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  1. Micromagnetic modeling of critical current oscillations in magnetic Josephson junctions

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    Golovchanskiy, I. A.; Bol'ginov, V. V.; Stolyarov, V. S.; Abramov, N. N.; Ben Hamida, A.; Emelyanova, O. V.; Stolyarov, B. S.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Golubov, A. A.; Ryazanov, V. V.

    2016-12-01

    In this work we propose and explore an effective numerical approach for investigation of critical current dependence on applied magnetic field for magnetic Josephson junctions with in-plane magnetization orientation. This approach is based on micromagnetic simulation of the magnetization reversal process in the ferromagnetic layer with introduced internal magnetic stiffness and subsequent reconstruction of the critical current value using total flux or reconstructed actual phase difference distribution. The approach is flexible and shows good agreement with experimental data obtained on Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic barriers. Based on this approach we have obtained a critical current dependence on applied magnetic field for rectangular magnetic Josephson junctions with high size aspect ratio. We have shown that the rectangular magnetic Josephson junctions can be considered for application as an effective Josephson magnetic memory element with the value of critical current defined by the orientation of magnetic moment at zero magnetic field. An impact of shape magnetic anisotropy on critical current is revealed and discussed. Finally, we have considered a curling magnetic state in the ferromagnetic layer and demonstrated its impact on critical current.

  2. CRITICAL CURRENT AND JUNCTION BETWEEN PANCAKE STUDIES FOR HTS COIL DESIGN

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    Lécrevisse, Y; Louchart, O; Rey, J-M; Tixador, P

    2011-01-01

    YBCO Coated Conductor (CC) are very attractive for very high magnetic field coil with lower cryogenics need. We study two major aspects of HTS coil building. First the results of critical current measurements on YBCO tape provided by SuperPower are presented for a large temperature range and in parallel magnetic field configuration. A model is also proposed to extrapolate those measurements at other temperatures and fields. Then we focus on the critical aspect of junctions between pancakes. Junctions in cylindrical configuration are studied using three different soldering materials. The results are promising for further coil building.

  3. Josephson critical current of long SNS junctions in the presence of a magnetic field

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    Meier, Hendrik; Fal'Ko, Vladimir I.; Glazman, Leonid I.

    We evaluate the Josephson critical current of a long and wide two-dimensional superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction, taking into account the effect of electron reflection off the side edges of the junction. Considering clean junctions, we find that the effect of edges alters the usual Fraunhofer-like dependence of the Josephson critical current Ic on the magnetic flux Φ. At relatively weak fields, B edge effect lifts zeros of the Ic (Φ) dependence and gradually shifts the maxima of that function by Φ0 / 2 . (Here W is the width of the junction and Φ0 the magnetic flux quantum.) At higher fields, B >~Φ0 /W2 , the edge effect leads to an accelerated decay of the critical current Ic (Φ) with increasing Φ. Our results are robust with respect to the roughness of realistic boundaries. Finally, we discuss the role of mesoscopic fluctuations of Ic (Φ) originating from the scattering off the edges, and compare our findings to recent experiments.

  4. Low frequency critical current noise and two level system defects in Josephson junctions

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    Nugroho, Christopher Daniel

    The critical current in a Josephson junction is known to exhibit a 1/falpha low frequency noise. Implemented as a superconducting qubit, this low frequency noise can lead to decoherence. While the 1/f noise has been known to arise from an ensemble of two level systems connected to the tunnel barrier, the precise microscopic nature of these TLSs remain a mystery. In this thesis we will present measurements of the 1/f alpha low frequency noise in the critical current and tunneling resistance of Al-AlOx-Al Josephson junctions. Measurements in a wide range of resistively shunted and unshunted junctions confirm the equality of critical current and tunneling resistance noise. That is the critical current fluctuation corresponds to fluctuations of the tunneling resistance. In not too small Al-AlOx-Al junctions we have found that the fractional power spectral density scales linearly with temperature. We confirmed that the 1/falpha power spectrum is the result of a large number of two level systems modulating the tunneling resistance. At small junction areas and low temperatures, the number of thermally active TLSs is insufficient to integrate out a featureless 1/ f spectral shape. By analyzing the spectral variance in small junction areas, we have been able to deduce the TLS defect density, n ≈ 2.53 per micrometer squared per Kelvin spread in the TLS energy per factor e in the TLS lifetimes. This density is consistent with the density of tunneling TLSs found in glassy insulators, as well as the density deduced from coherent TLSs interacting at qubit frequencies. The deduced TLS density combined with the magnitude of the 1/f power spectral density in large area junctions, gives an average TLS effective area, A ˜ 0.3 nanometer squared. In ultra small tunnel junctions, we have studied the time-domain dynamics of isolated TLSs. We have found a TLS whose dynamics is described by the quantum tunneling between the two localized wells, and a one-phonon absorption

  5. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current of Planar Geometry Josephson Junctions

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    Ma, Meng; Cho, Ethan; Huynh, Chuong; Cybart, Shane; Dynes, Robert

    2015-03-01

    We report a study on the magnetic field dependence of the critical current of planar geometry Josephson junctions. We have fabricated Josephson junctions by using a focused helium ion beam to irradiate a narrow barrier in the plane of a 25 nm thick Y-Ba-Cu-O film. The London penetration depth λL is large (~1 μm) because of the ultra-thin thickness of the film. As a result, calculations of the Josephson penetration depth λJ are not realistic nor physical. Therefore in this work, we measure λJ experimentally. We tested devices with bridge widths ranging from 4 to 50 μm, and present measurements of the Fraunhofer quantum diffraction pattern (IC (B)). We observe a crossover from short to long junction behavior, which gives an experimentally measured λJ that ranges between 3 μm to 5 μm. The shape of the IC (B) pattern is strongly affected by the width of the bridge because of self-field effects. As the bridge width increases, Josephson vortices enter the junction and skew the patterns. This work shows that the electronic properties of the planar junctions are very different than those classical ``sandwich'' junctions due to the differences in geometry.

  6. Fabrication of superconductor–ferromagnet–insulator–superconductor Josephson junctions with critical current uniformity applicable to integrated circuits

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    Ito, Hiroshi; Taniguchi, Soya; Ishikawa, Kouta; Akaike, Hiroyuki; Fujimaki, Akira

    2017-03-01

    Nb Josephson junctions (JJs) were fabricated with a Pd89Ni11 ferromagnetic interlayer and an AlO x tunnel barrier layer for use in large-scale superconducting integrated circuits. The junctions had a small critical current (I c) spread, where the standard deviation 1σ was less than 2% at 4.2 K for junctions with the same designed size. It was observed that the electrical behavior of the junctions could be controlled by manipulating the film thickness of the PdNi interlayer. The junctions behaved as a π-JJ for thicknesses of 9 and 11 nm, showing 1σ in the I c spread of 1.2% for 9 nm.

  7. Laser-induced modification of the critical current in Y-Ba-Cu-O step-edge Josephson junctions

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    Adam, Roman; Kula, Witold; Murduck, J. M.; Pettiette-Hall, C.; Sobolewski, Roman

    1996-03-01

    Transport properties of YBa2Cu3O7- x (YBCO) step-edge weak links were measured in the absence and presence of the magnetic field B, both before and after the cw-laser annealing. Depending on the laser power density, either an increase (up to 75%) or decrease (up to 100%) of the junction critical current I c was observed. The I c (B) characteristics of the laser-treated junctions exhibited about 10% variations of the I c (B) periodicity, indicating permanent changes in the junction barrier and/or adjacent YBCO electrodes.

  8. Critical current density behaviors across a grain boundary inclined to current with different angles in YBa2Cu3O7-δ bicrystal junctions

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    Tao, Hua; Wei-Wei, Xu; Zheng-Ming, Ji; Da-Yuan, Guo; Qing-Yun, Wang; Xiang-Rong, Ma; Rui-Yu, Liang

    2016-06-01

    The critical current density behaviors across a bicrystal grain boundary (GB) inclined to the current direction with different angles in YBa2Cu3O7-δ bicrystal junctions in magnetic fields are investigated. There are two main reasons for the difference in critical current density in junctions at different GB inclined angles in the same magnetic field: (i) the GB plane area determines the current carrying cross section; (ii) the vortex motion dynamics at the GB affects the critical current value when the vortex starts to move along the GB by Lorentz force. Furthermore, the vortex motion in a bicrystal GB is studied by investigating transverse (Hall) and longitudinal current-voltage characteristics (I-V xx and I-V xy ). It is found that the I-V xx curve diverges from linearity at a high driving current, while the I-V xy curve keeps nearly linear, which indicates the vortices inside the GB break out of the GB by Lorentz force. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61501222, 61371036, and 61571219) and the School Scientific Research Fund of Nanjing Institute of Technology, China (Grant Nos. YKJ201418).

  9. Stochastic macromodel of magnetic tunnel junction resistance variation and critical current dependence on resistance variation for SPICE simulation

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    Choi, Juntae; Song, Yunheub

    2017-04-01

    The resistance distribution of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) shows nonuniformity according to various MTJ parameters. Moreover, this resistance variation leads to write-current density variation, which can cause serious problems when designing peripheral circuits for spin transfer torque magnetoresistance random access memory (STT-MRAM) and commercializing gigabit STT-MRAM. Therefore, a macromodel of MTJ including resistance, tunneling magnetoresistance ratio (TMR), and critical current variations is required for circuit designers to design MRAM peripheral circuits, that can overcome the various effects of the variations, such as write failure and read failure, and realize STT-MRAM. In this study, we investigated a stochastic behavior macromodel of the write current dependence on the MTJ resistance variation. The proposed model can possibly be used to analyze the write current density in relation to the resistance and TMR variations of MTJ with various parameter variations. It can be very helpful for designing STT-MRAM circuits and simulating the operation of STT-MRAM devices considering MTJ variations.

  10. Created-by-current states in long Josephson junctions

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    Boyadjiev, T. L.; Andreeva, O. Yu.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2008-08-01

    Critical curves "critical current-external magnetic field" of long Josephson junctions with inhomogeneity and variable width are studied. We demonstrate the existence of regions of magnetic field where some fluxon states are stable only if the external current through the junction is different from zero. Position and size of such regions depend on the length of the junction, its geometry, parameters of inhomogeneity and form of the junction. The noncentral (left and right) pure fluxon states appear in the inhomogeneous Josephson junction with the increase in the junction length. We demonstrate new bifurcation points with change in width of the inhomogeneity and amplitude of the Josephson current through the inhomogeneity.

  11. Current noise in tunnel junctions

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    Frey, Moritz; Grabert, Hermann [Physikalisches Institut, Universitaet Freiburg, Hermann-Herder-Strasse 3, 79104, Freiburg (Germany)

    2017-06-15

    We study current fluctuations in tunnel junctions driven by a voltage source. The voltage is applied to the tunneling element via an impedance providing an electromagnetic environment of the junction. We use circuit theory to relate the fluctuations of the current flowing in the leads of the junction with the voltage fluctuations generated by the environmental impedance and the fluctuations of the tunneling current. The spectrum of current fluctuations is found to consist of three parts: a term arising from the environmental Johnson-Nyquist noise, a term due to the shot noise of the tunneling current and a third term describing the cross-correlation between these two noise sources. Our phenomenological theory reproduces previous results based on the Hamiltonian model for the dynamical Coulomb blockade and provides a simple understanding of the current fluctuation spectrum in terms of circuit theory and properties of the average current. Specific results are given for a tunnel junction driven through a resonator. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. High critical temperature superconductor Josephson junctions for quantum circuit applications

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    Bauch, T; Gustafsson, D; Cedergren, K; Nawaz, S; Mumtaz Virk, M; Lombardi, F [Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, MC2, Chalmers University of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden); Pettersson, H; Olsson, E [Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden)], E-mail: bauch@chalmers.se

    2009-12-15

    Recent findings of macroscopic quantum properties in high critical temperature superconductor (HTS) Josephson junctions (JJs) point toward the need to revise the role of zero energy quasi-particles in this novel superconductor. We will discuss the possibility of designing superconducting artificial atoms in a transmon configuration to study the low energy excitation spectra of HTS. We have engineered high quality grain boundary JJs on low dielectric constant substrates. By fabricating submicron junctions, we extract values of capacitance and Josephson critical current densities that satisfy the main transmon design requirements. Moreover, the measured critical current noise power extrapolated at 1 Hz gives a dephasing time of 25 ns, which indicates that the observation of macroscopic quantum coherent effects in HTS JJ is a feasible task.

  13. Mesh Currents and Josephson Junction Arrays

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    1995-01-01

    A simple but accurate mesh current analysis is performed on a XY model and on a SIMF model to derive the equations for a Josephson junction array. The equations obtained here turn out to be different from other equations already existing in the literature. Moreover, it is shown that the two models come from an unique hidden structure

  14. Current distributions in stripe Majorana junctions

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    Osca, Javier; Llorenç, Serra

    2017-02-01

    We calculate current and density distributions in stripe (2D planar) junctions between normal and Majorana nanowires having a finite ( y) transverse length. In presence of a magnetic field with vertical and in-plane components, the y-symmetry of the charge current distribution in the normal lead changes strongly across the Majorana phase transition: from center-symmetric if a Majorana mode is present to laterally-shifted (as expected by the Hall effect) if the field is tilted such as to destroy the Majorana mode due to the projection rule. We compare quasi-particle and charge distributions of current and density, as well as spin magnetizations. The Majorana mode causes opposite spin accumulations on the transverse sides of the junction and the emergence of a spin current.

  15. Controlling local currents in molecular junctions

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    Yadalam, Hari Kumar

    2016-01-01

    The effect of non-equilibrium constraints and dephasing on the circulating currents in molecular junctions are analyzed. Circulating currents are manifestations of quantum effects and can be induced either by externally applied bias or an external magnetic field through the molecular system. In symmetric Aharonov-Bohm ring, bond currents have two contributions, bias driven and magnetic field driven. We analyze the competition between these two contributions and show that, as a consequence, current through one of the branches can be completely suppressed. We then study the effect of asymmetry (as a result of chemical substitution) on the current pathways inside the molecule and study asymmetry induced circulating currents (without magnetic field) by tuning the coupling strength of the substituent (at finite bias).

  16. Current phase relation in nanowire based Josephson junctions

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    Szombati, Daniel; Nadj-Perge, Stevan; Geresdi, Attila; Mourik, Vincent; Zuo, Kun; Woerkom, David; Car, Diana; Bakkers, Erik; Kouwenhoven, Leo

    2015-03-01

    Junctions based on small band-gap nanowires are convenient platform for studying Josephson effect in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling. As predicted by theory, due to the interplay between strong Zeeman interaction and large spin orbing coupling in these nanowires, the critical current and in particular current phase relation exhibits rich set of features in the presence of external magnetic field and electrostatic gating. We study supercurrent transport through Indium Antimonide nanowires contacted using Niobium-Titanium-Nitride leads using both current and phase bias measurements. Our results provide useful insights into superconductor/semiconductor hybrid systems capable of hosting Majorana fermions, potential building blocks for topological quantum computing.

  17. Diffusion current in a system of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.

    2012-08-01

    The role of a diffusion current in the phase dynamics of a system of coupled Josephson junctions (JJs) has been analyzed. It is shown that, by studying the temporal dependences of the superconducting, quasi-particle, diffusion, and displacement currents and the dependences of average values of these currents on the total current, it is possible to explain the main features of the current-voltage characteristic (CVC) of the system. The effect of a diffusion current on the character of CVC branching in the vicinity of a critical current and in the region of hysteresis, as well as on the part of CVC branch corresponding to a parametric resonance in the system is demonstrated. A clear interpretation of the differences in the character of CVC branching in a model of capacitively coupled JJs (CCJJ model) and a model of capacitive coupling with diffusion current (CCJJ+DC model) is proposed. It is shown that a decrease in the diffusion current in a JJ leads to the switching of this junction to an oscillating state. The results of model calculations are qualitatively consistent with the experimental data.

  18. Diffusion current in a system of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M., E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru; Rahmonov, I. R. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation)

    2012-08-15

    The role of a diffusion current in the phase dynamics of a system of coupled Josephson junctions (JJs) has been analyzed. It is shown that, by studying the temporal dependences of the superconducting, quasi-particle, diffusion, and displacement currents and the dependences of average values of these currents on the total current, it is possible to explain the main features of the current-voltage characteristic (CVC) of the system. The effect of a diffusion current on the character of CVC branching in the vicinity of a critical current and in the region of hysteresis, as well as on the part of CVC branch corresponding to a parametric resonance in the system is demonstrated. A clear interpretation of the differences in the character of CVC branching in a model of capacitively coupled JJs (CCJJ model) and a model of capacitive coupling with diffusion current (CCJJ+DC model) is proposed. It is shown that a decrease in the diffusion current in a JJ leads to the switching of this junction to an oscillating state. The results of model calculations are qualitatively consistent with the experimental data.

  19. Signatures of nonlocal Cooper-pair transport and of a singlet-triplet transition in the critical current of a double-quantum-dot Josephson junction

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    Probst, B.; Domínguez, F.; Schroer, A.; Yeyati, A. Levy; Recher, P.

    2016-10-01

    We study the critical Josephson current flowing through a double quantum dot weakly coupled to two superconducting leads. We use analytical as well as numerical methods to investigate this setup in the limit of small and large bandwidth leads in all possible charging states, where we account for on-site interactions exactly. Our results provide clear signatures of nonlocal spin-entangled pairs, which support interpretations of recent experiments [R. S. Deacon, A. Oiwa, J. Sailer, S. Baba, Y. Kanai, K. Shibata, K. Hirakawa, and S. Tarucha, Nat. Commun. 6, 7446 (2015), 10.1038/ncomms8446]. In addition, we find that the ground state with one electron on each quantum dot can undergo a tunable singlet-triplet phase transition in the regime where the superconducting gap in the leads is not too large, which gives rise to an additional new signature of nonlocal Cooper-pair transport.

  20. Negative correlation between enhanced crossover temperature and fluctuation-free critical current of the second switch in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O{}_{8+\\delta } intrinsic Josephson junction

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    Nomura, Y.; Okamoto, R.; Kakeya, I.

    2017-10-01

    We have investigated the switching dynamics of the first and second switches in intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O{}8+δ with different maximum Josephson current density J c to reveal the doping evolution of interaction between IJJs. For the second switch, the crossover temperature between temperature-independent switching similar to quantum tunneling and thermally activated switching {T}2{nd}* is remarkably higher than that for the first switch. Moreover, {T}2{nd}* slightly decreases with increasing J c, which violates the conventional relation between the crossover temperature and the critical current density. These features can be explained not by a change in the Josephson coupling energy but by a change in the charging energy of the Josephson junction. We argue that the capacitive coupling model explains the increase in the fluctuation in the quantum regime of the second switch and the anti-correlation between {T}2{nd}* and J c. Furthermore, inductive coupling does not contribute to these peculiar phenomena in the switching dynamics of stacked IJJs.

  1. The current-voltage and noise properties of high temperature superconductor SNS and grain boundary junctions

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    McGordon, A

    1999-01-01

    transport that was dominated by the interlayer material, but supercurrent transport that could be due to pinhole shorts. In addition, both geometries, especially the sandwich junction, showed large amounts of normal state noise making these junctions unsuitable for device applications. The effect of shining laser light onto a junction was investigated. The effects on the I-V characteristic were unobservable with the experimental resolution available. The effect of the light on the critical current noise of the junction was to reduce the noise peak slightly when compared to the unilluminated case- the reduction was of the order of 10%, comparable with experimental resolution. The study of the noise from Josephson Junctions is an intense field of research. Despite this, no clear picture of the current transport in these devices has emerged. Without the detailed understanding of the mechanisms of current transport in High Temperature Superconductor junctions, the design of superconducting electronics will not mo...

  2. The critical power to maintain thermally stable molecular junctions

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    Wang, Yanlei; Xu, Zhiping

    2014-07-01

    With the rise of atomic-scale devices such as molecular electronics and scanning probe microscopies, energy transport processes through molecular junctions have attracted notable research interest recently. In this work, heat dissipation and transport across diamond/benzene/diamond molecular junctions are explored by performing atomistic simulations. We identify the critical power Pcr to maintain thermal stability of the junction through efficient dissipation of local heat. We also find that the molecule-probe contact features a power-dependent interfacial thermal resistance RK in the order of 109 kW-1. Moreover, both Pcr and RK display explicit dependence on atomic structures of the junction, force and temperature. For instance, Pcr can be elevated in multiple-molecule junctions, and streching the junction enhances RK by a factor of 2. The applications of these findings in molecular electronics and scanning probing measurements are discussed, providing practical guidelines in their rational design.

  3. The current-phase relation in HTS Josephson junctions

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    Il'ichev, E.; Zakosarenko, V.; Ijsselsteijn, R. P. J.; Schultze, V.; Meyer, H.-G.; Hoenig, H. E.

    The current-phase relation of YBa2Cu3O7-x step-edge as well as 24° and 45° grain boundary Josephson junctions has been investigated experimentally. The junctions were incorporated into a washer-shaped superconducting ring with inductance L≈80-300 pH. The ring was inductively coupled to a tank circuit with a resonance frequency 9…40 MHz. The current-phase relation was obtained from the measurement of the impedance of the phase-biased junction. It is shown, that experimentally observed deviations from harmonic behavior of the apparent current-phase relation for step-edge and 24° grain boundary junctions can be explained by the influence of thermal noise. The current-phase relation of 45° grain boundary junctions was found to be extremely non-harmonic. The reasons of this unusual behavior are discussed.

  4. Josephson junction analog and quasiparticle-pair current

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    Bak, Christen Kjeldahl; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1973-01-01

    A close analogy exists between a Josephson junction and a phase-locked loop. A new type of electrical analog based on this principle is presented. It is shown that the inclusion in this analog of a low-pass filter gives rise to a current of the same form as the Josephson quasiparticle-pair current...

  5. Current-injection in a ballastic multiterminal superconductor/two-dimensional electron gas Josephson junction

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    Schäpers, Th.; Guzenko, V.A.; Müller, R.P.; Golubov, A.A.; Brinkman, A.; Crecelius, G.; Kaluza, A.; Lüth, H.

    2003-01-01

    We study the suppression of the critical current in a multi-terminal superconductor/two-dimensional electron gas/superconductor Josephson junction by means of hot carrier injection. As a superconductor Nb is used, while the two-dimensional electron gas is located in a strained InGaAs/InP heterostruc

  6. Influence of coupling between junctions on breakpoint current in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2006-01-01

    We study theoretically the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-$T_c$ superconductors. An oscillation of the breakpoint current on the outermost branch as a function of coupling $\\alpha$ and dissipation $\\beta$ parameters is found. We explain this oscillation as a result of the creation of longitudinal plasma waves at the breakpoint with different wave numbers. We demonstrate the commensurability effect and predict a group behavior of the current-voltage ch...

  7. Switching Current Distributions in Superconductor-Topological Insulator-Superconductor Junctions

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    Murphy, Andrew; Zhang, Can; Huemiller, Erik; Oh, Seongshik; Eckstein, James; van Harlingen, Dale; Bezryadin, Alexey

    It has been proposed that localized Majorana fermion (MF) modes can exist in lateral Josephson junctions with a 3D-topological insulator barrier at locations at which the phase difference across the junction is an odd multiple of π. These states enter the junctions bound to the nodes of the Josephson vortices as a perpendicular magnetic field is increased. Each mode contributes a local 4 π-periodic sin(φ/2)-component to the junction's current-phase relation, adding to the usual sin(φ) dependence. The sign of this new term encodes the parity of the Majorana pair. As a way to detect these states and measure their parity, we study the distribution of switching currents in Nb-Bi2Se3-Nb junctions fabricated on thin Bi2Se3 films in which the superconductivity is induced by a pair of closely spaced Nb electrodes. We expect that such measurements will be sensitive to the parity of the MFs, yielding a splitting of the distribution. Preliminary measurements of the critical current distributions show the onset of unusual features when the magnetic field is increased which we are analyzing to determine if they may arise from Majorana fermions in the junctions.

  8. Influence of Coupling between Junctions on Breakpoint Current in Intrinsic Josephson Junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2007-04-01

    We study theoretically the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-Tc superconductors. An oscillation of the breakpoint current on the outermost branch as a function of coupling α and dissipation β parameters is found. We explain this oscillation as a result of the creation of longitudinal plasma waves at the breakpoint with different wave numbers. We demonstrate the commensurability effect and predict a group behavior of the current-voltage characteristics for the stacks with a different number of junctions. A method to determine the wave number of longitudinal plasma waves from α and β dependence of the breakpoint current is suggested. We model the α and β dependence of the breakpoint current and obtain good agreement with the results of the simulation.

  9. Online junction temperature measurement using peak gate current

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    Baker, Nick; Munk-Nielsen, Stig; Iannuzzo, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    A new method for junction temperature measurement of MOS-gated power semiconductor switches is presented. The measurement method involves detecting the peak voltage over the external gate resistor of an IGBT or MOSFET during turn-on. This voltage is directly proportional to the peak gate current...

  10. The current-phase relation in Josephson junctions

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    Golubov, A.A.; Kupriyanov, M. Yu.; Il'ichev, E.

    2004-01-01

    This review provides a theoretical basis for understanding the current-phase relation (CPhiR) for the stationary (dc) Josephson effect in various types of superconducting junctions. The authors summarize recent theoretical developments with an emphasis on the fundamental physical mechanisms of the d

  11. Josephson Current in Superconductor-Ferromagnet/Insulator/d-Wave Superconductor Junctions

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    LI Xiao-Wei; DONG Zheng-Chao

    2005-01-01

    Solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equation, the energy levels of bound states are obtained in the ferromagnetic superconductor. The Josephson currents in a ferromagnetic superconductor/Insulator/d-wave superconductor junction are calculated as a function of the exchange field, temperature, and insulating barrier strength. It is found that the Josephson critical current is always suppressed by the presence of exchange field h and depends on crystalline axis orientation of d-wave superconductor.

  12. Chiral Edge Currents in a Holographic Josephson Junction

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    Rozali, Moshe

    2013-01-01

    We discuss the Josephson effect and the appearance of dissipationless edge currents in a holographic Josephson junction configuration involving a chiral, time-reversal breaking, superconductor in 2+1 dimensions. Such a superconductor is expected to be topological, thereby supporting topologically protected gapless Majorana-Weyl edge modes. Such modes manifest themselves in chiral dissipationless edge currents, which we exhibit and investigate in the context of our construction. The physics of the Josephson current itself, though expected to be unconventional in some non-equilibrium settings, is shown to be conventional in our setup which takes place in thermal equilibrium. We comment on various ways in which the expected Majorana nature of the edge excitations, and relatedly the unconventional nature of topological Josephson junctions, can be verified in the holographic context.

  13. Branching in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M [BLTP, JINR, Dubna, Moscow Region, 141980 (Russian Federation); Mahfouzi, F [Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, PO Box 45195-1159, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2007-02-15

    We study branching in the current-voltage characteristics of the intrinsic Josephson junctions of high-temperature superconductors in the framework of the capacitively coupled Josephson junction model with diffusion current. A system of dynamical equations for the gauge-invariant phase differences between superconducting layers for a stack of ten intrinsic junctions has been numerically solved. We have obtained a total branch structure in the current-voltage characteristics. We demonstrate the existence of a 'breakpoint region' on the current-voltage characteristics and explain it as a result of resonance between Josephson and plasma oscillations. The effect of the boundary conditions is investigated. The existence of two outermost branches and correspondingly two breakpoint regions for the periodic boundary conditions is shown. One branch, which is observed only at periodic boundary conditions, corresponds to the propagating of the plasma mode. The second one corresponds to the situation when the charge oscillations on the superconducting layers are absent, excluding the breakpoint. A time dependence of the charge oscillations at breakpoints is presented.

  14. Branching in current voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2007-02-01

    We study branching in the current-voltage characteristics of the intrinsic Josephson junctions of high-temperature superconductors in the framework of the capacitively coupled Josephson junction model with diffusion current. A system of dynamical equations for the gauge-invariant phase differences between superconducting layers for a stack of ten intrinsic junctions has been numerically solved. We have obtained a total branch structure in the current-voltage characteristics. We demonstrate the existence of a 'breakpoint region' on the current-voltage characteristics and explain it as a result of resonance between Josephson and plasma oscillations. The effect of the boundary conditions is investigated. The existence of two outermost branches and correspondingly two breakpoint regions for the periodic boundary conditions is shown. One branch, which is observed only at periodic boundary conditions, corresponds to the propagating of the plasma mode. The second one corresponds to the situation when the charge oscillations on the superconducting layers are absent, excluding the breakpoint. A time dependence of the charge oscillations at breakpoints is presented.

  15. Similarities between normal- and super-currents in topological insulator magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Soodchomshom, Bumned, E-mail: Bumned@hotmail.co [ThEP Center, Commission of Higher Education, 328 Si Ayuthaya Rd. Bangkok 10400 (Thailand); Chantngarm, Peerasak [Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Pathumwan Institute of Technology, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand)

    2010-11-15

    This work compares the normal-current in a NM/Fi/NM junction with the super-current in a SC/Fi/SC junction, where both are topological insulator systems. NM and Fi are normal region and ferromagnetic region of thickness d with exchange energy m playing a role of the mass of the Dirac electrons and with the gate voltage V{sub G}, respectively. SC is superconducting region induced by a s-wave superconductor. We show that, interestingly, the critical super-current passing through a SC/Fi/SC junction behaves quite similar to the normal-current passing through a NM/Fi/NM junction. The normal-current and super-current exhibit N-peak oscillation, found when currents are plotted as a function of the magnetic barrier strength {chi} {approx} md/hv{sub F}. With the barrier strength Z {approx} V{sub G}d/hv{sub F}, the number of peaks N is determined through the relation Z {approx} N{pi} + {sigma}{pi} (with 0 < {sigma}{<=}1 for {chi} < Z). The normal- and the super-currents also exhibit oscillating with the same height for all of peaks, corresponding to the Dirac fermion tunneling behavior. These anomalous oscillating currents due to the interplay between gate voltage and magnetic field in the barrier were not found in graphene-based NM/Fi/NM and SC/Fi/SC junctions. This is due to the different magnetic effect between the Dirac fermions in topological insulator and graphene.

  16. Switching current distributions in InAs nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Kim, Bum-Kyu; Doh, Yong-Joo

    2016-08-01

    We report on the switching current distributions in nano-hybrid Josephson junctions made of InAs semiconductor nanowires. The temperature dependence of the switching current distribution can be understood through the motion of Josephson phase particles escaping from a tilted washboard potential, and the data could be fitted well by using the macroscopic quantum tunneling, thermal activation or phase diffusion models, depending on temperature. Application of the gate voltage to tune the Josephson coupling strength enable us to adjust the effective temperature for the escape process, and holds promising for developing gate-tunable superconducting phase qubits.

  17. Field emission current from a junction field-effect transistor

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    Monshipouri, Mahta; Abdi, Yaser, E-mail: y.abdi@ut.ac.ir [University of Tehran, Nano-Physics Research Laboratory, Department of Physics (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    Fabrication of a titanium dioxide/carbon nanotube (TiO{sub 2}/CNT)-based transistor is reported. The transistor can be considered as a combination of a field emission transistor and a junction field-effect transistor. Using direct current plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (DC-PECVD) technique, CNTs were grown on a p-typed (100)-oriented silicon substrate. The CNTs were then covered by TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles 2–5 nm in size, using an atmospheric pressure CVD technique. In this device, TiO{sub 2}/CNT junction is responsible for controlling the emission current. High on/off-current ratio and proper gate control are the most important advantages of device. A model based on Fowler–Nordheim equation is utilized for calculation of the emission current and the results are compared with experimental data. The effect of TiO{sub 2}/CNT hetero-structure is also investigated, and well modeled.

  18. Zeeman effects on Josephson current in d-wave superconductor/d-wave superconductor junctions

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    Liao Yan-Hua; Dong Zheng-Chao; Yin Zai-Feng; Fu Hao

    2008-01-01

    This paper solves a self-consistent equation for the d-wave superconducting gap and the effective exchange field in the mean-field approximation,and studies the Zeeman effects on the d-wave superconducting gap and thermodynamic potential.The Josephson currents in the d-wave superconductor(S)/insulating layer(I)/d-wave S junctions are calculated as a function of the temperature,exchange field,and insulating barrier strength under a Zeeman magnetic field on the two d-wave Ss.It is found that the Josephson critical currents in d-wave S/d-wave S junction to a great extent depend on the relative orientation of the effective exchange field of the two S electrodes,and the crystal orientation of the d-wave S.The exchange field under certain conditions can enhance the Josephson critical current in a d-wave S/I/d-wave S junction.

  19. Experimental evaluation of IGBT junction temperature measurement via peak gate current

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    Baker, Nick; Munk-Nielsen, Stig; Iannuzzo, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Temperature sensitive electrical parameters allow junction temperature measurements on power semiconductors without modification to module packaging. The peak gate current has recently been proposed for IGBT junction temperature measurement and relies on the temperature dependent resistance of th...

  20. Temperature-dependent current-voltage characteristics of niobium SNIS Josephson junctions

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    Lacquaniti, V; Andreone, D; Cassiago, C; De Leo, N; Fretto, M; Sosso, A [National Institute of Metrological Research, Electromagnetism Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy); Belogolovskii, M, E-mail: v.lacquaniti@inrim.i [Donetsk Physical and Technical Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Str. Rosa Luxemburg. 72, 83114 Donetsk (Ukraine)

    2010-06-01

    Motivated by a search for a suitable technology to fabricate Josephson junctions with a tunable damping regime, we performed a systematic study of the temperature effect on the critical current in Nb/Al-AlO{sub x}-Nb heterostructures with a nanometer-thick Al interlayer. For Al layer thicknesses ranging from 40 to 110 nm, we have observed a transition from hysteretic (below 4.2 K) to non-hysteretic (above 4.2 K) current-voltage curves. Measured supercurrent-vs-temperature characteristics which significantly differ from those of traditional SIS and SNS devices are interpreted in terms of the superconducting proximity effect between Al and Nb films. Thermal stability and good reproducibility of our junctions are demonstrated.

  1. Negative-resistance voltage-current characteristics of superconductor contact junctions for macro-scale applications

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    Takayasu, M; Minervini, J V; 10.1109/TASC.2003.812854

    2003-01-01

    Voltage-current characteristics of mechanical pressure contact junctions between superconducting wires are investigated using a voltage-driving method. It is found that the switching regions at low voltages result from negative resistance of the contact junction. The current transport of the contact junctions is discussed from the perspective of two existing models: the multiple Andreev reflections at the two SN interfaces of a SNS (Superconductor/Normal metal /Superconductor) junction and the inhomogeneous multiple Josephson weak-link array. (13 refs).

  2. Current fluctuations in unconventional superconductor junctions with impurity scattering

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    Burset, Pablo; Lu, Bo; Tamura, Shun; Tanaka, Yukio

    2017-06-01

    The order parameter of bulk two-dimensional superconductors is classified as nodal if it vanishes for a direction in momentum space, or gapful if it does not. Each class can be topologically nontrivial if Andreev bound states are formed at the edges of the superconductor. Nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor affect the formation of Andreev bound states and can drastically change the tunneling spectra for small voltages. Here, we investigate the mean current and its fluctuations for two-dimensional tunnel junctions between normal-metal and unconventional superconductors by solving the quasiclassical Eilenberger equation self-consistently, including the presence of nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor. As the impurity strength increases, we find that superconductivity is suppressed for almost all order parameters since (i) at zero applied bias, the effective transferred charge calculated from the noise-current ratio tends to the electron charge e , and (ii) for finite bias, the current-voltage characteristics follows that of a normal-state junction. There are notable exceptions to this trend. First, gapful nontrivial (chiral) superconductors are very robust against impurity scattering due to the linear dispersion relation of their surface Andreev bound states. Second, for nodal nontrivial superconductors, only px-wave pairing is almost immune to the presence of impurities due to the emergence of odd-frequency s -wave Cooper pairs near the interface. Due to their anisotropic dependence on the wave vector, impurity scattering is an effective pair-breaking mechanism for the remaining nodal superconductors. All these behaviors are neatly captured by the noise-current ratio, providing a useful guide to find experimental signatures for unconventional superconductivity.

  3. Quasiparticle current and phase locking of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Seidel, P.; Grib, A. N.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Scherbel, J.; Hübner, U.; Schmidl, F.

    2001-09-01

    On the base of our experiments on thin film Josephson junctions in mesa geometry we discuss the quasiparticle branches of the intrinsic arrays within a tunnelling model using d-wave superconductor density of states. We find temperature dependent current contributions and a zero bias anomaly. The coherent behaviour is studied for intrinsic arrays with an additional side-wall shunt. The existence of thresholds of phase locking at small as well as at large inductances is demonstrated. We discuss the problems with experimental realisation of the shunts as well as with an alternative concept to enhance phase locking in such arrays towards application as oscillators in the frequency range up to some THz.

  4. The influence of microwave irradiation power on current voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mans, M.; Scherbel, J.; Seidel, P.

    2007-02-01

    The current-voltage characteristics of a micrometre bridge of intrinsic Josephson junctions under microwave irradiation are studied. The collective switching of the group of four junctions splits up as the AC signal amplitude is gradually increased. The switching current of the remaining group of junctions is increased with increasing radiation power. We consider that microwave irradiation injects an additional quasiparticle current into the Josephson junction array. We use ideas of breakdown of quasineutrality and quasiparticle charge imbalance in the superconducting layers and explain the experimental results by the competition between the 'current effect' and the effect of suppression of the switching current by irradiation.

  5. The influence of microwave irradiation power on current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu M [BLTP, JINR, Dubna, Moscow Region, 141980 (Russian Federation); Mans, M [Institut fur Festkoerperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Scherbel, J [Institut fur Festkoerperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany); Seidel, P [Institut fur Festkoerperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany)

    2007-02-15

    The current-voltage characteristics of a micrometre bridge of intrinsic Josephson junctions under microwave irradiation are studied. The collective switching of the group of four junctions splits up as the AC signal amplitude is gradually increased. The switching current of the remaining group of junctions is increased with increasing radiation power. We consider that microwave irradiation injects an additional quasiparticle current into the Josephson junction array. We use ideas of breakdown of quasineutrality and quasiparticle charge imbalance in the superconducting layers and explain the experimental results by the competition between the 'current effect' and the effect of suppression of the switching current by irradiation.

  6. Asymmetric current-phase relation due to spin-orbit interaction in semiconductor nanowire Josephson junction

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    Yokoyama, Tomohiro; Eto, Mikio [Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, 3-14-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-8522 (Japan); Nazarov, Yuli V. [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft, The Netherlands (Netherlands)

    2013-12-04

    We theoretically study the current-phase relation in semiconductor nanowire Josephson junction in the presence of spin-orbit interaction. In the nanowire, the impurity scattering with strong SO interaction is taken into account using the random matrix theory. In the absence of magnetic field, the Josephson current I and phase difference φ between the superconductors satisfy the relation of I(φ) = –I(–φ). In the presence of magnetic field along the nanowire, the interplay between the SO interaction and Zeeman effect breaks the current-phase relation of I(φ) = –I(–φ). In this case, we show that the critical current depends on the current direction, which qualitatively agrees with recent experimental findings.

  7. Asymmetrical solutions and role of thermal fluctuations in dc current driven extended Josephson junction

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    Artemov, A.N., E-mail: artemov@fti.dn.ua [Donetsk Physical and Technology Institute, Donetsk 83114 (Ukraine)

    2012-10-01

    Extended Josephson junction driven by dc bias current is studied numerically. Two types of solutions, symmetrical and asymmetrical, are found. The current–voltage characteristic (IVC) is calculated. The symmetrical solutions form main hysteretic IVC and asymmetrical ones create an additional branch. Depending on the bias current value periodic, quasiperiodic and chaotic modes of the junction motion was observed. Dynamics of the junction affected by thermal fluctuations was analyzed. Stability of different states of the junction is discussed. -- Highlights: ► Symmetrical and asymmetrical solutions of dc driven sine-Gordon equation are found. ► Current–voltage characteristic of extended in-line Josephson junction was calculated. ► Periodic, quasiperiodic and chaotic modes of the junction motion was observed. ► Stability of dynamical junction states under thermal fluctuations is discussed.

  8. Detecting Current Noise with a Josephson Junction in the Macroscopic Quantum Tunneling Regime

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    Peltonen, J. T.; Timofeev, A. V.; Meschke, M.; Pekola, J.P.

    2006-01-01

    We discuss the use of a hysteretic Josephson junction to detect current fluctuations with frequencies below the plasma frequency of the junction. These adiabatic fluctuations are probed by switching measurements observing the noise-affected average rate of macroscopic quantum tunneling of the detector junction out of its zero-voltage state. In a proposed experimental scheme, frequencies of the noise are limited by an on-chip filtering circuit. The third cumulant of current fluctuations at the...

  9. Enhancing critical current density of cuprate superconductors

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    Chaudhari, Praveen

    2015-06-16

    The present invention concerns the enhancement of critical current densities in cuprate superconductors. Such enhancement of critical current densities include using wave function symmetry and restricting movement of Abrikosov (A) vortices, Josephson (J) vortices, or Abrikosov-Josephson (A-J) vortices by using the half integer vortices associated with d-wave symmetry present in the grain boundary.

  10. Effect of interjunction coupling on superconducting current and charge correlations in intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Hamdipour, M.; Kolahchi, M. R.

    2009-07-01

    Charge formations on superconducting layers and creation of the longitudinal plasma wave in the stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions change crucially the superconducting current through the stack. Investigation of the correlations of superconducting currents in neighboring Josephson junctions and the charge correlations in neighboring superconducting layers allows us to predict the additional features in the current-voltage characteristics. The charge autocorrelation functions clearly demonstrate the difference between harmonic and chaotic behavior in the breakpoint region. Use of the correlation functions gives us a powerful method for the analysis of the current-voltage characteristics of coupled Josephson junctions.

  11. Critical current densities in superconducting materials

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    P Chaddah

    2003-02-01

    We discuss recent research in the area of critical current densities $(J_C)$ in superconductors. This shall cover recent work on newly discovered superconductors, as well as on the magnetic-field dependence of $J_C$.

  12. Critical Behavior of Four-Terminal Junctions of Bilayer Graphene Domain Walls

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    Wieder, Benjamin; Zhang, Fan; Kane, Charles

    2014-03-01

    Bilayer graphene in a perpendicular electric field can host domain walls between regions of reversed field direction or interlayer stacking. The gapless modes propagating along these domain walls, while not strictly topological, nevertheless have interesting physical properties, including valley-momentum locking. A junction where four domain walls meet forms the analogue of a quantum point contact. We study theoretically the critical behavior of this junction near the pinch-off transition, which is controlled by a non-trivial quantum critical point. At low temperatures, the transition sharpens and the conductance is described by a universal scaling function, which we compute.

  13. Experimental manifestation of the breakpoint region in the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Irie, A.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Oya, G.

    2008-10-01

    The experimental evidence of the breakpoint on the current-voltage characteristics (IVCs) of the stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) is presented. The influence of the capacitive coupling on the IVCs of Bi2Sr2CaCu2Oy IJJs has been investigated. At 4.2K, clear breakpoint region is observed on the branches in the IVCs. It is found that due to the coupling between junctions, the hysteresis observed on the IVC is small compared to that expected from the McCumber parameter. Measurements agree well with the results predicted by the capacitively coupled Josephson junction model including the diffusion current.

  14. Variable-Temperature Critical-Current Measurements

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    L. F. Goodrich; T. C. Stauffer

    2009-05-19

    This is the final report of a three year contract that covered 09/19/2005 to 07/14/2008. We requested and received a no cost time extension for the third year, 07/15/2007 to 07/14/2008, to allow DoE to send us funds if they became available during that year. It turned out that we did not receive any funding for the third year. The following paper covers our variable-temperature critical-current measurements. We made transport critical-current (Ic) measurements on commercial multifilamentary Nb3Sn strands at temperatures (T) from 4 to 17 K and magnetic fields (H) from 0 to 14 T. One of the unique features of our measurements is that we can cover a wide range of critical currents from less than 0.1 A to over 700 A.

  15. Switching current density reduction in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy spin transfer torque magnetic tunneling junctions

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    You, Chun-Yeol [Department of Physics, Inha University, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-01-28

    We investigate the switching current density reduction of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy spin transfer torque magnetic tunneling junctions using micromagnetic simulations. We find that the switching current density can be reduced with elongated lateral shapes of the magnetic tunnel junctions, and additional reduction can be achieved by using a noncollinear polarizer layer. The reduction is closely related to the details of spin configurations during switching processes with the additional in-plane anisotropy.

  16. Inhibition of Rho and Rac geranylgeranylation by atorvastatin is critical for preservation of endothelial junction integrity.

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    Hongbing Xiao

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Small GTPases (guanosine triphosphate, GTP are involved in many critical cellular processes, including inflammation, proliferation, and migration. GTP loading and isoprenylation are two important post-translational modifications of small GTPases, and are critical for their normal function. In this study, we investigated the role of post-translational modifications of small GTPases in regulating endothelial cell inflammatory responses and junctional integrity. METHODS AND RESULTS: Confluent human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVECs treated with atorvastatin demonstrated significantly decreased lipopolysaccharide (LPS-mediated IL-6 and IL-8 generation. The inhibitory effect of atorvastatin (Atorva was attenuated by co-treatment with 100 µM mevalonate (MVA or 10 µM geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (GGPP, but not by 10 µM farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP. Atorvastatin treatment of HUVECs produced a time-dependent increase in GTP loading of all Rho GTPases, and induced the translocation of small Rho GTPases from the cellular membrane to the cytosol, which was reversed by 100 µM MVA and 10 µM GGPP, but not by 10 µM FPP. Atorvastatin significantly attenuated thrombin-induced HUVECs permeability, increased VE-cadherin targeting to cell junctions, and preserved junction integrity. These effects were partially reversed by GGPP but not by FPP, indicating that geranylgeranylation of small GTPases plays a major role in regulating endothelial junction integrity. Silencing of small GTPases showed that Rho and Rac, but not Cdc42, play central role in HUVECs junction integrity. CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, our studies show that post-translational modification of small GTPases plays a vital role in regulating endothelial inflammatory response and endothelial junction integrity. Atorvastatin increased GTP loading and inhibited isoprenylation of small GTPases, accompanied by reduced inflammatory response and preserved cellular junction integrity.

  17. Noncontact Measurement Of Critical Current In Superconductor

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    Israelsson, Ulf E.; Strayer, Donald M.

    1992-01-01

    Critical current measured indirectly via flux-compression technique. Magnetic flux compressed into gap between superconductive hollow cylinder and superconductive rod when rod inserted in hole in cylinder. Hall-effect probe measures flux density before and after compression. Method does not involve any electrical contact with superconductor. Therefore, does not cause resistive heating and consequent premature loss of superconductivity.

  18. Enhancing superconducting critical current by randomness.

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    Wang, Y. L.; Thoutam, L. R.; Xiao, Z. L.; Shen, B.; Pearson, J.; Divan, R.; Ocola, L. E.; Crabtree, G. W.; Kwok, W. K.

    2016-01-11

    The key ingredient of high critical currents in a type-II superconductor is defect sites that pin vortices. Here, we demonstrate that a random pinscape, an overlooked pinning system in nanopatterned superconductors, can lead to a substantially larger critical current enhancement at high magnetic fields than an ordered array of vortex pin sites. We reveal that the better performance of a random pinscape is due to the variation of the local density of its pinning sites, which mitigates the motion of vortices. This is confirmed by achieving even higher enhancement of the critical current through a conformally mapped random pinscape, where the distribution of the local density of pinning sites is further enlarged. Our findings highlight the potential of random pinscapes in enhancing the superconducting critical currents of applied superconductors in which random pin sites of nanoscale defects emerging in the materials synthesis process or through ex-situ irradiation are the only practical choice for large-scale production. Our results may also stimulate research on effects of a random pinscape in other complementary systems such as colloidal crystals, Bose-Einstein condensates, and Luttinger liquids.

  19. Current distribution effects in patterned non-linear magnetoresistive tunnel junctions

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    Montaigne, F; Schuhl, A

    2000-01-01

    To be used in submicronic devices like magnetic memories, magnetic tunnel junctions require low resistances. Four-probe measurements of such resistances are often altered by non-uniformity of the current distribution in the junction. The measured resistance is decreased by localised preferential conduction and increased by voltage drop in the measure electrode. Competition between these two effects is investigated as a function of the geometry. The non-linear conduction of tunnel junctions amplifies dramatically these phenomena and can modify by more than 50% the measured resistance.

  20. Charge and spin current oscillations in a tunnel junction induced by magnetic field pulses

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    Dartora, C. A.; Nobrega, K. Z.; Cabrera, G. G.

    2016-08-01

    Usually, charge and spin transport properties in tunnel junctions are studied in the DC bias regime and/or in the adiabatic regime of time-varying magnetic fields. In this letter, the temporal dynamics of charge and spin currents in a tunnel junction induced by pulsed magnetic fields is considered. At low bias voltages, energy and momentum of the conduction electrons are nearly conserved in the tunneling process, leading to the description of the junction as a spin-1/2 fermionic system coupled to time-varying magnetic fields. Under the influence of pulsed magnetic fields, charge and spin current can flow across the tunnel junction, displaying oscillatory behavior, even in the absence of DC bias voltage. A type of spin capacitance function, in close analogy to electric capacitance, is predicted.

  1. Current Reversal and Negative Conductance for a Super-Conducting Junctions Device

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    LI Jing-Hui

    2009-01-01

    In the paper, we study a super-conducting junctions device subject to an input periodic signal and a constant force. It is shown that, for this device, we can get current reversals for the current of the electron pairs versus the frequency of the periodic signal and negative conductance for the current of the electron pairs as a function of the constant force.

  2. On the theory of the current states in the superconducting junctions (in Ukrainian)

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    Svidzynsky, A.; Viligursky, O.; Biruk, O.; Rakutsky, A.

    The set of the quasiclassical equations for the superconducting junctions has been built by the expansion of the Green's functions on the basis of the even and odd solutions of the one-particle Schrödinger equation. %It's %shown that the quasiclassical Green's functions, built in such manner, Obtained solutions for the quasiclassical Green's functions have a symmetric asymptotic behaviour in the depth of the superconductor. Superconducting current in the point-- and in the asymmetric SNINS--junctions is calculated.

  3. Critical state model with anisotropic critical current density

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    Bhagwat, K V; Ravikumar, G

    2003-01-01

    Analytical solutions of Bean's critical state model with critical current density J sub c being anisotropic are obtained for superconducting cylindrical samples of arbitrary cross section in a parallel geometry. We present a method for calculating the flux fronts and magnetization curves. Results are presented for cylinders with elliptical cross section with a specific form of the anisotropy. We find that over a certain range of the anisotropy parameter the flux fronts have shapes similar to those for an isotropic sample. However, in general, the presence of anisotropy significantly modifies the shape of the flux fronts. The field for full flux penetration also depends on the anisotropy parameter. The method is extended to the case of anisotropic J sub c that also depends on the local field B, and magnetization hysteresis curves are presented for typical values of the anisotropy parameter for the case of |J sub c | that decreases exponentially with |B|.

  4. Critical current properties in HTS tapes

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    Kiss, T.; Inoue, M.; Kuga, T.; Ishimaru, M.; Egashira, S.; Irie, S.; Ohta, T.; Imamura, K.; Yasunaga, M.; Takeo, M.; Matsushita, T.; Iijima, Y.; Kakimoto, K.; Saitoh, T.; Awaji, S.; Watanabe, K.; Shiohara, Y

    2003-10-15

    The author's recent studies on the critical current properties in Bi-2223 multifilamentary tapes as well as YBCO coated IBAD tapes have been reviewed. Extended electric field vs. current density (E-J) characteristics were studied over wide range of temperature, T, magnetic field, B, and angle, {theta}. Based on the analysis of statistic J{sub c} distribution and scaling, we derived an analytical expression for J as a function of E, T, B, and {theta}. This method allows us to describe and extrapolate the nonlinear E-J characteristics even in extremely low E region and/or high B region based on rather simple measurements.

  5. Equidistance of branch structure in capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model with diffusion current

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    Shukrinov, Yu.M. [BLTP, JINR, Dubna, Moscow Region, 141980 (Russian Federation) and Physical Technical Institute, Dushanbe 734063 (Tajikistan)]. E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru; Mahfouzi, F. [Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, P.O. Box 45195-1159, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Seidel, P. [Institut fuer Festkorperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany)

    2006-11-01

    Branch structure in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions of HTSC is studied in the framework of two models: capacitively coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model and CCJJ model with diffusion current (CCJJ + DC). We investigate the coupling dependence of the branch's slopes and demonstrate that the equidistance of the branch structure in CCJJ model is broken at enough small values of coupling parameter (at {alpha} << 1). We show that the inclusion of diffusion in the tunneling current through intrinsic Josephson junctions might restore the equidistance of the branch structure. Change of the current-voltage characteristics in CCJJ + DC model under variation of the coupling and McCumber parameters and effect of boundary conditions on the branch structure is analyzed.

  6. Equidistance of branch structure in capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model with diffusion current

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.; Seidel, P.

    2006-11-01

    Branch structure in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions of HTSC is studied in the framework of two models: capacitively coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model and CCJJ model with diffusion current (CCJJ + DC). We investigate the coupling dependence of the branch’s slopes and demonstrate that the equidistance of the branch structure in CCJJ model is broken at enough small values of coupling parameter (at α ≪ 1). We show that the inclusion of diffusion in the tunneling current through intrinsic Josephson junctions might restore the equidistance of the branch structure. Change of the current-voltage characteristics in CCJJ + DC model under variation of the coupling and McCumber parameters and effect of boundary conditions on the branch structure is analyzed.

  7. Structure of the breakpoint region on current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.; Suzuki, M.

    2008-10-01

    A fine structure of the breakpoint region in the current-voltage characteristics of the coupled intrinsic Josephson junctions in the layered superconductors is found. We establish a correspondence between the features in the current-voltage characteristics and the character of the charge oscillations in superconducting layers in the stack and explain the origin of the breakpoint region structure.

  8. Harmonic and reactive behavior of the quasiparticle tunnel current in SIS junctions

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    Rashid, H.; Desmaris, V.; Pavolotsky, A.; Belitsky, V.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we show theoretically and experimentally that the reactive quasiparticle tunnel current of the superconductor tunnel junction could be directly measured at specific bias voltages for the higher harmonics of the quasiparticle tunnel current. We used the theory of quasiparticle tunneling to study the higher harmonics of the quasiparticle tunnel current in superconducting tunnel junction in the presence of rf irradiation. The impact of the reactive current on the harmonic behavior of the quasiparticle tunnel current was carefully studied by implementing a practical model with four parameters to model the dc I-V characteristics of the superconducting tunnel junction. The measured reactive current at the specific bias voltage is in good agreement with our theoretically calculated reactive current through the Kramers-Kronig transform. This study also shows that there is an excellent correspondence between the behavior of the predicted higher harmonics using the previously established theory of quasiparticle tunnel current in superconducting tunnel junctions by J.R. Tucker and M.J. Feldman and the measurements presented in this paper.

  9. Harmonic and reactive behavior of the quasiparticle tunnel current in SIS junctions

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    H. Rashid

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we show theoretically and experimentally that the reactive quasiparticle tunnel current of the superconductor tunnel junction could be directly measured at specific bias voltages for the higher harmonics of the quasiparticle tunnel current. We used the theory of quasiparticle tunneling to study the higher harmonics of the quasiparticle tunnel current in superconducting tunnel junction in the presence of rf irradiation. The impact of the reactive current on the harmonic behavior of the quasiparticle tunnel current was carefully studied by implementing a practical model with four parameters to model the dc I-V characteristics of the superconducting tunnel junction. The measured reactive current at the specific bias voltage is in good agreement with our theoretically calculated reactive current through the Kramers-Kronig transform. This study also shows that there is an excellent correspondence between the behavior of the predicted higher harmonics using the previously established theory of quasiparticle tunnel current in superconducting tunnel junctions by J.R. Tucker and M.J. Feldman and the measurements presented in this paper.

  10. Direct current stimulation of the left temporoparietal junction modulates dynamic humor appreciation.

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    Slaby, Isabella; Holmes, Amanda; Moran, Joseph M; Eddy, Marianna D; Mahoney, Caroline R; Taylor, Holly A; Brunyé, Tad T

    2015-11-11

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of transcranial direct current stimulation targeting the left temporoparietal junction (TPJ) on humor appreciation during a dynamic video rating task. In a within-participants design, we targeted the left TPJ with anodal, cathodal, or no transcranial direct current stimulation, centered at electrode site C3 using a 4×1 targeted stimulation montage. During stimulation, participants dynamically rated a series of six stand-up comedy videos for perceived humor. We measured event-related (time-locked to crowd laughter) modulation of humor ratings as a function of stimulation condition. Results showed decreases in rated humor during anodal (vs. cathodal or none) stimulation; this pattern was evident for the majority of videos and was only partially predicted by individual differences in humor style. We discuss the possibility that upregulation of neural circuits involved in the theory of mind and empathizing with others may reduce appreciation of aggressive humor. In conclusion, the present data show that neuromodulation of the TPJ can alter the mental processes underlying humor appreciation, suggesting critical involvement of this cortical region in detecting, comprehending, and appreciating humor.

  11. Lateral resistance reduction induced by light-controlled leak current in silicon-based Schottky junction

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    王拴虎; 张勖; 邹吕宽; 赵靓; 王文鑫; 孙继荣

    2015-01-01

    Lateral resistance of silicon-based p-type and n-type Schottky junctions is investigated. After one electrode on a metallic film is irradiated, the differential lateral resistance of the system is dependent on the direction of the bias current:it keeps constant in one direction and decreases in the opposite direction. By systematically investigating the electrical potential changes in silicon and the junction, we propose a new mechanism based on light-controlled leak current. Our work provides an insight into the nature of this phenomenon and will facilitate the advanced design of switchable devices.

  12. Interfacial spin Hall current in a Josephson junction with Rashba spin-orbit coupling

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    Yang Zhi-Hong; Yang Yong-Hong; Wang Jun

    2012-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the spin transport properties of the Cooper pairs in a conventional Josephson junction with Rashba spin orbit coupling considered in one of the superconducting leads.It is found that an angle-resolved spin supercurrent flows through the junction and a nonzero interfacial spin Hall current driven by the superconducting phase difference also appears at the interface.The physical origin of this is that the Rashba spin-orbit coupling can indnce a triplet order parameter in the s-wave superconductor.The interfacial spin Hall current dependences on the system parameters are also discussed.

