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

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

    2006-04-01

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

  2. In situ epitaxial MgB2 thin films for superconducting electronics.

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    Zeng, Xianghui; Pogrebnyakov, Alexej V; Kotcharov, Armen; Jones, James E; Xi, X X; Lysczek, Eric M; Redwing, Joan M; Xu, Shengyong; Li, Qi; Lettieri, James; Schlom, Darrell G; Tian, Wei; Pan, Xiaoqing; Liu, Zi-Kui

    2002-09-01

    The newly discovered 39-K superconductor MgB2 holds great promise for superconducting electronics. Like the conventional superconductor Nb, MgB2 is a phonon-mediated superconductor, with a relatively long coherence length. These properties make the prospect of fabricating reproducible uniform Josephson junctions, the fundamental element of superconducting circuits, much more favourable for MgB2 than for high-temperature superconductors. The higher transition temperature and larger energy gap of MgB2 promise higher operating temperatures and potentially higher speeds than Nb-based integrated circuits. However, success in MgB2 Josephson junctions has been limited because of the lack of an adequate thin-film technology. Because a superconducting integrated circuit uses a multilayer of superconducting, insulating and resistive films, an in situ process in which MgB2 is formed directly on the substrate is desirable. Here we show that this can be achieved by hybrid physical-chemical vapour deposition. The epitaxially grown MgB2 films show a high transition temperature and low resistivity, comparable to the best bulk samples, and their surfaces are smooth. This advance removes a major barrier for superconducting electronics using MgB2.

  3. Terahertz surface impedance of epitaxial MgB2 thin film

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    Jin, B. B.; Kuzel, P.; Kadlec, F.; Dahm, T.; Redwing, J. M.; Pogrebnyakov, A. V.; Xi, X. X.; Klein, N.

    2005-08-01

    We report on terahertz (THz) surface impedance measurement of an epitaxial MgB2 thin film using time domain THz spectroscopy. We show that the surface resistance of the MgB2 film is much lower than that of YBa2Cu3O7-δ and copper in the THz range. A linear dependence of the surface reactance on frequency is observed, yielding a penetration depth of about 100nm at low temperatures. The measurements agree qualitatively with calculations based on impurity scattering in the Born limit. Our results clearly indicate that MgB2 thin films have a great potential for THz electronic applications.

  4. Structure and properties of oxygen-containing thin films and bulk MgB2

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    Prikhna, T.; Shapovalov, A.; Goldacker, W.; Eisterer, M.; Kozyrev, A.; Shaternik, V.; Boutko, V.; Gusev, A.; Weber, H. W.; Karpets, M.; Basyuk, T.; Sverdun, V.; Moshchil, V.; Belogolovskiy, M.; Sergienko, N.

    2015-12-01

    A structural Auger spectroscopy study of MgB2 thin (∼140 nm) oxygen-containing polycrystalline films produced by magnetron sputtering and 99% dense MgB2 bulks synthesized at 2 GPa allows us to conclude that jc of MgB2 depends to a high extent on the amount and distribution of oxygen in the material matrix. jc reached 7.8-2.7 MA/cm2 below 1T at 20 K in the films and 0.3-0.9 MA/cm2 (depending on the boron used) in the bulks. The higher jc in MgB2 thin films can be associated with finer oxygen-enriched Mg-B-O inclusions and their higher density in the film structure compared to the bulk. Calculations of the total electron density of states (DOS) in MgB2, MgB1.75O0.25, MgB1.5O0.5 and MgBO showed that all the compounds are conductors with metal-like behaviour. The DOS is even higher in MgB1.5O0 5 than in MgB2 and the binding energy is similar. So, the experimentally found presence of some dissolved oxygen in MgB2 does not contradict its high SC performance. The introduction of a high amount of oxygen into the MgB2 structure does not dramatically reduce the material's Tc and allows obtaining highjc as observed in our MgB2 films and bulks.

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

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

    2002-08-01

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

  6. Large anisotropic normal-state magnetoresistance in clean MgB2 thin films.

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    Li, Qi; Liu, B T; Hu, Y F; Chen, J; Gao, H; Shan, L; Wen, H H; Pogrebnyakov, A V; Redwing, J M; Xi, X X

    2006-04-28

    We report a large normal-state magnetoresistance with temperature-dependent anisotropy in very clean epitaxial MgB2 thin films (residual resistivity much smaller than 1 microOmega cm) grown by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition. The magnetoresistance shows a complex dependence on the orientation of the applied magnetic field, with a large magnetoresistance (Delta(rho)/(rho)0=136%) observed for the field H perpendicular ab plane. The angular dependence changes dramatically as the temperature is increased, and at high temperatures the magnetoresistance maximum changes to H||ab. We attribute the large magnetoresistance and the evolution of its angular dependence with temperature to the multiple bands with different Fermi surface topology in MgB2 and the relative scattering rates of the sigma and pi bands, which vary with temperature due to stronger electron-phonon coupling for the sigma bands.

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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

    2004-03-01

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

  11. High critical current density and enhanced irreversibility field in superconducting MgB2 thin films.

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    Eom, C B; Lee, M K; Choi, J H; Belenky, L J; Song, X; Cooley, L D; Naus, M T; Patnaik, S; Jiang, J; Rikel, M; Polyanskii, A; Gurevich, A; Cai, X Y; Bu, S D; Babcock, S E; Hellstrom, E E; Larbalestier, D C; Rogado, N; Regan, K A; Hayward, M A; He, T; Slusky, J S; Inumaru, K; Haas, M K; Cava, R J

    2001-05-31

    The discovery of superconductivity at 39 K in magnesium diboride offers the possibility of a new class of low-cost, high-performance superconducting materials for magnets and electronic applications. This compound has twice the transition temperature of Nb3Sn and four times that of Nb-Ti alloy, and the vital prerequisite of strongly linked current flow has already been demonstrated. One possible drawback, however, is that the magnetic field at which superconductivity is destroyed is modest. Furthermore, the field which limits the range of practical applications-the irreversibility field H*(T)-is approximately 7 T at liquid helium temperature (4.2 K), significantly lower than about 10 T for Nb-Ti (ref. 6) and approximately 20 T for Nb3Sn (ref. 7). Here we show that MgB2 thin films that are alloyed with oxygen can exhibit a much steeper temperature dependence of H*(T) than is observed in bulk materials, yielding an H* value at 4.2 K greater than 14 T. In addition, very high critical current densities at 4.2 K are achieved: 1 MA cm-2 at 1 T and 105 A cm-2 at 10 T. These results demonstrate that MgB2 has potential for high-field superconducting applications.

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

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

    2003-02-01

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

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

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

    2002-01-01

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

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

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

    2006-06-01

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

  15. Disorder in carbon-doped HPCVD MgB2 thin films

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    Zhu, Ye; Voyles, P. M.; Pogrebnyakov, A. V.; Xi, X. X.

    2007-03-01

    Carbon-doped MgB2 films prepared by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition have the highest Hc2 (˜70 T at 0 K for H parallel to ab plane) of all MgB2 materials. We have characterized the nanoscale structure and chemistry of one such film by TEM and STEM. The C concentration in the Mg(B1-xCx)2 grains from EELS is not dramatically higher than that of C-doped bulk MgB2, so doping does not explain the high Hc2. Instead, the doped film has a variety of forms of structural disorder at length scales down to 5 nm, which may be sufficient to explain the Hc2 of these films. These include MgB2 domains with a 30 degree rotation about the c-axis, small angle rotations about c-axis, and a small tilt of the c-axis. There are also amorphous, C-rich regions between some MgB2 domains. The amorphous phase comes from the oversupply of C during growth, which may also cause the other disorder by interrupting epitaxial film growth. This work is supported by the FRG on MgB2, NSF DMR-0514592.

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

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

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

  17. Anomalous coherence peak in the microwave conductivity of c-axis oriented MgB2 thin films.

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    Jin, B B; Dahm, T; Gubin, A I; Choi, Eun-Mi; Kim, Hyun Jung; Lee, Sung-Ik; Kang, W N; Klein, N

    2003-09-19

    The temperature dependence of the real part of the microwave complex conductivity at 17.9 GHz obtained from surface impedance measurements of two c-axis oriented MgB2 thin films reveals a pronounced maximum at a temperature around 0.6 times the critical temperature. Calculations in the frame of a two-band model based on Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) theory suggest that this maximum corresponds to an anomalous coherence peak resembling the two-gap nature of MgB2. Our model assumes there is no interband impurity scattering and a weak interband pairing interaction, as suggested by band structure calculations. In addition, the observation of a coherence peak indicates that the pi band is in the dirty limit and dominates the total conductivity of our films.

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  20. Comparison of local electrodynamic responses of superconducting materials--from bulk Nb to MgB2 and Nb thin films

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    Tai, Tamin; Ghamsari, Behnood; Tan, Teng; Xi, Xiaoxing; Anlage, Steven

    2013-03-01

    A near-field magnetic field microwave microscope that enables mapping of the local electrodynamic response in the GHz frequency regime at liquid helium cryogenic temperatures was successful built using the combination of a magnetic writer and a near field-microwave microscope. Many superconducting materials, especially the candidate materials for superconducting RF cavities, were tested at a fixed location to analyze the local electromagnetic response, including both the intrinsic and extrinsic nonlinearities. The bulk Nb materials only show extrinsic nonlinearity, consistent with vortex generation and annihilation in the material. The measurements on Nb and MgB2 thin film materials shows not only the extrinsic nonlinearity due to the vortex mechanism, but also intrinsic nonlinearity. The intrinsic nonlinearity comes from the modulation of the superconducting order parameter near Tc, but behaves differently for single band gap (Nb) and two-gap (MgB2) superconductors. Quantitatively analyzing the nonlinear mechanisms will enable the microscope to extract many material parameters and image the superconducting properties by raster scanning. This work is supported by the US DOE/HEP through grant # DESC0004950, and also by the ONR AppEl Center, Task D10, (Award No. N000140911190), and UMD-CNAM.

  1. Time-resolved photoexcitation of the superconducting two-gap state in MgB2 thin films.

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    Xu, Y; Khafizov, M; Satrapinsky, L; Kús, P; Plecenik, A; Sobolewski, Roman

    2003-11-01

    Femtosecond pump-probe studies show that carrier dynamics in MgB2 films is governed by the sub-ps electron-phonon (e-ph) relaxation present at all temperatures, the few-ps e-ph process well pronounced below 70 K, and the sub-ns superconducting relaxation below T(c). The amplitude of the superconducting component versus temperature follows the superposition of the isotropic dirty gap and the three-dimensional pi gap dependences, closing at two different T(c) values. The time constant of the few-ps relaxation exhibits a double divergence at temperatures corresponding to the T(c)'s of the two gaps.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  3. Properties of MgB2 films deposited on single crystal Ag layers

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    Liu, Z. H.; Wei, Y. K.; Zhang, C.; Feng, Q. R.; Ma, P.; Wang, Y.

    2014-04-01

    We have recently developed a method to deposit MgB2 thin films on single crystal Ag layers, and found that thin Ag layers reduced the the superconductivity of MgB2 not much, which may be a possible material to fabricate MgB2 SNS Josephson junctions. The single crystal Ag layers were deposited on (0 0 0 1) SiC substrates, and then the MgB2 thin films were deposited on the Ag layers. All the measurements included the XRD, M-T and M-H curves. The transition temperature of MgB2 films decreases from 39 K to 37 K, while the thickness of Ag layers grows from 0 to 20 nm, and the critical current density at 4.2 K decreases from 1.76 MA/cm2 to 1.24 MA/cm2, too.

  4. MgB2 superconducting whiskers synthesized by using the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition.

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    Wang, Yazhou; Zhuang, Chenggang; Gao, Jingyun; Shan, Xudong; Zhang, Jingmin; Liao, Zhimin; Xu, Hongjun; Yu, Dapeng; Feng, Qingrong

    2009-02-25

    In this work, MgB(2) whiskers were fabricated on a copper substrate by using the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition, which was one of the most effective ways to make high quality pure MgB(2) films, with the possible growth mechanism discussed. The whiskers are hexagonal and conelike and grow along the [0001] direction with a single-crystal structure. The onset transition temperature is approximately 39 K, which is among the best in the published nanostructure MgB(2) papers. Fabrication of nanoscale MgB(2) whiskers provides the fundamental understanding of the effect of dimensionality and size on superconductivity.

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  7. EBSD analysis of MgB2 bulk superconductors

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

    2016-04-01

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

  8. Epitaxial growth of MgB2 films at ambient temperature

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    Shishido, Hiroaki; Yoshida, Takuya; Nakagami, Takatoshi; Ishida, Takekazu

    We grew crystalline MgB2 thin films using molecular beam epitaxy at a low substrate temperature of 110 °C under an ultrahigh vacuum of about 10-6 Pa. MgB2 thin films were deposited on the (001) surface of a 4H-SiC substrate with an epitaxial Mg buffer layer. The epitaxial growth was confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements. MgB2 thin films show a sharp superconducting transition at 27.2 K, with a relatively narrow superconducting transition width ΔTc = 0.9 K. The growth temperature was lower than any in prior reports on superconducting MgB2 thin films. The presence of the epitaxial Mg buffer layer is crucial for reducing the epitaxial temperature.

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

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

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

  10. Quantum confinement induced band gaps in MgB2 nanosheets

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    Xu, Bo Z.; Beckman, Scott P.

    2016-09-01

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

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

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    Tan, Teng

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

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

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    Li, Guangze

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

  13. MgB2 ultrathin films fabricated by hybrid physical chemical vapor deposition and ion milling

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    Acharya, Narendra; Wolak, Matthäus A.; Tan, Teng; Lee, Namhoon; Lang, Andrew C.; Taheri, Mitra; Cunnane, Dan; Karasik, Boris. S.; Xi, X. X.

    2016-08-01

    In this letter, we report on the structural and transport measurements of ultrathin MgB2 films grown by hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition followed by low incident angle Ar ion milling. The ultrathin films as thin as 1.8 nm, or 6 unit cells, exhibit excellent superconducting properties such as high critical temperature (Tc) and high critical current density (Jc). The results show the great potential of these ultrathin films for superconducting devices and present a possibility to explore superconductivity in MgB2 at the 2D limit.

  14. Observation of interband pairing interaction in a two-band superconductor: MgB2.

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    Geerk, J; Schneider, R; Linker, G; Zaitsev, A G; Heid, R; Bohnen, K-P; v Löhneysen, H

    2005-06-10

    The recently discovered anisotropic superconductor MgB2 is the first of its kind showing the intriguing properties of two-band superconductivity. By tunneling experiments using thin film tunnel junctions, electron-coupled phonon spectra were determined showing that superconductivity in MgB2 is phonon mediated. In a further analysis, which involves first principles calculations, the strongest feature in these spectra could be traced back to the key quantity of two-band superconductivity, the interband pairing interaction. For the phonons, this interaction turns out quite selective. It involves mainly low-energy optical phonon modes, where the boron atoms move perpendicular to the boron planes.

  15. Characterization of MgB2 Superconducting Hot Electron Bolometers

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

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

  17. Magnetization and electric transport properties of single-crystal MgB2 nanowires.

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    Wu, Cen-Shawn; Chang, Yu-Cheng; Chen, Weimeng; Chen, Chinping; Feng, Qingrong

    2012-11-23

    High quality single-crystal magnesium diboride (MgB(2)) nanowires with lengths exceeding 10 μm were successfully synthesized by hybrid physical chemical vapor deposition. The magnetization and electrical transport properties of single-crystal MgB(2) nanowires (NWs) were measured. The superconducting transition temperature of the NWs was 37 K, as confirmed by magnetization measurements. The disordered behavior of the nanowires was observed by four-terminal current-voltage characteristic measurements of an individual NW from T = 10 to 300 K. The temperature-dependent resistivity curves for seven NWs collapsed into a universal curve described by the variable range hopping model, showing intrinsic nonmetallic transport properties. This implies that the granular superconducting defect states are critical to the superconductivity of the individual MgB(2) NWs.

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

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    Mohit Bhatia; Peter McIntyre

    2009-11-02

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  20. Bending strain tolerance of MgB2 superconducting wires

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

    2016-04-01

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

  1. Magnetic lenses using different MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Zhang, Z. Y.; Choi, S.; Matsumoto, S.; Teranishi, R.; Giunchi, G.; Figini Albisetti, A.; Kiyoshi, T.

    2012-02-01

    A magnetic lens allows the concentration of magnetic fields using the diamagnetism of superconductors. The important features of the magnetic lens are a tapered inner diameter from which the magnetic flux is extruded and a slit to suppress the circumference current that shields the magnetic flux. This concept was experimentally confirmed through the use of GdBaCuO bulks and a stack of NbTi/Nb/Cu sheets. We refer to this arrangement as a magnetic lens. The Mg-reactive liquid infiltration (Mg-RLI) process developed by Edison SpA is suitable for the production of large and high-density MgB2 bulks. Three MgB2 bulk magnetic lenses, each with a different microstructure, were fabricated following the Mg-RLI process. The properties of the MgB2 magnetic lenses were measured in a cryocooler system as well as in liquid helium. The results confirmed that the MgB2 bulk magnetic lenses could concentrate a magnetic field and that their field concentration properties were greatly affected by the temperature and the external field. In addition, the microstructure of the MgB2 bulk also had an influence on the magnetic properties at different external fields. The results indicated that the MgB2 lens might be utilized as a field amplifier in intermediate fields.

  2. Superconductivity in dense MgB2 wires.

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    Canfield, P C; Finnemore, D K; Bud'ko, S L; Ostenson, J E; Lapertot, G; Cunningham, C E; Petrovic, C

    2001-03-12

    MgB2 becomes superconducting just below 40 K. Whereas porous polycrystalline samples of MgB2 can be synthesized from boron powders, in this Letter we demonstrate that dense wires of MgB2 can be prepared by exposing boron filaments to Mg vapor. The resulting wires have a diameter of 160 microm, are better than 80% dense, and manifest the full chi = -1/4pi shielding in the superconducting state. Temperature-dependent resistivity measurements indicate that MgB2 is a highly conducting metal in the normal state with rho(40 K) = 0.38 microOmega cm. By using this value, an electronic mean-free path, l approximately 600 A can be estimated, indicating that MgB2 wires are well within the clean limit. Tc, Hc2(T), and Jc data indicate that MgB2 manifests comparable or better superconducting properties in dense wire form than it manifests as a sintered pellet.

  3. Anisotropies of the lower and upper critical fields in MgB2 single crystals.

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    Lyard, L; Szabó, P; Klein, T; Marcus, J; Marcenat, C; Kim, K H; Kang, B W; Lee, H S; Lee, S I

    2004-02-01

    The temperature dependence of the upper (H(c2)) and lower (H(c1)) critical fields has been deduced from Hall probe magnetization measurements of high quality MgB2 single crystals along the two main crystallographic directions. We show that Gamma(H(c2))=H(c2 axially ab)/H(c2 axially c) and Gamma(H(c1))=H(c1 axially c)/H(c1 axially ab) differ significantly at low temperature (being approximately 5 and approximately 1, respectively) and have opposite temperature dependencies. We suggest that MgB2 can be described by a single field dependent anisotropy parameter gamma(H) (=lambda(c)/lambda(ab)=xi(ab)/xi(c)) that increases from Gamma(H(c1)) at low field to Gamma(H(c2)) at high field.

  4. Phonon modes of MgB2: super-lattice structures and spectral response.

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    Alarco, Jose A; Chou, Alison; Talbot, Peter C; Mackinnon, Ian D R

    2014-11-28

    Micrometre-sized MgB2 crystals of varying quality, synthesized at low temperature and autogenous pressure, are compared using a combination of Raman and infra-red (IR) spectroscopy. These data, which include new peak positions in both spectroscopies for high quality MgB2, are interpreted using DFT calculations on phonon behaviour for symmetry-related structures. Raman and IR activity additional to that predicted by point group analyses of the P6/mmm symmetry are detected. These additional peaks, as well as the overall shapes of calculated phonon dispersion (PD) models are explained by assuming a double super-lattice, consistent with a lower symmetry structure for MgB2. A 2× super-lattice in the c-direction allows a simple correlation of the pair breaking energy and the superconducting gap by activation of corresponding acoustic frequencies. A consistent physical interpretation of these spectra is obtained when the position of a phonon anomaly defines a super-lattice modulation in the a-b plane.

  5. Substitution of Mn for Mg in MgB_2*

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

    2002-03-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  7. Superconductivity of Metallic Boron in MgB2

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    Kortus, J.; Mazin, I. I.; Belashchenko, K. D.; Antropov, V. P.; Boyer, L. L.

    2001-05-01

    Boron in MgB2 forms stacks of honeycomb layers with magnesium as a space filler. Band structure calculations indicate that Mg is substantially ionized, and the bands at the Fermi level derive mainly from B orbitals. Strong bonding with an ionic component and considerable metallic density of states yield a sizable electron-phonon coupling. Together with high phonon frequencies, which we estimate via zone-center frozen phonon calculations to be between 300 and 700 cm-1, this produces a high critical temperature, consistent with recent experiments. Thus MgB2 can be viewed as an analog of the long sought, but still hypothetical, superconducting metallic hydrogen.

  8. Superconductivity of metallic boron in MgB2.

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    Kortus, J; Mazin, I I; Belashchenko, K D; Antropov, V P; Boyer, L L

    2001-05-14

    Boron in MgB2 forms stacks of honeycomb layers with magnesium as a space filler. Band structure calculations indicate that Mg is substantially ionized, and the bands at the Fermi level derive mainly from B orbitals. Strong bonding with an ionic component and considerable metallic density of states yield a sizable electron-phonon coupling. Together with high phonon frequencies, which we estimate via zone-center frozen phonon calculations to be between 300 and 700 cm(-1), this produces a high critical temperature, consistent with recent experiments. Thus MgB2 can be viewed as an analog of the long sought, but still hypothetical, superconducting metallic hydrogen.

  9. Superconducting properties of MgB2 from first principles.

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    Floris, A; Profeta, G; Lathiotakis, N N; Lüders, M; Marques, M A L; Franchini, C; Gross, E K U; Continenza, A; Massidda, S

    2005-01-28

    Solid MgB(2) has rather interesting and technologically important properties, such as a very high superconducting transition temperature. Focusing on this compound, we report the first nontrivial application of a novel density-functional-type theory for superconductors, recently proposed by the authors. Without invoking any adjustable parameters, we obtain the transition temperature, the gaps, and the specific heat of MgB(2) in very good agreement with experiment. Moreover, our calculations show how the Coulomb interaction acts differently on sigma and pi states, thereby stabilizing the observed superconducting phase.

  10. Boron isotope effect in superconducting MgB2.

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    Bud'ko, S L; Lapertot, G; Petrovic, C; Cunningham, C E; Anderson, N; Canfield, P C

    2001-02-26

    We report the preparation method of and boron isotope effect for MgB2, a new binary intermetallic superconductor with a remarkably high superconducting transition temperature T(c)(10B) = 40.2 K. Measurements of both temperature dependent magnetization and specific heat reveal a 1.0 K shift in T(c) between Mg11B2 and Mg10B2. Whereas such a high transition temperature might imply exotic coupling mechanisms, the boron isotope effect in MgB2 is consistent with the material being a phonon-mediated BCS superconductor.

  11. Synthesis of MgB 2 film by electrochemical process

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    Sakurai, Hiroshi; Kuramochi, Takashi; Furuya, Yudai; Oike, Hiromi; Kato, Tadashi; Hoshi, Kazushi

    2008-07-01

    In order to synthesize MgB2 films, electrolysis is performed in an electrolyte comprising a fused mixture of B2O3, KCl and MgCl2 in a molar ratio of B2O3:KCl:MgCl2 = x:3.5:5. The results of the Meissner effects and X-ray diffraction measurements indicate the formation of MgB2 films on graphite and Si substrates. The superconducting critical temperature depends on both the synthesis temperature of the electrolysis and the amount of B2O3 in the electrolyte.

  12. Permanent magnet with MgB2 bulk superconductor

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  14. High-resolution photoemission study of MgB2.

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    Takahashi, T; Sato, T; Souma, S; Muranaka, T; Akimitsu, J

    2001-05-21

    We have performed high-resolution photoemission spectroscopy on MgB2 and observed opening of a superconducting gap with a narrow coherent peak. We found that the superconducting gap is s like with the gap value ( Delta) of 4.5+/-0.3 meV at 15 K. The temperature dependence (15-40 K) of the gap value follows well the BCS form, suggesting that 2Delta/k(B)T(c) at T = 0 is about 3. No pseudogap behavior is observed in the normal state. The present results strongly suggest that MgB2 is categorized into a phonon-mediated BCS superconductor in the weak-coupling regime.

  15. Evidence for two superconducting gaps in MgB2.

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    Chen, X K; Konstantinovic, M J; Irwin, J C; Lawrie, D D; Franck, J P

    2001-10-01

    We have measured the Raman spectra of polycrystalline MgB2 from 25 to 1200 cm(-1). A superconductivity-induced redistribution in the electronic Raman continuum was observed. Two pair-breaking peaks appear in the spectra, suggesting the presence of two superconducting gaps. The measured spectra were analyzed using a quasi-two-dimensional model in which two s-wave superconducting gaps open on two sheets of Fermi surface. For the gap values we have obtained Delta(1) = 22 cm(-1) ( 2.7 meV) and Delta(2) = 50 cm(-1) ( 6.2 meV). Our results suggest that a conventional phonon-mediated pairing mechanism occurs in the planar boron sigma bands and is responsible for the superconductivity of MgB2.

  16. Heterostructures of Bi-4334 and MgB2 superconductors

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    Padmavathi, M.; Singh, R.

    2016-05-01

    We report the studies on hetero structures of Bi-4334 and MgB2 superconductors. The two superconductors were arranged in the form of bulk multilayers using hydraulic pressure system. X-ray diffraction pattern and dc magnetization studies confirm the presence of both superconducting phases in this try-layer hetero structured sample. The d.c magnetization shows the superconducting onset at 77K and 39K for Bi-4334 and MgB2 phases respectively. Critical current density (Jc) is calculated from hysteresis loop of the sample in both in-plane field and out of plane field configurations. Inverted anisotropy in Jc is observed due to enhancement of ab-plane properties because of multilayer growth process. Morphology of the samples at surface and interface of two superconducting layers is discussed in view of Field emission scanning electron microscopy.

  17. Active Protection of an MgB2 Test Coil

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

    2011-01-01

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

  18. Superconductivity in MgB2 irradiated with energetic protons

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

    2016-09-01

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

  19. Fine-Filament MgB2 Superconductor Wire

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    Cantu, Sherrie

    2015-01-01

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

  20. Enhancement of the critical current density and flux pinning of MgB2 superconductor by nanoparticle SiC doping

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    Dou, S. X.; Soltanian, S.; Horvat, J.; Wang, X. L.; Zhou, S. H.; Ionescu, M.; Liu, H. K.; Munroe, P.; Tomsic, M.

    2002-10-01

    Doping of MgB2 by nano-SiC and its potential for the improvement of flux pinning were studied for MgB2-x)(SiCx/2 with x=0, 0.2, and 0.3 and for 10 wt % nano-SiC-doped MgB2 samples. Cosubstitution of B by Si and C counterbalanced the effects of single-element doping, decreasing Tc by only 1.5 K, introducing intragrain pinning centers effective at high fields and temperatures, and significantly enhancing Jc and Hirr. Compared to the undoped sample, Jc for the 10 wt % doped sample increased by a factor of 32 at 5 K and 8 T, 42 at 20 K and 5 T, and 14 at 30 K and 2 T. At 20 K and 2 T, the Jc for the doped sample was 2.4 x105 A/cm2, which is comparable to Jc values for the best Ag/Bi-2223 tapes. At 20 K and 4 T, Jc was twice as high as for the best MgB2 thin films and an order of magnitude higher than for the best Fe/MgB2 tapes. The magnetic Jc is consistent with the transport Jc which remains at 20 000 A/cm2 even at 10 T and 5 K for the doped sample, an order of magnitude higher than the undoped one. Because of such high performance, it is anticipated that the future MgB2 conductors will be made using a formula of MgBxSiyCz instead of pure MgB2.

  1. Thermal study of a cryogen-less MgB2 cavity

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    Holzbauer, J. P.; Nassiri, A.

    2014-12-01

    Recent efforts towards production of high-quality magnesium diboride (MgB2) coatings have raised the possibility of producing usable accelerating cavities. Work continues to reliably produce films of sufficient quality over the large, complex surface area of an accelerating cavity, but this technology would open many interesting technical opportunities. One of these is to replace the traditionally required liquid helium cryogenic systems with a dry system based on cryocoolers. This is made possible by the much higher Tc of MgB2, allowing operation closer to 30 K where cryocooler efficiency becomes competitive with alternative systems. This removes the need for pressure vessels in the cryomodule as well as internal distribution systems, greatly simplifying cryomodule design and fabrication. The lack of uniform cooling over the cavity surface, however, complicates behavior by coupling RF losses, heat leak, and cooling design in a way not seen in traditional SRF cavities. In this paper, these complexities are explored, including realistic cryocooler performance, temperature dependant RF losses, and standard thermal management challenges.

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  3. Fast creation of dense MgB2 phase in wires made by IMD process

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

    2016-10-01

    Single-core MgB2 wires have been made by internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) into boron process. Heat treatments were performed at variable periods (4-90 min) for two adjusted temperatures 635 °C and 650 °C, with an overshoot of ≈20 °C after 5 min. Critical currents of differently treated MgB2/Ti/GlidCop wires have been measured and related with the MgB2 layers. The fast creation MgB2 compound has been observed after 8 min annealing at both temperatures and showing the critical current maxima. The less uniform MgB2 containing cracks was created for longer annealing periods (≥10 min), which resulted in lowered critical currents and worsened thermal stability. The fast creation of dense MgB2 allows it to utilize a continual and short heat treatment process for high current density wires made by IMD.

  4. Ab initio investigation of the electronic and geometric structure of magnesium diboride, MgB2.

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    Tzeli, Demeter; Mavridis, Aristides

    2005-12-01

    Employing multireference variational (MRCI) and coupled cluster (CC) methods combined with quadruple-zeta quality correlation-consistent basis set, we have studied 36 states of the magnesium diboride (MgB(2)) molecule as well as 17 states of the experimentally unknown diatomic MgB. For all states of MgB(2), we report geometries, atomization energies, and dipole moments, while for the first 5 states, potential energy profiles have been also constructed. The ground state is formally of (1)A(1) V-shaped symmetry with an atomization energy of 108.1(109) kcal/mol at the MRCI(MRCI + Davidson correction) level. The first excited state ((3)B(1)) is less than 1 kcal/mol above the X(1)A(1) state, with the next state of linear Mg-B-B geometry (b(3)Sigma(-)) located 10 kcal/mol higher. In all states, bent or linear, the bonding is complicated and unconventional because of the extraordinary bonding agility of the boron atom(s).

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  6. Far-infrared optical conductivity gap in superconducting MgB2 films.

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    Kaindl, Robert A; Carnahan, Marc A; Orenstein, Joseph; Chemla, Daniel S; Christen, Hans M; Zhai, Hong-Ying; Paranthaman, Mariappan; Lowndes, Doug H

    2002-01-14

    We report the first study of the optical conductivity of MgB2 covering the range of its lowest-energy superconducting gap. Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy is utilized to determine the complex, frequency-dependent conductivity sigma(omega) of thin films. The imaginary part reveals an inductive response due to the emergence of the superconducting condensate. The real part exhibits a strong depletion of oscillator strength near 5 meV resulting from the opening of a superconducting energy gap. The gap ratio of 2Delta0/k(B)TC approximately 1.9 is well below the weak-coupling value, pointing to complex behavior in this novel superconductor.

  7. Neutron irradiation of MgB2 bulk superconductors

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    Eisterer, M; Zehetmayer, M; Tonies, S; Weber, H W.; Kambara, M; Babu, N H.; Cardwell, D A.; Greenwood, Lawrence R. )

    2001-12-01

    Sintered samples of MgB2 were irradiated in a fission reactor. Defects in the bulk microstructure are produced during this process mainly by the 10B(n,a7Li) reaction while collisions of fast neutrons with the lattice atoms induce much less damage. Self-shielding effects turn out to be very important and lead to a highly inhomogeneous defect distribution in the irradiated samples. The resulting disorder enhances the normal state resistivity and the upper critical field. The irreversibility line shifts to higher fields at low temperatures and the measured critical current densities increase following irradiation.

  8. Superconductivity in MgB2: clean or dirty?

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    Mazin, I I; Andersen, O K; Jepsen, O; Dolgov, O V; Kortus, J; Golubov, A A; Kuz'menko, A B; Van Der Marel, D

    2002-09-01

    A large number of experimental facts and theoretical arguments favor a two-gap model for superconductivity in MgB2. However, this model predicts strong suppression of the critical temperature by interband impurity scattering and, presumably, a strong correlation between the critical temperature and the residual resistivity. No such correlation has been observed. We argue that this fact can be understood if the band disparity of the electronic structure is taken into account, not only in the superconducting state, but also in normal transport.

  9. Two-band superconductivity in MgB2.

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    Iavarone, M; Karapetrov, G; Koshelev, A E; Kwok, W K; Crabtree, G W; Hinks, D G; Kang, W N; Choi, Eun-Mi; Kim, Hyun Jung; Kim, Hyeong-Jin; Lee, S I

    2002-10-28

    The study of the anisotropic superconductor MgB2 using a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy reveals two distinct energy gaps at Delta(1)=2.3 meV and Delta(2)=7.1 meV at 4.2 K. Different spectral weights of the partial superconducting density of states are a reflection of different tunneling directions in this multiband system. Temperature evolution of the tunneling spectra follows the BCS scenario [Phys. Rev. Lett. 3, 552 (1959)

  10. Phonon dispersion and lifetimes in MgB2.

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    Shukla, Abhay; Calandra, Matteo; D'Astuto, Matteo; Lazzeri, Michele; Mauri, Francesco; Bellin, Christophe; Krisch, Michael; Karpinski, J; Kazakov, S M; Jun, J; Daghero, D; Parlinski, K

    2003-03-01

    We measure phonon dispersion and linewidth in a single crystal of MgB2 along the Gamma-A, Gamma-M, and A-L directions using inelastic x-ray scattering. We use density functional theory to compute the effect of both electron-phonon coupling and anharmonicity on the linewidth, obtaining excellent agreement with experiment. Anomalous broadening of the E(2g) phonon mode is found all along Gamma-A. The dominant contribution to the linewidth is always the electron-phonon coupling.

  11. Fabrication and superconducting properties of internal Mg diffusion processed MgB2 wires using MgB4 precursors

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

    2016-10-01

    Monofilament MgB2/Nb/Monel wires were fabricated using three different MgB4 precursors by an internal Mg diffusion (IMD) process. The wire geometry and heat-treatment conditions were optimized in order to improve the critical current density (J c) of the MgB2 wire. The influences of the quality of MgB4 powders, such as the particle size and MgO impurity, on the microstructure and superconducting properties of the wires were discussed. Although there were small amounts of voids, unreacted MgB4 particles and MgO impurity existed in the superconducting layers, and the transport layer J c of the wire with the MgB4 precursor reached 3.0 × 104 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T, which was comparable to that of IMD-processed wires fabricated using boron precursors. Both the non-barrier J c and engineering J c of MgB2 wire made using a MgB4 precursor were enhanced due to the improved grain connectivity and the enlarged fill factor.

  12. Vortex-flux anomalies in MgB 2 polycrystals

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    Goeckner, H. P.; Claus, H.; Kouvel, J. S.

    2005-02-01

    For two MgB 2 polycrystalline samples prepared differently, magnetic hysteresis loops at 4.2 K revealed some striking magnetization ( M) anomalies at low magnetic fields ( H). In one sample, M drops abruptly by an amount that diminishes to zero as the maximum M, reached just before the drop, is reduced below a critical value (by reducing the slowly cycled H). The remanent magnetization ( Mrem), measured as the temperature ( T) was slowly raised from 4.2 K to Tc (39 K), was seen to decrease very rapidly just above 4.2 K and then remain constant up to ∼20 K, where it starts to descend gradually to zero at Tc. A similar set of anomalies was observed with the second sample, but where the hysteretic drop of M is rapid but not abrupt. However, both samples showed that the vortex-flux component of M remains nearly constant over a range of H just before the rapid drop of M, indicating that the vortices in the sample stay fairly constant in number before many of them exit the sample rapidly. For both MgB 2 samples, this whole set of anomalous properties disappears at temperatures above 5 K, where the slow steady descent of Mrem as T increases to Tc indicates that the size distribution of vortex pinning forces extends up to very high values.

  13. Low-noise THz MgB2 Josephson mixer

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    Cunnane, Daniel; Kawamura, Jonathan H.; Acharya, Narendra; Wolak, Matthäus A.; Xi, X. X.; Karasik, Boris S.

    2016-09-01

    The potential applications for high frequency operation of the Josephson effect in MgB2 include THz mixers, direct detectors, and digital circuits. Here we report on MgB2 weak links which exhibit the Josephson behavior up to almost 2 THz and using them for low-noise heterodyne detection of THz radiation. The devices are made from epitaxial film grown in the c-axis direction by the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method. The current in the junctions travels parallel to the surface of the film, thus making possible a large contribution of the quasi-two-dimensional σ-gap in transport across the weak link. These devices are connected to a planar spiral antenna with a dielectric substrate lens to facilitate coupling to free-space radiation for use as a detector. The IcRn product of the junction is 5.25 mV, giving confirmation of a large gap parameter. The sensitivity of the mixer was measured from 0.6 THz to 1.9 THz. At a bath temperature of over 20 K, a mixer noise temperature less than 2000 K (DSB) was measured near 0.6 THz.

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

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    Lakew, Brook

    2009-01-01

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

  15. Doping effect of nano-diamond on superconductivity and flux pinning in MgB2

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    Cheng, C. H.; Zhang, H.; Zhao, Y.; Feng, Y.; Rui, X. F.; Munroe, P.; Zeng, H. M.; Koshizuka, N.; Murakami, M.

