides, because some forms of the separation are able to avoid the need for visons. But at least one class of theories that all predict a vortex-memory effect now are unlikely models for the copper oxides.

  10. Dipolar clusters and ferroelectricity in high Tc superconductors

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    Kusmartsev, F. V.; Saarela, M.

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, we show that doping of hole charge carriers induces formation of resonance plaquettes (RPs) having electric dipolar moments and fluctuating stripes in cuprates. A single RP is created by many-body interactions between the dopant ion or a charge fluctuation outside and holes inside the CuO plane. In such a process, Coulomb interacting holes in the CuO plane are self-organized into four-particles resonance valence bond plaquettes bound with dopants or polarons located in the spacer layer between CuO planes. Such RPs have ordered and disordered phases. They are ordered into charge density waves (CDW) or stripes only at certain conditions. The lowest energy of the ordered phase corresponds to a local antiferroelectric ordering. The RPs mobility is very low at low temperatures and they are bound into dipole-dipole pairs. Electromagnetic radiation interacts strongly with RPs electric dipoles and when the sample is subjected to it, the mobility changes significantly. This leads to a fractal growth of dipolar RP clusters. The existence of electric dipoles and CDW reveal a series of new phenomena such as ferroelectricity, strong light and microwave absorption and the field induced superconductivity.

  11. Measurement of repulsive force of high Tc materials due to Meissner effect and its two dimensional distribution

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    Ishigaki, H.; Itoh, M.; Hida, A.; Endo, H.; Oya, T.

    1991-03-01

    As a basic study for magnetic bearings using high-Tc superconductors, evaluations of the materials were conducted. These evaluations included measurements of the repulsive force and lateral restoring force of various kinds of YBCO pellets. Pure air, which was supplied in the process of fabrication, and the presence of Ag in YBCO showed evidence of the effects of increasing the repulsive force. The lateral restoring force which was observed in the lateral displacement of a levitated permanent magnet over YBCO pellets was also affected by pure air and the presence of Ag. A new measuring instrument for magnetic fields was developed by using a highly sensitive force sensor. Because this instrument has the capability of measuring the repulsive force due to the Meissner effect, it was used for evaluating the two-dimensional distribution of superconducting properties. Results show that the pellets had nonuniform superconducting properties. The two-dimensional distribution of residual flux density on the pellets which had been cooled in a magnetic field (field cooling) was also observed by means of the instrument. The mechanism for generating lateral force is discussed in relation to the distribution.

  12. Applications of high-Tc superconductors in optoelectronics

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    Sobolewski, Roman

    1991-10-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has opened new opportunities for applications of superconductors in optoelectronics. The HTS perovskites represent a new class of solid-state materials, exhibiting many very interesting and potentially useful electronic, optical, and electro-optical properties. They also operate in the 30-80 K temperature range, where refrigeration is cheap and the parameters of semiconducting devices are optimal. A review of the substrate materials and deposition techniques suitable for fabrication of high- quality epitaxial HTS films for electronic and optoelectronic applications is given. Laser processing techniques of HTS films are presented, with a special emphasis put on the laser writing method, which enable definition of superconducting and nonsuperconducting regions in the same epitaxial HTS film. Two possible approaches for the development of a complete optoelectronic system with the elements based on the HTS films and operational at liquid- nitrogen temperatures are presented. The first approach consists of manufacturing the devices made of conventional electro-optic materials and containing HTS transmission lines and electrodes. Design and properties of ultrafast HTS interconnects are discussed, and a new concept of the Mach-Zehnder-type YBa2Cu3O7-y-on-LiNbO3 optical modulator is introduced. The second, more futuristic approach, is to exploit contrasting properties of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich HTS phases to fabricate novel monolithic devices. Recent experiments are discussed which reveal intriguing optical properties of HTS films, and are most relevant for the development of all-HTS optoelectronics devices. Several practical devices, such as high-frequency modulators, ultrafast-pulse generators, and sensitive photodetectors are presented.

  13. Applications of high-Tc superconductors in optoelectronics

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    Sobolewski, Roman

    1991-10-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has opened new opportunities for applications of superconductors in optoelectronics. The HTS perovskites represent a new class of solid-state materials exhibiting many very interesting and potentially useful electronic, optical, and electro-optical properties. They also operate in the 30-80 K temperature range, where refrigeration is cheap and the parameters of semiconducting devices are optimal. A review of the substrate materials and deposition techniques suitable for fabrication of high- quality epitaxial HTS films for electronic and optoelectronic applications is given. Laser processing techniques of HTS films are presented, with a special emphasis on the laser-writing method, which enables definition of superconducting and nonsuperconducting regions in the same epitaxial HTS film. Two possible approaches for the development of a complete optoelectronic system with the elements based on the HTS films and operational at liquid- nitrogen temperatures are presented. The first approach consists of manufacturing the devices made of conventional electro-optic materials and containing HTS transmission lines and electrodes. Design and properties of ultrafast HTS interconnects are discussed, and a new concept of the Mach-Zehnder-type YBa2Cu3O7-y-on-LiNbO3optical modulator is introduced. The second, more futuristic, approach is to exploit contrasting properties of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich HTS phases to fabricate novel, monolithic devices. Recent experiments are discussed which reveal intriguing optical properties of HTS films and are most relevant for the development of all-HTS optoelectronic devices. Several practical devices, such as high-frequency modulators, ultrafast-pulse generators, and sensitive photodetectors, are presented.

  14. Applications of high-Tc superconductors in optoelectronics

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    Sobolewski, Roman

    1991-09-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has opened new opportunities for applications of superconductors in optoelectronics. The HTS perovskites represent a new class of solid-state materials, exhibiting many very interesting and potentially useful electronic, optical, and electro-optical properties. They also operate in the 30-80 K temperature range, where refrigeration is cheap and the parameters of semiconducting devices are optimal. A review of the substrate materials and deposition techniques suitable for fabrication of high- quality epitaxial HTS films for electronic and optoelectronic applications is given. Laser processing techniques of HTS films are presented, with a special emphasis put on the laser writing method, which enables definition of superconducting and nonsuperconducting regions in the same, epitaxial HTS film. Two possible approaches for the development of a complete optoelectronic system with the elements based on the HTS films and operational at liquid- nitrogen temperatures are presented. The first approach consists of manufacturing the devices made of conventional electro-optic materials and containing HTS transmission lines and electrodes. Design and properties of ultrafast HTS interconnects are discussed, and a new concept of the Mach-Zehnder-type YBa2Cu3O7-y-on-LiNbO3 optical modulator is introduced. The second, more futuristic approach, is to exploit contrasting properties of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich HTS phases to fabricate novel, monolithic devices. Recent experiments are discussed, which reveal intriguing optical properties of HTS films, and are most relevant for the development of all-HTS optoelectronic devices. Several practical devices, such as high-frequency modulators, ultrafast-pulse generators, and sensitive photodetectors will be presented.

  15. Applications of high-Tc superconductors in optoelectronics

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    Sobolewski, Roman

    1991-09-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has opened new opportunities for applications of superconductors in optoelectronics. The HTS perovskites represent a new class of solid-state materials, exhibiting many very interesting and potentially useful electronic, optical, and electro-optical properties. They also operate in the 30-80 K temperature range, where refrigeration is cheap and the parameters of semiconducting devices are optimal. A review of the substrate materials and deposition techniques suitable for fabrication of high- quality epitaxial HTS films for electronic and optoelectronic applications are given. Laser processing techniques of HTS films are presented, with a special emphasis put on the laser writing method. These techniques make it possible to define superconducting and nonsuperconducting regions in the same, epitaxial HTS film. Two possible approaches are presented for the development of a complete optoelectronic system with the elements based on the HTS films and operational at liquid-nitrogen temperatures. The first approach consists of manufacturing the devices made of conventional electro-optic materials and containing HTS transmission lines and electrodes. Design and properties of ultrafast HTS interconnects are discussed, and a new concept of the Mach-Zehnder-type YBa2Cu3O7-y- on-LiNbO3 optical modulator is introduced. The second, more futuristic approach, is to exploit contrasting properties of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich HTs phases to fabricate novel, monolithic devices. We discuss recent experiments, which reveal intriguing optical properties of HTS films, and are most relevant for the development of all-HTS optoelectronic devices. Several practical devices, such as high-frequency modulators, ultrafast-pulse generators, and sensitive photodetectors are presented.

  16. Applications of high-Tc superconductors in optoelectronics

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    Sobolewski, Roman

    1991-08-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has opened new opportunities for applications of superconductors in optoelectronics. The HTS perovskites represent a new class of solid-state materials, exhibiting many very interesting and potentially useful electronic, optical, and electro- optical properties. They also operate in the 30-80 K temperature range, where refrigeration is cheap and the parameters of semiconducting devices are optical. A review of the substrate materials and deposition techniques suitable for fabrication of high-quality epitaxial HTS films for electronic and optoelectronic applications is given. Laser processing techniques of HTS films are presented, with a special emphasis put on the laser writing method, which enables the definition of superconducting and nonsuperconducting regions in the same, epitaxial HTS film. Two possible approaches for the development of a complete optoelectronic system with the elements based on the HTS films and operational at liquid-nitrogen temperatures are presented. The first approach consists of manufacturing the devices made of conventional electro- optic materials and containing HTS transmission lines and electrodes. Design and properties of ultrafast HTS interconnects are discussed, and a new concept of the Mach-Zehnder-type YBa2Cu3O7-y-on-LiNbO3 optical modulator is introduced. The second, more futuristic approach, is to exploit contrasting properties of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich HTS phases to fabricate novel, monolithic devices. Recent experiments, which reveal intriguing optical properties of HTS films, and are most relevant for the development of all-HTS optoelectronic devices are discussed. Several practical devices, such as high-frequency modulators, ultrafast-pulse generators, and sensitive photodetectors will be presented.

  17. Applications of high-Tc superconductors in optoelectronics

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    Sobolewski, Roman

    1991-08-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductors (HTS) has opened new opportunities for applications of superconductors in optoelectronics. The HTS perovskites represent a new class of solid-state materials, exhibiting many very interesting and potentially useful electronic, optical, and electro- optical properties. They also operate in the 30-80 K temperature range, where refrigeration is cheap and the parameters of semiconducting devices are optimal. A review of the substrate materials and deposition techniques suitable for fabrication of high-quality epitaxial HTS films for electronic and optoelectronic applications is given. Laser processing techniques of HTS films are presented, with a special emphasis put on the laser writing method, which enables the definition of superconducting and nonsuperconducting regions in the same, epitaxial HTS film. Two possible approaches for the development of a complete optoelectronic system with the elements based on the HTS films and operational at liquid-nitrogen temperatures are presented. The first approach consists of manufacturing the devices made of conventional electro- optic materials and containing HTS transmission lines and electrodes. Design and properties of ultrafast HTS interconnects are discussed, and a new concept of the Mach-Zehnder-type YBa2Cu3/$O(subscript 7-y-on-LiNbO3 optical modulator is introduced. The second, more futuristic approach, is to exploit contrasting properties of the oxygen-poor and oxygen-rich HTS phases to fabricate novel, monolithic devices. Recent experiments, which reveal intriguing optical properties of HTS films, and are most relevant for the development of all-HTS optoelectronic devices are discussed. Several practical devices, such as high-frequency modulators, ultrafast-pulse generators, and sensitive photodetectors will be presented.

  18. High-Tc and high-Jc SmFeAs(O,F) films on fluoride substrates grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Ueda, Shinya; Takeda, Soichiro; Takano, Shiro; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Naito, Michio

    2011-12-01

    Superconducting thin films of SmFeAs(O,F) were prepared by molecular beam epitaxy on fluoride substrates. In our process, F-free SmFeAsO films were grown first, and F was subsequently introduced to the films by diffusion from an overlayer of SmF3. By this simple process, record high Tc, namely, Tcon (Tcend) = 57.8 K (56.4 K) was obtained in a film on CaF2. Furthermore, the films on CaF2 showed high critical current density over 1 MA/cm2 in the self-field at 5 K. The correlation between superconductivity and epitaxial strain in SmFeAs(O,F) films is discussed.

  19. A study of superconductivity in Y-Ba-Cu-F-O system

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    J, H. Jia; J, Y. Jiang; G, R. Liu; Y, M. Gao; Q, Q. Zheng; J, J. Du; W, G. Yao

    1988-02-01

    High temperature superconductivity, up to 258K, was observed in the Y1Ba2Cu3F2xO7-x-δ(0.2 leqq x leqq 1) bulk materials prepared by means of conventional ceramic-technique. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that these materials are multiphase. It is believed that to obtain a high Tc superconducting material with Tc near room temperature is possible. though the high Tc state of samples is now very unstable.

  20. Effect of a superconducting coil as a fault current limiter on current density distribution in BSCCO tape after an over-current pulse

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    Tallouli, M.; Shyshkin, O.; Yamaguchi, S.

    2017-07-01

    The development of power transmission lines based on long-length high temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes is complicated and technically challenging task. A serious problem for transmission line operation could become HTS power cable damage due to over-current pulse conditions. To avoid the cable damage in any urgent case the superconducting coil technology, i.e. superconductor fault current limiter (SFCL) is required. Comprehensive understanding of the current density characteristics of HTS tapes in both cases, either after pure over-current pulse or after over-current pulse limited by SFCL, is needed to restart or to continue the operation of the power transmission line. Moreover, current density distribution along and across the HTS tape provides us with the sufficient information about the quality of the tape performance in different current feeding regimes. In present paper we examine BSCCO HTS tape under two current feeding regimes. The first one is 100A feeding preceded by 900A over-current pulse. In this case none of tape protection was used. The second scenario is similar to the fist one but SFCL is used to limit an over-current value. For both scenarios after the pulse is gone and the current feeding is set up at 100A we scan magnetic field above the tape by means of Hall probe sensor. Then the feeding is turned of and the magnetic field scanning is repeated. Using the inverse problem numerical solver we calculate the corresponding direct and permanent current density distributions during the feeding and after switch off. It is demonstrated that in the absence of SFCL the current distribution is highly peaked at the tape center. At the same time the current distribution in the experiment with SFCL is similar to that observed under normal current feeding condition. The current peaking in the first case is explained by the effect of an opposite electric field induced at the tape edges during the overcurrent pulse decay, and by degradation of

  1. High-temperature conventional superconductivity

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    Eremets, M. I.; Drozdov, A. P.

    2017-02-01

    Conventional superconductors are described well by the Bardeen – Cooper – Schrieffer (BCS) theory (1957) and its related theories, all of which importantly put no explicit limit on transition temperature Tc. While this allows, in principle, room-temperature superconductivity, no such phenomenon has been observed. Since the discovery of superconductivity in 1911, the measured critical temperature of BCS superconductors has not until recently exceeded 39 K. In 2014, hydrogen sulfide under high pressure was experimentally found to exhibit superconductivity at Tc = 200 K, a record high value which greatly exceeds that of the previous class of high-temperature superconductors, the cuprates. The superconductivity mechanism in cuprates has not yet been explained. Over a period of 25 years, the critical temperature of cuprates has not been increased above 164 K. The paper reviews research on record-high Tc superconductivity in hydrogen sulphide and other hydrides. Prospects for increasing Tc to room temperature are also discussed.

  2. Dependence of critical current density on microstructure and processing of high-Tc superconductors

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    Goyal, A.; Specht, E. D.; Wang, Z. L.; Kroeger, D. M.; Sutliff, J. A.; Tkaczyk, J. E.; Deluca, J. A.; Masur, L.; Riley, G. N.

    1994-11-01

    Microstructural origins for reduced weak-link behavior in high-Jc melt-processed YBCO, spray pyrolyzed thick films of Tl-1223, metallic precursor Y-124 polycrystalline powder-in-tube (PIT) wires and PIT Bi-2212/2223 are discussed. Since the materials studied are the highest Jc, polycrystalline, high-Tc superconductors fabricated worldwide, the results provide important guidelines for further improvements in superconducting properties, thereby enabling practical applications of these materials. It is found that strongly linked current flow within domains of melt-processed 123 occurs effectively through a single crystal path. In c-axis oriented, polycrystalline Tl-1223 thick films, local in-plane texture has been found to play a crucial role in the reduced weak-link behavior. Formation of “colonies” of grains with a common c-axis and modest in-plane misorientation was observed. Furthermore, a colony boundary in general has a varying misorientation along the boundary. Large regions comprised primarily of low angle boundaries were observed. Percolative transport through a network of such small angle boundaries appears to provide the nonweak-linked current path. Although powder-in-tube BSCCO 2212 and 2223 also appear to have a “colony” microstructure, there are some important differences. Colonies in BSCCO consist of stacks of grains with similar c-axis orientation in contrast to colonies in Tl-1223 films where few grains are stacked on top of one another. Furthermore, most grains within a colony in BSCCO have the same lateral dimensions as that of the colony, resulting largely largely in “twist” boundaries. Further microstructural characterization of high-Jc PIT 2212 and 2223 is currently underway. In the case of Y-124 wires, weak macroscopic in-plane texture is found. Additional measurements are underway to determine if a sharper, local in-plane texture also exists. It is found that in three of the four types of superconductors studied, reduced weak

  3. Experimenting with a Superconducting Levitation Train

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    Miryala, Santosh; Koblischka, M. R.