  13. Characterization of Josephson and quasi-particle currents in MgB{sub 2}/MgB{sub 2} and Pb/Pb contact junctions

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    Shen, Y; Singh, R K; Sanghavi, S; Rowell, J M; Newman, N [Materials Program, School of Mechanical, Aerospace, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-8706 (United States); Wei, Y; Chamberlin, R V [Department of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1504 (United States); Moeckly, B H, E-mail: Nathan.Newman@asu.ed [Superconductor Technologies Incorporated, Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2358 (United States)

    2010-07-15

    The electrical properties of Josephson junctions formed by pressing two oxidized MgB{sub 2} thin films together were measured. This fabrication method allowed us to characterize the properties of MgB{sub 2} junctions with native or thermal oxide barriers without exposing the barrier and bottom electrode to the high temperature deposition process required to synthesize the top MgB{sub 2} electrode in the conventional trilayer junctions. These junctions, with electrode T{sub c}s of {approx} 32 K, have critical currents up to {approx} 25 K, broadened energy gaps at over 30 K, subharmonic gap structures at moderate voltages ({approx}0.6-2.0 mV) and Fiske modes at low voltage (<0.6 mV). We show that this method can be used to quantify the barrier properties and the extent of suppression of the superconductor order parameter at the surface. Our results suggest that the near interface superconducting order parameter is reduced at both native and thermal oxide surfaces, with a greater reduction at the thermal oxide surface. For comparison, the same experimental equipment and protocol were used to investigate Pb contact junctions. The junctions containing a thermal oxide barrier were found to have electrical properties similar to those of multiply connected junctions modulated by their self-field, as initially observed by Clarke and Fulton in a SLUG (superconducting low inductance undulatory galvanometer) (Clarke and Fulton 1969 J. Appl. Phys. 40 4470).

  14. Critical current density: Measurements vs. reality

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    Pan, A. V.; Golovchanskiy, I. A.; Fedoseev, S. A.

    2013-07-01

    Different experimental techniques are employed to evaluate the critical current density (Jc), namely transport current measurements and two different magnetisation measurements forming quasi-equilibrium and dynamic critical states. Our technique-dependent results for superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) film and MgB2 bulk samples show an extremely high sensitivity of Jc and associated interpretations, such as irreversibility fields and Kramer plots, which lose meaning without a universal approach. We propose such approach for YBCO films based on their unique pinning features. This approach allows us to accurately recalculate the magnetic-field-dependent Jc obtained by any technique into the Jc behaviour, which would have been measured by any other method without performing the corresponding experiments. We also discovered low-frequency-dependent phenomena, governing flux dynamics, but contradicting the considered ones in the literature. The understanding of these phenomena, relevant to applications with moving superconductors, can clarify their dramatic impact on the electric-field criterion through flux diffusivity and corresponding measurements.

  15. All-electric-controlled spin current switching in single-molecule magnet-tunnel junctions

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    Zhang Zheng-Zhong; Shen Rui; Sheng Li; Wang Rui-Qiang; Wang Bai-Gen; Xing Ding-Yu

    2011-01-01

    A single-molecule magnet (SMM)coupled to two normal metallic electrodes can both switch spin-up and spindown electronic currents within two different windows of SMM gate voltage. Such spin current switching in the SMM tunnel junction arises from spin-selected single electron resonant tunneling via the lowest unoccupied molecular orbit of the SMM. Since it is not magnetically controlled but all-electrically controlled, the proposed spin current switching effect may have potential applications in future spintronics.

  16. Analysis of single-event upset of magnetic tunnel junction used in spintronic circuits caused by radiation-induced current

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    Sakimura, N., E-mail: n-sakimura@ap.jp.nec.com [Green Platform Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation, Tsukuba (Japan); Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Nebashi, R.; Sugibayashi, T. [Green Platform Research Laboratories, NEC Corporation, Tsukuba (Japan); Natsui, M.; Hanyu, T. [Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Ohno, H. [Research Institute of Electrical Communication, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); Center for Spintronics Integrated Systems, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan); WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan)

    2014-05-07

    This paper describes the possibility of a switching upset of a magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) caused by a terrestrial radiation-induced single-event-upset (SEU) current in spintronic integrated circuits. The current waveforms were simulated by using a 3-D device simulator in a basic circuit including MTJs designed using 90-nm CMOS parameters and design rules. The waveforms have a 400 -μA peak and a 200-ps elapsed time when neutron particles with a linear energy transfer value of 14 MeV cm{sup 2}/mg enter the silicon surface. The authors also found that the SEU current may cause soft errors with a probability of more than 10{sup −12} per event, which was obtained by approximate solution of the ordinary differential equation of switching probability when the intrinsic critical current (I{sub C0}) became less than 30 μA.

  17. Criteria for fluxon generation in long Josephson junctions by current pulses

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    Sakai, S.; Samuelsen, Mogens Rugholm

    1987-01-01

    In recent measurements in the time domain on the fluxon shape in long Josephson junctions the fluxons were generated by a current pulse injected into one end. We present here a perturbation treatment of the fluxon generation which we compare with numerical experiments. The agreement turns out to ...... to be excellent. Applied Physics Letters is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  18. Josephson current in Fe-based superconducting junctions: theory and experiment

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    Burmistrova, A.V.; Devyatov, I.A.; Golubov, A.; Yada, K.; Tanaka, Y.; Tortello, M.; Gonnelli, R.S.; Stepanov, V.A.; Ding, X.X.; Wen, H.H.; Green, L.H.

    2015-01-01

    We present a theory of the dc Josephson effect in contacts between Fe-based and spin-singlet s-wave superconductors. The method is based on the calculation of temperature Green's function in the junction within the tight-binding model. We calculate the phase dependencies of the Josephson current for

  19. Effect of the electromagnetic environment on current fluctuations in driven tunnel junctions

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    Frey, Moritz; Grabert, Hermann

    2016-07-01

    We examine current fluctuations in tunnel junctions driven by a superposition of a constant and a sinusoidal voltage source. In standard setups, the external voltage is applied to the tunneling element via an impedance providing an electromagnetic environment of the junction. The modes of this environment are excited by the time-dependent voltage and are the source of Johnson-Nyquist noise. We determine the autocorrelation function of the current flowing in the leads of the junction in the weak tunneling limit up to terms of second order in the tunneling Hamiltonian. The driven modes of the electromagnetic environment are treated exactly by means of a unitary transformation introduced recently. Particular emphasis is placed on the spectral function of the current fluctuations. The spectrum is found to comprise three contributions: a term arising from the Johnson-Nyquist noise of the environmental impedance, a part due to the shot noise of the tunneling element, and a third contribution which comes from the cross correlation between fluctuations caused by the electromagnetic environment and fluctuations of the tunneling current. All three parts of the spectral function occur already for devices under dc bias. The spectral function of ac driven tunneling elements can be determined from the result for a dc bias by means of a photoassisted tunneling relation of the Tien-Gordon type. Specific results are given for an Ohmic environment and for a junction driven through a resonator.

  20. Current voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions with charge-imbalance effect

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2007-09-01

    The current-voltage characteristics (IVC) of intrinsic Josephson junctions are numerically calculated taking into account the quasiparticle charge-imbalance effect. We solve numerically the full set of the equations including second order differential equations for phase differences, kinetic equations and generalized Josephson relations for a stack of Josephson junctions. The boundary conditions due to the proximity effect are used. We obtain the branch structure of IVC and investigate it as a function of disequilibrium parameter at different values of coupling constant and McCumber parameter. An increase in the disequilibrium parameter essentially changes the character of IVC at large values of McCumber parameter.

  1. Current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions with charge-imbalance effect

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    Shukrinov, Yu.M. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Physical Technical Institute, Dushanbe 734063 (Tajikistan)], E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru; Mahfouzi, F. [Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, P.O. Box 45195-1159, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2007-09-01

    The current-voltage characteristics (IVC) of intrinsic Josephson junctions are numerically calculated taking into account the quasiparticle charge-imbalance effect. We solve numerically the full set of the equations including second order differential equations for phase differences, kinetic equations and generalized Josephson relations for a stack of Josephson junctions. The boundary conditions due to the proximity effect are used. We obtain the branch structure of IVC and investigate it as a function of disequilibrium parameter at different values of coupling constant and McCumber parameter. An increase in the disequilibrium parameter essentially changes the character of IVC at large values of McCumber parameter.

  2. Nonideal Quantum Measurement Effects on the Switching Currents Distribution of Josephson Junctions

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    Pierro, Vincenzo

    2016-01-01

    The quantum character of Josephson junctions is ordinarily revealed through the analysis of the switching currents, i.e. the current at which a finite voltage appears: A sharp rise of the voltage signals the passage (tunnel) from a trapped state (the zero voltage solution) to a running state (the finite voltage solution). In this context, we investigate the probability distribution of the Josephson junctions switching current taking into account the effect of the bias sweeping rate and introducing a simple nonideal quantum measurements scheme. The measurements are modelled as repeated voltage samplings at discrete time intervals, that is with repeated projections of the time dependent quantum solutions on the static or the running states, to retrieve the probability distribution of the switching currents. The distribution appears to be immune of the quantum Zeno effect, and it is close to, but distinguishable from, the Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin approximation. For energy barriers comparable to the quantum fund...

  3. Critical role of gap junction coupled KATP channel activity for regulated insulin secretion.

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    Jonathan V Rocheleau

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Pancreatic beta-cells secrete insulin in response to closure of ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP channels, which causes membrane depolarization and a concomitant rise in intracellular Ca2+ (Cai. In intact islets, beta-cells are coupled by gap junctions, which are proposed to synchronize electrical activity and Cai oscillations after exposure to stimulatory glucose (>7 mM. To determine the significance of this coupling in regulating insulin secretion, we examined islets and beta-cells from transgenic mice that express zero functional KATP channels in approximately 70% of their beta-cells, but normal KATP channel density in the remainder. We found that KATP channel activity from approximately 30% of the beta-cells is sufficient to maintain strong glucose dependence of metabolism, Cai, membrane potential, and insulin secretion from intact islets, but that glucose dependence is lost in isolated transgenic cells. Further, inhibition of gap junctions caused loss of glucose sensitivity specifically in transgenic islets. These data demonstrate a critical role of gap junctional coupling of KATP channel activity in control of membrane potential across the islet. Control via coupling lessens the effects of cell-cell variation and provides resistance to defects in excitability that would otherwise lead to a profound diabetic state, such as occurs in persistent neonatal diabetes mellitus.

  4. Critical role of gap junction coupled KATP channel activity for regulated insulin secretion.

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    Rocheleau, Jonathan V; Remedi, Maria S; Granada, Butch; Head, W Steven; Koster, Joseph C; Nichols, Colin G; Piston, David W

    2006-02-01

    Pancreatic beta-cells secrete insulin in response to closure of ATP-sensitive K+ (KATP) channels, which causes membrane depolarization and a concomitant rise in intracellular Ca2+ (Cai). In intact islets, beta-cells are coupled by gap junctions, which are proposed to synchronize electrical activity and Cai oscillations after exposure to stimulatory glucose (>7 mM). To determine the significance of this coupling in regulating insulin secretion, we examined islets and beta-cells from transgenic mice that express zero functional KATP channels in approximately 70% of their beta-cells, but normal KATP channel density in the remainder. We found that KATP channel activity from approximately 30% of the beta-cells is sufficient to maintain strong glucose dependence of metabolism, Cai, membrane potential, and insulin secretion from intact islets, but that glucose dependence is lost in isolated transgenic cells. Further, inhibition of gap junctions caused loss of glucose sensitivity specifically in transgenic islets. These data demonstrate a critical role of gap junctional coupling of KATP channel activity in control of membrane potential across the islet. Control via coupling lessens the effects of cell-cell variation and provides resistance to defects in excitability that would otherwise lead to a profound diabetic state, such as occurs in persistent neonatal diabetes mellitus.

  5. Tunable current-phase relation in double-dot Josephson junctions

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    Koch, Jens; Le Hur, Karyn

    2008-03-01

    The current-phase relation I() for a Josephson junction contains information about the microscopic nature of the Cooper pair transfer. In particular, junctions more complicated than the single tunnel junction exhibit characteristic non-sinusoidal forms. Here, we investigate the Josephson effect in a superconducting double dot device, similar to the devices studied experimentally by Y. A. Pashkin et al. [1] and E. Bibow et al. [2]. In the vicinity of a charge degeneracy line, the system reduces to a two-level system equivalent to a charge qubit. In this regime, we find that the interplay between sequential tunneling and cotunneling of Cooper pairs leads to a strongly non-sinusoidal current- phase relation, tunable via gate electrodes. We propose the measurement of I() in a SQUID configuration, analyze the implications of flux noise, and compare our results to different types of Josephson junctions such as single-dot systems and microbridges. [1] Y. A. Pashkin et al., Nature (London) 421 (2003), 823 [2] E. Bibow, P. Lafarge, L. L'evy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88 (2002), 017003

  6. Influence of the diffusion current on the hysteretic behavior in the system of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Rahmonov, I. R.

    2010-09-01

    The detailed investigation of the phase dynamics and the I-V curves in the system of coupled Josephson junctions have been carried out. The superconducting, quasiparticle, diffusion, and displacement currents have been calculated as functions of the total current through the system. The role of the diffusion current in the formation of the I-V curves has been studied and the influence of this quantity on the I-V curve branching and the magnitude of the return current has been revealed. The calculation results agree qualitatively with the experimental data.

  7. Dual-channel current valve in a three terminal zigzag graphene nanoribbon junction

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    Zhang, L.

    2017-02-01

    We theoretically propose a dual-channel current valve based on a three terminal zigzag graphene nanoribbon (ZGNR) junction driven by three asymmetric time-dependent pumping potentials. By means of the Keldysh Green’s function method, we show that two asymmetric charge currents can be pumped in the different left-right terminals of the device at a zero bias, which mainly stems from the single photon-assisted pumping approximation and the valley valve effect in a ZGNR p-n junction. The ON and OFF states of pumped charge currents are crucially dependent on the even-odd chain widths of the three electrodes, the pumping frequency, the lattice potential and the Fermi level. Two-tunneling spin valves are also considered to spatially separate and detect 100% polarized spin currents owing to the combined spin pump effect and the valley selective transport in a three terminal ZGNR ferromagnetic junction. Our investigations might be helpful to control the spatial and spin degrees of freedom of electrons in graphene pumping devices.

  8. Dynamics of pi-junction interferometer circuits

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    Kornkev, V.K.; Mozhaev, P.B.; Borisenko, I.V.;

    2002-01-01

    The pi-junction superconducting circuit dynamics was studied by means of numerical simulation technique. Parallel arrays consisting of Josephson junctions of both 0- and pi-type were studied as a model of high-T-c grain-boundary Josephson junction. The array dynamics and the critical current...

  9. Dynamics of pi-junction interferometer circuits

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    Kornkev, V.K.; Mozhaev, P.B.; Borisenko, I.V.

    2002-01-01

    The pi-junction superconducting circuit dynamics was studied by means of numerical simulation technique. Parallel arrays consisting of Josephson junctions of both 0- and pi-type were studied as a model of high-T-c grain-boundary Josephson junction. The array dynamics and the critical current...

  10. Controllable spin and valley polarized current through a superlattice of normal/ferromagnetic/normal silicene junction

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    Rashidian, Z.; Hajati, Y.; Rezaeipour, S.; Baher, S.

    2017-02-01

    The spin and valley transports in a superlattice of normal/ferromagnetic/normal silicene junction are studied theoretically. Transport properties in particular valley-resolved conductance, spin and valley polarization have been computed by the Landauer Buttiker formula. We achieve fully valley and spin polarized current in the superlattice N/F/N structure. Our findings also imply that by increasing the number of ferromagnetic barriers, the onset of fully spin and valley polarized current always occur for lower values of staggered potential(Δz/E) and length of the ferromagnetic region (Kf L) in the silicene supelattice structure as compared with N/F/N silicene junction. Fully spin and valley polarizations make silicene superlattice a suitable candidate for spin-valleytronics applications.

  11. Visualization of the current density in Josephson junctions with 0- and {pi}-facets; Visualisierung der Stromverteilung in Josephsonkontakten mit 0- und {pi}-Facetten

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    Guerlich, Christian

    2010-05-11

    With Low-Temperature-Electron-Microscopy (LTSEM) it is possible to analyse the transport properties of solids at low temperatures. In particular it is possible to image the supercurrent density j{sub s} in Josephson junctions. This was demonstrated by comparing TTREM-images with calculated values for j{sub s}. In this thesis ramp-type Nd{sub 2-x}Ce{sub x}CuO{sub 4-y}/Nb-Josephson-junctions (NCCO/Nb) and Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic interlayer Nb/Al-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiCu/Nb, so-called SIFS (superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor) Josephson junctions were studied.It was demonstrated that LTSEM provides direct imaging of the sign change of the order parameter in superconductors with d{sub x{sup 2}-y{sup 2}}-symmetry. This was a controversial issue over the last decade. A step like variation in the thickness of the F-layer allows the fabrication of linear and annular Josephson junctions with different numbers of 0 and {pi} facets. With the LTSEM 0-, {pi}-, 0-{pi}-, 0-{pi}-0-, 0/2-{pi}-0/2-, 20 x (0-{pi})- as well as square-shaped-, circular- and annular-Josephson-junctions were studied. It was demonstrated, that these junctions are of good quality and have critical current densities up to 42 A/cm{sup 2} at T=4.2 K, which is a record value for SIFS junctions with a NiCu F-layer so far. By comparing the measurements with simulations a first indication of a semifluxon at the 0-{pi}-boundary was found. (orig.)

  12. IR Camera Validation of IGBT Junction Temperature Measurement via Peak Gate Current

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    Baker, Nick; Dupont, Laurent; Munk-Nielsen, Stig

    2017-01-01

    Infra-red measurements are used to assess the measurement accuracy of the Peak Gate Current (IGPeak) method for IGBT junction temperature measurement. Single IGBT chips with the gate pad in both the centre and the edge are investigated, along with paralleled chips, as well as chips suffering part...... between chips, the IGPeak method delivers a measurement based on the average temperature of the gate pads....

  13. Critical Consciousness: Current Status and Future Directions

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    Watts, Roderick J.; Diemer, Matthew A.; Voight, Adam M.

    2011-01-01

    In this chapter, the authors consider Paulo Freire's construct of critical consciousness (CC) and why it deserves more attention in research and discourse on youth political and civic development. His approach to education and similar ideas by other scholars of liberation aims to foster a critical analysis of society--and one's status within…

  14. Josephson current in Fe-based superconducting junctions: Theory and experiment

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    Burmistrova, A. V.; Devyatov, I. A.; Golubov, Alexander A.; Yada, Keiji; Tanaka, Yukio; Tortello, M.; Gonnelli, R. S.; Stepanov, V. A.; Ding, Xiaxin; Wen, Hai-Hu; Greene, L. H.

    2015-06-01

    We present a theory of the dc Josephson effect in contacts between Fe-based and spin-singlet s -wave superconductors. The method is based on the calculation of temperature Green's function in the junction within the tight-binding model. We calculate the phase dependencies of the Josephson current for different orientations of the junction relative to the crystallographic axes of Fe-based superconductor. Further, we consider the dependence of the Josephson current on the thickness of an insulating layer and on temperature. Experimental data for PbIn/Ba 1 -xKx (FeAs) 2 point-contact Josephson junctions are consistent with theoretical predictions for s± symmetry of an order parameter in this material. The proposed method can be further applied to calculations of the dc Josephson current in contacts with other new unconventional multiorbital superconductors, such as Sr2RuO4 and the superconducting topological insulator CuxBi2Se3 .

  15. Temperature increase due to Joule heating in a nanostructured MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction over a wide current-pulse range.

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    Jeong, Boram; Lim, Sang Ho

    2011-07-01

    The temperature increase due to Joule heating in a nanopillar of a magnetic tunnel junction sandwiched by top and bottom electrodes was calculated by the finite element method. The results for the critical condition for the current-induced magnetization switching measured over a wide current-pulse range were taken from the literature. At long pulse widths, the temperature increase was solely dependent on the magnitude of the critical current density. However, no saturation in the temperature increase occurred for short pulse widths. In this case, the temperature increase additionally depended on the pulse width, so that a broad maximum occurred in the pulse width (or the critical current density) dependence of the temperature increase. The original results for the critical condition were corrected by accounting for the temperature increase and these corrected results, together with the Slonczewski equation, were used to extract an accurate value for the thermal stability factor.

  16. Current voltage analysis and band diagram of Ti/TiO{sub 2} nanotubes Schottky junction

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    Mini, P.A.; Sherine, Alex; Shalumon, K.T.; Balakrishnan, Avinash; Nair, S.V.; Subramanian, K.R.V. [Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (University), Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine, Kochi (India)

    2012-08-15

    Here, we report on how the energy band diagram of a nanostructured semiconductor- metal interface aligns in accordance with semiconductor morphology. Electrochemically, titanium metal is anodized to form titanium dioxide nanotubes, which forms a junction with the free Ti substrate and this junction forms a natural Schottky barrier. With reduced dimensionality of the nanotube structures (lower wall thickness), we have observed band edge movements and band gap quantum confinement effects and lowering of the Schottky barrier. These results were corroborated with the help of cyclic voltammetry, ultraviolet-visible spectrometry, and impedance analysis. Current voltage analysis of the Schottky barrier showed a lowering of the barrier (by 25 %) with reducing dimensionality of the nanotube structures. At externally applied voltages higher than the Schottky barrier, charges can travel along the nanotubes and reside at an interface between the nanotubes and a high-{kappa} dielectric. This property was utilized to develop high surface area solid-state capacitors. (orig.)

  17. Current voltage analysis and band diagram of Ti/TiO2 nanotubes Schottky junction

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    Mini, P. A.; Sherine, Alex; Shalumon, K. T.; Balakrishnan, Avinash; Nair, S. V.; Subramanian, K. R. V.

    2012-08-01

    Here, we report on how the energy band diagram of a nanostructured semiconductor- metal interface aligns in accordance with semiconductor morphology. Electrochemically, titanium metal is anodized to form titanium dioxide nanotubes, which forms a junction with the free Ti substrate and this junction forms a natural Schottky barrier. With reduced dimensionality of the nanotube structures (lower wall thickness), we have observed band edge movements and band gap quantum confinement effects and lowering of the Schottky barrier. These results were corroborated with the help of cyclic voltammetry, ultraviolet-visible spectrometry, and impedance analysis. Current voltage analysis of the Schottky barrier showed a lowering of the barrier (by 25 %) with reducing dimensionality of the nanotube structures. At externally applied voltages higher than the Schottky barrier, charges can travel along the nanotubes and reside at an interface between the nanotubes and a high- κ dielectric. This property was utilized to develop high surface area solid-state capacitors.

  18. Equivalent Josephson junctions

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    Boyadjiev, T. L.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2008-01-01

    The magnetic field dependences of critical current are numerically constructed for a long Josephson junction with a shunt-or resistor-type microscopic inhomogeneities and compared to the critical curve of a junction with exponentially varying width. The numerical results show that it is adequate to replace the distributed inhomogeneity of a long Josephson junction by an inhomogeneity localized at one of its ends, which has certain technological advantages. It is also shown that the critical curves of junctions with exponentially varying width and inhomogeneities localized at the ends are unaffected by the mixed fluxon-antifluxon distributions of the magnetic flow. This fact may explain the improvement of the spectra of microwave radiation noted in the literature.

  19. Effects of rf current on critical field for magnetization reversal in spin torque devices

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    Chen, Wenyu; Florez, Sylvia; Katine, Jordan; Carey, Matthew; Folks, Liesl; Terris, Bruce

    2009-03-01

    Current induced switching assisted by rf current has recently been observed in spin torque devices at low temperature [1, 2]. This effect allows control of spin transfer induced magnetization reversal through the frequency of an injected rf current. In this study, the effects of the rf current injection on critical field for magnetization reversal in spin valve junctions have been investigated. Measurements were conducted at room temperature, and the magnetic field was applied along the easy axis of the junction. An rf current was injected into the nanojunction at various frequencies ranging between 1 and 20 GHz. The dynamic resistance, dV/dI, was measured as a function of the rf frequency, power and the dc bias current while ramping the magnetic field. The rf current injection was observed to change the critical field for free layer magnetization reversal when the intrinsic spin-transfer-induced dynamics is frequency-locked with the injected rf. The results will be discussed in the context of macrospin models of spin transfer in metallic spin valve structures. [1] S. H. Florez et al. Phys. Rev. B 78, 184403 (2008) [2] Y.-T. Cui et al. Phys. Rev. B 77, 214440 (2008)

  20. Analysis of the ac SQUID with low inductance and low critical current

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    Sørensen, O. H.

    1976-01-01

    The properties of the ac SQUID magnetometer has been analyzed. The results are valid in the low-inductance low-critical-current regime, where the Lri0 producted is belowthe value at which the relation between the enclosed and externally applied magnetic dc flux becomes reentrant. The effects...... of the screening current circulating in the SQUID ring as well as of the SQUID-ring time constant, tau-Lr/R9 are taken into account. Here LR IS THE SQUID-ring inductance, and R is the shunt resistance in the shunted junction model assumed to describe the weak link. It is shown that for finite values of omegatau...

  1. Common features of a vortex structure in long exponentially shaped Josephson junctions and Josephson junctions with inhomogeneities

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    Boyadjiev, T. L.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2007-09-01

    We study the vortex structure in three different models of the long Josephson junction: the exponentially shaped Josephson junction and the Josephson junctions with the resistor and the shunt inhomogeneities in the barrier layer. For these three models the critical curves “critical current-magnetic field” are numerically constructed. We develop the idea of the equivalence of the exponentially shaped Josephson junction and the rectangular junction with the distributed inhomogeneity and demonstrate that at some parameters of the shunt and the resistor inhomogeneities in the ends of the junction the corresponding critical curves are very close to the exponentially shaped one.

  2. Common features of a vortex structure in long exponentially shaped Josephson junctions and Josephson junctions with inhomogeneities

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    Boyadjiev, T.L. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Semerdjieva, E.G. [Plovdiv University, 24 Tzar Asen Str., Plovdiv 4000 (Bulgaria); Shukrinov, Yu.M. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation)], E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru

    2007-09-01

    We study the vortex structure in three different models of the long Josephson junction: the exponentially shaped Josephson junction and the Josephson junctions with the resistor and the shunt inhomogeneities in the barrier layer. For these three models the critical curves 'critical current-magnetic field' are numerically constructed. We develop the idea of the equivalence of the exponentially shaped Josephson junction and the rectangular junction with the distributed inhomogeneity and demonstrate that at some parameters of the shunt and the resistor inhomogeneities in the ends of the junction the corresponding critical curves are very close to the exponentially shaped one.

  3. Critical current measurement for design of HTS DC power cables

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    Watanabe, Hirofumi

    2017-02-01

    Critical currents of HTS DC power cables were calculated. In the calculation a relationship between critical current density and magnetic flux density proposed by Gömöry et al. [1] was used and the parameters used in the relationship were obtained by the critical current measurements with respect to the external magnetic field for a sample of the HTS tape. Numerical models of cables were composed and their critical currents were calculated, which showed the strong dependence on the arrangement of the HTS tapes in the cable. Critical current measurements of model cables assembled based on the calculations showed that the measured critical currents also depended on the arrangement of the HTS tapes strongly. The calculated results were compared with the experimental results, which showed that the experimental results agreed well with the calculated results.

  4. High Critical Current in Metal Organic Derived YBCO Films

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    2010-10-31

    Contract No. FA9550-07-C-0034 “High Critical Current in Metal Organic Derived YBCO Films” Final Report Prepared for: Dr. Harold...Critical Current in Metal Organic Derived YBCO Films 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT...Project focused on optimization of the Metal Organic Deposition (MOD) process for deposition thick, high critical current YBCO films for use in the

  5. Influence of Josephson current second harmonic on stability of magnetic flux in long junctions

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    Atanasova, P. K. H.; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Y. U. M.; Zemlyanaya, E. V.; Seidel, P.

    2010-11-01

    We study the long Josephson junction (LJJ) model which takes into account the second harmonic of the Fourier expansion of Josephson current. The dependence of the static magnetic flux distributions on parameters of the model are investigated numerically. Stability of the static solutions is checked by the sign of the smallest eigenvalue of the associated Sturm-Liouville problem. New solutions which do not exist in the traditional model, have been found. Investigation of the influence of second harmonic on the stability of magnetic flux distributions for main solutions is performed.

  6. Experimental manifestation of the breakpoint region in the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions

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    Irie, A.; Shukrinov, Yu M.; Oya, G.

    2008-01-01

    The experimental evidence of the breakpoint on the current-voltage characteristics (IVCs) of the stacks of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) is presented. The influence of the capacitive coupling on the IVCs of Bi$_2$Sr$_2$CaCu$_2$O$_y$ IJJs has been investigated. At 4.2 K, clear breakpoint region is observed on the branches in the IVCs. It is found that the hysteresis observed on the IVC is suppressed due to the coupling compared with that expected from the McCumber parameter. Measurement...

  7. Observation of Thermoelectric Currents in High-Field Superconductor-Ferromagnet Tunnel Junctions.

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    Kolenda, S; Wolf, M J; Beckmann, D

    2016-03-01

    We report on the experimental observation of spin-dependent thermoelectric currents in superconductor-ferromagnet tunnel junctions in high magnetic fields. The thermoelectric signals are due to a spin-dependent lifting of the particle-hole symmetry, and are found to be in excellent agreement with recent theoretical predictions. The maximum Seebeck coefficient inferred from the data is about -100  μV/K, much larger than commonly found in metallic structures. Our results directly prove the coupling of spin and heat transport in high-field superconductors.

  8. Current approach to burn critical care.

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    Sakallioglu, A E; Haberal, M

    2007-10-01

    Burn trauma is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality all over the world. Advancements in resuscitation, surgical tecniques, infection control and nutritional/metaolic support decreased mortality and morbidity. This article intends to review current outlines for initial treatment and resuscitation nutritional/metabolic support and wound management peculiar to burn patients.

  9. Micromagnetic model for studies on Magnetic Tunnel Junction switching dynamics, including local current density

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    Frankowski, Marek, E-mail: mfrankow@agh.edu.pl; Czapkiewicz, Maciej; Skowronski, Witold; Stobiecki, Tomasz

    2014-02-15

    We present a model introducing the Landau–Lifshitz–Gilbert equation with a Slonczewski's Spin-Transfer-Torque (STT) component in order to take into account spin polarized current influence on the magnetization dynamics, which was developed as an Object Oriented MicroMagnetic Framework extension. We implement the following computations: magnetoresistance of vertical channels is calculated from the local spin arrangement, local current density is used to calculate the in-plane and perpendicular STT components as well as the Oersted field, which is caused by the vertical current flow. The model allows for an analysis of all listed components separately, therefore, the contribution of each physical phenomenon in dynamic behavior of Magnetic Tunnel Junction (MTJ) magnetization is discussed. The simulated switching voltage is compared with the experimental data measured in MTJ nanopillars.

  10. Fabrication and characterization of high current-density, submicron, NbN/MgO/NbN tunnel junctions

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    Stern, J. A.; Leduc, Henry G.; Judas, A. J.

    1992-01-01

    At near-millimeter wavelengths, heterodyne receivers based on SIS tunnel junctions are the most sensitive available. However, in order to scale these results to submillimeter wavelengths, certain device properties should be scaled. The tunnel-junction's current density should be increased to reduce the RC product. The device's area should be reduced to efficiently couple power from the antenna to the mixer. Finally, the superconductor used should have a large energy gap to minimize RF losses. Most SIS mixers use Nb or Pb-alloy tunnel junctions; the gap frequency for these materials is approximately 725 GHz. Above the gap frequency, these materials exhibit losses similar to those in a normal metal. The gap frequency in NbN films is as-large-as 1440 GHz. Therefore, we have developed a process to fabricate small area (down to 0.13 sq microns), high current density, NbN/MgO/NbN tunnel junctions.

  11. Effect of coupling on scheme of hysteresis jumps in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high- superconductors

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    Shukrinov, Yu M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2005-01-01

    We report the numerical calculations of the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high- superconductors. The charging effect at superconducting layers is taken into account. A set of equations is used to study the non-linear dynamics of the system. In framework of capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model we obtain the total number of branches using fixed initial conditions for phases and their derivatives. The influence of the coupling constant \\alpha on th...

  12. 3-Terminal pMTJ reduces critical current and switching time

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    Cheng, Lanting [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States); Khizroev, Sakhrat [Department of Electrical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33174 (United States); Liang, Ping [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521 (United States)

    2014-05-01

    To realize the potential of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) for high-density non-volatile memory and non-volatile logic, the critical current to switch the magnetization must be lowered. This paper presents a simulation study of a new structure of perpendicular MTJs (pMTJs) which divides the fixed layer into two coupling parts. We investigate the TMR and the critical current density of this new pMTJ by micromagnetic simulation using OOMMF for various cases. The simulation results show that this new structure pMTJ has lower critical current and shorter switching time compared to the conventional three-layer MTJs. - Highlights: • We investigate the factors which may affect the critical current density. • A new structure of 3-ternimal perpendicular MTJ is proposed which can switch between two states without changing the direction of the induced current. • Energy consumed will be lowered since a relatively low induced current density is needed. • The switching time between different states is shorter than conventional perpendicular MTJs.

  13. Effects of hydrogen bonding on current-voltage characteristics of molecular junctions

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    Kula, Mathias; Jiang, Jun; Lu, Wei; Luo, Yi

    2006-11-01

    We present a first-principles study of hydrogen bonding effect on current-voltage characteristics of molecular junctions. Three model charge-transfer molecules, 2'-amino-4,4'-di(ethynylphenyl)-1-benzenethiolate (DEPBT-D), 4,4'-di(ethynylphenyl)-2'-nitro-1-benzenethiolate (DEPBT-A), and 2'-amino-4,4'-di(ethynylphenyl)-5'-nitro-1-benzenethiolate (DEPBT-DA), have been examined and compared with the corresponding hydrogen bonded complexes formed with different water molecules. Large differences in current-voltage characteristics are observed for DEPBT-D and DEPBT-A molecules with or without hydrogen bonded waters, while relatively small differences are found for DEPBT-DA. It is predicted that the presence of water clusters can drastically reduce the conductivities of the charge-transfer molecules. The underlying microscopic mechanism has been discussed.

  14. Interfacial spin-orbit splitting and current-driven spin torque in anisotropic tunnel junctions

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    Manchon, Aurelien

    2011-05-17

    Spin transport in magnetic tunnel junctions comprising a single magnetic layer in the presence of interfacial spin-orbit interaction (SOI) is investigated theoretically. Due to the presence of interfacial SOI, a current-driven spin torque can be generated at the second order in SOI, even in the absence of an external spin polarizer. This torque possesses two components, one in plane and one perpendicular to the plane of rotation, that can induce either current-driven magnetization switching from an in-plane to out-of-plane configuration or magnetization precessions, similar to spin transfer torque in spin valves. Consequently, it appears that it is possible to control the magnetization steady state and dynamics by either varying the bias voltage or electrically modifying the SOI at the interface.

  15. Influence of coupling parameter on current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-T {sub c} superconductors

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    Shukrinov, Yu.M. [BLTP, JINR, Moscow Region, Dubna 141980 (Russian Federation) and Physical Technical Institute, Dushanbe 734063 (Tajikistan)]. E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru; Mahfouzi, F. [Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, P.O. Box 45195-1159, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2006-02-01

    We study the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-T {sub c} superconductors by numerical calculations and in framework of capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model we obtain the total number of branches. The influence of the coupling parameter {alpha} on the current-voltage characteristics at fixed parameter {beta} ({beta} {sup 2} 1/{beta} {sub c}, where {beta} {sub c} is McCumber parameter) and the influence of {alpha} on {beta}-dependence of the current-voltage characteristics are investigated. We obtain the {alpha}-dependence of the branch's slopes and branch's endpoints. The presented results show new features of the coupling effect on the scheme of hysteresis jumps in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-T {sub c} superconductors.

  16. Influence of coupling parameter on current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high- Tc superconductors

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.

    2006-02-01

    We study the current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-Tc superconductors by numerical calculations and in framework of capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model we obtain the total number of branches. The influence of the coupling parameter α on the current-voltage characteristics at fixed parameter β (β2 = 1/βc, where βc is McCumber parameter) and the influence of α on β-dependence of the current-voltage characteristics are investigated. We obtain the α-dependence of the branch's slopes and branch's endpoints. The presented results show new features of the coupling effect on the scheme of hysteresis jumps in current-voltage characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-Tc superconductors.

  17. Basic properties of an rf SQUID involving two Josephson junctions connected in series

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    Mao Bo; Tan Zhong-Kui; Meng Shu-Chao; Dai Yuan-Dong; Wang Fu-Ren

    2004-01-01

    We have studied the basic characteristics of a radio frequency superconducting quantum interference device (rf SQUID) involving two Josephson junctions connected in series, the case for the widely used grain boundary junction (GBJ) rf SQUID. It is found that the SQUID properties are determined mainly by the weaker junction when the critical current of the weaker junction is much lower than that of the other junction. Otherwise, the effect of the other junction is not negligible. We also find that only when the hysteresis parameter β is less than 1- α, where α is the critical current ratio of the two junctions, will the SQUID operate in the nonhysteretic mode.

  18. Analytical description of ballistic spin currents and torques in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Chshiev, M.

    2015-09-21

    In this work we demonstrate explicit analytical expressions for both charge and spin currents which constitute the 2×2 spinor in magnetic tunnel junctions with noncollinear magnetizations under applied voltage. The calculations have been performed within the free electron model in the framework of the Keldysh formalism and WKB approximation. We demonstrate that spin/charge currents and spin transfer torques are all explicitly expressed through only three irreducible quantities, without further approximations. The conditions and mechanisms of deviation from the conventional sine angular dependence of both spin currents and torques are shown and discussed. It is shown in the thick barrier approximation that all tunneling transport quantities can be expressed in an extremely simplified form via Slonczewski spin polarizations and our effective spin averaged interfacial transmission probabilities and effective out-of-plane polarizations at both interfaces. It is proven that the latter plays a key role in the emergence of perpendicular spin torque as well as in the angular dependence character of all spin and charge transport considered. It is demonstrated directly also that for any applied voltage, the parallel component of spin current at the FM/I interface is expressed via collinear longitudinal spin current components. Finally, spin transfer torque behavior is analyzed in a view of transverse characteristic length scales for spin transport.

  19. Effect of inductive and capacitive coupling on the current-voltage characteristic and electromagnetic radiation from a system of Josephson junctions

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    Rahmonov, I. R.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Atanasova, P. Kh.; Zemlyanaya, E. V.; Bashashin, M. V.

    2017-01-01

    We have studied the current-voltage characteristic of a system of long Josephson junctions taking into account the inductive and capacitive coupling. The dependence of the average time derivative of the phase difference on the bias current and spatiotemporal dependences of the phase difference and magnetic field in each junction are considered. The possibility of branching of the current-voltage characteristic in the region of zero field step, which is associated with different numbers of fluxons in individual Josephson junctions, is demonstrated. The current-voltage characteristic of the system of Josephson junctions is compared with the case of a single junction, and it is shown that the observed branching is due to coupling between the junctions. The intensity of electromagnetic radiation associated with motion of fluxons is calculated, and the effect of coupling between junctions on the radiation power is analyzed.

  20. Voltage-driven versus current-driven spin torque in anisotropic tunneling junctions

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    Manchon, Aurelien

    2011-10-01

    Nonequilibrium spin transport in a magnetic tunnel junction comprising a single magnetic layer in the presence of interfacial spin-orbit interaction (SOI) is studied theoretically. The interfacial SOI generates a spin torque of the form T=T∥ M×(z× M)+T⊥ z× M, even in the absence of an external spin polarizer. For thick and large tunnel barriers, the torque reduces to the perpendicular component T⊥, which can be electrically tuned by applying a voltage across the insulator. In the limit of thin and low tunnel barriers, the in-plane torque T∥ emerges, proportional to the tunneling current density. Experimental implications on magnetic devices are discussed. © 2011 IEEE.

  1. AFM nano-plough planar YBCO micro-bridges: critical currents and magnetic field effects.

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    Elkaseh, A A O; Perold, W J; Srinivasu, V V

    2010-10-01

    The critical current (Ic) of YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) AFM plough micro-constrictions is measured as a function of temperature, width and the magnetic flux density (B), which was applied perpendicular to the YBCO ab-plane and surface of the bridges. C-axis oriented thin films of YBa2Cu3O7-x were deposited on MgO substrates using an inverted cylindrical magnetron (ICM) sputtering technique. The films were then patterned into 8-10 micron size strips, using standard photolithography and dry etching processes. Micro-bridges with widths between 1.9 microm to 4.1 microm were fabricated by using atomic force microscope (AFM) nanolithography techniques. Critical current versus temperature data shows a straight-line behavior, which is typical of constriction type Josephson junctions. The Ic versus B characteristics exhibited a modulation, and a suppression of the critical current of up to 84%. It was also found that the critical current increases with increasing constriction width.

  2. The critical current and irreversible magnetisation in UPt 3

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    Kambe, S.; Huxley, A. D.; Rodière, P.; Paulsen, C.; Flouquet, J.

    1999-01-01

    We have measured the field-dependence of critical current and magnetisation in the superconducting phase of a single crystal of UPt 3. At low temperatures the critical current shows a peak below Hc2, which is also seen in measurements of the magnetic hysterisis. The onset of the peak does not coincide with the transition between the B and C superconducting phases, which is consistent with measurements of the magnetic hysterisis.

  3. Planar Josephson tunnel junctions in a transverse magnetic field

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    Monacoa, R.; Aarøe, Morten; Mygind, Jesper

    2007-01-01

    Traditionally, since the discovery of the Josephson effect in 1962, the magnetic diffraction pattern of planar Josephson tunnel junctions has been recorded with the field applied in the plane of the junction. Here we discuss the static junction properties in a transverse magnetic field where...... demagnetization effects imposed by the tunnel barrier and electrodes geometry are important. Measurements of the junction critical current versus magnetic field in planar Nb-based high-quality junctions with different geometry, size, and critical current density show that it is advantageous to use a transverse...

  4. Critical current studies of a HTS rectangular coil

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    Zhong, Z. [Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom); Chudy, M., E-mail: Michal.chudy@stuba.sk [Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria (South Africa); Institute of Power and Applied Electrical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia); Ruiz, H.S. [Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH (United Kingdom); Zhang, X.; Coombs, T. [Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • Unique square pancake coil was manufactured. • Measurements in relatively high magnetic field were performed. • Different sections of the coil were characterized. • Parts of the coil which are limiting critical current were identified. - Abstract: Nowadays, superconducting high field magnets are used in numerous applications due to their superior properties. High temperature superconductors (HTS) are usually used for production of circular pancake or racetrack coils. However different geometries of HTS coils might be required for some specific applications. In this study, the HTS coil wound on a rectangular frame was fully characterized in homogeneous DC background field. The study contains measurements of critical current angular dependencies. The critical current of the entire coil and two selected strands under different magnitudes and orientations of external magnetic fields are measured. The critical regions of the coil in different angular regimes are determined. This study brings better understanding of the in- field performance of HTS coils wound on frames with right-angles.

  5. Microstructures and critical currents in high-{Tc} superconductors

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    Suenaga, Masaki

    1998-11-01

    Microstructural defects are the primary determining factors for the values of critical-current densities in a high {Tc} superconductor after the electronic anisotropy along the a-b plane and the c-direction. A review is made to assess firstly what would be the maximum achievable critical-current density in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} if nearly ideal pinning sites were introduced and secondly what types of pinning defects are currently introduced or exist in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} and how effective are these in pinning vortices.

  6. Vortex domain structures and dc current dependence of magneto-resistances in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Wei Hong-Xiang; Lu Qing-Feng; Zhao Su-Fen; Zhang Xie-Qun; Feng Jia-Feng; Han Xiu-Feng

    2004-01-01

    Microfabrication and the magneto-transport characteristics of the magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a spin-valve-type structure of Ta (5nm)/Ni7gFe21 (25nm)/Ir22Mn78 (12nm)/Co75Fe25 (4nm)/Al(0.8nm) oxide/Co75Fe25(4nm)/Ni7gFe21 (20nm)/Ta(5nm) were investigated in this paper. A series of experimental data measured with a MTJ was used to verify a magnon-assisted tunnelling model and theory. Furthermore, a micromagnetics simulation shows that the butterfly-like vortex domain structures can be formed under a current-induced Oersted field, which decreases the net magnetization values of the ferromagnetic electrodes under a large dc current (i.e., in high voltage regimes). It is one of the main reasons for the tunnel magnetoresistance ratios to decrease significantly at high voltage biasing.

  7. Noise and current correlations in tunnel junctions of quantum spin Hall edge states

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    Dolcini, Fabrizio

    2015-10-01

    The edge channels of two-dimensional topological systems are protected from elastic reflection and are noiseless at low temperature. Yet, noise and cross correlations can be induced when electron waves partly transmit to the opposite edge via tunneling through a constriction. In particular, in a quantum spin Hall (QSH) system tunneling occurs via both spin-preserving (p ) and spin-flipping (f ) processes, each fulfilling time-reversal symmetry. We investigate the current correlations of a four-terminal QSH setup in the presence of a tunneling region, both at equilibrium and out of equilibrium. We find that, although p and f processes do not commute and the generic current correlation depends on both, under appropriate conditions a direct detection of two types of partition noise is possible. In particular, while the spin-preserving partitioning can be probed for any arbitrary tunnel junction with a specific configuration of terminal biases, the spin-flipping partitioning can be directly detected only under suitably designed setups and conditions. We describe two setups where these conditions can be fulfilled, and both types of partitioning can be detected and controlled.

  8. High Current ESD Test of Advanced Triple Junction Solar Array Coupon

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    Wright, Kenneth H., Jr.; Schneider, Todd A.; Vaughn, Jason A.; Hoang, Bao; Wong, Frankie

    2014-01-01

    Testing was conducted on an Advanced Triple Junction (ATJ) coupon that was part of a risk reduction effort in the development of a high-powered solar array design by Space Systems Loral, LLC (SSL). The ATJ coupon was a small, 4-cell, two-string configuration of flight-type design that has served as the basic test coupon design used in previous SSL environmental aging campaigns. The objective of the present test was to evaluate the performance of the coupon after being subjected to induced electrostatic discharge (ESD) testing at two string voltages (100 V, 150 V) and four string currents (1.65 A, 2.0 A, 2.475 A, and 3.3 A). An ESD test circuit, unique to SSL solar array design, was built that simulates the effect of missing cells and strings in a full solar panel with special primary arc flashover circuitry. A total of 73 primary arcs were obtained that included 7 temporary sustained arcs (TSA) events. The durations of the TSAs ranged from 50 micro-seconds to 2.75 milli-seconds. All TSAs occurred at a string voltage of 150 V. Post-ESD functional testing showed that no degradation occurred due to the TSA events. These test results point to a robust design for application to a high-current, high-power mission.

  9. Field-induced inversion of resonant tunneling currents through single molecule junctions and the directional photo-electric effect

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    Kuperman, Maayan; Peskin, Uri

    2017-03-01

    It has been known for several decades that the electric current through tunneling junctions is affected by irradiation. In particular, photon-assisted currents by asymmetric irradiation of the two leads was demonstrated and studied extensively in tunneling junctions of different compositions and for different radiation wavelengths. In this work, this phenomenon is revisited in the context of single molecule junctions. Restricting the theoretical discussion to adiabatic periodic driving of one lead with respect to the other within a non-interacting electron formulation, the main features of specific molecules are encoded in the discrete electronic energy levels. The detailed level structure of the molecule is shown to yield new effects in the presence of asymmetric driving of the leads. In particular, when the field-free tunneling process is dominated by a single electronic level, the electric current can be suppressed to zero or flow against the direction of an applied static bias. In the presence of a second electronic level, a directional photo-electric effect is predicted, where not only the magnitude but also the direction of the steady state electric current through the tunneling junction can be changed by a monotonous increase of the field intensity. These effects are analyzed and explained by outlying the relevant theory, using analytic expressions in the wide-band limit, as well as numerical simulations beyond this limit.

  10. Elimination of the channel current effect on the characterization of MOSFET threshold voltage using junction capacitance measurements

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    Tomaszewski, Daniel; Głuszko, Grzegorz; Łukasiak, Lidia; Kucharski, Krzysztof; Malesińska, Jolanta

    2017-02-01

    An alternative method for an extraction of the MOSFET threshold voltage has been proposed. It is based on an analysis of the MOSFET source-bulk junction capacitance behavior as a function of the gate-source voltage. The effect of the channel current on the threshold voltage extraction is fully eliminated. For the threshold voltage and junction capacitance model parameters non-iterative methods have been used. The proposed method has been demonstrated using a series of MOS transistors manufactured using a standard CMOS technology.

  11. Fully Valley/spin polarized current and Fano factor through the Graphene/ferromagnetic silicene/Graphene junction

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    Rashidian, Zeinab; Rezaeipour, Saeid; Hajati, Yaser; Lorestaniweiss, Zeinab; Ueda, Akiko

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we study the transport properties of Dirac fermions through the ferromagnetic silicene which is sandwiched between the Graphene leads (G/FS/G). Spin/valley conductance, spin/valley polarization, and also Fano factor are theoretically calculated using the Landauer-Buttiker formula. We find that the fully valley and spin polarized currents through the G/FS/G junction can be obtained by increasing the electric field strength and the length of ferromagnetic silicene region. Moreover, the valley polarization can be tuned from negative to positive values by changing the electric field. We find that the Fano factor also changes with the spin and valley polarization. Our findings of high controllability of the spin and valley transport in such a G/FS/G junction the potential of this junction for spin-valleytronics applications.

  12. Scaling rules for critical current density in anisotropic biaxial superconductors

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    Li, Yingxu, E-mail: yingxuli@swjtu.edu.cn [Applied Mechanics and Structure Safety Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Mechanics and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Kang, Guozheng [Applied Mechanics and Structure Safety Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Mechanics and Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610031 (China); Gao, Yuanwen, E-mail: ywgao@lzu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Environment and Disaster in Western China, The Ministry of Education of China, Lanzhou, Gansu 730000 (China); Department of Mechanics and Engineering Science, College of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu 730000 (China)

    2016-06-15

    Recent researches highlight the additional anisotropic crystallographic axis within the superconducting plane of high temperature superconductors (HTS), demonstrating the superconducting anisotropy of HTS is better understood in the biaxial frame than the previous uniaxial coordinates within the superconducting layer. To quantitatively evaluate the anisotropy of flux pinning and critical current density in HTS, we extend the scaling rule for single-vortex collective pinning in uniaxial superconductors to account for flux-bundle collective pinning in biaxial superconductors. The scaling results show that in a system of random uncorrected point defects, the field dependence of the critical current density is described by a unified function with the scaled magnetic field of the isotropic superconductor. The obtained angular dependence of the critical current density depicts the main features of experimental observations, considering possible corrections due to the strong-pinning interaction.

  13. Very High Current Density Nb/AlN/Nb Tunnel Junctions for Low-Noise Submillimeter Mixers

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    Kawamura, Jonathan; Miller, David; Chen, Jian; Zmuidzinas, Jonas; Bumble, Bruce; LeDuc, Henry G.; Stern, Jeff A.

    2000-01-01

    We have fabricated and tested submillimeter-wave superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) mixers using very high current density Nb/AlN/Nb tunnel junctions (J(sub c) approximately equal 30 kA/sq cm) . The junctions have low resistance-area products (R(sub N)A approximately 5.6 Omega.sq micron), good subgap to normal resistance ratios R(sub sg)/R(sub N) approximately equal 10, and good run-to-run reproducibility. From Fourier transform spectrometer measurements, we infer that omega.R(sub N)C = 1 at 270 GHz. This is a factor of 2.5 improvement over what is generally available with Nb/AlO(x)/Nb junctions suitable for low-noise mixers. The AlN-barrier junctions are indeed capable of low-noise operation: we measure an uncorrected receiver noise temperature of T(sub RX) = 110 K (DSB) at 533 GHz for an unoptimized device. In addition to providing wider bandwidth operation at lower frequencies, the AlN-barrier junctions will considerably improve the performance of THz SIS mixers by reducing RF loss in the tuning circuits.

  14. Engineering Critical Current Density Improvement in Ag- Bi-2223 Tapes

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    Wang, W. G.; Seifi, Behrouz; Eriksen, Morten;

    2000-01-01

    Ag alloy sheathed Bi-2223 multifilament tapes were produced by the powder-in-tube method. Engineering critical current density improvement has been achieved through both enhancement of critical current density by control of the thermal behavior of oxide powder and by an increase of the filling...... the superconductor composite sustaining large proportional oxide ceramics in the composite during drawing and rolling process. By optimization of the thermal and mechanical process, a Je of 12 kA/cm2 has been achieved in a 0.183.1 mm2 size tape which carried 67 A...

  15. Strand critical current degradation in $Nb_{3}$ Sn Rutherford cables

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    Barzi, E; Higley, H C; Scanlan, R M; Yamada, R; Zlobin, A V

    2001-01-01

    Fermilab is developing 11 Tesla superconducting accelerator magnets based on Nb/sub 3/Sn superconductor. Multifilamentary Nb/sub 3/Sn strands produced using the modified jelly roll, internal tin, and powder-in-tube technologies were used for the development and test of the prototype cable. To optimize the cable geometry with respect to the critical current, short samples of Rutherford cable with packing factors in the 85 to 95% range were fabricated and studied. In this paper, the results of measurements of critical current, n-value and RRR made on the round virgin strands and on the strands extracted from the cable samples are presented. (5 refs).

  16. Optimized electrode configuration for current-in-plane characterization of magnetic tunnel junction stacks

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    Cagliani, A.; Kjær, D.; Østerberg, F. W.; Hansen, O.; Nielsen, P. F.; Petersen, D. H.

    2017-02-01

    The current-in-plane tunneling technique (CIPT) has been a crucial tool in the development of magnetic tunnel junction stacks suitable for magnetic random access memories (MRAM) for more than a decade. The MRAM development has now reached the maturity to make the transition from the R&D phase to the pilot production phase. This will require an improvement in the repeatability of the CIPT metrology technique. Here, we present an analytical model that can be used to simulate numerically the repeatability of a CIPT measurement for an arbitrary MTJ stack prior to any CIPT measurement. The model describes mathematically the main sources of error arising when a micro multi-electrode probe is used to perform a CIPT measurement. The numerically simulated repeatability values obtained on four different MTJ stacks are verified by experimental data and the model is used to optimize the choice of electrodes on a multi-electrode probe to reach up to 36% improvement on the repeatability for the resistance area product and the tunneling magnetoresistance measurement, without any hardware modification.

  17. Criticality and turbulence in a resistive magnetohydrodynamic current sheet.

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    Klimas, Alexander J; Uritsky, Vadim M

    2017-02-01

    Scaling properties of a two-dimensional (2d) plasma physical current-sheet simulation model involving a full set of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations with current-dependent resistivity are investigated. The current sheet supports a spatial magnetic field reversal that is forced through loading of magnetic flux containing plasma at boundaries of the simulation domain. A balance is reached between loading and annihilation of the magnetic flux through reconnection at the current sheet; the transport of magnetic flux from boundaries to current sheet is realized in the form of spatiotemporal avalanches exhibiting power-law statistics of lifetimes and sizes. We identify this dynamics as self-organized criticality (SOC) by verifying an extended set of scaling laws related to both global and local properties of the current sheet (critical susceptibility, finite-size scaling of probability distributions, geometric exponents). The critical exponents obtained from this analysis suggest that the model operates in a slowly driven SOC state similar to the mean-field state of the directed stochastic sandpile model. We also investigate multiscale correlations in the velocity field and find them numerically indistinguishable from certain intermittent turbulence (IT) theories. The results provide clues on physical conditions for SOC behavior in a broad class of plasma systems with propagating instabilities, and suggest that SOC and IT may coexist in driven current sheets which occur ubiquitously in astrophysical and space plasmas.

  18. Criticality and turbulence in a resistive magnetohydrodynamic current sheet

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    Klimas, Alexander J.; Uritsky, Vadim M.

    2017-02-01

    Scaling properties of a two-dimensional (2d) plasma physical current-sheet simulation model involving a full set of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations with current-dependent resistivity are investigated. The current sheet supports a spatial magnetic field reversal that is forced through loading of magnetic flux containing plasma at boundaries of the simulation domain. A balance is reached between loading and annihilation of the magnetic flux through reconnection at the current sheet; the transport of magnetic flux from boundaries to current sheet is realized in the form of spatiotemporal avalanches exhibiting power-law statistics of lifetimes and sizes. We identify this dynamics as self-organized criticality (SOC) by verifying an extended set of scaling laws related to both global and local properties of the current sheet (critical susceptibility, finite-size scaling of probability distributions, geometric exponents). The critical exponents obtained from this analysis suggest that the model operates in a slowly driven SOC state similar to the mean-field state of the directed stochastic sandpile model. We also investigate multiscale correlations in the velocity field and find them numerically indistinguishable from certain intermittent turbulence (IT) theories. The results provide clues on physical conditions for SOC behavior in a broad class of plasma systems with propagating instabilities, and suggest that SOC and IT may coexist in driven current sheets which occur ubiquitously in astrophysical and space plasmas.

  19. Quantum critical points in tunneling junction of topological superconductor and topological insulator

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    Zuo, Zheng-Wei, E-mail: zuozw@163.com [School of Physics and Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471003 (China); National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Kang, Da-wei [School of Physics and Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471003 (China); Wang, Zhao-Wu [School of Physics and Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471003 (China); National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Li, Liben [School of Physics and Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471003 (China)

    2016-08-26

    The tunneling junction between one-dimensional topological superconductor and integer (fractional) topological insulator (TI), realized via point contact, is investigated theoretically with bosonization technology and renormalization group methods. For the integer TI case, in a finite range of edge interaction parameter, there is a non-trivial stable fixed point which corresponds to the physical picture that the edge of TI breaks up into two sections at the junction, with one side coupling strongly to the Majorana fermion and exhibiting perfect Andreev reflection, while the other side decouples, exhibiting perfect normal reflection at low energies. This fixed point can be used as a signature of the Majorana fermion and tested by nowadays experiment techniques. For the fractional TI case, the universal low-energy transport properties are described by perfect normal reflection, perfect Andreev reflection, or perfect insulating fixed points dependent on the filling fraction and edge interaction parameter of fractional TI. - Highlights: • Tunneling junctions between topological superconductor and topological insulator are investigated. • There is a non-trivial stable fixed point in integer topological insulator case at low energies. • The edge of topological insulator breaks up into two sections at the junction. • One side couples strongly to the Majorana fermion and exhibits perfect Andreev reflection. • The other side decouples and exhibits perfect normal reflection.

  20. Interlaboratory Comparisons of NbTi Critical Current Measurements

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    Godeke, A.; Turrioni, D.; Boutboul, T.; Cheggour, N.; Goodrich, L.F.; Ghosh, A.; Den Ouden, A.; Meinesz, M.