    2003-10-01

    The doping effect of diamond nanoparticles on the superconducting properties of MgB2 bulk material has been studied. It is found that the superconducting transition temperature Tc of MgB2 is suppressed by the diamond doping, however, the irreversibility field Hirr and the critical current density Jc are systematically enhanced. Microstructural analysis shows that the diamond-doped MgB2 superconductor consists of tightly-packed MgB2 nano-grains (~50-100 nm) with highly dispersed and uniformly distributed diamond nanoparticles (~10-20 nm) inside the grains. The high density of dislocations and diamond nanoparticles may be responsible for the enhanced flux pinning in the diamond-doped MgB2.

  16. Temperature and field dependence of the anisotropy of MgB2.

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    Angst, M; Puzniak, R; Wisniewski, A; Jun, J; Kazakov, S M; Karpinski, J; Roos, J; Keller, H

    2002-04-22

    The anisotropy gamma of the superconducting state of high quality single crystals of MgB2 was determined, using torque magnetometry with two different methods. The anisotropy of the upper critical field was found to be temperature dependent, decreasing from gamma approximately 6 at 15 K to 2.8 at 35 K. Reversible torque data near T(c) reveal a field dependent anisotropy, increasing nearly linearly from gamma approximately equal to 2 in zero field to 3.7 in 10 kOe. The unusual temperature dependence is a true bulk property and can be explained by nonlocal effects of anisotropic pairing and/or the k--> dependence of the effective mass tensor.

  17. Preparation and characterisation of Ru doped MgB2

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    Grivel, J.-C.; Holte, O. J.

    2013-12-01

    Samples with Mg1-xRuxB2 nominal stoichiometry were prepared by sintering at 800 °C. The critical transition temperature decreases up to a substitution level of x ≈ 0.015. A maximum solubility limit slightly in excess of 1 at.% Ru for Mg is confirmed by energy dispersive spectroscopy measurements. From and beyond this limit, an unidentified phase appears in the X-ray diffraction patterns. Interestingly, the lattice parameters of the MgB2 phase are constant up to x = 0.015, but start to decrease for higher Ru contents. This feature could be related to the fact that a Mg-Ru impurity phase results in a Mg-deficient (Mg,Ru)B2 matrix.

  18. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy in MgB2.

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    Karapetrov, G; Iavarone, M; Kwok, W K; Crabtree, G W; Hinks, D G

    2001-05-01

    We present scanning tunneling microscopy measurements of the surface of superconducting MgB2 with a critical temperature of 39 K. In zero magnetic field the conductance spectra can be analyzed in terms of the standard BCS theory with a smearing parameter gamma. The value of the superconducting gap is 5 meV at 4.2 K, with no experimentally significant variation across the surface of the sample. The temperature dependence of the gap follows the BCS form, fully consistent with phonon-mediated superconductivity in this novel superconductor. The application of a magnetic field induces strong pair breaking as seen in the conductance spectra in fields up to 6 T.

  19. Preparation and characterisation of Os doped MgB2

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    Grivel, J.-C.; Namazkar, S.; Alexiou, A.; Holte, O. J.

    2014-12-01

    Polycrystalline samples with Mg1-xOsxB2.04 nominal stoichiometry were made by reacting elemental powders at 800 °C under argon atmosphere. Based on XRD diffraction patterns, EDS analysis and magnetisation measurements, it is found that Os can replace up to about 1 at.% Mg in the MgB2 lattice. Beyond this doping level, unreacted Os and Mg-rich Mg-Os impurity phases are formed. The a-axis parameter contracts upon doping while the superconducting transition temperature decreases at a rate of 2.1 K/at.% Os substitution. At 10 K, Os doping induces an improvement of the normalised critical current density under applied magnetic fields in excess of 0.5 T, indicating a modest enhancement of flux pinning in this range.

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  2. Improved critical current density of MgB2--carbon nanotubes composite.

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    Shekhar, Chandra; Giri, Rajiv; Malik, S K; Srivastav, O N

    2007-06-01

    In the present study, we report a systematic study of doping/admixing of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in different concentrations in MgB2. The composite material corresponding to MgB2-x at.% CNTs (35 at.% > or = x > or = 0 at.%) have been prepared by solid-state reaction at ambient pressure. All the samples in the present investigation have been subjected to structural/microstructural characterization employing XRD, Scanning electron microscopic (SEM), and Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) techniques. The magnetization measurements were performed by Physical property measurement system (PPMS) and electrical transport measurements have been done by the four-probe technique. The microstructural investigations reveal the formation of MgB2-carbon nanotube composites. A CNT connecting the MgB2 grains may enhance critical current density due to its size (approximately 5-20 nm diameter) compatible with coherence length of MgB2 (approximately 5-6 nm) and ballistic transport current carrying capability along the tube axis. The transport critical current density (Jct) of MgB2 samples with varying CNTs concentration have been found to vary significantly e.g., Jct of the MgB2 sample with 10 at.% CNT addition is approximately 2.3 x 10(3) A/cm2 and its value for MgB2 sample without CNT addition is approximately 7.2 x 102 A/cm2 at 20 K. In order to study the flux pinning effect of CNTs doping/ admixing in MgB2, the evaluation of intragrain critical current density (JJ) has been carried out through magnetic measurements on the fine powdered version of the as synthesized samples. The optimum result on Jc is obtained for 10 at.% CNTs admixed MgB2 sample at 5 K, the Jc reaches approximately 5.2 x 10(6) A/cm2 in self field, -1.6 x 10(6) A/cm2 at 1 T, approximately 2.9 x 10(5) A/cm2 at 2.6 T, and approximately 3.9 x 10(4) A/cm2 at 4 T. The high value of intragrain Jc in 10 at.% CNTs admixed MgB2 superconductor has been attributed to the incorporation of CNTs into the crystal matrix of MgB2, which are capable of providing effective flux pinning centres. A feasible correlation between microstructural features and superconducting properties has been put forward.

  3. Doping Effect of Nano-Ybco Additive on MgB2

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    Rui, X. F.; Sun, X. F.; Xu, X. L.; Zhang, L.; Zhang, H.

    The effect of YBCO nanoparticles added into MgB2 on Tc, Jc, and flux pinning was studied for MgB2(YBCO)x with x=0, 5, 10, 15 wt%. Phase analysis shows that none of elements are doped into the MgB2 lattice in the samples with YBCO addition. For the samples with YBCO addition, the Jc-H characteristics behave poorly in comparison with the pure sample. Our experimental results show that the nanoscale size of addition dosen't comprise the only condition for its effectiveness as pinning centers.

  4. Doping and effect of nano-diamond and carbon-nanotubes on flux pinning properties of MgB 2

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    Zhao, Y.; Yang, Y.; Cheng, C. H.; Zhang, Y.

    2007-10-01

    Doping effects of two types of nano-carbons: nano-diamond and carbon-nanotubes (CNTs), on the flux pinning properties of MgB2 bulk materials have been studied. Compared with nano-diamond, CNTs is prone to be doped into MgB2 lattice. Nano-diamond doping improves Jc(H) characteristics more significantly than CNTs doping in MgB2. TEM analysis reveals a unique microstructure in diamond-doped MgB2, which consists of tightly packed MgB2 nanograins (50-100 nm) with dense distribution of diamond nanoparticles (10-20 nm) inside the grains. Relatively, such a unique microstructure is not easy to form in CNTs-doped MgB2 due to an active reaction between CNTs and MgB2.

  5. Superconducting characteristics of short MgB2 wires of long level sensor for liquid hydrogen

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    Takeda, M.; Inoue, Y.; Maekawa, K.; Matsuno, Y.; Fujikawa, S.; Kumakura, H.

    2015-12-01

    To establish the worldwide storage and marine transport of hydrogen, it is important to develop a high-precision and long level sensor, such as a superconducting magnesium diboride (MgB2) level sensor for large liquid hydrogen (LH2) tanks on board ships. Three 1.7- m-long MgB2 wires were fabricated by an in situ method, and the superconducting characteristics of twenty-four 20-mm-long MgB2 wires on the 1.7-m-long wires were studied. In addition, the static level-detecting characteristics of five 500-mm-long MgB2 level sensors were evaluated under atmospheric pressure.

  6. Crystallization behavior of MgB2 films fabricated on copper cathodes via electrochemical technique

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    Yang, Huazhe; Sun, Xiaguang; Yu, Xiaoming; Qi, Yang

    2012-11-01

    An electrochemical technique was devised and settled to prepare MgB2 films on copper cathodes in MgCl2-Mg(BO2)2-NaCl-KCl molten salts. X-ray diffraction and scanning probe microscopy were adopted to investigate the phase composition and elements distribution of sample. R-T curve of film was monitored through standard four-probe method. Transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope analysis were chosen to investigate the crystallization behavior and morphology of the films at different electrolytic temperatures. The results indicated that MgB2 films were successfully fabricated on the copper cathodes, and the optimal electrolytic temperature was 601 °C. It was presumed that the non-conducting MgO impurities hindered continuous growth of MgB2 grain, which may result in dendritic growth of MgB2 grain.

  7. Tunnel junctions on as-grown MgB 2 films

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    Ueda, Kenji; Naito, Michio

    2004-08-01

    We prepared MgB 2 films by coevaporation of pure Mg and B metals in an ultra high vacuum chamber. These films have c-axis orientation and a slightly depressed Tc (∼35 K). We fabricated various tunnel junctions (SIN and SIS) using these as-grown MgB 2 films. Of these, Au/MgO/MgB 2 junctions showed typical SIN characteristics with a clear superconducting gap of Δ∼2.5 meV. This gap value may correspond to the smaller gap in the multi-gap scenario. Preliminary MgB 2/Al 2O 3/MgB 2 junctions exhibited SIS characteristics, although not ideal, with a similar value of Δ.

  8. Electronic structure of scandium-doped MgB2

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    de La Peña, Omar; Agrestini, Stefano

    2005-03-01

    Recently has been reported the synthesis of a new superconducting alloy based on MgB2, where Mg is partially substituted with Sc. In order to analyze the effect of Sc doping on the structural and superconducting properties of Mg1-xScxB2, we have performed a detailed study of the electronic structure for this new diboride. The calculations have been done using the first-principles LAPW method, within the supercell approach for modeling the doping. In this work we report results for the electronic band structure, Fermi surface, and density of states. The effect of the Sc-d orbitals on the structural and electronic properties of Mg1-xScxB2 is analyzed. Increasing the Sc concentration (x) the σ-band is gradually filled, because Sc have one valence electron more than Mg. Interestingly, the analysis of the band structure shows that even for ScB2 the top of the σ-band remain above the Fermi level, nevertheless the σ-band presents high dispersion and has an important contribution of d states. In this way, in addition to the band filling effect, Sc doping gradually reduces the two-dimensional character of the σ- band in Mg1-xScxB2 as a result of increasing the sp(B)-d(Sc) hybridization. This research was partially supported by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnolog'ia (CONACYT, M'exico) under Grant. No. 43830-F

  9. Lightweight MgB2 superconducting 10 MW wind generator

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

    2016-02-01

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

  10. High critical currents in iron-clad superconducting MgB2 wires.

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    Jin, S; Mavoori, H; Bower, C; van Dover, R B

    2001-05-31

    Technically useful bulk superconductors must have high transport critical current densities, Jc, at operating temperatures. They also require a normal metal cladding to provide parallel electrical conduction, thermal stabilization, and mechanical protection of the generally brittle superconductor cores. The recent discovery of superconductivity at 39 K in magnesium diboride (MgB2) presents a new possibility for significant bulk applications, but many critical issues relevant for practical wires remain unresolved. In particular, MgB2 is mechanically hard and brittle and therefore not amenable to drawing into the desired fine-wire geometry. Even the synthesis of moderately dense, bulk MgB2 attaining 39 K superconductivity is a challenge because of the volatility and reactivity of magnesium. Here we report the successful fabrication of dense, metal-clad superconducting MgB2 wires, and demonstrate a transport Jc in excess of 85,000 A cm-2 at 4.2 K. Our iron-clad fabrication technique takes place at ambient pressure, yet produces dense MgB2 with little loss of stoichiometry. While searching for a suitable cladding material, we found that other materials dramatically reduced the critical current, showing that although MgB2 itself does not show the 'weak-link' effect characteristic of the high-Tc superconductors, contamination does result in weak-link-like behaviour.

  11. Significant enhancement of the superconducting properties of MgB2 by polyvinyl alcohol additives

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    Zeng, R.; Lu, L.; Dou, S. X.

    2008-08-01

    We report a systematic study of the effects of polymer addition on the lattice parameters, microstructure and superconducting properties of MgB2. Polyvinyl alcohol [-C2H4O-]n (PVA) as a typical polymer was used as an additive to MgB2. It was found that PVA additions have the following features: (1) the polymer can have a very low oxygen (O) content or even none at all, and PVA has a low O content (C:O = 2:1), which reduces the impurities brought into MgB2 from the doping, and (2) PVA decomposes at a temperature of 400-650 °C, which means that the reaction occurs in the same temperature range as MgB2 formation, providing highly reactive C, which homogeneously substitutes for B at this low-temperature range. The above considerations significantly enhance the critical current, Jc, the irreversibility field, Hirr, and the upper critical field, Hc2, of MgB2 compared to un-doped samples or those doped with other carbon sources. In this work, suitable PVA doping levels improved both the connectivity and flux pinning, so that the Jc of PVA-doped MgB2 was improved over the whole field range.

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

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

    2010-11-01

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

  13. Direct evidence for two-band superconductivity in MgB2 single crystals from directional point-contact spectroscopy in magnetic fields.

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    Gonnelli, R S; Daghero, D; Ummarino, G A; Stepanov, V A; Jun, J; Kazakov, S M; Karpinski, J

    2002-12-01

    We present the results of the first directional point-contact spectroscopy experiments in high-quality MgB2 single crystals. Because of the directionality of the current injection into the samples, the application of a magnetic field allowed us to separate the contributions of the sigma and pi bands to the total conductance of our point contacts. By using this technique, we were able to obtain the temperature dependency of each gap independent of the other. The consequent, strong reduction of the error on the value of the gap amplitude as a function of temperature allows a stricter test of the predictions of the two-band model for MgB2.

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

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

    2008-02-01

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

  15. Flux pinning behavior of MgB2 doped with Fe and Fe2O3 nanowires

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    Ke, C.; Cheng, C. H.; Yang, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Wang, W. T.; Zhao, Y.

    MgB2 bulks doped with Fe and Fe2O3 nanowires are prepared by hybridized diffusion method. The doping effect on superconductivity transition temperature, Tc, critical current density Jc, and flux pinning behavior have been studied. It is found that both Tc and Jc of MgB2 show quite different features for these two kinds of nanowires. Fe2O3 nanowires significantly suppress both Tc and Jc of MgB2, whereas Fe nanowires do improve the flux pining behavior of MgB2 although the Tc is slightly suppressed.

  16. Fully band-resolved scattering rate in MgB2 revealed by the nonlinear hall effect and magnetoresistance measurements.

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    Yang, Huan; Liu, Yi; Zhuang, Chenggang; Shi, Junren; Yao, Yugui; Massidda, Sandro; Monni, Marco; Jia, Ying; Xi, Xiaoxing; Li, Qi; Liu, Zi-Kui; Feng, Qingrong; Wen, Hai-Hu

    2008-08-01

    We have measured the normal state temperature dependence of the Hall effect and magnetoresistance in epitaxial MgB2 thin films with variable disorders characterized by the residual resistance ratio RRR ranging from 4.0 to 33.3. A strong nonlinearity of the Hall effect and magnetoresistance have been found in clean samples, and they decrease gradually with the increase of disorders or temperature. By fitting the data to the theoretical model based on the Boltzmann equation and ab initio calculations for a four-band system, for the first time, we derived the scattering rates of these four bands at different temperatures and magnitude of disorders. Our method provides a unique way to derive these important parameters in multiband systems.

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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

    2002-07-01

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

  19. The phase analysis of spark plasma sintered MgB2 after ball milling.

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    Kang, Deuk-Kyun; Kim, Dong-Woong; Kim, Cheol-Jin; Ahn, In-Shup

    2010-01-01

    Mg and amorphous B powders below 10 and 3 micro meter were used as raw materials, and mixed by planetary-mill for 9 hours at argon atmosphere. MgB2 bulk was fabricated at the various temperatures by Spark Plasma Sintering. In the sintering process, mixed powders were sintered in graphite mold, at the pressure of 55 Mpa. The fabricated MgB2 samples were evaluated with XRD, EDS, FE-SEM, PPMS. MgB2, MgO and Fe phases were observed from XRD result. In the results, MgO and Fe were impurity which may affect superconducting properties of MgB2 samples, and it's distribution could be confirmed from EDS mapping result. In order to confirm the formation of MgB2 phase, DTA was used as heating rate of 10 degrees C/min at Ar atmosphere from room temperature to 1200 degrees C. In the PPMS result, the Tc (critical temperature) was about 21 K, and the density of spark plasma sintered samples increased to 1.87 g/cm3 by increasing sintering temperature.

  20. Theoretical investigation of superconductivity in MgB2-xCx alloys

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    Sharma, Gargee; Sharma, Smita

    2016-05-01

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

  1. Definitive experimental evidence for two-band superconductivity in MgB2.

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    Tsuda, S; Yokoya, T; Takano, Y; Kito, H; Matsushita, A; Yin, F; Itoh, J; Harima, H; Shin, S

    2003-09-19

    The superconducting-gap of MgB2 has been studied by high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The results show that superconducting gaps with values of 5.5 and 2.2 meV open on the sigma band and the pi band, respectively, but both the gaps close at the bulk transition temperature, providing a definitive experimental evidence for the two-band superconductivity with strong interband pairing interaction in MgB2. The experiments validate the role of k-dependent electron-phonon coupling as the origin of multiple-gap superconductivity as well as the high transition temperature of MgB2.

  2. Coherent phonon decay and the boron isotope effect for MgB2.

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    Alarco, Jose A; Talbot, Peter C; Mackinnon, Ian D R

    2014-12-14

    Ab initio DFT calculations for the phonon dispersion (PD) and the phonon density of states (PDOS) of the two isotopic forms ((10)B and (11)B) of MgB2 demonstrate that use of a reduced symmetry super-lattice provides an improved approximation to the dynamical, phonon-distorted P6/mmm crystal structure. Construction of phonon frequency plots using calculated values for these isotopic forms gives linear trends with integer multiples of a base frequency that change in slope in a manner consistent with the isotope effect (IE). Spectral parameters inferred from this method are similar to that determined experimentally for the pure isotopic forms of MgB2. Comparison with AlB2 demonstrates that a coherent phonon decay down to acoustic modes is not possible for this metal. Coherent acoustic phonon decay may be an important contributor to superconductivity for MgB2.

  3. Three-dimensional MgB2-type superconductivity in hole-doped diamond.

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    Boeri, Lilia; Kortus, Jens; Andersen, O K

    2004-12-01

    We substantiate by numerical and analytical calculations that the recently discovered superconductivity below 4 K in 3% boron-doped diamond is caused by electron-phonon coupling of the same type as in MgB2, albeit in three dimensions. Holes at the top of the zone-centered, degenerate sigma-bonding valence-band couple strongly to the optical bond-stretching modes. The increase from two to three dimensions reduces the mode softening crucial for T(c) reaching 40 K in MgB2. Even if diamond had the same bare coupling constant as MgB2, which could be achieved with 10% doping, T(c) would be only 25 K. Superconductivity above 1 K in Si (Ge) requires hole doping beyond 5% (10%).

  4. Anisotropy of superconducting MgB2 as seen in electron spin resonance and magnetization data.

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

    2001-07-23

    We observed the conduction electron spin resonance (CESR) in fine powders of MgB2 both in the superconducting and normal states. The Pauli susceptibility is chi(s) = 2.0 x 10(-5) emu/mole in the temperature range of 450 to 600 K. The spin relaxation rate has an anomalous temperature dependence. The CESR measured below T(c) at several frequencies suggests that MgB2 is a strongly anisotropic superconductor with the upper critical field, H(c2), ranging between 2 and 16 T. The high-field reversible magnetization data of a randomly oriented powder sample are well described assuming that MgB2 is an anisotropic superconductor with H(ab)(c2)/H(c)(c2) approximately 6-9.

  5. Physics Among Lightweights: Boride Superconductors (Superconductivity in MgB2)

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    Canfield, Paul C.

    2001-06-13

    Recently there has been a great deal of excitement about the intermetallic superconductor MgB2. MgB2 has a superconducting transition temperature Tc {approx} 40 K, can be synthesized as single phase powders and wire segments, has a remarkably low normal state resistivity, and manifests a promising critical current density in the superconducting state. In this colloquium I will review recent discoveries associated with intermetallic borides and try to show how MgB2 fits into the basic gestalt of intermetallic compounds. In addition I will try to explain why anybody should care about this and why some physicists find the topic of novel states in intermetallic compounds to be an extremely interesting research topic.

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  7. Suppression of superconductivity in epitaxial MgB2 ultrathin films

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    Zhang, Chen; Wang, Yue; Wang, Da; Zhang, Yan; Liu, Zheng-Hao; Feng, Qing-Rong; Gan, Zi-Zhao

    2013-07-01

    MgB2 ultrathin films have potential to make sensitive superconducting devices such as superconducting single-photon detectors working at relatively high temperatures. We have grown epitaxial MgB2 films in thicknesses ranging from about 40 nm to 6 nm by using the hybrid physical-chemical vapor deposition method and performed electrical transport measurements to study the thickness dependence of the superconducting critical temperature Tc. With reducing film thickness d, although a weak depression of the Tc has been observed, which could be attributed to an increase of disorder (interband impurity scattering) in the film, the Tc retains close to the bulk value of MgB2 (39 K), being about 35 K in the film of 6 nm thick. We show that this result, beneficial to the application of MgB2 ultrathin films and in accordance with recent theoretical calculations, is in contrast to previous findings in MgB2 films prepared by other methods such as co-evaporation and molecular-beam epitaxy, where a severe Tc suppression has been observed with Tc about one third of the bulk value in films of ˜5 nm thick. We discuss this apparent discrepancy in experiments and suggest that, towards the ultrathin limit, the different degrees of Tc suppression displayed in currently obtained MgB2 films by various techniques may arise from the different levels of disorder present in the film or different extents of proximity effect at the film surface or film-substrate interface.

  8. Experimental hybrid power transmission line with liquid hydrogen and MgB2-based superconducting cable

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    Kostyuk, V. V.; Antyukhov, I. V.; Blagov, E. V.; Vysotsky, V. S.; Katorgin, B. I.; Nosov, A. A.; Fetisov, S. S.; Firsov, V. P.

    2012-03-01

    Results of developing and testing an experimental hybrid power transmission line with liquid hydrogen and superconducting power (SCP) cable based on magnesium diboride (MgB2) are presented. Critical currents of the MgB2 based prototype SCP cable have been determined for the first time at the forced flow of liquid hydrogen in a temperature interval of 20-26 K. Various regimes of SCP cable cryostatting with both subcooled saturated liquid hydrogen have been tested in a broad range of supply rates (7-220 g/s) and pressures (0.15-0.4 MPa).

  9. Low-Temperature Synthesis of Superconducting Nanocrystalline MgB 2

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  11. Isotope Effect on Electron-Phonon Coupling in Multiband Superconductor MgB2

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    Mou, Daixiang; Taufour, Valentin; Wu, Yun; Huang, Lunan; Bud'Ko, Serguei; Canfield, Paul; Kaminski, Adam

    We systematically investigate the isotope effect of electron-phonon coupling in multi-band superconductor MgB2 by laser based Angle Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy. The kink structure around 70 meV on two σ bands, which is caused by electron coupling to E2 g phonon mode, is shifted to higher binding energy in Mg10B2 than that in Mg11B2. The measured shifting energy of 3.5 meV is consistent with theoretical calculation based on harmonic phonon in MgB2. Our temperature dependent measurement also indicates the isotope effect of kink structure is not dependent on superconducting transition.

  12. Pair-breaking and superconducting state recovery dynamics in MgB2.

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    Demsar, J; Averitt, R D; Taylor, A J; Kabanov, V V; Kang, W N; Kim, H J; Choi, E M; Lee, S I

    2003-12-31

    We present studies of the photoexcited quasiparticle dynamics in MgB2 where, using femtosecond optical techniques, Cooper pair-breaking dynamics (PBD) have been temporally resolved for the first time. The PBD are strongly temperature and photoexcitation intensity dependent. Analysis of the PBD using the Rothwarf-Taylor equations suggests that the anomalous PBD arises from the fact that in MgB2 photoexcitation is initially followed by energy relaxation to high frequency phonons instead of, as commonly assumed, e-e thermalization. Furthermore, the bare quasiparticle recombination rate and the probability for pair breaking by phonons have been determined.

  13. Magnetic vortex flux pinning in silicon-oil-doped MgB2

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    Lee, Sung-Ik; Ghorbani, S. R.

    2010-12-01

    The field dependence of the critical current density, jc (B), of MgB2 doped with 10 wt.% of a liquid precursor, silicon oil, was measured. The obtained jc (B) was enhanced compared with the value of pure MgB2. The temperature dependence of the crossover field, Bsb(T), from the region of a single vortex to the region of small vortex bundle pinning shows that δl pinning, which is associated with mean-free-path fluctuations of the charge carriers, is dominant in this superconductor.

  14. Electrochemical synthesis of superconductive MgB 2 from molten salts

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    Yoshii, Kenji; Abe, Hideki

    2003-05-01

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

  15. Identification of TRAK1 (Trafficking protein, kinesin-binding 1) as MGb2-Ag: a novel cancer biomarker.

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    Zhang, Faming; Ren, Gui; Lu, Yuanyuan; Jin, Bin; Wang, Jun; Chen, Xiong; Liu, Zhenxiong; Li, Kai; Nie, Yongzhan; Wang, Xin; Fan, Daiming

    2009-02-18

    The present study aimed to describe the characterization of an antibody MGb2 that reacts with an epitope on gastric cancer cells, and identification of MGb2 antigen (MGb2-Ag). Immunostaining revealed its distribution in human tissues and demonstrated that the positive rate of MGb2-Ag was 81.48% in gastric cancer, 100% in gastric signet-ring cell carcinoma and mucinous adenocarcinoma, 13.16% in precancerous conditions, and 0% in chronic superficial gastritis. Using Western blotting, immunoprecipitation and MALDI-TOF MS (matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry), MGb2-Ag was identified as TRAK1 (Trafficking protein, kinesin-binding 1), a new molecular gained limited recognition. Both MGb2 and commercial anti-TRAK1 Ab recognized prokaryotic expressed TRAK1. Immunostaining characteristics of TRAK1 were identical with MGb2-Ag in continuous sections of paraffin-embedded tissues of gastric tissues. This is the first report that TRAK1/MGb2-Ag is a promising diagnostic marker for gastric cancer and may help to detect signet-ring cell carcinoma and mucinous adenocarcinoma.

  16. Flux jump behaviors and mechanism of FeTi doped MgB2 at 5 K

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    Lee, H. B.; Kim, G. C.; Kim, Y. C.; Ahmad, D.

    2015-08-01

    This study examined the flux jump behaviors of Fe-doped MgB2 according to content of FeTi particles at 5 K, at which flux jump has been shown to be more frequent. The samples were synthesized in a stainless steel tube with Mg, B and FeTi particles. The motives of flux jump in MgB2 superconductors are over-moving fluxes around the defects and the low heat capacity of MgB2. MgB2 was doped with FeTi particles to overcome these vulnerable points of MgB2. The flux jump of MgB2 decreased with increasing content of doped FeTi particles. On the other hand, excessive doping of FeTi resulted in a decrease of diamagnetic properties and the flux pinning effects together. It is concluded that FeTi particles in MgB2 do not block the flux jump itself, but the propagation of flux jump of MgB2.

  17. An innovative technique to synthesize C-doped MgB2 by using chitosan as the carbon source

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    Bovone, G.; Vignolo, M.; Bernini, C.; Kawale, S.; Siri, A. S.

    2014-02-01

    Here, we report a new technique to synthesize carbon-doped MgB2 powder. Chitosan was innovatively used as the carbon source during the synthesis of boron from boron oxide. This allowed the introduction of local defects, which later on served as pinning centers in MgB2, in the boron lattice itself, avoiding the traditional and time consuming ways of ex situ MgB2 doping (e.g. ball milling). Two volume percentages of C-doping have been tried and its effect on the superconducting properties, evaluated by magnetic and transport measurements, are discussed here. Morphological analysis by scanning electron microscopy revealed nano-metric grains’ distribution in the boron and MgB2 powder. Mono-filamentary MgB2 wires have been fabricated by an ex situ powder-in-tube technique by using the thus prepared carbon-doped MgB2 and pure MgB2 powders. Transport property measurements on these wires were made and compared with MgB2 wire produced using commercial boron.

  18. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Formation of MgB2 at ambient temperature with an electrochemical process: a plausible mechanism

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    Jadhav, A. B.; Subhedar, K. M.; Hyam, R. S.; Talaptra, A.; Sen, Pintu; Bandyopadhyay, S. K.; Pawar, S. H.

    2005-06-01

    The binary intermetallic MgB2 superconductor has been synthesized by many research groups. However, the mechanism of its formation is not clearly understood. In this communication, a comprehensive mechanism of the formation of MgB2 from Le Chatelier's principle of equilibrium reaction has been explained both for solid-state reaction and electrodeposition methods.

  19. Hot Extrusion of Ex-Situ MgB2 Powder

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

    2008-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2012-10-01

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

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  4. The origin of multiple superconducting gaps in MgB2.

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    Souma, S; Machida, Y; Sato, T; Takahashi, T; Matsui, H; Wang, S-C; Ding, H; Kaminski, A; Campuzano, J C; Sasaki, S; Kadowaki, K

    2003-05-01

    Magnesium diboride, MgB2, has the highest transition temperature (T(c) = 39 K) of the known metallic superconductors. Whether the anomalously high T(c) can be described within the conventional BCS (Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer) framework has been debated. The key to understanding superconductivity lies with the 'superconducting energy gap' associated with the formation of the superconducting pairs. Recently, the existence of two kinds of superconducting gaps in MgB2 has been suggested by several experiments; this is in contrast to both conventional and high-T(c) superconductors. A clear demonstration of two gaps has not yet been made because the previous experiments lacked the ability to resolve the momentum of the superconducting electrons. Here we report direct experimental evidence for the two-band superconductivity in MgB2, by separately observing the superconducting gaps of the sigma and pi bands (as well as a surface band). The gaps have distinctly different sizes, which unambiguously establishes MgB2 as a two-gap superconductor.

  5. Doping effects of carbon and titanium on the critical current density of MgB2

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    Shen, T. M.; Li, G.; Cheng, C. H.; Zhao, Y.

    2006-11-01

    MgB2 bulks doped with Ti or/and C were prepared by an in situ solid state reaction method to determine the combined effect of C and Ti doping and to probe the detailed mechanism. The magnetization measurement shows that Mg0.95Ti0.05B1.95C0.05 sample has significantly improved flux pinning compared to the MgB1.95C0.05 sample at 20 K, indicating that C and Ti are largely cooperative in improving the Jc(H) behaviour. No TiC phase was detected in the x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. Moreover, the overlap of the (100) peaks of MgB1.95C0.05 and Mg0.95Ti0.05B1.95C0.05 showed that Ti doping does not reduce the amount of C in MgB2. Microstructural analyses revealed that the addition of Ti eliminated the porosity present in the carbon-doped MgB2 pellet, resulting in an improved intergrain connectivity and an increase of effective current pass. Further, MgB2 doped with C and Ti, which mainly consists of spherical grains about 200-300 nm in size, shows an higher grain homogeneity than the C-doped sample, suggesting that the Ti doping in MgB1-xCx has played an important role in obtaining uniform grains.

  6. Enhancement of flux pinning in a MgB2 superconductor doped with tartaric acid

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    Hossain, M. S. A.; Kim, J. H.; Wang, X. L.; Xu, X.; Peleckis, G.; Dou, S. X.

    2007-01-01

    The synthesis and characterization of a carbon (C) doped polycrystalline MgB2 superconductor is reported with tartaric acid (C4H6O6) used as the C source. The amount of C4H6O6 is varied between 5 and 30 wt%. Relationships between microstructures, critical current density (Jc), critical temperature (Tc), upper critical field (Hc2), and irreversibility field (Hirr) for MgB2 doped with 0-30 wt% C4H6O6 are systematically studied. A reduction in Tc from 37.65 to 34.45 K and in lattice parameter a due to the C substitution occurs with C4H6O6 doping. Jc, Hc2, and Hirr are significantly enhanced with an increasing amount of C4H6O6. All the samples exhibit a Jc above 104 A cm-2 at 5 K and 8 T. This value is higher than for un-doped MgB2 by a factor of 6. The significant improvement in the superconducting properties is attributed to the lattice distortion due to the C substitution for boron, with the C coming from the C4H6O6. These findings suggest that C4H6O6 is a promising C source for MgB2 with excellent Jc properties under high field.

  7. Local environments of iron and cobalt in doped MgB2 superconductors

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    Kuzmann, E.; Homonnay, Z.; Klencsár, Z.; Kühberger, M.; Vértes, A.; Gritzner, G.

    2002-11-01

    MgB2 has been doped with 57Fe and 57Co in order to probe the electronic structure of the superconductor by Mössbauer spectroscopy. Simultaneous SEM-EDX studies showed that both Fe and Co were incorporated to some extent into the MgB2 host lattice. Mössbauer spectroscopy indicated that Fe2B and FeB were also formed during the preparation. At higher Fe contents Fe2B appeared unambiguously as a secondary phase in the x-ray diffraction. CoB was detected at substitution levels of 10 mol% and greater. Both Fe and Co doping decreased the Tc(0) modestly. Co and Fe were found to substitute at the Mg site in the MgB2 lattice. The Mössbauer parameters for 57Co and 57Fe were consistent with a metallic environment. The similarity of the isomer shifts in MgB2 and in cuprate superconductors is being discussed.

  8. Rational design of MgB2 conductors toward practical applications

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    Patel, Dipak; Hossain, Md Shahriar Al; Motaman, Ashkan; Barua, Shaon; Shahabuddin, Mohammed; Kim, Jung Ho

    2014-09-01

    We report the research progress that has been made on developing rational MgB2 superconducting conductors toward practical applications. Owing to the poor performance of the critical current density (Jc) of bare MgB2, various techniques have been developed to overcome this obstacle. Among these, chemical doping has proved to be the most effective way to enhance the superconducting properties, such as Jc and the irreversibility field (Birr). More than a hundred different forms of dopants have been investigated over the past 13 years. Among these, the most effective dopants have been identified to be silicon carbide, carbon, and malic acid. The best results, Birr of 22 T and Jc of 40,000 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T, have been reported for malic acid treated MgB2 conductors, which have matched the benchmark performance of commercial low temperature superconductor wire such as Nb-Ti. This work will review and discuss the progress on MgB2 conductor development over the past few years at the University of Wollongong and Hyper Tech Research, Inc.

  9. Solution Fabrication of a Superconducting MgB2 Coated Conductor on Stainless Steel

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    Wang, Yin-Bo; Chen, Li-Ping; Zhang, Chen; Wang, Yue; Guo, Zheng-Shan; Chen, Yi-Ling; Feng, Qing-Rong; Gan, Zi-Zhao

    2012-04-01

    We report the solution fabrication of a MgB2 coated conductor on a stainless steel substrate. The precursor solution of Mg(BH4)2 diethyl ether is initially synthesized by refluxing the milled mixture of NaBH4 and MgCl2 in diethyl ether. Then the Mg(BH4)2 diethyl ether is spin coated on a stainless steel substrate and annealed in Mg vapor, which yields a homogeneous MgB2 coated conductor. X-ray diffraction indicates that the grown MgB2 coated conductor is polycrystalline. It has a superconducting transition temperature of 34-37 K. The slope of the upper critical field HC2 increases with decreasing temperature, and the extrapolated value of HC2(0) reaches ~28 T. The critical current density estimated by the Bean model is JC(25K, 0T)~106 A·cm-2. These parameters indicate that the solution method is potentially able to produce MgB2 coated conductors that can satisfy application purposes.

  10. Influence of magnetic nanoparticles on superconductivity of MgB2

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    Novosel, N.; Babić, E.

    2013-10-01

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

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

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

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    Yildirim, Taner

    2002-03-01

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

  13. Significant improvement of critical current density in MgB2 doped with ferromagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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

    2009-01-01

    Ferromagnetic Fe3O4-doped MgB2 bulks were first fabricated in this work by the hot pressing method. It was found that Fe3O4 does not react with Mg or B during the fabrication process. Peak Jc values of the 5 wt% Fe3O4-doped MgB2 are higher than 106 A cm-2 in the temperature range 5-30 K. Especially at 30 K, the peak Jc is 1.02 × 106 A cm-2 for the 5 wt% Fe3O4-doped MgB2, the highest values at 30 K found in the literature, and about seven times that of the 5 wt% SiC-doped MgB2 sample. The drop in Jc with increasing field for the Fe3O4-doped MgB2 is significantly slower than that of the SiC-doped MgB2 at 30 K. These results indicate that the Fe3O4-doped MgB2 is a potential superconductor to be used at temperatures greater than 25 K which is a critical temperature for large-scale practical applications.

  14. Comparison between nano-diamond and carbon nanotube doping effects on critical current density and flux pinning in MgB2

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    Cheng, C. H.; Yang, Y.; Munroe, P.; Zhao, Y.

    2007-03-01

    Doping effects of nano-diamond and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on critical current density of bulk MgB2 have been studied. CNTs are found prone to be doped into the MgB2 lattice whereas nano-diamond tends to form second-phase inclusions in the MgB2 matrix, leading to a more significant improvement of Jc(H) by doping by nano-diamond than by CNTs in MgB2. TEM reveals tightly packed MgB2 nanograins (50-100 nm) with a dense distribution of diamond nanoparticles (10-20 nm) inside MgB2 grains in nano-diamond-doped samples. Such a unique microstructure leads to a flux pinning behaviour different from that in CNTs-doped MgB2.