    2014-01-01

    The construction and operation of a prototype high-"Tc" superconducting train model is presented. The train is levitated by a melt-processed GdBa[subscript 2]Cu[subscript 3]O[subscript x] (Gd-123) superconducting material over a magnetic rail (track). The oval shaped track is constructed in S-N-S or PM3N configuration arranged on an iron…

  4. Phase-sensitive evidence for dx2-y2-pairing symmetry in the parent-structure high-Tc cuprate superconductor Sr1-xLaxCuO2

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    Tomaschko, Jochen; Scharinger, Sebastian; Leca, Victor; Nagel, Joachim; Kemmler, Matthias; Selistrovski, Teresa; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold

    2012-09-01

    We report on a phase sensitive study of the superconducting order parameter of the infinite layer cuprate Sr1-xLaxCuO2 (SLCO), with x≈0.15. For the study a SLCO thin film was grown epitaxially on a tetracrystal substrate and patterned into direct-current superconducting quantum interference devices (dc SQUIDs). The geometry was designed to be frustrated for dx2-y2-wave pairing, that is, the SQUID ring comprising the tetracrystal point contains one 0 Josephson junction and one π Josephson junction, if the order parameter has dx2-y2-wave symmetry. Our results show that SLCO indeed is a dx2-y2-wave superconductor. This symmetry thus seems to be inherent to cuprate superconductivity. Subdominant order parameter components can be ruled out at least on a 5% level and may not be a necessary ingredient of high-Tc superconductivity.

  5. Effect of inductors to mitigate the hot-spot problem in parallel-connected superconducting thin-film fault current limiting elements

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    Yamasaki, H.; Furuse, M.; Kaiho, K.

    2015-06-01

    We have been developing superconducting thin-film fault current limiter (FCL) elements, in which high-resistivity Au-Ag alloy shunt layers are used to protect YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) thin films deposited on CeO2-buffered sapphire substrates. The high resistance of the thin films enables the element to withstand high electric fields of more than 40 Vpeak cm-1 during the current-limiting period after quenching, thus greatly reducing the amount of YBCO thin film needed and, consequently, the cost of an FCL. We have succeeded in fabricating and testing 500 V/200 A FCL modules using two 20 cm long YBCO films connected in parallel. In the present study, we performed extensive switching experiments on FCL elements, in which two YBCO films are connected in parallel to achieve higher rated currents, and confirmed the previously observed phenomenon that the hot-spot problem causing film damage just after quench initiation becomes more severe when the total critical current of the thin films is higher. We have investigated the origin of this phenomenon and found that a rapid current transfer from the first-quenched film with lower critical current to the other film causes higher current in the secondly-quenched film that sometimes leads to hot spots. It is demonstrated that the serious hot-spot problem can be mitigated by the use of inductors when the high-resistance FCL elements are connected in parallel. Based on these findings we propose an appropriate architecture of a high electric-field superconducting thin-film FCL that can be used in a real power grid.

  6. Numerical analyses of levitation force and flux creep on high [Tc] superconductor

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    Tsuchimoto, M.; Kojima, T.; Takeuchi, H.; Honma, T. . Dept. of Electrical Engineering)

    1993-11-01

    Large levitation force and a stable equilibrium are obtained with a permanent magnet and a bulk high [Tc] superconductor (HTSC). Evaluation of the levitation force is important for many applications, such as magnetically levitated vehicles, magnetic bearing, flywheel and linear drive. Levitation force between a permanent magnet and a high [Tc] superconductor is examined by using two numerical methods. The levitation force to vertical direction is calculated by using the critical state model. Stiffness of restoring force to horizontal direction is calculated by using a frozen-in field model. Numerical solutions agree well with experimental results. Dynamic properties of the levitation force are also analyzed by combining the two methods.

  7. Discriminating Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Rats Using a High-Tc SQUID Detected Nuclear Resonance Spectrometer in a Magnetic Shielding Box

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    Huang, Kai-Wen; Chen, Hsin-Hsien; Yang, Hong-Chang; Horng, Herng-Er; Liao, Shu-Hsien; Yang, Shieh Yueh; Chieh, Jen-Jie; Wang, Li-Ming

    2012-01-01

    In this study, we report the spin-lattice relaxation rate of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and normal liver tissue in rats using a high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) based nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The resonance spectrometer used for discriminating liver tumors in rats via the difference in longitudinal relaxation time in low magnetic fields was set up in a compact and portable magnetic shielding box. The frequency-domain NMR signals of HCC tissues and normal liver tissues were analyzed to study their respective longitudinal relaxation rate T1−1. The T1−1 of liver tissues for ten normal rats and ten cancerous rats were investigated respectively. The averaged T1−1 value of normal liver tissue was (6.41±0.66) s−1, and the averaged T1−1 value of cancerous tissue was (3.38±0.15) s−1. The ratio of T1−1 for normal liver tissues and cancerous liver tissues of the rats investigated is estimated to be 1.9. Since this significant statistical difference, the T1−1 value can be used to distinguish the HCC tissues from normal liver tissues. This method of examining liver and tumor tissues has the advantages of being convenient, easy to operate, and stable. PMID:23071710

  8. Temperature dependence of thermal and electrical conductivity of Bi-based high- Tc (2 2 2 3) superconductor

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    Gul, I. H.; Anis-ur-Rehman, M.; Maqsood, A.

    2006-12-01

    Superconducting samples with nominal composition Bi 1.6Pb 0.4Sr 2Ca 2Cu 3O δ were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction technique. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, dc electrical resistivity, ac magnetic susceptibility and thermal conductivity. The X-ray diffraction studies were done at room temperature and the lattice constants of the material were determined by indexing all the peaks. All the above measurements show that, there exists two phases i.e. high- Tc (2 2 2 3) and low- Tc (2 2 1 2). The information obtained from dc electrical resistivity data agrees with ac magnetic susceptibility measurements. The onset temperature Tc (onset) and zero resistivity temperature Tc ( R = 0) of the samples remains within the temperature 120 ± 1 K and 103 ± 1 K. Thermal conductivity has been measured with a transient plane source (TPS) technique in the temperature range 77-300 K. The estimation of the electrical resistivity change due to scattering by phonons and impurities has been discussed. An increase in thermal conductivity is observed above and below Tc ( R = 0). The electron-phonon scattering time, phonon-limited mobility and the size of the electron-phonon constant are also calculated. Wiedemann-Franz law is applied to gain prediction about the magnitude of electronic and phonon contribution to the total thermal conductivity of the samples. It is observed that heat is mainly conducted by the phonons in this system.

  9. Effect of phase fluctuations on INS and NMR experiments in the pseudogap regime of the high-Tc cuprates

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    Westfahl, Harry; Morr, Dirk K.

    2000-03-01

    In this talk we present a theoretical scenario for inelastic neutron (INS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments in the pseudogap region of the underdoped high-Tc superconductors. Within the spin-fermion model we study the effect of phase fluctuations in the superconducting d-wave order parameter on the spin susceptibility, probed in INS and NMR experiments. We show that the spin susceptibility is determined by the average square Doppler shift, W(T), which results from the coupling between the quasiparticle momentum and the thermally excited supercurrents. Our scenario provides an explanation for the temperature dependence of the resonance peak and of the ^63Cu spin lattice relaxation rate, 1/T_1, in the region where the phase fluctuations are present. Moreover, we show that 1/T1 is a direct probe of W(T). Our results for W(T) are in good qualitative agreement with those obtained in scanning tunneling spectroscopy (Ch. Remer et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 80), 149 (1998) and high frequency ac transport(J. Corson et al., Nature 398), 221 (1999)

  10. Anomalous optical conductivity in the normal state of high Tc oxides

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    Moriya, Toru; Takahashi, Yoshinori

    1991-03-01

    The optical resistivity due to antiferromagnetic spin fluctuations in two-dimensional metals, as a possible model for high Tc oxides, is calculated within the Born approximation and the self-consistent renormalization (SCR) theory for the spin fluctuations. The result is shown to explain the observed anomalous behavior of optical conductivity in YBa2Cu3O7 above Tc quantitatively.

  11. Simple and reliable method for determination of oxygen content in high- Tc copper oxides

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    Maeno, Yoshiteru; Teraoka, Hideki; Matsukuma, Kuniko; Yoshida, Koji; Sugiyama, Kimihiko; Nakamura, Fumihiko; Fujita, Toshizo

    1991-12-01

    We present the details of a simple and reliable iodine-titration method suited for high- Tc copper oxides, in which the use of a solution of ammonium acetate and acetic acid as a buffer agent substantially improves the operation. The results applied to La 2- xM xCuO 4- δ (M = Ba, Sr and Ca) are presented.

  12. Proof-of-principle of a novel method for sputter-deposition of high Tc supeconducting films via a computer-controlled mass analyzed ion beam

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    Auciello, Orlando; Krauss, Alan R.

    1988-02-01

    A novel concept is demonstrated for ion beam sputter-induced deposition of high Tc superconductor films. The concept involves the use of a well-focused ion beam which can be sequentially directed via a set of x-y electrostatic deflection plates onto three or more different elemental or compound targets which are constituents of the desired composite film. The deflection plates are driven by two ±1000 volt bipolar programmable power supplies which are controlled by a DEC LSI 11/73 computer. A custom program drives two D/A converters to provide the ±10 volt analog signal which is used to drive the power supplies in such a way that the ion beam is positioned on selected spots on the different targets. By programming the dwell time for each targe according to the known sputtering yield and desired layer thickness for each material, it is possible to deposit composite films from a well-controlled sub-monolayer up to thicknesses determined only by the available deposition time. Initial results on the deposition of Y-Ba-Cu-O films are presented to demonstrate the concept, which in principle can also be applied to the deposition of high Tc superconducting films by electron- and laser-induced evaporation of elemental or oxide targets.

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

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

    2013-03-01

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

  14. Crystal growth of high- TC superconductors Pr 2 - xCe xCuO 4 + δ with substitutions of Ni and Co for Cu

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    Brinkmann, Matthias; Rex, Thomas; Bach, Heinrich; Westerholt, Kurt

    1996-06-01

    We report the crystal growth of the electron-doped high- TC superconducting Pr 2 - xCe xCuO 4 + δ by a modified CuO self-flux flow method. We found that for the crystal growth process at different Ce concentrations the maximum growth temperature is the most important parameter and report about optimized crystal growth procedures for the Ce-concentration range x = 0-0.18. Using this flux growth method only Ni and Co atoms can be substituted for Cu in the Pr 2 - xCe x(Cu 1 - yM y)O 4 + δ crystals, the other substitutional elements that we have tested (M = Fe, Zn, Ga, and Sn) do not dissolve in the T' phase. We introduce a new reduction treatment for single crystalline samples which ensures a homogeneous and variable oxygen stoichiometry over the whole crystal.

  15. A zero-field Cu-NMR study on antiferromagnetic ordered state in four-layered high-Tc superconductors Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(FyO1-y)2

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    Shimizu, S.; Mukuda, H.; Kitaoka, Y.; Kito, H.; Kodama, Y.; Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.

    2010-12-01

    We report on superconducting and magnetic characteristics in four-layered high-Tc superconductors Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(FyO1-y)2 with apical fluorine through zero-field Cu-NMR measurements. The zero-field NMR spectra shows that the internal magnetic field, induced by antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordered moments, decreases with increasing the local carrier density (Nh). The AFM phase expands up to Nh˜0.15, which is the magnetic critical point where the AFM order collapses. Moreover, for y=1.0, the AFM order is observed at all CuO2 layers, although superconducting transition takes place at Tc=55K. This result suggests that the AFM order uniformly coexists with superconductivity in a single CuO2 plane in an underdoped region.

  16. Properties of superconducting Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O system remelted under higher gravity conditions

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    Volkov, M. P.; Melekh, B. T.; Parfeniev, R. V.; Kartenko, N. F.; Regel, L. L.; Turchaninov, A. M.

    1992-04-01

    The structure and magnetic properties of high Tc superconductor Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O samples remelted under 1 g0, 8 g0 and 12 g0 gravity levels have been investigated. Superconducting properties make a change along the ingots. The dependence of structural and superconducting properties on the gravity level and their time degradation have been observed.

  17. A high-Tc flip-chip SQUID gradiometer for mobile underwater magnetic sensing

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    Keenan, S. T.; Young, J. A.; Foley, C. P.; Du, J.

    2010-02-01

    We report on the development of a magnetic gradient tensor sensor based on high- Tc SQUIDs for marine surveying applications. The proposed system uses six planar gradiometers incorporated into a hexagonal pyramid structure where the combined output will provide a measure of the gradient tensor. This report focuses on the development and characterization of long baseline high- Tc SQUID gradiometers for this purpose. We compare the performance of two separate fabricated gradiometer designs. These devices both consist of a large 40 mm × 20 mm gradiometric pickup loop antenna flip-chip coupled to a small readout SQUID gradiometer. We have thus far demonstrated an unshielded gradient sensitivity of ~29 fT cm-1 Hz-1/2 at 1 kHz and ~170 fT cm-1 Hz-1/2 at 10 Hz through optimizing the coupling inductances of our device.

  18. N-14 NQR using a high-Tc rf SQUID with a normal metal transformer

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    He, D. F.; Tachiki, M.; Itozaki, H.

    2008-01-01

    We have improved our high-Tc SQUID-based N-14 nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) detection system. By using a reed relay SIL5-1A72-71L (MEDER electronic) in the normal metal transformer, the isolation to the excitation field was much improved. The high-Tc rf SQUID could operate stably when the rf excitation field was over 20 mT. By optimizing the input coil of the transformer, better sensitivity of 0.5 fT Hz-1/2 was obtained at the resonant frequency of the tuned normal metal transformer. A spin-locking spin-echo (SLSE) multi-pulse sequence was also used in the system to detect the weak NQR signals produced by samples with longer spin-spin relaxation time T2, such as trinitrotoluene (TNT).

  19. Multi-Channel High-Tc SQUID Detection System for Metallic Contaminants

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    Kitamura, Yoshihiro; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Tanaka, Saburo; Ohtani, Takeyoshi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    Finding ultra-small metallic contaminants is a big issue for manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries nowadays. Therefore, we have developed high-Tc SQUID systems for detection of such fine magnetic metallic contaminants. In this paper, we constructed an eight channel high-Tc SQUID gradiometer system for inspection of a sheet electrode of a lithium ion battery with width of about 70 mm. By this system, a small iron ball of about 30 μm in diameter was successfully detected. It is shown that this system has a detectable range of 70 mm in width. These results suggest that the system is a promising tool for the detection of the contaminants in lithium ion batteries.

  20. Electric-field-induced superconductivity in electrochemically etched ultrathin FeSe films on SrTiO3 and MgO

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    Shiogai, J.; Ito, Y.; Mitsuhashi, T.; Nojima, T.; Tsukazaki, A.

    2016-01-01

    Among the recently discovered iron-based superconductors, ultrathin films of FeSe grown on SrTiO3 substrates have uniquely evolved into a high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconducting material. The mechanisms for the high-Tc superconductivity are under debate, with the superconducting gap mainly characterized with in situ analysis for FeSe films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Here, we investigate the high-Tc superconductivity in ultrathin FeSe using an alternative top-down electrochemical etching technique in a three-terminal transistor configuration. In addition to the high-temperature superconductivity in FeSe on SrTiO3, the electrochemically etched ultrathin FeSe transistor on MgO also exhibits superconductivity around 40 K, implying that the application of an electric field effectively contributes to the high-Tc superconductivity in ultrathin FeSe regardless of substrate material. Moreover, the observable critical thickness for the high-Tc superconductivity is expanded up to 10 unit cells under an applied electric field and the insulator-superconductor transition is electrostatically controlled. The present demonstration implies that the modification of charge imbalance of holes and electrons by the electric-field effect plays a crucial role in inducing high-Tc superconductivity in FeSe-based electric double-layer transistors.

  1. A novel quadruple excitation in high-Tc SQUID-based non-destructive evaluation

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    Kong, X. Y.; Ren, Y. F.; Li, J. W.; Yu, H. W.; Chen, G. H.; Yang, Q. S.

    2006-02-01

    A high-Tc SQUID-based non-destructive evaluation (NDE) system has been set up in our laboratory. The SQUID was made on a 24° bicystal SrTiO3 substrate. A novel quadruple excitation coil was proposed for the first time and applied in the artificial holes in the aluminium multilayer structure in a noisy unshielded environment. The experimental data shows that it has good balance and is very effective at detecting small hole defects.

  2. Preparation and formation mechanism of cube textured Ag substrate for coated high- Tc superconductor

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    Liu, Danmin; Zhou, Meiling; Hu, Yancao; Zuo, Tieyong

    2000-07-01

    A strong cube, {100}<100>, textured silver tape for coated high- Tc superconductor was obtained. The hot-rolling textures and annealed textures of silver were studied systematically. Cube texture can be obtained by hot-rolling. In the process of rolling, twin formation must be avoided in order to increase the strength of the {211}<111>orientation. The crystals in {211}<111>orientation transforms into cube orientation by dynamic recrystallization and subsequent annealing.

  3. Scanning instrumentation for measuring magnetic field trapping in high Tc superconductors

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    Sisk, R. C.; Helton, A. J.

    1993-01-01

    Computerized scanning instrumentation measures and displays trapped magnetic fields across the surface of high Tc superconductors at 77 K. Data are acquired in the form of a raster scan image utilizing stepping motor stages for positioning and a cryogenic Hall probe for magnetic field readout. Flat areas up to 45 mm in diameter are scanned with 0.5-mm resolution and displayed as false color images.

  4. Voltage-current and voltage-flux characteristics of asymmetric high TC DC SQUIDs

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    Novikov, I. L.; Greenberg, Ya. S.; Schultze, V.; Ijsselsteijn, R.; Meyer, H.-G.

    2009-01-01

    We report measurements of transfer functions and flux shifts of 20 on-chip high TC DC SQUIDs half of which were made purposely geometrically asymmetric. All of these SQUIDs were fabricated using standard high TC thin-film technology and they were single layer ones, having 140 nm thickness of YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x film deposited by laser ablation onto MgO bicrystal substrates with 24° misorientation angle. For every SQUID the parameters of its intrinsic asymmetry, i.e., the density of critical current and resistivity of every junction, were measured directly and independently. We showed that the main reason for the on-chip spreading of SQUIDs’ voltage-current and voltage-flux characteristics was the intrinsic asymmetry. We found that for SQUIDs with a relative large inductance ( L > 120 pH) both the voltage modulation and the transfer function were not very sensitive to the junctions asymmetry, whereas SQUIDs with smaller inductance ( L ≃ 65-75 pH) were more sensitive. The results obtained in the paper are important for the implementation in the sensitive instruments based on high TC SQUID arrays and gratings.