    2009-08-16

    We report on a multi-institute comparison of critical current data measured on a modern NbTi wire for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which has shown a standard deviation below 1% in critical current density spread in more than 1500 measurements. Interlaboratory comparisons on Nb{sub 3}Sn wires have shown ambiguities that could be attributable to strain related differences in critical current density, originating from differences in sample handling, reaction, and mounting techniques, or also to differences in the magnetic field and current calibrations between the institutes. A round robin test of a well characterized NbTi wire provides a baseline variance in critical current results that is presumed to be attributable only to differences in the characterization systems. Systematic differences on the order of 3.5% are found in the comparison. The most likely cause for the observed differences is a small diameter holder that brings the wire into a strain regime in which strain effects can no longer be ignored. A NbTi round robin test, when performed properly, will separate system differences from sample specific differences and provide laboratories with an opportunity to calibrate equipment against a standard measurement.

  1. Critical Current Measurements in Commercial Tapes, Coils, and Magnets.

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    Gubser, D. U.; Soulen, R. J., Jr.; Fuller-Mora, W. W.; Francavilla, T. L.

    1996-03-01

    We have measured a number of tapes, coils, and magnets produced by commercial vendors and determined their properties as functions of magnetic field and temperature. The tapes were measured at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in magnetic fields to 20 tesla and at temperatures of 4.2 K, 27 K, 65 K, and 77 K. For the tapes we report critical currents and current-voltage characteristics. Six inch diameter coils were measured at NRL in zero magnetic field. Critical currents, current-voltage characteristics, and reliability studies are reported for the coils. Larger 10 inch diameter coils, which are to be used in a 200 hp superconducting motor, were also measured and results will be presented. The talk will also review the status of the most recent tests of the superconducting motor.

  2. Effect of heating on critical current of YBCO nanowires

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    Golubev, D., E-mail: dmitry.golubev@aalto.fi [Low Temperature Laboratory (OVLL), Aalto University School of Science, P.O. Box 13500, 00076 Aalto (Finland); Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Lombardi, F.; Bauch, T. [Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Göteborg (Sweden)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • We discuss transport of heat in YBCO nanowires and its implications to their superconducting properties. • We demonstrate that in long wires the measured value of the critical current may be much lower than its theoretical value. • Our results may be interesting in view of potential applications of YBCO nanowires in detectors of radiation. - Abstract: We discuss transport of heat in YBCO nanowires and its implications to their superconducting properties. We find under which conditions the central part of a nanowire may turn normal. We demonstrate that in long wires it may happen at currents much lower than the theoretical value of superconducting critical current. We derive a simple formula for the corresponding threshold current in terms of the heat transport parameters of YBCO. Our results may be interesting in view of potential applications of YBCO nanowires in detectors of radiation.

  3. High Current ESD Test of Advanced Triple Junction Solar Array Coupon

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    Wright, Kenneth H., Jr.; Schneider, Todd A.; Vaughn, Jason A.; Hoang, Bao; Wong, Frankie

    2015-01-01

    A test was conducted on an Advanced Triple Junction (ATJ) coupon that was part of a risk reduction effort in the development of a high-powered solar array design by SSL. The ATJ coupon was a small, 4-cell, two-string configuration that has served as the basic test coupon design used in previous SSL environmental aging campaigns. The coupon has many attributes of the flight design; e.g., substrate structure with graphite face sheets, integrated by-pass diodes, cell interconnects, RTV grout, wire routing, etc. The objective of the present test was to evaluate the performance of the coupon after being subjected to induced electrostatic discharge testing at two string voltages (100 V, 150 V) and four array current (1.65 A, 2.0 A, 2.475 A, and 3.3 A). An ESD test circuit, unique to SSL solar array design, was built that simulates the effect of missing cells and strings in a full solar panel with special primary arc flashover circuitry. A total of 73 primary arcs were obtained that included 7 temporary sustained arcs (TSA) events. The durations of the TSAs ranged from 50 micros to 2.9 ms. All TSAs occurred at a string voltage of 150 V. Post-test Large Area Pulsed Solar Simulator (LAPSS), Dark I-V, and By-Pass Diode tests showed that no degradation occurred due to the TSA events. In addition, the post-test insulation resistance measured was > 50 G-ohms between cells and substrate. These test results indicate a robust design for application to a high-current, high-power mission application.

  4. Thermal analytic model of current gain for bipolar junction transistor-bipolar static induction transistor compound device

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    Zhang You-Run; Zhang Bo; Li Ze-Hong; Lai Chang-Jin; Li Zhao-Ji

    2009-01-01

    This paper proposes a thermal analytical model of current gain for bipolar junction transistor-bipolar static induction transistor (BJT-BSIT) compound device in the low current operation. It also proposes a best thermal compensating factor to the compound device that indicates the relationship between the thermal variation rate of current gain and device structure. This is important for the design of compound device to be optimized. Finally, the analytical model is found to be in good agreement with numerical simulation and experimental results. The test results demonstrate that thermal variation rate of current gain is below 10% in 25℃C-85℃ and 20% in -55℃-25℃.

  5. High Density Planar High Temperature Superconducting Josephson Junctions Arrays

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    2006-09-01

    TIT,) 3 dependance . At lower temperatures it follows a (1 - T/T,)2 depen- dance ........ ................................... 57 4.7 Shapiro steps in...70 4.23 Dependance of the critical current for a ten junction array on mi- crowave power ..................................... 71 4.24 Resistance vs...GHz microwave radiation. (b) Microwave power dependance of the critical current and 1st-order Shapiro step. 76 5.2 (a) Single junction critical current

  6. Implications and applications of current-induced dynamics in molecular junctions.

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    Jorn, Ryan; Seideman, Tamar

    2010-09-21

    Instances of strongly nonadiabatic electronic-vibrational energy transfer have been studied since the early days of quantum mechanics and remain a topic of fundamental interest. Often such transfers are associated with electronic resonances, temporary states where transient localization of charge on the molecule provides a mechanism for channeling electronic energy into vibrational excitation. Extensively studied in the gas phase, electron resonance scattering also occurs with surface adsorbed molecules, where it manifests itself in broadened cross sections and desorption of adsorbates from metal surfaces. In this Account, we focus on a related topic: the implications of nonadiabatic, resonance-mediated scattering to the exciting field of molecular electronics. In this context, researchers can induce directed nuclear dynamics and control these processes in single molecules in contact with metallic and semiconducting electrodes. We discuss a variety of consequences and applications of current-driven nuclear excitation in molecular devices, ranging from the design of new forms of molecular machines to surface chemistry at the single-molecule level and atom-resolved lithography. We highlight two specific examples of molecular nanomachines. In the first, a Au-C(60)-Au transistor, the current induces the oscillatory motion of the center-of-mass coordinate of the C(60). The second, a zwitterion-based rattle, demonstrates excitation of intramolecular motion as the positively charged moiety is threaded back and forth through the negatively charged carbon ring. Finally, we discuss the current-induced desorption of organic molecules from Si(100) both to suggest the potential for controlled surface nanochemistry and to develop guidelines for the design of stable molecular junctions. Modeling the exchange of energy between tunneling electrons and the vibrational degrees of freedom of a target molecule subject to bias voltage, open boundary conditions in the electronic subspace

  7. Valley and spin resonant tunneling current in ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic/ferromagnetic silicene junction

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    Yaser Hajati

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We study the transport properties in a ferromagnetic/nonmagnetic/ferromagnetic (FNF silicene junction in which an electrostatic gate potential, U, is attached to the nonmagnetic region. We show that the electrostatic gate potential U is a useful probe to control the band structure, quasi-bound states in the nonmagnetic barrier as well as the transport properties of the FNF silicene junction. In particular, by introducing the electrostatic gate potential, both the spin and valley conductances of the junction show an oscillatory behavior. The amplitude and frequency of such oscillations can be controlled by U. As an important result, we found that by increasing U, the second characteristic of the Klein tunneling is satisfied as a result of the quasiparticles chirality which can penetrate through a potential barrier. Moreover, it is found that for special values of U, the junction shows a gap in the spin and valley-resolve conductance and the amplitude of this gap is only controlled by the on-site potential difference, Δz. Our findings of high controllability of the spin and valley transport in such a FNF silicene junction may improve the performance of nano-electronics and spintronics devices.

  8. Critical current and electronic properties of YBCO-Ag compounds

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    Dwir, B.; Affronte, M.; Pavuna, D. (Physics Dept., Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech., Lausanne (Switzerland))

    1989-12-01

    We have found that in YBCO-Ag ceramic compounds Ag fills the intergranular space (''holes'') without affecting Tc. Normal-state resistivity is decreased by {approx equal} x 100 when adding up to 50 wt% Ag. Percolation analysis shows that the critical indices t,s are in agreement with 3D theoretical values, but p{sub c} is higher than expected. The critical current density J{sub c} is enhanced by up to 50% in the samples containing {approx equal} 10 wt% Ag, this enhancement corresponds to a maximum YBCO compactness in the samples. (orig.).

  9. Branch structure of IV-characteristics in the capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model with the diffusion current

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    Shukrinov, Yu.M. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Physical Technical Institute, Dushanbe 734063 (Tajikistan)], E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru; Mahfouzi, F. [Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, P.O. Box 45195-1159, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Seidel, P. [Institut fuer Festkorperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena, D-07743 Jena (Germany)

    2007-09-01

    We have solved numerically a system of dynamical equations for the gauge-invariant phase differences between superconducting layers for a stack of N intrinsic junctions and obtained a total branch structure in the current-voltage characteristics (IVC) of the stack. The coupling dependence of the branch's slopes is investigated and demonstrated that the equidistance of the branch structure in capacitively coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model is broken at small values of coupling parameter. Changes in the parameters of the boundary conditions and the use of periodic boundary conditions do not affect this result. In the framework of the CCJJ model with the diffusion current we simulate an experiment and obtain the IV-characteristic with equidistant branch structure at different values of model parameters.

  10. Branch structure of IV-characteristics in the capacitively coupled Josephson junctions model with the diffusion current

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Mahfouzi, F.; Seidel, P.

    2007-09-01

    We have solved numerically a system of dynamical equations for the gauge-invariant phase differences between superconducting layers for a stack of N intrinsic junctions and obtained a total branch structure in the current-voltage characteristics (IVC) of the stack. The coupling dependence of the branch’s slopes is investigated and demonstrated that the equidistance of the branch structure in capacitively coupled Josephson junctions (CCJJ) model is broken at small values of coupling parameter. Changes in the parameters of the boundary conditions and the use of periodic boundary conditions do not affect this result. In the framework of the CCJJ model with the diffusion current we simulate an experiment and obtain the IV-characteristic with equidistant branch structure at different values of model parameters.

  11. Hawking Radiation and Nonequilibrium Quantum Critical Current Noise

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    Sonner, Julian; Green, A. G.

    2012-08-01

    The dynamical scaling of quantum critical systems in thermal equilibrium may be inherited in the driven steady state, leading to universal out-of-equilibrium behavior. This attractive notion has been demonstrated in just a few cases. We demonstrate how holography—a mapping between the quantum critical system and a gravity dual—provides an illuminating perspective and new results. Nontrivial out-of-equilibrium universality is particularly apparent in current noise, which is dual to Hawking radiation in the gravitational system. We calculate this in a two-dimensional system driven by a strong in-plane electric field and deduce a universal scaling function interpolating between previously established equilibrium and far-from-equilibrium current noise. Since this applies at all fields, out-of-equilibrium experiments no longer require very high fields for comparison with theory.

  12. Josephson junctions with ferromagnetic interlayer

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    Wild, Georg Hermann

    2012-03-04

    We report on the fabrication of superconductor/insulator/ferromagnetic metal/superconductor (Nb/AlO{sub x}/Pd{sub 0.82}Ni{sub 0.18}/Nb) Josephson junctions (SIFS JJs) with high critical current densities, large normal resistance times area products, and high quality factors. For these junctions, a transition from 0- to {pi}-coupling is observed for a thickness d{sub F}=6 nm of the ferromagnetic Pd{sub 0.82}Ni{sub 0.18} interlayer. The magnetic field dependence of the critical current of the junctions demonstrates good spatial homogeneity of the tunneling barrier and ferromagnetic interlayer. Magnetic characterization shows that the Pd{sub 0.82}Ni{sub 0.18} has an out-of-plane anisotropy and large saturation magnetization indicating negligible dead layers at the interfaces. A careful analysis of Fiske modes up to about 400 GHz provides valuable information on the junction quality factor and the relevant damping mechanisms. Whereas losses due to quasiparticle tunneling dominate at low frequencies, at high frequencies the damping is explained by the finite surface resistance of the junction electrodes. High quality factors of up to 30 around 200 GHz have been achieved. They allow to study the junction dynamics, in particular the switching probability from the zero-voltage into the voltage state with and without microwave irradiation. The experiments with microwave irradiation are well explained within semi-classical models and numerical simulations. In contrast, at mK temperature the switching dynamics without applied microwaves clearly shows secondary quantum effects. Here, we could observe for the first time macroscopic quantum tunneling in Josephson junctions with a ferromagnetic interlayer. This observation excludes fluctuations of the critical current as a consequence of an unstable magnetic domain structure of the ferromagnetic interlayer and affirms the suitability of SIFS Josephson junctions for quantum information processing.

  13. Josephson current in a normal-metal nanowire coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor junction

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    Ebisu, H.; Lu, B.; Taguchi, K.; Golubov, Alexandre Avraamovitch; Tanaka, Y.

    2016-01-01

    We consider a superconducting nanowire proximity coupled to a superconductor/ferromagnet/superconductor (S/F/S) junction, where the magnetization penetrates into a superconducting segment in a nanowire decaying as ∼exp[−∣n∣ξ], where n is the site index and the ξ is the decay length. We tune chemical

  14. Transport critical current of MgB2 wires: pulsed current of varying rate compared to direct current method

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

    2011-10-01

    The measurement of transport critical current (Ic) for MgB2 wires and tapes has been investigated with two different techniques, the conventional four-probe arrangement with direct current (DC) power source, and a tailored triangle pulse at different rates of current change. The DC method has been widely used and practiced by various groups, but suffers from inevitable heating effects when high currents are used at low magnetic fields. The pulsed current method has no heating effects, but the critical current can depend on the rate of the current change (dI/dt) in the pulse. Our pulsed current measurements with varying dI/dt show that the same values of Ic are obtained as with the DC method, but without the artifacts of heating. Our method is particularly useful at low field regions which are often inaccessible by DC methods. We also performed a finite element method (FEM) analysis to obtain the time dependent heat distribution in MgB2 due to the electric potential produced at the current contacts to the superconducting sample and its gradient around the contacts. This gradient is defined as the current transfer length (CTL) of the samples and leads to Joule heating of the wire near the contacts. The FEM results provide further evidence of the limitation of the DC method in obtaining high transport critical current.

  15. Gap Junctions

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    Nielsen, Morten Schak; Axelsen, Lene Nygaard; Sorgen, Paul L.; Verma, Vandana; Delmar, Mario; Holstein-Rathlou, Niels-Henrik

    2013-01-01

    Gap junctions are essential to the function of multicellular animals, which require a high degree of coordination between cells. In vertebrates, gap junctions comprise connexins and currently 21 connexins are known in humans. The functions of gap junctions are highly diverse and include exchange of metabolites and electrical signals between cells, as well as functions, which are apparently unrelated to intercellular communication. Given the diversity of gap junction physiology, regulation of gap junction activity is complex. The structure of the various connexins is known to some extent; and structural rearrangements and intramolecular interactions are important for regulation of channel function. Intercellular coupling is further regulated by the number and activity of channels present in gap junctional plaques. The number of connexins in cell-cell channels is regulated by controlling transcription, translation, trafficking, and degradation; and all of these processes are under strict control. Once in the membrane, channel activity is determined by the conductive properties of the connexin involved, which can be regulated by voltage and chemical gating, as well as a large number of posttranslational modifications. The aim of the present article is to review our current knowledge on the structure, regulation, function, and pharmacology of gap junctions. This will be supported by examples of how different connexins and their regulation act in concert to achieve appropriate physiological control, and how disturbances of connexin function can lead to disease. © 2012 American Physiological Society. Compr Physiol 2:1981-2035, 2012. PMID:23723031

  16. Gap junctions.

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    Nielsen, Morten Schak; Axelsen, Lene Nygaard; Sorgen, Paul L; Verma, Vandana; Delmar, Mario; Holstein-Rathlou, Niels-Henrik

    2012-07-01

    Gap junctions are essential to the function of multicellular animals, which require a high degree of coordination between cells. In vertebrates, gap junctions comprise connexins and currently 21 connexins are known in humans. The functions of gap junctions are highly diverse and include exchange of metabolites and electrical signals between cells, as well as functions, which are apparently unrelated to intercellular communication. Given the diversity of gap junction physiology, regulation of gap junction activity is complex. The structure of the various connexins is known to some extent; and structural rearrangements and intramolecular interactions are important for regulation of channel function. Intercellular coupling is further regulated by the number and activity of channels present in gap junctional plaques. The number of connexins in cell-cell channels is regulated by controlling transcription, translation, trafficking, and degradation; and all of these processes are under strict control. Once in the membrane, channel activity is determined by the conductive properties of the connexin involved, which can be regulated by voltage and chemical gating, as well as a large number of posttranslational modifications. The aim of the present article is to review our current knowledge on the structure, regulation, function, and pharmacology of gap junctions. This will be supported by examples of how different connexins and their regulation act in concert to achieve appropriate physiological control, and how disturbances of connexin function can lead to disease. © 2012 American Physiological Society. Compr Physiol 2:1853-1872, 2012.

  17. Current-voltage characteristics of single-molecule diarylethene junctions measured with adjustable gold electrodes in solution.

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    Briechle, Bernd M; Kim, Youngsang; Ehrenreich, Philipp; Erbe, Artur; Sysoiev, Dmytro; Huhn, Thomas; Groth, Ulrich; Scheer, Elke

    2012-01-01

    We report on an experimental analysis of the charge transport through sulfur-free photochromic molecular junctions. The conductance of individual molecules contacted with gold electrodes and the current-voltage characteristics of these junctions are measured in a mechanically controlled break-junction system at room temperature and in liquid environment. We compare the transport properties of a series of molecules, labeled TSC, MN, and 4Py, with the same switching core but varying side-arms and end-groups designed for providing the mechanical and electrical contact to the gold electrodes. We perform a detailed analysis of the transport properties of TSC in its open and closed states. We find rather broad distributions of conductance values in both states. The analysis, based on the assumption that the current is carried by a single dominating molecular orbital, reveals distinct differences between both states. We discuss the appearance of diode-like behavior for the particular species 4Py that features end-groups, which preferentially couple to the metal electrode by physisorption. We show that the energetic position of the molecular orbital varies as a function of the transmission. Finally, we show for the species MN that the use of two cyano end-groups on each side considerably enhances the coupling strength compared to the typical behavior of a single cyano group.

  18. Coordinate transformation in the model of long Josephson junctions: geometrically equivalent Josephson junctions

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    Semerdzhieva, E. G.; Boyadzhiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2005-10-01

    The transition from the model of a long Josephson junction of variable width to the model of a junction with a coordinate-dependent Josephson current amplitude is effected through a coordinate transformation. This establishes the correspondence between the classes of Josephson junctions of variable width and quasi-one-dimensional junctions with a variable thickness of the barrier layer. It is shown that for a junction of exponentially varying width the barrier layer of the equivalent quasi-one-dimensional junction has a distributed resistive inhomogeneity that acts as an attractor for magnetic flux vortices. The curve of the critical current versus magnetic field for a Josephson junction with a resistive microinhomogeneity is constructed with the aid of a numerical simulation, and a comparison is made with the critical curve of a junction of exponentially varying width. The possibility of replacing a distributed inhomogeneity in a Josephson junction by a local inhomogeneity at the end of the junction is thereby demonstrated; this can have certain advantages from a technological point of view.

  19. Charging of superconducting layers and resonance-related hysteresis in the current-voltage characteristics of coupled Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Gaafar, M. A.

    2011-09-01

    A manifestation of a resonance-type hysteresis related to the parametric resonance in the system of coupled Josephson junctions is demonstrated. In contrast with the McCumber and Steward hysteresis, we find that the width of this hysteresis is inversely proportional to the McCumber parameter and it also depends on the coupling between junctions and the boundary conditions. Investigation of the time dependence of the electric charge in superconducting layers allows us to explain the origin of this hysteresis by different charge dynamics for increasing and decreasing bias current processes. The effect of the wavelength of the longitudinal plasma wave created at the resonance on the charging of superconducting layers is demonstrated. We find a strong effect of the dissipation in the system on the amplitude of the charge oscillations at the resonance.

  20. Critical role of gap junction communication, calcium and nitric oxide signaling in bystander responses to focal photodynamic injury.

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    Calì, Bianca; Ceolin, Stefano; Ceriani, Federico; Bortolozzi, Mario; Agnellini, Andrielly H R; Zorzi, Veronica; Predonzani, Andrea; Bronte, Vincenzo; Molon, Barbara; Mammano, Fabio

    2015-04-30

    Ionizing and nonionizing radiation affect not only directly targeted cells but also surrounding "bystander" cells. The underlying mechanisms and therapeutic role of bystander responses remain incompletely defined. Here we show that photosentizer activation in a single cell triggers apoptosis in bystander cancer cells, which are electrically coupled by gap junction channels and support the propagation of a Ca2+ wave initiated in the irradiated cell. The latter also acts as source of nitric oxide (NO) that diffuses to bystander cells, in which NO levels are further increased by a mechanism compatible with Ca(2+)-dependent enzymatic production. We detected similar signals in tumors grown in dorsal skinfold chambers applied to live mice. Pharmacological blockade of connexin channels significantly reduced the extent of apoptosis in bystander cells, consistent with a critical role played by intercellular communication, Ca2+ and NO in the bystander effects triggered by photodynamic therapy.

  1. Reducing spin-torque switching current by incorporating an ultra-thin Ta layer with CoFeB free layer in magnetic tunnel junctions

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    Liu, R. S., E-mail: liurs7204@yahoo.com; Meng, H.; Naik, V. B.; Sim, C. H.; Yap, S.; Luo, P. [Data Storage Institute, A*STAR (Agency for Science Technology and Research), DSI Building, 5 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608 (Singapore)

    2014-12-15

    We studied the spin torque switching in dual MgO layer based magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) by incorporating an ultra-thin (0.5 nm) Ta layer at the CoFeB free layer/top MgO layer interface. The Ta incorporated MTJ showed a significant reduction (∼30%) in critical switching current density (J{sub C0} ) as compared to that of the control MTJ whilst maintaining the same tunneling magnetoresistance as well as thermal stability. The reduction of J{sub C0} can be attributed to the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy arising from the incorporation of an ultrathin Ta layer with the MgO|CoFeB structure. This scheme of reducing J{sub C0} without degrading other properties may contribute to the development of spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory for low power applications.

  2. Aspartic Acid Residue D3 Critically Determines Cx50 Gap Junction Channel Transjunctional Voltage-Dependent Gating and Unitary Conductance

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    Xin, Li; Nakagawa, So; Tsukihara, Tomitake; Bai, Donglin

    2012-01-01

    Previous studies have suggested that the aspartic acid residue (D) at the third position is critical in determining the voltage polarity of fast Vj-gating of Cx50 channels. To test whether another negatively charged residue (a glutamic acid residue, E) could fulfill the role of the D3 residue, we generated the mutant Cx50D3E. Vj-dependent gating properties of this mutant channel were characterized by double-patch-clamp recordings in N2A cells. Macroscopically, the D3E substitution reduced the residual conductance (Gmin) to near zero and outwardly shifted the half-inactivation voltage (V0), which is a result of both a reduced aggregate gating charge (z) and a reduced free-energy difference between the open and closed states. Single Cx50D3E gap junction channels showed reduced unitary conductance (γj) of the main open state, reduced open dwell time at ±40 mV, and absence of a long-lived substate. In contrast, a G8E substitution tested to compare the effects of the E residue at the third and eighth positions did not modify the Vj-dependent gating profile or γj. In summary, this study is the first that we know of to suggest that the D3 residue plays an essential role, in addition to serving as a negative-charge provider, as a critical determinant of the Vj-dependent gating sensitivity, open-closed stability, and unitary conductance of Cx50 gap junction channels. PMID:22404924

  3. MOS: A critical tool for current and future radio surveys

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    Smith, Daniel J B

    2015-01-01

    Since radio continuum observations are not affected by dust obscuration, they are of immense potential diagnostic power as cosmological probes and for studying galaxy formation and evolution out to high redshifts. However, the power-law nature of radio frequency spectra ensures that ancillary spectroscopic information remains critical for studying the properties of the faint radio sources being detected in rapidly-increasing numbers on the pathway to the Square Kilometre Array. In this contribution, I present some of the key scientific motivations for exploiting the immense synergies between radio continuum observations and multi-object spectroscopic surveys. I review some of the ongoing efforts to obtain the spectra necessary to harness the huge numbers of star-forming galaxies and AGN that current and future radio surveys will detect. I also touch on the WEAVE-LOFAR survey, which will use the WEAVE spectrograph currently being built for the William Herschel Telescope to target hundreds of thousands of low f...

  4. Experiments on the interaction between long Josephson junctions and a coplanar strip resonator

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    Davidson, A.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1992-01-01

    Experiments are reported on a new geometry designed to couple long Josephson junction fluxon oscillators to a resonant cavity. The junctions were made with a niobium-aluminum oxide-niobium trilayer process with a critical-current density of around 1000 A/cm2. Various numbers of such junctions wer...

  5. The cardia: esophageal or gastric? Critical reviewing the anatomy and histopathology of the esophagogastric junction.

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    Lenglinger, Johannes; See, Stephanie Fischer; Beller, Lukas; Cosentini, Enrico; Asari, Reza; Wrba, Fritz; Riegler, Martin; Schoppmann, Sebastian F

    2012-01-01

    Discrepancy exists regarding the anatomical allocation of the cardia: esophageal or gastric. With this review we aimed to clarify this issue. Using PUB MED, Scopus and Google we analyzed the recent literature (1889-2012) regarding the "esophageal" vs. the "gastric" cardia. The synonymous use of the term cardia to describe the anti reflux mechanism within the distal portion of the esophagus and the proximal segment of the stomach nourished the misunderstanding, that the cardia represents a normal anatomical structure interposed between the tubular esophagus and the body of the stomach. Anatomical, histopathological and physiological studies revealed that what has been taken for gastric cardia in fact represents reflux damaged dilated distal esophagus (DDE). Since DDE is covered by columnar lined esophagus (CLE) it cannot be differentiated from the proximal stomach during regular endoscopy. However, the histopathology of multi level biopsies obtained from the endoscopically suspected esophagogastric junction (EGJ) serves to allocate the origin of the columnar lined foregut, esophageal (cardiac, oxyntocardiac mucosa, intestinal metaplasia) vs. gastric (oxyntic mucosa). Neither the esophagus nor the stomach contains a "cardia". The recent misconceptions regarding the foregut anatomy explain, why the innermost coverage of the reflux damaged esophagus is termed "cardiac mucosa". Thus the term should be reserved to name the histopathology of cardiac and oxyntocardiac mucosa, which develop due to gastroesophageal reflux within the distal esophagus.

  6. Magnetization of a Current-Carrying Superconducting Disk with B-Dependent Critical Current Density

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    Sohrabi, Mahdi; Babaei-Brojeny, Ali A.

    2010-11-01

    In the frame work of the critical state model (CSM), the magnetic response of a thin type-II superconducting disk that carries a radial transport current and is subjected to an applied magnetic field have been studied. To this end, we have studied the process of the magnetic flux-penetration. For a disk initially containing no magnetic flux but carrying a radial current, when a perpendicular magnetic field is applied, magnetic flux-penetration occurs in three stages: (1) the magnetic flux gradually penetrates from the edges of the disk until an instability occurs, (2) there is a rapid inflow of magnetic flux into the disk’s central region, which becomes resistive, and (3) magnetic flux continues to enter the disk, while persistent azimuthal currents flow in an outer annular region where the net current density is equal to J c . Also the behavior of a current-carrying disk subjected to an AC magnetic field is calculated. The magnetic flux, the current profiles and the magnetization hysteresis loops are calculated for several commonly used J c ( B) dependences. Finally, the results of the applications of the local field-dependent of the critical current density J c ( B) are compared with those obtained from the Bean model.

  7. Magnetic electron focusing and tuning of the electron current with a pn-junction

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    Milovanović, S. P., E-mail: slavisa.milovanovic@uantwerpen.be; Ramezani Masir, M., E-mail: mrmphys@gmail.com; Peeters, F. M., E-mail: francois.peeters@uantwerpen.be [Departement Fysica, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen (Belgium)

    2014-01-28

    Transverse magnetic focusing properties of graphene using a ballistic four terminal structure are investigated. The electric response is obtained using the semiclassical billiard model. The transmission exhibits pronounced peaks as a consequence of skipping orbits at the edge of the structure. When we add a pn-junction between the two probes, snake states along the pn-interface appear. Injected electrons are guided by the pn-interface to one of the leads depending on the value of the applied magnetic field. Oscillations in the resistance are found depending on the amount of particles that end up in each lead.

  8. High critical current density YBCO films and fabrication of dc-SQUIDs

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    Kuriki, S; Kawaguchi, Y; Matsuda, M; Otowa, T

    2002-01-01

    In order to improve the sensitivity of SQUID magnetometers made of high-T sub c films, we have studied the conditions of pulsed-laser deposition of YBCO films. Among the different deposition parameters examined, extensive degassing of the vacuum chamber before and precise control of the substrate temperature during the film deposition were found effective for obtaining high critical temperature T sub c and high critical current density J sub c. It was also found that the residual-resistance ratio has a clear correlation with J sub c , indicating that it can be a good, and easy to measure, index of the film quality. Films having T sub c approx 89-90 K and J sub c >= 5x10 sup 6 A cm sup - sup 2 at 77 K were used to fabricate SQUIDs without a pickup loop. Grain-boundary junctions formed on bicrystal substrates with a 30 deg. misorientation angle exhibited I sub c R sub n values of more than 100 mu V at 77 K. The well-known scaling behaviour of the relation I sub c R sub n propor to (J sup G sup B sub c) sup 1 su...

  9. Fabrication and Enhancement of Critical Currents of Silver Sheathed

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    Hu, Qingyu

    X-ray diffraction was used to characterise the phase composition and to investigate the formation mechanism of the (Bi,Pb)_2Sr_2Ca_2Cu _3O_{10} phase from the precursor with (Bi,Pb)_2Sr_2CaCu _2O_8 as the main phase. The reaction is found to be a two-dimensional nucleation (random)-growth type, (-(ln(1-F)) ^{1/2} = kt, where F is the conversional fraction of (Bi,Pb) _2Sr_2CaCu_2O_8 phase and t is the sintering time. The two dimensional behaviour of the critical current in (Bi,Pb)_2Sr2Ca_2Cu _3O_{10}/Ag tapes was observed and analysed by introducing an effective grain misalignment angle, varphi_{eff}. This angle was found to be identical to the average crystallographic grain misalignment angle in the superconducting core. Furthermore, after fast neutron irradiation, which is isotropical, the J_{c}'s of the tapes were modified by the introduction of artificial defects, but the varphi_{eff}'s remained the same. The transport critical current of (Bi,Pb) _2Sr_2Ca_2Cu_3O_ {10}/Ag tapes was measured in magnetic fields up to 15 T and at temperatures from of 4.2 to 84 K. At high temperatures, the J_ {c} is strongly anisotropic and the anisotropy increases rapidly with magnetic field, whereas at low temperatures the critical current is less anisotropic and the anisotropy is almost field independent above 1 T. The transport J_{c }'s in (Bi,Pb)_2Sr_2Ca _2Cu_3O_{10}/Ag tapes at 77 K and higher magnetic fields after neutron irradiation are significantly enhanced. This enhancement is attributed to an improvement in the flux pinning capability of this material by the neutron-induced defects. The angular dependence of J_{c} is still consistent with two-dimensionality, i.e. flux pinning of pancake and/or Josephson vortices is directly confirmed by this transport measurement. Short multifilamentary (Bi,Pb)_2Sr_2Ca_2Cu_2O_{10 }/Ag tapes were fabricated. The sintering parameters were optimised to be 832^circ C and 180 h. The multifilamentary tape consists mainly of pure (Bi,Pb)_2Sr_2Ca

  10. Surge current capabilities and isothermal current-voltage characteristics of high-voltage 4H-SiC junction barrier Schottky rectifiers

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    Palmour, J. W.; Levinshtein, M. E.; Ivanov, P. A.; Zhang, Q. J.

    2015-06-01

    Isothermal forward current-voltage characteristics of high-voltage 4H-SiC junction barrier Schottky rectifiers (JBS) have been studied for the first time. Isothermal characteristics were measured with JBS having a blocking voltage of 1700 V up to a current density j  ≈  4200 A cm-2 in the temperature range 297-460 K. Quasi-isothermal current-voltage characteristics of these devices were studied with injection of minority carriers (holes) up to j  ≈  7200 A cm-2 and ambient temperatures of 297 and 460 K. The isothermal forward current-voltage characteristics make it possible to numerically calculate (for example, by an iteration procedure) the overheating in an arbitrary operation mode.

  11. Vertical current-flow enhancement via fabrication of GaN nanorod p–n junction diode on graphene

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    Ryu, Sung Ryong [Quantum-functional Semiconductor Research Center, Dongguk University-Seoul, 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Department of physics, Dongguk University, Seoul, 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Ram, S.D. Gopal; Lee, Seung Joo; Cho, Hak-dong; Lee, Sejoon [Quantum-functional Semiconductor Research Center, Dongguk University-Seoul, 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Tae Won, E-mail: twkang@dongguk.edu [Quantum-functional Semiconductor Research Center, Dongguk University-Seoul, 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Clean Energy and Nano Convergence Centre, Hindustan University, Chennai 600 016 (India); Kwon, Sangwoo; Yang, Woochul [Department of physics, Dongguk University, Seoul, 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Sunhye [Soft-Epi Inc., 240 Opo-ro, Opo-eup, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of); Woo, Yongdeuk [Department of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Woosuk University, Chonbuk 565-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • Uniaxial p–n junction diode in GaN nanorod is made by Hydride vapor phase epitaxy method. • The p–n junction diode property is clearly observed from the fabricated uniaxial p–n junction nanorod GaN nanorod. • Graphene is used as a current spreading layer to reduce the lateral resistance up to 700 times when compared with the commercial sapphire substrate, which is clearly explained with the aid of an equivalent circuit. • Kelvin Force Probe microscopy method is employed to visualize the p- and n- regions in a single GaN nanorod. - Abstract: Mg doped GaN nanorods were grown on undoped n-type GaN nanorods uniaxial on monolayer graphene by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) method. The monolayer graphene used as the bottom electrode and a substrate as well provides good electrical contact, acts as a current spreading layer, well suitable for the growth of hexagonal GaN nanorod. In addition it has a work function suitable to that of n-GaN. The formed p–n nanorods show a Schottky behavior with a turn on voltage of 3 V. Using graphene as the substrate, the resistance of the nanorod is reduced by 700 times when compared with the case without using graphene as the current spreading layer. The low resistance of graphene acts in parallel with the resistance of the GaN buffer layer, and reduces the resistance drastically. The formed p–n junction in a single GaN nanorod is visualized by Kelvin Force Probe Microscopy (KPFM) to have distinctively contrast p and n regions. The measured contact potential difference of p-and n-region has a difference of 103 mV which well confirms the formed regions are electronically different. Low temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra give evidence of dopant related acceptor bound emission at 3.2 eV different from 3.4 eV of undoped GaN. The crystalline structure, compositional purity is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission and Scanning electron microcopies (SEM), (TEM), Energy dispersive analysis

  12. Development of high temperature superconductors having high critical current density

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    Hong, Gye Wong; Kim, C. J.; Lee, H.G.; Kwon, S. C.; Lee, H. J.; Kim, K. B.; Park, J. Y.; Jung, C. H

    2000-08-01

    Fabrication of high T{sub c} superconductors and its applications for electric power device were carried out for developing superconductor application technologies. High quality YBCO superconductors was fabricated by melt texture growth, top-seeded melt growth process and multi-seeded melt growth process and the properties was compared. The critical current density of the melt processed YBCO superconductors was about few 10,000 A/cm{sup 2} and the levitation force was 50 N. The processing time needed for the growth of the 123 single grain was greatly reduced by applying multi-seeding without no significant degradation of the levitation force. The multi-seeded melt growth process was confirmed as a time-saving and cost-effective method for the fabrication of bulk superconductors with controlled crystallographic orientation.

  13. Critical current densities in Bi-2223 sinter forgings.

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    Balachandran, U.; Fisher, B. L.; Goretta, K. C.; Harris, N. C.; Murayama, N.

    1999-07-23

    (Bi,Pb){sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (Bi-2223) bars, prepared by sinter forging, exhibited good phase purity and strong textures with the c axes of the Bi-2223 grains parallel to the forging direction. The initial zero-field critical current density (J{sub c}) of the bars was 10{sup 3} A/cm{sup 2}, but because the forged bars were uncoated, this value decreased with repeated thermal cycling. J{sub c} as a function of applied magnetic field magnitude and direction roughly followed the dependencies exhibited by Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes, but the forged bars were more strongly dependent on field strength and less strongly dependent on field angle.

  14. Caffeine and cardiovascular diseases: critical review of current research.

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    Zulli, Anthony; Smith, Renee M; Kubatka, Peter; Novak, Jan; Uehara, Yoshio; Loftus, Hayley; Qaradakhi, Tawar; Pohanka, Miroslav; Kobyliak, Nazarii; Zagatina, Angela; Klimas, Jan; Hayes, Alan; La Rocca, Giampiero; Soucek, Miroslav; Kruzliak, Peter

    2016-06-01

    Caffeine is a most widely consumed physiological stimulant worldwide, which is consumed via natural sources, such as coffee and tea, and now marketed sources such as energy drinks and other dietary supplements. This wide use has led to concerns regarding the safety of caffeine and its proposed beneficial role in alertness, performance and energy expenditure and side effects in the cardiovascular system. The question remains "Which dose is safe?", as the population does not appear to adhere to the strict guidelines listed on caffeine consumption. Studies in humans and animal models yield controversial results, which can be explained by population, type and dose of caffeine and low statistical power. This review will focus on comprehensive and critical review of the current literature and provide an avenue for further study.

  15. Targeted temperature management: Current evidence and practices in critical care

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    Saurabh Saigal

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Targeted temperature management (TTM in today′s modern era, especially in intensive care units represents a promising multifaceted therapy for a variety of conditions. Though hypothermia is being used since Hippocratic era, the renewed interest of late has been since early 21 st century. There have been multiple advancements in this field and varieties of cooling devices are available at present. TTM requires careful titration of its depth, duration and rewarming as it is associated with side-effects. The purpose of this review is to find out the best evidence-based clinical practice criteria of therapeutic hypothermia in critical care settings. TTM is an unique therapeutic modality for salvaging neurological tissue viability in critically ill patients viz. Post-cardiac arrest, traumatic brain injury (TBI, meningitis, acute liver failure and stroke. TTM is standard of care in post-cardiac arrest situations; there has been a lot of controversy of late regarding temperature ranges to be used for the same. In patients with TBI, it reduces intracranial pressure, but has not shown any favorable neurologic outcome. Hypothermia is generally accepted treatment for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy in newborns. The current available technology to induce and maintain hypothermia allows for precise temperature control. Future studies should focus on optimizing hypothermic treatment to full benefit of our patients and its application in other clinical scenarios.

  16. Mill’s Liberal Feminism: Its Legacy and Current Criticism

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    MARIANA SZAPUOVÁ

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper highlights John Stuart Mill’s views on the problem of gender equality as expressed in The Subjection of Women, which is commonly regarded as one of the core texts of Enlightenment liberal feminism of the 19th century. In this paper, the author outlines the historical context of both Mill’s views and his personal biography, which influenced his argumentation for the emancipation of women, and considers Mill’s utilitarianism and liberalism, as the main philosophical background for his criticism of social conditions that subordinated women. She reflects on some of the philosopher’s ideas and arguments for equality and friendship between women and men which may still be considered noteworthy and relevant. Attention is also given to the main lines of contemporary reception of Mill’s liberal feminism from the perspective of current feminist philosophy, within which certain critical views predominate. Despite some problematic points in Mill’s considerations, his essay on women’s subjection may be regarded as one of the philosophically most interesting conceptions of liberal feminist thinking.

  17. Forward-bias capacitance and current measurements for determining lifetimes and band narrowing in p-n junction solar cells

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    Neugroschel, A.; Chen, P. J.; Pao, S. C.; Lindholm, F. A.

    1978-01-01

    A new method is described and illustrated for determining the minority-carrier diffusion length and lifetime in the base region of p-n junction solar cells. The method requires only capacitance measurements at the device terminals and its accuracy is estimated to be + or - 5%. It is applied to a set of silicon p-n junction devices and the values of the diffusion lengths agree with those obtained using the current response to X-ray excitation but disagree with those obtained by the OCVD method. The reasons for the relative inaccuracy of OCVD applied to silicon devices are discussed. The capacitance method includes corrections for a two-dimensional fringing effects which occur in small area devices. For a device having highly-doped base region and surface (emitter) layer, the method can be extended to enable the determination of material properties of the degenerately doped surface layer. These material properties include the phenomenological emitter lifetime and a measure of the energy band-gap narrowing in the emitter. An alternate method for determining the energy band-gap narrowing from temperature dependence of emitter current is discussed and demonstrated.

  18. Method of estimating mechanical stress on Si body of MOSFET using drain–body junction current

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    Seo, Ji-Hoon; Kim, Gang-Jun; Son, Donghee; Lee, Nam-Hyun; Kang, Bongkoo

    2017-01-01

    A simple and accurate method of estimating the mechanical stress σ on the Si body of a MOSFET is proposed. This method measures the doping concentration of the body, N d, and the onset voltage V hl for the high-level injection of the drain–body junction, uses N d, the ideality factor η, and the Fermi potential ϕf ≈ V hl/2η to calculate the intrinsic carrier concentration n i of the Si body, and then uses the calculated n i to obtain the bandgap energy E g of the Si body. σ is estimated from E g using the deformation potential theory. The estimates of σ agree well with those obtained using previous methods. The proposed method requires one MOSFET, whereas the others require at least two MOSFETs, so the proposed method can give an absolute measurement of σ on the Si body of a MOSFET.

  19. Quasiparticle and Josephson Current in the Intrinsic Josephson Junctions in Htsc

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Namiranian, A.; Najafi, A.

    2000-09-01

    The tunneling properties of the model structure consisting of HTSC and normal metal are studied. The influence of the impurity concentration in CuO2 layers on the high energy features is investigated, taking into account tight binding band structure, d-wave gap symmetry, group velocity and tunneling directionality. The increasing of the impurity lifetime broadening factor changes the degree of tunneling conductance peaks asymmetry, leads to nonequal shifting of the quasiparticle peaks and their width. We consider that the underlying asymmetry of the conductance peaks is primarily due to the features of quasiparticle energy spectrum and the d-wave symmetry enhances the degree of the peaks asymmetry. The analysis of c-axis transport of quasiparticles and Cooper pairs of stacked intrinsic junctions in HTSC is done.

  20. Critical Current Oscillations of Josephson Junctions Containing PdFe Nanomagnets (Author’s Manuscript)

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    2016-11-17

    oxygen plasma etching followed by in-situ ion milling in which 2 nm of the top Au surface was etched away prior to sputtering. The sputtered top...magnetometry. Thin films of Nb(5)/Cu(5)/PdFe(dF )/Cu(5)/Nb(5), with thick- nesses in nanometers, were deposited via dc sputtering in an Argon plasma with...materials, such as NiFe and NiFeCo, single domain [15]. Outside the mask region, ion milling was used to etch through the capping layer, the F layer, and

  1. Evidence for two time scales in long SNS junctions.

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    Chiodi, F; Aprili, M; Reulet, B

    2009-10-23

    We use microwave excitation to elucidate the dynamics of long superconductor-normal metal-superconductor Josephson junctions. By varying the excitation frequency in the range 10 MHz-40 GHz, we observe that the critical and retrapping currents, deduced from the dc voltage versus dc current characteristics of the junction, are set by two different time scales. The critical current increases when the ac frequency is larger than the inverse diffusion time in the normal metal, whereas the retrapping current is strongly modified when the excitation frequency is above the electron-phonon rate in the normal metal. Therefore the critical and retrapping currents are associated with elastic and inelastic scattering, respectively.

  2. Generation and manipulation of spin current via a hybrid four-terminal single-molecule junction

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    Zhang Rong [College of Science, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116 (China); Bai Long, E-mail: bailong2100@163.com [College of Science, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116 (China); Duan Chenlong [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116 (China)

    2012-07-01

    We present a new device which consists of a molecular quantum dot (MQD) attached to a normal-metal, two ferromagnetic (FM), and a superconducting leads. The spin-related Andreev reflection (AR) current and the spin-dependent single-particle tunneling current through the normal-metal terminal are obtained, and it is found that the spin current exhibits the transistor-like behavior. The joint effects of the coherent spin flip and the angle between magnetic moments of the two FM leads on the spin current are also studied, these results provide the possibility to manipulate the spin current with the system parameters.

  3. Vibration effect on magnetization and critical current density of superconductors

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    Golovchanskiy, Igor A.; Pan, Alexey V.; George, Jonathan; Wells, Frederick S.; Fedoseev, Sergey A.; Rozenfeld, Anatoly

    2016-07-01

    In this work the effect of vibrations on critical current density (J c ) of superconductors has been studied. The vibrations are shown to affect J c of all types of superconductors during their measurements, employing a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Increasing vibration frequency (f) and/or amplitude (A) leads to progressive reduction of J c as a function of magnetic field (B a ). The effect of vibrations is substantially stronger in thin films. It leads to development of unexpected kinks on {J}c({B}a) curves. Analysis of magnetization loops and relaxation of magnetization in YBCO films revealed that the vibration effect can be treated as the effective reduction of pinning potential. The asymmetry of the vibration effect in ascending and descending B a is observed, indicating differences in free energy of the corresponding vortex structures. Thermal effects induced by vibrations with large f and A are shown to have rather insignificant influence, while the vibrational vortex dynamics exhibit a strong impact. The irreversibility field ({B}{{irr}}) is shown to be instrumentally defined, and its value depends on VSM settings. In addition, the practical importance of {B}{{irr}} for J c modeling is demonstrated.

  4. Stability, sub-gap current, 1/f-noise, and elemental depth profiling of annealed Al:Mn-AlOX-Al normal metal-insulator-superconducting tunnel junctions

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    Julin, J. K.; Chaudhuri, S.; Laitinen, M.; Sajavaara, T.; Maasilta, I. J.

    2016-12-01

    In this paper we report a study of the effect of vacuum annealing at 400°C on the properties of normal metal-insulator-superconductor (NIS) tunnel junctions, with manganese doped aluminium (Al:Mn) as the normal metal, aluminum as the superconductor and amorphous aluminum oxide as the tunneling barrier (Al:Mn-AlOx-Al). The annealing treatment improves the stability of the junctions, increases their tunneling resistance and does not have a negative impact on the low-temperature current-voltage characteristics. The measured 1/f resistance noise of the junctions also changes after annealing, in the best case decreasing by over an order of magnitude. All these observations show that annealing is a viable route to improve NIS junction devices after the sample has been fabricated.

  5. The photo-assisted heat current and its Peltier coefficient in a metal/dot/metal junction

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    Crépieux, A.

    2012-11-01

    The photo-assisted heat current through a metal/dot/metal junction and its associated Peltier coefficient are computed in the framework of the time-dependent out-of-equilibrium Keldysh formalism in the presence of a dot energy modulation. When the frequency of the modulation is much larger than the amplitude of the modulation, the heat current follows the sinusoidal time evolution of the dot energy. This is no longer the case when the modulation frequency becomes of the order of or smaller than the amplitude of the modulation. To characterize this non-sinusoidal behavior, we have calculated the harmonics of the photo-assisted heat current. The zero-order harmonic can be expressed as an infinite sum of dc heat currents associated with a dot with shifted energies. It exhibits a devil's staircase profile with non-horizontal steps, whereas it is established that the steps are horizontal for the zero-order harmonic of the photo-assisted electric current. This particularity is related to the fact that the dot heat is not a conserved quantity due to energy dissipation within the tunnel barriers.

  6. Current distribution and enhancement of the engineering critical current density in multifilament Bi-2223 tapes

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    Wang, W.G.; Jensen, M.B.; Kindl, B.;

    2000-01-01

    The spatial distribution of the critical current density (Jc) and engineering critical current density (Je) along the tape width direction was studied by a cutting technique on Bi-2223 multifilamentary tapes. In general, an increase of Jc towards the centre of the tape was measured. We attribute...... this tendency to the stress-strain experienced in the tape during the rolling process. Jc of 50 kA/cm2 and Jeof 18 kA/cm2 was measured at the centre part (185 μm wide and 200 μm thick) of a tape cut from a 500 meters long tape (average Je of 8 kA/cm2). The low Jc of the edge part is a result of the porous...... microstructure with a great amount of secondary phases. Local variation of Jc was measured within the centre segment of the tape. This indicates the influence of other factors on Jc, such as filament shape, connectivity of the filaments, and sausaging. Enhancement of Je has been pursued in which average Je of 12...

  7. Estimation of presynaptic calcium currents and endogenous calcium buffers at the frog neuromuscular junction with two different calcium fluorescent dyes

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    Dmitry eSamigullin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available At the frog neuromuscular junction, under physiological conditions, the direct measurement of calcium currents and of the concentration of intracellular calcium buffers—which determine the kinetics of calcium concentration and neurotransmitter release from the nerve terminal—has hitherto been technically impossible. With the aim of quantifying both Ca2+ currents and the intracellular calcium buffers, we measured fluorescence signals from nerve terminals loaded with the low-affinity calcium dye Magnesium Green or the high-affinity dye Oregon Green BAPTA-1, simultaneously with microelectrode recordings of nerve-action potentials and end-plate currents. The action-potential-induced fluorescence signals in the nerve terminals developed much more slowly than the postsynaptic response. To clarify the reasons for this observation and to define a spatiotemporal profile of intracellular calcium and of the concentration of mobile and fixed calcium buffers, mathematical modeling was employed. The best approximations of the experimental calcium transients for both calcium dyes were obtained when the calcium current had an amplitude of 1.6 ± 0.08 рА and a half-decay time of 1.2 ± 0.06 ms, and when the concentrations of mobile and fixed calcium buffers were 250 ± 13 µM and 8 ± 0.4 mM, respectively. High concentrations of endogenous buffers define the time course of calcium transients after an action potential in the axoplasm, and may modify synaptic plasticity.

  8. Holographic s-wave and p-wave Josephson junction with backreaction

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    Wang, Yong-Qiang; Liu, Shuai

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, we study the holographic models of s-wave and p-wave Josephoson junction away from probe limit in (3+1)-dimensional spacetime, respectively. With the backreaction of the matter, we obtained the anisotropic black hole solution with the condensation of matter fields. We observe that the critical temperature of Josephoson junction decreases with increasing backreaction. In addition to this, the tunneling current and condenstion of Josephoson junction become smaller as backreaction grows larger, but the relationship between current and phase difference still holds for sine function. Moreover, condenstion of Josephoson junction deceases with increasing width of junction exponentially.

  9. Holographic s-wave and p-wave Josephson junction with backreaction

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    Wang, Yong-Qiang

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we study the holographic models of s-wave and p-wave Josephoson junction away from probe limit in (3+1)-dimensional spacetime, respectively. With the backreaction of the matter, we obtained the anisotropic black hole solution with the condensation of matter fields. We observe that the critical temperature of Josephoson junction decreases with increasing backreaction. In addition to this, the tunneling current and condenstion of Josephoson junction become smaller as backreaction grows larger, but the relationship between current and phase difference still holds for sine function. Moreover, condenstion of Josephoson junction deceases with increasing width of junction exponentially.

  10. Area-dependence of spin-triplet supercurrent in ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Wang, Yixing; Pratt, W. P., Jr.; Birge, Norman O.

    2012-06-01

    Josephson junctions containing multiple ferromagnetic layers can carry spin-triplet supercurrent under certain conditions. Large-area junctions containing multiple domains are expected to have a random distribution of 0 or π coupling across the junction surface, whereas magnetized samples should have uniquely π coupling everywhere. We have measured the area-dependence of the critical current in such junctions, and confirm that the critical current scales linearly with area in magnetized junctions. For as-grown (multidomain) samples, the results are mixed. Samples grown on a thick Nb base exhibit critical currents that scale sublinearly with area, while samples grown on a smoother Nb/Al multilayer base exhibit critical currents that scale linearly with area. The latter results are consistent with a theoretical picture due to Zyuzin and Spivak that predicts that the as-grown samples should have global π/2 coupling.

  11. Alternating-Current InGaN/GaN Tunnel Junction Nanowire White-Light Emitting Diodes.

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    Sadaf, S M; Ra, Y-H; Nguyen, H P T; Djavid, M; Mi, Z

    2015-10-14

    The current LED lighting technology relies on the use of a driver to convert alternating current (AC) to low-voltage direct current (DC) power, a resistive p-GaN contact layer to inject positive charge carriers (holes) for blue light emission, and rare-earth doped phosphors to down-convert blue photons into green/red light, which have been identified as some of the major factors limiting the device efficiency, light quality, and cost. Here, we show that multiple-active region phosphor-free InGaN nanowire white LEDs connected through a polarization engineered tunnel junction can fundamentally address the afore-described challenges. Such a p-GaN contact-free LED offers the benefit of carrier regeneration, leading to enhanced light intensity and reduced efficiency droop. Moreover, through the monolithic integration of p-GaN up and p-GaN down nanowire LED structures on the same substrate, we have demonstrated, for the first time, AC operated LEDs on a Si platform, which can operate efficiently in both polarities (positive and negative) of applied voltage.

  12. ELASTIC-SCATTERING AND THE CURRENT-VOLTAGE CHARACTERISTICS OF SUPERCONDUCTING NB-INAS-NB JUNCTIONS

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    VANDERPOST, N; NITTA, J; TAKAYANAGI, H

    1993-01-01

    Superconducting niobium contacts are attached to a 0.8-mum-long epitaxially grown InAs channel sandwiched between insulating InGaAs layers. The current-voltage characteristics show nonlinearities at submultiples of the superconducting energy gap indicative of multiple-Andreev reflections. We demonst

  13. Observation of supercurrent in graphene-based Josephson junction

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    Wang, Libin; Li, Sen; Kang, Ning [Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices and Department of Electronics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Xu, Chuan; Ren, Wencai [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)

    2015-07-01

    Josephson junctions with a normal metal region sandwiched between two superconductors (S) are known as superconductor- normal-superconductor (SNS) structures. It has attracted significant attention especially when changing the normal metal with graphene, which allow for high tunability with the gate voltage and to study the proximity effect of the massless Dirac fermions. Here we report our work on graphene-based Josephson junction with a new two dimensional superconductor crystal, which grown directly on graphene, as superconducting electrodes. At low temperature, we observer proximity effect induced supercurrent flowing through the junction. The temperature and the magnetic field dependences of the critical current characteristics of the junction are also studied. The critical current exhibits a Fraunhofer-type diffraction pattern against magnetic field. Our experiments provided a new route of fabrication of graphene-based Josephson junction.

  14. Flicker (1/f) noise in tunnel junction DC SQUIDS

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    Koch, R.H.; Clarke, J.; Goubau, W.M.; Martinis, J.M.; Pegrum, C.M.; Van Harlingen, D.J.

    1983-04-01

    We have measured the spectral density of the 1/f voltage noise in current-biased resistively shunted Josephson tunnel junctions and dc SQUIDs. A theory in which fluctuations in the temperature give rise to fluctuations in the critical current and hence in the voltage predicts the magnitude of the noise quite accurately for junctions with areas of about 2 x 10/sup 4/ ..mu..m/sup 2/, but significantly overestimates the noise for junctions with areas of about 6 ..mu..m/sup 2/. DC SQUIDs fabricated from these two types of junctions exhibit substantially more 1/f voltage noise than would be predicted from a model in which the noise arises from critical current fluctuations in the junctions. This result was confirmed by an experiment involving two different bias current and flux modulation schemes, which demonstrated that the predominant 1/f voltage noise arises not from critical current fluctuations, but from some unknown source that can be regarded as an apparent 1/f flux noise. Measurements on five different configurations of dc SQUIDs fabricated with thin-film tunnel junctions and with widely varying areas, inductances, and junction capacitances show that the spectral density of the 1/f equivalent flux noise is roughtly constant, within a factor of three of (10/sup -10//f)phi/sup 2//sub 0/Hz/sup -1/. It is emphasized that 1/f flux noise may not be the predominant source of 1/f noise in SQUIDS fabricated with other technologies.

  15. Metatheoretical critics on current trends in Quantum Mechanics

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    Carlos C. Aranda

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Is our purpose in this article to review several approaches to modern problems in quantum mechanics from a critical point of view using the approximation of the traditional mathematical thinking. Nevertheless we point out several natural questions that arise in abstract mathematical reasoning.

  16. Postgraduate Research Supervision: A Critical Review of Current Practice

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    McCallin, Antoinette; Nayar, Shoba

    2012-01-01

    Changes in the funding and delivery of research programmes at the university level have, in recent years, resulted in significant changes to research supervision. This paper critically reviews key influences effecting postgraduate supervision. Analysis draws on literature spanning 2000-2010 to determine the appropriateness of traditional models of…

  17. Investigation of 1/f noise in tunnel junction dc SQUIDS

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    Koch, R.; Clarke, J.; Goubau, W.; Harlingen; Martinis, J.; Pegrum, C.

    1983-05-01

    The authors describe two methods of measuring the 1/f noise in a dc SQUID. One is sensitive only to 1/f noise in the critical currents of the junctions, and the other is sensitive only to 1/f flux noise that is not associated with critical current fluctuations. From measurements on a planar thin-film dc SQUID incorporating Josephson tunnel junctions the authors conclude that the predominant source of 1/f noise is not noise in the critical currents, but rather an apparent flux noise of unknown origin.

  18. Effects of magnetic field orientation and injected current density on the output of nano-structured Co/Cu/Fe junctions

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    2001-01-01

    Co/Cu/Fe nano-sized sandwich thin films have been prepared by electron beam evaporation. 5 μm×5 μm Co/Cu/Fe sandwich heterojunction was made using photolithography and lift-off process. The bipolar output signal of Co/Cu/Fe junctions has been measured and analyzed. The effects of applied magnetic field angle (referring to the normal of the junction plane) and injecting spin-polarized current on the output signals have been studied, and the measured results were discussed.