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

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

    2015-04-08

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

  16. Hydrogen cooling options for MgB2-based superconducting systems

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    Stautner, W.; Xu, M.; Mine, S.; Amm, K.

    2014-01-01

    With the arrival of MgB2 for low-cost superconducting magnets, hydrogen cooling has become an interesting alternative to costly liquid helium. Hydrogen is generally regarded as the most efficient coolant in cryogenics and, in particular, is well suited for cooling superconducting magnets. Cooling methods need to take into account the specific quench propagation in the MgB2 magnet winding and facilitate a cryogenically reliable and safe cooling environment. The authors propose three different multi-coolant options for MRI scanners using helium or hydrogen within the same design framework. Furthermore, a design option for whole-body scanners which employs technology, components, fueling techniques and safety devices from the hydrogen automotive industry is presented, continuing the trend towards replacing helium with hydrogen as a safe and cost efficient coolant.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  18. Preparation and characterization of Sc doped MgB2 wires

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

    2016-09-01

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

  19. Electronic structure of MgB2 from angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy.

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    Uchiyama, H; Shen, K M; Lee, S; Damascelli, A; Lu, D H; Feng, D L; Shen, Z-X; Tajima, S

    2002-04-15

    The first angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy results from MgB2 single crystals are reported. Along the GammaK and GammaM directions, we observed three distinct dispersive features approaching the Fermi energy. These can be assigned to the theoretically predicted sigma (B 2p(x,y)) and pi (B 2p(z)) bands. In addition, a small parabolic-like band is detected around the Gamma point, which can be attributed to a surface-derived state. The overall agreement between our results and the band calculations suggests that the electronic structure of MgB2 is of a conventional nature, thus implying that electron correlations are weak and may be of little importance to superconductivity in this system.

  20. Optical properties of c-axis oriented superconducting MgB2 films.

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    Tu, J J; Carr, G L; Perebeinos, V; Homes, C C; Strongin, M; Allen, P B; Kang, W N; Choi, E M; Kim, H J; Lee, S I

    2001-12-31

    Temperature dependent optical conductivities and dc resistivity of c-axis oriented superconducting (T(c) = 39.6 K) MgB2 films (approximately 450 nm) have been measured. The normal state ab-plane optical conductivities can be described by the Drude model with a temperature independent Drude plasma frequency of omega(p,D) = 13 600+/-100 cm(-1) or 1.68+/-0.01 eV. The normal state resistivity is fitted by the Bloch-Grüneisen formula with an electron-phonon coupling constant lambda(tr) = 0.13+/-0.02. The optical conductivity spectra below T(c) of these films suggest that MgB2 is a multigap superconductor.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  3. Ab initio investigation of collective charge excitations in MgB2.

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    Ku, Wei; Pickett, W E; Scalettar, R T; Eguiluz, A G

    2002-02-01

    A sharp collective charge excitation is predicted in MgB2 at approximately 2.5 eV for q perpendicular to the boron layers, based on an all-electron analysis of the dynamical density response within time-dependent density functional theory. This novel excitation, consisting of coherent charge fluctuation between Mg and B sheets, induces an abrupt plasma edge in the experimentally observable reflectivity. The existence of this mode reflects the unique electronic structure of MgB2 that is also responsible for strong electron-phonon coupling. By contrast, the acoustic plasmon, recently suggested to explain the high T(c), is not realized when realistic transition strengths are incorporated.

  4. Specific heat and thermal conductivity in the mixed state of MgB2.

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    Tewordt, L; Fay, D

    2002-09-23

    The specific heat C and the electronic and phononic thermal conductivities kappa(e) and kappa(ph) are calculated in the mixed state for magnetic fields H near H(c2), including the effects of supercurrent flow and Andreev scattering. The resulting function C(H) is nearly linear while kappa(e)(H) exhibits an upward curvature near H(c2). The slopes decrease with impurity scattering which improves the agreement with the data on MgB2. The ratio of phonon relaxation times tau(n)/tau(s)=g(omega(0),H) for phonon energy omega(0) is smeared out around omega(0)=2Delta and tends to one for increasing H. This leads to a rapid reduction of kappa(ph)(H) in MgB2 for relatively small fields due to the rapid suppression of the smaller energy gap.

  5. Temperature-dependent anisotropy of the penetration depth and coherence length of MgB2.

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    Fletcher, J D; Carrington, A; Taylor, O J; Kazakov, S M; Karpinski, J

    2005-08-26

    We report measurements of the temperature-dependent anisotropies (gamma(lambda) and gamma(xi)) of both the London penetration depth lambda and the upper critical field of MgB2. Data for gamma(lambda)=lambda(c)/lambda(a) was obtained from measurements of lambda(a) and lambda(c) on a single crystal sample using a tunnel diode oscillator technique. gamma(xi)=H(perp)c(c2)/H(||c)(c2) was deduced from field-dependent specific heat measurements on the same sample. Gamma(lambda) and gamma(xi) have opposite temperature dependencies, but close to T(c) tend to a common value (gamma(lambda) similar or equal to gamma(xi)=1.75 +/- 0.05). These results are in good agreement with theories accounting for the two-gap nature of MgB2.

  6. High T(c) superconductivity in MgB2 by nonadiabatic pairing.

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    Cappelluti, E; Ciuchi, S; Grimaldi, C; Pietronero, L; Strässler, S

    2002-03-18

    The evidence for the key role of the sigma bands in the electronic properties of MgB2 points to the possibility of nonadiabatic effects in the superconductivity of these materials. These are governed by the small value of the Fermi energy due to the vicinity of the hole doping level to the top of the sigma bands. We show that the nonadiabatic theory leads to a coherent interpretation of T(c) = 39 K and the boron isotope coefficient alphaB = 0.30 without invoking very large couplings and it naturally explains the role of the disorder on T(c). It also leads to various specific predictions for the properties of MgB2 and for the material optimization of these types of compounds.

  7. Relaxation and pinning in spark-plasma sintered MgB2 superconductor

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    Jirsa, M.; Rames, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Berger, K.; Douine, B.

    2016-02-01

    The model of thermally activated relaxation developed and successfully tested on high-T c superconductors (Jirsa et al 2004 Phys. Rev. B 70 0245251) was applied to magnetic data of a bulk spark-plasma sintered MgB2 sample to elucidate its magnetic relaxation behavior. MgB2 and the related borides form a superconductor class lying between classical and high-T c superconductors. In accord with this classification, the relaxation phenomena were found to be about ten times weaker than in cuprates. Vortex pinning analyzed in terms of the field dependence of the pinning force density indicates a combined pinning by normal point-like defects and by grain surfaces. An additional mode of pinning at rather high magnetic fields (of still unknown origin) was observed.

  8. MgB2 wires with Ti and NbTi barrier made by IMD process

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

    2016-10-01

    MgB2 wires with Ti and NbTi barriers have been made by internal magnesium diffusion (IMD) into boron process. Critical currents, strain tolerances and AC loss of wires with Ti and NbTi barriers have been compared. It was shown that worse uniformity of NbTi barrier affects the creation of regular MgB2 layer and consequently influences (reduces) also the current densities. Positive effects of NbTi barrier are in improved strain tolerance and reduced coupling losses. The maximum AC loss of not twisted wire with Ti barrier is measured at frequency 9 Hz, but it is shifted up to 60 Hz for NbTi due to considerably increased barrier resistance at 20 K.

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

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    Zasadzinski, John; Iavarone, Maria

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

  10. Enhancement of critical current density of MgB2 by doping Ho2O3

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    Cheng, C.; Zhao, Y.

    2006-12-01

    Mg1-x(Ho2O3)xB2 alloys were prepared by in situ solid state reaction to study the effect of magnetic Ho2O3 dopant on flux pinning behavior of MgB2. Crystal structure, Tc, and Hc2 were not affected by Ho2O3 doping; however, Jc and Hirr were significantly enhanced. In 5T field, the best sample (x =3%) reached Jc of 1.0×103, 2.0×104, and 1.2×105A/cm2 at 20, 10, and 5K, respectively, much higher than those achieved by nonmagnetic impurity, such as Ti-, Zr-, and Y2O3-doped MgB2. The observed magnetic HoB4 nanoparticles were attributed to be the source for the enhanced flux pinning effects.

  11. Magnetic relaxation induced by transverse flux shaking in MgB2 superconductors

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    Luzuriaga, J.; Badía-Majós, A.; Nieva, G.; Giordano, J. L.; López, C.; Serquis, A.; Serrano, G.

    2009-01-01

    We report on measurements and numerical simulations of the behavior of MgB2 superconductors when magnetic field components are applied along mutually perpendicular directions. By closely matching the geometry in simulations and measurements, full quantitative agreement is found. The critical state theory and a single phenomenological law, i.e. the field dependence of the critical current density Jc(B), are sufficient for a full quantitative description of the measurements. These were performed in thick strips of carbon nanotube doped MgB2 samples. Magnetization was measured in two orthogonal directions using a SQUID magnetometer. Magnetic relaxation effects induced by the application of an oscillatory perpendicular field were observed and simulated numerically. The measurements confirm the numerical predictions, that two relaxation regimes appear, depending on the amplitude of the applied magnetic field. The overall agreement constitutes a convincing validation of the critical state model and the numerical procedures used.

  12. Fabrication and properties of kilometer level, Nb reinforced, 6 filamentary MgB2 wires

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    Li, C. S.; Yan, G.; Wang, Q. Y.; Jiao, G. F.; Sulpice, A.; Yang, F.; Xiong, X. M.; Liu, G. Q.; Feng, J. Q.; Feng, Y.; Zhang, P. X.

    2013-11-01

    Kilometer level 6 + 1 filamentary MgB2 wires sheathed with Nb/Cu composite tube was fabricated by in situ powder-in-tube (PIT) method, nonferromagnetic Nb was employed as the centre reinforced materials. There is no any annealing in the whole fabrication process due to the excellent ductility of Nb/Cu based tube. The (Mg, B)/Nb/Cu composite wire was fabricated to the target size of 1.4 mm in diameter and heat treated at 680 °C for 2 h in a vacuum furnace. Microstructure, superconductivity, mechanical properties and homogeneity of critical current were measured respectively. The transport engineering critical current density (Jce) reaches 2.5 × 104 A/cm2 at 20 K, 1 T. The results show a good potential to fabricate high performance MgB2 wires at ambient pressure for practical application.

  13. Feasibility study of a MgB2 superconducting magnetic cloak

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    Giunchi, Giovanni; Turrioni, Daniele; Kashikhin, Vladimir; Nguyen, Hogan; Barzi, Emanuela

    2016-04-01

    The magnetic shielding capability of bulk MgB2 hollow cylinders can be fruitfully combined with an external paramagnetic sheath, to tailor the shape of the external magnetic flux lines. By appropriate selection of the external sheath permeability and thickness, it is possible to leave the magnetic flux lines unaltered by the shield (cloaking effect). Preliminary measurements have been performed at 4.2 K on shielding capability of bulk cylinders, which are subjected to axial and transversal magnetic fields up to 5 T. Furthermore, the cloaking conditions have been modeled to find the optimized thickness to realize the cloaking effect. The MgB2 materialmore » of the superconducting shield is also optimized to avoid low-temperature flux jumps, without losing its shielding capability.« less

  14. A trapped field of >3 T in bulk MgB2 fabricated by uniaxial hot pressing

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    Durrell, J. H.; Dancer, C. E. J.; Dennis, A.; Shi, Y.; Xu, Z.; Campbell, A. M.; Babu, N. Hari; Todd, R. I.; Grovenor, C. R. M.; Cardwell, D. A.

    2012-11-01

    A trapped field of over 3 T has been measured at 17.5 K in a magnetized stack of two disc-shaped bulk MgB2 superconductors of diameter 25 mm and thickness 5.4 mm. The bulk MgB2 samples were fabricated by uniaxial hot pressing, which is a readily scalable, industrial technique, to 91% of their maximum theoretical density. The macroscopic critical current density derived from the trapped field data using the Biot-Savart law is consistent with the measured local critical current density. From this we conclude that critical current density, and therefore trapped field performance, is limited by the flux pinning available in MgB2, rather than by lack of connectivity. This suggests strongly that both increasing sample size and enhancing pinning through doping will allow further increases in trapped field performance of bulk MgB2.

  15. High density and connectivity of a MgB2 filament made using the internal magnesium diffusion technique

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    Kulich, M.; Kováč, P.; Hain, M.; Rosová, A.; Dobročka, E.

    2016-03-01

    In order to allow precise and detailed physical studies of an MgB2 filament made by the internal magnesium diffusion process (IMD), a modified approach (MIMD) using a Mg tube filled with boron powder deformed into wire was introduced. The MIMD process allows easy extraction of the MgB2 filament after the final heat treatment and performance of four-probe resistive measurements and density estimation, which is not possible for standard IMD wires. The Rowell approach has been applied for the grain connectivity from R(T) data of extracted MgB2 for the first time. The filament’s density has been estimated from the precise volume measured by x-ray micro-tomography and mass. The high connectivity and density of the MgB2 filament made by the diffusion process are discussed and compared with those of filaments made by other processes.

  16. The effect of citric and oxalic acid doping on the superconducting properties of MgB2

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    Ojha, N.; Malik, V. K.; Singla, Rashmi; Bernhard, C.; Varma, G. D.

    2009-12-01

    In this paper we report the effect of carbon doping on the structural and superconducting properties of MgB2 using citric and oxalic acids as carbon sources. The bulk polycrystalline samples have been synthesized via a standard solid state reaction route with composition MgB2+x wt% of citric and oxalic acids (x = 0, 5 and 10). The x-ray diffraction results reveal the formation of dominantly MgB2 with only a small amount of impurity phase MgO and substitution of C at the B site of MgB2 for both dopants. Improvements in the upper critical field (HC2), irreversibility field (Hirr) and high field (>2.5 T) critical current density (JC) have been observed on C doping in the samples. The correlations between superconducting properties and structural characteristics of the samples are described and discussed in this paper.

  17. Mixed state of a dirty two-band superconductor: application to MgB2.

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    Koshelev, A E; Golubov, A A

    2003-05-01

    We investigate the vortex state in a two-band superconductor with strong intraband and weak interband electronic scattering rates. Coupled Usadel equations are solved numerically, and the distributions of the pair potentials and local densities of states are calculated for two bands at different values of magnetic fields. The existence of two distinct length scales corresponding to different bands is demonstrated. The results provide qualitative interpretation of recent scanning tunneling microscopy experiments on vortex structure imaging in MgB2.

  18. Observation of Leggett's collective mode in a multiband MgB2 superconductor.

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    Blumberg, G; Mialitsin, A; Dennis, B S; Klein, M V; Zhigadlo, N D; Karpinski, J

    2007-11-30

    We report observation of Leggett's collective mode in a multiband MgB2 superconductor with Tc=39 K arising from the fluctuations in the relative phase between two superconducting condensates. The novel mode is observed by Raman spectroscopy at 9.4 meV in the fully symmetric scattering channel. The observed mode frequency is consistent with theoretical considerations based on first-principles computations.

  19. Evidence for two-band superconductivity from break-junction tunneling on MgB2.

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    Schmidt, H; Zasadzinski, J F; Gray, K E; Hinks, D G

    2002-03-25

    Superconductor-insulator-superconductor tunnel junctions have been fabricated on MgB2 that display Josephson and quasiparticle currents. These junctions exhibit a gap magnitude, Delta approximately 2.5 meV, that is considerably smaller than the BCS value, but which clearly and reproducibly closes near the bulk T(c). In conjunction with fits of the conductance spectra, these results are interpreted as direct evidence of two-band superconductivity.

  20. Raman scattering from a superconductivity-induced bound state in MgB2.

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    Zeyher, R

    2003-03-14

    It is shown that the sharp peak in the E(2g) Raman spectrum of superconducting MgB2 is due to a bound state caused by the electron-phonon coupling. Our theory explains why this peak appears only in the spectra with E(2g) symmetry and only in the sigma but not the pi bands. The properties of the bound state and the Raman spectrum are investigated, also in the presence of impurity scattering.

  1. Effect of interband interactions on the pressure dependence on transition temperature of MgB2

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    Ogbuu, Okechukwu A.; Abah, Obinna

    2015-12-01

    A two-band BCS model with interactions, both phonon and non-phonon induced interactions, were employed to investigate the pressure dependence on superconducting transition temperature of two-band superconductor. We derived the transition temperature and its pressure dependence within Bogoliubov--Valatin formalism for magnesium diboride superconductor. We examined the influence of interband interactions on transition temperature at varying pressure and analyzed the relevance of this calculation in magnesium diboride, MgB2.

  2. Anisotropic normal-state properties of the MgB2 superconductor

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    de la Mora, Pablo; Castro, Miguel; Tavizon, Gustavo

    2005-02-01

    Based on the experimentally-found existence of two superconducting gaps in MgB2 (one gap associated to the boron σ-states and the other to the boron π-states), the different contributions to the transport properties, electrical conductivity and Hall coefficient were studied using the full potential-linearized augmented plane wave method and the generalized gradient approximation. Four different relaxation times were needed to adjust the electrical conductivity and Hall coefficient to experimental values. MgB2 doping was analysed in the rigid band approximation; this permitted a detailed study of the partial substitution of magnesium for aluminium (Mg1-xAlxB2). Other substitutions such as AB2 (A = Be, Sc, Zr, Nb and Ta) are also discussed. The MgB2 σ-bands (boron σ-states), which are associated to the large gap, are very anisotropic at EF, while the π bands have very little anisotropic character. In Mg1-xAlxB2, Tc diminishes with Al content; the other compounds are not superconductors or have a low Tc. In this work it was found that with electron doping, such as Al substitution, the σ-band conductivity decreases and the corresponding bands become less anisotropic. The σ-band contribution for BeB2 and ScB2 at EF is very small and the anisotropy is much lower. For Zr, Nb and Ta there are no σ-bands at EF. These results give a clear connection between superconductivity and the character of the σ-band, band conductivity, and band anisotropy. This gives a plausible explanation for the diminution of Tc with different doping of MgB2.

  3. Titania doping effect on superconducting properties of MgB2 bulk samples

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    Serrano, G.; Bridoux, G.; Serquis, A.

    2009-05-01

    In this work we study the microstructural and superconducting properties of doped and undoped bulk MgB2 samples prepared by solid-state reaction, with 0 and 2.5 %at. nominal TiO2 nanotubes contents, annealed at different temperatures in the 750-900°C range. We discuss the Tc, Jc and Hc2 performance and their correlation with the different synthesis parameters.

  4. Metallurgical phases and their magnetism at the interface of nanoscale MgB2/Fe layered structures

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    Sahoo, B.; Keune, W.; Kuncser, V.; Becker, H.-W.; Röhlsberger, R.

    2011-11-01

    We report on the characterization of metallurgical phases and their magnetism at the interfaces of nanoscale MgB2/Fe layered structures. MgB2/57Fe multilayers with varying layer thicknesses were prepared by vacuum deposition and investigated, before and after annealing by electrical resistance measurements, x-ray diffraction and 57Fe conversion-electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) down to 5 K. Interfacial Fe-B phases, such as Fe2B, were identified by CEMS. A superparamagnetic-to-ferromagnetic transition is observed with increasing 57Fe film thickness. Ultrahigh vacuum annealing at 500 °C of the multilayers leads to strong diffusion of Fe atoms into the boundary regions of the MgB2 layers. MgB2 in the as-grown multilayers is non-superconducting. Structural disorder and the effect of Fe interdiffusion contribute to the suppression of superconductivity in the MgB2 films of all the as-grown multilayers and the thinner annealed multilayers. However, an annealed MgB2/57Fe/MgB2 trilayer with thicker (500 Å) MgB2 layers is observed to be superconducting with an onset temperature of 25 K. At 5 K, the annealed trilayer can be conceived as being strongly chemically modulated, consisting of two partially Fe-doped superconducting MgB2 layers separated by an interdiffused weakly magnetic Fe-B interlayer, which is characterized by a low hyperfine magnetic field Bhf of ˜11 T. This chemically modulated layer structure of the trilayer after annealing was verified by Rutherford backscattering.

  5. Metallurgical phases and their magnetism at the interface of nanoscale MgB2/Fe layered structures.

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    Sahoo, B; Keune, W; Kuncser, V; Becker, H-W; Röhlsberger, R

    2011-11-30

    We report on the characterization of metallurgical phases and their magnetism at the interfaces of nanoscale MgB(2)/Fe layered structures. MgB(2)/(57)Fe multilayers with varying layer thicknesses were prepared by vacuum deposition and investigated, before and after annealing by electrical resistance measurements, x-ray diffraction and (57)Fe conversion-electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) down to 5 K. Interfacial Fe-B phases, such as Fe(2)B, were identified by CEMS. A superparamagnetic-to-ferromagnetic transition is observed with increasing (57)Fe film thickness. Ultrahigh vacuum annealing at 500 °C of the multilayers leads to strong diffusion of Fe atoms into the boundary regions of the MgB(2) layers. MgB(2) in the as-grown multilayers is non-superconducting. Structural disorder and the effect of Fe interdiffusion contribute to the suppression of superconductivity in the MgB(2) films of all the as-grown multilayers and the thinner annealed multilayers. However, an annealed MgB(2)/(57)Fe/MgB(2) trilayer with thicker (500 Å) MgB(2) layers is observed to be superconducting with an onset temperature of 25 K. At 5 K, the annealed trilayer can be conceived as being strongly chemically modulated, consisting of two partially Fe-doped superconducting MgB(2) layers separated by an interdiffused weakly magnetic Fe-B interlayer, which is characterized by a low hyperfine magnetic field B(hf) of ∼11 T. This chemically modulated layer structure of the trilayer after annealing was verified by Rutherford backscattering.

  6. From E2g to other modes: effects of pressure on electron-phonon interaction in MgB2.

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    Singh, Prabhakar P

    2006-12-15

    We study the effects of pressure on the electron-phonon interaction in MgB2 using density-functional-based methods. Our results show that the superconductivity in MgB2 vanishes by 100 GPa, and then reappears at higher pressures. In particular, we find a superconducting transition temperature Tc approximately 2 K for mu*=0.1 at a pressure of 137 GPa.

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

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

    2004-08-01

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

  8. Large MgB2 Superconducting Coils for the Ignitor Experiment

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    Tumino, A.; Grasso, G.; Coppi, B.

    2012-10-01

    Intermediate temperature, superconducting cables have been adopted for the fabrication of the largest poloidal field coils of the Ignitor experiment. This is an important step to achieve better duty cycles in Ignitor-like machines with innovative magnet technologies compared to traditional superconductors. The commercially available MgB2 strands manufactured by Columbus Superconductors meets the target specifications for the considered coils, about 5 meters of outer diameter and maximum field on the conductor below 5 T, and they are also compatible with the Ignitor cryogenic system, which is designed to cool the machine at 30 K, although MgB2 may use colder gas at 10 K. The technical feasibility of these coils, as well as their stability and protection in the unlikely case of its quench, has been studied. The final design includes about 300 MgB2 multifilamentary strands of 1 mm in diameter and a copper pipe for the He-gas flow in the center. A mock-up cable has been manufactured. Measurements of the critical current Jc as a function of magnetic field and temperature have been done for the cable bent to a curvature radius of 20 cm and compared to the results of a straight sample. The feasability of the manufacturing and jacketing processes has thus been demonstrated.

  9. Effect of heating rates on microstructure and superconducting properties of pure MgB 2

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    Zhao, Qian; Liu, Yongchang; Han, Yajing; Ma, Zongqing; Shi, Qingzhi; Gao, Zhiming

    2009-07-01

    The influence of different heating rates, ranging from 5 to 30 K min -1, on the microstructure and superconducting of the MgB 2 bulk was investigated. No obvious variation in the grain size was found for the samples heated from 5 K min -1 to 20 K min -1 except for the changes in morphologies. Moreover, the grain refinement was obtained under the heating rate of 30 K min -1. The critical current density ( Jc) suggested that the 5 K min -1 sample had the best performance in high field. Here, the differential thermal analysis (DTA) was employed to analyze the kinetics of MgB 2 phase formation with the different heating rates. The results showed that the large amount of MgB 2 formed at low temperature, which lead to compact structures under the slow heating rate. The fast heating rate would promote the evaporation of Mg at high temperature, which was considered to generate the vacancy and impurities in the sample.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  11. Influence of nanocrystalline boron precursor powder on superconductivity in MgB2 bulk.

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    Zhang, Yun; Lu, Cheng; Zhou, Sihai; Joo, Jinho

    2009-12-01

    In this report, high-purity nanocrystalline boron powders processed by ball-milling were used as the precursor powders to fabricate MgB2 superconductor. The transport properties and the critical current density in the samples made from ball-milled boron powders and as-supplied boron powders were investigated. It was found that the ball-milled boron powders led to a significant enhancement of the critical current density in MgB2 sintered at 650 degrees C. The reason can be attributed to the small MgB2 grain size caused by the ball-milled boron precursor powders. The resistivity of the samples made from the ball-milled boron powder was lower than that of the sample from as-supplied boron powder. As the sintering temperature increased, both resistivity and upper critical field decreased in the samples using the ball-milled boron powders as a precursor. Poor connectivity and large strain are responsible for the high resistivity.

  12. High-pressure synthesis of pure and doped superconducting MgB2 compounds

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    Toulemonde, P.; Musolino, N.; Flükiger, R.

    2003-02-01

    Superconducting properties of bulk, dense, pure MgB2 and doped (Mg1-xAx)B2 samples with A = Na, Ca, Cu, Ag, Zn and Al were studied for compositional ranges 0 < x leq 0.20. The effects on pinning properties and critical current were investigated, particularly for A = aluminium. The samples were sintered and/or synthesized at high pressure-high temperature in a cubic multi-anvil press (typically 3.5-6 GPa, 900-1000 °C). They were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and their superconducting properties were investigated by ac susceptibility, magnetization (VSM and SQUID) and transport measurements under a magnetic field. Only Al really substitutes on the Mg site. The other elements form secondary phases with B or Mg which do not act as pinning centres. No positive effect is observed on the superconducting properties of the bulk MgB2 samples with these doping elements added: Tc, critical current jc, Hirr and Hc2. For Al, the effect on Hc2 remains small, and the irreversibility line does not move, thus not improving the critical current of the Al-doped MgB2 samples.

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

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

    2010-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  16. Enhancement of the in-field Jc of MgB2 via SiCl4 doping

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    Wang, Xiao-Lin; Dou, S. X.; Hossain, M. S. A.; Cheng, Z. X.; Liao, X. Z.; Ghorbani, S. R.; Yao, Q. W.; Kim, J. H.; Silver, T.

    2010-06-01

    We present the following results. (1) We introduce a doping source for MgB2 , liquid SiCl4 , which is free of C, to significantly enhance the irreversibility field (Hirr) , the upper critical field (Hc2) , and the critical current density (Jc) with a little reduction in the critical temperature (Tc) . (2) Although Si can not be incorporated into the crystal lattice, a significant reduction in the a -axis lattice parameter was found, to the same extent as for carbon doping. (3) Based on the first-principles calculation, it is found that it is reliable to estimate the C concentration just from the reduction in the a -lattice parameter for C-doped MgB2 polycrystalline samples that are prepared at high sintering temperatures, but not for those prepared at low sintering temperatures. Strain effects and magnesium deficiency might be reasons for the a -lattice reduction in non-C or some of the C-added MgB2 samples. (4) The SiCl4 -doped MgB2 shows much higher Jc with superior field dependence above 20 K compared to undoped MgB2 and MgB2 doped with various carbon sources. (5) We introduce a parameter, RHH (Hc2/Hirr) , which can clearly reflect the degree of flux-pinning enhancement, providing us with guidance for further enhancing Jc . (6) It was found that spatial variation in the charge-carrier mean free path is responsible for the flux-pinning mechanism in the SiCl4 treated MgB2 with large in-field Jc .

  17. Fabrication of MgB2 superconducting wires with a hybrid method combining internal-Mg-diffusion and powder-in-tube processes

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    Ye, ShuJun; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Togano, Kazumasa; Zhang, YunChao; Ohmura, Takahito; Kumakura, Hiroaki

    2014-05-01

    We have previously reported that the addition of Mg powder to the B powder layer (B layer) of internal-Mg-diffusion (IMD)-processed MgB2 wires can decrease the amount of unreacted B particles, and hence increase the critical current density (Jc). As the amount of Mg powder is increased, the diameter of the central Mg rod must be reduced in order to maintain an overall Mg:B molar ratio of 1:2, corresponding to stoichiometric MgB2. If this ratio is achieved by the Mg powder alone, then the required diameter of the Mg rod is zero, which means that the IMD process becomes the powder-in-tube (PIT) process. A hybrid process intermediate between the IMD and PIT processes is proposed as a new approach for fabricating MgB2 wires. In the present study, the critical current and microstructure of MgB2 wires fabricated using this method are investigated. It is found that the method yields a higher engineering critical current density (Je, = Jc × MgB2 area fraction, where the MgB2 area fraction corresponds to the ratio of the MgB2 cross-sectional area to the total cross-sectional area of the wire) than that for either the IMD or the PIT method. Compared with the IMD method, the MgB2 layer thickness (the thickness of the MgB2 layer in the transverse cross section) is increased and the diameter of the central hole is decreased, thus increasing the MgB2 area fraction The proposed method also achieves a much higher MgB2 layer density, and thus a much higher Jc, than is possible using the PIT method. The combination of these factors leads to the enhanced Je value of MgB2 wires.

  18. MgB2: doped or with pressure, four systems same behaviour

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    de La Mora, Pablo; Ruiz-Chavarria, Sabina; Estevez, Ulises; Tavizon, Gustavo

    2007-03-01

    MgB2, the intermediate Tc superconductor, can be doped with carbon, aluminium and scandium and it has been also studied experimentally under pressure, in these four cases Tc diminishes. In previous studies we have shown, with electronic structure calculations, that when Mg is substituted with Sc [(Mg,Sc)B2] the drop of Tc can be associated with the loss of electrical anisotropy of the σ-bands [1]. When Mg is substituted with Al [(Mg,Al)B2] or B is substituted with C [Mg(B,C)2] then, with a change of doping scale, a common Tc curve is obtained for both systems, comparison with the σ-DOS shows that Tc drop is due to σ-band-filling and to σ-band anisotropy loss [2]. In further studies we have found that both these features, σ-band anisotropy reduction and the loss of σ-band-carriers, can be associated to the drop of Tc in these three doped systems [Mg(B,C)2, Mg,Al)B2 and (Mg,Sc)B2] and in MgB2 under pressure. All these studies show that: (a) with a change of doping scale then Tc in both the C and Al doped systems follows the same curve which is very close to the σ-DOS; (b) for the four systems both the σ-band anisotropy and the number of σ-carriers are two fundamental physical properties of the relatively high Tc in MgB2. [1] J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 18 (2006) 1403-1412 [2] cond-mat/0606019

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

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

    2016-04-07

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

  20. Enhanced Transport Currents in Cu-Sheathed MgB2 Wires

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    Eisterer, M; Glowacki, B A.; Weber, H W.; Greenwood, Lawrence R. ); Majoros, M

    2002-01-01

    Copper sheathed MgB2 wires, prepared by an in-situ process, were exposed to neutron radiation in order to introduce defects into the superconductor. The high level of disorder (4.6 x 10{sup -2} dpa) leads to a decreases of the transition temperature by more than 4 K, but to an increase of the slope of the irreversibility line, thus resulting in higher irreversibility fields at low temperatures. The transport currents are significantly enhanced at 4.2 K for fields above 2 T.

  1. Experimental evidence for anisotropic double-gap behavior in MgB2.

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    Cubitt, R; Levett, S; Bud'ko, S L; Anderson, N E; Canfield, P C

    2003-04-18

    The behavior of a type II superconductor in the presence of a magnetic field is governed by two characteristic length scales, the London penetration depth and the coherence length. We present magnetization measurements on MgB2 powder showing an anisotropy in the upper critical field and hence the coherence length of 6. Using the technique of small angle neutron scattering we show that this anisotropy is not mirrored in the London penetration depth, which is almost isotropic. This result can be explained by the superconductivity residing in two distinct electronic bands of the material, only one of which is highly anisotropic.

  2. Dramatic role of critical current anisotropy on flux avalanches in MgB2 films.

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    Albrecht, J; Matveev, A T; Strempfer, J; Habermeier, H-U; Shantsev, D V; Galperin, Y M; Johansen, T H

    2007-03-16

    Anisotropic penetration of magnetic flux in MgB(2) films grown on vicinal sapphire substrates is investigated using magneto-optical imaging. Regular penetration above 10 K proceeds more easily along the substrate surface steps, the anisotropy of the critical current being 6%. At lower temperatures the penetration occurs via abrupt dendritic avalanches that preferentially propagate perpendicular to the surface steps. This inverse anisotropy in the penetration pattern becomes dramatic very close to 10 K where all flux avalanches propagate in the strongest pinning direction. The observed behavior is fully explained using a thermomagnetic model of the dendritic instability.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  4. Exponential temperature dependence of the penetration depth in single crystal MgB2.

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    Manzano, F; Carrington, A; Hussey, N E; Lee, S; Yamamoto, A; Tajima, S

    2002-01-28

    The temperature dependence of the London penetration depth, lambda(T), was measured in both single crystal and polycrystalline MgB2 samples by a high-resolution, radio frequency technique. A clear exponential temperature dependence of lambda(T) was observed at low temperature, indicating s-wave pairing. A BCS fit to the lowest temperature data gives an in-plane energy gap Delta of 30+/-2 K (2Delta/T(c) = 1.5+/-0.1), which is significantly smaller than the standard BCS weak coupling value of 3.5. We find that the data are best described by a two-gap model.

  5. Experimental and numerical study of transverse flux shaking in MgB2 superconductors

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    Luzuriaga, J.; Badía-Majos, A.; Nieva, G.; Giordano, J. L.; López, C.; Serquis, A.; Serrano, G.

    2009-05-01

    Magnetization measurements in the mixed state of thick strips of carbon nanotube doped MgB2 in crossed fields configurations are reported, together with numerical simulations performed with a geometry equivalent to the sample shape. The samples were subjected to magnetic field components along mutually perpendicular directions, an oscillatory field in one direction and a remanent magnetization in the perpendicular direction. The magnetic response along the oscillatory field and the magnetic relaxation perpendicular to it are observed and simulated using the critical state theory. A remarkable quantitative agreement between the experiment and the theory was obtained.

  6. Micro-SQUIDs based on MgB2 nano-bridges for NEMS readout

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    Lolli, L.; Li, T.; Portesi, C.; Taralli, E.; Acharya, N.; Chen, K.; Rajteri, M.; Cox, D.; Monticone, E.; Gallop, J.; Hao, L.

    2016-10-01

    We show the results obtained from the fabrication and characterisation of MgB2 loops with two nano-bridges as superconducting weak links. These ring structures are made to operate as superconducting quantum interference devices and are investigated as readout system for cryogenics NEMS resonators. The nano-constrictions are fabricated by EBL and ion beam milling. The SQUIDs are characterised at different temperatures and measurements of the noise levels have been performed. The devices show high critical current densities and voltage modulations under applied magnetic field, close to the critical temperatures.

  7. Second-phase segregation and micro strain/lattice parameter dependent transition temperature in polycrystalline MgB2

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    Cai, Qi; Liu, Yongchang; Guo, Qianying; Ma, Zongqing; Li, Huijun

    2016-10-01

    Un-doped, metal-doped, and carbon-doped MgB2 samples were prepared by furnace cooling and quenching to investigate the second phase behavior and the resultant critical current density J c performance under different heat treatment processes, which is infrequently mentioned, and to explore the strain/lattice parameter dependence of the superconducting transition temperature. To release the residual stress, quenching induced second-phase segregation in these MgB2 samples shows a negative effect on the J c. Nevertheless, the dislocations and the lattice distortion assisted the enhancement of the high-field J c in the un-doped and metal-doped MgB2 samples, which indicated that quenching could be technically applied for the fabrication of metal-sheathed MgB2 wires and tapes to obtain excellent J c. After evaluating the micro strain and the lattice parameters’ (c and a for hexagonal lattice) variation, a dome was observed in the illustration of the strain/lattice parameter c/a dependence of T c, which differed from the reported linear relation in previous work. This suggests that the c/a ratio and the strain may be the predominant parameters for scaling of the superconducting dome width in the superconducting phase diagram of MgB2.

  8. RAPID COMMUNICATION: Electrical transport properties of bulk MgB2 materials synthesized by electrolysis on fused mixtures of MgCl2, NaCl, KCl and MgB2O4

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    Yoshii, Kenji; Abe, Hideki

    2002-10-01

    Bulk MgB2 materials have been synthesized electrochemically from fused mixtures of MgCl2, NaCl, KCl and MgB2O4 under an Ar flow at 600 °C. Electrical resistivity measurements for the samples show an onset of superconducting transition at ~37 K in the absence of an applied magnetic field. This temperature is quite close to that observed from magnetic measurements. The resistivity decreases to zero below ~32 K. From the applied-field dependence of resistivity, the upper critical field and the coherence length were calculated to be 9.7 T and 5.9 nm at 0 K, respectively.

  9. Mechanism of enhancement in electromagnetic properties of MgB2 by Nano SiC doping.

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    Dou, S X; Shcherbakova, O; Yeoh, W K; Yoeh, W K; Kim, J H; Soltanian, S; Wang, X L; Senatore, C; Flukiger, R; Dhalle, M; Husnjak, O; Babic, E

    2007-03-01

    A comparative study of pure, SiC, and C doped MgB2 wires has revealed that the SiC doping allowed C substitution and MgB2 formation to take place simultaneously at low temperatures. C substitution enhances H_{c2}, while the defects, small grain size, and nanoinclusions induced by C incorporation and low-temperature processing are responsible for the improvement in J_{c}. The irreversibility field (H_{irr}) for the SiC doped sample reached the benchmarking value of 10 T at 20 K, exceeding that of NbTi at 4.2 K. This dual reaction model also enables us to predict desirable dopants for enhancing the performance properties of MgB2.