  5. Exotic Superconductivity in Correlated Electron Systems

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    Mu, Gang; Sandu, Viorel; Li, Wei; ...

    2015-05-25

    Over the past decades, the search for high-Tc superconductivity (SC) and its novel superconducting mechanisms is one of the most challenging tasks of condensed matter physicists and material scientists, wherein the most striking achievement is the discovery of high-c and unconventional superconductivity in strongly correlated 3d-electron systems, such as cuprates and iron pnictides/chalcogenides. Those exotic superconductors display the behaviors beyond the scope of the BCS theory (in the SC states) and the Landau-Fermi liquid theory (in the normal states). In general, such exotic superconductivity can be seen as correlated electron systems, where there are strong interplays among charge, spin, orbital,more » and lattice degrees of freedom. Thus, we focus on the exotic superconductivity in materials with correlated electrons in the present special issue.« less

  6. The spin bag mechanism of high temperature superconductivity

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

    1989-01-01

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

  7. High-temperature processing of oxide superconductors and superconducting oxide-silver oxide composite

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    Wu, M. K.; Loo, B. H.; Peters, P. N.; Huang, C. Y.

    1988-01-01

    High temperature processing was found to partially convert the green 211 phase oxide to 123 phase. High Tc superconductivity was observed in Bi-Sr-Cu-O and Y-Sr-Cu-O systems prepared using the same heat treatment process. High temperature processing presents an alternative synthetic route in the search for new high Tc superconductors. An unusual magnetic suspension with enhancement in critical current density was observed in the 123 and AgO composite.

  8. Superconductivity in Cuba: Reaching the Frontline

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    Arés Muzio, Oscar; Altshuler, Ernesto

    The start of experimental research in the field of superconductivity was a very special moment for Cuban physics: Cuban scientists at the Physics Faculty, University of Havana, synthesized the first Cuban superconductor (a 123-YBCO ceramic sample) just 2 months after the publication of the famous paper by Wu and co-workers that triggered the frantic race of High Tc superconductors all over the world. We timely joined the world's frontline in superconductor research.

  9. Superconducting submillimeter and millimeter wave detectors

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    Nahum, M.

    1992-10-20

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

  10. Fabrication and characterization of high-Tc YBa2Cu3O7-x nanoSQUIDs made by focused ion beam milling

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    Wu, C. H.; Chou, Y. T.; Kuo, W. C.; Chen, J. H.; Wang, L. M.; Chen, J. C.; Chen, K. L.; Sou, U. C.; Yang, H. C.; Jeng, J. T.

    2008-08-01

    We have fabricated high-Tc nanoscale superconducting quantum interference devices (nanoSQUIDs) with a hole size of 250 nm × 250 nm based on a 100 nm bridge at 77 K by focused ion beam milling and ion implantation. At 78 K, the curve of the voltage branch became roughly linear and agreed with the Josephson-like behavior. The sample exhibited strong flux flow behavior at temperatures under 76 K. The voltage flux characteristic curves, V -Imod, of the nanoSQUID at different bias currents at 78 K were observed. Typically, critical currents of 15 µA and peak-to-peak values of the voltage flux transfer function of 3.7 µV were measured. The measured data strongly suggest that the weak link structure could be a superconducting metal with a critical temperature Tc' smaller than that (Tc) of other YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) films. This fabrication method of combining a nanobridge and ion implantation can improve the yield of nanojunctions and nanoSQUIDs.

  11. Magnetic microscopy based on high-Tc SQUIDs for room temperature samples

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    Wang, H. W.; Kong, X. Y.; Ren, Y. F.; Yu, H. W.; Ding, H. S.; Zhao, S. P.; Chen, G. H.; Zhang, L. H.; Zhou, Y. L.; Yang, Q. S.

    2003-11-01

    The SQUID microscope is the most suitable instrument for imaging magnetic fields above sample surfaces if one is mainly interested in field sensitivity. In this paper, both the magnetic moment sensitivity and spatial resolution of the SQUID microscope are analysed with a simple point moment model. The result shows that the ratio of SQUID sensor size to sensor-sample distance effectively influences the sensitivity and spatial resolution. In comparison with some experimental results of magnetic images for room temperature samples from our high-Tc SQUID microscope in an unshielded environment, a brief discussion for further improvement is presented.

  12. Stationary Josephson current as a tool to detect charge density waves in high-Tc oxides

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    Gabovich, Alexander M.; Voitenko, Alexander I.; Li, Mai Suan; Szymczak, Henryk

    2015-09-01

    Nonmonotonic and even sign-changing dependences on the temperature and the doping level were predicted for the stationary Josephson tunnel current Ic between superconductors with d-wave order parameter symmetry and partial gapping by charge density waves (CDWs). The junction electrodes were considered in the framework of the two-dimensional electron spectrum appropriate to high-Tc cuprates. The non-trivial behavior can be observed for certain relative electrode orientations. Hence, Ic -measurements in wide ranges of doping and temperature may serve as an indicator of CDW existence.

  13. Magnetization and flux pinning in high-Tc cuprates: Irradiated and oxygen deficient materials

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    Thompson, J. R.; Sun, Yang Ren; Ossandon, J. G.; Christen, D. K.; Kerchner, H. R.; Sales, B. C.; Chakoumakos, B. C.; Civale, L.; Marwick, A. C.; Holtzberg, F.

    1992-11-01

    Recent studies of the intragrain current density J and vortex pinning in high Tc superconductors are surveyed. Materials include Y1Ba2Cu3O(7-delta) and Bi2Sr2Ca1Cu2O8 single crystals and aligned polycrystals. To probe the flux pinning, the strength, number, and morphology of defects were modified. Varying the oxygen content (7-delta) in YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) or irradiating the materials with ions, having either light or heavy masses, gives systematic changes in the character of the all-important defects.

  14. Processing and properties of high Tc oxide/silver matrix composite superconductors

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    Curreri, P. A.; Peters, P. N.; Leong, P. T.; Chou, H.; Wu, M. K.

    1989-01-01

    This paper describes the processing conditions for the formation of strong flux pinning high-Tc (REE)1Ba2Cu3O7/AgO (RE-123/AgO) composites with the RE-123:AgO ratio of 3:1 and presents the magnetization and critical field data on these composites. The results obtained indicate that proper processing conditions are critical to the formation of strong flux pinning RE-123/AgO composites. Resistance measurements in a magnetic field show that the upper critical field in Y-123/AgO is about three times larger than that of the Y-123 compound.

  15. Processing and properties of high Tc oxide/silver matrix composite superconductors

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    Curreri, P. A.; Peters, P. N.; Leong, P. T.; Chou, H.; Wu, M. K.

    1989-01-01

    This paper describes the processing conditions for the formation of strong flux pinning high-Tc (REE)1Ba2Cu3O7/AgO (RE-123/AgO) composites with the RE-123:AgO ratio of 3:1 and presents the magnetization and critical field data on these composites. The results obtained indicate that proper processing conditions are critical to the formation of strong flux pinning RE-123/AgO composites. Resistance measurements in a magnetic field show that the upper critical field in Y-123/AgO is about three times larger than that of the Y-123 compound.

  16. Nexus between quantum criticality and the chemical potential pinning in high- Tc cuprates

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    Kopeć, T. K.

    2005-08-01

    For strongly correlated electrons the relation between total number of charge carriers ne and the chemical potential μ reveals for large Coulomb energy the apparently paradoxical pinning of μ within the Mott gap, as observed in high- Tc cuprates. By unraveling consequences of the nontrivial topology of the charge gauge U(1) group and the associated ground state degeneracy we found a close kinship between the pinning of μ and the zero-temperature divergence of the charge compressibility κ˜∂ne/∂μ , which marks a novel quantum criticality governed by topological charges rather than Landau principle of the symmetry breaking.

  17. High temperature superconducting compounds

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    Goldman, Allen M.

    1992-11-01

    The major accomplishment of this grant has been to develop techniques for the in situ preparation of high-Tc superconducting films involving the use of ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The techniques are generalizable to the growth of trilayer and multilayer structures. Films of both the DyBa2Cu3O(7-x) and YBa2Cu3O(7-x) compounds as well as the La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4 compound have been grown on the usual substrates, SrTiO3, YSZ, MgO, and LaAlO3, as well as on Si substrates without any buffer layer. A bolometer has been fabricated on a thermally isolated SiN substrate coated with YSZ, an effort carried out in collaboration with Honeywell Inc. The deposition process facilitates the fabrication of very thin and transparent films creating new opportunities for the study of superconductor-insulator transitions and the investigation of photo-doping with carriers of high temperature superconductors. In addition to a thin film technology, a patterning technology has been developed. Trilayer structures have been developed for FET devices and tunneling junctions. Other work includes the measurement of the magnetic properties of bulk single crystal high temperature superconductors, and in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory, measurement of electric transport properties of T1-based high-Tc films.

  18. Midwest Superconductivity Consortium: 1994 Progress report

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    Not Available

    1995-01-01

    The mission of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium, MISCON, is to advance the science and understanding of high {Tc} superconductivity. During the past year, 27 projects produced over 123 talks and 139 publications. Group activities and interactions involved 2 MISCON group meetings (held in August and January); with the second MISCON Workshop held in August; 13 external speakers; 79 collaborations (with universities, industry, Federal laboratories, and foreign research centers); and 48 exchanges of samples and/or measurements. Research achievements this past year focused on understanding the effects of processing phenomena on structure-property interrelationships and the fundamental nature of transport properties in high-temperature superconductors.

  19. Characteristics of high-stiffness superconducting bearing

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    Okano, M.; Tamada, N.; Fuchino, S.; Ishii, I.

    1996-07-01

    Magnetic bearings using a high-Tc superconductor have been studied. Generally the bearing makes use of the pinning effects to get the levitation force. The stiffness of the bearing, however, is extremely low as compared with industrial-scale conventional one. To improve the bearing stiffness the authors propose a disc-type repulsive superconducting thrust bearing with a slit for the restraint of the flux. Both theoretical and experimental evaluation on the load performance was carried out, and it is clarified that the proposed superconducting bearing has higher stiffness.

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  1. Correlation between fabrication factor and superconducting properties of the Tl-and-Bi-based high-Tc superconductor

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    Maki, Naoki; Okada, Michiya; Doi, Toshiya J.; Kanai, Tsuneyuki; Sato, Junichi; Higashiyama, Kazutoshi

    1995-01-01

    Large critical current densities (J(sub c)) were obtained in c axis oriented Tl-1 223/Ag composite tapes fabricated by spraying methods without a vacuum. Transport measurements at 77K under a zero field indicated a J(sub c) of 9 x 10(exp 4) A/sq cm and 7 x 10(exp 3) A/sq cm at 1T for the tapes fabricated by spray pyrolysis. The novel GPM method was also applied for Bi-2212/Ag PIT composite wire, and found to be very effective for improving the distribution of voids, which caused from the melt-solidifying process. The GPM showed a marked effect for obtaining homogeneous long wire. A 1 T class coil was successfully fabricated with monocore wire.

  2. Effects of the vortex line shape on the critical current density in high Tc superconducting film with nanorod pinning centers

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    Jung, Y.; Kwak, K.; Lee, W.; Rhee, J.; Youm, D.; Yoo, J.; Han, Y. H.; Park, B. J.

    2012-06-01

    We studied the critical current density distribution in a coated conductor comprised of (Gd,Y)1Ba2Cu3O7-δ-BaZrO3 film. Transmission electron microscopy measurements showed that nanorod pinning centers tilt by ˜13° from the c-axis. Magneto-optical image (MOI) measurements showed interesting asymmetric distributions of magnetic flux density. From MOIs we calculated the asymmetric distributions of the critical current density, which is associated with the properties of vortex pinning. We were able to explain these results through the geometrical relationship of the tilted rod pinning centers and the curved vortex lines.

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

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    Campuzano, Juan Carlos

    2012-03-07

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

  4. Metallic contaminant detection system using multi-channel high Tc SQUIDs

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Kitamura, Yoshihiro; Hatsukade, Yoshimi; Ohtani, Takeyoshi; Suzuki, Shuichi

    2012-10-01

    We have developed the magnetic metallic contaminant detectors using multiple high Tc SQUID gradiometers for industrial products. Finding ultra-small metallic contaminants is a big issue for manufacturers producing commercial products. The quality of industrial products such as lithium ion batteries can deteriorate by the inclusion of tiny metallic contaminants. When the contamination does occur, the manufacturer of the product suffers a great loss to recall the tainted products. Metallic particles with outer dimension less than 50 μm cannot be detected by a conventional X-ray imaging. Therefore a high sensitive detection system for small foreign matters is required. However, in most of the cases, the matrix of an active material coated sheet electrode is magnetized and the magnetic signal from the matrix is large enough to mask the signal from contaminants. Thus we have developed a detection system based on a SQUID gradiometer and a horizontal magnetization to date. For practical use, we should increase the detection width of the system by employing multiple sensors. We successfully realized an eight-channel high-Tc SQUID gradiometer system for inspection of sheet electrodes of a lithium ion battery with width of at least 60 to 70 mm. Eight planar SQUID gradiometers were mounted with a separation of 9.0 mm. As a result, small iron particles of less than 50 μm were successfully measured. This result suggests that the system is a promising tool for the detection of contaminants in a lithium ion battery.

  5. Magneto-optical imaging and current distributions in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Polyanskii, A. |; Pashitski, A.; Gurevich, A.; Parrell, J.A.; Larbalestier, D.C.; Polak, M. |; Foltyn, S.R.; Arendt, P.N. |

    1997-06-01

    Recent studies on the magneto-optical (MO) imaging of the magnetic flux and current distributions in polycrystalline high-{Tc} superconductors are summarized. The authors studied a wide spectrum of high-{Tc} materials, from single grain boundaries in YBCO bicrystals, to polycrystalline YBCO thick films deposited on an IBAD-buffer layer grown on a polycrystalline Hastelloy substrate, to Bi-2223 tapes. In all cases they found that structural defects (e.g., high-angle grain boundaries, second phase precipitates, microcrack networks, etc.) significantly limit the current-carrying capability. These defects make the magnetic flux distribution highly inhomogeneous, in turn producing granular and percolative current flow. By inverting the Biot-Savart law for thin film and slab geometries, they were able to reconstruct the local current flow patterns around defects and thus identify the current-carrying percolative paths and map the distribution of local critical currents J{sub c}(r). Such studies show that, even in high-J{sub c} materials, the local J{sub c}(r) can vary by a factor 2--10 due to defects. Since the maximum local J{sub c}(r) values can significantly exceed the numbers obtained by transport measurements, it is clear that there are still significant opportunities for raising the J{sub c} of polycrystalline HTS conductors.

  6. Magnetoresistance in High-Tc Superconductors: The Role of Vertex Corrections

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    Kontani, Hiroshi

    2001-07-01

    In high-Tc cuprates, the orbital magnetoresistance in plane (Δρ/ρ) is anomalously enhanced at lower tempemeratures compared with conventional Fermi liquids, and thus Kohler's rule is strongly violated. Moreover, it should be noted that an intimate relation between Δρ/ρ and the Hall coefficient (RH), Δρ/ρ∝(RH/ρ)2, holds well experimentally, and is called the “modified Kohler's rule”. In this letter, we study this long-standing problem in terms of the nearly antiferromagnetic (AF) Fermi liquid. We analyze the exact expression for Δρ/ρ by including the vertex corrections (VC's) to keep the conservation laws, and find the approximate relation Δρ/ρ∝ξAF4 ρ-2 ·H2 (ξAF being the AF correlation length) in the presence of AF fluctuations. The factor ξAF4, which comes from the VC's for the current, gives the additional temperature dependence. By taking account of the relation RH ∝ξAF2 [Kontani et al.: Phys. Rev. B 59 (1999) 14723], we can naturally explain the modified Kohler's rule. In conclusion, based on the Fermi liquid theory, the famous seemingly non-Fermi liquid behaviors of RH and Δρ/ρ in high-Tc cuprates are naturally understood on an equal footing.

  7. Preparation and physical properties of polycrystalline (Bi{sub 1{minus}x}Pb{sub x}){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} high {Tc} superconductors

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    Awan, M.S.; Maqsood, M.; Mirza, S.A.; Yousaf, M.; Maqsood, A.

    1995-02-01

    (Bi{sub 1{minus}x}Pb{sub x}){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub y} (x = 0.3) high critical transition temperature ({Tc}) superconductors are synthesized by the solid-state reaction method in polycrystalline form. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, direct current (dc) electrical resistivity measurements, scanning electron microscopic (SEM) studies, critical current density measurements and zero-field alternating current (ac) susceptibility measurements are performed to investigate the physical changes, structural changes, and magnetic behavior of the superconducting samples. X-ray diffraction studies show that a high {Tc} phase exists with orthorhombic symmetry in the specimen. According to the XRD data, the lattice parameters of the high {Tc} phase were determined as a = 0.537(1) nm, b = 0.539(1) nm, and c = 3.70(1) nm. The compound exhibits a superconducting transition at 106 {plus_minus} 1 K for zero resistance. The ac susceptibility measurements in zero field confirm the dc electrical resistivity results; hence both support the XRD results. The particle size and structural changes as a function of the cold-pressing and aging effect are also reported.

  8. Shielded high-TC BSCCO tapes or wires for high field applications

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Lelovic, Milan; Eror, Nicholas G.