  19. State-dependent modulation of gap junction signaling by the persistent sodium current.

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    Haas, Julie S; Landisman, Carole E

    2011-01-01

    THALAMIC NEURONS FLUCTUATE BETWEEN TWO STATES: a hyperpolarized state associated with burst firing and sleep spindles, and a depolarized state associated with tonic firing and rapid, reliable information transmission between the sensory periphery and cortex. The thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) plays a central role in thalamocortical processing by providing feed-forward and feedback inhibition to thalamic relay cells; TRN cells participate in the generation of sleep spindles, and have been suggested to focus the neural "searchlight" of attention. The mechanisms underlying synchrony in the TRN during different behavioral states are largely unknown. TRN cells are densely interconnected by electrical synapses. Here we show that activation of the persistent sodium current (I(NaP)) by depolarization causes up to fourfold changes in electrical synaptic efficacy between TRN neurons. We further show that amplification of electrical synaptic responses strongly enhances tonic spike synchrony but, surprisingly, does not affect burst coordination. We use a Hodgkin-Huxley model to gain insight into the differences between the effects of burstlets, spikelets, and amplification on burst and spike times.

  20. State-dependent modulation of gap junction signaling by the persistent sodium current

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    Julie S Haas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Thalamic neurons fluctuate between two states: a hyperpolarized state associated with burst firing and sleep spindles, and a depolarized state associated with tonic firing and rapid, reliable information transmission between the sensory periphery and cortex. The thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN plays a central role in thalamocortical processing by providing feed-forward and feedback inhibition to thalamic relay cells; TRN cells participate in the generation of sleep spindles, and have been suggested to focus the neural searchlight of attention. The mechanisms underlying synchrony in the TRN during different behavioral states are largely unknown. TRN cells are densely interconnected by electrical synapses. Here we show that activation of the persistent sodium current (INaP by depolarization causes up to four-fold changes in electrical synaptic efficacy between TRN neurons. We further show that amplification of electrical synaptic responses strongly enhances tonic spike synchrony but, surprisingly, does not affect burst coordination. We use a Hodgkin-Huxley model to gain insight into the differences between the effects of burstlets, spikelets and amplification on burst and spike times.

  1. Coupling of intrinsic Josephson junctions and subgap structure in the current-voltage characteristics of high-T{sub c} superconductors

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    Shukrinov, Yu.M. [Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Physical Technical Institute of Tajik Academy of Sciences, Dushanbe (Tajikistan); Nasrulaev, Kh. [Physical Technical Institute of Tajik Academy of Sciences, Dushanbe (Tajikistan); Sargolzaei, M. [Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Zanjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Oya, G.; Irie, A. [Utsunomiya University, Yoto, Utsunomiya (Japan); CREST, Japan Science and Technology Corporation (JST), Kawaguchi, Saitama (Japan)

    2002-01-01

    The subgap structure in current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions in high-T{sub c} superconductors is studied. An analytical formula for the I-V characteristics is obtained which had taken into account the influence of the dynamically breaking of charge neutrality (DBCN) in CuO{sub 2} layers on the subgap structure. It is shown that DBCN does not affect the positions and the amplitudes of the subgap peaks, but changes the curvature of the branches in the I-V characteristics. As a possible manifestation of the non-equivalence of the junction, the experimental I-V characteristics of intrinsic Josephson junctions are presented. (author)

  2. Critical Language Awareness Part I: A Critical Review of Three Current Approaches to Language Awareness.

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    Clark, Romy; And Others

    1990-01-01

    Argues for a critical language awareness (LA) and for LA to be closely linked to the development of learners' practical language capabilities. The paper offers a critical evaluation of three major programmatic statements about LA: Committee for Linguistics in Education (1985); National Congress on Languages in Education (1985); and Hawkins (1984).…

  3. Syringomyelia associated with arachnoid septum at the craniovertebral junction, contradicting the currently prevailing theory of syringomyelia formation.

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    Chang, Han Soo; Tsuchiya, Tsukasa; Fujisawa, Naoaki; Oya, Soichi; Matsui, Toru

    2012-01-01

    Despite a number of various hypotheses in the literature, the pathophysiology of syringomyelia is still not well understood. In this article, we report two cases of cervical syringomyelia not associated with Chiari I malformation. Both cases had a septum-like structure in the subarachnoid space on the dorsal side of the cord at the craniovertebral junction. Cardiac-gated phase-contrast cine-mode magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated decreased cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow on the dorsal side of the spinal cord. Surgical excision of this septum, restoring the CSF flow, resulted in a prompt reduction of the syrinx size in both cases. Findings in these cases contradict the currently prevailing hypothesis of syrinx formation that postulate that the piston-like movement of the cerebellar tonsils enhance the pulsatile CSF flow in the spinal subarachnoid space, driving the CSF into the syrinx through the perivascular space of Virchow and Robin. The authors propose that a mechanism based on the decreased pulsatile CSF flow in the spinal subarachnoid space will be more suitable as a hypothesis in studying the pathophyisiology of syringomyelia. These cases also provide an important lesson in managing the patients with syringomyelia not associated with Chiari I malformation.

  4. Critical Current in YBCO Coated Conductors in the Presence of a Macroscopic Defect (POSTPRINT)

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    2010-03-01

    AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2084 CRITICAL CURRENT IN YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS IN THE PRESENCE OF A MACROSCOPIC DEFECT (POSTPRINT) Milan Polak and...CRITICAL CURRENT IN YBCO COATED CONDUCTORS IN THE PRESENCE OF A MACROSCOPIC DEFECT (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c...display, or disclose the work. 14. ABSTRACT We have studied the effects of localized defects in the YBCO coated conductors on the critical current. The

  5. Current deformation in Central Afar and triple junction kinematics deduced from GPS and InSAR measurements

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    Doubre, Cécile; Déprez, Aline; Masson, Frédéric; Socquet, Anne; Lewi, Elias; Grandin, Raphaël; Nercessian, Alexandre; Ulrich, Patrice; De Chabalier, Jean-Bernard; Saad, Ibrahim; Abayazid, Ahmadine; Peltzer, Gilles; Delorme, Arthur; Calais, Eric; Wright, Tim

    2017-02-01

    Kinematics of divergent boundaries and Rift-Rift-Rift junctions are classically studied using long-term geodetic observations. Since significant magma-related displacements are expected, short-term deformation provides important constraints on the crustal mechanisms involved both in active rifting and in transfer of extensional deformation between spreading axes. Using InSAR and GPS data, we analyse the surface deformation in the whole Central Afar region in detail, focusing on both the extensional deformation across the Quaternary magmato-tectonic rift segments, and on the zones of deformation transfer between active segments and spreading axes. The largest deformation occurs across the two recently activated Asal-Ghoubbet (AG) and Manda Hararo-Dabbahu (MH-D) magmato-tectonic segments with very high strain rates, whereas the other Quaternary active segments do not concentrate any large strain, suggesting that these rifts are either sealed during interdyking periods or not mature enough to remain a plate boundary. Outside of these segments, the GPS horizontal velocity field shows a regular gradient following a clockwise rotation of the displacements from the Southeast to the East of Afar, with respect to Nubia. Very few shallow creeping structures can be identified as well in the InSAR data. However, using these data together with the strain rate tensor and the rotations rates deduced from GPS baselines, the present-day strain field over Central Afar is consistent with the main tectonic structures, and therefore with the long-term deformation. We investigate the current kinematics of the triple junction included in our GPS data set by building simple block models. The deformation in Central Afar can be described by adding a central microblock evolving separately from the three surrounding plates. In this model, the northern block boundary corresponds to a deep EW-trending trans-tensional dislocation, locked from the surface to 10-13 km and joining at depth the

  6. Neural correlates of metacognition: A critical perspective on current tasks.

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    Insabato, Andrea; Pannunzi, Mario; Deco, Gustavo

    2016-12-01

    Humans have a remarkable ability to reflect upon their behavior and mental processes, a capacity known as metacognition. Recent neurophysiological experiments have attempted to elucidate the neural correlates of metacognition in other species. Despite this increased attention, there is still no operational definition of metacognition and the ability of behavioral tasks to reflect metacognition is the subject of debate. The most widely used task for studying metacognition in animals, the uncertain-option task, has been criticized because it can be solved by simple associative mechanisms. Here we propose a broad perspective that generalizes those critiques to another task, post-decision wagering. Moreover, we extend this critical view to account for recent neurophysiological evidence. We argue these tasks are simple enough that any animal could solve them using very simple mechanisms such as sensory-motor associations. In this case, it is impossible to know whether all animals are metacognitive, or if the tasks are simply not appropriate. Therefore, we suggest using better defined concepts until a suitable task for metacognition is available. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Managing Current Complexity: Critical Energy Infrastructure Failures in North America

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    2012-04-01

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    This paper applies the competing theories of High Reliability Organizations (HRO and Normal Accidents Theory (NAT, two competing views of risk management in highly-complex and tightly-coupled systems, in analyzing the 1998 Ice Storm and the 2003 Blackout to examine vulnerabilities in North America’s critical energy infrastructure (CEI. Inferences are then made by highlighting the similarities and differences in the two cases, which are then used to draw lessons for public managers regarding the protection of CEIs.

     

    As CEIs are highly-complex and tightly-coupled systems, failures stemming from complex and uncertain risks are inevitable. There is an increasingly low tolerance for failure in energy infrastructure because society’s critical infrastructures have become increasingly interdependent. Public managers must regulate CEIs in order to ensure an emphasis is placed on safety and security while also finding ways to reduce unnecessary complexities. It is through the adoption of such measures that public managers will aid in minimizing the cascading effects of inevitable failures.

     

  8. Vertical current-flow enhancement via fabrication of GaN nanorod p-n junction diode on graphene

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    Ryu, Sung Ryong; Ram, S. D. Gopal; Lee, Seung Joo; Cho, Hak-dong; Lee, Sejoon; Kang, Tae Won; Kwon, Sangwoo; Yang, Woochul; Shin, Sunhye; Woo, Yongdeuk

    2015-08-01

    Mg doped GaN nanorods were grown on undoped n-type GaN nanorods uniaxial on monolayer graphene by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE) method. The monolayer graphene used as the bottom electrode and a substrate as well provides good electrical contact, acts as a current spreading layer, well suitable for the growth of hexagonal GaN nanorod. In addition it has a work function suitable to that of n-GaN. The formed p-n nanorods show a Schottky behavior with a turn on voltage of 3 V. Using graphene as the substrate, the resistance of the nanorod is reduced by 700 times when compared with the case without using graphene as the current spreading layer. The low resistance of graphene acts in parallel with the resistance of the GaN buffer layer, and reduces the resistance drastically. The formed p-n junction in a single GaN nanorod is visualized by Kelvin Force Probe Microscopy (KPFM) to have distinctively contrast p and n regions. The measured contact potential difference of p-and n-region has a difference of 103 mV which well confirms the formed regions are electronically different. Low temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra give evidence of dopant related acceptor bound emission at 3.2 eV different from 3.4 eV of undoped GaN. The crystalline structure, compositional purity is confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission and Scanning electron microcopies (SEM), (TEM), Energy dispersive analysis by X-ray (EDAX) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) as well.

  9. Limits for the graphene on ferroelectric domain wall p-n-junction rectifier for different regimes of current

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    Strikha, Maksym V.; Morozovska, Anna N.

    2016-12-01

    Here, we present the theory of the conductivity of a pn junction (pnJ) in a graphene channel, placed on a ferroelectric substrate, caused by the ferroelectric domain wall for the case of the arbitrary current regime: from ballistic to diffusive one. We calculated the ratio of the pnJ conductions for opposite polarities of voltages, applied to source and drain electrodes of the channel, G+to t a l /G-to t a l , as a function of graphene channel length L, electron mean free path λ, and ferroelectric substrate permittivity ɛ33f . We have demonstrated that the small values of G+to t a l /G-to t a l (0.1 and smaller), which correspond to the efficient graphene pnJ based rectifier, can be obtained for the ferroelectrics with high ɛ33f≫100 and for the ratios of L/λ ˜ 1 or smaller. However, for ferroelectrics with extremely high ɛ33f (relaxor or PbZrxTi1-xO3 with the composition x near the morphotropic phase boundary x = 0.52), the ratio G+to t a l /G-to t a l can be essentially smaller than unity for the case of a pronounced diffusive regime of current as well. This makes the ferroelectric substrates with high permittivity excellent candidates for the fabrication of new generation of rectifiers based on the graphene pnJ. The temperature effect on the G+to t a l /G-to t a l ratio was studied within the Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire approach. We have demonstrated that the rectifying properties of the graphene pnJ become better in the vicinity of Curie temperature. However, for the temperatures higher than the Curie temperature, the rectifying effect vanishes due to the ferroelectric polarization disappearance.

  10. Single molecule conductivity: the role of junction-orbital degeneracy in the artificially high currents predicted by ab initio approaches.

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    Solomon, Gemma C; Reimers, Jeffrey R; Hush, Noel S

    2004-10-01

    A priori evaluations, using Hartree-Fock self-consistent-field (SCF) theory or density-functional theory (DFT), of the current passing between two electrodes through a single bridging molecule result in predicted conductivities that may be up to one to two orders of magnitude larger than observed ones. We demonstrate that this is, in part, often due to the improper application of the computational methods. Conductivity is shown to arise from tunneling between junction states of the electrodes through the molecule; these states are inherently either quasi two-fold or four-fold degenerate and always comprise the (highest occupied molecular orbital) HOMO band at the Fermi energy of the system. Frequently, in previous cluster based molecular conduction calculations, closed-shell SCF or Kohn-Sham DFT methods have been applied to systems that we demonstrate to be intrinsically open shell in nature. Such calculations are shown to induce artificial HOMO-LUMO (LUMO-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital) band splittings that Landauer-based formalisms for steady-state conduction interpret as arising from extremely rapid through-molecule tunneling at the Fermi energy, hence, overestimating the low-voltage conductivity. It is demonstrated that these shortcomings can be eliminated, dramatically reducing calculated current magnitudes, through the alternate use of electronic-structure calculations based on the spin-restricted open-shell formalism and related multiconfigurational SCF of DFT approaches. Further, we demonstrate that most anomalies arising in DFT implementations arise through the use of hybrid density functionals such as B3LYP. While the enhanced band-gap properties of these functionals have made them the defacto standard in molecular conductivity calculations, we demonstrate that it also makes them particularly susceptible to open-shell anomalies.

  11. Susceptibility of CoFeB/AlOx/Co Magnetic Tunnel Junctions to Low-Frequency Alternating Current

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    Yuan-Tsung Chen

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This investigation studies CoFeB/AlOx/Co magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ in the magnetic field of a low-frequency alternating current, for various thicknesses of the barrier layer AlOx. The low-frequency alternate-current magnetic susceptibility (χac and phase angle (θ of the CoFeB/AlOx/Co MTJ are determined using an cac analyzer. The driving frequency ranges from 10 to 25,000 Hz. These multilayered MTJs are deposited on a silicon substrate using a DC and RF magnetron sputtering system. Barrier layer thicknesses are 22, 26, and 30 Å. The X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD include a main peak at 2θ = 44.7° from hexagonal close-packed (HCP Co with a highly (0002 textured structure, with AlOx and CoFeB as amorphous phases. The full width at half maximum (FWHM of the Co(0002 peak, decreases as the AlOx thickness increases; revealing that the Co layer becomes more crystalline with increasing thickness. χac result demonstrates that the optimal resonance frequency (fres that maximizes the χac value is 500 Hz. As the frequency increases to 1000 Hz, the susceptibility decreases rapidly. However, when the frequency increases over 1000 Hz, the susceptibility sharply declines, and almost closes to zero. The experimental results reveal that the mean optimal susceptibility is 1.87 at an AlOx barrier layer thickness of 30 Å because the Co(0002 texture induces magneto-anisotropy, which improves the indirect CoFeB and Co spin exchange-coupling strength and the χac value. The results concerning magnetism indicate that the magnetic characteristics are related to the crystallinity of Co.

  12. Vortex-lattice pinning and critical current density in anisotropic high-temperature superconductors

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    Li, Yingxu; Li, Xiangyu; Kang, Guozheng; Gao, Yuanwen

    2016-10-01

    The anisotropy of critical current density is an impressive manifestation in the physics of high-temperature superconductors. We develop an analytical characterization of anisotropic flux-lattice pinning and critical current density in a system of random point defects. The effect of superconducting anisotropy on the pinning force and critical current density is formulated. The in-plane/out-of-plane anisotropy and microscopic characteristic lengths are incorporated in the field and angular dependence of the critical current density. This is helpful in understanding the physical essence of the scaling behavior in the experiments for critical current anisotropy. We discuss the role of strong and weak point defects in the anisotropic flux-lattice pinning. Relevance of the theory to the critical-state model is dictated as well.

  13. Critical reflections on the currently leading definition of sustainable employability.

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    Fleuren, Bram Bi; de Grip, Andries; Jansen, Nicole Wh; Kant, Imjert; Zijlstra, Fred Rh

    2016-06-01

    the labor market to maintain economic welfare (1). Moreover, as a consequence of population aging (2-6), longevity, rapid changes in technology (7, 8) and changes in the nature of work (1), both the need to promote sustainable employability of individuals in society and the complexity to succeed in doing so increase even further. Only recently, van der Klink et al provided the first definition of the concept in the international scientific literature (1, p74): "Sustainable employability means that throughout their working lives, workers can achieve tangible opportunities in the form of a set of capabilities. They also enjoy the necessary conditions that allow them to make a valuable contribution through their work, now and in the future, while safeguarding their health and welfare. This requires, on the one hand, a work context that facilitates this for them and, on the other, the attitude and motivation to exploit these opportunities." This definition is accompanied by an equally recent operationalization of SE as a set of capabilities (9). Moreover, the definition itself also appeared in an earlier Dutch publication (10), which other international publications about SE most commonly refer to [ie, in comparison with other definitions in the non-international (eg, Dutch) literature] (11-13). As mentioned, the present paper provides a critical reflection on van der Klink et al's aforementioned definition of SE (1). Merits Van der Klink et al's definition of SE (1) has three important merits. First, SE is seen as a multidimensional construct. It is presented as consisting of a broad set of opportunities for employees to create value for themselves and for their employer that cover various aspects of working. Moreover, the individual's health and well-being as well as attitudinal and motivational aspects are included in the definition as well. This acknowledgement of the multidimensionality of SE is favorable, as it illustrates the complexity of the construct and of what

  14. Current trends in developing medical students' critical thinking abilities.

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    Harasym, Peter H; Tsai, Tsuen-Chiuan; Hemmati, Payman

    2008-07-01

    Health care is fallible and prone to diagnostic and management errors. The major categories of diagnostic errors include: (1) no-fault errors--the disease is present but not detected; (2) system errors--a diagnosis is delayed or missed because of the imperfection in the health care system; and (3) cognitive errors--a misdiagnosis from faulty data collection or interpretation, flawed reasoning, or incomplete knowledge. Approximately one third of patient problems are mismanaged because of diagnostic errors. Part of the solution lies in improving the diagnostic skills and critical thinking abilities of physicians as they progress through medical school and residency training. However, this task is challenging since both medical problem-solving and the learning environments are complex and not easily understood. There are many interacting variables including the motivation of the medical student (e.g. deep versus surface learning), the acquisition and evolution of declarative and conditional knowledge (e.g. reduced, dispersed, elaborated, scheme, and scripted), problem-solving strategies (e.g. procedural knowledge-guessing, hypothetical deductive, scheme inductive, and pattern recognition), curricular models (e.g. apprenticeship, discipline-based, body system-based, case-based, clinical presentation-based), teaching strategies (e.g. teaching general to specific or specific to general), the presented learning opportunities (PBL versus scheme inductive PBL), and the nature of the learning environment (e.g. modeling critical thinking and expert problem-solving). This paper elaborates on how novices differ from experts and how novices can be educated in a manner that enhances their level of expertise and diagnostic abilities as they progress through several years of medical training.

  15. The immutability of the critical current under any sample cross-sectional form modification

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    Bogolyubov, N.A. [Institute of Inorganic Chemistry Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Lavrent' eva 3, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation)], E-mail: bna@che.nsk.su

    2008-11-24

    The temperature and size dependences of the critical currents in bismuth-based high-temperature superconducting ceramic samples consisting of randomly oriented grains have been studied in zero magnetic field. It is shown that the critical current is a function of the sample cross-sectional area only. At constant sample cross-sectional area the value of the critical current is independent of any variation of a sample cross-sectional shape. At the same time the distributions of the critical current density and induced magnetic field in ceramics are functions of the sample cross-sectional shape. These values very in accordance with a change of the sample cross-sectional shape (at constant cross-sectional area i.e. at constant value of the critical current). The field and current distributions in the rectangular sample are reported.

  16. Core Stability in Athletes: A Critical Analysis of Current Guidelines.

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    Wirth, Klaus; Hartmann, Hagen; Mickel, Christoph; Szilvas, Elena; Keiner, Michael; Sander, Andre

    2017-03-01

    Over the last two decades, exercise of the core muscles has gained major interest in professional sports. Research has focused on injury prevention and increasing athletic performance. We analyzed the guidelines for so-called functional strength training for back pain prevention and found that programs were similar to those for back pain rehabilitation; even the arguments were identical. Surprisingly, most exercise specifications have neither been tested for their effectiveness nor compared with the load specifications normally used for strength training. Analysis of the scientific literature on core stability exercises shows that adaptations in the central nervous system (voluntary activation of trunk muscles) have been used to justify exercise guidelines. Adaptations of morphological structures, important for the stability of the trunk and therefore the athlete's health, have not been adequately addressed in experimental studies or in reviews. In this article, we explain why the guidelines created for back pain rehabilitation are insufficient for strength training in professional athletes. We critically analyze common concepts such as 'selective activation' and training on unstable surfaces.

  17. Vortex structure in a long Josephson junction with two inhomogeneities

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    Andreeva, O.Yu. [Tumen Thermal Networks OAO ' TRGK' , Tobolsk 626150 (Russian Federation); Boyadjiev, T.L. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Shukrinov, Yu.M. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation)], E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru

    2007-09-01

    We study the vortex structure in the long Josephson junctions with one and two rectangular inhomogeneities in the barrier layer. In case of one inhomogeneity we demonstrate the existence of the asymmetric fluxon states. The disappearance of the mixed fluxon-antifluxon states is shown when the position of the inhomogeneity shifted to the end of the junction. In case of two inhomogeneities the change of the amplitude of Josephson current through the inhomogeneity in the end of the junction makes strong effect on the stability of the fluxon states and smoothes the maximums on the dependence 'critical current-magnetic field'.

  18. Vortex structure in a long Josephson junction with two inhomogeneities

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    Andreeva, O. Yu.; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2007-09-01

    We study the vortex structure in the long Josephson junctions with one and two rectangular inhomogeneities in the barrier layer. In case of one inhomogeneity we demonstrate the existence of the asymmetric fluxon states. The disappearance of the mixed fluxon-antifluxon states is shown when the position of the inhomogeneity shifted to the end of the junction. In case of two inhomogeneities the change of the amplitude of Josephson current through the inhomogeneity in the end of the junction makes strong effect on the stability of the fluxon states and smoothes the maximums on the dependence “critical current-magnetic field”.

  19. Transport critical-current density of superconducting films with hysteretic ferromagnetic dots

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    Nuria Del-Valle

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Superconductor-ferromagnet hybrids present a rich and complex phenomenology. Particularly, a hysteretic behavior on the transport critical-current density, as a function of a uniform perpendicular applied field, has been experimentally found in superconducting films with some embedded ferromagnets. Here we analyze the interaction superconductor-ferromagnets by means of an iterative model based on the critical-state model with field-dependent internal critical-current density and compare the results with actual transport measurements. By using arguments of field compensation, we show how the change in the magnetization of the ferromagnetic inclusions is responsible for the observed hysteresis on the transport critical current.

  20. Current anti-doping policy: a critical appraisal

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    Mauron Alexandre

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Current anti-doping in competitive sports is advocated for reasons of fair-play and concern for the athlete's health. With the inception of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA, anti-doping effort has been considerably intensified. Resources invested in anti-doping are rising steeply and increasingly involve public funding. Most of the effort concerns elite athletes with much less impact on amateur sports and the general public. Discussion We review this recent development of increasingly severe anti-doping control measures and find them based on questionable ethical grounds. The ethical foundation of the war on doping consists of largely unsubstantiated assumptions about fairness in sports and the concept of a "level playing field". Moreover, it relies on dubious claims about the protection of an athlete's health and the value of the essentialist view that sports achievements reflect natural capacities. In addition, costly antidoping efforts in elite competitive sports concern only a small fraction of the population. From a public health perspective this is problematic since the high prevalence of uncontrolled, medically unsupervised doping practiced in amateur sports and doping-like behaviour in the general population (substance use for performance enhancement outside sport exposes greater numbers of people to potential harm. In addition, anti-doping has pushed doping and doping-like behaviour underground, thus fostering dangerous practices such as sharing needles for injection. Finally, we argue that the involvement of the medical profession in doping and anti-doping challenges the principles of non-maleficience and of privacy protection. As such, current anti-doping measures potentially introduce problems of greater impact than are solved, and place physicians working with athletes or in anti-doping settings in an ethically difficult position. In response, we argue on behalf of enhancement practices in sports within a

  1. Current anti-doping policy: a critical appraisal.

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    Kayser, Bengt; Mauron, Alexandre; Miah, Andy

    2007-03-29

    Current anti-doping in competitive sports is advocated for reasons of fair-play and concern for the athlete's health. With the inception of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), anti-doping effort has been considerably intensified. Resources invested in anti-doping are rising steeply and increasingly involve public funding. Most of the effort concerns elite athletes with much less impact on amateur sports and the general public. We review this recent development of increasingly severe anti-doping control measures and find them based on questionable ethical grounds. The ethical foundation of the war on doping consists of largely unsubstantiated assumptions about fairness in sports and the concept of a "level playing field". Moreover, it relies on dubious claims about the protection of an athlete's health and the value of the essentialist view that sports achievements reflect natural capacities. In addition, costly antidoping efforts in elite competitive sports concern only a small fraction of the population. From a public health perspective this is problematic since the high prevalence of uncontrolled, medically unsupervised doping practiced in amateur sports and doping-like behaviour in the general population (substance use for performance enhancement outside sport) exposes greater numbers of people to potential harm. In addition, anti-doping has pushed doping and doping-like behaviour underground, thus fostering dangerous practices such as sharing needles for injection. Finally, we argue that the involvement of the medical profession in doping and anti-doping challenges the principles of non-maleficience and of privacy protection. As such, current anti-doping measures potentially introduce problems of greater impact than are solved, and place physicians working with athletes or in anti-doping settings in an ethically difficult position. In response, we argue on behalf of enhancement practices in sports within a framework of medical supervision. Current anti

  2. Current and Emerging Detoxification Therapies for Critical Care

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    Brett A. Howell

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Toxicity resulting from prescription drugs such as tricyclic antidepressants and cardioactive steroids, as well as drugs of abuse and exposure to environmental chemicals, represents a major need for detoxification treatments. Particles and colloids, antibody fragments (Fab, and indirect treatment methods such as macroemulsions, are currently being developed or employed as detoxification therapies. Colloids, particles, and protein fragments typically mitigate toxicity by binding to the toxin and reducing its concentration in vital organs. Indirect methods such as macroemulsions and sodium bicarbonate act directly on the affected organs, rather than the toxin. In this review, key design parameters (i.e. binding affinity, biocompatibility, pharmacokinetics are discussed for each type of detoxification treatment. In addition, some of the latest research in each area is reviewed.

  3. Experience with current multiaxial diagnostic systems: a critical review.

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    Kastrup, Marianne

    2002-01-01

    It is difficult to capture the complexity of the psychiatric condition with a single diagnostic category, and a multiaxial approach provides a more comprehensive picture of the current disorder. The WPA section on classification has developed a multiaxial schema based on the ICD-10 family of classifications. Four axes are proposed. Axis I: on clinical disorders; axis II: on disabilities; axis III: on contextual factors, and axis IV: on quality of life. Even though the multiaxial approach has been widely taught and surveys report on its international acceptability, daily use by clinicians of the 'non-diagnostic' axes have till now been limited, despite expressed interest by the very same clinicians. The multiaxial formulation is still developing and transcultural experiences need to be gained.

  4. Critical role of gap junction communication, calcium and nitric oxide signaling in bystander responses to focal photodynamic injury

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    Calì, Bianca; Ceolin, Stefano; Ceriani, Federico; Bortolozzi, Mario; Agnellini, Andrielly H.R.; Zorzi, Veronica; Predonzani, Andrea; Bronte, Vincenzo; Molon, Barbara; Mammano, Fabio

    2015-01-01

    Ionizing and nonionizing radiation affect not only directly targeted cells but also surrounding “bystander” cells. The underlying mechanisms and therapeutic role of bystander responses remain incompletely defined. Here we show that photosentizer activation in a single cell triggers apoptosis in bystander cancer cells, which are electrically coupled by gap junction channels and support the propagation of a Ca2+ wave initiated in the irradiated cell. The latter also acts as source of nitric oxi...

  5. Critical role of gap junction communication, calcium and nitric oxide signaling in bystander responses to focal photodynamic injury

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    Cali, B.; Ceolin, S.; Ceriani, F.; Bortolozzi, M.; Agnellini, A.H.R.; Zorzi, V.; Predonzani, A.; BRONTE, V; Molon, B.; Mammano, F.

    2015-01-01

    Ionizing and nonionizing radiation affect not only directly targeted cells but also\\ud surrounding “bystander” cells. The underlying mechanisms and therapeutic role of\\ud bystander responses remain incompletely deined. Here we show that photosentizer\\ud activation in a single cell triggers apoptosis in bystander cancer cells, which are\\ud electrically coupled by gap junction channels and support the propagation of a Ca2+\\ud wave initiated in the irradiated cell. The latter also acts as source...

  6. Analysis of distribution of critical current of bent-damaged Bi2223 composite tape

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    Ochiai, S; Okuda, H; Hojo, M [Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Yoshida, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606- 8501 (Japan); Sugano, M [Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Kyoto-Daigaku Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8530 (Japan); Osamura, K [Research Institute for Applied Sciences, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8202 (Japan); Kuroda, T; Kumakura, H; Kitaguchi, H; Itoh, K; Wada, H, E-mail: shojiro.ochiai@materials.mbox.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1, Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)

    2011-10-29

    Distributions of critical current of damaged Bi2223 tape specimens bent by 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0% were investigated analytically with a modelling approach based on the correlation of damage evolution to distribution of critical current. It was revealed that the distribution of critical current is described by three parameter Weibull distribution function through the distribution of the tensile damage strain of Bi2223 filaments that determines the damage front in bent-composite tape. Also it was shown that the measured distribution of critical current values can be reproduced successfully by a Monte Carlo simulation using the distributions of tensile damage strain of filaments and original critical current.

  7. Critical analysis of biomarkers in the current periodontal practice.

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    Khiste, Sujeet V; Ranganath, V; Nichani, Ashish S; Rajani, V

    2011-04-01

    Periodontal disease is a chronic microbial infection that triggers inflammation-mediated loss of the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone that supports the teeth. Because of the increasing prevalence and associated comorbidities, there is a need for the development of new diagnostic tests that can detect the presence of active disease, predict future disease progression, and evaluate the response to periodontal therapy, thereby improving the clinical management of periodontal patients. The diagnosis of active phases of periodontal disease and the identification of patients at risk for active disease represent challenges for clinical investigators and practitioners. Advances in diagnostic research are moving toward methods whereby the periodontal risk can be identified and quantified by objective measures using biomarkers. Patients with periodontitis may have elevated circulating levels of specific inflammatory markers that can be correlated to the severity of the disease. Advances in the use of oral fluids as possible biological samples for objective measures of the current disease state, treatment monitoring, and prognostic indicators have boosted saliva- and other oral-based fluids to the forefront of technology. Gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) is an inflammatory exudate that can be collected at the gingival margin or within the gingival crevice. This article highlights recent advances in the use of biomarker-based disease diagnostics that focus on the identification of active periodontal disease from plaque biofilms, GCF, and saliva.

  8. How coherent are Josephson junctions?

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    Paik, Hanhee; Bishop, Lev S; Kirchmair, G; Catelani, G; Sears, A P; Johnson, B R; Reagor, M J; Frunzio, L; Glazman, L; Schoelkopf, R J

    2011-01-01

    Attaining sufficient coherence is a requirement for realizing a large-scale quantum computer. We present a new implementation of a superconducting transmon qubit that is strongly coupled to a three-dimensional superconducting cavity. We observe a reproducible increase in the coherence times of qubit (both $T_1$ and $T_2$ > 10 microseconds) and cavity ($T_{cav}$ ~ 50 microseconds) by more than an order of magnitude compared to the current state-of-art superconducting qubits. This enables the study of the stability and quality of Josephson junctions at precisions exceeding one part per million. Surprisingly, we see no evidence for $1/f$ critical current noise. At elevated temperatures, we observe the dissipation due to a small density (< 1 - 10 ppm) of thermally-excited quasiparticles. The results suggest that the overall quality of Josephson junctions will allow error rates of a few $10^{-4}$, approaching the error correction threshold.

  9. Critical currents in A-15 structure Nb3Al converted from cold-worked bcc structure

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    Woollam, J. A.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Haugland, E.; Webb, G. W.

    1980-01-01

    The paper considers critical currents in A-15 structure Nb3Al converted from a cold-worked bcc structure. Nb3Al prepared in the ductile phase by quenching and mechanical working followed by conversion to the A-15 structure could carry currents above 10 to the 9th power A/sq m in fields near 20 T. These critical currents are comparable to those of Nb3Ge and V3Ga which are closest competing materials for use in high fields; further enhancement of the critical current is possible if thermal treatments are optimized.

  10. A new family of field-stable and highly sensitive SQUID current sensors based on sub-micrometer cross-type Josephson junctions

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    Schmelz, M.; Zakosarenko, V.; Schönau, T.; Anders, S.; Kunert, J.; Meyer, M.; Meyer, H.-G.; Stolz, R.

    2017-07-01

    We report on the development of a new family of superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) current sensors based on sub-micron cross-type Josephson tunnel junctions. Their low total junction capacitance permits high usable voltage swings of more than 100 μV and exceptional low noise of the SQUIDs at 4.2 K. Integrated rf-filters as well as high tolerable background fields during cool-down of up to 9.6 mT enable their highly reliable and easy use. With input coil inductances ranging from 10 nH to 2.8 μH and current sensitivities and coupled energy resolution down to 65 fA Hz-1/2 and below 10 h, respectively, they are a versatile tool for numerous applications.

  11. Frequency-dependent critical current and transport ac loss of superconductor strip and Roebel cable

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    Thakur, Kailash Prasad [Landcare Research, Palmerston North 4442 (New Zealand); Raj, Ashish [Computer Science in Radiology, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, NY 10022 (United States); Brandt, Ernst Helmut [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Metallforschung, PO B 800665, D-70506 Stuttgart (Germany); Kvitkovic, Jozef; Pamidi, Sastry V, E-mail: thakurk@landcareresearch.co.nz, E-mail: asr2004@med.cornell.edu, E-mail: ehb@mf.mpg.de, E-mail: kvitkovic@caps.fsu.edu, E-mail: pamidi@caps.fsu.edu [Center for Advanced Power System, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States)

    2011-06-15

    The frequency-dependent critical current of a superconductor strip and Roebel cable has been studied using a 2D finite element simulation. It is shown that the critical current of the superconductor increases with frequency as f{sup 1/n}, where n is the exponent of the power law flux creep model. Transport ac loss in a superconductor strip decreases with frequency as f{sup -2/n} when the amplitude of the applied ac current is far less than its critical current. However, when the applied current is large and becomes comparable to the critical current, the transport ac loss decreases with frequency as 1/f. The analytical results are substantiated with available experimental data and the results of a 2D finite element simulation.

  12. Static vortices in long Josephson junctions of exponentially varying width

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    Semerdjieva, E. G.; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    2004-06-01

    A numerical simulation is carried out for static vortices in a long Josephson junction with an exponentially varying width. At specified values of the parameters the corresponding boundary-value problem admits more than one solution. Each solution (distribution of the magnetic flux in the junction) is associated to a Sturm-Liouville problem, the smallest eigenvalue of which can be used, in a first approximation, to assess the stability of the vortex against relatively small spatiotemporal perturbations. The change in width of the junction leads to a renormalization of the magnetic flux in comparison with the case of a linear one-dimensional model. The influence of the model parameters on the stability of the states of the magnetic flux is investigated in detail, particularly that of the shape parameter. The critical curve of the junction is constructed from pieces of the critical curves for the different magnetic flux distributions having the highest critical currents for the given magnetic field.

  13. Specific features of current flow mechanisms in the semiconductor structure of a photoelectric converter with an n +- p-junction and an antireflective porous silicon film

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    Tregulov, V. V.; Stepanov, V. A.; Litvinov, V. G.; Ermachikhin, A. V.

    2016-11-01

    The temperature dependence of forward and reverse branches of the current-voltage characteristic of the semiconductor structure of a photoelectric converter with an n +- p-junction based on single-crystal silicon and an antireflective porous silicon film on the front surface has been studied. The presence of several current flow mechanisms has been revealed. It has been demonstrated that traps that emerge in the process of the formation of the porous silicon film have a considerable effect on the current flow processes in the semiconductor structure under consideration.

  14. Dipolar field effects on the critical current for spin transfer switch of iron and permalloy nanoelements

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    Oliveira, L. L.; Dantas, J. T. S.; Souza, R. M.; Carriço, A. S., E-mail: ascarrico@gmail.com [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, 59072-970 Natal, RN (Brazil); Dantas, Ana L. [Departamento de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, 59610-210 Mossoró, RN (Brazil)

    2014-05-07

    We report a theoretical study of dipolar effects on the switching current density of soft ferromagnetic elliptical nanoelements. Relevant changes on the critical current value are found according to the orientation of the magnetization and the spin polarization with the major axis. We show that the critical current density may be reduced by as much as 92% for thin nanoelements magnetized along the minor axis direction, using in-plane spin polarization parallel to the magnetization.

  15. Temperature dependence of the cosphi conductance in Josephson tunnel junctions determined from plasma resonance experiments

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    Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Sørensen, O. H.; Mygind, Jesper

    1978-01-01

    The microwave response at 9 GHz of Sn-O-Sn tunnel-junction current biased at zero dc voltage has been measured just below the critical temperature Tc of the Sn films. The temperature dependence of the cosφ conductance is determined from the resonant response at the junction plasma frequency fp...... of the experiment....

  16. Method for determining transport critical current densities and flux penetration depth in bulk superconductors

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    Israelsson, Ulf E. (Inventor); Strayer, Donald M. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    A contact-less method for determining transport critical current density and flux penetration depth in bulk superconductor material. A compressor having a hollow interior and a plunger for selectively reducing the free space area for distribution of the magnetic flux therein are formed of superconductor material. Analytical relationships, based upon the critical state model, Maxwell's equations and geometrical relationships define transport critical current density and flux penetration depth in terms of the initial trapped magnetic flux density and the ratio between initial and final magnetic flux densities whereby data may be reliably determined by means of the simple test apparatus for evaluating the current density and flux penetration depth.

  17. Supercurrents in InSb nanowire Josephson junctions

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    Chen, Jun; Yu, Peng; Plissard, Sébastien; Car, Diana; Mourik, Vincent; Zuo, Kun; van Woerkom, David; Szombati, Daniel; Kouwenhoven, Leo; Bakkers, Erik; Frolov, Sergey

    2014-03-01

    Majorana fermions have been predicted in one-dimensional semiconductor nanowires with strong spin-orbit interactions coupled to superconductors. Effects such as odd number Shapiro steps disappearing and critical currents oscillating in magnetic field have been proposed as signatures of Majorana fermions in Josephson junctions. Here we investigate supercurrents in NbTiN-InSb nanowire-NbTiN Josephson junctions as a function of back gate and magnetic field. When an external magnetic field was applied along the nanowire, we observe gate-tunable oscillations in the critical current. To clarify the origin of this oscillating critical current, we are studying the spectra of Shapiro steps, which may give us a better understanding of such Josephson junctions and guide the search for additional signatures of Majorana fermions.

  18. Direct Current and Pulsed Direct Current Plasma Nitriding of Ferrous Materials a Critical Review

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    Łępicka Magdalena

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, the improvement of ferrous materials performance is a problem of high interest. One of well-known wear- and corrosion properties improving technique is plasma nitriding, in which elemental nitrogen is introduced to the surface of a metal part for subsequent diffusion into the material. As a result, a compound, “white” layer and a diffusion zone are formed at the detail’s surface. Most of the authors positively describe the effects of surface ion nitiding. On the other hand, there are also reports on adverse effects of direct current and pulsed direct current plasma nitriding on ferrous materials performance. Therefore, an attempt to provide comprehensive summary on direct current and pulsed direct current ion nitriding and its influence on ferrous materials’ mechanical and corrosion properties has been made. According to the results, some of the technique drawbacks are hard to avoid in mass production.

  19. Influence of the spatially inhomogeneous gap distribution on the quasiparticle current in c-axis junctions involving d-wave superconductors with charge density waves

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    Ekino, T.; Gabovich, A. M.; Li, Mai Suan; Szymczak, H.; Voitenko, A. I.

    2016-11-01

    The quasiparticle tunnel current J(V) between the superconducting ab-planes along the c-axis and the corresponding conductance G(V)=\\text{d}J/\\text{d}V were calculated for symmetric junctions composed of disordered d-wave layered superconductors partially gapped by charge density waves (CDWs). Here, V is the voltage. Both the checkerboard and unidirectional CDWs were considered. It was shown that the spatial spread of the CDW-pairing strength substantially smears the peculiarities of G(V) appropriate to uniform superconductors. The resulting curves G(V) become very similar to those observed for a number of cuprates in intrinsic junctions, e.g. mesas. In particular, the influence of CDWs may explain the peak-dip-hump structures frequently found for high-T c oxides.

  20. Low-current-density spin-transfer switching in Gd{sub 22}Fe{sub 78}-MgO magnetic tunnel junction

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    Kinjo, Hidekazu, E-mail: kinjou.h-lk@nhk.or.jp; Machida, Kenji; Aoshima, Ken-ichi; Kato, Daisuke; Kuga, Kiyoshi; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Shimidzu, Naoki [Science and Technology Research Laboratories, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Kinuta, Setagaya, Tokyo 157-8510 (Japan); Matsui, Koichi [Department of Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Tokyo Denki University, Adachi, Tokyo 120-8551 (Japan)

    2014-05-28

    Magnetization switching of a relatively thick (9 nm) Gd-Fe free layer was achieved with a low spin injection current density of 1.0 × 10{sup 6} A/cm{sup 2} using MgO based magnetic tunnel junction devices, fabricated for light modulators. At about 560 × 560 nm{sup 2} in size, the devices exhibited a tunneling magnetoresistance ratio of 7%. This low-current switching is mainly attributed to thermally assisted spin-transfer switching in consequence of its thermal magnetic behavior arising from Joule heating.

  1. Visualizing supercurrents in 0-{pi} ferromagnetic Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Goldobin, Edward; Guerlich, Christian; Gaber, Tobias; Koelle, Dieter; Kleiner, Reinhold [Physikalisches Institut and Center for Collective Quantum Phenomena, Universitaet Tuebingen (Germany); Weides, Martin; Kohlstedt, Hermann [Institute of Solid State Physics, Reserch Center Juelich (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    So-called 0 and {pi} Josephson junctions can be treated as having positive and negative critical currents. This implies that the same phase shift applied to a Josephson junction causes counterflow of supercurrents in 0 and in {pi} junctions connected in parallel provided they are short in comparison with Josephson penetration depth {lambda}{sub J}. We have fabricated several 0, {pi}, 0-{pi}, 0-{pi}-0 and 20 x (0-{pi}-) planar superconductor-insulator-ferromagnet-superconductor Josephson junctions and studied the spatial supercurrent density distribution j{sub s}(x,y) across the junction area using low temperature scanning electron microscopy. At zero magnetic field we clearly see counterflow of the supercurrents in 0 and {pi} regions. The picture also changes consistently in the applied magnetic field.

  2. Influence of Fast Neutron Irradiation on Critical Current Densities of Bi-2223/Ag Tape

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    Duan Zhenzhong

    2004-01-01

    Experimental results on the magnetic field behavior of the critical current in silver sheathed Bi-2223 tapes are presented. The experiments consist of transport and magnetic measurements in a wide temperature range and in external magnetic field up to 6 T. Significant enhancement of the intragrain critical current densities Jc are observed after irradiation with fast neutron. This is attributed to an improvement of flux pinning capability by the neutron induced defects, but the weak link structure is somewhat damaged as evidenced by the small degradation of transport critical current at low field. According to the measurement of remanent magnetic moment before and after irradiation with fast neutron, the connectivity in Bi-2223 tapes is reduced by 50% after irradiated to a fluence of 2 × 1021 m-2, which resulted in the critical currents degradated by a factor of 10%.

  3. Effect of hexagonal patterned arrays and defect geometry on the critical current of superconducting films

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    Sadovskyy, I A; Xiao, Z -L; Kwok, W -K; Glatz, A

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the effect of pinning on the vortex dynamics in superconductors is a key factor towards controlling critical current values. Large-scale simulations of vortex dynamics can provide a rational approach to achieve this goal. Here, we use the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations to study thin superconducting films with artificially created pinning centers arranged periodically in hexagonal lattices. We calculate the critical current density for various geometries of the pinning centers --- varying their size, strength, and density. Furthermore, we shed light upon the influence of pattern distortion on the magnetic field dependent critical current. We compare our result directly with available experimental measurements on patterned molybdenum-germanium films, obtaining good agreement. Our results give important systematic insights into the mechanisms of pinning in these artificial pinning landscapes and open a path for tailoring superconducting films with desired critical current behavior.

  4. Effect of hexagonal patterned arrays and defect geometry on the critical current of superconducting films

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    Sadovskyy, I. A.; Wang, Y. L.; Xiao, Z. -L.; Kwok, W. -K.; Glatz, A.

    2017-02-07

    Understanding the effect of pinning on the vortex dynamics in superconductors is a key factor towards controlling critical current values. Large-scale simulations of vortex dynamics can provide a rational approach to achieve this goal. Here, we use the time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau equations to study thin superconducting films with artificially created pinning centers arranged periodically in hexagonal lattices. We calculate the critical current density for various geometries of the pinning centers—varying their size, strength, and density. Furthermore, we shed light upon the influence of pattern distortion on the magnetic-field-dependent critical current. We compare our result directly with available experimental measurements on patterned molybdenum-germanium films, obtaining good agreement. Our results give important systematic insights into the mechanisms of pinning in these artificial pinning landscapes and open a path for tailoring superconducting films with desired critical current behavior.

  5. Enhancement of critical current in mesoscopic superconducting strips by external magnetic field

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    Ilin, Konstantin; Henrich, Dagmar; Luck, Yannick; Fuchs, Lea; Meckbach, Johannes Maximilian; Siegel, Michael [Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanoelektronische Systeme, Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie, Hertzstrasse 16, 76187 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    Current crowding in superconducting mesoscopic strips with bends results in decrease of critical current in these structures with respect to the strips without geometrical non-uniformities. Recently it has been shown that Meissner currents induced by externally applied magnetic field of appropriate direction allow to suppress this effect so that I{sub c}(B) can exceed I{sub c}(0). Experimental dependencies of critical current in mesoscopic bended strips made from ultra-thin superconducting films on externally applied magnetic field and their comparison to the theoretical predictions are presented and discussed.

  6. Electronic thermometry in tunable tunnel junction

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    Maksymovych, Petro

    2016-03-15

    A tunable tunnel junction thermometry circuit includes a variable width tunnel junction between a test object and a probe. The junction width is varied and a change in thermovoltage across the junction with respect to the change in distance across the junction is determined. Also, a change in biased current with respect to a change in distance across the junction is determined. A temperature gradient across the junction is determined based on a mathematical relationship between the temperature gradient, the change in thermovoltage with respect to distance and the change in biased current with respect to distance. Thermovoltage may be measured by nullifying a thermoelectric tunneling current with an applied voltage supply level. A piezoelectric actuator may modulate the probe, and thus the junction width, to vary thermovoltage and biased current across the junction. Lock-in amplifiers measure the derivatives of the thermovoltage and biased current modulated by varying junction width.

  7. Critical current characteristics and history dependence in superconducting SmFeAsOF bulk

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    Ni, B; Ge, J [Department of Life, Environment and Materials Science, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Fukuoka 811-0295 (Japan); Kiuchi, M; Otabe, E S [Faculty of Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Iizuka 820-8502 (Japan); Gao, Z; Wang, L; Qi, Y; Zhang, X; Ma, Y, E-mail: nee@fit.ac.j [Key Laboratory of Applied Superconductivity, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 2703, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2010-06-01

    The superconducting SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} (x=0.2) polycrystalline bulks were prepared by the powder-in-tube (PIT) method. The magnetic field and temperature dependences of critical current densities in the samples were investigated by resistive and ac inductive (Campbell's) methods. It was found that a fairly large shielding current density over 10{sup 9} A/m{sup 2}, which is considered to correspond to the local critical current density, flows locally with the perimeter size similar to the average grain size of the bulk samples, while an extremely low transport current density of about 10{sup 5} A/m{sup 2} corresponding to the global critical current density flows through the whole sample. Furthermore, a unique history dependence of global critical current density was observed, i.e., it shows a smaller value in the increasing-field process than that in the decreasing-field process. The history dependence of global critical current characteristic in our case can be ascribed to the existence of the weak-link property between the grains in SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} bulk.

  8. Critical current characteristics and history dependence in superconducting SmFeAsOF bulk

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    Ni, B.; Ge, J.; Kiuchi, M.; Otabe, E. S.; Gao, Z.; Wang, L.; Qi, Y.; Zhang, X.; Ma, Y.

    2010-06-01

    The superconducting SmFeAsO1-xFx (x=0.2) polycrystalline bulks were prepared by the powder-in-tube (PIT) method. The magnetic field and temperature dependences of critical current densities in the samples were investigated by resistive and ac inductive (Campbell's) methods. It was found that a fairly large shielding current density over 109 A/m2, which is considered to correspond to the local critical current density, flows locally with the perimeter size similar to the average grain size of the bulk samples, while an extremely low transport current density of about 105 A/m2 corresponding to the global critical current density flows through the whole sample. Furthermore, a unique history dependence of global critical current density was observed, i.e., it shows a smaller value in the increasing-field process than that in the decreasing-field process. The history dependence of global critical current characteristic in our case can be ascribed to the existence of the weak-link property between the grains in SmFeAsO1-xFx bulk.

  9. Electron-beam-induced current measurements with applied bias provide insight to locally resolved acceptor concentrations at p-n junctions

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    Abou-Ras, D., E-mail: daniel.abou-ras@helmholtz-berlin.de; Schäfer, N.; Baldaz, N.; Brunken, S. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Boit, C. [Technische Universität Berlin, Department of Semiconductor Devices, Einsteinufer 19, 10587 Berlin (Germany)

    2015-07-15

    Electron-beam-induced current (EBIC) measurements have been employed for the investigation of the local electrical properties existing at various types of electrical junctions during the past decades. In the standard configuration, the device under investigation is analyzed under short-circuit conditions. Further insight into the function of the electrical junction can be obtained when applying a bias voltage. The present work gives insight into how EBIC measurements at applied bias can be conducted at the submicrometer level, at the example of CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells. From the EBIC profiles acquired across ZnO/CdS/CuInSe{sub 2}/Mo stacks exhibiting p-n junctions with different net doping densities in the CuInSe{sub 2} layers, values for the width of the space-charge region, w, were extracted. For all net doping densities, these values decreased with increasing applied voltage. Assuming a linear relationship between w{sup 2} and the applied voltage, the resulting net doping densities agreed well with the ones obtained by means of capacitance-voltage measurements.

  10. Evidence for nonlocal electrodynamics in planar Josephson junctions.

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    Boris, A A; Rydh, A; Golod, T; Motzkau, H; Klushin, A M; Krasnov, V M

    2013-09-13

    We study the temperature dependence of the critical current modulation I(c)(H) for two types of planar Josephson junctions: a low-Tc Nb/CuNi/Nb and a high-Tc YBa2Cu3O(7-δ) bicrystal grain-boundary junction. At low T both junctions exhibit a conventional behavior, described by the local sine-Gordon equation. However, at elevated T the behavior becomes qualitatively different: the I(c)(H) modulation field ΔH becomes almost T independent and neither ΔH nor the critical field for the penetration of Josephson vortices vanish at Tc. Such an unusual behavior is in good agreement with theoretical predictions for junctions with nonlocal electrodynamics. We extract absolute values of the London penetration depth λ from our data and show that a crossover from local to nonlocal electrodynamics occurs with increasing T when λ(T) becomes larger than the electrode thickness.

  11. Effect of longitudinal applied magnetic field on the self-pinched critical current in intense electron beam diode

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    Liu Guo-Zhi; Huang Wen-Hua; Shao Hao; Xiao Ren-Zhen

    2006-01-01

    The effect of applied longitudinal magnetic field on the self-pinched critical current in the intense electron beam diode is discussed. The self-pinched critical current is derived and its validity is tested by numerical simulations. The results shows that an applied longitudinal magnetic field tends to increase the self-pinched critical current. Without the effect of anode plasma, the maximal diode current approximately equals the self-pinched critical current with the longitudinal magnetic field applied; when self-pinched occurs, the diode current approaches the self-pinched critical current.

  12. Flux quantum tunneling effect and its influence on the experimental critical current density

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    闻海虎; 赵忠贤; GriessenR.

    1995-01-01

    By using magnetic sweeping method, the temperature and magnetic field dependencies of the experimental current density and the normalized relaxation rate have been obtained. The true critical current density corresponding to the zero activation energy has been carried out based on the collective-pinning and the thermally-activated flux motion models, and therefore the influences of the quantum tunneling effect and the thermal activation effect on the experimental critical current density are distinguished. It is found that, with temperature lower than 10 K, the relaxation rate will not drop to zero when T approaches zero K because of the occurrence of the flux quantum tunneling. This additional flux motion further reduces the experimental critical current density j making it saturated with lowering temperature.

  13. Magnetic Field Dependence of the Critical Current in S-N Bilayer Thin Films

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    Sadleir, John E.; Lee, Sang-Jun; Smith, Stephen James; Bandler, Simon; Chervenak, James; Kilbourne, Caroline A.; Finkbeiner, Fred M.; Porter, Frederick S.; Kelley, Richard L.; Adams, Joseph S.; Eckart, Megan E.; Busch, Sarah; Porst, Jan-Patrick

    2013-01-01

    Here we investigate the effects a non-uniform applied magnetic field has on superconducting transition-edge sensors (TESs) critical current. This has implications on TES optimization. It has been shown that TESs resistive transition can be altered by magnetic fields. We have observed critical current rectification effects and explained these effects in terms of a magnetic self-field arising from asymmetric current injection into the sensor. Our TES physical model shows that this magnetic self-field can result in significantly degraded or improved TES performance. In order for this magnetically tuned TES strategy to reach its full potential we are investigating the effect a non-uniform applied magnetic field has on the critical current.

  14. Investigation of the electrical properties of vertically stacked interface-treated Josephson junctions

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    Yoshinaga, Y [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Izawa, S [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Wakita, K [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Ito, T [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Inoue, M [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Fujimaki, A [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Hayakawa, H [Department of Quantum Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan)

    2004-04-01

    In order to understand the barrier structure of vertically stacked-type interface-treated Josephson junctions, we compared the electrical properties of the stacked junctions with those of ramp-edge junctions. With increasing critical current density (J{sub c}), I{sub c}R{sub n} products for both types of junction increased and the spread of critical current decreased. Nevertheless, the stacked junctions had higher I{sub c}R{sub n} products and lower spreads than those of ramp-edge junctions with J{sub c} of the same order. Moreover, we investigated the temperature dependence of the critical current and the conductance for junctions with J{sub c} values of around 10{sup 3} A cm{sup -2}. No significant difference was found for the dependence of I{sub c}. In contrast, the conductance of stacked junctions somewhat increased with increasing temperature, which resulted in the reduction of I{sub c}R{sub n}. The reduction is small at 4.2-30 K; we thus think that the reduction is negligible for applications.

  15. Zero-field steps and coherent emission of externally heated long Josephson junctions

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    Grib, Alexander; Seidel, Paul; Tonouchi, Masayoshi

    2017-01-01

    IV-characteristics of stacks of two inductively interacting long Josephson junctions with the homogeneous and inhomogeneous distributions of critical currents were investigated numerically. It was assumed that the inhomogeneous linear distribution of critical currents along the junction was created by heating of one end of the stack. Even zero-field steps were found in the IV-curve of the stack with the homogeneous distribution of critical currents, whereas odd zero-field steps appeared in the IV-curve of the stack with the heated end. Due to the inductive interaction between junctions in a stack of two junctions, each of the zero-field steps splits into two steps which correspond to frequencies of collective excitations in the system. Strong coherent emission was found at the step which corresponds to the frequency of in-phase oscillations.

  16. High magnetic-field scales and critical currents in SmFeAs(O, F) crystals

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    Moll, Philip J. W.; Puzniak, Roman; Balakirev, Fedor; Rogacki, Krzysztof; Karpinski, Janusz; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Batlogg, Bertram

    2010-08-01

    With the discovery of new superconducting materials, such as the iron pnictides, exploring their potential for applications is one of the foremost tasks. Even if the critical temperature Tc is high, intrinsic electronic properties might render applications difficult, particularly if extreme electronic anisotropy prevents effective pinning of vortices and thus severely limits the critical current density, a problem well known for cuprates. Although many questions concerning microscopic electronic properties of the iron pnictides have been successfully addressed and estimates point to a very high upper critical field, their application potential is less clear. Thus, we focus here on the critical currents, their anisotropy and the onset of electrical dissipation in high magnetic fields up to 65T. Our detailed study of the transport properties of SmFeAsO0.7F0.25 single crystals reveals a promising combination of high (>2×106Acm-2) and nearly isotropic critical current densities along all crystal directions. This favourable intragrain current transport in SmFeAs(O, F), which shows the highest Tc of 54K at ambient pressure, is a crucial requirement for possible applications. Essential in these experiments are four-probe measurements on focused-ion-beam-cut single crystals with a sub-square-micrometre cross-section, with current along and perpendicular to the crystallographic c axis.

  17. Prediction of Critical Currents for a Diluted Square Lattice Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Sajjad Ali Haider

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Studying critical currents, critical temperatures, and critical fields carries substantial importance in the field of superconductivity. In this work, we study critical currents in the current–voltage characteristics of a diluted-square lattice on an Nb film. Our measurements are based on a commercially available Physical Properties Measurement System, which may prove time consuming and costly for repeated measurements for a wide range of parameters. We therefore propose a technique based on artificial neural networks to facilitate extrapolation of these curves for unforeseen values of temperature and magnetic fields. We demonstrate that our proposed algorithm predicts the curves with an immaculate precision and minimal overhead, which may as well be adopted for prediction in other types of regular and diluted lattices. In addition, we present a detailed comparison between three artificial neural networks architectures with respect to their prediction efficiency, computation time, and number of iterations to converge to an optimal solution.

  18. Effects of base doping and carrier lifetime on differential current gain and temperature coefficient of 4H-SiC power bipolar junction transistors

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    Niu, X.; Fardi, H.