  10. Vortex flux pinning mechanism and enhancement of in-field Jc in succinic acid doped MgB2

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    Ghorbani, S. R.; Darini, M.; Wang, X. L.; Hossain, M. S. A.; Dou, S. X.

    2013-08-01

    The field dependence of the resistivity and the critical current density, Jc(B), of MgB2 doped with 10 wt% wet and dry succinic acid have been investigated by magnetic measurements. The dry succinic acid significantly enhanced the upper critical field, the irreversibility field, and the Jc(B) compared to the wet succinic acid doped MgB2 and the pure MgB2. The field dependence of Jc(B) was analyzed within the collective pinning model. The observed temperature dependence of the crossover field, Bsb(T), from the single vortex to the small vortex bundle pinning regime shows that flux pinning arising from variation in the critical temperature, δTc, is the dominant mechanism for the wet sample over the whole studied temperature range, while there is a competition between δTc pinning and the pinning from variation in the mean free path, δl, for the dry sample.

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

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

    2007-04-01

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

  12. Evidence of new pinning centers in irradiated MgB2

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

    2008-03-01

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

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  14. Vortex dynamics in superconducting MgB2 and prospects for applications.

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    Bugoslavsky, Y; Perkins, G K; Qi, X; Cohen, L F; Caplin, A D

    2001-03-29

    The recently discovered superconductor magnesium diboride, MgB2, has a transition temperature, Tc, approaching 40 K, placing it intermediate between the families of low- and high-temperature superconductors. In practical applications, superconductors are permeated by quantized vortices of magnetic flux. When a supercurrent flows, there is dissipation of energy unless these vortices are 'pinned' in some way, and so inhibited from moving under the influence of the Lorentz force. Such vortex motion ultimately determines the critical current density, Jc, which the superconductor can support. Vortex behaviour has proved to be more complicated in high-temperature superconductors than in low-temperature superconductors and, although this has stimulated extensive theoretical and experimental research, it has also impeded applications. Here we describe the vortex behaviour in MgB2, as reflected in Jc and in the vortex creep rate, S, the latter being a measure of how fast the 'persistent' supercurrents decay. Our results show that naturally occurring grain boundaries are highly transparent to supercurrents, a desirable property which contrasts with the behaviour of the high-temperature superconductors. On the other hand, we observe a steep, practically deleterious decline in Jc with increasing magnetic field, which is likely to reflect the high degree of crystalline perfection in our samples, and hence a low vortex pinning energy.

  15. Strongly linked current flow in polycrystalline forms of the superconductor MgB2.

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    Larbalestier, D C; Cooley, L D; Rikel, M O; Polyanskii, A A; Jiang, J; Patnaik, S; Cai, X Y; Feldmann, D M; Gurevich, A; Squitieri, A A; Naus, M T; Eom, C B; Hellstrom, E E; Cava, R J; Regan, K A; Rogado, N; Hayward, M A; He, T; Slusky, J S; Khalifah, P; Inumaru, K; Haas, M

    2001-03-01

    The discovery of superconductivity at 39 K in magnesium diboride, MgB2, raises many issues, a critical one being whether this material resembles a high-temperature copper oxide superconductor or a low-temperature metallic superconductor in terms of its behaviour in strong magnetic fields. Although the copper oxides exhibit very high transition temperatures, their in-field performance is compromized by their large anisotropy, the result of which is to restrict high bulk current densities to a region much less than the full magnetic-field-temperature (H-T) space over which superconductivity is found. Moreover, the weak coupling across grain boundaries makes transport current densities in untextured polycrystalline samples low and strongly sensitive to magnetic field. Here we report that, despite the multiphase, untextured, microscale, subdivided nature of our MgB2 samples, supercurrents flow throughout the material without exhibiting strong sensitivity to weak magnetic fields. Our combined magnetization, magneto-optical, microscopy and X-ray investigations show that the supercurrent density is mostly determined by flux pinning, rather than by the grain boundary connectivity. Our results therefore suggest that this new superconductor class is not compromized by weak-link problems, a conclusion of significance for practical applications if higher temperature analogues of this compound can be discovered.

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

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

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

  17. Enhanced critical current properties observed in Na2CO3-doped MgB2

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    Ueda, Shinya; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Horii, Shigeru; Kishio, Kohji

    2004-07-01

    A significant improvement of the critical current properties in MgB2 bulk has been attained by sodium carbonate doping. A series of Mg1-2xB2(Na2CO3)x bulk samples with x = 0-0.1 were prepared by solid-state reaction in sealed stainless tubes. Both the critical current density, Jc, and irreversibility field, Hirr, at 20 K were systematically improved up to x = 0.055 and decreased monotonically by excess doping, while their Tcs were continuously decreased with an increase of x. The sample with x = 0.055, having a slightly decreased Tc of 37.6 K, recorded the best critical current performance at 20 K with Jc of 3.8 × 105 A cm-2 in self-field and mgr0Hirr of approximately 6 T. Both small particles of MgO and a carbon-containing local region, Mg(B,C)2, are believed to act as effective pinning centres, resulting in an enhancement of the flux pinning force. In addition, the coherence length xgr of the MgB2 was dramatically shortened by sodium carbonate doping, and consequently the mgr0Hc 2 was enhanced to approximately 29 T at the highest doping level of x = 0.10.

  18. Structural Studies of Metastable and Ground State Vortex Lattice Domains in MgB2

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

    2015-03-01

    Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) studies of the vortex lattice (VL) in the type-II superconductor MgB2 have revealed an unprecedented degree of metastability that is demonstrably not due to vortex pinning, [C. Rastovski et al . , Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 107002 (2013)]. Application of an AC magnetic field to drive the VL to the ground state revealed a two-step power law behavior, indicating a slow nucleation of ground state domains followed by a faster growth. The dependence on the number of applied AC cycles is reminiscent of jamming of soft, frictionless spheres. Here, we report on detailed structural studies of both metastable and ground state VL domains. These include measurements of VL correlation lengths as well as spatially resolved SANS measurements showing the VL domain distribution within the MgB2 single crystal. We discuss these results and how they may help to resolve the mechanism responsible for stabilizing the metastable VL phases. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award DE-FG02-10ER46783.

  19. A Solid Nitrogen Cooled MgB2 “Demonstration” Coil for MRI Applications

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    Yao, Weijun; Bascuñán, Juan; Kim, Woo-Seok; Hahn, Seungyong; Lee, Haigun; Iwasa, Yukikazu

    2009-01-01

    A 700-mm bore superconducting magnet was built and operated in our laboratory to demonstrate the feasibility of newly developed MgB2 superconductor wire for fabricating MRI magnets. The magnet, an assembly of 10 coils each wound with a reacted and s-glass insulated wire ~1-km long, was immersed in solid nitrogen rather than in a bath of liquid cryogen. This MgB2 magnet was designed to operate in the temperature range 10–15 K, maintained by a cryocooler. A combination of this “wide” temperature range and immersion of the winding in solid nitrogen enables this magnet to operate under conditions not possible with a low temperature superconductor (LTS) counterpart. Tested individually at 13 K, each coil could carry current up to 100 A. When assembled into the magnet, some coils, however, became resistive, causing the magnet to prematurely quench at currents ranging from 79 A to 88 A, at which point the magnet generated a center field of 0.54 T. Despite the presence of a large volume (50 liters) of solid nitrogen in the cold body, cooldown from 77 K to 10 K went smoothly. PMID:20390056

  20. A Solid Nitrogen Cooled MgB(2) "Demonstration" Coil for MRI Applications.

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    Yao, Weijun; Bascuñán, Juan; Kim, Woo-Seok; Hahn, Seungyong; Lee, Haigun; Iwasa, Yukikazu

    2008-01-01

    A 700-mm bore superconducting magnet was built and operated in our laboratory to demonstrate the feasibility of newly developed MgB(2) superconductor wire for fabricating MRI magnets. The magnet, an assembly of 10 coils each wound with a reacted and s-glass insulated wire ~1-km long, was immersed in solid nitrogen rather than in a bath of liquid cryogen. This MgB(2) magnet was designed to operate in the temperature range 10-15 K, maintained by a cryocooler. A combination of this "wide" temperature range and immersion of the winding in solid nitrogen enables this magnet to operate under conditions not possible with a low temperature superconductor (LTS) counterpart. Tested individually at 13 K, each coil could carry current up to 100 A. When assembled into the magnet, some coils, however, became resistive, causing the magnet to prematurely quench at currents ranging from 79 A to 88 A, at which point the magnet generated a center field of 0.54 T. Despite the presence of a large volume (50 liters) of solid nitrogen in the cold body, cooldown from 77 K to 10 K went smoothly.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  5. Specific heat of single crystal MgB2: a two-band superconductor with two different anisotropies.

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    Bouquet, F; Wang, Y; Sheikin, I; Plackowski, T; Junod, A; Lee, S; Tajima, S

    2002-12-16

    Heat-capacity measurements of a 39 microg MgB2 single crystal in fields up to 14 T and below 3 K allow the determination of the low-temperature linear term of the specific heat, its field dependence, and its anisotropy. Our results are compatible with two-band superconductivity, the band carrying the smaller gap being isotropic, that carrying the larger gap having an anisotropy of approximately 5. Three different upper critical fields are thus needed to describe the superconducting state of MgB2.

  6. Phonon dispersion and electron-phonon coupling in MgB2 and AlB2.

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    Bohnen, K P; Heid, R; Renker, B

    2001-06-18

    We present a first principles investigation of the lattice dynamics and electron-phonon coupling of the superconductor MgB2 and the isostructural AlB2 within the framework of density functional perturbation theory using a mixed-basis pseudopotential method. Complete phonon dispersion curves and Eliashberg functions alpha2F are calculated for both systems. The main differences are related to high frequency in-plane boron vibrations, which are strongly softened in MgB2 and exhibit an exceptionally strong electron-phonon coupling. We also report on Raman measurements, which support the theoretical findings. Implications for the superconducting transition temperature are briefly discussed.

  7. Search for E(2g) phonon modes in MgB2 single crystals by point-contact spectroscopy.

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    Naidyuk, Yu G; Yanson, I K; Kvitnitskaya, O E; Lee, S; Tajima, S

    2003-05-16

    The electron-phonon interaction in magnesium diboride MgB2 single crystals is investigated by point-contact (PC) spectroscopy. For the first time the electron coupling with E(2g) phonon modes is resolved in the PC spectra. The correlation between intensity of the extremely broad E(2g) modes in the PC spectra and value of the superconducting gap is established. Our observations favor current theoretical models for electron-phonon mediated superconductivity in MgB2, and they better match the harmonic phonon model.

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

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    Fujii, H.; Ozawa, K.

    2010-03-01

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

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

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    Tripathi, D.; Dey, T. K.

    2016-04-01

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

  10. Further progresses in the development of large MgB2 Superconducting Coils for the Ignitor Experiment

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    Tumino, A.; Grasso, G.; Coppi, B.

    2013-10-01

    Intermediate temperature superconducting cables have been adopted for the fabrication of the largest poloidal field coils of the Ignitor experiment. This is an important step toward achieving better duty cycles in Ignitor-like machines with innovative magnet technologies compared to traditional superconductors. The commercially available MgB2 strands manufactured by Columbus Superconductors can achieve the target specifications for the considered coils, about 5 meters of outer diameter and maximum field on the conductor below 5 T. These cables are also compatible with the Ignitor cryogenic system, which is designed to cool the machine at about 30 K, although MgB2 may use colder gas at 10 K. The preliminary cable design includes about 300 MgB2 multifilamentary strands of 1 mm in diameter and a copper tube for the He-gas flow in the center. Recently we have succeeded in the development of MgB2 strands with a further improvement in design and electrical properties for cable application. Reaching of a higher critical current density and better current sharing properties between the different strands is allowed by the newest design. The implementation of this progress in wire performance and its impact on the coil design will be discussed. US DOE partly sponsored.

  11. Analysis of Advantages Obtainable Using MgB2 in the Design of Electromagnets with Iron Yoke for MRI

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    Masullo, G.; Matrone, A.; Santoro, A.; Besio, S.; Pittaluga, S.; Trequattrini, A.

    The discovery of superconductivity in MgB2 gives the chance to study the application in magnet design in conjunction with the use of cryocoolers. Central field and compactness of conventional copper electromagnets with iron yoke can be improved using superconducting materials. The possibility to use MgB2 is under investigation. A critical current density of 1000 A/mm2 at 4.2K, at self-field, can be considered a typical value for this material. Taking into account temperature and magnetic field dependence and constructional packing factors we have considered a more realistic engineering current for our study. In the frame of a cooperation among CRIS and ESAOTE, the feasibility of a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) electromagnet by using MgB2 will be investigated. For a preliminary magnet configuration, a typical iron profile has been considered to drive the magnetic flux and to obtain sufficient final magnetic field homogeneity. Additional considerations concern possible modification in magnetic design to take maximum advantage by the use of MgB2 conductor.

  12. RT-PCR for mammaglobin genes, MGB1 and MGB2, identifies breast cancer micrometastases in sentinel lymph nodes.

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    Ouellette, Rodney J; Richard, Dominique; Maïcas, Emmanuel

    2004-05-01

    In the present study, we examined the expression of the mammaglobin genes, MGB1 and MGB2, in the sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) of patients with breast cancer and compared our results with the histologic status of the same SLNs. Compared with immunohistochemical staining for cytokeratin 8, which detected metastases in 17 of 42 patients, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for MGB1 or MGB2 genes was positive in 22 patients. The concordance between the expression of any mammaglobin and histologic status was 79% (33/42), with a sensitivity of 88% and specificity of 72%. The detection of patients with metastases was more sensitive when testing for both MGB1 and MGB2 (P < .0001) rather than MGB2 (P < .0005) or MGB1 (P < .05) alone. The increased detection rate relative to histologic examination suggests that using RT-PCR for the mammaglobin genes might identify patients at higher risk compared with patients with negative RT-PCR results.

  13. The effect of reactive nanostructured carbon on the superconducting properties of mechanically alloyed MgB2

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    Herrmann, M.; Häßler, W.; Mickel, C.; Gruner, W.; Holzapfel, B.; Schultz, L.

    2007-12-01

    Polycrystalline samples of MgB2 doped with reactive nanostructured carbon were synthesized by pressure assisted sintering of mechanically alloyed precursors. Varying the nominal carbon concentration from x = 0 to 0.316, the effects of carbon doping on the lattice parameter, lattice strain, actual amount of incorporated carbon (xactual), grain size, normal state resistivity (ρ), connectivity, superconducting transition (Tc), critical fields (Birr and Bc2) and critical current density (Jc) as well as the pinning force (Fp) were evaluated. An evident solubility limit of carbon within the MgB2 matrix, forming MgB2-xCx with an xactual≈0.125, was observed. In addition to the carbon saturation the superconducting properties, e.g. Tc, Bc2 and Jc, also reflect saturation effects with respect to the actual carbon concentration. Improved electron scattering in MgB2-xCx seems responsible for the observed enhancement of Bc2 to 11.4 T at 20 K. On the other hand, calculations of the flux-pinning forces show a dramatic decrease of Fp,max with increasing carbon concentration. Therefore we conclude the observed improvement in critical current density at applied fields >6 T to result mainly from the raised upper critical field.

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

  15. Surface superconductivity of dirty two-band superconductors: applications to MgB2.

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    Gorokhov, Denis A

    2005-02-25

    The minimal magnetic field H(c2) destroying superconductivity in the bulk of a superconductor is smaller than the magnetic field H(c3) needed to destroy surface superconductivity if the surface of a superconductor coincides with one of the crystallographic planes and is parallel to the external magnetic field. While for a dirty single-band superconductor the ratio of H(c3) to H(c2) is a universal temperature-independent constant 1.6946, for dirty two-band superconductors this is not the case. I show that in the latter case the interaction of the two bands leads to a novel scenario with the ratio H(c3)/H(c2) varying with temperature and taking values larger and smaller than 1.6946. The results are applied to MgB(2) and compared with recent experiments (A. Rydh, cond-mat/0307445).

  16. Kohn anomaly in MgB2 by inelastic X-ray scattering.

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    Baron, A Q R; Uchiyama, H; Tanaka, Y; Tsutsui, S; Ishikawa, D; Lee, S; Heid, R; Bohnen, K-P; Tajima, S; Ishikawa, T

    2004-05-14

    We study phonons in MgB2 using inelastic x-ray scattering (1.6 and 6 meV resolution). We clearly observe the softening and broadening of the crucial E(2g) mode through the Kohn anomaly along GammaM, in excellent agreement with ab initio calculations. Low temperature measurements (just above and below T(c)) show negligible changes for the momentum transfers investigated and no change in the E(2g) mode at A between room temperature and 16 K. We report the presence of a longitudinal mode along GammaA near in energy to the E(2g) mode that is not predicted by theory.

  17. Band filling and interband scattering effects in MgB2: carbon versus aluminum doping.

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    Kortus, Jens; Dolgov, Oleg V; Kremer, Reinhard K; Golubov, Alexander A

    2005-01-21

    We argue, based on band structure calculations and the Eliashberg theory, that the observed decrease of T(c) of Al and C doped MgB2 samples can be understood mainly in terms of a band filling effect due to the electron doping by Al and C. A simple scaling of the electron-phonon coupling constant lambda by the variation of the density of states as a function of electron doping is sufficient to capture the experimentally observed behavior. Further, we also explain the long standing open question of the experimental observation of a nearly constant pi gap as a function of doping by a compensation of the effect of band filling and interband scattering. Both effects together generate a nearly constant pi gap and shift the merging point of both gaps to higher doping concentrations, resolving the discrepancy between experiment and theoretical predictions based on interband scattering only.

  18. Implications of reflectance measurements on the mechanism for superconductivity in MgB2.

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    Marsiglio, F

    2001-12-10

    Recent optical studies in c-axis oriented superconducting MgB2 films indicate that the electron-phonon coupling is weak. We reinforce this conclusion by examining the raw reflectance data; its frequency dependence is incompatible with strong electron-phonon scattering. This is further strengthened by analysis of the real part of the conductivity, and by the temperature dependence of the effective Drude scattering rate. Using a realistic electron-phonon spectral shape, we find lambda(tr) approximately 0.15. To the extent that lambda(tr) approximately lambda, this disagrees sharply with model calculations, and is far too low to provide the means for T(c) = 39 K. A simple model is constructed with coupling to a high frequency excitation, which is consistent with both the low frequency optical data and the high T(c).

  19. de Haas-van Alphen effect in single crystal MgB2.

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    Yelland, E A; Cooper, J R; Carrington, A; Hussey, N E; Meeson, P J; Lee, S; Yamamoto, A; Tajima, S

    2002-05-27

    We report observations of quantum oscillations in single crystals of the high temperature superconductor MgB2. Three de Haas-van Alphen frequencies are clearly resolved. Comparison with band structure calculations strongly suggests that two of these come from a single warped Fermi surface tube along the c direction, and that the third arises from cylindrical sections of an in-plane honeycomb network. The measured values of the effective mass range from (0.44-0.68)m(e). By comparing these to calculated band masses, we find that the electron-phonon coupling strength lambda is a factor of approximately 3 larger for the c-axis tube orbits than for the in-plane network orbit, in accord with recent microscopic calculations.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  2. Superconductivity in MgPtSi: An orthorhombic variant of MgB2

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

    2015-05-01

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

  3. An Actively Shielded 1.5T MgB2 MRI Magnet Design

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    Martens, Michael; Baig, Tanvir; Cara, Mihai; Brown, Robert; Doll, David; Tomsic, Michael

    2013-03-01

    Superconducting magnets for MRI are often constructed with NbTi wire cooled below 4.2K using liquid helium. As helium costs have more than tripled in the last decade, there is a need for a cryogen-free conduction-cooled alternative. A key reason for pursuing MgB2 superconductor wire in the design of MRI magnets is its superior critical current compared to NbTi over a temperature range of 10-15K. We present a 1.5T whole body actively shielded main magnet design assuming second-generation multifilament MgB2 wire using an improved functional approach. The design exhibits 4 pairs of primary bundles and 1 pair of shielding bundles with an inner (outer) diameter of 1.1 (1.89)m and a length of 1.54m. The imaging volume is 45cm with a maximum of 9ppm inhomogeneity. The wire dimension is assumed to be 1mm2 and the wire current is 135A. The maximum field on a wire is found to be 4.1T well below the critical field value of approximately 6T at 10K for the second-generation wire. The 5-Gauss footprint for the new magnet is found to be 2.7 (3.7)m in the radial (axial) direction. The maximum hoop stress and axial force on a bundle, respectively, are 82.9MPa and 2680.2kN. Trade-offs for the reduction of any given parameter are analyzed. Support from the Ohio Third Frontier and NIH Contract No. 5R44CA144415-03

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

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    Gupta, Anurag; Narlikar, A. V.

    2009-12-01

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

  5. 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).

  6. The synthesis of lamellar nano MgB2 grains with nanoimpurities, flux pinning centers and their significantly improved critical current density.

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    Ma, Zongqing; Liu, Yongchang; Cai, Qi

    2012-03-21

    MgB(2) superconductors with unique microstructures were rapidly fabricated at low temperatures, and exhibited significantly improved critical current density (J(c)). According to the microstructure observations, the prepared samples consisted of lamellar nano MgB(2) grains with many embedded nanoimpurities (about 10 nm). The formation of these lamellar nano MgB(2) grains is associated with the presence of a local Mg-Cu liquid at sintering temperatures as low as 575 °C. The ball milling treatment of the original powders also plays a positive role in the growth of lamellar grains. Based on an analysis of the relationship between resistivity and temperature, the lamellar nano MgB(2) grains in the prepared sample possess better grain connectivity than the typical morphology of MgB(2) samples prepared by traditional high-temperature sintering. Furthermore, the presence of many nano MgB(2) grain boundaries and nano impurities in the prepared sample can obviously increase the flux pinning centers in accordance with the analysis of flux pinning behavior. Both factors mentioned above contribute to the significant improvement in J(c) from low field to relative high field. The method developed in the present work is an effective and low-cost way to further enhance J(c) in MgB(2) superconductors across a wide range of applied magnetic fields without using expensive nanometer-sized dopants.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  8. Facile synthesis and regeneration of Mg(BH4)2 by high energy reactive ball milling of MgB2.

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    Gupta, Shalabh; Hlova, Ihor Z; Kobayashi, Takeshi; Denys, Roman V; Chen, Fu; Zavaliy, Ihor Y; Pruski, Marek; Pecharsky, Vitalij K

    2013-01-28

    We report direct hydrogenation of MgB(2) in a planetary ball mill. Magnesium borohydride, Mg(BH(4))(2), and various polyhedral borane anion salts have been synthesized at pressures between 50 and 350 bar H(2) without the need for subsequent isothermal hydrogenation at elevated temperature and pressure. The obtained products release ∼4 wt% H(2) below 390 °C, and a major portion of Mg(BH(4))(2) transforms back to MgB(2) at around 300 °C, demonstrating the possibility of reversible hydrogen storage in an Mg(BH(4))(2)-MgB(2) system.

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

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

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

  10. Persistence of metastable vortex lattice domains in MgB2 in the presence of vortex motion.

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    Rastovski, C; Schlesinger, K J; Gannon, W J; Dewhurst, C D; DeBeer-Schmitt, L; Zhigadlo, N D; Karpinski, J; Eskildsen, M R

    2013-09-01

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

  11. Differential Conductance Measurements of MgB2/I/Pb Heterojunctions and all-MgB2 Junctions

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    Cusick, David; Eckhardt, Matthew; Dai, Wenqing; Li, Qi; Chen, Ke; Cunnane, Daniel; Zhuang, C. G.; Xi, X. X.; Naito, Michio; Ramos, Roberto

    2015-03-01

    We present our work characterizing several types of Magnesium Diboride Josephson junctions, including MgB2/I/Pb heterojunctions and all-MgB2 junctions. We will report on the I-V and dI/dV-V data collected at various temperatures using both a cryocooler-based experimental platform between 2 and 20 Kelvin and using a 3He probe platform between 0.3 and 1.0 Kelvin. These were both developed by undergraduates in a liberal arts university. Using high-sampling rates with a 24-bit data acquisition card and access to a broad of range of temperatures, we track and report energy gap distributions and temperature-dependent features of dI/dV peaks of MgB2, comparing these with theoretical predictions. R.C.R. acknowledges support from National Science Foundation Grant # DMR-1206561.

  12. Effects of three different homemade nanocarbons doping on the superconducting properties of MgB2 tapes

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    Wang, Dongliang; Zhang, Haitao; Zhang, Xianping; Tang, Shaopu; Ma, Yanwei; Oguro, Hidetoshi; Awaji, Satoshi; Watanabe, Kazuo

    2015-01-01

    The doping effects of three different homemade nanocarbons on microstructure and superconducting properties of in situ powder-in-tube (PIT) processed MgB2/Fe tapes were studied. Compared with pure tapes, all homemade nano-carbon additions led to an order of magnitude enhancement of the supercurrent at 4.2 K, 10 T. Among them, hollow carbon nanoboxes doped samples exhibited the highest transport Jc-B properties, about 3.4 × 104 A cm-2 at 4.2 K, 10 T (Je ∼ 104 A cm-2). The large Jc improvements of doped samples are thought to be attributed to the enhancement of flux pinning force. It is also interesting that the change of microstructure and critical field of three nanocarbons doped MgB2 samples are not obvious, which mainly because that the performance parameters of these nanocarbons with different morphologies are almost same.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

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

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

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

  16. Electromagnetic properties and microstructures of in situ MgB2 wires made from three types of boron powders

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    Kodama, Motomune; Kotaki, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Hiroyuki; Iwane, Tomohiro; Tanaka, Kazuhide; Tanaka, Hideki; Okishiro, Kenji; Okamoto, Kazutaka; Nishijima, Gen; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Kumakura, Hiroaki; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Kishio, Kohji

    2016-10-01

    In powder-in-tube processed MgB2 wires, the choice of boron powder as a starting material crucially affects their performance. In this paper, we prepared in situ MgB2 wires from three types of boron powders in various heat-treatment conditions and investigated their electromagnetic properties and microstructures. Their critical current density, J c, varied over a wide range from sample to sample. The difference in J c is understood to be caused by the effect of changes in the electrical connectivity, K, and intrinsic residual resistivity, ρ 0. Here, K represents the effective cross-sectional area for current, and ρ 0 reflects the degree of the charge carrier scattering caused by lattice defects. It was found that the use of boron powder with a large specific surface area leads to a large degree of lattice defects in MgB2 grains and enhances ρ 0, resulting in improving J c. The boron powder produced by thermal decomposition of B2H6 has a large specific surface area. Hence, this boron powder is the most suitable as a starting material for MgB2. Meanwhile, dry pulverization of low-cost boron powder, which is largely produced by active-metal reduction of B2O3, is also effective to increase its specific surface area without introducing impurities, resulting in the enhancement of J c in the entire magnetic field region. This finding broadens the choice of boron powder and contributes to realizing superconducting applications with excellent balance between performance and cost.

  17. Order-Disorder Transition and Phase Separation in the MgB2 Metallic Sublattice Induced by Al Doping.

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    Brutti, S; Gigli, G

    2009-07-14

    MgB2 is a superconductor constituted by alternating Mg and B planar layers: doping of both the sublattices has been observed experimentally to destroy the outstanding superconductive properties of this simple material. In this study we present the investigation by first principles methods at atomistic scale of the phase separation induced by aluminum doping in the MgB2 lattice. The calculations were performed by Density Functional Theory in generalized gradient approximation and pseudopotentials. Orthorhombic oP36 supercells derived by the primitive hR3 MgB2 cell were built in order to simulate the aluminum-magnesium substitution in the 0-50% composition range. The computational results explained the occurrence of a phase separation in the Mg1-xAlxB2 system. The miscibility gap is predicted to be induced by an order-disorder transition in the metallic sublattice at high Al concentration. Indeed at 1000 K aluminum substitution takes place on random Mg sites for concentration up to 17% of the total metallic sites, whereas at Al content larger than 31% the substitution is energetically more favorable on alternated metallic layers (Mg undoped planes alternate with Mg-Al layers). The formation of this Al-rich phase lead at 50% doping to the formation of the double omega Mg1/2Al1/2B2 ordered lattice. From 17 to 31% the two phases, the disordered Mg1-xAlxB2 (x < 0.17) and the ordered Mg1/2+yAl1/2-yB2 (y < 0.19) lattices, coexist. This phase separation is driven by the balance of the enthalpy and entropy contributions to the Gibbs energy. Present DFT-GGA calculations indicate that this thermodynamically predicted suppression of the Al doping disorder in the metallic sublattice of MgB2 occurs in parallel with the collapse of the superconductive properties of the material.

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

  19. Magnetic and transport properties of HTS MgB2 wires

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

    2016-09-01

    Critical current Ic and magnetization M of industrial MgB2 tape and wire were measured in order to estimate their suitability for production of liquid helium free cryomagnetic system. Samples were subjected to bending with different diameters Db and critical current was measured at temperature T = 4.2 K in magnetic fields up to 10 T. The dependences of the critical current on the diameter of the bend Ic (Db) were found and used for optimization of liquid helium free cryomagnetic system. The magnetization of the wire was measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer at temperatures T = 4.2,10, 15, 20, 25 K in magnetic fields up to 14 T. It was found that the magnetization curve M (H) is influenced by ferromagnetic response of the metal matrix. Ferromagnetic contribution had been taken into account and magnetization loops caused by the diamagnetic contribution of the superconducting phase were extracted. Dependencies Ic(T) and Ic(H) were obtained from the data.

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

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

    2007-06-01

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

  1. Critical Currents, Vortex Dynamics and Microstructure in MgB_2

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

    2003-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  3. Electronic, dynamical and superconducting properties of MgB2: doping, surface and pressure effects

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    Profeta, G.; Continenza, A.; Bernardini, F.; Monni, M.; Massidda, S.

    2003-02-01

    We report a detailed first-principles local-density-functional investigation of the structural, electronic, dynamical and superconducting properties of MgB2 focusing on different aspects related to this material. In particular, we examine Al doping, as well as reduced dimensionality and pressure effects on the electronic and superconducting properties of this compound. Our ab initio calculations for the case of 50% Al doping are able to correctly reproduce the measured frequencies of the E2g phonon and explain the disappearance of superconductivity in terms of filling effects on both carrier concentration and electron-phonon coupling. The surface study shows that an enhanced density of states at the Fermi level is found in the B-terminated case. However, we find the Mg-terminated surface to be the most stable structure in the whole range admitted by the chemical potentials, in agreement with very recent experimental results. Finally, the study of the E2g phonon frequency under pressure is able to explain the critical temperature lowering under applied pressure.

  4. Superconductivity and the disorder effect in Ag and Al double doped MgB2

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    Shi, Lei; Zhang, Huarong; Zhou, Shiming; Zhao, Jiyin; Zuo, Jian

    2006-07-01

    A series of polycrystalline bulk samples of Mg1-2x(AgAl)xB2 (0.0%⩽x⩽1.0%) has been synthesized by a solid state reaction method. The structure, Raman spectrum, and superconducting properties have been investigated by x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and low-temperature resistivity measurements. It is found that the Ag, Al double doping causes the expansion of crystal lattice along the a- and c-axis orientations due to the substitution inducing ionic size variation. A redshift of peak position is observed in Raman spectra, which is ascribed to the crystal cell volume change inducing the variation of the phonon frequency. The superconducting transition temperature (Tc) is degressive with the doping level (x) increase. By the Ag and Al double doping, the hole concentration is kept to be unchanged in MgB2, which eliminates the effects of the charge carrier concentration change and band filling on Tc. It is suggested that the reason of the Tc suppression caused by the double doping is the co-operating results of the disorder effect and the chemical pressure effect induced by the chemical substitution.

  5. Enhancement of the high-magnetic-field critical current density of superconducting MgB2 by proton irradiation.

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    Bugoslavsky, Y; Cohen, L F; Perkins, G K; Polichetti, M; Tate, T J; Gwilliam, R; Caplin, A D

    2001-05-31

    Magnesium diboride, MgB2, has a relatively high superconducting transition temperature, placing it between the families of low- and high-temperature (copper oxide based) superconductors. Supercurrent flow in MgB2 is unhindered by grain boundaries, making it potentially attractive for technological applications in the temperature range 20-30 K. But in the bulk material, the critical current density (Jc) drops rapidly with increasing magnetic field strength. The magnitude and field dependence of the critical current are related to the presence of structural defects that can 'pin' the quantized magnetic vortices that permeate the material, and a lack of natural defects in MgB2 may be responsible for the rapid decline of Jc with increasing field strength. Here we show that modest levels of atomic disorder induced by proton irradiation enhance the pinning of vortices, thereby significantly increasing Jc at high field strengths. We anticipate that either chemical doping or mechanical processing should generate similar levels of disorder, and so achieve performance that is technologically attractive in an economically viable way.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2013-10-01

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

  8. The Influence of CuFe2O4 Nanoparticles on Superconductivity of MgB2

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

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  10. Optical-Quality Thin Polymer Membranes

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    Moore, James; Patrick, Brian

    2003-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  14. Flux pinning mechanism in SiC and nano-C doped MgB2: evidence for transformation from δTc to δℓ pinning

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    Ghorbani, S. R.; Farshidnia, G.; Wang, X. L.; Dou, S. X.

    2014-12-01

    Magnetic and transport properties of 10 wt% SiC doped MgB2 and 5 wt% nano-C doped MgB2 were studied by resistance and critical current density measurements. The results showed improvement of the critical current density for the MgB2 superconductor doped with SiC in comparison with the nano-C doped sample. The flux pinning mechanisms of both doped MgB2 superconductors have been investigated based on the collective theory. It was found that the pinning mechanism in MgB2 was transformed by SiC doping from transition temperature fluctuation induced pinning, δTc pinning, to mean free path fluctuation induced pinning, δℓ pinning, while in the MgB2 doped with nano-C, δTc and δℓ pinning coexist. Their contributions are strongly temperature dependent, however. The δℓ pinning is dominant at low temperature, decreases with increasing temperature, and is suppressed completely at temperatures close to Tc. The δTc pinning mechanism shows the opposite trend.

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

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    Daghero, D.

    2007-03-01

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

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

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

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

    2015-05-01

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

  18. AC susceptibility analysis on MgB2 bulk and Ti-sheathed wire superconductors

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    Çiçek, Özlem; Yetiş, Hakan; Gencer, Ali

    2014-09-01

    We report a comparative study for bulk MgB2 superconductors and monofilamentary Ti/MgB2 wires as functions of the boron powder purity, average particle size of magnesium, and applied pressure. The structural and magnetic characterizations of the bulk samples were performed by means of XRD and AC susceptibility measurements, respectively. We found that the applied pressure did not cause any significant change on the onset transition temperature Tc,onset and transition width. This is also confirmed by the calculation of the lattice parameters. On the other hand, Tc,onset values were measured as 37.3 K, 38.0 K, and 38.6 K for the samples prepared from the precursor boron powders with purities of 95.2%, ⩾95%, and >98%, respectively. However Mg-particle size (Mg1: AlfaAesar Mg powder, avg. par. size: -325 mesh, purity: 99.8%; Mg2: SigmaAldrich Mg powder, avg. par. size: 20-230 mesh, purity: 98%) did not affect the Tc,onset but increasing the Mg particle size caused a significant broadening at the superconducting transition width for all precursor boron powder purity levels. Magnetization measurements showed that the critical current density of Ti/MgB2 wire prepared from AlfaAesar Mg powder (avg. par. size: -325 mesh) and Aldrich B powder (amorphous, purity ⩾ 95%) is greater than that of prepared by SigmaAldrich Mg powder (avg. par. size: 20-230 mesh) and Pavezyum B powder (amorphous, avg. par. size: 0,3 μm (max), purity > 98%) as 2.6 × 105 A/cm2 and 1.4 × 105 A/cm2 at T = 10 K and μ0H = 0.5 T, respectively. In addition, SigmaAldrich Mg and Pavezyum B wire sample has a lower pinning force, Fp, value at each temperature.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-13

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Tripathi, D.; Dey, T. K.

    2014-12-01

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

  3. Manufacturing process influence on superconducting properties of MgB2 wires prepared using laboratory made boron

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    Bovone, Gianmarco; Matera, Davide; Bernini, Cristina; Magi, Emanuele; Vignolo, Maurizio

    2015-06-01

    Here we report a systematic study of the superconductive properties of mono-filamentary MgB2-based wires, manufactured with four different techniques. A detailed comparison of the influence of manufacturing technique and final heat treatment on superconducting properties has been given. The boron used was synthesized in laboratory following magnesiothermic reduction of boron oxide, purified thanks to several acid leaching and heat treated at high temperature, to enhance crystalline degree and remove impurities. MgB2 conductors were manufactured using the same B precursor through four different techniques (ex situ, in situ, the MgB4 or ‘mixed’ technique (half ex situ and half in situ), and reactive liquid infiltration (Rli)). Transport critical current density was measured on the best wire for each technique, considering the literature data in order to identify the corresponding best final heat treatment. Magnetic critical current density and critical temperature were investigated at different synthesis/sintering temperatures in order to evaluate their dependence to the applied final heat treatment and the data were compared. Critical current density was evaluated on short wire pieces by magnetic measurement at 5 K in a MPMS 5.5 T Quantum Design SQUID, while critical temperature was measured with a four probe system by drop of resistivity during the cooling process of the sample in a liquid helium dewar. A detailed morphological analysis is given, with void percentage evaluation and analysis of elemental Mg diffusion across the transversal cross section. X-ray diffraction was performed on MgB2 powder extracted removing each metal sheath, in order to investigate the influence of manufacturing process on the MgB2 phase. This study shows that despite the presence of a wide void within the superconducting core (due to the Mg diffusion) in the Rli sample, this manufacturing technique allows wires with higher Jc (105 A cm-2 at 3 T when heat treatment at 700 °C is applied) than other powder in tube techniques, while the highest Tc (39.2 K at the onset) can be reached by following the mixed technique, which also shows low dependence to heat treatment for both Tc and Jc. In order to establish the presence of some impurities in the lab-made B precursor energy dispersion spectroscopy analysis, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry and X-ray analysis were performed on B.