    2001-01-01

    A composite superconductor having an interior component of multiple filaments of superconducting Bi-2223 sheathed in a Ag or Ag alloy material, and a RE, TI or Hg based superconductor surrounding the interior component.

  9. Shielded high-Tc bscco tapes or wires for high field applications

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    Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Lelovic, Milan; Eror, Nicholas G.

    2002-01-01

    A composite superconductor having an interior component of multiple filaments of superconducting Bi-2223 sheathed in a Ag or Ag alloy material, and a RE, TI or Hg based superconductor surrounding the interior component.

  10. s- AND d-WAVE SYMMETRIES IN NONADIABATIC THEORY OF SUPERCONDUCTIVITY

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    Paci, Paola; Grimaldi, Claudio; Pietronero, Luciano; Cappelluti, Emmanuele

    High-Tc superconductors have Fermi energies EF much smaller than conventional metals comparable to phonon frequencies. In such a situation nonadiabatic effects are important. A generalization of Eliashberg theory in the nonadiabatic regime has previously been shown to reproduce some anomalous features of the high-Tc superconductors as for instance the enhancement of Tc or the isotopic effects on Tc and m*. In this contribution we address the issue of the symmetry of the gap in the context of nonadiabatic superconductivity. We show that vertex corrections have a momentum structure which favours d-wave superconductivity when forward scattering is predominant. An additional increase of Tc is also found.

  11. Detection of magnetic nanoparticles utilizing cooled normal pickup coil and high Tc SQUID

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    Enpuku, K.; Nabekura, S.; Tsuji, Y.; Okada, S.; Matsuo, M.; Tsukamoto, A.; Mizoguchi, T.; Kandori, A.

    2009-10-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles coupled with medicine or reagents have been studied for the application to in vivo medical diagnosis and drug delivery. For these applications, we have been developing a measurement system to detect the position and amount of the magnetic nanoparticles accumulated inside the body by using a cooled Copper pickup coil and high Tc SQUID. The susceptibility measurement method with an excitation filed is used to detect the magnetic nanoparticles. Experimental results, such as contour map of the signal field and the distance-dependence of the detected signal, are shown. At present, we could detect 50 μg of Fe 3O 4 particles that are located below the pickup coil at the distance of 30 mm.

  12. High-Tc planar SQUID gradiometer for eddy current non-destructive evaluation

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    Zhang, Ming-Jian; Lang, Pei-Lin; Peng, Zhi-Hui; Chen, Ying-Fei; Chen, Ke; Zheng, Dong-Ning

    2006-08-01

    This paper reports the fabrication and test of a high-Tc SQUID planar gradiometer which is patterned from YBCO thin film deposited on a SrTiO3 bicrystal substrate. The measurement of noise spectrum at 77K shows that the white noise at 200 Hz is about 1×10-4Φ0/(Hz)1/2. The minimal magnetic gradient is measured and the results suggest that the minimal magnetic gradient is 94 pT/m. The planar gradiometer is used in non-destructive evaluation (NDE) experiments to detect the artifacts in conducting aluminium plates by performing eddy current testing in an unshielded environment. The effect of the exciting coil dimension on the NDE results is investigated. By mapping out the induced field distribution, flaws about 10mm below the plate surface can be clearly identified.

  13. Measurement of metallic contaminants in food with a high-Tc SQUID

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Natsume, Miyuki; Uchida, Masashi; Hotta, Naoki; Matsuda, Takemasa; Spanut, Zarina A.; Hatsukade, Yoshimi

    2004-04-01

    We have proposed and demonstrated a high-Tc SQUID system for detecting metallic contaminants in foodstuffs. There is a demand for the development of systems for detecting not only magnetic materials but also non-magnetic materials such as Cu and aluminium in foodstuffs to ensure food safety. The system consists of a SQUID magnetometer, an excitation coil and a permanent magnet. For a non-magnetic sample, an AC magnetic field is applied during detection to induce an eddy current in the sample. For a magnetizable sample, a strong magnetic field is applied to the sample prior to the detection attempt. We were able to detect a stainless steel ball with a diameter of 0.1 mm and a Cu ball less than 1 mm in diameter, for example.

  14. Development of a rat biomagnetic measurement system using a high-TC SQUID magnetometer

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    Kim, In-Seon; Lee, Chul-Ho; Lee, Yong-Ho

    2010-08-01

    We have developed a rat magnetocardiograph (MCG) system employing a high-TC SQUID magnetometer and a tabletop magnetic shield. We obtained clear MCG signals from a healthy Wistar Kyoto rat with a relatively high peak amplitude of 50 pT by virtue of the small gap cryostat developed in this study. Well defined P-, QRS- and T-waves were observed on the MCG of the healthy rat. In the case of a spontaneously hypertensive rat measurement, the MCG showed quite a disturbed wave pattern thought to be caused by the hypertensive heart abnormality. The results suggest that the rat biomagnetic measurement system has a strong potential for monitoring the progress of the heart disease model.

  15. The fine magnetic image of a high TC SQUID probe microscope

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    Hayashi, Tadayuki; Itozaki, Hideo

    2005-01-01

    We have developed a high TC SQUID probe microscope. A high permeability probe was used as a flux guide to improve its spatial resolution. The SQUID head with the flux guide makes it possible to measure samples with high spatial resolution in air at room temperature. The end of the flux guide and the SQUID were in vacuum with a 0.1 mm separation. The tip of the flux guide was in air. The rod diameter and length of the flux guide were 0.6 and 7 mm, respectively. The sharp tip of the flux guide required for high spatial resolution was prepared by microelectropolishing. Its tip radius was less than 1 µm. The static magnetic field pattern of magnetized toner particles was detected by this system and we obtained a high-resolution magnetic image with a spatial resolution of several microns.

  16. Electrical properties of Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films

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    Verdyan, A.; Lapsker, I.; Azoulay, J.; Sackler, Raymond; Sackler, Beverly

    1993-04-01

    Y-Ba-Na-Cu-O high Tc superconductors thin films deposited on MgO substrate by resistive evaporation technique were found to have improved electrical properties as compared to pure Y-Ba-Cu-O thin films similarly prepared. A simple conventional inexpensive vacuum system housing a single resistively tungsten heated source was used for the deposition. Pulverized mixture of Y, BaF 2, NaF and Cu in the appropriate atomic proportion was evaporated onto the substrates whose temperature was held constant at 400°C during the evaporation. In situ heat treatment has been carried out at 700°C under oxygen partial pressure of 7 pa. The films thus obtained were found to have the normal superconductors orthorhombic phase at room temperature without any further ex situ heat treatment. The films were characterized and analyzed by x-ray diffraction auger electron spectroscopy and four point dc electrical measurements.

  17. Theory of quantum oscillations in the vortex-liquid state of high-Tc superconductors.

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    Banerjee, Sumilan; Zhang, Shizhong; Randeria, Mohit

    2013-01-01

    The observation of quantum oscillations in underdoped cuprates has generated intense debate about the nature of the field-induced resistive state and its implications for the 'normal state' of high-Tc superconductors. Quantum oscillations suggest an underlying Fermi liquid at high magnetic fields H and low temperatures, in contrast with the pseudogap seen in zero-field, high-temperature spectroscopic experiments. Recent specific heat measurements show quantum oscillations in addition to a large field-dependent suppression of the electronic density of states. Here we present a theoretical analysis that reconciles these seemingly contradictory observations. We model the resistive state as a vortex liquid with short-range d-wave pairing correlations. We show that this state exhibits quantum oscillations, with a period determined by a Fermi surface reconstructed by a competing order parameter, in addition to a large suppression of the density of states that goes like √H at low fields.

  18. Inductance measurements in multilevel high Tc step-edge grain boundary SQUIDS

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    Forrester, M. G.; Davidson, A.; Talvacchio, J.; Gavaler, J. R.; Przybysz, J. X.

    1994-10-01

    Multilevel high Tc SQUIDs, suitable for digital circuit applications, have been fabricated and tested. The devices employ a YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO) ground plane, an epitaxial SrTiO3 insulator, and a YBCO microstrip layer. Junctions are formed by the step-edge grain boundary process, with a ground plane contact for the ``low'' side of each junction, using only isotropic sputtering and milling techniques. Control current is directly injected in a microstrip segment of the SQUID loop, allowing us to measure the microstrip inductance, and thus to infer the magnetic penetration depth of the YBCO. The SQUIDs are operational above 77 K, at which temperature we infer a penetration depth of 350 nm. The temperature dependence of the penetration depth is found to be in reasonable agreement with the Gorter-Casimir form close to Tc.

  19. Remanent magnetization of ceramic and single-crystal high-Tc superconductors in tilted magnetic fields

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    Bugoslavsky, Yu. V.; Minakov, A. A.; Vasyurin, S. I.

    1996-02-01

    Dependence of the remanent magnetization (Mr) anisotropy on the structure and shape of the superconductor and on the magnetizing procedure was studied for a number of high-Tc superconductor ceramics and single crystals. The experiments were done by means of a vibrating-sample magnetometer with a rotatable sample holder. It was found that the main contribution to the anisotropic behavior of Mr is due to the surface screening currents, and therefore the anisotropy is subject to variation when sample shape is changed. The question is resolved, why the effective demagnetization factors for decoupled ceramic samples are different from those calculated in the inscribed-ellipsoid approximation. Influence of inhomogeneous grain magnetization and global bulk currents on the angular dependencies of Mr in ceramic samples is investigated. The evolution of remanence in YBCO single crystals with an increase of the magnetizing field is described within an extended Bean model.

  20. Fabrication of Monolithic Sapphire Membranes for High Tc Bolometer Array Development

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    Pugel, D. E.; Lakew, B.; Aslam, S.; Wang, L.

    2003-01-01

    This paper examines the effectiveness of Pt/Cr thin film masks for the architecture of monolithic membrane structures in r-plane sapphire. The development of a pinhole-free Pt/Cr composite mask that is resistant to hot H2SO4:H3PO4 etchant, will lead to the fabrication of smooth sapphire membranes whose surfaces are well-suited for the growth of low-noise high Tc films. In particular, the relationship of thermal annealing conditions on the Pt/Cr composite mask system to: (1) changes in the surface morphology and elemental concentration of the Pt/Cr thin film layers and (2) etch pit formation on the sapphire surface will be presented.

  1. 43Ca NMR Study of Bismuth-Based High-Tc Superconductors

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    Trokiner, A.; Le Noc, L.; Yakubovskii, A.; Mykhalyov, K. N.; Verkhovskii, S. V.

    1994-02-01

    As a first step of a study of the electronic properties of CuO2 planes by probing calcium nuclei in the bismuth-based high-Tc materials we report here the structural assignment of Ca NMR lines measured in 43Ca-enriched samples of n = 2 ((Bi,Pb)2Sr2CaCu2O8+x) and n = 3 ((Bi,Pb)2Sr2-Ca2Cu3O10+x) bismuth compounds. Powdered samples were investigated as well as oriented pow­ ders, achieved by uniaxial alignment of the grains in a 7T magnetic field. For the main calcium site (Ca between two CuO2 planes), we could determine the quadrupolar as well as the shift tensors. The results indicate that, in the same way as yttrium nuclei in YBaCuO, calcium nuclei are sensitive to the magnetic susceptibility of the metallic CuO2 planes.

  2. Pinning force scaling analysis of Fe-based high-Tc superconductors

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    Koblischka, Michael R.; Muralidhar, Miryala

    2016-10-01

    Pinning force data, Fp, of a variety of Fe-based high-Tc superconductors (11-, 111-, 122- and 1111-type) were analyzed by means of a scaling approach based on own experimental data and an extensive collection of literature data. The literature data were mostly replotted, but also converted from critical current measurements together with data for the irreversibility line when available from the same authors. Using the scaling approaches of Dew-Hughes [J. Appl. Phys. 44, 1360 (1973)] and Kramer [Philos. Mag. 30, 293 (1974)], we determined the scaling behavior and the best fits to the theory. The data of most experiments analyzed show a good scaling behavior at high temperatures when plotting the normalized pinning force Fp/Fp,max versus the irreversibility field, Hirr. The resulting peak positions, h0, were found at ≈ 0.3 for the 11-type materials, at ≈ 0.48 for the 111-type materials, between 0.32 and 0.5 for the 1111-type materials and between 0.25 and 0.71 for the 122-type materials. Compared to the typical results of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (h0 ≈ 0.22) and YBa2Cu3O7-δ (h0 ≈ 0.33), most of the 122 and 1111 samples investigated show peak values higher than 0.4, which is similar to the data obtained on the light-rare earth 123-type HTSC like NdBa2Cu3Oy. This high peak position ensures a good performance of the materials in high applied magnetic fields and is, therefore, a very promising result concerning the possible applications of the Fe-based high-Tc superconductors.

  3. Recent developments in superconducting receivers

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    Richards, Paul L.

    1990-09-01

    A description is given of recent work at Berkeley on superconducting mixers and detectors for infrared and millimeter wavelengths. The first report is a review article which summarizes the status of development of superconducting components for infrared and millimeter wave receivers. The next report describes accurate measurements and also theoretical modeling of an SIS quasiparticle waveguide mixer for W-band which uses very high quality Ta junctions. The best mixer noise is only 1.3 times the quantum limit. Both the mixer gain and the noise are in quantitative agreement with the quantum theory. Next, a report is given on measurements and theoretical modeling of the absorptivity (surface resistance) of high quality epitaxial films of the high Tc superconductor YBCO from 750 GHz to 21 THz. Finally, there are reports on the design and experimental performance of two different types of high Tc bolometric detectors. One is a conventional bolometer with a gold-black absorber. The other is an antenna coupled microbolometer.

  4. Recent developments in superconducting receivers

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    Richards, P.L.

    1990-09-01

    A description is given of recent work at Berkeley on superconducting mixers and detectors for infrared and millimeter wavelengths. The first report is a review article which summarizes the status of development of superconducting components for infrared and millimeter wave receivers. The next report describes accurate measurements and also theoretical modeling of an SIS quasiparticle waveguide mixer for W-band which uses very high quality Ta junctions. The best mixer noise is only 1.3 times the quantum limit. Both the mixer gain and the noise are in quantitative agreement with the quantum theory. Next, a report is given on measurements and theoretical modeling of the absorptivity (surface resistance) of high quality epitaxial films of the high {Tc} superconductor YBCO from 750 GHz to 21 THz. Finally, there are reports on the design and experimental performance of two different types of high {Tc} bolometric detectors. One is a conventional bolometer with a gold-black absorber. The other is an antenna coupled microbolometer.

  5. Clocking the onset of bilayer coherence in a high-Tc cuprate

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    Baldini, Edoardo; Mann, Andreas; Mallett, Benjamin P. P.; Arrell, Christopher; van Mourik, Frank; Wolf, Thomas; Mihailovic, Dragan; Tallon, Jeffrey L.; Bernhard, Christian; Lorenzana, José; Carbone, Fabrizio

    2017-01-01

    In cuprates, a precursor state of superconductivity is speculated to exist above the critical temperature TC. Here we show via a combination of far-infrared ellipsometry and ultrafast broadband optical spectroscopy that signatures of such a state can be obtained via three independent observables in an underdoped sample of NdBa2Cu3O6 +δ . The pseudogap correlations were disentangled from the response of laser-broken pairs by clocking their characteristic time scales. The onset of a superconducting precursor state was found at a temperature TONS>TC , consistent with the temperature scale identified via static optical spectroscopy. Furthermore, the temperature evolution of the coherent vibration of the Ba ion, strongly renormalized by the onset of superconductivity, revealed a pronounced anomaly at the same temperature TONS. The microscopic nature of such a precursor state is discussed in terms of preformed pairs and enhanced bilayer coherence.

  6. High-Tc thermal bridges for space-borne cryogenic infrared detectors

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    Wise, S. A.; Buckley, J. D.; Nolt, I.; Hooker, M. W.; Haertling, G. H.; Selim, R.; Caton, R.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1993-01-01

    The potential for using high-temperature superconductive elements, screen-printed onto ceramic substrates, as thermal bridges to replace the currently employed manganin wires is studied at NASA-LaRC. Substrate selection is considered to be the most critical parameter in device production. Due to the glass-like thermal behavior of yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) and fused silica substrates, these materials are found to reduce the heat load significantly. The estimated thermal savings for superconductive leads printed onto YSZ or fused silica substrates range from 6 to 14 percent.

  7. High-Tc thermal bridges for space-borne cryogenic infrared detectors

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    Wise, S. A.; Buckley, J. D.; Nolt, I.; Hooker, M. W.; Haertling, G. H.; Selim, R.; Caton, R.; Buoncristiani, A. M.

    1993-01-01

    The potential for using high-temperature superconductive elements, screen-printed onto ceramic substrates, as thermal bridges to replace the currently employed manganin wires is studied at NASA-LaRC. Substrate selection is considered to be the most critical parameter in device production. Due to the glass-like thermal behavior of yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) and fused silica substrates, these materials are found to reduce the heat load significantly. The estimated thermal savings for superconductive leads printed onto YSZ or fused silica substrates range from 6 to 14 percent.

  8. Huge metastability in high-Tc superconductors induced by parallel magnetic field

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    Dias, R. G.; Silva, J. A.

    2003-03-01

    We present a study of the temperature-magnetic-field phase diagram of homogeneous and inhomogeneous superconductivity in the case of a quasi-two-dimensional superconductor with an extended saddle point in the energy dispersion under a parallel magnetic field. At low temperature, a huge metastability region appears, limited above by a steep superheating critical field Hsh and below by a strongly reentrant supercooling field Hsc. We show that the Pauli limit Hp for the upper critical magnetic field is strongly enhanced due to the presence of the Van Hove singularity in the density of states. The formation of a nonuniform superconducting state is predicted to be very unlikely.

  9. Internal static electric and magnetic field at the copper cite in a single crystal of the electron-doped high-Tc superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 -y

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    Wu, Guoqing; Zamborszky, F.; Reyes, A. P.; Kuhns, P. L.; Greene, R. L.; Clark, W. G.