    2012-04-01

    4H-SiC NPN bipolar junction transistor (BJT) is studied systematically by performing two-dimensional numerical simulations. Several design issues are discussed. Depending on the doping concentration of the base and the carrier lifetimes, both positive and negative temperature coefficients in the common emitter current gain could exist in 4H-SiC NPN BJTs with aluminium-doped base. The temperature coefficients of the current gain at different base doping concentrations and different carrier lifetimes have been determined. A high base doping concentration can reduce the requirement for the carrier lifetime in order to obtain negative temperature coefficient in current gain. Device simulations are performed to evaluate the carrier lifetimes by fitting the measured output IC -VCE curves. An excellent fitting is obtained and the base electron lifetime and the emitter hole lifetime are extracted to be about 22 and 5.7 ns, respectively.

  19. ['I'm worthless' and other forms of self-criticism: Current knowledge and therapeutic interventions].

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    Maillard, Pauline; Kramer, Ueli

    2015-01-01

    Self-criticism is considered as a harsh or punitive evaluation of the self. It is omnipresent in culture, in daily life as well as in psychotherapy. Self-criticism can lead to question oneself but can also open new perspectives and guide us. However, it can become excessive, rigid, and might turn out to be deleterious. This present article focuses on the concept of self-criticism in clinical psychology and psychotherapy and aims to review current knowledge about this topic. First, its definition and the reasons for its development in individuals will be presented. Second, a description of the links between self-criticism and psychopathology will be made, in particular regarding depression. Finally, the third part of this article will be dedicated to the therapeutic interventions that can reduce self-criticism.

  20. Calibration of Hall sensor array for critical current measurement of YBCO tape with ferromagnetic substrate

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    Zhu, Yunpeng; Wang, Gang; Liu, Liyuan [Key laboratory of Magnetic levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education), Superconductor and New Energy R& D Center, Mail Stop 165#, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, 610031 (China); Yang, Xinsheng, E-mail: xsyang@swjtu.edu.cn [Key laboratory of Magnetic levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education), Superconductor and New Energy R& D Center, Mail Stop 165#, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, 610031 (China); Zhao, Yong [Key laboratory of Magnetic levitation Technologies and Maglev Trains (Ministry of Education), Superconductor and New Energy R& D Center, Mail Stop 165#, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, 610031 (China); Superconductivity Research Group, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wale, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia)

    2015-12-15

    Abstract : HAS (Hall sensor array) is a powerful tool to detect the uniformity of HTS (high temperature superconductor) tape through mapping the distribution of remanent or shielding field along the surface of the tape. However, measurement of HTS tape with ferromagnetic parts by HSA is still an issue because the ferromagnetic substrate has influence on the magnetic field around the HTS layer. In this work, a continuous HSA system has been designed to measure the critical current of the YBCO tape with ferromagnetic substrate. The relationship between the remanent field and critical current was calibrated by the finite element method. The result showed that the HSA is an effective method for evaluating the critical current of the HTS tape with ferromagnetic substrate. - Highlight: • A continuous Hall sensor array system has been designed. • The inhomogeneity of YBCO tape with ferromagnetic substrate can be detected by HAS. • Finite element method is an effective method for calibrating the remanent field.

  1. Observation of the AC Josephson effect up to THZ frequencies in YBCO/PBCO/YBCO ramp-type Josephson junctions

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    Terpstra, D.; Rijnders, A.J.H.M.; Roesthuis, F.J.G.; Blank, D.H.A.; Gerritsma, G.J.; Rogalla, H.

    1993-01-01

    We present the response to 100 GHz irradiation of high-Tc Josephson junction devices for mixer/detector applications in the (sub-) mm wave range. These devices consist of a YBCO/PBCO/YBCO ramp-type junction combined with a planar logarithmic periodic antenna. The critical current and the first two S

  2. Transport processes and reduction of IcRn product in YBaCuO/PrBaCuO/YBaCuO ramp-type Josephson junctions

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    Boguslavskij, Y.M.; Gao, J.; Rijnders, A.J.H.M.; Terpstra, D.; Gerritsma, G.J.; Rogalla, H.

    1993-01-01

    The mechanisms of current passage and the causes of IcRn (critical-current normal-resistance) product reduction of YBCO/PBCO/YBCO ramp-type junctions are analyzed. At PBCO (PrBa2Cu3Ox ) barrier thicknesses L=8-20 nm the junction characteristics are determined by the thickness of the PBCO barrier and

  3. Magnetic response and critical current properties of mesoscopic-size YBCO superconducting samples

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    Lisboa-Filho, P N [UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Grupo de Materiais Avancados, Departamento de Fisica, Bauru (Brazil); Deimling, C V; Ortiz, W A, E-mail: plisboa@fc.unesp.b [Grupo de Supercondutividade e Magnetismo, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Sao Carlos (Brazil)

    2010-01-15

    In this contribution superconducting specimens of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} were synthesized by a modified polymeric precursor method, yielding a ceramic powder with particles of mesoscopic-size. Samples of this powder were then pressed into pellets and sintered under different conditions. The critical current density was analyzed by isothermal AC-susceptibility measurements as a function of the excitation field, as well as with isothermal DC-magnetization runs at different values of the applied field. Relevant features of the magnetic response could be associated to the microstructure of the specimens and, in particular, to the superconducting intra- and intergranular critical current properties.

  4. Change of surface critical current in the surface superconductivity and mixed states of superconducting niobium

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    Aburas, Muhamad; Pautrat, Alain; Bellido, Natalia

    2017-01-01

    A systematic study of irreversible magnetization was performed in bulk niobium after different surface treatments. Starting with smooth surfaces and abrading them, a strong increase of the critical current is observed up to an apparent limiting value. An impressive change of the critical current is also observed in the surface superconductivity (SSC) state, reaching values of the same order of magnitude as in the mixed state. We explain also the observation of strong SSC for magnetic fields perpendicular to large facets in terms of nucleation of superconductivity along bumps of a corrugated surface.

  5. 'Leak Current' correction for critical current measurement of no-insulation HTS coil

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    Song, Jung Bin [Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses, CNRS, Grenoble (France); Hahn, Seung Yong [Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-06-15

    Discrepancy between a power supply current and an actual “spiral” coil current makes the conventional 4-probe measurement of a critical current (I{sub c}) of a no-insulation (NI) high temperature superconductor (HTS) coil inaccurate and time-consuming. This paper presents a fast and accurate approach for I{sub c} measurement of NI HTS coils. With an NI HTS coil energized at a constant ramping rate, a complete analytic expression for the spiral coil current was obtained from a first-order partial differential equation that derived from an equivalent circuit model of the NI coil. From the analytic solution, both spiral coil current and radial leak current can be obtained simultaneously, which enables fast and accurate measurement of the NI coil I{sub c}. To verify the proposed approach, an NI double-pancake (DP) coil, wound with GdBCO tapes of 6 mm × 0.1 mm, was constructed and its Ic was repeatedly measured with various ramping rates in a bath of liquid nitrogen at 77 K. The measured results agreed well with the calculated ones, which validates the proposed approach to measure I{sub c} of an NI HTS coil.

  6. Critical current studies on fine filamentary NbTi accelerator wires

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    Garber, M.; Suenaga, M.; Sampson, W.B.; Sabatini, R.L.

    1985-01-01

    The magnets for the Superconductig Super Collider, a high energy proton colliding beam accelerator, require a superconductor with very high current density (>2400 A/mm/sup 2/ at 5 T) and very small filaments (approx. 2..mu..m in diameter). Previous work has shown that by controlling the formation of Cu/sub 4/Ti compound particles on the filament surfaces it is possible to make fine filamentary NbTi wire with high critical current density. The performance of multi-filamentary wire is characterized by the current density and the quantity ''n'' which describes the superconducting-normal transition. Micrographs of wires having high J/sub c/ and high n show smooth, uniform filaments. Recently wires of very high critical current and high n have been produced in experimental quantities by commercial manufactures.

  7. Experimental study of yttrium barium copper oxide superconducting tape’s critical current under twisting moment

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    Ziauddin Khan; Ananya Kundu; Subrata Pradhan

    2013-10-01

    Critical current (c) characteristics of 2G YBCO superconducting tape under the influence of twisting moment was experimentally investigated at varying current ramp rates in the self-field. Under a uniform twist, the degradation in the current-carrying capacity of YBCO tape up to 30% was observed at 77 K. The degradation is largely attributed to the shear stress and torsional shear strain resulting from the twisting. The superconductor to resistive transition index, , is also found to behave in an identical manner with increase in the twisting. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the tape in the experimental configuration with twisting moment being applied on to it has been carried out in COMSOL. The torsional strain calculated analytically as per the experimental configuration matches closely with that of FEA results, which shows that the critical current degradation is a function of strain.

  8. Dependence of critical current density on crystalline direction in thin YBCO films

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    Paturi, P.; Peurla, M.; Raittila, J.

    2005-01-01

    The dependence of critical current density (J(c)) on the angle between the current direction and the (100) direction in the ab-plane of thin YBCO films deposited on (001)-SrTiO3 from natiocrystalline and microcrystalline targets is studied using magneto-optical microscopy. In the films made from ...... indicating that in addition to linear defects also the twin boundaries are very important flux pinning sites. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  9. NbN/MgO/NbN SIS tunnel junctions for submm wave mixers

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    Stern, J. A.; Hunt, B. D.; Leduc, H. G.; Judas, A.; Mcgrath, W. R.; Cypher, S. R.; Khanna, S. K.

    1989-01-01

    The authors report on the fabrication and testing of all-refractory NbN/MgO/NbN SIS (superconductor-insulator-superconductor) tunnel junctions for use as high-frequency mixers. Progress in the development of techniques for the fabrication of submicron-area tunnel junctions is described. Junction structures which have been investigated include mesa, crossline, and edge geometries. Using reactive sputtering techniques, NbN tunnel junctions with critical currents in excess of 104 A/sq cm have been fabricated with Vm values as high as 65 mV and areas down to 0.1 sq micron. Specific capacitance measurements on NbN/MgO/NbN mesa-type tunnel junctions give values in the range 60-90 fF/sq micron. These SIS tunnel junctions have been integrated with antennas and coupling structures for mixer tests in a waveguide receiver at 207 GHz. Preliminary mixer results are reported.

  10. Niobium tunnel junction fabrication using e-gun evaporation and SNAP

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    Kortlandt, J.; van der Zant, H. S. J.; Schellingerhout, A. J. G.; Mooij, J. E.

    1990-11-01

    We have fabricated high quality small area Nb-Al-Al 2O 3-Nb junctions with SNAP, making use of e-beam evaporation in a 10 -5 Pa diffusion pumped vacuum system. Nominal dimensions of the junctions are 8x8, 4x4 and 2x2 μm 2. We obtain typical current densities of 5-6 × 10 +2A/cm 2 and (critical current) x (subgap resistance) products of 40 mV.

  11. Critical currents and superconductivity ferromagnetism coexistence in high-Tc oxides

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    Khene, Samir

    2016-01-01

    The book comprises six chapters which deal with the critical currents and the ferromagnetism-superconductivity coexistence in high-Tc oxides. It begins by gathering key data for superconducting state and the fundamental properties of the conventional superconductors, followed by a recap of the basic theories of superconductivity. It then discusses the differences introduced by the structural anisotropy on the Ginzburg-Landau approach and the Lawrence-Doniach model before addressing the dynamics of vortices and the ferromagnetism-superconductivity coexistence in high-Tc oxides, and provides an outline of the pinning phenomena of vortices in these materials, in particular the pinning of vortices by the spins. It elucidates the methods to improve the properties of superconducting materials for industrial applications. This optimization aims at obtaining critical temperatures and densities of critical currents at the maximum level possible. Whereas the primary objective is the basic mechanisms pushing the superco...

  12. Critical currents of Rutherford MgB2 cables compacted by two-axial rolling

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

    2017-01-01

    Two types of Rutherford cables made of two strand layers of commercial MgB2 wires manufactured by Hyper Tech Research, Inc. have been made. Flat rectangular cables consisting of 12 single-core MgB2/Nb/Cu10Ni, or 6-filaments MgB2/Nb/Cu strands, both of diameter 390 mewm, were assembled using a back-twist cabling machine with transposition length of 20 mm. In order to analyze impact of the cable compaction on critical currents, cables were two-axially rolled, each by a single step reduction of 3.5%-29.7% to thickness range of 0.775-0.62 mm. It was found that by increasing the packing factor (PF) of cable above 0.79, the critical current begins to increase. It is improved nearly two times up to the PF limit 0.89. Compaction over the PF limit introduced cable degradation and decrease of critical current. Bending tests applied to cables showed that critical current degradation starts below the bending diameter 120 mm for 6-filaments Cu sheath and 70 mm for single-core Cu10Ni sheath cable. Tensile tests showed similar irreversible strain values for the both types of cables. Rutherford cables assembled of single-core strands are promising for low field (2.7-4 T) applications where low bending diameters are required.

  13. Measurement of critical current of superconducting materials at the changing magnetic field

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    Zhang Qingrong; Hu Yongchang

    1986-06-01

    In this paper we present a new method for measuring the critical current of superconductor materials. The experimental results indicate the I/sub c/(H) character of the samples rather directly and, comparing with other methods, we can get more data at the same interval.

  14. Critical current density in wire drawn and hydrostatically extruded Nb-Ti superconductors

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    Alterovitz, S. A.; Woollam, J. A.; Collings, E. W.

    1979-01-01

    Critical current studies have been made on copper-clad Nb-Ti composite wire prepared under area reductions of 100:1 and 10,000:1 by hydrostatic extrusion (HE), wire drawing and HE plus drawing. Comparative evaluation of the thermomechanical processing equivalent of HE was performed.

  15. Investigation of the Critical Current Density of YBaCuO high-temperature Superconductor Ceramic

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    METSKHVARISHVILI, I. R.; KEKELIDZE, N. P.; METSKHVARISHVILI, M. R.

    2002-01-01

    The method of high harmonics is used to investigate penetration of low magnetic fields within the Y1Ba2Cu3O7 high-temperature superconductor ceramic. Given experimental results are explained by the modal dependencies between the value of critical current density and the magnetic induction B: jc(B) = jc(0){\\frac{{B02}} {{B02 + B2}}}.

  16. Josephson tunnel junctions in a magnetic field gradient

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    Monaco, R.; Mygind, Jesper; Koshelets, V.P.

    2011-01-01

    We measured the magnetic field dependence of the critical current of high-quality Nb-based planar Josephson tunnel junctions in the presence of a controllable nonuniform field distribution. We found skewed and slowly changing magnetic diffraction patterns quite dissimilar from the Fraunhofer-like...... be suppressed by an asymmetric magnetic field profile. © 2011 American Institute of Physics....

  17. Vacuum Tight Threaded Junctions (VTTJ): A new solution for reliable heterogeneous junctions in ITER

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    Agostinetti, P., E-mail: piero.agostinetti@igi.cnr.it; Palma, M. Dalla; Agostini, F. Degli; Marcuzzi, D.; Rizzolo, A.; Rossetto, F.; Sonato, P.; Zaccaria, P.

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Heterogeneous junctions represent a critical issue in Nuclear Fusion experiments. • We have developed a new technique for heterogeneous junctions, called VTTJ, whose main advantages are low cost, high reliability and easiness of construction. • The VTTJ junctions have passed all the tests required by ITER for the heterogeneous junctions of the divertor. • Further tests have demonstrated wide margins for operation (up to 700 °C and 500 bar). - Abstract: A new technique, called Vacuum Tight Threaded Junction (VTTJ), has been developed and patented by Consorzio RFX, permitting to obtain low-cost and reliable non-welded junctions, able to maintain vacuum tightness also in heavy loading conditions (high temperature and high mechanical loads). The technique can be applied also if the materials to be joint are not weldable and for heterogeneous junctions (for example, between steel and copper) and has been tested up to 500 bar internal pressure and up to 700 °C, showing excellent leak tightness in vacuum conditions and high mechanical resistance. The main advantages with respect to existing technologies (for example, friction welding and electron beam welding) are an easy construction, a low cost, a precise positioning of the junction and a high repeatability of the process. Due to these advantages, the new technique has been adopted for several components of the SPIDER experiment and it is proposed for ITER, in particular for the ITER Heat and Current Drive Neutral Beam Injector and for its prototype, the MITICA experiment, to be tested at Consorzio RFX. This paper gives a detailed description of the VTTJ technique, of the samples manufactured and of the qualification tests that have been carried out so far.

  18. Overdamped Josephson junctions for digital applications

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    Febvre, P., E-mail: Pascal.Febvre@univ-savoie.fr [University of Savoie, IMEP-LAHC – CNRS UMR5130, 73376 Le Bourget du Lac (France); De Leo, N.; Fretto, M.; Sosso, A. [I.N.Ri.M., Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy); Belogolovskii, M. [Donetsk Institute for Physics and Engineering, 72 R. Luxemburg str., 83114 Donetsk (Ukraine); Collot, R. [University of Savoie, IMEP-LAHC – CNRS UMR5130, 73376 Le Bourget du Lac (France); Lacquaniti, V. [I.N.Ri.M., Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino (Italy)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: ► Properties of self-shunted sub-micron Nb/Al–AlO{sub x}/Nb SNIS junctions are studied. ► 1–100 kA/cm{sup 2} current densities and 0.1–0.7 mV critical voltages are obtained. ► The critical voltage-vs-temperature behavior of SNIS junctions is discussed. ► Numerical results showing an effect of the aluminum film thickness are presented. ► A Josephson balanced comparator is studied for different temperatures of operation. -- Abstract: An interesting feature of Superconductor–Normal metal–Superconductor Josephson junctions for digital applications is due to their non-hysteretic current–voltage characteristics in a broad temperature range below T{sub c}. This allows to design Single-Flux-Quantum (SFQ) cells without the need of external shunts. Two advantages can be drawn from this property: first the SFQ cells can be more compact which leads to a more integrated solution towards nano-devices and more complex circuits; second the absence of electrical parasitic elements associated with the wiring of resistors external to the Josephson junctions increases the performance of SFQ circuits, in particular regarding the ultimate speed of operation. For this purpose Superconductor–Normal metal–Insulator–Superconductor Nb/Al–AlO{sub x}/Nb Josephson junctions have been recently developed at INRiM with aluminum layer thicknesses between 30 and 100 nm. They exhibit non-hysteretic current–voltage characteristics with I{sub c}R{sub n} values higher than 0.5 mV in a broad temperature range and optimal Stewart McCumber parameters at 4.2 K for RSFQ applications. The main features of obtained SNIS junctions regarding digital applications are presented.

  19. Enhancing the Photocurrent of Top-Cell by Ellipsoidal Silver Nanoparticles: Towards Current-Matched GaInP/GaInAs/Ge Triple-Junction Solar Cells

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    Yiming Bai

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available A way to increase the photocurrent of top-cell is crucial for current-matched and highly-efficient GaInP/GaInAs/Ge triple-junction solar cells. Herein, we demonstrate that ellipsoidal silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs with better extinction performance and lower fabrication temperature can enhance the light harvest of GaInP/GaInAs/Ge solar cells compared with that of spherical Ag NPs. In this method, appropriate thermal treatment parameters for Ag NPs without inducing the dopant diffusion of the tunnel-junction plays a decisive role. Our experimental and theoretical results confirm the ellipsoidal Ag NPs annealed at 350 °C show a better extinction performance than the spherical Ag NPs annealed at 400 °C. The photovoltaic conversion efficiency of the device with ellipsoidal Ag NPs reaches 31.02%, with a nearly 5% relative improvement in comparison with the device without Ag NPs (29.54%. This function of plasmonic NPs has the potential to solve the conflict of sufficient light absorption and efficient carrier collection in GaInP top-cell devices.

  20. Designing of 1 eV GaNAs/GaInAs superlattice subcell in current-matched four-junction solar cell

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    Haixiao, Wang; Xinhe, Zheng; Xingyuan, Gan; Naiming, Wang; Hui, Yang

    2016-01-01

    A reasonably-thick GaNAs/GaInAs superlattice could be an option as a roughly 1 eV subcell to achieve high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells on a lattice-matched Ge substrate. A detailed consideration of a high-efficiency design for a GaInP/GaAs/1 eV/Ge device is presented. Calculations have been done for this structure to obtain the confined energies of the electrons and holes by utilizing the Kronig-Penney model, as well as the absorption coefficient and thereby the external quantum efficiency. The effect of well layers, GaNAs or GaInAs, on the absorption and photocurrent density under the AM 1.5 condition is discussed in order to realize a requirement of current matching in the four-junction solar cells. The management of these considerations implies the feasibility of the GaNAs/GaInAs superlattice subcell design to improve the overall conversion efficiency of lattice matched GaInP/GaAs/1 eV/Ge cells. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61274134) and the International Cooperation Program of Suzhou, China (No. SH201215).

  1. The critical current irreversibility of Bi(2223)/Ag tape and its modification

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    兰玉成; 郭树权; 肖业皋; 叶斌; 曾荣; 周怡茹

    1996-01-01

    The critical currents of Bi(2223)/Ag tape at magnetic fields up to 2.5T have been measured at different field orientations. The IC values depend on the history of magnetic fields. This phenomenon can be explained in terms of irreversibility of the effective magnetic field caused by the induced persistent current and the screening persistent current. If the mean of the increasing and the decreasing applied field (Hap), defined as the effective field (Hcff), is linearly related to the applied field, i.e. Heff, using Heff instead of Hap, the modified IC(H) curves curves are obtainable.

  2. Critical depinning current of elastic vortex strings in superconductors with extended linear defects

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    Fedirko, V. A.; Kasatkin, A. L.; Polyakov, S. V.

    2016-09-01

    The problem of the depinning of an Abrikosov elastic vortex string from an extended linear defect in the plate of a 3 D anisotropic superconductor of thickness d > 2λ (where λ is the London penetration depth) under the action of an inhomogeneously distributed transport current that flows in the surface shielding layer has been solved using classical mechanics approach. Conditions for the appearance of the instability of the pinned state of a vortex have been investigated and calculations of the corresponding critical current density on the surface at which the depinning of the vortex string occurs have been carried out. The dependence of the average of the critical current density on the thickness of the plate has been determined.

  3. Mapping the current–current correlation function near a quantum critical point

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    Prodan, Emil, E-mail: prodan@yu.edu [Department of Physics, Yeshiva University, New York, NY 10016 (United States); Bellissard, Jean [School of Mathematics and School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (United States)

    2016-05-15

    The current–current correlation function is a useful concept in the theory of electron transport in homogeneous solids. The finite-temperature conductivity tensor as well as Anderson’s localization length can be computed entirely from this correlation function. Based on the critical behavior of these two physical quantities near the plateau–insulator or plateau–plateau transitions in the integer quantum Hall effect, we derive an asymptotic formula for the current–current correlation function, which enables us to make several theoretical predictions about its generic behavior. For the disordered Hofstadter model, we employ numerical simulations to map the current–current correlation function, obtain its asymptotic form near a critical point and confirm the theoretical predictions.

  4. Manipulating Josephson junctions in thin-films by nearby vortices

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    Kogan, V G; Mints, R G

    2014-07-01

    It is shown that a vortex trapped in one of the banks of a planar edge-type Josephson junction in a narrow thin-film superconducting strip can change drastically the dependence of the junction critical current on the applied field, I-c(H). When the vortex is placed at certain discrete positions in the strip middle, the pattern I-c(H) has zero at H = 0 instead of the traditional maximum of '0-type' junctions. The number of these positions is equal to the number of vortices trapped at the same location. When the junction-vortex separation exceeds similar to W, the strip width, I-c(H) is no longer sensitive to the vortex presence. The same is true for any separation if the vortex approaches the strip edges. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. High critical current of Ti-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires for AC and weight-critical applications

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    Alessandrini, M; Fang, H; Hanna, M; Putman, P; Zhou, Y X; Salama, K [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4006 (United States)

    2006-01-15

    The peculiar features of magnesium diboride make it suitable for many potential applications. In the last four years of investigation of MgB{sub 2}, the scientific community's research was mainly motivated by features such as low cost, compatibility with straightforward processing methods, relatively high critical temperature, and absence of weak links between grains. Other applications suggest the accentuation of other MgB{sub 2} properties. In particular its very low mass density makes it attractive for space activities, where the cost per kilogram for orbiting is still a huge obstacle, e.g. the cost of transport to low Earth orbit can reach 15 k$ kg{sup -1}. In order to promote the use of this compound for space activities, we tested titanium as a sheath material. Titanium is non-magnetic and its alloys are almost half the weight of steel but with yield stresses up to three times higher. We fabricated Ti-sheathed MgB{sub 2} through the powder-in-tube process. These wires show similar results to those sheathed with Fe. At 4 K the critical current density J{sub c} is well above 7 x 10{sup 5} A cm{sup -2}. The interface between the superconducting intermetallic compound and the lightweight sheath does not show any evidence of reaction and diffusion up to 900 deg. C. An analysis was carried out using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with an energy dispersive spectrometer, and electron microprobe analysis.

  6. Noise properties of high-quality step-edge YBCO Josephson junctions

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    Foley, C.P.; Lam, S.; Sloggett, J.; Savvides, N; Katsaros, A. [CSIRO, Lindfield, NSW (Australia). Division of Applied Physics; Hao, L.; Macfarlane, J.C.; Pegrum, C.M. [University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom). Department of Physics and Applied Physics; Kuznik, J. [Czech Academy of Science, Prague (Czech Republic).

    1996-12-31

    Full text: We report the results of noise and other measurements on YBCO step-edge Josephson junctions whose morphology closely approaches the ideal of a homogeneous tilt angle grain boundary. The junctions exhibit near-perfect resistively-shunted-junction (RSJ) current voltage characteristics and magnetic field dependence. Excess noise in the junctions was comparable to the best bicrystal types previously measured, the normalised amplitude of the critical current fluctuations, S{sub i}{sup 1/2}, being less than 1x10{sub -4} Hz{sub -}1{sub /2} at 1 Hz and 77 K. S{sub i}{sup 1/2} was found to be independent of temperature and also independent of magnetic field provided the zero-field critical current was used for normalisation

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  8. Mechanism for the uniaxial strain dependence of the critical current in practical REBCO tapes

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    Osamura, Kozo; Machiya, Shutaro; Hampshire, Damian P.

    2016-06-01

    In order to elucidate the effect of uniaxial strain on the critical current of practical REBCO tapes (REBa2Cu3O7-d , RE = Y and Gd) fabricated by Superpower and SuNAM, two types of critical current measurements were carried out. In the first, the tape sample was attached directly to a universal testing machine and pulled under a tensile load. In the second, the tape was soldered to a Cu-Be springboard and then attached to the testing machine and then pushed or pulled in order to apply both tensile and compressive strains to the tape sample. An inverse parabolic behaviour was observed for the uniaxial strain dependence of the critical current of both tapes. Using synchrotron radiation, the local strain exerted on the REBCO layer was measured at room temperature under the conditions used for the two techniques for making I c measurements. On the basis of these room temperature data, the local strain exerted on the REBCO layer at 77 K was numerically evaluated. A one-dimensional chain model for current flow in the REBCO material with fractional lengths of A-domains and B-domains oriented along the uniaxial strain direction is proposed. The model can explain the parabolic strain behaviour of the critical current and shows that the strain at which the peak in I c occurs, is not only determined by pre-compression or pre-tension on the superconductor at the operating temperature, but also by the ratio of the fractional amounts of the two domains.

  9. Fluxon dynamics in long Josephson junctions in the presence of a temperature gradient or spatial nonuniformity

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    Krasnov, V.M.; Oboznov, V.A.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig

    1997-01-01

    for the Josephson vortex motion. ZCFFS's were observed at certain magnetic fields when the critical current in one direction but not the other becomes zero. Possible applications of nonuniform Josephson junctions in flux flow oscillators and as a superconducting diode are discussed....... self-energy (from the cold to the hot end of the junction). A phenomenon, the ''zero crossing flux flow step'' (ZCFFS) with a nonzero voltage at a zero applied current, was observed in nonuniform long Josephson junctions. The phenomenon is due to the existence of a preferential direction...

  10. Evidence for enhancement of critical current by intergrain Ag in YBaCuO-Ag ceramics

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    Dwir, B.; Affronte, M.; Pavuna, D.

    1989-07-24

    We report the evidence for enhancement of critical current density /ital J//sub /ital c// by /similar to/50%, which occurs when /similar to/10 wt. % Ag is added to Y/sub 1/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus//delta// ceramics. The maximal /ital J//sub /ital c// (/similar to/700 A/cm/sup 2/ at /ital T/=77 K) appears simultaneously with maximum YBaCuO compactness in the samples. The silver fills the intergranular space (holes) without Cu substitution, and the critical temperature /ital T//sub /ital c// is not reduced from the bulk value (/similar to/91 K). Normal-state resistivity of Ag-YBaCuO samples is decreased by an order of magnitude, and samples exhibit improved contact resistance and resistance to water. While the critical density is improved by adding /similar to/10 wt. % Ag, it decreases at higher Ag concentrations.

  11. Characteristics of the Surface-Intrinsic Josephson Junction

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    YANG Li; XU Wei-wei; YE Su-li; GUO Da-yuan; YOU Li-xing; WU Pei-heng

    2006-01-01

    During the fabrication of intrinsic Josephson junctions (IJJs) with Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ(BSCCO) single crystals,the superconductivity of the surface Cu-O layer is degraded because of a deposited metal film on top of the stack.Thus,the characteristics of the surface junction consisting of the surface Cu-O double layers remarkably differ from those of the junctions deep in the stack,which will be referred to as ordinary IJJs.The electrical transport characteristics of the surface junction,such as I-V,I'c-T,and R-T,show that the critical temperature T'c of the surface junction is always lower than that of ordinary IJJs,and that the change of its critical current I'c with temperature is different from that of ordinary IIJs.Furthermore,by shunting! the surface junction resistively,we are able to observe the AC Josephson effect at 3-mm waveband.

  12. Strong critical current density enhancement in NiCu/NbN superconducting nanostripes for optical detection

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    Marrocco, N.; Pepe, G. P.; Capretti, A.; Parlato, L.; Pagliarulo, V.; Peluso, G.; Barone, A.; Cristiano, R.; Ejrnaes, M.; Casaburi, A.; Kashiwazaki, N.; Taino, T.; Myoren, H.; Sobolewski, Roman

    2010-08-01

    We present measurements of ferromagnet/superconductor (NiCu/NbN) and plain superconducting (NbN) nanostripes with the linewidth ranging from 150 to 300 nm. The NiCu (3 nm)/NbN (8 nm) bilayers, as compared to NbN (8 nm), showed a up to six times increase in their critical current density, reaching at 4.2 K the values of 5.5 MA/cm2 for a 150 nm wide nanostripe meander and 12.1 MA/cm2 for a 300 nm one. We also observed six-time sensitivity enhancement when the 150 nm wide NiCu/NbN nanostripe was used as an optical detector. The strong critical current enhancement is explained by the vortex pinning strength and density increase in NiCu/NbN bilayers and confirmed by approximately tenfold increase in the vortex polarizability factor.

  13. Control over Rectification in Supramolecular Tunneling Junctions

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    Wimbush, K.S.; Wimbush, Kim S.; Reus, William F.; van der Wiel, Wilfred Gerard; Reinhoudt, David; Whitesides, George M.; Nijhuis, C.A.; Velders, Aldrik

    2010-01-01

    In complete control: The magnitude of current rectification in well-defined supramolecular tunneling junctions can be controlled by changing the terminal functionality (red spheres) of dendrimers (gray spheres) immobilized on a supramolecular platform (see picture). Junctions containing biferrocene

  14. Critical report of current fisheries management measures implemented for the North Sea mixed demersal fisheries

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    Nielsen, J. Rasmus; Ulrich, Clara; Hegland, Troels J.

    The present report is an EU-FP7-SOCIOEC Report giving an overview and critical evaluation of the current management measures implemented for the North Sea mixed demersal fisheries and the fish stocks involved in this. Also, this involves review and critical evaluation of the scientific advice sup...... to distinguish specific effects and impacts of each individual measures implemented. Accordingly, it is also very difficult to make scientific management evaluation and advice associated to the individual measures......The present report is an EU-FP7-SOCIOEC Report giving an overview and critical evaluation of the current management measures implemented for the North Sea mixed demersal fisheries and the fish stocks involved in this. Also, this involves review and critical evaluation of the scientific advice....... The prevailing management system and principle has been landing quotas (TAC, Total Allowable Catch) mainly based on the EU principle of relative stability in the international sharing of the TAC. Also, general effort limitations and technical measures are set for the EU and Norwegian fisheries on top of the TAC...

  15. The 0 and pi contact array model of bicrystal junctions and interferometers

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    Kornev, Victor K.; Soloviev, Igor I.; Klenov, Nikolai V.;

    2003-01-01

    simulation of the lumped Josephson junction circuits, e.g., PSCAN, WinS. The based on the model results for critical current dependence on applied magnetic field are compared with experimental data for the bicrictal junctions fabricated by dc sputtering at high pressure. Impact of no sinusoidal Josephson......The array model of the faceted bicrystal Josephson junctions has been developed more comprehensively. The facet size and the facet critical current dependence on. magnetic field are taken in to consideration. The model can be successfully used with high-performance software meant for numerical...... current-phase relation on the dc interferometer critical current as a function of magnetic field is analyzed as well....

  16. Altering critical depinning current via domain wall pile-up in magnetic nanowires

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    Geng, Liwei D.; Jin, Yongmei M., E-mail: ymjin@mtu.edu

    2015-11-01

    An important role of domain wall pile-up in current-driven domain wall depinning in magnetic nanowires is revealed using micromagnetic simulations. It is found that the critical current for domain wall depinning can be substantially reduced and conveniently tuned by controlling domain wall number in the pile-up at pinning site, in analogy to dislocation pile-up responsible for Hall–Petch effect in mechanical strength. Domain wall pinning and depinning at an s-shape bend is considered, and the effects of curvature and current crowding in magnetic circuit on domain wall behaviors are discussed. - Highlights: • Advance fundamental knowledge of current-driven domain wall phenomena. • Provide a novel approach to drastically reduce the critical depinning current. • Solve an outstanding problem of effective control of domain wall pinning/depinning. • Report appealing new findings of magnetic domain wall pile-up mechanism. • Overcome the limitations of materials properties for domain wall-based devices.

  17. On the study of phase formation and critical current density in superconducting MgB2

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    Suchitra Rajput; Sujeet Chaudhary; Subhash C Kashyap; Pankaj Srivastava

    2006-06-01

    Superconducting bulk MgB2 samples have been synthesized by employing sintering technique without using any additional process steps, generally undertaken in view of the substantial loss of magnesium, during heat treatment. Starting with Mg rich powders having different atomic ratios of Mg : B, as against the nominally required Mg : B = 1 : 2 ratio, we have obtained superconducting MgB2 samples of different characteristics. The effect of excess Mg in the starting mixture and processing temperature on the phase-formation, transition temperature (C) and critical current density (C) have been investigated by electrical transport and a.c. susceptibility measurements. The X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analyses of MgB2 bulk samples have been carried out to understand the role of excess Mg and the effect of processing temperature. It is established that MgB2 samples with high critical current density can be synthesized from a Mg rich powder having Mg : B in 2 : 2 ratio, at temperatures around 790°C. Critical current density has been found to vary systematically with processing temperature.

  18. Intracardiac Origin of Heart Rate Variability, Pacemaker Funny Current and their Possible Association with Critical Illness

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    Papaioannou, Vasilios E; Verkerk, Arie O; Amin, Ahmed S; de Bakker, Jaques MT

    2013-01-01

    Heart rate variability (HRV) is an indirect estimator of autonomic modulation of heart rate and is considered a risk marker in critical illness, particularly in heart failure and severe sepsis. A reduced HRV has been found in critically ill patients and has been associated with neuro-autonomic uncoupling or decreased baroreflex sensitivity. However, results from human and animal experimental studies indicate that intracardiac mechanisms might also be responsible for interbeat fluctuations. These studies have demonstrated that different membrane channel proteins and especially the so-called ‘funny’ current (If), an hyperpolarization-activated, inward current that drives diastolic depolarization resulting in spontaneous activity in cardiac pacemaker cells, are altered during critical illness. Furthermore, membrane channels kinetics seem to have significant impact upon HRV, whose early decrease might reflect a cellular metabolic stress. In this review article we present research findings regarding intracardiac origin of HRV, at the cellular level and in both isolated sinoatrial node and whole ex vivo heart preparations. In addition, we will review results from various experimental studies that support the interrelation between If and HRV during endotoxemia. We suggest that reduced HRV during sepsis could also be associated with altered pacemaker cell membrane properties, due to ionic current remodeling. PMID:22920474

  19. Effect of a pinning field on the critical current density for current-induced domain wall motion in perpendicular magnetic anisotropy nanowires.

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    Ooba, Ayaka; Fujimura, Yuma; Takahashi, Kota; Komine, Takashi; Sugita, Ryuji

    2012-09-01

    In this study, the effect of a pinning field on the critical current density for current-induced domain wall motion in nanowires with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was investigated using micromagnetic simulations. In order to estimate the pinning field in notched nanowires, we conducted wall energy calculations for nanowires with various saturation magnetizations. The pinning field increased as the notch size increased. The pinning field decreased as the saturation magnetization decreased. As a result, the decreased in the pinning field causes the reduction of the critical current density. Therefore, a significant reduction of the critical current density can be obtained by decreasing the saturation magnetization, even if wall pinning occurs.

  20. Cathodal transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on the right Temporo-Parietal Junction modulates the use of mitigating circumstances during moral judgments

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    Laëtitia Leloup

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Recently, a few transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS or transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS studies have shown that the right temporo-parietal junction (rTPJ plays a causal role in moral reasoning especially in cases of accidental harms or failed attempted harms. The profile of results across studies is however not entirely consistent: sometimes the stimulation affects predominantly failed attempted harms while sometimes the stimulation affects predominantly accidental harms. We argue that such discrepancy could reflect different functional contributions of the rTPJ in moral judgments and that the chosen design parameters or stimulation method may differentially bring to light one or the other functional role of the rTPJ. In the current study, we found that tDCS specifically affected accidental harms but not failed attempted harms. Low cathodal stimulation of the rTPJ led to a marginally significant increase in the severity of judgments of accidental harms (Experiment 1 while higher cathodal current intensity led to a highly significant decrease in the severity of judgments of accidental harms (Experiment 2. Our pattern of results in the context of our experimental design can best be explained by a causal role of the rTPJ in processing the mitigating circumstances which reduce a protagonist’s moral responsibility. We discuss these results in relation to the idea that the rTPJ may play multiple roles in moral cognition and in relation to methodological aspects related to the use of tDCS.

  1. Breakdown of the escape dynamics in Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D.; Stornaiuolo, D.; Lucignano, P.; Galletti, L.; Born, D.; Rotoli, G.; Lombardi, F.; Longobardi, L.; Tagliacozzo, A.; Tafuri, F.

    2015-08-01

    We have identified anomalous behavior of the escape rate out of the zero-voltage state in Josephson junctions with a high critical current density Jc. For this study we have employed YBa2Cu3O7 -x grain boundary junctions, which span a wide range of Jc and have appropriate electrodynamical parameters. Such high Jc junctions, when hysteretic, do not switch from the superconducting to the normal state following the expected stochastic Josephson distribution, despite having standard Josephson properties such as a Fraunhofer magnetic field pattern. The switching current distributions (SCDs) are consistent with nonequilibrium dynamics taking place on a local rather than a global scale. This means that macroscopic quantum phenomena seem to be practically unattainable for high Jc junctions. We argue that SCDs are an accurate means to measure nonequilibrium effects. This transition from global to local dynamics is of relevance for all kinds of weak links, including the emergent family of nanohybrid Josephson junctions. Therefore caution should be applied in the use of such junctions in, for instance, the search for Majorana fermions.

  2. Ship waves on uniform shear current at finite depth: wave resistance and critical velocity

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    Li, Yan

    2016-01-01

    We present a comprehensive theory for linear gravity-driven ship waves in the presence of a shear current with uniform vorticity, including the effects of finite water depth. The wave resistance in the presence of shear current is calculated for the first time, containing in general a non-zero lateral component. While formally apparently a straightforward extension of existing deep water theory, the introduction of finite water depth is physically non-trivial, since the surface waves are now affected by a subtle interplay of the effects of the current and the sea bed. This becomes particularly pronounced when considering the phenomenon of critical velocity, the velocity at which transversely propagating waves become unable to keep up with the moving source. The phenomenon is well known for shallow water, and was recently shown to exist also in deep water in the presence of a shear current [Ellingsen, J.~Fluid Mech.\\ {\\bf 742} R2 (2014)]. We derive the exact criterion for criticality as a function of an intrin...

  3. The influence of critical current density of Bi-2212 superconductors by defects after Yb-doping

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    Lu, Tianni [State key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials of Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710014 (China); SMRC, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China); Zhang, Cuiping [SMRC, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China); Guo, Shengwu [State key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials of Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710014 (China); Wu, Yifang [State key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials of Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710014 (China); SMRC, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China); Li, Chengshan, E-mail: csli368@126.com [SMRC, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China); Zhou, Lian [State key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials of Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710014 (China); SMRC, Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research, Xi' an 710016 (China)

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Ca substituting Yb element in Bi-2212 single crystal. • The critical current density of this sample is the highest without the optimal Tc value. • The Cu–O{sub 2} and Ca–O layers in pure and doping samples are observed using HRTEM. • The optimal defect density is calculated. - Abstract: Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 1−x}Yb{sub x}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 8+δ} (Bi-2212) single crystals with x = 0.000, 0.005, 0.010 and 0.020 have been prepared by self-flux method. The influences of Yb doping on the formation of the dislocations in the lattice structures, as well as the related current carrying capability are investigated. Due to the SQUID measurement and the Bean model calculation, the maximum critical current density (Jc) is obtained when the Yb doping content is x = 0.010, though the Tc and the carrier concentration are not in the optimal region. Based on the HRTEM analyses of the Ca–O and Cu–O{sub 2} layers, the optimal dislocation density in the Cu–O{sub 2} layers is deduced according to the number of the dislocations per unit area. Besides, the sizes of the dislocations also prove the effectiveness of Yb substitution on the enhancement of the current carrying capability in Bi-2212 single crystals.

  4. Can critical inquiry differ from criticism? A dialogue with current occupational science and occupational therapy schools of inquiry

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    Jessie Wilson

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Critical inquiry has been adopted by various academic disciplines. However, there is a lack of consistency and transparency in the way this complex theoretical and methodological position is applied in research. For novice researchers that ambiguity can lead to blurring the conceptual distinction between critical research and the act of criticizing. Objective: The purpose of this essay is to reflect on what it means to keep a critical perspective for novice researchers. Method: The concepts are explored through a personal narrative that allows authors to examine the details of their trajectory to embrace a critical perspective, which has the power to lead to change, both personal and social. Results: We explore the methodological foundations of the critical research and observe how the emotion is taken over or suppressed in the investigation process. Conclusion: We contextualize key concepts of critical investigation, examining its recent application both in occupational science and in occupational therapy.

  5. Recalled peer relationship experiences and current levels of self-criticism and self-reassurance.

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    Kopala-Sibley, Daniel C; Zuroff, David C; Leybman, Michelle J; Hope, Nora

    2013-03-01

    Numerous studies have shown that personality factors may increase or decrease individuals' vulnerability to depression, but little research has examined the role of peer relationships in the development of these factors. Accordingly, this study examined the role of recalled parenting and peer experiences in the development of self-criticism and self-reassurance. It was hypothesized that, controlling for recalled parenting behaviours, specific recalled experiences of peer relationships would be related to current levels of specific forms of self-criticism and self-reassurance. Hypotheses were tested using a retrospective design in which participants were asked to recall experiences of parenting and peer relationships during early adolescence. This age was chosen as early adolescence has been shown to be a critical time for the development of vulnerability to depression. A total of 103 female and 97 male young adults completed measures of recalled parenting, overt and relational victimization and prosocial behaviour by peers, and current levels of self-criticism and self-reassurance. Hierarchical regression analyses showed that parents and peers independently contributed to the development of self-criticism and self-reassurance. Specifically, controlling for parental care and control, overt victimization predicted self-hating self-criticism, relational victimization predicted inadequacy self-criticism, and prosocial behaviour predicted self-reassurance. As well, prosocial behaviour buffered the effect of overt victimization on self-reassurance. Findings highlight the importance of peers in the development of personality risk and resiliency factors for depression, and suggest avenues for interventions to prevent the development of depressive vulnerabilities in youth. The nature of a patient's personality vulnerability to depression may be better understood through a consideration of the patient's relationships with their peers as well as with parents during

  6. How to control spin-Seebeck current in a metal-quantum dot-magnetic insulator junction

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    Gu, Lei; Fu, Hua-Hua; Wu, Ruqian

    2016-09-01

    The control of the spin-Seebeck current is still a challenging task for the development of spin caloritronic devices. Here, we construct a spin-Seebeck device by inserting a quantum dot (QD) between the metal lead and magnetic insulator. Using the slave-particle approach and noncrossing approximation, we find that the spin-Seebeck effect increases significantly when the energy level of the QD locates near the Fermi level of the metal lead due to the enhancement of spin flipping and occurrences of quantum resonance. Since this can be easily realized by applying a gate voltage in experiments, the spin-Seebeck device proposed here can also work as a thermovoltaic transistor. Moreover, the optimal correlation strength and the energy level position of the QD are discussed to maximize the spin-Seebeck current as required for applications in controllable spin caloritronic devices.

  7. Temperature Distribution and Critical Current of Long HTS Cables Cooled with Subcooled Liquid Nitrogen

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    Vyatkin, V. S.; Ivanov, Y. V.; Watanabe, H.; Chikumoto, N.; Yamaguchi, S.

    2017-07-01

    Cooling of the long HTS power transmission lines performs by pumping of subcooled liquid nitrogen (LN2) along the cable. The temperature of LN2 along the cable increases due to the heat losses of the cryostat and heat generation in the HTS cable. The experiment using test cable line in Ishikari shows that flow rate of 35 L/min retains increasing of LN2 temperature by 1 K per 1 km of length. The technology when the back flow of LN2 cools the radiation shield surrounding the cable pipe is also applied in Ishikari-2 project. In this case the ambient heat flow into cable pipe is 50 times less than that without radiation shield. Back flow of LN2 removes almost all heat coming from the environment. When transport current is close to the critical value the Joule heat of HTS cable is significant. This heat additionally increases the temperature of LN2 flowing along the HTS cable. Near the outlet the temperature of HTS cable is maximal and the local critical current is minimal. The current matching critical current criterion of average electrical field of E 0 = 10-4 V/m provides the voltage drop and significant Joule heat at the hot end of the cable. It can lead the damage of the cable. The present work contains analysis of temperature distribution along the cable and the way to achieve the fail-safe operation of long HTS cable cooled by subcooled LN2. We also performed extrapolation of obtained results for several times longer cable lines by decreasing the LN2 flow rate.

  8. 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.

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

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

    2001-05-01

    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 39K 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 39K 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 85,000Acm-2 at 4.2K. 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.

  10. Spin-polarized currents and noise in normal-metal/superconductor junctions with Yu-Shiba-Rusinov impurities

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    Persson, Daniel; Shevtsov, Oleksii; Löfwander, Tomas; Fogelström, Mikael

    2016-10-01

    Conventional superconductors disordered by magnetic impurities demonstrate physical properties that are drastically different from their pristine counterparts. In our previous work [D. Persson et al., Phys. Rev. B 92, 245430 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevB.92.245430], we explored the spectral and thermodynamic properties of such systems for two extreme cases: completely random and ferromagnetically aligned impurity magnetic moments. Here we consider the transport properties of these systems and show that they have a potential to be used in superconducting spintronic devices. Each magnetic impurity contributes a Yu-Shiba-Rusinov (YSR) bound state to the spectrum, residing at subgap energies. Provided the YSR states form metallic bands, we demonstrate that the tunneling current carried by these states can be highly spin polarized when the impurities are ferromagnetically ordered. The spin polarization can be switched by tuning the bias voltage. Moreover, even when the impurity spins are completely uncorrelated, one can still achieve almost 100 % spin polarization of the current, if the tunnel interface is spin active. We compute electric current and noise, varying parameters of the interface between tunneling and fully transparent regimes, and analyze the relative role of single-particle and Andreev reflection processes.

  11. Anomalous Proximity Effect in the Nb-BiSb-Nb Junctions

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    Kasumov, A.Y.; Kononenko, O.V.; Matveev, V.N.; Borsenko, T.B.; Tulin, V.A.; Vdovin, E.E.; Khodos, I.I. [Institute of Microelectronics Technology and High Purity Materials, RAS, 142432 Chernogolovka, Moscow Region (Russia)

    1996-09-01

    An anomalous proximity effect was observed in coplanar Nb-BiSb-Nb junctions. The effect consists of a considerable increase of the critical current with an increase in the distance between the superconducting electrodes. The effect is explained by the quantum character of Cooper pair transport through the normal region. Some advantages of the application of such junctions are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  12. Higher critical current density achieved in Bi-2223 High-Tc superconductors

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Bi2Sr2Ca2Cu3Ox (Bi-2223 were prepared using a solid state reaction method at different sintering times and temperatures. Structural phase identifications have been done using X-Ray analysis and refinement by Reitveld method which proves the coexistence of Bi-2223 and Bi-2212 phases. The critical transition temperature Tc and critical current density Jc values were measured using superconducting quantum interference device magnetometer (SQUID and by the magneto-optics technique. A remarkable rapid decrease to the diamagnetic signal in the magnetization versus temperature M(T at 110 K and Jc around 1.2 × 107 A/m2 at 5 K are confirmed for the Bi-2223 compound.

  13. Anisotropy of the critical current in MgB2 tapes made of high energy milled precursor powder

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    Hässler, W.; Kovac, P.; Eisterer, M.;

    2010-01-01

    For applications of MgB2 wires or tapes, high critical currents in high magnetic fields are essential. By using tapes in superconducting coils the anisotropic behaviour of the critical current, i.e. the dependence on the direction of the external field in relation to the tape surface, has...

  14. Large critical current density improvement in Bi-2212 wires through the groove-rolling process

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    Malagoli, A.; Bernini, C.; Braccini, V.; Romano, G.; Putti, M.; Chaud, X.; Debray, F.

    2013-04-01

    Recently there has been a growing interest in Bi-2212 superconductor round wire for high magnetic field use despite the fact that an increase of the critical current is still needed to boost its successful use in such applications. Recent studies have demonstrated that the main obstacle to current flow, especially in long wires, is the residual porosity inside these powder-in-tube processed conductors that develops from bubble agglomeration when the Bi-2212 melts. In this work we tried to overcome this issue affecting the wire densification by changing the deformation process. Here we show the effects of groove rolling versus the drawing process on the critical current density JC and on the microstructure. In particular, groove-rolled multifilamentary wires show a JC increased by a factor of about 3 with respect to drawn wires prepared with the same Bi-2212 powder and architecture. We think that this approach in the deformation process is able to produce the required improvements both because the superconducting properties are enhanced and because it makes the fabrication process faster and cheaper.

  15. 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.

  16. Method and composition for improving flux pinning and critical current in superconductors

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    Morris, Donald E.

    1995-01-01

    Superconducting materials and methods of forming superconducting materials are disclosed. Highly oxidized superconductors are heated at a relatively high temperature so as to release oxygen, which migrates out of the material, and form a non-superconducting phase which does not diffuse out of grains of the material. The material is then reoxidized at a lower temperature, leaving the non-superconducting inclusions inside a superconducting phase. The non-superconducting inclusions act as pinning centers in the superconductor, increasing the critical current thereof.

  17. Temperature dependence of critical current of heterostructures YBCO-STO-LCMO nearly Tc

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    Khokhlov, V A; Drobotko, V F; Levchenko, G G; Mikheenko, P N; Chakalov, R; Muirhead, C R

    2003-01-01

    The complex differential susceptibility a pure YBCO film and YBCO-STO-LCMO structures of different STO width (0; 2; 7 nm) is studied. It is shown, that a decrease of superconducting transition temperature T sub o nset and critical current density j sub c is observed, as expected for the structure YBCO-LCMO in comparison with the pure YBCO film. Conversely, the YBCO-STO-LCMO structures display an increase in T sub o nset; as for j sub c , it increases in the structure with 2 nm STO and decreases in that with 7 nm STO. It is suggested the pinning mechanism of vortices undergoes a change with decreasing temperature.

  18. Asymmetry of the critical current and peak effect in superconducting multilayers

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    Gavrilkin, S Yu; Ivanenko, O M; Lykov, A N; Mitsen, K V; Tsvetkov, A Yu [P N Lebedev Physical Institute, Leninsky prospekt 53, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Attanasio, C; Cirillo, C [CNR-SPIN-Salerno and Dipartimento di Fisica ' E R Caianiello' , Universita degli Studi di Salerno, Fisciano (Saudi Arabia) I-84084 (Italy); Prischepa, S L [Belarus State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, P Brovka Street 6, Minsk 220013 (Belarus)

    2010-06-15

    The critical current I{sub c} in Nb/NbO and Nb/Pd multilayers with different periods has been investigated in parallel magnetic fields H. The I{sub c}(H) curves were measured for two opposite directions of the bias current I{sub bias} (always oriented perpendicularly to the magnetic field) which causes the motion of the vortices towards the free surface of the sample and the substrate, respectively. For both directions of the current the so-called peak effect has been observed in the I{sub c}(H) dependencies but with a large difference in the absolute values of I{sub c} for the positive and negative directions of I{sub bias}. The position of the peak in the I{sub c}(H) dependencies does not depend on the direction of I{sub bias} and it is shifted towards higher H values when the period of the multilayered structures is increased. These experimental results can be explained by considering the superposition of the applied magnetic field and the field induced by the transport current along the layers which, if the superconducting properties in different Nb layers are non-homogeneous, causes an asymmetric redistribution of the current. The effect is more pronounced when only one superconducting layer has different properties.

  19. Microwave resonant activation in hybrid single-gap/two-gap Josephson tunnel junctions

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    Carabello, Steven; Lambert, Joseph G.; Mlack, Jerome; Dai, Wenqing; Li, Qi; Chen, Ke; Cunnane, Daniel; Xi, X. X.; Ramos, Roberto C.

    2016-09-01

    Microwave resonant activation is a powerful, straightforward technique to study classical and quantum systems, experimentally realized in Josephson junction devices cooled to very low temperatures. These devices typically consist of two single-gap superconductors separated by a weak link. We report the results of the first resonant activation experiments on hybrid thin film Josephson junctions consisting of a multi-gap superconductor (MgB2) and a single-gap superconductor (Pb or Sn). We can interpret the plasma frequency in terms of theories both for conventional and hybrid junctions. Using these models, we determine the junction parameters including critical current, resistance, and capacitance and find moderately high quality factors of Q0˜ 100 for these junctions.

  20. Endothelial Cell Junctional Adhesion Molecules: Role and Regulation of Expression in Inflammation.

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    Reglero-Real, Natalia; Colom, Bartomeu; Bodkin, Jennifer Victoria; Nourshargh, Sussan

    2016-10-01

    Endothelial cells line the lumen of all blood vessels and play a critical role in maintaining the barrier function of the vasculature. Sealing of the vessel wall between adjacent endothelial cells is facilitated by interactions involving junctionally expressed transmembrane proteins, including tight junctional molecules, such as members of the junctional adhesion molecule family, components of adherence junctions, such as VE-Cadherin, and other molecules, such as platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule. Of importance, a growing body of evidence indicates that the expression of these molecules is regulated in a spatiotemporal manner during inflammation: responses that have significant implications for the barrier function of blood vessels against blood-borne macromolecules and transmigrating leukocytes. This review summarizes key aspects of our current understanding of the dynamics and mechanisms that regulate the expression of endothelial cells junctional molecules during inflammation and discusses the associated functional implications of such events in acute and chronic scenarios. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  1. Amorphous silicon germanium carbide photo sensitive bipolar junction transistor with a base-contact and a continuous tunable high current gain

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    Bablich, A., E-mail: andreas.bablich@uni-siegen.de [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Microsystem Technologies, University of Siegen, Hoelderlinstrasse 3, 57076 Siegen (Germany); Merfort, C., E-mail: merfort@imt.e-technik.uni-siegen.de [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Microsystem Technologies, University of Siegen, Hoelderlinstrasse 3, 57076 Siegen (Germany); Eliasz, J., E-mail: jacek.eliasz@student.uni-siegen.de [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Microsystem Technologies, University of Siegen, Hoelderlinstrasse 3, 57076 Siegen (Germany); Schäfer-Eberwein, H., E-mail: heiko.schaefer@uni-siegen.de [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of High Frequency and Quantum Electronics, University of Siegen, Hoelderlinstrasse 3, 57076 Siegen (Germany); Haring-Bolivar, P., E-mail: peter.haring@uni-siegen.de [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of High Frequency and Quantum Electronics, University of Siegen, Hoelderlinstrasse 3, 57076 Siegen (Germany); Boehm, M., E-mail: markus.boehm@uni-siegen.de [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute for Microsystem Technologies, University of Siegen, Hoelderlinstrasse 3, 57076 Siegen (Germany)

    2014-05-02

    In this paper, the design, fabrication and characterization of an amorphous silicon germanium carbide (a-SiGeC:H) photo sensitive bipolar junction transistor (PS-BJT) with three terminals are presented. Whereas the current gain of similar transistor devices presented in the past (Wu et al., 1984; Hwang et al., 1993; Nascetti and Caputo, 2002; Chang et al., 1985a,b; Wu et al, 1985; Hong et al., 1990) can only be controlled with photo induced charge generation, the n–i–δp–i–n structure developed features a contacted base to provide the opportunity to adjust the current gain optically and electrically, too. Electron microscope-, current-/voltage- and spectral measurements were performed to study the PS-BJT behavior and calculate the electrical and optical current gain. The spectral response maximum of the base–collector diode has a value of 170 mA/W applying a base–collector voltage of − 1 V and is located at 620 nm. The base–emitter diode reaches a sensitivity of 25.7 mA/W at 530 nm with a base-emitter voltage of − 3 V. The good a-Si:H transport properties are validated in a μτ-product of 4.6 × 10{sup −6} cm{sup 2} V s, which is sufficient to reach a continuous base- and photo-tunable current gain of up to − 126 at a base current of I{sub B} = + 10 nA and a collector–emitter voltage of V{sub CE} = − 3 V. The transistor obtains a maximum collector current of − 65.5 μA (V{sub CE} = − 3 V) and + 56.2 μA (V{sub CE} = + 3 V) at 10,000 lx 5300 K white-light illumination. At 3300 lx, the electrical current gain reaches a value of + 100 (V{sub CE} = + 2 V) at I{sub B} = 10 nA. With a negative base current of I{sub B} = − 10 nA the electrical gain can be adjusted between 87 (V{sub CE} = + 2 V) and − 106 (V{sub CE} = -3 V), respectively. When no base charge is applied, the transistor is “off” for V{sub CE} > − 3 V. Reducing the base current increases the electrical current gain. Operating with a voltage V{sub CE} of just ± 2 V

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

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

    1994-03-01

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

  3. Microstructural understanding and critical current optimization of advanced high field superconductors

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    Bonney, L.A.; Willis, T.C.; Larbalestier, D.C.