  4. Evidence for strong-coupling s-wave superconductivity in MgB2: (11)B NMR Study.

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    Kotegawa, H; Ishida, K; Kitaoka, Y; Muranaka, T; Akimitsu, J

    2001-09-17

    We have investigated a gap structure in a newly discovered superconductor, MgB2, through measurement of the (11)B nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate, (11)(1/T(1)). (11)(1/T(1)) is proportional to the temperature (T) in the normal state, and decreases exponentially in the superconducting (SC) state, revealing a tiny coherence peak just below T(c). The T dependence of 1/T(1) in the SC state can be accounted for by an s-wave SC model with a large gap size of 2Delta/k(B)T(c) approximately 5 which suggests it is in a strong-coupling regime.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  6. First-order transition in the magnetic vortex matter in superconducting MgB2 tuned by disorder.

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    Klein, T; Marlaud, R; Marcenat, C; Cercellier, H; Konczykowski, M; van der Beek, C J; Mosser, V; Lee, H S; Lee, S I

    2010-07-23

    The field-driven transition from an ordered Bragg glass to a disordered vortex phase in single-crystalline MgB2 is tuned by an increasing density of point defects, introduced by electron irradiation. The discontinuity observed in magnetization attests to the first-order nature of the transition. The temperature and defect density dependences of the transition field point to vortex pinning mediated by fluctuations in the quasiparticle mean free path, and reveal the mechanism of the transition in the absence of complicating factors such as layeredness or thermal fluctuations.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  8. A defect detection method for MgB2 superconducting and iron-based Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 wires

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    Gajda, D.; Morawski, A.; Zaleski, A.; Yamamoto, A.; Cetner, T.

    2016-04-01

    In this article, a method allowing for the detection of damage in iron-based superconducting bulks and MgB2 wires is presented. MgB2 wires were made of in situ material with ex situ MgB2 barrier. The iron superconductor studied was Ba(Fe,Co)2As2. This material was surrounded by Nb barrier and placed inside an iron tube. All samples were annealed in the isostatic pressure of 1 GPa. Transport measurements were made using a four-contact probe. The transition of Nb and ex situ MgB2 barrier from superconducting into resistive state (first transition) was observed at a temperature range from 5 K to 10 K and can be attributed to damage in either the Nb or ex situ MgB2 barrier in these samples. For samples with a damaged barrier, it was not possible to determine the critical current density of the wires. The analysis indicates that annealing at 1 GPa leads to the Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 material with critical temperatures of 27 K and 21.5 K at upper critical flux density (Bc2) of 14 T.

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

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

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

  10. Loss of superconductivity with the addition of Al to MgB2 and a structural transition in Mg1-x AlxB2.

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    Slusky, J S; Rogado, N; Regan, K A; Hayward, M A; Khalifah, P; He, T; Inumaru, K; Loureiro, S M; Haas, M K; Zandbergen, H W; Cava, R J

    2001-03-15

    The basic magnetic and electronic properties of most binary compounds have been well known for decades. The recent discovery of superconductivity at 39 K in the simple binary ceramic compound magnesium diboride, MgB2, was therefore surprising. Indeed, this material has been known and structurally characterized since the mid 1950s (ref. 2), and is readily available from chemical suppliers (it is commonly used as a starting material for chemical metathesis reactions). Here we show that the addition of electrons to MgB2, through partial substitution of Al for Mg, results in the loss of superconductivity. Associated with the Al substitution is a subtle but distinct structural transition, reflected in the partial collapse of the spacing between boron layers near an Al content of 10 per cent. This indicates that superconducting MgB2 is poised very near a structural instability at slightly higher electron concentrations.

  11. Reactive spark plasma sintering of MgB2 in nitrogen atmosphere for the enhancement of the high-field critical current density

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    Badica, P.; Burdusel, M.; Popa, S.; Pasuk, I.; Ivan, I.; Borodianska, H.; Vasylkiv, O.; Kuncser, A.; Ionescu, A. M.; Miu, L.; Aldica, G.

    2016-10-01

    High density bulks (97%-99%) of MgB2 were prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) in nitrogen (N2) atmosphere for different heating rates (10, 20 and 100 °C min-1) and compared with reference samples processed in vacuum and Ar. N2 reacts with MgB2 and forms MgB9N along the MgB2 grain boundaries. The high-field critical current density is enhanced for the sample processed in N2 with a heating rate of 100 °C min-1. At 2-35 K, this sample shows the strongest contribution of the grain boundary pinning (GBP). All samples are in the point pinning (PP) limit and by increasing temperature the GBP contribution decreases.

  12. Cryogenic Tests of 30 m Flexible Hybrid Energy Transfer Line with Liquid Hydrogen and Superconducting MgB2 Cable

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    Vysotsky, V. S.; Antyukhov, I. V.; Firsov, V. P.; Blagov, E. V.; Kostyuk, V. V.; Nosov, A. A.; Fetisov, S. S.; Zanegin, S. Yu.; Rachuk, V. S.; Katorgin, B. I.

    Recently we reported about first in the world test of 10 m hybrid energy transfer line with liquid hydrogen and MgB2 superconducting cable. In this paper we present the new development of our second hybrid energy transfer line with 30 m length. The flexible 30 m hydrogen cryostat has three sections with different types of thermal insulation in each section: simple vacuum superinsulation, vacuum superinsulation with liquid nitrogen shield and active evaporating cryostatting (AEC) system. We performed thermo-hydraulic tests of the cryostat to compare three thermo-insulating methods. The tests were performed at temperatures from 20 to 26 K, hydrogen flow from 100 to 450 g/s and pressure from 0.25 to 0.5 MPa. It was found that AEC thermal insulation practically eliminated completely heat transfer from room temperature to liquid hydrogen in the 10 m section. AEC thermal insulation method can be used for long superconducting power cables. High voltage current leads were developed as well. The current leads and superconducting MgB2 cable have been passed high voltage DC test up to 50 kV DC. Critical current of the cable at ∼21 K was ∼3500 A. The 30 m hybrid energy system developed is able to deliver up to 135 MW of chemical and electrical power in total.

  13. Design of a cryogenic system for a 20m direct current superconducting MgB2 and YBCO power cable

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    Cheadle, Michael J.; Bromberg, Leslie; Jiang, Xiaohua; Glowacki, Bartek; Zeng, Rong; Minervini, Joseph; Brisson, John

    2014-01-01

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, are collaborating to design, construct, and test a 20 m, direct current, superconducting MgB2 and YBCO power cable. The cable will be installed in the State Key Laboratory of Power Systems at Tsinghua University in Beijing beginning in 2013. In a previous paper [1], the cryogenic system was briefly discussed, focusing on the cryogenic issues for the superconducting cable. The current paper provides a detailed discussion of the design, construction, and assembly of the cryogenic system and its components. The two-stage system operates at nominally 80 K and 20 K with the primary cryogen being helium gas. The secondary cryogen, liquid nitrogen, is used to cool the warm stage of binary current leads. The helium gas provides cooling to both warm and cold stages of the rigid cryostat housing the MgB2 and YBCO conductors, as well as the terminations of the superconductors at the end of the current leads. A single cryofan drives the helium gas in both stages, which are thermally isolated with a high effectiveness recuperator. Refrigeration for the helium circuit is provided by a Sumitomo RDK415 cryocooler. This paper focuses on the design, construction, and assembly of the cryostat, the recuperator, and the current leads with associated superconducting cable terminations.

  14. The complex nature of superconductivity in MgB2 as revealed by the reduced total isotope effect.

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    Hinks, D G; Claus, H; Jorgensen, J D

    2001-05-24

    Magnesium diboride, MgB2, was recently observed to become superconducting at 39 K, which is the highest known transition temperature for a non-copper-oxide bulk material. Isotope-effect measurements, in which atoms are substituted by isotopes of different mass to systematically change the phonon frequencies, are one of the fundamental tests of the nature of the superconducting mechanism in a material. In a conventional Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer (BCS) superconductor, where the mechanism is mediated by electron-phonon coupling, the total isotope-effect coefficient (in this case, the sum of both the Mg and B coefficients) should be about 0.5. The boron isotope effect was previously shown to be large and that was sufficient to establish that MgB2 is a conventional superconductor, but the Mg effect has not hitherto been measured. Here we report the determination of the Mg isotope effect, which is small but measurable. The total reduced isotope-effect coefficient is 0.32, which is much lower than the value expected for a typical BCS superconductor. The low value could be due to complex materials properties, and would seem to require both a large electron-phonon coupling constant and a value of mu* (the repulsive electron-electron interaction) larger than found for most simple metals.

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  17. Enhancement in the critical current density of C-doped MgB2 wire using a polyacrylic acid dopant.

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    Lee, Seung Muk; Hwang, Soo Min; Lee, Chang Min; Kim, Won; Joo, Jinho; Lim, Jun Hyung; Kim, Chan-Joong; Hong, Gye-Won

    2012-02-01

    C-doped MgB2 wires were fabricated from a polyacrylic acid (PAA) using a conventional in-situ PIT technique. The effects of the PAA content on the lattice parameter, microstructure, critical temperature (Tc) and critical current density (Jc) were examined. With increasing PAA content, the amount of MgO in the sample increased but the crystallinity, a-axis lattice parameter, and Tc of MgB2 wires decreased, indicating that the C that decomposed from PAA during heat treatment had substituted for B. All doped samples exhibited a higher Jc than the undoped sample at high magnetic field, and the Jc(B) property improved with increasing PAA content: for the 7 wt% doped sample, the Jc was approximately 3-times higher than that of the pristine sample (1.28 kA/cm2 vs. 3.43 kA/cm2) at 5 K and 6.6 T. The improved Jc(B) of the doped sample was attributed to the decreased grain size, enlarged lattice distortion and increased C doping level.

  18. Measuring the hole-state anisotropy in MgB2 by electron energy-loss spectroscopy

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    Klie, Robert F.; Su, Haibin; Zhu, Yimei; Davenport, James W.; Idrobo, Juan-Carlos; Browning, Nigel D.; Nellist, Peter D.

    2003-04-01

    We have examined polycrystalline MgB2 by electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) and density of states calculations. In particular, we have studied two different crystal orientations, [110] and [001], with respect to the incident electron beam direction, and found significant changes in the near-edge fine structure of the B K-edge. Density-functional theory suggests that the pre-peak of the B K-edge core loss is composed of a mixture of pxy- and pz-hole states and we will show that these contributions can be distinguished only with an experimental energy resolution better than 0.5 eV. For conventional transmission electron microscope/scanning transmission electron microscope instruments with an energy resolution of ˜1.0 eV the pre-peak still contains valuable information about the local charge-carrier concentration that can be probed by core-loss EELS. By considering the scattering momentum transfer for different crystal orientations, it is possible to analytically separate pxy and pz components from the experimental spectra. With careful experiments and analysis, EELS can be a unique tool measuring the superconducting properties of MgB2, doped with various elements for improved transport properties on a subnanometer scale.

  19. Substantial increment in critical parameters of MgB2 superconductor by boron site nano-carbon substitution

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    Mudgel, Monika; Awana, V. P. S.; Bhalla, G. L.; Kishan, H.

    2010-12-01

    This paper deals with the determination of critical properties of MgB2 along with the impact of carbon substitution on critical parameters. The change in lattice parameters and decrease of transition temperature, Tc confirms the successful substitution by carbon at boron site. The magneto transport measurements up to 140 kOe are carried out to determine upper critical field (Hc2). The upper critical field values, Hc2 are obtained from ρ-T(H) data based upon the criterion of 90% of normal resistivity. The Ginzburg Landau theory (GL equation) is applied to the ρ-T(H) data which accounts for the temperature dependence behavior of Hc2 in the low temperature high field region along with the determination of Hc(0) value. The Hc(0) value of about 300 kOe is obtained for the carbon doped sample while the same is just near to 160 kOe for the pure MgB2 sample.

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

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

    2012-02-01

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

  1. Study on effect of annealing conditions on structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of MgB2 bulk samples

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    Phaneendra, Konduru; Asokan, K.; Awana, V. P. S.; Sastry, S. Sreehari; Kanjilal, D.

    2014-04-01

    Effect of annealing conditions on structural, magnetic and superconducting properties of Magnesium Diboride (MgB2) bulk superconductor samples prepared by solid state route method are compared. The samples are made by taking Magnesium and Boron powders in stoichiometric ratio, grounded well and pelletized at pressure of about 10Tonnes. These pellets are annealed in both Argon and vacuum environment separately up to 800°c for two hours. Both the samples show clear superconducting transition at Tc ˜ 38 k. This is further conformed by AC/DC magnetization (M-T), Resistivity [ρ (T, H)] measurements under magnetic field up to 14 Tesla as well. Rietveld refinement of X-ray diffraction of both samples conformed the MgB2 phase formation with P6/mmm space group symmetry. Scanning Electron Microscopy images of the surface revile more agglomeration of grains in case of Argon annealed samples. This result in more critical current density (Jc) of Argon annealed samples than vacuum annealed one calculated from Bean's critical state model. This high Jc is explained in terms of more inter grain connectivity for Argon annealed sample than vacuum annealed sample.

  2. Volatile magnesium octahydrotriborate complexes as potential CVD precursors to MgB2. Synthesis and characterization of Mg(B3H8)2 and its etherates.

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    Kim, Do Young; Yang, Yu; Abelson, John R; Girolami, Gregory S

    2007-10-29

    The solid-state reaction of MgBr2 and NaB3H8 at 20 degrees C, followed by sublimation at 80 degrees C and 0.05 Torr, affords Mg(B3H8)2 as a white solid. Similar reactions with MgBr2(Et2O) and MgBr2(Me2O)1.5 afford the crystalline ether adducts Mg(B3H8)2(Et2O)2 and Mg(B3H8)2(Me2O)2, respectively. In contrast, reactions of MgBr2 with NaB3H8, the presence of excess solvent result in the formation of nonvolatile, probably ionic, magnesium compounds of the type [MgLx][B3H8]2. The adducts Mg(B3H8)2(Et2O)2 and Mg(B3H8)2(Me2O)2 are the first crystallographically characterized magnesium complexes of the B3H8- ligand; in both structures, the magnesium center adopts a distorted cis-octahedral geometry with two bidentate B3H8 groups and two Et2O ligands. Owing to their volatility, Mg(B3H8)2(Et2O)2 and Mg(B3H8)2(Me2O)2 are potential precursors for the deposition of MgB2 thin films, although preliminary efforts to employ them as chemical vapor deposition sources produce boron-rich MgBx films instead, with x approximately 7. Finally, the synthesis and structure of Cp2Mg(thf) are described: this mono-thf adduct of Cp2Mg bears two eta5-Cp groups, unlike other Lewis base adducts of Cp2Mg, which contain one eta5-Cp group and one eta1- or eta2-Cp group.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  4. Effect of boron particle size on microstructure and superconducting properties of in-situ Cu addition MgB2 multifilamentary wire

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    Hishinuma, Y.; Kikuchi, A.; Shimada, Y.; Hata, S.; Takeuchi, T.; Yamada, S.; Sagara, A.

    2014-05-01

    In previous studies, the secondary (impurity and non-reactive) phase and voids were observed in MgB2 matrix after the heat treatment, and then these are the lowering factors of critical current density (Jc) property. In order to improve Jc property by microstructure control of MgB2 matrix, the fine elemental boron powder as the raw material was carried out using the high-speed vibrated milling with tungsten carbide (WC) jar. The average particle size of metal boron powder was decreased from 1.14 μm to 0.20 μm by the high-speed vibrated milling. The various fine particle boron powders as the function of milling time were also prepared, and in-situ Cu addition MgB2 multifilamentary wires using these fine boron powders were fabricated. Critical transition temperature (Tc) value of Cu addition MgB2 wire using fine boron powder obtained to about 37 K. No change of the Tc property by the different particle sized boron powders was confirmed. In this paper, the comparisons of microstructure and superconducting properties between the different boron particle sizes were investigated.

  5. Low-temperature mass production of superconducting MgB2 nanofibers from Mg(BH4)2 decomposition and recombination.

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    Yang, Junzhi; Zheng, Jie; Zhang, Xuanzhou; Li, Yaoqi; Yang, Rong; Feng, Qingrong; Li, Xingguo

    2010-10-28

    Massive superconducting MgB(2) nanofibers are obtained for the first time from Mg(BH(4))(2). The technique optimizes reaction conditions to only 1 h at 460 °C and provides nanofibers which exhibited satisfying superconducting properties. The morphology transformation according to temperature changes and the special mechanism of precursor inductive synthesis are discussed.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2009-06-01

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

  8. Strong competition between the δl and δTc flux pinning mechanisms in MgB2 doped with carbon containing compounds

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    Ghorbani, S. R.; Wang, Xiao-Lin; Hossain, M. S. A.; Yao, Q. W.; Dou, S. X.; Lee, Sung-IK; Chung, K. C.; Kim, Y. K.

    2010-06-01

    The transport and magnetic properties of 10 wt % malic acid and 5 wt % nanocarbon doped MgB2 have been studied by measuring the resistivity (ρ), critical current density (jc), connectivity factor (AF), irreversibility field (Hirr), and upper critical field (Hc2). The pinning mechanisms are studied in terms of the collective pinning model. It was found that both mean free path (δl) and critical temperature (δTc) pinning mechanisms coexist in both doped MgB2. For both the malic acid and nanocarbon doped samples, the temperature dependence of the crossover field, which separates the single vortex and the small bundle pinning regime, Bsb(T ), shows that the δl pinning mechanism is dominant for temperatures up to t(T /Tc)=0.7 but the δTc pinning mechanism is dominant for t >0.7. This tendency of coexistence of the δl and the δTc pinning mechanism is in strong contrast with the pure MgB2, in which the δTc pinning mechanism is dominant over a wide temperature range below Tc. It was also observed that the connectivity factor, active cross-sectional area fraction (AF), are 0.11 and 0.14 for the nanocarbon and the malic acid doped MgB2, respectively, indicating that there are still rooms for further improving jc performance.

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

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

    2015-06-29

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

  10. A possible analog to MgB2: Discovery of a predicted layered LiB via cold compression

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    Kolmogorov, Aleksey; Hajinazar, Samad; Angyal, Chris; Kuznetzov, Vladimir; Jephcoat, Andrew

    Stoichiometric LiB has been previously predicted to be a new synthesizable layered material with electronic and vibrational properties desired for MgB2-type superconductivity. However, previous experiments showed no signs of the proposed compound forming under high pressures. We report on the synthesis of the LiB via cold compression in the diamond anvil cell. Remarkably, the signature powder XRD peak from the new layered compound appeared above 21 GPa and remained visible down to ambient pressure upon sample quenching. Apparent stacking disorder in LiB and a stoichiometry shift in the starting LiBy (from y ~ 0.90 down to y ~ 0.75) made material characterization a challenge. Ab initio modeling allowed us to establish the pressure-dependent composition of LiBy and predict related stable structures overlooked in previous studies. Supported by NSF Grant DMR-1410514.

  11. Determination of the Fermi surface of MgB2 by the de Haas-van Alphen effect.

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    Carrington, A; Meeson, P J; Cooper, J R; Balicas, L; Hussey, N E; Yelland, E A; Lee, S; Yamamoto, A; Tajima, S; Kazakov, S M; Karpinski, J

    2003-07-18

    We report measurements of the de Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect for single crystals of MgB2, in magnetic fields up to 32 T. In contrast to our earlier work, dHvA orbits from all four sheets of the Fermi surface were detected. Our results are in good overall agreement with calculations of the electronic structure and the electron-phonon mass enhancements of the various orbits, but there are some small quantitative discrepancies. In particular, systematic differences in the relative volumes of the Fermi-surface sheets and the magnitudes of the electron-phonon coupling constants could be large enough to affect detailed calculations of T(c) and other superconducting properties.

  12. Deriving the electron-phonon spectral density of MgB2 from optical data, using maximum entropy techniques.

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    Hwang, J; Carbotte, J P

    2014-04-23

    We use maximum entropy techniques to extract an electron-phonon density from optical data for the normal state at T = 45 K of MgB2. Limiting the analysis to a range of phonon energies below 110 meV, which is sufficient for capturing all phonon structures, we find a spectral function that is in good agreement with that calculated for the quasi-two-dimensional σ-band. Extending the analysis to higher energies, up to 160 meV, we find no evidence for any additional contributions to the fluctuation spectrum, but find that the data can only be understood if the density of states is taken to decrease with increasing energy.

  13. Fermi surface topology and the upper critical field in two-band superconductors: application to MgB2.

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    Dahm, T; Schopohl, N

    2003-07-01

    Recent measurements of the anisotropy of the upper critical field B(c2) on MgB2 single crystals have shown a puzzling strong temperature dependence. Here, we present a calculation of the upper critical field based on a detailed modeling of band structure calculations that takes into account both the unusual Fermi surface topology and the two gap nature of the superconducting order parameter. Our results show that the strong temperature dependence of the B(c2) anisotropy can be understood as an interplay of the dominating gap on the sigma band, which possesses a small c-axis component of the Fermi velocity, with the induced superconductivity on the pi-band possessing a large c-axis component of the Fermi velocity. We provide analytic formulas for the anisotropy ratio at T=0 and T=T(c) and quantitatively predict the distortion of the vortex lattice based on our calculations.

  14. Lattice parameter, lattice disorder and resistivity of carbohydrate doped MgB2 and their correlation with the transition temperature.

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    Kim, J H; Oh, Sangjun; Xu, X; Joo, Jinho; Rindfleisch, M; Tomsic, M; Dou, S X

    2009-12-01

    The change in the lattice parameters or the lattice disorder is claimed as a cause of the slight reduction in the transition temperature by carbon doping in MgB2. In this work, an extensive investigation on the effects of carbohydrate doping has been carried out. It is found that not only the a-axis but also the c-axis lattice parameter increases with the sintering temperature. A linear relation between the unit cell volume and the critical temperature is observed. Compared with the well known correlation between the lattice strain and the critical temperature, the X-ray peak broadening itself shows a closer correlation with the transition temperature. The residual resistivity and the critical temperature are linearly correlated with each other as well and its implication is further discussed.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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    Strongin, Myron; Ruckman, Mark; Strongin, Daniel

    1994-01-01

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

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

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

    1994-04-26

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

  1. Effect of excess Mg and nano-additives on the superconducting properties of weakly connected bulk MgB2

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    Bhadauria, P. P. S.; Gupta, Anurag; Kishan, Hari; Narlikar, A. V.

    2013-02-01

    Series of ex-situ polycrystalline MgB2 bulk samples, by adding different additives like more of excess Mg (5 wt. %), nanoparticles of Ag (3 wt. %), and SiC (10 wt. %) to a previously optimized composition MgB2 + Mg (5 wt. %), were prepared by solid state synthesis route. Detailed investigations were carried out by XRD, SEM, and thermoelectric power S(T), resistivity ρ(T), and magnetization M(B) at temperatures T = 4.2-300 K and applied fields B = 0-8 T. All the samples typically show low connectivity (i.e., normal state current carrying cross section ˜0.9%-3%). The effect of different additives was different on the critical current density (Jc) of the samples. The Jc, for instance at T = 4.2 K and B = 1 T, varied between 4.8 × 107 and 2.8 × 108 A/m2 for various samples. In comparison to the previously optimized values, the Jc was enhanced by further addition of 5 wt. % Mg and degraded both by nano-SiC and nano-Ag addition. However, many of the other properties of the samples were not much affected. For instance, the samples did not show any change in the superconducting onsets, S(T) and the parallel upper critical field (Bc2|| (T) ˜ 11-13 T at 20 K and 20-21 T at 4.2 K). The Jc(B) dependence also shows similar behavior in all the samples, where the Jc is found to scale as B-1 up to a sample independent crossover field Bcr ˜ 2 T and 1.3 T at T = 4.2 and 20 K, respectively. At higher fields B > Bcr, the Jc(B) curves branch out and decrease rapidly towards zero at a sample dependent characteristic field. We try to understand these results quantitatively in terms of changes in connectivity, pinning, and anisotropy driven percolation. However, all our results and analysis point out that the intra-particle regions stay unaffected and mainly the inter-particle regions get affected by the additives leading to the Jc variation in the weakly connected samples.

  2. Comparison of critical current density in SiC-doped in situ MgB2 coils and straight wire samples processed by HIP

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    Gajda, D.; Morawski, A.; Zaleski, A.; Cetner, T.; Małecka, M.; Presz, A.; Rindfleisch, M.; Tomsic, M.; Thong, C. J.; Surdacki, P.

    2013-11-01

    Unreacted MgB2 wires fabricated from SiC-doped precursor material by Hyper Tech Research, Inc. have been used to make small-diameter (14 mm) superconducting coils. All coils made of 500 mm length wires were subjected to hot isostatic pressure (HIP) treatment. The critical current density (Jc) parameters of coils were compared to straight samples characteristics. Both types of samples have been measured in perpendicular magnetic field configuration for Jc and pinning force density (Fp) evaluation. No significant Jc difference between the long wires on coils and straight wires was found. These results suggest that the critical current (Ic) for coils can be determined for straight samples (25 mm). SEM analysis indicated that a small diameter of the coil does not influence the structure of in situ MgB2 wire.

  3. Low-energy charge-density excitations in MgB2: Striking interplay between single-particle and collective behavior for large momenta.

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    Cai, Y Q; Chow, P C; Restrepo, O D; Takano, Y; Togano, K; Kito, H; Ishii, H; Chen, C C; Liang, K S; Chen, C T; Tsuda, S; Shin, S; Kao, C C; Ku, W; Eguiluz, A G

    2006-10-27

    A sharp feature in the charge-density excitation spectra of single-crystal MgB2, displaying a remarkable cosinelike, periodic energy dispersion with momentum transfer (q) along the c* axis, has been observed for the first time by high-resolution nonresonant inelastic x-ray scattering (NIXS). Time-dependent density-functional theory calculations show that the physics underlying the NIXS data is strong coupling between single-particle and collective degrees of freedom, mediated by large crystal local-field effects. As a result, the small-q collective mode residing in the single-particle excitation gap of the B pi bands reappears periodically in higher Brillouin zones. The NIXS data thus embody a novel signature of the layered electronic structure of MgB2.

  4. Generalized Elliott-Yafet theory of electron spin relaxation in metals: origin of the anomalous electron spin lifetime in MgB2.

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    Simon, F; Dóra, B; Murányi, F; Jánossy, A; Garaj, S; Forró, L; Bud'ko, S; Petrovic, C; Canfield, P C

    2008-10-24

    The temperature dependence of the electron-spin relaxation time in MgB2 is anomalous as it does not follow the resistivity above 150 K; it has a maximum around 400 K and decreases for higher temperatures. This violates the well established Elliot-Yafet theory of spin relaxation in metals. The anomaly occurs when the quasiparticle scattering rate (in energy units) is comparable to the energy difference between the conduction and a neighboring bands. The anomalous behavior is related to the unique band structure of MgB2 and the large electron-phonon coupling. The saturating spin relaxation is the spin transport analogue of the Ioffe-Regel criterion of electron transport.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  6. Potential ability of 3 T-class trapped field on MgB2 bulk surface synthesized by the infiltration-capsule method

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    Naito, Tomoyuki; Ogino, Arata; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki

    2016-11-01

    We successfully synthesized a dense (˜90%-filled) MgB2 bulk with no residual Mg via an infiltration process by overcoming the problems in this process such as the expansion of a B precursor disk under a liquid Mg infiltration and the residuals of unreacted Mg in the bulk using a specially designed capsule. As a result, we have achieved a record-high trapped field to date, {B}{{T}}, of 2.4 T at the center of the bulk surface at the lowest temperature of 15.9 K among the infiltration-processed MgB2 bulks. The trapped-fields simulated for a model with the experimental {J}{{c}}({μ }0H) characteristics well reproduced the experimental {B}{{T}}’s and gave a reliable estimated {B}{{T}} below 15.9 K. The extrapolation of the experimental and simulated {B}{{T}} curve reached 3 T at 4.2 K. The critical current densities, {J}{{c}}({μ }0H)’s, at 20 K were 1.8 × 105 A cm-2 under the self-field and 4.5 × 103 A cm-2 under the magnetic-field of {μ }0H = 3 T. The connectivity, K, of 16% of the present bulk was comparable with that of the ˜50%-filled MgB2 bulk. The high {B}{{T}} with low K and the microstructure of the present bulk suggested that the high- and low-{J}{{c}} regions coexisted because of the wide variation of the MgB2 grain-size.

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

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    Sumption, Mike; Yang, Yuan

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

  8. Observation of the crossover from two-gap to single-gap superconductivity through specific heat measurements in neutron-irradiated MgB2.

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    Putti, M; Affronte, M; Ferdeghini, C; Manfrinetti, P; Tarantini, C; Lehmann, E

    2006-02-24

    We report specific heat measurements on neutron-irradiated MgB2 samples, for which the critical temperature is lowered to 8.7 K, but the superconducting transition remains extremely sharp, indicative of a defect structure extremely homogeneous. Our results evidence the presence of two superconducting gaps in the temperature range above 21 K, while single-gap superconductivity is well established as a bulk property, not associated with local disorder fluctuations, when Tc decreases to 11 K.

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

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    Lakew, Brook; Aslam, S.

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

  12. The effects of graphene doping on the in-field Jc of MgB2 wires.

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    Xu, X; Li, W X; Zhang, Y; De Silva, K S B; Kim, J H; Choi, S

    2012-02-01

    The field and temperature dependence of the critical current density Jct were measured for both un-doped and graphene doped MgB2/Fe wires manufactured by 99.999% Crystalline Boron and 10% excess Magnesium (99%, 325 mesh). At 4.2 K and 10 T, Jct was estimated to be for the wire sintered at 800 degrees C for 30 minutes, the doped sample is almost improved as one order, compared with the best un-doped sample. At the same time, the temperature dependence of the upper critical field (Hc2) and the irreversibility field (Hirr) for the samples will also be included from the resistance (R)-temperature (T). A significant increase in the upper critical field is the main cause of the enhancement of the critical current density, Jct, in the high field region. The calculated active cross-sectional area fraction (A(F)) represents the connectivity factor between adjacent grains. This value is decreased with wire samples, which is why the improvement of transport Jct is lower than the improvement of magnetic Jcm in diffusion bulk sample.

  13. Strong enhancement of high-field critical current properties and irreversibility field of MgB2 superconducting wires by coronene active carbon source addition via the new B powder carbon-coating method

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    Ye, Shu Jun; Matsumoto, Akiyoshi; Chao Zhang, Yun; Kumakura, Hiroaki

    2014-08-01

    We report an effective carbon-containing additive, coronene (C24H12), for MgB2 superconducting wires. We used B powder coated with C24H12 to fabricate MgB2 wires using the powder-in-tube (PIT) and internal Mg diffusion (IMD) processes. The in-field critical current properties are strongly enhanced for both PIT- and IMD-processed MgB2 wires. For PIT MgB2 wires, a critical current density (Jc) value of 1.8 × 104 A cm-2 is obtained at 4.2 K and 10 T. For IMD MgB2 wires, we obtained a Jc of 1.07 × 105 A cm-2 and an engineering Jc (Je) of 1.12 × 104 A cm-2 at 4.2 K and 10 T. These Jc and Je values are similar to the highest values reported for MgB2 wires thus far. Furthermore, the irreversibility field, Birr, determined with a current density criterion of 100 A cm-2, is strongly enhanced to 25 T at 4.2 K, which is also the highest value reported for MgB2 superconducting wires thus far. Coronene is an active carbon source for MgB2 superconducting wires because (1) coronene has a high carbon content (96 wt%) with a small amount of hydrogen (impurity), (2) the decomposition temperature for coronene is near the reaction temperature between Mg and B, and (3) uniform dispersion of coronene on the B surface can be obtained due to the melting point of coronene being lower than the decomposition temperature. Carbon substitution for B caused by the coronene active carbon source is mainly responsible for the high field critical current properties and the high Birr obtained in this work.

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  17. Enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature of MgB2 by a strain-induced bond-stretching mode softening.

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    Pogrebnyakov, A V; Redwing, J M; Raghavan, S; Vaithyanathan, V; Schlom, D G; Xu, S Y; Li, Qi; Tenne, D A; Soukiassian, A; Xi, X X; Johannes, M D; Kasinathan, D; Pickett, W E; Wu, J S; Spence, J C H

    2004-10-01

    We report a systematic increase of the superconducting transition temperature T(c) with a biaxial tensile strain in MgB2 films to well beyond the bulk value. The tensile strain increases with the MgB2 film thickness, caused primarily by the coalescence of initially nucleated discrete islands (the Volmer-Weber growth mode.) The T(c) increase was observed in epitaxial films on SiC and sapphire substrates, although the T(c) values were different for the two substrates due to different lattice parameters and thermal expansion coefficients. We identified, by first-principles calculations, the underlying mechanism for the T(c) increase to be the softening of the bond-stretching E(2g) phonon mode, and we confirmed this conclusion by Raman scattering measurements. The result suggests that the E(2g) phonon softening is a possible avenue to achieve even higher T(c) in MgB2-related material systems.

  18. Plasma Synthesized Doped Boron Nanopowder for MgB2 Superconductors

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    James V. Marzik

    2012-03-26

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

  19. Recent achievements in MgB 2 physics and applications: A large-area SQUID magnetometer and point-contact spectroscopy measurements

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    Gonnelli, R. S.; Daghero, D.; Calzolari, A.; Ummarino, G. A.; Tortello, M.; Stepanov, V. A.; Zhigadlo, N. D.; Rogacki, K.; Karpinski, J.; Portesi, C.; Monticone, E.; Mijatovic, D.; Veldhuis, D.; Brinkman, A.

    2006-03-01

    In the first part of the present paper we discuss the fabrication and the characterization of an MgB2-based SQUID magnetometer with a directly coupled large-area pick-up loop, made on an MgB2 film deposited by an all in situ technique. The coarse structure of the SQUID was defined by optical lithography and Ar-ion milling, while the two nanobridges acting as weak links in the superconducting loop were made by focused ion beam (FIB) milling. The device was characterized at different temperatures and showed Josephson quantum interference up to 20 K as well as a noise level already compatible with the recording of an adult magnetocardiogram. In the second part, concerning the fundamental physics of MgB2, we present the results of very recent point-contact measurements on Mg1-xMnxB2 single crystals with 34.1 ⩾ Tc ⩾ 13.3 K (i.e. 0.37% ⩽ x ⩽ 1.5%). The experimental conductance curves were fitted with the generalized two-band BTK model and their behaviour in magnetic fields was studied to check if both the order parameters (OPs) of the σ and π bands were present in the whole doping range. The dependence of the OPs (evaluated through the fit) on the Andreev critical temperature of the junctions is analyzed in the framework of the two-band Eliashberg theory by including the effects of magnetic impurities. The results give an evidence of a dominant effect of the magnetic impurities on the σ-band channel.

  20. Examination of an influence of winding geometry and operating temperature on basic parameters of superconducting coils made of MgB2 wire - Theoretical analysis

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    Pitel, Jozef; Kováč, Pavol

    2012-12-01

    Development and consecutive improvement of the properties of superconductor such as MgB2 raise the natural question about its potential with respect to application in magnets. A magnet designer is confronted with the question what quantitative values of the basic parameters of coils such as critical current, central field and stored energy can be expected at various operating temperature. In fact, the overall wire length can be considered as one of the key factors which determines the final price of the magnet. Therefore, a simple mathematical model was developed, and a detailed theoretical analysis of the influence of the winding geometry on the parameters of the cylindrical coils was performed with respect to the constant wire length. As an example the experimental data of the 30 filament MgB2 wire which was developed at the Department of Superconductor Physics, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Academy of Sciences, were used in calculations at operating temperatures between 4.2 and 20 K. An influence of the inner winding diameter and overall wire length on the values of the coils’ critical current, central field and stored energy, was studied theoretically with the aim to specify the significance of respective parameters. An optimization of the winding geometry was performed with respect to achieving the maximum central field.

  1. Variation of pinning mechanism and enhancement of critical current density in MgB2 bulk containing self-generated coherent MgB4 impurity

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    Cai, Qi; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Li, Huijun; Yu, Liming

    2013-09-01

    Bulk MgB2, with self-generated MgB4 pinning centers, have experienced two-step sintering process, initially at 750 °C and then 900-1000 °C. On the contrary to the widely accepted point that MgB4 deteriorates superconductivity, it was found that MgB4 played a significant role in enhancing critical current density. The precipitation pattern of MgB4 was studied from the lattice scale images. It was observed that the initial coherent relation between the MgB4 and the matrix was destroyed to become semi-coherent and even incoherent as the second-step sintering temperature increased. Owing to the lattice distortion caused by the elastic accommodation of the coherent interface, the small-sized MgB4 particles controlled by the sintering temperature, and the fine grain connectivity affected by the porosity, the critical current density was improved over the entire magnetic field. Finally, the dominating pinning mechanism within the crystal was confirmed to be Δκ pinning in the two-step sintered MgB2 sample, where the κ is the Ginzburg-Landau parameter, while the mechanism of one-step sintered sample is surface pinning.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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    Miao, Rende; Huang, Guiqin; Yang, Jun

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2010-08-01

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

  5. First principle study of hydrogenation of MgB2: an important step toward reversible hydrogen storage in the coupled LiBH4/MgH2 system.

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    Du, A J; Smith, Sean C; Yao, X D; Sun, C H; Li, L; Lu, G Q

    2009-07-01

    Recent experiments [F. E. Pinkerton, M. S. Meyer, G. P. Meisner, M. P. Balogh, and J. J. Vajo, J. Phys. Chem. C 111, 12881 (2007) and J. J. Vajo and G. L. Olson, Scripta Mater. 56, 829 (2007)] demonstrated that the recycling of hydrogen in the coupled LiBH4/MgH2 system is fully reversible. The rehydrogenation of MgB2 is an important step toward the reversibility. By using ab initio density functional theory calculations, we found that the activation barrier for the dissociation of H2 are 0.49 and 0.58 eV for the B and Mg-terminated MgB2(0001) surface, respectively. This implies that the dissociation kinetics of H2 on a MgB2(0001) surface should be greatly improved compared to that in pure Mg materials. Additionally, the diffusion of dissociated H atom on the Mg-terminated MgB2(0001) surface is almost barrier-less. Our results shed light on the experimentally-observed reversibility and improved kinetics for the coupled LiBH4/MgH2 system.