    2014-12-01

    We report 63 ,65Cu -NMR spectroscopy and Knight shift measurements on a single crystal of the electron-doped high-Tc superconductor Pr1.85Ce0.15CuO4 -y with an applied magnetic field (H ) up to 26.42 T. A very small NQR frequency is obtained with the observation of the spectrum, which shows an extremely wide continuous distribution of it that becomes significantly narrower below 20 K at H ∥c where the superconductivity is completely suppressed, indicating a significant change in the charge distribution at the Cu site, while the corresponding change at H ⊥c is negligible when the superconductivity is present or not fully suppressed. The Knight shift and central linewidth are proportional to the applied magnetic field with a high anisotropy. We find that the magnitude of the internal static magnetic field at the copper is dominated by the anisotropic Cu2 + 3 d orbital contributions, while its weak temperature dependence is mainly determined by the isotropic contact hyperfine coupling to the paramagnetic Pr3 + spins, which also gives rise to the full distribution of the internal static magnetic field at the copper for H ⊥c . This internal static electric and magnetic field environment at the copper is very different from that in the hole-doped cuprates, and may provide new insight into the understanding of high-Tc superconductivity. Other experimental techniques are needed to verify whether the observed significant narrowing of the charge distribution at the Cu site with H ∥c is caused by the charge ordering [E. H. da Silva Neto et al., Science (to be published, 2014)] or a new type of charge modulation.

  10. Status of superconducting power transformer development

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    Johnson, R.C.; McConnell, B.W.; Mehta, S.P.

    1996-03-01

    Development of the superconducting transformer is arguably the most difficult of the ac power applications of superconductivity - this is because of the need for very low ac losses, adequate fault and surge performance, and the rigors of the application environment. This paper briefly summarizes the history of superconducting transformer projects, reviews the key issues for superconducting transformers, and examines the status of HTS transformer development. Both 630-kVA, three-phase and 1-MVA single phase demonstration units are expected to operate in late 1996. Both efforts will further progress toward the development of economical and performance competitive superconducting transformers.

  11. Phonon suppression of the coherence peak in nuclear spin relaxation rate in strong coupling superconductor TIMo 6Se 7.5. Comparison with high- Tc superconductor

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    Yoshio, Kitaoka; Shigeki, Ohsugi; Kunisuke, Asayama; Tsukio, Ohtani

    1992-03-01

    The phonon suppression effect on the coherence peak just below Tc in the nuclear spin relaxation rate {1}/{T 1} has been investigated by 205Tl NMR of a Chevrel phase superconductor TlMO 6Se 7.5 with Tc = 12.2 K. The lack of a coherence peak of 205( {1}/{T 1) } is demonstrated in a strong coupling superconductor TlMo 6Se 7.5 while the exponential decrease of {1}/{T 1} is confirmed over four orders of magnitude below 0.8 Tc (10 K) with 2 Δ=4.5 kBTc. As argued by Allen and Rainer, the strong electron-phonon decay channels open to excitation cause the unexpectedly strong damping of the quasi-particles in all dynamical properties, being the origin of the depression of the coherence peak. From a comparison with an s-wave model in which the quasi-particle damping is taken into account, it is reinforced that the unusual relaxation behavior observed in high- Tc cuprates, i.e. a power-lawT-dependence with no coherence peak below Tc cannot be accounted for by the conventional theory of the superconductivity and/or the model based on “s-wave” paring.

  12. Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ intrinsic SQUIDs as candidates of high-Tc phase qubits

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    Jin, X. Y.; Lisenfeld, J.; Koval, Y.; Lukashenko, A.; Ustinov, A. V.; Müller, P.

    2009-03-01

    An intrinsic SQUID is a superconducting ring made of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ single crystal, intercepted by two intrinsic Josephson junction stacks. The inductance parameter βL can be tuned in a wide range by changing the height and the cross-section area of the stacks. When biased with dc current, the device showed typical properties of hysteretic dc-SQUIDs. When a device was coupled with a coil and a Nb readout dc-SQUID, typical rf-SQUID behavior was observed. By choosing a proper reset field, quantum escape from a single minimum has been measured on a sample of βL˜10. The escape rate can be fine-tuned by applying short pulses down to 1 ns, which allows a fast readout technique. With these prerequisites achieved, our experiments have opened the path to directly using these intrinsic SQUIDs as high-Tc phase qubits. The first attempts to measure Rabi oscillations on these devices will be discussed.

  13. Effect of diamagnetic contribution of water on harmonics distribution in a dilute solution of iron oxide nanoparticles measured using high-Tc SQUID magnetometer

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    Saari, Mohd Mawardi; Tsukamoto, Yuya; Kusaka, Toki; Ishihara, Yuichi; Sakai, Kenji; Kiwa, Toshihiko; Tsukada, Keiji

    2015-11-01

    The magnetization curve of iron oxide nanoparticles in low-concentration solutions was investigated by a highly sensitive high-Tc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. The diamagnetic contribution of water that was used as the carrier liquid was observed in the measured magnetization curves in the high magnetic field region over 100 mT. The effect of the diamagnetic contribution of water on the generation of harmonics during the application of AC and DC magnetic fields was simulated on the basis of measured magnetization curves. Although the diamagnetic effect depends on concentration, a linear relation was observed between the detected harmonics and concentration in the simulated and measured results. The simulation results suggested that improvement could be expected in harmonics generation because of the diamagnetic effect when the iron concentration was lower than 72 μg/ml. The use of second harmonics with an appropriate bias of the DC magnetic field could be utilized for realization of a fast and highly sensitive detection of magnetic nanoparticles in a low-concentration solution.

  14. Development of integrated AC-DC magnetometer using high-Tc SQUID for magnetic properties evaluation of magnetic nanoparticles in solution

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    Mawardi Saari, Mohd; Takagi, Ryuki; Kusaka, Toki; Ishihara, Yuichi; Tsukamoto, Yuya; Sakai, Kenji; Kiwa, Toshihiko; Tsukada, Keiji

    2014-05-01

    We developed an integrated AC-DC magnetometer using a high critical temperature superconducting quantum interference device (high-Tc SQUID) to evaluate the static and dynamic magnetic properties of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) in solution. The flux-transformer method consisted of first-order planar and axial differential coils that were constructed for static and dynamic magnetization measurements, respectively. Vibrating-sample and harmonic detection techniques were used to reduce interference from excitation magnetic fields in the static and dynamic magnetization measurements, respectively. Static and dynamic magnetization measurements were performed on commercially available iron oxide nanoparticles in diluted solutions. The magnetic responses increased with the increase in concentration of the solutions in both measurement results. The magnetization curves showed that the diamagnetic signal due to the carrier liquid of the iron oxide nanoparticles existed in a dilute solution. Biasing with a proper DC magnetic field in the dynamic magnetization measurement resulted in improved signals of the second and third harmonics. Therefore, highly sensitive magnetic characterizations of MNPs utilizing the static and dynamic magnetization measurement are possible via the developed system.

  15. Magnetic and Superconducting Materials at High Pressures

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    Struzhkin, Viktor V.

    2015-03-24

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

  16. A food contaminant detection system based on high-Tc SQUIDs

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Fujita, H.; Hatsukade, Y.; Nagaishi, T.; Nishi, K.; Ota, H.; Otani, T.; Suzuki, S.

    2006-05-01

    We have designed and constructed a computer controlled food contaminant detection system for practical use, based on high-Tc SQUID detectors. The system, which features waterproof stainless steel construction, is acceptable under the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) programme guidelines. The outer dimensions of the system are 1500 mm length × 477 mm width × 1445 mm height, and it can accept objects up to 200 mm wide × 80 mm high. An automatic liquid nitrogen filling system was installed in the standard model. This system employed a double-layered permeable metallic shield with a thickness of 1 mm as a magnetically shielded box. The distribution of the magnetic field in the box was simulated by FEM; the gap between each shield layer was optimized before fabrication. A shielding factor of 732 in the Z-component was achieved. This value is high enough to safely operate the system in a non-laboratory environment, i.e., a factory. During testing, we successfully detected a steel contaminant as small as 0.3 mm in diameter at a distance of 75 mm.

  17. Evaluation of thermo responsive magnetic nano-particles for high- Tc SQUID bio application

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    Tanaka, S.; Toriyabe, C.; Torii, Y.; Hatsukade, Y.; Eki, T.; Katsura, S.; Ohnishi, N.; Wan, J.; Yang, S.; Zhang, Y.

    2007-10-01

    Immunoassay or detection of biological molecules using a high sensitive SQUID and magnetic nano-particles as labeling has been recently proposed. In this method, mostly a few particles are labeled on an antibody or biological molecules. If it is possible to give much more magnetic particles to the antibody, sensitivity must notably increase. We propose the use of thermo responsive magnetic nano-particles, which can agglutinate and disperse by themselves associated with temperature. As a preliminary experiment, we investigated the properties of thermo responsive nano-particles made of Fe3O4. By detailed study on the particles using an analyzer for a distribution of particle's outer dimension in aqueous liquid, it was found that the dimension increased with temperature above 25°, and became 400 nm at 30.5°. Magnetic measurements of the particles at different conditions using high-Tc SQUID have been done. The results suggested that the particles must be dried by heat before magnetic measurement to enhance the signal from the particles.

  18. Singularity in the positive Hall coeffcient near pre-onset temperatures in high-Tc superconductors

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    Vezzoli, G. C.; Chen, M. F.; Craver, F.; Moon, B. M.; Safari, A.; Burke, T.; Stanley, W.

    1990-10-01

    Hall measurements using continuous extremely slow cooling and reheating rates as well as employing eqiulibrium point-by-point conventional techniques reveals a clear anomally in RH at pre-onset temperatures near Tc in polycrystalline samples Y1Ba2Cu3O7 and Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3O10. The anomaly has the appearance of a singularity of Dirac-delta function which parallels earlier work on La1-xSrxCuO4. Recent single crystal work on the Bi-containing high-Tc superconductor is in accord with a clearcut anomaly. The singularity is tentatively interpreted to be associated (upon cooling) with initially the removal of positive holes from the hopping conduction system of the normal state such as from the increased concentration of bound virtual excitons due to increased exciton and hole lifetimes at low temperature. Subsequently the formation of Cooper pairs by mediation from these centers (bound-holes) and/or bound excitons) may cause an ionization of these bound virtual excitons thereby re-introducing holes and electrons into the conduction system at Tc.

  19. Synthesis of high-Tc superconductors at Uppsala University: ceramics and crystal growth

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    Lundström, Torsten; Lönnberg, Bertil; Tergenius, Lars-Erik

    1991-07-01

    Synthetic and process studies of the new high-Tc super-conductors are carried out using the methods of powder technology. The equipment for these studies at the Institute of Chemistry, University of Uppsala is described. The laboratory is equipped with jaw crusher, various mills, powder mixer, spray dryer and several sintering furnaces. The laboratory has excellent facilities for powder characterization, such as a semi-automatic image analyzer, a system for X-ray line broadening analysis, BET apparatus, sample divider and a sieving machine. Single-crystal growth experiments are also reported. Single crystals of YBa2Cu3O7 and Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 were grown by the off-stoichiometric method. The largest crystals of YBa2Cu3O7 were obtained with the soaking temperature of 980°C and a cooling rate of 2°C h-1. A soaking temperature of 925°C and a cooling rate of 40°C h-1 produced the largest Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 single crystals. A single crystal examination showed that the structure of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 is incommensurate along the b axis. The lattice parameters were a = 5.40 Å, b = 25.25 Å, c = 30.62 Å.

  20. Effect of disorder on the pairing properties of electron-doped high- Tc superconductors

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    Jiang, Hong-Min; Li, Jian-Xin

    2007-08-01

    The effect of disorder on pairing properties in the mixed dx2-y2+is - and dx2-y2+idxy -wave pairing states in electron-doped high- Tc cuprates is investigated by self-consistently solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations. It is found that the dominant dx2-y2 -wave component will give way to the s -wave component, while the dxy -wave component will have the same magnitude as the dx2-y2 -wave component with the increase of disorder strength. In real space, the dxy -wave component competes locally with the dx2-y2 -wave component, while the s -wave component does not seem to show such competition with the latter. Both transitions from the dx2-y2 -wave pairing to the mixed dx2-y2+is -wave pairing and to the mixed dx2-y2+idxy -wave pairing can result in the absence of zero-bias peaks in the local tunneling spectra, but it has a U-shaped form for the former and a V-shaped form for the latter. These results may serve to probe the pairing symmetry in the electron-doped cuprates.

  1. Unconventional charge order in a co-doped high-Tc superconductor

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    Pelc, D.; Vučković, M.; Grafe, H.-J.; Baek, S.-H.; Požek, M.

    2016-09-01

    Charge-stripe order has recently been established as an important aspect of cuprate high-Tc superconductors. However, owing to the complex interplay between competing phases and the influence of disorder, it is unclear how it emerges from the parent high-temperature state. Here we report on the discovery of an unconventional ordered phase between charge-stripe order and (pseudogapped) metal in the cuprate La1.8-xEu0.2SrxCuO4. We use three complementary experiments--nuclear quadrupole resonance, nonlinear conductivity and specific heat--to demonstrate that the order appears through a sharp phase transition and exists in a dome-shaped region of the phase diagram. Our results imply that the new phase is a state, which preserves translational symmetry: a charge nematic. We thus resolve the process of charge-stripe development in cuprates, show that this nematic phase is distinct from high-temperature pseudogap and establish a link with other strongly correlated electronic materials with prominent nematic order.

  2. Interplay of 3 d-5 d interactions in high-TC osmium-based double perovskites

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    Taylor, A. E.; Calder, S.; Morrow, R.; Woodward, P. M.; Yan, J. Q.; Winn, B.; Lumsden, M. D.; Christianson, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    In 3d-5d systems the strongly magnetic 3d orbitals and extended 5d orbitals with enhanced spin-orbit coupling lead to a range of high TC magnetic states and novel behavior not present in systems consisting solely of 3d or 5d ions. The two distinct octahedral sites in double perovskites A2 BB 'O6 allow an ordered 3d-5d structure to form, providing a variety of systems to be investigated. Unravelling the interactions controlling these systems, however, is an open challenge. The highest known TC in such a system, 725K, is found in insulator Sr2CrOsO6. This questions the theory for high-TCs in systems such as TC=400K Sr2FeReO6 which relies on half-metallic behavior. To unravel the nature of the interactions in 3d-5d systems, we have studied the series of compounds Sr2 X OsO6. We have utilized elastic and inelastic neutron scattering to probe the spin states in the systems, and therefore test predictions that the magnetic interactions are controlled by a frustrated AFM Heisenberg model. By studying the series, we are able to relate changes in the spin wave spectrum to dramatic changes in the magnetic order from TN = 95 K antiferromagnetism to TC = 725 K ferrimagnetism.

  3. NMR in pulsed high-field magnets and application to high-TC superconductors

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    Stork, H.; Bontemps, P.; Rikken, G. L. J. A.

    2013-09-01

    This article deals with the implementation of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) experiments in pulsed magnetic fields at the pulsed-field facility of the Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses and its application to the high-TC superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.51. The experimental setup is described in detail, including a low-temperature probe head adapted for pulsed fields. An entire paragraph is dedicated to the discussion of NMR in pulsed field and the introduction of an advanced deconvolution technique making use of the induction voltage in an additional pick-up coil. The 63Cu/65Cu NMR experiments on an YBa2Cu3O6.51 single crystal were performed at 2.5 K during a field pulse of 46.8-T-amplitude. In the recorded spectrum the 63Cu center line and high-frequency satellites as well as the 65Cu center line are identified and are compared with results in literature.

  4. Unconventional charge order in a co-doped high-Tc superconductor

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    Pelc, D.; Vučković, M.; Grafe, H. -J.; Baek, S. -H.; Požek, M.

    2016-01-01

    Charge-stripe order has recently been established as an important aspect of cuprate high-Tc superconductors. However, owing to the complex interplay between competing phases and the influence of disorder, it is unclear how it emerges from the parent high-temperature state. Here we report on the discovery of an unconventional ordered phase between charge-stripe order and (pseudogapped) metal in the cuprate La1.8−xEu0.2SrxCuO4. We use three complementary experiments—nuclear quadrupole resonance, nonlinear conductivity and specific heat—to demonstrate that the order appears through a sharp phase transition and exists in a dome-shaped region of the phase diagram. Our results imply that the new phase is a state, which preserves translational symmetry: a charge nematic. We thus resolve the process of charge-stripe development in cuprates, show that this nematic phase is distinct from high-temperature pseudogap and establish a link with other strongly correlated electronic materials with prominent nematic order. PMID:27605152

  5. Experimental test of spin-charge separation in a high-Tc superconductor

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    Kirtley, J. R.; Tsuei, C. C.; Raffy, H.; Li, Z. Z.; Kogan, V. G.; Clem, J. R.; Moler, K. A.

    2001-03-01

    We have performed tests of spin-charge separation in the cuprate superconductors following suggestions by Senthil and Fisher (T. Senthil and M.P.A. Fisher, cond-mat 0008082) and Sachdev (S. Sachdev, cond-mat 009456). Our experiments were performed on photolithographically patterned thin film rings of the high-Tc cuprate superconductor Bi_2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8+δ which have been annealed in argon to reduce the doping, and therefore the critical temperature, well below the optimum value. The fluxoid states of the rings were controlled and imaged by rapidly varying the sample temperature and externally applied magnetic field in a variable sample temperature scanning SQUID microscope(J.R. Kirtley et al.), Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 4011 (1999). To date we have seen no evidence for either persistence of vorticity upon thermal cycling through T_c, as predicted by Senthil and Fisher, or for h/e vortices, as predicted by Sachdev. Measurements of telegraph noise between states with different fluxoid numbers provide a measure of the speed of the dynamics of the conventional vortices in these rings.