    1993-01-01

    It is of great importance to improve critical current density, J[sub c] in A15 superconductors for high field magnet applications. Most current work to improve J[sub c] in A15 wires concentrates on increasing the overall J[sub c] by increasing the fraction of superconducting phase in the wire, by improving the uniformity of the superconductor cross section along the length of the wire and by adjusting the strainstate of the A15 layer. The goal of the A15 work in this group was to investigate the intrinsic J[sub c] of the A15 layer itself. To do this, a better understanding of factors controlling the intrinsic J[sub c]of the Nb[sub 3]Sn was pursued.

  4. Critical current and flux dynamics in Ag-doped FeSe superconductor

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    Galluzzi, A.; Polichetti, M.; Buchkov, K.; Nazarova, E.; Mancusi, D.; Pace, S.

    2017-02-01

    The measurements of DC magnetization as a function of the temperature M(T), magnetic field M(H), and time M(t) have been performed in order to compare the superconducting and pinning properties of an undoped FeSe0.94 sample and a silver doped FeSe0.94 + 6 wt% Ag sample. The M(T) curves indicate an improvement of the superconducting critical temperature and a reduction of the non-superconducting phase Fe7Se8 due to the silver doping. This is confirmed by the field and temperature dependent critical current density Jc(H,T) extracted from the superconducting hysteresis loops at different temperatures within the Bean critical state model. Moreover, the combined analysis of the Jc(T) and of the pinning force Fp(H/Hirr) indicate that the pinning mechanisms in both samples can be described in the framework of the collective pinning theory. The U*(T, J) curves show a pinning crossover from an elastic creep regime of intermediate size flux bundles, for low temperatures, to a plastic creep regime at higher temperatures for both the samples. Finally, the vortex hopping attempt time has been evaluated for both samples and the results are comparable with the values reported in the literature for high Tc materials.

  5. Nano-Molecular Junctions on STM Tips

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    Chun Huang∗; Jianshu Yang

    2011-01-01

    We present a technique for building metal-organic-metal junctions, which contain ten or fewer conjugated molecules between each of such junction, and the investigations of the I-V response of these junctions. The junctions are made by self assembling thiolated molecules onto gold coated tips for use in scanning tunneling microscopy. We show that this easy technique probes the qualitative properties of the molecules. Current-voltage characteristics of a Tour wire and a new molecular rectifier are presented.

  6. A route for a strong increase of critical current in nanostrained iron-based superconductors.

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    Ozaki, Toshinori; Wu, Lijun; Zhang, Cheng; Jaroszynski, Jan; Si, Weidong; Zhou, Juan; Zhu, Yimei; Li, Qiang

    2016-10-06

    The critical temperature Tc and the critical current density Jc determine the limits to large-scale superconductor applications. Superconductivity emerges at Tc. The practical current-carrying capability, measured by Jc, is the ability of defects in superconductors to pin the magnetic vortices, and that may reduce Tc. Simultaneous increase of Tc and Jc in superconductors is desirable but very difficult to realize. Here we demonstrate a route to raise both Tc and Jc together in iron-based superconductors. By using low-energy proton irradiation, we create cascade defects in FeSe0.5Te0.5 films. Tc is enhanced due to the nanoscale compressive strain and proximity effect, whereas Jc is doubled under zero field at 4.2 K through strong vortex pinning by the cascade defects and surrounding nanoscale strain. At 12 K and above 15 T, one order of magnitude of Jc enhancement is achieved in both parallel and perpendicular magnetic fields to the film surface.

  7. Experimental determination of two-dimensional critical current density distribution in YBCO coated conductors

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    Amemiya, Naoyuki; Shinkai, Yoshichika [Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University, Tokiwadai, Hodogaya, Yokohama (Japan); Iijima, Yasuhiro; Kakimoto, Kazuomi; Takeda, Kaoru [Materials Research Laboratory, Fujikura Ltd., Kiba, Koto, Tokyo (Japan)

    2001-08-01

    The critical current density (J{sub c}) distribution in YBCO coated conductors is attracting interest from the viewpoint of its influence on their AC loss characteristics as well as from material science and process engineering. A two-dimensional J{sub c} distribution in a YBCO coated conductor made by the IBAD (ion-beam assisted deposition) and the PLD (pulse-laser deposition) method can be determined by the magnetic-knife method with spatial resolutions of 0.2 mm lateral and 10 mm longitudinal directions, respectively. In an up-to-date 80A-class YBCO coated conductor, the J{sub c} is relatively uniform in the central part and reaches mbox{l_brace}7$x$10{sup 9} A m{sup -2}, {r_brace} while the J{sub c} fluctuates spatially in the central part of a tape fabricated earlier and with less critical current. Near the edges of the tapes, the J{sub c} is higher or lower than in the central part and the experimentally determined J{sub c} distributions are far from uniform. This suggests that a presumption of a uniform J{sub c} for AC loss estimations is not always reasonable and can lead to a large error in the estimated AC losses. (author)

  8. Critical current retention of potted and unpotted REBCO Roebel cables under transverse pressure and thermal cycling

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    Talantsev, E. F.; Badcock, R. A.; Mataira, R.; Chong, S. V.; Bouloukakis, K.; Hamilton, K.; Long, N. J.

    2017-04-01

    Coated conductor Roebel cables are an effective way to create a high current density, fully transposed cable. However, despite REBCO tapes being robust against transverse stress, the Roebel architecture can concentrate transverse stress in non-trivial and random patterns depending on the exact arrangement of strands. If stands are embedded in a solid media which consolidates all strands then a transverse stress concentration will not occur. We tested this idea through mechanical and thermo-cycling tests on 5 strand Roebel cables. For non-impregnated cable irreversible degradation in critical currents is initiated at transverse pressures in a range of 4–34 MPa. Optical examination of the cables shows stress concentration patterns beyond those predicted by thickness variations. For cables impregnated with epoxy filled with SiO2 nanopowder, which has a similar thermal expansion coefficient to the metallic substrate of the strands, the irreversibility point is increased above our highest experimentally available pressure of 270 MPa. Thermo-cycling experiments confirmed a closely matched thermal expansion coefficient between the embedding media and metallic substrate is critical to avoid wire failures.

  9. Phase development and critical current density of Bi-2223 tapes fabricated by groove rolling

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    Iyer, A. N.; Salib, S.; Vipulanandan, C.; Salama, K.; Balachandran, U.

    1999-07-01

    The powder-in-tube technique is the most widely used method for fabricating silver-clad Bi-2223 wires and tapes. In this method the silver billet containing the precursor material is transformed to the final shape using metallurgical deformation techniques such as wire drawing and flat rolling. In the present study, a modified version of the powder-in-tube technique was adopted where the silver billet was reduced in size by groove rolling instead of wire drawing. Microstructural analysis during the initial deformation stage revealed crack formation in the superconductor core. Stress conditions during groove rolling were analysed and appropriate changes were incorporated in the deformation process. After groove rolling the wires were flat rolled to a final thickness of 250 icons/Journals/Common/mu" ALT="mu" ALIGN="TOP"/>m. Subsequent thermomechanical treatment resulted in tapes with critical current density of icons/Journals/Common/approx" ALT="approx" ALIGN="TOP"/>19700 A cm-2 (critical current of icons/Journals/Common/approx" ALT="approx" ALIGN="TOP"/>40 A).

  10. Critical current density measurement of thin films by AC susceptibility based on the penetration parameter h

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    Li Xiaofen, E-mail: xiaofenli@gmail.com [Materials Research Division, Riso National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Grivel, Jean-Claude; Abrahamsen, Asger B.; Andersen, Niels H. [Materials Research Division, Riso National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark)

    2012-07-15

    We have numerically proved that the dependence of AC susceptibility {chi} of a E(J) power law superconducting thin disc on many parameters can be reduced to one penetration parameter h, with E the electric field and J the current density. Based on this result, we propose a way of measuring the critical current density J{sub c} of superconducting thin films by AC susceptibility. Compared with the normally used method based on the peak of the imaginary part, our method uses a much larger range of the AC susceptibility curve, thus allowing determination of the temperature (T) dependence of J{sub c} from a normally applied {chi}(T) measurement. A fitting equation J{sub c} = 1.9H{sub a} Divides {chi} Prime Divides {sup 0.69}/d, -0.4 < {chi} Prime < -0.001 derived from the critical state case (Bean model) can be used in most situations, where H{sub a} is the amplitude of the applied AC field, {chi} Prime is the real part of the normalized susceptibility and d is the thickness of the film. The method is valid for the cases where the film is fully penetrated. We also discuss how the finite London penetration depth affects the susceptibility when the film is screened. Measurements with varying T, H{sub a} and DC background field H{sub dc} are performed to support the arguments.

  11. A new method for estimating the critical current density of a superconductor from its hysteresis loop

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    Lal, Ratan, E-mail: rlal_npl_3543@yahoo.i [Superconductivity Division, National Physical Laboratory, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi 110012 (India)

    2010-02-15

    The critical current density J{sub c} of some of the superconducting samples, calculated on the basis of the Bean's model, shows negative curvature for low magnetic field with a downward bending near H = 0. To avoid this problem Kim's expression of the critical current density, J{sub c} = k/(H{sub 0} + H), where J{sub c} has positive curvature for all H, has been employed by connecting the positive constants k and H{sub 0} with the features of the hysteresis loop of a superconductor. A relation between the full penetration field H{sub p} and the magnetic field H{sub min}, at which the magnetization is minimum, is obtained from the Kim's theory. Taking the value of J{sub c} at H = H{sub p} according to the actual loop width, as in the Bean's theory, and at H = 0 according to an enhanced loop width due to the local internal field, values of k and H{sub 0} are obtained in terms of the magnetization values M{sup +}(-H{sub min}), M{sup -}(H{sub min}), M{sup +}(H{sub p}) and M{sup -}(H{sub p}). The resulting method of estimating J{sub c} from the hysteresis loop turns out to be as simple as the Bean's method.

  12. 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

  13. Low temperature properties of spin filter NbN/GdN/NbN Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D., E-mail: dmassarotti@na.infn.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione, Seconda Università di Napoli, via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (CE) (Italy); CNR-SPIN UOS Napoli, Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, via Cinthia, 80126 Napoli (Italy); Caruso, R. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Cinthia, 80126 Napoli (Italy); CNR-SPIN UOS Napoli, Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, via Cinthia, 80126 Napoli (Italy); Pal, A. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FS (United Kingdom); Rotoli, G. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione, Seconda Università di Napoli, via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (CE) (Italy); Longobardi, L. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione, Seconda Università di Napoli, via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (CE) (Italy); American Physical Society, 1 Research Road, Ridge, New York 11961 (United States); Pepe, G.P. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Via Cinthia, 80126 Napoli (Italy); CNR-SPIN UOS Napoli, Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, via Cinthia, 80126 Napoli (Italy); Blamire, M.G. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0FS (United Kingdom); Tafuri, F. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell’Informazione, Seconda Università di Napoli, via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (CE) (Italy); CNR-SPIN UOS Napoli, Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, via Cinthia, 80126 Napoli (Italy)

    2017-02-15

    Highlights: • We study the phase dynamics of ferromagnetic NbN/GdN/NbN Josephson junctions. • The ferromagnetic insulator GdN barrier generates spin-filtering properties. • Spin filter junctions fall in the underdamped regime. • MQT occurs with the same phenomenology as in conventional Josephson junctions. • Dissipation is studied in a wide range of critical current density values. - Abstract: A ferromagnetic Josephson junction (JJ) represents a special class of hybrid system where different ordered phases meet and generate novel physics. In this work we report on the transport measurements of underdamped ferromagnetic NbN/GdN/NbN JJs at low temperatures. In these junctions the ferromagnetic insulator gadolinium nitride barrier generates spin-filtering properties and a dominant second harmonic component in the current-phase relation. These features make spin filter junctions quite interesting also in terms of fundamental studies on phase dynamics and dissipation. We discuss the fingerprints of spin filter JJs, through complementary transport measurements, and their implications on the phase dynamics, through standard measurements of switching current distributions. NbN/GdN/NbN JJs, where spin filter properties can be controllably tuned along with the critical current density (J{sub c}), turn to be a very relevant term of reference to understand phase dynamics and dissipation in an enlarged class of JJs, not necessarily falling in the standard tunnel limit characterized by low J{sub c} values.

  14. Fabrication of high quality ferromagnetic Josephson junctions

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    Weides, M. [Institute for Solid State Research, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany) and CNI-Center of Nanoelectronic Systems for Information Technology, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)]. E-mail: m.weides@fz-juelich.de; Tillmann, K. [Institute for Solid State Research, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Kohlstedt, H. [Institute for Solid State Research, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); CNI-Center of Nanoelectronic Systems for Information Technology, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Department of Material Science and Engineering and Department of Physics, University of Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2006-05-15

    We present ferromagnetic Nb/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40}/Nb Josephson junctions (SIFS) with an ultrathin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} tunnel barrier. The junction fabrication was optimized regarding junction insulation and homogeneity of current transport. Using ion-beam-etching and anodic oxidation we defined and insulated the junction mesas. The additional 2 nm thin Cu-layer below the ferromagnetic NiCu (SINFS) lowered interface roughness and ensured very homogeneous current transport. A high yield of junctional devices with j {sub c} spreads less than 2% was obtained.

  15. Biepitaxial YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} 0-{pi} Josephson junctions

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    Cedergren, K; Bauch, T; Lombardi, F [Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Goeteborg (Sweden); Pettersson, H; Olsson, E [Microscopy and Microanalysis, Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Goeteborg (Sweden); Kirtley, J R, E-mail: karin.cedergren@chalmers.s [Center for Probing the Nanoscale, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94304 (United States)

    2010-03-15

    We present measurements performed on YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} '0' and '0-{pi}' Josephson junctions fabricated using the biepitaxial technique with SrTiO{sub 3} as substrate and CeO{sub 2} as seed layer. Measurements of the critical current as a function of external magnetic field clearly show complementary behavior of the two kinds of junctions. Our results unambiguously show that the d-wave nature of the order parameter dominates the current transport across the junctions despite the faceting on the microscale along the grain boundary line.

  16. Perineuronal nets increase inhibitory GABAergic currents during the critical period in rats

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    Zheng-Qin Yin

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate inhibitory γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA ergic postsynaptic currents (IPSCs and postsynaptic currents (PSCs in layer IV of the rat visual cortex during the critical period and when plasticity was extended through dissolution of the perineuronal nets (PNNs.METHODS:We employed 24 normal Long-Evans rats to study GABAA-PSC characteristics of neurons within layer IV of the visual cortex during development. The animals were divided into six groups of four rats according to ages at recording:PW3 (P21-23d, PW4 (P28-30d, PW5 (P35-37d, PW6 (P42-44d, PW7 (P49-51d, and PW8 (56-58d. An additional 24 chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan (CSPG degradation rats (also Long-Evans were generated by making a pattern of injections of chondroitinase ABC (chABC into the visual cortex 1 week prior to recording at PW3, PW4, PW5, PW6, PW7, and PW8. Immunohistochemistry was used to identify the effect of chABC injection on CSPGs. PSCswere detected with whole-cell patch recordings, and GABAA receptor-mediated IPSCs were pharmacologically isolated.RESULTS:IPSC peak current showed a strong rise in the age-matched control group, peaked at PW5 and were maintained at a roughly constant value thereafter. Although there was a small increase in peak current for the chABC group with age, the peak currents continued to decrease with the delayed highest value at PW6, resulting in significantly different week-by-week comparison with normal development. IPSC decay time continued to increase until PW7 in the control group, while those in the chABC group were maintained at a stable level after an initial increase at PW4. Compared with normal rats, the decay times recorded in the chABC rats were always shorter, which differed significantly at each age. We did not observe any differences in IPSC properties between the age-matched control and penicillinase (P-ase group.However, the change in IPSCs after chABC treatment was not reflected in the total PSCs or in basic membrane

  17. Critical current densities estimated from AC susceptibilities in proximity-induced superconducting matrix of multifilamentary wire

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    Akune, Tadahiro; Sakamoto, Nobuyoshi

    2009-03-01

    In a multifilamentary wire proximity-currents between filaments show a close resemblance with the inter-grain current in a high-Tc superconductor. The critical current densities of the proximity-induced superconducting matrix Jcm can be estimated from measured twist-pitch dependence of magnetization and have been shown to follow the well-known scaling law of the pinning strength. The grained Bean model is applied on the multifilamentary wire to obtain Jcm, where the filaments are immersed in the proximity-induced superconducting matrix. Difference of the superconducting characteristics of the filament, the matrix and the filament content factor give a variety of deformation on the AC susceptibility curves. The computed AC susceptibility curves of multifilamentary wires using the grained Bean model are favorably compared with the experimental results. The values of Jcm estimated from the susceptibilities using the grained Bean model are comparable to those estimated from measured twist-pitch dependence of magnetization. The applicability of the grained Bean model on the multifilamentary wire is discussed in detail.

  18. Critical current densities estimated from AC susceptibilities in proximity-induced superconducting matrix of multifilamentary wire

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    Akune, Tadahiro; Sakamoto, Nobuyoshi, E-mail: akune@te.kyusan-u.ac.j [Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Kyushu Sangyo University, 2-3-1 Matsukadai, Fukuoka 813-8503 (Japan)

    2009-03-01

    In a multifilamentary wire proximity-currents between filaments show a close resemblance with the inter-grain current in a high-T{sub c} superconductor. The critical current densities of the proximity-induced superconducting matrix J{sub cm} can be estimated from measured twist-pitch dependence of magnetization and have been shown to follow the well-known scaling law of the pinning strength. The grained Bean model is applied on the multifilamentary wire to obtain J{sub cm}, where the filaments are immersed in the proximity-induced superconducting matrix. Difference of the superconducting characteristics of the filament, the matrix and the filament content factor give a variety of deformation on the AC susceptibility curves. The computed AC susceptibility curves of multifilamentary wires using the grained Bean model are favorably compared with the experimental results. The values of J{sub cm} estimated from the susceptibilities using the grained Bean model are comparable to those estimated from measured twist-pitch dependence of magnetization. The applicability of the grained Bean model on the multifilamentary wire is discussed in detail.

  19. The influence of critical current density of Bi-2212 superconductors by defects after Yb-doping

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    Lu, Tianni; Zhang, Cuiping; Guo, Shengwu; Wu, Yifang; Li, Chengshan; Zhou, Lian

    2015-12-01

    Bi2Sr2Ca1-xYbxCu2O8+δ (Bi-2212) single crystals with x = 0.000, 0.005, 0.010 and 0.020 have been prepared by self-flux method. The influences of Yb doping on the formation of the dislocations in the lattice structures, as well as the related current carrying capability are investigated. Due to the SQUID measurement and the Bean model calculation, the maximum critical current density (Jc) is obtained when the Yb doping content is x = 0.010, though the Tc and the carrier concentration are not in the optimal region. Based on the HRTEM analyses of the Ca-O and Cu-O2 layers, the optimal dislocation density in the Cu-O2 layers is deduced according to the number of the dislocations per unit area. Besides, the sizes of the dislocations also prove the effectiveness of Yb substitution on the enhancement of the current carrying capability in Bi-2212 single crystals.

  20. Scanning Hall-probe microscopy system for two-dimensional imaging of critical current density in RE-123 coated conductors

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    Higashikawa, K., E-mail: kohei@super.ees.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Electrical Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Inoue, M.; Kawaguchi, T.; Shiohara, K.; Imamura, K.; Kiss, T. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Iijima, Y.; Kakimoto, K.; Saitoh, T. [Material Technology Laboratory, Fujikura, 1-5-1, Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8512 (Japan); Izumi, T. [Superconductivity Research Laboratory, International Superconductivity Technology Center, 1-10-13 Shinonome, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0062 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    Nondestructive characterization method of in-plane distribution of critical current density for coated conductors. Current distribution in a coated conductor compared with that from theoretical analysis. Relationship between local critical current density and local magnetic field. We have developed a characterization method for two-dimensional imaging of critical current density in coated conductors (CCs) based on scanning Hall-probe microscopy (SHPM). The distributions of the magnetic field around a sample were measured for several different conditions of external magnetic fields, and then were converted to those of the sheet current density which flowed to shield the external magnetic field or to trap the penetrated magnetic field. As a result, it was found that the amplitude of the sheet current density corresponded to that of critical current density almost in all the area of the sample except for the region where current direction changed. This indicates that we could obtain an in-plane distribution of the critical current density with a spatial resolution of around 100 {mu}m in non-destructive manner by this method. We believe that this measurement will be a multifunctional and comprehensive characterization method for coated conductors.

  1. Treatment of pediculosis capitis: a critical appraisal of the current literature.

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    Feldmeier, Hermann

    2014-10-01

    Pediculosis capitis is the most common ectoparasitic disease in children in industrialized countries and extremely common in resource-poor communities of the developing world. The extensive use of pediculicides with a neurotoxic mode of action has led to the development and spread of resistant head lice populations all over the world. This triggered the development of compounds with other modes of action. The current literature on treatment approaches of head lice infestation was searched, and published randomized controlled trials were critically analyzed. The following compounds/family of compounds were identified: spinosad, a novel compound with a new neurotoxic mode of action, isopropyl myristate, 1,2-octanediol, ivermectin, plant-based products, and dimeticones. The efficacy and safety of these compounds are reviewed and recommendations for the treatment of pediculosis capitis in individuals as well as the interruption of ongoing epidemics are provided.

  2. Doubled critical current density in Bi-2212 round wires by reduction of the residual bubble density

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    Jiang, J.; Starch, W. L.; Hannion, M.; Kametani, F.; Trociewitz, U. P.; Hellstrom, E. E.; Larbalestier, D. C.

    2011-08-01

    We have recently shown that the gas present in the only ~ 70% dense filaments of as-drawn Bi-2212 wire agglomerates into large bubbles that fill the entire filament diameter during the melt phase of the heat treatment. Once formed, these bubbles never disappear, although they can be bridged by 2212 grains formed on cooling. In order to test the effect of these bubbles on the critical current Ic, we increased the density of the filaments after drawing using 2 GPa of cold isostatic pressure, finding that the bubble density and size were greatly reduced and that Ic could be at least doubled. We conclude that enhancement of the filament packing density is of great importance for making major Ic improvements in this very useful, round superconducting wire.

  3. Strain induced irreversible critical current degradation in highly dense Bi-2212 round wire

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    Bjoerstad, R; Rikel, M.O.; Ballarino, A; Bottura, L; Jiang, J; Matras, M; Sugano, M; Hudspeth, J; Di Michiel, M

    2015-01-01

    The strain induced critical current degradation of overpressure processed straight Bi 2212/Ag wires has been studied at 77 K in self-field. For the first time superconducting properties, lattice distortions, composite wire stress and strain have been measured simultaneously in a high energy synchrotron beamline. A permanent Ic degradation of 5% occurs when the wire strain exceeds 0.60%. At a wire strain of about 0.65% a drastic n value and Ic reduction occur, and the composite stress and the Bi-2212 lattice parameter reach a plateau, indicating Bi-2212 filament fracturing. The XRD measurements show that Bi-2212 exhibits linear elastic behaviour up to the irreversible strain limit.

  4. Fracture behaviors of thin superconducting films with field-dependent critical current density

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

    2013-09-01

    The fracture behaviors under electromagnetic force with field-dependent critical current density in thin superconducting film are investigated. Applying finite element method, the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of one central crack versus applied field and crack length are obtained for the Bean model and Kim model. It is interesting that the profile of the stress intensity factor is generally the same as the magnetostrictive behavior during one full cycle applied field. Furthermore, the crack problem of two collinear cracks with respect to crack length and distance is also researched for the Kim model. The results show that the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of the two collinear cracks at left tip and right tip are remarkably different for relatively small crack distance and long crack length. This work can offer good estimations and provide a basis for interpretation of cracking and mechanical failure of HTS thin films in numerous real situations.

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

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

    1991-04-01

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

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

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    Dwir, B.; Kellett, B.; Mieville, L.; Pavuna, D. (Institute of Micro- and Opto-electronics, Department of Physics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland (CH))

    1991-04-15

    The evidence is reported for enhancement of critical current density {ital J}{sub {ital c}} in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} thick films with the addition of Ag, which is correlated with improvements in structural properties. An improvement of 50% in {ital J}{sub {ital c}} (up to {similar to}500 A/cm{sup 2} at {ital T}=4.2 K) was obtained in films made from YBCO+60wt % Ag powder, fabricated by the spin-on technique on (100) SrTiO{sub 3}, which is correlated with improvements in structure. The resulting films are 10 {mu}m thick, uniform, partially textured, and show good adherence. The critical temperature {ital T}{sub {ital c}} is improved by the addition of Ag, and a reduction in the density of microcracks and in the amount of secondary phases in the sintered films was observed. Normal-state resistivity is reduced by almost three orders of magnitude, making these films potentially useful for electronic applications in interconnects and novel hybrid circuits.

  7. Critical Development? Using a Critical Theory Lens to Examine the Current Role of Evaluation in the Youth-Development Field

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    Zeller-Berkman, Sarah

    2010-01-01

    A critical theory lens is used to explore the role of evaluation in youth development, a field aimed at recognizing youth as assets. A theory of change in the field is questioned for its emphasis on individual youth outcomes as programmatic outcome measures. A review of 209 evaluations of 131 programs in the Harvard Family Research Project's…

  8. Characterization of the critical current and physical properties of superconducting epitaxial NbTiN sub-micron structures

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    Klimov, A., E-mail: aklimov@ite.waw.pl [Institute of Electron Technology, Al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Słysz, W.; Guziewicz, M. [Institute of Electron Technology, Al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland); Kolkovsky, V.; Zaytseva, I.; Malinowski, A. [Institute of Physics Polish Academy of Science, Al. Lotników 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw (Poland)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • This manuscript presents investigation of the critical current dependence of Nb(Ti)N nanostructured superconducting single photon detectors (SNSPD) in function of temperature and applied magnetic field. • Presented results are complimentary and compared with the same data received for submicron-wide single bridge Nb(Ti)N structures. • Our data demonstrate significant influence of local constrictions on physical properties of our SNSPD detectors. - Abstract: Measurements of critical current in NbTiN as a function of applied magnetic field and temperature are reported for two samples: 700-nm-wide bridge and 100-nm-wide meander. In 700-nm-wide NbTiN bridge we pinpointed the limiting factors for the critical current density to be current-driven vortex de-pinning at low temperatures and thermally activated flux flow closer to the transition temperature. In 100-nm-wide NbTiN meander we found phase slips activation, accompanied by hotspots formation at all measured temperatures. These two types of structures demonstrate different dependence of the critical current on the applied magnetic field. Although our NbTiN meander structures has high de-pairing critical current densities ∼10{sup 7} A/cm{sup 2} at low temperatures, the real critical currents are smaller due to the presence of the local constrictions.

  9. Critical current densities in Ag-added bulk MgB{sub 2}

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    Muralidhar, M., E-mail: miryala1@shibaura-it.ac.jp [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Inoue, K. [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Koblischka, M.R. [Experimental Physics, Saarland University, Campus C 6 3, 66123 Saarbrücken (Germany); Murakami, M. [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, 3-7-5 Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan)

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • Bulk MgB{sub 2} samples with Ag contents of 0–10 wt% were sintered at 775 °C for 3 h. • Magnetization measurements showed a sharp superconducting transition with T{sub c} (onset) around 38.5–38.7 K. • Atomic force microscopy indicated that Ag-based MgB{sub 2} particles are of nanometer size. • The sample with 4 wt% Ag addition exhibited the highest J{sub c} of 400 kA/cm{sup 2} at 10 K and self field. - Abstract: In previous studies, we found that bulk MgB{sub 2} contained numerous voids in various shapes and sizes. With the aim of improving the critical current density as well as the mechanical performance of the disk-shaped MgB{sub 2} bulk superconductors, we added Ag and optimized the processing conditions. The samples with varied Ag content from 0, 2, 4, 6, to 10 wt% were synthesized in pure Ar atmosphere. Microstructural observation by scanning electron microscopy confirmed that metallic Ag particles are embedded in the void regions. Furthermore, atomic force microscopy indicated that silver-based MgB{sub 2} particles are of nanometer size. As a result, the critical current density (J{sub c}) values were improved with Ag addition as compared to pure MgB{sub 2} bulk. The sample with 4 wt% Ag addition exhibited the highest J{sub c} of 293 kA/cm{sup 2} at 20 K and self field. The respective J{sub c} values at 10 K were 400 kA/cm{sup 2}, 300 kA/cm{sup 2}, and 100 kA/cm{sup 2} in self field, 1 T and 2 T. These values are the highest record values so far reported in bulk MgB{sub 2} materials.

  10. The effects of bending strain on the critical current and AC loss of BSCCO/Ag tapes

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    Zhang, Guo Min [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Schwartz, Justin [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Sastry, P V P S S [Center for Advanced Power Systems, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Lin Liangzhen [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Xiao Liye [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China); Yu Yunjia [Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080 (China)

    2004-08-01

    When a coil or a winding is made, the superconducting tapes must be bent to different curvatures. Bending of high temperature superconducting (HTS) tapes can result in degradation of the critical current density and thus increase the AC losses of the tapes. Therefore, the effects of bending strain on the critical current and AC loss should be considered in the design of high temperature superconducting apparatus. In this paper, the dependence of critical current and AC loss on the bending diameter of the superconductor tape was experimentally investigated. The diameters of the curved tape were varied from 110 to 36 mm. AC loss measurements were taken at 77 K, 50 Hz. Analysis of the bending strain effects on the critical current and AC loss are presented. An expression describing the dependence of AC losses on bending strain is proposed by modifying Norris' formula. The experimental results are presented and compared with the calculated values.

  11. Correlation of Critical Current Density with Cu3+ Concentration and Density in YBa2Cu3O7-x

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    Dou, S. X.; Liu, H. K.; Zhou, J. P.; Bourdillon, A. J.; Savvides, N.; Apperley, M.; Gouch, A.; Sorrell, C. C.

    Superconducting YBa2Cu3O7 wires and tapes were fabricated by cold drawing, rolling and extrusion processes. It was found that the critical current density, after O2 equilibration, correlates both with density and Cu3+ concentration. Full density was achieved by using a special heat treatment, but the critical current density was low owing to the low Cu3+ concentration present in this heavily twinned material. The best critical current density results were obtained for material with density of 92-95% of the theoretical value. The low critical current density of the porous specimens is attributed not only to a poor connectivity between grains but also to a low Cu3+ concentration due to the instability of Cu3+ at crystallite surfaces which increase in area with specimen porosity.

  12. Fabrication of high-quality submicron Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb tunnel junctions

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    Yu Hai-Feng; Cao Wen-Hui; Zhu Xiao-Bo; Yang Hai-Fang; Yu Hong-Wei; Ren Yu-Feng; Gu Chang-Zhi; Chen Geng-Hua; Zhao Shi-Ping

    2008-01-01

    Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb tunnel junctions are often used in the studies of macroscopic quantum phenomena and supercon-ducting qubit applications of the Josepheon devices. In this work, we describe a convenient and reliable process using electron beam lithography for the fabrication of high-quality, submicron-sized Nb/Al-AlOx/Nb Josephson junctions.The technique follows the well-known selective Nb etching process and produces high-quality junctions with Vm=100 mV at 2.3 K for the typical critical current density of 2.2 kA/cm2, which can be adjusted by controlling the oxygen pressure and oxidation time during the formation of the tunnelling barrier. We present the results of the temperature depen-dence of the sub-gap current and in-plane magnetic-field dependence of the critical current, and compare them with the theoretical predictions.

  13. Temperature and Magnetic Field Dependence of Critical Current Density of YBCO with Varying Flux Pinning Additions (POSTPRINT)

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    2010-03-01

    AFRL-RZ-WP-TP-2010-2083 TEMPERATURE AND MAGNETIC FIELD DEPENDENCE OF CRITICAL CURRENT DENSITY OF YBCO WITH VARYING FLUX PINNING ADDITIONS...MAGNETIC FIELD DEPENDENCE OF CRITICAL CURRENT DENSITY OF YBCO WITH VARYING FLUX PINNING ADDITIONS (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b...20 ‒ 77 K. Films were prepared with pulsed laser deposition by (M/ YBCO )N multilayer or ( YBCO )1-x Mx single-target methods, for different M phases

  14. 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.

  15. Critical evaluation of current developmental toxicity testing strategies: a case of babies and their bathwater.

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    Carney, Edward W; Ellis, Amy L; Tyl, Rochelle W; Foster, Paul M D; Scialli, Anthony R; Thompson, Kary; Kim, James

    2011-10-01

    This review is the second in a series of four papers emanating from a workshop entitled "Developmental Toxicology-New Directions," which was sponsored by the ILSI Health and Environmental Sciences Institute's (HESI) Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Technical Committee. The present review analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of current developmental safety testing approaches in an effort to identify those strengths that should be retained in the future versus the weaknesses that should be eliminated. Workshop participants considered the following to be key strengths of current testing approaches: the integrated biology of pregnant animal models including pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic processes, the ability to detect low incidence malformations as well as maternally mediated toxicity, and the long history of use coupled with extensive historical data. A number of weaknesses were related to the resource-intensive nature of developmental toxicity testing (e.g., large number of animals, high costs, low throughput, the inability to keep pace with the demand for more toxicity data). Other weaknesses included the use of very high dose levels that often far exceed human exposure levels, the confounding influence of maternal toxicity, sparse understanding of basic developmental mechanisms and genetics of standard animal models relative to mouse or lower organisms, difficulties interpreting low incidence findings, and issues surrounding the interpretation of minor skeletal variations. An appreciation of these strengths and weaknesses is critical for the design of new approaches to developmental toxicity testing in the 21st century. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Critical current density measurement of thin films by AC susceptibility based on the penetration parameter h

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    Li, Xiao-Fen; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Abrahamsen, Asger B.; Andersen, Niels H.

    2012-07-01

    We have numerically proved that the dependence of AC susceptibility χ of a E(J) power law superconducting thin disc on many parameters can be reduced to one penetration parameter h, with E the electric field and J the current density. Based on this result, we propose a way of measuring the critical current density Jc of superconducting thin films by AC susceptibility. Compared with the normally used method based on the peak of the imaginary part, our method uses a much larger range of the AC susceptibility curve, thus allowing determination of the temperature (T) dependence of Jc from a normally applied χ(T) measurement. A fitting equation Jc = 1.9Ha∣χ‧∣0.69/d, -0.4 Bean model) can be used in most situations, where Ha is the amplitude of the applied AC field, χ‧ is the real part of the normalized susceptibility and d is the thickness of the film. The method is valid for the cases where the film is fully penetrated. We also discuss how the finite London penetration depth affects the susceptibility when the film is screened. Measurements with varying T, Ha and DC background field Hdc are performed to support the arguments.

  17. Scapulothoracic bursitis and snapping scapula syndrome: a critical review of current evidence.

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    Warth, Ryan J; Spiegl, Ulrich J; Millett, Peter J

    2015-01-01

    Symptomatic scapulothoracic disorders, such as painful scapular crepitus and/or bursitis, are uncommon; however, they can produce significant pain and disability in many patients. To review the current knowledge pertaining to snapping scapula syndrome and to identify areas of further research that may be helpful to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. Systematic review. We performed a preliminary search of the PubMed and Embase databases using the search terms "snapping scapula," "scapulothoracic bursitis," "partial scapulectomy," and "superomedial angle resection" in September 2013. All nonreview articles related to the topic of snapping scapula syndrome were included. The search identified a total of 167 unique articles, 81 of which were relevant to the topic of snapping scapula syndrome. There were 36 case series of fewer than 10 patients, 16 technique papers, 11 imaging studies, 9 anatomic studies, and 9 level IV outcomes studies. The level of evidence obtained from this literature search was inadequate to perform a formal systematic review or meta-analysis. Therefore, a critical review of current evidence is presented. Snapping scapula syndrome, a likely underdiagnosed condition, can produce significant shoulder dysfunction in many patients. Because the precise origin is typically unknown, specific treatments that are effective for some patients may not be effective for others. Nevertheless, bursectomy with or without partial scapulectomy is currently the most effective primary method of treatment in patients who fail nonoperative therapy. However, many patients experience continued shoulder disability even after surgical intervention. Future studies should focus on identifying the modifiable factors associated with poor outcomes after operative and nonoperative management for snapping scapula syndrome in an effort to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. © 2014 The Author(s).

  18. Influence of position and parameters of inhomogeneities on vortex structure in long Josephson junctions

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    Andreeva, O. Yu; Boyadjiev, T. L.; Shukrinov, Yu M.

    2008-10-01

    Numerical experiment results on long Josephson junction with one and two rectangular inhomogeneities in the barrier layer are presented. We demonstrate the efiect of the shifting of the inhomogeneity and the value of the Josephson current on the vortex structure. The disappearance of mixed fluxon-antifluxon states is shown when the position of inhomogeneity shifted to the end of the junction. A change of the amplitude of Josephson current at the end makes a strong efiect on the stability of the fluxon states and smoothes the maximums of the dependence 'critical current-magnetic field'.

  19. Influence of position and parameters of inhomogeneities on vortex structure in long Josephson junctions

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    Andreeva, O Yu [OAO ' Ural Thermal Network Company' , Tumen, 625023 (Russian Federation); Boyadjiev, T L; Shukrinov, Yu M [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna (Russian Federation)], E-mail: shukrinv@theor.jinr.ru

    2008-10-15

    Numerical experiment results on long Josephson junction with one and two rectangular inhomogeneities in the barrier layer are presented. We demonstrate the effect of the shifting of the inhomogeneity and the value of the Josephson current on the vortex structure. The disappearance of mixed fluxon-antifluxon states is shown when the position of inhomogeneity shifted to the end of the junction. A change of the amplitude of Josephson current at the end makes a strong effect on the stability of the fluxon states and smoothes the maximums of the dependence 'critical current-magnetic field'.

  20. Theory analysis of critical-current degeneration in bended superconducting tapes of multifilament composite Bi2223/Ag

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    Gao, Peifeng; Wang, Xingzhe, E-mail: xzwang@lzu.edu.cn

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • We proposed an empirical model to describe carrying-current degradation of bent Bi2223/Ag tapes. • Asymmetric damage of superconductor multifilament is taken into account. • Both the loading and unloading processes of bend deformation are captured. • Carrying-current property can be improved by designing configuration of the multifilament core. - Abstract: This paper proposed a degradation model to explore the influence of the mechanical bending deformation on the critical-current of superconducting composite Bi2223/Ag tape taking into account the asymmetric mechanical damage. With the aid of Weibull distribution function of statistical damage of filaments, the critical-current dependence upon bending strain of the superconducting tape in processes of loading and unloading is characterized. The degradation profile of critical-current in the superconducting composite tape is theoretically investigated by the proposed model for different critical damage strains and configurations of superconducting multifilament core at the cross-section. It is shown that the theoretical predictions are in reasonably good agreement with the experimental data, and the configuration of the multifilament core of the superconducting composite tape has a significant influence on the critical-current degradation. The superconducting multifilament core located near the compression region of the cross-section remarkably improves the mechanical and carrying-current capabilities of the superconducting composite tape.

  1. [Team approaches to critical bleeding (massive bleeding and transfusion) - chairmen's introductory remarks. Questionnaire survey on current status of hospital clinical laboratories evaluating critical hemorrhage].

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    Kino, Shuichi; Suwabe, Akira

    2014-12-01

    In 2007, "the Guidelines for Actions against Intraoperative Critical Hemorrhage" were established by the Japanese Society of Anaesthesiologists and the Japanese Society of Blood transfusion and Cell Therapy. The documentation of in-hospital procedures for critical hemorrhage, especially about how to select RBC units, has widely standardized hospital practice. Patients with intraoperative critical hemorrhage sometimes suffer from massive blood loss. In this situation, some patients develop coagulopathy. To treat them, we need to evaluate their coagulation status based on laboratory test results. So, we performed a nationwide questionnaire survey on the current status of hospital clinical laboratories evaluating critical hemorrhage. From the results of this survey, it was recommended that central hospital laboratories should try to reduce the turn-around time required to test for coagulation parameters as much as possible for appropriate substitution therapy. (Review).

  2. Microstructural and crystallographic imperfections of MgB2 superconducting wire and their correlation with the critical current density

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    Mohammed Shahabuddin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A comprehensive study of the effects of structural imperfections in MgB2 superconducting wire has been conducted. As the sintering temperature becomes lower, the structural imperfections of the MgB2 material are increased, as reflected by detailed X-ray refinement and the normal state resistivity. The crystalline imperfections, caused by lattice disorder, directly affect the impurity scattering between the π and σ bands of MgB2, resulting in a larger upper critical field. In addition, low sintering temperature keeps the grain size small, which leads to a strong enhancement of pinning, and thereby, enhanced critical current density. Owing to both the impurity scattering and the grain boundary pinning, the critical current density, irreversibility field, and upper critical field are enhanced. Residual voids or porosities obviously remain in the MgB2, however, even at low sintering temperature, and thus block current transport paths.

  3. Additive Manufacturing Techniques in Prosthodontics: Where Do We Currently Stand? A Critical Review.

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    Alharbi, Nawal; Wismeijer, Daniel; Osman, Reham B

    The aim of this article was to critically review the current application of additive manufacturing (AM)/3D-printing techniques in prosthodontics and to highlight the influence of various technical factors involved in different AM technologies. A standard approach of searching MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases was followed. The following search terms were used: (Prosth* OR Restoration) AND (Prototype OR Additive Manufacture* OR Compute* OR 3D-print* OR CAD/CAM) AND (Dentistry OR Dental). Hand searching the reference lists of the included articles and personal connections revealed additional relevant articles. Selection criteria were any article written in English and reporting on the application of AM in prosthodontics from 1990 to February 2016. From a total of 4,290 articles identified, 33 were seen as relevant. Of these, 3 were narrative reviews, 18 were in vitro studies, and 12 were clinical in vivo studies. Different AM technologies are applied in prosthodontics, directly and indirectly for the fabrication of fixed metal copings, metal frameworks for removable partial dentures, and plastic mock-ups and resin patterns for further conventional metal castings. Technical factors involved in different AM techniques influence the overall quality, the mechanical properties of the printed parts, and the total cost and manufacturing time. AM is promising and offers new possibilities in the field of prosthodontics, though its application is still limited. An understanding of these limitations and of developments in material science is crucial prior to considering AM as an acceptable method for the fabrication of dental prostheses.

  4. Critical Current Test of Liquid Hydrogen Cooled HTC Superconductors under External Magnetic Field

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    Shirai, Yasuyuki; Shiotsu, Masahiro; Tatsumoto, Hideki; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Naruo, Yoshihiro; Nonaka, Satoshi; Inatani, Yoshifumi

    High-Tc (HTC) superconductors including MgB2 will show excellent properties under temperature of Liquid Hydrogen (LH2:20K), which has large latent heat and low viscosity coefficient. In order to design and fabricate the LH2 cooled superconducting energy devices, we must clear the cooling property of LH2 for superconductors, the cooling system and safety design of LH2 cooled superconducting devices and electro-magnetic property evaluation of superconductors (BSCCO, REBCO and MgB2) and their magnets cooled by LH2. As the first step of the study, an experimental setup which can be used for investigating heat transfer characteristics of LH2 in a pool and also in forced flow (circulation loop with a pump), and also for evaluation of electro-magnetic properties of LH2 cooled superconductors under external magnetic field (up to 7 T). In this paper, we will show a short sketch of the experimental set-up, practical experiences in safety operation of liquid hydrogen cooling system and example test results of critical current evaluation of HTC superconductors cooled by LH2.

  5. High critical current densities in bulk MgB{sub 2} fabricated using amorphous boron

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    Muralidhar, Miryala; Kenta, Nozaki; Murakami, Masato [Superconducting Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo 135-8548 (Japan); Koblischka, Michael R. [Institute of Experimental Physics, Saarland University, P.O. Box 151150, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2015-10-15

    We prepared bulk MgB{sub 2} from high-purity commercial powders of Mg metal (99.9% purity) and amorphous B (99% purity) powders using a single-step solid state reaction at 775 C for varying sintering duration from 1 to 10 h in pure argon atmosphere. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that all the samples were single phase MgB{sub 2}. The magnetization measurements confirmed a sharp superconducting transition with T{sub c,onset} at around 38.2-38.8 K. The critical current density (J{sub c}) values for the MgB{sub 2} samples produced at 1 h sintering time is the highest one in all processed materials here. Scanning electron microscopy analyses indicated that the sintering time has a crucial influence on the grain size. As a result, the highest J{sub c} value of 270 kA cm{sup -2} at 20 K and self-field was achieved in the sample produced at 775 C for 1 h. Our results clearly demonstrate that the optimization of the sintering conditions is essential to improve the bulk MgB{sub 2} performance. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Current status of presurgical infant orthopaedic treatment for cleft lip and palate patients: A critical review

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    Niranjane, P. Priyanka; Kamble, R. H.; Diagavane, S. Pallavi; Shrivastav, S. Sunita; Batra, Puneet; Vasudevan, S. D.; Patil, Pushkar

    2014-01-01

    Rehabilitation of cleft lip and palate (CLP) patients is a challenge for all the concerned members of the cleft team, and various treatment modalities have been attempted to obtain aesthetic results. Presurgical infant orthopaedics (PSIO) was introduced to reshape alveolar and nasal segments prior to surgical repair of cleft lip. However, literature reports lot of controversy regarding the use of PSIO in patients with CLP. Evaluation of long-term results of PSIO can provide scientific evidence on the efficacy and usefulness of PSIO in CLP patients. The aim was to assess the scientific evidence on the efficiency of PSIO appliances in patients with CLP and to critically analyse the current status of PSIO. A PubMed search was performed using the terms PSIO, presurgical nasoalveolar moulding and its long-term results and related articles were selected for the review. The documented studies report no beneficial effect of PSIO on maxillary arch dimensions, facial aesthetics and in the subsequent development of dentition and occlusion in CLP patients. Nasal moulding seems to be more beneficial and effective in unilateral cleft lip and palate patients with better long-term results. PMID:25593413

  7. High critical current densities in industrial scale composites made from high homogeneity NB 46. 5 TI

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    Larbalestier, D.C.; Hemachalam, K.; Lee, P.; McDonald, W.K.; O' Larey, P.; Scanlan, R.; Starch, W.; Taylor, C.; Warnes, W.; West, A.W.; Zeitlin, B.

    1985-03-01

    Recent work in our group on the fabricationmicrostructure-superconducting properties of composites of Nb-Ti has produced much new information about the precipitate morphology and origins of high critical current density (J /SUB c/ ) in these materials./sup 1 -4/ Precipitation of Ti-rich phase is seen to commence as a grain boundary film 2 - 4 nm thick, the film then developing into approximately equiaxed particles of ..cap alpha..-Ti at the boundary triple points. The typical size of such precipitates is 50 - 100 nm. Controlled drawing of such a structure produces an array of locally ordered ribbon precipitates. These precipitates are typically 3 - 5 nm thick by 100 - 300 nm long (when observed in transverse section). Their length in longitudinal section appears to be several hundred nm, indicating great ductility in these small ..cap alpha..-Ti precipitates. The typical separation of the precipitates is 20 - 30 nm. Thus the dimensions of the precipitate array are quite comparable to that of the flux lattice since the fluxoid separation is 22 nm at 5 T and the fluxoid diameter of Nb 46.5 wt% Ti is approximately 10 nm. The flux pinning behavior of these precipitate structures is expected to be complex: /SUP 2.4/ the defect density is very high, the precipitate morphology has a very high aspect ratio and the extreme thinness of the precipitates must permit some superconductivity to be induced in them by the proximity effect./sup 5/

  8. Critical Current Oscillations in the Intrinsic Hybrid Vortex State of SmFeAs(O,F)

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    Moll, Philip J. W.; Balicas, Luis; Zhu, Xiyu; Wen, Hai-Hu; Zhigadlo, Nikolai D.; Karpinski, Janusz; Batlogg, Bertram

    2014-10-01

    In layered superconductors the order parameter may be modulated within the unit cell, leading to nontrivial modifications of the vortex core if the interlayer coherence length ξc(T ) is comparable to the interlayer spacing. In the iron pnictide SmFeAs(O,F) (Tc≈50 K ) this occurs below a crossover temperature T⋆≈41 K , which separates two regimes of vortices: anisotropic Abrikosov-like at high and Josephson-like at low temperatures. Yet in the transition region around T⋆ , hybrid vortices between these two characteristics appear. Only in this region around T⋆ and for magnetic fields well aligned with the FeAs layers, we observe oscillations of the c -axis critical current jc(H ) periodic in 1 /√{H } due to a delicate balance of intervortex forces and interaction with the layered potential. jc(H ) shows pronounced maxima when a hexagonal vortex lattice is commensurate with the underlying crystal structure. The narrow temperature window in which oscillations are observed suggests a significant suppression of the order parameter between the superconducting layers in SmFeAs(O,F), despite its low coherence length anisotropy (γξ≈3 - 5 ).

  9. Atmospheric deposition and critical loads for nitrogen and metals in Arctic Alaska: Review and current status

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    Linder, Greg L.; Brumbaugh, William G.; Neitlich, Peter; Little, Edward

    2013-01-01

    To protect important resources under their bureau’s purview, the United States National Park Service’s (NPS) Arctic Network (ARCN) has developed a series of “vital signs” that are to be periodically monitored. One of these vital signs focuses on wet and dry deposition of atmospheric chemicals and further, the establishment of critical load (CL) values (thresholds for ecological effects based on cumulative depositional loadings) for nitrogen (N), sulfur, and metals. As part of the ARCN terrestrial monitoring programs, samples of the feather moss Hylocomium splendens are being col- lected and analyzed as a cost-effective means to monitor atmospheric pollutant deposition in this region. Ultimately, moss data combined with refined CL values might be used to help guide future regulation of atmospheric contaminant sources potentially impacting Arctic Alaska. But first, additional long-term studies are needed to determine patterns of contaminant deposition as measured by moss biomonitors and to quantify ecosystem responses at particular loadings/ ranges of contaminants within Arctic Alaska. Herein we briefly summarize 1) current regulatory guidance related to CL values 2) derivation of CL models for N and metals, 3) use of mosses as biomonitors of atmospheric deposition and loadings, 4) preliminary analysis of vulnerabilities and risks associated with CL estimates for N, 5) preliminary analysis of existing data for characterization of CL values for N for interior Alaska and 6) implications for managers and future research needs.

  10. Fracture behaviors of thin superconducting films with field-dependent critical current density

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    He, An; Xue, Cun; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe, E-mail: zhouyh@lzu.edu.cn

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: • The fracture behaviors of superconducting films for the Kim model are studied. • The profile of stress intensity factor is generally the same as magnetostriction. • The crack problem of two collinear cracks is also researched for the Kim model. -- Abstract: The fracture behaviors under electromagnetic force with field-dependent critical current density in thin superconducting film are investigated. Applying finite element method, the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of one central crack versus applied field and crack length are obtained for the Bean model and Kim model. It is interesting that the profile of the stress intensity factor is generally the same as the magnetostrictive behavior during one full cycle applied field. Furthermore, the crack problem of two collinear cracks with respect to crack length and distance is also researched for the Kim model. The results show that the energy release rates and stress intensity factors of the two collinear cracks at left tip and right tip are remarkably different for relatively small crack distance and long crack length. This work can offer good estimations and provide a basis for interpretation of cracking and mechanical failure of HTS thin films in numerous real situations.

  11. Field and temperature scaling of the critical current density in commercial REBCO coated conductors

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    Senatore, Carmine; Bonura, Marco; Kulich, Miloslav; Mondonico, Giorgio

    2016-01-01

    Scaling relations describing the electromagnetic behaviour of coated conductors (CCs) greatly simplify the design of REBCO-based devices. The performance of REBCO CCs is strongly influenced by fabrication route, conductor architecture and materials, and these parameters vary from one manufacturer to the others. In the present work we have examined the critical surface for the current density, Jc(T,B,θ ), of coated conductors from six different manufacturers: American Superconductor Co. (US), Bruker HTS GmbH (Germany), Fujikura Ltd. (Japan), SuNAM Co. Ltd. (Korea), SuperOx ZAO (Russia) and SuperPower Inc. (US). Electrical transport and magnetic measurements were performed at temperatures between 4.2 K and 77 K and in magnetic field up to 19 T. Experiments were conducted at three different orientations of the field with respect to the crystallographic c-axis of the REBCO layer, θ = 0deg , 45deg and 90deg , in order to probe the angular anisotropy of Jc. In spite of the large variability of CCs performance, ...

  12. Current status of presurgical infant orthopaedic treatment for cleft lip and palate patients: A critical review

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    P Priyanka Niranjane

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Rehabilitation of cleft lip and palate (CLP patients is a challenge for all the concerned members of the cleft team, and various treatment modalities have been attempted to obtain aesthetic results. Presurgical infant orthopaedics (PSIO was introduced to reshape alveolar and nasal segments prior to surgical repair of cleft lip. However, literature reports lot of controversy regarding the use of PSIO in patients with CLP. Evaluation of long-term results of PSIO can provide scientific evidence on the efficacy and usefulness of PSIO in CLP patients. The aim was to assess the scientific evidence on the efficiency of PSIO appliances in patients with CLP and to critically analyse the current status of PSIO. A PubMed search was performed using the terms PSIO, presurgical nasoalveolar moulding and its long-term results and related articles were selected for the review. The documented studies report no beneficial effect of PSIO on maxillary arch dimensions, facial aesthetics and in the subsequent development of dentition and occlusion in CLP patients. Nasal moulding seems to be more beneficial and effective in unilateral cleft lip and palate patients with better long-term results.

  13. Metallic Junction Thermoelectric Device Simulations

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    Duzik, Adam J.; Choi, Sang H.

    2017-01-01

    Thermoelectric junctions made of semiconductors have existed in radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTG) for deep space missions, but are currently being adapted for terrestrial energy harvesting. Unfortunately, these devices are inefficient, operating at only 7% efficiency. This low efficiency has driven efforts to make high-figure-of-merit thermoelectric devices, which require a high electrical conductivity but a low thermal conductivity, a combination that is difficult to achieve. Lowered thermal conductivity has increased efficiency, but at the cost of power output. An alternative setup is to use metallic junctions rather than semiconductors as thermoelectric devices. Metals have orders of magnitude more electrons and electronic conductivities higher than semiconductors, but thermal conductivity is higher as well. To evaluate the viability of metallic junction thermoelectrics, a two dimensional heat transfer MATLAB simulation was constructed to calculate efficiency and power output. High Seebeck coefficient alloys, Chromel (90%Ni-10%Cr) and Constantan (55%Cu-45%Ni), produced efficiencies of around 20-30%. Parameters such as the number of layers of junctions, lateral junction density, and junction sizes for both series- and parallel-connected junctions were explored.

  14. The 0 and pi contact array model of bicrystal junctions and interferometers

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    Kornev, Victor K.; Soloviev, Igor I.; Klenov, Nikolai V.

    2003-01-01

    The array model of the faceted bicrystal Josephson junctions has been developed more comprehensively. The facet size and the facet critical current dependence on. magnetic field are taken in to consideration. The model can be successfully used with high-performance software meant for numerical si...

  15. Enhancement of critical current density in fast neutron irradiated melt-textured YBa 2Cu 3O 7- x

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    Puźniak, R.; Wiśniewski, A.; Baran, M.; Szymczak, H.; Pingxiang, Zhang; Jingrong, Wang; Lian, Zhou; Pytel, K.; Pytel, B.

    The critical current density in melt-textured samples obtained by the powder melting process was determined from magnetization measurements. Linear dependence between the width of the hysteresis loop and sample size was observed for both unirradiated and irradiated samples. This indicates that the critical current is circulating through the whole sample and is not disconnected by weak links, even when a magnetic field is applied in the irradiated sample. After fast neutron irradiation with fluences from 5 × 10 16 to 6 × 10 17 n cm -2 ( E > 0.5 MeV), significant enhancement of the critical current density, jc, was observed. Critical current density, determined from magnetization measurements, for magnetic field perpendicular to the a-b plane, jcab, reaches - 10 5 A cm 42 at 77 K in 1 T. For H parallel to the a-b plane, jcc along the c-axis reaches 5 × 10 3 A cm -2. An increase in the anisotropy of the critical current was observed after fast neutron irradiation in the temperature range 60 - 80 K.

  16. Estimation of critical current density and grain connectivity in superconducting MgB 2 bulk using Campbell’s method

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    Ni, B.; Morita, Y.; Liu, Z.; Liu, C.; Himeki, K.; Otabe, E. S.; Kiuchi, M.; Matsushita, T.

    2008-09-01

    Many recent reports on the critical current density ( Jc) in superconducting MgB 2 bulks indicated that improving the grain connectivity is important, since the obtained Jc values were generally much lower than those in other metallic superconductors and it was ascribed to the poor connectivity between grains in polycrystalline MgB 2. In this study, we focused on the estimation of the global critical current density, super-current path, grain connectivity and their relationships with the faults volume fraction in the MgB 2 bulks prepared by a modified PIT (powder in tube) method. Campbell’s method was applied for the purpose of obtaining the penetrating AC flux profile and the characteristic of AC magnetic field vs. penetration depth from the sample’s surface. A computer simulation on the penetrating AC flux profile in MgB 2 bulks with randomly distributed voids, oxidized grains and other faults was also carried out. Jc obtained by Campbell’s method turned out to be smaller than that obtained from the SQUID measurement, implying that the global super-current was reduced by the existence of various faults and the lack of the electrical connectivity. It was verified that the relationship between the global critical current characteristics and the faults contained in MgB 2 samples can be quantitatively clarified by comparing the simulated critical current densities and other factors with the experimental results.

  17. The influence of post-growth thermal treatments on the critical current density of TSMG YBCO bulk superconductors

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    Diko, P; Antal, V; Zmorayova, K; Sefcikova, M; Kovac, J [Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, Watsonova 47, 04001 Kosice (Slovakia); Chaud, X [CNRS/CRETA, 25, Avenue des Martyrs, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Yao, X [Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dongchuan Road, Shanghai 200240 (China); Chen, I [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Tainan, Taiwan (China); Eisterer, M; Weber, H W [Vienna University of Technology, Atominstitut, Stadionallee 2, 1020 Vienna (Austria)

    2010-12-15

    Oxygenation and thermochemical post-growth treatments of top seeded melt-growth (TSMG) YBCO bulk superconductors can significantly influence critical current density. It is shown that, depending on oxygenation conditions and the size of 211 particles, different reductions of intrinsic critical current density values can be obtained due to the reduction in the sample cross-section caused by the presence of a/b-microcracks induced by 211 particles, and a/b- and a/c-cracks induced by oxygenation. The possibility of eliminating oxygenation cracks by high pressure oxygenation and consequently significantly increasing the macroscopic critical current density is demonstrated. An effective dopant concentration for chemical pinning is proposed and possible clustering of substitutions in the Y123 lattice by thermochemical treatments is shown.