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

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    Segler, Kurt; Williams, Wendell; Siegel, Edward

    2013-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  9. A Case Study of MgB2 and HTS Magnets Being Cooled and Cooled Down using a Hydrogen Thermal-siphon Cooling-loop with Coolers

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    Green, Michael A.

    When one fabricates a magnet using MgB2 or HTS conductors, the operating temperature of the magnet can be increased into the temperature range from about 15 to 30 K. This temperature range is between the triple-point (13.8 K) and the critical point of para-hydrogen (32.3 K). Hydrogen has excellent heat transfer properties both as a liquid and as a gas at low temperature. The heat of vaporization of hydrogen is larger than any cryogenic fluid. In addition, the specific heat of the liquid and the gas is higher than any cryogenic fluid. Hydrogen may be the best fluid to use to connect a magnet operating between 15 and 30 K with a source of refrigeration. This paper compares magnet cooling at 20 K using helium and hydrogen. A safe completely passive cooling loop is discussed in this paper.

  10. Influence of high-pressure deformation and annealing on the structure and properties of a bulk MgB2 superconductor

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    Degtyarev, M. V.; Pilyugin, V. P.; Akshentsev, Yu. N.; Kuznetsova, E. I.; Krinitsina, T. P.; Blinova, Yu. V.; Sudareva, S. V.; Romanov, E. P.

    2016-08-01

    A synthesized MgB2 superconductor has been investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and by the measurements of the superconducting characteristics and microhardness after cold high-pressure deformation in a Toroid chamber and in Bridgman anvils and subsequent high-temperature annealing. A nanocrystalline structure is formed in the superconductor after high-pressure treatment, but internal cracks appear, and the critical current density decreases strongly. The annealing leads to a coarsening of the structure and to an increase in the critical current density up to 5.8-6.7 × 104 A/cm2, which is more than three times greater than that in the initial state.

  11. c-Axis Raman scattering spectra of MgB2: observation of a dirty-limit gap in the pi bands.

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    Quilty, J W; Lee, S; Tajima, S; Yamanaka, A

    2003-05-23

    Raman scattering spectra from the ac face of thick MgB2 single crystals were measured in zz, xz, and xx polarizations. In zz and xz polarizations a threshold at around 29 cm(-1) forms in the below T(c) continuum but no pair-breaking peak is seen, in contrast to the sharp pair-breaking peak at around 100 cm(-1) in xx polarization. The zz and xz spectra are consistent with Raman scattering from a dirty superconductor while the sharp peak in the xx spectra argues for a clean system. Analysis of the spectra resolves this contradiction, placing the larger and smaller gap magnitudes in the sigma and pi bands and indicating that relatively strong impurity scattering is restricted to the pi bands.

  12. Observation of well-ordered metastable vortex lattice phases in superconducting MgB2 using small-angle neutron scattering.

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    Das, P; Rastovski, C; O'Brien, T R; Schlesinger, K J; Dewhurst, C D; DeBeer-Schmitt, L; Zhigadlo, N D; Karpinski, J; Eskildsen, M R

    2012-04-20

    The vortex lattice (VL) symmetry and orientation in clean type-II superconductors depends sensitively on the host material anisotropy, vortex density and temperature, frequently leading to rich phase diagrams. Typically, a well-ordered VL is taken to imply a ground-state configuration for the vortex-vortex interaction. Using neutron scattering we studied the VL in MgB(2) for a number of field-temperature histories, discovering an unprecedented degree of metastability in connection with a known, second-order rotation transition. This allows, for the first time, structural studies of a well-ordered, nonequilibrium VL. While the mechanism responsible for the longevity of the metastable states is not resolved, we speculate it is due to a jamming of VL domains, preventing a rotation to the ground-state orientation.

  13. Flux-pinning mechanism in silicone-oil-doped MgB2 : Evidence for charge-carrier mean free path fluctuation pinning

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    Ghorbani, S. R.; Wang, X. L.; Dou, S. X.; Lee, Sung-Ik; Hossain, M. S. A.

    2008-11-01

    Flux-pinning mechanism of MgB2 doped with 10wt% silicone-oil sintered at low and high temperatures has been investigated by magnetic measurements. The field dependence of the critical current density, jc(B) , was analyzed within the collective pinning model. A crossover field, Bsb , from the single vortex to the small vortex bundle-pinning regime was observed. For both types of sintered samples, the temperature dependence of Bsb(T) at low temperature is in good agreement with the δl pinning mechanism, i.e., pinning associated with charge-carrier mean free path fluctuation. At temperatures close to the critical temperature, however, there is evidence for δTc pinning, which is associated with spatial fluctuations of the transition temperature. These results provide strong evidence that the liquid precursor, silicone oil, produces very small pinning centers and enhances the jc(B) .

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  15. Numerical solution of Bloch-Gruneisen function to determine the contribution of electron-phonon interaction in polycrystalline MgB 2 superconductor

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    Ansari, Intikhab A.

    2010-06-01

    Here, we report the efficient and feasible analytical method for the generalized Bloch-Gruneisen law in association with Debye temperature and various temperatures range in terms of incomplete gamma function. In addition, our results are in agreement with previous reports as shown in this letter. Bloch-Gruneisen function describes the contribution of electron-phonon interaction to the results of temperature dependence behavior of resistivity for integer and noninteger values of index m. In conclusion, the algorithm is constructed in Fortran 90 language for replicate the variation of temperature dependence of resistivity for pristine MgB 2 sample. Moreover, the comparison of numerical results with the proposed method reveals the validity and precision of the method.

  16. Experimental research of high field pinning centers in 2% C doped MgB2 wires at 20 K and 25 K

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    Gajda, D.; Morawski, A.; Zaleski, A. J.; Häßler, W.; Nenkov, K.; Małecka, M.; Rindfleisch, M. A.; Hossain, M. S. A.; Tomsic, M.

    2016-09-01

    High field pinning centers in MgB2 doped with 2 at. % carbon under a low and a high hot isostatic pressures have been investigated by transport measurements. The field dependence of the transport critical current density was analyzed within the different pinning mechanisms: surface pinning, point pinning, and pinning due to spatial variation in the Ginzburg-Landau parameter (Δκ pinning). Research indicates that a pressure of 1 GPa allows similar pinning centers to Δκ pinning centers to be obtained. This pinning is very important, because it makes it possible to increase the critical current density in high magnetic fields at 20 K and 25 K. Our results indicate that the δTc and δl pinning mechanisms, which are due to a spatial variation in the critical temperature (Tc) and the mean free path, l, respectively, create dislocations. The high density of dislocations with inhomogeneous distribution in the structure of the superconducting material creates the δl pinning mechanism. The low density of dislocations with inhomogeneous distribution creates the δTc pinning mechanism. Research indicates that the hot isostatic pressure process makes it possible to obtain a high dislocation density with a homogeneous distribution. This allows us to obtain the δTc pinning mechanism in MgB2 wires. In addition, a high pressure increases the crossover field from the single vortex to the small vortex bundle regime (Bsb) and improves the δTc pinning mechanism. Our research has proved that a high pressure significantly increases the crossover field from the small bundle to the thermal regime (Bth), with only a modest decrease in Tc of 1.5 K, decreases the thermal fluctuations, increases the irreversibility magnetic field (Birr) and the upper critical field (Bc2) in the temperature range from 4.2 K to 25 K, and reduces Birr and Bc2 above 25 K.

  17. Effect of two different treatments for reducing grape yield in Vitis vinifera cv Syrah on wine composition and quality: berry thinning versus cluster thinning.

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    Gil, M; Esteruelas, M; González, E; Kontoudakis, N; Jiménez, J; Fort, F; Canals, J M; Hermosín-Gutiérrez, I; Zamora, F

    2013-05-22

    The influence of two treatments for reducing grape yield, cluster thinning and berry thinning, on red wine composition and quality were studied in a Vitis vinifera cv Syrah vineyard in AOC Penedès (Spain). Cluster thinning reduced grape yield per vine by around 40% whereas berry thinning only reduced it by around 20%. Cluster thinning grapes had higher soluble solids content than control grapes, and their resultant wines have greater anthocyanin and polysaccharide concentrations than the control wine. Wine obtained from berry thinning grapes had a higher total phenolic index, greater flavonol, proanthocyanidin, and polysaccharide concentrations, and lower titratable acidity than the control wine. Wines obtained from both treatments were sufficiently different from the control wine to be significantly distinguished by a trained panel in a triangular test. Even though both treatments seem to be effective at improving the quality of wine, berry thinning has the advantage because it has less impact on crop yield reduction.

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

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    Repins, Ingrid L.; Kuciauskas, Darius

    2015-07-07

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

  19. The effect of carbon doping on the upper critical field (Hc2) and resistivity of MgB2 by using sucrose (C12H22O11) as the carbon source

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    Zhang, Y.; Zhou, S. H.; Lu, C.; Konstantinov, K.; Dou, S. X.

    2009-01-01

    In this work, sucrose was doped into MgB2 samples to act as a carbon source. The sintering temperature varied from 850 to 1050 °C. The effects of sucrose doping and sintering temperature on the lattice parameters, microstrain, critical temperature (Tc), resistivity, and upper critical field (Hc2) have been investigated in detail. It has been found that sucrose doping results in a small depression in Tc and high resistivity, while the Hc2 performance is improved. The best performance was shown in the sucrose-doped sample sintered at 850 °C. The reason for the enhancement of Hc2 is likely to be disorder caused by C substitution for B and/or diffusion of C atoms in the MgB2 lattice as interstitial atoms.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  1. Signature of the Leggett mode in the A1 g Raman response: From MgB2 to iron-based superconductors

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    Cea, T.; Benfatto, L.

    2016-08-01

    The Raman response in a superconductor is a powerful probe to investigate the symmetry of the superconducting gap. Here we show that in a multiband superconductor it also offers the unique opportunity to establish whether the driving pairing interaction has an intraband or interband character. In the model with one hole and one electron band the full gauge-invariant Raman response, obtained by accounting for the fluctuations of both the density and superconducting phase degrees of freedom, is always dominated by the Leggett mode, regardless its nature. However, while in the case of intraband-dominated pairing the Josephson-like phase fluctuations of the two condensates identify a well-defined peak, as observed in MgB2, for dominant interband pairing the Leggett resonance is pushed at twice the largest gap, resembling apparently a pair-breaking peak. The latter case is in very good agreement with experimental data in iron-based superconductors, suggesting that an interband pairing mechanism should be at play in these systems. These results have also interesting implications for the nonlinear optical response probed by means of intense THz fields.

  2. Evaluation of Trapped Magnetic Field Properties in Superconducting MgB2 Bulk Magnets of Various Shapes by Finite Element Method

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    Hiramatsu, Y.; Otabe, E. S.; Kiuchi, M.

    The trapped magnetic field properties of superconducting MgB2 bulk magnets with various shapes such as a triangular, a quadrangular, a hexangular bulk were calculated by the Finite Elements Method (FEM). The effect for the combination of several numbers of bulks was also investigated for several kinds of shapes to obtain large area of bulk surface in spite of one large bulk. In this calculation, the simple magnetization process replaced by the field-cool magnetization was used to obtain the equivalent distribution of the magnetic field, and the thermal equation in FEM was omitted. The trapped magnetic field for the triangular bulk by FEM was compared with the experimental result. It was found that the calculated results agreed well with the experimental result. The maximum trapped magnetic field was obtained in the cylindrical shape among several kinds of shapes. The trapped magnetic field was increased by the combination of multi-bulks. It was confirmed that the trapped magnetic field of the multi-bulks was larger than that of the single bulk. The trapped magnetic field increases with increasing the number of the bulks.

  3. Organic derivatives of Mg(BH4)2 as precursors towards MgB2 and novel inorganic mixed-cation borohydrides.

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    Wegner, W; Jaroń, T; Dobrowolski, M A; Dobrzycki, Ł; Cyrański, M K; Grochala, W

    2016-09-28

    A series of organic derivatives of magnesium borohydride, including Mg(BH4)2·1.5DME (DME = 1,2-dimethoxyethane) and Mg(BH4)2·3THF (THF = tetrahydrofuran) solvates and three mixed-cation borohydrides, [Cat]2[Mg(BH4)4], [Cat] = [Me4N], [nBu4N], [Ph4P], have been characterized. The phosphonium derivative has been tested as a precursor for synthesis of inorganic mixed-metal borohydrides of magnesium, Mx[Mg(BH4)2+x], M = Li-Cs, via a metathetic method. The synthetic procedure has yielded two new derivatives of heavier alkali metals M3Mg(BH4)5 (M = Rb, Cs) mixed with amorphous Mg(BH4)2. Thermal decomposition has been studied for both the organic and inorganic magnesium borohydride derivatives. Amorphous MgB2 has been detected among the products of the thermal decomposition of the solvates studied, together with organic and inorganic impurities.

  4. Cryogenic design and test results of 30-m flexible hybrid energy transfer line with liquid hydrogen and superconducting MgB2 cable

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    Kostyuk, V. V.; Blagov, E. V.; Antyukhov, I. V.; Firsov, V. P.; Vysotsky, V. S.; Nosov, A. A.; Fetisov, S. S.; Zanegin, S. Yu.; Svalov, G. G.; Rachuk, V. S.; Katorgin, B. I.

    2015-03-01

    In this paper we present the development of a new hybrid energy transfer line with 30 m length. The line is essentially a flexible 30 m hydrogen cryostat that has three sections with different types of thermal insulation in each section: simple vacuum superinsulation, vacuum superinsulation with liquid nitrogen precooling and active evaporating cryostatting (AEC) system. We performed thermo-hydraulic tests of the cryostat to compare three thermo-insulating methods. The tests were made at temperatures from 20 to 26 K, hydrogen flow from 70 to 450 g/s and pressure from 0.25 to 0.5 MPa. It was found that AEC thermal insulation was the most effective in reducing heat transfer from room temperature to liquid hydrogen in ∼10 m section of the cryostat, indicating that it can be used for long superconducting power cables. High voltage current leads were developed as well. The current leads and superconducting MgB2 cable passed high voltage DC test up to 50 kV DC. Critical current of the cable at ∼21 K was 3500 A. It means that the 30 m hybrid energy system developed is able to deliver ∼50-60 MW of chemical power and ∼50-75 MW of electrical power, i.e. up to ∼135 MW in total.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  6. Fabrication of high-quality single-crystal Cu thin films using radio-frequency sputtering

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    Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Ji Young; Lee, Tae-Woo; Kim, Won-Kyung; Kim, Bum-Su; Park, Ji Hun; Bae, Jong-Seong; Cho, Yong Chan; Kim, Jungdae; Oh, Min-Wook; Hwang, Cheol Seong; Jeong, Se-Young

    2014-01-01

    Copper (Cu) thin films have been widely used as electrodes and interconnection wires in integrated electronic circuits, and more recently as substrates for the synthesis of graphene. However, the ultra-high vacuum processes required for high-quality Cu film fabrication, such as molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), restricts mass production with low cost. In this work, we demonstrated high-quality Cu thin films using a single-crystal Cu target and radio-frequency (RF) sputtering technique; the resulting film quality was comparable to that produced using MBE, even under unfavorable conditions for pure Cu film growth. The Cu thin film was epitaxially grown on an Al2O3 (sapphire) (0001) substrate, and had high crystalline orientation along the (111) direction. Despite the 10−3 Pa vacuum conditions, the resulting thin film was oxygen free due to the high chemical stability of the sputtered specimen from a single-crystal target; moreover, the deposited film had >5× higher adhesion force than that produced using a polycrystalline target. This fabrication method enabled Cu films to be obtained using a simple, manufacturing-friendly process on a large-area substrate, making our findings relevant for industrial applications. PMID:25169804

  7. High-quality Bi2Te3 thin films grown on mica substrates for potential optoelectronic applications

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

    2013-07-01

    We report high-quality topological insulator Bi2Te3 thin films grown on muscovite mica substrates by molecular beam epitaxy. The topographic and structural analysis revealed that the Bi2Te3 thin films exhibited atomically smooth terraces over a large area and a high crystalline quality. Both weak antilocalization effect and quantum oscillations were observed in the magnetotransport of the relatively thin samples. A phase coherence length of 277 nm for a 6 nm thin film and a high surface mobility of 0.58 m2 V-1 s-1 for a 4 nm thin film were achieved. These results confirm that the thin films grown on mica are of high quality.

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

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    Zambano, Antonio J.

    2005-03-01

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

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

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

    2015-07-07

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

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

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

    2015-07-08

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  13. Effect of combined addition of nano-SiC and nano-Ho2O3 on the in-field critical current density of MgB2 superconductor

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    Varghese, Neson; Vinod, K.; Chattopadhyay, M. K.; Roy, S. B.; Syamaprasad, U.

    2010-01-01

    MgB2 superconducting samples added with nano-Ho2O3 (n-Ho2O3) and/or nano-SiC (n-SiC) have been prepared by an in situ solid state reaction method to investigate and compare the combined and individual effects of n-SiC and n-Ho2O3 on a crystal structure, critical temperature (TC), and critical current density (JC) of MgB2. All the doped samples exhibit significantly enhanced in-field JC and the codoped sample with 2.5 wt % n-Ho2O3 and 5 wt % n-SiC gives the best performance in in-field JC, and the enhancement is around 100 times and 2 times greater than the undoped and monodoped n-SiC samples, respectively, at 5 K and 8 T. For the n-SiC added sample, lattice distortions due to C substitution on the B site and the formation of reacted phase Mg2Si as flux pinners cause enhanced JC up to the maximum field studied (8 T). While in the n-Ho2O3 added sample, a reacted phase HoB4 having a strong magnetic moment forms, without any substitution at the Mg or B site, which acts as a flux pinner in order to enhance the in-field JC. Accordingly the best codoped sample exhibits these combined benefits of n-SiC and n-Ho2O3 in MgB2 superconductor.

  14. Evaporative thinning: a facile synthesis method for high quality ultrathin layers of 2D crystals.

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    Huang, Yi-Kai; Cain, Jeffrey D; Peng, Lintao; Hao, Shiqiang; Chasapis, Thomas; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G; Wolverton, Christopher; Grayson, Matthew; Dravid, Vinayak P

    2014-10-28

    The palette of two-dimensional materials has expanded beyond graphene in recent years to include the chalcogenides among other systems. However, there is a considerable paucity of methods for controlled synthesis of mono- and/or few-layer two-dimensional materials with desirable quality, reproducibility, and generality. Here we show a facile top-down synthesis approach for ultrathin layers of 2D materials down to monolayer. Our method is based on controlled evaporative thinning of initially large sheets, as deposited by vapor mass-transport. Rather than optimizing conditions for monolayer deposition, our approach makes use of selective evaporation of thick sheets to control the eventual thickness, down to a monolayer, a process which appears to be self-stopping. As a result, 2D sheets with high yield, high reproducibility, and excellent quality can be generated with large (>10 μm) and thin (∼ 1-2 nm) dimensions. Evaporative thinning promises to greatly reduce the difficulty involved in isolating large, mono- and few-layers of 2D materials for subsequent studies.

  15. Fabrication of high-quality superconductor-insulator-superconductor junctions on thin SiN membranes

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    Garcia, Edouard; Jacobson, Brian R.; Hu, Qing

    1993-01-01

    We have successfully fabricated high-quality and high-current density superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junctions on freestanding thin silicon nitride (SIN) membranes. These devices can be used in a novel millimeter-wave and THz receiver system which is made using micromachining. The SIS junctions with planar antennas were fabricated first on a silicon wafer covered with a SiN membrane, the Si wafer underneath was then etched away using an anisotropic KOH etchant. The current-voltage characteristics of the SIS junctions remained unchanged after the whole process, and the junctions and the membrane survived thermal cycling.

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

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

    2015-09-22

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

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

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

    2015-09-22

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

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

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

    2014-02-24

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

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  20. Specific heat in the superconducting and normal state (2-300 K, 0-16 T), and magnetic susceptibility of the 38 K superconductor MgB 2: evidence for a multicomponent gap

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    Wang, Yuxing; Plackowski, Tomasz; Junod, Alain

    2001-06-01

    The specific heat C of a sintered polycrystalline sample of MgB 2 with a bulk superconducting transition temperature Tc=36.7 K is measured as a function of the temperature (2-300 K) and magnetic field (0-16 T), together with magnetic properties (normal-state susceptibility, superconducting-state magnetization, etc.). The Sommerfeld constant γ=0.89±0.05 mJ/K 2/gat (2.7 mJ/K 2/mol) is determined in the normal state above Hc2. The normal- and superconducting-state entropies are equal at Tc. Several moments of the PDOS are obtained from the lattice specific heat. We report bulk values for: the thermodynamic critical field, Bc(0)=0.26 T; the slope of the upper critical field, (d Bc2/d T) Tc=0.56 T/K; the Ginzburg-Landau parameter, κ=38; the coherence length, ξ≅5 nm; the lower critical field, Bc1≅0.018 T; the London penetration depth, λ(0)≅180 nm. These results characterize MgB 2 as a type-II superconductor. The nearly quadratic dependence of C( T) versus T at T≪ Tc, its non-linear field dependence, and the discrepancy between the electron-phonon coupling constant λep as determined by the renormalization of the electron density of states ( λep≅0.6) and by McMillan's equation for isotropic superconductors ( λep≅1.1), are inconsistent with a single isotropic gap. In addition to high phonon frequencies, anisotropy or two-band gap structure may explain why the critical temperature of this superconductor is high in spite of its low condensation energy, which does not exceed 1/16 of that of YBa 2Cu 3O 7 and 1/4 of that of Nb 3Sn.

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

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

    2013-07-15

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

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

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

    2015-07-16

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

  3. High quality superconducting NbN thin films on GaAs

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    Marsili, Francesco; Gaggero, Alessandro; Li, Lianhe H.; Surrente, Alessandro; Leoni, Roberto; Lévy, Francis; Fiore, Andrea

    2009-09-01

    A very promising way to increase the detection efficiency of nanowire superconducting single-photon detectors (SSPDs) consists in integrating them with advanced optical structures such as distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) and optical waveguides. This requires transferring the challenging SSPD technology from the usual substrates, i.e. sapphire and MgO, to an optical substrate like GaAs, on which DBRs and waveguides can be easily obtained. Therefore, we optimized the deposition process of few-nm thick superconducting NbN films on GaAs and AlAs/GaAs-based DBRs at low temperatures (substrate temperature TS = 400 °C), in order to prevent As evaporation. NbN films ranging from 150 to 3 nm in thickness were then deposited on single-crystal MgO, GaAs, MgO-buffered GaAs and DBRs by current-controlled DC magnetron sputtering (planar, circular, balanced configuration) of Nb in an Ar+N2 plasma. 5.5 nm thick NbN films on GaAs exhibit TC = 10.7 K, ΔTC = 1.1 K and RRR = 0.7. The growth of such high quality thin NbN films on GaAs and DBRs has never been reported before.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-07-16

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

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

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

    2012-05-22

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

  7. Some aspects over the quality of thin films deposited on special steels used in hydraulic blades

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    Tugui, C. A.; Vizureanu, P.; Iftimie, N.; Steigmann, R.

    2016-08-01

    The experimental research involved in this paper consists in the obtaining of superior physical, chemical and mechanical properties of stainless steels used in the construction of hydraulic turbine blades. These properties are obtained by deposition of hard thin films in order to improve the wear resistance, increasing the hardness but maintaining the tenacious core of the material. The chosen methods for deposition are electrospark deposition because it has relatively low costs, are easy to obtain, the layers have a good adherence to support and the thickness can be variable in function of the established conditions and the pulsed laser deposition because high quality films can be obtained at nanometric precision. The samples will be prepared for the analysis of the structure using optical method as well as for the obtaining of the optimal roughness for the deposition. The physical, chemical and mechanical properties will be determined after deposition using SEM and EDX, in order to emphasize the structure film-substrate and repartition of the deposition elements on the surface and in transversal section. The non-destructive testing has emphasized the good adherence between deposited layer and the metallic support, due to double deposition, spallation regions doesn't appear.

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

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

    1992-02-01

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

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

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    Lamborn, Daniel Ray

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

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

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    Segler, Kurt; Williams, Wendell; Siegel, Edward

    2011-03-01

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

  11. Superconducting properties of very high quality NbN thin films grown by high temperature chemical vapor deposition

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    Hazra, D.; Tsavdaris, N.; Jebari, S.; Grimm, A.; Blanchet, F.; Mercier, F.; Blanquet, E.; Chapelier, C.; Hofheinz, M.

    2016-10-01

    Niobium nitride (NbN) is widely used in high-frequency superconducting electronics circuits because it has one of the highest superconducting transition temperatures ({T}{{c}}˜ 16.5 {{K}}) and largest gap among conventional superconductors. In its thin-film form, the T c of NbN is very sensitive to growth conditions and it still remains a challenge to grow NbN thin films (below 50 nm) with high T c. Here, we report on the superconducting properties of NbN thin films grown by high-temperature chemical vapor deposition (HTCVD). Transport measurements reveal significantly lower disorder than previously reported, characterized by a Ioffe-Regel parameter ({k}{{F}}{\\ell }) ˜ 12. Accordingly we observe {T}{{c}}˜ 17.06 {{K}} (point of 50% of normal state resistance), the highest value reported so far for films of thickness 50 nm or less, indicating that HTCVD could be particularly useful for growing high quality NbN thin films.

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

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

    2011-08-08

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

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

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    White, Jayne

    2005-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-11

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

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

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

    2016-05-11

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

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

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

    1993-01-01

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

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

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    Cleveland, Gordon; Krashinsky, Michael

    2009-01-01

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

  18. Growth and characterization of high quality ZnS thin films by RF sputtering

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    Mukherjee, C.; Rajiv, K.; Gupta, P.; Sinha, A. K.; Abhinandan, L.

    2012-06-01

    High optical quality ZnS films are deposited on glass and Si wafer by RF sputtering from pure ZnS target. Optical transmittance, reflectance, ellipsometry, FTIR and AFM measurements are carried out. Effect of substrate temperature and chamber baking for long duration on film properties have been studied. Roughness of the films as measured by AFM are low (1-2Å).

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

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    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-03-15

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

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

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

    2015-11-30

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-11-30

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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

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

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

    1994-10-18

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

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

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

    1994-01-01

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

  10. High-quality reproducible PLD Y-Ba-Cu-O:Ag thin films up to 4 inch diameter for microwave applications

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    Lorenz, Michael; Hochmuth, Holger; Natusch, Dieter; Grundmann, Marius

    2002-08-01

    Large-area pulsed laser deposition (PLD) has reached a state in terms of film quality and reproducibility which makes possible now real applications of PLD-YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) thin films on both sides of R-plane sapphire substrates as HTSC devices in mobile communication systems. Bandpass filters optimized from PLD-YBCO thin films presently fulfill the requirements of the main national companies which are active in future communication techniques. A relatively simple PLD arrangement with fixed laser plume and rotating substrate, with an offset between the laser plume and the center of the substrate is employed to deposit laterally homogeneous 4 inch diameter Ag-doped YBCO thin films. With the experience of more than 1000 double-sided 3 inch diameter films a high degree of homogeneity and reproducibility of jc and Rs is reached. The extension up to 8 inch substrate diameter will increase the productivity of the flexible PLD technique considerably.

  11. Thin, high quality GaInP compositionally graded buffer layers grown at high growth rates for metamorphic III-V solar cell applications

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    Garcia, I.; France, R. M.; Geisz, J. F.; Simon, J.

    2014-05-01

    The metamorphic growth of lattice-mismatched materials has allowed optimizing the bandgap combination in multijunction solar cells for the solar spectrum under consideration. Buffer structures are used to accommodate the lattice-mismatch by introducing dislocations and relaxing the material in a controlled way. However, the metamorphic buffers typically involve significant growth time and material usage, which increases the cost of these solar cells. In this work, the thinning of buffer structures with continuously, linearly graded misfit is addressed with the goal of increasing the cost-effectiveness of metamorphic multijunction solar cells. The relaxation dynamics and quality of the buffer layers analyzed were assessed by in-situ stress measurements and ex-situ measurements of residual strain, threading dislocation density and surface roughness. Their ultimate quality has been tested using these buffers as templates for the growth of 1 eV Ga0.73In0.27As solar cells. The deleterious effect of thinning the grade layer of these buffer structures from 2 to 1 μm was investigated. It is shown that prompting the relaxation of the buffer by using a stepwise misfit jump at the beginning of the grade layer improves the quality of the thinned buffer structure. The residual threading dislocation density of the optimized thin buffers, grown at a high growth rate of 7 μm/h, is 3×106 cm-2, and solar cells on these buffers exhibit near-ideal carrier collection efficiency and a Voc of 0.62 V at 1-sun direct terrestrial spectrum.

  12. Molecular beam epitaxial growth and electronic transport properties of high quality topological insulator Bi2Se3 thin films on hexagonal boron nitride

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    Park, Joon Young; Lee, Gil-Ho; Jo, Janghyun; Cheng, Austin K.; Yoon, Hosang; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Kim, Miyoung; Kim, Philip; Yi, Gyu-Chul

    2016-09-01

    We report the molecular beam epitaxial growth and characterization of high quality topological insulator Bi2Se3 thin films on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). A two-step growth was developed, enhancing both the surface coverage and crystallinity of the films on h-BN. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy study showed an atomically abrupt and epitaxial interface formation between the h-BN substrate and Bi2Se3. We performed gate tuned magnetotransport characterizations of the device fabricated on the thin film and confirmed a high mobility surface state at the Bi2Se3/h-BN interface. The Berry phase obtained from Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations suggested this interfacial electronic state is a topologically protected Dirac state.

  13. Improving crystalline quality of sputtering-deposited MoS2 thin film by postdeposition sulfurization annealing using (t-C4H9)2S2

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    Ishihara, Seiya; Hibino, Yusuke; Sawamoto, Naomi; Suda, Kohei; Ohashi, Takumi; Matsuura, Kentarou; Machida, Hideaki; Ishikawa, Masato; Sudoh, Hiroshi; Wakabayashi, Hitoshi; Ogura, Atsushi

    2016-04-01

    A sputtered MoS2 thin film is a candidate for realizing enhancement-mode MoS2 metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). However, there are some sulfur vacancies in the film, which degrade the device performance. In this study, we performed postdeposition sulfurization annealing (PSA) on a sputtered MoS2 thin film in order to complement sulfur vacancies, and we investigated the fundamental properties of the MoS2 film. As a result, a high-quality crystalline 10-layer MoS2 film with an ideal stoichiometric composition was obtained at a relatively low process temperature (500 °C). The MoS2 film had an indirect bandgap of 1.36 eV and a high Hall mobility compared with the as-deposited sputtered MoS2 film.

  14. Measurement of the effect of a thin discharging wire for an electrostatic inertial sensor with a high-quality-factor pendulum

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    Liu, L.; Bai, Y. Z.; Zhou, Z. B.; Yin, H.; Tan, D. Y.; Luo, J.

    2012-03-01

    In order to suppress the electrostatic and magnetic field effects, ultrathin metal wires are often employed for discharging the proof mass which is used in a high-precision space electrostatic accelerometer or gravitational experiments. This wire introduces a thermal noise limit based on fluctuation-dissipation theory, which depends upon its stiffness and structural loss. In this paper, a simple method for measuring the stiffness and the loss angle of a thin discharging wire is presented by connecting it to a pendulum suspended by a high-quality silica fiber with negligible dissipation. The stiffness and the loss angle of a 10 μm gold wire are measured; the experimental results agree with theoretical estimation. The thermal noise of the pendulum with a thin discharging wire is estimated, and its possible applications in the gravitational experiments are also discussed.

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

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    Lakew, Brook; Brasunas, J. C.

    2004-01-01

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

  16. Effects of Thinning and a Wildfire on Sediment Production Rates, Channel Morpholgy, and Water Quality in the Upper South Platte River Watershed

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    Libohova, Z.; MacDonald, L. H.; Entwistle, D.

    2012-12-01

    The Upper South Platter River watershed is the primary source of Denver's water supply. There has been increasing concern over the potential adverse effects of large wildfires on runoff, erosion, and water quality, and this has led to extensive forest thinning projects to reduce the potential for high-severity wildfires. The initial goal of this project was to evaluate the effects of thinning at the hillslope scale using sediment fences and the small catchment scale by installing flumes and periodically monitoring water quality and channel morphology. The hillslope measurements began in mid-2001, and the flumes were installed in early summer 2002. In 2001 only 3 of the 40 hillslopes produced sediment. In June 2002, the Hayman fire burned half of the study sites. Mean percent ground cover decreased from 90% to 6% in the sites burned at high severity, and the soils were strongly water repellent from the surface to a depth of 6 or 9 cm. The first two storms of 11 and 17 mm caused extensive rilling in the formerly unchannelled swales and extensive downstream gullying. Erosion rates averaged 7.5 Mg ha-1 in the dry summer of 2002 and 10.7 Mg ha-1 in the wet summer of 2003. Thinning in the remaining unburned swales decreased the mean vegetative cover from 15% to 7% and increased the mean percent bare soil from 8% to 16%. However, 75% ground cover meant that no sediment was generated from any of the thinned or the control hillslopes from 2002 through 2006. At the small watershed scale, the observed high water marks were as much as 1.4 m above the estimated bankfull stage. The Saloon Gulch flume was completely buried by the post-fire deposition, and the nearly continuous deposition in the Brush Creek flume precluded accurate flow measurements. Potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride and nitrate concentrations approximately doubled after the fire. Turbidity increased substantially, while the pH remained unchanged. These results clearly show the dramatic difference between

  17. Synthesizing photovoltaic thin films of high quality copper-zinc-tin alloy with at least one chalcogen species

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    Teeter, Glenn; Du, Hui; Young, Matthew

    2013-08-06

    A method for synthesizing a thin film of copper, zinc, tin, and a chalcogen species ("CZTCh" or "CZTSS") with well-controlled properties. The method includes depositing a thin film of precursor materials, e.g., approximately stoichiometric amounts of copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), tin (Sn), and a chalcogen species (Ch). The method then involves re-crystallizing and grain growth at higher temperatures, e.g., between about 725 and 925 degrees K, and annealing the precursor film at relatively lower temperatures, e.g., between 600 and 650 degrees K. The processing of the precursor film takes place in the presence of a quasi-equilibrium vapor, e.g., Sn and chalcogen species. The quasi-equilibrium vapor is used to maintain the precursor film in a quasi-equilibrium condition to reduce and even prevent decomposition of the CZTCh and is provided at a rate to balance desorption fluxes of Sn and chalcogens.

  18. Improving the structural quality and electrical resistance of SrTiO3 thin films on Si (001) via a two-step anneal

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    Zhang, Lei; Wang, Yaqiang; Engel-Herbert, Roman

    2016-01-01

    We report on the optimization of structural and electrical properties of SrTiO3 thin films grown on Si (001) by hybrid molecular beam epitaxy. Using a dual buffer layer template, 46-nm-thick films grown at high temperatures (850 °C) resulted in a layer-by-layer growth mode and a good crystalline quality with rocking curve full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the 002 SrTiO3 peak of nearly 0.6°, which was reduced to 0.4° by increasing the film thickness to 120 nm. A high temperature post-deposition anneal was employed to further reduce the rocking curve FWHM down to 0.2° while preserving a smooth film surface morphology. The low sheet resistance of as-grown and post-growth annealed samples was increased by five orders of magnitude exceeding 107 Ω/⊙ using a lower temperature anneal in dry air. This two-step annealing method provides an easy and effective way to improve the crystalline quality of SrTiO3 thin films on Si, providing a path towards the development of electrically insulating, wafer scale virtual perovskite substrates.

  19. Evaluation of thin-layer chromatography methods for quality control of commercial products containing Aesculus hippocastanum, Turnera diffusa, Matricaria recutita, Passiflora incarnata, and Tilia occidentalis.

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    Ramírez-Durón, Rosalba; Ceniceros-Almaguer, Lucía; Salazar-Aranda, Ricardo; Salazar-Cavazos, Ma de la Luz; Waksman de Torres, Noemi

    2007-01-01

    In Mexico, plant-derived products with health claims are sold as herbal dietary supplements, and there are no rules for their legal quality control. Aesculus hippocastanum, Turnera diffusa, Matricaria recutita, Passiflora incarnata, and Tilia occidentalis are some of the major commercial products obtained from plants used in this region. In this paper, we describe the effectiveness of thin-layer chromatography methods to provide for the quality control of several commercial products containing these plants. Standardized extracts were used. Of the 49 commercial products analyzed, only 32.65% matched the chromatographic characteristic of standardized extracts. A significant number of commercial products did not match their label, indicating a problem resulting from the lack of regulation for these products. The proposed methods are simple, sensitive, and specific and can be used for routine quality control of raw herbals and formulations of the tested plants. The results obtained show the need to develop simple and reliable analytical methods that can be performed in any laboratory for the purpose of quality control of dietary supplements or commercial herbal products sold in Mexico. PMID:17760328

  20. 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

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  1. Study of Hydrogen flame annealed Au thin-film surface morphology, integrity and film quality on various substrate surfaces

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    Schell, Michael; Senevirathne, Indrajith

    2013-03-01

    Au thin-films have many applications in both industry and proof of concept investigations in device engineering. Typical Au depositions on substrate give rise to Stanski-Krastanov (SK) like growth while Frank-van der Merwe (FM) mode like growth is desired in many molecular self assembly and other engineering applications. Au films are magnetron sputter deposited at 100mtorr at low deposition rates (~ 1ML/min) on cleaved/fresh mica, glass microscopy slides and Si surfaces. Samples are hydrogen flame annealed to facilitate surface diffusion with minimal film contamination. Resulting Au surfaces were investigated and compared against purchased Au(111) on mica (standard) surface. Regular and custom built hydrophilic and hydrophobic AFM (Atomic Force Microcopy) probes were used in contact, and non contact AFM with topography and phase imaging to access the contamination and surface defects. Surface integrity, roughness, corrugation and morphology on Au surfaces were estimated. LHU Nanotechnology Program, PASSHE FPDC (LOU # 2010-LHU-03).