  6. Matrix Element Effects in the ARPES Spectra of High-Tc's

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    Bansil, A.; Lindroos, M.

    1998-03-01

    We have extended our first-principles photointensity computations [see, e.g., Lindroos and Bansil, Phys. Rev. Letters 75, 1182(1995)] to treat the complex Bi2212 structure. Results for emission from the (001) surface along high symmetry directions in the Brillouin zone are discussed. Although the calculations are implicitly based on the LDA wavefunctions, we have carried out a number of simulations to mimic correlation effects in order to assess the robustness of our results. The total weight of the spectral peak associated with the CuO2 plane bands is found to vary anisotropically as one moves away from the zone center in remarkable overall accord with the corresponding experimental observations [Ding et al., Phys. Rev. Letters 76, 1533(1996)]. The photon-energy, polarization and k-dependencies of the spectra in the vicinity of the M-point are analyzed in some detail with an eye towards identifying signatures of one vs two CuO2 plane bands in the spectra. Our study shows clearly that matrix element effects are important in interpreting the ARPES spectra of the high-Tc's and that caution should be exercised in making direct comparisons between the observed features and the computed one-particle spectral density functions. Work supported in part by the DOE and the Academy of Finland.

  7. The t J model for the oxide high-Tc superconductors

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    Ogata, Masao; Fukuyama, Hidetoshi

    2008-03-01

    A theoretical review is given on high temperature superconductivity in copper oxides (cuprates) by focusing on the hole doping cases based on the view that it is realized in carrier doped Mott insulators, as noted by Anderson in the initial stage. From the detailed knowledge of electronic states deduced from experiments that showed the undoped parent case is Mott insulators (charge transfer type insulators, to be precise) and that the hole doping is mainly on oxygen sites, the t-J model, as derived by Zhang and Rice, is shown to be a canonical model for hole doped cuprates and values of various parameters of the model have been assessed. Results of many different numerical methods so far obtained for this t-J model, especially the variational Monte Carlo method, have clearly indicated the stability of the \\rmd_{x^2-y^2} -wave superconductivity at absolute zero for the parameter region of actual experimental interest and the particular doping dependences of the condensation energy of superconductivity reflecting particular features of doped Mott insulators. For finite temperatures, on the other hand, the field theoretical slave-boson approximation based on the spin (spinons) and charge (holons) separations and the gauge fields as a glue combining them predicts qualitatively particular features of the existence of characteristic crossover temperatures of the spin singlet of the resonating valence bond (RVB) state, TRVB and the onset of Bose condensation of holons, TB, triggering coherent motion of electrons as convoluted particles of spinons and holons. The considerations based on the gauge field indicate that the onset temperature of superconductivity, Tc, is the lower one of these two, i.e. either TB (overdoped cases) or TRVB (underdoped cases), respectively. These characteristic features of the 'phase diagram' at finite temperatures are in overall agreement with various experimental observations, especially with the existence of spin-gap or pseudo-gap phases. In

  8. Local Inhomogeneity and Filamentary Superconductivity in Pr-Doped CaFe2As2

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    Gofryk, Krzysztof; Pan, Minghu; Cantoni, Claudia; Saparov, Bayrammurad; Mitchell, Jonathan E.; Sefat, Athena S.

    2014-01-01

    We use multiscale techniques to determine the extent of local inhomogeneity and superconductivity in Ca0.86Pr0.14Fe2As2 single crystal. The inhomogeneity is manifested as a spatial variation of the praseodymium concentration, local density of states, and superconducting order parameter. We show that the high-Tc superconductivity emerges from cloverlike defects associated with Pr dopants. The highest Tc is observed in both the tetragonal and collapsed tetragonal phases, and its filamentary nature is a consequence of nonuniform Pr distribution that develops localized, isolated superconducting regions within the crystals.

  9. The η-Pairing Superconductivity in Spin-Density Wave Background

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    X, M. Qiu; Z, J. Wang

    1993-10-01

    In this letter, we propose a modified attractive Hubbard model at half filling that can exhibit superconductivity through η-pairing mechanism in spin-density wave representation and derive a concise relationship between the energy disparity and the single-particle energy spectrum. This relationship, in the two limits of U, clearly shows that the system does not display superconductivity for very low doping concentration. but demonstrates superconductivity when the doping concentration exceeds a certain critical value. This conclusion is in qualitative agreement with the familiar experiments on high-Tc superconductivity.

  10. Multipole Superconductivity in Nonsymmorphic Sr2IrO4

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    Sumita, Shuntaro; Nomoto, Takuya; Yanase, Youichi

    2017-07-01

    Discoveries of marked similarities to high-Tc cuprate superconductors point to the realization of superconductivity in the doped Jeff=1 /2 Mott insulator Sr2IrO4. Contrary to the mother compound of cuprate superconductors, several stacking patterns of in-plane canted antiferromagnetic moments have been reported, which are distinguished by the ferromagnetic components as -++-, ++++, and -+-+ . In this paper, we clarify unconventional features of the superconductivity coexisting with -++- and -+-+ structures. Combining the group theoretical analysis and numerical calculations for an effective Jeff=1 /2 model, we show unusual superconducting gap structures in the -++- state protected by nonsymmorphic magnetic space group symmetry. Furthermore, our calculation shows that the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov superconductivity is inevitably stabilized in the -+-+ state since the odd-parity magnetic -+-+ order makes the band structure asymmetric by cooperating with spin-orbit coupling. These unusual superconducting properties are signatures of magnetic multipole order in nonsymmorphic crystal.

  11. Compensated electron and hole pickets in an underdoped high Tc superconductor

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    Harrison, Neil; Altarawneh, Moaz M; Mielke, Charles H; Sebastian, Suchitra E; Goddard, P A; Liang, Ruixing; Bonn, D A; Hardy, W N; Andersen, O K; Lonzarich, G G

    2010-01-01

    Important to the question of high temperature superconductivity is whether bound fermionic pairs with zero or finite momentum - exhibiting bosonic physics - are involved. Here we use angle-dependent magnetic quantum oscillation measurements in underdoped YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} to reveal two significantly differently corrugated small sections of Fermi surface, identifying them as comprising opposite carriers located at different locations of the Brillouin zone. The surprising finding that these disproportionately heavy small pockets are equal in size indicates they are prone to a finite momentum excitonic insulator instability. We discuss the possibility that reducing the doping drives YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x} closer to an instability of this nature, its ultimate realization occuring at the metal-insulator quantum critical point, accompanied by a potential enhancement of superconducting transition temperatures.

  12. The search for circular dichroism in high-Tc superconductors (abstract)

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    Lyons, K. B.; Kwo, J.; Dillon, J. F., Jr.; Espinosa, G. P.; McGlashan-Powell, M.; Ramirez, A. P.; Schneemeyer, L. F.

    1991-04-01

    Stimulated by recent predictions of broken time reversal symmetry in cuprate superconductors, we have carried out a study of the polar Kerr ellipticity (the ellipticity of normally reflected light with the incident beam linearly polarized) for various cuprate materials, both superconducting and nonsuperconducting. The technique used employs a rotating half-wave retardation plate in order to discriminate against linear polarization effects. The results reveal a signature of a nonzero polar Kerr ellipticity which appears on cooling near 200 K in a variety of superconducting materials, and which is not observed in the corresponding insulating compounds. In this talk, in addition to summarizing these results, we plan to discuss the measurement technique itself in some detail. Measurements on both thin films and bulk samples will be discussed, together with a variety of tests on unrelated materials, which serve to eliminate various possible experimental artifacts.

  13. Disentangling the Electronic and Phononic Glue in a High-Tc Superconductor

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    Dal Conte, S.; Giannetti, C.; Coslovich, G.; Cilento, F.; Bossini, D.; Abebaw, T.; Banfi, F.; Ferrini, G.; Eisaki, H.; Greven, M.; Damascelli, A.; van der Marel, D.; Parmigiani, F.

    2012-03-01

    Unveiling the nature of the bosonic excitations that mediate the formation of Cooper pairs is a key issue for understanding unconventional superconductivity. A fundamental step toward this goal would be to identify the relative weight of the electronic and phononic contributions to the overall frequency (Ω)-dependent bosonic function, Π(Ω). We performed optical spectroscopy on Bi2Sr2Ca0.92Y0.08Cu2O8+δ crystals with simultaneous time and frequency resolution; this technique allowed us to disentangle the electronic and phononic contributions by their different temporal evolution. The spectral distribution of the electronic excitations and the strength of their interaction with fermionic quasiparticles fully account for the high critical temperature of the superconducting phase transition.

  14. Disentangling the electronic and phononic glue in a high-Tc superconductor.

    PubMed

    Dal Conte, S; Giannetti, C; Coslovich, G; Cilento, F; Bossini, D; Abebaw, T; Banfi, F; Ferrini, G; Eisaki, H; Greven, M; Damascelli, A; van der Marel, D; Parmigiani, F

    2012-03-30

    Unveiling the nature of the bosonic excitations that mediate the formation of Cooper pairs is a key issue for understanding unconventional superconductivity. A fundamental step toward this goal would be to identify the relative weight of the electronic and phononic contributions to the overall frequency (Ω)-dependent bosonic function, Π(Ω). We performed optical spectroscopy on Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.92)Y(0.08)Cu(2)O(8+δ) crystals with simultaneous time and frequency resolution; this technique allowed us to disentangle the electronic and phononic contributions by their different temporal evolution. The spectral distribution of the electronic excitations and the strength of their interaction with fermionic quasiparticles fully account for the high critical temperature of the superconducting phase transition.

  15. A technique to measure the thermal diffusivity of high Tc superconductors

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    Powers, Charles E.

    1991-01-01

    High T(sub c) superconducting electrical current leads and ground straps will be used in cryogenic coolers in future NASA Goddard Space Flight Center missions. These superconducting samples are long, thin leads with a typical diameter of two millimeters. A longitudinal method is developed to measure the thermal diffusivity of candidate materials for this application. This technique uses a peltier junction to supply an oscillatory heat wave into one end of a sample and will use low mass thermocouples to follow the heat wave along the sample. The thermal diffusivity is calculated using both the exponential decay of the heat wave and the phase shift to the wave. Measurements are performed in a cryostat between 10 K and room temperature.

  16. Superconductivity Program for electric power systems: 1994 annual PEER review. Volume 2, Meeting proceedings

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    Not Available

    1994-07-29

    This is volume 2 of information that was presented at the 1994 Annual Peer Review, Superconductivity Program For Electric Power. Topics include component development; characterization of high-{Tc} Superconductors; wire development; coils; magnetic refrigerators; motor cooling issues; and magnetic separation. Individual projects were processed separately for the database.

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

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

    1992-08-01

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

  18. [Research programs on elementary particle and field theories and superconductivity]. [Rockefeller Univ

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    Khuri, N.N.

    1992-01-01

    Research of staff members in theoretical physics is presented in the following areas: super string theory, a new approach to path integrals, new ideas on the renormalization group, nonperturbative chiral gauge theories, the standard model, K meson decays, and the CP problem. Work on high-[Tc] superconductivity and protein folding is also related.

  19. Effective single-band models for the high-Tc cuprates. I. Coulomb interactions

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    Feiner, L. F.; Jefferson, J. H.; Raimondi, R.

    1996-04-01

    Starting with the three-band extended Hubbard model (or d-p model) widely used to represent the CuO2 planes in the high-Tc cuprates, we make a systematic reduction to an effective single-band model using a previously developed cell-perturbation method. The range of parameters for which this mapping is a good approximation is explored in the full Zaanen-Sawatzky-Allen diagram (copper Coulomb repulsion Ud versus charge-transfer energy ɛ), together with an investigation of the validity of a further mapping to an effective charge-spin (t-J-V) model. The variation of the effective single-band parameters with the parameters of the underlying multi-band model is investigated in detail, and the parameter regime where the model represents the high-Tc cuprates is examined for specific features that might distinguish it from the general case. In particular, we consider the effect of Coulomb repulsions on oxygen (Up) and between copper and oxygen (Vpd). We find that the reduction to an effective single-band model is generally valid for describing the low-energy physics, and that Vpd and Up (unless unrealistically large) actually slightly improve the convergence of the cell-perturbation method. Unlike in the usual single-band Hubbard model, the effective intercell hopping and Coulomb interactions are different for electrons and holes. We find that this asymmetry, which vanishes in the extreme Mott-Hubbard regime (Ud<<ɛ), is quite appreciable in the charge-transfer regime (Ud>~ɛ), particularly for the effective Coulomb interactions. We show that for doped holes (forming Zhang-Rice singlets) on neighboring cells the interaction induced by Vpd can even be attractive due to locally enhanced pd hybridization, while this cannot occur for electrons. The Coulomb interaction induced by Up is always repulsive; in addition Up gives rise to a ferromagnetic spin-spin interaction which opposes antiferromagnetic superexchange. We show that for hole-doped systems this leads to a subtle

  20. Preparation of multilayer films for integrated high- Tc SQUIDs with ramp-edge Josephson junctions

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    Adachi, S.; Hata, K.; Sugano, T.; Wakana, H.; Hato, T.; Tarutani, Y.; Tanabe, K.

    2008-09-01

    We proposed a novel multilayer structure having a new combination of oxides for integrated high- Tc SQUID with ramp-edge Josephson junctions. La 0.1Er 0.95Ba 1.95Cu 3O y (L1ErBCO) and SmBa 2Cu 3O y (SmBCO) were used as counter- and base-electrodes, respectively. An SrSnO 3 (SSO) layer was deposited as an insulating layer. Prior to deposition of SmBCO, Pr 1.4Ba 1.6Cu 2.6Ga 0.4O y (P4G4) and SSO were deposited on MgO (100) substrate in order to improve film quality of L1ErBCO/SSO/SmBCO layers. The black-colored P4G4 layer was expected to work as a temperature homogenizer over a whole substrate area during deposition of the upper layers. All the layers except L1ErBCO were deposited by an off-axis magnetron sputtering. An L1ErBCO layer was deposited by a pulsed laser deposition method. A thin Cu-poor L1ErBCO layer was initially deposited to form an adequate barrier on the ramp-edge of SmBCO. Gradiometer arrays having multilayered feedback coils and pickup loops were made in a chip and their proper operation at 77 K was confirmed. The present multilayer structure is promising for application to SQUIDs with more complicated designs.

  1. Fermi surface splittings in multilayered high-Tc cuprates with charge imbalance

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    Mori, M.; Tohyama, T.; Maekawa, S.

    2006-03-01

    Cuprate superconductors have layered structure of CuO2 planes, which makes conducting blocks separated by an charge- reservoir block. Multilayered high-Tc cuprates, e.g., Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(O1-yFy)2 and HgBa2Ca4Cu5Oy, have two kinds of CuO2 planes in a unit cell; the outer-pyramidal-coordinated-planes (OP's) and the inner- square-coordinated-planes (IP's). The carrier density in the OP is generally different from that in the IP. We call such an inhomogeneous charge-distribution charge imbalance'. We study doping dependence of interlayer hoppings, t, in such a charge-imbalance system in the Gutzwiller approximation. When the double occupancy is forbidden in the CuO2 plane, an effective amplitude of t is shown to be proportional to the square root of the product of doping rates in adjacent two planes. Therefore, the charge imbalance in more than three-layered cuprates results in two different values of t^eff, i.e., t^eff1t√δIP δIP between IP's, and t^eff2t√δIP δOP between IP and OP, where δIP (δOP) is the doping rates in IP (OP). Fermi surfaces are calculated in the four-layered t-t'- t''-J model by the mean-field theory. The order parameters, the renormalization factor of t, and the site- potential making the charge imbalance between IP and OP are self-consistently determined for several doping rates. We show the interlayer splitting of the Fermi surfaces, which may be observed in the angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy measurement. *cond-mat/0511249.

  2. Tunneling characteristics and low-frequency noise of high-Tc superconductor/noble-metal junctions

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    Xu, Yizi; Ekin, J. W.

    2004-03-01

    We report extensive measurements of transport characteristics and low-frequency resistance noise of c-axis yttrium-barium-copper-oxide (YBCO)/Au junctions. The dominant conduction mechanism is tunneling at low temperatures. The conductance characteristic is asymmetric, and the conductance minimum occurs at a nonzero voltage. These features can be qualitatively explained by modeling the YBCO/Au interface with a Schottky barrier. The model shows that the YBCO surface behaves like a p-type degenerate semiconductor, with a Fermi degeneracy of about 0.1 eV. The barrier height is approximately 1.0 eV. We present evidence that interface states and disorder play an important role in determining the conductance characteristics. Low-frequency noise measurements of these junctions reveal that junction noise is dominated by resistance fluctuations with a 1/f-like power spectrum over a wide range of temperature and bias voltage. For temperatures between 4.2 and 77 K, the junction noise can be parameterized in terms of a normalized resistance fluctuation: δR/R≃6.3×10-4/√(f), in units of Hz-1/2, where f is the center frequency of the measurement bandwidth. At f=10 Hz, for example, it is 2×10-4 Hz-1/2. This noise figure should prove to be useful for engineering design of high-Tc electronics. A more detailed analysis shows that at low temperatures the noise spectrum is characterized by random telegraph signals withe a Lorentzian power spectrum, which can have a distribution of corner frequencies that mimics a 1/f dependence. The random telegraph signals provide evidence for the existence of localized states.