  18. Self-field effects on critical current density and current-voltage characteristics in superconducting YBaCuO thick films

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    Hernandez, A.D.; Hart, C.; Martinez, C.M.; Ares, O. [Superconductivity Lab, IMRE-University of Havana, Vedado 10400, Havana (Cuba)

    1999-07-01

    The self-field and percolative influences on transport measurements of polycrystalline bridges engraved on YBaCuO thick film have been investigated. A maximum in the dependence of the critical current density on cross-sectional area of the bridge (A = 0.003 mm{sup 2}-0.3 mm{sup 2}) has been found experimentally, in samples with low critical current densities (J{sub c}<50 A cm{sup -2}). The result of the measurements are in agreement with Mulet and coworkers, who have predicted that, under certain conditions, the self-field effects on transport measurements are negligible and the J{sub c} dependence on the sample dimensions is determined by the percolative character of the transport current. Self-field influences have also been observed in current-voltage characteristics, which have been analysed using the Ambegaokar-Halperin phase-slip theory. By allowing the noise parameter ({gamma}) to change with temperature, magnetic field and transport current, adequate agreement between theoretical and experimental current-voltage characteristics has been obtained. The dependence of the noise parameter with the transport current is demonstrated to be related with the self-field. (author)

  19. Development of Ti-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires with high critical current density

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    Liang, G [Department of Physics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341 (United States); Fang, H [Department of Physics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341 (United States); Hanna, M [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4006 (United States); Yen, F [Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4006 (United States); Lv, B [Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5003 (United States); Alessandrini, M [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4006 (United States); Keith, S [Department of Physics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341 (United States); Hoyt, C [Department of Physics, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341 (United States); Tang, Z [Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5003 (United States); Salama, K [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-4006 (United States)

    2006-11-15

    Working towards developing lightweight superconducting magnets for future space and other applications, we have successfully fabricated mono-core Ti-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires by the powder-in-tube method. The wires were characterized by magnetization, electrical resistivity, x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectrometry measurements. The results indicate that the Ti sheath does not react with the magnesium and boron, and the present wire rolling process can produce MgB{sub 2} wires with a superconducting volume fraction of at least 64% in the core. Using the Bean model, it was found that at 5 K, the magnetic critical current densities, J{sub c}, measured in magnetic fields of 0, 5, and 8 T are about 4.2 x 10{sup 5}, 3.6 x 10{sup 4}, and 1.4 x 10{sup 4} A cm{sup -2}, respectively. At 20 K and 0 T, the magnetic J{sub c} is about 2.4 x 10{sup 5} A cm{sup -2}. These results show that at zero and low fields, the values of the magnetic J{sub c} for Ti-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires are comparable with the best results available for the Fe-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires. At high fields, however, the J{sub c} for Ti-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires appears higher than that for the Fe-sheathed MgB{sub 2} wires.

  20. Terahertz frequency metrology based on high-T sub c Josephson junctions

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    Chen, J; Wang, H B; Nakajima, K; Yamashita, T; Wu, P H

    2002-01-01

    Using YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 /MgO bicrystal Josephson junctions operating between 6-77 K, we have studied their responses to monochromatic electromagnetic radiation from 50 GHz to 4.25 THz. We have obtained direct detections for radiation at 70 K from 50 GHz to 760 GHz and at 40 K from 300 GHz to 3.1 THz. This indicates that fast detectors can be realized to cover the 10:1 frequency band at one operation temperature, and about 100:1 can be covered by operating only one junction at two different temperatures. Both the highest response frequency and the maximum value of the normalized response are shown to be proportional to the I sub C R sub N product of the junction, where I sub C and R sub N are the critical current and the normal resistance of the junction, respectively.

  1. 2D SQIF arrays using 20 000 YBCO high R n Josephson junctions

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    Mitchell, E. E.; Hannam, K. E.; Lazar, J.; Leslie, K. E.; Lewis, C. J.; Grancea, A.; Keenan, S. T.; Lam, S. K. H.; Foley, C. P.

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting quantum interference filters (SQIFs) have been created using two dimensional arrays of YBCO step-edge Josephson junctions connected together in series and parallel configurations via superconducting loops with a range of loop areas and loop inductances. A SQIF response, as evidenced by a single large anti-peak at zero applied flux, is reported at 77 K for step-edge junction arrays with the junction number N = 1 000 up to 20 000. The SQIF sensitivity (slope of peak) increased linearly with N up to a maximum of 1530 V T-1. Array parameters related to geometry and average junction characteristics are investigated in order to understand and improve the SQIF performance in high temperature superconducting arrays. Initial investigations also focus on the effect of the SQUID inductance factor on the SQIF sensitivity by varying both the mean critical current and the mean inductance of the loops in the array. The RF response to a 30 MHz signal is demonstrated.

  2. Imaging of cervicothoracic junction trauma

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sirote Wongwaisayawan,1 Ruedeekorn Suwannanon,2 Rathachai Kaewlai11Department of Radiology, Ramathibodi Hospital and Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; 2Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, ThailandAbstract: Cervicothoracic junction trauma is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in trauma patients. Imaging has played an important role in identifying injuries and guiding appropriate, timely therapy. Computed tomography is currently a method of choice for diagnosing cervicothoracic junction trauma, in which the pattern of injuries often suggests possible mechanisms and potential injuries. In this article, the authors describe and illustrate common and uncommon injuries that can occur in the cervicothoracic junction.Keywords: cervicothoracic junction, cervical spine, trauma, imaging, radiology

  3. Current practices in the identification of critical habitat for threatened species.

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    Camaclang, Abbey E; Maron, Martine; Martin, Tara G; Possingham, Hugh P

    2015-04-01

    The term critical habitat is used to describe the subset of habitat that is essential to the survival and recovery of species. Some countries legally require that critical habitat of listed threatened and endangered species be identified and protected. However, there is little evidence to suggest that the identification of critical habitat has had much impact on species recovery. We hypothesized that this may be due at least partly to a mismatch between the intent of critical habitat identification, which is to protect sufficient habitat for species persistence and recovery, and its practice. We used content analysis to systematically review critical habitat documents from the United States, Canada, and Australia. In particular, we identified the major trends in type of information used to identify critical habitat and in occupancy of habitat identified as critical. Information about population viability was used to identify critical habitat for only 1% of the species reviewed, and for most species, designated critical habitat did not include unoccupied habitat. Without reference to population viability, it is difficult to determine how much of a species' occupied and unoccupied habitat will be required for persistence. We therefore conclude that the identification of critical habitat remains inconsistent with the goal of protecting sufficient habitat to support persistence and recovery of the species. Ensuring that critical habitat identification aligns more closely with its intent will improve the accuracy of the designations and may therefore help improve the benefits to species recovery when combined with adequate implementation and enforcement of legal protections. © 2014 Society for Conservation Biology.

  4. Common Ground of Two Paradigms: Incorporating Critical Theory into Current Art Therapy Practices

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    Nolan, Emily

    2013-01-01

    Clinical art therapy and studio-based community art therapy represent two major paradigms in art therapy practice. This viewpoint explores how critical theory can be incorporated into both paradigms and result in common ground between them. Critical theory encompasses an understanding of oppression in psychological, social, and cultural contexts…

  5. Common Ground of Two Paradigms: Incorporating Critical Theory into Current Art Therapy Practices

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    Nolan, Emily

    2013-01-01

    Clinical art therapy and studio-based community art therapy represent two major paradigms in art therapy practice. This viewpoint explores how critical theory can be incorporated into both paradigms and result in common ground between them. Critical theory encompasses an understanding of oppression in psychological, social, and cultural contexts…

  6. Temporal stability of Y Ba Cu O nano Josephson junctions from ion irradiation

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    Cybart, Shane A.; Roediger, Peter; Chen, Ke; Parker, J. M.; Cho, Ethan Y.; Wong, Travis J.; Dynes, R. C.

    2012-11-29

    We investigate the temporal stability of YBa2Cu3O7 Josephson junctions created by ion irradiation through a nano-scale implant mask fabricated using electron beam lithography and reactive ion etching. A comparison of current-voltage characteristics measured for junctions after fabrication and eight years of storage at room temperature show a slight decrease in critical current and increase in normal state resistance consistent with broadening of the weaklink from diffusion of defects. Shapiro step measurements performed 8 years after fabrication reveal that device uniformity is maintained and is strong evidence that these devices have excellent temporal stability for applications.

  7. Physics and Applications of NIS Junctions

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    Ullom, J N

    2001-08-24

    This paper reviews the physics and applications of Normal-Insulator-Superconductor (NIS) tunnel junctions. The current-voltage properties of NIS junctions are diode-like with a strong temperature dependence. Hence, these structures can be used as sensitive thermometers at temperatures well below the energy gap, {Delta}, of the superconducting electrode. For junction voltages comparable to {Delta}/q, current flow removes energy from the normal electrode. This property has been exploited to build refrigerators capable of cooling thin-film circuits from 0.3 K to 0.1 K. Calorimeters and bolometers for the detection of X-rays and millimeter-wave radiation, respectively, have successfully been built from NIS junctions. NIS junctions have also been used to probe the superconducting state. Finally, recent ideas for the use of NIS junctions as simple circuit elements are described.

  8. Effect of External Magnetic Field on Critical Current for the Onset of Virtual Cathode Oscillations in Relativistic Electron Beams

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    Hramov, Alexander E; Morozov, Mikhail; Mushtakov, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    In this Letter we research the space charge limiting current value at which the oscillating virtual cathode is formed in the relativistic electron beam as a function of the external magnetic field guiding the beam electrons. It is shown that the space charge limiting (critical) current decreases with growth of the external magnetic field, and that there is an optimal induction value of the magnetic field at which the critical current for the onset of virtual cathode oscillations in the electron beam is minimum. For the strong external magnetic field the space charge limiting current corresponds to the analytical relation derived under the assumption that the motion of the electron beam is one-dimensional [High Power Microwave Sources. Artech House Microwave Library, 1987. Chapter~13]. Such behavior is explained by the characteristic features of the dynamics of electron space charge in the longitudinal and radial directions in the drift space at the different external magnetic fields.

  9. 0-π Transition Driven by Magnetic Proximity Effect in a Josephson Junction

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    Hikino, Shin-ichi; Yunoki, Seiji

    2015-02-01

    We theoretically study the Josephson effect in a superconductor/normal metal/superconductor (S/N/S) Josephson junction composed of s-wave Ss with N which is sandwiched by two ferromagnetic insulators (Fs), forming a spin valve, in the vertical direction of the junction. We show that the 0-π transition of the Josephson critical current occurs with increasing the thickness of N along the junction. This transition is due to the magnetic proximity effect (MPE) which induces ferromagnetic magnetization in the N. Moreover, we find that, even for fixed thickness of N, the proposed Josephson junction with the spin valve can be switched from π to 0 states and vice versa by varying the magnetization configuration (parallel or antiparallel) of two Fs. We also examine the effect of spin-orbit scattering on the Josephson critical current and argue that the 0-π transition found here can be experimentally observed within the current nanofabrication techniques, thus indicating a promising potential of this junction as a 0-π switching device operated reversibly with varying the magnetic configuration in the spin valve by, e.g., applying an external magnetic field. Our results not only provide possible applications in superconducting electronics but also suggest the importance of a fundamental concept of MPE in nanostructures of multilayer N/F systems.

  10. Critical thinking, nurse education and universities: some thoughts on current issues and implications for nursing practice.

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    Morrall, Peter; Goodman, Benny

    2013-09-01

    When in the latter part of the 20th century nurse 'training' in the UK left the old schools of nursing (based within the health delivery system) and entered universities, the promise was not just a change of focus from training to education but an embracement of 'higher' education. Specifically, nurses were to be exposed to the demands of thinking rather than just doing - and critical thinking at that. However, despite a history of critical perspectives informing nursing theory, that promise may be turning sour. The insidious saturation of the university system in bureaucracy and managerialism has, we argue, undermined critical thinking. A major funding restructuring of higher education in the UK, coinciding with public concern about the state of nursing practice, is undermining further the viability of critical thinking in nursing and potentially the acceptability of university education for nurses. Nevertheless, while critical thinking in universities has decayed, there is no obvious educational alternative that can provide this core attribute, one that is even more necessary to understand health and promote competent nursing practice in an increasingly complex and globalising world. We propose that nurse academics and their colleagues from many other academic and professional disciplines engage in collegiate 'moral action' to re-establish critical thinking in UK universities.

  11. Transport currents along c-axis and (a,b) planes in YBCO single domain materials. Critical current densities and normal-superconducting transitions

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    Porcar, L.; Bourgault, D.; Chaud, X.; Noudem, J.G.; Tournier, R. [CNRS, Grenoble (France). EPM-Matformag; Belmont, O.; Barbut, J.M.; Barrault, M. [Schneider Electric SA, Usine A, Rue Volta, 38050 Grenoble cedex 09 (France); Tixador, P. [CRTBT, CNRS, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble cedex 09 (France)

    1998-05-01

    High transport currents along the (a,b) planes and along the c-axis have been measured in pulsed current of different pseudo-frequencies. Self field losses and transport current of 8000 A (20000 A cm{sup -2}) have been measured in Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} bars textured by the melting zone technique. Critical currents as high as 500 A (90000 A cm{sup -2}) along the (a,b) planes or 3000 A (7500 A cm{sup -2}) along the c-axis have been measured. For both orientations, the transition from the normal state to the superconducting state has been observed. Electric field of 1000 V m{sup -1} and study of the superconducting state recovery are reported. (orig.) 6 refs.

  12. Critical analysis of the current approaches to modelling educational effectiveness : The importance of establishing a dynamic model

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    Creemers, B. P. M.; Kyriakides, L.

    2006-01-01

    Researchers in the area of educational effectiveness should attempt to develop a new theoretical framework. A critical analysis of the current models of educational effectiveness research is provided and reveals that a dynamic model of effectiveness must: (a) be multilevel in nature, (b) be based on

  13. Oscillations of critical superconducting current in thin doubly-connected Sn films in an external perpendicular magnetic field

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    Sivakov, A. G.; Pokhila, A. S.; Glukhov, A. M.; Kuplevakhsky, S. V.; Omelyanchouk, A. N.

    2014-05-01

    We report the results of experimental and theoretical studies of critical current oscillations in thin doubly-connected Sn films in an external perpendicular magnetic field. The experiments were performed on samples that consisted of two wide electrodes joined together by two narrow channels. The length of the channels l satisfied the condition l ≫ ξ (ξ is the Ginzburg-Landau coherence length). At temperatures close to the critical temperature Tc, the dependence of the critical current Ic on average external magnetic flux Φ¯e has the form of a piecewise linear function, periodic with respect to the flux quantum Φ0. The amplitude of the Ic oscillation at a given temperature is proportional to the factor ξ/l. Moreover, the dependence Ic=Ic(Φ ¯e) is found to be multivalued, hence indicating the presence of metastable states. Based on the Ginzburg-Landau approximation, a theory was constructed that explains the above features of the oscillation phenomenon taking a perfectly symmetric system as an example. Further, the experiments displayed the effects related to the critical currents imbalance between the superconducting channels, i.e., shift of the maxima of the dependence Ic=Ic(Φ ¯e) accompanied by an asymmetry with respect to the transport current direction.

  14. Critical current and strand stiffness of three types Nb3Sn strand subjected to spatial periodic bending

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    Nijhuis, Arend; Ilyin, Y.; Wessel, Wilhelm A.J.; Abbas, Wouter

    2006-01-01

    Knowledge of the influence of bending on the critical current (Ic) of Nb3Sn strands is essential for the understanding of the reduction in performance due to transverse electromagnetic load. In particular, for the large cable-in-conduit conductors (CICCs) meant for the international thermonuclear

  15. Confocal Annular Josephson Tunnel Junctions

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    Monaco, Roberto

    2016-09-01

    The physics of Josephson tunnel junctions drastically depends on their geometrical configurations and here we show that also tiny geometrical details play a determinant role. More specifically, we develop the theory of short and long annular Josephson tunnel junctions delimited by two confocal ellipses. The behavior of a circular annular Josephson tunnel junction is then seen to be simply a special case of the above result. For junctions having a normalized perimeter less than one, the threshold curves in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field of arbitrary orientations are derived and computed even in the case with trapped Josephson vortices. For longer junctions, a numerical analysis is carried out after the derivation of the appropriate motion equation for the Josephson phase. We found that the system is modeled by a modified and perturbed sine-Gordon equation with a space-dependent effective Josephson penetration length inversely proportional to the local junction width. Both the fluxon statics and dynamics are deeply affected by the non-uniform annulus width. Static zero-field multiple-fluxon solutions exist even in the presence of a large bias current. The tangential velocity of a traveling fluxon is not determined by the balance between the driving and drag forces due to the dissipative losses. Furthermore, the fluxon motion is characterized by a strong radial inward acceleration which causes electromagnetic radiation concentrated at the ellipse equatorial points.

  16. Dependence of the critical current density on the first matching field density

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    Obaidat, I.M. [Department of Physics, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain 17551 (United Arab Emirates)], E-mail: iobaidat@uaeu.ac.ae; Benkraouda, M.; Khawaja, U. Al [Department of Physics, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain 17551 (United Arab Emirates)

    2008-10-01

    Molecular dynamic simulations were carried out to investigate the properties of the critical depinning force in high temperature superconductors at several vortex densities at the first matching field. The study was conducted on samples with periodic square arrays of vortices and pinning sites. The variables in the simulations were the vortex density, the pinning sites density, the temperature, the pinning strength, the size of pinning sites. The critical depinning force is found to decrease with temperature for all first matching field densities. The rate of this decrease was found to be slower as the pinning strength and size of pinning site gets larger. At low temperatures and for large pinning strengths, the critical depinning force was found to decrease with increasing the first matching field density. But very interesting results were obtained at moderate temperatures where the critical depinning force was found to increase as the first matching field density increases. The same behavior of the critical depinning force was found at low temperatures, for small pinning strengths. These unexpected results were attributed to a vortex structural phase transition from a disordered state to an ordered state.

  17. Choice of sample size for high transport critical current density in a granular superconductor: percolation versus self-field effects

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    Mulet, R.; Diaz, O.; Altshuler, E. [Superconductivity Laboratory, IMRE-Physics Faculty, University of Havana, La Habana (Cuba)

    1997-10-01

    The percolative character of the current paths and the self-field effects were considered to estimate optimal sample dimensions for the transport current of a granular superconductor by means of a Monte Carlo algorithm and critical-state model calculations. We showed that, under certain conditions, self-field effects are negligible and the J{sub c} dependence on sample dimensions is determined by the percolative character of the current. Optimal dimensions are demonstrated to be a function of the fraction of superconducting phase in the sample. (author)

  18. Chaos induced by coupling between Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Azemtsa-Donfack, H.; Botha, A. E.

    2015-02-01

    It is found that, in a stack of intrinsic Josephson junctions in layered high temperature superconductors under external electromagnetic radiation, the chaotic features are triggered by interjunction coupling, i.e., the coupling between different junctions in the stack. While the radiation is well known to produce chaotic effects in the single junction, the effect of interjunction coupling is fundamentally different and it can lead to the onset of chaos via a different route to that of the single junction. A precise numerical study of the phase dynamics of intrinsic Josephson junctions, as described by the CCJJ+DC model, is performed. We demonstrate the charging of superconducting layers, in a bias current interval corresponding to a Shapiro step subharmonic, due to the creation of a longitudinal plasma wave along the stack of junctions. With increase in radiation amplitude chaotic behavior sets in. The chaotic features of the coupled Josephson junctions are analyzed by calculations of the Lyapunov exponents. We compare results for a stack of junctions to the case of a single junction and prove that the observed chaos is induced by the coupling between the junctions. The use of Shapiro step subharmonics may allow longitudinal plasma waves to be excited at low radiation power.

  19. Contribution of intracellular calcium and pH in ischemic uncoupling of cardiac gap junction channels formed of connexins 43, 40, and 45: a critical function of C-terminal domain.

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    Giriraj Sahu

    Full Text Available Ischemia is known to inhibit gap junction (GJ mediated intercellular communication. However the detail mechanisms of this inhibition are largely unknown. In the present study, we determined the vulnerability of different cardiac GJ channels formed of connexins (Cxs 43, 40, and 45 to simulated ischemia, by creating oxygen glucose deprived (OGD condition. 5 minutes of OGD decreased the junctional conductance (Gj of Cx43, Cx40 and Cx45 by 53±3%, 64±1% and 85±2% respectively. Reduction of Gj was prevented completely by restricting the change of both intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+]i and pH (pHi with potassium phosphate buffer. Clamping of either [Ca(2+]i or pHi, through BAPTA (2 mM or HEPES (80 mM respectively, offered partial resistance to ischemic uncoupling. Anti-calmodulin antibody attenuated the uncoupling of Cx43 and Cx45 significantly but not of Cx40. Furthermore, OGD could reduce only 26±2% of Gj in C-terminus (CT truncated Cx43 (Cx43-Δ257. Tethering CT of Cx43 to the CT-truncated Cx40 (Cx40-Δ249, and Cx45 (Cx45-Δ272 helped to resist OGD mediated uncoupling. Moreover, CT domain played a significant role in determining the junction current density and plaque diameter. Our results suggest; OGD mediated uncoupling of GJ channels is primarily due to elevated [Ca(2+]i and acidic pHi, though the latter contributes more. Among Cx43, Cx40 and Cx45, Cx43 is the most resistant to OGD while Cx45 is the most sensitive one. CT of Cx43 has major necessary elements for OGD induced uncoupling and it can complement CT of Cx40 and Cx45.

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

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

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    Cun Xue

    2013-12-01

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

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

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    Xue, Cun; He, An; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe, E-mail: zhouyh@lzu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Mechanics on Disaster and Environment in Western China attached to the Ministry of Education of China, and Department of Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, College of Civil Engineering and Mechanics, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, Gansu 730000 (China)

    2013-12-15

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

  3. Critical currents in ballistic two-dimensional InAs-based superconducting weak links

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    Heida, J.P.; Wees, B.J. van; Klapwijk, T.M.; Borghs, G.

    1999-01-01

    The critical supercurrent Ic carried by a short (0.3 to 0.8 µm) ballistic two-dimensional InAs-based electron gas between superconducting niobium electrodes is studied. In relating the maximum value to the resistance of the weak link in the normal state Rn a much lower value is found than

  4. [Remodeling of cardiac gap junctions and arrhythmias].

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    Yu, Zhi-Bin; Sheng, Juan-Juan

    2011-12-25

    In the heart, gap junctions mediate electrical and chemical coupling between adjacent cardiomyocytes, forming the cell-to-cell pathways for orderly spread of the wave of electrical excitation responsible for a functional syncytium. Three principal connexins are expressed in cardiomyocytes, connexin 43 (CX43), CX40, and CX45. CX43 predominates in ventricular muscle cells. Most of the gap junctions, assembled from CX43, are located at the intercalated discs, often with larger junctional plaques at the disc periphery. The gap junctions are rarely distributed to the sides of the cardiomyocyte. The ischemia-reperfusion, cardiac hypertrophy, heart failure, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes mellitus induce gap junction remodeling. The gap junction remodeling induced by above-mentioned diseases shows similar characteristics, including down-regulation of CX43, reduction in gap junction plaque size, increased heterogeneity and lateralization of gap junction distribution, and dephosphorylation of CX43. The elevated angiotensin II concentration in local myocardium may play an important role in the gap junction remodeling. The down-regulation of CX43 and lateralization of gap junction distribution alter anisotropic spread of the impulse of ventricular myocardium. The dephosphorylation of CX43 not only reduces electrical conductance, but also decreases permeability of chemicals between cardiomyocytes. The lateralization of gap junctions may increase the number of hemichannels formed by CX43. The opening of hemichannels induces ATP efflux and Na(+) influx, which forms a delayed after-depolarization. The gap junction remodeling in pathological condition produces arrhythmia substrate in the ventricles. In this review, the current knowledge on the relationship between the remodeling of cardiac gap junctions and arrhythmias were summarized.

  5. Fabrication of Josephson junctions by using an atomic force microscope

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    Song, I S; Kim, D H; Park, G S

    2000-01-01

    Josephson junctions have been fabricated by using an atomic foce microscope (AFM) for surface modification. YBCO films were fabricated on MgO substrates by using pulsed laser deposition. Surface modification of YBCO strips in the field of conductive AFM tips results in controlled and systematic growth of protrusions across the entire strip. Increasing the negative bias voltage to the AFM tip linearly increases the size of the modified structures. The offset superconducting transition temperature and the critical current values systematically shift to lower temperature and current values with increasing degree of AFM modification.

  6. A study of enhancing critical current densities (J(sub c)) and critical temperature (T(sub c)) of high-temperature superconductors

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    Vlasse, Marcus

    1992-01-01

    The development of pure phase 123 and Bi-based 2223 superconductors has been optimized. The pre-heat processing appears to be a very important parameter in achieving optimal physical properties. The synthesis of pure phases in the Bi-based system involves effects due to oxygen partial pressure, time, and temperature. Orientation/melt-sintering effects include the extreme c-axis orientation of Yttrium 123 and Bismuth 2223, 2212, and 2201 phases. This orientation is conductive to increasing critical currents. A procedure was established to substitute Sr for Ba in Y-123 single crystals.

  7. Determination of the dissipation in superconducting Josephson junctions

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    Mugnai, D., E-mail: d.mugnai@ifac.cnr.it; Ranfagni, A.; Cacciari, I. [“Nello Carrara” Institute of Applied Physics, CNR Florence Research Area, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Florence (Italy)

    2015-02-07

    The results relative to macroscopic quantum tunneling rate, out of the metastable state of Josephson junctions, are examined in view of determining the effect of dissipation. We adopt a simple criterion in accordance to which the effect of dissipation can be evaluated by analyzing the shortening of the semiclassical traversal time of the barrier. In almost all the considered cases, especially those with relatively large capacitance values, the relative time shortening turns out to be about 20% and with a corresponding quality factor Q ≃ 5.5. However, beyond the specific cases here considered, still in the regime of moderate dissipation, the method is applicable also to different situations with different values of the quality factor. The method allows, within the error limits, for a reliable determination of the load resistance R{sub L}, the less accessible quantity in the framework of the resistively and capacitively shunted junction model, provided that the characteristics of the junction (intrinsic capacitance, critical current, and the ratio of the bias current to the critical one) are known with sufficient accuracy.

  8. Modeling the Effects of Varying the Capacitance, Resistance, Temperature, and Frequency Dependence for HTS Josephson Junctions, DC SQUIDs and DC bi-SQUIDS

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    2014-09-01

    junction is a thin layer of insulating material sep- arating two superconductors that is thin enough for electrons to tunnel through. Two Josephson...different material and/or method on the bisecting Josephson junction for high temperature superconductor (HTS) YBa2Cu3O7 (YBCO) bi-SQUIDs. This...in the previous case. The transition point (critical current) and hysteresis are both decreased. There are much greater amplitude oscillations for K P

  9. DC Josephson effect and critical currents of YBa 2Cu 3O 7 and Tl 2CaBa 2O 8

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    Kleiner, R.; Müller, P.; Andres, K.

    1989-12-01

    The DC Josephson effect between grains in YBa 2Cu 3O 7 and Tl 2CaBa 2Cu 2O 8 sinters was investigated. DC SQUID operation was detected in two geometries up to T = 86 K and T = 101 K respectively. The results are consistent with the assumption that the grain boundaries are S-N-S or S-S'-S junctions and that the transport currents are of pure Josephson type.

  10. Spin torque and critical currents for magnetic vortex nano-oscillator in nanopillars

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    Guslienko, K Y; Gonzalez, J [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Universidad del Pais Vasco, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Aranda, G R, E-mail: sckguslk@ehu.es [Centro de Fisica de Materiales UPV/EHU-CSIC, 20018 San Sebastian (Spain)

    2011-04-01

    We calculated the main dynamic parameters of the spin polarized current induced magnetic vortex oscillations in nanopillars, such as the range of current density, where vortex steady oscillations exist, the oscillation frequency and orbit radius. We accounted for both the non-linear vortex frequency and non-linear vortex damping. To describe the vortex excitations by the spin polarized current we used a generalized Thiele approach to motion of the vortex core as a collective coordinate. All the calculation results are represented via the free layer sizes, saturation magnetization, and the Gilbert damping. Predictions of the developed model can be checked experimentally.

  11. Critical current densities and irreversibility fields of MgB 2 bulks

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    Kumakura, H.; Takano, Y.; Fujii, H.; Togano, K.; Kito, H.; Ihara, H.

    2001-11-01

    We prepared two MgB 2 bulks by applying conventional sintering and high-pressure sintering methods, and compared the current carrying properties. Jc obtained by the resistive method was larger than that obtained by the magnetic method. Jc- B curves obtained by the resistive method showed no history effect. These results indicate that most of the superconducting currents flowing in the MgB 2 bulks were intergrain (transport) currents and intragrain currents were negligibly small. The high-pressure sintered sample with smaller grain size showed smaller field dependence of Jc and higher Birr than the conventionally sintered sample with larger grain size. This behavior can be explained by the grain boundary flux pinning.

  12. Temperature dependence of the critical current of the superconducting microladder in zero magnetic field: Theory and experiment

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    Fink, H.J. (Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Davis, Davis, California 95616 (USA)); Buisson, O.; Pannetier, B. (Centre de Recherches sur les Tres Basses Temperature, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Boite Postale 166X, 38042 Grenoble CEDEX, France (FR))

    1991-05-01

    The largest supercurrent which can be injected into a superconducting microladder was calculated as a function of nodal spacing {ital scrL} and temperature for zero magnetic flux using (i) exact solutions of the Ginzburg-Landau equation in terms of Jacobian elliptic functions and (ii) approximate solutions in terms of hyperbolic functions. The agreement is good for {ital scrL}/{xi}({ital T}){lt}3, where {xi}({ital T}) is the temperature-dependent coherence length. Since solution (ii) is much simpler than solution (i), it is of considerable value when calculating critical currents of micronets with nodal spacings comparable to {xi}({ital T}). We find that the temperature-dependent critical current deviates significantly from the classical 3/2 power law of the Ginzburg-Landau theory. Preliminary experiments on a submicrometer ladder confirm such deviations.

  13. Modelling of Dual-Junction Solar Cells including Tunnel Junction

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    Abdelaziz Amine

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Monolithically stacked multijunction solar cells based on III–V semiconductors materials are the state-of-art of approach for high efficiency photovoltaic energy conversion, in particular for space applications. The individual subcells of the multi-junction structure are interconnected via tunnel diodes which must be optically transparent and connect the component cells with a minimum electrical resistance. The quality of these diodes determines the output performance of the solar cell. The purpose of this work is to contribute to the investigation of the tunnel electrical resistance of such a multi-junction cell through the analysis of the current-voltage (J-V characteristics under illumination. Our approach is based on an equivalent circuit model of a diode for each subcell. We examine the effect of tunnel resistance on the performance of a multi-junction cell using minimization of the least squares technique.

  14. Increasing gap junctional coupling: a tool for dissecting the role of gap junctions.

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    Axelsen, Lene Nygaard; Haugan, Ketil; Stahlhut, Martin; Kjølbye, Anne-Louise; Hennan, James K; Holstein-Rathlou, Niels-Henrik; Petersen, Jørgen Søberg; Nielsen, Morten Schak

    2007-03-01

    Much of our current knowledge about the physiological and pathophysiological role of gap junctions is based on experiments where coupling has been reduced by either chemical agents or genetic modification. This has brought evidence that gap junctions are important in many physiological processes. In a number of cases, gap junctions have been implicated in the initiation and progress of disease, and experimental uncoupling has been used to investigate the exact role of coupling. The inverse approach, i.e., to increase coupling, has become possible in recent years and represents a new way of testing the role of gap junctions. The aim of this review is to summarize the current knowledge obtained with agents that selectively increase gap junctional intercellular coupling. Two approaches will be reviewed: increasing coupling by the use of antiarrhythmic peptide and its synthetic analogs and by interfering with the gating of gap junctional channels.

  15. Effects of grain size and grain boundary on critical current density of high T(sub c) superconducting oxides

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    Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Q. R.; Zhang, H.

    1990-01-01

    By means of adding impurity elements in high T sub c oxides, the effects were studied of grain size and grain boundary on the critical current density of the following systems: YBa2Cu3O(7-y) and Bi-Pr-Sr-Ca-Cu-O. In order to only change the microstructure instead of the superconductivity of the grains in the samples, the impurity elements were added into the systems in terms of the methods like this: (1) substituting Y with the lanthanide except Pr, Ce, and Tb in YBa2Cu3O(7-y) system to finning down grains in the samples, therefore, the effect can be investigated of the grain size on the critical current density of 1:2:3 compounds; (2) mixing the high T sub c oxides with the metal elements, such as Ag, according to the composition of (high T sub c oxide)1-xAgx to metallize the grain boundaries in the samples, studying the effect of the electric conductivity of the grain boundaries on the critical current density; (3) adding SiO2, PbO2, and SnO2 into the high T sub c oxide to form impurity phases in the grain boundaries, trying to find out the effects of the impurity phases or metalloid grain boundaries on the critical current density of the high T sub c superconductors. The experimental results indicate that in the case of of the presence of the metalloid grain boundaries finning down grains fails to enhance the j sub c, but restrains it strongly, the granular high T sub c superconductors with the small size grains coupled weakly is always the low j sub c system.

  16. General approach for the determination of the magneto-angular dependence of the critical current of YBCO coated conductors

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    Zhang, X.; Zhong, Z.; Ruiz, H. S.; Geng, J.; Coombs, T. A.

    2017-02-01

    The physical understanding and numerical modelling of superconducting devices which exploit the high performance of second generation high temperature superconducting tapes (2G-HTS), is commonly hindered by the lack of accurate functions which allow the consideration of the in-field dependence of the critical current. This is true regardless of the manufacturer of the superconducting tape. In this paper, we present a general approach for determining a unified function I c(B, θ), ultimately capable of describing the magneto-angular dependence of the in-field critical current of commercial 2G-HTS tapes in the Lorentz configuration. Five widely different superconducting tapes, provided by three different manufacturers, have been tested in a liquid nitrogen bath and external magnetic fields of up to 400 mT. The critical current was recorded at 90 different orientations of the magnetic field ranging from θ = 0°, i.e., with B aligned with the crystallographic ab-planes of the YBCO layer, towards ±90°, i.e., with B perpendicular to the wider surfaces of the 2G-HTS tape. The whole set of experimental data has been analysed using a novel multi-objective model capable of predicting a sole function I c(B, θ). This allows an accurate validation of the experimental data regardless of the fabrication differences and widths of the superconducting tapes. It is shown that, in spite of the wide set of differences between the fabrication and composition of the considered tapes, at liquid nitrogen temperature the magneto-angular dependence of the in-field critical current of YBCO-based 2G-HTS tapes, can be described by a universal function I c(f(B), θ), with a power law field dependence dominated by the Kim’s factor B/B 0, and an angular dependence moderated by the electron mass anisotropy ratio of the YBCO layer.

  17. Angular dependence of critical current density and magnetoresistance of sputtered high-T{sub c}-films

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    Geerkens, A.; Frenck, H.J.; Ewert, S. [Technical Univ. of Cottbus (Germany)] [and others

    1994-12-31

    The angular dependence of the critical current density and the magnetoresistance of high-T{sub c}-films in high and low magnetic fields and for different temperatures were measured to investigate the flux pinning and the superconducting properties. A comparison of the results for the different superconductors shows their increasing dependence on the angle {Theta} between the magnetic field and the c-axis of the film due to the anisotropy of the chosen superconductor. Furthermore the influence of the current direction to the {Theta}-rotation plane is discussed.

  18. Gap junctions - guards of excitability.

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    Stroemlund, Line Waring; Jensen, Christa Funch; Qvortrup, Klaus; Delmar, Mario; Nielsen, Morten Schak

    2015-06-01

    Cardiomyocytes are connected by mechanical and electrical junctions located at the intercalated discs (IDs). Although these structures have long been known, it is becoming increasingly clear that their components interact. This review describes the involvement of the ID in electrical disturbances of the heart and focuses on the role of the gap junctional protein connexin 43 (Cx43). Current evidence shows that Cx43 plays a crucial role in organizing microtubules at the intercalated disc and thereby regulating the trafficking of the cardiac sodium channel NaV1.5 to the membrane.

  19. CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS FOR BUSINESS – IT ALIGNMENT:A REVIEW OF CURRENT RESEARCH

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    Ilir Kurti; Ezmolda Barolli; Kozeta Sevrani

    2013-01-01

    Business-IT alignment still remains one of the three main research streams in IS literature, and from 1994 it constantly ranks among the top three concerns of CIOs. While a lot of research has been published around business-IT alignment in the last three decades, a number of models have been proposed to structure the concept into various dimensions and levels. However, only a few studies have been made regarding the critical success factors. Moreover, we were unable to find any systematically...

  20. CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS FOR BUSINESS – IT ALIGNMENT:A REVIEW OF CURRENT RESEARCH

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    Ilir Kurti; Ezmolda Barolli; Kozeta Sevrani

    2013-01-01

    Business-IT alignment still remains one of the three main research streams in IS literature, and from 1994 it constantly ranks among the top three concerns of CIOs. While a lot of research has been published around business-IT alignment in the last three decades, a number of models have been proposed to structure the concept into various dimensions and levels. However, only a few studies have been made regarding the critical success factors. Moreover, we were unable to find any systematically...

  1. Current research on cigarette toxicity: critical appraisal in view of clinical laboratory

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    Prajwal Gyawali

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Cigarette smoking has been implicated as a potential risk factor for development and progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and cardiovascular disease (CVD, including ischemic heart disease. Although, several methods are in existence to measuring cigarette toxicity, evidence regarding adoption of a gold standard technique is still imprecise. In this study, we reviewed articles describing methods of measuring cigarette toxicity in relation to clinical laboratory practice. A critical analysis of the benefits and limitations of each method in relation to low-middle income countries is discussed. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(6.000: 1785-1793

  2. HISTORICAL CRITICAL PEDAGOGY AND OBJECTIVE KNOWLEDGE VERSUS THE MULTICULTURALISM AND RELATIVISM CURRENT ACADEMIC DEBATE

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    Julia Malanchen

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The article discusses the existing antagonistic understanding among the authors who discuss curriculum from the multiculturalist perspective and the authors of the Historical-Critical Pedagogy. The aim is to explain the postmodern relativists bases and multiculturalism, which opposes the defense of objective knowledge as central to the organization of a curriculum. Finally we point out what content should integrate an academic, with the objective, human development, human emancipation and social transformation, which allow the human being aim to provide social and consciously so increasingly free and universal.

  3. Superconducting-magnetic heterostructures: a method of decreasing AC losses and improving critical current density in multifilamentary conductors.

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    Glowacki, B A; Majoros, M

    2009-06-24

    Magnetic materials can help to improve the performance of practical superconductors on the macroscale/microscale as magnetic diverters and also on the nanoscale as effective pinning centres. It has been established by numerical modelling that magnetic shielding of the filaments reduces AC losses in self-field conditions due to decoupling of the filaments and, at the same time, it increases the critical current of the composite. This effect is especially beneficial for coated conductors, in which the anisotropic properties of the superconductor are amplified by the conductor architecture. However, ferromagnetic coatings are often chemically incompatible with YBa(2)Cu(3)O(7) and (Pb,Bi)(2)Sr(2)Ca(2)Cu(3)O(9) conductors, and buffer layers have to be used. In contrast, in MgB(2) conductors an iron matrix may remain in direct contact with the superconducting core. The application of superconducting-magnetic heterostructures requires consideration of the thermal and electromagnetic stability of the superconducting materials used. On one hand, magnetic materials reduce the critical current gradient across the individual filaments but, on the other hand, they often reduce the thermal conductivity between the superconducting core and the cryogen, which may cause destruction of the conductor in the event of thermal instability. A possible nanoscale method of improving the critical current density of superconducting conductors is the introduction of sub-micron magnetic pinning centres. However, the volumetric density and chemical compatibility of magnetic inclusions has to be controlled to avoid suppression of the superconducting properties.

  4. Anticoagulant therapy in patients undergoing dental interventions: a critical review of the literature and current perspectives.

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    Isola, G; Matarese, G; Cordasco, G; Rotondo, F; Crupi, A; Ramaglia, L

    2015-02-01

    Patients treated with oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) represent an issue to the dentist, as an increasing number of people are using anticoagulant drugs for cardiovascular disease. The choice of an eventual suspension or continuation of anticoagulant therapy is important when considering an efficient management of the patient. Patients in anticoagulant therapy and requiring dental procedures sometimes represent therapeutic concerns especially concerning the suspension of the anticoagulant treatment. At the moment there is no consensus among international experts of a possible discontinuation of therapy before invasive dental procedures. In this paper, the authors try to focus on this topic through a critical review of the literature. Most of the studies suggest the continuation of the anticoagulant treatment with heparin before invasive oral surgical interventions. Based on the data of the literature, two rules must be adopted in clinical practice: 1) maintenance of anticoagulation related to the international normalized ratio (INR); 2) local application of antifibrinolytic agents to ensure a proper hemostatic process. Given the widespread use of anticoagulant drugs in cardiovascular disease, dentists must often face the problem of the therapy and, since there is no consensus on the management of these patients, the authors propose, after a thorough critical review of the literature, the implementation of a multiphase protocol of surgical approach to be implemented with safety in daily clinical practice.

  5. Critical appraisal of the current practice in murine TNBS-induced colitis

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    A.A.T. Velde; M.I. Verstege; D.W. Hommes

    2006-01-01

    There is no standard practice in the induction of colitis by 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid. In this review the current practice in 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid colitis is studied using 20 recently published articles. We compare the different protocols, discuss the mechanism of disease a

  6. Critical analysis of the current treatment guidelines for complex ptsd in adults

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    de Jongh, A.; Resick, P.A.; Zoelner, L.A.; van Minnen, A.; Lee, C.W.; Monson, C.M.; Foa, E.B.; Wheeler, K.; ten Broeke, E.; Feeny, N.; Rauch, S.A.M.; Chard, K.M.; Mueser, K.T.; Sloan, D.M.; van der Gaag, M.; Rothbaum, B.O.; Neuner, F.; de Roos, C.; Hehenkamp, L.M.J.; Rosner, R.; Bicanic, I.A.E.

    2016-01-01

    According to current treatment guidelines for Complex PTSD (cPTSD), psychotherapy for adults with cPTSD should start with a “stabilization phase.” This phase, focusing on teaching self-regulation strategies, was designed to ensure that an individual would be better able to tolerate trauma-focused

  7. CRITICAL ANALYSIS of the CURRENT TREATMENT GUIDELINES for COMPLEX PTSD in ADULTS

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    De Jongh, Ad; Resick, Patricia A.; Zoellner, Lori A.; Van Minnen, Agnes; Lee, Christopher W.; Monson, Candice M.; Foa, Edna B.; Wheeler, Kathleen; Broeke, Erik Ten; Feeny, Norah; Rauch, Sheila A M; Chard, Kathleen M.; Mueser, Kim T.; Sloan, Denise M.; Van Der Gaag, Mark; Rothbaum, Barbara Olasov; Neuner, Frank; De Roos, Carlijn; Hehenkamp, Lieve M J; Rosner, Rita; Bicanic, Iva A E

    2016-01-01

    According to current treatment guidelines for Complex PTSD (cPTSD), psychotherapy for adults with cPTSD should start with a "stabilization phase." This phase, focusing on teaching self-regulation strategies, was designed to ensure that an individual would be better able to tolerate trauma-focused

  8. Current research trends and perspectives on materials-based hydrogen storage solutions: A critical review

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    Ren, Jianwei

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Effective hydrogen storage solutions have been pursued for decades, and materials-based hydrogen storage is a research frontier of much current interest. Yet, no researched materials to date have come close to the DOE 2020 targets for hydrogen...

  9. Large voltage modulation in superconducting quantum interference devices with submicron-scale step-edge junctions

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    Lam, Simon K. H.

    2017-09-01

    A promising direction to improve the sensitivity of a SQUID is to increase its junction's normal resistance value, Rn, as the SQUID modulation voltage scales linearly with Rn. As a first step to develop highly sensitive single layer SQUID, submicron scale YBCO grain boundary step edge junctions and SQUIDs with large Rn were fabricated and studied. The step-edge junctions were reduced to submicron scale to increase their Rn values using focus ion beam, FIB and the measurement of transport properties were performed from 4.3 to 77 K. The FIB induced deposition layer proves to be effective to minimize the Ga ion contamination during the FIB milling process. The critical current-normal resistance value of submicron junction at 4.3 K was found to be 1-3 mV, comparable to the value of the same type of junction in micron scale. The submicron junction Rn value is in the range of 35-100 Ω, resulting a large SQUID modulation voltage in a wide temperature range. This performance promotes further investigation of cryogen-free, high field sensitivity SQUID applications at medium low temperature, e.g. at 40-60 K.

  10. Molecular electronic junction transport

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    Solomon, Gemma C.; Herrmann, Carmen; Ratner, Mark

    2012-01-01

    Whenasinglemolecule,oracollectionofmolecules,isplacedbetween two electrodes and voltage is applied, one has a molecular transport junction. We discuss such junctions, their properties, their description, and some of their applications. The discussion is qualitative rather than quantitative, and f...

  11. Biological Activities and Bioavailability of Mangosteen Xanthones: A Critical Review of the Current Evidence

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    Mark L. Failla

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L. is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia that produces a fruit whose pericarp contains a family of tricyclic isoprenylated polyphenols referred to as xanthones. Numerous in vitro studies have shown that these xanthones possess anti-oxidant, anti-proliferative, pro-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic activities. Aggressive marketing of such health promoting benefits has resulted in mangosteen’s classification as a “superfruit”. This has led to sales of mangosteen containing beverages in USA alone exceeding $200 million in 2008 despite very limited animal and human studies. This review will (a critically address recent reports of in vivo studies on the bioavailability and metabolism of mangosteen xanthones, (b update the in vitro and in vivo data on anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities of mangosteen xanthones, and (c suggest needed areas of inquiry regarding the absorption, metabolism and efficacy of mangosteen xanthones.

  12. Will current conservation responses save the Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis?

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    Havmøller, Rasmus Gren; Payne, Junaidi; Ramono, Widodo

    2016-01-01

    The Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis formerly ranged across South-east Asia. Hunting and habitat loss have made it one of the rarest large mammals and the species faces extinction despite decades of conservation efforts. The number of individuals remaining...... is unknown as a consequence of inadequate methods and lack of funds for the intensive field work required to estimate the population size of this rare and solitary species. However, all information indicates that numbers are low and declining. A few individuals persist in Borneo, and three tiny populations...... increased but the species has continued to go locally extinct across its range. Conventional captive breeding has also proven difficult; from a total of 45 Sumatran rhinoceros taken from the wild since 1984 there were no captive births until 2001. Since then only two pairs have been actively bred...

  13. Fluxon dynamics in three stacked Josephson junctions

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    Gorria, Carlos; Christiansen, Peter Leth; Gaididei, Yuri Borisovich

    2002-01-01

    /sub -/, the coupling between junctions leads to a repulsion of the fluxons with the same polarity. Above this critical velocity a fluxon will induce radiation in the neighboring junctions, leading to a bunching of the fluxons in the stacked junctions. Using the Sakai-Bodin-Pedersen model, three coupled perturbed sine......-Gordon equations are numerically studied for different values of coupling, damping, and bias parameters. In a narrow range of velocities bunching occurs. Outside this interval the fluxons split and new fluxons may be created. I-V characteristics are presented...

  14. Do current clinical trials meet society's needs?: a critical review of recent evidence.

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    Pocock, Stuart J; Gersh, Bernard J

    2014-10-14

    This paper describes some important controversies regarding the current state of clinical trials research in cardiology. Topics covered include the inadequacy of trial research on medical devices, problems with industry-sponsored trials, the lack of head-to-head trials of new effective treatments, the need for wiser handling of drug safety issues, the credibility (or lack thereof) of trial reports in medical journals, problems with globalization of trials, the role of personalized (stratified) medicine in trials, the need for new trials of old drugs, the need for trials of treatment withdrawal, the importance of pragmatic trials of treatment strategies, and the limitations of observational comparative effectiveness studies. All issues are illustrated by recent topical trials in cardiology. Overall, we explore the extent to which clinical trials, as currently practiced, are successful in meeting society's expectations.

  15. Critical review of geometry in current textbooks in lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK

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    Fujita, T; Jones, K

    2003-01-01

    This paper reports on an initial analysis of current best-selling textbooks for lower secondary schools in Japan and the UK (specifically Scotland) using an analytic framework derived from the study of the textbooks in the “Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study” (TIMSS). Our analysis indicates that, following the specification of the mathematics curriculum in these countries, Japanese textbooks set out to develop students’ deductive reasoning skills through the explicit teachi...

  16. Current technological advances in magnetic resonance with critical impact for clinical diagnosis and therapy.

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    Runge, Val M

    2013-12-01

    The last 5 years of technological advances with major impact on clinical magnetic resonance (MR) are discussed, with greater emphasis on those that are most recent. These developments have already had a critical positive effect on clinical diagnosis and therapy and presage continued rapid improvements for the next 5 years. This review begins with a discussion of 2 topics that encompass the breadth of MR, in terms of anatomic applications, contrast media, and MR angiography. Subsequently, innovations are discussed by anatomic category, picking the areas with the greatest development, starting with the brain, moving forward to the liver and kidney, and concluding with the musculoskeletal system, breast, and prostate. Two final topics are then considered, which will likely, with time, become independent major fields in their own right, interventional MR and MR positron emission tomography (PET).The next decade will bring a new generation of MR contrast media, with research focused on substantial improvements (>100-fold) in relaxivity (contrast effect), thus providing greater efficacy, safety, and tissue targeting. Magnetic resonance angiography will see major advances because of the use of compressed sensing, in terms of spatial and temporal resolution, with movement away from nondynamic imaging. The breadth of available techniques and tissue contrast has greatly expanded in brain imaging, benefiting both from the introduction of new basic categories of imaging techniques, such as readout-segmented echo planar imaging and 3D fast spin echo imaging with variable flip angles, and from new refinements specific to anatomic areas, such as double inversion recovery and MP2RAGE. Liver imaging has benefited from the development of techniques to easily and rapidly assess lipid, and will see, overall, a marked improvement in the next 5 years from new techniques on the verge of clinical introduction, such as controlled aliasing in parallel imaging results in higher acceleration

  17. Recanalization of Chronic Total Occlusion Lesions: A Critical Appraisal of Current Devices and Techniques

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    2016-01-01

    Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) has been considered as one of the “final frontier” in interventional cardiology. Until recently, the patients with CTO are often managed surgically or medically due to lack of published evidence of clinical benefits and lower success rate of percutaneous recanalization of CTO. However, the introduction of enhanced guidewires, microcatheters combined with novel specialized devices and techniques reduce the number of unapproachable CTO. In this review article, current techniques and devices of percutaneous recanalization of CTO have been systematically summarized, which may help budding interventional cardiologists to theoretically understand these complex procedures and to deliver safe and effective percutaneous management of CTO to the patients. PMID:27790503

  18. Constructivisms from a genetic point of view: a critical classification of current tendencies.

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    Sánchez, José Carlos; Loredo, José Carlos

    2009-12-01

    In this paper, we propose a critical classification of contemporary constructivist orientations. Our fundamental theoretical reference is the notion of genesis, understood as the construction of reality in a way that is neither relativist nor positivist-realist. We identify a nucleus of classic, genetic constructivism that revolves around the ideas of Baldwin, Piaget and Vygotsky and discuss two tendencies that distort the spirit of that nucleus: objectivism and subjectivism. Objectivism rules out the psychological, constructive activity of the subject, subordinating (or just reducing) it to objective structures either from nature (like genetic endowment or neural functioning), or from culture (like language or social practices). Subjectivism completely detaches the objectivity of knowledge from its construction on the part of the subject, reducing it to the mere product of individual interest, view, or irrationality. Thus, subjectivism is the non-constructive way to conceive the subject. Then, we attempt to show the dialectics that exists between these two tendencies and the scope of our criteria by analysing a representative (non exhaustive) group of authors who are defined as constructivists or who bring important elements to the debate about constructivism.

  19. Lymph node ratio-based staging system as an alternative to the current TNM staging system to assess outcome in adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction after surgical resection

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    Chen, Chuangui; Gao, Yongyin; Xiao, Xiangming; Tang, Peng; Duan, Xiaofeng; Yang, Mingjian; Jiang, Hongjing; Yu, Zhentao

    2016-01-01

    This study aimed to assess the prognostic value of the hypothetical tumor-N-ratio (rN)-metastasis (TrNM) staging system in adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG). The clinical data of 387 AEG patients who received surgical resection were retrospectively reviewed. The optimal cut-off point of rN was calculated by the best cut-off approach using log-rank test. Kaplan-Meier plots and Cox regressions model were applied for univariate and multivariate survival analyses. A TrNM staging system based on rN was proposed. The discriminating ability of each staging was evaluated by using an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) and a −2log likelihood. The prediction accuracy of the model was assessed by using the area under the curve (AUC) and the Harrell's C-index. The number of examined lymph nodes (LNs) was correlated with metastatic LNs (r = 0.322, P 0.05). The optimal cut-points of rN were calculated as 0, 0~0.3, 0.3~0.6, and 0.6~1.0. Univariate analysis revealed that pN and rN classifications significantly influenced patients’ RFS and OS (P TNM staging system in evaluating prognosis of AEG patients after curative resection. PMID:27517157

  20. A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - January 2016.

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    Dommerholt, Jan; Finnegan, Michelle; Grieve, Rob; Hooks, Todd

    2016-01-01

    Reflecting on the past year, the number of publications on myofascial pain continues to increase in a steady rate. The current review includes 30 basic and clinical studies, case reports, reviews, and reports from fifteen different countries about trigger points (TrP), myofascial pain (MP), dry needling (DN) and other related interventions. We are pleased that during 2015 this article made the top 15 of most downloaded articles as many as three times! In general, the quality of published papers is improving as well. Nevertheless, several papers included in this overview, mention the application of "ischemic compression", which is a questionable concept in the context of TrP inactivation. As we have outlined previously, in the current thinking about myofascial pain, TrPs feature significant hypoxia and a lowered pH (Ballyns et al., 2011; Shah and Gilliams, 2008), and attempts to induce more ischemia would be counterproductive. Already in 1999, Simons, Travell and Simons changed the terminology from ischemic compression to TrP compression (Simons et al., 1999) and we recommend that contemporary researchers and clinicians adopt the new terminology and stop using the term "ischemic compression."

  1. High critical current density in powder-in-tube processed MgB2/Ta/Cu wire

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    2002-01-01

    The magnetization of dense MgB2/Ta/Cu wires prepared by the powder-in-tube method is measured by a SQUID magnetometer. The results indicate that the critical temperature of MgB2/Ta/Cu is around 38.4 K with a sharp transition width of 0.6 K. The MgB2/Ta/Cu wire shows a strong flux pinning and the critical current density is higher than 105 A/cm2 (5 K, self-field) and 104 A/cm2 (20 K, 1 T). Also, the irreversibility field of the sample reaches 6.6 T at 5 K.

  2. A Critical Assessment of the Resource Depletion Potential of Current and Future Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Jens F. Peters

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Resource depletion aspects are repeatedly used as an argument for a shift towards new battery technologies. However, whether serious shortages due to the increased demand for traction and stationary batteries can actually be expected is subject to an ongoing discussion. In order to identify the principal drivers of resource depletion for battery production, we assess different lithium-ion battery types and a new lithium-free battery technology (sodium-ion under this aspect, applying different assessment methodologies. The findings show that very different results are obtained with existing impact assessment methodologies, which hinders clear interpretation. While cobalt, nickel and copper can generally be considered as critical metals, the magnitude of their depletion impacts in comparison with that of other battery materials like lithium, aluminum or manganese differs substantially. A high importance is also found for indirect resource depletion effects caused by the co-extraction of metals from mixed ores. Remarkably, the resource depletion potential per kg of produced battery is driven only partially by the electrode materials and thus depends comparably little on the battery chemistry itself. One of the key drivers for resource depletion seems to be the metals (and co-products in electronic parts required for the battery management system, a component rather independent from the actual battery chemistry. However, when assessing the batteries on a capacity basis (per kWh storage capacity, a high-energy density also turns out to be relevant, since it reduces the mass of battery required for providing one kWh, and thus the associated resource depletion impacts.

  3. Liquid Metallic Hydrogen II. A Critical Assessment of Current and Primordial Helium Levels in the Sun

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    Robitaille P.-M.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Before a solar model becomes viable in astrophysics, one mus t consider how the ele- mental constitution of the Sun was ascertained, especially relative to its principle com- ponents: hydrogen and helium. Liquid metallic hydrogen has been proposed as a solar structural material for models based on condensed matter (e .g. Robitaille P.-M. Liq- uid Metallic Hydrogen: A Building Block for the Liquid Sun. Progr. Phys. , 2011, v. 3, 60–74. There can be little doubt that hydrogen plays a d ominant role in the uni- verse and in the stars; the massive abundance of hydrogen in t he Sun was established long ago. Today, it can be demonstrated that the near isointe nse nature of the Sun’s Balmer lines provides strong confirmatory evidence for a dis tinct solar surface. The situation relative to helium remains less conclusive. Stil l, helium occupies a prominent role in astronomy, both as an element associated with cosmol ogy and as a byproduct of nuclear energy generation, though its abundances within the Sun cannot be reliably estimated using theoretical approaches. With respect to th e determination of helium lev- els, the element remains spectroscopically silent at the le vel of the photosphere. While helium can be monitored with ease in the chromosphere and the prominences of the corona using spectroscopic methods, these measures are hig hly variable and responsive to elevated solar activity and nuclear fragmentation. Dire ct assays of the solar winds are currently viewed as incapable of providing definitive in formation regarding solar helium abundances. As a result, insight relative to helium r emains strictly based on the- oretical estimates which couple helioseismological appro aches to metrics derived from solar models. Despite their “state of the art” nature, heliu m estimates based on solar models and helioseismology are suspect on several fronts, i ncluding their reliance on solar opacities. The best knowledge can only come from the so

  4. Structural and critical current properties in polycrystalline SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x}

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    Wang Lei; Gao Zhaoshun; Qi Yanpeng; Zhang Xianping; Wang Dongliang; Ma Yanwei [Key Laboratory of Applied Superconductivity, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PO Box 2703, Beijing 100190 (China)], E-mail: ywma@mail.iee.ac.cn

    2009-01-15

    A series of polycrystalline SmFeAsO{sub 1-x}F{sub x} bulks (x = 0.15, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) was prepared by a conventional solid state reaction. The resistivity, susceptibility, magnetic hysteresis, critical current density, and microstructure of these samples have been investigated. The resistivity result shows that the critical transition temperature T{sub c} increases steadily with increasing fluorine content, with the highest onset T{sub c} = 53 K at x = 0.4. On the other hand, a study on the effect of lattice constants on the critical transition temperature and resistivity at 60 K ({rho}{sub 60K}) presents a possible correlation; that is, T{sub c} increases with the shrinkage of the a-axis while {rho}{sub 60 K} increases with the enlargement of the c-axis. A global critical current density of 1.1 x 10{sup 4} A cm{sup -2} at 5 K in self-field was achieved in the purest sample. An inter-grain J{sub c} of about 3.6 x 10{sup 3} A cm{sup -2} at 5 K in self-field was estimated by comparing the difference in magnetization between powder and bulk samples, in contrast to the intra-grain J{sub c} of 10{sup 6} A cm{sup -2}. A weak field dependence was observed in the estimated inter-grain J{sub c}, and the effect of composition gradients on the inter-grain J{sub c} is discussed.