  2. Growth of high-quality thin-film Ge single crystals by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Outlaw, R. A.; Hopson, P., Jr.

    1986-01-01

    Thin-film Ge single crystals (approx. 10 microns) have been epitaxially grown on polished NaCl(100) substrates at 450C by using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Films on approximately 1 sq cm and larger were separated from the NaCl by either melting the salt or by differential shear stress upon cooling to room temperature. The ordered growth of the Ge was found to be most sensitive to the initial plasma power and to the continuum flow dynamics within the carbon susceptor. The films were visually specular and exhibited a high degree of crysalline order when examined by X-ray diffraction. The films were found to be p-type with a carrier concentration of approximately 3 x 10 to the 16th power/cu cm, a resistivity of 0.11 ohm-cm, and a Hall hole mobility of 1820 sq cm/v/s at room temperature. Vacuum firing minimized the primary contaminant, Na, and corresponding lowered the carrier concentration to 4 x 10 to the 14th power/cu cm.

  3. Thin layer convective air drying of wild edible plant (Allium roseum) leaves: experimental kinetics, modeling and quality.

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    Ben Haj Said, Leila; Najjaa, Hanen; Farhat, Abdelhamid; Neffati, Mohamed; Bellagha, Sihem

    2015-06-01

    The present study deals with the valorization of an edible spontaneous plant of the Tunisian arid areas: Allium roseum. This plant is traditionally used for therapeutic and culinary uses. Thin-layer drying behavior of Allium roseum leaves was investigated at 40, 50 and 60 °C drying air temperatures and 1 and l.5 m/s air velocity, in a convective dryer. The increase in air temperature significantly affected the moisture loss and reduced the drying time while air velocity was an insignificant factor during drying of Allium roseum leaves. Five models selected from the literature were found to satisfactorily describe drying kinetics of Allium roseum leaves for all tested drying conditions. Drying data were analyzed to obtain moisture diffusivity values. During the falling rate-drying period, moisture transfer from Allium roseum leaves was described by applying the Fick's diffusion model. Moisture diffusivity varied from 2.55 × 10(-12) to 8.83 × 10(-12) m(2)/s and increased with air temperature. Activation energy during convective drying was calculated using an exponential expression based on Arrhenius equation and ranged between 46.80 and 52.68 kJ/mol. All sulfur compounds detected in the fresh leaves were detected in the dried leaves. Convective air drying preserved the sulfur compounds potential formation.

  4. A green and facile hydrothermal approach for the synthesis of high-quality semi-conducting Sb2S3 thin films

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    Liu, Meng; Gong, Yongshuai; Li, Zhilin; Dou, Meiling; Wang, Feng

    2016-11-01

    High-quality semi-conducting antimony sulfide (Sb2S3) thin films were directly deposited on the indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates by a green and facile one-step approach based on a hydrothermal reaction and post-annealing process without any assistance of complexing agents. The obtained Sb2S3 films possessed a relatively ideal S/Sb atomic ratio and a compact and continuous surface as the grain size of Sb2S3 was increased by high temperature annealing. The Sb2S3 film annealed at 450 °C exhibited the improved optical and electrical performances, with a narrow band gap of 1.63 eV, an electrical resistivity of 1.3 × 104 Ω cm, a carrier concentration of 7.3 × 1013 cm-3 and a carrier mobility of 6.4 cm2 V-1 s-1. This environmentally friendly synthetic route is promising for the preparation of high-quality Sb2S3 films to be used as absorber layer materials for high-performance solar cells.

  5. Growth of high-quality InN thin films on InGaN buffer layer by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Yang, Chen-Chi; Lo, Ikai; Shih, Cheng-Hung; Hu, Chia-Hsuan; Wang, Ying-Chieh; Lin, Yu-Chiao; Tasi, Cheng-Da; You, Shuo-Ting

    2015-03-01

    Four samples were grown on 2 inch c-plane (0001) sapphire substrates with 4 μm-thick GaN template. The InN thin films were grown on InGaN buffer layer by low-temperature plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (PAMBE) system. These samples were grown under a varied temperature of InGaN buffer layers: 500°C, 540°C, 570°C, and 600°C. The structure properties of these samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The interference fringes of InN grown on the sample 1 (the growth temperature of InGaN buffer layer at 500°C) exhibit prominent oscillations, which indicates that the sample has a high quality and layer by layer epitaxial structure. The surface morphology and microstructure of samples were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We confirmed the smooth surface and high quality crystalline for the sample.

  6. Impact of deposition parameters on the material quality of SPC poly-Si thin films using high-rate PECVD of a-Si:H

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    Kumar, Avishek; Widenborg, Per Ingemar; Dalapati, Goutam Kumar; Sandhya Subramanian, Gomathy; Aberle, Armin Gerhard

    2015-05-01

    The impact of the deposition parameters such as gas flow (sccm) and RF plasma power density (W/cm2) on the deposition rate of a-Si:H films is systematically investigated. A high deposition rate of up to 146 nm/min at 13.56 MHz is achieved for the a-Si:H films deposited with high lateral uniformity on 30 × 40 cm2 large-area glass substrates. A relationship between the SiH4 gas flow and the RF power density is established. The SiH4 gas flow to RF power density ratio of about 2.4 sccm/mW cm-2 is found to give a linear increase in the deposition rate. The influence of the deposition rate on the material quality is studied using UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer and Raman characterisation techniques. Poly-Si thin film with crystal quality as high as 90% of single-crystalline Si wafer is obtained from the SPC of high rate deposited a-Si:H films.

  7. Properties of thin film radiation detectors and their application to dosimetry and quality assurance in x-ray imaging

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    Elshahat, Bassem

    The characteristics of two different types of thin-film radiation detectors are experimentally investigated: organic photovoltaic cells (OPV) and a new self-powered detector that operates based on high-energy secondary electrons (HEC). Although their working principles are substantially different, they both can be used for radiation detection and image formation in medical applications. OPVs with different active layer material thicknesses and aluminum electrode areas were fabricated. The OPV cell consisted of P3HT: PCBM photoactive materials, composed of donor and acceptor semiconducting organic materials, sandwiched between an aluminum electrode as anode and an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode as a cathode. The detectors were exposed to 60150 kVp x rays, which generated photocurrent in the active layer. The electric charge production in the OPV cells was measured. The net current as function of beam energy (kVp) was proportional to ~1/kVp0.45 when adjusted for x-ray beam output. The best combination of parameters for these cells was 270-nm active layer thicknesses for 0.7cm-2 electrode area. The measured current ranged from about 0.7 to 2.4 nA/cm2 for 60-150 kVp, corresponding to about 0.09 -- 0.06 nA/cm2/mGy, respectively, when adjusted for the output x-ray source flux. The HEC detection concept was recently proposed and experimentally demonstrated by a UML/HMS research group. HEC detection employs direct conversion of high-energy electron current to detector signal without external power and amplification. The potential of using HEC detectors for diagnostic imaging application was investigated by using a heterogeneous phantom consisting of a water cylinder with Al and wax rod inserts.

  8. Boron carbide coatings for neutron detection probed by x-rays, ions, and neutrons to determine thin film quality

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    Nowak, G. Störmer, M.; Horstmann, C.; Kampmann, R.; Höche, D.; Lorenz, U.; Müller, M.; Schreyer, A.; Becker, H.-W.; Haese-Seiller, M.; Moulin, J.-F.; Pomm, M.; Randau, C.; Hall-Wilton, R.

    2015-01-21

    Due to the present shortage of {sup 3}He and the associated tremendous increase of its price, the supply of large neutron detection systems with {sup 3}He becomes unaffordable. Alternative neutron detection concepts, therefore, have been invented based on solid {sup 10}B converters. These concepts require development in thin film deposition technique regarding high adhesion, thickness uniformity and chemical purity of the converter coating on large area substrates. We report on the sputter deposition of highly uniform large-area {sup 10}B{sub 4}C coatings of up to 2 μm thickness with a thickness deviation below 4% using the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht large area sputtering system. The {sup 10}B{sub 4}C coatings are x-ray amorphous and highly adhesive to the substrate. Material analysis by means of X-ray-Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, and Rutherford-Back-Scattering (RBS) revealed low impurities concentration in the coatings. The isotope composition determined by Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, RBS, and inelastic nuclear reaction analysis of the converter coatings evidences almost identical {sup 10}B isotope contents in the sputter target and in the deposited coating. Neutron conversion and detection test measurements with variable irradiation geometry of the converter coating demonstrate an average relative quantum efficiency ranging from 65% to 90% for cold neutrons as compared to a black {sup 3}He-monitor. Thus, these converter coatings contribute to the development of {sup 3}He-free prototype detectors based on neutron grazing incidence. Transferring the developed coating process to an industrial scale sputtering system can make alternative {sup 3}He-free converter elements available for large area neutron detection systems.

  9. Boron carbide coatings for neutron detection probed by x-rays, ions, and neutrons to determine thin film quality

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    Nowak, G.; Störmer, M.; Becker, H.-W.; Horstmann, C.; Kampmann, R.; Höche, D.; Haese-Seiller, M.; Moulin, J.-F.; Pomm, M.; Randau, C.; Lorenz, U.; Hall-Wilton, R.; Müller, M.; Schreyer, A.

    2015-01-01

    Due to the present shortage of 3He and the associated tremendous increase of its price, the supply of large neutron detection systems with 3He becomes unaffordable. Alternative neutron detection concepts, therefore, have been invented based on solid 10B converters. These concepts require development in thin film deposition technique regarding high adhesion, thickness uniformity and chemical purity of the converter coating on large area substrates. We report on the sputter deposition of highly uniform large-area 10B4C coatings of up to 2 μm thickness with a thickness deviation below 4% using the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht large area sputtering system. The 10B4C coatings are x-ray amorphous and highly adhesive to the substrate. Material analysis by means of X-ray-Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, and Rutherford-Back-Scattering (RBS) revealed low impurities concentration in the coatings. The isotope composition determined by Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometry, RBS, and inelastic nuclear reaction analysis of the converter coatings evidences almost identical 10B isotope contents in the sputter target and in the deposited coating. Neutron conversion and detection test measurements with variable irradiation geometry of the converter coating demonstrate an average relative quantum efficiency ranging from 65% to 90% for cold neutrons as compared to a black 3He-monitor. Thus, these converter coatings contribute to the development of 3He-free prototype detectors based on neutron grazing incidence. Transferring the developed coating process to an industrial scale sputtering system can make alternative 3He-free converter elements available for large area neutron detection systems.

  10. Improvement of Film Quality in CuInSe2 Thin Films Fabricated by a Non-Vacuum, Nanoparticle-Based Approach

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    Zhang, Yiwen; Ito, Manabu; Tamura, Tomoaki; Yamada, Akira; Konagai, Makoto

    2011-04-01

    To improve the quality of CuInSe2 (CIS) thin films fabricated by a non-vacuum, nanoparticle-based approach, in this study, two categories of nanoparticles, Cu (InGa) Se2 (CIGS) nanoparticles and copper selenide (Cu-Se) with indium selenide (In-Se) nanoparticles are investigated. It is found that the Cu-Se with In-Se nanoparticles show a higher crystallization velocity than CIGS nanoparticles. The films obtained from Cu-Se with In-Se nanoparticles exhibit higher crystallinity with a larger grain size. Thiourea is applied as a sintering additive during the selenization process. It is clarified that the addition of thiourea is very effective for grain growth and the fabrication of a dense CIS layer. The cell performance is measured under Air Mass 1.5 irradiation. The efficiency of the solar cell, fabricated using Cu-Se, In-Se nanoparticles with thiourea, is 2.15%, higher than that of the solar cell fabricated using CIGS nanoparticles, which is 0.28%.

  11. Improved UV photoresponse properties of high-quality ZnO thin films through the use of a ZnO buffer layer on flexible polyimide substrates

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    Kim, Mincheol; Leem, Jae-Young; Son, Jeong-Sik

    2016-03-01

    An oxidized ZnO buffer layer was prepared by using thermal oxidation of a Zn buffer layer on a polyimide (PI) substrate; then, ZnO thin films with (sample 1) and without (sample 2) an oxidized ZnO buffer layer were grown by using the sol-gel spin-coating method. The intensities of the ZnO (002) diffraction peaks observed in sample 1 were stronger than those observed in sample 2, implying that the crystal quality was enhanced by the oxidized ZnO buffer layer. Moreover, the residual stress of sample 1 was reduced compared to that of sample 2 due to the decreased number of defects. Sample 2 exhibited defect-related deep-level orange-yellow emissions, which almost disappeared with the introduction of the ZnO buffer layer (sample 1). The values of the responsivity were 0.733 (sample 1) and 0.066 (sample 2) mA/W; therefore, the proposed method could provide a pathway to the easy fabrication of fast-response UV sensors.

  12. Thin Clouds

    Atmospheric Science Data Center

    2013-04-18

    ... their delicate appearance, thin, feathery clouds of ice crystals called cirrus may contribute to global warming. Some scientists ... July 9, 2002 - Thin, feathery clouds of ice crystals over the Caribbean Sea. project:  MISR ...

  13. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily, clear finish, deep color intensity, semielastic, spready, 90 percent uniform, and 10 percent injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth,...

  14. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily, clear finish, deep color intensity, semielastic, spready, 90 percent uniform, and 10 percent injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth,...

  15. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily, clear finish, deep color intensity, semielastic, spready, 90 percent uniform, and 10 percent injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth,...

  16. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily, clear finish, deep color intensity, semielastic, spready, 90 percent uniform, and 10 percent injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth,...

  17. 7 CFR 29.3648 - Thin Leaf (C Group).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ... specifications, and tolerances C1L Choice Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth, oily, clear finish, deep color intensity, semielastic, spready, 90 percent uniform, and 10 percent injury tolerance. C2L Fine Quality Light-brown Thin Leaf. Ripe, thin, open leaf structure, smooth,...

  18. A MgB2 superferric racetrack magnet

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    Musenich, R.; Sorbi, M.; Tavilla, G.; Volpini, G.; Marabotto, R.; Modica, M.; Nardelli, D.

    2008-10-01

    A magnesium diboride, cryogen-free, H-dipole magnet with cold iron yoke was constructed and tested. The racetrack coil, 48 cm long, was wound with 350 m of nickel-clad, copper-MgB2 tape. The iron yoke forms a 2.6 cm gap. The magnet was connected to a cryocooler and tested at different temperatures ranging between 8.5 and 24 K. The maximum current, 263 A, was reached, without training, at 8.5 K. The corresponding field in the gap was 2.35 T.

  19. Multilayer MgB2 superconducting quantum interference filter magnetometers

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    Galan, Elias; Melbourne, Thomas; Davidson, Bruce A.; Xi, X. X.; Chen, Ke

    2016-04-01

    We report two types of all-MgB2 superconductive quantum interference filter (SQIF) magnetometers that can measure absolute magnetic fields with high sensitivity. In one configuration, the SQIFs were made of 20 multilayer nonplanar all-MgB2 superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) connected in parallel with loop areas ranging in size from 0.4 to 3.6 μm2. These devices are sensitive to magnetic fields parallel to the substrate and show a single antipeak from 3 to 16 K with a maximum transfer function of ˜16 V/T at 3 K and a field noise of ˜110 pT/Hz1/2 above 100 Hz at 10 K. In a second configuration, the SQIFs were made with 16 planar SQUIDs connected in parallel with loop areas ranging in size from 4 μm2 to 25 μm2 and are sensitive to the magnetic fields perpendicular to the substrate. The planar SQIF shows a single antipeak from 10 to 22 K with a maximum transfer function of 7800 V/T at 10 K and a field noise of ˜70 pT/Hz1/2 above 100 Hz at 20 K.

  20. Epitaxial thin films

    DOEpatents

    Hunt, Andrew Tye; Deshpande, Girish; Lin, Wen-Yi; Jan, Tzyy-Jiuan

    2006-04-25

    Epitatial thin films for use as buffer layers for high temperature superconductors, electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), gas separation membranes or dielectric material in electronic devices, are disclosed. By using CCVD, CACVD or any other suitable deposition process, epitaxial films having pore-free, ideal grain boundaries, and dense structure can be formed. Several different types of materials are disclosed for use as buffer layers in high temperature superconductors. In addition, the use of epitaxial thin films for electrolytes and electrode formation in SOFCs results in densification for pore-free and ideal gain boundary/interface microstructure. Gas separation membranes for the production of oxygen and hydrogen are also disclosed. These semipermeable membranes are formed by high-quality, dense, gas-tight, pinhole free sub-micro scale layers of mixed-conducting oxides on porous ceramic substrates. Epitaxial thin films as dielectric material in capacitors are also taught herein. Capacitors are utilized according to their capacitance values which are dependent on their physical structure and dielectric permittivity. The epitaxial thin films of the current invention form low-loss dielectric layers with extremely high permittivity. This high permittivity allows for the formation of capacitors that can have their capacitance adjusted by applying a DC bias between their electrodes.

  1. Thin Film?

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    Kariper, İ. Afşin

    2014-09-01

    This study focuses on the critical surface tension of lead sulfite (PbSO3) crystalline thin film produced with chemical bath deposition on substrates (commercial glass).The PbSO3 thin films were deposited at room temperature at different deposition times. The structural properties of the films were defined and examined according to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the XRD results such as dislocation density, average grain size, and no. of crystallites per unit area. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure the film thickness and the surface properties. The critical surface tension of the PbSO3 thin films was measured with an optical tensiometer instrument and calculated using the Zisman method. The results indicated that the critical surface tension of films changed in accordance with the average grain size and film thickness. The film thickness increased with deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension. The average grain size increased according to deposition time and was inversely correlated with surface tension.

  2. Enhanced quality of epitaxial AlN thin films on 6H-SiC by ultra-high-vacuum ion-assisted reactive dc magnetron sputter deposition

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    Tungasmita, S.; Birch, J.; Persson, P. O. A.˚.; Järrendahl, K.; Hultman, L.

    2000-01-01

    Epitaxial AlN thin films have been grown on 6H-SiC substrates by ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) ion-assisted reactive dc magnetron sputtering. The low-energy ion-assisted growth (Ei=17-27 eV) results in an increasing surface mobility, promoting domain-boundary annihilation and epitaxial growth. Domain widths increased from 42 to 135 nm and strained-layer epitaxy was observed in this energy range. For Ei>52 eV, an amorphous interfacial layer of AlN was formed on the SiC, which inhibited epitaxial growth. Using UHV condition and very pure nitrogen sputtering gas yielded reduced impurity levels in the films (O: 3.5×1018cm-3). Analysis techniques used in this study are in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction, secondary-ion-mass spectroscopy, atomic-force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and cross-section high-resolution electron microscopy.

  3. Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers and comparision of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Jincheng; Shi, Chengwu; Chen, Junjun; Wang, Yanqing; Li, Mingqian

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the ultra-thin and high-quality WO3 compact layers were successfully prepared by spin-coating-pyrolysis method using the tungsten isopropoxide solution in isopropanol. The influence of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer thickness on the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells was systematically compared, and the interface charge transfer and recombination in planar perovskite solar cells with TiO2 compact layer was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the optimum thickness of WO3 and TiO2 compact layer was 15 nm and 60 nm. The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO3 compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO2 compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency.

  4. Method for thinning specimen

    DOEpatents

    Follstaedt, David M.; Moran, Michael P.

    2005-03-15

    A method for thinning (such as in grinding and polishing) a material surface using an instrument means for moving an article with a discontinuous surface with an abrasive material dispersed between the material surface and the discontinuous surface where the discontinuous surface of the moving article provides an efficient means for maintaining contact of the abrasive with the material surface. When used to dimple specimens for microscopy analysis, a wheel with a surface that has been modified to produce a uniform or random discontinuous surface significantly improves the speed of the dimpling process without loss of quality of finish.

  5. CONDENSED MATTER: STRUCTURE, MECHANICAL AND THERMAL PROPERTIES: Growth of High Quality Strained-Si on Ultra-Thin SiGe-on-Insulator Substrate

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    Liu, Xu-Yan; Liu, Wei-Li; Ma, Xiao-Bo; Chen, Chao; Song, Zhi-Tang; Lin, Cheng-Lu

    2009-11-01

    Ultra-thin and near-fully relaxed SiGe substrate is fabricated using a modified Ge condensation technique, and then a 25-nm-thick biaxially tensile strained-Si with a low rms roughness is epitaxially deposited on a SiGeon-Insulator (SGOI) substrate by ultra high vacuum chemical vapor deposition (UHVCVD). High-Resolution cross-sectional transmission electron microscope (HR-XTEM) observations reveal that the strained-Si/SiGe layer is dislocation-free and the atoms at the interface are well aligned. Furthermore, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) results show a sharp interface between layers and a uniform distribution of Ge in the SiGe layer. One percent in-plane tensile strain in the strained-Si layer is confirmed by ultraviolet (UV) Raman spectra, and the stress maintained even after a 30-s rapid thermal annealing (RTA) process at 1000°C According to those results, devices based on strained-Si are expected to have a better performance than the conventional ones.

  6. Precisely Controlled Synthesis of High Quality Kesterite Cu2ZnSnS4 Thin Film via Co-Electrodeposited CuZnSn Alloy Film.

    PubMed

    Hreid, Tubshin; Tiong, Vincent Tiing; Cai, Molang; Wang, Hongxia; Will, Geoffrey

    2016-06-01

    In this work, a facile co-electrodeposition method was used to fabricate CuZnSn alloy films where the content of copper, zinc and tin could be precisely controlled through manipulating the mass transfer process in the electrochemical deposition. By finely tuning the concentration of the cations of Cu2+, Zn2+ and Sn2+ in the electrochemical bath solution, uniform CuZnSn film with desired composition of copper poor and zinc rich was made. Sulphurisation of the CuZnSn alloy film led to the formation of compact and large grains Cu2ZnSnS4 thin film absorber with an optimum composition of Cu/(Zn+Sn) ≈ 0.8, Zn/Sn ≈ 1.2. Both SEM morphology and EDS mapping results confirmed the uniformity of the CuZnSn and Cu2ZnSnS4 films and the homogeneous distribution of Cu, Zn, Sn and S elements in the bulk films. The XRD and Raman measurements indicated that the synthesized Cu2ZnSnS4 film was kesterite phase without impurities detected. Photoelectrochemical tests were carried out to evaluate the CZTS film's photocurrent response under illumination of green light. PMID:27427618

  7. The MBE growth and optical quality of BaTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} thin films on MgO

    SciTech Connect

    McKee, R.A.; Specht, E.D.; Alexander, K.B.; Walker, F.J.

    1994-05-01

    High quality epitaxial BaTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} have been grown on MgO; stabilized at a one unit cell height; and grown to film thicknesses of 0.5--0.7 {mu}m. These relatively thick films remain adherent when thermally cycled between growth temperatures and room temperature, are crack free with high optical quality, and have both in-plane and out-of-plane X-ray rocking curves of 0.3--0.5{degree}. These films have been grown using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) methods starting with the TiO{sub 2} layer of the perovskite structure. The TiO{sub 2}-layer/MgO interface uniquely satisfies electrostatic requirements for perovskite heteroepitaxy and provides the template structure that leads to the high quality films that are obtained. Wavelength dependence of optical loss has been characterized between 475 nm and 705 nm with loss coefficients < l dB/cm being obtained at the He-Ne wavelength.

  8. Correlations between critical current density, j{sub c}, critical temperature, T{sub c}, and structural quality of Y{sub 1}B{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} thin superconducting films

    SciTech Connect

    Chrzanowski, J.; Xing, W.B.; Atlan, D.

    1994-12-31

    Correlations between critical current density (j{sub c}) critical temperature (T{sub c}) and the density of edge dislocations and nonuniform strain have been observed in YBCO thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation on (001) LaAlO{sub 3} single crystals. Distinct maxima in j{sub c} as a function of the linewidths of the (00{ell}) Bragg reflections and as a function of the mosaic spread have been found in the epitaxial films. These maxima in j{sub c} indicate that the magnetic flux lines, in films of structural quality approaching that of single crystals, are insufficiently pinned which results in a decreased critical current density. T{sub c} increased monotonically with improving crystalline quality and approached a value characteristic of a pure single crystal. A strong correlation between j{sub c} and the density of edge dislocations N{sub D} was found. At the maximum of the critical current density the density of edge dislocations was estimated to be N{sub D}{approximately}1-2 x 10{sup 9}/cm{sup 2}.

  9. Correlations between critical current density, j(sub c), critical temperature, T(sub c),and structural quality of Y1B2Cu3O(7-x) thin superconducting films

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Chrzanowski, J.; Xing, W. B.; Atlan, D.; Irwin, J. C.; Heinrich, B.; Cragg, R. A.; Zhou, H.; Angus, V.; Habib, F.; Fife, A. A.

    1995-01-01

    Correlations between critical current density (j(sub c)) critical temperature (T(sub c)) and the density of edge dislocations and nonuniform strain have been observed in YBCO thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation on (001) LaAlO3 single crystals. Distinct maxima in j(sub c) as a function of the linewidths of the (00 l) Bragg reflections and as a function of the mosaic spread have been found in the epitaxial films. These maxima in j(sub c) indicate that the magnetic flux lines, in films of structural quality approachingthat of single crystals, are insufficiently pinned which results in a decreased critical current density. T(sub c) increased monotonically with improving crystalline quality and approached a value characteristic of a pure single crystal. A strong correlation between j(sub c) and the density of edge dislocations ND was found. At the maximum of the critical current density the density of edge dislocations was estimated to be N(sub D) approximately 1-2 x 10(exp 9)/sq cm.

  10. Correlations between critical current density, j{sub c}, critical temperature, T{sub c}, and structural quality of Y1B2Cu3O(7-x) thin superconducting films

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    Chrzanowski, J.; Xing, W.B.; Atlan, D.; Irwin, J.C.; Heinrich, B.; Cragg, R.A.; Zhou, H.; Angus, V.; Habib, F.; Fife, A.A.

    1995-04-01

    Correlations between critical current density (j{sub c}) critical temperature (T{sub c}) and the density of edge dislocations and nonuniform strain have been observed in YBCO thin films deposited by pulsed laser ablation on (001) LaAlO3 single crystals. Distinct maxima in j{sub c} as a function of the linewidths of the (00 l) Bragg reflections and as a function of the mosaic spread have been found in the epitaxial films. These maxima in j{sub c} indicate that the magnetic flux lines, in films of structural quality approaching that of single crystals, are insufficiently pinned which results in a decreased critical current density. T{sub c} increased monotonically with improving crystalline quality and approached a value characteristic of a pure single crystal. A strong correlation between j{sub c} and the density of edge dislocations ND was found. At the maximum of the critical current density the density of edge dislocations was estimated to be N{sub D} approximately 1-2 x 10(exp 9)/sq cm.

  11. Quality improvements of ZnxCdyMg1-x-ySe layers grown on InP substrates by a thin ZnCdSe interfacial layer

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    Zeng, L.; Yang, B. X.; Tamargo, M. C.; Snoeks, E.; Zhao, L.

    1998-03-01

    The quality of lattice-matched ZnxCdyMg1-x-ySe epitaxial layers grown on (001) InP substrates with a III-V buffer layer has been improved by initially growing a ZnCdSe interfacial layer (50 Å) at low temperature. The widths of double crystal x-ray rocking curves for ZnxCdyMg1-x-ySe epilayers with band gaps as high as 3.05 eV were reduced to about 70 arcsec. The defect density evaluated from etch pit density and plan-view transmission electron microscopy measurements was reduced by two orders of magnitude, to 106-107cm-2. The photoluminescence band edge emission became more symmetric and slightly narrower. It is proposed that an initial two-dimensional growth mode has been achieved by incorporating such a lattice-matched ZnCdSe layer.

  12. Single liquid source plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of high-quality YBa2Cu3O(7-x) thin films

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    Zhang, Jiming; Gardiner, Robin A.; Kirlin, Peter S.; Boerstler, Robert W.; Steinbeck, John

    1992-01-01

    High quality YBa2Cu3O(7-x) films were grown in-situ on LaAlO3 (100) by a novel single liquid source plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition process. The metalorganic complexes M(thd) (sub n), (thd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedionate; M = Y, Ba, Cu) were dissolved in an organic solution and injected into a vaporizer immediately upstream of the reactor inlet. The single liquid source technique dramatically simplifies current CVD processing and can significantly improve the process reproducibility. X-ray diffraction measurements indicated that single phase, highly c-axis oriented YBa2Cu3O(7-x) was formed in-situ at substrate temperature 680 C. The as-deposited films exhibited a mirror-like surface, had transition temperature T(sub cO) approximately equal to 89 K, Delta T(sub c) less than 1 K, and Jc (77 K) = 10(exp 6) A/sq cm.

  13. Quality CuInSe2 and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 thin films processed by single-step electrochemical deposition techniques

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    Papadimitriou, D.; Roupakas, G.; Sáez-Araoz, R.; Lux-Steiner, M.-Ch; Nickel, N. H.; Alamé, S.; Vogt, P.; Kneissl, M.

    2015-05-01

    Ternary CuInSe2 and quaternary Cu(In,Ga)Se2 chalcopyrite semiconductor films with potential applications as solar absorbers were deposited by single-step electrochemical deposition (ECD) on molybdenum coated glass substrates. The films have been structurally characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) combined with energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDAX), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectroscopy. Chalcopyrite phase formation was confirmed already in as-deposited films. The crystal structure of the films was further improved by thermal treatment. Element interdiffusion at the chalcopyrite/Mo/glass interface has been prevented by retaining moderate temperatures of deposition (70 °C) and subsequent annealing (300 °C). The SEM/EDAX analysis revealed the presence of CuxSe secondary phases on the surface of ternary films and almost stoichiometric growth of quaternary deposited on top of ternary films. The XRD and Raman analysis confirmed the high quality assessment of the films being almost equal to that of chalcopyrite selenide layers grown by physical vapor deposition at high temperatures (550-750 °C). The surface sensitive XPS analysis confirmed the absence of other impurities in the ECD processed films except from oxygen and carbon adsorbents by sample exposure to atmospheric air.

  14. Thin film interconnect processes

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    Malik, Farid

    Interconnects and associated photolithography and etching processes play a dominant role in the feature shrinkage of electronic devices. Most interconnects are fabricated by use of thin film processing techniques. Planarization of dielectrics and novel metal deposition methods are the focus of current investigations. Spin-on glass, polyimides, etch-back, bias-sputtered quartz, and plasma-enhanced conformal films are being used to obtain planarized dielectrics over which metal films can be reliably deposited. Recent trends have been towards chemical vapor depositions of metals and refractory metal silicides. Interconnects of the future will be used in conjunction with planarized dielectric layers. Reliability of devices will depend to a large extent on the quality of the interconnects.

  15. Epitaxial thin film growth in outer space

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    Ignatiev, Alex; Chu, C. W.

    1988-01-01

    A new concept for materials processing in space exploits the ultravacuum component of space for thin-film epitaxial growth. The unique LEO space environment is expected to yield 10-ftorr or better pressures, semiinfinite pumping speeds, and large ultravacuum volume (about 100 cu m) without walls. These space ultravacuum properties promise major improvement in the quality, unique nature, and throughput of epitaxially grown materials, including semiconductors, magnetic materials, and thin-film high-temperature superconductors.

  16. High quality transparent conducting oxide thin films

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    Gessert, Timothy A.; Duenow, Joel N.; Barnes, Teresa; Coutts, Timothy J.

    2012-08-28

    A transparent conducting oxide (TCO) film comprising: a TCO layer, and dopants selected from the elements consisting of Vanadium, Molybdenum, Tantalum, Niobium, Antimony, Titanium, Zirconium, and Hafnium, wherein the elements are n-type dopants; and wherein the transparent conducting oxide is characterized by an improved electron mobility of about 42 cm.sup.2/V-sec while simultaneously maintaining a high carrier density of .about.4.4e.times.10.sup.20 cm.sup.-3.

  17. [Ultra-thin transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy].

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    Kawai, Takashi; Yamamoto, Kei; Fukuzawa, Mari; Sakai, Yoshihiro; Moriyasu, Fuminori

    2010-07-01

    It is reported that ultra-thin transnasal esophagogastroduodenoscopy (TN-EGD) reduces pharyngeal discomfort and is more tolerable for the patients. Ultra-thin transnasal endoscopy has been reported as inferior to transoral conventional EGD (TO-EGD) in terms of image quality, suction, air insufflation and lens washing, due to the smaller endoscope caliber. TN-EGD should be conducted slowly, with short distance observation, and also with image-enhanced endoscopy. With reference to image-enhanced endoscopy, chromoendoscopy method (indigocarmine) is suitable for gastric neoplasm, on the other hand optical digital method (NBI) and digital method (i-scan, FICE) is suitable for esophageal neoplasm. TN-EGD is applied in various gastrointestinal (GI) procedures such as percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, nasoenteric feeding tube placement, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography with nasobiliary drainage, long intestinal tube placement in small bowel obstruction, esophageal manometry. PMID:20662204

  18. Fundamentals of thin solar cells

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    Yablonovitch, E.

    1995-08-01

    It is now widely recognized that thin solar cells can present certain advantages for performance and cost. This is particularly the case when light trapping in the semiconductor film is incorporated, as compensation for the diminished single path thickness of the solar cell. In a solar cell thinner than a minority carrier diffusion length, the current collection is of course very easy. More importantly the concentration of an equivalent number of carriers in a thinner volume results in a higher Free Energy, or open circuit voltage. This extra Free Energy may be regarded as due to the concentration factor, just as it would be for photons, electrons, or for any chemical species. The final advantage of a thin solar cell is in the diminished material usage, a factor of considerable importance when we consider the material cost of the high quality semiconductors which we hope to employ.

  19. Pyrolyzed thin film carbon

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    Tai, Yu-Chong (Inventor); Liger, Matthieu (Inventor); Harder, Theodore (Inventor); Konishi, Satoshi (Inventor); Miserendino, Scott (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A method of making carbon thin films comprises depositing a catalyst on a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon in contact with the catalyst and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon. A method of controlling a carbon thin film density comprises etching a cavity into a substrate, depositing a hydrocarbon into the cavity, and pyrolyzing the hydrocarbon while in the cavity to form a carbon thin film. Controlling a carbon thin film density is achieved by changing the volume of the cavity. Methods of making carbon containing patterned structures are also provided. Carbon thin films and carbon containing patterned structures can be used in NEMS, MEMS, liquid chromatography, and sensor devices.

  20. Phenomenological two-gap model for the specific heat of MgB2

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    Bouquet, F.; Wang, Y.; Fisher, R.A.; Hinks, D.G.; Jorgensen, J.D.; Junod, A.; Phillips, N.E.

    2001-06-22

    The authors show that the specific heat of the superconductor MgB{sub 2} in zero field, for which significant non-BCS features have been reported, can be fitted, essentially within experimental error, over the entire range of temperature to T{sub c} by a phenomenological two-gap model. The resulting gap parameters agree with previous determinations from band-structure calculations, and from various spectroscopic experiments. The determination from specific heat, a bulk property, shows that the presence of two superconducting gaps in MgB{sub 2} is a volume effect.

  1. Surface Impedance Measurements of Single Crystal MgB2 Films for Radiofrequency Superconductivity Applications

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    Binping Xiao, Xin Zhao, Joshua Spradlin, Charles Reece, Michael Kelley, Teng Tan, Xi Xiaoxing

    2012-07-01

    We report microstructure analyses and superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) measurements of large scale epitaxial MgB{sub 2} films. MgB{sub 2} films on 5 cm dia. sapphire disks were fabricated by a Hybrid Physical Chemical Vapor Deposition (HPCVD) technique. The electron-beam backscattering diffraction (EBSD) results suggest that the film is a single crystal complying with a MgB{sub 2}(0001) {parallel} Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) epitaxial relationship. The SRF properties of different film thicknesses (200 nm and 350 nm) were evaluated under different temperatures and applied fields at 7.4 GHz. A surface resistance of 9 {+-} 2 {mu}{Omega} has been observed at 2.2 K.

  2. MgB2; Al and C doping, σ-band filling and anisotropy reduction

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    Ruiz-Chavarria, Sabina; de La Mora, Pablo; Tavizon, Gustavo

    2006-03-01

    Al and C-MgB2 doping adds an electron to the system for each atom. This extra electron fills up the σ-bands thus diminishing the number of σ-carriers; this has been the usual explanation for the Tc reduction. Nevertheless in this work we show that there is also a large reduction of anisotropy in the electrical conductivity due to the σ-carriers which should also have an effect on the Tc reduction. Al and C doping produce a different Tc pattern; this difference can be largely explained by the relative shift between the σ-bands and π-bands. After adjusting to this shift there is a small but visible difference, at low doping Tc in the Al compounds drops faster than in the C compounds, this can be directly related to the faster loss of conductivity anisotropy in the Al compounds.

  3. Influence of carbon doping on the reversible magnetization of MgB 2 single crystals

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    Eisterer, M.; Krutzler, C.; Zehetmayer, M.; Weber, H. W.; Kazakov, S. M.; Karpinski, J.

    2007-09-01

    The reversible magnetization of Mg(B1-xCx)2 single crystals with varying carbon content (x = 0-0.095) was measured by SQUID magnetometry. It was found to be strongly influenced by the two-band character of this material. At low magnetic fields charge carriers of both bands contribute to superconductivity and to diamagnetism. At high fields the π-band is suppressed and the σ-band mainly determines the magnetization. This allows us to extract information on both bands by analyzing the reversible magnetization in terms of two band Ginzburg-Landau (GL) theory. The "intrinsic" magnetic penetration increases in both bands with increasing carbon content, but the σ-band remains crucial for the upper critical field. Changes in the field dependence of the resulting "effective" penetration depth by carbon doping are discussed.