  3. Antiferromagnetic Phase Transition in Four-Layered High-Tc Superconductors Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(FyO1-y)2 with Tc=55--102 K: 63Cu- and 19F-NMR Studies

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    Shimizu, Sunao; Mukuda, Hidekazu; Kitaoka, Yoshio; Kito, Hijiri; Kodama, Yasuharu; Shirage, Parasharam M.; Iyo, Akira

    2009-06-01

    We report on the magnetic characteristics of four-layered high-Tc superconductors Ba2Ca3Cu4O8(FyO1-y)2 with apical fluorine through 63Cu- and 19F-NMR measurements. The substitution of oxygen for fluorine at the apical site increases carrier density (Nh) and Tc from 55 up to 102 K. The NMR measurements reveal that antiferromagnetic order, which can uniformly coexist with superconductivity, exists up to Nh ≃ 0.15, which is somewhat smaller than Nh ≃ 0.17, the quantum critical point (QCP) for five-layered compounds. The fact that the QCP for the four-layered compounds moves to a region of lower carrier density than for five-layered ones ensures that a decrease in the number of CuO2 layers makes an interlayer magnetic coupling weaker.

  4. Ultrafast momentum-dependent quasiparticle dynamics in high-Tc superconductors

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    Bovensiepen, Uwe

    2013-03-01

    Femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy trARPES facilitates insight into electronic relaxation and electronic structure of non-equilibrium states of matter. Hot electrons and holes relax in metals on ultrafast time scales due to the screened Coulomb interaction. In superconductors the relaxation rates of quasiparticles at energies close to the superconducting gap edge are reduced because of the loss of quasiparticle states near EF. Since in the superconducting state the relaxation of optically excited carriers proceeds partly by Cooper pair reformation, the study of the quasiparticle dynamics bears the potential to analyze the interaction responsible for Cooper pair formation. Results of trARPES will be discussed for optimally doped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ in the superconducting state and on EuFe2As2 in the antiferromagnetic state. In the cuprate system we find a predominant excitation of quasiparticles at momenta near the antinode. We show furthermore, that at excitation densities of several 10 μJ/cm2 quasiparticle relaxation is dominated by Cooper pair reformation, which again proceeds near the antinode. In the Fe-pnictide material we monitor a difference in the relaxation rate for electrons and holes near the Fermi momentum, which disappears above the Neel temperature. We conclude that this anisotropic relaxation of electrons and holes is a consequence of the optical modification of the antiferromagnetic order. Analysis of energy transfer from electrons to phonons allows to determine the momentum averaged electron-phonon coupling constant λ. We find values below 0.25 for Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ and below 0.15 for EuFe2As2. We acknowledge funding through the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through BO 1823/2, SPP 1458 and the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

  5. Dynamical Layer Decoupling in a Stripe-Ordered High-Tc Superconductor

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    Fradkin, Eduardo; Berg, Erez; Kim, Eun-Ah; Kivelson, Steve; Oganesyan, Vadim; Tranquada, John; Zhang, Shoucheng

    2008-03-01

    In the stripe-ordered state of a strongly correlated two-dimensional electronic system, under a set of special circumstances, the superconducting condensate, like the magnetic order, can occur at a nonzero wave vector corresponding to a spatial period double that of the charge order. In this case, the Josephson coupling between near neighbor planes, especially in a crystal with the special structure of La2-xBaxCuO4, vanishes identically. We propose that this is the underlying cause of the dynamical decoupling of the layers recently observed in transport measurements at x =1/8. [1] E. Berg et al, PRL 99, 127003 (2007)

  6. Dynamical Layer Decoupling in a Stripe-Ordered High-Tc Superconductor

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    Berg, E.; Fradkin, E.; Kim, E.-A.; Kivelson, S. A.; Oganesyan, V.; Tranquada, J. M.; Zhang, S. C.

    2007-09-01

    In the stripe-ordered state of a strongly correlated two-dimensional electronic system, under a set of special circumstances, the superconducting condensate, like the magnetic order, can occur at a nonzero wave vector corresponding to a spatial period double that of the charge order. In this case, the Josephson coupling between near neighbor planes, especially in a crystal with the special structure of La2-xBaxCuO4, vanishes identically. We propose that this is the underlying cause of the dynamical decoupling of the layers recently observed in transport measurements at x=1/8.

  7. Superconductive wire

    DOEpatents

    Korzekwa, David A.; Bingert, John F.; Peterson, Dean E.; Sheinberg, Haskell

    1995-01-01

    A superconductive article is made by inserting a rigid mandrel into an internal cavity of a first metallic tube, said tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining the interior cavity, forming a layer of a superconductive material or superconductive precursor upon the exterior surface of said first metallic tube, machining the layer of superconductive material or superconductive precursor to a predetermined diameter to form an intermediate article configured for insertion into a second metallic tube having an interior diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter, inserting the machined intermediate article into a second metallic tube having an internal diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter of the intermediate article to form a composite intermediate article, reducing or ironing the composite intermediate article to a predetermined cross-sectional diameter, and sintering the reduced or ironed composite intermediate article at temperatures and for time sufficient for the superconductive material or superconductive precursor to exhibit superconductivity.

  8. Superconductive wire

    DOEpatents

    Korzekwa, D.A.; Bingert, J.F.; Peterson, D.E.; Sheinberg, H.

    1995-07-18

    A superconductive article is made by inserting a rigid mandrel into an internal cavity of a first metallic tube, said tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining the interior cavity, forming a layer of a superconductive material or superconductive precursor upon the exterior surface of said first metallic tube, machining the layer of superconductive material or superconductive precursor to a predetermined diameter to form an intermediate article configured for insertion into a second metallic tube having an interior diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter, inserting the machined intermediate article into a second metallic tube having an internal diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter of the intermediate article to form a composite intermediate article, reducing or ironing the composite intermediate article to a predetermined cross-sectional diameter, and sintering the reduced or ironed composite intermediate article at temperatures and for time sufficient for the superconductive material or superconductive precursor to exhibit superconductivity. 2 figs.

  9. Electronic Properties of High-Tc Superconductors. The Normal and the Superconducting State of High-Tc Materials. Proceedings of the International Winter School held in Kirchberg, Tyrol on March 7 - 14, 1992

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1992-03-14

    way, can we possibly account for the insulating antiferromagnetic (AF) CuO 2-planes in Pr-07 with a Niel -temperature TN comparable to Y-0 6 [4...structure constant (1/137) and a0 is the Bohr radius. Figure 1 shows the result of a recent calculation of the conductivity of YBaCuO using a superposition

  10. Superconducting transistor

    DOEpatents

    Gray, Kenneth E.

    1979-01-01

    A superconducting transistor is formed by disposing three thin films of superconducting material in a planar parallel arrangement and insulating the films from each other by layers of insulating oxides to form two tunnel junctions. One junction is biased above twice the superconducting energy gap and the other is biased at less than twice the superconducting energy gap. Injection of quasiparticles into the center film by one junction provides a current gain in the second junction.

  11. High Tc superconductors - Electronic structure; Proceedings of the International Symposium, Rome, Italy, Oct. 5-7, 1988

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    Bianconi, Antonio; Marcelli, Augusto

    Recent theoretical and experimental investigations of the electronic structure of high-Tc superconductors are discussed in reviews and reports. Sections are devoted to theoretical models, optical properties, magnetic interactions, materials, photoemission, and X-ray spectroscopy. Topics addressed include the roles of apex oxygen atoms in doped holes and low-energy excitations, the energy gap and two-component absorption, vibrational modes in the CuO2 planes of YBa2Cu3O(7-delta), neutron-scattering studies of magnetic excitations in La(2-x)Sr(x)CuO4, interface formation between metals and high-Tc superconductors, and the temperature dependence of the Cu-O structure in EuBa2Cu3O(7-delta).

  12. Phonon characteristics of high {Tc} superconductors from neutron Doppler broadening measurements

    SciTech Connect

    Trela, W.J.; Kwei, G.H.; Lynn, J.E.; Meggers, K.

    1994-12-01

    Statistical information on the phonon frequency spectrum of materials can be measured by neutron transmission techniques if they contain nuclei with low energy resonances, narrow enough to be Doppler-broadened, in their neutron cross sections. The authors have carried out some measurements using this technique for materials of the lanthanum barium cuprate class, La{sub 2{minus}x}Ba{sub x}CuO{sub 4}. Two samples with slightly different concentrations of oxygen, one being superconductive, the other not, were examined. Pure lanthanum cuprate was also measured. Lanthanum, barium and copper all have relatively low energy narrow resonances. Thus it should be possible to detect differences in the phonons carried by different kinds of atom in the lattice. Neutron cross section measurements have been made with high energy resolution and statistical precision on the 59m flight path of LANSCE, the pulsed spallation neutron source at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Measurements on all three materials were made over a range of temperatures from 15K to 300K, with small steps through the critical temperature region near 27K. No significant changes in the mean phonon energy of the lanthanum atoms were observed near the critical temperature of the super-conducting material. It appears however that the mean phonon energy of lanthanum in the superconductor is considerably higher than that in the non-superconductors. The samples used in this series of experiments were too thin in barium and copper to determine anything significant about their phonon spectra.

  13. Chern-Simons and anyonic superconductivity

    SciTech Connect

    Lykken, J.D.

    1990-04-01

    Anyons are particles with fractional statistics. They can exist as point particles in a 2+1 dimension, or as quasiparticles in quasiplanar condensed matter systems in the real world. Anyonic particles can be modeled by ordinary bosons or fermions coupled to a statistical'' Chern-Simons abelian gauge field. For certain values of the statistics phase, a plasma of anyons in the Chern-Simons description is a superconductor. Anyonic superconductivity may represent an idealized limit of a new type of superconductor in real systems, perhaps encompassing the recently discovered high {Tc} copper oxides. 42 refs.

  14. Superconductive wire

    SciTech Connect

    Korzekwa, D.A.; Bingert, J.F.; Peterson, D.E.; Sheinberg, H.

    1992-12-31

    This invention is comprised of a superconductive article including a first metallic tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining an interior hollow cavity, a layer of superconductive material surrounding said exterior surface of said first metallic tube, and, a second metallic tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface adjacent to said layer of superconductive material is provided together with processes of making such a superconductive article including, e.g., inserting a rigid mandrel into an internal cavity of a first metallic tube, said tube having an interior surface and an exterior surface, said interior surface defining the interior cavity, forming a layer of a superconductive material or superconductive precursor upon the exterior surface of said first metallic tube, machining the layer of superconductive material or superconductive precursor to a predetermined diameter to form an intermediate article configured for insertion into a second metallic tube having an interior diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter, inserting the machined intermediate article into a second metallic tube having an internal diameter corresponding to the predetermined diameter of the intermediate article to form a composite intermediate article, reducing and/or ironing the composite intermediate article to a predetermined cross-sectional diameter, and sintering the reduced or ironed composite intermediate article at temperatures and for time sufficient for the superconductive material or superconductive precursor to exhibit superconductivity.

  15. A high-Tc SQUID gradiometer with integrated homogeneous field compensation

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    Schultze, Volkmar; Drung, Dietmar; IJsselsteijn, Rob; Meyer, Hans-Georg

    2004-05-01

    An integrated gradiometer system is presented, consisting of a single-layer high-temperature superconductor dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and two coils, realized on printed circuit boards. The coils compensate the homogeneous background field, thus allowing the gradiometer to be freely moved in the Earth's magnetic field. The gradiometer signal is not harmed by any additional noise introduced by the homogeneous field compensation. Therefore, a noise-limited magnetic field gradient resolution of 15 pT m-1 Hz-1/2 with a 1/f corner frequency of 2 Hz was achieved. This is preserved even after motion in the Earth's magnetic field. Because of the small dimensions of the compensation coils, the gradiometer system can also be used for non-destructive evaluation. Preliminary measurements were performed by moving the SQUID across a workpiece, without any shielding.

  16. High-Tc SQUID gradiometer system for magnetocardiography in an unshielded environment

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    Liao, S. H.; Hsu, S. C.; Lin, C. C.; Horng, H. E.; Chen, J. C.; Chen, M. J.; Wu, C. H.; Yang, H. C.

    2003-12-01

    We set up an electronic gradiometer for magnetocardiography (MCG) in an unshielded environment. The electronically balanced gradiometer consists of high-temperature radio-frequency superconducting quantum interference device (rf SQUID) magnetometers. The rf SQUID magnetometers are arranged to form the electronic first-order, four-vector gradiometer, or second-order gradiometer. The output of the MCG signal was filtered by a band pass (1-30 Hz) and power line filters. We can reduce the noise to ~1 pT Hz-1/2 at 1 Hz for second-order or four-vector gradiometers. Two-dimensional MCG imaging is demonstrated. The results are discussed with data measured in the moderate magnetically shielded environment.

  17. Absolute measurements of the high-frequency magnetic dynamics in high-{Tc} superconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Hayden, S.M.; Aeppli, G.; Dai, P.; Mook, H.A.; Perring, T.G.; Cheong, S.W.; Fisk, Z.; Dogan, F.; Mason, T.E.

    1997-08-07

    The authors review recent measurements of the high-frequency dynamic magnetic susceptibility in the high-T{sub c} superconducting systems La{sub 2{minus}x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} and YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 6+x}. Experiments were performed using the chopper spectrometers HET and MARI at the ISIS spallation source. The authors have placed their measurements on an absolute intensity scale, this allows systematic trends to be seen and comparisons with theory to be made. They find that the insulating S = 1/2 antiferromagnetic parent compounds show a dramatic renormalization in the spin wave intensity. The effect of doping on the response is to cause broadenings in wave vector and large redistributions of spectral weight in frequency.

  18. Investigation of inter- and intragrain critical currents in high Tc ceramic superconductors

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    Kuepfer, H.; Apfelstedt, I.; Fluekiger, R.; Keller, C.; Meier-Hirmer, R.

    1988-10-01

    Polycrystalline sintered bulk samples of REBa2Cu3O7 with RE = Y, Gd were studied by ac susceptibility and an inductive measurement technique which allows the separation of intergrain (transport) from intragrain critical current density. Field and temperature dependence of the intergrain current are compared with theoretical predictions for a weakly coupled grain structure. Up to fields 0.3 T the weak link character of the intergrain current predominates. At higher fields it changes and points to a percolation current via superconducting grain boundaries. A quantitative correlation between intragrain current and twin spacing is hidden, probably by oxygen deficiency in the grain interior. No variation of the intragrain critical current density with temperature is observed up to 85 K in a textured specimen.

  19. Anomalous Fermi-Surface Dependent Pairing in a Self-Doped High-Tc Superconductor

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Y.

    2010-05-03

    We report the discovery of a self-doped multi-layer high T{sub c} superconductor Ba{sub 2}Ca{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}O{sub 8}F{sub 2} (F0234) which contains distinctly different superconducting gap magnitudes along its two Fermi surface(FS) sheets. While formal valence counting would imply this material to be an undoped insulator, it is a self-doped superconductor with a T{sub c} of 60K, possessing simultaneously both electron- and hole-doped FS sheets. Intriguingly, the FS sheet characterized by the much larger gap is the electron-doped one, which has a shape disfavoring two electronic features considered to be important for the pairing mechanism: the van Hove singularity and the antiferromagnetic ({pi}/a, {pi}/a) scattering.

  20. Double criticality in the magnetic field driven transition of a high-TC superconductor

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    Leridon, Brigitte; Vanacken, Johan; Moshchalkov, V. V.; Vignolle, Baptiste; Porwal, Rajni; Budhani, R. C.

    2015-03-01

    The magnetic-field driven transition of a set of high critical temperature La2 - x Srx CuO4 superconducting thin films has been investigated using high pulsed magnetic fields. For the underdoped samples, the existence of two distinct critical regions in the superconductor/insulator transition has been evidenced for the first time. The first quantum critical region is observed at intermediate magnetic fields (~= 19 T)and temperatures and gives way at lower temperature to a quantum critical point at about twice critical magnetic field and resistance per square. The critical exponents inferred from scaling behaviour are markedly different for the two regions. We attribute this behaviour to the existence of a clean/dirty crossover due to the presence of electronic inhomogeneities. This work has been supported by a SESAME grant from Region Ile-de-France. Part of the experiments at KULeuven have been founded by EuroMagNET II under the EU Contract Number 228043.

  1. High {Tc} second order gradiometer for magnetocardiography in an unshielded environment

    SciTech Connect

    Kouznetsov, K.A.; Borgmann, J.; Clarke, J.

    1999-06-11

    We have fabricated planar first-derivative gradiometers in which an asymmetric flux transformer patterned in a single-layer YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} film is permanently bonded to a directly coupled magnetometer based on a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The gradiometer base line is 48 mm. The common mode rejection of uniform magnetic fields is typically one part in a few hundred. The outputs of two such gradiometers are subtracted digitally to form a second-derivative gradiometer. Additionally, three orthogonal SQUID magnetometers are used to reduce the residual response to uniform magnetic fields to better than 100 ppm. The system is able to detect magnetic signals from a human heart in an unshielded environment.

  2. Erratum - High Tc Second Order Gradiometer for magnetocardiography in an unshielded environment

    SciTech Connect

    Kouznetsov, K.A.; Borgmann, J.; Clarke, John

    1999-12-01

    We have fabricated planar first-derivative gradiometers in which an asymmetric flux transformer patterned in a single-layer YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} film is permanently bonded to a directly coupled magnetometer based on a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The gradiometer base line is 48 mm. The common mode rejection of uniform magnetic fields is typically one part in a few hundred. The outputs of two such gradiometers are subtracted digitally to form a second-derivative gradiometer. Additionally, three orthogonal SQUID magnetometers are used to reduce the residual response to uniform magnetic fields to better than 100 ppm. The system is able to detect magnetic signals from a human heart in an unshielded environment.