  5. Estimation of critical current distribution in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O x cables and coils using a self-consistent model

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    Liu, Donghui; Xia, Jing; Yong, Huadong; Zhou, Youhe

    2016-06-01

    Superconducting magnets can generate high magnetic fields. Multi-filamentary Ag-alloy sheathed Bi2Sr2CaCu2O x (Bi-2212) round wire can have a high critical current density in a very high magnetic field. Thus, Bi-2212 has great potential for the development of high-field magnets. For safe and reliable operation of superconducting magnets, it is necessary to estimate the critical current during the design of cables and coils. In this paper, we extend the self-consistent model proposed by Zermeño et al to study the critical current of Bi-2212 cables and coils. First, based on the distribution of Bi-2212 filaments and the experimental test of the critical current of a single strand, the critical currents in cables and coils are calculated. The self-field effect on the critical current is also analyzed. Then, we use an equivalent model to to estimate critical current of large superconducting coils. The equivalent model can effectively estimate the critical current in coils. Using the equivalent model, the results of coils in self-field and high field are compared and discussed. The method and results could be useful for the design of high-field coils.

  6. Distinct doping dependence of critical temperature and critical current density in Ba1-xKxFe2As2 superconductor.

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    Song, Dongjoon; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Iyo, Akira; Nakajima, Masamichi; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi; Eisterer, Michael; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2016-05-25

    Since the high transition temperature (High-Tc) superconductivity was discovered in the series of materials containing iron (Fe), their potential for the applications has been extensively scrutinized. In particular, a lot of effort has been made in achieving the high current-carrying ability by revealing the vortex pinning behavior. Here, we report on the critical current density (Jc) for the pristine Ba1-xKxFe2As2 single crystals with various K concentrations (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.52) determined by the magnetization hysteresis loop measurements. The x-dependence of Jc is characterized by a spike-like peak at x ~ 0.30, which corresponds to the under-doped region. This behavior is distinct from a moderate Tc dome with a broad maximum spanning from x ~ 0.3 to 0.5. For the under-doped samples, with increasing magnetic field (H), a second magnetization peak in Jc is observed, whereas for the optimally- and over-doped samples, Jc monotonically decreases with H. This result emphasizes that fine tuning of doping composition is important to obtain strong flux pinning. The origin of the characteristic doping dependence of Jc is discussed in connection with the orthorhombic phase domain boundary, as well as the chemical inhomogeneity introduced by the dopant substitutions.

  7. Distinct doping dependence of critical temperature and critical current density in Ba1‑xKxFe2As2 superconductor

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    Song, Dongjoon; Ishida, Shigeyuki; Iyo, Akira; Nakajima, Masamichi; Shimoyama, Jun-Ichi; Eisterer, Michael; Eisaki, Hiroshi

    2016-05-01

    Since the high transition temperature (High-Tc) superconductivity was discovered in the series of materials containing iron (Fe), their potential for the applications has been extensively scrutinized. In particular, a lot of effort has been made in achieving the high current-carrying ability by revealing the vortex pinning behavior. Here, we report on the critical current density (Jc) for the pristine Ba1‑xKxFe2As2 single crystals with various K concentrations (0.25 ≤ x ≤ 0.52) determined by the magnetization hysteresis loop measurements. The x-dependence of Jc is characterized by a spike-like peak at x ~ 0.30, which corresponds to the under-doped region. This behavior is distinct from a moderate Tc dome with a broad maximum spanning from x ~ 0.3 to 0.5. For the under-doped samples, with increasing magnetic field (H), a second magnetization peak in Jc is observed, whereas for the optimally- and over-doped samples, Jc monotonically decreases with H. This result emphasizes that fine tuning of doping composition is important to obtain strong flux pinning. The origin of the characteristic doping dependence of Jc is discussed in connection with the orthorhombic phase domain boundary, as well as the chemical inhomogeneity introduced by the dopant substitutions.

  8. High critical current Ag and Ag alloy sheathed multifilament Bi-2223 tapes

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    Wang, W.G.; Han, Z.; Skov-Hansen, P.;

    1999-01-01

    grain connectivity through reducing the 2201 phase and alkaline earth cuprate phases, increasing superconductor core density as well as enhancing current contribution from edge filaments. A high J(c) of 50 kA/cm(2) with an I-c of 42 A has been achieved reproducibly in 19 filament tapes with dimensions...... of 0.16x2.8 mm(2) and silver/superconductor ratios of 4.4:1. By reducing the silver ratio, a J(e) of 14 kA/cm(2) with an I, of 38 A has been obtained in 55 filament tapes and an I-c of 84 A has been obtained in a tape with dimensions of 4x0.23 mm(2). A record J(c) of more than 30 kA/cm(2) with an I...

  9. Cross-validation of component models: a critical look at current methods.

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    Bro, R; Kjeldahl, K; Smilde, A K; Kiers, H A L

    2008-03-01

    In regression, cross-validation is an effective and popular approach that is used to decide, for example, the number of underlying features, and to estimate the average prediction error. The basic principle of cross-validation is to leave out part of the data, build a model, and then predict the left-out samples. While such an approach can also be envisioned for component models such as principal component analysis (PCA), most current implementations do not comply with the essential requirement that the predictions should be independent of the entity being predicted. Further, these methods have not been properly reviewed in the literature. In this paper, we review the most commonly used generic PCA cross-validation schemes and assess how well they work in various scenarios.

  10. Person-centred health care: a critical assessment of current and emerging research approaches.

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    Martin, Carmel M; Félix-Bortolotti, Margot

    2014-12-01

    Person-centred health care is prominent in international health care reforms. A shift to understanding and improving personal care at the point of delivery has generated debates about the nature of the person-centred research agenda. This paper purviews research paradigms that influence current person-centred research approaches and traditions that influence knowledge foundations in the field. It presents a synthesis of the emergent approaches and methodologies and highlights gaps between static academic research and the increasing accessibility of evaluation, informatics and big data from health information systems. Paradigms in health services research range from theoretical to atheoretical, including positivist, interpretive, postmodern and pragmatic. Interpretivist (subjective) and positivist (objectivist) paradigms have been historically polarized. Yet, integrative and pragmatic approaches have emerged. Nevertheless, there is a tendency to reductionism, and to reduce personal experiences to metrics in the positivist paradigm. Integrating personalized information into clinical systems is increasingly driven by the pervasive health information technology, which raises many issues about the asymmetry and uncertainty in the flow of information to support personal health journeys. The flux and uncertainty of knowledge between and within paradigmatic or pragmatic approaches highlights the uncertainty and the 'unorder and disorder' in what is known and what it means. Transdisciplinary, complex adaptive systems theory with multi-ontology sense making provides an overarching framework for making sense of the complex dynamics in research progress. A major challenge to current research paradigms is focus on the individualizing of care and enhancing experiences of persons in health settings. There is an urgent need for person-centred research to address this complex process. A transdisciplinary and complex systems approach provides a sense-making framework. © 2014 John

  11. The influence of structural defects on intra-granular critical currents of bulk MgB2

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    Serquis, A.; Liao, X. Z.; Civale, L.; Zhu, Y. T.; Coulter, J. Y.; Peterson, D E; Mueller, F. M.

    2003-01-01

    Bulk MgB2 samples were prepared under different synthesis conditions and analyzed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The critical current densities were determined from the magnetization versus magnetic field curves of bulk and powder-dispersed-in-epoxy samples. Results show that through a slow cooling process, the oxygen dissolved in bulk MgB2 at high synthesis temperatures can segregate and form nanometer-sized coherent precipitates of Mg(B,O)2 in the MgB2 matrix. Magnetizati...

  12. Influence of the 3D-2D crossover on the critical current of Nb/Cu multilayers

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    Krasnov, V. M.; Pedersen, Niels Falsig; Oboznov, V. A.

    1994-01-01

    of the dimensional 3D-2D cross-over on the I(c)perpendicular-to was observed. Thus, as the temperature becomes smaller than T2D, hysteresis in the current-voltage characteristic appears and the behavior of the temperature dependence of the I(c)perpendicular-to changes. For T > T2D the diminishing of the hysteresis......(c)perpendicular-to (T) was found. From the theoretical simulations, we have obtained the dependence of the crossover and the critical temperatures of multilayers on the layer thicknesses, the boundary transparency, and layer conductivity....

  13. Effect of strain on the critical current density of Bi-2223 thick films sandwiched between Ag sheets

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    Jia, J.H. (Academia Sinica, Hefei (China). Inst. of Solid State Physics); Kong, Q.P. (Academia Sinica, Hefei (China). Inst. of Solid State Physics); Wang, S.X. (Academia Sinica, Hefei, Anhui (China). Inst. of Plasma Physics); Han, H.M. (Academia Sinica, Hefei, Anhui (China). Inst. of Plasma Physics)

    1994-08-16

    The tapes of (Bi, Pb)[sub 2]Sr[sub 2]Ca[sub 2]Cu[sub 3]O[sub x] (Bi-2223) thick film sandwiched between Ag sheets are known to have very high J[sub c]. In this note, the stress-strain behaviour and the strain dependence of critical current density of the Ag/Bi-2223/Ag tapes are investigated. The microstructure of superconducting thick films subjected to various amounts of deformation was examined with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). (orig.)

  14. Effects of densification of precursor pellets on microstructures and critical current properties of YBCO melt-textured bulks

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    Setoyama, Yui; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi; Motoki, Takanori; Kishio, Kohji; Awaji, Satoshi; Kon, Koichi; Ichikawa, Naoki; Inamori, Satoshi; Naito, Kyogo

    2016-12-01

    Effects of densification of precursor disks on the density of residual voids and critical current properties for YBCO melt-textured bulk superconductors were systematically investigated. Six YBCO bulks were prepared from precursor pellets with different initial particle sizes of YBa2Cu3Oy (Y123) powder and applied pressures for pelletization. It was revealed that use of finer Y123 powder and consolidation using cold-isostatic-pressing (CIP) with higher pressures result in reduction of residual voids at inner regions of bulks and enhance Jc especially under low fields below the second peak.

  15. Magneto-elastic behaviour of thin type-II superconducting strip with field-dependent critical current

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

    2013-01-01

    The magneto-elastic behavior of thin superconducting strip in perpendicular magnetic field with field-dependent critical current is studied. We calculate numerically the body force, strain, displacement, and thickness changes in the strip for the Bean model and Kim model during the field ascent and descent. The differences in magnetostriction between the Bean model and the Kim model are analyzed. The magnetostriction during one full cycle of the applied field for both models is presented. The results show that magnetostriction loops are different in these models, and at low temperatures Kim model is in better agreement with experiment than Bean model.

  16. Protection of the African Lion: A Critical Analysis of the Current International Legal Regime

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    Samantha Watts

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This article looks at the current international regime that pertains to the African lion, a species that needs adequate protection across its range (a range that does not adhere to state boundaries. This analysis comes at a time when threats such as habitat and prey loss, retaliatory killing, trophy hunting and trade, are all impacting the remaining populations of African lions. The species is in danger of rapid population decline and possible extinction in the near future. Two decades ago there was an abundance of African lions, roughly 100 000, on the continent. But at present there are less than 32 000, while some believe there to be as little as 15 000 left. This decline is mainly due to the threats noted above. African lions are currently listed as "vulnerable" on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. This listing is being contested by commentators who believe that the species now requires an "endangered" status. African lion populations, and the threats to the species, extend across state boundaries. Therefore, international law is of particular importance in providing conservation and protection measures to the species. Creating conservation obligations at a global level allows for more uniform action, implementation and enforcement of legislation at regional and local levels. Therefore this article looks at each threat to African lion populations in detail and then assesses the international legal regime pertaining to each of these threats, and whether that regime is adequate. The Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance are but some of the international instruments that are analysed. This article outlines the arguments that the international legal framework is not acceptable for the protection of the species

  17. Current maternal depression moderates the relation between critical expressed emotion in mothers and depressive symptoms in their adolescent daughters.

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    Mellick, William; Kalpakci, Allison; Sharp, Carla

    2015-06-30

    Prior studies have examined critical expressed emotion (EE-Crit) in mothers in the intergenerational transmission of depression. However, the potential moderating effect of maternal depression diagnostic status in relation to EE-Crit and youth depressive symptoms has yet to be determined. A total of N=121 biological mother/daughter dyads that differed in maternal depression diagnostic status were recruited for the present study: (1) currently depressed mothers (current depression, n=29); (2) formerly depressed mothers (past depression, n=39); and (3) mothers free from any psychiatric history (healthy controls, n=53). Mothers were administered structured clinical interviews and completed self-report measures of EE-Crit and psychopathology, and daughters self-reported depressive symptoms. Results indicated no significant group differences in EE-Crit; however, current maternal depression status moderated EE-Crit such that the magnitude of the relation between EE-Crit and adolescent depressive symptoms was significantly greater in daughters of currently depressed mothers. These findings highlight the importance of considering current maternal depression, rather than a history of maternal depression, in relation to EE-Crit and adolescent depressive symptoms, providing impetus for future investigations. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Lymph node ratio-based staging system as an alternative to the current TNM staging system to assess outcome in adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction after surgical resection.

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    Zhang, Hongdian; Shang, Xiaobin; Chen, Chuangui; Gao, Yongyin; Xiao, Xiangming; Tang, Peng; Duan, Xiaofeng; Yang, Mingjian; Jiang, Hongjing; Yu, Zhentao

    2016-11-08

    This study aimed to assess the prognostic value of the hypothetical tumor-N-ratio (rN)-metastasis (TrNM) staging system in adenocarcinoma of the esophagogastric junction (AEG). The clinical data of 387 AEG patients who received surgical resection were retrospectively reviewed. The optimal cut-off point of rN was calculated by the best cut-off approach using log-rank test. Kaplan-Meier plots and Cox regressions model were applied for univariate and multivariate survival analyses. A TrNM staging system based on rN was proposed. The discriminating ability of each staging was evaluated by using an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) and a -2log likelihood. The prediction accuracy of the model was assessed by using the area under the curve (AUC) and the Harrell's C-index. The number of examined lymph nodes (LNs) was correlated with metastatic LNs (r = 0.322, P 0.05). The optimal cut-points of rN were calculated as 0, 0~0.3, 0.3~0.6, and 0.6~1.0. Univariate analysis revealed that pN and rN classifications significantly influenced patients' RFS and OS (P analysis adjusted for significant factors revealed that rN was recognized as an independent risk factor. A larger HR, a smaller -2log likelihood and a larger prediction accuracy were obtained for rN and the modified TrNM staging system. Taken together, our study demonstrates that the proposed N-ratio-based TrNM staging system is more reliable than the TNM staging system in evaluating prognosis of AEG patients after curative resection.

  19. In-field critical current property of IBAD/PLD coated conductors

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    Fujita, S.; Daibo, M.; Igarashi, M.; Kikutake, R.; Kakimoto, K.; Iijima, Y.; Itoh, M.; Saitoh, T.

    2014-05-01

    REBa2Cu3Oy, (RE : rare earth elements, RE123) coated conductors are expected to show high performance in superconducting applications, due to their high mechanical strength and high current density in magnetic fields. Fujikura has developed ion-beam-assisted-deposition (IBAD) and pulsed-laser-deposition (PLD) technique, and today we routinely manufacture coated conductors with length over 500 m and Ic over 500 A/cm-width at 77 K, self field. We have also been able to fabricate long conductors with higher Ic by thickening RE123 layer. Although Ic performances at 77 K, self field are important, but performances in magnetic fields at lower temperatures below 77 K are more important for coil applications. In this work, we evaluated coated conductors with thick RE123 layer in magnetic fields at low temperatures. All samples are fabricated with long length. We measured samples by four-probe transport method at wide temperature range from 77 K to 10 K by using cryo-cooled cryostat. A conductor with 5.5 μm thick RE123 exhibits high Ic values of 937 A/cm-width at 77 K, self field, 637 A/cm-width at 50 K, 5T and 976 A/cm-width at 40 K, 5T.

  20. Emergency obstetric care availability: a critical assessment of the current indicator.

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    Gabrysch, Sabine; Zanger, Philipp; Campbell, Oona M R

    2012-01-01

    Monitoring progress in reducing maternal and perinatal mortality requires suitable indicators. The density of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) facilities has been proposed as a potentially useful indicator, but different UN documents make inconsistent recommendations, and its current formulation is not associated with maternal mortality. We compiled recently published indicator benchmarks and distinguished three sources of inconsistency: (i) use of different denominator metrics (per birth and per population), (ii) different assumptions on need for EmOC and for EmOC facilities and (iii) failure to specify facility capacity (birth load). The UN guidelines and handbook require fewer EmOC facilities than the World Health Report 2005 and do not specify capacity for deliveries or staffing levels. We recommend (i) always using births as the denominator for EmOC facility density, (ii) clearly stating assumptions on the proportion of deliveries needing basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care and the desired proportion of deliveries in EmOC facilities and (iii) specifying facility capacity and staffing and adapting benchmarks for settings with different population density to ensure geographical accessibility.

  1. Proximity Effect in BSCCO Intrinsic Josephson Junctions Contacted with a Normal Metal Layer

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    Suzuki, Minoru; Koizumi, Masayuki; Ohmaki, Masayuki; Kakeya, Itsuhiro; Shukrinov, Yu. M.

    Superconductivity proximity effect is numerically evaluated based on McMillan's tunneling proximity model for a sandwich of a normal metal layer on top of the surface superconducting layer of intrinsic Josephson junctions in a Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ (BSCCO) crystal. Due to the very thin thickness of 0.3 nm of the superconducting layer in IJJs, the surface layer is subject to influence of the proximity effect when the top layer is contacted with a normal metal layer. The effect manifests itself as a significant change in the characteristics of the IJJ surface Josephson junction. It is found that when the superconducting layer thickness is smaller than 0.6 nm, the pair potential reduces significantly, leading to an almost complete suppression of the critical Josephson current density for the surface junction. This result can partly explain the experimental results on the IJJ characteristics of a mesa type structure.

  2. A critical review of engineered nanomaterial release data: Are current data useful for material flow modeling?

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    Caballero-Guzman, Alejandro; Nowack, Bernd

    2016-06-01

    Material flow analysis (MFA) is a useful tool to predict the flows of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) to the environment. The quantification of release factors is a crucial part of MFA modeling. In the last years an increasing amount of literature on release of ENM from materials and products has been published. The purpose of this review is to analyze the strategies implemented by MFA models to include these release data, in particular to derive transfer coefficients (TC). Our scope was focused on those articles that analyzed the release from applications readily available in the market in settings that resemble average use conditions. Current MFA studies rely to a large extent on extrapolations, authors' assumptions, expert opinions and other informal sources of data to parameterize the models. We were able to qualitatively assess the following aspects of the release literature: (i) the initial characterization of ENM provided, (ii) quantitative information on the mass of ENM released and its characterization, (iii) description of transformation reactions and (iv) assessment of the factors determining release. Although the literature on ENM release is growing, coverage of exposure scenarios is still limited; only 20% of the ENMs used industrially and 36% of the product categories involved have been investigated in release studies and only few relevant release scenarios have been described. Furthermore, the information provided is rather incomplete concerning descriptions and characterizations of ENMs and the released materials. Our results show that both the development of methods to define the TCs and of protocols to enhance assessment of ENM release from nano-applications will contribute to increase the exploitability of the data provided for MFA models. The suggestions we provide in this article will likely contribute to an improved exposure modeling by providing ENM release estimates closer to reality.

  3. A critical overview of the current myofascial pain literature - October 2015.

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    Dommerholt, Jan; Grieve, Rob; Hooks, Todd; Layton, Michelle

    2015-10-01

    The number of publications about myofascial pain and trigger points (TrP) seems to increase every year. In the current overview we include 27 articles published in past months. The Basic Review section includes articles about the presence and characteristics of TrPs in various neck and shoulder muscles, the correlation between referred pain from active TrPs and knee osteoarthritis, and an anatomical study exploring whether the location of TrPs may be related to the nerve innervation of muscles. Zuil-Escobar and colleagues from Spain considered the intra-rater reliability of the identification of latent TrPs in several leg muscles and the possible correlation of TrP and the presence of a lower medial longitudinal arch. In the section on manual approaches, contributing author Rob Grieve and colleagues continue their studies of TrPs in the lower extremity muscles, while Méndez-Rebolledo and colleagues studied the impact of cross taping and compression. Dry needling (DN) continues to be a topic of interest. We included twelve papers addressing a wide range of topics, such as the effectiveness and safety of DN, and the impact of DN on proprioception, spasticity, and fibromyalgia. Two papers investigated the utilization of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and laser on TrPs, The final section on other clinical studies and reviews includes 8 papers. The studies originated in thirteen different countries with Spain leading the charts with 7 contributions to the literature, followed by Brazil with four. As we have mentioned in previous editions of this literature overview, many studies suffer from very small sample sizes, which makes it difficult to reach definitive conclusions. Nevertheless, myofascial pain continues to be a topic of interest to researchers and clinicians around the globe. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Significant reduction of critical currents in MRAM designs using dual free layer with perpendicular and in-plane anisotropy

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    Suess, D.; Vogler, C.; Bruckner, F.; Sepehri-Amin, H.; Abert, C.

    2017-06-01

    One essential feature in magnetic random access memory cells is the spin torque efficiency, which describes the ratio of the critical switching current to the energy barrier. In this paper, it is reported that the spin torque efficiency can be improved by a factor of 3.2 by the use of a dual free layer device, which consists of one layer with perpendicular crystalline anisotropy and another layer with in-plane crystalline anisotropy. Detailed simulations solving the spin transport equations simultaneously with the micromagnetics equation were performed in order to understand the origin of the switching current reduction by a factor of 4 for the dual layer structure compared to a single layer structure. The main reason could be attributed to an increased spin accumulation within the free layer due to the dynamical tilting of the magnetization within the in-plane region of the dual free layer.

  5. A new model analysis of the third harmonic voltage in inductive measurement for critical current density of superconducting films

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    Zhang Xu; Wu Zhi-Zhen; Zhou Tie-Ge; He Ming; Zhao Xin-Jie; Yan Shao-Lin; Fang Lan

    2011-01-01

    The critical current density Jc is one of the most important parameters of high temperature superconducting films in superconducting applications, such as superconducting filter and superconducting Josephson devices. This paper presents a new model to describe inhomogeneous current distribution throughout the thickness of superconducting films applying magnetic field by solving the differential equation derived from Maxwell equation and the second London equation. Using this model, it accurately calculates the inductive third-harmonic voltage when the film applying magnetic field with the inductive measurement for Jc. The theoretic curve is consistent with the experimental results about measuring superconducting film, especially when the third-harmonic voltage just exceeds zero. The Jc value of superconducting films determined by the inductive method is also compared with results measured by four-probe transport method. The agreements between inductive method and transport method are very good.

  6. Influence of critical current density on magnetic force of HTSC bulk above PMR with 3D-modeling numerical solutions

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    Lu, Yiyun; Qin, Yujie

    2015-09-01

    Numerical simulations of thermo-electromagnetic properties of a high temperature superconducting (HTS) bulk levitating over a permanent magnetic guideway (PMG) are performed by resorting to the quasistatic approximation of the H-method coupling with the classical description of the heat conduction equation. The numerical resolving codes are practiced with the help of the finite element program generation system (FEPG) platform using finite element method (FEM). The E-J power law is used to describe the electric current nonlinear characteristics of HTS bulk. The simulation results show that the heat conduction and the critical current density are tightly relative to the thermal effects of the HTS bulk over the PMG. The heat intensity which responds to the heat loss of the HTS bulk is mainly distributed at the two bottom-corners of the bulk sample.

  7. The Influence of Surface Morphology of Buffer Layer on the Critical Current Density in YBCO Coated Conductors

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    Jie Xiong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available 1 μm-thick YBa2Cu3O7-δ (YBCO films were grown on the Y2O3/yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ/CeO2 buffer layers with different surface morphologies using direct-current sputtering. The critical current density (Jc value of YBCO was 1.1 MA/cm2 when the root mean square surface roughness (Rrms of the buffer layer was 2.5 nm. As the Rrms of the buffer layer increased to 15 nm, the Jc decreased to 0.3 MA/cm2. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy showed the strong relevance of the evolution of the structure and surface morphologies of YBCO films with the buffer layer of different Rrms. A model was proposed to explain the influence of surface morphology on the superconducting properties of YBCO films.

  8. Multiwall carbon nanotube Josephson junctions with niobium contacts

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    Pallecchi, Emiliano

    2009-02-17

    The main goal of this thesis is the investigation of dissipationless supercurrent in multiwall carbon nanotubes embedded in a controlled environment. The experimental observation of a dissipationless supercurrent in gated carbon nanotubes remains challenging because of its extreme sensitivity to the environment and to noise fluctuations. We address these issues by choosing niobium as a superconductor and by designing an optimized on chip electromagnetic environment. The environment is meant to reduce the suppression of the supercurrent and allows to disentangle the effects of thermal fluctuations from the intrinsic behavior of the junction. This is crucial for the extraction of the value critical current from the measured data. When the transparency of the contacts is high enough we observed a fully developed supercurrent and we found that it depends on the gate voltage in a resonant manner. In average the critical current increases when the gate is tuned more negative, reflecting the increase of the transparency of the contacts, while the resonant behavior is due to quantum interference effects. We measured the temperature dependence of the switching current and we analyzed the data with an extended RCSJ model that allow to extract the critical current from the experimental data. The measured critical currents are very high with respect to previous reports on gated devices. At positive gate voltage the contacts transparency is lowered and Coulomb blockade is observed. This allows to use Coulomb blockade measurements to further characterize the nanotube and to study the physics of a quantum dot coupled to superconducting leads. The last part of this thesis is dedicated to the measurements of a carbon nanotube Josephson junction in the Coulomb blockade regime. (orig.)

  9. Vortex structures in exponentially shaped Josephson junctions

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    Shukrinov, Yu. M.; Semerdjieva, E. G.; Boyadjiev, T. L.

    2005-04-01

    We report the numerical calculations of the static vortex structure and critical curves in exponentially shaped long Josephson junctions for in-line and overlap geometries. Stability of the static solutions is investigated by checking the sign of the smallest eigenvalue of the associated Sturm-Liouville problem. The change in the junction width leads to the renormalization of the magnetic flux in comparison with the case of a linear one-dimensional model. We study the influence of the model's parameters, and particularly, the shape parameter on the stability of the states of the magnetic flux. We compare the vortex structure and critical curves for the in-line and overlap geometries. Our numerically constructed critical curve of the Josephson junction matches well with the experimental one.

  10. Edge effects in the magnetic interference pattern of a ballistic SNS junction

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    Meier, Hendrik; Fal'ko, Vladimir I.; Glazman, Leonid I.

    2016-05-01

    We investigate the Josephson critical current Ic(Φ ) of a wide superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction as a function of the magnetic flux Φ threading it. Electronic trajectories reflected from the side edges alter the function Ic(Φ ) as compared to the conventional Fraunhofer-type dependence. At weak magnetic fields, B ≲Φ0/d2 , the edge effect lifts zeros in Ic(Φ ) and gradually shifts the minima of that function toward half-integer multiples of the flux quantum. At B >Φ0/d2 , the edge effect leads to an accelerated decay of the critical current Ic(Φ ) with increasing Φ . At larger fields, eventually, the system is expected to cross into a regime of "classical" mesoscopic fluctuations that is specific for wide ballistic SNS junctions with rough edges.

  11. Thickness dependent interlayer transport in vertical MoS2 Josephson junctions

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    Island, Joshua O.; Steele, Gary A.; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Castellanos-Gomez, Andres

    2016-09-01

    We report on observations of thickness dependent Josephson coupling and multiple Andreev reflections (MAR) in vertically stacked molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)—molybdenum rhenium (MoRe) Josephson junctions. MoRe, a chemically inert superconductor, allows for oxide free fabrication of high transparency vertical MoS2 devices. Single and bilayer MoS2 junctions display relatively large critical currents (up to 2.5 μA) and the appearance of sub-gap structure given by MAR. In three and four layer thick devices we observe orders of magnitude lower critical currents (sub-nA) and reduced quasiparticle gaps due to proximitized MoS2 layers in contact with MoRe. We anticipate that this device architecture could be easily extended to other 2D materials.

  12. 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.

  13. Enhanced in-field critical currents of YBCO second-generation (2G) wire by Dy additions

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    Long, N [Industrial Research Ltd, PO Box 31-310, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Strickland, N [Industrial Research Ltd, PO Box 31-310, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Chapman, B [Industrial Research Ltd, PO Box 31-310, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Ross, N [Industrial Research Ltd, PO Box 31-310, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Xia, J [Industrial Research Ltd, PO Box 31-310, Lower Hutt (New Zealand); Li, X [American Superconductor Corporation, Westborough, MA 01581 (United States); Zhang, W [American Superconductor Corporation, Westborough, MA 01581 (United States); Kodenkandath, T [American Superconductor Corporation, Westborough, MA 01581 (United States); Huang, Y [American Superconductor Corporation, Westborough, MA 01581 (United States); Rupich, M [American Superconductor Corporation, Westborough, MA 01581 (United States)

    2005-12-15

    The addition of dysprosium oxide nanoparticles is shown to improve the critical current in perpendicular magnetic fields for second-generation (2G) wire formed by metal-organic deposition (MOD). Typical enhancements in J{sub c} are from 0.17 MA cm{sup -2} to over 0.33 MA cm{sup -2} at 77 K and B{sub perp} = 1.5 T. TEM analysis shows that we are introducing (Y,Dy){sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with dimensions of 10-50 nm. A simple theoretical analysis shows that the maximum pinning effect for additions is expected at excess concentrations of approximately 70% DyO{sub 1.5}, i.e. for YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}}+0.7DyO{sub 1.5} if the added nanoparticles are randomly dispersed and a strong pinning model is valid. An interesting feature is that the critical current in parallel field is reduced in these samples. We present evidence that shows this may be due to reduced planar defects in the YBCO.

  14. Critical current degradation behaviour of GdBCO CC tapes in pure torsion and combined tension-torsion modes

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    Gorospe, Alking; Bautista, Zhierwinjay; Shin, Hyung-Seop

    2016-10-01

    Coated conductor (CC) tapes utilized in high-current-density superconducting cables are commonly subjected to different loading modes, primarily torsion and tension especially in the case of twisted stacked-tape cable. Torsion load can occur due to twisting along the length or when winding the CC tapes around a former, while tension load can occur due to pre-tension when coiled and as a hoop stress when the coil is energized. In this study, electromechanical properties of single CC tapes under torsion load were investigated using a new test apparatus. The results could provide basic information for cable designers to fully characterize stacked cables. Copper-electroplated and brass-laminated CC tapes fabricated with different deposition techniques were subjected to pure torsion and combined tension-torsion loading. The critical current, I c degradation behaviours of CC tapes under torsional deformation were examined. Also, the effect of further external lamination on the I c degradation behaviour of the CC tapes under such loading conditions was investigated. In the case of the combined tension-torsion test, short samples were subjected to twist pitches of 200 mm and 100 mm. Critical parameters including reversible axial stress and strain in such twist pitch conditions were also investigated.

  15. Preparing Future Geoscientists at the Critical High School-to-College Junction: Project METALS and the Value of Engaging Diverse Institutions to Serve Underrepresented Students

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    White, L. D.; Maygarden, D.; Serpa, L. F.

    2015-12-01

    Since 2010, the Minority Education Through Traveling and Learning in the Sciences (METALS) program, a collaboration among San Francisco State Univ., the Univ. of Texas at El Paso, the Univ. of New Orleans, and Purdue Univ., has created meaningful, field-based geoscience experiences for underrepresented minority high school students. METALS activities promote excitement about geoscience in field settings and foster mutual respect and trust among participants of different backgrounds and ethnicities. These gains are strengthened by the collective knowledge of the university partners and by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, scientists, and science teachers who guide the field trips and who are committed to encouraging diversity in the geosciences. Through the student experiences it provides, METALS has helped shape and shift student attitudes and orientation toward geoscience, during and beyond their field experience, just as these students are poised at the critical juncture from high school to college. A review of the METALS findings and summative evaluation shows a distinct pattern of high to moderately high impact on most students in the various cohorts of the program. METALS, overall, was perceived by participants as a program that: (1) opens up opportunities for individuals who might not typically be able to experience science in outdoor settings; (2) offers high-interest geology content in field contexts, along with social and environmental connections; (3) promotes excitement about geology while encouraging the development of mutual respect, interdependence, and trust among individuals of different ethnicities; (4) influences the academic choices of students, in particular their choice of major and course selection in college. Summative data show that multiple aspects of this program were highly effective. Cross-university collaborations create a dynamic forum and a high-impact opportunity for students from different backgrounds to meet and develop

  16. Increasing gap junctional coupling: a tool for dissecting the role of gap junctions

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    Axelsen, Lene Nygaard; Haugan, Ketil; Stahlhut, Martin;

    2007-01-01

    . In a number of cases, gap junctions have been implicated in the initiation and progress of disease, and experimental uncoupling has been used to investigate the exact role of coupling. The inverse approach, i.e., to increase coupling, has become possible in recent years and represents a new way of testing......Much of our current knowledge about the physiological and pathophysiological role of gap junctions is based on experiments where coupling has been reduced by either chemical agents or genetic modification. This has brought evidence that gap junctions are important in many physiological processes...... the role of gap junctions. The aim of this review is to summarize the current knowledge obtained with agents that selectively increase gap junctional intercellular coupling. Two approaches will be reviewed: increasing coupling by the use of antiarrhythmic peptide and its synthetic analogs...

  17. Coexistence of tunneling magnetoresistance and Josephson effects in SFIFS junctions

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    Vávra, O.; Soni, R.; Petraru, A.; Himmel, N.; Vávra, I.; Fabian, J.; Kohlstedt, H.; Strunk, Ch.

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrate an integration of tunneling magnetoresistance and the Josephson effects within one tunneling junction. Several sets of Nb-Fe-Al-Al2O3-Fe-Nb wafers with varying Al and Fe layers thickness were prepared to systematically explore the competition of TMR and Josephson effects. A coexistence of the critical current IC(dFe) and the tunneling magnetoresistance ratio T M R(dFe) is observed for iron layer dFe thickness range 1.9 and 2.9 nm. Further optimization such as thinner Al2O3 layer leads to an enhancement of the critical current and thus to an extension of the coexistence regime up to dFe≃3.9 nm Fe.

  18. Anomalous Fraunhofer interference in epitaxial superconductor-semiconductor Josephson junctions

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    Suominen, H. J.; Danon, J.; Kjaergaard, M.; Flensberg, K.; Shabani, J.; Palmstrøm, C. J.; Nichele, F.; Marcus, C. M.

    2017-01-01

    We investigate patterns of critical current as a function of perpendicular and in-plane magnetic fields in superconductor-semiconductor-superconductor (SNS) junctions based on InAs/InGaAs heterostructures with an epitaxial Al layer. This material system is of interest due to its exceptionally good superconductor-semiconductor coupling, as well as large spin-orbit interaction and g factor in the semiconductor. Thin epitaxial Al allows the application of large in-plane field without destroying superconductivity. For fields perpendicular to the junction, flux focusing results in aperiodic node spacings in the pattern of critical currents known as Fraunhofer patterns by analogy to the related interference effect in optics. Adding an in-plane field yields two further anomalies in the pattern. First, higher-order nodes are systematically strengthened, indicating current flow along the edges of the device, as a result of confinement of Andreev states driven by an induced flux dipole; second, asymmetries in the interference appear that depend on the field direction and magnitude. A model is presented, showing good agreement with experiment, elucidating the roles of flux focusing, Zeeman and spin-orbit coupling, and disorder in producing these effects.

  19. Phase qubits fabricated with trilayer junctions

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    Weides, M; Bialczak, R C; Lenander, M; Lucero, E; Mariantoni, Matteo; Neeley, M; O' Connell, A D; Sank, D; Wang, H; Wenner, J; Yamamoto, T; Yin, Y; Cleland, A N; Martinis, J, E-mail: martin.weides@nist.gov, E-mail: martinis@physics.ucsb.edu [Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 (United States)

    2011-05-15

    We have developed a novel Josephson junction geometry with minimal volume of lossy isolation dielectric, suitable for higher quality trilayer junctions implemented in qubits. The junctions are based on in situ deposited trilayers with thermal tunnel oxide, have micron-sized areas and a low subgap current. In qubit spectroscopy only a few avoided level crossings are observed, and the measured relaxation time of T{sub 1{approx}}400 ns is in good agreement with the usual phase qubit decay time, indicating low loss due to the additional isolation dielectric.

  20. Presynaptic spike broadening reduces junctional potential amplitude.

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    Spencer, A N; Przysiezniak, J; Acosta-Urquidi, J; Basarsky, T A

    1989-08-24

    Presynaptic modulation of action potential duration may regulate synaptic transmission in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Such synaptic plasticity is brought about by modifications to membrane currents at presynaptic release sites, which, in turn, lead to changes in the concentration of cytosolic calcium available for mediating transmitter release. The 'primitive' neuromuscular junction of the jellyfish Polyorchis penicillatus is a useful model of presynaptic modulation. In this study, we show that the durations of action potentials in the motor neurons of this jellyfish are negatively correlated with the amplitude of excitatory junctional potentials. We present data from in vitro voltage-clamp experiments showing that short duration voltage spikes, which elicit large excitatory junctional potentials in vivo, produce larger and briefer calcium currents than do long duration action potentials, which elicit small excitatory junctional potentials.

  1. Observation of 0–π transition in SIsFS Josephson junctions

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    Ruppelt, N., E-mail: nru@tf.uni-kiel.de; Vavra, O.; Kohlstedt, H. [Nanoelektronik, Technische Fakultät, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel (Germany); Sickinger, H.; Menditto, R.; Goldobin, E.; Koelle, D.; Kleiner, R. [Physikalisches Institut and Center for Collective Quantum Phenomena in LISA" +, Universität Tübingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 14, 72076 Tübingen (Germany)

    2015-01-12

    The 0–π transition in Superconductor-Insulator-superconductor-Ferromagnet-Superconductor (SIsFS) Josephson junctions (JJs) was investigated experimentally. As predicted by theory, an s-layer inserted into a ferromagnetic SIFS junction can enhance the critical current density up to the value of an SIS tunnel junction. We fabricated Nb′ | AlO{sub x} | Nb | Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40} | Nb JJs with wedge-like s (Nb) and F (Ni{sub 60}Cu{sub 40}) layers and studied the Josephson effect as a function of the s- and F-layer thickness, d{sub s} and d{sub F}, respectively. For d{sub s} = 11 nm, π-JJs with SIFS-type j{sub c}(d{sub F}) and critical current densities up to j{sub c}{sup π}=60 A/cm{sup 2} were obtained at 4.2 K. Thicker d{sub s} led to a drastic increase of the critical current decay length, accompanied by the unexpected disappearance of the 0–π transition dip in the j{sub c}(d{sub F}) dependence. Our results are relevant for superconducting memories, rapid single flux quantum logic circuits, and solid state qubits.

  2. Mechanism of thickness dependence of critical current density in HTS YBCO film and its elimination using nano-engineering

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    Wang, Xiang

    The most promising characteristic of a High Temperature Superconductor (HTS) is its ability to carry larger electrical current at liquid nitrogen boiling temperature and strong applied magnetic field with minimal dissipation. Numerous large scale applications such as HTS transmission cables, HTS magnets and HTS motors have been developed using HTS materials. The major limitation that prevents its wide commercialization is its high cost-to-performance ratio. However, the effort to further improve HTS current carrying capability is jeopardized by a mysterious thickness dependence of the critical current density (Jc) --- Jc monotonically decreases with increasing thickness (t) at 77 K and self-field (SF). This poses a great challenge for both HTS applications and the understanding of vortex dynamics. What further complicates this issue is the complex defect structure in HTS films as well as the creep nature of magnetic vortices at a finite temperature. After a systematic study of the temperature and magnetic field effects on Jc--t, we conclude that Jc--t is most likely the result of a collective pinning effect dictated by a random pinning potential. Besides that, thermal fluctuations also alter Jc--t in a predictable way. Therefore, by either modifying the vortex structure or pinning structure, J c--t can be eliminated. Indeed, a thin film J c has been restored in a HTS/insulator/HTS trilayer while the magnetic coupling is weakened. Moreover, Jc--t has been removed when the random distributed point pins are overpowered by strong linear defects.

  3. The Dissolution of Double Holliday Junctions

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    Bizard, Anna H; Hickson, Ian D

    2014-01-01

    as "double Holliday junction dissolution." This reaction requires the cooperative action of a so-called "dissolvasome" comprising a Holliday junction branch migration enzyme (Sgs1/BLM RecQ helicase) and a type IA topoisomerase (Top3/TopoIIIα) in complex with its OB (oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide binding......) fold containing accessory factor (Rmi1). This review details our current knowledge of the dissolution process and the players involved in catalyzing this mechanistically complex means of completing homologous recombination reactions....

  4. Influence of powder pre-annealing on the phase formation and critical current of Bi-2223/Ag tapes

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    Chen, X.P.; Grivel, Jean-Claude; Li, M.Y.;

    2004-01-01

    the precursor with Ca2PbO4 phase (tape T1) had lower transformation rate of 2223 phase than tapes fabricated using the precursor with 3321 phase (tape T2). SEM results show that a large fraction of secondary phases with big particle size was formed in the tape T1 during the subsequent sintering, which might......The influence of precursor powders with different lead-rich phases, such as Ca2PbO4 and Pb-3(Sr,Bi)(3)Ca2CuOy (3 3 2 1), on the phase formation and critical current of Bi-2223/Ag tapes has been studied. Three precursors with different phase assemblages were prepared and used to make the tapes...

  5. Temperature and magnetic field dependence of the critical current in polycrystalline Ba2YCu3O(y)

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    Obara, H.; Yamasaki, H.; Kimura, Y.; Higashida, Y.; Ishihara, T.

    Temperature and magnetic field dependence on the critical current density Jc of polycrystalline high-Tc oxide superconductor, Ba2YCu3O(y), have been measured. In the low magnetic field range, 0.6 to about 7 kOe, the Jc behavior changed at around 70 K. Below 70 K, Jc showed different temperature dependence between field cooling and zero-field cooling, that is, the Jc value measured when the sample was cooled in a fixed magnetic field, was different from that measured when the sample was cooled in zero magnetic field and then a magnetic field was applied. Above 70 K, however, such different temperature dependence on Jc was not observed. These experimental results can be attributed to the effects of anisotropy. A crossover between the two- and three-dimensional superconductivity is considered to occur.

  6. Intrinsic strain effect on critical current in Cu-stabilized GdBCO coated conductor tapes with different substrates

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    Shin, Hyung-Seop; Dedicatoria, Marlon J.

    2013-05-01

    The intrinsic strain effect on critical current, Ic in Cu-stabilized GdBCO coated conductor (CC) tapes under bending and uniaxial tension has been investigated. The bending deformation tolerance of Ic in GdBCO CC tapes, fabricated by reactive co-evaporation by deposition and reaction (RCE-DR) with substrate materials of Hastelloy and stainless steel and fabricated by the metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) process was evaluated. The intrinsic strain response of Ic under bending was found to be independent of the fabrication process, the substrate material and the geometry of the sample. For samples with a Hastelloy substrate, the intrinsic strain response of Ic/Icmax under bending was well correlated with those under uniaxial tension. However, for samples with a stainless steel substrate, these had a large strain sensitivity for Ic under uniaxial tension even though this showed a much higher irreversible strain limit up to 1.05%.

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

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    Foltyn, Stephen R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wang, Haiyan [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Civale, Leonardo [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Maiorov, Boris A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jia, Quanxi [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2009-01-01

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

  8. Effect of various mechanical deformation processes on critical current density and microstructure in MgB2 tapes and wires

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    Zhou, Sihai; Pan, Alexey V.; Liu, Huakun; Horvat, Joseph; Dou, Shixue

    2002-11-01

    MgB2 tapes and wires have been prepared by the in situ reaction method. Two cycle drawing and groove-rolling were used for the mechanic deformation of the samples. The critical current density, Jc, as a function of applied magnetic field, Ba, was measured and compared for all the prepared samples. The influence of the different processing at its different stages on the MgB2 microstructure was studied by scanning electron microscopy. Weak links introduced in the superconducting core after the second cycle mechanical deformation could not be re-joined with a consecutive heat treatment. Accordingly, for these samples Jc(Ba) turned out to decrease significantly faster in an increasing field than for samples prepared with one-cycle processing.

  9. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy: Reviewing Current Best Practice to Provide High-Quality Extracorporeal Therapy to Critically Ill Patients.

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    Connor, Michael J; Karakala, Nithin

    2017-07-01

    Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) use continues to expand globally. Despite improving technology, CRRT remains a complex intervention. Delivery of high-quality CRRT requires close collaboration of a multidisciplinary team including members of the critical care medicine, nephrology, nursing, pharmacy, and nutrition support teams. While significant gaps in medical evidence regarding CRRT persist, the growing evidence base supports evolving best practice and consensus to define high-quality CRRT. Unfortunately, there is wide variability in CRRT operating characteristics and limited uptake of these best practices. This article will briefly review the current best practice on important aspects of CRRT delivery including CRRT dose, anticoagulation, dialysis vascular access, fluid management, and drug dosing in CRRT. Copyright © 2017 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Corrosion at the head-neck interface of current designs of modular femoral components: essential questions and answers relating to corrosion in modular head-neck junctions.

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    Osman, K; Panagiotidou, A P; Khan, M; Blunn, G; Haddad, F S

    2016-05-01

    There is increasing global awareness of adverse reactions to metal debris and elevated serum metal ion concentrations following the use of second generation metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasties. The high incidence of these complications can be largely attributed to corrosion at the head-neck interface. Severe corrosion of the taper is identified most commonly in association with larger diameter femoral heads. However, there is emerging evidence of varying levels of corrosion observed in retrieved components with smaller diameter femoral heads. This same mechanism of galvanic and mechanically-assisted crevice corrosion has been observed in metal-on-polyethylene and ceramic components, suggesting an inherent biomechanical problem with current designs of the head-neck interface. We provide a review of the fundamental questions and answers clinicians and researchers must understand regarding corrosion of the taper, and its relevance to current orthopaedic practice. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2016;98-B:579-84.

  11. 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.

  12. Network excitability in a model of chronic temporal lobe epilepsy critically depends on SK channel-mediated AHP currents.

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    Schulz, Robert; Kirschstein, Timo; Brehme, Hannes; Porath, Katrin; Mikkat, Ulrike; Köhling, Rüdiger

    2012-01-01

    Hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons generate an after-hyperpolarization (AHP) whose medium component is thought to be generated by small-conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) channels (SK channels). Neuronal excitability is increased in epilepsy, and the AHP in turn is fundamentally involved in regulation of cellular excitability. We therefore investigated the involvement of the SK channel-mediated AHP in controlling cell and network excitability in the pilocarpine model epilepsy. Both acutely isolated CA1 pyramidal cells and isolated hippocampal slices were investigated in terms of the impact of SK channel-mediated AHP on hyperexcitability. Our findings show that pilocarpine-treated chronically epileptic rats exhibit significantly reduced SK channel-mediated hyperpolarizing outward current which was accompanied by a significant decrease in the somatic AHP. Paradoxically, inhibiting SK channels strongly exacerbated 0-Mg(2+)-induced epileptiform activity in slices from pilocarpine-treated animals, while having a significantly smaller effect in control tissue. This suggests that in chronically epileptic tissue, network excitability very critically depends on the remaining SK-channel mediated AHP. Additional real-time RT-PCR and semiquantitative Western blot experiments revealed that both the SK2 channel transcript and protein were significantly downregulated in the epileptic CA1 region. We conclude that SK2 channels are down-regulated in chronic epilepsy underlying the impaired SK channel function in CA1 pyramidal cells, and a further reduction of the remaining critical mass of SK channels results in an acute network decompensation.

  13. Effects of Y211 phase contents on the critical current density Jc and microstructural analysis in YBCO bulk superconductors

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    2002-01-01

    YBCO bulk superconductors were prepared by the solid state reaction and top-seed-melt-textured growth (TSMTG) process. By using the AC susceptibility measurement, the critical transition temperature Tc of samples is 91.5 K for the highest value, and the transition width ?Tc is less than 1 K. The highest magnetization critical current densities Jc achieved 106 A/cm2 under 5 T at 10 K and 1.35?104 A/cm2 under 2 T at 70 K (H//c), respectively. The results combining the SEM observation indicate that doping of Y211 particles is more effective in improving the growth quality of melt-textured YBCO superconductor and in reducing the micro-cracks of specimens. Doping of Y2O3 powder forms the rod-shaped Y211 particles, but doping of Y211 particles directly to matrix materials forms the spherical Y211 particles mainly. Combining the microstructures with Jc measurements shows that the interfaces are most important on flux bundle pinning, in which the gradient of free energy is larger than that of other place between the Y211 particles and the Y123 matrix materials.

  14. Perceptions, attitudes, and current practices regards delirium in China: A survey of 917 critical care nurses and physicians in China.

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    Xing, Jinyan; Sun, Yunbo; Jie, Yaqi; Yuan, Zhiyong; Liu, Wenjuan

    2017-09-01

    The purpose of this study is to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and managements regarding delirium of intensive care nurses and physicans, and to assess the perceived barriers related to intensive care unit (ICU) delirium monitoring in China. A descriptive survey was distributed to 1156 critical care nurses and physicians from 74 tertiary and secondary hospitals across Shandong province, China. The overall response rate was 86.18% (n = 917). The majority of respondents (88%) believed that deirium was associated with prolonged mechanical ventilation, and 79.72% thought delirium was associated with prolonged length of hospitalization. Only 14.17% of respondents believed that delirium was common in the ICU setting. Only 25.62% of the respondents reported routine screening of ICU delirium, and only 15.81% utilized Confusion Assessment Method for Intensive Care Unit screening tools. "Lack of appropriate screening tools" and "time restraints" were the most common perceived barriers. 45.4% of the participants had never received any education on ICU delirium. In conclusion, most nurses and physicians consider ICU delirium to be a serious problem, but lack knowledge on delirium and monitor this condition poorly. The survey infers a disconnection between the perceived significance and current monitoring of ICU delirium. There is a critical unmet need for in-service education on ICU delirium for physicians and nurses in China.

  15. Recombination-current suppression in GaAs p-n junctions grown on AlGaAs buffer layers by molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Rancour, D. P.; Melloch, M. R.; Pierret, R. F.; Lundstrom, M. S.; Klausmeier-Brown, M. E.; Kyono, C. S.

    1987-08-01

    n+pp+GaAs and n+pP+ GaAs/GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As mesa diodes have been fabricated from films grown by molecular-beam epitaxy. The diodes made from films employing an AlGaAs buffer layer show marked improvements (a factor of 5 reduction) in recombination current densities. Deep level transient spectroscopy measurements moreover indicate that deep level concentrations are reduced by the AlGaAs buffer.

  16. Fracture behaviour and its relation to critical current of silver-sheathed Ba2YCu3O(7-x) superconducting composite wires and tapes

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    Ochiai, Shojiro; Hayashi, Kenji; Osamura, Kozo

    1990-08-01

    Silver-sheathed Ba2YCu3O(7-x) superconducting composite wires and tapes were prepared by rolling, drawing, swaging and pressing methods. The fracture behavior and its influence on critical current at 0T at 77 K of the Ba2YCu3O(7-x) were investigated. The oxide was found to show multiple fracture under applied tensile stress, and the critical current density and tensile strength of the oxide in the rolled, swaged and pressed samples were higher than those in the drawn samples. When the working amount was high, the current density and the strength of the oxide were found to become high. Within the present conditions, there was a correlation between critical current density and cracking stress: the higher the cracking stress, the higher the critical current density became. The cracking stress of the present oxide was determined to be 50 MPa at most, being far lower than that of the Nb3Sn compound (800 to 2000 MPa). The critical current density of the rolled, swaged and pressed samples was reduced rapidly when exerted stress on the oxide exceeded the cracking stress, while the reduction in the drawn samples occurred gradually. A strong dependence of the critical current, as a function of applied stress and cracking stress of the oxide, on the measured portion due to scatter in the size of defects contained in the oxide, was found.

  17. Josephson effect in multiterminal superconductor-ferromagnet junctions coupled via triplet components

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    Moor, Andreas; Volkov, Anatoly F.; Efetov, Konstantin B.

    2016-03-01

    On the basis of the Usadel equation we study a multiterminal Josephson junction. This junction is composed by "magnetic" superconductors Sm, which have singlet pairing and are separated from the normal n wire by spin filters so that the Josephson coupling is caused only by fully polarized triplet components. We show that there is no interaction between triplet Cooper pairs with antiparallel total spin orientations. The presence of an additional singlet superconductor S attached to the n wire leads to a finite Josephson current IQ with an unusual current-phase relation. The density of states in the n wire for different orientations of spins of Cooper pairs is calculated. We derive a general formula for the current IQ in a multiterminal Josephson contact and apply this formula for analysis of two four-terminal Josephson junctions of different structures. It is shown in particular that both the "nematic" and the "magnetic" cases can be realized in these junctions. In a two-terminal structure with parallel filter orientations and in a three-terminal structure with antiparallel filter orientations of the "magnetic" superconductors with attached additional singlet superconductor, we find a nonmonotonic temperature dependence of the critical current. Also, in these structures, the critical current shows a Riedel peak like dependence on the exchange field in the "magnetic" superconductors. Although there is no current through the S/n interface due to orthogonality of the singlet and triplet components, the phase of the order parameter in the superconuctor S is shown to affect the Josephson current in a multiterminal structure.

  18. Fabrication of all-MgB Josephson junctions using MgO insulator layer

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    Oba, T. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Goto, S. [Lightom, 95-2 Sugo, Takizawa 020-0173 (Japan); Sasaki, S.; Nakanishi, Y.; Fujino, T. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Harada, Y. [JST Satellite Iwate, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 3-35-2 Iiokashinden, Morioka, Iwate 020-0852 (Japan); Nakamura, M. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan); Saito, A. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16, Jonan, Yonezawa, Yamagata 992-8510 (Japan); Yoshizawa, M. [Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University, 4-3-5, Ueda, Morioka 020-8551 (Japan)], E-mail: yosizawa@iwate-u.ac.jp

    2008-09-15

    We report on the fabrication and properties of all-MgB{sub 2} tunnel junctions with an MgO barrier. Superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) junctions were fabricated on C-plane sapphire substrates. MgB{sub 2} films were grown in an ultra-high vacuum in the 10{sup -9} Torr range. The MgO insulating layer was evaporated using an electron-beam gun. SIS junctions of 30 {mu}m in diameter were fabricated by standard photolithography and Ar ion milling techniques. The critical temperature (T{sub C}) of the lower MgB{sub 2} layer after the SIS junction fabrication process was 36.7 K, which remained the same as that of the bare MgB{sub 2} film. We observed tunneling behavior in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the present junctions. A superconducting gap was clearly observed at around 2.7 mV (=2{delta})

  19. In search of critically endangered species: the current situation of two tiny salamander species in the Neotropical mountains of Mexico.

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    Adriana Sandoval-Comte

    Full Text Available Worldwide, one in every three species of amphibian is endangered, 39 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years and another 130 species are suspected to have gone extinct in recent decades. Of the amphibians, salamanders have the highest portion of their species in one of the risk categories, even higher than the frogs. To date there have been few studies that have used recent field data to examine the status of populations of endangered salamanders. In this study we evaluate the current situation of two tiny salamanders, Parvimolge townsendi and Thorius pennatulus, both of which are distributed at intermediate elevations in the mountains of the northern Neotropics and are considered to be critically endangered; the first has been proposed as possibly extinct. By carrying out exhaustive surveys in both historical and potentially suitable sites for these two species, we evaluated their abundance and the characteristics of their habitats, and we estimated their potential geographic distribution. We visited 22 sites, investing 672 person-hours of sampling effort in the surveys, and found 201 P. townsendi salamanders in 11 sites and only 13 T. pennatulus salamanders in 5 sites. Both species were preferentially found in cloud forest fragments that were well conserved or only moderately transformed, and some of the salamanders were found in shade coffee plantations. The potential distribution area of both species is markedly fragmented and we estimate that it has decreased by more than 48%. The results of this study highlight the importance of carrying out exhaustive, systematic field surveys to obtain accurate information about the current situation of critically endangered species, and help us better understand the crisis that amphibians are facing worldwide.

  20. The enhancement of critical current density on the bulk of BPSCCO-system superconductor with silver additions

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    Engkir Sukirman; Wisnu Ari Adi; Puji Sulisworo dan W. Prasuad [Materials Science Research Center, BATAN, Serpong (Indonesia)

    1999-10-01

    The influence of silver additions on the critical current density (Jc) of BPSCCO-bulk superconductor was investigated, with the aim of getting an increase of its Jc and trying to find out a correlation of Jc and structures of BPSCCO-silver composites. The BPSCCO-system superconductors with nominal composition Bi{sub 1.84}Pb{sub 0.34}Sr{sub 2.00}Ca{sub 2.03}Cu{sub 3.06}O{sub x} (2223-phase) were synthesized by using solid state reaction method. The silver added was in the powder-AgO form varied from 0 to 30 wt % AgO. The critical current density, crystal structure, and micro-structure of BPSCCO-silver composites were characterized by means of four-point probe, x-ray diffractometer, and scanning electron microscope that is equipped with a link system energy dispersive spectrometer. It was found that silver additions to BPSCCO cause a reasonable improvement in Jc from 120 to 215 A/cm{sup 2}, and a slight increase in Tc from 92 to 108 K, and lattice parameters of the 2223-phase from a 3.811(3) to 3.820(2) A, and from c = 37.08(3) to 37.15(2) A, with the optimum value occurs at 20 wt % AgO. The AgO powders added to the BPSCCO specimens were converted to Ag{sub 2}O and metallic Ag during the annealing process at 827degC for 96 h in air. The addition of AgO to BPSCCO system does not necessarily lead to decomposition of the 2223-phase. The AgO reacts with and suppresses the 2201-phase. (author)