  4. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Y.T.; Poli, A.A.; Meltser, M.A.

    1999-03-23

    A thin film hydrogen sensor includes a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end. 5 figs.

  5. Premelting of thin wires

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    Gülseren, O.; Ercolessi, F.; Tosatti, E.

    1995-03-01

    We have investigated the melting behavior of thin lead wires using molecular dynamics. We find that-in analogy with cluster melting-the melting temperature Tm(R) of a wire with radius R is lower than that of a bulk solid Tbm by Tm(R)=Tbm-c/R. Surface melting effects, with formation of a thin skin of highly diffusive atoms at the wire surface, are observed. The diffusivity is lower over (111)-oriented faces, and higher at (110) and (100) rounded areas. The possible relevance to recent results on nonrupturing thin necks between a scanning tunnel microscope tip and a warm surface is addressed.

  6. Thin film hydrogen sensor

    DOEpatents

    Cheng, Yang-Tse; Poli, Andrea A.; Meltser, Mark Alexander

    1999-01-01

    A thin film hydrogen sensor, includes: a substantially flat ceramic substrate with first and second planar sides and a first substrate end opposite a second substrate end; a thin film temperature responsive resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the first substrate end; a thin film hydrogen responsive metal resistor on the first planar side of the substrate proximate to the fist substrate end and proximate to the temperature responsive resistor; and a heater on the second planar side of the substrate proximate to the first end.

  7. Electrochemical thinning of silicon

    DOEpatents

    Medernach, John W.

    1994-01-01

    Porous semiconducting material, e.g. silicon, is formed by electrochemical treatment of a specimen in hydrofluoric acid, using the specimen as anode. Before the treatment, the specimen can be masked. The porous material is then etched with a caustic solution or is oxidized, depending of the kind of structure desired, e.g. a thinned specimen, a specimen, a patterned thinned specimen, a specimen with insulated electrical conduits, and so on. Thinned silicon specimen can be subjected to tests, such as measurement of interstitial oxygen by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR).

  8. Electrochemical thinning of silicon

    DOEpatents

    Medernach, J.W.

    1994-01-11

    Porous semiconducting material, e.g. silicon, is formed by electrochemical treatment of a specimen in hydrofluoric acid, using the specimen as anode. Before the treatment, the specimen can be masked. The porous material is then etched with a caustic solution or is oxidized, depending of the kind of structure desired, e.g. a thinned specimen, a specimen, a patterned thinned specimen, a specimen with insulated electrical conduits, and so on. Thinned silicon specimen can be subjected to tests, such as measurement of interstitial oxygen by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR). 14 figures.

  9. Biomimetic thin film synthesis

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    Graff, G.L.; Campbell, A.A.; Gordon, N.R.

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this program is to develop a new process for forming thin film coatings and to demonstrate that the biomimetic thin film technology developed at PNL is useful for industrial applications. In the biomimetic process, mineral deposition from aqueous solution is controlled by organic functional groups attached to the underlying substrate surface. The coatings process is simple, benign, inexpensive, energy efficient, and particularly suited for temperature sensitive substrate materials (such as polymers). In addition, biomimetic thin films can be deposited uniformly on complex shaped and porous substrates providing a unique capability over more traditional line-of-sight methods.

  10. [Quality standards of processed nutmegs].

    PubMed

    Jia, T; Xia, F; Wang, Z

    1998-04-01

    The quality standards of nutmeg and its processed products were studied in such aspects as volatile oil content, extract determination, moisture content, microscopic characteristics, thin-layer chromatography, and so on. This provided a basis for drawing up the quality standards. PMID:11596246

  11. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  12. Super Thin Ceramic Coatings

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    New technology being developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center creates super thin ceramic coatings on engine components. The Plasma Spray – Physical Vapor Deposition (PS-PVD) rig uses a powerful ...

  13. Thin silicon solar cells

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    Hall, R. B.; Bacon, C.; Direda, V.; Ford, D. H.; Ingram, A. E.; Cotter, J.; Hughes-Lampros, T.; Rand, J. A.; Ruffins, T. R.; Barnett, A. M.

    1992-12-01

    The silicon-film design achieves high performance by using a dun silicon layer and incorporating light trapping. Optimally designed thin crystalline solar cells (less than 50 microns thick) have performance advantages over conventional thick devices. The high-performance silicon-film design employs a metallurgical barrier between the low-cost substrate and the thin silicon layer. Light trapping properties of silicon-film on ceramic solar cells are presented and analyzed. Recent advances in process development are described here.

  14. Multifunctional thin film surface

    DOEpatents

    Brozik, Susan M.; Harper, Jason C.; Polsky, Ronen; Wheeler, David R.; Arango, Dulce C.; Dirk, Shawn M.

    2015-10-13

    A thin film with multiple binding functionality can be prepared on an electrode surface via consecutive electroreduction of two or more aryl-onium salts with different functional groups. This versatile and simple method for forming multifunctional surfaces provides an effective means for immobilization of diverse molecules at close proximities. The multifunctional thin film has applications in bioelectronics, molecular electronics, clinical diagnostics, and chemical and biological sensing.

  15. Thin silicon solar cells

    SciTech Connect

    Hall, R.B.; Bacon, C.; DiReda, V.; Ford, D.H.; Ingram, A.E.; Cotter, J.; Hughes-Lampros, T.; Rand, J.A.; Ruffins, T.R.; Barnett, A.M.

    1992-12-01

    The silicon-film design achieves high performance by using a dun silicon layer and incorporating light trapping. Optimally designed thin crystalline solar cells (<50 microns thick) have performance advantages over conventional thick devices. The high-performance silicon-film design employs a metallurgical barrier between the low-cost substrate and the thin silicon layer. Light trapping properties of silicon-film on ceramic solar cells are presented and analyzed. Recent advances in process development are described here.

  16. Piezoelectric thin films and their applications for electronics

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    Yoshino, Yukio

    2009-03-01

    ZnO and AlN piezoelectric thin films have been studied for applications in bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonator. This article introduces methods of forming ZnO and AlN piezoelectric thin films by radio frequency sputtering and applications of BAW resonators considering the relationship between the crystallinity of piezoelectric thin films and the characteristics of the BAW resonators. Using ZnO thin films, BAW resonators were fabricated for a contour mode at 3.58 MHz and thickness modes from 200 MHz to 5 GHz. The ZnO thin films were combined with various materials, substrates, and thin films to minimize the temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF). The minimum TCF of BAW resonators was approximately 2 ppm/°C in the range -20 to 80 °C. The electromechanical coupling coefficient (k2) in a 1.9 GHz BAW resonator was 6.9%. Using AlN thin films, 5-20 GHz BAW resonators with an ultrathin membrane were realized. The membrane thickness of a 20 GHz BAW resonator was about 200 nm, k2 was 6.1%, and the quality factor (Q) was about 280. Q decreased with increasing resonant frequency. The value of k2 is almost the same for 5-20 GHz resonators. This result could be obtained by improving the thickness uniformity, by controlling internal stress of thin films, and by controlling the crystallinity of AlN piezoelectric thin film.

  17. ⁶⁸Ge content quality control of ⁶⁸Ge/⁶⁸Ga-generator eluates and ⁶⁸Ga radiopharmaceuticals--a protocol for determining the ⁶⁸Ge content using thin-layer chromatography.

    PubMed

    Eppard, Elisabeth; Loktionova, Natalia S; Rösch, Frank

    2014-09-01

    (68)Ge breakthrough from a (68)Ge/(68)Ga-generator appears to be one of the most critical parameters for the routine clinical application of this generator and (68)Ga-radiopharmaceuticals. We report a TLC-based (thin-layer chromatography) protocol which allows the (68)Ge breakthrough of a generator to be determined within 1 h post-initial elution. The protocol can also be adapted to allow the (68)Ge content of a (68)Ga-radiopharmaceutical preparation to be determined prior to in vivo application.

  18. Thinning and mounting a Texas Instruments 3-phase CCD

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    Lesser, M. P.; Leach, R. W.; Angel, J. R. P.

    1986-01-01

    Thin CCDs with precise control of thickness and surface quality allow astronomers to optimize chips for specific applications. A means of mechanically thinning a TI 800 x 800 CCD with an abrasive slurry of aluminum oxide is presented. Using the same techniques, the abrasives can be replaced with a chemical solution to eliminate subsurface damage. A technique of mounting the CCD which retains the high quality surface generated during thinning is also demonstrated. This requires the backside of the chip to be bonded to a glass window which closely matches silicon's thermal expansion properties. Thinned CCDs require backside treatment to enhance blue and UV quantum efficiency. Two methods are discussed which may be effective with this mounting system.

  19. Thin Films of Quasicrystals: Optical, Electronic, and Mechanical Properties

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    Symko, Orest G.

    1998-03-01

    In order to extend some of the unusual properties of quasicrystals toward practical applications and to study fundamental aspects of these properties, we have developed a technology for the deposition of high quality thin films of quasicrystals on a variety of substrates. Mechanical support for the thin films is provided by the substrate as bulk quasicrystals are brittle. We have applied the thin films to studies of their optical, electrical, and mechanical properties as well as to coatings of biomedical devices. An important characteristic of a quasicrystal is its pseudogap in the electronic density of states; it is determined directly from optical transmission measurements. Optical and mechanical characteristics of the thin films provide strong support for the cluster nature of quasicrystals and emphasize their importance for coatings. When used in biomedical devices, thin film quasicrystalline coatings show remarkable strength, low friction, and non-stick behavior. This work was in collaboration with W. Park, E. Abdel-Rahman, and T. Klein.

  20. Lithospheric and crustal thinning

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    Moretti, I.

    1985-01-01

    In rift zones, both the crust and the lithosphere get thinner. The amplitude and the mechanism of these two thinning situations are different. The lithospheric thinning is a thermal phenomenon produced by an asthenospherical uprising under the rift zone. In some regions its amplitude can exceed 200%. This is observed under the Baikal rift where the crust is directly underlaid by the mantellic asthenosphere. The presence of hot material under rift zones induces a large negative gravity anomaly. A low seismic velocity zone linked to this thermal anomaly is also observed. During the rifting, the magmatic chambers get progressively closer from the ground surface. Simultaneously, the Moho reflector is found at shallow depth under rift zones. This crustal thinning does not exceed 50%. Tectonic stresses and vertical movements result from the two competing effects of the lithospheric and crustal thinning. On the one hand, the deep thermal anomaly induces a large doming and is associated with extensive deviatoric stresses. On the other hand, the crustal thinning involves the formation of a central valley. This subsidence is increased by the sediment loading. The purpose here is to quantify these two phenomena in order to explain the morphological and thermal evolution of rift zones.

  1. A proposal for epitaxial thin film growth in outer space

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ignatiev, Alex; Chu, C. W.

    1988-01-01

    A new concept for materials processing in space exploits the ultravacuum component of space for thin film epitaxial growth. The unique low earth orbit space environment is expected to yield 10 to the -14th torr or better pressures, semiinfinite pumping speeds, and large ultravacuum volume without walls. These space ultravacuum properties promise major improvement in the quality, unique nature, and the throughput of epitaxially grown materials. Advanced thin film materials to be epitaxially grown in space include semiconductors, magnetic materials, and thin film high temperature superconductors.

  2. Thin film photovoltaics

    SciTech Connect

    Zweibel, K; Ullal, H S

    1989-05-01

    Thin films are considered a potentially attractive technological approach to making cost-effective electricity by photovoltaics. Over the last twenty years, many have been investigated and some (cadmium telluride, copper indium diselenide, amorphous silicon) have become leading candidates for future large-scale commercialization. This paper surveys the past development of these key thin films and gives their status and future prospects. In all cases, significant progress toward cost-effective PV electricity has been made. If this progress continues, it appears that thin film PV could provide electricity that is competitive for summer daytime peaking power requirements by the middle of the 1990s; and electricity in a range that is competitive with fossil fuel costs (i.e., 6 cents/kilowatt-hour) should be available from PV around the turn of the century. 22 refs., 9 figs.

  3. Thin film temperature sensor

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    Grant, H. P.; Przybyszewski, J. S.

    1980-01-01

    Thin film surface temperature sensors were developed. The sensors were made of platinum-platinum/10 percent rhodium thermocouples with associated thin film-to-lead wire connections and sputtered on aluminum oxide coated simulated turbine blades for testing. Tests included exposure to vibration, low velocity hydrocarbon hot gas flow to 1250 K, and furnace calibrations. Thermal electromotive force was typically two percent below standard type S thermocouples. Mean time to failure was 42 hours at a hot gas flow temperature of 1250 K and an average of 15 cycles to room temperature. Failures were mainly due to separation of the platinum thin film from the aluminum oxide surface. Several techniques to improve the adhesion of the platinum are discussed.

  4. Role of dual-laser ablation in controlling the Pb depletion in epitaxial growth of Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 thin films with enhanced surface quality and ferroelectric properties

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    Mukherjee, Devajyoti; Hyde, Robert; Mukherjee, Pritish; Srikanth, Hariharan; Witanachchi, Sarath

    2012-03-01

    Pb depletion in Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 (PZT) thin films has remained as a major setback in the growth of defect-free PZT thin films by pulsed laser ablation techniques. At low excimer (KrF) laser fluences, the high volatility of Pb in PZT leads to non-congruent target ablation and, consequently, non-stoichiometric films, whereas, at high laser fluences, the inherent ejection of molten droplets from the target leads to particulate laden films, which is undesirable in heterostructure growth. To overcome these issues, a dual-laser ablation (PLDDL) process that combines an excimer (KrF) laser and CO2 laser pulses was used to grow epitaxial PZT films on SrTiO3 (100) and MgO (100) substrates. Intensified-charge-coupled-detector (ICCD) images and optical emission spectroscopy of the laser-ablated plumes in PLDDL revealed a broader angular expansion and enhanced excitation of the ablated species as compared to those for single-laser ablation (PLDSL). This led to the growth of particulate-free PZT films with higher Pb content, better crystallinity, and lower surface roughness as compared to those deposited using PLDSL. For FE measurements, PZT capacitors were fabricated in situ using the latticed-matched metallic oxide, La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, as the top and bottom electrodes. PZT films deposited using PLDDL exhibited enhanced polarization for all driving voltages as compared to those deposited using PLDSL. A highest remanent polarization (Pr) of ˜91 μC/cm2 and low coercive field of ˜40 kV/cm was recorded at 9 V driving voltage. Fatigue characterization revealed that PZT films deposited using PLDDL showed unchanging polarization, even after 109 switching cycles.

  5. Thin film ceramic thermocouples

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    Gregory, Otto (Inventor); Fralick, Gustave (Inventor); Wrbanek, John (Inventor); You, Tao (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A thin film ceramic thermocouple (10) having two ceramic thermocouple (12, 14) that are in contact with each other in at least on point to form a junction, and wherein each element was prepared in a different oxygen/nitrogen/argon plasma. Since each element is prepared under different plasma conditions, they have different electrical conductivity and different charge carrier concentration. The thin film thermocouple (10) can be transparent. A versatile ceramic sensor system having an RTD heat flux sensor can be combined with a thermocouple and a strain sensor to yield a multifunctional ceramic sensor array. The transparent ceramic temperature sensor that could ultimately be used for calibration of optical sensors.

  6. Thin film photovoltaic device

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    Catalano, Anthony W.; Bhushan, Manjul

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic solar cell which utilizes a zinc phosphide semiconductor is of the homojunction type comprising an n-type conductivity region forming an electrical junction with a p-type region, both regions consisting essentially of the same semiconductor material. The n-type region is formed by treating zinc phosphide with an extrinsic dopant such as magnesium. The semiconductor is formed on a multilayer substrate which acts as an opaque contact. Various transparent contacts may be used, including a thin metal film of the same chemical composition as the n-type dopant or conductive oxides or metal grids.

  7. Shear Thinning in Xenon

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    Bergm Robert F.; Moldover, Michael R.; Yao, Minwu; Zimmerli, Gregory A.

    2009-01-01

    We measured shear thinning, a viscosity decrease ordinarily associated with complex liquids such as molten plastics or ketchup, near the critical point of xenon. The data span a wide range of dimensionless shear rate: the product of the shear rate and the relaxation time of critical fluctuations was greater than 0.001 and was less than 700. As predicted by theory, shear thinning occurred when this product was greater than 1. The measurements were conducted aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia to avoid the density stratification caused by Earth's gravity.

  8. Thin-film optical initiator

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    Erickson, Kenneth L.

    2001-01-01

    A thin-film optical initiator having an inert, transparent substrate, a reactive thin film, which can be either an explosive or a pyrotechnic, and a reflective thin film. The resultant thin-film optical initiator system also comprises a fiber-optic cable connected to a low-energy laser source, an output charge, and an initiator housing. The reactive thin film, which may contain very thin embedded layers or be a co-deposit of a light-absorbing material such as carbon, absorbs the incident laser light, is volumetrically heated, and explodes against the output charge, imparting about 5 to 20 times more energy than in the incident laser pulse.

  9. Thin-film coatings

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    Buckley, D. H.

    1980-01-01

    Thin, adherent, high density films are discussed with respect to their application in two plasma physics techniques (ion plating and sputtering). The operation of each technique is described as well as what surfaces can be coated, and what kind of materials can be applied. The effects of these films on the mechanical properties of solid surfaces are also discussed.

  10. Thin Lens Ray Tracing.

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    Gatland, Ian R.

    2002-01-01

    Proposes a ray tracing approach to thin lens analysis based on a vector form of Snell's law for paraxial rays as an alternative to the usual approach in introductory physics courses. The ray tracing approach accommodates skew rays and thus provides a complete analysis. (Author/KHR)

  11. Treading on Thin Water.

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    Haley, Richard D.

    1985-01-01

    Provides a simple introduction to animals whose habitat is the thin surface film of water. Describes adaptive mechanisms of water striders, whirlygigs and riffle bugs and suggests ways to observe them in the wild or as aquarium animals. Includes basic demonstrations of the nature of surface tension. (JHZ)

  12. Thin film photovoltaic cell

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    Meakin, John D.; Bragagnolo, Julio

    1982-01-01

    A thin film photovoltaic cell having a transparent electrical contact and an opaque electrical contact with a pair of semiconductors therebetween includes utilizing one of the electrical contacts as a substrate and wherein the inner surface thereof is modified by microroughening while being macro-planar.

  13. Thin Wall Iron Castings

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    J.F. Cuttino; D.M. Stefanescu; T.S. Piwonka

    2001-10-31

    Results of an investigation made to develop methods of making iron castings having wall thicknesses as small as 2.5 mm in green sand molds are presented. It was found that thin wall ductile and compacted graphite iron castings can be made and have properties consistent with heavier castings. Green sand molding variables that affect casting dimensions were also identified.

  14. Thin films for material engineering

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    Wasa, Kiyotaka

    2016-07-01

    Thin films are defined as two-dimensional materials formed by condensing one by one atomic/molecular/ionic species of matter in contrast to bulk three-dimensional sintered ceramics. They are grown through atomic collisional chemical reaction on a substrate surface. Thin film growth processes are fascinating for developing innovative exotic materials. On the basis of my long research on sputtering deposition, this paper firstly describes the kinetic energy effect of sputtered adatoms on thin film growth and discusses on a possibility of room-temperature growth of cubic diamond crystallites and the perovskite thin films of binary compound PbTiO3. Secondly, high-performance sputtered ferroelectric thin films with extraordinary excellent crystallinity compatible with MBE deposited thin films are described in relation to a possible application for thin-film MEMS. Finally, the present thin-film technologies are discussed in terms of a future material science and engineering.

  15. Modern Thin-Layer Chromatography.

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    Poole, Colin F.; Poole, Salwa K.

    1989-01-01

    Some of the important modern developments of thin-layer chromatography are introduced. Discussed are the theory and instrumentation of thin-layer chromatography including multidimensional and multimodal techniques. Lists 53 references. (CW)

  16. Thin film solar cell workshop

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    Armstrong, Joe; Jeffrey, Frank

    1993-01-01

    A summation of responses to questions posed to the thin-film solar cell workshop and the ensuing discussion is provided. Participants in the workshop included photovoltaic manufacturers (both thin film and crystalline), cell performance investigators, and consumers.

  17. NMR characterization of thin films

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    Gerald II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2010-06-15

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  18. NMR characterization of thin films

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    Gerald, II, Rex E.; Klingler, Robert J.; Rathke, Jerome W.; Diaz, Rocio; Vukovic, Lela

    2008-11-25

    A method, apparatus, and system for characterizing thin film materials. The method, apparatus, and system includes a container for receiving a starting material, applying a gravitational force, a magnetic force, and an electric force or combinations thereof to at least the starting material, forming a thin film material, sensing an NMR signal from the thin film material and analyzing the NMR signal to characterize the thin film of material.

  19. An overview of thin film nitinol endovascular devices.

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    Shayan, Mahdis; Chun, Youngjae

    2015-07-01

    Thin film nitinol has unique mechanical properties (e.g., superelasticity), excellent biocompatibility, and ultra-smooth surface, as well as shape memory behavior. All these features along with its low-profile physical dimension (i.e., a few micrometers thick) make this material an ideal candidate in developing low-profile medical devices (e.g., endovascular devices). Thin film nitinol-based devices can be collapsed and inserted in remarkably smaller diameter catheters for a wide range of catheter-based procedures; therefore, it can be easily delivered through highly tortuous or narrow vascular system. A high-quality thin film nitinol can be fabricated by vacuum sputter deposition technique. Micromachining techniques were used to create micro patterns on the thin film nitinol to provide fenestrations for nutrition and oxygen transport and to increase the device's flexibility for the devices used as thin film nitinol covered stent. In addition, a new surface treatment method has been developed for improving the hemocompatibility of thin film nitinol when it is used as a graft material in endovascular devices. Both in vitro and in vivo test data demonstrated a superior hemocompatibility of the thin film nitinol when compared with commercially available endovascular graft materials such as ePTFE or Dacron polyester. Promising features like these have motivated the development of thin film nitinol as a novel biomaterial for creating endovascular devices such as stent grafts, neurovascular flow diverters, and heart valves. This review focuses on thin film nitinol fabrication processes, mechanical and biological properties of the material, as well as current and potential thin film nitinol medical applications.

  20. EBSD analysis of electroplated magnetite thin films

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    Koblischka-Veneva, A.; Koblischka, M. R.; Teng, C. L.; Ryan, M. P.; Hartmann, U.; Mücklich, F.

    2010-05-01

    By means of electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), we analyse the crystallographic orientation of electroplated magnetite thin films on Si/copper substrates. Varying the voltage during the electroplating procedure, the resulting surface properties are differing considerably. While a high voltage produces larger but individual grains on the surface, the surfaces become smoother on decreasing voltage. Good quality Kikuchi patterns could be obtained from all samples; even on individual grains, where the surface and the edges could be measured. The spatial resolution of the EBSD measurement could be increased to about 10 nm; thus enabling a detailed analysis of single magnetite grains. The thin film samples are polycrystalline and do not exhibit a preferred orientation. EBSD reveals that the grain size changes depending on the processing conditions, while the detected misorientation angles stay similar.

  1. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by PECVD on nickel-metalized porous silicon

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    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon layers were elaborated by electrochemical etching of heavily doped p-type silicon substrates. Metallization of porous silicon was carried out by immersion of substrates in diluted aqueous solution of nickel. Amorphous silicon thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on metalized porous layers. Deposited amorphous thin films were crystallized under vacuum at 750°C. Obtained results from structural, optical, and electrical characterizations show that thermal annealing of amorphous silicon deposited on Ni-metalized porous silicon leads to an enhancement in the crystalline quality and physical properties of the silicon thin films. The improvement in the quality of the film is due to the crystallization of the amorphous film during annealing. This simple and easy method can be used to produce silicon thin films with high quality suitable for thin film solar cell applications. PMID:22901341

  2. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films deposited by PECVD on nickel-metalized porous silicon.

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    Ben Slama, Sonia; Hajji, Messaoud; Ezzaouia, Hatem

    2012-01-01

    Porous silicon layers were elaborated by electrochemical etching of heavily doped p-type silicon substrates. Metallization of porous silicon was carried out by immersion of substrates in diluted aqueous solution of nickel. Amorphous silicon thin films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition on metalized porous layers. Deposited amorphous thin films were crystallized under vacuum at 750°C. Obtained results from structural, optical, and electrical characterizations show that thermal annealing of amorphous silicon deposited on Ni-metalized porous silicon leads to an enhancement in the crystalline quality and physical properties of the silicon thin films. The improvement in the quality of the film is due to the crystallization of the amorphous film during annealing. This simple and easy method can be used to produce silicon thin films with high quality suitable for thin film solar cell applications.

  3. [Spectral emissivity of thin films].

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    Zhong, D

    2001-02-01

    In this paper, the contribution of multiple reflections in thin film to the spectral emissivity of thin films of low absorption is discussed. The expression of emissivity of thin films derived here is related to the thin film thickness d and the optical constants n(lambda) and k(lambda). It is shown that in the special case d-->infinity the emissivity of thin films is equivalent to that of the bulk material. Realistic numerical and more precise general numerical results for the dependence of the emissivity on d, n(lambda) and k(lambda) are given.

  4. Multifunctional oxide thin films for magnetoelectric and electromechanical applications

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    Baek, Seung Hyub

    Epitaxial multifunctional oxide thin films have been extensively researched to understand and exploit a variety of their physical properties. In order to integrate such versatile properties into real devices, there are several critical issues: (1) high-quality thin film growth, (2) fundamental understanding on reliable performance, and (3) device fabrication process preserving functionality of oxides. We have investigated all these issues, employing two different materials: multiferroic BiFeO3 and piezoelectric Pb(Mg1/3 Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 (PMN-PT) epitaxial thin films. For the high-quality thin film growth, we have chosen both BiFeO 3 and PMN-PT thin films as a model system. Bi2O3and PbO are the volatile species in these oxides, which makes it hard to grow phase-pure stoichiometric thin films. Because the properties of oxides are sensitive to stoichiometry and defects, it is highly required to fix such volatile elements during thin film growth. We have grown high-quality epitaxial thin films using a fast-rate off-axis sputtering method and vicinal substrates. In addition, we were able to control domain structures of BiFeO3 thin films using vicinal substrates. For the study on the reliability issues in oxides, we have used BiFeO 3 thin films within the framework of magnetoelectric device applications. For reliable magnetoelectric performance of BiFeO3, polarization switching path has to be (1) deterministic, and to be retained along with (2) time---retention, and (3) cycles--- fatigue. We have used monodomain BiFeO3 thin films as a model system. Based on theoretical predictions, we have studied polarization switching paths, and achieved both selective polarization switching and retention problems using island BiFeO3 structure. We have also investigated polarization fatigue, dependent on switching path. For the demonstration of working devices preserving the original functionality of oxides, we have fabricated micro-cantilevers using PMN-PT heterostructure on Si. The

  5. Biomimetic thin film deposition

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    Rieke, P.R.; Graff, G.E.; Campbell, A.A.; Bunker, B.C.; Baskaran, S.; Song, L.; Tarasevich, B.J.; Fryxell, G.E.

    1995-09-01

    Biological mineral deposition for the formation of bone, mollusk shell and other hard tissues provides materials scientists with illustrative materials processing strategies. This presentation will review the key features of biomineralization and how these features can be of technical importance. We have adapted existing knowledge of biomineralization to develop a unique method of depositing inorganic thin films and coating. Our approach to thin film deposition is to modify substrate surfaces to imitate the proteins found in nature that are responsible for controlling mineral deposition. These biomimetic surfaces control the nucleation and growth of the mineral from a supersaturated aqueous solution. This has many processing advantages including simple processing equipment, environmentally benign reagents, uniform coating of highly complex shapes, and enhanced adherence of coating. Many different types of metal oxide, hydroxide, sulfide and phosphate materials with useful mechanical, optical, electronic and biomedical properties can be deposited.

  6. Shear-thinning Fluid

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    2001-01-01

    Whipped cream and the filling for pumpkin pie are two familiar materials that exhibit the shear-thinning effect seen in a range of industrial applications. It is thick enough to stand on its own atop a piece of pie, yet flows readily when pushed through a tube. This demonstrates the shear-thinning effect that was studied with the Critical Viscosity of Xenon Experiment (CVX-2) on the STS-107 Research 1 mission in 2002. CVX observed the behavior of xenon, a heavy inert gas used in flash lamps and ion rocket engines, at its critical point. The principal investigator was Dr. Robert Berg of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD.

  7. Advanced thin film thermocouples

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    Kreider, K. G.; Semancik, S.; Olson, C.

    1984-01-01

    The fabrication, materials characterization, and performance of thin film platinum rhodium thermocouples on gas turbine alloys was investigated. The materials chosen for the study were the turbine blade alloy systems MAR M200+Hf with NiCoCrAlY and FeCrAlY coatings, and vane alloy systems MAR M509 with FeCrAlY. Research was focussed on making improvements in the problem areas of coating substrate stability, adhesion, and insulation reliability and durability. Diffusion profiles between the substrate and coating with and without barrier coatings of Al2O3 are reported. The relationships between fabrication parameters of thermal oxidation and sputtering of the insulator and its characterization and performance are described. The best thin film thermocouples were fabricated with the NiCoCrAlY coatings which were thermally oxidized and sputter coated with Al2O3.

  8. Thin, Lightweight Solar Cell

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    Brandhorst, Henry W., Jr.; Weinberg, Irving

    1991-01-01

    Improved design for thin, lightweight solar photovoltaic cells with front contacts reduces degradation of electrical output under exposure to energetic charged particles (protons and electrons). Increases ability of cells to maintain structural integrity under exposure to ultraviolet radiation by eliminating ultraviolet-degradable adhesives used to retain cover glasses. Interdigitated front contacts and front junctions formed on semiconductor substrate. Mating contacts formed on back surface of cover glass. Cover glass and substrate electrostatically bonded together.

  9. Ultra-Thin, Flexible Electronics

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    Holland, Brian; McPherson, Ryan; Zhang, Tan; Hou, Zhenwei; Dean, Robert; Johnson, R. Wayne; DelCastillo, Linda; Moussessian, Alina

    2008-01-01

    Thinned die can be used to realize ultra-thin flexible electronics for applications such as conformal and wearable electronics. Three techniques have been developed to achieve this goal using thinned die: die flip chip bonded onto flexible substrates, die laminated onto LCP films, and die embedded in polyimide. A key to achieving each of these techniques is the thinning of die to a thickness of 50 microns or thinner. Conventional CMP processing can be used to thin to 50 microns. At 50 microns, the active die become flexible and must be handled by temporarily bonding them to a holder die, for further processing. Once bonded face down to the holder die, the active die can be further thinned by DRIE etching the exposed backside. The thinned die can then been packaged in or on the flexible substrate.

  10. Thin film superconductor magnetic bearings

    DOEpatents

    Weinberger, Bernard R.

    1995-12-26

    A superconductor magnetic bearing includes a shaft (10) that is subject to a load (L) and rotatable around an axis of rotation, a magnet (12) mounted to the shaft, and a stator (14) in proximity to the shaft. The stator (14) has a superconductor thin film assembly (16) positioned to interact with the magnet (12) to produce a levitation force on the shaft (10) that supports the load (L). The thin film assembly (16) includes at least two superconductor thin films (18) and at least one substrate (20). Each thin film (18) is positioned on a substrate (20) and all the thin films are positioned such that an applied magnetic field from the magnet (12) passes through all the thin films. A similar bearing in which the thin film assembly (16) is mounted on the shaft (10) and the magnet (12) is part of the stator (14) also can be constructed.

  11. Porous thin films of functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

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    Kobler, Johannes; Bein, Thomas

    2008-11-25

    The synthesis of extremely small mesoporous silica nanoparticles via a specific co-condensation process with phenyl groups is demonstrated. The suspensions are ideally suited for the production of nanoscale thin films by spin-coating. Thanks to the small particle size and the resulting low surface roughness, the films show excellent optical qualities and exhibit good diffusion properties and a highly accessible pore system. The availability of such homogeneous porous thin films made it possible to use ellipsometric porosimetry (EP) as a convenient method to determine the effective porosity of the films on their original support without destroying it. It was possible to record sorption isotherms of the thin films with ellipsometry and to correlate the data with nitrogen sorption data of dried powders of the same material. The thin films showed very low refractive indices of around 1.2. PMID:19206399

  12. Biomolecular papain thin films growth by laser techniques.

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    György, Enikö; Santiso, Jose; Figueras, Albert; Socol, Gabriel; Mihailescu, Ion N

    2007-08-01

    Papain thin films were synthesised by matrix assisted and conventional pulsed laser deposition (PLD) techniques. The targets submitted to laser radiation consisted on a frozen composite obtained by dissolving the biomaterials in distilled water. For the deposition of the thin films by conventional PLD pressed biomaterial powder targets were submitted to laser irradiation. An UV KrF* excimer laser source was used in the experiments at 0.5 J/cm(2) incident fluence value, diminished one order of magnitude as compared to irradiation of inorganic materials. The surface morphology of the obtained thin films was studied by atomic force profilometry and atomic force microscopy. The investigations showed that the growth mode and surface quality of the deposited biomaterial thin films is strongly influenced by the target preparation procedure.

  13. Improving crystalline quality of polycrystalline silicon thin films crystallized on yttria-stabilized zirconia crystallization-induction layers by the two-step irradiation method of pulsed laser annealing

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    Thi Kieu Lien, Mai; Horita, Susumu

    2015-03-01

    The crystalline quality of pulsed-laser-annealed micocrystalline silicon films on yttria-stabilized zirconia [(ZrO2)1-x(Y2O3)x: YSZ] crystallization-induction (CI) layers was further improved by a new two-step irradiation method, in which amorphous silicon (a-Si) films were irradiated using two energy densities. Firstly, they were irradiated at a low energy density for a short time to generate nuclei and then at a high energy density to complete crystallization. The crystalline fraction and grain size of the Si film crystallized by the two-step method were found to be larger, while its FWHM was found to be smaller than those of the Si films crystallized by a conventional method. Moreover, the grain size of Si/YSZ/glass was more uniform than that of Si/glass. This indicates not only the effectiveness of the YSZ CI layer but also the usefulness of the two-step method in improving the Si film quality.

  14. Optimization study of the femtosecond laser-induced forward-transfer process with thin aluminum films

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    Bera, Sudipta; Sabbah, A. J.; Yarbrough, J. M.; Allen, C. G.; Winters, Beau; Durfee, Charles G.; Squier, Jeff A.

    2007-07-01

    The parameters for an effective laser-induced forward-transfer (LIFT) process of aluminum thin films using a femtosecond laser are studied. Deposited feature size as a function of laser fluence, donor film thickness, quality of focus, and the pulse duration are varied, providing a metric of the most desirable conditions for femtosecond LIFT with thin aluminum films.

  15. Into Thin Air.

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    Kennedy, Mike

    2001-01-01

    Shows how schools are working to avoid the types of equipment, supplies, and maintenance practices that harm indoor air quality. Simple steps to maintaining a cleaner indoor air environment are highlighted as are steps to reducing the problem air quality and the occurrence of asthma. (GR)

  16. Application of Pcvd Process to Uniform Coating of TiO2 Thin Films on Polypropylene Beads

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    Kim, Dong-Joo; Pham, Hung Cuong; Kim, Kyo-Seon

    The growth of the TiO2 thin films coated on the polypropylene beads was analyzed experimentally in a rotating cylindrical plasma chemical vapor deposition (PCVD) reactor. The precursors for the thin films were generated by plasma reactions, and they deposited on the polypropylene beads to become the uniform thin films. The TiO2 thin films grow more quickly on the polypropylene beads by increasing the mass flow rate of TTIP, or the rotation speed of the reactor. The smaller number of polypropylene beads in the reactor increases the growth rate of the thin films. The high-quality TiO2 thin films can be coated on particles uniformly by using the rotating cylindrical PCVD process. The particles coated with high-quality TiO2 thin films can be applied to the removal of air and water pollutants by a photodegradation reaction of TiO2.

  17. Simple method for forming thin-wall pressure vessels

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    Erickson, A. L.; Guist, L. R.

    1972-01-01

    Application of internal hydrostatic pressure to seam-welded circular cylindrical tanks having corner-welded, flat, circular ends forms large thin-walled high quality tanks. Form limits expansion of cylindrical portion of final tank while hemispherical ends develop freely; no external form or restraint is required to fabricate spherical tanks.

  18. Thin film processing of photorefractive BaTiO3

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    Schuster, Paul R.; Potember, Richard S.

    1991-01-01

    The principle objectives of this ongoing research involve the preparation and characterization of polycrystalline single-domain thin films of BaTiO3 for photorefractive applications. These films must be continuous, free of cracks, and of high optical quality. The two methods proposed are sputtering and sol-gel related processing.

  19. Thin film dielectric microstrip kinetic inductance detectors

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    Mazin, Benjamin A.; Sank, Daniel; McHugh, Sean; Lucero, Erik A.; Merrill, Andrew; Gao, Jiansong; Pappas, David; Moore, David; Zmuidzinas, Jonas

    2010-03-01

    Microwave kinetic inductance detectors, or MKIDs, are a type of low temperature detector that exhibit intrinsic frequency domain multiplexing at microwave frequencies. We present the first theory and measurements on a MKID based on a microstrip transmission line resonator. A complete characterization of the dielectric loss and noise properties of these resonators is performed, and agrees well with the derived theory. A competitive noise equivalent power of 5×10-17 W Hz-1/2 at 10 Hz has been demonstrated. The resonators exhibit the highest quality factors known in a microstrip resonator with a deposited thin film dielectric.

  20. On the theory of thin and thin-walled rods

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    Dzhanelidze, G Y

    1951-01-01

    Through the work of V. Z. Vlasov a theory of thin-walled rods has been established that is widely applicable in practice. This theory was extended by A. A. Umanski to thin-walled rods of closed profile section. The authors based their work on the concepts of the modern theory of shells. An attempt is made herein to construct a theory of thin-walled rods including the classical theory of deformation of thin rods by making use of a kinematic assumption.