  3. Theory of Enhanced Interlayer Tunneling in Optically Driven High-Tc Superconductors

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    Okamoto, Jun-ichi; Cavalleri, Andrea; Mathey, Ludwig

    2016-11-01

    Motivated by recent pump-probe experiments indicating enhanced coherent c -axis transport in underdoped YBCO, we study Josephson junctions periodically driven by optical pulses. We propose a mechanism for this observation by demonstrating that a parametrically driven Josephson junction shows an enhanced imaginary part of the low-frequency conductivity when the driving frequency is above the plasma frequency, implying an effectively enhanced Josephson coupling. We generalize this analysis to a bilayer system of Josephson junctions modeling YBCO. Again, the Josephson coupling is enhanced when the pump frequency is blue detuned to either of the two plasma frequencies of the material. We show that the emergent driven state is a genuine, nonequilibrium superconducting state, in which equilibrium relations between the Josephson coupling, current fluctuations, and the critical current no longer hold.

  4. Superfluid and normal-fluid densities in the high- Tc superconductors

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    Tanner, D. B.; Gao, F.; Kamarás, K.; Liu, H. L.; Quijada, M. A.; Romero, D. B.; Yoon, Y.-D.; Zibold, A.; Berger, H.; Margaritondo, G.; Forró, L.; Kelly, R. J.; Onellion, M.; Cao, G.; Crow, J. E.; O, Beom-Hoan; Market, J. T.; Rice, J. P.; Ginsberg, D. M.; Wolf, Th.

    In clean metallic superconductors, 100% of the mobile carriers participate in the condensate, so that the London penetration depth (which measures the electromagnetic screening by the superconductor) indicates charge densities comparable to those inferred from the free-carrier plasma frequency. In the cuprates, this is not the case, even though penetration depth measurements have shown a good correlation between superfluid density and superconducting transition temperature in the underdoped-to-optimally-doped part of the phase diagram. Optical measurements, which permit independent determination of the total doping-induced spectral weight and the superfluid density, show that in optimally doped materials only about 20% of the doping-induced spectral weight joins the superfluid. The rest remains in finite-frequency, midinfrared absorption. In underdoped materials, the superfluid fraction is even smaller. This result implies extremely strong coupling for these superconductors.

  5. High-Temperature Superconductivity and Lattice Relaxation in Lithium-Deposited FeSe on SrTiO3

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    Phan, Giao N.; Nakayama, Kosuke; Kanayama, Shota; Kuno, Masato; Sugawara, Katsuaki; Sato, Takafumi; Takahashi, Takashi

    2017-03-01

    We studied the effect of strain, interface, and electron doping on the superconductivity in thin FeSe film on SrTiO3 by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). We observed the superconductivity with Tc as high as 43 K in a lithium (Li) deposited heavily electron-doped multilayer FeSe film. We found a significant relaxation of tensile strain at the surface in contrast to the case of potassium (K) deposition, although the high-Tc superconductivity is commonly observed in both cases. We discuss the interplay among carrier doping, tensile strain, and high-Tc superconductivity by comparing ARPES results on Li- and K-deposited FeSe films.

  6. Superconductivity in the Graphite Intercalation Compound BaC 6

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    Heguri, Satoshi; Kawade, Naoya; Fujisawa, Takumi; Yamaguchi, Akira; Sumiyama, Akihiko; Tanigaki, Katsumi; Kobayashi, Mototada

    2015-06-01

    Among many two-dimensional (2D) high TC superconductors, graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) are the most famous intercalation family, which are classified as typical electron-phonon mediated superconductors. We show unambiguous experimental facts that BaC 6 , the superconductivity of which has been missing for many years so far among various alkaline earth metal (Ca, Sr, and Ba) intercalted GICs, exhibits superconductivity at TC=65 mK . By adding this finding as the additional experimental point, a complete figure displaying the relationship between TC and interlayer distance (d ) for GICs is now provided, and their possible superconducting mechanisms raised so far are revisited. The present study settles a long-running debate between theories and experiments on the superconductivity in the first stage GICs.

  7. Superconductivity and ferromagnetism in nanomaterial NbSe2

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    Gill, Raminder

    2017-07-01

    Finding of superconductivity (SC) in ultra thin layer of Niobium diselenide (NbSe2) caught the attention of each condensed matter physicist in the era of nanotechnology. The coexistence of SC and magnetism have been a topic of interesting research in solid-state physics since the discovery of superconductivity. Ferromagnetism induced in any compound could destroy superconductivity by disturbing the cooper pairing of electrons of the atoms. The interplay between ferromagnetism (FM) and SC in nanomaterial NBSe2 impressed to study and to know the exact mechanism behind this coexistence which can lead to a very interesting research: superconductivity at room temperature. In this paper, I have theoretically studied the coexistence of SC and FM in NbSe2 and how this material could be useful in finding many high Tc nanomaterials.

  8. Abrupt onset of a second energy gap at the superconducting transition of underdoped Bi2212

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    Hussain, Zahid; Lee, W.S.; Vishik, I.M.; Tanaka, K.; Lu, D.H.; Sasagawa, T.; Nagaosa, N.; Devereaux, T.P.; Hussain, Z.; Shen, Z.-X.

    2007-05-26

    he superconducting gap--an energy scale tied to the superconducting phenomena--opens on the Fermi surface at the superconducting transition temperature (Tc) in conventional BCS superconductors. In underdoped high-Tc superconducting copper oxides, a pseudogap (whose relation to the superconducting gap remains a mystery) develops well above Tc (refs 1, 2). Whether the pseudogap is a distinct phenomenon or the incoherent continuation of the superconducting gap above Tc is one of the central questions in high-Tc research3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Although some experimental evidence suggests that the two gaps are distinct9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, this issue is still under intense debate. A crucial piece of evidence to firmly establish this two-gap picture is still missing: a direct and unambiguous observation of a single-particle gap tied to the superconducting transition as function of temperature. Here we report the discovery of such an energy gap in underdoped Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta in the momentum space region overlooked in previous measurements. Near the diagonal of Cu?O bond direction (nodal direction), we found a gap that opens at Tc and has a canonical (BCS-like) temperature dependence accompanied by the appearance of the so-called Bogoliubov quasi-particles, a classical signature of superconductivity. This is in sharp contrast to the pseudogap near the Cu?O bond direction (antinodal region) measured in earlier experiments19, 20, 21.

  9. FOREWORD: Focus on Superconductivity in Semiconductors Focus on Superconductivity in Semiconductors

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    Takano, Yoshihiko

    2008-12-01

    Since the discovery of superconductivity in diamond, much attention has been given to the issue of superconductivity in semiconductors. Because diamond has a large band gap of 5.5 eV, it is called a wide-gap semiconductor. Upon heavy boron doping over 3×1020 cm-3, diamond becomes metallic and demonstrates superconductivity at temperatures below 11.4 K. This discovery implies that a semiconductor can become a superconductor upon carrier doping. Recently, superconductivity was also discovered in boron-doped silicon and SiC semiconductors. The number of superconducting semiconductors has increased. In 2008 an Fe-based superconductor was discovered in a research project on carrier doping in a LaCuSeO wide-gap semiconductor. This discovery enhanced research activities in the field of superconductivity, where many scientists place particular importance on superconductivity in semiconductors. This focus issue features a variety of topics on superconductivity in semiconductors selected from the 2nd International Workshop on Superconductivity in Diamond and Related Materials (IWSDRM2008), which was held at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan in July 2008. The 1st workshop was held in 2005 and was published as a special issue in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) in 2006 (Takano 2006 Sci. Technol. Adv. Mater. 7 S1). The selection of papers describe many important experimental and theoretical studies on superconductivity in semiconductors. Topics on boron-doped diamond include isotope effects (Ekimov et al) and the detailed structure of boron sites, and the relation between superconductivity and disorder induced by boron doping. Regarding other semiconductors, the superconducting properties of silicon and SiC (Kriener et al, Muranaka et al and Yanase et al) are discussed, and In2O3 (Makise et al) is presented as a new superconducting semiconductor. Iron-based superconductors are presented as a new series of high-TC

  10. Electron energy spectrum and magnetic interactions in high-Tc superconductors

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    Turshevski, S. A.; Liechtenstein, A. I.; Antropov, V. P.; Gubanov, V. A.

    1991-01-01

    The character of magnetic interactions in La-Sr-Cu-O and Y-Ba-Cu-O systems is of primary importance for analysis of high-T(sub c) superconductivity in these compounds. Neutron diffraction experiments showed the antiferromagnetic ground state for nonsuperconducting La2CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O6 with the strongest antiferromagnetic superexchange being in the ab plane. The nonsuperconducting '1-2-3' system has two Neel temperatures T(sub N1) and T(sub N2). The first one corresponds to the ordering of Cu atoms in the CuO2 planes; T(sub N2) reflects the antiferromagnetic ordering of magnetic moments in CuO chains relatively to the moments in the planes T(sub N1) and T(sub N2) which depend strongly on the oxygen content. Researchers describe magnetic interactions in high-T superconductors based on the Linear Muffin-Tin Orbitals (LMTO) band structure calculations. Exchange interaction parameters can be defined from the effective Heisenberg Hamiltonian. When the magnetic moments are not too large, as copper magnetic moments in superconducting oxides, J(sub ij) parameters can be defined through the non-local magnetic susceptibility of spin restricted solution for the crystal. The results of nonlocal magnetic susceptibility calculations and the values of exchange interaction parameters for La CuO and YBa2Cu3O7 systems are given in tabular form. Strong anisotropy of exchange interactions in the ab plane and along the c axis in La2CuO4 is obviously seen. The value of Neel temperature found agrees well with the experimental data available. In the planes of '1-2-3' system there are quite strong antiferromagnetic Cu-O and O-O interaction which appear due to holes in oxygen subbands. These results are in line with the magnetic model of oxygen holes pairing in high-T(sub c) superconductors.

  11. [Research programs on elementary particle and field theories and superconductivity]. Technical progress report, June 1, 1991--October 1, 1992

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    Khuri, N.N.

    1992-11-01

    Research of staff members in theoretical physics is presented in the following areas: super string theory, a new approach to path integrals, new ideas on the renormalization group, nonperturbative chiral gauge theories, the standard model, K meson decays, and the CP problem. Work on high-{Tc} superconductivity and protein folding is also related.

  12. Superconducting Cable

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    Hughey, Raburn L.; Sinha, Uday K.; Reece, David S.; Muller, Albert C.

    2005-07-22

    In order to provide a flexible oxide superconducting cable which is reduced in AC loss, tape-shaped superconducting wires covered with a stabilizing metal are wound on a flexible former. The superconducting wires are preferably laid on the former at a bending strain of not more than 0.2%. In laying on the former, a number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on a core member in a side-by-side manner, to form a first layer. A prescribed number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on top of the first layer in a side-by-side manner, to form a second layer. The former may be made of a metal, plastic, reinforced plastic, polymer, or a composite and provides flexibility to the superconducting wires and the cable formed therewith.

  13. Superconducting Cable

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    Hughey, Raburn L.; Sinha, Uday K.; Reece, David S.; Muller, Albert C.

    2005-03-08

    In order to provide a flexible oxide superconducting cable which is reduced in AC loss, tape-shaped superconducting wires covered with a stabilizing metal are wound on a flexible former. The superconducting wires are preferably laid on the former at a bending strain of not more than 0.2%. In laying on the former, a number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on a core member in a side-by-side manner, to form a first layer. A prescribed number of tape-shaped superconducting wires are laid on top of the first layer in a side-by-side manner, to form a second layer. The former may be made of a metal, plastic, reinforced plastic, polymer, or a composite and provides flexibility to the superconducting wires and the cable formed therewith.

  14. Midwest Superconductivity Consortium. Progress report, 1992

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    Bement, A.L. Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Mission of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium, MISCON, is to advance the science and understanding of high Tc superconductivity. Programmatic research focuses upon key materials-related problems; principally, synthesis and processing and properties limiting transport phenomena. During the past year, 26 projects produced over 133 talks and 113 publications. publications. Two Master`s Degrees and one Ph.D. were granted to students working on MISCON projects. Group activities and interactions involved two MISCON group meetings (held in July and January), twenty external speakers, 36 collaborations, 10 exchanges of samples and/or measurements, and one (1) gift of equipment from industry. Research achievements this past year expanded our understanding of processing phenomena on structure property interrelationships and the fundamental nature of transport properties in high-temperature superconductors.

  15. Midwest Superconductivity Consortium: 1995 Progress report

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    1996-01-01

    The mission of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium, MISCON, is to advance the science and understanding of high Tc superconductivity. During the past year, 26 projects produced over 133 talks and 127 publications. Three Master`s Degrees and 9 Doctor`s of Philosophy Degrees were granted to students working on MISCON projects. Group activities and interactions involved 2 MISCON group meetings (held in January and July); the third MISCON Summer School held in July; 12 external speakers; 81 collaborations (with universities, industry, Federal laboratories, and foreign research centers); and 54 exchanges of samples and/or measurements. Research achievements this past year focused on understanding the effects of processing phenomena on structure-property interrelationships and the fundamental nature of transport properties in high-temp superconductors.

  16. Superconductivity and magnetism in rapidly solidified perovskites

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

    1991-01-01

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

  17. Emerging Diluted Ferromagnetism in High-Tc Superconductors Driven by Point Defect Clusters.

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    Gazquez, Jaume; Guzman, Roger; Mishra, Rohan; Bartolomé, Elena; Salafranca, Juan; Magén, Cesar; Varela, Maria; Coll, Mariona; Palau, Anna; Valvidares, S Manuel; Gargiani, Pierluigi; Pellegrin, Eric; Herrero-Martin, Javier; Pennycook, Stephen J; Pantelides, Sokrates T; Puig, Teresa; Obradors, Xavier

    2016-06-01

    Defects in ceramic materials are generally seen as detrimental to their functionality and applicability. Yet, in some complex oxides, defects present an opportunity to enhance some of their properties or even lead to the discovery of exciting physics, particularly in the presence of strong correlations. A paradigmatic case is the high-temperature superconductor YBa2Cu3O7-δ (Y123), in which nanoscale defects play an important role as they can immobilize quantized magnetic flux vortices. Here previously unforeseen point defects buried in Y123 thin films that lead to the formation of ferromagnetic clusters embedded within the superconductor are unveiled. Aberration-corrected scanning transmission microscopy has been used for exploring, on a single unit-cell level, the structure and chemistry resulting from these complex point defects, along with density functional theory calculations, for providing new insights about their nature including an unexpected defect-driven ferromagnetism, and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism for bearing evidence of Cu magnetic moments that align ferromagnetically even below the superconducting critical temperature to form a dilute system of magnetic clusters associated with the point defects.

  18. Topological nature and the multiple Dirac cones hidden in Bismuth high-Tc superconductors

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    Li, Gang; Yan, Binghai; Thomale, Ronny; Hanke, Werner

    2015-01-01

    Recent theoretical studies employing density-functional theory have predicted BaBiO3 (when doped with electrons) and YBiO3 to become a topological insulator (TI) with a large topological gap (~0.7 eV). This, together with the natural stability against surface oxidation, makes the Bismuth-Oxide family of special interest for possible applications in quantum information and spintronics. The central question, we study here, is whether the hole-doped Bismuth Oxides, i.e. Ba1-xKxBiO3 and BaPb1-xBixO3, which are “high-Tc” bulk superconducting near 30 K, additionally display in the further vicinity of their Fermi energy EF a topological gap with a Dirac-type of topological surface state. Our electronic structure calculations predict the K-doped family to emerge as a TI, with a topological gap above EF. Thus, these compounds can become superconductors with hole-doping and potential TIs with additional electron doping. Furthermore, we predict the Bismuth-Oxide family to contain an additional Dirac cone below EF for further hole doping, which manifests these systems to be candidates for both electron- and hole-doped topological insulators. PMID:26014056

  19. A 16-channel high-Tc SQUID-magnetometer system for magnetocardiogram mapping

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    Yokosawa, Koichi; Tsukamoto, Akira; Suzuki, Daisuke; Kandori, Akihiko; Miyashita, Tsuyoshi; Ogata, Kuniomi; Seki, Yusuke; Tsukada, Keiji

    2003-12-01

    A compact, light and easy-to-handle magnetocardiograph (MCG) has been developed. The MCG consists of a sensor array with superconducting-quantum-interference-device magnetometers made of a high-critical temperature superconductor, arranged in a 4 × 4 matrix, and operated in a vertical magnetically shielding cylinder (1.7 m high and 1 m in diameter). Each magnetometer is paired with each of its adjacent magnetometers, and the difference between the respective outputs provides us with a measure of magnetic gradient. This configuration for the electronic gradiometers cancels out the environmental magnetic field noise within the shielding cylinder. We use the data from the multiple gradiometers to construct a current arrow map that describes the distribution of original current vectors in the area being measured. We used the fabricated MCG to record magnetocardiograms of healthy volunteers. The smallest signals, i.e., the P-waves, were clearly detected without averaging. The current arrow maps obtained from the single-beat magnetocardiograms indicate the feasibility of clinical application of this MCG.

  20. High- Tc superconductors with antiferromagnetic order: limitations on spin-fluctuation pairing mechanism

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    Kulić, Miodrag L.; Kulić, Igor M.

    2003-08-01

    The antagonistic interplay of antiferromagnetism (AF) and superconductivity (SC), recently discovered in high-temperature superconductors, is studied in the framework of a microscopic theory. We explain the surprisingly large increase of the magnetic Bragg peak intensity IQ at Q∼( π, π) in the magnetic field H≪ Hc2 at low temperatures 0< T≪ Tc, TAF in La 2- xSr xCuO 4. Good agreement with experimental results is found. The theory predicts large anisotropy of the relative intensity RQ( H)=( IQ( H)- IQ(0))/ IQ(0), i.e. R Q( H∥c -axis)≫R Q( H⊥c -axis) . The quantum ( T=0) phase diagram at H=0 is constructed. The theory also predicts: (i) that the magnetic field can induce the AF order in the SC state; (ii) that the spin-fluctuation (SF) effective coupling constant g<0.1 eV is small, which gives small SC critical temperature Tc (≪40 K)--thus questioning the SF mechanism of pairing in HTS oxides.